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  • @llli*momteddy's Avatar
    Today, 04:08 PM
    I wanted to respond to this thread years later because I have the same issue with my 6 week old, this is the first post to respond in google search and I wanted others to have suggestions on how to improve the situation as it is super stressful: 1) APA recommends on demand feeding instead of scheduled feeding for the first 2 months. Which makes sense because you don't want to tamper with supply while your baby is going through those early growth spurts. 2) Frequent feedings can be a blessing in some respect. For one, most babies have some acid reflux. If LO has the full blown GERD, the treatment is to have shorter, frequent feedings. As far as supply is concerned, several methods like power pumping recommend mimicking growth spurt feeding as the best way to increase supply. And if your baby is gaining a lot, which mine was as well, he's getting the milk even if you feel like when you put him to breast there is nothing there to provide him. Try to relax about this, I've read that stress and not eating/drinking properly can affect supply but not sure to what extent. It's not helping if he's gaining. 3) To help with exhaustion, try side lying feeding. I only used it early mornings and late evenings because my LC said I should compress, and that position is not suitable for compression. Some people recommend co-sleeping. I didn't do that, tried to stay awake as long as possible and then put him in the bassinet. 4) Another tip for exhaustion is to have your...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 03:44 PM
    Yes there are many misconceptions regarding healthy gain and growth and eating habits, and I have learned they crop up again and again even well past babyhood. I found the book My Child Won't Eat by Carlos Gonzalez very helpful in gaining a greater understanding of this subject.
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 03:06 PM
    The thing about the percentiles chart is? They are all within normal range. Someone has to be on the top and on the bottom for it to exist. If a child is in the 3rd percentile but stays there that's still normal. Sometimes falling in the charts can be of concern. But not always. Most EBF babies DO in fact start to slide on the percentiles chart as soon as the start to move. So the addition of rolling over and then crawling and then cruising can make it so that breastfed kids slide quite a bit but it's still normal and no cause for alarm.
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    Today, 01:17 PM
    Thanks for the response. I stopped pumping after every feeding. I just pump once in the morning after first feed and get 2 ounces. I just store that. Baby is nursing every 1.5 hours is this normal? I have more milk in the breast so he is not happy with the flow but he is ok to nurse. I think there is enough milk because he is good after a feed. Send turns his head away from breast after 10 mins of nursing. Initially I was feeding both breasts and then pump .5-1.5 ounce and use that for next feeding. Now I am ebf and hope it works out. My breasts are little uncomfortable in-between feedings but frequent feeding has helped a lot.
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  • @llli*dustyrose124's Avatar
    Today, 11:45 AM
    My baby turned 7 weeks old today. His weight gain seems normal and I do not pump at all because I want the milk to stabilize and not produce more. I've followed what you said, however, I have another issue that has been a huge one and is affecting our household. My LO has much more than colic and no pediatrician is listening to me and really need help. Baby has been crying for more than 3 hours a day to a point where he started choking in his own cry. He didn't want me to feed him, rock him, nothing was working. He also throws up every feed (a lot and smells a bit). He hasn't pooped in 4 days so I haven't seen the green poop. Please help I'm worried that my baby is in so much pain and don't know what to do. He's ok probiotics and that's not helping either
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  • @llli*butterfingers's Avatar
    Today, 10:25 AM
    Hi all, I am ready to night wean my 25 month old. She sleeps in a cot in her own room and I would like to take the sides off soon, I don't know whether to night wean at the same time as moving her to a bed or night wean first or what, happy for suggestions here! I do not wish to co sleep although this does happen occasionally at present. There is not enough room for a toddler bed in our room. In any case she sleeps fine in her own room and I am happy with the current arrangements. She is feeding usually once or twice in the night but occasionally more. She generally returns to sleep after a feed. Now. I have read methods of night weaning but they seem to involve reducing and or stopping feeding to sleep. The removal of nipple prior to becoming drowsy / falling asleep and that is fine. Except my daughter does not feed to sleep or even to being drowsy any more. She is always fully awake when I lay her in her cot and happily puts herself to sleep with no complaints. Same during the night except she may possibly be more sleepy but definitely still awake. So, how do I night wean?! I have thought of a gro clock type thing?? She is very averse to my OH at night and only wants me plus he would not have the patience to deal with her so I may have to do this alone! I do not want her to become distressed and would not be happy to leave her to cry. Any thoughts most welcome and appreciated.
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  • @llli*anuha's Avatar
    Today, 10:25 AM
    This seems to be a really difficult concept for some health professionals. My son was in the lower percentiles but gaining steadily (straight line steadily). However, at a one year check up a health nurse told me that because he doesn't eat much solids (nursed a lot and was happy), he's in the lower percentiles. And of course I was then all stressed out about him not eating enough solids. At first round you just believe everything they say.
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  • @llli*sylviamakela's Avatar
    Today, 02:13 AM
    Thank you ladies. I've used Reglan and then when it didn't work I switched to Domperidone. It does not cross the blood brain barrier, so is safe and causes no side effects. Reglan, however, does cross the BBB, and that is why there are so many bad side effects (psychological type side effects). If you were lucky enough to get a script for Dom, you should count yourself fortunate and keep going with it!
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:55 PM
    I don't know if it's lipsase. Excess lipsase- the kind that is problematic usually smells like puke. And the baby won't take it. If your baby will take the milk? I don't think there is a problem. I wouldn't scald. BUT I think you need to try to carve out time every day to pump if you don't want to lose your supply. It can happen very quickly if you aren't removing milk regularly during the day. And your supply is still really vulnerable at the 3 month point. A freezer stash is meant to make up any shortfalls you have pumping milk you need every day to feed your baby while you are gone. Which for 8hrs is usually 8-12 ozs. So say you the 1st day that you leave for work you leave your baby 12oz from your freezer supply. And during that 1st day you only pump 10 oz. Your baby drinks all 12 that you leave. You'd leave your fresh milk for the next day and then supplement out of your freezer supply 2oz. There is no reasonable amount of freezer stash that will cover you simply not pumping every day. You will go thru 40-60oz of milk a week. I encourage you to work with your HR dept to determine how you can take pumping breaks. Which by law they have to give you. You do need to pump to maintain supply and it can't be sporadically.
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  • @llli*skyofclouds's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:42 PM
    I have been pumping and freezing excess milk for the last 2 weeks I thawed out my oldest expressed milk from the freezer which was 2 weeks old to test it- it had a metallic taste which was strong but not terrible, and my LO still took it I suspect I have an excess lipase problem Considering that my LO doesn't mind the metallic taste, I'm weighing up between continuing to pump and freeze or scalding the milk and compromise the nutritional value. As I'm going back to work at 3 months, my goal is to build up a supply as I won't have time to routinely pump at work- hardly have time to have lunch myself!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:17 AM
    It sounds like you would like to stop pumping, but are afraid stopping pumping might somehow harm you or your unborn baby? Do I have that right? Honestly I have no idea if that is a concern. Of course many people assume nursing or pumping when pregnant is potentially unsafe, when in fact this is almost never unsafe. But I have never heard of it being potentially unsafe for the pregnancy to stop nursing or pumping. I see what you are saying...no longer taking milk out of the breasts will (after some time) cause your body to stop lactating, and that would change what is happening hormonally. However I think that change would already be occurring as the hormones of pregnancy naturally act to suppress milk production to some degree. Perhaps a midwife/lactation consultant or someone else with a strong understanding of hormonal issues having to do with pregnancy and lactation could help? I am just afraid this is an area too specialized for me to venture further. If you do decide to stop pumping, maybe consider weaning yourself gradually off the pump, so that any changes that occur are not abrupt?
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  • @llli*mommymemommy's Avatar
    August 18th, 2017, 10:57 PM
    My daughter is almost 10 months old and had a very rough start; unlike my other children we ended up exclusively pumping for her from 4 months on (she had silent reflux) and we were adding formula to breastmilk to get enough calories in her. At this point she is growing awesome and fine with just fortified formula and solids, but I've still been pumping and fortifying that too and she drinks both. I am now 6 weeks pregnant and I am thinking of just stopping the pumping. Doc said it was okay to keep it up, but I guess, other than nutritionally (for her, which is an obvious one for me), what are the benefits? Any physical/hormonal benefits for me and the new baby/pregnancy? I am only pumping about 2 of her 5 bottles anyway, so I am more supplementing her at this point. It would be nice to stop the pump, honestly. I am also on progesterone shots for the pregnancy because my progesterone is low (always is); I have a history of preterm labor on my last two pregnancies even going back to implantation; this one, oddly enough, is going VERY smoothly and I don't want to mess with cutting off the pumping if that is going to change something hormonally. I feel like a pin is going to drop if I stop since it's all going so well this pregnancy so far. LOL :rolleyes:
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    August 18th, 2017, 05:35 PM
    Hi and welcome. So it is unfortunately a very common myth that if a baby "switches just fine" from bottles to nursing and back again for some period of time, this means baby will always switch back and forth just fine. No, in fact what we know is that the earlier, the longer, and the higher frequency bottles are given, the more likely it is they will eventually cause a problem. Now I am not saying that the bottles are the problem, because that I do not know. But they certainly could be the problem. it sounds like at this point bottles are not absolutely needed due to separations, so my first suggestion is to shelve bottles for now, as they may hurt and cannot help in the situation you describe. Since baby is getting bottles I assume you are also pumping? Is it possible that you have overproduction, either natural or caused by pumping? This could cause a fast letdown and that could cause baby to partially pull off the breast into a shallow latch and/or clamp. If you stop bottles you can also stop pumping (unless you are pumping for another reason.) Encourage baby to nurse often, this helps for latch issues in many ways.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    August 18th, 2017, 05:15 PM
    You try paced bottle feeding, you offer baby the bottle more often overall, and you expect there to be times baby cluster feeds. what is called a "top off" when bottle feeding also happens when a baby is breastfeeding, but it is called "cluster feeding" or perhaps, "what you are hungry again? Ok, here you go" In other words when I say that meals are 2-4 ounces I do not mean they are 2-4 ounces and then baby sleeps for 3 hours like clockwork. That is not how it works. If you are going to try all the above, I suggest give baby and yourself time to adjust (at least a couple weeks) to this new pattern before making the judgment about it. Well, now I am confused. I do not understand how nursing can be entirely comfortable but you are so severely injured from your baby nursing, you are bleeding enough for your baby to vomit blood. Something is not adding up with this story. Of course pumping could cause nipple injury as well, or perhaps something is going on with how your breasts are being cared for between nursing sessions, but overall it just does not make sense. As far as finding someone who can help= unfortunately sometimes it does take seeing more than one person, or it may take seeing the same person multiple times, to make the adjustments that help with latch. It sounds like you saw an LLL Leader and a IBCLC. LLL leaders can be very knowledgeable, but they are not trained to deal with unusual situations that are outside the norm, and your situation (because baby was...
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    August 18th, 2017, 03:51 PM
    When does he leave for Daycare? I couldn't tell that from your post. I get that you pick him up at 2pm. When does he leave the house?
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    August 18th, 2017, 02:28 PM
    I am not trying to make you feel bad or depressed. I am trying to explain why the top off might be seen as the thing that is making her seem "full" or "satisfied." In terms of the amount 1st-try not letting her go so long between feeds. She doesn't have to want to nurse all the time. But perhaps if she wasn't waiting so LONG in between feeds she wouldn't be in a position where she was still hungry after 4oz. Try to give her 2 or 3 oz bottles to begin with. An hour or so before you normally feed her. And then if she is acting hungry or cranky then give her the additional one oz. & then repeat this process again so that the distance between your feedings is less and the amounts are smaller. In terms of No One being able to find the problem, have any of the people who looked at you been IBCLCs? Because that is where I expect you to be able to find the most knowledgeable support. The ridge issue may correct itself as her mouth gets bigger. But I would want an IBCLC to hear your story and be able to see the latch and not only help you nurse in her presence but also give you problem solving solutions for when she isn't with you. In the event you don't get responses from people in the two categories, you can search the forum using phrases like exclusive pumping and some threads will pop up that you can read.
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  • @llli*mythicalmomma's Avatar
    August 18th, 2017, 02:07 PM
    I'm a first time mother and my baby boy is 7 weeks now I'm breastfeeding with occasional pumped bottles given by dad in the mornings to let me catch up on sleep, we had a rough start but it got better but the last few days his latch suddenly changed and is shallow, he just wont open his mouth wide enough no matter what I try to encourage him to open wider I get him latched and start seeing his cheeks suck in and hearing the clicking/suction noises so I relatch over and over to the point of frustration for the both of us I checked for teeth coming in (none) and the bottle wasn't recently introduced he's been switching between breast and bottle with no issues since about 4 weeks when I thought he had feeding down. Let me know if anyone has experienced this and how you fixed it or what could possibly be causing this.
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  • @llli*mamanoon's Avatar
    August 18th, 2017, 12:34 PM
    Thanks Maddie, what you say makes a lot of sense. I've never heard of paced bottle feeding before - wish I had done earlier. However, when feeding was initially going OK after discharge from hospital, she would feed for 20 mins and then go four - five hours before her next feed, 24 hours a day. Also, when I first put her straight to breast the same pattern was followed. Unfortunately my supply went silly again after a few days, causing clamping and severe nipple damage. So whilst constant nursing may the norm, I am not convinced it is the norm for my baby. The only times I have experienced her wanting to nurse all the time has been firstly when my supply dwindled on the shields, and secondly when she wasn't nursing effectively last week. Both times she was just plain hungry. Both times i let her continue with the tentative suckling for hours on end as all the advice said. This second time she'd just keep nodding off but cry if I tried to take her away and then go back on. Repeat to fade but without the fading!! It was only when I returned to pumping that I saw how much my supply had gone down. Both times she got no proper sleep and was not content at all. When I switched to pumping she was a much happier baby. I know that might be short term gain but it's hard to ignore. I am glad you clarified that the amount I'm feeding her sounds about right in total, as I was really concerned last night that I was doing that wrong as well, and I'm not exactly feeling confident...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    August 18th, 2017, 11:57 AM
    Have you had your pump checked out?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    August 18th, 2017, 11:55 AM
    Hi, how old is baby and how is weight gain? Are you pumping for any reason? Is baby nursing exclusively or being supplemented? if applicable, please explain about any pumping or supplements if you can. This sounds like a bleb. They hurt like a bleep. A bleb or a plug is not going to prevent milk coming out necessarily. A friction blister is another possibility. Is the pain you are having stemming entirely from the this area, or have you been having more general nipple/latch pain as well? Green poop is an entirely normal variation in poop color. I repeat there is nothing wrong with green poop assuming baby is healthy and gaining. Fast letdown is only a problem if it is causing a problem. Some babies love a fast flow and others struggle with it. If your baby is struggling with the fast flow, here are the tried and true things that help: Encourage baby to nurse frequently. At least 10-12 times in 24 hours, more often is fine. If baby prefers to nurse one side at a time, fine. Let them. Lean back to whatever degree is comfortable when nursing, with baby positioned to some degree on top of you. If baby is having trouble when the milk starts to flow, take baby off and let the milk go into a cloth for a bit before you re- latch baby.
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  • @llli*ashermom's Avatar
    August 18th, 2017, 11:50 AM
    Hello, I am new here. I work from home and have kept my son home with me until a couple of weeks ago when he was able to crawl and it was hard for me to get the amount of work done that my boss requires (he is 7 months old). I haven't pumped really since his second month (I wanted to regulate to the amount he needed and thought added pumping was a bit much). The first two weeks were not bad and I was able to pump about 3 oz each time. But now I am pumping and feeding at 7 am (get 1.5 oz) then again pump at 9 (get 1 oz) 11 am (get .5 oz) 1 pm (get .5 oz) and then I pick up my son at 2 and nurse him on demand until his bed time and any wake ups during the night. I also pump at 10 pm (1 oz) and 3 am (1 oz). However, I am barely making enough for his daycare bottles holding 3 oz each. I am going to try new pump parts today but I wouldn't think 2 weeks of using the pump would wear the pump parts already. Please any help or advise would help- I do not want to formula feed him (couldn't breastfeed my oldest). Thanks! Jennie
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    August 18th, 2017, 10:18 AM
    Double post
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    August 18th, 2017, 10:17 AM
    Maddie makes a ton of great and thorough points. The bolded is what I was getting at. I am not suggesting that your baby is taking in too much milk in a day. I think your baby probably is getting the right amount in a 24hour period. I think she is being overfed per feed and the way in which she is getting it is detrimental. And I also think you are confusing a couple of things. So it sounds like you produce plenty of milk. And so supplementing with ANY formula is detrimental. And it's detrimental 2 fold. So you are talking about your baby only being satisfied or not hungry after the top offs. The problem with formula is that it doesn't work the way breastmilk does. Breastmilk is almost completely absorbed into a baby's organs and tissues. There is almost no waste at all at this age. They grow exponentially the 1st 6 months of their lives. The way they do this is by feeding around the clock. And that is also the way they keep your supply at the level where it's constantly matches their growing needs. Formula, is harder to digest, it takes longer and less of it is absorbed. People OFTEN mistake this process for satisfaction on the part of the child. The fact that the child goes longer between feeds, and wants to nurse less often. But that isn't the case. And it's often the reason that combo feeding doesn't work. Because the baby goes longer between feedings than she normally would. Making less demands on the mother to nurse and it's all supply and demand and therefore the...
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  • @llli*dustyrose124's Avatar
    August 18th, 2017, 06:20 AM
    Hi everyone I hope you mommies can help me out. I've been having excruciating pain throughout my breast for a couple days now and only on my left side. I thought it was my letdown, but now I can't even stand it when my LO is nursing. Feels as if he were not latching correctly but he is. Today I also looked at my nipple and I have a white little spot and it looks kind of cracked, I thought it was a blister or plugged duct but I expressed manually and milk comes out of there still so I don't know what it could be. I had mastitis two weeks ago as well so I'm not sure if that has to do with it as well, but I really want this pain to go away please help. Also baby has been pooping green and I also have a forceful letdown and we have been struggling with that too. I know it's two issues will greatly appreciate the assurance. Thank you ahead of time
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