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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:20 PM
    dhess1972 I would not say you started wrong, but I do wish you had gotten better support in the hospital. It's not that formula was necessarily not needed- it may have been, I have no idea. But when formula is simply handed out without getting the mother help with breastfeeding, it does often lead to baby no longer breastfeeding in many cases! So I do wish you had gotten more support for breastfeeding early on. But your baby is very lucky. She has you. It is VERY early days. If you want, it is very likely you can turn this around and nurse your baby, either completely or partially. (Even partially has a tremendous benefit!) But it is very early days, and it is amazing what a mothers body can do once it starts getting the right message. To send the message to make milk, you have to keep taking milk out, frequently. by baby, hand expression and/or pump, as often as you can. Article on increasing milk production: http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supply-worries/low-supply/ listen to the moms here they know what they are talking about because they have been there. & Get help & support locally as well if you can.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:09 PM
    I agree with zaynethepain. How often is baby nursing? Has baby been pooping? What do they look like? When is baby weighed again? It is pretty normal for a newborn to be very sleepy in the early days. It is only a problem if baby is not gaining normally as a result. When baby does nurse, is it comfortable for you? Do you feel like there is milk in your breasts-is your milk becoming (or has it become) more abundant over the last few days? To help a sleepy baby stay awake WHILE nursing, switching sides and breast compressions can help. Often a baby will latch and nurse in their sleep. Probably best to avoid sleep lengthening techniques like swaddling and pacifiers, and hold baby lots, most of the time, skin to skin if that is comfortable for you. This may get baby nursing more often and it also allows you to catch the very early subtle nursing cues that start before baby even wakes up. This video shows this idea: http://www.biologicalnurturing.com/video/bn3clip.html And info on cueing: http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/04_feeding_cues.pdf waking sleepy baby: http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/03_waking_a_sleepy_newborn.pdf Very Good overall early days article: http://kellymom.com/bf/normal/newborn-nursing/
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  • @llli*zaynethepain's Avatar
    Today, 08:39 PM
    http://www.nbci.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=48:sore-nipples&catid=5:information&Itemid=17 There can be some major downsides to nipple shields, though they are useful in certain situations. In your case I'd try to avoid them for now. Do you have access to a pediatric chiropractor in your area? We had one as a guest speaker at our local LLL meeting this weekend. He spoke of a common condition called torticollis, which I understood to be a tightening of muscles in the neck. He said it was often caused by baby's position in the womb and sometimes by labor. He described it as a common cause of baby refusing one side or the other. This really resonated with me as I'd noticed my lo always held his head cocked to the right, and he stopped doing this at the same time he started nursing on my right breast. I just didn't put the two events together until now. Otherwise, what sort of positions do you nurse in? Perhaps some fine tuning there would help. My friend's baby refused to nurse on one side for weeks until I convinced her to get in person help from our LLL leader. The simple suggestion to try football hold had baby happily gulping down milk. Suggestions for positioning in the link as well as an explanation why nipple shields may not be the best choice.
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  • @llli*zaynethepain's Avatar
    Today, 08:14 PM
    http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/basics/decrease-formula/ Good advice above. This link will tell you how to gradually decrease the supplements. Definitely get started on very frequent milk removal. At minimum 8 times a day but aim for 10-15 sessions whether nursing the baby directly or hand expressing/pumping. Pumping takes a bit of practice and some technique for most moms to get an adequate amount of output. Some moms never express well but have a full supply of milk so don't put too much stock into how much you get out. It's very early days yet so it's very possible you can move back to exclusively breastfeeding. My oldest son wouldn't latch for the first three weeks yet went on to nurse for three years (and counting).
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  • @llli*zaynethepain's Avatar
    Today, 07:57 PM
    Sorry you're not feeling well! We got through a summer cold a few weeks back, only to turn around and catch hand, foot, and mouth disease. So not fun. My first course of action when anyone in the family gets sick is to put a whole chicken in the stock pot for a day of simmering. Chicken and veggie soup helps everything. Otherwise, we use local honey (along with tea and lemon) for coughs and saline for runny noses. A nice hot shower or bath helps with congestion and body aches but we do also dose ds with Tylenol if he's in pain. He's not a pleasant sick person at all. Hope you all get well soon.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 07:49 PM
    Except for the pain it sounds like you and baby are doing very well. I am sorry it is proving so difficult to find local support. You could even consider going back to the LC and explaining you really need help with getting a comfortable latch. Sometimes there is more someone can do but due to any number of factors it does not happen at first. I guess I can only reassure you you are on the right track-baby is nursing at the breast and doing well-this is a big deal and shows you are on the right track. keep working on the latch and encouraging baby to nurse without the shield. It takes time to get off the shield completely, and any time baby will nurse at all without it is a step in the right direction.
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  • @llli*zaynethepain's Avatar
    Today, 07:44 PM
    http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/feeding-tools/alternative-feeding/ http://kellymom.com/ages/newborn/newborn-concerns/sleepy-babies/ Welcome mama! Congrats on your new baby! There are some great tips in the link above for waking a sleepy baby. The other link has ideas for supplementing besides bottles which can cause latch issues in a newborn. Sometimes giving a very small amount of milk by bottle or spoon can give baby enough energy to finish the meal by nursing. If nothing there is helpful, come back and let us know. Are you pumping or hand expressing often to maintain supply while baby isn't nursing well?
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 07:22 PM
    It is not uncommon for babies to favor one side over the other. My LO sometime won't take my Left unless it is in football hold. Other times he just wants the Right first but will take the Left after a little while. As to the pulling, I've experienced that and am not sure how to stop it.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 07:00 PM
    OK, so things look ok but there area couple things that MIGHT (And I do mean might) be cause for concern- namely, the once a day poop & nipple bruise-long feedings MIGHT indicate some issues with milk transfer but can also be entirely normal. you are certainly approaching this seriously and carefully, with the recommended approach, best pump, etc. You are using a really good pump-make sure the breast flanges are sized correctly for you and also, sometimes hand expression works better (or can be added along with pumping) Also, be aware that being engorged can make it very hard to pump anything. (If you are not getting engorged that is fine) IF weight gain is not in good shape tomorrow, and/or doctor continues to suggest ANY supplements, I would strongly suggest seeing a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) for a private appointment so that breastfeeding can be assessed. If a baby is not gaining normally via breastfeeding, something is wrong, and figuring out what that is will help a lot in finding a solution. If weight gain is in good shape, you can ask about no longer supplementing at all. more on lactation consultations http://cwgenna.com/lconsult.html
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  • @llli*kirstlou's Avatar
    Today, 06:59 PM
    Hello, My 3 week old son keeps moving his head around and pulling at my left nipple towards the end of a feed. It gets very sore and feels very bruised. I've tried burping him, but once back on he does exactly the same. I definately have more milk left as I've checked. What could be causing his behaviour on only one side? Thank you
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  • @llli*m11612's Avatar
    Today, 06:50 PM
    Mine stayed around because I kept putting strain on it from a lazy nursing position. Then I switched and my back got sore. I really need to hit the gym and work on core strength. :) Anyway, best of luck! I hope it works itself out soon.
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Today, 06:31 PM
    I thought it was a strained muscle or some bruising from a sports bra. But it's been 4 days now. But so mild, it's not always noticeable. It could still be around because I was massaging it and pushing hard trying to feel a clogged duct. I feel bad because sometimes when I'm playing with my toddler I'm lying on my back trying to feel if there's something there. Once you get mastitis, it can make you paranoid!
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  • @llli*m11612's Avatar
    Today, 06:24 PM
    Maybe try spraying on a little vinegar then rinse. If you don't mind the smell.
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  • @llli*saradha81's Avatar
    Today, 05:45 PM
    Thank you both for your quick response. * Baby nurses atleast 10 times per day and I pump 3-4 times inbetween with Medela Symphony hospital grade pump ( I get 1 oz per day, with 3-4 15 minute pumping sessions) * Baby takes a long time to nurse and used to sleep at the breast last week, this week it has gotten better and she stays awake more. * She does not have jaundice. She pees a lot (8 wet diapers per day) but poops only once per day (a lot in one go, seedy yellow). * There is nipple bruise but I am using topical ointments and nursing is not uncomfortable. * The next doctor appointment is tomorrow so I will know once she is weighed again, if the supplement is good enough and if she is gaining enough weight with 4 oz supplement per day.
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  • @llli*m11612's Avatar
    Today, 05:36 PM
    Could it be a strained muscle? I've had to change positioning a bit in the past because I strained a muscle. The pain was just under my breast almost along one rib but seemed to be in my breast as well. Sometimes radiating pain can be hard to pin point.
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  • @llli*carm3's Avatar
    Today, 04:13 PM
    Toddlers are such interesting creatures! My daughter just turned 2, and it definitely takes a lot of energy to do the things that seem to help make our days more peaceful. The biggest thing is offering as many choices as possible, like 'do you want to wear shorts or a dress today?' and 'do you want to brush your teeth and go to bed, or brush your teeth then read a story and go to bed?'. Either choice is fine with me, and giving her some control makes her much more agreeable. The other thing is to let her know what we're going to do, and how I expect her to behave before we get there. For example 'we're going to the library after breakfast. How do we behave in the library? We keep our voices down, and no running'. We repeat the expected behaviour on the way there. It's no guarantee that she won't do those things, but usually all I have to say while we're there is 'how do we behave in the library', and she'll stop. Generally, things have to be repeated about a million times for them to sink in, so it does take a lot of patience. The last thing is to just give her attention when she needs it, as much as possible and within reason. Many times she'll do things she's not supposed to do when I'm distracted (like standing on the couch while I'm cooking supper), but if I can redirect her to a different, more acceptable activity (like colouring in her chair and singing songs with her), we're both happier!
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 03:30 PM
    And as I sit here pumping, my 5 1/2 months old Little Guy just pulled himself up to standing in his crib all on his own. Looks like we gotta drop the mattress again already. (Top rail is currently at mouth height when he pulls himself up to kneeling but if he manages to get his feet closer to the side when he pulls up to standing I'm afraid he will manage to go over the top.) Crib is mostly used like a play pen while I pump so far. Only occasionally does he ever nap in it.
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  • @llli*debbers's Avatar
    Today, 03:01 PM
    Besides nursing, what do you all do to help your kiddo through a cold? I've had one for a couple days and it looks like I've passed it along to my daughter, who is 25 months. Runny nose, cough, watery eyes. My body hurt in the course of mine, so she may be facing that too. No signs of discomfort yet. I 'm at work during the day and will nurse when i get home and as needed between then and tomorrow when I leave for work. Thanks.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 02:49 PM
    How does nursing feel? If nursing feels good and the pump doesn't hurt either, then pumping after nursing as many times a day as you can manage is often a quick way to increase supply but this might be best done with a hospital grade pump. If there is any issue with nursing discomfort or if you feel there is milk there but baby seems to take a really long time or has trouble getting it out there could be a problem with milk transfer and it is possible the problem isn't really your supply and getting some hands on help to assess the situation may be in order. http://www.ilca.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3901
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  • @llli*runbabyrun's Avatar
    Today, 02:43 PM
    I've contacted Public Health already. They referred me to the hospital LC who does not see a problem with the latch or the shield, and the breastfeeding support group I attended. I haven't found a breastfeeding coalition. The next nearest group is 2 hours away. We have our 1 month checkup this week so I am going to discuss it with my doctor. I also located an email for a local LLL leader and have sent an email. I was able to get a latch with this feeding without the shield. I used it then quickly switched out. He does feed frequently except at nights and isn't usually frustrated, I try to avoid getting to that point.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 02:31 PM
    He is getting interested in what we eat but at this point it is more that he wants to grab things rather than actually eat them. I don't think it will be long but so far he only seems to ingest very small quantities most of the time (except banana, he will suck that down scary fast.) I've not really been in a panic about his weight since he otherwise seems quite healthy, happy and developmentally on/ahead of schedule. I'm only obsessed, no panic.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 02:23 PM
    Thanks for sharing that, it is good to hear that there are other babies with this tendency.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 02:16 PM
    It's not too late. You may be in for an arduous task for a while though, get as much help taking care of you and the household/family as possible so you can devote yourself to baby and supply. Can you get him to latch at all? If so, you might want to switch to using a lactation aid or at the breast supplementer until you can improve your supply. See an IBCLC for some hands on help http://www.ilca.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3901 Rent a hospital grade pump and pump after as many feedings as you possibly can without suffering complete exhaustion. Again, get some hands on help if anything hurts at all. Pumping and nursing should not hurt.
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  • @llli*sassypants's Avatar
    Today, 01:58 PM
    I second the dream feed idea. I have done it with both of my kids for different reasons. My first woke up a lot at night, so the dream feed helped me get a longer stretch of sleep without him waking up from being hungry. My second, who I am BFing currently, sleeps too long and I get plugged ducts, so I dream feed her to empty at least one breast before heading to bed. Also, since going back to work, I like to get in that one extra nursing session to keep my supply up.
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 01:50 PM
    I guess solids will only help if he is interested... But it will happen eventually :) I do have 1 friend who has nursed 5 children and her 5th just isn't that bothered by eating and has always been on the slender side. That said she is happy and healthy and nursing at 2 still :) It stressed her out a lot at points to esp as her others were all more interested.
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  • @llli*sassypants's Avatar
    Today, 01:50 PM
    I went back to work when my daughter was 3 month old and we tried to get her to take a bottle every day for 2 weeks leading up to it, but she wouldn't. We tried 5 different nipples and none of them made a difference. We tried it when she was hungry, when she wasn't hungry, when she was sleepy, when she wasn't sleepy, I gave her a bottle, DH gave her a bottle without me in the room, etc. We tried everything we could think of. When the time came, I went back to work for half a day and she ate 1 oz. That is it. The next day she ate ALL of her bottles. I think it took a day without me around for her to realize the necessity of bottles. It sounds harsh, but when you have to go to work sometimes it happens that way. Also, I hate giving bottles and find it very awkward, but babysitters and daycare workers give bottles all the time and may have a better time of it.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 01:41 PM
    Congratulations on your baby and your VBAC! I had all of mine via C-sections- how I wish I could have experienced vaginal birth. Are there other issues? Is nursing comfortable for you? Is baby overly sleepy? Jaundiced? etc. How many times a day does your baby nurse? At this age, healthy gaining infants tend to nurse a minimum of 10-15 times a 24 hour day. It is normal for a newborn baby to lose weight in the first few days of life. Then (assuming all is well) the weight loss stops and baby starts gaining, usually the gain begins by day 3-5. It is a usually a good sign if baby is back to birth weight by day 10 or earlier, although some take a little longer. If baby is NOT back to birth weigh by 2 week, that is a red flag something may be wrong. You are only supplementing 4 ounces a day. That is not so much. How is baby's weight gain since? I assume because there was so much concern that formula was prescribed, that weight gain is being closely monitored? Are all weight checks on the same scale, done very carefully, done on a digital readout professional infant scale, with baby naked or in a dry diaper? This is very important. Scale error does happen.
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  • @llli*sassypants's Avatar
    Today, 01:36 PM
    I think there was one study once that claimed babies reject post-exercise milk, and numerous other studies that show babies don't care. Go, exercise, be happy, just wear a good bra. There have been many discussions about choosing a good bra on this forum, but the summary is this: get fitted so you know your exact size, pick an encapsulation (divide and conquer) rather than compression (squish them down). If you find you get plugged ducts, nurse or pump immediately after. Eat for hunger, drink for thirst and you should be okay, no need to over analyze.
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