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  • @llli*thawingsnow's Avatar
    Today, 10:38 AM
    My 16 month old seems to be a grazer when it comes to eating solids, not all of the time, but most of the time--small quantities when eating, which also seems like it might be very normal, since her little stomach can only hold so much. How often are your kids eating solids every day? How much per sitting? I'm thinking of setting out a snack tray, but how would this work? Have any of you tried a snack tray? I don't want my child running around with the food from the snack tray as this is a choking hazard, so how would the food be presented? Overall, I'm trying to make the eating situation a little less stressful and more easygoing for both of us. Do you sit your child down for every meal, even the little ones, or let them snack on the go? Thank you so much!
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  • @llli*marleenyowakim's Avatar
    Today, 09:10 AM
    - He was 7.12 at birth, decreased and returned to his birth weight as usual. At 5 weeks, he was 8.15 - this is when I had my first bout of mastitis. 10 days later when I saw the LC, he dropped to 8.11. Since July 20, he's only increased to 9.4. - He usually nurses every 1 to 1.5 hours - sometimes even 30 minutes after his last feeding. - Nursing feels fine, but I don't hear a lot of swallowing. He sucks a lot, which leads me to believe there isn't enough milk to swallow or he's pacifying. - Pumping feels fine as well. I used to only nurse once or twice per day, but now I nurse after every feeding. In general, I get no more than 4 ounces per day pumping and usually no more than 2 ounces per pump session. - I used the Medela Pump in Style (double pump) - I had a Paragard IUD inserted early August; it's hormone-free.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 08:59 AM
    Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby! The first thing I suggest that you do is to contact Infant Risk (http://www.infantrisk.com) about the antibiotics. It is very common for moms to be told that they must pump and dump when it isn't actually true. The second thing I suggest you do is to get some help. Now is the time to call in the cavalry. Until you get an answer about the meds, you need someone who will hold your baby while you pump. The average feeding for a newborn baby is just around 2 oz (59 ml), with 4 oz (119 ml) being at the high end. So your pump output isn't bad- the issue is that you need to get in there and pump more often! It's untrue that you only have a certain window in which to establish supply. You can increase milk supply at any time. It's easier to do it in the early days/weeks of breastfeeding, but it's always possible.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 08:50 AM
    Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby! I'm sorry breastfeeding hasn't gone smoothly- but don't worry! There's still every reason to think that you can get things back on track. The first thing I suggest you do is to see a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC, for some immediate, in-person help with nursing and pumping. Can you tell us some more about how much supplemental formula you are offering (per day and per serving) and how it's being delivered (bottle, finger-feeder, supplemental nursing system, etc.)? It would also be good to know what sort of pump you have, how often you are pumping, and how pumping feels.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 08:45 AM
    I'm sorry reclined nursing hasn't made a difference! It may be that the cracking is severe enough that even a good latch is going to hurt right now. I would keep using the reclined position- it should be helpful for controlling a fast milk flow at the very least. And experiment with other positions as well. Maybe something will just click! :fingers A strong suck doesn't cause pain when baby is properly latched and the nipple is sitting in the ideal position on the back of the tongue, underneath the soft palate. Any suck will cause pain and tissue damage if the nipple is sitting on the front of the tongue, underneath the hard palate. You can understand this simply by sucking on your own finger. If it's sitting at the front of your tongue, just behind your teeth, you are going to feel a lot of friction and pressure as you suck. When the fingertip is on the back of your tongue- almost down to the opening of your throat- and you suck, you'll realize that all the motion is happening at the front of your mouth, and that the back of the tongue is almost motionless. This is why we call it breastfeeding, not nipplefeeding- ideally, the baby is sucking on your breast, not your nipple! Young babies often have difficulty getting the nipple deep into their mouth due to their small mouths. It may help to use a technique called the "breast sandwich". You can find a description here: http://feedthebabyllc.com/latch-and-positioning/ Google it as well- there are a ton of...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 08:28 AM
    Not necessarily. Sometimes a tie is structured in such a way that it doesn't affect feeding but still hurts mom.
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  • @llli*lmt5007's Avatar
    Today, 07:55 AM
    Several new label designs are available at www.lechelabels.com (previously dittilabels.com)! You can now select a letter of the alphabet or a zoo animal. These labels save me so much time in the morning. I ordered a 3 month supply and just placed a second order. Another benefit... if your daycare requires you to label the bottle with either 'Breastmilk' or 'Formula', you can add this information to the order and the LecheLabel's design team will design a label that includes this information. Highly recommend these labels!
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  • @llli*fruitysher's Avatar
    Today, 01:11 AM
    I developed HELLP syndrome and my baby was delivered via emergency c section at 32 weeks. I think the lactation consultant visited me within 12 hours of the surgery to get me started pumping with a Medela Symphony. I happened to leak a significant amount of colostrum the day before she was born and was able to pump 18ml on my first try. The amount decreased for a few days to nothing at all and then my milk came in. I seemed to be pumping a decent amount from the get go but between too many visitors always in my room and trips back and forth to the NICU for weeks, I was never very consistent about pumping every 3 hours as I was instructed. I often went 5-7 hours without pumping and always figured I was doing okay because I was way ahead of the amount she was taking I at the time and the nurses were all so enthusiastic about the full bottles I'd bring in (I could yield about 4oz total after a stretch of 7 hours without pumping for a couple of weeks before my supply dwindled). Sometimes I'd pump more often than others. I still wasn't that consistent when my supply dropped off because I was an idiot and didn't know about needing to establish a full supply before the hormones shifted. Now the baby is home- she's almost 12 weeks actual, 3 weeks adjusted. From the get go in the NICU, she breastfed remarkably well and we supplemented per the NICU instructions upon arriving at home until the pediatrician said we could EBF. After 2 weeks of exclusive BF, the pediatrician thought we...
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  • @llli*dexterslanding's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:27 PM
    Hello, severely frustrated mama here. My baby boy is 10 weeks old and we have been struggling with breastfeeding lately. From the start, it has been a battle. The first couple days were extremely rough, and I had to go back to the hospital to see a lactation consultant. She gave me a nipple shield to use because she said my nipples were "too short" and he was having a difficult time latching on. He had to do weekly weight checks for the first month because of this. We are STILL on the shield (which is my next issue to resolve) and things were going decently until a week ago. Ive always felt like I had a slightly low milk supply, because I was never able to get much when I pumped, and it was impossible for me to pump and breastfeed, unless he slept for a good amount of time in between feedings (i.e. 4 plus hours). Recently, it seems like my milk supply has tanked, and is getting smaller with each passing day. It started out with him breastfeeding, then acting hungry 10 to 20 minutes later and returning to feed some more. Then, he could no longer return to feed because I basically had nothing left. Now, I can't even get him to sit though one full feeding. He gets about ten minutes in or so and starts acting hysterical, like he can't get enough to suffice him. He starts rooting like crazy and kicking and screaming, but when he calms down and latches on again, he just starts it all over because his hunger isn't being stifled. Because of this, I have had to start supplementing...
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  • @llli*umg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:16 PM
    I'll leave the advice to the experts since I'm new here but I just wanted to say it's going to be okay. You are not alone even if you feel you are right now. Many have gone through similar situations and it all passes. You are doing a great job and your baby is lucky to have you. :)
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  • @llli*mama7008's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:09 PM
    My baby had both tongue and lip ties, and she ate just fine and gained incredibly well. I was just in horrible pain with lots of cracks and bleeding. I found Earth Mama Angel Baby nipple butter was my favorite for healing (I didn't like how lanolin felt at all!). It just feels good, too. Cross-cradle was (and still is) the least painful position for me. I can never really figure out the laid back position with my big baby (at 10 months she's almost half as tall as me!), so I understand how that feels.
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  • @llli*butterfingers's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:12 PM
    Thank you for your response. This is something I do already but I have been trying it consistently since reading your reply. Sadly it doesn't make any difference to pain. I am now pretty convinced that this is baby compressing the nipple to control the flow. I appear to have plenty of milk and she does gulp and choke a little and is seeming to struggle. The pain is intense and feels like an extremely strong pulling. Could she just have a very strong suck?? I don't think she is slipping off as the pain is less intense as the feed goes on, and her suck is less forceful?? I think the milk supply must always have been good due to her weight gain but she seems to be struggling more and more with the flow and I would have thought this would get easier for her. When does milk production peak? And when could I expect her to handle things a little better and or grow out of the shallow latch? Struggling to cope with the right side, expressing doesn't really work for me, I have two other children (age 4 and 2) and finding the time commitment to do that on top of feeding and everything else is too daunting.
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  • @llli*azjen's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:28 PM
    I am going to try to see an IBCLC next week if things aren't better. I have had a heck of a time figuring it out with my insurance, but I think it's all squared away now. I have been doing cradle/cross-cradle - I've tried football hold but it is not comfortable for either of us. And we can't seem to figure out the reclining one either. I don't think he has any anatomical issues because I feel like he would have more trouble eating if so, right? I have some Motherlove nipple cream that I absolutely loved last time, but I read somewhere online that it's not as healing as Lanolin because it keeps the nipples too moist or something. Maybe I will go back to it. For now the Soothies do seem to be helping. Thanks for the commiseration, ladies!
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  • @llli*gracepoole's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:14 PM
    I so feel for you! I experienced much of the same with my last. I didn't find lanolin helpful at all -- for me, it didn't do anything (except make a goopy, sticky mess). But nipple butter was a lifesaver. Just thought I'd mention it in case you want to give it a try.
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  • @llli*blessed2's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:21 PM
    I am in he same position day 1 of a strike after he bit me bc he is teething. I am so emotional and heartbroken. I have to give bottles bc I work full time so I know he's eating and I'm pumping enough but I am so sad... I keep crying please give me some hope!!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:37 PM
    This will get better! Cracks and pain usually vanish as the baby grows. Bigger baby = bigger mouth = no more pain or damage for mom. One unfortunate truth about cracks is that it's sometimes easier to prevent them than to heal them once they have formed. But since you can't go back in time, let's focus on healing what is there now! What positions are you using? And has baby been checked for lip and tongue ties? Can you see a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:33 PM
    If the baby is nursing well, you can either gradually wean from the fenugreek or even just stop taking it. Fenugreek can be a nice boost for some moms, but most moms don't need to take it long term. If, however, you stop taking the fenugreek and then experience a big drop in supply, you might want to reassess and reverse course.
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  • @llli*perannie's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:24 PM
    I have had supply issues and LO had slow weight gain, so I started fenugreek! It has helped and now I'm wondering if I have to continue the fenugreek for the rest of my breastfeeding journey or could I wean off of it??
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  • @llli*redbear45's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:48 PM
    Thanks ladies. Yeah, 6-oz bottles are a lot but we did that because she was never satisfied with 3, 4, or 5 oz. I think I have a large storage capacity because she only ever wanted to nurse like 7-8 times a day from the day she was born, and then it dropped to 6 and now 5 nursing sessions ... so I assume she takes a lot at each feeding. The sitter does paced feedings and says it takes like 40 minutes to feed her! But she's stopped at 5 oz like twice ever, and downs the 6 ounces. She's been in the 75th percentile the whole time, and weight gain is great, so no worries there. I am just not used to getting less when I pump in the afternoons! I think the main thing is that I am getting less overall on one side, which is weird because it's the side we usually start on in the mornings. But it sounds like my pump duration should be longer too ... I stop at 10 mins in the morning because I'm filling the bottles. I guess this is a good problem to have though! I need to clean my pump and honestly, I didn't know you were supposed to replace the membranes ... ! I need to do that, thanks!
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