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  • @llli*monkeywithsuitcase's Avatar
    Today, 06:31 AM
    Hi! Thanks for all your great advice. I originally wanted to avoid buying a pump because I live in India, and I wasn't sure if I would be able to find one. But after your comments, I decided it would probably be best, and found one on Amazon.in that was delivered the next day! I also really like the advice about letting Dad just kind of hang out with him until he falls asleep. I'm no longer as anxious about this trip, and actually looking forward to it!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:44 AM
    Hair loss is normal in postpartum, and is often most noticeable at around 3-6 months. Pregnancy inhibits shedding, so now that the pregnancy hormones are gone you are losing both your normal complement of shed hair plus all the hair you didn't shed during pregnancy. This will happen regardless of whether or not you breastfeed. The reason you don't notice it in other moms is that you generally pay more attention to your own hair than anyone else does. You probably have seen moms with significant postpartum hair loss, but didn't realize it because they were wearing a stylish hat or rocking a short, layered haircut. So, shedding is generally normal. However, sometimes postpartum shedding coincides with hair loss from some other cause, and here I am thinking of postpartum thyroditis. I personally think that all women should get tested for thyroid function within the postpartum year, particularly if they have additional symptoms of thyroid disregulation. So do a Google and check out thyroid symptoms (both hypo and hyper), and see if anything matches. Most likely the hair loss is normal. But if you have additional unexplained symptoms, it might be time to see the doc.
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  • @llli*shannonfbc's Avatar
    Today, 01:08 AM
    my son was always at the bottom (once he made it on to it) its okay as long as she isnt losing ground... by all means go see a lc if nothing else it will set your mind at ease mama which makes it time very well spent
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  • @llli*shannonfbc's Avatar
    Today, 01:02 AM
    i hate to say it but sounds like weaning to me... she was just done before you were :( my oldest weaned on her own too
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  • @llli*shannonfbc's Avatar
    Today, 12:58 AM
    I would get a second opinion on that one mama.... my son was a preemie and he dropped slightly on percentile at about that adjusted age slightly and his doctors never suggested that i do that they did ask me to pop by just to weigh him every week to make sure he was in fact still slowly gaining... and always yes on a lactation consultant they are excellent sources for information and concerns and at very least they can set your mind at ease...
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  • @llli*shannonfbc's Avatar
    Today, 12:46 AM
    I have always had very thick hair. My daughter is 5 months old and my hair is coming out by the handful for about a month to the point where you can see my scalp and where each hair is growing from on the top of it.... ive been told hairloss is normal in breast feeding but this is freaking me out as i dont see women running around with babies like this? is this at all normal and if so is there anything i can do to minimize this? This is my third baby ive never had this before? is so bad people have noticed and commented on it :(
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:00 PM
    Seriously? Supplementation for a percentile change from 15th percentile to 9th percentile? I agree with mommal, get a second opinion before adding in supplements. I think you are thinking about it the right way: formula is a medical intervention, and should be undertaken only if there is a medical problem. Which it doesn't sound like there is, it sounds like your baby is just small. Which is fine! Some are small, some are big. There are as many babies at the 9th percentile as at the 91st percentile and people aren't imposing medical interventions on the 91 percenters.
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:23 PM
    Hi mama, sorry to hear your little one has been sick. Your supply will come back. I'm not sure from your post but it doesn't sound like you normally pump? In which case I wouldn't go by pump output, if you're not used to pumping all the time then how much you get pumping does not say much. Plus, he may be getting more milk than you think when you are nursing. By 6 months an ebf baby is often very efficient and can get a full meal in 2 or 3 minutes. At this point, the best thing is just to nurse as much as baby is willing. I think counting the swallows, trying to get him to drink more etc. is counterproductive. Just offer frequently. I know it's scary that baby was sick and in the hospital but he'll get better. Rather than spending time pumping, cuddle with him in bed, spend time skin-to-skin (if it's warm enough), take baths together, play together with your top off. Forget about cleaning, chores etc - just focus on spending time together. He'll get better - it takes time, especially when baby was so sick. And your supply will come back. :hug
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:06 PM
    Have you considered the possibility this is a nursing strike? I am not sure what you mean about normal behavior? No need to worry about your child wanting to touch and cuddle your breasts. That is normal behavior even if a child has never nursed. There is an article on this site called weaning and a mothers feelings that you may like to read. Weaning is a transition and an emotional one. No matter how weaning happens it is normal to have some sadness.
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  • @llli*3littlemensmama's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:43 PM
    Hello I'm new here. I have a ebf 6 month old. Last week he was really sick and wouldn't nurse due to his coughing and fever. We ended up in the hospital due to dehydration and fever. So since friday 2/27 my supply has all but diminished. I've been pumping, taking fenugreek and hydrating etc. My baby will not take a bottle and I'm getting desperate. How can I increase my supply and get him to nurse on me longer? He nurses for maybe 2-3 minutes on each side and when I feel letdown I start counting his swallows and I'm up to 40 counts on the side he starts on and half the time he won't latch on to my other side. I've tried coaxing him but then he just cries. So then I pump for 10-15 minutes after. I'm able to get an ounce maybe total from pumping. I've been doing this with him since Sunday. And I still don't feel that my supply has come back:( he has lost over a pound from being sick and he was already on the smaller side for his age. Help! What can I do to get more milk in my baby??? Is there any hope for my supply Thank you
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  • @llli*mama7008's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:04 PM
    My little one does this, too, and it's usualky because I'm trying to feed her too soon, so if hell tolerate waiting a bit longer, that might help!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:12 PM
    Welcome to the forum! The first suggestion I have is to see a different doctor. You might want to contact your local La Leche League and ask if they can recommend someone who is breastfeeding-friendly and able to see past percentiles and charts. I also suggest starting with the assumption that you have TIME to get things figured out- based on what you've posted I don't see an urgent need to start supplements right now. Unless I have misread your post, your baby is not actually LOSING weight. When a baby is losing weight, that is a pretty urgent situation. What your baby is doing- and please correct me if I am wrong- is continuing to gain weight, albeit at a slower pace than in previous months. Slowed weight gain and a decline on the charts around the middle of the first year is very normal for breastfed babies, as they become more mobile and start devoting increasing numbers of calories to action instead of packing them on as fat. A drop from the 15th to the 9th percentile is not a particularly significant drop considering that your baby has consistenly been on the small side. If she went from the 90th to the 9th, that might be a bit more worrisome, YK? At that age my kids had both dropped about 25 points from their 2 month weight-for-age percentiles, and their pediatrician didn't care at all. She just pointed to the chart and said "Look, they're doing that same thing all my breastfed babies do- leveling out their curves." That's why I think you need...
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  • @llli*alysandrasmom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:03 PM
    I'm in the same boat kinda! My 4 month old didn't gain any weight in 2 months so doc is concerned and I was told not to nurse AT ALL for a week! Thankfully I got in here and ladies told me otherwise. Now I'm dealing with the issue of my baby not latching on :/ doing all formula was a joke to me and my husband but I had my mom and mother in law telling me to do what doctor said. My issue is low supply and my baby not nursing often enough. Sorry to hear you are going through something similar. It not a fun situation... Hang in there
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  • @llli*erintan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:32 PM
    Hey everyone. My baby has always been small. At birth she weighed 8lbs 9oz. We then struggled through reflux and Prevacid and Zantac and managed to make it through to the other side. For the past few months, she has been maintaining her weight at the 15th percentile. I started her on solids once a day about two weeks ago. She feeds on demand and frequently (8-9 times a day at least) and regularly poos and pees. Today, we visited the doctor and she weighed 13 1/2 pounds and had dropped To the 9th percentile. The doctor does seem concerned. She wants me to begin to supplement and told me to return to her office on Monday if she won't take formula supplementation. The issue is - I really don't want to have to supplement. My husband thinks this is nuts and I should but I was hoping to continue breastfeeding. I know the road of supplementation is a steep one and once I start I would have to continue. But I also don't want my baby to continue to lose weight.
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  • @llli*snl's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:05 PM
    Thank you for responding. Sad time :( Hopefully in time I won't be so sad about it! Here I was worrying about how I would eventually wean if I had to because she loved nursing so much! Never thought she would quit on me! How long did the sadness last for you? I am wondering if much of it is really just my hormones.
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  • @llli*mumtothomas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:49 PM
    My son did the same thing, at the same age. He was ready to be done (I wasn't!), so I didn't push it, but I was so sad about it. I don't have any insight to share, but I remember how hard it was to let it go. :hug
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  • @llli*snl's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:49 PM
    I am new to this site. I decided to search for answers to better understand why my 21 month old decided to no longer nurse. I have been solely nursing since she was born. was able to nurse her without any pumping/bottle feeding since I am a work from home mom. I introduced food and whole milk when she was one and we continued with nursing before naps, bedtime and in the morning. She also nursed throughout the day every now and then when she wanted it. Back about 2 months ago she wouldn't nurse on one side and would say every now and then it was yucky.. so I would still try that side and she would nurse occasionally on the yucky side, but primarly I nursed her on my right side. Three days ago she told me my right side was yucky and now won't nurse at all. She hugs them and will touch them but doesn't want to nurse. As much as I wanted nursing to end with her soon, I am really sad it ended so abruptly. She has no interest in nursing now.. going on day 3. Is this normal behavior for a child that no longer wants to nurse? I always said I would be nursing her forever because I have never had a problem nursing and she has always loved it. :) I think I am struggling with it all more than she is. I am very emotional and sad that it ended this way and I wish I had more signs so I could've better prepared myself emotionally for it. She is teething (working on 2 year molars), wondering if that could be the cause. Sad though because the time she decides to nurse again (if she...
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  • @llli*chivislh's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:00 PM
    have you try Straw? how it was?, I taught my baby like this: I put straw in the mouth of my baby, then i squeeze the bag, the liquid should arrive to the mouth and then stop to squeeze, then baby will start to soak up :clap i bougth a straw Bottle easy to clean, i don't like non spill trainer. sorry for my english
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:54 PM
    Either. A mom may decide to pursue mother-led weaning, in which she pushes weaning to happen faster than the child would choose, or she may decide to pursue child-led weaning, which proceeds at whatever speed the child wants. There are a lot of in-between approaches, too, like choosing mother-led weaning for nighttime sessions and allowing the child to self-wean from daytime sessions. He will cut back on his own. But you may also set limits if you choose! Nursing a toddler can be really demanding, and you can feel free to set limits on when, where, and how nursing proceeds. Maybe you want him to nurse after the baby, or only until you count to 20, or only in the house, or only before bed, or to not twiddle, etc. Whatever limit makes nursing more pleasant for you is fine! You can't know when he will ease up. It's so individual! It could happen tomorrow or not for a few months or not for a few years. But you can be confident that he will eventually self-wean. He's not going to be coming home from middle school asking to nurse!!!
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:51 PM
    Congrats on the new baby! Weaning can be mother-led, child-led, or some combination. My guess is that your son has upped his nursing in response to the big change in his life, ie the arrival of his sister! If you do nothing, he will eventually nurse less. But if you're overwhelmed, it's okay to set limits, too. Some strategies are: don't offer; or tell him you will nurse for a set amount of time (for example, until you count to ten, or for the amount of time it takes to sing "Twinkle Twinkle" twice, or whatever). Personally when I've had enough I tell my toddler she can have one more sip. Lately she's started negotiating with me around that ("no, five more sips!") but for a while that strategy worked really well for us. You can also discuss with him the fact that sister needs to nurse first, for example. But perhaps have some special time where it's just you and him, whether nursing or some other activity he enjoys (cuddles, a bedtime story). The other thing is that while your baby is still a newborn and not distractible, baby nursing sessions are a good time to read a book on the couch with your older child, or have him bring over a toy that you play with with him while he sits next to you. My younger two are 22 months apart so I know it's hard with a newborn and a toddler!
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:29 PM
    That sounds like great advice!! :angrypin My first baby was about average for her weight, off-the-charts for height. But my son is just not a very hungry guy and he's been on the lower end of the carts (high for height, also). I feel like having a healthy baby is the most important thing.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:19 PM
    That is awesome!!!!
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