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  • @llli*babygirlsmommy's Avatar
    Today, 02:09 AM
    Thank you so much for your thorough reply! I am continuing on my journey and it is painfully slow progress but I am making progress. I went from being able to pump 1-2 drops and getting nothing from hand expression to today pumping about 2 ml and being able to hand express a few drops. I am still determined and committed and I am grateful that my supply seems to be increasing, but I am not going to lie; it is extremely discouraging to see the tiny little bottle that I used to be able to fill in about 10 minutes have only the bottom barely covered after a day of hard work. :( It seems impossible that I will ever be at a point where I'm producing enough milk to feed my daughter and/or pump bottles for her for when I'm away. I have started taking 2 fenugreek pills 3 times a day in addition to the original supplement that I was taking. I'm not sure if that is what has caused the increase in supply or if it would have increased anyway as time passed. I am trying my hardest to pump 8 times a day but some days I fall short. Today for example I have only managed 4 pumping sessions. My daughter will still latch and I try to do so each time before or after she has her bottle. Though some times I do skip it if she seems cranky as I don't want her to associate my breast with anything negative. The part I am still struggling with is how I will know when/if she is getting any milk. I have tried to listen for her swallowing and sometimes I think I hear one or two swallows...
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  • @llli*breastfeedingmommyof2's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:32 PM
    I really love the ones they sell at target and walmart. They are very affordable and they have clips at the top so you can just in clip the front of the bra from the rest of it and allow your many to nurse with ease :)
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  • @llli*breastfeedingmommyof2's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:30 PM
    My 2 week old son is choking at the breast and getting frustrated. I cannot figure out if my issue is too much milk or from a really fast let down? How do I know the difference and how can I solve this issue so he can nurse comfortably? Thank you in advance.
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  • @llli*melaniejoy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:10 PM
    My daughter will be turning 1 on September 6. We have had ups and downs in breastfeeding, and I have ended up BF her exclusively and enjoying it way more with her than my first. I am more emotionally attached to it this time. I am a teacher and have had the summer off so feeding has been easy. I go back to work in 2 weeks and my plan is to not pump anymore. I really want to have the flexibility at work during the day to be more productive and have the ability to leave my classroom! But, I am also worried that with cutting out those feedings my supply will go down enough to make my daughter not want to nurse (she's pretty fussy when supply is low) and it makes me sad to think that BF may be ending soon. I know women have success with nursing in morning/evening/night while working, but I just worry it won't work for me. I have considered continuing to pump, but I just really don't want to anymore. I guess I'm just looking for encouragement in this situation. Also, I may have started weaning the feedings a little late (I just started this week) before returning to work, but I just wasn't ready, I'm not ready, really! She has taken a bottle for one feeding two days in a row, which is good. I would miss about 3 nursing times during the day with her, so I thought replacing one time with a bottle each week would be enough time to adjust. I guess it's a little late now to change anything if not, but does this sound like it would work? I have kind of been in denial...
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  • @llli*mama.brrr's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:42 PM
    I bought some Lamaze Maternity Intimate brand bras half-priced from zulily (they are doing another event now, actually) which I have been using for four weeks so far and I LOVE them way more than any other nursing bra I've ever owned.
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:32 PM
    Hi! so sorry the big latch on was stressfull for you! How much practice overall do you have with NIP? It can be a challenge indeed and the thing I have found works best is practice practice practice. I even made up a joke about it. Q- 'how do you nurse in Carnegie Hall?" A-'practice' Ba dum dum Moving on, I have dealt with very fast letdown with all three of my babies. What I found worked best for me, in or out, is: Nursing frequently, usually one side at a time unless baby wants both sides Using nursing positions that help both baby and I feel most comfortable and to handle the flow. This usually means nursing laid back, which can actually be done sitting up. It also means positioning baby so baby is positioned to take the flow. Head above tummy, legs and bottom more or less below- the whole body more up and down, rather than straight across me. Think about how a baby giraffe (or any grazer really) nurses.
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:15 PM
    It's been 10 days i am dealing with a plugged duct.. i have tried everything you guys suggested but it is not going away.. one of my friend scared me out alot.. she said she has gone through same problem and she got mastits twice. what else can i do to get rid of.. i frequently nurse that side , it becomes small after nursing but it is growing back again and again.. thanks in advance
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:01 PM
    Ok, first, you asked how to help your baby want to nurse. The best source for info on that, imo, is this article: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/back-to-breast/ Ok, I have to convert everything to pounds and ounces, so after converting, I am getting a gain of about 6 pounds in 5 months? Yes, that is slow gain overall. Typical gain in the first 3 months (after the initial loss which is normal) is ~ a pound (or a little less) every two weeks. But after 3 months, weight gain rate slows down quite bit, and slows again a few months later. What pattern is your baby following with gain? You mentioned anemia. Any chance this has not been resolved? I think that severe iron deficiency causes a lack of appetite. Ok. Sorry, I still don’t understand quite want is going on right now. If baby will not nurse and will not eat, what is baby living on right now? Is baby getting dehydrated?
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:18 PM
    Molasses can be used to sweeten granola too. Could probably also be used on your oatmeal. Blackstrap will of course be less sweet but higher in minerals.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:16 PM
    with the cold or the heat, do what seems to help. Like with many injuries sometimes just cold seems to help or heat or sometimes alternating. Now where was It I heard about using cabbage leaves as a remedy for breast problems? As in stick a cabbage leaf in your bra and see if it helps (of course that only helps if you happen to have a head of cabbage in the house.)
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:27 PM
    I also found this on Dr. Jack Newman's site on mastitis. Is it possible I have the lump from the beginning of mastitis that he discusses, and not a plugged duct? I feel like if it's a lump, then everything I'm doing could be making it worse. But I don't want to leave it alone if it is a plug! I am so confused! Sorry if I'm driving you all crazy with my obsessiveness. I'm a laid-back person, but nursing issues make me insane.
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  • @llli*anaduralia's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:35 PM
    mmmm... I love black strap molasses! I never knew it was healthy too lol. I mix 2 tbsp molasses, 1 tbsp honey mustard (or mild mustard), 1 tbsp worchesterchire sauce, 1 tbsp soy sauce together and put it on a burger along with carmelized onions and fried mushrooms and gouda cheese on top... You might have to adjust the amounts - I never measure just go by taste.
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:34 PM
    usafreat, if I can get to some castor oil, I'll try that. I feel like this is running (and ruining) my life at the moment. Finding time to do all this is getting impossible with an infant and a toddler and a workaholic husband who's super-stressed! I'm trying everything -- took two showers, have been massaging all day, nursing as much as possible (baby is fussy and sleeping a lot today, though). I've pumped a few times. I don't feel or notice any difference. I know I said all those things made the redness worse, and it looks more inflamed, but I was worried about doing nothing. Meg, since you recommended cold compresses, is that all the time, meaning no heat at all? Use cold right before nursing? I wanted to talk this over with my LC but she hasn't called me back all day. I have no engorgement in that side, so if it's blocked it's not making milk at the moment, I guess.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:28 PM
    Babies can be really smart when it comes to seeing the SNS. You might try not opening up the tubes right away with the SNS so maybe she will learn to suck a bit before expecting the milk to come. I know how difficult ALWAYS having to use the SNS is. Now it tends to be trickier to slip the tube of the SNS in after already latched on since the SNS tube is Very Very flexible compared to the feeding tubes like Dr Jack Newman recommends. It can also be a pain to deal with a grabby baby and the fine tubes! I've got a 4 1/2 month old who likes to grab and pull at things while nursing. I'm trying different things like a necklace and now a red bandana around my neck, the red bandana seems to hold his attention right now. Are you pumping to up your supply since you are using the SNS?
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:17 PM
    ok. So, why is baby so upset prior to coming to the breast? 2-3 weeks is the typical age for a baby to "wake up" and become much hungrier than before. Baby wants milk and baby wants milk NOW. This leads to a frantic baby, and a frantic baby cannot latch and nurse as effectively. So baby gets more frantic and before you know it, everyone is having a meltdown. So, as much as possible, offering the breast at the earliest cues or even BEFORE baby cues is important. These links have some helpful info on recognizing cues. But every baby is different. I suggest as much as possible, hold your baby either skin to skin or with very easy access to the breasts to facilitate breastfeeding. It never ever hurts to offer! Also, have you tried inserting the sns tube after baby latches? If baby is sucking on the tube and getting milk that way, that might be causing baby to not understand what baby has to do to get milk. So maybe inserting the tube later will help baby understand they have to latch and nurse to get milk. (?) See this video: http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=vid-lactaid
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  • @llli*lalalola777's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:44 PM
    Yes but she is so upset she doesn't seem to notice!!
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:37 PM
    Have you tried instant reward (dribbling a little expressed milk or formula on the nipple before/when latching or as baby gets "started" sucking, or, hand expressing to get droplets of milk on the breast before nursing? hand expression: http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/06_hand_expression.pdf
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:30 PM
    As pp suggests, the pump typically suggested for situations where mom is pumping because production is low is a hospital grade rental pump. You rent it, not buy it. Hand expression along with pumping helps some moms. Like, before or after pumping. Ok. When will baby be weighed again? While weight checks too close together are often misleading, I do think that weekly checks make sense to ensure any interventions are working. A gain of 2 ounces in 3 days sounds like reasonable gain to me, but it is not really a long enough period of time to draw conclusions one way or another. Supplementing so baby is getting enough to eat is important, but (imo) supplementing to get baby to a certain weight by a certain time is potentially problematic. OVER supplementation is likely to cause more problems. Now, I don't think either 5 or 7.5 daily is a huge amount to be supplementing, however, any amount over the needed amount is too much. Not that it is easy to determine the needed amount. It is not. But this is very early days, and the most important thing is to keep baby nursing frequently. And over supplementing can make that harder. ... Well, "minimal" changes in breasts as you describe during pregnancy are certainly normal. Assuming your development- onset of menses and breast development- was normal and with no obvious fertility issues, that is all inconclusive. Something to consider is to have your thyroid function and/or hormonal levels checked anyway, also, has retained...
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  • @llli*leonies.mum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:10 PM
    Hi everybody Today I participated at the "Big Latch-on" in a baby center. I went there with the proud feeling of being one of the worlds breast feeding moms and left really frustrated. I wasn't even able to keep my two month old nursing for a minute in a row without getting her opset over my overactive letdown. While all moms around me where holding their placidly suckling babies sitting relaxed on a couch I was standing, shushing, and bouncing my crying baby trying to get her back to the breast... :( When I'm relaxed and at home it is somewhat easier. But still it takes me a lot of patience to get my baby to nurse, relax, and finally fall a sleep. She only nurses for a few minutes at the time and stays fussy until I get her to nurse more. She has figured out that she can pull back and let the intense flow pass but more often she still gets angry, starts crying, and does not want to go back to the breast for quite a while. I have tried block feeding for up to 6 hours on one side. But sometimes she would only nurse if I switch sides. Also the intensity of my letdown seems not to change much whether my breasts are really full or even quite soft. Any suggestions or just a little compassion to ease my frustration...?:huh
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  • @llli*xjemmaxlouisex's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:47 PM
    Sorry, I think my post was sent with haste of sheer desperation. She has continually gained weight but very slowly. She has never lost any weight but her weight gain hasn't been what health visitors/midwives would like. She regularly falls off the centiles of where she should be at but as I say has always gained. She was 3.340kg at birth and is now 5.875kg at 22 weeks, she did loose weight after birth, which I am told is normal which was 3.170kg. She doesnt really have a feeding pattern as I demand feed, she did used to nurse for an hour or two and then maybe go an hour in between. Before the strike she had baby rice 3 times a day, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and would feed as and when she wanted which was usually in the morning before breakfast and before and after meals and then two main feeds between Breakfast and Lunch & Lunch and Dinner. These particular feeds would last approx 30mins maybe more and the lesser feeds 15mins. Sorry when I say weaning, I mean in the British sense, a little baby rice or porridge with breastfeeding. My baby was combined fed with formula and breastmilk as my supply started to decrease however since I have started taking Fenugreek and Donperidone this was no longer a problem and formula stopped. She tends to have a small bottle to feed her medication and the rest fed by breast. I would prefer to breastfeed her but obviously will give whatever she will take. She has been much better since meds, alot more settled and defiantly doesn't...
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  • @llli*lalalola777's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:24 PM
    I did some power pumping today and was able to get an ounce total from 4 pumping sessions in about an hour's time. Not much but for me that's pretty significant.
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  • @llli*lalalola777's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:19 PM
    My 3 week old has been using an SNS for the past two weeks to supplement about 5 feedings a day. The past couple of days she gets very upset at the breast w/o SNS if there isn't immediate letdown. She will barely try to suck and then pulls away screaming. As soon as I set up the SNS and let her drink from that she is fine. Is there anything I can do to get her back to just breast a bit more?
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:48 PM
    Yes mommal has good questions. We can't tell if baby is nursing now, bottled fed, combo? It's unclear. How are/were bottles given (have you tried paced bottle feeding?) and how much is in the bottle? Also, how often are solids offered, how are they offered, and what are you giving your baby to eat? Also how are the meds working? any improvement after starting those? How was reflux diagnosed? When you say nothing works...what do you mean? Is baby not gaining weight? Losing weight? Literally not eating anything? Eating only sometimes? Or eating, but not as much or as often as you have been told she should? etc.
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  • @llli*usafreat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:54 PM
    Hi filmmommy, I had a very mysterious 'is it mastitis, plug' issue once and I didn't want to take antibiotics nor didn't need to really because I wasn't sure of what was going on. I had all symptoms save a temperature. I did a castor oil compress and it remedied the problems. My IBCLC swore by it and now I do too. Took about a day or two for me to be 100 percent better. There are many sites I just quickly googled so I could incl something for you. Good luck. http://www.pumpstation.com/pumpstation/dept.asp?dept_id=3281
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:39 PM
    Hi mama! I'm so sorry about the difficulty with your baby's feeding and weight gain. It might be helpful if you could post a full weight history- birth weight, lowest weight, weight at each check-up. Also, can you describe her feeding patterns? Before this strike, how many times per day did she nurse (in general)? How many bottles per day did she get (in general)? And when you say you started weaning her at 4 months, do you mean that in the British sense, i.e. introducing solids, rather than the American sense, i.e. ceasing to nurse?
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