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  • @llli*msviolaceous's Avatar
    Today, 03:58 AM
    So she has only gained 2.5 ounces in the past eight days and we've started supplementing. My heart is broken, even though I've had a couple of days to adjust to the idea. The LC is having me try a combination of a hospital grade pump 8x a day and more milk plus. I have to say, I'm feeling pretty pessimistic at this point. The hospital grade (symphony) doesn't feel much different and my output seems about the same. I also never got anywhere near the maximum suction with my pump in style. How could this possibly make a difference? Everyone talks about hospital grade pumps as though they were the living end, but the main difference I can see so far is that this thing is quieter.
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  • @llli*wisemom1023's Avatar
    Today, 03:40 AM
    My LO is 3 months old and I recently returned to work leaving her at home with family members. I am concerned that she is being over fed. She is a bigger baby in the 98th percentile. She was 10lbs when she was born and is currently around 15lbs. When I am home with her, she nurses on demand which is every 2-3 hours. When I leave her for work, I leave 4 ounce bottles. My caregiver says she eats every 2 hours and she doesn't always finish the bottles. I am pretty sure my caregiver watches the clock and has a bottle ready for her every two hours instead of waiting for hunger cues which leads to wasted milk. Should my LO be eating this often? Should I suggest paced bottle feeding? I know they are not using this technique. I worry because if she continues to eat at this pace, I don't know if I can maintain my supply pumping at work. Please help!!
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  • @llli*greatestjoy's Avatar
    Today, 02:35 AM
    :duck I must admit, I'm a little embarrassed. Turns out, my daughter is gaining just fine... First of all, I am returning half the gadgets I bought. After I gently reminded my husband about the importance of our daughter's weight gain, my husband upped his game, and was able to feed her 6 ounces in my absence. Secondly, I finally weighed her on an actual infant scale, and she actually went from 35th to 36th percentile (so the same, not down). It's pretty embarrassing to admit, but the way we were weighing her before was by having DH stand on a bathroom scale holding her, record that number, hand her to me, then record his weight. Then we just subtracted the first number from the second. Not the brightest idea I've ever had... Anyways, I'm not posting this just to make myself look foolish, but so no one else will try such a thing. This got me needlessly panicked. So the experts are right: even though DD was only drinking 4 ounces in my 9 hour absence, she was making up for it with nursing when I was home. Smart little girl, huh?
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  • @llli*greatestjoy's Avatar
    Today, 02:18 AM
    Congrats! I thought about you the other day, glad things are going well! Thanks for keeping us updated. While my son is still nursing once daily, he is getting increasingly annoyed by this weird "milk" stuff that is coming out of my breasts, lol. When my daughter was first born, he was nursing about 5 times a day. I do get the feeling that we are getting near the end, it's bittersweet that my little boy is growing up. It's so funny that you are worried about your son weaning due to not enough milk, and here my 4 year old is weaning due to there being any milk at all! Now he replaces his nursing sessions with suckling at the non-nipple part of my breasts for a few seconds, "pumping" his own little body with a little yellow cup (like my yellow medela pump), and trying to "race" DD to the breast when he sees me lifting up my shirt (although he always lets her win). Keep us posted.
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  • @llli*happychimomma's Avatar
    Today, 12:54 AM
    Two weeks ago, I started taking domperidone and it seemed like it really really helped after about 3 days. I had nice full breasts, baby was gaining weight much better than he had been, and we hadn't needed to give him as many bottles of pumped milk after a feeding. Also, when I did pump after each feeding (like I had been for the month prior to starting the domperidone) instead of getting an ounce or less, I was getting closer to 1 ½ or 2 ounces. I refilled my prescription on Saturday to start my third week and on Sunday night and then Monday and Tuesday, I am completely empty! My breasts don't feel full, I'm back to pumping nearly nothing and baby isn't as satisfied after feeding. I can really feel a significant difference in my breasts because last week, they would almost feel like I was getting plugged ducts when I went long between feedings. Then, it really just stopped! So, 2 questions: 1) has this happened to anyone else and if so, what did you do? And 2) if anyone had any advice even if it hasn't dom happened, please help!
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  • @llli*greatestjoy's Avatar
    Today, 12:48 AM
    :) Although I realize this could exacerbate my slight oversupply, I sometimes have to pump in the morning because sleepy-pants DD is snoozing away next to me in bed.
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  • @llli*greatestjoy's Avatar
    Today, 12:27 AM
    Both of my kids nursed for 10 minutes each session as newborns and 5 minutes after about week 8. This is if they are awake. If they doze off after nursing, maybe 5 minutes more.
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  • @llli*janetplanet's Avatar
    Today, 12:08 AM
    A million years ago I breastfed my first son exclusively for 2.5 years. It was SOOOO hard in the beginning. We didn't have latching issues, we had positioning problems. Finally I figured out how to nurse him lying on our sides. He's 25 now. My new son is almost 5 weeks old. It seems like he can latch - but doesn't want to, or can't sustain the latch. I've had his mouth checked by many doctors and lactation consultants and they all say he's not tongue tied, but I think there's something weird going on with his mouth. He was pretty small at birth - 5 pounds, 14 ounces (and then lost almost 10% of his body weight). The pediatrician told me I HAD to start giving him bottles because he had lost so much weight and was starving. Devastated is not a big enough word to describe how I felt...and still feel... but I started pumping immediately. He LOVES to eat and has been gaining weight like crazy. So, he's tiny and my nipples are ridiculously big. I guess that could be the problem. I feel so discouraged. I'm still trying to nurse him but he seems to know what's happening just by me getting him into position. He gets angry, starts pushing me away and turns his head so far away that I'm reminded of the Exorcist movie. Even when he takes a bottle (I'm exclusively pumping) or a pacifier, he doesn't always open his mouth enough and/or he puts his tongue in the wrong place and it takes several tries just to get the nipple all the way into his mouth. I want to say that he puts...
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  • @llli*pfeiffer909's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:45 PM
    My son was very picky at that age and primarily wanted to nurse. I noticed that he was very sensitive to the teething process and his eating habits really changed after his molars finished coming though. It was like night and day! Oh and try smoothies, maybe your baby will like that. Keep offering him different foods, thats all you can really do.
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  • @llli*pfeiffer909's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:31 PM
    My beautiful son has never slept more than 5 hours straight. I thought he would grow out of it but he is now almost 2 years old and he still wakes up every 3 hours. I thought it was his teeth/molars but now I am thinking it might be something else. He does just wake up and roll over looking and asking for boob and then goes right off back to sleep (we co-sleep) but I am exhausted. Some nights he still wakes up every hour but usually thats when he is teething. Is he just waking to nurse and should I start saying no? I am so so tired and I really don't know what to do at this point. He doesn't have any medical problems that I know of. I tried putting him to bed earlier but that doesn't help and he wakes up even more often when I do that. He usually takes a 2-3 hour nap during the day and then goes to be at 10pm wakes up at 9am. Any ideas or suggestions? Should I start weaning him??
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:36 PM
    It's common for babies to become more efficient nursers as they get older and therefore take less time at the breast. If you're nursing on demand and diaper output and weight gain are on track, nothing to worry about (and no need to watch the clock, either!).
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  • @llli*phoenixpattern's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:29 PM
    My DD is 11 weeks old, and we're using a nipple shield. I was told by a pediatrician that she has a mild tongue tie and would benefit from a frenectomy. I canceled the surgical consultation today, because depending on the position, DD has a good latch, sometimes great. However, to catch up on sleep, I feed her in the side-lying position, which results in a lazy latch due to poor effort on both ends. I've had terrible recurring milk blisters (so much so that I have a crack) on one breast and soreness in general that necessitates nipple shield use. My supply is great, she's thriving; I'm just tired of pain and nipple shields. When I "nipple sandwich" she latches sans shield, but she gives up or fusses, further causing nipple soreness.. Is there hope without a frenectomy? Should I just stick with the shield? I'm thankful for them (size I breasts, flat-ish nipples) but they're a pain to replace, position, wash constantly, and find at 4 am. Any help/encouragement is enormously appreciated.
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  • @llli*amypo28's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:21 PM
    When my son's molars were coming in, he was drooling way more, was very irritable and not himself and was waking up every hour to comfort nurse. I'm very hesitant to suggest medicine... But maybe ask your pediatrician if it would be OK to try a dose of infant pain reliever before bedtime, to see if it helps. You could also look into those homeopathic teething tablets. I didn't think they helped much for the incisors but they seemed to help some with the molars.
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  • @llli*heatherm's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:19 PM
    This sounds just like my son. We started cereal at 4 months after he dropped to the 10th percentile. The pediatrician first wanted me to supplement with formula, but we compromised with cereal (and purees shortly thereafter). He took to eating right away and his weight gain stabilized. We did not change his bottle/nursing schedule at all. starting out, he got a tablespoon of cereal while he was away at day care. The amount of food increased as he dictated. I have heard that this approach will do the opposite of what it's intended to do. But it worked for us. I also wanted to wait at least 6 months to introduce solids. Cereal sounded a whole lot better than formula to me.
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  • @llli*addy.smommy10's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:49 PM
    I just had my daughter's 4 month appointment. She dropped to the 10th percentile for weight when she was at 50 at her 3 month visit. She only gained 1 pound since her last appointment, she weighs 12.4 pounds. I fed her on demand at home and dad bottle feeds her 3oz every 2 hours or so. The doctor stated that we should start cereal to replace every other feeding and increase bottles to 4 oz. I wanted to wait 6 months to feed her any solids. Her doctor is concerned about her weight. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:41 PM
    Glad to help. I do think you are looking quite good but I also do understand your frustration with the current situation. I would strongly encourage you to get back in touch with one of those IBCLC's. Breastfeeding difficulty situations are incredibly fluid, so it is important to reassess things to avoid following the same plan without adjustment past it's usefulness. Moms sometimes get stuck on the nurse/pump/supplement treadmill due mostly to inadequate follow-up. Have you seen this article? It is specifically about weaning off FORMULA supplements, so the mother in this situation is attempting to re-up her production at the same time she is weaning baby off supplements. In other words, this approach may, if anything, be overly cautious for a situation where mom makes enough milk. http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/basics/decrease-formula/ So you make 1200 mils a day, but baby may only be needing about 650. Am I getting this right? How has baby's growth been? Studies show that what normally growing infants take from the breast varies tremendously baby to baby- from something like 15 ounces per day to well over 40. The average is about 25 or so. So again I wonder if it is possible baby is getting all she needs at the breast? Also, starting at about three months, it is normal for weight gain rate to slow noticeably. This is a normal growth pattern, so do not let a slow down in growth throw you. To some extent it is normal and expected at this age.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:23 PM
    Hi and welcome to the forum. For the times you do not wish to nurse, re-direction ("Lets play this instead" etc.) substitution ("how about a cup of water, piece of fruit whatever) avoidance (not sitting in the favorite nursing chair, for example) and limiting the length of sessions ("Yes you can nurse for the time it takes me to sing this song or count to whatever) are all ideas that seem to work well for many moms. Even just never offering but not refusing is a weaning technique. Most children seem to respond to mother led weaning best if it is gradual, with losing one usual nursing session at a time, with several days or a week or more between cutting out the next. If baby responds ok, you can move more quickly, but if baby is becoming upset, that is a sign things are perhaps moving to fast. Good books on weaning with lots of suggestions and explanation about the process are The Nursing Mothers Guide to Weaning and How Weaning Happens. Given your child's age and current nursing frequency, getting down to a 3 times a day schedule may take a little time. In the meantime, it may help you to find ways to meet everyone's needs at once. Are you tied to a special nursing chair or position that prevents cuddling your other kids while you nurse? Maybe trying a different spot or position may help. If your child will nurse in a sling or wrap, or you can nurse comfortably on the floor, etc, you may find ways to read to or play with your other kids while nursing as well.
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  • @llli*sarahd-m's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:58 PM
    My son (11 weeks old) has had constant gas issues all along. I tried cutting out dairy and have gone almost 2 weeks with no appreciable difference, so I was thinking of other things that may be causing it and realized that I myself have had more gas than I ever remember before being pregnant and having him. My diet isn't really any different until I realized the one thing that is different is the prenatal vitamin I have been taking (and was encouraged to continue taking as long as I am breastfeeding). I chose this particular prenatal (New Chapter Perfect Prenatal) because it is whole-foods based and organic, but I read the label again realized that it contains Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale, Daikon Radish, Cabbage, and Mustard - all of which are gas causing! Then I went looking to find out if anyone else had a gas issue with this vitamin and found this comment on a prenatal vitamin comparison page: "I think this is a great prenatal vitamin. It is very easy on the stomach, and I appreciate that it is so trustworthy and organic. However, it needs to be known that there is cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, radish and mustard extracts in these. All these things will cause terrible gas in infants with touchy tummies. I continued taking these as a postnatal vitamin while breastfeeding and it took me 6 weeks to check the ingredient list to see if anything in the vitamins could be causing my newborn's horrible gas and associated pain. Sure enough I saw these ingredients on...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:57 PM
    :ita Nurse, then sit upright in the warm bath. It worked well for both my girls. Not so much for me- I always ended up being the one to scrub the tub! Are you avoiding the BRAT foods (bananas, rice, apples, toast/bread), and pushing the P fruits (plums, pears, peaches, aPricots)?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:52 PM
    I totally understand. Just keep nursing on that side in your arsenal- like if you come down with a plugged duct or mastitis or are engorged and the pump isn't cutting it. I know it's excruciating to nurse on cracks and blisters- BTDT. But there are things that are worse than that pain! Yes. The only caveat I have is that if this is thrush rather than a latch problem, antibiotics will only make it worse. Causes of green stools include: - Normal variation- this is by far the most common explanation for green stools
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  • @llli*avabelle's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:50 PM
    Thank you both for your replies! We have tried an sns but as she doesn't suck as much as hump or chomp, I end up having to squeeze the bottle a lot which kind of defeats the purpose of trying to have her learn to suck? Also, she is an erratic feeder (latches on v frequently, from bottle takes small irregular amounts - know this is the normal pattern of a breastfed baby so fine) so I end up having to keep sns round neck all day in case she wants to latch on which just isn't practical chasing an active toddler around if that makes sense? I have a good supply (pump about 600mls a day from each breast, so 1.2 litres total), she only takes about 650 a day if exclusively bottlefed, but our situ complicated by fact she can only stimulate let down reliably on one side so feeds mainly from the left (I had true inverted nipples and the left is smaller and more inverted than the right) My supply also regulates incredibly quickly, I guess as I've now been lactating constantly for 3+ years. I'm encouraged that you think we might be doing better than I think :) She's to be weighed on Thursday and has had a week of only mainly breast so I suppose I'll find out then how we've done.
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  • @llli*saturn.ring's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:45 PM
    I know she is teething right now actually. Some front teeth are coming in. How would I know if her molars are coming in? I can feel something in that area but not sure exactly what's going on. I think we are going to do some variation on the Gordon approach soon. Thanks to those of you who have offered your thoughts AND for your compassion. Hoping for a decent night!
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  • @llli*rss.newmom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:11 PM
    That sounds pretty much like the tongue tie my son had, though he could not even stick his tongue out. His under skin came all the way till the tip of his tongue so he could only move the sides of his tongue up to create a wave. Thankfully the LC and pediatrician identified the issue at birth itself (they called it a severe case of tongue tie) and we got it clipped when he was 5 days old. BF got better but both he and I had to continue to practice it to make it easier.
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  • @llli*rss.newmom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:54 PM
    Sorry for the last response, not sure if this is still helpful. Hope the appointment went well. My son was born with a severe case of tongue tie and struggled with latching. Thankfully the lactation consultant and pediatrician identified it early on (I had personally never heard of tongue tie) and we got a frenectomy on day 5. His latch improved drastically. About gassiness and green poops, that happens - I have heard gassiness is normal with babies and green poops are because the baby is not getting the creamier hind milk. Happens to my baby on and off. You should try to start every nursing session with the same side that you ended the last session with - this way the baby gets the hind milk before moving to the next breast. Also try and feed only one breast at a session instead of giving him both, this way he gets the creamier milk. Hope he and you are doing better.
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  • @llli*littlecavemomma's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:27 PM
    Yep, mine did the same. At 5 weeks someone flipped a switch and she went from nursing 18-20 times a day for about 20 minutes at a time, down to 12-14 times a day for 10-12 minutes at a time. That also coincided with her starting to sleep 4-5 hours in a single stretch at night. Her weight gain has been consistently 2lbs per month both ways. It's just like she finally got the hang of things.
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  • @llli*mattiesmommy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:37 PM
    Hi all, I'm new to the forums and am grateful for such this group's existence! I'm a FTM and am having issues with BF. I had a LC come by in the hospital and help me with my latch. I started feeding my DD on one breast during each feeding, and she was consistently hungry every 2-3 hours. If I pumped, i was averaging about 2-3.5 oz per breast. And now that she's sleeping a little longer, I've been going longer than 2 hours between feedings/pumpings. However, things started changing as of a week and a half ago. Every time I BF on my right, it's incredible painful. I'm aware it is from a poor latch and have tried to remedy it with little success. At the same time, my LD has been fast and she starts to choke or futz around with the nipple on both my left and right breasts. Because she intakes so much air at this time, she becomes incredibly gassy and ends up with so much pain that she's fussy and unable to sleep the rest of the night. At first I thought it was just the witching hours, but I attempted to just feed with Dr. Brown's bottles one night and she had significantly less gas and slept peacefully--mommy even got to snooze! Additionally, LO is getting hungrier, so i'm trying to now feed her on both breasts--started about 5 days ago. But because of the potential OALD, she gets even fussier and more gassy. My mother and DH have told me to let her sleep when she does fall asleep, and so I haven't been feeding as consistently and have gone 4-5 hours without...
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  • @llli*rss.newmom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:30 PM
    My 5 week old used to nurse for 30 mins at each session. Past few days that has suddenly reduced to about 10-15mins per session. He still seems content, has the same amount of wet diapers. If I try to feed him any longer, he fusses at the breast. (Side note - he has started fussing at the breast for those first 10 mins also sometimes, but there is no set pattern there, it comes and goes) Wondering if he has gotten efficient at feeding or is he left starving. How long do your babies feed at the breast?
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  • @llli*alphawoman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:13 PM
    Week 1 of Dom taper After a session with my doctor and IBCLC last week, I'm beginning my taper off domperidone this week. Yesterday was my first day of 110mg/day (40mg/40mg/30mg) and I am pleased to report there has been no noticeable impact on supply. I will be maintaining this dose and observing supply for a week. If there is no sharp drop, I will taper to 40mg/30mg/30mg next Monday. My lactation consultant suspects I will be able to get down to 40-60mg from a starting dose of 120mg without issue solely based on my son's high frequency nursing (now, 8-10x/24 hours), so I am hopeful that the first half to two thirds of this process will be painless. I experience a few days of low supply every roughly 2 weeks when I experience a surge of estrogen and LH as my body tries to ovulate, only to have it rebound as my hormones stabilize. My lactation consultant advised me to wait through those stretches of lower supply before adjusting my dose. Feeling excited and empowered. When I went to bed last night, I did a meditation on my body's ability to take over lactation from Dom.
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