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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 01:01 AM
    I am a little unclear if baby ever nursed ok? Were things better or worse just before the mastitis? Also I am not sure what you mean here . Were you told to not nurse on the side with mastitis, or was it simply to painful to do so? Just so you know in case you get mastitis again, nursing can continue on both the affected and the unaffected side, and any milk that you pump from either side is safe to give your baby. Have you been able to see someone who is trained to provide lactation assistance, specifically for help with latch issues? Were supplements always given with a lactation aid? Have you tried positioning the aid differently or whatever needs to be done to reduce the flow from the aid? Basically I am wondering if the problem is a latch issue that has never been resolved, an inability to suck requiring suck training (I think you might want to see an LC for that) or breast refusal due to the introduction of bottles, or refusal due to overfeeding with bottles, or baby has learned to suck from the tube but not to nurse from the breast, or something else or a combo? Weak Suck after frenotomy: http://cwgenna.com/postfren.html Finger feeding to get a latch (Video) http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=vid-notyet
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  • @llli*joshuas.mommy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:22 PM
    Thanks, DJ's mom. I'll hope Josh does the same :) that would be nice.
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  • @llli*greatestjoy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:31 PM
    100% you have not ruined your milk supply by not pumping that one time. Even if you had missed a handful of sessions, you still would be just fine. Producing 2 ounces after 2 sessions is great. Remember, your do not need to pump a months worth or even a weeks worth before you go to work. You only need to pump enough for 1 work day. The milk you will pump during work on your first day back to work will be the milk that is given to your baby on your second day of work. The milk you will pump during work on your second day back to work will be the milk that is given to your baby on your third day of work, and so on. So how much milk DO you need for that first day? You need about 1 -1.5 ounces for each hour you will be separated from baby. Thus includes travel time. So even if you were to only pump 1 ounce a day from now until you go back in 2 weeks, you will have enough. I will caution you that although you will be fine in the short term, your milk supply is still regulating until roughly 3 months. Going back to work so early may affect your supply in the long term. Is there any way to postpone work or even go back part time? if not, don't sweat it, but just know that the there may be a few weeks there when you will have to pump extra to maintain your supply. I myself returned back to work at 8 weeks this time, which was way too early for my liking. I had about 20 ounces frozen when I went back. As my maternity leave was coming to a close, I actually...
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  • @llli*hah's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:16 PM
    Hello! My son is 4 weeks, I am a student and will be returning to work in 2 weeks. I've been trying desperately to build up my milk supply enough so that there is stock in the fridge with little success. I pump during the day after nursing and am only able to produce 2 oz total after about 2 pumping sessions. At night (after midnight) my son sleeps with me and nurses in bed. I noticed that at 4 and 8 am I felt the most full and he nursed from one side and went back to sleep. I did not pump. I've been kicking myself all day wishing I had. Did I ruin my milk stock by missing this pumping opportunity? How can I build up reserve milk? Thanks! Edit: I will only be working part time when I do go back to work. My son nurses constantly switching from one breast to the other back and forth generally from 5pm to 12am, and at some point during that time he supplements with 2 oz of formula. The pediatrician recommended that I supplement otherwise I would be exclusively breastfeeding. How do I get any stored milk if he's continuously draining me of everything I have?
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  • @llli*thawingsnow's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:15 PM
    Thank you both for your replies. I'm truly grateful for them. Yes, I definitely agree that there are so many opinions out there, and each family has to figure out what works best for them. bsua65, the opinions do vary dramatically! Thank you for your humor too! mamawin, you mentioned that this was when you stopped nursing to sleep. Thank you for that. Is this a common time when many nursing moms stopped nursing to sleep? Have other nursing mothers continued to nurse to sleep beyond this stage?
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  • @llli*thawingsnow's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:48 PM
    Thank you so much! This is truly helpful.
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:05 PM
    4.5 years old.
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:04 PM
    DJ had a think three sessions after we weaned. I cherished every one.
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  • @llli*rachelraeray's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:41 PM
    I'm a full-time working mom and I just finished my first month back at work. My daughter will be 5 months February 10th. While I'm at work, she's with family and she is fed with a bottle the breast milk I've been pumping. Occasionally, we give her bananas, apples or sweet potato pureed with my breast milk maybe once or twice a day (already approved by the pediatrician). She has already started the teething process over the last month or so...drooling A LOT, extremely fussy, doesn't want to nurse or put anything in her mouth. We can tell it's teething when we've tried everything...checking her diaper, trying to feed her, rocking her to sleep. Bottom line, the only thing that calms her down is Orajel or teething tablets. No teeth have cut through yet. This past week she's been extremely fussy after I get home from work to nurse her. Last night I cried because she was literally screaming like a newborn and punching/shoving my nipple away from her mouth. We'll pick her up and rock her and then she'll be fine, but as soon as I try to nurse she's gets mad. It's getting worse and worse everyday and we can tell it's not teething. I need advice on what to do because I obviously have to work and can't deny her a bottle because how else will she eat while I'm at work. I'm already trying skin to skin whenever I can to help calm her, but she still gets fussy and frustrated. Help! What can I do?? She's obviously not self weaning because she's being given a bottle. ...
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  • @llli*mamawin's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:06 PM
    This is when I stopped nursing my baby to sleep. I don't for one second regret the many months that I did nurse her to sleep and am so grateful that it worked for so long. But, when it stopped working, I decided I needed to do something different. It was hard seeing her wake up from her short cat naps so startled and unhappy and not rested. Once I started putting her down awake (after nursing) she started taking longer naps and was just generally much happier. I knew then that we had made a good change. PP is right...everyone has an opinion and no one is right. Gather opinions, do some research, and then go with your instincts and do what feels right for you.
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  • @llli*thawingsnow's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:48 PM
    I consider myself a first generation nursing mom, meaning my mom and mother in law didn't nurse their babies. I only know one person in real life who nursed into toddlerhood (and maybe a bit beyond). When did your children self wean? Thank you for your help!
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  • @llli*mamaofthree3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:47 PM
    Hello, I have a 15 month old who has been exclusively breastfed. I work three 12 hr shifts per week and during that time my husband takes care of the kids. While I'm at work I currently pump two times, once at noon and once at 6. I nurse her in the morning before going to work and usually when she wakes up around midnight. Recently my supply has completely plummeted. I'm only bringing home between 3-5 ounces home per day. When I'm home on my non-work days I breastfeed on demand but she only seems interested twice a day these days. Once in the morning and once before bed. I try to nurse her midday but it usually doesn't happen. Oh, and when my husband is home with her when I'm at work she doesn't want a bottle or even milk in a sippy. Should I just come to grips with the fact that she's weaning and our nursing days are coming to an end?? :( Do I need to pump twice a day at work? Thoughts? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
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  • @llli*liz.g.autry's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:47 PM
    My little girl is almost 7 months old, 4 months adjusted age because she was born 13 weeks early. I have low supply and supplement with Nutramigen ready to feed formula via the Lact-Aid at breast supplement system. Thursday afternoon she started only nursing for maybe 5 minutes on one side before pulling off, sometimes crying and screaming if I tried to relatch her. She's only been transferring maybe 1 ounce from the Lact-Aid. It doesn't seem to matter if I latch her on with or without the Lact-Aid. Either way she'll pull off after only being latched for a short while, sometimes she'll act like she's uncomfortable, other times she'll just smile happily at me but be completely uninterested in latched again. Usually she'll nurse for about 20 to 30 minutes total from both sides. I offer 2oz of formula each feed and she'll usually transfer anywhere from 1.5 oz to the full 2 oz. About 2 days before this started I noticed I was having some occasional breast pain, first on the right side then also on the left. I was massaging my breasts while she was nursing and noticed a sore area, that felt a little lumpy. I figured I might have a blocked duct or some mastitis trying to start so I started pumping after she nursed and applying heat. The pain hasn't gotten worse, but it will occasionally twinge without any provocation. By that I mean she isn't nursing, nor am I doing any massaging or compressions. I'm worried that she's not getting enough to eat. Her wet diapers are not as...
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:10 PM
    I'm not sure who your online source is, but I don't think I agree with them! The problem with sleep is honestly everyone has an opinion and they all make it sound like solid research but very little research has actually been done in the area. I'm sure I can find online sources that say you *have* to do CIO/CC for your baby to sleep independently; and I could find another that says if you don't co-sleep until they are 3 you will cause development/attachment issues. They can't both be right! Go with your instincts and what works for your family. I've never met an adult who nurses to sleep so we all get there eventually one way or another :)
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:05 PM
    An hour and a half is a frustratingly long way. :/ You may be a long way away from a speech therapist too, but you can get these who specialise in feeding/suck training. It can be covered by health insurance too (assuming you are in the US) I don't think anything has been thoroughly cleaned in this house since DD arrived. Lol! You may have better results with Jack Newman ' s protocol if you can go through it step by step. I'm aware it may not be that simple tho. Heck I'm in the UK and I don't know if we even have compounding pharmacys to get APNO made up :/
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  • @llli*joshuas.mommy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:26 PM
    Thank you, all, for your input. You each had something valuable to say to me and I appreciate it. Maddieb, I think you were right that making a big deal over the end of nursing was just upsetting him and he's too young to understand it. I think we may be weaned. I made a conscious effort to have one last, special session with him last Tuesday night. I didn't tell him it was the last one or anything, but in my mind I acknowledged it might be, and I let him nurse as long as he wanted, which was just 2 or 3 minutes. He de-latched himself and climbed into bed. The next night, I told him my nu-nu's (what we call breasts) were tired, so I could only nurse to a count of 20 that night, and would he like to nurse to 20, or would he like extra stories? He chose extra stories. Then after the stories, he pouted for a few minutes and said "but I wanted nu-nu". I reminded him that he had chosen extra stories, and I knew it was hard, but he could have nu-nu the next night if he wanted. He climbed into bed and went to sleep without much protest, though he insisted I keep my hand under his cheek until he had fallen totally asleep (sweet). The next night, I again said my nu-nu's were tired and he could only nurse to 20, or he could have extra stories. Again, he chose extra stories. When we were done with stories, he protested for 10 or 15 seconds, saying "but I wanted nu-nu!" before changing tactics and declaring "I want my piggie bank to go to bed with me!" lol. Again fell asleep with my...
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:14 PM
    Kellymom has some lively and gentle ways to encourage nursing http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/back-to-breast/ Also are bottles being given in a paced manner? LLLI have a tearsheet on this. If all bottles are given in a paced manner it helps reduce flow preference which is probably at least some of the issues you are seeing! Have you had any more follow ups with the LC? Ideally bottles are only needed in cases of separation if the intial issues that were causing you to need to supplement have been resolved :)
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  • @llli*aisha's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:06 PM
    Hi everyone... my 7 week old is not breastfeeding anymore.... We've had hurdles since the beginning and have overcome them but now I dont know what to do anymore. baby had tongue and lip tie which was only discovered at 3 weeks as she was not putting on any weight and had lost quite a lot since birth. After lip and tongue release baby gained some and then atarted fussing and refusing my breast (the good breast that produces a lot of milk). Found out i had mastitis and started the antibiotics while pumping regularly. I had to start supplementing with formula as baby was not satisfied with the unaffected breast. Now after 2 weeks of antibiotics baby does not like feeding at the breast without the feeding tube. I think she got milk faster with the tube...
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  • @llli*eandmmom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:47 PM
    My son is a little over three months old. I have been pumping since he was born to create a stash for when I return to work. Very suddenly, my nipples bleed when I'm pumping and, at times, pumping is very painful! Any words of wisdom and advice are greatly appreciated!
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:18 AM
    OMG, yes! Too much credit, and way too much blame. My kids are now 13 and almost-17 years old (:yikes) and looking back, I can see that they were themselves from day 1. I'm sure I've had some influence on them, but in most ways I've just adapted to who they already are, rather than shaped them. As far as sleep goes, my philosophy is that every family is different and needs to do whatever gets EVERYBODY the most sleep possible. Try different sleep arrangements and see what works for you. For some families, co-sleeping is the only way they're going to get any sleep. For others, nobody gets any sleep with baby in the bed. Sometimes mom and baby need to be together, while dad needs his own space. It might take some experimenting. One other thing to keep in mind is that whatever sleep arrangements you end up with, they're temporary! They might not be everybody's ideal, but they won't last forever.
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  • @llli*thawingsnow's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:06 AM
    I've nursed my baby to sleep since my baby was an infant. I went with my instinct and was amazed at how beautifully nursing my baby to sleep worked for my entire family. Everyone was getting more sleep! My baby is over 9 months old now. When I nurse my baby all the way to sleep now and move the baby to the baby's sleep area (which is very near my sleep area, but somewhat divided from my area too), my baby typically wakes up very disturbed and upset now, almost scared perhaps. Thus, my baby's sleep is much more disturbed as is the rest of my family's. There are many developmental leaps happening right now for my baby and separation anxiety seems to be at a peak, so I know these can play a huge factor. An online source is telling me that the sleep issue we're experiencing now is related to object permanence. They're saying my baby needs to be put down drowsy, but awake, so the baby won't be freaked out by going to sleep nursed in mom's arms and waking up in a different place. The online source also says this won't stop until baby learns to go to sleep on its own and is also saying nursing to sleep is a contributing factor. I don't know if I really buy this, because I don't know how I feel about their advice to stop nursing all the way to sleep. It seems a bit insulting to the relationship between nursing mothers and their babies. Stirring my baby awake after nursing the baby almost to sleep is disturbing to my baby as well at times. Putting the baby down...
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:06 AM
    I got out my copy of Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession, and if I understand it correctly (not being anything close to a medical professional!), it does sound like it's possible to have a few ducts around the base of the nipple. A white bump that stings could be a milk blister or bleb, which is basically a duct opening that the skin has grown over and there's some milk blocked up behind it. If it were to start causing you pain while nursing, this page at KellyMom might have some useful suggestions: How do you treat a milk blister? But if it doesn't normally hurt or cause problems with breastfeeding, there's probably nothing to be concerned about.
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  • @llli*iranzu's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:09 AM
    Hola. Necesito ayuda porque estoy pasando una crisis en mi lactancia. Hace 2 días que no tengo reflejo de eyección, lo que se traduce en que mi bebé de 4 meses no come bien. Se engancha y enseguida como ve que no tiene la leche fácil no hace sino chillar, llorar y no sigue mamando. Tengo 3 hijos por lo que sé lo que es la lactancia, no soy novata en esto, pero nunca me había pasado tal cosa. Mi vida ahora es estresante a tope y supongo que eso influye. La realidad es que mi hijo no come, mis senos están ya doloridos de que no coma bien y no sé qué hacer, porque no quiero dejar de darle de mamar. ¿Alguien ha vivido lo mismo? ¿Se acostumbrará a tenerlo difícil y acabará comiendo bien? Por favor, ayudadme!!!
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