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  • @llli*thawingsnow's Avatar
    Today, 09:31 AM
    First, I wanted to celebrate reaching the two year mark!!! Feel like shouting it from the rooftops, so thought I'd celebrate here. It's been so worth it and useful and gets better all the time! I'm so grateful! Little one nurses about 8 to 10 times a day total, depending on the situation, could be more or less, we nurse on demand for short or long sessions depending. Secondly, I'm thinking about taking a kelp capsule. It has 325 mg of natural iodine in it. Will this negatively affect my nursing toddler or my milk supply? Thank ypu so much! You ladies are remarkable and have been such a source of strength and info on the nursing journey!
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  • @llli*zachary.smommy's Avatar
    Today, 08:51 AM
    So my baby is almost 5.5 months now and I would like to start baby led solids after 6 months. This is all completely new to me. I want to start with things like sweet potato and avocado and go from there. I am wondering about what foods are unsafe (I know about hot dogs and grapes, peanuts etc) and what are some other good foods to start with. Is there a certain age I should wait before introducing meat and how do I go about preparing/offering meat? And should I be waiting until a year old to give cheese or yogurt? Eggs? Can cheerios be started right away? My mom mentioned to me that she did purees with me, but when she had my sister 10 years later she would give real food, like she would cook frozen peas and carrots until they were soft. Is that okay? I am afraid of choking. I don't know about the size/shape of foods I should be giving. I have seen pictures of giving big wedges that the babies hold and gnaw on, but also read that everything should be cut like the size of a thin French fry. This is a bit scary for me and kind of sad since I feel like it hasn't been very long that we have had a good nursing experience, and now we are getting to an age where he is starting the weaning process. Not that I want to stop nursing anytime soon. I want to make sure that nursing does not get interrupted.
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  • @llli*bk12's Avatar
    Today, 02:09 AM
    My baby is five months old and breastfeeding has always gone pretty well. She has had teeth since the end of her third month, but as of this week, she has begun to bite... hard. She bites me almost every time we nurse during the day, and only her night nursing sessions while she is half-asleep are bite-free. When she bites me, I shout “Ouch” and tell her “No” in a severe and scary voice, but she just grins and laughs. Even when I look and sound upset, it has no effect on her and she just finds it funny. Ending the nursing session doesn’t seem to bother her either, since if she had her way, she would never nurse at all during the daytime. During the last few weeks, Baby has decided that she is not interested in eating or sleeping, and she fights against both with all her might. She resists until she is fussing and crying with hunger and exhaustion, yet still refuses to nurse or go to sleep. As a result, we do a lot of nighttime nursing to make up for what she misses during the day. She nurses fabulously and often during the night. She has plenty of wet and dirty diapers and is still at the top of the growth chart for height and weight, so I’m not too concerned with this behavior. However, the biting is getting out of control. As much as she would prefer it, I can’t let her go all day without eating, so I have to nurse, and she bites. Even the rare times when she is willing to nurse while awake, she bites. Often, when she clamps down, she will not let go. She...
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  • @llli*minimuls's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:42 PM
    I am currently experiencing my second case of Mastitis (started last Thursday) and I have had reoccurring plugged-ducts. My little one is 9 weeks and is my second baby. I had BFing issues with reoccurring plugged-ducts in this same side with my 1st baby... so I am not sure if there isn't some sort of trama from the first time that has caused these issues. The plugged ducts basically feel like a ball, that I am able to work down to individual little strings that have little beads that I cannot get to go away. I have been taking lechthin, garlic, Vitamin C, a probiotic, B-Complex, and GSE to help combat prevent the plugs (no luck) and to prevent thrush. I am pumping, feeding often (we have a comforatable lach), I have him lach in different positions, iceing, constantly massaging and taking hot showers to help drain, dangle feeding, and have tried every suggested method to drain. It never seems that I am able to complely drain. With both cases of Mastitis the fever and symptoms came on extremely fast, the striping, fever, and flu like symptoms have gone away but I am still having breast sorness where the lump and beads keep showing up. Any advice would be greatly appricated.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:13 PM
    The key to increasing supply is always the same: remove more milk from the breast more frequently. That means adding in more nursing sessions and more pumping sessions until you get where you need to be. That approach is going to be labor-intensive, but it's going to work a lot better than herbs, teas, cookies, etc.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:08 PM
    I find this puzzling! If a baby has reflux, why would the doctor think that medications used to treat reflux wouldn't help? The way I see it, reflux meds have the potential to treat 2 problems: discomfort, and poor weight gain stemming from discomfort. Maybe the doctor's idea is that if weight gain is okay, there's no need to treat discomfort... But I don't understand why that would be the case! I guess I am left wondering whether or not the doctor is actually sure that the baby has reflux? :eyebrow At this point, I'm thinking that it might be worth it to see a different doctor. Let's say your baby's fussiness does worsen. Why not treat her with meds at that point? Why point mom down the path of more difficult dietary eliminations? It just doesn't make sense to me!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:53 PM
    Yes I do not like having to confront doctors either. I got the whole "low iron means baby is nursing too much" speech from a doctor we saw when my middle child was 9 months and a little low on iron. Our usual doctor was on paternity leave so we saw this other person at the same clinic. When we saw our usual pediatrician for a follow up, he basically contradicted everything the other doctor said and pretty much apologized that we had gotten such poor advice. Breastmilk contains the biologically correct amount of iron. Breastmilk contains the iron a baby needs unless baby is low in iron for some other reason. Your baby has a reason to be low in iron- baby was premature. My son was born via C-section and his cord was clamped very early. He also was not eating solids much at all, but again the assumption that a baby will eat more solids- or "iron rich" solids- if they are not nursed as much is just that- an assumption. If a baby is low in iron, baby can have iron some other way- in iron rich foods or, if needed, iron supplements. In neither case is there any evidence that withholding breastmilk or breastfeeding from that child is needed to raise iron levels. This article covers the iron guidelines from the AAP. As far as I can see, reducing breastfeeding is not one of the recommendations from the AAP when a baby is low in iron. http://babygooroo.com/2010/10/aap-releases-new-guidelines-for-preventing-iron-deficiency-anemia/
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:24 PM
    Hi and welcome. Wow that sounds like a really nasty experience with the abscess. Ugh. PP has excellent questions it would help to know the answer to. I have a few more, sorry. - when you say baby is "sleeping through the night" can you please explain what that means- how many hours? How long has baby been doing this? Also, is baby nursing during that time but staying asleep, or are you pumping during that time? Babies this age do not typically sleep long stretches. Once a day of 4-6 hours is about all a 6 week old is usually going to sleep at one time, and many babies do not even do that yet. Babies need to eat frequently and milk removal has to happen frequently, and that includes overnight. - Baby cannot nursing on one side- is this since the abscess? or before as well? I do not want to pry but I am wondering if your nipple shape is really one no baby could latch onto, or if you just need more help with getting baby to latch? Many moms are told they have nipples that a baby cannot latch onto when in fact they can, with better help. -Have you ever seen a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC?) if so, when and what was discussed? Was it helpful or not? -Your husband convinced you you do not make enough milk...do you mean you are not sure this is true? There actually are ways to diagnose low milk production, but it is something that not many people inherently understand how to do.
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  • @llli*juliadw's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:20 PM
    Thank you! She's doing better, accepting the 1.5 hour stretches now.
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  • @llli*crocusb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:28 PM
    Thank you so much! What you wrote made a lot of sense to me. Paced feeding was an eye opener as well :)
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  • @llli*sprocket's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:39 AM
    I would look for a new pediatrician honestly; this advice is not in line with modern recommendations. My understanding is that breastfed babies in northern latitudes should have a vitamin d supplement however. In the winter months especially it is very unlikely that any of us are getting enough sun to keep up adequate vitamin d levels. Have you tried the Carlson D drops available on Amazon? I think Nordic naturals also makes one. They are concentrated so that it is literally only a drop. You can drop it onto your nipple before nursing or just into babys mouth anytime. I would use an iron supplement before introducing cereal at 4 months, but term babies should have iron stores to last the first year or so.
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  • @llli*tinkypears's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:30 AM
    Last week my 3 month old baby came down with a stomach flu that both my husband and I ended up getting. It was very bad and led to both of us not being able to stomach much food for the past 6 days. We're getting better, but still not at 100% (baby was over it in 2 days, go breastfeeding!) I've noticed a significant decrease in my supply since then. I've lost about 6 to 8 ounces of milk during the day (known from pumping), and I can see this during my weekend of exclusively breastfeeding with baby as she was constantly hungry. I think the biggest problem is my nighttime supply; baby is only waking once a night, and whereas this use to result in me waking up pretty full every morning (which was great because I would pump a ton for baby's bottles in the morning) I'm waking up with soft breasts that baby then sucks the rest out of and I have nothing for pumping at work. I've been taking fenugreek for the past 5 days to try to increase my supply, and whereas that used to work wonders, I don't think it's able to counteract the fact that I still can't stomach a ton of food, which I think is what is depleting my supply.
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