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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:48 PM
    If more than your nipple is getting pulled up into the flange, that probably indicates the flange is a little big. if the nipple is rubbing against the "tunnel" that usually means the flange is too small. Sometimes this can be corrected by being very careful about positioning your nipple when pumping and lubing the flange with olive oil or similar. It is possible that the larger flange is fine for early in the day, and then the smaller one for later when the breasts are typically less full. Some moms also need a different size for each breast. How possible would it be to add a pump session some or all days? maybe the problem is how long you are pumping each time. If you could pump more often, maybe you could pump the same amount of milk with shorter sessions.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:05 PM
    Wow, me neither! Why does your midwife or IBCLC care if you build up a stash? Wow. This is so not their job. If a mom needs to build up a stash for some reason and wants advice about how to do that safely, then they can and should offer that kind of advice if they are capable of doing so. But why are they assuming you need or want a stash...or the size or immediacy of it, or that to build one, you should pump every day? I just do not get it. Of course, you are correct- pumping over and above baby nursing is going to increase milk production. And the more often you pump, or the more that you extract when you pump, the more it will increase production. This is the most basic and rudimentary fact about milk production- more demand = more production. In the normal course of nursing, babies rarely if ever "drain" the breast. If a mom is making more than enough milk, as is actually pretty common, then of course baby will not take all that is in there. Baby takes what baby needs. The milk that is left in the breast tells the body, "hey, this much was not needed, so please start to make less." At the same time, if baby is nursing frequently, then while mom is not empty she is also not so full she is uncomfortable while the body figures out what is enough but not too much. This is why frequent nursing helps. Of course, some babies will not nurse enough and hand expression in that case is a good idea. However, most babies, if gently encouraged, will nurse more often. It...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 09:34 PM
    Hi again. I have no idea what the situation is now, but as of a couple years ago Kaiser was notorious for saying that some of their maternity nurses were lactation consultants when they had not had anything like adequate training in that area. On the other hand, at least at the 2 Kaisers local to me, there was an outpatient clinic staffed by actual board trained lactation consultants (IBCLCs.) This was great, but many new moms were never told there was such a clinic. Also, unfortunately, Kaiser management insisted that appointments be only 45 minutes long and last I heard were trying to get them down to 30. That is simply not long enough when a mom and her LC are trying to figure out a breastfeeding problem. Any decent IBCLC who has the time would always want to help a mom get to the bottom of the kind of pain you are having. Here is an article about what to expect at a proper consult with an IBCLC: http://www.cwgenna.com/lconsult.html I think your issues are related to problematic over production, and it really would be best if you could get local in person professional help dealing with that. If that is proving impossible via Kaiser, have you looked into talking with or visiting a LLL Leader? Or hiring an independent IBCLC? Projectile vomit means that even if it is a small amount of milk ingested by baby, all of it flies out several yards from baby. This happens when a baby has a serious condition called pyloric stenosis and requires surgery. There is no way...
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  • @llli*crr.2017's Avatar
    Today, 07:14 PM
    I pump 3 times a day every 3 hours at work. (Mon- Fri) Im away from baby for almost 10 hours. I normally pump 3-4 oz (have gotten as much as 6 oz before) a session usually bringing home 13-16 oz. I've been using the medela 24mm flanges that came with my pump since day 1. But now after pumping my nipples kind of tingle. I think my flanges are the wrong size but I'm not sure if I should go up a size or down a size. I think I have small nipples, maybe even flat but i have large breasts. The first time I pump of a morning the 24mm flanges seem okay but as the day goes on its Iike my breast becomes more stretchy and more gets sucked into the neck of the flange. Also I have noticed a red ring at the base of my nipple on one side (the side I would consider to have the larger nipple). I tried the pumpin pals small and medium flanes but they don't seem to draw out all the milk. I feel like I am sitting there forever and hardly get any milk out. I'm okay with using the regular medela flanges but just don't want to cause any damage to my nipples or breasts. And I don't think the tingling is normal. Also I always use the pump on the lowest suction.
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  • @llli*bear.mommy's Avatar
    Today, 05:45 PM
    Hi again, @llli*maddieb, again, thank you for your time and response! This is the most helpful and thorough response I've received to date--others I've consulted have simply recommended block feeding or other solutions, without looking at the entirety of symptoms/issues I'm experiencing. The midwife wanted me to pump to build up a stash, and she suggested the morning because that's when I have the most milk. She also suggested a pump at night so that I could get a few more hours of sleep. When I mentioned the OS, she didn't really give it much mind and said the pumping will not exacerbate the OS (I disagree). The last IBCLC I met with also recommended that I start building a stash. I don't understand why they are encouraging this, as I didn't indicate an immediate need for a large freezer supply. I agree with you, I was more inclined to wait and see if my OS would resolve before getting back into pumping. I am going to hold off on pumping for a while and hope that my milk supply will regulate itself soon, as you mention. It's reassuring to know that I'm at peak milk production right now and that hopefully things will settle down soon! "What is much more common than a baby who will not take a bottle is the baby who starts to refuse to nurse after getting bottles, and that can be much harder a problem to fix. This is something that never happens immediately, rather, it happens maybe many weeks or months after bottles are introduced, and is more likely to happen the...
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  • @llli*bear.mommy's Avatar
    Today, 05:23 PM
    Hi @llli*maddieb, thank you so much for your detailed response! I truly appreciate your time. I hadn't considered whether the ibuprofen could be masking certain symptoms--by chance, today I forgot to take the ibuprofen after early this morning and did notice I was feeling slightly (very slightly) achy with stiff hand joints. Temperature is 99, which doesn't seem too high, and I had been assuming the fatigue was due from my overall postpartum recovery. Now given what you say, I'm not so sure! I have been experiencing painful engorgement and noticed it especially today--normally LO nurses every 2-3 hours, almost on the dot, but today and last night he has been going 3-5 hours between feedings. Today I have been trying to hand express earlier and more frequently (so my breasts don't stay engorged too long) just to relieve some of the pain and lumps. My breasts get engorged as soon as 1-1.5 hours after LO has nursed. I'm not sure my strategy is helping, however--the engorgement seems bad today. Also, the external skin on my left breast is even more sensitive today (the way your skin tingles when you have a cold, say). I don't think I feel any plugged ducts remaining, but I agree it is possible there are some deep inside that I am missing. So now I, too, am wondering if this is undiagnosed mastitis! Thinking aloud, I did complete a week's worth of Keflex AB several weeks ago for a (perineal) infection--I didn't notice that that did anything for my breast pain, looking back. ...
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  • @llli*trifides's Avatar
    Today, 01:19 PM
    The other tip I would add is (as written elsewhere) is try and feed with as few clothes (top half!) as possible so there is more skin contact. That also kept her trying longer and she was way more relaxed. Not always possible I know. Breastfeeding is a great thing to do for your baby - I have got the whole way through the winter without her getting sick among other things. Thanks again for all your help!
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  • @llli*zozja's Avatar
    Today, 11:24 AM
    It's been 9 days since the last time I nursed my 2 year old. I didn't get engorged which is great but I still have lots of milk if I hand express and I'm worried that I'm going to get a clog. I was prone to clogs while breastfeeding and had to take 7200 mg of lethicin to keep them at bay. I'm down to 3600 now. Anything I can do to help ny body dry up? Also in pregnant so I know I can't take sage. My other question is my toddler still asked to nurse a few times a day. We weaned gradually - taking away one feeding a week and she was down to nursing only a few times / 24 hour period anyway. But it makes me so sad when she asks. How long did it take for other peoples toddlers to stop asking?
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  • @llli*trifides's Avatar
    Today, 10:53 AM
    Just had my levels done - TSH is 2.2 and T4 is 14 so I'm back in normal range. I still don't fell 100% but my supply is much better, confirmed by babys renewed enthusiasm to breastfeed!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 12:16 AM
    Hi bear.mommy. I responded to your other post about the breast pain and I suggest check that out. It was not clear on that post how much over production (OP) you are having. So it sounds pretty bad, but take heart, OP is almost always a temporary problem. You are at the peak time for milk production right now. Even if you did nothing at this point, your milk production would almost certainly begin to reduce to a more manageable amount over the next several weeks. Also, please do not worry about your baby overeating! Yes babies whose mom has OP gain rapidly at first. This is perfectly fine, it all evens out later. Ok, so I will take the questions one at a time. A baby nursing one side at time is fine. But no, you do not want to have one breast go more than a few hours without milk removal (unless you are intentionally block feeding, more on that below.) So, as I suggested in your other thread, can you encourage your baby to nurse more often? Baby nursing with high frequency will probably help and cannot hurt, because baby will not take in more overall, but rather, less at each meal. Frequent nursing also helps reduce fast flow, so should help baby be a little happier and calmer overall. It sounds like you have OP, as you are reporting most of the symptoms including above average rate of weight gain. But that is still not a reason to block nurse necessarily. Again, given a little time, OP usually solves itself. Also, block nursing in this situation where...
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