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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:18 PM
    Have you tried offering and if so, what happens? Children have been brought to the breast for the first time as toddlers, so it is not a requirement that your 15 month old remembers how to nurse. However I am not sure how to be sure to avoid your child biting. It is possible that will happen. If your child is able to understand, you can talk to them about what baby is doing and explain that it is NOT biting, and that if he wants to do what baby is doing, he absolutely must not bite. You could then ask your toddler to suck on your finger or knuckle the way he would try on the breast- in other words, see if he is able to resist biting.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:06 PM
    If a baby this age is not nursing, it is usually because they can not latch or nurse effectively. I am not sure what you mean when you say baby comes off but is rooting with the nipple in his mouth? Do you mean baby latching ok then is kind of falling out of the latch? If the LC you saw was really no help, I would suggest seeing someone else if that is at all possible. I would also strongly suggest contacting local LLL or calling the LLL helpline or any LLL leader- they do not have to be local. A LLL Leader should be able to talk you through what is going on when baby nurses and offer suggestions based on your verbal descriptions of what is going on. it is harder to do that online. (But we can try.) How much have you experimented with different latch techniques and nursing positions? Latch issues are so common and they are almost always solvable. You and your baby deserve good in person help, I do suggest follow all possibilities of getting that. What to expect at a Lactation consult: http://cwgenna.com/lconsult.html Here are some latch and positioning links I like: http://feedthebabyllc.com/latch-and-positioning/ http://www.naturalbreastfeeding.com/
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:48 PM
    If you are sure your baby is overall healthy, then this is just how some babies roll. It is common for babies to sleep less at this age and to change up sleep patterns. I am sorry but based on what you are describing, my suggestion would be to reconsider bedsharing to see if that leads to more sleep for you if you really embrace it and just make it the way you do things. If you are not comfortable with it, your concerns may be increasing your waking. Also if you are doing it "part time" you and your baby may be 'thrown' by it. Not that part time bedsharing is not a good idea, it certainly can work great. It just might not be working for you and this baby right now. So I would suggest reading more about what the research shows about bedsharing it to see if you might become more reassured. In my experience, bedsharing meant more overall sleep for me but it was not until I stopped worrying about it that it helped the most. I would also suggest stop timing how often baby is waking. Don't look at the clock! I cannot tell you if your bed is safe for bedsharing, but you can figure that out yourself by learning what is considered a risk and why. The soft mattress is primarily a concern for a young baby who might become trapped in a face down position, and we know that sleeping face down is considered a risk on any mattress. But this risk decreases as baby becomes able to roll over. A soft mattress might trap baby if the adult baby is sleeping next to has a body that...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:30 PM
    Hi jstan. Are you working with an IBCLC? If your baby has some motor issue that causes baby to not be able to nurse vigorously, they may be able to help you. If milk starts coming out of the breasts, letdown has occurred. Some moms experience feeling more than one letdown per feeding, while other moms never feel letdowns or only feel them once per feeding or not at every feeding. As far as I am aware there is no separate specific letdown for hindmilk - what some limited research has shown is that as baby nurses, the milk gradually increases in fat content with the fattiest milk coming towards the end of the feeding and that is what 'hindmilk" refers to. So the longer a baby nurses, the more hindmilk baby is going to get- assuming baby is able to transfer milk at all. At least that is how I have understood it. If your milk production is not increasing only from baby nursing, then you might need to add (or continue) pumping or hand expression after baby nurses (maybe not every time, but as much as you can.) Is baby getting supplemented every feeding? I wonder if at least part of the reason baby is not nursing strongly is because baby does not have to because baby is getting enough milk easily coming from the sns. Also if your sns is allowing milk to flow too easily- a common issue with these I believe- I think you can make adjustments to the sns to help lessen that. Here is a short article that talks about this: http://cwgenna.com/smartnothard.html
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  • @llli*krystine's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:59 PM
    My husband has gotten some milk in our 3 month old with a syringe while she sucks on his finger. Bottles really upset her and for now, he brings her to my work place over my lunch break so at least she gets one good meal.
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  • @llli*sarahfv's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:13 PM
    I hadn't even thought about the need to bring the pump with me- thanks! This morning she sort-of took the Playtex bottle. We did the paced feeding position and only used 1/2 oz- but she still somehow ended up spitting/dribbling out most of the milk. It's a start though. We'll keep trying.
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  • @llli*spongelike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:44 AM
    Hi, I'm after some advice. When my son was about 5 months old, he stopped BFing after I*became pregnant. The midwife said it was probably because the taste of the milk changed and he no longer liked it. I was absolutely devastated! I*now have a three week old who is BFing beautifully without issue, but I would dearly love to BF both of them. My son is now 15 months old, very toothy and very bitey so I'm nervous to try him on the breast! Will he even remember how? Will I be able to prevent him from biting when he's always so eager to bite any part of me that goes near his face?!
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  • @llli*joelley's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:44 AM
    Thank you soooo much for your reply and great advice! I had heard of people talking about mattresses on floors but assumed that was more about access and preventing them falling out when co sleeping. But this is a great idea that I hadn't thought of! I was concerned about all the ups and downs and trying her in her own room if it was going to be too stressful for her but this is a nice way of trying it out. First night tonight!! Fingers crossed it goes smoothly. We don't have room for a rocking chair in our bedroom without majorly moving things around, but I doubt she would accept it anyway, while we are walking about to get her to sleep, she even protests if we stand still and rock her. She's such a sweet natured baby during the day but quite demanding at night time!! I would still love to hear anyone's thoughts on the change in feeding to sleep? Has this happened to others? I ask because I am suspecting that we need to tinker with her naps or bedtime routine but curious if this is just a thing that some babies grow out of. Thanks!
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  • @llli*hawkeye-mom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:08 AM
    Hi Everyone My little guy is 3.5 months old (closer to 4 months, turns on the 13th). Anyhow for the last few weeks we've been experiencing worse sleep at night. A couple weeks ago we switched him from the pack n' play in our room to his crib down the hall. I felt like I was waking at every little movement and maybe my husband and I were waking him up when we moved. He was kinda doing ok, but he would always be hard to lie down into the crib after he nursed to sleep. Even if i sat for a bit after he fell asleep on me, as soon as I stood up, he would twich, like he knew I was going put him down. If he stayed asleep, it could be for 10 minutes, 5, minutes, 45, or if I was lucky, almost 3. I thought things were starting to get better (we went from a week of 6 hr sessions to waking every 45 to 60 minutes). The night before last, he he slept for 2 hrs, then 44, minutes, almost 2, then 4 hrs. I gave up at 2 and brought him to bed with me, but he was up kicking and fussing at 6 when my husband was up for work. Usually we are up by 7. Last night was the worse. He was probably over tired because my 2 year old kept waking him up when I tried to put him down for his third nap (he was tired). So he was really tired by 6, and crying. I nursed him for over a half hour (a long time for him) and when i laid him down, he woke up 5 minutes later. i nursed him again for awhile, he stayed down for 10 (at this point I'm crying with him). I did it again, and he slept for an hour. After that...
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  • @llli*asingleton5's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:27 AM
    Oh and today she's at daycare so I'll be seeing how she is after work today :/ but atleast her njght feedings she took. Her second one without even fighting so maybe she just is getting more used to the bottle? Idk but I hope I can keep bfing her too it's just easier then pumping at home too! However if this is the case and she's preferring the bottle all the sudden I will keep Pumping so she gets breastmklk but I hope she is just being temperamental lol
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  • @llli*asingleton5's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:24 AM
    So I've been back to work for quite some time now maybe a month. Been pumping and my girl gets bottle fed when I'm working. I do work full time. Then when I'm home with her I breastfeed her. She used the tommee tippee slow flow bottle and so far going between the two has been fine. However yesterday after being home and bottle fed with my husband she had a long 3 hour nap so it had been some time since she ate- like 6 hours I think so I knew she had to be hungry! Immediately when I put her down to feed her she was pulling back didn't even latxh and was just upset! Like she didn't wanna eat. Tried again same thing. Tried the bottle and she guzzled it!! She ate just fine the night before with me. Could she be preferring the bottle now do you think?? I tried feeding her during her nightly feeding and same thing. But as my husband was getting a bottle I got her to eat but w her sitting more upright- which I tried earlier too. Then her second night feeding she ate just fine but again kept her more upright just bc I was afraid to try and lay her sideways! (Didn't have my pump at home lol). Anyone experience anything like this? She has had a cold/cough bht seemed better yesterday. Also wasn't sure if she's been teething. Idk if any of these may affect feedings ? She's been slightly more fussy and drooling a lot and wanting to chew everything. Maybe she's just being temperamental? Idk but I felt so bad! She was getting so upset. That's why the first time I just said ok get a...
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  • @llli*jstan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:56 AM
    Hi everyone, to cut tge long story short, my baby had a tongue tie release at 1 month. I started relactating at 2 months and he is now 3 months. However, I notice that his suction is still not strong enough to trigger let downs for the hindmilk. So my breasts are constantly not emptied, hence supply has gone stagnant. Does anyone have any idea on how I could help him strengthen and use his tongue muscle? He was bottle fed for a few wks after tongue tie as I stopped breastfeeding due to mastitis and abscess. Now we are using the SNS for all feeds but still it is different from breastfeeding because milk flows easily from the tube.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:29 AM
    Hi here are some suggestions for he MRI day. Make sure you will have opportunity to pump as needed. Not necessarily. Try an open cup, spoon, syringe, eyedropper. It does not have to be a bottle. Bottles are very new inventions and babies were given expressed milk or other liquids other ways for centuries before bottles were invented. There is no reason an infant should take a pacifier.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:26 AM
    Thank you for the update, so glad everything is going well!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:25 AM
    Great news baby is doing so well! If giving up dairy is a hardship for you, you might try introducing it back into your diet after a while just to be sure it was not coincidence. Also some moms find that after several months baby either outgrows the allergy or can handle things like cheese but not 'straight' milk. Of course if you are ok with a no dairy diet, no need to go back to dairy.
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