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  • @llli*motosmom's Avatar
    October 22nd, 2016, 08:37 PM
    When my son went through his growth spurt I let him nurse as long as he wanted, sometimes it was up to an hour. Ever since then, 2 weeks ago, he still continues to nurse 45 minutes at a time. 20+ minutes each side. When I pull him from me, he starts to cry until I put him back on. I have given him a paci a couple times he has done this and he seems fine but I don't want to keep doing that if he indeed is still eating. I hear him swallowing and I do see milk most times still in his mouth. Has he just become a lazy eater???
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  • @llli*cccd's Avatar
    October 17th, 2016, 10:17 PM
    Hi. I hope this post is in the correct place. Have any moms here been diagnosed with breastmilk jaundice? We had physiological jaundice in the beginning and then got breastmilk jaundice as a round 2, I suppose. My son is 15 days old and we want to stay out of the hospital. We already spent 1 extra night with the early jaundice and then we're readmitted at 9 days old with a bili level 23. Formula, lights, and IV brought it back down. However his eyes are very yellow now. Breastfeeding is going well including weight gain. My first son also had jaundice but just not quite this long lasting. Thank you.
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  • @llli*jmruiz127's Avatar
    October 18th, 2016, 11:07 PM
    Background to my question: My first son was a 23 weeker mixropreemie so this is all new to me! I have had my second son via c section and have been determined to breastfeed. He was born last Thursday evening (the 13th) and I've been feeding him with no formula and just colostrum, and my milk is starting to come in as of yesterday (Monday) finally. He was born at 10 lbs 1 oz (at 37 1/2 weeks) but today at his pediatrician appointment he weighed in at 8 lbs 13 oz, more than the 10% weight loss they would prefer. He's also a little jaundiced, and his wet diapers had orange in them, uric acid crystals that the hospital nurse said were fine but the doctor said are a sign of dehydration. So she said I needed to start supplementing with formula - have him breastfeed as usual for half an hour at the most, then offer formula. I was so sad about this! But obviously his health comes first. So my concern is that I feel like the weight loss would be less if he were not so sleepy all the time. While in the hospital he would sleep quite a bit, sometimes with four hour stretches. When I would purposely wake him up so he could eat, he would drink/suckle for 5-10 minutes but always fall asleep. Since we've been home/my milk started coming in he's less sleepy and has been waking up approximately every 3 hours to eat, but falls asleep at my breast so quickly! He seems to get a few bouts of good gulping in but then after about 10 minutes will be too sleepy to continue. I even try to keep him...
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  • @llli*jslynrms's Avatar
    October 18th, 2016, 12:16 PM
    To make a long story short for the first 2.5 months I exclusively pumped/supplemented with formula because my son would not latch and refuse the breast completely. Well with the help of a nipple shield I finally got my son to latch on and after 3 weeks of using the shield it was no longer needed. Once my son started latching I stopped pumping and started EBF. Now he's almost 6 months and won't take a bottle anymore. I'm trying to reintroduce the bottle and so I'm back to pumping and breastfeeding but now when I pump I barely get an ounce between both breast and sometimes nothing at all. How can I increase my output I used to get at least 2-4oz between both breast before.
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  • @llli*southernbelle0412's Avatar
    October 21st, 2016, 12:16 PM
    HI! My baby is a week and a half old. At her 1 week checkup, the doctor was concerned about weight gain and jaundice. We had her levels checked, and they were high, so I was instructed to stop breastfeeding and bottle feed her with formula until the levels were stabilized. Today, the jaundice levels had gone down and her weight is up, but the doctor insists on continuing the bottle feeding until Monday for another recheck. I am beside myself. I am doing what he is saying is best for her, but I want to nurse her. I've been pumping 8-9 times a day to keep my supply. However, I am worried to death that if I can proceed with breastfeeding on Monday, that she will no longer want to latch and feed from the breast. I'm sure I'm a hormonal wreck right now, but am I worrying too much? How hard is it to relatch a newborn after interrupting the breastfeeding this early? I've heard that nipple confusion is a huge issue especially when it's this early! It will be almost a week of bottle feeding when I can go back to breastfeeding her. Help!!!! Thank you!!
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  • @llli*nermal85's Avatar
    October 19th, 2016, 01:42 PM
    Hi ladies sorry if this is the wrong place to post, I looked but couldn't see anywhere else. I am ebf my 14 week old since birth and have had no period yet (hurray!). I was wondering when to expect the monthly visitor? Also I am considering contraceptives but I don't know anything about if they affect breastfeeding or not. I had an implant before my baby was conceived, I am not sure if I would be better taking oral meds or implants. I know it probably doesn't matter as they both release hormones. I don't wanna consider a coil as I had the neck of my womb torn during birth (sorry tmi) and don't want to feel the pain a coil can bring in that area. What did you ladies go for? Does it affect milk supply or anything I should be cautious of? I would ask my doctor but I have asked him a few questions on breastfeeding and every time he has had to refer to books or the Internet so I wouldn't be relying on his advice! Many thanks x
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  • @llli*babyk14's Avatar
    October 21st, 2016, 08:28 PM
    My Lo is 9 weeks old. She was born 6 1/2 weeks early and stayed in the NICU for two weeks. In combination of being in the hospital and having a hard time latching I was unable to breastfeed, however since the day she was born I have been pumping. My supply has never been an issue, and I think might actually be an oversupply. I was pumping every 3 hours for about 20 minutes. However I am trying to reduce that. I honestly don't know if 20 minutes is sufficient or overkill. I am constantly in pain with both of my breasts, they never feel empty and constantly feel like I have clogged ducts. Recently I had a case of mastitis in my left breast. Ouch! I am trying to reduce the amount of times I pump in a day and honestly just trying to reduce the constant pain I am in. Any suggestions on how I go about reducing the number of times I pump, and helping to make my breasts feel better without the hard rocks in them?
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  • @llli*elphaba's Avatar
    October 20th, 2016, 08:42 PM
    At my baby's first appointment she was 2 wks and 3 days old and weighed in a little over her birth weight (but just 1/2 oz higher) and the doctor said I should start giving her a bottle of formula or expressed breastmilk at each feeding?? I was planning to exclusively breastfeed because it's what I'm comfortable doing to bond with my baby, the first week and a half was tough: my nipples were bleeding and dry, but she had no issues latching on and ducking and then eventually it stopped hurting... the only time my baby seems unhappy and unsatisfied with feeding is between 4 am 9am she gets frustrated and pulls on my nipple unlatching and I usually switch back and forth between my breast... but other than that she poops and pees normal.. I try to change her as soon as her diaper gets dirty so she goes through about 6-8/ day... is supplementation usually needed for breastfed babies? I'm new to this and was hoping I wouldn't have to use any bottles, but now the doctor has me doubting myself.
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  • @llli*bfmama's Avatar
    October 20th, 2016, 10:49 AM
    Sorry for the long post (this is my first post). My baby is 7 weeks old. She was born smaller than average and lost more than 10% of her weight in the first few days so we started off with supplementing her at the breast using a syringe and catheter (with little formula and mostly EBM). I had nipple pain from nursing from the beginning. My nipples began to bleed in the first week so I was given a nipple shield. I used the nipple shield while i worked on pumping to establish my milk supply and slowly reduce the supplemental EBM i had to give my baby after nursing her. Luckily my milk supply was good but she wasn't able to transfer enough.Eventually I had nipple pain even with the nipple shield and so i weaned her off of the nipple shield after 4 weeks. The LCs I saw during this time and her pediatrician told me that she had borderline tongue tie but I was hoping to avoid putting her through the pain of the release procedure. But finally at 5 weeks i caved and got her tongue tie released. Pain seemed to reduce after that but continued to exist. I still had to keep taking pain killers. She has been gaining weight but I still cant get her to open her mouth wide enough. I tried using my index finger to pull her jaw down while latching. I have tried cross cradle position and football hold. On my left side the nipple always comes out a little pinched. I feel like my areola is very big and can't see how it will all fit in her tiny mouth. Even if the latch looks...
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  • @llli*vlynnw's Avatar
    October 22nd, 2016, 05:26 AM
    My 11 month old (he'll be one in 2 weeks, which is sad for me), is partially weaning himself. I own my own business and my work days are busy leaving me little opportunity to pump these days. I'm lucky if I pump once during the day, I'm only getting maybe an oz when I pump. I'm a lazy pumper I'm just so sick of being hooked up to it. When we started this journey I was an over producer, and so I would only pump 1-2 times a day and get a full days worth of milk. Now my boobs are tiny and I feel like there's nothing left in them even though I know baby is drinking from me. Baby nurses 2-3 times a day. He refuses to nurse if we're out and about as he's too busy. I'm letting him decide when we are done. But here's my question. Since I am not producing a stash any longer to continue breastmilk while we are apart do I start giving him cows milk? I'll be honest I'm not a fan of dairy and really don't want to do that. LO is not a picky eater so I feel he gets plenty of nutrition and good fats in his diet. What about coconut or almond milk? Or because he is still nursing 2-3 times a day and he does have a good diet do I not worry about it at all and only give him water during the day when he's at daycare or we're out? Hopefully I'm posting this in the right spot, any advice is much appreciated. I'm kind of lost with what our next step should be with my once over supply now being very under and inadequate.
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  • @llli*mommadaw's Avatar
    October 19th, 2016, 04:13 PM
    Hi. After 3 weeks of latching issues and cracked, painful nipples, I've introduced a nipple shield. I have some questions. Will it decrease my milk supply? Will he get enough milk? When should I wean it out? Any other tips/tricks/advice? I have heard horror stories about nipple shields. I really didn't want to use one but it's come to that at this point. Thank you!
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  • @llli*mason1016's Avatar
    October 21st, 2016, 05:53 AM
    My son was born 10/9 and was in nicu until 10/18. I have been pumping every 2 to 3 hours around the clock. We tried breastfeeding but he would tire out very quick and he wasn't gaining weight well. So now we are bottle feeding my breast milk and if he seems hungry still after I will breast feed. He gets about 2ozs every 1.5 to 3 hours. I am making anywhere from 50 to 70ccs a session. However I'm not seeing an increase over the days. I feel like I have hit a plateau and I'm nervous that I won't be able to keep up with him much longer. I use a medela PISA Staying hydrated Eating oatmeal, brewers yeast, and flaxseed
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  • @llli*bobs's Avatar
    October 22nd, 2016, 01:15 PM
    Currently EBF my 6 week old. Found a lump in my left breast a few days after she was born - engorgement seemed to make it more obvious. Went to GP who referred to breast clinic where I had an appointment on Monday. They did an ultrasound and based on what they saw advised a biopsy which was done immediately. Wasn't expecting this so was a bit shocked and didn't think to ask many questions about effects on breastfeeding. Doctor advised to 'pump and dump' for 48 hours and just use right breast to feed. Cue one hungry baby. Spoke to a LC, ran through procedure, medication used, etc and she advised to stop expressing and go back to feeding on both breasts. All was ok but then on Wednesday I started to get milk leaking out of the incision site. Was slightly concerned but discovered this does happen and the properties of the milk can be beneficial to healing. Found some online advice that told me to keep feeding and pumping on that side to reduce pressure levels and allow the side of the incision to come together. Things were then ticking along nicely until this morning when I realized that there's no longer milk coming out of the wound but pus. And by this evening the surrounding area is red and swollen. I'm not sure what to do. The medical advice I received from the doctor who performed the biopsy appeared to be wrong so now I'm unsure about trusting what I'm told. I don't know if I need antibiotics or if it will resolve itself if I just wait it out. Plus I'm worried...
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  • @llli*boo.la.la.1's Avatar
    Today, 05:51 AM
    My 9 mo son has been getting harder to feed lately. He's very active and curious, is crawling and pulling to stand and generally getting into everything. But when I feed, whether laying or sitting, he is like an acrobat! Standing, rocking on all fours, grabbing my other boob and even thrusting
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  • @llli*lovefitness84's Avatar
    October 20th, 2016, 10:45 AM
    Hi Ladies! I really need your help! I'm so anxious and nervous about how this is going to go, but I need to wean my 21 month old and don't know where to even start. First of all, the reason for the wean is that I'm Pregnant (7 weeks), I've been spotting and I have an incompetent cervix (cerclage will be placed in 5 weeks, so need to be done by then). I'm just hoping to avoid bedrest with this pregnancy as I'm a stay at home mom of a 4 year old and 21 month old.. wouldn't be fun! I had an emergency cerclage with my daughter at 20 weeks while still nursing my then 2 year 4 month son, but had to stop cold turkey when they found the cervical issues. It was horrible :-( My daughter still nurses (or stays attached, anyway) all night long (bed share). She nurses throughout the day as well, including nursing to sleep before any nap, etc., so I know she's NOT going to be into this weaning process. Any advise or where I should start would be more than appreciated! Thank you so much!
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  • @llli*jlm01's Avatar
    Today, 05:13 AM
    I am in need of help positioning my three-month old. I have typically favoured cross cradle as he has a tendency towards a shallow latch. The problem is he is getting so long/heavy i cant suppoĊ™t both bottom and head. He has decent head control but i like to support his head as he tends to put chin to chest. If i dont support his bottom he will try to roll away. I would love some tips...he is about fifteen pounds by the way. We were doing so well but now i feel like a beginner awkwardly fumbling through nursing sessions which is discouraging. Thank you
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  • @llli*jsieg's Avatar
    October 19th, 2016, 12:04 PM
    My sister adopted twins two days before my son was born, so I have been pumping and storing milk for her two preemies to supplement with along with EBF my little guy.But I am having a problem with oversupply (I'm only pumping at night when son skips feedings) I pump over 6 ounces out of one and 2-3 out of the other, I've noticed that I have a forceful letdown possibly due to oversupply and my son coughs and pulls away lately, he also for the past week has had only green poops.How do I make sure he is comfortable and getting enough hindmilk and still be able to pump milk for my sister?! They are now only 3 months old and I don't want to have to stop giving her little guys milk. Any suggestions? Also, my guy won't take a bottle, would it be easier for him to take a faster flow nipple instead of slow flow since he is use to getting milk easily?
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    October 19th, 2016, 07:05 PM
    I'm literally in tears as I write this. I've had every problem under the boob, but supply issues was never one. I've always had a HUGE over supply. By huge I mean, I would nurse and still pump anywhere from 4-15oz. Monday - saw an LC. Got off the nipple shield finally after 4.5 months. During that session, my breasts got extremely flat. Since that APT they have stayed that flat. He nurses every hour, hour and a half. But my breasts are like, floppy flat now. I've never experienced that. Also, he's getting SUPER SUPER SUPER angry at the breasts now. Like, he makes fists - gets very red in the face - and freaks out at me and pops off. Also, he went from nursing 30 minutes to nursing 5. Also, I use to leak on the breast that I wasn't nursing him on... and now I don't feel any let downs, and I haven't leaked at all since Monday. Not once. One more thing - after his night time nursing session, I EASILY pumped 4oz up to 6/8oz. Now, I can't even get half an oz. I did go from pumping every 3.5 hours to pumping every 5-6 hours overnight (this is over the last 3 nights).. and I did this because my breasts are so flat, that I figured it would be fine. I did get a clog in my right breast, but yesterday I was able to get it to go down and the red marks on the breast and pain went away. What is going on. Is my supply going away? I don't know what to do. I can't see my LC again until Monday.. what do I do until then? How do I go from MASSIVE over supply to hardly enough? Also,...
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  • @llli*adrians.mom's Avatar
    October 18th, 2016, 09:46 AM
    My son is three weeks old today and has been formula fed ever since he was born with the exception of - the first day he was born he actually latched on several times and I BF him that one day. The next day I got stressed to the max from cesarean pain and went with formula. He has been using dr Brown bottles with formula. I feel so guilty not giving him any breast milk so I spoke to my lactation consultant. She had said to pump when he feeds to build a supply so every 2-4hours, nothing's coming out which is fine because it's been three weeks so I know it will take time. I actually put him on my chest not long ago and he latched onto my boob with no problem. Now because I know I have little to no supply yet, & he wasn't sucking vigorously, I'm assuming he was sucking for comfort?? Has this happened to any of you? I'm almost thinking maybe a supplementing nursing system could be effective now because he latched on? I know there's such thing as nipple confusion but is it possible that some babies don't get it? Maybe dr Brown nipples are similar to mine? He had no problem going back onto my boob. I see my LC tomorrow so I guess I will continue to pump after I bottle feed him like I was told and go with the flow but to me, the fact that he even latched made me very happy. Any viewpoint will help..even similar experiences. Thanks ladies! FTM here and very confused with breastfeeding.. rather scared and all around nervous lol
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  • @llli*cwallace's Avatar
    October 20th, 2016, 12:03 PM
    Hello When my baby girl was 6 days old we had our first LC visit. At the time I felt that I was breastfeeding her ever 20-30mins and only for 5-10min long sessions. The good news is that baby hadnt lost weight but gained an ounce. The recommendation was that baby was a "snacker", and that we should mix up her feeding schedule to give me more of a break, and feed every 2-3 hrs. The recommendation was to use nipple shields (since I have "half" nipples), feed her for 15mins each breast, then pump the remaining for 15mins and feed it to her through bottle at the next feeding (therefore baby would get 15mins each breast and a bottle with ~1oz at every feeding). After a majorly stressful afternoon, we got baby onto the 2-3hr schedule... in fact I would have to wake her up every 3hrs to feed her. This lasted pretty well until day 10 (although I did not enjoy the 1hour long feeding sessions). By day 10, baby would be screaming after each feeding, to the point where I couldnt put her down to pump. After two days of her screaming in pain after each feeding, I looked online and it seems that baby has reflux... is this common for a baby so young? I am assuming that its from putting too much milk into her, along with possible air from the bottle. When baby is calm, she seems to be gasping and guggling and just very uncomfortable. I may seem calm in this post but I am at my wits ends because we have had to change so much over the past week and nothing seems to be making baby...
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  • @llli*mcmanus38's Avatar
    October 19th, 2016, 12:15 AM
    Hi everyone, our little girl is only 4 days old but is having some latching problems despite working with multiple lactation consultants. Hoping this community can save us! She's gaining weight and is hydrated, but feedings are taking longer and longer and we're starting to really worry. In order to feed her every 3 hours we need to wake her up every time. The problem we're having now is that when we wake her up she immediately latches then falls asleep while latched! We try stimulating her cheeks, pinching her toes or other ways to wake her up but while she's on the hook nothing will wake her up. So then we break the latch and stimulate her off the breast to wake her up. When she's fully awake, she then gets so mad and frustrated she won't latch at all. We go round and round over and over again and by the time we get her to properly feed both sides it's been 1 1/2 - 2 hours! She's only 4 days old right now but we're getting exhausted and worried that it will keep getting worse. A few times we've caved and pumped/bottle-fed the pumped milk, but we're also concerned that at this age that's a bad habit to start. Any idea what to do??
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  • @llli*peanutbutter7's Avatar
    October 18th, 2016, 06:05 AM
    My son is 8mos old, ebf and weight has slowed since 6 mos. I know it's normal but he is below the healthy average per kellymom (Gained 3oz 6-7 mos and 5oz 7-8mos). I introduced solids at 6.5 mos but he isn't very interested. Has one or two bites and then refuses. I saw an ibclc who suspected lip tie. Saw an ENT who advised against any intervention because the lip tie was not severe enough to likely cause future problems and we have already made it past the hardest part breastfeeding wise. Our main concern is slow weight gain/ plateau and he suggested that if there is a problem it is due to something else, not the lip tie. He suggested maybe it's because he's not eating enough solids. Since he still doesn't particularly enjoy solids, and pushes food away, the ENT thought maybe a visit to an occupational therapist is warranted. He suggested that breast milk is no longer enough for him at this stage. My understanding is that breastmilk is all he really needs until age 1 and I worry that replacing milk with solids will cause less weight gain since hardly any solids have as many calories/ nutrients as breastmilk, and I don't want to force solids. I'm getting lots of advice from concerned people around me on getting him to eat more solids since everyone thinks it's a problem now at 8 mos. He craves our food sometimes but even then only takes a taste then refuses. He really only likes to knaw on peaches. I'm not sure what to do (if anything) about the slow going solid intake, slow...
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  • @llli*norajsmama's Avatar
    October 19th, 2016, 11:50 AM
    My daughter is 3 weeks old and has no interest in being awake after nursing. Is this normal that she eats and goes right back to sleep? She is gaining weight normally. I just don't remember my other kids being like this!
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  • @llli*molly1987's Avatar
    October 18th, 2016, 08:55 PM
    Hello, My son will be six weeks old on Thursday. Starting today, he has issues with my right breast. He will eat on it for 7.5 minutes before having an all out melt down. It's been happening at every feeding (every two hours) since 9 am this morning. I've adjusted positioning, tried offering it both first and second, not sure how else to trouble shoot. I do not have any supply issues and when he starts screaming, there is milk still available. I've closely watched the timethe last three sessions and it's been around the 7.5 minute mark. After dh takes him away from breast and calms him, he comes back eagerly for more. I've already got emails into dr.s, but am trying to troubleshoot while I wait to hear back. Has this happened to anyone else? Any ideas on what could be happening? Appreciate any insight anyone might have!
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  • @llli*ickleamber's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:03 PM
    Hi all. I am hoping someone can help. My 3 month old EBF baby girl has suddenly decided to refuse my breast. I am utterly devastated. She was born routing for me and nursed almost non stop for the first few days. She has always fed well and thankfully not had any issues. She has always had a preference for the left which would occasionally involve some block feeding but this has happened literally overnight. She gets very distressed the moment I put her in the feeding position. For either breast. I have tried different positions in case that has been the issue but as soon as I try to give her my breast she gets distressed. I have successfully managed to get her to latch twice to my left when very very sleepy but the moment she realises what's going on she gets very distressed again.
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