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  • @llli*julienne02's Avatar
    April 23rd, 2017, 03:05 PM
    Hello, I am hoping for some suggestions. My 9 month old has happily taken a bottle since I went back to work at 4.5 months, but the last couple weeks has been not very interested, some days only eating two instead of three. Today he is pretty much refusing it altogether. He seems interested but takes a couple sips and then doesn't want it. My husband has also tried the milk in a sippy cup today. He doesn't eat solids yet (not interested). He figured out how to scoot around on his belly a few weeks ago. I am just wondering if this might be a phase or he has just decided he doesn't want a bottle anymore at all? He nurses fine when I am home, every hour and half or two hours. Suggestions on how to get him to eat? He is not a big baby, under 10th percentile in weight.
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  • @llli*tobysmom's Avatar
    April 22nd, 2017, 04:40 PM
    First time mom with a four month old baby. Exclusively pumped for six weeks following a NICU stay at birth (born a month early), then transitioned to a nipple shield eventually because baby would not latch without it. At 15 weeks, baby all of sudden latched without the shield and we were elated! :clap Baby has been nursing without the shield for three weeks and is doing great--weight gain is good, lactation consultants have confirmed he is eating 70-100 ml each feeding, which is plenty, and baby seems happy and more comforted by the breast. Went from 30 minute feedings to being done in 8-10min. However...mama is not doing well. Without the shield I have been having extreme nipple soreness. It is worse on one side than the other, and worst with the initial latch although it hurts throughout the nursing session on both sides. Both nipples are cracked. On the side with the most pain the nipple often is lipstick shaped or a little flat after nursing, which made me question the latch but I went to the lactation consultant this week and they thought the latch looked good and that wasn't the issue. Suggestions were to pump 5 minutes before each feeding to elongate the nipple (apparently I have a fairly short small nipple and baby has a hard palate) or to go back to using the shield. I'm resisting the idea of pumping because of the logistics involved and making it more difficult to feed baby on demand, plus washing all those pump pieces. Would hate to go back to the nipple shield...
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  • @llli*meliz's Avatar
    April 26th, 2017, 09:09 AM
    here is my story: after a relatively comfortable pregnancy and an amazing natural birth experience, I'm struggling soo much with the breastfeeding. I didn't investigate the reason but I didn't have milk almost for the first 2 weeks..and thanks to busy pumping schedule, fenugreek and domperidone, I started seeing 2-3 ml pumping outputs after 2 weeks. In the meantime, unfortunately, my son' feeding was solely based on formula. It's been a tough and tiring 2 months, but I increased my milk supply a bit and now, I can feed him 50% breastmilk, 50% formula.. I have been mostly pumping as he cries during breastfeeding if my flow is slow..or there is another problem that I cannot point out now. After all these hard work with pumping and everything, it is soo frustrating that my supply is still low and he cries when I try to breastfeed him..I don't know what else I should be doing, I feel like I am walking in the dark with no direction..please help! - I have no idea how much he gets directly from me as he can still drink another (up to) 3oz with the bottle after breastfeeding..How can I know my yield? How do I know how much he gets from me? Do I have different yields for each breastfeeding sessions depending on the time of the day or can we talk about a generic capacity of my breasts? - Especially in the afternoon (after 4pm), he suckles max 1-2mins and finishes with a cry, unless he falls asleep during breastfeeding..I tried warm compressions, hand massage for slow...
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  • @llli*fortheloveofboys's Avatar
    April 23rd, 2017, 06:36 PM
    My 7 day old is still having pretty brownish stools. He feeds 15-20 minutes every 2 hours sometimes a little less and refuses to take the breast again. Im wondering if he is getting what he needs. Having wet diapers but not completely saturated. Very confused Doctors appt on Tuesday to check weight gain. Any advice is deeply appreciated
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  • @llli*jabez's Avatar
    April 24th, 2017, 04:11 AM
    Hello, Yesterday, I had lumps on my right breast and it was painful to move or to lift my right arms. Even though I tried warm and cold massage multiple times, the pain progressed throughout the day and my breast slowly felt like a rock. Pumping and nursing were initially unbearable. In the afternoon, I tried nursing on inverted position and it miraculously worked wonders on my breast. My right breast didn't have any more lumps and it felt that it was really relieved of any clogged ducts. Although, there is a white spot on my nipple but it doesn't hurt or there's no more pain when pumping or nursing. After that, I pumped as normal however, my pump output have been considerably low than normal. It is already low to begin with. Now, it's depressingly low. With a 2 hour gap, I normally would be able to express around 30ml and with a 3 hour gap, I around 50-60ml. Now, with a 3 hour gap, i would only be able to get 30ml. :( Help? Thanks in advance.
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  • @llli*crr.2017's Avatar
    April 21st, 2017, 01:03 PM
    My 1 month old will fall asleep at the breast sometimes after 5 minutes, sometimes after 20. She will stay asleep for awhile and then wale up screaming like she's still hungry. How do you know when they are done? Feedings take forever and I feel like I always have my boob in her mouth.. please help
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  • @llli*binu's Avatar
    April 26th, 2017, 12:00 PM
    So my baby is nearly 7 months and is exclusively breastfed. He refuses the bottle even if it's breast milk. When he is awake, he only drinks for approximately 3-5 minutes at a time before getting restless. He seems to want to snack all the time. However, he feeds really well when he is asleep but I can't keep making him sleep in order to feed him . He also does not want solids... How can I get him to drink a full feed instead of a few sips?
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  • @llli*binu's Avatar
    April 26th, 2017, 11:56 AM
    My baby is nearly 7 months now. He is teething really badly and in constant pain, he also gets alot of fever... I started him on cereal at 6 months. He always clinches his jaw shut not wanting to eat, he also spits out whatever is in his mouth OR he just keeps it on without swallowing. I usually give up after a while as he starts to cry. He doesn't even end up having a Tablespoon. Any advise? It's so fraistrating and I'm worried about his growth...
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  • @llli*gilismom's Avatar
    April 25th, 2017, 04:32 AM
    My baby is ten weeks old and will be mostly home with me till she's seven months old. I pump every morning on one side as she feeds on the other, in order to have some fresh pumped milk in the fridge for when i want to go out for a few hours, do some sports without her, etc. This means that because I don't end up using most of what I pump, I am building up a supply of frozen milk, which I will only use when she starts going to daycare since I usually can't keep up with the supply necessary. In August we are moving from our home (Jerusalem, Israel) to the US for a year. In addition to moving my whole family (we have three other small children), I will want to take my frozen stash with me. I'm nervous about this! Pointers on how to do this? Practically speaking: Do I take it as a carry-on? With dry ice? Do security personnel let it through? amount - probably 8-9 liters (= 300 oz or so), frozen as tiny ice cubes. i estimate it would fill a large backpack, not counting whatever cooling supplies i would need many thanks! Miriam
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    April 25th, 2017, 10:39 AM
    LLL of South Carolina Area Conference June 17, 2017 Saluda Shoals River Center, Columbia, South Carolina USA Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future, Celebrating 60 Years of La Leche League For more information, contact Leslie at lesalia17@zoominternet.net or go to www.lllofsc.com
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    April 25th, 2017, 10:33 AM
    LLL of Minnesota and the Dakotas Area Conference and Continuing Education Event April 28-29, 2017 Marriott Minneapolis West, 9960 Wayzata Boulevard, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55426 Many topics for health care providers and parents. Featuring Kathleen Kendall-Tacket, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA. For more information, contact Anne at LLLAnneMN@gmail.com or go to http://www.lllofmndas.org/2017-spring-conference.html.
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    April 25th, 2017, 10:30 AM
    La Leche League of Garden State Annual Breastfeeding and Parenting Conference April 28-29, 2017 Embassy Suites by Hilton, 909 Parsippany Boulevard, Parsippany, NJ 07054 Celebrate 60: Building a Legacy, Let the Festivities Continue For more information, contact Linda at lllindaA@hotmail.com or go to http://www.lllgardenstateconference.org.
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    April 25th, 2017, 10:15 AM
    Birth : Things Don’t Always Come Up As You Have Planned Them by Gabriela Gallegos, Cambridge, England, Breastfeeding Today, February 2017 When I learned that I was pregnant, I started to inform myself about absolutely everything so that I could have an « easy » pregnancy, a healthy pregnancy but above all I wished with all my heart and soul to give birth naturally, without any anesthetic. I am a sportive woman, I almost never get sick and so I rarely take any medicine. Following this reasoning, the most natural and ideal thing to do would be to give birth naturally without any medicine involved. For 9 months I ate healthy and did lots of sports, as much as I could, at 8 months I was still going to checkups on my bicycle. It was an amazing pregnancy and I was delighted, people around me notice dit and told me how radiant I looked and how good I looked being pregnant. I felt like I was living a dream, those 9 months were really beautiful. On June 3rd, almost on week 40th, I started bleeding a little bit, I wasn’t worried since I had read that it could be the mucus plug and to be quite honest I got really excited thinking that I was close to meeting my baby. Later on that day the bleeding became more intense so as a precaution, I decided to go to the hospital for a checkup. We arrived there at 7 pm, my mother was with me. After the checkup and the ecograph, we were told that there wasn’t enough amniotic fluid and I was asked if I hadn’t broken waters. I answered...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:39 PM
    Hello raft. I am not sure exactly what you are asking, sorry. It is not at all normal for a mother to make no milk after baby is born. Colostrum is normally in the breasts long before baby is born. Expression of that first milk, colostrum, is activated by the complete delivery of the placenta. Colostrum is thicker than mature milk and often hand expression is more effective at milk removal than pumping. (If baby cannot nurse, I mean- the best method of milk extraction is baby.) Over the several days following birth, frequent and effective milk removal moves things to the next stage, the transition to mature milk. So mom making no milk at all would indicate that perhaps there is retained placenta or some other issue. I suggest baby's mom should be examined by a doctor to rule out some physiological issue and also that she see a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) for in person breastfeeding assistance without delay. Mom not making any milk at all is a very urgent issue. If you would like more help here, can you possibly start your own thread so there is no confusion? Let us know if you have trouble doing this. When you start your own thread, we would need much more information in order to try to offer any help. How was the birth, how is baby being fed, what mom is doing to extract milk, etc.
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  • @llli*raft's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:41 PM
    I am a father. Baby 5 days. Mommy does not have milk. I do not know what to do
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:50 AM
    Ok thanks for answering my questions. This is what baby takes in on bottles. Correct? Baby is also nursing, so presumably baby is taking in more when nursing? You are right, gain over the last month appears average, so there is no clear indication baby may be getting overfed. At this point I think it would really help to do some before and after nursing weight checks. I suggest talk to LC about that because it would be best if you did this with her guidance, it is tricky to do and you need the right kind of scale. This is the most accurate way to measure what baby is actually able to take in when baby nurses, but you need to do more than one as one only tells you what happened at that one nursing session. I would suggest, do at least 3, so you can get a better idea. If baby is capable of taking in about 2 ounces at the breast in 20-30 minutes, that would be a good indication baby is able to take in more when baby nurses. At this point, baby may not be nursing with enough effectiveness simply because baby is getting so much milk/formula in bottles and is simply not motivated. Measuring how much you pump, either without nursing, or before or after baby nurses, etc, is just not as accurate a measure. Also how much baby takes in a bottle is not a good measure of what baby actually needs, although if you are using paced feeding method and giving baby lots of pauses where baby can 'tell' you they are done, you might be able to get some accuracy there. but babies...
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  • @llli*meliz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:06 AM
    Q: baby is just now 2 months (8 or 9 weeks) old? Or older? At what age did baby regain to birth weight? How has your baby's weight gain been since age 2 weeks? Average gain is about a half pound a week, (6-8 ounces per week) starting at age 2 weeks (before that the average gain would normally be much less) So looking at gain for the last 6 weeks (or whatever it has been since 2 weeks) is baby gaining above, below, or at average? Yes, my baby is 8.5 weeks old. Below is the weight history: 2/26 birth: 7 lbs 14 oz 2/28 2d: 7 lbs 6 oz 3/1: 7 lbs 7 oz 3/3 5d: 7 lbs 1 oz 3/6 8d: 7 lbs 5 oz
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  • @llli*julienne02's Avatar
    April 26th, 2017, 06:58 PM
    Today he ate like normal again, so now I am wondering if this all didn't have to do with him getting his top front teeth in--the second one finally broke through the gum yesterday. Perhaps this made it uncomfortable for him to eat from the bottle? Curious.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    April 26th, 2017, 05:47 PM
    Hi binu. Teething may cause fever, however only a very low fever. If your baby actually has a fever of more than F 100.5, your baby is most likely ill. An ill baby is going to be less likely to want to eat. Teething might cause a baby to not want to eat, in which case you probably just want to respect that they are not feeling well and do not want to eat! But at 7 months there are many other reasons a baby would be uninterested, the most common being they are simply not ready for solids yet, or would prefer to feed themselves. The recommendation for solids is that they are introduced at about 6 months. Not that baby actually eat anything. If someone is telling you it is a problem if your 7 month old is refusing to eat solids, they are incorrect. Unless there is some physiological issue, you probably have nothing to worry about, and any physiological issue with taking in food would probably have shown itself before this as a nursing problem. Has your baby been gaining slowly? Is baby currently breast or bottle fed and how is that going? An excellent book I strongly suggest is the book My Child Won't Eat by the pediatrician and breastfeedng expert Carlos Gonzalez. It is not going to give you ideas for making a child eat who does not want to, it explains normal growth patterns and eating habits for babies and young children, and helps parents understand that usually they are worrying over normal behavior as well explaining what actually might indicate a true...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    April 26th, 2017, 05:36 PM
    Short nursing sessions of just a couple minutes for a 7 month old are entirely normal. Long nursing sessions when baby wishes are also entirely normal. How much a baby actually takes in during each individual feeding is normally going to vary tremendously. Like anyone else sometimes babies prefer a smaller meal than other times. A "full" feeding is a feeding of any length that baby chooses to end because baby is done. They may wish to nurse again shortly, but that is again, normal behavior. Any baby past the first few months usually has a great deal of control over how much they take in when they nurse and how fast, so it may even be that the baby is not getting much more milk at the longer sessions than the shorter. Distractibility is also common at this age, but sometimes I wonder how much of that is true problematic distractibility where baby really needs help such as a dark room in order to get enough to eat, and how much is mom expecting baby to nurse some certain amount of time when they nurse, and worrying if they do not do that. In other words what you both are describing is usually normal and nothing to worry about. If a baby is not gaining normally, or nursing so infrequently it is unlikely they could be getting enough (Less than 6-8 times in 24 hours) then that is a problem. If baby is refusing to nurse at all for longish periods, that is a problem or may become one (because it might develop into a nursing strike) But snacking is normal and not a...
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  • @llli*norajsmama's Avatar
    April 26th, 2017, 04:32 PM
    We are having the same problem! My daughter will be 7 months old in 2 days. The only thing that helps us is feeding in a quiet room. Like your son, she eats well when asleep. I think she does most of her eating at night. As long as he is gaining enough weight the short feeds are ok. Does he nurse a lot at night? In our case it's OK with me for now because we bedshare and she is very easy to sleep and nurse with. I have heard of some people nursing down for naps and then right upon waking up from naps when he will be drowsy.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    April 26th, 2017, 01:23 PM
    If it were me I would try nursing him down. If he is sleeping from 10-3 without waking, that may be all he can do at this age. 5 hours of unbroken sleep is sleeping "through the night" according to the official definition. What about snack or water? Sometimes kids this age really are just hungry overnight. I kept snacks by the bed when trying to night wean. Could it be, he has to pee or poop and is perhaps not wanting to go in the diaper? I would also suggest just look at what might cause general sleep disturbance. Is he too hot, too cold, not enough light, too much light, too much noise, too little noise, too much overall screen time, or screen time too close to bed time. My kids are all getting their seasonal allergies right now, and that can cause more restless sleep. As could just a cold or congestion. Very rarely, a food intolerance might cause very broken sleep.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    April 26th, 2017, 10:22 AM
    Hi and welcome. Yes it is possible to increase milk production at any point, generally speaking. But it depends on why mom has low milk production and also on what she is able to do. Before I try to get into your questions, I have a few... baby is just now 2 months (8 or 9 weeks) old? Or older? Are you working with an IBCLC? Or did you in the past? How did that go? Did they have you do any before and after nursing weight checks? If so, when was this and what were the numbers? Have you read the book Making More Milk? If so, are you using any ideas from it, and do you find them helpful? What kind of a pump are you using? Are you sure it fits properly and is in excellent working order? How many ounces of breastmilk and formula total does your baby consume each day, and how much breastmilk do you pump each day? How many times a day do you pump and what is the yield per session about (just give the range.) How many times a day does baby nurse? How many time a day does baby get a bottle and how much at a time (again give the range.)
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  • @llli*angelreeve's Avatar
    April 26th, 2017, 10:17 AM
    Update: I started the nightweaning process a week ago. It has helped increase his first stretch to five hours relatively easily. The problem is he wakes up at around 3:00 AM and it takes 2 hours to get him back down!! He tries to go back to sleep, he flops around and switches beds (we have two queen beds on the floor) but he just can't settle. He asks for boov now and then but doesn't cry too much. I don't now what to do. Has anyone experienced this? If this continues I may just give him boov at 3:00 AM but I'm not convinced that will get him back down to sleep either.
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