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  • @llli*soblessed's Avatar
    January 24th, 2015, 04:36 PM
    Anyone else have a baby that while nursing will stop unlatch coo at you then relatch? Its just a new thing my son is doing now that he has found his voice. Im sure those that are bfing older babies or toddlers have some great stories.
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  • @llli*annie0987's Avatar
    January 24th, 2015, 10:06 PM
    Hello, I am looking for some late night support. My son is 3 months and we have struggled with breastfeeding since he was born. I am told his latch looks fine, but it hurts so much. I have had cracks since he was a few days old, and although they are better then they were, they just won't heal. He pulls off often when feeing, I take him off sometimes due to pain, which means we re-Latch 7-10 times during a feeding. He is gaining weight like a champ, but I don't know how much longer I can take the constant sore nipples and the pain when he feeds.
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  • @llli*littlecavemomma's Avatar
    January 29th, 2015, 06:13 PM
    Alright ladies, seeking some guidance... I go back to work on Monday and I just got word that HR has recently placed some strong restrictions on pumping. My LO will be 10wo and is EBF, and because of her usual feeding demands while I'm home, if I go more than 3 hours without draining by some means, I'm engorged. There will be 3 pumping moms when I go back. In March there will be 4. We have a very small space, but from what I understand they've made it work so far, often times just sharing the room. We're not sure if someone complained or what, but here are the rules: only one person in at a time, and you must sign in/out and collect a key from HR. The moms have been using a room with a broken lock for months, but apparently they fixed in ahead of this rule. One of the mothers has already told HR that when I come back it simply won't work. There aren't enough hours in the day. We all work the same hours and we all have similar commutes, so our schedules are nearly identical. One of the moms has a specific concern that it takes her about 30 minutes to pump every session; it only takes me 10-15 and she's concerned HR will think she's lollygagging. I assured her I'm prepared to explain to them the physiology behind breastfeeding and storage capacity, etc to hopefully convince them it's not reasonable to compare 2 different mothers.
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  • @llli*saturn.ring's Avatar
    January 24th, 2015, 02:33 PM
    I was wondering if anyone has any experience sleep training a baby while continuing to co-sleep. We are bed sharing with our 11 month old. Her sleep has gone from awesome (one wake-up by 3.5 months) to bad (up every 3-4 hours) to worse (up every 2 hours) to our current situation where she is up every 30 minutes to 1.5 hours all night. I am lucky if I get a 2-3 hour stretch. I am happy to nurse her but recently she hasn't been eating, just comfort nursing for a minute or two but then not being able to fall asleep. I then have to get up, sit up, let her comfort nurse for 20 minutes, hold her for 30 minutes, and put her down. Otherwise she wakes continuously. She also won't let me rock her anymore. She gets angry when I try. I am getting very little sleep and it affects my mood a lot. I went through a long bout of PPD and this situation is taking me down a dark road again. I really need longer stretches! I have seen Dr. Jay Gordon's approach but it seems to be focused on babies older than 1. Is it too early for me to use it? Also, the focus seems to be on a middle stretch of the evening. What about the first two hours when my daughter wakes every 30 minutes some nights? I'd be grateful for any practical approaches or thoughts on the situation. I should add that I know babies wake for comfort, and my little nursling has comfort nursed a ton in her life. I have no objections to that but she is not falling asleep anymore. She is also clearly sleep deprived during the day....
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  • @llli*rss.newmom's Avatar
    January 27th, 2015, 04:30 PM
    My 5 week old used to nurse for 30 mins at each session. Past few days that has suddenly reduced to about 10-15mins per session. He still seems content, has the same amount of wet diapers. If I try to feed him any longer, he fusses at the breast. (Side note - he has started fussing at the breast for those first 10 mins also sometimes, but there is no set pattern there, it comes and goes) Wondering if he has gotten efficient at feeding or is he left starving. How long do your babies feed at the breast?
    5 replies | 271 view(s)
  • @llli*addy.smommy10's Avatar
    January 27th, 2015, 08:49 PM
    I just had my daughter's 4 month appointment. She dropped to the 10th percentile for weight when she was at 50 at her 3 month visit. She only gained 1 pound since her last appointment, she weighs 12.4 pounds. I fed her on demand at home and dad bottle feeds her 3oz every 2 hours or so. The doctor stated that we should start cereal to replace every other feeding and increase bottles to 4 oz. I wanted to wait 6 months to feed her any solids. Her doctor is concerned about her weight. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    7 replies | 207 view(s)
  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    January 26th, 2015, 07:58 AM
    Ok, so I *think* I know the answer to this but am starting to doubt myself... At what point should I be offering liquids in between meals? Currently my DD has water with meals which sometimes she'll drink, sometimes gargle and quite often still just bat the cup away. She's breastfed on demand still so I figure her liquid needs are covered nappies are wet, poo is wet, all is good right?! My only cause for doubt is everywhere I go folks seem to ask me if my daughter needs a drink, my MiL and a friend who is a DCP especially. I get even odder looks when I decline squash/juice and say she's only ever had water. Have I missed something? Should I offer more? I kinda figured I would offer when she started taking more if an interest at meal times at least. That said she does grab other children's bottles/sippys but only to shake them and hear the water slosh!
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  • @llli*ehoneybee's Avatar
    January 26th, 2015, 07:37 PM
    If I don't get pregnant this cycle (first one since having my second child), I'm preparing myself for a heavy and painful period. That's what I've heard anyway. Is this the norm and why is it so heavy? I can't find any info online. Is it because the lining has had so much time to build up? I've never had a true first period after pregnancy as last time I "caught the first egg" but then had a cp followed by a normal period and pregnancy.
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  • @llli*mimilamims's Avatar
    January 25th, 2015, 09:59 PM
    Hello, My son is 18 months old and has always been an avid breast-feeder. I was a stay-at-home mom for the last year and a half so he's always had "Full access". Recently I have found myself becoming impatient with his constant desire to breast-feed and have considered weaning despite always wanting to finish his 2 years minimum. This past week I took a trip in which I was away for him from one night and I became pAinfully engorged
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  • @llli*lauronie's Avatar
    January 25th, 2015, 10:12 PM
    Hello, first time posting in the forums! I'm a military musician and I'm getting ready to go on a 37-day tour next month. This will be the first time I've had to leave my baby for so long, as I've been able to take him with me for all my tours up to this point. He will be 13.5 months when I leave. Husband and baby are coming to visit halfway through the tour, so I will be away from baby 19 days, see him for 4 days, then be apart another two weeks. I intended to wean him while I was away, but I'm having second thoughts. I would really love to nurse until he's two, but I'm having a hard time reconciling that to the realities of my job. I'm just not sure how hard I should fight to make it happen. I've been nursing him on-demand since he was born and he's still going strong. I've stopped pumping, as he doesn't need milk while we are apart anymore. Last month I had a 7-day trip, the first time to ever be apart from him since he was born. I pumped the whole trip and it was AWFUL. I got terrible clogs, and at the end of the week I couldn't get milk to come out unless I aggressively squeezed my breasts while pumping. I felt so bruised and it was just mentally a horrible experience. I brought back lots of milk, and although I'm pretty sure it did decrease my supply temporarily, my baby didn't seem to care and has been nursing happily since I returned. The baby did great while I was away, pretty much sleeping through the night with Dad, even though he still nurses through...
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  • @llli*avabelle's Avatar
    January 27th, 2015, 06:30 AM
    My little girl, 3.5 months, has never been able to breastfeed sustainably by herself. She had a posterior TT, high palate, recessed jaw, small chin and heart murmur. Since she was 3 weeks old, we have been in a cycle of nursing, pumping, feeding ebm by bottle or cup. Her suck seems to be the main problem - it is highly disorganised and she seems to hump with her tongue or chomp with her jaws more than proper sucking (we've tried an sns which doesn't work too well for this reason). Several times I've stopped pumping for a few days and stopped supplementing and she does well on the oversupply with great heavy nappies etc, but as my supply diminishes/ regulates, nappies get lighter/ she starts taking top ups again. It's like she can take what's readily available but can't maintain a decent supply. She doesn't seem to empty the breast. Has anyone else experienced this? Did it get better? An LLL friend suggested she may have a residual tongue tie which may explain her poor suck and inability to use her tongue correctly still (still a lot of clicking, choking on bottles which she finds stressful etc.) She's been seeing an osteopath which is freeing up some compression but not making much difference to her tongue function/ breastfeeding ability. I would love to be able to stop pumping (I am still nursing my toddler as well and this quadruple feeding is wearing me down) and get to exclusive breastfeeding, but I'm running out of hope and feeling increasingly down.
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  • @llli*saramama89's Avatar
    January 26th, 2015, 03:16 AM
    Pretty much at least once a day, usually in the evening, my baby will act strange like this! She's fussy and crying. Diaper changed. I try feeding her, she acts like she wants the breast, but then shell suck for just a few seconds and then pull away fussing. She'll stay there frantically snorting and wriggling and trying to find the breast again, but then pull away again once she gets it in her mouth. That goes on for a long time! Then I suppose she's not really hungry maybe, it needs a burp, so I'll walk around holding her for a while. She'll calm a little, but then start fussing and it'll start again! It usually only ends when I just hold and walk her and let her cry and scream until she gets so tired she falls asleep or nearly so, and then she'll have a regular calm feed soon after. What is going on though? She seems extremely agitated and frustrated but she seems to both want to BF and not want to. What should I be doing when this happens? Should I try to help her stay on the breast and feed, or not? This happens every day! The rest of the time she is a great feeder, every 1.5 to 3 hours, and gaining above average weight so far.
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  • @llli*apple963's Avatar
    January 28th, 2015, 08:47 AM
    Sorry if this is a bit long, but some background may be useful. My son is now 7 months, at 7 weeks he was diagnosed with a tongue and lip tie and both were revised. The vast majority of our nursing issues cleared up fairly soon thereafter (frequent feedings, popping on and off, low supply, reflux). The only thing that has persisted from the beginning of nursing has been sensitive nipples. Its very hard to explain because I would not say they are painful (obviously I've dealt with it this long) but more like very sensitive, especially to a light tough (heavy touch doesn't bother them as much) and it is right on the tips, no where else. I've often thought it might be a high palate but I can't be sure and like I said, its not extreme pain. Also, I have noticed that it does not seem to get any better during the week when I primarily pump because I am at work. I would think if it was latch, the break from nursing during the week would allow at least some improvement. I didn't have this with my daughter either. Do some people just have sensitive nipples???? Thank you!
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  • @llli*lalechelaila's Avatar
    January 26th, 2015, 10:49 PM
    First off, I am concerned about the amount of toxins that can be passed on in breastfeeding milk. We live in Mexico and as I have understood there are many more factors from which to receive lead from here (mostly because of less regulations) And my daughter of 19 mo. has received a slightly elevated lead test and it concerns me to think that she may be receiving it from me and all the lead I may have had contact with, throughout my life. Secondly I feel pressured but at the same time, very tired from feeding several times each night, I'm wondering if it may not be time to start weaning. Or if I should take measures to reduce risk of lead passing, I have read that I should take more calcium and iron and obviously look into situational causes, other than breastfeeding. *I had hoped to do child lead weaning because I feel this will help her feel more secure in her independence and strengthen our relationship.
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  • @llli*melicat's Avatar
    January 29th, 2015, 09:04 PM
    I have nursed my 2y3mo daughter on demand since birth. She loves to nurse and it is her go to solution for just about every frustration she encounters. Since I only refuse it in the car, I often have to deal with her screaming while I am driving. With her other care-takers she understands that "no" means no, but with me she screams and yells and hits and cries until she gets her way, or until papa steps in. I know this might be a case of the terrible-twos, but I cant help but feel that her terrible-two behavior is reserved for me, and she is very demanding toward me because I have mostly yielded to her demands. I dont know how much longer I will be nursing her but I am starting to feel like nursing her on demand (and yielding to her demands) to prevent tantrums is creating an unhealthy dynamic in our mother-daughter relationship.
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  • @llli*saturn.ring's Avatar
    January 28th, 2015, 08:01 PM
    I have recently been having sleep issues. I've been trying to read up on how I can move things along and help my daughter sleep better, largely because it has serious effects on my mood. The things I'm reading make me feel like I've done something bad by nursing my baby to sleep. It doesn't say so explicitly, but phrases like "sleep association", or the idea that baby is using my breast as a pacifier, are making me feel strangely disassociated from nursing. I have read all the "good" literature (like the No Cry Sleep Solution and James McKenna's stuff) that affirms the lovely and beautiful thing nursing is, for comfort or not. But I can't help but feel bad. Tonight when I nursed my baby to sleep I felt resentful and almost dirty, like I was hurting her by letting her nurse this way. I know this is totally not true, and I have loved nursing so much, especially as she gets older. I guess I'm just having a low moment. Mostly I just needed to write this out so I could see it in black and white and realize how much I don't believe it.
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  • @llli*skyanne's Avatar
    January 28th, 2015, 08:02 AM
    My baby is four weeks old, and I got her weaned from the nipple sheild Sunday. When I nursed my son I couldn't even attempt to get him latched without a sheild so this is a huge victory for me. :) The problem is, she's turned into a completely different baby since then and I can't figure out why. Saturday I used the sheild at every feeding, I'm not even sure if I tried to nurse without it that day. I noticed she had fewer poopy diapers, and told myself I'd pay attention and count them the next day to make sure. She slept through the night (our pediatrician told us we could let her after she regained her birth weight, I was waking her up at night before then) and when she woke up Sunday morning she had taken one really big poop. I nursed her with the sheild for her first feeding that day and just haven't used it since. I'm not sure why, we just kind of looked at each other and had this weird mutual understanding that we were done with it. That afternoon she seemed gassy, And I thought nothing of it at first. She's always been kind of gassy. She was also nursing a bit more often, She does that sometimes. But it got worse later that night, to the point where she was screaming in pain and the only thing that helped was me constantly nursing her. Finally, something clicked in my brain and said "Duh, gas drops" so I have her some drops and she calmed down enough that I could get her to sleep. She hadn't pooped since that morning, but she did wake up once at around 2 AM and...
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  • @llli*happychimomma's Avatar
    January 28th, 2015, 12:54 AM
    Two weeks ago, I started taking domperidone and it seemed like it really really helped after about 3 days. I had nice full breasts, baby was gaining weight much better than he had been, and we hadn't needed to give him as many bottles of pumped milk after a feeding. Also, when I did pump after each feeding (like I had been for the month prior to starting the domperidone) instead of getting an ounce or less, I was getting closer to 1 ½ or 2 ounces. I refilled my prescription on Saturday to start my third week and on Sunday night and then Monday and Tuesday, I am completely empty! My breasts don't feel full, I'm back to pumping nearly nothing and baby isn't as satisfied after feeding. I can really feel a significant difference in my breasts because last week, they would almost feel like I was getting plugged ducts when I went long between feedings. Then, it really just stopped! So, 2 questions: 1) has this happened to anyone else and if so, what did you do? And 2) if anyone had any advice even if it hasn't dom happened, please help!
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  • @llli*megger112's Avatar
    January 27th, 2015, 12:36 PM
    Hello. My EBF 7 month old has not had a bowel movement in 9-10 days! He has been trying solids for the last month, but does not eat a ton. I don't want to push it and I am happy that he is just trying and enjoying the process. At his six month check up it was determined with a blood test that he was moderately anemic, and was started on iron supplementation. His iron levels are now back up in the normal range, and stopped the supplemet yesterday. I know the iron wreaked havoc on his poor system, and his bowel movements, but 9-10 days is the LONGEST he has ever gone. I have tried prunes, prune juice, massage, and per the pediatricians request, the rectal thermometer, nothing. How long would you go before using a suppository? Any other suggestions? Thanks in advance for your help!
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  • @llli*acjl's Avatar
    January 24th, 2015, 05:03 PM
    Question for a friend- She had a 35 week baby 2 weeks ago. She's exclusively pumping and has major oversupply. In 10 minutes she will get 10 ounces. She has been pumping every 3 hours. She can pump for 15-20 min and still feel extremely full. She has had several bouts of possible mastitis. What can she do to decrease her supply without getting mastitis? Thank you so much!!
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  • @llli*rss.newmom's Avatar
    January 26th, 2015, 09:33 AM
    My son was born with a tongue tie and struggled with breast feeding, so we gave him pumped milk along with first feeding at the breast for every session. Around 2 weeks we finally got better at breast feeding (also took care of his tongue tie) and things improved. He is now 5 weeks and every now and then goes through a sudden phase where he is extremely fussy at the breast. I haven't been able to see a pattern here yet - he is fussy irrespective of the time of the day, it comes randomly and stops randomly (he was fussy at 3.5 weeks for 4 days, didnt take the breast or the bottle and it started again yesterday evening, 5 week 2 days but this time he is okay with the bottle). When he gets into the fussy mode, he latches on and leaves the latch in 3-5 mins and cries his lungs out, like the feeding was giving him pain. I try to burp him which improves the feed for a couple mins but he goes back to being fussy. I finally gave him a bottle of pumped milk last night after he was fussy all evening and he happily gulped down 4oz. All the feeding sessions in the night continued to be hard where he drank for 5-10mins in between all the crying. Not sure whats going wrong here? I know my supply is enough because I am able to pump out 5oz in 13 mins. He is gaining weight properly, born at 6lb and now 8lb 12oz.
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  • @llli*new.mama86's Avatar
    January 28th, 2015, 08:58 AM
    Hello, My lovely daughter is 3.5 months old and in the last couple of weeks has started breastfeeding way more at night than during the day. Currently, she wakes up 1.5-2 hourly, has a good feed then goes back to sleep but during the day she'll happily go for up to 4 hours with nothing to eat. At night she really is hungry as well and will only settle if I feed her. I thought the obvious solution was to try feeding her more during the day but she's just not interested and absolutely refuses! Has anyone else had this problem and if so have you got any good tips for trying to get in those feeds during the day? The night wakings are starting to exhaust me. Thanks!
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  • @llli*mama2babye's Avatar
    January 27th, 2015, 04:44 AM
    My little guy is 3 weeks old and I decided to pump on the left side due to extensive nipple pain and damage. I'm hoping to work with an LC once it heals to correct the latch. I'm wondering how often and how much to pump on the one side. The left side seems to already have more milk as it is. How do I make sure I'm not stimulating a higher milk production on that side? Do i pump until that breast is empty even if I fed on right side? This morning i was engorged and pumped 4 oz from that side...If i pump to empty wouldn't that would give me a double amount of milk per feeding since baby tends to nurse only on one side...or do i just pump 1-2 oz? or every other nursing session? If I don't empty, at what point is the hind milk coming in? Is that something I should worry about? I have had to do a few feedings with syringe bc baby wasn't full...just trying to figure out how to even out the supply with pumping just on one side, especially since the left side produces more milk than the right. Im also wondering if i should pump at night so i don't wake up so engorged.
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  • @llli*pfeiffer909's Avatar
    January 27th, 2015, 11:31 PM
    My beautiful son has never slept more than 5 hours straight. I thought he would grow out of it but he is now almost 2 years old and he still wakes up every 3 hours. I thought it was his teeth/molars but now I am thinking it might be something else. He does just wake up and roll over looking and asking for boob and then goes right off back to sleep (we co-sleep) but I am exhausted. Some nights he still wakes up every hour but usually thats when he is teething. Is he just waking to nurse and should I start saying no? I am so so tired and I really don't know what to do at this point. He doesn't have any medical problems that I know of. I tried putting him to bed earlier but that doesn't help and he wakes up even more often when I do that. He usually takes a 2-3 hour nap during the day and then goes to be at 10pm wakes up at 9am. Any ideas or suggestions? Should I start weaning him??
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  • @llli*wisemom1023's Avatar
    January 28th, 2015, 03:40 AM
    My LO is 3 months old and I recently returned to work leaving her at home with family members. I am concerned that she is being over fed. She is a bigger baby in the 98th percentile. She was 10lbs when she was born and is currently around 15lbs. When I am home with her, she nurses on demand which is every 2-3 hours. When I leave her for work, I leave 4 ounce bottles. My caregiver says she eats every 2 hours and she doesn't always finish the bottles. I am pretty sure my caregiver watches the clock and has a bottle ready for her every two hours instead of waiting for hunger cues which leads to wasted milk. Should my LO be eating this often? Should I suggest paced bottle feeding? I know they are not using this technique. I worry because if she continues to eat at this pace, I don't know if I can maintain my supply pumping at work. Please help!!
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  • @llli*amanda120714's Avatar
    January 24th, 2015, 12:48 PM
    My son brandon is 7 weeks old and only learned a week ago that breast=food. I am really happy to be able to start breastfeeding my baby and to stop pumping but we really need to work on his latch. He doesnt want to open his mouth wide like he needs to. This isnt much of a problem when my breasts are fairly empty but when they are full it makes for an extremely painful latch. My nipple comes out of his mouth squashed and creased. When he is latched on his mouth isnt opened very wide. My nipples could really use some help. Any advice to get a deeper latch?
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  • @llli*janad's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:14 PM
    My son was born 3 days ago, and we're braving this breastfeeding journey. I have a daughter who I briefly breastfed 5 years ago, but it was too brief for me to really have learned anything. Anyway, my milk has come in, but my babe is only nursing 15-20 minutes at a time, so I don't know if he empties my breast or not, and if I should be switching sides at the next feeding. Also, the nurse mentioned wearing a bra all of the time. I haven't picked up a nursing bra yet because I never wear a bra around the house and have a wireless bra that worked well before for when I go out in public. Is it necessary to wear one constantly?
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  • @llli*2coatskids's Avatar
    January 29th, 2015, 07:03 PM
    Hello All, My question is out there to anyone with any research or knowledge on probiotics. I am wondering if they pass through breastmilk? My daughter has food intolerances and gut issues. Her allergist says that new research supports that the high level of probiotics ARE indeed passing through to her. What do you all think? I also give her a pinky dose of probiotics orally as well because I just don't know! Not much solid info out there on google, so I'm wondering what you all think? Sadly my little one has some inflammation in her adenoids that apparently requires antibiotics - not happy about that (but she's had congestion for 3 months, so I suppose we need to get this thing cleared up). So now I really need to know if all these probiotics I've been taking for months are going to help my little gal out. Thanks!!
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