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  • @llli*zniela's Avatar
    October 5th, 2015, 08:20 AM
    Good morning ladies! I'm looking for some ideas or maybe someone with the same cluster of symptoms that eventually got it figured out! My first daughter (who's now 2 y/o), was just over 9 lbs at birth. She was breastfed for the first 5 months or so (eventually switched to formula due to me not being able to pump often enough at work and my supply tanked.) She had a beautiful growth curve and has stayed in the high eighties to low nineties in percentile for weight and height. My second daughter is why I'm here. She was also a big girl at birth (but after the first one, that's what we expected!) She was 8 10 at birth, which put her at the 91st percentile. At every subsequent weigh-in, she's been dropping down the charts.
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  • @llli*jamergurl921's Avatar
    October 5th, 2015, 03:28 PM
    Hello! I'm a FTM and today is day one back at work :( When I was at home, I was EBF except would bottle feed 4oz at 2am and 5am (so he could get used to the bottle). When I pumped at those times I would usually get 4-5oz per pumping session. Well now that I'm back at work, I'm eliminating those pumpings and breastfeeding since he will be getting bottles all day when I am at work. My plan is to pump at the times he normally has been breastfeeding while at home. I would breastfeed him generally 3 times during the "work day". So today I get into work and I got the following amounts when I pumped: 9am - 4oz 12:30pm - 2.5oz 3:00pm - 2.75 oz.
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  • @llli*mrsb0427's Avatar
    October 3rd, 2015, 03:21 AM
    Background: LLLI.org has been locking me out of my account for weeks at a time, so it's incredibly hard to say if I can log in and respond to simple questions, so I'm going to try to cover everything you might ask lol. My apologies bc this will be long... I've seen 3 IBCLCs. Currently trying to find another to help me bc apparently I scare them away :confused:. I have an Ameda Platinum hospital pump. My baby was born at 35 weeks. He will be 7 weeks old on Monday, but just over 2 weeks adjusted.
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  • @llli*hockster's Avatar
    October 5th, 2015, 01:24 PM
    Hi I'm about to have my 3rd child this month and was hoping to breastfeed for at least 6 weeks. I already have toddler twins and due to hectic life managing them and work I have let toenail fungal infection get out of hand. All toes are badly affected and I am aware I can't take prescribed oral medication for it while breastfeeding. However I'm wondering if I leave it untreated until I finish breastfeeding is it ok to breastfeed while I have the condition or is there anyway it would go through my system into milk and affect the baby. Thanks
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  • @llli*anc1211's Avatar
    October 1st, 2015, 07:57 AM
    For those that EP. Just wondering if you could post how much you are pumping and what week you are on. I'm trying to gauge if my supply is okay, I feel like it isn't increasing at all! I'm on week 3-4 of pumping and I produce about 14-16 oz. a day.
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  • @llli*tomom's Avatar
    October 4th, 2015, 05:36 PM
    Once LO starts sleeping longervat night. Do I need to wake up and pump or should I pump after the first feed or I'd there a need to pump at all? Thanks!
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  • @llli*queennorry's Avatar
    October 3rd, 2015, 05:08 PM
    I have to go back to work at 6 weeks. My DH will be staying home with our baby girl, but I was wondering when is a good time to start pumping so I will be sure to have a stash. TIA!
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  • @llli*pat8808's Avatar
    October 4th, 2015, 05:58 AM
    I am going to be nursing my 2nd child. I never drank caffeine while nursing my 1st son for a year but I didn't have a 2 year old running around. I am currently pregnant and do not drink any caffeine. I was wondering if it would be ok to drink one cup of tea in the morning after nursing but I would wait till the baby is at least 3 months old maybe older before starting to drink tea. Does anyone know if this is safe and how much caffeine is aloud while nursing? Also I keep reading conflicting information on how long caffeine stays in my system? Does anyone know how long caffeine stays in your system? I would really appreciate any help and information. TIA
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  • @llli*pixiedust's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:26 AM
    When my baby was born she was jaundice and a nurse recommended that we start giving her formula top ups to help clear the jaundice. Reluctantly I agreed to this as I wanted my baby to be healthy and since my supply has taken a major hit. We have been going to the breastfeeding clinic weekly to do test feeds and see what she is taking in with her feeds. It was consistently 1oz per feed. The last two weeks it has gone up to 2.5oz but seems to of plateaued there. I know I am capable of producing much more as in the initial week I was able to pump 5oz not a problem. Now unfortunately if I pump after a feed I am getting a table spoon if I am lucky. My goal is to exclusively bf my daughter however I feel like the breastfeeding clinic isn't supporting me in that, and today I was told to accept that she will need top ups for the duration of our breastfeeding. I've tried domperidone, blessed thistle, fenugreek, etc to bring up my supply however they seem to be making no impact. Is there anything else I can be doing to help? She feeds on demand which is usually every 2-3 hours and once in the night.
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  • @llli*azmamma's Avatar
    October 1st, 2015, 03:00 PM
    My son (born at 35 weeks) is a week old and eats on demand. He has been eating so often that last night after 3+ hours of him frequently nursing off and on I realized that I had run out of milk a couple of hours back! I bought Mothers Milk tea today to hopefully help increase supply but any pointers would be greatly appreciated. I don't want to suppliment formula unless absolutely necessary like last night but I want to make sure my little guy has enough! Thank you for any help!
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  • @llli*charlis.mom's Avatar
    October 1st, 2015, 01:28 PM
    Not sure what to do! I have a ten week old who would not breastfeed from birth. She wouldn't latch after many attempts so I finally had to pump and supplement with formula as I wasn't producing enough milk. Three weeks ago I tried to put her to the breast and she latched on! She only would stay on each breast for about five minutes and would get fussy. The past few days she will barely latch on if she does at all! She just starts crying as soon as I put her to the breast. So I'm now pumping once again. I am only producing 14 ounces a day and I've tried fenugreek and other supplements! I don't know what else to do! Really want her to nurse only but I don't know how to get my milk supply up or how to get her interested in the breast!!! Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!!
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  • @llli*saturnine's Avatar
    October 4th, 2015, 02:03 PM
    Hello Mamas, I'm a bit desperate to get some advice from others here that have some insight and/or wisdom to my situation. Some background: My son is 4 weeks and 3 days old. I'm a FTM and EBF. We've struggled with BF from day 1, but I finally got some help from a lactation consultant (after 2 visits with a LC from my pediatrician's office who said my latch was fine, but I was still IN PAIN!). The new LC said my latch technique was perfect but there was an issue with his tongue not extending all the way while he sucks (he does not have a tongue tie). She recommended a chiropractor to help and we're working it out. In the meantime, I'm using a nipple shield to help with the pain. I keep hearing that babies will get more efficient at the breast as they get older, but our feeding sessions still take an hour, sometimes more than 2 hours! Oftentimes I'm just not sure when he's really done. He seems to lollygag on there. The nipple shield doesn't totally remove the pain, so I'm still wincing during these long nursing sessions! Finally at the end he seems satisfied and falls asleep. Both at night and during the daytime he'll sleep for MAYBE an hour and wake up sucking on his hands and crying like he's hungry!!! My breasts feel flaccid after each session and his weight gain has been perfect. Last night he woke up "early" and my husband spent an hour getting him back to sleep again, which he did (so it tells me he's still tired??). Then only slept for another 30 mins... So my...
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  • @llli*mamacitablanquita's Avatar
    October 5th, 2015, 11:42 PM
    My third son is 2 months old - I breastfed my previous two sons till they each were 2 years old. With this last one - he was in the NICU for 4 days for very high Biliubin count. I pumped and they fed him my breast milk via bottles. When we got home, his latch was awful. He was also an inefficient feeder and would cry even after an hour of feeding. I saw various lactation consultants - ruled out thrush, saw ENT and ruled out any ties, and received several sessions of Cranio-Sacral therapy. I would breastfeed and pump and bottle feed a few times a day to relieve my incredibly sore nipples as well as ensure that he was getting the oz. he needed. I rented a scale and kept track of his before and after weights - sometimes like in the AM when I had most of my milk, he would get a good supply, appx 3-6 oz after both sides. But sometimes he would feed on both sides for an hour and only get 1 oz. Needing 30 oz/ day and sleeping through the night, he would need to get all 30 oz in the 12 hours he is up durinng the day -which would mean at every 2 hours, he would need 5 oz/ hour and I would never get out of the chair! I also have a 2 year old and an 8 year old - so that was impossible. My biggest problems were: 1) Him not getting enough from my breasts and getting mastitis in each one - two weeks apart. 2) My nipples were EXTREMELY painful and sore, and it was pure torture putting my breasts in his mouth (use the sandwich method bc my breasts are large) VERY severe white...
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  • @llli*anc1211's Avatar
    September 30th, 2015, 06:52 PM
    My baby is almost 4 weeks old and I have been EP for 1 week now, due to latching and gaining issues. She does get some formula because I am trying to build my freezer stash up, normally 2 feedings of formula, the rest is BM. I pump 7 times a day, I normally only get 2 oz. per session, is this too low? Last night I did get 4 oz., so maybe it is increasing? I pump 3 hours apart and a little longer apart during the night. I don't think I could handle anymore than that. She is only eating 2 to 2 1/2 oz. a feeding, she seems content though and is fine for another 2 1/2 hours. Should she be eating more and less often? She feeds 7-8 times a day. She was right around 8 lbs. last time she was weighed, which was about a week ago. Just concerned she should be eating more and she isnt. When should she start eating less often, like every 4 hours?
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  • @llli*scoob4751's Avatar
    October 4th, 2015, 10:58 AM
    Hi all, baby is two weeks now and everything is going well. At his one week appointment he gained back his lost weight and exceeded by 5 ounces! My question is: I feel as if he is using the nipple as a pacifier at the end of feedings, and I am trying to avoid him overeating--he is getting hiccups a lot. He very rarely stops sucking on his own accord, even if he has the breast for 20-30 minutes... Plus I have heard it is good to avoid baby passing out at the breast--that it is best to start to train him to put himself to sleep in bed alone (though I don't know if I am needlessly worrying about this at such an early age). Anyway, I have been experimenting with taking him off the breast after the sucking and swallowing slows a bit--any tips? I still want to be sure he gets enough to last a long nap, so I watch for cues. Just curious what you all think--I haven't seen this covered in my reading. TIA :)
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  • @llli*matosc's Avatar
    October 1st, 2015, 09:24 PM
    My younger daughter just turned 4 months old, and I think she's been going through a grown spurt. She is feeding and pooping more often, and although she's not exceptionally irritable, the nighttime feeding before bed (around 8pm) is bad. We have had no issues with nursing thus far, and I breastfed my older daughter for 15 months. Both girls had diagnosed reflux and took/are taking a low dose of Zantac for about 6-8 weeks to get through the peak reflux stage between 3-5 months old. As of yesterday, she has been getting so hungry at night (around 8pm) that she will nurse on each side for about 5 more minutes after each breast is empty, and then she screams for more. When I finally brought a bottle of 2 oz of formula, she smiled and giggled and happily sucked it down and then passed out. The same thing happened tonight. She's in the 8th percentile for head circumference and 11th % for weight (12lb 3oz), so it's not like she's a huge baby eating a ton, but although I generally make enough milk for her (or close to it as of lately), I have almost none in excess. She is a very happy baby (and no more screaming in pain since we started the Zantac) and she sleeps well. She normally feeds around 5, 6:30 and 8:00 at night, then I wake her at 11 before I go to bed to change her diaper and for one last feed, and then she sleeps until 4 or 5am when she wakes up to dream feed, and then goes back to sleep until 7-7:30am. With my older daughter, I wound up supplementing 2-3 oz...
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  • @llli*lillyp's Avatar
    October 4th, 2015, 07:56 AM
    Hello, I am a new mother and new to the forum. Really grateful and excited to be here. I have a question to mom's that cosleep and are large breasted. Basically, how do you do it?! My daughter is 9 weeks old, 10 weeks in 2 days. It appears she may be in another growth spurt and it was recommended to me to try cosleeping so I can maybe get a little sleep. Baby girl is thriving, and we have been successful in overcoming initial breastfeeding challenges. She has become a bit more demanding and wants to be on my breast constantly. I want to be sure she is getting everything she needs, but quite frankly, I am exhausted. I am large breasted, and feedings basically require both hands. I am afraid of cosleeping and her suffocating, etc. Any advice would be most appreciated. Is it even possible to cosleep and feed with large soft breasts, and not have breast tissue inhibit her breathing? Thank you so much.
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  • @llli*brittanyg's Avatar
    October 3rd, 2015, 11:24 AM
    Hi everyone. My baby is three weeks old today and the first week was great, baby was calm and mellow, was content to lay in his rocker while he was awake or sleeping, didn't fuss much. Somewhere in the second week he became very fussy. He sleeps only on my chest. If I lay him down anywhere else he wakes up and cries and I either have to nurse him to sleep or pat his back for 30-60 mins until he drifts off to sleep. Is it normal for a newborn to only be able to sleep on the mom and nowhere else? It is difficult for me bc often I cant't even go to the bathroom or eat anything more than a small snack bc when I put him down within 5 mins he is screaming. Also my right breast for the past few days is extremely full and hard on the top portion but soft in the other areas. He doesn't seem to latch on as well on that side so when he nurses from that side and sucks very hard as if he is getting a small amount of milk. I know he is getting milk bc the breast will become softer but in that one area it stays pretty firm. I am working on getting him to latch better. When I go to get him on the breast he opens his mouth but he moves his head around so much rooting for the nipple and his tongue is already moving all around as if he is started sucking without the nipple being in the mouth yet and he puts his hands right in the way so I can not see to get a deep latch. I have tried to keep his hands out of the way but he then gets mad and screams. It is like he goes into a frenzy, very...
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  • @llli*mommysquared2015's Avatar
    October 2nd, 2015, 06:59 PM
    My DS is 4 months old. He currently takes 2 bottles of EBM with the DCP while I work (7hrs/day, Mon thru Fri). Other than that, he is EBF. He's showing interest in cups, utensils, etc, but we will not be introducing solids until at least 6 months. I was wondering about sippy cups though - specifically the leak-proof kind with the silicone spout. Would it be ok to give EBM in these instead of bottles while he's with the DCP? Or would they somehow sabotage our BF relationship (flowing faster than a bottle maybe?)..? I want our nursing relationship to last beyond his first year and therefore don't want to do anything to harm that. TIA for any advice/experiences!
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  • @llli*berenicenoel's Avatar
    October 5th, 2015, 12:13 PM
    My 5 week old son will sleep for hours when laying next to me with my breast in his mouth but when I break the latch to lay him in his bed he wakes up and cries. It has gotten to the point where I'm in bed all day just so he can eat and sleep. He will sleep for no more than 30 minutes through out the day and cry some more but when I feed him two ounces of formula he will lay in his bed and look around and have a peaceful look on his face and sometimes fall asleep on his own! Family and friends tell me he's not eating enough to get full but when I manually pump I get two ounces from both breasts in 15 minutes or less. I'm not sure if maybe he is being under fed and that's why he cries so much when I only breast feed him because when I feed him the same amount of formula as I do with breast milk he seems happier. I have not been to the doctors to see if he's gained weight but he looks the same since he was last weighed at 8 pounds 9 ounces. Some one please help shed some light as to why my son is not happy at the breast. I will fall into a deep depression if I have to formula feed my first born child.
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  • @llli*mommy2a's Avatar
    October 3rd, 2015, 10:22 AM
    Hello, My 9.5 month old baby girl is EBF. She has always ate every 2-2.5 hrs. Since sept 1st. She goes to baby sitter mon-fri. From 9am to 330pm. I breast feed her 2 times before I take her at 9 am then she has a 6oz bottle of pumped breast milk at about 1030am. Then she used to have a 4oz bottle around 130pm and some baby food. then breast feed from me when I pick her up at 330 then eats at 530 and more baby food. then 730 then at 10 just before bed. She sleeps all night no feedings. So 8 feedings a day but in last 2 weeks she has dramatically changed her eating times. She goes about 3 hours or more in between. So she only has 4-5 feedings a day now. At the sitter she refuses the 1:30 bottle all together but still eats the baby food. So I'm wondering how many feedings of breast milk roughly a day should she be eating? And is only having 1 -6oz bottle the whole 6.5 hours enough? She still has the baby food but I just wanna makes sure that's enough... Should she be drinking water? I thought more then a couple ounces of water a day is bad for them. I just donno...... What if she drops more feedings..... How little is to little before u have to supplement? Thanks for all your insight. I'm a FTM and have no idea if I'm doing this right! Lol
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  • @llli*puja's Avatar
    October 4th, 2015, 10:45 PM
    My baby will complete 6 months till the end of this month. ..I dont have any idea of what solid should I give him first. ..so please suggest me what and the quantity of food to introduce first...and which time should I give him that..as I ll also start office from next montj I want to feed him myself...I leave at 9.30 am and returns around 5 pm ...though there will becmy mother in lawvat home but for my satisfaction I want to do that...it will be fine even if I dont get that opportunity. ..
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  • @llli*berenicenoel's Avatar
    October 5th, 2015, 12:18 PM
    I have been drinking mothers milk tea to boost my milk supply for about three weeks now. I also have a subscription to milkin cookies to also boost my milk supply but I don't see a difference in the amounts I pump. I always get two ounces or sometimes 1 1/2 ounces. I will be returning to school soon and need to start freezing my milk so my mother won't have to feed him formula while I'm gone for a couple hours. Any suggestions to boost milk? As I said the tea and cookies were no help
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  • @llli*puja's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:01 AM
    My 5 month baby is not nursing well...till 5 month he was following same routine of 2 hours interval nursing but for 2-3 days he is not nursing like that even in 3 hours interval he don't wish to nurse more than 5 minutes...he is exclusively bf...I am worried...in night he used to nurse 4-5 times but now not more than 2 times he nurse that even for few minutes only
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  • @llli*jessbeebe's Avatar
    October 4th, 2015, 08:10 PM
    I've been told and I've read I can relactate after drying up. I started trying to get my milk back about 2 weeks ago. I've been taking fenugreek and I've been drinking Mother's Milk tea. WIC let me borrow their electric pump which I've been using to pump every 2 to 3 hours. I'm completely dried up and haven't seen any drops since I started trying. I guess I should take a step back. I breastfed my baby girl for about 5 weeks. There were a few times I didn't have enough milk for her. One night she was so hungry, I had to give her some ready-made formula that I had from the doctors office. That was about when she was 2 weeks old. I pumped and gave her formula for another 3 weeks. When she was at her 4 week appointment, her doctor detected blood in her poop. He told me I had to change my diet because she had an allergy to milk protein and soy protein. I got so frustrated and stressed, I just gave up breastfeeding by 5 weeks and switched to a special formula. My baby girl is now just over 5 months old. I'm completely dried up. I read it will take about a month before I even see anything. I've done skin-to-skin. I've tried to get her to latch, but she ends up getting frustrated instead.Even when she's in a good mood. I pump all the time. I get these times where I'm so frustrated I'm not seeing any milk. :cry I just need to know if I'm even able to get it back. I don't want to get the drug that kick starts my milk supply. I want to start it back up naturally. I really...
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  • @llli*stinaswimmer's Avatar
    October 5th, 2015, 08:35 PM
    Hi all. My LO has been doing something very strange lately. She turned 6 months old today and over the past three days she has refused a bottle. She was bottle fed pumped milk and some formula for the first 3-4 weeks of her life because she refused to latch (it was quite the journey). Then suddenly one day she did and we've done a combination of bottle and breast feeding ever since, mostly bottle during the day and breast at night. She's a shrimpy little thing--26-27" and I'm guessing around 14-15lbs, but tons of wet diapers and usually one poop every day or every other day. So pushing calories has been a thing, but she's hitting milestones and generally a very happy baby. She never preferred one bottle over the other and was super easy about going back and forth. She's never been a great nurser, but we get by. Now, all of a sudden, the bottle is no good. Boob only. She refuses a bottle from me and her dad, even if I'm not home. She took a few from daycare today, but I didn't pick her up so I didn't get the details. What is going on? I worry that she's not getting enough calories this way bc I'm not nursing her a lot when we're both home during the week (we're usually both sleeping). We've only sort of introduced solids on the weekends, which she LOVES. Why the sudden regression? Anyone else have this issue? Any insight appreciated!
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