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  • @llli*livingtemple's Avatar
    September 23rd, 2016, 02:43 PM
    Hello helpful LLL ladies! I need some guidance on a handful of related issues. I'm writing a lot but want to be as thorough as possible, so please read on and bear with me :) I have returned to work and am home with my LO (now 11, almost 12 months) one day per week plus weekends. On the other 4 workdays he is bottle fed my breastmilk by husband, childcare, or family. He enthusiastically eats solids 2-3x/day - we don't push it, but he really enjoys food. If we happen to miss or skip a meal every once in a while, we don't worry about it. Up until about a week ago, he was nursing 6x/day on a typical day with me: wake, before AM nap, after AM nap, before PM nap, after PM nap, and bed, with meals in between. For about a week and a half straight he fought his PM nap and pushed back his AM nap to the extent that I think we've entered 1 nap/day territory. So he only just recently is nursing more like 4x/day - wake, before nap, after nap, and bed. Sometimes a little extra in between :) When I pump, I usually pump anywhere from 4-6 (sometimes 7) oz. 1. Everyone says he "whomps" the milk down from the bottle. I know it's common for BF'd babies to take milk faster via bottle than breast and that paced feeding, sitting upright, switching "sides," etc., can all help with this. People have tried all of the above. I'm working on getting a slower-flow nipple also, though the ones we use (LifeFactory) are Stage 1 (on that note: anyone know the slowest nipple out there??). The tough...
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  • @llli*kaylaq52's Avatar
    September 26th, 2016, 02:19 PM
    My daughter is 9 days old. She was born 7lb 4oz, and was down to 6lb 10oz 4 days later when we left the hospital. The lactation consultant had advised me to breastfeed and then pump and give her that, and if needed to supplement with formula. I also went thursday to another lactation consultant, and she said my milk production looked good, as did her latch and it looked like she was getting a lot from my breast, but when she was weighed, she really was only getting a couple grams. I've continued with the breastfeeding and pumping every 2-3 hours, as well as doing everything I can to increase my supply. Even after breastfeeding, I usually pump 1-2 oz more of milk, but the past 3 days she has not seemed satisfied. I have had to give her formula in addition a couple times a day and she will easily take 2 oz after the breast and pumped milk. I hate giving her formula, but don't know what else to do. Also, why is she not getting enough from my breast? I try to go back and forth between breasts and try to do at least a total of 30 minutes, but it's never enough to even close to satisfy her. It makes me feel like such a waste of all the time she is breastfeeding because I always have to pump after and now it's getting to the point where I often have to give her formula after that. Any help would be so much appreciated.
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  • @llli*mummyslittlethunder's Avatar
    September 25th, 2016, 05:43 AM
    Hi, I'm new here, enjoying bf my nearly 7month old. How can I feed to sleep if he goes into his own cot if the cot is in the lower position? Has anyone resolved this, please? At the moment I can feed to sleep and lay him in the cot as cot is in high position. It won't be for much longer though as he's growing quickly. The only option I can see is for me to feed him until drowsy, then lay him down. As I think I would be very lucky to be able to put him in the cot in the deep position with him staying asleep. How do people resolve this? Just by co-sleeping? Any feedback helpful. Thank you.
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  • @llli*kiwi.mama's Avatar
    September 22nd, 2016, 09:00 PM
    My daughter is 12 weeks old and after a lot of problem solving, I have discovered she has a posterior tongue tie and mild upper lip tie. I have had vasospasm caused by bad latch, thrush in my breasts, and badly damaged nipples. I breastfed exclusively for nearly 4 weeks then had a 3 week break to get my head together before trying again. I returned to feeding with shields (in a bid to widen latch), and as soon as I did so she began to reject the bottle. We've been feeding with shields for nearly 3 weeks and her gag reflex is getting more and more hyperactive. Now if I touch even the tip of her tongue she gags, which may lead to nursing strike at some point? She's also developing colic type symptoms from her inefficient, air gulping style of feeding. So...seems that tie release is warranted, but I want to know what I'm in for. Would appreciate advice/info from anyone who has had a posterior tongue tie released. Was it worth it - why/why not? What kind of after procedure 'stretches' did you use? How did baby cope? Did you get back to EB? Particularly interested to hear from anyone whose baby also had a strong gag. Thanks in advance.
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  • @llli*maggiechicago's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:51 PM
    Hello ladies. I am again dealing with an issue that I don't know how to resolve. My little guy will be 6 weeks on friday. Gained nice and is about 11lb13oz (weighed today). I wrote here before because I always think I don't have enough supply but it becomes evident that it is because bebe is on the boob constantly. He obviously takes it for feeding, for comfort, going to sleep. It is all good but that creates a vicious cycle. He will feed then 1/2 hr later he wants to put himself to sleep so boob he gets and it does trickle down his throat and he won't let go of the nipple either. then 1/2 later he wakes up, burps all uncomfortable, may even spit semi digested milk and of course wants a boob again. Then he expects a full meal but how can I produce 3 oz or so when he just sat on it for 30 minutes suckling (and drinking because I definitely feel let down and him swallowing). At this point LC recommended we extend feedings every 2 hrs and I offer him paci and have him fuss. Pediatrician thinks he is crying because he is hungry because I cannot ever provide "full meal" since he is at the breast constantly. LC said he will become gassy and uncomfortable since he doesn't fully digest food before new food is introduced. The thing is he won't take any pacifier!!! I even tried a bottle with like an ounce of my milk between the feedings so that he can fall asleep and I can have around 2 hr break to "collect" more of a fuller meal for him and sure he'll take a bottle with liquid as...
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  • @llli*ote.eme's Avatar
    September 25th, 2016, 06:08 AM
    My kiddo is 13 weeks old and nurses on one side at a time at home. When I went back to work last week, I pumped on both sides at once every time. Today I'm feeling engorged overnight. My baby sleeps through the night most nights, and I haven't felt engorged at night for a while, so I'm wondering if I inadvertently increased my supply by pumping on both sides even though she usually only eats on one. Should I only pump one side at a time at work? Or could this all even out? I only pump twice at work. This is my schedule: 7:45 nurse 10:00 pump 12:15 or 12:30 nurse her on my lunch break 3:00 pump 5:15 nurse
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  • @llli*hbwmom's Avatar
    September 24th, 2016, 06:44 PM
    3 month is old is 10 lb 9 oz and should be close to 12. I'm finding LO and I are lazy with feeding and she is content without being absolutely full. Our pediatrician wants us to supplement (1 tsp to 1 oz x 3/daily). Clearly my supply isn't given her the calories she needs. So now I'm making sure to offer her the other side, taking fenugreek, mothers milk tea and pumping 3 times a day. My breasts are feeling empty. She falls asleep at the breast all the time. I'm torn. Any advice to increase my supply? Anyone been in this situation? Thank you for the help!
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    September 25th, 2016, 11:14 AM
    Struggling during the day to get anything done because baby wants to nurse every 1.5-2 hours MAX (sometimes every hour).. and for him to get any naps whatsoever, he will only nap laying on my "breast friend" pillow while comfort nursing. Sometimes he pops off, and I try to put him over my shoulder to move him.. but he immediately wakes up and won't go back down. For him to take any naps during the day, he must be sleeping on me while nursing?? He's almost 4 months, and he's been like this since birth. All my friends babies they can lay them down half awake and their babies go to bed. Mine, won't at all. :confused:
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  • @llli*lanihelena's Avatar
    September 22nd, 2016, 04:06 PM
    Hi everyone. I've been exclusively bf and will be going back to work when my baby is 3 months old. I have decided not to pump at work and will be returning only 3 days a week. I plan to bf her in the morning and in the evenings/nights after 5pm. From 7am-5pm she will be getting formula 3 days a week. What's the best way to introduce this and since I'll just be doing this part, will this decrease my supply? Will my body adapt to the missed feedings 3 days a week? Thank you!!
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  • @llli*boholectra's Avatar
    September 26th, 2016, 06:37 PM
    lo is 3 months old and has a mild tongue tie. I have been nursing her with a nipple shield but now that I am at work, I nurse her in the morning and she takes 4 to 4.5 oz bottles every 3 to 3.5 hours while I am away. I have noticed that once I am back, she gets hungry every 1.5 to 2 hours even after nursing for 30-40 minutes. She is a good sleeper and sleeps for at least 6 hour stretches at night. My question is why is there such a big difference in frequency? I am concerned that it may be because of low milk supply during evenings combined with poor milk transfer. I don't want her to start rejecting nursing because bottles give her more milk for less work.
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  • @llli*christine.coff's Avatar
    September 26th, 2016, 12:55 PM
    Bear with me, this is long. But I need advice. I have a four week old and have been triple feeding for her the past two and a half weeks. She was born 7lb 2oz at 37 weeks, lost to 6lb11, but was back up to 7lb like five days later? However, a week after that she was still only 7even, no gain at all. She had become very sleepy at the breast, LC said likely due to and very common with late preterm infants. So the plan was to bf, supplement with 1-2 oz BM in a bottle, total of eight oz supps a day, and pump after every feed to maintain supply. Well, this worked and she is now up to 7lb 14oz as of last Tuesday, which averaged about 1.5oz a day gain. So LC said to cut supp down to only six oz a day, continue pumping after every feed. I can definitely tell she's become a better stronger nurser, she doesn't fall asleep every feed, although she does still seem to root constNtly. It makes me question if she is getting enough off me when she roots and seems hungry almost after every feed. Every time a bottle is offered she takes it happily. I know milk is there. I am pumping about seven times a day after feeds and my supply is continuing to increase by the day. I pumped in the past four days 29oz, 30 oz, 32, then yesterday 34, this on top of her feeding 8-10 times a day......we go for another weight check Wednesday to reasses. My question is on the pumping. I hate pumping seven times a day, HATE IT. But I fear a drop in supply if I dropsessions, as I am only four weeks...
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  • @llli*trentsmom's Avatar
    September 26th, 2016, 07:17 PM
    Helpppp! Im at the end of my rope here... My son Is 10 weeks old and EBF, however...shortly after a bought of bilateral mastitis and Keflex antibiotics his latch declined and his sucking turned into chomping down. He will gag on a finger test and will not take a dummy, nipple shield, or bottle. I'm looking to get him on Bottles so I can pump and go out once in awhile but all he does is push it out with his tounge, gag, cry, and occasionally chomp down. I've tried spectra bottles, Avent natural, tommee tippee, mimijumi, dr browns, playtex, nubi, and munchkin latch to no avail...anyone else had this issue and figured it out? He's seeing an occupational therapist but not seeing any progress. Edit: my son has also been diagnosed with severe acid reflux and is on nexium twice a day. He does not have a tounge tie or pyloric stenosis (sp?)
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  • @llli*isla.smommy's Avatar
    September 22nd, 2016, 08:44 PM
    Alright mummy's, I need some support and guidance. I'm had a very difficult breastfeeding journey and I'm hitting an all time low right now. Early on I was diagnosed with a low milk supply. I nursed and supplemented my daughter with a supplemental nursing system for a year until her nutritional needs were met by other sources and we were able to breastfeed to meet other needs. I managed that hurdle with medications and perseverance. She is 19 months now. The beginning of August I was diagnosed with mastitis. Went on antibiotics for it. 4 days later my period resumed. Shortly after the mastitis I developed horrible pain in both breasts, and developed milk blisters. I tried home remedies to fix it but after a few weeks went to my LC who opened them and taught me how to do the same if needed. After that the pain became unbearable. Saw the LC again a few weeks later. I'm being treated for yeast. Since my nipples are so damaged I keep getting vasoconstrictions on top of everything. I'm no longer opening the milk blebs but they are still there. I'm on fluconazole, orally, so is my daughter (she's not showing signs of thrush). I've recently had 4 ultra sound treatments for blocked ducts, heating the breast before feeds, trying to keep a consistent number of feeds in a day, taking magnesium, vit C, vit B complex, probiotic, multi vit and using all purpose nipple ointment. I've also tried Epson soaks, dangle nursing and more things I just can't even remember. This pain is is...
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  • @llli*asingleton5's Avatar
    September 23rd, 2016, 08:27 AM
    I am EBF but have been pumping once in the morning for back to work storage or a bottle for my husband if he's home with her while I'm out. My right side always produces more than the left. I'm pumping about 2.5-3oz total. Usually if I do 3 I get about 1 from the left and the rest I'll get from the right. How can I increase the left supply? Or is that just how it is sometimes?
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  • @llli*spicy.love's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:22 PM
    My DD is almost 20 weeks old. I have been back at work for almost 7 weeks. When I first got back to work, I had no trouble pumping, getting anywhere between 3-5oz per session. I would pump 3 times at work. In the mornings, I feed her from one side and then pump the other side, usually getting between 2-4oz. A few weeks ago, I started having trouble pumping at work. My first morning pump session I just can't get a let down and I end up barely getting 1oz on most days. But then my next two pump session (usually around 3-3.5 hours between sessions) I pump just fine, getting anywhere between 4-5oz. I'm not really understanding what is going on during that morning session. I hadn't made any changes to my routine. The only thing I could think of was I had caught my DD's cold, but it was really mild, just a slight runny nose and a little bit of a sore throat and coughing, and it only lasted a few days at most. But it's been over a week since that cold, I would have figured if that was the cause, I would be back to normal by now. This is what my schedule typically looks like: 430a Breastfeed/Pump 630a Get to work
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  • @llli*mommabearto35's Avatar
    Today, 12:05 AM
    I ordered my pump from an online company they sent the wrong one. For $45 they will let me ship it back and exchange. I asked for spectra 2 and got something called an ardo. Ive never heard of it and no one i know in real life has either. Should i keep and use it or spend the $45 to return and wait on the spectra ?
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    September 26th, 2016, 12:26 PM
    Join La Leche League International (LLLI) live online on October 1st, 2016 for its first-ever 24-hour breastfeeding support meeting! https://www.facebook.com/groups/LLLIGlobalMeeting/ If you are: expecting a baby, a new mother struggling to breastfeed, facing challenges or concerns at any stage of parenting,
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    September 26th, 2016, 12:14 PM
    Mother’s situation: Putting a stop to breastfeeding: gentle toddler weaning Breastfeeding Today, August 2016 I am ready to stop breastfeeding my 18-month-old son, but how? He still nurses a fair amount day and night but I want my body back. Please can you share gentle ways to get him to give up this habit because I do not want to make him unhappy? Response: My son is 17 months and, similarly, he breastfeeds a fair amount day and night. In particular, I’ve been having some very intense feelings at night, when I feel like calling out, "Just leave me alone" or "Go back to sleep," as he lies suckling for half the night and won’t let me even roll over! Is this what you mean when you say you "want your body back"?
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  • @llli*jacqueline123's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:23 PM
    My son is 6 months old. I was thinking of feeding him breast milk that I have stored in the freezer that I pumped when he was 6 weeks old. Is the freezer milk as nutritious and meet his needs as the milk that I currently produce? I'm supposed to be taking antibiotics for a week which is totally safe for breastfeeding but since it does pass through the milk and I know it is better for him to build his immunity without antibiotics. I thought this was a good excuse to use the freezer stash that will be expiring soon.
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  • @llli*tsuki.guruguru's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:29 PM
    Hi ladies, I wonder if you can help me with a problem. For the last couple of months, my son has been nursing only before bed, and when he wakes during the night. For the first month or so after giving up our final daytime feed, my breasts would always be very full in the evening, but now my supply is really dropping off. My worse boob only makes a couple of mouthfuls now, and practically nothing overnight. I know the usual advice is that I'll be producing as much as he needs, and perhaps that's the case. I suspect that he's mainly nursing for comfort at this stage (since he doesn't seem to mind too much if there's nothing in there!), so perhaps he doesn't want more than he's getting. But he always continues sucking long past when the milk has run out, which I would naively expect would tend to *increase* my supply. Similarly, I would have thought him nursing on my almost-empty boobs overnight would tend to stimulate production, but that hasn't been the case. There have been no changes in my lifestyle, diet, stress levels etc. I drink plenty of water. Any ideas why I'd be losing supply in this situation, or how I can increase it? We're not ready to give up breastfeeding yet - we both enjoy it, and he's always so upset if I have to refuse the boob for some reason! But if things continue this way there won't be anything coming out at all soon!
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    September 26th, 2016, 11:54 AM
    Celebrate La Leche League's 60th anniversary with us! Below you’ll find details on upcoming events and festivities happening throughout the 60th Anniversary year. And don't forget to Like our LLLI 60th Anniversary Page on Facebook for all the latest updates! 24-Hour Online Meeting https://www.facebook.com/groups/LLLIGlobalMeeting/ LLLI’s 24-hour online meeting will take place beginning on October 1, 2016! This digital meeting will run for 24 consecutive hours and be held in multiple languages, bringing together women from all over the world.
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    September 26th, 2016, 11:24 AM
    La Leche League of the Garden State 2016 Mini-Conference Saturday, October 1st, 2016 http://www.lllgardenstateconference.org/ Villa Victoria Academy 376 W Upper Ferry Road, Ewing Twp. 08628 New Jersey
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    September 26th, 2016, 12:04 PM
    LLLGB Conference 2016 14-15th October 2016 https://www.laleche.org.uk/lllgb-conference-2016/ The Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire Speakers include:
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  • @llli*moredonuts's Avatar
    Today, 09:00 AM
    I'm hoping for some ideas as to what is causing a new (and exhausting) nighttime behavior. My 1 year old son has never slept through the night - not even close - but up until now breastfeeding could pretty reliably get him back to sleep. We finally mastered the side lying position and I was content to let the all night feeding continue because I barely woke up. The past two weeks, however, he has not been able to fall back asleep. He latches for a bit, whines, and crawls away. Sometimes he tries to find the other breast, sometimes he seems like he is looking for a more comfortable position as he crawls all over us and the bed. If I just let him do his thing he gets progressively more frustrated and the whines become cries. This happens every few hours and the wake times can last for 1-2 hours. If I offer the breast again he might try it for a few sucks, but goes back to the whining and crawling around. I have two ideas as to why he is doing this and I am looking for other help/suggestions: 1) Frustrated with not enough milk? I am of two minds on this one because one the one hand I am sure I do not have as much milk as a few months ago. On the other hand, he has always gained really well. In fact, he was at the pediatrician's yesterday and they said maybe he was gaining too well. His solid food intake is minimal due to a swallowing issue we just got a PT referral for so most of the weight comes from milk. Even if it was a milk supply issue I am not sure how much I...
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  • @llli*sashaamb's Avatar
    Today, 07:02 AM
    See Kellymom.com, but yes, it is the suggested range until 1 year old. Until 1, babies need 19-30 oz of BM a day, the average being 24/25 oz per day. Kellymom has an expressed BM calculator so you can figure out the *approximate* number of oz per bottle based on the oz per day and the number of nursing sessions. I still rely on those numbers and my babe eats increasingly more solids, also mostly BLW style. If your babe eats solids pretty well, milk intake is probably at the lower end of the range. http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/milkcalc/ http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/milkcalc/#solids
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