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  • @llli*damevnv's Avatar
    April 14th, 2015, 05:06 PM
    Please, somebody give me some advice.... My son will be 4 months old on April 25th. Right now he weighs only 10 lbs 5oz, we think he's 24 inches long, and he's been stuck there for TWO WEEKS. :cry Here's all the background information I can supply: -Vaginal birth at 41 weeks. Born 6lbs, 11oz, 19 inches long. -Exclusively breastfed. 9 feedings per day, 30 to 45 minutes per session. -Nurses every 2 hours with one middle-of-the-night feeding. I pump after his 7:30pm bedtime.
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  • @llli*thawingsnow's Avatar
    April 17th, 2015, 07:27 PM
    A Ton of Visitors during the Newborn Period? Is it possible to have a great start to your nursing relationship while being surrounded by a ton of visitors right after having a newborn? In addition, does having a ton of visitors promote bonding among immediate family members (for example, between mom, dad, and baby)? I remember nursing 20 to 24 times a day during the newborn period. Despite the societal norm, I did my best to keep visitors to a minimum particularly during those first newborn weeks as nursing seemed to necessitate this! My personal goals during the newborn period were focused on nursing, establishing my milk supply, survival, bonding with my newborn, having my husband bond with our newborn, and bonding and adjusting as a new family of three. Plus, my personality lends itself to processing huge life events mostly internally anyway.
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  • @llli*bxlgirl's Avatar
    April 15th, 2015, 07:53 AM
    Hi LLLadies, does anyone have suggestions for how to facilitate feeding a five month old when I return to work and work night shifts? DH will be taking over those nights. Should we get a bottle warmer that DH can use with expressed milk? I have never used one and have no clue. Or is there some easy system to warm a bottle so that DH can give one to DD overnight? I will be out of the house from 7 pm - 9:30 am the next day including my commute. I will have three consecutive night shifts per month, so they are not too often. We can buy a bottle warmer (secondhand), no problem! But are they worth it? Or something else?
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  • @llli*sacmd's Avatar
    April 13th, 2015, 08:58 PM
    Hi, I'm sure this has been addressed before but wondering if anyone has ideas. I have gone back to work and am leaving bottles of breastmilk (Dr Brown's slow-flow nipples) with my mother in law to feed my 4 month old baby. I've only been back for 3 days but already she just has no patience for my letdown anymore. She latches, then almost immediately (sensing there's no milk) she unlatches and cries. We do this over and over, and then she will just get almost hysterically upset. Then I give up because my letdown takes 1-2 minutes to happen and it won't happen with her so upset. Tonight I got so upset that I started crying! It was heartbreaking to see her refusing me like that, I didn't know what to do. I suppose I could pump to stimulate letdown but YUCK. I already hate pumping and have to do it at work. Also that seems like it will just encourage her to think that she doesn't have to wait. My mother in law says she's feeding upright, slowly, trying to do "paced" feeding (although I could maybe show her a video to make sure she's doing it correctly). Does anyone have ideas for a different kind of nipple perhaps? Something even slower? And is there a way to simulate letdown by my mother in law (like, making her suck on an empty bottle before giving her milk?! That sounds cruel!) I should add that we cosleep for most of the night and while sleepy/sleeping, she is much more patient and doesn't get hysterical. She feeds side-lying just fine.
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  • @llli*davidsmomma's Avatar
    April 13th, 2015, 01:28 PM
    Hi mamas- I need some advice. Currently nursing my 6 month old and while we had a rough start things are going better, most of the time. Unfortunately, I am one of those unlucky mamas that get their periods back 8 weeks pp despite exclusively bf. And to make matters worse the week leading up to my period and several days into it my supply tanks and the LO gets really upset making nursing very hard. I want to make it at least a year. I have been drinking mothers milk tea which seems to help a little bit but those 2 weeks are still tough. My OB wrote me a prescription for Reglan but read some concerning possible side effects. Suggestions? Personal experiences with this? Thanks!
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  • @llli*jazmanian's Avatar
    April 13th, 2015, 05:49 PM
    My baby is 5 weeks. Recently, she has started to squirm a lot during nursing, and I think it's because of gas. She also does this thing where she completely smashes her face into my boob. I was just wondering what it could be? Sometimes I think she's adjusting the latch or trying to squeeze out more milk. I noticed that she usually does it during the same nursing sessions that she nurses for 5 minutes, pops off and immediately wants to be put back on. She's only been smashing her face into the breast for a couple days so I can't say that the two things are related. The face smashing doesnt affect our nursing.. the squirming does... but the face smashing just makes me wonder. Why should she want to cut off her air supply with a face full of boob? lol
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  • @llli*meliska's Avatar
    April 17th, 2015, 06:09 PM
    In a surprise turn of events, I found out about an hour ago that I'm going back to work tomorrow instead of next Wednesday. I have an 8 week old and BF on demand. I'm an RN, and I work 12 hour shifts on a busy unit. I'm a newbie when it comes to breastfeeding and pumping at work, so what do I need to make sure that I have tomorrow? How often should I pump? What do you guys do with your milk when you pump - straight into the fridge? Into a cooler? Dump everything into one bottle or leave them separate? I can leave my pump in the room with the cooler in it, or I have access to a fridge and freezer. I don't work more than two days in a row (only three total days in a week) in order to protect my supply (I'm afraid that pumping and not nursing for three days would cause a tank), so the milk will be going into the freezer when I get home. Do you use the same flanges? Different flanges each time? I have 40 oz in the freezer, thankfully, so I'm hoping we can make it through tomorrow and I pump enough to replenish what he eats. I'm freaking out a little bit. Lol.
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  • @llli*zoe27's Avatar
    April 16th, 2015, 03:41 PM
    Hi, I am currently breastfeeding/pumping breast milk (with poly vi sol) for my baby and she is having frequent liquid stools. I know that is is normal for breastfed babies to have liquid stools but I wanted to make sure my baby was still in the normal range. We logged how often we have to change her diaper and she has stool on her diaper at least every 30-45 minutes (>20x/day). She will have an occasional larger stool with curds but otherwise it is streaks of stool on the diaper like she had a few "squirts." She was going so frequently that she developed a severe diaper rash which is starting to clear up since we have changed to 7th generation diapers, stopped using wipes, and used nystatin ointment. I just wanted to make sure that the frequent stooling was not of concern. She appears to be gaining weight and is alert/not fussy. I have removed soy and dairy from my diet. Thanks!
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  • @llli*azrael499's Avatar
    April 14th, 2015, 11:16 PM
    I am in the ER now just 3 weeks post c-section. Battling thrush but just starting to nurse ok. Now need to have a CAT Scan with contrast to rule out a blood clot in my lungs before setting up gallbladder surgery. I am a mess. I have been pumping at the hospital now but the doc said he thinks I would need to pump and dump at least 3-4 days after the CAT Scan. I can't stop crying....advice please. I do not want to lose my supply.
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  • @llli*reena's Avatar
    April 13th, 2015, 11:17 AM
    Greetings, I am new to this forum, but not new to LLL meetings and publications. I am coming here because I am feel a little anxious about nursing. My LO is amost 9 months old. My ultimate goal is 12 months of nursing, but would like to extend longer than that. My situation is a little unique, but I must not be the only mom going through feelings of anxiety and wising to be done before I want to be done. I'll explain a little below. I nursed my first child, now 6 years old, for over 3 years. We had a totally laid back nursing relationship with no latch issues and he self weaned when he was ready (ok I had a little part in it, but he slowed down on his own). Fast forward to July last year, I have my daughter and long story short, the first IBCLC missed some serious milk transfer issues very early on and I had cracked painful nipples. It wasn't until she was over 2 weeks old that an LC/LLL leader helped me and we discovered tongue tie, low milk supply and her failure to gain weight. I was put on a heavy nursing/pumping/supplementing regime. used an SNS. And eventually got on domperidone to boost my supply after her ties were revised. It was quite an emotional experience. I believe I suffered PTSD and PPA after all that. It took me until DD was maybe 5 months old, to feel confident in nursing again. She will turn 9 months old this month. She is essentially BLW with solids, doesn't take much via spoon, and I would say 90% of her nutrition is still my milk....
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  • @llli*m11612's Avatar
    April 14th, 2015, 12:35 PM
    Anyone have experience treating thrush with more than one nurser? I had to go on an antibiotic and now my 6 week old and I have thrush. We're being treated with nystatin. My doc said I don't need to treat my 3 yo since she doesn't have symptoms. That itis likely due to her better immune system. Is this right? I thought even without symptoms all should be treated. Is this different for older nursling? NAK sorry
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  • @llli*peppermintp's Avatar
    April 17th, 2015, 04:19 AM
    Hi everyone! I'm new here. Feel free to let me know if this would be better in the newborn forum. So my little guy is almost 12 weeks old. Here's some relevant info: -born via c-section after 3.5 days induction (therefore, I think his birthweight of 8'13 is a little inflated due to all the fluids I had) -he "wasn't gaining enough" after birth and formula supplements were started on day 3. -I never seemed to have enough milk for him to gain weight or be satisfied so I started domperidone after about 2 weeks I think...(3x a day. I've recently bumped this up to 4x a day - the max dose of 120mg. This has given my supply a boost). -So due to the weight gain issue (he wasn't back up to birth weight until about 5 or 6 weeks), the formula supplements snowballed into supplementing every feed, up to 4 oz per feed!! (I'm supplementing with formula because I don't get enough from pumping. What breastmilk I do pump, I give him). -Most of his supplements are by bottle, but for just over a month I've been using a Medela SNS as much as possible. -He is gaining nicely now, avg 5-7oz per week. He's currently at 11lbs 3oz.
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  • @llli*smittenrunner3's Avatar
    April 15th, 2015, 02:39 PM
    My first LO is now 7.5 months old, and I've been pumping since I returned to work full time after 12 weeks maternity leave. My stash is dwindling (only 3-4 feedings worth left). I pump 3 times per day at work, once for each feeding LO has at daycare (in addition to solids). LO nurses when we're at home together and on weekends. I recently started hormonal birth control and noticed a sharp decline in my supply (4 oz short of "quota" per day--almost a feeding). I connected the dots and stopped the pill, but am concerned it will take a while for my supply (hopefully) to bounce back. I've been pumping at night after LO's asleep to try to make up the shortage, but still have had to dip into the freezer stash. I don't want LO to be hungry. I've been eating oatmeal and cauliflower to help maintain my supply. Any recommendations or advice to give things a boost? I'd love to make it to a year. Thanks.
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  • @llli*nat38's Avatar
    April 14th, 2015, 04:48 AM
    my son is just over 3 years and is very gradually self-weaning. we are now down to once a day if at all. we are getting him a new bed and he keeps saying when he gets his big boy bed he will stop. I wouldn't be surprised if he does indeed (he did something similar re. nappies) It's been a wonderful journey and even though I'd like the new freedom, I am a bit scared of how I might react when he stops. I am usually a veru emotional person. I am worried I'll be an emotional mess :cry what should I expect? any advise/tips? thanks!
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  • @llli*dvdfad002's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:27 AM
    Hi there I hope that you will be able to give me some words of encouragement as well as advice. I was forced to attend training out of my city for 6 days/5nights. I had left my 5 month old with EBM (unfortunately I couldn't take him with me :cry ). When I returned yesterday he refused to nurse- arched his back and screamed :cry Please tell me how I can get him back to the breast... I hate the inconvenience of having to make bottles. I know my milk supply has taken a dip as well-trying to get my toddler to nurse more in order to stimulate milk production. My heart breaks every time he refuses... I know I need to keep offering, it's just so hard!
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  • @llli*naturegal64's Avatar
    April 14th, 2015, 04:20 PM
    Hello! I had my LO 2 weeks ago. He came 5 weeks early & was jaundiced. We spent the majority of the last 2 weeks in the special care nursery at the hospital treating his jaundice & getting every test known to man done to make sure he is a healthy baby. Starting on day 1, the hospital LC had me start pumping. Even prior to pumping, I was producing tons of colostrum but the pump made it possible for us to make sure he was feeding well without formula supplementation. The LC to me to nurse 8-12 times a day & pump after every feeding. I have been doing this pretty religiously & now 2 weeks in my LO still needs a breastmilk bottle after every nursing session, poops after every feeding, & has a lot of gas. I also have about 250oz of breastmilk in the freezer. Im getting concerned that my routine is not correct because he looks so pained by gas. His poops are mustard yellow & seedy so I don't think I have a fore milk/hind milk imbalance. At his last appointment he was almost back to his birth weight (1oz away) so I don't think he is gaining weight abnormally fast. My nipples are sore after every feeding & my breasts are hot which I guess is engorgement? I also have to use a nipple shield because I have flat nipples. I've tried several times without it but I wasn't successful. He feeds pretty well but I've noticed over the last 2 days that he spits up a lot if fed for more than an hour on the breast. He usually takes about 35ml from the bottle after feeding from the...
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  • @llli*loloey's Avatar
    April 15th, 2015, 06:45 PM
    Hello fellow moms! Was wondering if anyone has advice or guidance relating to an issue I'm now experiencing with breastfeeding. My son is 6 weeks old and we finally got into a good groove breastfeeding the past couple weeks until yesterday... Yesterday, he started moving lots and pulling back while my nipple is in his mouth. Last night he got so frustrated and cried while nursing. Needless to say, I'm now in pain and he even spit up a bit of blood (I think it's from my nipple) recently. I'm not sure what could have changed to make him so fussy at the breast now. I think my supply is good as I would still have milk after he pulls away. I thought maybe it was a fast letdown but my letdown has always been a bit fast and I try to lean back to help him out. Any thoughts? Suggestions? Thank you in advance!
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  • @llli*marleyking18's Avatar
    April 17th, 2015, 12:49 PM
    Hello I am returning to work in one week. My DD will be 10 weeks old when I return and has been EBF eating every 2-3 hrs 8-10x a day. She has successfully taken tommee tippee bottles from caregivers. I have a medela pump in style with two sets of complete pump parts. I have a very private office to pump and my schedule allows me to pump every 2-3hrs..sometimes even more if needed. My question is the best way to handle cleaning of parts. I have seen conflicting information on cleaning the parts during the workday. Some have said they must be sanitized after every pump and suggested the medela microwave bags. Others said rinse with water. Some suggested the medela wipes. Others said to do nothing and that they can be reused throughout the day and sanitized at home after the work day. is there a right way? I have access to fridge, microwave and sink. Thanks!
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    April 13th, 2015, 09:43 AM
    My friend in the Wilkes-Barre area of PA is getting the usual supplement runaround and wants to nurse exclusively. I think the IBCLCs I found online were part of the bad advice. Anyone know a good IBCLC in the area? We are trying to get a LLL leader on the phone today also.
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  • @llli*amcmanus17's Avatar
    April 16th, 2015, 06:03 PM
    In the hospital I had been told to start with the breast I had last fed with when starting the next feeding. Does that sound right? I've stopped doing that because then its nearly 6 hours between use for one of the breasts; I would think that would hinder production... (My baby doesnt make it to both breasts in a feeding)
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  • @llli*mek's Avatar
    April 13th, 2015, 07:30 PM
    Now that DD is over age 1, I've stopped pumping and I'm using up my freezer stash for sippy cups. I just found about 12 bags from the end of July and August. They've been in my fridge freezer (back of it, buried). Do you think they're okay to use? Would old milk make her sick, or would she refuse it if it's bad? It's never been defrosted (no power outages, etc).
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  • @llli*sacha1209's Avatar
    April 15th, 2015, 06:02 PM
    Hello, I'm a FTM, EBF and I'm worried my son is not getting enough sleep. We've co-slept since he was born and bed shared for the past three weeks or so. At night he falls asleep after nursing then he sleeps the first part of the night in his little bassinet rocker by our bed. He usually wakes up after 2-4 hours max, then he sleeps in our bed. However, he seems to be breastfeeding for the most part of the night and really not getting a lot of sleep. It's actually really hard to assess how much he actually sleeps as I am sleeping on and off too. However, every time i am up (and it's a lot as i'm a light sleeper) he's latched on. And when he's asleep and I try to move a little he tends to wake up too. He's never been a big sleeper. When he slept in his bed only, he would wake up 2-4 times at night and he would have to nurse for 30mn-2.5 hours before getting back to sleep every time. I thought that he would have a sounder sleep sleeping together but I'm not sure anymore. Does anyone have a similar experience? Also, he tends to kick a lot his legs throughout the night while eating. Is that a phase developmentally? I don't think it's gas. I try to burp him too but it doesn't help. Just for background, He's able to have one good nap a day of 1-2 hours in the baby carrier and 1-2 20-30 mn naps morning and late afternoon if we're lucky. Could it be something that i eat or is his night sleep normal? I usually avoid dairy other than goat milk and I have one coffee late...
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  • @llli*rsjulymom's Avatar
    April 15th, 2015, 12:02 PM
    Hi Am FTM to 9 month old baby(July born). She was ebf till 6 months and is right now on 3 semisolids a day. Mu milk supply was very good till 7 months. I have never used pumps.it was all through baby latching. During 8th month(end of march) I started her formula using bottle because it was difficult to Breastfeed whenever we were out. Once she accepted bottle I used to give my baby alternate feeds of formula and breast milk and 3 semisolids a day.
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  • @llli*ezi.nito's Avatar
    April 16th, 2015, 03:45 PM
    Hi First time on this site, and any help would be gratefully appreciated. I am currently nursing my 2 week old daughter (second child) . She has had a pore latch before which caused my nipples to crack. Both nipples are cracked in the same spot. It hurts tremendously to feed her every time. I have read that you can pump for a few days and feed with a bottle while it heals or just continue and suck up the pain. I don't know if there are any other options. I'm lost in what I should do. My main fear is that I lose supply while I try to fix the problem. PLEASE HELP! THANK YOU!
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  • @llli*milkmaid28's Avatar
    April 14th, 2015, 10:04 AM
    This is my third baby. I breastfed my first two for 15 mo each and had a good experience. My third is currently 4 days old. He was born at 9 lb 5 oz and at his first pediatrician checkup yesterday, he was 8 lb 8 oz. (different scale, obviously). The Dr. advised waiting and checking his weight again tomorrow to see if he is continuing to lose weight. He has been nursing very frequently and often seems hungry at the end of a nursing session. Especially at night, he will feed nonstop for 4-5 hours straight. (Feed, fall asleep, I set him down, he wakes up and starts rooting and fussing to eat again) I have not been able to achieve a comfortable latch with him so far. It appears he is just not opening his mouth wide enough. I always feel a painful, pinching sensation in my nipple and I will try taking him off and re-latching several times until we both get so frustrated that I just give up and let him nurse that way. I'm wondering if maybe he is tongue-tied and just can't physically open his mouth wide enough. I'll ask the Dr. about this tomorrow. I'm also wondering if why he is hungry right after nursing is because he is: a) falling asleep before he is full b) not draining enough milk due to poor latch c) just cluster feeding and building my milk supply
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  • @llli*kappamom's Avatar
    April 15th, 2015, 10:24 AM
    I normally take alprazolam for occasional panic attacks and anxiety, and just deal with them while I am pregnant or breastfeeding. But with the birth of my second child, I am finding it harder to handle the attacks that I get a couple of times a month. My doctor asked me to post a question on this website to see what would be safe while breastfeeding and get back with her. I have checked both Dr. Hale's text and (my personal favorite) Dr. Jack Newman. They both suggest Lorazepine for occasional use due to low levels in breast milk. My daughter is currently weaning so she doesn't get much breast milk at this point, but I still want to do what is best, but also take care of myself. TIA.
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