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  • @llli*mackeroo2013's Avatar
    May 19th, 2016, 05:25 AM
    My daughter who is almost 5 months has such stinky gas. Her gas smells the same all the time and she has to pass gas very frequently throughout the day. She doesn't seem to be discomforted in anyway. But I'm wondering does this have something to do with my diet? The only thing I could think of is maybe my instant coffee I drink everyday 3 mugs everyday. I have also drunk this much coffee from the beginning and her gas hadn't started since 1 month ago. but I also know that it's rare for babies to be affected by what the mother ingests. I noticed her increase in gas and the same smell of them about 1 month ago it started after her bowel movements stop becoming frequently. She poops every 3 days or so now.
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  • @llli*bkindnhappy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:54 PM
    Hi! I took my 9 month old baby boy to his check up thinking everything would be just fine I had my active baby breastfeeding fine and blw. But when they checked him he gain less than 2lb in 3 months! How is that possible when I carry him an he is heavy to me. Now I'm worried
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  • @llli*mammymurphy's Avatar
    May 22nd, 2016, 08:32 AM
    Hi, I'm a ftm to a 3 week old little boy and am breast feeding. I've had trouble with sore, cracked nipples (improving but slowly!) so need to use lanolin after every feed and breast pads to stop my bra sticking to them. I haven't made the leap yet and breast fed any where apart from at home because of all this extra business. We've gotten good at going on little trips but are always watching the clock to get home in time for the next feed, it would be nice to have a bit more freedom. Any tips or advice? Thanks!
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  • @llli*ftmum's Avatar
    May 19th, 2016, 01:01 PM
    Hi there, I currently use an Avent manual pump every night but only get about 40ml (1.3 Oz). I often get about 60ml (2 oz) if hand express. I need to significantly increase this to top up my baby (exclusively breast fed) as I need to fatten him up and would eventually like to build a freezer stash. I've used a Medela mini with even less success, night bigger flanges but got nothing. Is it worth buying a better pump, or will my body just respond the same? Note I've tried warm packs, breast massage, photos and videos of baby, having baby with me, pumping different times of day...
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  • @llli*ssmith888's Avatar
    May 22nd, 2016, 11:24 AM
    Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I feel like I've seen some conflicting information about whey protein and breastfeeding. Can anyone tell me if it's unsafe to eat while breastfeeding? I saw a thread discussing protein shakes (some containing whey protein) and it seemed like they weren't recommended but I believe that's because of some of the other ingredients. If there's whey protein in something I'm eating, for example some pancakes I just bought that are supposed to be good for you because they have lots of protein - is that unsafe? My baby does not appear to have a milk allergy, if that's the main concern. Thank you!
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  • @llli*polarisj9's Avatar
    May 20th, 2016, 04:41 PM
    My baby is EBF and I just went back to work this week. I've been pumping bottles for him & that's going well. I still nurse before and after work. He's home with my husband during the day. The first four days he ate more than I expected - like 13-15 oz during the 11 hours I was gone. But today, I left 13 oz for him and he only drank 6 oz! Hubby said baby just hasn't been interested in eating much today - he kept refusing the bottle. He had normal diaper output, and nursed from me as soon as I got home. Is this normal? I'm shocked he drank so little today when he's normally guzzling bottles! Hubby does pace feeding and we've had no issues switching between breast and bottle.
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  • @llli*neilas.mom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:15 AM
    My first child is 17 days old, she was 8 lb at birth, and now is still at her lowest weight of 7lb 5.8 oz. I am BF exclusively and compressing the breast with feeding. We are working on improving the latch. The first week she was put on antibiotics, had 2 X-rays and a upper GI. It turned out there was nothing wrong with her, however the antibiotics and barium hurt her tummy for a week. She eats every 2-3 hours in the day, 3-4 at night, wet diaper every feeding, 1-2 dirty a day. All her vitals are perfect, pink skin, bright, wet looking eyes, she is VERY active. The nurse wants me to add formula to her diet, but I think she might just have gotten a slow start, and have a high metabolism. We do see a doc in a couple days.
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  • @llli*baraboo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:34 AM
    My LO will be 3 weeks old on Tuesday - he started out nursing like a champ except his latch was shallow. He made up for it with vigorous sucking and has had no problems gaining weight. However, my nipples paid the price and I developed several cracks by day 4. My milk came in day 3 and I was CRAZY engorged for a few days. I got plugged ducts on both sides and the only way I could relieve them was to massage and squeeze my breasts while LO nurses - if I just let him do his thing, he doesn't unclog me or even do that good a job draining milk. I noticed a week in that his tongue looked flat when he cried, and the pediatrician agreed he had a tongue tie. The ENT snipped a centimeter of anterior frenulum. This did improve things - I stopped getting torn up looking nipples and they've slowly started to heal. But something is still not right. Unless I'm fairly aggressively pushing my boob into his mouth at all times during nursing, LO falls off and starts chomping just my nipples. He seems physically incapable of flanging his upper lip (it's so taut that I can't roll it out for him with my finger) and he barely flanges the bottom one - he seems to prefer tucking it in. He gets lip creases after nursing and my nipples have the lipstick shape with a crease in them too. I have small areolas but his gums clamp around the base of the nipple, not further out onto breast tissue (no matter how many tricks I try). I'm really starting to lose it (my sanity). I nursed my daughter for 2...
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  • @llli*polarisj9's Avatar
    May 18th, 2016, 08:05 AM
    I EBF and just returned to work a couple days ago. I've had no supply issues and baby has been a great nurser. Baby has always nursed every 1-2 hours around the clock. I'm sure part of that is just comfort nursing, but he's definitely a good eater (doubled birth weight by 2 months). I'm gone from him at work for 10-11 hours each weekday. At work I've been pumping every 3 hours and producing about 4oz each session. Today during my first morning pump, I pumped 3 oz which is less than my usual morning pump. Is my pumping every 3 hours (when I'm used to feeding baby every 2ish hours before this) going to lower my supply, because I'm draining my breasts a little less frequently)? I'm still nursing him at home mornings, evenings, at night and weekends. But I know I can't pump every 2 hours at work. Also, baby still nurses every 2 hours at night, but since we do side lying breastfeeding, I think he falls back asleep after only a couple minutes. Will that hurt my supply? Thanks!
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  • @llli*mjanellec's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:37 PM
    Hi. My baby will be 3 months old in a few days and over the last 2-3 weeks he has been crying when I try to bf. We have some sessions that are good but most of the time he will just nurse for a couple minutes then pull off and cry. I try to calm him down then try again and he just pushes me away and cries more. I'm not sure what to do or why he is doing this. Any advice would be very appreciated. Thank you.
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  • @llli*jen.r24's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:09 AM
    Hello all. My lo is 8.5 months, never taken a bottle and I don't intend to start them. I use an open cup (doidy cup) with her for expressed milk and small amounts of water. Grandparents find it hard to use (it takes patience but she is good at drinking and swallowing from it with support). What closed top cups do you find useful ? I want to buy some so I can try and leave my lo for an afternoon in the next few weeks (grandparents will do a milk feed and nap for the first time).
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  • @llli*milkncookies90's Avatar
    Today, 06:26 AM
    Hi ladies I apologise in advance for the rant but I am so frustrated I could scream! My LO is 5 weeks old and we've been exclusively BF and had no problems with supply or latching on but I'm seriously thinking about throwing in the towel and making the switch to formula but I just can't make the decision - I am so torn!! :tearhairout I hear about all these people who breastfeed their babies for 6 months or a year or even longer and I JUST CAN'T see how anyone can continue doing it for that long without clawing their own eyes out! I hate it! I always hear about how "convenient" BF is but I just can't see it!! I hate having to get my boobs out all the time, I hate fiddly nursing bras (I CANNOT do it with one hand no matter how hard I try), I hate smelling like milk, I hate waking up in the night with the pad, my bra, my nightie and often my sheets too, absolutely soaked in milk (I leak this much daytime too) and to top it all off I just can't bring myself to do it in public (I have no issue with other people doing it in public but I am not one of those people - dunno why, just not). None of these things feel very "convenient" to me :( I desperately want to enjoy BF and want to find it easy and natural but I just don't ... and I absolutely know it is what's best for baby and I feel so selfish to even say this but I long for the ease and routine of bottles, I long to wear a pretty bra with no breast pads, and I long for a full nights sleep because my husband is doing the night...
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  • @llli*crocusb's Avatar
    Today, 04:29 AM
    Hello everyone, I exclusively breastfed my son for 6 weeks. He gained weight within the normal range (150/170 gr a week) upto that point. From about week 6 onwards, his weight gain slowed down to 15 gr/day. I was advised to supplement. I started supplementing with my expressed milk and formula. I felt that I had to introduce bottles (everybody around me - midwives and my mum - advised that I should do so 'to get some milk in baby' as if my bfeeding did not count ). I had my baby's first 6 weeks check up at that point. The Gp asked me if my son was breast or bottle fed, I said both, then he put him as formula fed! which upset me further because majority of his milk is breasmilk. I decided to reach out for a IBCLC who discovered my son had a tongue tie at week 7. Navigating through loads of contradicting advice from health visitors, midwives, doctors etc, I decided to get it treated. I continued expressing and bottlefeeding him and putting him on my breast even though it became clear that he could not transfer milk efficiently. I also have low supply - I can barely produce 600 ml, usually 550 ml a day. Recently the LC discovered that his tongue tie partly reformed which upset me further although she said that there has been some improvement in his tongue movement. My husband has been against the idea of treating his tongue tie on the basis that it will not help bfeeding. He hooked onto this idea because one of the doctors we saw said so. The lactational...
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  • @llli*aprilmom16's Avatar
    Today, 08:59 AM
    I am nursing my 2nd child who is now 7 weeks old. I nursed my 1st child for a year and struggled a lot with oversupply/ OALD with her. No surprise, I am struggling with the same issues with baby # 2, except this time I know how to manage it so things are going much better. I nurse on one side every 2-3 hours and he is gaining plenty of weight (birth weight 8 lb 5 oz, 1 week appt. weight 9 lb 12 oz). I have been really hesitant to get the pump out and just broke down and started introducing a bottle last week (pumped twice, 4 days apart- only pumped one breast during his normal feeding time and got 4 ounces off then had my husband attempt to bottle feed him the milk). He's doing "ok", but will only take about 1 ounce and choked due to the flow of the milk (tried both medela and Dr Brown's wide neck, both a level 1 nipple). I am trying to decide when to pump, how often to pump, and how long to pump to build a milk supply, while not worsening my oversupply, thus causing a worsening OALD. With baby # 1 I didn't have much for a milk stockpile and ran out. I went through a dry spell while pumping at work at one point during that first year and ran out quickly (I didn't have much of a stockpile to begin with anyhow). I never had anything more than the milk I had from pumping the day prior at work and it made things difficult if I wanted to go out on a date or something. With this baby, he has the most difficulty nursing in the AM/ early afternoon when my milk supply is...
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  • @llli*habiba's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:24 PM
    My 9 months old son was constipated for 3 -4 days, usually he passes stool every 3rd day. he passed the stool today and it had black tiny particles( like black powder) mixed in the stool. Sorry for being so gross. I introduced egg yolk 4 days ago. Other than that he had oat cereal very little amount of date and lentil soup.He seems fine no rash etc . Im so worried plz help
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  • @llli*crocusb's Avatar
    Today, 10:26 AM
    Hi, Thank you for your post. We took the baby to a paediatric dentist but he did not want to remove it. He said that it would not make much difference to our bfeeding (he had seen so many babies and we are oneof those who coukd not benefit from the treatment apparently). I must add that our baby cannot suck properly on the breast. The LC we saw thought that the tongue tie caused suction problems and she was happy to snip it but unfortunately it reformed. She is suggesting we see an osteapath to release the tension in the neck and see how it goes. If this does not improve bfeeding then she might re-snip it again. I have a Madela Symphony. Unfortunately I can't use it as often or long enough as I wish due to other responsibilities. I pump 8-9 times a day(including night time). I get up once during the night to pump. That means 5-6 hours stretch without pumping. I had high blood pressure but it is now under control. I developed this during labour. I might have insufficient tissue, was pretty much flatchested!
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  • @llli*zachary.smommy's Avatar
    Today, 09:52 AM
    :ita The thought of getting to even 3 months at that stage seems impossible. You feel like you can't possibly continue on like that for much longer. But it DOES get easier. Just one day at a time, because thinking far beyond that is too overwhelming. 5-7 weeks was THE WORST. I was an absolute zombie and I wanted to breastfeed so badly, but couldn't believe how difficult of a time I was having. Where were the breaks?? Nowhere to be found at that point. But let me tell you, when I needed to supplement(weight gain issues, and I was supplementing too much for a short time period) and I needed to deal with bottles and formula, that is when I was really starting to lose my mind. Because instead of just taking my breast out, now I had to get up, walk to the kitchen, get a bottle, mix the formula, warm the bottle, then go back to the couch/bed. Then wash all the damn parts. That to me was so much harder. And you know what, he wasn't any more satisfied with the bottles! I got through it all and now can look back and be grateful I was able to do so, because I thought about giving up. The beginning is not the time when BF feels convenient. That will come later. Hearing from other moms that it does get easier once baby is bigger, more coordinated, more experienced, helped me to get through day by day, until I got to the point I am at now. You are not a terrible mother. It really is hard! :hug
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  • @llli*bkindnhappy's Avatar
    Today, 09:38 AM
    Thank you! I will try that, it's not easy with a 3yr around distracting baby. Do you know of a good multivitamin for babies? I keep thinking maybe I should give him the vitamins to follow what the doctor prescribed.
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  • @llli*aprilmom16's Avatar
    Today, 09:38 AM
    thanks, that's great advice actually. What about building my stockpile before returning to work? Should I pump in the mornings when my milk supply is the highest, or will that make my AM oversupply even worse? If I do pump in the AM, should I only do it every few days to not create too much of an issue? Or, should I pump in the evening, which is when I will not get very much milk, so I would have to pump more often if I did it then. I am worried either way I will have issues. Pumping in AM = AM engorgement issues possibly making it harder for baby to nurse and pumping in PM may cause over overnight engorgement issues. Perhaps the solution then is to pump in the middle of the day? Should I pump every day then or just every few days? I know I do not need a huge milk supply for when I go back to work, but I would like to have enough to fall back on incase I have another dry spout later on in the year. The whole only nursing on one side creates an issues for now too while trying to build a stockpile. Do I pump the breast I just nursed on an hour after, or do I go ahead and pump the other side?
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  • @llli*jen.r24's Avatar
    Today, 09:36 AM
    Thanks maddieb, I got a couple of cups that just have a flat silicone like spout so she has to suck a little as its non spill. I'd planned not getting one like that as I thought it'd be too like a bottle but I picked them up cheap in the store and didn't realise til I got home. No major fuss to clean or valves (that I know can harbour mould if not cleaned right). The ones you describe was what I'd planned to get! Still I tried her with the new cups and she drank about 1.5oz of expressed milk in seconds with a big grin on her face once she realised what it was and that she was doing it herself! I was convinced she'd have no idea what to do with it. Proved me wrong! I think I'll use it for ease with grandparents but keep the open cup for use with me and hubby who have the patience to help her. And then of course boobies the majority of the time !
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 09:13 AM
    Fantastic!!! So many breastfeeding problems can be solved simply by waiting them out. I wish more moms knew that!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 09:12 AM
    Welcome to the forum and congratulations on baby #2! When a mom has significant oversupply, I think the best way to manage pumping at work is by being prepared to change your program if things aren't going as expected. Here's a menu of options for you to try out: 1. Go to work and try pumping just one breast at a time. If you get sufficient milk and aren't too uncomfortable, great! 2. If pumping just one breast at a time does not yield enough, try pumping both. But don't be afraid to stop when you have sufficient milk. It's okay to leave milk in the breast. A lot of oversupply issues are created/maintained by moms feeling like they must "drain the breast completely" every time they pump. 3. Experiment with different timing and duration of pumping. Maybe a single big pump in the morning and a few shorter ones during the day will get you plenty of milk without making your oversupply go crazy. Or maybe you will need to pump for short sessions throughout the day. I know that is just answering your questions with nebulous "try it and see" answers, but I think that in your situation that is all we can reasonably offer. If we say " You should pump every 2 hours on both breasts for 20 minutes", that could be right for you- or it could be 100% wrong!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 09:04 AM
    Some babies get really frantic when it's time to latch! If baby is doing the rapid "open-close-clamp" thing, it might help to calm him just a bit by offering him a clean pinkey finger to suck on, with nail held down towards his tongue instead up towards the delicate skin of his palate. A few seconds of sucking on a pinky can sometimes calm baby enough to enable a more relaxed latch attempt. Kudos on your first NIP experience! Sounds like you did great!
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