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  • @llli*alysandrasmom's Avatar
    February 28th, 2015, 11:05 PM
    Doctor has advised me to not nurse my baby for a week and give him formula due to no weight gain in 2 months. The doctor isn't sure if it might be my milk and from what I've researched he is meaning a lack of hindmilk and an over supply of foremilk. I have tried this for one day and DO NOT like this feeling of not being able to provide for my child. In just one day, he isn't liking the fact that he has to stimulate and gets frustrated. Any tips on how I can help him love to nurse again?
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  • @llli*alysandrasmom's Avatar
    February 27th, 2015, 11:16 AM
    I just took my 4 month old to his check up today and knew there were a few questions I was going to have. For the last few weeks, my LO has been very fussy during his nursing sessions. He would almost refuse the right breast and when he would nurse on the left, he would come off after about 5 minutes and be pretty fussy so I would move him over to the right side again. He would latch on for a few seconds and come off, get back on, then off getting more and more fussy each time so I thought I needed to burp him. He would scream his little head off because he was still hungry. after he burped he would be fine. well, this morning, my baby hasnt gain a single pound in 2 months! 1>> I FEEL TERRIBLE!! I have not been able to help my baby grow! 2>> doctor has advised us to give him just formula for the next 7-10 days to see if there is a gain in weight. If there is, he said that it could possibly be that my milk is not giving my baby the nutrients he needs to gain weight. Im pretty devastated over this and I am needing some advice. Im going to continue to pump (I have been pumping since going back to work when my babe turned 2 months) but I need to know if there is a way to thicken up my breast milk? My diet usually consists of oatmeal everyday, lots of lean protein, veggies, almond milk... I also take fenugreek to help with my supply. I know that pumping alone will not keep my supply where I need it to be as I have seen a significant decrease as it is. If there is...
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  • @llli*mollyg.mom's Avatar
    March 1st, 2015, 07:33 PM
    Hi all, I'm new to LLLI and wanted to get some advice and see if anyone has ever been in a similar situation. I have a 13 month old daughter who was EBF until she was almost 9 months old because she just didn't have any interest in solid foods. Now she is 13 months old and she still breast feeds a lot. I'd say probably 75% of her nutrition is from breastmilk still and she still wakes 3 or 4 times a night to nurse. I have been toying with the idea of beginning to night wean her but I worry because she still isn't eating a lot of solids and I don't want to cut down on any nutrition that she's getting. We co-sleep most of the time so it's not a huge issue for me to nurse her throughout the night but I just see so many other babies her age who are sleeping through the night and pack away table food like its nothing and I worry that I'm doing something wrong that she still nurses so much. Any advice or stories would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!!!
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  • @llli*mjollnir's Avatar
    February 27th, 2015, 12:29 PM
    Hi all, my 8 week old has just suddenly developed this habit of wildly thrashing at the breast when she's tired. It only happens when she's due for a sleep, and if it happens during the day I put her in the pram or manduca and go for a walk with her and she falls asleep within about 2 minutes. But in the evenings when I can't just do that (I have another child) I don't know what to do. She screams before letdown, during letdown (if she even stays calm long enough for it to happen) and afterwards too. She pulls off, thrashes wildly and screams, legs and arms flailing. If I take her off the breast and try walking around with her in my arms in her normal favourite positions, she screams too. I don't know if it's related to breastfeeding per se, or just overtired and inability to put herself to sleep but it makes me want to stop breastfeeding and switch to formula just so I can give her over to my husband and get a break from the constant screaming. Because if he takes her now she gets even more hysterical. Any ideas?
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  • @llli*bbmomma's Avatar
    February 27th, 2015, 03:22 PM
    Hi ladies. I have a little man who will be 2 weeks old tomorrow and he has yet to reach his birth weight again. He was 6lbs 11oz at birth, proceeded to do huge black sticky poops (I think there were 8 in the first 24 hours) and went down to 6lbs 1oz. Hospital made me 'top him up with formula' after I'd bfed him to see if it would help him put on weight faster, but after I protested and said I would rather he have my ebm they agreed and let me do it that way. Now, my LO has been mostly asleep since he was born. Only in the past three days has he had 'waking' periods of 5 or 6 minutes before he goes back to sleep again. He has cried three times since birth and if he wants feeding he only whimpers or goes 'eh, eh'. I'm atuned to these cues and will feed him when he asks, but generally I have to wake him up to do so as he lets it go for hours other wise. The longest he has left it between feeds is a good 5 hours, which isn't helping him gain that weight back and is making my midwives uneasy about it. They want me to feed him every three hours, and I want to feed on demand.. but if I do it on demand, he'll never put on weight! How do we get over the sleeping baby thing?? It's frustrating because I've got to literally strip him down to his nappy, pop him on his belly and rub his back to get him to wake up enough to feed! He's on the breast for about 15 minutes and then refuses to latch any further after pulling himself off. I've got a very good let down reflex (I can feel...
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  • @llli*apple963's Avatar
    February 26th, 2015, 11:19 AM
    I have heard there is a "pump slump" that happens between 8-10 months. Well I have been working and pumping since baby was 3 months old and he just turned 8 months and I am noticing a decrease in my pumping output. If pump slump is common, what does everyone do to counteract it??? I would hate to see this be the end of our nursing relationship but I can't help but feel that may be the case.
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  • @llli*canadianemily's Avatar
    February 26th, 2015, 11:42 AM
    My LO is four months old now, but we've been struggling with his weight since he was born. I got to breastfeed immediately after birth, but the hospital encouraged us to supplement right off the bat. So we continued doing little amounts of supplementing via syringe when we went home. At one point the doctor was happy with his weight gain and said we could stop, and then soon after got very concerned and sent us to a pediatrician -- this brings us to where we are today, supplementing with two 3 oz bottles a day. This brought his weight up from 15th percentile to 25th percentile over a few weeks. And yes, they're using the new WHO charts. He was born 9 lbs 4 oz and is now about 14.5 lbs. Thing is, he's over 99th percentile for length, so I do worry constantly that he should be heavier. The docs are fine with him being at 25th percentile though. In terms of other history, I think he's producing enough wet diapers, although each wet isn't very much. I can get away with changing him about 4-5 times over 24 hours, although this includes using a 12-hour diaper overnight. When he was strictly breastfed, he would go over two weeks without a bowel movement. It increased a lot when we started supplements but now it's back to a week and a half between them. I feed him at least every couple hours, including through the night, although I only offer one side at a time at night because I do side-lying position while cosleeping. Plus he falls back to sleep quickly most of the time. ...
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  • @llli*soblessed's Avatar
    February 25th, 2015, 07:40 PM
    So my son is 3m old and we have been bfing as well as i have to pump for while im away at work. Everything has been great. Until this week. Over the weekend i had a stomach bug. Still managed to nurse through it all. And i mean he was very attached to me! Well my supply took a hit i guess and my sitter had to supplement (this made me really upset) because i couldnt get enough pumped. Im doing everything i can to get my supply back up! Brewers yeast and fenugreek along with eating oatmeal as well as lots of water and of course nurse nurse nurse. But its the pumping and getting it stored is the problem. There is barely anything to pump! I usually get 8oz while at work and today only got 6 and just pumped again and only got a ounce. At this rate he is going to get supplements again tomorrow. Luckily tomorrow is the end of my work week. So that is where my question lays how long should i wait after he nurses to pump? And actually see something and not just a few drops. Because thats all i get after he nurses and i pump. I dont even get a oz. He drains me. Also should i maybe try powerpumping? Any of you had or seen success with that? TIA mommas!
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  • @llli*anrinyycab's Avatar
    February 25th, 2015, 08:04 PM
    First of all, I am a dad, married to the beautiful mother of my daughter. Not sure if some of you will find this disgusting or creepy - I sure would have two years ago. But has anyone tried asking their partner, if applicable, to help with this? We tried this to see if it would help relieve the pressure and are we ever glad we did. To be perfectly honest, in addition to my finding the milk very surprisingly delicious as I had heard it was bitter/sour, my wife found the immediate relief beneficial and she was glad to have somebody who could communicate to her exactly what was happening. It was easy to do, not having to fire up the pump in the middle of the night, and the relief was fast. She had way too much milk. Just an idea, feel free to comment.
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  • @llli*modernmom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:36 AM
    I'm hoping someone might be able to give me some advice...my little one is 3 1/2 weeks and I'm still dealing with a pretty painful latch on experience. Normally the pain subsides within the first 20 seconds but it's pretty dreadful knowing I have to go through the initial pain every single time. Here is some other info...when she pulls off, I have a white line through my nipple and I'm pretty sure it's due to her clamping down due to my milk flow (she normally chokes at least once during a feed). Could my pain be due to my nipples being bruised from this? Also, when the air hits my nipples after she pulls off, they sting. She has plenty of wet diapers, seems to be full after nursing, and has been gaining weight with no problems. I did meet with a LC at one week and there were no latch problems. I'll take any suggestions on how to get over this bruised nipple pain/feeling! Thanks so much!
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  • @llli*virginiamama's Avatar
    February 28th, 2015, 08:50 PM
    Questions for mamas who work full-time (or at least close to full-time): How big is your freezer stash currently? What do you think is the ideal freezer stash size? Thanks!
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  • @llli*v0mich01's Avatar
    February 27th, 2015, 09:17 AM
    I am 8 weeks 3 days pp. I had a scheduled csection. I didn't start out nursing, but by day 3, I was nursing exclusively. My LO nurses 8-10 times a day. He sleeps(about) from 6-9:30, 10-3, and 3:30-6 every night. I stopped post partum bleeding by 5 weeks pp. This morning I had went to the bathroom and had some pink spotting. Not old blood, new blood. Could I already be getting my period back?!
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  • @llli*beckyd0106's Avatar
    February 27th, 2015, 01:03 AM
    Ladies I am confused. 21 mo old just wants to nurse. Eats good at dcp but when with me seriously just wants to nurse all the time. Which im okay with the nursing part but the refusal to eat is confusing. Suddenly refusing foods that used to be okay with him. Has picked at dinner all week, tonight we got a pizza and of course he ate that so idk what to think. I mostly want to only offer healthy options so not sure how to go about it. My gut instinct is to just offer what I'm fixing and if he eats he eats if not then he doesnt but idk if that's the right thing to do. The last couple weekends only ate basically one smal snack and one good meal per day. We did recently lose a pet he was extremely attached to so not sure if thatis playing a role also. I try to offer a few options on items but the picking seems to just be getting more the rule than the exception. Just a side note recently will start crying if I suggest eating food instead of doing nursies. He is growing like a weed so I'm not concerned about growth at this point. Thoughts? Also curious about if I NEED to actively start discourage nursing. He will eventually weanif I do nothing right? Def before college anyways I hope hahahhaha
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  • @llli*skyanne's Avatar
    Today, 11:45 AM
    Hey yall. I mostly just need to vent I think. At her 1 month checkup DD was 7lbs 7oz and in the 5th percentile. At her 2 month checkup yesterday she was 8lbs 2oz, still in the 5th percentile according to her doctors charts. According to the WHO chart i have shes dropped to .5%, and the CDC chart says shes 2%. I offered to take her to see a LC because I have this weird feeling that something is off, like she's not transferring milk well. She told me to definitely do that because it couldn't hurt, but as long as shes still in 5% according to her charts she was fine with it, especially since she's gaining hight and head circumference and is hitting her milestones early. She wants us back in for a weight check in a month. I'm stressing so hard about this right now, I'm afraid shes not going to keep up with that 5%. On one hand her daddy is on the small end of average for a man, 5'7 and has been trying to gain weight his entire life. The army actually made him put on a few lbs before they would let him join. DS had horriblle weight gain issues too, but he had severe reflux. Poor child hardly gained anything at all until we started solids, ans now he's two years old and 50%. I think its mostly muscle weight though, because people still stop us and comment on how skinny he is. But I'm fat, so is most of my family, so you would think my kids would be pretty big too.:shrug I have an appointment with a LC tomorrow, but I'm still wigging out about it. What if the LC doesnt...
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  • @llli*artichokes's Avatar
    February 28th, 2015, 10:44 PM
    I have had many, many issues with painful breastfeeding and have seen many certified lactation specialists with few results. To reduce the pain, the current doctor (and certified lactation specialist) I am seeing had me reduce pumping to every 3 hours ( down from every 2) and breastfeed only once or twice a day, mostly for bonding and comfort since, despite a strong suck, my baby only gets about .5 oz from these sessions (I realize the shield reduces transfer, but it is the only way bf had been tolerable). When I pump, I only get between 1.75 to 2 ounces. I have been taking fenugreek, more milk special blend supplement, a probiotic, moringa, and calcium and magnesium ( for vasospasm). My doctor seems to think with reduced stress, healed breasts, and the supplements, I will eventually bring my pumped production up to 3 oz. I think we have both given up on the idea of exclusively breastfeeding, since my baby is 4 weeks old and there has been very little progress in that area, except that I am able to bf with the shield a few times a day ( more than that and the nipple becomes so sore and irritated that even pumping is painful ). I am so exhausted -- I'm working so hard to make this work for so few results. My heart is broken at the idea that bf isn't working, but I would be okay with everything if I was at least pumping enough milk for my baby, but as it is we have to supplement about half her intake with formula. I really would like to try medication to improve lactation...
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  • @llli*moochpooch's Avatar
    February 26th, 2015, 01:08 PM
    My daughter is eight weeks old, and I am still struggling to comfortably breastfeed her on my right side. It's become very easy for me to feed her on my left; I can pretty much just put her there and she latches on fine by herself. But when I try to put her on my right breast it is generally uncomfortable and often painful. About a week or so ago, my right nipple became chafed and it is still causing me discomfort. I assume this is due to continued bad positioning and/or latch when feeding her on my right. I am going to make an appointment to see my lactation consultant, but in the meantime I would appreciate any suggestions as to how I can deal with this. I've seen the LC twice already, and during those appointments the feeding positions she helped me set up felt comfortable. Not sure why I can't replicate that at home. I have experimented with different positions but have yet to find one that works. I use the cradle position when feeding her on my left, but it feels really awkward to do so on my right. I thought the laid back position would be a solution, but for whatever reason it isn't always comfortable and I feel like I'm setting it up wrong. I'll have to talk to the LC about it. I should also mention that my breasts are on the smaller side, which I think makes certain feeding positions challenging. It's difficult for me to do the football hold, for example, without someone helping to set it up since I have to use a bunch of pillows and things around me and to...
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  • @llli*eva.modric's Avatar
    February 25th, 2015, 02:35 PM
    Hello all, any advise would be much appreciated! My baby is three months old, breast fed, and won't drink out of a bottle - I had to delay my maternity leave because of this. From about 1 - 8 weeks old he would have an occasional bottle and had no problem latching onto it and drinking out of it. A few weeks ago, in preparation for returning to work, I started offering him bottles and he just won't latch on and drink for more than a few seconds. At best he will latch for a few seconds, and then gum on or chomp the nipple ineffectually, coo, gurgle, spit, latch for a second or two, etc. I have tried every available type of bottle at this point, from Dr. Brown's to tommee tippee to Breast Flow, Nuk, etc. I have tried leaving the house while someone else offers it, and it does not seem to help. Could it be because he has a tongue tie? He never had any problems latching onto the breast.
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  • @llli*ajayson192004's Avatar
    February 27th, 2015, 12:18 PM
    Ok, I just want to ask the experienced breastfeeding mamas there take on my 6 month old and the fact that he still nurses every 2 hours and still wakes in the middle of the night regularly to nurse. I know breastfeeding patterns are different for every baby but I thought by now....especially since the introduction of solid foods his nursing times would space out and he'd be sleeping through the night!!
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  • @llli*rohen002's Avatar
    February 25th, 2015, 11:40 AM
    My son is just now 3 months old. I have plenty of supply and a fairly fast letdown. I nursed my daughter until she was over 2 years (my mild dried up when 6 months pregnant and not she has no interest "It takes too long, can I have a cup) so I'm not exactly new to this but he is really throwing me for a loop! I was able to stay home for a year with my daughter but I have to go back to work in a week so I'm panicking. Any advice would be welcome. Baby is napping after being awake 1.5 hours so his naps and eating are all over the place time wise. He seems to eat better when he first wakes up and does not nurse to sleep because then he was having reflux so we have to burp him and that wakes him up. He nurses before bed at around 8pm. Lately he is only waking up once between 1-2 am to eat at night. He is 9th percentile so this is fine with me as I don't have a supply problem. He then wakes up at 5am and wants to eat but the problem is if I feed him at 5 he wont eat at 7am and I have to leave for work at 8 (starting in a week) so I want him to eat at 7. He is easy to put back to sleep (in the swing) at 5 without eating though and I have to actually wake him at 7 (otherwise he will happily sleep until 8/8:30 even with not eating since 1 or 2). However, the last few days he will barely eat at 7!! Right now he is barely eating all day!! He hates the bottle (so far the 3 times he's tried one) but will have to have one per day when I work. Sometimes I have to pump because I have so...
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  • @llli*sacmd's Avatar
    February 26th, 2015, 09:08 PM
    Hi, I have a 9 week old baby who I have always exclusively breastfed. Every 2-3 hours, longest stretch without feeding is 5 hours at the beginning of the evening. I have been pumping once a day since she was born, to have a stash handy for back-up, babysitting, etc. I have always been able to pump about 3-4 ounces per session (about 1 hour after I feed her). Never had supply problems. Then suddenly in the past week, my pumping sessions are yielding almost nothing. More concerning to me, my baby only gained 9 ounces in 2 weeks, where before she was gaining 1 ounce/day. She seems to be peeing and pooping well but the slow down of her weight gain is worrying me, combined with no pumping output. The only correlation I can think of is this weird, thick, sticky discharge that I've had over the past several days which is new. I have no idea what this is, but it seems like there are hormonal shifts causing this? Has anyone experienced this? I'm hoping it is a temporary drop but getting very nervous...
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  • @llli*jtmmh's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:57 PM
    I am currently nursing my second child who is 15 months old. Since about three months postpartum I have had slippery mucus consistent with the return of ovulation... But alas, nothing. My husband and I use Natural Family Planning as contraception and I have had a difficult time charting my temps due to waking at varying times with two kiddos. Nothing other than mucus has hinted at fertility. I had this same issue with my first child. I finally got my period back 20 months postpartum after entirely weaning my child (really before both of us were ready). Before weaning completely, I tried: upping my supplementation of vitamin c, night weaning, 24 hours of pumped milk bottle feeding, no baby wearing, and no cosleeping. None of these things spurned my fertility:( I would like to become fertile again to try to conceive another child soon, my husband is older. My child and I are not ready to wean at all though. So does anyone else have any tricks to lure Aunt Flo back? We still cosleep, I pump three days a week, nurse at least 4 times a day- and my son sleeps at the breast most of nap time... Thanks guys!!!
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  • @llli*k.rupert's Avatar
    February 25th, 2015, 06:29 AM
    For the first month of my daughters life, I had a lot of difficulties breast feeding. I resorted to pumping and supplementing with breast milk from a friend who also just had a daughter. (My milk supply was extremely low) but during her second month we persevered and now she is nursing like a champ and I was able to increase my supply to meet her demands! We are so happy! However, lately during the nights she will only sleep on me while constantly needing to nurse. As soon as I set her down she wakes almost immediately no matter how asleep she appears to be before I lay her down. She just cries and cries until I give in and give her my boob! Then she drinks a little, and falls back asleep. This happens literally all. Night. Long. until around 6 or 7 am, and then she will have a very long stretch of sleep into the late afternoon. (About 6- 7 hours). And she will wake for about 2, 2.5 hours, and sleep like a rock again until night time when she once again refuses to be set down. I tried to comfort her with a pacifier, but now that she nurses she's not fooled like she used to be and she refuses to take it. Any advice? I have to return to work soon and I can't survive on this schedule!
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  • @llli*snl's Avatar
    Today, 02:49 PM
    I am new to this site. I decided to search for answers to better understand why my 21 month old decided to no longer nurse. I have been solely nursing since she was born. was able to nurse her without any pumping/bottle feeding since I am a work from home mom. I introduced food and whole milk when she was one and we continued with nursing before naps, bedtime and in the morning. She also nursed throughout the day every now and then when she wanted it. Back about 2 months ago she wouldn't nurse on one side and would say every now and then it was yucky.. so I would still try that side and she would nurse occasionally on the yucky side, but primarly I nursed her on my right side. Three days ago she told me my right side was yucky and now won't nurse at all. She hugs them and will touch them but doesn't want to nurse. As much as I wanted nursing to end with her soon, I am really sad it ended so abruptly. She has no interest in nursing now.. going on day 3. Is this normal behavior for a child that no longer wants to nurse? I always said I would be nursing her forever because I have never had a problem nursing and she has always loved it. :) I think I am struggling with it all more than she is. I am very emotional and sad that it ended this way and I wish I had more signs so I could've better prepared myself emotionally for it. She is teething (working on 2 year molars), wondering if that could be the cause. Sad though because the time she decides to nurse again (if she...
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  • @llli*glovitiies's Avatar
    March 1st, 2015, 07:50 PM
    My son will be 1 in less than a week. For the past few months he will only drink one 4-5 ounce bottle during his 8 hours at the sitters while I am at work. It is often not an easy task to get him to finish that much. He also will not nurse during that day on the weekends anymore, he will bite and is too distracted. He does nurse before bed and wakes 2-3 times a night to nurse. He eats solids 3 meals a day as well. He has fallen off the weight charts, he currently weighs 18lbs 4oz. I don't know what to do, I can't force him to drink more breastmilk during the day while I am at work. I have always thought that he must just be getting what he needs during the night, but there is obviously no way to tell how many ounces is drinking total. Anyone gone through something similar?
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  • @llli*midnightsangel's Avatar
    Today, 10:06 AM
    My 9 week old has recently started to pull off very frequently during our first morning feed. He won't release the suction so he pull my nipple as far as it'll go until it slips out of his mouth :( it's not die to let downs. He just lives looking around. I've tried going into a dark quiet room and he still does it lol. He loves looking at everything and while it is adorable my nipple hurts so badly. Amy tips or do I just have to suck it up until he grows out of it?
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