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  • @llli*lan3's Avatar
    Today, 06:41 PM
    Hello! I have been reading forum posts for several months now and have found them to be very helpful. I am now in need of some advice. Fortunately I have the opportunity to change my work hours to be at home more with my six month old son. One of the downsides is my shift (I work at a Children's hospital) will be from noon-midnight three days a week. My son and I have been quite successful with breastfeeding and he takes a bottle well from other caregivers (dad, grandma and two days of daycare). Recently his sleep patterns have regressed a bit. He goes to sleep easily around 7pm and typically wakes up again around 10/11pm then again 1/2am and again 4/5am and wakes for the day between 7/8am. Prior to this pattern he was only waking once a night sometimes two. My concern and where I am seeking your advice is what to do about the 10/11pm feeding while I am at work....one I am not sure this is a needed feed and perhaps more of a comfort feed two I am not sure how much to leave in a bottle for my husband if my son decides to wake at that time and insists on eating. We recently introduced solids (just a couple weeks ago) he eats his serving of solids about an hour or two before bed and then nurses before going to sleep. Is this my window to drop one of these night feedings? Will he likely do it on his own since my husband will be there and not me?? Any advice would be much appreciated! Thank you!
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  • @llli*littlecavemomma's Avatar
    Today, 03:42 PM
    Filmommy - You're absolutely right. Those making the rules have no clue. Maddieb - You have some good points I hadn't thought of. I know it wasn't a pumping mother who complained about lack of privacy or anything like that. If I had to guess, they're concerned about dilly dallying. Truth is that room smells and is 105 degrees - we don't want to be in there any longer than necessary. The liability concern is an interesting thought - I wonder if there is some lawyer language in the law that specifically requires privacy? I'll look into it. Mamawin - I'm the highest level to have a baby while working. :/ And we have no female execs. Our HR are all women, but I don't know that any of them know anything about BF'ing or pumping. I think I'm just going to go in and play ignorant. When/If they say something, innocently ask why. And if their reason isn't valid (like a requirement of the law), I'll try to politely explain how difficult it will be for us all to schedule around each other while still making the most out of our work day. The operative word in that plan is "try." Thanks for all your thoughts ladies!
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  • @llli*soblessed's Avatar
    Today, 03:17 PM
    So do any other ftm feel like they are on a coaster? I do every friday since im off and get to spend the whole day with my 9wk old. Ill notice things and think oh has he been doing that this whole week? Or oh! Thats different then last week. I think im always on overdrive on fridays. Hah!
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  • @llli*mamawin's Avatar
    Today, 03:06 PM
    Is there a female executive you could enlist to help you? A friend of mine faced some similar crap from HR and she got the company's CFO involved and, lo and behold, HR found a way to modify their rules.
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  • @llli*jenna8's Avatar
    Today, 02:12 PM
    My daughter is 10 weeks old and I have only a partial supply. :( I successfully nursed our first 2 children exclusively, so this is a new problem. I have been having to supplement with formula since the beginning. I've done everything, pump like crazy + nurse around the clock, fenugreek, blessed thistle, marshmallow root, thyroid check (normal on replacement), chiropractic for my back pain. My daughter's clavicle was fractured during birth and she has a suspected sternocleidomastoid muscle injury that seems healed, but it definitely affected her sucking reflex. She seems just now "normal" in sucking ability, so that's likely why our supply is in the toilet, even though I've done everything under the sun to increase my supply. At the advice of several lactation consultants, I started domperidone. It seems like my last-ditch effort to normalize this breastfeeding relationship. I love nursing and I don't want things to be this way :cry I'm grateful for every drop of milk we have, but having successfully breastfed two other kiddos for over a year apiece, I'm bummed about this. My issue is this: I've been on domperidone for a week with no results. I do understand that it can take some time. I want to hear your experiences! Hoping for some encouragement.
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  • @llli*apple963's Avatar
    Today, 01:58 PM
    Thank you so much for writing!!! As I am sure you can understand, I am constantly worried that his ties reattached and that is what is causing the issue, but hearing you say that you had the problem with your high palate kids makes me feel so much better!! Its not enough pain to make me want to stop. I think I was more worried about the underlying cause then the pain itself. Thank you so much for sharing!!!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 01:38 PM
    What about a curtain in the pump room to create 'privacy' for each mom, or at least for any mom who wants or needs it? A curtain and some music or a guided relaxation on headphones to block out noise. I would also suggest finding out what the concern is, exactly. If they are making a new policy there presumably is a reason, and knowing what the concern is may help in figuring out a workaround. IS the concern privacy for each pumping mom, or is the concern that two or more moms in the room will be chatting rather than getting down to business, or did some lawyer say that two moms pumping in the same room is a no -no as far as the company being held liable for sexual harassment complaint, or what? I mean it could be something so outrageously stupid there is no way to guess it. I also think you have to assume hr knows nothing about lactation or pumping and why it is important not only for providing milk for baby but for the immediate health and wellness of the lactating mother. A mother who cannot pump when and how long she needs to may well end up hospitalized with raging mastitis. ergh how frustrating for you, I am so sorry! But maybe with four of you united more can be accomplished. Are you in the us? I am pretty sure there is new federal law as regards pumping.
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  • @llli*mygirlx3's Avatar
    Today, 01:36 PM
    I know this is a little late. I'm curious as to how you're doing? I pumped for most two weeks and didn't get a single drop. I got so discouraged I quit. That was 2 months ago and I'm back here trying to figure out if I can start trying to relactate yet again! Don't give up! I wish I hadn't when my daughter was a few weeks old and I wish I didn't 2 months ago. I feel like it's too late for me now.
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  • @llli*mama7008's Avatar
    Today, 12:18 PM
    Thank you for replying! I have tried the sandwich, flipple, and laid back nursing, all without any improvement. I haven't done compressions primarily because I tend toward over supply/overactive letdown and don't want to completely drown baby. ☺️ I've heard recommendations from other moms with TT babies to do chiro and CST, but frankly we can't afford to do any more therapy right now, especially since the nearest CST is an hour and a half away. I've seen an IBCLC (also hour and a half away, so limited there, too), and she seemed to think at the last visit that baby's latch was as good as it was going to get and main problem was suck pattern. I haven't been doing the suck training as I'm supposed to since we have been sick with one thing after another since I saw her and I'm just trying to make it through right now. I've seen Dr. Newman's protocol and have used some of the tips/ medicines, etc from that, but haven't seen any positive results. I'm hoping the culture I'm about to do will give us good direction. I haven't tried lecithin. While I know part of my plugged duct/mastitis problems might be due to baby's latch, she's nursing and gaining well, so it leads me to believe it's due to my health situation - multiple autoimmune and inflammatory disorders along with some functional issues, so I am just more prone to illness and inflammation in general. Both recent cases of mastitis hit the night after I "overdid" by either cleaning my kitchen thoroughly or cleaning my...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 11:27 AM
    Sometimes an option for private space is to fashion your own. If your company has glass walls and cameras everywhere, then maybe you need to curtain off part of a glass-fronted office, and put a sock over the camera. Not ideal, but better than nothing?
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Today, 08:12 AM
    I guess if you could argue that you are not being given reasonable accommodations. Depending on your state, you may be able to find language to show that. If they're making it impossible to pump, then that's unreasonable. I'm not joking, though -- if you do need to stand in line (as you say, right outside HR's office) to wait your turn, then maybe they'll decide it's not working. How is that a productive work environment? Our building is giant, so it would be very difficult for me to run up and down to wait for someone to finish. It's one of those situations where people who have no clue are making rules, and they don't make sense!
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  • @llli*littlecavemomma's Avatar
    Today, 07:50 AM
    Thanks ladies. Filmommy - we definitely think alike hahahha. I just don't see anyway around the conversation. They gave us such a bottom of the barrel option to begin with that there's no other alternative to suggest. Virginiamomma - there are no private offices in my company. Even our top execs have glass walls (literally). Furthermore, we have more surveillance than the Pentagon. The room they gave us is the only one with solid walls and no overhead camera. Cameras all over the parking lot also. :/ There's no way I could pump while driving, not with my city's crazy traffic. We have to walk past HR to get to the room, so there's no way we can sneak. I think this might be a part of the impetus for the change. I'm just frustrated. They've fixed something that wasn't broken to begin with and this is just one more way for them to exercise control. I really do want to think of a solution they can agree upon so it doesn't become a real issue, but our options are so limited as far as private space I don't see anyway around it?
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 07:33 AM
    Hey, I'm sorry things have gotten off to such a rough start for you! Latch wise you've probably tried the stuff that worked got us, but I will mention them anyway just in case - breast compressions, breast sandwich, and the flipple. If you aren't sure on any of them, you tube has videos! I know you've said you've tried all sorts of positions, does that include laid back nursing aka biological nuturing positions? There's a really good post by Maddieb about this position not do long ago in response to a mama asking. We also did sacrocranial osteopathy but I think that sounds similar to the active release therapy you mention but am not totally sure as I've not heard of the latter! Are you able to see an IBCLC or get more help at meets with the latch? As for thrush, Jack Newman protocol is the most thorough that I am aware of. You can find it here: http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=doc-CP For recurrent plugs/mastitis have you thought about taking lecithin ( either soy or sunflower) it acts as an emulsifier making the milk less 'sticky' at least that's the theory. Don't get me wrong I'm sure your issues have more to do with that bad latch etc but this may be an idea worth reading into.
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 07:18 AM
    Did either LC do a weighted feed to assess how much milk baby us getting in an average feed? As said in my first post your breath aren't supposed to feel full so while domperidone may do that temporarily it certainly won't long term. Mine never felt full by DD being 8-12 weeks old even with Dom, it didn't mean I didn't have enough milk. Was posterior TT ruled out? They are really common with LT's. Are you able to see the second LC again?
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Today, 06:25 AM
    How are you all supposed to know when the room is done? Wait outside the room or keep going back to check? I would bring that up as severely inconvenient. I also once threatened to pump in the lobby of our building when my proposed solution was being fought (using a largely unused room, when the alternative was using the "sick people" nap room). I'm not saying threaten that, but you might have to explain that you won't have a choice but to miss meetings, pump in unauthorized locations (I'm never sure what the law is with that if you're covered up completely and the noise isn't loud enough to bother anyone), etc., with this set-up. I think if they don't budge, just try to slyly share the rooms. The moms should be able to work something out without it raising many red flags.
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  • @llli*2coatskids's Avatar
    Today, 05:31 AM
    Hello, I have been at 100 billion units for a couple of months to help my little one out with gut issues. It seems like we are making progress, so now I worry the antibiotics will set is back
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  • @llli*luvmy.munchkins's Avatar
    Today, 03:45 AM
    The way I understand it....yes. Probiotics helped us fight off our last go round with thrush when nothing else worked. I typically take at least two time the dose (mine are 14 billion per regular dose) I also have a powdered antibiotic for infants that I'll give her. I'd say keep doing what your doing. If anything, raise your dose a little. Then, judt pay close attention to your baby, especially after antibiotics have started. If you see signs of thrush or her gut seems to be acting up then maybe increase your dose some more and maybe give her a pink shot every time or every other time she nurses. I hope this helps a little. Good luck.
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  • @llli*alphawoman's Avatar
    Today, 12:28 AM
    This is so beautiful that I had to call it out. Nursing is literally liquid love.
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  • @llli*mamicka's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:47 PM
    hi there! i had recurring plugged ducts from time to time and then gradually increasing in frequency and resulting in two mastitis' and one round of antibiotics when my daughter was around 6 months. i could not figure out why it was happening and it got to a point when i couldn't do it anymore, as i had the plugged ducts on one breast or the other every other day. i have then contacted a lactation consultant who came to my house and after a 2 hour discussion she said she thinks it's yeast infection, although i didn't have the nipple pain that is often associated with yeast infection, nor did i or my daughter show any other symptoms. she suggested i follow dr. newman's candida protocol. i applied grape seed extract and all purpose nipple ointment for ten days and haven't had a clogged duct until this day (almost 6 month later!). today it happened again and I'm thinking it's the same thing because i noticed a few days ago that my daughter, 11 months now, has a white tongue - a sign of yeast infection in her mouth that must have gotten on my nipples again. so i will follow the same protocol only this time i will treat her as well as she's showing the symptoms now. i'm not sure your problem has the same cause but i would look into it based on my experience. good luck!
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  • @llli*mama7008's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:41 PM
    I will try to make this as short as possible. My little one, our first, will be 4 months in February. We've had trouble breastfeeding since the beginning. A couple of days after her birth, my nipples were cracked and bleeding, and the pain (which was there from the start) was excruciating. We saw an LC who diagnosed a posterior tongue tie (I later suspected a lip tie as well, which was confirmed). She gave us resources on exercises to try to improve latch/sucking patterns and, and if we chose to go that route, doctors she recommended for the revision procedure. At 10 days old, LO ended up in the hospital with a severe infection requiring IV antibiotics for 5 days and oral antibiotics 5 days after discharge. I was also on antibiotics at this point for a rather resistant UTI (antibiotics will be important later). After a couple weeks of recovery for us both and trying the suggestions from the LC, there was no change. My nipples had toughened up and healed over, but it was still exceedingly painful every time I nursed my LO. I was also becoming more aware that there was a "newer" pain, a feeling of broken glass being ground into my breasts with every letdown. My nipples were also bright pink/red and shiny, and my breasts itched like crazy at times. My husband and I decided to schedule a revision. It took us a few weeks to find the right doctor and schedule the procedure, during which time I started Diflucan for a yeast infection. LO's ties were revised at 6 weeks, and we...
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