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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 08:40 AM
    Hello nowellina. Here are the three basics when a baby will not latch. first, milk production must be stimulated by frequent milk removal. This can be with a pump, or hand expressing, or both. but frequent milk removal is vital. A minimum of 8 times a 24 hour day if at all possible. So, no matter how little comes out, it is vital to pump or hand express frequently if baby will not latch. It is also important to know that pump type matters greatly. Usually, the best pump for this situation is a "hospital grade & multi-user pump" This is a type of pump a mother rents by the week or month from a hospital or a lactation consultant. If this is not possible for you, the second best choice is a NEW double sided electric pump- the type designed for mothers who have to pump due to daily separations due to work or school. The pump has to not only be in excellent working order, it has to fit mother properly. So my first question would be, what is your pump like and where did you get it. The second thing is to look at how a baby is fed. The typical way babies are fed with bottles is not at all helpful in encouraging a baby to nurse. Babies tend to be over fed, both overall and at each feed. They tend to be fed very rapidly, with the bottle tilted up, and that causes gravity to force the baby to drink very quickly and to drink more than they really need. This interferes with breastfeeding due to baby being overly full and to expect that milk should pour into baby's mouth...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 08:24 AM
    That doesn't sound like a fissure; again, cracked nipples generally aren't subtle! Some more questions for you: - When do you have pain- at the beginning of the feeding, throughout the feeding, at the end of a feeding, or after the feeding is over? - After feedings, do the tips of your nipples ever turn white, or perhaps bluish-purple, before returning to their normal color? - When baby comes off the breast, is the nipple symmetrical, like a pencil eraser, or asymmetrical/wedged/creased/ridged/shaped like a new lipstick? - Are you seeing any of the following in the nipple/areola area: dry-looking, flaking, or peeling skin, increased redness or pinkness, or skin which appears shiny? - Does the baby happen to have oral thrush or a yeast diaper rash? - Have you had a recent vaginal yeast infection or a recent course of antibiotics (aside from the ones you're on now)?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 08:03 AM
    . :ita I am mostly looking for answers because you think baby is more fussy as well as the poops. The poops alone may mean nothing at all. But now that I think about it, behavioral changes including increased fussiness are pretty normal at this age as well.
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  • @llli*sunsetbean's Avatar
    Today, 08:01 AM
    Baby is 11 weeks. Oftentimes when she is nursing it can feel like there is a cut on my areola. It will sting and has caused deeper breast pain at times. I can't actually see any cuts or fissures though. So maybe fissure isn't the correct term? We started back on the breast today because my nipples were feeling better. Is my plan for keeping the nipples healed ok?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:35 AM
    Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby! The best way to measure milk intake and milk supply is by watching the baby's weight gain and diaper output. As long as those two things are normal, you don't need to worry. Here's what you should expect from diapers, from birth to 6 weeks: http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supply-worries/enough-milk/ Length of nursing sessions doesn't tell you much. Babies vary in the length of time they nurse, even from the earliest ages. Some babies get all they need in just 5-10 minutes, others take closer to an hour. It's very normal for a baby to nurse more quickly as she gets older and more efficient. That all being said, bottle introduction can affect nursing. First, bottles have the potential to affect your milk supply. Ideally, you want to pump at about the same time that the bottle is being given. If you don't, going longer stretches without removing milk can result in reduced supply. So bottles should not mean that you're getting a break. (Sorry!) Second, babies latch onto and suck from bottles differently from how they latch/suck at the breast, and that can impact their willingness and ability to nurse. Third, overfeeding via bottle can reduce a baby's need to nurse, leading to decreased supply. When a bottle is given in place of nursing, it should generally contain no more than 2 oz. Since it sounds like nursing is still a little rough for you, I suggest doing the following: 1. See a lactation...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:17 AM
    :ita with MaddieB. I know it's hard not to get obsessed with the color/quantity/frequency/smell of your baby's poop, but I swear, green poops are not in and of themselves representative of a problem. In a generally healthy baby, they're just a normal variation.
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  • @llli*nowellina's Avatar
    Today, 04:08 AM
    Baby 4weeks by the way
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  • @llli*nowellina's Avatar
    Today, 04:04 AM
    Hello all. I am a first time mum, finding it very difficult for baby to latch, sometimes manage for about 5 mind on one breast then he kicks and screams then unable to put him back on. I've tired pumping but only 5mls to 10mls comes out. I had a traumatic birth with complications so was away from him a while at the beginning. He's formula feed. I am pro breastfeeding but I'm still recovering from the birth and finding it very difficult to keep trying. Just wondering if there is anything else I could do. I've exhausted all information about breastfeeding. :(
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  • @llli*ecoppinger's Avatar
    Today, 03:57 AM
    My daughter is now 1 month old and I have has been nursing since day one. I was sore in the beginning due to poor latch, which we have fixed now. We just found out a few days ago her and I had thrush which is now being treated and is less painful. I started pumping and we introduced a bottle a few days ago because I was so sore, it was nice to have a little break. We have given her a bottle just twice a day for the last 3 days. Now when she is nursing she will latch on and nurse for maybe 5 minutes and fall asleep and start nibbling or tugging and pulling at me. I feel like she is not getting enough milk now. Could my milk supply be to low? I get about 1.5 to 2 ounces when I pump, which is only 3 times a day right now. Please help! I would love to continue breastfeeding! We have made it this far I would hate to fail now.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 12:09 AM
    This is normal and common for this age- for baby who once only wanted one side usually to now want both. Bigger baby, bigger tummy, can hold a bit more at a time, also, milk production if it was once high tends to reduce slightly at this age, changing nursing patterns. I can see how pumping due to returning to work might be increasing your production a bit, but I think you can look at that as a good thing, because many moms find it difficult to maintain adequate production once back at work. I think that if it IS from pumping, the issue should resolve soon. If a cold is/was making baby mucousy, that will irritate baby and cause different look to poop. Also if baby has a virus, green poops could come from that. If this issue started the week you returned to work, what about thinking about what and how much baby is getting while you are at work?
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  • @llli*ingie101's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:33 PM
    The feeding pillow I love and use is My Brest Friend. It has back support, adjustable velcro, a lock-in latch, and it has a removable slip cover for easy washing. Look it up, it's been such a life saver, especially at night.
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  • @llli*mylittlenora's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:00 PM
    Thank you both for responding. I never pull her off one side to put her on the other. I wait until she pulls herself off and if she still seems hungry I'll offer her the other side and she always takes it now. I don't think I have an oversupply issue, but I have noticed a slight increase in supply since I started back at work this week and started pumping. It has been worse this week...could it be from pumping? She's also had a cold she's been getting over, so maybe from that? Today has been the worst day...frequent green watery poops all day :(
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:48 PM
    Yes baby nursing on both sides each session is linked to "too much foremilk" - but It is more linked to mom following the oft repeated suggestion to have baby nurse 15 minutes (or 10, or 20) on one side and then switching- in other words, the switching is instigated by mom following the clock and/or the instruction to "always" make sure baby has both sides. If baby "finishes " on one side and then wants the other, it is appropriate to offer the other side and unlikely to cause issues. Also, this is only an issue, typically, in the newborn period. Not starting at 3 months. An exception would be if you have over-abundant milk production. Do you think that you do? So typically, there is nothing at all wrong with your baby nursing on both sides if that is what baby wants. And baby only wanting the second side a short time is normal as well. If it IS foremilk related, the easiest, simplest fix, usually, is to encourage baby to nurse more often. If baby nurses more often, there is less foremilk "build up" in the breasts. Also, if baby is willing to nurse more often overall, baby may not need both sides both times. Green, watery poops can mean many things and can even be entirely normal. If you think the fussiness is related, have you ruled out a virus? How long has this been going on?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:44 PM
    I looked up Beyaz and it's a combination estrogen-progestin pill, which is the formulation which is most likely to have a negative impact on supply.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:41 PM
    Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby! Green poops and "too much foremilk" are total non-issues when the baby is generally healthy and gaining weight at a normal rate. If you think that your baby seems hungry after she finishes the first breast and needs the second breast, then PLEASE by all means offer the second breast!!!! My guess is that this is going to be a temporary issue. As your supply calms down more and more, so that you're making just the right amount of milk instead of too much, the green poops are going to go away.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:29 PM
    Welcome to the forum! I'm very puzzled how you can know you have fissures but yet be unable to see them. Cracks in the nipple are generally not subtle. Can you describe what you are seeing/feeling more thoroughly? It would also help to know how old your baby is. I'm concerned about your plan to EP, for the following reasons: 1. It is much harder to maintain supply via EP than via nursing. 2. Babies who are exclusively bottlefed for a period of time often start rejecting the breast, even if they have generally had no problems switching between breast and bottle. IMO, EP is something you do when you hae no other choice. 3. Bottles can make a bad latch worse, because babies suck on the bottle very differently from how they suck on the breast. 4. You can heal broken skin in the nipple area while continuing to nurse. 5. Pumps generally remove milk from the breast less well than babies do, and when you are battling mastitis, you want maximum milk removal.
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  • @llli*mylittlenora's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:15 PM
    I have a 12 week old who recently doesn't appear to be satisfied after eating from one breast so I started offering her the other. Since I've started doing this, her poops have changed from yellow to green and watery and she seems extra fussy. After spending hours researching what could be causing this, the only thing I can come up with is that she is receiving too much foremilk as once I put her on the other side, she only wants to eat for 5 minutes or so so I don't believe she is getting enough hindmilk. What should I do? I don't want her to be hungry, but I also don't want her to have belly aches and lots of green watery poops. Please help!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:32 PM
    I cannot look that medication up specifically for you, but you can research this yourself easily. No kidding! Making mothers wean in order to take the meds they need is bad medical practice, in my opinion. It actually makes me really angry. With most medications the risk of not nursing is much higher than the risk to the baby of the mom taking the med. and the older the child the less risk there is. Have you asked your doctor to look the medication up in Medications and Mothers Milk? (Hale) If they look at you blankly, suggest they get this medical text and read it before saying you should not take anything while nursing. They are wrong. Period. There used to be a helpline you can call, I am not sure if it is still active, but you can look here: www.infantrisk.org
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  • @llli*sunsetbean's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:04 PM
    I came down with mastitis due to fissures (I can't see them but can feel them). I've decided to EP until the fissures are healed. Baby has had frenotomy and is in myofacial therapy, but we have a ways to go before latch and clicking are resolved. My plan for healing the fissures includes: 1. EPing 2. After pumping, doing a saline soak, then putting bmilk on the nipples, then Lansinoh. I am currently on an oral antibiotic. Is there anything else I should be doing, or doing differently? I have mupirocin but wasn't sure if I should be using that while on oral antibiotic.
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  • @llli*midnightsangel's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:28 PM
    I don't have much experience with your type of pain but have you tried nursing while laying down? Side lying? You can still read to him doing this. I'm sorry you hurt mama. I hope someone else can offer you more support. :hug
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  • @llli*beckyd0106's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:08 PM
    He also ALWAYS must be read to while nursing and vice versa. Cute, good for him, hard for me lol
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  • @llli*beckyd0106's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:01 PM
    My son has been textbook dr sears high needs baby since birth. Has always nursed a lot. It's starting to get annoying sometimes. He just turned two. I would probably be fine with it but I'm starting to have a lot of pain and neck back issues. I have fibromyalgia so I've always had issues but they are just worse right now and part of me wonders if sitting slouched nursing and still baby wearing have caused me even more muscle issues. I love it. I hate it. I have a hard time setting boundaries because he gets sooooooooo upset. He would prefer to nurse while reading books for hours esp in the evenings after he's missed me all day at work. He also pretty well refuses food a large portion of the time and will cry "want no food" and just wants milk. Eats like a trooper at day care. I know I have not but I feel like I've screwed myself and causes problems sometimes. Knowing I already have pain issues i would be devastated to force wean and still have pain. But I am having a hard time saying no ever because he does miss me amd it is our bonding time plus I know hardest time to wean is before 30 mos. I have already tt my ibclc I guess I'm just looking for someone who can relate. And has anyone else developed or had worse lower and upper back issues from nursing and baby wearing?
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  • @llli*midnightsangel's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:51 PM
    A regular sleeping pillow. I'm 5'2 and a regular pillow was enough height to have baby comfortably on my lap without being ridiculous
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  • @llli*erikaf's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:38 PM
    Any recommendations for the best nursing pillow if you are petite? I'm only 5' tall and didn't love the boppy with my first. Many thanks!
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  • @llli*abysmom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:20 PM
    I have PCOS and have been on Beyaz before I got pregnant with DS. He is now 21 months old and nursing like a champ. He is nursing every 2 hours day and night and I see no signs of him weaning anytime soon. As I have not been on any medication for more than 2 years I have put on a lot of weight and the acne and facial hair is worse too. I know it sounds shallow but I'm really tired of looking like this and have been thinking about weaning DS so I could start taking the medication but do I have to? My gyn does not want me taking any pills while I'm nursing but sometimes doctors are over cautious so I want to know what will happen if I take Beyaz(which is the only pill that has worked for me) while I am still nursing him. The drop in supply might be a good thing as I have been trying to cut down on few feeds. Are there any other side effects? In case the drop in the milk supply really bothers DS, I thought I could just stop taking the pill, will that restore the supply?
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  • @llli*bxlgirl's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:53 PM
    Fes, thanks for your informed reply! That is interesting about thyroid issues which can crop up in relation to pregnancy. Some of the weight gain could be due to water retention, right? Fes, my DD2 is just over 4m now and I am still at the same weight as I was when I quickly shed 10kg in the first month, but there's more to go... I feel your pain. Saraelizabeth, if your supply drops quickly, can you try increasing it by switch feeding and taking a nursing vacation (do nothing but rest and nurse) to pump it up?
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  • @llli*andie613's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:13 PM
    Sorry to hear about your difficulties. Both my 2 babies had a TT. With DS, his was corrected at 9 days but not before I had cracked nipples and mastitis. His latch continued to be shallow and lipstick shaped for about 2 months. I was also doing the football hold. Then a local LLL leader came to observe and helped. She had me do cross cradle position, using lots of pillows to prop baby up to the breast. She also showed me how to gently tug baby's chin down to encourage a deeper latch. It seemed that by 3 months the pain had gone and the cracks had healed. With DD, I recognized the TT early and had it corrected. Cross cradle is working well--I think it's helpful to be able to hold baby with one hand and breast with another. This time the latch became comfortable by the end of the first week. Again I made sure to bring baby to the breadth using supportive pillows, adjust the latch by tugging her chin down to get more breast in to form a deeper latch. Not sure if this is helpful to you, but I wanted to share.
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:10 PM
    It sounds like your little one is cluster feeding, which is totally normal. There is not much you can do other than make sure you have someone bring you food, water, etc. As for sleep, side lying nursing really helps, but your little one might not have head/neck control for that, so perhaps you may want to try laid back nursing. Nancy Mohrbacher has youtube videos on this if you want to check them out.
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