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  • @llli*linneapg's Avatar
    Today, 12:44 PM
    Thanks to all for the input. He really was the perfect baby from a few weeks in until around that 6 month mark. Not that he's "bad" now of course! I think you're right that he's a lot more distractible than he used to be, which is largely to blame for the shorter, more frequent feedings. This article I found on kellymom.com explains it well: http://kellymom.com/ages/older-infant/distractible-baby/. . It would obviously be nice to go back to longer sleep stretches, but we won't count on it.
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  • @llli*drewbaby's Avatar
    Today, 12:42 PM
    Hi all! I recently gave birth and all my 3 day old wants to do is sleep! He has not lost weight, but I'm worried that he is not eating enough throughout the day. Today we have had 4 feeding between midnight and 2pm. My milk has started to come in and I am feeling very full, but he does not seem interested in sleep. Anyone else had an experience similar to this? Is it just a sleepy day or should I be concerned? Thanks!!
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  • @llli*kevins-mom's Avatar
    Today, 11:49 AM
    On day 1 of Jack's life, I would have thought for sure my nursing relationship with him was going to be perfect. We had no problems, he was 2lbs bigger than my first and latched on right away. We didn't have any of the same problems I had with Kevin; No mastitis, no nipple shield, no soreness for me, no troubles for him. Fast forward. We began blw around the 6 month mark. Jack is 8 months now and he LOVES to eat everything. I work full time, and my pumping output is hurting. I started sending less milk to daycare with him (about 9oz now, down from 12oz, but only about 6oz is my milk and the rest is donated), and it's very common he is sent home with 4oz. He's only drinking about 5-6oz in a 9 hour day. I believe he is replacing his sippy cups of BM with table food. My supply meets his demand, but his demand seems much too small if you ask me! :yikes Now. I don't think he is making up for it when we are together. He is an awful nurser lately. I swaddle him at bedtime and BF him to bed in a side laying position. Nursing in any other position just doesn't happen. It's almost like he hates nursing. He pulls at my face/glasses/hair/shirt, anything he can grab and doesn't stay latched and squirts milk everywhere and I'm so tired of it. Not sure if it's considered a nursing strike? It's awful trying to nurse him, especially in public. We part time co-sleep, and he generally does nurse in the night once. I feel like he is only getting 2 acceptable nursing...
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  • @llli*scoob626's Avatar
    Today, 09:49 AM
    Hi ladies, two questions about my 9 month old: I am having worries that I shouldn't be feeding my son and that instead he should be feeding himself re: baby led weaning...he does put a couple pieces in his mouth but I have been bringing food to his mouth with my finger and he has been eagerly opening up for it..is this considered forcing him in some way, since he is not bringing food to his mouth himself? He doesn't have his pincer grip yet. Is he technically not ready for solids until he feeds himself? And how do I know if I am overfeeding him? I stop offering when he turns his face away....This baby led weaning philosophy has me confused. My mom can't even wrap her head around the whole trend :D And the last couple weeks, since he has been eagerly taking in more food, his pooping frequency has changed...up until 2 weeks ago, he pooped mostly every feed and now goes 2 days between, which freaks me out a bit, as I am so used to changing poops all day...how do you know if baby is getting backed up? He doesn't strain or anything and is totally happy. To be honest, I am a bit gun ho about solids as I am tired of nursing every 2 hours round the clock still at 9 months, but I don't want to rush him. To my dismay, he hasn't slowed down on nursing after eating more solids though, which makes me think he is a big comfort nurser. thanks!
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 08:08 AM
    The rule of thumb is 1-1.5 oz of milk for every hour away. A breastfed baby is not likely to EVER take 6 oz in a feeding. It sounds like they are feeding your baby like a formula fed baby. Don't allow it. If you are away from the baby for 8hours? The outside most should be 16oz. And that 2oz an hour which is OVER the recommended amount an hour by half an oz. And send them in 4oz bottles. 6-7 oz a bottle is NOT a recommendation for a breast fed baby. It's just not. And it may be a difficult transition back. But you need to tell them that he doesn't need to be fed every time he cries either. He may want to be held or walked around. But this is an area where you want to be firm and advocate for yourself and your child. Because women being told by daycare that they "aren't keeping up" with the extra amount of milk that their babies mysteriously ask for while away from their mothers that they NEVER ask for when being fed on demand? Is a HUGE reason women start to supplement when they DON'T NEED TO. Which can in fact end the nursing relationship. I think you are making enough milk. You are away from his for 10 hours? Really 18 should be enough. But I would max out @ 20oz. That's 2oz an hour. So 5 4oz bottles. That's it. Pull back on that extra 4oz. And tell them NOT to feed him MORE than one bottle every 2hours.
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  • @llli*bebo's Avatar
    Today, 02:17 AM
    I think I'm looking for some reassurance and perhaps a bit of advice here. My second baby is 2 and a half weeks old and pretty much only nurses to sleep. Dad and Nanny can rock him, but this is only occasionally possible for me. I completely understand the biological reasoning for nursing to sleep and it's normal and the way things should be and in many ways lovely. But here's the thing - my 5 year old has been a terrible sleeper, she is intense and spirited and finds it very difficult to switch off. She was a very high needs baby and remains so now. Nursing was the only way I could get her to sleep other than car or pram occasionally. Every nap was a battle, I remember getting to 8 months and making the decision to give in to her staying on the boob for her entire nap. Baby boy seems a very different personality, much more chilled out, but I am petrified of being in the same boat again. There have been times when I have been calmly trying to rock him to sleep and he will be there but will only his eyes again and it's like I'm back in the room desperately pacing around with his big sister in the sling. It's like a form of PTSD!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:18 PM
    :ita with the PP. This sounds like a case of overfeeding at daycare. Is baby nursing overnight, or is he sleeping all the way through?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:15 PM
    It depends on whether or not he is simply looking leaner while continuing to gain weight, or actually losing weight. If he is continuing to gain, even if it is very slowly, then it's probably nothing to worry about. Even if he is slipping percentiles on the weight-for-age charts, it's probably just fine. seight gain slows down a lot in the second year, and many babies get quite a bit taller but not much heavier in between their first and second birthdays. If he is actually losing weight, then that is a reason to be concerned. Your milk and formula are still able to provide for a lot of a toddler's nutritional needs. Until a year, milk or formula are all a baby needs. After a year, milk or formula can still meet most of his needs for calories.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:02 PM
    Welcome to the forum! It sounds like your lactation consultant may have pulled the trigger early when it comes to concern about your milk supply. A baby who is producing sufficient wet/poop diapers is getting enough to eat, regardless of how much the mom can pump after nursing. It's completely normal to pump little or no milk after a good nursing session, particularly if mom is not very experienced with pumping or is using a weak pump (e.g., a manual pump, a well-used electric pump, or a cheap single electric pump). If you have a non-reassuring weight check this evening, here is what I would do: 1. Discuss your baby's wet/poop diaper output. As long as that is normal and the baby is not losing weight, your LC should probably be okay with you simply continuing to nurse, which should quickly increase your supply, and doing another weight check in a few days to make sure everything is back on track. 2. Use pumping to increase supply. Make sure you have the right tools for the job: a good double electric pump and correctly fitted shields. 3. Don't rely too heavily on oatmeal, fiber, water, etc. Pumping and nursing are the best and fastest roads to increased supply. It would be great if all we needed to do in order to guarantee great supply was to eat a bowl of oatmeal, but as with most things in life, hard work is what gets results! 4. Do not freak out about "sporadic" eating. That is a completely normal eating pattern for a young baby. Many babies start...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:53 PM
    My understanding is that formula makers make formula to match breastmilk in calories. In other words, 5 ounces is 5 ounces. So I do not see why you would need to send more because it is formula. Unfortunately those babies who are given 6 to 8 ounces are probably being overfed. Also, many formula fed babies are on feeding schedules and since this limits the frequency with which a child is fed, it increases the amount of each feeding. For better health, it would probably be better if all babies were fed more like breastfed babies- small feedings, more frequently. The rule of thumb that seems to work well for most babies at daycare is that baby needs about 1 to 1.5 ounces of milk per hour of separation. So, for 8 hours of separation, 8-12 ounces would be about right. Of course some babies may prefer a little more, but if it is a significant amount it might make sense to look at how baby is being fed at daycare. Size and growth rate does not determine how much a child needs all that much. I am not aware of some mathematical equation that would tell your pediatrician that your baby weighs X and thus needs Y. Since overfeeding with bottles is common it is important to be sure that is not going on when a mom is finding she cannot "keep up." This is important not only because it means mom cannot pump enough but also because overfeeding might cause baby to not nurse with normal vigor or frequency when baby is with mom, and this can lead to poor milk production or bottle...
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  • @llli*puja's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:50 PM
    Isn't it to be worried that he is becoming leaner every day though from where do he get calories for such an immense energy is a mystery for me...he don't like even to touch messy food by hands....he would just put food in and out of his plate nd May one bite to his mouth not even second time he try...I don't know what type of taste would he like....
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  • @llli*justitia's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:45 PM
    My baby is 7 months old and I have also run out of my freezer stash. I'm pumping the same number of times at work and getting about the same volume, but I can't keep up with how much he likes to take at daycare. He is in the 80th percentile for height and weight, and our pediatrician said he is getting the perfect amount given his growth. My question is: if I need to send formula, should it be the same volume as the breast milk bottles (5 oz) I have been sending? Or do I need to send the larger volume that formula-fed babies take (6-8 oz)?
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  • @llli*justitia's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:36 PM
    I had a similar issue when I started back at work and started sending my baby to daycare. When he started going at 3 months, I sent 4 oz bottles. Almost immediately, daycare started asking for 6-7 oz per bottle. I asked my pediatrician, who asked the hospital lactation specialist, who said that breastfed babies should get no more than 3-4 oz per bottle. I believe this is to mimic what the baby would on average take while nursing. We noticed too that when a family member gave him a bottle at home, he was fine with 4 oz and cuddling afterwards. It was a little awkward, but when daycare asked again for more volume, I mentioned what my pediatrician said about breastfed babies, and they thankfully let it go. I did end up increasing to 5 oz because he is well above average for height and weight, and my mother-in-law felt he could take a little more. He has been growing perfectly on this amount. It's hard, but try talking with your daycare, and, as was advised to me, don't feel pressured to give more when you know that's not what your baby needs. A little more TLC after the bottles or a pacifier, if you are using them, may be more appropriate.
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  • @llli*melissag's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:05 PM
    Thank you for your reply! It gives me hope :) went to the doctor she is gaining good weight :) I will try not to stress as much
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:56 PM
    Even if you DO have Hep C, the current recommendation is that breastfeeding continue. There is no evidence that Hep C is transmitted to infants via breastmilk according to the CDC. http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/disease/hepatitis.htm
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:52 PM
    This sounds like it may be that the "let down" (the moment milk ejects from your beasts) is a little fast or forceful. This is entirely normal and common especially in the first several weeks. After 4-6 weeks (or sooner) fast letdown usually begins to subside on its own. Some babies are fine with it, others object, and many have issues with it some of the time but not always. The quickest and easiest fix is to adjust your position so you are leaning back enough that baby can kind of be on top of you. Many moms find that this kid of positioning change solves this issue. Other ideas- nursing frequently helps, because there is less time for milk to 'build up" in the breasts. When baby unlatches, if the milk is flowing, let it flow into a cloth before putting baby back on. Some moms find it is needed to hand express a little milk before putting baby onto or back onto the breast. Here is more info: http://www.nancymohrbacher.com/articles?tag=Fast+Milk+Flow If you do not think fast letdown is the issue, let me know.
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:41 PM
    :ita Medications and Mothers' Milk says it's commonly prescribed for mastitis, and is compatible with breastfeeding.
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  • @llli*mominoes's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:33 PM
    I've been back at work 4 weeks now and my baby (18 weeks) has been in childcare for the same amount of time. I am pumping at work and am running into a problem meeting my baby's demand. I have fairly consistently been able to pump 18 oz/day at work. In his first week at childcare, baby was drinking about 16 oz (3 bottles/day), then he'd want to nurse like crazy in the evening. Week 2, he started drinking 18 oz during the day (still 3 oz), still wanted to nurse a lot in the evening. So that was no problem, seemed like we were settling into a nice routine. However.... Week 3 he started burning through the backup milk I left in the freezer at childcare, so he was drinking more on the order of 20-22 oz per day, and he was SCREAMING for food when I picked him up. Meantime, I am still having trouble pumping more than 18 oz per day at work. I tried splitting his 18 oz into 4 bottles but he was still apparently getting hungry and needing milk from the freezer. This week, he seems to have leveled off at drinking 24 oz per day (4 6oz bottles). I'm still only pumping 18 oz (sometimes I manage 19.5, but that's really the max I can do). At the moment I am only going into the office 3-4 days/week so on the days I am home I am doing extra pumping to make up the deficit (and hopefully also boost my supply a little...). This is manageable (if a bit exhausting) while I'm only away from him 3-4 days/week, but at some point in the next couple of months I'm going to have to...
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  • @llli*e.web's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:26 AM
    My daughter will be 4 weeks old tomorrow. She was born weighing 6 pounds, 9 ounces since she was born 3 weeks early, but now she weighs 7 pounds, 13 ounces. At the beginning of my breastfeeding journey with her, I had an oversupply...my daughter was having plenty of wet and dirty diapers, but her stools were green rather than the normal yellow color. Then when she was 2 weeks old, I got a severe case of mastitis - 104 degree fever, nausea, dizziness, severe fatigue, cold sweats, sore body, etc. My lactation consultant immediately prescribed me an antibiotic, which cleared that issue right up! 3 days later, my husband was rushed to the hospital from work for an emergency appendectomy, which resulted in him having to stay home for a week. So then I had to take care of him, my 19 month old son, and my 2 week old daughter. Not to mention, I'm getting practically NO sleep at night because my girl is awake very frequently to eat, and napping during the daytime is almost impossible with a toddler running around and a house to maintain.
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  • @llli*lisa.meme's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:53 AM
    Maddieb I agree with you too, when you said that I am in a transitioning stage from a mom of a baby to a mom of a little girl. This is probably where all my feelings are coming from and like you said, also there is something unique with babyhood. I am truly grateful for moms like you who take the time to give to moms encouraging words and help who just need someone who has been there before and know what it's like to go through so many emotions when your a breastfeeding mom.
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  • @llli*lisa.meme's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:37 AM
    Mommal thank you for the last post. I had tears in my eyes. It is so true that all you want to do is bottle up those precious baby days. Yes ,I can see the fleeting days dwindling to weaning and my little one becoming a big girl. It is the hardest thing I have had to go through. It just breaks me down everyday. As a mommy we have to try hard to enjoy each stage of our childs life...but that is so easier said then done!
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  • @llli*momma.d's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:52 AM
    I couldn't agree more. I don't see anything wrong with a baby being comforted by breastfeeding, whether its to eat or just suck. Its completely natural. My son definitely taught me quite a lot in our journey. And yes I heard the term non-nutritive sucking, I preferred it to comfort nursing. It killed me he wasn't comforted by being at the breast. This one will just be so different and I just worry that I won't be prepared enough, but then again I feel like anyone hardly is ever prepared enough. Thanks again for the support and advice!
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  • @llli*mamatoleo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:52 AM
    Thanks! I understand. Will do!
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  • @llli*mamatoleo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:50 AM
    Thanks for your response! Yes, nursing is comfortable for me. I think I'm mostly just surprised by how much of my day is spent nursing. I enjoy the closeness with my son, of course, but I can definitely understand how mothers joke about being a "milk machine!" I do have one other concern that I forgot to include.. Sometimes, when my son is nursing, he latches, and sucks for a few seconds. Then, he'll literally push the breast away and begin screaming. I've noticed this typically happens during nighttime feedings. Could his behavior just be because he is overtired? Or gassy? I know that he is still getting milk, because it usually runs out of his mouth.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:42 AM
    My gut says it's safe to nurse with elevated liver enzymes as long as they don't indicate a case of Hep C, but for the real answer I would contact Infant Risk: http://www.infantrisk.com. Rapid weight loss after pregnancy is normal and nothing to worry about, and your weight loss wasn't really excessive. Most women lose around 15 lbs the day they give birth- the weight of the baby, placenta, amniotic fluid, etc. Another few pounds of water weight usually follow in the next few days. The toxin thing is both true and not true. Metabolizing fat cells does release stored fat-soluble chemicals, some of which are toxic. But again, most of the weight you lost was baby, placenta, and water. It's not like you lost a huge amount of fat, so whatever toxins have been released were probably very minimal amounts. Especially because we live in a less chemically toxic environment than humans in the not-so distant past. When is the last time you got doused with DDT, or used arsenic-based paint to freshen up your living room, or applied a lead-based cosmetic to your face? Your body is probably less toxic than your mom's, or your grandma's. And even if you did release lots of stored toxins, and wanted to avoid feeding them to your baby, your options are not great. You can avoid giving your child toxins via breastmilk by feeding her formula- which is full of the same environmental toxins that are in your milk, not to mention other weird stuff you probably don't want your child...
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  • @llli*jtmmh's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:34 AM
    So it's my 3rd child, he is 10 weeks old and I have always had minimal trouble breastfeeding, which is such a blessing! But this time I'm scared... I went to the dr for some routine bloodwork for our insurance provider. My blood work all came back normal except my ALT Liver enzymes. the range for normal they gave me was 6-29 mine was 53. The dr could give me no explanation for this result. I take NO medications and drink NO alcohol. I had a bad stomach virus two weeks before my test and I'm pretty sure I became dehydrated. I've tried to catch up since then, but it's hard to drink a ton of water. I am in a very monogamous relationship, so I know hepatitis isn't a concern. The only other factor that is odd is that I have lost a lot of weight quickly. I was back down to my pre-pregnancy weight in 8 weeks. I lost like 35 pounds. I know I didn't get enough calories in because I was chasing two other kiddos and didn't stop to eat. I have heard that losing weight too quickly in the beginning can release toxins in the body and possibly into breastmilk. Could this be happening? Is it safe for me to continue breastfeeding with elevated enzymes... Any insight anyone? I'm afraid I'll have to stop breastfeeding and it means so much to me and my family. Help please.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:49 AM
    :hug Puja, you are such a good and concerned mother. I completely understand why you are worried about your little one, even though I don't think you should worry. I still think the way forward is to let him come to solid foods in his own time. Are you allowing him to experiment with them, put them in his own mouth, squish them with his hands, feed them to you? All those things can help him build a good relationship with solids. Until then, keep nursing him as much as you can and give him formula milk to supplement.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:46 AM
    Welcome to the forum! I think the way you get your baby back to the breast is to take a deep breath and either take the bottles away or reduce them as much as possible. The way I see it, bottles started out looking like the solution to the baby being fussy and maybe not nursing enough, and have now become contributors to that problem. I know it means that baby may act even more fussy than before- she wants to get fed and clearly she has developed some strong preferences about the way her meals are delivered. But I think what you do in this situation is to power through. You nurse the baby and if she comes off the breast and and refuses to nurse any more, you let her do that. You let her fuss, you find other ways to comfort her- rock her, take her for a walk, give her a quick bath. My guess is that after a while, she will get hungry again and decide that nursing is better than starving. Of course we don't want to starve her for real, but allowing some fussing in order to gain more nursing sessions sounds like the way to go- to me, at least!
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