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  • @llli*elandlanes.mommy's Avatar
    June 14th, 2015, 10:20 AM
    Here's the background- http://forums.llli.org/showthread.php?123394-Baby-6-days-old-need-help! Baby is now a day short of four weeks and weighs 7.15 1/2. At 23 days old I got the beginning stages of mastitis. Unfortunately I get it 6-7 times before my babies turn a year old. I was expecting it and my ob had already written me a prescription for keflex. So I started taking it because if I didn't t would get worse. I think I got it because the previous day he had gone about 2 1/2 hours with out eating during the day. Well, I started feeling better the next day and then Friday we went grocery shopping and baby went againfor2 1/2 hours without eating. I started getting symptoms again that night. Yesterday I had a fever of 102 but it's gone now, so are the flu like symptoms and most of the breast soreness. That being said, my supply has taken a big hit. I've continued the fenugreek and blessed thistle as usual. I have Dom but haven't taken any of it yet. But I had to give baby 2 oz of milk from the freezer this morning because he was so hungry and frustrated. I used a lact-aid to give it to him. Afterward I pumped for about 10 minutes and barely got enough to cover the bottom of the pump bottle.. I just wish my body would work like it's supposed to.. I have barely left the house in four weeks.. I've barely left the couch.. I nurse constantly and by that, I meannlike15-20 times a day.. I Wish both my breasts worked because at least I'd have a backup side... I just want to...
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  • @llli*7preemiemum's Avatar
    June 22nd, 2015, 12:41 PM
    Hi everyone Forgive this long post, i just need a mayor listening ear... I think mommal once mentioned on one of her posts that she thinks a baby who is unwilling to nurse is one of the most stressful things to the mother in the breastfedding relationship,well, HOW TRUE! Let me start at the very beginning.DD was born prematurely, ate 32 weeks after a very complicated pregnancy with lots of bleeding,contractions,placental dysfunction and PROM at 29 weeks.We ended up with emergency c- sect due to mayor fetal distress at 32 weeks. Dd was 3 weeks in the nicu during which i faithfully pumped and latched her on whenever i had the chance, she had a great latch and the cu nurses were quite impressed. The day we were discharged she weighed 2 kg and after a weighted feed in the nicu took in 60 ml in quite a short time.Not bad,right?or so i thought... She screamed after that feed as if starving so nurse suggested we top her off with ebm, she took about 10-15 ml. Looking back, that was just the beginning of our problems. dd was a big hot mess when she came home. Screaming after feeds, even during feeds at times, wouldnt sleep long etc....her diapers were great and 12 days after discharge was 2500 gr. That was with breastfeeding and occassional ebm top up, meaning whatever i pumped that day gave her a bit if i wasnt sure feed was good. Froze quite a bit still too. A llc recommended pumping after feeding in order to maximise supply. Dd's nursing was seriously unpredictable, some...
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  • @llli*cjsmama's Avatar
    June 10th, 2015, 11:35 AM
    My daughter is a week old today and we've been having this problem since my milk came in, which I believe was Saturday. In the hospital she was latching OK on both sides but now she refuses to latch on the right breast. Her latch is perfect on the left but she just won't take the right, and I've been having to pump that side. I'm worried her hunger won't be satisfied from just one sided feeding especially as she gets bigger, even though she seems happy with it now. I really want to hold off introducing bottles until I have to (going back to work in 2 months). I've tried tons of skin to skin and every feeding position I can think of and she's just not interested in eating from that side! Does anyone have any insight or advice? I'd greatly appreciate it!
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  • @llli*witty.acryonym's Avatar
    June 9th, 2015, 08:57 PM
    Hello All - I have been reading the forums for a few months now and found the advice very helpful. I decided to post today to get some feedback and other opinions about my situation. My LO was born full term but small 5#9. At 9 days her weight dipped to 5#1 oz and she was very fussy so my provider recommended we start supplementing (later we found out she had a fractured clavicle which I'm sure was part of the fussiness). We gave formula or EBM 1-2 oz 4x/day for two weeks before slowly weaning off all supplements. At 15 days she was 5#13 and at 2 months she was 8#10 exclusively breastfeeding. At her 4 month she weighed 10#2 and her provider stated that her weight gain was very slow and asked if I would consider supplementing with formula or adding powdered formula to my EBM to concentrate the calories. But ultimately said that she would support whatever I decide. I also just started my return to work. Currently I am working 3 days a week, 6-7 hours away. When we are together we nurse 8-10x/day and 1-2x overnight. She has 6-7 wet diapers a day; her poops are inconsistent but profuse and soft when they occur. When I work her father and nana take care of her. They are using paced bottle techniques but today she took 13 oz and I only pumped 10 oz during that same time. Obviously this is not sustainable. My questions: 1. Given that she has slow weight gain should she be getting so much EBM while I am work? I was very surprised that she ate so much today,...
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  • @llli*mef0531's Avatar
    June 12th, 2015, 11:51 AM
    Anyone have any advice for my 13 month old who has decided she'll only nap attached to my boob? I obviously don't want to sit there for 2+ hours:/ Thanks in advance.
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  • @llli*rusty.bolts's Avatar
    June 18th, 2015, 05:43 PM
    We will be flying from the West Coast to the East Coast with our exclusively breastfed daughter when she is 4 months old. With the connection, it's one flight of 5 hours and one flight of 1 hour. We got her her own seat and plan on having her strapped into her car seat for at least the takeoff and landings. This poses a dilemma - our concern is how she reacts during changes in cabin pressure. She hasn't been introduced to a pacifier or a bottle (we'd prefer to keep it that way). Any suggestions as to how to soothe her if the pressure change become an issue without taking her out of her seat? We read an article on this site that suggested it was possible to breastfeed while the baby was strapped into the seat, but I'm not sure if we're flexible enough for that!
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  • @llli*sarahelizabeth's Avatar
    June 21st, 2015, 09:24 AM
    I am exclusively breastfeeding on demand, LO is almost five months old. I cannot get enough protein into my diet, without eating a crazy amount of calories.... I am already drinking 100 ounces of water a day, and have an absolutely packed diet, i am thinking of trying to get a little bit of extra protein without adding any more food, i have gained ten lbs since having the baby, every time i dip calories my supply cuts off. So is protein powder safe? What my partner bought is EAS 100% pure whey protein. Does any one have any knowledge as to if its safe, if it will provide proper protein, etc. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
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  • @llli*dp999's Avatar
    June 25th, 2015, 08:21 PM
    Hi Everyone... I am here with another questions. I am breastfeeding my 2 month old. I really need someone's help to correct my mistakes and guide me so that I can continue this path of breastfeeding smoothly. I always fed my baby on oneside as she was satisfied and content. Her weight gain is average. As I wanted to stock some supply for me to go back to work, I pumped 2 to 3 times a day. I had been to a lactation consultant who asked me to block nurse so that the baby gets the hind milk. So from Tuesday onwards I started nursing for 2 hours(either feed or comfort nursing whatever..) on side and next 2 hours on other side. My DD usually sleeps for a long stretch hours so I normally feed her in the night on side and pump on other side in the morning. My Questions.
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  • @llli*perannie's Avatar
    July 5th, 2015, 12:35 PM
    Here goes, my DD2 is 9 weeks tomorrow and EBF! It seems as if she wants to be attached all the time! It seems like if she is awake she wants to nurse! I have read on here that you can't over feed, but I feel like she is over eating cuz she spits up pretty often!! This is my 3rd child and longest breastfeeding experience!! I am trying to make 3 months then gonna push to 6 months hopefully!! I just don't know what to do!! I was thinking low supply, I've been eating lactation cookies. I do know I have OALD cuz she chokes while nursing!! Any advice is greatly appreciated!! I forgot to mention the nursing frequency is generally every 2 hours, sometimes 1 1/2 hours and very seldom can I make it 3 hours! I do get a 6 hour span pretty much every night but she don't always sleep that span!!
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  • @llli*sunsetbean's Avatar
    July 3rd, 2015, 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*mhbb2's Avatar
    June 27th, 2015, 10:24 PM
    My lo is four days old. He's been doing fairly well with bf but we're having a few problems. 1. He almost never nurses from the right breast. It takes forever to get him to latch to it and sometimes he refuses. I'm having to pump it every time he nurses. 2. My nipples have been cracked and sore. At first they were bleeding but now they are just kind if raw. I've checked his latch. He is having enough wet and poppy diapers. I'm wondering if maybe he won't nurse from that side because of the nipple? 3. I have to go back to work in 4 -6 wks. Today daddy fed baby with an event bottle. It went fine but when we nursed the next time it seemed he was having trouble latching. Is it too soon for the bottle?
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  • @llli*sacmd's Avatar
    June 10th, 2015, 10:52 AM
    I am hoping someone might have some experience with putting a 'high needs' aka 'spirited' baby in the care of another. I've been lucky enough to be able to put this off for 6 months, as I've gone back part-time and my mother can watch her 1-2 days a week. But I have to start working more and my mom also works, so we have to look for alternative care options. She is what I'd definitely call 'high needs'. She naps only with me, has to be held ALL the time or she melts down, hates swings, rockers, high chairs, etc. If she could be glued to a human being 24/7, she would be in heaven. We have always believed in meeting her needs and not letting her cry, whether it's bedtime, being held, etc. But I'm worried about daycare. The one that I like is a small room with 2 caregivers and 8 babies. When I visited, it was relatively peaceful but most of the babies were quietly in swings or sleeping in their little cribs. I cannot imagine my baby being that content! I'm afraid she'll cry all. day. long. And what will they do? I asked this, and they said that babies adjust, get used to it, etc. But what if she doesn't? Another option would be having my mother in law come from out of town and do the caregiving. While this is free, she is not physically very well and found it very hard to hold her and take care of her for more than 2 hours at a time. Plus, I am starting to wonder if at 6 months, my daughter would actually benefit from being around other caregivers, babies, etc. She is...
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  • @llli*cjsmama's Avatar
    June 12th, 2015, 09:21 PM
    I have a 9 day old at home and due to financial reasons I will not be returning to my incredibly laid back and understanding 9-5 and instead will have to start looking for an evening job, probably something in the restaurant/bar region. Luckily this means my husband will be home with her while I'm at work and vice versa. But it leaves me with a lot of questions and concerns. First and foremost, when should we start introducing bottles? She's breastfeeding OK but it still takes her awhile to latch, especially on one side and I know we're nowhere near ready to further complicate things. I'll have to start working again around the beginning of August. Is the middle of July enough time to get her used to bottles? Should we just play it by ear? How accommodating should I realistically expect a restaurant to be in regards to pumping? Should I let them know before being hired that I'll need to pump? And if they're not willing to work with me, would pumping once during a 6-7 hour shift affect my supply if I'm nursing baby immediately before and after work? Anything else I should know?
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  • @llli*oona.blue's Avatar
    June 23rd, 2015, 01:55 PM
    My LO nurses every hour like clockwork during the day. She is 12 weeks old and has been on this schedule since she was 6 weeks. During the day she nurses- plays for an hour- nurses again and sleeps for about 45min to an hour. I have tried to make her wait a bit to see if we could stretch the times between feedings, but she will just be hungry again an hour later. At night she goes almost 5 hours and then another 4 hour block. When she nurses it's typically short 10 minutes or so. I am a FTM and EBF so my question is- is this normal? Should she be going longer between feedings? She is gaining weight well, and has lots of wet and dirty diapers- other than only taking short naps and being a little cranky from time to time she's happy.
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  • @llli*missfickleness's Avatar
    June 12th, 2015, 06:29 PM
    Hey y'all! Here is a little back story on my relactation project: I started out EBFing my son when he was born on April 1st. Our BFing relationship started off on the wrong foot with a lot of pain despite a latch that looked okay. The hospital ENT doctor diagnosed a tongue tie and revised it at 3 days old. There was less pain, but it took 5 days for my milk to come in and by that time we had been directed to supplement for too much weight loss and jaundice. We supplemented for a day before my milk came in. I was engorged for the first couple of days, making latching difficult for baby. We dealt with oversupply/overactive let down and suspected reflux, then a five-day stretch where he did not gain any weight. We started supplementing again and only because of that did he make his birthweight at 14 days old. The next day, my husband told me we were quitting BFing and going to formula because I was so depressed and anxious over all the feeding trouble. I ended up being diagnosed with postpartum depression and anxiety a few days later. Though I felt sad that BFing didn't turn out like I had hoped, I knew putting my mental state first for a while was the right call. Now that I'm much better off -- and my son is 10 weeks old -- I have started trying to relactate. I would like to at least be able to give him some breast milk, so my goal is to achieve at least a partial supply. Ideally he would get that from nursing, but if I had to EP, that would be okay too. I started...
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  • @llli*zozja's Avatar
    June 13th, 2015, 05:23 PM
    My LO is 5.5 weeks now, EBF and has been dealing with gas issues for a couple weeks. The last 2 days things have definitely gotten worse. I thought it was an OP issue and on Monday this week started doing the laid back BF positions to help her tolerate the flow better. It seemed like things may have gotten better for a couple days, but then started getting worse again and yesterday and today has been really bad. On a side note, my OP seems to be cooling down a bit. My breasts aren't getting as engorged. Still leak/spray in between feedings, but are doing so less. So, I would think that if it was an issue due to OP, then she'd be getting better as well. Could it be something in my diet? I've heard from friends that gripe water helps and have also heard about gas drops. I'd use the natural/homeopathic alternatives if going that route. Are there any drawbacks/negatives to using gripe water or tummy drops? TIA!!!
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  • @llli*ahega's Avatar
    June 14th, 2015, 06:53 PM
    My baby is 3 weeks as of today. I try to EBF (he got a bottle on occasions when my spine went out of the window) but since about 5 days he doesn't seem satisfied during daytime. I feed on demand and night time goes very well. Around 7 he has his bath, nurses and sleeps for 2 to 3 hours, nurses again and goes back to sleep without any trouble. At night my breasts get full easily so he doesn't take long to drink, after he's finished I hold him for about 20 minutes before I put him down and lie next to him. Daytime is what's troubling me/us. First, I cannot lie him down without him waking up. Okay, I can deal with that but around noon (mostly) he starts to feed hourly or even more, which would be ok too if he wouldn't seem so hungry still. After drinking a couple of minutes I don't hear him swallowing anymore though he tries really hard to get something out. He'd start to pull on my breast with his mouth, pinching and squeezing with his hands additionally. I'll let him do that for a longer period of time in case there's another letdown (I never feel them btw, I just know because I can hear him swallow). When he and I can't take it anymore I burb him and offer the other side and the whole thing repeats. He'd fall asleep for a little while and we go over the whole process again. This stretches for hours and I'm exhausted. I can't get up even a minute or two. At night I only offer one breast since he seems pretty happy with what he gets and as I mentioned they get...
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  • @llli*pr2000's Avatar
    June 21st, 2015, 03:08 PM
    My baby is 8 months old, and has been exclusively breastfed. I have never had any clogs before. I woke up the day before yesterday night at 4 a.m. in some pain and found that my right breast (which is the higher producing side) was very hard and lumpy. I woke up the baby at 5 a.m and nursed him. I did so every couple of hours through the day putting him on the right side first. And then last night after putting him to bed, I pumped and only got a half ounce on the right side (Typically I get 2-2.5 oz on the right, and 1-1.5 oz on the left). The left was the same as usual. This morning has been much worse - I now have a lot of visible lumps, the pain has worsened, and the baby comes off the right breast in 30-45 seconds no matter how many times I put him back on (he sucks fine on the left side). I have tried pumping 3 times (with a hospital-grade pump) after applying heat packs, taking a hot shower for 25 minutes, trying to massage it etc., and collectively ended up with less than an ounce through 3 pumps. (I got 6 oz on the left side). I did try nursing him on all fours, but he was not a fan and simply moved his head away. I just got lecithin and took one dose of 1200 mg. Not sure how long it takes to kick in. I have examined my nipple thoroughly and have no white spots or blisters. Desperate for any ideas here.. I could go to my GP tomorrow but I am quite sure he will have no clue. I'd be grateful for anything I haven't tried or any insights.
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  • @llli*ckumelos's Avatar
    June 11th, 2015, 04:19 PM
    The last checkup weight was 10lb 7 oz (which was 25th percentile and a bit lower than we would have liked) and we are down to 10 lb 2 oz in 4 weeks. THIS IS SCARY!! Baby breastfeeds, but doesn't empty either breast and wants the pacifier. How do I encourage longer breastfeeding? If baby doesn't start gaining weight ASAP I will have to give her something else I assume. I have tried switching back and forth between breasts, but she just cries and refuses the same breast, then after she gets a bit from each she just cries and wont' take either, just wants the pacifier. Just now, I tried refusing the pacifier and having her sit on the breastfeeding pillow, for about 15 minutes, and she just sucked her fingers and then started crying but would not take the breast, I finally gave up layed her on the couch and gave her a pacifier. She fell asleep. It seems to me that she just isn't nursing long enough to get the hindmilk as she does have a lot of pee, but not poo. Any suggestions appreciated!
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  • @llli*ftmm's Avatar
    June 10th, 2015, 02:13 AM
    Hi everyone, thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I have a 15 month old son, who still nurses night and day. This has always worked really well for both of us and we both love it. Until a few months ago we coslept as well, although now he is in his own cot in our room. He nurses during the night when he wakes. My boyfriend is worried that our son does not sleep thorough the night, and when he wakes he can only be settled by me nursing him. He thinks that continuing to breastfeed him will stunt his development and that he needs to learn to self-soothe. I agree about the self-soothing and have agreed that we can try night weaning baby, even though I am very happy feeding him at night and we all get a very good 8-10 hours sleep (which has been the case since birth), but I want to keep breastfeeding him during the day. I want my boyfriend to feel involved in these sort of decisions, and it would be nice to know that I could go out occasionally for an evening. My boyfriend disagrees and says it will only work if I stop breastfeeding our son completely, although I could still pump and give him breastmilk in a bottle. I feel like we should teach baby that night is for sleeping, not eating, but during the day he can nurse when he wants. I am very distressed at the idea of stopping breastfeeding. I feel there is no need to do so and my darling son loves it, as do I. I am also slightly horrified to find that I am being pushed by my boyfriend to stop. It goes against...
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  • @llli*mumtofloss's Avatar
    June 22nd, 2015, 04:23 PM
    Hello, After a dreadful start to breastfeeding (immense pain, cracking, bleeding, I dreaded yet dreaded moving to formula more, she clicked non stop whilst eating and was v gassy) and being told time and time again my baby couldnt be tongue tied as she was gaining weight well and her tongue could move at the front (by midwives, health visitors and even the consultant at the hospitals tongue tie clinic after I demanded a referral!) we got a posterior tongue tie diagnosed and cut at 8 weeks, things didn't really improve (by about 7 week my nipples had toughened up so it wasn't excruciatinf any more luckily!!) so we saw a LC at 10 weeks who showed us the PTT was still there / hadn't been cut far enough back. At 11 weeks it was cut again, for about 12 hours her feeding was noticeable better, barely any clicking / smacking sounds and just a tiny burp after eating, then she slept for the night and work up more or less back to how she was before with the clicking & taking in air! Fortunately it doesn't really hurt for me now except when she really slides down to the end of my nipple, or if she does what feels like folding my nipple up! Since the cut ive tried some oral exercises but she still won't suck a finger if placed in her mouth which means I cant do them properly! Any tips / suggestions / stories from those who have been through this before? Thank you! Steph & Flossie xx
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    June 25th, 2015, 09:43 AM
    Are you familiar with the philosophy behind LLL? These are the concepts at the heart of the organization....
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  • @llli*shamrock34's Avatar
    June 29th, 2015, 04:04 PM
    Hi all, I am new to the board and could really use some help. I have been ebf my 16 week old and she constantly wants to nurse/ suck. She is gaining well (14 lbs now, 7 lbs at birth). She will only nap if she is nursing (attached to the breast the entire time) or pushed in a stroller. I nurse her to sleep at night and it takes 2+ hours of nursing to fall asleep. Then she wakes up 3-4 times a night and nurses about 1 hour each time. I have tried to unlatch her once I hear that she is done swallowing but she will scream and scream until I let her nurse the full hour. I am completely exhausted and do not know what to do. Co sleeping is not an option due to our mattress not being safe. I tried to nurse side lying on the floor (on a blanket) so I could rest but she screamed so we went back to the rocking chair. I cannot pump much so I have barely had any breaks in 4 months and only get 3-4 hours of broken sleep each night. I feel I am neglecting my 2.5 year old and my husband and need to make a change but I do not know what to do. My pediatrician said to keep it up until 6 months when I could try sleep training. I don't know if I can make it that long. Other background info... She has/had colic (nonstop screaming) until 3 months, multiple food allergies (diagnosed by colic and blood in the stool), so I'm on an allergy free diet and her stools are normal now (have been for 6+ weeks). I also had oversupply according to a lactation consultant so I was block feeding (3 hour...
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  • @llli*deanna1ynne's Avatar
    June 14th, 2015, 02:09 PM
    If I want to use bulk sage and/or peppermint for reducing my supply, how much should I use? I found info on how many tea bags to use, but not bulk herbs. I want to reduce it but not kill it, since little one is only 5 weeks old. I'm currently block feeding 12 hours on each side before switching, and it's helped reduce my supply well, but not enough, and I'm still getting just engorged around the clock.
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  • @llli*caustiksgyrl's Avatar
    June 8th, 2015, 08:44 AM
    Hi - I've been exclusively pumping for my nearly 6 week old for 3 weeks due to tongue tie issues. My nipples are very sensitive; enough so that wearing clothing is difficult and I cringe and back up when my son or husband try to hug me! I'm confident I'm using the right size flanges. I've tried all different sizes and the pumpin pals, and the only ones that get anything out are the ones I'm using. I've got the suction very low (four bars in on the symphony). Is it normal to have nipple sensitivity when exclusively pumping? When I think about what I'm doing, it seems normal to have some discomfort, but then I always read things that say pumping shouldn't hurt. It doesn't really hurt while pumping, although it isn't quite comfortable either. In the three weeks that I've been pumping, I've banked 150 oz in my freezer, so I think my output is good! I'm trying to hang in there and am hopeful that my daughter's latch will improve over the next few weeks! But, I'm trying to move towards acceptance that I will have to exclusively pump though, just incase she doesn't improve. I'm having a really hard time right now even leaving the house between the pumps and the clothing discomfort. I have to go back to work in 5 more weeks, so I'm getting worried!
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