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  • @llli*thawingsnow's Avatar
    January 31st, 2015, 11:06 AM
    I've nursed my baby to sleep since my baby was an infant. I went with my instinct and was amazed at how beautifully nursing my baby to sleep worked for my entire family. Everyone was getting more sleep! My baby is over 9 months old now. When I nurse my baby all the way to sleep now and move the baby to the baby's sleep area (which is very near my sleep area, but somewhat divided from my area too), my baby typically wakes up very disturbed and upset now, almost scared perhaps. Thus, my baby's sleep is much more disturbed as is the rest of my family's. There are many developmental leaps happening right now for my baby and separation anxiety seems to be at a peak, so I know these can play a huge factor. An online source is telling me that the sleep issue we're experiencing now is related to object permanence. They're saying my baby needs to be put down drowsy, but awake, so the baby won't be freaked out by going to sleep nursed in mom's arms and waking up in a different place. The online source also says this won't stop until baby learns to go to sleep on its own and is also saying nursing to sleep is a contributing factor. I don't know if I really buy this, because I don't know how I feel about their advice to stop nursing all the way to sleep. It seems a bit insulting to the relationship between nursing mothers and their babies. Stirring my baby awake after nursing the baby almost to sleep is disturbing to my baby as well at times. Putting the baby down...
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  • @llli*drakes.mum's Avatar
    February 12th, 2015, 04:11 AM
    Hi everyone I am a first time mother trying to exclusively breast feed. My son is currently 10 weeks old. I recently returned to work and have been pumping to try to build a freezer supply so I can continue to breastfeed. Things were going well until today. My milk was white and almost looked thick. When I did pump I would get a combined total of 3-4oz. Today my output when I pumped was about half and suddenly it looks clear/watery like it did in the beginning. What does this mean? I have no pain when I breastfeed,but My chest does feel tender,not near my nipple the breast itself almost like when you bench press and have a great workout,but you are sore the next day. Please help.
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  • @llli*macbookpro's Avatar
    February 4th, 2015, 12:49 AM
    Can anyone help me with this. My little boy is 7 months and I started feeding him solids around 6 months. I'm doing a combination of baby led and spoon feeding so some meals are spoon and some I'm encouraging him to eat himself. I was told by my healthcare nurse to feed him milk now after his food but everything I read about continuing breastfeeding said to give the breast first and then the solid food??? So yet again I am not listening to the nurse and doing it my own way. HOWEVER!!! Little Oscar now has decided himself that he wants food and then milk No matter how hard I try he just gets frustrated with me and won't drink until he's had his grub. He has 2 teeth on The bottom and he has bit me twice with temper.(Thankfully there very small baby teeth). Has anyone else had this happen? Will it make a difference if he gets his food first and then milk? I'm back at work since he was 3 months and pump 3 times a day as he drinks 3 x 8oz bottles while he's being cared for. Plus 1 feed in the morning which I give him and 1 feed before bed. I want to feed him until he's 18 months and I don't want my supply to diminish. Any advise?
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  • @llli*jpetey's Avatar
    February 16th, 2015, 08:40 PM
    For the past month and a half I have been experiencing feeding problems with my baby. He is now 11 weeks old. At first he was a great feeder and we transitioned from nipple shield to breast at about one month. At about six weeks he was diagnosed with thrush after getting super fussy at breast and refusing to eat. We got that cleared up--i think- and since then he has still not been feeding well. The doctor thinks it is reflux and we have been on zantac for a few weeks but not seeing much improvement so she prescribed Prevacid which will start tomorrow--although I am apprehensive giving him so much medicine. Not sure if it is reflux or it is something I am doing. Prior to problems, he was feeding 20 minutes per side pretty consistently. During thrush we saw a decrease and then afterwards it got worse. At first it was 10-15 minutes on one breast and then refuse second breast, but now he is taking the breast for 5 minutes max and refusing anything after. Today I haven't been able to get him to eat longer than three minutes. I am worried! He screams, arches his back or goes stiff. He has hiccups a lot, but seems to sleep well. Sometimes he will take the bottle when he is refusing me...at most 2 ounces. How do I get him to like breastfeeding again? I feel like he hates it and I miss our time together. He looks at me like feed me, but then gets all upset when I try.
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  • @llli*rss.newmom's Avatar
    February 9th, 2015, 07:48 PM
    My son is 7w3d today and needs 3 feedings at night (basically every 2.5 - 3 hours). I read online that babies this age can go up to 6 hours at night. Wondering if I am doing something wrong? How long does your baby sleep, whats your night time feeding schedule like? Note: My son is exclusively breast fed and is gaining weight steadily. He is almost 10lb now (born at 6lb)
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  • @llli*kristalee's Avatar
    February 20th, 2015, 07:57 PM
    Hello! A few months ago it became increasingly difficult to breastfeed my now 12 Mo old. He was losing interest. So I started supplementing during the day. I sleep trained him and that cut out the last feeding before bed. So he began night waking again. I have now switched him from formula during the day to almond milk he's not super interested in the almond milk but I give him dairy also (cheese/yogurt.). and he will breastfeed right before bed and once or twice in the early morning hours. Has anyone else experienced anything like this? It seems to be working for us. He is eating a lot more and I still offer the breast when he wants it (he only seems interested right before bed and in the morning). I had wanted to fully wean him at 12 months but he doesn't seem ready so I don't want to cut it all out. My older child would never latch so I pumped for him for 6 months and bottle fed him for another 6 months and he had no problem transitioning from bottle to cup and from formula to almond milk at 12/13 months. I don't want to buy anymore formula. He is growing normally and developing fast. He's already walking and knows 9 body parts by name!! He just turned 1 this month. I'd like some feedback on our situation, I haven't found anything like it. I know babies don't normally wean even partially before 1 year, so I'm interested to hear about some other unique situations.
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  • @llli*blueberrysmom's Avatar
    February 4th, 2015, 09:06 AM
    Can you ladies speak to how nursing to sleep during the day should or should not fit into the Eat Play Sleep routine? I'm really desperate for some advice. I have always fed my LO after he wakes up because I did that with my DD with the eat play sleep routine. This led to a every 2 hour schedule during the day, and every 3-4 hours at night - but she used a pacifier to go to sleep. My DS will not. So I end up nursing once after he wakes up, again for sleep 90 mins later - which is only a 40 min nap. So with 4 night waking that means he's nursing about 16 times a day, sometimes more. This is not only exhausting but almost impossible with a 3 year old. I have to leave her alone in the living room for at least the nurse to sleep sessions, and since he's found the world now I'm trying to nurse him in a quiet dark room after he wakes up so he'll eat better. This means a sad and frustrated toddler who wants to be involved, but is so distracting that my LO won't eat for more than 5 minutes. Should I quit nursing to sleep? Should I try and nurse every 2 hours if that means not feeding as soon as he wakes - because that won't help with EPS... I no longer have a sense of what his hunger cues are because I just put him on at any sign of distress at this point. DS is 4 months, so clearly 4 month sleep regression is in full affect. We FINALLY got his frequent nightly painful gas waking under control by cutting nearly all lactose from my diet - but just as we did that, we hit the wall....
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  • @llli*jebmommy's Avatar
    February 17th, 2015, 09:48 PM
    My exclusively breastfed baby is 4 months old, and up until Monday, would not take a bottle. Monday, he refused to nurse for the first time ever. I tried often, taking a break in between attempts. He turns toward my breast, opens his mouth, lets his lips touch me, then screams bloody murder and refuses to try again. Out of desperation, I finally tried a bottle, thinking for sure it wouldn't work, as he has always refused them in the past. He sucked it right down! Every feeding for the rest of the day, he would do the same. He got up twice to eat Monday night/Tuesday morning and nursed just fine then. Tuesday morning he started to refuse, but gave it a second try and did end up nursing (on one side only.) However, every feeding since, he screams bloody murder and refuses to even try to latch. Before bed, I got him to try latching and he sucked for a couple minutes, my letdown never happened, and he gave up, mad. I have a 3 year old at home, along with this baby who doesn't like to be put down. I am having a hard time finding the time to pump after every feeding! I don't want to lose my milk supply, because I want him to nurse again. My letdown used to happen within a minute, now when he tries, or when I pump, it takes forever, and he doesn't have that patience, so he won't try again. I don't know what to do! I want so badly to nurse him until a year, but I have been in tears all day about this!
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  • @llli*choc.chip's Avatar
    February 2nd, 2015, 04:20 AM
    Hi, I hope someone can help me as I am at my wit's end. My baby is 3.5 months old and every feed has become a struggle for both of us. She keeps pulling off and screaming, even when there is still milk coming out. I know that the problem is not due to fast letdown, as in the first minute or two of the feed she is happy. A lactation consultant I met with suggested that I use a lactation aid (30 or 60 ml of formula (depending how hungry she is) fed via tube), and my baby calms down as soon as I insert the tube. I'm worried that she'll soon prefer formula over breastmilk -- can she tell the difference if she's getting it via tube and not via bottle? I should mention that she's gaining weight nicely, eats every 3 hours (sometimes more often), and has at least one bowel movement a day and plenty of wet nappies. Sorry for the long post! Thanks
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  • @llli*artichokes's Avatar
    February 7th, 2015, 10:14 PM
    Sorry this is so long and rambly. I need some help and support. I am a first time mom to a 12 day old baby and we are having a really difficult time breastfeeding. I labored without an epidural with the hope that it would help breastfeeding and had about 2 hours of skin to skin contact after birth in hopes of establishing BF. BF is very painful. My daughter has a small mouth and a strong suck. Although the lactation consultations I saw in the hospital said she had an okay latch (she needs to open her mouth more, but she's also small and has a small mouth), she clamps down and has a strong suck too. First day home I was in tears from the pain. I saw another lactation consultant who said she had a tongue tie (which we had corrected 6 days ago) and has us going to craniosacral chiropractor (who we have seen twice). I was pumping and feeding with breastmilk and formula in bottles, but i am trying to add in breastfeeding too. She loves it, but I can only handle about 7-9 minutes on each breast before the pain is too intense to continue. I have to un-latch her even though she may not be done. Then I need at least an hour and half to recover. The pain is sharp, and it makes it difficult for me to go back to pumping because after the irritation of feeding, the pump is painful too (just in a different way.) When she drinks, she pauses frequently. She also loves suckling, so even if I could BF longer, I don't know that she would unlatch on her own. She seems content after...
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  • @llli*alysandrasmom's Avatar
    February 27th, 2015, 11:16 AM
    I just took my 4 month old to his check up today and knew there were a few questions I was going to have. For the last few weeks, my LO has been very fussy during his nursing sessions. He would almost refuse the right breast and when he would nurse on the left, he would come off after about 5 minutes and be pretty fussy so I would move him over to the right side again. He would latch on for a few seconds and come off, get back on, then off getting more and more fussy each time so I thought I needed to burp him. He would scream his little head off because he was still hungry. after he burped he would be fine. well, this morning, my baby hasnt gain a single pound in 2 months! 1>> I FEEL TERRIBLE!! I have not been able to help my baby grow! 2>> doctor has advised us to give him just formula for the next 7-10 days to see if there is a gain in weight. If there is, he said that it could possibly be that my milk is not giving my baby the nutrients he needs to gain weight. Im pretty devastated over this and I am needing some advice. Im going to continue to pump (I have been pumping since going back to work when my babe turned 2 months) but I need to know if there is a way to thicken up my breast milk? My diet usually consists of oatmeal everyday, lots of lean protein, veggies, almond milk... I also take fenugreek to help with my supply. I know that pumping alone will not keep my supply where I need it to be as I have seen a significant decrease as it is. If there is...
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  • @llli*mamer3's Avatar
    February 9th, 2015, 09:06 AM
    Got great advise here when baby was newborn and so 14 weeks in we are still going strong with the breastfeeding with no intention to give up! However little one is SO windy all the time! It is constantly waking her up day and especially night. At night she can sometimes wake hourly and either blow off wind or else I will have to sit her up to get rid of the wind and once its gone she is straight away back asleep and doesnt even look for feeding. Its often only just a little gurgle and not even a big burp but even that seems to disturb her. I put off posting here as I have done lot of research on it and I know it is probably just something that will pass but after another night of loads of wakings with wind and the same during her day time sleeps today I would really love to know is there something else I can do. She feeds every - 2-3 hours during the day and 1-2 feeds at night. Nappies are all fine. Weight gain, she had dropped from 82nd to the 52nd percentile but she is gaining all the time I think so I dont think there is an issue there. No signs of an allergy, no mucus or bleeding with dirty nappies etc.
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  • @llli*heidiandnate's Avatar
    February 2nd, 2015, 09:49 PM
    So my little guy and I are having major problems with breastfeeding. He spent three weeks in the NICU and has now been home 6 days. He was born at 36 weeks and was IUGR (growth restricted) and only weighed 4 lbs 10 oz. I have been pumping this whole time. Baby got extremely sick at about 10 days old, went septic, and between the stress and not being able to hold him, my supply dropped drastically. I've been trying to build it back up (pumping, taking fenugreek, trying to breastfeed more), but it continues to be low. So, I have two weights last week (pre and post) and both showed he was taking approx an ounce in 40 minutes of nursing. I had to continue to pump after feeding so he didn't leave milk behind and lower my supply further. Fast forward to yesterday, I worried that things were getting worse because he was fussier in between feeds and more sleepy at the breast when I tried to nurse. So I rented a scale to measure intake. In the last 6 feeds, it has shown that he has taken anywhere from 10 ml to 2 ml. It was devastating to me because I was hoping to get to EBF so I could stop pumping. I have seen 2 LC and they both said my latch was fine, but it does still hurt to nurse sometimes. So we are back to supplementing 50-60 ml at each feeding because he is pretty much getting nothing. I am so frustrated and just totally feel like quitting...which would kill me. I EBF both my other boys for a year each and the bond and nutritional value is irreplaceable. ...
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  • @llli*thawingsnow's Avatar
    January 31st, 2015, 02:48 PM
    I consider myself a first generation nursing mom, meaning my mom and mother in law didn't nurse their babies. I only know one person in real life who nursed into toddlerhood (and maybe a bit beyond). When did your children self wean? Thank you for your help!
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  • @llli*yana.yana's Avatar
    February 17th, 2015, 10:38 AM
    Hi! First of all, these forums are a fantastic resource and I am so grateful to have found this community. I have returned to work full time and my 14-wk-old son spends his days with his nanny. He is gaining beautifully (measured 14 lbs 10.5 oz on 2/13). He eats 7-8 times a day, breastmilk only. While with his nanny (8 am to 6:30pm), he gets three bottles. I used the kellymom calculator to determine that there should be about 4 ounces per bottle. My nanny disagrees and wants bigger bottles, because he cries briefly after each feeding. I think he cries because the feeding is over too quickly. He is otherwise happy with her: naps and does tummy time, focuses on books, toys, etc. Things got more complicated on Friday when the pediatrician said that the rule for bottles is the age of the child in months+ 1, i.e. he can have 5 ounces when he is 4 months old, 6 ounces when he is 5 mo, etc. I am sure he will love that, but where is the milk going to come from?! My current pumping capacity is about 15 ounces per day. I really don't know how to get him bigger bottles...
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  • @llli*ewicks01's Avatar
    February 3rd, 2015, 02:32 PM
    I had a baby 8 days ago, my first. We are exclusively breast feeding. She was 6 lbs, 11oz at birth, 6 lbs, 5 oz at discharge, and 2 days later at her first pediatrician appointment she was 6 lbs, 7 oz which the doctor said was "phenomenal". However, I feel like we are really struggling with feedings. Sometimes she feeds for an hour at a time, sometimes for 5 minutes then falls asleep. But she does sleep for 3 hour stretches overnight a and she's not extraordinarily fussy. She cries when she's hungry and during feedings when frustrated. Her hands are always getting in the way during feeding, she ends up getting her shirt soaked in milk, and neither one of us seem comfortable. I'm very close to giving up. Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated.
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  • @llli*regina13's Avatar
    February 5th, 2015, 03:44 PM
    I returned to work this week and my mom is watching my 10.5 week old. We started giving her bottles of breastmilk starting at 3 weeks - one a day - which she took until she was 8 weeks old. Since then she has refused the bottle. My mom lives close enough to my work that this week I've gone there to nurse at lunch, but cannot do that every day and am concerned about her eating that little all day. I feel horribe for both my mom and my daughter, as I am sure it's tough on both of them. The baby just screams :cry We have tried all kinds of bottles and nipples. My mom was able to give her 6 oz yesterday (over the whole day) but today has had no luck. Any tips??
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  • @llli*keziah's Avatar
    February 6th, 2015, 04:16 AM
    My 9 week old (3 weeks corrected) has become very fussy at the breast and it seems to be related to stomach troubles. She has always had a lot of trouble with gas and has always had a very distended stomach and needs to fart a lot. This week has been worse than normal, she seems to be constantly trying to fart and can't seem to eat at the same time. So she'll attach but then start straining and come off. She was still having at least few good feeds a day until today though. Today she hasn't stayed attached for more than a minute at once. She wants to feed, she'll open her mouth and search but after going on and off for 10 minutes seems to give up. She also asks for it a lot less often that her normal 2 hours but I still try and offer anyway. She did have her vaccines on Monday including the rotavirus one and I assumed the increased gas was related to that as she has also increased spitting up and I can hear her tummy gurgling sometimes but I thought if it was the vaccines it would be improving by now. She also had surgery to fix inguinal hernias on both sides last Thursday but seemed to be okay afterwards until her vaccines so I don't think that has caused any problems. Except that she had a harder time farting and pooping because it hurt to scrunch her legs up and now still seems a little reluctant to scrunch them up sometimes. She still has a reasonable number of wet nappies, though they do seem to be lighter today, and her urine is still clear. Until this...
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  • @llli*littleemory's Avatar
    February 9th, 2015, 10:25 AM
    I feel that my employer is making pumping time very difficult. I work in a mid sized grocery store. I've been pumping for three weeks. Each time I pump I must leave my department on the far north side of the store, clock out on the far south side of the store, then find one of five managers (only two of whom are on duty at a time), then ask them to walk with me to the east side of the store to open the locked office, then pump and return back to clock out, and then return to my department. Often the managers are busy working or helping a customer and I must wait during my clocked out time. In short, I'm exhausted just typing it. I work on my feet for eight hours a day. This added time is eating my breaks and my paycheck. I'm honestly not sure if I can keep this up. I don't have time to even finish eating most days (I do eat while pumping) and I feel pressured to not take my breaks. I need some encouragement. Any ideas on how to improve the situation or approach the topic with management?
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  • @llli*camille's Avatar
    February 5th, 2015, 04:18 PM
    My daughter is 3.5 and nurses once a day (before nap time). I have mixed feelings about weaning her, but I think the time is coming soon. I feel sad when I think about not nursing her ever again, but during the actual time that she's nursing I feel very irritated and done. She's very into nursing still, and I don't see her self-weaning anytime soon. I tried telling her that since she's getting to be a big girl my milk is running out and soon she'll just drink her other kinds of milk. She laughed and told me that my 'mama milks' (her pet name for my breasts) make milk so I won't run out. So, that explanation didn't quite work. She usually does well when she knows exactly how something will be, and can prepare herself before it happens, so I'm thinking I'll tell her (when I decide its the right time) that she has 3 days left and then we'll be done. But I'm sure she'll ask why. Any suggestions for how I can answer that?
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  • @llli*soblessed's Avatar
    February 7th, 2015, 06:11 AM
    So my little man is coming up on 3 months(gasp!) And wenhave had to now switch to MAM bottles. My question is that i got the slow flow nipple number 1. Should i be getting him the one that says 2months+? Or stick with the one i have? Not sure when to switch out nipples or move up to another size.
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  • @llli*morakt's Avatar
    February 22nd, 2015, 10:23 PM
    My baby is 1 month old and up until now he's been exclusively breastfeeding and everything seemed to go ok: gaining weight, lots of soaked diapers and stools, etc. Since about a week ago he seems to be hungry after feedings in the evening and I feel as if I don't have enough milk, I don't feel him swallowing, is suctioning rapidly and gets very fussy and restless and sucks his hands. I have given him formula twice now and feel very defeated and sad at having to do so, but I am pretty much certain that he's not getting enough in the evenings and stays hungry. What can I do? I do not want to continue to give him formula by any means but it breaks my heart to see him not get enough and stay hungry. I drink the Mother's Milk tea many throughout the day and just ordered some expensive Domperidone (I will get it in two weeks time) but I am so afraid this will not work and feel so frustrated and sad I do not know what to do anymore. I want to attend the LLL meetings but they happen only the third Monday of the month in my city, so I will have to wait until the third monday of March which is very long time. Any help or advice will be so appreciated, any mother would understand what I am going through, this is all I think about all day and breastfeeding my child is my number one priority and the single most important thing for me at the moment. Please help me.
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  • @llli*luvmy.munchkins's Avatar
    February 11th, 2015, 10:07 PM
    So, I have DD whom is almost 11 months old and EBF from day one....and DS who is almost 5 years old whom I was breastfed till about 12 weeks. I wish I had nursed him longer, but I was uneducated and in supported and thought I had low supply, so I started supplementing and one thing led to another. I wish I had been better educated. Last night DS asked of he could try and nurse. Honestly, I hate to say it but it made me feel awkward thinking about him trying. I don't know if it's the brainwashing of our society or more the fact that I haven't nursed him since a baby and never have nursed a toddler or child his age and size. I just want to say I think all the women nursing their children beyond a year are amazing and I may end up one with DD. But I can't help but feel awkward with my son. DH was not home and he doesn't know. He would absolutely FREAK! DS struggled with some jealousy on the beginning and not having all mommy's attention. So I don't know if that is where this is stemming from. I tried to talk to him about it and ask if he needed mommy to hold him more and stuff and he said yes. So I told him all he has to do is tell me and that I was sorry if I wasn't giving him what he needed. This was after I let him try and nurse because he wouldn't let it go. I tried to tell him it was for babies but then he pretended to be a baby. So...I let him try.figuring he wouldn't like it or something...he put his mouth to my breast and just sat there and said it didn't...
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  • @llli*arisha100's Avatar
    February 20th, 2015, 06:52 PM
    Breastfeeding my now 1 yo DS has been wonderful! I would love to continue for another year. Unfortunately, my doctor thinks bfing is causing me to lose too much weight. I have always been slim, but I am now about 10 lbs less than my pre-pregnancy weight and have a very low BMI despite trying to eat more. (Dr said she had to stop bfing her kids for this reason too...). She said if I won't wean, at least i should cut down to two feeds a day (we were doing 4x a day before, which everyone said is too much). But DS wants to bf more than ever since I've tried to scale back! He is constantly tugging on my shirt and I feel like I spend all day trying to distract him. He is clearly not ready (and really, neither am i), but then I don't want to neglect my own health. My energy has been quite low, truth be told. So conflicted... Any advice would sure be welcome!
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  • @llli*2babiesmomma's Avatar
    February 4th, 2015, 01:28 PM
    Hello All! I am new to this site and forum so go easy on me! I have a 7 wk old baby girl who is a very strange eater. She has gained her 2lbs in a month and also 2 inches in length, so she is getting milk down. 75% on height and weight on growth scale. But we battle nursing daily, she is never happy while nursing and hardly ever nurses herself to sleep. I know I have a fast let down and have been working on it as best I can. She nurses one side for 5-8 minutes and refuses anything more. If you try to get her to nurse longer or the other side she throws a fit! She has been cluster feeding some days and others she will go 3 to 4 hrs. She is doing well at night though as far as sleeping. Does anyone else have this problem? Is this ok or normal? What can I do to make things better for both of us? My other little girl I nursed for 12 months, I feel like giving up on this go round though :huh .
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