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  • @llli*mommymemommy's Avatar
    January 27th, 2017, 05:11 AM
    Okay, so I am going in tomorrow for my daughter's checkup. I'm pretty sure her weight gain still is only about 1/2 to 2/3 of what he wanted to see. Two weeks ago he gave me Zantac to give her, told me to avoid dairy, chocolate and coffee. I've been doing that. The Zantac made her into a new baby. She is MUCH happier, the nursing is going better and her weight gain is better, don't get me wrong. It's just not nearly enough. Things that have improved: She comfort nurses now, finally. She will occasionally take both sides now and get a good, solid meal and totally stuffed. This is few and far between though, and mostly when she is super tired and half asleep. She is not screaming after I feed her anymore, and is eating MUCH more often now too, will snack even an hour after I fed her the first time. Issues: I have overactive letdown. Nursing sessions usually go like this: fast nursing for about 2 letdowns on the 1st side (not enough to sputter, she can handle it unless I am very full, which is rare) then it slows down. Then once her tummy is no longer "empty" she will be content to comfort nurse and gets mad if it let's down again. Half the time when my milk lets down for the third time she will get mad. She will let go, is annoyed that it is letting down again, and complain. I can sometimes get to her to get back on if I work at it gently, and as long as it's not actively letting down she is happy. I know it's not a "drowning" thing, because my third and following...
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  • @llli*lcon's Avatar
    January 31st, 2017, 12:01 PM
    Dear all, I'm hoping for some tips to help my 3 month old son nurse without fussing. His weight gain has slowed down lately and I think it's because he has become impatient at the breast as my supply has settled down, so I'd really like things to pick up again. A typical nursing session starts with him happily feeding, he gets a letdown within a minute or so and gulps away, but then as soon as the flow slows down he fusses and pulls away. If I try to re-latch him, he sucks a few times and then pulls away fussing again. It often takes several minutes for the next letdown to happen so I've been using breast compressions and switch nursing to keep him interested and actively feeding, but they seem to be less effective lately as his fussing has increased. It sometimes helps if I walk around to nurse him, or play white noise, or go somewhere dark and quiet... but he's just as likely to fall asleep as get in a good feed. I offer to nurse fairly often, probably every 1-1.5 hours during the day, and I think he nurses around 3 times during the night (we co-sleep so I'm not always awake enough to remember). Is there anything else I could try? As for weight gain, I suspected he was taking in less milk than he should, and when he was weighed today he had only gained 1 lb in the last 4 weeks
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  • @llli*mackeroo2013's Avatar
    February 5th, 2017, 05:52 PM
    Babe is 13 months and I'm nursing her. All was fine until about 3 days ago when little one contracted the virus that has hit my home (except for me). Doctor diagnosed my family's virus as one that is similar to mono. My baby has this virus for the last 3 days and refuses to nurse...I'm lucky to get one nursing session in during the day. My body doesn't respond well to a pump anymore. Everytime I offer she just pushes me away. I always offer her breast before her soft foods and water, too. Fever goes up and down. What should my game plan be? I want to nurse her until she's two years old, so this is very upsetting to me.
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  • @llli*tasha's Avatar
    February 19th, 2017, 03:12 PM
    Hi My toddler has always breastfed on demand. She has pretty bad tooth decay even if we have always brushed her teeth 3 times a day, she doesn't have juice or a bottle but she does nurse through the night. One of her teeth has almost completly disintegrated now and the three dentists we have consulted have all said that she has an enamel defect and I have to wean her ASAP, i really dont want to so i am cleaning her teeth during the day but during the night it's impossible without waking her I am currently trying to night wean her and to be honest it is breaking my heart. She is crying and miserable. I don't know how to help her with this. Can anyone give me some suggestions?
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  • @llli*allirawlins's Avatar
    February 14th, 2017, 09:11 AM
    I went back to work when baby was 4 months old and she ate fine from a bottle until she was about 6 months old. I work in a school and had winter break and was off for a week so I just breastfed and did not give bottles. When I went back to work in January my baby started to only eat about 5 oz a day from the bottle, only an oz or 2 at a time and sometimes completely refusing the bottle. When I get home from work she is starving and eats very frequently also waking to eat throughout the night. Before all of this happened she slept through the night no problem since she was about 2 months old. I really need some advice to get her to eat in the day again and help getting her to sleep in the night. We are all so tired from the very frequent night waking but I am worried she is not getting enough to eat since she is refusing the bottle in the day. She also eats about 1 tablespoon of oatmeal and 2 oz of puree during the day. We have tried several different bottles and sippy cups and different nipple flows.
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  • @llli*tkanten's Avatar
    February 3rd, 2017, 03:45 PM
    Hello everyone. First off, let me say I have enjoyed 6 amazing months of EBF my daughter, who is now 7m. With very few hiccups she has gained well and I have a great supply. I would say our only issue until now has been her shallow latch, partly due to my fast let-down reflex. It never hurt and never damaged my nipples, but let's just say I have always known she should be latching deeper but didn't really want to fight that battle. All was well until one morning a few days before Christmas. I started feeling a little tickle on the bottom of my nipples when she nursed. Weird, but whatever. The next day I discovered two little teeth, sharp as needles, sprouting through her bottom gums. That little tickle turned to a sharp poke. Fast forward 6 weeks and now it's like the blade of a knife scraping my nipples every time we nurse. I believe she doesn't like the way her teeth feel on the bottom of her tongue, and thus she is using her bottom gum to nurse and holding her tongue further back in her mouth. This is certainly what it feels like when I slip my finger into her mouth to re-adjust the latch. After the initial discovery I turned to a few mom friends of mine. I was assured this would pass and encouraged to keep breaking the latch until she gets the latch correct. This is what I did. I kept my finger near her mouth while nursing and popped her off until she stopped using her teeth. This marginally worked for a little while. Maybe two feedings would go right, no...
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  • @llli*hickmbl's Avatar
    January 30th, 2017, 07:24 AM
    I have contacted my ob-gyn, the lactation consultant at her office, my pediatrician, and the lactation consultant at her office about my recurrent plugged milk ducts. I have an eleven week old little boy who has been exclusively breastfed. He is growing well. I have had eleven separate occurrences of blocked/plugged ducts since his birth. My average rate is one per week (usually on the weekend). One week I had two, with one lasting 5 days. No one seems to have any suggestion that helps prevent the plugged ducts from reoccurring. I would love any other suggestions. I am considering stopping breast feeding, but really don't want to. It seems my days with plugs are consumed with trying to rid myself of them. Everytime one pops up, I jump on it quickly (in tears). Let me outline what I've tried: 1. since 12/24 - lecithin 1200 mg every 8 hrs - religiously 2. warm compresses before and during nursing 3. firm massage (to the point of more tears) toward the nipple before and during nursing 4. On a few occurrences, cold peas after nursing (currently, trying crushed cabbage leaves after nursing for 1 hour in bra) 5. No bra - or bra without underwire when working
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  • @llli*laylas.momma's Avatar
    February 19th, 2017, 08:13 AM
    My one month old recently started tugging at my nipple and stretching her whole body when she feeds as if she's trying to get more milk but is frustrated. Last night she would cry when I pulled her off and fuss even on the boob. I should add that she quickly gained back to birth weight but since that weight gain has been slow (.5 ounces a day). We get plenty of pee diapers but poop frequency varies - some days multiple smaller poops and some days 1-2 larger poops. It seems as if she wants to nurse constantly during the day, but will go 4+ hours at night if I let her. I also had mastitis about two weeks ago and was treated with an antibiotic. Are these signs my supply is low? We have a weight check on Tuesday and doc may recommend supplementing. How can I supplement while also attempting to maintain my supply so she can still benefit from the health benefits of breast milk?
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  • @llli*ndw11717's Avatar
    February 1st, 2017, 02:30 PM
    I apologize for the length but I want to be thorough so I can get some good feedback. First off I am a first time mom. LO was born via csection after almost 28 hours of labor. While in recovery the doctors said he had swallowed some fluid and couldn't keep his oxygen levels high enough on his own, he spent 2.5 days in the Nicu where he was on fluids for a day and a half and oxygen for one day. I was able to go see him and do skin to skin frequently, also tried to BF in Nicu but really couldn't get a good latch and he wasn't entirely interested since the nurses had been feeding him formula and he was also on sugar water?. I would always come back to our room and pump. When he got out of the Nicu and stayed in our room I was able to get a better latch and could feed him for roughly 7-10 minutes on each side but was still supplementing with formula (about 20ml) After another 24 hours in the hospital we were both finally discharged, my milk came in the next day (day 5). Since being home I was not supplementing with formula. At 1 week newborn appointment he was down about 7% birth weight which we were told was completely normal. After his appointment we had an appointment with the lactation consultant where he ate almost 2 oz and she told me I would no longer need to pump after each feeding. At his 2 week weight check yesterday he weighed the exact same as he did the week before so they told me I needed to supplement 1-2 oz at each feeding. Called the LC and she said to start...
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  • @llli*wangconnie's Avatar
    February 10th, 2017, 01:09 AM
    Hi, I have a 15 month old who has been exclusively on breast milk via a bottle since birth. I stopped pumping at 12 months and still have much excess frozen breast milk that he is still drinking now. We are going on an overseas trip for 10 days and I wanted to gradually wean him to formula just for the trip for convenience's sake (there is no access to a freezer or reliable ice source where we are going) by gradually swapping the breast milk in his bottle to formula in time for the trip such that when we are on the trip, he will be taking formula only. Then after we get back , I wanted to do the reverse and wean him back to breast milk by gradually swapping out the formula in his bottle to breast milk so that eventually, he will be back on breast milk. Has anyone tried this before? Does it work? I am worried he won't go back to breast milk after being on formula for a week. He drinks about 12-13 ounces at bed time and throughout the night. During the day, he drinks about 16-20 ounces. Any experience or advice would be MUCH appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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  • @llli*lucky8unny's Avatar
    February 3rd, 2017, 09:29 PM
    I'm very much in need of help... at my wit's end! My baby is now 4 weeks old, and has always been a ravenous feeder at the breast. Latch is great, no nipple pain after the first 10 days... very fortunate! She has been EBF from birth, no paci's or anything of that nature. She had some congestion around week 2, but that was over a day or two before our problems began. Started noticing this behavior about 4 days ago: About 50% of the time, my baby gives me hell when I try to feed her. I will put her to breast once she shows hunger cues (rooting, sucking hands, panting). She opens her mouth wide, but then doesn't latch! She will shake her head back and forth, lick/mouth the nipple, flail her arms and legs, breathe fast, and do an in and out motion with her head. Sometimes, I can get a few good sucks, but then she will pull off and start over! Sometimes she forgets to let go first and it hurts! It can take nearly an hour to empty one breast and maybe even longer till she is full. Doctor says she is gaining weight very well. I've been building a freezer stash, so I know I'm producing enough milk. My husband has fed her with a bottle (of expressed milk) a couple times when I just couldn't do it anymore (like in public! :banghead ). She will drink the bottle well enough, but she's only had 3 so far and doesn't take them without some coaxing. So, I'm tentatively ruling out a sensitivity to something I've eaten. Any idea what it could be?? Is this a phase...?? We kangaroo...
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  • @llli*bfulmer's Avatar
    February 21st, 2017, 11:31 AM
    I'm somewhat freaking out right now... first time Mom with a 5 month old. I'm currently in the reserves and I just got word that our two week training got moved up to mid May. That puts my daughter at 8 months. I had planned to nurse her at least a year (September 2017). Currently she doesn't take a bottle, but hopefully she will take a sippy cup (we're going to try that this week). My main question is, how detrimental (if at all) is it to breastfeeding if you're away from your baby for 2 weeks? Side note: I'll be half way across the country, so no quick evening trips. Will I have to cease breastfeeding after that since it's too large of a gap? I already don't want to leave her for that length of time which is hard enough. But being new to this, even if I were to pump while I'm gone, could that potentially screw her up? Any info is greatly appreciated!
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  • @llli*lil.mexican.cashew's Avatar
    February 7th, 2017, 07:43 PM
    My sister-in-law is having supply issues and her doctor told her she should having started pumping before Jack was born. My little Lucas is due in 10 weeks and I had never heard of this before and it being my first baby, I am nervous something will go wrong and my milk won't come in. What are thoughts on pumping before he gets here??
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  • @llli*andys.wife's Avatar
    February 13th, 2017, 03:32 AM
    Has anyone had success with any lactation bars increasing supply? I've tried mothers milk tea and a supplement in a dropper with no luck. Also, if I did find one that works would my supply be dependant on it or could I use them temporarily?
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  • @llli*tkanten's Avatar
    February 5th, 2017, 07:10 PM
    Hello everyone! My 7mo seems to be a little constipated for the second time in 2 weeks. I think the first time was due to her first cold and the second was maybe due to broccoli? She also really likes constipating bananas. Both bouts of constipation have cleared up after giving baby water from her daddy's water bottle, which she loves to play with and suck on. My question is should a 7mo mostly breastfed baby be drinking water regularly? What has been your experience with your babies? My ped office suggests babies over 6 months should have access to water or juice (we'll skip the juice, thank you) and The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding seems to suggests if baby is constipated or has smelly gas (guilty) you're doing it wrong. Is this a sign baby isn't ready for solid food? Should I be concerned water might replace breast milk and lead to more night wakings (please no!). I wish babies came with instruction manuals!!!
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  • @llli*laylas.momma's Avatar
    February 9th, 2017, 11:44 AM
    My daughter is almost 4 weeks old and our breastfeeding journey has already been a bit of a rollercoaster. We're in need of some advice and serious encouragement. Sorry for how long this post is about to be but want to make sure I give all the info - any advice is greatly appreciated! ... Before my little one was born I was already concerned about breastfeeding because I have breast implants. They are under the muscle but the incision was at the base of my nipple. I desperately wanted to breastfeed but concerned I would have trouble. We had a scare in the beginning which didn't do great things for my confidence when she lost a bit more weight than we'd like in the first few days and the doc said we may need to supplement . I desperately want to exclusively breastfeed for at least the first 6 months and being told she wasn't gaining was rally tough news. That said, after my milk came in we went back for a weightcheck and she was back to birth weight - such a relief!! From that day on though, we've struggled. For the first week or two she was only content when on my boob. It was a lot of comfort nursing but I let her. This didn't do great things for my nipples - they became quite sore. I was concerned that she was having trouble latching correctly because of where my incision is and the fact that there is some scar tissue on the lower part of my nipple. After seeing a lactation consultant at the pediatricians office, she confirmed that her latched looked good and I would...
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  • @llli*lil-as-mama's Avatar
    February 14th, 2017, 09:37 AM
    I have a 4 month old whose weight gain has been the following: Birth weight: 8 lbs 8 oz Low point (as far as we know): 8 lbs 1 oz 1 month: 10 lbs 13 oz 2 months: 12 lbs 1 oz 4 months: 14 lbs 1 oz His doctor was never concerned about his weight gain until his last appointment, at 4 months. At that point he evidently dipped into a lower percentile, and his doctor said we needed to be helping him gain more.
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  • @llli*mommadaw's Avatar
    February 1st, 2017, 04:19 PM
    I have the medela freestyle. I constantly have to take the membranes (silicon soft part ) off and put it back on to get the perfect fit otherwise I have terrible suction. The suction is so bad I can turn my pump all the way up and it just like vibrates my nipples. Does anyone else have this issue??
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  • @llli*mommadaw's Avatar
    February 1st, 2017, 02:48 PM
    Friday my 4 month old puked all day. Hardly ate. I hand expressed and pumped 2x. Saturday I was uncomfortable full but he was better and nursing more normal. Saturday night I started puking. Sunday my boobs were the squishy ist they've ever been. I'm certain my supply went down. He is still having wet diapers but he's eating constantly nursing and doesn't seem as satisfied for as long. Now my left nipple is sore like it was in the beginning. I've been taking fenngreek since Monday and power pumped last night but haven't seen an increase. Normally I can pump 4-6oz in 10 mins. Last night I pumped 2oz in 40 minutes. I know letting him nurse all the time is a good solution and I'm doing that as much as possible but it's resulting in sore nipples :(. How long has it taken other moms to get supply back up after an illness? Is this common? Should I be freaking out?
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  • @llli*sophia1718's Avatar
    January 31st, 2017, 09:09 AM
    Hello mamas, My LO is 3.5 months old and EBF. She had her last poop 9 days ago. She is happy, eating well, sleeping well, not in any apparent distress and passing gas. I called the MD yesterday and the RN said that with the description above we can wait it out a few more days. What are your experiences with constipation?
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  • @llli*norajsmama's Avatar
    February 6th, 2017, 03:03 PM
    My daughter is 4 months old last week, and she has started biting. She is healthy, in fact we just went to the Dr. a few days ago. No infections, still in the 50th percentile for weight, as she was a few months ago. Regular diapers. EBF and she has not had a bottle before. The biting is starting to mess with our breastfeeding dynamics, and also she doesn't really nurse to sleep very well any more, she will bite or kind of nip, but then go back to nursing, bite, and nurse, etc. She bites at lots of different times, after feeding, before feeding, if the breast is really full or even empty. So I can't seem to nail down what is causing the biting? I would love to fix this problem! She did have a tongue tie revision and a lip tie as well, and from what I can tell they haven't grown back or anything. Any advice??
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  • @llli*lalacru's Avatar
    February 10th, 2017, 08:07 PM
    My son is just over 9 months old and has ben breastfed from day one with little to no problems. Then about a week and a half ago we seem to have hit a sort of perfect storm in our nursing journey. First, last Monday my son caught a stomach bug and was throwing up for hours. During this ordeal be bit me so hard I bled. I know I yelped and scared him. For the next 1-2 days he nursed a little but also refused quite a bit as well. I spoke with the doctor and she said he likely just didn't feel well and he would come around. She was right and by Thursday he was back to nursing. Unfortunately, Thursday I caught the stomach bug myself. We nursed Thursday, but by Friday my supply had taken a hard hit from the dehydration and poor food intake. Starting Friday, possibly from the frustration, my son stopped nursing. It has now been a week and in that time I have successfully gotten my son to nurse once, for a partial feeding. I offer the breast at every feeding and my son doesn't just reject it, he screams as if I am doing something horrible. At this point he gets a bottle. I have been pumping for all feedings during this time, whereas before I was only pumping while at work. I have always worked and he has always gotten a bottle during the day with no problem going back and forth between breast and bottle. There are a few things I know. I know he has been teething and is cutting a new bottom tooth. I know nursing position has nothing to do with it as I have tried...
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  • @llli*mamatoleo's Avatar
    January 30th, 2017, 11:46 AM
    My 7 month old is exclusively breastfed, and we started solids last month. Lately, he wakes up at least once per night crying hard and seemingly uncomfortable from what appears to be gas. He brings his knees up to his chest, rolls around and will continue to cry. Sometimes, his digestive sounds are quite audible and/or I can hear him passing gas. When I mentioned this to his pediatrician, they suggested I feed the solids earlier in the day, in the hopes that digestion wouldn't be so disruptive to his sleep. I took the doctor's advice, but didn't notice much difference after about a week. The waking usually occurs about 2-3 hours after he goes to bed. I usually end up giving him some Mylicon to hopefully give him some relief. I try to avoid nursing that soon, but i do if all else fails. This whole rigamarole takes about an hour. The confusing part is that it doesn't happen every night. I would say that it happens about 4 out of 7 days. I haven't been able to find a pattern as to what could be the cause. I was thinking to begin keeping a detailed log as to what both of us are eating and when he's waking up, etc. But, before I go that route, I was hoping someone might have some words of wisdom. Is all of this relatively normal, and I'm stressing out more than I need to? Or should I be concerned and actively trying to find the missing link?
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  • @llli*cb05's Avatar
    February 15th, 2017, 07:11 PM
    Hi! My 5 month old has always had trouble with her latch, yet has gained weight and is growing. She is EBF and I am able to pump at work. Since the beginning of January, I developed a milk bleb and toward the end of January had my first clogged duct. I was able to massage it out. Since then I've had a few more and the bleb is still there. Just recently I have this lump on the underside and base of nipple (same side as bleb) and I was wondering what this was? Anyone have something similar? Also to the moms, how do you get rid of this bleb? I've done everything the internet and doc have told me to do but it has not gone away. Can anyone relate? What have you done to get this away?
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  • @llli*pixiemama's Avatar
    February 24th, 2017, 09:34 PM
    Cross posted in the Breastfeeding Preemies forum. "Adjusted age" refers to how old he would be if he hadn't been premature, and it is what the docs use to measure his growth and development until age 2. I am exclusively breastfeeding my 26 weeker. He is 11 months now, but 8 months adjusted. We were supplementing until 2 months adjusted, but got the greenlight to exclusively breastfeed at 2 months adjusted. He has always been in the 35th percentile for height (adjusted age), but only the 10th percentile for weight (adjusted age) ever since we stopped supplementing. I'm going by the WHO guidelines, so it takes the breastfeeding babies into account, from what I understand. My very supportive mother keeps reminding me that I was always in the 10th percentile for weight, too, and I wasn't a preemie. My doctor kept wanting to supplement, but I followed my instincts and told her that I was always in the 10th percentile, so I really didn't see reason for concern. Plus, he is in the 35th for height, and growing consistently on both curves, and meeting or exceeding all milestones. We started solids 2 months ago, and it turns out he is going to have to get feeding therapy. His muscle tone is a little low, so they are concerned he isn't using his tongue correctly when eating solids. Right now, he only gets solids twice a day and then he breastfeeds after. I'm starting to get a lot of conflicting info from various healthcare workers as to how much he should eat and how often...
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  • @llli*bfulmer's Avatar
    January 30th, 2017, 09:58 AM
    Hi there. So my little girl is almost 5 months old. Always been a good breastfeeder. Less than a week ago I noticed a plugged duct of some sort in my left breast. It was very painful, but it went away within about 24 hours. Since then I've had a random sharp pain in my left nipple. It's like needle-piercing sharp and very random. It was pretty frequent on Saturday night, but it has become less frequent since then. It still happens at random, though. Also, it's been fairly painful to breastfeed on the left side for at least a week now. When she first latches it hurts and only after a minute or so does it feel more comfortable. But that first minute I really have to suck it up. Is this an issue I should be getting checked out? I know they always say breastfeeding should not hurt, so now I'm a bit concerned.
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