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  • @llli*zachary.smommy's Avatar
    January 24th, 2016, 06:59 PM
    I don't even know if I can be helped at this point or how much more I can take. I am a first time mom with a 9 week old baby. He was induced 2 weeks early after learning he was IUGR at week 36. They think it was a problem with the placenta and cord and he was measuring a few weeks behind. When he was born his blood sugar was 11 and he was taken to NICU after we did some breastfeeding. Nobody really helped me and I was trying based on videos and articles I read, and the breastfeeding class I took. I ended up camped out in the NICU breastfeedkng every 3 houra for th first week od his life. They had me pumping and supplementing to get his sugars up so he could be disxharged. I met with 2 LCs there becauae I was in excruciating pain. Baby had a shallow latch that we could not improve and I was told it woild get better as he grew. I had to use a nipppe shield which saved me from having to quit. I knew we needed to wean from the shield but whenever I tried I just couldn't get him to open his mouth wide enough. One issue is I have enormous breasts that are making me so angry everyday because I feel I can't really control them well eough due to the shape and having low nipples. Another issue is baby has a small lower jaw. He was checked for ties and does not have any. I have tried all different positions and just canot get a deep latch. Nipple sandwich doesn't work for us. I do everything I see and read about and we can't get it together. At 6 weeks things got pretty bad and...
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  • @llli*andrea.p's Avatar
    January 11th, 2016, 02:15 PM
    I'm breastfeeding my 4 month old girl and till about one month ago eveything seemed fine. At about 2,5 months she started to have blood in her stool every day. It's red small streaks/dots, very very little but often every day. She also poops about 5-6 times per day and often with green stools. At the same time when the blood started, she got eczema all over her body. On her cheeks, belly, back, legs, arms... She's covered. We have tried eliminating different things and milk protein for about 3 weeks, with no effect. The doctor is now suggesting formula and I'm wondering if anyone have any expirience in this and some tips about what I should eliminate? I can also add that she is gaining weight perfectly.
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  • @llli*tranquil.ataxia's Avatar
    January 15th, 2016, 01:23 PM
    A quick history. My daughter was a surrogate gift. Two weeks before she was born, we found out we were 3 weeks pregnant. So, I have 2 that are 6.5 months apart. I assumed that breastfeeding would be natural and instinctive to my son and I, so I did not do any research. It wasn't until after my son had come and we were having so many issues nursing, that I was doing research and stumbled across something that indicated I could have breastfed my daughter as well. She wasn't really interested and as my son was on demand feeding I didn't have the time to dedicate to getting her comfortable with nursing from me. I read giving her at least two ounces a day would help her immune system, so I do that already. At least I hope it's beneficial to her. She hasn't really been sick, so I'm happily assuming it's due to boob juice. Both of my children are considered "small". Seems to cause our pediatrician some concern. My daughter just turned one, at birth she was 9lbs 3 oz, now she is 15 lbs. She's been on solids since she was 6 mos because of the pediatrician's concern over her low weight. She is drinking full fat cow milk, per doctor's suggestion. About 16 oz a day. I'm reading the book My Child Won't Eat and am learning about how calories really affect a growing child. My girl eats, she eats pretty much anything offered, and she always seems hungry. When she finishes her food, she becomes upset. I don't want to start teaching her bad eating habits. My...
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  • @llli*bloomingblair's Avatar
    January 26th, 2016, 09:59 AM
    My daughter is 7 weeks old and I have been breastfeeding her, pumping and I still have to supplement with formula due to her weight. Her doctor told me to add formula to her diet to help her gain weight. I did so only as the best thing for her. Now my milk supply sucks. I have tried everything I can think of and everything I have read. I went to a specialist they told me to power pump. I currently power pump 4 times a day during the weekend. I pump every two hours at work during the week. I feed my daughter from the breast at home. I feel as if I am failing at doing the womanly thing. I want my daughter to be on strictly breast milk so I can get that horrid formula out of my house. I will list everything I have tried below if anyone has some hints that would be so greatly appreciated. Fenugreek Blessed Thistle Power Pumping Changing Membranes in Pump Skin to Skin Breast Massage Drinking More Water Drinking a Dark Beer
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  • @llli*m11612's Avatar
    January 11th, 2016, 08:10 PM
    My 4 yo and I are no where near ready to wean so we aren't planning on it anytime soon. My 10 month old could take it or leave it. ;) I am happy to do what works best for them. However I sometimes wonder of there is anyone out there who breastfeeds their 4 year old as frequently and for as long as I do. She nurses to sleep and once or twice at night. She nurses upon wake up for about 20 minutes and would continue if her brother didn't need me to get up. She nurses at some point in the afternoon around when she used to nap. She asks to nurse with every transition though I often put her off so I can get things done when we are out. She nurses when she is tired, bored, hungry, thirsty, scared etc. . . She is able to take a hug instead sometimes but not at home and not if hurt. So I think we average 4-6 times a day with the least being 3 and the most being 12. Each session is cut off by me unless someone arrives to visit which will distract her. I even unlatch her after she falls asleep and she tries to latch back on until she settles in. I'm OK with this. Any time that I have talked about a time when she might not nurse or ask her when she will be done she has increased her frequency of requests the next day and will answer that she might be done when she has to move away to college. She also says she does not want to grow up. We have been getting her used to the idea of turning 4 for 6 months. She cried when she turned 3 then when we made her say she was 3 and a half. Just...
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  • @llli*mommyof5as's Avatar
    February 2nd, 2016, 08:43 AM
    Hi. I'm not new to breastfeeding, but I am new to breastfeeding a preemie... I stopped nursing my 3 yr old when I was about 8 weeks pregnant. My baby was born at 34 weeks due to pre ecclampsia. She had "magnesium lag"/for several days. She was given donated breast milk in the hospital because I was not producing anything for 6days. She did have jaundice and required triple phototherapy Her birth weight was 4lb 13.8oz, she dropped to 4lb 9oz, and was discharged at 8days with a weight of 4lb 10oz. At pedi (9 days) she was 4lb 10.5 oz The next weight was 4lb 12oz and I was told to supplement with either donated milk or formula. I chose donated milk. A week later she was 5lb 2oz. Her current weight is 6lb 9oz (she will be 8 weeks chronological and corrected 2 weeks 5 days) My concern is that she's still so tiny... And I wonder if I'm making enough milk for her. Sometimes after she nurses she acts starving.
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  • @llli*corasmomma15's Avatar
    January 18th, 2016, 05:46 PM
    My baby is 18 days old. She still isn't anywhere near her birthweight. She was born on 12/31 at 6lbs 12oz, and she was weighed today at 6lbs 1oz. My milk took 5 days to come in, because I had a c-section. I breastfeed on demand, which is anywhere near every 30mins-3hrs. When I pump, I get about an ounce total, give or take a few mL. We've been seeing an LC, and she told me to supplement her with 3-4oz 6 times a day, but then she will miss 6 feedings at the breast which won't help my supply any. I'm worried that this will cause me to switch to formula completely. I've been pumping whenever I can, but it's hard when I have a newborn nursing almost constantly. I need some advice.
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  • @llli*newmama2015's Avatar
    February 4th, 2016, 04:57 PM
    Hello everyone, My daughter is 5 weeks now and we have been experiencing many breastfeeding challenges. She had a lip tie and a tongue tie that was discovered 3 days after she was born. At that point she had jaundice and was losing a lot of weight. The nurse recommended I put her on the breast for 5-10 min on each side so she does not forget and pump and feed in the bottle so she can regain weight until we can get the ties released. After one week we were able to see a doctor and get the ties clipped. After the procedure we have not noticed much improvement and continued to top up with expressed milk in bottle so she can get full. We have been following up with lactation consultants weekly to check progress since the procedure. She can transfer only very small amounts from the breast. Her latch is perfect and I have lots of milk, the let down is good and her suck is good too. I rented a baby weigh scale and started doing measurements. In one hour of feeding or sometimes in 1.5 hrs she can transfer 45-65 ml of milk. Also, baby is unsettled and cannot sleep if she has no top up after. We tried a pacifier and that isn't helping too much either. The lactations consultants were not really sure what is going on and suggested I can keep trying to breastfeed and supplement or switch to exclusively pumping. They also think baby is very slow in feeding and lazy (sleeps too much during feeds). It is very difficult for me to breastfeed for an hour or 1.5 hrs, supplement and pump,...
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  • @llli*vij.rm's Avatar
    January 14th, 2016, 01:23 AM
    hello, My daughter is 4 months now. In her fourth month visit she's on the 11th percentile with 11.12 pounds. She was 9.14 pounds on her previous (second month) visit in November. She was on the 20th percentile then. As I am working I feed her at night (couple times ) and during day she gets my pumped milk. She takes about avg of 8-10 ounces of pumped milk. At home when I check her weight she's showing more and sometimes less it seems she gains and loses in a short period .is this normal?? How can I increase her weight gain? Inspite of getting up and feeding her during night she's gaining less and worries me. Do I need to add more fat in my food for her to gain well?? Please advice.
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  • @llli*jam315's Avatar
    January 10th, 2016, 05:15 PM
    Hello! I am currently bedsharing with my almost 5 month old and we both love it. It makes breastfeeding so much easier at night and we both sleep a lot better not having to get up out of bed / a crib. This is working for us right now, but I don't have any friends or family that have bedshared, so I am wondering what it will be like as she gets bigger and more mobile! Please share your experience with bedsharing and could you include: 1) how long you bed shared, 2) things you liked about it, 3) things you didn't like, 4) if you think it helped extend breastfeeding longer, 4) how your older child sleeps now, 5) how the transition went to their own bed. Thanks in advance!!
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  • @llli*tranquil.ataxia's Avatar
    January 13th, 2016, 06:53 PM
    My ds will be 6 months in one week. How concrete is the age for introducing solids? I know I won't get medical advice here. Medically his doctor is fine with him going on solids since ds is considered underweight, gaining slowly. The doctor would like him to be on formula to supplement breastmilk. We did that for a couple weeks. But he wouldn't take a bottle (formula or bm) from me, and only occasionally would ds take a bottle from Papa, so we limped along with breastfeeding. So he's been on demand feeding, he cries, I give him teta and that's that. Sometimes he feeds for a while, feeds to sleep, or just has a snack. Little T-rex has sprouted two teeth, makes chewing motions and wants to chew on everything including me during feeding. I understand about microflora, the spacing in his intestines need to close before he gets solids. I have read all the reasons breast milk should be his main food. However, he ate one of his sister's star puffs and actually chewed it before swallowing. I don't know if that cancels out the whole exclusive breastfed microflora and spacing. I am unable to find anything to say what could happen, if anything. Not sure if I've already ruined his future digestion or if just a couple stars won't make a difference. I appreciate any help here as I'm kind of floundering in unknown waters. My daughter was a surrogate and I didn't know I could have breastfed her. My son and I have had a tumultuous breastfeeding journey. I've...
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  • @llli*goli79's Avatar
    January 29th, 2016, 02:13 PM
    This forum was so helpful in helping me realize my daughter was suffering from the consequences of my oversupply, and did not have a dairy allergy as her pediatricians (3!) suggested. Thank you! I have a new issue (there's always something). My baby girl has never been a big eater. I am in a parents group and these babies are taking 6/7 ounce bottles of milk and formula, and I am lucky if I can get her to take 3-4 ounces. Lately, she won't even take 2 ounces at a time. It's 1 - 1.5. UNLESS it's mixed into her solids. And there's only so much milk you can get into solids. She is 8 months old, and as of the last check-in, she had maintained her place on her weight curve at about 30%. But, the past two weeks, she's been eating less and less milk. I work full time and leave at 8 am and come back in time to nurse her at 7pm before bed. During that time i'm gone, she used to take 18-24 ounces, because she usually only nursed from me at night once, before bed. Now, 10-15 is all she'll take, and that includes mostly milk mixed into solids. Next to nothing from bottles. Her nanny said she was super cranky, but rejected her milk. (It's all relatively fresh, from 24 - 36 hours prior). Out of desperation, she gave her more solids, and she chomped them down, and wanted more and more. And finally she was in a good mood! She was hungry but refused to take milk. Solids include: oatmeal (which i don't love, but we can mix 3 ounces of milk with it), pear, avocado,...
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  • @llli*rubypea's Avatar
    January 21st, 2016, 06:08 AM
    Hi Folks, My 4 month old (but 3w early) baby just had the longest and most peaceful nursing session in about a week, after I'd just finished pumping about 20 min before he latched on. Why would he be nursing better when my breasts are practically empty than when they are fuller? Is this a latch issue? A let-down issue? Normal? Something else? *when breasts are full (haven't been emptied in 4+ hours-- I know I should be pumping but the logistics are complicated) he will suck once, swallow once, and pull off the breast. Repeating this for 2-5 minutes before refusing breast all together. He does this long enough to cause a let down that sprays all over the place when he pulls off. Some background on us: - we've been working with an IBCLC since a few days after birth because he couldn't latch at all when he was born. Lack of latch was attributed to him being born 3w early and by c-section (I had pre-e). - for his first few weeks he was exclusively bottle fed a combination of pumped milk and formula (I couldn't pump enough for him) - from 3w to 3.5m he was fed through a combination of nursing with nipple shield, pumped breast milk, and formula. He still wasn't nursing great with the nipple shield and we guessed I had low supply because I couldn't pump enough to keep up with him, still. - at 3m we had lip and tongue tie released by laser. He quickly got RSV and we weren't able to do all of the exercises after. IBCLC is sending us back to dentist to see if ties...
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  • @llli*hopi's Avatar
    January 20th, 2016, 09:43 PM
    Hi - So after exhausting what I think is all avenues, I think I am at the point where I think it's best to wean baby off my left side. I will see an LC next week for help but would appreciate your advice in the meantime. How do I go about doing this? Here are some factors: - baby is ebf - I am willing to pump to keep production up in that side for a while on the off chance that it heals and I can go back to using it again. - baby is 3.5 (born October 3) months and a slow gainer - born 6:12, lowest weight 6:5, now 11 lbs 12 oz. - left side has a massive wound that won't heal and nursing is excruciating upon latch, pain persists during and vasospams are present after - thrush and bacterial infection are ruled out
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  • @llli*mbr21052's Avatar
    January 26th, 2016, 02:23 PM
    Hi All - My baby is 3 months old tomorrow and we have been having oversupply and forceful letdown issues from the beginning. In the hospital, baby fed one side per feed, and the LC thought that was fine. I have stuck with the one side per feed since then. Aside from the coughing, baby tolerated the forceful letdown until about 6 weeks. Then I pumped for 2-5 minutes before feeding (let down happens at the 3 or 5 minute mark, usually) and then baby tolerated feeds. I faded out the pumping, and baby did great until last week when she got angry at every feed and refused to latch after the 3 minute mark. After going back and forth with the doctor and LC, the only problems here are the oversupply and forceful let down (not reflux,etc.). Baby has gained weight really well - already doubled birth weight+. I went back to the pumping 2-5 oz before the feed and that went well, but we also recently started day care and baby is having trouble going from breast to bottle. Whenever she gets a bottle (and we have restricted to 1 bottle a day up until now), she resorts to getting angry at the letdown with me. Likewise, whenever I exclusively breastfeed with no bottles, she puts up a fight with the bottle. My LC suggested full drainage block feeding and I have been following the protocol as best as I can: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2075483/. This is day 2 of 4 hour blocks with a single pump drainage in the morning. However, I still have to pump before each feed because she...
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  • @llli*ccquinn's Avatar
    January 25th, 2016, 08:48 AM
    My daughter still enjoys nursing and so do I, but I'm starting to think I may need to start to wean. She doesn't eat much of anything and will barely drink a 5 oz bottle/cup of water/juice. She seems to want to get all her nutrition from me! She is just getting over a cold and isn't drinking and is struggling with nursing because of a stuffy nose. So, low and behold, she constipated. If I withhold nursing to nap/bedtime, she will ask for a nap. No matter the time. Then, nurse and not go to sleep. Totally manipulating me! I'm at my wits end. Is it all or nothing?
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  • @llli*namily's Avatar
    January 13th, 2016, 10:16 PM
    Hello ladies, As always, I've come to this forum for so much help and support! I seem to run into a lot of hiccups when it comes to raising my 2 kids! I have a 2yo dd and an ebf 5mo ds. He's at the age where EVERYTHING distracts him, so obviously when it comes to feeding time with his sister around, he shows little interest in nursing. I feel like our nursing sessions have cut down a lot (from 12+ feedings in a day to 8 or less feedings - some feedings it doesn't even seem like he takes in any milk). I'm having trouble trying to preoccupy my dd while feeding ds.. every time I can get him to not be distracted and nurse, he'll suck then get distracted. Let down will occur and then he won't be interested, so I collect the milk in a bottle. I'll manual express both breast, maybe an ounce and give him milk in a sippy cup which he takes while watching his sister. Then I'll try to latch him back on with little success. I guess long story short, I feel like he's not getting in as much as how he was when it was just him and me exclusively (when we were in the hospital). In addition, he nurses to sleep, so because of the less time spent on the breast, the less time he has to fall asleep for a nap. He's tired, always rubbing his eyes and is cranky crying. I actually don't know what I'm asking. Maybe I'm just venting.. but I just don't know what I can do to keep up with trying to nurse him and giving him opportunities to nap, especially with my toddler...
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  • @llli*spoonyq's Avatar
    January 13th, 2016, 10:48 PM
    My sister is due to have her first baby March 3, and due to a medical issue will not be able to breastfeed. I just had my second child in September and have been blessed with enough supply that I can afford to give some of my breastmilk to my sister. The problem is that she just moved to California and I live in Missouri. I'd really like to do this for her, but am a little stumped as to how to get the milk to her. I've read some things about overnight shipping the milk, but it is VERY expensive. My parents are going to be flying back and forth several times, so I'm thinking it would be better to send the milk with them in a styrofoam cooler as a checked bag. Does anyone have any experience with this? Can you put dry ice in a checked bag or should it be an ice blanket? What happens if the milk starts to thaw, will it spoil faster? I'm hoping to send about 300 oz. to her frozen. How long will it take a newborn to blow through that? I'm feeling a bit lost. I have about 70 oz. stored up from the last couple of weeks in 3 oz. increments. Is that the best size for what I am trying to do? I've never really messed with frozen milk before. I'd appreciate any advice. Thanks!
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  • @llli*grantsmommy's Avatar
    January 16th, 2016, 06:26 PM
    After months of easy- breezy nursing, I began to experience increasing soreness, and then cracks that don't have enough time to heal between feedings. The pain is excruciating, but I grit my teeth, pray, and hang in there for my son's long-term health benefits. I thot the soreness was from yeast, as my son did have a bout or two of thrush, but nystatin didn't help a bit- seemed to make it worse, if anything. How do I let a crack heal, without weaning?
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  • @llli*d.tombs's Avatar
    February 1st, 2016, 07:27 AM
    Hello, I have struggled with recurrent and persistent plugged ducts since giving birth about 7 months ago. (This is our third child; we have 3 kids under 6.) I think I have had about 20 cases, with a trend of getting plugs every week or two. These plugs became increasingly more difficult to resolve, with some lasting 1 week or more. I narrowly evaded mastitis twice. I spoke with my OB, my OB's NP, and an LC on the phone. They didn't have any special advice for me other than to keep up my strategies for getting rid of them: hot compresses, hot showers, hot baths, lecithin, pumping, etc. I also developed gastritis, skin rash, and vaginal itching between 4mo-5mos. I had a restricted diet due to the gastritis, so I resorted to eating bland, easy things like cereal and fruits to cover my nursing hunger between meals. In early December (6 months old then), I got a case of plugs that was VERY persistent, in both breasts, seemingly centered around lumps/plugs right under the areolae. We battled aggressively, but it lasted two weeks with no significant improvement. I had deep shooting pains inside my breast, esp. after feedings. I finally decided to see someone. I went to my PCP's nurse practitioner, who thought my skin rash was fungal. She thought my ductal issues were related to the same yeast infection. We then went on a number of treatment plans, spanning about 6 weeks now: (1) nystatin, (2) nystatin alternating with Diflucan, (3) Diflucan for a week, and...
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  • @llli*scoob4751's Avatar
    February 6th, 2016, 05:59 PM
    Hi there ladies, I have already asked my pediatrician about this situation and she said not to worry, but I wanted to run it by you all, since I honestly trust you more for BF wisdom. So my son is EBF and a happy, healthy, alert 4 month old who has doubled his birth weight and then some...he eats every two hours 'round the clock and still poops at least 5 times a day, if not more (he used to poop with each nursing session). This is where I get poop obsessed...never thought I would go there :) Poops are mostly golden colored liquid with seeds, sometimes green with a bit of mucus, sometimes involving a tiny bit of grunting with explosion, but no biggy. Yesterday, for the first time ever, there was a bit of bright red blood in diaper...Kelly Mom's advise was good and the pedi said not to worry unless it happens again--if we see it again, to go to the ER. Well, it hasn't happened again. Maybe he just had a minor anal tear, but I think the frequency of pooping might be stressing out his tubes! My question stems from comparing him to other 4 m olds I know, who poop every other day etc...Does he sound OK? I have asked around and people always say there is a huge variation with babies. This seems like a huge variation, but I guess adults have the same kind of variation :)
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  • @llli*rharvey's Avatar
    January 27th, 2016, 09:51 AM
    Hello! I'm hoping to get some help. Our 8 week old baby girl has nursed wonderfully from the start. She has used a pacifier from 4 weeks with no issues. She is ebf and this is our second ebf baby... No issues with first at all. Starting last friday she became fussy at the breast. It was inconsistent, and she nursed fine overnight. Saturday she wouldn't latch and was very frustrated, screaming at the breast, fighting, but it seemed like she was hungry. I fed her from a cup and she nursed fine overnight. Sunday same thing, but I figured out that if I let her suck on my finger and then did a switcheroo that she would latch and nurse. Monday was great, but I still had to use my finger trick. Tuesday was awful - she latched when she woke up and nursed just a little bit, then wouldn't latch all day. I fed her two ounces from a cup around mid day, then headed to a breastfeeding clinic. The lactation consultants there witnessed me try to latch her. She latched, then sucked for 30 seconds and started to cry. I couldn't get her to latch again. They basically squeezed my breast to check for milk and said the milk is fine, she must be sick. They said nipple confusion wouldn't make sense at this point and she's too young for a nursing strike. We headed to the family doc who was very concerned and told us to head to emerg to rule out anything serious. At emerg they said she was physically healthy as far as they could tell. I was told to give her infants tylenol just in case there is some...
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  • @llli*mamat2's Avatar
    January 20th, 2016, 11:24 AM
    DS #2 is 12 days old. I BFd DS #1 for 12 mos. He's now 3 1/2 yo. DS #2 and I went to an LC yesterday. She weighed him before and after feeding on each breast and determined that he's not effectively nursing. Possibly due to his upper lip or tongue being too tight. I'm taking him to the pediatrician tomorrow to have that looked at. He weighed 8lbs 5oz at birth. He's down to 7lbs 11oz since 4 days old and hasn't gained any weight. He has 6 to 8 wet diapers per day, but only 1 poop diaper every few days. Poopy diapers are green/brown and liquidy, but not seedy like normal Breastmilk poops. The plan right now is to nurse (which takes at least an hour b/c he can't stay awake). Then pump and supplement with my milk every 3 hrs. Should I up this to every 2hrs?? Any other suggestions or ideas on what I should be doing? When he nurses he has a lot of chomping action along with a strong suck, but it doesn't feel like he's pulling my breast to the back of his mouth. One nipple is bigger than the other. The smaller nipple feels like it pops in and out of his mouth unless I really press my breast against his mouth. I noticed when I gave him a bottle of breast milk, a lot of it is coming out the corners of his mouth when he sucks on the nipple, so I started syringe feeding it to him. I want to make sure he's getting all the milk he can. Any help is appreciated.:cry
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  • @llli*jamiemurphy214's Avatar
    January 23rd, 2016, 08:29 PM
    My DD was born 6 weeks ago at 26 weeks via emergency C section due to a placenta abruption. I started pumping as soon as I could after her birth with the help of an LC. I do have Hashimotos and PCOS so LC had me start taking the motherlove more milk special blend supplements. By my second week I was averaging 20 ml a pump but since then it has not increased. I have tried massaging before and during, power pumping, and expressing after. I have also tried some deep breathing techniques before I start. I am pumping at least 8 times a day but usually more. I have ordered domperidone a few weeks ago but I am still waiting for it to arrive in the mail. Feeds are up to 26 ml so any day now my extra supply will be gone there will not be enough to continue on 100% breast milk. Is there anything more I can do? Since it has been so long with no increase is it a lost cause? I am willing to do/try anything!
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  • @llli*ameliabear's Avatar
    January 19th, 2016, 09:36 AM
    I have flat nipples and in the hospital they gave me a nipple shield and I also worked with one of the lactation consultants. She showed me how to turn the medela shield partially inside out to draw out the nipple. It worked great at first but after I got home the shield seemed too soft and doesnt work anymore. I still use it at every feeding because my nipples are still flat. My question is..am I supposed to use the shield during the whole feeding or try to take it off after she latches? And will I need to use the shield her whole breast feeding life or will my nipples eventually stick out enough that I wont need it? Thanks for your time!
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  • @llli*leahaw's Avatar
    January 13th, 2016, 10:41 AM
    Hello! My baby (16months) cut down on her nursing a few months ago. Ever since she and I began to cut down on feedings I have been going through what I think is a terrible hormonal shift. I've had headaches, moodiness, irrational thoughts, uncontrollable crying, feeling like I can't cope or handle my children, and the worst symptoms: terrible anxiety and insomnia. I haven't slept well in 3 months. I have had some cycles. I've tried a lot of remedies: Epsom salts, tea, exercise, healthy fats, I take lots of supplements, I go to a chiropractor, being in the sun, etc. I drink an herbal tea and magnesium before bed which helps some. She is officially weaned now, in hopes that my hormones would start to level out. That was 3 weeks ago. I've had a cycle since then. I still feel anxious/have insomnia. I'm beginning to worry I will be like this forever! I have no previous background with anxiety. I've had a few nights of bad sleep, but not insomnia ever before in my life. I have 4 wonderful children, and an amazing husband. I have a great life that isn't too stressful at all. I just want to be myself again! Has anyone been through this? Will it pass? Since it's been so long I'm worried that it's now just going to stick around. I've been to multiple doctors and had lots of blood tests. Everything is normal. Any advice! I'm desperate! I do not want to take sleeping pills, since I've heard long term they do not help.
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  • @llli*maruchis18's Avatar
    January 17th, 2016, 06:33 PM
    Hi, I am (still!!) having a really hard time breastfeeding my daughter who was born prematurely. Here are a few facts about our situation: - Born at 28.5 weeks - She is now 4 months old / adjusted age is 6 weeks - She spent 8 weeks in the NICU and has been home now for 9 weeks - She is exclusively getting breast milk (always has) - first gavage feedings, then bottles, then I started nursing her here and there while still in the hospital (about 10 days before her discharge) for 10-15 minutes once a day, then topping her off with about an ounce - (NICU nurses said that nursing is more exhausting for her, so I should take it slow and initially only do a few minutes once a day) When she got home mid-November, she still wouldn't nurse for more than 5-10 minutes and just fall asleep, so I continued topping her off after breastfeeding and mainly offering bottles. I got SO overwhelmed by the whole pumping every 2-3 hours / bottle feeding / nursing schedule, it felt like it was all I was doing, like I would spend my whole maternity leave doing these three things...I contacted a LC who came to our house early December - baby was latching and drinking, but her intake was rather slow (half an ounce in 20 minutes). LC recommended fenugreek and that I only pump every 4-5 hours, so that made it a bit more livable. She said that things were looking good and that may daughter would be able to breastfeed fairly soon. Then things got more difficult: my daughter started squirming...
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  • @llli*hidanya's Avatar
    January 14th, 2016, 05:27 AM
    Hi, I'm a first time mom of a 16 day old baby girl born by emergency c section who seems to be having tummy troubles, mostly at night. Whenever we put her on her back in her bassinet, which is set with a slight incline to elevate her head, she doesn't last more than a few minutes before she starts grunting a wiggling as if she's having painful gas or tummy issues. She isn't screaming in pain, but if we leave her, she'll grunt and wiggle for hours and never fall fully asleep. This lasts all night long, and none of us get any sleep at all unless she's being held upright or if we sit her in her bouncy chair, which has a bit more of an incline. She does pass very loud gas at times, but almost never when she's lying on her back. I'm breastfeeding almost exclusively, with the occasional (1 a day or so) bottle feed of ebm. I was pumping almost exclusively until she was 1 week old because we couldn't get her to latch, and she had been losing weight rapidly, but the latch fell into place on day 8, so I switched to bf almost every feed and only pumping once every day or two. Here's what made me think that her tummy issues could be related to breastfeeding or my milk: Over the past couple of days, she began choking on the breast and spitting up at almost every feeding, which made me think that perhaps I have an forceful letdown or supply issue. I started laying back when feeding her, and that seems to have stopped the choking and spitting up for now, but the gas/tummy...
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  • @llli*cosmicowl's Avatar
    January 27th, 2016, 01:36 PM
    I started work earlier this month leaving my then 10 month old daughter with my husband during the day with milk to cover my 8hr work day. I am new to the pumping part as I always nursed my daughter and rarely pumped, unless she missed a feeding. I know on average babies take 19-30 oz a day with solids. I leave about 8-10oz to cover her for an 8hr shift. She is not gaining weight very well at this point and has had some signs of dehydration, mostly a decrease in wet diapers. My daughter is almost 11mo old, has 1-2 poppy diapers a day and about 6 not very heavy wet diapers a day. She only weighs 15lbs and is petite (I might also add she hasn't gained but half a lb in 2mo, she is also very mobile). Im starting to get concerned about weight gain this far in. She does do solids a few times a day along with her 8-10 oz while i'm away and then it's nurse nurse nurse when i get home. I normally am able to pump 6-9 oz during an 8hr shift. My freezer stash is diminishing by the day and I am at a total loss on what to do. My daughter is walking and that burns calories but she should still be gaining a few ounces a week or so. I have a wic appointment on march 4th for a weigh in. She's happy, content, and mobile. And i dont try to force her to eat if she doesnt want to as that can lead to an adversion.:huh
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