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  • @llli*lila.stern's Avatar
    July 28th, 2014, 03:38 AM
    I'm really distraught at the moment and need some advice, encouragement, anything that will help me feel better. I'm a newbie mom and my DD is 11 weeks old. She was born full term and via emergency c-section. On her 1st month checkup, her pedi said she gained 900g in 3 weeks. She said that you can never overfeed a baby, but my DD's weight gain was above the usual. I told her that DD wants to feed every hour. She sort of gasped at what I said. I told her DS is always crying and rooting every hour. She told me not all cries mean hunger. Her advice was to feed DS every 2 hours and give a paci if DS still wants to suck. (DD hates it and would get even more cranky).Another thing I asked her was if I should wake DS to feed at night because she's starting to sleep at long stretches. She said NO NEED. I'm a stay at home mom and I EBF but pump for a stash in case I need to leave DS with the grandparents. I can pump 3oz in 10 mins total. So I'm sure it's not a supply issue(am i correct?). DS always feeds for 20-30mins. Sometimes even 40! (She just loves to suck). After analyzing the situation I realized DS would search for my breast whenever she is tired and wants to doze off. This is only for naps. Since she was 10 days old she slept long stretches at night. And currently sleeps for 9-10 hours a stretch. At her pedi checkup yesterday, she was weighed and she only gained 200g in 3 weeks!!! :( I feel like I'm gonna cry! She wets 5 diapers and poops 2 times a day but she...
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  • @llli*adwilson's Avatar
    July 23rd, 2014, 03:44 PM
    I have been reading about this imbalance and am almost certain we are having this problem. My baby is super gassy, fussy, has green explosive poops, and when I get a chance to pump the milk separates and has very little thick fatty milk at the top. How do I begin to correct this? Should I feed him from the same breast several times? What if he still acts hungry? Or should I try pumping before I nurse?
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  • @llli*heatheralzate's Avatar
    July 9th, 2014, 08:15 PM
    I am a new mother of a 1 month old beautiful baby boy. I could not wait to start breast feeding him but had no idea of how difficult and extremely painful the process would be. I had a lactation consultant help me in the hospital and she told me he was latched on properly and that I "just had sensitive nipples". From then on, every time I would feed my munchkin, the anxiety and tears started even before he was "latched on". After about 1 week of excruciating pain, I had another LC come to my home to help. Again I was told he was "doing well" and that this was all a learning process and the pain would get better. At about 2 weeks of age, I went to the baby's pediatrician and to my surprise I was told the baby lost weight and still had not regained his birth weight. I could not understand what was going on. Baby had bowel movements and wet diapers with each feeding (8-10) a day. Didn't that mean he was eating enough? By week three I had yet another LC come in to help me. She took her time and was really informative and told me about "cluster feedings" which I had not been doing. With each feeding, I sat watching the clock praying for 20-30 minutes to come quickly. This was more than enough time at the breast as per my pediatrician and the pain was unbearable if I had to go for a second more. With this LC the pain when feeding was different - it was a deep pulling sensation rather than feeling like glass was coming out of my nipples. I did well with her while she was...
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  • @llli*liontamer's Avatar
    July 11th, 2014, 08:53 AM
    Baby was born, after nearly 48 hours of labour and by emergency c-section, she was taken away for over an hour because she had trouble breathing but she recovered quickly and didn’t need to spend the night in NICU as expected. They brought her to me and she latched on right away, quite strongly and with determination. We had no problems while in hospital with latch and getting on boob for the next few days. I fed on cue or at least every 3 hours at night milk came in on day 3 or so. I was in a bit of panic about it, so we supplemented a bit with formula through a tube attached to boob before this, but she seemed to hate it. We supplemented because she would not stop screaming with hunger and I’m not sure I got that much colustrum. Still the nurses and midwives all commented she had a great latch and seemed to be sucking really well. I learned lots of techniques for making sure she was on properly and checking her latch. All seemed good. We went home on day 4 and things seems to go well. I fed on cue during the day and woke her for feeds every three hours at night, but she was a sleepy feeder and needed lots of prodding and encouragement. Some night feeds were very short as I just couldn’t keep her awake and focused. Two days later the midwives did a home visit and she had gone from -8.1% weight loss from birth weight at hospital discharge to only 1% below in two days! Later in the week, at another midwife visit, she was back to birth weight, so we were told it was...
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  • @llli*mama1's Avatar
    July 9th, 2014, 10:20 PM
    Let me start by saying that I have a very tender heart about this topic. I am hesitant to post but this seems like such a good resource, and I don't want to leave any stone unturned. Here's my story: I have had a wonderful nursing relationship with my daughter for 12 months. 11 days ago, just a few days before her first birthday, here's what happened: She began a bad bout of teething, and was biting at the breast. She would bite at the beginning of every feeding for about 1 1/2 days. I raised my voice in surprise, which I now totally regret! I didn't know at the time that I should have stayed calmer. So, after much biting, and mama saying "no biting", my daughter began refusing the breast. She proceeded to have many days of teething pain and the tooth still hasn't popped through. However the teething pain seems to have abated. She has been on a nursing strike, refusing the breast, for 11 days. (Besides the teething, she is also beginning to walk, and we were traveling.) I've been pumping and she is still consuming basically as much breastmilk as the normally does (16 ish oz per 24 hours). While she was so uncomfortable with teething, I wanted to give her comfort any way I could, so when she wouldn't nurse I gave her the pumped milk in a bottle. She definitely developed a preference for bottles over the course of a week or so. When offered the breast, she would turn away and ask for a bottle! Now that the teething situation is stabilized, we are not giving her any more...
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  • @llli*lynnieowl's Avatar
    July 5th, 2014, 08:43 PM
    Hi everyone, I'm a new mom, and new to the forums. I was directed here by several LCs that I know from my work (I'm a pediatrician) and from my recent hospital stay. Please bear with me as I don't totally know how things are done here. I'm excited to be a first time mom. My sweet little guy is just about 2 weeks old. My pregnancy was healthy and he was full term, although the delivery itself was a little complicated and involved a concern for infection, and emergency c section, some delay in breast feeding initiation, and lots of antibiotics. Despite the above, I had always planned to BF. However, I had breast reduction surgery in high school (20 years ago) and always had in the back of my mind that it mig complicate my breast feeding plans. So two weeks ago, as soon as I was able, I started trying to breast feed. The expected problems with latch and positioning definitely did occur (and are still somewhat occurring, as to be expected). But the baby himself seems to be a good nurser, is enthusiastic about going to breast, and seems to enjoy it.
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  • @llli*rachandash's Avatar
    July 3rd, 2014, 11:37 AM
    I'm in the process of weaning my 17.5 month old. I'm stressed out. Shes now down to breastfeeds usually once in the middle of the night but sometimes none at night, once in the morning, and again in the evening before bed. So, 2-3 times per 24 hours. During the day she eats very little amounts of solids, but a decent variety of foods (purees as well as solids). Very little= typical day intake may be nothing at all or 10 cheerios and 2 strawberries. Or a few bites of yogurt and 5 bites of oatmeal. Or 10 noodles. She didn't eat solids at ALL until around 14.5 months, and ever since, she wavers back and forth between not eating anything to eating very little. She was always 50th-60th percentile for weight and 90th for height. Still around 90th for height but dropped to 30th for weight at her 12 month appointment. And she hasnt gained any weight at all since her 15 month appointment, so based on growth charts she has continued dropping percentiles. Her 18 month appointment is coming up in a few weeks, but I'm thinking about seeing some kind of early intervention to addressthe feeding issues that she has as well as some tactile defensiveness that she has in regards to standing or stepping on certain textures like walking through grass, or wearing clothing, or getting liquid spilled on her. Those things usually caused her to get upset, tantrum, or cry. I'm wondering maybe they are somehow related but at the same time I'm also wondering if maybe I am just being over...
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    July 17th, 2014, 03:11 PM
    hello everyone.. i know this is very old problem that most of them had gone through.. but i would love to see some solution... my baby is 2 months old and for the past to weeks he is passing green stools.. i have oversupply issue, initially i had very low milk supply so my pediatrician suggested me to pump after the feeding so gradually i ended up with an oversupply.. my son drinks just the foremilk and doesn't try to drink the hind milk at all.. he doesn't want to suck and empty the breast.. i am feeding one breast per feeding but still he doesn't empty my breast.. i am so scared about his green stool.. by the way if i stop pumping my milk supply is getting reduced drastically.. so pl help how can i maintain and make him get healthy milk.. i couldn't find a happy medium and i so stressed about this,.. thanks in advance
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  • @llli*roeni's Avatar
    July 7th, 2014, 07:22 AM
    My baby stopped sleeping through the night around 3.5 months (I was pumping at night while he slept). Now he is 4 months and has his last feed around 7-7:30 pm before going to bed. He wakes at 1am to feed and again by 4am. He doesn't feed for that long, just a snack. The problem is I am so rock hard engorged by 1am that I fear clogged ducts. I need sleep more than I need to pump. I finally tried pumping around 12:45 last night and not a lot came out despite being engorged. During the day while he's at daycare I typically get anywhere from 3-6 oz per breast. On the weekend he will eventually nurse it all out by maybe 10 am, but we don't have this time during the week and to make matters worse he's very distracted in the morning and won't focus on eating. I have to use heat compression all day to ease the pain and hardness. Will this extra night milk ever go away? I haven't been pumping in weeks except to try a little relief pump with my manual pump. Usually the breasts just fill right back up after that!
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  • @llli*trentons.mom's Avatar
    July 16th, 2014, 06:55 AM
    I've decided to start a dairy-free diet today. My son has been having green poop for several weeks now, and up to 8 times a day. I know green poop in and of itself isn't a concern without other symptoms, but he's also had mucus off and on, and this morning it was a large amount of green mucus. If I see another diaper like that I'll take him to the doctor, but since he's acting totally fine for now I'll just try no dairy for a while and see if I notice any changes. Any suggestions from moms who've gone no dairy would be much appreciated! How do you get your calcium is my big question. I eat so much dairy each day (Greek yogurt, baked potato loaded with cheese and sour cream, glass of milk), so it'll be an adjustment for me, but I want to try and see if it makes a difference before I subject him to going to the doctor (which I would obviously do if the mucus continues). Thanks in advance for any tips! Also, my son is 3 months old and I breastfeed on demand (anywhere from every 1.5 to 3 hours during the day, and usually 4 to 5 hours at night). I have an overactive letdown and have had oversupply issues, but my supply has been better the last few days and my breasts have actually been soft for once! I know those things can cause green poop, but can they also cause mucus?? Can a lot of drooling also cause mucus since more drool is swallowed? Either way, I'd still like to experiment with no dairy and see if I notice any changes. Update: I don't know if it can happen this...
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  • @llli*liquidgold's Avatar
    July 14th, 2014, 06:21 AM
    This is my third child. DD#1 was nursed and supplemented due to a bad start to nursing, DD#2 was given little to no formula (only when she was watched and I didnt have time to pump). Now with DS, he hasnt had a drop. I am proud of that, being that he will be six months in two weeks : ) Anyway, we will be traveling as a family in November and here is my true fear. I fear that while home or traveling something would happen to me where I couldn't feed my baby. Therefore knowing and having piece of mind they are already had a formula as a backup puts my mind at ease. However, being a crazy mom who is nursing obsessed :lol, I am tending to lean towards not introducing it to him. WHat to do?! I was going to start by just mixing it into his cereal when we start aat six months. Thanks for the help and support in advance.
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  • @llli*roeni's Avatar
    July 10th, 2014, 04:18 PM
    At the 4 month well exam today our new ped recommended I give my baby vitamin D. She says it does not pass through breast milk. I could swear the old ped said as long as I'm taking it we are covered. New dr said just to buy over the counter brand. I'm getting conflicting info so what are your thoughts on this?
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  • @llli*pteroglossus's Avatar
    July 5th, 2014, 10:30 PM
    Hi ladies, I'm wondering how it goes if you just don't enforce night-weaning with your toddler. Do they eventually stop nursing at night on their own? My daughter will be three in october. We co-sleep and she always nurses to sleep. While I love the co-sleeping, and I am happy to nurse 90% of the time during the day and in the morning, I have to say the night nursing is getting old. I tried Jay Gordon method with her a year ago and she screamed for hours inconsolably, eventually crying herself to sleep with a lot of holding and rocking (I had to be standing up). At that point I managed to get her to sleep 5 hours in a row without nursing, but then we took an overnight plane trip, she got sick, and it all fell apart. As recently as 2 months ago she was sleeping a good 6-7 hour stretch then nursing off and on till wake-up. But then we came to my parents' place and she's back to really irritating nursing every couple of hours, including wanting to be latched on for long periods while lying on top of me, especially from about 4 to 8 am (admittedly it is light out at that time here now). I am having a lot of trouble getting back to sleep when she wakes me to nurse, and then I am grumpy the next day. I don't really want to do Jay Gordon again as I found it quite traumatic (and a huge effort) and the results did not last with our lifestyle of moving around (which we still have).
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  • @llli*elisabet's Avatar
    July 21st, 2014, 08:54 AM
    Hi everyone :) My 19m old girl nurses 2-5x a day and maybe 3x per night. I have been pressured to wean since she was 12m (even sooner) by people/nurses here and there but nothing dramatic. I have tried to night wean several times but we would always go in the same path again few days/weeks later. I have also tried to reduce the amount of feedings a few times but again my little one increases the nursing. This is all done cause I think I need to follow someone else´s advise! Today I know that I want to keep on breastfeeding until at least she is 2years. And I enjoy the nursing during the day :ita Maybe I will night wean (slowly) in the nearest future, but not sure. Im so proud of my self that we kept on despite everything. The first few weeks of her life were hard and breastfeeding was really tough cause she was born prematurely and she got RS-virus and a lung infection. But we made it and sometimes I wonder how could I let others bring me down. :confused: Have someone here stopped their weaning progress and kept on going? I would love to hear some stories :D
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  • @llli*debbers's Avatar
    July 14th, 2014, 08:31 PM
    Very proud of this milestone. Never saw this as a possibility back when I was pregnant. Thank you llli leaders and members for all your support.
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  • @llli*ccb52914's Avatar
    July 5th, 2014, 08:21 AM
    Hi Everyone - new here! My daughter is 5 weeks old and we are EBF. We had a bit of a rocky start as she was in the NICU for her first week and due to her treatment was fed via IV for the first 72 hours. Luckily, despite this, she has a great latch and BF has gone fairly smoothly since then. She's been gaining steadily (from 8 lbs to 11 lbs) and has consistent wet/dirty diapers. Apologies in advance for being so long winded. Our biggest challenge has been dealing with OALD and I've been block feeding and using gravity to help based on recommendations from a LC for the past two weeks, which has seemed to help. My question is about overnight feeds - so far, she's been a great sleeper, and has been doing a 5-6 hour stretch to start. We have to wake her 3 hours later to give her meds, but my suspicion is she would do another 5-6 hour stretch if we didn't wake her (she eats and goes right back to sleep for another 3 hours after her meds). She's going off her meds next week and I'm wondering if she does do another longer stretch, how will it impact my supply given that I'm block feeding/assuming that she only continues to take one breast per feeding at night? Basically it would mean that I would go almost 12 hours without feeding from one breast (and 8ish hours without feeding from the other breast). Beyond the discomfort of being full, would it make my supply tank? Any thoughts on how to best manage this? Should I be doing something different at night and just block feeding...
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  • @llli*mek's Avatar
    July 15th, 2014, 01:40 PM
    I can't believe it and I need to vent! I think my period just came back. I have super light spotting today. This would definitely explain my uber grumpiness, lack of patience, decrease in pumped milk, and sensitive nipples last week. My DD is only 3.5 months! :cry My period didn't come back until a year with DS! What a bummer. At least I know my supply wasn't really decreasing; it's back up yesterday and today. I'm just disappointed. :huh
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  • @llli*ehoneybee's Avatar
    July 28th, 2014, 02:06 PM
    My Ped has suggested doing this since my 15 month old did not grow between 12 and 14 months. He gained ounces, but no height. He is within normal range of milestones and Ped says he looks "great" but we're concerned with lack of growth/dropping off curve. He eats solids but has a dairy and nut allergy, so all the yogurt, butter, and cheese I'd normally be giving him has been replaced with seed butters, Chia seeds, and coconut yogurt/oil. He was 7 lb at birth and at 12 months was 27.75“ and 17.5 lb. He had been following his curve until 12 months. I nurse him before naps and bedtime and during the night. He eats mainly solids during the day and fluctuates in terms of amount eaten. He ate 17 oz of food the other day in one sitting (rice, chicken, coconut oil, and bone broth and oatmeal with coconut oil and avocado) but other days not as much. I am mainly concerned with his height. My preschooler also had this problem (with weight not height) and nursed until 2. I was also very small as a baby, so some is genetics, I know. He is now at a non worrisome weight. I don't think weaning will help since her argument is it's a meal replacement and he doesn't nurse like that anymore. However, I don't give my preschooler milk during meals for that exact reason, so I can see her point, even though everything I've read says don't wean for this reason. Advice?
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  • @llli*dimplesx's Avatar
    July 19th, 2014, 03:10 PM
    Hello! My little One is almost 4 months old. We EBF for the first 7 weeks and then started taking BM from a bottle no problem. At 9 weeks I went back to work and pump and supply daycare. He's at daycare from 630am till about 420pm. We got into this routine where we'd come home from work and nurse for about an hour and then sleep for a few hours. At the time, I let him because he wasn't napping at all at daycare. After a few weeks at daycare he started taking naps so now when we get home, I let him nurse and nap for a little while but then wake him up so he sleeps longer at night. That is our normal schedule for when I'm working. When Im off from work, we have no schedule what so ever and I can hardly ever put him down. I somewhat feel that its because of daycare, being the only baby there, he is constantly aww'ed over and entertained. When we are at home, I try to entertain him and it lasts for a good 15 mins and he's bored. Alright we do different activities and it all leads to going back on the boob. Comfort Nursing. 95% of the time cause I listen and don't hear gulping. If I let him he"d be on the boob all day minus the mornings (hes a happy baby first thing and gets crankier as the day goes on) What can I do? Am I doing something wrong? I try several different things to make him happy before I offer the boob and he never turns me down. We never used an actual pacifier because I know the more he"s on the boob, the more milk comes in. Oh and he's a peach for daycare....
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    July 19th, 2014, 03:08 AM
    i am running bit of an oversupply and am severely engorged.. i have a knot in my breast which is rock hard and big even after he nursed he couldn't relieve it... my question is if i offer the same breast for next feeding what about the next breast i am really worried.. pl someone help...
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  • @llli*delecto's Avatar
    July 22nd, 2014, 11:07 PM
    Hi all I've been using hydrogel pads to heal my cracked nipples (my DD is 13 do and I think we have her latch issues figured out). In reading through all the advice, I've gotten a bit confused. Many suggest both air drying with some expressed BM after a feeding, AND using lanolin. So is the idea to put the BM in, let it all dry, then put lanolin on? Or, should I just skip the lanolin? I'm trying this for the first time tonight. Even after just a few minutes, my nipples have scabbed over. I'm scared to death that nursing with a hard scab is going to hurt more than it already does. Maybe I should put a little lanolin on just before nursing? Hopefully this makes sense... Thanks!
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  • @llli*ngs215's Avatar
    July 3rd, 2014, 08:22 AM
    So DD seems to like a 2.5oz bottle. What should I put that in for day care? I have been using 5oz bottles, but it looks ridiculously empty. I know there are 4oz bottles. Are there smaller ones? Or just send half full bottles?
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  • @llli*joliesmommy's Avatar
    July 10th, 2014, 07:07 PM
    Can someone please help? ! Ive given up all dairy and im tryinh to give up soy and while her acne cleared she is still having tummy problems sometimes! And her poo is very slimy. All I eat is maple and brown sugar oatmeal, squash, some protien (fish, pork chops, steak, chicken) that's literally it. I gave up peanut butter, spicy and fried foods, and eggs as well. I did have a po boy 2 days ago but since I have given up wheat. And I drink only water yet she is v very gassy and has issues pooing her tummy gets hard and she cries and it breaks my heart. What is it? What can I do? Oh she is 8 weeks old and seema to nurse all the time but does tale good naps and only wakes once atnight Im just worried about her tummy. Oh doc put her on hyosyne saying its colic but It seems to give temtemporary relief but make it worse later. Ok help?!?!
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  • @llli*mrshistory's Avatar
    July 16th, 2014, 06:38 AM
    Hello! I nurse my guy to sleep (and love it). He's starting to get his teeth and I read in a book that once they have teeth, you need to wake them up at night to clean their teeth to avoid cavities and such. Is this something that everyone follows? I nurse him to sleep and his nurses in the night so I'm not sure if after each feeding I need to wipe his teeth down. Thanks!
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  • @llli*vw's Avatar
    July 10th, 2014, 12:29 PM
    My son was born a few weeks early due to me having pre-e. He had a high level of magnesium in his system when born from me, and he had some eating issues early on. While in the NICU I began breastfeeding when he was about 1 1/2 weeks. I was running just shy of what he needed for his feeds so they started me supplimenting similac sensitive formula and he was released to go home. Upon coming home I was producing about half of what he needed. I was pumping about 20 ml when he didn't breast feed. about a week and a half ago I researched what I could do to increase my supply so i may get him on just breast milk. So i started trying supplements-fenugreek, blessed thistle. I also added mother's milk tea and the lactation cookies. Not only did my supply not go up it steadily decreased. I am now lucky to get a total of 5 ml if I pump, and my son is clearly not satisfied after feeding and cries until I have to give him a bottle. I am pumping every 2 hours to no avail. He is starting to resist latching as well. I don't know what to do. I tried everything I could find online. I really don't want to have to resort to prescription meds. HELP!!!
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  • @llli*tracym's Avatar
    July 6th, 2014, 06:32 PM
    I've been nursing my 8 week old on demand and I haven't been wrapped up on a schedule. I feel like he is way too young for that. So during the day he will nurse ever 2-3 hours. For instance he ate at 3:30am, 6:30am-9(I usually latch him on in a lazyboy and catch a few more winks while he feeds), 12, 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 7pm(bedtime). I count this as about 7-8 feedings so far. Should I wake him up when I go to bed to feed around 10? Should I wake him up between his 7pm bedtime and 3:30am feed? I dont want to disturb his sleep cycle. And then if I dont wake him should I wake up and pump? Our doctor says its fine to let him sleep.... but I'm concerned about my supply... On a side note he's having normal diapers, several wet and 3-4 poops a day even with his long stretches at night and is putting on plenty of weight. I'm not sure what to do! HELP!
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