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  • @llli*milesmom's Avatar
    November 18th, 2016, 01:16 PM
    Seven weeks ago, I gave birth to the most gorgeous baby boy, Miles. We only had a "normal" breastfeeding relationship for about a week an a half. Let me first say that I have dreamed of our breastfeeding relationship and am willing to fight for it. My son had initial difficulty latching on while in the hospital, but after two visits from lactation consultants, I thought we were on our way. By Miles' 2 week appointment, he had not yet regained his birth weight but was making slow gains. He was feeding sometimes upwards of 45 minutes to an hour but seemed perfectly content. My pediatrician attributed it to him doing too much non-nutritive sucking and expending too many calories doing this. I was advised to spend 15-20 minutes on each breast as the majority of my milk would be drained at that point. In hindsight, this was a huge mistake. By around 2.5 weeks old, Miles began getting increasingly fussy at the breast and within a week was effectively refusing to breastfeed. He was unlatching constantly and crying/ pushing me away. It was heartbreaking. I sought the help of a lactation consultant who came to my home for an evaluation. After a weighted feeding, we discovered he was only getting about 1-1.5 ounces max per feeding. The lactation consultant determined that he had a weak suck and referred us to a speech therapist. Even more troubling, she had me pump after a feeding and I was only able to pump about another ounce. My supply had tanked apparently because he was...
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  • @llli*sarahfv's Avatar
    November 29th, 2016, 03:02 PM
    I need some help! I'm EBF.. My 2wo was diagnosed with thrush a week ago- she had a very white tongue, had been nursing only 5-7 minutes at a time very frequently, been getting fussier about nursing, and my nipples had seemed slightly more painful. We were prescribed Nystatin oral. Baby reacted badly to it- full dose made her projectile vomit, and she couldn't keep down any milk for hours. We then gave her tiny doses about every 3 hours during the day (rubbed off some yeast with dry q-tip, then rubbed on some Nystatin with a q-tip) which still caused her to spit up a little of each meal. Didn't give her any at night (to let her tummy rest). We did this until Sunday night. All visible yeast is gone and her tummy is much better, although she continues to nurse for short time periods and has been fussy/gassy at night. I had been doing a vinegar rinse and then applying Nystatin oral to nipples after each feeding (more during day than night), and keeping nipples exposed to air during the day. They have not improved, and I'm afraid maybe I don't even have yeast and this treatment was just irritating them! Not sure what to do next. I'm on probiotics now, cut out dairy & sugar, and have been consuming lots of Kefir & plain yogurt. Baby probiotics are in the mail as well as liquid GSE. I hope those help. I stopped using the vinegar & nystatin this morning and will try plain coconut oil on my nipples instead.
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  • @llli*ap.goodwill's Avatar
    November 15th, 2016, 06:03 PM
    Hello Everyone! First of all, I wanna thank you for this wonderful forum, reading it has helped me a lot. Now I am writing to ask for some advice from you because I feel like I am at the end of my tether. I will make my story as short as possible. I live in Warsaw, Poland. There is no well-established LLL community in Poland. You have to pay for IBCLC consults. I had my first baby, a son, in July. We had problems with his latch from the very first day. I know it now, didn’t know it then. Breastfeeding hurt, a lot. But I thought, that the problem will go away, when the nipples adjust. They didn’t. I have seen 4 different IBCLCs – 3 doctors, 1 midwife. I have had 7 appointments. I’ve been treated for thrush, both topically and orally – no improvement. They ruled out tongue-tie. They said the latch looked “ok”. At 8 weeks, I suggested to the midwife that the latch might be the problem. We were not able to correct it during our sessions. My boy has a VERY strong suck and a sweet SMALL mouth. He has a shallow and intensive latch. Never during those 4 months have I been able to get him to take enough areola in his mouth. My nipple always comes out shaped like a lipstick or flat. Not bruised, not bleeding, just red. And SORE. The pain lasts the entire feeding session, it is somewhat more bearable in the morning and gets worse at night.
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  • @llli*mgf's Avatar
    November 19th, 2016, 11:55 PM
    I posted before about my daughter when she was almost 3 months old. That post is here. No one has ever accused me of not being thorough, so apologies in advance for the very long post. Starting at 2 months she began to scream at the breast, completely refusing to eat a lot of the time. While she no longer screams at the breast, her nursing problems have only become worse. During the day, she might suck a little then pull off when there's a letdown and not go back. I have an overactive letdown. I am wondering if this traumatized her around 2 months and ruined our nursing relationship, but there are plenty of times where she nurses fine despite the letdown. It's also much less strong than it used to be. I used to have five streams shooting out but now it is just one. I have much less milk now too. Or she might nurse just a little. One ounce then pull off and refuse to eat any more. Or she might refuse to nurse at all. Definitely when we are in public or if there's something even remotely interesting in the room. She will be visibly hungry, clawing at me to eat and then refuse to eat or just eat a little. And I know babies can be efficient eaters. I am certain she is not eating as I weigh her and can hear minimal swallows. I know a good feed from a bad one.
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  • @llli*kcecy1107's Avatar
    November 15th, 2016, 08:32 PM
    My 4 month old has had tiny streaks of blood in stool since he was 6 weeks old. Usually too small to see unless I take the diaper to the window and look for it (second picture). He's never been fussy or spit up more than normal. He does have extremely explosive stools. He grunts, gets red, farts loud and then smiles after the poop comes out violently. Doctor and GI had me eliminate first all dairy, then soy and then I eliminated eggs, nuts and gluten too for two months. One of the hardest things I've done. Made me lose over 10 lbs when I'm already in the low 110s :( Nothing changed. Still the speck here and there. One day I looked and found a fissure when there was more than one speck (first pic with visible lots of blood). So now I check and this will happen ocasionally after the explosive poops and I'll see little red parts on his anus. GI had me re introduce foods and start probiotics to help explosive stool. Can the explosiveness cause tears? He isn't constipated but he strains. He's thriving and growing but I'm so concerned although doctors don't seem to be. I'm willing to make any sacrifice to breastfeed but I feel like I may be hurting my son with my milk :( Also attaching how his little skin gets after very explosive stools. He has 1-2 stools per day
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  • @llli*mommadaw's Avatar
    November 25th, 2016, 05:13 PM
    Ive been having to much milk on one side. The normal fullness feeling of the mornings is happening throughout the day. It's not painful at all, I just touch my breast and am like whoa! Hard! I've been hand expressing before baby eats. He's 2 months. When I hand expression and get my milk going it just flows and flows and flows. It takes forever to stop flowing. And when it's going all I have to do is lightly apply pressure to my breast and the strength of the flow gets even stronger. It's crazy. Most of the time baby is okay. He coughs a couple times a day when eating. He has days where he spits up more then others. His poop varies from neon seedy yellow to a frothy greenish yellow. (Not all green). I know this means he's not getting as much fatty milk but I attribute this to the supply issue on one side. He's gaining fine. He's is fussy at night 5pm-10pmish but not any other time during the day. Im taking lecithin twice a day to to prevent clogged ducts (have for awhile). But i just want to make sure hand expressing (even as much as i am) and waiting for my body to adjust is whats best? Also he typically only takes 1 breast per feeding.
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  • @llli*norajsmama's Avatar
    December 2nd, 2016, 12:36 PM
    My baby is two months old exactly, and she only gained 1lb in this past month. My pediatrician, who is really great and supportive of breast feeding, didn't seem overly concerned because my daughter's weight is still average for her age and she is off the charts for height (as in greater than the 99th percentile). So in this past month, her poops went from normal thick yellow to tons of mucous and green. She poops at least 4-6x per day, has huge blow outs, of this weird poop. It does seem to bother her when she goes. She has like 6-8 wet diapers a day. The Dr. suggested no dairy for a month for me, and then we will re-weigh her at 3 months. Does this makes sense as the only course of action? I asked about seeing an LC and she didn't seem to think it was necessary. The Dr. thinks that it is allergy related because her diaper output is great and she seems very happy, but that possibly she isn't fully absorbing the nutrients in the milk (going by the mucous in her poop and that she has so much green mucous poop every day). My baby is really happy, smiling, sleeps a normal amount and is generally very happy unless it's her fussy time from like 5pm-8pm. She is exclusively nursing, no bottles, we don't use a pacifier. She does prefer to sleep in the baby swing for naps (sleeps in bed with me at night) and I have tried offering nursing to sleep but it seems like she will only nurse to sleep for her fussy time at night and all during the night in bed with me. I pump 1-2x...
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  • @llli*lil-as-mama's Avatar
    November 29th, 2016, 04:47 PM
    A while ago my now-7 week old started having a lot of green frothy poops, so I became concerned that he isn't getting enough hindmilk. At that time he was nursing very briefly (5-8 minutes at a time) and frequently, and I thought maybe he wasn't staying on the breast long enough to get to the hindmilk, so a friend recommended block feeding to help him get to it. At first I was afraid to try this because I didn't want to decrease my supply. However, shortly after that I started to suspect that part of the problem is that he has been dealing with oversupply issues, because of the following signs: -the green frothy poops--he has always had one or two of these on occasion but recently he's been having them almost exclusively. Even when they were the normal color they have always been extremely watery. They are always green now--sometimes green and frothy and sometimes green and sticky.They have also started smelling; they didn't before. He also struggles a lot with gas. -the timeline of his recent green poops has roughly corresponded with me feeling fuller and more engorged recently -he fusses and cries a lot while nursing -he sometimes coughs and gags -he stiffens his back and pulls away while nursing, sometimes after letting go and sometimes while still latched on -he either nurses very briefly or, when nursing longer, pops of and back on repeatedly
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  • @llli*lisamk's Avatar
    November 18th, 2016, 12:35 PM
    I need some help to identify the problem I am having with pumping. My LO is 4 months and I returned to work 1 month ago. I am pumping 4 times a day and averaging 14 ounces. It is extremely hard work to get these 14 ounces. I pump for 30-40 minutes to get 4.5 ounces. I try double pumping/single pumping, hand expressing, positioning the shield etc.I have replaced all parts and tried different shield sizes, nothing seems to make a difference. (I am pumping with a new Medela Pump in Style. I have made sure all parts and components are in working order, but suction doesn't feel that great. I mean it gets the job done but I use it on the highest setting and barely feel it). I look at photos of baby while I pump, I try de-stressing techniques etc. I'm eating oatmeal and lactation cookies and chugging water etc. I tried Fungreek (mothers milk tea) and it actually worked great but gave LO horrible gas. I'm not sure if I have a pumping issue or a supply issue. I lean towards a pumping issue because I have to work so hard to get the milk out and my last 2 ounces or so usually come from hand expression techniques used in tandem with the pump. However, I am considering supply problems because my LO is nursing much longer and far more frequently. He is nursing every 90 min- 2 hours for 45 minutes each time. I need help because I cant live like this. Its affecting my job spending this much time and attention pumping. When I'm home I feel like I have no time to do anything with...
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  • @llli*noelle.black's Avatar
    November 15th, 2016, 01:33 PM
    Hi Mamas! I'm new to this forum but I am in dire need of some support. I am almost 4 months postpartum with my first baby and I've been back to work for a month. I find that I am stressing out about pumping enough at work. My son is still eating every 2 hours or less at daycare and it feels like I'm barely keeping up at work! How do you increase your milk supply if you're missing your baby's cluster feedings?? I have a hard enough time pumping 3 times a day at work. I've even increased the pumping time to 25 minutes hoping it will help and power pump on Saturdays and Sundays but I'm literally exhausted. I know stress doesn't help my supply so I think I just need a plan to increase my supply just enough where I can get two weeks ahead of him.. is that even possible?:confused:
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  • @llli*jlm01's Avatar
    November 14th, 2016, 03:40 PM
    I am feeling discouraged at my complete lack of schedule. My three-month old seems to be constantly overtired. He wants to nurse all day and will not take a proper nap. He eats to the point of the milk coming back up and then wants more. I posted a separate question about his urine output. He always has pee when i check his diaper but it becomes less heavy as the day goes on. I was wondering if this indicated a supply issue? So basically he eats on and off all day so never takes a full feed and only naps in my arms if he happens to fall asleep nursing. He is not taking full feeds or naps. I know a schedule is not great for breastfeeding but i feel if he was better rested he wouldnt be nursing so much. I expected this from a newborn but i thought it would be better by now.
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  • @llli*jensmith's Avatar
    November 29th, 2016, 07:04 PM
    My baby is 6 days old and for the past 3 days, my severe engorgement and oversupply are already making me want to quit. I understand engorgement is normal soon after birth but this is just so reminiscent of my last experience breastfeeding my son and it was horrible oversupply issues for 6+ months. Similarly to my son, my newborn daughter is screaming at the breast, pulling off, having a lot of difficulty latching on my rock hard breast. I know with my son he had a big aversion to nursing most likely due to all the unpleasantness that goes along with oversupply. I REALLY don't want that to happen again it was heartbreaking to have so many tears with every feed : ( Things I've tried so far: cabbage leaves, ice packs, hand expressing a tiny bit before a feed, pushing my fingers on my areolas around my nipple back towards my chest to soften (can't remember the name of this technique but I read about it on here). Nothing seems to be helping in the least bit. I think because she is getting so much milk so quickly that's why she is only nursing usually for 5 minutes at a time. This isn't even taking a dent out of my enforcement (well it does relieve a bit of discomfort but even after she feeds, my breast and still very hard and lumpy). She sleeps most of he morning (I wake her to nurse after 2.5 hrs to nurse if she doesn't on her own but if she's still sleepy, she just falls asleep at the breast quickly again). Around 3pm she wants to start cluster feeding and this...
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  • @llli*carmenoct24's Avatar
    November 30th, 2016, 04:04 PM
    My baby is 5 weeks old and ebf. For last few weeks her poop has been green and then yesterday and today I have started manually pumping (just a few minutes after I feed her). All of a sudden her poops went back to yellow. Obviously that´s great, but I wonder why that might be??? Especially given that that would technically be her hindmilk or no? Maybe it is just a coincidence though.
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  • @llli*loz007's Avatar
    November 14th, 2016, 06:10 PM
    Hello, I think I'm really just after some support from like minded people. For the past few weeks I've been feeding to sleep, co-sleeping, feeding back to sleep and rocking my 8 month old son back to sleep when he wakes in the night (4-5 times). Prior to this I would rock, bounce or feed my son to sleep and place him into his bassinet where he would sleep a nice 6-7hours. Then entered the 4 month sleep regression and he was waking more frequently and needing to be fed or rocked back to sleep, held until in a deep sleep before I could lay down or place back into his cot. This process was taking an hour or more each time and I simply could not sustain it. We persevered with helping him learn to fall asleep in his bed by patting and shushing etc. This worked ok until he started rolling. After 2 months of effort to get him to sleep using this method and still having frequent wakings or just being awake so long in the night sitting beside him shushing and patting I 'gave up' and we now co-sleep. Thankfully I can now feed him or rock him to sleep and then place him down beside me almost immediately so each wake-up is much less of an ordeal and I can stay horizontal for most of the night :clap. I do however suffer from PND/anxiety, which I am being treated for but I'm finding i'm having a bit of self doubt over our new sleeping arrangement.
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  • @llli*sarahfv's Avatar
    December 2nd, 2016, 01:38 PM
    I'm reading so many mixed things.. I want to start getting baby used to the bottle (once our thrush problem is gone). Here's my plan based on what I've read.. can you help me out with my questions? I plan to start at 4-5 weeks -I'll start with baby getting a small amount of milk from a bottle right after an evening feed just to get used to it... -Then pump half hour after morning feed daily so my husband can cover a night feed. Questions... - If I go 5 hours at night without feeding will my supply decrease? -How much should I pump for a 4-5 week old?
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  • @llli*jamiebattle4's Avatar
    November 27th, 2016, 08:40 PM
    My son has been throwing up since birth I have tried everything from burping him between breasts, only allowing him to nurse for a short amount of time (thinking i was overfeeding him), goats milk, formula ( was given pain medicine at the hospital and had to pump and dump before I could nurse again), zantac (that was prescribed to him), gripe water, different ways of burping him, letting him lay still after he falls of the breast for a little bit before trying to burp him, and nothing works he also has gas and gas pains and won't take a poop some days for over 12 hours. I've tried warm bath, bouncy seat with the vibration on, gripe water, tummy massage, for both the throwing up and gas I've changed my diet as well I'm at my wit's end I can't figure out what to do. Most times that I nurse he falls of and before I can even put him on my shoulder to burp him it's all coming out sometimes it's straight milk but mostly it's curdled milk and alot of it we go through a lot of clothes when he wears them (at home he is only in a diaper) when we go out I have to bring 2-3 outfits with us about an outfit every 1-2 hours. He also get hiccups about 5-7 times a day he got them 3-5 times a day while I was pregnant with him.
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  • @llli*ramona's Avatar
    November 22nd, 2016, 02:10 PM
    My son is almost 16 months, and usually nurses at nap time (once in the p.m), before bed and throughout the night. He will sometimes ask to nurse once or twice throughout the day on top of this. I would say he averages 5-8 sessions on a 'normal' day. The problem right now is that he has a cold and is super stuffy and congested which is making it very difficult for him to nurse. I'm offering as much as I can but he is just not getting much (I don't think) he will sometimes try but is popping on and off with trying to breathe and mostly just fiddling with my nipple. My concerns are - he is not getting enough fluids - I've been offering water and tried pumping and putting in a cup. But also, I am starting to get engorged! I tried pumping last night and this morning, but I have no idea how often/long I should be doing this for. I'm worried about getting mastitis, and also worried about my supply taking a huge dip. If it does, is it likely to come back up once he starts nursing more? Any suggestions or tips on how to manage this?
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  • @llli*carmenoct24's Avatar
    November 25th, 2016, 12:20 AM
    Hi, Sorry if there is a post somewhere about this, but i cannot find one... My baby is 4 weeks old and is EBF. I will be returning to work part-time at 3 months. Luckily I work for my husband´s company and the office is super close to my house so I will have lots of flexibility. Nevertheless, I would like to go ahead and start preparing for the return to work... by starting to pump to see how much I need, how much I can pump... basically I want to get all the kinks worked out before returning to work. That way I can ensure my supply isn´t affected. Right now I just have a manual pump, but am in the process of selecting an electric pump that I will buy soon. I guess I´m just kinda lost as to how to start pumping as right now she only nurses. As I understand it, my body is producing only what she eats so if I start pumping I will be taking away from that supply??
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  • @llli*jaxsnaxmom's Avatar
    November 18th, 2016, 12:11 PM
    Ok my baby is 2&1/2 weeks old, breast feeding started off great! Now he will feed for about 15min then when he falls asleep I wake him up by changing him or putting lotion on him which has always worked, only now this week he will fuss and won't latch as well if at all. I had major complications when I had him which caused me to have to use a nipple shield, but I have not eaten anything out of the ordinary I've stuck to the same food that I know won't upset him. I just don't know what to do!!! Please help a new mom out!
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  • @llli*jstan's Avatar
    December 7th, 2016, 03:56 AM
    Hi everyone, to cut tge long story short, my baby had a tongue tie release at 1 month. I started relactating at 2 months and he is now 3 months. However, I notice that his suction is still not strong enough to trigger let downs for the hindmilk. So my breasts are constantly not emptied, hence supply has gone stagnant. Does anyone have any idea on how I could help him strengthen and use his tongue muscle? He was bottle fed for a few wks after tongue tie as I stopped breastfeeding due to mastitis and abscess. Now we are using the SNS for all feeds but still it is different from breastfeeding because milk flows easily from the tube.
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  • @llli*candlesandcoffee's Avatar
    November 22nd, 2016, 08:52 PM
    Hi all, This will be somewhat long and I'm not really sure what I'm looking for. Preface this by saying my lo is 2 months 25 inches and 16 pounds. I was a big baby, my boyfriend was not. He is bug now, however. We're both overweight, him more so. He is not EBF, he gets fed bottles either of breast milk or formula. But most of the time I nurse him as I am a SAHM. I've seen him eat anywhere from 3-5 ounces from a bottle and be fine. 2 definitely doesn't seem like enough for him. But I also know it's easier to eat from a bottle and so maybe he doesn't realize he's full yet. His dad and my mom always stop to Burp him after every ounce.
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    December 1st, 2016, 07:41 PM
    Okay, so again - breastfeeding my first kid and I am still learning. I thought I was doing alright but a few friends of mine that I have met through BF meet ups that they are taking this supplement or that. They all say it's something that we "should" be taking. So I wanted to come here, and ask what you guys thought. I have questions about prenatal while nursing, DHA, vitamin D, and things to help immune system. The prenatal I take is this... is this a good prenatal, and is this missing anything? Garden of Life myKind Organics Prenatal Once Daily My prenatal DOESNT have any DHA. I am trying to stay away from any mercury possibilities. Does anyone have any good recommendations for DHA? Also, my little guy takes currently Vitamin D drops. But was told that I could take Vitamin D and as long as I take 6400ui then it would be fine. Prenatal has 600, so I could just take a supplements. Any recommendations about this?
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  • @llli*jensmith's Avatar
    November 27th, 2016, 06:41 PM
    I have a 3 day old newborn who is nursing anywhere from every hour to every 3 hours. Today is the first day I'm pretty engorged and also the first day she seems really sleepy all day and having a hard time staying awake (I'm trying undressing her to keep her awake but it's not working). She's having enough poopy and wet diapers so I'm not too concerned. However, she's starting to have liquidy blowouts. Sometimes I can only get her to nurse for 3 minutes or so before she falls asleep. Then it might be a few minutes anywhere to another hour or 2 before she nurses again. It's enough to relieve a little pain from the engorgement but I'm afraid she's only getting the watery foremilk and not any of the higher calorie hindmilk. My question is, if she only nurses a few minutes on one side, should I switch sides for the next session an hour or so later to keep my breasts from getting more engorged or should I put her back on the same breast in order for her to get that hindmilk? Ps I had a lot of oversupply and fast letdown with my last baby so I'm trying to avoid that too!
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  • @llli*florida2001's Avatar
    November 13th, 2016, 10:13 AM
    My 12-month-old doughter is down to nursing twice sometimes three times a day, . I have enjoyed a nice nursing relationship but I think is time to learn her how to fall asleep without nursing. Nursing is also becoming painful and so uncomfortable. I do not know what is that, but Ella is latching so hard that my skin around nipples is broken down.It hurts. I have always nursed her down for naps. It was just easy and reliable, what can I say. For the last week I have substituted rides in the stroller, as well as a few car rides. The problem is Ella keeps screaming and crying. There are days she fall asleep after crying, but I think it is because she gets really tired. I do not mind to nurse her before bed, I think this is nice routine how to go sleep, but what bother me is that she still keeps waking up twice sometimes three times during the night, crying, screaming. I always try to wait couple of minutes to enter her room and give her breast. Sometimes she fall asleep, but most of the time she keeps screaming. I do not know if she is hungry or just nurse for comfort. i am thinking if she does that for comfort she would latch only few minutes, but in her case she is drinking about 10-15 min. i do not know what to do, but I would like some help how to start napping during the day without nursing and also not to breastfeed her during the night. she is good eater, the dinner is always around 7PM, usually big bowl of puree veggies with meat or fish, cheese, her...
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  • @llli*tmoseley's Avatar
    November 25th, 2016, 11:58 PM
    Hello, My baby is 4 weeks old and I've developed a triangle shaped crack in the middle of my left nipple that has become more pronounced and painful. The skin inside the crack seems raw however it is not bleeding. I've only seen one faint trace of blood yesterday in the crack when it was engorged. What can I do to heal this crack? Can I stop nursing on the left side for a couple days and then supplement baby with bottle? Any help welcome.
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  • @llli*ev8199's Avatar
    November 14th, 2016, 02:22 PM
    Hello. I'm trying relactation with my 6 month old. I've read to pump pump pump. What if when you pump? nothing is coming out. I just started pumping 10-15 min every 2 hours today. The more I pump, the less milk comes out. So far a total of 1/2 ml I pumped today. I just don't know if this were to continue, how much patience should I have before throwing in the towel. Can someone please offer me advice? Thanks
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  • @llli*mommadaw's Avatar
    November 24th, 2016, 12:00 PM
    My LO is 2 months old. Lately, he's been staying awake for HOURS (like 3, 4, even 5). I knows he tired but fights sleep. Eventually he gets hungry (duh), but his latch isnt good, he Bob's on and off, doesn't really suck, shakes his head back and forth fastz and I feel like this is a result of being exhausted. If we get in the car, he's asleep in five minutes. But otherwise the kid will not fall asleep, not eat, not do anything. Evening laying down skin to skin cuddling him, letting him comfort nurse, doesn't really work. Is this a growth spurt thing?
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  • @llli*joelley's Avatar
    December 6th, 2016, 02:26 AM
    Hello everyone, There's so much great advice and kindness on these forums. Hoping you can help us too!! I have a few issues just now I'm wondering about. Our daughter is 11 months and we bedshare. Approx 2 months ago, breastfeeding to sleep stopped working, and I have to walk about and rock her to sleep. This is hard as she is over 22lbs and often takes much longer. If I don't rock her she cries and even if I cuddle her, rock her lying down etc, she doesn't show any capacity to fall asleep any other way at present. Is this normal in other people's experience for feeding to sleep habits to change? She does still occasionally fall asleep feeding if she's exhausted. This makes me wonder if I should be changing her naps to earlier so she is more tired at bedtime? Or should I just accept this phase is over and how can I then best help her fall asleep without being rocked? The other big question for us is about whether to continue to bedshare. She wakes frequently, 4-8 times per night, and mostly will feed back to sleep at these times. I have read lots about the rationale for bedsharing and feel confident it has been/ is good for her to stay close to me, but I am having a bit of a crisis of confidence about whether it is still the right thing. I'm concerned that I wake her up and disturb her sleep more than if she slept alone. And I return to work soon so a bit apprehensive about surviving on such broken sleep. Husband and I have talked about whether to work towards her...
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