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  • @llli*newmommy5-13-13's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:32 AM
    My baby boy is 2.5 months old. I am wanting to get him used to taking a bottle so I can work once or twice a week.. I've tried lansinoh momma, avent, and now munchkin latch.. my biggest issue is that he has a bad gag reflex, so i was thinking that maybe there are bottles with shorter nipples? He does fine latching on me, even with his very minor lip and tongue time... with the bottle he usually latches fine, but then starts gagging on it, he wasn't able to take a pacifier without gagging really bad. With the bottle eventually he'll figure it out right in his mouth, but to begin with he gags a lot, which tends to make him upset. Any advice is welcome!
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  • @llli*leemami's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:32 AM
    Hello ladies I'm 32 weeks pregnant, and I have an 2.5 yo toddler too. Last year, before I got pregnant, my best friend picked me as her maid of honor. I was soooo excited, I helped her as much as I could from here. She lives in Washington state, where the wedding is going to be, and I live in Mississippi. The shortest trip is a 2 plane ride, about 7-8 hours total. Eeesh... Anyway, after I got pregnant, I told her and she was like !?!?!?! Please tell me you're still coming!!, and since the baby is due in May and the wedding is in August, I was like yeah, I can still go! Well, now we are getting into ordering bridesmaids dresses, etc, etc, and I was talking to my hubby yesterday about it, and I think he had forgotten about it. He didn't want to go in the first place anyway, he's not very fond of traveling by plane. So the first thing he told me was: tell her you won't go, how are you going to do with the breastfeedi ng thing? That was it. I freaked out.
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:41 AM
    I have a ten week old, she will be twelve weeks a day after I go back to work on April 6th. I've been almost exclusively breastfeeding, with some supplementation of formula (at most three oz daily). She is 8 lbs at last weigh in at drs office (last Friday). She's gotten bottles of both breastmilk and formula given by my husband and we have a syringe in case she won't take the bottle (she often won't take the formula from me). I have been pumping about once a day since my milk came in and have some in the freezer. I'm planning on starting to pump more a few days before I go back to work to have some in the fridge for my husband. I'm interested in getting a better idea of how to handle this and am not sure how much I should shoot for. My husband wants to save the freezer stash for later but I think we should use a little just bc I think it will be hard to pump enough and nurse at the same time while I'm home. I know she'll need at least twelve oz or so, possibly double or triple that. I have an eight hour workday, but commute so will be gone around ten hours. Thoughts? I'm also dreading the first day of our new morning routine . . .getting up with so little sleep and transferring her to her bed since we've been cosleeping and its working well but she can't be in bed with my husband asleep. She's too young and he has sleep apnea anyway. How have others handled this?
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  • @llli*rubyluv's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:57 AM
    My baby is 4.5 months old. At 3 weeks age she had her frenulum and lip tie released . At that point she was having a hard time with the flow, very gassy, fussing at the breast, and her top lip didn't curl out. A month after the procedure I noticed that they both seemed to grow back. However, she was gaining weight and I was a bit traumatized by the procedure and didn't want to take her back for second time. I'm finding that this week my nipples are sore. She seems to have a hard time 'keeping suction' while latched and often it sounds like she is swallowing air/gulping while nursing. Now that she is older she is also moving her head around quite a bit more, and that doesn't help with losing suction. Her top lip still doesn't curl out. Ive also posted earlier about my concerns with supply, and I'm wondering if this is a factor? At her 4 month check-up her weight was good, 75th percentile. I'm contemplating whether its worth having the tongue/lip tie release done again. My concern is that breastfeeding will become increasingly more difficult as she grows if this issue is of significance.
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  • @llli*lizziew3's Avatar
    Today, 02:44 AM
    Hi everyone, I recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl! She was born at 29 weeks 5 days via emergency c-section due to severe preeclampsia and has been in the NICU for 20 days. She will continue to be there for about 5 more weeks (minimum) so she can grow, but has been doing amazing. I have been pumping like a madwoman- every 3 hours- and still am only producing about 30ml per session. While this is fine for now because she only eats 29ml per feed, I am concerned about my supply. I am working with a LC and doing all of the things that she suggested... fenugreek, oatmeal, TONS of water, mother's milk tea, hand expressing before pumping, power pumping (though only do this every other day due to time constraints), pump for 10, rest 5, pump for 10 during regular pumping sessions, and she just prescribed domperidone (though I am waiting for it to arrive and it will take at least another 5 days). I am worried about when her feeds increase because I think it will be before I make more milk and I don't want to supplement. I feel like my milk is the only thing I can actually do to help her while she is in the NICU. Feeling frustrated and sad. Any suggestions?
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  • @llli*lizziew3's Avatar
    Today, 02:26 AM
    Hi everyone! I am a new mommy to a beautiful 20 day old baby girl. She was delivered at 29 weeks 5 days due to my preeclampsia and has been in the NICU so she can grow. She has been doing great and we are blessed for that. I have been pumping like a madwoman- every 3 hours religiously and still have a pretty low supply- only just making around 1 oz each session. I am working with a LC to get it up (including medication). As of right now, that is fine because that's all she is eating per feed. I have felt a lot of pressure about this, especially tonight because I slept through not 1, but 2 (!) of my night time pumping sessions! I have been exhausted between pumping every 3 hours and the stress of having a baby in the NICU, so I guess my body just turned off the alarm and rolled over. What do I do? How do I get back on track!? Is this even okay? Is my already low supply going to be even lower now? I feel so bad that I did this, especially because she eats everything that I make EVERY time. I really don't want to have to supplement because I feel like this is the only thing I can do to help her while she is in the NICU :cry
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  • @llli*bxlgirl's Avatar
    Today, 02:54 AM
    Hi mama, congrats!!! How are things going for you now?
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  • @llli*bxlgirl's Avatar
    Today, 02:42 AM
    I agree with MaddieB that cup feeding could be the route. Another perspective: babies are smart. They will know that mama is not around to give a first-class dining service. So a baby with a caregiver will either take a cup or bottle or will might decide to use the time away as a fasting period (which usually occurs during long sleeps) and reserve eating time with mama. This switch feeding could also be temporary, and with gentle and consistent offers of a bottle or cup by a caregiver baby might decide to feed during this time. My children both balked a little at first and didn't drink a lot of milk, but quickly adapted and would take bottles at crèche. Honestly I never attempted bottle feeding my bf children, and my preschoolers both took their first bottles at crèche and did fine. With my firstborn we tried Playtex bottles and Medela bottles (NAYY to both), both with the smallest opening to mimic the slow flow that bfing gives. DD's caregiver told us DD liked the Medela version better, so we stocked up on Medela. When our second child went into crèche he went with the Medela bottles and it was fine. So you might find that your baby will quickly adapt even if you never give her a bottle or cup before leaving her with a caregiver. Would your caregiver be willing to do some babywearing or something like that to soothe baby, and then offer a bottle while wearing LO? Because a stressed baby is more likely to refuse a bottle. Just an idea!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:51 PM
    Ok here is some info on hand expression: http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/06_hand_expression.pdf Videos: http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/HandExpression.html There are more videos on youtube suggested by LLL but google is not letting me sign in so I have not personally viewed then to see how helpful they are, but here are the links: goo.gl/VIC4fj and goo.gl/iUN15U
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:04 PM
    :hug We all do unreasonable stuff for our spouses. It's just part of marriage. My husband worries that our younger daughter might hurt herself with a knife, so I don't set a knife next to her dinner plate despite the fact that I have never heard of anyone buttering themself to death. But that's a relatively small compromise that in no way effects quality of life. Being forbidden to travel by plane with your children... That's a pretty big deal that does effect your quality of life, because it makes it impossible for you to travel to important life events. As a result, I personally would see travel as an issue to go to the mat over.
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  • @llli*leemami's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:46 PM
    The reason I can't travel with baby is hubby. He's just particular about traveling by plane, I asked him that the best way to do this was what mommal and all of you have suggested as the easiest way. And he just don't want to travel himself or me bringing the kids in a plane with me. I know, it's silly, but I've learned how to live with it. We don't travel too far when we do anyway, so it's been ok, until now. And I'm usually the one who has to travel for work and stuff... I do too think the least stressful way to attend is with baby. But unless I want a different stressful episode right now, that's not an option. So... I guess I need to go ahead and back out now. Possibly lose a friend if she's not truly a friend like it's has been mentioned in this thread too. This travel issue it's gonna come up again soon. I have a sick family member who's overseas and I wanted to visit, actually before I got prego. I planned, and had to cancel b/c I had to get extra shots after I was pregnant just due to travel protocols, and shots weren't safe for pregnant women. Sorry for venting my marriage issues here, it kinda just came up... anyway, that trip is still pending, and I probably would like to go sometime this year if the extra shots are safe while bf'ing. Sometimes is really hard to balance everything. Although my family is always first. but I do consider this particular friend as family too. That's the hard part. The good side (I guess...) is that I haven't spent any...
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:50 PM
    Hmm . . . Not sure I'm comfortable with her laying in bed with my husband unless he's awake. But, I could try to feed her about an hour before I need to leave then see if she will settle in her bed as I get ready. If she wakes, husband can take care of soothing her (& I can get him out of bed) and she will at least have been fed. It's not completely what I want (I want them both to be able to sleep in till their normal time) but I don't get what I want anymore most of the time anyway now! And that's okay. I have one lansinoh bag. I got it as a sample somewhere, but I haven't used it because it takes six oz and I pump nowhere near that in a session right now. I'm using the medela bags because they came with the bottles I think. Or something. I have two boxes of them so plan to use those up first, but it's been slow going since they are five oz so it takes me a few days to fill them, especially if I don't pump in the morning. I'm sure I'll go through then faster when in pumping at work. In hindsight, I probably should've started with the bags, but oh well. It doesn't matter now. Maybe I'll order more of the 2.5 oz bottles. I'm not even sure how many bottles my husband will go through in a day and we may need more than what we have.
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  • @llli*m11612's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:44 PM
    My dd had a hard time with bottles at first. I was really focused on the gagging thing too. I kept thinking, "if I could just find a short enough nipple. . ." It turned out that bottle type and nipple size/shape did not matter. Once she was ready she did fine, equally with all the different types. In hindsight, I think she choked because she was fighting it. I stressed so much about this and taught her caregivers cup feeding (which she hated) too just in case. I was convinced she'd be upset and hungry away from me all day. It turned out that they figured it out. Dad had his own approach to get her to accept the bottle, thr sitter a different approach. They both did follow paced bottle feeding. I could never give her a bottle and she never took one except when I was at work. What helped me was a backup plan. I was close enough that I could go to her if she needed me to. Also, she was brought to me at lunchtime. Oh, the wasted worry, effort and money trying different bottles all unnecessary. We mostly used the bottles that came with my medela pump in style.
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:43 PM
    Thanks for the update and congrats on a year of nursing! That's wonderful! Toddler nursing is a lot more relaxed in a lot of ways.
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:40 PM
    If you want to use the 2.5 oz bottles to feed with, you can store milk in the fridge or freezer in plastic bags. I liked the ones Lansinoh makes, which were easy to stack, but there are various brands. Yes, it is typical not to get much when pumping when you are pumping in addition to nursing, so I agree, no need to be concerned. Do you think baby won't wake up when you try to transfer her to the bed? I definitely always nursed before leaving (often more than once), then baby won't need a bottle for a couple of hours, nor do you need to pump immediately. If baby is still sleeping when you leave you can dreamfeed. Actually if baby's natural rhythm is to sleep later than you will be leaving, and you don't want to leave her in bed with your husband, maybe it would help to do the transfer when you're ready to leave right after you nurse her (which may help her settle back down to sleep). I guess if baby wakes up she wakes up and then your husband has to get up in any case. And yes, it does take longer to be ready in the morning! But if you wait until right before leaving to nurse and transfer, then she will be asleep while you get ready which should make things faster - assuming you feel comfortable leaving her in the bed during that time.
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  • @llli*mksb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:39 PM
    I'm also experiencing this, though I just started trying to relocate today. I nursed (struggled a lot - both of us!) for the first month and then gave up. It's been 5 months for me, too, and I want back in. I, too, hope it's not too late!
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  • @llli*mksb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:34 PM
    I'm just replying because I'm in a similar boat as you and would love to be notified if anyone has suggestions. I nursed for the first month (it didn't go very well for either of us) and it's been 5 months since. I'm also wanting to relactate. All I've tried so far is fenugreek capsules and pumping every 3 hours. I haven't had anything come out yet, but I sure hope it does. I'm glad you got some to start coming out! I've never heard of vitex; I'll have to look that up.
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:24 PM
    Comotomo, mimijumo, and playtex breast like nipple all say they are for bf babies. I don't really know, however, as I haven't tried them. I also don't know if they are available in stores, but Amazon has them.
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:11 PM
    My baby doesn't seem to gag but she's picky about taking the bottle so I've had to syringe feed her at times. I'm not sure if they are short nipples in comparison to what you mentioned but she will take Dr Brown's and medela nipples. There are nipples supposedly more like the breast but I can't remember what they are called and don't know if they are really any better. I will see if I can find the name.
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  • @llli*glovitiies's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:09 PM
    We've made it past the year mark with no end in sight! He still drinks about 5 ounces or some days more during the day but is still nursing at night. So, I am no longer worried about how much he is drinking during the day. I guess he just makes up for it when we are together. He still loves nursing even though he squirms around so much when he is doing it, and sometimes I even feed him while I walk around the house so he can still see what's going on around the house. Hopefully I will soon find out what it's like to nurse while pregnant, as I want to start trying for #3 in a month or two.
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:58 PM
    I never thought of renting a scale . . . ....I just ordered one from Amazon, and I couldn't find any that weighed less than half an oz. I will rent one if needed. Maybe I should've contacted a medical supply co. but that didn't occur to me at the time. I just wanted a scale, and fast. Dr wanted formula bc she's in the third percentile for weight but wasn't quite there at last appointment. However, she didn't want to sabotage the bf much and agreed to let me see the lc as well to see what she said. She wanted me to supplement a lot more than we are doing (1 oz after every feeding is what she suggested) but I can't get her to take that much and so I've just been trying to catch baby's cues earlier. The lc appointment really helped me feel more confident, as does the scale, and although bf still feels hard, it is easier and I feel better at it now. Also, both my mother and sister in law had similar issues with baby weight gain, so I think we just have small babies in our family . . . All of whom are healthy now. I told a dr that last week and she was not impressed, but she is not my daughter's regular dr and I wasn't supposed to see any dr that day anyway. That was my lc appointment! We're seeing the Dr Friday (the dr that knows her!) and maybe this time she will not push the formula. She wasn't pushy, just concerned, but I think she was worried about my supply. After seeing the numbers on the scale and taking to the lc, I think my supply is relatively normal.
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  • @llli*newmommy5-13-13's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:34 PM
    I'm only trying one ounce at a time and I'm doing my best to let him stick it in his mouth.
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:16 PM
    Oh, right, the formula! I know we're supposed to be giving it, but I don't think of it first. I'm so determined to breastfeed first I forget about it . . . That will make the first day a bit easier. I may pull out one frozen bottle of breastmilk just in case (they are in the 2.5 oz bottles), pump some starting Friday, and let him make up the rest with formula. I don't get a lot pumping now but I know that's typical since I'm mostly nursing when I'm with her so I'm not concerned yet. Unfortunately, we only have bottles that are four oz and up, but I've never given them to my husband with more than three oz, so he's used to that I think. I was pumping into the medela storage bottles at first, and they are two and a half oz I think. I dint have any more on hand though. I was thinking of letting my husband and baby sleep until she wakes. . .typically around six or seven am, which would mean I'd have to put her in her bed when I get up around five thirty, but that just may not be realistic, and I may need more time in the mornings now. Do people try to fit in a nursing session before they leave for work? I'm really uncertain if that would make it easier or harder for me. Because of my commute, leaving later than six is not ideal so I've always tried to do prep and shower the night before if possible. I could leave later but it would extend the time I'm away and I really don't want to do that. As for paced bottle feeding, we've talked about it and he's trying. She still...
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