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  • @llli*tomzgirl's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:31 PM
    Hi, there! I'm reaching out to see if there are any like-minded gals on this page. I've never been pregnant, but we are hoping to adopt a newborn soon, and I want to BF. I've read encouraging things about adoptive moms having success with induced lactation, so I plan to start pumping soon and see what happens. I'd be grateful for any advice, support and/or experiences you've had to help me on this journey!
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  • @llli*lvander's Avatar
    Today, 01:09 AM
    I nurse my 3mo(15 weeks) on demand all day. I am ebf and rarely use bm bottles unless leaving her with my parents. She eats every two hours for about 5 minutes at a time. My question is.. Is there anyway to get her to sleep longer hours at night? She goes to sleep around 830-9 and wakes up every three hours to eat. Again, she's very quick to eat and goes right back to sleep but once I'm up, its difficult to go back to sleep knowing she'll be back up in a few hours. TIA
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  • @llli*seattlemama's Avatar
    Today, 03:06 AM
    My 9.5mo boy has been very distractible since about 4-5mo and has gotten worse - I get it, all new milestones makes them that way. My problem is that nursing him has been a constant challenge since then and keeps getting harder. It became harder to nurse him without getting distracted and so I made his room darker and boring while nursing. It was still hard to nurse him without playing latch on latch off during the day and slowly he reduced the amount of time he would stay latched. Ok, I get that they get more and more efficient at nursing, but latching for just 2-3 min only at times? I mean c'mon how much could you be getting in that much?. Then a point came when he would only nurse before naps and during midnight wake-ups. And I learned to be ok with that as I'm a sahm. But now he's not giving me that either! He sometimes wakes up in the middle of the night and I wake up to go nurse him, and guess what - he doesn't want it! He just plays around and falls back to sleep sometimes after an hour or two, and then I have to wait till he wakes up again so I can feed him. And if he wakes up in the morning after that, then he doesn't want it either, or might take for just a short session! I'm losing it here, as I passionately want to breastfeed him for a long term, and this way its stressing me out. I mean every nursing session, I'm crossing my fingers that he stays latched on, and then I'm stresses as I never know when his next nursing session would be. He's not on a lot of solids...
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  • @llli*colomom27's Avatar
    Today, 08:18 AM
    Hello, I've been EBF my now almost 12 month old and co-sleeping at night. This morning I woke up and my left breast felt uncomfortable, like an engorged feeling. When I nurses her on that side the pain didn't go away, and now it really hurts. It feels painful to the touch even, allover the entire breast. Now when I nurse her on the other side, it REALLY hurts on the left side during my let down. There's no redness or heat that I can see and this all came on overnight. Does this sound like a little bit of mastitis to anyone? Or maybe something else?:confused:
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  • @llli*vanessaberg's Avatar
    Today, 09:56 AM
    My 4 week old daughter is very healthy, but nursing seems to cause her some pain... -she has steady weight gain (3/4 a nl each week) & is on the higher side of things to begin with over 11lbs already -I have a fast let down - spraying & she often 'gags' shortly after latching on, sometimes to the point where she stops breathing for a second or her lips are blue-ish when she unlatches & the trouble keeping up with the flow is audible -I'm pretty constantly leaking, much worse at night when I soak through everything but during the day as well -I've only felt 'empty' once after pumping -I pump 2x/day when my husband feeds her ebm (we swap so I'm hopefully not triggering more production) & have tried to pump or express by hand just enough at times so it's easier for her to latch on but never more than 1oz (again - for fearing of triggering more production) -when she takes the ebm bottle, it takes about 30 minutes for her to finish it -she nurses for under 10 min, consistently; more often than not she nurses for 3 minutes & passes out completely -she has over 12 bowel movements a day and is very noticeably gassy -she burps a lot & gets the hiccups with every feed as well
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  • @llli*holliska's Avatar
    Today, 01:07 PM
    I have 12 week old EBF twin boys who were eating every 3 hours, give or take, until around 2 weeks ago. Since then their feeds have gradually become more frequent and now we're down to every 2 hours. Around 10 days ago they also dropped a night feed so are now eating at 7pm, 4-5am and 7am. One of the boys has even slept right through a couple of times. Any thoughts on whether the two could be linked? Could it just be a growth spurt? I'm keen to know whether 2 hourly feeds are temporary or if it's the new norm! Thanks!
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  • @llli*babynm's Avatar
    Today, 01:30 PM
    My 10mo has been breastfed from birth. He will typically be breastfed in the morning and at night before going down. During the day, our nanny will bottle feed him pumped breast milk. The nanny has been feeding him since he was 3mo with no problem. The past 2 weeks, he will not take the breast milk from the bottle, sippy cup, spoon or straw. He continues to breastfeed normally. He has not been sick or is not actively teething. Is this normal? is he weening himself off the bottle? What should we do? We have been adding breast milk to his food during the day.
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  • @llli*alphawoman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:01 PM
    And just like that, as if in the blink of an eye, DS and I have been nursing for 3 years! :D My little lactivore is, by my calculations, only just in the last 2 or 3 months getting a little over half of his nutrition from fresh, mostly organic, whole foods. For anyone nursing a child who refuses to eat, this is my sweet boy who effectively only nursed until 2.25. The transition to solids will happen on your child's time. I managed to fill in his nutrition with a perfect food I make in my own body (that's a superpower, if you ask me!) thanks to domperidone from 13 months until the transition began in earnest. We now nurse anywhere from (I'd hazard) 6 to 8 times per day, sometimes as many as 10 times, with a few feeds overnight for good measure. DS has yet to STTN. Tonight, before going to bed, DS hugged my breasts and said, "I love you boobs!" I feel incredibly proud and empowered when I look at my amazing 3 year old (!) son because: A) I see a thriving, happy boy
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  • @llli*danikap's Avatar
    Today, 12:43 PM
    Hi all! I'm wondering if anyone has experience with nursing a toddler and a newborn and handling oversupply or overactive letdown. My 8 week old really struggles at the breast and chokes a lot. My toddler is dealing with transition to a new sibling so I am trying to allow her to nurse and feel included in feedings as well. I know about block feeding to decrease supply but not sure how that works with tandem. Do you just assign one side per child? I've tried to give my baby the emptier side but as much as she hates a super fast flow she also hates a slow one. She's gassy and mucousy greenish stools. She's pretty fussy. Any ideas? TIA!
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  • @llli*nmdoa3's Avatar
    Today, 03:06 PM
    After a long weekend of nursing and pumping every 2 hours around the clock to try to clear a clogged duct, I was diagnosed with mastitis this afternoon. My doctor suggested that I throw away the milk that I pumped (and stored in the freezer for when I return to work) over the weekend. Is this necessary?
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  • @llli*littlebabyh's Avatar
    Today, 11:39 AM
    My DD just turned 4 months (18 1/2 weeks) this past Saturday. Both Saturday and Sunday night when I fed her she would spit up a large amount to the point where I don't think she kept anything down. I feed her on a 3 hour schedule starting from around 7:15AM. On the weekdays she is with a nanny and she is bottled fed (with my milk) 3 times a day. I nurse her around 7:15 and she gets a bottle at her 10 , 1, and 4 o'clock feedings. Depending on her afternoon nap, I nurse her for her night time feeding at around 7:30 – 8 PM. We typically never go past 8PM. After I feed her, I put her down and she goes to sleep around 8:30 – 8:45 and sleep until 6 or 7 AM the next morning. Both Saturday and Sunday night, she has spit up SO much after her last feeding to the point where I don’t think she even ate anything. She doesn’t seem uncomfortable or fussy. She’s still smiling and laughing afterwards if I talk to her so I am so confused. On Saturday we were running behind so I didn’t feed until around 8:30ish, but the feeding before that she barely ate and threw up too so I thought she would be so hungry! She was fine all night and didn’t wake up the next morning until 7AM and we resumed our schedule Sunday. Sunday afternoon came around and we were off schedule a bit again and I didn’t feed her until 8:15, again she threw up so much. I stopped feeding her and just held her for about 20 minutes and every 5 minutes of so, she would burp and spit up. I didn’t feed her anymore and...
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  • @llli*joshuas.mommy14's Avatar
    Today, 11:33 AM
    When I first returned to work I would get anywhere from 4-6oz at each pump. I pump every 2 hours, since my son is nursing every 2 hours. In the past few weeks my supply has dropped. This morning in my first pump I barely got 2 ounces. I have some personal things going on and work is busy so I am definitely stressed. I am trying my hardest to manage my stress. I have also recently started several vitamins; fenugreek 3x/day, mothers love more milk supply 3x/day and blessed thistle 3x/day, but my supply seems to be going down instead of up. While at home my son has no problems nursing, and seems to be getting enough milk. My son is 3 months old, and sleeps through the night (down at 9:45-10 and wakes up at 5am) I use a medela electric double pump
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 09:21 PM
    From Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple, lactation textbook, Nancy Mohrbacher, 2010. On bloody stool: "If a baby has bloody stools and eliminating dairy from the mother's diet does not resolve them, they will most likely clear in time with continued breastfeeding." p. 520 (Italics mine) After description of a study of both breast and formula fed infants with bloody stool the results of which are too complicated to explain here: "If the baby's healthcare provider recommends suspending breastfeeding during a trial of hypoallergenic formula, suggest the mother discuss the possibility of continuing to breastfeed, as NO NEGATIVE OUTCOMES HAVE BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH THIS. P 521 (caps mine) Pm me if you would like to arrange to talk to me and I will read you the pages on the study.
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  • @llli*tomzgirl's Avatar
    Today, 09:04 PM
    You gals are all awesome! Thank you for taking the time to share such valuable info with a newbie.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 08:57 PM
    No. Not for regular mastitis. If is also perfectly safe to keep nursing baby- did Dr. tell you to stop that as well? I am not sure what the concern about the pumped milk is??? I am not 100% sure about the pumped milk if it is MRSA which is a little trickier but I assume you would have mentioned if it is that. Are you getting antibiotics? how are you feeling? Here is more info about mastitis. http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/18_mastitiswhatcanyoudo.pdf and plugs: http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/17_dealingwithplugsblebs.pdf
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 08:55 PM
    I would also suggest research lactation aids (Medela SNS, LactAid, or homemade.) Many adoptive moms are indeed able to produce milk, but whether they will ever make enough to feed baby entirely or to do so right away is a different story. Some do, some do not. A lactation aid allows baby to be supplemented as needed at the breast, so baby and mom continue to get the wonderful benefits of nursing at the breast while mom works on her production or even if she does not make quite enough. Plus baby nursing at the breast even with a supplementer is better for milk production. I strongly suggest that, within reason, don't let cost defer you from getting what is going to increase your likelihood of being able to breastfeed. If the cost of buying a new pump or renting a pump feels prohibitive, think about this...babies are expensive, but we tend to spend money on the wrong things. Almost everything on the typical new baby list from clothing to changing table to strollers can almost certainly be acquired for free as hand me downs or gifts, or for very cheap second hand. But in most cases, no one is going to get you what you really need to breastfeed- A new pump that is in impeccable working order (or a rented hospital grade pump) and a lactation aid, and perhaps a consultation or two with a good lactation consultant. So spend your money there is my suggestion.
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  • @llli*vf's Avatar
    Today, 08:40 PM
    Thank you for your reply. So, after trying to decrease my "oversupply" I ended up with a very painful plugged duct that lasted for about a week and the breast is still tender and slightly harder over that duct. I also introduced avocado in my diet and my milk seems to be less transparent and bluish. So, no more "block feedings". I also saw the infectionist today and she recommended that we follow-up with her in 3 weeks and if there is no improvement than she would recommend to switch my baby to hypoallergenic formula... This is what I really do not intend to do... So, the only solution is to keep following the diet. I am now eating the following: oatmeal, pears, apples, avocado, buckwheat, turkey fillet and potatoes. Tried some pork and onion, but not sure if will continue. Grapes and sunflower seeds resulted in more blood in the stool. The stool looks quite normal for the past 3 days (mustardy but liquid) with small blood dots here and there. When I told the infectionist what I am eating she looked very puzzled and said she was expecting to hear that I am actually eating dairy or soy or wheat or fish and she would tell me to remove them from my diet. She said she didn't expect me to be on such a strict diet and baby still having blood in his stool. Actually, she was surprised to hear that blood appeared in his stool only one week after I started the diet. The reason for going onto the diet was the gooey, mucousy and greenish stools that my baby was having. The...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 08:26 PM
    Ugh, it is very frustrating to be in between sizes: A couple things to think about - You can switch flanges as needed, and/or use a different flange size for each breast if needed. I am wondering it possibly you find that when you are fuller you need the larger and can use the smaller more comfortably when less full? If the smaller flange hurts but is otherwise giving you a better seal and better milk extraction, try lubing it up with olive oil to avoid injury. Play around with pump settings. I also used a symphony for a short time and found some of the settings really were too intense for me. Have you looked into alternative flanges from pumpin pals? http://www.pumpinpal.com/
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  • @llli*noodles610's Avatar
    Today, 08:05 PM
    I usually transfer them to Avent bottles prior to putting them in the fridge to avoid that issue. That way, if I need a quick feed and didn't pump, I just need to heat it up even at home. Is that bad?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 07:57 PM
    Absolutely. In my experience it was very simple and kind of relaxing in a weird way-, made simpler by the fact I was not worried about saving the milk.
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  • @llli*erin.in.middletown's Avatar
    Today, 07:52 PM
    I hear you on the more sleep sounding nice! My babe's sleep is really all over the map, with so much teething, crawling around, head bumping, distractions, etc during the day. The only piece that I've found that I can control that SOMETIMES gets me a little but longer of a sleep stretch at the beginning of the night is to do a dream feed. And to nap when babe does during the day if it's been a rocky night!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 07:48 PM
    Yes I agree suggest dad try pacifier or some other comfort measure if baby is not settling after a normal sized feeding. Nursing is as much about comfort as it is about the milk, but bottles are entirely about milk. When a breastfed baby is fussy and mom is there, it never hurts to offer to nurse and ask questions later...if baby is NOT settled by nursing, then other things can be tried. it is a bit different when mom is not there, as A baby may well try to comfort suck with a bottle and this results in overfeeding. So if baby is getting plenty of milk, other comfort measures will help avoid overfeeding. I will have to add this to my list of weird stuff breastfeeding is blamed for! Seriously I also think there is probably no reason to worry about one 6 ounce bottle or one day of baby eating more via bottle- it happens and may well be fine. I don't want to tease dad, I am sure he is doing a great job. It is hard to take care of a baby without the secret comforting weapon of nursing. some fussy baby ideas for dad to try? : http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/09_fussybabyideas.pdf and http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/10_what_about_partners.pdf My husband has his own sling in a gentlemanly gray shade and settled all our kids beautifully just walking around the house doing his thing with them in the sling.
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