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  • @llli*scoob626's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:42 PM
    Hi ladies, I feel a bit clueless here, bear with me :yikes:gvibes....my son will be a year in September, right when I go back to work part time. He will go to day care 2x a week for 9 hours each day...I have a lot of anxiety transitioning to all of this, and feel sad just thinking of being away from him, especially since he has never taken bottles... Anyway, he has really taken to solids recently and eats finger foods like crazy (peas, beans, blueberries, peaches, avocado, bananas, sweet potatoes, spinach, egg, pasta, toast) screaming for more. He took me by total surprise with this enthusiasm, since he had no interest the week prior, and I think his increased intake of solids in a couple days made my period come back! Since I am trying to keep his milk intake high up until he is a year, I nurse before and after and I only offer solids 1-2 times a day right now but I am wondering: generally what is a good milk to solid ratio once he is a year? Or in other words, what might this all look like once I don't have to worry about limiting his solids and maximizing his milk intake? I see the rule of 1.5 oz milk per hour we are apart...what might this look like at a year, if I start letting him take more solids, maybe 3 meals a day? How many oz of solids per meal (this is hard for me to measure because I always give him real food, no jars or puree)? If I let him eat all he wants, it seems he will never stop. Should I just let him eat all he wants once a year old? Do I need to...
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  • @llli*scoob626's Avatar
    Today, 08:17 AM
    Just found this, which is super helpful: http://kellymom.com/nutrition/starting-solids/toddler-foods/
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  • @llli*scoob626's Avatar
    Today, 08:02 AM
    Wow jen.r24 it is remarkable how similar our situation is! I visited our day care yesterday and I felt like a weirdo a bit, about a bunch of things :D For instance, I don't want my son in one of those standing bouncers, which they put him in immediately, and after they told me they give babies vitamin d milk at a year, I was confronted with a bunch of feelings, as I don't yet know what I am going to do re: cows milk with baby since my husband and I don't drink it because of environmental/political reasons...They will work with me and are cool, but I am left feeling like 'that lady'...I am probably going to have to bring in my own alternatives, which is the same as solids, as they use jarred foods and I make my own. What are you doing in terms of cows milk? Are you introducing it? Is the assumption that it should replace breast milk? Are babies fine until 2 years with mostly breast milk? The day care director stressed the importance of vitamin D cow's milk.
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  • @llli*saw30's Avatar
    Today, 07:51 AM
    Ok, another update. Saw the infant feeding specialist, she was great, watched a feed, asked loads of questions, she recognised the latch was shallow (unlike everyone else who was saying he looked like he was latched well) and she said he definitely has a tongue tie (also a bubble palate), and it's not a submucosal one, just further back than the really obvious ones. The feeding specialist is trying to get us moved ahead in the queue but at the latest his tie will be cut on the 9th of August. I am really happy that there is an identifiable problem and a clear path forward. She said whether or not cutting the tie helps she will work with us to improve things too.
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  • @llli*scoob626's Avatar
    Today, 07:47 AM
    Jen.r24, hi! So when I pump I probably get 3 oz total. Are you saying just send 3 oz for 9 hour day? Or am I expected to send 1.5 oz per hour, closer to 15 oz for 9 hour day? It is obviously less now that he is taking solids, but I am not sure how less...I detest pumping btw :D
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  • @llli*jen.r24's Avatar
    Today, 05:13 AM
    Hello!!! I have been talking about the very same issue on another thread here. I really don't have much to offer except what I'm *thinking* of doing which is basically pump once a day and just send in what I get for the next day :shrug I'm hoping that water, solids and what I pump will be enough. My little girl still loves to nurse but also if she is occupied and excited during the day she doesn't always look for it (and will just latch on then off despite me offering a lot). I'm sort of playing it that she will likely just stick to the morning/night time feeds and be alright with less during the day. Another friend of mine had a total boob monster who wasn't that interested in solids and she just sent in what she pumped and within about a month he wasn't really bothered with milk during daycare hours, upped his solids and still seeks out the boob 24/7 when at home all day with his mum. Like you I plan to go a 4 hour stretch or so as with work commitments I'll only be able to pump once at some point between 12-2pm and I'll be away from my girl from 8-6pm. Also I have no idea how much solids, I also do real food so I'm useless when it comes to amounts of food! Sorry I'm not much help :lol but it's good to have someone who is going through all the major transitions at the same time as me (and the all night nursing, not really sleeping thing)!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:43 PM
    Breastfeeding is like giving birth. It is natural, but natural is not the same as easy! You are not alone in struggling with this. Can you return to the pediatrician and ask about the lip tie? I would also want to ask the doctor for a referral to someone who specializes in breastfeeding issues. You might get lucky and find someone who knows how to give you hands-on help. At this point, what are you doing? 1. Only breastfeeding? 2. Only formula? 3. Breastfeeding and giving baby formula supplements? 4. Pumping?
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  • @llli*merobader's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:57 PM
    Thanks mommal I live in Egypt laction consultant isnot a real job in Egypt all wemen breastfeed their baby its just natural is someone have trouble she will try with advices from others but not professionals We took him to the bedatratin to see him and he was concerned about his bilirubin level he measured it subcutaneously it was 11 and ask for blood tests as he might have blood types incombitablty thanks good its not but bilirubin was 18 he told me to give him farmula & I did his latch was getting better I hope it doesnot affected by that we didnot ask about the lip tie :( cause his father think it's not important.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:54 PM
    Is it possible it is thrush but needs more aggressive treatment? Can you get a prescription to oral fluconazole? Jack Newman has a protocol that prescribes a loading dose plus continuing proper dosage. His info sheets on thrush might be worth a read. Thrush protocol http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=doc-CP Fluconazole http://www.nbci.ca/index.php?option=com_content&id=18:fluconazole&Itemid=17 GV http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=doc-UGV The best coverage I have seen about how to prevent reoccurrence of hard to get rid of thrush is in the book Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple. (Mohrbacher) She also explains the most likely symptoms of thrush to look for. Maybe one of your helpers can get a hold of this book and get you that information. Of course with thrush misdiagnoses is always a possibility. One cause of nipple damage and pain that is often overlooked is a bacterial infection on the nipple. I think diagnoses requires that a swab of the nipple is taken and tested. The treatment would be oral abs.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:42 PM
    If you think your expressed milk is going to waste, my first suggestion is to fix this problem. It is hard enough for a mom to pump what her child actually needs, let alone extra that is wasted! It is not so hard to prevent waste. For one thing, bottles of breastmilk that a child has drunk from do NOT need to be discarded. The bottle (or just the leftover milk) can be put in the refrigerator until the next feeding according to LLL bottle feeding guidelines. Unlike formula, breastmilk is resistant to bacteria making this practice very safe. Additionally, if your baby is not finishing her bottles, she can have smaller bottles sent for her, with even smaller "top off" bottles for use as needed. Otherwise, my best suggestion other than continuing what you are already doing is to troubleshoot your pump. Also, I recently read where breast massage before or during pumping has been shown to increase milk extraction. Of course massage, breast compressions and hand expression along with pumping have been suggested for a long time, but now I think there is actually a study backing up this suggestion. Comparing to formula feeding situations is confusing, because it is more than a matter of comparing one type of food to another. Everything about how formula fed babies are fed is different in many cases. Many formula fed babies are overfed, for one thing. Also, they typically do not have the opportunity to eat (nurse) overnight as your baby does. They might have a bottle...
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