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  • @llli*gndmom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:26 AM
    I have been breastfeeding my one month old baby all the way. I have overactive let-down on both sides but on my right, I can squeeze out some milk onto a washcloth before the feeding session and then feed normally. On my left though, the over active let-down continues for at least the first ten minutes of the session causing my baby to scream and fuss. I have tried to lie down and feed but this makes my baby uncomfortable and also is a temporary solution. I also have clogged ducts and blisters on my left side. The clogged ducts go away after using warm compresses during the feeding session but always come back before the next session. 1. I have been trying the block feeding method since last afternoon to reduce milk production on my left side. I have only been feeding on my right because of which my left side is hard as a rock and hurts a lot. Is this the right approach? Will it cause more clogged ducts? What do I do next? 2. Will the above technique cause my right side to produce more milk and eventually lead to clogged ducts? 3. How will I know when to stop block feeding? Will my left side soften? Will the clogged ducts resolve themselves?
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  • @llli*ceayala3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:54 AM
    My son is almost 4 months old and weight gain is great. I'm still exclusively breastfeeding :thumbsup I've posted on here before and I believe I had an OALD issue in the beginning, but with your guys' help I remedied the situation.. About a month ago my little guy got a cold from everyone else here in the house. After his cold went away, he developed an ear infection (tugging at ears at night and fussy) which he was put on amoxicillin for. While on the Rx he got greenish stools but seemed ok otherwise. His poo returned to normal (yellow, curdy). Moving on to current day... for the past week he has had green stools and sometimes mucousy...and he is extreeeemely fussy at night. I'm talking every hour waking up, tossing and turning, grabbing at hair and ears, crying like he's in tummy pain. Not just the whimpering and rooting like he usually does...I'll pick him up (we co-sleep) and soothe him, and then he'll immediately want to eat. After he's done he'll fall asleep and an hour later same thing. This goes on the entire night and I'm so exhausted. I'm a bear during the day. He's never done this before. Also, during the day sometimes he doesn't want to eat until I stand up and kinda rock him and then he'll latch on. We have been back and forth to dr and he doesn't have another ear infection. So I'm stumped. Any help why poo would be green? He doesn't have a rash or excessive spitting up but still wondering if maybe an intolerance? Teething? Reflux? Thank you so much for...
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  • @llli*jha.dolly's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:08 AM
    hi guys, i am trying to relactate and need a breast pump for the same.... however, new ones cost a lot and am looking for a pre-owned breast pump.. if used, then a model that can be used by multiple users (in this case i'll be using it after you've done) will b preferred and if not used by u then i presume its absolutely safe for my baby and me. looking for this. i live in gurgaon, india and need replies only for those who can courier it to me within india. its very urgent.
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  • @llli*tingbu's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:10 AM
    Hi, Daughter just turned 3 months old and is exclusively breastfed, typically has 1 - 2 yellow stools per day or on alternate days. For two days her diaper is a darker brown with some mucus and large curd. Disposition and feeding normal; some alterations to mother's diet in past week, as well as moving to a new environment. No other changes. I wonder if this is normal, and some probable causes? Quite worried, especially of the large curd. Not digesting properly? Your input is appreciated.
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  • @llli*risajs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:13 PM
    So my twins are one month old, can't hold airways or their heads up yet. Have been using the football/clutch method with the brestfriend pillow and they latch great and have been gaining weight. Except my nipples are Always creased afterwards, sometimes with blood blisters. When I started nursing them, I used nipple shields and have been trying to wean them off because they get a better milk supply without them. But it hurts too much without the shields after 2 days. Then I have to put them back on. I've tried everything. They open their mouths super wide, get all the aeriola in there, I make sure their chest is to my chest and not facing up, I don't have the nose touching the breast but I do have the cheek touching the breast. But I can't seem to get the latch correctly. If I feed them one by one with the cradle hold, I don't have issues. But I would rather feed them simultaneously with the pillow. I've tried other holds with both at the same time and can't get a good latch because they are too small to be on top of each other, or the V position. I don't know what to do and hate breastfeeding. Any other tips from twin moms?
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  • @llli*acolorfuldot's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:44 AM
    Hello, I am breastfeeding my 23 months old on demand, about 6-8 times a day (within 24 h). For quite a long time I was suffering total exhaustion, until lately I got cramps in my left chest, so strong that I thought it is my heart. An inner knowing told me that I need Magnesium. I began taking homeopathic globulis, which improved the situation for a couple of days, but only from one to the next dose. Yesterday, I finally got magnesium to drink (powder to dilute) with 310 mg each package. I was told I could drink one a day while breastfeeding. I took one last night, and about 12 hours later another. I makes the cramps disappear and lets me feel stronger and more relaxed overall. Despite this fact, right now, just about 7 hours later I feel I would like to take another dose of magnesium. So here I am asking if anyone of you could give me a clue how much magnesium a day I could take while breastfeeding in order to restore the necessary amount of magnesium in my body (if that is stored)? Of course, without harming my little jewel of a son ;) I would very much appreciate a quick reply. I am currently abroad, so where I am for the next couple of months I don't have a physician I could ask in the languages I speak. Big hugs out to all of you awesome bf mamas! a colorful dot
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  • @llli*danalea's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:30 PM
    My son and I were doing well nursing until a couple days ago. He now puts his hands in his mouth and cries uncontrollably until I give him a breast more times than not. Sometimes he will nurse just like before. Most of the time he nurses for 2-5 minutes then "falls asleep". Any sound or movement will set him off again. I end up sitting for 20-30 minutes but he is only sucking for 6-7 minutes of that time. Gentle encouragement like a part in the but don't seem to provoke any response. His good feeding sessions are 12-15 minutes long. Is he hungry and trying to get more milk? Am I doing something wrong? Or has he just decided he needs to be close to mommy all the time? I'm an active person and sitting for long periods to feed him is one thing. Just sitting there because he won't let me do anything else is driving me crazy. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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  • @llli*egibson0308's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:02 PM
    Hi ladies I have a three week old daughter that I feed with breast milk but I have to pump and feed her with a bottle. Her stools have been yellow and she has been very gassy. Seems like every time she stretches or grunts she has spotty stool. Is there something I am eating that I shouldn't? Also could someone explain fore milk and hind milk? Could she be getting more fore milk than hind milk? I pump every three hours and if I'm out I stretch it to four hours. Thanks in advance!
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:12 PM
    Here you go: block nursing http://www.nancymohrbacher.com/blog/tag/block-feeding and http://cwgenna.com/blockfeeding.html here are tips on dealing with plugs http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/17_dealingwithplugsblebs.pdf and http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/mastitis/ and here is a thread of a mom going thru something similar http://forums.llli.org/showthread.php?120908-Help-couldn-t-get-rid-of-the-plugged-duct-or-lump As mommal points out, Plugs happen, not because of overproduction, but because milk is not being removed from the breasts adequately enough and/or frequently enough (and also, some moms are simply more prone to them than others.) When dealing with both overproduction and plugs, it is a bit of a dance figuring out how best to approach it. The way I usually look at is that the more immediate issue is the plugs, so doing what needs to be done for those , even if it increases production temporarily, is ok. But this may not be the case in every situation.
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:53 PM
    Hi, sorry I have a some questions myself if you do not mind! What kind of pump is it? Does it appear to fit you correctly? Is pumping comfortable? How long are your typical pump sessions? Are you able to pump both sides at once? And how many times each 24 hours do you pump and (about) how many times does baby nurse in 24 hours would you guess? So right now, you are supplementing 1.5 ox 5 times a day-for a total of 7.5 ounces per 24 hours, always with the sns? And how is weight gain now? Do you know why the suggested supplement amount was increased? Did you and your LC discuss IGT? Did she take a development/reproductive history? Is there any reason to suspect any hormonal issues? As I am guessing you know, how the breasts look is often not going to tell much on it's own.
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  • @llli*krystine's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:41 PM
    Congratulations on your twins and for making it through the first month! My twins just turned 1 yr. When they were that little, I rolled up burp cloths or receiving blankets under their necks when I nursed simultaneously, which frankly wasn't often because I had difficulties with it but I know it can be a big time saver so good for you. I would recommend using blankets rolled under their necks and also one on the insides of both of their heads to help stabilize them and from rolling inward. Also, on your tandem nursing pillow, put regular bed pillows under it, next to your legs to support its sides. Does that make sense? There are some good photos of twins nursing available, check out the link Meg posted. Karen K Gromoda is a great resource! (she's also on a site I'm on, if you're interested, there is a Naturally Parenting Twins Facebook page and group if you'd like to join, lots of bf-ing and other natural parenting support there).
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  • @llli*elisabet's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:36 PM
    I thought that I had to night wean my then 18m old girl before a night-away from her. I was so stressed out and sought advise here on this forum. She was with her grandparents for a day and a half when us parents went to a wedding. Her grandmother is very much co-weaning after 9m..! Anyway I didnt get my self to the point to night wean. She co-sleeps and they had her in bed with them the whole night. She woke up maybe 3-5 times crying but always settled after few minutes. When we got back from the wedding I nursed her and just kept on doing what we have been doing :) She is still nursing during the night (20m old) but she does not fall a sleep with the breast. And she does not get the breast if she wakes up before I get in bed. But that´s another story ;)
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  • @llli*elisabet's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:59 PM
    The thing I would like to be more brave about is to nurse my child in front of others, like in the livingroom when we watch TV or when we sit and talk in the kitchen. Or in a coffee-house! I hate that Im so coloured by this common society "rule"! It was no big deal when she was younger though.
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:36 PM
    Great things can come in small packages. Great people too. :)
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  • @llli*lalalola777's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:33 PM
    Sorry for the delay in responding but I had trouble logging in! Thanks for your response. I'm bfing my second who is 2 wks 3 days old. By 1 wk she had lost 10% of birth weight and wasn't gaining at all so the LC told me to supplement with 1oz of formula 5 x / day (then told me several days later to increase to 1.5 oz 5 x / day). This is my 2nd baby and with my first I was determined to ebf but had problems and she lost a lot of weight and looked terrible by the time she was several weeks old so I finally gave in and began supplementing with formula but continued to offer the breast and continued that way till she was 18 months old. So I started giving baby supplements earlier this time because I didn't want a repeat of what happened with my first. Basically they both were pretty sleepy at the breast but I'm not sure if my milk supply had been low because she is sleepy or she's sleepy because my milk supply is low. Also she was slightly jaundiced which makes babies sleepier also. With both babies I always nurse on demand, cosleep, skin to skin etc. Latch is good and baby has a good strong suck (when she isn't sleepy). This time around I started taking fenugreek and goat's rue as well as the other typical things to boost supply ( oatmeal, brewer's yeast, tea etc). Also I am using a SNS for supplemental feedings and hoping there is still a way we can ebf. I've read about IGT and as far as physical appearance goes I feel that I could have it but I haven't been...
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:29 PM
    Hi and welcome! Congratulations on your dear babies. How old are your twins adjusted age? Is their head control and airway issues due to size or gestational age? I saw in your other post you said nursing leaning back won't work, because they cannot hold their heads up yet. But brand newborns can and do nurse with mom in a leaning back position. The vast majority of the research on this positioning (biological nurturing) was done on brand newborns of a few hours or days old, while still in the hospital or shortly after. I nursed two of mine this way starting right after they were born, I could not sit up as I had them via cesarian. Even my daughter who was 37 weeks gestation was able to latch and nurse right after birth as I lay leaning back in the hospital bed. Now, I did not have two newborn babies to hold at once! This certainly presents more challenges. But I have seen pictures of twins simultaneously nursing in what I would consider a 'laid back' position. Is your primary concern being able to nurse both at once, or nurse (pain free) at all? Are you having any more success with latch when nursing one at a time? Have you tried a nursing pillow, one for twins specifically or other? also, do you typically have someone helping you at this point or not usually? How many times a day do your babies typically nurse and are you also needing to pump and/or supplement with either your milk, donor milk, or formula? ? If bottles are used for supplementing, how is that done? ...
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  • @llli*risajs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:33 PM
    I'm having very similar issues, but can't do the reclining pose because I have infant twins and can't hold both their airways well on my chest at the same time. Do you have other suggestions? They start out with deep latches, but always go shallow on the high flow side causing pain, blisters and vasospasms.
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  • @llli*ehoneybee's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:20 PM
    The measurements have been wonky from the beginning. He was measured 3x this last time, so I know it's right. Last visit, who knows? He's still small, but I know that's irrelevant unless he's losing weight. Thank you so much, all of you, for the encouraging words. To add to the worry, his feet are so small (size 3! ) so it's more than just height :/. He's happy, healthy, and regular, so I take comfort in that.
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  • @llli*zaynethepain's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:14 PM
    http://drsircus.com/medicine/magnesium/uses-of-magnesium-oil http://empoweredsustenance.com/himalayan-salt-benefits/ I agree with the advice to call infant risk. I'm not sure what levels of oral magnesium are safe. I use Epsom salts and magnesium chloride applied externally to supplement my family. I use 4-6 sprays of the oil as a deodorant daily and another spray or two if I feel my energy draining late in the day. We also drink sole which is a salt water solution. The recipe and benefits are in the second link. I definitely notice a difference in my energy when I take it first thing in the morning.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:05 PM
    teething and drooling could cause it, and also the night and daytime fussies
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:59 PM
    I expect Meg will come along with links about block feeding, it is only appropriate if your problem really is overproduction and not just OALD.
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  • @llli*designerfish's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:15 PM
    Thank you Meg for the thorough explanation. I did read the site very quickly yesterday so thank you for correcting my interpretation as I certainly don't want to block feed and loose production. He nurses until he comes off normally. I'm not sure if I can nurse more he nurses basically 100% of his awake time at the moment :lol I will stick to one breast per feed and see is this helps over the next few days. Tonight was a struggle and took 3hrs to get him down to sleep. I'm also going to cut out my one coffee per day :cry which I normally have at breakfast and see if this makes a difference. I noticed the days he didn't bf after I had breakfast he was more settled, but maybe a coincidence. Thanks again for your support. M xx
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  • @llli*ceayala3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:43 PM
    I will definitely try probiotics. I actually have some in the kitchen that I can take too...would that be sufficient enough to pass along in my breast milk? I'm hoping not an intolerance, I dread the thought of an elimination diet.. With baby's constant gnawing and drooling I'm thinking teething too, however would that cause the green runny stools....? I'm so tired!
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:42 PM
    Large curds are not an indication of any issues. Neither is mucous, necessarily. Drooling (which is normal) might cause a more mucousy look to stool. Color changes probably normal as well. It is very unlikely a baby ever has difficult digesting breastmilk. But is baby ever ingesting anything else (even Vitamins, gripe water?) Anything might change an infants stool.
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  • @llli*gndmom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:38 PM
    Thanks for your replies. I too was not sure if block feeding for long duration was the right approach. To help with the plugged ducts, I massaged the breast under a hot shower and then rubbed the white dots at the tip of the nipple using a wet wash cloth before pumping some milk from my left side. That has relieved some pain. I plan to repeat this process until all the ducts have been cleared and try block feeding only after that. Please let me know if this would be the right way to solve the problem. I will keep you guys updated here.
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