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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Today, 07:42 AM
    I have a very mild soreness in one breast that I've had for a few days. Like some post-mastitis lumps I had a few months ago, I've been massaging it thinking it was a plugged duct, but I'm thinking the massaging is just making it more sore (the lumps got worse until I left them alone, then they went away). I have no bump or lump, no milk build-up or engorgement. Baby appears to be emptying the breast regularly, and I've pumped a few times when he wasn't interested in nursing. It felt empty, but I have heavy breasts so it's hard to tell. But I've read here and online that you can have a plugged duct without those things occurring, though, so I'm confused how you'd know. I'm starting to lean against it being a plugged duct. It's at the very base of the breast, almost at the bone. According to diagrams I saw online it seems unlikely there is a milk duct there, but they are not great diagrams and I can't quite pinpoint the soreness.
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  • @llli*dragonfly1720's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:55 PM
    This is probably a far fetched scenario but for some reason it is making me anxious so I just need some reassurance... My little one pooped in her car seat the other day and I took off the cover to wash and found out that I couldn't wash the straps in the washer...I had to hand wash them. So I did so with some baby detergent and water. The kicker was...I wasn't thinking and my husband washed chicken in the sink before I used it. I got some wash cloths wet (3 separate times) under the running water and wrung them out in the same sink. He said he wiped the sink out with some store brand disinfectant wipes. My fear is that I somehow got bacteria from the chicken on the washcloths when wringing them out and in turn got it on the car seat straps. Then I worry that if I put her in the car seat she will get the bacteria on her and if we go to breast she will get it on me and if I pump her milk will get bacteria in it. I don't know how long bacteria from chicken live on surfaces. Or if it is even possible for it to make it into my pumped milk. Just nervous. So I apologize in advance for this sounding crazy. I am scared of getting her sick.
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  • @llli*saradha81's Avatar
    Today, 12:35 PM
    Hi, With my first baby I had a c-section and had issues with establishing my supply. I had my second baby last week (10 days back) and it was a successful VBAC. I thought the nursing was going on well as she nursed every two hours and seemed satisfied for the first three days and I was able to express colustrum and thin milk. We visited the pediatrician on the third day and she mentioned that the baby has lost weight and was not gaining enough and asked us to supplement formula. We are giving her 1oz every other feeding after she finishes nursing on me. I have been pumping 15 minutes three times daily in between feedings and all I am able to get is 1oz in a day, she takes 4 oz of supplement. What is the best way to increase my supply and get her out of the formula? Any advice is appreciated. I go back to work in another 8 weeks.
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  • @llli*aurealuna's Avatar
    Today, 01:43 AM
    I have been trying to wean my 18 month old gradually for the past several months. I live in Germany, and a few family members and acquaintances here have suggester going "cold turkey" by taking an extended weekend vacation and leaving the child with the father for 3-4 days. They claim that when one returns, the milk has mostly dried up and the child has gotten out of the habit. For example, my boyfriend's mother says she weaned his sister that way when she was a little over a year old. Do you think this really works? And, if it does work, is it ok to do this or would it cause a lot of emotional trauma? I feel uneasy about it and was shocked the first time I heard it, but the sleepless nights are making her father and I consider it. I have never been away an entire night from my child. Her personality is pretty independent and outgoing, and she loves playing with papa, but still... of course it's mama she wants when she is hurt or tired! :) Currently, I have reduced her nursings to 3 times per day: morning, afternoon after day care, and nighttime before bed. For a while she was content with this, but lately she throws horrible tantrums in the night when I say "no," and no one is getting any sleep. However, I won't go back to the way it was before when she was still nursing on demand during the night (or day). Around the time she turned a year old, the "on demand" nursing had started making me really unhappy. Changing over to the 3-times-a-day was really nice because we...
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  • @llli*brobi011's Avatar
    Today, 06:11 AM
    Hello Moms, I am at a challenging point in breastfeeding! I just returned to work one week ago and am pumping at work during the day. I've got a 3 month old at home who has had exclusively breastmilk since he was born. I have a few questions... 1.) My son has had green poops for over 2 weeks now. My pediatrician is not concerned, however, I want to rule out foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. If I am pumping 3 times a day and making sure that I pump until empty, is it still possible that he is receiving an imbalanced mixture of fore and hindmilk or can I rule that out? He doesn't empty the breast during his middle of the night feed. 2.) To be honest, I don't know if I am pumping until empty! Currently, I pump until no more milk is coming out. Sometimes it's only 10 minutes or so. Should I wait a certain length of time to ensure there isn’t another letdown in there? 3.) To throw in a 3rd wrench, I've got some very persistent blocked ducts. I have on and off tried treatment without it working. They do not hurt very often and only throb a bit when they do hurt. Is it something to worry about if they aren't painful? How can I possibly treat when I'm at work all day and only get to pump every 3 hours? Thanks for your help!!!
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  • @llli*podutti's Avatar
    Today, 01:45 AM
    DS gave me quite a nip yesterday with his bottom teeth and now I have a really sore red oozing lump on the bottom of my nipple. I've been very lucky so far, in that this is the first time in 10 months of nursing that I have had any pain or injury. But it is stinging terribly and I am dreading the next feed from that side. Rubbing from the material of my jumper/bra is making me very sore. Is there a good method of healing this quickly to prevent it getting worse? Should I continue to feed from this side or try to only feed from the other breast today? tks
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  • @llli*dhess1972's Avatar
    Today, 07:42 AM
    I've read about false alarms etc but I know for a fact I don't have enough cuz I started out this breast feeding journey so wrong. My baby is now 8 days old,,, when I had him i breastfed the first 2 days but he fussed n screamed so I figured he wasn't getting enough so the nurse gave me formula to satisfy him,,, of course that worked but I really really want to breastfeed him,,, I've been mostly formula feeding him but occasionally try to express mine but it only drips and he's not ok with that,,, am I too late to get a good supply to satisfy him?
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  • @llli*debbers's Avatar
    Today, 03:01 PM
    Besides nursing, what do you all do to help your kiddo through a cold? I've had one for a couple days and it looks like I've passed it along to my daughter, who is 25 months. Runny nose, cough, watery eyes. My body hurt in the course of mine, so she may be facing that too. No signs of discomfort yet. I 'm at work during the day and will nurse when i get home and as needed between then and tomorrow when I leave for work. Thanks.
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  • @llli*saradha81's Avatar
    Today, 05:45 PM
    Thank you both for your quick response. * Baby nurses atleast 10 times per day and I pump 3-4 times inbetween with Medela Symphony hospital grade pump ( I get 1 oz per day, with 3-4 15 minute pumping sessions) * Baby takes a long time to nurse and used to sleep at the breast last week, this week it has gotten better and she stays awake more. * She does not have jaundice. She pees a lot (8 wet diapers per day) but poops only once per day (a lot in one go, seedy yellow). * There is nipple bruise but I am using topical ointments and nursing is not uncomfortable. * The next doctor appointment is tomorrow so I will know once she is weighed again, if the supplement is good enough and if she is gaining enough weight with 4 oz supplement per day.
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  • @llli*m11612's Avatar
    Today, 05:36 PM
    Could it be a strained muscle? I've had to change positioning a bit in the past because I strained a muscle. The pain was just under my breast almost along one rib but seemed to be in my breast as well. Sometimes radiating pain can be hard to pin point.
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  • @llli*carm3's Avatar
    Today, 04:13 PM
    Toddlers are such interesting creatures! My daughter just turned 2, and it definitely takes a lot of energy to do the things that seem to help make our days more peaceful. The biggest thing is offering as many choices as possible, like 'do you want to wear shorts or a dress today?' and 'do you want to brush your teeth and go to bed, or brush your teeth then read a story and go to bed?'. Either choice is fine with me, and giving her some control makes her much more agreeable. The other thing is to let her know what we're going to do, and how I expect her to behave before we get there. For example 'we're going to the library after breakfast. How do we behave in the library? We keep our voices down, and no running'. We repeat the expected behaviour on the way there. It's no guarantee that she won't do those things, but usually all I have to say while we're there is 'how do we behave in the library', and she'll stop. Generally, things have to be repeated about a million times for them to sink in, so it does take a lot of patience. The last thing is to just give her attention when she needs it, as much as possible and within reason. Many times she'll do things she's not supposed to do when I'm distracted (like standing on the couch while I'm cooking supper), but if I can redirect her to a different, more acceptable activity (like colouring in her chair and singing songs with her), we're both happier!
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 03:30 PM
    And as I sit here pumping, my 5 1/2 months old Little Guy just pulled himself up to standing in his crib all on his own. Looks like we gotta drop the mattress again already. (Top rail is currently at mouth height when he pulls himself up to kneeling but if he manages to get his feet closer to the side when he pulls up to standing I'm afraid he will manage to go over the top.) Crib is mostly used like a play pen while I pump so far. Only occasionally does he ever nap in it.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 02:49 PM
    How does nursing feel? If nursing feels good and the pump doesn't hurt either, then pumping after nursing as many times a day as you can manage is often a quick way to increase supply but this might be best done with a hospital grade pump. If there is any issue with nursing discomfort or if you feel there is milk there but baby seems to take a really long time or has trouble getting it out there could be a problem with milk transfer and it is possible the problem isn't really your supply and getting some hands on help to assess the situation may be in order. http://www.ilca.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3901
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  • @llli*runbabyrun's Avatar
    Today, 02:43 PM
    I've contacted Public Health already. They referred me to the hospital LC who does not see a problem with the latch or the shield, and the breastfeeding support group I attended. I haven't found a breastfeeding coalition. The next nearest group is 2 hours away. We have our 1 month checkup this week so I am going to discuss it with my doctor. I also located an email for a local LLL leader and have sent an email. I was able to get a latch with this feeding without the shield. I used it then quickly switched out. He does feed frequently except at nights and isn't usually frustrated, I try to avoid getting to that point.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 02:31 PM
    He is getting interested in what we eat but at this point it is more that he wants to grab things rather than actually eat them. I don't think it will be long but so far he only seems to ingest very small quantities most of the time (except banana, he will suck that down scary fast.) I've not really been in a panic about his weight since he otherwise seems quite healthy, happy and developmentally on/ahead of schedule. I'm only obsessed, no panic.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 02:23 PM
    Thanks for sharing that, it is good to hear that there are other babies with this tendency.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 02:16 PM
    It's not too late. You may be in for an arduous task for a while though, get as much help taking care of you and the household/family as possible so you can devote yourself to baby and supply. Can you get him to latch at all? If so, you might want to switch to using a lactation aid or at the breast supplementer until you can improve your supply. See an IBCLC for some hands on help http://www.ilca.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3901 Rent a hospital grade pump and pump after as many feedings as you possibly can without suffering complete exhaustion. Again, get some hands on help if anything hurts at all. Pumping and nursing should not hurt.
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  • @llli*sassypants's Avatar
    Today, 01:58 PM
    I second the dream feed idea. I have done it with both of my kids for different reasons. My first woke up a lot at night, so the dream feed helped me get a longer stretch of sleep without him waking up from being hungry. My second, who I am BFing currently, sleeps too long and I get plugged ducts, so I dream feed her to empty at least one breast before heading to bed. Also, since going back to work, I like to get in that one extra nursing session to keep my supply up.
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 01:50 PM
    I guess solids will only help if he is interested... But it will happen eventually :) I do have 1 friend who has nursed 5 children and her 5th just isn't that bothered by eating and has always been on the slender side. That said she is happy and healthy and nursing at 2 still :) It stressed her out a lot at points to esp as her others were all more interested.
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  • @llli*sassypants's Avatar
    Today, 01:50 PM
    I went back to work when my daughter was 3 month old and we tried to get her to take a bottle every day for 2 weeks leading up to it, but she wouldn't. We tried 5 different nipples and none of them made a difference. We tried it when she was hungry, when she wasn't hungry, when she was sleepy, when she wasn't sleepy, I gave her a bottle, DH gave her a bottle without me in the room, etc. We tried everything we could think of. When the time came, I went back to work for half a day and she ate 1 oz. That is it. The next day she ate ALL of her bottles. I think it took a day without me around for her to realize the necessity of bottles. It sounds harsh, but when you have to go to work sometimes it happens that way. Also, I hate giving bottles and find it very awkward, but babysitters and daycare workers give bottles all the time and may have a better time of it.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 01:41 PM
    Congratulations on your baby and your VBAC! I had all of mine via C-sections- how I wish I could have experienced vaginal birth. Are there other issues? Is nursing comfortable for you? Is baby overly sleepy? Jaundiced? etc. How many times a day does your baby nurse? At this age, healthy gaining infants tend to nurse a minimum of 10-15 times a 24 hour day. It is normal for a newborn baby to lose weight in the first few days of life. Then (assuming all is well) the weight loss stops and baby starts gaining, usually the gain begins by day 3-5. It is a usually a good sign if baby is back to birth weight by day 10 or earlier, although some take a little longer. If baby is NOT back to birth weigh by 2 week, that is a red flag something may be wrong. You are only supplementing 4 ounces a day. That is not so much. How is baby's weight gain since? I assume because there was so much concern that formula was prescribed, that weight gain is being closely monitored? Are all weight checks on the same scale, done very carefully, done on a digital readout professional infant scale, with baby naked or in a dry diaper? This is very important. Scale error does happen.
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  • @llli*sassypants's Avatar
    Today, 01:36 PM
    I think there was one study once that claimed babies reject post-exercise milk, and numerous other studies that show babies don't care. Go, exercise, be happy, just wear a good bra. There have been many discussions about choosing a good bra on this forum, but the summary is this: get fitted so you know your exact size, pick an encapsulation (divide and conquer) rather than compression (squish them down). If you find you get plugged ducts, nurse or pump immediately after. Eat for hunger, drink for thirst and you should be okay, no need to over analyze.
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  • @llli*sassypants's Avatar
    Today, 01:23 PM
    I have both and I like both for different reasons. I have had my PISA since my first born and got my Hygeia through insurance for my second child. For me, I find the medela empties faster and I really like the letdown button to help get the pumping started. I don't know if the extra help from the letdown button is the reason I pump faster with the medela, because everything else, fit and function, feel about the same. As PP said, the hygeia has both speed and suction dials, while the medela only has variable suction. I am not sure what model zaynethepain has with 5 settings, because my PISA is a continuous dial. Maybe they changed it? I have heard the one offered by insurance is not as nice as the one sold in stores. Since I have one breast larger than the other, I require two different size shields and I was happy to find that the medela and hygeia shields are interchangeable, so I could use my previously purchased medela shields with my new hygeia pump. That also means you can find new shields pretty easily, FWIW. I decided to get a hygeia rather than another medela PISA through insurance because LLL endorses them and the pumps are recyclable, but after having used both, I would say I like the medela better, purely from a functional standpoint.
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  • @llli*sonogirl's Avatar
    Today, 01:21 PM
    "Snacking" is a normal way for an infant to feed, though. Generally speaking, there is no need to wait a specific amount of time in order to ensure that baby is getting a proper meal. Whatever the baby is demanding is generally the "proper" meal. I do think that your situation--that is, feeding the baby less frequently to increase supply--is outside the norm for most nursing dyads. This is, or course, not to question your particular experience, as you know that following what your baby wanted worked out well for you two! This is mostly something worth pointing out to anyone else who may be following this thread. I think the OP is correct in following her instincts to nurse frequently in this case, because she has good reason to suspect that she has a low storage capacity. Those of us who have those low storage capacities generally manage to keep our babies fed by what some would deem "snacks." I don't think my daughter ever routinely had much more than a 2 oz meal at the breast or from the bottle!
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Today, 01:10 PM
    Well, ruchiccio, I guess those diagrams were wrong, then! Mine isn't quite like that. I don't have a lot of pain. If I had the white dot I'd know it was a plugged duct for sure (the one plugged duct I definitely had with my daughter was like that). I'm going to leave it alone for a day and see if it gets better. I'm thinking it might be something like a bruise, but it's so scary to think of leaving a plugged duct to get worse.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 01:03 PM
    I do realize that growth rate changes as babies get older. (which is what I don't think the current ped was taking into consideration and why I'm trying to switch to a Dr that is actually pro breastfeeding.) If we continue only gaining 2 oz per week we will be dropping on the chart though. I'd been managing to keep him between the 5th and 10th centile on the WHO weight chart by supplementing expressed breast milk for the past couple months. However, it seems over time his apatite has dwindled a bit or something is keeping him from consuming much at any one meal so his overall intake the past three weeks has dropped. This seems to have started a week or so before I tried cutting out the supplements completely. I hadn't really noticed that he hadn't taken as much and I hadn't been looking at the weights that closely that week but I did notice that I was having a lot of trouble getting him to take the supplement that week which kinda prompted me to go ahead and just drop them (of course that is when I started doing all the weighted feedings and discovered he wasn't eating all that much.) Since I've been on the Domperidone my supply is definitely improved to the point that there is still milk there for him when he decides he is done. I've tried even giving a bottle after nursing a few times just to see if he is just objecting to flow rate and that doesn't seem to be it. Back around 4 1/2 months old We got done with the speech therapy and he was definitely able...
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  • @llli*sassypants's Avatar
    Today, 12:53 PM
    Did the plugged ducts pop up this week, from pumping? Check to see that your shields fit properly. From my experience, a shield that is too small may not empty well and lead to plugged ducts. Massage while pumping along with correctly sized shields can help alleviate the plugs.
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 11:43 AM
    Am so glad it improved for you :)
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