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  • @llli*alysandrasmom's Avatar
    February 27th, 2015, 11:16 AM
    I just took my 4 month old to his check up today and knew there were a few questions I was going to have. For the last few weeks, my LO has been very fussy during his nursing sessions. He would almost refuse the right breast and when he would nurse on the left, he would come off after about 5 minutes and be pretty fussy so I would move him over to the right side again. He would latch on for a few seconds and come off, get back on, then off getting more and more fussy each time so I thought I needed to burp him. He would scream his little head off because he was still hungry. after he burped he would be fine. well, this morning, my baby hasnt gain a single pound in 2 months! 1>> I FEEL TERRIBLE!! I have not been able to help my baby grow! 2>> doctor has advised us to give him just formula for the next 7-10 days to see if there is a gain in weight. If there is, he said that it could possibly be that my milk is not giving my baby the nutrients he needs to gain weight. Im pretty devastated over this and I am needing some advice. Im going to continue to pump (I have been pumping since going back to work when my babe turned 2 months) but I need to know if there is a way to thicken up my breast milk? My diet usually consists of oatmeal everyday, lots of lean protein, veggies, almond milk... I also take fenugreek to help with my supply. I know that pumping alone will not keep my supply where I need it to be as I have seen a significant decrease as it is. If there is...
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  • @llli*alysandrasmom's Avatar
    February 28th, 2015, 11:05 PM
    Doctor has advised me to not nurse my baby for a week and give him formula due to no weight gain in 2 months. The doctor isn't sure if it might be my milk and from what I've researched he is meaning a lack of hindmilk and an over supply of foremilk. I have tried this for one day and DO NOT like this feeling of not being able to provide for my child. In just one day, he isn't liking the fact that he has to stimulate and gets frustrated. Any tips on how I can help him love to nurse again?
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  • @llli*skyanne's Avatar
    March 3rd, 2015, 11:45 AM
    Hey yall. I mostly just need to vent I think. At her 1 month checkup DD was 7lbs 7oz and in the 5th percentile. At her 2 month checkup yesterday she was 8lbs 2oz, still in the 5th percentile according to her doctors charts. According to the WHO chart i have shes dropped to .5%, and the CDC chart says shes 2%. I offered to take her to see a LC because I have this weird feeling that something is off, like she's not transferring milk well. She told me to definitely do that because it couldn't hurt, but as long as shes still in 5% according to her charts she was fine with it, especially since she's gaining hight and head circumference and is hitting her milestones early. She wants us back in for a weight check in a month. I'm stressing so hard about this right now, I'm afraid shes not going to keep up with that 5%. On one hand her daddy is on the small end of average for a man, 5'7 and has been trying to gain weight his entire life. The army actually made him put on a few lbs before they would let him join. DS had horriblle weight gain issues too, but he had severe reflux. Poor child hardly gained anything at all until we started solids, ans now he's two years old and 50%. I think its mostly muscle weight though, because people still stop us and comment on how skinny he is. But I'm fat, so is most of my family, so you would think my kids would be pretty big too.:shrug I have an appointment with a LC tomorrow, but I'm still wigging out about it. What if the LC doesnt...
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  • @llli*mollyg.mom's Avatar
    March 1st, 2015, 07:33 PM
    Hi all, I'm new to LLLI and wanted to get some advice and see if anyone has ever been in a similar situation. I have a 13 month old daughter who was EBF until she was almost 9 months old because she just didn't have any interest in solid foods. Now she is 13 months old and she still breast feeds a lot. I'd say probably 75% of her nutrition is from breastmilk still and she still wakes 3 or 4 times a night to nurse. I have been toying with the idea of beginning to night wean her but I worry because she still isn't eating a lot of solids and I don't want to cut down on any nutrition that she's getting. We co-sleep most of the time so it's not a huge issue for me to nurse her throughout the night but I just see so many other babies her age who are sleeping through the night and pack away table food like its nothing and I worry that I'm doing something wrong that she still nurses so much. Any advice or stories would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!!!
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  • @llli*mjollnir's Avatar
    February 27th, 2015, 12:29 PM
    Hi all, my 8 week old has just suddenly developed this habit of wildly thrashing at the breast when she's tired. It only happens when she's due for a sleep, and if it happens during the day I put her in the pram or manduca and go for a walk with her and she falls asleep within about 2 minutes. But in the evenings when I can't just do that (I have another child) I don't know what to do. She screams before letdown, during letdown (if she even stays calm long enough for it to happen) and afterwards too. She pulls off, thrashes wildly and screams, legs and arms flailing. If I take her off the breast and try walking around with her in my arms in her normal favourite positions, she screams too. I don't know if it's related to breastfeeding per se, or just overtired and inability to put herself to sleep but it makes me want to stop breastfeeding and switch to formula just so I can give her over to my husband and get a break from the constant screaming. Because if he takes her now she gets even more hysterical. Any ideas?
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  • @llli*shannonfbc's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:46 AM
    I have always had very thick hair. My daughter is 5 months old and my hair is coming out by the handful for about a month to the point where you can see my scalp and where each hair is growing from on the top of it.... ive been told hairloss is normal in breast feeding but this is freaking me out as i dont see women running around with babies like this? is this at all normal and if so is there anything i can do to minimize this? This is my third baby ive never had this before? is so bad people have noticed and commented on it :(
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  • @llli*bbmomma's Avatar
    February 27th, 2015, 03:22 PM
    Hi ladies. I have a little man who will be 2 weeks old tomorrow and he has yet to reach his birth weight again. He was 6lbs 11oz at birth, proceeded to do huge black sticky poops (I think there were 8 in the first 24 hours) and went down to 6lbs 1oz. Hospital made me 'top him up with formula' after I'd bfed him to see if it would help him put on weight faster, but after I protested and said I would rather he have my ebm they agreed and let me do it that way. Now, my LO has been mostly asleep since he was born. Only in the past three days has he had 'waking' periods of 5 or 6 minutes before he goes back to sleep again. He has cried three times since birth and if he wants feeding he only whimpers or goes 'eh, eh'. I'm atuned to these cues and will feed him when he asks, but generally I have to wake him up to do so as he lets it go for hours other wise. The longest he has left it between feeds is a good 5 hours, which isn't helping him gain that weight back and is making my midwives uneasy about it. They want me to feed him every three hours, and I want to feed on demand.. but if I do it on demand, he'll never put on weight! How do we get over the sleeping baby thing?? It's frustrating because I've got to literally strip him down to his nappy, pop him on his belly and rub his back to get him to wake up enough to feed! He's on the breast for about 15 minutes and then refuses to latch any further after pulling himself off. I've got a very good let down reflex (I can feel...
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  • @llli*erintan's Avatar
    March 3rd, 2015, 07:32 PM
    Hey everyone. My baby has always been small. At birth she weighed 8lbs 9oz. We then struggled through reflux and Prevacid and Zantac and managed to make it through to the other side. For the past few months, she has been maintaining her weight at the 15th percentile. I started her on solids once a day about two weeks ago. She feeds on demand and frequently (8-9 times a day at least) and regularly poos and pees. Today, we visited the doctor and she weighed 13 1/2 pounds and had dropped To the 9th percentile. The doctor does seem concerned. She wants me to begin to supplement and told me to return to her office on Monday if she won't take formula supplementation. The issue is - I really don't want to have to supplement. My husband thinks this is nuts and I should but I was hoping to continue breastfeeding. I know the road of supplementation is a steep one and once I start I would have to continue. But I also don't want my baby to continue to lose weight.
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  • @llli*modernmom's Avatar
    March 2nd, 2015, 09:36 AM
    I'm hoping someone might be able to give me some advice...my little one is 3 1/2 weeks and I'm still dealing with a pretty painful latch on experience. Normally the pain subsides within the first 20 seconds but it's pretty dreadful knowing I have to go through the initial pain every single time. Here is some other info...when she pulls off, I have a white line through my nipple and I'm pretty sure it's due to her clamping down due to my milk flow (she normally chokes at least once during a feed). Could my pain be due to my nipples being bruised from this? Also, when the air hits my nipples after she pulls off, they sting. She has plenty of wet diapers, seems to be full after nursing, and has been gaining weight with no problems. I did meet with a LC at one week and there were no latch problems. I'll take any suggestions on how to get over this bruised nipple pain/feeling! Thanks so much!
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  • @llli*jtmmh's Avatar
    March 2nd, 2015, 08:57 PM
    I am currently nursing my second child who is 15 months old. Since about three months postpartum I have had slippery mucus consistent with the return of ovulation... But alas, nothing. My husband and I use Natural Family Planning as contraception and I have had a difficult time charting my temps due to waking at varying times with two kiddos. Nothing other than mucus has hinted at fertility. I had this same issue with my first child. I finally got my period back 20 months postpartum after entirely weaning my child (really before both of us were ready). Before weaning completely, I tried: upping my supplementation of vitamin c, night weaning, 24 hours of pumped milk bottle feeding, no baby wearing, and no cosleeping. None of these things spurned my fertility:( I would like to become fertile again to try to conceive another child soon, my husband is older. My child and I are not ready to wean at all though. So does anyone else have any tricks to lure Aunt Flo back? We still cosleep, I pump three days a week, nurse at least 4 times a day- and my son sleeps at the breast most of nap time... Thanks guys!!!
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  • @llli*virginiamama's Avatar
    February 28th, 2015, 08:50 PM
    Questions for mamas who work full-time (or at least close to full-time): How big is your freezer stash currently? What do you think is the ideal freezer stash size? Thanks!
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  • @llli*lepetitmatin's Avatar
    Today, 06:35 AM
    I have a 7 week old. At times during the night (when LO has started to sleep longer stretches) and in the morning, I feel very full as LO has not been fully draining me. I know production peaks in the early morning hours. But then as the day progresses I feel very empty. In the early evening feeds, LO seems to almost be playing at the breast instead of eating (lots of shallow latches, pulling on/off, squirmy, not a lot of swallows) which I am assuming is because the flow is slower because there isn't an abundance of milk. Should I be concerned? By LO not draining the breasts in the late evening/early morning, is my body getting a signal to stop producing, which is leaving me more empty than I should be later in the day? Should I pump when I feel full in the early morning to tell my body to keep producing or will that just make me fuller and fuller in those early morning hours?
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  • @llli*v0mich01's Avatar
    February 27th, 2015, 09:17 AM
    I am 8 weeks 3 days pp. I had a scheduled csection. I didn't start out nursing, but by day 3, I was nursing exclusively. My LO nurses 8-10 times a day. He sleeps(about) from 6-9:30, 10-3, and 3:30-6 every night. I stopped post partum bleeding by 5 weeks pp. This morning I had went to the bathroom and had some pink spotting. Not old blood, new blood. Could I already be getting my period back?!
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  • @llli*snl's Avatar
    March 3rd, 2015, 02:49 PM
    I am new to this site. I decided to search for answers to better understand why my 21 month old decided to no longer nurse. I have been solely nursing since she was born. was able to nurse her without any pumping/bottle feeding since I am a work from home mom. I introduced food and whole milk when she was one and we continued with nursing before naps, bedtime and in the morning. She also nursed throughout the day every now and then when she wanted it. Back about 2 months ago she wouldn't nurse on one side and would say every now and then it was yucky.. so I would still try that side and she would nurse occasionally on the yucky side, but primarly I nursed her on my right side. Three days ago she told me my right side was yucky and now won't nurse at all. She hugs them and will touch them but doesn't want to nurse. As much as I wanted nursing to end with her soon, I am really sad it ended so abruptly. She has no interest in nursing now.. going on day 3. Is this normal behavior for a child that no longer wants to nurse? I always said I would be nursing her forever because I have never had a problem nursing and she has always loved it. :) I think I am struggling with it all more than she is. I am very emotional and sad that it ended this way and I wish I had more signs so I could've better prepared myself emotionally for it. She is teething (working on 2 year molars), wondering if that could be the cause. Sad though because the time she decides to nurse again (if she...
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  • @llli*beckyd0106's Avatar
    February 27th, 2015, 01:03 AM
    Ladies I am confused. 21 mo old just wants to nurse. Eats good at dcp but when with me seriously just wants to nurse all the time. Which im okay with the nursing part but the refusal to eat is confusing. Suddenly refusing foods that used to be okay with him. Has picked at dinner all week, tonight we got a pizza and of course he ate that so idk what to think. I mostly want to only offer healthy options so not sure how to go about it. My gut instinct is to just offer what I'm fixing and if he eats he eats if not then he doesnt but idk if that's the right thing to do. The last couple weekends only ate basically one smal snack and one good meal per day. We did recently lose a pet he was extremely attached to so not sure if thatis playing a role also. I try to offer a few options on items but the picking seems to just be getting more the rule than the exception. Just a side note recently will start crying if I suggest eating food instead of doing nursies. He is growing like a weed so I'm not concerned about growth at this point. Thoughts? Also curious about if I NEED to actively start discourage nursing. He will eventually weanif I do nothing right? Def before college anyways I hope hahahhaha
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  • @llli*american.honey's Avatar
    March 1st, 2015, 02:03 AM
    I am so greatful to be still nursing my 15 month old baby girl. However; it's definitely a challenge. Since she pretty much gets distracted with any sound, movement, or dad & big brother. Sometimes she nurses great and other times she nurses what seems like a minute or so. I worry that she is weaning off me or my supply is decreasing. This is so stressing. Although, she is eating solids now, I try to nurse her still every 2 hours. She does have to nap and nurse always. Sometimes she know pushes away from her papa (boob). This has made me so sad. Any advice from other mommies would help. Another, topic making me so stressed and sad. My baby girl has always been about mommy since birth. Although she is still mommies girl, if dad is around she wants only him now. This is really causing me heart ache and making me so sad. When I get her to nurse if dad passes by she wants nothing to do with her papa (boob)or mom. Now when ever I get her from dad she gets upset and whines or cries. This is not okay with me. I'm so deeply hurt. My emotions are everywhere right now. Although, I know she knows no better it hurts me so bad. Especially because her dad is probably loving it right now. We are seriously going through some tough, difficult martial issues right now. Married for 18 years you would think we for the most part we were happy. Sadly not the case. My 17 year old and I are just fed up at this point. Sorry ladies I really needed to clear my chest. I never ever vent out. I...
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  • @llli*v0mich01's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:41 PM
    So I went back to work this past Monday. My 9 wo eats about every three hours, so I nurse at 6, pump at 7, he takes a bottle a nine, I pump at 12, he takes his second bottle, then I'm back to him by his next nursing session. Monday I left two four ounces bottles. He gobbled them up and seemed angry when he finished. So Tuesday I left 4.5 ounce bottles, he drank them and was angry when he finished. So today I left 5 ounce bottles. He ate then, and acted like he'd eat more. He currently nurses 6a, bottles at 9a, and noon, then he'll nurse at 3,5,7, and 10, and usually has one night waking where he eats.
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  • @llli*artichokes's Avatar
    February 28th, 2015, 10:44 PM
    I have had many, many issues with painful breastfeeding and have seen many certified lactation specialists with few results. To reduce the pain, the current doctor (and certified lactation specialist) I am seeing had me reduce pumping to every 3 hours ( down from every 2) and breastfeed only once or twice a day, mostly for bonding and comfort since, despite a strong suck, my baby only gets about .5 oz from these sessions (I realize the shield reduces transfer, but it is the only way bf had been tolerable). When I pump, I only get between 1.75 to 2 ounces. I have been taking fenugreek, more milk special blend supplement, a probiotic, moringa, and calcium and magnesium ( for vasospasm). My doctor seems to think with reduced stress, healed breasts, and the supplements, I will eventually bring my pumped production up to 3 oz. I think we have both given up on the idea of exclusively breastfeeding, since my baby is 4 weeks old and there has been very little progress in that area, except that I am able to bf with the shield a few times a day ( more than that and the nipple becomes so sore and irritated that even pumping is painful ). I am so exhausted -- I'm working so hard to make this work for so few results. My heart is broken at the idea that bf isn't working, but I would be okay with everything if I was at least pumping enough milk for my baby, but as it is we have to supplement about half her intake with formula. I really would like to try medication to improve lactation...
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  • @llli*ajayson192004's Avatar
    February 27th, 2015, 12:18 PM
    Ok, I just want to ask the experienced breastfeeding mamas there take on my 6 month old and the fact that he still nurses every 2 hours and still wakes in the middle of the night regularly to nurse. I know breastfeeding patterns are different for every baby but I thought by now....especially since the introduction of solid foods his nursing times would space out and he'd be sleeping through the night!!
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  • @llli*monkeywithsuitcase's Avatar
    February 28th, 2015, 08:14 AM
    Can anyone provide any experience / advice on how to cope with overnight work trips? Some background - I returned to work when my son was 19 months, and we just switched cold turkey from full time nursing to morning / evening / night nursing (like ALL night nursing). This was 5 months ago. In general, my little guy is a lazy eater because he knows he can just nurse all night long. I've never spent a night away from him, and no one else has successfully put him to sleep before (my husband tried last week, and he threw such a big fit because I wasn't there that he vomited) So, naturally, I'm freaking out because I'm facing the prospect of two 36 hr business trips coming up in the next month. My husband has never successfully put my son to bed, nor would he even know how to start, as I nurse him to sleep every night. When he wakes up in the middle of the night every night, he just comes to our bed on his own, latches on, and keeps on nursing. We are really worried about how he is going to handle me not being there for two evenings. Thing is, we're not really interested in changing anything up long term right now (i.e. weaning).
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  • @llli*midnightsangel's Avatar
    March 3rd, 2015, 10:06 AM
    My 9 week old has recently started to pull off very frequently during our first morning feed. He won't release the suction so he pull my nipple as far as it'll go until it slips out of his mouth :( it's not die to let downs. He just lives looking around. I've tried going into a dark quiet room and he still does it lol. He loves looking at everything and while it is adorable my nipple hurts so badly. Amy tips or do I just have to suck it up until he grows out of it?
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  • @llli*jmparker54's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:59 AM
    My doctor suggested early on to pump after feedings to signal more milk production. Once my milk was in she advised to alternate pumping and nursing each side to provide nipple pain relief. Baby is two weeks old tomorrow and latches great and eats great. Two days ago she spit up the milk twice out of 9 or so feedings, yesterday spit up 3 times of 9 or so feedings. When I pumped before bed I realized I was producing 4oz per side! So I assumed oversupply and read about blocking. For the night I onyl nursed from the R side and woke up to pump the L and only got an ounce. The L is extremely engorged and baby has been nursing that side during the day today. Called lactation and they advised to stop pumping, nurse L mainly but throw in R for a bit each time to prevent awful engorgement on that side too. They said its going to just be a tough 24 hours until my body readjusts to milk supply. Does all this seem valid and the right direction? I'm worried about clogged ducts, baby not getting enough from the R, discomfort,etc. I see lactation tonight but would like others opinions that have been through this.
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  • @llli*sacmd's Avatar
    February 26th, 2015, 09:08 PM
    Hi, I have a 9 week old baby who I have always exclusively breastfed. Every 2-3 hours, longest stretch without feeding is 5 hours at the beginning of the evening. I have been pumping once a day since she was born, to have a stash handy for back-up, babysitting, etc. I have always been able to pump about 3-4 ounces per session (about 1 hour after I feed her). Never had supply problems. Then suddenly in the past week, my pumping sessions are yielding almost nothing. More concerning to me, my baby only gained 9 ounces in 2 weeks, where before she was gaining 1 ounce/day. She seems to be peeing and pooping well but the slow down of her weight gain is worrying me, combined with no pumping output. The only correlation I can think of is this weird, thick, sticky discharge that I've had over the past several days which is new. I have no idea what this is, but it seems like there are hormonal shifts causing this? Has anyone experienced this? I'm hoping it is a temporary drop but getting very nervous...
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  • @llli*jmbl714's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:30 PM
    Hi mamas... I have an almost 7 month old who we co sleep with, and 90% of the time sleeps in my arms for naptime. I love co sleeping and it hasn't been too much of an issue for us. I try to lay him down for a nap so I don't have to hold him, but he immediately wakes up and is upset, but I don't mind it too much to have him in my arms. Our main issue is that he will only be comforted by me for bedtime and then only fall asleep on me while breastfeeding. If I am out to dinner with friends and come home a little late, my little guy is always screaming and refusing my hubby's cuddles. Get him into my arms, and he immediately stops crying. I can tell how frustrating that is for hubby, and I feel really guilty. My hubby tries to cuddle him and plays with him a lot once he gets home from work to get lots of bonding time in. It also makes it tough for us to imagine having him have sleepovers with grandparents (who don't believe in co sleeping.) so that we can have "alone time". Any advice or similar experiences? Are we just going to have to deal with this until he grows out of that need for me at bedtime? When did other co sleeping babies go out on sleepovers with relatives, and how did they manage?
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Today, 06:46 PM
    I am exclusively breastfeeding my 7 week old daughter and feel so lost.:cry She had a nursing strike when we first got home--I think when my milk first came in--but I was able to pump and didn't need to give formula. She accepted the breast after a day or two and we kept going. For the past several days, she has been nursing non stop, will only sleep for about 5-6 hours at night (she's slept that long at night since week 2 and the dr is not concerned); no sleep during the day unless we hold her, and seems extremely gassy. I'm re evaluating what I'm eating (I've been feeling off myself) but am worried because nursing seems nonstop, she seems unhappy more than not, and won't sleep like before (she did take at least one or two daily naps prior to this). I thought she was going through a growth spurt but it's been about a week and I'm worried I'm missing something. I called the lactation consultant today but the office is closed due to inclement weather. She has the normal amount of wet and poopy diapers and had gained at her last appointment (4 weeks=6 lbs 9 oz) from her birth weight of 5 lbs 15 oz. We swaddle at night and I tried swaddling to sleep for a nap but she wouldn't calm down. I will lay down with her to nurse but put her in her own bed to sleep as that works best for us. I was also recently prescribed progesterone only birth control. Ideas on what to do? I know she's tired and am wondering if it's my breast milk or technique that's the issue. I was...
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