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  • @llli*hillaryccl's Avatar
    June 22nd, 2016, 09:59 AM
    Hi, My firstborn son is now four years old and has been diagnosed with development delays and growth hormone deficiency. He's also being monitored for possible visual-spatial problem, inattentive ADHD without hyperactivity, and sensory processing disorder. For a long time I've been wondering what could have caused him to have all these problems. Then I read this blogpost, Fed is Best, which indicates that these could be due to insufficient milk intake when he was newborn. I would like to seek your opinion and help to figure out what is true. Here's a description of what happened at my son's birth.
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  • @llli*kmrs's Avatar
    June 20th, 2016, 06:29 PM
    I am breastfeeding my first child who is one month old tomorrow. Its been a struggle from the beginning. While in the hospital, we had to start supplementing with formula to avoid the NICU because my milk had not come in and his blood sugar kept dropping. For the first 2 weeks, we would feed him by breastfeeding for a minimum of 20 mins, then I would pump while my husband would give him EBM from the previous pump session and 20 ml's of formula. He gave it to my son through a syringe while letting my son suck on his finger to avoid a bottle and nipple confusion. This was advised by the LC as well as the use of a nipple shield because she thought my son wasn't latching due to my nipples being too small. I was/am overwhelmed by breastfeeding and just took their advice and was not told or aware that I should use the shield temporarily. We were able to take him off the formula at 2 weeks and i have been exclusively breast feeding with the shield since. My current issues: 1) My son is eating constantly throughout the day. He started out around 1.5-2 weeks eating for 4 hrs straight from around 10 pm to 2 am and last week switched to afternoons/evenings from about 2-3pm to 9-10pm. I have read some of the forums and articles on LLL and Kelly Mom and assume its cluster feeding and normal. But sometimes I read someone else's experience of 'constant' eating or cluster feeding and they will say they get 45 mins to an hr between feeding and some say they stay on the couch all day....
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  • @llli*kabraham's Avatar
    June 20th, 2016, 02:25 PM
    My 5 month old will only breastfeed while she's asleep or sleepy. This has been going on now for at least 2 weeks and is becoming increasingly time-consuming and ridiculous because I have to put her to sleep before I can get her to eat! I have to get her drowsy or totally asleep with the pacifier.. then carefully sit down.. then pull out the pacifier and sneak in the nipple. Sometimes it takes up to 3 tries of doing this before it works. If I start feeding her when she's awake, she kicks, punches, and pulls off then usually starts crying. This is mostly the case when we bottle feed her too (she'll bottle feed while she's awake but she'll just look around all over the place). I try to feed her in a dark quiet room with no distractions as much as possible She's gaining sufficient weight and was just at the pediatrician. She doesn't have any ear infections or reflux. She's VERY distracted during the day and she eats way better at night. Sometimes I go running to her room to feed her when she's still drowsy from waking up and she'll pop off after eating for a few minutes and just start looking around and talking.
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  • @llli*sak184's Avatar
    June 22nd, 2016, 05:50 AM
    Hi, my baby was born @ 27 weeks. Now he is 5 months old (2 adjusted). For the first 2 months he was on EBM exclusively (with a bottle). But after his first 2 months, as his paediatrician recommended he was supplemented with 2 feeds of formula per day. After he reached 4 months i was advised to stop expressing and breastfeed him full time. So baby started fulltime bfing (with 2 feeds of formula). But after about a week I started to feel extreme pain in my nipples. Not when baby sucking but 10 or 15 minutes after it starts to hurt. And it lasts for about 5 minutes. I talked to baby's paediatrician, went back to the hospital the baby was born, talked to several physicians. Nothing worked. The hospital said there's no problem with the latching either. They looked for thrush too & it turned out it was not the problem. Then I went to see a lactation consultant. She examined me and my lo and and said that it might be due to nipple confusion since I used the bottle to feed the baby. So she advised me to stop giving bottle (even for the supplement) and use cup or spoon feeding instead and see her again after 3 days. I did as i was advised. But I never had a relief from the pain. When i went to see my LC 2nd time, she said baby's sucking has improved and it will get much better as time goes on. When I asked about my nipple pain she checked baby's mouth and said even though baby doesn't show any of the symptoms thrush might be in my nipples. So she prescribed an oral gel of...
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  • @llli*ysandigursky's Avatar
    June 20th, 2016, 06:34 PM
    Hello all, This is my first time posting. I have been EBF since baby was born. My baby girl turned 7 months last Thursday. I returned to work around the time she turned 4 months. I work part time (between 4-6 hours a day, but am out of the house ~between 6-7 hours per day). I pump at least once a day sometimes twice. My baby used to take one breast per feeding and was perfectly satisfied. Hence I would only pump one breast at a time. Recently I have started offering the second breast because she didn't seem satiated and would cry and come off the first boob. So I started pumping both boobs simultaneously. My period returned about 1.5-2 months ago. I've also noticed that my boobs feel much softer and it seems like there is less milk in them. What really got me suspicious about a low supply is that baby starts crying after taking both boobs. Although, I will squeeze my boob and see a little milk come out after she's come off and crying. I have to give her a bottle of stored breast milk and she will drink another 3-4 oz after eating from the breast. I am now wondering if I need to start supplementing with formula. Any thoughts/input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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  • @llli*jackiemarie623's Avatar
    June 21st, 2016, 02:16 PM
    Hi all, I have a little boy who is about to be 4 months old. My question is this: how much breastmilk should he be getting each time that he feeds? On work days, I pump three times per day, and usually produce 1.5-2 ounces from each breast every time I pump. So I would assume this means that his intake is about 2oz per feeding when I nurse him (he usually eats about nine times in a 24-hour period). Is he getting enough for his age? 18 ounces in a 24 hour period seems low to me. He grew substantially during his 3 month growth spurt, but I haven't noticed much weight gain in the last few weeks. He has usually 4 wet diapers every day, and sometimes will go a day or two without pooping. Somehow this post turned into a math problem, but thanks so much for any input! :lol
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  • @llli*abigailmarie's Avatar
    June 23rd, 2016, 03:42 PM
    My daughter is 13 weeks & has been gaining weight. I believe she was in the 50th percentile at her last doctor's visit. She is EBF. When she was first born her diapers have consistently been yellow and seedy. I also noted that during my entire pregnancy I couldn't consume dairy/99% of all foods (hyperemsis). Once we we were home I started to feel better and ate normally, which included dairy. Her diapers changed from yellow/seedy, to green, mucus-y, with red blood streaks in it. So I'm assuming a possible dairy sensitivity/allergy. I asked the lactation consultant that my Hosptial provides and she said if I want to cut dairy, I can. But didn't give me too much information on it. So I'm not sure if this is something I should do. My daughter is extremely fussy, spits up, and projects vomit often, we tried reflux medicine but it didn't help. Also, I have an oversupply. I think I read on KellyMom that this can also cause green diapers? So I've tried block feeding for two months now. I've seen zero results. I stated with switching every 2, 4, and now I'm at 6 hours. I'm still spraying everywhere, still staying super engorged, and my daughter nurses maybe 15 minutes total during the day. She mostly nurses at night, which I think everyone's supply is a bit lower then? So maybe it's easier for her, I'm not sure. The moment my let down happens, she screams and cries and refuses to nurse until she's calmed down. So I will now, once I feel the let down (is it still suppose to be...
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  • @llli*jesskulbarsh's Avatar
    June 21st, 2016, 11:37 AM
    My son is 5 weeks old. For awhile he was latching fine but now he has a stuffy nose and latching right. Plus my breasts are rather large. He isn't putting on weight and can't due formula due to a milk allergy. I don't want to pump. Any ideas on how to get him to latch correctly again?
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  • @llli*bluepolka's Avatar
    June 21st, 2016, 09:49 PM
    My 32 week preemie started off with gavage feeding at the NICU and then moved on to bottle feeding (all with EBM) He used to guzzle the bottle like a champ, but he 'scked' at nursing. I used a nipple shield because of my flat nipples. I thought maybe he had nipple confusion so I stopped the bottle completelY. Things are going fine but I feel like the nipple shield is reducing my supply. And I am failing miserably at weaning. He gags at bare breast (even before sucking), totally loves his head away. He doesn't remember how to suck at the bottle, doesn't remember how to use the pacifier. He just chews on the teat or gags. The dr brown bottle was his first bottle. He gags on that one now. I tried the comotomo, he doesn't gag on that one but he also doesn't know how to suck and makes awkward tongue thrusts. Is this normal? Can a baby actually forget how To bottle feed so badly? How do I reintroduce it. How to I wean him Off he shield when he aboslitel won't have anything to do with my breasts without the feed... HALP
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  • @llli*emimom's Avatar
    June 23rd, 2016, 04:04 PM
    Hi! I would like to seek your advice on how to increase my breast milk so as to eliminate the 2-4 oz formula that my baby takes. We added the formula because she didn’t seem to be satisfied even after hours of breastfeeding. She is really good at breastfeeding, but after several minutes would fall asleep at the breast and when we’d put her down to sleep she’d wake up rooting for the breast. She is 6 weeks old. And when we weighed her at the 4 week mark, she had only put on 5 oz from her birth weight. The lactation consultant suggested pumping after each breastfeeding session to increase supply. I already take fenugreek, oatmeal, fennel, etc. We did this for week 5, but still baby had only put on 4 oz in total that week. So this week, we started adding some formula when she seems unsatisfied after breastfeeding during the day, and she takes anywhere between 2 and 4 oz of formula in total. I continue to pump after breastfeeding and usually only get less than 0.5 oz in total. I pump for 20 min after each breastfeeding session, do hand compressions. In a day, I do this about 5 times. I combine all this expressed milk and also offer it to baby.
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  • @llli*evolvingmama's Avatar
    June 23rd, 2016, 01:45 PM
    Hi all, I had a little girl 4 weeks ago (I had a son 4.5 years ago and BF'ed him until just 6 months ago). Anyway, baby girl is a bit on the fussy side (gas, I think) and cries a lot. She's really only happy on the boob or in my arms. This is a problem, for me, for a variety of reasons not least of which is that I can find absolutely no time to spend 1:! with my son, as I am literally always holding or feeding her. I'd really like to introduce a bottle maybe once per day so DH can feed her while I can play with my son. I'd express the milk, not supplement with formula. But, is 4 weeks too young to do this? If not, what's the best way to go about it? To be perfectly honest, I would really like to just stop BFing to get some freedom/space but I don't WANT to do that. This idea of once per day seems a manageable compromise to me.
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  • @llli*banu's Avatar
    June 22nd, 2016, 06:34 AM
    I'm 12 weeks pregnant and did have a joyfull breastfeeding relationship with my now 23 months old daughter. For the last 2 months I've Been told to stop nursing for the sake of the unborn baby by my ob-gyn and husband and relatives... I do know it is not a necessity but I'm all on my own and if any complications would happen i'd blame myself. so for the last Couple of days I've commited to weaning.Actually i dont offer dont refuse for Couple of months and I' ve been talking to her about weaning every now and then. For the last month we reduced our sessions to: when i came from work, sleeptime, nightfeeds and morning.we eliminated all nursings from boredom, anger, thirst etc...I know all she needs is closeness and rest..now we're trying to sleep by Story and usually manage to do so.(but only a 5 minute long cry-fuss seems like an hour!!) now i'm trying to find the least harmful way of weaning the other Feeds. Puting vinegar on nipples, cover with bandage, leave the house for a Couple of nights(dad or grandma will take over)?? Or not doing all these horrible things and let her cry in my arms (while cuddling kissing..) I hate the idea of sudden weaning!!! I'm really lost and need answers and advice from mamas who had been there and belive in attachment parenting..Sorry for the long post i really needed to express my feelings and thanku for reading!
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  • @llli*cloveandcoffee's Avatar
    June 22nd, 2016, 06:18 PM
    My baby is almost seven months old and we've had a unique journey so far...he was a NICU baby, TPN for first month, NG tube for second, bottle for third, finally started actually breastfeeding at three and a half months. Has been bf ever since. He has barely started solids, so his main nutrition comes from milk. The issue is, even one day of finnicky eating on his part makes me have a rapid and noticeable decline the next day, and usually the following two or three, which obviously leads to a lot of frustration on his part and panicking on mine. On his best night he still gets up once between last feed (around 10) and morning (5:30-6) If he is eating well, I am usually pretty full by morning, and always pump after his first feeding. Then, throughout the day, he eats around every 3-3.5 hours, but sometimes less in between. If he is eating well, I am noticably fuller before he eats and can have several let downs per session. The difficulty is that it's hard to know when he just isn't eating well one time or if it will be a pattern the whole day, and then we're at the end of it and it's like the damage is done. Then I will be very "limp" the following day (or more). I can tell by his frustration, swallowing, and the let downs that it is significantly less than my norm. I take fenugreek. I am super confused as to how one day of less agressive feeding can yield such devestating consequences. Am I doing something wrong? Any tips? I always get it back, but I'm always...
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  • @llli*ashmash's Avatar
    June 22nd, 2016, 06:42 PM
    Not sure what it is I need to get advice on, I'm just really tired. From what I've read it's normal I guess for a 4 month old to still feed every 90-120 minutes round the clock, but I just feel like there is an underlying issue. .I posted on here the other day about LO possibly having a milk allergy, but now I'm not so sure..it can be a number if things, but mostly right now I JUST.NEED.SLEEP. my little guy is just very fussy and restless..he wakes every hour to two hours..day and night. During the day he fusses a lot at the breast...wants to pop on and off and fuss..wants me to keep switching him around. I burp and switch sides about every 3 or 4 minutes and he's never content. Today I tried to give him pumped milk but he was just piddling with the bottle and then got fussy and refused it. He was 7lbs 3oz at birth, and he's been gaining slowly but steadily. At his 4 month check up he was 13lbs 9oz. He poops 3 or 4 times a day, sometimes once in the middle of the night also, and his poops are usually very green and mucousy, sometimes yellower and seedy but mostly green. He chokes and gags during feedings, but not during a letdown, usually toward the last couple minutes, then he pops off and wants to switch sides. Side note: the pediatric ENT said he has a slight tongue tie but since I don't have pain during feedings he said not to worry about it. It wouldn't be so bad if he would sleep sounder at night but once he wakes up, he is very restless when I lay him back down. Not...
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  • @llli*iveehill's Avatar
    June 20th, 2016, 12:43 PM
    I am considering dropping my evening pump. I currently pump 3 times at work and 1 time before bed. I used to provide 11 ounces per day for my daughter. I now have a goal of providing 13 ounces because my daughter's caretaker indicated she seemed happiest with this amount. At first, I had to pump 4 times at work and 1 time before bed to get 11 ounces, then I was able to produce the 13 ounces necessary. Lately my input has been closer to 15 or 16 ounces per day. Last week I dropped my first morning pump and my next pump increased substantially so I am still producing 15 - 16 ounces a day. Now I am able to produce a little over 13 ounces in my 3 pump sessions at work. I would like to drop my evening pump session. Will this cause my daytime supply to diminish?
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  • @llli*angel77's Avatar
    June 18th, 2016, 11:30 AM
    Hi there, I am following the Sleep lady schedule pretty much to a T and it has worked beautifully. I've got an early riser and so if he wakes before 6, I keep him in the crib and "Shhhh" from the hallway until at least the clock strikes 6 then I make a big deal, turn on the lights say good morning and he immediately starts signing to nurse. He wants to suckle and nurse (I'm not really producing that much milk) for like 30 minutes after waking and he is drowsy while doing it. He only getting about 10 to 10.5 hours a night of sleep and I KNOW he would feel so much more rested if he could just sleep til 7 or 7:30. But something tells me he is awaking that early cause he misses the nursing and he knows he's going to get it. Anyway, I am so sleep deprived and frustrated and really thinking I would be okay with weaning all together. (Also, when were home hanging out he gets bored and asks to nurse over and over throughout the day for short little session of which I produce hardly any milk) The sleep lady says its ok to nurse after waking in the morning, but something tells me this kid has it figured out and he's purposely waiting til the clock strikes six just for nursing. When he could actually be sleeping til 7:30 (like he used to when we co slept) if he didn't have the option to nurse when waking. Help! Ideas? 0
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  • @llli*ashmash's Avatar
    June 20th, 2016, 12:35 PM
    Going on 2 months of neck pain..seen the doc twice, the chiro once, now I need xrays and physical therapy. Can't take anything, don't want to supplement, in agony. Tylenol and ibuprofen do nothing. It's so bad. Doc prescribed flexeril but said I need to supplement if I take it and it takes a few days to get out of your system, so I really don't want to do that but it's getting so unbearable. It causes daily headaches...so that plus so sleep for 4.5 months, I'm on the brink of insanity!
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  • @llli*linneapg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:38 AM
    I have a beautiful 7mo boy who's been breastfeeding (and growing well) since day 1. He's also been eating small amounts of soft solids 1 or 2x a day since about 5 months and seems to do well with them, besides minor gas from time to time. Up till about 6 months his nap and feeding schedule seemed pretty "normal." 4 short naps a day started consolidating to 3 naps a day, sometimes 2, at least one of which would be 2 hrs long. He nursed 7-8 times a day for 25-35 minutes per feed. He slept through the night (from about 8-9 PM to 5-6 AM) most nights. For the last month or so though, things have gotten weird. Each nursing has shortened drastically, from 25-35 minutes to more like 10, maybe 15. But he wants to eat more frequently throughout the day instead of less - 9+ short feeds. His nap schedule seems to have regressed somewhat, back to 3-4 naps a day, none longer than an hour. His bedtime is about the same (we keep expecting it to move earlier, and have tried to help it along, but any time we put him down before 8 he just naps and wakes up an hour later) but he almost never sleeps through the night anymore. Even one-wake nights are rare. 2-3 night wakings has become the norm. I nurse him until he falls back asleep, which doesn't take very long thankfully (I'm skeptical he's actually hungry). But the 2/3/4 hr stints of sleep are starting to wear on me, especially after 8+ had been standard. We assumed this was a short phase due to teething or starting solid foods, but now...
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  • @llli*momof3tobe's Avatar
    June 20th, 2016, 02:24 PM
    Hi! My partner is pregnant but is only about 44 days along. I am 46, never been pregnant, and have had a hysterectomy. I will be the stay at home mommy and would like to try breastfeeding even if I have to supplement. When should I start pumping and taking the holistic herbs and such? Am I more likely to need medical drug help? What herbs should I take and starting when? Does it usually cost money to see a lactation consultant? The good thing is that if my partner pumps, between the two of us we should have enough breast milk. Thank you!
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    June 19th, 2016, 10:32 AM
    I'm currently using a nipple shield and plan to use that for as long as I can; however, when we try to give him a bottle (when I need a break to shower, or do dishes or whatever DH will step in and help me).. he shakes his head back and forth, and screams and doesn't latch on the bottle. I've tried the AVENT brand that's suppose to be like a nipple, but it leaks although he did latch on better to that one than Dr. (I forgot what the name is but it was Dr. something preemie version). I basically just want yalls opinion on what will be most similar to the nipple shield that way little man isn't having so many issues. :confused: Thank you.
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  • @llli*mmoen's Avatar
    June 19th, 2016, 04:13 PM
    I am going back to work after 12 weeks with my baby girl. She is EBF and only nurses from one side at each feeding (~every 3-4 hours). Should I be single pumping at work during normal feeding times or should I double pump? If double pumping should I still do it ever 3-4 hours or should I do it ~6 hours so it would equal the same number of stimulations as of I was breastfeeding? I have a fairly large freezer stash already so that is not an issue. Thank you!
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  • @llli*hotpaw's Avatar
    June 19th, 2016, 07:14 AM
    Hi everyone. I am looking for some advice. My little boy is almost 4 weeks old now. I have been exclusively pumping milk for him for the last two weeks after much difficulty with initial breastfeeding (low supply after PPH, poor latch after bottles and soother use). My supply is good now (I am pumping enough for 7 out of 8 daily feeds, average 130ml / 4.5 oz per feed) and my nipples are in good condition again, so I am wondering about putting Baby back on the breast? Is it still possible to go back to breast or is two weeks too far gone now? Will it be too difficult after he has got used to fast flow of bottles and comfort of soothers? Any help would be so appreciated. Thank you all.
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  • @llli*hhof0407's Avatar
    June 19th, 2016, 06:26 AM
    I guess I've been blessed with plenty of milk for my baby. I'm so thankful that low supply was never an issue, but OS has now hit me like a train! I was nursing quite comfortably (supply wise) the past few weeks. At 12 weeks I returned to work and this morning I feel like my milk has come in again when I woke up. I woke up to a milk drenched shirt and rock hard breasts. He usually nurses once over night, and it seems like he is nursing for shorter periods of time during the past week. It's hard to tell if it's because he's more efficient or just not taking as much milk. I'm assuming the OS is mostly related to returning to work full time and pumping 3 times a day while at work. I have found that I was getting about 4 extra ounces than what I would give him in bottles. Well now that it's been the first weekend home and we have been nursing rather than pumping I am super uncomfortable! Should I pump less while at work? I worry that I'm going to get plugged ducts and mastitis if I don't pump it all out. I have had plugged ducts quite a few times. Any advice?
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  • @llli*sprocket's Avatar
    June 22nd, 2016, 06:40 PM
    I read that tongue tie can be associated with baby swallowing air and with gas, reflux, and colic. I am breastfeeding my second baby and compared to my first, this guy is very gassy, has many more wet burps and spit ups, and he is very fussy. He does quite a bit of crying out in pain that seems to be relieved by burping. He seems to be swallowing sometimes in between feedings. Also he very noticeably seems to be gulping down a lot of air when nursing. I get the sense sometimes that he's taking in more air than milk. I dint know if he has colic per se, but he cries in the evening for hours and is very very difficult to console. My daughter did this too though and while I know it is temporary and we are definitely coping, it can be stressful at times (although, thank goodness for chocolate). I know this is all within the range of normal so I am definitely not worried but I wanted to ask about it in the context of tongue tie because when he was first learning to breastfeed, two different IBCLCs noted that he had a tongue tie when they happened to get a good view of that area inside his mouth. Since nursing hasn't been painful and my nipples are in good shape, and he has been transferring and gaining well, that was the end of the discussion about it. I certainly wouldn't want to intervene without a good reason, as I suspect that correcting a tongue tie is quite painful, and I know that all of his "issues" he is likely to outgrow, but if a few minutes of tongue pain was...
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  • @llli*hotpaw's Avatar
    June 19th, 2016, 08:31 AM
    Hi everyone. I am looking for some advice. My little boy is almost 4 weeks old now. I have been exclusively pumping milk for him for the last two weeks after much difficulty with initial breastfeeding (low supply after PPH, poor latch after bottles and soother use). My supply is good now (I am pumping enough for 7 out of 8 daily feeds, average 130ml / 4.5 oz per feed) and my nipples are in good condition again, so I am wondering about putting Baby back on the breast? Is it still possible to go back to breast or is two weeks too far gone now? Will it be too difficult after he has got used to fast flow of bottles and comfort of soothers? Any help would be so appreciated. Thank you all.
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    June 21st, 2016, 04:19 PM
    The NP said that it was safe to help get rid of mastitis, but my friends said theirs said it wasn't? Just making sure it's safe...
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