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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    November 15th, 2017, 10:42 AM
    Hi Baby is going to be 4 month in 8 days, I am very sure there is a drop in supply due to pumping at work. I somehow managed to get one month off from work, so that I can nurse him. My supply has dropped really well, I am very sure about that. he pretty much nurse every 2-3 hours. and only one side, if he goes to comfort nursing he will wait for at least 3 let downs but not take other breast :mad:(I just don't understand why).He nurses 12 times a day and cluster nurse for 1 -1.5 hour and may take 3.5-4 hour strech at night. then one 3 hour and wake up around 6 or so and take a good nap until 9:45 am to 10 AM. (If he is hungry Can he sleep like this?) He had big thick yellow poop, I have never seen this consistency earlier. Is it because of less milk and he is getting too much hind milk , Is it so? His poops are usually runny, brown, yellow earlier. His wet diapers have reduced, but its still clear urine, he doesn't pee overnight even if he is taking a feed, he has to be completely awake to pee. if he pees in the morning its slight more yellow than usual, and the diaper is not sloppy wet. but decently wet(upto half of blue indicator). My biggest question is if a baby is hungry can he sleep or play through it? because if he is satisfied with the milk why isn't he gaining? He was 12 pounds 13 ounces at his 2 months check up Now he is 14 pounds 15 ounces as of today. (lost 3 to 4 ounces after a huge poop) As suggested by kelley mom doesn't he need to gain at least...
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  • @llli*bunnyears's Avatar
    November 13th, 2017, 02:47 PM
    But now my breasts feel completely empty. Since last night. Usually overnight, LO drinks and the breasts feel full/hard, but last night, they were completely soft. She got frustrated and woke up every 3 hours instead of sleeping longer, drinking a little each time. this morning my breasts were still feeling empty - has my milk supply suddenly dropped! I used to pump and take med, but stopped at the recommendation of my LC. This morning LO drank and started crying (she is used to milk flow) and then just stopped. What should I do? Please help!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:17 AM
    I am posting this here in the Breastfeeding Your Baby section, because this is the forum I have posted in the most. I will never forget my early days struggling to breastfeed my first baby, and so have always felt an urgency to help when moms have posted here in particular. With the forums closing in just a few days, I trust no one will mind! 14 years ago I made my first call to a La Leche League Leader. My first baby was 7 months old, and all my mommy friends with children the same age had stopped breastfeeding. My son and I had had so many struggles and breastfeeding was finally starting to feel natural and comfortable and…dare I say it? Easy. The last thing I wanted to do was stop, but because all my friends had stopped, I thought I was doing something wrong. The wise Leader I called (she later became my mentor when I became a LLL Leader) listened to my fears, and then she simply invited me to a LLL meeting. She joked later that it was the easiest help call she had ever received. For me, that short phone call was life changing. The mothers I have since met at LLL meetings, Leader events and LLL conferences gave me every tool that I have found important and helpful as a mother. Every mom I view as a mothering mentor to this day was part of La Leche League at one time or another. I started posting to these forums about 7 years ago. At first I did not post much, but eventually barely a day passed without me visiting the forums- some days, several times. I...
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  • @llli*virginiamom14's Avatar
    November 15th, 2017, 10:08 AM
    Hello everyone, I have an eight month old daughter and a 3 year old son. I successfully nursed my son for a little over a year and I was hoping to do the same for my daughter. I am working full time so I am pumping for her. Over the last few weeks what I pump has dropped by a few ounces and today seems even worse. I have added in two extra pumping sessions per day and started pumping for longer. I have also tried power pumping. So far nothing has increased my supply and if anything, it has dropped. I have tried feeding my daughter more but she gets easily distracted by her older brother who she finds to be the most fascinating person in the world. I even try taking her to another floor of the house away from him but I swear, if she thinks she can hear him, she loses interest in nursing, pushes away from me and wants to go play with him. Overall she seems a little different at nursing than my son. He really seemed to need nursing to calm down whereas she is far less interested in it. :( I am sure that is not helping my supply.
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  • @llli*tonica.mom's Avatar
    November 15th, 2017, 06:08 AM
    I wonder when did you start to add fat and oil to baby food, such as olive oil and butter? I couldn't find any official recommendation on this topic (on internet).
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  • @llli*alaya's Avatar
    Today, 04:18 PM
    Hi all - I was wondering if anyone else has had babies like this or it is normal. My firstborn's nursing habits were just soooooooo different I'm trying to not worry, but still am. My sweet little guy gained his birth weight back and then some after the first week (BW + 2 oz), which was a huge relief considering my first took a little longer. Once my first took off, he was just fine, but needed a little more time. The first week (and I have continued to do so), I woke him for feedings. I feel like after that first visit with our pediatrician, the little guy will literally only nurse 2 - 5 minutes tops, on one breast. The first week he wouldn't take a second breast either. He usually averages 3 minutes. He's having good urine/BM output. His pediatrician said he had a very strong suck and would be an efficient nurser - like 5 minutes. However, at his little age, this just seems like such a short time? My first was the marathon nurser, and loved to comfort nurse. This little guy will nurse briefly, pull off, and be DONE. Can't coax him to relatch or switch sides, etc. I don't know if I'm reading too much into it because their habits are so different, or if I should be concerned. The reason so is he's also WAY sleepier than my first, and my toddler tends to be waking him up a lot - he'll nurse, fall asleep, get woken up, repeat (that's a whole separate thing we're working on.. ha ha :p). So the other part of me wonders if he's just falling asleep before he's...
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:18 PM
    After more than 10 years and 1.6 million posts, we’re sad to announce that the LLLI Mother-to-Mother Forums will be permanently closed on Monday, November 20, 2017, as the LLLI website is moved over to a new platform. We’ll be opening a new LLLI Breastfeeding Support Community on Inspire.com, a health-related online communities website. While smaller in scale than the Mother-to-Mother Forums, the new community will be similar in organization and function, and you’ll have even more control over your privacy. If you’re on Facebook, the LLLI Breastfeeding Support Facebook Group is an extremely active (25,000 members and over 1,000 new posts per month) private group, with LLL Leader moderators who screen and respond to every new breastfeeding question. Many local LLL Groups all over the world have their own Facebook groups as well. A huge thank you to all our members who’ve made this such a supportive community and helped so many mothers over the last 11 years. :love
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  • @llli*julienne02's Avatar
    Today, 06:07 PM
    Hello, this is my third son and he is now 16 months old. I had been down to pumping once a day at work (gone for 9 hrs) and he was down to eating 3 ounces the whole time I was gone. I had been doing once a day for four months and thought it was time to quit. I have not been too full except for one day that he didn't nurse before I went to work, and now have mastitis even though my breasts aren't painful or red. Thoughts? Perhaps this is a one time occurrence and it won't happen again? I don't want to go back to pumping.
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  • @llli*hopeful.mommy's Avatar
    Today, 09:15 PM
    This closes in 3 days?!? On the day I join?! That just adds to my feeling of helplessness. Maybe I can get some responses over the weekend. My 16 month old has ALWAYS had sleep issues. As an infant she hit many of the attributes of the “high needs” baby. I was able to get her to take a passi at 3 weeks but at 4 months she simply refused it ever again. Since about 4 months I’ve nursed her to sleep because sleep was SO HARD with her, she’d cry and cry, and then once she was big enough to side-lie nurse, she’d pass out and we were just like, “Yes!” And, if matched my parenting philosophy. I’m happy to nurse her to sleep. But here’s my issue...she can’t even lay down without nursing, or she’ll scream. She’s always been like this. Neither my husband or I can rock her, hold her, cuddle her. She ONLY wants to nurse. She still wakes up frequently at night, which sucks but isn’t even he real issue. Sometimes she will wake in the night and not easily fall back to sleep. She’ll want to lay and nurse for like an HOUR or more. If I try to get off, hoping she’s asleep, she’ll cry her head off. She’s in hat In between place but 1) I can’t fall asleep while she nursed...I just have never been able to. And 2) my nipples can’t take that for an hour. If she had a passi or a bottle she could hold she could lay there inbetween place and maybe fall back to sleep. But after a certain point and so many tries, I can’t take it anymore and I take her out of the room to cry, because she...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 09:15 PM
    Hi, mastitis can be very tricky. If your are sure it is mastitis and not the flu, then you might want to pump just a little until you are well (or encourage your child to nurse more often.) And then, unfortunately, you may find you need to wean yourself off the pump again, perhaps more gradually. (pumping slightly less each day, pumping every other day, only pumping if child does not nurse, etc.) Of course you can just treat the mastitis with anti biotics (probably will have to do that anyway(?) and hope that is all that is needed. It really depends on how full you are feeling/how much milk stasis you are having at this point. Hope you feel better soon!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 09:11 PM
    Hi and congratulations! It sounds like all is normal. Many moms make more milk with 2nd baby than with first. It sounds like your production was good with oldest child, so you may be making even more milk now. This would tend to shorten nursing sessions because baby can get all they need quickly. No harm in gently encouraging baby to nurse longer, but if he won't, he won't. I would suggest do not think of baby as "just not a comfort nurser", that is unlikely and would not be clear this early anyway. Most babies who are not comfort nursers are that way because they have been somehow discouraged (often inadvertently) from comfort nursing. Comfort nursing is generally important for encouraging longer term nursing, so it is best to gently encourage it. On the other hand, since baby is gaining well and pooping lots, no need to stress, baby is clearly getting enough. Encouraging frequent nursing sessions is an excellent thing to do when there is lots of milk and fast sessions. Frequent nursing will help the milk flow to be less intense, so baby may nurse a bit longer each time. pumping 6 ounces - that is a lot to be pumping at any point, but in particular it is a lot for under two weeks! Milk production tends to increase gradually for the first 4-6 weeks naturally. I would suggest not worry about pumping for as long as you can, but if you really want to get a jump on it, probably no harm in pumping once a day or a couple times a week. The risk with pumping at this...
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  • @llli*littlecavemomma's Avatar
    Today, 04:37 PM
    I'm sure I speak for THOUSANDS of mothers who say thank you for all of your wisdom and guidance while learning to feed our babies. I could not have done it without the support and help of this forum, of which you were a critical part. Thank you!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 03:38 PM
    One of the myths about breastfeeding that is out there- in fact I spread it myself until I learned better- is that babies sleep more and more as they get older. In fact they of course sleep less and less, because newborns already sleep a total of much more than half the day, they cannot possible sleep any more. Well, at least not until they are teenagers. :) What children do eventually start doing is consolidate sleep. They start sleeping longer periods, up to 5 or 6 and later, 8 or so, hours at a stretch. And usually, these long periods happen at night. But this usually will not start occurring until a child is well into toddler years- in fact it may not happen until they are older than 3! So, in the meantime, what we normally see is a huge variety in sleep patterns. And yes, it is normal. Entirely. When we talk about people getting enough to eat, I think it helps to think big picture. A person may not eat much at a particular meal. They may not even eat all that much for a whole day, or even several days. But then they have meals, or days, when they eat more. So overall, they are getting plenty to eat. It really is not any different than babies, except babies have to eat so much more often overall than an older child or an adult. But they also are normally going to have a good deal of variety in how much they eat per meal or per day- and this is normal and fine as long as they are getting enough overall to develop and grow normally.
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    Today, 01:18 PM
    I will miss you maddieb. I thought I would thank you after breastfeeding my son for 1.5 or 2 years and send you a message that you helped me through it. but since the forum is closing I think I have to say this, Thank you. I will never forget your help. Djs.Mom Thanks for you too.
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    Today, 12:27 PM
    OMG . I don't know what to say. I really cried. This forum has helped me a lot., wihtout this I might go crazy, there is never been a single day without seeing this forum. I have no words to say except my tears.
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    Today, 12:23 PM
    Thanks Maddieb. I can totally understand. He is not dehydrated. My only concern is he getting enough. he sleeps long streches during day time say for 3-4 hours when I had little bit of oversupply. Now the supply has either reduced or matched to his need(I am not sure). Now he wakes up even more during the night to feed (start of the sleep when my supply is lowest) he goes to bed by 9:30 after cluster nursing and he wakes up again at 11-12am, then again in 1.5 -2 hours, and then he starts to take little more long strech say 2-3 hours. He is nursing more than 12 times per day. Is that normal? But he doesn't seem crying or unhappy after every session. may get little fussy if the let down is slow. Is it possible that he is not getting enough either one of the night time sessions? I know I am part of the reason for this night waking since I was encouraging him yo nurse often during the night. One of my friend she has a 4 month old and she says her baby diapers are huge and heavy in the morning, its never been like that for me since I returned to work. I am so confused and worried over this again and again. and I am sorry for posting so much and troubling you.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:17 PM
    Lining baby up so babies nose is to nipple to start is a good first step. This makes it so baby can tilt head back, opening up the throat. Baby may need to adjust how open he is. Try snuggling baby into you firmly by pulling on baby's Bottom. If you think about it geometrically, this brings baby into you nice and snug and firm, but the alignment (Butt in, so head is tilted very slightly out) keeps baby's nose clear. Also, some moms find they need to gently push or pull gently on their breast tissue to clear an area for baby's nose. Remember that a nose shape typically allows for air flow from the sides of the nostrils, so a nose tip may look buried to you but baby has plenty of air. Maybe try letting baby/encourage baby to knead your breast with his hands? He may be trying to control flow all with his head. he can do some of this with his hands. But generally, baby smushing his head into the breast is normal nursing behavior. I mean, it is common. If it is causing a problem, usually mom adjusts herself of baby until they stop. Lots of this adjusting is pretty much unconscious.
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:24 AM
    I don't think you ever add those things to jarred baby food. If you are at the point where your baby is taking solids, you can do things like feed avacado slices, yogurt and cheese or cook your table food that you are feeding in coconut oil if you want to add fat. I think the age rec for dairy (Other than Milk itself which should not be fed until after the year point) was at least 9months old.
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:18 AM
    It sounds to me like you are doing the things we usually reccomend to increase supply. So my question is-how long ago did you add in the two pumping sessions and how much longer are you pumping for? Did you have a surplus before that was getting frozen? Are you still meeting her daily needs or do you need to supplement?
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  • @llli*tonica.mom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:53 AM
    Tucked chin (nose in the breast, chin away from the breast). I wonder is this his way of blocking milk flow because it seems that no matter how much I try, I can't get him to extend his head and "open" his throat. And many moms with babies with LM said it helps when their throat is open, including bottlefed and breastfed babies. I noticed too with bottle how he can suck nicely when he extends his head. I noticed in first few days after birth that he has tendecy to be "above" the breast. But I just tried to pull him down a bit, and I was happy when my nipple was in middle of him mouth since we had no problem of milk transfer during first two months. But gradually, especially as he was getting more and more mobile, he was pushing himself more and more above breast. And doing some strange twist with his head toward pillow before latching. Even when I did get him down, he would grab a nipple and then pull his head down again. Also, sometimes he is pushing his head in my breast. Like he is trying to get in deeper. Although, there are times when he, by himself and when asleep, extends his head, usually after let down reflex. We use side-lying during sleep. When awake he is not happy in this position. I feel that he is not happy with his nose being blocked by my breast tissue, especially since he is always breathing quickly. He looks uncomfortable and like he is having hard times organizing himself. Yesterday he was lightly suckling during sleep, and suddenly he started to gasp...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    November 15th, 2017, 11:08 PM
    Can you provide more information? How much were you pumping before (per day and per session) and how much are you pumping now? How much does your child drink during your work days? Is she eating any solids yet? Pump output does tend to reduce around this age. This does not always mean that overall production is lower or, even if it is, that it is "too low." Kellymom.com has two excellent articles I suggest- one on low milk production and one on low pump output. If you have not already, I suggest check those out.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    November 15th, 2017, 11:00 PM
    Can a baby sleep through hunger? Yes. A baby who is not getting enough to eat overall to the extent that you could say baby was actually starving, a baby who is dehydrated and losing weight? Yes, that baby would likely shut down and sleep a lot in order to save energy. I very much doubt this is your baby. If a baby is encouraged to sleep unnaturally long hours with sleep lengthening techniques such as sleep training or meal scheduling, pacifier use, swaddling or baby sleeping remotely from mom, that baby may not cue normally. This is usually more of a risk in the very early months and less of a risk at this point, but it could still have an impact. But again, this does not sound like your situation. However there is no harm in gently encouraging baby to nurse more often if you think that is needed. This is one intervention that never hurts and could help if baby really is not getting quite enough to eat. But I am just not even sure that is the case.
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