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  • @llli*usafreat's Avatar
    September 13th, 2014, 02:03 PM
    Well, as another poster recently said, sometimes I feel like I have to hold in details in order to avoid a :fingerwag when I take my baby to the doctor. I am venting my frustrations, but perhaps I am misinformed. I took my daughter to the doc for her 9month check up. When the doc discovered that my daughter still wakes up 2-3x a night to nurse she was astonished. She acted like I was the only woman in the world doing this and I know I am not. The way she reacted made me feel terrible about myself and made me mad. She said at this point my baby is physically able to sleep 7-8hrs without waking up and should be doing so. I said she does sleep through the night, and she said no, she isn't if she is waking up to nurse. My baby 'dreamfeeds'. She rarely opens her eyes and wakes up. Every now and then she has woken up due to teeth or us disturbing her but on an average night she doesn't. I consider her sleeping through the night because she's not interacting with us, not opening her eyes...you get the picture. The doctor said she needs to be sleeping 7-8 hrs straight in order to truly process everything. Then she questioned our feeding, how often was I giving her solids, how many naps she was taking, for how long. She told us to feed her at lunch, a snack if we wanted, and dinner in order to give her a rhythm so that at night she would sleep longer, and realize that at night time it was sleep time. (my daughter does know night time is sleep time, every day when the sun sets,...
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  • @llli*ezokvic's Avatar
    September 14th, 2014, 03:14 PM
    I am so afraid my milk supply isn't enough for my LO. Most of the time she seems satisfied after a nursing session. She pops off the breast in a "milk coma" or falls asleep nursing most times. But she doesn't seem to be gaining weight (will know for sure on Tuesday when she goes to the Dr) and she doesn't poop everyday. Yesterday her poop was brown and had a mucus consistency. I read that mucus could mean she's not getting enough fat in my milk. And I think what worries me most is that lately I have to wake her up every 2 hours to eat and when I do she falls asleep after 10 min. I haven't seen a lactation specialist and I'm using a nipple shield. I find that no matter what I try I just can't get a good latch with her tiny little mouth. Help!
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  • @llli*tomiaditi's Avatar
    September 9th, 2014, 01:12 PM
    Hi All There are several posts online but I am very confused and wanted to see if someone can guide me specific to my case. I had C-section 6 weeks back and my LO was born 7Lbs and 14oz. My milk came in late and by the time we got discharged from the hospital my LO weighed only 7lbs. Due to the immense weight loss Dr recommended to supplement but I was hesitating to do so, so I didnt do it until her first Dr apt. 8 days after her birth she had lost 14oz and gained 4oz. But since Dr insisted we started supplementing as needed. On most days we would feed her at night when she became extremely cranky. Average she took on most days is around 2-4oz and the max she has is 6 oz. I am not sure how to gauge my milk supply. I have done power pumping for past 3 days and try to pump after feeding. Since I am alone with the baby during the day I give her formula bottle too, so by the time i get to pump its ~1hr from when i fed her. I typically would pump ~20-30ml combined from both breasts after an hr of the nursing session. Is that too low? My baby becomes cranky at night and keeps crying, unlatches and gets fussy while feeding..that is when i feed her formula..I want to eventually move away from formula and try to increase my supply. How do i start to do that? i am stay home mom so i will whatever it takes to incrase my supply but dont want to hamper her growth if that doesnt happen. Please help!!
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  • @llli*sailorscout27's Avatar
    September 14th, 2014, 07:31 PM
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  • @llli*trishaeb's Avatar
    September 10th, 2014, 09:20 AM
    Hi, I have never posted here before but I am desperate. My baby has a heart defect and Trisomy 21, so she hasn't really been able to nurse since birth. Sometimes she will latch on for 10-20 mins but rarely, so I have been exclusively pumping. I struggle with a low supply (started at around 3 ounces, got up to 7 ounces per day, now back to 3 since i started work). I have tried so many natural remedies and finally started domperidone and saw an increase to 4 ounces or so. Today, I have had a huge drop. My first pump was normal but now I am barely getting drops on my next two pumps. I am just so upset and desperate to give my baby breastmilk but I feel I am at my wits end with the pump. Do you have any possible suggestions? Thanks so much for any support.
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  • @llli*jenk's Avatar
    September 10th, 2014, 09:42 AM
    Hello all, We're dealing with day 7 of a very poorly 11 month old
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  • @llli*valentina0813's Avatar
    September 11th, 2014, 12:43 PM
    MY 1 month old baby girl is only bf, she eats well, She sleeps 4-5 hrs at night straight, has lots of wet diapers, but she has not pooped in 4days, i have tried exercising her legs and massaging her stomach and back. even have tried giving her 1oz of anis seed tea. She is passing gas. She is struggling to push, turns red and cries. Has been extremely fussy, and i dk what to do. Her doc just says its normal. any suggestions???:shrug
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  • @llli*oncemorewith's Avatar
    September 13th, 2014, 06:34 PM
    Hi, first sorry for such a long involved story! My son is 3.5 weeks old. At 12 days he was gaining weight very slowly, had very few wet nappies and was overall getting more and more lethargic. I was breast feeding on demand but demand was constant :) He was constantly nibbling but never swallowing, wouldn't sleep more than 10 mins during the day but would fall asleep whilst feeding. Funnily enough at night I had to wake him every 3 or 4 hours to feed (badly again). My midwife recommended fenugreek and lots of pumping to improve supply. The problem was that I never had more than 5 minutes without him feeding to do the pumping. I went to a lactation consultant and she gave me a supplemental feeding tube with instructions to give him 50ml of formula every 3-4 hours and to consider domperidone. I tried this for a few days and started to take the domperidone (which helped). He gained 180g in two days so I started to reduce the amount of formula. He then gained 300g in 5 days. The only problem was that he was still in a vicious of circle of feeding very badly for hours and barely sleeping during the day (except whilst feeding). I tried a different LC a couple of days ago. They snipped a slight tongue-tie, told me his latch was OK though not perfect. They put me back up to 60ml of formula every 3 hours and gave me a strict regime - feed for 10 mins each side, repeat, give SFT, pump, pump again an hour before feeding, repeat every 3 hours. It's a great plan except he is...
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  • @llli*petersmommyjessi's Avatar
    September 10th, 2014, 06:29 AM
    My 20 month old son has been nursing constantly at night, and as a result I'm getting no sleep. I'm currently 17 weeks pregnant, and since the 2nd trimester the sensation of nursing at night makes my skin crawl and its impossible for me to sleep while he nurses. I only have that sensation at night, and sometimes I can ignore it but sometimes I can't. In the last week he will nurse constantly at night. Every time I wake up he is latched onto me, if I try to unlatch him he will scream and cry for hours. Before this, I had gotten him to the point where I could unlatch him and he would just cry for a few seconds then roll over. I'm so exhausted from not sleeping, and I really feel like I'm at wits end. :cry Some background, he had a bad stomach bug last week and this has been going on since then. He has also been waking up obviously hungry and thirsty around 4 AM, and we will give him a banana and some water and then he will sleep more soundly for an hour or two. I also think he's teething. He's a late teether and is getting a LOT of teeth right now (at least 3 or 4). I am getting really scared about this baby coming. If I am so exhausted by one kid at night what the heck am I going to do with two? :yikes I wanted to try night weaning, but the timing has never been right (he's either sick, teething, etc). I know this will pass, and maybe I just needed to vent. If you have any suggestions I'd love to hear them.
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  • @llli*kmpettit's Avatar
    September 9th, 2014, 03:30 PM
    I've been trying to express milk for about a week (have a Medela electric double pump) and I seem to only really express milk during the "simulation" stage of the pumping. Once the pump increases to the "expression" stage, the milk flow slows down and eventually stops. I'm only expressing about 1/4 oz milk / session. Is there something wrong with the pump? Or am I just not yet expressing that much milk? I usually try pumping about an hour after the baby's morning feeding. (Is there a better time of day to try?) The baby usually feeds from both sides so I can't feed and pump at the same time. Thanks!
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  • @llli*anaduralia's Avatar
    September 11th, 2014, 11:45 PM
    My son (28 months now) started with some odd nursing behavior this past week. He started playing with the nipple in his mouth (biting, sucking real hard, etc). He also seems less interested in nursing in general the past week. He wants a toy while nursing and just seems less enthusiastic at the breast. I really don't understand his sudden change in heart about nursing. Just last month it seemed that he wanted to nurse instead of drinking any other liquid. Now he seems not very interested. He's gone through these phases before (of being less interested in nursing), but it was less pronounced, I think. Just wondering if he is going to suddenly quit on me like his twin sister. I felt really sad when she quit so suddenly. I'm trying to understand these sudden mood changes that he has (that last weeks). What do you all think. Is this his way of weaning? I thought the world average was 4.5 years for nursing. So, I'm a little heart broken that my last two children want to wean so soon! (His twin sister weaned herself through nursing strike at 23.5 months.) He's still not potty trained! Why get rid of the wonderful baby habit first. :-(
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  • @llli*bananarama85's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:18 PM
    Hi, I am new here and kind of at the end of my tether. My daughter is eleven weeks old and we have struggled with extremely painful nursing from the get-go. My symptoms are: - Compressed nipples - Burning pain - Vasospasm/white nipples My daughter's latch is 'pinchy', she has a lip tie that was revised this morning, and it seems to have made little difference. she also falls asleep pretty quickly while nursing. I try suck training but can't seem to get her to put her tongue over her lower gum but she's been thoroughly checked for TT and PTT and definitely does not have one and can happily extend her tongue at all other times except when nursing.
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  • @llli*laurennn's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:51 PM
    I have the Ameda Purely Yours and gave read the directions and watched the DVD... I go back to work on Sunday, so I'm trying to build up enough milk for at least a 10-hour period. But... I'm having troubles. I get less than an ounce total each time (pumping after I breastfeed), so it takes me 2 days to get one feeding saved up. I've done some things to try to help- changing flanges, taking fenugreek and mothers milk tea, massaging the breasts before and during pumping, watching videos and looking at pictures of the baby, relaxing with my eyes closed and imagining him nursing... Nothing has helped. I'm very afraid that 1) I won't have enough saved up by Sunday and 2) when I pump at work I'll have the same issues. So my questions... Any tips with this pump? Anything else that might help my milk flow? The only things I haven't tried- am I not pumping long enough? I usually pump 10-15 minutes on each side. My breasts are larger, so it's very difficult to do both at once. Sometimes milk will be slowly dropping out for 30 seconds or so, then nothing for 10 minutes so I give up. Also, am I pumping at the wrong times? I've tried both right after he feeds and 30 minutes after, with no real change. Is there a secret?? The women I've watched do this online have milk pouring out of them, getting 4-5 ounces... Please help!
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  • @llli*workermom's Avatar
    September 11th, 2014, 10:01 AM
    Hello ladies, I haven't been on here in a while! Gave birth on December 20th to my daughter now 8 months already. She is content and nursing well! However, my son who is will be 4 and and was done with nursies at 2 1/2 when I was pregnant, has been nursing again since the baby was born. We only do morning and night nursies but I am being awakened in the middle of the night and the wee hours of the morning (4:45am today!) not by my 9 month old (who sleeps and sleeps!) but by my 4 year old wanting to nurse! I sleep with my 9 month old and my husband sleeps with my son so sure, he misses me and his world has been shaken by having a new baby. I understand and have been very sympathetic to him. I usually give him nursies for maybe 5 minutes or so, but oh is it tough to do and I am concerned about him taking all of the milk or passing on a virus via my breast to the baby (he just had Adenovirus). Plus there is the added uncomfortable factor in nursing him as he nurses so intensely that it makes my whole body want to push him away. I feel sad and very frustrated about that but 'tis the truth . . . :( Does anyone else feel this way about their older child nursing? So, thoughts or ideas? He turns 4 next week and I was thinking that maybe we could do a weaning-party after his b-day? I don't know. I also want to make sure he feels included since I am often dealing with the baby and nursies has been an easy way to do that so . . . Thanks so much for listening...
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  • @llli*lilysunshine1's Avatar
    September 10th, 2014, 05:08 PM
    My daughter is just over 1 month old. We are having a surprisingly easy time breastfeeding... She is gaining weight and has lots of wet diapers. My concern is that she and I do not fit any of the "your baby should" guidelines when it comes to how often she feeds. I wait until she is rooting or sucking on her hand (or whatever happens to be close to her head!), and as the day goes on the turns more and more quickly into crying. She will feed for 10-20 minutes per side and almost always both sides each feed. But many many days she will want to feed again 30 minutes after we finish. I know she can wait - she feeds every 2 - 4 hours all night. I am currently working from home but I will need to start going back into the office in two weeks. I don't even know how to begin pumping with our current schedule (or lack thereof). I'm worried she will be so upset when I go back and she can't feed on demand. Continuing to work from home is not an option :( Is this normal? Will she ever start spacing out the feedings?
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  • @llli*bigmacmama's Avatar
    September 9th, 2014, 06:46 PM
    Hello, I have a four month old (recently turned) who is refusing to nurse very often or very long. He barely latches on anymore and usually the only time I can get him to latch on well enough to nurse is early in the mornings or when he is very sleepy, and he never nurses very long. I introduced him to bottles and formula about a month ago, but only one of two throughout the day and he seemed to easily go back and forth between breast and bottle not care and still nursed well. Now he seems to have gotten lazy at the breast and really only wants a bottle. How do I get him to go back to breast and latch on better and how do I get my milk supply vamped back up? I was taking fenugreek three times a day but it didnt do much for my supply. Please help I am desperate to breastfeed again.
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  • @llli*dragonfly1720's Avatar
    September 13th, 2014, 06:02 PM
    Probably a silly question but I just had to ask... If something spilled in the bottom of my freezer that is connected to my fridge (I think it may possibly fruity pop that was left in there too long and leaked?? Not sure though - oops) and I'm just realizing it now (2 months into storing breast milk. Milk is stored on the top shelf - spill is on very bottom). Is there any risk to my already frozen EBM as far as bacteria or anything gross?? Thanks :-)
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  • @llli*ewillis's Avatar
    September 10th, 2014, 04:38 PM
    Is there any research to support a mother giving her baby goats milk from her own goats instead of formula?? Which is better for a baby who has never breastfed and has not started solids yet? We had this issue come up at our last meeting. Thank you!
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  • @llli*kappamom's Avatar
    September 14th, 2014, 10:49 AM
    Is it safe to apply olive or baby safe nipple cream BEFORE breastfeeding? It was suggested as an alternative to lanolin (i'm allergic) but I feel like she is ingesting a lot of it... She is 3 weeks old. Applying after does not seem to work as well and she eats so much by the time I get it on, she is ready to eat again! TIA!
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  • @llli*ebonienicole's Avatar
    September 12th, 2014, 07:04 PM
    My son was born 5 lbs 10 ounces, relatively small for a newborn. I actually had to be induced because he wasn't thriving in my womb. He's one month today and is now 7 lbs 14 ounces! My breastfeeding experience has been a total fail. My first week in the hospital I had the support of my husband, my mother, and a lactaction nurse at my beck and call. My last day in the hospital is when the trouble began. My son latched on perfectly but his suck was way too hard. I literally suffered a sharp pain that went through my breast, in my ear and down my back! By my second day at home, my nipples were cracked and bleeding. I decided to give up the intimacy of breastfeeding and pump. The most important thing to me was that he gets the nutrition of my milk. While I let my breast heal, I was trying to learn how to use my pump and between healing from a c-section and having sore breast, I supplemented with formula until my nipples returned to normal. Why did I do that? Between both breast, I was barely pumping an ounce. It's been a total struggle pumping on a regular schedule. My husband returned to his 52-60 hour work weeks and my mom returned to her full-time job. My son ate almost as twice as much as a newborn weighing more than him. While most literature suggest to feed every 2-3 hours, my son wanted to eat every hour to an hour and a half. Anyway, I started using Motherlove More Milk tablets to help boost my supply. No significant change yet. I just pumped - or attempted to pump,...
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  • @llli*emt9514's Avatar
    September 14th, 2014, 05:22 AM
    Hello, My son has bad no problem breastfeeding to this point. We are 10 days PP. Now my breasts are rock solid and seem to be producing too much milk, to the point where he cannot latch on. I am afraid to pump because I don't want the supply to increase. Any suggestions?
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  • @llli*american.honey's Avatar
    September 14th, 2014, 03:05 AM
    Hello mamas, I'm very concerned about my milk supply. Baby girl is 9 months 2wks. She has always been EBF. She's always gained weight with no problem. However; I've noticed within the last week n half my breast don't get hard or fill full ever anymore. I'm behind worried and freaking out WHAT DOES THIS MEAN! I'm I losing supply? No matter what even when my baby girl would eat every 2-3 hours my breast felt full as they were filling up. Yes, I've had many times when they were very soft as we'll. However, now for almost 2 weeks they are super soft. My left breast she seems to tug more, and pushes her faces completely into that boob as if there hardly milk. It seems too me as if she's trying to get milk. After a bit she will just let go. This was not the case ever before. I've always been very good putting her on the breast every 2 hrs or when ever she wanted. Which was all the time it seemed. I'm very stressed out about this. Im not at all ready to stop Breastfeeding. Why is this happening? I've always been concerned with the whole solid food intake and concerned how it would affect my milk supply. When she was 6 months doc wanted my to give her solids 3x daily. I never agreed with this. So I didn't follow through. She was getting a bit constipated and doc had me add more fibers and juices to soften stools and make her go more often. Around 8 months I started giving her more solids 3 x daily but mamas milk first before her meals. I've still always been very worried about...
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  • @llli*seoid's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:19 PM
    Hello there, So I have a nearly 3 weeks old (tomorrow) and he's gaining fine, plenty of wet and dirty diapers, no issues with production as he is EBF on demand and he's pretty much attached to me every 2-3 hours. But he tends to block feed in that he will latch onto one breast and not want to let go for 45 minutes- 1 hour, or until he gets a little more than he can swallow (usually when falling asleep). I will try to offer him the other breast but he's either asleep or not hungry any longer. I've been trying unlatching him (pinkie finger in the corner of the mouth), burping, and switching to the other breast after 20-30 minutes and it works okay but he fights it and gets really, really angry. I'm not sure if that's doing the right thing or not? Will this style of feeding in this block lessen my production? If it's not affecting it yet, will it? Should I be switching breasts? (I am a bit sore on the side he neglects and by the next feeding, will be engorged but he will nurse from that side). I have pumped the neglected breast at times but it's never as good as one of his feeds.
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  • @llli*julienne02's Avatar
    September 14th, 2014, 05:49 PM
    Hello, just hoping maybe for some encouragement or advice from anyone who has had to deal with anything similar. I am in my third week back at work, my DH stays at home with my toddler and DS who is almost 5 months old. My first week back, DS refused to eat anything while I was at work until the end of the third day took a little bit from a sippy cup. Ate a little more the next two days, the second week seemed to settle into the new routine, eating more regularly. This week has been pretty awful. He has gone back to not wanting to eat hardly anything, which in turn makes him horribly cranky. He has cried most of the time the last few days and DH is at his wit's end. We have no family nearby to help. Even when my DH is holding him and walking around with him, he is crying. Yes, he is also teething but he has been for some time and I don't see how he would suddenly not want to eat again. When I am home, he is ok. DH can't hold him all day long, especially since my toddler needs him to do things for him, etc. DH has had to put him in his crib and step away at times to keep his sanity. Thoughts? Suggestions? I don't know what to think because he always seems ok when I am home. Could it just be that he is upset I am not there?
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    September 13th, 2014, 01:08 PM
    Ok DS is now 6 months old and we have been through quite the odessy. I'm providing links to the first two threads for those who want to read the whole story. I started posting here when he was 10 days old and I was desperate. http://forums.llli.org/showthread.php?119830-10-day-old-baby-and-inadequate-milk-supply And things continued even after reaching 3 months and I started a new thread http://forums.llli.org/showthread.php?120393-Continuation-of-weight-gain-supply-struggle They are both LONG threads.
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  • @llli*joyfulburden's Avatar
    September 9th, 2014, 02:24 PM
    Hi everyone! My baby girl is just coming up on three months old and that means I am returning to work next week. Right now my daughter nurses full time around the clock and everything is going great. We have been really fortunate with our breastfeeding experience. My issue is that she is going to be in daycare 16 hours a day 6 days per week and I am not at all sure how to go about pumping for that. Most of the information I read online and in books is for the more "traditional" arrangement of maybe 8-9 hours per day. My daughter will be going to early care at 5:15 AM and then will transfer to her daycare facility at 7:30 AM until 6 PM, then she will be taken to her evening care provider until around 9 PM when I will pick her up, and that will be Mon-Sat. How often do I need to pump and how much do I give the providers of care?
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  • @llli*beachmama4's Avatar
    September 10th, 2014, 07:46 PM
    My story is kind of long, but I'll start out saying I am a LLL leader and this is my 4th child. The first three were exclusively BF and nursed into toddlerhood. I even tandem nursed #2 & #3 for awhile. So I know all the common causes/cures for low supply issues. To summarize, I have had "retained particles" removed via D & C on day 6. I also had extra blood loss after the delivery and during the D & C. Birth went smoothly, despite a large baby (10lb 10oz, 23.5"). Home water birth and the shortest labor I've had. Midwives checked the placenta, and it was large but healthy and intact. I did have some extra bleeding immediately following the birth, but it slowed down enough that they didn't feel the need to do anything extra for it. Baby latched perfectly immediately following birth and continued to nurse all the time after. (My big babies tend to stay ON until the milk changes over.) Ok so by day 2 my milk normally comes in. We get to day 3 and still no milk. Baby is only making one wet diaper a day. I can tell she is starting to get really hungry. By the end of 3 three I got some donor milk from my friend and spoon fed her some. She immediately seemed better. I was still thinking my milk was just a little delayed... maybe the blood loss? I'm just older this time? Another weird symptom is that I had a terrible, debilitating headache for the first 4 days post partum. I also did not have any bad after pains past the first day, which is unusual for me. ...
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