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  • @llli*ilikefood's Avatar
    March 18th, 2017, 02:52 PM
    My son is 8 weeks old and is having problems with blood in his poop. When I started breastfeeding him i always fed from one side each feeding. He had yellow seedy poop and did not have gas issues or strained while going. His pediatrician suggested that i feed from both breasts so i started doing that and thats when his poop started to change to green. 2/15/17 First time seeing blood in diaper with dark green spinach color poop. Pediatricians told me to go dairy free. I do this immediately and the redness on his cheeks go away and his clear baby soft skin is back. 3/1/17 Dr tested poop and theres still a streak of blood. She said I can either cut soy now or wait until she checks his poop again in 2 weeks. I decide to cut soy but yesterday i realized it can be listed under different names so i didn't truly cut out all soy 3/4/17 Blood in diaper with same green poop. 3/7/17 Blood in diaper (had beef for first time the night before). Decide to cut out beef.
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  • @llli*ln22's Avatar
    March 15th, 2017, 11:44 PM
    Hi! I am a first time mom to a four week old. I have vasospasms so at night I pump and bottle feed to give myself a break. I feed her every 2 hours during the day. At night, I nurse at 8 pm then pump at 11 pm and 3 am. When I started about two weeks ago, I was getting 2 ounces total, but for the past week I've only been getting an ounce. My lactation consultant recommended larger shields, so I have been using those. Last night, I tried smaller shields and got back to 2 ounces. Tonight, I used the smaller ones again and only got 1 ounce. I pump for 20 minutes with expressions using a double electric pump. I'm also taking fenugreek. Any suggestions or thoughts would be so helpful! Thank you!
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  • @llli*boogabbalucky's Avatar
    March 16th, 2017, 02:46 PM
    Hello. My son is almost three months old and up to this point has been EBF. 2 weeks ago he came down with RSV and as a result ended up with an ear infection. He did 10 days of amoxicillin. On about day 5 he had one poop with a small amount of red/pink blood in it.. He has been off the antibiotics for about 2 days and for the last 2 days has had a small amount of blood in almost every stool. Often the poop is greenish and mucuosy. He is nursing great and I usually only nurse on one side, so I don't think there is any foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. He is gaining weight really well... he's about 16 pounds, from a birth weight of 9.5 pounds. My doctor wants me to stop breastfeeding and start giving him hypoallergenic formula. This is not going to happen without trying other things first, and I don't have any issues having this frank conversation with my pediatrician. However, I would like to hear from other moms as to whether they have had similar issues... Have you had a baby this young tested for allergies? Should I try an elimination diet and what foods other than dairy and soy should I eliminate? Is it normal for a child to be doing great and just all of a sudden start showing signs of an allergy at three months and not from the beginning? Can this possibly just be from the intestinal trauma of taking antibiotics? He is my fourth child and I have breastfed all my children. None have ever had/have any allergies, and neither do myself or my husband. ...
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  • @llli*sophia1718's Avatar
    March 20th, 2017, 07:59 AM
    My baby is 5 months old and I give her somewhere between 4-5 oz every bottle every three hrs when she's in care. The day care providers have said before "she takes it right down and is looking for more". She only gets what I pump and that's all there is. She nota big baby but is riding the 40% curve. She's the happiest thing and is thriving. This morning her bottle was just short of 4 oz and the provider asked for more. I told her it was enough, give it to her at 930 and I'll be there for lunch at 12, she's fine. I know I'm doing the right thing by her it's just irritating. All the babies are formula fed and take down 8 oz of formula every 3 hrs. They say they encourage bf but I'm not getting that vibe. Just venting...
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  • @llli*peanutbutter7's Avatar
    March 17th, 2017, 04:17 PM
    My 13.5 month old bedshares and nurses all night long pretty much. I am concerned about tooth decay and wondering how common it is for this age to still need so many nursing s at night (4-8)? He doesn't like solids yet, is often hostile when placed in the high chair so I don't push it.
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  • @llli*asim1617's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:12 PM
    Whenever I pump (whether it be after nursing or in place of a nursing session), I feel like there is never a last drop. I do compressions to get more milk out while I am pumping, but I keep getting told that it should be till the last drop. Should I get a last drop when nothing comes out anymore? Or is it normal to always have droplets come out at the end. There's been times where I pumped longer to see if drops would stop coming out? Am I doing something wrong? Please help!
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  • @llli*fes's Avatar
    March 17th, 2017, 08:03 PM
    Hi mamas, I have a LO who is 8 weeks old. Discovered today that my frozen milk might have excess lipase. My husband describes it as having a woody, earthy sort of taste. To me, it didn't taste soapy exactly but it didn't taste right. I didn't have this problem with my son. Can you have excess lipase with one and not the other? I just need to scald the milk before freezing right? Any ideas for how to do that quickly when I go back to work? Thanks, Fanny
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  • @llli*andys.wife's Avatar
    March 17th, 2017, 02:26 PM
    FTM. 4 month old so very new at this. I've just got a sinus infection but I feel miserable. I've got a generic brand of Benadryl (Costco, Kirkland Signature). My midwife's office is closed so I looked it up online and it said watch the baby for drowsiness. What exactly does that mean? If she's drowsy should I quit taking it or what? Also, I do fine with my supply (though, I by no means have an abundance). If it drops any I will be in trouble. Does anyone have tips on how to keep it from dropping while I get over this? Would I be better off not taking anything? The last time I got sick it did drop so I'm trying to prevent it from happening again but I can't remember if I took anything.
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  • @llli*sunsetbean's Avatar
    March 17th, 2017, 01:23 PM
    I weaned my 22 m.o. 4 weeks ago. About midway through my period this last week I noticed that my right breast was slightly tender under my nipple. Yesterday my period wrapped up but left breast became more and more tender. Today I woke up with two very tender breasts. I have had mastisit several times in the past. I don't have any of the other symptoms that would normally accompany mastitis. I have also been on an antibiotic this past week for a sinus infection. Are these normal weaning symptoms? Does it have more to do with the period? I otherwise have not had any other weaning symptoms. We were down to 1-3xs per day when we stopped 4 weeks ago.
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  • @llli*nermal85's Avatar
    March 16th, 2017, 05:26 AM
    Hi ladies. Feeding my 8 month old here everything is going good except he is teething. My areola are bright red, on one the tissue is swollen and irritated. The skin is flaking slightly (could be just healing) so I got checked for thrush. The doctor cannot diagnose thrush as there's no sign in baby and my breasts are not sore and doctor says they would be itching like mad. I have been using lanolin and gel breast compresses which helps make them less red until the next feed. Just wondering have any of you experienced this? Does their saliva change when they're teething or anything? He has one tooth that is up slightly and he has bitten me a couple of times but nothing significant that has done any long term damage, no cuts or anything on me. It's not uncomfortable and no nipple pain. They itch only slightly and occasionally but that could be them healing?? I'm just wary of it incase they start cracking. Thanks in advance xx
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  • @llli*nicmichele88's Avatar
    March 16th, 2017, 03:22 PM
    I am in desperate need of help! My son has been exclusively breastfed for 6 months and then given solids/breastmilk up to 12 months. We did not really try with a bottle at all and only experimented at around 7-8 months with a sippy because I am a Stay At Home Mom and had an oversupply issue. Now, at almost 13 months, my son refuses to take any form of bottle or cup and we have been trying consistently. Once or twice he has taken a "Munchkin 360" sippy cup on his own without assistance. Other than that, he adamantly refuses. I have a 27 month old daughter who never had a problem and who also never had a bottle before a sippy cup. I know that I probably waited way too long to practice with him, but I have no clue where to start now. Please, anyone in a similar situation, is there any particular way to go about this? I am not ready to completely wean him yet, but can't continue being his only form of hydration.
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  • @llli*malloryrenae's Avatar
    March 19th, 2017, 05:38 PM
    My son was delivered by unplanned c-section at 37w 6d because of severe pre-eclampsia. He weighed 7lbs 12oz. I had a magnesium sulfate IV for 24 hours after delivery, so he was given formula. I breastfed 2 or 3 times before I was admitted to the ICU with complications where I had to pump and dump. We were released from the hospital one week after delivery. My son's discharge weight was 7lbs 4oz. On day 9, I began breastfeeding again and giving formula occasionally (my body needed more rest than breastfeeding would allow). The following weights were taken on the same scale, completely nude. Day 10: 7lbs 2oz Told to come back for a weight check. In the meantime admitted to children's hospital because of possible seizure. Was on antibiotics for 2 days. All tests came back clear. Day 17: 6lbs 14 oz Told to only feed formula. At least every 3 hours during the day, and wake baby every 4 hours at night.
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  • @llli*motherofthedragon's Avatar
    March 19th, 2017, 08:02 AM
    Hi all, my 5 week old hasn't gained weight in the last two weeks and is spitting up/throwing up a lot. I'm breastfeeding, bottlefeeding the expressed milk from my pumping sessions and supplementing with formula (Gerber Good Start). Is there a difference between spit up and vomit? If she spits up and then is giving hunger cues right after should I try feeding her? She usually falls asleep right away when I breastfeed her so I don't think she's getting enough breastmilk to begin because she's also starving soon after a nursing session but not she's spitting up everything. She also has a lot of gas so at what point should I change my diet and/or her formula? Could that be the cause of her spitting up so much? I've mentioned the spitting up to the doctor at every appt and she didn't seem concerned. The doctor is concerned about her not gaining weight though so we have a follow up for a weight check this week. I was letting her breastfeed for as long as she wanted before which the doctor said to stop doing and only give her 10 mins on each side so she doesn't waste her energy on using me as a pacifier. I'm worried about her spitting up everything I'm giving her. I want to breastfeed exclusively (eventually) but she's even spitting up the breast milk. Sorry this post is all over the place. Any advice would be really appreciated.
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  • @llli*petersmommyjessi's Avatar
    March 20th, 2017, 10:49 AM
    My son turned 4 in December, and still nurses a lot. The days he goes to preschool it is about 3-4 times a day (morning, after school, mid-evening, and before bed). During the weekend it can be 4-6 times (morning, before nap, after nap, bed, and sometimes a few random times in there). I can sometimes put him off for a while, make him wait for nap/bedtime, or sometimes he will skip one of those all together (but not often). His sister (just turned 2) still nurses too, so if he sees her nursing, he wants in on it too. But my daughter has never been as obsessed with nursing as he is. He always nursed more than your average kid. My question, I know it seems silly, but will he actually stop on his own? I know everyone says "he won't go to college nursing" and I know that. But seriously, it is SO important to him, and such a huge part of his routine I can't see him stopping anytime soon. I love the bonding, but as he gets older I am more uncomfortable with the preoccupation with nursing. He has slowly dropped from 6-8 sessions to 4-6, so I guess it is slowly decreasing. I do limit the time if it's bothering me and give him 1-2 minutes, and other times I give him no time limits. Sometimes I delay a few hours. But he never forgets. I just can't see this ending anytime soon. I'm worried about explaining a 5, 6, 7, or 8 year old nursing as he makes friends, to family, or anyone else. Or having the conversation that we "don't talk about nursing with anyone but us" like it's a...
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  • @llli*nlc920's Avatar
    March 16th, 2017, 06:29 PM
    Looking for some advice or insight from a seasoned mom. I'm a FTM to a 9 month old little boy. He's been EBF since he was born, I went back to work when he was 3 months old and have been pumping 3x/day since going back to work. My mom watches him during the day, and I'm typically gone about 10 hrs all together including my commute and I leave her 12 oz. Recently, my LO has been giving my mom an increasingly difficult time taking bottles (never had an issue before now), and was only taking 6-8 oz all day while I was gone, and at this point, the only place she can get him to take a bottle at all is when he's sitting in his car seat (a place where we've never fed him before now). Anyone have any experience with this? He loves to eat solids and has been doing great with different textures and flavors, and we've slowly increased the amount that he gets. He's eating 3 meals/day and sometimes 1 snack. Usually cereal w/ BM and fruit at breakfast, some fruit and a vegetable at lunch (more recently we've been introducing a couple TBSP of yogurt), and then a more protein focused item along with vegetable at dinner. He only bites on sippy cups, won't drink from them yet. I've kept him on the slowest flow nipple which he's done fine with. I ran it by my pediatrician and the only input they had was that he needs a decreased amount of BM at this point and it might be time to increase the amount of solids we're giving him. This seems like a behavior/developmental type of thing to me,...
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  • @llli*gilismom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:50 AM
    Edited - more a question about size flange, I think! I have a five week old baby and I pump on one side in the morning as she feeds, in order to begin my stash. I have found this very productive in the past. I have a Medela Freestyle and with my previous baby, 2 yrs ago, I went up to a 27mm flange. I found that this time when pumping, my nipple was sore, so I am trying a 30 mm flange. It _may_ be helping me get more milk out too and I think that it makes it possible for me to use a slightly higher vacuum level. But I'm not sure it is more comfortable. _Most_ of my nipple doesn't touch the flange (size 30) BUT it does, where my nipple joins the areola, and goes "inside" the tube part of the flange during the in and out of the vacuum. I don't think too much of the areola is going in, but I'm guessing that even there, the nipple should not be touching the flange. Because of this, after I pump (no more than 15 min, and I find only vacuum level 3 or 4 comfortable), my nipple has a reddish ring around it. Do I need to go up to a 36 (which seems like a big jump)? Is that part of the nipple not meant to touch the flange either? Any rec's of videos that show exactly what the nipple should look like and what should contact the flange, during pumping, would be appreciated as well. Thanks!
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  • @llli*sarahfv's Avatar
    Today, 10:58 AM
    Hi all. My 4 month old is a snacker- she nurses every 1-2 hours during the day. She will empty one side in 5 minutes and be done. She is also a bottle hater and has given my stay at home husband a hard time for the last 6 weeks I've been back at work. We will both be off work for the summer but starting in September baby will go to daycare with a stay-at-home mom. I want that to go as smoothly as possible, so I have some questions about starting solids.. Should we start earlier than the recommended 6 months since we've had these issues and baby isn't getting enough to eat when I'm working? She displays all the readiness signs. Do you have a recommended book for introducing solids? We'd like to use real foods, not the baby food in jars.
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    March 20th, 2017, 06:23 AM
    Lamentamos que no tengamos suficientes Líderes para responder preguntas en español en los Foros. Por favor, visite nuestro grupo de Facebook en su lugar: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lllespanol/
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    March 20th, 2017, 06:23 AM
    Lamentamos que no tengamos suficientes Líderes para responder preguntas en español en los Foros. Por favor, visite nuestro grupo de Facebook en su lugar: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lllespanol/
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 03:43 PM
    Your 4 month old can sit unassisted? Because that is one of the KEY signs of readiness. And there is a book about Baby Led solids. Which is a method that feeds only whole real foods. But I would NOT try to up the timeline on when you start feeding your EBF baby solids. 4month olds for the most part are NOT ready and just because she waits for you doesn't mean she isn't getting enough to eat.
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  • @llli*sarahfv's Avatar
    Today, 10:45 AM
    I went through the same thing and have been back at work for 6 weeks now (baby is 19 weeks). Dad stays home with her and sometimes she will take the bottle no problem and still sometimes she will reject it and cry until I return home. She will never take more than 1-2 oz at a time. Some days she's happy all day and others are miserable. Remember when you leave her at 4 month it will be only 2 months until she can start solids and that will take some of the burden off. Perhaps she will be ready for a soppy cup too and prefer that. Some things that helped us- she prefers the Bare bottle brand with the shorter nipple that you have to work to get milk out of, and it can be held at any angle. So she doesn't choke. Then my husband has to have her propped in a boppy- bottle in one hand and shaking a distracting toy in the other. Good luck!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 08:45 AM
    If there is a supply issue, then the way you solve it is to remove more milk more often. The way you do this is: 1. Nurse the baby more frequently, aiming to use the tricks for waking a sleepy baby as consistently as possible. 2. Pump in addition to nursing, using a high-quality pump with properly sized shields. 3. See a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC, for in-person help.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 08:41 AM
    :ita A baby who is still hungry is going to fuss or cry for more food. A baby who wants to be held, or played with, or taken on a walk- that baby is going to look around, and act interested in her surroundings. Does the baby take a pacifier? Maybe that would be something to suggest to her caregivers. It's often an easy sell because daycare providers are generally more experienced with babies who take pacifiers than babies who are breastfed.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 08:38 AM
    I think the thing to do here is to try the larger flange and the smaller flange again, and see what happens. And when you do, focus on what you're feeling rather than what you're seeing. Sensation is far more relevant to whether or not the flange fit is good than what you see when you pump, or what you see in a video! That being said, a red ring at the end of a pump session is certainly an observation you should take seriously! Is it more like a ring cause by suction, or one caused by friction?
    1 replies | 96 view(s)
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