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  • @llli*tomom's Avatar
    November 29th, 2015, 03:33 AM
    Hi all, So looking for some thoughts or advice... I returned to work about 2.5 weeks ago. Initially LO started taking to the bottle ok. She'll take anywhere from 1 to 3 oz every 2-3 hrs while I'm gone (usually about 10 hrs). Then when I'm home I just breastfeed her. I have yet to be successful at giving her a bottle myself. We find that when I'm home a bottle is almost impossible even when I'm gone only for a few hours. It's like she knows I'll be back in a little while and she can hold out for the breast. So I'm wondering, should I somehow work on switching her to just bottles and EPing? That way when its more consistent? She cries her head off when I'm not there. It just breaks my heart...and. It must drive my mom ( who watches her) crazy sometimes.I would prefer not to switch to EPing but I want to do what's best for my LO. I don't want her to get all stressed out over eating. But I'm not even sure how to make such a transition since she won't take the bottle from me. A little concerned since we are finishing up a 4 day weekend. Not sure what Monday will bring! Mondays have been difficult since she breastfeeds all weekend. We attempted bottle on Friday when I went out for a little bit, but she only took 1 oz and cried herself to sleep. She is 3.5 months old and seems to be gaining ok (haven't had her weighed yet since I went back to work). But she was chunky to begin with.
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  • @llli*florida2001's Avatar
    November 28th, 2015, 04:43 AM
    hi, what is normal output I should pump in one session? I'm pumping close to 2 oz, but baby seems to want more. She is 6 lb 5 oz. I added 1 oz formula and seems like that's the amount she needs. I'm pumping every 2-3 hours. thank yoou
    7 replies | 1559 view(s)
  • @llli*thekatilla's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:50 AM
    Hi all, my son will be 12 weeks next week. He's EBF and at this time is eating about every 2 or 3 hours during the day and will sleep for about 5-6 hours at night, which means he usually has about 8-9 feedings per day. I realize there is no "normal", but was wondering what the average number of feedings is for a 12 week old, and also how long between feedings? My MIL helps watch him 3 days/week while I work at home and has made comments about trying to "stretch out" time between feedings for when he starts daycare in January. Any idea why she'd say that? Is 2 hours too soon?
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  • @llli*kalyth76's Avatar
    November 29th, 2015, 04:19 PM
    Hi All -- My 4 month old boy is exclusively breastfed. Today he had 2 stools. The second one had a streak of red blood in it. We've never had anything like this before. I also haven't changed anything in my diet lately. What I've read online seems to point to a possible milk protein allergy. However, I actually don't drink milk except for a tablespoon or so of half & half in a daily cup of coffee (been drinking that since he was born) and the occasional pat of butter on a potato. Lastly, would it take 4 months for an allergy to appear? He's not acting out of the norm...No discomfort other than normal fussy baby things (e.g., a little fussy when hungry and/or sleepy). Any ideas? Thanks, Kate
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  • @llli*starkicker's Avatar
    November 27th, 2015, 01:40 PM
    My lo just turned 3 months. We've been having issues since birth, but just now reaching out for support. He is a puker...very Large quantities continuously after each feed up until the next. The pead thought it was reflux so he was on Zantac for over a month with no change. Twice he uped the dosage with no change. He has now been on a stronger med for a week with no change. Could his puking be caused by a bf problem creating a ton of gas? He does burp a lot. And I stop several times a feeding to burp (during which he does, in addition to puking a lot). His latch looks horrible, essentially he sucks at the nipple. He 'clucks' when nursing and constantly goes on and off the breast. Sometimes he nurses calmly, other times from a near dead sleep he will frantically nurse - flailing arms and legs, on and off the breast, panicking it seems like. I've brought this to the attention of my nurse practitioner, and she says it is all normal... If it doesn't hurt, his latch and manners are fine. I'm starting to second guess this. There is no lactation consultant where I live (very small, isolated town) so I am looking for some support. He also has a lip tie that I've discovered. I'm not sure if it is bad, but thought I'd mention. He has been gaining weight, but slowly and has started to fall slightly off his growth curve. He is at the 30% for BMI. What can I do, breastfeeding wise, to help my little guy with his puking and gas problem, and to start to gain weight?
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  • @llli*mclark's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:04 PM
    My daughter is 3 months old today. I tried bf/pumping for about a week after she was born and quit due to post partum complications. I have since completely dried up. When I had a supply, I would leak consistently, so I think I had a decent supply. About 2 weeks ago I started pumping a couple times a day as well as taking fenugreek, drinking mothers milk, and eating oatmeal. I can squeeze clear liquid out of the nipples after pumping and a tiny bit of white liquid from one side while in the shower. Does that mean it's working? I want so badly to exclusively pump/bf. I work full time, so she'll still take a bottle at daycare, but I'd love if it could be exclusively breast milk. Any advice or similar situation for me to get a full supply???
    4 replies | 1003 view(s)
  • @llli*yellowcat's Avatar
    November 26th, 2015, 09:20 AM
    My son was born at 32.5 weeks as a result of HELLP syndrome and spent 4 weeks in the NICU and has been home for a little over 3 weeks. Today is his due date! I have been pumping the entire time and built up a bit of an oversupply (I was pumping 30 oz a day). Over the past two weeks I've had help from a lactation consultant and we were able to get my son to latch and then to feed. It felt great. At first I tried to do away with bottles entirely and that went really well, but I found the first night to be exhausting since each feeding took a long time and it could be difficult to get him to find a good latch. I couldn't get a good side-lying position which is how I handled nights with my first son. I was still pumping just to relieve discomfort and my LC wanted me to try to bring my supply down. So we decided to give him bottles at night so that I could get some sleep and then I would breastfeed during the day. We noticed that his milk intake increased quite a bit on the second night and he was very lethargic on the following day. I couldn't wake him to feed despite doing all the tricks the LC had taught me. I maybe got in only one good feeding on that day. That night he took even more milk- 4 ounces a feeding (it had been 2.5/ 3 previously). The following morning he was lethargic again so we decided to start offering him bottles during the day because I had a feeling he wasn't really getting enough from me. I start each feed by offering the breast, but now he cries...
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  • @llli*shortcakeslayer's Avatar
    November 29th, 2015, 07:07 PM
    Hi everyone! My LO is exactly 3 weeks old tomorrow. We have everything going for us breastfeeding wise; I have plenty of milk (it seems like), he has a great latch, and yet we seem to really be struggling with two things. 1) I may have a forceful/overactive letdown. A few days ago, he started crying/pulling off the boob, getting pretty gassy and spitting up occasionally (after breastfeeding, no bottle) and I started paying more attention to his swallowing. He's swallowing quickly in huge gulps right off the bat, and occasionally I have to re-latch him because he's compressing my nipple (I can tell from the slight ridge he leaves across the nipple where his gums press down.) 2) Once the letdown is over, he SLEEPS. I am literally slapping him in the face (gently) to keep him awake enough to nurse. We are at it for an hour, sometimes 90 minutes, and I am constantly poking his ears, blowing on his face, tickling him, and slapping his cheeks, as well as massaging and compressing the breast to get him to start drinking. This has been an issue since he was born. The combination of these things result in a gassy baby that never seems satisfied even after hours on the boob. The first week we were home I spent two nights in a row up with him from 10pm until 6am, feeding almost constantly. He FINALLY started gaining weight only after I began pumping/bottle feeding breastmilk at night. He never seems satisfied after feeding just off my breasts no matter how long we're at it,...
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  • @llli*ceebelle's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:46 PM
    Little bit of our history: I am a first timer and my son was born 13 weeks ago- it was quite a traumatic birth followed by some pretty rubbish in-hospital breastfeeding support. I have whopping 34H boobs and kinda flat nipples, baby had minor tongue tie and never latched successfully, so I rented a Medela Symphony and pumped til 8 weeks- I was also giving him some formula feeds along side the EBM. I switched over to 100% formula at 8 weeks as I was getting stressed out trying to find times to pump during the day when my husband was at work. Now, I have had a rest and got DS into a really good, predictable routine, I've had massive regrets about switching to formula. Last week, curiosity (and a glass of wine) led me to have a half-hearted go at my boobs with a manual pump. I got a few little drops and since then have started feeling 'stirrings' in my nips and have been leaking a little. I was using a manual pump all weekend, getting nothing and have hired a Medela Symphony again and started using it today, and taking fenugreek since Saturday. Since this afternoon I have been expressing a small amount of very thick, slow moving, golden greasy substance. I'm aiming to double pump every 2-3 hours for 15-20 mins. Is this a sign that milk may return soon?
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  • @llli*krisa's Avatar
    November 29th, 2015, 08:40 PM
    Long post warning !!!! My daughter is 5 weeks old and she seems to be constantly nursing ... I breast feed her for every hour.Each session may range from 15 to 35 mins.She naps only on me during day time ... She sleeps for 3-4 hours during night time or early morning... Her discharge weight was 3.26 kg and her current weight is 3.7 kg.Initially I had latch issues and my milk came in by 4 day.Lactation consultant helped to have proper latch. My concern is whether she is getting enough bm because she seems to be constantly nursing.Initially she was on formula and then once my milk came in.I fed her and supplemented her with formula.Now I want to ebf but concerned about very slow weight gain.I give 2 to 3 oz of formula per day now. For the past two weeks at the end of the nursing session she seems to pull and tug my nipples.So I am really concerned now whether she is getting enough.
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  • @llli*kheldman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:57 PM
    Hello, I am looking for some suggestions/support as I am recently back to work and trying to pump. I fear and stress that I may not be pumping enough milk. Some background: my daughter is 13 weeks and I returned to work at 12 weeks. Exclusively breastfed, only giving bottles when I was away at appointments, etc and she needed to eat (not very often). Plenty of wet and dirty diapers. Now eating every 2 to 2.5 hours, but has been 2.5 most times. Goes to bed between 930 and 1030 and wakes up anywhere from 3 to 430 in the morning. She eats at that time and my breasts are pretty full and she does a great job of emptying them. After this feeding she goes back to bed and does not wake up until around 615 when I wake her to eat again before she goes to the in home daycare we take her to. I am away from her 10 hours. I feed her when i get home from work. She has been eating anywhere from 9 to 12 oz at the daycare while I am gone. I have been pumping 5 times while at work but I have only been able to yield about 9 to 10 oz while at work. It has been stressful to me because I do not have a big stash set back due to mastitis two different times and LC thought I may have had an oversupply issue so she told me to not pump while on last 2 weeks of maternity leave. Is there anyway to increase my milk supply? I use the Medela advanced pump in style. Has been very stressful making sure you keep up with output. I work 4 ten hour days and am off on Fridays saturdays and Sundays and exclusively...
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  • @llli*tinybits's Avatar
    November 26th, 2015, 09:38 AM
    I am a FTM who has been a huge bf advocate and as a big cosmic joke i cannot have full milk supply. i have a 3 weeks old baby and he was born 2600 grams at full term down to 2200 grams and he only gained 50 grams last week after breastfeeding 24/7. he cannot get sleep because he is hungry all the time. i can literally count the bones in his body. we live in Africa with access to basic health care. they just weighhed him told me he should gain fast suggested i can supplement if i want and went about their work. i am a hot mess i cannot look at him undress him without crying my eyes out. a lot of things stresses me out but all they focus on is to tell me what to eat ending up making me feel like it is all my fault. our next apt. is two weeks later and i consider to supplement if no weight gain by then. being in Africa i cannot trust formula not being counterfeit that adds another layer of stress.
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  • @llli*mamacitablanquita's Avatar
    November 29th, 2015, 12:56 AM
    Hi! So I have been exclusively pumping for 2 months now - breastfed and pumped the first 2 months enduring an insane amount of nipple pain and finally just couldnt handle it and began epping. It has definitely been challenging - with 2 other kids in the house, and I soon realized the longer I spread the pumping sessions, the more I would get. I began every 2-3 hours as suggested, and would get about 2 oz on each side in 15 min. Now I pump about every 5 hours and get 5 oz on each side. I think I can do this bc I am large breasted and have lots of storage space. I still have nipple pain - nothing like when he breastfed, but they are still sore. I also feel just in general like someone has punched my breasts, just overall sore and beat up. Is this normal? I have a Medela pump in style advance, double pump. After about 20 min, I can see my nipples turn purple. I am worried about long term tissue damage. On another note - I breastfed my first two kids for 2 years each - I really have not fully accepted that my newborn cant breastfeed and feel like a horrible mom bc of it. I saw three LC's, treated with cranio sacral many times, went to a ENT to check for tongue ties, but this baby spent the first week in the NICU for jaundice and was bottle fed my milk, and when brought home, just destroyed my nipples when he sucked, was an inefficient feeder so would cry after an hour of feeding - finally rented a scale and saw he would only get between 1-4 oz per hour of feeding - not...
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  • @llli*rel's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:50 PM
    When my LO was around 4 months old I started to notice my armpits would itch each time the baby would nurse (super weird I know). I eventually concluded it was my deodorant. I stopped using it since I figured if it's causing that reaction then maybe it's bad for baby. It worked, no more itching. I tried not using any deodorant and tried a natural kind, but I stink. What should I do? Is deodorant unsafe for a nursing baby? Does it pass through the breastmilk? What options are out there for nursing mamas who want sweet smellin pits??? Help!
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  • @llli*mjas's Avatar
    November 25th, 2015, 05:07 AM
    Hello again, I recently posted re wanting to night wean in order to bring back AF as we want to start to TTC, now that our daughter is 28 months old. After 2.5 weeks or so of weaning at night and getting a 6-8 hour stretch at night, my daughter got sick so we let the weaning go temporarily. About 1.5 weeks after we gave it a break - AF came back! I'm wondering if I now have to go back to weaning or if, now that my cycle is back, we can go back to nursing on demand and I will get my cycle back month over month. Weaning was not easy or fun, lots of tears etc. so I'd rather go back to nursing at night if my body is now regulating itself. Thanks for your thoughts!
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  • @llli*florida2001's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:26 AM
    I have 2 weeks old baby. I pump milk every 2-3 hours and giving her between 2.5-3 oz in each feeding. The problem is she can not fall asleep. She is so fussy. when I put her in rock'n play she is ok for minute then she starts cried. when I lift her up she stops. I can tell she is tired because she is yawning and her eyes are closing. I don't know what to do. It is time consuming, meantime I finish breast pumping and feeding her I need to start over again, plus I need to feed myself and to do house chores. How to manage this? thank you
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  • @llli*ksherman31613's Avatar
    November 27th, 2015, 01:02 PM
    So, a little bit of history. I apologize if it is long. I had my first child September 5, 2013. He was born 7lbs 15oz, at 42 weeks via C-section. At his follow up appointment was gaining and two week appointment, he had gain. In the four days following the second week appointment, he lost 11oz. He was EB and I was feeding him every two hours. A doctor at a walk in clinic shoved some formula into my hands and said "supplement" without answering any of my questions, or asking any. Discouraged, I went home and hit the internet for answers. I started feeding him every hour, and he ate for an hour at a time. He was still cranky. I then started to top him off. Two ounces of formula following an hour of breastfeeding. Finally, he was content. He gained. I started taking brewers yeast and alfalfa tablets because I had read that it helps increase milk production. I figured that was the problem, I was not producing enough milk. After about three months, I was able to stop supplementing and just breastfeed. At four and a half months he was watching us eat, following our forks with his eyes with what seemed like wonder in his eyes... We started solids, and he has been a happy boy and a healthy eater since. The boy could eat! I didn't think anything about it after that, just kind of figured that he was hungry and I was not producing enough milk for him. My daughter was born November 13, 2014, a C-section at 39 weeks. She was 5lbs 14oz. She was different than my son. My son never...
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  • @llli*pioneermama's Avatar
    November 28th, 2015, 03:56 PM
    My 14 month old grabbed my nipple and jerked!:cry This was yesterday, and I'm still in pain...suggestions? anything to relieve the pain...
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  • @llli*mrsb26's Avatar
    November 26th, 2015, 02:41 PM
    Hi all My 15 week old daughter has always had good weight gain. I get her weighed every 2 weeks and she has moved well along the 50th centile until now. I got her weighed today, and she has only put on 1.5oz in two weeks! This has me a bit concerned. The paediatrician said that some babies do plateau, but she seemed a little concerned and recommended I get her weighed weekly from now on. There has been no obvious change in her breastfeeding behaviour. She feeds frequently, every 2 hours or so, but has always been a frequent feeder. I simply cannot think why she has gained so little. The only thing I could perhaps put it down to is the fact that she is no longer cluster feeding in the evenings (this tailed off at around 11 weeks). Since she was about 8 weeks, she has typically woken just once during the night for a feed (but has still gained well up until this point). She currently sleeps from 8-9pm til 3-4am, feeds for 15 minutes and then goes back down til 7am.
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  • @llli*junes.mama's Avatar
    November 27th, 2015, 11:54 AM
    Every night for the past several weeks, my baby, who is now almost 7 weeks, get super frustrated and upset. She stays this way even after all my swaddling, shushing, baby wearing, bouncing, ect. I can tell she is hungry but when I bring her to nurse she bobs and shakes her head like she can't latch on to the nipple. I've had a bad issue with oversupply since a few days after she was born. I also have a *very* overactive let down (especially on one side, it basically pours out like a faucet). She gets more and more frustrated throughout the night and refuses to eat. Lately I've found that I can calm her down with a pacifier and then sneak my boob in and she'll nurse for a little while. She is gaining tons of weight and has plenty of poopy and wet diapers. Any advice for these super stressful evening feeds? I'm getting so discouraged like I'll never have the right amount or right flow of milk. Also is the pacifier trick ok to keep doing or will it cause nipple confusion?
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  • @llli*caraleeann's Avatar
    November 27th, 2015, 12:48 PM
    My baby boy is close to 10 weeks old. For the last few weeks we've been really going through it. He's always spit up after some meals, but more recently it's been causing him pain. He gets very fussy and will scream for an hour after a big/medium meal, arch his back, and sometimes cough or gag. He will spit up for up to an 1.5 hrs after eating. He projectile vomited once. He also gets hiccups regularly when this happens. It's really hard to calm him down after he starts feeling pain and he'll object to taking a nap, which in many cases will cause him to be overtired. We breastfeed only (very occasional bottle) and he's done better with only being at the breast. His bed is elevated and we hold him at angle during and after a feed. I read he could be reacting to cows milk protein, so I've edited out all dairy and it's been 3 full days. Anyone have a similar struggle? It would be great to hear your story and what worked for you. We're meeting with his pediatrician Monday about it.
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  • @llli*kevins-mom's Avatar
    November 25th, 2015, 11:22 PM
    Jack is 6 weeks. I send three 3oz bottles to daycare for him each day, and pump 3 times at work. I usually end up pumping more than he needs and freeze the excess. The past 4 days, daycare has only fed him 2 of the bottles, meaning he's only drinking 6oz in the almost 9 hours we are apart. I tried to make adjustments to his feeding schedule but he still is sleeping through his morning feeding, and I come home with an extra bottle. Right now I have it set up so that he is not woken up for feelings. Do you think it's okay to just let him have his 2 bottles or should I try to make sure he's getting offered all his milk each day? If he were much older this wouldn't bother me but he's only 6 weeks old. This is what his schedule looks like on 2 bottle days. It doesn't change on 3 bottle days with the exception of the 3rd bottle. 2am nurse (sometimes) 4am nurse 8am nurse 11:30 bottle
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  • @llli*doruca's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:12 PM
    Hello everyone, My daughter always refused formula no matter what we tried. We tried for months with no results and I insisted on breastfeeding even though my supply was slowly (but surely) tanking. She also had trouble gaining weight because she ate a small quantity of solids and nursed only a little. Our pedi told us that the longer I breastfeed, the better but should I encounter issues and would have to switch to the bottle while my baby absolutely refuses formula, cow's milk would be just fine. I started my Master's degree in October and every other week I would leave my bub with my mom when I go to classes. Two weeks ago or so, around the time she turned 11 months, she bought this expensive sippy cup that she took right away and started gulping down cow's milk which was such a relief! Her refusing the bottle was the bane of my existence. I was so stressed out that my supply would eventually tank and I wouldn't be able to feed her milk any more. Even if I wanted to wean her, I couldn't. At first she positively refused the cup if I gave it to her but she eventually came around and she now takes it from me gladly. I still nurse her during the night, in the morning and at bedtime (we are trying to replace the bedtime feed with the cup feeding) and it's such a relief to have her eat properly, it makes my heart grow. She's on iron supplements as well.
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  • @llli*caraleeann's Avatar
    November 27th, 2015, 12:33 PM
    Hello, my little guy is close to 10 weeks old. I've been busy the last couple days and did a couple 4-5 hr stretches without feeding or pumping. Last night I noticed some significant pain in one of my breasts and I can't seem to get it to go away. Near the top inner part has a hard spot, like a knot and its sensitive to the touch and my nipple kills me when baby first gets on. Any advice, should I be concerned?
    2 replies | 305 view(s)
  • @llli*dillon923's Avatar
    November 27th, 2015, 06:50 PM
    Hi everyone, I'm still nursing my second child, who is now 17 months old, and I have gained weight and cannot lose it. Has this happened to anyone else? I dropped down to about 5 lbs above my pre-pregnancy weight just from the nursing by about 3 months postpartum (very lucky, I know), but then I gained about 10 pounds from a few months ago. I cut out all sweets and treats for the past 6 weeks, increased my physical activity, and then weighed myself yesterday and...NO CHANGE AT ALL. Huh? Help? I really don't want this to be my starting weight for another pregnancy (we won't "try" until after our son weans, which will hopefully happen sometime around 21/22 months). This last pregnancy was really hard because I was carrying 10 lbs extra from my first pregnancy, and I don't want to add 10 more!
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  • @llli*karmaiza's Avatar
    November 28th, 2015, 01:45 PM
    I am 37 weeks pregnant. I am due to deliver in about two weeks. I am scheduled a c-section because of previous c-sections. I am wondering if pumping before delivery is good or bad. I want to have the basics down that way I will know what to expect from nursing. I have three children and never had a support team to help me BF so I just never done it. I really want to BF this time. What are your thoughts on early pumping?!?!
    2 replies | 148 view(s)
  • @llli*florida2001's Avatar
    November 26th, 2015, 07:30 AM
    I just realized that the reason my baby(1 week old) is crying and crying in the night is because she probably doesn't get enough milk from me. I have been testing myself forthe last two days and the most milk I can get is 1 oz from both breast ( I have electric hospital grade pump - medela). I added formula and seems the problem with sleepless nights were solved. However, I would like to keep breastfeed and increase milk supply. What can I do? How come first days after she was born my milk was leaking, my boobs were huge and now the top I can get is 1 oz, which is not enough for her. I pump every 2-3 hours, I place baby on my breast to suck more, but nothing is coming out. it is frustrating. please advice thank you
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  • @llli*calvinsmomma's Avatar
    November 25th, 2015, 11:42 AM
    Hello ladies! :hello I have been breastfeeding my son since he was born, he is currently almost 14 months. Aside from a little soreness the first couple weeks of his life, it has been smooth sailing with no problems, up until now. Suddenly, the past few days, my nipples have been sore while we nurse, and after. It has gotten worse every day to where I am dreading each session and I want to cry when he latches. At this point, my nipples are cracked and oozing what I believe to be plasma (clear). Everything that I read points to poor latch, but I don't get how we could just now be having a poor latch, we are like pros at this after 14 months! I noticed it doesn't look like his mouth is open quite as wide as I remember when he was younger, but I can't get him to open wider for me. I always envisioned myself letting him wean when he was ready and on his own, but this is getting to be so painful I cab hardly take it. Does anyone have any tips for me? It makes me feel guilty that I am considering weaning him myself. :cry
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