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  • @llli*owleo's Avatar
    August 23rd, 2015, 09:12 AM
    My 7 month old has been ebf but has had diarrhea, mucous and/or blood in stool on and off since about 2 months old. I tried a very strict total elimination diet thinking it was a food sensitivity, but it didn't work. I am on a less severe diet (top 8 allergens free) and things are still the same. I give probiotics which is the only thing that has helped him, but not fully. (He had several rounds of strong antibiotics at 1 month old due to pneumonia and an ear infection, which is when our problems began). I trialed his first solid (carrots) and it was an instant fail. My ped and GI want me to switch him to a hypoallergenic formula. I am devastated at the idea of not breastfeeding but I want him to get better. I think I need to heal his gut somehow but dont know how to do that with a baby. Anybody have any ideas??
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  • @llli*homegreen's Avatar
    August 25th, 2015, 09:58 AM
    My LO is 21 months and nursing three times a day in the morning, at nap time and at bedtime. I'm not sensing her desire to change our routine. With that said, I'm concerned it is just a habitual routine now that she wouldn't even know to want it or not. However, I'm ready to begin reducing down. I realize all babies are different, but is there a general consensus which of these three nursing sessions are favorites? The morning session is the one I'd like to start with since her nap is at 11am. Any thoughts/experience would be welcome. Thank you.
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  • @llli*bookworm-mom's Avatar
    August 26th, 2015, 06:57 AM
    Okay, so my baby is two weeks old. When he was born I wasn't allowed (yes, "allowed") to breastfeed him because he was immediately placed into constant care. I had been diagnosed with a bacteria: streptococcus hemolytic beta, which I was treated for upon arrival to the hospital with penicillin. But he had been placed in an incubator because my water had been broken for 23 hours before I was able to deliver him, leaving the posibility of him being infected with the bacteria. Hence the isolation of the incubator, and he was placed on preventive anti-biotics. When I asked the medical staff if they had a breast pump I could use, they told me I had to buy one (in Puerto Rico the hospitals do not provide breast pumps because it's "unsanitary" - the exact words of one of the hospital staff members when I asked if they had a pump I could rent). I was very upset, mainly because my husband and I didn't have enough money for a medical grade electric pump. Nevertheless, I sent him with my mother to buy a Lansinoh manual breast pump. he washed and sterilized it, and brought it to me the very next day. In the mean time, I was forced to allow the hospital to feed the baby formula for fear of his sugar becoming low due to how long I was taking to get my milk to him. Of course things didn't get better. I tried pumping that very evening (a full 24 hours after I gave birth), but I only managed to get colostrum (and a small amount) from one of my breasts. But the damn nurses kept...
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  • @llli*yorkshiregirl76's Avatar
    August 24th, 2015, 05:08 PM
    Hi, my baby has mouth issues so until it is corrected I have been told to express for 10mins each side after a feed. What I want to know is, on a night, baby sleeps for a long time & no matter what we do, we cant wake her to feed & she won't open her mouth for me to dream feed her so I need to express in place of her feed so do I still pump for 10mins or do I need to pump for 20mins each side? (Roughly that is how long she would take to feed). Also, if I pump after a feed & she has done well then I usually only get an ounce between both boobs, yet if I pump for 20 mins because she is having a long sleep but due a feed, I never get more than 3oz between both boobs, does this mean she is only getting 3oz per feed? When I have pumped, I feel really soft & hand express but nothing more comes out. She is 10wks old but only weighs 7lb 3oz so would 3oz be enough milk for her per feed? She feeds roughly every 1.5-2hr in the day with a long sleep of up to 3hrs just once but then she sleeps from 9 at night till sometimes 5 in the morning and then the feed fest begins again.
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  • @llli*nealejes's Avatar
    August 24th, 2015, 12:25 PM
    My 10 week old and I have had a rough start to nursing. He had a tongue tie snipped at 7 days old and lasered at 5 weeks which helped him a lot especially with weight gain. He now transfers milk well in a short period of time per a Lactation consultant, and is gaining 1 oz a day on average. He sleeps ok at night, getting up 2-3 times. The issue is he is miserable all day long every day. If he isn't nursing, he is screaming at the top of his lungs. He refuses to nap unless swaddled in his swing and that has only worked about 5 times ever in his life so he's only getting 8-9 hours of sleep in 24 hours. He nurses from the time he wakes up till he goes to sleep (7am-9pm) and refuses every pacifier I've tried. I have a moby carrier and he screams in that too. I suspected silent reflux or food allergies at first. I haven't had dairy in 5 weeks and elimated gluten, soy, eggs, spicy, citrus, berries, coffee 2 weeks ago (basically eating chicken, rice, oatmeal, pear, and nothing else) with no change in his behavior. Zantac did nothing after 2 weeks either. Main Problem: He screams unless nursing and does not stop Nurses/sucks constantly with no breaks all day long Refuses pacifiers Refuses to nap Mucousy poops
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  • @llli*supersonic's Avatar
    August 24th, 2015, 08:06 AM
    Hi Ladies, have been lurking since pregnancy, but this is my first post. I'm hoping to get your opinion on my situation and I apologize that this is long. My LO is almost 8 weeks. Since 2 weeks old he has been spitting up a lot and is very gassy. He spits after every feed, and very forcefully. I mentioned it to my doc, and we started nursing upright, holding upright, incline sleeping etc etc. By 4 weeks nothing had improved and he was now starting to spit out his nose after every feed and sometimes quite a distance. I wouldn't go so far as to call it projectile. He pulls his legs to his belly all the time, and every time I lay him down, no matter how long he's been upright, he spits. The important thing to note is that when he spits, he cries. He's obviously in pain when he spits and I end up holding him all day as a result. I put him in the stroller when we go for our daily walk, other than that, I'm holding him. I can barely go to the bathroom :-) (Please note also that I'm not complaining, I LOVE being with my son and if he needs me, I'm there. I'm just painting a picture). He typically cries quite a bit throughout the day, in between all feeds. I am constantly wondering if I'm doing the right thing as a result, but I just end up holding him and offering the breast frequently. He's happiest with me, either in my arms or in the sling. He doesn't fit the signs of pyloric stenosis, most notably because he's gaining weight normally. He was a few days slower...
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  • @llli*azjen's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:11 PM
    My son is 12 days old. Breastfeeding has gone fine on his end from the beginning - he has been eating well, filling up diapers like a champ and gaining a ton of weight (he was 7 lbs 12 oz at birth, 8 lbs 5 oz today). Because he was eating so well, a few times at the beginning I let him get away with a shallow latch just to pacify him and I am still paying the price for it. My nipples are so incredibly sore and painful, with cracks and scabs that just get worse again every time he eats. His initial latch is toe-curlingly painful (especially on the right side), but once he gets going it feels fine. I have tried lanolin, letting BM dry on the nipples, and have been using the Lansinoh Soothie gel pads the last couple of days. They do seem to be somewhat getting better, but I think I just need reassurance that this is not going to be forever. I can't help but keep thinking of how much easier and less painful life would be if I were feeding him formula instead. Breastfeeding is really important to me so I don't want to feed him formula, but it's just one of those "grass is greener" thoughts. I'm a second time mom but my journey with my first son was completely different - he was born at 31 weeks and spent 5 weeks in the NICU, so he started off bottle-fed BM while I pumped, and it was a much different experience than having a full-size newborn attached to me around the clock. Really, really hard also, but in a different way. I guess I'm just looking for some reassurance...
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  • @llli*tomom's Avatar
    August 23rd, 2015, 02:04 AM
    Hello All, I'm mom to a 1 week old little girl. This is my second and already totally different bf-ing experience! This little one is sleepy in the day and wants to be on the breast almost all night (usually from 12-6). Has anyone else experienced this? During the day she is fine but for some reason at night its like she can't get enough. Also she falls asleep at the breast but won't stay asleep when put down and wakes up with feeding cues. She also has newborn jaundice so I'm feeding her as much as possible with a little bit of supplementation to help her through this. Any thoughts? I'm so tired! Thanks.
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  • @llli*noah.smama's Avatar
    August 26th, 2015, 06:32 PM
    Hi All, this is my first time posting here, I just signed up. I am so worried about my milk supply. I went back to work two weeks ago and I cannot pump at work. I am so worried that no being able to pump for 8 hours will decrease my milk supply. My LO just turned 3 months yesterday.What can i do to keep my milk supply if not i am not pumping. I am working a part time, 20 hours,2 days of 8 hours and one day of 4 hours. Please help me.
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  • @llli*redbear45's Avatar
    August 26th, 2015, 03:02 PM
    Hi. My lo is almost 7 months and exclusively breastfed, and goes to a sitter 3x a week. She gets two 6-oz bottles on those days, and I pump around the same time as her bottles. But in the past week or so, my afternoon pump has dropped off a cliff. I'm now lucky to get 3 ounces in 10 minutes of pumping. My first pumping session gets me about 10-11 ounces, so overall I am still getting more than she takes in her bottles. But this second pump mystifies me. Should I be giving her a smaller bottle for that feeding? Does this mean she takes less from me at that feeding on the 4 days per week that I am only nursing and not pumping? :shrug We're still very new to solids, doing oatmeal in the mornings at home and trying out some veggies and fruits at night. She gets about 2 tablespoons in the morning and up to 4 at night, so it's not like it's that much. I would just love some insight here! Should I add another pump? Thanks for any wisdom you all can provide!
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  • @llli*sarah.louise's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:46 AM
    My daughter is now 5 months old. Background: Exclusively breastfed, weight 13lb (Always been small), had bad reflux since birth, suspected CMPI (why: bad reaction when I gave 1 bottle formula, eczema all over, bad colic and gas) I cut out all dairy until about 11 weeks, now I eat only small amounts like cheese no milk/yog/ice cream etc. She has mild eczema now, no other symptoms. She is still on omeprazole (in the US called losec I believe) to control the reflux, tried weaning her off it but she started coughing and hacking so she still needs it. Tongue tie discovered at 12 weeks after I saw my local health visitor about her feeding every hour throughout the day and clicking when feeding. This was cut at 14 weeks and she no longer clicks and her feeds are more efficient as my breast feels drained. From about 7/8 weeks to 14 weeks she slept 10-5/6am most nights..falling asleep on her own in the cot. Amazing. At 14 weeks it all just stopped and for the last 6/7 weeks she just does not sleep anymore. She will never settle until 9/10pm even though I have tried earlier, we have a routine, I feed her put her in her gro bag etc. She just lays there screaming (high pitched squeal not crying) until she finally dozes off. She will sleep for about 2 hours then she will wake again and won't go back to sleep until I feed her which is fine, only she will wake up and cry as soon as I put her in her cot again, or toss and turn for hours until I feed her again and the cycle repeats....
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  • @llli*leiley's Avatar
    August 25th, 2015, 02:23 AM
    With my first child (who is now 2), I didn't put enough effort into breastfeeding and ended up just pumping until my milk supply dwindled and I had to start feeding her formula. With my second child (now 2.5 weeks old), she is exclusively breastfeeding :). The only odd thing is that my left side nipple is so much more sensitive than my right side, almost to the point that I would rather just nurse on the right side. When I was looking at my left nipple, I noticed that there's a spot right next to the center of the nipple that is lighter than the rest of the skin. It almost looks like a bubble with milk and some tiny spots of red maybe like blood. It's very hard to explain and I haven't had much luck finding anything online that discusses this. Help!
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  • @llli*thawingsnow's Avatar
    August 22nd, 2015, 03:13 PM
    Has anyone experienced their supply decreasing after exercising? Any ways to remedy this? Thank you for your help!
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  • @llli*hlc12's Avatar
    August 23rd, 2015, 12:12 PM
    Hello! I have another thread going right now regarding a hard knot in my nipple pore. I decided to start a new one because I finally found someone who believes she knows what the knot is and why I'm having problems. Thrush. Thrush from hell, to be exact. So I'm starting this thread to see if (a) anyone has ever heard of what I'm dealing with and (b) if anyone has any suggestions for me. I'm doing EVERYTHING and this stuff just isn't clearing up! So basically I have had this hard knot in my nipple pore for over a month now. It's caused numerous plugged ducts, decreased my milk supply and had me in tears more times than I care to count. I went to a couple different docs - none knew what to do. Then I went to an LC/midwife who knew right away and said she has seen this type of thing before - not a lot, by any means, but that she has seen it and treated it before. She said positively it's thrush. She said something about the knot being like a cyst, but I'm not quite sure I understood that whole point (or if I even heard that part correctly). So the knot in there is yeast and she said it needs to be drawn out. She said other pores are clogged up too, which is true. I have been so focused on that one pore, but I did notice recently that others were clogging up too. No hard knots in them, but overall they look white when you look at them and you can see all of the white kind of packed into them. Two pores actually run together with white. Prior to seeing...
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  • @llli*isabelofmtl's Avatar
    August 27th, 2015, 04:03 PM
    Big develpoment for us: DS, 12 days old, was admitted to hospital last night for a staph infection (go results back from lab today),, so he is being treated with antibiotics via IV. Earlier today, a 6th & 7th attempt at a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) were attempted. He was given fluids via IV to try to get a result, because previous attempts turned up "dry" (even though he'd been nursing regularly, which is often, more than every 2 hours, in his case). Ever since, I sense he is nursing less. He seems sleepier and even after showing signs of wanting to nurse, he doesn't do much, if anything when offered the breast. I wasn't watching the time, so I don' know exacly how long this has been happening, but a few hours. I want to know if the IV fluids (not necessarily the antibiotics) could affect his desire to nurse. No one here seems super knowledgeable about breastmilk and breastfeeding (other than "it's good"). I'm worried if his decrease in appetite or energy is due to something else, like the infection itself. He has no fever or other outwardly symptoms.
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  • @llli*naomisfamily's Avatar
    August 23rd, 2015, 06:22 PM
    32 weeker is one almost 40 weeks. He came home from the NICU at 36.5 weeks at about 5 lbs. He is now just over 6 lbs. He was bottle fed expressed breast milk and continues to be so as while he latches, he won't do more than 2 or 3 swallows at most. I put him to the breast for most of his feedings and then end up using the bottle. He sucks sometimes, but almost never nutritively. He falls sleep after about ten seconds at the breast no mattercwhat I do. He will suck his bottle, though a bit slowly. I have a decent supply and letdown is achieved right away. He didn't like the SNS tube or a nipple shield. I let him suck on my finger and it felt a bit disorganized but decently strong. LC said no tongue tie and basically wait for him to grow so he wakes up more. Any ideas? I'd love to drop the bottles/pumping until I go back to work. My son never rejects the breast-just sleeps. He can latch-rather shallowly and stay there until I break the suction. He doesn't fall off on his own. When I pump after I feed, there's always plenty and when I weighed him for a few feeds, he either took nothing or 20 ml. PLEASE HELP! I want to have this relationship with my son.
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  • @llli*sophiasmom5715's Avatar
    August 24th, 2015, 11:19 AM
    Hello all! I am a new mom and have some questions, I recently started on oatmeal cereal for my little one and was wondering what type of scheduled we should have her on. How much of breast-milk should she drink a day and when to substitute the cereal or how much cereal she should have. Thank you!
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  • @llli*mommytocc's Avatar
    August 27th, 2015, 09:28 PM
    My baby boy is going to be one month in few days, and what conserns me is that he wakes up every 1.5hr-2hrs to feed. His weight is 4.4kg and he only nurses for 10 minutes and then falls asleep, I have to attempt to wake him up and if I'm lucky he would have another 20-40ml milk from the bottle which I have to express after each feed since I have no other choice. What concerns me is that he doesn't eat as much as the chart says he should at this stage and according to his weight. Is there anything I can do? Because I want him to nurse longer and have only breast rather then a bottle. And how can I keep him awake so he can have at least 80-90ml ? Maybe he would sleep longer. Please advice
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  • @llli*hlatour's Avatar
    August 27th, 2015, 03:02 PM
    Hello! My son is nearly 6 weeks old and nurses every hour and a half for about 20 minutes (sometimes more often) on each side all day every day for 6 weeks! He tends to fall asleep while nursing and is also very fussy through out each feed. He has gained 2 lbs 3 oz since born. Our pediatrician suggested we try to hold him off for 3 hours between feedings and he's only gone that long a few times during the night. Just wondering if these things are normal and how long it will last, thank you!
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  • @llli*mlowe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:50 AM
    My baby girl is almost 4 weeks old. Around 2.5 weeks I started to worry she wasn't getting enough because she seemed fussier and was eating much more often. So I pulled out my pump to see how much I could pump. And yes I know the pumped amount isn't always a good indicator of supply but I figured if I could get an ounce or two there was definitely enough for baby being made. Since day one of pumping I have pumped once daily (sometimes twice for comfort) always after a full feeding with baby and I usually get 4-5 oz total but have gotten as much as 7 oz. My question is I seem to see a lot that having a larger supply is bad in some way. I don't understand why that is. I have to return to work at 10 weeks and I want to make sure I can easily pump enough to keep her totally on breastmilk. So a higher supply now seems good to me. Am I wrong? Is it a bad idea to keep pumping once a day?
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  • @llli*maymom's Avatar
    August 27th, 2015, 12:26 PM
    hello. LO is 16 weeks today and has been BF'd since birth. i went back to work when he was 10 weeks so he's had bottles, but always with the slowest, premie nipples. i nurse him right before leaving for work, before bed, and the overnight feed. lately (started around 4 days ago), i noticed that when he's on the left breast, he wouldn't stay latched on. he would do these quick movements -- almost like giving the nipple a quick kiss, then come off, then on again -- literally be this way every second (he wouldn't even stay on for 5 seconds or so). this is when i'm holding him almost like cross-cradle (he on a nursing pillow). he's fine when i put him on football hold. sometimes, he also does it on the right side, but not as consistently. what i found that helps is, i first put him on football hold on the left, burp him, change sides, and once he's having a good run, i change him again to the left using cross cradle and by then he'll be fine. i'm just wondering why this peculiar behavior on the left side has cropped up now? what does this quick "kiss-like" motions mean? also, he used to nurse at least 20 mins on each side, especially at night, before bed. now, i'm lucky if he stays 10 mins on each side. is it normal that nursing times shorten as they get older? hope how i described my question is clear enough! TIA!
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  • @llli*kiki.tur's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:02 AM
    Posting for my wife because English is not her primary language. This is a long post:huh She has had some problems breastfeeding and the lactation nurse says we have been doing the correct things but she still feels guilty that she hasn't been able to breastfeed exclusively. Some background first. The baby is now a week old. Wife was in labor for 31 hours after her water broke. No complications. Umbilical cord fell off after 30 hours. Pediatrician said it was very rare but it looked fine and gave us some things to watch out for. She was in the hospital for 48 hours after the baby came out then discharged. In the hospital, the first day, the baby breastfed the first 4 times easily. The Pediatrician noticed the tongue needs to be cut underneath (very common in my family tree) so they cut it. My wife is hand expressing perfectly. During the night the baby has some problems latching. Baby has about 8 bowl movements. The second day the lactation nurse comes in and helps her. Baby is doing fine and within normal weightloss. Bilirubin test shows she is in the high-intermediate range so she is very sleepy and lethargic. Breastfeeding is touch and go. Sometimes she latches and feeds. Other times she latches then falls asleep immediately.
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  • @llli*brennan's Avatar
    August 27th, 2015, 10:00 PM
    My daughter is 3 weeks old and the last week or so has had green poop. I thought it might be a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance so I stopped feeding both sides at a feeding (I would finish on one breast burp and offer the second, now I finish on one breast burp and then offer the same side again). This hasn't seemed to help. Dd is a happy and content baby, she is not terribly fussy. She spits up a little but not a concerning amount. She poops and pees the recommended amount. She has had some issues gaining weight (was down 6oz at 12 days) but she was jaundiced and we had latch issues but those have resolved and she is growing. Her poop is the only symptom, and her first poop of the day is yellow but gets greener as the day goes on. She is my third and my first 2 successfully bf for 2 years each. I need help!
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  • @llli*elisa30's Avatar
    August 27th, 2015, 10:05 AM
    Hola Chicas, pasados 5 meses después de tener a mi primer bebé, todavía peso 9 kilos más que antes del embarazo. Alguien me puede recomendar alguna dieta para hacer durante la lactancia? Gracias
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  • @llli*emersushea's Avatar
    August 26th, 2015, 02:44 PM
    My daughter will be 2 months on Saturday. All of a sudden it seems like she's taking in less milk or I am producing more. The fullness after feeds is driving me crazy. I've been borderline engorged. For the past 2 weeks my breasts have been soft so I thought my supply normalized. Now they are irritatingly firm between feeds and don't soften entirely after. She's been nursing every 1-1.5 hrs up until 10-11pm then nurses 1.5-3 hrs until about 7 am. She mostly nurses on one breast per session, sometimes she'll spend a few minutes on the other. Two times a week I pump a nighttime feed so my husband can feed her and I can sleep. Yesterday was so bad I resorted to pumping between feeds and got 10 oz out...yikes! I know it's bad to pump because it can trigger more milk to be made. Any recommendations? Thoughts as to why I've got more milk on board suddenly?
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  • @llli*jmk2015's Avatar
    August 26th, 2015, 01:07 AM
    My 23 week old baby (5 months + 1 week) won't take a bottle. She has in the past, when she was 2-3 months (used tommee tippee). She even took one about 2 weeks ago. But today was my first day back to work and at the babysitters she refused to take a bottle. We've tried different bottles, different positions, and cup feeding and I was not anywhere near her since I was at work. What are my options? Will she be ok while I work from 7am-3pm? What if she just never takes a bottle? She's an assisted sitter, a petit baby who was 7 lbs 7 oz when she was born and is currently near 13 lb 7 ounces. My doctor said to start spoon feeding her cereal, but obviously that's not an instant fix and I'm concerned about the time it's going to take to get her there.
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