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  • @llli*livingtemple's Avatar
    September 23rd, 2016, 02:43 PM
    Hello helpful LLL ladies! I need some guidance on a handful of related issues. I'm writing a lot but want to be as thorough as possible, so please read on and bear with me :) I have returned to work and am home with my LO (now 11, almost 12 months) one day per week plus weekends. On the other 4 workdays he is bottle fed my breastmilk by husband, childcare, or family. He enthusiastically eats solids 2-3x/day - we don't push it, but he really enjoys food. If we happen to miss or skip a meal every once in a while, we don't worry about it. Up until about a week ago, he was nursing 6x/day on a typical day with me: wake, before AM nap, after AM nap, before PM nap, after PM nap, and bed, with meals in between. For about a week and a half straight he fought his PM nap and pushed back his AM nap to the extent that I think we've entered 1 nap/day territory. So he only just recently is nursing more like 4x/day - wake, before nap, after nap, and bed. Sometimes a little extra in between :) When I pump, I usually pump anywhere from 4-6 (sometimes 7) oz. 1. Everyone says he "whomps" the milk down from the bottle. I know it's common for BF'd babies to take milk faster via bottle than breast and that paced feeding, sitting upright, switching "sides," etc., can all help with this. People have tried all of the above. I'm working on getting a slower-flow nipple also, though the ones we use (LifeFactory) are Stage 1 (on that note: anyone know the slowest nipple out there??). The tough...
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  • @llli*maggiechicago's Avatar
    September 20th, 2016, 01:40 PM
    Hello ladies so today was out 1 month check up. birth weight was 8lb12 oz. The lowest weight was 7lb14oz. Today he was 10lb14oz. That is a 3 lb gain. MD told me His length to weight ratio is that he is "below" the chart. And that I need to supplement because I am starving him. He was 22 inches at birth and now 24 (although I am going to double check bc nurse was very sloppy). I reasoned that he gained 3 lbs and over an ounce per day and she did not care. She said he is a "size of a 4 month old and he has a big tank". Not sire how much more he could have gained. I asked how much more and she said "well he could be more". We are all tall and lean. Interestingly she never said a word when my first son only gained 1 lb over his birth weight at 1 month check up because she knew I was suppplementing. This guy gains 3 lbs in a moth and that is not good enough. I am not opposed to formula but even looking at the ratio for birth- he was BELOW the chart to begin with as she plopped the numbers there so perhaps I was even starving him in utero? My SIL son is almost exactly the same and noone told her to supplement- they have almost exact growth- born with exact same weight and height. To be at 50 percentile for example for his height he would have to be 15 lbs so almost double his birthweight. I mean I can supplement but what is the point , to fall onto a specific number or something? Any ideas?
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  • @llli*cw591's Avatar
    September 22nd, 2016, 09:07 AM
    Long time lurker, first time poster. This week my almost 5 mth old (1 more week), changed up his eating and feeding pattern. He has been EBF and is 17lbs. He has started to slow down his weight gain for the last month but he does seem to be gaining. He is peeing regularly but he hasn't pooped since Saturday (now Thursday). He used to poop everyday. He is now sleeping through the night (8-10hrs) without eating and only eating 3 times a day. He was previously eating every 3-4hrs during the day but now he's on a 5 hr eating schedule. He has also started to nurse for much longer. He can go 30-50 mins easily and I have to unlatch him. He doesn't unlatch himself anymore. This happened after I had mastitis last week. I've now finished my round of antibiotics and I'm feeling much better. I spoke to a LC regarding the mastitis and she suggested to empty each breast thoroughly each time he nurses. Which I have been trying to do although he doesn't seem to unlatch now. I have always just fed him one breast at a time and after each feed on each side he seems satisfied.
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  • @llli*kiwi.mama's Avatar
    September 22nd, 2016, 09:00 PM
    My daughter is 12 weeks old and after a lot of problem solving, I have discovered she has a posterior tongue tie and mild upper lip tie. I have had vasospasm caused by bad latch, thrush in my breasts, and badly damaged nipples. I breastfed exclusively for nearly 4 weeks then had a 3 week break to get my head together before trying again. I returned to feeding with shields (in a bid to widen latch), and as soon as I did so she began to reject the bottle. We've been feeding with shields for nearly 3 weeks and her gag reflex is getting more and more hyperactive. Now if I touch even the tip of her tongue she gags, which may lead to nursing strike at some point? She's also developing colic type symptoms from her inefficient, air gulping style of feeding. So...seems that tie release is warranted, but I want to know what I'm in for. Would appreciate advice/info from anyone who has had a posterior tongue tie released. Was it worth it - why/why not? What kind of after procedure 'stretches' did you use? How did baby cope? Did you get back to EB? Particularly interested to hear from anyone whose baby also had a strong gag. Thanks in advance.
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  • @llli*ote.eme's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:08 AM
    My kiddo is 13 weeks old and nurses on one side at a time at home. When I went back to work last week, I pumped on both sides at once every time. Today I'm feeling engorged overnight. My baby sleeps through the night most nights, and I haven't felt engorged at night for a while, so I'm wondering if I inadvertently increased my supply by pumping on both sides even though she usually only eats on one. Should I only pump one side at a time at work? Or could this all even out? I only pump twice at work. This is my schedule: 7:45 nurse 10:00 pump 12:15 or 12:30 nurse her on my lunch break 3:00 pump 5:15 nurse
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  • @llli*stickfishy's Avatar
    September 20th, 2016, 12:23 AM
    Looking for some advice on my 5 month old who is now rejecting the breast 90% of the time in favor of a bottle. Some (a lot of) background: DS was born 3 weeks early, and a combination of his size, a tongue tie, and flat nipples caused me to have to use a nipple shield and for us to top off with a bottle, and supplement when necessary. Eventually, I was EBF during the day, and DH would bottle feed during a period every evening so I could sleep. At around 3 months DH switched from a size 1 nipple to a flow size 2 because he said DS was getting frustrated (I didn't want this to happen, but it did). We never addressed the tongue tie (per advice from our pediatrician) because he was able to nurse fine and was gaining weight well. At our 4 month checkup, however, he was underweight. This was very surprising to us because of how frequently he was nursing (at least every hour for long periods of time). Our pediatrician sent us to OT for an infant feeding clinic where they said he was not able to transfer milk efficiently because of his tongue tie. So we ended up having it clipped three weeks ago. The first couple of days after we're rough, but he was still nursing. Then the nursing strike started. He has nursed off and on since then, but everyday it's less and less. Yesterday he only nursed once. I went to see Lactation a week ago and she said that his tongue is healed, his motor/sucking skills are good, his latch is good, and my supply seems to be good. So it...
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  • @llli*bonnie168's Avatar
    September 20th, 2016, 11:11 PM
    I am still nursing my 9-month-old in spite of biting and injured nipples, stubborn thrush, postpartum hypothyroidism, endocrinological mayhem, etc. She refuses to drink from a bottle or take milk or formula from a sippy cup, so I have no choice except to keep nursing, which I am okay with in spite of the issues I'm having. I seem to have enough milk and only run low during my period each month. She was born at a hefty 9 pounds exactly and for the first six months, she hovered near the 100th growth percentile. She is currently 9.5 months old, 20.5 lbs, and 30 inches tall, which puts her near the 70th percentile. However, she only gained six ounces in the six weeks between 7.5 months and 9 months, which concerned her pediatrician. Because she started out so large, her weight is still high for her age, so the doctor is not overly worried but he instructed me to feed her more. He told me that since she does not have a medical condition that is preventing her body from utilizing the calories she eats, the only explanation is that she is not eating enough calories. He is an older man and I get the impression that he doesn't support breastfeeding, although changing doctors is not an option due to insurance limitations. I can't force or even encourage my baby to nurse more. She nurses when she wants to, for the amount of time she wants to, and it's often a struggle. I nurse her 3-4 times during the night when she is most willing and maybe 3-4 brief times during the...
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  • @llli*hbwmom's Avatar
    September 24th, 2016, 06:44 PM
    3 month is old is 10 lb 9 oz and should be close to 12. I'm finding LO and I are lazy with feeding and she is content without being absolutely full. Our pediatrician wants us to supplement (1 tsp to 1 oz x 3/daily). Clearly my supply isn't given her the calories she needs. So now I'm making sure to offer her the other side, taking fenugreek, mothers milk tea and pumping 3 times a day. My breasts are feeling empty. She falls asleep at the breast all the time. I'm torn. Any advice to increase my supply? Anyone been in this situation? Thank you for the help!
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:14 AM
    Struggling during the day to get anything done because baby wants to nurse every 1.5-2 hours MAX (sometimes every hour).. and for him to get any naps whatsoever, he will only nap laying on my "breast friend" pillow while comfort nursing. Sometimes he pops off, and I try to put him over my shoulder to move him.. but he immediately wakes up and won't go back down. For him to take any naps during the day, he must be sleeping on me while nursing?? He's almost 4 months, and he's been like this since birth. All my friends babies they can lay them down half awake and their babies go to bed. Mine, won't at all. :confused:
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  • @llli*mummyslittlethunder's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:43 AM
    Hi, I'm new here, enjoying bf my nearly 7month old. How can I feed to sleep if he goes into his own cot if the cot is in the lower position? Has anyone resolved this, please? At the moment I can feed to sleep and lay him in the cot as cot is in high position. It won't be for much longer though as he's growing quickly. The only option I can see is for me to feed him until drowsy, then lay him down. As I think I would be very lucky to be able to put him in the cot in the deep position with him staying asleep. How do people resolve this? Just by co-sleeping? Any feedback helpful. Thank you.
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  • @llli*bfulmer's Avatar
    September 19th, 2016, 11:10 PM
    Hey all! New to LLLI. I've browsed several forums and have already had a lot of questions answered (and gotten additional information too!) My baby girl is 10 days old and on day 3 my breasts were hard as ROCKS and hurt SO bad. My mom suggested pumping since she said I was becoming engorged. I pumped, but it only helped a little. Eventually the hardness went away and I'm still breastfeeding normally (it never set me back). She eats every 1 1/2 - 2 hours and for the last two days I've tried pumping one breast at a time after she feeds. Not every feed, probably only about 4 times during the day. I haven't been getting much milk at all. One time I didn't even get an ounce. My assumption is that she drank most of it, but now I'm concerned that my supply won't be enough for her soon down the road. I've heard the more you pump and feed the greater the demand and the greater the supply. That's why I wanted to start pumping early (and freezing the milk). I'm just terrified my supply will plummet and I won't be able to feed her anymore. Does anyone have suggestions on how to feed her (both breasts each feed, or switch off each feed), to pump both breasts after, double pump maybe?? Sounds like hand expression should be added in which I will start doing for sure. Thanks in advance!!
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  • @llli*mommylov3's Avatar
    September 21st, 2016, 09:58 AM
    I am at a loss and don't know what else to do. I just don't understand why breastfeeding is so hard for me. I chose formula with my 1st from day 1. So I went with it with my 2nd too and then decided to try breastfeeding a few weeks in but I had waited too long and had no idea what I was doing so it didn't last more than a week. With my 3rd I wanted to breastfeed. It never went well. My supply never was enough. I tried everything except prescription medication to up my supply and by 5 months he had fallen off the growth chart entirely and I gave up and switched to formula. So with my 4th and last I wanted desperately for it to work. And it went great in the beginning. But now he's 11 weeks and it's so bad I want to quit daily. He slowly started nursing less and less and was nursing as little as 4 mins total from both sides. And absolutely freaking out if I tried to get him to nurse longer. I've gotten him to nurse better over the last couple weeks (it varies from 9 to 20 mins total now) but he's still not nursing enough. I have a scale at home to keep track of his weight and he's gained nearly nothing in 2 weeks. I don't respond to pumping. He won't nurse longer to up my supply. He gets so frustrated nursing after my let down slows that he just won't do it after a few sucks. The doctors say he has reflux and severe colic. He has cried more than he doesn't since day 1. It was so weird to have this 1 day old baby would never stopped crying unless he was nursing. No one visiting...
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  • @llli*zachary.smommy's Avatar
    September 20th, 2016, 02:37 PM
    Hi ladies! It's been awhile since I have been on. My son is 10 months old today and I am getting really tired of pumping 4 times a day at work. I've been doing that since 3 months pp and it is really interfering with my work as I am at a new job now. My plan was to start pump weaning at one year and maybe keep one pump per day for awhile. I was wondering if it would be a big deal if I cut down to pumping 3 times per day now instead and then wait to cut down any more until the one year mark. Figured I would come here for the advice! Thanks!
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  • @llli*hmunoz1025's Avatar
    September 21st, 2016, 06:39 PM
    My son is 6 weeks, When he was born he was latching on perfect and i thought he was getting enough milk. We went to the doctors a few days after birth he was back at his birth weight then a few days later we went back and he lost a little over a half a pound so i had to supplement. Since then i have been trying everything from cookies to teas to get my milk to come in. I still produce some for him. I dont want to give up, Help, any suggestions would be great.
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  • @llli*lanihelena's Avatar
    September 22nd, 2016, 04:06 PM
    Hi everyone. I've been exclusively bf and will be going back to work when my baby is 3 months old. I have decided not to pump at work and will be returning only 3 days a week. I plan to bf her in the morning and in the evenings/nights after 5pm. From 7am-5pm she will be getting formula 3 days a week. What's the best way to introduce this and since I'll just be doing this part, will this decrease my supply? Will my body adapt to the missed feedings 3 days a week? Thank you!!
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  • @llli*christine.coff's Avatar
    Today, 12:55 PM
    Bear with me, this is long. But I need advice. I have a four week old and have been triple feeding for her the past two and a half weeks. She was born 7lb 2oz at 37 weeks, lost to 6lb11, but was back up to 7lb like five days later? However, a week after that she was still only 7even, no gain at all. She had become very sleepy at the breast, LC said likely due to and very common with late preterm infants. So the plan was to bf, supplement with 1-2 oz BM in a bottle, total of eight oz supps a day, and pump after every feed to maintain supply. Well, this worked and she is now up to 7lb 14oz as of last Tuesday, which averaged about 1.5oz a day gain. So LC said to cut supp down to only six oz a day, continue pumping after every feed. I can definitely tell she's become a better stronger nurser, she doesn't fall asleep every feed, although she does still seem to root constNtly. It makes me question if she is getting enough off me when she roots and seems hungry almost after every feed. Every time a bottle is offered she takes it happily. I know milk is there. I am pumping about seven times a day after feeds and my supply is continuing to increase by the day. I pumped in the past four days 29oz, 30 oz, 32, then yesterday 34, this on top of her feeding 8-10 times a day......we go for another weight check Wednesday to reasses. My question is on the pumping. I hate pumping seven times a day, HATE IT. But I fear a drop in supply if I dropsessions, as I am only four weeks...
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  • @llli*kaylaq52's Avatar
    Today, 02:19 PM
    My daughter is 9 days old. She was born 7lb 4oz, and was down to 6lb 10oz 4 days later when we left the hospital. The lactation consultant had advised me to breastfeed and then pump and give her that, and if needed to supplement with formula. I also went thursday to another lactation consultant, and she said my milk production looked good, as did her latch and it looked like she was getting a lot from my breast, but when she was weighed, she really was only getting a couple grams. I've continued with the breastfeeding and pumping every 2-3 hours, as well as doing everything I can to increase my supply. Even after breastfeeding, I usually pump 1-2 oz more of milk, but the past 3 days she has not seemed satisfied. I have had to give her formula in addition a couple times a day and she will easily take 2 oz after the breast and pumped milk. I hate giving her formula, but don't know what else to do. Also, why is she not getting enough from my breast? I try to go back and forth between breasts and try to do at least a total of 30 minutes, but it's never enough to even close to satisfy her. It makes me feel like such a waste of all the time she is breastfeeding because I always have to pump after and now it's getting to the point where I often have to give her formula after that. Any help would be so much appreciated.
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  • @llli*katiedo's Avatar
    September 20th, 2016, 12:33 PM
    Hey All, I'm looking for some advice. I'm a 3rd year family practice resident and I have boards in March (first baby is due in February). I am required to take an 8 hour test at a testing center. There is one 30 min lunch break. I called the organization responsible for this test and asked about any accommodations for pumping. I suggested either allowing my pump in the testing room with me so I could pump while I answer questions OR be allotted two additional breaks (one in the morning session and one in the evening session) to pump. I was told that neither of these is an option and I would simply have to wait the 4 hours for a break "like everyone else." I even offered to supply a letter from my physician that 4 hours was too long to wait between pumping and they said, "I'm sorry but those are the rules." Has anyone else had a similar issue or any ideas on how to get around this? Thanks all! Katie
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  • @llli*boholectra's Avatar
    Today, 06:37 PM
    lo is 3 months old and has a mild tongue tie. I have been nursing her with a nipple shield but now that I am at work, I nurse her in the morning and she takes 4 to 4.5 oz bottles every 3 to 3.5 hours while I am away. I have noticed that once I am back, she gets hungry every 1.5 to 2 hours even after nursing for 30-40 minutes. She is a good sleeper and sleeps for at least 6 hour stretches at night. My question is why is there such a big difference in frequency? I am concerned that it may be because of low milk supply during evenings combined with poor milk transfer. I don't want her to start rejecting nursing because bottles give her more milk for less work.
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  • @llli*isla.smommy's Avatar
    September 22nd, 2016, 08:44 PM
    Alright mummy's, I need some support and guidance. I'm had a very difficult breastfeeding journey and I'm hitting an all time low right now. Early on I was diagnosed with a low milk supply. I nursed and supplemented my daughter with a supplemental nursing system for a year until her nutritional needs were met by other sources and we were able to breastfeed to meet other needs. I managed that hurdle with medications and perseverance. She is 19 months now. The beginning of August I was diagnosed with mastitis. Went on antibiotics for it. 4 days later my period resumed. Shortly after the mastitis I developed horrible pain in both breasts, and developed milk blisters. I tried home remedies to fix it but after a few weeks went to my LC who opened them and taught me how to do the same if needed. After that the pain became unbearable. Saw the LC again a few weeks later. I'm being treated for yeast. Since my nipples are so damaged I keep getting vasoconstrictions on top of everything. I'm no longer opening the milk blebs but they are still there. I'm on fluconazole, orally, so is my daughter (she's not showing signs of thrush). I've recently had 4 ultra sound treatments for blocked ducts, heating the breast before feeds, trying to keep a consistent number of feeds in a day, taking magnesium, vit C, vit B complex, probiotic, multi vit and using all purpose nipple ointment. I've also tried Epson soaks, dangle nursing and more things I just can't even remember. This pain is is...
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  • @llli*trentsmom's Avatar
    Today, 07:17 PM
    Helpppp! Im at the end of my rope here... My son Is 10 weeks old and EBF, however...shortly after a bought of bilateral mastitis and Keflex antibiotics his latch declined and his sucking turned into chomping down. He will gag on a finger test and will not take a dummy, nipple shield, or bottle. I'm looking to get him on Bottles so I can pump and go out once in awhile but all he does is push it out with his tounge, gag, cry, and occasionally chomp down. I've tried spectra bottles, Avent natural, tommee tippee, mimijumi, dr browns, playtex, nubi, and munchkin latch to no avail...anyone else had this issue and figured it out? He's seeing an occupational therapist but not seeing any progress. Edit: my son has also been diagnosed with severe acid reflux and is on nexium twice a day. He does not have a tounge tie or pyloric stenosis (sp?)
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  • @llli*asingleton5's Avatar
    September 23rd, 2016, 08:27 AM
    I am EBF but have been pumping once in the morning for back to work storage or a bottle for my husband if he's home with her while I'm out. My right side always produces more than the left. I'm pumping about 2.5-3oz total. Usually if I do 3 I get about 1 from the left and the rest I'll get from the right. How can I increase the left supply? Or is that just how it is sometimes?
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  • @llli*rw0804's Avatar
    September 20th, 2016, 11:51 AM
    Some background: My 17 month old only regularly nurses upon waking and at bedtime. She has what seems like 20 teeth coming in right now so occasionally on the weekend will have an extra comfort nurse during the day or in the middle of the night but that's few and far between. I was diagnosed with a yeast infection in my left nipple almost four weeks ago (my right breast is fine/has no issues at all; kid has been ruled out/doesn't have thrush), and been on diflucan and APNO ever since (first 200mg a day for 20 days, now my current course started with 600mg for the first day, 300mg/day for the next 14 days; so I've been on diflucan for almost 30 days at this point!). Between the teething (I gather it's impacting her latch on that side given she's never bitten me but the doc said there's clear trauma to the nipple, however, again, the right side is fine) and healing my left nipple gets a bit better than gets completely traumatized all over again after a feed no matter the position, etc. There are three main blebs that don't seem to be going anywhere (two docs said to leave them be to resolve on their own as they seem resistant to hot shower and light rubbing). Two days ago we began to skip the wake-up nurse to give it some time to heal and she didn't ask so apart from being a bit confused by a new routine she didn't seem too bothered. Questions: After being thrush-pain free for the last few days (but nipple still hurts from the blebs and teething trauma) after nursing...
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Today, 12:26 PM
    Join La Leche League International (LLLI) live online on October 1st, 2016 for its first-ever 24-hour breastfeeding support meeting! https://www.facebook.com/groups/LLLIGlobalMeeting/ If you are: expecting a baby, a new mother struggling to breastfeed, facing challenges or concerns at any stage of parenting,
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Today, 11:54 AM
    Celebrate La Leche League's 60th anniversary with us! Below you’ll find details on upcoming events and festivities happening throughout the 60th Anniversary year. And don't forget to Like our LLLI 60th Anniversary Page on Facebook for all the latest updates! 24-Hour Online Meeting https://www.facebook.com/groups/LLLIGlobalMeeting/ LLLI’s 24-hour online meeting will take place beginning on October 1, 2016! This digital meeting will run for 24 consecutive hours and be held in multiple languages, bringing together women from all over the world.
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    Today, 11:24 AM
    La Leche League of the Garden State 2016 Mini-Conference Saturday, October 1st, 2016 http://www.lllgardenstateconference.org/ Villa Victoria Academy 376 W Upper Ferry Road, Ewing Twp. 08628 New Jersey
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