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  • @llli*zambomommy's Avatar
    July 21st, 2016, 10:55 AM
    My baby is 9.5 months old and is happy and healthy! She goes to the daycare from 9 to 5:30, 5 days a week. She wakes up at 7:30am, I nurse her (both sides), she has her breakfast (fruits and oatmeal) at 8:00am, and we get to the daycare at 9:00am. I send her with 8oz of milk, 1 jar of homemade food (with meat) and 1 jar of fruit and veggies. I used to go and nurse her during lunch as well, but the daycare people said that makes her sad when I leave, so I stopped it. However, they have been pushing for me to give them a can of formula. I am now wondering if 8oz milk and 8oz solid is not enough for an infant (for the time she is away). I asked them if they are overfeeding and they said no, and that she finishes both the bottles without any effort. At this point, I have only two options: 1. Supplement with formula. I nurse her at 6:30pm, then 8:30pm, a dream feed at 11pm, and two more times at night (we cosleep). 2. I already pump 3x at work, and really cannot add another session. But I can try to wake up at night and pump, and probably send her with 10 oz to day care (4oz, 3oz, 3oz). I am not sure how realistic this is, considering I am a deep sleeper and we cosleep. Please help!
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  • @llli*yum24's Avatar
    July 20th, 2016, 09:58 AM
    Hi all, I have a 4 week old whom I exclusively bf till now.i tried pumping to improve supply with Madela pump in style but I dint get milk out.i bought a madela symphony hospital grade & trying to pump in between or when my lo goes longer. I pumped once/twice & was ok.now, I notice when I pump, I can get I some milk (20 ml after 2.5 hours) (pumped for 20 minutes,single breast as lo ate on one side) but after I'm done , I can feel lumps & milk still in. if I put lo then he can get everything out. I will be going to work very soon so, I would like to start pumping for when I will be away from my lo. I tried warm compress, massage but nothing works. I don't have that hard breast before I start pumping but it's only after I'm done that I notice. As of now, because of his poor latch on one side, I have a small blister on nipple which hurts like hell.im dreading bf.pumping doesn't give me that much pain but I'm unable to pump everything out & feel very uncomfortable. I had mastitis 10 day's postpartum & just came off antibiotics last week. I don't want to go down that road & have another episode of mastitis. Am I using the pump wrong & overstimulating ? I just start the pump & after 2 mins ,it automatically changes the mode & I only adjust suction & nothing else. Please help me
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  • @llli*mamatoleo's Avatar
    July 21st, 2016, 09:36 AM
    -Almost 5 weeks old -Diapers are "normal" and output is about 6 poopy & 10 wet per day -Unsure of exact weight (Dr appt on Monday) but feels heavier and is outgrowing clothes and diapers I have a couple questions.. Firstly, I'm wondering about my baby's sleep patterns. When he was 2 weeks old, he would sleep in 2-3 hour blocks at night. Now, I feel he is regressing. He has been waking about every hour and a half. Last night, he awoke once after only 45 minutes. Growth spurt? Also, he doesn't really take long naps during the day. Sometimes, it's like he fights his sleep. I will try to put him down, and then boom his eyes are wide open again. He has always been a drowsy nurser, though. His eyes are closed 90% of the time, and he frequently will fall asleep, then unlatch, and may rouse and re-latch. Second, he sometimes becomes fussy at the breast. I'm trying to figure out the pattern of when this occurs. It seems that it is usually in the evening (like his last feeding before bed), or when he didn't sleep much the day before. So, all signs point to tiredness (I think?). Anyway, he will squirm, grunt, sometimes get red in the face, his arm will go wild-hitting himself and me-and he will pull away while latched..taking my poor nipple with him! Then, when he comes off, he will cry and cry. Even with my nipple in his mouth. I'm wondering what (if anything) I can do to help? Eventually he calms down enough to nurse, but it's very taxing on both of us-and my nipples! I pay...
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  • @llli*luz3stelar's Avatar
    July 21st, 2016, 09:03 PM
    Hi all! I hope it's okay if I post here. I wasn't sure if I should post in the allergy forum or oversupply forum because I'm not sure which is my issue! My baby is 4 months old, EBF, and for the past two weeks has had explosive watery green/brown stools with mucus and blood 5-10x a day with no real improvement. Literally EVERY poop has lots of visible blood and mucus. Before this started (around 3.5 months) all of her poops were normal yellow/seedy, and infrequent (every 1-10 days). I think frequency went up a bit in the days before the blood started, but overall it was a pretty sudden change. Pediatrician and ER doctors all said virus (cultures for bacterial infection were negative), and it would resolve in a few days. When it didn't, we saw a GI who immediately said allergy. I've cut dairy and soy for almost a week now (but still eat soybean oil and soy lecithin per GI's recommendations) and have seen little to no improvement. She has no other signs of allergy besides the constant bloody mucusy stools. Clear skin - no eczema, etc. Off the charts for height and weight. In fact she's gained almost a pound since this started! Sleeps normally for a baby her age (long stretches at night and catnaps all day). Doesn't seem to be overly gassy or in pain. Has her fussy moments and crying spells, but they don't seem to coincide with the digestive issues. Spits up a lot (same as before), but doesn't seem to mind. I'm really concerned about hindmilk imbalance bc I do...
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  • @llli*1sttimemummy's Avatar
    July 23rd, 2016, 05:52 AM
    Hi everyone. I am new here, desperately need your advice :) My son is 18weeks old, EBF. Starting around 11-12weeks he doesnt have much interest in feeding. He can be on a breast just3-5min and thats it. I dont have any problem with milk supply, i always check after his refusal by pressing and there is always a good flow. Then I offer him second breast, sometimes he can take it for another couple of minutes but mostly he refuses it. During the nights he can be longer as he is sleepy and not distracted by anything. Day or nights I feed him by demand and it is usually every 3-4hours. We get around 4-5wet nappies and usually 1dirty nappy daily. Sometimes he can pass wet wind which is yellow mucusy. For the last month his weight gain was under 400gr which less than 1pound. And I weighed him yesterday to see the difference since then he gained only 30gr for the last week. I am very concerned about weight gain and loss of appetitte as he used to gain up to 120-180per week before and there is a dramatic change, only 30gr. I tried to feed hin in a quite room with closed curtains, for the last 10days cbedsharing (as I read somehere bedsharing babies tend to gain more weight:shrug), talk to my HV who says it can happen to some babies they just gain weight very slow. Even if it happens why he used to gain min 120gr each week and went down to 30gr now. What can cause this? I very concerned about it and desperately want to ebf but started to think about formula top up(( just for...
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  • @llli*kellyleia's Avatar
    July 21st, 2016, 09:49 AM
    This is going to be a long one. But I need help, and I'm running out of places to look. My daughter will be 15 weeks tomorrow. Breastfeeding has been a struggle since day 1. She has been fussy almost always, some days are worse than others. Lately, she's been ending nursing sessions crying (and now so am I). And it has always hurt. Nipple shields are the only reason we've made it this far. I nursed my son for a year, and dealt with some nipple confusion early on, but we got past it and had a mostly pleasant year of nursing. This time around was supposed to be easier. VBAC (woot!) for my daughter, and breastfeeding was painful from the beginning. Two hospital lacation consultants said the latch looked. In fact, at no point has the latch not looked good, at least from the outside. We came home, and it still hurt. We also had lots of spitup and coughing/choking. Called lactation consultant (LC) #1 which also happens to be the leader of my local LLL support group. She diagnosed oversupply and a lip tie, maybe a tongue tie. Fed one side per feeding, and put baby in a more upright position, but it still hurt. Had a frenectomy done for the lip and tongue tie. Things didn't get better. Wait it out was the suggestion from LC1 and the LLL group. Waited, no improvement. Started using nipple shields (had from kid #1). It hurt less, but still hurt. LC1 suggested another LC. LC2 suggested I still had oversupply issues. She suggested magnesium (which gave me stomach issues), avoding...
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  • @llli*thawingsnow's Avatar
    July 21st, 2016, 01:43 PM
    Is cayenne pepper safe to give to your toddler in a spicy dish? It would be in powder spice form and added to some ground beef. Obviously it would be in moderation. My daughter is 27 months old. I ate lots of spicy food during pregnancy. Then, I went on an elimination diet for health reasons after my daughter's birth and haven't had cayenne pepper in two years. I am reintroducing foods now. If we ate the same spicy meal at dinner, it would also be my daughter's first exposure to cayenne pepper *via breastmilk once she nursed after dinner. I got freaked out as I did a quick google search about cayenne pepoer and toddlers, and saw a headline where a woman was charged with murder after giving a toddler cayenne pepper.
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  • @llli*marklaus's Avatar
    July 19th, 2016, 11:06 AM
    Hi! My 4 1/2 month old daughter started a new sleeping routine a little over a week ago and is now sleeping about 10 hours straight at night. She goes to sleep at 6:30-7pm and wakes around 4-4:30a to eat for the first time. She then goes back to sleep until about 6:30/7am. Even with pumping 4x at work as well as pumping on my commute (all 20 min sessions) I am only able to pump around 16 ounces. I don't think the normal 1-1.5 ounces per hour of separation works for us since she's sleeping ten hours. The last couple of days we have supplemented one additional 4 ounce bottle while I'm at work putting her at about 20 ounces while I'm gone for 11 hours/day at work. She nurses at least 2 times while I'm home and sometimes 3. On days off I feed 100% on demand and all day long if she wants to. Does that sons right? My pediatrician told me today at her four month appt that he recommends 30-40 ounces in 24 hours!!! That's way higher than over we heard or read and my family practice physician father says 32 ounces max. Just want to make sure I'm on the right track!
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  • @llli*ximarie2016's Avatar
    July 20th, 2016, 08:54 AM
    I'm a first time mom and have been exclusively breastfeeding since day one. The first month was a little rocky because I had problems with her latch. She was gaining weight (a little over 4oz a week), having over the expected number of wet/dirty diapers, and her stools were normal. They expressed that they were worried about her not getting enough to eat, saying that they want her gaining an oz a day, and immediately started pushing formula. Since I had managed to get her latching on correctly I decided to wait until the next appointment to see if her weight gain was any better. Her appointment was yesterday and she is gaining 7.7oz a week (over an oz a day). She has gained 21 oz (1lb 5oz) in 19 days. They still say they're worried about her getting enough to eat simply because she nurses for about 45 minutes instead of their expected 30 minutes. I feed on demand so I don't nurse her any set amount of time but rather when she tells me she's hungry. They are still pushing formula and I don't really want to have to give her formula unless it's absolutely necessary. She's still having over the expected number of wet/dirty diapers a day and is gaining well. They haven't once referred me to a lactation consultant or considered that maybe I have a slower flow or she's a lazy eater. She doesn't consistently suck, more like she will suck a few times and take a break but she swallows every time she sucks at some points and every 3-4 times she sucks at other points. She is usually...
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  • @llli*ickin's Avatar
    July 20th, 2016, 04:39 PM
    Hello. My baby is 5.5 months old and has been in daycare since he was 3 months when I returned to work. We initially tried feeding on demand from a MAM bottle because it was the only bottle he would drink from being exclusively breast fed at home the first 3 months. He started to refuse the breast for the first feeding after I returned from work but if I was persistent and offered it to him every time he started to fuss then he would eventually nurse. We switched to a latch bottle and changed the feeding schedule to 2 oz every 2 hours and he started feeding well from the breast again the next day. It has been nearly a month on the new schedule and he is once again rejecting the breast only this time I can only get him to feed if he is very sleepy. Is there anything else we can do or am I just glued to the rocking chair topless going forward?
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  • @llli*tinkypears's Avatar
    July 19th, 2016, 09:21 AM
    I have been breastfeeding for 6 months and I pump while at work during my 9-5, M-F job. I wear a pretty thick nursing bra with an underwire but I've noticed now that my nipples are definitely longer from breastfeeding and are ALWAYS visible through my shirt. As in, it looks like I have THO all day long. It's especially worse after pumping, which feels awkward since I work in I.T. and my office is 90% men. They're all mostly married and breastfeeding is a common topic since I started pumping at work, and nothing is uncomfortable there, but I hate having such headlights all day long. Is there anything I can do to stop looking like I'm constantly aroused? It makes me uncomfortable myself, regardless of how others around the office feel. I miss the days of my boobs looking nice and smooth all around. Secondly, will this be permanent after I'm done breastfeeding? Will my nipples always be longer and more prominent?
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    July 20th, 2016, 06:00 PM
    My son (7 weeks and 3 days) spits up a LOT each day. Husband is starting to worry. He's gaining weight PLENTY fine. His doctor actually commented on how much he's gained recently. He's gaining roughly 1.5oz per day so obviously even with the spitting up.. he's gaining. However there will be times during the day that he gets in this spit up fits. And by fits I mean, he won't spit up for 8-10 hours.. and then during one feed he spits up 5-6 times easily and 1-2 of those are a LOT of spit up. I know it always looks more than what it is, but it legitimately is a LOT of spit up during those 1-2 times. I don't understand why he will spit up SO much?
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  • @llli*silladoman's Avatar
    July 19th, 2016, 11:31 PM
    Hi. I please need advice and support. My 7 day old baby will not sleep unless permanently on the breast after feeds. She wants the nipple in her mouth to sleep. As soon as the nipple is not there she wakes up. I had severe cracked nipples as a result and then decided when she was 6 days old to give her a NUK dummy after her feeds which immediately settled her and helped her sleep a full 3 hours. Now after last night she is fussing at the breast to latch as if she is nipple confused. I eventually got her to latch by rolling my nipples out. I then decided no more dummy, but now, like before, she wont sleep unless attched to the beast permanently. What do i do? Continue to give dummy and hope rolling nipples works for the next feed, and hope nipple confusion doesnt get worse. Or allow her to stay at the breast and suffer worse cracked nipples which could also detriment feeding?
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  • @llli*1sttimebfeeder's Avatar
    July 20th, 2016, 07:21 AM
    Hi my dd is 5 months and I thought it was just a growth spurt with the way she was eating. I have been feeding her every hour n she is still not satisfied, this has been going on for 5 days already. I have been giving her a bottle at night because she won't stop crying and then she is fine. I am mentally breaking down n don't know if I should give in and give her formula. My brain is going everywhere n I just don't understand why I don't have enough milk all of a sudden. My diet has not changed could my body just stop producing milk? I'm so lost please help
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  • @llli*iluvmyfam8's Avatar
    July 20th, 2016, 05:58 AM
    I am very shy to nurse in public so I started pumping milk for when we went out. Eventually, that turned to all the time because she will not take the breast except at night. I want to go back strictly to nursing only. How can I do this? I have made a decision to get over being shy and just feeding my baby, but I get disappointed because she bucks and fights me and only wants the bottle during the day. Then my husband feels bad for her because I try to wait until she's extremely hungry so that she'll take me and he tells me it wasn't her fault that she started drinking from the bottle. Help me! I want that bond that only breastfeeding gives.
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    July 23rd, 2016, 03:49 PM
    Yet another post. So I was trying to control the oversupply, and stop pumping as much... and I woke up this morning with painful right breast. I took my temperature it was 99.1, so I fed baby as much as I could.. took him to bed with me and relaxed. I go to take temp again, it's 99.5. Also, as I squeeze my breast, I can feel a part that is more sore.. as I squeeze that part, the milk that is coming out is yellowish. If I squeeze any other part, it's the normal white. I have had mastitis in my left breast, and had it probably 4 weeks ago. Except that time I had the chills, I felt like a bus had ran me over. This time the only symptoms I am having is a slight temperature, and tender breasts... and the color, if that is a symptom? Oh, also.. it is red (the breast).. but that could be because I am trying to hand express. Does this sound like mastitis? I HATE antibiotics. Is there anyway I can fix this (if it is mastitis) without antibiotics? Breastfeeding is seriously the hardest thing, in the world. I feel so defeated EVERY time something else comes up. How do I fix my oversupply if I can't go without pumping and getting this? I just want to curl up and cry!!! Baby has really bad gas, and occasionally green diapers.. and I know my oversupply is causing him the gas pains.. which is also upsetting. I'm so frustrated and upset :(:(
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  • @llli*sljordan1117's Avatar
    July 22nd, 2016, 01:09 PM
    My husband and I are planning on having a 2nd baby, and this time I want to buy the best breast pump I can get. With my daughter, I bought 3 pumps.....one hand held, one single electric, and one double electric. Both of the electric ones lost suction after a little while, so I'm looking for something that's a bit more hardy. I realize it'd be expensive, and I don't care. I have a couple of years before we try for another baby, so I have time to get the money together, but I don't know what breast pump works best. Any suggestions? - Little information on me. I'm a stay-at-home mom, so I won't be exclusively pumping. I mostly need to pump so I can bottle feed while out.
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  • @llli*vzijl01's Avatar
    July 23rd, 2016, 10:21 PM
    Hi there moms. Lo will be 4 months old on wednesday and we got the go ahead from dr to start with solids. I was not fortunate enough to attend the "do this not that" classes before hand...time constraints. Iam a bit freaked out about WHAT to start with, WHEN to give it, and some rules that go with it. Internet searching isnt making the process any easier. Advice and guidence will be much appreciated.
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  • @llli*hvn's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:06 AM
    I have a 7 week old baby who has excessive gas after breastfeeding. After putting her down for a nap or nighttime sleep, she will wake up at least 6-10x needing to be burped. This is despite extensively burping her after a feed. She is getting almost no continuous sleep during the day but will sleep a 4 hour stretch at night. During a feed, she will suddenly writhe around and pull off the breast because she needs to burp. Once she detaches, she'll cry wanting to get back on. After a feed, she never lays still and would arch and wiggle around trying to get burps out. We saw her doctor and he put her on omeprazole for reflux. She no longer cries out in pain when she refluxes, but it's done nothing for the gas. Out of desperation, we did a 4 day formula trial with Enfamil Gentlease. She became a completely different baby. For the first time, I saw a calm baby after a feed. She would eat, play for an hour, and then sleep for 3 hours! Then I reintroduced pumped milk (pumped to see if it was the milk vs breastfeeding technique causing her to swallow air). She did ok for 2 days but now we're back at square one. The Gentlease formula is made out of milk, soy, and corn so I know that she's not allergic to those things. I completely cut out dairy 2 weeks ago anyway and am not sure why I continue to be dairy free since I proved she doesn't have cow's milk protein allergy. When I pumped for the 4 day trial, I got about 27 oz/day. My breasts seem more empty...
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  • @llli*lmxo's Avatar
    July 23rd, 2016, 08:14 AM
    Hello! My daughter is 27 months old and she wants to nurse constantly. Shes always been this way but now that shes this old im getting a little concerned that its too much. She eats and drinks alot throughout the day with her normal meals. We co-sleep and she nurses 1 or 2 times during the night. I only work 1 day a week so im with her most of the time. When im at work, shes fine and takes cows milk from a cup. She wants to nurse in any kind of situation (not just to sleep, out of boredom, when shes upset) but just all the time throughout the day. So I would like to know 1) Is this normal and do I need to cut down her feedings? 2 ) There is one scenario in particular that I would like some advice on: When I tell her "no" about something (no candy, no jumping etc..) she immediately wants to nurse. Sometimes I let her but other times I think that she needs to just tough it out and I should NOT let her nurse in this situation. 3) I want to wean her soon. (Not sure when bc im dreading it) Is it ok if I just continue as is until I start the weaning process? I guess Im picturing weeks of screaming tantrums if I try cutting down on feedings now and then again later, weeks of screaming tantrums with the real weaning. (Ugh)
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  • @llli*mackeroo2013's Avatar
    July 19th, 2016, 06:22 AM
    It seems I just have skin left is this normal I just have skin left is this normal I'm drinking mothers milk tea but still feel very floppy and like I have little milk in there. My daughter does not care for solids but just wants to nurse and it seems like I'm nursing her longer than I ever have before. I don't see teeth yet but it seems like she's almost chewing on me. Which hurts. She doesn't seem to cry or seem like she is hungry but is it normal for your breasts to just be a floppy pieces of skin at 6 months?
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  • @llli*super.mommy's Avatar
    July 22nd, 2016, 01:06 PM
    Hi, everyone My little one (2 weeks old) is not latching from my left breast. He tries, but he immediately starts to cry a lot and rejects it. This started one day and out of the blue. At the moment, I'm extracting my milk from that breast with a breast pump. I don't know why this is happening. What do you suggest me to do? I'll appreciate your help. Thanks a lot.
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  • @llli*lindseyschwochow's Avatar
    July 22nd, 2016, 04:30 PM
    What a struggle! My baby is 6 weeks old and we are working on getting rid of this stupid nipple shield. It was given to me at the hopsital because I have flat nipple and had a spinal headache post delivery. The shield helped us a lot but I'm so over this thing. Washing them constantly in the middle of the night, losing them, the pain I still have and I just don't think it's nessasry any more. My issue is that he is so used to just sucking the shield into his mouth he doesn't understand the 'open wide and latch' concept. He just wants to suck my nipple up into his mouth like with the shield and it's super painful. His latch without the shield also seems to slip off a lot and he does the same where he just slurps my nipple back into his mouth. I have large breast which is difficult in itself but we both end up frustrated trying to work on getting this latch right. Any advice how to get him to work on his opening up wide to take in more of my nipple and areola? I want to breastfeed for as long as I can but I don't want to do with with this shield.
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  • @llli*dolphindance's Avatar
    July 23rd, 2016, 09:55 AM
    Not sure what else to call it but I cannot remember the guideline for using breastmilk after baby has already drank from a supply. I thought I remember that if you have leftover milk in a cup/bottle the saliva will start to breakdown the milk - right? My 1yr old doesn't want to nurse first thing when awake in the mornings now - he signs for food immediately and started nursing only like 2 minutes. Then pops off and signs for food again. So I guess he is just ready to get on with the day and chow down some breakfast. I pumped this morning while he ate and plan to give him the milk in a cup or sippy with his food instead of water which he is used to when eating. (He has never had a bottle so no need to introduce at this point right?) If there is leftover milk can it still be stored for 3 days in fridge and used again? And can it be froze if he has drank from it?
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  • @llli*nap's Avatar
    July 22nd, 2016, 10:33 AM
    Hi, I would like to share my experience with bf because right now I’m in struggle… I had a c-section and by the time I had my baby with me had passed about 10 hours. I did know very little about breastfeeding, but I did know that I want to do it. Actually I always thought maybe that maybe my breast would not be able to produce enough milk because they are too small (and I always find them kind of weird, I never like them), but I tried. My baby was bottle-feeding while she was away for me (she was with me from 9 AM to 10 PM) and nobody explain to me this super important rule about supply-demand (that now I now). I really try hard to boost my supply once we were at home. I tried with coconut oil, oats, mate with milk, etc. Once I knew about the importance of free demand I try it too. I even tried metoclopramide. My baby was born with 2.850 kg and by her first month she didn’t gain the weight that was supposed to. We tried to feed her more often at night (she could sleep 6 hours straight since her first month) and then on her second month she was better about her weight. Finally we tried to do exclusive breast feeding, but at night she was kind of fussy and we give her a bottle (3 or 4 oz) and then she was fine.
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