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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    October 22nd, 2014, 11:36 AM
    Let me first begin by saying that I am so happy that we have made it this far with our breastfeeding relationship! We had lots of struggles in the beginning with terrible latch, tongue-tie issues, crazy supply fluctuations, refusal to take a bottle for a long while (at the babysitter), etc, etc, but we managed and as of now my baby is still nursing a few times a day/night. My problem is this: Throughout my breastfeeding duration, my libido has been very, very low. Normally I'm blessed with a high desire almost all the time and this made me happy. Now, though, while I'm nursing I often feel stressed out about not being in the mood... Only on very rare occasions have I felt a spark. My doctor assured me that I am normal and this is totally normal for a nursing mother. It's the body's natural way of preventing fertility and all that, which I understand. However, breastfeeding is still touted as the #1 way of nourishing one's baby in a physical and emotional way. And when they discuss breastfeeding and all its amazing benefits, they rarely mention this downside, which is affecting me in a great way. But how does one reconcile that with the drawback of a very low libido? If this is a common enough problem, how does everyone do it? Do they just take an intimacy vacation for as long as they are breastfeeding... even 2-3 years? Does it get better if one is only nursing 1-2 times a day? As of now my son nurses a few times by day (small, snacky feedings) and 3 decent...
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  • @llli*seattlemama's Avatar
    October 23rd, 2014, 10:05 AM
    This is a call for desperate help to all you Moms that have or are still breastfeeding their toddlers. Im sorry its a very long post, details are important. I'd like to know from you how your kid was nursing around 7-8-9-10mo age (the time when they start crawling, standing walking etc that gets them distracted even from nursing.) Did your LO start nursing less and less/more and more during this time frame? How often were they nursing everyday, and how long did each nursing session last, nursing single side/both sides? How much solids were you giving to them and how did that impact their nursing habits? What did you do to make sure you were able to nurse your LO for a longer period of time? My now 9.5mo boy has been ebf and started solids since 5.5mo. I've had this passionate desire to nurse my LO for a long duration (at least up to 18 months.) He was doing fine first few months (although due to sore nipples I had to use a nipple shield for 4months.). LO has been very distractible since around 4-5 mo and that's when he started a latch on latch off game that Id hoped would improve with time. Things have been very hard since then. Around 6-7 months time frame he changed a lot - from having a regular 3hourly nursing he went to nursing only while naps and MOTN. I realized that that's how its gonna be and accepted it because at least he was nursing. He was on solids only once a day until around a month ago when he started solids twice a day. This past month and a half he...
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  • @llli*ciantarah's Avatar
    October 18th, 2014, 09:05 PM
    Hi there, I am beyond frustrated right now. This is going to be a really long post and I apologize. There are just so many things happening as far as feeding my LO is concerned, and I don't know how to sort them out. My LO is 7 weeks old tomorrow. The good news is that she seems quite healthy and happy and has been gaining really, really well. Her doctor says she looks great. However, last Sunday there was blood in her stool. Needless to say, I called to talk to an advice nurse. While waiting for a callback, I researched and found info on oversupply and milk protein intolerance. Nurse I talked to totally dismissed the oversupply idea and said, "give up dairy and see a doctor tomorrow." So I did. Monday we saw a nurse practitioner at the pediatric clinic. She also dismissed the oversupply idea so I have continued to be dairy free since then. I also returned to work Monday and am now pumping so my husband, who is a stay at home dad, can feed her while I'm gone. I get about 20 ounces a day pumping 3 times while at work.
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  • @llli*littlebabyh's Avatar
    October 20th, 2014, 11:39 AM
    My DD just turned 4 months (18 1/2 weeks) this past Saturday. Both Saturday and Sunday night when I fed her she would spit up a large amount to the point where I don't think she kept anything down. I feed her on a 3 hour schedule starting from around 7:15AM. On the weekdays she is with a nanny and she is bottled fed (with my milk) 3 times a day. I nurse her around 7:15 and she gets a bottle at her 10 , 1, and 4 o'clock feedings. Depending on her afternoon nap, I nurse her for her night time feeding at around 7:30 – 8 PM. We typically never go past 8PM. After I feed her, I put her down and she goes to sleep around 8:30 – 8:45 and sleep until 6 or 7 AM the next morning. Both Saturday and Sunday night, she has spit up SO much after her last feeding to the point where I don’t think she even ate anything. She doesn’t seem uncomfortable or fussy. She’s still smiling and laughing afterwards if I talk to her so I am so confused. On Saturday we were running behind so I didn’t feed until around 8:30ish, but the feeding before that she barely ate and threw up too so I thought she would be so hungry! She was fine all night and didn’t wake up the next morning until 7AM and we resumed our schedule Sunday. Sunday afternoon came around and we were off schedule a bit again and I didn’t feed her until 8:15, again she threw up so much. I stopped feeding her and just held her for about 20 minutes and every 5 minutes of so, she would burp and spit up. I didn’t feed her anymore and...
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  • @llli*chey08's Avatar
    October 21st, 2014, 06:17 AM
    Hi there, I have a 2 week old baby and she drinks everyb2-3 hours on one breast only for 5-7 min, can that be normal and does she get enough milk? I tried puming out my breast milk and feeding her with a bottle to monitor how much she takes in, however she seems to be more hungry when i bottle feed.. She falls asleep on my breast after 5-7 min, then take winds out to see if she wants more, but she sleeps and then only wakes up 2-3 hours later for the next feed....my concern is, is she getting enough milk and is 5-7 min suffircent enough? She has regular poo and wee nappies. Is it possible that my milk is very filling or that my milk comes out so quickly that it fills her tummy quickly?
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  • @llli*rosesmum's Avatar
    October 19th, 2014, 07:22 AM
    My baby will be 3 months in 5 days and in a week and a half I'll be returning to work. I'll be gone for 10 hours a day 3 days a week. For the next two months she will be cared for in my house by my mum. We use the tommee tippee bottles and were wondering if we should continue using the slow flow nipples or up it to the medium flow 3month ones? Also, right now she tends to eat every 1-2 hours, do you think it will be fine to just leave 5 3oz bottles or do you think I should leave more bottles or milk or both? (I currently do not have any supply issues and have a large freezer supply (100+ozs)- so no worries there if you think I should leave more). Thanks!
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  • @llli*liz.g.autry's Avatar
    October 19th, 2014, 04:57 PM
    Well my ongoing adventure in pumping and breastfeeding continues. My little girl is almost 2 weeks adjusted (15 weeks actual) and I'm getting to the end of my rope as far as pumping goes. I'm just so sick that every two hours I have to put her down to spend 30 minutes pumping. She'll be wide awake and looking around and I have to put her down. I can't delay because that will mess up when I can try to put her to breast next. I've read about some mom's who have had success setting aside a couple of days where the baby just breastfeeds, no bottles. Basically a breastfeeding boot camp. I'm debating whether that is something I want to try with my little one. I still struggle with low supply, pumping a total of 350mL in addition to 4-5 breastfeeding sessions a day. Her latch is rather lazy, she won't open up wide and once she's on milk is constantly dribbling out the side of her mouth. I managed to get her to latch properly yesterday for the first time, no leakage and a good 5 minutes of good deep swallows. She has an upper lip tie. I was concerned she might also have a posterior tongue tie, but our pediatrician said no. He just went by looks though so I'm not so sure. She's still young and has only just started really letting us know if we're late to a feeding. She's also showing nipple preference, if I offer her my breast first she'll chomp and pull and fuss. I have an SNS system but I've only used it a handful of times, it's just so fiddly. I'm just reaching a...
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  • @llli*alyssa.martin.ab's Avatar
    October 21st, 2014, 07:34 AM
    I posted a thread a few days ago and got some wonderful answers...thank you. Now I have another issue. I do believe I have oald and have tried nursing in a reclined position. But baby is still having choking and gagging and gassy/ irritable issues. My inlaws fed him from a bottle and he LOVED it....so now im thinking about just pumping and feeding him from a bottle....but no matter which we feed him from he spits up a TON! it looks like everything he just took from me or the bottle he spits up. it looks like cottage cheese sometimes and sometimes its really runny. i just dont know if im over feeding him? also he drank about 6 oz of breast milk in 2 hours. and then he got super fussy so did he eat too much? i just feel like i dont know what im doing. i feel awful. i feel like a failure. and now im pretty sure i have post partum depression.....
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  • @llli*seattlemama's Avatar
    October 20th, 2014, 03:06 AM
    My 9.5mo boy has been very distractible since about 4-5mo and has gotten worse - I get it, all new milestones makes them that way. My problem is that nursing him has been a constant challenge since then and keeps getting harder. It became harder to nurse him without getting distracted and so I made his room darker and boring while nursing. It was still hard to nurse him without playing latch on latch off during the day and slowly he reduced the amount of time he would stay latched. Ok, I get that they get more and more efficient at nursing, but latching for just 2-3 min only at times? I mean c'mon how much could you be getting in that much?. Then a point came when he would only nurse before naps and during midnight wake-ups. And I learned to be ok with that as I'm a sahm. But now he's not giving me that either! He sometimes wakes up in the middle of the night and I wake up to go nurse him, and guess what - he doesn't want it! He just plays around and falls back to sleep sometimes after an hour or two, and then I have to wait till he wakes up again so I can feed him. And if he wakes up in the morning after that, then he doesn't want it either, or might take for just a short session! I'm losing it here, as I passionately want to breastfeed him for a long term, and this way its stressing me out. I mean every nursing session, I'm crossing my fingers that he stays latched on, and then I'm stresses as I never know when his next nursing session would be. He's not on a lot of solids...
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  • @llli*tomzgirl's Avatar
    October 19th, 2014, 10:31 PM
    Hi, there! I'm reaching out to see if there are any like-minded gals on this page. I've never been pregnant, but we are hoping to adopt a newborn soon, and I want to BF. I've read encouraging things about adoptive moms having success with induced lactation, so I plan to start pumping soon and see what happens. I'd be grateful for any advice, support and/or experiences you've had to help me on this journey!
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  • @llli*jsp's Avatar
    October 23rd, 2014, 03:54 PM
    Hi, I have a funny problem with my teeth and wondered if anyone could help? My four year old son has just weaned. For the last year or so of breastfeeding I was on a dairy-free diet because of digestion problems, and I think I wasn't getting enough calcium. I'm no longer breastfeeding, but after weaning the hormone changes caused my digestion problems to get much worse and I'm on a very restricted diet now while things sort themselves out. I'm making sure to eat sardines twice a day to get a decent amount of calcium though, and I'm green leafy vegetables or brocolli twice a day for vitamins and what-have-you. The weird thing is that a few months ago my front teeth started to feel a bit wobbly. They are a bit wobbly every day now, but after I eat my sardines and leafy greens they stop being wobbly for a few hours, and then they go back to being wobbly. The more sardines and leaves I eat, the longer my teeth stay non-wobbly.
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  • @llli*sprocket's Avatar
    October 19th, 2014, 11:03 AM
    I nurse my 2.5 year old upon waking and down to sleep at night in weekdays and at night and naptime on weekends. I have been away from her overnight before. When she was one I would pump before bed and in the morning but since she turned two I have been away for 24 hours with no pumping a couple of times and have not felt uncomfortable. I have to go away for 3 or 4 nights soon and I am afraid that my daughter will stop nursing. It is for a work trip and I would feel bad if a stupid work trip ended our breastfeeding relationship. I also wonder though if she stopped nursing due to being apart for a few days, maybe it would be because she was ready to and would have soon anyway? I do have thoughts about being ready to stop myself mainly because her latch has become shallow and it is a bit uncomfortable for me. I just wondered if anyone had an thoughts or experiences to share. I am wondering--if I want to keep my milk going is it important to pump? It didn't seem to matter the other times I've been away but this is a much longer trip by comparison. If I don't feel uncomfortably full after 24 hours without nursing is is still possible that I will after two or three days and need to pump for comfort? I think about the possibility of pumping while I am on this trip and I just cringe!!
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  • @llli*lvander's Avatar
    October 20th, 2014, 01:09 AM
    I nurse my 3mo(15 weeks) on demand all day. I am ebf and rarely use bm bottles unless leaving her with my parents. She eats every two hours for about 5 minutes at a time. My question is.. Is there anyway to get her to sleep longer hours at night? She goes to sleep around 830-9 and wakes up every three hours to eat. Again, she's very quick to eat and goes right back to sleep but once I'm up, its difficult to go back to sleep knowing she'll be back up in a few hours. TIA
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  • @llli*cutiemark85's Avatar
    October 18th, 2014, 11:29 PM
    Lo fed every hour since midnight this morning and ended around 4pm or so. We both took naps. I was advised that this was a cluster feeding and a growth spurt in progress, and to expect something else like this around 6 weeks! but 13 hrs..is that even normal? and to top it off, I woke up from my own nap engorged and soaked. :/ is *that* normal? tia
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  • @llli*h26's Avatar
    October 23rd, 2014, 02:35 AM
    When I brought my baby home from the hospital, I was dismayed to find that I couldn't sleep as long as him; I would wake up with uncomfortable breasts and often had to pump in the middle of the night for relief. Since I had way too much milk, I tried to only pump a little bit for comfort and not to drain my breasts. I often spent much of the night uncomfortable. Eventually, as my milk supply settled and wasn't so excessive, I got into the pattern of just pumping before bed, right after the baby's last feeding, so I could sleep longer. I did drain my breasts. Lately, as I returned to work two weeks ago, I've found that time is a commodity in short supply. So I've been trying to do without the bedtime pumping, and more often than not I manage to make it through the night without pumping. Supply was never a concern when I was at home and exclusively breastfeeding. My child ate often (averaging closer to 1.5 hours than the typical 2-3 in the literature), but he seemed satiated, and I never had to supplement. However, my 11-wk old child seems to be eating copiously from a bottle. Yesterday, my husband (who is taking two weeks off from work), fed him 20 oz. from a bottle. In the same day, I pumped only 10.5 oz. In a usual day of work, I think I pump about 12-15 oz., but he eats as much as 18. At this rate, I'll burn through my freezer stash in less than a month.
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  • @llli*crispyrn23's Avatar
    October 22nd, 2014, 02:19 PM
    Hello. My LO is now 16 days old, we had trouble breastfeeding early on due to my inverted nipples so we've been using a nipple shield. He also had some jaundice so we were supplementing formula via spoon feeding and once my milk came in, we supplemented my pumped milk with syringe/feeding tube via finger feeding. He also had some tongue tied and it got snipped about 5 days ago. Coincidentally that day, he started latching on without the nipple shield for about 50% of feedings. However, starting 2 days ago, we've had a very difficult time latching on at most of the feedings. He won't latch with or without shield. His mouth opens not that wide and it looks as if he's pushing nipple away with his tongue. It's like he discovered new found freedom of thrusting his tongue upwards. Any similar experiences or ideas why the sudden difficulty latching on? He's still under birth weight at this point so priority is to feed him. We've been working with a LC but appt is not for a few days. Thanks!!!
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  • @llli*lmctavish's Avatar
    October 23rd, 2014, 03:22 AM
    Hi everyone! Really hope someone can help me. My daughter was born 10 weeks ago, and for the first 3 weeks was bfing roughly every 2-3hrs during the day, then usually every 3hrs at night. However, as soon as she turned 3 weeks old, she started feeding every hour, and cluster feeding from 6pm til 11/12pm. Usually after the cluster feed she would sleep for 6hrs, then have a quick feed then back to sleep for 2hrs. But since she turned 8 weeks old, she has started feeding every 45mins during the day, having a cluster feed in the evening, the feeding every hour at night, all adding up to about 30-35 feeds in 24hrs. Feeds have always lasted 30 mins since she was born. It's making it impossible to do anything, as even having lunch takes hours as I have to feed her, cook something, feed her, reheat it then eat! I've looked up what it could be and everything says growth spurt but 7 weeks is a long time to have a growth spurt! I've tried delaying for a bit but whenever I try and change her nappy/rock her etc she starts screaming at the top of her lungs and desperately trying to get to the breast. She used to take ebm or very occassionally formula but she now refuses the bottle completely. I even tried a dummy but to no avail. She had a check-up yesterday and her weight is perfect and she has plenty wet and dirty nappies! Really hope someone can help as I am at my whits end with this- I have no life outside of feeding. If she didn't refuse the bottle I would be so tempted...
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  • @llli*icyburn's Avatar
    October 18th, 2014, 08:24 AM
    Hi mommies, I need some advise. My 8 month old baby has been latching on both breasts since day 1 feeding alternatively on 1 breast per session when out of the blue, he suddenly started pulling away from the right breast whenever a letdown occurs. I have been unsuccessful in coaxing him to drink from that breast after every letdown. Since yesterday, he has drank from only the left breast and I had to pump out the milk from my right. Today I resorted to bottlefeeding him my expressed milk from that right breast on every alternate feeding, latching him on only when it's time to feed from the left breast. I have noticed today a decrease in milk supply on my right breast and I am worried that this might not be a good method going forward. Also, i had to use the left breast which is not fuller than the right one as the evening 'nursing to sleep' breast. Obviously the quantity doesn't seem enough for him though he continues to suckle till sleep comes.
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  • @llli*canne's Avatar
    October 21st, 2014, 09:23 AM
    Hi - It's been a couple of years since I have had to post any questions. I have two children and for various reasons I couldn't nurse them (nipple shield, bad LC advice, etc). I EP'd with my first for 8 months and my second child for 14 months. I recently had my third baby... who is three weeks old. I had a home birth and she nursed right away. So far things have been going great this time around (thank goodness). She is gaining weight very well, plenty of wet/dirties a day, I no longer am sore and her latch has only improved over these three weeks. My concern is this.... for the past three days or so, while she is nursing and I have a let down, I have noticed she is starting to choke some and gets somewhat frustrated. I do NOT want to create a situation where she is fussy at the breast.... I'm paranoid to have that happen again, especially since I am finally BF'ing a baby. I have tried to pull her off until my let down stops, recline and lay back while nursing, etc. I haven't seen any of these things really help. I DO know I have plenty of milk. I have with my other two and so I am not surprised I do this time around too. Does anyone have any experience with this and any tips on how to keep her happy at the breast and manage this flow? Also, as she ages, will she get better with controlling the flow herself?? My other question is about night time fussiness. I do believe she is doing her night time cluster feeding anywhere from 8-10 or 8-11 PM every night....
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  • @llli*babyhill9814's Avatar
    October 23rd, 2014, 05:54 PM
    I pumped earlier and noticed that I get tons and tons of fairly clear foremilk before I get the creamy hind milk. I fear my son may be filling up on the less fattier milk before getting the good stuff. Is there a way to create fattier fore milk? He is 7 weeks and will wake up and want to eat every two hours. I think he light sleep longer if he got fattier milk.
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  • @llli*jaykrysten's Avatar
    October 18th, 2014, 08:58 AM
    My son is almost 11 weeks and he still eats 2-3 hours during the day. I feed on demand but he's pretty much made his own schedule. The last few weeks he would sleep about 4-6 hours at night and the last few days he has been sleeping all night(9p-7a) it just seems like to lo long for him to be sleeping. I've woken a few times in the middle of the night and tried to wake him up to eat but he refuses. Is it normal for him to sleep so long without eating? It just seems like such a long time for a baby.
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  • @llli*lindseymaerean's Avatar
    October 23rd, 2014, 11:23 AM
    Okay I have been EBF my DD until she was 6 months then I started introducing baby foods. She is now 9 months old and I'm still breastfeeding and doing baby foods. About a week ago I started my period and about two weeks before I started my period my milk supply started to drop, it's been about 5 days since my period and I was hoping it would come back (my supply) it just keeps dropping. I'm devastated I wanted to at least make it to 12 months. Ad just a side note me and my husband are trying for baby #2 with that being said my go to has always been the mothers milk and that always worked for me but I know there are side affects if you are pregnant. With that being said what advice do you ladies have for me? I'm pretty desperate.
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  • @llli*barronmommy's Avatar
    October 22nd, 2014, 09:33 AM
    Hi everyone. I am having some difficulty in nursing my son. He is almost 4 months and has latched well from the beginning. I had to go out of town for a couple of days so I introduced a bottle but we picked back up with nursing as soon as I returned. About 3 weeks ago he refused to nurse. He would latch on initially but then he would fight it. It only lasted 7 days and he was nursing back to normal. Now, he absolutely refuses to even get close to my breast. I've tried to push through it but he screams constantly. I've been pumping but my supply has dropped considerably. I attempted to use a nipple shield and the medela supplementing system this morning but he wouldn't even take that. I put it on my finger and put it in his mouth to see if it was the shield but he had no problem with the shield. Any advice? I would love to continue our breastfeeding relationship but I'm worried we might be done and very discouraged.
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  • @llli*jenn.walker12's Avatar
    October 23rd, 2014, 12:45 PM
    My daughter is 6 weeks old, but has been starting to scream when I try to nurse her during the day. She is sending hunger cues like sucking her hand, and searching for the breast when she is against my chest, but when I try to feed her she starts crying. This has been going on for the last 2 days. She's done it before a few weeks ago but when it stopped i thought it was just because she is so young. However, she does not have any issues nursing at night and I have found that if I can get her to sleep before i feed her she will nurse a little bit better, but won't eat much. Could this be a growth spurt coming on? or maybe she just wants to suck? I'm very confused and it gets frustrating because I just want to give her what she needs and i'm worried about over/underfeeding her.:banghead
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