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  • @llli*andrebaby's Avatar
    April 14th, 2014, 08:51 AM
    hi I am writing this post in desperation. i had my healthy baby boy 6 weeks ago and despite all the effort I put in, I am still only producing about 10 ounces of milk daily. I am literally running out of ideas and feel exhausted and despair, pls help me figure out what I missed here or if it's still possible to increase my milk supply. Below is my basic information 1) I had my baby at 42 weeks through induction. It took 24 hours for me to fully dilate and 20min to push out the baby. No tear and any complication afterwards. I did use epidural in the process, but cut it off in the last hour right before I was getting ready to push 2) The baby was born 8 pounds and we had skin to skin for two hours right after he came out. However, he wasn't interested in breast and just wanted to sleep. The lactation consultant in the hospital told us it's very normal to have a sleepy baby in the first day. So we let him sleep. I started feeding him second day. It was soon apparent that nothing was coming out of my breast-- we tried manual expression, medela hospital pump, compression, nothing came out, not even a drop. 3) Under the recommendation of the nurse, I started supplementing him on the third day with a syringe while breastfeeding. He latched on quite good, and appeared happy with the formula, but I still didn't have any colostrum 4) I went home at the end of third day and keep pumping and breastfeeding my baby with the help of the syringe. Thought once the engorgement comes, I...
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  • @llli*joshuas.mommy's Avatar
    April 18th, 2014, 01:44 PM
    Hi, many of you "know" me as I've posted here multiple times before. My DS is almost 2.5 and for the past several weeks, has really been ramping up his requests for nu-nu (what we call nursing). This confuses me. We had been down to around 3-4 times a day. Now suddenly he wants to nurse multiple times in the morning before work, and usually several times in the evening as well. He asks less often if we're out and about or if Daddy is around, but if it's just the two of us nursing seems to be his favorite activity. I asked him today why he wanted so much nu-nu and he said "because I miss you, Mama!". I don't know if I planted that idea in his head...I asked one time a few weeks ago after a period where I'd been working a lot if he wanted nu-nu because he missed me and maybe he caught onto that and it stuck? Or maybe that really is the reason. I don't know. I don't feel like I've been away from home an unusual amount the last week or two but we did have visitors in town and have been busy with Passover, etc. so maybe he's not getting as much one-on-one time as he usually does. I'm just somewhat confused and a little bit bothered by the fact that we seem to be going BACKWARDS with regard to nursing. I had thought he'd be well along in the weaning process by now. I am willing to continue nursing awhile longer but I don't know if nursing all the time is good for him at this point. His father thinks he should be weaned already (although he is tolerating our nursing without any...
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  • @llli*amberdawn424's Avatar
    April 16th, 2014, 11:50 AM
    My 11 week old is nursing fine, gaining a pound a week. Happy at breast. We have been having green poops so I went to a LLL meeting last night and they talked about tongue tie. Or pedi did say it looked like she was at 1 week appt but we didn't have nursing issues so I let it go. Anyway, the leader suggested I see a dentist who does laser correction. My question is, is it worth it? If she's nursing fine, gaining weight should I worry? I dot want to interfere with what we have now which is a good latch and perfect nursing.
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  • @llli*adb821's Avatar
    April 16th, 2014, 09:48 AM
    I am away from my baby from 7am-330pm, working as a teacher. Right now, I nurse her at 630am, and pump 3 times between 730 and 3pm, working around my class schedule. A couple times I've had meetings or something and only been able to pump twice, but I still manage to get the same amount in those two sessions as I would in three. My question is, if I go down to two pump sessions, can I expect to continue to get the same amount, or will it decrease over time if I don't do the three? I will absolutely do three if necessary, but if I can get away with two that would be awesome!
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  • @llli*kapowskl's Avatar
    April 17th, 2014, 08:53 AM
    I'm about to make an appointment to get my wisdom teeth extracted and the surgeon that will be performing the surgery uses iv sedation. Please tell me it's safe to undergo this while breastfeeding. I only have 5oz sitting in the freezer and hoping to nurse before I go in. A friend told me she didn't nurse for 8-12 hours after her surgery. That's impossible for me. We don't supplement (my lo has gi issues and we cannot use formula) and I'm worried I won't be able to pump enough to store before I go in.
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  • @llli*mamakady's Avatar
    April 14th, 2014, 08:46 PM
    It has always been my dream to breastfeed my children. This is my first baby (born on the 11th) and from the start it has been really troublesome. He absolutely would not latch for longer than 5 seconds for the first 20 hours or so. I had lactation consultants with me every couple of hours all day long and he just didn't get it. When he finally did, it was like a light bulb went off and he latched and fed for 15 minutes! It took my milk until this morning to come in, so there was an extra day in there because he didn't immediately begin nursing, so he screamed all day and all night because, although colostrum is enough nutrition-wise, it didn't satisfy him at all. My heart would break for him constantly when listening to his blood-curdling screams even though we were nursing constantly (30 mins on, 15 off roughly). His voice almost went away completely! I ended up going out and getting supplemental formula last night (I know, I hated it, too but I was so tired of watching him suffer). What I did was breastfeed for as long as I could and planned to give him a little of the formula if he still screamed, which he did. He took in about a half an ounce and slept until I had to feed him again 2 hours later (first time in two days). This morning, I noticed that he seemed much more eager to latch on and feed (he had gotten to the point where he was beginning to become uninterested in nursing). Once he was done, I put him down and he fell asleep and slept for 2 hours just like he...
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  • @llli*mammadiliv's Avatar
    April 15th, 2014, 01:30 PM
    Hi all, I was taken to the ER this morning for kidney stones, where they gave me morphine and then another anti-inflammatory to take at home in the next few days till the stones pass. I breastfeed my 21 month old in the morning and before bedtime, so in order not to lose my milk I rented an electric (medela) breast pump this afternoon. I just pumped (for the first time) and I didn't even get to 2 oz. Is that normal for the age of my baby? Or did I not do it long enough? (15 minutes per boob). Is this how much she gets from me too? I have no idea about ounces because I am a SAHM and have never pumped before. I really do NOT want to lose my supply! Thanks, Ann
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  • @llli*sbenner's Avatar
    April 15th, 2014, 06:43 PM
    I thought we had this down at the hospital, so of course had no questions for the LC or nurses until we got home. I hope you ladies can help! My son often has one "big" feeding (15-25 mins) and the next is more of a snack (5-10, or clusters for two hours). Sometimes it'll be after three hours since the last feeding, and he has no interest to eat. On top of that, nipple pain (not every time, but enough) plus the lack of either BM or wet diapers are leading me to believe he isn't getting enough. He had a decent brown, liquidy stool this morning (day 3) and two urine, but no more today. Tons of gas though. Since he's been pretty content, sleeping great, not showing many signs of unhappiness, I didn't really put pieces together until tonight as I reflected on the last two days. Now I'm worried... Thanks for any advice you have!
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  • @llli*abysmom's Avatar
    April 15th, 2014, 04:09 PM
    My 6 month old DS is a very distracted nurser. He has never nursed for more than 5 mins and takes only one breast(Except when he is asleep). This has not bothered me as he made up for it at night and his diapers are good. At the 6th month appointment I realized he gained just one pound in two months and at 3% for weight. Since we started solids his nursing sessions have never been longer than 2 mins. It is not that he got more efficient as I my breast does not feel light afterward. He is just a busy body and eating is the last thing on his list. He still is nursing well at night but how can I help him gain weight. He has always been a tiny skinny baby. It hurts that he looks so small.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    April 19th, 2014, 05:24 PM
    Help?!? Pumping seems to hurt no matter what I do. I've tried different sizes of flange (from small, medium, Large and XL Medela.) I've tried lubricating with some edible oil but so far even when I wash it off, the baby objects to three different oils I've tried and the oil. The oil seemed to only help a tiny bit anyway. Most of the pain seems to be from the suction and pulling. I'm having trouble figuring out how anyone manages to pump at all let alone get enough milk out to pump exclusively. Are there ways to make it painless? Or is it just too painful for some people?
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  • @llli*beckyd0106's Avatar
    April 16th, 2014, 11:44 AM
    My baby is almost 11 mos old. I have been doing baby led weaning/solids. When I feed him, I just give him a tray full of bites of multiple foods and let him at it, or allow him to graze off the coffee table as he chooses. I just found out my dcp is only giving a couple bites on his tray at a time of only one food at a time because "too much ends up on the ground" if he gets more than that. I don't feel this is appropriate at that age. He should be getting a tray of various foods and left to explore. Thoughts? Please give me suggestions.
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  • @llli*annie.st.cyr's Avatar
    April 15th, 2014, 08:53 PM
    Hello everyone! I'm new here! I am so excited to be in touch with super amazing and supportive women! I love every thread I have read through so far, this is what being a woman and mother is about! Ok, now to the point. My son is 2 months old! We have a really well established and awesome breastfeeding relationship (though it wasn't without its challenges - he had a tongue tie...ouch!) He gains weight very well, my production is on par (might even have a slight over supply because I pump at work) and always wets well over 6 diapers. That being said we have introduced the pacifier recently as my husband is a stay at home dad and it really helps him get through bouts of fussiness. He only does it after Seb has had a bottle and is sure he is full, he rarely ever takes a full bottle because he is definitely reverse cycling (which doesn't bother me at all!) Is this the proper use of a paci for a breastfed baby? We use Tommie Tippee bottles and we are giving him Soothies as a pacifier.
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  • @llli*rebekahb's Avatar
    April 14th, 2014, 07:41 PM
    My son had a tongue and lip tie procedure about 3 weeks ago after 4months of struggles. I finally have gotten him to nurse, but he'll only nurse to sleep. He won't nurse during his awake meal times. Any suggestions? Should I just count my blessings that he's nursing at all? I work at home full-time but my husband has to give him bottles while I'm working.
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  • @llli*undergroundmuse's Avatar
    April 14th, 2014, 08:49 AM
    Hello, This is my first post but I have been reading forums since my daughter was born 8 months ago. It will be a long one, so sorry about that but my story is complicated and I need your help! Here’s some background - LO has been refusing breast occasionally since she was born, and it’s always around my ovulation and a week into my period (I got my period when she was only 2 months :(, calcium+magnesium+zinc supplements didn’t help much). I had 3 bouts of mastitis so far, two treated with Clindamycin. LO started to poop green and slimy with streaks of blood when she was 2,5 MO and every ped I met said it’s probably cow milk protein allergy. Even though I didn’t believe it, I went on dairy free diet. It took almost 5 months before the poor thing was diagnosed with pseudomembranous colitis caused by Clostridium difficile infection. FYI Clindamycin is known to propagate infection and she probably got the bacteria back in the hospital during delivery. The next person who tells me that green poop is normal is getting a punch in their face! Anyway, to cut the story short, she started to stagnate in weight and height because of the illness. My supply has been reduced because she seemed to have lost appetite over time (I always nursed on demand) so I started to pump 10 days ago instead of feeding hypoallergenic formula like pedi suggested (it’s the most disgusting thing I ever tasted in my life!). I rented a single electric pump at the hospital (double electric is not...
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  • @llli*carott.black's Avatar
    April 16th, 2014, 01:16 PM
    Hi all! im new at this forum and im worried, i just recently got back to work and im struggling to continue breastfeeding my 2 month old baby. In my maternity leave i was unable to do a milk storage so pretty much we live day by day i pump at work and he eats it the next day. The problem is that i have to travel for work (i was not aware of this until today) next week, i will be away from my baby for 3 days and im not sure what can i do. Will he be alright with 3 days of formula while im away? what do i have to do to keep my milk supply fine during this 3 days? and apart from that i will not have acess to a frezzer or refrigarator in this 3 days since work only pays for a hotel room without a refrigarator so any ideas on how to conserve the milk?
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  • @llli*lmk2010's Avatar
    April 17th, 2014, 02:17 PM
    Hello, What are the thoughts on the forum of an 8 mo old growth spurt? I'm sure it just differs by baby but thought I'd get some feedback. My LO just turned 8 mo old and was sleeping quite consistently through the night and breastfeeding 5 times throughout the day. For the past 4-5 days he is waking up at 2 am and 5:30 am and while before he would settle himself he is now up and ready to eat. I'm sure its a toss up on whether he is growing or if its teething (he is working on teeth 7 and 8 already!) or a combination of both. Did anyone else experience this? He is already 20 pounds so is gaining very well. Thanks
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  • @llli*lovebug84's Avatar
    April 14th, 2014, 02:26 PM
    I am going back to work, at a hospital and will be returning at 12 weeks post partum. Any suggestions? I need to pump, and don't always get my scheduled breaks on time. Do I need to be very strict about my schedule or can I be a couple hours give or take? I will be away from baby about 11 hours (including drive time etc). I am scared. To be honest, this is my first time working while pregnant/breastfeeding. This give me such anxiety. I'm trying not to let myself get worked up but its hard. Its a lot of unknown...
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  • @llli*tara17gregory's Avatar
    April 15th, 2014, 12:53 PM
    Since 2 weeks our baby cries all day long (not during the night) At first dr thought it was reflux, tried zantac without any changes. Now they want him to see a GI dr because he could be having problems digesting breastmilk. His stools are pure water and very much projectile. They said there should be somewhat of a substance to them and they shouldn't all absorb into the diaper. My question is, can I do anything to help this? I've already tried cutting out dairy without luck. I hate for him to be unable to digest my milk properly.
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  • @llli*fshah's Avatar
    April 19th, 2014, 10:05 AM
    My younger son is almost 3 months old & he is EBF. I BFed my older daughter, who is 4 now, for 18 months. We had a rough start with my daughter as she was very tiny & her Ped advised to supplement with formula on her one week appointment as she didn't gain enough. I had work really hard for a month or two to up my supply but once that was done we never looked back. With my son though things are different. We had a good start as I nursed him within half hour of his birth & almost every hour the first 2 days & 2 hours for the coming weeks. We have had many bumps after that. I have fast letdown & when that is fixed, my LO gets upset for the next letdown to come & pulls off almost every 2 secs. Of course, fast letdown comes back within 2-3 days & he seems hungry but doesn't eat enough. He also requires a lot of burps as he inhales a lot of air with fast letdown & I spend half of my time getting him to burp. Sometimes it is hard to tell if he is not hungry or he is upset because the milk is not coming in fast enough. I know that my issues are pretty non-serious compare to some mamas but I am just tired of constantly dealing with one or the other thing & not enjoying BFing at all. Am I the only one who feels it that way? I know it gets easier, but when does it get easy? Am I constantly going to deal with fast letdowns or that will get fixed once & for all?
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  • @llli*amberdawn424's Avatar
    April 17th, 2014, 03:17 PM
    We saw the dentist today and was told that our LO had both tt/lt and we went ahead and had the laser frenectomy. I was under the impression that would be able to nurse right after the procedure but she just kind of held her mouth opened and wouldn't close it. The dentist said that this was due to the numbing gel. Once home she screamed, A LOT, and finally would let me put my breast in her mouth. She would very lightly suck and alternate that with crying. She went to sleep for a while and now woke up screaming again and refused to nurse. Any experiences with this? My biggest fear was that the procedure would impact nursing. We had few problems prior to procedure (reflux, not flanging lips, nursing a lot) but latch was good and it was painless. Should I keep offering breast? She is getting angry when I offer it.:bitenails
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  • @llli*modestguineapig's Avatar
    April 19th, 2014, 09:46 AM
    My son had an undiagnosed mild tongue tie, which was caught and clipped at 8 weeks (this past Thurs.). Prior to this, nursing was going okay. I had some soreness. He nursed 10+ times a day, but he tired out easily, usually after the first let-down. I didn't think there was a problem until he stopped gaining weight around 5 weeks. Doc suggested I supplement and referred me to a specialist to clip the tongue tie. I have been giving 4-6oz in 1 oz increments via SNS prr day (here and there I have been giving a bottle). My older daughter also stopped gaining weight around 6 weeks, which makes me wonder if I have insufficient glandular tissue (I have some of the outward signs). Or if she had an undiagnosed tongue tie as well. Anyway, my question is- is there a window of time, up to 8 weeks, where your milk glands are stimulated, and if they aren't, you can't produce past a certain amount? I believe my son wasn't effectively removing all my milk due to the tongue tie, so I wonder if my max capacity, so to speak, has been set at a lower level. When I saw an LC with my daughter, she told me this, and encouraged me to supplement. Now that my son is latching deeper and I feel no soreness post clipping, I wonder if I can try weaning the supplements. But I don't want to try it if it is probably too late to build a bigger supply. Here are the weight checks, if it matters- He wasn't a fast gainer before I supplemented either. birth 7lb 12 oz 3 days 7lb 6oz 10 days...
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  • @llli*fezlie's Avatar
    April 17th, 2014, 10:41 AM
    After 16 months, I left for work today without my pump and feeling nervous, anxious, weird!! It has become a part of my life for so long and I am honestly scared to see if this will change my supply, or alter my nursing relationship with my son. I will have to make it through the day without my afternoon "oxytocin break" and once again, start learning how to find stress relief and feel connected with my little guy in other ways when we are away. Feels weird to admit that I had somewhat gotten "addicted" to my pump-- at least psychologically... Let's hope I don't end up running home at lunchtime to get my afternoon pump in. No!! I can DO THIS!!
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  • @llli*elliemommy's Avatar
    April 16th, 2014, 10:05 AM
    I have started pump weaning and I am not sure what is going on with my supply (I know it is dropping but beyond that) Instead of pumping on a schedule I am only pumping when I feel full. I have dropped my morning pump session which was only yielding about 1/2 oz since I nursed first. That is around 6:30 am and I do not usually pump again until about 12:30. This session has been getting later and later the past few months. Sometimes I pump again right before I leave the office and I pump again when I get home but we just dropped to one bottle at day care so I assume that will become a longer nursing session instead. For some reason between 4pm and 9 pm I always feel full and uncomfortable. I am fine with this schedule, especially if I can eliminate the second pump at work but I am concerned that I have essentially stopped feeling full in the morning but continue to always feel full in the afternoon. Is this normal and is this going to get me pump weaned this century or am I doing it all wrong? TIA!
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  • @llli*brittyynicole's Avatar
    April 18th, 2014, 02:10 PM
    DS is almost 3 weeks, BFing is going well based on wet/dirty diaper output. Like poop every feed and constant wet diapers. I never knew BFing was such a science lol. My LO is more keen on the left breast, he will stay latched and swallowing for 20 minutes at a time, and then he will remove himself from breast and fall asleep. I usually do not offer him the right breast after. He doesn't seem to like being at the right breast as much, he will only drink for a few minutes off and on. I try to feed him from the right a few times before switching to the left. I'm worried that I'm going to give myself supply issues by doing this. I'm offering him the right time after time because I'm trying to "even" them out, otherwise my right breast is full and it can be sort of painful. Is that a bad thing to do? I really do not want to risk having supply issues by being uninformed. Also I'm wondering when it is okay to start pumping. I'm not trying to create a stock pile since I am a SAHM but it'd be nice to be able to take a bottle of pumped milk when I'm going out and I know it will be a longer trip. I'd just like to be able to pump a bottle to take out for now.
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  • @llli*lcmpdx's Avatar
    April 18th, 2014, 03:23 PM
    Traditional Medicinals Organic Chamomile with Lavender, it also includes lemon balm. I have a terrible head cold and want a cup of tea, this is the only thing I have on hand. Are these herbs safe while breastfeeding? Here is a link to the product: http://traditionalmedicinals.com/products/chamomile-lavender/ Thanks in advance for any help!
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