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  • @llli*mango.lily's Avatar
    December 16th, 2014, 11:06 AM
    My baby is two months old now. She still can not latch on properly (mouth doesn't open big enough, and it hurts my nipple). We saw a lactation specialist here in Sweden when the baby was one month old. She said the baby has nipple confusion and suggested to stop bottle feeding, and use cup to feed while practicing breast feeding at the same time. She also suggested to use nipple shield since I have flat nipples. But my nipple always hurts no matter using shield or not. If I breast feed more than 15min, my nipple will get wound the next day. One of the lactation specialists we saw even indicated I should give up breast feeding. It is very frustrating to hear that. Do I really have no hope to get this working? Anybody else has similar problems?
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  • @llli*mommymoru's Avatar
    December 17th, 2014, 07:35 PM
    Hello. A friend of mine recommended this site in case I needed help with baby things, especially breast feeding. I'm a FTM and currently live in Japan and I have no support system of other moms around me here to go to for advice and, where I live, there aren't a lot of English speaking doctors to help answer my questions. I saw a lactation specialist just yesterday but they did little to help answer what questions I did have but they didn't really show me anything or help with what I really was frustrated with because the consultant couldn't understand my questions. For starters, my LO was born Dec 3 via c-section. During the first couple of days, I hardly saw him even though I expressed I wanted to feed him breast milk. While in hospital, they supplemented milk a lot during the days I was there and I tried my best to breast feed when I could. However, the help they gave me wasn't really clear as they didn't speak English well so my son wasn't latching well in hospital. We've tried various positions and he still is getting a shallow latch. I've watched videos online to get some sort of tips on how to do it properly but my LO has a small mouth and my boobs are somewhere around a J cup now that my milk has come in. My nipples don't even pucker out even though I try to massage them to get them perky enough for a good position, too. On top of that, LO doesn't open wide when trying to latch and his head always points down, not up when I try to latch him on. I'm holding him...
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  • @llli*american.honey's Avatar
    December 17th, 2014, 01:28 AM
    Okay, ladies I'm very happy because my little peanut and I made it to a whole year. :cheer. She has always been an EBF baby. At times it was scary and I drove myself insane believing my milk was drying up. However; the good lord blessed us in hitting a year mark. The support on this site has been amazing. I really appreciate the mamas that consoled me when I was either venting or freaking out. My baby girl is one year old & three weeks old and we are continuing our breastfeeding journey. Alright, so now that my angel is one, how do I maintain supply strong while she is eating more solids? I always give milk first than foods. Should her nutritional value now come more from solid foods or breast milk? Also, does milk texture change as they get older? Seems to me like it's more watery. Not as thick. Does this sound right? Maybe it's just me being paranoid once again. I did notice recently that my breast have been super softer than normal. Do I need to worry? Than again my water intake hasn't been as great as it usually is. So I guess I will pick up the water intake and see if my boobs start to feel full again. What changes occur with Breastfeeding now that my peanut is a year old? :thumbsup:fly-by Back at my baby girls one year check-up her Ped told me to only nurse her 3 times a day. Ugh!! So annoying because her father is one of those that follows doctors orders. Of course he tried to push not to feed her but 3 times. I just simply told him Im her mother and know...
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  • @llli*soblessed's Avatar
    December 15th, 2014, 06:27 AM
    So we had a long stressful night! Good thing we get to see a dr today. Our little one had a upsetting night. He would cue to eat then latch on and start wailing or he would go really still and not suck which is stressful for mom because of course we think its our milk supply which is fine i think. Its definatly there. But he barely ate last night after 10 because of the wailing and fussing. I know he ate a bit but it wasnt much. Which of course led to less dirty diapers since he wouldnt eat. Now you would think he would be hungry but he is just laying here wiggling around. Also he has had some very runny stools yest and spit up more then normal. I think he could have caught a bug. grrrr. We did go to a bday party where there were other small children and alot of people.hopefully today goes better
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  • @llli*cutiemark85's Avatar
    December 18th, 2014, 03:48 PM
    Hello again. my question is about my Lo's behavior at the breast. after she's been on for 10min actively drinking, she'll start kicking, slapping, hitting and pulling at my breast. I'll still hear swallowing at this point (or sometimes not) but it hurts a lot hen she does this. sometimes, she'll even start whining/crying. i'll switch breasts,thinking maybe the problem is that she emptied the breast, ad she'll stop of a bit on the other one. then start up again. She'll also unlatch herself. a lot. I make sure her nose is clean before we eat as well. the only time she does not act like this, is when my breasts are very full ( not quite engorged, but full). She's a frequent eater as well.
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  • @llli*fleur's Avatar
    December 16th, 2014, 08:05 AM
    I'm writing this in tears. I have been on cloud 9 the past 2 days as I have been able to donate 800oz of milk and I don't know..have I jinxed myself? Firstly, 6 months in and I have got my period back. This really sucks and I am feeling pretty godawful. Then, this evening I couldn't get a letdown while nursing DD before bed. On days that she is quite wide awake, no problem. On days that she is sleepyish or lightly sucking, it does take time but I do my breathing exercises, keep sniffing at her hair and take a drink of water and it happens. This is the second time in 2 weeks that it has just not happened. She was unwilling to suck harder or hang around either. She kept crying and that was making me tense up. After all the usual tricks didn't work, I thought I would pump till I got a letdown and then latch her on but I couldn't get one that way either...not with a screaming baby in the room. Finally after half an hour (yes, that poor child tried for so long!) I warmed up a bottle of expressed milk and gave it to her. I hated doing that but she was crying so hard by then and all she wanted was some food. Is this normal around Aunt Flo's visits? What can I do to decrease the chances of this happening again? Also, isn't she getting milk anyway? The letdown simply makes the flow faster right? I'm so confused I nurse her every 1.5 to 2 hours through the day but she usually takes just one side..or a tiny bit of the other..at each session. Another thing, after feeding her...
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  • @llli*momager's Avatar
    December 15th, 2014, 06:58 PM
    Help! We have dropped another feeding. My baby is 12 mo old and only likes to nurse to go to sleep or upon waking up others wise she will nurse for a couple minutes and then is done. She recently dropped down to one nap which makes her nursing drop down again. She's nursing first thing in the morning, nap time, bed time and sometimes during the night (we cosleep). Is this enough for this age or is weening upon us? I've tried to offer more often but she bites me when she doesn't want to nurse. Please help I wanted to nurse longer than 12 mo and I feel like my supply can't hang on with such little nursing.
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  • @llli*wendycity's Avatar
    December 17th, 2014, 10:21 AM
    Help, I'm a little concerned. My just turned 3year old is still nursing when sleeping. He no longer nurses during the day only for his nap. He wakes up a few times during the night and wants his boobie. He literally sleeps on the breast, (he sleeps in bed with us). He's not getting much milk anymore, but he just uses it for sleeping. Is this normal, am I or have I done something wrong ? I would like to get him sleeping on his own, maybe even in his own bed at this point. Any suggestions, comments please ?
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  • @llli*panchitaruiz's Avatar
    December 16th, 2014, 12:05 AM
    My daughter is 8 weeks old. At 6 weeks, she was admitted to the hospital for a week for suspected hirschsprung disease. The test ended up bring negative and we were told she either has reflux or it was a viral infection. I insisted it was a lactation issue, but they refused to bring the LC in & the dietician said no way would lactose intolerance cause her problems (my husband is lactose intolerant). We came home and I came across lactose overload. My daughter had all of the symptoms, so I started switching sides every 4hours. It's been 4 days and my daughter is like a new baby. She still seems to be having a lot of gas though and it appears to still hurt. I've cut out all dairy and other gas causing foods. Is there anything else I can do? At what point can I start trying dairy again? She also wants to be attached to the boob 24/7. I feel like she's been cluster feeding for 8wks! I have a hard time knowing when she's hungry vs. wanting to comfort nurse because of gas pain. Even then, it wouldn't be a big deal if it didn't cause her to spit up. She absolutely won't take a Paci. She took one in the hospital while she was NPO, but as soon as we could BF again she went back to refusing the Paci. I physically and emotionally am having a really hard time having her attached to me for several hours several times a day. In the hospital the LC said I should have her nurse for at least 15 minutes every 2hrs. I'm often unlatching my daughter after 1/2hr because...
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  • @llli*thawingsnow's Avatar
    December 15th, 2014, 09:47 PM
    I'm pretty sure I've always had a fast, forceful, or an overactive letdown (not entirely sure if I'm using the correct terminology here). My issue is twofold. 1.) If I wear a nursing bra, I almost always get a plugged duct or get on the verge of a plugged duct or mastitis. I try to go braless as much as possible while at home as a stay at home mom. When I do wear a nursing bra, I wear it very loosely. Does anyone else have this problem? How do you remedy this issue? 2.) If I do not wear a nursing bra, my other breast (the one the baby is not nursing) always leaks at almost every feeding, and I use towels to soak up the leakage.
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  • @llli*hayashi's Avatar
    December 18th, 2014, 02:23 PM
    If freezer lost electricity, when should I toss out the frozen milk? It is a regular household fridge with separate freezer at the bottom.
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  • @llli*coolranchdressing's Avatar
    December 16th, 2014, 02:22 PM
    hello, quick tech Q: if I defrost my Breast milk (from freezer) do I have to use it up (kept now in fridge) w/in a certain amt of time (6 days) or can I re-freeze it (doubt it) thanks!!
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  • @llli*kam1momma's Avatar
    December 18th, 2014, 10:34 AM
    I am only producing a teaspoon of breast milk when I pump. Is this because I am not getting enough water. I must say I don't drink a lot of water during the day. My baby is almost 4 months. He won't take my breast either. :( Do you think its because its not a lot of milk coming out? What are some ways to increase my milk supply?
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  • @llli*evies.mom's Avatar
    December 16th, 2014, 06:27 AM
    It's been 4 frustrating weeks but I thought we finally found our stride. I just started to have an OALD and a feeling of fullness all the time. I have been reclining breastfeeding which seemed to be working well. My LO would pull off during let down although she always seemed bothered by the heavy flow, I could get her to rematch once the flow stopped. I might note that I can't tell when I let down until I hear her struggling with the flow. Well tonight I have been struggling to get her to latch for hours. My left side is full and she refuses. I did get her to latch on the right side for a little after an hour of us both crying. I hand expressed some from the left and tried again but no luck. She went to sleep amd now I'm dreading my next 2 hour wake up call. This shouldn't be so hard. We are both upset and I'm ready to throw in the towel.
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  • @llli*poppy814's Avatar
    December 16th, 2014, 06:56 AM
    Hello! I have been exclusively breastfeeding my daughter since birth. She is 3.5 months old and just started sleeping through the night (8-10 hours) without feeding (most nights). Should I be pumping in between? Waking her to feed? If I do nothing, I wake up engorged and in pain. Is this something my body will accommodate? Thank you in advance for you help!
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  • @llli*elliebelle's Avatar
    December 17th, 2014, 10:07 AM
    I just started back to work a few days ago. Started at 3 pumping sessions, and now down to two pumping sessions (this is the second day of two pumping sessions, approx 3.5-4 hrs apart, pumping for at least 15 min). Typically pump 2-3.5 ounces from each side. Today, I last nursed from right side at 6:45, then pumped 2 oz from the left. Just pumped both sides at 10:55. Got 2 oz from right side, and almost 5 from left?? and left side still feels full!! What's going on here??
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  • @llli*kaywong's Avatar
    December 19th, 2014, 01:22 PM
    I have an 8 week old baby girl who latched on to my breasts with no issues from day 1, but all of a sudden, I have issues getting her to latch on last week. She was hungry and cried and cried and my nipple was literally at her mouth but she just would not latch on and suck. Almost like she was too upset/agitated to feed. It takes a while for me to soothe her and most of the time, the only way she'll latch on now is if she sucks on a pacifier and I quickly pull it out and put my nipple in her mouth right away. She has acid reflux and have been on meds since she was 4 weeks old. Anyone experienced sometime similar? Any suggestions would be appreciated. I spoke with a lactation consultant through her pediatrician and she had said it's unusual for a baby this old to suddenly have issues latching on and they attributed it to her reflux issues and switched her on to a different medicine this week.
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  • @llli*zombritt's Avatar
    December 15th, 2014, 06:28 PM
    My daughter just turned three months. At her two month exam she was 10lbs 1oz. A few days ago she was 10lbs 9oz. Her doctor is concerned and is making me supplement 1.5-2 oz of every two hours. She says that because my daughter is so long and went from the 50 percentile to 10th and now 5th percentile that she sees a downward trend. She had a lot of formula the first month, which I think is why she gained quickly. (She was born 8.1) I feed her every 1-2 hours. I have had two feeds measured and she gets about an ounce and a half per feed. She has a ton of wet diapers and is very alert and meeting milestones. I am heartbroken about supplementing. I worry she will begin to prefer bottle to breast. I quit taking the mini pill almost two weeks ago, as they feel my supply could have been hurt from it. My daughter does not act like she is unsatisfied. Will she eat if she is truly hungry? I wonder if she is just not taking enough, or if I really do have a low milk supply. I am very confused and worried.
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  • @llli*aschindler's Avatar
    December 19th, 2014, 11:44 AM
    My daughter is 11 months old, and from what I can tell she seems to be on a "nursing strike". She is teething, and was starting to bite me at the end of each nursing session starting about 5 days ago. I would tell her "no", then set her on the ground. Just when I was getting excited that she was kicking the biting habit, she started refusing to breastfeed! She fed less often than usual yesterday, but today she's refusing even more. She nursed at 4:30am and has refused the breast ever since. I gave her some oatmeal this morning, and now is when I would usually give her some solids for lunch, but I try to always nurse before offering solids, and she just will not nurse! For now, I think I'll hold off giving her solids and see if she will nurse before afternoon nap. So, my main question is this: I was really only planning to breastfeed until one year then start weaning, and she's about 3 weeks away from that. Should I just take advantage of this little nursing strike and start weaning now? I wouldn't mind nursing longer, but I wouldn't really be heartbroken if we end a little sooner. I nursed my son for a year and it was a *little* bittersweet to wean him, but if I'm being honest it was mostly sweet :-). Also, if I do try to persist through this nursing strike, what does that entail? Should I pump to keep up my supply? Only offer the breast and no solids? Thanks in advance for your help!
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  • @llli*glassonion91168's Avatar
    December 17th, 2014, 09:00 PM
    Hello All, I have a 5 week old baby and I'm looking to see if based on my particular situation if I'm successfully breastfeeding. A little background: My baby was born at 9 pounds and is a very strong sucker. I found it hard to directly breastfeed him at first, particularly because he tends to not open his mouth very wide sometimes (which was painful) and most of the time keeps his eyes closed while feeding. The first few days were painful, so I reluctantly started using a nipple shield. I've kept with it until late last night and today. Normally, it takes me about 40 minutes to feed him with the shield, and I usually offer both sides and he takes them most of the time. When I decided to offer to feed him without the shield, it seemed as though his feeding time on one side was cut in half. I'm worried that he isn't getting enough to eat, but I'm finding that he now takes just one side and then falls asleep. Without the shield, he sometimes will make a smacking noise, almost as if he doesn't have a good latch going, but I don't feel pain. Without the shield, he sometimes makes a smacking noise, as if he's having a hard time keeping the latch (but he doesn't let go and it's not painful). Usually he's up around 9 PM until 11 or so, and I then feed him one more time before putting him down for the night. Last night however I tried to rouse him to feed around 11 and he wouldn't have it, so I let him basically sleep through until 5 and pumped at 11.
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  • @llli*srob83's Avatar
    December 16th, 2014, 08:53 PM
    This is my third baby and this is the third time struggling with breastfeeding. I think I finally have found a cure for the excrutiating pain-laid back nursing/biological nuturing! I guess I was the last to know. The basic principle I am using is gravity. I think that has been the source of most of my pain. I do however have a ?. How do you account for very large breasts. My baby can't hold her head up so I have to help her and my hand loses blood flow! Also, tips for doing it in public?
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  • @llli*nikitamarlay's Avatar
    December 19th, 2014, 02:46 PM
    After my son was born he lost a bit of weight & the pediatrician had me supplement with expressed milk. It turned out that it just took a little longer for my milk to come in and he seemed to gain well for a bit. As time went on we saw him drop from the 16th percentile to 10th, and at our 4 month appointment (almost 19 weeks) he was down to the 4th percentile. He nurses often, mostly every two hours, but has a tendency to fall asleep or comfort nurse quite a bit. While I'm at work he gets two 4 oz bottles -which he sometimes falls asleep during (before the 4 mo appointment he was getting around 6-7 oz because he seemed satisfied after that amount, but we discovered if offered more -with paced bottle feeding- he wants it) and I'll supplement him with anything over the 8 oz I'm able to pump at work (usually 0.5 - 1 oz at the most). He was sleeping about four hours during the night and then waking every two to nurse, but since around 16-17 weeks he's back to wanting to nurse every two hours throughout (once again sometimes he'll just fall back asleep or comfort nurse). When he's awake he's super alert, loves to play with his toys, and acts very happy. He hasn't rolled over yet, but he can pull him self up to sitting easily, tries to stand, has great head control,and seems to be meeting all his milestones. The pediatrician wanted me to add 1 teaspoon of oatmeal to each bottle & one tablespoon mixed with breast milk before bed. But, everything I read (WHO, American...
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  • @llli*cpowell's Avatar
    December 15th, 2014, 07:32 PM
    My girl is 8.5 months old. We have breastfed since day 1 and never had formula. She drinks pumped milk out of a bottle fine at the sitter. We started solids at 6 months. Basic stuff, apples, bananas, carrots, etc. She didn't love anything and I was usually fighting her to eat. This has gone on for months and she still will not eat solids. You have to spend 10 minutes fighting her to get 1/2 jar gone. It isn't worth it and most of the time she clinches her jaw and turns her head. I have tried every kind of food under the sun. She also will not put things in her mouth at all, besides her hands occasionally. I have given her bite sized pieces of food and she won't put them in her mouth. When I put them in there for her she gags continuously and tried to spit it out. She has never taken a paci and gags with those also, but does her bottle just fine. I am at a loss for what to do. I know food before 1 is just for fun but I'm beginnging to think she's never going to eat solids. I have a hard time keeping up with her while she's at the sitters as it is. She will eat 6oz of BM every 3 hours if we let her. Help :(
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  • @llli*sahwnm's Avatar
    December 17th, 2014, 11:18 PM
    Dear moms, I am wondering if you could share your experience with me. I am still nursing my child who is turning 14 month old soon. About three weeks ago, I got my first period after not having it for almost 2 years. Now three weeks later, I still have the period and tonight, I got the worst cramp ever in my life to a point that I couldn't function at all for at least 1/2 hour. My periods prior to pregnancy never had such serious cramp. I am wondering if this is normal? About how many days/weeks did your postpartum first period last? Did you have any cramps? I think my period has also decreased my milk supply, and my toddler has bitten me several times out of frustration of not getting enough milk. I never had issues with milk supply prior to that. It has been a difficult few weeks for me.
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  • @llli*gallifreyshawkeye's Avatar
    December 16th, 2014, 01:30 AM
    My 4 month old is a nursing addict. He will take any excuse to nurse, and heaven forbid he has to wait even 1/4 of a second longer than he thinks is necessary when he's actually hungry :p And he's strong! So right now, our problem is that in his impatience to eat RIGHT NOW, he curls his upper body up to try to reach my boob before I can get both of us situated. This throws every angle off, and we both end up trying to squirm into place. Compounding things, he still tries to chomp down on my boob before he gets a good latch (which he can latch well and does do on the now rare occasion he decides to be chill about the whole thing). So I'm there, trying to hold him off from latching until the moment he opens his mouth to attempt another chomp, and because I'm "delaying" the process, he's curling his body up even harder to reach boob himself and it's all a bit :panic Suggestions? I've tried sitting him in my lap instead of a cradle or cross-cradle hold, but he can't sit on his own yet, and the attempt was a disastrous fail. If it was just him, I'd simply nurse him lying down until he could properly support himself, but he has a wild-child 2 y/o sister who needs at least a constant eye, so that's not an option either unfortunately (which is tragic, because he nurses great no matter what when we side-lie nurse). Thanks!!! :)
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  • @llli*babymm's Avatar
    December 15th, 2014, 01:56 AM
    Has anyone with tuberous breasts/tubular breasts been able to BF successfully? And if so, do you have any pointers? I really want to BF my baby (due in a couple weeks) but I am worried I will not be able to. I have been leaking clear fluid for a couple months so that gives me a little hope but I am still worried. My hospital has lactation consultants available for after birth but should I meet with one beforehand? Any help is greatly appreciated!
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  • @llli*runningmommy's Avatar
    December 17th, 2014, 02:08 PM
    I will be returning to work in the beginning of January and was looking for suggestions on pumping/feeding my 4 month old daughter. I will be gone on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30am-4pm. Should I wake her up before going to work to feed her? She sleeps in 3-6 hours spurts (it's different every night, but she's even slept 7,8,9 and even 10 hours), but sometimes her waking would be timed perfectly to feed her before I leave, other times not so much. Also, for pumping at work, I plan to pump every 3 hours (8:30, 11:30 and 2:30). We have been giving her bottles of breastmilk (and small formula bottles) for a few months now. She isn't a huge bottle fan, but will take it from my husband most of the time (sometimes it is a struggle for her though). She will be with him on the days I am at work, so of course I worry that she will eat enough while I am gone. Any suggestions for the pump/feeding process when returning to work would be greatly appreciated!
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  • @llli*eddiemart's Avatar
    December 16th, 2014, 10:40 AM
    I'm a working mom who went on my first work trip last week. I was gone for two full days and my pumping schedule was way off due to my inability to get out of meetings. Over the weekend my supply was fine and then all of a sudden yesterday it dropped drastically. I'm drinking plenty of water and taking fenugreek. I'm back to pumping (nursing when I'm home) every three hours, but am wondering if that's going to be enough to get my supply back up. I cannot add it another pumping session during the day - my work schedule is just too busy. My son is just four months and I am not ready to give up. Any additional ideas for how to get my supply back up. I was previously pumping 16-18 oz in three sessions and yesterday I pumped 11 - one ounce shy of what he needs while he's at school. Help!
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