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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    August 23rd, 2016, 12:38 PM
    It's me again. Alright so as y'all know I almost got mastitis AGAIN roughly 2.5 weeks ago. I had already been dealing with sharp pains throughout the breast, red nips, and tinder nips. Roughly a day or so after the mastitis issue, baby started to get the mucus poops.. and by mucus I mean REALLY mucusy. Also, they stink (compared to what they use to be) and are explosive (which they have always been I feel like). Several days later, my OB put me on Diflucan and we've been doing a treatment for thrush even though baby shows no signs we were both being treated. I was treated for about a week and a half before baby started, but now we have him on Nystatin (per his PED). I stopped Diflucan yesterday as my 14 day supply was up. About 2 days ago, the sharp pains came back. They aren't as bad but around day 4-5 of taking the Diflucan.. they had almost completely went away, but I still had the red and tender nips. But the pain has came back in the last 2 days. Fast forward. PEDS wanted to do a stool sample, and has done 2 so far. Both have blood in them, so she wants me off dairy and soy to test that. She also has referred me to a GI specialist. I saw my OB today and she did a culture of my milk for both bacteria and yeast/fungus. She also put in a referral to have an ultrasound done and said if that doesn't look ok, then she wants me to get a mammogram. She then prescribed me another 14 day round of Diflucan. My question is, I have read so many bad things about it.....
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  • @llli*podutti's Avatar
    August 24th, 2016, 07:27 AM
    So today I think I have finally reached my limit with pumping :cry At this point I am not sure that the benefits of sending breast milk to daycare outweigh the negative impact this is having on me and my family. I am exhausted, exhausted from pumping, washing/cleaning pump parts, worrying about pumping enough milk, missing out on every coffee break and lunch break with my workmates. I have no patience anymore with my kids or DH. I should arrive home from work and spend time with my children, instead I am pumping to cover next days needs, panicking about scaling milk before it is too late, while my kids are begging me to interact with them. I wanted to make it to 12 months and then switch to cows milk but it is just not working. I wouldn't have made it this far without the invaluable advice I got on this forum so a big thank you for that.
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  • @llli*roschambon's Avatar
    August 20th, 2016, 02:21 PM
    Hello, I'm a FTM and I have a 3 week old baby. I've tried BF since day 1 but due to over supply, engorgement, and flat nipples, I have decided to do nursing and pumping alternately. While nursing the other day, I noticed something that looks like a pimple on my areola on the right breast. It is located above the nipple. It is red, swollen, looks like a pimple, feels like a pimple that is painful to touch. It hurts when I nurse or pump but the pain is tolerable. I took a warm shower yesterday and I noticed something was dripping from my right breast. At first I thought it was mill since it happened before, but I realized it looks like a pus - same like when a pimple pops. I cleaned the area with water and just let the pus or whatever that is come out. I believe that all the pus came out because the "pimple" now looks like an open wound. I continued pumping that breast, covering the wound and when my baby latches I put her on a position that she would least likely hit the part. Still, either way, it has been very painful and I've noticed that it bleeds at times. No pus whatsoever is coming out and it is not as inflamed as to how it looked like the first time I saw it. To put it simply, it looks like a popped pimple. I dont know what it is. It seems like it's one of the Montgomery glands that got inflamed or infected. My BF/BP on my right breast is affected because I had to stop feeding or pumping due to the pain. I wanted the wound to heal or close but every time I...
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  • @llli*mackeroo2013's Avatar
    August 24th, 2016, 02:08 PM
    Hi my daughter is 8 months old this week and still has not eaten solid food or pureed food. When she turned six months old I started to try pureed food with no luck since then I've been trying almost every day and all she does is spit it back out. I'm not too concerned about that since I know that it can be normal for babies to take longer to get used to new foods. I breastfeed her exclusively and I'm wondering am I enough since she seems to be fussier than normal. I'm nursing her every 2 hours and I pump one time overnight since she sleeps through the night . She doesn't have any teeth yet and I don't see any teeth coming in but my concern is her iron levels I heard that babies need iron after 6 months in age and they need it from food instead of mom. Am I understanding this correctly?
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  • @llli*marun4's Avatar
    August 19th, 2016, 09:51 PM
    Hello! I'm totally new and totally desperate. I'm just about to give up. I have a 3-month-old son and I've made it to this point exclusively breastfeeding him. (He won't take any bottles or even pacifiers at all, so at least I know nipple confusion or preference isn't affecting things.) We've had a few rough times, but nothing like this. Lately he is just refusing to eat. His wet and dirty diaper count is down and he is losing weight. When I try to feed him, he will act hungry and eager to latch. He will latch, suck for anywhere from 3 to maybe 30 seconds, then unlatch. He will act frustrated or sream. Then he will either do that again a couple times or give up completely right then, start screaming and absolutely refuse to re-latch. It doesn't matter how hungry he gets. The only time I can get him to eat anything is when he is sleeping. Then he doesn't eat as much as usual, but at least he will eat. I have been to a pediatrician to rule out an ear infection, as last time he behaved similarly that was the culprit. That's not the case this time. The pediatrician's best guess is that it's reflux. I don't think that's it because this problem came on more or less suddenly -- it's been going on for less than a week like this. I've started him on his acid blocker prescription nonetheless, and it doesn't seem to be making any difference yet (he's been on it for just a couple doses. I will of course keep up with this to see if it makes a difference within...
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  • @llli*robotgirl426's Avatar
    August 21st, 2016, 09:20 PM
    Hello! Im a FTM, my daughter is 4 weeks old and was 7lb when born (Im unsure what she weighs now, she goes in Friday for her 1 month check but she is getting chunkier!) We had some latching issues in the hospital right after birth but I was adament about not giving her formula so I started pumping from day 1, we syringe fed her the first day and a half and on the 2nd day I ended up giving her a bottle of my breastmilk/colostrum. I had a lactation consultant in our room at the hospital on day 2 and 3 encouraging me and helping me do this. Id say at about day 4 (our first full day home) she started to latch and we have been pretty good since then. A little sore at first but her latch is much better now. When she feeds she tends to want to stay latched for a good 15-25 minutes... Id say she actively eats for 15 min, then uses me as pacification, and she would stay on for 40 minutes if I let her. Sometimes she falls asleep and detaches, sometimes she doesn't. If I stop her and detach her she can get pretty mad and scream. When I met with the lactation consultant at week 3, we determined she was getting a good amount of food from me. And when I pump, I usually get about 1.5-2 oz per side midday -if I have a good 2 hours betwen when she eats and when I get to pump, I can pump almost 3+ oz per side. Lately she is feeding constantly, which the LC said is likely a growth spurt. During the daytime she eats at least once an hour (sooometimes 2 but its rare) but once...
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  • @llli*neilas.mom's Avatar
    August 20th, 2016, 02:35 PM
    Baby is 3.5 months and for the past 3 weeks eats every 1 3/4 hours around the clock, she rarely eats calmly or for more than 15 min. My nipples are raw and blisterly, I am using lansinoh and jack newmans cream, but by the next feeding my little pirhana has undone any healing. I desperately need sleep. She is also slow gaining weight, especially considering how much she is eating. No issues with milk supply. Any suggestions?
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  • @llli*jovadee's Avatar
    August 24th, 2016, 07:51 AM
    My 1 month old seems to be struggling passing gas sometimes during the day. His poop and pee output is fine, about 6-8 poops (yellow and loose) and 8-12 pees a day. At times he gets fussy and crys and starts kicking his legs and squirming while pushing and turning red in the face. Rocking him usually calms him but, Any advice on how to help him pass it? Any changes I should make in my diet? Thanks!
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  • @llli*ltesterman's Avatar
    August 19th, 2016, 12:41 PM
    I hate feeling this way...I love breastfeeding my daughter (5 and a half months old) but since having the summer off from teaching and not having to worry about pumping (yes I should have kept up my freezer supply but I didn't), coming back into the school year and figuring out my daily schedule, pumping just seems so hassling. When school first started back up I was pumping in the morning and it was great because she was still asleep, but now she has started to wake up closer to the time I was pumping so I don't get to pump before school. Then I get to school and I am a teacher....schedules, students, meetings, paperwork, stuff to look up....I have been trying to pump either during my lunch (11:45) or my planning (2:15). Then I get home by 5 and I feed her again, all while my 2 older daughters are begging me for their dinner or to go somewhere or watch something. I haven't been able to pump at night because I am just so tired. I am in bed and asleep before 10pm every night. So in other words, I'm just exhausted and selfish. I was wondering if anyone else felt the same, am I horrible, is something wrong with me?
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  • @llli*thawingsnow's Avatar
    August 19th, 2016, 09:01 AM
    Hi, Thank you so much for your help. I'm so thankful for these forums. Please help. My 28 month old daughter has always nursed frequently, even now 8 to 12 times or more a day usually, which I'm sure this is biologically normal and we love nursing, but she is really really requesting to nurse every 10 or 30 minutes a lot this week. And another change is her wanting to just stay there and nurse for a longer period of time going back and forth from breast to breast, not wanting to get off. ****What is going on?????**** My menstrual cycle just got regular. I do know that I am ovulating around this week, have already ovulated or am ovulating.
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  • @llli*sweetbaby725's Avatar
    August 22nd, 2016, 05:57 AM
    Hello, I had 3 breast biopsies guided by MRI 3 weeks ago. My left breast had one, and my right breast had two. I'm still nursing my daughter and was told I could resume nursing within 48 hours after the biopsies. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to nurse at all on the right and had to wait 5 days for the left. The right still has brown blood, and one of the ducts is producing yellow milk. Only one stream is coming out my typical white breastmilk color I usually have on the right. I don't know what to do, and my breast surgeon has had me come in 5 times already with no help. I'm just weary about why one is yellow, and it's not blood tinged at all, just yellow milk. Thankfully everything was fine on the right breast, but I do have an intraductal papilloma on my left. Has anyone had that? They are telling me just to watch it instead of removing.
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  • @llli*mom2jesserfly's Avatar
    August 23rd, 2016, 03:14 PM
    I've been EBF my 5 month old son. We've worked on his latch with a LLL consultant at my local WIC department for a shallow latch. All was going well until he got a bit bigger. His suction is really strong and the bigger he gets, the stronger he's sucking. He's going through a growth spurt and it's killing me. He is cranky and wants to nurse all the time. He's waking 1-2 times at night now to nurse again. He has plenty of dirty and wet diapers along with weight gain, so I know he's getting enough. On top of that, he's been biting down on my nipples and thinks it's funny when I scream in pain. I dread when the tooth finally pokes through! What can I do? My nipples are so sore and I flinch when it's time for him to nurse again? :cry
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  • @llli*chzhcn's Avatar
    August 19th, 2016, 12:04 PM
    Hello, My baby is 1 year old (exclusively breast-fed almost every 2 hours.) now and I am going to do a nurse internship in September. The internship is only one month. I have some questions regarding my situation and I would very much appreciate if you could help me. • My oversupply has just begun to level out (at 11,5 months). I only have a little small stash (enough for 3 days maybe) in the freezer. Is it the time for me to prepare some frozen breast milk now? I’m afraid my oversupply will come back again. • My baby doesn’t like solids at all. If she will eat one banana per day I will be happy. Somedays she does not eat anything. How much breast milk and how often does she need after one year? • I don’t want anyone to know that I’m breastfeeding at my workplace. How about handmilking in the toilet? If I do not pump, only handmilk, will it affect my supply a lot? What is the best way for me not to lose my supply without causing oversupply? Thank you very much.
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  • @llli*hannah.laster's Avatar
    August 20th, 2016, 09:21 PM
    My son will be 7months on the 28 of this month...he was sleeping through the night until recently he has been waking up during the night wanting to nurse and just fussy. Should I be weaning him at night now? He doesn't seem to be teething yet. He is on solids but still nurses during the day and first thing in the morning.
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  • @llli*thawingsnow's Avatar
    August 19th, 2016, 04:57 PM
    Thank you so much for your help! Do you have any tips for occupying a toddler without screens? I'm needing tips for right now and the future if my husband and I become pregnant again. (Ex: What if I needed to nap during pregnancy or with the newborn?) My toddler, 28 month old, is one that is pretty attached to me, wanting my attention a lot. I do not let her watch screens except for very very special treats, occasionally for no more than 15 to 30 minutes at a time. I do this because I notice her behavior seems worse later on in the day after watching screens, phones, tablets, TV, etc. I also love to watch her learn and use her imagination. I don't mind her being bored! I also want to foster a love of reading, learning, etc. over the longhaul. I am sitting here just exhausted not even knowing where to start with dishes, laundry, toys spread about, bills to pay, and shopping lists to make, because today got off track a handful of times, because she needed me, which is fine. But i can't help thinking, "Would TV have helped me occupy her today, so I'm not up way after her bedtime working and me not getting rest at night???" This has happened so many nights this week where I'm up later too. I do not want to foster a habit and dependency on TV, now or if she has a sibling. So, what do other moms do? I don't have much help at all, husband works nights, family not much help, and her attention span is short for any one activity.
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  • @llli*tararg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:49 PM
    Hi there So I've had a rough go of breastfeeding. I was induced followed by an emergency c section. I had no milk but tried. We were able to breastfeed but I've been having to supplement with formula. He was born at 8.1. Dropped to 7.1 after a week of mainly breastfeeding. Now with supplementing he is 7.13. We breast feed on each breast and we finish by offering formula as per our pediatrician a suggestion. Most often he's eating a full 4 oz of formula after breastfeeding. At this point I can't stop Supplanting as he still hasn't gained enough weight. But when he's feeding I don't hEar many swallows. He mainly Just sucks. I'm on motillium to help and when I squeeze to express there seems to be a lot (I've never felt a let down or Anything). I eat super well and drink tons of water. He hates pacifiers ironically considering he Would suck on the breast for hours if I would let him.
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 08:05 AM
    If you only get 4-6oz you supplement with 2 oz from your freezer supply. When your freezer supply is exhausted you can tell them to try to up the solids and see if he is OK with only 6 oz, solids and water and if not have them supplement with 2 oz of formula. After 10 months my son wouldn't take pumped milk at all. So he would drink only water and eat solids while away from me and we nursed on demand while together. He never ended up needing any formula. It's only 8 more weeks! You are so close. And then you can pump wean all together!!!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:52 AM
    :ita with MaddieB. Any chance that you could pick up a better pump? I used the Ameda Purely Yours and while it's a fine pump for a mom who responds well to pumping and only relies on it part time, I don't think it's a good machine for a mom who is trying to maintain or increase supply by pumping. It just doesn't have enough power, in my experience. If you go and see an IBCLC, she may be able to set you up with a better machine. Any chance of seeing a different pediatrician? I don't like the dismissive treatment or the advice you received from yours.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:46 AM
    :ita When a mom nurses when her baby asks and there are no external reasons for a decline in milk production (e.g., pregnancy, use of a medication which decreases supply), she will continue to make enough milk to supply her all baby's needs until the first birthday and will likely have enough well into the second year. There are a lot of breastfed babies who do not become interested in eating larger quantities of solids until they are in the 14-18 month age range, yet still grow just fine. The reason this works is that growth slows down over time. Breastfed babies grow really fast when they are new, often doubling or tripling their birth weight by just a few months of age. All that growth takes a lot of milk! But as time goes on, growth slows, and as a result milk intake starts to slow down, too. Babies generally increase their milk intake until around 6 weeks, at which point they generally hold steady until 6-12 months. There may even be a slight decline in intake with older babies, which may be particularly noticeable as they start eating more solids. A lot of moms get thrown by 2 things: seeing how much formula-fed babies eat, and reading a sample "meal plan" for a baby their baby's age. So it's helpful to remember that formula-fed babies reverse the normal pattern of intake, eating less and growing more slowly than breastfed babies when they are young, and escalating their intake and growing more quickly as they get older. If you see a formula-fed...
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  • @llli*podutti's Avatar
    Today, 03:24 AM
    I'm not sure what to do at this stage. I don't want to stop providing milk but the current situation is just not sustainable for another 2 months. I have no plans to reduce nursing, which DS is still totally into at least 5-8 times day/night in addition to bottles while I work, but is scalded breast milk so much more nutritious than formula to justify the sacrifices needed? I sound selfish commenting on MY missed time at work, but it bothered me the other day when I had to miss a farewell party for a good friend. My immediate work colleagues are 100% supportive, men and women, and always ask if I need to leave meetings etc. But sometimes sudden meetings pop up and I feel I cannot excuse myself all the time. DS was getting 8oz/day of pumped milk plus solids for lunch and 2 snacks of fruit in the mid-morning/afternoon. Recently I took advantage of summer holidays to spend an extra hour at home (leaving 30 minutes later in the morning and arriving 30 minutes earlier in the afternoon) to only leave 6oz and freeze the extra 2oz. This has given me a small freezer stash, maybe 30oz or so. But certainly not enough to get me through another 2 months. When he returns to daycare next week I am sure they will expect 8oz again, if not more, which I struggle to pump. I have found myself holding back on giving solids, which he loves and would eat all day, in case it would further impact my ability to pump. So when I am with him I nurse and give very little solids to protect my supply,...
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