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  • @llli*msviolaceous's Avatar
    January 5th, 2015, 08:41 AM
    I'm a first-time mom trying to establish exclusive breastfeeding with my three-week-old. Things are more or less on track at the moment but I'm itching to get us off the shield, already. I feel like I've got a pretty good handle on the basics but it's really difficult and I feel like I'm torturing my baby when I try and get her to latch without the shield. Is it possible I'm going to teach her to hate nursing this way? Here's the background: - I was given the shield by a LC in the hospital on day two because she wasn't latching, with nurses breathing down my neck to supplement with formula. - We did an hour of skin-to-skin after birth, but even with that and the help of my very experienced doula, we couldn't get her to latch on after birth. - The LC says there's no tongue or lip tie, but my daughter is on the small side (birth weight 6lb4oz and small boned like me) and the LC felt that her suck would improve once her mouth had a chance to grow. - My pediatrician and midwife seem to think the LC is a good one and knows what she's talking about. I delivered at a hospital that has the best reputation in the region for being breastfeeding friendly and aggressive with lactation support. - I had cracked and bleeding nipples starting on day 2. It took me about a week and a half of babying but they're completely healed now. I also wound up with mastitis on Christmas but that has cleared up.
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  • @llli*pickle.pie's Avatar
    January 11th, 2015, 06:23 AM
    Hello, I have an 8-month-old little girl and have been browsing these forums for months now, they have been so hepful and reassuring! So I'm hoping for a bit of help myself... I have seen loads of posts about frequent wakings and needing to nurse to fall back asleep, so I know this is quite common and normal... But I am struggling so much with it. My little girl wakes every 30 - 90 minutes all night, about every hour on average. We have co-slept more or less from the beginning as she hated her cot. She has been exclusively bf for the first 6 months and is now slowly starting solids. We've had a lof of feeding problems with severe pain and tongue tie, but when she was smaller, up until about 4 months, sleep at least wasn't a problem, she would settle quickly and wake every 3 or 4 hours or so for a feed, then straight back to sleep. At about 3 months she started to add wakings/feeds, then one night at about 16 weeks she woke every 30-60 minutes all night and we haven't looked back since... She will have occasional better nights, perhaps doing a 3 or 4 hour stretch again, but most nights are terrible. I've tried very briefly not feeding her and just cuddling instead but within a few seconds she is hysterical. So, I take the easier way and just feed her every time - usually just a few sucks and she is asleep again. I have been trying a more consistent bedtime routine etc but it's difficult to stick to a set time - usually it's at least 9pm before we're in bed as she often...
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  • @llli*annemcarl's Avatar
    January 21st, 2015, 06:32 PM
    Hi everyone, I'm new to the site and a FTM. I'm actually not due until April, so I've yet to experience anything myself... just what I've been reading and researching. I'm a full time dayshift Supervisor at a hospital in a very busy environment. Luckily, we have lactation rooms and everyone is very supportive of a BFing mom. My one concern is how to establish a good sleep routine with my baby once I am back to work. I know that during my maternity leave, I'll be able to freely nap and sleep when the baby sleeps, but once I go back to work, I think it's going to be very difficult. The other hardship is that my husband works 3rd shift, so it's just me, nursing (which is fine--I understand that I should try to nurse at the breast as much as possible and only bottle feed for my MiL to give when I am away at work). Does anyone have any good suggestions for a sleep routine? I don't want to get in the habit of nursing the baby to sleep so that she isn't depending on that all the time to nurse (I have a friend who is going through that struggle currently and the baby is having a terrible time weaning) and I am not interested in co-sleeping. I plan to keep her in a bassinet with me in the bedroom for a while. Any tips from moms who are currently in the same circumstances that have lived it/are living it?
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  • @llli*greatestjoy's Avatar
    January 9th, 2015, 02:47 AM
    Warning: rant. I am going to cut my ears off with a machete if I hear this one more time. I guess I kind of got it when people were asking me that about my 3 year old. It is unusual in this country to nurse someone who can ride a bicycle. I get it. But I have just returned to work while nursing an EIGHT WEEK OLD, and coworkers are already asking me "You're STILL breastfeeding?" On WHAT planet am I the weird one for nursing a freaking NEWBORN? They really should be asking me why the heck I am even at work with a newborn at home (the answer to which involves a largely nonworking husband due to a special needs child + archaic $0.00 pay during maternity leave + my baby arriving 4 weeks later than predicted by my OB given my previous preterm labor/IUGR thereby wasting 4 weeks of my leave). But no, I'm already being asked when I am going to stop nursing my child. That's like asking how you are going to dress your child for his first day of kindergarten while you are in labor with him. Like, who is even thinking about that? When my EIGHT WEEK OLD is going to stop nursing is the last thing on my mind. Why am I the freakshow for not binding my breasts, putting cabbage leaves in my bra, and popping bromocriptine to get rid of this strange liquid called breastmilk that coincidentally always seems to fill my breasts every time I have a baby?
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  • @llli*fyfy's Avatar
    January 14th, 2015, 02:55 PM
    Hello! I'm a new mother of a 6.5wk old and this actually just happened a few hours ago. I'm pretty sure it's a blocked milk duct because at first the top part of my breast had this semi hard lump and as I nursed it would spread. It's now all at the top and a bit on the side along with some at the top of the areola. I've been trying to nurse my LO on it (for about the last hr) but he's refusing and fusses. I've tried massaging before it was painful, hot shower, hot towel massage and it has yet to lessen. Right now I'm pumping (decided to feed him on the other breast because he was really fussy) and not feeling/seeing a difference. It's been about 20mins since I started. The breast is now to the point where the slightest bump to it hurts. I can't put pressure on it without a lot of pain. And the lump is about the size of my hand wrapped around it. Please help :(
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  • @llli*girlfromthenorthcountry's Avatar
    January 22nd, 2015, 05:10 PM
    Hello ladies, After weeks of browsing these forums (and finding them extremely helpful, I might add!) I decided to post my individual story, both as an encouragement to others and because I'm hoping for a bit of encouragement myself! My DD is eight weeks old as of yesterday. I've breastfed her almost exclusively from day one except for a brief stint with pumping/bottle feeding (more on that later). To put it mildly, she has never latched well. While I didn't have any drugs or interventions in labor, I did have a very long delivery and ended up pushing for almost four hours. Ouch. She was very lethargic during our stay in the hospital. The lactation consultant tried to stop in once or twice but she was just one person and there were tons of other births that week so she never really got a chance to show me how to get a good latch. DD's jaundice levels were very high when we left the hospital, which made her even more sleepy. I fed her every one-two hours around the clock for her first two weeks of life. Thankfully, she gained well and the jaundice cleared up. However, about two days home from the hospital, my nipples started hurting. They've hurt ever since then! Everyone I talked to said that some transitional soreness was normal, so I tried just sticking it out. A week after her birth, I was going crazy with pain every time I latched her on. I had bad cracks that bled all the time. I used lanolin but it was pretty much useless. I finally realized that this was...
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  • @llli*kevins-mom's Avatar
    January 21st, 2015, 11:31 AM
    No one from work knows I breastfeed my almost three year old. Yesterday I was talking to a new co-worker (who I do not work directly with) who has a son close in age to mine. We were talking about our kids (naturally) and the topic of potty training came up - I mentioned that after potty training my son I could NEVER in a million years judge another parent for not having their child potty trained by a certain age, or really for anything. I told him how before I was a parent, I did have judgemental thoughts about things like potty training and pacifier usage, etc.... At that point he says "well you DO have to draw the line somewhere, I know people who breastfeed until like 3 or 4! If they can ask for the boob they should not be breastfeeding" -- first off, props to those people for being open and honest about it. I did not have the guts to say that I am one of those people and wasn't sure if it was the right place to go about normalizing breastfeeding. Comments like this actually make me feel like I should wean my little boy and that I am doing something wrong. I've actually lied to my boss that I have weaned because for some reason she found it to be her business that my boobs would get destroyed if I nursed for too long (what?) I just don't have that confidence in what I'm doing. I don't really have a question, just looking to talk and maybe get some support. My son will be 3 in March.
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  • @llli*rosesmum's Avatar
    January 2nd, 2015, 08:16 AM
    My LO is 5months old so I've started researching solids to be started at 6 months and the info out there is confusing...I was planning on starting off with rice cereal, but there are so many kinds: How do I figure out which is best? (Organic,DHEA...) How do you know how much to give? How do I make sure solid introduction doesn't derail my breastmilk supply? Also, I've read a bit about 'skipping' cereal and going right to the age appropriate solid veggies and cooked fruits-curious, what are your thoughts on this?
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  • @llli*pumpingatwork's Avatar
    January 8th, 2015, 01:57 AM
    Hi everyone, first I will start with a background. My baby is almost 3 months old. He spent the first 3 weeks in the NICU due to pneumonia. I started pumping right away and breastfeeding when possible. He started to refuse the breast at around 7 weeks of age. We found out he had tongue tie which the ENT thought was too risky to clip at that age in the office, and that the reason he was not nursing was probably multifactorial. I have had help from several lactation consultants and have reconciled with the fact that he really won't nurse. On a rare occasion( every 2 weeks or so) he will briefly comfort nurse, but I have been exclusively pumping with one 4-6 ounce formula bottle per day to keep up. I went back to work two days ago, got mastitis due to waiting too long to pump and missed a day and half of work.I have had problems with recurrent clogs,and in retrospect several bouts of mild mastitis even though pumpin pal flanges have reduced the frequency of this. I am a doctor in training and have high demands at work during the day and several large projects, presentations, and papers to work on at home. My mom helps to care for him while I am at work and the early evenings. Because of almost exclusively pumping I spend So much time pumping and cleaning parts that I barely have any time to spend with the baby. Frequently someone else will be caring for him while I am dealing with pumping. Also because of exclusively pumping I barely get any sleep, because I take care of him...
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  • @llli*bazinga's Avatar
    January 5th, 2015, 12:42 PM
    Good afternoon, My little one is going for her 12 month check up today and I was wondering if getting her flu shot would be beneficial? She takes formula at daycare and bf's until she returns to daycare. I haven't given her regular milk because she broke out with milk based formula and transitioning to regular milk is a bit scary for me Thank yall.
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  • @llli*alphawoman's Avatar
    December 30th, 2014, 10:02 PM
    Hey Ladies! Just wanted to poll the veterans here. How many nursing sessions were you doing overnight and in total for 24 hours when your period returned? Thanks!
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  • @llli*jadaniya's Avatar
    January 14th, 2015, 07:59 PM
    So I've just been diagnosed with vasospasms and I'm feeling a little discouraged right now. The pain is pretty bad; I was told that to get better I need to work on helping my baby latch better, use heat packs, try and get a milk blister better. Will this ever go away? Any tips on getting a milk blister better? Its been there for a long time now and its pretty big. The LC said she thinks its turning into a callous! She told me to soak it in olive oil but I find that it doesn't feel to good when I do it. Could I do coconut oil? If anyone has any tips or words of encouragement I could really use some right about now! :(
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  • @llli*soblessed's Avatar
    January 5th, 2015, 08:11 PM
    Well ladies im off to work tomorrow for the first time since my sweet boy arrived. Ill be pumping at work so wish me luck!! I think i may have been using the wrong breastshield size so im going to try a different one in the morning before i go to work. If this size works i wander if ill notice a difference in what i end up with.
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  • @llli*soblessed's Avatar
    January 24th, 2015, 04:36 PM
    Anyone else have a baby that while nursing will stop unlatch coo at you then relatch? Its just a new thing my son is doing now that he has found his voice. Im sure those that are bfing older babies or toddlers have some great stories.
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  • @llli*hayashi's Avatar
    January 13th, 2015, 10:18 AM
    The pump instructions say to use "warm soapy water" for washing the parts after use, but I don't get access to warm water all the time. Can I just use cold soapy water? Is using cold water dangerous to baby or something?
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  • @llli*jessicanewmom's Avatar
    January 10th, 2015, 08:24 AM
    Talk to me about getting a good latch with teeth. My 14 m.o. has 4 top teeth now & her latch is less good. But during the day I can focus on latch basics & though I getting tooth impressions on my areola, it is comfortable enough. But at night, it's a different story. We're sidelying, in the dark, & often asleep. I'm usually curled in a "c" around her body & if I pull her down so that she's tilting her head back she uses my thighs to launch herself toward the headboard. I feel like I'm dragging her body down toward the foot of the bed all night long. Some nights she only nurses a few times & I can more or less stay awake & her lousy night-latch isn't too bad. But on particularly nurse-y nights (like last night, dear god), I wake up sore. It feels like my nipples are used up erasers. I kind of even yelled at her this morning when she nursed on both boobs, rolled to dad & then *immediately* asked to nurse again & threw a fit when I took two seconds to get my poor, beat up, boobs out. How can I fix this without having to stay awake all night?
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  • @llli*marysiabuch's Avatar
    January 7th, 2015, 05:53 PM
    hello all, so my baby is 11 days today, and I'm scared I'm not giving her enough food, or overfeeding her, I'm breastfeeding/pumping milk + supplementing because seems like I can't get her to stop rooting and looking for food... and i run out of my milk we don't have a schedule, but I'm not worried about that- that doesn't regulate until later on however, like today she nursed for two hours - both breasts - and she nurses through a shield because I can not feed her without because of latching issues, and she was still rooting and crying and looking for more food, i had some pumped so i gave her two ounces and she was still looking, another ounce still looking, and she started another ounce finished half of it and finally fell asleep. there is milk coming when she breastfeeds because i checked and my breasts get soft.... so am i doing this wrong and overfeeding her or not giving her enough??? :cry
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  • @llli*littlebird68216's Avatar
    January 7th, 2015, 08:41 AM
    My son is 7 months old and has been exclusively breast fed he weighs 18lb 4oz . I introduced solids about a month ago and he eats twice a day. He pretty much refuses to nurse during the day- the only way I can get him to eat is to bring him into a silent completely dark room and he will nurse for maybe 2 minutes. I have tried pumping a bottle of breast milk and he plays with the bottle in his mouth and is not interested in drinking and will cough and sputter. He will usually eat 4-6 times during the daytime hours but not a good feeding. He usually goes down for the night between 7:00 or 7:30pm, we will dream feed him at 9:30pm just before we go to sleep. He will then wake at 12:30am and will nurse, then 2:30am, 3:00am,3:30am,4:00am…and on and on. I at the end of my rope and don’t know what to do anymore. I am so exhausted; this has been going on for months. My husband is convinced that our son is waking due to hunger – we gave him 270ml before bed then dream fed him another 100ml two hours later. He slept a 5 hour stretch that night! Other nights he will easily take 100ml every three hours. But the problem is that I have never been able to keep my milk supply that high of volume. I am struggling as it is trying to even keep my volume up since he isnt eating much during the day I am pumping multiple times during the day to keep my volume up. I get my son to take both breasts at each night feeding and he is still waking every 2 hours or more. I have tried CIO out...
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  • @llli*becca7682's Avatar
    January 3rd, 2015, 08:04 PM
    I had my baby 9 days ago via c. Section and my milk still has not come in. Only colostrum. Is it possible I will never produce milk? Has this happen to anyone?
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  • @llli*coolranchdressing's Avatar
    January 17th, 2015, 03:46 PM
    hello, EBF 3.5 mo old son. he is doing well. we currently co-sleep and it was going well, however, lately he is nursing more...but not nursing more productively during the night. i.e. he will only feed from one side and wont have the other until 30-60min later waking me up again. when we co-sleep he's on his side. I tried the crib a few times w/ no luck. I think he doesn't like sleeping on his back--he gets startled. my Q is: should I persist/be consistent w/ the crib...b/c I heard of a 4 month sleep regression may be coming up? btw I have a 2 yr old daughter who sleeps well--we co-slept until 2.5 mo and then she was transitioned to her own room in her own crib w/ no real drama (husband just "shushed" her for 2 nights while he slept in the spare bed in her room. however, this time around husband works more hours)
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  • @llli*annie0987's Avatar
    January 24th, 2015, 10:06 PM
    Hello, I am looking for some late night support. My son is 3 months and we have struggled with breastfeeding since he was born. I am told his latch looks fine, but it hurts so much. I have had cracks since he was a few days old, and although they are better then they were, they just won't heal. He pulls off often when feeing, I take him off sometimes due to pain, which means we re-Latch 7-10 times during a feeding. He is gaining weight like a champ, but I don't know how much longer I can take the constant sore nipples and the pain when he feeds.
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  • @llli*saramama89's Avatar
    January 22nd, 2015, 04:43 AM
    I have a month-old daughter, exclusively BFing, but have started pumping in order to leave her the occasional bottle, just once every week or so for when I need to get out for an extended time. Have tried it twice, and she took the bottle and drank well and happily and no problems so far. How important is it to give the baby pumped milk at the same time of day as it was pumped? I've read articles about how the composition of milk changes throughout the day, and particularly how that helps with sleep at night. My daughter has a good distinction between night and day already so I would hate to disturb that. Is everyone making sure to give only night-pumped milk at night, for example? Have you noticed your baby has a harder time sleeping if you give them "day" milk in the evening or night? Thanks for any information or advice!
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  • @llli*krazyblush's Avatar
    January 4th, 2015, 07:11 PM
    Hi ladies! I'm new here and hoping you can help shed some light on my situation. I'm feeling beyond frustrated. :-( My LO is 16 weeks and EBF. Starting around 8 weeks he started having bloody, green, mucousy stool. It started as a few specks of blood and increased to streaks. The ped said it was a dairy/soy allergy so I cut those out immediately. I noticed an improvement within two weeks but not 100% -- I was still seeing blood every few days and still some mucous. Then I cut out the Top 8 allergens hoping that one of those was causing the continued issues. Nope. The ped sent us to a GI who again said milk protein allergy and to keep out the dairy/soy. She said it could just take more time for the protein to work its way out of my/his system and for his GI track to heal. At that point his stool was very watery and still green (occasionally foamy). I was frustrated so I went to a total elimination diet (only eating rice, turkey, lamb, potato, zucchini, pears) which I have been on for a little over 3 weeks....including Christmas. :-( Still seeing blood and green mucous. I should note that LO is a very happy baby. Not fussy, no major gas, not a lot of spit up, he sleeps great and eats well (usually btwn 2.5 - 3 hrs during the day and sleeping a full 12 hrs at night). He has doubled his birth weight. After being on all these crazy elimination diets and still seeing no progress I started thinking a little outside the box and questioning my possible...
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  • @llli*mazeejay's Avatar
    January 16th, 2015, 07:59 PM
    I have a 3 month DS who'll be 4 months in 2 weeks. He is EBF. Fed on demand healthy co-sleeping baby. Here's my issue. For the last 2 weeks, he's been interested in table food. He'll open his mouth and pull on my hand while I'm eating; trying to direct my hand to his mouth. He'll stare at DH eating and make sucking motions with his mouth. It's now at a point where I have to hide to eat because he'll cry when he sees me eating because he wants some. Yes, I've tried popping my boob in his mouth while I eat and although he'll feed, it only distracts him for a while. I was feeding him while eating the other day and he pulled himself up to look into my bowl!! DH is very supportive of my breastfeeding wishes but now saying he's ready for solids in addition to breast milk. Please advise me on what to do.
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  • @llli*saturn.ring's Avatar
    January 24th, 2015, 02:33 PM
    I was wondering if anyone has any experience sleep training a baby while continuing to co-sleep. We are bed sharing with our 11 month old. Her sleep has gone from awesome (one wake-up by 3.5 months) to bad (up every 3-4 hours) to worse (up every 2 hours) to our current situation where she is up every 30 minutes to 1.5 hours all night. I am lucky if I get a 2-3 hour stretch. I am happy to nurse her but recently she hasn't been eating, just comfort nursing for a minute or two but then not being able to fall asleep. I then have to get up, sit up, let her comfort nurse for 20 minutes, hold her for 30 minutes, and put her down. Otherwise she wakes continuously. She also won't let me rock her anymore. She gets angry when I try. I am getting very little sleep and it affects my mood a lot. I went through a long bout of PPD and this situation is taking me down a dark road again. I really need longer stretches! I have seen Dr. Jay Gordon's approach but it seems to be focused on babies older than 1. Is it too early for me to use it? Also, the focus seems to be on a middle stretch of the evening. What about the first two hours when my daughter wakes every 30 minutes some nights? I'd be grateful for any practical approaches or thoughts on the situation. I should add that I know babies wake for comfort, and my little nursling has comfort nursed a ton in her life. I have no objections to that but she is not falling asleep anymore. She is also clearly sleep deprived during the day....
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