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  • @llli*mrshal07's Avatar
    November 18th, 2014, 01:55 PM
    Hi everyone! My name is Carolyn and I just had my first baby, a boy, on October 30. He came in at 7 lbs 7 ounces and at his 2 week appointment he was up to 8 lbs 6 ounces. The first week and half, two weeks were great. He nursed every 2.5 to 3 hours and would fall right back to sleep. Sometimes I would have to wake him to nurse. Well now, poor Magnus is having a hard time and so is Mama! I feel so bad and need some advice. We are desperate! Magnus is wanting to nurse practically every hour. I offer both breasts with a burp between and after. But what's getting us is the gas. He wakes himself up screaming with gas. I just don't know how to help or if I'm doing something wrong. He will nurse for 15-30 minutes on the first side, then 5-8 minutes on the second. If you need more info or have advice, I am willing to listen and try anything to help my sweet boy! Thanks.
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  • @llli*littlerose's Avatar
    November 5th, 2014, 03:43 PM
    Hi all My 6 month old dd previously slept right through the night from 1 week old and progressed to sleeping 12hours straight by 3 months. But when she turned 4 months everything changed. she started waking at 5am for a feed, then it changed to twice a night, then 3 times and now she can wake every 1 1/2 to 2 hours at night. now this isnt every night - she has good and bad nights, so a good night will just be once or twice but a bad night will be every 2hours or less. I've tried everything from trying to give her a soother, comforter, night light on, night light off, extra blanket, and white noise. nothing seems to help, all she wants when she wakes is a comfort feed (I'm breastfeeding). She'll normally be straight back asleep again within 5mins. I've started her on solids 2weeks ago but havent really noticed much difference with that yet. Now I really cant do the "cry it out method" even though I know that it can work, but it just isn't for me. I do think that the nights that she wakes up frequently is when she hasn't got 3 good naps during the day but it's really hard to get her to sleep during the day and she'll normally just sleep for approx 50mins each nap. the morning and lunch time naps are easy but she'll always fight the evening nap as much as she can. I know its my fault really, as I've always fed her to sleep so now am trying to put her into cot drowsy, but its very hard as alot of the time she'll start crying and I have to repeat this process so many...
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  • @llli*ramom's Avatar
    October 31st, 2014, 06:56 AM
    Hi all, This is probably not the right place to post this but I'm hoping someone has some pointers. I don't need to go through our whole story but my baby is 3 months old and we've had a major struggle, and things took a turn for the worse after I went back to work. We made the decision last night to just try exclusive pumping until my milk dries up, combined with formula to make up the difference. I know this is the right decision at this point, for both me and the baby, but I'm feeling so devastated and I don't know how to move on and focus on the important parts of my life. I guess it will get easier over time but before it does I'm going to have to watch the freezer stash get used up, my milk output decline, increase in bottles and formula, etc, all of which is going to be very hard to watch. I guess I just invested too much emotion and effort into this whole breastfeeding thing. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to move on? A support group of some kind? Ways to think about it that aren't so devastating?
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  • @llli*emeline.lg's Avatar
    November 1st, 2014, 04:43 AM
    Hello, I have had (and I'm still having) a very rough start in breasfeeding. Since day 1, the pain has been unbearable. My nipples are broken all the time and very very sore. The problem is a shallow latch and possibly a wrong position. My baby is now a little more than three weeks old. Things got better when she was about 2 weeks old, for a few feeds on the left nipple, and for a few days on the right one. I honnestly have no idea why it got better and why it got back to an unbearable plain. A consultant came to my place on wednesday and told me the problem was that my baby was not properly latched-on. She doesn't open her mouth enough and my nipples don't go deep enough. This results in broken nipples and excruciating pain. She tried to put her properly but didn't manage to do so. She tried so many times that my left nipple became extremely sore. So sore I was afraid again to feed my baby (but I did, fear not). She told me I should remove her from the breast every time she doesn't take it properly and that eventually she would understand that when she opens her mouth big, she gets to eat. The problem is that when she opens her mouth enough, she opens and closes it so so so quicky and repeatedly. I never have time to latch her on, or it is really really rare.
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  • @llli*davidsmomma's Avatar
    November 12th, 2014, 02:09 PM
    I'm very worried about my LO and don't know what to do. I have a 7 wk old that I am exclusively breastfeeding. He's developed a terrible rash all over his face that has spread to his neck and behind his ears. I took him to the doc and she seemed to think it was just a typical newborn rash and dry skin that should clear on its own given time. My gut tells me otherwise. He seems extremely bothered by the rash rubbing at it which I course makes it worse. In addition he is not a happy nurser- often times he literally screams at the breast unlatches only to latch again to scream some more. He is gaining well (9 lb 9oz at 7 wks up from 6 lb 14 oz BW). I've seen a lactation specialist and she said his latch is good and his weight gain is spot on. He rarely nurses to sleep- I usually have to rock him or comfort him some other way which is so different from my first who nursed to sleep all the time and for long sessions. He also rarely comfort nurses and most sessions only last about 10-15 min total. Rarely takes both breasts, though he often wants to eat again an hour or so later for 5-10 min more. Nurses every 1-3 hrs expect for one longer sleep break at night which just started- last night he went 5 hrs w/ o nursing. And this continues all day. He is rarely content unless sleeping. He is fussier in the evening but will fuss at the breast sometimes during the day. I have strong let downs which often makes him choke and come off the breast sometimes ending the...
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  • @llli*jennavee's Avatar
    November 2nd, 2014, 08:58 AM
    Hello ladies! My son is EBF and was born in the 70th percentile at 8 pounds 2 ounces. At his 2 month check up, he weighed in at 11 pounds 12 ounces (around 50th percentile) , then at his most recent check up (almost 5 months old) weighed 14 pounds. This puts him in the 10th percentile. The pediatrician is concerned with decrease in maintaining his weight-gain "curve" (basically, not that he's in the 10th, but that he went from the 70th at birth to the 10th now). He has many wet diapers, a dirty diaper once a day or two. His skin is very soft, mouth is always wet and drooly, eyes are bright, he's very energetic and interactive. He did start sleeping through the night (about 10 hours) at 3 months. He also got his first 2 teeth at almost 4 months. I do have a slight oversupply, but have decreased it enough so that I don't have to pump to avoid being engorged (just by slowly tapering off pumping sessions). Now I only pump when I work one weekend each month. So after our check-up the other day, pediatrician wanted us to pump and bottle feed for 48 hours to measure intake. I was unable to do this, as he almost always refuses bottles from me. I was also a little scared that he would start to prefer bottles. As an alternative, she sent us to a lactation consultant where we did weight before and after nursing. He was nursed really well and transferred 4.5 ounces then fell asleep. She also checked for tongue tie and said that wasn't an issue. Are we missing something...
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  • @llli*abysmom's Avatar
    November 6th, 2014, 11:39 AM
    I don't have a question I just wanted to share my feelings. My son is 13 mo and although I have loved the nursing experience so far I really cant help but wonder if it really did my son any good. He is rather small and has slowly been dropping from his curve since he was 4 months. At his one year visit he was completely off the charts and anemic. He is a happy and active child but he is still not walking. Everyone including the pediatrician suggested that I should wean him and give him real food. I just stuck to my guns and convinced myself that he is getting the nutrition that he needs from me, but I feel defeated now when I see other babies who are big and eating real food and the moms don't have to put their lives on hold just so they could nurse their baby 15 times a day. I have nursed him every 2 hours, day and night for more than an year and I am really proud of the fact that I did not give up even when there was no strong support from anyone.
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  • @llli*lilalienangel's Avatar
    November 9th, 2014, 05:12 PM
    I am now pregnant with my second child.My first is now 6 years old.I planned on excusivly breastfeeding with her only to find out I was not producing enough milk.She became jaundiced while we were still in the hospital.I was forced to supplement with formula.I just got a breastpump and have been thinking of pumping now to prevent this from happening again.I do know that pumping can cause pre-term labor but I think that is very unlikely and,would be a blessing, in my case.I have had cryotherapy,a D&C,and a very unfortunate childhood.This has left me with a serverly scarred cervix.I have not dialated.I was manually dialated to a 5 with my first.After 20 hours of delivery they delivered her by c-section.I am 37 weeks along and hoping for a v-back.I am a all natural girl and I feel robbed of the opportunity to keep my births and feedings that way.From my perspective labor induction would be a good thing at this point.Should I pump now to get my supply up before birth? Any thought are appreciated.Ty in advance
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  • @llli*seattlemama's Avatar
    October 30th, 2014, 04:20 AM
    Has anyone of you experienced nursing strike by your LO, and were able to get over it? What did you do that helped, how did you get over it, how long it took? Pls pls help me. My now almost 10mo hasn't nursed since over 36h! The day before yesterday he nursed to nap during his late morning nap, and took solids after he woke up as usual. Then he started refusing to nurse during his late afternoon nap, that made me so nervous. I kept trying after giving him breaks as usual, but he didn't come around. I called a LLL leader who suggested I do skintoskin in bath tub, which I did but no luck! Last night I tried that again for an hr, and still nothing! I then laid down in bed with him topless, for another hr or more - still he didn't nurse. Pls help, I really want him to end this "strike". In the meantime I'm giving him expressed milk in sippy cup, but don't know how much should I give. I'm really confused as to what is going to help and what might make it worse. Pls share your experiences, pls help. Here's an update: LO is till not latching on and I'm extremely sad about it. He seems to be getting used to the sippy cup coz its so much faster. I thought its (sippy cup) supposed to bring baby back to breast as it doesnt meet their sucking needs! LLL people suggested I switch to a sippy cup with slow flow valve, which I did and he still gets it much faster from that and doesnt seem interested in nursing. When he does come to the breast while Im pumping, he just bites the nipple...
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  • @llli*jax1108's Avatar
    November 7th, 2014, 12:41 PM
    It just took me two hours to try and feed my baby. I cried the whole time. I seem to be bawling every day now! I feel like a total failure and for the first time ever want to just give up. BUT! I am determined not too. My daughter is 4 weeks old and has been exclusively breastfeeding. The first two weeks were easy, then on week 3 she started to unlatch and relatch over and over and then cry. At first it was just in the evening, so I attributed it to that fussy time or "witching hour." Then it has moved to other times of the day and now feels like all day long. She would also be in the middle of breastfeeding and suddenly cry or scream and claw at me furiously with her arms and kick her feet too. It is so unsettling to see my tiny baby do this and I can't help but to think I am doing everything wrong. Now, for instance like today, she will cry for the breast, she will go on it and seconds later she is crying. Sometimes I try to relatch her and she seems to arch away so I just burp her or hold her. She may calm down again but when I try to relatch its the same thing. Fine for 2 - 10 seconds then crying and pulling away. This will go on for hours and as you can imagine is pretty emotionally draining for me and not at all realistic for life. It is the most frustrating thing for me to feel like she is telling me " Mommy feed me!" But when I do she doesn't eat! I have tried everything. I tried different positions, burping her every time she cries, breast compressions (I...
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  • @llli*smcc626's Avatar
    November 10th, 2014, 09:27 PM
    I've grown a bit concerned about LO's weight gain over the past few months. Here's some stats: birth: 7lb12oz; left the hospital 7lb5oz 1 month: 9lb8oz 1.5months: 11lb6oz 2 months: 12lb12oz (85th percentile height and weight, lowish for head) 2.5 months: 14lb1oz (it was around here that the gain slowed!)*** 3 months: 14lb6oz
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  • @llli*colomom27's Avatar
    November 22nd, 2014, 07:35 AM
    My daughter just turned one last month and she has been a breastfed and coslept baby her entire life. I have no desire to give up nursing, but lately I feel like everyone is trying their best to convince me! At her 12 month appointment, her doctor told me that she "has no nutritional reason to breastfeed anymore" and that I need to stop nursing her at night because, "She doesn't need it" and "this is when those manipulative behaviors start":yikes. I pretty much disregarded what she said (despite my husband's "I told you so"s), but this week she went to her first dentist appointment and he said the same thing! He said that nursing her at night will "destroy" her teeth. I know there's a lot of research that says otherwise, and weaning her from nursing at night right now would be a straight horror show, but I didn't bother to question him. Are there other moms out there dealing with this? Have your baby's teeth not been "destroyed"? I honestly feel like the only support I've gotten thus far has come from this site and a few coworkers. :gg
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  • @llli*cutiemark85's Avatar
    November 15th, 2014, 11:14 PM
    ^ and won't nap. I read most of the threads on this. and I've gathered: So long as weight gain isn't an issue, it's okay to let baby comfort nurse Fussing at the breast can either mean slow flow or a fast flow ( but I can't really tell which it is) What I couldn't determine is how to get some sleep. lol. Today, LO has just been wanting to be at the breast. I don't mind, really, she'll be seven weeks on sunday, and we had a rough start, so I figure a lot of what she's doing is catch up. It's also a benefit to me as that helps with my milk supply. We've been at it since....wow. since about 2AM this morning. I had a few breaks here and there were she didn't want to nurse and was content, she didn't even want to comfort suck.
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  • @llli*mamer3's Avatar
    November 17th, 2014, 06:51 AM
    My little girl will be 3 weeks old on Wednesday. I didn't manage to breastfeed my other two children so I am determined to do so this time! It was all going well and we got through engorgement, cracked nipple and blocked ducts. She always opened her mouth wide and latched on straight away. Then when she was 2 weeks old everything changed. She suddenly became so difficult to latch. She just will not open her mouth wide at all when I try to latch her on. She's also turning her head rooting but it's off the wrong way! Her head goes down towards my legs and it's hard to even get her back to where the nipple is. I rub it from nose to chin but she still won't open. She seems to want to just suck the nipple in and her tongue is all over the place. She is definitely hungry and her hands are going crazy and getting in the way and her head is flying off in the wrong direction. When I do get her on its sore throughout the feed with a burning pain on the top or bottom of the nipple on each suck. At the end of the feed or as soon as I take or off to try again there is a white ridge across the nipple and sometimes a white area on the top of the nipple. I now keep taking her off until it's either right or I give up and put up with the least amount of pain. The constant taking her on and off makes me so sore as well. Between the two battles of getting her to latch on in the first place and then for it to be correct and not painful its becoming increasingly difficult and...
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  • @llli*bugsmomma1013's Avatar
    October 30th, 2014, 08:51 PM
    My 6 months old seems VERY interested in food. I can tell she wants to eat table food really bad. My husband wants give her some. But Im not really yet. I want to cry just thinking about it. It makes me feel like that part of breastfeeding is over. Im not ready for her to move onto other foods. I know they only need breast milk for the first year but she seems to want to try other things. Opinions and advice welcome.
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  • @llli*kristenw's Avatar
    November 21st, 2014, 02:01 PM
    My daughter is 3.5 months old. I've been dairy/soy free for 5 weeks due to mucous/blood in her stool ( I was dairy/soy free for 14 months while I nursed my son so this isn't a surprise/issue for me). The blood has gotten worse lately so we went to see a pediatric g.i. specialist. The Dr. told me that my daughter is likely allergic to my breastmilk. I asked if she meant she's allergic to food I'm eating being passed through my milk. The dr. said, no, she's likely allergic to my actual milk because since we're mammals there is whey and casein in our milk and some babies can't process that. I said that sounded really rare and she said my daughter is one of the rare ones. Is this even a possibility? I called the IBCLC I've worked with and she said she's never heard of it but is researching it. The dr. said she wanted to do a scope of her colon and if the damage was too bad I'd have to stop nursing immediately and switch to hypoallergenic formula. We did the scope, the damage wasn't too bad so I'm "allowed" to nurse for two more weeks and see how things go from there. I just want as much information I can get to make the most informed decisions I can!
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  • @llli*beckyd0106's Avatar
    October 29th, 2014, 10:34 PM
    I normally pump about 15 oz while at work. This week I have felt like it has been challenging to pump. Yesterday I counted it and only got 12 oz. Naturally i freaked out. Today I got 14.5. Idk if I am being ridiculous and paranoid or not. So I have a couple questions. .....the only things that have changed recently is I had a period I want to say about 1.5 weeks ago, and I have been having insane allergies and started taking zyrtec daily about 2,3 weeks ago. Can either ovulation or antihistamines cause a drop in supply? I have not found anything indicating ovulation can. I have found mixed info on antihistamines and frankly dont know what to believe. My midwife feels the zyrtec is safer for bf than steroid nasal spray such as flonase but kellymom says that per dr. Hale the flonase is better but that there isno concrete evidence that zyrtec would cause a dip in supply. Do I stop the zyrtec? My allergies are BAD. I started the pills because they were so bad I wasn't at my best by any stretch of the imagination for my toddler. But should I try flonase in lieu? What would you guys do? Any experience? I'm hoping I am just being ridiculous and that it was just a couple off days, but I don't want to assume that and end up with a big supply problem. Thanks for listening and any experienced feedback!!! *mom of 17 month old baby boy, lip tie tongue tie (corrected), history of gerd and food allergies, successfully breastfed thus far with no end in sight.
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  • @llli*jadsia's Avatar
    November 10th, 2014, 02:53 PM
    Hi there! I could really use some help. DD and I have had an adventure in breastfeeding. When she first got here, she latched like a pro and was doing fine for a day and a half. She kept wanting to eat and eat and eat and in my uneducated mind, I had nothing to offer her because my milk hadn't come in. I asked to speak with a lactation consultant but they didn't have one on staff. She got used to the bottle and didn't want the breast anymore so I figured I'd just pump and bottle feed. I'd always wanted to do baby on breast but it didn't seem like it was in the cards for us. I couldn't find any positions she liked (we did the football hold in the hospital but that didn't seem to work any more) and we were both frustrated. Being a first time Mom, those sad and desperate screams were more than I could handle, so I kept pumping and bottle feeding. My Mom wouldn't let me stop trying, however, and she came over and the three of us worked together and side lying became a thing and I've been breastfeeding 98% of the time now (she only gets bottles when Daddy needs to feed her or when we're out and about as I can't nurse her in public). So DD is now 7 weeks old and side lying is becoming more and more frustrating. She doesn't want to lay down to eat all the time and my breast is about the size of her torso, heavy and full. Also, my nipples are shy (not flat or inverted but don't get as hard as she needs them to be to nurse successfully which is why I use a nipple...
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  • @llli*3littlesprouts's Avatar
    November 18th, 2014, 09:02 PM
    Let me start by saying i live in a foreign country where health care is not the best. The doctors are 20 years behind, at least! Everything my doctor says i take with a grain of salt, although looking back i have made MANY mistakes based on his advice. I recently went in for my twins 6 month check-ups and he informed me they were not gaining enough weight. I'm supposed to come back when they turn 7 months to check it, and if it's not sufficient i'm supposed to start supplementing with formula. I have worked extremely hard to build up my milk supply and the thought of giving them formula just like THAT just doesn't feel right. He suggested giving them two feedings of solids instead of one. That seems like too much to me, and i thought breast milk had more calories in it? In the mean time i decided to go back to taking my fenugreek and blessed thistle in case its a milk supply issue, i also am trying to feed them for a little bit longer at each feeding. I typically have 3-4 letdowns per feeding, more in the evening. When they wake in the night, i bring them both into bed with me, and they feed quite a bit until morning. Slightly difficult/annoying, but i do love the night time snuggles and the extra sleep i get. Here are the facts. Baby A was born at 5 lb 3 oz, Baby B was born at 4 lb 1 oz. They were born at 36 weeks. I don't have all the weights in between, but I'm pretty sure it was 4 months when they doubled their weight. Now, Baby A is weighing 13 lbs 9 oz and...
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  • @llli*racheliz's Avatar
    October 30th, 2014, 07:39 PM
    Hello this is my first post here and like I said in the title I've been breastfeeding my baby boy for four months and let me tell you it has been the most beautiful experience ever... with my first one I only breastfeed for 1 month because I thought I wasn't producing enough milk so for my second one I was like I'm gonna stick to this no matter what so this is a big thing for me... so I went to my baby's 4 month check up and he's doing just great but the doctor mention that I should start cereal mix with the breastmilk so this is where my concerns starts like is he really ready for cereal...??? I'm afraid if I start cereal he won't be nursing enough and then my supply would go low... and she was like I*wanna see him in a month to see how he is doing once he start with the cereal... I wanted to wait till he is 6 months to start solids and now I don't know what to do I was planning to breastfeed as long as baby wants and now I'm really confused... :(
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  • @llli*buckeyebrooke's Avatar
    November 3rd, 2014, 09:09 AM
    Hello! My daughter just turned 5 months old and is EBF. She has done very well with BF and is growing like a weed! She is probably now 14-15 pounds (was 13 at her 4 month visit) and is starting to wear 6 month clothes. She has woken to nurse 1-2 times a night for quite awhile now, but as of last Tuesday, she has started waking up 4-5 times a night! Almost every 1.5 to 2 hours she will wake and nursing is the only thing to get her back to sleep. I suspect teething, but even when I gave her Tylenol at bedtime she still followed the same pattern. I suspected a growth spurt, but it's been almost a week! I work outside the home full time and have a 3 year old as well, so naps are never an option. I dont' want to start solids yet like some family members have suggested, nor do I want to incorporate any formula. I'm just quite exhausted and not sure what to do. If I could get some sleep I have no issue because she is happy and healthy and growing. She's a little fussy, but I keep chalking that up to possible teething. She's chewing on everything and drooling a lot. I haven't felt any teeth poke through yet and she's not really that swollen, but I suspect something is going on in there. Her wet and dirty diapers are completely normal too. Any suggestions?? Thanks!!!
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  • @llli*probs's Avatar
    November 23rd, 2014, 03:02 PM
    Hi there, I am posting on behalf of both my wife and myself (She literally doesn't have more than 10 minutes between feeds at the moment so posting this message herself would be pretty much impossible) We have a three week old baby who never appears to be satisifed after nursing at the breast. She feeds well from what we can tell (Latch for the most part appears ok, Swallowing noises etc) however she never rests between feeds and is literally (And I use the term correctly) feeding every 15-20 minutes. She does not sleep at all (And again, I am not exagerating) during the day. This is both physically and emotionally demanding and if I am honest we are at the point where kind words and empty promises of 'It will get better, Honest!' are no longer going to cut it ... So what have we done? Well, we have had advice from various midwifes/breast feeding support groups as initially she was tongue tied which has been rectified. Initially this made feeding worse as expected but we are confident feeding is back to where it was if not a little bit better. Everyone we have spoken to says that the freqeuency of feeding is normal and that we should just suck it up and get used to the fact newborns require a lot of nursing. This we understand however the fact she is never satisifed is concerning us and got use wondering if this is indeed in her best interests. Whilst her weight appears good and has made back her birth weight she screams and screams when not on the breast....
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  • @llli*toastedpea's Avatar
    November 17th, 2014, 12:23 AM
    Dear mamas, I have a bunch of questions (some very silly, perhaps) regarding pumping to increase supply. I was looking at this KellyMom article: http://kellymom.com/pregnancy/bf-prep/milkproduction/ The article says to pump immediately after a feed if baby doesn't empty well. My baby does not empty well in the mornings. She's typically done feeding at about 6:30 or 7:30am and then takes a 30 - 45min nap at 9am and is next hungry at 10am. So that's her next feeding time. She doesn't drink much at 10am either. Now, if I pump after the 7:30am feeding or the 10am feeding, I'd probably get 3-4 oz or maybe more. But since I produce more in the morning, I feel like if I remove this amount of milk after the first feeding, there may not be much left for her 10am feeding. Am I wrong? So some of my silly questions are: i) When moms pump immediately following a nursing session or in between nursing sessions, what is left for the next nursing session? If the baby does not get enough in this next nursing session, then what does one do?? I feel like this is my best opportunity to increase supply (mornings) since she feeds less often in the mornings. But I also feel like I'll be removing most of my daily milk (10 - 15%), and it won't be available for my baby when I feed her next. If I had not removed it, it would have been available for the next few nursing sessions. You see how I'm stuck here and going round and round :) ii) While pumping to increase supply, is the idea to...
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  • @llli*luvmy.munchkins's Avatar
    November 7th, 2014, 12:07 AM
    Hi there! I currently work four 6 hour shifts and one 8 hour shift. I pump twice during my 6 and three times during my 8. I am a stylist and work strictly on commission and the holidays are coming so I get very busy at work. But pumping hinders my ability to work in my clients and be as busy as I would like. Do you think it would be possible to cut one pumping session from each day safely? DD is 7.5 months and only nurses one side at a time. I had previous oversupply and maybe still a little here and there. 6 hour day Routine: Nurse DD to sleep for nap around 2 pm. Start work at 3. Pump at 4 (yielding usually 4ish ounces sometimes more)and again @ 6:30 (yielding 2-3) Off at 8 home by 8:15 to nurse LO. There have been times when I really needed to work and pushed my 4 o'clock to 5:30ish and I usually get about 6ish ounces when I do that. DD usually drinks 6ish ounces while I'm gone. Occasionally more but never more than 8. 8 hour day:
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  • @llli*saracrayon's Avatar
    November 2nd, 2014, 06:57 PM
    I have an 8 month old son. He was EBF up until 6 months, when we slowly began to introduce solids. He was born on the smaller side at 7 lbs, 2 oz., but gained lots of weight early on through eating every hour! He was inititally in the 30th percentile range, then jumped up to 50th percentile by 2 months after being breastfed on demand. Then I went back to work for 5 weeks at the end of the school year (teacher). During this time, I pumped about 12oz during the workday for his bottles and breastfed on demand when I was home, then I was home with him for another 8 weeks for summer, and we had his 4 month check-up just before he turned 5 months at the end of summer. Before I returned to work again, he was then back in the 30th percentile range but the pediatrician said it was great. At his 6 month check-up, he was in the 17th percentile. He is a VERY active baby and has NEVER been a good sleeper. He takes 3 30-45 minute naps a day and the rest of the time, he is moving! He also started becoming a more distracted eater during this time period, so I wasn't sure if he was drinking as much milk. However, I was still pumping the same 12 oz while at work. At this point, I was nursing him at 6:30am, then he got a 4 oz bottle at 9:30, 12:30, and 3:30 while I was at work. I would nurse him at 5:30 and again at 7pm before bed. He would also nurse a minimum of 2x during the night, but sometimes as much as 4x. We had also introduced a little bit of solid food, but he wasn't a huge fan so...
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  • @llli*darcy.smum's Avatar
    November 17th, 2014, 05:28 PM
    Good evening, I am new to this forum . During the weekend it occurred to me how alone I feel. I am a 'been there got the tee-shirt breastfeeding mum'. 18 years ago I breast fed my daughter for 18 months and three years later my now 15 year old for another 18 months. Now... second marriage, I have an almost ten month old daughter and am happily breastfeeding her. However, whilst shopping over the weekend I sat in the JL breastfeeding area amongst the 'new' mums. I received a few strange looks , to my feeding, in comparison, 'huge baby'. I felt excluded from their conversations as though it was weird for me to still be feeding my baby. Now, I have to mention, whilst terribly shy, I will feed my baby anywhere . If I am having a coffee, and my daughter wants milk, then she will receive. I feed in church , I fed on the bus for the first time last week. Sadly I do receive strange looks and odd comments. Has time changed that much in 18 years or am I more sensitive in my forties? I would really welcome your views. PS... my husband hates me breastfeeding which is why I cannot confide how I am feeling to him.
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  • @llli*peijie's Avatar
    November 7th, 2014, 08:35 PM
    I'm so tired to breastfeed my newborn. I hope there's someone there to help me. So this is what I face. I breastfeed my baby at 1am and he actually fall asleep when he latch for about 10min. I tried to wake him up by changing his diaper and burping him but he never seem to be awake. So I put him to sleep. Then he woke up again at 2am. So I latch him again. He latch for about 5 min and pull off from me. So I try to burp him and let him seat upright for about 15min. Try to push him to my breast but he doesn't seem to want. Awhile later he spit out some milk. After that I change his diaper again and latch him for about 5 min again. He pull off again. So I try burping him again. I put him down and let him lie down. He spit up milk again and seem hungry again. So I latch him again. So I have been repeating this again and again. The frustration is he keep wanting and I keep giving but he keep spit up milk after each feed. Only manage to make him sleep at 4am. Anyone face the same problem? Any solution to this.
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  • @llli*lizpuff's Avatar
    November 12th, 2014, 01:29 PM
    I have been having milk supply concerns from the very beginning. When I gave birth to my daughter I wanted to only BF but that was shot out the window a few days after she was born as my milk had not come in and she was terribly dehydrated. We had to give in and supplement with formula. At that point as well my nipples were completely torn up so I decided to try pumping only to give them time to heal. At first I would wake up engorged and leaking and be able to pump 4 oz per breast. Now however my supply is very very low. I am back at work so I am not able to BF at all during the day and have been exclusively pumping with my Medela pump in style advanced. I pump every 2 hours until the milk stops flowing (around 20 min or so) and I get around .5 oz per side in the morning and just enough to coat the bottom of the bottle after work. Not even .5 oz. During the night I do not pump at all. I know that this is hurting me not doing anything at night. I am thinking about going back to BF at night now to see if it could increase my supply. Does anyone think this will work? Right now she is eating about 24 oz per day and I would say 90% of that is formula. I am only able to pump at max around 7oz per day. I want to be able to give her breast milk only and would love to be able to pump enough to give her what she needs.
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