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  • @llli*jaxnmaddymom's Avatar
    Today, 11:37 AM
    Hi All, my baby girl is 11 days old and I have been having milk supply issues since we brought her home. I was and still am feeding her every 3 hours but she wasn't satisfied. One night she wouldn't latch at all and we had to get formula. To see how much I was producing I pumped after baby had not fed for 3 hours- I got a total of 1oz! And then I was bone dry. I spoke with my LC and she put me on a 3 stage program to bring my supply up bc baby's weight was low at birth 5lbs 15oz- feed each side for 15 minutes, supplement with formula- however much baby wants and last step is to pump for 15 minutes with hospital grade pump which I rented the same day. This is to be repeated every 3 hours which I have done religiously because it need my supply to increase. I am also eating oatmeal everyday and taking Mothers Milk Plus every 7 hours. LC assured me my supply would go up by today- baby is still eating about 1-2oz of formula or whatever I managed to pump out of me. After she eats I can only get .25oz to .5oz total With the pump. She has very regular wet and dirty diapers- assuming with help from formula. Anything else I can do? I'm so discouraged about this whole situation because I really want to breastfeed successfully with her But I'm not ready to give up yet. Thanks!
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  • @llli*lizziew3's Avatar
    Today, 02:44 AM
    Hi everyone, I recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl! She was born at 29 weeks 5 days via emergency c-section due to severe preeclampsia and has been in the NICU for 20 days. She will continue to be there for about 5 more weeks (minimum) so she can grow, but has been doing amazing. I have been pumping like a madwoman- every 3 hours- and still am only producing about 30ml per session. While this is fine for now because she only eats 29ml per feed, I am concerned about my supply. I am working with a LC and doing all of the things that she suggested... fenugreek, oatmeal, TONS of water, mother's milk tea, hand expressing before pumping, power pumping (though only do this every other day due to time constraints), pump for 10, rest 5, pump for 10 during regular pumping sessions, and she just prescribed domperidone (though I am waiting for it to arrive and it will take at least another 5 days). I am worried about when her feeds increase because I think it will be before I make more milk and I don't want to supplement. I feel like my milk is the only thing I can actually do to help her while she is in the NICU. Feeling frustrated and sad. Any suggestions?
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  • @llli*queen-chuchi's Avatar
    Today, 05:22 PM
    Dear All, I had my second child, my baby girl on March 5th via c-section. She weighed 7lbs 15oz. Afterwards, she dropped to 7lbs 2 oz. There were some things they did that I was not happy about, like kept her the first night, even though I didn't want them to do that. They wanted me to rest after the C-section. I did see an LC at the hospital, but during my two day stay we couldn't get her to latch on right. Last Friday, the doctor weighed her at 7lbs 9oz and told me to start supplementing after each feeding, which I don't feel comfortable doing and haven't really been doing except for two, 2 oz bottles, so I could get some sleep. (I am pumping, but not getting more than 2 oz.) She grew an inch and half and by my count has plenty of wet and pooped diapers. Still, I don't think she is latching on correctly or at least when she unlatches is hurting my nipples. She is pinching my nipples. She does swallow well but not consistently, and she is not opening her mouth wide enough, so any tips on how to get my baby to open her mouth wider would be great. Most of the time, she nurses every 1.5 to 2 hours, but she does have longer stretches.
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  • @llli*lizziew3's Avatar
    Today, 02:26 AM
    Hi everyone! I am a new mommy to a beautiful 20 day old baby girl. She was delivered at 29 weeks 5 days due to my preeclampsia and has been in the NICU so she can grow. She has been doing great and we are blessed for that. I have been pumping like a madwoman- every 3 hours religiously and still have a pretty low supply- only just making around 1 oz each session. I am working with a LC to get it up (including medication). As of right now, that is fine because that's all she is eating per feed. I have felt a lot of pressure about this, especially tonight because I slept through not 1, but 2 (!) of my night time pumping sessions! I have been exhausted between pumping every 3 hours and the stress of having a baby in the NICU, so I guess my body just turned off the alarm and rolled over. What do I do? How do I get back on track!? Is this even okay? Is my already low supply going to be even lower now? I feel so bad that I did this, especially because she eats everything that I make EVERY time. I really don't want to have to supplement because I feel like this is the only thing I can do to help her while she is in the NICU :cry
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  • @llli*oscarsmummy2014's Avatar
    Today, 09:17 AM
    Hello, It will be a week ago tomorrow that I began relactating for my 13 week old baby. I am using a SNS, pumping every 2-3 hours and taking fenugreek 3 times a day. My milk supply has completely gone, it's been about 9 weeks since this disappeared. When I pump I have started to get these yellowish 'crusty dots' on one of my nipples, does anyone know what these are?? I use Lanolin nipple cream and am wondering if it's this being drawn out by the pump before I get excited that it's something else!! Is there much chance of me finally getting somewhere with all this pumping?!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 05:55 PM
    Call your local La Leche League group (s) There are probably several nearby if you live near a large city, also the whole thing started in a Chicago suburb. Keep calling (don't forget to leave messages) until you get a Leader on the phone. They can give you lots of help over the phone, but you can also ask if they know a Leader who does home visits. Remember these are all volunteers and usually have young kids and/or jobs. Even if they will do home visits it might not be in a timely manner. Call right now. LLL Leaders do not take Sundays or evenings off. Surely there are private practice lactation consultants around there. personally, if I had been instructed to supplement due to poor gain, I would be seeing an IBCLC for a consultation NOW. They cannot counter-act a doctor's orders, but a good one should be able to help you come up with a plan for getting more milk into baby, a plan to supplement as needed in a way that will not harm the breastfeeding relationship (and that may or may not mean supplements after every feeding) and also how to talk with your doctor about alternatives as appropriate. When they took baby, was baby fed? I am kind of appalled that a Chicago area maternity ward separated you from baby against your wishes. This was once standard practice but we now know how harmful it is. Find local IBCLC: http://www.ilca.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3432 What to expect at a consultation with a good IBCLC who has time to do complete consultations:...
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  • @llli*mjenness's Avatar
    Today, 05:49 PM
    I guess 'diagnosed' wasn't a correct term to use but hindmilk/foremilk imbalance is what the LC told me my LO has. I was pumping a little to get rid of some the foremilk (I pumped 3oz of foremilk in 3 mins) to help ease the symptoms. The goal was to pump less and less everyday until I don't have to pump anymore. I am just so worry about her being in pains. She would be sleeping and suddenly woke up screaming her head off. When we hold her she would be fine then we feel her stomach churn and she would scream. The gas then subside and she would ease off then another wave would it and it would start all over again. She gained 22oz in two weeks so the LC was ok with my block feeding. I have stop black feeding and the over active let down has significant improved but her stomach issues is still the same. My friend told me I should consider put her on lactose free formula. It has helped her kid (with the same symptoms) and my mom is pressuring me to supplementing and/or feed her with lactose free formula as well. Any idea when their stomach issues would improve. Also: I nurse her in sideline position and we tried laid back nursing as well. This position sometime work sometime doesn't but side line work great for us.
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  • @llli*fes's Avatar
    Today, 03:14 PM
    As far as the airlines go, there are no restrictions to the age your baby can fly with you. Personally, I think traveling with a baby that is 3 months old is perfect- you don't have to pay for a seat, you can nurse them for take offs and landings to ease the ears popping, you can carry them around in a wrap or sling while at the wedding, and they are not old enough to get antsy if you hold them the whole flight. Also, having your mom there with you is so perfect! And of course Grandma loves to help in any way she can! I agree with mommal- being forbidden to travel with your children is a big deal. You mentioned in your original post that she is your only real friend, so correct me if I'm mistaken, you want to go to her wedding, but you feel like you don't want to rock the boat at home with your husband? I'm probably the wrong person to ask, because I don't let my husband dictate my comings and goings unless it directly affects him, i.e., if it was a financial issue, but if I were you, I would take the baby and go to the wedding. It has been so special to me to attend all of my closest friends' weddings and to share those special moments with them. Hopefully, she only gets married once, and wouldn't you hate to miss it? Plus, how fun will it be to get to show off your beautiful new baby? Taking the baby will be far easier than leaving it with DH and pumping the whole time you are gone and leading up to leaving.
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  • @llli*fes's Avatar
    Today, 03:03 PM
    As far as the airlines go, there are no restrictions to the age your baby can fly with you. Personally, I think traveling with a baby that is 3 months old is perfect- you don't have to pay for a seat, you can nurse them for take offs and landings to ease the ears popping, you can carry them around in a wrap or sling while at the wedding, and they are not old enough to get antsy if you hold them the whole flight. Also, having your mom there with you is so perfect! And of course Grandma loves to help in any way she can! I agree with mommal- being forbidden to travel with your children is a big deal. You mentioned in your original post that she is your only real friend, so correct me if I'm mistaken, you want to go to her wedding, but you feel like you don't want to rock the boat at home with your husband? I'm probably the wrong person to ask, because I don't let my husband dictate my comings and goings unless it directly affects him, i.e., if it was a financial issue, but if I were you, I would take the baby and go to the wedding. It has been so special to me to attend all of my closest friends' weddings and to share those special moments with them. Hopefully, she only gets married once, and wouldn't you hate to miss it? Plus, how fun will it be to get to show off your beautiful new baby? Taking the baby will be far easier than leaving it with DH and pumping the whole time you are gone and leading up to leaving.
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  • @llli*fes's Avatar
    Today, 02:32 PM
    That's a great article. Thank you so much. From the start, I always nursed on demand, and for me, that meant trying to nurse first before attempting other forms of comfort. I have found that everyone defines "on demand" differently. I also have never worried about my supply or "baby not getting enough." I see that supply can wax and wane, and at any point if my supply drops, I can get it back if I just dedicate a little time to doing so. It's so amazing how our bodies know how to work, but we have to trust it! Thanks again for your help! The tenderness is gone now, but I have a LC's contact info saved and also I'm planning on going to my first LLL meeting this week!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 01:47 PM
    Hi and welcome! pps have good questions. I will add: 1) please do not be discouraged. Even if you really have low milk production, which I am personally not convinced of at all based on your post, your baby is only 11 days old. IN terms of milk production, you have only just begun. This can be turned around. 2) Pump output is really not a good measure of milk production. It can only tell you the MIMIMUM amount that is in the breast at the time you pump. Also, 1-2 ounces is a normal sized feeding at this age, so even if pump output did tell you anything accurate, getting one ounce is good news, not bad. Getting anything at all right after baby nurses is good news too. Also what a baby will take in a bottle is not a reflection of what a baby actually needs. Babies have a very hard time regulating intake from bottles and will often take more than they need, and, since they have a compelling need to suckle for long periods for comfort even when well fed, will take a bottle offered them even if they are not hungry at all. I don't know if this has been asked- Has baby been weighed since birth and how many times? What is current weight? When was this that you spoke to the LC and this feeding plan started? And how much formula/expressed milk is baby getting every day and how long has baby gotten bottles of formula/ebm? BTW 5 lbs 15 oz is small but not specifically "low birth weight." That is defined as 5 lbs 8 ounces or lower.
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  • @llli*karyn.rocky's Avatar
    Today, 01:28 PM
    Hi! We're still working on it. He will very occasionally nurse without the shield. I offer my breast without and will attempt latching until he takes it, or gets frustrated. If he gets frustrated I'll go ahead and grab the shield. We don't try at night, as I've noticed he has no patience then. :) Just making sure my supply stays up is my main concern. He's satisfied at the end of feedings currently.
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  • @llli*lizziew3's Avatar
    Today, 01:18 PM
    I am doing okay- recovering pretty well from the c-section, but am tired. It is hard to get sound sleep when you are up every few hours and then napping is something that is difficult for me to do during the day because I feel like there is so much to get done between visiting her in the NICU, pumping, and getting things ready for her/ managing the house. The pre-e has not gone away in its entirety and I am still on meds for managing the blood pressure and then tylenol to help with some residual pain from the c-section. I am renting a hospital grade pump and have been using that since I gave birth. Could the blood pressure meds be playing a role in this?
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  • @llli*littlecavemomma's Avatar
    Today, 12:54 PM
    Hi Momma and congrats on your new baby! At 11 days old there's no reason to even consider giving up, so keep your head and spirits up! You've already met with an LC so you're making the right decisions already. Are you feeding every 3 hours because baby cues every 3 hours, or were you told to feed every 3 hours so that's just what you're doing? That seems fairly low frequency for such a young baby - at that age my LO and most I've heard of are nursing more like every 1.5-2 hours, not to mention when they're cluster feeding constantly. Are you unlatching at 15 minutes or does she unlatch on her own? Is baby super sleepy? Being swaddled or using a pacifier?
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Today, 12:49 PM
    I'm a first time mom myself, with a baby girl whose birth weight was also 5 15 . . . She's ten weeks now and we supplement with formula as well, but not much. She doesn't like it and neither do I. There are definitely more experienced bf moms on this forum, and they will chime in soon, I'm sure. In the meantime . . . Why did they have you supplement with formula instead of pumped breastmilk? Can you reoffer the breast after? 15 minutes seems too short to me anyway, and I'm not understanding why go to bottles that soon and continue then unless she continues to refuse the breast. My baby refused the breast for two days and I pumped and gave her bottles until she latched again. In hindsight, I think she went on strike when my milk came in. That being said, you can wean her off formula from what I understand unless it's contraindicated. Nursing more helps. Which brings me to my next question: why only nurse every three hours? I was told at least every two hours at that age, and I often felt like she would eat then unlatch and be hungry again almost immediately (although probably not. I was, and am, tired and time goes so fast!) She ate closer to every hour and a half, sometimes more frequently and often cluster fed. Sometimes she still does, especially in the evenings. Which is all apparently normal. Babies have to eat frequently when they are tiny, and if they are small, possibly even more. I called my daughter a hungry little caterpillar for several weeks and I...
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  • @llli*rubyluv's Avatar
    Today, 12:07 PM
    I contacted the place who did the initial procedure, they said that they will reassess if we wish and make a decision from there. I guess it could be the distractibility, she is pulling off a lot. It wouldn't be pregnancy, maybe return of menses but I doubt it. We both had thrush in the early days, and this is different. So I don't think thats the problem? I might wait it out a bit and see if things improve. Like you said mommal, as of now her weight is not a concern so that is reassuring. Our small community lacks in the availability of breastfeeding support.. so I'm thankful to have some here :)
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  • @llli*leemami's Avatar
    Today, 09:27 AM
    Are there any restrictions for baby age to travel by plane?
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  • @llli*leemami's Avatar
    Today, 09:26 AM
    True mommal I called my friend last night to tell her that I will not go to her weeding. She was very dissapointed, because, as I mentioned, we're like sisters... She started looking for options to make it possible, she said she did not mind me bringing baby, and she said my mom (which she knows) was also invited and she could help. She said she didn't care if I couldn't come to the rehearsal or be there the day before, she said that the ceremony was all she cared about. And I was welcomed to just travel the same day and be there by that time. She was very understanding if I really couldn't come, but she also was trying to find a solution. I told her I would bring up the travel thing again, and see if I could make it a one day trip as she mentioned. But I also told her she has to have a plan b for maid of honor, in case that we can't solve this in the next week or so (time is running out to order dresses!)
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