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  • @llli*scoob626's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:35 PM
    Hi ladies, with no debate or equivocation, my new pedi told me to dose my 9 mo with polyvisol. Partially she did so because we have been a bit concerned with lead with renovations on our 1939 house...his lead test came back normal btw. I don't like the chemicals in the polyvisol I saw, so I bought a very popular natural multivitamin on Amazon, forgot the name. I have heard constipation, but are there any other drawbacks? I know natural iron filled solids are ideal, but my son is inconsistent with eating too much. All in all, Kelly mom seems against iron supplements for healthy babies, which is why I don't know why my pedi. Is so unequivocal...but then Kelly mom doesn't exactly spell out the drawbacks, other than the vitamin isn't needed or may block absorption? Ahhh another thing for me to obsess about haha...but really it just interests me...thanks for any comments!
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  • @llli*mab's Avatar
    Today, 12:59 AM
    I will be going back to work in about 9 weeks. I have been breastfeeding my 3 week old since he was born. I plan on pumping when I go back to work but I'm not sure when to give him his first bottle. I haven't really been pumping yet either. I read that 3-4 weeks is a good time to start? I know I shouldn't give him his first bottle and that his Dad should right? After he has his first how many bottles should I give him a day? I just want to make sure he gets used to them well before I go back to work! Also when should I pump and for how long? Directly after feeding him or right before feeding him? Should I pump the same side I feed him or the other side or both? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 12:01 AM
    scoob626, have you researched lead poisoning? I am sorry this is not my area, but a quick look at some reliable medical websites, I am not seeing the connection between lead exposure and vitamin drop recommendation... And If the test was normal, I mean...why the heck is she scaring you with lead concerns anyway? Odd. Has your child's iron level been tested? How is his overall health, growth? I had one child who did test a tad low for iron at 9 months, and in the case of that one child, on the recommendation of the pediatrician we saw at the time who was not our usual one, I did give him supplements of iron (not a multi) But he spit at least 90% back up, so we gave up after a few weeks. A few months later he tested normal. And our regular pediatrician was back by then and told me he never would have worried about the Iron at the levels it was for our son anyway, given his obvious robust health otherwise. He also told me he did not typically suggest multies or even vitamin D. So, doctors are not in agreement in this area. But I do think that actual low iron is one reason to seriously consider iron supplements. I forget if your child is exclusively breastfed or also gets formula? Formula already contains added vitamins and iron. Breastmilk has vitamins too, of course. But not added to it, obviously. The drawback of giving vitamins to any person who does not need them, is simply that they do not need them. Generally the body takes in the amount of a vitamin it...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:36 AM
    What's the difference again? I am trying to remember if I ever nursed in a cradle hold. With my oldest, I nursed in the football hold for the first 5 months at least. With a breastfeeding pillow. Even in public. With my next two, I had discovered laid back nursing (me leaning back with baby kind of coming to the breast from underneath more so than directly from the side) and seldom held any child in what I would think of as a directly across the body cradle hold. (And yes I also nursed in the laid back style in public, on a regular chair or bench, it is not a requirement that the mom be in a reclining chair or couch or bed, that is a misunderstanding of that positioning.) I would suggest it may be easier and more helpful in both the short and long term to rethink your clothing or positioning (as in, are you more comfortable in a corner, can you half turn your back) when NIP than to master a hold that has eluded you even to this point. Cradle holds are fine if and when they work, but they are based not on any natural nursing position but are instead a mimic of the position a mother might hold her child to bottle feed. So there is certainly no shame in not mastering what is essentially an unnatural position. Also, it is very possible that as your baby grows, cradle holds, cross or not, will no longer work anyway. Cradle holds tend to cause 'longer' babies to tuck their chin, causing baby to either be uncomfortable and squirmy or to make latch hurt mom- or both. I...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:28 AM
    :ita with Zachary.smommy- everything you describe sounds quite normal! Just one question- was the omphalocele associated with any other issue? Cardiac defect, chromosomal abnormality, any of the conditions that are sometimes associated with an omphalocele?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:24 AM
    What sort of pump do you have? Or are you hand expressing? If your production has dropped, it is reversible. The more often you remove milk from the breast and the more completely you remove it, the more you will make. The way I coupled nursing and pumping was to nurse the baby first, top her off with a small supplemental bottle, and then pump for 10-20 minutes. It was a lot of work, but it did increase my supply to the point where I could nurse exclusively.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:21 AM
    "Evolutionary Biology of the Human Microbiome" sounds like an NSF winner to me. Though if I thought of it, 100 different labs are doing it already. :lol Speaking as someone who intended to wean at 12 months and instead allowed her kids to self-wean, I have to say that nursing the older kids is just so... convenient! It was my go-to tool for distracting a toddler who was getting into something she shouldn't be touching, for comforting a kid through sadness or tantrums, for getting a hyper kid into a more relaxed mood, for getting my kids to bed when they were cranky but not sleepy, for dealing with a screaming kid in a restaurant... My personal feeling was that nursing a baby is investment, but nursing a toddler is the payoff.
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  • @llli*zachary.smommy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:59 AM
    I have to say that everything you are describing sounds pretty normal to me as far as behavior goes at this age. And I am by no means an expert, just another mom with a 7 month old! My LO can be very distracted by every sound, every thing he sees, the dog passing by, daddy coming home, etc. The world is just too interesting! In that case if I feel like he is too distracted and is not eating enough I will turn off the tv and lower the lights and try to keep everything calm and see if that helps him focus more. Also, if you are able to hold him and walk around to nurse, that will also help focus on nursing, I found. I think one of the problems here is you are reading information about what babies SHOULD be doing and what you are experiencing isn't matching. Well, basically what you are reading is a bunch of bologna! A lot of info out there is geared towards bottles/formula. But 4 hours is a really long time to go without food/water regardless of how a baby is fed. Imagine you were thirsty but you were told to wait hours to take a drink! Plus, nursing can be also just about comfort or connection. So these time limits that the "experts" on all these books and blogs put out there, just don't work or make much sense at all. And try not to worry about a set pattern of napping and feeding. I think naps will become more patterned when they get older, but I think it is normal for all the variation now. Also, it is perfectly okay to nurse baby to sleep. Sometimes when they wake...
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  • @llli*sak184's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:50 AM
    I can start expressing again. But the problem is my milk production has dropped down. And with all the expressing i am really afraid that my baby wouldn't be able to nurse ever again.
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