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  • @llli*zachary.smommy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:15 PM
    I have been thinking about this and just need to get it out. I think it really crazy and appalling that there is such a lack of information about breastfeeding out there, and MISinformation, especially by some doctors! I have been reading through the forum and see so many of the same issues come up. It is mind boggling that some medical professionals as well as family members can be so unsupportive of literally the most natural thing we can ever do. And also that we are so un/misinformed about this process. How did we get here as a society?? It makes no sense. I am so grateful to have found this forum that provides support, encouragement, reassurance, and factual information. It really makes a difference. If i had listened to the one family member who gave me bf advice I wouldve done a huge disservice to myself and my baby. I was advised to space feedings and let my breasts fill up so that baby can get a full meal, and was told that feeding on demad was causing my baby to not eat enough. Luckily I knew better by doing my own research. I think it is so strange that we are a formula society when breasts were made for feeding babies! What the heck! Sorry, end of rant.
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  • @llli*rel's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:33 PM
    Hey all... So a few weeks ago I started experiencing pain when my 10 month old would nurse on my right side. Before long I realized there was a small bump on my areola, next to my nipple- this is what was causing my pain. I mean excruciating, toe curling, tears in your eyes pain! I did a little research and concluded I must have a clogged Montgomery gland. Over the next few days I pumped and did warm compresses and it seemed to help, the bump came to a "head". Not sure what to do, I gently picked at it and, like a pimple, some stuff came out. It immediately felt better. I went back to nursing but it hasn't completely went away and is now painful again. Not only that but I am now getting one on my other breast!! The lactation consultant I called was trying to tell me it's a milk bleb and how to go about treatment for that. Now I'm more confused and at my wits end. Is it a milk bleb or are they clogged Montgomery glands?? And how can I get them to heal? Exclusively pumping would be hard, as my little one gets out way more milk than pumping. Help!!!
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  • @llli*rel's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:03 PM
    Wow, 2 to 3 hours is quite normal for a 2 month old. If the baby is hungry, feed her. And 20 to 30 min is what my son did at that age! At her age, breastfeeding on demand is so important...for her growth and for your supply. As for her fussiness, it's possibly reflux or gas. Is she tooting?...it may be something you're eating causing her a little tummy distress. If it's reflux, you can place a small towel rolled up UNDER her crib mattress when she sleeps so she isn't completely flat which may ease her discomfort. Ultimately, you do what you feel is best mama...don't let anyone, even a doctor, get in the way of you doing what you feel is best for baby!
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  • @llli*habiba's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:07 PM
    How is your baby now? Have same problem please help.what did you do.
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  • @llli*jessie90's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:37 PM
    Thank you so much! Your posts gave me strength and convidence to go and try few days without supplementing. And he was just fine! Never called for more and slept really well. We still got 3-4 h stretch at night which was great. Scales show that on average he does take 60-70 ml (2 oz) with it being around 100 (4 oz) at night and 40-50 (1.3 oz) towards the evening. I have been feeding him a lot more as well. Maybe my boobs aren't so bad at producing milk after all. I just have one more question. Now that I know we are getting somewhere I would like to drop the pumping. How quickly would you drop the pumps? Drop one a day or one a week? Or maybe just pump at night and drop day pumps? Also as he gets older I understand he will get longer stretches during the day and eventually start sleeping through at night. Is it possible that his lessen demand will cause my supply drop? I know you had a similar story my Mommal - how did you find your supply working once your LO started sleeping through the night? I'm scared with less stimulation my boobs will go back to their inefficient themselves Thank you!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:11 PM
    Sorry I cannot think in metric. I will leave it to someone else to figure out what those weights might mean. Generally: It is typical for rate of gain to slow after 3 or 4 months. Simply dropping down percentiles is not necessarily any cause for alarm. What evidence aside from slow gain is the doctor using to diagnose low milk production specifically? Pediatricians (or any other kind of doctor) receive no training in assessing and solving lactation issues of any kind, unless they seek such education for themselves. A different medical opinion might help, but you may get more of the same. If the doctor is not being clear about how much formula to give baby each day, and what they expect from the formula, and is not going to be closely monitoring gain after putting baby on formula, and is suggesting solids at 5 months as a matter of course rather than looking at this specific baby and figuring out if that might be appropriate, that is red flag in my opinion. I would suggest seeing a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) and discuss with her how to best ascertain if there is any breastfeeding-related issue and what it might be. Professionally, an IBCLC will not be able to override a physician's directive to supplement with formula. But you could use her findings to discuss options with your baby's pediatrician. I agree with esthervegan that that the possibility exists that some underlying illness is going on that is being overlooked in the rush to blame...
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  • @llli*esthervegan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:55 PM
    At the age of 2.5 months she suffered from diarrhea and since then has been having problems gaining weight. Perhaps the diarrhea is a symptom of an underlying problem completely unrelated to breastfeeding. It is not common for an exclusively breastfed baby to get diarrhea. So I am wondering if your pediatricians had an alternative explanation. I can understand if you do offer your baby supplemental feeds and she still does not gain suffiicent weight. Then you will know you are dealing with an metabolic issue not a lack of breastmilk issue.
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  • @llli*esthervegan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:45 PM
    " Just not sure if I should use supplement formula or just the regular that I'm going to use." This is a good question. What does your pediatrician recommend?
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  • @llli*esthervegan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:39 PM
    My own working theory is that your "over-supply" is a evolutionary anachronism when humanity relied on women like you to nurse more than her own infant to insure the survival of the group. For modern mothers oversupply is bothersome because her own infant can not suckle for comfort and therefore miss out on the sweet spot for nursing..when it feels good for both mother and child. I have known mothers to express and donate because of oversupply. Is that something that might work for you?
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  • @llli*lulua89's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:38 PM
    Thank you for your replies. Birth weight 3.5 kg 1 month 4 kg 2 months 4.8 kg 3 months 5.4 kg 4 months 5.5 kg She never lost weight. All the checks were on the same scale with a dry diaper and my doctor uses the WHO charts.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:44 AM
    :ita Excellent questions from the PP. In general, the way you wean to formula is to slowly replace feedings at the breast with bottles of formula. Slowly being the key word! Trying to wean too fast, or trying to wean cold turkey, is a great way to end up engorged, uncomfortable, and potentially with something nasty like a plugged duct or mastitis. So you start by replacing a single feeding at the breast with a bottle of formula, and then you continue with that single bottle of formula for a couple of days. If you aren't experiencing any issues, you then replace a second feeding at the breast with a bottle of formula, and continue on With 2 daily bottles for a few days. You just repeat that process until all the unwanted feedings are gone. If you decide you still want to nurse part-time, which is called combination feeding, you can. A lot of moms feed their babies formula during separations and nurse at night- it can be a nice way to reconnect with your baby after the workday, and it also provides the many of the same health advantages that you get from exclusive breastfeeding. If you choose to maintain some milk production, you will probably want to bring your pump to work with you, especially when you first go back. That way if you are suddenly uncomfortable, you can relieve yourself with the pump. What sort of job do you have? The reason I ask is that there are lots of working moms on this forum, and they may have workarounds for pumping that would...
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