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  • @llli*jazmanian's Avatar
    Today, 08:37 AM
    Hi! Last night my baby slept 8 hours straight. I woke up 6 hours into her sleep and expressed some milk on the right side because it was soo full and uncomfortable. I woke up 2 hours later to feed her, and my breast is sore. Doesnt affect feeding. I tried getting her to empty the breast as much as possible, i massaged it before & while she fed. Its been 4 hours since then and my breast is still sore. It feels like its bruised, all along the area youd be touching if you cupped it. I called the doctor but im waiting on a call back. Any ideas?
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  • @llli*midnightsangel's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:11 PM
    My 4 month old has recently "woken up" in terms of reaching for things and generally being more interested in the world. While this is precious when he grabs a toy and squeezes tight, he has been also grabbing my best in his fists and digging in. It hurts so bad even with his nails trimmed short. I don't want to scare him with my reactions but sometimes I can't help myself from snatched his hand off. I don't make a noise or say no or anything but dear god it hurts. Any advice on how to deal or to get him to stop? I know he's young and I know it's not on purpose. It just hurts :(
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  • @llli*gatorjenb1's Avatar
    Today, 08:04 AM
    My little girl (3 weeks - born 4/13) is having a problem I did not have with my son (3 y/o, breastfed for 18 months). Both babies are/were exclusively breastfed, but my daughter seems to have some issues with overflow -- she tends to spit up a very large amount, only a couple times per day max. I took her to the pediatrician to rule out a serious problem, and the doctor said she probably has reflux (gerd). I am not convinced because she does not spit up all the time, but I am not sure why she has these large, projectile spews at all. My son never did anything like this while breastfeeding. I burp her multiple times while nursing, and sit her upright and facing me to feed. Her output is normal (lots of diapers), but I am still concerned about her nursing. As of now she doesn't seem to have any negative feelings about nursing, but I am worried that with continuous throwing up, she may begin to get turned off by the breast. Any suggestions? I've read the articles on LLLI regarding oversupply and/or forceful letdown and it seems like this is more likely the culprit. For that reason, I have been trying the strategies from there (excluding the lowering of my milk supply as she is still only 3 weeks). Are there any other suggestions or tips that I can try?
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  • @llli*andreica's Avatar
    Today, 04:45 PM
    First off, hello to everyone. I'm new around here so if I'm doing something wrong, please let me know :o To ask the questions I need to ask, I first need to explain the entire situation regarding (breast)feeding my now 5 month old son. It is going to be quite a long story, so please bear with me and accept my apologies for the long post... - since birth his latch was bad. Small mouth, not opening wide, me with kind of flat nipples that kept slipping out of his mouth, he just couldn't latch well, nipple would come out all flattened... Breastfeeding was horribly painful and my nipples were in really bad shape. But I kept going - I listened to bad advice, unsure of myself, not having anyone around me with any usable breastfeeding experience, started supplementing a bit with formula, and then pumping so my nipples would heal (the advice of the maternity nurse) and bottle feeding baby with breastmilk and supplementing with formula if needed - I struggled with my milk supply which was lacking no matter how much I pumped (I used a hand pump)
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  • @llli*swg2010's Avatar
    Today, 05:27 PM
    My daughter and I have struggled with breast feeding from day one. She would get so upset and angry that she became hoarse during the week we came home form the hospital. I tried using nipple shields but she would never feed more than once. I figured it would never happen and accepted that we would be exclusively pumping and quit offering her the breast for probably 3 or 4 weeks. Finally I started offering it to her in the bath and she began to take it at about 8 or 9 weeks old. We worked our way up form one nurse a day in the bath to one non bath nurse a day. Now she will nurse several times a day. However, it is never consistent. it seems that she will only do it if she is not too hungry or sleepy. Do you have any advise to help us get to 100% nursing? Also, since I have been exclusively pumping I produce more that she consumes in a day. The past two days she has nursed more and I have pumped less but it seems that I am getting clogged milk ducts. I don't want to lose my supply if she is never going to truly nurse. Should I keep pumping on my schedule and offer her the breast in between?
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  • @llli*kisforkitten's Avatar
    Today, 11:13 AM
    Hi all, I am looking for tips to help me continue my nursing relationship with my LO. He is 6 months old, just recently started solids, and (while I am gone for work - about 10 hrs/day) he has 4-5 3 oz bottles (usually 4). I went back to work when he was 3.5 months. Our routine now is a morning nurse, then a small breakfast snack, and then our in-home care provider gives him his first bottle when I leave the house (about an hour after his "breakfast" snack) and feeds him on demand while I'm gone (about every 2-3 hours). When I get home from work, I nurse him, he has "dinner" about an hour and a half later, and then has a bottle (dad feeds him) before bedtime (we've tried to switch this to a nursing session but LO just isn't having it). I nurse him when he wakes through the night (anywhere from 1-3 times, but usually its 2). He has always been a reluctant nurser (I've tried basically everything in that kellymom article), and we've reached a grudging compromise where, best case scenario, he will latch for a minute or two and then scream and arch away. He nurses perfectly at night or if I can catch him when he's waking from a nap. But he just WILL NOT nurse if he's awake. I pump at work, and I'm producing enough to keep up with him (plus I pump once before bed after he's asleep). I am just not ready to give up our nursing relationship. It is really stressful and so frustrating for me to not have him nurse when I'm home (unless he's sleeping). Should I just...
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  • @llli*leannemurphy's Avatar
    Today, 02:55 PM
    Hi there, I have a 6 month old baby and managed to exclusively breastfeed her for the first 8 weeks of her life. However, at 8 weeks my milk dried up. I was soooo heartbroken, and tried everything under the sun (latch analysis, fenugreek & other herbs, teas, breast massage, domperidone, pumping every 2-3 hours including at night!, etc) to get my milk back up. Nothing worked. Two weeks ago I tried the last thing available to me - I had a hormone test. Now I understand that if your TSH is 10 or above then you have hypothyroidism. Mine came back as 150 ! Which is crazy... I'm on meds now, but have only just started them and am on 50mgc a day. I am having another blood test in 10 days time after which time they will adjust my dose as required. I was on domperidone, but have just weaned off it. While ON domperidone I was producing around 10ml per breast every 3 hours. :( Since coming off domperidone all I get are a few droplets if I hand express. I am guessing that it will take a few months for my thyroid levels to level out. My questions are:
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 07:23 PM
    Is there anyway you can see a board-certified lactation consultant? Or have you already done that? Because here is my concern. First off baby had obviously an extremely difficult time latching and nursing in the first place. Now the baby is nursing more, which of course is great, you are getting plugs. That is a sign of not effective enough milk removal. So again that points to some sort of a latch issue. Latch and milk transfer problems are just the kind of thing it can really help to have a professional help you with if that is at all possible. So let's talk about your baby's nursing habits right now. Baby nurses when calm and not too hungry. This is textbook how you get a baby back to the breast - (or a baby to the breast in the first place) you encourage baby to nurse when they are calm. This is a fantastic start that you can build on. When a baby is first learning to nurse, it's always better to bring a baby to the breast before they are frantic and desperate. This is why moms are encouraged to nurse baby at the very earliest cues – or even before there is a cue. Eventually babies get to be such a good nursers it doesn't matter. But you are kind of starting from scratch so you'll need to build to that point. So I would encourage you to nurse baby as much as you possibly can. At the earliest cues. Now pumping. Of course you do not want to go cold turkey and stop pumping. However I also think it does not make sense to pump just as much now the baby is...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 07:00 PM
    I would say it's possible you have mastitis. Sometimes it doesn't take much especially if mom is run down. However in my experience if you have mastitis, you know it -you feel pretty ill. Hopefully you have eaten by now and are trying to rest and take care of yourself. Sometimes imminent mastitis can be avoided if you get with the "empty breast, lots of rest" plan right away. Mastitis can make you feel really ill, however with quick treatment as needed, (possibly antibiotics) you should be fine in just a couple of days. It is fine to continue to nurse while you have mastitis.
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  • @llli*andreica's Avatar
    Today, 05:43 PM
    Thank you for your kind words! As far as the SNS goes, I tried the homemade version. He wasn't very fond of it. I used it anyway but found that it doesn't really help with the issue. The flow is constant and that is what the major problem is with him and bottles. The fact that whenever he sucks something comes out in pretty much the same way. Formula hasn't been needed in three months now (yay), and the milk is usually at room temperature when I give it to him. He really doesn't mind or care what temperature the milk will be - warm, cold, room temperature, it's all the same to him. The Medela Calma bottle we're using is a bottle intended for expressed breastmilk and it doesn't really have different nipples, it's one and the same for the entire time. As for paced bottle feeding, I've just recently been reading about that and I'm trying to do it but he's been so fussy lately when it comes to feeding (bottle), it's a struggle for him to eat at all in peace, let alone for me to do paced feeding. But I am, for a beginning, starting to make him wait for the milk when he first starts eating. Kind of like waiting for the letdown, in hope it'll get him to be more patient on the breast at first at least. Thank you for the advice on getting us both on an incline. I've never even thought of that LOL!!! I'll have to think about that some more, how to pull it off. His latch is now good and has been for a while. There is no more pain, the nipple comes out the same way it goes...
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  • @llli*vanne's Avatar
    Today, 05:00 PM
    Many ((((hugs)))) to you! This ship only sails when you're ready. If you're not ready, then throw in another anchor. If you are ready... then sail. I'm no expert, but I thought maybe a supplemental nursing system could help work through his preference for a faster flow bottle? other options for making a bottle less desirable are not heating the milk or formula, using a preemie nipple, and using "paced bottle feeding" technique. I think YOU sleeping on an incline WITH him would solve the positioning problem that prevents him from comfort nursing nights and mornings. Surely there is a way to prop up your bedframe or mattress? Or an adult bed sized incline pillow? There must be something out there you can do if you'd prefer to both be on an incline. Is his latch problem resolved now? Have you been back to the lactation consultant recently? Was he evaluated for a tongue tie and/or lip tie? More (((hugs))). I went through a nursing strike and relactation with my oldest. It was a miserable time, but I never regretted working through it. He self-weaned at 14 months.
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  • @llli*andreica's Avatar
    Today, 04:47 PM
    I am hoping as summer nears that his nose will get better, that he might in the near future be able to sleep flat on his back so I can be his pacifier, so I want to keep offering my breast to him now in order to maintain some kind of breastfeeding relationship until then. But it's hard and each rejection hurts and I wonder if it is too late and the ship has sailed and if I should just leave my baby in peace and let go of it. I am very sorry for the absurdly long post(s), I tried to keep it as short as I could without leaving out anything important so anyone who's still reading could get a better picture of our jurney from the beginning. There was a lot more going on, nursing strikes, suck training and other stuff, but that would be overkill LOL So, for any who are still reading THANK YOU for your patience :D
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Today, 03:43 PM
    Hi! I suppose that is true about the foremilk but I think our baby just needs continued volume to continue gaining well. However, since she will still nurse really well and I seem to be able to pump, just not quite enough to cover while I'm away, I guess that doesn't really matter. Hubs didn't argue about the Symphony when I insisted I wanted to try it for the month, and said go for it . . .so, I've been trying it out this week. It seems to be helping, more so in the afternoons. I would notice a dip in the amount from the PISA in the afternoons but I'm not noticing that dip in the afternoons from the Symphony so that's encouraging. I am noticing less from the pump early mornings, so I'm hoping she's becoming more efficient when nursing. She takes bottles well but seems to enjoy nursing better. I think I'm lucky with that since that doesn't always seem to be the case for bottle fed and bf babies. I guess we'll see how she does over time. She nurses really well overnight and sometimes I just have to help her latch. I think that's because she's still sleeping and can't find the nipple. :lol Pumping at the same time every day is tricky because of my work duties but I'm trying. I've noticed the Symphony shuts itself off after a while, which actually is weirdly helpful for me. I feel like I don't have to time it and can do other things (phone calls, paperwork) and so I forget about pumping. Well, until I bump into something with those darn bottles! The thing...
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  • @llli*leannemurphy's Avatar
    Today, 02:44 PM
    Hi Kilie, I am in a similar boat to you with a 6 month old baby, and am hoping to relactate after recently being diagnosed with hypothyroidsm. My milk dried up at 8 weeks even though I was exclusively breastfeeding my little girl. Nothing I could do helped, so I'm hopeful that THIS is the cause, and that once I get the right thyroid hormone levels I will be able to breastfeed again... I'm replying to your post because I'm interested to hear whether you pursued this and if so, whether it worked?? Thanks, Leanne
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Today, 02:40 PM
    Do you scald your milk before freezing? That can help with the lipase issue. Glad to hear that supply is getting better and you are going to your LLL meeting.
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  • @llli*marjon.carlo-arce's Avatar
    Today, 01:29 PM
    Thank you! Yes, I do use the hygeia flanges. I will change them to the medela ones. Hopefully this helps!
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  • @llli*marjon.carlo-arce's Avatar
    Today, 01:27 PM
    Thank you so much for helping me. It all started when I went on a paleo diet to lose the baby weight this dropped my supply slightly from about 4.5 oz to 4 oz. However, I saw a real drop once I went back to work. I think it might have been due to dehydration. I wasn't drinking as much water as I normally did at work. That is why I increased my water intake hoping this was the cause. Right now I pump about 6 times a day. Once in the morning, once on my lunch, then every 2 hours once I get home. Before going back to work she preferred to only nurse in the mornings (her favorite time since I was so full), around time for her afternoon nap and before bed. The other times she would nurse for a little bit but would then want a bottle (I would then pump while she drank her bottle for the stimulation). She was drinking about 6 oz. It worked out since I was able to pump a few times after she went to sleep, so I had enough for her the next day. She is sleeping about 12-13 hours at night now, but I start pumping as soon as I get up and continue after she goes to bed. I did stop taking fenugreek for about 3 days because I had to go on a trip for business and forgot them at home. I was also thinking that this might have contributed to this as well. I have tried to get her to comfort nurse, but most of the time she will just sit there with my nipple in her mouth and won't latch. Other times she will latch for a few seconds and then pulls off and gets fussy. I thought the...
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 12:34 PM
    The nursing necklace idea is good for a lot of babies. But my baby would become way too distracted by it and not nurse. He does that whenever I wear a regular necklace too. I have to remove them before feeding. Try wearing a tshirt or tank and then only pull up whatever side baby is nursing from. In other words, don't expose skin where it's not needed. This works for me. My baby literally drew blood on my skin several times when clawing on my chest.
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  • @llli*yana.yana's Avatar
    Today, 11:41 AM
    We have a sidecar crib. I love the arrangement because I don't need to get up for anything, and he can be in my bed or in his crib or somewhere in between. Make sure to build it in a way that the crib is fine for you to sleep in - there will be times your head and parts of your body will need to be on the edge or inside. My son sleeps in the crib and I am sometimes on the edge, hugging him or touching him, and sometimes snuggling with his dad and there is space between us. Last night, my son (6mo) escaped while I was asleep in the middle of our bed. He managed to roll out of the crib onto our mattress and towards the edge of our bed without bumping into any body parts of mine. We woke up because he was crying. He was on the edge of the bed, about to fall out. To prevent this from happening again, I want to sleep with more of my body in his crib, but my husband is afraid it's not sturdy enough for that. One thing I have learned about bedtime is: they won't fall asleep unless the urge to sleep has built up enough. Sufficient time between the last nap and bedtime has to have passed. For my son at 4 months this was 1.5-2 hrs. Now, at 6 mos he can be awake for 3 hrs between naps and needs at least four hours of awake time before bedtime. If I try to put him to bed sooner, I spend much more time trying to get him to fall asleep (rocking, shushing, sitting next to him, etc). I have banned naps after 4pm.
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  • @llli*jazmanian's Avatar
    Today, 11:22 AM
    Is it likely ive already developed mastitis? I dont feel too well. Ive been nursing her on the clogged side as much as possible for the passed two hours, pumping the other side. Its hard to tell cause i have a slight discomfort in my head but i havent gotten a chance to eat yet today. My body is sore but ive been upping my exercise lately. Truly can not tell right now. My breast is the same. No redness, much softer after nursing.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:16 AM
    I think its important to remember that biologically speaking, humans developed with the model of babies and mothers sleeping together with baby nursing with some frequency overnight, even well past the newborn stage. This is how we are designed, biologically. So if we are doing anything that causes a differentiation from that norm, (Sleeping separately, swaddling, pacifiers, etc) that is possibly going to cause our bodies and our babies to not be in sync. Of course, some babies sleep long hours even right beside mom. Basically I think that if milk removal is infrequent to the point it is causing much discomfort or worse, that means you are going to long between milk removal. In that case my personal suggestion would be to encourage baby to nurse overnight rather than adding pumping, and let the move to sleeping such long hours at a time be more gradual so you and baby stay more in sync. But most important is to avoid getting engorged/plugs etc, so if baby won't nurse, you could try a little hand expression or pumping just enough to get comfortable. Long periods of no milk removal will reduce milk production - sometimes more than is desired.
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  • @llli*jazmanian's Avatar
    Today, 09:16 AM
    So should i be pumping during the night when my baby sleeps? I was trying to avoid pumping as much as possible because i dont want an over supply, ive already got a lot of milk lol. I kind of figured my body and baby would synchronize because shes been sleeping through the night consistently.. but idk.
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  • @llli*jazmanian's Avatar
    Today, 09:14 AM
    I havent but ill try that next because i just massaged and milk came out and i feel a bit better. There was sort of little hard spots but it didnt feel that out of the ordinary aside from the bruised feeling. I kind of think it is bruising, but ill be cautious about the plugged ducts also.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 09:07 AM
    Reflux is a very easy diagnoses, since ANY regurgitation is by definition "reflux!" It sounds like baby is a happy spitter, and that is entirely NORMAL, even if it is a lot of milk that comes up. spit up as you describe is normal in both breastfed and formula fed babies. its just normal, and very common. Aside from laid back nursing, nursing very frequently helps a lot with fast letdown.
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  • @llli*midnightsangel's Avatar
    Today, 09:07 AM
    Being proactive about distracting him seems like the breast course. Those nursing necklaces look beautiful! I think I might get a few haha. Filmmommy that sounds painful! I've never heard of that either. Maybe it feels cool to him :eye
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 09:02 AM
    My first guess is this is a plug brought on for going too long without milk removal. There are many more things to try aside from massage, and yes, keep encouraging baby to nurse frequently and to pay extra attention to the 'problem' side. More ideas for dealing with the plugs: http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/17_dealingwithplugsblebs.pdf As much as possible, take it easy. Plugs/poor milk removal can lead to mastitis. If you start feeling all over achy or feverish, that is mastitis. http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/18_mastitiswhatcanyoudo.pdf I also agree with the bruising possibility. Either way, frequent milk removal is what you want to be doing.
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  • @llli*mama7008's Avatar
    Today, 09:02 AM
    Is it possible you have a plugged duct - do you feel any hard spots (can be anything from a small lump in the sore area to the entire area feeling hard)? Info on plugged ducts: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/mastitis/ I think it is also possible just to have some bruised feeling following major engorgement. Have you tried ibuprofen or cold compresses to relieve any inflammation?
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