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  • @llli*ldivanna83's Avatar
    Today, 06:26 AM
    I have a 3month old baby and am nursing exclusively. We have had some issues with her--- pediatrician has diagnosed her with colic and reflux. She receives zantac twice a day and has been doing great with nursing for over a month until I went back to work. I work 3 days a week, 12 hour shifts each day. She does great with the bottles. She was getting 4 ounce bottles but the day care told me she was hungry so I caved and let them increase to 5 ounce bottles which seems to satiate her and also let her go longer (3 hours instead of 2.5) until she needs another bottle. (She is a big baby, came out at 10lbs 1.5oz and was 13lb 2oz at 2 months)... When I have her at home on my days off, she will start to nurse and then screams and freaks out after initial let down. I'm guessing it's a forceful let down/over supply..? I don't really want to try to decrease my supply since we JUST increased to 5 ounce bottles- I want to be able to keep up with her. I've read about hand expressing prior to nursing her, and block feeding..? I tried to express a little bit from the other boob after she starts freaking out but it's too late at that point and she won't even try the other breast. But then she will take a bottle gladly... I'm not really sure where to start to trouble shoot this. Also, she is spitting up A LOT when she nurses and not at all when she eats from a bottle. It absolutely kills me when she screams and pulls away from my boob. Please help.
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  • @llli*cmazza22's Avatar
    Today, 07:31 PM
    I am currently nursing my third baby, and just like her brothers, she refuses the bottle. It's happened the same way with each: We started out great, then around 5 weeks, they started refusing, choosing to chew on the nipple instead of suck on it. I then just gave up on the bottle (I'm a stay-at-home mom, so it doesn't really matter). Can anyone give me any suggestions how to help DD take the bottle? She is four months old and hasn't been offered one since she was 5 weeks. When given one, she just chews on the nipple. The reason I'd like her to take a bottle is my cousin is getting married at the end of September, and he has said I cannot bring her (which is frustrating in itself but it's his wedding, so I have to go with his wishes). Normally I just wouldn't go, but if there is a way I can get DD to take the bottle so I can attend, I'm willing to try.
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  • @llli*nap's Avatar
    Today, 12:47 PM
    Thanks for reading and for your reply. I'm striving to be ok and I repeat to myself that I am doing everything I can for my baby. I'm still trying, every day I pump twice at work, which is what my schedule will allow me, I don’t get much, but I thought it's better than nothing. While I'm with her in the evenings/nights I breastfeed on demand. I wrote to Dr. Jack Newman and he recommended me to try domperidone which I started today. I wonder if I could take some herbs too or whether I should try the medication and see the response. I would like some info on increasing pump output, I tried with power pumping and had no results. I wish to continue until she consumes solids and need less milk so I can cover her needs. I'll keep working on me and our breastfeeding (:
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 12:38 PM
    Being played for a fool, eh? :rolleyes: Too bad "working with kids" is not the same as "knowing what is normal when it comes to breastfeeding"! Kudos to you on being the one who is willing to be weird. That's the trailblazer's way. The next mom who is still nursing and pumping at a year may not have the same issues as you- maybe someone will see her with her pump and say "Still doing that? Just like Jen.r24!" And then that future woman won't feel so alone in her decision. :D
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 12:33 PM
    :it's with MaddieB. In particular, I think it's a very good idea to ditch the "eat, play, sleep" 3 hour schedule. That sort of schedule sounds great when you read about it in a book, but it's not how real babies really behave. Real babies might have a schedule that goes more along the lines of "eat, fuss, eat some more, quick cat nap, eat, fuss, poop, fuss, eat, longer stretch of sleep", etc. That sort of pattern is how babies get their required number of feedings per day, and it's how they get lots of attention, soothing, interaction, and closeness to mom's body. The idea that a young baby could or should eat just for food and then play independently- that was invented by people who saw the behavior of intensively scheduled formula-fed babies as the gold standard- which it is not!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 08:31 AM
    good to hear, thanks for the update!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 08:27 AM
    I think your baby is being overfed at the daycare, and fed too much at once. This is linked to breast refusal which is why people have come up with ways to try to prevent this problem. This means baby is fed when baby shows hunger cues and not on a schedule, it means appropriately sized meals, and it often also means adopting a special method of bottle feeding called paced bottle feeding. Your day care probably has no idea about any of this. They will need to be educated. I will post some links below. Size of baby has little to nothing to do with expected intake or average needed intake. Feedings of between 2 and 4 ounces each are the norm for this age. Assuming baby nurses overnight a few times as would be typical at this age, the total amount that is appropriate for a 12 hour separation is between 12 and 18 ounces for the entire separation. Why appropriate amounts, cue feeding and paced bottles are important: If baby is fed more, that can cause disinterest in nursing. If baby is fed large bottles at a time spaced out evenly, baby becomes used to that which is not typical at the breast. If baby is fed with a gravity bottle technique ( how bottles are typically given) with a rapid but steady milk flow, baby becomes used to the milk flowing into baby's mouth with no effort whatsoever from baby in getting the milk to flow and then controlling flow, as baby normally must do at the breast. This is why caregiver feeding method is SO important. It needs to be right or...
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  • @llli*jen.r24's Avatar
    Today, 04:49 AM
    I'm in the lucky position that my husband has a family friendly contract and will be off all August, which would give me time to pump once during the day at some point while she is being minded and maybe I will sit with a cuppa and a book! Yes I'll look into a car adapter and a hands free bra, makes sense! I would imagine some of my co workers would be freaked out by breast milk in fridge, but aside from that our work fridge is really rather disgusting I don't even like putting my lunch in it to be honest. So I may go for a cool box under the desk. I only know one other person in my office who pumped in work, mostly because we are lucky enough to all have taken 9-12 months maternity leave. Any other women who breastfed in my office moved to combi feeding or weaned to formula on return to work. So I've no one really to ask for advice about it. I'm not sure I'm going to tell anyone since I mentioned it to a coupe of co-workers yesterday and got told that since she'll be 1 I should wean and that I was getting played for a fool because my little girl still feeds 3-4 times at night (on a good night). I have a feeling pumping and feeding at her age will be considered weird. Which a bit strange given that we all work with children !
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:20 PM
    Hi, well again I get it. You saw improvement with this formula, I understand, and am not arguing with what you experienced. I am just telling you what the experts say about switching formulas. "GentleEase" is marketed as a special formula for colic, gassiness and fussiness. Ok, so it does not sound like there is overproduction, as in that case, baby would be gaining quickly, typically. But is does sounds like the milk is flowing a bit quickly at least sometimes, and that may mean fast letdown and the "lactose overload" that can happen with that. This is helped by taking shorter breaks between nursing sessions- in other words, nursing more often, because milk has less time to build up in the breasts there is less of a letdown. Another cause of too much foremilk is baby nursing both sides at every feeding. However, since baby is not gaining as well as you would like, and also because nursing session are relatively infrequent, baby taking both sides at this point is probably necessary. If you can encourage baby to nurse more often, baby may choose to nurse one side at a time at some feedings and that may also help. When a baby has reflux, it is usually recommended that baby nurse frequently. This allows for smaller meals which are easier to digest. Also, nursing is typically soothing when a baby has reflux so the more nursing, the better. So also for the reflux, nursing more often would be indicated.
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