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  • @llli*jmaza's Avatar
    Today, 07:04 AM
    Hello, I am looking to see if there are any fellow mommies that have gone through this and can maybe give me some suggestions. I am trying to wean my 1 year old from nursing/breast milk and onto cow's milk. He has taken bottles of breast milk since the age of 5 1/2 months just fine from his sitter and now takes the bottles of cow's milk from the sitter as well. He refuses to drink from the bottle from my husband and I. I have tried purchasing different bottles and sippy cups to no avail. Has anyone gone through this and possibly has some suggestions to give on how I should go about it? Thanks in advance!
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  • @llli*littlecavemomma's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:08 PM
    Hi ladies! My 8mo has been breastfed from the beginning with very little issue (I count my lucky stars). We started baby-led solids at 6mo for dinner only, but started sending lunch to school with her at 7mo. She loves solids but it never affected her nursing frequency. I pump at work and get good yields so I know my supply is fine (usually 15+ oz total in 3 x 20-min pumps). During the week she usually nurses about 5 times a day, 2-3 of which are still at night which I encourage. She usually gets 4-5 x 3oz bottles in a 10 hour separation at daycare. They do paced feeding and she doesn't always finish her bottles. On the weekends she usually nurses 10-12 times in 2-3 hour intervals, it just all depends. Her sessions are usually at least 10-15 minutes long, and often she'll comfort nurse at least once a day for 30+ minutes at a time. I nurse on cue but often I offer when it's convenient, but she rarely turns it down. Diapers and gain have always been great, but she is petite. So here's my problem: This week we went on a "vacation" to the beach with my husband's family. The baby did mostly fine, but missed a lot of sleeping and some nursing, especially those comfort sessions. By day 3 I was having a hard time getting her to nurse during daytime hours at all. She would latch for 5 minutes (at most) then do a backflip off the boppy to crawl away. I would try to reposition her and she would fuss and roll away again. I tried other positions but she was just not interested....
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  • @llli*irmay's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:36 PM
    ¡Hola! Tengo una bebé de 7 semanas, ella sólo se toma un pecho y rara vez los dos, pero no los vacía porque goteo leche. Tengo que usar protectores todo el tiempo. ¿Será buena decisión ordeñarme los dos pechos después de darle de comer? También tengo dudas sobre cuándo es el mejor momento para sacar la leche que le voy a dejar cuando empiece a trabajar y cuánto necesitaría ella, a sus 3 meses. Estaría fuera de 1 pm a 730 pm. ¡Muchas gracias!
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  • @llli*mrsvillage's Avatar
    Today, 06:32 AM
    I have a question related to pumping and weaning. I have a 6.5 month old, she is supplemented with one bottle of formula a day and gets two 4 oz bottles of breast milk while I am able to pump twice at work. I am going to be going down to one pump session a day in the next weeks, and then down to zero pumps during the day by September (I work at a school and my pumping schedule will be too unpredictable/stressful when the kids come back). I plan to continue breastfeeding her three times a day, once in the morning, once after I pick her up from daycare, and before she goes down to sleep. My question is - on the weekends should I resume feeding her breast milk exclusively, or should I maintain supplementing a bottle of formula during the day? I ask because I'm not sure if feeding her on the weekend will leave me prone to clogged ducts during the week since it will increase my milk flow for a couple of days. Also any feedback about if you were able to maintain a milk supply with only three feedings a day. Thank you in advance for any help!
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  • @llli*mum.mumbai's Avatar
    Today, 12:18 PM
    Hi Ladies, For past few days am down with flu like symptoms and had taken days off work. So it been basically only nursing, like every 2-3 hours. Apart from discomfort of runny nose, fever and body ache nursing is going fine. But tonight while changing my bra I noticed a tiny black spot on underside of nipple. It seemed like a scab but, without any rawness or discomfort. Its in same spot where I chronically get a bleb, but recently like atleast a week ago was bleb-free. I am flummoxed as how I did not notice it, let alone not felt it during nursing. Can it be because of paracetamol am taking? Now the bigger question, how to treat it? Should I just ignore it as its not hurting and let it go away on its own? Or I should put Bacitracin ointment on it, just as a precaution.
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  • @llli*nowellina's Avatar
    Today, 05:09 AM
    Hello! Just wondering of there are any mummies who have successfully managed to latch their baby at 2months? I have been struggling with the latching as baby is bottle fed ( not by choice). I have had wonderful support here so far. I have tried and have been extremely patient but still no latching often. I have been pumping with a hospital grade pump as much as possible, with only about 5mls a day. It's been heartbreaking as breastfeeding is something I would love to continue, its becoming very exhausting to keep trying. So if there is anyone who managed to sort there latching late and was successful I would love to hear from you!!!
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Today, 03:19 PM
    :D I'm pretty impressed with Emma Pickett. Her blog is very good!
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  • @llli*kaycix's Avatar
    Today, 02:42 PM
    This is an old thread but one I came across while I was desperate that my 6 (then 7 then 8) month old did NOT want anything to do with solids! The more my baby didn't want solids, the more I tried to push them on him - it ended up being stressful for both of us. I wish I had just relaxed about it instead of strapping him into his high chair 1-3 times a day when he clearly did NOT want to be there. I was an anxious FT mom and I didn't have faith in him. I should have! When he was ready, he was ready! I documented our transition to solids if it helps anyone: http://supertiredmoms.blogspot.com/2015/07/baby-refuses-solids.html
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  • @llli*jmaza's Avatar
    Today, 12:26 PM
    I actually do not mind nursing at all but pumping has always been very difficult for me. I also am working full-time and am having a hard time keeping up with my work and stopping to pump so I will need to stop the during the day pumping sessions. No worries, not nosey at all!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 12:22 PM
    Hmm, the body ache, flu-like symptoms, and fever all suggest mastitis. It's possible that black dot is a healing bleb, and that there was a small crack through which infection entered... Infection which you have apparently beat with frequent nursing. I'd do a warm a salt water slack and some bacitracin. Can't hurt, may help! Oh, and keep an eye on the spot. If it doesn't go away in a few weeks or starts to grow, maybe see your doctor?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 12:19 PM
    How are you feeling about nursing? Are you wanting to wean because you are not enjoying the nursing experience, or is there some other reason? Sorry if that's nosy- it's just an important factor in what advice we give!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 12:16 PM
    So glad to see that wieight gain is back on track! Well done, mama!!! FTR, don't expect linear growth with your child. Not now, not ever! My kids are 5 and 9 and I've observed that they tend to grow in spurts- one day I'm looking at them and thinking "Hmm, getting a little chubby there," and a few weeks later they are slender because they have shot up an inch and need all new shoes and pants. And this has been the case since infancy. This sounds like a very reasonable plan. I just want to suggest that you don't wed yourself to it too completely. What seems overwhelming and stressful right now, when you are probably pretty overwhelmed and stressed, might end up being very doable once you are back at the office. One awesome thing about pumping is that it can be relaxing! Not only do you take some time out of the daily grind, but you also give yourself a nice oxytocin boost. No pressure, just a thought!
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  • @llli*jmaza's Avatar
    Today, 12:05 PM
    He will not stop nursing. I would like to stop nursing/pumping for his during the day feedings and just nurse him for his bedtime feeding. He does eat cheeses and yogurt regularly but I was trying to substitute his 2 nap time feedings from breast milk to a bottle of whole milk. He does drink sips from a regular cup but will not drink breast milk or cow's milk from a sippy cup or bottle. He will, however, drink water from sippy cups or bottles. He is eating a regular healthy diet of solid foods too. I'm completely confused on how to approach the weaning process to achieve the above.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 11:48 AM
    I'm wishy-washy on the thrush possibility. If this was thrush- or at least, exclusively thrush- I'd sort of expect more significant improvement by now. But thrush can be stubborn, and a lot of moms find that the first round of treatment doesn't quite do the trick... I think that at this point, a compression/latch issue is more likely. The baby is still so young and therefore small, and had a tongue tie, and seeing your nips turn white after nursing is just a total vasospasm thing. IMNSHO, if you have any sort of autoimmune diagnosis, it suggests increased likelihood of having other autoimmune conditions. That would mean an elevated risk of this being Raynaud's phenomenon. I don't know if your diagnosis per se would cause the pain you're experiencing, though, nor how one would go about determining whether or not it was. You're kind of straying into the outer limits of medical knowledge, I think!
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  • @llli*nsmum's Avatar
    Today, 11:47 AM
    Hello everyone, wow lots of passionate answers here. Here's an update on the situation. Baby was weighed again during doctors 4-month visit. Her current weight is 6.2kg. He disregarded the weighing at the other health care provider and based on the weighing taken only with his scale she gained 300g in 9 days, so about 1oz per day. This weight gain was not linear, but it doesn't matter. She's back on track. Also, I believe baby had a growth spurt, she was nursing every 2 hours for about a day, and this has resulted in what I feel like is an increase in supply. At least my breasts feel full faster, and baby is less cranky at the breast. Seeing these improvements has made me feel so much better and relieved. Just to clarify, the 4 nursing per day was a minimum - the plan was to nurse on demand while I am with baby, but making sure it's not less than 4 times per day, and I plan to pump at lunch time and give this to baby the next day. What I am planning is perhaps not the ideal back to work plan, but I found pumping to be stressful and overwhelming, i only want to do it once a day. I know that pumping only this much and giving formula will result in weaning before 12 months, but this is a personal choice. My midwife told me that Being a mom doesn't only mean giving milk, it also means giving love. I felt that the time I was spending pumping and being stressed about pumping was taking away time I could spend playing with my baby and giving her love. I may not be as good of a...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:13 AM
    I think the answers to your questions are going to depend on what happens when you start this plan, with you and your baby. Every mother is a bit different when it comes to milk production/storage capacity and every child is a bit different when it comes to willingness to continue to nurse on a "reduced" schedule or when milk production decreases. So even if we said three times a day is enough to maintain some milk production, your baby may well lose interest in nursing when on such a reduced nursing schedule, and even if baby wants to keep nursing, you may lose so much milk production that baby is not getting enough milk and gives up. The same goes for supply getting ramped up on weekends. It might, and it might not, and it might be an issue, and it might not. So this is when listening to your body and your baby is going to come into play. If pumping is not an option at work, not even quick sessions without the concerns of saving your milk, cleaning the parts, etc, you could practice hand expression to the point it might help in order to deal with fullness problems when at work. And if you see that baby is starting to be reluctant to nurse, you will know the likely reason why. Generally, here is what we know. Breastmilk is the primary nutrition for children under age one. Even a child who has started solids usually continues to needs something like 80-90% of their calories to come from breastmilk or a breastmilk substitute (formula.) In order to achieve this,...
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  • @llli*leemami's Avatar
    Today, 11:01 AM
    Hola irmay! Bienvenida al foro. El mejor momento para extraer la leche es luego de que tu bebe coma. Y muchas mamas notan que tienen mas leche en la manana que en horas de la tarde y es normal. Puedes sacarte la leche de ambos pechos si quieres. Pero por lo que leo, puedes tener un poco de produccion extra de leche, lo cual puede agravarse si extraes mas leche de lo necesario. En ese caso, puedes sacar solo lo necesario para que no tengas incomodidad. Recuerda que tu cuerpo se ajusta a la demanda del bebe, pero hay casos en que la mama tiene sobre-produccion de leche todo el tiempo. Generalmente se calcula alrededor de 1 o 1.5 onzas de leche por cada hora que estes separada de tu bebe. Si as a estar lejos por 6 o 7 horas, con que tengas unas 10 onzas en el freezer es suficiente para el primer dia. Y luego puedes darle lo que saques en tu trabajo - si es lo que estas planificando. Te recomiendo que ofrezcas en la casa un biberon al menos una semana antes de regresar al trabajo para que la bebe se acostumbre a la mamila, y tambien para que calcules mas o menos cuanto toma en biberon. Recuerda usar las reglas de LLLI para ofrecer biberon. Basicamente la bebe debe estar casi sentada y el biberon debe estar casi paralelo al piso, y dejas que la nena controle el flujo de la leche y descanse como descansa en el pecho. Aqui esta un video que muestra como se hace, esta en ingles, pero puedes verlo igual :)
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:54 AM
    Is the problem that he won't drink as much cow milk as he is offered, or that he will not stop nursing? The first is probably not a problem at all, and the second is only a problem if you have other desires. If you child has a reasonably adequate diet of solids and is over 12 months old, I do not see why you have to wean to any type of milk, specifically. Cow milk is not going to replace human breast milk anyway, nutrient wise. In the true sense of the word, when a child weans, they do not wean to bottle of something else, but to a facsimile of an adult diet. By this I mean, children "wean" to sold foods- a (somewhat) varied diet that is as a whole, nutritionally adequate, and may or may not include cow milk products. Also, must it be in a bottle? Maybe a cup is the answer. Must it be milk? What about yogurt, cheese, etc. Are you wishing to stop breastfeeding completely right away, or maybe just cut back, stop needing to pump, or other? There are many ways to approach the weaning process.
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  • @llli*sunsetbean's Avatar
    Today, 10:21 AM
    Also, I want to add that I do have a somewhat rare diagnosis that may or may not be autoimmune in nature...the medical community doesn't know much about it and there are different opinions. How would you find out if that could be the cause?
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