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  • @llli*keleigh's Avatar
    Today, 12:31 AM
    Oh what fun! I've just acquired my 3rd milk blister in 2 weeks! It's the middle of the night (thank you 4 month sleep regression) and I can't find any posts dealing with this issue, so I started my own. Feel free to direct me to any relevant info I've missed! *new here*:hello My daughter is 4.5 months old and 3 weeks ago, her latch became intermittently painful on my right side only. Her latch has always *looked* shallow (both sides), but I have never experienced nipple pain, and she's been transferring milk well, filling diapers and growing like a weed since we sorted out sleepy, jaundiced, teeny-preemie troubles around 2 weeks. I had a stubborn plugged duct in my right breast when she was a month old. It took 12 days of heavy nursing & pumping to resolve, which resulted in SUPER oversupply and strong letdown in that breast. Oversupply regulated at the beginning of September, but she still prefers the left. Her latch still looks normal, but she is somehow clamping down on my right nipple once its inside her mouth. No amount of re-latching seems to fix the pain, so I usually give up and switch her to the left (and then have to pump - super frustrating since she rarely accepts a bottle and NEVER accepts frozen milk). Nevertheless, I've just developed my 3rd milk blister (same exact spot!) in 2 weeks and WOW does it hurt! :eek: Anyone have experience with one-sided painful latch? Suggestions would be very much appreciated. I'm beginning to dread...
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  • @llli*jordaen's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:00 PM
    My 11 week old is not getting enough breastmilk to fill her up. i have no support family and worst of all my doctor. they just keep pushing formula for supplementation. this is my first child and i don't know what to do. please help.
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  • @llli*sarahdeco's Avatar
    Today, 11:27 AM
    Where to buy online? I'm in Canada . My lo is super distracted nursing now so I think one may help!
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  • @llli*mistyt's Avatar
    Today, 02:54 PM
    Yes! I took him to a G.I. Doctor. He said that his colon is slightly inflamed most likely from a small lactose intolerance. He took me off dairy and put my son on probiotics. I give him a spoon of applesauce to get the contents of the capsule in him since we are EBF. He said its common and he will probably grow out of it. He also told me to continue with the Vaseline and cutip nightly before bed to relieve him and make him more comfortable. He also told me not to worry about my son becoming dependent on the cutip because it will not change the function of his body and organs. He said to use cutip or suppository. After the first dose of probiotics,the next day he had the biggest bowel movement he's ever had ON HIS OWN!!!! It is definitely helping.
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  • @llli*keleigh's Avatar
    Today, 02:53 PM
    I'm long and SHE's quite short, but we'll try that straddling my leg position again. Boy, I wish she'd latch herself like your little guy! She can be pretty self sufficient, but ONLY if I position her the way she likes. Picky, picky, picky eater...just like Daddy. :rolleyes: And outspoken like Momma, I guess.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 02:29 PM
    I just got a teething necklace (one I wear that baby can chew on) and I thought that would give him something to play with to keep him focused on nursing. Didn't work that well, he still turns around at noises or movement in the room and would rather tweek my other nipple instead of twiddling with a necklace. The necklace helped a little tiny bit for a short time but an I phone installed in my armpit would probably work better but no guarantee he would nurse instead of trying to grab hold of it.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 01:00 PM
    Reclining or layed back positions don't need to be that far back, it can be a simple as leaning back just a little in your chair or on the couch. My LO could do the sitting straddling my one leg and angled across me to nurse on the other breast since he was about 6 weeks but I'm short and he is kinda long. I've also done a sort of football hold using a pile of pillows beside me on the couch so baby can come at the breast from that direction. But I do have the benefit of my LO tending to latch on basically on his own if the breast is anywhere close to in reach and he is in the mood. That doesn't always mean it was a good latch but I used to joke that he could latch on to a boob driving by at speed. So anyway, if you LO is willing to latch on in odd or different positions, let her try to see if it might help things move around and unplug.
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  • @llli*erin.in.middletown's Avatar
    Today, 12:32 PM
    Etsy has many, many shops will ship to Canada, and you get the added bonus of supporting work at home moms (many times). https://www.etsy.com/search?q=nursing%20necklace&order=most_relevant&ship_to=CA (That is a search for "nursing necklace" and ships to Canada. You could sort it by price range, keywords, etc.)
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  • @llli*keleigh's Avatar
    Today, 10:52 AM
    Thanks for the suggestions ladies! bsua65, Each time I've gotten this blister, it has popped while pumping within 48 hours. Then, while showering, I've been able to gently remove the flap of skin (yuck - sorry) and I've continued to pump for another 12-24 hours before being brave enough to let baby nurse on that side. Things seem to go fine for a day or two, then the pinching starts up again and I get a new blister! I found that kellymom site too - that's how I figured out what the owchy white spot was! The needle idea skeeves me out, so thank goodness I haven't needed to go that route yet! mommal, I've been wishing for another position to try, but baby has been really fussy about anything other than a cradle hold in *our* chair. When we've tried reclined positions (to help her with the strong let down), baby refuses to latch and cries...she HATES being on her tummy, so I suspect that's the problem. We've also tried side-lying, but she fusses like crazy and ends up with a shallow (painful!) latch. We're moving her from a little cosleeper to a sidecar crib this weekend, which will give us more space to maneuver, and I'm hoping to get her to accept that side-lying position so I don't have to physically get *up* with her 8 gazillion times per night. So far though, my attempts have just thoroughly annoyed her and woken EVERYONE up. She actually stays calmer and goes back to sleep more easily when I just get up and nurse her in our chair. Grumble, grumble. ...
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  • @llli*tomzgirl's Avatar
    Today, 10:48 AM
    Update: I spoke with my insurance company, and they 100% cover a new pump every 36 months with an Rx. Therefore, I won't be buying my friend's used pump! I have an appt with my doc to chat about induced lactation, and I'm crossing my fingers he'll be receptive because this clinic is an all-natural-won't-even-prescribe-hormonal-BC kinda place. Until then, I'm doing manual massage several times a day because I read that was the way to start! Will try to keep this thread updated in case my fellow paper-preggo-mamas are following... hugs and luck to everyone, whatever their challenges may be!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:34 AM
    This is a good article with all kinds of ideas for encouraging baby to nurse: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/back-to-breast/ I have been around the breastfeeding world a long time, and a baby who nurses great at night but not during the day is not something I have seen covered in any lactation literature. This means I (personally) have not ever seen some specific explanation nor 'cure.'. Generally, if a baby CAN nurse well some of the day, baby CAN nurse well other times as well. I am not saying it does not happen, I know it does happen because I see this issue pop up occasionally on these forums. In those cases, in the worst cases, baby gets to the point they will ONLY nurse in their sleep....Actually, that is the second worse- the worst case scenario is baby is supplemented unnecessarily (or too much) and/or comforted with the pacifier too much, and baby eventually stops nursing at all due to having too many bottles and/or too much pacifier use. Please note, as bsusa65 says, this does not mean never use a pacifier or bottles. Both can help depending on the situation- but their use must be approached with extreme caution. Generally, the best case scenario for breastfeeding longevity is baby is allowed/gently encouraged to nurse as often as they like and for everything...food, drink, comfort, and just because! To me, if a baby is latching and nursing just fine part of the day, and not so other parts of the day, it stands to reason that the issue is...
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 09:50 AM
    Good Luck with your appointments. Sounds like the therapy is a good plan no matter what they do with tongue and lip ties and I would suggest push for correction even if they say a tongue tie seems minor. Since it is impacting breastfeeding it is worth dealing with and getting both done at once ls less traumatic than having to continually keep doing things to her mouth over time.
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  • @llli*liz.g.autry's Avatar
    Today, 08:41 AM
    Well we had our visit with the lactation consult yesterday and it was very encouraging! First off she actually took a whole ounce from me, 18mL from my right and 12mL from the left. The amount from the left was a surprise as we did not hear nearly as many swallows and there was a lot more quick sucking vs. longer pulls. This was over about 40 minutes of breastfeeding but now I know she can get a good amount if I give her time. The lactation consultant also showed me how to latch her without the nipple shield, she did great and no pain for me. We did discover that what I thought was evidence of a poor latch with the nipple shield is actually her being weird. I would occasionally feel like she was popping my nipple back and forth inside her mouth, I thought I wasn't getting her on deep enough and she was pushing my nipple with her tongue. Well, the lactation consultant noticed that she's actually jutting her lower jaw back and forth, something the lactation consultant had never seen before. She suggested waiting and seeing if it might be caused by the lip tie and possible tongue tie. If she keeps doing it even after the lip tie and possible tongue tie are taken care of, I'm going to call the developmental therapist we're due to see at the end of November and see if we can't move the appointment up. The lactation consultant thought she might need some sort of therapy to retrain her sucking. Because the jaw jutting back and forth does seem like it would affect milk transfer. ...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:09 AM
    Try different positions on the blistered side. Sometimes babies have a poor latch on one side out of habit, or differences in flow speed, or just minor anatomical differences in mom's nipple. For example, the nipple on one side may be shorter or flatter than on the other, leading it to fall in a less ideal position in the baby's mouth. Anyway, different positions may improve the baby's latch. I particularly suggest trying reclined nursing positions because they enlist gravity to hold the baby's head on the breast rather than pulling it off, and also to slow milk flow, reducing the baby's need to clamp. Teething can definitely kick in at 4 months, or even before. The teeth may not break the gum surface for months yet, but they are still sawing their way through baby's tender gums.
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 06:09 AM
    http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/nipplebleb/ This might help too!
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 06:07 AM
    I wonder if the milk blister isn't fully clearing and then it's re blocking out due to that... How have you been managing to clear it? I had one that hurt on and off for 3 days before I relented and took a sterile needle to it - it thankfully hasn't been back since! Kellymom recommends your HCP does this and you don't do it yourself... but I trust myself more than my doctor :s Teething can definitely affect latch and as for why only one side... Breasts are unique and not carbon copies of each other... They are usually slightly different sizes, Mums often find one is a better producer, one can have a different flow speed to the other, etc! So why only the one side? Could be many different things - sorry! It could be that side flows faster and he is clamping to slow it down or it could be that that side is slower and so he gets a bit frustrated... I'm not sure there is any real way to tell! I would say you do need to nurse or pump despite the pain to prevent it getting worse and/or to prevent mastitis, but the pain should be temporary while you get it sorted!
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 05:53 AM
    Pacifiers aren't strictly necessary for baby to suck without feeding because an the breast they can choose how much milk to take! That's not to say don't use one, just the theory is a little skewed... Bottle fed babies on the other hand can't control milk flow because of a difference in design and therefore a pacifier is the only way they can comfort suck. The great thing is that the above means a breast fed baby can't overfeed so you never have to worry about putting them to the breast too often. Is baby's weight gain good? Baby healthy and no signs of ear or urine infection? Are bottles being used at all? (because these can lead to breast refusal,) how often is baby feeding? are you getting plenty of wet/dirty nappies?
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  • @llli*erin.in.middletown's Avatar
    Today, 05:40 AM
    I agree with tclynx that more information is needed to best help. You are doing the most important thing, though, by reaching out for help and support! You mention that your little one isn't getting enough to "fill her up". Do you say this because of inadequate weight gain? Or are there other things, like fussiness or not 'sleeping through the night', etc, that make you say this? Many moms worry about their milk supply when in fact their milk supply is just fine, and baby is just being a baby! More information would be great to have.
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