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  • @llli*kaitlynn's Avatar
    Today, 10:39 AM
    Hi, I'm completely new to this! I have DS 14M His daily routine is: wakes up between 6-8 AM Breastfeeds
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  • @llli*eegrn's Avatar
    Today, 09:44 AM
    I have a 7 week old and I feel like she may not be nursing enough. Her older sister who is nearly 3 nurses SO much until she weaned at 25 months, from the second she was born. That's pretty much all we would do all day with my first, is nurse for hours at a time. If I offered, she would NEVER refuse. She would nurse until she was throwing up! I used to laugh at the term 'nursing session' because we just nursed all day, I could never even think of them as separate sessions! My first also didn't start sleeping through the night until after she weaned, and had never fallen asleep any other way but nursing to sleep up until that point. So I guess that's what I am used to. My new baby nurses more efficiently I guess? Each session is really it's own separate event! She'll nurse usually only from one side at a time and takes about 10 min. to drain the breast. I offer the other side and she usually refuses. Usually about ever 2 hours during the day, sometimes more sometimes less. If I feel like it's been awhile since she nursed and offer before she's showing hunger cues (like just to bond!) she usually is not interested. She also will not nurse to sleep--she falls asleep by rocking and being swaddled. Additionally, she has been sleeping overnight for 4 hours stretches since birth which have just gotten longer as she's gotten older. We usually get her to sleep between 9 and 10pm, then sometimes she'll wake up around 1am to nurse but not every night, then if she did wake up at 1am...
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 08:54 AM
    I night-weaned my then 17 month old and then went back to nursing at night (with great relief, as in our case, nightweaning led to less sleep for us all) a few months later. As far as others bringing you down-In my experience, this happens again and again to parents. You will continue to have people in your life with opinions, sometimes very emphatic ones, about EVERYTING your children may do and every parenting choice you make. Nursing, sleep arrangements, diet, education, manners, discipline, media, medical care, sports, clothing...I have faced "judgment" from someone on every one of these parenting 'issues' and probably many more I have forgotten. I think that a mom who continues to nurse her child in the face of pressure from others to stop develops a nice strong backbone, and can feel more confident in her choices going forward. Certainly that has been my experience.
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 08:38 AM
    Are you pumping in order to deal with the current situation of baby refusing to nurse? Or have you been pumping for other reasons? Are you feeling very full or engorged due to baby not nursing? Was baby getting bottles at all , or pacifiers, prior to the onset of these issues (or since?) Some moms can pump while baby nurses. Hand expression may be more doable when baby needs to be held: http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/06_hand_expression.pdf Do you have any help you can call in?
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 08:24 AM
    I know kellymom suggests salt water rinses: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/nipplehealing/ That is not something I have ever seen in LLL literature, however, Kellymom is very reliable and a "LLL trusted" source of info. So I see no reason not to try it. I have heard some moms on here say it has helped. IBCLC Catherine Watson Genna suggests washing injured nipples with soap and water to prevent/treat bacterial infection and consequently, speed healing. http://cwgenna.com/nhygiene.html Again, this is not something I have seen in LLL literature but CW Genna is certainly a reliable source of information. It's hard to give one specific suggestion as different mothers respond differently- I would also suggest talking to your IBCLC again and seeing her, if possible. Sometimes (often, actually) treatments need tweaking and (aside from you) she is the person with the most knowledge of your specific situation.
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  • @llli*zaynethepain's Avatar
    Today, 06:52 AM
    http://kellymom.com/ages/older-infant/nursing-manners-2/ Very normal! As meg said in the link, my husband did so as a child and he was formula fed. I let my oldest twiddle until he was just over two since it didn't bother me all that much. He knew not to do it in public or when company was over. Once I became pregnant, I spent several weeks getting him to stop as it triggered some intense nursing aversion. I kind of miss it because getting him to fall asleep takes forever without it.
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  • @llli*ava.smommy's Avatar
    Today, 06:24 AM
    I always keep the other breast that is not being utilized covered, which helps reduce twiddling. Thankfully my daughter is pretty down-to-business when she nurses but if she does get idle hands while nursing (performing nasal exams, etc.) I will put on my nursing necklace, that has silicone beads that are soft enough for her to play with/chomp on. If she seems to get bored (fiddling, gumming my nipple), I'll switch breasts and then redirect to something else.
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  • @llli*ava.smommy's Avatar
    Today, 06:18 AM
    Hi! When my daughter was 6 weeks old, I went back to work and felt like I was struggling to pump enough to supply daycare during the day. Between struggling to pump enough and having to wake more often at night (due to reverse cycling/missing mommy?) I decided to try co-sleeping when my daughter was around 3 months. Not only have my daughter and I been able to sleep much better, but I don't have to worry about pumping so much during the day since she gets several feeds in during the night. I keep her close to me and when she starts to stir, I will open my nursing bra and let her self-latch and prop a rolled baby blanket behind her if need be. She will sleepily nurse and then fall back into a deep sleep until she stirs again, usually 2-3 hours later, when she will either self-latch without waking me or I will offer the other side. I'm not saying this approach is best for all families, but it's been a lifesaver for mine and just wanted to let you know about this option as it may be helpful, especially once you go back to work. =)
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  • @llli*ava.smommy's Avatar
    Today, 06:02 AM
    Hi everyone, My daughter is 8 months old and I've recently started her on solids (once daily with spacing new introductions by at least 3 days). Lately she's been nursing with traction- she will stretch the nipple and lock her straight arms against me to pull on the nipples while she nurses. It's resulting in sore nipples for me. I try to readjust her so that she's farther back on the areola or try to take her arms down from pushing against me and she persists on nursing this way. She nurses vigorously for maybe 5 minutes on each side and then she's done. It's no longer pleasant nursing her because it's painful when she does. I plan on starting to increase her solid food intake to twice daily starting today, thinking maybe she's hungry and needing more solids. Sometimes she will kick and cry after nursing too. I don't know if she's teething or hungry. Anyone have ideas or have experienced something similar? Thanks!
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 01:08 AM
    Sometimes a sick or teething baby will refuse to nurse because it hurts or is uncomfortable. As for managing to eat when baby is so fussy, putting baby in a wrap or carrier so you can get your hands free to get some food helps. I also find that wearing the baby tends to make him fall to sleep so that might make it easier to then take him out of the wrap and then feed him while he is sleepy. My LO also gets really fussy when my supply is low or slow to let down and other times he just seems to be rejecting the location I'm trying to nurse in (like sometimes he decides he doesn't want to nurse on the couch and he latches on as soon as I stand up and walk away from the couch with him. Or he is not willing to latch on to one breast but he will when I switch him to the other or switch to another position like football or with him sitting straddling my leg instead of cradle.
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  • @llli*delecto's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:54 PM
    Thanks a bunch! I'm going pick up some shells tomorrow then switch back to lanolin. Before, even with lanolin, I'd end up sticking to the disposable nursing pads. No fun at all. Would you also suggest the saline dips in addition to lanolin? Just curious...
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:52 PM
    I actually made them originally to put in the little mesh feeder bags so that he could chew/suck on them because of teething he likes them sometimes but not always. I expect you could still give him a dollop of oatmeal or yogurt to handle himself, it would just be very messy and you couldn't expect him to actually ingest very much of it. The difference between BLS and actually Supplementing breast milk intake with solid foods I guess.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:19 PM
    Smile, nod, and go on doing exactly what pleases you and your baby most. I nursed my kids for 3 years apiece, and never regretted one moment of it! In fact, you couldn't have paid me enough to wean at a year, or even 18 months. By age 2 maybe someone could have bribed me to wean- but it wouldn't have come cheap! Nursing was my mommy superpower. It soothed my kids when they were hurt. Got them to sleep when nothing else was working. Fed and comforted them when they were sick and couldn't eat anything else. Distracted them from tantrums. Kept them quiet when I was trying to have an adult conversation. Helped them deal with pressure changes when we went on planes. And when my older daughter was 3 and almost completely weaned, nursing stopped her tears and screams after she accidentally ate some red pepper flakes at our local Korean restaurant!
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  • @llli*tracym's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:08 PM
    First I would like to say that I have already spoke to a lactation consultant but I'm looking for suggestions on how to keep my supply up when I can't put my baby down. He has been EBF since birth with good latch and great weight gain. This past couple of weeks he has been fussy at the breast and he pulls off frequently and I'll relatch him. Eventually I have a let down and he's happy. Today was a very challenging day for me he went on a strike after his 2am feeding and I couldn't even relatch him until 10am! The moment he gets into the cradle position he loses it! Inconsolable. Finally heard from lactation and she suggested that I get skin to skin in a moby wrap. The only way I have been able to latch him is once he passes out, so dream feed essentially. I barely had time today to eat let alone pump because he has been so fussy. Which is not like him. He is very easy going so today scared me. And I can't put him down to pump because his cries get to me. I need to hold him and calm him. I tried to pump while bounced him with my foot in his bouncer but that was torture. He kept putting his fists in his mouth and I stoped pumping a couple of times to latch with no success. ANYWAYS.....What can I do to keep my supply up if he wont latch and is screaming his head off?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:02 PM
    I personally would choose formula over any other milk. It's much closer in composition to human milk than any other alternative- unless you happen to have access to gorilla milk!
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  • @llli*alexbell915's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:19 PM
    I'm dairy free as well due to absorption issues. Also gluten free. We eat and use a lot of almond product around here. Almond milk, almond flour, etc. I started taking a calcium supplement. It doesn't necessarily have to be lactose free unless u have a confirmed lactose allergy. I stay away from soy because it's often heavily processed and the largest GMO culprit. Soy also causes a lot of allergies and can disrupt female hormones. I do miss yogurt and cheese, but it's not so bad and definitely worth my little guy flourishing.
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  • @llli*rmawhorter's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:46 PM
    Ahhh, thanks. :) I agree with you that something is up. I think that I will see who I can find to help. I was also thinking of buying the book that you mentioned. Do you think that it could be helpful? I can't believe how much more he's been willing to take now that I've switched to the syringe. It makes me feel a little sad that I didn't just give him a bigger nipple on a bottle. I'm sure that the colostrum that he's getting compensates for what he's been missing out on though. I just noticed that you had asked earlier how much he was taking in in a feed. Here's what his normal day looked like: 120ml (4oz), 150ml (5oz), 150ml, 180ml (6oz), 120-150ml. I'm not scheduling him down to 5 per day. He basically trained himself to sleep through the night. When he was waking in the night he would only take about 60ml (2oz). Today though he's taken 150ml, 180ml and 240ml (8oz)! He's never taken 240 before. I hope we can turn a bend here.
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  • @llli*anaduralia's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:35 PM
    You keep it up! I think it's awesome that you kept on going. I have had similar "advice" as you got. I have 4 kids and have nursed 20 months or longer for all of them. With my first, I weaned at 20 months because I was half way through my second's pregnancy and was being pressured by family and friends to stop (though I regret it a little now - I should have gone for tandem nursing). With my second, I felt bad to wean (at 23 months), but I had twins on the way and I just thought it would be *impossible* to nurse 3. For the twins, the little girl stopped nursing on her own just before her second birthday. My guess is that she didn't want to do tandem nursing anymore and would have continued on if I had offered nursing by herself (didn't realize it at the time, oh well, hind sight is great). Her twin brother is still nursing at 26 months and still really interested in it. I really love nursing and after hearing that the world average on the amount of time a child is nursed is 4.5 years, I feel I am justified in continuing. It is just our weird culture that does not accept it anymore.
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  • @llli*lilbunny01's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:17 PM
    The past 3 weeks I think I've been having plugged duct on the right side (feels sore and there is a lump there) every couple of days. I've tried pumping longer, harder, warm compresses, and massaging it but it doesn't really go away unless I feed baby first on that side. Anyone have suggestions on how to prevent the plug duct? I think it may be affecting my supply bc lately I've been getting only 1.5 oz on the right side. I pump at 6:30 am (~8 oz), 9 am (4 oz), noon (4 oz), 3 pm (4 oz). BF when i get home from work at 6 pm. Pump again at 11 pm (4 oz) before bed. Baby is 5.5 months.
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:11 PM
    I usually suggest to discontinue use of anything that is not working or possibly making things worse. While of course I have heard of them, I am not familiar with this product or what studies have been done on them, how long they should be used, etc. Years ago there was a study on purified lanolin that (iirc) showed it helped speed healing of injured nipples via moist wound healing. It must be applied regularly, after every nursing session. Lanolin in rare cases will irritate some mothers, and if a mother has thrush, it is not a good idea to use lanolin. Otherwise that is a pretty tried and true product. APNO is a nipple cream that requires a prescription and has to be compounded, Some mothers swear by it, other have found it unhelpful and again in rare cases, irritating. Breastmilk itself is healing when left on the nipples in many cases. Overall, nipples injured due to poor latch should continue to heal unless they are being reinjured. So if your healing has stopped, I would wonder if latch still needs adjusting. This would not be uncommon.
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  • @llli*pteroglossus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:19 PM
    My DD didn't have any drinks other than breastmilk until she was about 15 or 16 mo. Then she started having some water. She didn't like cow's milk until about 2 yo but now (2.5) she loves it. However, her main drinks are still water and breastmilk.
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  • @llli*mrsphillips's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:43 PM
    Thanks ladies!! My little guy is 4 weeks old. We had latch issues in the beginning but he seems to be doing fine. Sometimes it takes 5 or so minutes. Thanks for the suggestions....I've been trying to breastfeed without the pillow at home as a test....not so comfy but I got him on.....eventually.
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