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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 04:45 PM
    Colic from 12-5, but baby is asleep? I am trying to imagine what is going on and I am not sure what this means. Colic usually means sustained crying. How is poop frequency, and what do they look like? Do you mean lower intestinal gas, or upper? (Burbs or toots?) Does baby burping or tooting help with the pain or does it continue? Have you considered if reflux is going on?
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  • @llli*noodles610's Avatar
    Today, 04:44 PM
    Good to know. Thanks!
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 02:43 PM
    I sympathize but I am also glad to see it's not only me. My husband is also an angel and never pressures me or anything, but I for myself am not happy about how it all changed. It makes me feel way older than I am (in my 20s). I do have a few tips that work like a bandaid but they don't help the core of the issue. Buying new lingerie usually helps for me :)
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  • @llli*bean161's Avatar
    Today, 02:38 PM
    I don't post on here very often but I was kind of glad to read your post, ruchiccio. I am also experiencing extremely low libido (for me) since EBF my 10 month old son. I have the vaginal dryness and itching, and I have also had to use KY for the first time. Often I wonder what happened to "me?!" My DH has been extremely understanding. We have not been intimate more that a handful of times since DS was born. We are planning a few date nights and I am hoping that will help, because I do feel like if we don't do something our marriage will begin to suffer, if it isn't already. Sorry I don't have better advice!
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  • @llli*crispyrn23's Avatar
    Today, 02:19 PM
    Hello. My LO is now 16 days old, we had trouble breastfeeding early on due to my inverted nipples so we've been using a nipple shield. He also had some jaundice so we were supplementing formula via spoon feeding and once my milk came in, we supplemented my pumped milk with syringe/feeding tube via finger feeding. He also had some tongue tied and it got snipped about 5 days ago. Coincidentally that day, he started latching on without the nipple shield for about 50% of feedings. However, starting 2 days ago, we've had a very difficult time latching on at most of the feedings. He won't latch with or without shield. His mouth opens not that wide and it looks as if he's pushing nipple away with his tongue. It's like he discovered new found freedom of thrusting his tongue upwards. Any similar experiences or ideas why the sudden difficulty latching on? He's still under birth weight at this point so priority is to feed him. We've been working with a LC but appt is not for a few days. Thanks!!!
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  • @llli*liz.g.autry's Avatar
    Today, 01:08 PM
    Thank you for all the advice. We are seeing one of the lactation consultants who worked with me in NICU on Friday. And then on Monday we have an appointment to have her lip tie taken care of and to get a second opinion on the possible posterior tongue tie. Started breastfeeding at every feed and its going okay. Sometimes she'll latch on and suckle for 10 to 15 minutes, other times she'll only nibble for a couple minutes before fussing. I thin she still isn't transferring a good amount of milk, although the number of swallows I'm hearing are increasing. The amount she takes in the bottle after breastfeeding varies, from the full feed to only half, but usually she leaves at least 10mL in the bottle. My pumping output has decreased but I am breastfeeding a lot more, I'm pumping about 320mL per day now. Yesterday according to what I recorded in my Feed Baby app she took 350mL by bottle and I pumped 300mL. So supply wise I'm only behind by one feed amount. I decided that I'm going to keep pumping until she is 6 months old (she's 15 weeks today). In January I'll reevaluate, maybe we'll be exclusively breastfeeding, maybe it will be time to put away the pump.
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 12:59 PM
    Ok but I'm pretty sure it's from the nursing because I have the other aspects of this hormonal difference, such as the vaginal dryness (I never had to use KY until I was breastfeeding), difference in discharge, etc. I am also hoping that with the return of my period (which happened 2 weeks ago), things will start becoming a bit better.
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  • @llli*liz.g.autry's Avatar
    Today, 12:55 PM
    Don't be discouraged! PP is right to suggest seeing a lactation consultant. They should be able to help you with latching, a good one should know lots of tricks to help with "flat" nipples. Like you I'm also struggling with a preemie who prefers bottle to breast. And part of that is that we're having trouble with latching, but I still try to get her to nurse at every feed, even if its only for a few minutes. Here are a few tricks I've found help with her. I use two pieces of paper tape to secure the nipple shield, so when she's waving her hands around she doesn't knock it flying. Also if she's acting frustrated at the breast (bobbing on and off, pulling) and is unwilling suckle long enough to get my milk flowing, I will offer the bottle and let her take about half the amount. Then once her hungers been sated a bit she's usually more patient and is more willing to try. And I started using the football hold instead of the cross-cradle hold and that has enabled us to get a better latch, although its still not great. Keep trying, but also give yourself some breathing room. If right now you find breastfeeding too frustrating, it is possible to go and try again later. Having a frustrated momma is not going to help your son breastfeed. When my daughter first came home a month ago, we were only breastfeeding twice a day, then after a bit bumped it to five times and as of Sunday we're doing it at every feed. She's still taking most of her feed via the bottle, but sometimes...
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  • @llli*asemenau's Avatar
    Today, 12:46 PM
    My baby just turned 3mo and has had since 1 mo a lot of gas, I have OS and oald but I have been able to control it, except now my baby sleeps worse than before. He seems very gassy at night and has "colics" from midnight till 5am, he is asleep most of the time and nursing him more often is not helping either. I burp him thoroughly so there are less chances of gas. I already eliminated milk and eat a very healthy homemade diet, I feel desperate.since I don't get enough sleep.and I was hoping that by 3mo his issues would ameliorate not worsen. I don't know what else to do, thanks
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  • @llli*zaynethepain's Avatar
    Today, 12:43 PM
    Well done and well said! My oldest turned three in June and though our nursing relationship has soured a bit on my end, it is a beautiful experience to share with him. He rushes to his preschool classroom every morning with barely a goodbye, despite the many claims that I was making him dependant. He's always loved solids with probably 25% of his diet coming from them by a year. Yet he still nurses 6-10 times a day. He was beginning to sleep through a few nights a week but i had a few brushes with mastitis so I've been dream feeding him once a night. I've found he sleeps in later and I'm up with the baby anyway. Our kids are growing up too fast!
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  • @llli*sonogirl's Avatar
    Today, 12:42 PM
    I had a very difficult time with pants for my child when she was an infant. She was too big for the infant sizes, but almost all toddler sized pants were just longer and LEANER, which is not what we needed! Ultimately, I had the most success with widely cut fabrics that had a lot of stretch. Any sort of structured fabric pants, particularly jeans, were not an option for us in the first year. It was not any particular store that supplied them--I just had to go handle the pants myself and find 24 month/2T pants that were wide and stretchy.
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  • @llli*sonogirl's Avatar
    Today, 12:33 PM
    I think it is very hard to know for sure if your low libido is 100% due to breastfeeding. What I mean to say is, yes, the decreased estrogen levels of a nursing mother may be associated with a decrease in libido (or vaginal dryness, etc.). But I know a tremendous number of non-nursing mothers who have a very low sex drive at 1 year post-partum, because everything ELSE associated with having a new child can also be a pretty big drain on this part of life, as well. Conversely, I know plenty of nursing moms who experienced NO problems whatsoever with their sex drive. So I would just caution against assuming that your nursing relationship is the single, solitary factor affecting this for you. I imagine that every couple handles this issue in a different way, and hopefully some of the moms who have experienced this and really wanted to work to change their frequency chime in. I have some mom friends who swear that just actively making the effort to be intimate for a period of time was all that it took to reignite the fires again. I can only speak to my own experience, which is that my libido has been low since the birth of my child (who is now 23 months old), but this is actually not a bad thing in my marriage because my husband has a very low libido due to a medication he needs to take. So right now, this is actually working out pretty well for the both of us! :lol
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  • @llli*sonogirl's Avatar
    Today, 12:21 PM
    Congratulations! What a wonderful new milestone to have reached!
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 11:36 AM
    Let me first begin by saying that I am so happy that we have made it this far with our breastfeeding relationship! We had lots of struggles in the beginning with terrible latch, tongue-tie issues, crazy supply fluctuations, refusal to take a bottle for a long while (at the babysitter), etc, etc, but we managed and as of now my baby is still nursing a few times a day/night. My problem is this: Throughout my breastfeeding duration, my libido has been very, very low. Normally I'm blessed with a high desire almost all the time and this made me happy. Now, though, while I'm nursing I often feel stressed out about not being in the mood... Only on very rare occasions have I felt a spark. My doctor assured me that I am normal and this is totally normal for a nursing mother. It's the body's natural way of preventing fertility and all that, which I understand. However, breastfeeding is still touted as the #1 way of nourishing one's baby in a physical and emotional way. And when they discuss breastfeeding and all its amazing benefits, they rarely mention this downside, which is affecting me in a great way. But how does one reconcile that with the drawback of a very low libido? If this is a common enough problem, how does everyone do it? Do they just take an intimacy vacation for as long as they are breastfeeding... even 2-3 years? Does it get better if one is only nursing 1-2 times a day? As of now my son nurses a few times by day (small, snacky feedings) and 3 decent...
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  • @llli*pauly.nikol's Avatar
    Today, 11:34 AM
    Hola me llamo paulina tengo 18 aƱos y tengo una bebe de dos meses y 3 semanas ... cuando nacio a mi no me salio calostro hasta el 5 dia ... durante su semana de vida subio solo 80 gramos.. por lo que en el hospital le dieron formula. Al principio agarraba mucho el pecho, pasaba horas tomando y nunca quedaba llena... a veces estaba mas de 5 horas sentada y no terminaba de succionar .... y si le quitaba el pecho lloraba ... por lo cual yo le empece a dar mas formula ... al cumplir el mes ella empezo a rechazar el pecho .. cada vez que le daba ella tomaba 5 minutos y empezaba a llorar .. le ofrecia el otro pecho y seguia llorando.. asi ha sido hasta el dia de hoy ... ya casi no me sale leche ... Estoy realmente preocupada y arrepentida de todo .... deseo darle pecho y ella no quiere .... me siento decepcionada de mi .... siento que no soy una madre al 100% ... de verdad deseo dar pecho y quitarle el biberon .. ayudenme por favor :(
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 11:22 AM
    If you are also giving solids, your supply wouldn't be the same, and that's normal. I see a decrease in my supply now too (my baby turned one this week) and I'm not trying anything to increase it because that's all he's requiring now since he eats lots of food too.
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  • @llli*aseret1's Avatar
    Today, 11:17 AM
    Hi my LO was born at 35-36 weeks and had a weak suck reflex from birth. We tried breastfeeding but she wasn't getting enough milk and the pediatrician was concerned about possible weight loss. As a result, we were supplementing w/ formula. Now I'm concerned about whether or not I can produce enough milk to BF her. Her suck reflex is stronger but I still don't make enough milk. Is it too late to get a greater milk supply? LO is 3 weeks old today. Please help
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 10:57 AM
    :) with Mommal. Had a friend recently go through breast refusal but after a few days of things from Kelly mom she got it sorted :) Hang on in there the interim isn't fun and try not to take it personally - which can be hard!
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 10:54 AM
    That's really good of them!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 10:53 AM
    Welcome to the forum! Have you seen this link: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/back-to-breast/? It covers all the ways I know of to get a baby back to the breast. The instant reward and skin-to-skin techniques are said to be very helpful. Also, it may be really helpful to offer in the middle of the night, when baby is too relaxed and sleepy to fight about where his meal is coming from.
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  • @llli*valentina0813's Avatar
    Today, 10:18 AM
    my 2 month old sleeps thru the night, she's BF only. her last feeding is usually around 10:30-11pm. wakes up around 6-7am. Everyone seems to be amazed, i hope it doesn't change, she's been doing so since 2 weeks old.
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  • @llli*sprocket's Avatar
    Today, 10:05 AM
    Great to hear! It's so reassuring to hear from moms who were able to travel and come home and nurse again. I know it's always a possibility that she'll go on strike but it helps to calm my fears to hear from you.
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  • @llli*sprocket's Avatar
    Today, 10:01 AM
    I agree, the PISA is probably your best bet for a Medela consumer-grade pump. I initially bought a Freestyle thinking that it was a higher end and therefore better pump and was disappointed. It is battery-operated (rechargeable like your cell phone battery) and doesn't have the power that the PISA does. The hospital pump is a world apart from either of these and I agree you should keep it as long as you can. The PISA is great if you need a portable pump to take to work or on trips but with a newborn who you're trying to get to breast feed and hopefully only temporarily pumping for as you work through that, in my experience hanging on to that Symphony for another month is a wise investment if you can afford it.
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  • @llli*barronmommy's Avatar
    Today, 09:33 AM
    Hi everyone. I am having some difficulty in nursing my son. He is almost 4 months and has latched well from the beginning. I had to go out of town for a couple of days so I introduced a bottle but we picked back up with nursing as soon as I returned. About 3 weeks ago he refused to nurse. He would latch on initially but then he would fight it. It only lasted 7 days and he was nursing back to normal. Now, he absolutely refuses to even get close to my breast. I've tried to push through it but he screams constantly. I've been pumping but my supply has dropped considerably. I attempted to use a nipple shield and the medela supplementing system this morning but he wouldn't even take that. I put it on my finger and put it in his mouth to see if it was the shield but he had no problem with the shield. Any advice? I would love to continue our breastfeeding relationship but I'm worried we might be done and very discouraged.
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