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  • @llli*littlecavemomma's Avatar
    Today, 08:03 AM
    Often times before latching, my 8wo looks up at me sideways with the creepiest smirk/grin, very Elf on the Shelf-esque. I think it's hilarious and adorable, but it totally freaks out my husband. :)
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:59 AM
    How your baby's latch looks doesn't mean diddly. It's how it feels that matters. Questions for you: - Has baby been checked for lip or tongue ties? - Have either of you been diagnosed with thrush? Or have either of you had a recent course of antibiotics or a yeast infection anywhere on your bodies? - When baby finishes nursing, what shape are your nipples? Are they assymetrical/wedged/creased/ridged/shaped like new lipsticks, or are they symmetrical, like pencil erasers? - What nursing positions have you tried? - Have you tried pumping, and if so, how does that feel? How much milk can you get? - How would you rate your milk supply? Do you have a lot of milk? - What happens when baby unlatches? Do you ever see milk squirt or spray from the breast?
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  • @llli*pickle.pie's Avatar
    Today, 04:39 AM
    Yes it did start around the 4-month sleep regression time, but is still going on at 8 months, so I guess it can't still be that??
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  • @llli*pickle.pie's Avatar
    Today, 04:38 AM
    For a while my baby would only nurse lying down full-stop, on either side. I think due to fast let-down - she could cope better that way. At about 6 or 7 months she suddenly got easier to nurse in other positions, so I think only time helped me! I hope the chiropractic continues to help you!
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  • @llli*pickle.pie's Avatar
    Today, 04:34 AM
    I've been there and it's awful. I used to dread every feed, and be in tears when my daughter latched. I was also told her latch looked OK, though it could be a bit shallow at times - and she pulled on and off all the time as well without relaxing her grip, which was agony. Everyone told me it would be better by 6-8 weeks, and it wasn't. But, it did eventually get better for me, though not really pain-free until about 6 months I'm afraid. Things that helped me were trying different positions, partiularly laid-back nursing and letting her latch herself, side-lying nursing, swapping positions regularly throughout the day so that the pressure was on different parts of my nipple, a lanolin-based nipple cream, and more than anything else - time. I think she just got bigger and better able to latch, but she's still not amazing at times. Also have you considered oversupply/fast letdown? I had issues with that, which I think was causing at least some of the pulling on and off as she couldn't keep up with the flow.
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  • @llli*annie0987's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:19 PM
    Sorry to steal your thread, but what is cranial...? I am wondering if it might help us. My nipples are so sore, creams including APNC are useless. Based on what you said about your experience, when you unlatch did you have to wedge your finger between gums? Maybe my lo can't open his mouth wide enough! Thanks! Again sorry to steal your tread, but a light just went off, and I'm ready to pack it in over here.
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  • @llli*annie0987's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:06 PM
    Hello, I am looking for some late night support. My son is 3 months and we have struggled with breastfeeding since he was born. I am told his latch looks fine, but it hurts so much. I have had cracks since he was a few days old, and although they are better then they were, they just won't heal. He pulls off often when feeing, I take him off sometimes due to pain, which means we re-Latch 7-10 times during a feeding. He is gaining weight like a champ, but I don't know how much longer I can take the constant sore nipples and the pain when he feeds.
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  • @llli*amypo28's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:26 PM
    It only gets better as they learn to talk. If I sneeze while my son is nursing, he will unlatch to say "bless you mama!". And then latch on again. Our other game is that sometimes I will ask him yes or no questions while he nurses and he will nod or shake his head, while smiling and nursing. :)
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  • @llli*sassypants's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:01 PM
    We went the Baby-Led Weaning route. http://www.rapleyweaning.com/ I have the original book, but I hear the recipe book has the basic information along with good recipes.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:13 PM
    Also perhaps you can try reverse pressure softening when your breasts are very full? You can find more information about that in the engorgement F a Q article on this website. Also it may help to increase nursing frequency. Less time between nursing sessions the less full your breasts are going to get.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:12 PM
    Is the misery caused by pain? Engorgement? Something else? A As a temporary measure it may help to adjust how she is doing things a little bit? Maybe actually pumping slightly more frequently but for a shorter session? The more frequent idea is to help the breasts feel softer/less pressure overall, but the suggestion to not take as much each time is of course so that the more frequent pumping doesn't lead to even more production. Of course it is possible she will eventually need to go the other way, taking longer amounts of time between each pump session. But I hate to suggest that if it's going to lead to her getting more engorged. A helpful article is the engorgement FAQ on this website
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:00 PM
    Wow it is wonderful that you've gotten your baby back to the breast! I am really sorry I cannot answer in more detail now, however I think you'll find that the ideas and links I suggested to mama2babye may be helpful to you. Her thread is the one asking about biological nurturing.
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  • @llli*acjl's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:57 PM
    Thank you so much. She has an appt with a LC this week. She's just so miserable, and I was at a loss as to what she could do.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:53 PM
    Well I'm sorry you have not gotten more helpful help from the breast-feeding helpers around you. If there is any local la Leche league I would strongly suggest getting in touch with them. I am less familiar with breast-feeding USA but they are probably also a pretty good resource. LLL USA also has a breast-feeding helpline you can call from anywhere in the country. Have you looked into what the cost would be to simply pay for a lactation consultant on your own? Some places have clinics or less expensive options but you'd have to ask around. When nursing hurts, it is always probable that latch is involved. Sometimes when there are latch issues, another problem is that baby is unable to extract milk effectively. This is why it's very important to make sure baby is gaining weight normally. Also the symptoms you describe sounds pretty much like classic mastitis. Unless you were exposed to the flu, mastitis is almost surely what the fever and chills was. Breast pain and redness do not always accompany the other symptoms of mastitis. It is possible that you managed the symptoms well and will not require antibiotics. It's just something to know if it recurs that those are an option to talk to your doctor about. If it is mastitis there are a couple possibilities. One is that the breast injury led to infection. The other is that milk is not being removed effectively enough and that is leading to infection. Of course both things could be happening or it could be something...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:32 PM
    Some mothers feel let down and some others do not. A tingling sensation could be many things. Remember you are now a lactating mother, which means your breasts are doing a lot of work all the time, so it is normal to have some sensations of this although of course it is also normal to not have any. Also letdown can happen at any time it is not necessarily only when a baby nurses. I'm sure you have has seen movies or something where somebody starts to leak milk at an inopportune moment -that's a letdown it can happen at any point. Since some mothers leak and others do not, the sensation of letdown can occur without any leaking. Also it is entirely possible that you might feel the sensation more when your baby is not nursing then when your baby does. That's because your milk may be letting down but has nowhere to go so you may feel a stronger sensation at that point. Of course it would always be fine to offer to nurse at that point, as it is fine to offer to nurse whenever you like. Hope that helps.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:26 PM
    This honestly sounds like a very serious case of hyperlactation. What you are describing is a mother who is pumping 90 ounces a day with more still in there. that's enough for four or five 2 week old babies. She should talk to lactation consultant. There is something called full drainage and block feeding that may be appropriate (of course if she is pumping it would be full drainage and block pumping) But again I would hesitate to suggest anything on an online form for such an extreme situation -she needs in person assistance.
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