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  • @llli*lepetitmatin's Avatar
    Today, 08:03 AM
    I will be returning to work in a couple months. Can I start pumping then to create a stash or should I do that now? She doesn't have any sort of schedule right now, which I know is ok, but because her eating times are pretty eratic, how will my body learn when to produce more/less?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:33 AM
    No, this is totally normal. :) No. Your body is blessed with a very sensitive internal clock, and what is happening right now is that your baby's demand is training that clock so that your body knows how to make the right amount of milk for a given time of day. As time goes on, you will find that nighttime/early morning fullness will diminish as your body learns that baby's nighttime demand is lower than current nighttime production. And you will likely feel soft/empty at ALL times of day, not just in the evening. One thing a lot of new moms don't realize is that you don't have to feel full in order to have sufficient milk. When supply and demand are well-matched, most moms will rarely if ever feel full. The evening squirminess/pulling on and off/shallow latching is probably totally unrelated to the amount of milk you have. Babies tend to get fussy towards the end of the day, as they are tired, their attention span is shorter, and they are headed towards their first long stretch of sleep since their last major nap. The best thing to do with afternoon/evening fussiness is to nurse, nurse, nurse, nurse. Small, frequent meals will help your baby tank up in calories for his (hopefully) long sleep stretch, and there's no better way to comfort a newborn. He can't cry when there's a breast in his mouth!!!
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  • @llli*rani's Avatar
    Today, 07:12 AM
    I tried a straw bottle but he didn't know how to suck. Now we are doing Nuby bottle which we squeeze and the milk just pours out. It's a bit time taking but we are able to feed him when I am away.
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  • @llli*lepetitmatin's Avatar
    Today, 06:35 AM
    I have a 7 week old. At times during the night (when LO has started to sleep longer stretches) and in the morning, I feel very full as LO has not been fully draining me. I know production peaks in the early morning hours. But then as the day progresses I feel very empty. In the early evening feeds, LO seems to almost be playing at the breast instead of eating (lots of shallow latches, pulling on/off, squirmy, not a lot of swallows) which I am assuming is because the flow is slower because there isn't an abundance of milk. Should I be concerned? By LO not draining the breasts in the late evening/early morning, is my body getting a signal to stop producing, which is leaving me more empty than I should be later in the day? Should I pump when I feel full in the early morning to tell my body to keep producing or will that just make me fuller and fuller in those early morning hours?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 02:50 AM
    Hair loss is normal in postpartum YES! When I see breastfeeding blamed for hair loss I want to pull out my own hair! So I also say, what mommal said.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 02:40 AM
    How about lying down to nurse him to sleep and then sneaking away? Of course you will need to make any common sense adjustments you need to your sleep surface so baby can be left safely there. Do you use a sling? I used to get baby to sleep in the sling, then lay baby down by leaning over the bed (or crib, when we still bothered with that furniture) , and loosening the sling and slipping myself out of it, leaving the sling under/around baby like a little blanket. To aid sneek-aways, I sometimes had success getting baby to stay asleep if I left a t-shirt with my scent near him. Assure your husband the time will come soon enough when your son will prefer to be with him and it will be your turn to feel like chopped liver. But not at 7 months. Your baby's behavior is normal. Also, bonding occurs during crying just as much as during happy play. Togetherness and loving interaction is what creates bonding. For nights you are out, what other methods of comforting has dad tried? Cuddling might just not be the way to baby's heart at that moment, when he is missing mom and nursing. Does your husband have a baby carrier he uses? This is a good age to try baby backpacks, which some kids love. Some kids love a stroller ride or car ride. He might do better with distraction like a book or toy or silly song or goofy faces etc.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 02:25 AM
    The nice thing about breastfeeding is there is never any harm in offering. If baby cues in any way, and you are not sure what baby wants, you can always offer to nurse and ask questions later. If you yourself feel like nursing for any reason, you can always offer and see what happens. If baby is not interested, try a little later. The only time for concern is if baby is not cuing or not nursing enough overall.
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  • @llli*dandelions's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:27 PM
    I was struck by the amount you said your son is eating. A 5 oz bottle in one sitting sounds quite large for a breastfed 9 week old. Are you using infant nipples and paced bottle feeding? (articles: KellyMom on Bottle Feeding, LLLI on Bottle Feeding) If not, baby may be getting more from the bottles than they would normally drink. This could be making baby angry after the bottle, as could gas, hunger, etc. It sounds like your LO is on a schedule, and I can't speak to how that might affect things. However, if a baby is fed on demand, and paced so they only consume as much as they want, I would neither worry about the total ounces nor total bottle-fed ounces unless diaper output or weight/physique indicate a problem. I work full time and my DS eats 0.5-1.5 oz / hour of separation, depending on the day; so 10 oz in and of itself doesn't seem odd to me
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  • @llli*american.honey's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:10 PM
    Mommal how do I join the Relationships & Sexuality forum? I did look at my control panel, but don't know what to do from there.
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  • @llli*jmbl714's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:30 PM
    Thanks for sharing your experience :) I guess I'm not ready to give up co-sleeping yet! Perhaps that's my downfall.. but its hard to quit when I am able to get so much more sleep because of it! (and of course cuddles all night :) )
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:49 PM
    Do you mean an at the breast supplementer? Are you using a homemade one or an SNS or Lact-Aid? If a baby is not gaining it is really important to see an IBCLC to help you figure out why and come up with a plan to approach the problem. Have you been able to do this? How did you diagnose low milk production? If you are going by the amount you can express, that is not going to always give you an accurate information. When you say: do you mean you are limiting the length of the feed? Or that is how long baby nurses prior to getting the supplement? Have you considered reversing the process-giving baby a little milk (like an ounce) to get baby going and then removing the tube? Also, how often is baby nursing? What stimulates milk production is milk coming out of the breasts frequently. So pumping WILL stimulate production, assuming you pump often enough and your pump is the right kind of pump for what you are doing and in excellent working order. A double electric is good, but a hospital grade rented pump is probably better for a situation where mom does not make enough milk.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:29 PM
    :ita with mommal. I think your appointment resulted in mostly good news- the observation by the LC that there is nothing obvious wrong, you have good milk production, and the weighted feed that showed intake. There are many ways to increase milk intake by baby. The most obvious is to offer to nurse more often. Another is to offer both breasts at each feeding, and gently encourage baby to take both. Another is breast compressions. Did your LC discuss these or other options with you? I am not saying your baby actually needs more milk. Personally I think your baby's growth sounds entirely normal and it appears your baby's doctor thinks all is fine as well. However, your mother instinct is telling you something is off, and I am a big believer in listening to mom. And baby getting more milk at the breast never hurt anything. breast compressions: http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=doc-BC
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:59 PM
    A single weigh-feed-weigh measurement actually doesn't tell you much. Babies don't always take in the same amount of milk, and sometimes their performance at the LC's office will be significantly worse/better than their average feeding at home. If you really need to determine your baby's intake, ask to rent a scale for a few days, and weigh your baby before and after every (or most) nursing sessions. You will see variation in the numbers you get, but you will also be able to come up with a good per-feeding average and a more accurate sense of your baby's daily intake.
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  • @llli*alexazhang's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:29 PM
    Thanks, i will try it.
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  • @llli*greatestjoy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:16 PM
    I have been following your thread, and my heart just aches for you. Truly. I don't have all the answers, but I have at least some thoughts for you. 1. Did you double and triple check on a different infant scale to make sure the weight is correct? 2. See #1 3. See #1 4. Even if you choose to supplement with formula, there is NO REASON under the sun to stop providing your child with some breastmilk. 30%, 50%, 70% breastfed are all better than 0%. Like others have said, unless your child has a rare metabolic disorder that makes breastmilk dangerous, you should provide milk, even if it is in pumped form. Also, breastmilk is more calorie rich so... makes no sense to eliminate this from baby's diet. 5. Foremilk, shmoremilk. Please do not be caught up in this, just ignore that the words foremilk and hindmilk even exist. Really. Even if a baby were to drink all foremilk for 2 months, they are not going to gain zero ounces in this time. Your baby is not getting getting enough VOLUME of milk in. 6. Could be medical, has your doctor run any tests? 7. If you start bottle feeding baby more, please nurse baby a couple times a day, so baby doesn't forget. You don't want to make your supply zero. Use the instant reward methods others have advocated, so that baby doesn't have to wait for a letdown.
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  • @llli*mamamx2015's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:54 PM
    i am wondering if any moms who have used a syringe/tube (fine tube lies along nipple to deliver milk) to feed baby extra milk while baby actively sucking at breast, as a way to stimulate milk production. i need tips. when i press it along areola the tip pops up and pokes him. my milk production is low. i have tried everything, but baby not gaining at 2 weeks (birth weight 7#2, now 6#11) his behaviour is reassuring. he is healthy, strong, alert, eager to nurse, strong suck (but not for long), good colour, lots of wet diapers, skin to skin all the time, good latch, strong suck (but not for long)offer whenever he wants it, wakes self every 2-3 hours to nurse. content after. i am putting him to breast for 15 minutes. he sucks sporadically. then feed (while still sucking) 2 ounces my milk and doner milk. he is content after. my concern is he seems to be sucking less vigorously when he is getting milk easily with the tube. i don't know if he is getting lazy. he is so alert. i am only expressing (double electric pump)and i worry this will not stimulate my own production. another concern is he favours one breast and fights going on the other. he grabs at the breast, seriously strong, his hands getting in the way. i have tried swaddling, but i feel he is using his hands to locate and stimulate the breast. i guess what i am really saying is i am not making enough milk to feed my baby. i only express 1 ounce at each feed. i am frustrated and worried . i need to hear success...
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  • @llli*v0mich01's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:41 PM
    So I went back to work this past Monday. My 9 wo eats about every three hours, so I nurse at 6, pump at 7, he takes a bottle a nine, I pump at 12, he takes his second bottle, then I'm back to him by his next nursing session. Monday I left two four ounces bottles. He gobbled them up and seemed angry when he finished. So Tuesday I left 4.5 ounce bottles, he drank them and was angry when he finished. So today I left 5 ounce bottles. He ate then, and acted like he'd eat more. He currently nurses 6a, bottles at 9a, and noon, then he'll nurse at 3,5,7, and 10, and usually has one night waking where he eats.
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  • @llli*skyanne's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:55 PM
    Thanks guys. :) I met with the LC today. We weighed LO before, during, and after the feed. She only took in 1 oz..... and the LC has no idea why. Latch was great, no tongue tie, I'm producing more than enough milk.... she even said she was surprised how low it was from listening to her swallow. So now I'm at a loss as to what to do...... :confused:
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  • @llli*whitbymom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:15 PM
    Yeah, I have gone bald myself. The thyroid check is a good idea - I had low thyroid function throughout my pregnancy and am now on medication. It helps! I used to think I was lazy...turns out hypothyroidism was responsible for my exhaustion and lethargy, too! My hair loss bothered me so much I picked up a wig and had it styled like my own hair. I wear it when I have to go out. You can try that if you're feeling self-conscious :)
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  • @llli*whitbymom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:11 PM
    Hi there - just chiming in to let you know you're not alone. My lil guy started with separation anxiety at 5 months. If I leave his sight he starts wailing. Strangely, it's gotten a little better with sleep training. I slept on a single bed in the baby's room while he slept in his crib -- or more often in my arms in the feeding/easy chair up until last week. Now, his dad shares the night time checks and feeds him his cereal in the mornings (I was starting to see things from lack of sleep! lol) Now the little guy is reaching for Dad at times and tolerates my absence for short periods as long as his dad is there. We're also working on getting the baby to bond with a stuffed animal; we hope that will help, too.
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