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  • @llli*lc.aggie's Avatar
    Today, 12:26 PM
    Weight check history: Birth- 6lb 15 oz 2 weeks- 7lbs 15 oz 2 mos- 12 lbs 6 oz 3 mos- 13 lbs 8 oz 4 mos- 14 lbs 6 oz 4mos, 3 weeks- 15 lbs. All weight checks after birth have been on the same scale. Dr only suggested supplementing with formula. He suggested I add 1/2 tsp to every 4.5 oz of breast milk. Or when I nurse to nurse for no longer than 10 minutes and then offer formula. (Which I might refuse to do. I can't justify it!)
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  • @llli*skyisred's Avatar
    Today, 10:10 AM
    I'm ready to get some proper sleep at night! I'm exhausted and find myself loosing patience with LO during the day. He will definitely benefit from having a more rested, calmer mom. LO is 14m. Originally, I was going to follow Jay Gordon's method when he reaches 18m, but my husband will have a two week vacation soon and I want to take advantage of that time. DH currently sleeps in the other room and I share the bed with LO. I'm thinking to first have DH sleep with us for couple of nights (if we can fit, haha), then I'd move on the floor on DH's side, and if it goes well, to another room. Any advice you could give me? Experience to share? I'd like to make it less stressful if possible.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 09:06 AM
    I'm glad to hear you are getting great help. I knew lotrimin was an anti fungal I just did not know if it was the same one recommended by Newman- I get confused with the brand names. I agree if you know it is thrush then probably no need for the other things in APNO although I think the steroid helps with pain/inflammation but if you are feeling better then it sounds like you are on the right course.
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    Today, 07:15 AM
    What kind of pooping problems? I've been on this one for a few days now and nothing so far. He didn't poop but once yesterday, which is weird for him.. but today he's already pooped once so it seems like it's doing fine? Should this be something I am worried about? I think I am low in iron anyways. During pregnancy I had to take supplements. So maybe that's why he isn't having an issue because I am already low in iron?
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  • @llli*sarahfv's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:54 PM
    I did read the Jack Newman protocol and we are basically following it. The ingredient in the Lotrimin is one of the ingredients in the APNO. The APNO just has other ingredients to speed healing, but my nipples aren't in that bad of shape so I'd rather have the undiluted antifungal. It actually seems to be working already!! The baby probiotics and GSE should get here in the mail tomorrow. We're going to keep using minuscule amounts of the Nystatin on baby and if it's still causing her problems by Monday we'll try Gentian Violet. I also have an appointment with a lactation consultant next week to rule out any other issues. I've been very happy with my dr consulting with specialists and calling me at home with all the options.
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  • @llli*isla.smommy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:45 PM
    @llli*isla.smommy replied to a thread Weaning guidance in Weaning
    I've been doing well since the punch biopsy but my milk bleb and vasoconstrictions and Thrush (prolonged antibiotics due to dental surgery --despite my very best efforts/probiotics/and anti fungal creams) have just recently returned. It's once again extremely painful to nurse and for hours after. I'm feeling ready to wean but not sure how to do so without it being so difficult for my daughter. I covered my sore nipple with a baindaid and told her it is 'owies'. I'm letting her nurse from the other side. I'd like to gradually wean her from that side as well. With as little pain for her as possible. She is so upset that she's being limited to the one side. She keeps going back to the less painful side and wanting to nurse non stop. I've tried limiting with songs, having lots of cuddles and stories, having her daddy hold her. She's so upset with this change. What should I be doing to gradually wean her. Is there a way to make this easier on her without it being her choice. I'm not on a timeline but I feel like it's time to wean.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:39 PM
    Hi! Sometimes babies do not gain well and sometimes that does mean baby needs supplements. But not always are supplements needed. Too often moms are told by doctors to give a baby formula when either there is not really a problem or, if there is a problem, it might be solved another way. Can you post a complete weight check history from birth? Have all weight checks since 2 months been done on the same scale? Did the doctor suggest supplementing with your own expressed milk instead of formula? Formula does not have more calories or fat than your milk. So if baby does need more than he can get at the breast, assuming you make enough milk, supplements can be your expressed milk, not formula. Has the doctor instructed you how much formula they think baby should be getting daily? When is the next weight check? Babies are not going to stay on the same exact percentile curve, normally. Curves represent an average of many babies who have normal gain. Also it is normal for gain rate to start to slow after about 3 months. A dramatic drop in percentiles might or might not be concerning. It depends on many other factors, most important, the overall health/development of baby. Some babies gain more slowly than others and are still entirely healthy and developing normally.
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  • @llli*mommadaw's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:05 PM
    I was also taking garden of life Prenatals but quit because of the iron, my LO was having pooping problems. I'm not taking any supplements now but probiotics. He's on a probiotic too. Gerber brand. But I'm gonna switch him to garden of life kid probiotic at 3 months. In my opinion, in general, extra stuff isn't necessary. I mean, what did they do thousands of years ago? They didn't supplement. They just trusted their bodies to make breast milk to feed their babies. So don't stress :) I would like to note that I do realize that some cases require special supplements.
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  • @llli*lc.aggie's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:52 PM
    At my lo 4 month well visit, the pedi was concerned that he was not growing on a consistent growth curve. He had only gained 2 pounds and grown 1.5 inches since his 2 mo well visit. He was in the 50th percentile and now has dropped to between 20-25th percentile. We went back for a weight check and he still isn't making enough gains so our pedi wants me to supplement with formula. I am back at work so we just add formula to the breast milk he gets while I'm at work. The dr suggested offering formula after I nurse but my lo won't take it so it feels like a waste. I have a very plentiful supply so I'm at a loss as to why he's not gaining enough/ growing enough. I really don't want to supplement at all but I want to do what is best for my lo. Has anyone had a similar experience? If so, what advice/ input do you have? Thanks.
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:41 PM
    Okay, so again - breastfeeding my first kid and I am still learning. I thought I was doing alright but a few friends of mine that I have met through BF meet ups that they are taking this supplement or that. They all say it's something that we "should" be taking. So I wanted to come here, and ask what you guys thought. I have questions about prenatal while nursing, DHA, vitamin D, and things to help immune system. The prenatal I take is this... is this a good prenatal, and is this missing anything? Garden of Life myKind Organics Prenatal Once Daily My prenatal DOESNT have any DHA. I am trying to stay away from any mercury possibilities. Does anyone have any good recommendations for DHA? Also, my little guy takes currently Vitamin D drops. But was told that I could take Vitamin D and as long as I take 6400ui then it would be fine. Prenatal has 600, so I could just take a supplements. Any recommendations about this?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:50 PM
    Can you give them Jack Newman's protocol that carm3 linked above? He is a pediatrician (Canadian) and most certainly an expert. Or can you see a board certified lactation consultant? I am pretty sure there is no need to wipe off your nipples when using the ointment he suggests, not sure if that is lotrimin or not I get confused with the brand names.
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  • @llli*sarahfv's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:22 PM
    I was given Lotramin (sp?) to put on my nipples instead, twice a day. I was told to wipe it off before nursing which is awful (it's really hard to get off!). I hope it works. They didn't know what to do for baby! The nurse is talking to a specialist and will get back to me. :( Thanks again for your suggestions.
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  • @llli*thawingsnow's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:18 PM
    Totally agree with maddieb. I know you are in great pain, but it really could spread the thrush.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:10 PM
    Well another perspective on pumping and bottles when a mom and baby have thrush is that will be more stuff that you will have to be very careful about getting very clean as these are items that can spread or cause a reoccurrence of thrush. Also sometimes if mom has thrush pumping is not comfortable either.
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  • @llli*sarah56830's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:32 PM
    Hi! I'm currenting nursing my 15 month old and pumping for my almost three year old. I try to pump about 12 ounces a day to give him a cup of milk at nap and bedtime. I'm struggling now that my period has returned with pumping enough milk. Is it possible to increase my supply at this point? Anyone pumping for a older toddler?
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  • @llli*jstan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:49 AM
    Hi everyone, was making good progress by reducing 1oz off every feed but my baby was suddenly very hungry again. So I started giving full 3oz feed again using the SNS. I wonder if it is his 3 months growth spurt because he is devouring all the formula and my breastmilk with no leftovers. I am sure I am producing a few oz everyday although not a lot. But today there is finally leftover of 10ml in two feeds, so I will start by reducing every feed by 10ml again. Does anyone have any idea how to go about this? How do I track and how much to reduce for how many days?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    November 30th, 2016, 10:47 PM
    What increases milk production is getting milk out of the breasts frequently and getting the breasts as "empty" as possible each time you extract milk. It does not matter whether you do this with baby, pump or hand, or in some combination of those, as long as it happens frequently. A great book that may be helpful to you is Making More Milk.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    November 30th, 2016, 10:37 PM
    Color of poop is normally going to vary and green poop does not indicate anything about hindmilk as far as I know. All a mom usually has to worry about at this point is if baby is gaining normally and nursing frequently, and if nursing is comfortable for her. Are you are pumping to build a storage of milk or for some other reason? Pumping after every nursing session is a method to increase milk production.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    November 30th, 2016, 08:46 PM
    Actually it is entirely normal for a baby to nurse past being full. This is a good reason a baby spitting up is so common and not at all harmful. There is absolutely nothing wrong with comfort nursing. I like to say that Mother Nature in her infinite wisdom designed things to work this way. Babies need comfort and they need lots of food. When a mom nurses her baby she provides both at once. It may be one of the few times multitasking actually works really well! To get technical about it, a younger baby feels "full" -content- not due to how much milk is in their tummy but based on how long they have been able to suckle. The sucking for a certain amount of time sends a hormonal message to baby to relax, be content, and often, to fall asleep. But a baby's need to suckle for comfort is why it is so easy to overfeed with bottles. No one intends to over feed, but it happens so easily, because a baby wants to suckle and suckle for comfort. With a bottle given the "traditional way" (gravity feeding) this means baby might get MUCH more than at the breast just by suckling on the bottle for the time they need to in order to feel content. Also gravity feeding creates a rapid milk flow that younger babies in particular may find impossible to control. Paced feeding is really about communication. The caregiver and baby work out together how to make the bottle feeding more like breastfeeding- long enough to be comforting to baby but without baby getting way more milk than baby...
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  • @llli*candlesandcoffee's Avatar
    November 30th, 2016, 06:13 PM
    Thanks to both of you! I've gone back to just breastfeeding since making that post. I looked up the paced bottle feeding videos. I told my boyfriend about it and I think we can get his mom on board with that. I hope I haven't thwarted my sons ability to know when he is full. He seems to be a comfort nurser but will spit up after...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    November 30th, 2016, 04:46 PM
    Sorry I do not have any brilliant suggestions for transferring a baby this age to their own bed. I would suggest the book The No Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley. It has many ideas for gently encouraging sleep for both co-sleeping or not. Your baby eats a very wide variety, and I assume pretty large amounts of the food, and appears to be gaining normally, and baby does not appear unduly thirsty. So I think that the nursing at night probably has more to do with confort than hunger or thirst. But this does not mean baby never gets hungry or thirsty overnight. So having water or snacks by the bed that you can offer baby instead of nursing may help. Many babies want to nurse frequently at night because they are missing out on the comfort of nursing, not just the milk, during the day. There may not be anything you can do about this, but if there are any adjustments you can make to your work schedule that allowed for more daytime hours with baby, or if caregiver could bring baby to work, that may help. Of course many babies this age who are with mom all day also nurse lots at night, so it is impossible to know if the long separations are contributing or not. Lipase- my understanding is lipase issues do not always happen with every child, and also not every kid minds the lipase taste. So I would suggest not assuming that is the problem. It sounds to me as if your child does drink milk from the bottle and/or cup, in other words, is not out and out refusing. So he...
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  • @llli*lil-as-mama's Avatar
    November 30th, 2016, 04:35 PM
    Thank you!! :)
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    November 30th, 2016, 04:33 PM
    Good luck. OP can be very difficult I know from experience.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    November 30th, 2016, 04:24 PM
    non seedy poops a-ok.
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  • @llli*lil-as-mama's Avatar
    November 30th, 2016, 04:21 PM
    Thanks so much, everyone! I quit the block feeding and I'm going to try all this. It sounds like it will help a lot. And I'm very glad to know the hindmilk thing isn't as much of an issue as I'd thought. His poops are almost never seedy, is that a problem? Everyone I've talked to seems to say that seedy is "normal," but his are always watery or sticky, and only very seldom is there anything I'd call seedy... is that still ok?
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  • @llli*carmenoct24's Avatar
    November 30th, 2016, 04:04 PM
    My baby is 5 weeks old and ebf. For last few weeks her poop has been green and then yesterday and today I have started manually pumping (just a few minutes after I feed her). All of a sudden her poops went back to yellow. Obviously that´s great, but I wonder why that might be??? Especially given that that would technically be her hindmilk or no? Maybe it is just a coincidence though.
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