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  • @llli*jayvidandraydensmommy's Avatar
    Today, 10:19 AM
    I have just encountered something I have never before. I felt like I had a clogged duct when I woke up, so I nursed LO back to sleep. I then got my pump ready and pumped that side. As I was transferring the milk into a storage bag, I was left with this yellow, thick gunk in the bottom of the bottle. I never pumped with my first and had several clogs. Never mastitis though. Any thoughts? Is it safe to give him the expressed milk and nurse him on that side?
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  • @llli*zozja's Avatar
    Today, 10:11 AM
    So, my LO is 3 months on the 6th. She eats every 1-2 hours (except at night - she'll go about 4 hours between feeds +/-). Her eating time has also gone down in the last few weeks. She will only eat for 2-4 minutes at a time. And I can never get her to eat from both sides no matter how hard I try. She's not falling asleep, she's just done when she's done and doesn't want anything to do with eating afterwards. I know my milk production is still great. I had an OP issue at the beginning which has gotten a lot better but I still spray in the mornings and middle of night and sometimes in between feeds during the day. After she's done, I'll hand express a bit just to be sure there's still milk coming out. She has also gotten really temperamental in the last couple weeks. She'll give me hunger cues and will then fight me when I try to feed her. I have to put the pacifier in her mouth and get her calm and only then she'll take my nipple. In the last 3 weeks she's only gained 9 oz. Before that she had really great weight gain, but this last 3 weeks she's not gaining the average amount (isn't is supposed to be at least 4 oz ever week?). She's definitely not sick... no temperature. She's very active, happy and responsive (except for when she's being fussy).
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 09:45 AM
    Co-sleeping isn't controversial here. It's mostly an accepted method for getting more sleep. Especially with infants that are breastfeeding. BUT as someone who did it (And still does it some TBH) I can tell you that to actuallly nightwean my child, I needed to move out of the bed he was sleeping in. He couldn't go all night if I was laying next to him. He smelled milk. He wanted milk. But if he was asleep with my DH, he could and did. So I am not mad that you co-sleep. It makes sense. I am just suggesting you put a bit more effort into getting her into the co-sleeper because even ONE solid period of 2-3 hours would probably really help with your disposition. Like....there are periods when we all are up around the clock the way you describe. And it is exhausting. But anytime I was in one of those spaces (Growth spurts or teething) getting ONE solid stretch made me feel like a person again. One thing I would suggest to get her to go down and stay down in the co-sleeper is to either walk around with her in a wrap all day (I was a moby wearer) and then use that to swaddle her at night. Or take a PJ top that you have been wearing for a day or more and use it like a sheet. Get the mama stink IN the co-sleeper!
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  • @llli*emersushea's Avatar
    Today, 07:25 AM
    Thanks for the replies. We do have an Arm's Reach Co-Sleeper and I can sometimes get her to sleep in there otherwise she bed shares with me (I know it's controversial but it's the only way she and I can get sleep with her feeding so much). Its been tricky for me to nap when she sleeps because we've had some construction happening on our house and lots of visitors I should be saying no to. Her hunger cues are that she gets restless, starts rooting, mouthing and then if I let it go it turns to frantic cries. I hadn't thought of reflux. She tends to get hiccups after a big feed and in the beginning seemed to confuse an upset tummy with hunger. I'll try wearing her more during the day.
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  • @llli*m11612's Avatar
    Today, 07:00 AM
    "Boob cozy" love it! :D
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:13 AM
    This is normal, if fairly extreme, behavior. Djsmom made an excellent suggestion about sleep- if your baby is waking because she senses that she is alone, moving her into your bed or into a co-sleeping crib would probably help a lot. By extension, you might gain more pauses between daytime feedings if you wear your baby in a sling. Babies often cry to nurse because they sense that they have been put down in a bassinet and they want to be in moms arms. One reason a baby might want to nurse frequently is reflux. Milk is a mild antacid and frequent swallowing helps keep stomach contents down where they belong. If reflux is in the mix, try holding your baby upright for a nice long time after nursing- a sling will help with this during the day.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:08 AM
    Are you home with your baby, or back at work? If you're home, I think you should feel free to enjoy the long stretches of sleep a much as possible. Wake the baby to nurse if you are too uncomfortable, or hand express, or haul out the pump. But don't worry about supply. Your baby will probably make up for missed nursing sessions during the night by nursing more during the day, and if he starts needing nighttime calories again, he'll go back ot night nursing and boost your supply back up where he needs it to be. If you are at work for most of the day, then I think it is more important to continue to night nurse even if baby seems to want to sleep. This is because working moms tend to need to be a bit more cautious with supply. They are relying on the pump for much of the day, and pumps aren't as good as babies at maintaining milk supply. Also, if a mom's supply drops when she's home, her baby just nurses up a storm and boosts it. But a working mom can't necessarily add a ton of pump sessions to her day, and it can be harder to combat a pump slump.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:01 AM
    Ouch! :eye It sounds like you have a particularly persistent pincher. I wonder if you could make a... Well, the only term I can think of is a "boob cozy". Wrap the breast that baby is nursing on in some foam material- that way he can't get to your skin but (hopefully) is satisfied by pinching the foam because it has that same squishable texture?
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 03:23 AM
    I would just pump enough to take the edge off. And ENJOY IT. (It probably won't last) but enjoy it while it's happening!
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 03:22 AM
    Yep. If you are fine nursing while together and are planing to feed 3-5 times in a 24hour you don't actually need to replace your milk. So as long as it's not JUST down for bed at night? But like also "hello" when you see him after work and either down for a nap or 1st thing the morning, if your DCP can feed him whole milk fine. But mine couldn't. My son didn't like it. And I didn't sweat it. He drank water in a sippy while away from me and nursed on demand while together. So go ahead. PUMP WEAN!!
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 03:18 AM
    Ouch Mama! That IS a ton. Is the situation that she is crying to eat this often or are you feeding her every time she roots? It IS normal to eat every hour while awake, but usually you get at least one stretch that is longer than that at night. Are you co-sleeping? If so, I'd try an arms reach bassinet. Babies tend to sleep better NEAR their mothers but sometimes being TOO close can actually stimulate night time waking because they can smell the milk. However often being TOO far away also makes them wake. So being within arms reach so you can TOUCH her if she stirs so she knows you are there WITHOUT needing to get up or feed her sounds like it might really help both of you. In the mean time, I would suggest that at this point, you do NOTHING but rest and feed. Because you are awake at this point WAY too much. So while you get it evened out, I would lay down and rest with her every time she naps. What I found as a new mother was that your sleep needs change. You still need to try to get 8 hours in a 24hour period. But you don't actually need them all together. So focus on going down with her for her naps. Wishing you 3solid hours in a row!!!
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 03:06 AM
    Agree.
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  • @llli*amygmar's Avatar
    Today, 12:16 AM
    Hi my 12 week old has just started sleeping about 7-8 hours per night. I'm having to wake him up to feed him as my breasts are so engorged and painful by this point. Will these long sleeps affect my milk supply? Should I be waking him earlier to keep up a good supply? Thanks
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  • @llli*emersushea's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:27 PM
    My daughter will be 4 weeks old tomorrow and since day 4 she has been breastfeeding every 30 min to an hour when awake and every 1-2 hrs at night. I have a BF tracker app and she eats 19-23 times a day. I keep reading about cluster feelings and growth spurts but her feeding frequency has not seemed to calm down. Is this normal? When do feeding frequencies tend to calm down? Should I be worried that she's on the boob so Frequently? She's put on 2 lbs, 2 oz already since birth and has tons of wet and dirty diapers so I know she's getting enough. I am utterly exhausted and depressed as I find it hard to leave the house for anything. Frustrated. :cry
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  • @llli*m11612's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:02 PM
    My son is the most annoying nursling! I love him but not his nursing behavior. His sister (3.5yrs) even comments on her superior nursing manners. He is 5 months and has been a biter since 2 months if not before. He sometimes clamps down, twists his head and looks up at me with a devilish grin. Lately his favorite is to pinch my breast with both hands. When I hold his hands, give him something to hold or whatever, he clamps, turns his head down and drags my nipple out of his mouth then bobs back on again all while squirming his hands back toward pinching again. I have tried all the tricks (thanks kellymom, this forum and my grad degree in applied behavior analysis) and he just still prefers this behavior. No amount of attention, ignoring, distraction, yelling out, blocking etc is enough to compete with his love for causing me pain. Oh, what a little brat! :) I'm posting this here with the hope that this group of people will see the humor, sympathize with the struggle and get that this in no way makes me want to stop breastfeeding (except maybe brief moments at the end of a long day where I fantasize about quiet moments alone on the beach with a beverage).
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:53 PM
    Thanks for answering that question! It sounds like you're basically okay with nursing, and only need to cut out your pumping sessions. In order to wean from pumping, you want to do one of 2 things: 1. Skip a single pumping session every day for several days. When your milk supply has adjusted downwards and you are not uncomfortable in between pump sessions, you can eliminate a second session, wait a few days for supply to adjust, etc. you just repeat the process until all the sessions are gone. 2. Continue to pump the same number of times, but pump for less time at each session. If you usually pump for 20 minutes, pump for 15 instead. Once your body feels okay with 15 minute sessions, take them down to 10, etc. While you are weaning from the pump, you want to be careful. If you get a plugged duct or start feeling symptoms of mastitis, treat those problems with more frequent pumping and nursing, even though that will set you back on your goal. But going slow and being careful will ensure a better weaning process than trying to get the pump weaning process done as soon as possible. Regarding getting your child to drink cow's milk, it is completely normal for a baby to not like to drink it. Luckily, there is no reason to worry if he doesn't, provided his diet contains plenty of other sources of whole milk dairy, like yogurt and cheese, or non-dairy foods which are high in fat and calcium. It's also normal for a baby to resist bottles given by mom. Why drink...
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:19 PM
    :D I'm pretty impressed with Emma Pickett. Her blog is very good!
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