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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 05:45 AM
    10 oz of weight gain in a week is actually really good weight gain. Average of 7-8 oz of weight gain in a week is actually really good. Remember to measure weight gain from the lowest weight (not birth weight, only thing to really take note of for birth weight is when baby regains to birth weight, if it takes longer than 3 or 4 weeks to regain birth weight then they worry, most babies manage it in 10-14 days.) Gaining 2 lb per month is really good weight gain, don't panic too much, I think you are probably still doing better than you think. Now something to know about nursing on demand, YOU are allowed to have some input on this. Just because he isn't demanding doesn't mean you shouldn't offer if you feel like it. Granted, if he doesn't want to nurse you can't force it but you could offer a little more often and that might make a big difference in supply and weight gain. As to the swaddling and paci, if weight gain is an issue, these things can tend to extend sleep or stretch the time between feeds which can be a problem so if using them you need to make sure the sleep stretch doesn't stretch too long. (My LO didn't much like swaddling and never took a paci, he requires cuddling to sleep so we have to co sleep.)
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Today, 05:27 AM
    After very little sleep (little guy was not doing so well) I seem to be doing better. I have not gotten engorged again. He nursed about every 2 hours and I tried to put him on that breast first, but ended up pumping once when he fell asleep before getting to that side. My fever has not returned (I took acetaminophen once about 14 hours ago). My breast has gotten more red, though, even though I've overall felt better. I didn't end up having to do reverse pressure softening (I had read about it before -- thanks, Meg!). So I guess I just stay on the same course and see how things go? If I remain fine with no fever, does that mean antibiotics may not be necessary? Or do the red streaks have to go away? Both my midwife and an LLL leader here made it sound like antibiotics were necessary, but from the link Meg sent and what my LC said that may not be the case??
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  • @llli*sailorscout27's Avatar
    Today, 04:29 AM
    i went back to work about 10 days ago. my baby just turned 6 weeks. he is now 7 and a half. i work 8.5 hours and i get three pump sessions while away from baby and nurse him as soon as i get home. i noticed that each day my milk expressed each day is declining. i have been taking fenugreek and blessed thistle 3 capsules 3 x a day the whole time. please help. i don't want to supplement at all its been very trying experience for me. im trying to do everything right and it seems like i am failing. :cry
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  • @llli*mom.to.little.pie's Avatar
    Today, 02:52 AM
    He nurses at about 7pm, 10pm, 2am, 6am, 8am...(his natural routine - not my doing! I'm nursing on demand!) he is swaddled and sleeping between feeds between 10 and 6. He does use a paci to go to sleep at these times (we tried without it but that was a disaster!) Maybe he is getting enough... just sometimes literally after 5 minutes he stops swallowing...
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  • @llli*mom.to.little.pie's Avatar
    Today, 02:50 AM
    Thanks so much for your replies - sorry about the grams/ml/oz thing! I nurse about 8 or 9 times a day, usually it's every 3 hours, an occasionally 'snack' type feed in between, and then one four hour stretch at night, and the first 2 morning feeds are usually about 2 hours apart... I pump after usually at least 6 of the feeds (not the first morning one), with a medela lactina hospital grade pump. The first night I swaddled the baby was when I got mastitis. He slept four hours straight (Before that he used to wake up 5 or 6 times a night to feed and/or refuse to settle hours when we tried to put him down for the night.) and I woke up in pain, with chills and a fever, and really engorged. I guess the mastitis must have been brewing beforehand but that was when I noticed it.
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  • @llli*djrawat's Avatar
    Today, 01:29 AM
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  • @llli*ritika's Avatar
    Today, 01:14 AM
    Thanks for sharing useful information.
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  • @llli*sammy66's Avatar
    Today, 12:18 AM
    Chia seeds are pretty high in iron. We mix them in smoothies, but you can do lots of things with them -- not sure how many Paleo and 1-year-old friendly, but surely something!
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  • @llli*sammy66's Avatar
    Today, 12:17 AM
    Many doctors don't believe tongue tie has any impact on breastfeeding. And there are more than one type of tongue tie. It is sometimes possible for a baby to nurse fine with sometimes what looks like a more sever tongue tie while other babies may have a posterior tongue tie that isn't obvious but can hinder proper tongue motion needed for a good suck/swallow action which can cause them stress if the milk comes too quickly (since control of the tongue is needed for good airway protection while nursing or bottle feeding) as well as causing fatigue when trying to nurse from the breast. We are working on the tongue, lips, cheeks and Jaw in our therapy.
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 12:04 AM
    Hi queensfrost. There is nothing inherently wrong with an abundant milk production. If making this much milk is not causing issues for you or your baby, then it is not a problem. Every mom has a different breast storage capacity. This means some moms would be in excruciating pain if they had anything like 10-18 ounces of milk in their breasts at one time, and you apparently have no problem having this much in the breasts. Likewise, every baby has a different ability to handle any overproduction. In some cases, lots of milk in the breasts causes baby to not like the fast flow from the breast or the high amount of milk baby gets at once when nursing. Other babies are fine with it. If a nursing mom has abundant production, baby may gain very quickly in the early weeks/months. Some think this is unhealthy, but actually this is fine. A breastfed baby cannot eat too much. If a breastfed baby gains rapidly early on, it will even out later on. Do you mean you pumped for an hour? One thing to remember is you do not have to keep pumping until your breast is "emptied." Obviously your milk production is in fine shape so there is no reason to do that. Your baby never would have nursed enough to take 18 ounces in one feeding. That is about half what a baby would need the whole day! So I would suggest, pump for about 15-20 minutes a side (or 15-20 minutes total if you pump both sides at once) or until your breasts feel softened. Since you make so much milk, you may need to...
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  • @llli*kaimom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:37 PM
    Hi ladies! My LO wil be 3mo this friday and we will be introducing bottles. Im mainly doing this because we've had some bf issues that we overcame but she eats pretty often and running errands is very hard, I end up spending most of my time feeding her and not getting anything done. I still want to bf and mainly use bottles for outtings and maybe nighttime..bedtime takes a couple of hours sometimes..she will nurse, doze off..wake up for awhile, get changed and do it all again. Im hoping a bottle may help that. Any advice for introducing bottles? How did you all start? Nipple confusion is a concern for me since we started out with problems due to ffld and reflux.
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  • @llli*queenfrost's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:50 PM
    I worry about protecting my supply. I work full time and regularly go 5 plus hours without nursing or pumping. However I think I have an oversupply. I pump in the morning before work every day and typically get 8 oz. Then on lunch break I pump 10-15 oz. When i get home i pump another 8 oz or so. Then nurse all night. Today I pumped 18 oz just on my hour break. Probably could have gotten more if I'd had time. Baby is only 2 months old so my supply could "even out" in a few weeks? I don't mind producing so much because then I have a backup freezer supply. But I've heard its bad to have oversupply. Why is that? My baby is healthy and so am I.
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:25 PM
    Hi, I also have awful pregnancies so know how exhausting they can be! There are two very good books and I would suggest either one for ideas on tried and true weaning strategies. The nursing mothers guide to weaning, and how weaning happens. Weaning is a process rather than an event. and often takes time. It sounds as if your child is down to three sessions a day. That is actually quite little for a 15 month old. So it sounds as if weaning is happening. I would not suggest telling a 15 month old that you need to stop. They cannot reason at that age. Your child has no understanding of pregnancy and no ability to conceptualize an on the way sibling. And if you say you are too tired or too ill, that puts the responsibility on her, and this is not her responsibility. What works better at that age is redirection and substitution. Then it is not about what she cannot do, but what she can do. It sounds like nursing to sleep is something your child still needs, for example. So other ways to gentle her to sleep may be needed. Is anyone else able to take your daughter and comfort or play with her in the am or at bedtime? Naps are harder. When I was pregnant and nursing a toddler, it hurt. One thing I found helped me was to limit the length of nursing sessions. personally when I was pregnant and nursing a toddler, being able to nurse my child down for a nap meant I got a nap, and this was vital because I was so, so tired and sick. Same with bed times and morning. I...
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  • @llli*ruthinstl's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:00 PM
    Before the back story, what are other things I can do at normal nursing times to help calm her besides nursing? I'd prefer not to replace nursing with a bottle. She already has a lovey. My goal was to make it to a year (we did!), and in the process, I've found that I enjoy nursing and my 15-month old daughter does too! However, I'm 9 weeks pregnant and feeling extremely tired. My last pregnancy I felt great except for tiredness the first trimester, but this time, I'm getting headaches and feeling tons nausea in addition to feeling tired nearly all of the time. I'm at the end of my rope. Slowly, we've got it down to nursing first thing in the morning, right before nap and right before bed. (I'm a stay-at-home mom and DS is my first child.) A few weeks ago, we were still nursing random times in the day. But naturally, it seems, those have stopped using the "don't offer, don't refuse." Now, as I've tried to cut back time nursing before nap, I've noticed that she wakes up from her nap crying and wants to nurse. (Even if she gets a full nap; today she slept almost 2.5 hours.) Today, I tried taking in a sippy cup with milk (after nap) and she had a huge break down. Crying so hard she was having trouble breathing, generally looked completely freak out, and trembling! I really tried to not give in knowing that by giving in she'll do the same thing next time until I give in ... but after 5-10 minutes, I couldn't handle it. My OB would like me to have DS weaned by the end...
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:29 PM
    Well today was odd. I only managed to push 3 oz of supplement into DS today and some of that I felt like I was being really sneaky trying to get it into him while he was trying to just nap latched on. I'm thinking perhaps he has to poop cause he is doing a lot of groaning and grunting. And popping off the breast deciding he isn't hungry anymore even when there still is milk available to him which is odd since he usually drains me pretty well unless he was just latching on to go to sleep. And I think not getting up to feed like normal last night had an effect on his overall milk intake for the day.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:23 PM
    If being engorged is causing trouble getting baby latched on comfortably, perhaps you could pump just a little bit to just soften it up and get things flowing before trying to nurse. (of course reverse pressure softening may take care of it for you too.)
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:44 PM
    I think it makes sense to go by how you feel for milk removal. Have you tried reverse pressure softening for helping baby latch while engorged? I am on phone and can not post link but you can find info on rps in the engorgement FAQ article on this site.
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:57 PM
    I talked to my LC and she gave me some advice. She is hoping it's milk stasis rather than staph, and she said they probably won't test me for it. I don't feel a plug anywhere, but how else would I know if I had one? Thanks for the advice! I am going to try to rest and empty breast and see what happens. My poor little guy isn't eating well, but it is his fussy time, as well. I forgot to ask my LC how often to pump if he refuses the breast. I guess when I am uncomfortable? I would love to get a 3 or 4 hour stretch of sleep if he allows me. But that side is burning in the nipple area -- he has had trouble latching when it's engorged so I think it's been causing me even more pain today! I'm hoping draining it well that one time will help me on the road to it getting less engorged. I'm going to give it 24 hours and see how I feel, then decide if I should keep my appointment with the midwives. I hope I don't have virus and mastitis! My only consolation with possibly having mastitis is that I'm hoping my 5-week-old won't get sick. I'm so paranoid. He doesn't have a fever and I think his eating poorly is due to the engorgement, but I am watching him like a hawk.
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:12 PM
    I don't think pump output is going to tell you much about whether or not there is a plug. A plug may affect only one duct, and most moms have many. I once had a plug the size of my open hand and baby was able to get milk fine from that breast. BUt you do not need to have a plug to get mastitis. They just often occur together. I don't think the timing is odd, just confusing. Our body is more open to infection including mastitis when we are worn out. On top of everything else, you had a sick child to deal with this week. Also, you may be fighting the flu as WELL as having mastitis. Sorry to say. If you really want to hold off on the abs, some moms do recover from mastitis without them. Here is more: http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/18_mastitiswhatcanyoudo.pdf
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  • @llli*camille's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:59 PM
    That makes me feel a lot better! I do hear her swallow when she first starts nursing, but I never feel engorged anymore so I think I probably just make a little milk at this point. I hadn't considered that she might want to continue even if theres little/no milk, so thats comforting to hear your daughter did. Thanks for sharing your experience with me!
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:51 PM
    I definitely am stopping the fenugreek. Sadly, I took two caplets today before fever started. I had been engorged and took a long walk, so thought the soreness was from that. I am a little upset the IBCLC didn't think that would be a big issue, but she also didn't know that I was still damaged. I didn't see it as that terrible of damage, but maybe it is. Little guy is nursing very hesitantly on that side. I feel so bad for him. He latches on and then only sort of nibbles, and will only take a few swallows. I guess I'll try to pump whenever uncomfortable and try to get him to nurse occasionally on that side. Now I have to watch his diaper output since the other side is lower supply. BTW, I pumped on the engorged side for about 8 minutes and the milk flew out from the first second. I pumped over 2 oz in that time. The poor guy has had a really hard time today on that side, which used to be considered the good side. He keeps acting hungry, but then is scared to nurse, I think. Thank you for the help. I guess I'll have to wing it tonight and see how it goes. I've called local leaders and my LC but no answers, so I appreciate your help. I really don't think I'm plugged up, but I have pretty large breasts so hard to say. I would think I wouldn't have pumped so much if that were the case, right? Sadly, I have not been able to express much by hand on that side. I'm not sure why -- I'm not great at it, but maybe because I'm stressed I'm failing. I guess...
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:41 PM
    My understanding is that hand expression/massage is less likely to stimulate increased production as much as pumping will. If you want to increase production on just one side I think you might need to pump/nurse more on just that side but at the moment the more important issue is the engorgement and possible mastitis on the other side, deal with that first before worrying about anything else. As to the Fenugreek, I don't think you need to wean off that the way you do when coming off Domperidone or Regalin.
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