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  • @llli*livingtemple's Avatar
    Today, 01:12 PM
    @llli*mommal, thanks. Is there any way to know if the 12oz is technically overfeeding him? I guess I'm wondering because since my body is so tuned in to him at this point, I'm wondering if the reason I "only" pump 9 is because that's what he typically takes, and therefore that's what I should leave for him. Thoughts?
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  • @llli*cwallace's Avatar
    Today, 12:03 PM
    Hello When my baby girl was 6 days old we had our first LC visit. At the time I felt that I was breastfeeding her ever 20-30mins and only for 5-10min long sessions. The good news is that baby hadnt lost weight but gained an ounce. The recommendation was that baby was a "snacker", and that we should mix up her feeding schedule to give me more of a break, and feed every 2-3 hrs. The recommendation was to use nipple shields (since I have "half" nipples), feed her for 15mins each breast, then pump the remaining for 15mins and feed it to her through bottle at the next feeding (therefore baby would get 15mins each breast and a bottle with ~1oz at every feeding). After a majorly stressful afternoon, we got baby onto the 2-3hr schedule... in fact I would have to wake her up every 3hrs to feed her. This lasted pretty well until day 10 (although I did not enjoy the 1hour long feeding sessions). By day 10, baby would be screaming after each feeding, to the point where I couldnt put her down to pump. After two days of her screaming in pain after each feeding, I looked online and it seems that baby has reflux... is this common for a baby so young? I am assuming that its from putting too much milk into her, along with possible air from the bottle. When baby is calm, she seems to be gasping and guggling and just very uncomfortable. I may seem calm in this post but I am at my wits ends because we have had to change so much over the past week and nothing seems to be making baby...
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  • @llli*lovefitness84's Avatar
    Today, 11:12 AM
    Yeah, he wanted me to do it ASAP, but sure by the procedure date :-/ Ok, thank you for the advise. I may try Dr. Gordon's nightweaning method.
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  • @llli*hawkeye-mom's Avatar
    Today, 11:08 AM
    My little guy had his shots on Tuesday and he was sleepier than normal, which I wasn't concerned with. Yesterday, it took him 5 hours before he finally nursed and that was with many rejected offers (cried on either side). I tried feeding with a syringe and tried giving Tylenol for pain. He finally nursed and of course spit up because he always does. He nursed enough to relieve fullness, but not to empty, like he did last week and before. He nursed on one side for 4 to 5 minutes, every 3 hours during the day. He used to nurse a bit longer (7 to 10 minutes) up until Monday (we were traveling and I don't think he likes nursing in the car). During the night, he did have a couple 5 minute sessions, but then two 1 minute ones, where he popped of at my letdown. I had to pump in the middle of the night cuz of that. This morning, he immediately starts to cry if I try to nurse him on the right side and he's only nursed on the left. I pumped the right a but ago became refuses it. I'm offering a lot and when I'm not, he's kicking and smiling. I just want to know if this is normal behavior or even if it's his normal. He's always been quick and only nursed on one side. I just need some reassurance that it's fine and he'll go back to nursing a bit more or something.
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  • @llli*krystine's Avatar
    Today, 10:52 AM
    So you have 5 weeks to wean? I'd let your toddler know that nursing is going bye bye, whatever terms you use. I'd cut out as gradually as possible , find other comfort tools, snuggle , etc . My 3 yr old found it comforting to pretend nurse by putting her mouth right on top of my nursing tank and one of my 2 yr olds really needed to snuggle a bare breast for about a week .
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  • @llli*nandhini's Avatar
    Today, 10:49 AM
    Sorry for the long post (this is my first post). My baby is 7 weeks old. She was born smaller than average and lost more than 10% of her weight in the first few days so we started off with supplementing her at the breast using a syringe and catheter (with little formula and mostly EBM). I had nipple pain from nursing from the beginning. My nipples began to bleed in the first week so I was given a nipple shield. I used the nipple shield while i worked on pumping to establish my milk supply and slowly reduce the supplemental EBM i had to give my baby after nursing her. Luckily my milk supply was good but she wasn't able to transfer enough.Eventually I had nipple pain even with the nipple shield and so i weaned her off of the nipple shield after 4 weeks. The LCs I saw during this time and her pediatrician told me that she had borderline tongue tie but I was hoping to avoid putting her through the pain of the release procedure. But finally at 5 weeks i caved and got her tongue tie released. Pain seemed to reduce after that but continued to exist. I still had to keep taking pain killers. She has been gaining weight but I still cant get her to open her mouth wide enough. I tried using my index finger to pull her jaw down while latching. I have tried cross cradle position and football hold. On my left side the nipple always comes out a little pinched. I feel like my areola is very big and can't see how it will all fit in her tiny mouth. Even if the latch looks...
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  • @llli*lovefitness84's Avatar
    Today, 10:45 AM
    Hi Ladies! I really need your help! I'm so anxious and nervous about how this is going to go, but I need to wean my 21 month old and don't know where to even start. First of all, the reason for the wean is that I'm Pregnant (7 weeks), I've been spotting and I have an incompetent cervix (cerclage will be placed in 5 weeks, so need to be done by then). I'm just hoping to avoid bedrest with this pregnancy as I'm a stay at home mom of a 4 year old and 21 month old.. wouldn't be fun! I had an emergency cerclage with my daughter at 20 weeks while still nursing my then 2 year 4 month son, but had to stop cold turkey when they found the cervical issues. It was horrible :-( My daughter still nurses (or stays attached, anyway) all night long (bed share). She nurses throughout the day as well, including nursing to sleep before any nap, etc., so I know she's NOT going to be into this weaning process. Any advise or where I should start would be more than appreciated! Thank you so much!
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  • @llli*mommadaw's Avatar
    Today, 09:57 AM
    I finally got him latching with the shield. It's so hard to tell how much he's getting cause I can't feel anything. His jaw moves and there's swallowing but not as vigorously as without the shield. I monitored his diapers last night, he peed but not as much as normal. He pooped twice but it was Green . I know this means not enough hindmilk but that doesn't necessarily make sense cause I'm only nursing one side. I'm letting the other side heal and pumping. I hope he's getting enough :(
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  • @llli*eveeryan's Avatar
    Today, 09:00 AM
    i have this same problem!! i went for a breast ultrasound, and they could see A LOT of little stones all in my ducts! i go to penn medicine, which is one of the top health systems in the US, and even they haven't heard of this. the breast surgeon said it is rare, but may be crystallized milk fat. doing my own research, i started taking sunflower lecithin, vitamin D, vitamin C, and drinking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed in water, and also increased my water intake, and i haven't had any stones stuck for months! the radiologist said there was a lot in my ducts, but after taking all those supplements, i've only had to remove maybe 2-3 small shards out of my nipples since the ultrasound. i think they shrank and passed through! i'm also seeing milk come through nipple pores, that never had milk come through before. i started wondering if thrush could have caused the stones? they always say that thrush pain feels like shards of glass coming down the ducts and in the nipple, and that's exactly how mine felt. for me, now i know why, because there was LITERALLY shards of whatever that is, coming through the ducts!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:09 PM
    Okay, back from the debate. Here's how you may be able to control oversupply and its effects while also providing for your sister's kids: - Instead of pumping a lot of milk at night, try pumping smaller amounts throughout the day. - Instead of pumping, try hand-expressing. It's thought to be less stimulating to supply. - Use reclined nursing positions to slow milk flow to the baby when you nurse. Regarding bottles, what have you tried? Are you trying to give the bottles, or is dad/grandma/someone who isn't a nursing mom giving them? Have you tried a variety of bottles and milk temperatures? A faster flowing nipple might help baby take a bottle, but he's unlikely to ever really want one from you- you have the real thing just millimeters away!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:57 PM
    :hug Cheer up, mama! What you are experiencing is not unusual or a sign of you losing supply. After a mom has been nursing for a while, it is 100% normal for your breasts to no longer feel full. Supply adjusts to meet demand, and sometimes it can happen very quickly. Overnight is not uncommon. And baby can act very unhappy when that adjustment happens- milk used to flow out at the slightest touch, and all of a sudden baby has to work a bit harder for his meals. Many babies just hate that! Best thing you can do, I almost all cases, is to give the baby the opportunity to learn how to deal with the supply you have, even if it's frustrating for him. Watch baby's diaper output and nurse as often as you can. You are doing a WONDERFUL job. Really! Just think how far you have come in 4.5 months. It is really amazing!
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  • @llli*charlie2015's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:52 PM
    You could also try holding baby skin to skin ad much as possible, or if not in the nude, having him sleep on your chest, so he knows he has easy access to the milk. Perhaos easier said than done with your older child to care for, but if you can set it up it might help. Also, you can try latching baby on when baby is asleep (like if baby rouses, but doesn't really wake up). Even if baby isn't actively gulping down milk, but is still suckling a little in his sleep, he will get some milk as well as stimulate your milk production. Having him on your chest when he sleeps will help create opportunities to just slide him down and latch him on as much as possible.
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  • @llli*krystine's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:42 PM
    I would avoid anything hormonal . We used fertility awareness method and before cycles return, because I needed to avoid pregnancy for a rare reason so super cautious , we also used condoms.
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  • @llli*nermal85's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:52 PM
    Thank you mommal. Lots of options to consider x
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  • @llli*mommadaw's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:37 PM
    You pretty much confirmed all my fears :(. I've tried using it tonight and he hated it. I ended up taking it off and letting him eat without it and he of course latched right now. Maybe I can use it at first while he latches more forcefully then take it off after my milk let's down? I think one of the reasons he hates it so much is because he was early, so his mouth is extra small, and the nipple shield makes my nipple huge. And he just can't fit it in his mouth.
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:05 PM
    I'm literally in tears as I write this. I've had every problem under the boob, but supply issues was never one. I've always had a HUGE over supply. By huge I mean, I would nurse and still pump anywhere from 4-15oz. Monday - saw an LC. Got off the nipple shield finally after 4.5 months. During that session, my breasts got extremely flat. Since that APT they have stayed that flat. He nurses every hour, hour and a half. But my breasts are like, floppy flat now. I've never experienced that. Also, he's getting SUPER SUPER SUPER angry at the breasts now. Like, he makes fists - gets very red in the face - and freaks out at me and pops off. Also, he went from nursing 30 minutes to nursing 5. Also, I use to leak on the breast that I wasn't nursing him on... and now I don't feel any let downs, and I haven't leaked at all since Monday. Not once. One more thing - after his night time nursing session, I EASILY pumped 4oz up to 6/8oz. Now, I can't even get half an oz. I did go from pumping every 3.5 hours to pumping every 5-6 hours overnight (this is over the last 3 nights).. and I did this because my breasts are so flat, that I figured it would be fine. I did get a clog in my right breast, but yesterday I was able to get it to go down and the red marks on the breast and pain went away. What is going on. Is my supply going away? I don't know what to do. I can't see my LC again until Monday.. what do I do until then? How do I go from MASSIVE over supply to hardly enough? Also,...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:03 PM
    Welcome to the forum! First thing I have to say is that you are a terrific sister. What a gift to share with your sister's children! The first thing you should know about oversupply is that it will not hurt your baby, or deprive him of hindmilk. It may cause forceful letdowns, green poops, gas, and some fussiness, but aside from that it is unlikely to be harmful in any way. So if you decide not to do anything about the oversupply, it's not going to be bad for your baby. That's reassuring, right? More later- I have to watch the presidential debate!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:56 PM
    You should expect your period to return sometime between today and a couple months after you completely wean. :D That is to say, it's normal for fertility to return quite soon after your baby is born, and also normal for it to take months or even a couple years to come back. On average, breastfeeding moms will see their periods return around 15.5 months postpartum, but that is just an average and there is a ton of variation! One thing to watch for is long sleep stretches (6+ hours) and baby eating a lot of solid foods. Long sleep stretches allow estrogen levels to rise higher and that can make ovulation more likely. Baby eating a lot of solids means less nursing, and less nursing means less suppression of fertility hormones. Any form of hormonal contraception has the potential to have a negative impact on supply. The worst methods, in terms of potential harm to supply, are the combination estrogen-progestin methods (the combination pill, the patch, the vaginal ring). But even the supposedly "safe for breastfeeding" progestin-only methods like the mini-pill and the Mirena IUD have the potential to harm supply in some women. Since you can't know how your individual body will respond to hormonal contraception before you try it, I think it's smart to choose a progestin-only, easily reversible method if you do decide you want something with hormones in it. That means choosing the mini-pill, because it's immediately reversible. If you notice a dip in supply, you...
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