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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:56 AM
    Can you tell us how old your baby is, and give a weight check history from birth? Try to note the times different scales were used. Is baby getting anything to eat or drink aside breastmilk at the breast? If so, what else and when was that started and how much and how many times a day? About how many times in 24 hours does baby nurse? Is baby's doctor concerned about baby's weight gain? Are other growth measures (length, head circ) normal?
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  • @llli*proudmama28's Avatar
    Today, 11:34 AM
    Thanks for replying! I'm concerned because she's only been gaining about 2 ounces a week...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:05 AM
    As long as baby's weight gain has continued to be normal, I think it's unlikely that the poop change has anything to do with the birth control. The most common cause of green poop is oversupply, followed by intestinal illness (a.k.a. a tummy bug), followed by allergy/intolerance to something in mom's diet at a very distant third.
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  • @llli*proudmama28's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:43 PM
    Hi everyone, I started taking Nora B birth control mini pill a few months ago. It was shortly after that when I noticed my babies poop started getting really green and mucusy. I'm wondering if anyone experienced something similar? I know it's not supposed to affect breastfeeding at all, but just wondering your thoughts. Thanks in advance!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:13 PM
    :rolleyes: Breastfeeding needs a new slogan. "Breast is best" is supposed to be a way to encourage moms to nurse, but when a mom is struggling, that slogan can come off as scolding and judgy. BElieve me, any mom who has tried triple feeding knows how hard you're working, and we've got your back. :hug
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:05 PM
    Thanks for providing that additional information! Based on your answers, it seems like you are already doing a lot of stuff right- which is awesome!- and that you also have some areas which could be improved. The first thing to know about milk supply is that supply = demand. The more frequently and more thoroughly you remove milk from the breast, the more you will make. This is why more frequent nursing and pumping will do more for your supply than any herb, tea, cookie, or bottle of Gatorade. (Most of those things have a very modest effect in supply, if they do anything at all. Gatorade is particularly useless, IMHO, so don't drink it if you don't like it!) Since the best way to increase supply is by removing more milk more often, the first area in which improvement is possible is pumping. It's great that you have a good double electric pump. The Medela PISA is a good machine. But you might be able to increase your output by going up to the next level of pump and using a hospital-grade rental- no guarantees, but it's definitely worth a try. Another good way to increase supply and pump output is to pump more often. Pumping every 3 hours is great, and maybe that's all you can manage. But if you can squeeze in some more pump sessions, you will be rewarded. This includes pumping overnight, which I know is very difficult. But squeezing in pump sessions during the wee hours is especially important if the baby is refusing to nurse. Another area in which...
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  • @llli*j323cole's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:55 PM
    Thank you for your response, I have a medela double electric pump I think it's the in style model. I also have a Ameda manual pump, I mostly use the electric as the manual is too time consuming and I don't get half as much from it. I pump every 3 hours starting at 9am throughout the day my last pump is at midnight and I don't typically pump throughout the night I would usually nurse him if he would wake up but the past few nights he has refused my breast and I end up making 4ounces for him usually around 5am. My son eats every 3-4 hours taking anywhere between 4-6 ounces. I'm lucky if I pump 4-6 ounces in 24 hours. I've been taking fenugreek 3 capsules 4x a day I drink a ton of water and Gatorade, i just stopped taking my birth control almost 24 hours ago now hoping that will make a difference. I always offer my son breast before I will mix a bottle but lately that just makes him angry and I end up giving him formula or any pumped milk I have. We no longer use the nipple shield and he has a good latch. I have no pain when I do nurse him, but he hasn't been getting what he needs from me so he usually will fight me when I try nursing. It's been very frustrating. We were doing so well and now I've hit a huge road block I don't want to stop nursing. I'd love to get back to being able to supplement occasionally if needed and mostly breastfeed. I've talked to my family doctor and on about getting a rx to help my supply but neither were willing any suggestions or help is greatly...
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  • @llli*jessiesmum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:05 PM
    Just to add to Maddie's post, I used to be paranoid if my other half fell asleep holding our daughter, and I would watch them like a hawk. Perhaps if having baby sleep on you on the couch or in a chair while you nap is something you want to try but are very nervous about, you could have a responsible person such as your husband present for the first few times or until you felt more comfortable with the idea? If he were watching then should there be any danger he would be able to help baby and wake you. Hope that you get some sleep soon!
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  • @llli*jessiesmum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:00 PM
    It's great news that you've managed some cradle hold feeds, maybe baby is becoming more receptive to the idea now after some practice! And lovely that you can finally have some of those lovely cuddle-naps. I've found with feeding whilst wearing that it is (for us anyway) easier in an ergonomical carrier than a sling, and that if I slip my hand inside the carrier I can lift my breast to baby's lips until she's settled in for the feed (right hand for right breast and left hand for left breast). With (lots of) practice, now once she's settled on she'll hold the breast and I can be hands free. Initially we began by my standing in a quiet room and just rocking side to side gently whilst attempting to carry-nurse. I would try this before walking as the up and down movement can be tricky to keep baby latched in the very beginning. These days I'm lucky enough to be able to powerwalk a couple of miles during a feed. My other half usually asks if she's having a milkshake when she feeds now!
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  • @llli*jessiesmum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:39 PM
    I don't have much time but I wanted to jump in with a quick suggestion , hope that's OK! Considering you're concerned about baby taking enough milk and the future of your supply, it may well be worth revising your use of the paci. Babies suckle for comfort yes, but even during comfort nursing they receive valuable nutrition and stimulate mom's milk supply. To this end, could you perhaps try offering the breast first instead of the paci? - You mention that you offer paci first, which may be rather counter productive. Pacifiers do of course have their uses, they can gain you enough time to use the bathroom or to find somewhere convenient to nurse for instance, and there is some research that use of a pacifier during sleep can help reduce the risk of SIDS or aid with reflux symptoms.
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