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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 02:35 PM
    on another note. I seem to be stuck at about 4 oz of supplement per day. So far when I try to reduce much below that, weight gain stalls and baby is hungry. Pumping isn't going well (seems to hurt no matter what I do even at lowest setting. Perhaps pump is bad.) 6 week follow up with OB this week, will ask if they have recommendations to help me get to 100% BF. While I am supplementing I'm scared to quit pumping but the fact that it hurts makes me worry that it is doing more damage than good. I do supplement using the Medela SNS so it isn't like I'm missing out on the stimulation. However, getting a good painless latch while using the SNS is often very difficult.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 02:20 PM
    That and learning to nurse in a baby carrier. Though my babe seems to pass out quickly and sleep a lot in the carrier so I worry a bit that he doesn't eat enough on days he is in the carrier too long. I hope that as he gets older he will be more likely to wake on his own and demand food as needed. at night doesn't seem to be a problem, he spends a large % of that latched on while we sleep. He will root and latch in his sleep when skin to skin with me, except when in the carrier.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 01:34 PM
    I did not get to try with a different pump (apparently since I have a pump, I can't get one through WIC and even if I could I would only be able to borrow it for a Month, but that would require giving me a whole different accessory kit and since resources are limited......bla bla bla.) But I have one of those hand operated piston things that can pump manually, even at the lowest setting it is a little uncomfortable. Perhaps that is because the electric has left me bruised or tender??? Perhaps I would have to wait a couple days without pumping and try that again to see what happens? Since I have extra tubes for the pump, I think I'll do an experiment. Cut a couple tubes and use an irrigation fitting T and a bit of the extra tubing to be able to reduce the suction more. Won't cost anything but a couple of spare bits of tubing which I have and won't hurt to try that. I managed to reduce the supplement down to 4 oz without issues but when I try to reduce down less than that the weight gain stalls and I have a fussy hungry baby. I may need more help getting to the 100% breast fed stage if it is possible. I have my 6 week OB appointment in a few days and I'll ask them if they have any recommendations, like a lactation consultant locally to recommend or medications (we do have a compounding pharmacy near by that mixed up the petocin (sp?) nasal spray so I expect they can do domperidone if I get a script for it. The Mother's milk tea, red rasberry leaf,...
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  • @llli*elisabet's Avatar
    Today, 12:24 PM
    Its so nice to get all kinds of advise. Im actually at my in laws this weekend and I was asked if she was still breastfeeding and I just calmly said YES! And nothing more. And I got no more questions about it :cheer The best thing was that I didnt feel the need to explain and I was glad with my answer. My boyfriend sister has a girl who is 6m younger than our daughter and she is breastfeeding her, but regularly explains that she is about to wean her. I can tell she thinks her girl is too old for this stuff and weaning her is taking allot of effort. I have always been very understanding and supportive but she has not been the same with my choices :/
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 11:33 AM
    But did you have the same issue with a different pump? Hospital grade, new pump? I thought you did? Generally, age of pump matters. Yes some seem to go years and years without a hitch. But in many cases, an older pump can seem to work but actually be malfunctioning, causing both painful pumping and/or poor milk removal, (not necessarily both together.) I was helping a mom a few years ago who had EPd with her older child for over a year. After having latch issues again, she decided to ep again WITH THE SAME OLD PUMP. She got ok milk extraction, but it was very very painful to pump. I told her it might be due to pump motor malfunction but she said the pump had always worked fine etc. Anyway, then she went away on a trip and forgot her power cord, and had to run the pump on batteries. Result-much more comfortable pumping! Who knows why, but it certainly indicates the pump was malfunctioning. The point is, pumps are machines and machines break down. A breast pump is supposed to extract milk efficiently and not hurt mom while doing so. If it is not doing those things, isn't it likely the issue is the pump, at least partly? But moms always blame themselves. I also wonder how much you need to be pumping at this point. Are you still reducing supplements? I am really concerned that this pain means continuing trauma to the nipples and breast tissue and that is a potential issue for many reasons.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 08:34 AM
    I don't think I have thrush. The pain seems to be worst while actually trying to pump. If I have just pumped not too long ago (or have pumped more than a few times in a day), my nipples will be very sore and the aerola tender. This can make nursing uncomfortable when babe first latches on or if he gets a bit impatient and starts pulling or fussing or playing with the nipple. I have an OLD pump in style pump with the little rubber strength dial. I can hardly feel the difference between medium and low, it is all a bit uncomfortable. My nipples seem to move pretty freely in all the flanges. The medium leaves me feeling a bit bruised. I have the small that fits inside the medium which doesn't seal perfectly so I wind up with a dark red ring on the outside of that flange where it is inside the medium which doesn't seem good and it still leaves my nipples/aerola feeling bruised. The large on the personal fit connector seemed maybe slightly better as far as bruising but it leaves my aerola really swollen/sore along with the nipple and I don't think I get as much milk out using it. I also tried the extra large but that wasn't any better than the large.
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  • @llli*pteroglossus's Avatar
    Today, 08:16 AM
    Mine (2.5) will cry to nurse when she doesn't get something she wants, or if she get's in trouble. It's like a consolation to her. Maybe yours is stepping up the nursing because of more conflicts in other areas? Often I can distract. But if I am not too busy I just nurse her and the problem is solved immediately. Personally I would not give in to things like keeping the boobs out, or nursing right when I am abut to get in the shower. If she asks in a store I will just say ok we can nurse when we get home. I will often say "we can nurse when I finish X." Personally I would not try to potty train and do any major weaning at the same time. Whichever feels more important, do that first maybe? For me, it would be potty training first, but I see from many on the list that is not the case necessarily for all parents/kids.
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  • @llli*avesnovuelan's Avatar
    Today, 04:54 AM
    I have pain with pumping also. How high of suction are you using? I can't turn mine up past 3. Also do you ever get nipple or breast pain when you aren't pumping? Any chance you could have thrush?
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  • @llli*boob.traveler's Avatar
    Today, 02:50 AM
    Argh, this pump and dump myth lives on....I have the InfantRisk app on my phone. It actually says that morphine has poor oral bioavailability, that is, not much is really absorbed through the mouth. Probably safer than Percocet, which tons of c-section moms take while breastfeeding newborns, not toddlers! Both are yellow or "probably safe." What was the med you were sent home on? Really any opiate is going to fall in the same overall risk category.
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:20 PM
    I think worrying is normal, especially if there were issues with an older child (or previously with the same child) and also if one baby has very different behavior than older sibling(s). I think it is pretty typical for baby to be more distracted when there is more interesting stuff going on, and having a four year old sibling probably means more interesting stuff is going on! IN one of my favorite books, My Child Won't Eat, the author talks about the concern that lead a mother to think something is wrong with how her child is eating (including nursing.) This section is called "Breastfeeding Without Conflict' And one part he discusses something he calls the 'crisis at 3 months.' I am thinking of you as I read this over. I truly cannot put down here what he describes so eloquently, so I can only suggest you get a hold of the book. Also If you pm me I will see if there is a way I can get this info to you. You may think it does not apply to you of course, but it contains so much wisdom overall about babies and nursing that I love it. But here is what I wonder about. In the normal course of breastfeeding, a baby in the early weeks is quite likely to have to deal with some fast letdown as a bit of overproduction is typical at this age. As milk production slows or 'levels out' the flow will become less, but not necessarily slow, if that makes sense. This is normal. Most babies will experience this to some degree. So I find it interesting that so many seem to have so much...
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  • @llli*safitu's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:15 PM
    So sorry you are going through this. I went through it and know it is very very stressful. It will get better. The first day or two after revision were the worst and it took about 2 weeks to feel sort of normal again. Any chance you have oversupply or overactive letdown? it sounds like the symptoms you were experiencing prior to revision *could* have been due to that. As the baby refuses to nurse, your breasts may be filling up and when she does latch she may be getting blasted. If you think this is the case maybe you can hand express or manually pump some off before latching her. You might also want to try to dream feed her, feed her in a laid back position when she is sleeping or drowsy. If it upsets her just try again later. I would also suggest skin to skin and wearing her in a sling or wrap (not sure how old she is?). Hope things are better now or will be very very soon.
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  • @llli*safitu's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:51 PM
    My opinion, as someone who got a revision when everything was going fine (there were problems but I see now they were either normal newborn things or due to oversupply) ...If everything is perfect, don't get it clipped. No pain, good weight gain? Leave it alone and enjoy your time with your beautiful baby. My baby was gaining a lb a week before the tongue and lip tie revisions, after it her weight gain slowed. She began clicking, and swallowing tons of air, she refused to nurse temporarily, she stopped sleeping well and she stopped flanging her upper lip out. And mind you, I got the ties diagnosed and revised by Dr Kotlow, who is the fore most expert on tongue tie and revisions in the US (perhaps in the world). Personally, I would not even bother seeing the dentist. So he tells you the baby has a tie... the question is : does it cause any problems for YOU or your BABY. You dont have a magic ball to know whether it will cause problems down the line (dental, speech) but usually only the most severe ties cause those kind of problems, and if it were that severe you would probably have problems with nursing now. Also consider , at your baby's age, that you will need to find a dentist or ENT who does laser revision, as the nerve endings in the babies mouth are now developed so clipping with scissors would be very painful and require general anesthesia.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:24 PM
    Help?!? Pumping seems to hurt no matter what I do. I've tried different sizes of flange (from small, medium, Large and XL Medela.) I've tried lubricating with some edible oil but so far even when I wash it off, the baby objects to three different oils I've tried and the oil. The oil seemed to only help a tiny bit anyway. Most of the pain seems to be from the suction and pulling. I'm having trouble figuring out how anyone manages to pump at all let alone get enough milk out to pump exclusively. Are there ways to make it painless? Or is it just too painful for some people?
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