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  • @llli*adwilson's Avatar
    Today, 03:44 PM
    I have been reading about this imbalance and am almost certain we are having this problem. My baby is super gassy, fussy, has green explosive poops, and when I get a chance to pump the milk separates and has very little thick fatty milk at the top. How do I begin to correct this? Should I feed him from the same breast several times? What if he still acts hungry? Or should I try pumping before I nurse?
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  • @llli*cvd27's Avatar
    Today, 02:52 PM
    I have an update on her weight...her 2 week checkup was on Monday and she weighed 9 lbs! It's such a relief to know she is back at her birth weight plus some. I also want to say thank you for all the replies and advice! :)
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  • @llli*dear-heart's Avatar
    Today, 02:09 PM
    Update! I rented and have been pumping with a medela symphony, which is way better, and replaced the neocate supplements with EBM, although initially the GI doc wanted us to mix it (we did) and he reacted terribly, with blood in his stool. I got my labs back and my thyroid, etc. is all normal. Despite a 10 oz gain in 2 weeks after shots, supplement refusal, and a nursing strike, the GI doc was not happy and put in an order for a sweat test and ordered more weight checks (ugh, because she and my ped both wanted more weight checks and these are separate visits with consistently long waits). After inquiring about a possible tongue/lip tie issue with 4 different pediatricians, 3 lactation consultants, and a GI specialist and being dismissed, I researched a well versed ENT and begged my ped for a referral so I could have peace of mind. Turns out he had a posterior tongue tie! We had it clipped two days ago and I already hear twice as many swallows than before, with less hiccups and spitting up. I am also trying to get an appointment with an infant CST. And am switching doctors (honestly, it is also about seeing someone less busy & close to home as much as it is about being frustrated that this could have possibly been taken care of 4 months ago). I understand they are hard to diagnose, but I trusted them when they said he didn't have an issue and feel sort of burned. :(. I looked at what this can cause and he suffered from so many things on the list. I am...
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  • @llli*joliesmommy's Avatar
    Today, 02:02 PM
    I know she responded to dairy and soy and caffiene. But I just gave the rest up bc her pediatrician said it was for the best I don't supplement and really don't want to ever give her formula. That's why im doing all this im determined to make this work. Honestly lately Im glad I dont eat those things anymore I feel better and it is help ing with the preg weight. I eat plenty still just all fruits and vegetables, beef and chicken or fish (really any Meat) and regular instant oatmeal. If im really wantinh to snack I eat lays potatoechips plain. It has really got my taste pallet to change and being a life long chubby very unhealthy eater, its teaching me toreally pay attention to what I put in my mouth. I just don't know what could be hurting her now? I mean she was beginning to do so much better! Then this. She hasnt had anymore bloody stools since yesterday morning, and I ate pretty much the same things. But idk I need to make her better. It could still be a bacterial infection they will have the results tomorrow but we already know it tested positive for allergy. Could that be a result of the left over soy in our systems? I believe o read it may take a month to leave fully. But if that blood is a result of allergy then it can't be theleft over soy. Even at the worst, she never had blood in her stools! I just need help
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  • @llli*punkmuse's Avatar
    Today, 01:35 PM
    hi everyone, i am a new member. sorry to bump up an old thread but it perfectly fits the problem i am having. my daughter will be 15 months old at the end of this week and absolutely will not eat ANY solid foods. im not talking about she eats small amounts or will only eat pureed stuff. im saying she eats NOTHING. she is entirely breastfed. she nurses perfectly fine. there are no issues in that dept. at 6 m.o. we tried BLW and it didnt work for us. she gagged on things several times and eventually lost interest in putting things in her mouth. she's never been an oral baby to begin with then she just stopped. she wont put any food in her mouth anymore. a little bit of background. she was born with a congenital heart defect and starting at 3 weeks old we had to give her meds 2x a day. i dont remember what age we were able to stop but she no longer needs the meds and in fact she basically grew out of her heart issue (the holes basically closed). at 9 m.o. my pedi did bloodwork to check for anemia and lead poisoning and she was a tad anemic so my pedi said we should start giving her iron supplements. well it must have tasted nasty because it turned into a huge fight to get her to take it and it got to the point where i felt i was literally force feeding her the iron then she stopped putting ANYTHING in her mouth. no toys no food, maybe a finger every now and then. i stopped giving her the iron because im not ok with forcing things on her. my pedi at the 12 month appt said...
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 01:35 PM
    so you gave up all sorts of thins all at once and now you are not sure exactly what she responded to other than soy? Is she still EBF? Could it be illness? Traveling makes it easy to pick up an illness (especially through water supplies when using formula.) My LO actually seems to get screaming bad tummy pain from the "hypoallergenic" formula our first ped told us to supplement with. I have a feeling it is the corn syrup solids it has as the first ingredient. But anyway, elimination diets need to deal with one type of food at a time because you can't survive if you eliminate everything indefinitely. Hopefully one of the others here will post the link with info about how to deal with elimination diets. You might want to research stuff like wheat gluten too. Keep in mind that some of the problem sensitivities may not actually be allergies but rather intolerance or the inability to digest certain things.
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 12:38 PM
    I only take down one side of the nursing bra at a time so that might help you.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 12:32 PM
    Hang in there! You've been through this rodeo once already, so you remember how intense 3 months was with a singleton. Now you have 2 babies and an older child to chase- of course you're getting tired! Are you feeding the babies together? All my friends who have twins say that it's the only way to go- feed both babies even if only one seems hungry. That way they end up in a similar routine...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 12:29 PM
    Those info sheets generally assume that a year-old baby has been weaned from both breast and/or formula. It would be nice if they gave out info sheets that were tailored to nursing mothers... But they don't! Anyway, you're completely correct that the composition of breastmilk is superior to that of cow's milk, when it comes to promoting healthy development. Breastmilk is designed for baby humans. Cow's milk is for baby cows. Guess which mammal has a better developed brain? ;)
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 12:24 PM
    Sorry about the bite, mama! For cuts in the nipple area, my LC recommended a combination of 1% hydrocortisone cream and bacitracin antibiotic ointment to combat both inflammation and infection. Use a pea-sized amount, mixed and applied using a clean finger. Soaking the nipple before latching the baby on might help with pain, as hydrated scabs pull open less painfully than dry, hard ones. You might use a wet washcloth to soak the nipple, or just immerse it in a shot glass full of warm water for 30-60 seconds before nursing.
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  • @llli*pteroglossus's Avatar
    Today, 11:27 AM
    yeah, I guess we gave fats as avocado, meat, 6% mf yogurt, vegetable oil, cheese, butter…etc. don't know too much about this topic though, just tried to give dd a bit of what we were eating and foods we like.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 11:22 AM
    there is a forum section for nursing multiples or tandem nursing http://forums.llli.org/forumdisplay.php?118-Nursing-More-Than-One there might be some suggestions there to help you.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 11:20 AM
    Soooo true, supplementing is often a very slippery slope and one that can take a heroic effort to even try to climb back up. If you don't pump when you supplement it often results in slow weaning onto whatever is being used as supplement so consider carefully if that is something you are ok with.
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  • @llli*pteroglossus's Avatar
    Today, 11:13 AM
    I found in those early days my nipples were just so sensitive to everything! Definitely had to wear a bra because couldn't stand nipples accidentally rubbing on anything (like the air, ha ha). I found it very uncomfortable to be topless. I put a little milk on nipples after feeding, let it dry, then put some lanolin and then bra with disposable breast pads. Milk was squirting everywhere all the time but the disposable pads wick the moisture away….or at least that's what it felt like.
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 11:10 AM
    The only time I would doubt supply is if other things are going on, failure to weight gain etc! I would also say supplementing can diminish your supply too unless you are willing to pump so it isn't something to take lightly.
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 11:07 AM
    3 months is notorious for increased feeding for a few days to a week, plus if you are somewhere hot they are probably just keeping hydrated. I see no reason to doubt your supply, just hang on in there :)
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 11:04 AM
    You say your lo is 2 months old... Is he exclusively breastfed atm? If he is and gaining when maybe your milk is ok? A baby takes the same amount of milk at 6 months as 2 so you don't need to worry about lo needing more in the future. If not you can always feed as much as you can still... If you want baby at breast you can supplement at the breast with donor milk... Which would be cheaper if you are making some yourself and not fully relying on donations. I am hypothyroid but my levothyroxine means I am normal and my thyroid has not affected feeding. There are also medications such as reglan and domperidone andsome natural stuff that can improve milk supply too!
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 10:20 AM
    Medela has the advantage of you being able to get pump parts and kits almost anywhere and the parts that strap to your chest are fairly small making hands free pumping pretty easy. I've used the Medela PISA. It is almost too much suction for me even on the lowest setting but I have lots of pump parts for it since I rented the Medela Symphony early on to help with supply problems. It is nice to have extra pump sets so washing doesn't have to happen as often. Big problem with the Medela stuff is the tubing is always in danger of getting moisture in it and then starting to grow mold so you need to let the pump run with just the tubing attached after pumping to help dry it out so you don't have to keep sterilizing and replacing the tubing. I've heard some good things about the Ameda pump but never used them myself, they seem to be a bit easier to get parts and kits for than most of the other pumps I see on your list other than the Medela. What did you think of your old Ameda? Do you know if it was comparable to the new Amedia PY? I agree that getting a new pump is probably a good idea but if the Ameda worked well for you then perhaps the new one would be a good choice unless there is something you didn't like about it. The Hygeia I think uses wide mouth bottles but you can get an adapter that will pump into the standard bottles but that is about all I know about it (I think their wide mouth bottles have the same threads as the Lansinoh Momma bottles but the lansinoh...
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  • @llli*joliesmommy's Avatar
    Today, 10:18 AM
    Im seriously at a loss. My baby is 10 weeks old and has allergies to the food I eat. I gave up all dairy (even hidden sources), fried foods, spicy foods, caffeine, chocolate, peanut butter, gassy veggies like broccoli, over a month ago as per her pediatrician's advice. Her baby acne cleared up like a dream. But then she began getting very colicy: screaming and crying with tummy pains, brought her to the doctor and medicine didn't work. Also her stools became more and more mucusy. So after a couple weeks if her screaming in pain and the doc not helping much, I did some research and found out that soy could also be a big allergen. So last Monday I began to be soy free and I saw an immediate difference in my dd. She was still very gassy but she was no longer screaming and crying. Then I began to notice day after day that her stools were becoming less and less mucusy! She was beginning to spit up less and even going longer between feeds! I started to get so excited thinking I finally found the answer, yes it had only been a few days but I saw a dramatic difference immediately. Then yesterday at 3am she started havibg bloody diarrhea! I brought her to the hospital and did tests and sent the stool sample off to get tested and while the full report is not complete they said it tested positive for allergens! I don't know what to do now. Ive been so careful. I eat very healthy now. And She never had bloody stools before! At her last doc appt last Thursday her doc put her on iron...
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 09:16 AM
    On another note. I got a recommendation for an Acupuncturist through the speech pathologist. One of her other clients went to this acupuncturist for fertility issues and apparently this Dr is very knowledgable about these things. She is not only an Acupuncturist but an MD and is listed as integrated medicine, sounds like she is not only acupuncture, and Oriental medicine as well as an MD but it sounds like she also uses some more new high tech techniques when indicated. I'm hopeful that she could be of some help to me with my supply issues either by traditional or new methods. I have an appointment tomorrow morning, Consultation and First treatment are included in the initial self pay $200 fee.
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  • @llli*kevins-mom's Avatar
    Today, 09:11 AM
    Thanks, it's not my first time to consider weaning. I know he's old enough and whatever choices we make are okay and our own business. I remember a time before I had kids where I thought nursing a 2 year old was weird, so I get it! I think I'll try not to offer for a few weeks and see how it's going.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 08:44 AM
    Ok, soo frustrating that we don't seem to be able to effectively nurse in bed. Stayed in bed for the 2 am feeding switching sides several times whenever I woke to him pulling or popping on/off or fussing and wound up getting up early 4:35 because DS was still at it and I was getting sore. Tried to feed in the glider at 4:40 but he no longer seemed hungry and was wide awake. decided to make my breakast tried to feed again on the couch at 5am but he was distracted and kept pulling off tried again about 5:30 still pulling off as if annoyed with lack of flow. 5:45 am, added 1 oz expressed BM to lactation aid and finally got him to eat. Pumped 1+ oz after. 7:30 fussy had trouble getting him to nurse, another 1 oz into lactation aid and he promptly fell to sleep and only got 1/2 the supplement before I put him down still asleep at 8:20 am to go do morning farm chores. 8:45 woke up 8:50 nursing a bit better gave the other 1/2 oz from lactation aid after nursing each side. fell to sleep on boob till 9:40
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  • @llli*chelliesue's Avatar
    Today, 08:07 AM
    I'm hoping this hasn't been posted about 300 times but if so I do apologize. I'm attempting to pick a breast pump that is covered by our health insurance. There's 3 different vendors I can go through but they all offer different ones. The first vendor offers Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breastpump Starter Set, Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump No Tote, Freemie Freedom Standard Set with HANDS FREE and Concealable Freemie Collection Cups and Hygeia Q Breast Pump. The other vendor has Lansinoh Signature Pro Breast Pump, Rumble Tuff Double Electric Breast Pump, NUK® Expressive® Double Electric Breast Pump, and Dr. Brown's Double Electric Breast Pump. The last vendor I can't see the actual pumps because I'm a day before my 30 days prior to my due date but I can post it tomorrow.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 07:57 AM
    sleep and feeding patterns will likely change when you return to work. Just make sure you caregiver uses paced bottle feeding and small bottles so as not to over feed during the day since you will want to nurse as much as possible when together. Some babies latch on automatically when a breast touches their face and others don't have as strong a need to suck. If they are hungry, they will usually nurse, if not, you can't force it.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 07:42 AM
    I've never experienced the cracking, bleeding or scabbing on my nipples, mostly only raw, inflamed or bruised feeling areola. And compressed nipples getting vasospasms. I was told to use lanolin but the stuff I got Lansinoh HPA Lanolin, is so thick and sticky that it really didn't help me any, well at least not on my nipples, seems to work well for my dry cracked skin on my fingers. I used some of the lansinoh gel pads (chilled) for a while and that helped me some. Other times I used something else cool (I once even resorted to thick cucumber slices with a nipple hole spooned out of them or chilled tea bags.) So depending on what exactly seems to be your problem, your most effective solution will vary. Good luck getting past the scab stage, I expect that pre softening the scabs with oil before feeding is a good idea and then using lanolin after drying a few minutes after feeding.
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  • @llli*ava.smommy's Avatar
    Today, 07:29 AM
    I will either intentionally wake my daughter in the morning before going to work or else I'll have one breast exposed so when I pick her up I can bring her right to my breast and she will willingly dream feed/nurse without fully waking. I would nurse your daughter before work if possible- it's easier, better for your supply, and is a nice connection before spending hours apart.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 07:22 AM
    I would say only eliminate one thing at a time, otherwise you will have a hard time eating well and being a fit mom. Like eliminate all dairy for 10-14 days and see if that helps and if it seems to, you then have a couple big glasses of milk and see if the problem comes back (since it could also be co-incidence.) If the problem does return with the return of milk to your diet then you found the culprit and keep dairy out for the time being. If the problem doesn't seem connected to milk, then put dairy back into your diet before eliminating something else. I hear about people who go trying to eliminate everything that might cause an issue all at once and they find it impossible and then if it works they have no way of knowing which thing or things actually were the problem while they slowly become depleted of nutrition from real food because they are afraid to add foods back in while trying to nourish their babies. Just tell the Dr about all the symptoms and how you are wondering about reflux especially since daddy has GERD.
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