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  • @llli*thawingsnow's Avatar
    Today, 07:56 PM
    I'm sure some other people might have a bunch of better ideas, but maybe something like this would help: Maybe a swaddle transitioner like this brand: https://zipadeezip.com
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  • @llli*maggiesmom342's Avatar
    Today, 07:46 PM
    Not just good for baby: Breastfeeding has tremendous health benefits...for moms! http://bit.ly/1Jn5Y6e
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  • @llli*maggiesmom342's Avatar
    Today, 07:46 PM
    Not just good for baby: Breastfeeding has tremendous health benefits...for moms! http://bit.ly/1Jn5Y6e
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  • @llli*maggiesmom342's Avatar
    Today, 07:45 PM
    Not just good for baby: Breastfeeding has tremendous health benefits...for moms! http://bit.ly/1Jn5Y6e
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  • @llli*virginiamom14's Avatar
    Today, 06:58 PM
    Hello everyone, It seems like my five month old son has a yeast diaper rash. It hasn't been diagnosed by a doctor yet (we are going first thing on Monday) but it looks exactly like pictures and descriptions online. If it is a yeast diaper rash, does that mean he also has thrush? He doesn't have any symptoms. I had some pain in my left breast first thing this morning and later this afternoon. It was more of a sharp shooting pain that only last for about 15 minutes each time then went away. I am not sure if that is a symptom of thrush? I know I am probably worrying about this prematurely since it hasn't been looked at yet by a doctor but I still feel really stressed out about it! My son doesn't seem bothered at all but it looks awful and I feel bad for him. Thanks for any help people can give!
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Today, 04:48 PM
    alphawoman, you always write so eloquently and articulately about your nursing relationship. I understand why the supply drop is making you melancholy, but it's clear that you have a wonderful nursing relationship with your son, and I don't get the impression that the supply drop has affected that one bit. Please don't be so hard on yourself! It's perfectly normal for a mother of a 3+ year old to have a dwindling supply, dom or no dom. I personally think you are doing the right thing by tapering it off. Your boy is happy. He loves you. He is growing, maturing and developing. He thinks you are silly for even saying that he can keep nursing even if there is no milk, because he KNOWS that!
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Today, 04:30 PM
    Hmm, as I was reading your post this is exactly what I was thinking, why not rent a hospital-grade pump? I don't see how that would be hard on you - it may actually be easier if it helps your pump output so you don't need to pump so much! There have definitely been moms on here where the hospital-grade pump was the thing that made the difference. One even lugged the Symphony around with her on her business travels. There is a cost, of course; but you could calculate out how much you are spending on formula. In my opinion, if you can afford it, it would be worth renting a hospital-grade for at least a month to see if it makes a difference. If not, forget it. If you are able to kick the formula, you might decide it's worth it. Glad to hear your coworkers have been supportive about letting you leave early or work from home, and the better sleeping!
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Today, 03:23 PM
    That's great! Glad to hear. Impressed you are getting workouts in too! That's my next goal, maybe when baby is a bit older and I've worked out pumping and the work schedule. :-)
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  • @llli*hhr's Avatar
    Today, 02:32 PM
    Hello, this is my first time posting and Looking for support. My son is 19 days old, born FT vaginal and weighed 8pounds and an ounce without any medical issues. We had a lot of trouble breastfeeding and he lost enough weight that I started pumping and using a bottle. We have a lactation consultant helping us...initially he wouldn't match and we used a shield. He now can latch but never stays on more than a few seconds even after getting some milk to start because he gets so fussy. Same thing happened with the SNS which we started yesterday. During our second visit with the LC she thought his sucking was an issue as he pools milk in his mouth, can't get the sucking pattern down and doesn't stick his tongue or and she thought he might have a posterior tongue tie. We are going to see an ENT hopefully soon. Anyone with similar experience and how long did it take you to breastfeed? This has been a frustrating course for us!
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Today, 11:31 AM
    :hello Work is going well enough . . .they have not really inundated me with work, so I'm actually a bit bored at times, which is unheard of around here. I'm not really pumping enough for the baby to eat while I'm away even though I've been able to pump 5x some days, so I need to figure that out. I've gotten at most 8 oz in a day, I think, and she's eating between 9 and 14 oz depending on how hungry she is that day. . . .which is probably affected by how much she nursed the night before. She can eat a lot at night and early morning! I don't really think it's a production issue, since she seems okay when I'm with her and she's steadily gaining, plus when I weigh her during feeding she is getting the normal amounts, but maybe I'm just not responding well to the pump. :( Although I'm not the biggest fan of pumping, I may add in another pump session while I'm home over the weekends. Hubs was not a fan of my suggestion of renting a hospital grade pump to get more milk (pretty sure he thinks I'm being too hard on myself), so I'll try other things first I guess. I ordered more membranes to switch those out, and I did find this LLLI article about massaging and shaking the breasts. I guess I'll try that too. :shrug However, I have gotten much better about leaving on time so I can get home to nurse the baby, and my coworkers and supervisor have been good about letting me leave early or work from home if I need to. :) And, I'm able to get to sleep a lot better. ...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:24 AM
    Well, it would freak me out if my child's doctor said something so ridiculous too! The idea that WATER can be substituted for an important, calorie rich FOOD, like breastmilk or formula, is very odd, and I fear if taken seriously would lead to some very ill babies. On the other hand, is milk or formula always necessary until a child is a year? Well, there are certainly children who do not get those things all the way until a year and grow fine with getting their nutrition from solids. HOWEVER, for many very good reasons, the protocol from the AAP says children should be breastfed for AT LEAST a year. This is for the many benefits of breastmilk itself and breastfeeding, not exclusively nutrition. For example, the antibodies in milk etc. And the non- breastfed babies the protocol is formula for a year. So the doctor is wrong on both counts, in my opinion. As far as babies just not liking breastmilk, if there is one shed of evidence this has ever happened, I would like to know about it. Children stop nursing for many reasons, but this is not one of them. As far as an aversion, what do your think baby might be having an aversion to? If a baby is nursing this little and gaining that well, the only thing that comes to mind is a very fast milk flow. Is that possible? Have you troubleshot other things that cause strikes-- scents of perfumes or soaps, stuffy nose, earache/headache, teething? As far as weaning, no I do not think this is possible. A baby this age still...
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  • @llli*cupcakemama's Avatar
    Today, 11:03 AM
    So recently I've been lurking the threads about baby sleep issues and I can definitely relate to some of the problems. Background info: My daughter is 6 months old, has enough wet/dirty diapers. And is gaining/growing at a steady rate. Alright, so my particular situation is a bit different, but there are some similarities to other posters. Baby takes approx 4-5 45 minute naps a day, sometimes I am able to extend the nap for a bit longer. For naps I swaddle her and nurse her to sleep while walking back and forth in our darkened bedroom/hallway. Husband is able to "walk" her to sleep too. Then she is laid down where she finishes the nap most of the time (20-30 more minutes). She naps and sleeps at night with arms swaddled in bed with me. This is NOT preferred for either one of us, but has been a necessity otherwise she constantly rubs eyes, scratches head and forehead, or grabs at everything (sheets, mommy, etc.) and doesn't stay asleep. She's getting stronger and is consistently breaking out of the swaddle or tries to while being walked. In fact it's getting hard to wrap her in the first place. Side lying nursing has become difficult because she tries to roll over onto her tummy or rolls in the opposite direction. She doesn't calm down and fall asleep in this way anymore unless she's already asleep from being walked around (swaddled) or in the night when she uses the breast as a pacifier to go back to sleep. This has how it's been since 3 months- before then she...
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  • @llli*blackthumb's Avatar
    Today, 10:15 AM
    Thanks everyone, it could be pain from ducts re filling or engorgment , I'm refilling about 9oz every three hours and she's only eating about 4 oz per feeding (I pumped exclusively for a day to try this out).it could also be the vasopasms, I don't notice the pain while in the shower but I also spray/leak milk when the water hits my breasts, and we have had a cold front for the past cpl weeks also
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 08:32 AM
    Start each feeding with the low side and try to end off with that side also (come back to it after baby takes second side). Hand express from low side after each feeding for a few minutes, even if not much comes out. Can you dreamfeed? When baby goes to sleep, you can just lift her up and feed her before you go to bed without her even waking up. It's a great way to feed. My baby ate so much better when dreamfeeding than during a regular feeding because he wasn't distracted and I was awake (not awoken in the middle of the night) so I let him go as long as he needed.
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  • @llli*bxlgirl's Avatar
    Today, 06:46 AM
    Also nice to know that breast feeling softer doesn't mean that there is not enough milk being produced :) "It is normal for a mother’s breasts to begin to feel less full, soft, even empty, after the first 6-12 weeks." http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supply-worries/breast-fullness/
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  • @llli*bxlgirl's Avatar
    Today, 06:43 AM
    OK a totally out of the blue question, but easy fix if it's this: does the ache seem to have any correspondence with cool temperature changes? I have this, and it's Raynaud's phenomenon/vasospasm of the nipple. It creates an ache that goes all the way back to my shoulder blade. I don't get it when nursing but it hits after baby unlatches because the nipple was warm and suddenly gets cold. Now that it is spring here in Belgium I don't get it any more, but it can strike if I linger too long in the produce section of the grocery (really!) Drinking a cup of piping hot water, taking a hot shower, or otherwise warming up quickly will take away the symptoms. Would you like to try drinking some piping hot water or tea, straight from the kettle? Not so hot that it burns your tongue, of course, but just hot enough so that you notice the heat and feel warmer right away. It's quick and easy to rule out, if anything :) Just an idea!
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  • @llli*bxlgirl's Avatar
    Today, 06:33 AM
    Dormir41, glad to hear that your office is supporting you. It's good that they appreciate your contribution to the group too :) How is your going back to work going now? How is pumping going for you? Is your work-life balance going alright?
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Today, 05:39 AM
    What do you mean the SW got involved? Are you in the US or the UK? Let me tell you about SWs (I am one!). They can threaten but that's a pretty poor tactic for a SW. It doesn't really work and I'm totally unimpressed with this SW. SWs should try to figure out what you are trying to do and see if they can help adjust your plan as needed so that baby is safe. And, if what you need is patience and resources that is what you should be provided! Sorry, that makes me cranky when I hear people in my profession doing things that make SW look bad. :angrypin I would say, give it a try to top off if you HAVE to (sounds like you feel like you need to because of this nutty SW), but when we were struggling with weight gain for my little one (and she's doing better, I've been watching her weight closely), giving her formula or even EBM didn't really help with weight gain because I couldn't get her to take it. She didn't want the bottle from me and wasn't interested in eating even with the syringe. It was too stressful for me, and took way too long, so I started offering the breast every chance I got and anytime I thought she was hungry (she was not every time, by the way. I'm sure she thought her mom was crazy at some points). And then she gained, more than she had been, which made the doctor happy. But his reluctance to take the top offs tells me that he probably just needed the breast more unless something else is going on. At least, that's what I think in my limited...
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  • @llli*isamv's Avatar
    Today, 04:38 AM
    Hi, thank you so much for your feedback. Regarding offering supplements, i just started doing that two weeks ago, when i saw that our nursing relationship, regables all i've tried, was not improving. He just had a check up with the doctor two days ago and he is gaining weight nicely, no problem there, he is actually big for his age, still within normal. I guess he has not lose any weight because i keep nursing him while asleep. I asked the doctor what can i do, and he basically said that some babies do not want milk anymore, even if rare, and that i could give him water instead.... so milk is not a must. That kind of freaked me out as i always understood that before 1 year old babies had to either nurse or drink formula. I've been of course stressed, at some points, specially when he doesnt seem hungry and doesnt want to even after 5 hrs. How long can he go without eating? Is it better to nurse him while asleep if more than 4 hrs pass by? Sometimes i can tell he is hungry but he still won't nurse while awake...then i rock him to sleep and he nurses fine. regarding the article it was one of the first things i read, and tried almost everything, even cutting down on the pacifier for couple of days, but after a while as i saw it didnt make any difference i gave it back to him. It's been two months already..... Is it possible he has an aversión? Or that he is weaning himself? Oh I forgot to clarify that he is acutally 6 months and 3 weeks, so i started him on solids...
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  • @llli*bbmomma's Avatar
    Today, 04:38 AM
    I have to take him bqck in a week to be weighed again. They haven't said much at all about his weight gain other than it being on the slow side. He fed 3 times during the night. I didn't swaddle him.
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Today, 03:50 AM
    Ok, found the link for an LC consult:http://cwgenna.com/lconsult.html
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Today, 03:33 AM
    I agree! A good LC can help you a lot. If you don't have a good LC who listens to your concerns and knows what she is talking about, it can be very difficult. You can ask for a weighted feed (to see if baby is taking in milk-but if it seems only a little, remember it's only one feed!) and a thorough consult. One of the ladies on here gave me a link on how one should go when I was trying to figure out my baby's needs. I'll see if I can find that for you. I would stress finding a good LC who will develop a plan with you, and who will be open to changing the plan with you as needed. Also, my baby did a weird thing as well with my nipple . . she would suck in just the nipple, then adjust her latch herself without me doing much of anything. Not sure yours is doing that at all--sounds like the opposite actually--but a good LC would be able to help.
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