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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 12:13 PM
    Gosh I am so sorry I missed your reply and forgot to post those links about paced feeding. The overall amount baby is fed sounds reasonable for a 10+ hour separation, but since you nurse baby at lunch time that changes the expected total and I would in that case question baby getting more than 10 ounces a day from bottles as a regular thing, and I still think 4 ounces at a time, every time is a lot. FYI overall intake should not go up as baby ages, although meal size may, but 4 ounces would be the top. How are things going now? Here is that info I was going to post and forgot: http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/22_bfabreastfedbaby.pdf Video with doll: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH4T70OSzGs and with baby: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykdFuEOIdeE
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:57 AM
    Yes that kind of day care can be very frustrating! Glad you have your daughters to help this time around! I can point you to some good online videos etc. about paced bottle feeding if you like. Babies nursing a ton in the evening is 100% normal and very common. Not that knowing that is any help... Here are some nice ideas for comforting fussy baby. For mom AND her helpers. http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/09_fussybabyideas.pdf and http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/10_what_about_partners.pdf
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:50 AM
    White or clear lip blister on center of top lip is normal. Blue- This can be normal when it is in an isolated area and faint, however, just to be safe, I would suggest call the doctor about blue skin. As far as chapped, the only possible issue there would be if baby is dehydrated. If baby is gaining normally and having normal output, (pees and poops) then there is no reason to suspect dehydration. The only thing I see in the picture is the 'milk blister' on the top lip, and again, that is normal. Breastfeeding going ok overall? Any issues?
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  • @llli*jewell0405's Avatar
    Today, 09:53 AM
    My baby is one month today, and gradually over the last several days I noticed his lips appear chapped/white/and sometimes what looks like a hint of blue. Has anyone else experienced this? Hopefully the two pictures uploaded that I took of his lips. Thanks in advance!!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 09:26 AM
    I guess I do not understand why you need to get feedings down to twice a day. Even if you did, there is no guarantee you would not start to feel full and need to pump or hand express while at work. If your baby nurses 5 times a day, baby is relying on that milk as an important part of their nutrition. There is nothing unusual about this, and if baby's nursing sessions are cut in half, baby will need something else to make up that shortfall. Additionally, trying to wean baby down to 2 nursing sessions a day before baby is ready will quite possibly lead to a more rapid than otherwise complete weaning. If you want to breastfeed as long as possible, I would suggest, start pumping maybe once a day (it need not be every day) before you go back to work, and whatever you get, freeze to leave for husband to give baby for when you are separated. Don't worry about how much you get each pump session but DO make sure your pump is working properly. When you are back at work, pump at work at least once a day and save that milk for baby to have the next day. For the weekend away, pump when you can. There is no need to stay on the same 'schedule' baby nurses. Assuming your pump works well, you will probably be ok pumping 3-4 times each 24 hour day during that weekend. Will that work do you think?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 08:54 AM
    Hi. I will be perfectly honest, I am not a big believer in "slow flow." Rarely, some moms certainly have an issue of not being able to let down at all, or let downs taking a very long time, but as your baby is gaining fine and breastfeeding is otherwise going well I am not sure that fits... Where "slow" flow becomes a real problem is not because moms flow is literally slow, but rather that baby has been bottle fed in an improper (not breastfeeding supportive) way often or long enough that baby has become used to the unnaturally fast flow of the gravity method bottle and becomes unhappy with the normal effort and milk flow of nursing. Spray is nice to see when a mom is effectively hand expressing, but there are many reasons milk would 'just drip" when you do so. As far as when baby pulls off, if you were spraying at that point I would suspect baby was reacting to a too FAST flow, or fast letdown. Possibly related to, not indicative of, I would say. If baby is gaining normally when exclusively breastfed, no reason to suspect low milk production. Switching sides and breast compressions can be used when needed as long as needed. There is no drawback to them (well, switching sides frequently during a session increases milk production, so if that is not necessary, that is a possible drawback) but whether you HAVE to do them or for how long is unknowable. But it is not really a big deal if you did - Breast compressions sound complicated when they are described, but...
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Today, 08:25 AM
    I haven't used them either, but there are lots of reviews on Amazon as well that may help you decide. http://www.amazon.com/Milkies-Milk-Saver-Breast-Collector-Storage/dp/B001SMBRWO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432909301&sr=8-1&keywords=milkies They kind of sound similar to Freemie, except that is a pump attachment and much more expensive. http://www.amazon.com/Freemie-Collection-Cups-Concealable-Funnels/dp/B00UV6JDN8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432909614&sr=8-1&keywords=freemie+collection+cups+deluxe+set
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  • @llli*dandelions's Avatar
    Today, 08:19 AM
    The DOL link maddieb mentioned has a good FAQ. Generally speaking, your employer has to provide you reasonable break time for expressing milk. This is not the same as the 15 min paid break / 4 hours worked that you're entitled to under Federal law (though I don't know of anything preventing their overlap). "Reasonable" is not explicitly defined to my knowledge, but most employers would grant somewhere in the range of 20-30 min every 4 hours, but that doesn't have to be paid. (Most of the pumping moms I work are at work for 9hr/day.) Less than that is arguably not reasonable time to go to a specific room, get your pump parts together, pump, wash parts, store milk & return to your desk/station. Maybe your employer / boss just isn't aware of how long things take? Probably a calm conversation with your manager or HR is a good way to start; explaining that you're breastfeeding & obviously the typical breaks everyone gets aren't sufficient, so you'd like help navigating the company's policy to provide you the breaks you need for pumping. Hopefully it's just an oversight & they work with you :)
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  • @llli*soap.mom's Avatar
    Today, 08:18 AM
    Thank you both for your advice! I've tried the reclined positions a little, but haven't quite gotten them down yet. I'll try it out some more. bfwmomof3, I sleep with a towel too! I'm glad to hear that things will get easier...I was starting to wonder if it would be like this through the entire breastfeeding experience.
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  • @llli*hayashi's Avatar
    Today, 07:46 AM
    I never used them, but there is a review at http://babyproducts.about.com/od/breastfeedingsupplies/gr/milk_saver.htm
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  • @llli*tianasmum's Avatar
    Today, 07:20 AM
    Hi Ladies, I am Mum to an 11th month old very healthy BF baby girl. She eats really well now but still BF five times per day (7am, 9am, 4pm, 7pm, 11pm). I really want to continue breastfeeding for as long as possible but I go back to work on July 1st and on July 17th I am away for a girls weekend for 2 nights leaving my husband in control. My question is, how do I get my baby down to 2 feeds a day (morning and night) so I can work, and in addition, when do I pump the milk needed to cover the missing feeds when I will be away for the weekend? I plan on taking the pump with me and pump and dump (as I will be drinking and don´t want to lose my supply either). I have not pumped for around 9 months so I have no idea how much milk I am producing either. I don´t know anyone that has breastfed this long so have nobody reliable to ask.
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  • @llli*bxlgirl's Avatar
    Today, 06:50 AM
    Hi LLLadies, I just came across this while searching for a solution to my daily milk spot problem: nursing pads that collect milk, under the brand name Milkies. I have never heard of these. Has anyone used them? If they work I'd be happy to use them on my bike commute when maternity leave ends. Actually I would loooove to wear them like nursing pads because I have a shift job in emergency response and it's never possible to pump at the same time. But my letdowns are like clockwork. If our air conditioning is up to it I could wear a big, big scarf around my shoulders to drape over and hide any lumps. Do these things work?
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  • @llli*bxlgirl's Avatar
    Today, 06:44 AM
    Psst--car commuters finally have an advantage. I can't pump en route to work as I'm a bike commuter :lol
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  • @llli*bxlgirl's Avatar
    Today, 06:43 AM
    Dormir, great that you got pumping time in the car! If you can fit that in a lot that will be two long pump sessions/day. Question on the feeding: is LO using small newborn teats on the bottles? Because that is a lot of milk. Have you looked into the Kellymom resources on how much milk your baby needs, and how to slow down feedings? You mentioned that you showed DH the videos, but have you checked how he is feeding? He is doing an awesome job supporting you :) For exercise, I fit in three ten or fifteen minute kettlebell sessions a week. They are easier to fit in when I keep a bell upstairs in the living room whilst home alone during the daytime with DD2. You can also fit in a workout while waiting for pasta water to boil. Something to think about. Do you need a timer for pumping, or can you just think of that as a minimum time to pump and pump longer for more letdowns? I remember prepping dinner with my pump on. Thanks for the reminder to start expressing milk now, I go back to work in six weeks. Good luck, and let us know how it's going :)
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  • @llli*bxlgirl's Avatar
    Today, 06:33 AM
    Good to know, thanks!!!
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  • @llli*crystacular's Avatar
    Today, 04:18 AM
    My baby is 5 weeks and has been gaining weight well so far, exclusively breastfed. He does get quite fussy at the breast though and I'm wondering if this is related to slow flow. He will be fine for the first five minutes then starts flailing his arms and kicking his leg bag, making an angry face and yanking on my nipple while still attached. He will also pop off regularly and then root around for the nipple again. Feeding also usually takes a while. I have heard breast compressions and switch nursing can help, but are these strategies I will have to use as long as we continue breastfeeding or is there anything I can to do increase the flow? Is the speed of the flow indicative of a supply issue? I have also read slow flow is not common, is there something else that can be causing his fussy behavior? Also for reference I have never seen my milk spray out, only drip out when I hand express or when he pops off. Thanks!
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  • @llli*measure.thesun's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:41 PM
    Oh trust me, things are not perfect with my teenagers. I just meant that they will be brand new to this and will not try to overstep me on it due to previous experience. When they were in daycare, I always dealt with the "this is how it's done here" type of childcare. This time they have to rely on me for the guidance/instructions. Tonight, I went ahead and fed the baby twice from each side in lieu of preparing a bottle. I even have 3 oz of breastmilk in the fridge, so resisted that as well. So progress on that front. He gets so hungry in the evening. It's really overwhelming.
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  • @llli*banta-mantra's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:29 PM
    Thank you, and my apologies for my impatience!
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