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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:28 PM
    Good decision! If you feel creepy about it, just throw the milk in the back of the freezer. You might never need it, but it will be there in a pinch.
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  • @llli*linyee's Avatar
    Today, 06:24 PM
    Thanks! We originally started looking into scheduling because we wanted to distinguish her overtired and hungry state. She would always wake up and five minutes later rub her eyes, yawn then chews her hand. When we feed her, she'd always try to scratch her eyes off. Sometimes she falls asleep on my breast but as soon as we put her down she wakes up and wants more food. My husband started to call her "confused baby". Sorry I wasn't clear in the post, we have switched back to on demand since yesterday. She still cry like crazy and doesn't feed well after one breast. Hopefully it's like you said where she'd only need to feed on one side now, but she always act like she wants more when we pat her. I'm also scared to give her bottle in case it makes her not want my breast more. Also, we'd put her down for nap after feeding and playing with her. The past two days she averaged 2 hours per nap, which ended up with feeding her every 3 hours... On the bright side, I finally manage to get her to feed one good meal of the day =D only took 1 hour of playing and retrying to get her to empty both of my breast.
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  • @llli*midnightsangel's Avatar
    Today, 05:30 PM
    Hi there. Congrats on making it 9 weeks! I'm wondering why you went to a more scheduled feeding rhythm instead of staying on demand? 2.5 hours is on the long side to wait for baby, and on top of this you're now having to pump to maintain supply? Wouldn't it be easier to go back to on demand? Babies this age need to eat 8-10 times MINIMUM in 24 hours and many eat a lot more than this. My son ate almost every hour until he was in his 4th month. He's 6 months now and eats every 1-2 hours on demand. I'm not implying your baby is exactly like mine, but just showing you that your baby is still very young and biologocally expects to eat small meals often rather than large meals infrequently. She might only need one breast now because it's getting full in between feeds so she might be getting her fill from one side. Many babies only take one side per feed, whole others switch from needing one to both to back to one. However, your body is getting the message that milk isn't being removed as quickly or as often and over time your supply will reduce and she may eventually not get enough because the demand isn't there. Pumping is a good way to offset this, but again I wonder if simply nursing would be easier? Is there a reason you chose to be more scheduled? Maybe if we had more insight into why you chose this we can help you tweak some things so your baby is happy, your supply is maintained and you keep your sanity :)
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  • @llli*rw0804's Avatar
    Today, 04:40 PM
    Sorry, I'm completely failing at quoting parts of your message...but yes these are IBCLCs I saw for another issue (tongue tie/latch when she was 4 weeks) but have kept in touch with. That's a good question -- it feels like I have low production as my pumping output is much less than before and I'm rarely if ever feeling full. Towards the end of the day my daughter gets pretty frustrated on the breast as well. At most at night I've gone 6 hours with no milk removal. For a while I would wake up very full but over the last week or so I now do not (I have milk but no longer very full) which perhaps is just that things have regulated but aren't low? I don't start feeling full before baby nurses in the AM. That said, I can go and wake her up to nurse if that's what's recommended (it just hasn't been before). I am not at work yet -- I return next week. I can pump as much as I want (I can, for the most part, make my own schedule). We have a very small house and our bedroom cannot fit a crib. So it's in the bed or not in the room. I'll keep her in the bed and just get no sleep if that's what's needed.
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  • @llli*rw0804's Avatar
    Today, 04:32 PM
    So you have tried paced bottle feeding? Just want to be sure. This is very important even if baby is not refusing bottles. See: http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/22_bfabreastfedbaby.pdf and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH4T70OSzGs We have. And we also are using nipples that do not drip when upside-down, she has to express the milk to get it. Thanks!
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  • @llli*linyee's Avatar
    Today, 04:23 PM
    Hi all, first time mom. My baby girl is 10 weeks old. We decided to go for exclusive breast feed and it was going well. Recently we moved and was thinking of changing from on-demand to a reasonable schedule feeding. The scheduled feed was going well (2.5 hours ish) but suddenly she stopped feeding properly. She used to be able to eat both full breast each feed, but now she will feed one breast at most each time, and the breast might not be full. When I try to put her onto the other breast when she unlatched, she will start scream and cry. Sometimes she would even scream and cry at the first breast after a few suck. We would calm her and play with her for a bit and try again. She would always chew on her hand or on our shoulder when we pat her, but as soon as we put her on my lap she would scream and cry again. This used to happen only at night and only on my right side, but has now escalated to every single feed with both breasts. We have switched back to on demand. Today's feed went something like this: 7:40, 10:00, 12:30, 1:30, 3:00 (and she played a bit and went to sleep). Each time would last no more than 20 minutes. She used to take 45 minutes-ish for both breast... Usually we feed her immediately when she wakes up from nap. At time of writing, she is still sleeping. She'd probably eat around 7-8 again. Her night feed used to be around 12, 2, 4 and then wake up around 5:30-7:00. Each time she wakes up she'd eat less than 10 minutes before falling into sleep....
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  • @llli*alexmama's Avatar
    Today, 12:58 PM
    My precious LO was born 2 weeks early, and we have struggled with breastfeeding from the very beginning. I had sudden onset preeclampsia and mild HELLP syndrome, both of which were discovered when I went into labor and got to the hospital. I had had an OB appointment a couple of hours before I went into labor and my blood pressure was 140/90, but baby was fine, according to the fetal non-stress test my OB did that morning. When I got the to the hospital, my BP was 175/125, and they said my liver enzymes were too high and i had HELLP syndrome. I was able to deliver him vaginally, although I got a stage 4 tear as a result of needing the OB to assist in the delivery, and my sweet boy was born about 12 hours after I went into labor. My precious boy was too sleepy to nurse the first day because of the magnesium I was given to control my BP during delivery, and the next day I produced a little colostrum with the help of an LC. My LO started losing weight even though he kept trying to nurse, and my supply seemed very low from the start-probably due to the stress on my body as well as an undiagnosed ULT and PTT. None of the LCs in the hospital checked for ties, even though I told them nursing was extremely painful. I was told my baby needed formula to gain weight, and we were told to give him a bottle, even though I was worried that he would never take the breast after. I was ill and unable to pump around the clock as I should have been, and wasn't told that pumping was...
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  • @llli*jjams's Avatar
    Today, 12:45 PM
    Hi, I'm in a similar boat as you but my breasts are small with puffy type nipples. When I measured my erect nipples and followed sizing guidelines, it seems like I really need a 17mm flange. When I went shopping for a small Medela flange locally, no one sold them. I found a 19mm all-in-one flange sold by a company called Maymom online and ordered it along with Medela's 21mm one. The 19mm is the winner hands down. I went on a trip and used only the 19mm flanges with a battery pack and pumped like a champ. Now that I'm home, I tried the 21mm ones (plugged in) again and my nips are aflame. I never thought of myself as having especially small or short nipples but I guess I do. I don't know why Medela doesn't make a smaller flange. I've been feeling like a freak. In any case, I have also ordered the pumpin pals and the Ameda flex shield just to try them, but I highly recommend you try a 19mm flange, it made a world of difference for me.
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  • @llli*perannie's Avatar
    Today, 11:36 AM
    I just purchased a scale, but I pumped and don't get much!! I have the Medela pump in style advanced!! I'm confused though, she chokes on it sometimes so I'm thinking that I def fall in the category that baby is better than pump! But I don't know what to do to up supply if she's not getting enough!!
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  • @llli*rosesmum's Avatar
    Today, 10:32 AM
    Thanks, I think I'll keep it then...hate to see milk get thrown away!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:32 AM
    So you have tried paced bottle feeding? Just want to be sure. This is very important even if baby is not refusing bottles. See: http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/22_bfabreastfedbaby.pdf and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH4T70OSzGs If your caregivers are going to cup feed, you just want a small open cup. Any type will do. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R95FUa7_s84 Kellymom.com has the best info on low milk production and pumping issues online IMO.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 10:29 AM
    That suggests that your baby has been nursing just 4x per day since 6 months, correct? If so, that's very little nursing for such a young baby. Some kids clearly do just fine on a lower-than-average number of nursing sessions, and perhaps yours is one. But on average, babies who are fed on cue will nurse far more often than just 4x per day, because babies are designed to get most of their calories from breastmilk until around 12 months. In order to do so, most babies have to nurse at least 8x per day.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:28 AM
    Are these professional IBCLCs you saw for assistance with a low production or other issue? How do you know you have low milk production? Unless you are under extreme stress, (death, disaster, family breakdown etc) I think it is very unlikely stress would cause poor milk production. As far as your prolactin levels, IDK. It just sounds like a complicated answer to a simple situation. Milk production normalcy depends on frequent and effective milk removal. The reason a working mom will have more issues with milk production with baby sleeping longer at night than a mom who is home with baby, is that a working mom is less likely to have frequent enough or effective enough milk removal during the workday. In other words, while night nursing is a way many working moms find they can keep milk production in good shape when back at work, there may be other ways to increase the frequency and effectiveness of milk removal as needed. Well, it depends. How long (how many hours) every or almost every night are you going with NO milk removal? Do you start feeling full before baby nurses in the AM? Why can't you encourage baby to nurse overnight even if baby is not sleeping with you?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 10:25 AM
    Sorry to make you do this, but when we're those weights done? So far, we have: Birth: 9 lbs, 11oz Lowest weight (I'm guessing around 2-3 days?): 8 lbs 5 oz 2 weeks: 8 lbs, 12 oz 1 month: 10 lbs ?: 10 lbs 7.5 oz ?: 10 lbs 14 oz
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  • @llli*kparedes's Avatar
    Today, 10:24 AM
    My daughter is 18 months old and has started nursing more frequently in the last week, and I'm not sure why. Some background on our situation: I nursed on demand for just over the first year, but as I considered going back to work we slowly weaned her from some of her nursing sessions. From December - January of this year we night weaned her, and from January - February we weaned her down to 2 to 3 times a day. This worked well when I was working (I did infrequent substituting), and she didn't seem to need to nurse more on the days I worked. I haven't worked in about 2 months now, I've just been a SAHM. Over the last week or so her solid intake has dropped severely and she is demanding to nurse 6+ times a day. I'm concerned about this for a few reasons. She is fairly thin for her age/height. Her doctor mentioned this to me at our most recent appointment, but suggested that it was due to a recent growth spurt. Since that appointment her height has increased by about an inch and her weight has stayed exactly the same. I was diagnosed with iugr when I was pregnant, so I am a little hyperaware of her weight. Additionally, the only solids that she eats are carbs or cheeses and she has been iron deficient in the past. We give her a varied diet, but she just picks through and eats what she wants. An example of this would be our dinner last night. We had salmon, steamed broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots, and potatoes au gratin made from scratch. All she would eat...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 10:21 AM
    So :ita with Sassypants and MaddieB! I spent around $800 on getting breastfeeding going with my first- the LC didn't charge for her services but she did charge me to rent a hospital grade pump and digital baby scale, and I used both for about 3 months. And you know what? I still saved money, because a year's supply of formula is generally around $1500-2000.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 10:18 AM
    :ita No worries. The deflation is normal and may be completely unrelated to supply. A lot of breast volume is fat, and weight loss often means that you go down a few cup sizes.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 10:16 AM
    Totally safe to use. You can feed it to your child as is, or you can let it sit in the fridge for a few hours. The blood will settle to the bottom of the bottle, allowing you to pour off the clean fraction on top. A gravy separator works very well for this purpose.
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 09:23 AM
    I bought little plastic disposable 2-oz "condiment" containers with lids. Packed my homemade food into those and then loaded a ziplock freezer bag with them. This way I did not have to wash anything out, they were super-cheap (I believe I paid $2.99 for 100 pieces) and perfect serving size. Also they could be stored away for later because of the lid. I didn't really puree much. I just used a fork to pull apart cooked chicken from a chicken soup, added some squash, carrots, celery and sweet potato, and some of the soup. I also did this with beef stew. Whatever supper I made that could be frozen and stored I just popped into these containers. This was meal food. Otherwise ijust gave cubed fruit (peaches, plums, watermelon, mango) or thinly sliced apples (like potato-chip size).
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 08:59 AM
    I wouldn't use it, only because it turns me off. But that doesn't mean it's not safe to use.
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  • @llli*rosesmum's Avatar
    Today, 08:54 AM
    I'm in the middle of pumping right now and my with my bite, my milk is coming out pink... can I save this to give to my daughter or do I need to throw it away? Can it be frozen? I don't know how this works here but, I've attached a picture.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 08:26 AM
    Breast size has nothing to do with milk production, and also, it is entirely normal for production to start to more noticeably slow at this age. Baby is growing more and more slowly and does not need as much as before, at the same time that baby is probably very efficient at the breast and is still nursing frequently, which is all normal and good. So I would think that what you are experiencing is normal. Taking a galactagogue if it is helping is a good idea, some moms do feel better with a little boost.
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  • @llli*marshmama's Avatar
    Today, 08:13 AM
    My son is 10 months old still nursing quite frequently every 2-3 hours and I've noticed that my nursing bras are too big now. ( my period returned at 8 months po) Is this normal? I got scared I wasn't producing enough milk so I started taking a lactation herbal pill and he seems To be getting enough. He loves his solids too but doesn't seem to be backing off of nursing at all. He eats solids 3x a day then has a few bites of smoothie, banana etc while I snack. I guess I'm just wondering if this is normal? Thanks!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 08:04 AM
    :ita 100%%% I also never would have breastfed my children without the help of not one but TWO IBCLCs with my oldest. If cost is the problem, make sure you are availing yourself of any programs in your area that have free or low cost assistance, or see if your insurer covers services. But I will say that in my experience, every cent we paid (all out of pocket) was worth it several times over. Just being able to avoid buying formula for a year made it a very smart choice financially.
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