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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 05:07 PM
    I know it is all soooo confusing! 13 years ago when I had my first baby, no one talked about hindmilk. They talked about other things that were nonsense, but not that. It has taken forever for me to understand that actually breastfeeding is not all that hard. It is natural. Mothers have been doing it for millions of years without many problems. But many realities of the modern world conspire to cause it to feel like a huge mystery. For one thing, many modern moms have never even seen a baby nursing before they have a baby. This would not have happened before, when mothers learned how to nurse from seeing mothers nursing babies their entire lives. While of course it is great and vital that we have breastfeeding experts to help mom who are struggling, sometimes all that expertise and studies leads to us thinking there are problems when there are none. Frankly I kind of wish no one had ever "discovered" that milk at the start of a feeding is less fatty and higher in lactose and gradually becomes more fatty as the feeding goes on. This is interesting, but has this information really helped anyone? Sadly it has actually been used to confuse and even cause moms to do things that are not good for breastfeeding. Presumably nature made it happen this way for a reason. In fact we know the reasons- babies need that thirst quenching and energy giving lactose early in the feeding. Somehow this got twisted into the idea babies might not get enough fat and we all have to be...
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  • @llli*gsfeli's Avatar
    Today, 04:14 PM
    My son is 2 1/2 years old. I am still nursing him during naps and at night. I love breastfeeding but this has become quite burdensome for me and is starting to put a strain on my marriage. I don't mind nursing him to sleep but when I put him down for a nap he will sleep for about 30 - 45 minutes before he wakes up to nurse and then will sleep nurse for up to 2 hours after that. Same thing happens at night. I know that he can sleep without nursing. I have had to leave him with a sitter over night before. However, that is not an option in this case and my husband is not able to step in and take over at bedtime because of his job. I don't have a crib. He shares a bed with his sister but refuses to sleep in it unless I nurse him to sleep first. Most of the time I end up sleeping in their bed with them instead of my own bed. I'm so tired because it's getting harder and harder to sleep while he is night nursing and this is taking much of my time away from many other important activities. We have tried gradual weaning (there is little to no more day time nursing except during naps). I have also tried cold turkey weaning (very unsuccessful). Not sure what to do.
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  • @llli*carmenoct24's Avatar
    Today, 03:37 PM
    Ufff. It is very hard to get it out of my head the whole hindmilk and foremilk when all the reliable sources like Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and Kellymom and other sites talk about this. Anyway, I am reviewing WAB now... It´s not really clear, or at least not to me. Although I am starting to wonder about the too much foremilk at once (this is OALD, right?), which is something it mentions. Lately, she pops off the breast alot and has alot of spitup. I suppose I could try expressing before feeding her, but honestly, I am not good at recognizing hunger cues even though objectively I know what they are. Plus, I really have to work to pump. Meaning it takes me a awhile to get positioned right before the milk flows, which is wasted time when she is hungry. This breastfeeding thing is hard!!!! I really had no idea. I really believed the whole "it´s the most natural thing in the world" and would be easy. One almost needs a degree to breastfeed. Hahaha! Thank goodness these forums are here to help sift through all the information! WRT returning to work, I am lucky, I will go back only part time for awhile, I live literally two blocks from my office and my husband is the owner so I can pretty much do I want. I think I get overly protective of my supply because the first few weeks of BF were hard because my daughter lost weight for more than the first few days and so the pediatricians wanted me to give her formula to "catch up" and my husband was pressuring me to give her...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 02:19 PM
    Myth. In fact I call it the vampire myth because it will not die. What MIGHT cause green poops is not not enough hindmilk. It is "too much foremilk all at once." And that (the too much foremilk all at once) happens only in specific situations I will explain in a moment. I completely agree that the WAB - an excellent book in most respects- explains this in a very confusing way. All that talk of "not enough cheesecake" when that is not the problem at all. But I do suggest go back and reread that section. Unless my memory is faulty- and it may well be- They are not talking about a normal situation where baby is simply pooping green but there are no other issues. They are talking specifically about what can happen if mom is over-producing and/or baby is nursing infrequently and/or mom is timing baby at the breast and insisting baby take both sides ever nursing session, as it sounds like you might be doing? These are the things that might cause fast (aka forceful or over active) letdown, or oald, and THAT in turn might cause the "too much foremilk all at once" issue. If that is the case, then you can simply encourage baby to nurse more often and let baby decide if they want both sides at once or not. Also if the only "problem" is green poops, then that is not really a problem. As far as pumping to build a stash, that is fine. If you want to pump enough to increase your production, that may be fine as long as doing so does not cause issues for you or baby. Over...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 01:58 PM
    Ok, so there are some unusual things going on with this growth pattern. As always PLEASE check my math. Baby weighed in at an entire pound above birth weight at 2 weeks. This is very unusual, because typically a baby looses weight for a few days after being born, usually losing several ounces, then starts gaining about an ounce per day at day 4-6 or so. So 2 weeks weight checks are usually either about where birth weight was, or just a few ounces more, at most about a half pound more. So I wonder if the birth weight or the 2 week weight was off? It only really matters because if this is somehow making doctor assume that 50% is the normal gain rate for your baby, and it is not, he might be comparing percentiles incorrectly. There is nothing inherently "better" about a baby gaining on the 50% over the 25%. In the 6 weeks (about 42 days) from 2 weeks to 2 months, baby gained 4 pounds 5 ounces - or 69 ounces. So average gain for this period would have been again, an ounce a day- 42 ounces. So baby gained very rapidly during this time, 27 ounces more than average. There is nothing wrong with this, but often when a baby gains very rapidly in the early weeks, baby's normal gain slow down when it happens is more dramatic. 2 months to 3 months - baby gained about a pound over 30 days. So sometime after 2 months, baby started gaining MUCH more slowly than before. Leaving out the first two weeks (that gain was so unusual I have to think there was scale error) baby was...
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  • @llli*mommadaw's Avatar
    Today, 01:42 PM
    I'm not an expert so idk if it's a concern or not. Just sharing my experiences :). I would think if he's pooping okay the iron probably isn't affecting him
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  • @llli*mommadaw's Avatar
    Today, 01:40 PM
    That could be. His pooping problems were trouble pooling. Excessive straining and grunting then only getting a little. Like for hours. Disrupting his sleep.
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  • @llli*sarahfv's Avatar
    Today, 01:38 PM
    I'm reading so many mixed things.. I want to start getting baby used to the bottle (once our thrush problem is gone). Here's my plan based on what I've read.. can you help me out with my questions? I plan to start at 4-5 weeks -I'll start with baby getting a small amount of milk from a bottle right after an evening feed just to get used to it... -Then pump half hour after morning feed daily so my husband can cover a night feed. Questions... - If I go 5 hours at night without feeding will my supply decrease? -How much should I pump for a 4-5 week old?
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  • @llli*carmenoct24's Avatar
    Today, 01:23 PM
    WRT color of poop. I have read so much that says if poop is green then it could be baby isn´t getting enough hindmilk, which has me a bit worried. Some things say it doesn´t matter especially if you are nursing frequently and for long enough (I nurse 9 times for 15 minutes on each side, that´s an approximation), but even in the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding it is mentioned. Maybe I have misunderstood? Am I pumping to build a small storage and for supply... I will be going back to work in 6 weeks. I know I still have lots of time, but I have read so much about supply problems once returning to work that I want to slowly work up to the level of pumping I will need and resolve any problems that I may have ASAP. Maybe I am being overly cautious, I just wanna make double sure not to put BF in jeopardy when I return to work.
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  • @llli*norajsmama's Avatar
    Today, 12:36 PM
    My baby is two months old exactly, and she only gained 1lb in this past month. My pediatrician, who is really great and supportive of breast feeding, didn't seem overly concerned because my daughter's weight is still average for her age and she is off the charts for height (as in greater than the 99th percentile). So in this past month, her poops went from normal thick yellow to tons of mucous and green. She poops at least 4-6x per day, has huge blow outs, of this weird poop. It does seem to bother her when she goes. She has like 6-8 wet diapers a day. The Dr. suggested no dairy for a month for me, and then we will re-weigh her at 3 months. Does this makes sense as the only course of action? I asked about seeing an LC and she didn't seem to think it was necessary. The Dr. thinks that it is allergy related because her diaper output is great and she seems very happy, but that possibly she isn't fully absorbing the nutrients in the milk (going by the mucous in her poop and that she has so much green mucous poop every day). My baby is really happy, smiling, sleeps a normal amount and is generally very happy unless it's her fussy time from like 5pm-8pm. She is exclusively nursing, no bottles, we don't use a pacifier. She does prefer to sleep in the baby swing for naps (sleeps in bed with me at night) and I have tried offering nursing to sleep but it seems like she will only nurse to sleep for her fussy time at night and all during the night in bed with me. I pump 1-2x...
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  • @llli*lc.aggie's Avatar
    Today, 12:26 PM
    Weight check history: Birth- 6lb 15 oz 2 weeks- 7lbs 15 oz 2 mos- 12 lbs 6 oz 3 mos- 13 lbs 8 oz 4 mos- 14 lbs 6 oz 4mos, 3 weeks- 15 lbs. All weight checks after birth have been on the same scale. Dr only suggested supplementing with formula. He suggested I add 1/2 tsp to every 4.5 oz of breast milk. Or when I nurse to nurse for no longer than 10 minutes and then offer formula. (Which I might refuse to do. I can't justify it!)
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  • @llli*skyisred's Avatar
    Today, 10:10 AM
    I'm ready to get some proper sleep at night! I'm exhausted and find myself loosing patience with LO during the day. He will definitely benefit from having a more rested, calmer mom. LO is 14m. Originally, I was going to follow Jay Gordon's method when he reaches 18m, but my husband will have a two week vacation soon and I want to take advantage of that time. DH currently sleeps in the other room and I share the bed with LO. I'm thinking to first have DH sleep with us for couple of nights (if we can fit, haha), then I'd move on the floor on DH's side, and if it goes well, to another room. Any advice you could give me? Experience to share? I'd like to make it less stressful if possible.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 09:06 AM
    I'm glad to hear you are getting great help. I knew lotrimin was an anti fungal I just did not know if it was the same one recommended by Newman- I get confused with the brand names. I agree if you know it is thrush then probably no need for the other things in APNO although I think the steroid helps with pain/inflammation but if you are feeling better then it sounds like you are on the right course.
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    Today, 07:15 AM
    What kind of pooping problems? I've been on this one for a few days now and nothing so far. He didn't poop but once yesterday, which is weird for him.. but today he's already pooped once so it seems like it's doing fine? Should this be something I am worried about? I think I am low in iron anyways. During pregnancy I had to take supplements. So maybe that's why he isn't having an issue because I am already low in iron?
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  • @llli*sarahfv's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:54 PM
    I did read the Jack Newman protocol and we are basically following it. The ingredient in the Lotrimin is one of the ingredients in the APNO. The APNO just has other ingredients to speed healing, but my nipples aren't in that bad of shape so I'd rather have the undiluted antifungal. It actually seems to be working already!! The baby probiotics and GSE should get here in the mail tomorrow. We're going to keep using minuscule amounts of the Nystatin on baby and if it's still causing her problems by Monday we'll try Gentian Violet. I also have an appointment with a lactation consultant next week to rule out any other issues. I've been very happy with my dr consulting with specialists and calling me at home with all the options.
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  • @llli*isla.smommy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:45 PM
    @llli*isla.smommy replied to a thread Weaning guidance in Weaning
    I've been doing well since the punch biopsy but my milk bleb and vasoconstrictions and Thrush (prolonged antibiotics due to dental surgery --despite my very best efforts/probiotics/and anti fungal creams) have just recently returned. It's once again extremely painful to nurse and for hours after. I'm feeling ready to wean but not sure how to do so without it being so difficult for my daughter. I covered my sore nipple with a baindaid and told her it is 'owies'. I'm letting her nurse from the other side. I'd like to gradually wean her from that side as well. With as little pain for her as possible. She is so upset that she's being limited to the one side. She keeps going back to the less painful side and wanting to nurse non stop. I've tried limiting with songs, having lots of cuddles and stories, having her daddy hold her. She's so upset with this change. What should I be doing to gradually wean her. Is there a way to make this easier on her without it being her choice. I'm not on a timeline but I feel like it's time to wean.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:39 PM
    Hi! Sometimes babies do not gain well and sometimes that does mean baby needs supplements. But not always are supplements needed. Too often moms are told by doctors to give a baby formula when either there is not really a problem or, if there is a problem, it might be solved another way. Can you post a complete weight check history from birth? Have all weight checks since 2 months been done on the same scale? Did the doctor suggest supplementing with your own expressed milk instead of formula? Formula does not have more calories or fat than your milk. So if baby does need more than he can get at the breast, assuming you make enough milk, supplements can be your expressed milk, not formula. Has the doctor instructed you how much formula they think baby should be getting daily? When is the next weight check? Babies are not going to stay on the same exact percentile curve, normally. Curves represent an average of many babies who have normal gain. Also it is normal for gain rate to start to slow after about 3 months. A dramatic drop in percentiles might or might not be concerning. It depends on many other factors, most important, the overall health/development of baby. Some babies gain more slowly than others and are still entirely healthy and developing normally.
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  • @llli*mommadaw's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:05 PM
    I was also taking garden of life Prenatals but quit because of the iron, my LO was having pooping problems. I'm not taking any supplements now but probiotics. He's on a probiotic too. Gerber brand. But I'm gonna switch him to garden of life kid probiotic at 3 months. In my opinion, in general, extra stuff isn't necessary. I mean, what did they do thousands of years ago? They didn't supplement. They just trusted their bodies to make breast milk to feed their babies. So don't stress :) I would like to note that I do realize that some cases require special supplements.
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  • @llli*lc.aggie's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:52 PM
    At my lo 4 month well visit, the pedi was concerned that he was not growing on a consistent growth curve. He had only gained 2 pounds and grown 1.5 inches since his 2 mo well visit. He was in the 50th percentile and now has dropped to between 20-25th percentile. We went back for a weight check and he still isn't making enough gains so our pedi wants me to supplement with formula. I am back at work so we just add formula to the breast milk he gets while I'm at work. The dr suggested offering formula after I nurse but my lo won't take it so it feels like a waste. I have a very plentiful supply so I'm at a loss as to why he's not gaining enough/ growing enough. I really don't want to supplement at all but I want to do what is best for my lo. Has anyone had a similar experience? If so, what advice/ input do you have? Thanks.
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:41 PM
    Okay, so again - breastfeeding my first kid and I am still learning. I thought I was doing alright but a few friends of mine that I have met through BF meet ups that they are taking this supplement or that. They all say it's something that we "should" be taking. So I wanted to come here, and ask what you guys thought. I have questions about prenatal while nursing, DHA, vitamin D, and things to help immune system. The prenatal I take is this... is this a good prenatal, and is this missing anything? Garden of Life myKind Organics Prenatal Once Daily My prenatal DOESNT have any DHA. I am trying to stay away from any mercury possibilities. Does anyone have any good recommendations for DHA? Also, my little guy takes currently Vitamin D drops. But was told that I could take Vitamin D and as long as I take 6400ui then it would be fine. Prenatal has 600, so I could just take a supplements. Any recommendations about this?
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