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  • @llli*ellie3007's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:19 PM
    My baby is only 10 days old and from the beginning because of her tongue tie was not able to breastfeed properly. She lost a little bit of weight in the first few days which i thought it was normal, and after the peds recommendation we went ahead with the clipping which i thought it would help but she still refuses to latch! We have been feeding her my pumped milk (i get about 100ml) per session 20 min session but im really exhausted And really just want to breastfeed. But im afraid shes so used to the bottle now, every time i try to feed her she screams and cries of frustration, im also using kellymom technique of trying once feeding a little trying twice feeding a little but still no remarkable advances... Is it too late to go back to the breast? I even tried nipple shields...i would love the help of a LLL consultant but im korea, seoul and the only consultant we had moved back to US. Please help :(
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  • @llli*sarag's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:12 PM
    I recently went back to work about 2 weeks ago, 3 days a week. She is obviously bottle fed while I am gone. She has always been somewhat fussy once or twice a day while trying to feed her, but lately she will not BF at all! I have tried skin to skin, walking while trying to get her to latch, calming her and then trying again and even while she's sleeping. Every time I even move her into the position she starts to scream. She pushes away from me and does her head back and forth as if trying to latch but she just wont.If I hold her there she will fuss for a bit then calm down with my nipple in her mouth but she won't actually latch on. This has been going on for about a week and I feel so sad/frustrated/rejected. I have probably gotten her to eat maybe 10 times in this past week. When she is latched she often pulls away and won't go back on as well.I'm afraid she is getting to used to the bottles and how easy they are. I don't know what else to do, I really want to keep breastfeeding her but I feel like she is done :( i did have the pediatrician check her tongue for tonguetie but she said its fine.Please give any suggestions on what I can do.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:31 PM
    Welcome to the forum! I think you're right to be alert, and right to be ready to make some changes, but you probably don't need to be concerned. Being not particularly interested in nursing at 9 months is common- a lot of babies lose a lot of interest at this age because they are so busy with new skills and new interests (e.g. crawling, playing with toys, interacting with people, etc.). A decline in weight percentile is also common at this age, as babies often drop percentiles as they become more mobile and start devoting more calories to action than to packing on fat. So that's all good, right? Now, that being said, nursing just 4x per day is quite low for this age- a lot of breastfed babies are nursing at least double that amount. And because breastmilk has more calories and provides more balanced nutrition than any other food you can offer, it makes sense to encourage more nursing, especially when you're concerned about your baby's weight. So what I would do would be to immediately start offering the breast more often, even if she will only take it for 5 minutes. A brief sip here and there can really add up. I would also offer at night, at least once and more if you can stand it. Babies often nurse better when sleepy than when wide awake. Finally, if the baby still isn't nursing much, I would consider pumping in addition to nursing. It's possible that your baby's lack of interest in the breast has caused your supply to be lower, and that lower supply has...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:19 PM
    Yes, exactly! A lot of people expect that they are going to feel letdowns, because a lot of resources say that letdowns feel like tingling or pins and needles, and fail to mention that not everybody feels those sensations during letdown. It's often better to judge your letdown by what you observe than what you feel. If the baby suddenly starts swallowing really rapidly, that's probably a letdown. If you're pumping and the milk suddenly starts to squirt out much more rapidly or abundantly, that's a letdown.
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  • @llli*alyssajhess's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:30 PM
    For about a week now my 9 mon old daughter has been very uninterested in nursing and when she does eat she eats for a very short time. I have tried laying down to feed, rocking, dark room, etc. Nothing really seems to make her more interested. She seems to be too distracted or simply not hungry. I have expressed milk and given her a bottle (she has been taking bottles/nursing since 11 days old-no problem with nipple confusion) and she shows the same disinterest. I am starting to be concerned about her weight. At her 9 month checkup 10 days ago she weighed 16 lbs and was 27 in long. At her 6 mon appt she was 13 lbs and 25 in long. She has always been in the 20th percentile since birth. We visited a new pediatrician at the 9 mon apt and he did not give me the percentile she was in but said she was incredibly healthy. When I got home I looked up her percentile and she is in the 5th percentile for weight. So that concerned me since its such a big drop in percentile. She's very active, very happy and she eats solids fairly well. She has no other issues other than the drop in nursing. I did eliminate her night feeding at 10:30p because she was not nursing for that one. So now she nurses 4 times a day. Normally for 10-20 min. Now it's closer to 5 min total. What can I do for her to help her eat more/gain weight. Or is there nothing to be concerned about?
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  • @llli*julienne02's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:17 PM
    An update--he is doing better this week, and the last day of last week went much better. His naps were a little off the days he was fussy, and I guess it is possible he is just wanting the comfort of nursing for teething. Even on days that are ok, he doesn't eat that much and sometimes refuses to eat before bed and then cries, after which DH offers the sippy cup again and he finally eats. I think he is trying to hold out for me. I will taste test the milk next chance I get anyway, I didn't realize it could be a problem with refrigerated milk.
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  • @llli*hkwm0714's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:13 PM
    Ds is 4 weeks. Tt was corrected at birth and three days ago, lt three days ago as well. I saw your post and have contacted a therapy center in my town - I am hoping they can help or know someone who can.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:53 PM
    Be sure to do the stretches to keep the tongue tie from re-attaching again as well as stretching the upper lip so that it doesn't heal tight. The tongue walk is the first thing the speech therapist had us do (my LO didn't get his ties done till 8 weeks old and we didn't find the speech therapist till 3 months.) That, 2 sets of 5, 5 times a day. Then she added some cheek and lip work that was also done 2 sets of 5, 5 times a day. And then having him bite down on my pinkies on either side of his jaw to help strengthen the jaw which I think did eventually help with the clamping down some. I still have some trouble with him trying to curl the upper lip in but he is far better at getting milk out of me since he was 4 months old. I did start taking Domperidone to help with my supply since the herbs and pumping were not enough for me.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:42 PM
    15 weeks may be a tad young but you might try a sippy cup, straw sippy cup or Doidy cup. my MIL put karo syrup on the bottle nipple to get my LO to take a bottle. I wasn't too keen on the idea but it worked.
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  • @llli*erin.in.middletown's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:33 PM
    (I may be off on terminology, too, so take this with salt!) In my understanding, a let-down (often used to refer to the experience/feeling of the let-down, which is I think where the confusion might be coming from) is when the milk is released. I couldn't find a kellymom article just on non-problematic let-down reflex, but did find an article on "Let-down Reflex: Too slow?", in which some ideas are offered to assist with let-down. Also: "It’s quite normal for a mother to have a harder time letting down when pumping than when nursing. The milk may be there, but you may have a hard time letting down and “releasing” the milk." http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supply-worries/letdown/ To the original poster- from what I read, and from looking at this article, it seems there most certainly could be a more difficult time getting the let-down reflex to occur when pumping compared to nursing (in which case, there are some ideas in the article), but there I think could also just be a difference in how you are experiencing the let-down, or how the let-down feels when nursing compared to pumping.
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  • @llli*erin.in.middletown's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:04 PM
    I haven't experienced this issue first hand, so I will hold off on ideas for now, in hopes that some mamas with first hand experience will chime in with some thoughts and things that worked for them. In the meantime- and I know this isn't so helpful right now- but I hope there can be a little part of you that can be glad that you have (1) a little one who loves his mama and nursing so much and (2) a little one who is determined, persistent, and really good at getting what she wants! That secure attachment and determination will serve her well for the rest of her life! I know it's a stress right now, though. I'll try to think of some ideas, and will share if no one shares what's worked for them.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:18 PM
    how old is your LO? And when were the tt/lt corrected? Ask your Ped if there are any speech or oral motor therapists or occupational therapists they could refer you to for eating difficulties. I never responded very well to pumping and Fenugreek and mother's milk tea were not enough for me either so I finally started taking Domperidone, been taking 90-100 mg per day for six weeks now and it has been effective. We stopped all supplements totally as of 10 days ago (had been doing minimal supplementing and not every day for about three weeks before that.) I'm about to try weaning down the dose of the Domperidone to see what the lowest effective dose will be for me. I unfortunately didn't get good advice (Ped didn't believe in tongue tie or a need to pump when supplements were ordered and the only thing I was told to do was relax and feed the baby) or much help early on so my supply was badly hurt before corrective measures were taken.
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  • @llli*ngs215's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:05 AM
    Maybe I am off on my terminology. I thought a letdown was just when milk started coming out. And therefore you had to have had a letdown in order to pump 2 oz? But someone else was telling me almost this exact thing the other day, so I must be confused on what a letdown is?
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  • @llli*hkwm0714's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:00 AM
    This is where I am at right now. My lo had his tt and lt clipped, but we are still having issues, as is my milk supply. I am interested in the speech therapy you talk about. My ds is clamping down so hard, I am always sore, and sometimes dread attempting to nurse. We are supplementing...part of me wishes we could get through this so we could take a forever long nursing vacation to boost my supply, because pumping and herbs aren't seeming to help much. Thanks for the links!
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  • @llli*hkwm0714's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:06 AM
    Anyone have experience with helping a newborn not clamp down when nursing? I am in so much pain! How do I help him not do this? He was born with a tongue tie and a lip tie; tongue tie was clipped at birth, and then three days ago again, along with the lip tie. He has never been a great nurser; it just wears him out, though he is getting stronger, just not always productive. Because of this, my supply has suffered from the beginning. We saw a LC, she helped us with suck training and advised me on herbs, rented a pump, but still have not seen much of an increase, have been supplementing since day 6. He is finally at a weight his dr is happy with, but we ware still having latch/tongue/clamping issues, and the LC doesn't know anything else to suggest. I really want to ebf, because I was unable to with my dd. Tia!
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  • @llli*kat6183's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:40 AM
    My 15 week old exclusively breast fed baby will not take a bottle. We've tried several different bottles (Latch, Playtex, Adiri, Comotomo, Medela, Nuk, Momma) and none have worked. We've tried different people to feed her and different holding positions, including in the boppy. Nothing is working so far for the past 6 weeks. I've been back to work for 2 weeks now, the first two days the baby waited 10+ hours for me to come home. Currently she is in daycare, and I'm going over there to feed her every few hours. I would like to have some flexibility by her taking a bottle. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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  • @llli*ilusionalia's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:15 AM
    Hola a todas, os escribo porque tras el parto tuve que hospitalizarme por pericarditis y por el contraste que me metieron en sangre no pude dar de mamar hasta el tercer día. Al volver a darle el pecho, mi bebé me ha ido provocando grietas, las cuales cuido pero cuanto suele durar este dolor del pezón? dos o 3 semanas?, se me curararan las grietas? El problema es que suele quedarse dormido cogiendo el pezón y claro, genera más humedad no? Bueno son muchas dudas pero espero que alguien pueda contestarme sobre esta cuestion. Por eso GRACIAS de antemano y besos.
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