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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    September 11th, 2016, 12:44 PM
    :( My hope is one day I won't have to be posting on this forum with all my problems, but instead just creeping and reading the forums. Ugh. One day, maybe. So just a recap. About a month ago (I think?) I started to get mastitis, but was able to pump/nurse so much that I was able to avoid full blown mastitis. Over that weekend, babies poop went from perfect BF poop to SUPER mucus poops, as if it was a light bulb that switched. Prior to that, I had some milk shooting pains in my breast that progressively got worse. I went to see my OB, and got on Diflucan (14 days). Since then, I've been on 2 rounds of Diflucan, and we've been treating me and baby. I've also seen a GI specialist and his PEDS and they both told me to eliminate dairy (which I've been doing for yeast treatment anyways) as well as soy and eggs. I've been off both for a month now, but have had 2 mess ups where people have put butter or whatever in a recipe without telling me. So my DH thinks that I don't have yeast, but instead I just "hammer" on my boobs too much. I will agree that I do hammer on them when hand expressing, probably WAY too rough, and I have decreased that significantly. I did read that trauma to the breast could cause sharp pains. However, since taking both rounds of the Diflucan, I still have the pink/red nips, and the sharp pains are VERY rare now (but not fully gone). My breasts themselves were peeling, but that's since went away. I feel like we are super close to getting rid of it......
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  • @llli*seventeen's Avatar
    September 14th, 2016, 08:10 AM
    Hi! My daughter is 2 months old and Ive been breastfeeding her since day 1. However, left breast is not that "compatible" with my daughter so I was advised to pump. She doesn't seem to like that breast and making her latch is a daily struggle for me and my husband. My daughter continued to feed on my right and I pump the left. No matter how much I pump, it doesn't feel as soft as my right. I still try to make her latch but she would end up crying out of frustration or latch but would be disappointed with output. In the end, I'm always engorged on my left. Two days ago, we had a perfect latch and I really felt that the left side got drained. As I was lying on the bed, I noticed I had a huge lump on the lower right side of my left breast. It isnt a round lump, more of a rectanguar/triangular one. It is hard and painful when you touch it. I checked my temperature and the highest temp I got was 37.7 degrees celsius. I also dont feel ill. Yesterday, it was a bit painful. I assumed that it was only because I missed a session to pump. I checked my temp and everything's okay. I took ibuprofen for pain relief and applied warm compresses. Pain on the breast goes away but the lump doesnt seem to get smaller. Is this still a plugged duct? How long does a clogged duct usually stay on breast? What should i do with it
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  • @llli*chzhcn's Avatar
    September 4th, 2016, 11:59 AM
    My daughter will be 13 months (exclusively breast-fed) soon. She weighs 25.3 pounds. She only accepts liquid food, and never chews. She only has two lower teeth. The biggest problem for her is that she will not put anything in her mouth. Is this strange at this age? She has never tried to put anything in her mouth. If I give her liquid food with non-liquid chunks in it, she will refuse to eat for the whole day. Our pediatrician has scheduled a meeting with a child psychologist, but I don’t know if this will help. What can I do? Please help me!
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  • @llli*lf64's Avatar
    August 29th, 2016, 07:58 AM
    Hi there, I'm having a real nightmare my baby girl is now 16 weeks and three weeks ago suddenly started refusing the breast when alert during the day times. We were previously breastfeeding in various positions, mostly more layed back biological ones as I have a fast let down etc. There was some fussiness in the early days but things had really settled and I thought we both had the hang of it. Now however when I bring her to the breast she screams, turns her face away and arches her back as if to try and get away. It's a real nightmare as she wasn't the biggest weight gainer to start with and nor we can't go or do anything- we are literally bed bound. We thought it might be thrush to begin with as the Dr. Said he could see some white at the back of her throat, however we've treated her for it and that's now gone (I'm dubious it was ever there to begin with really) and she's still refusing to feed. Has anyone had this?? Or have any ideas/advise? We're at our wits end.
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  • @llli*kelly.tan's Avatar
    August 30th, 2016, 06:17 AM
    Hi, my baby is now 4 wks old and I'll return to work at week 16. I would like to build up a frozen stash before returning to work as I expect to be able to pump only 1 or 2 times while at work (leaving house at abt 8am and returning only at 7pm 5 times a wk). My baby's feeding pattern is quite erratic sometimes feeding every 1 to 1.5 hrs or sometimes every 2.5 hrs. She normally feeds only on 1 breast only but at times need both breasts to be satisfied. How should I pump as I'm worried that she'll scream at the next feeding if I empty both breasts (tried that once and she was furious at not getting milk I didn't feel letdown during that feed). She is usually very impatient and needs to feed once she wakes else she screams the house down. How long should I pumps at each session if her normal feeding is about 10min? Any advice is appreciated.
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  • @llli*hawkeye-mom's Avatar
    September 5th, 2016, 08:58 PM
    I currently am nursing my 3 week old son and up until the last couple days had not had any issues. He weighed 7 lbs 14 oz when born and at his 4 day appointment, was at 7 lbs 12 oz. He has been nursing frequently since he was born, just not for very long at a time (at most 10-15 minutes, but usually 7 or 8 minutes, then he falls asleep or is just done). He nursed so frequently in the hospital that I never even experienced engorgment this time like I did with my daughter. Last week there were a couple days that he threw up a large amount (definitely more than a few teaspoons) after nursing. This happened on non-subsequent days and only happened once on those days. However, this happened once yesterday and today it has happened three times. I have been trying to figure this out with my mom over the phone (former LLL leader in the 80s) but she is at a loss, too. Today it happened after he cried a lot because I had to leave him alone for a bit (had to change daughter's diaper). Tonight he did it after just nursing-I took him off to try to burp him and he just lost it over all of me and him. I tried to nurse him again since he threw up everything and it happened again. After showering and getting him ready for bed, he nursed to sleep and has been content. Some more background: at 2 weeks, he weighed 9 lb 7 oz. today at home he weighed 10 lb 3 oz, but this was obviously on a different scale. When he throws up, he doesn't seem to be in distress and afterwards he is fine...
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  • @llli*bluebethy's Avatar
    September 7th, 2016, 05:29 PM
    Oh please help! Any guidance or feedback would be appreciated. This may be long. Here's the high points: - Baby was breech, had a c-section at 38 and 5 when I went into labor. - Weighed 7lb 4 oz at birth. Was down 13% to 6lb 6 oz at Pediatrician appointment. - When her weight started dropping in the hospital, they offered a nipple shield. I told them no, so we started syringe feeding. Once I pumped more than 10 CCs, I was told she could choke being syringe fed that much, so we started SNS with the syringes and an NG tube. - Feedings became a horror story. 30 minutes me trying to BF. Thirty minutes to and hour trying to get her to stay latched to me and insert the NG tube (she resisted and would pull off anytime her latch was broken), and the another 35 minutes pumping and cleaning parts for the next feeding. Which means... No sleep at night. - LC saw that she latches but gets disinterested quickly. My milk is in BUT I have large breasts and small nipples. I simply don't know if she can get enough areola in her mouth to suck where she needs to. I've tried C hold, U hold, deep latch... LC says we have good latch. Baby girl either goes to sleep pacifying at my breast or pops off because she isn't getting anything fast enough. -LC recommended a nipple shield to disguise the NG tube and help her eat until milk coming in faster. -She simply won't latch with the NG tube poking out of the shield (at my breast not in the nipple) Combination of the tube breaking the...
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  • @llli*roschambon's Avatar
    September 4th, 2016, 10:44 PM
    Hi! I am a mother of a 5 week old baby. During our first week, I EBF my daughter. However, due to latching issues and plugged ducts, I had to pump to continue feeding her with breastmilk. As weeks went by, I was pumping more that breastfeeding. In fact, for two weeks now, I am exclusively pumping. I want to go back to EBF or at least to BF more than Pumping. My question is, how do I properly wean from pump and transition to breastfeed without getting plugged ducts or engorgement? I currently pumped every 3 hours and I want to drop some of these sessions but I am scared I will have engorgement or oversupply as these have happened before. When I nurse the baby, is it equivalent to one pumping session? Does that mean I drop that session as replaced by nursing? Thanks for all the help
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  • @llli*racerd's Avatar
    September 6th, 2016, 10:24 PM
    So I'm an "older" mom....turn 50 in March. Nursing my 6 month old without any issues. In the last few weeks I have started to suffer from anxiety, heart palps, major hot flashes at night and trouble sleeping. OB keeps pushing Zoloft but I don't want to go on it. My labs show zero estrogen and progesterone and high FSH and suggest menopause. Anyone else breastfeeding in the midst of possibly menopause and having similar issues? Have you found any solutions? She also suggested hormone replacement therapy but I do not want to wean yet. I'm enjoying our relationship and my daughter would probably be miserable as well.
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  • @llli*elizabethy0's Avatar
    September 7th, 2016, 06:22 AM
    Hi all, I'm new to this forum... Wanted to ask mums of older babies & toddlers about breastfeeding to sleep. My little one is nearly 5 months & we do it plenty! Every night, many naps! I know there's loads of don't do it advise out there. But if you did bf to sleep past 6 months can I ask... When did you stop? Why / how did you stop? What happened if you wanted to go out for the evening? I'm also wondering about your views on whether it's linked to them waking up more at night?
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  • @llli*santania's Avatar
    September 2nd, 2016, 11:38 PM
    My son is 9 days old today and has not had bowel movement on his own since Sunday. On Thursday I gave him 1/2 of a suppository and his stool was a dark green/yellowish hue. I am exclusively breastfeeding him and feeding on demand during the day and at night every 2 1/2 hours. While in the hospital he was given two suppositories because he wouldn't have a bowel movement for the 3 days we were there. I did supplement with formula twice to see if he would have a bowel movement after feeding. I believe he is getting enough milk to produce a bowel movement. After each feeding he is alert and no signs of discomfort are being shown. With it being the holiday weekend I won't be able to see his pediatrician until Tuesday.
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  • @llli*maggiechicago's Avatar
    September 7th, 2016, 03:15 PM
    Hello, I am a 3rd time mom yet as worried/confused as if it were my first baby. My first child (8yrs old) was born via c-sec and as a result of me being under medications, I was unable to nurse for the first 12 hours (was given morphine and benadryl without my knowledge which made me basically comatose). He was given formula also without my knowledge and despite our best efforts with LC in and out of hospital, he never latched on (LC commented she never had that happen in 30 years..). I pumped and we supplemented with formula. My left breast never gave me more than 2 oz at its highest and I had hemangioma in that breast as a child which resulted in its being underdeveloped so I assume I have inssuficient glandular tissue. My right breast would give me lots of milk though. Our second child (6) was bor via VBAC and nursed before She was even cleaned up. She was tiny (6lb13oz) and would nurse little a a time. I did worry with her too if I have enough supply but somehow we preserved and she nursed for 2 years without single formula feeding and almost completely breastfeeding as she would not take a bottle. I started pumping I believe about 2 months in to have enough at 3 mos to go back to work. I did have a freezer full of milk. now our third baby was born 8-19-16. despite me gaining little weight, being super healthy I developed high blood pressure AFTER he was born and was placed on 24 hr mag sulfate drip. He also developed high bili due to ABO incompatibility and was under...
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  • @llli*mgf's Avatar
    September 5th, 2016, 09:32 PM
    Hi! I've scoured the forum for advice on my situation. I've found similar situations but nothing exactly like mine. Thanks in advance for your help! Apologies that this is long but it seems you all appreciate thoroughness! (Now that I've written the whole thing I see that it's a mini-novel.) My daughter turns 3 months old in 4 days. For the past 4 weeks or so she has started nursing infrequently. She has not had more than four feedings during the day since about a month ago. 2 of the past 3 days I've struggled to get THREE feedings in during the day! If I offer the breast to her and it's been less than 4 hours, or if she's otherwise not interested, she may put the nipple in her mouth, suck a couple times, and get mad. She may wait til the letdown occurs then get mad. Or she may get mad as soon as I put her in nursing position. Sometimes she won't eat if it's been even more than 4 hours. In the morning she always refuses to nurse for at least a couple hours after waking up, so usually she's going 5-6 hours in between the night feed and the first morning feed. Today during the day I got 3 feedings in. The last feeding, before bed, I tried for a couple hours on and off and finally gave up. I figured I'd try a bottle. She drank about 3.5 oz. After 2 oz I offered the breast to see if she'd go for it, but nope. This is the first time I've offered the bottle when she's refused the breast, so I'm not sure if she would always take the bottle in such a situation. She was also...
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  • @llli*bakyjjc's Avatar
    August 29th, 2016, 03:25 PM
    Hi, My 11wk old baby has just started to nurse only while she's asleep. If she's awake, she will start to suck for a few seconds and the pull off the breast and fuss/cry. She will do this several times before I have to get her to sleep and then I can nurse her. She does fine while she's asleep. I can tell she's hungry because she is sucking her fists like crazy. I think I do have a forceful letdown, but it wasn't a problem for her before, and it's not a problem when she's asleep. Is there a reason for this/ should I be concerned? She also will not take a bottle or pacifier. I have recently gone back to work part time. She will drink some milk out of a sippy cup, but not enough while I'm gone. I'm trying to work her up to drinking more ounces. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!
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  • @llli*livingtemple's Avatar
    September 23rd, 2016, 02:43 PM
    Hello helpful LLL ladies! I need some guidance on a handful of related issues. I'm writing a lot but want to be as thorough as possible, so please read on and bear with me :) I have returned to work and am home with my LO (now 11, almost 12 months) one day per week plus weekends. On the other 4 workdays he is bottle fed my breastmilk by husband, childcare, or family. He enthusiastically eats solids 2-3x/day - we don't push it, but he really enjoys food. If we happen to miss or skip a meal every once in a while, we don't worry about it. Up until about a week ago, he was nursing 6x/day on a typical day with me: wake, before AM nap, after AM nap, before PM nap, after PM nap, and bed, with meals in between. For about a week and a half straight he fought his PM nap and pushed back his AM nap to the extent that I think we've entered 1 nap/day territory. So he only just recently is nursing more like 4x/day - wake, before nap, after nap, and bed. Sometimes a little extra in between :) When I pump, I usually pump anywhere from 4-6 (sometimes 7) oz. 1. Everyone says he "whomps" the milk down from the bottle. I know it's common for BF'd babies to take milk faster via bottle than breast and that paced feeding, sitting upright, switching "sides," etc., can all help with this. People have tried all of the above. I'm working on getting a slower-flow nipple also, though the ones we use (LifeFactory) are Stage 1 (on that note: anyone know the slowest nipple out there??). The tough...
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  • @llli*maggiechicago's Avatar
    September 20th, 2016, 01:40 PM
    Hello ladies so today was out 1 month check up. birth weight was 8lb12 oz. The lowest weight was 7lb14oz. Today he was 10lb14oz. That is a 3 lb gain. MD told me His length to weight ratio is that he is "below" the chart. And that I need to supplement because I am starving him. He was 22 inches at birth and now 24 (although I am going to double check bc nurse was very sloppy). I reasoned that he gained 3 lbs and over an ounce per day and she did not care. She said he is a "size of a 4 month old and he has a big tank". Not sire how much more he could have gained. I asked how much more and she said "well he could be more". We are all tall and lean. Interestingly she never said a word when my first son only gained 1 lb over his birth weight at 1 month check up because she knew I was suppplementing. This guy gains 3 lbs in a moth and that is not good enough. I am not opposed to formula but even looking at the ratio for birth- he was BELOW the chart to begin with as she plopped the numbers there so perhaps I was even starving him in utero? My SIL son is almost exactly the same and noone told her to supplement- they have almost exact growth- born with exact same weight and height. To be at 50 percentile for example for his height he would have to be 15 lbs so almost double his birthweight. I mean I can supplement but what is the point , to fall onto a specific number or something? Any ideas?
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  • @llli*canadianemily's Avatar
    August 28th, 2016, 09:41 PM
    Hi all, I would really like to have another baby soon, and my cycle returned when my son was 18 months. It seems regular now, and I'm pretty sure I'm ovulating. My problem is I'm almost too afraid to try for fear that I can't work out the logistics of sleep with a new baby and toddler. I have bedshared with my son since he was born. He has only ever fallen asleep nursing at night. He still wakes frequently in the night. On a good night, he'll sleep until somewhere between 3am and 5am, and then wake every hour or so until 7 or 8 when he's up for the day. On a bad day, he can be up every hour or two all night. When he was born, and for the first six months, he woke up every hour all night. It then gradually got better over time until where we are now. Though I hope it will be different, I don't expect that sleep pattern to be different with a new baby. I just can't imagine having two children who are waking constantly and on different schedules. This is the nightmare playing in my head: I move my older one into his own room while I'm pregnant, but continue to night nurse and end up in his room most nights. New baby arrives, and I start bedsharing with that one, but still need to go to my toddler when he wakes up, but I have to take the baby with me because he's crying because I moved and tried to leave. I have no idea what I could do at this point that would result in anyone going back to sleep. I have to assume I'm alone and my husband isn't available. He is...
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  • @llli*asingleton5's Avatar
    September 9th, 2016, 01:24 PM
    So my newborn is currently 2weeks old tomorrow. Nursing seems to have been going good until a couple days ago in the evening my baby seemed very fussy and was cluster feeding and was up for like 3-4 hours. This morning it happened as well when we got up. It got to the point where she looked like she wanted the breast, sometimes would latch but pull off and be super upset & tight. Sometimes she'd be looking for it, then pull away right when she was over it. This would go on for atleast an hour or two. Is this normal? (My husband asked why I kept feeding her, but she seemed like she wanted it and was upset otherwise). I tried looking it up I don't know if she's going through a growth spurt, if she's being lazy and not getting as much as she wants... Could it be colic, my supply?? So many wonders. Normally she nurses every 1-1.5 hours. Sometimes 2 or 3hrs (a couple times a day if sleeping or at night) & usually she'll nurse anywhere from 6-10 minutes..... Sometimes more usually just one side. She's been feeding fine at night (and some parts of the day). No fussiness, feeding regularly, sleeping. Just not sure what's going on during these times. Also ALOT! of wet diapers, decent dirty diapers not as many as wet. Not sure on weight yet next appointment is Thursday. Any tips/opinions would be appreciated!
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  • @llli*kevins-mom's Avatar
    September 12th, 2016, 10:02 AM
    My son Jack is 11 months old no concerns about health/growth/nutrition. My supply seems fine. Jack nurses about 5-6 times per day/night when we are together and always seems satisfied. We did baby-led-weaning with him, and he eats extremely well. I work full time, so week days he gets 2 or 3 bottles of about 3oz of milk/formula mixture. I started adding formula to his bottles about six weeks ago. My pumping output is AWFUL. Like really awful. I get less than an ounce per session, netting about 1.5-2oz per WORK DAY. I just came back from a 5 day trip away from baby, which temporarily impacted my supply, but seems to have bounced back just fine. Baby was fed half formula/breastmilk while I was away. Now I have 40ish ounces in my freezer. Honestly, I'm tired of the disappointment of pumping almost nothing. My breasts do not need to be emptied during the day for comfort or risk of engorgement. Not even close. I'm thinking of calling it quits and doing the half/half thing until he turns 1 and then switching him to whole milk when we are not together. Has anyone done this? I am ready to have my breaks back at work. Pumping seems so futile.
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  • @llli*krystine's Avatar
    September 12th, 2016, 12:55 PM
    My 2 week old is gaining well, nearly to birth weight at 7 days and from 7 to 14 days gained 8 oz. Soaking many cloth prefolds a day and either a giant poop or several small poop a day. She is becoming more alert and is healthy . My question is that she seems to be willing to nurse whenever she is awake and I question how efficient she is . Obviously well enough to grow but I wonder how much most babies nurse. She is my first baby to not need me to pump after having pretty extreme issues with my first baby (I nursed her 39 mos ) and my twins I nursed 2 yrs but a good nurser is completely new to me . Eta: just after nursing a bit ago my husband held her so I could go to the bathroom and she was not rooting or anything for him. I began to wear her and she began rooting and then even crying for a minute while I Re situated to nurse yet again . ..I don't want to refuse because my milk supply is very important after having issues with my other babies.
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  • @llli*papa.debebe's Avatar
    September 2nd, 2016, 02:43 PM
    Hello everyone, I am a happy father of a 3 weeks old girl and a husband of a great woman. Our baby was born ontime and was able to nurse almost from the first minutes of heer life. In the first week she was able to get to her birth weight. Shortly after that breast ducts got plugged and baby didn't gain any wait. She even lost some! She was so hungry and crying, and my wife was crying with her. This was hard.:( Here, in Germany, midwife comes every 2-3 days at home and also advises about breastfeeding. In our case the advice was: give baby the bottle with formula. I know, first feed the baby, just the lack of support was frustrating. We sought for the second opinion, read the LLLi.org, talked on phone with local leader, my wife went for a meeting with breastfeeding mothers. And it started looking better, I saw hope in the eyes of my wife. But today while i was at work baby refused to latch absolutely and was crying until given a bottle. I found my wife devastated. Later in the evening we tried to latch a baby together, it didn't work at first, neither on fifth time. She said, that she would like to give a baby 2 liters of formula, just to help it not cry. Baby latched later on another breast. I just feel, like i am torturing both of them. what should I do, keep encouraging her to breastfeed, or take a pity on her and the baby and start giving a bottle to baby? Could you please give me an advice on this situation?
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  • @llli*cw591's Avatar
    September 22nd, 2016, 09:07 AM
    Long time lurker, first time poster. This week my almost 5 mth old (1 more week), changed up his eating and feeding pattern. He has been EBF and is 17lbs. He has started to slow down his weight gain for the last month but he does seem to be gaining. He is peeing regularly but he hasn't pooped since Saturday (now Thursday). He used to poop everyday. He is now sleeping through the night (8-10hrs) without eating and only eating 3 times a day. He was previously eating every 3-4hrs during the day but now he's on a 5 hr eating schedule. He has also started to nurse for much longer. He can go 30-50 mins easily and I have to unlatch him. He doesn't unlatch himself anymore. This happened after I had mastitis last week. I've now finished my round of antibiotics and I'm feeling much better. I spoke to a LC regarding the mastitis and she suggested to empty each breast thoroughly each time he nurses. Which I have been trying to do although he doesn't seem to unlatch now. I have always just fed him one breast at a time and after each feed on each side he seems satisfied.
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  • @llli*jenn1984's Avatar
    September 2nd, 2016, 06:47 AM
    Looking for advice on switching from breastfeeding and pumping to just breastfeeding. My daughter was born a bit small at 4lb 10 oz and was in the NICU for 13 days. She is healthy and gaining weighting. She will be 3 weeks on Saturday. I am working on trying to just solely breastfeed her so I'm not attached to the pump so often. It's a lot of extra work with cleaning it and sitting there pumping for 20 minutes. Right now I put my daughter to breast before all feedings up until midnight. She normally needs to be naked to help keep her some what awake. I try and nurse her as long as she will go or at least 15 each side. After that i give her a bottle to top her up because she normally is still looking for for. Then I'll pump after. Wondering what anyone suggest for transitioning towards just the breast? When she nurses i can see her sucking a swallowing but I do have to bug and nudge her a bit to keep her going. She always does much better with the first breast then the second. By the time I switch her she is basically passed out. I know she still needs time to learn since she is only almost 3 weeks. But just looking for the best route to go forward sand have success. I would really like to be able to just breastfeed her rather then doing all these steps looking term.
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  • @llli*reebs's Avatar
    September 1st, 2016, 06:37 AM
    my 2 week old is a sleepy baby and never really got my supply going, despite my best efforts. i went to a LC to get a plan started to boost my supply, and she has me pumping 8-10x a day. my concern is this: during our meeting she mentioned the body doesn't know to make milk unless it's being removed from the breast. i'm not removing anymore than .5oz (that's a GOOD pump session) in total from each breast, usually less than that, but i can always hand express more. if the intention here is to boost my supply, if the pump isn't removing milk, how does my body know to make more? surely nipple stimulation isn't all it takes otherwise the amount of time my baby was sucking without actively drinking would've increased my supply more, no? hard not to feel defeated 2 weeks in. i have a 15 month old at home and a husband who wants me to give up BF altogether and go to formula. i don't feel right about that, i really want to establish a good nursing relationship but i feel the odds are stacked against me. any encouragement or anecdotal information is welcome. thanks ladies.
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  • @llli*melgross's Avatar
    September 15th, 2016, 03:49 AM
    My LO is 19 days old, gaining weight well, and has no medical issues. When we first brought her home from the hospital, she was waking up every 2-3 hours to nurse, however the past few days she/we have been sleeping closer to 4-5 Hours at night between feedings. Should I be waking her up around 3 hours to eat or should I follow her lead? Thanks!
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  • @llli*damselfly77's Avatar
    September 11th, 2016, 07:50 AM
    My LO is now 5 months old and EBF when we are together - a hard fought battle. She had a tongue tie and at 2 weeks old was a full pound below her birth weight. We started supplementing with formula and I went to work pumping ATC to rebuild my supply which started strong but dropped due to her weak suck. We got a revision at 3.5 weeks but she wasn't able to nurse effectively enough for all meals until the past 2 months or so. Prior to that I attempted to feed her when I could, pumped as much as I could stand (8+ times a day for many weeks, then 4 times a day when I got exhausted and fed up with spending more time with the pump than my baby.) Now I've been back at work for about 2 months and I pump 3 times at least during the work day and catch additional sessions when I can - on the drive to work or after I put her to bed. I try to get in a few sessions as able on the weekends. Here's where the problem lies - no matter how often I pump or how long I average just over 3 ounces per session, which has been pretty consistent since the beginning. I do it all to increase my supply - hydration, massage and compression, herbal galactagogues, warmth...I finally rented a hospital grade pump last week, sure it would make a difference but no dice. I've tried 4 different flanges and multiple sizes of each style. 3ish ounces is all I get on average. From what I've read on the forums that's not terrible, but it's not enough to not need formula. She takes 3 - 4oz bottles while I am gone, 4...
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  • @llli*mtngirl77's Avatar
    September 8th, 2016, 04:25 PM
    I have a 9 day old baby who is very sleepy and fairly difficult to wake for feeds. However, her weight check today revealed that she is back up to birth weight already, so she is clearly getting enough milk! Hooray! I do have a pretty strong letdown, as she frequently pulls off at letdown after gulping and gasping a bit. She will then suck actively for about 5 minutes before pulling off, at which point I usually burp her and switch to the other breast, where she'll again nurse for about 5 minutes before falling asleep. The pediatrician expressed concern about her not getting enough hind milk, which I had been thinking of too. However, her poops are still perfect - mustardy yellow, seedy, and not green and foamy that would indicate a fore milk/hind milk imbalance. She suggested keeping her on one breast per feeding to make sure she's getting adequate hind milk. My questions are: Would doing this compromise my milk supply? I really want to maintain a good supply. Also, is having a forceful letdown necessarily indicative of oversupply? Thanks so much!
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  • @llli*zambomommy's Avatar
    September 7th, 2016, 11:39 AM
    I have had oversupply in the beginning of breastfeeding, which regulated once I got back to work. After getting back to work and not being a good responder to pump, I have done decent work to maintain supply and a freezer stash. When my baby was about 10 months, I decided to drop one pumping session. I did this over a course of 2 weeks. At 10.5 months, I was pumping twice a day and getting around 6 oz and giving my baby a mix of frozen + fresh milk. I plan to stop pumping at 12 months as I have some exciting career changes/advancements happening, that would require me to travel a bit more and I do not want to worry about pumping. My baby still nurses 5 times on the days I work and 8-9 times on weekends/holidays. Last week, i visited family in Texas and since then my body has been acting weird. We were in a restaurant and I had fed my baby according to our usual schedule (maybe 45 mins to an hour before). While eating, my cousin pointed out that my breasts are leaking. It was embarrassing as we were with some other people and the restaurant was packed. It was a million degrees, so no one had a jacket. I had to use my cousin's baby's burp cloth pinned across my chest and walked around as a joke. Since then, I leak all the time. I feel the letdown- when I pick up my baby, when she cries, when my cousin's baby cries, when my baby is nursing one side. I have re-started to use breast pads, but I just wanted to check if it is normal. The other day, I noticed that my milk is...
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  • @llli*melgross's Avatar
    September 6th, 2016, 09:06 AM
    First time mom here with a wonderfully sweet 10 day old little girl. She thoroughly enjoys BF, sometimes to the point where she takes in too much causing her to spit up/vomit (gushing style, not projectile). I took her to the pediatrician and spoke with my LC and both seem to think she just eats too much for her tiny stomach. She is already 6 ounces over her birthweight, has more than 4 poops a day, and adequately pees as well. I have noticed that when I attempt to burp her after a feeding that she spits up/vomits more frequently than when I just let her sleep after nursing. Occasionally when I change her position she produces a burp, however doesn't seem uncomfortable if no burp is produced. After vomiting, she seems relieved and doesn't seem fussy before the episode. With that being said, my questions are as follows: 1. Any tips or suggestions on how to get her to slow down/recognize that she is full? I have read that babies will just "know" however sometimes it seems as if she will just keep going. 2. I have tried switching breasts mid-feeding but she tends to lose interest, but then wakes up a half hour later wanting to nurse again, versus using only one breast per feeding in which case she typically can go 2-2.5 hours between feedings. Any suggestions?
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