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  • @llli*axelle's Avatar
    July 13th, 2016, 09:30 PM
    I thought feeding was going great with my baby girl (born early March). We'd seen an IBCLC just to check and she said all was good. The quantity of dirty diapers was fine and the appearance not remarkable. Then a month ago I was surprised to find a bright green diaper. Then a green diaper that was all mucous. Then some diapers that were frothy, some jelly-like, some with specks of blood. The colors varied from lime to more of a forest green. I saw a different IBCLC who watched me feed my daughter and looked at my ridiculous photo album of poops, and she immediately went to food sensitivity (I have no reason to suspect it's a hindmilk imbalance and the consultant didn't think it was either). Our pediatrician did too. So 4+ weeks ago I went off dairy, 2+ weeks ago I went off soy, and 10 days ago gluten. And still today I'm seeing the frothy green poop (not all of her diapers are green but the diapers that are decent colors are still pretty mucous-filled). And specks of blood maybe once a week. Today I went off nuts, eggs, and corn, but I don't know if I'm just driving myself crazy unnecessarily or if there's something else I should be doing. My daughter has no other symptoms (other than very short naps and several wakings in the night, which I'm not sure can be considered a symptom of a food intolerance or just, you know, being a baby). She was born just under 6 lbs and is 12 lbs 6 oz (at 18 weeks) so she's not gaining a ton but she's staying on her curve. Any...
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  • @llli*saw30's Avatar
    July 16th, 2016, 01:35 PM
    My baby is now 9 days old and he has lost 10% of his birth weight. Because his stools have been mostly greenish the woman at the hospital suggested he wasn't getting enough of the fatty hind milk, they also looked at him sucking and noticed that he was sucking about 5 times for every swallow and they wanted to see him sucking 2 times for every swallow. They suggested I try and express milk for him and also do breast compressions while he is feeding. They will reweigh him in 48hrs and if he doesn't start gaining they're going to admit us to hospital and be much more aggressive. I feel like a total failure and I am so worried I am going to end up having to give him formula. He cries a lot because he is clearly hungry and I feel so bad for him suffering, we almost went and bought some formula today but we were told to watch his poos to see if they turn more yellow to see if things are working and if we supplemented now that would alter that. I have had really poor luck with expressing, it doesn't squirt out like in pictures, it just drips out, both with the pump and hand expressing. I am feeling really despairing that I can make this work, especially on such a tight deadline.
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  • @llli*hug.see's Avatar
    July 8th, 2016, 11:36 PM
    Our child is 4 months old, and while many things are good, breastfeeding has been a challenge. I will try to best describe our situation. My wife was breastfeeding fairly steadily during the first 1.5-2 months. Direct feeding was difficult, so she generally pumped (but was able to get 65+mL at each pumping session). She did direct feed off and on as well. Baby did not seem to have a preference at this time. Our child developed thrush twice around the 1.5-2 month timeframe, making feeding difficult. After the baby's thrush was gone, then my wife would get it, and vice versa, and the cycle repeated for about two weeks. After this, it has been downhill. Due to the thrush and worry if transferring it over and over, we supplemented with formula resulting in wife's supply going down tremendously. She developed painful clogs (almost felt like wires inside her breasts), and her nipples bled when she pumped. I read up on lecithin, which helped somewhat with clogs (3600mg daily) but it did not solve it.
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  • @llli*mominoes's Avatar
    June 30th, 2016, 12:33 PM
    I've been back at work 4 weeks now and my baby (18 weeks) has been in childcare for the same amount of time. I am pumping at work and am running into a problem meeting my baby's demand. I have fairly consistently been able to pump 18 oz/day at work. In his first week at childcare, baby was drinking about 16 oz (3 bottles/day), then he'd want to nurse like crazy in the evening. Week 2, he started drinking 18 oz during the day (still 3 bottles), still wanted to nurse a lot in the evening. So that was no problem, seemed like we were settling into a nice routine. However.... Week 3 he started burning through the backup milk I left in the freezer at childcare, so he was drinking more on the order of 20-22 oz per day, and he was SCREAMING for food when I picked him up. Meantime, I am still having trouble pumping more than 18 oz per day at work. I tried splitting his 18 oz into 4 bottles but he was still apparently getting hungry and needing milk from the freezer. This week, he seems to have leveled off at drinking 24 oz per day (4 6oz bottles). I'm still only pumping 18 oz (sometimes I manage 19.5, but that's really the max I can do). At the moment I am only going into the office 3-4 days/week so on the days I am home I am doing extra pumping to make up the deficit (and hopefully also boost my supply a little...). This is manageable (if a bit exhausting) while I'm only away from him 3-4 days/week, but at some point in the next couple of months I'm going to have...
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  • @llli*zambomommy's Avatar
    July 21st, 2016, 10:55 AM
    My baby is 9.5 months old and is happy and healthy! She goes to the daycare from 9 to 5:30, 5 days a week. She wakes up at 7:30am, I nurse her (both sides), she has her breakfast (fruits and oatmeal) at 8:00am, and we get to the daycare at 9:00am. I send her with 8oz of milk, 1 jar of homemade food (with meat) and 1 jar of fruit and veggies. I used to go and nurse her during lunch as well, but the daycare people said that makes her sad when I leave, so I stopped it. However, they have been pushing for me to give them a can of formula. I am now wondering if 8oz milk and 8oz solid is not enough for an infant (for the time she is away). I asked them if they are overfeeding and they said no, and that she finishes both the bottles without any effort. At this point, I have only two options: 1. Supplement with formula. I nurse her at 6:30pm, then 8:30pm, a dream feed at 11pm, and two more times at night (we cosleep). 2. I already pump 3x at work, and really cannot add another session. But I can try to wake up at night and pump, and probably send her with 10 oz to day care (4oz, 3oz, 3oz). I am not sure how realistic this is, considering I am a deep sleeper and we cosleep. Please help!
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  • @llli*jez317's Avatar
    July 13th, 2016, 12:49 PM
    Looking for some input from some other LLL ladies. I returned to work on 6/2/16 after being off since my baby was born on 3/17/16. I was NOT as faithful with pumping as I should have been, and I feel like around 8 weeks, my supply regulated. I didnt have this massive amount of milk anymore, it was just what she needed. I usually pump around 4 - 4.5 ounces every 3 hours, but I was in a wedding over the weekend, so Friday and Saturday my schedule was funky and I didnt pump at my normal times like I would at work, or nurse like I would when I was home. I feel like Im struggling to hit my amounts this week, and have really had to do compressions while pumping to get that amount. Any suggestions from you veteran pumpers/breastfeeders? Anyway I can get my supply up a little bit so I'm not always stressing about it?
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  • @llli*rogi2430's Avatar
    July 9th, 2016, 08:58 AM
    I never thought I'd be posting this but my baby has successfully weaned from the nipple shield. I thought for sure I'd be using that thing forever. I'm going on 6 days without using it and have really no pain which I'm thankful for. I do have a few questions as some things have changed... 1. Feedings are taking only 20/30 min or do compared to an hour or longer. Is this normal? 2. At times she is fussy for a few minutes after feeding and then is fine. I offer her more but she is not interested so I assume she is done. 3. I have been pumping every morning around 8:00am for the past couple of months and usually get between 3-4 oz total. Since weaning off the shield I have only been getting 1-2 oz total. Is this because she is transferring milk more efficiently therefore getting more at a feeding? Also will my body adjust to this and I'll get more eventually? 4. She seems to like my left side more than the right. Is this normal? I usually feed from both sides in a feeding but no matter what she spends less time on the right side. I feel like a new woman. I also feel like I could breastfeed for much longer than my original 6 month goal. I think I'm going to try and make it a year now!
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  • @llli*momma.d's Avatar
    June 27th, 2016, 10:18 AM
    I am due any day now. My employer will allow me to take 12 weeks off, but the entire time I am gone I would have to pay for or pay back my insurance that they usually pay for while I work (they give a health benefit that pays for insurance, but they will not be giving that to me while on leave). That would translate into half of my paycheck until the end of the year and we just can't afford to pay that much. So now I will only be taking 6 weeks. My first child was born with a severe cleft lip and palate and was unable to latch. So I am extremely familiar with pumping and maintaining a supply. I'm not worried about pumping. My worry is that this baby will start to refuse the breast when I have to go back to work. All I ever wanted to do as a mother was breastfeed. I wasn't able to the first time around. Anyone go through this and have success maintaining the breastfeeding relationship with their baby? My goal is to reach at least 1 year breastfeeding or longer if baby wants to.
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  • @llli*goli79's Avatar
    July 5th, 2016, 09:31 AM
    Hello - I had a baby that recently went through a severe case of diarrhea that lasted several weeks. She is better now, but during the illness, she got quite accustomed to sleeping with me, and nursing all night, on-demand. The problem is that bed-sharing means I had to get into bed with her (so I have no down-time; she rolls too much/is too active to be alone), and that we all sleep poorly. She just rolls all over, gets up a million times, and my husband and I have very disrupted sleep (and she does too). She's never been a great sleeper, and CIO just isn't for us (and regardless, my daughter will vomit within about 5 minutes of crying, so it wouldn't work anyway). It takes me a good two hours to get her down for the night. I let her nurse to sleep or suck her thumb to sleep - she needs to be held, otherwise she will scream until she vomits. But every time I try to put her down, she gets up right away unless she's been a sleep in my arms for a good 1 - 2 hours. She was like this pre-illness as well, but not as bad. When my husband tries, she just squeals, as if to say "what exactly do you think you're doing, person with no boobs." I've gotten to a point where I nurse her only once overnight, the first night-wake after midnight. But she gets up 3-4 times over night, and each time it takes up to an hour of sitting in a chair with her to get her back down. She tolerates her dad overnight after I get her to sleep initially, so we take turns holding her. ...
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  • @llli*kt.mum's Avatar
    July 12th, 2016, 11:53 AM
    So my son has just turned 12 weeks old, he has been exclusively breastfed since birth with three small bottles of expressed milk in that time. He has had tongue tie cut 3 times now and has seemed to have issues with managing the flow of milk, and not handeling my let down. He has become increasingly resistive to being breastfed and never comfort feeds (I imagine because he struggles so much with the flow). I have had a couple of good days in the last two weeks but on the whole it's been very tricky to get him to feed. He can be be chewing his hands but as soon as I put him near the breast he starts crying and refusing. His weight gain over the last two weeks was very low - only 5oz. On the couple of good days I have had I have expressed off 50ml before the first morning feed and this seems to have helped him to handle the flow of milk. He seems to do a lot of clicking and really poor latch and seems to not have a strong suck. usually the first half of the day is spent with him resisting being fed and taking little bits on and off and then refusing, gulping down the let down, it becoming too much for him and then him pulling off without seeming to be satisfied, then he will take little bits. sometime in the afternoon he will get into a sleepy state and finally take a longer feed. What I am concerned about is that he is becoming increasingly resistive. I have had to rely on feeding him in his sleep at times. He cries when I do skin to skin going to latch on but then...
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  • @llli*tinkypears's Avatar
    July 13th, 2016, 01:24 PM
    My baby just turned 6 months old yesterday. 4 days ago we decided to try her first solids. We took a tiny pinch of avocado and placed it in her mouth. She proceeded to gag so hard she vomited up a little breastmilk from hours ago. We gently tried some steamed and smashed squash, and got gagging again. Next we tried putting pureed peas on our fingers and letting her suck. All gave the same result. Hard core gagging.
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    July 16th, 2016, 03:23 PM
    Baby is now 6 weeks and 6 days. He was born at 8 pounds 11oz. Had some troubles gaining weight and it took a total of 14 days to get back to birth weight. However week 2-4 he was gaining GREAT, sometimes over 1oz a day. Fast foreward to this past week. Here's some symptoms we are experiencing; 1. Gassy, really gassy baby. To a point where he wakes himself up at night crying or screaming. 2. We've had one diaper that literally looked like someone went outside to grab grass clippings and threw it in his diaper. Also, when he has a bowel movement it sounds like something is exploding out of his rear. It's ridiculous. Also, I will change his diaper before the feeding.. and in the middle of the feeding and after. This is usually because he can poop nonstop during or after it. 3. He has slowly started to spit up RIDICULOUS amounts. Literally right after a feed sometimes he will spit up 4-5 times. It's way more than he did for the first 3-4 weeks. 4. I feel like during the day he wants to feed a LOT, nonstop.. like he's not full. He wants to stay attached to the breast. 5. I don't know if this matters, but I remember reading something about rashes due to the acidity? He defiantly has had numerous diaper rashes so I'll include that tidbit as well. 6. Theres been probably 5-6 times in the last 2 weeks that he will randomly cough/choke while eating. I don't know if that's a forceful letdown?
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  • @llli*lisa.meme's Avatar
    June 28th, 2016, 08:34 PM
    My 2 1/2 old daughter has nursing up and downs. This is what I call it when she wants to nurse 4-6 times a day and then only once or twice a day. I had never breastfeed this long before. My older two boys I only nursed 12-14 months, so I don't know what to expect with my youngest now. I have actually planned to nurse her till 3 or 4 if she wants to. So all this unexpected nursing ups and downs is confusing. It seems like if she doesn't nurse much for a couple of days, then she gets annoyed when she wants to nurse more again, but my supply has dropped. What do I do? My supply is steady dropping and I don't know if I should try to pump when she doesn't nusre much to try to keep my milk in for when she does want to nusre more? Any suggestions or information in what I am dealing with?
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  • @llli*rogi2430's Avatar
    July 17th, 2016, 05:35 PM
    So my baby is 3 months old and I will be returning to work in 4 weeks. I work one evening shift a week where I will not be home in time for her bed time. I nurse her to sleep and was planning on doing that until it stops working (she is a good sleeper generally giving us an 8 hour stretch at night.) My husband will be putting her to bed while I am at work. Do you think she will be able to fall asleep with the bottle? I plan on keeping her nighttime routine the same except my husband will do it. I also plan on a trial run before I head back to work. Does anyone have experience with this? Thanks in advanced.
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  • @llli*yum24's Avatar
    July 20th, 2016, 09:58 AM
    Hi all, I have a 4 week old whom I exclusively bf till now.i tried pumping to improve supply with Madela pump in style but I dint get milk out.i bought a madela symphony hospital grade & trying to pump in between or when my lo goes longer. I pumped once/twice & was ok.now, I notice when I pump, I can get I some milk (20 ml after 2.5 hours) (pumped for 20 minutes,single breast as lo ate on one side) but after I'm done , I can feel lumps & milk still in. if I put lo then he can get everything out. I will be going to work very soon so, I would like to start pumping for when I will be away from my lo. I tried warm compress, massage but nothing works. I don't have that hard breast before I start pumping but it's only after I'm done that I notice. As of now, because of his poor latch on one side, I have a small blister on nipple which hurts like hell.im dreading bf.pumping doesn't give me that much pain but I'm unable to pump everything out & feel very uncomfortable. I had mastitis 10 day's postpartum & just came off antibiotics last week. I don't want to go down that road & have another episode of mastitis. Am I using the pump wrong & overstimulating ? I just start the pump & after 2 mins ,it automatically changes the mode & I only adjust suction & nothing else. Please help me
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  • @llli*sef's Avatar
    July 3rd, 2016, 09:17 AM
    Anyone ever used herbs to increase supply while pregnant? I am currently nursing with a super low supply and hope to be pregnant again soon and was wondering if anyone had continued with supplements like goat's rue during that time? I'd like to continue to maintain my supply and hopefully get a head's start for the next baby as well! Thanks!
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  • @llli*christinafromchicago's Avatar
    July 1st, 2016, 04:11 PM
    I just came back to work last week Thursday. Right now I am feeding my son (who is 3 months old) before I leave around 6-730am. I am pumping twice a day. In the morning at 10-1030am and then around 2:30pm-3pm. It gives me four bottles of 3-5 oz each. But I'm feeling kind of stressed. My boss has told me that I need to swipe out (because I can't do it on company time) and thinking about making up that time I'm pumping has me feeling stressed. I don't want to stop breastfeeding. But I'm only A week in of pumping at work and feeling discouraged. Tips, good vibes and kind words needed. *I've already got a stock pile at home in the freezer. So whatever I pump at work adds on to that. :sigh
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  • @llli*kmrs's Avatar
    July 1st, 2016, 02:31 PM
    I posted previously about my baby cluster feeding and that I'm using a nipple shield. Im still working on weaning him off and its a slow process. He'll suck a couple times and play around but after a few minutes gets very frustrated and starts screaming, then I'll put the shield back on. Cluster feeding is not as intense. Sometimes he'll eat back to back, but when I posted before, it was literally a full week of 8-10 hrs eating straight. My question is about the length of time he's eating. First of all, I think generally he'd be happy if I never took him off but if he's ready to get down to business and just eat and be done (like at night. Hes fine to eat until full then go back to sleep), it takes him about an hour from start to finish. He's 5 weeks 3 days. Ive heard that feed times will decrease as they age so I am wondering at about what age to expect this and if its normal for it to still take this long. The reason I am concerned (or more accurately paranoid) is bc of the shield. He still has plenty of wet/dirty diapers and seems to be gaining. His next Dr appt isnt until the end of July but he's outgrowing clothes and looks/feels bigger all the time. He still always has milk dripping down his face and shield is full while feeding. Im just wondering if the shield is slowing down his feed times? Thanks!
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  • @llli*kevins-mom's Avatar
    July 1st, 2016, 11:49 AM
    On day 1 of Jack's life, I would have thought for sure my nursing relationship with him was going to be perfect. We had no problems, he was 2lbs bigger than my first and latched on right away. We didn't have any of the same problems I had with Kevin; No mastitis, no nipple shield, no soreness for me, no troubles for him. Fast forward. We began blw around the 6 month mark. Jack is 8 months now and he LOVES to eat everything. I work full time, and my pumping output is hurting. I started sending less milk to daycare with him (about 9oz now, down from 12oz, but only about 6oz is my milk and the rest is donated), and it's very common he is sent home with 4oz. He's only drinking about 5-6oz in a 9 hour day. I believe he is replacing his sippy cups of BM with table food. My supply meets his demand, but his demand seems much too small if you ask me! :yikes Now. I don't think he is making up for it when we are together. He is an awful nurser lately. I swaddle him at bedtime and BF him to bed in a side laying position. Nursing in any other position just doesn't happen. It's almost like he hates nursing. He pulls at my face/glasses/hair/shirt, anything he can grab and doesn't stay latched and squirts milk everywhere and I'm so tired of it. Not sure if it's considered a nursing strike? It's awful trying to nurse him, especially in public. We part time co-sleep, and he generally does nurse in the night once. I feel like he is only getting 2 acceptable nursing...
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  • @llli*lizgotsch's Avatar
    July 7th, 2016, 04:17 PM
    My daughter is 8 days old and am leaking quite a bit and she never empties me out. My nurse told me not to pump during the first month especially since I'm a stay at home mom. Do I pump now since I seem to have so much milk or will that just increase my supply?
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  • @llli*mamatoleo's Avatar
    July 21st, 2016, 09:36 AM
    -Almost 5 weeks old -Diapers are "normal" and output is about 6 poopy & 10 wet per day -Unsure of exact weight (Dr appt on Monday) but feels heavier and is outgrowing clothes and diapers I have a couple questions.. Firstly, I'm wondering about my baby's sleep patterns. When he was 2 weeks old, he would sleep in 2-3 hour blocks at night. Now, I feel he is regressing. He has been waking about every hour and a half. Last night, he awoke once after only 45 minutes. Growth spurt? Also, he doesn't really take long naps during the day. Sometimes, it's like he fights his sleep. I will try to put him down, and then boom his eyes are wide open again. He has always been a drowsy nurser, though. His eyes are closed 90% of the time, and he frequently will fall asleep, then unlatch, and may rouse and re-latch. Second, he sometimes becomes fussy at the breast. I'm trying to figure out the pattern of when this occurs. It seems that it is usually in the evening (like his last feeding before bed), or when he didn't sleep much the day before. So, all signs point to tiredness (I think?). Anyway, he will squirm, grunt, sometimes get red in the face, his arm will go wild-hitting himself and me-and he will pull away while latched..taking my poor nipple with him! Then, when he comes off, he will cry and cry. Even with my nipple in his mouth. I'm wondering what (if anything) I can do to help? Eventually he calms down enough to nurse, but it's very taxing on both of us-and my nipples! I pay...
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  • @llli*yum24's Avatar
    July 11th, 2016, 04:34 AM
    Hi all, I had my 2nd child on 23.he dint latch/suck for the first day at all so, nurses suggested I pump & I did.my milk came in very quickly but my son was never able to take all of it so, I was engorged.i tried pumping & feeding often but I was still engorged after 10 days. My son lost weight & had high levels of bilirubin.he always had more that 5 wet diapers & more than 5 dirty diapers.he slowly started gaining weight and at 2 weeks , he was close to birth weight so, doctors dint suggest supplementing. At 10 days, I had mastitis & still taking antibiotics.he was fussy & cluster feeding between 10pm- 3am but since 2 days, he's nursing constantly every 30 minutes and it's driving me crazy..all of a sudden, my breasts don't feel full anymore.he eats , dozes at breast & when I put him down, he wakes in 20 mins sucking his fingers & crying.im starting to think I have low supply.its breaking my heart to see him unsatisfied.im exhausted. He's still having more that 5 wet & dirty diapers.i really don't want to start him in formula but at the same time, I want him to gain weight. once, he was weighted in pediatrics office before & after feeding & he was up by 1.5 oz.on 7/5, I had a consultation with lactation & even then his before & after weight was an increase by 1.5 oz. With first child - I bf/pumped till 6 months.she weaned at 6 months then exclusively pumped till 14 months.. Looking at my son is killing me & my husband thinks we should do something ( I know he's talking...
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  • @llli*saenzb's Avatar
    July 16th, 2016, 01:21 AM
    My lo is 3 weeks, i was breastfeeding her since the moment she was thrown into my arms however last weekend, I came down with a fever and my ob had me go to the ER to get checked and sure enough i wad sepsis. I was hospitalized for two nights and was away from my baby for almost 3 whole days. I wasn't pumping just bf on demand, so my baby had to go on formula!! Which broke my heart! The hospital had me pump and dump the whole time i was there because i got a CT with contrast but I wasn't consistent( i mainly slept)She currently is still on formula because her doctor wants to me to be off my antibiotics because my doctors do not know where my infection came from. I have been pumping and dumping every 1-3 hours or sometimes before and after i gives her a bottle. But only get about 24 oz a day. I feel like that is low because she's getting 4 oz of formula every 2 hours. How can I increase my milk supply?!? I want her back on only BF! I don't want to give up! I need advice! Any help will do!!
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  • @llli*scoob626's Avatar
    July 1st, 2016, 09:49 AM
    Hi ladies, two questions about my 9 month old: I am having worries that I shouldn't be feeding my son and that instead he should be feeding himself re: baby led weaning...he does put a couple pieces in his mouth but I have been bringing food to his mouth with my finger and he has been eagerly opening up for it..is this considered forcing him in some way, since he is not bringing food to his mouth himself? He doesn't have his pincer grip yet. Is he technically not ready for solids until he feeds himself? And how do I know if I am overfeeding him? I stop offering when he turns his face away....This baby led weaning philosophy has me confused. My mom can't even wrap her head around the whole trend :D And the last couple weeks, since he has been eagerly taking in more food, his pooping frequency has changed...up until 2 weeks ago, he pooped mostly every feed and now goes 2 days between, which freaks me out a bit, as I am so used to changing poops all day...how do you know if baby is getting backed up? He doesn't strain or anything and is totally happy. To be honest, I am a bit gun ho about solids as I am tired of nursing every 2 hours round the clock still at 9 months, but I don't want to rush him. To my dismay, he hasn't slowed down on nursing after eating more solids though, which makes me think he is a big comfort nurser. thanks!
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  • @llli*diya04's Avatar
    July 15th, 2016, 12:10 PM
    I just got back to work this week and I pump twice while I'm at work. Until then I used to breastfeed on demand and my baby was gaining weight. I started out with a low supply and had to supplement with formula but slowly worked my way through stopping formula and improving my supply. Now when I pump at work, I barely get 2.5oz each session and that is not enough to keep up with my baby's intake. I nurse before leaving for work, pump every 3 hours at work and I nurse rest of the evening and night. I'm blowing through my freezer stash at an alarming pace and desperately need to improve my pumping output. Did anyone else have a big drop in supply after going back to work? How did you get it back up? I worked really hard to establish my supply and this is very discouraging after getting back to work.:cry
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  • @llli*mamatoleo's Avatar
    June 29th, 2016, 03:31 PM
    Hi, there! This is my first post, & I hope I'm doing this right.. I'm a first time mom to an 11 day old. So far, he has been predominantly breastfed, but I have had his father feed him a bottle of expressed milk a few times when we've had company over. (No formula) My concerns: 1) My son has developed "little boobs" in the last day or so. When I googled it, many people say this is caused by hormones in my milk, it's common, & will subside after some time. Is this true? 2) Nursing is inconsistent. I realize that as a newborn, he is trying to get the hang of breastfeeding just like I am. Sometimes, he will nurse 30 min on each side and be content for a couple hours. Other times, he'll "cluster feed" an hour apart several times in a row, feeding as little as 5 or 10 minutes, and only on one side. It seems like it may be for comfort sometimes.. he will fuss and cry, frantically trying to get to my nipple. Then, as soon as he's there, he sucks for a few minutes, and becomes drowsy. His pediatrician said this is "normal." *Note: My son is meeting or surpassing the diaper guidelines. His urine is pale yellow and stools are typical as well. 3) My son sleeps much of the time whilst nursing. Even if I take him off and have him relatch, he will fall asleep again. He sucks pretty continuously, with only short pauses. Is this acceptable? I'm just amazed at how much he can consume! His stomach is only supposed to be the size of a ping pong ball at this age. There have been times...
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  • @llli*ashmash's Avatar
    July 12th, 2016, 12:15 PM
    My little guy is 5 months old now...Sunday evening he pooped and had some blood streaks in his poo (also mucousy as well). Today we went to the doctor, and I showed her a picture of the poop. She said she wanted to get a stool sample to send off to the lab to test for any infections or illnesses, and see if anything comes back positive. She said if it comes back negative then we are probably dealing with a milk protein allergy. I have posted on here in the past about a dairy elimination diet because of his symptoms (eczema, congestion, drooling, crankiness and fussiness, restlenessness and a really bad sleeper) He has been on zantac for a few months now also. My question is, can it be an oversupply issue too? I read some previous forum posts on this topic and just want some fresh insight if possible. I dont pump often, usually just once every 3 or 4 days, for about 10 minutes tops. I will get 2-3oz typically, depending if he ate recently or not. He eats every hour and a half throughout the day and the night. He is a happy baby mostly, but has his fussiness moments, typically anytime hes not being held. I have a long family history of food allergies..my daughter is allergic to wheat, eggs, peanuts, shellfish, and regular fish. Since it runs in my family, I feel like the allergy is most probable, but not 100% sure. I have eliminated dairy in the past but only for about 10 days tops, then I figured I hadnt seen any difference and gave up. Now that he has blood in his stool...
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  • @llli*yhebra's Avatar
    July 14th, 2016, 05:35 AM
    Dear LLL mommies, I am new to the forum, first-time mom, and need your advice! My baby is 8 weeks old and we've been having trouble with breastfeeding for a few weeks because of me oversupplying milk and having a too strong ejection reflex. For the past week and a half I have been block feeding and using laid-back or lying-down positions. Things are much better now: he now drinks from the breast almost peacefully and my breasts have stopped leaking (one of them would leak constantly, all day long). However my ejection reflex seems to be too strong still. Baby always complains at the beginning of a feed, and then I can hear him gulp and choke. Sometimes he still pulls or "bites" my nipple. I usually express for a few seconds before feeding him and can see the milk spray out. I have tried getting him off the breast when he complains in order to get the excess milk with a towel, but only a few drops come out then. I cannot feel the letdown happening. Besides that baby is healthy, gaining weight, seems happier, and his stool is beautiful yellow. He still has some trouble passing gas, but no more nightmare nights so far (fingers crossed).
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    July 16th, 2016, 03:45 PM
    Is it possible to keep milk in the fridge, and then move to the freezer? Sometimes I only pump 1-2oz at a time so what I have been doing is pumping several times a day and then at night or the next day combining the previous days and throwing it all in the freezer. Is that alright? :confused:
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