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  • @llli*risajs's Avatar
    Today, 03:33 PM
    I'm having very similar issues, but can't do the reclining pose because I have infant twins and can't hold both their airways well on my chest at the same time. Do you have other suggestions? They start out with deep latches, but always go shallow on the high flow side causing pain, blisters and vasospasms.
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  • @llli*ehoneybee's Avatar
    Today, 03:20 PM
    The measurements have been wonky from the beginning. He was measured 3x this last time, so I know it's right. Last visit, who knows? He's still small, but I know that's irrelevant unless he's losing weight. Thank you so much, all of you, for the encouraging words. To add to the worry, his feet are so small (size 3! ) so it's more than just height :/. He's happy, healthy, and regular, so I take comfort in that.
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  • @llli*zaynethepain's Avatar
    Today, 03:14 PM
    http://drsircus.com/medicine/magnesium/uses-of-magnesium-oil http://empoweredsustenance.com/himalayan-salt-benefits/ I agree with the advice to call infant risk. I'm not sure what levels of oral magnesium are safe. I use Epsom salts and magnesium chloride applied externally to supplement my family. I use 4-6 sprays of the oil as a deodorant daily and another spray or two if I feel my energy draining late in the day. We also drink sole which is a salt water solution. The recipe and benefits are in the second link. I definitely notice a difference in my energy when I take it first thing in the morning.
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  • @llli*risajs's Avatar
    Today, 03:13 PM
    So my twins are one month old, can't hold airways or their heads up yet. Have been using the football/clutch method with the brestfriend pillow and they latch great and have been gaining weight. Except my nipples are Always creased afterwards, sometimes with blood blisters. When I started nursing them, I used nipple shields and have been trying to wean them off because they get a better milk supply without them. But it hurts too much without the shields after 2 days. Then I have to put them back on. I've tried everything. They open their mouths super wide, get all the aeriola in there, I make sure their chest is to my chest and not facing up, I don't have the nose touching the breast but I do have the cheek touching the breast. But I can't seem to get the latch correctly. If I feed them one by one with the cradle hold, I don't have issues. But I would rather feed them simultaneously with the pillow. I've tried other holds with both at the same time and can't get a good latch because they are too small to be on top of each other, or the V position. I don't know what to do and hate breastfeeding. Any other tips from twin moms?
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 03:05 PM
    teething and drooling could cause it, and also the night and daytime fussies
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 02:59 PM
    I expect Meg will come along with links about block feeding, it is only appropriate if your problem really is overproduction and not just OALD.
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  • @llli*designerfish's Avatar
    Today, 02:15 PM
    Thank you Meg for the thorough explanation. I did read the site very quickly yesterday so thank you for correcting my interpretation as I certainly don't want to block feed and loose production. He nurses until he comes off normally. I'm not sure if I can nurse more he nurses basically 100% of his awake time at the moment :lol I will stick to one breast per feed and see is this helps over the next few days. Tonight was a struggle and took 3hrs to get him down to sleep. I'm also going to cut out my one coffee per day :cry which I normally have at breakfast and see if this makes a difference. I noticed the days he didn't bf after I had breakfast he was more settled, but maybe a coincidence. Thanks again for your support. M xx
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  • @llli*ceayala3's Avatar
    Today, 01:43 PM
    I will definitely try probiotics. I actually have some in the kitchen that I can take too...would that be sufficient enough to pass along in my breast milk? I'm hoping not an intolerance, I dread the thought of an elimination diet.. With baby's constant gnawing and drooling I'm thinking teething too, however would that cause the green runny stools....? I'm so tired!
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 01:42 PM
    Large curds are not an indication of any issues. Neither is mucous, necessarily. Drooling (which is normal) might cause a more mucousy look to stool. Color changes probably normal as well. It is very unlikely a baby ever has difficult digesting breastmilk. But is baby ever ingesting anything else (even Vitamins, gripe water?) Anything might change an infants stool.
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  • @llli*gndmom's Avatar
    Today, 01:38 PM
    Thanks for your replies. I too was not sure if block feeding for long duration was the right approach. To help with the plugged ducts, I massaged the breast under a hot shower and then rubbed the white dots at the tip of the nipple using a wet wash cloth before pumping some milk from my left side. That has relieved some pain. I plan to repeat this process until all the ducts have been cleared and try block feeding only after that. Please let me know if this would be the right way to solve the problem. I will keep you guys updated here.
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 01:37 PM
    I agree with pp. Just to reassure you, It is entirely normal for a baby to prefer one breast. As long as baby is gaining normally, there is no reason to insist baby take both sides at a feeding, as you have found, being made to do this can be distressing for a baby. It is typically best to follow baby's lead. Some take two sides, some take one, some mix it up. What baby prefers also changes over time. Totally normal. You can expect a newborn to nurse at least 10-15 times every 24 hours, and often there is not going to be much time between sessions. Assuming nursing is comfortable for you and your baby is gaining well enough, all is probably normal. Normal does not always mean easy! If you would like strategies for handling these intense early weeks, let us know.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 12:47 PM
    As the PP said, you want to be cautious with block feeding. It is possible to reduce supply too much. You also do not want to leave the left side completely unused- maintaining some milk flow through that side is important to preventing plugged ducts and mastitis. So please do nurse on that side at least some of the time. Nursing exclusively on the right could result in increased production on that side. But I wouldn't worry about this too much. Managing oversupply is an art, not a science. So if nursing more on the right results in increased production, you can always go back to what you were doing before. You should be experiencing less engorgement/fullness, and your baby will finish one breast and still be hungry.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 12:40 PM
    Green poop is one of those baby mysteries... So many potential causes, so few definitive explanations! It could be an intolerance. It could be another infection of some sort. It could be teething- that's almost a given, at 4 months. It could be an aftereffect of the antibiotics, which wipe out not only the bad germs that cause the ear infection, but also the good ones that help your baby's digestion. I'd favor that last explanation, because you know your LO just finished up some antibiotics. How about starting by picking up a bottle of baby probiotics and seeing if they help?
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 12:36 PM
    got a baby scale coming tomorrow
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 12:19 PM
    :ita That does sound completely normal. Babies usually prefer small, frequent meals, and often want just one breast at a time. Are the frequent nursing sessions a problem for you, or are you able to roll with it?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 12:17 PM
    By 3 months, I would consider this quite normal. As a baby gets older and her digestive system gets matures, the yellow, curdy stools that are a feature of the newborn period turn into slightly darker, smoother stools. If newborn poops have a cottage cheese consistency, an older baby's poop have a consistency that is more like yogurt or peanut butter. And once solid foods are introduced, all bets are off- you can expect to see a rainbow of colors and all sorts of textures.
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  • @llli*biscuit07's Avatar
    Today, 11:56 AM
    Thank you so much mommal and sonogirl! My daughter does drink water and some cow's milk during the day. When I offer her either when my supply "runs out" she usually swats it away and gives me her cute sad lip before crying some more. I think you're right that it's definitely more of an emotional thing at this point. The last time she had a "nursing melt down", I put her in my Beco inward facing and we went for a walk - she seemed to mostly want snuggles and eventually recovered from the "no milk" problem. I'm hesitant to add in too many more pumping sessions, primarily because pumping at work is already such a bear for me - trying to make time in a private place is much harder than I had hoped it would be, and my pumping output is pretty crappy. I am comforted in hearing some encouragement to continue to try to nurse when she wants. Hopefully, her emotional needs and my supply will sort of balance out. She's just starting to get really into hugging, so maybe that can be a new comfort for her as well.
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 11:44 AM
    Have you checked ebay? A lot of people sell their brand new ones that they got for free from their insurance company but never used. I got my second pump that way. Paid $45 for a brand new Ameda Purely Yours and it's great for days that I am home but my baby is at the babysitter (when I am ill, for example).
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 11:24 AM
    Careful with block feeding since it can be too effective at reducing milk production if you are not careful. Hopefully some one will provide some links to articles about block feeding. My understanding is that feeding frequently can actually help with OALD and minimize the problems with engorgement and risk of plugs.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 11:09 AM
    I agree with Meg, Bottles can be very detrimental to breastfeeding, they can cause a problem where there wasn't one and if there is really a problem they can make it worse. If bottles are not given in a breastfeeding supportive way it often means the baby will wean onto bottles and most moms are very hard pressed to keep up pumping to fill those bottles.
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 11:05 AM
    You are a rock star Krystine!! Congratulations! And Happy Birthday to your littles!!
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 10:27 AM
    it is never too late to improve latch. But a latch is probably fine if nursing does not hurt and baby is transfering milk. How a latch looks and how a nipple looks after nursing is only one clue to what is going on, to be considered with other things. Nursing does not hurt, and Your baby gained fine prior to the feeding schedule. Any lack of gain after that is most likely due to the feeding schedule. We cannot know for sure, of course, but certainly the evidence points that way. Your baby is 11 weeks old- almost 3 months, Nursing habits and infant behavior change at around this age, sometimes dramatically. So I am not sure that anything that is happening now indicates some mechanical issue. How often is baby pooping and how big about? how your baby takes a bottle does not indicate anything. 5 and a half ounces is a very large meal. especially if the bottle & baby were not positioned as is needed for paced bottle feeding, with pauses allowed by the adult, baby will almost surely overfeed with a bottle. How baby was "calm" with a bottle or slept after a bottle does not prove anything either. It just does not work that way. This is why bottles can be so undermining for moms, because of a tendency to see any behavior changes as being about the bottle or the breast, rather than something else. I am really concerned that your concern over your baby's weight gain is leading you to overthink the issues. It is important baby gets enough to eat, of course. But this...
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 10:13 AM
    Ok, if the situation seems to indicate OALD to you, here are my thoughts: Keeping baby to one side for two or more feeding is called block feeding. Block feeding reduces milk production. It is not really for OALD, it is for severe overproduction (which may or may not accompany OALD). so block feeding may or may not be needed, and especially in the early weeks, reducing milk production may have an adverse effect on NORMAL milk production. So I would suggest, don't do this until you learn more about it, or, if you do, do it for only a day or two and then re- assess. Because gas is not nearly as big a problem as not enough milk! There are many other ways to address OALD and these are explained in the kellymom article. it is fine to nurse one side per session, rather than switching breasts during each session. Let baby nurse as long as baby likes each time, it is normal that this may vary session to session. Frequent nursing helps tremendously with oald, so encouraging baby to nurse even more frequently might be a good idea. Many moms find nursing reclined helps as well. If you feel very full, you can try hand expressing a small amount of milk prior to latching baby on, or simply unlatch baby if the flow is 'too fast' and put baby back on after catching that initial flow in a cloth. you can expect infant behavior to change a lot at this stage. here is more explanation of block nursing http://www.nancymohrbacher.com/blog/tag/block-feeding
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  • @llli*designerfish's Avatar
    Today, 09:54 AM
    Hi thanks for coming to my assistance. His weight gain is 495g in two wks which is an average of 38g per day. Out put is also good. Wet nappies and poos at every change. BF on demand which is anywhere from 45mins, 2 hrs or 4hrs overnight. Let's say mostly every two hrs, so at least 10 feeds per day. OALD was my suspicion yesterday and after reading Kellymom site I decided to stick to one breast for several feeds. Previously I was alternating. Yesterday afternoon and last night this seemed to work with no crying or fussing and straight after a feed he was back to sleep again. This morning after he woke for the day at 8.30am he started to have lots of has pain. I gave him a bath at around 10.30am as he was due for one today and then did a tummy massage which I had found on line for gas issues in newborns eg wiping downwards on tummy then circular and then leg bends. He then took a feed and went for a nap but woke up within an hr. He then didn't sleep again until 2.30pm even though he kept trying to close his eyes and sleep. He wanted to BF all that time which was fine for me but it was more for comfort as he was 'hurting'. While I don't mind his reason as such, he would normally bf then nap again. He was crying lots, coming off the breast, had lots of air trapped as he did gas burps and pulled his legs up. Every time he was asleep and I put him in his cot it would be 10mins before he started with his legs again and crying.
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