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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:05 AM
    :) Yup! And just FTR, my kids nursed to sleep every night and nap for 3 years, and neither one had a cavity during those first few years. My older one had a bad cavity at age 7, but by that point I think we can eliminate breastfeeding as the primary cause!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:00 AM
    I think that a lot of the moms who have switched to just morning/nighttime nursing have older babies, like a year or more. Those babies are eating a lot of solids and have had a year to learn just how much they love nursing. So they're unlikely to give up that source of comfort due to heavy reliance on bottles, as younger babies sometimes do. This is not meant to be discouraging!!! You gotta do what you gotta do, and if that means you are going to need to pump wean and start combo feeding, that's okay. You definitely can continue to nurse more on the weekends. If your supply really drops, the weekend nursing will need to be supplemented with bottles- you'll be nursing more for comfort, somewhat less for nutrition. Are you open to nursing at night? One of our working moms here once said something brilliant, which was "Night nursing is a working mom's best friend" when it comes to maintaining milk supply. Adding in a dream feed or two could really help you maintain your supply. I know that's not easy, because obviously sleep is a precious commodity when you are a worki mom! But unfortunately, supply-maintaining tips come in 2 flavors: easy ones that don't really work, and hard ones that do. ETA: just noticed that you are in Philly. I strongly suggest contacting the Bryn Mawr birth center http://www.lifecyclewomancare.org, and asking them for a recommendation for a LC in your area. BMBC is really trustworthy and they are going to know the right resources...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:47 AM
    Thanks for posting! It looks like the plateau you are concerned about is of very short duration. 8 days, if you go from the first 10 lbs 1 oz measurement. That's not a time period to be super concerned about, because babies tend to grow in fits and starts. Often they will pause in weight while shooting up in height, or vice versa. That being said, it looks like you have a very slow-growing baby. There may be good reasons for this- maybe you and your baby's dad are at the smaller end of the human size spectrum? Or maybe you're more average but your baby's genes indicate a suprirse ballerina physique? what do you think about that possibility?
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  • @llli*mrsvillage's Avatar
    Today, 06:42 AM
    Thank you for taking the time to respond. Maybe some additional information would be helpful. LO has been drinking from bottles 3-4x a day since she was 2.5 months old. She has not (yet) refused the breast from too many bottles. I have a high stress job as a therapist at a special needs school and will have a very unpredictable schedule in crisis management. While I would love to continue to pump several times a day, this is not realistic and I will end up engorged and infected. I have had mastitis once already. I'd like to keep a lunchtime pump session as long as possible. Let me ask you, how is it that so many moms who post on these threads are able to maintain morning and nighttime nursing sessions? It seems that the information you provided would indicate that it is more than likely that my milk supply will be too depleted to maintain 3 nursing sessions on weekdays. If there is something I can do to maintain my supply without weaning her altogether, I'd appreciate the feedback. Breastfeeding my child is very important to me. Keeping my job and financial stability decides this however.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:37 AM
    Let us know how things turn out! I'm really hopeful that you'll see the end of the pain after the abx. And it would be a useful experience to share here- for every mom who registers and joins the forum, there are probably 10 more who stumble onto threads and just read through looking for information. You could help a lot of moms!
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Today, 05:36 AM
    My son is a pain in the neck, too, and has been since birth. My daughter would bite occasionally, and there are times he's bitten me 10-12 times a day. I set him down and he immediately starts crying and crawling toward me to nurse again. The worst thing is getting constantly punched in the face, especially if he's nursing when getting overtired (but refusing to nap or sleep). I unfortunately can't make a face cozy! So no solutions for you, but just wanted to say I think baby boys might be more difficult for those of us who had girls first. My daughter was no picnic, but nothing like my son. But he falls asleep more easily and takes longer naps, so it balances out.
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  • @llli*m11612's Avatar
    Today, 05:31 AM
    I'm sure people can point you to a good formula. I was just wondering if you want to go? If so, I'm sure it will be fine. If not, do you have to? I've skipped things like this when baby is "too young" even when all ages were welcome. My husband's coworkers were always understanding. He brought pics of the baby and we went the next year. Different people feel differently about this kind of stuff, but my baby goes where I go for a long time.
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  • @llli*honeybun's Avatar
    Today, 05:06 AM
    My daughter is seven months old, breastfed and eating some solids. She has just sprouted two bottom teeth, we brush them twice a day. For every nap and bedtime, she nurses/sucks to sleep. Is this okay for the health of her new teeth? I'm just wondering if the sugar in breastmilk could possibly lead to tooth decay, because she nurses after her evening brushing. Edit: I've just read the KellyMom article about this topic, as well as previous threads on this forum, and it seems like there is no correlation between bfing and tooth decay :)
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  • @llli*sara.walthamstow's Avatar
    Today, 04:41 AM
    Hi I assume you tried lanolin cream? my 5 month old is doing similar stuff by pushing the breast and I used lanolin to help heal a minor scratch.
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  • @llli*sara.walthamstow's Avatar
    Today, 04:39 AM
    Hi m11612 My boy is 5 months and is also doing weird things. I registered in the forum looking for answers to this. I may go to a bf cafe this week to understand more. My boy gets distracted easily and when he looks around he takes the nipple with him. Also, nowadays, most of the time does not latch properly. Started to purse his lips. Even when he latches well he then pushes my breast away with both hands and has just the tip of the nipple. I tried the 'nose to nipple' to make him open the mouth wider and he still manipulates the breast to the same effect. At night he doesn't do this. I nurse him in bed lying down and he is too tired. He is teething, I wonder if he is too disturbed by that... As to 'boob cozy'... I love it too, I am waiting to see the knitting pattern ;)
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  • @llli*sara.walthamstow's Avatar
    Today, 04:31 AM
    Hello The other day I asked the question about bitting at a LLL meeting. Another mother told me she pushed the babies head against her breast and after a week the baby stopped bitting her. (Initially she would scream and push the baby away as a reflex. The baby reacted with laughter.)
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  • @llli*van.walker's Avatar
    Today, 04:30 AM
    Hello, My pediatrician recommend Similac Supplement when I was unable to produce sufficient milk for my LO in the first two weeks after giving birth. I really didn't want to use formula but DD would get very upset, and I would stress out because she lost weight and had a high level of Bilirubin; she had Jaundice. This formula is specific to breastfeeding moms. I'm including a picture of the product.
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  • @llli*vebie's Avatar
    Today, 12:22 AM
    I'm starting to get a little worried but trying not to stress too much knowing that doesn't help either. I got a mild case of mastitis in my right breast Thursday night. It healed pretty quickly (totally healed by Sunday) But I noticed a supply drop in that breast. I'm nursing frequently and start off on that breast to make sure it gets plenty of stimulation. We are EBF and she's 6.5 weeks. She hasn't pooped in three days and isn't having as many wet diapers as usual. Worried FTM over here!
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  • @llli*jesse21's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:59 PM
    I am a first time mom to a six week old baby girl. I am a stay at home mom. My husband's company that he works for is taking families to an amusement park, but they do not want kids under the age of three years old to go. Not because of age, but it will be close to 100 degrees before heat index, so safety of kids. Anyway, they decided to change the date from next week Tuesday(8-11) to this Tuesday(8-4), problem is they sent out the mass email tonight and I have no milk supply saved up thinking that I still had a week to save up. Since I always have baby with me. I will be trying to pump an see if I can have enough saved, if I don't have enough milk saved which brand of formula is most like mom's milk to buy just in case. We will be away for baby from 8am-12am.
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  • @llli*zozja's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:04 PM
    28-Jul-15 10 lb 9 oz 25-Jul-15 10 lb 8.5 oz 22-Jul-15 10 lb 5.5 oz 7-Jul-15 10 lb 29-Jun-15 9 lb 10.5 oz 22-Jun-15 9 lb 5.5 oz 15-Jun-15 8 lb 15 oz 8-Jun-15 8 lb 8 oz 27-May-15 7 lb 11 oz 21-May-15 7 lb 5 oz
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  • @llli*jori.diff's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:33 PM
    Thank you! She was weighed in a onesie until her 9 lbs weigh in, at that point she was switched to diaper only. And that weigh in was on the doctor's scale, since then she's been weighed at home on a scale we bought from buy buy baby. Here's her weight history: Birth: 7 lbs 4 oz, 19 inches 4/13/15: 6 lbs 12 oz 4/15/15: 6 lbs 9 oz, 19 3/4 inches 4/22/15: 7 lbs, 20 1/2 inches
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  • @llli*sunsetbean's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:32 PM
    Just to update on what was decided, as I need a place to share. I talked everything through with my LC tonight, who pow wowed with 2 other LCs in town, and I am going to move forward with the 6 week course of antibiotics. There was a recent study done on unresolved nipple pain (in the Journal of Human Lactation) and 94% of the women who participated in using an oral antibiotic saw resolution within 6 weeks. From what I understand I may have been experiencing a slight easing of symptoms during the thrush treatments either due to the anti inflammatory properties of GV and/or placebo effect. I may also have had some yeast, but it would be really hard to know what pain was from yeast and what was from the bacteria. While baby's latch is just ok, it's not causing nipple damage or compression. Also, I've never had a yeast infection in my life. Likely not Reynauds because I don't experience temperature sensitivity or the triphasic color change. I am feeling hopeful as my symptoms and history line up with the women of the study. I'll stay on a probiotic, plus an anti fungal and mupricin as wanted. This has been an incredible breastfeeding journey...incredible in both good and terrible ways. My baby is truly so well dispositioned...I have to admit that I feel angry that the joy of my time at home with her feels marred by this ongoing, consuming saga. I took an extra month off thinking I could enjoy being home with my baby, but the time has just been filled with a lot of...
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  • @llli*littlecavemomma's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:25 PM
    Thanks for the advice ladies. It's still going on, but not quite as bad. I can get a couple good sessions out of her during the day, but it's no less stressful. It's worst at bedtime; I can tell she's getting exhausted, but because she doesn't want to nurse she's having a hard time getting to sleep. She cries regardless of what I do: hold her, set her down to play, lay her down on her favorite pillow, put her on the boppy, etc. So far I've had to pump a handful of times, mostly in the evening when she goes to bed and in the morning when I'm the fullest. I'd read about "the distracted baby" but I would have never imagined it would be THIS stressful.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:22 PM
    Welcome to the forum! First question- has baby been checked for lip or tongue ties?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:21 PM
    Welcome to the forum! The key to weaning from a shield is patience and repeat efforts. For a lot of mom/baby pairs, nursing without a shield is something that just "clicks" one day, after weeks or even months of trying. Nursing in reclined positions is often useful for babies who pull off the breast. Babies aren't great at head control, and you can use that to your advantage: when you're leaning back, gravity holds the baby's head on your breast and decreases the likelihood that she will be able to pull away.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:18 PM
    Welcome to the forum! First question, has baby always been weighed in the nude, using the same digital scale each time? Or are we seeing a mix of scales in here- some at the doctor's office, some kitchen or bathroom scales?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:14 PM
    Thanks for answering those questions! I was thinking that this was most likely to be a fast letdown/oversupply issue, since babies who are dealing with an overly fast and abundant flow of milk will "clamp down" on the nipple in order to control the flow. But this is clearly not the case for you! I think the issue with the "biting" is more likely due to the tongue and lip ties. These can prevent the baby from getting a deep enough latch and can also lead to them losing their grip on the breast as they feed. I strongly suggest trying different nursing positions, especially reclined ones, and propping your breast up with your hand or a rolled-up washcloth tucked beneath the breast. Reclining enlists gravity to hold the baby's head on the breast, instead of pulling her off. Supporting the breast prevents the breast from dragging down on the baby's mouth and causing her to lose her grip. Pumping in addition to nursing is a tried and true method for increasing supply. It is hands down the best way to increase supply when the baby is not doing a good enough job at the breast. It is hard to say how long it will take for pumoing to increase supply because every mom is different, and responds differently to pumping. The type of pump you use also matters- you want a good double electric with properly sized shields. What matters most is frequency of milk removal from t he breast; the more often you pump in addition to nursing, the more milk you will make. What is the...
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  • @llli*labrys71's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:49 PM
    I'm a first time mom of an almost 1 month old premature baby. He is probably around 8lbs now, and was eating with a nipple shield quite well until recently. I don't think he's getting enough anymore with the shield, as he's super fussy at the breast, will often fall asleep after eating for 10 minutes and as soon as I reposition to burp him he's fussy and hungry again...sometimes this behavior can last over an hour. I'm starting to get frustrated because I'm positive the problem is the shield, but I cannot get him to latch at all. He just gets more upset if I try without the shield, and often pushes me away. This, in turn, upsets me because I feel like something I should be able to do I'm not...I feel like it shouldn't be that hard to do something which should be natural. I have flatter than normal nipples and that was the initial problem, I've only managed to get him to latch without a shield twice and I'm honestly not sure how I managed it but I was laying down at the time. Please, if anyone has any advice let me know. Having a fussy, hungry baby that needs an hour or more to eat is about to drive me insane knowing it's such a simple fix, even if it's not easy. It's also interfering with my need to build up a supply of milk for when I go back to work full-time. I currently work 1 day a week, and only have 4 bags of milk because I'm afraid now to pump after he eats because he eats off both breasts now and I feel like if I pump for the extra milk he'll get hungry...
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  • @llli*midnightsangel's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:06 PM
    I was a waitress and worked in the back of house at a restaurant so there was a lot of physical movement. My reusable stayed in place. The disposable didnt. I was sweaty and they didn't stick right and got bunched up under my boobs. I changed mine before going to work and after I got home. I worked 5 hours, so maybe I'd suggest changing yours at lunch? If you don't sweat a lot, the disposables are a little more sleek imo so you can hide them under bras easier. The reusable can be a little bulky and they made my bra fit differently but I didn't mind that.
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  • @llli*jori.diff's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:52 PM
    Hi! I'm new to this community and looking for some support. I've been exclusively breastfeeding since my baby girl, now 16 wks old, was born. My baby was a pretty slow gainer from the start. She was born at 7 lbs 4 oz and 19 inches and dipped down to 6 lbs 9 oz at her lowest. She was gaining about a pound and 1.5 inches a month (she's long and lean) until 14 weeks when her weight plateaued at 10 lbs 1 oz. She hasn't gained any weight since then. She's had slimy poop pretty much since the get go so I've been modifying my diet and currently avoid milk products. Her diaper output is good: usually 1-3 dirty diapers a day and 6-8 wet diapers. Sometimes more. She's really happy, very active & strong, meets milestones and doesn't cry very much. I stay home with her and feed on demand-10+ times a day and usually no more than 1.5 - 2 hours between feedings, except at night.
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  • @llli*addy.smommy10's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:20 PM
    My daughter just turned 10 months and she just got her top left tooth. I've been in pain for a couple of days and thought it was a reoccurring milk blister but this morning I noticed a scrap on my areola. It's starting to bleed and is extremely painful to nurse. I tried changing position and supporting my breast but it's too pĂ inful. My daughter likes to push my breast away from her while she nurses and the stretching causes more pain. I tried to prevent her from pushing and she wasn't having it. I also tried tilting her head in a different position and pulling her head towards me but to no avail. I just had to side nurse her but she was backwards, this helped the pain some. Is there any other suggestions anyone might offer me? Anything to speed up the healing?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:17 PM
    Hi I'm on vacation with spotty reception so I'm going to keep this really short. I think you should trust your instincts. Has anyone considered that the birth weight and the second weight was perhaps completely off? The problem began between the one week weight and the one month weight those are on the exact same scale correct? but maybe that weight for one week weight was done incorrectly and because it said what everybody would expect it to say (in fact showed unusually fast gain) no one questioned it. Let's do the math if the baby was pooping normal amount of times where the heck was all that coming from? It's possible we have an issue here of slow gain linked to some of the things that you've mentioned including the tongue tie but not as dire a situation as everyone is suggesting.
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