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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 02:59 PM
    Have you tried nursing somewhere warm and damp? Eg in the bath/shower or simply in the bathroom with a hot shower running to steam up the room? Even if she can't nurse well, little and often will help with her congestion and your boob issue! I don't think pumping as a one off will do much to increase your supply, but equally you can hand express until you feel comfortable (into a clean bowl/bottle if you want to keep it) and save yourself the washing up of pump parts ;)
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  • @llli*mrssqueegy's Avatar
    Today, 02:27 PM
    I was on 30 mg three times a day when my son turned one. I weaned from pumping at work during the day at that time. We still nursed once in the morning, once after work, once before bed and once overnight during the week. On weekends he would also nurse a couple times during the day. Two months later (age 14 months) I was feeling much too engorged all the time so I weaned down to 10mg three times a day. I weaned one pill (10mg) per week, so very slowly. His nursing didn't change again for 4 more months (age 18 months), when he started STTN and didn't wake up for that one nighttime nurse. Around this time I had one single day of light flow but never a full period. I never bled again until I stopped the dom. At age 22 months I decided to wean the last 30 mg of domperidone so we could start TTC in a few months. Again I weaned one pill per week (took 3 weeks). Exactly 16 days after my last pill of dom, I got my first official post partum period. And I have had regular periods ever since with regular ovulation (I do BBT). My son (now 27 months) still nurses always before bed, and often in the morning and after work, but not always. I have traveled without him on 3 occasions since I stopped my dom and pumped once a day while away. I only get drops each time and never feel engorged which makes me think that I have very little milk left. But again, my son's nursing habits haven't really changed at all. He never complains about there being no milk and does have milk...
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  • @llli*hayashi's Avatar
    Today, 02:23 PM
    If freezer lost electricity, when should I toss out the frozen milk? It is a regular household fridge with separate freezer at the bottom.
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 02:19 PM
    I should add your child won't 'always' feed every hour, or at least at some stage they will be big enough to feed themselves. Lol! It can be easy to see things as lasting forever but then you look back and think wow, I blinked and missed it as they grow so fast :).
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  • @llli*hayashi's Avatar
    Today, 02:19 PM
    Do not refreeze.
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 02:17 PM
    Every hour is normal! It may or may not get longer between feeds, but feeding will get quicker and baby will start to do something other than sleep and start to be entertaining soon. The initial newborn stage can be quite repetitive, but it gets better!
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  • @llli*lovelena's Avatar
    Today, 02:05 PM
    My 14 mo old dd is in hyper excitement mode of the world, constantly on the go PLUS has a awful stuffy nose which makes it so she cannot nurse well (can't breathe). She's also teething molars but what's one more curve ball! Anyway, with all the sleep deprivation, lost naps, and lunacy with both my 4 year old and 1 year old I can't think straight. My boobs are in pain, should I pump to relieve? But then I don't want to produce more milk and I hate pumping. Any advice appreciated on both... The big boob issue. and The stuffy nose issue. The bulby thing is not an option, and I have her on some herbs to help. Thanks All!
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  • @llli*cutiemark85's Avatar
    Today, 02:04 PM
    i read some where that 3 1/2 -4 months is a good, or sometimes sooner. Looking to get some other opinions besides my mother :P who was convinced when lo was just born i should've started right then because i'm *starving* her now. Some notes: Lo is going to be 3 months on sunday She's 11lbs 18oz as of Tuesday She gives me a good number of wet and dirty diapers. ( although now her bowls have decreased a bit, but this is a normal decrease from what i was told) She's a frequent nurser. So much in fact she'll get frustrated when it seems she's emptied both breasts and can't get any more ( least, that's what i think. but the breasts are still heavy)
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  • @llli*kam1momma's Avatar
    Today, 01:50 PM
    Did you just start to pump and get a tsp? I just started pumping regularly Or are you trying for a few days already? Also make sure your pump is a good one and the parts are new. The parts and pump is new. Drinking also has to do with it. You don't have to drink extra gallons a day but you should drink to thirst. If you're thristy you're not getting enough. Drink a glass of water each time you nurse or pump and you should be fine. - I don't think I am getting enough water since I only drink a 2 cups a day. I guess I need to start drinking more.
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  • @llli*boogabbalucky's Avatar
    Today, 12:48 PM
    My baby is almost 8 months and I dropped a session around 6 months. I have to pump for a little longer, but as long as I totally empty my breasts 1) my supply hasn't decreased, and 2) my output hasn't decreased. I also try to sneak in some extra nursing on the weekends to boost my supply, which I think has helped too. I know some people can't drop a session, but I have been able to do it successfully.
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  • @llli*boogabbalucky's Avatar
    Today, 12:43 PM
    I get the same thing sometimes... when I'm done pumping and I know either from the output or from feeling my breast that I did not empty it well enough. I usually just wait until the next session and then am able to fully empty it at that time. If I'm not going home to nurse at that point, and I STILL have hard spots after the second session, I apply warm compresses and manually express. If not, the spots will get worse and I'm always scared I will get mastitis. Expressing those spots specifically manually is the only way to clear them for me. Pumping is no fun :)
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  • @llli*bcsant's Avatar
    Today, 12:42 PM
    Another question - is it normal for an 8 week old to nurse LITERALLY every hour during the day, unless he is taking a nap? It is like clockwork (I have an app to keep up with feedings & diaper changes - not to worry myself over, just so I don't keep nursing on the same side everytime). Anyways - like clockwork, 63 minutes have gone by since the start of his last nursing session and he's crying again. From hunger, because as soon as he nurses, he's happy as a clam until it's time to eat again and he's hungry. Will it always be this way? This is hard to sustain! I know he *can* go longer stretches. He sleeps for a 4 hour stretch at night usually before waking up to nurse.
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  • @llli*bcsant's Avatar
    Today, 12:32 PM
    Thank you so much!!!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 12:23 PM
    I agree. 3 week long period plus extreme pain definitely call your doctor. Is it possible you are pregnant? Anyway, Just don't let them blame breastfeeding as that would not cause a long period or unusual cramping. FYI I got my first periods at 18 months, 24 months, and 23 months post each kid. IN my case they were actually lighter and less painful than previously (before kids I had very painful cramping with every period) although after third baby they are heavier than slightly more crampy than after 2nd baby. So it can really vary.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 12:11 PM
    great point. I see lots of concern over 'mucousy' poops even when they are not green. Maybe I am not understanding what is meant by mucousy, but to me breastfed infant poop is always very liquid, and thus can almost always be described either as watery or mucousy. (if it is fresh- poop that has sat in an absorbant diaper for any time may look much dryer.) It may or may not have a curdy or seedy look, and color can vary between yellow, tan, lighter brown and green, and that that is all pretty typical and normal. What am I missing?
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 11:33 AM
    By the way, people are quick to say that green mucousy poop means a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. It doesn't have to be. My sister has twins for whom she exclusively pumped for over a year and her daughter always had green poops while her son had normal yellow ones. Even when she gave her milk from the end of a pumping session, it made no difference! Every body is different and it doesn't mean there's a problem!
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  • @llli*bcsant's Avatar
    Today, 11:22 AM
    You have no idea how much I appreciate your help. Thank you so so much! I don't have a need to pump; I am a SAHM. I was just kinda beaten down yesterday from frequent feedings, so I pumped to let DH take over. Then it didn't even matter because he ended up nursing after anyways! :) Again, TY for all your help. You are fabulous!!
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 11:22 AM
    My baby had those green diapers for many weeks, if not months. He has no allergies that I know of and is perfectly fine. Doctor said to ignore it so I did. He is fine. It stopped when my milk supply adjusted better, maybe at around 6-8 months or so.
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 11:20 AM
    The amount you pump has nothing to do with how much milk you actually have in you. Did you just start to pump and get a tsp? Or are you trying for a few days already? Because it's normal to yield small amounts when just starting out with the pump. Also make sure your pump is a good one and the parts are new. Drinking also has to do with it. You don't have to drink extra gallons a day but you should drink to thirst. If you're thristy you're not getting enough. Drink a glass of water each time you nurse or pump and you should be fine. It could be your baby is refusing to nurse because your supply is low but it could also be for a number of other reasons. Such as ear infection or other illness, not being in the mood of eating, flow is too fast or slow,e tc. How is your baby doing when you feed him at night? Does he eat better than? Or while asleep?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:17 AM
    These all look normal to me, but I am not a doctor or in any way qualified to examine poop. I am just going by the many diapers I have seen of my own kids and others over the years. Baby is generally happy and gaining normally yes? Not upset when nursing, generally? Any severe bouts of colic? Poop look alone is rarely a problem, but may be a clue to what is going on if there are other problems. Please do not worry about foremilk-hindmilk. Despite the hype, It is simply a non-issue most of the time. Do not worry about how your expressed milk looks in a bottle. While it might make SOME babies uncomfortable, Babies can live and grow and thrive on nothing but foremilk if that should happen. If you continue to be concerned about foremilk/hindmilk, the easiest fix is to nurse more often if baby is willing. With the bottle I would be more concerned (although not very, if we are talking the occasional bottle) about how much milk overall baby drank. Babies often overeat when bottle fed. If baby is bottle fed regularly, as in when mom is back at work and pumping for baby, then this tendency causes some issues. But not poop issues, more that baby does not nurse enough when with mom and mom cannot pump enough, and also, baby gets used to a fast flow with no effort and this can cause breast refusal. Paced bottle feeding positioning and technique for all bottles is thus a good idea. Also if you have oversupply, pumping for extra bottles may exacerbate that situation. So in...
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  • @llli*kam1momma's Avatar
    Today, 10:34 AM
    I am only producing a teaspoon of breast milk when I pump. Is this because I am not getting enough water. I must say I don't drink a lot of water during the day. My baby is almost 4 months. He won't take my breast either. :( Do you think its because its not a lot of milk coming out? What are some ways to increase my milk supply?
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  • @llli*elliebelle's Avatar
    Today, 10:22 AM
    So glad to know this is normal!! Thank you :) Yes, I dropped a pumping session because I just couldn't keep up with pumping 3x. I pump at least 15 min each time, but I do like your suggestion of going longer, to help empty each side (I'm noticing I'm still feeling full on the side that I didn't last nurse on - she fed this morning on the left, I immediately pumped on the right. So my first pumping session at work, I still feel some hard spots on the right). We are also trying to figure out how much she is taking in a bottle, and how long she is spacing out feedings with the bottle. So much trial and error these first few weeks, huh?!?!
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  • @llli*bcsant's Avatar
    Today, 09:51 AM
    Will you look at this one, also? It is a lot runnier, a tiny bit of mucus. IMO doesn't really stink. We go Tuesday for his 2 month shots, so I'm going to talk to pedi then about everything, but my stress about this is through the roof. I had been eliminating dairy, but yesterday convinced myself it was hindmilk/foremilk/OALD issue. So I ate goldfish crackers and 2 small bites of peppermint ice cream. Tuesday poop (granted it was overnight and "dry"); Thursday poop x2 (after small amount of dairy yesterday):
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  • @llli*browncow's Avatar
    Today, 09:32 AM
    I just skimmed the other answers but your poo question caught my eye (I have a 6 week old and had forgotten this info ;))and I didn't notice it answered. At this point you really want to be looking at the number of wet diapers a day to determine if baby is getting enough. Around 6 weeks breastfed babies will transition to having less frequent poos. sometimes they will go as long as a week without pooping, but it should be a good amount when they do. Just so you're not alarmed :)
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