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  • @llli*minute's Avatar
    August 25th, 2014, 10:26 PM
    I could really use some advice to try to help out my wife who is having a very hard time with breastfeeding. I apologize as this is a very long post but I wanted to provide adequate background information. Background: Our son is currently 10 days old. My wife was induced on August 15th as a result of high blood pressure. I believe she was officially diagnosed as pre-eclamptic. She had a successful delivery that day. We had some initial problems with breast feeding and getting a successful latch but the nurse practitioner at the hospital really helped us out. We went home on the 17th feeling confident that everything was going well. By the 19th we realized he had not had any stool in his diaper for almost 24 hours and no urine for 12 hours. We called the pediatrician which we had not met yet and they told us to take him straight to the emergency room where we discovered his bilirubin level was approaching dangerous levels and my wife and sone were readmitted to the hospital. In the hospital, they connected my wife up to a breast pump and we discovered that her milk had not yet come in and she was barely producing anything (3 days old at this point). They told us we needed to begin supplementing with formula immediately to help bring his bilirubin levels down. They also had my wife begin pumping regularly. We returned home on the 20th and began seeking advice on how to increase her milk supply. Her supply has come in at this point but is still not enough...
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  • @llli*laurennn's Avatar
    August 24th, 2014, 04:17 PM
    My baby is almost 3 weeks old, and I've won the breastfeeding battle with him! But, I do have some First-mom questions... He is nursing on-demand right now... When should I let him sleep instead of waking him up from naps and at night? I've pumped a few times-each time after he has nursed (hospital suggested that). The pumping sessions have lasted 15 minutes (after he has nursed 30 minutes on each breast) and yielded less than an ounce each time. Is that 'normal' or am I not doing the pump correctly? I have 3 weeks left before having to go back to work... He also falls asleep at the beast a lot-any suggestions? I've done everything I can think of! Lastly, I should breastfeed the baby on each side, then pump afterwards (to save it up for when I go back to work), right? My husband says I should only be pumping, then we feed it to him-but then we wouldn't be saving any for the babysitter... Any help would be great! Thanks!
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  • @llli*usafreat's Avatar
    September 13th, 2014, 02:03 PM
    Well, as another poster recently said, sometimes I feel like I have to hold in details in order to avoid a :fingerwag when I take my baby to the doctor. I am venting my frustrations, but perhaps I am misinformed. I took my daughter to the doc for her 9month check up. When the doc discovered that my daughter still wakes up 2-3x a night to nurse she was astonished. She acted like I was the only woman in the world doing this and I know I am not. The way she reacted made me feel terrible about myself and made me mad. She said at this point my baby is physically able to sleep 7-8hrs without waking up and should be doing so. I said she does sleep through the night, and she said no, she isn't if she is waking up to nurse. My baby 'dreamfeeds'. She rarely opens her eyes and wakes up. Every now and then she has woken up due to teeth or us disturbing her but on an average night she doesn't. I consider her sleeping through the night because she's not interacting with us, not opening her eyes...you get the picture. The doctor said she needs to be sleeping 7-8 hrs straight in order to truly process everything. Then she questioned our feeding, how often was I giving her solids, how many naps she was taking, for how long. She told us to feed her at lunch, a snack if we wanted, and dinner in order to give her a rhythm so that at night she would sleep longer, and realize that at night time it was sleep time. (my daughter does know night time is sleep time, every day when the sun sets,...
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  • @llli*jsp's Avatar
    August 25th, 2014, 09:40 AM
    Hi, I have a complicated story and I wondered if anyone has had a similar experience? My son weaned a couple of months ago of his own volition. He is 4 years and 3 months old. To give some history - we had very severe sleep problems during his first 14 months (you don't want to know), and then after that he only woke me every 2 hours in the night until he was 3 years old. We also both had a lot of gastrointestinal problems which got a bit better with diet change. We had breastfeeding thrush which made his constant feeding very painful. My son is quite dogmatic and I had to work hard all the time to keep him from constant meltdowns. I had no family nearby to help, and my son was so hard to pacify that my husband's really good attempts to help just left me working extra hard to deal with even worse meltdowns. We ended up being very isolated because after two lots of surgery my son was nervous of other people, and we were so sleep deprived that we seemed to catch viruses every time we went anywhere. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I had to work very very hard when he was small, and I had a strong feeling that I was able to do that because the hormones of breastfeeding made me feel sort of superhuman. For the last two years I have been finding that he range of foods that I can tolerate is getting gradually narrower and narrower, and I still got a lot of viruses, but I was basically coping.
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  • @llli*mommatocomma's Avatar
    August 26th, 2014, 09:58 PM
    My daughter is about 5 1/2 months old and has been a relatively good sleeper-nothing earth shattering but we usually have managed a dream feed and then 1 wake up at some point in the night, and on some occasions she has slept right through after her dream feed. But For the last 3 nights she has basically woken every 2hrs screaming for food, which she takes and then goes back to sleep until the next screaming. She has been feeding a bit less in the day, but in total is feeding for a good hour and a half longer per 24hr period than she was a few weeks back. I am EBF her (no pumping, all from breast) and I really don't want to give her a bottle of pumped milk or formula but this pattern is starting to kill me, I am just so tired. She also is a really bad napper so I can't catch up with sleep in the day. Not started solids yet (sticking to advice to wait til 6 months) and we don't cosleep (not for me)- she is in a cot next to the bed. I guess it's probably a growth spurt? I have read every forum/bf advice page out there (plenty of time on my hands while she feeds) but wondered if I am missing something....? And kind of seeking moral support that it is worth keeping this up. Can anyone help?
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    August 26th, 2014, 12:53 PM
    :banghead sorry for posting something again and again. i am having large wedge shaped plugged duct or lump which is not going away.. it starts from chest wall. i take lecithin 3 times a day. i have tried everything to get rid of it. massaged, hot shower, dangled feeding etc. today my LO nursed that side for 45 mins drained all the milk but the lump is still there. i felt the lump when milk started to accumulate again. i already overproduce and i don't want to pump at all. from morning i have used the other breast just twice. i am feeling so lost. feel like weaning early but i know i should not. when i see my baby sleeps after he nurses i feel so happy. but this is making me so much depressed and i am crying everyday and every feeding session. i cannot handle it anymore. i am so done with it.. sorry for ranting over.
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  • @llli*coldiesj's Avatar
    August 22nd, 2014, 09:22 PM
    Hi all, i was new here..been a reader to this forum all these while and i'd just created ID as i got something bother me so much to seek opinions pfrom all bf experts here. Well, i had my 1st child and I greatfully bf him for 4.5m. I was EP ( LO newborn to 3mo) and i had successfully latched him from 3mo till now). I am FTWM so i only can DL afterwork/night time and weekend. Recently, LO seems make up his mind to choose bottlefeed instead of DL. I am suspecting below cause: My slow let-down and slow milk flow. When i was on EP, i need 45min to completely empty my breast with hot/warm towel and massage. since i DL him, when i was pumping at work my milk flow seems doesn't improve. When i am pumping 1 side of my breast, the other did not have milk leak problem at all, same thing when i nurse too. Is there anything that i can do? Any suggestion? Thank you!
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  • @llli*diymom's Avatar
    September 4th, 2014, 04:33 PM
    It's been a week today since my son was born. My son's stool is still green, bright green with a bright yellow stain around it. I am just seeing tiny skid marks instead of substantial poop . I get maybe one poop a day that is larger, though not very big, it's generally all frothy, full of bubbles. It's been this way for 3 days. He has plenty of wet diapers, but he has been very sleepy over the last few days and I think my milk has diminished. I got a pump yesterday to pump after he nurses, hospital grade. When he is awake he cluster nurses and I get drained. The rest of the time he sleeps a lot, deeply and when I try to wake and nurse him, he doesn't nurse for long no matter what I do. That's when I plan to pump. I'm really beginning to think he isn't getting enough milk, I have IGT and was unable to ebf with my first, I've done everything I can to prepare and improve my lactation abilities and am on galactagogues and eating only lactenogenic foods, staying away from anything reputed to reduce supply. Did the few days in a row of him not draining the breast sabatoge my supply?
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  • @llli*elisabet's Avatar
    September 4th, 2014, 06:17 AM
    Hi everyone. Please give me advise on this: Im getting very frustrated these days and Im almost done with night feedings. The breast is not helping my DD 21months old anymore to fall a sleep but it is also not helping her when she does not have it. It takes about 1-2 hours to get her to fall a sleep and this is the time of the day that I can get so mad and just want to walk out the room (witch I never do but stay angry inside of me). Then the night comes and she wakes up a lot. She wants to nurse and thats fine but I can't do it lying down anymore cause my back is all messed up after all this time of nursing (we co-sleep with her in a sidecar). So I have to sit up every time and Im so tired. I don't want to have the feeding session long so I put her down in her corner after 5min and she always cries cause she wants to fall asleep with the breast. But I just can't anymore! I want to keep nursing her for a long time but this sleep-breast issue is giving me grey hairs and making me unhappy with my baby and therefor I feel so guilty. I feel like a bad mother after 8pm! My boyfriend tells me to stop nursing her in the bedroom and take 1-3nights to night wean but I don't feel happy with that cause she is still getting used to daycare and me working some nights to 7pm. Im also afraid that my supply will drop. I have to leave her with her grandparents for 2night and days in early november so maybe its a good thing that I will night wean her by that time? Anyway I would...
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  • @llli*stephanie4pm's Avatar
    August 29th, 2014, 08:36 PM
    I am a first time mom, I got to stay home with my LO until he was 3 months old hes now 4 months old. I've been back at school for almost a month now, and some how I've managed to stay afloat with BF. My son is growing rapidly and my milk supply seems to be diminishing. I had to throw out over a gallon of milk I had pumped in preparation to return to school when I was told the fenugreek I was taking was causing my son problems. After stopping taking the fenugreek the problems stopped. So I tragically had to dump most of my supply. At my school the only place I have to pump is in the employee bathroom once a day if I am lucky with no chair or table. My mom bought me organic rice cereal she thinks is ok to start giving him because he seems to be hungry more often for more then 4oz at a time, my doctor told me between 4 and 6 months was ok to start introducing him to foods. I am having a very emotional feeling about giving him anything but breast milk until he is 6 months old. I can't even wrap my head around the possibility of having to give him formula. I feed him at 6:00am from one side and pump the other I'm only getting 4oz while I am gone from 7:30am until 5:30 pm I barely even have time to drink. What do I do??? This is killing me and my supply just keeps getting smaller because I can't keep up.
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  • @llli*american.honey's Avatar
    September 8th, 2014, 02:45 PM
    Hello mamas! My darling baby girl is 9 months old is EBF since birth. At 6 months of age I started her on her oatmeal with breast milk. We started some solids 3x day. However; I personally didn't agree with the schedule doc put us on, because I was afraid she would wean off her most nutritional source of food mamas milk. Not to mention she was becoming constipated with too much solids. I believe babies bodies aren't ready for so much food that young. So I completely took her off solids for about 1 month. Once her poop was back to normal we started solids once again every other day. She still was constipated. I believe she needed more fiber in her diet. She is 9 months now and I give her more fiber foods daily. However I always push moms milk first before anything. And I'm not too worried if she skips meals either. What I've noticed this time around with her eating habits though she doesn't always want to eat her solids now. As appose to before she always would eat her foods. Especially at dinner time she doesn't want nothing to do with her green veggies. She has learned to say no. And believe me she tells mommy no now. I'm still very worried about weaning her off my milk, but it seems she is pooping more frequent following this schedule than eating solids every other day. I'm really confused about what too do. Also, I'm very thrown off on what kinds of foods I can give her and what foods to mix for her. I really would appreciate some advice on what some mums are doing...
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  • @llli*runbabyrun's Avatar
    September 1st, 2014, 12:10 PM
    This is the second thread I've started here. The first one was about dealing with cracked nipples (one far worse than the other). I went to see a Lactation Counselor who said there was nothing wrong with my latch and no tongue tie. She suspected that the nipple shield I was using was too small still (in the hospital they had given me the smaller size and I ended up with blisters). I went up another size in the shield along with getting a prescription for Dr. Jack Newman's nipple cream and things seemed to be getting much better. I started noticing that my nipple was white shortly after the baby finished. I also noticed that if I got cold, i.e. my nipples were hard, they would hurt. The pain started shortly after feeding and would last for awhile. at first it was just a minor discomfort, now it is getting to the point where I am in a lot of pain. It does not hurt to nurse, but the pain starts shortly after he is done. It is extremely painful if he comes back to the breast shortly after nursing (like if he falls asleep then wakes up again in 15 or 20 minutes). I started googling and came across nipple vasoplasm. It said it can be caused by trauma to the nipple and may continue after the source of the problem is fixed. I have tried a number of the suggestions I found online, olive oil, keeping them warm, etc. but am still experiencing pain. I am beyond frustrated. LO is 4 weeks old now and I have been in pain pretty much the entire time. I just started...
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  • @llli*rosesmum's Avatar
    August 26th, 2014, 04:42 PM
    When I nurse on my right side I get this sharp pain in the inside of my breast (area between my nipple and sternum). When she is not nursing the area is still sore, but more of an ache. It is functioning well and matches the output on my left breast, which doesn't hurt (3-4oz per breast per 15 min pump session) Do you know what this is and how to fix it? (I am a FTM and baby is 1 month- this has been going on since I started breastfeeding.)
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    August 23rd, 2014, 04:09 AM
    hello everyone my son is 3 months and 1 week old. i am exclusively breastfeeding him. my problem i run bit of an over supply every morning when i wake up both my breasts are full. my right breast is the one which is very problematic and it gets clogged very soon:banghead. my son sleeps for one 4 to 5.30 hours strech from 12 or 11:30 pm. so when he wakes up i feed him from the right breast(problematic one) to avoid clog every morning. will this create a problem n supply because of using same breast every morning or is it ok? before he goes to sleep i try to give both breasts, somedays i am lucky he ll take both most of the days he doesn't.i don't want to pump i will never pump, its increasing my supply. i try to feed him frequently to avoid fullness. i feel like my breasts are getting used to the time rather than the frequency it is being used. 5:00am :right breast 7:00 am :left breast(i encourage him to nurse) it goes on every 2 to 3 hours i encourage him to nurse, because he goes for 3 to 4 hours between feeds. by 11.30 pm i try to use both breast(but i am not that lucky)literally my right breast is getting used more which is the problematic one.. pl help
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  • @llli*ezokvic's Avatar
    September 14th, 2014, 03:14 PM
    I am so afraid my milk supply isn't enough for my LO. Most of the time she seems satisfied after a nursing session. She pops off the breast in a "milk coma" or falls asleep nursing most times. But she doesn't seem to be gaining weight (will know for sure on Tuesday when she goes to the Dr) and she doesn't poop everyday. Yesterday her poop was brown and had a mucus consistency. I read that mucus could mean she's not getting enough fat in my milk. And I think what worries me most is that lately I have to wake her up every 2 hours to eat and when I do she falls asleep after 10 min. I haven't seen a lactation specialist and I'm using a nipple shield. I find that no matter what I try I just can't get a good latch with her tiny little mouth. Help!
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  • @llli*ramom's Avatar
    September 16th, 2014, 02:34 PM
    My daughter is 7 weeks old. She had latch issues in the beginning, which resulted in us pumping and bottle feeding, in addition to bf'ing. So I've been pumping every three hours around the clock, and I just can't do it anymore. We've tried to wean her from bottle+breast to all breast, but it hasn't worked and just resulted in a lot of stress and screaming. Between the pumping and bf'ing, I get at most 1 hour of sleep at a time (usually less), and I'm to the point where I think the lack of sleep has taken a major toll on my parenting and mental health. Everyone keeps saying bf'ing gets easier and you'll regret it if you quit, but right now the only thing I regret is that I haven't been able to be a mom and haven't been able to enjoy the first 7 weeks of my daughter's life. I've started to feel incredibly anxious/depressed and something needs to change.I'm also going back to work in 5 weeks, and this is obviously not going to work any more at that point. My question: is it possible to start sustainable combo feeding (some breast milk and some formula) by dropping some pump sessions, or will my milk just dry up completely if I do that? I'd like to continue to provide *some* breastmilk if possible. For example, what if I pumped 5-6 times a day instead of 8?
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  • @llli*ccb52914's Avatar
    August 30th, 2014, 07:09 AM
    I recently went back to work, and my 3 month old daughter is staying at home with her aunt. I'm away from home from 7-4, and have been leaving three bottles (2 3oz. and 1 4oz.). According to my SIL, this seems to be the right amount - she's doing paced feedings and my daughter seems satisfied afterwards. I've been pumping four times a day (once before I leave for work, and three times at work) and yielding 16-18 oz total. This is obviously more than she's consuming, and I'm happy to build a freezer stash, but I'm worried it might mean she's not getting enough while I'm at work. My daughter's not really a crier, so I worry that she's still hungry, just not complaining. Any thoughts?
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  • @llli*ccb52914's Avatar
    September 16th, 2014, 04:41 PM
    This is my fourth week back at work, and my 16 week daughter is at home with a nanny. I'm away from her from 7am - 4pm and on a "normal" day, she's drinking three bottles of EBM - two 3oz and one 4oz. Recently, we're having some issues with her taking the bottle, but it only seems to be happening during her middle of the day feeding (she takes the bottle with no issue in the morning and afternoon). Our nanny waits for hunger cues, but then when she offers the bottle, my daughter refuses and often becomes quite upset. Our nanny has been able to persuade her to eat eventually (by taking a break, calming her down, etc.), but I want to get to the bottom of the issue before it becomes more of a pattern. We can't figure out what would cause this refusal behavior only during this feeding - it's the same bottle/nipple, same temperature, same milk, same feeding location. She also definitely seems hungry. Does anyone have any ideas as to why she would consistently be upset during this feeding, but take the other two feedings well? Thanks!!
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  • @llli*weedsofgrace's Avatar
    September 5th, 2014, 03:40 PM
    Hello! This is my first post around here. We will be adopting a newborn within the next year (God-willing!), and I have been researching induced lactation. I hope to produce some milk (without drugs/with herbs, wish me luck!) but know I will need to supplement. My question is... how in the world will I do this if I'm out and about with my baby? I know I will have to get over my shyness with nursing our adopted baby, and I'm all for breastfeeding in public, but how will I not let the whole world know I'm supplementally nursing my baby? Maybe there's no way around it, which is okay. Any thoughts about being discreet with a supplemental nursing system? Thanks for all your help! Tara
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  • @llli*tomiaditi's Avatar
    September 9th, 2014, 01:12 PM
    Hi All There are several posts online but I am very confused and wanted to see if someone can guide me specific to my case. I had C-section 6 weeks back and my LO was born 7Lbs and 14oz. My milk came in late and by the time we got discharged from the hospital my LO weighed only 7lbs. Due to the immense weight loss Dr recommended to supplement but I was hesitating to do so, so I didnt do it until her first Dr apt. 8 days after her birth she had lost 14oz and gained 4oz. But since Dr insisted we started supplementing as needed. On most days we would feed her at night when she became extremely cranky. Average she took on most days is around 2-4oz and the max she has is 6 oz. I am not sure how to gauge my milk supply. I have done power pumping for past 3 days and try to pump after feeding. Since I am alone with the baby during the day I give her formula bottle too, so by the time i get to pump its ~1hr from when i fed her. I typically would pump ~20-30ml combined from both breasts after an hr of the nursing session. Is that too low? My baby becomes cranky at night and keeps crying, unlatches and gets fussy while feeding..that is when i feed her formula..I want to eventually move away from formula and try to increase my supply. How do i start to do that? i am stay home mom so i will whatever it takes to incrase my supply but dont want to hamper her growth if that doesnt happen. Please help!!
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    August 31st, 2014, 07:20 AM
    Does anyone have experience comparing both Hygeia (I guess the Enjoye, but any) and the Medela PISA pump? My insurance only covered the Ameda Purely Yours, which I used pumping at work for my first child. I got the free one just to have as a backup, but have noticed I'm not getting much when pumping with it. I may have responded better or did not know any better with the first! I decided I'm going to have to shell out the money to buy one, because I've already had mastitis 2x (not needing antibiotics) in my LO's first 2 months of life. I tried my friend's PISA and it pumped about the same as the Ameda. I had used a hospital grade pump recently and got a lot, even after a feed. I've heard the Hygeia can compare to a hospital grade with output, but don't want to shell out the extra money if it's not as great as I read online. If you haven't compared both, then opinions on either would help me. I have to drive an hour away to the nursing store in DC this week anyway and I think they sell them.
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  • @llli*jtmmh's Avatar
    August 27th, 2014, 10:23 AM
    So I know everyone wants to lose their baby weight- but what happens when it happens super quick??? I am currently breastfeeding an 8 month old and pumping once for donor milk. I weighed myself last night and realized I had lost FIVE POUNDS IN ONE MONTH! Now below prepregnancy weight. It's got me really worried. Can breastfeeding cause your weight to plummet like that? Other factors involved- I just started a new job, due to involvement in getting a classroom ready, so I've skipped meals. I also picked up a pump session at night to donate milk to a local family. I am not exhausted- have a great energy level and eat a reasonable fruit and veggie full diet. I know I'm just being crazy and paranoid- but could all that and breastfeeding cause me to lose five lbs in a month?? I'm afraid it could be something scary causing my weight to plummet!!!! Any advice to keep weight on?
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  • @llli*kappamom's Avatar
    September 14th, 2014, 10:49 AM
    Is it safe to apply olive or baby safe nipple cream BEFORE breastfeeding? It was suggested as an alternative to lanolin (i'm allergic) but I feel like she is ingesting a lot of it... She is 3 weeks old. Applying after does not seem to work as well and she eats so much by the time I get it on, she is ready to eat again! TIA!
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  • @llli*lilysunshine1's Avatar
    September 10th, 2014, 05:08 PM
    My daughter is just over 1 month old. We are having a surprisingly easy time breastfeeding... She is gaining weight and has lots of wet diapers. My concern is that she and I do not fit any of the "your baby should" guidelines when it comes to how often she feeds. I wait until she is rooting or sucking on her hand (or whatever happens to be close to her head!), and as the day goes on the turns more and more quickly into crying. She will feed for 10-20 minutes per side and almost always both sides each feed. But many many days she will want to feed again 30 minutes after we finish. I know she can wait - she feeds every 2 - 4 hours all night. I am currently working from home but I will need to start going back into the office in two weeks. I don't even know how to begin pumping with our current schedule (or lack thereof). I'm worried she will be so upset when I go back and she can't feed on demand. Continuing to work from home is not an option :( Is this normal? Will she ever start spacing out the feedings?
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    September 14th, 2014, 07:31 PM
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