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  • @llli*azrael499's Avatar
    April 2nd, 2015, 06:43 AM
    I had my second baby girl on 3/25/2015. She weighed a whopping 9lbs 5oz. We had some difficulty at the hospital with a nursery who did not always bring her to me when I requested and a particular doctor who thought that my daughter's spit up could be related to me nursing and who instructed me not to nurse. He wanted to start formula "to see" if it was my milk causing her issues. After much crying, I spoke up to him and refused his suggestions. I had my ped (they see generalists in the hospital) call the hospital too to try to understand what they were trying to do. I any case, after having certain periods of time (over 6 hours at times) without my daughter in the hospital. I left on saturday with engorged breasts and a baby that weighed at discharge 8lbs 10 0z. So, at her next visit with her ped the day after (Sunday) she still weighed 8lbs 10 oz. Her doctor wasn't concerned and said that she just wanted to see her start gaining. On Monday I had the health nurse come to my house who said that she now weighed 8lbs 7.5oz. She also didn't seem concerned even though my concerns were numerous. I did have a section with my daughter like I did last time. But this time when nursing, I was really sore even though lactation said that her latch was fine. It was at the point where I would cringe in pain every time I latched her on.
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  • @llli*lind3's Avatar
    March 23rd, 2015, 03:53 PM
    Hi, I have a 4 month old son who I think might be using me as a pacifier or who is comfort nursing. He has reflux and on Previcid so he throws up a lot! He is also a cat napper so only sleeps 20 minutes at a time during the day. At night after our bedtime routine he goes to sleep but then is up every hour and wanting to nurse. I know he's not hungry every hour. He will suck long enough to fall back to sleep. I have tried a pacifier, patting his back, and singing. Nothing works but the boob and by time morning comes besides being extremely sore I don't have anything left. With the reflux, cat napping and being able to get anything done because if he's not sleeping he wants to be held, I am exhausted but most of all I feel bad for my son because it's gotta be hard for him not being able to sleep for more than a hour without waking up and probably the reason why he's cranky most of the time. I sometimes feel like I made a mistake breastfeeding and I don't know what to do. Please help! Any suggestions would be appreciated. Sorry this was so long
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  • @llli*momager's Avatar
    April 5th, 2015, 01:05 PM
    I'm still nursing my almost 16 month old 3-4 times during the day and all through the night. I am just now starting to get weird comments about the fact she is still nursing from family and friends. It's been making me feel like I'm doing something I need to hide, like I'm doing something wrong. How do I continue to nurse my baby and accept that others just don't see it as necessary or ok? I have been feeling like I want to wean bc I'm kind of embarassed when people ask if she's still nursing, I even lied to her ent the other day bc I was too embarassed to tell him she still breastfeeds. Help please bc I'm not ready to wean but am starting to feel like I should be heading in that direction.
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  • @llli*scubamama's Avatar
    April 5th, 2015, 09:28 PM
    I'm a FTM with a 4mo baby girl. I got my first plugged duct about 6 weeks pp, and have gotten them on and off since then, always on the right breast. My right nipple has a white lesion on it (OB said it probably started out as a milk blister...), and I have an oversupply, which is probably why the plugged ducts come back. Lately I've been getting plugged ducts more frequently, and today I got one on my left side, i.e. the "good" breast. Ugh. It usually takes several hot showers and dangle feeding during the day to resolve the plugs. Pumping helps relieve pressure, but never fully releases the plugged duct. I'm going back to work next week and I won't be able to take 3 hot showers a day and breastfeed my baby often. I don't think I'll be able to pump very frequently either. Feeling worried about how to deal with plugged ducts when I'm back at work. I have an appointment with my OB coming up, and I'll try to schedule one with an LC as well just to have my latch checked out, but I just feel like breastfeeding or dealing with breastfeeding issues have taken up so much of my time and I have no idea how I'm going to continue doing this when I'm back at work!
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  • @llli*leemami's Avatar
    March 28th, 2015, 06:32 AM
    Hello ladies I'm 32 weeks pregnant, and I have an 2.5 yo toddler too. Last year, before I got pregnant, my best friend picked me as her maid of honor. I was soooo excited, I helped her as much as I could from here. She lives in Washington state, where the wedding is going to be, and I live in Mississippi. The shortest trip is a 2 plane ride, about 7-8 hours total. Eeesh... Anyway, after I got pregnant, I told her and she was like !?!?!?! Please tell me you're still coming!!, and since the baby is due in May and the wedding is in August, I was like yeah, I can still go! Well, now we are getting into ordering bridesmaids dresses, etc, etc, and I was talking to my hubby yesterday about it, and I think he had forgotten about it. He didn't want to go in the first place anyway, he's not very fond of traveling by plane. So the first thing he told me was: tell her you won't go, how are you going to do with the breastfeedi ng thing? That was it. I freaked out.
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  • @llli*bxlgirl's Avatar
    March 25th, 2015, 09:07 AM
    Hi! My DD2 will be a month old on Thursday, and I'm having trouble breastfeeding her during the morning and evening family 'rush hours' when all three of my children are clamouring for my attention. My older children are DD1 (5) and DS (3.5) so still young enough to need lots of attention too. Can you give me any advice? Here is the situation: 8:10 am is the absolute deadline to get DD1 & DS out the door to preschool/kindergarten. The alarm is at 6:40 to wake up before everyone else and get a head start, but DD2 and I co-sleep and she starts to rouse at about the same time. So every day I find myself bfing her till 7am+ and then my older two plus husband start waking up and I'm already behind the game. How to get more time? DS is really having a hard time if I can't dress him b/c I'm too busy bfing DD2. (BTW I am on maternity leave for another three months so luckily there is no issue of getting me out the door!) I tried setting the alarm at 6:30 but slept through it--so tired. DD1 & DS set out their clothes the night before which helps but we are still running behind on time. 5:30 pm is DD1 & DS' dinnertime, set back from 6pm to get them earlier to bed, followed by a hectic race of cleanup, thirty minutes to play & digest, getting ready for bed at 7:15 or 7:30, and then bedtime as quickly as possible thereafter. DD2's evening cluster feeds are at the same time. Yikes! At 7:15 I get into the kids' bed with DD2 to bf, which is an improvement but we still...
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  • @llli*virginiamom14's Avatar
    April 10th, 2015, 12:23 PM
    Hello everyone, I am new to the forum but I've been reading some threads over the weeks and it has been helpful to see so many women out there nursing their little ones! I have a few questions about advice my baby's doctor gave us at his four month check up. (He is now almost five months old.) He has been gaining weight fine. At four months, he was 16 pounds, 11 ounces, which is more than double his birth weight. His wet and poopy diapers also all seem fine. My questions are this: 1. My son goes to daycare for roughly 9 and a half hours, including commute times. He normally takes 12 ounces of breast milk during that time and then maybe 16 ounces one day a week. Before his four month appointment we were sending four 4 ounce bottles and instructed the daycare to feed him about every two or three hours. (We have found that the daycare needs pretty strict instructions. Otherwise, they just stuff him full of food all day to make sure he never cries.)
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  • @llli*skyanne's Avatar
    March 30th, 2015, 08:10 PM
    Hi ladies. I'm starting to think maybe I need to supplement, but I'm not sure. DD is 12 weeks old. My last day at my temp job was Friday. I worked 10 hour days for two weeks straight, and pumped every two hours while at work. My mom watched DD. At first, mom was feeding her 2 oz of my milk and 2 oz of formula (4oz total) every two hours. After my last day at work, I found over 20 oz of unused breastmilk in her fridge. Apparently she decided to start feeding her 4 oz of formula and 2 oz of breastmilk (6 oz total) because "It helps her sleep longer and I've got stuff to do. Your milk goes straight through her". Mom says she slept well and really didn't fuss much. Now on the other hand, when my husband and MIL kept her, they paced her bottles and the most she took was like 3 oz, every 1 1/2 - 2 hours. They said she was really fussy and only slept 30 minutes at a time, if that. Now that I'm back to being a SAHM, I'm nursing full time again. I feel like I feed her constantly. Sometimes she gets really fussy and the only way to calm her down is to nurse her, even if I know she's probably not hungry. The longest I can get her to sleep without holding her or putting her in her sling is 20 minutes. At night she can go 6 hours without feeding, but she has to be cuddling with my boob. So I'm starting to wonder if she's really getting satisfied. Mom made it sound like she was the easiest baby ever when she was on the formula..... I really don't want to supplement, but I don't...
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  • @llli*alexbell915's Avatar
    March 24th, 2015, 07:05 AM
    Hi! First I just want to say thank you to everyone on this website. A year ago I was beside myself with concern for possibly not making it through even three months of breastfeeding. However, with the help of le leche league meetings and this forum, I gained the strength and confidence to persevere. We made it! LO is 15 months now and we're still going strong! Sleep, on the other hand, or lack thereof, is making me delirious and angry. My son nurses to sleep and then is up at least every hour or two to nurse. We co-sleep. Sometimes he goes right back to sleep. However, between 12-2am he just launches from side to side not going back down. Last night I got so upset I took him to his dad and he slept with him for awhile. I haven't gotten more than a three hour stretch of sleep since he's been born. I'm very sensitive to breastfeeding because of all the troubles we had in the beginning so I feel like I have to keep up with his nursing. I really want to make it to 18 months now. Does anyone have any advice? I'm not going to put him in a crib and let him scream. But anything else? I actually already tried that for three days and he screamed for hours until he threw up. Not fun. I read "the no cry sleep solution" and it helped a little, but I have one strong willed kid. I should add that he's a great eater and we have a very healthy diet.
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  • @llli*luvmy.munchkins's Avatar
    March 22nd, 2015, 08:25 PM
    Hi every one. To day is DD's 1 year birthday and I am super excited to have made it so far. Originally I never imagined nursing this long. But I am so glad I did. I'm so glad to just be able to relax now with nursing. I do have one problem that I'd like some advice on. DH is super excited for the 1 year mark too becausee he wants nursing to be over. Most of the time we are on opposite schedules so he doesn't have much say during the week. But when we are home together and I nurse her he tells me I need to just let go already and she doesn't need it anymore. It's especially frustrating when it's coming to meal time and she is getting hungry and it's not ready yet, so I'll nurse her to hold her over till meal time and DH makes a stink about it. Then when she drinks lots of water he makes a comment about hoping she is getting enough fluids so she isn't getting dehydrated. (Well, what do you think BM is?!) So I'm just not sure how to handle this without an argument. I have done my research But it's hard for me to reiterate verbally what I know in my head. And even if I could he is the type that once he has something set in his mind, it will take an act if God to change it. So, after dinner tonight, we snuck off to nurse. And its like he was searching for us to see if that's what I was doing and then we snickered about it. And I just want to enjoy this stage and not have to defend it. Any thoughts?
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  • @llli*thawingsnow's Avatar
    April 17th, 2015, 07:27 PM
    A Ton of Visitors during the Newborn Period? Is it possible to have a great start to your nursing relationship while being surrounded by a ton of visitors right after having a newborn? In addition, does having a ton of visitors promote bonding among immediate family members (for example, between mom, dad, and baby)? I remember nursing 20 to 24 times a day during the newborn period. Despite the societal norm, I did my best to keep visitors to a minimum particularly during those first newborn weeks as nursing seemed to necessitate this! My personal goals during the newborn period were focused on nursing, establishing my milk supply, survival, bonding with my newborn, having my husband bond with our newborn, and bonding and adjusting as a new family of three. Plus, my personality lends itself to processing huge life events mostly internally anyway.
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  • @llli*jswan14's Avatar
    March 26th, 2015, 03:38 PM
    My son is 6 weeks old. He is currently breastfed 7-8times per day and generally sleeps one long stretch during the night (eats at 9:30p sleeps until 3:30). Doctor has my giving him an additional 1 oz breast milk supplement after feedings when he is still hungry, so I have been pumping approx 6x per day after feedings. My typical yield for the day has been 7 oz. Inexplicably yesterday I began noticing a decrease in pumping output and have dropped my output by about half- I am now getting half an ounce total from both breasts for the last few sessions. Even my 3am session was under half an ounce! Additionally, my little guy has been getting fussy at the breast and not eating very effectively. I have recently been weaning him from the nipple shield (he has a poor latch), so that might be part of it, but he also won't nurse well with it. Finally, my breasts just don't feel full anymore. This has all happened overnight (no changes in diet, water intakes, and I have been taking my fenugreek and eating oatmeal) so I am quite afraid that it is because my period is beginning. Is there another explanation? Thank you!
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  • @llli*mylittlepickle's Avatar
    April 3rd, 2015, 06:54 AM
    Hi mummas, I'm hoping to hear some of your comments/experiences. Here is my situation - I have a just turned 2yo girl who loves to BF, mostly at night and a lot of it is comfort suckling - her normal number of wake ups is 4 per night, sometimes more. I just BF her back to sleep as I have always done because it is the easiest and seems to get me the most, if interrupted, sleep. I am apprehensive about night weaning, and don't think I'm quite ready, but would really like just one or 2 wake ups per night instead, to make me feel a bit more rested! If I wait it out, will it actually get easier and she will wake up less on her own, or from your experiences do you think she needs a nudge? Also DP is very keen to ttc a 2nd baby, I don't know how I would cope with being pregnant and still night nursing a toddler, or indeed if conceiving is a possibility with so much BFing at night! (periods returned at 15 months and cycles are pretty regularly 28 days, but sure my fertility must be reduced with the demands on my body?) I am 36, so not exactly a spring chicken, and biological clock ticking, so have that on my mind as well as not wanting a huge age gap. Sorry - this is probably a couple of posts - it's just all in my head in a big scramble! Would love to hear from you. Thank you
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  • @llli*damevnv's Avatar
    April 14th, 2015, 05:06 PM
    Please, somebody give me some advice.... My son will be 4 months old on April 25th. Right now he weighs only 10 lbs 5oz, we think he's 24 inches long, and he's been stuck there for TWO WEEKS. :cry Here's all the background information I can supply: -Vaginal birth at 41 weeks. Born 6lbs, 11oz, 19 inches long. -Exclusively breastfed. 9 feedings per day, 30 to 45 minutes per session. -Nurses every 2 hours with one middle-of-the-night feeding. I pump after his 7:30pm bedtime.
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  • @llli*littlenash's Avatar
    March 24th, 2015, 09:13 AM
    Hello! I am new to the site and am reposting this as advised in a new thread and can hopefully get even more great advice. I am desperate to get off supplementing and doubt i ever even needed it. My son is 6 weeks now and was born 8lbs 13oz and dropped 12oz right after but i think it was water weight from the induction fluids. He was a very sleepy/lazy eater from the start and the nurse gave me a nipple shield because he had a shallow latch. I have since managed to get him off that (thanks to the LLL meeting i went to) but the pediatrician (who we saw the day after leaving the hospital!) said he lost too much weight and we should supplement 1-2oz after every feeding and gave us 4 cans of formula to take home. Now after doing more research and attending that LLL meeting i realize that everything so far has only served to hurt my supply. I have drastically reduced my supplementing and am breastfeeding constantly to get my supply up but i still have one huge hurtle left: my husband. He is constantly pushing formula on our son. He interprets every hand sucking and fussy squirm as a sign of hunger to the point of starvation. Plus he thinks since the doctor said to supplement it must be necessary. Dont get me wrong he is SUPER supportive of my breastfeeding but he also panics when the baby fusses and jumps to giving him formula because he knows it calms him down and i havent been able to pump any extra breastmilk since im always giving hubby what i do manage to pump to keep the...
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    April 7th, 2015, 06:34 PM
    Hi everyone! I have a twelve week old and went back to work yesterday. We supplement a bit with formula but bottle feed her when I'm away from her and breastfeed when I'm home. It's all going relatively well at the moment, but it's only day two. My Question concerns pumping while at work. I'm able to pump in my office and was able to pump at close to two hour intervals yesterday. I got about nine oz total. Today I was busier and was pumping more at three hour intervals but was still able to pump four times. I got about six or seven oz. I'm amazed at the difference, but know that I'm probably only going to be able to pump three times daily once i get busy. I typically have less time as the day goes on, so should I try to pump every hour in the mornings if possible to make up for it? Does it matter? I'm trying to figure out what is best. I know I can only do my best and am okay if she needs more formula during the day since I'll keep breastfeeding her at night.
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    March 28th, 2015, 07:41 AM
    I have a ten week old, she will be twelve weeks a day after I go back to work on April 6th. I've been almost exclusively breastfeeding, with some supplementation of formula (at most three oz daily). She is 8 lbs at last weigh in at drs office (last Friday). She's gotten bottles of both breastmilk and formula given by my husband and we have a syringe in case she won't take the bottle (she often won't take the formula from me). I have been pumping about once a day since my milk came in and have some in the freezer. I'm planning on starting to pump more a few days before I go back to work to have some in the fridge for my husband. I'm interested in getting a better idea of how to handle this and am not sure how much I should shoot for. My husband wants to save the freezer stash for later but I think we should use a little just bc I think it will be hard to pump enough and nurse at the same time while I'm home. I know she'll need at least twelve oz or so, possibly double or triple that. I have an eight hour workday, but commute so will be gone around ten hours. Thoughts? I'm also dreading the first day of our new morning routine . . .getting up with so little sleep and transferring her to her bed since we've been cosleeping and its working well but she can't be in bed with my husband asleep. She's too young and he has sleep apnea anyway. How have others handled this?
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  • @llli*harrisds's Avatar
    March 24th, 2015, 04:43 PM
    This is from the concerned father. (me) I'm a first time father who's daughter was born this past weekend. The first 24 hours went fine with breast feeding, with the newborn on the nipple on and off for an hour. We had one hiccup around the 24 hour mark where the baby was struggling to feed but we made it work. The second 24 hours went great. She fed every 2 hours for 15-20 minutes which the nursing specialist said was perfect. Right around the end of the 2nd 24 hour period I had to leave because I am stationed about 3.5 hours away from my wife and had to return for duty. During my drive home one of the nurses weighed our daughter and saw that she had lost 7% body weight (born 7 lbs 11.2 ounces). The nurse talked my wife into giving her formula because the nurses didn't think that our baby was getting enough to eat, despite the fact that over the first 48 hours she pooped 7 times and had 3 more wet diapers.
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    March 26th, 2015, 08:41 PM
    My ten week old is almost ebf (dr insisted on formula bc she's small) but I give her less than three oz of formula at most a day by syringe and tend to offer the breast first unless she won't take it. I didn't give her any formula today. She has typically had six to eight wet diapers and two to four poops per day. Poop is typical, yellow and seedy, sometimes mucusy. Yesterday she pooped only once and it seemed to make her very fussy for about an hour before she did, causing issues with feeding. Tonight she wasn't as fussy before she pooped although she was extremely fussy after, which I finally managed to fix by switching breasts. My question is it typical to see a decrease like this from one day to the next? Her wet diapers are still about the same in number. I almost called the doctors office today but was super busy so it slipped my mind. Plus, the nurse who tends to answer the messages is just not helpful so I'm a little reluctant to call. However, you've all been wonderful in answering my new mom questions so I thought I'd ask here to see what people think. In case this is relevant: I was asked to eliminate dairy and soy from my diet almost two weeks ago, and I have mostly succeeded ( a couple of times had cheese by mistake but that's it).
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  • @llli*mjenness's Avatar
    March 27th, 2015, 01:06 PM
    Hi Everyone, I am a FTM and my baby girl is 6 weeks old now. I have oversupply with forceful letdown. My baby was diagnosed with foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. My poor LO Is miserable with gas and bloating. She couldn't sleep and you can feel her stomach churns. She would doze off only to wake up screaming in pains. The only way to get her to sleep in on her stomach on top of me or my husband (I'm afraid to let her sleep on her stomach in the crib) We tried little tummy gas drop which help but only lasted about 2 hours or so. The gripe water seems to help immediately but 10 mins later she would scream in argonize pains. We tried the gripe water twice and same reaction both time so I stop using gripe water. My LC recommend block feeding. I did the block feeding for 7 days (3 feeding per breast) which help bring my oversupply down some. I still pump for 2-3 mins before switch side to help her get the hindmilk ( I get 2-3oz of foremilk in those 2-3 mins of pumping) At the in person consult the LC concerns that since LO is only 6 weeks old she doesn't want me to diminish my supply too much. She suggest to stop block feeding or reduce to 2 feeding per side. It seems like it been helping. I nurse her roughly every two hours. Is it ok that a 6 weeks old still eat every two hourse? My LC seems shock when I said she feed every two hours but didn't say anything. However now I hit another wall. She only wants to nurse for 5-10 mins on the boob she would unlatch or fall asleep. I would...
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  • @llli*wasliche's Avatar
    April 7th, 2015, 10:13 AM
    DS is 1.5 wks. He and I would love to rejoin DH in the bedroom (i long to sleep horizontal...) but we cant quite get side lying nursing which i would like to use at night. Does it just take a while for little newbs to get it? Also quite likely to be my issue as i never nursed lying down with DD. On switching sides... I DO NOT want DS between me and DH which seems to mean that i need to feed off both boobs while lying on one side? I am pretty small chested and wind up pretty much laying on my stomach trying to get the top nipple low enough. Is there something Im missing?
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  • @llli*bxlgirl's Avatar
    April 15th, 2015, 07:53 AM
    Hi LLLadies, does anyone have suggestions for how to facilitate feeding a five month old when I return to work and work night shifts? DH will be taking over those nights. Should we get a bottle warmer that DH can use with expressed milk? I have never used one and have no clue. Or is there some easy system to warm a bottle so that DH can give one to DD overnight? I will be out of the house from 7 pm - 9:30 am the next day including my commute. I will have three consecutive night shifts per month, so they are not too often. We can buy a bottle warmer (secondhand), no problem! But are they worth it? Or something else?
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  • @llli*queen-chuchi's Avatar
    March 29th, 2015, 05:22 PM
    Dear All, I had my second child, my baby girl on March 5th via c-section. She weighed 7lbs 15oz. Afterwards, she dropped to 7lbs 2 oz. There were some things they did that I was not happy about, like kept her the first night, even though I didn't want them to do that. They wanted me to rest after the C-section. I did see an LC at the hospital, but during my two day stay we couldn't get her to latch on right. Last Friday, the doctor weighed her at 7lbs 9oz and told me to start supplementing after each feeding, which I don't feel comfortable doing and haven't really been doing except for two, 2 oz bottles, so I could get some sleep. (I am pumping, but not getting more than 2 oz.) She grew an inch and half and by my count has plenty of wet and pooped diapers. Still, I don't think she is latching on correctly or at least when she unlatches is hurting my nipples. She is pinching my nipples. She does swallow well but not consistently, and she is not opening her mouth wide enough, so any tips on how to get my baby to open her mouth wider would be great. Most of the time, she nurses every 1.5 to 2 hours, but she does have longer stretches.
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