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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*tclynx's Avatar
    September 13th, 2014, 06:11 PM
    Ok DS is now 6 months old and we have been through quite the odessy. I'm providing links to the first two threads for those who want to read the whole story. I started posting here when he was 10 days old and I was desperate. http://forums.llli.org/showthread.ph...te-milk-supply And things continued even after reaching 3 months and I started a new thread http://forums.llli.org/showthread.ph...upply-struggle They are both LONG threads.
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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*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*mummypsychologist's Avatar
    September 25th, 2014, 04:28 PM
    Hi all, my question is about how many feeds a 9 month old needs if they are also having some solids? My baby is a good eater and seems to eat almost any food he is offered, and doesn't appear to be concerned by any new tastes. I think one of the only things he doesn't really like is cucumber. Anyway, he is quite capable of eating 3 solid meals a day and I haven't had him weighed at the doctors recently, but a few weeks ago i think he was 24lbs which makes him fairly heavy on the percentiles. My question is - if he is eating 3 solid meals, how many feeds / how much milk does he need? I am currently giving him a morning and night time feed every day. Some days he might have a day time feed as well but not always or consistently. I feel 2 feeds a day is too little but then he eats solids so well and is quite heavy so i'm not sure about increasing his food intake. Should I decrease the solids and increase the milk? Or, offer more milk despite him eating all those solids? Or, just leave as is - or any other advice appreciated!
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  • @llli*rosesmum's Avatar
    September 24th, 2014, 10:44 AM
    I've finally gone 3 days without using the nipple shield and now all of a sudden every time baby unlatches it sprays in many directions and as far I'd say as 2 feet and doesn't stop until I put a cloth on it for a while. It makes a big mess and gets baby in the face. Also, I leak heavily and quickly all day long. Although I've had engorgement issues in the past I don't have them now. Is this normal? I hate seeing all that milk wasted! I'm a FTM and baby is 8.5weeks.
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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*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*jessicanewmom's Avatar
    September 21st, 2014, 01:26 PM
    When I lay down next to my 10 m.o. to nurse her to sleep she often spends 20 minutes or so happily flinging herself around the bed. She babbles and rolls and twists and tries to engage me in smiling, etc. She stops by for a quick drink and goes back to her flinging. I usually try to pretend I'm asleep. Eventually she tires herself out and nurses to sleep. So, do I just need to wait longer to try to nurse her down? Or is this just another roll-with-it quirk of nursing a baby who's no longer an infant? Or is this a nip-it-in-the-bud behavior like pinching? It's not a big problem (in fact it's kind of cute when I'm not in a rush), but it does add quite a bit of time to our already pretty elaborate bedtime ritual. On nights when I do wait until she's really tired before nursing her down she doesn't do this, but then we seem to have an hour of crankiness instead.
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  • @llli*2miracles's Avatar
    September 24th, 2014, 07:02 AM
    Hi. Sorry for the long post but this is my story. I had cosmetic breast surgery about 15 years ago and when my little girl Anya was born at 39 weeks I was told it would be very difficult to breastfeed her. The fact that she was classified as 'low birth weight' scared me and made me very anxious about her health. When my milk didn't make an appearance on the 3rd day (I had a bit of colostrum only that I collected and gave to her using a syringe) and she was getting increasingly hungry and the Paediatrician said 'she needs the calories', so I decided to give her a bottle with formula and started pumping to see if I could produce any milk for her. Anya was good at latching and was doing a fantastic job but when the bottle was introduced she lost interest in feeding from the breast, even though she still sucks for comfort. I stayed at the hospital for a week and when I got home I was producing around 50-60ml per pumping session, and gradually that increased to 90 - 110ml, suddenly from week 3 Anya was only having expressed breastmilk, no formula, and I was very happy indeed, BUT she would not take it from the breast. I went to a Lactation consultant that gave me nipple shield. Anya started to take the breast again but wouldn't nurse properly, she would stay for 5 minutes and sleep and then wake up every 10 minutes for a feed. She wouldn't just take a full feed no matter what I did. I could not ditch the bottles altogether because of my anxiety and fear of not producing enough...
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  • @llli*melora's Avatar
    September 28th, 2014, 04:54 AM
    My daughter is 5 months. Uptil now she was exclusively breastfed on demand (lately it has been 7-8 feeds per day). She gained weight like crazy from birth till end of August: birth weight - 7lb (3.3kg), and at 4 months she weighed over 18 lb (8.5kg). The problem is: she practically stopped gaining weight since the beginning of September. During the past 4.5 weeks she gained maybe 8oz (0.2kg) She is a very big girl obviously, but our doctor said she still should be gaining weight - at least 1lb per month. And thus, our pediatrician said we have to get her started on solids. I am a bit reluctant, since I wanted to EBF her until 6 months, according to the WHO recommendation. Has any of you had a similar issue? What would you recommend? Am I doing something wrong?:-(
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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*mums's Avatar
    September 12th, 2014, 02:45 PM
    I have a 9 month old and no longer pump enough milk for her at daycare-- maybe 1-2 ounces per session. I don't have time to pump more than 3-4 times per day. I have tried the supplements, pumping more often, more liquids, power pumping, etc. Two questions: 1) I would like to either ditch the pumping all together-- and use the freezer stash or formula and nurse weekends/evenings/morning. Has anyone successfully done this without losing their supply? Any tips? I would like to keep nursing as long as possible. 2) Anything I have not thought of to increase pumping output? thanks!
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  • @llli*terriquitecontrary's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:58 AM
    So, I just took my 12 month old for her 1 year check up with a new doctor yesterday. He asked about her sleep habits and I said she wakes up 2 or 3 times a night to nurse. He said that we needed to stop doing that and that I needed to start teaching her to go back to sleep and self soothe. And he said at this age we are going to start reinforcing her behavior and she will learn that if she wakes up and cries, I will come and get her out of the crib. I told him that I don't like listening to my child cry and that there is research indicating that infants who are left to cry themselves to sleep have more problems with anxiety, etc in the long term. I honestly think I know my daughter best and that there is NOTHING in the world wrong with responding to her cries at this age. If she were 4 or 5 years old and waking up this often, I could understand the concern, but it seems like her sleep habits are within the range of normal. I'm just curious what others think. Obviously, I would eventually like her to start sleeping through the night, but it doesn't seem like it's time to start with the "tough love" yet.
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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*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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  • @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*american.honey's Avatar
    September 14th, 2014, 03:05 AM
    Hello mamas, I'm very concerned about my milk supply. Baby girl is 9 months 2wks. She has always been EBF. She's always gained weight with no problem. However; I've noticed within the last week n half my breast don't get hard or fill full ever anymore. I'm behind worried and freaking out WHAT DOES THIS MEAN! I'm I losing supply? No matter what even when my baby girl would eat every 2-3 hours my breast felt full as they were filling up. Yes, I've had many times when they were very soft as we'll. However, now for almost 2 weeks they are super soft. My left breast she seems to tug more, and pushes her faces completely into that boob as if there hardly milk. It seems too me as if she's trying to get milk. After a bit she will just let go. This was not the case ever before. I've always been very good putting her on the breast every 2 hrs or when ever she wanted. Which was all the time it seemed. I'm very stressed out about this. Im not at all ready to stop Breastfeeding. Why is this happening? I've always been concerned with the whole solid food intake and concerned how it would affect my milk supply. When she was 6 months doc wanted my to give her solids 3x daily. I never agreed with this. So I didn't follow through. She was getting a bit constipated and doc had me add more fibers and juices to soften stools and make her go more often. Around 8 months I started giving her more solids 3 x daily but mamas milk first before her meals. I've still always been very worried about...
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  • @llli*beckyd0106's Avatar
    September 22nd, 2014, 05:01 PM
    My 16 mo old struggles with constipation. This has been an issue since starting solids but has worsened lately. He eats sporadic meals. Often times he refuses solids. I am not super proactive about refusing boob and there are times that I offer food before boob but it is still refused. He also only eats sporadic meals even during the work day when I am not with him. I'm curious if other moms have had this experience. If so did you feel it was related to the sporadic foods or something else? He only eats healthy foods (beans oatmeal many fruits and veges etc). Every time I findsomething he really likes such as smoothies he decides he ddoesnt want it anymore. I cant force him to eat or drink. I was trying juice but even yesterday he refused it and was finicky about even drinking water. I tried giving him mineral oil last week twice even tho I dont like that idea and he still isnt pooping much. Doctor has basically said only other option if the juice and mineral oil dont work is chemical which I desperately would like to avoid. Should I force him to stop nursing very much? That feels wrong and some other moms have told me that when they force weaned they just ended up with a toddler that still didn't eat and didn't have the benefits of breastmilk.
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  • @llli*anxiousmom's Avatar
    September 28th, 2014, 10:49 PM
    Hello, my daughter is just a few days shy of 4 weeks old and has in the past 3 days started to nurse for 2-4 hours almost continuously once a day. And up until the past few days I've been able to pump 6-7 3 oz bottles a day, now I'm pumping that once a day. My husband has been relieving me to sleep 5-6 hours a night and feeding her the expressed milk but starting tonight we are gonna have to use formula because I can't keep up with her demand. I really didn't want to use formula and I don't know why it feels like a failure to me that I can't pump adequately anymore but it does. Also when my husband relieves me she almost always wants a bottle even if she just stopped feeding minutes before. I'm drinking at least 5 bottles of water a day and eating 3 meals plus a snack. I don't know what I'm doing wrong but I feel like my supply has decreased drastically.
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  • @llli*jm.mom's Avatar
    September 30th, 2014, 05:49 PM
    Hi Ladies. I was wondering what your take is on pacifiers. Do you use them? Do they result in early weaning? Nursing has been fine and I'm ok with comfort nursing but do get sore. Sometimes my love is fine after some comfort and others he wants to nurse for hours. I guess my question is, is a pacifier ok in between? If so, do you recommend a specific one? Thanks in advance for your help. I always read posts but don't always get to respond
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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*oncemorewith's Avatar
    September 13th, 2014, 06:34 PM
    Hi, first sorry for such a long involved story! My son is 3.5 weeks old. At 12 days he was gaining weight very slowly, had very few wet nappies and was overall getting more and more lethargic. I was breast feeding on demand but demand was constant :) He was constantly nibbling but never swallowing, wouldn't sleep more than 10 mins during the day but would fall asleep whilst feeding. Funnily enough at night I had to wake him every 3 or 4 hours to feed (badly again). My midwife recommended fenugreek and lots of pumping to improve supply. The problem was that I never had more than 5 minutes without him feeding to do the pumping. I went to a lactation consultant and she gave me a supplemental feeding tube with instructions to give him 50ml of formula every 3-4 hours and to consider domperidone. I tried this for a few days and started to take the domperidone (which helped). He gained 180g in two days so I started to reduce the amount of formula. He then gained 300g in 5 days. The only problem was that he was still in a vicious of circle of feeding very badly for hours and barely sleeping during the day (except whilst feeding). I tried a different LC a couple of days ago. They snipped a slight tongue-tie, told me his latch was OK though not perfect. They put me back up to 60ml of formula every 3 hours and gave me a strict regime - feed for 10 mins each side, repeat, give SFT, pump, pump again an hour before feeding, repeat every 3 hours. It's a great plan except he is...
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  • @llli*valentina0813's Avatar
    September 11th, 2014, 12:43 PM
    MY 1 month old baby girl is only bf, she eats well, She sleeps 4-5 hrs at night straight, has lots of wet diapers, but she has not pooped in 4days, i have tried exercising her legs and massaging her stomach and back. even have tried giving her 1oz of anis seed tea. She is passing gas. She is struggling to push, turns red and cries. Has been extremely fussy, and i dk what to do. Her doc just says its normal. any suggestions???:shrug
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