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  • @llli*elandlanes.mommy's Avatar
    June 14th, 2015, 10:20 AM
    Here's the background- http://forums.llli.org/showthread.php?123394-Baby-6-days-old-need-help! Baby is now a day short of four weeks and weighs 7.15 1/2. At 23 days old I got the beginning stages of mastitis. Unfortunately I get it 6-7 times before my babies turn a year old. I was expecting it and my ob had already written me a prescription for keflex. So I started taking it because if I didn't t would get worse. I think I got it because the previous day he had gone about 2 1/2 hours with out eating during the day. Well, I started feeling better the next day and then Friday we went grocery shopping and baby went againfor2 1/2 hours without eating. I started getting symptoms again that night. Yesterday I had a fever of 102 but it's gone now, so are the flu like symptoms and most of the breast soreness. That being said, my supply has taken a big hit. I've continued the fenugreek and blessed thistle as usual. I have Dom but haven't taken any of it yet. But I had to give baby 2 oz of milk from the freezer this morning because he was so hungry and frustrated. I used a lact-aid to give it to him. Afterward I pumped for about 10 minutes and barely got enough to cover the bottom of the pump bottle.. I just wish my body would work like it's supposed to.. I have barely left the house in four weeks.. I've barely left the couch.. I nurse constantly and by that, I meannlike15-20 times a day.. I Wish both my breasts worked because at least I'd have a backup side... I just want to...
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  • @llli*7preemiemum's Avatar
    June 22nd, 2015, 12:41 PM
    Hi everyone Forgive this long post, i just need a mayor listening ear... I think mommal once mentioned on one of her posts that she thinks a baby who is unwilling to nurse is one of the most stressful things to the mother in the breastfedding relationship,well, HOW TRUE! Let me start at the very beginning.DD was born prematurely, ate 32 weeks after a very complicated pregnancy with lots of bleeding,contractions,placental dysfunction and PROM at 29 weeks.We ended up with emergency c- sect due to mayor fetal distress at 32 weeks. Dd was 3 weeks in the nicu during which i faithfully pumped and latched her on whenever i had the chance, she had a great latch and the cu nurses were quite impressed. The day we were discharged she weighed 2 kg and after a weighted feed in the nicu took in 60 ml in quite a short time.Not bad,right?or so i thought... She screamed after that feed as if starving so nurse suggested we top her off with ebm, she took about 10-15 ml. Looking back, that was just the beginning of our problems. dd was a big hot mess when she came home. Screaming after feeds, even during feeds at times, wouldnt sleep long etc....her diapers were great and 12 days after discharge was 2500 gr. That was with breastfeeding and occassional ebm top up, meaning whatever i pumped that day gave her a bit if i wasnt sure feed was good. Froze quite a bit still too. A llc recommended pumping after feeding in order to maximise supply. Dd's nursing was seriously unpredictable, some...
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  • @llli*cjsmama's Avatar
    June 10th, 2015, 11:35 AM
    My daughter is a week old today and we've been having this problem since my milk came in, which I believe was Saturday. In the hospital she was latching OK on both sides but now she refuses to latch on the right breast. Her latch is perfect on the left but she just won't take the right, and I've been having to pump that side. I'm worried her hunger won't be satisfied from just one sided feeding especially as she gets bigger, even though she seems happy with it now. I really want to hold off introducing bottles until I have to (going back to work in 2 months). I've tried tons of skin to skin and every feeding position I can think of and she's just not interested in eating from that side! Does anyone have any insight or advice? I'd greatly appreciate it!
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  • @llli*novaworkingmommy's Avatar
    June 5th, 2015, 06:29 AM
    I am going back to work full time in 3 weeks to a relatively high-stress work environment (it's pretty fast-paced in Northern Virginia) and I let HR know I would need a place to pump 2-3 times per day until my daughter is 1 year old - I am determined to breastfeed for a full year. Our office suite is very modern and there are only 3 offices for the 'C' level management meaning that I work from a cube. Each office is enclosed in glass and so is the conference room leaving not a single private space in our office suite. The CEO and HR's first response was that I would have to pump in the bathroom but when I told them it was against the law they said they would figure something out. HR reached out to out building management company to see if there is a space available anywhere in the building but they haven't gotten back to her. HR's response to me was that if she didn't hear anything back I would be forced to pump in the buildings gym locker room bathrooms in the basement of our building. It is a newly renovated gym, but still a gym locker room bathroom, and it also seems to be closed for maintenance frequently. Help!!! Am I just supposed to give up and pump in the bathroom?
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  • @llli*witty.acryonym's Avatar
    June 9th, 2015, 08:57 PM
    Hello All - I have been reading the forums for a few months now and found the advice very helpful. I decided to post today to get some feedback and other opinions about my situation. My LO was born full term but small 5#9. At 9 days her weight dipped to 5#1 oz and she was very fussy so my provider recommended we start supplementing (later we found out she had a fractured clavicle which I'm sure was part of the fussiness). We gave formula or EBM 1-2 oz 4x/day for two weeks before slowly weaning off all supplements. At 15 days she was 5#13 and at 2 months she was 8#10 exclusively breastfeeding. At her 4 month she weighed 10#2 and her provider stated that her weight gain was very slow and asked if I would consider supplementing with formula or adding powdered formula to my EBM to concentrate the calories. But ultimately said that she would support whatever I decide. I also just started my return to work. Currently I am working 3 days a week, 6-7 hours away. When we are together we nurse 8-10x/day and 1-2x overnight. She has 6-7 wet diapers a day; her poops are inconsistent but profuse and soft when they occur. When I work her father and nana take care of her. They are using paced bottle techniques but today she took 13 oz and I only pumped 10 oz during that same time. Obviously this is not sustainable. My questions: 1. Given that she has slow weight gain should she be getting so much EBM while I am work? I was very surprised that she ate so much today,...
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  • @llli*rusty.bolts's Avatar
    June 18th, 2015, 05:43 PM
    We will be flying from the West Coast to the East Coast with our exclusively breastfed daughter when she is 4 months old. With the connection, it's one flight of 5 hours and one flight of 1 hour. We got her her own seat and plan on having her strapped into her car seat for at least the takeoff and landings. This poses a dilemma - our concern is how she reacts during changes in cabin pressure. She hasn't been introduced to a pacifier or a bottle (we'd prefer to keep it that way). Any suggestions as to how to soothe her if the pressure change become an issue without taking her out of her seat? We read an article on this site that suggested it was possible to breastfeed while the baby was strapped into the seat, but I'm not sure if we're flexible enough for that!
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  • @llli*mef0531's Avatar
    June 12th, 2015, 11:51 AM
    Anyone have any advice for my 13 month old who has decided she'll only nap attached to my boob? I obviously don't want to sit there for 2+ hours:/ Thanks in advance.
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  • @llli*aurachan2015's Avatar
    June 3rd, 2015, 04:49 PM
    I have a beautiful two week old baby girl. Breastfeeding has been rough from the beginning. We went through low supply, engorgement, poor latch on. I am confident now that I produce enough milk and my baby is producing 8+ wet diapers and 5+ poopy ones. But starting from yesterday she was nursing non stop for basically all day! All day! All day! She would nurse for 30 minutes or so on each side and doze off. But she would immediately start rooting/eating her hands when I try to put her down for a nap. This went on from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. She probably slept for 20 minutes total during those 5 hours. I finally broken down and gave her a bottle of my frozen milk. She took the whole thing which was 3.5 oz. I started crying cuz I don't know what's wrong. I am on the edge to switch to exclusively pumping. Please please any insight would be appreciated!
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  • @llli*stepbelt's Avatar
    June 4th, 2015, 06:28 PM
    I made a post a couple weeks ago about struggling with my son's refusal to nurse Link here: (http://forums.llli.org/showthread.php?123388-4-month-old-doesn-t-like-nursing-anymore Thankfully, right after I posted he started to breastfeed several more times/day than he had been, though he still fights it and seems uncomfortable sometimes. Well, we just got back from a follow-up visit with the pediatrician, and he has gained 5oz in the 15 days since his last visit (he is now 13lbs, 5oz). From what I understand, this is pretty slow. Furthermore, he has been extremely fussy his entire life and it is only getting worse, when we had expected it to resolve at 3-4 months like "colic" often does. He has been through a barrage of testing, and we've tried a million different things, but have yet to find a physical reason for his frequent crying. One possibility is reflux, but he has been on two different classes of reflux medication already and neither has helped. SO, the pediatrician is now suggesting that I start him on solid foods immediately. She is hoping it might help with the weight gain and reduce his crying (a shot in the dark, I think). I feel very, very reluctant to do this, as I know 6 months is the standard time to start, and I am very concerned it is going to interfere further with breastfeeding, which is already difficult for us. Does anybody have any experience with this, or thoughts?
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  • @llli*dp999's Avatar
    June 25th, 2015, 08:21 PM
    Hi Everyone... I am here with another questions. I am breastfeeding my 2 month old. I really need someone's help to correct my mistakes and guide me so that I can continue this path of breastfeeding smoothly. I always fed my baby on oneside as she was satisfied and content. Her weight gain is average. As I wanted to stock some supply for me to go back to work, I pumped 2 to 3 times a day. I had been to a lactation consultant who asked me to block nurse so that the baby gets the hind milk. So from Tuesday onwards I started nursing for 2 hours(either feed or comfort nursing whatever..) on side and next 2 hours on other side. My DD usually sleeps for a long stretch hours so I normally feed her in the night on side and pump on other side in the morning. My Questions.
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  • @llli*augusta1975's Avatar
    June 1st, 2015, 12:35 PM
    Having some issues with our sleep routine. He is probably going through a growth spurt, but he feeds at night from 8-9/9:30, sometimes from one breast, sometime both. Depending if I can wake him. I put him to bed and he wakes between 11:30-midnight, feed him...again at 1:30/2am, feed him... Again 4am, feed him and again at 7. I'm exhausted, I'm wondering is he getting enough of my fatty milk? Why is not filling up? Frustrated. He will nap well during the day, 3 naps, eat well, happy. But the nighttime is my most dreaded time. Someone said maybe he isn't getting enough milk? But he is a decent size boy, 16lbs 8oz, 4 months, born at 8lbs 11oz. Always ate a lot, but thought things would at least get a bit easier at night. We have been on this trend for 3 weeks now. If I have to get up of course I will, but if there is some help/advice I would much appreciate it. Thanks.
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  • @llli*sacmd's Avatar
    June 10th, 2015, 10:52 AM
    I am hoping someone might have some experience with putting a 'high needs' aka 'spirited' baby in the care of another. I've been lucky enough to be able to put this off for 6 months, as I've gone back part-time and my mother can watch her 1-2 days a week. But I have to start working more and my mom also works, so we have to look for alternative care options. She is what I'd definitely call 'high needs'. She naps only with me, has to be held ALL the time or she melts down, hates swings, rockers, high chairs, etc. If she could be glued to a human being 24/7, she would be in heaven. We have always believed in meeting her needs and not letting her cry, whether it's bedtime, being held, etc. But I'm worried about daycare. The one that I like is a small room with 2 caregivers and 8 babies. When I visited, it was relatively peaceful but most of the babies were quietly in swings or sleeping in their little cribs. I cannot imagine my baby being that content! I'm afraid she'll cry all. day. long. And what will they do? I asked this, and they said that babies adjust, get used to it, etc. But what if she doesn't? Another option would be having my mother in law come from out of town and do the caregiving. While this is free, she is not physically very well and found it very hard to hold her and take care of her for more than 2 hours at a time. Plus, I am starting to wonder if at 6 months, my daughter would actually benefit from being around other caregivers, babies, etc. She is...
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  • @llli*mhbb2's Avatar
    June 27th, 2015, 10:24 PM
    My lo is four days old. He's been doing fairly well with bf but we're having a few problems. 1. He almost never nurses from the right breast. It takes forever to get him to latch to it and sometimes he refuses. I'm having to pump it every time he nurses. 2. My nipples have been cracked and sore. At first they were bleeding but now they are just kind if raw. I've checked his latch. He is having enough wet and poppy diapers. I'm wondering if maybe he won't nurse from that side because of the nipple? 3. I have to go back to work in 4 -6 wks. Today daddy fed baby with an event bottle. It went fine but when we nursed the next time it seemed he was having trouble latching. Is it too soon for the bottle?
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  • @llli*soap.mom's Avatar
    June 3rd, 2015, 09:24 AM
    I do not have any pain while I'm nursing and my LO is gaining weight very well, so I'm not very concerned with our latch. My nipples are a little sore, but it's nothing that causes me constant discomfort (just if he grabs one or if I drag one across something). I am just curious as to what this new clicking sound is! LO is 6 weeks old and when he nurses, there is a clicking noise. It's a recent development and seems to coincide with a rise in his gassiness (he was always gassy, but it seems worse than normal). Any ideas on what causes this? Is this something that could result in a problem?
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  • @llli*sarahelizabeth's Avatar
    June 21st, 2015, 09:24 AM
    I am exclusively breastfeeding on demand, LO is almost five months old. I cannot get enough protein into my diet, without eating a crazy amount of calories.... I am already drinking 100 ounces of water a day, and have an absolutely packed diet, i am thinking of trying to get a little bit of extra protein without adding any more food, i have gained ten lbs since having the baby, every time i dip calories my supply cuts off. So is protein powder safe? What my partner bought is EAS 100% pure whey protein. Does any one have any knowledge as to if its safe, if it will provide proper protein, etc. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
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  • @llli*cjsmama's Avatar
    June 12th, 2015, 09:21 PM
    I have a 9 day old at home and due to financial reasons I will not be returning to my incredibly laid back and understanding 9-5 and instead will have to start looking for an evening job, probably something in the restaurant/bar region. Luckily this means my husband will be home with her while I'm at work and vice versa. But it leaves me with a lot of questions and concerns. First and foremost, when should we start introducing bottles? She's breastfeeding OK but it still takes her awhile to latch, especially on one side and I know we're nowhere near ready to further complicate things. I'll have to start working again around the beginning of August. Is the middle of July enough time to get her used to bottles? Should we just play it by ear? How accommodating should I realistically expect a restaurant to be in regards to pumping? Should I let them know before being hired that I'll need to pump? And if they're not willing to work with me, would pumping once during a 6-7 hour shift affect my supply if I'm nursing baby immediately before and after work? Anything else I should know?
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  • @llli*oona.blue's Avatar
    June 23rd, 2015, 01:55 PM
    My LO nurses every hour like clockwork during the day. She is 12 weeks old and has been on this schedule since she was 6 weeks. During the day she nurses- plays for an hour- nurses again and sleeps for about 45min to an hour. I have tried to make her wait a bit to see if we could stretch the times between feedings, but she will just be hungry again an hour later. At night she goes almost 5 hours and then another 4 hour block. When she nurses it's typically short 10 minutes or so. I am a FTM and EBF so my question is- is this normal? Should she be going longer between feedings? She is gaining weight well, and has lots of wet and dirty diapers- other than only taking short naps and being a little cranky from time to time she's happy.
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  • @llli*perannie's Avatar
    June 1st, 2015, 08:51 AM
    What would cause a burning sensation?? It is just on one side, and it is almost all the time!! It doesn't feel good at all! Any suggestions on what to do to make it feel better??
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  • @llli*ahega's Avatar
    June 14th, 2015, 06:53 PM
    My baby is 3 weeks as of today. I try to EBF (he got a bottle on occasions when my spine went out of the window) but since about 5 days he doesn't seem satisfied during daytime. I feed on demand and night time goes very well. Around 7 he has his bath, nurses and sleeps for 2 to 3 hours, nurses again and goes back to sleep without any trouble. At night my breasts get full easily so he doesn't take long to drink, after he's finished I hold him for about 20 minutes before I put him down and lie next to him. Daytime is what's troubling me/us. First, I cannot lie him down without him waking up. Okay, I can deal with that but around noon (mostly) he starts to feed hourly or even more, which would be ok too if he wouldn't seem so hungry still. After drinking a couple of minutes I don't hear him swallowing anymore though he tries really hard to get something out. He'd start to pull on my breast with his mouth, pinching and squeezing with his hands additionally. I'll let him do that for a longer period of time in case there's another letdown (I never feel them btw, I just know because I can hear him swallow). When he and I can't take it anymore I burb him and offer the other side and the whole thing repeats. He'd fall asleep for a little while and we go over the whole process again. This stretches for hours and I'm exhausted. I can't get up even a minute or two. At night I only offer one breast since he seems pretty happy with what he gets and as I mentioned they get...
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  • @llli*zozja's Avatar
    June 13th, 2015, 05:23 PM
    My LO is 5.5 weeks now, EBF and has been dealing with gas issues for a couple weeks. The last 2 days things have definitely gotten worse. I thought it was an OP issue and on Monday this week started doing the laid back BF positions to help her tolerate the flow better. It seemed like things may have gotten better for a couple days, but then started getting worse again and yesterday and today has been really bad. On a side note, my OP seems to be cooling down a bit. My breasts aren't getting as engorged. Still leak/spray in between feedings, but are doing so less. So, I would think that if it was an issue due to OP, then she'd be getting better as well. Could it be something in my diet? I've heard from friends that gripe water helps and have also heard about gas drops. I'd use the natural/homeopathic alternatives if going that route. Are there any drawbacks/negatives to using gripe water or tummy drops? TIA!!!
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  • @llli*ckumelos's Avatar
    June 11th, 2015, 04:19 PM
    The last checkup weight was 10lb 7 oz (which was 25th percentile and a bit lower than we would have liked) and we are down to 10 lb 2 oz in 4 weeks. THIS IS SCARY!! Baby breastfeeds, but doesn't empty either breast and wants the pacifier. How do I encourage longer breastfeeding? If baby doesn't start gaining weight ASAP I will have to give her something else I assume. I have tried switching back and forth between breasts, but she just cries and refuses the same breast, then after she gets a bit from each she just cries and wont' take either, just wants the pacifier. Just now, I tried refusing the pacifier and having her sit on the breastfeeding pillow, for about 15 minutes, and she just sucked her fingers and then started crying but would not take the breast, I finally gave up layed her on the couch and gave her a pacifier. She fell asleep. It seems to me that she just isn't nursing long enough to get the hindmilk as she does have a lot of pee, but not poo. Any suggestions appreciated!
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  • @llli*pr2000's Avatar
    June 21st, 2015, 03:08 PM
    My baby is 8 months old, and has been exclusively breastfed. I have never had any clogs before. I woke up the day before yesterday night at 4 a.m. in some pain and found that my right breast (which is the higher producing side) was very hard and lumpy. I woke up the baby at 5 a.m and nursed him. I did so every couple of hours through the day putting him on the right side first. And then last night after putting him to bed, I pumped and only got a half ounce on the right side (Typically I get 2-2.5 oz on the right, and 1-1.5 oz on the left). The left was the same as usual. This morning has been much worse - I now have a lot of visible lumps, the pain has worsened, and the baby comes off the right breast in 30-45 seconds no matter how many times I put him back on (he sucks fine on the left side). I have tried pumping 3 times (with a hospital-grade pump) after applying heat packs, taking a hot shower for 25 minutes, trying to massage it etc., and collectively ended up with less than an ounce through 3 pumps. (I got 6 oz on the left side). I did try nursing him on all fours, but he was not a fan and simply moved his head away. I just got lecithin and took one dose of 1200 mg. Not sure how long it takes to kick in. I have examined my nipple thoroughly and have no white spots or blisters. Desperate for any ideas here.. I could go to my GP tomorrow but I am quite sure he will have no clue. I'd be grateful for anything I haven't tried or any insights.
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  • @llli*ftmm's Avatar
    June 10th, 2015, 02:13 AM
    Hi everyone, thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I have a 15 month old son, who still nurses night and day. This has always worked really well for both of us and we both love it. Until a few months ago we coslept as well, although now he is in his own cot in our room. He nurses during the night when he wakes. My boyfriend is worried that our son does not sleep thorough the night, and when he wakes he can only be settled by me nursing him. He thinks that continuing to breastfeed him will stunt his development and that he needs to learn to self-soothe. I agree about the self-soothing and have agreed that we can try night weaning baby, even though I am very happy feeding him at night and we all get a very good 8-10 hours sleep (which has been the case since birth), but I want to keep breastfeeding him during the day. I want my boyfriend to feel involved in these sort of decisions, and it would be nice to know that I could go out occasionally for an evening. My boyfriend disagrees and says it will only work if I stop breastfeeding our son completely, although I could still pump and give him breastmilk in a bottle. I feel like we should teach baby that night is for sleeping, not eating, but during the day he can nurse when he wants. I am very distressed at the idea of stopping breastfeeding. I feel there is no need to do so and my darling son loves it, as do I. I am also slightly horrified to find that I am being pushed by my boyfriend to stop. It goes against...
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