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  • @llli*nicole.vp's Avatar
    October 8th, 2014, 11:25 AM
    Ok so this is the first time I've been on here to post anything so it's all new to me. My hubbys shift just changed from working 3-11pm to 11pm-7am and its taking its toll on me, my 5 month old little boy has decided he wants to constantly eat at night so I'm not getting much sleep on top of it being hard to sleep without hubby, and then I have to get up early with our 8 year old to get him ready for school and our 2.5 year old won't let me go back to sleep after I get my oldest out the door. I'm ready to quit breastfeeding, I don't want to but sometimes I could just scream at how annoying my baby is being, maybe I'm the only one like this idk. I feel like I can't get anything done during the day, I've tried wearing baby we have an ergo and he gets mad cause he wants to see stuff, just like when he eats now he won't sit still he's always looking at something. I'm at this what do I do point, am I not making enough so he wants to eat more or can he sense that I'm stressed, since I feel like hubby's shift makes him help me less with stuff around the house and kids. I really wish they would let him go back on days but they won't. Idk maybe I'm just rambling on about nothing. I will note though that at 5 months old baby on weighs 13lbs 5oz and he was born at 7lbs 4oz and after he had come home from the hospital he had lost 1/2lb so they had us give formula and breastmilk for a week to get his weight up which it did some.
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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*terriquitecontrary's Avatar
    October 1st, 2014, 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*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*jessica.holiga's Avatar
    October 14th, 2014, 03:41 PM
    Hello. I have expensive a decrease in pumping output for about 2 weeks now. I went bac to work and was pumping about 8-9 ounces in 2 sessions. I am gone for 9 hours total. I felt comfortable leaving that amount with her. Them about 2 weeks ago my output started dropping to where I could only pump 4-6 ounces in the 2 sessions. I asked for help - and tried the power nursing weekend, increasing to 4 pumping sessions/day, lactation cookies, making sure I either feed her or pump through the night at least once, changing about membranes and tubing, and imaging pumping sessions to 20-30 minutes each time. I still am now only able to pump 8-9 ounces in all 4 sessions combined - 2 weeks later. So my question is, did I let my supply get too low and now I will never get it back? Or is there something else I can do? The problem is that there are many days where she would rather have another 3 ounces - and I have no reserve, so what she gets is what I pump. I am feeling defeated and like I can't keep up.
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  • @llli*hayashi's Avatar
    September 26th, 2014, 09:14 AM
    My pediatrician ordered me to pump 4 oz per bottle for my 4+ months old baby for daycare. But usually I only get 3.5 to 3.75 oz per bottle on average. She said I should supplement with formula if I cannot get 4 oz, but I don't want to because baby is happy and sleeps well at night. Her excuse is that baby dropped from 50th percentile to 25th percentile in weight and head circumference (but maintained her 75th percentile in length) during her 4-month check-up. But then again, my husband and I are both on the small side. That is, at 4 months, baby girl was 13 lbs 2.5 oz, 40 cm head circumference, and 25 inches long. I read about ways to increase supply, like fennel supplement, oatmeal, etc -- but are there real scientific studies to support this? Or is it just a waste of energy and money? I also read about reverse cycling -- is it true; do all babies do that? What should I do?
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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*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*sailorscout27's Avatar
    October 11th, 2014, 11:40 AM
    my baby is 18 weeks and ped said he can have cereal twice a day. I always nurse him a whole side first, then some cereal and then let him finish on the other side to top off. now he nurses 7 -8 times a day as opposed to 9-10 times and he seems to be waiting in between feeds. I am leaking more. will my body adjust to his new schedule? will my supply go down?
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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*shaysmommy's Avatar
    October 9th, 2014, 05:00 PM
    Hi all... My son goes for his 4 month well visit tomorrow. He was 7 lbs 12 oz at birth (born two weeks early by emergency csection) At his 2 month visit he weighed 14 lbs 9 oz. We weighed him at home and he is around 23 lbs. Is this normal for an EBF baby? He's already wearing size 9-12 months. I love my little chunk and unless my pediatrician tells me other wise tomorrow, he is perfectly happy and healthy. I just constantly get comments on his size and sometimes it makes me worry. I feed on demand, which is normally every 2 1/2 to 3 hours ( with the excepting of 6 pm to 8 pm... He just recently started being very fussy at this time and only wanting to nurse) and he even does a 4-5 hour stretch at night. He does comfort nurse and won't take a pacifier. I don't think I over feed him, but that's the impression I get from people when they see how big he is. I guess I'm just looking for some reassurance that he's not the only 23 lb 4 month old!!! :)
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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*jazztpt's Avatar
    October 16th, 2014, 04:11 PM
    We're trying to figure out what is going on with our otherwise healthy & happy 4-week-old son. At less than one week, our pediatrician told us he was worried about his weight and that we should supplement with formula after breastfeeding. We did so reluctantly (and at first only at night), and this trend has continued so that now after breastfeeding he often cries for food. It seems that I am not able to create enough milk for him, so I'm taking fenugreek, blessed thistle, moringa, and might start a drug called domperidone (recommend by LCs in our area). What we're trying to understand is what is going on with breastfeeding and why our son falls asleep so quickly at the breast. (And hopefully what we can do about it.) He will often either wriggle as if frustrated or fall asleep about 5 minutes in. Then he either screams for food or sleeps for five minutes and then screams for food. Our son has an incredibly strong suck and a small mouth, and breastfeeding has been extremely painful for me until a few days ago. Perhaps the pain prevented my milk from letting down? I pump after almost every feeding (to try to build my supply), so I know that he is not draining the breast. Will he grow out of this? What can we do?
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  • @llli*liscal's Avatar
    October 6th, 2014, 01:48 PM
    Hi Newbie here... My LO is 9 months old and has pretty much dropped all his milk (breast) feeds. He may have 1 or 2 very small feeds morning and/or afternoon, or some days not at all. The last few days, he hasn't had anything more than a couple of sucks before bed. He still wakes at around 3am and has a decent feed, but that's it. He's doing really well with his solids and eats plenty throughout the day, I'm just worried about him getting dehydrated (I offer water at lunch but he doesn't really touch it) and about our breastfeeding time getting cut prematurely short. Can anyone offer any advice or words of comfort? He has cows milk in his cereal in the morning and usually has at least one yoghurt or fromage frais daily. I'm not sure whether I should boost his dairy intake, or whether that will only make him want even less breastmilk... basically, I'm confused about what the best thing is for him. If anyone has any experience of something similar, I'd love to hear it. :huh Thanks!
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  • @llli*jessicanewmom's Avatar
    September 27th, 2014, 08:27 AM
    Hi. My now almost 11 m.o. is gaining well, etc. She's eating more solids & during the day nursing far less. So, that all seems normal. But I also know that this is the prime age for distracted nursing & don't want her to wean early just because she's distracted/on-strike. The past several days she has been reluctant to nurse except for in to and out of sleep. Is this a mini-nursing strike? Or maybe this is just normal reduction in breast-feeding because of her solids? If it's the former I'll keep offering and offering and offering (& taking time out to try to get to a quiet dark room...but this is a hassle...) and pumping when she doesn't nurse. If it's the latter, I'll let it go. What do you think? ETA: we're down to maybe seven or eight feeds a day from probably 12 to 14. So she is still breast-feeding quite a bit, but also quite a bit less.
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  • @llli*miran's Avatar
    October 7th, 2014, 06:44 AM
    Our daughter is 7 weeks and we've been mostly pumping though I still have hopes of primarily nursing. (Initially late milk production and low supply, then high palate despite excess supply, then flow preference, now low supply due to plugged ducts, and also now on antibiotics for a possible "subclinical" infection causing the repeated plugs...) We're still comfort nursing and alternating between breast/bottle when possible, but I have nowhere near enough supply to keep her happy. We had some milk frozen from my brief period of oversupply, so she's been fed nothing but breastmilk for the last 6 weeks, but we're running out quickly. Tonight was dad's second try at "night shift", and this morning is my first day back to work, part-time. I woke up overnight to pump and found that he had fed her the regular 4 oz bottle at 10pm and the next 4 oz bottle at midnight. She still wanted more. Usually these would have gone at roughly 11pm and 3am. She's obviously in a growth spurt based on everything else, but I've got two concerns: 1) Is feeding too much at one time from bottles going to literally stretch out her stomach? She's done better at nursing lately, but I'm only pumping a max of 3.5-4 at a single session, and that's with a great deal of compression/massage. Sidenote: We're using Kiinde bottles which at least force her to try to get the milk out a bit - they don't "drip" milk out at all without some effort. It still seems easier than getting milk out of me...
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  • @llli*usafreat's Avatar
    September 30th, 2014, 04:59 PM
    I know that BM is adequate enough to hydrate babies, but I am wondering if while my baby is eating some solids now should I be introducing water, with her meal? I read sometimes the mention of babies with sippy cups but I would rather not use one until she is primarily eating solids. I haven't been giving a drink, and wasn't planning on it, and probably wont be til she's a yr. she is nine months now. Also, I prefer to just give BM to cover dairy and water 'needs' (I know BM is all a baby needs right now anyway) and with solids just have her experiment with fruits veggies and meat or fish. Is that ok?
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  • @llli*denise111484's Avatar
    October 8th, 2014, 03:56 PM
    Hi everyone, Has anybody experienced slow weight gain in a newborn even if they gave proper output? My 7 week old has 6+ wet diapers and 3-5 dirty everyday. He was born at 7.13 but was 7lb at first dr appt. on sep 5 he was 8lb and now 4 1/2 weeks later is 8.12. I am being advised by some to supplement, and some (my ped) say its not necessary yet. Im confused. Uf you have input i would greatly appreciate because i thouht if the output was there then he should be ok. Also i bought a scale last week and according to that he lost an 1.5 oz. i did battle clogged ducts all last week though. Thanks in advance!!
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  • @llli*ciantarah's Avatar
    October 18th, 2014, 09:05 PM
    Hi there, I am beyond frustrated right now. This is going to be a really long post and I apologize. There are just so many things happening as far as feeding my LO is concerned, and I don't know how to sort them out. My LO is 7 weeks old tomorrow. The good news is that she seems quite healthy and happy and has been gaining really, really well. Her doctor says she looks great. However, last Sunday there was blood in her stool. Needless to say, I called to talk to an advice nurse. While waiting for a callback, I researched and found info on oversupply and milk protein intolerance. Nurse I talked to totally dismissed the oversupply idea and said, "give up dairy and see a doctor tomorrow." So I did. Monday we saw a nurse practitioner at the pediatric clinic. She also dismissed the oversupply idea so I have continued to be dairy free since then. I also returned to work Monday and am now pumping so my husband, who is a stay at home dad, can feed her while I'm gone. I get about 20 ounces a day pumping 3 times while at work.
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  • @llli*cicamica's Avatar
    October 3rd, 2014, 12:28 PM
    ...which is great cause I do have milk supply, :thumbsup but these are my issues: 1) he has barely ever slept more than 30-40 minutes at once during the day.:( Every time he falls asleep after feeding I try to put him down but he won't stay sleep unless I hold him on my chest. He wakes up almost 5-10 min into placing him down and rooting and giving signes like he hasn't eaten for a whole day. Then I feed him again etc and So this goes in circles. :huh 2) I am aware of the growth spurts but this is going on since birth. Is this ever going to shift? He has gained weight, has perfect amount of dirty diapers etc. I've read that other babies sleep 2-3 hrs straight, feed then sleep again. I wish I could say the same. :bow 3) also he shakes his head while my nipple is in his mouth and gets frustrated, cries, bangs his head with my nipple in his mouth...:confused: (this happens after like 3-4 hrs of straight feeding=him hopping from one nipple to the other after loooong hours... :gg
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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*merlot's Avatar
    September 23rd, 2014, 07:59 AM
    This is not as big of an issue as others have, or that I've had in the past, but if anyone can suggest a solution I'd be most grateful! I EBF my 4 mo on demand, though to be honest not so sure what she"s demanding! I have a feeling that when I feed her e/ 2 or 2.5 hrs it's because she's tired not hungry. However, she very often will not fall asleep and just scream- by naps. Perhaps she can't fall asleep when the slightest bit hungry? Then she only takes 20-30 min naps! About 4 of them a day I'd guess. I'm getting frustrated because it makes it nearly impossible to get stuff done... And I don't have much time with my others in playgroup/school for just a few hours of the day... In addition, she is always spitting up. I mean always. Before eating after eating, in middle of nowhere etc. sometimes she whines, but usually it just comes out. Any advice with any part of my ranting?! Please? :o
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  • @llli*momager's Avatar
    October 12th, 2014, 01:04 PM
    I posted already about a low supply but now fear that my 10 month old is reduced to only comfort nursing. I do not hear her swallow much when she nurses( only wants to nurse to sleep or upon waking). I feel like a failure and am wondering if I should be actively trying to wean her. Every week I feel like I have less and less milk and her suck feels like comfort nursing not nutritive. I really wanted to go longer but it's not looking good.
    10 replies | 402 view(s)
  • @llli*whitters225's Avatar
    October 5th, 2014, 03:37 PM
    Hi everyone! I am 2 weeks postpartum and about 4-5 days after delivery I started having vaginal itching. At first I chalked it up to my stitch healing but then the itching spread upwards. My vulva, labia and clit are also extremely itchy. I've tried everything under the sun to relive the itching but nothing seems to bring me relief. I was looking online today and came across an article about atrophic vaginitis occurring in breastfeeding mothers because of the lack of estrogen in my body. It seems the only cure is to take hormone supplements and decrease my milk supply or stop nursing altogether; neither of which I want to do. Phytoestrogens are said to help with estrogen levels but I just don't want to dry my milk up. Anyone have any advice? I don't know how long I can deal with this itching.
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  • @llli*whitney6484's Avatar
    September 26th, 2014, 01:51 PM
    I have a 5 mo old baby, she is my last child of 4. My other 3 are ages 7, 7 and 10. I did not BF them for more than a few weeks. With her, I was adamant that I was going to successfully BF. I also decided that we would co-sleep, and I would "baby-wear." Well, 5 months later, I can't put this baby down for the life of me. She refuses pacifiers and can't be left somewhere for a few minutes before crying uncontrollably. She catches her breath and is happy the moment she is picked up. She uses my nipples to pacify. She latches on around ten times during the night. I can put her in her crib for naps but she wakes up after 30 minutes, looking for a nipple. I am staying pretty strong because this is my baby baby, and I guess you could say I am living a baby-led LIFE! But, I am exhausted. I don't know how to pacify her throughout nights/naps, in order for me to get some sleep. I have thought about pumping a bottle before bed to make sure her belly is nice and full, but I haven't tried this yet. Any advice, suggestions, experiences would be much appreciated!!!
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  • @llli*cutiemark85's Avatar
    October 12th, 2014, 07:38 PM
    I think today has just been a day. Our Daughter turned 2 weeks old today, it's also our Anniversary. But it was already off to a rocky start. our daughter wouldn't wake up to eat, so we had to be "mean" to get her up and nurse. that ended in tears for the both of us. she barely nursed at the breast and ended up taking a bottle. ( She's on an SNS because she has a posterior frenulum issue, when she was born they only cut the anterior to see if it'd help, and it really didn't.) So she ate, we went about our business, she napped again, and then we came home. Same thing. Could barely get her up and had to be "mean" again to her to finally wake her up. she barely nursed at the breast, perked up when she got a bottle. I ended up taking her again when she was still hungry, and she nursed at the breast for about 30 minutes, then had another bottle. ( Again, this is part of her SNS, we tried the syringe feed at the breast several times and it was not working.)
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