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  • @llli*tonica.mom's Avatar
    October 27th, 2017, 02:25 PM
    I would be really, truly happy if someone could explain to me what indicates if baby has better latch and better milk transfer at full/firm breast, not soft one. This thing bugged me with son #1, and it is really causing serious problems with son #2. I did ask this question different LCs. Never got clear answer. One even told me that is "nearly impossible". And in these 3 nursing years I have encoutered another two moms who had similar observation with their babies. And both also had/have breastfeeding issues. Can please someone clarify me this, please?
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    November 15th, 2017, 10:42 AM
    Hi Baby is going to be 4 month in 8 days, I am very sure there is a drop in supply due to pumping at work. I somehow managed to get one month off from work, so that I can nurse him. My supply has dropped really well, I am very sure about that. he pretty much nurse every 2-3 hours. and only one side, if he goes to comfort nursing he will wait for at least 3 let downs but not take other breast :mad:(I just don't understand why).He nurses 12 times a day and cluster nurse for 1 -1.5 hour and may take 3.5-4 hour strech at night. then one 3 hour and wake up around 6 or so and take a good nap until 9:45 am to 10 AM. (If he is hungry Can he sleep like this?) He had big thick yellow poop, I have never seen this consistency earlier. Is it because of less milk and he is getting too much hind milk , Is it so? His poops are usually runny, brown, yellow earlier. His wet diapers have reduced, but its still clear urine, he doesn't pee overnight even if he is taking a feed, he has to be completely awake to pee. if he pees in the morning its slight more yellow than usual, and the diaper is not sloppy wet. but decently wet(upto half of blue indicator). My biggest question is if a baby is hungry can he sleep or play through it? because if he is satisfied with the milk why isn't he gaining? He was 12 pounds 13 ounces at his 2 months check up Now he is 14 pounds 15 ounces as of today. (lost 3 to 4 ounces after a huge poop) As suggested by kelley mom doesn't he need to gain at least...
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    October 28th, 2017, 12:00 PM
    Hello Everyone It has been a problem since I returned to work. my baby is 3 months old. weighing 14lbs 3 oz. I pump thrice at work 7:15 am- dream feed him one side. 7:45 am-pump both breasts while driving to work - 2 - 2.5oz 10 am- pump 3-4 oz with one letdown. less than 10 minutes pumping 12- 1pm- nurse him at home or pump - 3-4 oz one letdown 3-4 pm-pump 3-4 oz one letdown .
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    November 17th, 2017, 11:17 AM
    I am posting this here in the Breastfeeding Your Baby section, because this is the forum I have posted in the most. I will never forget my early days struggling to breastfeed my first baby, and so have always felt an urgency to help when moms have posted here in particular. With the forums closing in just a few days, I trust no one will mind! 14 years ago I made my first call to a La Leche League Leader. My first baby was 7 months old, and all my mommy friends with children the same age had stopped breastfeeding. My son and I had had so many struggles and breastfeeding was finally starting to feel natural and comfortable and…dare I say it? Easy. The last thing I wanted to do was stop, but because all my friends had stopped, I thought I was doing something wrong. The wise Leader I called (she later became my mentor when I became a LLL Leader) listened to my fears, and then she simply invited me to a LLL meeting. She joked later that it was the easiest help call she had ever received. For me, that short phone call was life changing. The mothers I have since met at LLL meetings, Leader events and LLL conferences gave me every tool that I have found important and helpful as a mother. Every mom I view as a mothering mentor to this day was part of La Leche League at one time or another. I started posting to these forums about 7 years ago. At first I did not post much, but eventually barely a day passed without me visiting the forums- some days, several times. I...
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  • @llli*helbk's Avatar
    November 10th, 2017, 05:38 AM
    I'm breastfeeding my LO and the past 3 nights she has slept up to 4.5hrs from 11pm-12am,had a feed, then another 3-4hrs. She's 8 days old and feeds alot in the evening and frequently throughout the day. My milk came in 3 days after birth and the 2 nights after she was cluster feeding 12-5am. Plenty of wet and soiled nappies so i'm not concerned about her getting enough atm. I guess my question is, are these long gaps at night going to affect my milk production and should i be waking her to feed if so? Ive not been sleeping before her sleep stretches at night so not sure if this effects the prolactin levels? I'm aware her sleep may well change soon enough but wanted to check i'm not missing the boat with anything.
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  • @llli*dettcat's Avatar
    October 27th, 2017, 04:12 AM
    Dear LLLI moms/experts, The thread is a bit confusing, a mix of everything, sorry. I was thinking to post in "Solids introduction", but in reality, the problem is more about breastfeeding and supplementing. To begin with, I am on Motilium for low supply. I've been EBF till 3 months, really slow weight gain, but good growth and health overall, so pediatrician didn't insist on supplementing. Been trying to pump and supplement with pumped milk from 1 month old, but to no avail. Tried all herbal remedies, not better either. Got the baby tested for ALL possible causes of poor weight gain, found none. At 3 months post-partum suddenly nearly lost my milk, got tested for all possible causes of low supply (thyroid, hormones, breast tissue, etc, etc), but no apparent reason. Seen LC's half a dozen times probably... started Motilium and supply improved NEARLY to the same level as before, but still seems less than initial judging by breast feeling/hardness and number of hours to get to this feeling (or maybe the baby's feeding better, who knows). Was supplementing with HA formula (6-8 ounces per day split at 3-4 feedings) ever since and baby was gaining well: 7-8 ounces per week. She breastfeeds 6 times a day and I dreamfeed her 1-2 times during the night (low breast storage capacity, so I'm trying to keep this milk flowing :-)). I started with 3 pills (3 x 10 mg, in Belgium here they won't prescribe more), tried to wean to 2, had a rapid supply drop, went back to 3, ordered...
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  • @llli*tonica.mom's Avatar
    October 27th, 2017, 10:36 AM
    I need advice how much I need to pump and what amount for my baby that is reaching 6m in two weeks. Our situation is sad one. I had plenty of milk and baby was gaining very very well at the beginning. But somehow (that is for separated post) our nursing relationship deteriotated to the point that he will nurse only in sleep. And last few days he is not sleeping so much and I can feel my supply dropping down. I used to pump between 2-4 times per day to get 200-300 mL for him to give him some milk while awake. Yesterday he hardly nursed and I pumped only 570 mL. I do not think I can devote all my time to pumping. And I guess formula is waiting for us. But is there a way to keep at least some amount of milk for him until he reaches 1y without having pumping 8 times per day? I have also 3y old toddler. And this whole situation with junior not wanting to nurse hit us all so hard on so many ways. All infos that I have found until now are mostly realtive for exclusive pumping. And I hope he will at least continue to nurse in his sleep. So how to combine pumping with sporadic nursing?
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  • @llli*tonica.mom's Avatar
    October 27th, 2017, 10:46 AM
    I already posted this question but at the wrong section of forum. My apologies. I need advice how much I need to pump and what amount for my baby that is reaching 6m in two weeks. Our situation is sad one. I had plenty of milk and baby was gaining very very well at the beginning. But somehow (that is for separated post) our nursing relationship deteriotated to the point that he will nurse only in sleep. And last few days he is not sleeping so much and I can feel my supply dropping down. I used to pump between 2-4 times per day to get 200-300 mL for him to give him some milk while awake. Yesterday he hardly nursed and I pumped only 570 mL. I do not think I can devote all my time to pumping. And I guess formula is waiting for us. But is there a way to keep at least some amount of milk for him until he reaches 1y without having pumping 8 times per day? I have also 3y old toddler. And this whole situation with junior not wanting to nurse hit us all so hard on so many ways. All infos that I have found until now are mostly realtive for exclusive pumping. And I hope he will at least continue to nurse in his sleep. So how to combine pumping with sporadic nursing?
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  • @llli*hopeful.mommy's Avatar
    November 17th, 2017, 09:15 PM
    This closes in 3 days?!? On the day I join?! That just adds to my feeling of helplessness. Maybe I can get some responses over the weekend. My 16 month old has ALWAYS had sleep issues. As an infant she hit many of the attributes of the “high needs” baby. I was able to get her to take a passi at 3 weeks but at 4 months she simply refused it ever again. Since about 4 months I’ve nursed her to sleep because sleep was SO HARD with her, she’d cry and cry, and then once she was big enough to side-lie nurse, she’d pass out and we were just like, “Yes!” And, if matched my parenting philosophy. I’m happy to nurse her to sleep. But here’s my issue...she can’t even lay down without nursing, or she’ll scream. She’s always been like this. Neither my husband or I can rock her, hold her, cuddle her. She ONLY wants to nurse. She still wakes up frequently at night, which sucks but isn’t even he real issue. Sometimes she will wake in the night and not easily fall back to sleep. She’ll want to lay and nurse for like an HOUR or more. If I try to get off, hoping she’s asleep, she’ll cry her head off. She’s in hat In between place but 1) I can’t fall asleep while she nursed...I just have never been able to. And 2) my nipples can’t take that for an hour. If she had a passi or a bottle she could hold she could lay there inbetween place and maybe fall back to sleep. But after a certain point and so many tries, I can’t take it anymore and I take her out of the room to cry, because she...
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  • @llli*norajsmama's Avatar
    October 26th, 2017, 11:26 AM
    My daughter just turned 13 months, and I have a few questions. Is it normal that she really only wants to nurse well when it's time to sleep? If I offer to feed her at non-nap/bed times she only nurses for maybe 2-3 min. She quickly gets squirmy so I've started putting her right down. Otherwise she will start to bite. I don't think I have a supply problem that would cause her to bite. I think she just likes to bite. She bites our arms, shoulders, pants, skin, and the furniture, lol. She really enjoys biting anything and everything! Her diapers are always wet and she is still in the 60th for weight, she seems happy. She also loves solids though, I am trying to go with the slow increase of solids. She eats two good sized meals per day a snack or two. Does this seem like a good amount of solids? It's hard to know how much to offer since we have the problem that she doesn't like to nurse when wide awake. I don't want to hurt my supply but I also don't want to stop her from eating solids so I just try to meet in the middle. However, she will eat absolutely any solids I offer. If I stop offering after say, one serving, she is happy to get down. If I keep giving her more food, she keeps eating. It's hard to know if I should stop after one serving or maybe nurse her before every single solids meal? Do toddlers normally go back to settling down to nurse in the day after they start walking? She just started walking a few days ago and walking around is her favorite activity...
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    November 16th, 2017, 09:18 PM
    After more than 10 years and 1.6 million posts, we’re sad to announce that the LLLI Mother-to-Mother Forums is officially closed as of Monday, November 20, 2017, as the LLLI website moves over to a new platform. We’re opening a new LLLI Breastfeeding Support Community on Inspire.com, a health-related online communities website. While smaller in scale than the Mother-to-Mother Forums, the new community is similar in organization and function, and you’ll have even more control over your privacy. You can join the new community at llli.inspire.com. You'll have the option of logging in with your Facebook or Google account (really easy!), or you can create a standalone Inspire account. Even if you log in with Facebook, none of your personal info transfers over to Inspire. You choose your own username and have control over who can see any information you share. Another option is joining one of the many Facebook groups run by local LLL Groups from all over the world, or the incredibly active LLLI Breastfeeding Support Facebook Group. It's a private group with LLL Leader moderators who screen and respond to every new breastfeeding question. While it’s financially necessary for LLLI to make this change, it’s hard to say goodbye to the Forums. We know how many friendships have formed and important moments have been shared there.
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  • @llli*claski's Avatar
    November 3rd, 2017, 04:07 PM
    Hello everyone. So I currently have a 9 month old daughter and a 3 year old son (he’ll be 4 in March) and am tandem nursing both of them. I enjoy nursing, but am finding myself getting frustrated with my son. He begs for “nanas” constantly and anytime I nurse the baby, he tries pulling my shirt down to get the other side. I’m going through a divorce now so I know they’re both experiencing my emotions and dealing with a lot of changes in their lives. Their father has always worked out of state, so they weren’t used to him being around much as it was, but I’m sure my son knows what’s going on. He’s spent 2-7 days at a time with his father and seems to do just fine but comes home and wants to nurse constantly. He was a sound sleeper and lately has been waking up 2-4 times a night begging to nurse! If I tell him no, he throws a fit, which often wakes up his sister and I don’t think I’ve slept more than 6 hours a day since she was born, so I’m getting exhausted! Their fathers giving me no financial support and other than the 4 times he’s had our son (he hasn’t had our daughter overnight, or even alone for more than a couple hours) in the 7 months since he left, I’m not getting much physical support either. I don’t know what to do at this point, I’m really getting frustrated with my son but also know nursing for him is much more about comfort at this time than it is the milk. I want him to wean completely but he’s not interested at all! What should I do?
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  • @llli*sparklepants83's Avatar
    November 9th, 2017, 02:42 PM
    Hello- I'm in a pretty weird situation and looking for help. There's so much going on here I'm not even sure what the problem is anymore. I'm sorry this is so long. I BF my DD until she was 2.5 years old. She had a tongue and lip tie that wasn't discovered until she was 4 month old because I had versupply, and she did a pretty good job of nursing despite it. I had no pain, so we kind of just did the lasering in case because the lactation consultant said it could cause problems later on. I just had my son in August, so he's 12 weeks old. I put him to breast for the first 9 hours as often as possible. But 9 hours after he was born they discovered he had an imperforate anus. He had surgery at 2 days old and was in NICU and unable to eat anything by mouth the afternoon it was discovered (Wednesday) until I was allowed to start nursing him on Sunday. I'd been pumping every 3 hours around the clock since Wednesday afternoon and was up to 30 ounces a day before he had his first real nursing session. I had checked for the tongue tie as soon as he was born, and knew it and the lip tie were there and needed to be revised. We confirmed with the LC, who measured him taking 4 oz at 8 days old and said he had a weak suck but it was ok pre-revision because he wasn't having to work for anything due to my forceful letdown/oversupply. At 10 days old we took him in to have it lasered, this time by a different dentist than the one who did my daughter's, but one who was trained by...
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  • @llli*bunnyears's Avatar
    November 13th, 2017, 02:47 PM
    But now my breasts feel completely empty. Since last night. Usually overnight, LO drinks and the breasts feel full/hard, but last night, they were completely soft. She got frustrated and woke up every 3 hours instead of sleeping longer, drinking a little each time. this morning my breasts were still feeling empty - has my milk supply suddenly dropped! I used to pump and take med, but stopped at the recommendation of my LC. This morning LO drank and started crying (she is used to milk flow) and then just stopped. What should I do? Please help!
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  • @llli*virginiamom14's Avatar
    November 15th, 2017, 10:08 AM
    Hello everyone, I have an eight month old daughter and a 3 year old son. I successfully nursed my son for a little over a year and I was hoping to do the same for my daughter. I am working full time so I am pumping for her. Over the last few weeks what I pump has dropped by a few ounces and today seems even worse. I have added in two extra pumping sessions per day and started pumping for longer. I have also tried power pumping. So far nothing has increased my supply and if anything, it has dropped. I have tried feeding my daughter more but she gets easily distracted by her older brother who she finds to be the most fascinating person in the world. I even try taking her to another floor of the house away from him but I swear, if she thinks she can hear him, she loses interest in nursing, pushes away from me and wants to go play with him. Overall she seems a little different at nursing than my son. He really seemed to need nursing to calm down whereas she is far less interested in it. :( I am sure that is not helping my supply.
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  • @llli*julienne02's Avatar
    November 17th, 2017, 06:07 PM
    Hello, this is my third son and he is now 16 months old. I had been down to pumping once a day at work (gone for 9 hrs) and he was down to eating 3 ounces the whole time I was gone. I had been doing once a day for four months and thought it was time to quit. I have not been too full except for one day that he didn't nurse before I went to work, and now have mastitis even though my breasts aren't painful or red. Thoughts? Perhaps this is a one time occurrence and it won't happen again? I don't want to go back to pumping.
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  • @llli*feedingmama27's Avatar
    November 10th, 2017, 08:29 PM
    Hi ladies...back for advice for.baby no. 3. I had a quick natural birth that went very well. My milk came in the next day. Despite a few latch issues at the first feed that caused some bobos she has been nursing every 3 hours the first 3 days of life but since yesterday I am super engorged. She nursed every 2 hours today but tonight is sleeping a long stretch. We tried stimulating her, taking off pj's, cold washcloth on hr feet but the girl is sleeping. Now I am trying to relieve the Engorgement with hot compress and extracting every once in a while. I am hesitating to pump it out after or in between feeding cause with the other babies I went in ovee supply and had to take sage to slow things down. Otherwise she is evidently feeding well...hasn't lost any weight since birtg maintaining. ..poops and pees a ton and you can see that she is gainin just by looking at her little arms and cheeks filling out. Should I pump or not? Or just wait it out...it will gwt better in a few days? Sorry for the long post. Thnaks in advance for any advice.
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  • @llli*tonica.mom's Avatar
    November 15th, 2017, 06:08 AM
    I wonder when did you start to add fat and oil to baby food, such as olive oil and butter? I couldn't find any official recommendation on this topic (on internet).
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  • @llli*alaya's Avatar
    November 17th, 2017, 04:18 PM
    Hi all - I was wondering if anyone else has had babies like this or it is normal. My firstborn's nursing habits were just soooooooo different I'm trying to not worry, but still am. My sweet little guy gained his birth weight back and then some after the first week (BW + 2 oz), which was a huge relief considering my first took a little longer. Once my first took off, he was just fine, but needed a little more time. The first week (and I have continued to do so), I woke him for feedings. I feel like after that first visit with our pediatrician, the little guy will literally only nurse 2 - 5 minutes tops, on one breast. The first week he wouldn't take a second breast either. He usually averages 3 minutes. He's having good urine/BM output. His pediatrician said he had a very strong suck and would be an efficient nurser - like 5 minutes. However, at his little age, this just seems like such a short time? My first was the marathon nurser, and loved to comfort nurse. This little guy will nurse briefly, pull off, and be DONE. Can't coax him to relatch or switch sides, etc. I don't know if I'm reading too much into it because their habits are so different, or if I should be concerned. The reason so is he's also WAY sleepier than my first, and my toddler tends to be waking him up a lot - he'll nurse, fall asleep, get woken up, repeat (that's a whole separate thing we're working on.. ha ha :p). So the other part of me wonders if he's just falling asleep before he's...
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  • @llli*florida2001's Avatar
    November 20th, 2017, 12:43 PM
    anyone low prolactin level after weaning? Just received the blood tests and my prolactin is below normal level...it has been 5 months since I stopped breastfeeding.
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  • @llli*abcdmom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:48 AM
    I haven't heard anything about that. What does your doctor say?
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