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  • @llli*zaraf's Avatar
    March 11th, 2017, 08:02 PM
    Please help- im exhausted! Im ebf my 4.5 mo baby/ her routine is as follows: she wakes up from a nap, feeds for around 7 mins, plays, then feeds for around 7 mins and then goes to sleep. All this is within a 2 hr period. So the problem is that instead of nursing her at a single time with a consolidated feed, she has divided her feeds into 2 parts which doesnt give me a chance to rest. Also, if shes feeding like this during the day, she adopts a similiar pattern at night. How do i consolidate my feeds? Please help
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  • @llli*ilikefood's Avatar
    March 18th, 2017, 02:52 PM
    My son is 8 weeks old and is having problems with blood in his poop. When I started breastfeeding him i always fed from one side each feeding. He had yellow seedy poop and did not have gas issues or strained while going. His pediatrician suggested that i feed from both breasts so i started doing that and thats when his poop started to change to green. 2/15/17 First time seeing blood in diaper with dark green spinach color poop. Pediatricians told me to go dairy free. I do this immediately and the redness on his cheeks go away and his clear baby soft skin is back. 3/1/17 Dr tested poop and theres still a streak of blood. She said I can either cut soy now or wait until she checks his poop again in 2 weeks. I decide to cut soy but yesterday i realized it can be listed under different names so i didn't truly cut out all soy 3/4/17 Blood in diaper with same green poop. 3/7/17 Blood in diaper (had beef for first time the night before). Decide to cut out beef.
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  • @llli*maximomma's Avatar
    March 6th, 2017, 08:26 PM
    Hi all, I am a SAHM to an almost 23 month old. I have always nursed on demand and still nurse him to sleep for every nap and at bedtime. He still wakes frequently to nurse at night. I don't think I'm producing much milk, it is primarily for comfort. My problem is that my lo uses nursing to control. He asks for 'boov' up to 100 times a day (no exaggeration). Often he will nurse for a nanosecond then go play. As soon as I get up from the couch he asks for boov again. It's all about control. He wants me to sit on the couch and not go do anything. He has my full attention for most of the day. I'm not able to wash dishes or even eat for that matter. Anytime my attention is not directed at him he asks for boov. He also does this when we are out anywhere. Grocery store, or anywhere that he doesn't want to be. I am at my wits end. Any help would be appreciated.
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  • @llli*ln22's Avatar
    March 15th, 2017, 11:44 PM
    Hi! I am a first time mom to a four week old. I have vasospasms so at night I pump and bottle feed to give myself a break. I feed her every 2 hours during the day. At night, I nurse at 8 pm then pump at 11 pm and 3 am. When I started about two weeks ago, I was getting 2 ounces total, but for the past week I've only been getting an ounce. My lactation consultant recommended larger shields, so I have been using those. Last night, I tried smaller shields and got back to 2 ounces. Tonight, I used the smaller ones again and only got 1 ounce. I pump for 20 minutes with expressions using a double electric pump. I'm also taking fenugreek. Any suggestions or thoughts would be so helpful! Thank you!
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  • @llli*jensmith's Avatar
    March 4th, 2017, 08:35 AM
    So I used to be able to pull my baby off during the letdown and spray into a towel. It now she gets so upset when I do that she won't latch back on. When I don't pull her off she chokes and gets upset. We have tried laid back and side lying and upright positions. Now she is doing a bit of a nursing strike. My question is, is there any way to slow the letdown slow while keeping her on? I thought I remembered something about squeezing the areola while letting down? Is that a thing?
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  • @llli*jlr141709's Avatar
    March 27th, 2017, 12:22 PM
    Hi, I am brand new here. :) I have a seven week old little man. He is my third, though there is a 15 year age difference between him and my previous baby! Yep, my surprise baby! Anyhow, this poor little guy has been so gassy all day/night every day since he was born. But lately, it has been just relentless. The only place he is happy is at the nipple, yet it just seems to cause him more gas pain, more spitting up. I am pumping this poor guy with Mylicon and Gripe Water with little relief. The other night, out of desperation in trying to help him feel better, I took out some sample formula I was mailed before he was born and fed it to him. He ate 4 ounces and was so calm, so happy, slept a 6 hour stretch that night without all that pain and crying. It made me wonder if my want to bf him is worth what it seems to be putting him through. It breaks my heart.
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  • @llli*mranas4's Avatar
    March 11th, 2017, 10:39 AM
    My daughter is going to be 1 on the 24th!!! I have breast feed her since day 1, I used to pump in the begging because she wasn't latching and then about 7weeks we tried again no issues!! So now a couple weeks before her first birthday she starts to bite and pull and scream at my boobs, now I have cracked bleeding nipples :( so I start to pump again. Well I am only getting maybe 2oz total from each boob every 5hrs!!!!!and that isnt satisfying for her at all! So I call WIC amd speak to a lactation lady and explain all this and she says to pump what I can and mix with whole milk since shes practically 1. So I do that, day 1 maybe gets 2oz total of whole milk! day 2 wakes shes crying until she passed Gas, then has diarrhea, at nap time ( no whole milk on day2 at this point) starting having a coughing fit and is having trouble catching breath starts throwing up. So I tried calling WIC back 30min hold hang up, call docs no one is able to take the call at that time to talk to me... I can make an appointment if needed! Wtf! Anyways it's day 4 now and shes hasn't had whole milk since the first day of maybe 2oz, just what milk i can produce, had 2 frozen bags! and now she had runny nose, coughing, gas, still has diarrhea! I guess my question is could this be a milk protein allergy? She eats cheese and yogurt just fine, Im half addicted to milk and drink it everyday but that 1% and we have had no issues. So am I tripping or what! I need to figure something out cause shes pissed at...
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  • @llli*boogabbalucky's Avatar
    March 16th, 2017, 02:46 PM
    Hello. My son is almost three months old and up to this point has been EBF. 2 weeks ago he came down with RSV and as a result ended up with an ear infection. He did 10 days of amoxicillin. On about day 5 he had one poop with a small amount of red/pink blood in it.. He has been off the antibiotics for about 2 days and for the last 2 days has had a small amount of blood in almost every stool. Often the poop is greenish and mucuosy. He is nursing great and I usually only nurse on one side, so I don't think there is any foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. He is gaining weight really well... he's about 16 pounds, from a birth weight of 9.5 pounds. My doctor wants me to stop breastfeeding and start giving him hypoallergenic formula. This is not going to happen without trying other things first, and I don't have any issues having this frank conversation with my pediatrician. However, I would like to hear from other moms as to whether they have had similar issues... Have you had a baby this young tested for allergies? Should I try an elimination diet and what foods other than dairy and soy should I eliminate? Is it normal for a child to be doing great and just all of a sudden start showing signs of an allergy at three months and not from the beginning? Can this possibly just be from the intestinal trauma of taking antibiotics? He is my fourth child and I have breastfed all my children. None have ever had/have any allergies, and neither do myself or my husband. ...
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  • @llli*bfulmer's Avatar
    March 23rd, 2017, 09:40 AM
    My LO is just over 6 months and up until last week I wasn't working not was she taking a bottle, so I was breastfeeding exclusively. I did pump every so often and have had a few clogged ducts and a small case of mastitis, so I do have a descent freezer stash (20+ 3-4 oz bags). Now that I'm back to work Dad has been giving her a sippy cup after 3 hours to which she only drinks about 1.5 oz. He then brings her to me 3.5 hours later to breastfeed before bed. We had her 6 month checkup on Monday and she dropped from the 25th percentile to the 15th. I've only been back to work for a week so obviously this lack of weight increase isn't because of our new schedule. I am, however, concerned now with her being apart from me that her weight may continue to struggle. I continue to feed on demand and keep it to 3 hours and no more if I can help it (if she's napping I won't wake her). She's getting more cereal and solids to help with the weight. I'm mostly concerned with my pumping. I feel like it's very inconsistent and the only time I get a descent amount is if I go 5-6 hours. When I pump at work it's usually around 4-5 hours from the last breastfeeding and I'll get 1.5 ounces on each side. That doesn't seem like a lot to me at all. Does this mean that's all my LO is getting when she eats? Could this be the issue of her weight gain problems? Am I not producing enough for her? I eat lactation smoothies almost every day and whenever LO is done eating if I squeeze my breast milk comes...
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  • @llli*elizabethy0's Avatar
    March 11th, 2017, 07:10 AM
    Hello, So my first daughter is 11 months, & we'd love to have another baby soon. We've both always wanted to have 2 children close in age. For various reasons I've been combination feeding her since 7 months, and she's doing ok with solids. Not great & not terrible. It would make logical and financial sense to have a baby soon with my job, and my husband who is changing jobs currently. And we would like to get pregnant too. I've not had a period yet ! The other complication is that I've always had periods a lot less often than once a month, which means less ovulation chances per year. I realise the short answer is to stop feeding. I've been replacing 1 feed in the day with a bottle about once a fortnight for a while, so now I'm only feeding her at 7am, 9am & 6:30pm. (Haven't feed her at night for 2 months).
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  • @llli*taramcg00's Avatar
    March 15th, 2017, 02:23 PM
    Please help! My 3 month old is refusing a bottle, and I must return to work in one month. I have EBF since birth and have been introducing the bottle to my daughter since she was 6 weeks old. From 6 weeks to now 13 weeks old, she has been refusing the bottle. I have tried just about everything and am looking for any additional advice. I have tried: - 8 different bottles/nipples and 2 sippy cups - cup feeding - my husband/sister/mother/MIL has tried giving it to her - I have tried giving it to her (I am actually one of the only people she doesn't scream with when giving the bottle) - I have been in the house, out of the house, and across the house in a different room during the attempts - we have tried giving it to her in many different positions, including those used during nursing - we have tried slipping the bottle in when she's sleepy or sleeping - we have tried dipping the nipple in breast milk, as well as warming the nipple before giving - we have tried many different temperatures of the milk
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  • @llli*sarahfv's Avatar
    March 22nd, 2017, 10:58 AM
    Hi all. My 4 month old is a snacker- she nurses every 1-2 hours during the day. She will empty one side in 5 minutes and be done. She is also a bottle hater and has given my stay at home husband a hard time for the last 6 weeks I've been back at work. We will both be off work for the summer but starting in September baby will go to daycare with a stay-at-home mom. I want that to go as smoothly as possible, so I have some questions about starting solids.. Should we start earlier than the recommended 6 months since we've had these issues and baby isn't getting enough to eat when I'm working? She displays all the readiness signs. Do you have a recommended book for introducing solids? We'd like to use real foods, not the baby food in jars.
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  • @llli*beautybecomes's Avatar
    March 23rd, 2017, 02:18 PM
    Hello everyone... I'm currently nursing my 18 month old daughter. We have battled thrush repeatedly in our nursing relationship. The DOC has given her nystatin and Daktrin gel. Numerous times. I've insisted as the nursing mother... I should be treated with diflucan, which he prescribed one dose. After the last treatment her thrush went away for a month and has come back. Now the DOC has said well at this point you should wean her bc nothing else can be done to stop the thrush. I'm very stressed over it as she has a strong emotional attachment to nursing, and she is a terrible eater. I'd say most of her nutrition comes from me. The comment has also been made that she shouldn't be getting any night feeds at her age.(we breastfed on demand and co sleep) Any advice to save our nursing relationship???
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  • @llli*eliza324's Avatar
    February 28th, 2017, 09:43 AM
    I am starting a new job when my son turns 11 months, around which time I would like to slowly start weaning. I've struggled with the ability to pump enough after he turned 8 months old and was taking more solids. For this reason, our frozen stash is very low, basically non existent!:( My goal is to make it to one year breastfeeding without supplementing. He usually nurses 4-5x/day. How do I go about the weaning process while at work? Should I continue to pump twice a day while at work or just once a day as I want to wean? I'd like to continue the morning and/or evening feed until he weans himself... but I would like to remove middle of the day feedings. Any advice is appreciated! Also, let's say I remove his 2nd feeding of the day first... do I just distract him until lunch? Or offer water? Thank you!
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  • @llli*kaitlynt's Avatar
    March 24th, 2017, 06:25 PM
    hi all, i'm currently nursing my 13 month old twice a day, first thing in the morning and before bed (and before her afternoon nap on the weekends). in the last month, i've weaned off the pump at work, and my gal takes 1/2 whole milk, 1/2 frozen milk during the day to use up my freezer stash (slowly increasing whole milk until the stash is gone). i am very happy and eager for this to continue for as long as she wants, but my supply seems to be dwindling! sometimes she seems upset and comes off crying, other times she tugs and pulls while nursing, as if to say, "c'mon guys!" my question is, is it possible to increase supply after 1 year, or is it pretty well set at this point? any tips, if it is possible? pumping during the day is no longer an option. thank you!
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  • @llli*margutte's Avatar
    March 26th, 2017, 01:42 PM
    My baby was born on the 23rd of February, four and a half weeks ago, at 36 weeks of gestational age, so he reached his full term age during last week. He was 2.5 kg at birth, and about 3.3 kg now. 
 He spent two days in NICU and five total days at the hospital. During this time the nurses gave hime formula and later my milk from the bottles, when it came. I got some counselling with breastfeeding at the hospital, after he left the NICU. They basically told me that his mouth was too small and my nipple a bit flat, so I started using Medela nipple shields. By weighing him before and after the nursing, we saw that he was not taking in enough milk, so I had to keep pumping and giving him the bottle afterwards. I had enough milk to feed him by then, about 500 gr a day at least. Once we came home, I rented a pump and a scale and continued the same routine of nursing, double-weighing, supplementing my own milk with a bottle and pumping. About a week and a half after the birth, the midwife came for the routine check-up and, since he had gained weight, she suggested to stop the stressful routine and exclusively breastfeeding for four days, then she would come to weigh him again. After these four days, he had gained 180 gr., so I continued for three more days, after which the midwife weighed him again. It was shocking to find that he had lost 50 grams during this time! The midwife thought that he was understimulating me because of the nipple shields. So I started the old...
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  • @llli*sophia1718's Avatar
    March 20th, 2017, 07:59 AM
    My baby is 5 months old and I give her somewhere between 4-5 oz every bottle every three hrs when she's in care. The day care providers have said before "she takes it right down and is looking for more". She only gets what I pump and that's all there is. She nota big baby but is riding the 40% curve. She's the happiest thing and is thriving. This morning her bottle was just short of 4 oz and the provider asked for more. I told her it was enough, give it to her at 930 and I'll be there for lunch at 12, she's fine. I know I'm doing the right thing by her it's just irritating. All the babies are formula fed and take down 8 oz of formula every 3 hrs. They say they encourage bf but I'm not getting that vibe. Just venting...
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  • @llli*la's Avatar
    March 5th, 2017, 09:18 PM
    Hi there, I am still breastfeeding my 16 month old. He is at day care during the day so he has cows milk when I am not around. I try and get him to sleep in his cot when I can, other times we co-sleep. The problem we are having is that he wakes up multiple times during the night as though he is very uncomfortable as he wakes up moaning. The only way to get him to go back to sleep is to breastfeed / let him suck for comfort. Now I wouldn't mind doing this however it is disturbing both our sleeps. My little one is so tired during the day ( and so am I!) He will have one nap a day for about an hour or so which I don't feel is long enough. Both him and I are seriously lacking sleep and I don't know how to fix this issue :( Also, I would like to start trying for baby #2 however my body hasn't returned to normal as I am still breastfeeding. Any advice? Thank you xx
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  • @llli*akse0929's Avatar
    March 11th, 2017, 07:44 PM
    Hi all. My daughter is 3 weeks old and we are struggling severely with breastfeeding. I am hoping those more experienced with this can offer other suggestions or insight in terms of what we can or should try next. Please bear with the long post as I attempt to include all pertinent details. My daughter was born big at 9 lb 10 oz. She immediately had low blood sugar and was too sleepy in hte hospital to latch so I syringe fed her hand-expressed colostrum but was also instructed to supplement with formula by her pediatrician as they were concerned with her rapid weight loss. She ended up losing 12% of her weight in the first week. I saw 2 horrible LC's in the hospital who just said she was losing weight simply because my milk wasn't in yet. After my milk came in 4 days later I was able to eliminate the formula and bottle feed her breast milk (I use a dr browns bottle with preemie nipple). We were on a strict 2 oz every 2 hours regimen as prescribed by her pedi. In the past few weeks I've worked tirelessly at getting her to latch properly and breastfeed. With the help of a LC we've made a lot of progress and she's now able to latch and feed. However, I have noticed the following issues with her breastfeeding. One, she rarely feeds more than 10 minutes and I notice my breast doesn't nearly feel drained afterwards. After my initial letdown, once she actually has to start working to suck, right around that 10 min mark, she kind of just gives up. (I do breast...
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  • @llli*andys.wife's Avatar
    March 10th, 2017, 06:27 AM
    I'm a FTM with a 16 week old girl. Our pediatrician recommends introducing solids at 4 months. I didn't question it when it came up because it was just mentioned in passing at the 3 month well visit and I also wasn't sure what I wanted to do yet. After doing some reading I'm leaning towards 6 months. I know 4 months is pretty common among pediatricians and was wondering if anyone had any information on why they want you to start early. Has anyone gotten this recommendation from a pediatrician who explained why they should do it? Is there any medical benefits or reasons that could merit starting at 4 instead of 6? I like my pediatrician but I want to understand and make a good decision instead of just taking their advice without thought.
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  • @llli*capetry9109's Avatar
    March 6th, 2017, 02:09 PM
    DS is being not so darling. He thinks it's fun to put everything in his mouth and chew. I'm sure it is a great bit of fun, just not nearly as fun when it's my nipple. On Saturday, he bit me HARD, twice. I've had some pain since, and it seems to be getting worse. I have a small cut on my left nipple that is making it nearly impossible to nurse on that side. I put some Bacitracin on it to help prevent any infection. I will add that I have tried nursing upside down and at different positions. He thinks it's funny... Any suggestions on how to deal with this?
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  • @llli*mum.mumbai's Avatar
    March 23rd, 2017, 06:57 AM
    Hi all, From couple of weeks whenever my son nurses, I expirence a very strong aversion to it. I feel maybe it is my supply dipping or his latch altering, that is making my skin crawl, also want to run away from him. This used to happen sporadically when I was PMSing, now have become a regular thing. This is worst at.bedtime feeds when he switched sides for 100 times before finally conking off. Sometimes he comes away saying milk is over and I have to.rock.him to sleep. My.super busy day and really long winding bedtime does not gel well.leaving me very irritable, which normally am not. Morning feeds r worst as.he refuses to.unlatch. I have tried setting limits, boundaries by counting, singing which absolutely don't work. I wish there were more pleasant and amicable ways to end his nursing sessions,but am at loss to find them. I have always wanted him.to self wean. But this unpleasantness is not healthy for me or him. I wish he learns to sleep and get up without milk.Can you give me strategies to make this work??
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  • @llli*meowmeow2017's Avatar
    March 4th, 2017, 10:39 AM
    My baby girl only gained 8 oz from 5 weeks to 8 weeks. Shes exclusively breast fed and I thought we were doing well. She is now above average weight (11 lbs 12 oz) but was a big baby (8 10). Our pediatrician (new to us, we had a different doc with our first) wasn't concerned, but then I started researching a few days later and the numbers seem off. We'll call the doc on Monday but in the meantime, what do people think?
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  • @llli*dani425's Avatar
    March 24th, 2017, 08:49 AM
    I have been breastfeeding for 11 months. I work outside my house as well as pump at work. I work for the state so my employer has been amazing about me having to pump. I definitely can keep up with my work as well. I am also currently making enough at work pumping 4 times a day for my daughter to be fed all day!! Thank GOD! :clap I have a bit of a dilemma. I am coming up on a year and from what I've read, I am not covered after a year to pump at work. I do not want to stop breastfeeding and I don't mind supplementing with cow's milk, if my daughter will take it. So I guess my question is has anyone ever pumped at work past a year? Could I keep it a secret from my boss and just try to work it in a couple times a day vs 4 times a day now?? Is cow's milk really ok for babies?? Is there milk that is better? Organic? Skim? 2%?:confused::confused::confused: I haven't spoke to my daughters doctor, but I have spoke with a lactation consultant and she wants me to pump, basically all day, and save up my milk for after a year. I'm sure if any of you have been there, yall know, it's not easy to pump/breastfeed all day. I appreciate everyone's responses and support.:love p.s. my daughter is eating solids, however, she doesn't really like baby food. :lol :D
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  • @llli*noble.mom's Avatar
    March 7th, 2017, 08:27 PM
    Hello, I will try to keep this fairly short. I am struggling with my 6month olds naps. He only stays asleep when latched on. For his morning nap I get cozy in his rocker and watch something on my iPad while he nurses and sleeps away. Usually I can get an hour or two for that nap. Afternoon nap I have my older preschooler home so I am unable to hold him and nurse him through the nap so basically he takes a very short nap (20 mins) and I know it's not enough sleep for him he is tired, but it's not feasable for me to hold him as I have another child to watch. Any suggestions on how I can get him in the habit of sleeping longer without a boob?? Thanks!
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