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  • @llli*joliesmommy's Avatar
    Today, 05:46 PM
    Answer to your questions: 11 weeks She has gained slowly but steady. In the 25th percentile. She was birn at 7.8 but went down to 6.15. 2 weeks ago she was 8.12 then last Thursday she was down to 8.9 then friday down 8.7 then today was at 8.9. the doctor said last week she wasn't worried about the weight bc she had gotten sick but I was worried so I made the appt for today to check. I went to see a lc at the hospital I delivered at about 3 weeks ago and she was very unhelpful. I needed help with nipple shield Weaning and it was useless to go, honestly. I think this may be a problem as well. I feel like im always nursing but she tends to fall asleep and comfort nurse. Ive been really making it a point to keep her awake and do breast compressions. I actually have noticed this today that while she is on me all day, she isn't always actively nursing so its my fault I never pump but I did today and got 1 oz out of the breast that she normally doesn't want to nurse on and feels much less full than the other. She just told me 2 oz after every feeding. That's it. I actually was able to feed her 1 oz of the formula and she kept making this horrible face like a bad taste was in her mouth or something was caught in her throat. She eventually spit it allup and felt better but has refused I since. I used a bottle. I tried contacting her doctor 2 times about the formula but haven't gotten in touch with her
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  • @llli*karrieperry's Avatar
    Today, 05:38 PM
    I take blackstrap molasses as a magnesium/calcium/iron supplement, and it has always worked well for me. I think the calcium/magnesium ratio is ideal for best absorption, too. Once you get used to the taste it's not so bad. :) I'd say I do about 2 tbsp per day when I take it. The Brer Rabbit brand has 25% RDI for magnesium in 1 TBSP. http://www.toxinless.com/blackstrap-molasses
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 05:12 PM
    Ok today again very distractable popping off the breast a lot and I'm having trouble getting as much as I feel I should into him. Started using the new scale to do weigh/feed/weigh today though and been able to get over 2 oz into him a few times since getting up today. I've managed to get some Domperidone but am only taking about 40 mg total per day right now since I'm not sure how long it will take to get a larger supply just yet and I don't want to run out without keeping a "taper down" quantity on hand since my understanding is the worst side effects seem to happen if people suddenly stop taking it without weaning down slowly. I actually kinda feel like my supply is a bit up from where it had been but it is really hard to tell. I feel a bit like I fill up faster but it isn't a drastic difference and I'm still supplementing with expressed breast milk daily.
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  • @llli*krystine's Avatar
    Today, 03:41 PM
    I had preemie twins (35 weeks) and they did wake up around their due date but didn't nurse efficiently until they were 11 weeks. Until then I pumped around the clock, 10-16x/day with a hospital grade pump in addition to nursing. It was very exhausting but very worth it. I don't think anyone would ask you to pump 16x/day with a singleton. I supplemented my babies at breast using a lactation aid (long thin tube connected to a bottle of my pumped milk). I highly highly recommend supplementing at breast so baby learns milk comes from mommy. Even full term babies can have their problems, especially the first 6 weeks, so I'd definitely recommend hanging in there day by day and get whatever help you need, both with breastfeeding and the rest of your household so you have the energy to focus on your new baby.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 03:10 PM
    Gotta be careful with the block nursing to make sure you don't over do it and wind up with low supply. A 4 month old only taking 5-10 minutes to nurse is not uncommon. Green frothy poop all on it's own is actually nothing to worry about. Digestive pains are the only thing in your post that seem of any concern really. Each baby/breastfeeding experience is likely to be different.
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 03:05 PM
    Isn't parenthood an uphill battle? Or am I being too cynical today?:rolleyes: So yes, I am nursing and bedsharing with my just turned two year old daughter. In my experience (she is my third child that I nursed for this long and longer) I could not cope without doing this. Nursing and bedsharing works great for me. How do you know your husband could not get your child to sleep? You ran back to rescue them after only two hours! A two years old does not have to go to sleep by any particular time. When I leave my husband to get my daughter to sleep, some nights are harder than others for him to comfort her to sleep. Some nights she is still awake when I get home. Same with baby sitters. None of this keeps me from going out alone or with my husband on occasion at night. What my husband and sitters know is I will not freak out on them if she does not go to sleep, so there is no need for them to keep trying if it is not happening. They can stay up and read books, watch mellow tv, whatever keeps her (and them) relatively calm until I get home. The more you do it, the more likely the evening without mom will go smoothly. Based on cross cultural and cross species study, The estimated normal length of human nursing is between 2 and 7 years. There is no reason at all to encourage weaning in any way ever, unless mom is interested in hurrying weaning along for any reason. Children can and do wean "all on their own." If mom is interested in moving weaning along, especially in...
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  • @llli*sonogirl's Avatar
    Today, 01:54 PM
    Okay. 3 oz combined in a pumping session is normal output. It's the most I ever got when pumping at work, and many times I only got two oz at a time. So, what I would suggest is to add in a fourth session if needed. I needed to pump every two hours at work, which was four sessions, in order to keep up. I also had suboptimal pumping output with the Medela Freestyle. Switching to the Pump In Style yielded me an extra 2-3 oz a day, which is exactly what I needed to avoid supplementation. The Freestyle just seems underpowered to me, though its portability is nice. You are right to avoid a schedule with your baby. That is actually most likely to decrease your supply--you really, really want to demand feed. :) So it is great that you are back to that! It is normal to experience some degree of sleep deprivation with a newborn, and this generally does not impact your supply. Rather, frequent milk removal improves your supply! So I would keep baby close at night, and let baby feed as much as baby wants. That will help your supply, and take the burden off needing to pump massive amounts of milk at work.
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  • @llli*laurenmw3237's Avatar
    Today, 01:31 PM
    I also wanted to add he really only nurses for 5-10 minutes at a time, occasionally 15 every 2.5-3 hours.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 01:15 PM
    Breastmilk is supposed to have a laxative effect which is why EBF babies are almost never constipated until they start eating solids or taking vitamin or supplements. Nothing is likely to be comfortable. Suppositories and juice are both pretty natural old fashion remedies. Prune juice might be effective too but of course all juice tends to be high in sugar.
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  • @llli*laurenmw3237's Avatar
    Today, 01:11 PM
    Hi! I've had a very colicky baby since he was born and starting around 6 weeks he started having consistently green stools which are often very frothy. I have tried an elimination diet and getting rid of dairy seemed to help. He's now 4 months and the colic has very gradually faded away; he just has a bad day or two every week or so. But he still has green frothy poops. I've tried to reduce my serious oversupply by only feeding on one side for 3-4 feedings in a row and then pumping some before the first feeding on the other side. My supply has reduced ALOT and I feel very light now so I know he's emptying me but he still has green frothy poops. Could my body just be producing milk that has too much lactose/foremilk and not enough hind milk? The doctor didn't seem worried at his 2 month appt but he still really strains from digestion pain and I don't want to put my next kids through the same first 4 months he's had! Thank you for advice!!
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 01:04 PM
    There are a bunch of questions the other ladies are going to ask I'm sure. How old is baby? What has her weight gain history been like? Can you see a lactation consultant locally? An IBCLC would be best to help you with weaning off the shield and dealing with supplementing in the most breastfeeding supportive way possible. How often are you feeding? Have you been pumping? Nipple shields can cause milk transfer and supply issues with long term use. Not feeding often enough can also hurt supply. Sometimes it is possible to feed a little more often and turn around a weight gain issue if your supply is good. If supply is hurt then pumping and feeding more often can help bring supply back up and what is pumped can be used as supplement instead of having to use formula if you are pumping enough.
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  • @llli*american.honey's Avatar
    Today, 12:55 PM
    My baby girl is 8 months old. She has always been EBF. Her weight gain has always been great. She does eat solids ever other day now. Sometimes it's 1-3 x day. Just depends how I read her that day. However; my concern is she hasn't pooped in 4 days. Her last bowel movement was hard and it was uncomfortable for my lil peanut. I'm thinking she is constipated. Called doc office, and gave me solution to give her suppository and pear or apple juice. Is this the best thing for my angel. Not a big fan of both ideas. But I really need her to poop. She must be so uncomfortable.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 12:40 PM
    pausing has to be caregiver led and every few sucks, not waiting till baby pauses (because they often can't if the bottle flows too rapidly) Long break/pause for burping/switching sides each ounce. I would probably send them much smaller bottles then, like 2 or 2.5 oz max for the big bottles and then some 1 oz frozen toppers for if baby really is still hungry.
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  • @llli*jessl7's Avatar
    Today, 12:12 PM
    I called a local LLL and spoke with someone about my specific issue. She said to lower the supply by eating sage (like in stuffing/turkey dinner type meals) and also peppermint tea. Also, to use cabbage leave inside a sports bra and change them once they're wilted. As far as the baby (ok toddler! Lol) just tell him no more "milky" or whatever term you use most/prefer as she said even though he may not be talking, he DOES understand enough. So that was reassuring to me because that's what I struggle with the most I think. She also recommended a speech therapist that works with breastfed children, so she can relate more to our issues. I highly recommend you contact a local LLL to get personalized answers for you! I'm nervous/sad to stop but I think at this point I have to.. Good luck to you!
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  • @llli*jessl7's Avatar
    Today, 11:43 AM
    This is my story to a T!! Seriously, even the talking issue part. The only difference is I have to wean because I'm pregnant and high risk so I need an answer ASAP!! I read about so many women simply explaining to their 2 year old that "Mommy's milk is all gone" etc, but I can't talk to him because he doesn't understand yet. I'm at a loss, we co sleep, nurse all the time, and now my morning sickness is kicking in and I can't do this much longer. Plus, last time I tried to wean I got a plugged duct that hurt for weeks (that I had to nurse through! Ouch!!) There has to be a safe, effective way to stop nursing quickly. I need to for my unborn baby's safety (I'm high risk) and for my own sanity lol. Hopefully someone will respond but I think I'm going to call a local consultant... I need help NOW! Lol
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 10:48 AM
    introducing bottles will likely NOT improve breastfeeding issues in my experience! Remember that whenever you feed the baby in any way other than at the breast, you need to pump to make up for it or your supply may suffer. If nipple confusion and flow preference are of concern to you then bottle feeding is something to be cautious about. You might want to get the book Balancing Breast and Bottle which might help you in choosing the correct bottle nipple to make things less likely to be a problem. I doubt that using a bottle will really make things that much easier. (Dealing with bottles and keeping them cool and then warming them while out running errands sounds so much more difficult than simply breastfeeding to me but I must admit I'm fairly comfortable breastfeeding just about anywhere.) We co sleep so nursing to sleep or cuddling to sleep is much easier than trying to bottle feed and then put baby down.
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  • @llli*humsinger's Avatar
    Today, 10:44 AM
    By the way: You said that it's a myth that this upsets tummies. Where are you getting your information? Truly curious..thank you!!
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  • @llli*krystine's Avatar
    Today, 10:07 AM
    Breastfeeding is about much more than milk, which you know well by this age. I could express a drop or two but I doubt my daughter got more than a few drops/day the last few mos. :)
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  • @llli*joliesmommy's Avatar
    Today, 10:06 AM
    Im really upset about this I wanted to ebf my baby till 6 months then start solids but never give her formula. She was gaining in the 25th percentile but then last week she went down a few oz but she had diarrhea so the doc wasnt concerned. But we went bacj today and she still hasnt gained it back, just 2 oz since last Thursday. So doc wants me to start supplement after every feeding 2 oz. Im just heartbroken and I feel like a failure. I just don't understand why. I guess its probably bc of the horrible nippleshield i haven't been able to wean her from.*Can anyone tell me if its possible to supplement now but wean her fron the shield and maybe one day go back to not needing to supplement? She is 11 weeks. Any advice or anything
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  • @llli*humsinger's Avatar
    Today, 09:54 AM
    By the way: You said that it's a myth that this upsets tummies. Where are you getting your information? Truly curious..thank you!!
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  • @llli*humsinger's Avatar
    Today, 09:44 AM
    Thanks for the advice. I really appreciate it. P.S. ... I AM a mom of a toddler too! :) And he snacks a lot...and sometimes doesn't eat dinner because of it...not to say I don't use it when we go out All The Time ... :p
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