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  • @llli*munchmama's Avatar
    Today, 12:34 PM
    My 9 month old is BFOD. She is teething and our schedules have been off (due to my working part time and no set schedule) so she is nursing more at night, and is popping on and off the breast a lot when I am home with her, probably due to teething lately and just because we are together and she just likes unlimited access I think :love So we have never had any issues with yeast, engorgment, mastitis, etc and for the first time yesterday I noticed some little water blisters (clear fluid) pop up out of no where on my nipples! I read it could be a blocked opening (that skin grew over a hole?) or possibly a sign of yeast? but she has no symptoms of that and I have some discomfort, but since yesterday has improved. She popped them when nursing at one point and they are not red or irritated. No blocked ducts. No signs of infection and I have kept some drops of breastmilk on there to hopefully keep infection at bay. Wondering if due to the constant nursing and occasional rough or shallow latch when she is being careless. She does occasionally play with the other nipple while nursing and I wonder if she scratched the surface, causing the blisters? Any input on this or recommendations?
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  • @llli*leemami's Avatar
    Today, 10:53 AM
    I just saw this on the news, and I thought I'd share with y'all. (sorry if I posted on the wrong forum!) I'm just so glad technology is improving the breast pumps!!! http://www.boston.com/health/2014/09/21/mighty-mom-breast-pumping-toolbelt-wins-mit-hackathon/colHXp5XR0HHIpaaKDXcfM/story.html
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  • @llli*leemami's Avatar
    Today, 10:44 AM
    Hola @ilusionalia Yo creo que tienes que corregir la manera que tu bebe agarra el pecho. Generalmente las grietas asi son causadas por mala posicion al amamantar. De que forma sale tu pezon una vez que el bebe se despega? Tiene forma de lapiz labial nuevo? Dr. Newman tiene buenos videos que demuestran como el bebe debe pegarse al pecho y como (http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=videos-spanish). Basicamente, la boca del bebe tiene que cubrirte casi toda la areola. Aqui van unos links de algunos videos que pueden ayudarte. http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=vid-28hrassist-span http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=vid-squeeze-sp
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 09:28 AM
    mine might be an early PISA, got it through wic, probably from before they did away with the bag for the insurance models, perhaps they changed the function of the button after getting comments.
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  • @llli*js's Avatar
    Today, 08:58 AM
    Hi Ladies, I'm a new member of LLL so hoping to get lots of support! My dd is 13 months old and we did EBF up to 6 months and BLW & BF from then on. I plan on starting to wean her soon. My ultimate goal was to reach 12 months bf which I'm really pleased I managed to do, then I planned on gradually weaning her before the end of this year (which I've now pushed back until she's 18 months to give me more time). I love bf'ing her but at the same time I do feel it's the right time to initiate the weaning process. Trouble is, it fills me with dread! She has never taken a dummy nor has she ever been attached to any kind of comforter and I dread the thoughts of taking away what has become her comforter, security etc, and neither myself nor my OH will allow her to cry. I need to do this as gradual and gentle as possible and any tips from you ladies would be greatly appreciated. She currently feeds 4 times during the day (morning, both naps to sleep and before bed). She's been waking for about 5-6 feeds a night since mid June and before that she usually did 3-4 feeds a night (she's never been a great sleeper). She won't settle for anyone else, nor will she sleep without breast. I wondered if I should start by trying to get her to nap without boob during the day and take it from there. I've tried her with cows milk over the past 2 weeks and she spits it out! Thank you x
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  • @llli*emt9514's Avatar
    Today, 08:32 AM
    Thank you for your reply it was very helpful! Yes I have been reading that it is better to wait until the 4th week to start pumping until your milk supply is more established. I still have about 3 weeks off, so I am going to hold,off another week.
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  • @llli*emt9514's Avatar
    Today, 08:30 AM
    In 3 weeks. I am thinking of maybe waiting another week since I have been reading that it is better to wait until around the 4th week when your milk supply is well established.
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  • @llli*5ofus's Avatar
    Today, 08:28 AM
    :) I have to comment on this one.. My youngest is now 22 months and rarely does this anymore. I actually kind of miss it! Both my nurslings did it and I have fond memories of the silliness they displayed. Although it was frustrating some nights because my "me" time was after they went to sleep, or I had things that needed done once they were in bed, it's such a comical display of learning at that age. It IS a natural stage. Embrace it as much as you can. PP gave some great tips on how to get them from making it too long of a session. I will add that my youngest went through a stage at about 15 months where he would nurse and play then just climb out of bed and head to the living room with my husband or to hang out with his big sister(14yrold). I still find that comical. I was always in bed with him and my then 3 yr old. It was actually nice to just lay in bed with the older one and let the youngest come to bed when he was ready. We do set a bed-time regardless of those shenanigans... just kinda go with the flow.
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  • @llli*sassypants's Avatar
    Today, 08:22 AM
    I like the automatic let down feature on the PISA. That is my only complaint about my Hygeia, that the highest speed isn't as good at letdown as the Medela PISA letdown button. That is strange that your letdown button only goes one way. I know a lot of the pump manufacturers have slightly less fancy models they distribute through insurance versus retail, but that doesn't seem like a feature that would save them any money to remove. But back to the OP, the idea of the letdown button, or adjusting the setting for letdown versus milk extract, is to mimic a baby suckle. Notice your baby (probably) starts with light fast sucking to stimulate, then when the milk starts flowing changes to long deep sucking to remove the milk. The goal with pumping this way is to be as close to natural suction as possible for optimal milk extraction. It is more of an art than a science. Play with the dials and see where it takes you.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 06:32 AM
    The button on mine only seems to let me switch from let down to extraction early if I want but it doesn't seem to switch from extraction back to let down, hence why I say turn the machine off and back on. I suppose that was one thing I liked about the OLD PIS is that you could set the tempo independently of the suction. It didn't have the automatic let down feature but it seems to me only some people find that helpful.
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  • @llli*cosmicbabe's Avatar
    Today, 05:53 AM
    Hi - How did this go please?
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  • @llli*danikap's Avatar
    Today, 04:10 AM
    Hi all! My one month old had a tongue and lip tie revised at 2 weeks. Always nursed from birth but latch was never wide and tongue humped back. Even post revision I see the same issues for the most part. (We are working on it with sone mouth exercises) The biggest problem is at night. We cosleep and have been trying to nurse side lying (because let's face it, that's a huge advantage to cosleeping!!!) But my sweetie won't open her mouth. ..she fusses with mouth barely open and is giving me signs she is hungry. I line us up and try to get her to latch but she seems so confused. Sometimes in desperation I try to literally put my nipple in her mouth and use my fingers to open her mouth so I can get it in (cringe...I know this isn't the way it should work...). Is this closed mouth thing something some babies just grow out of with time and side lying will be possible? Is she confused bc of where pressure is on her body ( chin and face don't really have contact and she's on her side against the bed)? I'm at a loss...I've even wondered if it's bc it's dark lol. I'd love to hear any tips!!! TiA
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  • @llli*ngs215's Avatar
    Today, 03:08 AM
    Sorry, duplicate post.
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  • @llli*ngs215's Avatar
    Today, 03:01 AM
    You know there is a let-down button on the PISA, right? It is the one button on the front and switches between let-down mode and regular mode. It is still hitting a button every 2 minutes, but better than turning the machine on and off.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 01:24 AM
    I think it usually makes sense to pump when it is most convenient to pump. It is going to be a bit different for every mom. If you are worried that pumping means you will not have enough milk for your baby, I would suggest this is not usually a problem, unless there is an issue of low milk production going on. Even if you pumped until you were 'empty' and baby immediately wanted to nurse, this would probably not be much of a problem because 1) your body is always making milk, so baby nursing will probably bring in more milk quickly and 2) it is only one nursing session of the presumably 10 or more times a day baby is nursing at this age. If baby does not get much at that one session, baby can simply nurse again soon. Usually what you do want to do when building a stash in anticipation of returning to work is to pump as infrequently as possible while still pumping enough in order to reach your goal. This is because 1) Pumping is extra work, something a mom of a 2 week old does NOT need, and 2) Pumping more than about once a day in the very early weeks while also nursing 'full time', assuming your milk production is normal rather than low, may lead to over production, which has it's own set of issues.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 01:08 AM
    Hi! I nursed two kids well past two and am currently nursing a two year old. I have certainly had my emotional ups and downs as a nursing mom, so I have a few thoughts and suggestions, hope they help at all. First, I would suggest, look more at the hormonal issues. no chance you are pregnant? Or anything else happening that might be causing hormonal upheaval? Is nursing actually painful? If it is, have you tried anything specifically for that? Negative emotions may occur during a certain activity, but not really be entirely about that activity. you are dealing with anger and depression-do you think this is situational, hormonal, bit of both? Are there other things going on in your life that are perhaps making you feel trapped or resentful or anxious or angry? How is your relationship generally with your DS2? Personally I had a much more difficult relationship with my DS 2 at this age than I had had with my DS1, and that affected how I felt about all kinds of things including nursing. But I did find that this age (about 18 months to 2 and a half) were the hardest with both kids. Having a full time job and 2 kids makes it very difficult to have time to take care of yourself, but I do suggest, try anyway, maybe to get more sleep, time to relax, etc. mothers are human and we all do things and say things to our children we later regret when we are tired, frustrated or angry. When I become angry with my children and lose it, that makes me feel far worse about myself...
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  • @llli*stw's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:55 PM
    I am nursing my second son, age 22 months. His older brother nursed to nearly 28 and we weaned slowly and peacefully in my first trimester with his brother. I struggled with night nursing my first as a toddler - basically when milk did not put him to sleep within 15-20 min, I would become increasingly frustrated, especially in the middle of the night. With my second, his night waking is less frequent and of shorter duration, but I am struggling more and more with nursing this one, at night and at bedtime. I have discovered this time around that I am especially sensitive and irritable during ovulation and menstruation, and am taking evening primrose oil to help with physical symptoms of discomfort. But my real struggle is the intense negative emotions I am having. When we nurse in the day, surrounded by plenty of distractions, I am fine. However, I work full time, so we don't nurse often during the day - we are basically down to a bedtime nurse, once or twice in the night, and waking up in the morning, plus a naptime feed on weekends - all the feedings I hate the most, b/c I am trying to use milk to put him to sleep/need sleep myself. Sometimes in the night, I will get up and watch TV to distract myself, b/c I cannot bear to lie there in the dark with nothing to think about than how much I hate the nursing. I feel intense feelings of anger and feelings that I am trapped there nursing him, and I start to get extremely resentful and anxious. After a time when he starts to...
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  • @llli*erin.in.middletown's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:08 PM
    I think, always feed the baby first! And while you're pumping, if baby wakes up and is hungry again, just pause the pump and nurse the baby. How many weeks until you return?
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  • @llli*emt9514's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:52 PM
    Hi, I am going back to work in a few weeks and want to start freezing my breast milk to make sure my little one will have enough throughout the day. However, I am not sure exactly how to begin pumping and at the same time continue to breast feed. Should I feed him first and then pump right after? Should I pump in between feedings? Any advice would be helpful as I am a first time mom!
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:33 PM
    here is one video with some of them but not all http://youtu.be/0BgGWNp0-GA for the clamping, I think having my little guy chomp on my fingers helped strengthen the jaw and reduce the fatigue that can lead to clamping down.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:32 PM
    I think this is normal, at least, very common. My three all did this. I think how you are handling it is fine. Maybe some of the bedtime routine can get moved to the bed, for example, books or lullabies or prayers or whatever while baby is flinging herself around? When mine did this, I never worried that I needed to handle it the same every time. how I handled it depended on how I was feeling and/or whether or not I was in some kind of time crunch. Sometimes, I would just play along until baby settled. or Sing lullabies or read a book in bed. or pretend to sleep myself or give up and bring baby to my husband to be walked down for a while or give up and go do something else with baby until she or he settled down more One thing I found very effective but which I only pulled out for emergencies was to hold baby close and tightly to me, but (usually) with baby's back to me, facing AWAY from me. Baby would cry a bit and struggle, (this is why I had them face away from me) but I would calmly say it was time to sleep, speak soothingly, sing, whatever. The usual result is baby would struggle for a bit and then want to turn around and nurse.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:13 PM
    Ok it sounds like you have a good handle on what is going on and that things are improving. Great! The paced feeding video is a great 'how to' -I also suggest talking to your MIL about the 'why to' information so your MIL can have an understanding on why this is important. Your pumping output per pump session and your pump frequency sounds good to me. It certainly can be very challenging to pump at work. I suggest, maybe try to anticipate your baby's cues? A hungry baby will have a harder time latching than one who is calmer. Look over that kellymom article- it has many good ideas.
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  • @llli*sarag's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:57 PM
    I think its definitely a possibility that she is being over fed. My mother in law who is watching her says she acts like she is still hungry after 2-2.5 oz. I'm sure this has to do with the way she is feeding. She thought that it was good to burp after evey oz just for her comfort, if that's not a good thing I will definitely let her know. I'm going to show her the video on paced feeding, so I really hooe this will help. She does use a pacifier often even when I am home. She wants it usually when she is fussy sitting in the swing by herself or when I put her in the car seat (she hates being in it). I don't give it to her when she sleeps unless she keep waking up every few minutes. This I think is because of gas. She has also been pretty gassy and uncomfortable the past few weeks. I tried cutting out dairy but it didn't seem to improve. She often spits up but swallows it, sometimes a long while after feeding. Is this possibly reflux? I also just noticed today a small whiteish/yellow bump on the inside ridge of her gums. I rubbed it and it didn't seem hard but it didn't pop like there's anything in it either. As far as pumping goes I think its pretty good. I get to pump at least 2 times while I'm gone, but I try for 3. My work schedule is hard to work around because I'm a dental assistant so different things take longer than others and sometimes I get stuck. I still get at least 1.5-2.5oz from each breast every time I pump(about every 2 1/2 to 3 1/2hrs). My pediatrician...
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