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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 05:49 PM
    Hi. While it is possible you have thrush due to your symptoms, I think it is unlikely to be the cause of what you are experiencing with baby pulling off. If it is not related to a too fast or two slow flow, Usually pulling off is nothing more than baby is not able to get the latch or swallow pattern they like in the position they are in. Or they have a gas pain or something. So usually I would say just try other positions. However given a difficult history and the fact you feel you have to keep giving baby bottles due to this behavior, my best suggestion is to see an IBCLC to help you figure out if there is something more serious going on.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 05:38 PM
    In my opinion there is not any one particular carrier that is better for nursing in, because every mother's body is so different. Also there is way more to a happiness with a carrier than whether one can nurse in it or not. For example I found a moby wrap best for nursing in, but otherwise I was not a fan as it is warm where I live and that wrap was like wearing a coat. I found a maya wrap the most comfortable but not really great for nursing in. (For me, other moms nursed in it just fine.) So in fact I never managed to find a carrier I liked for nursing in that I liked otherwise, and while I carried all my babies, I usually had to at least loosen the wrap or sling and hold baby with at least one arm to nurse. If there is a baby wearing group around you, you can contact them and try on different carriers. Beware some of these groups do not offer diversity and everyone is a convert to one particular wrap or carrier! Ask if they have several different types. Also be aware some wraps or slings come in different sizes. An active LLL meeting is another place you can find baby carriers to try on. If you call the leader ahead of time she can tell you what you might be able to see there. It depends a lot on the meeting. FYI two year old would be welcome at LLL meetings. As far as how to keep up with a young baby and a toddler, my best suggestion is to not try to do too much. Most homes are adequate to find employment for even the most active toddler. Outside time is...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 09:28 AM
    Hi nlc920, glad the strike has not been too serious. Night waking is such a tricky issue. The fact is that biologically, babies are programmed to wake at night well into toddlerhood, and to want to nurse when they do. This does not mean your baby will do this, but it is typical. And it is typical among babies who nurse all day as well. In other words there is no clear correlation between how much a baby eats during the day and how much they nurse at night. This is of course difficult for all moms who are used to getting a straight stretch of sleep at night, but particularly problematic when mom is working during the day and unable to take naps herself. But there may be other ways to increase your own overall sleep (napping or sleeping in on days off, going to bed earlier.) It is unfortunate you do not get help overnight, but this is often the way even if dad is willing as mom is the one with the goods. However I think it makes sense to have a heart to heart with your husband, explain your exhaustion and see if he can do more in that dept. One way my husband helped with all babies was to take charge of them in the mornings so I could sleep in a bit. I forget if you said you do not want to or cannot bedshre? Bedsaharing is a great way to meet nighttime needs of baby and get more sleep yourself. When a mom is away from baby for work, what may cause more frequent nursing is baby's desire to reconnect with mom. However this is only a theory some hold. Again, there is...
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 08:19 AM
    Hi. Welcome. Can you list your issues and how old your child is and birthweight and weight now so we can address what and where the problems are?
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 08:18 AM
    Baby Cereal specifically causes constipation while adding no real value in terms of nutrition. If you want to feed your baby cereal I would feed him steel cut oats with fruit. But I would skip the baby cereal that has nothing in it except the stuff they fortify it with and just feed him iron rich foods and foods that naturally have those vitamins in them.
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 08:12 AM
    When it doubt, breastfeed more and hit all the P fruits. Pears, Prunes, peaches, plums. They usually get things moving. As well as the more milk.
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  • @llli*jlr141709's Avatar
    Today, 07:42 AM
    Thank you all. I'm trying not to feel badly for the little guy. He just winces and cries so often in pain. I did go and buy him some probiotic. He's had 2 doses of that and it hasn't seemed to have helped yet, but I am sure it is early to know if it will. I keep nursing and keeping the faith that he will feel better soon. Poor little man.
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  • @llli*nlc920's Avatar
    Today, 05:27 AM
    Thanks so much for responding @llli*maddieb. The nursing refusal did turn into a bit of a strike but has for the most part subsided at this time. You are right in that I'm not concerned about my milk production, however, based on my son's nursing schedule when I am home I have changed to two pumps a day at work instead of three. I have a decent amount of milk in my freezer and with him only taking 6-8 oz of breastmilk while I'm at work it seemed pointless to me to keep pumping 11-12 oz a day. I just took him for his 9 month well check which was fine, normal growth for weight and height, he continues to gain around 12-14 oz a month which is normal (or even on the high end). He currently doesn't understand how to use a sippy cup so therefore doesn't drink any water or juice while I'm gone for the most part, so that's a non issue. I would be more than ok if my caregiver would give him more "real" food that doesn't have as much water content, and therefore potentially increase his breastmilk intake via bottles while I'm gone. The only hiccup with that is my mom is the caregiver and she gets really nervous about giving my son real food, she worries about him choking and not being able to handle it. She has done some online first aid course that goes through how to handle it, but I'll admit she tends to panic quickly. My mom has done a great job with him thus far, but at times I feel she isn't caregiver/adult enough and just plays grandparent and is scared of being too strict...
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  • @llli*mommystruggless's Avatar
    Today, 01:00 AM
    I'm a first time mommy and having major breastfeeding issues
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:11 PM
    I am not sure you could be causing water intoxication if baby is getting very little water. But my question would be why your baby needs water at all, or juice. Breastmilk contains every thing a baby needs and nothing baby does not need. So it is perfectly hydrating and entirely healthy. If a baby cannot get enough breastmilk to gain normally, the appropriate alternative is infant formula, not water or juice. One problem with water and juice for the breastfed baby is they both will cause baby to nurse less and consequently, to get less breast milk. Most baby cereal is constipating no matter how it is prepared. There is no reason to start with cereals. There is also no rule that babies must start solids by 6 months. This is a generally accepted guideline for when solids are to be "introduced" but "introduced" is open to very wide interpretation. It does not mean baby needs solids every day or anything like it. Many babies are not really ready for solids until several months later. Assuming normal health and weight gain, you can probably eliminate solids or cut way way back on them. And if baby is NOT gaining well, solids usually make that worse unless they are very high cal, high fat solids as almost no baby foods are. Eliminating or cutting way back on solids would almost surely eliminate the constipation without having to take the possibly unhealthy steps of giving baby any juice or water.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:00 PM
    Hi! I think your baby is about 3 months old? Please let me know if that is incorrect. So, you now have a large stash of milk, possibly more than you are likely to need. So I am not really sure what you are asking, so I hope the following makes sense. If you are working a 10 hour day it is most likely you will need to pump 3 times when at work, at least to start. I am unclear if that is your plan? But the reason for that, even if you have lots of milk stored to give baby, is so that you do not become engorged and uncomfortable and possibly ill at work, and also so your milk production does not become harmed. Since it sounds to me as if you must have a pretty good milk production, I think it is entirely possible you will pump enough when at work to leave for baby the next work day. Of course you could freeze some of what you pump when at work, give baby some of the frozen milk, and rotate things that way so you use up the older frozen milk before it "expires." This would be perfectly fine. Just be sure everything is labeled very well for dates.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:44 PM
    Hi! So of course it is normal for poops to change once solids are introduced. I am not sure if nugget like is a problem (it depends on how moist over it is, how much it happens, etc,) but baby crying when she poops might indicate an issue...but maybe not constipation so much as, "hey this poop feels really different then what I was doing before and I am not sure I like it." On the other hand, straining to go, especially straining and NOT going, is clearly constipation, as are hard dry pellet poops as djs.mom suggests. Sorry to get so specific but the problem is, lots of times constipation is suspected when in fact all is normal. If you think your child is getting constipated from solids, I would suggest eliminate solids for now or cut way back. And no, breastfed babies are not more prone to constipation. If you do an online search about babies and constipation you will see that solids introduction is a time many babies start to have trouble in the department whether breast milk of formula fed. And the suggestion is the same for both- more breastmilk or formula, depending on which baby was eating before solids. Since exclusive breastfeeding gradually and slowly transferring to eating solids is the biological norm for all humans and indeed all mammals, this is a pattern that is not going to result in abnormal results. Usually what is causing the constipation when any baby goes from a liquid diet to solid introduction is that that the solids are being introduced...
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  • @llli*ogomez0728's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:13 PM
    Mixing the water helped him get back to loose stools versus thick paste like stools or constipation.
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  • @llli*ogomez0728's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:12 PM
    I've started my 6mos old baby on solids. He will be 7 mos soon. I sometimes mix cereal into his baby food because otherwise he won't eat cereal. I've noticed solids cause him to be constipated. To loosen up his food I mix water. He also drinks juice with water but not even an Oz in one sitting. I'm very worried I'm causing water intoxication. What am I doing wrong?
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  • @llli*juleswc's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:49 PM
    Not dark. But nugget like, and she's having trouble passing them. She cries when she tries to go. She produced several 'nuggets' today and yesterday with difficulty before having a more loose painless stool tonight.
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:22 PM
    :whatshesaid Yeah....the formula companies only mission in being in those hospital bags? Is to sabotage your breastfeeding relationship so they can make money. Nothing about your baby's bowels suggest an allergy or irritation. Which means that your baby may just be MORE sensitive to gas at this point. But even if that's the case, he will outgrow that and learn to fart without being too upset about it. IN the mean time, also try bicycling his legs and belly massages to push gas out and always always burp the baby!
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:12 PM
    I would try dosing with motrin. I suspect that the increased night nursing may have to do with her 2nd year molars breaking.
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:09 PM
    So when you say constipation, you mean your baby since the introduction of solids has begun having small, hard, dark stool? Like rabbit pellets?
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  • @llli*akse0929's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:46 PM
    My LO is 6 weeks and we have had a really tough road with BF'ing. After getting her tongue/lip ties revised at 4w followed by total breast refusal, things were just starting to turn around and we were getting into a rhythm. However for the past 1-2 days now, she will latch, suck, then get really squirmy and fussy and pull off. This will repeat and she will grow increasingly fussy/frantic to where she is barely latching/sucking properly. I've tried soothing her and switching sides, same thing. Eventually I have to give in and give her a bottle because so much time has gone by that she is clearly hungry and needs to eat as she's been too fussy to get anything at my breast and is practically knawing her own fingers off at that point. She calms down as soon as the bottle is in her mouth and eats just fine. I took her to the pedi today suspecting thrush as my nipples/breasts have been stinging and her tongue was looking white. Pedi said tongue looked fine and no thrush in her mouth but did see a "yeasty" diaper rash for which they rx'd nystatin and told me to put on my nipples too. If she doesn't have thrush in her mouth and can bottle feed without pain, then I assume I can rule thrush out as a cause of her fussiness while BF'ing?
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  • @llli*virginiamom14's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:48 PM
    Hello everyone, I am currently on maternity leave with my three week old and my 2 year old. I was wondering if anyone had recommendations on baby carriers, especially ones that a baby can easily nurse in. I am trying to take my 2 year old out most days to parks, museums, etc. and my current baby carrier isn't particularly comfortable and I don't think I could nurse my baby in it. And any other suggestions or tips anyone has about dealing with a very active 2 year old with a newborn would also be greatly appreciated! We had relatives here helping until today so I am finally on my own and I am still trying to figure out logistics of everything (i.e. what do you do when both kids need to eat at the same time, that type of thing.) Thanks!
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  • @llli*skye0787's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:36 PM
    Hey everyone. I need some help and hopefully some of you. I go back to work next week, and right now I exclusively breastfeed but I pump too. Anyway I started pumping since LO was born. Right now, I have well over 900 oz of milk in a deep freezer. I also store milk in the fridge when I am the gym or in case of emergency. My plan is to pump the morning of if I have time, if not I will give what I have in the fridge. My think is if I use fresh milk plus whats in the fridge if I have stored it what should I do with all the other milk. My thing is I dont want for the freezer ones to go to waste. Do you think its possible that I can use the ones in the freezer. Mind you I dont work everyday due to working a 10 hour shift. So t he days I am not working I am breastfeeding and pumping. I am at a lost on how I should use this milk. Please give advice.
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  • @llli*juleswc's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:57 PM
    Hi ladies. I don't know if this is the right spot for this post. My beautiful girl is 7 months old and we have begun introducing solids. Mostly purees, in small amounts and we're still breastfeeding like crazy. We've skipped cereals and steer clear of the foods that I know to constipate (bananas, etc). I give lots of green fruits and veggies. But she still gets constipated. I don't feel like we're overdoing it with the amounts she's getting. The same happened with our first child (also EBF). Do breastfed babies tend to take longer to adjust to solids?
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  • @llli*tanusha's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:37 AM
    I contacted you before when I have concerns about my milk supply for my second child, and you’ve helped me tremendously. Now I have 3 kids, two sons of 8 and 5 years of age, and a baby daughter, she is 1 year 10 months old. I was breast-feeding my sons till 2 years of age and almost 3 years of age; and by the age of my daughter, they were feeding only once at night, or even not at all at night. My daughter was also doing rather good at night, she was feeding one or maximum 3 times per night. Until recently (one months ago) our work load has increased (my husband used to spend a lot of time at home with our kids, but he is on urgent projects for the last month and maybe for the next 2 months, so he works a lot during the day now; and I also got work increase, even though I work from home and usually stay close to my kids). To help us deal with the kids and our household, we asked our Mother-in-Law (who is the sweetest woman ever, and very soft with the kids) to move with us for the next 2 months, which she kindly did. And, simultaneously, my 1 year 10 months old daughter started nursing 6-8 times per night.. We practice co-sleeping, so I don’t get up to nurse her, but while nursing my daughter scratches my elbows and underarms severely (when I try to stop her, she protests). After she is done with nursing, she pushes me with both hands away, turns to the other side and continues sleeping. I sometimes also continue sleeping, but sometimes it’s difficult to fall...
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  • @llli*dukes.mom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:40 AM
    Okay ladies, my baby is 8 weeks old today and I've I struggled with oversupply for about 6 weeks now. I began trying block feeding a couple of weeks ago. I started slowly, and did 2 consecutive days of 4 hour blocks. It worked! Then, when I went back to offering one breast per feeding, later that day my supply was crazy high again! So, I then did a day of 6 hour blocks, followed by 2 days of 4 hour blocks, followed by 1 day of 3 hour blocks. Worked like a charm. However, as soon as I tried offering one breast per feeding again, 12 hours later my breasts are busting at the seams ready to feed quadruplets!! What gives?! Should I just do an even longer duration of blocked feedings? How long is too long.. I'd HATE to decrease supply too much. Lastly, has anyone done the method of using a pump to "empty" both breasts, then commence a normal feeding schedule afterwards to "re-train" your supply? Curious if it worked? Thank you!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    March 28th, 2017, 06:40 PM
    :ita with MaddieB. I only want to add that for nighttime leaking, I suggest investing in a washable adult incontinence pad. They are less scratchy than a towel, they absorb better, and milk doesn't pass through the waterproof backing and get onto your bed. Plus, when your child is older it can become a waterproof pad you slip under their sheets. They cost about $20-30, but they are an investment I would make again!
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