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  • @llli*fibaby2014's Avatar
    Today, 08:47 AM
    Hi ladies! I've never taken fenugreek to increase supply and was wondering if it actually worked? Is 11 months into nursing too late to see a difference? I had a supply drop after a breast biopsy and pumping exclusively for a few days. Is there a particular brand anyone recommends? Thanks in advance for any advice
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 07:40 AM
    Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to feed very often. Especially now that he seems able to eat more quickly. But something else seems to be going on so he is only willing to take small amounts at a time lately and that upper limit on the amount I can get him to take seems to be diminishing. A week or so ago he would take feedings as big as 2.8 oz several times a day. I think part of why I've been offering even more often is because when I would weigh/feed/weigh and see he hadn't taken much so I wouldn't wait very long before offering the next time. Now when we go visit the inlaws and it is an hour drive, baby gets to go longer between feeds for the drive to/from and I can't say that we manage to eat much better then either.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 07:03 AM
    I've always fed fairly often during the day because it always seemed that I didn't have much storage capacity and tend to start feeling full by 2 hours and engorged by 3. Overnight he might go 3-4 hours or so the first stretch but then since we are co-sleeping he is still often eating every 2 hours overnight even if we are not really waking up much for it. The normal minimal amount of feeding has been 11 times a day for us. Since I tried to get off the supplements we have increased to 13-15. And because he has been soo slow to gain weight I've been offering to nurse often. And often times he is distracted so I try to offer often to see if I'll be lucky and catch him at a time he will be willing to eat a little bit. Even when he does eat he often only takes 6-8 minutes to do it but often doesn't even eat an ounce before he is more interested in something over my shoulder. I'd been doing the weighted feeds to try to figure out how much he was getting per 24 hour period. It seems not enough lately but I don't seem able to get him to eat more. Gaining only 2 oz per week doesn't seem to be enough at this point, especially when the Dr is wanting me to basically force feed him formula by bottle after every nursing session to make him gain at least an ounce a day (which I am not following those orders of course.)
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Today, 06:53 AM
    Breastfeeding Today, Issue 25, September 2014 Features: • The Safe Sleep Seven - co-sleeping safely • Visiting a New Arrival? Help, Don't Hinder! • Cluster Feeding
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 06:38 AM
    When you say your pump at work routine, do you mean pumping only while at work? I ask because the schedule you listed sounds like you were also pumping when home?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 06:33 AM
    I am glad babies caregivers are good about bottles. If you are not familiar with paced bottle feeding, I do suggest looking closely at the links I posted. This is a very specific bottle feeding technique and does not have anything to do with nipple flow nor type of bottle or nipple used. Yes it is generally suggested to use slow flow nipples but those alone do not do nearly as much to prevent nipple confusion, flow confusion, breast refusal and over feeding as paced feeding does. In fact this is a more gentle and biologically appropriate way to feed all babies even those exclusively bottle fed.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:10 AM
    When you massage the painful area, do you feel a lump? If so, a plugged duct is a good bet.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 06:09 AM
    It is very important to keep milk flowing out of the breasts frequently, to avoid engorgement. Less vital is baby "emptying" the breast. I understand you are concerned about milk production but trying to empty the breasts too diligently can lead to over production and believe it or not you do not want that either. If baby will not nurse more often, can you hand express? Search on this site the word toolkit to find the tearsheet toolkit. There you will find a doc on hand expression. How many poops total has baby done since birth? It sounds like they are transitioning in color this is good.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:09 AM
    :ita Excellent advice from the PP.
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Today, 06:08 AM
    :ita Definitely call InfantRisk. In Medications and Mothers' Milk, it says that Fioricet is a combined medication with acetaminophen or aspirin, caffeine, and butalbital. About butalbital it says: He gives it a safety rating of "L3-No Data-Probably Compatible". The folks at InfantRisk will probably be able give you more information on things like how to time nursing so that your baby's exposure to the medication will be minimized.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:08 AM
    I think that when a mom knows she has oversupply, oversupply should be considered the cause of green and/or mucousy poops. Oversupply is a much more common issue than allergy! When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras. Right?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:04 AM
    I would go back to the previous pump routine. When baby is >1 year old, I think it makes sense to build the extra insurance into your supply-maintaining efforts. If you end up with more milk than you can use, that's okay- you can keep sending it to daycare even after she is a year old.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:01 AM
    @llli*mommal replied to a thread Tonight is the night! in Weaning
    I hope it went okay!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:01 AM
    If baby is not removing the milk, you want to either hand express or pump. Pumping would be better, probably. Do be careful, though- it is possible to pump yourself into an oversupply and beleieve it or not, that is a problem. I know suspected IGT can make a mom VERY paranoid about her ability to produce milk, but you don't want to cause one problem due to fear of a different problem. I wouldn't worry too much about the poop- a single massive poop is probably equivalent to lots of little ones. But definitely keep an eye on the poop situation and if baby continues to be an infrequent pooper, take him in to the doc and get him weighed- just to make sure he's getting enough to eat.
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  • @llli*rowdybliss's Avatar
    Today, 02:24 AM
    Thanks for the response! My babies went straight to the nicu when they were born and spent 3 weeks there. I wasn't offered the option of rooming in and so I had to exclusively pump. I started off pumping every 3 hours for 30 minutes or longer/ more frequently. I was lucky enough to create an ample supply. I was allowed to offer the breast around 34 weeks and babies weren't very capable at the breast. They would try to latch, but could not suck in enough tissue and were not strong enough to keep the breast in their mouth. I had asked the lactation consultant for any advice with getting them to latch but she didn't offer any. I also asked the nurses about using a nipple shield as I had read or heard something vaguely about a nipple shield helping with latch for preemies but the nurse acted like it was for inverted nipple, which I do not have. After doing more research, I decided to try one and it has truly been a blessing because they were finally able to nurse at the breast. They were doing well with it, and so I decided to cut them off from the bottle. They still can not latch effectively without the shield. I started to anxious though about them continuing to gain weight because I realized they weren't getting much hind milk because my breasts were always full. After reading that article about fore and hind milk I am realizing that I probably should not be allowing my breasts to get so full so that they can get hind milk when they nurse. I have been pumping 3 or 4 times a...
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  • @llli*diymom's Avatar
    Today, 01:25 AM
    I am 5 days in with baby number 2. I have IGT, or hypoplasia, and am monitoring things very closely. I was unable to EBF my first son and did tons of research to improve my chances this time around. I am really excited to say after lots of hard work, gross lactenogenic foods and galactagogues I have been preparing a and taking for a better lactation experience, that I have become engorged to the point where it feels I have much more breast glands and a greater potential to possibly EBF. Now, however, that my milk has come in my son is exhausted from the feedings and just seems to want to sleep. He can't even drain one breast and I am very concerned he won't remove enough milk to keep my supply as high as possible. I want to drain as much milk as possible and establish the highest amount of prolactin receptors that I can and I was wondering how to get this supply out. I know I could pump, but I thought there may be something else I could do to try to keep him awake...though I think he may just be too full. The hospital. Grade pump rental place will be open Tuesday. On another note, I am concerned about his bowel movements...he didn't poop at all yesterday, but th e day before he had one massive lighter brown stool. His wet diapers are about 6 a day now. I watch him transfer a lot of milk now, and I don't know why he hasn't been pooping. Could this also be why he is so tired ? Trying to get the max lactation capability possible is my goal right now, hope someone has...
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  • @llli*jam-on-toast's Avatar
    Today, 12:58 AM
    So, we're giving the Jay Gordon night weaning thing a go tonight... But nervous, wondering if I'll have the energy to see it through! Also excited at the prospect of longer sleep stretches, eventually!!!
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  • @llli*ellora's Avatar
    Today, 12:05 AM
    Hello all breastfeeding mamas, just a short (I'll try) background. DD goes to daycare. Currently 10months+. Had an episode of bronchiolitis spanned out within the last three weeks. I took some days off. Nursed on demand, her appetite was so bad. And she didn't want her bottles since I am around so I cut down some pumps. Also prior to this bout of bronchiolitis she wasn't drinking as much due to solids and I was planning to cut the mid morning pump. So my schedule from 6months PP (went back to work) was, nursing on demand at home and pumping at 7am, 11am, 3pm, 7pm, 11pm. As the numbers of bottles she required in the day slowly dropped (she was reverse cycling sometime back) and she was taking solids quite well, I figured it was OK to drop some pumps. Last 3 weeks I only pumped at 8am and 4pm. Nursing from 7pm-7am. She wasn't feeding much. Had a nursing weekend after she got well and Saturday night was bad (My turn to get sick!). She was fussy and crying almost every hour. My breasts never felt full anymore. Came back to work today and pump output was still the same as last week's; the time I found out the supply has dropped by more than half. Probably not hormonal. My almost 3-week long period was just over. Usually my supply would dip 2 days prior to AF n go back right up the first signs of red (tmi) She wasn't fussy anymore on Sunday although I am very sure I felt no more than one letdown per feed. Question: should I go back to my previous pump at work...
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  • @llli*fatimasocorro's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:57 PM
    Hola, quisiera saber si la chica de este foro logro relactar, yo estoy en una situacion similar.....
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  • @llli*fatimasocorro's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:52 PM
    Hola, que tal.... sera que puedas compartirme que hiciste o que método usastes para volver a la lactancia exclusiva y cuanto demoro el proceso?? Gracias....
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  • @llli*fatimasocorro's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:47 PM
    Hola amiga, yo soy otra madre con ganas de re-lactar, quería preguntarles todas las mamis que lograron relactar, cuantas semanas demoraron en volver a la lactancia materna exclusiva? Gracias
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  • @llli*kamy04's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:26 PM
    Thank you! I will just see what happens with my return to work. My supply took a big hit then with DS1, but I definitely did not have oversupply issues with him. His teachers are pretty good about bottles (it's our staff daycare). He is still using a preemie flow nipple so he has to work, but h still gulps so it seems right for him. I will keep doing what I'm doing and keep track of his poops. If it continues I will mention it to his doc at his next appt. she is pretty pro breastfeeding, so I know she will be cautious with suggestions. Eliminating dairy would be very hard for me, but even today at the grocery I was more aware of my choices and tried to limit obvious milk in common things (like bread choices).
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:40 PM
    Will he eat any more often? That might help. Eating "long enough" is not the issue, really. It is hard to make a baby nurse longer if the flow is fast and they are getting plenty of milk quickly, because the tummy is so small and it is probably filling quickly. As long as baby is gaining normally, baby is getting enough milk. Moms typically make more milk with subsequent babies, and 4-6 weeks is typically when milk production 'peaks' before starting to calm down. So having some issues around now is not so unusual. What have you tried for helping baby handle the flow? It sounds like baby is reacting to a fast flow perhaps. This article has many ideas: http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supply-worries/fast-letdown/ and here is some great info with pictures of reclined nursing, which also helps a lot. http://www.nancymohrbacher.com/blog/2014/8/25/coping-with-fast-milk-flow.html Beware of block nursing, which you will find suggested for these issues. Block nursing ("blocking" or not nursing on one side for two or more nursing sessions) CAN help when true overproduction is causing serious issues. But since it really will decrease milk production, it must be approached with caution. Sometimes milk production decreases too much! Here is more about that: http://www.nancymohrbacher.com/blog/tag/block-feeding
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