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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 11:53 PM
    Here are some things that helped me cut out unwanted sessions: - Distraction. Stay out of the house as much as possible and stay as busy and entertained as possible. The more fun your LO is having with new and interesting experiences, the less she will want to nurse. - Go slow. Don't try to drop all the sessions at once; eliminate the least favored ones first. Pre-nap and bedtime feedings are likely to be the last to go. - Get help. Have dad or grandma or a sitter or even a sibling take over at the times when your child is likely to want to nurse but you don't want to. - Communicate your limits. Preschoolers can understand things like "Not now" or "We'll nurse at bedtime" or "Let's have a snack instead". - Use time limits (e.g. "we'll nurse until I finish singing the ABCs") and countdowns ("We'll nurse until I count to 10") to cut down on nursing. - Offer lots of snacks and beverages; the less hungry/thirsty your LO is, the less likely she is to seek to nurse. - Avoid your customary nursing locations; kids are triggered to nurse by seeing you in their favored nursing spot.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 09:51 PM
    First I agree with tclynx. You do not mention what medication you need to take nor if there is an alternative, but it is certainly true that most meds are safe for a mother to take even when a nursing a newborn, and, again typically, become more and more safe the older a child is. Typically meds go into milk in such tiny amounts that what a child gets is not measurable, Some meds do not transfer into milk or clear the system rapidly, and some meds are not bioavailable, so even if a child ingests it they are not exposed ... Plus there are benefits to nursing even at this age that must be weighed against the decision to wean. If you decide weaning is the answer, then how much time do you have? Abrupt weaning is probably best avoided but of course that is not always possible. "How" to wean depends on many factors. Ideally weaning is done with respect and love for both the mother and child involved, and so how to approach it with your child will depend a great deal on who your child is and what your relationship is like. The books How Weaning Happens and The Nursing Mothers Guide to Weaning are excellent guides for weaning at any age.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 09:09 PM
    Hey unless there is some reason to think your baby is not getting enough milk, this is probably just normal. After around age 6 weeks it is quite common for exclusively breast-fed babies to have much less frequent poops going several days or even a week or more between poops. Your baby is slightly under six weeks however it would still not necessarily be at all alarming this is not an exact time thing. In an exclusively breast-fed baby going several days between poops is almost certainly not constipation and I do not think it would be at all advisable to give a baby this age water.
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  • @llli*milky.mum's Avatar
    Today, 06:55 PM
    My daughter will be 5 weeks tomorrow and for the first month so pooped like 3 or 4 times a day. Now she's gone almost 3 days with no poop! What is the deal?? People are telling me to give her a little warm water and that seems strange, I thought breast milk was all she needed? Could it be my diet? Should I eat a ton of prunes? Wah help
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  • @llli*bean161's Avatar
    Today, 06:51 PM
    Hi there! First, so sorry you are dealing with all this Momma! :hug I don't have much sage advice as I am a first time Mom, but I would like to share a bit of our story because it's so similar. There are other great ladies on here who I'm sure will give you some really good input! Our DS also had a bad rash on his face which he rubbed baaack and forth on my shoulder all the time. My gut kept telling me it was eczema not baby acne. He was not much of a comfort nurser, and we did feel like we had difficulty knowing whether he was tired or hungry. During his first growth spurt we gave him formula (4 oz in the evening for a few days) because I thought my supply had not yet caught up to his demand. I regret that now for a lot of reasons, but mostly because looking back I could have come here for other ideas!!! Anyway, what worked? When he fussed I tried nursing first. If he still fussed I didn't stress, I just tried something else, reassuring myself that my supply was good, latch, letdown etc. were good, and maybe he just didn't want to nurse right then and that was ok for us. He loved walking/swaying to Kenney Chesney, and he loved stepping outside just for a moment, too! Then I found this forum! I read about allergies and eczema (we have strong family history of both on both sides), allergy vs. overactive letdown, other possible causes, etc etc. We saw our pediatrician, who is also an allergist, and that has helped immensely. Loooong story short, I have...
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  • @llli*mek's Avatar
    Today, 06:36 PM
    I weaned my DS just after he turned 2 by putting bandaids on my nipples and saying i had boo boos. He understood and wasn't happy, but also didn't get as upset as i thought he would. We still cuddled as he fell asleep, just without the nursing. At almost age 3, can you just explain that you're tired and want to be close in other ways? My DS would lay on my belly (really my whole body) to feel close enough to me in order to fall asleep. Good luck! I hope it goes smoothly! Oh, also~ if you're nursing in the day too, try distracting your LO with fun things when you'd typically nurse.
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  • @llli*mommajennt's Avatar
    Today, 04:29 PM
    Hey everyone so over the past week my 5 week old son has started about 10 to 15 minutes into feeding he had started getting fussy he moves his head back and forth pulls my nipple and unlatches some times he waves his arm hitting my breast. After he pulls himself off he keeps opening his mouth to relatch and goes for it but as soon as he puts my nipple back in his mouth he won't take it and pulls away again. I then try and burp him but he has never really been much ofa burper. I do have slightly flat nipples that I need to help pull out before I feed him so I do try that. Some times after a few minutes and several tries I'm able to get him back but other times I have to switch sides in order for him to continue feeding. I'm not sure what the issue is. I don't know if I have an over active flow I don't spray when he comes off and there isn't Always milk dripping. I'm worried that he isn't getting enough and it's extremely frustrating since it's causing our feeds to be twice add long and i also have a 20 month old that would love some attention. Any help would be great. Thanks
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 03:30 PM
    Nope, feels to me like 60 mg per day or Domperidone isn't an effective dose for me. Went back up to 70 mg per day and after several days back at that it feels like my supply is good but not too much. DH keeps bugging me that he feels I shouldn't be taking it but I'm not experiencing any side effects other than the increased milk production and not taking it has too many negatives in my mind. It is only costing me about $80 (Including shipping) every two months at the 70 mg per day dosage and the physical and mental health benefits to both baby and I to me far outweigh spending $40 a month on a medication. I mean I've been HAPPY and UN STRESSED since I quit with the pumping/triple feeding a couple months ago. I'm able to get some work done finally (of course now I have to chase a mobile baby which robs some of that time.) Maybe I'll revisit the reducing the dosage again after a time but I don't have a tendency to depression unless I'm stressed and exhausted so I'm not worried about taking this medication.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 03:18 PM
    the start of teething can be really rough since it is still months till the teeth actually cut and the discomfort may be hard to localize. Co-sleeping is the godsend for most of us at least part of the night. If you LO Hates a wet or dirty Diaper, perhaps you could take advantage of it to help with Elimination communication or natural infant hygiene or going diaper free (lots of books available on those subjects) the earlier you start the easier it is. We didn't start till after 6 months and still use diapers as backup but have gotten rid of a diaper rash problem by avoiding pooping or peeing in the diaper 80% of the time now.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 03:02 PM
    Have you tried giving him watermelon?
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  • @llli*davidsmomma's Avatar
    Today, 02:55 PM
    So tomorrow will be 2 wks since I cut out dairy and I don't notice a difference in his behavior. The rash is gone but he still has short feedings and often cries after a few minutes of nursing, not just in the evening though evenings are worst. Sometimes he nurses great but other times I feel as though he is just not happy/ satisfied etc and will just cry. I have noticed that often when this happens if I just stop nursing and rock/ bounce/ walk him he'll fall asleep and then nurses better when he wakes up. Can the problem be that I am misreading him and he just doesn't want milk at that time but needs help to sleep but doesn't know how to comfort nurse? Do babies do that? Or is he hungry and just giving up because I get fed up and sooth him other ways besides the breast? I am so confused and feel defeated at times and have even considered just giving up and giving him formula but thus breaks my heart!
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 02:48 PM
    You can call infant risk for further help assessing the safety of the med while breastfeeding (806) 352-2519 between 8 and 5 CST. Sorry I don't have any experience with weaning yet.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 02:43 PM
    How old is baby? I recommend the book Baby Led Weaning. Vomiting is a sign that either baby is not ready for solid foods yet OR an allergy or sensitivity to something. Or illness. If Iron is a big concern, then you might ask about Iron supplements or Iron drops since most babies are going to be slow with solids early on. If there is wheat or gluten issues in the family, probably best to avoid the wheat and oat cereals at least for a time and check again at a later date with Dr being informed. If Baby is ready for finger foods, there are better choices of foods for Iron. My LO has been eating prunes and meatballs since 6 months. (beware, cereal can be constipating.)
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 02:28 PM
    We got a few different ones, two of them really didn't work for us. One was way too quiet. Another was just noisy RF. Finally got one at Target (just audio) that seems to work fairly well and has two parent units. But it hardly gets used since DS doesn't stay asleep when put down in his crib for more than a few minutes normally. I wind up wearing him for naps most the time.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 02:23 PM
    To help baby get more milk, when baby stops swallowing and seems to just sleep/comfort suck at the breast, have you tried switching sides at that time? And have you done breast compressions to help keep baby actively nursing?
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  • @llli*coolranchdressing's Avatar
    Today, 01:19 PM
    thanks for the advice ladies!
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  • @llli*nola's Avatar
    Today, 01:17 PM
    I need advice for how to wean my almost 3 year old. I really do not want to wean her, however, I am needing to take a medication and was advised not to take it during breastfeeding. I know that there are many resources such as medications in mother's milk by Dr. Hale etc to look these things up in but I really don't want the medication going into my milk at all. I just have no idea how to wean a child this age, my other children weaned when I was pregnant so it wasn't hard to wean them as the milk was gone and they just stopped. This time she is very into nursing. The other thing is how to deal with my feelings about it, I have just been putting up with pain in order to nurse her but I really don't want to stop yet I also don't want this pain anymore. Its so difficult.
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  • @llli*blueberrysmom's Avatar
    Today, 12:23 PM
    Ok, phew. Thanks maddieb! Things were a bit better over the last 12 hours... LO had a hard time going to sleep and had a rough night but I don't think they were related to supply issues. He definitely nurses more than 12 times a day - my supply has been quite good since I give him full 24/7 access. He certainly does nurse night and day :) I keep telling myself that any dip in supply can always be regained through pumping and more nursing, but I'm nursing so much already that the thought of MORE nursing makes me want to cry. I never thought in a million years that my in laws would feed him so fast. But come to find out that my MIL's philosophy is "if the baby needs it s/he will drink it" and completely disagrees that babies can't control bottle flow like breast flow... so she gave him the second 2.5 oz bottle all at once 2 hours after we left. Unfortunately with DS not taking a pacifier they mistook comfort nursing cues for hunger. It took me so long to pump that 5 oz - it was frustrating and depressing lol
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  • @llli*damaverde's Avatar
    Today, 11:58 AM
    My little one is very interested in big people food and her pediatrician at her last well check said it was time to start her on occasional cereal so that her iron supply does not deplete. Considering both sides of our family have issues with low iron I agreed to try cereal. I was told oatmeal is an easier one to begin with and I liked the idea because it naturally contains iron without needing to be additionally fortified. I have given her one baby spoonful (not a whole tsp) mixed with 3 baby spoonfuls of my expressed milk twice now. Both times she vomited everything she had to eat prior to the cereal. Her father's family has some digestive issues with wheat, so I don't know if that explains the vomiting or if vomiting during the introduction of cereal is normal until their systems get used to it. We decided to gi ahead and switch to rice just to be safe, but I want to give her a few days before trying it so I can make sure it she is not still upset by the oatmeal. I am a first time momma that ebf and feeds on demand. She typically eats every 2-3 hours during the day starting around 5am, she goes to bed around 10pm but wakes once around 1am for a night feeding. She never vomited before I introduced cereal and she has not vomited since I stopped the rice cereal two days ago. What is normal for introducing cereal?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:16 AM
    Hi I hope op is still around. Thank you for the conversions bsua65. The kellymom article is excellent and I agree, someone helping baby latch better and nurse better is important as is checking for tt or other barrier to normal nursing. So, going by weight check numbers only, I do not understand why baby was supplemented initially? It looks like baby lost very little or possibly NO weight initially, (babies usually lose some weight after birth - loss of 5 to 7 % of birth weight is common- and are below birth weight for a few days to a week at least) and baby had gained above birth weight by one week! (If baby gains birth weight back by 10 to 14 days that is usually considered normal in the US.) In other words, in the US, the weight gain up until one week would be considered good weight gain. If baby was 6 and a half pounds by the end of week one, and baby was 7 pounds 5 ounces by the end of week three, that indicates gain of 13 ounces in two weeks, or 6.5 ounces a week. This is still well within normal gain, but frankly, not quite as much as I would expect considering babies initial lack of loss/rapid weight gain in week one. 7 days later (?) at 4 weeks, baby has gained only 4 ounces. This is very borderline for this age in terms of gain. Typically you want to see an average gain of an ounce a day or so in the first couple of months.(AFTER week 1 or 2, when gain is much slower typically.) Of course, this does not mean baby gains an ounce every day or...
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 08:22 AM
    Oh and avoid looking at a clock/counting night wakings for some reason not knowing really helps mentally!
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 08:21 AM
    Sounds like it's probably a combination of teething and the 4 month fussiness period. Development leaps also tend to affect sleep because they are processing so rolling etc often causes frequent waking! I'd disagree that it is normal for any baby to sleep through let alone at 4 months! Are you managing to maximise your sleep at all? Daytime naps, cosleeping ( LLLI have great tear sheets about how to do this safely) are just a couple of things mamas do to get through this!
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 08:09 AM
    Definitely look into an IBCLC... They aren't as common over here in the UK but you can find one... I was 'lucky' that my daughter was born in a hospital that hired one part time for their NNU but they are quite rare in the NHS and so you'd probably have to go private. For us feeding post TT division didn't improve until we did suck training and the tongue walk, combined with breast sandwich/breast compressions and the flipple to improve latch. We also saw a sacro cranial osteopath which seemed to help too, but was done simultaneously as the other stuff so I can't be sure. We didn't get support until month 4 so I know how exhausting it is :(
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  • @llli*alphawoman's Avatar
    Today, 08:03 AM
    First, I feel for you. My son (now 3y1m) only started eating foods after 2.25. He was in excellent health when effectively EBF at 2, and is thriving now. Before that, he self-selected to be effectively exclusively breastfed, despite my offering foods repeatedly during the day from 6 months. It can be extremely difficult to overcome oral defensiveness or aversions, which is one (of many) reasons I would absolutely NOT force him to drink using a syringe. The sheer incompetence of some medical professionals is astonishing. How has your son's diaper/potty output been? Is there cause for concern based on a declining number of wets? His nursing frequency is theoretically sufficient to maintain good hydration, assuming effective milk transfer. I note that your son is in the 50th percentile in weight for age on the WHO charts. Has he declined sharply? On face value, without declines in percentiles or absolute weight, 50th percentile isn't in and of itself a red flag. Could you talk to us a bit about what foods your son will accept. What is the rhythm to his eating during the day? How does he respond to food on his hands or lips? Does he self-feed or let you feed him while respecting his pacing? After lots of observation, I noticed my DS would get bored at the table and ask to get down after a few minutes without eating more than one or two bites. Then I started bringing books to the table to entice him to stay longer. It started with just sitting him in his high hair...
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 07:58 AM
    Did the LC check for tongue tie or lip tie? Both can cause issues with latching but it could have been newborn fussiness as PP said. Kellymom has suggestions for encouraging a baby to latch and info on keeping up milk supply in between https ://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/back-to-breast/ Did the LC get you to try different positions to improve latch or any other techniques? Breast sandwich/breast compressions/flipple can all help with latch.
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 07:51 AM
    6 lb 5oz born, 6 lb 6 oz at discharge 6lb8oz at 1 week old. 7 lb 5 week 3 ( supplemented) 7 lb 9 oz week 4 (supplemented)
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Today, 07:26 AM
    We bought an inexpensive video one from Target (Motorola I think). It was on clearance. It works great. We love it. We only use it for my toddler, but would have used it when she was a baby and slept in her crib (short portions of the night!).
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