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  • @llli*findmeintahiti's Avatar
    Today, 02:55 PM
    my baby is six weeks old now and we're still having issues with latch. we saw lactation consultant in the first week because my nipples were extremely sore and scanned. since then we have gotten more comfortable but lately I'm still finding a real struggle with getting him to open wide/deep latch (nipples are sore) and even when I think he has a good latch when he comes off my nipple is lipsticks shape- both sides. I have large breasts and use cross hold. I also lean back but I have stopped holding the under part of breast and I'm not sure if that's part of the problem. it's really hard at night especially, he's so feisty and I hate feeling like we're struggling and he's frustrated. I do have the book womanly art of breast feeding, looked at KellyMom and watch a million videos but they all look like baby just latches on their own and they're feeding like champs which makes it hard for me... especially the side lying position- we did that but he's not deeply latched- is that even possible? (he also pulls at nipple but I think that's a milk issue?) thanks so much for anyone who relates or has thoughts!!
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  • @llli*measure.thesun's Avatar
    Today, 02:55 PM
    Hi. My baby is one month old and I'm breastfeeding him. He was 6 lbs 11 oz at birth, 6 lbs 4 oz at one week, 7 lbs and 4 oz at two weeks, and is now 9 lbs 7 oz at one month. I do occasionally supplement with formula, only at night when I'm mentally and physically drained, about 1-3 oz every other day. There is no doubt his weight gain is from the breast milk as he eats so little formula and his poopy diapers are seedy and yellow every time. The doctor says his weight gain is exactly what they'd expect and they couldn't ask for anything better. The problem is my baby's latch. I know deep down that it's not right. His lips are curled inwards, sometimes I hear smacking and gulps of air. There are times he unlatches and I see that he only had the nipple and I cringe. I have almost no pain anymore and no cracking. But my mind can't let the latch go. I go back to work in less that two weeks and will be pumping so he will begin to be bottle fed much more frequently. He won't take a pacifier, so that is not interfering. My question is, do I seek help to fix the latch or just let it go since he is gaining so well and I'm not in any pain? May seem like a stupid question, but I really need the reassurance. Thanks in advance.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 01:06 PM
    Ok. Be careful to not get freaked out by these kinds of weight checks. One, it is entirely normal for intake to vary session to session, from almost immeasurable to several ounces. 2, they can be hard to do accurately. If baby pees, poops, etc between the checks, that has to be considered when the numbers are taken. After 2 weeks, lactation consultants doing a before and after nursing weight check at a consultation are usually happy if there is transfer of 2 ounces or more. But again, seeing a measurement that is lower than that might be fine. I have no idea what the expectation is prior to 2 weeks is, but it is certainly not more than that. Weighing a baby when he wants to nurse and then again when he is done nursing and wants to fall/stay asleep can be upsetting to baby. Be careful about interrupting feeding normalcy with lots of before and after nursing weight checks. I suggest do enough to reassure yourself baby is transferring milk normally and no more.
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  • @llli*mummykate's Avatar
    Today, 12:45 PM
    Apologies in advance for the essay but I've tried to include all relevant info.... Since becoming pregnant (I'm now 14 weeks) my milk supply has reduced considerably and my 24 month old has also stopped breastfeeding and only comfort sucks for 30 seconds or so if he wakes at night (which is only every other night or so) My right breast is sore and feels bruised on the underside, my breast is full of lots of little lumps (normal for me) but no specifically hard lump. I have used heat pads and hot shower on the area and massaged the area to try and ease it in case it was a plugged duct and also expressed a few times after massaging and heating to see if it helped but haven't been consistent as I'm not really sure what I'm supposed to do and how often. It did bring some relief after expressing but not made the pain go away. It's been hurting for about 6 days now and is much worse when I wear a bra, I haven't been resized yet so have feeling that my ill fitting bra may be contributing. I'm confused because I've just been to my GP today and told her all the above and she told me to not let him comfort suck anymore, that I should NOT express and I should constantly wear bra and wrap my breasts up as tight as possible and stead fast until the pain goes away and to apply heat to relieve pain and swelling if I need to. She said if it's a plugged duct that I need to leave it and wait for my body to reabsorb the milk. But will my breasts re-absorb the milk now that I'm...
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  • @llli*hayashi's Avatar
    Today, 12:27 PM
    Pump weaning is harder than I thought. It is tough to stop pumping knowing that I haven't oozed out my full capacity yet!
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  • @llli*elandlanes.mommy's Avatar
    Today, 12:21 PM
    I just ordered a baby scale from amazon. It had really good ratings and I'll be able to use the same scale and do a weigh, then feed and weigh. It should be here tomorrow.
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  • @llli*elandlanes.mommy's Avatar
    Today, 12:10 PM
    He's had two more dirty diapers, one about wife the size of an ok diaper, and one at least three times the size. Maybe this fella is just different than my others.. He only nurses about 10-15 minutes at the most. I can't keep him on. He'll shut his mouth tight and spit out whatever was in it... One of my friends had two babies that gained weight really quickly, but then had a third that was never the chubby baby that we're both used to... Maybe he's like that?
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Today, 11:17 AM
    Too cute! So... why can't you tell her the boobs are tired and it's time to stop nursing and go to sleep at naptime? I know what you mean about feeling like she will never be ready to stop. My three-year-old is very much the same way. But looking at my eight-year-old son it's pretty obvious that yes, a time will come when they will have zero interest in nursing. I sometimes tease my son by asking if he would like to breastfeed and he very vehemently says "NOO!" This is my boy who used to get so upset when he didn't instantly get to nurse when I walked in.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:22 AM
    2 weeks is the very general rule of thumb for regaining birth weight- If all you know is the birth weight and the 2 week weight. Some sources say 2 weeks, some say 10 to 14 days, etc. I have seen breastfed babies who were back at birth weight before one week and those who took 3 weeks and all was fine...of course it depends how much baby lost initially, when weight gain started, etc etc. Basically, if baby is not back to birth weight by 2 weeks, it is a sign something is possibly wrong. But it's a late sign, in my opinion. You have the data (that 4 day weight check) to track weight gain more closely and that is good. Just don't track it so closely you panic. Don't check too often in other words. Every several days is plenty, and once gain seems ok you can go to the more usual weight check schedule.
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  • @llli*alysandrasmom's Avatar
    Today, 10:10 AM
    Thanks! My son is very picky when it comes to nursing. He may want to nurse only once a day of I'm lucky... Which of course has killed my supply. I've added back an additional pumping session while at work and trying to get him to nurse as much as possible but he is pretty stubborn. When he wants a bottle, he will let you know. Fenugreek has been added back and trying to make sure my water intake is high. Just going to take some time...
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  • @llli*elandlanes.mommy's Avatar
    Today, 10:05 AM
    He nurses a lot. Probably every 45-75 minutes during the day-which is how all my kids have been like. He cluster feeds from about 6:30 -9:00, sleeps for an hour or so, cluster feeds til around midnight and then sleeps and wakes around every two hours to eat until around 9 am. I think one thing is, I have never had to take a baby back that soon. In fact, the only reason he was scheduled to be seen was because his dr was going on vacation and won't be back until June 22nd. Usually we just go in for a two week check. I read in an article that day four is usually the lowest birthweight day for breastfed babies... So I guess it was normal for him to be that low on day 4. I think my last baby took two weeks to regain birth weight... I can't remember for sure. He was the first baby I didn't try supplementing with in the early weeks. My first two, I was scared to death and had no help so I supplemented, which probably ly attributed to earlier weight gain. He's only pooped once today but has had two majorly soaking wet diapers... I ended up pumping another oz in about 3-4 minutes. He slept for an hour, woke up, nursed for a full letdown and is now conked back out.. I have a hard time, even with compressions, getting to eat while asleep.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 09:55 AM
    Output (Poops and what you pumped) indicate there is enough milk and baby is getting it. pumping 2 ounces in 6 minutes is great output no matter how you slice it. In other words, this contradicts the weight gain numbers. And how often is baby nursing? (times in a day) Good you are going to start weighing baby on a scale you can more regularly use. Slow weight gain when baby is getting enough to eat does happen. Sometimes there is an underlying health issue leading to slow gain. Of course it is far to early to even suspect this, I just like to point it out because too often slow gain is blamed on breastfeedng when there may be something else going on.
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  • @llli*andreica's Avatar
    Today, 09:36 AM
    lol, I understand. Well, then I guess your best option is a padded bra, with thicker, firm cups so that basically you can put anything inside and it won't show, that won't make you look lumpy. There are plenty of those around. And then it's just about finding good disposable ones, regardless of shape or size. You'll have to replace them often anyway, since you leak so much, because of the risk of thrush in all that moisture for so long.
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  • @llli*elandlanes.mommy's Avatar
    Today, 09:23 AM
    His output still seems ok. Yesterday he had 6 ok dirty diapers and plenty of wets. All clear urine. I'm still nervous about my supply. This whole not feeling full thing is unnerving. I'm used to milk spraying out when I remove a breast pad. After baby had been asleep for half an hour (I was fixing stuff for my other kids in that time) I sat down with a manual pump and pumped 2 oz in 6 minutes. So I guess that seems good. I just really hope he starts gaining. I plan on taking him in Friday to check, but I can't make it up to the scale I weighed him at last time. The scale I'm going to is the one I'll be using most, as it's the closest pediatricians office to my house-10 minutes vs 35... I know it won't be as accurate but I can start going there every few days instead of having to wait longer or put him in the car for long periods which he hates....
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  • @llli*midnightsangel's Avatar
    Today, 09:11 AM
    Those look cool but the reviews say if you leak a lot they lose their stick and some moms related getting thrush to using the pads. I think that would be good for a mom who only leak a drop or two. I'm like a waterfall lol
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 08:37 AM
    * But that means defrosted milk can be at fridge temp for 24 hours (or possibly more) Right? Not room temp??? Your specific question is not really addressed in the milk handling guidelines I have from LLL- This is probably because there are simply too many variables in such a situation (temperature, time in bag, etc.) I would say it would not be safe to let cold milk come completely to room temp for some undefined length of time - At some point, expressed milk will spoil at room temperature. But here are the guidelines anyway, they are guidelines, not hard and fast rules, perhaps you can find a way to use this info to figure out your situation. The first page is more about how to give bottles to the breastfed baby so baby does not have issues or being overfed or refusing to nurse due to bottles. 2nd page is milk handling guidelines. http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/23_safehandling_storageofyour_milk.pdf If your baby nurses, by far the easiest and safest solution for outings with baby would be to nurse baby when out. Is there some reason you cannot do this? If nursing in public makes you uncomfortable, we can offer many ideas.
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  • @llli*hayashi's Avatar
    Today, 08:36 AM
    Once you defrost the milk, you have to use it within 24 hours (there are recent research that says you don't really have to, but I won't bet on it yet). To be on safe side, I would put it in cooler bag and bring a Thermos of hot water to warm the milk when needed. You can defrost it in your fridge overnight, so it will be slushy the next morning of your trip. I am guessing it would take 10 minutes or so to warm the milk up in your Thermos, but you want to check often to make sure it does not get too hot. Ideally, it should be at your body temperature, but does not really matter if your baby isn't picky.
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  • @llli*andreica's Avatar
    Today, 08:09 AM
    Have you considered something like this: http://www.amazon.com/LilyPadz%C2%AE-Reusable-Silicone-Nursing-Regular/dp/B000YOUIN6 I don't really know what they're like since I don't have such problems but I've heard of these so I thought to mention it. Perhaps you could look up some reviews
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  • @llli*schecariaga's Avatar
    Today, 06:42 AM
    Help! I want to give my baby my stored breastmilk even when we go out is it safe to just put the frozen milk in my bag and let it come to room temp? Or i need to bring an ice pack? What do i do if my baby doesnt like cold milk and im outside? Is it safe to let the chilled milk come to room temp ? How many hours will it last? Thank you !! Sorry for the manu questions im just worried that the baby will spoil and it will harm my baby...
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  • @llli*bxlgirl's Avatar
    Today, 05:59 AM
    You know, just evaluating how much you need can help you decide how much you need stashed. With my first two children I worked FT and never had more than one small bottle in the freezer at the crèche and two in the deep freeze at home. I gave fresh bottles pumped the day prior, which is more healthfult han pumped. Also, it may be helpful to know if your baby will accept thawed milk, as samm percentage of mamas make a lot of helpful enzyme to break down and digest milk for their LOs but freezer storage just slows the enzyme down, and the thawed milk has a soapy taste. Some babies will refuse the soapy milk, which is healthy nonetheless. It might be kind of annoying if you end up in this position. So I'd advise thawing a small amount, taking a whiff for a soap smell, and offering it to baby when you are not around (lots of babies will not eat frozen food when fresh from the tap is right there!) to see how that goes. There was a mama here who posted here recently that she had an impressive stash but ended up having lipase/soapy milk which her baby refused, and was *so* frustrated over that. I decided after reading that that I would stick to the tiny freezer stash when I go back to FT work in July! Thirdly, consider that you're good at pumping and producing milk, and yes--you can always make more!
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  • @llli*bxlgirl's Avatar
    Today, 05:33 AM
    Awesome, MaddieB! Why not use a carrot approach and bring in the brochures in PDF form here? http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/bf-links-pumping/#workplace Also you could try sending them by email? Point out that breastmilk-fed babies and their mothers have fewer sick days? The other side of that is techniques like pumping if you drive to work, and trying to get it faster? Like not rinsing things off if the pump parts are going to be kept in the cooler? Or using hand sanitizer/using rubbing alcohol from a travel dispenser to sanitize your hands rather than washing? Also perhaps you can wear a bra that lets you just fit int he flanges and not have to take it off? The thread on pumping over a 12-hour shift has info on this. She only pumped twice a day and it still worked. Do you have a double electric pump? That will speed things up too. You can, actually, train your body to respond quickly in just a short time, but the best would be to get some leeway on how long your breaks can be without that ridiculous punishment hanging over you. I really hope this helps :)
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  • @llli*bxlgirl's Avatar
    Today, 05:26 AM
    Hi MaddieB and Midnightsangel, yes indeed I have done the ol' crossed arms trick to halt a letdown in public, but when helping people out it could be tricky as it's a gesture of being closed to the other person :rolleyes: Bummer! What about strategically holding things in front of you? Would that work? Thanks for the lanisoh tip! Because I'm sporting Got Milk stains right now :cool: I tried silk and wool inserts and they didn't work, plus they left funny waviness under my shirt. For going back to work I'm going to buy push-up bras and swimsuit inserts--you know, those neoprene-like inserts? I hope they'll form an invisible waterproof layer. I work 12-hour shifts and bra halos on the job are not going to be cool!!
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  • @llli*bxlgirl's Avatar
    Today, 05:19 AM
    Why not have a look at the Kellymom resources for dealing with nursing strikes and relactation? :)
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:32 PM
    Hmm- I know those are ideas for GER (although in my personal experience not very effective for that) I think for drool having/encouraging child (who is well past the SIDS risk age as yours is) to sleep on side or tummy makes more sense, so the drool runs out of the mouth rather than down the hatch?
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