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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 04:32 PM
    I'm sorry you're having the struggle after all your issues with your first two children here is what I suggest that you do. First to be absolutely certain that your baby really is having a weight gain issue make sure weight checks are done on the same scale at least the last two? Was baby weighed in a dry diaper only or naked? Make sure all future weight checks are done on the same scale if at all possible. Is there anyway that you can see a board-certified lactation consultant - IBCLC? I think this is vitally important and should be done as soon as possible. There are two reasons babies do not gain weight normally. One is because they are not getting enough breastmilk and the second is there is something wrong with them that is making them lose weight. Yes there are subtle differences in the fat content of mothers milk but there simply is no truth to the idea that a mother could have so little fat in her milk that if her baby was getting enough milk baby would not gain. So the most likely problem is that baby for some reason is not getting enough milk. This could be due to low milk production, it could be due to the baby not being able to nurse efficiently, or it could be a combination of those two. Really the best case scenario would be to get help as soon as you possibly can- good help -helpful help, an in person breast-feeding assessment and and consultation by someone who knows breast-feeding inside and out and knows what they are doing. In the meantime...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 04:05 PM
    Hello and welcome. So everything you wrote sounded like fast letdown and overproduction until you said baby is not gaining very well. Because that does not fit. So some detective work seems to be needed which means I would like to ask some more questions I hope that's OK. How many times in 24 hours does baby typically nurse? Does baby typically nurse on one side or both or mix it up? Are you pumping for any reason? Is baby getting bottles for any reason? if so how much and why. Can you give us a weight check history? Note if any of the weights are on a different scale then the previous check. Can you describe what the spit up looks like? Does baby get upset when baby spits up? Sometimes? all the time? Is the spit up projectile? Any other details? Can you describe your baby's current poop pattern and look? If it has changed considerably can you explain what was happening before and when it changed? Are or were poops ever explosive or otherwise unusual? When you say baby has gas are you talking about burping or the other end? Describe. Thanks
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  • @llli*starkicker's Avatar
    Today, 01:40 PM
    My lo just turned 3 months. We've been having issues since birth, but just now reaching out for support. He is a puker...very Large quantities continuously after each feed up until the next. The pead thought it was reflux so he was on Zantac for over a month with no change. Twice he uped the dosage with no change. He has now been on a stronger med for a week with no change. Could his puking be caused by a bf problem creating a ton of gas? He does burp a lot. And I stop several times a feeding to burp (during which he does, in addition to puking a lot). His latch looks horrible, essentially he sucks at the nipple. He 'clucks' when nursing and constantly goes on and off the breast. Sometimes he nurses calmly, other times from a near dead sleep he will frantically nurse - flailing arms and legs, on and off the breast, panicking it seems like. I've brought this to the attention of my nurse practitioner, and she says it is all normal... If it doesn't hurt, his latch and manners are fine. I'm starting to second guess this. There is no lactation consultant where I live (very small, isolated town) so I am looking for some support. He also has a lip tie that I've discovered. I'm not sure if it is bad, but thought I'd mention. He has been gaining weight, but slowly and has started to fall slightly off his growth curve. He is at the 30% for BMI. What can I do, breastfeeding wise, to help my little guy with his puking and gas problem, and to start to gain weight?
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  • @llli*ksherman31613's Avatar
    Today, 01:02 PM
    So, a little bit of history. I apologize if it is long. I had my first child September 5, 2013. He was born 7lbs 15oz, at 42 weeks via C-section. At his follow up appointment was gaining and two week appointment, he had gain. In the four days following the second week appointment, he lost 11oz. He was EB and I was feeding him every two hours. A doctor at a walk in clinic shoved some formula into my hands and said "supplement" without answering any of my questions, or asking any. Discouraged, I went home and hit the internet for answers. I started feeding him every hour, and he ate for an hour at a time. He was still cranky. I then started to top him off. Two ounces of formula following an hour of breastfeeding. Finally, he was content. He gained. I started taking brewers yeast and alfalfa tablets because I had read that it helps increase milk production. I figured that was the problem, I was not producing enough milk. After about three months, I was able to stop supplementing and just breastfeed. At four and a half months he was watching us eat, following our forks with his eyes with what seemed like wonder in his eyes... We started solids, and he has been a happy boy and a healthy eater since. The boy could eat! I didn't think anything about it after that, just kind of figured that he was hungry and I was not producing enough milk for him. My daughter was born November 13, 2014, a C-section at 39 weeks. She was 5lbs 14oz. She was different than my son. My son never...
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  • @llli*caraleeann's Avatar
    Today, 12:48 PM
    My baby boy is close to 10 weeks old. For the last few weeks we've been really going through it. He's always spit up after some meals, but more recently it's been causing him pain. He gets very fussy and will scream for an hour after a big/medium meal, arch his back, and sometimes cough or gag. He will spit up for up to an 1.5 hrs after eating. He projectile vomited once. He also gets hiccups regularly when this happens. It's really hard to calm him down after he starts feeling pain and he'll object to taking a nap, which in many cases will cause him to be overtired. We breastfeed only (very occasional bottle) and he's done better with only being at the breast. His bed is elevated and we hold him at angle during and after a feed. I read he could be reacting to cows milk protein, so I've edited out all dairy and it's been 3 full days. Anyone have a similar struggle? It would be great to hear your story and what worked for you. We're meeting with his pediatrician Monday about it.
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  • @llli*caraleeann's Avatar
    Today, 12:33 PM
    Hello, my little guy is close to 10 weeks old. I've been busy the last couple days and did a couple 4-5 hr stretches without feeding or pumping. Last night I noticed some significant pain in one of my breasts and I can't seem to get it to go away. Near the top inner part has a hard spot, like a knot and its sensitive to the touch and my nipple kills me when baby first gets on. Any advice, should I be concerned?
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  • @llli*junes.mama's Avatar
    Today, 11:54 AM
    Every night for the past several weeks, my baby, who is now almost 7 weeks, get super frustrated and upset. She stays this way even after all my swaddling, shushing, baby wearing, bouncing, ect. I can tell she is hungry but when I bring her to nurse she bobs and shakes her head like she can't latch on to the nipple. I've had a bad issue with oversupply since a few days after she was born. I also have a *very* overactive let down (especially on one side, it basically pours out like a faucet). She gets more and more frustrated throughout the night and refuses to eat. Lately I've found that I can calm her down with a pacifier and then sneak my boob in and she'll nurse for a little while. She is gaining tons of weight and has plenty of poopy and wet diapers. Any advice for these super stressful evening feeds? I'm getting so discouraged like I'll never have the right amount or right flow of milk. Also is the pacifier trick ok to keep doing or will it cause nipple confusion?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:12 AM
    Some moms do report an issue in lower production on the minipilll, although this is not supposed to be an issue according to the experts. But it is not as if the effects on milk production by hormonal birth control has been definitively studied. The way I look at it, any hormonal bc messes about with a woman's natural hormone balance, so in my very personal opinion, should be avoided whenever they safely can. Sometimes I think doctors have forgotten there are other methods for preventing unwanted pregnancy. BUT I overall agree with midnightsangel. This is not yet a situation where any worry is required. It is never a good idea to let one weight check worry you. Your baby has been gaining excellently since birth, in fact given such good gain I am confused as to why baby is weighed so frequently. Charts are based on how babies gain overall, over periods of several months, but not how they gain week to week. So when someone says, babies should gain X amount per day or per week, what they are really saying is the normal gain is this much per every three months or so, which averages out to X per day or week...... So when a baby is weighed very frequently like this, it tends to show a more erratic pattern which is normal but sometimes causes alarm. Also, a baby who has gained well up until 3 or 4 months will typically see a definitive drop off in normal gain rate after that. Baby still gains, but more slowly. This is 100% normal- toddlers would be giants if gain rate did...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 10:13 AM
    Okay, if the first weighing was clothed and the second two were not, that could explain the apparent lack of weight gain. I would want to make sure that proper weight procedure is followed at all future appointments. That means baby should always be weighed in the nude using the same scale every time. But I think a more likely explanation for the lack of weight gain is that baby seems to doze off rapidly when he is at the breast. I suggest doing the following: 1. Make sure the baby gets at least 20 minutes of sun on his bare skin. If he is jaundiced, which can cause sleepiness, sun will help to break down the bilirubin. 2. When it is time to nurse, keep the lights low. Babies often close their eyes in response to bright light. 3. When it is time to nurse, dress the baby very lightly. Cool babies tend to be more alert than ones who are warmly bundled. If it is warm enough, a diaper or onesie may be more than enough. 4. Tickle the soles of the baby's feet or rub against the grain of his hair using your hand or a cool damp cloth. That may wake him up more. 5. Do breast compressions as he nurses. 6. Try switch nursing: let baby nurse until he seems to be dozing off. Then remove him from the breast, burp him or change his diaper, and switch him to the other breast. If he dozes off on the second breast, switch him back to the first. Repeat the process until the baby will no longer wake. 7. Get your health checked out, if possible given the resources where...
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  • @llli*yellowcat's Avatar
    Today, 03:46 AM
    I just want to add that my supply did not drop as drastically as I had thought. I pumped about 18 oz yesterday- maybe only an ounce under what baby is taking in a bottle. My LC wanted me to get closer to baby's intake so perhaps it's okay. My breasts just feel very empty and it feels like breastfeeding has gotten less productive as a result.
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  • @llli*puja's Avatar
    Today, 02:49 AM
    Hey maddieb today I went to doc for measuring his weight and I was glad to see his weight has not decreased..when I asked doc about last measurements he said baby might hv increased weight but I feel it was incorrectly been taken.. at 5.5 month he was17.2 and at the end of 7 month he is 17.8 lbs is it fine
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  • @llli*mrsb26's Avatar
    Today, 02:14 AM
    Thank you for the reply. It's possible that she's gained in length, but I'd need to get her measured to be sure as they don't do this routinely. The only other thing I thought about was that I've been on the progesterone-only pill (mini pill) for about a month and a half - could this make any difference?
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  • @llli*mum.mumbai's Avatar
    Today, 12:31 AM
    Yes Mommal Dengue fever in infants is exceedingly serious. As they is no known cure and its treated symptomatically. And since such young children cannot articulate as whats bothering them like we do: headache, bodyache, joint pain. So its often detected in latter stages. But thankfuly since I was nursing my son never got dehydrated. And I feel the immuno factors in breast milk helped a great deal in dealing with this infection. So my so thankful that almost an year ago I stuck to breastfeeding despite going through every imaginable challenge.
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  • @llli*yellowcat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:52 PM
    Thank you so so much for taking the time to respond. I should have clarified that my plan is to eventually exclusively breastfeed and stop pumping. Yes I think my pump is working properly. The reason for the drop off in supply has to do with the fact that I was really focused on breastfeeding and didn't pump much for a few days in a row. Our breastfeeding sessions over the past few days hadn't been as productive as they should have been for me to drop so many pumping sessions. I went from 5/6 sessions to 2/3 but my supply was so high I didn't think it would have such a drastic effect. I definitely agree with you that we are probably over feeding our son with bottles. My husband does most of the bottle feedings so I'm trying to get this through to him. I'm very interested in alternative feeding methods. Are there any that you would suggest in my situation? I'm not sure we can really replace nursing sessions with bottles at this point. Right now my son doesn't continually suck enough to bring about a let down. He either starts crying or falls asleep. When I was overproducing I could do breast compressions and keep him at the breast this way but now with my supply down my breasts feel empty and I'm not having much luck. I'm planning to see my LC this upcoming week but we missed a session this week due to the thanksgiving holiday so I appreciate this forum.
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  • @llli*hopi's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:27 PM
    All of my babes have gained on the average to slow side. My third gained at the same rate as this little muffin. With her I could get more top ups in (breastmilk in a bottle). I can't get them into this baby these days. She has gained 4 oz in the last week. About 5 the week before. I just wish I could figure out how to regulate my supply and help her transfer milk more effectively?
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  • @llli*midnightsangel's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:42 PM
    Have all weigh in been on the same scale? Did you double check the numbers when the doctor wrote them down? Either way, it's important to look at the overall picture. Babies don't gain the same week to week, and this is the age that weight gain slows down. Did she gain length? It's common for babies to grow one way, while pausing in the other. So, baby might plump up but not get longer or baby might get longer and not pack on the weight. Does that make sense? I know it's worrying to have an abnormal weigh in from what you were expecting, but I would maybe wait to change anything until the next check? If her nursing behavior hasn't changed drastically, I don't think there's anything necessarily wrong. If you are worried still, maybe do a weigh-feed-weigh to see if her transfer is still good? Keep in mind that one session might only show an intake of an oz, but that doesn't reflect an average meal. If you do get a low number, you can do a couple of them over a few days at different times to get a more complete picture. What do you think?
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  • @llli*mrsb26's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:41 PM
    Hi all My 15 week old daughter has always had good weight gain. I get her weighed every 2 weeks and she has moved well along the 50th centile until now. I got her weighed today, and she has only put on 1.5oz in two weeks! This has me a bit concerned. The paediatrician said that some babies do plateau, but she seemed a little concerned and recommended I get her weighed weekly from now on. There has been no obvious change in her breastfeeding behaviour. She feeds frequently, every 2 hours or so, but has always been a frequent feeder. I simply cannot think why she has gained so little. The only thing I could perhaps put it down to is the fact that she is no longer cluster feeding in the evenings (this tailed off at around 11 weeks). Since she was about 8 weeks, she has typically woken just once during the night for a feed (but has still gained well up until this point). She currently sleeps from 8-9pm til 3-4am, feeds for 15 minutes and then goes back down til 7am.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:14 PM
    So at this point is your baby exclusively formula fed or partially formula fed I'm not sure? I think that if there are any breast-feeding problems it's always a good idea to seek the advice of a board-certified lactation consultant or a breast-feeding peer counselor -or both. It is important if possible to actually see the person in person for a complete consultation. In the meantime I would suggest to attempt to have baby nurse as much as possible and also to either pump or hand express as much as you can. Have you tried different pumps or had your pumppchecked out for any problems?
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  • @llli*darahaloom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:41 PM
    I had my baby girl on August 13 she's been having trouble with latching since birth. She will only breastfeed when she feels like it. I tried breast pumping since birth but stopped because the milk won't come down using Medela Freestyle but when I express there is milk. Now she's 12 weeks should I seek a lactation consultant for an opinion. It is very disappointing and heartbreaking that she's not breastfeeding because she's very colicky and now she's on Nutramigen. Any ideas or opinions?!?!?!?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:26 PM
    If your plan is to continue to pump and give baby bottles part of the day, rather than nursing, it is important to understand the drawbacks and how to try to avoid them. Over time, bottle feeding increases the chance that a baby will begin to lose interest in nursing. The more bottles, and the longer bottles are given, the more likely this is to occur. Over time, the more breastfeeding sessions are replaced with pumping, the more likely it is that milk production will not be stimulated appropriately, leading to less milk production over time. So the first thing to consider is whether the daily amount of bottles and pumping replacing nursing sessions can be reduced, so that nursing at the breast can be increased. The next thing to consider is whether the pump is working efficiently enough. Even good pumps malfunction, need a part replaced, don't fit right, etc. Some mothers need to pump twice to replace one nursing session. Some moms need to add hand expression or breast compressions to pump sessions to make them efficient. Frankly your pump output sounds normal or high to me, but it always makes sense to make sure pump is working well. The next thing to consider is how the bottles are given. To decrease the risk of breast refusal, it is vital that baby not be over fed with bottles. Unfortunately, it is very easy to do this. So you could consider using an alternative feeding method, or learn paced bottle feeding. Also, be aware of how large a typical meal is...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:04 PM
    If your primary concern is the infrequency/overall amount baby eats at day care, I see no reason why you should not address that with the day care and ask them to offer your baby food more often. That morning nap may well be normal, but that does not mean there is anything wrong with rousing baby enough for baby to eat a bit during it, a baby would typically nurse during a long nap. There would also be nothing wrong with encouraging more frequent feeds after that long nap, just ask them not to feed baby too close to the time you are coming to get baby so baby will be eager to nurse when you are there. If the sleep sack and pacifier are not absolutely necessary, perhaps eliminate those at day care and see what happens. Also there is nothing wrong with a baby eating "only" one ounce. That is a normal sized meal. Normal meals at this age vary from very little- less than an ounce- to 3 ounces or so. If daycare is used to scheduling, even 'soft' scheduling, and used to babies taking 3 or more ounces at a time, this idea of offering a baby the bottle more often and it being just fine if baby consequently takes a smaller meal may be something they need to be actively encouraged to do, but that methodology is closer to the biological norm than larger, more spaced out feedings. Here is very clear info that you can share with the daycare if you like: http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/22_bfabreastfedbaby.pdf it is common for a baby to start...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:42 AM
    Google search turned this up- https://www.facebook.com/breastfeedingsolutionstz Have you heard of breast compressions? More: http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=doc-BC
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  • @llli*tinybits's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:14 AM
    i had a very easy birth at home. no complications. baby feeds good for the first few minutes then he lazly sucks here and there and falls a very light sleep very possesive of the breast not wanying to let go of it. ticklibg or othwr things not working after a while.. the first weighing he was clothed the last two was same with only a onesie on top.
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