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  • @llli*mrsrodgers0711's Avatar
    Today, 09:11 AM
    Im also having similar issues..but from the sound of your description, my wound sounds bigger...i did have it one both sides, but one side the pain has gone away and is starting to heal. Are you using lanolin? I was and the pain was worse, i was told to stop using it because some women have adverse reaction. I stopped and that was when i started healing more. Also making sure my DS was latched correctly is helping, since an incorrect latch can continue to cause damage, instead of encouraging healing. One more thing...let some fresh breast milk dry on your wound, it has a lot of antibacterial elements, and can help significantly.
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  • @llli*mrsrodgers0711's Avatar
    Today, 09:05 AM
    Well i was seeing some watery bm's but he has since started feeding longer again and his bm have started to return to normal. I am going to assume it was just a grwth spurt, he is still sleeping shorter periods, but im just happy he is eating more. He does seem to still be oddly fussy at one brsast, and im starting to wonder if i have a plugged duct (or something going on), because of pain in the breast tissue. My breast is tender when not being nursed, and when im nursing there is pain throughout the breast...
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 08:27 AM
    I don't either think it's your IUD, especially since you had it put in such a long time ago. Sounds hormonal to me, especially with those cramps you got. I get those too (forgot to mention it). Do you normally pump or nurse at 4am? Also, it's normal to get less and less amounts as the day progresses. Once in a while when my baby is sick and doesn't really nurse, at the end of the day I might pump and only get like 2-3 ounces which doesn't make sense if he missed a few feedings, right? But that's just how it is. Please don't freak out. What you got there is totally not an indicator of how little or great of a supply you've got. I pump two times a day and used to get 5 ounces and then 4 ounces. Now I get 3 and 2. That's like half of what I used to. The only thing I'm doing differently is giving more foods. Just like you. I also worry all the time if it's good to give food or not now since it's definitely decreasing my supply, but hey, it's got to happen sometime, right? And if your baby is happy with the food and shows she wants, then by all means let her have some. Like you mentioned, it's a great idea to first nurse and then feed food. That way she's still getting lots of milk from you. I also feel very lost when it comes to giving food. I never know how much food to give and I can't go by my baby's cues really because he isn't a demander so I just feed whenever. In the control panel there are settings for changing your signature. It lets you upload a picture...
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  • @llli*kappamom's Avatar
    Today, 07:43 AM
    I have had a lot of issues breastfeeding my second DS (mastitis, recurrent plugged ducts, thrush, blisters, etc.). I thought I had the ductal thrush under control. Got it (both breasts) a couple days after starting a course of antibiotics for mastitis, immediately started Diflucan for 2 weeks and the symptoms were virtually gone. My LC suggested I take a second round because I had not been symptom free for 5-7 days. 3 days into the second round and my symptoms have come back with a vengeance. I have been on diflucan the entire time. I also (I think unrelated) have a lump in one breast. I have had it for a month, and have tried all the normal methods for clogged ducts that have always worked for me in the past. It wasn't painful for the first couple weeks, but lately has become tender, and sometimes there is a throbbing pain in the area of the lump. It's not mastitis, because it's not red, and I don't feel bad. I was never concerned until I read about chronic clogged ducts that can turn into an abscess that needs draining. It doesn't behave like all my other clogged ducts. When I drain my breasts, it's still there, a lump. Any suggestions? I have never had external symptoms from the thrush (maybe because I was already using APNO for latch pain). My symptoms are primarily deep stabbing or shooting pains, sometimes stinging in my nipples, but mainly focused in the breast. It feels like electric shock or someone stabbing me. It doesn't necessarily correspond to nursing and...
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  • @llli*gold86en's Avatar
    Today, 07:20 AM
    :hug I know it's hard, mama. Try not to beat yourself up about it though, you did nothing wrong. Have you tried going around the house topless, or sitting with your LO topless while she is playing? Or taking a bath with her? Having your breasts be exposed while in close contact with her might be enouh of an invite for her. I have also heard of making a game out of it by trying to squirt breastmilk in her mouth... Good luck, mama. Keep us posted.
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  • @llli*babydahlen's Avatar
    Today, 06:09 AM
    Thank you so much for replying. It goes away almost immediately once I nurse him, it just sticks around the whole day while I'm working and is painful and makes me stressed that I only get a little milk from that side. The whole needle thing freaks me out. :) I don't think it bothers me enough to do that! Ha! I feel like my supply is getting lower too, but it could just be because he is starting to eat more and my body is telling me to make less. Who knows. I told a friend of mine who has a baby born on the same day as mine and is having frustrations breastfeeding, I said - "What do a Rubix cube and my boobs have in common?" I don't understand either of them! Ha! Go breastfeeding mamas!!
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  • @llli*american.honey's Avatar
    Today, 04:42 AM
    Yes, I have the Mirena IUD. I got it since my 6 week check-up. I honestly don't think its that, since I don't feel it was an issue before. Do you think at after 10 months it could be affecting me now mommal? I pray to God that it's something simple. I just tried to pump at 3:55am -4:05am and I only got 1 oz from each boob. I was freaking out before. Now I'm totally a mess. I've never pumped from each boob such little amounts. Ruchiccio, you brig up a great point! Could it be hormonal? I honestly haven't had an actually period since getting this Mirena IUD; which I think is totally throwing my system off. However; I have noticed that my tummy has slight pains as if I'm cramping here and there. I noticed this last month also, now that I think of it. Honestly, I'm not too sure though. I have been giving my baby girl solids 3x daily. So I'm worried that she is weaning off her milk. I always give her milk first then solids. I use to not give so much solids, but she sees me eat and she just watches and seems interested now. She doesn't eat so much at every serving, but still could this be the issue? I feel like I still don't know what I'm doing with this whole solids and not weaning baby off milk issue. Obviously something is happening and I just pray she's not weaning off. Hope, I am making the issue bigger than it really is. Im just losing my mind right now. By the way Ruchiccio, how did you post a pic of your beautiful baby boy? I like that!
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 02:48 AM
    We now use 'cheeky wipes' which are basically terry cotton squares that come in a kit with a tub to keep them in and moist at home and a mini wet bag for out and about. Honestly tho any container that is the right size to hold a stack of reusable wipes with a bit of water and a drop of essential oil. (Or cooled chamomile tea is supposed to be good instead of water for rash) would work. It just needs to be waterproof with the lid on to prevent accidents. Reusable diaper wise I always use non bio detergent and the smallest amount to try and avoid irritation. You can always do an extra rinse if you are worried about detergent too!
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 12:51 AM
    You don't want to introduce any artificial nipple until 4-6 weeks in. Because nipple preference happens and you don't want the baby to prefer anything to your breast. So paci's and bottles are not recommended until this time frame so that your baby gets used to doing the work of breastfeeding, know food comes from there and is able to properly latch and remove milk.
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 12:46 AM
    It's more likely a strike brought on by the ear infection. The pain was probably exacerbated by the position she was in to nurse. Which she now associates with the ear pain. That's a really common reason for strikes. At 12.5 months you could really go either way. You could walk away. And your child probably won't be sad and traumatized by it because she is associating it with ear pain and 1 year olds are SO busy. But you could also nurse her while she sleeps and try to work your way back in that way. Sleeping babies usually will suck. If you nurse her while sleeping or sleepy she may come back. Her molars are gonna break if they haven't already. And that time if they associate the breast with comfort, is usually a time of increased nursing. So you just need to decide which way you want to go with it. Either way making it a year is a huge accomplishment. So don't feel terrible. It's not like you pushed her away. If you do decide to wean her you definitely need to replace you milk with whole fat milk. Good luck.
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  • @llli*sadmama37's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:21 PM
    My daughter is 12.5 months old and is about 10 days into a cold-turned-ear infection. Just before the cold, she was biting me a lot, drawing blood twice. I tried everything, and was contemplating ending our breastfeeding relationship, even though it killed me! Well, then she got sick, and no more breastfeeding, even before the ear infection started. She is all better now, and still won't nurse. She won't drink hand expressed milk from a bottle, sippy cup, cup, or even syringe! She spits it out and makes a funny face. She does the same with cow or soy milk too. She eats lots of solids and drinks plenty of water. She also loves greek yogurt and cheese, but just won't drink ANY milk. I can't keep my supply up since I don't respond to pump and can't hand express much. Even when I can produce some, she won't drink it. I am so sad and crying a lot, but she's doing great. No fussiness, eating well, and not sick anymore. I continue to offer my breast multiple times a day but she gets so mad at me!! If she decides to nurse again, can I get my supply back? I seriously have expressed about 10 oz in the last 10 days. I know it's rare to self wean this early, but is it possible? I'm feeling so sad and guilty... :(
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  • @llli*mommele's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:22 PM
    So over a month since my last post. Went to a lactation specialist back then. Things have actually gotten worse. Prior to appt I was feeding only one side at each feeding and then alternating to the next at the next feeding. She suggested to offer both sides at every feeding....which gave the injured nipple less time to heal and therefore the whole is now much larger. Today I'm feeling occasional shooting sharp pain in that breast randomly ( not while nursing). There continues to be no puss or discharge. But that nipple is redder and irritated. I plan on making another appt but I'm worried about the option of antibiotics and thrush. What is thrush exactly?! I'm just so tired of having to deal with pain every time she latches on that side for the past 3 months. Feels like this is never going to end :(
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  • @llli*gold86en's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:12 PM
    When I went back to work full time after my maternity leave, my DD could not be soothed by my husband or my mother ( who watched her when hubby was at work) She would cry her little eyes out for hours on end, daily. She also refused drinking out of the numerous bottles and different nipples we tried...We tried to introduce a pacifier (as she was 12 weeks by then) hoping the sucking would help soothe her while I wasn't around to nurse. She refused those as well. We tried at least 4 different brands/styles. So even if you want to try getting baby to use a paci for comfort or to give your nipples a break, baby may have other ideas ;) But now that we are past that stage, I am really glad we never had to deal with a binky.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:57 PM
    Only eliminate one thing at a time. I think mommal posted a link about elimination diets above
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  • @llli*gold86en's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:50 PM
    No one knows their babies better than mamas... that being said, trust your instincts, and if you don't mind nursing your LO throughout the night, by all means continue. My LO is 2 1/2 and we still nurse sometimes once, sometimes twice, and occasionally not at all throughout the night, and it doesn't bother me one bit. We also bedshare though, so all I have to do is roll over and adjust my shirt, then doze until she's finished, and I roll back over. Neither one of us ever wakes up fully. Every mother, baby pair is different, and what works for one, may not be ideal for another, but all in all it is up to you and your baby - no one else. You are doing great, mama - ignore the parenting advice - you don't need it ;)
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:49 PM
    I would definitely get an at the breast supplementer. I used a Medela SNS. Get baby checked for tongue/lip ties How does nursing feel? If money is really tight, if you are in the US, and on WIC, they have breastfeeding support/help in most locations. If you are not on WIC most medical insurance covers breastfeeding help. My LO is 6 1/2 months now and we finally got off all supplements shortly before he turned 6 months. That probably would have happened a lot sooner had I seen an IBCLC back in the beginning. My signature has my threads if it would help to hear some one elses story.
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  • @llli*westcoaster's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:46 PM
    Thanks, guys. I tried the warm bath today to no avail (although he did enjoy it!). Still doesn't seem to be bothered. I probably will call tomorrow just to check in. I do hope he goes soon, just so we're not in continuous watching mode.
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  • @llli*smp0808's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:41 PM
    Thank you all for the words of wisdom and support. I really don't feel ready to wean so I think I'd like to try an elimination diet. Any great resources to make that as easy as possible?
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:40 PM
    I agree that if nursing feels good and baby is gaining well, then it really doesn't matter how long or short or how often you nurse as long as you nurse on demand and offer to nurse if you feel it has been long enough even if baby hasn't cued. In fact nursing frequently is better for your supply. If Dr gives you more grief, get her to refer you to an IBCLC for qualified breastfeeding support instead of giving advice that will harm your supply and probably leave baby hungry by making him wait between feedings.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:20 PM
    I actually did a version of this where I would put the pumped milk into the fridge sealed up and put a new bottle onto the pump parts and put the pump parts into the fridge as well and I would actually pump several times before washing everything. I often wouldn't have had time to wash even every other time since baby was taking so long to nurse, by the time I pumped it was pretty much time to nurse again and then pump again (even with using the at the breast supplementation I had NO time for a while there.)
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:44 PM
    i'm the one with the three week time, my daughter went at least 21 days once. It may have been longer, I do not know for sure because we were not counting at first. I was practically begging the pediatrician to suggest a glycerin suppository but they said don't do it and that the office record was 21 days, so my daughter was not the only one! She was not constipated or uncomfortable, and when she went it was fine. Just, a lot. but I would definitely agree talk to doctor if you are concerned.
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  • @llli*juliasmomma's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:41 PM
    Thank you! That's kind of what I was planning to do at a year, emphasize the solids more. I really didn't expect him to start weaning yet though... He kinda caught me off guard :) My daughter didn't really drop feedings, I weaned her very slowly. At 12 mos (if I remember right) she was nursing about 6x a day, pretty similar to what he was doing before. He seemed more attached to nursing than she was so I'm kind of surprised that he's dropping feedings. So this is uncharted territory for me! I was hoping that we could keep all his regular (6) feedings & just add more solids when he turns one...I guess thus is baby led weaning! :) thank you for your help!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:33 PM
    have you looked at the book Making More Milk? it is more specifically about milk production and more recent than the NMC.
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