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  • @llli*lllmamamia's Avatar
    Today, 10:28 AM
    Hey, welcome! I agree that it can be overwhelming to search information for breastfeeding, as it seems everyone has an opinion :) La Leche League is a great place to come for support and ideas! You can take what works for you and leave the rest :) From what you described, you are doing great!! You are nursing your baby following HIS cues, and that's great! Some rules of thumb that work for most moms: - Nature seems to teach moms to nurse baby as often as he will, for as long as he will. - Many mothers find their exclusively breastfed babies nurse 10-12 times per 24 hours. Usually, this happens in clusters throughout the day. It is less common for babies to space their nursing sessions evenly throughout the day. This seems to be a survival technique for babies; it helps ensure that they don't get too worn out nursing too long, and allows them to have almost constant access to their mom.
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  • @llli*erikab922's Avatar
    Today, 10:15 AM
    My son is 3.5 weeks old and typically cluster feeds from 9pm-midnight. Yesterday it lasted a bit longer, from about 7pm-midnight. I put him down at 12.15am and he slept straight through to 5.15am, and that's the first time he's gone more than 3 hours without waking to feed. Needless to say my breasts were both feeling incredibly full. I offered him my left breast and he ate for 15-20 minutes and wouldn't accept my right side. I put him back to sleep and he woke again at 7.30am. So my right breast went around 7 and a half hours without being nursed on, and I'm wondering if this will have any impact on supply on that side, bearing in mind he was nursing on and off of it for the better part of nearly five hours before then. I have to say I am finding the amount of information about BFing mind-boggling and often very confusing, it's much more than just 'pop them on for a feed'! From what I read it seems like if my son isn't feeding every 2-3 hours then my supply is going to tank. He eats a lot but it doesn't seem to be at regular intervals, just whenever he wants it.
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  • @llli*laurennn's Avatar
    Today, 10:06 AM
    Thank you for all of the help and articles!
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  • @llli*ngs215's Avatar
    Today, 10:06 AM
    IME, pump output at work is a terrible indication on what my kids eat. I pump 18-20oz. My son used to take 15; my daughter takes 7-10. Both were a 12 hour separation. I have a recent thread about this too. I worry my daughter is not getting enough, but she is happy and content at pickup and gaining weight.
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    Today, 09:42 AM
    sorry posted twice
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    Today, 09:41 AM
    my baby was born on may 15th and he was 8lbs 11 ounces. while discharge he was 8lbs 3 ounces. on 2nd month wellnes check he he was 12lbs 8. on aug 8th in the lactatin center he was 13lbs 11. on aug 28th in lactation center he was 14lbs 7. is it a normal weight gain between 8th and 28th and between 2nd month until now
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    Today, 09:39 AM
    he was born on may 15th 8lbs and 11 ounces. when he was discharged he was 8lbs 2 ounces. 2nd month check up 12lbs 8. on aug 8th in lactation cencter he was 13lbs 11 and on aug 28 he was 14lbs 7. is it a good gain between aug8th and 28th. and between 2nd month until now?
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    Today, 09:12 AM
    yes it was not helpful. i am still dealing with half of the breast size lump every feeding if breasts gets full. what you said is true i started getting plugs when breasts gets full or if my breasts were not empty enough, that backup milk formed as a huge lump(even though the breast was half full). encouraging bay to nurse often helped me to avoid fullness but the problem is when he is awake he is not willing to take the milk before the 3 or 4 hour mark. only when he is asleep i can feed him before 3 hours. so that resulted to infrequency and my milk is not regulating. for instance if my right breast is completely clogged, and if i encourage him to nurse in 2 hours when he is awake he will jus suck for 5 to 10 mins and he will avoid taking it. then after the 3 to 4 hour mark he will come back and i put him on the same breast(milk will be little less because he has suckled before for ten mins or so and milk streams out because of forceful letdown) he will not empty the breast, not even half of the breast because of less flow and he wants to take the other breast, so there is no way i put him on the other breast even though the right breast does have milk which he doesn't want to put effort to suck it out. am i making sense? but today i was waiting for him to demand he came to nurse after 3 hours he somewhat emptied the right breast(clogged one) and he didn't take the left one because he was full. so that's were the infrequency lies. am i making any sense? or is it confusing?...
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 07:53 AM
    He is 5 1/2 months and was full term. I was anemic after delivery and was put on Iron supplements myself. I don't know what my Iron levels were like pre-delivery but the Dr never said anything about it. I'm guessing the anemia was just due to blood loss at delivery since there was kinda extensive tearing. I haven't gone and done the vitamins for him since everyone always seems to say ask the Dr but at this point I might just do it on my own since I'm not trusting the Drs anyway.
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  • @llli*passion3flower's Avatar
    Today, 07:48 AM
    The mirena causes serious damage to the female body, and the only way to get rid of these side effects for good is to remove the mirena and take natural supplements, herbs and foods and consider natural therapies that will eliminate estrogen dominance, help restore the balance of progesterone and estrogen hormones, and detoxify the body from all the toxins present in mirena such as silicone and copper. mirenadetox has been immensely helpful to my recovery and I seriously recommend it
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  • @llli*ccb52914's Avatar
    Today, 07:09 AM
    I recently went back to work, and my 3 month old daughter is staying at home with her aunt. I'm away from home from 7-4, and have been leaving three bottles (2 3oz. and 1 4oz.). According to my SIL, this seems to be the right amount - she's doing paced feedings and my daughter seems satisfied afterwards. I've been pumping four times a day (once before I leave for work, and three times at work) and yielding 16-18 oz total. This is obviously more than she's consuming, and I'm happy to build a freezer stash, but I'm worried it might mean she's not getting enough while I'm at work. My daughter's not really a crier, so I worry that she's still hungry, just not complaining. Any thoughts?
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  • @llli*rosesmum's Avatar
    Today, 06:40 AM
    Thank you everyone for your replies! Breastfeeding is tricky for me and it really helps to have this resource to help me figure all this out! It does seem that the more progress I make on oversupply the better it is, I'm not sure why though. It's just funny I have issues with engorgement in both breasts but it must just be the way my ducts or nerves are in the right side that make it more painful. No worries on meds I only take a multi-vit and a probiotic everyday. Baby does clamp and I try to relatch her each time (unless she is coughing after then I have her take a break first). She often only nurses for 10-15 minutes, but she has lots of wet and dirty diapers and she has been gaining .5lbs a week (drs scales), so I'm thinking this is my baby's 'normal'... I do wonder if there is a deep plug, I do massage the area, but I'm not sure how to really reach it. I did have one plugged duct in that breast in a different location (underside), that I was able to sort out in 1 day, but I could feel the lump in that one so it wasn't very deep.
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  • @llli*momto3now's Avatar
    Today, 06:24 AM
    Creased, that's why the sore on top is shaped in a straight line. Can you give any advise to heal the wounds? I will be contacting a new lc in the morning
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:07 AM
    Welcome to the forum! Lots of questions... -Are you a student or a teacher? The reason I ask is that an employee may be entitled to different things than a student, and might want to contact a different person at the institution. - How do you commute? Are you going by car or taking public transportation? - What sort of pump do you have? - How often does baby nurse when you are together? Does he sleep through the night?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:03 AM
    :ita Latch is NOT fine. I am also thinking that baby needs to be checked very carefully for lip and tongue ties. And hands-on help from a LC, preferably an IBCLC, is a really good idea. What shape are your nips when baby unlatches? Symmetrical, like pencil erasers, or asymmetrical/wedged/creased/ridged/ shaped like new lipsticks?
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  • @llli*momto3now's Avatar
    Today, 06:02 AM
    He's not either. I agree with the latch comment but 2 lactation consultants at the hospital said he was latched correctly and told me the pain would eventually fade :( but the pains gotten worse
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:00 AM
    You could just give him a daily multivitamin and see if anything changes... How old is he now? Most docs won't test for iron until 6+ months. Maybe they'd test earlier if he was preterm- iron stores aren't complete until a baby reaches term.
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  • @llli*ngs215's Avatar
    Today, 05:57 AM
    I went through several sizes of shields when I pumped for my son. I was fitted with Large in the hospital, needed medium by the time I went back to work, and had to switch to small by 9 months. Now that I am pumping for my daughter, I need a small on 1 side and medium on the other. So yes, it can change. At this point, I don't question it and just go with whatever is comfortable at the moment since I own quite the assortment by now :)
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:53 AM
    The best way to cope with supply fluctuations is to let the baby do it. He's going to get the milk he needs as long as he does the work or nursing well. That might mean he nurses a lot more frequently than usual, or for longer periods, or requires both breasts instead of just one. And he may be fussy- but that frustration is part of the learning process.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 05:07 AM
    Well, went without supplements for over a week and weight gain is NOT good. Only 2.2 oz for the week. So he is still gaining but way slow. This is really frustrating though because there is still milk there for him after pretty much EVERY FEEDING but he is just done eating and I can't get him to latch back on anymore. I've been feeding like 15+ times per day (basically hourly during the day and co sleeping/feeding almost all night.) A big feeding for him is anything over 2 oz. Most of the daytime feeds are between .7 and 1.8 oz which is not enough. I'm wanting to get his Iron level checked to see if I should be giving him Iron drops or something but I'm afraid to go back to the Pediatrician since I'm not following his orders to feed him formula by bottle as much as I can get him to take after each nursing session. The Pediatrician I want to switch to doesn't take our insurance And I probably can't change plans at this point.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 04:46 AM
    Can you see an IBCLC http://www.ilca.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3901 If you are in such pain, latch is obviously NOT fine. Has baby been checked for tongue/lip ties?
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 04:44 AM
    How far away is school? I've heard of moms pumping as they drive to and from work.
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  • @llli*ngs215's Avatar
    Today, 04:37 AM
    It is early, so maybe I am doing something wrong, but how are you getting 4.8 oz per week? If I use the last 2 data points, I see 14oz in 15 days, which is like 1oz per day without a calculator. If I look at the period before that, I see 36oz in 33 days, which is also 1 oz per day. If I go from 1st weight to most recent, I see 73oz in 79 days. And I don't think that should be considered because babies loose weight initially and there was a tongue tie, but that is still almost 1oz per day.
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