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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 02:26 AM
    Thank you for the update, so glad everything is going well!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 02:25 AM
    Great news baby is doing so well! If giving up dairy is a hardship for you, you might try introducing it back into your diet after a while just to be sure it was not coincidence. Also some moms find that after several months baby either outgrows the allergy or can handle things like cheese but not 'straight' milk. Of course if you are ok with a no dairy diet, no need to go back to dairy.
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  • @llli*norajsmama's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:09 PM
    So she was weighed on a digital infant scale and the weight was the same! 11 lbs 4oz. Anyway it's been just four days of no dairy and her diapers are totally normal. That happened yesterday. And she has gained 6oz since the weight checks 4 days ago to 11 lbs 10oz which is a relief. And that was being weighed after a soaking wet diaper. She was having ridiculous green blowouts and now we are having normal size yellow ones again. My supply also seems to have gone up lot as I notice a lot more drinking from her. Anyway thanks again for the reply!
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  • @llli*sarahfv's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:58 PM
    Well now I'm a bit stressed. Just realized I am traveling to get an MRI just 3 weeks from today. I'll be gone for the entire day (at least 10-12 hours) so baby really needs to be comfortable with bottles by then. I pumped a little the last few days and attempted the practice bottles. The Dr. Browns she rejected 3 times. The Playtex nurser she took the first time and finished the entire oz, but then rejected the next 2 times. If it matters, she also won't take a pacifier. We've tried dozens of times and were only successful twice (and for only a couple minutes). My husband is at the store now picking up an Avent so we can try that.
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  • @llli*sarahfv's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:00 PM
    Thanks! We are picking it up today.
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  • @llli*svo0829's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:59 PM
    Since I had been working on my son's latch because he wouldn't latch properly, my nipples were destroyed. Lanolin didn't do anything for me so I tried coconut oil. The coconut oil didn't help heal it just softened out the scabs. So I tried using boob-ease and let me tell you that stuff works wonders. Compared to how my nipples were before they now look "beautiful" haha I totally recommend you giving it a try!
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  • @llli*svo0829's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:57 PM
    Since I had been working on my son's latch because he wouldn't latch properly, my nipples were destroyed. Lanolin didn't do anything for me so I tried coconut oil. The coconut oil didn't help heal it just softened out the scabs. So I tried using boob-ease and let me tell you that stuff works wonders. Compared to how my nipples were before they now look "beautiful" haha I totally recommend you giving it a try!
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  • @llli*dlr17's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:04 PM
    My baby is 6 weeks old and for about the last 3 weeks he has been giving me trouble with breastfeeding. It's just been getting worse and worse. It's to the point now where he just won't latch on for more than a few seconds. He comes off and starts rooting with my nipple in his mouth. My supply is dropping because I can't get him to nurse and I'm trying to pump but I also have a 3 year old and I'm really struggling to find time to do it. I've been giving him breastmilk in a bottle which I know isn't helping the situation but I don't know what else to do if he won't breastfeed. I'm at such a loss. I saw a lactation consultant but it was no help. I'm going to go back one more time but after that I don't know. I want to breastfeed and I feel like I'm doing everything I can but it's just not working.
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  • @llli*svo0829's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:40 PM
    I don't know why but pretty much the body of my post disappeared. My son wouldn't latch when he was born until 2 months he didn't get it and now at 3 months 1 week he fights everytime I think to feed him. I've been being him once he is so sleepy and practically sleep already. How long will this last? Do you have any tips on how to fix this?
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  • @llli*svo0829's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:33 PM
    Hi everyone
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  • @llli*lindsaykt's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:01 AM
    My left breast has always been my power producer and after a case of mastitis in my right breast around 3 weeks postpartum it got even worse. Since then my standard when pumping is 3+ oz on the left and 1 oz on the right. In an effort to even them out a bit I would initiate all breastfeeding sessions on my right to make sure that breast was always fully drained. Well starting about a week ago (3 months pp) my right breast has stopped triggering a let down, so now I always have to start on the left. And it's hard for me to tell if LO is even getting anything on the right once I switch him. Is there anyway to help my right side initiate a let down again? A little background...this is my 3rd child. I breastfed my first until 4 months but then I had to have brain surgery so we switched him to formula. My second breastfed for 15 months. I had heart surgery when I was 4 and I don't have much breast tissue in the lower part of my right breast where my scar is located. I got breast implants, under the muscle, when I was 16 to help even out my lopsidedness. I also got my nipples pierced when I was in college but I took them out 10+ years ago. I feel like my past is a recipe for disaster with breastfeeding but considering my success with my second son I would think I was still capable. Also, I work full-time so I pump 3x a day during the work week and usually nurse on my lunch break. I also pump after a morning feed on the weekends to help keep up my supply. Thanks...
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  • @llli*chzhcn's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:00 AM
    Hello Mommal and Maddieb, Last months we have cancelled the appointment with speech therapist, because my daughter became interested in food when she was around 14-15 months and she eats a lot now. She will be 16 months soon. Thank you so much!!!!
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:59 AM
    The easiest way to see if it's right or wrong is to try. And the easiest way to try gradually without a bunch of ups and downs is to put a smaller mattress or futon on the floor in your own room. And put her to sleep there and then you will see if you are disturbing her sleep or not based on her night wakings while in her own space. And if she wake just as much, you can bring her back to bed. If she sleeps longer, great! And after she has established those sleep patterns you can work on moving her into her own room. And if not, when/if she does night wake, you only have to slither down to another matress in your own room rather than get up and walk into another room where she's alone. In terms of the rocking thing, have you tried rocking her to sleep in an actual rocking chair? Because that can be much less tiring while still being an effective way to get them to sleep. Good luck!
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:32 AM
    @llli*djs.mom replied to a thread Weaning guidance in Weaning
    How much language does your daughter have?
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  • @llli*joelley's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:26 AM
    Hello everyone, There's so much great advice and kindness on these forums. Hoping you can help us too!! I have a few issues just now I'm wondering about. Our daughter is 11 months and we bedshare. Approx 2 months ago, breastfeeding to sleep stopped working, and I have to walk about and rock her to sleep. This is hard as she is over 22lbs and often takes much longer. If I don't rock her she cries and even if I cuddle her, rock her lying down etc, she doesn't show any capacity to fall asleep any other way at present. Is this normal in other people's experience for feeding to sleep habits to change? She does still occasionally fall asleep feeding if she's exhausted. This makes me wonder if I should be changing her naps to earlier so she is more tired at bedtime? Or should I just accept this phase is over and how can I then best help her fall asleep without being rocked? The other big question for us is about whether to continue to bedshare. She wakes frequently, 4-8 times per night, and mostly will feed back to sleep at these times. I have read lots about the rationale for bedsharing and feel confident it has been/ is good for her to stay close to me, but I am having a bit of a crisis of confidence about whether it is still the right thing. I'm concerned that I wake her up and disturb her sleep more than if she slept alone. And I return to work soon so a bit apprehensive about surviving on such broken sleep. Husband and I have talked about whether to work towards her...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    December 5th, 2016, 07:39 PM
    Welcome to the forum! Can you tell us a bit more about your first nursing experience? Why do you think one side was so problematic- was there difficulty with everting the nipple, was it more that milk didn't let down well on that side? Or something else?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    December 5th, 2016, 07:36 PM
    :ita with MaddieB. I just want to point out that we ALL have "weird shaped" breasts. There's no one right way for human breasts to be. Every degree of size, shape, firmness, perkiness, droopiness, asymmetry, color, hair, nipple shape, and areola size is normal. We live in a culture which is constantly policing women's appearance, from the way we dress to the way our individual body parts look. If you look at the media- Hollywood, ads, fashion magazines- you would think that there is really only one type of breast: big (but not "too big"!), perky, with a nipple that is everted but somehow never shows through clothing. Not only do we have an unrealistic attitude towards form, but we also towards function. Breast are supposed to be jiggly and sexy when we're in a sexy situation immobile and unnoticeable when we run or in the workplace, and they are supposed to produce abundant milk for our babies but still remain available to fill our partners' sexual desires, and then they must return to their pre-pregnancy shape as soon as we're done nursing. No. Just no. Don't let society's bullsh*t invade your head. Love your breasts for what they are. You are just as proper a woman as any other!!!
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  • @llli*carm3's Avatar
    December 5th, 2016, 07:26 PM
    Hi mama! Have you checked your pump parts at all? Perhaps your membranes need replacing? I know that's usually the first place to look, especially if you've been using your pump a fair amount, which it sounds like you have been. Otherwise, I'm not sure - hopefully the other pumping mamas will have a better idea of what's going on.
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  • @llli*carm3's Avatar
    December 5th, 2016, 06:51 PM
    You actually shouldn't need a script for the gentian violet, you should be able to get it at a pharmacy without the script. Just make sure that you have the correct concentration -apparently it's often stocked as 2% in the states, and you want to just use it as 1%. http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=doc-UGV He does suggest using it with the APNO so that it doesn't dry it out too much. If you can't get the APNO (I know you said you've got just the lotrimin) then I would try a bit of olive oil to keep things from drying out too much. :angrypin to that doctor for suggesting it's not that bad. Hopefully you won't have to deal with him again. As for the probiotics, I would do the dry powder on the finger a couple times per day. Hang in there mama, you can beat this and you're right that it'll be so worth it!
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  • @llli*allie7n's Avatar
    December 5th, 2016, 05:30 PM
    Hi ladies! I’m new to the forum. A little about myself. Just started back at work (two days so far). Baby girl is 12 weeks old and I’ve been EBF as well as usually pumping once in the middle of the night regularly (usually around 2-3am after baby wakes for her one middle of the night feeding). There have been a couple of days where I’ve had to be separated from baby and had to pump a few times during the day while away with not too much trouble. I’ve never responded great to the pump as I really have to use lots of massage and compressions, but still get usually 4 oz between the two breasts if there has been a good 3 hours since I’ve fed her or between pumpings. My left side has been the better producer when feeding her and lets down much easier, but the right responds better to the pump usually, which is weird. At work I’ve been pumping 3 times. About 2.5 hours apart. Anyways, the problem has been that all of a sudden now that I’m back at work I can’t get anything really out of my left side when pumping. Maybe a half an oz each session at work (so about 1.5 oz through the day). I know there’s more milk in there as this is the side that DD feeds off of better in the first place. I’m getting about 2.5 oz from the right side each time, but this is only adding up to 9 oz throughout the work day which won’t be enough to leave for the 9 hours I’m gone at work. I’ll keep pumping a middle of the night session to help offset, but my question is, why all of...
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  • @llli*sarahfv's Avatar
    December 5th, 2016, 04:41 PM
    Well she slept better and was happier the last 2 days- so I know the gas is unrelated. Tried putting probiotics on my finger- but I have to do it at least 10 times to get a full dose, and she hates it (plus its sticky so it's not easy to get it all off). She wouldn't take a bottle with the probiotics mixed in, but then took one with just plain milk last night (drank the whole oz right up). And is rejecting it today with the probiotics. I wonder if she can taste it? I hate wasting all the milk. For the pump- I think the standard flanges were too big- the second time I used it, it left a red ring on my areola and was very sore. l had it on low- couldn't handle any higher. Went to the doctor again today to get Gentian Violet prescribed. He wrote me the prescription but he actually suggested it wasn't that bad and he recommend I not do anything. :mad: It's very frustrating not having a pediatrician in town and having to see a different family physician/nurse every time. The drawbacks of living in rural Alaska.. Now I'm not sure the Lotrimin is working for me either. I noticed a slight decrease in pain after a day, but it hasn't improved any more since then, and the pain during letdown has returned. :( Crossing my fingers the gentian violet works for both of us! And that it doesn't dry out my nipples and cause more problems.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    December 5th, 2016, 02:37 PM
    Your best bet is probably to do an online search for pumping in the workplace laws in your province or city, and check to see if there is a national law in place. If you have a local breastfeeding coalition they may have info for you as well. I do not know how it works in Canada but in the US while there are laws protecting the rights of pumping mothers in the workplace, they vary state to state, they do not apply to every business and they are difficult to enforce. We also have some federal protections now ( I think) but the same issues persist. Educating your supervisors about the many benefits to THEM of being supportive of nursing/pumping mothers is sometimes more effective than relying only on the law. There are a few articles online regarding talking to your employer about pumping. One thing employers are often unaware of is that sub-optimal milk removal places the mother's immediate health at risk, leading to a possible loss of work time. Also, since your baby is 8 months old, you may not need to pump as often as moms who are back to work when baby is 2-3 months old. How often you would need to pump is going to depend on your situation. We can offer suggestions about that if you give us more info about your work situation and how much baby is nursing at this point and anything else that may be relevant. It may be you can get by with pumping on your normal break times.
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  • @llli*davesgirl's Avatar
    December 5th, 2016, 12:49 PM
    I'm going back to work in a few weeks after EBF my 8 month old baby. I will need to pump at work. My higher up supervisor is supportive, but my immediate supervisor is not. Are there any laws protecting my right to pump at work??
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