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  • @llli*jessicanewmom's Avatar
    Today, 05:49 PM
    Thanks for all the suggestions! The past couple times now I took your suggestion to move some of the bedtime routine to the bed & that seems to work. She's flinging around while we're reading stories and it feels more like hanging out and winding down rather than just waiting for her to be ready to sleep. Ruchiccio, we do nurse sitting up a lot of times, but at night I was often nursing her sitting until I thought she was asleep then laying her down and the she'd pop awake again & start the flinging. I don't really mind it & it is adorable -- I just wanted to make sure I wasn't setting myself up for something by going with the flow :). Thanks experienced mamas!
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  • @llli*beckyd0106's Avatar
    Today, 05:41 PM
    Used to be every couple days and go between loose and formed. Last prob two mos has become consistently formed sometimes pellets and up to a week between stools.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:23 PM
    I wouldn't wean, if I were in your shoes. First, weaning doesn't magically turn a young toddler into a reliable eater of solid food. A your friends have observed, forcing the weaning process just takes away the benefits of breastmilk with no sure gains in the solids department. Second, if you have a baby who struggles with constipation, you want him to have as much milk as possible because breastmilk has a mild laxative effect. How often does he poop (# of times per week) and what is the consistency when he does go?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:18 PM
    Whatever you choose- toughing it out and doing baby-led weaning, or deciding to pursue mother-led weaning, it's going to be okay. There's no wrong choice here, and whatever you choose will have a unique complement of benefits and some detriments. When both my girls were in the last phases of nursing, I felt those nearly uncontrollable spasms of negative emotion. The only thing that worked for me was limiting the amount of time that my toddlers could nurse. I would tell them "I will count to ten and then it's time to be done" or "I'm going to sing 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' and then you have to stop", and they listened. I think it helped that they were no longer particularly interested in nursing, so they didn't feel the need to fight the limitation. In your shoes, I think I would want to find a different way to put the toddler to sleep. Maybe you nurse- briefly!- and then dad comes in and takes over?
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  • @llli*beckyd0106's Avatar
    Today, 05:01 PM
    My 16 mo old struggles with constipation. This has been an issue since starting solids but has worsened lately. He eats sporadic meals. Often times he refuses solids. I am not super proactive about refusing boob and there are times that I offer food before boob but it is still refused. He also only eats sporadic meals even during the work day when I am not with him. I'm curious if other moms have had this experience. If so did you feel it was related to the sporadic foods or something else? He only eats healthy foods (beans oatmeal many fruits and veges etc). Every time I findsomething he really likes such as smoothies he decides he ddoesnt want it anymore. I cant force him to eat or drink. I was trying juice but even yesterday he refused it and was finicky about even drinking water. I tried giving him mineral oil last week twice even tho I dont like that idea and he still isnt pooping much. Doctor has basically said only other option if the juice and mineral oil dont work is chemical which I desperately would like to avoid. Should I force him to stop nursing very much? That feels wrong and some other moms have told me that when they force weaned they just ended up with a toddler that still didn't eat and didn't have the benefits of breastmilk.
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Today, 04:59 PM
    Keep in mind that you just need enough for the first day. Then, each day you are at work, you pump for the next day. The "rule of thumb" is 1 - 1.5 oz/hour apart. So if, for example, you will be apart for 8 hours, you'd want about 8-12 oz, maybe a couple oz extra as backup. When you think of it that way I think it makes it less overwhelming to think about pumping for that first day.
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  • @llli*ngs215's Avatar
    Today, 04:53 PM
    Mine is from 2012, and the button lets me switch both ways. I find it quite useful. If I notice my letdown has started, I switch to regular mode early because I think that is more efficient. And then after the milk stops flowing, I will go back for a second letdown.
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 02:45 PM
    Can you nurse not lying down? I nurse him to sleep while I'm sitting in bed (I always nurse sitting so this feeding isn't different from others). He can't possibly fly around if I have him in a cross cradle hold.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 02:45 PM
    15lb 5.5oz this morning
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 02:42 PM
    Thanks for posting!
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 02:31 PM
    if you have been doing BLW, you have initiated the weaning process. If you love breastfeeding and have no reason that you have to have her weaned by a certain age then don't feel you need to rush things. Nursing is a great mommy superpower for getting baby to sleep, comforting for just about any reason etc. Gradual, gentle, baby led weaning is likely to be easier after the age of 2 or 3. But hopefully others will chime in with helpful tips since I don't yet have any personal experience with weaning since my LO is only 6 months and we only started BLW a couple weeks ago.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 02:06 PM
    at that age, I wasn't successful enough with side lying nursing with my DS. He would latch on but the milk transfer just wasn't happening so I would get up every 3 or 4 hours to nurse until we finally managed to improve his latch and my supply to the point that side lying would work. DS didn't get his tt/lt corrected till 8 weeks and we didn't get the physical therapy for him till 3 months and side lying wasn't really successful till 4 months. Of course now that he is often happy to stay latched on most of the night, I'm finding that it is giving me back issues. You might experiment with sitting up to get her latched and started and then see if you can mange to lye back down without detaching. Or try a little bit of light to see if that helps (or maybe try it during the day when you are both fully awake and see if that helps you figure out the tricks.) FYI, even if nursing in bed doesn't work for you just now, co sleeping has the advantage of you getting more sleep since a sleeping baby is more likely to stay asleep when in contact with mom so getting back to bed after nursing is usually far quicker than if you are attempting to put her down in a bassinet.
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  • @llli*sarag's Avatar
    Today, 01:29 PM
    Yes, she did well yesterday as well as last night. This morning before she left for grandmas she wouldn't eat but that's it. She said that she did the paced feeding soon after she got there. She drank 1oz then feel asleep. Later though I guess she was getting upset when the nipple was moved down and just went right back to sucking. Is that okay? She ate 2oz st that feeding. I started yesterday to try to use the paci less, she seemed to be okay with me distracting her when she would get fussy. I also tried nursing her when she seemed like she wanted it and she mostly would latch and suck a bit then would fal asleep. We did side lying feeding and she latched okay but as soon as we sat up and I burped her she spit it all up. Her usual cue that I notice first is her opening and closing her mouth, but sometimes it seems like even if I try to feed her as soon as I see her do this, she still gets very frustrated if either she doesn't latch the first time she opens or she just won't open to latch. The gas discomfort I see is mostly at night. She wakes herself up grunting trying to get it out. I will pick her up and pat her back then lay her down and do bicycles. Usually I will get some out but most of the time not all of it. Normally it ends with her pooping and having loud forceful sounding toots. This happens most nights. I give her drops sometimes but they don't seem to do much. She sometimes will go a day with only pooping once or twice but usually the next day she will have...
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  • @llli*munchmama's Avatar
    Today, 12:34 PM
    My 9 month old is BFOD. She is teething and our schedules have been off (due to my working part time and no set schedule) so she is nursing more at night, and is popping on and off the breast a lot when I am home with her, probably due to teething lately and just because we are together and she just likes unlimited access I think :love So we have never had any issues with yeast, engorgment, mastitis, etc and for the first time yesterday I noticed some little water blisters (clear fluid) pop up out of no where on my nipples! I read it could be a blocked opening (that skin grew over a hole?) or possibly a sign of yeast? but she has no symptoms of that and I have some discomfort, but since yesterday has improved. She popped them when nursing at one point and they are not red or irritated. No blocked ducts. No signs of infection and I have kept some drops of breastmilk on there to hopefully keep infection at bay. Wondering if due to the constant nursing and occasional rough or shallow latch when she is being careless. She does occasionally play with the other nipple while nursing and I wonder if she scratched the surface, causing the blisters? Any input on this or recommendations?
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  • @llli*leemami's Avatar
    Today, 10:53 AM
    I just saw this on the news, and I thought I'd share with y'all. (sorry if I posted on the wrong forum!) I'm just so glad technology is improving the breast pumps!!! http://www.boston.com/health/2014/09/21/mighty-mom-breast-pumping-toolbelt-wins-mit-hackathon/colHXp5XR0HHIpaaKDXcfM/story.html
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  • @llli*leemami's Avatar
    Today, 10:44 AM
    Hola @ilusionalia Yo creo que tienes que corregir la manera que tu bebe agarra el pecho. Generalmente las grietas asi son causadas por mala posicion al amamantar. De que forma sale tu pezon una vez que el bebe se despega? Tiene forma de lapiz labial nuevo? Dr. Newman tiene buenos videos que demuestran como el bebe debe pegarse al pecho y como (http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=videos-spanish). Basicamente, la boca del bebe tiene que cubrirte casi toda la areola. Aqui van unos links de algunos videos que pueden ayudarte. http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=vid-28hrassist-span http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=vid-squeeze-sp
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 09:28 AM
    mine might be an early PISA, got it through wic, probably from before they did away with the bag for the insurance models, perhaps they changed the function of the button after getting comments.
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  • @llli*js's Avatar
    Today, 08:58 AM
    Hi Ladies, I'm a new member of LLL so hoping to get lots of support! My dd is 13 months old and we did EBF up to 6 months and BLW & BF from then on. I plan on starting to wean her soon. My ultimate goal was to reach 12 months bf which I'm really pleased I managed to do, then I planned on gradually weaning her before the end of this year (which I've now pushed back until she's 18 months to give me more time). I love bf'ing her but at the same time I do feel it's the right time to initiate the weaning process. Trouble is, it fills me with dread! She has never taken a dummy nor has she ever been attached to any kind of comforter and I dread the thoughts of taking away what has become her comforter, security etc, and neither myself nor my OH will allow her to cry. I need to do this as gradual and gentle as possible and any tips from you ladies would be greatly appreciated. She currently feeds 4 times during the day (morning, both naps to sleep and before bed). She's been waking for about 5-6 feeds a night since mid June and before that she usually did 3-4 feeds a night (she's never been a great sleeper). She won't settle for anyone else, nor will she sleep without breast. I wondered if I should start by trying to get her to nap without boob during the day and take it from there. I've tried her with cows milk over the past 2 weeks and she spits it out! Thank you x
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  • @llli*emt9514's Avatar
    Today, 08:32 AM
    Thank you for your reply it was very helpful! Yes I have been reading that it is better to wait until the 4th week to start pumping until your milk supply is more established. I still have about 3 weeks off, so I am going to hold,off another week.
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  • @llli*emt9514's Avatar
    Today, 08:30 AM
    In 3 weeks. I am thinking of maybe waiting another week since I have been reading that it is better to wait until around the 4th week when your milk supply is well established.
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  • @llli*5ofus's Avatar
    Today, 08:28 AM
    :) I have to comment on this one.. My youngest is now 22 months and rarely does this anymore. I actually kind of miss it! Both my nurslings did it and I have fond memories of the silliness they displayed. Although it was frustrating some nights because my "me" time was after they went to sleep, or I had things that needed done once they were in bed, it's such a comical display of learning at that age. It IS a natural stage. Embrace it as much as you can. PP gave some great tips on how to get them from making it too long of a session. I will add that my youngest went through a stage at about 15 months where he would nurse and play then just climb out of bed and head to the living room with my husband or to hang out with his big sister(14yrold). I still find that comical. I was always in bed with him and my then 3 yr old. It was actually nice to just lay in bed with the older one and let the youngest come to bed when he was ready. We do set a bed-time regardless of those shenanigans... just kinda go with the flow.
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  • @llli*sassypants's Avatar
    Today, 08:22 AM
    I like the automatic let down feature on the PISA. That is my only complaint about my Hygeia, that the highest speed isn't as good at letdown as the Medela PISA letdown button. That is strange that your letdown button only goes one way. I know a lot of the pump manufacturers have slightly less fancy models they distribute through insurance versus retail, but that doesn't seem like a feature that would save them any money to remove. But back to the OP, the idea of the letdown button, or adjusting the setting for letdown versus milk extract, is to mimic a baby suckle. Notice your baby (probably) starts with light fast sucking to stimulate, then when the milk starts flowing changes to long deep sucking to remove the milk. The goal with pumping this way is to be as close to natural suction as possible for optimal milk extraction. It is more of an art than a science. Play with the dials and see where it takes you.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 06:32 AM
    The button on mine only seems to let me switch from let down to extraction early if I want but it doesn't seem to switch from extraction back to let down, hence why I say turn the machine off and back on. I suppose that was one thing I liked about the OLD PIS is that you could set the tempo independently of the suction. It didn't have the automatic let down feature but it seems to me only some people find that helpful.
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  • @llli*cosmicbabe's Avatar
    Today, 05:53 AM
    Hi - How did this go please?
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  • @llli*danikap's Avatar
    Today, 04:10 AM
    Hi all! My one month old had a tongue and lip tie revised at 2 weeks. Always nursed from birth but latch was never wide and tongue humped back. Even post revision I see the same issues for the most part. (We are working on it with sone mouth exercises) The biggest problem is at night. We cosleep and have been trying to nurse side lying (because let's face it, that's a huge advantage to cosleeping!!!) But my sweetie won't open her mouth. ..she fusses with mouth barely open and is giving me signs she is hungry. I line us up and try to get her to latch but she seems so confused. Sometimes in desperation I try to literally put my nipple in her mouth and use my fingers to open her mouth so I can get it in (cringe...I know this isn't the way it should work...). Is this closed mouth thing something some babies just grow out of with time and side lying will be possible? Is she confused bc of where pressure is on her body ( chin and face don't really have contact and she's on her side against the bed)? I'm at a loss...I've even wondered if it's bc it's dark lol. I'd love to hear any tips!!! TiA
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