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  • @llli*soblessed's Avatar
    Today, 04:00 PM
    Hope you figure it out! Mine fusses till i can get him to sleep a bit then he will eat pretty well
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  • @llli*zaynethepain's Avatar
    Today, 03:54 PM
    http://kellymom.com/health/growth/weight-gain_increase/ Hi mama. I'd say that the gain for the last two weeks is concerning but as they were on different scales, I'm not going to completely trust the numbers. Have you been offering to nurse more often? Sometimes babies get really distracted at this age and forget to ask as often. Do you know if the doctor uses the cdc charts or WHO charts? Breastfed babies grow at a different pace than formula fed babies so that can skew percentiles. Also can you post baby's complete weight history? Increased night waking is normal around 4 months.
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  • @llli*kaywong's Avatar
    Today, 03:21 PM
    The issues started over a week ago when she was about to turn 7 weeks old. Her ped and I suspected reflux since she was about 3 weeks old but also not ruling out colic at that time. The ped did not want to put her on meds then because she was too young so she started Zantac when she was 4 weeks old. We agreed on giving her probiotics and gas drops to see if it helped prior to medicating her, but those did not do much for her. No tests were done on her, the diagnosis was based on her behavior. She was miserable most of the day, screaming and crying and could not be put down to sleep. We would lay her down and she would wake up 5-10 mins later screaming. She would cry after feeding, was spitting up a few times a day with hiccups. Zantac helped for about 2 weeks but then it seemed she had a downturn again...this was around the time the latching problem occurred. She was getting one bottle during the night starting at 3.5 weeks old so that I could rest and my husband fed her. When she started Zantac at week 4, we upped the bottles to two a day because Zantac was given twice and day and we put it in a bottle. She starting taking the pacifier around 3.5 weeks, prior to that she would not take it. She has been using it more though because my mom and MIL were watching her for a few weeks and they would use it quite a bit. She typically nurses 8 times day. Since last week, I've been trying to feed her more frequently but smaller feelings since I have read that it helps with...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 02:54 PM
    When to wean is one of those questions that we can't answer for you. Only you know whether or not you really want to continue to nurse! If you're on the fence, I would at the very least pump so that baby can have your milk in a bottle or cup until you reach the recommended 1 year minimum, continue to feed her solids, and still continue to offer to nurse. If you offer in a low-pressure, fun way, you ever know what might happen! :)
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 02:47 PM
    So glad to see your update! And very happy to see that you found a solution, and that you were able to keep nursing!
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  • @llli*nikitamarlay's Avatar
    Today, 02:46 PM
    After my son was born he lost a bit of weight & the pediatrician had me supplement with expressed milk. It turned out that it just took a little longer for my milk to come in and he seemed to gain well for a bit. As time went on we saw him drop from the 16th percentile to 10th, and at our 4 month appointment (almost 19 weeks) he was down to the 4th percentile. He nurses often, mostly every two hours, but has a tendency to fall asleep or comfort nurse quite a bit. While I'm at work he gets two 4 oz bottles -which he sometimes falls asleep during (before the 4 mo appointment he was getting around 6-7 oz because he seemed satisfied after that amount, but we discovered if offered more -with paced bottle feeding- he wants it) and I'll supplement him with anything over the 8 oz I'm able to pump at work (usually 0.5 - 1 oz at the most). He was sleeping about four hours during the night and then waking every two to nurse, but since around 16-17 weeks he's back to wanting to nurse every two hours throughout (once again sometimes he'll just fall back asleep or comfort nurse). When he's awake he's super alert, loves to play with his toys, and acts very happy. He hasn't rolled over yet, but he can pull him self up to sitting easily, tries to stand, has great head control,and seems to be meeting all his milestones. The pediatrician wanted me to add 1 teaspoon of oatmeal to each bottle & one tablespoon mixed with breast milk before bed. But, everything I read (WHO, American...
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  • @llli*cutiemark85's Avatar
    Today, 02:43 PM
    I haven't tried changing positions yet. However. Soblessed gave me an idea. Could be that she's tired, thinking about it now, the behavior is usually just before she really needs a nap, and has been fighting sleep for the better part of the day/evening. The things you don't think of. :/
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 01:33 PM
    Hi. So this may be somewhat unusual but not unheard of. Some questions. When exactly did the issues start? When was baby diagnosed with reflux and placed on meds What criteria or tests were used for the reflux diagnoses Prior to the issues, was baby getting bottles or pacifiers? If so, how often, when, and why? How many times a day did baby typically nurse? Have you been pumping? If so, how often and why and how much milk is extracted each time approximately? How is baby's weight gain been? Normal, fast, slow etc? Is there any reason to think your milk production is particularly abundant and/or milk flow is very fast?
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  • @llli*lilbunny01's Avatar
    Today, 01:26 PM
    Hi! I'm not sure if my situation will help you but I am happy to share my experience. After I posted on the forum, I went to see my doctor. I was diagnosed with post-partum anxiety. It took a few days to accept the diagnosis but I had a good physician who broke it down to me that there was a problem, that I shouldn't dwell on it, that there are meds to help me. Most importantly, I needed to break the insomnia cycle. It was really bad - I was getting barely 2-3 hours of sleep a night. I was a total mess. My husband and I do not co-sleep. We sleep trained around 4 months. I started on low doses of Zoloft and and trazodone. I also had ativan as needed but never needed to take it. I was still and am still breastfeeding. All those things combined helped me get back to my normal self. I have not weaned yet and my 10 month old is still exclusively breastfed. I feel great and my LO is happy and healthy. I am off all meds. I am happy that I didn't give up on breastfeeding. At the time, my OB told me that weaning would probably not be the answer. I didn't believe her and really thought that weaning was the answer to my problems. Turns out that my OB was right and I was wrong. I don't know if this helps you but that's my story. Let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 01:25 PM
    Ok I did not read your whole entry before. Sorry, got distracted. So I am very sorry for being abrupt. I am not going to delete the above post as I think some of the points are important but I do see my tone may have been off. Yes, due to some not good support and poor instructions, plus latch issues, breastfeeding did not get a good start in your case. BUT this does not mean you cannot still nurse your baby if you wish. Many moms and babies have come back from these types issues. So if you WANT to keep trying, I am saying, please know that your issues are solvable. If you do not, that is your choice and it is a valid choice. Only you know what is best for you and your family. I guess what I am trying to say is that all this pumping and supplementing is very possibly UNEEDED, or you are doing more of both than is needed, and that is complicating what was to me a straightforward issue- latch pain. All this extra worry not to mention work is of course going to exhaust you. The early weeks with a newborn are exhausting for all mothers. It does not matter what or how baby is fed, or if breastfeeding is going perfectly, these are exhausting weeks no matter what. So extra work and worry is the last thing a mom needs. Sometimes extra work is needed, but there are ways to tweak how one does that work to make it more manageable. But if it is not needed, then it can simply be eliminated.
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  • @llli*kaywong's Avatar
    Today, 01:22 PM
    I have an 8 week old baby girl who latched on to my breasts with no issues from day 1, but all of a sudden, I have issues getting her to latch on last week. She was hungry and cried and cried and my nipple was literally at her mouth but she just would not latch on and suck. Almost like she was too upset/agitated to feed. It takes a while for me to soothe her and most of the time, the only way she'll latch on now is if she sucks on a pacifier and I quickly pull it out and put my nipple in her mouth right away. She has acid reflux and have been on meds since she was 4 weeks old. Anyone experienced sometime similar? Any suggestions would be appreciated. I spoke with a lactation consultant through her pediatrician and she had said it's unusual for a baby this old to suddenly have issues latching on and they attributed it to her reflux issues and switched her on to a different medicine this week.
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  • @llli*sassypants's Avatar
    Today, 12:54 PM
    I can't answer your question about bringing back your milk supply, but I can tell you that pumping shouldn't hurt or make you bleed, whether you are lactating or not. Check that your flanges fit properly. Your breast should fill the flange and your nipples should be pulled into the narrow neck of the flange, but not be rubbing against the sides. You should set the suction to just below the level of discomfort, so slowly move the dial up, then once it starts to be uncomfortable move it down a little. There are lot so other moms on here that will have good ideas for getting your LO to latch. My only suggestion would be, if you get some milk back but she still isn't latching well, see a BFing specialist, like a lactation consultant. Seeing an LC saved both of my BFing relationships with my kids.
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  • @llli*aschindler's Avatar
    Today, 11:44 AM
    My daughter is 11 months old, and from what I can tell she seems to be on a "nursing strike". She is teething, and was starting to bite me at the end of each nursing session starting about 5 days ago. I would tell her "no", then set her on the ground. Just when I was getting excited that she was kicking the biting habit, she started refusing to breastfeed! She fed less often than usual yesterday, but today she's refusing even more. She nursed at 4:30am and has refused the breast ever since. I gave her some oatmeal this morning, and now is when I would usually give her some solids for lunch, but I try to always nurse before offering solids, and she just will not nurse! For now, I think I'll hold off giving her solids and see if she will nurse before afternoon nap. So, my main question is this: I was really only planning to breastfeed until one year then start weaning, and she's about 3 weeks away from that. Should I just take advantage of this little nursing strike and start weaning now? I wouldn't mind nursing longer, but I wouldn't really be heartbroken if we end a little sooner. I nursed my son for a year and it was a *little* bittersweet to wean him, but if I'm being honest it was mostly sweet :-). Also, if I do try to persist through this nursing strike, what does that entail? Should I pump to keep up my supply? Only offer the breast and no solids? Thanks in advance for your help!
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  • @llli*honeycake's Avatar
    Today, 11:40 AM
    Hi - I have recently been diagnosed with a galactocele, which I had aspirated today. it has come back within hours and is really uncomfortable. I wondered if anyone has any advice on self treatment? I have tried heat, which didn't help and massage which again did nothing. I am wondering if acupuncture or lymphatic drainage would help or a diet for candida (I don't know if I have this but I have read some connections with plugged ducts). I am returning to the hospital in January but am desperate to try some self help before then. Any advice would be really appreciated, thank you :) xx
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:28 AM
    have you talked to local lll? What about the book The Womanly Art of breastfeeding?? You are unfortunately laboring under some incorrect assumptions. These are common even where there is good breastfeeding support, so you are not alone. These are: 1) that 1.5 ounces is not enough for a single feed. News to me. Babies may take much less or much more at a normal nursing session, but even if this is the total a baby got every nursing session, If a baby nurses often enough, this IS enough. But it does not matter, because 2) what you pump does NOT tell you accurately what a baby gets when he nurses. What you pump ONLY tells you what you pumped - it is NOT an appropriate or accurate measure of what a baby gets when he nurses nor of overall milk production. It is some information, but not nearly enough. 3) that baby seeming hungry "after nursing" means baby needs more to eat or they will starve or go hungry. If a baby does not settle after nursing, it is just as likely baby simply needs to nurse longer or be settled another way, or both. 4) Weight gain is the moat accurate and clear measure of whether baby gets enough. You only told us about one week of gain, so an entire weight gain history might help me understand better why everyone is assuming baby is not getting enough milk and needs supplements. But in that week, baby gained TWICE the average gain for a newborn. Even if this is on supplements, doesn't this tell you something? That maybe baby is being ...
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  • @llli*lovebabymomma's Avatar
    Today, 10:49 AM
    Hi, I found this thread and joined the site because I've had a similar experience and wondered how the original poster is doing now. If you could please let me know what worked for you I would be so appreciative! I've had insomnia a few nights per month since about four months postpartum. I tried antidepressents and ativan - all of which put me in the ER, almost killed me, made things so much worse, and I nearly lost my milk supply. I'm now a year postpartum and still going through what I believe is hormonal insomnia. Only difference is my son has always woken many times a night (12 on average) and I cosleep. We've tried other sleep arrangements but this is what works best for us. I don't see my son weaning anytime soon as he nurses the same as he did as a newborn and it's a sleep association for him. When I have the insomnia I cant fall asleep at all until early morning, have hot sweats on and off at night and then when I finally fall asleep my son wakes me up. It's so hard. I believe my insomnia is hormonal and linked to my body trying to have a period. I've been writing down when it happens for months now. In the months after my son was first born I had anxiety but no longer have that going on...just this incredibly frustrating insomnia. I'm already so sleep deprived that it's bad having this insomnia on top of that. I'm also wondering if I were to wean soon if my hormones would balance and insomnia would resolve? The other thing is I still have the rare high risk...
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 10:18 AM
    When my baby has a stuffy nose and he has to nurse, I try to stimulate a letdown first and like this he has instant reward when he latches on. Otherwise he wouldn't bother sucking enough to even get a letdown. Also I use the bulb aspirator because he can't breathe normally while nursing otherwise.
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  • @llli*wendycity's Avatar
    Today, 10:16 AM
    Thanks for everyones input, it is reassuring to hear other peoples experiences. My significant other and I both love having our son in bed with us. We will not worry as much and just go with the flow (no pun intended). I'll take a look at the books you all suggested, and take our time getting him into his own bed, I'm sure eventually we will miss having him in our bed more than he will.
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  • @llli*hayashi's Avatar
    Today, 10:05 AM
    Do you just bring 2 bottles to daycare then? Or do you split the two session supply into 3 bottles? I am worried that baby will starve if I give her 2 bottles instead of 3.
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  • @llli*hayashi's Avatar
    Today, 10:03 AM
    Thanks for the response. It hasn't actually happened yet. I just want to know in case it does. It's a typical freezer with frozen food and ice cubes. If I have to toss the frozen milk, I'll have to use formula until I can pump enough for daycare (should be just a day if I am lucky). And I will lose whatever extra that I saved up, so I will also have to supplement with formula for the days I cannot pump enough at work.
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  • @llli*k.momma014's Avatar
    Today, 09:49 AM
    Hi Ladies, i had my first little princess July 2014 and i was breastfeeding up until 3.5 weeks when i went back to work (I know it was early but we needed the money). Anyway, i do not feel complete. I hate bottle feeding my baby (nothing against it either), but it is expensive and i feel i lost out on a special bond with her. I have a medela instyle pump and i tried pumping and pulled sticky dots out of my nipples and had to stop because it was hurting and one of my nipples was bleeding. I do not know if LO can still latch, i have tried but she gets mad. I WANT TO BF AGAIN. I miss it, but i work four days a week, i have wednesdays and weekends off and i do not get to see LO from about 7am to 5pm then we do not get home until 6pm. Is there a way to exclusively bring back my milk while working?
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  • @llli*soblessed's Avatar
    Today, 09:15 AM
    Just the info i was wanting! Yes ive read about having dad give the bottle. Plus it lets them bond. Yes i will print those out and give to her. She has been a sitter for 10 yrs and i have known her for a lifetime so im hoping she has had some babies she has pace fed but we will see! I work 3 days a week from 745-630 twice a week then 645-530 give or take the 30 mins at the end of the day. Just depends on how slammed we were that day. I am going to go today to get some bags and i think shields? The things that i attach to me to pump. Lol i have to get a bigger size evidently..
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  • @llli*soblessed's Avatar
    Today, 09:08 AM
    All is going well! Besides fighting sleep that nest is great. He sleeps better as do i near each other.
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  • @llli*soblessed's Avatar
    Today, 09:04 AM
    My son acts like this when he is really tired and is fighting sleep. Great fun.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:31 AM
    Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby! How awesome that you have come so far in such a short time. Going from 20 ml per day to 5 oz per day is HUGE! And so is getting baby to the breast. The fact that your son so willing to nurse puts you way ahead in the relactation game, as does the fact that you are using all the right tools and doing pretty much all the right things. I know pumping is just rotten, especially when your effort is tripled- you're not just pumping, you're also nursing and bottlefeeding. But if you can bear to slip in a few more sessions during the day, and (please don't hate me for saying this) overnight, you will get more milk faster. The more you pump, the more you will make. Instead of sticking to an every x number of hours schedule, you might want to try slipping extra pump sessions in when you have time. Baby's down for an hour-long nap? Pump. Baby just went to bed? Pump twice before you go to bed, or pump for a much longer time than you usually would. You also may want to slip in some power pumping sessions. In power pumping, you pump for 10 minutes rest for 10, pump for 10, rest for 10, and then pump once more for 10 minutes. This supposedly mimics the way babies feed and boost supply during a growth spurt. Using an SNS is tricky. I found it helpful to use a lot of masking tape. If I taped the tube down at various places along its length, there was less likelihood of my baby getting her arms in it and ripping...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:16 AM
    Print out some information on paced bottle feeding (http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/feeding-tools/bottle-feeding/) and discuss paced feeding with the babysitter. Send lots of small bottles (think a mix of 1-3 oz portions) rather than a few large ones (this reduces overfeeding and forces the caregiver to pause the feeding even if she wasn't going to). Stick to the standard of sending about 1.5 oz of milk per hour of separation. 18-20 oz is on the high side, unless you intend to be gone for about 12-13 hours. It's fine to send some extra milk- some days your child will probably eat more than the 1.5 oz/hour standard, particularly during growth spurts. But IMO you want to start the caregiver out with a more typical amount and send the extra frozen, so that it takes effort to go get more. Babies often resist taking bottles from mom. Why would they want a silicone nipple when they know mom has the real thing just millimeters away, right? So it may help to have dad or some other caregiver offer that first bottle.
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