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  • @llli*glassonion91168's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:00 PM
    Hello All, I have a 5 week old baby and I'm looking to see if based on my particular situation if I'm successfully breastfeeding. A little background: My baby was born at 9 pounds and is a very strong sucker. I found it hard to directly breastfeed him at first, particularly because he tends to not open his mouth very wide sometimes (which was painful) and most of the time keeps his eyes closed while feeding. The first few days were painful, so I reluctantly started using a nipple shield. I've kept with it until late last night and today. Normally, it takes me about 40 minutes to feed him with the shield, and I usually offer both sides and he takes them most of the time. When I decided to offer to feed him without the shield, it seemed as though his feeding time on one side was cut in half. I'm worried that he isn't getting enough to eat, but I'm finding that he now takes just one side and then falls asleep. Without the shield, he sometimes will make a smacking noise, almost as if he doesn't have a good latch going, but I don't feel pain. Without the shield, he sometimes makes a smacking noise, as if he's having a hard time keeping the latch (but he doesn't let go and it's not painful). Usually he's up around 9 PM until 11 or so, and I then feed him one more time before putting him down for the night. Last night however I tried to rouse him to feed around 11 and he wouldn't have it, so I let him basically sleep through until 5 and pumped at 11.
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  • @llli*mommymoru's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:35 PM
    Hello. A friend of mine recommended this site in case I needed help with baby things, especially breast feeding. I'm a FTM and currently live in Japan and I have no support system of other moms around me here to go to for advice and, where I live, there aren't a lot of English speaking doctors to help answer my questions. I saw a lactation specialist just yesterday but they did little to help answer what questions I did have but they didn't really show me anything or help with what I really was frustrated with because the consultant couldn't understand my questions. For starters, my LO was born Dec 3 via c-section. During the first couple of days, I hardly saw him even though I expressed I wanted to feed him breast milk. While in hospital, they supplemented milk a lot during the days I was there and I tried my best to breast feed when I could. However, the help they gave me wasn't really clear as they didn't speak English well so my son wasn't latching well in hospital. We've tried various positions and he still is getting a shallow latch. I've watched videos online to get some sort of tips on how to do it properly but my LO has a small mouth and my boobs are somewhere around a J cup now that my milk has come in. My nipples don't even pucker out even though I try to massage them to get them perky enough for a good position, too. On top of that, LO doesn't open wide when trying to latch and his head always points down, not up when I try to latch him on. I'm holding him...
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  • @llli*sahwnm's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:18 PM
    Dear moms, I am wondering if you could share your experience with me. I am still nursing my child who is turning 14 month old soon. About three weeks ago, I got my first period after not having it for almost 2 years. Now three weeks later, I still have the period and tonight, I got the worst cramp ever in my life to a point that I couldn't function at all for at least 1/2 hour. My periods prior to pregnancy never had such serious cramp. I am wondering if this is normal? About how many days/weeks did your postpartum first period last? Did you have any cramps? I think my period has also decreased my milk supply, and my toddler has bitten me several times out of frustration of not getting enough milk. I never had issues with milk supply prior to that. It has been a difficult few weeks for me.
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  • @llli*cutiemark85's Avatar
    Today, 02:04 PM
    i read some where that 3 1/2 -4 months is a good, or sometimes sooner. Looking to get some other opinions besides my mother :P who was convinced when lo was just born i should've started right then because i'm *starving* her now. Some notes: Lo is going to be 3 months on sunday She's 11lbs 18oz as of Tuesday She gives me a good number of wet and dirty diapers. ( although now her bowls have decreased a bit, but this is a normal decrease from what i was told) She's a frequent nurser. So much in fact she'll get frustrated when it seems she's emptied both breasts and can't get any more ( least, that's what i think. but the breasts are still heavy)
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  • @llli*kam1momma's Avatar
    Today, 10:34 AM
    I am only producing a teaspoon of breast milk when I pump. Is this because I am not getting enough water. I must say I don't drink a lot of water during the day. My baby is almost 4 months. He won't take my breast either. :( Do you think its because its not a lot of milk coming out? What are some ways to increase my milk supply?
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  • @llli*usafreat's Avatar
    Today, 04:21 AM
    It's so nice to say after all of the issues in the beginning that I successfully breastfed my little sunshine for one year! To anyone questioning themselves--you can do it! Truthfully I feel excited to be freed up a bit from nursing but I feel sick in my stomach at the same time. It's like I have to accept it again (first time being the introducing solids) and I know one day my girl will be old and I'll miss these days so much. But now onto dealing with the pressure of food! Right quantity, balanced food groups, still aiming to bf to cover dairy needs but into weaning too- is overwhelming! Anyone with breakfast ideas I'd love to hear some. Can I cook oatmeal with almond milk? I avoid processed foods and baby kind of has to avoid brat foods :/
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  • @llli*lovelena's Avatar
    Today, 02:05 PM
    My 14 mo old dd is in hyper excitement mode of the world, constantly on the go PLUS has a awful stuffy nose which makes it so she cannot nurse well (can't breathe). She's also teething molars but what's one more curve ball! Anyway, with all the sleep deprivation, lost naps, and lunacy with both my 4 year old and 1 year old I can't think straight. My boobs are in pain, should I pump to relieve? But then I don't want to produce more milk and I hate pumping. Any advice appreciated on both... The big boob issue. and The stuffy nose issue. The bulby thing is not an option, and I have her on some herbs to help. Thanks All!
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  • @llli*hayashi's Avatar
    Today, 02:23 PM
    If freezer lost electricity, when should I toss out the frozen milk? It is a regular household fridge with separate freezer at the bottom.
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  • @llli*mamaleftcoast's Avatar
    Today, 06:23 PM
    Hi there, I'm at bit of a loss. I have an 8 week old and he's always seemed to eat every 1 to 2 hours. I thought this was fine and would begin to space out the older he got but he still continues to want to eat every 1.5 to 2 hours. I try to calm him down but he is raging pretty hard. I feel like he has plenty of time on the breast but maybe he wasn't drinking a ton. So we did a weigh in a few times and each time he is only taking about one to 1.5 ounces. Also, I had to leave a couple of bottles with DH over the weekend and the same went for him. He wouldn't take more than that. Im getting tired of nursing so frequently and him not seeming to get much. Or has he been snacking for the past several weeks? Is there something I'm doing wrong? Or is this normal eating behavior for some? My nipples are getting a bit tender from so many feedings. Thank you!
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  • @llli*cutiemark85's Avatar
    Today, 03:48 PM
    Hello again. my question is about my Lo's behavior at the breast. after she's been on for 10min actively drinking, she'll start kicking, slapping, hitting and pulling at my breast. I'll still hear swallowing at this point (or sometimes not) but it hurts a lot hen she does this. sometimes, she'll even start whining/crying. i'll switch breasts,thinking maybe the problem is that she emptied the breast, ad she'll stop of a bit on the other one. then start up again. She'll also unlatch herself. a lot. I make sure her nose is clean before we eat as well. the only time she does not act like this, is when my breasts are very full ( not quite engorged, but full). She's a frequent eater as well.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 06:42 PM
    Hi. Is baby gaining normally? I do not think you are doing anything wrong. There are some simple things to try to help baby get more each time baby nurses, namely, breast compressions and switching sides once or more often every feeding. I assume the weighted feeds were done by a board certified lactation consultant? (If not, how were they done?) Did she talk to you about the possibility baby is having some specific issue with latch or sucking, and or, if there is some reason to suspect milk production is the issue? If you have not seen an IBCLC, it may help to get latch checked, because feeling tender should not typically happen simply because baby is nursing a lot. Also sore nipples plus not great milk transfer may together indicate there is some problem. I think there is an incorrect assumption out there that a baby 'should' always take in some certain amount per feeding or 'should' go a certain amount of time between nursing sessions or 'should' start taking longer stretches 'by' some certain age. And in fact this is not how it works at all. Some (few) babies at this age nurse 6 times a day and some nurse 16 times, and every thing in between. There are many reasons for this. Assuming baby is gaining normally and breastfeeding is comfortable for mom, one is not better than the other, the moms whose babies nurse less often are not doing anything better or more right than moms whose babies nurse more often. One reason some babies nurse more often than others...
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  • @llli*mommymoru's Avatar
    Today, 05:49 PM
    Well the latching is getting better since yesterday, however, I feel like now I have a new problem. My breasts are always soft, never firm and full like they should be unless I don't pump/nurse for like 4-6 hours. And my LO was on my breast like all day yesterday almost and never seemed full. My nipples were so sore by the end of the night, I couldn't even feed during the night and had to supplement formula just because every time I tried feeding during the evening/night I got pain shooting through my breast. I really just don't think I"m making enough milk for him even though he nurses almost all the time and the latching is getting better. I'm really in over my head here with not knowing what to do or if I'm doing something wrong.
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  • @llli*greatestjoy's Avatar
    Today, 05:16 PM
    As special as nursing is to you, I can promise you it is just as special to your toddler, and I promise it will not end even if (not saying this will happen to you) your milk were to dry up. I have been nursing my son for 4 years, and am currently nursing a 38 day old girl. The first time I nursed my son after giving birth to my daughter, I saw the biggest look of surprise in his eyes. He made a very curious and confused face when he tasted the milk. It was very obvious that this milk thing was "new" to him. Here I was, all this time, thinking that I was still making milk for my 4 year old, when it was clear that I wasn't. I knew I wasn't making tons, but I thought he must be getting at least half an ounce. Since I had stopped pumping at 1.5 years of age, how was I supposed to know when I stopped producing? His nursing pattern was no different, and he still took enjoyment from it every nursing session. Who knows for how long I did not produce milk? The 9 months of pregnancy? 1 year? 2 years? Who knows... and who cares? There is so much more to nursing than just milk. All I know is that nursing has been the greatest joy for me and for him, when I had milk in abundance and when I had no milk. I know this will be the case for you too.
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  • @llli*momager's Avatar
    Today, 03:57 PM
    Thank you both for responding! I am trying to get my confidence up, never nursed a baby this long so it's uncharted territory and I feel lost. I will accept her 4 feedings as normal and press on!
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  • @llli*coolranchdressing's Avatar
    Today, 03:37 PM
    thank you!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 03:17 PM
    IMO, Babycenter is kind of the bottom of the internet barrel when it comes to getting information about baby care, development, and feeding. Especially if you are reading the comments. I know this is going to sound snooty, but IMO a lot of the people who weigh in over there are astoundingly ignorant. If you're looking for a better resource, I suggest The Baby Book, by Sears & Sears.
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  • @llli*thawingsnow's Avatar
    Today, 03:11 PM
    It may or *may not be endometriosis (or a related disorder ). Endometriosis is *extremely common. Some women develop endometriosis symptoms after pregnancy or any time in life particularly during their childbearing years. Pain that interferes with every day life is not normal at all and is often a symptom of endometriosis. I definitely agree that this warrants a visit to your doctor. I am not familiar with postpartum periods, but I am extremely familiar with endometriosis as I have endometriosis. It may not be endometriosis, but it might be worth looking into--especially as it is a commonly misdiagnosed disorder (It took me a lifetime to get properly diagnosed, and it is common for women to be misdiagnosed for 6+ years.). Here's a link to a comprehensive list of the most common symptoms as well as asymptomatic symptoms. www.endo-resolved.com/symptoms.html Good luck! I'm so sorry you're dealing with this! I hope the issues you're dealing with subside, and you find the answers you're seeking.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 03:10 PM
    My understanding is that as long as the milk is still frozen, there's no need to toss the milk. If it is totally defrosted, then you have to use it up ASAP.
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  • @llli*cutiemark85's Avatar
    Today, 03:08 PM
    I read it via Baby center I believe. Thanks for this. because I was wondering.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 03:06 PM
    I am curious where you read this, because such early introduction of solids is no longer recommended. The American Academy of Pediatrics section on breastfeeding recommends that solids be introduced starting at 6 months. Here is the wording from their 2005 policy statement: "Pediatricians and parents should be aware that exclusive breastfeeding is sufficient to support optimal growth and development for approximately the first 6 months of life‡ and provides continuing protection against diarrhea and respiratory tract infection.30,34,128,178–184 Breastfeeding should be continued for at least the first year of life and beyond for as long as mutually desired by mother and child.185 Complementary foods rich in iron should be introduced gradually beginning around 6 months of age.186–187 Preterm and low birth weight infants and infants with hematologic disorders or infants who had inadequate iron stores at birth generally require iron supplementation before 6 months of age.148,188–192 Iron may be administered while continuing exclusive breastfeeding. Unique needs or feeding behaviors of individual infants may indicate a need for introduction of complementary foods as early as 4 months of age, whereas other infants may not be ready to accept other foods until approximately 8 months of age.193 Introduction of complementary feedings before 6 months of age generally does not increase total caloric intake or rate of growth and only substitutes foods that lack the...
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 02:59 PM
    Have you tried nursing somewhere warm and damp? Eg in the bath/shower or simply in the bathroom with a hot shower running to steam up the room? Even if she can't nurse well, little and often will help with her congestion and your boob issue! I don't think pumping as a one off will do much to increase your supply, but equally you can hand express until you feel comfortable (into a clean bowl/bottle if you want to keep it) and save yourself the washing up of pump parts ;)
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  • @llli*mrssqueegy's Avatar
    Today, 02:27 PM
    I was on 30 mg three times a day when my son turned one. I weaned from pumping at work during the day at that time. We still nursed once in the morning, once after work, once before bed and once overnight during the week. On weekends he would also nurse a couple times during the day. Two months later (age 14 months) I was feeling much too engorged all the time so I weaned down to 10mg three times a day. I weaned one pill (10mg) per week, so very slowly. His nursing didn't change again for 4 more months (age 18 months), when he started STTN and didn't wake up for that one nighttime nurse. Around this time I had one single day of light flow but never a full period. I never bled again until I stopped the dom. At age 22 months I decided to wean the last 30 mg of domperidone so we could start TTC in a few months. Again I weaned one pill per week (took 3 weeks). Exactly 16 days after my last pill of dom, I got my first official post partum period. And I have had regular periods ever since with regular ovulation (I do BBT). My son (now 27 months) still nurses always before bed, and often in the morning and after work, but not always. I have traveled without him on 3 occasions since I stopped my dom and pumped once a day while away. I only get drops each time and never feel engorged which makes me think that I have very little milk left. But again, my son's nursing habits haven't really changed at all. He never complains about there being no milk and does have milk...
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 02:19 PM
    I should add your child won't 'always' feed every hour, or at least at some stage they will be big enough to feed themselves. Lol! It can be easy to see things as lasting forever but then you look back and think wow, I blinked and missed it as they grow so fast :).
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  • @llli*hayashi's Avatar
    Today, 02:19 PM
    Do not refreeze.
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 02:17 PM
    Every hour is normal! It may or may not get longer between feeds, but feeding will get quicker and baby will start to do something other than sleep and start to be entertaining soon. The initial newborn stage can be quite repetitive, but it gets better!
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  • @llli*kam1momma's Avatar
    Today, 01:50 PM
    Did you just start to pump and get a tsp? I just started pumping regularly Or are you trying for a few days already? Also make sure your pump is a good one and the parts are new. The parts and pump is new. Drinking also has to do with it. You don't have to drink extra gallons a day but you should drink to thirst. If you're thristy you're not getting enough. Drink a glass of water each time you nurse or pump and you should be fine. - I don't think I am getting enough water since I only drink a 2 cups a day. I guess I need to start drinking more.
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  • @llli*boogabbalucky's Avatar
    Today, 12:48 PM
    My baby is almost 8 months and I dropped a session around 6 months. I have to pump for a little longer, but as long as I totally empty my breasts 1) my supply hasn't decreased, and 2) my output hasn't decreased. I also try to sneak in some extra nursing on the weekends to boost my supply, which I think has helped too. I know some people can't drop a session, but I have been able to do it successfully.
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