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  • @llli*hvn's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:06 AM
    I have a 7 week old baby who has excessive gas after breastfeeding. After putting her down for a nap or nighttime sleep, she will wake up at least 6-10x needing to be burped. This is despite extensively burping her after a feed. She is getting almost no continuous sleep during the day but will sleep a 4 hour stretch at night. During a feed, she will suddenly writhe around and pull off the breast because she needs to burp. Once she detaches, she'll cry wanting to get back on. After a feed, she never lays still and would arch and wiggle around trying to get burps out. We saw her doctor and he put her on omeprazole for reflux. She no longer cries out in pain when she refluxes, but it's done nothing for the gas. Out of desperation, we did a 4 day formula trial with Enfamil Gentlease. She became a completely different baby. For the first time, I saw a calm baby after a feed. She would eat, play for an hour, and then sleep for 3 hours! Then I reintroduced pumped milk (pumped to see if it was the milk vs breastfeeding technique causing her to swallow air). She did ok for 2 days but now we're back at square one. The Gentlease formula is made out of milk, soy, and corn so I know that she's not allergic to those things. I completely cut out dairy 2 weeks ago anyway and am not sure why I continue to be dairy free since I proved she doesn't have cow's milk protein allergy. When I pumped for the 4 day trial, I got about 27 oz/day. My breasts seem more empty...
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  • @llli*bluepolka's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:38 AM
    Hi everyone. I have been EBF my 32-Weeker for 5 months now. He just got off the nipple shield 2 weeks ago. I began to notice that he didn't stay too long on the right breast. This has been happening for a month. Now when I try to pump the right side after nursing, i barely get 0.25-0.5 oz. I first thought it's because he empties the breast. But he barely stay on the right breast for 5 mins, after which I can't even hear swallowing. I'm really worried. I've been pumping post-nursing (about 2 times a day) for three days now. I take fenugreek. My left breast is working fine, so I don't pump it. Do t want to mess the system because I had an oversupply earlier. Is this common? What should I do? My body used to be very responsive to the pump. By baby seems content after feedings. His weight gain has slowed down and his diapers aren't that wet Anymore. He still poops 2-3 times a day. Should I continue to pump to stimulate? Should I get prescription drugs? How long before I see an increase after pumping? Thanks in advance
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  • @llli*merobader's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:57 PM
    My baby is 10 days old today for the frist week my nipplw was so sore I want to scream every time he touched it was black for the last 2 days things was getting better its still painful but much better still have lipstick nipple all the time but I thought its a matter of time he will have good latch soon but today I found that he have a lip tie and now I don't knowe what to do I used to think he is geting enough milk now I doubt myself Here is the photo
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:20 PM
    Hi, well again I get it. You saw improvement with this formula, I understand, and am not arguing with what you experienced. I am just telling you what the experts say about switching formulas. "GentleEase" is marketed as a special formula for colic, gassiness and fussiness. Ok, so it does not sound like there is overproduction, as in that case, baby would be gaining quickly, typically. But is does sounds like the milk is flowing a bit quickly at least sometimes, and that may mean fast letdown and the "lactose overload" that can happen with that. This is helped by taking shorter breaks between nursing sessions- in other words, nursing more often, because milk has less time to build up in the breasts there is less of a letdown. Another cause of too much foremilk is baby nursing both sides at every feeding. However, since baby is not gaining as well as you would like, and also because nursing session are relatively infrequent, baby taking both sides at this point is probably necessary. If you can encourage baby to nurse more often, baby may choose to nurse one side at a time at some feedings and that may also help. When a baby has reflux, it is usually recommended that baby nurse frequently. This allows for smaller meals which are easier to digest. Also, nursing is typically soothing when a baby has reflux so the more nursing, the better. So also for the reflux, nursing more often would be indicated.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:35 PM
    It's very common to have differences in supply between breasts. Sometimes these are quite mild, but sometimes they are so extreme that one breast will be supplying most of the baby's needs and the other will be producing a very small amount. As long as pee/poop output and weight gain are normal, and the baby's pee is generally pale and mild-smelling, you know he's getting enough to eat even if it seems like one breast is dry and barely being nursed on. If lopsided supply bothers you, you can increase supply in the underperforming breast by removing milk from it more often and more completely. So pumping that side is a great way to get a better supply going. You might also want to nurse more often on that side. Even a 5 minute session is great for supply!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:26 PM
    Are you located in the USA? Thanks to the Affordabale Care Act, breast pumps are now covered under many medical insurance plans. Check with your insurer before you buy! :)
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:22 PM
    I like your once-per-day pumping plan- not only do I think you'll end up with some useful milk, but I also think you may spare yourself some discomfort from overfull breasts. I would store the milk in whatever is most convenient for you. If that means a cooler with ice under your desk, fine. If it means you get your own mini fridge, fine. If it means putting bottles in the office fridge, also fine- you may find it useful to put them in a bag so that co-workers don't get all weird about breastmilk sharing fridge space with their precious sandwiches. ;) Any chance of getting a hands-free bra and a car adapter for your electric pump? That sounds like an easier set-up than a manual pump. I think it's a great idea to add in a pump session in August- but only if YOU want to do that! I see it as a great way to build a cushion of expressed milk, good practice for you- but it's also a time suck and no mom needs that!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:13 PM
    The reasons to avoid soap are: 1. It removes protective oils from the baby's skin. 2. A lot of soaps contain nasty chemical ingredients that you don't want baby exposed to- this is particularly true of heavily scented and antibacterial products, and of liquid soaps that come in bottles containing phthalates. 3. It's just not necessary- warm water is generally enough for delicate baby skin. Washing with a small amount of mild, unscented soap can be reserved for the problem areas where poop, pee, spit-up, and grime can be a problem- like the baby's bottom and neck creases.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:01 PM
    Awesome! Keep up the good work, mama.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:01 PM
    Welcome to the forum! Based on the photo, I am not sure that I, personally, see a lip tie. That could just be a normal, albeit rather thick-looking, frenum. Because you suspect lip tie and your nipples are sore, your next step should probably be to get help from a professional lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC. If this IBCLC sees a lip tie, you may need to seek further help from someone like a dentist, an ENG doctor, or a pediatrician. The bad thing about lip ties is that they can cause the baby to have difficulty with latching, and may cause issues with lower transfer of milk. The good thing about lip ties is that they often stretch as the baby's mouth grows, and most babies grow out of a difficult latch even when they have a tie. So even if you do nothing to fix a tie, there's a good chance that your baby will hpgorw out of it. When it comes to concerns about baby getting enough, the way you measure baby's intake is by watching his output of pee and poop and his weight gain. If baby's weight gain is normal and he is peeing and pooing enough, and his pee is generally pale and mild-smelling, then he is getting enough to eat.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:21 PM
    Ok thanks for converting! Sorry about that. Ok, so here is what I see. Baby lost a few ounces the first few days and then began gaining. I wonder if baby actually lost more at first and that day 5 weight check shows gain already on the upswing? In any case, these checks show a normal situation. In the ~30 days from March 21 to April 22, baby gained 2 pounds and 6 ounces. Average gain for this period is 1/2 pound a week or 2 pounds per month, or 1 ounce per day. so this is good gain, a bit above average as it comes out to above one pounce per day. In the ~ 30 days from April 22 to May 20th, baby gained 1 pound 7 ounces, or about 3/4 ounce per day. So this is where we see the slow down in gain begin, during this period. I am pretty sure this is still within normal gain range. In the ~ 30 days from May 20th- June 24, baby gained about the same as the month before- 1 pound 9 ounces. In fact I would say the gain is just about exactly the same, as this was a slightly longer period between checks. So, baby still gaining 3/4 ounce per day approximately, or 5.25 ounces per week. (On average) In the ~ 30 days from June 24 to July 22, baby gained 12 ounces or about 3 ounces per week on average.
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  • @llli*hvn's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:54 PM
    To maddieb: Thank you for your reply. The reason why we used Gentlease is because she had to be supplemented during her 1st week as my milk wasn't in and she was jaundiced requiring hospitalization. We continued Newborn Enfamil after going home for a few days but it caused a ton of gas so we switched her to Gentlease which we used with our first child. She did much better. By day 10, she was exclusively breastfed and that's when the problems started. There's nothing "special" about Gentlease except that the milk proteins are partially broken down making it easier to digest. It's still made from milk. Fast letdown has other causes aside OP. Here are some questions to see if it might be part of the problem: Does baby ever cough, gag, choke, or swallow with gulping, or swallow rapidly or very audibly when nursing? Yes, she does this sometimes when I let down or after she tries to latch after a bout of reflux. I think she swallows more air breastfeeding because while laying horizontal, she refluxes --> this causes her to pull away from the breast --> she gets upset --> then we latches on again she swallows air. I read that breastfed babies swallow less air but in my case I think it's the opposite because the reflux causes her to pull off multiple times. I've tried saddle nursing but her head control just isn't there. I'm going to see a lactation consultant to help me with it because I think it'll help reduce the reflux and consequently some of the air...
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  • @llli*yum24's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:51 PM
    Yes, I want to pump & store for when I go back to work.i don't get anything if I pump immediately after nursing.not even 2drops.thats why I had this question.if I pump after an hour of nursing & if baby wants to nurse after pumping, he has to work hard for let down.this is where the problem is.he dint mind nursing for long till last week but now ,once the flow gets slow, he's pulling away,fussing & crying.sometimes my breasts are still lumpier with milk but he doesn't want to nurse.he just pulls ,fusses & cries.this is very frustrating & almost every nursing session is resulting in tears for both of us. any suggestions to please help me.i dont want to give up bf.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:42 PM
    I get not wanting to take ABs. But it is possible the fussiness you are seeing is entirely coincidental. Even if the abs are causing some issue for baby, gut health balance will be rapidly restored by your milk. But if you need to take them, you need to. Certainly not everyone gets thrush, I had to take abs multiple times while nursing my kids and have never had thrush. Are you particularly prone to yeast infections generally? You could also consider taking probiotics to hopefully help restore your gut balance more quickly. On the other hand, since you have the abs on hand and (presumably) you are responsive to them and will take them if you start feeling the need, I also do not think there is a large risk of an abscess either. Mastitis can be tricky. When I had it the first time, my youngest was a newborn. I tried to beat it with no abs. I rested, nursed like mad, took a fever reducer, and walla, felt great. Husband left on a business trip leaving me alone with three kids and an hour later I was shivering, teeth chattering uncontrollably, and felt like a truck had hit me. I was very grateful I had filled the prescription for the abs "just in case!" In my case, that strategy did work. After starting the abs, I got over the mastitis rapidly without any further issue. But, Is it safe or would that be appropriate in your case? No one can answer that, unfortunately! After that, at the first sign of mastitis (Which in my case was always pretty unmistakable) I...
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  • @llli*zambomommy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:34 PM
    I was shocked when they pushed cows milk as well. They are a highly popular chain of daycare/play school and I chose them because I believed they would have experience with EBF babies. Boy, I was so wrong! I did ask this question while touring their facility and they pointed to one baby who was EBF at the time and said they are very familiar with EBF & formula fed babies. I heard that her mother has hence switched over to formula, hopefully not because of the pushy nanny. Anyway, things are back to normal for now. Hopefully, this trend will continue.
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  • @llli*1sttimemummy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:32 PM
    :) That's downside of living right next to a Children centre:)) Sorry for the inconvenience, here is the conversion: 16.03.16 6.1 21.03.16 5.15 22.04.16 8.7 20.05.16 9.14 24.06.16 11.7 22.07.16 12.3
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  • @llli*vzijl01's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:58 AM
    Thanx mommal. This gives me a great idea of what to do next. :thumbsup
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  • @llli*mamatoleo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:26 AM
    Thank you, Maddieb! I'm learning that to be true for sure. :)
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:14 AM
    Ok, wow, your baby was weighed ALOT! I am American. I do not think in metric so I will have to convert all those kg to pounds and ounces to make sense of them. I am sorry, but even those dates are confusing. Day first...help. Can you (or someone) take just these and convert them for me? Thanks. 16.03.16 2.76kg birth weight 21.03.16 2.70kg 22.04.16 3.84kg 20.05.16 4.51kg
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:10 AM
    So I'm at a loss. Sat around lunch 11/12:00, right breast started to hurt. Pumped and thats when I saw the redness on one side. Temp fluctuated between 99.1-99.6 for several hours. Spent that evening pumping and hand expressing. So I have had my nipples pierced, and when I pump theres 3 holes that milk flows out of.. the center, and then both sides. When I was hand expressing, the left side of the right breast where the redness was, it was hard to get any milk to flow out of this hole.. and when I did, it was a yellowish color compared to the milk that was coming out of the other two holes. It was hard to push it out of this side, but no where else. My only symptoms originally was the red area, this yellowish color, and my low grade temperature. No chills, fatigue, anything. Sunday early morning my temperature was gone completely went down to 97-98. Redness WAS still there. Did have some pain in the area still but I felt 100% better than Saturday. Sunday evening my husband wanted to take action and we called the nurse that knows nothing about BF, and asked for a refill of what I had previously for mastitis when I had it 4 weeks ago and she gave us the AB. I took one last night at 11pm. I woke up at 4am with the baby and the redness was almost completely gone. Today I can squeeze that side and it comes out WAY easier but still yellow tinge (no where near as yellow as it was) compared to the white that's coming out the center or the right side. SO I am at a loss...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:04 AM
    Hi I can see you are frustrated. It is hard when we are doing our best for our babies yet they do not appear happy. However, precious few babies in the newborn period are NOT fussy and gassy most of the time. Fussyness and gassiness are a normal part of being a baby. Switching to formula is a pretty big leap with long term health issues, so I would suggest doing more research before assuming that the switch is required or breastfeeding is not worth it. Even when babies are formula fed in the first place, the aap and the aafp do not recommend switching to special formulas except in the case where a dairy protein allergy is indicated. Because the claims of the formula makers about these being better than other formulas are primarily bunk. I have listed their statement on this below. Fast letdown has other causes aside OP. Here are some questions to see if it might be part of the problem: Does baby ever cough, gag, choke, or swallow with gulping, or swallow rapidly or very audibly when nursing? How many times in 24 hours does baby nurse?
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  • @llli*jen.r24's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:44 AM
    Following up this post with further thoughts and questions. My lo is 10.5 months. Days can *sometimes* hit and miss with solids but generally she enjoys them and she likes water etc. I'll be leaving her from 8am to 6pm come September. Usually she'd have at least two long feeds and a couple of shorter nursings in that time, as well as lunch and snacks. I probably weight it to nursing in the milk/solids ratio as I want her to derive most of nutrition from it as well as promote extended nursing. As mentioned before I pretty much don't pump. I'm now planning to pump at least once a day in work around 12-2pm if I can. I have a job where I am in different places for varying lengths of time day to day doing different things in the morning/lunchtime (like home and clinic visits) and office based afternoon. No idea how to handle the consistent pumping. I'm going to have to get a manual one for days I'm out further afield and pump in car sometimes. How would I store milk? A cool box? If in office I could maybe use a meeting room (I'll ignore the fact that when discussing return to work arrangements today my line manager offered me use of a shared toilet cubicle in first instance...). I'm hoping once a day is enough and just to send in whatever I get the next day even if only 2-3ozs. As mentioned before I'll be breastfeeding on demand am/pm and right through the night due to bedsharing. Would it be better to add in a pump session over August to get accustomed to it? I'm thinking...
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  • @llli*lmxo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:05 AM
    Thank you so much for your reply. Thats very helpful. It really helps me look at it all a little differently. Its very positive. Thanks so much!! :)
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  • @llli*1sttimemummy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:22 AM
    Hi maddieb and thanks a lot for the prompt reply. His lowest weight was 2.7kg So the history here: 16.03.16 2.76kg birth weight 21.03.16 2.70kg 29.03.16 2.95kg 15.04.16 3.52kg 22.04.16 3.84kg 27.04.16 3.97kg 04.05.16 4.11kg
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