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  • @llli*renajeanb2b's Avatar
    Today, 12:09 PM
    She was weighed on the same scale with a clean diaper on both times, and she did not have a BM on day 8 and 15. I have not seen a lactation consultant at this time, The latch does not hurt but is sometimes tight lipped so I re-latch, I can hear her sucking and swallowing when feeding (she seams to get a better flow on the left). I wake her to nurse most of the time because she sleeps so much, if I did not wake her, her feedings would be more spaced apart. The Dr. has not considered any other causes of weight loss. I do not want to supplement with formula, I have started to pump after each feeding so I can have extra BM on hand.
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  • @llli*songstress1212's Avatar
    Today, 11:55 AM
    My little girl was born via emergency c-section. I was able to try breastfeeding about an hour after the surgery and she latched on immediately. I was trying to EBF while in the hospital but the last night before I was supposed to go home, the pediatrician came in and said she lost 10 percent and was dehydrated with hgh sodium levels. They took her to get IV fluids. I continued to go visit her and breastfeed every 2 hours but they convinced me to supplement her to get her weight back up. I gave her a small amount after every breastfeeding. The next day, my milk came in and I pumped some to bring to her. I breastfed her that day and then gave her what I pumped. They cleared her to go home and I continued to breastfeed and supplement a little. The next day we took her to the pediatrician and she gained back her weight so that made us very happy. I went home and started to wean her from the supplement. A few days later we went back to weigh her and she lost 2 ounces. My husband was freaked out and he insisted we supplement again. Since supplementing, I dont feel like my little one's suck is what it used to be when she feeds with me. And every supplementation shes eating more and more which I think is ruining my breastfeeding chances. I havent had much support from my husband because he was panicked about her weight loss and insists on formula regularly. I know he's concerned about her but I think if I was able to stick with breastfeeding like I wanted to it could have worked...
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Today, 11:37 AM
    Was she weighed on the same scale at the one- and two-week visits, and naked both times? You mention two days of not having a BM - when were those two days? How does baby's latch feel? Has she been checked for tongue tie, lip tie, anything that may be causing problems with milk transfer? Have you seen a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC? Has doctor considered any other possible causes of weight loss? The one thing that sticks out to me is that nursing every 2-3 hours is not that frequent for a newborn. It does not hurt to offer sooner (for example, even every hour to 1.5 hours). Sometimes babies are sleepy in the first several weeks and not that demanding. IF supplementation is needed, why not supplement with expressed breast milk, rather than formula? Keep in mind that cluster feeding is normal, particularly in the evening. Letting baby nurse and nurse builds your supply. However, if you are going to supplement, using your own milk and a syringe is a good way to go.
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Today, 11:27 AM
    Not sure where in NOVA you are but I rented a pump from an IBCLC in Nokesville or Catlett or somewhere in that area. It was a bit cheaper than the local hospital. If you're near there let me know off-list and I'll send her info. I think I paid $65 a month.
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Today, 11:25 AM
    I think that's only true if you have medical-grade high-calorie formula, not the stuff you buy in the store which is the same as breastmilk (after all, formula makers design the stuff to be as similar as possible to breastmilk - I always find it somewhat ironic that they actually advertise based on that). I agree, can't hurt to try the hospital-grade pump.
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  • @llli*renajeanb2b's Avatar
    Today, 10:52 AM
    My sweet little Emma was born 4/10 weighing 8 pounds 7 ounces, she was 7 pounds 9 ounces when she was discharged from the hospital. Emma nurses every 2-3 hours 15-20 min at each breast ( sometimes more), she sleeps about four hours at night. Occasionally she has cluster feedings at night which is the only time she seams not satisfied so I give 1 ounce BM in a syringe at the breast extra. Emma has anywhere between 6-10 wet diapers a day and 1-4 BM a day, she has only had two days since birth with no BM. When she had her 1 week check up she weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces and at her 2 week check up this Friday she had lost weight and now weighs 8 pounds. The doctor wants me to begin formula supplementation so she gains weight. I never had any issues BF my son who is now 4, and I am not sure what I am doing wrong. I am making sure to eat 3 meals a day and snacks and drinking plenty of fluids. When I pump after a feeding I get any where between 1/4 ounce to 1 ounce BM expressed. She does not seam hungry. Does anyone have any ideas? :confused:
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  • @llli*stellazovak's Avatar
    Today, 09:44 AM
    4th week of breastfeeding. recently, only while i breastfeed, i feel an aching/pulling sensation in the area of my back under my arm. it's almost as if i can feel him suck milk out of that part of my back. could this be connected to mastitis? i recently had mastitis (or perhaps just plugged duct) for the 2nd time, in that breast, which i thought i had cleared up. thx 4 any help
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 08:40 AM
    Let us know how things go at your appointment! I think MaddieB gave you excellent advice. I just want to tell my story, because I think it's instructive regarding how differently different doctors can react to bloody diapers. My second kid has visible streaks/specks of blood in her diapers from around 1 month until around 5 months. While she was at the pediatrician's office, she produced one of her worst diapers. The pediatrician looked at it and said "Meh, garden variety proctitis. It's generally worst around 3-5 months. Eliminate dairy from your diet if you want. But she's healthy and growing fine so there's no need." It seems to be an article of faith among a lot of people that blood + mucus = allergy, not lactose overload from oversupply. But I don't see why that should be the case- when adults have lactose intolerance, mucus in the digestive system is one of the most common symptoms!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 08:29 AM
    One interesting thing about allergies is that there's pretty good evidence emerging that allowing a baby to eat allergenic foods has a protective effect, and that withholding them may make a child more likely to retain a lifelong sensitivity.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 08:27 AM
    @llli*mommal replied to a thread Oversupply? in Too Much Milk!
    Gassiness is really common in young babies. It's just a side-effect of having a very immature digestive system. If you'd never pooped or passed gas until a few weeks ago, you'd probably find the process rather upsetting, too! New babies actually have to learn how to coordinate the muscles of their digestive system and make poo/farts happen. It's a lifelong skill that your baby is trying to master right now, so you can expect him to be pretty cranky about it. When gas is caused by an intolerance to something in mom's diet, the culprit is most likely to be proteins in dairy, followed by top allergens like soy, when, eggs, etc. It's very unlikely to be vegetables- adults get gassy due to high fiber content in foods like broccoli, beans, and cabbage. But fiber doesn't end up in breastmilk.
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Today, 07:58 AM
    Well, I seem to have figured out my husband's resistance to the hospital grade pump. He thinks she needs the formula supplementation because he thinks there are more calories in formula than breastmilk. From what I've read, that's not true, so now I'm not even worried about checking on how much a hospital grade pump costs. If it's too expensive, I'll move on, but if we can afford it I'll give it a shot. It can't hurt to try!
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  • @llli*mamaoflittleroo's Avatar
    Today, 07:07 AM
    The first two months nursing I couldn't get her to eat without constant clicking. The only position that seems to help a little was the side laying. I had assumed it was from my let down, that she was just little and still learning how to eat without losing suction. Maybe this was because of tongue tie. Once I switched positions (sitting up) starting end of month 2, I began having problems with clogs and mastitis on my right side, which led to breast and now extreme nipple pain. The lactation consultant said she had a shallow latch, which would cause the nipple pain, and that any issues with tongue tie would be affecting both sides. I feel that a shallow latch would affect both sides as well, however my left side feels terrific! I have been working on improving my latch, but my pain seems to be getting worse on my right. I am using the apno (thin layer so she wont refuse to eat on it) icing, and taking advil, however I am finding myself hunched over trying to get all clothing off my nipple. I know I don't want to do this, but thoughts of nipple shields and exclusively pumping on that side are crossing my mind! I have her three month check up coming up next week. After reading this do you think I should wait and have her pediatrician look at her or should I go ahead and find and pediatric ent doctor to get her checked out. (ps...the lactation consultant said I was handling my over production of milk great and she didn't think I needed to extend the block feedings, but...
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  • @llli*m11612's Avatar
    Today, 06:51 AM
    I just made sure to have the on/off button within easy reach and hooked up before leaving then unhooked after I arrived. As filmmommy said, a cover and car adapter and you are good to go. Also, a towel for your lap to catch drips can be good. I loved pumping in the car. It made my commute so productive. Good luck returning to work :)
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  • @llli*mjane82's Avatar
    Today, 06:18 AM
    Thanks so mch @llli*maddieb...I had no idea overproduction or a fast let down might be the culprit. I do have a pretty fast let down and tend to get pretty full between feedings. I also let down quite often between feeds. I struggled with this with my son as well. I've also struggled with mastitis, with my son (had it three times), and I've already had it once with my daughter. My son sputtered and choked a lot at the breast, but my daughter seems to handle it better. I find she gulps quite a bit during let down and I often try to unlatch her when this is happening and let my milk "spray off" a bit. I nursed my son in a reclined position quite a bit, so I'm going to start this with her. She is gaining but not too quickly, she also isn't overly fussy...she has her moments but its not excessive. The one other symptom that makes me think it could be an allergy is how much mucus seems to be in her system...to the point that she seems to have trouble breathing. Her skin is also quite dry. Doctor did rule out that it is blood from me. Thank you again for the info - I'll read this protocol over my breakfast this morning and bring it along to her next appointment :)
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Today, 04:47 AM
    I think all you need is a car adapter for the pump and a cover and you should be set. I pump on my 30-minute commute to work in the mornings. Is it safe? Can't say. It feels a little distracting but not too bad once you get used to it. I actually drink a smoothie or eat a bagel some mornings too! A few tips: Make sure you have somewhere to put the bottles. They're easy to spill in the car. Also, puy your seatbelt on before connecting your shields to the pump. I screw that up many mornings and have to detach one. And like pumping at work, have extra parts handy.
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  • @llli*mama7008's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:10 PM
    No, not exactly (she'd been fussy that whole day before the food, so it was hard to know if she was upset by it), and I wasn't concerned when she threw up immediately after food got in her mouth. It was just that she threw up later after we'd been through with dinner for a while. It made me feel like her tummy didn't handle the food well. I did let her just take the sweet potato off my plate, as we hadn't gotten her high chair set up yet. She did seem to enjoy putting the potato in her mouth/touching it to her tongue repeatedly after she had thrown up the first time, though she made (the funniest) sour faces each time she did. I think I am overly cautious because we have severe food allergy history in the family (and I have Celiac's and a bunch of other digestive issues), so I really don't want to push things and end up causing her any problems.
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  • @llli*freddybee's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:08 PM
    Sorry for bringing up this old thread- but did you figure out what caused/ how to help the mushiness? I seem to be battling the same now... baby cant latch on properly with the mushiness...
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  • @llli*teacherandmom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:00 PM
    I teach at an elementary school and I go back to work on Tuesday. I am trying to figure out how to fit in enough pumping sessions. I have been reading that some people pump in the car on their way to work. Has anyone tried this? Is it safe? Any suggestions? I am renting the Medela Symphony, which has 30 minutes of battery life (plenty of time) and I already purchased the Simple Wishes pumping bra, as I will be pumping during my planning time and will need to be able to work while I pump.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:25 PM
    Hi mjane82, I am sure you are very concerned about your baby. Here are some general fact that may help you feel a bit less stressed about the situation: Allergic reactions to food proteins in your milk is one possible cause of bloody stool in infants. There are others, and some babies have blood in their stool for some period of time for no apparent reason, nor any ill effect. When allergies are suspected, the usual protocol is that baby continues to nurse exclusively while mom tries some common sense food eliminations from her diet to try to figure out the cause. This is because your milk is best for baby, even if baby is having a reaction to food proteins in your diet. Some things to think about- Aside from the blood, is there anything else going on that points to allergy? Rash, poor gain, excessive fussiness?...these things may or may not be present when there is allergy. Does baby seem to have trouble with your let down (Gagging, or coughing or even just gulping lots when nursing? Really big liquidy spit up? Super watery, explosive stools? Do you have any other symptoms that might fit with overproduction? (Baby is gaining very fast, you get quickly very full or engorged between feedings, etc.) I ask because overproduction/super fast letdown is another cause of blood in stool. Again, it is best for baby to keep nursing, and if this fits your situation at all we can offer many ideas for dealing with it.
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:11 PM
    I guess all you can do when she drifts off is try to wake her. . . Tickle her, undress her etc. Will she nurse in her sleep? Maybe it's a skill older babies learn, but mine nurses very well in her sleep now. I just have to pay attention that she's keeping the nipple in her mouth, as she'll often suck when it's out regardless (she won't take a pacifier but she'll suck without anything in her mouth . . . This is her way of soothing herself when she's asleep now, I guess). As for leaning back on the couch . . . I hate it and find it uncomfortable, but I've been able to successfully sit in the reclining rocking chair, feet up on a stool, baby in whatever position we find workable at that moment on a nursing pillow to elevate her, and lean back using my feet to lean & rock back that way. I wonder if you could do that successfully without hurting your side?
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  • @llli*mjane82's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:10 PM
    A couple weeks ago, my daughter (now one month), started to show flecks of blood in her diaper. Over the next week the blood increased. Our doctor is fairly sure that she has a milk and soy protein intolerance (MSPI). I've since cut it out of my diet completely...it's been about a week and I'm still seeing blood in her diapers. Does anyone else out there have any experience with this? I feel a little bit helpless and its hard to see her in this state. We will be seeing a specialist soon, but any experiences or advice would be appreciated! Thanks!
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  • @llli*mjane82's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:03 PM
    My daughter is one month today and I somewhat feel like I got mastitis 7 days postpartum because of all the visitors. Our house just felt so busy and it became very difficult for me to nurse when I felt it was necessary. This didn't happen with our son because he was born during summer holidays - so everyone was gone away! I put a stop to visitors last weekend - I know their hearts are in the right place but its important that I be able to nurse my daughter comfortably and be a more relaxed mom.
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  • @llli*naturegal64's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:48 PM
    I met with an LC & she gave us a few tips that have helped, we'll meet with her again in the next week or so to check our progress. Our main issue is that he is a preemie & an inefficient eater so we will have to keep supplementing until he gets to be a little bigger. Our main concern at the moment is how gassy he is. We use gripe water, infant massage, holding him upright for 30minutes, tummy time & he is still in pain a lot of the time. Any insights or help for him? I'm fairly certain it isn't my diet since I don't drink milk or caffeine, I'm not a heavy wheat eater, I haven't eaten broccoli in a year probably & I only eat very small amounts of spinach occassionally.
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