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  • @llli*helbk's Avatar
    Today, 04:08 AM
    I have enjoyed breastfeeding my baby boy since he was born, and hope to continue BF once in the morning and evening when I return to work in a month's time. He currently sleeps well (7.30am-5am, after husband consistently saw to him during the night) and once down for naps in his cot he can sleep for over an hour, though not always! My challenge is he will only settle if I nurse him to sleep. This can take quite a long time (sometimes over an hour), particularly during the day, with him wailing every time I stand up to put him in his cot. Though initially upset, my husband is able to get him to sleep in about 10-20mins at night with cuddles and singing, then sitting with him next to the cot. It means that no one else is able to put him down for naps/night which is really constraining, but also concerning for when he starts nursery. My husband is the only one who can go into him to settle him if we wakes at night, as I'd just be trapped in the BF cycle for an hour if I go in. I would like to be able to comfort him too! In the past we did some sleep training using PUPD/Shh/pat due to him waking every hour, and this worked well. Typically this slipped when he became ill and was teething so I've been nursing him to sleep for quite a few months now but it's becoming less and less effective. I've read so many sleep training approaches, the gentle ones such as the Pantley method, to gradual withdrawal, but I just don't know what would be better for an older baby who does...
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  • @llli*rainbowgoblin's Avatar
    Today, 03:24 AM
    I have a 15-month-old who I've been nursing mornings and some evenings. I haven't actively been trying to wean, but I skip evening feeds if he's more interested in playing. This has been our routine for a few weeks without incident, until yesterday, when I developed mastitis (I've had mastitis a few times, so I seem to just be prone to it, and I had an injured nipple from distracted feeding, and my kids are in daycare, so we get a lot of viruses, hence weakened immune system). Anyway, I hadn't planned to wean before 18 to 24 months, but now I'm thinking I should do it now. I don't want to nurse while I'm taking antibiotics (7 days). The alternative is to express enough to keep my supply up for the next week, which seems like more trouble than it's worth (I work full time, and at the moment pumping is very painful). The advice I've read on weaning says that it's OK to express just enough to keep your breasts from feeling uncomfortably full. But the advice on mastitis is to express frequently. I assume this is targeted at mastitis in early breastfeeding. I don't really have much milk anymore, so I'm not sure expressing is very helpful in terms of flushing the infection. I'd prefer to express once a day or so, whenever my uninfected breast feels a bit full. Is this a bad idea?
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  • @llli*kmrs's Avatar
    Today, 03:06 AM
    Last week (he was 3 weeks old) was the worst as far as cluster feeding goes. It was all day every day. I was trying to read about it online bc it felt crazy to be sitting there for 8 hrs or more. I kept seeing people writing about the 3 week mark.. how its notorious for clustering. This week, he has (on his own) been eating more 'normally'. Every 2-3 hrs or so for about an hr. I think this kind of confirms to me that I need to follow his lead. He knows what he needs? I really never thought breast feeding would be so complicated, but when I get frustrated bc I feel like I'm doing something wrong, I just dumb it down to 'on demand' and err on the side of him being fed and not hungry. I just hope things naturally even out before he goes to daycare. Thanks again for you replies!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:35 PM
    Wow that is great baby is gaining so well! Ignore parenting advice from doctors? I really do not know what else to say about what your ped said. You are not a human pacifier, a pacifier is a plastic replacement breast. Since baby is gaining so well, if and when you need a break, feel free to have someone else take baby and get a break. (No need for baby to be fed by anyone else necessarily, there are many ways to comfort a baby- I will attach some articles about that) If you think a pacifier is a good idea, ok, but just as with bottles they can cause issues, so use it sparingly and never let it take the place of a feeding. But taking a break or using a pacifier are parenting choices you may or may not choose to make. You are doing fine as you are. Babies love to nurse and will do so a lot. It is their job. fussy baby tips: http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/09_fussybabyideas.pdf and http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/10_what_about_partners.pdf
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  • @llli*kmrs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:18 PM
    Thanks! We tried a bottle today. Just did an oz when he cued and finished on the breast. He did ok enough that I won't worry about him taking one. We'll probably just throw one in here and there like that or in the rare circumstances that I'm not there to feed him. He had his one month Dr appt today and he gained 1 lb 3 oz in just about 2 weeks! So that encourages me! Pediatrician says that the 8 hr feeds are too long and that I am a human pacifier. That I should cut feed times down, space time between feedings and consider using a pacifier. Anyone have any thoughts on this?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:16 PM
    I would just say it is a matter of the four month fussies and leave it at that, except the poop changes actually sound like baby perhaps has a little virus moving through his system causing mild diarrhea. This would of course also explain frequent waking and discomfort. I am not sure what you mean by baby "gets milk and reacts badly to it" but if you think eating is painful, supposedly that can indicate reflux. However reflux is a very tricky diagnoses and way over-diagnosed. I suppose a virus might make baby actually feel slightly nauseous, now that I think about it.
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  • @llli*momof3tobe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:15 PM
    Thank you! My partner is not planning to breastfeed, but she would pump while she is home after the birth. I keep telling her she might change her mind once instinct kicks in. So we can supplement with her milk in the Lact Aid device. She doesn't want to pump when she goes back to work though. How would I know, I guess there is no way to, if the herbs and pumping would work without having to use the drugs. We wouldn't know until the babies were here and started feeding I guess? How long of pumping and herbs would it take to actually produce milk so I could know if I need the drugs?
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  • @llli*peanutbutter7's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:13 PM
    My baby is 4.5 months and after a 3+ weeks of pooping once a day or every other day, (none at night) he started going a lot more last week. He poops around the clock now, the largest ones being early morning and late afternoon with several small ones in between. It's watery and almost always green. He also pulls on my nipples, repeatedly latches/unlatches and sometimes cries or fusses during this. He seems to get some milk, react badly to it then immediately go back for more, over And over. At first I thought he wanted the other breast but he does thus with both. I ebf, rarely have dairy and haven't changed anything in my diet. He's going through a sleep regression and WW19 so I've been stressed and eating/drinking less but that's it. Any idea what could be going on?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:32 PM
    Do you notice baby nursing less often since this started? My guess would be that it is more likely that your pump output, not your production, is decreasing, due to either the pump needing some troubleshooting or just because you are hitting the dreaded 'pump slump." one more 'meal" of solids is not likely to impact milk production but it depends on what we mean by a "meal." Some of those baby food jars are enormous. How much fruit are we talking? Is it in a puree? (so contains lots of water as well) etc. I do not think it is appropriate to send less milk. If baby was older and eating lots and lots of solids that would be one thing, but for a 7-8 year old, 8 ounces seems perfectly reasonable for a 7 hour separation. Of course if you just do not have that much to send, you will need to decide whether to pump more often, consider formula, or yes send less milk which may mean you have to ask them to increase solids. From who and why? If you mean just from the daycare, I would suggest, do not let them pressure you. On the other hand, I do not think that 3 "meals" a day plus 8 ounces for an 8 month old is unreasonable- again, it depends what they mean by "meals"-it may help to know- how much exactly is baby being offered? Is baby given a bowl of food and allowed to eat with hands, or spoon fed? Is eating more self directed (this can be done even if baby is spoon fed, but it takes time and patience and caregiver "communicating" with baby) or is baby "encouraged"...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:10 PM
    Impossible to say. A hospital grade pump is designed to be used multiple times a day by a mom who needs to pump that often to increase/promote normal milk production. A P&S and all others in that class are meant to be used 2-3 times a day 5 days a week by moms who have a normal milk production established and are only pumping because they are separated from baby. So in theory, yes a hospital grade pump would make a difference. However in practice it really depends on the situation. Some moms do best with hand expression or a manual pump. There is a wide variety of normal. So from lowest known weight of 7lbs 4 ounces at day (I am guessing) 3 or so, baby gained 20 ounces in 30 days to weigh 8lbs 9 oz on day 33. That is a bit slow, but sounds better and is more accurate than to say "baby only gained 5 ounces from birth weight." I am surprised no 2 week or thereabouts check was done given the concern early on. It would be nice to know if gain has been steady, was slow to get going, or is slower now. 20 ounces in 30 day averages to 2/3 ounce a day or about 4 and a half ounces a week. It is slow, but not that far off the normal range. Now that you are supplementing 2-4 ounces of formula a day, how is gain? Also how much of your own milk in bottles does baby get each day? You do not have to answer, IO am just saying, these are the questions to ask yourself as you figure out exactly what baby is needing to gain normally. When figuring out the puzzle of slow gain,...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:14 AM
    Basically I mean do not push her or insist or get upset if she does not nurse. I am guessing that your OP/FFLD is the root cause of baby resisting nursing. So it might take time to convince baby that the answer is more frequent nursing. You don't want to make things worse by getting stressed out about it. this is a good article about how to gently encourage nursing. http://kellymom.com/ages/newborn/nb-challenges/back-to-breast/ Usually the simplest way to gently offer the breast is to spend lots of time snuggling baby skin to skin or with easy access. If baby does not like being held, try different holds or positions, or relax (sitting) on the couch with baby kind of beside you etc. (I do not mean lay down and sleep with baby on couch- couch is not safe surface for this.
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:29 AM
    Oh! OK! So Karo syrup works. And also? All P fruits. So if you are giving her plenty of solids, Pears, Peaches, Plums also loosed things up. And besides Milk, feed her water and keep her away from foods like rice and bananas. Which actually also constipate.
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  • @llli*goli79's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:36 AM
    thanks for the tips! she is definitely on the mend. what a rough 2-3 weeks that was. we've now generated a new problem: my daughter refuses to sleep unless it's next to me, in my bed, with my nipple in her mouth. and she seems to get up frequently as if to check to make sure i'm still there. it's always something.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:01 AM
    Babies nurse for hunger, thirst, comfort, companionship/closeness/connection, and for help getting back to sleep. These are all normal and healthy reasons a baby would nurse. So of course a 7 month old who is still normally cycling in and out of sleep rapidly will wake several times a night and want to nurse. I forget what book it is in, I think it is "Kiss Me!" but the pediatrician Carlos Gonzalez discusses the myth that babies normally progressively sleep more as they get older. It is not true, and of course anyone can reason that it is true- If an older child sleeps more overall than the brand new baby, they would never be awake! But what we expect is that there will be a linear progression to fewer but longer naps and a long sleep at night (sleep consolidation.) But that is not how it actually works. Waking more to nurse at this age is entirely normal. Of course the sleep will normally begin to consolidate to something resembling one long stretch and one longish nap sometime in the next couple years. Older kids normally sleep stretches of 8-10 hours every night. But that is later. And they still wake up at least once or so at the very least to pee for a while. Or not, and then you have to get up to change the bed! If this change was abrupt I think it makes sense to look at what baby has been eating or drinking (anything aside breastmilk) and the environment, to rule out some reaction, and look at sleep place and routines to see if something could be causing...
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  • @llli*podutti's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:09 AM
    DS is almost 8 months old. I work 7hrs a day and pump milk for him to send to daycare. I nurse him before drop-off, at 8am, and again when I get home at 4:30pm. During the day he has 2x4oz bottles, some veggies+meat for lunch and some fruit in the afternoon. We did try with 2x2oz and 1x4oz bottles but he seemed more content with the 2 larger bottles. During the week he gets no solids at home and I generally don't offer much at weekends, maybe a little at lunchtime only. He is EBF and nurses on demand day and night. So, the problem, this week I have struggled a LOT to pump the 8oz milk at work. I never had this problem before and could easily pump in excess of what I needed. The last 2 days I didn't manage it and had to pump at home in the evening. Yesterday I asked at daycare if anything had changed and they have now started offering him fruit for morning snack also, which I am told he loves. Has this affected my supply?? I am very happy with this daycare. The carers are lovely, it is clean, safe and not overcrowded, and I can clearly see that DS really likes it. They did ask for an extra 4oz bottle a few weeks ago which I said was not needed, given that he is only there for 7 hours and eats solids. So this is the reason they have increased the solid food as they believed he was hungry. What should I do? Reduce the milk I send, pump more, tell them to cut out the morning snack? He is the only child there drinking breast milk and maybe all the others eat/drink a lot...
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  • @llli*podutti's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:47 AM
    The baby you describe in the first paragraph sounds like the textbook example! The experience I have had with my 3 is more similar to your current situation. I would guess that your LO is getting more interested in what is going on around him and isn't interested in devoting 30ish minutes eating. My 7mo DS might spend 5 minutes eating, then decide he wants to go explore something and then look to eat again 30 minutes later. I think that maybe what you are interpreting as regression is actually a sign that your little one is gaining a new found interest in the world around him.
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  • @llli*emimom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:41 AM
    Thank you for your reply! Baby has always been pooping regularly and as expected for her age. She was born via c section with a birth weight of 8 lb 4 oz. her lowest weight was on day 4 at 7 lb 4 oz. since it was more than a 10% drop, the doctor asked that we top it off. We did this just for a day as her weight was back up on day 5 to 7 lb 5 oz. She was 8 lb 9 oz on day 33, so she was pro back to birth weight sometime in the middle. I pump every 2 hours in the day for 20 min on the medals double electric pump in style. I give the baby whatever I pump. I go for longer stretches at night without pumping. For instance, last night baby feel asleep at 7 pm, woke up to feed at 1 am and then again at 4 am. I only pumped after the 4 am session. Do you think adding more sessions at night will help? I only pump after she feeds. So I don't know how long she will be feeding or how long I would go at night before the next nursing / pumping session. I have also been thinking about renting a hospital grade. My existing pump seems to be in good working order. Could a hospital grade make a difference? I do like my lactation consultant. Unfortunately, I can't delay resuming work. But I have a flexible schedule. And may be gone for only 4 hours in the first couple of weeks.
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  • @llli*sak184's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:31 AM
    His birth weight was 1.025kg. And after 1 1/2 months later when he got discharged from the hospital he was 1.225kg. And after a 1 week at his 1st well baby clinic he was 1.370kg. (On 14/03/2016) Throughout this whole time he was on EBM exclusively. Hospital advised not to bf all the time bcoz baby could lose weight with all the sucking. And on the other hand he also didn't seem interested in bfing very much. so I had to express milk for ever 3 hrs. He was admitted to the hospital again for a blood transfusion and by then he was 1.695kg. (On 30/03/2016) And then we started formula supplement on him and after 2 weeks (15/04/2016) he weighed 2.3kg. Then on 20/05/2016 he was 3.5kg. Lo still was on EBM and 2 feeds of formula supplement. By that time since i was so tired with expressing i had started bfing. But I still i gave the baby EBM and mostly @ night i breastfed him. After couple of days i started to feel the pain on my nipples but i kept bfing. few days later baby got a bad cough and i brought him to the clinic again on 30/05/2016 and he was 3.850kg. that day i was advised to stop expressing and start bfing. I did as i was advised and gave him 2 feeds of formula. By this time i was suffering from unbearable pain in nipples. So i talked to the staff at Lactation Management Centre (LMC) of the hospital. They checked me and my baby and said baby's latching seems fine and even if it wasn't, latching cannot be corrected bcoz baby now is too old for that. They...
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