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  • @llli*usafreat's Avatar
    Today, 04:59 PM
    I know that BM is adequate enough to hydrate babies, but I am wondering if while my baby is eating some solids now should I be introducing water, with her meal? I read sometimes the mention of babies with sippy cups but I would rather not use one until she is primarily eating solids. I haven't been giving a drink, and wasn't planning on it, and probably wont be til she's a yr. she is nine months now. Also, I prefer to just give BM to cover dairy and water 'needs' (I know BM is all a baby needs right now anyway) and with solids just have her experiment with fruits veggies and meat or fish. Is that ok?
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  • @llli*ramom's Avatar
    Today, 04:43 PM
    Thanks for all the suggestions. I feel like things have improved a bit over the last couple days -- she seems to be enjoying the breast more, in fact we were able to get away with no bottles for the entire morning yesterday and today (just stayed in bed and nursed). I'm very pleased to see her enjoying the breast more. However, starting in the afternoons it seems I don't have enough milk for her. She nurses for hours and then fusses, sucking her hand when she comes off. So we need to supplement in the afternoon/evenings with the milk I pumped overnight and in the morning. I'm still hoping that doing lots of nursing and pumping in the evenings will improve my supply, but I've been mostly doing that all along anyway so I suppose things are kind of going to be fairly static at this point unless I get domperidone. We're discussing it, but I think we might just try to make it to 3 months and then start using some formula in the afternoons/evenings. I'll try to update at some point, thanks for all the feedback!
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  • @llli*usafreat's Avatar
    Today, 04:29 PM
    i just stumbled back across this post, and update on my joint pain, it did go away
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 02:20 PM
    I'm also doing that sort of. I always pumped twice. Now with two sessions I only get enough for one bottle plus a bit more. So that's all I send along, together with solids. My baby is 11 months. By 12 months I would like to stop pumping, but first will drop to 1 pumping a day and then to none. On weekends I always nurse more than I do over the week and it's not like I don't have enough for him then. Even if you stop pumping and want to nurse your baby those times on the weekends, it shouldn't be a problem. She might not get a lot, but she'll get something.
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  • @llli*mrsrodgers0711's Avatar
    Today, 02:18 PM
    lots of details.... My 4w/o DS has been on "somewhat" of a schedule since we came home ffrom the hospital...short sleeping spurts in the middle of thee night, 3-4 hour sleep sessions after the kids are off to school (which was ok with me because I was able to sleep with him), and then back to shorter sleep sessions in the evening (backwards I know). Yesterday, however, he started sleeping long hours during the day, waking up for a diaper change, and short feedings (8-10 minutes as opposed to our normal 15-20) and falling back asleep. Around 7:30, we gave him a bath, played with him on the floor for a little bit, I fed him and laid him down around 9. I laid down for bed around 930, and at 940 he was up...fed, fussily, for 5 minutes fell back asleep for 20 minutes. Was extremely fussy for about and hr, then calmed down, fed for an HR! on one side (each time I tried to break latch he would fuss and relatch) around 130 I was able to lay him down, only to have him fuss 10 minutes later...I tried to let him fuss for a few minutes...he wasnt crying at the moment...but then he started crying. I got him up and offered the other side...he fed for another 10 minutes and slept until 4am (from around 2)... All day today he has been feeding for 8-10 minutes and sleeping for about an hr at a time...and repeating ...waking, feeding (not really any awake time like we used to have on the floor), sleeping...The feedins are always short...and the naps are always short...he is pooping and...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 02:07 PM
    If I am understanding you correctly, your baby is/was nursing a normal amount of time, gaining fine, and then you were also pumping 6-7 times a day????? That is going to be wearing on anyone. Also, breast pumps can harm and injure if they are ill fitting or not working properly. Even when the pump is working perfectly, it can cause issues due to excess fluid being pulled into the areola. Pumps are not babies and consequently, they create a different physiological situation when used than nursing does. This does not mean pumps cannot be used safely, of course they can. But the potential for harm from pumping must not be ignored. Most mothers make plenty of milk and most babies get plenty of milk just by nursing. In other words, there is generally no need to pump while nursing. Of course, some mothers DO need to pump for various reasons, usually because their milk production is inadequate and consequently, baby is not gaining well, OR, due to separations. And some mothers choose to pump here and there in order to have someone else give the occasional bottle. The latter is ok, as long as you understand and watch out for the difficulties early bottles and pumping may cause. However, if the only reason you were pumping so often is because a nurse told you to give your baby a bottle after almost every feeding(?!?) and baby was gaining fine without these supplemental feedings, then you were given advice from the nurse that is likely to exhaust you, hurt your breasts, and...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 12:09 PM
    :ita :ita :ita
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 12:07 PM
    Yes! It's probably something that should be done even if it's not the answer to the question "Why is my kid spitting up so much?"
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 09:38 AM
    I am so happy your baby is gaining well! A half pound a week is textbook normal weight gain for this period, so you are correct that your child's gain does not indicate overproduction. Because many mothers read these forums for information, I do want to address the idea that overproduction might adversely affect weight gain. Many mothers have overabundant milk production in the early months and their babies will gain more rapidly than average due to that. This is FINE. It does not hurt baby a bit. Any 'extra' gain during this period will even out over time. Genetics decide the eventual size of a person. Obesity or being unhealthily overweight are not issues that occur with breastfed babies (at least, not while they are babies and exclusively breastfed.) The evidence suggests breastfed babies are less likely to develop issue with childhood obesity as well. Some people are under the impression that SLOW weight gain can be caused by overproduction or forceful letdown due to baby 'not getting enough hindmilk.' This is a myth. Why we look at weight gain when talking about overproduction is because, if overproduction or the resulting forceful letdown is causing either mom or baby to be having real trouble, (and it may or may not) one remedy is to take active steps to reduce milk production by block nursing. For block nursing to be considered safe or appropriate at all, it is very important that baby is gaining very very rapidly, well over average gain of about...
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  • @llli*merlot's Avatar
    Today, 09:35 AM
    It's possible she is a short napper, but I'm just not used to it because my other 3 all napped regular 1-3 hr naps a couple times a day... I'm kind of getting used to it, but it is definitely annoying. I do try to get things done in short spurts (like this response ;-)) or after the kids are all in bed. I do have lots of wraps and mai teis and use them sometimes, but honestly I'd a)prefer not to do cleaning housework holding her- gets a little difficult. b) I want her to get used to napping/sleeping in her crib, not on me. I do find them very helpful and advantageous at times, but they are my back up plan not my optimum ideal. I'm trying to roll with it, honestly, just hoping for better ideas ;-) I don't put my DD on her belly so often (shame on me, I know!) because then I have to sit with her to try to keep her head up. I do really need to get more in the hang of it, though. My other two daughters definitely were affected by the lack of tummy time (shame on me again...). We have a bouncy seat that she usually sits in in the kitchen when we are cooking or eating, a swing in the family room when hanging out/reading. And just took out the bumbo seat so she can be "with" the other kids when they are playing on the floor. But all those things don't work for long term as of yet- tops 20 minutes before she needs to be picked up, which is actually okay just sayin'.
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  • @llli*vanne's Avatar
    Today, 08:43 AM
    Some babies are high needs. It's exhausting but it's not your fault. You didn't cause it by your parenting style. You intuitively picked exactly what THIS child needs. This absolutely will pass. It might take time. My friend's middle child was high needs by temperament and had emergency bowel surgeries during early infancy. Those hospitalizations resulted in an attachment disorder on top of everything else. He was preemie too! She spent every moment of every day and every night physically touching him until gradually at about 18 months he began to become more independent. He's past 2 now, he has a new baby brother (thankfully not high needs), and he is a totally cool confident little kid. Because he got the safety and comfort he needed. Hang in there. Rest whenever you can. Sleep as much as you can. Cuddle your baby. Treasure every moment. <3
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 08:32 AM
    I agree that 7 oz bottles are HUGE for a beastfed baby. 2-4 oz at a time is normal for a breastfed baby and 5 oz is often considered large. How long are you away from baby? How often are you nursing when with baby? Spitting up is generally not cause for alarm on it's own but if there are signs of illness, or discomfort, or lack of weight gain etc, then it is worth seeding the Dr about it. True allergies can't develop until after being exposed to the allergen so it is possible to develop a milk allergy later. How long has baby been getting formula? Sometimes the exposure to animal milk/soy based formula can be the sensitizing factor in babies developing milk or soy allergies. But babies being allergic to something in mom's diet is actually less common that people are led to believe. What may be more likely is picking up a stomach bug at daycare or if bottles are being given in a NON-breastfeeding supportive way, baby may be getting over fed and that can be causing baby to throw up or to be fussy about bottles if baby is being pushed to finish such large bottles. Smaller more frequent meals given in a breastfeeding supportive way may be the answer.
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Today, 07:42 AM
    How long has he been in daycare? And how long is he there each day? That sounds like very large bottles, but it's hard to say whether that's contributing to the spitting up. Did he always drink all 21 oz? I'm away from my LO about 11 hours total (he's asleep when I leave for work) and he so far is only having 12 oz a day, four 3 oz bottles. For nursing babies, I've been told it's 1 to 1.5 oz for every hour away from baby. And he spits up! Is it possible your LO is just overeating? Since you say he acted full at a time he would normally be hungry, that's what making me think that. Also, teething causes babies to drool a lot (noticing that?) so that might be a factor. But it wouldn't hurt to get him checked out at the pediatrician. But if he's happy, not in pain, acting differently, then there might not be cause for alarm. My LO spits up a lot during the day, and often smiles while doing so.
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  • @llli*whoa1225's Avatar
    Today, 06:40 AM
    Not sure if this helps but he's almost 19 lbs, gets three 7-oz bottles at daycare while I'm at work, and sometimes will go a few days without a dirty diaper. For example, he had a (big) dirty diaper yesterday (Monday) but hadn't gone since Thursday.
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  • @llli*whoa1225's Avatar
    Today, 06:26 AM
    Hi! This is my first post here on LLL :-) However, I have used the resources on this website over the past 5 months and have found it to be so helpful :-) So, a little background, I have a 5 month old. He is mainly breastfed - when I'm with him I nurse him and when he's at daycare he gets 2 breastmilk bottles and 1 formula bottle. A couple of weeks ago he started getting fussy when nursing and when drinking his BM bottles at daycare. Not screaming or anything but just kind of acting like he didn't want to eat and/or was full. Which is strange because this would happen during his first feeding of the day (aka at times when he has always been/should be hungry). This has then transpired into him spitting up large amounts. He's always spit up some but I've always considered that normal. But he's spitting up so much now that daycare has talked to me about it and this morning I became concerned because he spit up what seemed to be his entire morning feeding as I was getting ready for work. Sometimes he will even spit up 2+ hours after a feeding. And most of the time it'll be so much that he needs a new outfit. What would cause a 5 month old to start spitting up a lot? I haven't changed my diet. I can't figure out what it could be :-( Can babies develop dairy allergies later like this? Any help is appreciate! Thank you!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:14 AM
    @llli*mommal replied to a thread day weaning in Weaning
    Since he'll be so close to a year, I think your plan sounds basically sound. Here's how I would tweak it: - Instead of diluted juice, offer whole fruits and give formula, water, or whole animal milk as beverages. Juice is terrible for teeth and provides empty calories, and arguably it's something that people just shouldn't drink. Formula is the best breastmilk alternative until 12 months. - Stay flexible about your plans. If your baby goes on a major solid food strike or won't drink animal milk, pumping might help you bridge that gap. Also, weaning might take more tim that you expect- you might end up wanting or needing to pump at work, and you're going to want the machine with you just in case.
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  • @llli*rosesmum's Avatar
    Today, 05:24 AM
    We had our 2month apt with the pediatrician and she continues to gain a consistent half pound every week (now 10lb 13oz and 22.5 inches), so I'm feeling good that any possible oversupply or oald issues are not effecting baby girl's growth.!:)
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  • @llli*bluegirl's Avatar
    Today, 12:46 AM
    @llli*bluegirl started a thread day weaning in Weaning
    My son is currently 10 months old; I'll return back to work 1.5 weeks shy of his first birthday. I'll be gone for 11 hours then (6am to 5pm) and do not want to pump during that time. When should I start day weaning to avoid engorgement? And do I need to replace the missed nursing sessions with formula? My son is currently eating 3 meals a day (no snacks) - about a large egg size amount each meal. I was thinking about a month before I go back to work, I would start dropping afternoon feeding, then late morning, then late afternoon and lastly early morning. To replace the missed nursings, I would start introducing a few snacks throughout the day with some diluted juice. I don't think I need to replace the missed nursing with formula because I wont be cutting back on the night and evening nursings. Will that work? Thanks!
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  • @llli*irishmam's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:34 PM
    Thank you for your very detailed and helpful response! I don't think daycare is overfeeding him - she has breastfed all four of her own kids and I've seen her bottle feeding other BFed babies and she does mimic the paced feeding pattern. I do think I need to nurse/pump more. Currently, he wakes every two-three hours at night and I usually nurse him three times a night. Until recently, we were cosleeping, but moved him into his crib as we wanted to "reclaim" our evenings, especially now that I am back at work! I am in two minds about moving him to the crib, but I don't really nurse him any less because of this. I'm going to try and pump once more in the evening after I put him to bed and I'm going to try and squeeze in one more session of pumping at work and see how that works out. I also started taking fenugreek last week and today at work I pumped 5oz and 4oz over the two sessions. Thanks again for all your input! It's always reassuring to know that there ARE solutions and support out there :-)
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:11 PM
    Pediatrician's advice does not make sense. Feeding baby less often deprives him of calories for long stretches of time every day. Your milk supply will decrease due to decreased stimulation and milk removal. And while it might make your baby hungrier, there's no guarantee that being hungrier will result in him eating more or eating better/more balanced meals. Question: you say that your baby boy is 10 months old and you have been sleeping with his baby sister... How far apart in age are your kids?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:05 PM
    Is thrush a possibility?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:04 PM
    :ita Good advice above. I just want to add that if the milk is really piling up, you might consider donating. You'd make someone very happy!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:00 PM
    Pretty typical behavior for a baby who is starting to teethe...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:59 PM
    Do you have the Mirena IUD? Some moms find that Mirena has a negative impact on supply. It's not supposed to, but there's pretty good anecdotal evidence that some moms find it problematic.
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  • @llli*rosesmum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:22 PM
    When I can tell my baby is about to do this I push my breast into her face so she cannot pull off and has to unclamp.
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