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  • @llli*beckyd0106's Avatar
    Today, 01:03 AM
    Ladies I am confused. 21 mo old just wants to nurse. Eats good at dcp but when with me seriously just wants to nurse all the time. Which im okay with the nursing part but the refusal to eat is confusing. Suddenly refusing foods that used to be okay with him. Has picked at dinner all week, tonight we got a pizza and of course he ate that so idk what to think. I mostly want to only offer healthy options so not sure how to go about it. My gut instinct is to just offer what I'm fixing and if he eats he eats if not then he doesnt but idk if that's the right thing to do. The last couple weekends only ate basically one smal snack and one good meal per day. We did recently lose a pet he was extremely attached to so not sure if thatis playing a role also. I try to offer a few options on items but the picking seems to just be getting more the rule than the exception. Just a side note recently will start crying if I suggest eating food instead of doing nursies. He is growing like a weed so I'm not concerned about growth at this point. Thoughts? Also curious about if I NEED to actively start discourage nursing. He will eventually weanif I do nothing right? Def before college anyways I hope hahahhaha
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:01 PM
    Hi. If I understand correctly, the concern about your milk production is due to pump yield going down and a concerning weight check. First, have you considered if there is a problem with your pump? Have you changed the membranes, checked all the connections? Is this a new pump or used or older pump? Second, what do you mean by almost nothing? Basically up until this point you were pumping 3-4 ounces extra ever day basically. Right? This was food you saved for going out, baby was not being fed this expressed milk each day? If so, that is extra milk, and a lot per session. More typical per session output if baby is nursing a normal amount and not supplemented is only one to 2 ounces. Even if your milk production actually went down 3- 4 ounces a day, you would still be making enough for your baby. Right? Now, the weight checks. The one ounce a day marker means that when someone weighs 100 three month old babies, they expect to see that the babies have gained about an ounce a day average since birth. It does NOT mean each baby will typically gain exactly on ounce a day. Nor does it mean three month old babies have all gained exactly 90 ounces since birth. Many babies do not gain that much and it is still normal, and of course some gain faster. This number is the average gain. And it is normal for gain rate to fluctuate day to day and week to week in an individual baby. This is why weighing a baby too often can cause undue concern. The three month mark is used because...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:33 PM
    Hi. First I would say, gas is usually normal in newborns. It can be uncomfortable for baby in the early weeks/months, but is not typically a serious concern. "Clicking" has a couple common causes. One is tongue tie, and the other is fast or forceful letdown. I am assuming from your post you have no pain when nursing, so one thing we could look at is weight gain. If baby is gaining well and nursing does not hurt, tongue tie is unlikely as a problem. If weight gain is very fast, that could indicate a little overproduction and fast letdown. These usually happen together. Sometimes, fast letdown happens without the overproduction. I am not aware of dimple cheeks meaning anything in particular assuming comfortable latch and good weight gain. Some low weight or premature babies do not have enough fat in thier cheeks and that can cause latch issues. But this would be unlikely to be a problem at this age in a normally gaining baby. Here is some good info on fast letdown. She has many good suggestions if fast letdown fits your experience. However, I do NOT suggest block nursing unless you have severe overproduction that is causing breastfeeding issues (for example, baby refusing to nurse) or issues for you (engorgement, mastitis, etc.) If you are considering block nursing, let us know. http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supply-worries/fast-letdown/
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  • @llli*sacmd's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:08 PM
    Hi, I have a 9 week old baby who I have always exclusively breastfed. Every 2-3 hours, longest stretch without feeding is 5 hours at the beginning of the evening. I have been pumping once a day since she was born, to have a stash handy for back-up, babysitting, etc. I have always been able to pump about 3-4 ounces per session (about 1 hour after I feed her). Never had supply problems. Then suddenly in the past week, my pumping sessions are yielding almost nothing. More concerning to me, my baby only gained 9 ounces in 2 weeks, where before she was gaining 1 ounce/day. She seems to be peeing and pooping well but the slow down of her weight gain is worrying me, combined with no pumping output. The only correlation I can think of is this weird, thick, sticky discharge that I've had over the past several days which is new. I have no idea what this is, but it seems like there are hormonal shifts causing this? Has anyone experienced this? I'm hoping it is a temporary drop but getting very nervous...
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:56 PM
    The pump slump is actually best combated with extra pumping sessions and Freezer stash supplement. Do you have any freezer stash? Can you ad in extra sessions? Either one 1st thing on the morning or once a day on the weekend to build a freezer stash?
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  • @llli*alma2014's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:37 PM
    Necesito que me ayuden. Mi bebe tiene 3 meses y medio y no logro tener suficiente leche para que se llene....desde que nacio en el hospital le dieron formula mientras me bajaba la leche nunca me salio mucha y he intentado de todo avena, mucha agua...plantas naturales y tes baja leches pero lo mas que logro obtener son 3 onzas de leche cada 3 horas y mi bebe ya toma 6 onzas. El mes pasado le daba pecho al inicio de cada toma y le completaba con formula y no me subio de peso se mantuvo entonces lo que hago ahorita es que me saco la leche para garantizar que toma 6 onzas y me suba peso....lo ultimo que intente fue tomar unas pastillas motilum para generar mas leche pero aun no lo logro que mas puedo hacer? Quisiera darle solo pecho.
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  • @llli*alef's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:54 PM
    Hi girls! I have been following your conversation all day. So I am in a similar dilemma. My baby refuses to take the bottle. I have been trying since she was a month and a half. Now she's 9 months. I have tried the bottle, sippy cups, glass and spoon. Nothing seems to work. I even lost my job since I didn't go back soon enough. I have no idea what to do.
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  • @llli*kasiau's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:06 PM
    Hi, my LO is soon turning 7 weeks old. She's very gassy baby so I've started to search for the reason why is it so. I've noticed, that her cheeks are dimpled and she makes a clicking sound while nursing... I latch her on correctly - her dimpled cheeks are the only problem (I have all the other "signs" of proper latch). I must add that I have very (VERY) small breasts so is it possible that my nipples are just to short or something? LO doesn't have any anatomical problems with her mouth so that's also not the reason... She's quite a fussy baby but she's gaining weight pretty well. Please help cause my heart is breaking when my LO's tummy hurts :((
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  • @llli*luvmy.munchkins's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:37 PM
    Hi there! It sounds like you have had a few changes all around the same time that could make it confusing to figure out what has caused this slight slump. Baby sleeping through the night in and of itself could cause a slight reduction in supply as well as possibly trigger the return of your cycle. I know my cycle has been trying to make a come back and my out put sometimes is affected...even at different times of day. I find if I just relax about it and do my best keep up supply and meet baby's needs....it all works out in the end. I hardly feel like this could be the end with you still able to get 15 oz. 15 is way better than 0. Why did pumping hurt before pumpin pals? Did you have the correct flange size? Maybe try a different pump in pals flange size. I have them and found I use a size smaller than on regular flanges. Also, you could experiment and alternate between pumpin pals and regular and see if that has any affect on comfort or out put. When I used regular flanges, I would dip my finger in olive oil and run along the smallest part that your nipple goes in. This helped a lot and it's a very thin layer and won't hurt baby.
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:55 PM
    No he did not lose weight. I was not obsessing about his weight and only had him weighed when we went for well visits at his pediatrician. I never weighed him at home or elsewhere (aside from the time the IBCLC examined him and did a weighted feed). My baby made up for it by nursing more in the evenings. He also nursed 3 times in the night - once a dreamfeed before I went to bed, then two more wakeups in the night. This definitelyi put my mind at rest because I knew he was eating well aside from those 8 hours a day.
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  • @llli*rani's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:45 PM
    Thanks ruchiccio. No he is not tongue tied. Between 1-4 months, he had easily taken bottle during 3-4 times I had left him with my husband. Now he is almost 6 months and totally refusing. I have tried different bottles, different nipples - Dr Browns, Nuk size S and M, Nuby, and one more don't remember. Nuby is a bit easier as we can squeeze the bottle so the milk flows out. I have tried different times too - when he is happy, hungry, sleepy, just waking up, sleeping. The moment the nipple touches his lips, he screams. Tried distracting with tv etc. Did your baby lose any weight in the 2 weeks when he was learning to take bottle? I guess I also have to give time then.
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  • @llli*sunshine28's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:32 PM
    I have a DS (3 weeks old) and I am returning back to work in 3 more weeks. Its a part-time job and I'll be gone for 6-7 hrs everyday of the week. We are currently EBF. However I will need to pump when I get back to work. I have a medela PISA pump that is three years old. When should I start pumping and how soon can I introduce the bottle ? Any recommendations for which bottle/nipple works better than the rest ? TIA
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  • @llli*apple963's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:19 PM
    I read a few accounts online of women who reported pumping less with pumpin pals, maybe because they aren't as aggressive, for lack of a better term. I could certainly be getting my period back. He started sleeping though the night a few weeks ago, so it could have triggered that. Whatever it is I hope it doesn't continue!
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:14 PM
    Interesting. You don't know for sure yet that that's what caused the slump. Also, I don't see why Pumpin Pals should be the cause of a supply issue. Perhaps you can offer a drop of baby food for days when you don't have enough milk for him? That's what I did and it made me feel a lot better because I knew he won't be hungry. My supply drops were not really because of poor demand but rather because of hormonal reasons. That could also be a factor for you now. Maybe you are getting your period back? Maybe you are ovulating?
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  • @llli*apple963's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:09 PM
    Its been gradually decreasing from about 17 oz a day to under 15 now. So not a huge difference but (1) it makes a difference when he eats 15 oz a day and (2) its been a steady decline. That being said, something just dawned on me. I started using pumpin pals because I had a lot of pain when pumping. They improved the pain factor and its been wonderful ever since, but the decline has been over the last month and my pumpin pals were delivered Jan 30th. This makes me so sad because they helped the pain so much, but that has to be it right??? That being said, if I switch back to the regular shields, how long until my supply perks up again????
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:00 PM
    Sounds like you're doing everything right! Pumping every 2.5 hours is very good. What's your usual output and how is it now? Maybe you can fit in a dreamfeed somewhere in the night if he is going that long 11 hour stretch.
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  • @llli*midnightsangel's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:51 PM
    I also have an eight week old and although I don't have your issues I've found that lanolin is really good at helping all sorts of problems. It helped my cracked nipple in the beginning due to bad latch and it really soothed the pain of a blocked Montgomery gland (the bumps on the areola around the nipple). I would suggest that for immediate relief while you work on your latching. Does she open her mouth wide? Have you had her checked for tongue or lip ties? I don't know why it would hurt on your right and not the left if these were the cases though. My son prefers my left side and I'm also small chested though I've found that he likes my right side when I'm laying down so that's the side he gets most often at night. Hopefully the lanolin helps until you can correct the latch. Painful nipple suck :(
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  • @llli*apple963's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:48 PM
    I nurse when he wakes up between 6a and 6:30a (He leaves the house with my husband around 7:30). I pump 4 times (20 mins a time) while at work from 9a-5:30p (about every 2.5 hours). Then nurse again before bed about 7p/7:30p. Then I pump again before bed around 9:30p/10p. On the weekends he nurses about 4/5 times a day.
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:38 PM
    You can also try with a cup (without straw). My baby did not use a straw until 7 months or so. Perhaps he could have done it earlier but we only tried it then when we were at a park with him and he was begging for a swig of my fountain soda. Your baby might eventually just give up the refusing and start drinking. My baby did that little by little. He drank like 2 oz in 8 hours of separation the first day or two. The next day 3 ounces, then 4, and so on. By 2 weeks he was drinking whatever I sent, sometimes a bit less. Is your baby tongue-tied? That might make it hard to drink from a bottle. What bottles are you trying with? We used Avent Natural, slowest flow size 0 nipple.
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  • @llli*rani's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:27 PM
    chivslh: Do such small babies know how to drink from straw? I will try that. He drinks from spoon but bottle gives me a little more flexibility to do activities with my older daughter. ruchiccio: Yes, I taste every time. I also give fresh pumped milk which I pump before leaving for work. It hasn't even gone in the fridge. Anybody else has any insights?
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  • @llli*moochpooch's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:08 PM
    My daughter is eight weeks old, and I am still struggling to comfortably breastfeed her on my right side. It's become very easy for me to feed her on my left; I can pretty much just put her there and she latches on fine by herself. But when I try to put her on my right breast it is generally uncomfortable and often painful. About a week or so ago, my right nipple became chafed and it is still causing me discomfort. I assume this is due to continued bad positioning and/or latch when feeding her on my right. I am going to make an appointment to see my lactation consultant, but in the meantime I would appreciate any suggestions as to how I can deal with this. I've seen the LC twice already, and during those appointments the feeding positions she helped me set up felt comfortable. Not sure why I can't replicate that at home. I have experimented with different positions but have yet to find one that works. I use the cradle position when feeding her on my left, but it feels really awkward to do so on my right. I thought the laid back position would be a solution, but for whatever reason it isn't always comfortable and I feel like I'm setting it up wrong. I'll have to talk to the LC about it. I should also mention that my breasts are on the smaller side, which I think makes certain feeding positions challenging. It's difficult for me to do the football hold, for example, without someone helping to set it up since I have to use a bunch of pillows and things around me and to...
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:47 AM
    @llli*djs.mom replied to a thread Dads/Partners in Too Much Milk!
    It's not super common but I have heard of it. Actually the other way. Too stimulate when a women thinks she is experiencing low flow. Having a person who can tell you what the flow is like and can tell you that YES there IS milk can be very reassuring. And also if you are dealing with supply issues the more stimulation the better. It's not for everyone. There is some real crossover there. Just like there is for some people to taste their own breastmilk. But if it works for over or under supply and both people are fine with it? Meh.
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  • @llli*canadianemily's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:42 AM
    My LO is four months old now, but we've been struggling with his weight since he was born. I got to breastfeed immediately after birth, but the hospital encouraged us to supplement right off the bat. So we continued doing little amounts of supplementing via syringe when we went home. At one point the doctor was happy with his weight gain and said we could stop, and then soon after got very concerned and sent us to a pediatrician -- this brings us to where we are today, supplementing with two 3 oz bottles a day. This brought his weight up from 15th percentile to 25th percentile over a few weeks. And yes, they're using the new WHO charts. He was born 9 lbs 4 oz and is now about 14.5 lbs. Thing is, he's over 99th percentile for length, so I do worry constantly that he should be heavier. The docs are fine with him being at 25th percentile though. In terms of other history, I think he's producing enough wet diapers, although each wet isn't very much. I can get away with changing him about 4-5 times over 24 hours, although this includes using a 12-hour diaper overnight. When he was strictly breastfed, he would go over two weeks without a bowel movement. It increased a lot when we started supplements but now it's back to a week and a half between them. I feed him at least every couple hours, including through the night, although I only offer one side at a time at night because I do side-lying position while cosleeping. Plus he falls back to sleep quickly most of the time. ...
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:34 AM
    My baby had tongue tie and was REALLY not a fan of the bottle. He eventually learned to take one at hte babysitter, but would drink the bare minimum until a few weeks later. Really, in the first week back at work, he drank like 4 oz during an 8 hr separation. His tongue tie was released much later (because we only found out he had one really late). But it had gotten way better already before the tongue-tie release. The tie makes it harder for them. We used Avent Natural with newborn flow as per my IBCLC.
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:32 AM
    I love Mommal's way of thinking about nursing. It's so true. Whenever my baby is sick or teething or sad, I say to myself, "This is the reason I'm still breastfeeding!"
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