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  • @llli*insimom's Avatar
    Today, 03:21 PM
    Use madela nipple shield .. It helped me a lot .. I havebeenthrough ur situation
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  • @llli*insimom's Avatar
    Today, 03:19 PM
    My baby latches on and sucks for couple of mins and falls asleep when I put her down she awakes and again wants to be on my breast, this way I keep on nursing her for hours and she still remain hungry .. If I give her bottle she eats immediately easily 2-4 oz. How do I make her nurse effectively? Should I pump n give her bottle ? My body does not respond to pump well too
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  • @llli*insimom's Avatar
    Today, 03:10 PM
    I have gone through same. I started using madela nipple shield and in a day started feeling better. I have been nursing my new born since last 3 weeks with nipple shield
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  • @llli*mehouseholder2's Avatar
    Today, 03:07 PM
    First, thanks so much for the advice! Its good to know that there are some answers! He is at daycare from about 7am, till about 4pm. Sometimes he is there until 4:30, depending on when my husband can pick him up. He gets nursed typically between 3-5 am, and then between 6-6:30am before he goes, depending on his mood/fussiness. He hates having to get up in the morning (who can blame him really) I have been thinking he is being overfed for about a month now...I had been sending bags with 5 oz in them...but have (this week) switched to 4 oz bags, or 3.5 oz bags. I did notice that yesterday when I nursed him all day ( I stayed home to try and boost supply), he was perfectly content with nursing every 2 hours, and getting what I thought was 3-4 oz at each feeding. I do believe that I have communicated effectively that they are not to get rid of breastmilk. Sending the bottles might be the next step, as opposed to letting them warm up the bags and place in bottles. I'm also going to request that they only use the small bottle I sent with him, not the 8 oz larger one. Good idea! Today, I have successfully pumped 3-4 oz at each pumping (having pumped 3 times).
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  • @llli*mackeroo2013's Avatar
    Today, 01:21 PM
    Hi. Today at my 6-week postpartum check-up, after telling Dr. that my 6 week old baby feeds off one breast every 2 hours(she pulls off or falls asleep), Dr. advised me to pump the other breast that she didn't feed off of. Then two hours after pumping, offer Babe that same pumped breast. I told Dr. I was leery of the pump since I don't want to make more milk than my baby needs. My doctor was concerned that I would start losing my milk. Is this true? Should I be pumping my other breast?
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  • @llli*nirebear's Avatar
    Today, 11:55 AM
    Thank you! I was thinking that it must decrease supply as I'd done it early on when I did have oversupply. Now I don't think I do as I don't leak unless feeding from the other boob so I don't want to mess with my supply too much. I'm all for being lazy and not doing anything, so doing nothing and just hoping sleep will get better is quite a good strategy for me! Thanks for the advice :)
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  • @llli*mommyof5as's Avatar
    Today, 11:14 AM
    Update. Baby girl is now 9 weeks and her weight is up to 7lb 4.5oz.. Her pedi was thrilled at her 2/mo check up yesterday
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  • @llli*jessie90's Avatar
    Today, 10:05 AM
    Thanks! Apologies for the wrong measurements. I'm not from US and often forget! So would you say if the baby eats 60 ml (2 oz) I should not top him up? If he still acts super hungry what's the top up amount I should give him? 1 oz (30 ml) or more/less? I tried not giving him any top up after 2 oz feed but he just would not fall asleep. I was rocking him for 30 mins (usually passes out by 10 min) and he didn't even flinch. If that's the case should I offer him breast again (no swallowing as breasts are empty) or should I just give him bottle? And how much given he hasn't already eaten for 30 mins. We got new scales last night and turns out as predicted by the feel of my breasts I don't produce quite enough in the evenings. He only ate about 40 ml (1.35 oz.). In that case what should be the top up amount? Do they also eat more at night? Because I know lots of babies cluster feed so I'm assuming they must be getting more in the evenings?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:23 AM
    Who was that somebody who put the bug in your ear about foremilk? They need a little remedial education! Foremilk/hindmilk "imbalance" is actually the spbiggest non-issue in breastfeeding. Unfortunately, it's a myth that just. won't. die! Here's why it isn't actually a real thing: - There is actually no such thing as either foremilk or hindmilk. There's just milk. The milk that comes from a full breast is relatively more watery and lactose-rich than the milk that comes at the end of the feeding, but at no point does milk switch from foremilk to hindmilk. As the breast empties out, the milk becomes gradually less watery and more creamy, but foremilk isn't just skim milk and hindmilk isn't pure cream. Maybe a better way to express this is to say that all foremilk contains hindmilk, and all hindmilk contains foremilk? - Foremilk is not "low calorie". A baby will gain well- often exceedingly well- on the so-called "foremilk" alone, provided she gets enough of it. - Block feeding does not change the ratio of foremilk to hindmilk. It just decreases supply. It is something you might want to do if you have a significant oversupply, but if you have normal supply, you do NOT want to block feed. - Overactive/fast letdown is often caused by oversupply, but not always. There are moms with fast letdowns who have normal or even low supply. So, where does that leave you regarding your baby's sleep? Well, I think it leaves you with a normal baby who is sleeping in a...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:10 AM
    So I translated everything into oz- which makes more sense to me because of the stupid way we Americans have eschewed the metric system. I'm going to post the amounts here in oz, in case other non-metric moms want to take a look: - Baby gets 60-70 ml, or 2-2.4 oz when feeding at the breast, according to weigh-feed-weigh measurements - Baby gets a top-off of 50 ml, or 1.7 oz, of EBM - Mom has read that an appropriate feeding for this age is 100-120 ml, or 3.8-4.1 oz - Mom is pumping 1-1.3 oz after nursing Based on those amounts, here is what I am thinking: - Baby is actually getting a normal amount when nursing. 100-120 ml is a very large feeding for a breastfed baby of any age. 60-70 ml (2-2.4 oz) is actually a complete, albeit more average, size for a feeding. Breastfed babies compensate for the smaller size of the average feeding by feeding frequently, often as much as 10-12 or more times per day. - If baby can get that much at the breast, you probably don't need to be supplementing. So it makes sense to get a scale and really put in some hard work with it. If baby can always get 60-70 ml when nursing, he doesn't need the top-offs. He just needs to nurse more often. I think there is a good chance that the long stretches in between feedings are the result of baby being stuffed to the gills.
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  • @llli*mashenka1985's Avatar
    Today, 06:07 AM
    our pediatrician told us, that loosing weight at the first 10 days after birth is normal for babies, because the survive the stress of the new environment and get ready to receive the food in an unusual way (breastfeeding). As for the milk supply - one of the two breastfeeding consultants has told I should pump in order to have more milk and the other told be right the opposite - never pump, if there's no extreme necessity. The baby and only the baby should be the one, who generates and regulates the amount of your milk by sucking. Pumping more than the baby eats may lead to overproduction and result into constant pumping and discomfort. I might be wrong, but when my pediatrician has noticed the baby doesn't gain weight - she simply said I should apply the baby as often as the baby would take the breast. If you are afraid to overfeed the baby - it's almost impossible while breastfeeding only. "If one decants after each feeding, there will be much more milk than it’s needed, and it can lead to milk stagnation – lactostasis. The only real reason for pumping is when you have alcohol in your blood." http://motherhow.com/breastfeeding-dont-believe-in-rumors/
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  • @llli*mashenka1985's Avatar
    Today, 05:52 AM
    I'd agree that the insomnia issue cannot be fully explained by the hormonal shifts after weaning. There's something deeper to dig through. You might be surviving the hidden depression, where insomnia and anxiety may be the symptoms. There should be some other explanation than weaning to that... I'm sorry you have to go through this.
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  • @llli*nirebear's Avatar
    Today, 02:33 AM
    I have an overactive letdown, but not oversupply. My daughter is 8 months and not sleeping great. Someone said to me that it might be that she's getting a lot of foremilk during the day so not taking on the calories she needs because of my let down - she doesn't tend to hang around for long feeds so generally has the letdown then gets distracted and pulls off to go and play with something. If I block fed on one side for 2 feeds to increase the amount of hind milk she's getting, will it reduce my supply? and is it silly to do this?
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  • @llli*nichole67's Avatar
    Today, 01:42 AM
    Hello mama's this is my first post and i need help. So here is the low down. For the past three months i have been eping. I breastfed my lo for the first two months with nipple shield. My lo was diagnosed with lip/tounge tie after two months of hell, hungry baby dropping wieght. Laction came to the conclusion that if i wanted to continue with breastmilk it was best to ep. Been eping and really would like to get baby to breast. I have tried to latch her and she screams when i put her in nursing position. I try while she is asleep and she will not go for it. Every now and then she will latch in bath tub . She is lazy and wants the instant reward. The only thing i have not tryed is a sns.I have the supply and really want to get back to breast for my sanity. Giving up is not an option! Please help!!
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  • @llli*jessie90's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:44 PM
    Hi Mommal, I didn't read your response as critical at all!!! So no worries :) I know everyone just tries to help here. I hired baby scales and weighed him for 2 feedings (scale broke after that so I am getting new one today) and he took around 60-70 ml. So I topped him up extra 50 ml of EBM. I read somewhere they meant to eat on average 100-120 ml each feeds so I went by that. Sometimes I do wonder if he needs the top up but then he comes off the breast very unsatisfied and when I try to burp him he just goes into "I want more scream". So I put him back at the breast before I offer bottle but then he just suckles on the breast without swallowing anything. If he does that for another 10 min I just take him off, give him bottle and start play/sleep routine because I need to pump. And I know if he tried harder he would get more milk because now I am able to pump 30-40 ml post feed which would satisfy his needs completely. It's so frustrating. If I take him off without the bottle and try to put him to sleep he will be either rooting on my arm the whole time or just sit wide awake for hours. Also if I give him bottle with less milk as soon as I take it away from him he goes ballistic and cries like I seriously hurt him or something. Breaks my heart so I give him more until the cry changes from horrible scream to little whimpers. If he has a lot of EBM then he doesn't cry at all. I always took his cry as "I have empty stomach mummy" so I topped up if necessary.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:21 PM
    How much is in the top-up bottles? And how do you know what amount the baby needs, post-feeding? The reason I ask is that I'm wondering if baby is perhaps getting too much supplement, and that's why he's going so long between feedings. If that's the case, decreasing the amount in the top-ups might result in more frequent nursing and more clear opportunities to pump. Many moms try to pump right after finishing a nursing session, because that gives them a lot of stimulation and also a break before the baby nurses again. ETA: I'm worried that the above might sound critical, and it's not intended that way! What you are doing is very challenging, whIch I know because I have BTDT. So I have nothing but respect for what you're doing!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:12 PM
    Thanks for answering those questions! Based on your answers, I think there is a strong possibility that you have 2 different things going on, both of which can cause a burning or "ground glass" pain that occurs in between feedings. The first thing which could explain what you are experiencing is thrush, which is a yeast infection of the breast and the baby's mouth. The fact that the baby has a yeast rash in his diaper area suggests that the yeast is elsewhere, too. Doctors and other medical professionals often miss thrush because they don't know that it can occur in the breast and have been trained to look only for the classic symptom, which is pearly white patches in the baby's mouth. So when you say that your doctor ruled out infection, I don't buy it. Clearly what he/she was looking for was bacterial infection, which would likely cause lumpiness and fever. I'm glad that got ruled out, but I still think there's a good reason to believe that thrush is in the mix. The second thing which could explain the pain you are having is vasospasms, which is a sudden, painful constriction of blood flow to an extremity. The telltale symptom of a vasospasm is to see the extremity turn white. Here is what I would do, in your shoes: - Try to get treatment for thrush. The baby's pediatrician may be more familiar with thrush than your obstetrician, and may be willing to prescribe antifungal treatment for you and the baby. Both mama and baby should be treated, even if...
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  • @llli*sfmamamia's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:32 PM
    I have felt letdown pain before its time to feed my baby, but it only lasts a few seconds. I believe I'm engorged because I'm not fully emptying when exclusively pumping at work. I try to hand express when feeding and pumping. I only seem to be pumping 3 oz each session when my baby eats at least 4oz each bottle feeding. The pain seems to go away when I feed him again after the pain starts. I do not feel ill. The pain is starting to be during the day when I am home all day and only feeding him (no pumping) too.
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  • @llli*sfmamamia's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:57 PM
    1) no 2) no 3) yes, baby has had a diaper area yeast rash that has come and gone the last couple of weeks. 4) yes, white sometimes white. They can't urn red but not purplish blue
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  • @llli*zachary.smommy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:45 PM
    Thank you guys so much for tge encouragement. I am left with more questions after my first day at work today... i don't know where to put this so I am just asking here. So the past week I have continued to supplement at the breast with about 4-6oz but some of this is formula. Part of the problem is not having time to pump a lot (or being exhausted at night if I am honest) and part is I have been pumping less milk recently at each session. I am optimistically atteibuting this to baby getting more milk from breastfeeding and there being less available to pump, but who knows. We did not have a weight check this week and I tried on my scale but he won't stop moving.... I think he was 8lbs8oz pounds, up from 8lbs 1oz last week. But hard to tell like I said, plus it's a dofferent scale. So today I left the baby with my mom and went to work. I had no bm since I supplemented with it so I left 4 oz of formula broken up in different bottles. I pumped 4 times at work and got more than I do when breastfeeding full time but not enough for what he would need to eat. I got around 5.5oz (can't remember the exact but in the 5oz range) over those 4 pump sessions. We leave the house at 7am and get home at 5pm. BUT here is the other issue...the not wanting to take a bottle. My mom got him to take around 2oz today with it over 3 feedings. Tomorrow she is going to also try the cup and syringe and dropper to see if he will get more. So here is my confusion: Since he already required...
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  • @llli*jessie90's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:49 PM
    Hi Guys, I am new here and I posted my story in another thread. You can read it here. http://forums.llli.org/showthread.php?125050-Short-tongue-but-no-tongue-tie In a gist- my son has been checked for tongue tie which he doesnt have but the doctor established that he has very short tongue and overall inability to empty the breast properly (leaves my nipples completely squashed) which resulted in my low milk supply. He is now 8 weeks and we are waiting for the 12 weeks mark for it to get better. So far no change. Now, I pump after every feed to try increase my supply. Usually around 10-15 mins, using double hospital grade pump. The problem is- with age or with the top ups (EBM if I have some or Formula if I dont) he is now going around 3-4 hours without feed plus even longer 5-6 hour stretch overnight. I counted my pumps yesterday and turned out I only pumped 6 times in 24 hour period. I know recommended amount is 8-12 but I just dont know where to fit those extra pumps. If i pump lets say 2 hours after feed, my breasts just dont fill up enough for the next feed and my LO wont work hard to get the extra drops of milk out.
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