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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:41 AM
    Can you see a different dentist? The reason I ask is that I know someone who had significant periodontal disease, and her dentist completely missed it. If you are grinding your teeth, has the dentist prescribed a mouth guard? I have one and it makes a huge difference in the amount of grinding I (can) do. I have to say, it seems weird to me that it's your front teeth that are wobbling, if grinding is the cause- usually most of the grinding takes place in the back of your mouth, on your molars. Also, what is CBT? Cognitive behavioral therapy, perhaps?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:37 AM
    It's a tough question because the answer is so individual. Some kids will eat virtually no solids and still have normal iron, some will eat plenty of solids and be anemic. If you're concerned, and it sounds like maybe you do need to be because your baby's iron is borderline, how about giving him a dropperful of baby vitamins? That way you really don't need to stress about his solid food intake. I'd put that in the Top 10 Breastfeeding Myths! Breastfeeding is often marketed as a blissful bonding experience, and many times it is just that. But for a significant fraction of moms, nursing is stressful and even not enjoyable for a significant fraction of the time. Keep offering. Do lots of skin-to-skin. Don't try to phase out those middle-of-the-night feedings. Keep it playful and low stress. If baby isn't nursing enough to maintain supply, consider pumping in addition to nursing.
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  • @llli*zaynethepain's Avatar
    Today, 06:09 AM
    http://www.healingteethnaturally.com/vitamin-k2-dr-weston-price-activator-x.html Perhaps a lack of vitamin k is making the calcium you do receive work poorly.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 05:43 AM
    Ok, rash is pretty much gone, or as gone as it ever gets. So do I try cutting dairy out of my diet too in hopes that this allergy can go away completely for him and maybe he won't be allergic to milk when he gets older?
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  • @llli*erin.in.middletown's Avatar
    Today, 04:45 AM
    Try remembering that at the end of the day, extended or "full term" breastfeeding, whether that be for one year or four years or the 18 months you have mentioned, is really about responsive parenting-- being present, and aware, and responsive to your child's needs, seeing them as a valuable being with the ability to know what they and their body need and the ability to communicate those needs to their caregiver and have their caregiver respond appropriately and with love. And those needs change over time, and are going to vary by child. I think so long as you are you address the variables that are under your control-- the variables that are for the most part highly influenced by our cultural positioning-- then after that, then success really is letting your little one take the lead on this. Yes, we often hear numbers thrown out about what the average self-weaning age is, but whatever numbers those are, there are most certainly going to be kiddos on either end of the bell curve, a standard deviation or so out. You are not a failure, mama, and neither is your son. Stress is not helping this situation. The biggest hope I have for you is that perhaps you can find a local La Leche group to attend? Not only will there be nurslings of every age, but there will also be mamas who's previous babe's have weaned, and will be able to talk about what that process looked like for them, etc, and most of all, there will be moms there who KNOW what it is to care about this relationship...
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  • @llli*jsp's Avatar
    Today, 03:42 AM
    I think maybe this is what I'm looking for: http://www.vitastore.co.uk/joint-health-c13/vitastore-calcium-400mg-magnesium-200mg-p43
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  • @llli*zaynethepain's Avatar
    Today, 01:34 AM
    http://theleakyboob.com/tag/sex/ What djs.mom said! I aim for once a week for my husband's sake. Otherwise, he gets very antsy. I try to focus on the intimacy aspect when I'm not feeling particularly in the mood. We do a lot of massages for each other. Coconut oil is an excellent lubricant that doubles as an edible massage oil, fyi. The article is written for men but some of the relationship advice could apply here.
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  • @llli*jsp's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:47 PM
    Hi, Thanks for your thoughts. The dentist says there are no periodontal problems and that it's common to make teeth wobbly by grinding them due to stress. He said that was all it was in this case- but that doesn't make sense to me as my teeth stop wobbling after eating the right food. The GP checked my Calcium, magnesium and vitamin D levels and found that they were all fine, but I know that my calcium levels in the bone could be depleted and that wouldn't show up in the test. She also says it's all down to stress and that I should have CBT. She is always frantically busy and will not answer any more questions until I've had the CBT, but I'd like to get help with looking after my teeth while all that goes on. Do you think it's possible to get calcium supplements without vitamin D in them? Or perhaps a calcium supplement with a much smaller ratio of vitamin D to calcium than usual? My normal supplement has:
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  • @llli*seattlemama's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:42 PM
    Hoping to hear from more Moms. I could really use more and more encouragement at this point. Today he nursed even less than before. Each day, every single feed is a struggle, and I'm constantly worried about when the next one is gonna be, already! Being a new Mom, I had no idea this is how breastfeeding will be - I thought that my milk supply is all I'll have to take care of (which in any case is challenging,) and I then I could continue to bfeed for as long as I want! Little did I know what was coming! This is really stressing me out, and making me sad every single day. Its so hard, so very hard. I badly want to continue nursing for the long haul, but it seems my Lo is letting me down! I feel so confused as to how much solids I should give to him to keep up his iron levels, and at the same time not let it come in the way of nursing. On ny day, I find it hard to get out for more than a couple hours tops, as I'm afraid I'll miss out on his next nursing cue. Like yesterday, we had his pedi's appointment in the afternoon. LO decided to not nap in the morning (I had purposely made his appointment for after his morning nap!) and so he fell asleep on the way back home, and I got so worried coz that usually means the next nursing is delayed until next nap! This is how, every step of the way, I'm worried about his feeds and its killing me by the day. Isnt brestfeeding supposed to be blissful for both baby AND Mom? Could it at least be not stressful for me!! I wish I had a crystal...
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  • @llli*seattlemama's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:21 PM
    Seattlemama, you are a caring and committed mom, and I hope through all of this you can find a way to give you and your son credit for how far you've come this far, and give a little compassion to yourself! Thanks so much for such comforting words. "I will say that probably 75% of her nursing is related to sleep-times, either while falling asleep, when waking up, or when feeling sleepy, so that sounds similar to part of what you're describing. Maybe 10% is related to having bumped her head crawling around etc. and the other 15% might be little very brief nibbles here and there, kind of like checking in." My LO was at one point nursing going into and out of naps, but now out of naps/sleep sessions are gone! The moment he is awake he wants out of the room to play! The reducing frequencies worry me a lot.
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  • @llli*seattlemama's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:14 PM
    Thanks for your encouragement, I really need it in lots. I also appreciate your helpful suggestions. "Another thing was he suddenly started nursing in public for the first time in quite a while around eleven months " Do you remember offering to nurse in public, or did he ask on his own? My LO doesnt nurse even in a closed room at the pedi's clinic if I need to feed him(leave aside NIP!) "and molars caused a HUGE increase in night wakings after a year. " And do you mean more night wakings led to more nursing? Nowadays, for my LO, night wakings lead to more playtime than nursing :-( !
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  • @llli*seattlemama's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:57 PM
    Thanks so much for your response. Great job on nursing for 3yrs! quite an inspiration! Do you have any suggestions on how I could get success in my endeavors to nurse for a long term, considering my LO's a very alert baby, always on the go. When I started him on solids at 5.5 mo with spoon feeding, he liked it and so I continued on with it as a supplemental meal. (My pediatrician had recommended we started sooner than 6 months for allergy reasons due to new research, and even the GI said the same thing.) Now the second solids that he gets in finger foods. I'm not sure if the solids come in the way of his nursing. Any suggestions?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:01 PM
    I agree with both tclynx and mommal. See dentist asap and if they refer you to a periodontist, go. If it IS a periodontal issue, there is lots that can be done but best to attack it asap. Also, if you are suffering from overall poor nutrition that might be an issue possibly? I had to have periodontal treatment years ago, when I had no insurance. I did it with a payment plan. And I am very glad I did as it saved my teeth. If you are low on calcium or other minerals, you certainly want to address that, perhaps with supplements if nothing else. I agree you want to look at Vitamin D as well. But again I would suggest do not try to treat this on your own as more may be going on. http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20000927/keep-that-smile-calcium-vitamin-d-prevent-tooth-loss
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  • @llli*boogabbalucky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:55 PM
    I do the finger trick as well. Sometimes if I'm in a hurry I run some waarm water over the outside of the bottle and the little bit of heat loosens it up.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:35 PM
    Hum, I'm thinking there may be some dairy allergy going on. Very mild spots and rash much of his life, hardy noticed most of the time really. He has had very small tastes of yogurt and cheese but yesterday mid morning he had a taste of greek yogurt and some swiss cheese and within an hour was really rashy all over. It progressively calmed down and today is still fading. He has had some greek yogurt a few other times but yesterday really rejected it after the first taste and really didn't do much more than get a nibble of the cheese. So, I don't think I'll be giving him dairy directly for some time. Question is, do I eliminate dairy too or not. I don't usually have tons of it but I usually take my calcium and vitamin D supplements when I have some yogurt mid morning and I might also have some cheese or milk daily. Only other things he had yesterday morning was egg and prune. Nothing was a New introduction and he had prune and egg again today and they didn't cause the rash to flair back up. Sigh, yogurt seems like such perfect baby food too, mom says it was one of my first words (pronounced yourgit) after orajel.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:56 PM
    What does the dentist say? Loose teeth would make me worry about periodontal problems.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:54 PM
    Have you tried phasing her nap in a swing, sling, or stroller? Sometimes motion really helps!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:51 PM
    :ita Are you using a different position at night, versus what you use during the day?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:43 PM
    Introduced solids starting at 6 months with both girls. With DD1, I assumed that spoon-feeding was the way to go so I bought a bunch of jars of puréed carrots and squash. She would take a little taste- like a lick- and then bat the spoon away. She hated being spoon-fed, so eventually I gave up and just put small amounts of table food on her tray. She would taste the solids, lick them, spit them, squish them with her hands, and drop them on the floor, and once in a great while, some would actually go into her mouth and get swallowed. Things continued that way until she was around 14-15 months old and discovered that she like eating. Things went the same way with DD2, except I never bothered spoon-feeding her.
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