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  • @llli*csmf's Avatar
    May 3rd, 2016, 01:52 PM
    My first born was nursed to sleep for every nap and evening because he had reflux and would only nurse while sleeping. That confined me to my dark bedroom for an entire year. My second LO is 12 weeks old this week and I'm thinking if I should stop nursing him to sleep. I'm concerned that I'm actually teaching him that nursing to sleep is how to fall asleep. Everywhere I turn, everything I read says not to nurse them to sleep. Or if nursing them to sleep, put them in their crib once asleep. Well for the past few days, I have tried and continued to fail at transferring him from my arms to his crib for every single nap. I spend 20-30 mins first to make sure he is in deep sleep, then try to put him down. He wakes up within a minute or two. Then we start all over again. It's just driving me insane. Can someone tell me that it's perfectly okay to nurse their baby to sleep and continue to hold them when they nap, and that this will end?? He will sleep in his crib at night, waking every few hours which is expected.
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  • @llli*opalita's Avatar
    April 29th, 2016, 10:01 AM
    We just moved and have a new, young female pediatrician. My son is 16 months old and still wakes and nurses at night. He has always had nightmares and wakes up crying. Nursing calms him. He also nurses for thirst and hunger. He eats solid food and is in the 45th percentile for weight. He was 5 weeks premature and never took iron. I just had venipuncture to test his iron and he is anemic. 10.1 hemoglobin. I suspected it might be low due to his prematurity. I had tried to give him all the iron rich foods, plus vitamin C foods to help him absorb it. Anyway he is taking ferrous sulfate now, but the pediatrician told me not to nurse at night so he eats more during the day, and can get iron. I'm not going to night wean! But what she said makes me so mad! I am going to let him self-wean. Is she even correct? Incidentally she also said to feed him raisin bran, which has 18 g of sugar per serving! And told me not to bedshare, because it's not safe. At 16 months! I observe very very safe bedsharing rules! Input is appreciated. I want to change pediatricians but she may be the best there is here.
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  • @llli*paulavzq's Avatar
    April 29th, 2016, 12:45 AM
    I have a recurrent problem with one of my breast since I started breastfeeding. It starts with very sharp needle pain whenever I am nursing. My baby is a premature and I still need to pump and give him in bottle most of the milk. A few weeks ago I noticed a blister of milk hanging off my nipple when o finished pumping, normally the size of a green pea. But last night i noticed a much bigger one when I was emptying the expressed milk into a bottle. This time it was the size of a broad bean a bit pink and full of milk, when I touched t it spread out into a long blister. Does anyone know what it is? And how to treat it? Thank you
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  • @llli*babybraz's Avatar
    May 3rd, 2016, 11:22 AM
    My baby has grown increasingly fidgety in the last few weeks while nursing. She's always been a very efficient feeder (max 10 minutes per side), but lately after 2-3 minutes she's been very grabby, scratchy, pinchy, you name it. My clothes, hair, jewelry, face, glasses, etc. Is that her way of telling me she's out of milk and bored? Or is she just being a pain? :) Suggestions welcome for diagnosing and dealing with the fidgeting. It's very cumbersome especially when we're in public. If I'm in a chair she also pushes off with her feet, which makes her hard to position.
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  • @llli*zachary.smommy's Avatar
    May 3rd, 2016, 08:51 AM
    So my baby is almost 5.5 months now and I would like to start baby led solids after 6 months. This is all completely new to me. I want to start with things like sweet potato and avocado and go from there. I am wondering about what foods are unsafe (I know about hot dogs and grapes, peanuts etc) and what are some other good foods to start with. Is there a certain age I should wait before introducing meat and how do I go about preparing/offering meat? And should I be waiting until a year old to give cheese or yogurt? Eggs? Can cheerios be started right away? My mom mentioned to me that she did purees with me, but when she had my sister 10 years later she would give real food, like she would cook frozen peas and carrots until they were soft. Is that okay? I am afraid of choking. I don't know about the size/shape of foods I should be giving. I have seen pictures of giving big wedges that the babies hold and gnaw on, but also read that everything should be cut like the size of a thin French fry. This is a bit scary for me and kind of sad since I feel like it hasn't been very long that we have had a good nursing experience, and now we are getting to an age where he is starting the weaning process. Not that I want to stop nursing anytime soon. I want to make sure that nursing does not get interrupted.
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  • @llli*sprocket's Avatar
    April 29th, 2016, 11:14 AM
    I had a 30 weeker who was diacharged from the NICU at 39w3d. We have been home two days. We have been working on breastfeeding for the last several weeks while continuing NG tube feedings and he finally "got it" about a week ago. I stayed in the hospital for the final days of his hospitalization to breastfeed on demand. He has never gotten a bottle and has been nursing on demand with no supplements for the last 5 days. Throughout his NICU stay I pumped milk for his NH tube feedings. By the end of his NG tube feedings he was getting 75cc every 3 hours (less when he nursed well). On average I was roughly matching or slightly exceeding this volume with my pumping efforts. My IBCLC has advised me to keep up the pumping at a frequency of 5x per day during the day with just breastfeeding at night. This amounts to pumping after most daytime feedings. I have found this difficult to keep up. On more than one occasion, I have nursed, gotten baby down and begun pumping only for him to let me know he wasn't quite done and wants to nurse a little more. Other times, I have pumped after a feeding only to find that he wakes up after 1 1/2 or 2 hours and has a difficult time satisfying himself. Sometimes he nurses very well and sleeps for 3 hours, so I do have time to make more milk for his next feeding, but in the mean time he has so thoroughly emptied my breasts, I don't get much and it feels kind of unnecessary. The rationale behind the pumping is that he hasn't yet...
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  • @llli*breastfeedinglp's Avatar
    May 3rd, 2016, 11:32 AM
    My breasts used to feel engorged almost all the time. Milk would usually leak out at the beginning of feeds because it would be too fast for baby and my breasts would spray pretty hard if baby unlatched. Baby would eat for about 5 minutes (i would hear continuous gulping/swallowing) and be done. Now at 10 weeks, I think my breasts have finally regulated so that they feel pretty soft and milk does not spray out like before. I know this does not mean that my supply is low. However- I think baby is used to the fast flow and is having a hard time adjusting. She will nurse ok for maybe 2 or 3 minutes and as soon as I stop hearing swallowing, she will start pulling at my breasts and turning her head while still latched or spitting my nipple out a bit so that she is gumming it. I pull her off when she does this since it is painful but then I worry that she is not getting enough to eat and/or my supply will suffer since she is not suckling. I tried breast compression and they help a bit but not much and even with switch feeding, she only feeds well the first time at each breast. Then she does the nipple pulling thing again. When I offer the breast after I pull her off, she will take it but immediately refuse pulling on me. I am concerned that she is not eating enough and is hungry because she will cry even after feeds whereas before she would usually fall asleep for a few minutes after nursing. Yesterday, I'm not sure if it was because she was crying so much and...
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  • @llli*minimuls's Avatar
    May 2nd, 2016, 08:42 PM
    I am currently experiencing my second case of Mastitis (started last Thursday) and I have had reoccurring plugged-ducts. My little one is 9 weeks and is my second baby. I had BFing issues with reoccurring plugged-ducts in this same side with my 1st baby... so I am not sure if there isn't some sort of trama from the first time that has caused these issues. The plugged ducts basically feel like a ball, that I am able to work down to individual little strings that have little beads that I cannot get to go away. I have been taking lechthin, garlic, Vitamin C, a probiotic, B-Complex, and GSE to help combat prevent the plugs (no luck) and to prevent thrush. I am pumping, feeding often (we have a comforatable lach), I have him lach in different positions, iceing, constantly massaging and taking hot showers to help drain, dangle feeding, and have tried every suggested method to drain. It never seems that I am able to complely drain. With both cases of Mastitis the fever and symptoms came on extremely fast, the striping, fever, and flu like symptoms have gone away but I am still having breast sorness where the lump and beads keep showing up. Any advice would be greatly appricated.
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  • @llli*mamad's Avatar
    May 1st, 2016, 10:29 PM
    I had my son 6 weeks ago today. I was exclusively breastfeeding him for the first 4 weeks until I developed abscess in my left breast which cause horrible swelling and made it impossible to release milk through pumping, nursing or by hand expressing. I had to have surgery to removed the fluid and abscesses which left me in the hospital for 3 days. My son was then introduced to formula because I was unable to breastfeed due to the medications. I have been able to feed on the right and pump off of the right, but my nipple on the left is slightly deformed and is in a shape in which my son cannot latch, but I can still pump. I want him to get off of the formula now that I can pump and feed him but when I feed him off of my right, he'll eat between 10-40 minutes, unlatch himself and then refuse to re latch no matter how much time I try to wait or position I try. He'll cry and eat his hands and so we feed him formula to make sure he's full because my husband has convinced me I am not producing enough milk to feed him on the one side. I am actively pumping, but can barely produce a 3 oz bottle per day. I have been making "boobie smoothies", lactation cookies, taking fenugreek and trying to make my son actively latch more with lots of skin to skin but nothing is working. I want to breastfeed my son 100% again. Every time I give him a bottle of formula, my heart breaks and I feel like a terrible mother. (Not saying that giving your child formula makes you a terrible mom,...
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  • @llli*raychulltek's Avatar
    May 1st, 2016, 08:39 AM
    Hello All-- I'm new here so a little background info... I am a first time mom. I became pregnant in Aug 2015 and was diagnosed with incompetent cervix in December due to a cone biopsy I had done to remove cervical cancer in 2011. I had a cerclage placed at 19 weeks and my cervical length was stable until 28 weeks when it started to shorten and then 31 weeks I funneled to the stitch. At 32 weeks my water broke and I spent a week in the hospital until giving birth to my daughter, Lulu, at 33 week2days. She was 4lbs1oz and needed to be intubated at first but was quickly extubated (45 mins later), on cpap for a day, and other than that and a touch of jaundice, she just needed to feed and grow. She spent 12 days in the NICU. After she was born, I pumped right away and supplemented at first with formula for the first 4 days until my milk was in and since then she has been on my breast milk only. We attempted breastfeeding twice a day with the help of lactation consultants in the NICU but couldn't establish a good latch. I focused mostly on bottle feeding because it seemed to be what was helping her to thrive and got her home so quickly. She's now home and at 6 weeks old weighs 7lbs2oz. She is doing so well. We've been home for a month now and a few days ago I decided to make a real go at getting her to take the breast. We've established a good latch and she has been successfully breastfeeding twice a day but I'm struggling with a few issues that I am hoping to get some advice...
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  • @llli*florida2001's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:03 AM
    hi, my baby is 5.5 months old and I'm breastfeeding only. I tried couple of times to offer bottle with formula(before we go sleep), because my baby is waking up during the night every 3 hours hungry. She is refusing bottle. I will travel next month and was hoping to give her formula on the long flight (11 hours) to avoid breastfeeding every few hours. Can somebody give me an idea how to learn her take bottle. I am happy to continue breastfeeding, its just the odd occasion when I need to go out without her, that it would be nice to leave daddy to look after her thank you
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  • @llli*j323cole's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:23 PM
    As a first time mom I've been having a very very hard time with breastfeeding. We had issues latching at the beginning and I could only get him to nurse while using a nipple shield because I had very little to no help while I was in the hospital. We started having to supplement with a bottle at night and that one bottle turned into more as the weeks passed. My son is now 13 weeks and I'm not making nearly enough milk to keep him fed. I started taking fenugreek, drinking mothers milk tea, drinking as much water and Gatorade as I can stand, eating oatmeal and making lactation cookies and nothing is helping. I've talked with my family doctor and my ob and they are saying to do what I've already been doing for weeks. There has got to be a way for me to get back my supply so I can continue to breastfeed. I have been pumping every 3 hours and each time I seem to get less and less. The most I am pumping is 2 ounces from both breast combined. I don't want to give up but I'm almost to the point of just giving up and going 100% formula. :( any help would be greatly appreciated.
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  • @llli*pthgrl's Avatar
    April 29th, 2016, 11:10 AM
    Hi; I'm mom to two wonderful little girls; a 14 mo old strong-willed younger one and a 2.5 year old easy going sister. The 14 mo old is breastfed and she and I cosleep in her room. However, since I work outside the home, she mostly just nurses at night. She wakes 4-7 times a night to nurse. If she could, she would probably sleep all night with the boob in her mouth, but since I can't sleep like that, she will settle for being nursed back to sleep. She is a fairly poor napper and sleeper, and the slightest thing (colds, teething, which seems constant) disturb her sleep. (meaning I don't get much sleep at all...) I'm exhausted, especially if she has a cold/sick or is teething, because then she wakes more like 7 times a night, and often takes a long time to fall back to sleep. As a result, I don't function well at work and have less patience than I would like for the 2.5 year old (or for DH). When she is well and "only" gets up 4 times I night, I can manage (i.e. have gotten used to that type of interrupted sleep). Whenever she does not sleep well I get so exhausted that I think about night weaning. My first concern is that she might wean completely - which I don't want. Plus, when I'm not on the brink of exhaustion, I just love the cuddling at night :love ... We started night weaning once or twice but sleeping in my own bed (dad was with her) I missed her so much I gave up after 1-2 nights. Third, given that she is quite tenacious, she will cry for at least...
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  • @llli*thawingsnow's Avatar
    May 3rd, 2016, 09:31 AM
    First, I wanted to celebrate reaching the two year mark!!! Feel like shouting it from the rooftops, so thought I'd celebrate here. It's been so worth it and useful and gets better all the time! I'm so grateful! Little one nurses about 8 to 10 times a day total, depending on the situation, could be more or less, we nurse on demand for short or long sessions depending. Secondly, I'm thinking about taking a kelp capsule. It has 325 mg of natural iodine in it. Will this negatively affect my nursing toddler or my milk supply? Thank ypu so much! You ladies are remarkable and have been such a source of strength and info on the nursing journey!
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  • @llli*chkymnky31's Avatar
    May 1st, 2016, 10:34 AM
    To give some background, my now 3.5 month old baby boy was 37+4, briefly in NICU on oxygen and had a feeding tube x 2-3 days. My milk took 5 days to come in (c-section) so I pumped and he got colostrum via tube/bottle and was briefly supplemented with formula until his discharge at day 5, when I was able to produce enough. He was also jaundiced and a lazy feeder. I would nurse, then have to pump and supplement with EBM via bottle because he would get frustrated and not empty my breasts/had a shallow latch. When I returned to work about 6 weeks ago, he quickly developed a bottle preference (using Munchkin latch slowest flow). Even when drowsy, he gets upset at the mere presence of my nipple and screams till he gets a bottle. I can get him to briefly, lazily latch maybe once a week, but he rarely sucks long enough for letdown to occur and oddly, will often unlatch when it does occur, like he can't stand the taste of it. Regardless, I dutifully pump and so far, produce between 24-28 oz/day. He generally takes it all. Occasionally, during growth spurts, I have to pull a bag of frozen milk from the freezer, reducing my limited stash. I have not had to supplement with formula so far, but I would desperately like him to just nurse. I'm depressed about this. I miss the bonding. I hate my pump and while I could probably do this until he hits 6 months (if my supply allows), I can't see myself attached to the pump for longer. My daughter (now 2y), destroyed my nipples as a newborn and...
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  • @llli*bk12's Avatar
    May 3rd, 2016, 02:09 AM
    My baby is five months old and breastfeeding has always gone pretty well. She has had teeth since the end of her third month, but as of this week, she has begun to bite... hard. She bites me almost every time we nurse during the day, and only her night nursing sessions while she is half-asleep are bite-free. When she bites me, I shout “Ouch” and tell her “No” in a severe and scary voice, but she just grins and laughs. Even when I look and sound upset, it has no effect on her and she just finds it funny. Ending the nursing session doesn’t seem to bother her either, since if she had her way, she would never nurse at all during the daytime. During the last few weeks, Baby has decided that she is not interested in eating or sleeping, and she fights against both with all her might. She resists until she is fussing and crying with hunger and exhaustion, yet still refuses to nurse or go to sleep. As a result, we do a lot of nighttime nursing to make up for what she misses during the day. She nurses fabulously and often during the night. She has plenty of wet and dirty diapers and is still at the top of the growth chart for height and weight, so I’m not too concerned with this behavior. However, the biting is getting out of control. As much as she would prefer it, I can’t let her go all day without eating, so I have to nurse, and she bites. Even the rare times when she is willing to nurse while awake, she bites. Often, when she clamps down, she will not let go. She...
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  • @llli*tinkypears's Avatar
    May 2nd, 2016, 10:30 AM
    Last week my 3 month old baby came down with a stomach flu that both my husband and I ended up getting. It was very bad and led to both of us not being able to stomach much food for the past 6 days. We're getting better, but still not at 100% (baby was over it in 2 days, go breastfeeding!) I've noticed a significant decrease in my supply since then. I've lost about 6 to 8 ounces of milk during the day (known from pumping), and I can see this during my weekend of exclusively breastfeeding with baby as she was constantly hungry. I think the biggest problem is my nighttime supply; baby is only waking once a night, and whereas this use to result in me waking up pretty full every morning (which was great because I would pump a ton for baby's bottles in the morning) I'm waking up with soft breasts that baby then sucks the rest out of and I have nothing for pumping at work. I've been taking fenugreek for the past 5 days to try to increase my supply, and whereas that used to work wonders, I don't think it's able to counteract the fact that I still can't stomach a ton of food, which I think is what is depleting my supply.
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  • @llli*ccquinn's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:34 PM
    My daughter is 2 1/2 and we still have a good nursing relationship. She nurses first thing, before nap, before bed and (unfortunately) once at night. I'm ok with it. I was going to wait until she decided it was time to stop. Well, until 4, max... Anyway, I have periocular dermatitis and my dermatologist prescribed 6 weeks of milocyclin antibiotic. Ugh. I've read some horrible info stating that it may cause my milk to turn black! Do I have to wean? I'm so worried. I guess I could deal with the dermatitis until she weans and then start the antibiotic. Anyone have any thoughts?
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  • @llli*justice222's Avatar
    May 1st, 2016, 09:38 AM
    We discovered a few weeks ago at 7 weeks old that my son had a tongue and lip tie and was not gaining weight. Unfortunately he is still not nursing effectively after getting those clipped, so I am borrowing a hospital grade pump and giving him 3 oz every 2-3 hours to get his weight up to where it should be, and also nursing him between bottles. I'm having a hard time keeping up with pumping because he doesnt stay entertained for very long without me holding him, and though I can pump one side while he nurses on the other, I get less milk and it takes longer because I'm leaning backwards in my glider to make room for the pump over him (plus it always leaks out the bottom of the pump shield). I'm afraid that my supply is continuing to decrease because I can't pump often enough or fully finish each pump session. When my milk first came in I leaked constantly and he gained weight probably only getting what was leaking or milk during let downs, but then I guess because he wasn't actually emptying the breast (wish I had a pump back then!) my supply decreased and he stopped getting enough which is when he stopped gaining weight. I currently pump just enough to stay ahead of him but I'm worried I'll fall behind. How do you keep your baby entertained while you pump?
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  • @llli*proudmama28's Avatar
    Today, 07:43 PM
    Hi everyone, I started taking Nora B birth control mini pill a few months ago. It was shortly after that when I noticed my babies poop started getting really green and mucusy. I'm wondering if anyone experienced something similar? I know it's not supposed to affect breastfeeding at all, but just wondering your thoughts. Thanks in advance!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:13 PM
    :rolleyes: Breastfeeding needs a new slogan. "Breast is best" is supposed to be a way to encourage moms to nurse, but when a mom is struggling, that slogan can come off as scolding and judgy. BElieve me, any mom who has tried triple feeding knows how hard you're working, and we've got your back. :hug
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:05 PM
    Thanks for providing that additional information! Based on your answers, it seems like you are already doing a lot of stuff right- which is awesome!- and that you also have some areas which could be improved. The first thing to know about milk supply is that supply = demand. The more frequently and more thoroughly you remove milk from the breast, the more you will make. This is why more frequent nursing and pumping will do more for your supply than any herb, tea, cookie, or bottle of Gatorade. (Most of those things have a very modest effect in supply, if they do anything at all. Gatorade is particularly useless, IMHO, so don't drink it if you don't like it!) Since the best way to increase supply is by removing more milk more often, the first area in which improvement is possible is pumping. It's great that you have a good double electric pump. The Medela PISA is a good machine. But you might be able to increase your output by going up to the next level of pump and using a hospital-grade rental- no guarantees, but it's definitely worth a try. Another good way to increase supply and pump output is to pump more often. Pumping every 3 hours is great, and maybe that's all you can manage. But if you can squeeze in some more pump sessions, you will be rewarded. This includes pumping overnight, which I know is very difficult. But squeezing in pump sessions during the wee hours is especially important if the baby is refusing to nurse. Another area in which...
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  • @llli*j323cole's Avatar
    Today, 03:55 PM
    Thank you for your response, I have a medela double electric pump I think it's the in style model. I also have a Ameda manual pump, I mostly use the electric as the manual is too time consuming and I don't get half as much from it. I pump every 3 hours starting at 9am throughout the day my last pump is at midnight and I don't typically pump throughout the night I would usually nurse him if he would wake up but the past few nights he has refused my breast and I end up making 4ounces for him usually around 5am. My son eats every 3-4 hours taking anywhere between 4-6 ounces. I'm lucky if I pump 4-6 ounces in 24 hours. I've been taking fenugreek 3 capsules 4x a day I drink a ton of water and Gatorade, i just stopped taking my birth control almost 24 hours ago now hoping that will make a difference. I always offer my son breast before I will mix a bottle but lately that just makes him angry and I end up giving him formula or any pumped milk I have. We no longer use the nipple shield and he has a good latch. I have no pain when I do nurse him, but he hasn't been getting what he needs from me so he usually will fight me when I try nursing. It's been very frustrating. We were doing so well and now I've hit a huge road block I don't want to stop nursing. I'd love to get back to being able to supplement occasionally if needed and mostly breastfeed. I've talked to my family doctor and on about getting a rx to help my supply but neither were willing any suggestions or help is greatly...
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  • @llli*jessiesmum's Avatar
    Today, 02:05 PM
    Just to add to Maddie's post, I used to be paranoid if my other half fell asleep holding our daughter, and I would watch them like a hawk. Perhaps if having baby sleep on you on the couch or in a chair while you nap is something you want to try but are very nervous about, you could have a responsible person such as your husband present for the first few times or until you felt more comfortable with the idea? If he were watching then should there be any danger he would be able to help baby and wake you. Hope that you get some sleep soon!
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