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  • @llli*zambomommy's Avatar
    July 21st, 2016, 10:55 AM
    My baby is 9.5 months old and is happy and healthy! She goes to the daycare from 9 to 5:30, 5 days a week. She wakes up at 7:30am, I nurse her (both sides), she has her breakfast (fruits and oatmeal) at 8:00am, and we get to the daycare at 9:00am. I send her with 8oz of milk, 1 jar of homemade food (with meat) and 1 jar of fruit and veggies. I used to go and nurse her during lunch as well, but the daycare people said that makes her sad when I leave, so I stopped it. However, they have been pushing for me to give them a can of formula. I am now wondering if 8oz milk and 8oz solid is not enough for an infant (for the time she is away). I asked them if they are overfeeding and they said no, and that she finishes both the bottles without any effort. At this point, I have only two options: 1. Supplement with formula. I nurse her at 6:30pm, then 8:30pm, a dream feed at 11pm, and two more times at night (we cosleep). 2. I already pump 3x at work, and really cannot add another session. But I can try to wake up at night and pump, and probably send her with 10 oz to day care (4oz, 3oz, 3oz). I am not sure how realistic this is, considering I am a deep sleeper and we cosleep. Please help!
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  • @llli*mamatoleo's Avatar
    July 21st, 2016, 09:36 AM
    -Almost 5 weeks old -Diapers are "normal" and output is about 6 poopy & 10 wet per day -Unsure of exact weight (Dr appt on Monday) but feels heavier and is outgrowing clothes and diapers I have a couple questions.. Firstly, I'm wondering about my baby's sleep patterns. When he was 2 weeks old, he would sleep in 2-3 hour blocks at night. Now, I feel he is regressing. He has been waking about every hour and a half. Last night, he awoke once after only 45 minutes. Growth spurt? Also, he doesn't really take long naps during the day. Sometimes, it's like he fights his sleep. I will try to put him down, and then boom his eyes are wide open again. He has always been a drowsy nurser, though. His eyes are closed 90% of the time, and he frequently will fall asleep, then unlatch, and may rouse and re-latch. Second, he sometimes becomes fussy at the breast. I'm trying to figure out the pattern of when this occurs. It seems that it is usually in the evening (like his last feeding before bed), or when he didn't sleep much the day before. So, all signs point to tiredness (I think?). Anyway, he will squirm, grunt, sometimes get red in the face, his arm will go wild-hitting himself and me-and he will pull away while latched..taking my poor nipple with him! Then, when he comes off, he will cry and cry. Even with my nipple in his mouth. I'm wondering what (if anything) I can do to help? Eventually he calms down enough to nurse, but it's very taxing on both of us-and my nipples! I pay...
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  • @llli*luz3stelar's Avatar
    July 21st, 2016, 09:03 PM
    Hi all! I hope it's okay if I post here. I wasn't sure if I should post in the allergy forum or oversupply forum because I'm not sure which is my issue! My baby is 4 months old, EBF, and for the past two weeks has had explosive watery green/brown stools with mucus and blood 5-10x a day with no real improvement. Literally EVERY poop has lots of visible blood and mucus. Before this started (around 3.5 months) all of her poops were normal yellow/seedy, and infrequent (every 1-10 days). I think frequency went up a bit in the days before the blood started, but overall it was a pretty sudden change. Pediatrician and ER doctors all said virus (cultures for bacterial infection were negative), and it would resolve in a few days. When it didn't, we saw a GI who immediately said allergy. I've cut dairy and soy for almost a week now (but still eat soybean oil and soy lecithin per GI's recommendations) and have seen little to no improvement. She has no other signs of allergy besides the constant bloody mucusy stools. Clear skin - no eczema, etc. Off the charts for height and weight. In fact she's gained almost a pound since this started! Sleeps normally for a baby her age (long stretches at night and catnaps all day). Doesn't seem to be overly gassy or in pain. Has her fussy moments and crying spells, but they don't seem to coincide with the digestive issues. Spits up a lot (same as before), but doesn't seem to mind. I'm really concerned about hindmilk imbalance bc I do...
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  • @llli*hvn's Avatar
    July 25th, 2016, 05:06 AM
    I have a 7 week old baby who has excessive gas after breastfeeding. After putting her down for a nap or nighttime sleep, she will wake up at least 6-10x needing to be burped. This is despite extensively burping her after a feed. She is getting almost no continuous sleep during the day but will sleep a 4 hour stretch at night. During a feed, she will suddenly writhe around and pull off the breast because she needs to burp. Once she detaches, she'll cry wanting to get back on. After a feed, she never lays still and would arch and wiggle around trying to get burps out. We saw her doctor and he put her on omeprazole for reflux. She no longer cries out in pain when she refluxes, but it's done nothing for the gas. Out of desperation, we did a 4 day formula trial with Enfamil Gentlease. She became a completely different baby. For the first time, I saw a calm baby after a feed. She would eat, play for an hour, and then sleep for 3 hours! Then I reintroduced pumped milk (pumped to see if it was the milk vs breastfeeding technique causing her to swallow air). She did ok for 2 days but now we're back at square one. The Gentlease formula is made out of milk, soy, and corn so I know that she's not allergic to those things. I completely cut out dairy 2 weeks ago anyway and am not sure why I continue to be dairy free since I proved she doesn't have cow's milk protein allergy. When I pumped for the 4 day trial, I got about 27 oz/day. My breasts seem more empty...
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  • @llli*1sttimemummy's Avatar
    July 23rd, 2016, 05:52 AM
    Hi everyone. I am new here, desperately need your advice :) My son is 18weeks old, EBF. Starting around 11-12weeks he doesnt have much interest in feeding. He can be on a breast just3-5min and thats it. I dont have any problem with milk supply, i always check after his refusal by pressing and there is always a good flow. Then I offer him second breast, sometimes he can take it for another couple of minutes but mostly he refuses it. During the nights he can be longer as he is sleepy and not distracted by anything. Day or nights I feed him by demand and it is usually every 3-4hours. We get around 4-5wet nappies and usually 1dirty nappy daily. Sometimes he can pass wet wind which is yellow mucusy. For the last month his weight gain was under 400gr which less than 1pound. And I weighed him yesterday to see the difference since then he gained only 30gr for the last week. I am very concerned about weight gain and loss of appetitte as he used to gain up to 120-180per week before and there is a dramatic change, only 30gr. I tried to feed hin in a quite room with closed curtains, for the last 10days cbedsharing (as I read somehere bedsharing babies tend to gain more weight:shrug), talk to my HV who says it can happen to some babies they just gain weight very slow. Even if it happens why he used to gain min 120gr each week and went down to 30gr now. What can cause this? I very concerned about it and desperately want to ebf but started to think about formula top up(( just for...
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  • @llli*kellyleia's Avatar
    July 21st, 2016, 09:49 AM
    This is going to be a long one. But I need help, and I'm running out of places to look. My daughter will be 15 weeks tomorrow. Breastfeeding has been a struggle since day 1. She has been fussy almost always, some days are worse than others. Lately, she's been ending nursing sessions crying (and now so am I). And it has always hurt. Nipple shields are the only reason we've made it this far. I nursed my son for a year, and dealt with some nipple confusion early on, but we got past it and had a mostly pleasant year of nursing. This time around was supposed to be easier. VBAC (woot!) for my daughter, and breastfeeding was painful from the beginning. Two hospital lacation consultants said the latch looked. In fact, at no point has the latch not looked good, at least from the outside. We came home, and it still hurt. We also had lots of spitup and coughing/choking. Called lactation consultant (LC) #1 which also happens to be the leader of my local LLL support group. She diagnosed oversupply and a lip tie, maybe a tongue tie. Fed one side per feeding, and put baby in a more upright position, but it still hurt. Had a frenectomy done for the lip and tongue tie. Things didn't get better. Wait it out was the suggestion from LC1 and the LLL group. Waited, no improvement. Started using nipple shields (had from kid #1). It hurt less, but still hurt. LC1 suggested another LC. LC2 suggested I still had oversupply issues. She suggested magnesium (which gave me stomach issues), avoding...
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  • @llli*thawingsnow's Avatar
    July 21st, 2016, 01:43 PM
    Is cayenne pepper safe to give to your toddler in a spicy dish? It would be in powder spice form and added to some ground beef. Obviously it would be in moderation. My daughter is 27 months old. I ate lots of spicy food during pregnancy. Then, I went on an elimination diet for health reasons after my daughter's birth and haven't had cayenne pepper in two years. I am reintroducing foods now. If we ate the same spicy meal at dinner, it would also be my daughter's first exposure to cayenne pepper *via breastmilk once she nursed after dinner. I got freaked out as I did a quick google search about cayenne pepoer and toddlers, and saw a headline where a woman was charged with murder after giving a toddler cayenne pepper.
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  • @llli*ickin's Avatar
    July 20th, 2016, 04:39 PM
    Hello. My baby is 5.5 months old and has been in daycare since he was 3 months when I returned to work. We initially tried feeding on demand from a MAM bottle because it was the only bottle he would drink from being exclusively breast fed at home the first 3 months. He started to refuse the breast for the first feeding after I returned from work but if I was persistent and offered it to him every time he started to fuss then he would eventually nurse. We switched to a latch bottle and changed the feeding schedule to 2 oz every 2 hours and he started feeding well from the breast again the next day. It has been nearly a month on the new schedule and he is once again rejecting the breast only this time I can only get him to feed if he is very sleepy. Is there anything else we can do or am I just glued to the rocking chair topless going forward?
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    July 20th, 2016, 06:00 PM
    My son (7 weeks and 3 days) spits up a LOT each day. Husband is starting to worry. He's gaining weight PLENTY fine. His doctor actually commented on how much he's gained recently. He's gaining roughly 1.5oz per day so obviously even with the spitting up.. he's gaining. However there will be times during the day that he gets in this spit up fits. And by fits I mean, he won't spit up for 8-10 hours.. and then during one feed he spits up 5-6 times easily and 1-2 of those are a LOT of spit up. I know it always looks more than what it is, but it legitimately is a LOT of spit up during those 1-2 times. I don't understand why he will spit up SO much?
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  • @llli*sljordan1117's Avatar
    July 22nd, 2016, 01:09 PM
    My husband and I are planning on having a 2nd baby, and this time I want to buy the best breast pump I can get. With my daughter, I bought 3 pumps.....one hand held, one single electric, and one double electric. Both of the electric ones lost suction after a little while, so I'm looking for something that's a bit more hardy. I realize it'd be expensive, and I don't care. I have a couple of years before we try for another baby, so I have time to get the money together, but I don't know what breast pump works best. Any suggestions? - Little information on me. I'm a stay-at-home mom, so I won't be exclusively pumping. I mostly need to pump so I can bottle feed while out.
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  • @llli*vzijl01's Avatar
    July 23rd, 2016, 10:21 PM
    Hi there moms. Lo will be 4 months old on wednesday and we got the go ahead from dr to start with solids. I was not fortunate enough to attend the "do this not that" classes before hand...time constraints. Iam a bit freaked out about WHAT to start with, WHEN to give it, and some rules that go with it. Internet searching isnt making the process any easier. Advice and guidence will be much appreciated.
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    July 23rd, 2016, 03:49 PM
    Yet another post. So I was trying to control the oversupply, and stop pumping as much... and I woke up this morning with painful right breast. I took my temperature it was 99.1, so I fed baby as much as I could.. took him to bed with me and relaxed. I go to take temp again, it's 99.5. Also, as I squeeze my breast, I can feel a part that is more sore.. as I squeeze that part, the milk that is coming out is yellowish. If I squeeze any other part, it's the normal white. I have had mastitis in my left breast, and had it probably 4 weeks ago. Except that time I had the chills, I felt like a bus had ran me over. This time the only symptoms I am having is a slight temperature, and tender breasts... and the color, if that is a symptom? Oh, also.. it is red (the breast).. but that could be because I am trying to hand express. Does this sound like mastitis? I HATE antibiotics. Is there anyway I can fix this (if it is mastitis) without antibiotics? Breastfeeding is seriously the hardest thing, in the world. I feel so defeated EVERY time something else comes up. How do I fix my oversupply if I can't go without pumping and getting this? I just want to curl up and cry!!! Baby has really bad gas, and occasionally green diapers.. and I know my oversupply is causing him the gas pains.. which is also upsetting. I'm so frustrated and upset :(:(
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  • @llli*lmxo's Avatar
    July 23rd, 2016, 08:14 AM
    Hello! My daughter is 27 months old and she wants to nurse constantly. Shes always been this way but now that shes this old im getting a little concerned that its too much. She eats and drinks alot throughout the day with her normal meals. We co-sleep and she nurses 1 or 2 times during the night. I only work 1 day a week so im with her most of the time. When im at work, shes fine and takes cows milk from a cup. She wants to nurse in any kind of situation (not just to sleep, out of boredom, when shes upset) but just all the time throughout the day. So I would like to know 1) Is this normal and do I need to cut down her feedings? 2 ) There is one scenario in particular that I would like some advice on: When I tell her "no" about something (no candy, no jumping etc..) she immediately wants to nurse. Sometimes I let her but other times I think that she needs to just tough it out and I should NOT let her nurse in this situation. 3) I want to wean her soon. (Not sure when bc im dreading it) Is it ok if I just continue as is until I start the weaning process? I guess Im picturing weeks of screaming tantrums if I try cutting down on feedings now and then again later, weeks of screaming tantrums with the real weaning. (Ugh)
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  • @llli*ldivanna83's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:26 AM
    I have a 3month old baby and am nursing exclusively. We have had some issues with her--- pediatrician has diagnosed her with colic and reflux. She receives zantac twice a day and has been doing great with nursing for over a month until I went back to work. I work 3 days a week, 12 hour shifts each day. She does great with the bottles. She was getting 4 ounce bottles but the day care told me she was hungry so I caved and let them increase to 5 ounce bottles which seems to satiate her and also let her go longer (3 hours instead of 2.5) until she needs another bottle. (She is a big baby, came out at 10lbs 1.5oz and was 13lb 2oz at 2 months)... When I have her at home on my days off, she will start to nurse and then screams and freaks out after initial let down. I'm guessing it's a forceful let down/over supply..? I don't really want to try to decrease my supply since we JUST increased to 5 ounce bottles- I want to be able to keep up with her. I've read about hand expressing prior to nursing her, and block feeding..? I tried to express a little bit from the other boob after she starts freaking out but it's too late at that point and she won't even try the other breast. But then she will take a bottle gladly... I'm not really sure where to start to trouble shoot this. Also, she is spitting up A LOT when she nurses and not at all when she eats from a bottle. It absolutely kills me when she screams and pulls away from my boob. Please help.
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  • @llli*cmazza22's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:31 PM
    I am currently nursing my third baby, and just like her brothers, she refuses the bottle. It's happened the same way with each: We started out great, then around 5 weeks, they started refusing, choosing to chew on the nipple instead of suck on it. I then just gave up on the bottle (I'm a stay-at-home mom, so it doesn't really matter). Can anyone give me any suggestions how to help DD take the bottle? She is four months old and hasn't been offered one since she was 5 weeks. When given one, she just chews on the nipple. The reason I'd like her to take a bottle is my cousin is getting married at the end of September, and he has said I cannot bring her (which is frustrating in itself but it's his wedding, so I have to go with his wishes). Normally I just wouldn't go, but if there is a way I can get DD to take the bottle so I can attend, I'm willing to try.
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  • @llli*nap's Avatar
    July 22nd, 2016, 10:33 AM
    Hi, I would like to share my experience with bf because right now I’m in struggle… I had a c-section and by the time I had my baby with me had passed about 10 hours. I did know very little about breastfeeding, but I did know that I want to do it. Actually I always thought maybe that maybe my breast would not be able to produce enough milk because they are too small (and I always find them kind of weird, I never like them), but I tried. My baby was bottle-feeding while she was away for me (she was with me from 9 AM to 10 PM) and nobody explain to me this super important rule about supply-demand (that now I now). I really try hard to boost my supply once we were at home. I tried with coconut oil, oats, mate with milk, etc. Once I knew about the importance of free demand I try it too. I even tried metoclopramide. My baby was born with 2.850 kg and by her first month she didn’t gain the weight that was supposed to. We tried to feed her more often at night (she could sleep 6 hours straight since her first month) and then on her second month she was better about her weight. Finally we tried to do exclusive breast feeding, but at night she was kind of fussy and we give her a bottle (3 or 4 oz) and then she was fine.
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  • @llli*bluepolka's Avatar
    July 25th, 2016, 10:38 AM
    Hi everyone. I have been EBF my 32-Weeker for 5 months now. He just got off the nipple shield 2 weeks ago. I began to notice that he didn't stay too long on the right breast. This has been happening for a month. Now when I try to pump the right side after nursing, i barely get 0.25-0.5 oz. I first thought it's because he empties the breast. But he barely stay on the right breast for 5 mins, after which I can't even hear swallowing. I'm really worried. I've been pumping post-nursing (about 2 times a day) for three days now. I take fenugreek. My left breast is working fine, so I don't pump it. Do t want to mess the system because I had an oversupply earlier. Is this common? What should I do? My body used to be very responsive to the pump. By baby seems content after feedings. His weight gain has slowed down and his diapers aren't that wet Anymore. He still poops 2-3 times a day. Should I continue to pump to stimulate? Should I get prescription drugs? How long before I see an increase after pumping? Thanks in advance
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  • @llli*super.mommy's Avatar
    July 22nd, 2016, 01:06 PM
    Hi, everyone My little one (2 weeks old) is not latching from my left breast. He tries, but he immediately starts to cry a lot and rejects it. This started one day and out of the blue. At the moment, I'm extracting my milk from that breast with a breast pump. I don't know why this is happening. What do you suggest me to do? I'll appreciate your help. Thanks a lot.
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  • @llli*lindseyschwochow's Avatar
    July 22nd, 2016, 04:30 PM
    What a struggle! My baby is 6 weeks old and we are working on getting rid of this stupid nipple shield. It was given to me at the hopsital because I have flat nipple and had a spinal headache post delivery. The shield helped us a lot but I'm so over this thing. Washing them constantly in the middle of the night, losing them, the pain I still have and I just don't think it's nessasry any more. My issue is that he is so used to just sucking the shield into his mouth he doesn't understand the 'open wide and latch' concept. He just wants to suck my nipple up into his mouth like with the shield and it's super painful. His latch without the shield also seems to slip off a lot and he does the same where he just slurps my nipple back into his mouth. I have large breast which is difficult in itself but we both end up frustrated trying to work on getting this latch right. Any advice how to get him to work on his opening up wide to take in more of my nipple and areola? I want to breastfeed for as long as I can but I don't want to do with with this shield.
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  • @llli*dolphindance's Avatar
    July 23rd, 2016, 09:55 AM
    Not sure what else to call it but I cannot remember the guideline for using breastmilk after baby has already drank from a supply. I thought I remember that if you have leftover milk in a cup/bottle the saliva will start to breakdown the milk - right? My 1yr old doesn't want to nurse first thing when awake in the mornings now - he signs for food immediately and started nursing only like 2 minutes. Then pops off and signs for food again. So I guess he is just ready to get on with the day and chow down some breakfast. I pumped this morning while he ate and plan to give him the milk in a cup or sippy with his food instead of water which he is used to when eating. (He has never had a bottle so no need to introduce at this point right?) If there is leftover milk can it still be stored for 3 days in fridge and used again? And can it be froze if he has drank from it?
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  • @llli*merobader's Avatar
    July 25th, 2016, 05:57 PM
    My baby is 10 days old today for the frist week my nipplw was so sore I want to scream every time he touched it was black for the last 2 days things was getting better its still painful but much better still have lipstick nipple all the time but I thought its a matter of time he will have good latch soon but today I found that he have a lip tie and now I don't knowe what to do I used to think he is geting enough milk now I doubt myself Here is the photo
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  • @llli*karaeubanks's Avatar
    Today, 07:34 AM
    Suddenly, my 13-month-old has gone from nursing 6 times a day to latching and not drinking. He latches, sucks a tiny bit, maybe, and then just hangs out on my breast without eating, then leaves. Does this mean he wants to stop nursing? Does it mean my supply is too low? Does it mean he doesn't like my milk? He eats TONS of solids, so maybe he just has no room for milk? But he does this even first thing in the morning, when normally he's pretty hungry. I'm willing to follow his lead if he doesn't want to nurse any more, or nurse more if it's a supply issue. I'm just confused about the behavior and would like to know how to proceed. Thanks for any insight!
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  • @llli*maribelcarrero's Avatar
    July 21st, 2016, 09:58 PM
    I am trying to choose between 4 different breast pumps that my insurance will cover. I am hoping for any feedback you may have regarding your experience with any of these pumps as well as comparisons if you have used more than one of them. Thank you in advance. Medela Pump In Style Advanced Personal Breast Pump Ameda Purely Yours Electric Breast Pump Spectra S2 Starter - Double Electric Breast Pump
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  • @llli*vzijl01's Avatar
    July 23rd, 2016, 12:40 PM
    Hi there moms. Lo will be 4 months old on wednesday and we got the go ahead from dr to start with solids. I was not fortunate enough to attend the "do this not that" classes before hand...time constraints. Iam a bit freaked out about WHAT to start with, WHEN to give it, and some rules that go with it. Internet searching isnt making the process any easier. Advice and guidence will be much appreciated.
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