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  • @llli*morakt's Avatar
    February 22nd, 2015, 10:23 PM
    My baby is 1 month old and up until now he's been exclusively breastfeeding and everything seemed to go ok: gaining weight, lots of soaked diapers and stools, etc. Since about a week ago he seems to be hungry after feedings in the evening and I feel as if I don't have enough milk, I don't feel him swallowing, is suctioning rapidly and gets very fussy and restless and sucks his hands. I have given him formula twice now and feel very defeated and sad at having to do so, but I am pretty much certain that he's not getting enough in the evenings and stays hungry. What can I do? I do not want to continue to give him formula by any means but it breaks my heart to see him not get enough and stay hungry. I drink the Mother's Milk tea many throughout the day and just ordered some expensive Domperidone (I will get it in two weeks time) but I am so afraid this will not work and feel so frustrated and sad I do not know what to do anymore. I want to attend the LLL meetings but they happen only the third Monday of the month in my city, so I will have to wait until the third monday of March which is very long time. Any help or advice will be so appreciated, any mother would understand what I am going through, this is all I think about all day and breastfeeding my child is my number one priority and the single most important thing for me at the moment. Please help me.
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    February 23rd, 2015, 02:24 PM
    I've had a bleb for weeks now, which has looked like it cleared and came back etc. It's not backing up behind it so some milk is getting past. Then the past few days it's gotten even more painful and the skin around it red and angry. I figured it's infected somehow so I say my gp today and he's put me on flucloxaciillin. This may be a silly question but does oral treatment make sense? I was kinda expecting an antibacterial ointment... What concerns me more is when I said I was having trouble with a milk blister he asked me where it was.... I didn't realise other parts of my body could get milk blisters! Safe to say I worry he had no idea what he was saying. ...
    9 replies | 214 view(s)
  • @llli*mama7008's Avatar
    February 21st, 2015, 05:33 AM
    My baby is 4 months old, and lately she doesn't have very wet diapers at night - they stay pretty dry until the morning, then she'll pee quite a bit, almost like she's held it - stays mostly dry for 7-8 hrs. Is that normal? She's too young to be able to consciously control that yet, right? She doesn't seem dehydrated, and has adequate output otherwise. This has happened off and on for a month or more, but lately has become almost a nightly thing. She LOVES diaper changes and gets pretty upset as soon as she dirties them during the day, so part of me wonders if somehow she's holding it so she doesn't have to be wet while asleep! Is that possible?
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  • @llli*pri's Avatar
    February 22nd, 2015, 12:14 PM
    I had my baby in December and was determined to EBF. His latch was incorrect but after working with Lc things were on the right path. In the mean time I developed cracks and pain in nipples and second week of baby I got my first batch of mastitis. It was painful and went on antibiotics for 10 days. Started developing intense burning and tingeling pain all over my breast. I had too much milk and was severely engorged so was pumping and feeding. Fast forward 25 days I got another bout of mastitis and there was an intense red streak on side of left breast. Pain was unbelievable and has to take Motrin around the close. Felt so guilty passing on "safe" drugs to baby. Went to doctor and found there was a baseball sized ABSCESS on right breast. Almost ended up having surgery. Doctor wanted to wait and watch and 4 days later said antibiotics might heal the abscess. Lots of pus came out while pumping. At this point I surrendered and stopped nursing with fear and anxiety over getting mastitis again. Sad thing is that the pain and burning never went away. Suspected thrush so asked doc for a round of diflucan. Helped a little but still living with same feeling on and off. Will I feel normal again and will this pain go away? I wish no one has to suffer as I did while breastfeeding your child. I loved breast feeding but it was so awfully painful for me. Currently I m pumping and feeding formula and I think I have finally found my comfort zone with breastfeeding.
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  • @llli*alysandrasmom's Avatar
    Today, 11:16 AM
    I just took my 4 month old to his check up today and knew there were a few questions I was going to have. For the last few weeks, my LO has been very fussy during his nursing sessions. He would almost refuse the right breast and when he would nurse on the left, he would come off after about 5 minutes and be pretty fussy so I would move him over to the right side again. He would latch on for a few seconds and come off, get back on, then off getting more and more fussy each time so I thought I needed to burp him. He would scream his little head off because he was still hungry. after he burped he would be fine. well, this morning, my baby hasnt gain a single pound in 2 months! 1>> I FEEL TERRIBLE!! I have not been able to help my baby grow! 2>> doctor has advised us to give him just formula for the next 7-10 days to see if there is a gain in weight. If there is, he said that it could possibly be that my milk is not giving my baby the nutrients he needs to gain weight. Im pretty devastated over this and I am needing some advice. Im going to continue to pump (I have been pumping since going back to work when my babe turned 2 months) but I need to know if there is a way to thicken up my breast milk? My diet usually consists of oatmeal everyday, lots of lean protein, veggies, almond milk... I also take fenugreek to help with my supply. I know that pumping alone will not keep my supply where I need it to be as I have seen a significant decrease as it is. If there is...
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  • @llli*apple963's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:19 AM
    I have heard there is a "pump slump" that happens between 8-10 months. Well I have been working and pumping since baby was 3 months old and he just turned 8 months and I am noticing a decrease in my pumping output. If pump slump is common, what does everyone do to counteract it??? I would hate to see this be the end of our nursing relationship but I can't help but feel that may be the case.
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  • @llli*rani's Avatar
    February 24th, 2015, 03:07 PM
    My baby is 5.5 months old. I have to be at work for 4 weeks, yesterday was first day. Dad is at home with baby. He is not taking bottle at all. We have tried different bottles/different nipples. Yesterday I ran back at mid day to feed him, and then back. Today for his first feed after I left he drank a little and my husband spoon fed him total of 1.5 oz. But I have to go mid day for his next feed. We have tried sippy cup too. I never took bottle feeding seriously as for the 3-4 times I had been away, he had drank fine earlier. Maybe he was little, around 2 months so he didn't know. So I thought he will be ok, plus I am going to be home with him after this month goes. How do we train him to take bottle? Is he going to lose any weight for this 1 month that I have to work? Please help. I called my local hospital LC and she said after 3-4 days he would be ok.
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  • @llli*isabelofmtl's Avatar
    February 21st, 2015, 11:06 AM
    This is actually for a friend. I'm trying to figure out if she's gotten good advice. If her 2 week old is gaining well, wetting diapers, and nursing 10+ times in 24 hours, but sleeping long stretches during the day, does she need to wake the baby to feed her during those long stretches (over 4 hours)?
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  • @llli*soblessed's Avatar
    February 25th, 2015, 07:40 PM
    So my son is 3m old and we have been bfing as well as i have to pump for while im away at work. Everything has been great. Until this week. Over the weekend i had a stomach bug. Still managed to nurse through it all. And i mean he was very attached to me! Well my supply took a hit i guess and my sitter had to supplement (this made me really upset) because i couldnt get enough pumped. Im doing everything i can to get my supply back up! Brewers yeast and fenugreek along with eating oatmeal as well as lots of water and of course nurse nurse nurse. But its the pumping and getting it stored is the problem. There is barely anything to pump! I usually get 8oz while at work and today only got 6 and just pumped again and only got a ounce. At this rate he is going to get supplements again tomorrow. Luckily tomorrow is the end of my work week. So that is where my question lays how long should i wait after he nurses to pump? And actually see something and not just a few drops. Because thats all i get after he nurses and i pump. I dont even get a oz. He drains me. Also should i maybe try powerpumping? Any of you had or seen success with that? TIA mommas!
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  • @llli*slowry's Avatar
    February 21st, 2015, 03:03 PM
    I'm a FTM and my maternity leave is almost up. My LO is awesome with breastfeeding and I would love to continue. I already have the basics of pumping down since I have church duty and my mother takes care of him for a couple of hours during that time. My question is : when do I pump now to start a supply (I'm only pumping enough for a couple of bottles for my mother on Sundays)? Do I pump after every feeding or just once a day around the same time? I've read contradicting things so I'm confused. I know it'll come down to practicing and getting used to the work day and his feeding schedule. I just don't want to go back to work and be worried that I don't have enough stored up for his dad during the day.
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  • @llli*v0mich01's Avatar
    February 22nd, 2015, 08:23 PM
    DS is will be 7 weeks old in two days. The last week or so, he has been having terrible gas pains. We're doing gas drops with every feeding, and they help a bit, but he is still in pain. I give one bottle a day as a dream feed, and while DH is giving that bottle, I will pump. I'm pumping about 3.5 hours after DS last feed. During this pumping session I will get as much as 9 ounces out. Does this indicate I have an oversupply issue? Which could possible be the cause of the gassiness? I have been nursing quite often in the side lying position, as I thought that I may have an overactive let-down, but from everything I gather, generally an overactive let-down is a sign of oversupply. My issue is, even with side lying DS doesn't let any dribble out. He gulps it down, along with a bunch of air. So I'm kind of at a loss of what to do. Maybe I don't have an over supply, I just don't know why DS would be the gassy.
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  • @llli*tag76's Avatar
    February 21st, 2015, 08:03 AM
    Hello everyone. I am a first time mom of 5 week old twins. The boys were born at 36 weeks via c-section and from the first day they were given formula since they did not latch and I was not making any milk. We were in the hospital for 5 days during which I started pumping using a hospital grade pump (ameda elite) and gave the babies whatever I could express. We were sent home with formula and I also rented the breast pump. I was pumping every 3 hours, not so religiously but my milk never "came in" and the boys were fed mainly formula supplemented with whatever expressed milk I can get. During this time, I tried to get them to latch but it was a total nightmare and never lasted. At 2-3 weeks, I started working with a lactation consultant and she got me pumping every 2 hours and put me on fenugreek. By the end of the 3rd week, I was only pumping about 11oz total per day and I was exhausted from pumping & bottle feeding the boys that I really had to cut down. The lactation consultant was not happy with the lack of increase in milk output and when she heard that my breast did not change during or after pregnancy, she sounded very discouraging and suggested that whether I continue to try pumping/breast feeding was up to me. She also said that getting the babies to nurse (at this point they will not latch without a nipple shield if at all) would not help with my supply. Basically it felt like a lost cause. I continued to pump and take the fenugreek and now at 5 weeks, I am...
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  • @llli*rosesmum's Avatar
    February 21st, 2015, 07:32 AM
    Last night when my 6.5month old woke up she nursed at 1am fine, then at 5am she refused to nurse. I know I have milk because milk was pouring out and running down me. Then she nursed a little a 7am, but no where near what she normally does. She just clamps her mouth shut. I've squirted a little stream on her lip, but still nothing. I have a little cold, but have only had Tylenol and honey. She is gassy and had banana for the first time yesterday (only two small mashed spoonfuls since she's not quite used to the new texture yet). Could that be the reason? She has never done this before! Also, to make matters worse I left my pump at work! (She goes to a daycare next to my office so I just nurse her every 2-3 hrs) What should I do?!
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  • @llli*fsilva's Avatar
    February 24th, 2015, 09:33 AM
    Hi, My son is 3 weeks and he is feeding 5 minutes on each breast. He swallows fast and has reflux. After that he starts falling asleep so I put him on his bed and after a few minutes he starts crying so I give him a bottle of formula and he drinks about half oz and falls asleep. Otherwise he continues to cry. I've used an extractor and I get around 3-4 oz between both breasts after 15 min pumping on each. My son if I give him only a bottle either with breast milk or formula usually eats between 3-4 oz every 2:30 hrs at the most. I need help I don't want to use the extra formula bottle just breast feeding. I lay him down beside me during the night to breast feed and perhaps slow any fast let down I might have. Am I making enough milk? What can I do to produce more for him or satisfy him without an extra bottle? It seems he sleeps more if I feed him with the bottle (breast milk or formula) instead of just breast feeding.
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  • @llli*cubicl's Avatar
    February 21st, 2015, 08:49 AM
    Hello, I just had my first baby and he is now 3 months old. Due to the fact my husband works from home , I pump most of the time. About 4 days ago while pumping I noticed blood was being expelled with the milk from my right breast. There has been no other instance of blood, but I have ran and broke a few fevers. My question is two fold. My MD was on vacation last week so I called the answering service and the on-call told me that if I got any fevers, pain etc to go to the urgent care or ED. My MD is back in the office Monday and I'd prefer to wait. Is this a bad idea? Secondly, I did dump the bloody milk, but if I DO have an infection of the breast is that milk safe to give to my baby?
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  • @llli*brittjack's Avatar
    February 22nd, 2015, 03:15 PM
    So we just had our 4 month checkup and everything was fine--even got the go ahead for solid foods. I told my pediatrician that my baby is still eating every 1-2 hrs and he said that we need to start trying to space it out to 2.5-3 hrs. (He wouldn't dare say that if he saw the screaming demon that is my child when he is hungry....he becomes an inconsolable red faced little puddle of tears) He claims that my babywill get more hind milk this way and therefore be more satisfied and get more calories. I have read conflicting advice saying that this will kill my supply. Also noteworthy is that his weight percentile has dropped from his last visit at two months (76%tile) to 47%tile which our doc said was ok. He is still growing well (head circumference and height are steady in the 90's) but it still concerns me that maybe I'm not making enough for him. He also cries much more than the average child. Some days I feel like I'm reaching the end of my rope with him because he is just SO fussy. And then every now and then (once every few weeks) he has a great day and is sweet and smiley almost all day long. I'm wondering if these things may be linked. I'm worried that now he is hitting his 4 month growth spurt and my supply won't be able to catch up. I've never had an abundant supply--always seemed to have just barely enough. Every time a growth spurt hit, it was really tough getting through it. One last thing--usually when I am at work and have to pump--I can ALMOST match...
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  • @llli*blue-sky's Avatar
    February 24th, 2015, 05:17 AM
    Hi, me and my 11 week old have finally got to grips with breastfeeding after the first two months of problems (pain, weak latch, mastitis, slow let down, over supply...) and I've been feeding on demand including through the night. He sleeps in my bed and we feed tummy to tummy to I don't mind the night feeds at all. And I know he's healthy, and happy. What I'm struggling with is that after he's fed he wants to comfort nurse throughout the night. If I try to unlatch him (most nights, not all) he then wakes up fully and wants to feed again. So I put him back on, he feeds for 20 seconds and then its just comfort feeding again. And I can't sleep properly while he's doing it and the tiny gnawing feeling starts to drive me crazy!! I have tried to guide him to suck his fingers (so far not interested), and tried a dummy (hated it). Anyone got any ideas, or do I just deal with it for now. After all, he is healthy and feeding well :)
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  • @llli*jude-kimberly's Avatar
    February 24th, 2015, 06:06 PM
    My son will be 16 weeks old this Sunday, and I have been back at work for nearly 10 weeks. Until yesterday, my supply has been consistent. I pump 3x/day while at work, and typically take home between 14-17oz for the next day. He has on average 13-15oz while I'm at work, so thankfully I have a little extra in the fridge. Yesterday and today I needed to add an extra pumping session to barely get enough to take home - yesterday I only produced 12oz, and today, only 11oz. I am beginning to get a little concerned... When I am home, I nurse him twice in the evening, once in the middle of the night, and twice in the morning before work. I also take 2 fenugreek pills each morning, and have oatmeal with a teaspoon of brewer's yeast and a teaspoon of flax. I generally eat healthy, and drink plenty of water.
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  • @llli*candelita's Avatar
    February 24th, 2015, 10:53 AM
    I have a work trip coming up for which I will be gone for 4 full days. I can't take my LO with me. I am exclusively breastfeeding. I do have a good pump but I need tips on how to pump enough to have enough for him when I leave! The trip is in July. But I do not have a freezer stash of more than maybe 16 oz.
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  • @llli*eva.modric's Avatar
    February 25th, 2015, 02:35 PM
    Hello all, any advise would be much appreciated! My baby is three months old, breast fed, and won't drink out of a bottle - I had to delay my maternity leave because of this. From about 1 - 8 weeks old he would have an occasional bottle and had no problem latching onto it and drinking out of it. A few weeks ago, in preparation for returning to work, I started offering him bottles and he just won't latch on and drink for more than a few seconds. At best he will latch for a few seconds, and then gum on or chomp the nipple ineffectually, coo, gurgle, spit, latch for a second or two, etc. I have tried every available type of bottle at this point, from Dr. Brown's to tommee tippee to Breast Flow, Nuk, etc. I have tried leaving the house while someone else offers it, and it does not seem to help. Could it be because he has a tongue tie? He never had any problems latching onto the breast.
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  • @llli*rohen002's Avatar
    February 25th, 2015, 11:40 AM
    My son is just now 3 months old. I have plenty of supply and a fairly fast letdown. I nursed my daughter until she was over 2 years (my mild dried up when 6 months pregnant and not she has no interest "It takes too long, can I have a cup) so I'm not exactly new to this but he is really throwing me for a loop! I was able to stay home for a year with my daughter but I have to go back to work in a week so I'm panicking. Any advice would be welcome. Baby is napping after being awake 1.5 hours so his naps and eating are all over the place time wise. He seems to eat better when he first wakes up and does not nurse to sleep because then he was having reflux so we have to burp him and that wakes him up. He nurses before bed at around 8pm. Lately he is only waking up once between 1-2 am to eat at night. He is 9th percentile so this is fine with me as I don't have a supply problem. He then wakes up at 5am and wants to eat but the problem is if I feed him at 5 he wont eat at 7am and I have to leave for work at 8 (starting in a week) so I want him to eat at 7. He is easy to put back to sleep (in the swing) at 5 without eating though and I have to actually wake him at 7 (otherwise he will happily sleep until 8/8:30 even with not eating since 1 or 2). However, the last few days he will barely eat at 7!! Right now he is barely eating all day!! He hates the bottle (so far the 3 times he's tried one) but will have to have one per day when I work. Sometimes I have to pump because I have so...
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  • @llli*anrinyycab's Avatar
    February 25th, 2015, 08:04 PM
    First of all, I am a dad, married to the beautiful mother of my daughter. Not sure if some of you will find this disgusting or creepy - I sure would have two years ago. But has anyone tried asking their partner, if applicable, to help with this? We tried this to see if it would help relieve the pressure and are we ever glad we did. To be perfectly honest, in addition to my finding the milk very surprisingly delicious as I had heard it was bitter/sour, my wife found the immediate relief beneficial and she was glad to have somebody who could communicate to her exactly what was happening. It was easy to do, not having to fire up the pump in the middle of the night, and the relief was fast. She had way too much milk. Just an idea, feel free to comment.
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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*klauing's Avatar
    February 21st, 2015, 04:45 PM
    Hello, I have a 15 day old infant that was born full term (41 weeks 2 days) and right away, he latched on to the breast and seemed to feed well for the first few days of life. I have truly flat nipples but have been able to use the breast sandwich technique to get as much tissue into his mouth as possible. For about the first week, we successfully breastfed all feedings even though I had some cracked nipple issues, which have since cleared up. However, over the past 3-4 days, his latch has been increasingly lazy and shallow, and he seems to be barely sucking at all. He especially hates the left breast - sometimes he will just close his mouth tightly and refuse it. Today, it seems as if he has forgotten how to latch at all, and I have to flange out his lips and work really hard to get his mouth to open wide enough. After that, he spits out the nipple or lets it easily fall out of his mouth at least 7-8 times before he will finally suck a few times and MAYBE feed (active swallowing) for 5 minutes. The latch seems so shallow, even though I am making a concerted effort to put as much breast tissue as I can into his open mouth. Then he will fall asleep for a few minutes and then root furiously, so I attempt to latch him on the other breast and we go through the whole routine again. It seems like I can feel his tongue constantly pushing against the tip of my nipple in his mouth, which is a sensation that is driving me nuts, but I can't possibly get a deeper latch because...
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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*rpq1480's Avatar
    February 21st, 2015, 12:04 PM
    Hi, I had some oversupply & other issues with pumping, so even though my baby took a bottle just fine when he was a newborn, I wasn't diligent about giving him a bottle regularly. I decided to try today after about a week of no bottles, and he refused. I then tried using a little dropper, tried to help him sip it out of a cup etc. He was least opposed to taking little sips out of a cup, but most of it was just dripping down his face. I made a mistake and pumped the milk right before trying to feed instead of going to my freezer stash, and then had to try to breast feed him after so he would get some food. 2 questions... 1) Any tips to help him start drinking from a bottle again? 2) Will my body adjust to make more milk for him this afternoon & tonight so he doesn't go without the 6 oz that I pumped that he wouldn't drink? I'm sure it's not the end of the world for him to go without 100% of his normal intake for a day, but I don't like the idea of him being hungry! Re: question #1, I work from home so it's not a huge deal if he won't drink from a bottle anymore. But, I would like him to learn to drink from something else eventually... If a bottle is a no-go, are sippy cups something we can try?
    2 replies | 201 view(s)
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