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  • @llli*mackeroo2013's Avatar
    May 19th, 2016, 05:25 AM
    My daughter who is almost 5 months has such stinky gas. Her gas smells the same all the time and she has to pass gas very frequently throughout the day. She doesn't seem to be discomforted in anyway. But I'm wondering does this have something to do with my diet? The only thing I could think of is maybe my instant coffee I drink everyday 3 mugs everyday. I have also drunk this much coffee from the beginning and her gas hadn't started since 1 month ago. but I also know that it's rare for babies to be affected by what the mother ingests. I noticed her increase in gas and the same smell of them about 1 month ago it started after her bowel movements stop becoming frequently. She poops every 3 days or so now.
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  • @llli*bkindnhappy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:54 PM
    Hi! I took my 9 month old baby boy to his check up thinking everything would be just fine I had my active baby breastfeeding fine and blw. But when they checked him he gain less than 2lb in 3 months! How is that possible when I carry him an he is heavy to me. Now I'm worried
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  • @llli*milkncookies90's Avatar
    Today, 06:26 AM
    Hi ladies I apologise in advance for the rant but I am so frustrated I could scream! My LO is 5 weeks old and we've been exclusively BF and had no problems with supply or latching on but I'm seriously thinking about throwing in the towel and making the switch to formula but I just can't make the decision - I am so torn!! :tearhairout I hear about all these people who breastfeed their babies for 6 months or a year or even longer and I JUST CAN'T see how anyone can continue doing it for that long without clawing their own eyes out! I hate it! I always hear about how "convenient" BF is but I just can't see it!! I hate having to get my boobs out all the time, I hate fiddly nursing bras (I CANNOT do it with one hand no matter how hard I try), I hate smelling like milk, I hate waking up in the night with the pad, my bra, my nightie and often my sheets too, absolutely soaked in milk (I leak this much daytime too) and to top it all off I just can't bring myself to do it in public (I have no issue with other people doing it in public but I am not one of those people - dunno why, just not). None of these things feel very "convenient" to me :( I desperately want to enjoy BF and want to find it easy and natural but I just don't ... and I absolutely know it is what's best for baby and I feel so selfish to even say this but I long for the ease and routine of bottles, I long to wear a pretty bra with no breast pads, and I long for a full nights sleep because my husband is doing the night...
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  • @llli*mammymurphy's Avatar
    May 22nd, 2016, 08:32 AM
    Hi, I'm a ftm to a 3 week old little boy and am breast feeding. I've had trouble with sore, cracked nipples (improving but slowly!) so need to use lanolin after every feed and breast pads to stop my bra sticking to them. I haven't made the leap yet and breast fed any where apart from at home because of all this extra business. We've gotten good at going on little trips but are always watching the clock to get home in time for the next feed, it would be nice to have a bit more freedom. Any tips or advice? Thanks!
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  • @llli*ftmum's Avatar
    May 19th, 2016, 01:01 PM
    Hi there, I currently use an Avent manual pump every night but only get about 40ml (1.3 Oz). I often get about 60ml (2 oz) if hand express. I need to significantly increase this to top up my baby (exclusively breast fed) as I need to fatten him up and would eventually like to build a freezer stash. I've used a Medela mini with even less success, night bigger flanges but got nothing. Is it worth buying a better pump, or will my body just respond the same? Note I've tried warm packs, breast massage, photos and videos of baby, having baby with me, pumping different times of day...
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  • @llli*ssmith888's Avatar
    May 22nd, 2016, 11:24 AM
    Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I feel like I've seen some conflicting information about whey protein and breastfeeding. Can anyone tell me if it's unsafe to eat while breastfeeding? I saw a thread discussing protein shakes (some containing whey protein) and it seemed like they weren't recommended but I believe that's because of some of the other ingredients. If there's whey protein in something I'm eating, for example some pancakes I just bought that are supposed to be good for you because they have lots of protein - is that unsafe? My baby does not appear to have a milk allergy, if that's the main concern. Thank you!
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  • @llli*polarisj9's Avatar
    May 20th, 2016, 04:41 PM
    My baby is EBF and I just went back to work this week. I've been pumping bottles for him & that's going well. I still nurse before and after work. He's home with my husband during the day. The first four days he ate more than I expected - like 13-15 oz during the 11 hours I was gone. But today, I left 13 oz for him and he only drank 6 oz! Hubby said baby just hasn't been interested in eating much today - he kept refusing the bottle. He had normal diaper output, and nursed from me as soon as I got home. Is this normal? I'm shocked he drank so little today when he's normally guzzling bottles! Hubby does pace feeding and we've had no issues switching between breast and bottle.
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  • @llli*neilas.mom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:15 AM
    My first child is 17 days old, she was 8 lb at birth, and now is still at her lowest weight of 7lb 5.8 oz. I am BF exclusively and compressing the breast with feeding. We are working on improving the latch. The first week she was put on antibiotics, had 2 X-rays and a upper GI. It turned out there was nothing wrong with her, however the antibiotics and barium hurt her tummy for a week. She eats every 2-3 hours in the day, 3-4 at night, wet diaper every feeding, 1-2 dirty a day. All her vitals are perfect, pink skin, bright, wet looking eyes, she is VERY active. The nurse wants me to add formula to her diet, but I think she might just have gotten a slow start, and have a high metabolism. We do see a doc in a couple days.
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  • @llli*baraboo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:34 AM
    My LO will be 3 weeks old on Tuesday - he started out nursing like a champ except his latch was shallow. He made up for it with vigorous sucking and has had no problems gaining weight. However, my nipples paid the price and I developed several cracks by day 4. My milk came in day 3 and I was CRAZY engorged for a few days. I got plugged ducts on both sides and the only way I could relieve them was to massage and squeeze my breasts while LO nurses - if I just let him do his thing, he doesn't unclog me or even do that good a job draining milk. I noticed a week in that his tongue looked flat when he cried, and the pediatrician agreed he had a tongue tie. The ENT snipped a centimeter of anterior frenulum. This did improve things - I stopped getting torn up looking nipples and they've slowly started to heal. But something is still not right. Unless I'm fairly aggressively pushing my boob into his mouth at all times during nursing, LO falls off and starts chomping just my nipples. He seems physically incapable of flanging his upper lip (it's so taut that I can't roll it out for him with my finger) and he barely flanges the bottom one - he seems to prefer tucking it in. He gets lip creases after nursing and my nipples have the lipstick shape with a crease in them too. I have small areolas but his gums clamp around the base of the nipple, not further out onto breast tissue (no matter how many tricks I try). I'm really starting to lose it (my sanity). I nursed my daughter for 2...
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  • @llli*polarisj9's Avatar
    May 18th, 2016, 08:05 AM
    I EBF and just returned to work a couple days ago. I've had no supply issues and baby has been a great nurser. Baby has always nursed every 1-2 hours around the clock. I'm sure part of that is just comfort nursing, but he's definitely a good eater (doubled birth weight by 2 months). I'm gone from him at work for 10-11 hours each weekday. At work I've been pumping every 3 hours and producing about 4oz each session. Today during my first morning pump, I pumped 3 oz which is less than my usual morning pump. Is my pumping every 3 hours (when I'm used to feeding baby every 2ish hours before this) going to lower my supply, because I'm draining my breasts a little less frequently)? I'm still nursing him at home mornings, evenings, at night and weekends. But I know I can't pump every 2 hours at work. Also, baby still nurses every 2 hours at night, but since we do side lying breastfeeding, I think he falls back asleep after only a couple minutes. Will that hurt my supply? Thanks!
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  • @llli*mjanellec's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:37 PM
    Hi. My baby will be 3 months old in a few days and over the last 2-3 weeks he has been crying when I try to bf. We have some sessions that are good but most of the time he will just nurse for a couple minutes then pull off and cry. I try to calm him down then try again and he just pushes me away and cries more. I'm not sure what to do or why he is doing this. Any advice would be very appreciated. Thank you.
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  • @llli*crocusb's Avatar
    Today, 04:29 AM
    Hello everyone, I exclusively breastfed my son for 6 weeks. He gained weight within the normal range (150/170 gr a week) upto that point. From about week 6 onwards, his weight gain slowed down to 15 gr/day. I was advised to supplement. I started supplementing with my expressed milk and formula. I felt that I had to introduce bottles (everybody around me - midwives and my mum - advised that I should do so 'to get some milk in baby' as if my bfeeding did not count ). I had my baby's first 6 weeks check up at that point. The Gp asked me if my son was breast or bottle fed, I said both, then he put him as formula fed! which upset me further because majority of his milk is breasmilk. I decided to reach out for a IBCLC who discovered my son had a tongue tie at week 7. Navigating through loads of contradicting advice from health visitors, midwives, doctors etc, I decided to get it treated. I continued expressing and bottlefeeding him and putting him on my breast even though it became clear that he could not transfer milk efficiently. I also have low supply - I can barely produce 600 ml, usually 550 ml a day. Recently the LC discovered that his tongue tie partly reformed which upset me further although she said that there has been some improvement in his tongue movement. My husband has been against the idea of treating his tongue tie on the basis that it will not help bfeeding. He hooked onto this idea because one of the doctors we saw said so. The lactational...
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  • @llli*jen.r24's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:09 AM
    Hello all. My lo is 8.5 months, never taken a bottle and I don't intend to start them. I use an open cup (doidy cup) with her for expressed milk and small amounts of water. Grandparents find it hard to use (it takes patience but she is good at drinking and swallowing from it with support). What closed top cups do you find useful ? I want to buy some so I can try and leave my lo for an afternoon in the next few weeks (grandparents will do a milk feed and nap for the first time).
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  • @llli*aprilmom16's Avatar
    Today, 08:59 AM
    I am nursing my 2nd child who is now 7 weeks old. I nursed my 1st child for a year and struggled a lot with oversupply/ OALD with her. No surprise, I am struggling with the same issues with baby # 2, except this time I know how to manage it so things are going much better. I nurse on one side every 2-3 hours and he is gaining plenty of weight (birth weight 8 lb 5 oz, 1 week appt. weight 9 lb 12 oz). I have been really hesitant to get the pump out and just broke down and started introducing a bottle last week (pumped twice, 4 days apart- only pumped one breast during his normal feeding time and got 4 ounces off then had my husband attempt to bottle feed him the milk). He's doing "ok", but will only take about 1 ounce and choked due to the flow of the milk (tried both medela and Dr Brown's wide neck, both a level 1 nipple). I am trying to decide when to pump, how often to pump, and how long to pump to build a milk supply, while not worsening my oversupply, thus causing a worsening OALD. With baby # 1 I didn't have much for a milk stockpile and ran out. I went through a dry spell while pumping at work at one point during that first year and ran out quickly (I didn't have much of a stockpile to begin with anyhow). I never had anything more than the milk I had from pumping the day prior at work and it made things difficult if I wanted to go out on a date or something. With this baby, he has the most difficulty nursing in the AM/ early afternoon when my milk supply is...
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  • @llli*jessiesmum's Avatar
    Today, 02:31 PM
    Hi all. My 9 month old is suffering with constipation at the moment and I'm at a loss as to what else to try, and unfortunately in my experience here in the UK, health professionals aren't always as knowledgeable when it comes to breastfeeding as I would like. I'm hoping that I might get some ideas here that I haven't considered. She has three small meals each day, well balanced with plenty of fibre. She nurses a minimum of 8 times per day including overnight, and is having plenty of good wet diapers. Weight gain is fine. She is not dehydrated and apart from being grumpy and uncomfortable when she can't/doesn’t go to the loo is generally well within herself. The longest between bowel movements has been 4.5 days, with the movements prior to constipation being a lovely consistency, but movements following these periods are definitely indicative of constipation, with stools being hard to pass and fairly solid in consistency when she does pass them. I'm giving her plenty of P-fruits, no BRAT foods, water with meals. Warm baths, tummy massage, lots of diaper free time, leg exercises, she crawls alot and stands if aided, I babywear. So far neither dietry changes or gravity are doing much good. If she does pass anything I give her lots of praise.
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  • @llli*habiba's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:24 PM
    My 9 months old son was constipated for 3 -4 days, usually he passes stool every 3rd day. he passed the stool today and it had black tiny particles( like black powder) mixed in the stool. Sorry for being so gross. I introduced egg yolk 4 days ago. Other than that he had oat cereal very little amount of date and lentil soup.He seems fine no rash etc . Im so worried plz help
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:09 PM
    Hmm, I think I would want to have some more specialists take a look at that tongue tie. Maybe this is the sort of tie that does not benefit from being snipped- the fact that you do not feel pain when the baby nurses suggests that it is not the worst type of tie- but maybe it's not! Again, I don't see how anyone could know that for certain without actually clipping the tie. :scratch Being flat-chested has nothing to do with the amount of glandular tissue you have. Big breasts are not more full of glands. They are more full of fat! That is what most breast tissue is: fat. Also, the fact that your baby gained normally for the first 6 weeks indicates that you do have the capacity to make enough milk. If you had insufficient glandular tissue, poor gain would have been evident right from the start. How is your blood pressure now? Are you taking any medication for it?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:58 PM
    Vitamins won't hurt and might help. I would ask the pediatrician for a recommendation for baby vitamins- I just used the most widely available brand, the name of which I can't even remember. What I do remember is that the vitamins tend to stain, so give them to the baby in the bath!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:56 PM
    I think you're on the right track with taking the solids away, or at least really limiting them, for a while. A baby who is nursing on cue and with a good frequency can get her nutritional needs met at the breast, so taking solids off the table or limiting the amount she consumes will not harm her as long as you eventually let her have them again. In addition to what you are already planning to do, I suggest doing the following: - Nursing as much as possible. Breastmilk has a mild laxative effect. - Adding some ground flax seed to her solids, as that often allows an easier, softer bowel movement. - Giving her a probiotic (can't hurt, might help). - If you are thinking of introducing potty training soon, don't. Constipation often worsens around the time babies start using the potty. - Keeping a "poop journal", as after several days of no poop it can become very hard to remember when your baby last pooped, and what the consistency was when she did go. If you do need to see a pediatrician about this, a poop journal can help you figure out if the baby is really constipated and if constipation is becoming a chronic problem. - Remember that treating constipation can be a long-term project! The classic mistake parents make WRT chronic constipation is trying to keep the course of treatment as short as possible, and to use the minimum amount of stool softener necessary to produce a bowel movement. That approach tends to perpetuate the problem. If you do end up...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 06:52 PM
    I think this is fine to be in this forum, and you are more likely to get more responses here. My oldest had constipation after starting solids. I do think it makes sense to back off solids for several days and see if that helps. A 9 month old who is nursing 8 times a day and gaining fine should do fine with absolutely no solids at all for several days. Not saying you must go that extreme, just saying, it is probably fine to do so. Because you have already eliminated all the typical problem areas as far as what solids, Another option is to consider HOW solids are given. If baby is primarily spoon fed, you might try reverting to a more "baby led" approach. It may be that the fun of being spoon fed is leading to baby eating more solids ounce per ounce then her system can handle easily. If everything is in a form that she can pick up herself, bring to her mouth, bite and chew, it might slow down meals, and she can learn to eat without the consequences of constipation. Is baby on vitamin drops, particularly Iron? that can cause constipation as well.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:42 PM
    When it comes to building your stockpile, once again you have plenty of options! Good position to be in, right? Anyway, you could start by doing a single a.m. pump session, and see what you get. You could pump just one side or pump both. You could pump every day or every other day or every couple of days, depending on how much milk you get and how much your oversupply seems to be affected by the pumping. A conservative approach would be to pump one breast and to space out the morning pump sessions by a day or two. Alternately, you could choose to pump later in the day, when oversupply is less of an issue for you. In fact, pumping a single breast right after baby goes to bed might be the most conservative approach to pumping, since most moms find that milk supply is lowest in the evening. I doubt pumping in the evening would cause engirgement, and if it did, it would be relatively easy to treat it by waking the baby to nurse. Is the baby sleeping through the night? If so, waking him to nurse a few times overnight might really help with oversupply issues, because the breast would not get quite so full by morning. I personally would pump the unused breast, but not empty it all the way. I would try to stop after 2-3 oz. Leaving a fair amount of milk in the breast in between nursing/pumping sessions will eventually signal your body to throttle back on production.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 04:14 PM
    Get out of the house. This may be your biggest problem. Of course you feel like clawing your eyes out if you are imprisoning yourself in your own home. If you are not comfortable nursing in public, start with baby steps by going to places where there are nursing rooms or nursing nooks in the ladies room, and also go to LLL meetings and other breastfeeding supportive groups. You can bring your older child to these, usually. Certainly your 2 year old will be very welcome at LLL meetings. Practice in front of the mirror. Whatever. Now lots of moms find it hard to go out the first month or two. That is fine. But If you can not bring yourself to nurse in public very soon, you are going to go nuts! And mostly, and I mean this in the nicest way possible, get over yourself. People have their own lives to lead, the fact is that most of the time, no one notices nor are they interested. Yes of course some moms do get called out for NIP and it is a big deal on social media or whatever. Well it is a big deal because it is RARE. No one has ever said boo to me for nursing in public, 3 kids, each nursed several years. These days all we hear about is that moms who bottle feed are supposedly getting hassled in public. Maybe you can test the theory by trying both. My guess is no one will say boo about either. There are plenty of very pretty nursing bras. If you do not want to spend that money or cannot afford them, start a pin fund for a fling at Victoria's Secret when you are able to...
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