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  • @llli*thawingsnow's Avatar
    April 17th, 2015, 07:27 PM
    A Ton of Visitors during the Newborn Period? Is it possible to have a great start to your nursing relationship while being surrounded by a ton of visitors right after having a newborn? In addition, does having a ton of visitors promote bonding among immediate family members (for example, between mom, dad, and baby)? I remember nursing 20 to 24 times a day during the newborn period. Despite the societal norm, I did my best to keep visitors to a minimum particularly during those first newborn weeks as nursing seemed to necessitate this! My personal goals during the newborn period were focused on nursing, establishing my milk supply, survival, bonding with my newborn, having my husband bond with our newborn, and bonding and adjusting as a new family of three. Plus, my personality lends itself to processing huge life events mostly internally anyway.
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  • @llli*bxlgirl's Avatar
    April 15th, 2015, 07:53 AM
    Hi LLLadies, does anyone have suggestions for how to facilitate feeding a five month old when I return to work and work night shifts? DH will be taking over those nights. Should we get a bottle warmer that DH can use with expressed milk? I have never used one and have no clue. Or is there some easy system to warm a bottle so that DH can give one to DD overnight? I will be out of the house from 7 pm - 9:30 am the next day including my commute. I will have three consecutive night shifts per month, so they are not too often. We can buy a bottle warmer (secondhand), no problem! But are they worth it? Or something else?
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  • @llli*pickle.pie's Avatar
    April 19th, 2015, 03:55 AM
    I really need some help... Don't think I can carry on like this any more :cry My lo has just turned 11 months old. She was ebf until 6 months, now on a mixture of blw and purees. She slept OKish until 3 or 4 months, but has always been a restless sleeper and was a very colicky unsettled baby. From about 4 months she started waking more and more and more... We co-sleep and bf on demand so to begin with it was survivable, but instead of improving it has steadily got worse, waking every hour, then every half hour, and since having several colds over the winter, she now has long unsettled periods almost every night from about 2am, obviously upset and wanting to feed back to sleep but then waking again 30 seconds later. Her nose has been blocked ever since all the colds, and I'm sure that's partly why she's waking (and finding it harder to feed back to sleep), but we've tried all the usual remedies (saline, snuffle babe, humidifier) to no effect. As it stands, I usually go to bed with her around 8 or 8:30 and feed her to sleep, sometimes I get up again for a bit of a break but she will often wake again 30 minutes later so it hardly seems worth the effort. So basically I am up there on my own in the dark the whole night, either awake or dozing (DH long ago gave up sleeping with us due to the sleep deprivation, and when he tries to settle her she just screams to the point of hysteria). Sometimes she will have a slightly longer sleep of 2 or 3 hours at some point at the...
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  • @llli*meliska's Avatar
    April 17th, 2015, 06:09 PM
    In a surprise turn of events, I found out about an hour ago that I'm going back to work tomorrow instead of next Wednesday. I have an 8 week old and BF on demand. I'm an RN, and I work 12 hour shifts on a busy unit. I'm a newbie when it comes to breastfeeding and pumping at work, so what do I need to make sure that I have tomorrow? How often should I pump? What do you guys do with your milk when you pump - straight into the fridge? Into a cooler? Dump everything into one bottle or leave them separate? I can leave my pump in the room with the cooler in it, or I have access to a fridge and freezer. I don't work more than two days in a row (only three total days in a week) in order to protect my supply (I'm afraid that pumping and not nursing for three days would cause a tank), so the milk will be going into the freezer when I get home. Do you use the same flanges? Different flanges each time? I have 40 oz in the freezer, thankfully, so I'm hoping we can make it through tomorrow and I pump enough to replenish what he eats. I'm freaking out a little bit. Lol.
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  • @llli*zoe27's Avatar
    April 16th, 2015, 03:41 PM
    Hi, I am currently breastfeeding/pumping breast milk (with poly vi sol) for my baby and she is having frequent liquid stools. I know that is is normal for breastfed babies to have liquid stools but I wanted to make sure my baby was still in the normal range. We logged how often we have to change her diaper and she has stool on her diaper at least every 30-45 minutes (>20x/day). She will have an occasional larger stool with curds but otherwise it is streaks of stool on the diaper like she had a few "squirts." She was going so frequently that she developed a severe diaper rash which is starting to clear up since we have changed to 7th generation diapers, stopped using wipes, and used nystatin ointment. I just wanted to make sure that the frequent stooling was not of concern. She appears to be gaining weight and is alert/not fussy. I have removed soy and dairy from my diet. Thanks!
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  • @llli*umg's Avatar
    Today, 07:37 AM
    Hi everyone, I just want some support and advice on what to do next. I've had many many issues while breasfeeding. Low supply, milk blister, clogged ducts, reflux, gas, sore nipples, sleepy baby (doesn't stimulate enough), alert baby (fusses and cries because she wants more/faster let down and pulls away every minute). We've battled everything and still have some of those issues today. Last week it was that she wasn't gaining enough so I added one more feeding which lowered my pump (I pump once a day to have a freezer stash) output a lot. These 4 months have been challenging to say the least. I feel like I'm drowning and when I see shore again something else comes up and another wave pulls me away. I was adamant to breastfeed this baby because I had to supplement my first one as I didn't have enough supply. But it has been so hard. Yesterday I got out a bag from my freezer to feed her after a really bad feeding, had not done this in months, and the milk smelled horribly metallic and rusty. So, apparently, now on top of everything I have a lipase issue as well. She drank it but I don't know if she did because she was hungry. I also don't know if it's okay that she drank it. I feel like an idiot for saving my milk for 4 months so when she's 6 and I go back to work she can have some bottles while I'm not home. Now, I don't know what to do. Should I just stop? Finish the 6 months of breastfeeding and then just give her formula while I'm not home? I feel like a failure....
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  • @llli*azrael499's Avatar
    April 14th, 2015, 11:16 PM
    I am in the ER now just 3 weeks post c-section. Battling thrush but just starting to nurse ok. Now need to have a CAT Scan with contrast to rule out a blood clot in my lungs before setting up gallbladder surgery. I am a mess. I have been pumping at the hospital now but the doc said he thinks I would need to pump and dump at least 3-4 days after the CAT Scan. I can't stop crying....advice please. I do not want to lose my supply.
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  • @llli*skyanne's Avatar
    April 19th, 2015, 09:26 PM
    Hi all. I'm really stressed out right now and I just need to vent. DD is about a week shy of 4 months. Her weight gain has been a nightmare. At first her pediatrician wasn't very concerned, but it keeps getting worse. She has us coming in for regular weight checks. Last week, after a nasty bought of family stomach flu and a summer cold, we found out that she hadn't even gained an ounce in the two weeks since our previous check. We're supposed to go in for another check tomorrow. She doesn't feel any heavier to me. I have a feeling that we're going to wind up talking supplements. She nurses a lot, she always has. Usually, the longest she will go without nursing is two hours, but that only happens when she's sleeping. When she's awake its usually more like every 30 - 45 minutes at most. I think she's trying to space her feedings out more, but I'm trying to get more calories in her. She'll usually take the breast whenever I offer it, even if I can tell she really doesn't want to. I'm trying so hard to fatten this baby up. She likes to sleep with my nipple in her mouth. Before I was giving her a pacifier when she fell asleep, but this week I've been letting her do it in hopes of her getting more milk. She only gets the pacifier if she's asleep, in the car (she freaking hates the car), or if she gets fussy for her daddy while I'm showering or something. It sounds like a lot when I write it down, but in reality it's not often. Last night she slept without a pacifier or...
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  • @llli*dvdfad002's Avatar
    April 18th, 2015, 11:27 AM
    Hi there I hope that you will be able to give me some words of encouragement as well as advice. I was forced to attend training out of my city for 6 days/5nights. I had left my 5 month old with EBM (unfortunately I couldn't take him with me :cry ). When I returned yesterday he refused to nurse- arched his back and screamed :cry Please tell me how I can get him back to the breast... I hate the inconvenience of having to make bottles. I know my milk supply has taken a dip as well-trying to get my toddler to nurse more in order to stimulate milk production. My heart breaks every time he refuses... I know I need to keep offering, it's just so hard!
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  • @llli*pvjmommy's Avatar
    April 16th, 2015, 09:46 PM
    Hi. I'm a FTM with a 9 day old baby. Breast feeding has been going well, I thought. Tonight she started nursing at 7pm, and is still nursing (it's 11:45pm). I cannot put her down without screaming. She absolutely will not take a pacifier. Swaddling results in screaming. She occasionally dozes for a few moments, but wakes up rooting and screams if not put back on the breast. When she unlatches, she's completely frantic, like she's starving. This cannot be normal. She has plenty of wet and dirty diapers, but something must be wrong. I am at my wits end. I cannot do this much longer. I am 2 seconds away from giving formula in the hopes that it will fill her belly and she will sleep. Please help. I want to EBF, but nursing for over 5 hours?! That can't be right. What should I do?
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  • @llli*burffi's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:23 PM
    My 8 month old baby always wakes up after 30 minutes, for naps or at bedtime, and needs to be nursed back to sleep again every time this happens (not always successfully at naps, but always successfully at bedtime). I can literally set my clock after it! It's getting a bit tiresome, especially as he sometimes won't go back to sleep again after the first 30 minutes of his morning nap despite really needing more sleep. Also, in the evenings I wish I could put him to sleep once and not have to run up to him again after 15-20 minutes to nurse him back to sleep again. Does anybody have any experience with how to overcome this? Is there anything I can do to help him sleep through past 30 minutes? (Without nursing him back to sleep he just wakes up, and we co-sleep so I just quietly lie down next to him to nurse him back to sleep, I don't pick him up or anything as that would just wake him up.) Or, alternatively, can anybody tell me when this naturally stops happening? Give me some hope? :)
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  • @llli*peppermintp's Avatar
    April 17th, 2015, 04:19 AM
    Hi everyone! I'm new here. Feel free to let me know if this would be better in the newborn forum. So my little guy is almost 12 weeks old. Here's some relevant info: -born via c-section after 3.5 days induction (therefore, I think his birthweight of 8'13 is a little inflated due to all the fluids I had) -he "wasn't gaining enough" after birth and formula supplements were started on day 3. -I never seemed to have enough milk for him to gain weight or be satisfied so I started domperidone after about 2 weeks I think...(3x a day. I've recently bumped this up to 4x a day - the max dose of 120mg. This has given my supply a boost). -So due to the weight gain issue (he wasn't back up to birth weight until about 5 or 6 weeks), the formula supplements snowballed into supplementing every feed, up to 4 oz per feed!! (I'm supplementing with formula because I don't get enough from pumping. What breastmilk I do pump, I give him). -Most of his supplements are by bottle, but for just over a month I've been using a Medela SNS as much as possible. -He is gaining nicely now, avg 5-7oz per week. He's currently at 11lbs 3oz.
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  • @llli*smittenrunner3's Avatar
    April 15th, 2015, 02:39 PM
    My first LO is now 7.5 months old, and I've been pumping since I returned to work full time after 12 weeks maternity leave. My stash is dwindling (only 3-4 feedings worth left). I pump 3 times per day at work, once for each feeding LO has at daycare (in addition to solids). LO nurses when we're at home together and on weekends. I recently started hormonal birth control and noticed a sharp decline in my supply (4 oz short of "quota" per day--almost a feeding). I connected the dots and stopped the pill, but am concerned it will take a while for my supply (hopefully) to bounce back. I've been pumping at night after LO's asleep to try to make up the shortage, but still have had to dip into the freezer stash. I don't want LO to be hungry. I've been eating oatmeal and cauliflower to help maintain my supply. Any recommendations or advice to give things a boost? I'd love to make it to a year. Thanks.
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  • @llli*azmommie's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:40 PM
    Hi, I am fully back to work and my little one is now 18 weeks old. I pump every 3 hours during the day and once at night (around 3am when she gets up to eat). My milk production varies throughout the day and there are times I'm only pumping 3.5oz every 3 hours and there are times I'm getting 6oz. My daughter eats 4.5-5oz every 3 hours. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong... I am eating all the time and I drink over a gallon of water throughout the day. It's extremely frustrating when I can't get enough pumped for her to have for a feeding. Secondly, when I breastfeed her at night (the only time I feed her from the breast), she latches for a drink, unlatches, goes back in, and then comes off and wastes more milk than drinks it. It seems like the bottle is more controlled and when my milk lets down it's too much for her and she doesn't want to drink anymore, but is still hungry. I have set out a goal of feeding her for at least 12 months, but right now it's extremely stressful, and I worry every pump that I won't have enough for her. Any help for my milk supply with pumping and helping my baby breastfeed better. Thank you!
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  • @llli*marleyking18's Avatar
    April 17th, 2015, 12:49 PM
    Hello I am returning to work in one week. My DD will be 10 weeks old when I return and has been EBF eating every 2-3 hrs 8-10x a day. She has successfully taken tommee tippee bottles from caregivers. I have a medela pump in style with two sets of complete pump parts. I have a very private office to pump and my schedule allows me to pump every 2-3hrs..sometimes even more if needed. My question is the best way to handle cleaning of parts. I have seen conflicting information on cleaning the parts during the workday. Some have said they must be sanitized after every pump and suggested the medela microwave bags. Others said rinse with water. Some suggested the medela wipes. Others said to do nothing and that they can be reused throughout the day and sanitized at home after the work day. is there a right way? I have access to fridge, microwave and sink. Thanks!
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  • @llli*loloey's Avatar
    April 15th, 2015, 06:45 PM
    Hello fellow moms! Was wondering if anyone has advice or guidance relating to an issue I'm now experiencing with breastfeeding. My son is 6 weeks old and we finally got into a good groove breastfeeding the past couple weeks until yesterday... Yesterday, he started moving lots and pulling back while my nipple is in his mouth. Last night he got so frustrated and cried while nursing. Needless to say, I'm now in pain and he even spit up a bit of blood (I think it's from my nipple) recently. I'm not sure what could have changed to make him so fussy at the breast now. I think my supply is good as I would still have milk after he pulls away. I thought maybe it was a fast letdown but my letdown has always been a bit fast and I try to lean back to help him out. Any thoughts? Suggestions? Thank you in advance!
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  • @llli*amcmanus17's Avatar
    April 16th, 2015, 06:03 PM
    In the hospital I had been told to start with the breast I had last fed with when starting the next feeding. Does that sound right? I've stopped doing that because then its nearly 6 hours between use for one of the breasts; I would think that would hinder production... (My baby doesnt make it to both breasts in a feeding)
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  • @llli*sacha1209's Avatar
    April 15th, 2015, 06:02 PM
    Hello, I'm a FTM, EBF and I'm worried my son is not getting enough sleep. We've co-slept since he was born and bed shared for the past three weeks or so. At night he falls asleep after nursing then he sleeps the first part of the night in his little bassinet rocker by our bed. He usually wakes up after 2-4 hours max, then he sleeps in our bed. However, he seems to be breastfeeding for the most part of the night and really not getting a lot of sleep. It's actually really hard to assess how much he actually sleeps as I am sleeping on and off too. However, every time i am up (and it's a lot as i'm a light sleeper) he's latched on. And when he's asleep and I try to move a little he tends to wake up too. He's never been a big sleeper. When he slept in his bed only, he would wake up 2-4 times at night and he would have to nurse for 30mn-2.5 hours before getting back to sleep every time. I thought that he would have a sounder sleep sleeping together but I'm not sure anymore. Does anyone have a similar experience? Also, he tends to kick a lot his legs throughout the night while eating. Is that a phase developmentally? I don't think it's gas. I try to burp him too but it doesn't help. Just for background, He's able to have one good nap a day of 1-2 hours in the baby carrier and 1-2 20-30 mn naps morning and late afternoon if we're lucky. Could it be something that i eat or is his night sleep normal? I usually avoid dairy other than goat milk and I have one coffee late...
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  • @llli*rsjulymom's Avatar
    April 15th, 2015, 12:02 PM
    Hi Am FTM to 9 month old baby(July born). She was ebf till 6 months and is right now on 3 semisolids a day. Mu milk supply was very good till 7 months. I have never used pumps.it was all through baby latching. During 8th month(end of march) I started her formula using bottle because it was difficult to Breastfeed whenever we were out. Once she accepted bottle I used to give my baby alternate feeds of formula and breast milk and 3 semisolids a day.
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  • @llli*ezi.nito's Avatar
    April 16th, 2015, 03:45 PM
    Hi First time on this site, and any help would be gratefully appreciated. I am currently nursing my 2 week old daughter (second child) . She has had a pore latch before which caused my nipples to crack. Both nipples are cracked in the same spot. It hurts tremendously to feed her every time. I have read that you can pump for a few days and feed with a bottle while it heals or just continue and suck up the pain. I don't know if there are any other options. I'm lost in what I should do. My main fear is that I lose supply while I try to fix the problem. PLEASE HELP! THANK YOU!
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:06 AM
    I was doing so well with pumping, I was getting overly confident -- even at 9 months I was pumping more than my son needed (running out of room in our crowded freezer), so had cut down my pumps in order to get more exercise time during the day. All was well, but we went away for a long weekend (exclusively nursing, other than one bottle while DH and I were out) and since we returned I'm pumping about 1/2-2/3 of what I was. This is happening on two different pumps, so I don't think the pump is the problem. Also, my DS doesn't seem to be nursing as much at home -- but neither is he eating much in the way of solids! I'm going to give it a few more days, but may have to start fenugreek to keep up to at least 12 months. We are going through my small freezer stash quickly -- he drinks about 12 ounces but I can only pump 8 or 9. I've gone from pumping 3x a day (once on the way to work and 2x at work) before our trip to now 4 times (3x at work). Has anyone had any luck with fenugreek for a pump slump? I'm drinking mother's milk tea, but don't have time to drink 3-4 cups a day. No period yet, but I got it back with my DD around 10-11 months, so possible, i guess. I'm trying to not be stressed about it, but it's definitely aggravating!
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  • @llli*kappamom's Avatar
    April 15th, 2015, 10:24 AM
    I normally take alprazolam for occasional panic attacks and anxiety, and just deal with them while I am pregnant or breastfeeding. But with the birth of my second child, I am finding it harder to handle the attacks that I get a couple of times a month. My doctor asked me to post a question on this website to see what would be safe while breastfeeding and get back with her. I have checked both Dr. Hale's text and (my personal favorite) Dr. Jack Newman. They both suggest Lorazepine for occasional use due to low levels in breast milk. My daughter is currently weaning so she doesn't get much breast milk at this point, but I still want to do what is best, but also take care of myself. TIA.
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  • @llli*ataylor95's Avatar
    Today, 12:55 PM
    Hello lovely ladies, I'm new here on reccomendation of a close friend who thought you could be of some help to my situation. I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl on 25/02/2015 so is currently 8 weeks tomorrow. She latches like a champ, and all is well in that sence, no tounge tie, no lip tie etc etc. However, myself on the other hand. Is a different story! Here is how it goes, she latches, suckles for a few moments and then starts gulping and then unlatches with a high pitched squeal and then my milk shoots across the room, it eventually dies down enough for her to re latch and continue feeding, still clicking and gulping but managable. However as time goes on she is getting worse and worse in terms of sickness after a feed, she projectile vomits everywhere various times a day and wants to no be fed all the time (she wasnt even this bad as a newborn!) As its a vicous cycle of feeding, sick, and feeding more as she has just been sick. we have been to the doctors and is currently on gavascon, however that doesnt seem to help. Oh she is also very very gassy and gets hiccups alot. We have tried uphill feeding, as well as laid back feeding. We have also tried block feeding two feeds on one breast and then alternating to no avail. we have even tried burping at several intervals during a feed and still no joy.
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  • @llli*brdfb's Avatar
    April 19th, 2015, 11:53 AM
    Hi Ladies – I am a FTM of an 8 week old EBF baby. I’m getting discouraged and am hoping someone might be able to help. Baby has been extremely fussy since the 4 week mark, only content when sleeping or nursing. Her weight gain and diaper output are good. She eats pretty much every hour day and night for 5-10 min at a time, though we got a couple of 2 hour stretches last week. She has had a recurrent stuffy nose during this time At 6 weeks she had surgery to remove a cataract, but resumed nursing in the recovery room. She was prescribed a dilating drop and an anti-inflammatory cream post-op. Until recently she has been content at the breast, but now chokes, cries and shakes her head back and forth often. I try to burp her when she unlatches, but she rarely burps. More often she cries and makes her whole body rigid. She doesn’t spit up often, but when she does it is a lot. I suspected OALD and have been trying reclined nursing and sing one side per feeding with no improvement. I have been off dairy for the past two weeks, but at her 2 month appointment the doctor noticed a rash. She recommended dropping soy and peanuts also, and I have been off those a week. Her ophthalmologist allowed us to stop the dilating drops 4 days ago in case they were the problem – she is still on the anti-inflammatory cream.
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  • @llli*hippieasianmom's Avatar
    April 17th, 2015, 09:52 PM
    I am using a few weeks into pumping and using a Medela pump. I am wondering if it's OK for me to pump fresh milk into a bottle that has milk that has been refrigerated in the last 24 hours? I have researched the internet and have not read a clear and scientific answer as to whether or not this is OK. Or do I need to use a new container each time?
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  • @llli*burffi's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:30 PM
    Can anybody tell me what it looks like when a baby learns to fall asleep without nursing? I always nurse my 8-month old to sleep, and have done it since the beginning, but I wonder whether it's true that they will eventually learn to fall asleep by themselves, without any further training. Can anybody share their experiences with this? What does it look like, what are the signs that a baby is beginning to learn this? And when does this usually happen? I enjoy nursing my baby to sleep, but I also sometimes worry that I'll be doing it forever (as in, not until he goes to college, but until he's 3 years old - which I'm not that keen on!), so would love to know what the future looks like, what signs to look for that indicates that he will eventually learn to fall asleep on his own, and when I can expect this to start happening. Would love to hear different stories from a variety of people!
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