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  • @llli*bfulmer's Avatar
    February 21st, 2017, 11:31 AM
    I'm somewhat freaking out right now... first time Mom with a 5 month old. I'm currently in the reserves and I just got word that our two week training got moved up to mid May. That puts my daughter at 8 months. I had planned to nurse her at least a year (September 2017). Currently she doesn't take a bottle, but hopefully she will take a sippy cup (we're going to try that this week). My main question is, how detrimental (if at all) is it to breastfeeding if you're away from your baby for 2 weeks? Side note: I'll be half way across the country, so no quick evening trips. Will I have to cease breastfeeding after that since it's too large of a gap? I already don't want to leave her for that length of time which is hard enough. But being new to this, even if I were to pump while I'm gone, could that potentially screw her up? Any info is greatly appreciated!
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  • @llli*pixiemama's Avatar
    February 24th, 2017, 09:34 PM
    Cross posted in the Breastfeeding Preemies forum. "Adjusted age" refers to how old he would be if he hadn't been premature, and it is what the docs use to measure his growth and development until age 2. I am exclusively breastfeeding my 26 weeker. He is 11 months now, but 8 months adjusted. We were supplementing until 2 months adjusted, but got the greenlight to exclusively breastfeed at 2 months adjusted. He has always been in the 35th percentile for height (adjusted age), but only the 10th percentile for weight (adjusted age) ever since we stopped supplementing. I'm going by the WHO guidelines, so it takes the breastfeeding babies into account, from what I understand. My very supportive mother keeps reminding me that I was always in the 10th percentile for weight, too, and I wasn't a preemie. My doctor kept wanting to supplement, but I followed my instincts and told her that I was always in the 10th percentile, so I really didn't see reason for concern. Plus, he is in the 35th for height, and growing consistently on both curves, and meeting or exceeding all milestones. We started solids 2 months ago, and it turns out he is going to have to get feeding therapy. His muscle tone is a little low, so they are concerned he isn't using his tongue correctly when eating solids. Right now, he only gets solids twice a day and then he breastfeeds after. I'm starting to get a lot of conflicting info from various healthcare workers as to how much he should eat and how often...
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  • @llli*macymichelle's Avatar
    February 22nd, 2017, 03:27 PM
    My 3 month old has been a good nurser from the start. Typically she has always eaten every 2-2.5 hours. For the last month, she has been wanting to nurse every hour, and never really seems satisfied. I have been pumping in between feedings, taking supplements. I feel like I am trying everything, but she just seems fussy and agitated a lot of the time. I am worried that I am having a hard time keeping up with her. I would just like some advice on how to proceed from here, just power through or supplement?
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  • @llli*juleswc's Avatar
    February 21st, 2017, 08:08 AM
    Hi all. My baby girl turns 6 months this week and for the past week I've noticed her latch feels different. Like she's taking more breast in her mouth and its borderline uncomfortable. Is it common for latches to change as baby gets older? She's EBF and doesn't take a soother or bottle. But she is teething hard.
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  • @llli*babycmom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:29 PM
    My baby is 1 Month old and I have struggled to nurse him on the right side because of an extremely cracked nipple... I use the lansinoh cream all the time with no relief... the crack seems to not be able to heal because it is re-opened ever time I nurse or pump.. any suggestion??
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  • @llli*pixiemama's Avatar
    February 24th, 2017, 09:28 PM
    I am exclusively breastfeeding my 26 weeker. He is 11 months now, but 8 months adjusted. We were supplementing until 2 months adjusted, but got the greenlight to exclusively breastfeed at 2 months adjusted. He has always been in the 35th percentile for height (adjusted age), but only the 10th percentile for weight (adjusted age) ever since we stopped supplementing. I'm going by the WHO guidelines, so it takes the breastfeeding babies into account, from what I understand. My very supportive mother keeps reminding me that I was always in the 10th percentile for weight, too, and I wasn't a preemie. My doctor kept wanting to supplement, but I followed my instincts and told her that I was always in the 10th percentile, so I really didn't see reason for concern. Plus, he is in the 35th for height, and growing consistently on both curves, and meeting or exceeding all milestones. We started solids 2 months ago, and it turns out he is going to have to get feeding therapy. His muscle tone is a little low, so they are concerned he isn't using his tongue correctly when eating solids. Right now, he only gets solids twice a day and then he breastfeeds after. I'm starting to get a lot of conflicting info from various healthcare workers as to how much he should eat and how often and it's making me really anxious! Plus he seems to have dropped on the weight scale a bit (down to 6th percentile for adjusted age, but still at 35th for height) in the last 2 weeks. The nurse that came to...
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  • @llli*jgreiff's Avatar
    Today, 08:55 AM
    Hi, I'm a first time Mom, and have had a rocky start to breastfeeding with my daughter. Her latch was very painful from the start, and by day 4 my nipples were cracked and bleeding. I saw an IBCLC, who noticed that she had a severe tongue and lip tie, and, when we weighed her before and after feeding, actually wasn't transferring any milk. I saw a pediatric dentist, who corrected both ties, at 9 days old. In the meantime, I was exclusively pumping and feeding her with a SNS tube on my finger, which she was able to suck. For the first few days, since she hadn't actually been removing any milk up to that point, I was still only producing colostrum, and not enough. So, for about 3-4 days, we had to supplement with formula, before my supply finally increased (around day 8 or so). I worked with the IBCLC on her latch after the tongue tie revision, and it took her about 3-4 days to really get a good one that didn't hurt, and where she was transferring well. I've since been going to breastfeeding support groups weekly, where I can continue to weigh her before and after feeds to make sure she's taking in enough, and for the last little over a week we've been exclusively breast feeding, no more supplementation. Now, however, we're seeming to have the opposite problem, in that I think I may have a strong let down and she's getting too much at once. Almost every time she latches on my left side, after sucking for a few moments, she pops off and chokes, coughs, and gasps for...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:03 AM
    Welcome to the forum! The first thing I have to say is "Ouch!" A crack bad enough to last a whole month is no joke. Kudos to you for soldiering on despite it! I think you should feel confident that it will eventually heal even if you do nothing. Most cracks are caused by latch issues, and most babies outgrow these issues. Bigger baby = bigger mouth = deeper latch = the end of nipple damage. I had deep cracks for a long time, and just when I had given up hope of them healing, they closed up. Since most cracks are caused by latch issues, the best thing to do is to try to fix the baby's latch. Help from a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC, is a good idea. She can help you with positioning techniques which should minimize trauma and speed healing. Lanolin does help with moist healing, but there is more that you can do. My IBCLC recommended a combination of equal amounts of bacitracin antibiotic ointment (infection fighter) and 1% hydrocortisone cream (reduces inflammation). You use a pea-sized amount, mixed an applied using a clean fingertip. Gel pads are also very soothing and keep the cracks from sticking to your bra or nursing pad or whatever. Finally, it can really help to moisten the scabs before nursing, because when they re-open, it's not quite so painful. You can soak the nipple with a moist washcloth, or you can immerse it in a shot glass full of warm water. (Bend over, immerse the nipple in the shot glass, bring the shot glass back up to...
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  • @llli*tralala.pom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:01 PM
    Sorry for the delayed answer, for some reason I had troubles logging in yesterday. I am also really sorry that you lack support from your husband and his family. However, their critique is unfounded. Even if continuing to breastfeed at this point is not optimal, there is no way that breastfeeding caused tooth decay. I think it may give you a peace of mind if you could identify the roots of the problem: antibiotics during pregnancy or afterwards? genetically weak teeth? too much teething gels during teething? possibility of celiac disease? reflux/gerl beyond 6 months? There must be something... What's the logic behind cow's milk? Fluoride varnish sounds ok. I live in Europe, here also some calcium cremes like Recaldent (not sure whether it sells under the same name where you live) are prescribed. If the reason for decay is still ongoing, it may be wise to put dental sealants on the teeth which are still ok.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    February 25th, 2017, 01:58 PM
    I could not agree more with the PPs! The advice you got does sound completely boilerplate- like they didn't bother to look at your particular baby and just gave out the same stale advice they give to everyone... It's literally insane that you've been told that feeding your baby less often will make him gain more weight. Imagine 2 babies: the first eats 2 oz at a time, and nurses 12 times a day. The second baby eats 4 oz at a time, and nurses 6 times a day. Both babies eat 24 oz over the course of the day. Why should the second baby gain faster? Now, imagine a third baby. This baby prefers to eat 3 oz no matter how often he is fed. Feed him 6 times a day, and he'll have eaten 18 oz by the end of the day. Feed him 10 times a day, and he'll have eaten 30 oz. Why would restricting his feeding frequency make him gain faster? And finally, imagine a baby who feeds like a real baby does, taking in a mix of larger feedings (say 3-4 oz) and smaller ones (1-2 oz). Why would taking away his small "snack" feedings make him gain more weight? Your baby's feeding frequency is totally normal for an 8 month old. It's also totally normal for an 11 month old. Most babies like to nurse frequently until they are into the toddler years and eating lots of solids and getting more interested in alternative ways to pass their time.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    February 25th, 2017, 12:20 PM
    I agree with djs.mom.There are lots of myths out their about infant feeding, in particular when a child is breastfed. What you have been told are things that mothers of full term babies with perfectly normal gain and no diagnosed feeding issues are also (erroneously) told, over and over. In other words I wonder if this is specialized advice at all, as it sounds boilerplate- and incorrect. Huh? I would love to know what research this is based on. Did she provide any? I am pretty sure weight gain depends on total calories in vs. total calories expended. If all it took to lose weight was to eat more often, why do we have an obesity crisis in this country? You are right, nurse is wrong. My children this age (and by this age I mean well into toddlerhood) nursed several times overnight and there was never any concern about their gain. Or their sleep. Because both were normal. I am with your mom and sis. It sounds like your child's appetite is fine. Obviously your child being premature and having low muscle tone, and perhaps needing feeding therapy perhaps complicates the issues, but not so much you should be worrying yourself about advice that flies in the face of common sense. If there is any question about weight gain, obviously doing anything to reduce how often you child eats makes no sense! Premature or not, an 8 month old OR an 11 month old child either has normal appetite signals or they do not. If they do not, (and this would be very unusual but it...
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    February 25th, 2017, 10:33 AM
    I would relax. I had a bigger baby who wasn't a preemie. But he still from the 90th percentile down to the 75percentile at 6months. Specifically BECAUSE he started moving. So he went from gaining 14oz a week. Which he did right up until 4.5 months old when he started to roll, to 3.5oz a week. And then between 6&9months? Almost nothing. By 4.5 months? He weighed 17.5 lbs. By 9months? Only 19.5lbs. By a year? 21. He started walking at 10 months. And he ate thru the night until I nightweaned him at 3. But he FOR SURE woke up that whole 1st year because between 6months and year he was teething almost constantly so he nursed for pain comfort all the time. I wouldn't worry and would NOT stop feeding him on demand. Breastmilk is higher in calories than any solids you are going to feed him. But to that end? I would always make sure the solids you feed him are high in fat. Which is hard because what is there beside advacado for babies that they can eat that high in fat. Well cheese, and yogurt and I would fry his veggies in coconut oil as well.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    February 24th, 2017, 07:51 PM
    In my experience the needle think is painless or nearly so. The bleb is like a callous- the skin is relatively thick and dead and not very tender unless you probe too far with the needle. Keep doing the salt water soaks and try putting a cotton ball soaked in olive oil over the bleb, inside your bra. You probably also want to try picking at the spot with your fingernails (freshly washed, obviously!) or trying to squeeze out anything that might be blocking the white area. But if you find that no milk is coming out of that white spot, I wouldn't be afraid to try the needle. It's really not that bad!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    February 24th, 2017, 07:47 PM
    Fingers crossed that the daycare has an opening! You might also want to look into a temporary nanny... But you probably already thought of that, and it's probably going to be even more expensive than shipping milk home. Anyway, you asked about the downsides of mixed feeding. Formula has the same amount of calories as breastmilk, but it lacks the immunological support factors that breastmilk has. The primarily downside to formula is that your baby is getting less breastmilk. Formula can also cause issues with constipation, so you would want baby's caregivers to be alert to that possibility. If you do decide to use formula, it's very important to mix it according to the directions on the can. That means using water, not breastmilk, to mix with the powder. Once the formula is prepared, you can mix it with breastmilk, but you probably don't want to unless baby refuses to drink straight formula. The storage guidelines for formula and breastmilk are quite different. An unfinished bottle of formula needs to get dumped after 1 hour. Unfinished breastmilk bottles can be returned to the fridge and used at the next feeding. So ideally, you give the baby a bottle of straight breastmilk and then top her off with straight formula. That way, if she doesn't finish a bottle, it's only formula going down the sink.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    February 23rd, 2017, 03:08 PM
    Nursing 12 times a day or even a little more is within the range of normal. I am pretty sure all my kids nursed at least that often at this age, and I had no problems with low milk production. When you say baby sleeps through the night, how long is that usually? Are you pumping at night because you are feeling full, or to have expressed milk for a stash, or because you are concerned about milk production or some other reason? Has baby's gain been normal? Again that would be the most accurate measure to tell if something is wrong or not. Breast compressions may help with this. But it might be baby is getting all she wants from the one letdown. Search Jack Newman Breast Compressions for a good article on how and why to try these.
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  • @llli*macymichelle's Avatar
    February 23rd, 2017, 02:10 PM
    Thanks for responding! She is eating pretty much every hour or hour and a half during the day. She sleeps through the night. I would say she eats about 12 times, plus a "snack" here and there. I usually pump once in the morning, and one long session at night. Some days I pump maybe once more in the morning after I feed her. I usually only get an ounce at a time. She doesn't eat for very long is the only thing I could think of. She nurses until I get a let down then when it slows down she gets agitated and latches and unlatches.
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  • @llli*bfulmer's Avatar
    February 23rd, 2017, 11:40 AM
    I'd like in on this convo since I'm having the same issue! I had a pretty severe plugged duct a few weeks back and was able to massage it out. However, I noticed this white spot on the nipple (been having nipple pain for weeks now). I'm on antibiotics for mastitis (called the nurse last week) and I soak it in saline solution every night for a few minutes. Just this morning I looked up the white spot. It's been there for awhile but I didn't think it was related. Now I'm realizing it's probably a bleb. Wondering what measures I can take to work that out. Should I continue to soak and try the needle thing? God that sounds so awful... Thanks in advance!
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  • @llli*bfulmer's Avatar
    February 23rd, 2017, 11:28 AM
    You are very welcome, thank you :) Yes... that is a lot of milk. I have a bit of storage right now just in case. Even though she hasn't taken a bottle since month 2... There is a SLIGHT chance I may be able to take her with. Finding a caregiver would be pretty difficult. I would have to check the on base daycare although they're typically very full and it takes awhile to get in. Shipping milk would be pretty expensive... What are the downfalls to using a mix of formula and breast milk?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    February 22nd, 2017, 06:34 PM
    Hi and welcome! Is your baby gaining weight normally? Since nursing behavior can normally vary a great deal, the most accurate measure of whether or not baby is getting enough to eat is weight gain. When you say baby is eating every hour, do you mean day and night? Or is there a longer stretch of time that she sleeps here and there? How many times total in 24 hours would you say baby nurses? How many times a day do you pump and about how much do you get each time you pump? What kind of a pump is it? If baby is not able to get enough milk, one reason might be low production, but another is that baby is not nursing efficiently. Have you ever had breastfeeding assessed by a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC)? Thanks
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  • @llli*tasha's Avatar
    February 22nd, 2017, 02:33 PM
    Thanks.* I'll try anything and yes I give ejr vitamin d during the winter.* We just got back from the dentists and we're told that this "spoilt" nursing must stop immediately and that we should be giving her cows milk. Then according the dentist she'll need fluoride varnish and eventually one of her front teeth pulled under a general anastheic.* I'm devestated, it went much worse than I expected.* I thought she may need a cap and to stop night nursing.* On top of this my husband and his family who have never supported me nursing for so long finally have their opportunity to critisize.** I would do anything for my little girl and this is awful.
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