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  • @llli*henrysmom292015's Avatar
    September 2nd, 2015, 09:44 AM
    My lactation consultant has no more advice for me, and I'm at a loss! I think I have a blocked duct in my right breast. It was very full and hard starting last Tuesday. I did everything my LV suggested- hand expression, hot compresses, lots of nursing, pointing baby's chin towards the block (and in every possible direction), hot bath and hand express, manual pump, hospital grade pump, my own ameda and spectra pumps, ibprofen then nurse/pump/hand express (with heat in some form), intense massage, not wearing a bra, etc. I just ordered lecithin and will start taking when it comes tomorrow, but I though I know this will just prevent future blockages. All of my efforts significantly reduced the amount of milk in my breast. I think there is still a block. My breast is very soft except for a section of breast under my nipple on going up at 12 o'clock- which is firmer but not hatd by any means. I have always produced a lot in my right breast- 2 to 3x that of my left. I went from 4-6 ounces per pump in my right breast to 1.5-2 ounces. My nipple hurts a LOT when nursing. I have large size G breasts. I don't know what to do! I had a low fever (100.8) yesterday, but my LC attributed that to my cold (caught from my 4 month old). I'm currently working and pumping 3x per day at work. My LO nurses in the morning and at least 2x after work. Since the block, he's been waking up at night to nurse (he previously slept through the night). Not sure if this is bc of the block (he's...
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  • @llli*goli79's Avatar
    September 1st, 2015, 05:56 PM
    I've finally gotten to a point where breastfeeding doesn't hurt and my daughter latches easily, but my doctor has recommended I stop breastfeeding and switch to formula. My daughter had (not visible) blood in her stool - one week there, then negative two tests in a row, then positive again. Her stool is also very watery, has mucus and alternates between yellow and greenish yellow, but never any seeds. I have been off dairy and soy for 6 weeks. The doctor said there is no substance to her stool and that this means she isn't absorbing nutrients - milk in, milk out. My daughter's weight gain had been acceptable. Most recently she has alternated between screaming at my breast and bottle of breastmilk and taking it fine with no problem (I may be trying to feed when she isn't hungry), and we recently picked up Zantac in case it is reflux. She goes crazy until she poops (explosive) and then calms down...but often won't eat again after she passes stool. Eating triggers what seems to be a painful bowel movement that prevents her from eating comfortably. This is new in that she would eat through the discomfort before. Anyway, I'm a little upset/disturbed that my daughter may not be getting nutrients she needs despite gaining weight and I'm also surprised and upset that the best is thing per the doctor is to stop breastfeeding. I know I have an oversupply that I've been trying to manage, and while it isn't under control, it's better than it was before. Anyway, I'm at my wit's...
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  • @llli*ellieselephants's Avatar
    August 30th, 2015, 09:08 PM
    Our baby girl has been doing pretty well with breastfeeding so far. She was born late thursday night. Friday morning she had a big poop and Friday evening she had her first big wet pee. Yesterday, she had 2 pee diapers and 1 or 2 poops. Today she has had at least 4 poopie diapers but I don't know if she's peed at all! I don't know if we maybe missed it with all the poop. But I am starting to worry. Other than that she is eating well. She has a good latch and I feed her about 40-50 mins every 3 hours. She's not fussy & seems very calm. When she's alert she seems great too. Thoughts?
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  • @llli*evergreen474's Avatar
    August 29th, 2015, 02:49 PM
    My son is 5 weeks old today and is exclusively BF. He's gaining weight like crazy and everything seems to be fine. Some nursing sessions are fine and he is calm and gets all sleepy at the end. But other times he is fussy (possibly gassy) and pulls on my nipple, claws at me and at his face, and pushes against me with his top arm. As I write this, it sounds like his body language is saying that he's not hungry and has some other need. But when he gets close to my breast he roots around and latches on voraciously. Am I missing something? Is he really hungry or just in need of something to suck? Our pediatrician has said we can use pacifiers so sometimes I just give him the paci to suck on while he works through whatever it is. Between that and some recent cluster feeding from a growth spurt, my breasts and nipples are crazy painful right now! Anyone have any suggestions on how to deal with this?
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  • @llli*tima23's Avatar
    August 31st, 2015, 08:20 AM
    Hi ladies. I'm new to this site and FTM. I don't have any family or friends close to me to ask questions to. Hoping this site will help! I come in here all the time and just now decided to join. My DS just turned 1! I breastfeed because it's what's natural to me. I'm originally from morocco and I've been around that all my childhood. So now I'm still breastfeeding. My LO took to it from day 1 ( I breastfed him right after he was born.) anyways. We just went to his one year check and the doctor said that I shouldn't be night feeding him. ( we bed share and he wakes several times at night to eat but mostly for comfort) she made me feel so bad like I was raising an obese child or his teeth are going to fall off. ( she said it's horrible for his teeth) just so you guys know, he eats solids as well during the day ( not a lot but we try 3 meals plus snacks. And I breastfeed) i also nurse him to sleep. It's the only way that works for us. I tried to not feed him back to sleep like she said but that was horrible and he ended up waking up for a few hours! Never doing that again! I love feeding my child when he needs it. Especially for comfort. She also said that my child isn't getting any nutrition from my milk now that he is one. I'm scared because he loves to breastfeed more than regular milk. Am I hurting my child? Also he isn't over the weight limit( 28 pounds). He is tall at 31 inches. So still 79 percentile for weight) Thanks everyone! Sorry this is so lame by!
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  • @llli*yorkshiregirl76's Avatar
    August 31st, 2015, 09:29 AM
    Hi, I'm a little confused & hope someone can help. My baby is 11wks old tomorrow & sleeps through the night from 9.30 till between 5.30 & 7ish. Our day starts with a REALLY good feed & it seems like I have plenty of milk for her, she will then continue to feed roughly EVERY HOUR until about 11 (cluster feeding I suppose but the feeds take ages so don't get much of a break in between). She will then have a nap for maybe an hour & a half to two hours & then repeat the same feeding as the morning. As she is feeding so often & I have to pump after feeds, it's like when she does feed, there just isn't enough milk re made to fill her so she is always hungry not long after feeding & cries for more. She has a last feed about 8.30 to 9.30 & then settles for bed. I then pump 4 hours after her last feed to keep my supply & as she hasn't fed for so long I will double pump for 20mins instead of the usual 10. I then finally get to bed at about 1am to then start it all again. When I pump at midnight (4 hours after her last feed), I can now pump 4oz between both boobs (usually 2oz each side). This has improved from the 2oz using a single pump. What I want to know is, if I can pump 4oz at midnight then I presume she is getting that, or more, when she wakes up, but how long does it take to then make the 4oz again?
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  • @llli*andie613's Avatar
    September 1st, 2015, 12:38 PM
    Today I was using my pump and the motor noise sounded like it slowed for a few seconds, then resumed normal "rotation" (the cycling noise the pump makes as it sucks in and out). It did this several times throughout the pumping session. The suction seemed ok, and I pumped the normal amount as I would during this session. It just sounded weird, like the motor was slowing down or going out. I have a Medela double electric pump (like the PIS only the cheaper version they give to health insurance companies and WIC, which is where I got mine). I used this pump part time with my first baby, but now have been using it to pump 4x/day for the past 2 weeks for baby #2. I just wanted to know if anyone has experienced this problem. My thoughts are that it could be a few things: 1. the electric current from the outlet is fluctuating and pump received less power for a few seconds, 2. the AC adapter is going bad; it does make a rattling noise like something is loose, but it's been doing this for awhile, or 3. the pump itself is going out. I suspect it is 2, the AC adapter is going bad, but this is only a guess. Does this part go bad sometimes? If the whole pump was going out what would happen? My insurance company won't cover the cost of a breast pump (is grandfathered in and thus does not have to comply with the new ACA regulation). I also don't want to buy a new pump if it is just the AC adapter. But on the other hand I can't have it just quit on me because I need it...
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  • @llli*tomom's Avatar
    September 3rd, 2015, 11:26 AM
    I'm currently exclusively breastfeeding my second little one. She is now 2.5 weeks old. She easily falls asleep at the breast no matter what I try. So sometimes she only eats from one breast (this is more common than her eating from both). However, when she does fall asleep she seems to still be actively sucking. She also seems to favor the left over the right. The right seems to have powerful let down because LO will unlatch and milk will go everywhere! I sometimes pump once a day after she has only taken one side for comfort and to keep up supply? Not sure if this is necessary or not. I also try reclining especially when she's on the right. Sometimes she pops off quite quickly (after only a minute or two). Seems content but then starts rooting if she gets moved. Can any of you provide some insight? Thanks!
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  • @llli*zinzielizabeth's Avatar
    September 1st, 2015, 10:42 AM
    LO just turned 3mo last week, so behavior could be growth spurt related? Anyway, he'll latch, maybe take a gulp, maybe not, come off the breast, look around and then dive back at me. Over. And over. And over again. What do I do? He doesn't take a bottle, so there's no drama there. Could it be supply? He's not crying, so if he's underfed, he's not complaining about it! Help—so annoying!
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  • @llli*mama7008's Avatar
    September 1st, 2015, 08:54 AM
    My LO will be 11 months next week. :o Currently she eats breakfast and dinner with a snack or two in between. I'm not sure how much she eats - we're doing baby-led solids so I let her eat until she indicates she's done (usually by trying to toss everything on the floor lol). I nurse her before offering solids, and other than that, she nurses probably 4 other times during the day and anywhere from 3-6 times at night (mostly for comfort/to get back to sleep...). I actually have a couple questions: 1) How often should I offer her solids? She's pretty enthusiastic and wants to eat every time she sees food anywhere 2) After a year, how does offering solids change - our goal is to make it two years, though right now we're having so many challenges I'm just concentrating on making it to one year. Ideally, I'd like her to transition to just nursing before naps/bedtime and maybe once or twice during the night after she's a year old, though I don't really want to risk her weaning completely. She's very attached to the boob, and we're having difficulty with a very strong nursing sleep association, so I don't think that would happen.
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  • @llli*mamacitablanquita's Avatar
    August 31st, 2015, 02:50 PM
    Hi - so I did see a few threads with similar concerns. I would appreciate any and all advise as I am losing my mind!! I just had my third son one month ago - I have 2 sons, 2 and 8, who I breastfed for 2 years each. I remember having soreness, cracked nipples, etc...but dont remember if it lasted this long? I have really large breasts, and so I always have had to use the sandwich method to get them to encompass the areola. This baby was taken to the NICU on his 2nd day of life for very high bilirubin counts, which meant many bottle feedings (of my pumped milk) as they didnt want him taken out of the lights for breastfeeding. When we came home, I noticed he was a bit lazy so I combined pumping with breastfeeding to make sure he was eating enough. It has been SO painful to breastfeed, that some days I exclusively pump till I feel so guilty I breastfeed a bit, but literally after the first feed Im back to where I was a day ago! I treated him and myself for possible thrush - wasnt it, barely had any white on tongue but did that just in case. I took him to the ENT - he is perfectly fine, no tongue or lip tie. I went to a lactation consultant and she said he has an overbite and high palette which sometimes is corrected at 4-6 weeks of age, and that Sacro-cranial massage from a Chiropractor (or lots of tummy time to loosen chest muscles/ loosen jaw) help. After reading several posts here - it makes a lot of sense that small mouths = poor latch and that as baby grows,...
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  • @llli*diripouf's Avatar
    September 2nd, 2015, 06:09 PM
    Hello everyone My LO is 4.5 weeks now and has been getting formula top-ups since 1.5 weeks ago, as she was not putting on enough weight. She lost 8% of birth weight in the first 4 days and then put on only 20 grams in the following week, and 50 grams the week after. She was not back at her birth weight at 3 weeks so the midwives insisted that I start giving her formula top-ups, and start medication as my supply was low… so I complied. My breasts also never felt that engorged, so it made sense. So I have been pumping my breasts at the end of each feed, giving her around 4 x 60mL of formula top ups each day, and she has put on 290 grams last week (yay!). She feels stronger and more alert. The issue is that I have not been told HOW I am supposed to wean her off these top ups… I can feel that she is getting used to them, and I do not want to continue them endlessly!! Pumping and topping up is a pain, and I would really like to go back to exclusive breastfeeding…
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  • @llli*anyi.cas's Avatar
    September 2nd, 2015, 10:43 PM
    Yes, I am desperate and may even be a bit depressed. This is my story…I am currently 8 weeks post-partum. It was my goal to exclusively breastfeed my baby but it never happened. While at the hospital, I did put the baby at the breast several times and even used the hospital pump. I was only getting a few drops of milk. On the 2nd day of being at the hospital, I ended up giving the baby formula. Once at home, I continued in my attempt to breastfeed but with no luck. A few more drops of milk was coming in, but not enough. The baby did latch, but even after putting him 7 minutes at each breast, he was not satisfied. He cried, slept and woke up hungry again. Although he continues on formula, I occasionally put him on the breast for his comfort, to help get rid of his hic-ups, and because I just refuse to completely give up. After educating myself a bit more, I made a plan to make the breastfeeding happen. I rented a hospital grade pump. I have been pumping at least 4 times a day for almost 3 weeks now, I am drinking lots of water, eating oatmeal, drinking lactation smoothies. But, despite all of these changes, nothing seems to work. I may get a few drops from the left breast and between ½ to 1 ounce from the right breast. I know that I should be pumping at least 8 times in a day, but since I really don’t see any improvement, I wonder if the extra pumping sessions are worthwhile! I started taking fenugreek yesterday, but I just “feel” that it will not work. Since a milk...
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  • @llli*bugsmomma1013's Avatar
    September 2nd, 2015, 06:45 PM
    My daughter is 17 months. She has to be nursing all the time. Shes always been like this so its not teething or something like that. Im getting really sick of it. I want to be done. She eats in the morning and then when we get out of bed she does it again. And throughout the day. Anytime she falls asleep in the car as soon as we get home she nurses. She does it to fall asleep, half way through nap time, after nap time, before bed. Its driving me insane! And the worst part is at night. She eats every1-2 hours until 3 or 4am. At that point she has to be latched on ALL NIGHT. Most of the time shes not even sucking shes just latched on. And the way she is sucking I hate. The way it feels is like a really annoying tickle feeling and I cant stand it. If I dont let her at any point day or night she will scream bloody murder for hours. At the very least I need the night feedings to end. I cant do it anymore. All I want to do is cry. Ive tried night weaning several times but she just screams for hours. My husband works night so I dont have any help. I dont know what to do anymore.
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  • @llli*candt.s.mommy's Avatar
    August 30th, 2015, 12:02 PM
    Hello. My son is 16 months and nurses when he wakes up in the morning, before nap time and before bed. I just found out I'm pregnant and have some questions. I plan to try to have my son weened around age 2 (just a loose plan, I'll kind of see how he does). He will turn 2 right before this baby is due, so really I'm sure I'll still be nursing at least a little when this baby is due. My question is, if I'm still nursing, will colostrum come again after I deliver, or since I'm still nursing will it continue to be my normal milk? I'm going to start doing research, but don't know how to search that question because it's so long
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  • @llli*qd's Avatar
    August 31st, 2015, 02:39 PM
    My son is eight weeks tomorrow. We had some struggles but worked through them. One of the problems was his latch as he was biting and not able to nurse well and causing me lots of pain. An ibclc said he was tongue tied so we went to a ped dentist and she agreed and clipped his tongue. Things got better but as soon as my milk came in he started to lose suction and click. Like with my first son i have oald and thus os. The clicking is getting worse and worse. Ive tried letting the start of my let down into a towel but that doesn't help. Every single let down he clicks and now hes starting to even click when there is no letdown. Ok so no big deal except this causes him to have a lot of gas. Most of the time i cant get him to burp so when i go to lay him down to sleep he either barfs or sleeps very restless. Ive tried all nursing positions and relatching him but it doesnt help. Is there anything else i should look at or do to try to fix this or is this something he might grow out of? Thanks for any help.
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  • @llli*thawingsnow's Avatar
    August 29th, 2015, 10:38 AM
    My 16 month old seems to be a grazer when it comes to eating solids, not all of the time, but most of the time--small quantities when eating, which also seems like it might be very normal, since her little stomach can only hold so much. How often are your kids eating solids every day? How much per sitting? I'm thinking of setting out a snack tray, but how would this work? Have any of you tried a snack tray? I don't want my child running around with the food from the snack tray as this is a choking hazard, so how would the food be presented? Overall, I'm trying to make the eating situation a little less stressful and more easygoing for both of us. Do you sit your child down for every meal, even the little ones, or let them snack on the go? Thank you so much!
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  • @llli*lan3's Avatar
    September 2nd, 2015, 06:29 PM
    Hello! I posted once before in the early stages of breastfeeding my son. I am in need of some advice. I switched my work schedule in February to spend more time at home with him. I now work W/TH/F 12pm-midnight. I get home and typically fall asleep around 1am. My son as of a month ago was still waking twice a night typically around 2 and then 4 I would nurse him for just a few minutes, lay him back down in his crib, easy. He would then be up for the day around 7/7:30 but this is very exhausting for a mom who just worked 12 hours in an ER. Recently (the past month) he has only been waking once at night around 3/4am. I know this is normal, nursing him is comforting, etc but it is just getting to me. I am very over the night wakings especially on the nights I work. He still nurses in the morning/wake-up before both his naps and the occassional pre-dinner snack. What is the most gentle way to encourage the end of overnight feedings? I would also like to fully wean him over the next 6 months or so, any advice? Thanks in advance!
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  • @llli*pandamama's Avatar
    September 2nd, 2015, 10:58 AM
    Hi! I'm a FTM to a 3-month-old girl who was born at 34 weeks. Her adjusted age is 9 weeks. I went back to work 2 weeks ago and starting this week she is in full-time child care, staying with a babysitter in her home. She is ebf and has 4 poopy diapers and 8-10 wet diapers a day. She has been gaining weight well since birth but our doctor appointments are far apart now and she hasn't been weighed since mid-August. My concern is that she is really starting to space out her feedings ever since I went back to work. She eats only every 3-4 hours during the day, when she will take 2-3 ounces of breast milk via a bottle. Sometimes she will be fussy and cluster for a couple of hours in the evening when we first get home, but then she'll only wake up once during the night (usually will sleep from 10 p.m.-2 a.m., nurse one side, then continue sleeping until I have to get up at 5:45). This ends up being 3-4 bottles and 5 nursing sessions (if you count the occasional cluster as one long feed). Does that sound right? She ate every 90 minutes for the first 3 months, and she is still so small--9 pounds; still wearing Newborn clothes. I know some people will tell me I should be happy she's sleeping so much at night but since she was born at >3 pounds I am conditioned to be anxious about her growth! Our next doctor appointment isn't for 2+ weeks and I am looking for ways to feel okay about this new "schedule." It seems too soon! Anyone else have a preemie that spaced out this...
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  • @llli*ml102612's Avatar
    September 3rd, 2015, 06:22 AM
    My son will be a year old at the end of the month and I am so over pumping at work. Plus, the empty office I use to pump will be filled sometime in the next week or two and I will have to pump in another room 6 floors down which will be a big hassle. I'm ready to ditch the pump. Do you think it's ok, at this point, to rely on nursing my son three times a day during the work week and not leaving pumped bottles of milk during the day? I usually nurse in the morning, when I get home from work, and before bed. He sleeps through the night and has for a long time. He eats solids extremely well - he loves to eat, and I feel like he does a great job filling a lot of his nutritional needs with solids. We would nurse more on the weekends obviously when we are together all day. I've read on Dr. Jack Newman's site that by this point, a baby who is eating well and nurses 3-4 times in a day should be sufficient nutritionally. I just wondered if this was ok, and if I could just ask daycare to give him water with meals and stop the bottles? We are apart for 8 hours a day, and he is currently getting a morning and afternoon bottle of around 4 oz. each. My mom has been watching him for the last week and said it seems like he could probably take or leave the bottle - he doesn't fuss for it, or when it's over. What is the LLLI consensus on this? He's so close to a year and eating so well that I think if we just nurse when we are together he would be fine, but I obviously don't want...
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  • @llli*fruitysher's Avatar
    August 29th, 2015, 01:11 AM
    I developed HELLP syndrome and my baby was delivered via emergency c section at 32 weeks. I think the lactation consultant visited me within 12 hours of the surgery to get me started pumping with a Medela Symphony. I happened to leak a significant amount of colostrum the day before she was born and was able to pump 18ml on my first try. The amount decreased for a few days to nothing at all and then my milk came in. I seemed to be pumping a decent amount from the get go but between too many visitors always in my room and trips back and forth to the NICU for weeks, I was never very consistent about pumping every 3 hours as I was instructed. I often went 5-7 hours without pumping and always figured I was doing okay because I was way ahead of the amount she was taking I at the time and the nurses were all so enthusiastic about the full bottles I'd bring in (I could yield about 4oz total after a stretch of 7 hours without pumping for a couple of weeks before my supply dwindled). Sometimes I'd pump more often than others. I still wasn't that consistent when my supply dropped off because I was an idiot and didn't know about needing to establish a full supply before the hormones shifted. Now the baby is home- she's almost 12 weeks actual, 3 weeks adjusted. From the get go in the NICU, she breastfed remarkably well and we supplemented per the NICU instructions upon arriving at home until the pediatrician said we could EBF. After 2 weeks of exclusive BF, the pediatrician thought we...
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  • @llli*rtmalin's Avatar
    August 31st, 2015, 06:23 PM
    My baby is 6 weeks old and I have been struggling with low milk supply since birth. I have been trying to get my baby to suck through to a second let down (which seems like it takes forever and he usually ends up falling asleep) in hopes that it will help stimulate more milk production. But would it be better to take a break and just feed him more often?
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  • @llli*kirstie.barr's Avatar
    August 31st, 2015, 11:19 AM
    My newborn daughter is 4 days old. On her 2nd day she had 5 poopy meconium diapers but since then has only had one poopy diaper (still meconium). She has plenty of wet diapers. She's also spitting up yellow sticky thick fluid.. She did swallow some mucus when she was born. She nurses constantly but I'm worried about her not having enough poopy diapers and spitting up within an hour of feeding.
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  • @llli*virag1127's Avatar
    August 31st, 2015, 04:20 PM
    Hello all! I would like to nightwean my 19 month old and move her to her own bed and room ASAP. Right now I share a bed with her while my husband sleeps in another room so he gets rest before work (LO very much disrupts both our sleep with movement, nursing, and waking in the middle of the night). However, we are also moving to a new house within the next month. Soooo... I have no idea what order to do this all in. I plan to BF until she's two but hubby and I both desperately need our sleep back (and would like to share a room again!). But there's a lot of transition right now. Any advice on how to proceed? She's very attached to the boob and needs it to fall asleep for her nap and at bedtime, though has fallen asleep in the car and with hubby on her own before. TIA!
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  • @llli*lnjscott's Avatar
    August 31st, 2015, 06:58 PM
    Hi, I'm a new mom with a one week old newborn. He latched at the hospital but was not having enough wet diapers for the nurses. I was beginning to get engorged upon discharge, so I got a manual pump. I have been pumping since day 3 and bottle feeding the breast milk; however, I would like for my son to re-latch at the breast. Pumping around the clock is extremely time consuming and I was only using pumping for back to work and outings. My supply is awesome (3-5 ounces per breast per pumping session). Can anyone offer any advice or is it too late for him to latch? Has nipple confusion already set in? Also, he gets a pacifier we needed. Help!!
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