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  • @llli*mackeroo2013's Avatar
    August 24th, 2016, 02:08 PM
    Hi my daughter is 8 months old this week and still has not eaten solid food or pureed food. When she turned six months old I started to try pureed food with no luck since then I've been trying almost every day and all she does is spit it back out. I'm not too concerned about that since I know that it can be normal for babies to take longer to get used to new foods. I breastfeed her exclusively and I'm wondering am I enough since she seems to be fussier than normal. I'm nursing her every 2 hours and I pump one time overnight since she sleeps through the night . She doesn't have any teeth yet and I don't see any teeth coming in but my concern is her iron levels I heard that babies need iron after 6 months in age and they need it from food instead of mom. Am I understanding this correctly?
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  • @llli*podutti's Avatar
    August 24th, 2016, 07:27 AM
    So today I think I have finally reached my limit with pumping :cry At this point I am not sure that the benefits of sending breast milk to daycare outweigh the negative impact this is having on me and my family. I am exhausted, exhausted from pumping, washing/cleaning pump parts, worrying about pumping enough milk, missing out on every coffee break and lunch break with my workmates. I have no patience anymore with my kids or DH. I should arrive home from work and spend time with my children, instead I am pumping to cover next days needs, panicking about scaling milk before it is too late, while my kids are begging me to interact with them. I wanted to make it to 12 months and then switch to cows milk but it is just not working. I wouldn't have made it this far without the invaluable advice I got on this forum so a big thank you for that.
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  • @llli*novila's Avatar
    August 27th, 2016, 01:29 AM
    I just started domperidone on the recommended dosage of 3 tabs 3x daily, and woke up in the middle of the night all of a sudden with a huge plug in one breast! Of course it is the breast that produces the most normally, and the milk there just gathered in this plugged area that I am desperately and v painfully trying to pump out now. It's like when I lay down, gravity has forced all the milk in the left breast to stop up at the very top of the breast near the collar bone. So is this because of the domP? I haven't actually noticed any increase in my supply yet, being on it for only a few days. I really don't want to stop taking it yet but wonder if something is wrong, since this specific problem has never happened where the milk gets plugged at the very TOP OF THE BREAST! Are domP users more prone to clogging, even when supply has not changed??
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  • @llli*bakyjjc's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:25 PM
    Hi, My 11wk old baby has just started to nurse only while she's asleep. If she's awake, she will start to suck for a few seconds and the pull off the breast and fuss/cry. She will do this several times before I have to get her to sleep and then I can nurse her. She does fine while she's asleep. I can tell she's hungry because she is sucking her fists like crazy. I think I do have a forceful letdown, but it wasn't a problem for her before, and it's not a problem when she's asleep. Is there a reason for this/ should I be concerned? She also will not take a bottle or pacifier. I have recently gone back to work part time. She will drink some milk out of a sippy cup, but not enough while I'm gone. I'm trying to work her up to drinking more ounces. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!
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  • @llli*jovadee's Avatar
    August 24th, 2016, 07:51 AM
    My 1 month old seems to be struggling passing gas sometimes during the day. His poop and pee output is fine, about 6-8 poops (yellow and loose) and 8-12 pees a day. At times he gets fussy and crys and starts kicking his legs and squirming while pushing and turning red in the face. Rocking him usually calms him but, Any advice on how to help him pass it? Any changes I should make in my diet? Thanks!
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  • @llli*venerye's Avatar
    August 26th, 2016, 01:41 PM
    My baby is 2 weeks old today. He passed his meconium pretty quickly and has been having yellow, seedy stools since day 4/5. He was having 3-4 quarter-size stools a day, then he had one day of a quarter size stool and one enormous blowout, and now it has been nearly 48 hours with no bowel movement at all. Plenty of wet diapers throughout all that time. I took him in for a weight check today to make sure he is gaining. 8/12 birth weight 8lb 2 oz 8/13 discharged 8lb 1 oz 8/15 ped office #1 8lb 0 oz 8/19 ped office #2 (different scale) 8lb 0 oz 8/26 ped office #1 (same scale as 8/15) 8lb 4.5 oz Two peds have seen him and commented that he has slight jaundice but not enough to warrant testing. All of my kids have had jaundice.
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  • @llli*lf64's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:58 AM
    Hi there, I'm having a real nightmare my baby girl is now 16 weeks and three weeks ago suddenly started refusing the breast when alert during the day times. We were previously breastfeeding in various positions, mostly more layed back biological ones as I have a fast let down etc. There was some fussiness in the early days but things had really settled and I thought we both had the hang of it. Now however when I bring her to the breast she screams, turns her face away and arches her back as if to try and get away. It's a real nightmare as she wasn't the biggest weight gainer to start with and nor we can't go or do anything- we are literally bed bound. We thought it might be thrush to begin with as the Dr. Said he could see some white at the back of her throat, however we've treated her for it and that's now gone (I'm dubious it was ever there to begin with really) and she's still refusing to feed. Has anyone had this?? Or have any ideas/advise? We're at our wits end.
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  • @llli*ramatae's Avatar
    August 27th, 2016, 12:12 PM
    Hello, all! I'm hoping someone might be able to provide some suggestions for our situation outlined below. My son is four months (20 weeks) old and has been exclusively breastfed since birth (born 7lbs, 7oz). He had been gaining weight steadily (an ounce per day) for the first 10 weeks, the next 6 weeks his growth slowed (2-3 ounces per week), there was no gain for the three weeks, and now this week he's losing weight (he started daycare and is refusing bottles). He has weighed 14lbs, 9oz for the past 4 weeks. When my son’s growth slowed, I began to wonder about milk transfer. What I’ve found through weight checks with an IBCLC and at home, is that he gets about a half of an ounce of milk each time my milk lets down. My milk tends to let down every five minutes after the initial let down when nursing. Swallowing during the initial let down lasts 30 seconds to a minute. In between let-downs, there is rarely swallowing going on. On the other hand, when I pump while away from baby, once I let down milk will spray for ten minutes and I can get one to three ounces per side in ten minutes, so I know I have enough supply. Consequently to the above, to get him 2 ounces at the breast, he must stay at the breast for at least 30 minutes (15 on each side), that is about how long it takes for me to let down four times. And of course, if he's hungrier than that, or if there are interruptions or he's distracted (often the case), the nursing “session” takes an hour or...
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    August 26th, 2016, 03:15 PM
    I need a bottle that I could use with my son occasionally that is best for switching breast and bottle. Ideally a bottle that he has to work really hard at getting the milk, and it won't flow into his mouth. I've tried several and spent upwards of $100, and all these bottles stink. Any advice is appreciated!
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  • @llli*karliek's Avatar
    August 27th, 2016, 03:29 PM
    Hi! I'm new to these forums - I just gave birth to my son 8/18 and so far besides some sore nipples the first few days, breastfeeding as been going well! The past couple days babe will fuss, I'll go to feed him and he'll instantly calm as my nipple touches his lip. He opens wide and latches for a few seconds then unlatches and keeps playing with his hands, starts to cry ect until I relatch. He'll do this 5 times or so until he's actually latched on good. My guess was maybe he's distracted by his hands and still learning? Either that or I noticed that my milk is coming out at a fast drip, maybe he's gotten a little lazy for lack of a better word and is enjoying a milk covered nipple, and not wanting to actually suck right away??? Any thoughts ladies?? Thank you!
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  • @llli*n.lea's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:01 AM
    My son is 9 weeks and for the last month has been steadily increasing his nighttime sleep lengths. He now sometimes will sleep for an entire 7 hour stretch (though it's usually more like 5 hours). By the time he wakes for his first night feed I am so full it's almost painful. When he does his first feed he eats for 5 to 10 minutes on one side and then falls back asleep. I'm not even sure if he's emptying the breast he feeds on. When he wakes up 2 or 3 hours later for his second night feed I'm torn between giving him the same breast he fed from last feed to make sure it gets "emptied" or giving him the breast he ignored as by this point I'm pretty sure I could knock someone out if I hit them on the head with it. My two worries with this situation are: 1. Will my supply be affected by going so long without "emptying"? He feeds a lot during the day, every 1 to 2 hours on average. He also tends to cluster feed like a madman in the few hours leading up to bedtime, tanking up for the ling sleep I assume. 2. I worry that he's getting too much foremilk in the night feeds, since they are so very full when he first feeds from them. I think this might be the case because, after the first long sleep it tends to go something like this: wake up hungry after 2-3 hours, feed, sleep; and then wake up hungry every 1-2 hours after that to feed, sleep or possibly be kept awake by massive gastric distress culminating in intense wind and/or explosive, sometimes frothy, poops.
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  • @llli*cdfazio's Avatar
    August 27th, 2016, 05:17 PM
    Hi all, new to breastfeeding and to the forum...I met with a LC a week ago because I was having latch problems with my newborn. She basically just gave me a nipple shield and then told me to ween him off it in about a week. I have not had any success getting my newborn (2 weeks old) to latch on without the use of the nipple shield. Although the nipple shield has been great, it did impact my milk supply and I had to increase my pumping to try and bring it back. Additionally, I've had some issue while feeding (both bottle and breast) where he sounds like he's choking on the milk and we have to stop and sit him upright. He even coughs and wheezes, which is really frightening. It interrupts the breastfeeding after we get into the right position and have to move him out of it. It almost sounds like he needs to clear his throat but can't. We purchased new bottles which are supposed to reduce the choking but not with much success. Anyone else have this issue...it's freaking me out. He is also still falling asleep rapidly at the breast and rarely can go more than 10 minutes before falling asleep no matter how we shake his hands, use cold compresses etc.., which means he naps for a bit then wants to eat again and creates a feeding process which takes upwards of an hour. We end up giving him a bottle a few times a day because we can't seem to get him to complete a full feeding even with the nipple shield. Should I be worried about the choking sounds? What can I do to...
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  • @llli*mobaby's Avatar
    August 26th, 2016, 02:49 PM
    This is kind of long and I am sorry!! My DS was born via c section at 36 weeks on aug 3rd. He had some breathing issues which landed him into the NICU for 8 days. Meanwhile he had cpap, oxygen, a feeding tube and IV. Slowly weaned off everything and I was providing expressed milk (pumping 10 x in 24 hours). He finally started taking all by bottle and not spitting up. I expressed a desire to breastfeed several times but the response I got was you can do it 1-2 feeding per day only but he has to get the bottle afterwards so we can know how much he is getting. I was extremely frustrated because once he was discharged we had no breastfeeding established, only bottle. No one even to help me figure things out. I know he can drink from the bottle well and he actually has always latches very well. (which I am sick of the bottle because others think it is a game to see who can feed the fastest and they don't understand the faster he takes the bottle the more of a hinderance it is for me to BF). He is not an efficient eater yet and is still very lazy and it takes a long time to feed. And I am still having to pump after every feeding and supplement with expressed milk. We saw lactation consultant (not sure is IBCLC) a few days after discharge and basically I was told when he was closer to his full term age he would be able to do better and I could go "cold turkey." I wasn't comfortable with that so yesterday I went to IBCLC appt (90 minutes) and he nursed, 15 mins per side, and...
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  • @llli*canadianemily's Avatar
    August 28th, 2016, 09:41 PM
    Hi all, I would really like to have another baby soon, and my cycle returned when my son was 18 months. It seems regular now, and I'm pretty sure I'm ovulating. My problem is I'm almost too afraid to try for fear that I can't work out the logistics of sleep with a new baby and toddler. I have bedshared with my son since he was born. He has only ever fallen asleep nursing at night. He still wakes frequently in the night. On a good night, he'll sleep until somewhere between 3am and 5am, and then wake every hour or so until 7 or 8 when he's up for the day. On a bad day, he can be up every hour or two all night. When he was born, and for the first six months, he woke up every hour all night. It then gradually got better over time until where we are now. Though I hope it will be different, I don't expect that sleep pattern to be different with a new baby. I just can't imagine having two children who are waking constantly and on different schedules. This is the nightmare playing in my head: I move my older one into his own room while I'm pregnant, but continue to night nurse and end up in his room most nights. New baby arrives, and I start bedsharing with that one, but still need to go to my toddler when he wakes up, but I have to take the baby with me because he's crying because I moved and tried to leave. I have no idea what I could do at this point that would result in anyone going back to sleep. I have to assume I'm alone and my husband isn't available. He is...
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  • @llli*nermal85's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:50 AM
    Hi ladies. I have to be away from my baby for a feed in a couple of days time so I have to express. Any of you know how many ounces a 7 week old 8lb baby should need? He feeds about 12 times in 24 hrs. I have tried expressing this morning and can only get 2 ounces outta both breasts. So it's gonna take me a few attempts to fill a bottle! Can I ask you guys another question please? He has the cold at the minute and his eyes are streaming like crazy and he's struggling to get a breath out his nose when he's feeding. Can I use breast milk instead of saline drops up his nose? I'm not sure if it would be best as Im not sure if breast milk is thicker than saline and don't wanna choke him!!
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  • @llli*tararg's Avatar
    August 25th, 2016, 08:49 PM
    Hi there So I've had a rough go of breastfeeding. I was induced followed by an emergency c section. I had no milk but tried. We were able to breastfeed but I've been having to supplement with formula. He was born at 8.1. Dropped to 7.1 after a week of mainly breastfeeding. Now with supplementing he is 7.13. We breast feed on each breast and we finish by offering formula as per our pediatrician a suggestion. Most often he's eating a full 4 oz of formula after breastfeeding. At this point I can't stop Supplanting as he still hasn't gained enough weight. But when he's feeding I don't hEar many swallows. He mainly Just sucks. I'm on motillium to help and when I squeeze to express there seems to be a lot (I've never felt a let down or Anything). I eat super well and drink tons of water. He hates pacifiers ironically considering he Would suck on the breast for hours if I would let him.
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  • @llli*cl-cot's Avatar
    Today, 06:49 AM
    My 3 week old son is kind of a lazy nurser. And not always. Sometimes he nurses just fine. We use a nipple shield sometimes due to latching issues in the beginning, and now mostly if he gets frustrated and I get frustrated and it's just easier. But my problem is that he doesn't seem to want to suck once he's on. Again, he doesn't always do this. But he'll practically attack like he's starving, then sucks once or twice to get a good hold, then stops. Then he gets mad when nothing happens... Because he won't suck. I don't know what to do about it. He has had a bottle... Twice ever. But he was doing this before bed ever had a bottle. Any ideas? we just spent two hours tonight trying to nurse... Now he is done, but I don't feel like he ate much at all. Almost feel like he just got fed up and is done too. i just don't know what to do.
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  • @llli*lraquel's Avatar
    August 28th, 2016, 07:50 AM
    Hi all, I need some advice about my breastfeeding. My baby girl is 9 months old today. She was EBF until 6 months (I pumped when I was at work, and BF directly when I was at home). and then she started solids with a passion! She loves everything. Her favorites are yogurt, avocado and bread. From 6 to 9 mo. I was BF 4x per day (7am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm). The first 6 months she gain weight steadily and was >80% at every visit. Here's my concern/dilemma. For the last few days she's on an nursing strike. She's been teething (top 4 teeth all at once!) and last week she bit me a couple of times and after that I stopped the BF session. But the next feeding she wouldn't want any. And now she cries when I offer my breast! :cry I decided to pump until she wants to get back to BF, but it's been so sad to see my milk output! I pump between 10-15 oz TOTAL everyday! I know her BF sessions have been decreasing on time steadily since around 6 months. She used to nurse for 30 minutes, 15 minutes each side and lately sometimes she takes each side for 5 minutes and she's done. So I'm not surprised my output has decreased. But now I'm worried I have been undernourishing her. I haven't supplemented at all with formula. So, here's my question: If I keep on pumping I think I can increase my supply to what it used to be (I used to pump 4-5 oz per session 3x day some months ago) or
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  • @llli*kelly.tan's Avatar
    Today, 06:17 AM
    Hi, my baby is now 4 wks old and I'll return to work at week 16. I would like to build up a frozen stash before returning to work as I expect to be able to pump only 1 or 2 times while at work (leaving house at abt 8am and returning only at 7pm 5 times a wk). My baby's feeding pattern is quite erratic sometimes feeding every 1 to 1.5 hrs or sometimes every 2.5 hrs. She normally feeds only on 1 breast only but at times need both breasts to be satisfied. How should I pump as I'm worried that she'll scream at the next feeding if I empty both breasts (tried that once and she was furious at not getting milk I didn't feel letdown during that feed). She is usually very impatient and needs to feed once she wakes else she screams the house down. How long should I pumps at each session if her normal feeding is about 10min? Any advice is appreciated.
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  • @llli*carlitomom's Avatar
    Today, 03:59 PM
    Hoping for some guidance for my almost 3 mo old baby boy who is EBF. He currently breastfeeds every hour during the day and then every 2 hours at night. He occasionally has had a week here and there where he has given me a 3-4 hour chunk during the night, but I can't seem to find a pattern on why it happens those rare days and not others. He is very well-nourished, currently about 13.5 lbs. He is also very active, loves to kick and move around, has already rolled over. Was hoping to get him to sleep some more during the night so I can stop being such a zombie during the day. He takes about 3 naps during the day (1.5 hrs after waking for about 30-40 min; 1.5 hrs after that 30-40 min; and 1.5 hrs after that for up to an hour) He also doesn't accept bottles :cry which I'm working on. I let him try on the bottle daily and he plays with the nipple but doesn't seem sure how to suck on it. I just switched to medium flow nipples which helps he get a little milk out but he doesn't actually latch on the bottle..? Just starting to go crazy from lack of sleep and constant feeding...
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  • @llli*bakyjjc's Avatar
    Today, 05:12 PM
    Thank you for sharing! Helps to know I'm not the only one!
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  • @llli*rogi2430's Avatar
    Today, 05:06 PM
    Thanks for the response! I just finished my second week back at work. Supply seems to be decent as I'm pumping enough for what I'm leaving in bottles. I do think I leave a little more then needed and it does get used. But I'd rather have everyone be comfortable. And we nurse on demand when I'm home. It's weird the first week back seemed easier than the second week. I do miss nursing and am not a huge fan of pumping but it all seems to be working out. Glad things worked out for you too! I'm proud of both of us!
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  • @llli*steveion321's Avatar
    Today, 02:54 PM
    I think you did avoid in start to nurse her. but anyhow its not bad I think. she feels comfort at that time.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 02:50 PM
    So baby is exclusively breastfed, basically? Only a couple bottles? IN that case I would agree it is unlikely this has anything to do with bottles. How is baby's weight gain? Poops? How many times in 24 hours does baby nurse (about)? Does baby usually take one side at a time, both, or switch off? Are you usually or mostly able to bring baby to the breast when baby is calm? Or is baby going from 0-60 so fast baby is upset before you can get baby to the breast? This can cause more issues with latch. How are you feeling? Do you ever feel full between feedings, and if you do, how full? Do you feel any 'softer' after baby has nursed? Is nursing comfortable for you? Who gave/sold you the nipple shield? Did they also suggest latch ideas for you? If baby is capable of latching and nursing without a shield, I would suggest try to avoid using it. Once in a while is fine, I am not saying go cold turkey if you are finding it helpful. But shields cause numerous issues and it is best to use them only if truly needed. I am sure we can offer latch and positioning ideas that may help.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 02:01 PM
    Hi, I have experience with a newborn and a nursing/bedsharing toddler. My oldest was a couple months shy of turning 3 when his brother was born. I had tried nightweaning when my older son was 18 months, and it was torture and never really took anyway. So by the time I conceived, we were was back to nursing overnight again. I have very hard pregnancies with high level of exhaustion and nausea/vomiting the whole way though. So I found having a child who I could lay down with and nap with every day and comfort to sleep easily overnight meant more sleep for me and that was awesome. After baby was born, of course baby woke far more frequently than my older son, and at first nursing both at night did not much matter in terms of lack of sleep- newborn period, very little uninterrupted sleep anyway. It took about 6 months for the double duty night waking to get to the point I wanted to do something about it. By then my older son was almost 3 and a half and it was a pretty simple and easy process to move him into his own room and bed, and once that occurred, night weaning happened naturally.
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 01:13 PM
    No I am speaking about after the year point. I think you need to stretch out your freezer stash and supplement as needed for the next 8 weeks.
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  • @llli*canadianemily's Avatar
    Today, 10:57 AM
    After contemplating it for a couple days, I think I've decided to try to night wean, but I hate the thought of that process. I want him to be night weaned, but I don't want to night wean him, haha. Is it possible to night wean him on my own while continuing to bed share? He's completely fine if I limit his nursings during the day, but I've tried some of the same tactics at night, and it just doesn't work, because he can't sleep. I'll start reading the weaning section of The Womanly Art and see if I find anything there. But I don't see how this will happen without lots of crying. Maybe it's better to get pregnant first and hope the lack of milk is an incentive? But I really think he nurses mostly for comfort.
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  • @llli*bakyjjc's Avatar
    Today, 08:14 AM
    Thank you, I will take a look at the article. I really appreciate your feedback!
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