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  • @llli*gulan's Avatar
    January 10th, 2017, 04:04 PM
    Hi, I have a 15 months old boy who won't eat solids. He hasn't been good at it from the beginning but I thought it would get better as he gets older. He loves fruit and eats at least 3 different types of it everyday but when it comes to meat or porridge he won't open his mouth. But sometimes he doesn't mind and eats everything offered but most of the time he eats only bread, pancakes, cookies, muffins, fruit and pasta without anything. I have noticed that when he is teething or when my husband is away for some days he stops eating completely and will only breastfeed. When he has no teething pain and when he is happy he eats better. My problem now is that my pediatrician and family are putting lots of pressure on me and saying that he won't eat because of breastfeeding. They say I have to stop breastfeeding and he won't starve himself and will be forced to eat solids. However I don't feel this is the right way. I thought as he eats solids more he will ask for milk less and eventually he will self wean. Is it possible that he doesn't eat because of breastfeeding. How do I get him eat solids without force weaning? Is there anyone with similar experience? What worked for you? Please help. I am at my wits end. Thank you!
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  • @llli*twinsymum's Avatar
    January 10th, 2017, 11:48 AM
    I was told I had to supplement my twins when I first came home from the hospital because they were small and my milk hadn't come in. Now my milk is in and I still have to supplement them after feedings (almost 4 weeks old) because they aren't drinking enough off me to stay full. I have a toddler and two babies to feed, if I try just letting them nurse im literally always feeding and can't care for my toddler. Because it's been difficult I've pumped at night and bottle fed because the process was taking so long I was only getting 3 hrs of sleep and I think it delayed my milk supply. Now I'm kind of stuck nursing and bottle feeding. Will this get better as they get older or have I created the monster w all the bottle feeding? I pump after each feeding to make sure I empty and usually get at least 2 ounces. Also if I pump exclusively I get an ounce more off one breast so then he feel like whoever got that breast is going to get jipped! I'm struggling here!
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  • @llli*sarahfv's Avatar
    January 11th, 2017, 03:54 PM
    Want to know if this is normal or if it will ever end.. My nine week old is nursing about 20 times a day. At first I thought it was a growth spurt but it has been two weeks! In the evening it is up to every half hour. It's driving me crazy that I get nothing done. Her weight gain has been fine so supply is not the issue. She has always only nursed for about five minutes at a time but seems to be satisfied. I believe I have a pretty fast letdown and an oversupply and she has adapted to it. I go back to work in 2 weeks, and I am mainly worried because she is still fighting bottles. I can go home to feed her on my lunch break, but no more than that. I feel like she is going to be miserable all day if she wants to eat this often.
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  • @llli*maderamoon's Avatar
    January 14th, 2017, 01:35 PM
    Hi there, I have a question about my DD. She is 5.5 weeks old now, and has been exclusively breastfeeding since day 1. Her eating habits aren't as consistent with what LC's usually recommend, and while supply is a big concern of mine, a bigger concern is clogged ducts (im currently getting over a breast abscess). Sometimes she eats every 2.5-3 hours. Sometimes it's every 5-6. Sometimes she drains both breasts. Sometimes she only snacks on one and falls right back to sleep (when this happens I feel so engorged!). Most of the time my breasts still feel full though. Her weight gain is great, and she has plenty of poopy/wet diapers. My question is, can I continue to let her feed like this? Is this what "on demand" feeding is like? Will it effect the general health of my breasts? Should I pump during those times when she goes longer or just snacks, and if so, how long (I also don't want an oversupply, I already have an OALD!) I'm terrified of getting sick again as it has left me exhausted and overwhelmed, not to mention with a disfigured breast. It would seem has breastfeeding would be easier but it requires much more thought then I anticipated
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  • @llli*feetea's Avatar
    January 13th, 2017, 05:20 PM
    My little one is 14 months old and still mostly relying on breastmilk for his nutrition. We have been following the “baby-led weaning” approach to introducing solids and he joins us at every meal, is offered some of everything we eat, and he puts it all in his mouth and chews. However, most of it comes back out of his mouth again. He eagerly swallows all the yoghurt, stewed fruit, soft ripe pear/nectarine flesh and bread he’s given but just tiny bits of everything else. He has about 4-5 breastfeeds during the daytime and 6-8 during the night. Over the past 3 months or so, his bowel movements have become quite infrequent - every 10 days or so, and they cause him a lot of pain and distress, which is horrible to witness. His poo has not changed in colour or consistency - it is still what I consider to be normal, not hard and compacted at all. I spoke to the doctor earlier this week about it and she said it’s about nutrition. I asked if she had much experience of breastfeeding and, not surprisingly, she said she didn’t. She prescribed lactulose for him and has given him an appointment at the baby clinic next Tuesday to talk to me about nutrition. She talked about withholding milk so that he was hungry enough to eat more solids at mealtimes, but my understanding is that while he’s not taking much solids in, he won’t recognise that the food will fill him up, so he will probably just get upset at not getting the milk he wants and might even refuse to eat anything at...
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  • @llli*themechanicswife's Avatar
    January 10th, 2017, 08:42 AM
    I'm a stay at home mom and would like to occasionally pump to build a small stash in case of an emergency and to be able to leave my daughter with daddy or my in-laws for a few hours. I love the convenience of breastfeeding and have no desire to pump every day! I've been told to pump for about 10 minutes every day after her morning feed, but I know that realistically I can't commit to doing that every day. So,any suggestions for how to manage this without negatively affecting my supply would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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  • @llli*trifides's Avatar
    January 11th, 2017, 06:24 AM
    Hi I'm new here. My baby is 12 weeks tomorrow. We didn't get off to a great start as she had a cardiac issue and I had a c-section so my supply was slow to come in and wavered because of stress due to hospital admissions and surgery for her. We are now working really well, she is thriving (and well) and is over the 85% percentile in weight, in fact it's hard keeping up with her she's so hungry and I have always had to top her up in the evening (90mls) when my supply drops or she gets angsty. I rarely get to pump as there is usually nothing left and she feeds every 2.5 hours during the day. My problem is that over the last week she is sleeping longer and has moved from 3.5 hours to 5-6 hours sleep. Her appetite daytime is still the same so I need to keep up my supply but I'm worried that this stretch out in the night will cause it to lower overall (and what about when she moves to 8 hours sleep?!). I had to pump last night (Medela Symphony) after 4 hours as I was bursting. I really want to keep the sleep pattern as it is, she doesn't adjust well to change and is a happier girl with the longer stretch. Can anyone advise me on how to manage this or do I need to start pumping during the night to maintain daytime supply? Thanks for any help.
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  • @llli*mackeroo2013's Avatar
    January 10th, 2017, 02:31 PM
    Hi, I noticed extended breastfeeding is not talked about as much as infant breastfeeding so I'm hoping this forum will help. My daughter is 14 weeks (so I'm thankful we made it a year) and I would like to continue nursing her as long as she lets me. I know extended breastfeeding offers nutritional help and comfort to little one. My concern is my boobs are very soft and floppy they look tiny (like flaps of skin at times) for months now. I tried taking Fenugreek for 3 weeks and I stopped because I noticed zero difference and I was taking so many pills. This is our day. Babe wakes up at 7 am and I nurse her. She nurses well on both sides. I feed her breakfast with water. I nurse her again after her nap at 11:30 then she eats lunch with water. Then I nurse her again after her afternoon nap at 4 pm then I feed her dinner with water. Finally, I nurse her at 7pm right before she goes down for the night. She sleeps all the way through. So, I nurse her 4x in 24 hours. Sometimes they are full feeds other times she is so distracted I barely get her one side finished. She is not on cows milk...only water. I do not respond and have not responded to the pump in months. I can sit there for 10 minutes and only collect drops. My question is do I give her cows milk when she's not always faithful with these four nursing sessions? Should I feed her before her naps instead of after her nap? And, is it normal that my supply seems so low and should I be doing anything differently? I...
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  • @llli*enw.baw's Avatar
    January 10th, 2017, 11:50 AM
    I had trouble breastfeeding from the start. My DD has a very strong suck and our latch probably wasn't the best. I immediately got blisters/ scabs and even lost a piece of tissue on one nipple. Determined to breast feed, I asked my LC for help and she gave me a nipple shield to use while I healed and told me to pump in between feedings to heal. She watched me feed with the shield and said latch looks awesome! At her week appointment she gained weight! She is now a week and a half old and I'm doing this weird dance between nursing and pumping and it's stressful and exhausting. I'm worried using the nipple shield means I need to pump to get excess out. She also only usually wants to nurse on one side so I never know if I should pump the other after so I'm not lopsided. I'm terrified of losing my supply. I've tried weaning her off the shield and sometimes it works but my nipple ends up looking like a lipstick tube and I've heard that's not good. I've got about 8 weeks before I have to go back to work. Just looking for advice on how to fall into a routine. Should I just nurse with the nipple shield and not worry about pumping? Should I pump half the time after feedings? So confused!
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  • @llli*saraah2016's Avatar
    January 10th, 2017, 01:02 PM
    Hi, me and husband went out for his birthday last night and had a couple more drinks than we should have probably, and while my son has breastmilk in the fridge for today I was wondering how long do I have to pump and dump since I don't have any alcohol strips? Would I be safe with 24 hours?
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  • @llli*noelle.black's Avatar
    January 15th, 2017, 08:36 PM
    I have been breastfeeding my 6 month old son since he was born (pumping while at work for him to use at daycare during the day). Last week the stomach bug left me pretty sick. I was too sick to pump for 3 days and only nursed a handful of times during those few days to try and give some precious antibodies to my little boy so he wouldn't get it. I've been pumping a few times a day since then and nurse him every time if I can but I am not pumping much at all now. I'm still on the dehydrated side but getting much better now and taking in as many calories as I can. I'm worried my supply isn't going to come back because of those three days... am I right? Or is there still hope? Anything I can do to help get it back to where it was? If it'll come back in time, that will make me feel better but I'm just worried right now and stressing about it...:(
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  • @llli*mackeroo2013's Avatar
    January 10th, 2017, 09:01 PM
    Has anyone tried fennel for increasing your milk? Babe is over a year and I nurse her 4x a day, but milk supply is dwindling and dwindling and i don't respond to a pump. How would I go about trying fennel? I tried Fenugreek for weeks and haven't noticed a change in supply.
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  • @llli*vpaluch26's Avatar
    January 13th, 2017, 09:30 AM
    I'm just starting to manage a large oversupply/OALD. I thought I had it under control but my 8 week old started to have foamy/frothy green diapers. Yesterday there was a little bit of blood in the diaper. She's had a lot of problems with gas and seems very uncomfortable when she poops. She's already seeing a GI (due to what was thought to be reflux) and they took the poop to test for C Diff, just in case. However, given my oversupply issues, I really think this is a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance issue. She nurses very frequently (12+ times a day) and stays on for 10-15 minutes. I'm doing the full drainage block feeding program to try to get my supply under control. Does anyone have experience with an imbalance? How long did it take to correct?
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  • @llli*juleswc's Avatar
    January 11th, 2017, 10:12 AM
    Hi all. I'm tired. My girl is sweet and healthy and EBF. She'll be 5 months in just over a week. Has always been up every 2-3 hours at least. For the past 3+ weeks she's up at least hourly. Every time she wakes, I nurse and she goes happily back to sleep, just doesn't stay asleep for long. I've read about sleep regression at 4 months. And she's teething hard. I can feel at least one of her bottoms and two tops have white caps. I have given her Tylenol a couple of times before bed but it doesn't seem to help consistently. Our nights are broken up into a few chunks: she starts in her crib, then I bring her in my bed for a few hours, then daddy puts her in her swing and hangs out with her in the early morning. I guess I'm doubting myself because we're all so tired including her. She also doesn't nap long. 25-45 mins usually. Baby goes to sleep so well with a soother but doesn't want it after she's gone to sleep. Ie., she won't take it thru the night if I try or once she wakes from her nap (I can't pop it back in and have her drift off again). However sometimes I can get her out of crib after a short nap, let her latch and she'll snooze on me for an hour. normal nursing habits for a 5 mo old? Should I try another method to get her to sleep when she wakes so frequently overnight? Would the pacifier use be contributing to her waking?
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  • @llli*ellmom's Avatar
    January 13th, 2017, 05:26 PM
    In need of some suggestions. I'm 10 weeks pregnant and need to wean my 11 month old. He doesn't love bottles and doesn't use a pacifier or suck his thumb. I've become his pacifier. He also nurses at night as we bed share. Any thoughts?
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  • @llli*babyfirefly's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:33 PM
    Alright, two birds one stone, I'm trying to night wean my cosleeping ten month old. He barely ever slept alone. Came permanently into our bed at around four months old, for my sanity. I can deal with a couple feedings at night, just as long as he starts sleeping in his own crib and own room. My husband and I need to spread out and we're ready to have our bed back! Lol. I'm not asking for a solution, but maybe just some tips? I have no clue where to start. I don't want to break my babys heart. :(
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:10 PM
    This is early for a child to be ok with sleeping alone in their own room. Not saying it is not possible, just saying, I really do not know any gentle tips (not involving cry it out) to make that happen. So my suggestion would be to get a bigger bed, and/or try having baby sleeping on their own sleep surface IN your room, at least to start. If you want the bed back for something other than sleep, what worked best for my husband and I was to make use of other parts of the house. A good book with several ideas for lengthening a child's sleep whether continuing to bedshare or not is The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley. I like that it is mostly tips and not step by step rules.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:43 PM
    Great news! :cheer
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:34 PM
    :ita The way to get supply back is always the same: remove more milk more often, and your body will make more milk and make it faster. So nurse the baby every single chance you get, and pump as often as you can when you're at work! And if you can pump in addition to nursing when you're home with baby, awesome.
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