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  • @llli*perannie's Avatar
    July 5th, 2015, 12:35 PM
    Here goes, my DD2 is 9 weeks tomorrow and EBF! It seems as if she wants to be attached all the time! It seems like if she is awake she wants to nurse! I have read on here that you can't over feed, but I feel like she is over eating cuz she spits up pretty often!! This is my 3rd child and longest breastfeeding experience!! I am trying to make 3 months then gonna push to 6 months hopefully!! I just don't know what to do!! I was thinking low supply, I've been eating lactation cookies. I do know I have OALD cuz she chokes while nursing!! Any advice is greatly appreciated!! I forgot to mention the nursing frequency is generally every 2 hours, sometimes 1 1/2 hours and very seldom can I make it 3 hours! I do get a 6 hour span pretty much every night but she don't always sleep that span!!
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  • @llli*sunsetbean's Avatar
    July 3rd, 2015, 05:04 PM
    I came down with mastitis due to fissures (I can't see them but can feel them). I've decided to EP until the fissures are healed. Baby has had frenotomy and is in myofacial therapy, but we have a ways to go before latch and clicking are resolved. My plan for healing the fissures includes: 1. EPing 2. After pumping, doing a saline soak, then putting bmilk on the nipples, then Lansinoh. I am currently on an oral antibiotic. Is there anything else I should be doing, or doing differently? I have mupirocin but wasn't sure if I should be using that while on oral antibiotic.
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  • @llli*rw0804's Avatar
    July 4th, 2015, 12:54 PM
    My almost 12 week old (12 weeks in three days so I figured this was the most appropriate forum, apologies if not!) has been averaging 3-5 mins total per feeding (sometimes one side/refuses the second side, sometimes gets annoyed at first side and does 2 minutes each side). She's certainly gaining developmentally (getting distracted while nursing by exciting things like a beige wall, ha) which I read causes distracted nursing. Her wet diapers seem okay (5-7/day) and she is pooping every three days or so (poo tends to be thick), she's about 13lbs 5 oz (born at 9lbs 1oz), sleeping from 6-8 hours at night in one stretch, wakes to nurse for about 6 mins, then sleeps another 2.5 hours or so. For the most part she's a good latcher (I've never had a sore nipple and after her tongue tie was fixed at 4 weeks our lactation consultant said all looks great). The problem: I've developed terrible "mommy thumb" which makes holding her to help her latch difficult but not impossible. Coinciding with her short feeds I've noticed what seems to be a drop in supply (which was much more abundant a week ago) even though I'm feeding on demand (she often nurses every 1.5-2 hours during the day) and there are times she clearly seems frustrated on the boob. I understand by this point my supply may have regulated (not feeling engorged in the mornings, etc.) but I'm really worried about these short feedings (and how that will impact her being bottle fed at daycare) and producing enough as I stare...
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  • @llli*158breastfeed's Avatar
    June 30th, 2015, 10:06 AM
    Is it ok to use baby wipes instead of the medela quick clean wipes to clean my breast pump parts between pumping sessions at work? The Medela wipes just seem so much more expensive. Also, could I use the same wipes to clean the inside of the bottles I will use to pump into? I work 12 hour shifts and will have to pump several times a day and plan to pump into bottles but then pour my milk into bags for easier storage. I would prefer to use wipes to clean my parts because washing with soap and water at work is time consuming and plus I wouldn't want to store my parts in my bag while they are still wet with water from washing. Any recommendations? Thanks
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  • @llli*mysticpizza's Avatar
    July 1st, 2015, 03:41 PM
    LO was born was low blood sugar, and they immediately took him to the NICU. They allowed me to BF, but also made us supplement with formula to make sure his blood sugar would go up. They also gave him a pacifier. He was there for 3 days. This might not be important to my issue, but I thought it was worth including just in case. He had a painful shallow latch ("lipstick nipples") the entire time I was in the hospital, but being a first time mom, I didn't really know what I was feeling wasn't normal. LO continues to have a shallow latch and creates sore nipples as he flicks his tongue against them. Since bringing him home, I've gone to two BF support groups sponsored by the hospital. The first time I went to the BF support group, the two LC's basically just told me that I needed to "ride it out," that the latch looked great and it would feel better eventually (ugh!). I couldn't accept this answer and did my own research, landing on tongue tie. I asked the pediatrician at the next appointment, who confirmed my suspicions, and referred me to an ENT doctor to preform the frenulotomy for tongue tie. So, with that back story, my question is... how long after a frenulotomy can I expect LO's latch to improve? It's been a week, and it's still as painful as it was before the procedure. I did some more research today and discovered more mouth/tongue exercises to do with him, which we've done twice today. I feel like I'm at my breaking point though - I don't know how...
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  • @llli*jmr0808's Avatar
    June 30th, 2015, 01:18 PM
    Hi all - Posting here as kind of a last ditch effort. Going back to work in a few weeks and need help with pumping. Also posting in regular forum because my son isn't gaining weight that well, but that's a separate issue! Anyway - quick summary: my son is 8w5d, and I'll be going back at end of 12 weeks. I have a Hygeia Enjoye pump. I have large breasts & small nipples, plus a lot of breast tissue on bottom which is causing enormous problems with pumping, I also think (my diagnosis) that my nipples are "short", they don't come out that far into the shields when pumping. My breasts are 36 F or FF when full, but I fit a 21mm shield on left and even smaller on right - maybe 19mm (haven't tried that size). Things I have tried: -Medela 24mm and 21mm -Ameda areola stimulators -pumpin pals several sizes -24 mm hygeia flanges
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  • @llli*mylittlenora's Avatar
    July 3rd, 2015, 07:15 PM
    I have a 12 week old who recently doesn't appear to be satisfied after eating from one breast so I started offering her the other. Since I've started doing this, her poops have changed from yellow to green and watery and she seems extra fussy. After spending hours researching what could be causing this, the only thing I can come up with is that she is receiving too much foremilk as once I put her on the other side, she only wants to eat for 5 minutes or so so I don't believe she is getting enough hindmilk. What should I do? I don't want her to be hungry, but I also don't want her to have belly aches and lots of green watery poops. Please help!
    6 replies | 187 view(s)
  • @llli*lexwex's Avatar
    July 2nd, 2015, 05:57 PM
    Hi there, looking for help and advice! I am a FTM with a 9 day old. For the last few days I thought I was getting the hang of this, but today baby wants to feed constantly and has had very little sleep very cranky seems to be only happy when on the breast. I was afraid that I wasn't producing enough milk but she has had 3 dirty and 7 wet diapers. I have an app to time feedings 17 so far with 5 hours and 20 minutes and she is still going....is this normal?? Going a little insane here needing sleep!
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  • @llli*perannie's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:38 AM
    I have read instances where babies are breastfed and also supplemented with breastmilk to promote weight gain, how does that work!! If mom nurses then gives breastmilk that she has pumped previously, what is the difference???
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  • @llli*abysmom's Avatar
    July 3rd, 2015, 02:20 PM
    I have PCOS and have been on Beyaz before I got pregnant with DS. He is now 21 months old and nursing like a champ. He is nursing every 2 hours day and night and I see no signs of him weaning anytime soon. As I have not been on any medication for more than 2 years I have put on a lot of weight and the acne and facial hair is worse too. I know it sounds shallow but I'm really tired of looking like this and have been thinking about weaning DS so I could start taking the medication but do I have to? My gyn does not want me taking any pills while I'm nursing but sometimes doctors are over cautious so I want to know what will happen if I take Beyaz(which is the only pill that has worked for me) while I am still nursing him. The drop in supply might be a good thing as I have been trying to cut down on few feeds. Are there any other side effects? In case the drop in the milk supply really bothers DS, I thought I could just stop taking the pill, will that restore the supply?
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  • @llli*erikaf's Avatar
    July 3rd, 2015, 02:38 PM
    Any recommendations for the best nursing pillow if you are petite? I'm only 5' tall and didn't love the boppy with my first. Many thanks!
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  • @llli*nowellina's Avatar
    July 4th, 2015, 04:04 AM
    Hello all. I am a first time mum, finding it very difficult for baby to latch, sometimes manage for about 5 mind on one breast then he kicks and screams then unable to put him back on. I've tired pumping but only 5mls to 10mls comes out. I had a traumatic birth with complications so was away from him a while at the beginning. He's formula feed. I am pro breastfeeding but I'm still recovering from the birth and finding it very difficult to keep trying. Just wondering if there is anything else I could do. I've exhausted all information about breastfeeding. :(
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  • @llli*jases.mom's Avatar
    June 30th, 2015, 09:45 AM
    Baby isn't even here yet (due July 6th)and already this ftm is having anxiety about a business trip i have to take in the fall (baby will be about 3 months) for a weekend 7 hrs away. I have several questions honestly. But wanted some thoughts/tips/suggestions about how much to pump now, how much to leave with grandparents, nipple preference, separation, pumping while gone, etc.
    3 replies | 183 view(s)
  • @llli*shannonlaning's Avatar
    June 30th, 2015, 10:39 AM
    Hi I am new to LLL but I am getting a little desperate for help. My sweet daughter is 10 weeks old today and was diagnosed with reflux at 5 weeks. She has been on prevacid which has definitely helped her not cry when she spits up. But she cries often when nursing. The only time she does not cry is at her 10 PM dreamfeed and then the one time she wakes up in the middle of the night. She will nurse for around 10 minutes and then pull off and start crying. I will soothe her, burp her and she spends a ton of time smiling and giggling at me. But when I try to start nursing her again, she starts screaming. She will even be lying down and totally fine and then when I put my breast to her mouth, she starts crying instantly. She sounds sometimes like she is choking (reflux) and that causes her to cry but I can't get her to go back to nurse unless I walk around the house with her. She used to fall asleep when nursing so peacefully. Those days are long gone. It's so strange to me because this started around 5 weeks but was never too terrible. And she nursed anywhere from 25-30 every three hours. About a week ago she began this vicious cycle of crying a ton. She is definitely more alert and loves to smile and giggle at me when nursing but she won't nurse long at all. It's so hard with a breastfed baby to know if she is getting enough food. She is generally happy (minus all the typical reflux issues) but I just am super discouraged. I have even tried feeding her every 3 1/2 hours...
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  • @llli*minasmomma's Avatar
    July 2nd, 2015, 11:53 AM
    Hello all, So I am 33 years old and the mother of 3 but this is my first time trying to breastfeed. My little one is 13 days old and I began nursing her as soon as she was born. She lost 4% of her body weight at her first checkup which was 4 days after birth and she had a touch of jaundice which cleared itself up a few days ago. I have read through the FAQ but still have questions which I am sure will sound silly to some of you more senior breastfeeders....lol My first week I was very engorged and she would nurse until full but still leave me fairly full feeling. I opted to not pump because I was told this might lead to more production than she needed. That overly full feeling went away and for the past few days, I have felt a normal (what I feel to be normal) amount of fullness in the breasts before she nurses. The feeling isn't painful but just full. Question - is this the normal cycle of how milk comes in and then levels out to supply the baby with what it needs? Question - Baby is feeding more often now and cluster feeding at times and is acting like she is wanting more food than I am able to provide - Is this considered in the norm for the cycle of milk production as well? I do not have an updated weight for her as her 2 week apt hasn't come up yet but she does look to be gaining weight and is fitting in her clothes better. Our latch is fairly good and I know to break the latch if there is pain and get a better one - I have larger breasts and nipples and...
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  • @llli*sacmd's Avatar
    July 1st, 2015, 05:27 AM
    I think this is probably not an easy thing to change, but my 6 month old has always been a 'spaghetti splurp' breastfeeder. She latches and then pulls herself back, stretching my breast out while kneading my breast at the same time. I've suspected that she is impatient for let down, and then flow, which is why she does it. She is growing well etc. It's a little annoying but I've tolerated it as it hasn't bothered me that much. However, she is getting bigger and stronger. Lately she stretches my breast out and then frequently unlatches--with my nipple in her mouth! Ouch. She pops on and off like it's a piece of taffy, and it hurts! I'm getting afraid for her teeth to come in! Any ideas how to discourage this, what to do, etc?
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  • @llli*nybkmom's Avatar
    July 4th, 2015, 01:09 PM
    Hello fellow moms, I am looking for help and advice with my breast milk supply, which I find too low. I had a planned c-section on June 27th (due to a medical issue). I am currently exclusively pumping (due to another medical issue). I have a medela double electrical pump.
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  • @llli*mommytolexi's Avatar
    June 30th, 2015, 10:56 AM
    Hi All! I am a mom to a 10 1/2 month old baby girl. I have been breastfeeding her since birth and I am trying to determine the weaning process once she turns 12 mths. I am trying to make the process as gradual and as easy as possible for her and myself. She is currently in daycare while I work, and will move over to the 1 yr old room, around her birthday Aug 15th. They will pretty much be giving her the one sippy cup that I send with whole milk combined with breastmilk that I will send at first. I was thinking that it was a good idea to introduce her to whole milk gradually(1 oz) at a time, mixed with several oz of breastmilk. My issue is the weaning. I feed her once in the morning before daycare and once in the evening when she gets home from daycare. On weekends, it may be more challenging to drop her down to two sessions since she is used to nursing all day. she is also quite the finicky eater these days, which makes weaning her down difficult because she doesnt eat as much as I wld like her to. In this event, she will most likely require more milk. What are some of your experiences for getting the nursing sessions down to at least 2, without causing me engorgement issues or her issues with the seperation? I really need help because I am not sure what to do. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you.
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  • @llli*mommytoac's Avatar
    July 2nd, 2015, 02:19 AM
    My son was born on May 30th and I need to have a medical procedure done on September 3rd, so he will be right at three months old. The procedure is Mohs surgery and it is to get rid of an area of skin cancer on the side of my nose that was discovered when I was pregnant. It could take anywhere from a couple of hours to all day. It just depends on how long it takes them to remove all of the cancerous tissue. Luckily, only a local anesthetic, Lidocaine, will need to be used. From what I have researched, Lidocaine seems to be pretty compatible with breastfeeding. My surgeon knows that I'm breastfeeding and recommends waiting five hours after the last dose of Lidocaine is administered before I breastfeed. However, he also said that he tends to err on the more cautious side. So here is my predicament...obviously I want to do what is safest for my son, but I would also like to limit any unnecessary stress as well. Do you guys feel that Lidocaine is safe enough where my husband and I could bring our son with us and I could nurse him myself in between procedures? Our other option is to have my mom watch him while we are gone. This would most likely be the first time he would be without me and I would also need to introduce a bottle prior to this because he has never had one before. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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  • @llli*laura.farret's Avatar
    July 5th, 2015, 09:15 AM
    I always rolled my eyes at women who said they were drying up as a cheap excuse to stop breastfeeding, but it seems to be happening to me. This is the second time that I come to the office and pump about half of what I used to. I used to et about 4 oz each time, now I'm lucky if I get 2. I work three days a week and my EBF. Baby feeds very frequently when I am home and I bed share, so he eats through the night. Baby is almost 4 months now and, aside from the fact that he appears to be teething, there have not been any changes. We also suspect that he may have GERD, and we will discuss that with the pediatrician in two weeks. Lately baby is been extra fussy but since he was born he has been gassy so we're used to him being upset. Baby is 3 months and a half and he still has a good number of wet/poopy diapers. He's about 16 Lb What is happening? I refuse to give up!
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  • @llli*thereseagustind's Avatar
    July 3rd, 2015, 12:53 AM
    Hi mommies. Im new here. Sorry bear with me. My lo is only 2months old. Had my hair colored yesterday. Aparrently my stylist offered me brazilian blowout which to my excitement i said yes. Now i am having anxiety if it is safe while i am breastfeeding my lo? Or should i pump and dump and if yes, for how long? Thankyou
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  • @llli*158breastfeed's Avatar
    July 5th, 2015, 11:36 AM
    My LO is 2 months old. She usually will have her last night feeding around 11p and then will stretch until 4a or 5a. When she wakes to eat in the morning she only eats for a short amount of time (usually 5 min.) and only on one breast (she usually falls back asleep and doesn't want the second breast). I then have to pump because I still feel so full. During the day she feeds regularly every 2-3hrs. My question is should I set an alarm to pump every 2-3 hours at night since she has this 4-5 hour stretch to keep up my supply? Will my supply dwindle if I don't pump at night even as she gets older and her night stretches get longer?
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  • @llli*danielle.gephart's Avatar
    July 5th, 2015, 06:00 PM
    Hi! I just got my first postpartum period back at 10 month pp. My supply has seemed to drop overnight. Like REALLY drop. I'm trying to remain calm and know that it will bounce back (right?!) We are doing strictly baby led weaning at my son's pace, and he eats a ton of solids. It hasn't affected my supply, more or less regulated it if anything. He also breastfeeds frequently (about every 2-4 hours depending on how he feels) and drinks a lot of milk during the day and usually once at night. I figure he eats between 25-30 ounces a day. I typically produce a lot of milk (had oversupply for quite a while and block fed for months and months) and can pump 5 oz. from one breast in the am after my son eats a completely full belly of milk from the other. I can get 1-2 oz. from the other breast. I don't regularly pump though. He was born at 9lbs 20" at 41.5weeks and is currently 22lbs and 31.5" in case that's relevant. He's certainly not struggling to get enough nutrition, but I hope my supply bounces back. Any advice for what to do to help my supply out? Is this normal? WILL my supply bounce back? I've felt empty all day and he's been frustrated with the slow letdown.
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  • @llli*beckyd0106's Avatar
    July 3rd, 2015, 04:01 PM
    My son has been textbook dr sears high needs baby since birth. Has always nursed a lot. It's starting to get annoying sometimes. He just turned two. I would probably be fine with it but I'm starting to have a lot of pain and neck back issues. I have fibromyalgia so I've always had issues but they are just worse right now and part of me wonders if sitting slouched nursing and still baby wearing have caused me even more muscle issues. I love it. I hate it. I have a hard time setting boundaries because he gets sooooooooo upset. He would prefer to nurse while reading books for hours esp in the evenings after he's missed me all day at work. He also pretty well refuses food a large portion of the time and will cry "want no food" and just wants milk. Eats like a trooper at day care. I know I have not but I feel like I've screwed myself and causes problems sometimes. Knowing I already have pain issues i would be devastated to force wean and still have pain. But I am having a hard time saying no ever because he does miss me amd it is our bonding time plus I know hardest time to wean is before 30 mos. I have already tt my ibclc I guess I'm just looking for someone who can relate. And has anyone else developed or had worse lower and upper back issues from nursing and baby wearing?
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  • @llli*tattmama's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:56 PM
    My son is 5 months old. At his well visit today he only gained 3 ounces in the past month. He did have a cold that lasted two weeks, but I'm still very concerned. Since birth he has been a very slow gainer, only gaining half a pound per month. He's is the 95th percentile for his height and is growing on schedule as fair as height and head circumference. My previous son also was a peanut and slow gainer (was only 17lbs at a year old) and is a very active and healthy 5 year old now. My baby has 6-8 wet diapers a day, and he had about two poopy diapers every other day. My son nurses on demand all day and night, he bed shares with me. He has a 5 hour stretch of sleep at night. He lets go of the nipple when he doesn't want to nurse anymore, or will fall asleep after he has nursed. I never stop him from nursing. I don't understand why he is gaining so little when he seems satisfied and has plenty of diapers. My pediatrician suggested pumping as well as starting solids. I was just wondering if anyone else has run into this problem as well. I'm so upset that it seems I am not producing enough for him to gain what he needs on breastmilk alone. I started my older on solids at 8 months old and had hoped to delay this ones as well, but I feel like I am starving him. :( He is reaching all milestones early, he is a happy baby, just tiny. He even coughs and gags sometimes when my milk lets down, and I hear him swallowing a lot during nursing so I don't understand. It would almost make...
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