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  • @llli*annemcarl's Avatar
    January 21st, 2015, 06:32 PM
    Hi everyone, I'm new to the site and a FTM. I'm actually not due until April, so I've yet to experience anything myself... just what I've been reading and researching. I'm a full time dayshift Supervisor at a hospital in a very busy environment. Luckily, we have lactation rooms and everyone is very supportive of a BFing mom. My one concern is how to establish a good sleep routine with my baby once I am back to work. I know that during my maternity leave, I'll be able to freely nap and sleep when the baby sleeps, but once I go back to work, I think it's going to be very difficult. The other hardship is that my husband works 3rd shift, so it's just me, nursing (which is fine--I understand that I should try to nurse at the breast as much as possible and only bottle feed for my MiL to give when I am away at work). Does anyone have any good suggestions for a sleep routine? I don't want to get in the habit of nursing the baby to sleep so that she isn't depending on that all the time to nurse (I have a friend who is going through that struggle currently and the baby is having a terrible time weaning) and I am not interested in co-sleeping. I plan to keep her in a bassinet with me in the bedroom for a while. Any tips from moms who are currently in the same circumstances that have lived it/are living it?
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  • @llli*kevins-mom's Avatar
    January 21st, 2015, 11:31 AM
    No one from work knows I breastfeed my almost three year old. Yesterday I was talking to a new co-worker (who I do not work directly with) who has a son close in age to mine. We were talking about our kids (naturally) and the topic of potty training came up - I mentioned that after potty training my son I could NEVER in a million years judge another parent for not having their child potty trained by a certain age, or really for anything. I told him how before I was a parent, I did have judgemental thoughts about things like potty training and pacifier usage, etc.... At that point he says "well you DO have to draw the line somewhere, I know people who breastfeed until like 3 or 4! If they can ask for the boob they should not be breastfeeding" -- first off, props to those people for being open and honest about it. I did not have the guts to say that I am one of those people and wasn't sure if it was the right place to go about normalizing breastfeeding. Comments like this actually make me feel like I should wean my little boy and that I am doing something wrong. I've actually lied to my boss that I have weaned because for some reason she found it to be her business that my boobs would get destroyed if I nursed for too long (what?) I just don't have that confidence in what I'm doing. I don't really have a question, just looking to talk and maybe get some support. My son will be 3 in March.
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  • @llli*girlfromthenorthcountry's Avatar
    January 22nd, 2015, 05:10 PM
    Hello ladies, After weeks of browsing these forums (and finding them extremely helpful, I might add!) I decided to post my individual story, both as an encouragement to others and because I'm hoping for a bit of encouragement myself! My DD is eight weeks old as of yesterday. I've breastfed her almost exclusively from day one except for a brief stint with pumping/bottle feeding (more on that later). To put it mildly, she has never latched well. While I didn't have any drugs or interventions in labor, I did have a very long delivery and ended up pushing for almost four hours. Ouch. She was very lethargic during our stay in the hospital. The lactation consultant tried to stop in once or twice but she was just one person and there were tons of other births that week so she never really got a chance to show me how to get a good latch. DD's jaundice levels were very high when we left the hospital, which made her even more sleepy. I fed her every one-two hours around the clock for her first two weeks of life. Thankfully, she gained well and the jaundice cleared up. However, about two days home from the hospital, my nipples started hurting. They've hurt ever since then! Everyone I talked to said that some transitional soreness was normal, so I tried just sticking it out. A week after her birth, I was going crazy with pain every time I latched her on. I had bad cracks that bled all the time. I used lanolin but it was pretty much useless. I finally realized that this was...
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  • @llli*soblessed's Avatar
    January 24th, 2015, 04:36 PM
    Anyone else have a baby that while nursing will stop unlatch coo at you then relatch? Its just a new thing my son is doing now that he has found his voice. Im sure those that are bfing older babies or toddlers have some great stories.
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  • @llli*saramama89's Avatar
    January 22nd, 2015, 04:43 AM
    I have a month-old daughter, exclusively BFing, but have started pumping in order to leave her the occasional bottle, just once every week or so for when I need to get out for an extended time. Have tried it twice, and she took the bottle and drank well and happily and no problems so far. How important is it to give the baby pumped milk at the same time of day as it was pumped? I've read articles about how the composition of milk changes throughout the day, and particularly how that helps with sleep at night. My daughter has a good distinction between night and day already so I would hate to disturb that. Is everyone making sure to give only night-pumped milk at night, for example? Have you noticed your baby has a harder time sleeping if you give them "day" milk in the evening or night? Thanks for any information or advice!
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  • @llli*annie0987's Avatar
    January 24th, 2015, 10:06 PM
    Hello, I am looking for some late night support. My son is 3 months and we have struggled with breastfeeding since he was born. I am told his latch looks fine, but it hurts so much. I have had cracks since he was a few days old, and although they are better then they were, they just won't heal. He pulls off often when feeing, I take him off sometimes due to pain, which means we re-Latch 7-10 times during a feeding. He is gaining weight like a champ, but I don't know how much longer I can take the constant sore nipples and the pain when he feeds.
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  • @llli*rani's Avatar
    January 23rd, 2015, 05:02 PM
    In our 4 month appt, our ped told us we can start solids anytime between now and 6 months. I have ordered organic whole grain rice cereal which I plan to start with. Would like guidance on: 1. What food to give at what month, how much and how to time breastfeeding accordingly. 2. What's the take on introducing mild spices/salt? At what stage? 3. I would like to prepare baby food at home so would love some recipes. Thanks so much.
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  • @llli*saturn.ring's Avatar
    January 24th, 2015, 02:33 PM
    I was wondering if anyone has any experience sleep training a baby while continuing to co-sleep. We are bed sharing with our 11 month old. Her sleep has gone from awesome (one wake-up by 3.5 months) to bad (up every 3-4 hours) to worse (up every 2 hours) to our current situation where she is up every 30 minutes to 1.5 hours all night. I am lucky if I get a 2-3 hour stretch. I am happy to nurse her but recently she hasn't been eating, just comfort nursing for a minute or two but then not being able to fall asleep. I then have to get up, sit up, let her comfort nurse for 20 minutes, hold her for 30 minutes, and put her down. Otherwise she wakes continuously. She also won't let me rock her anymore. She gets angry when I try. I am getting very little sleep and it affects my mood a lot. I went through a long bout of PPD and this situation is taking me down a dark road again. I really need longer stretches! I have seen Dr. Jay Gordon's approach but it seems to be focused on babies older than 1. Is it too early for me to use it? Also, the focus seems to be on a middle stretch of the evening. What about the first two hours when my daughter wakes every 30 minutes some nights? I'd be grateful for any practical approaches or thoughts on the situation. I should add that I know babies wake for comfort, and my little nursling has comfort nursed a ton in her life. I have no objections to that but she is not falling asleep anymore. She is also clearly sleep deprived during the day....
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  • @llli*ambikashakti's Avatar
    January 23rd, 2015, 12:43 PM
    I'll start by saying that I love breast feeding. My very active son also loves it and has enjoyed free access to my breasts since he was born. He is a nipple player and olympic feeder. He never stops moving and pinching,twisting and playing with one nipple while enjoying the yummy milk of the other. This wash;t so much of a problem while he was little and his fingers weren't very capable but these days it hurts. I have been feeding him while wearing a bra which he hates. He even refused to nurse the other day and went across the bed to cry. I have been telling him boobie is for his mouth and not for his fingers. I try to make it cute and say Owwwie every time he actually gets my nipple and pinches it. It has been hardest during the night though when he has been used to feeding frequently and playing happily with my nipple until he drifts off into sleep. Now that he doesn't have access to the nipple play he has been getting frustrated by not drifting into sweet slumber and instead is occasionally sitting up in bed and crying. The whole sitting up in bed situation isn't really new, it's been happening for awhile now. He sleeps maybe two hours then wakes up and feeds and sometimes falls back asleep or he just can't seem to drift off. We try switching breasts or I rub his back softly but sometimes I feel like he just doesn't know how to self soothe back to bed. He sits up and cries and even has been refusing the boob instead wanting me to walk him around. I do...
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  • @llli*211mama's Avatar
    January 20th, 2015, 08:50 PM
    Hi. My daughter is almost 3-months old. We currently co-sleep and I nurse her to sleep when my husband and I go to bed, around 9-9:30pm. She usually wakes up twice during the night between 10pm and 6am. I'm wanting to get her to sleep earlier so my husband and I can have some time alone together, and I'd like to see if an earlier bedtime would help her with naps during the day. She really doesn't nap well at all. How do I get her to sleep earlier in the evening without going to bed myself? I've tried nursing her and putting her down in a bassinet in our bedroom, but she always wakes up 30-45 minutes later. Any ideas???
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  • @llli*elliesmommy28's Avatar
    January 21st, 2015, 04:56 PM
    My baby is almost 3 weeks old. I have been exclusively breastfeeding. I only pumped a little about two times because i was very engorged and needed relief. Evenatually when my daughter is a little older I would like to plan date nights with my husband. I guess what I need to know is how to go about lhmping and storing enough for my mother in law. I also dont know how much she would need since my baby only breastfeeds at the moment. Can anyone help me? Thanks!
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  • @llli*shilohsmommy's Avatar
    January 22nd, 2015, 07:19 PM
    My daughter is 3 & 1/2 months old and I'm having the hardest time at night getting her to sleep and getting her back to sleep when she wakes up throughout the night. She is exclusively Breastfed from the breast. I nurse her before bed and every night it seems she becomes so restless. She squirms and moves constantly. When I finally get her to sleep around midnight, she never makes it to 2 am before she's awake again. When she wakes up, I put her directly to the breast and she will latch & nurse a few min and then starts moving and kicking me. So hard to the point she will kick herself off the breast and then start crying. I'll put her back and then again and again. It will take me another hour or more to get her back asleep soundly, and then this will start back again around 4am. I'm worried that she's not getting enough food. I have not started any rice cereal or solids yet and I didn't want to start those until 6 months or so. What am I doing wrong? I feel like I'm getting no sleep at all. Is this something that I'm gonna have to just wait through? Is she getting enough food.? She's just restless and doesn't seem at peace at night. Any advice would be so appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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  • @llli*soblessed's Avatar
    January 21st, 2015, 03:49 AM
    Just curious to what your babies sleep patterns are and how old they were/are when started. My son is 8wks old and wakes up every 3 hours at night to nurse. Its so weird if he goes even 30 minutes longer but i guess it will change as he gets older.
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:58 AM
    Ok, so I *think* I know the answer to this but am starting to doubt myself... At what point should I be offering liquids in between meals? Currently my DD has water with meals which sometimes she'll drink, sometimes gargle and quite often still just bat the cup away. She's breastfed on demand still so I figure her liquid needs are covered nappies are wet, poo is wet, all is good right?! My only cause for doubt is everywhere I go folks seem to ask me if my daughter needs a drink, my MiL and a friend who is a DCP especially. I get even odder looks when I decline squash/juice and say she's only ever had water. Have I missed something? Should I offer more? I kinda figured I would offer when she started taking more if an interest at meal times at least. That said she does grab other children's bottles/sippys but only to shake them and hear the water slosh!
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  • @llli*cutiemark85's Avatar
    January 21st, 2015, 06:04 PM
    There's no such thing as nursing too much. but I worry. it really feels like my lo is stuffing herself silly, her tummy will get so full and she'll want to nurse. or she'll do the pull away relaach dance (with out screaming) which i think shes saying shes done, so we stop for a bit. do they out grow this?
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  • @llli*joshuas.mommy's Avatar
    January 23rd, 2015, 10:05 AM
    Hi, my son is now 3 years and almost 3 months, and I need help with how to take the final steps in weaning him. We nursed on demand until around age 2, then gradually dropped sessions. For the past several months, since September, we've been nursing just once, at bedtime. Now I am trying to figure out how to cut that session. My husband really, really wants me to wean and honestly, I am also ready for that to happen. I have tried several things: counting to 20 or 30 (this didn't go well and led to wails of protest when I said it was time to stop); offering him a choice between extra stories at night and nursing (he chose extra stories a couple of times and skipped nursing those nights, with some protest but no trauma; but now he pretty consistently chooses nursing); and offering him a trip to Disneyworld once he weans (we live in southern CA so this isn't that big a deal for us). So far, none of it is working, and my husband is impatient. He thought DS should have been weaned by 3 years at the absolute latest. He would've preferred he was weaned by age 2. Some of you who have been here a long time may remember that this has been a source of discord between DH and I for at least a year. I have persisted because I felt DS wasn't ready and needed to nurse. Now, though, I look at my tall thin boy, who plays soccer and is starting to add and subtract, and I think "this is not a child who still needs to nurse". My own feelings about it are different. I have started to...
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  • @llli*saramama89's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:16 AM
    Pretty much at least once a day, usually in the evening, my baby will act strange like this! She's fussy and crying. Diaper changed. I try feeding her, she acts like she wants the breast, but then shell suck for just a few seconds and then pull away fussing. She'll stay there frantically snorting and wriggling and trying to find the breast again, but then pull away again once she gets it in her mouth. That goes on for a long time! Then I suppose she's not really hungry maybe, it needs a burp, so I'll walk around holding her for a while. She'll calm a little, but then start fussing and it'll start again! It usually only ends when I just hold and walk her and let her cry and scream until she gets so tired she falls asleep or nearly so, and then she'll have a regular calm feed soon after. What is going on though? She seems extremely agitated and frustrated but she seems to both want to BF and not want to. What should I be doing when this happens? Should I try to help her stay on the breast and feed, or not? This happens every day! The rest of the time she is a great feeder, every 1.5 to 3 hours, and gaining above average weight so far.
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  • @llli*usafreat's Avatar
    January 22nd, 2015, 04:34 PM
    I'm concerned about how my supply will be effected due to my new schedule. 3 days out of the week, not consecutive days, I don't breastfeed for about 9-10 hours. Before and after that separation, and days unseparated, I feed on demand, 7-9 at least, times in a 24h period. I don't pump. Will I maintain supply on a longterm basis?
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  • @llli*atvtk's Avatar
    January 23rd, 2015, 08:03 AM
    Hello, I was hoping somebody could help me and give some much needed advice! My little girl is 14 weeks old and I noticed that a week before Christmas she started to become fussy when feeding by pulling off and coming back on the breast again but it only happened sometimes during the day, but the length of the feed was normal for her, around 20mins each side. Now, for the last two or three weeks, feeding has been a nightmare! She would feed for a maximum of 5mins and then there is Constant pulling off and now crying has started each time she pulls off and then refuses to go back on. This happens at every feed, day and night. I have taken her to be weighed as I am concerned she is not feeding enough and she only put on 4oz this week when she used to put on 7oz. Her sleeping habits have changed as well as she wakes up at 3am instead of 5am and even then she only feeds for 5mins at 3am before she falls asleep,again. I'm thinking she is waking up earlier as she has not fed enough during the day and early evening before bed. And then at 7am when she wakes up she never seems hungry and just fusses and cries, and doesn't have a proper feed even if there is a long gap between feeds. Every feed time has become significantly shorter and only feeds for 5minutes before she pulls off and cries. :cry . I try to re-feed her for so long that feeds run into sleeps so she falls asleep on me and then doesn't feed well the next feeding either. I have tried bottles, syringe, cup,to try get...
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  • @llli*lauronie's Avatar
    January 25th, 2015, 10:12 PM
    Hello, first time posting in the forums! I'm a military musician and I'm getting ready to go on a 37-day tour next month. This will be the first time I've had to leave my baby for so long, as I've been able to take him with me for all my tours up to this point. He will be 13.5 months when I leave. Husband and baby are coming to visit halfway through the tour, so I will be away from baby 19 days, see him for 4 days, then be apart another two weeks. I intended to wean him while I was away, but I'm having second thoughts. I would really love to nurse until he's two, but I'm having a hard time reconciling that to the realities of my job. I'm just not sure how hard I should fight to make it happen. I've been nursing him on-demand since he was born and he's still going strong. I've stopped pumping, as he doesn't need milk while we are apart anymore. Last month I had a 7-day trip, the first time to ever be apart from him since he was born. I pumped the whole trip and it was AWFUL. I got terrible clogs, and at the end of the week I couldn't get milk to come out unless I aggressively squeezed my breasts while pumping. I felt so bruised and it was just mentally a horrible experience. I brought back lots of milk, and although I'm pretty sure it did decrease my supply temporarily, my baby didn't seem to care and has been nursing happily since I returned. The baby did great while I was away, pretty much sleeping through the night with Dad, even though he still nurses through...
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  • @llli*steh4change's Avatar
    January 23rd, 2015, 09:59 AM
    Can it really be the cause of all this gas and green poo Darius is only 3 months I'm nervous about his appointment at 1:30 today..... does anyone have a site or information or even a story to share to help calm my nerves
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  • @llli*mtown's Avatar
    January 21st, 2015, 06:44 PM
    My baby is almost 8 months and now has started refusing the bottle or sippy while at the babysitters. Baby nurses great when with me and during the night. I'm worried about baby not getting fluids during the day while I'm at work... Sometimes you are talking a 10-12 hour period without me. Plus in Feb im leaving for 3 days!!!!
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  • @llli*ssq's Avatar
    January 23rd, 2015, 03:16 AM
    hi, my baby is 11 weeks and i have been breastfeeding her exclusively. recently her first nap at night stated to stretch from 2-3 hours to 4 hours or more, followed by 2 naps, each is about 2-3 hours. i'm very happy with this change but my breasts are really full and uncomfortable because: 1. long stretch for the first nap 2. she eats about the same amount after the first nap as she eats after a 2-3 hour nap, so there is a lot milk left after feeding her 3. i have a oversupply right breast producing far more than a undersupply/normal supply left breast (10 ml from left and about 3 oz from right when pumping). i often try to even it out a little bit by starting from the left side. but the result is not obvious after 1 month of trying. so after feeding from left side, she is half full and at the end of feeding a lot of milk is left in the right side baby is gaining well and diapers are normal as well. my main question is: how often should i pump at night so my breast, esp my right breast, are not so full that the supply is jeopardized? i stay at home now so i can feed her on demand in the daytime.is it possible to skip the pumping at night (if i can bear the fullness) to get a better rest while catching up with the stimulation for supply in the daytime?
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  • @llli*acjl's Avatar
    January 24th, 2015, 05:03 PM
    Question for a friend- She had a 35 week baby 2 weeks ago. She's exclusively pumping and has major oversupply. In 10 minutes she will get 10 ounces. She has been pumping every 3 hours. She can pump for 15-20 min and still feel extremely full. She has had several bouts of possible mastitis. What can she do to decrease her supply without getting mastitis? Thank you so much!!
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  • @llli*rss.newmom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:33 AM
    My son was born with a tongue tie and struggled with breast feeding, so we gave him pumped milk along with first feeding at the breast for every session. Around 2 weeks we finally got better at breast feeding (also took care of his tongue tie) and things improved. He is now 5 weeks and every now and then goes through a sudden phase where he is extremely fussy at the breast. I haven't been able to see a pattern here yet - he is fussy irrespective of the time of the day, it comes randomly and stops randomly (he was fussy at 3.5 weeks for 4 days, didnt take the breast or the bottle and it started again yesterday evening, 5 week 2 days but this time he is okay with the bottle). When he gets into the fussy mode, he latches on and leaves the latch in 3-5 mins and cries his lungs out, like the feeding was giving him pain. I try to burp him which improves the feed for a couple mins but he goes back to being fussy. I finally gave him a bottle of pumped milk last night after he was fussy all evening and he happily gulped down 4oz. All the feeding sessions in the night continued to be hard where he drank for 5-10mins in between all the crying. Not sure whats going wrong here? I know my supply is enough because I am able to pump out 5oz in 13 mins. He is gaining weight properly, born at 6lb and now 8lb 12oz.
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