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  • @llli*humsinger's Avatar
    Today, 09:44 AM
    Thanks for the advice. I really appreciate it. P.S. ... I AM a mom of a toddler too! :) And he snacks a lot...and sometimes doesn't eat dinner because of it...not to say I don't use it when we go out All The Time ... :p
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 09:40 AM
    It is normal for a baby this age to nurse very often day and night and to cluster nurse. Day and night are pretty irrelevant for a baby. This usually resolves over time but there is nothing unusual or abnormal about this sleep pattern in a newborn. Assuming normal weight gain, this is normal. Fuzzy-do you mean fussy? is baby comforted by nursing or almost inconsolable? This is a prime age for 'colic' If baby is nursing lots at night, one strategy to try would be to offer to nurse more often during the day. Where is baby sleeping? You might want to read up on sharing sleep with your child to see if that is something you can do safely. The best and most complete source for info on that is probably the book Sweet Sleep, which was just released by LLLI. But you can find info online as well. Look up James McKenna co-sleeping for example.
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  • @llli*sailorscout27's Avatar
    Today, 09:30 AM
    i use a hospital grade double pump while at work most of the time if its available. at home or at work i use my medela double pump-n-style.. i always pump 15 min 3 times at work, 15 min sessions at home unless if its after he eats then i only do 7 min. before i went back to work i could pump off 5 oz. combined both breasts. if he ate i could still get 2-3 oz combined both breasts. now at work i get 3 oz both breasts combined with a 15-20 min session. either pump feels like it is getting all the milk as possible. a few weeks ago i was using the medela double pump free style but it wasnt working well so thats when i bought another pump and the LC here said to get the medela double pump-n-style. baby has about 2 to 3 3.5 oz bottles while i am away awork. they caregiver tries to hold him off before the next feeding so i can nurse him when i get home. he usually eats the bottle @ 7a.m., 10:00a.m. and 1:30p.m. and i nurse him at 3:30. usually if baby stays alseep more than two hrs i will pump and nurse him when he wakes which is usually 90m in after i have pumped. i try not to go longer than 3 hrs between feedings or pumping sessions. i am scared that my caregiver, which are family members, are feeding him to quickly. they say they pace feed him. giving him a break every 1 oz because he just guzzles it down. they said they tried tilted the bottle down when isnt sucking, but they said he just doesnt stop and gets air. i also dont know if it is lack of sleep that could be...
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 09:28 AM
    no, I am sorry I am stuck in the 50 years in the past when it comes to measurements. I guess I am starting to get it though, my conversions were not to bad. So please go over anything I say with your IBCLC. She is there and knows the situation. I don't. But here are my thoughts. ok. I think you are doing really well! as pp notes, Baby is gaining wonderfully. So while I certainly agree block nursing was probably not a great idea, obviously any damage done was not to bad plus, is getting reversed. You can usually reverse low production of this type (the type brought on by breastfeeding management rather than some underlying condition that causes low production) by nursing lots and lots. Pumping as well, as you are doing gave you a jump start, but you may be able to back off on that now, which will make life far easier for you. to respond specifically to each of your answers: I would strongly suggest seeing if baby will nurse more often. 8-9 times a day is on the low end of normal for a baby this age. Just bumping this up two more times a day would almost surely make up for what you are supplementing. Well you are using an excellent pump. Great. BUT I doubt you need to keep pumping that often. For sure, definitely pump if you are still supplementing. But once you stop supplementing, you can almost surely quickly wean off the pump sessions entirely.
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  • @llli*luvmy.munchkins's Avatar
    Today, 09:22 AM
    Hi! I am actually posting this for a friend. She has just told ne thst she has been lactating for about a year nowand she doesnt know why. She does not have children. She had a pregnancy go wrong very early in term about 6 months prior to this starting. The only other changes in her life style have been positive ones......vitamins, healthy diet, no longer on any medications for depression or anxiety or taking anything with hormones in it. So, we are not really sure why this is happening. I dont think she is lactating enough to support a child's eating habits....but she says if she leaves her breasts aline for a couple days they will start to get swollen and she just basically hand expresses just enough to relieve her. I have explained supply and demand to her and she assures me she does this as little as possible and there is very little to no nipple stimulation. She does not want to take any medications to remedy this but is open to anything natural. Does anyone have thoughts on this? what could have caused it to begin with and fir it to continue for so long? Thanks so much for your help!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 09:20 AM
    This is all totally normal for new babies. Their feeding patterns are erratic, and their nursing cues can be confusing. Often even the baby doesn't know what he wants! Luckily, nature equips us with an all-purpose mothering tool: nursing! Baby's tired? Nursing will likely help him sleep. Baby is cranky? Nursing will calm him down. Baby has to poop? Nursing will help him activate the reflex that moves poop out of the bottom of the digestive system. Etc. Nope, that's a myth. But you are an adult. Babies are totally different. They are designed to eat small meals frequently and erratically. And they don't grow out of this pattern until well into childhood. Ask any mom of a toddler, and she will tell you that her life is easier when she has a snack in her bag, for that moment when her kid melts down into a tantrum because he's hungry. My oldest is 8 and she still needs a snack in between getting home from school and having dinner.
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  • @llli*humsinger's Avatar
    Today, 08:30 AM
    Is it normal for him to eat on one side for just 2 minutes...then, an hour later for a full feeding? I just find it kinda weird!
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  • @llli*humsinger's Avatar
    Today, 08:28 AM
    I don't feel like I need to nurse less often...But, I can never tell when he wants/needs to. Many times, I think he wants to nurse, and he will eat for 2 minutes on one side and be done for an hour or two. I also heard this can upset tummies...do you know? I get this. And, I gave up on this. I will say that I kinda stick to a schedule of breakfast, lunch and dinner for myself...because I'm used to it...and therefore, that's when I get hungry!
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  • @llli*m11612's Avatar
    Today, 08:22 AM
    When I first went back to work I pumped that type of volume. This did not last though. I always had to be sure to protect pump frequency but always had enough. It was a shock to me when my supply adjusted and I pumped a normal amount. Thankfully I did save some extra in the beginning so later on when it wasn't so easy to get extra I had a nice cushion. Also, use up the old stuff first! Its easy to get complacent when you pump so much in the beginning. :)
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  • @llli*sonogirl's Avatar
    Today, 08:00 AM
    Okay, I am going to answer with more questions so we can help you out. What pump are you using? How long are your pumping sessions? How much are you pumping right now? Does pumping feel okay? How much is baby drinking while you are at work? Is baby taking any long sleep stretches causing you to go many hours without milk removal?
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 07:45 AM
    many people do only 10-20 minute pumping sessions every 2-3 hours. sanitizing wipes and a cooler to keep pump parts in can help reduce the need for washing every single time. and practice hand expression since a quick break hand expressing can remove milk and with your current overstock you may not really "need" to collect that milk for the time being.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:00 AM
    My feeling is that you go by trend. Are you feeling generally better than you were? Is the red spot smaller than it was? Is the breast continuing to get emptied by the baby's nursing? If so, then I think you are safe to proceed with watchful waiting, self-care, and without antibiotics, though a call to the doctor wouldn't hurt, especially if things don't clear up by Friday. You want to be able to get an office visit rather than getting stuck in the ER on the weekend. But if the trend is that things are getting worse- the redness is spreading, breast pain increasing, fever/chills/full-body aches increasing, large tender lump springing up- then I think you make the doctor's appointment ASAP.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:46 AM
    It's really difficult to say if you will lose production, and if so, when. The response to pumping and intervals between pump sessions is extremely variable, and you as an individual will have a different experience from every other individual out there. That being said, long intervals between pump sessions aren't ideal and there is a good chance that you will eventually see supply decline somewhat. Pump breaks don't have to be long to be useful. Maybe you could sneak in a quick bathroom break and hand-express some milk into a bowl? With your large supply, my guess is that you could quickly take out a few oz of milk, and milk removal plus the stimulation from expressing would signal your body to keep on producing.
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Today, 06:43 AM
    I've looked more carefully and it's more of a red spot than streaks. So that confuses me further.
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  • @llli*queenfrost's Avatar
    Today, 06:25 AM
    Thank you for the replies thats reassuring. Yes I go 5 hours while at work. He gets expressed milk during the day he has a stay at home dad. I'm worried about long term supply problems because I do go so long without pumping. I simply can't pump more at work. I have to go in my car which is parked a 5 minute walk away one way. Plus there is nowhere to sanitize parts. We have one sink in a bathroom shared by pet products. I work in retail with commission and lose sales when I leave. I've already cut my hours to 8 hours a day. Used to work 10. I want to breastfeed as long as possible years if I can. But will I eventually lose supply with this schedule?
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 06:04 AM
    red streaks with an infection would make me seek medical advice and probably antibiotics.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 05:45 AM
    10 oz of weight gain in a week is actually really good weight gain. Average of 7-8 oz of weight gain in a week is actually really good. Remember to measure weight gain from the lowest weight (not birth weight, only thing to really take note of for birth weight is when baby regains to birth weight, if it takes longer than 3 or 4 weeks to regain birth weight then they worry, most babies manage it in 10-14 days.) Gaining 2 lb per month is really good weight gain, don't panic too much, I think you are probably still doing better than you think. Now something to know about nursing on demand, YOU are allowed to have some input on this. Just because he isn't demanding doesn't mean you shouldn't offer if you feel like it. Granted, if he doesn't want to nurse you can't force it but you could offer a little more often and that might make a big difference in supply and weight gain. As to the swaddling and paci, if weight gain is an issue, these things can tend to extend sleep or stretch the time between feeds which can be a problem so if using them you need to make sure the sleep stretch doesn't stretch too long. (My LO didn't much like swaddling and never took a paci, he requires cuddling to sleep so we have to co sleep.)
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Today, 05:27 AM
    After very little sleep (little guy was not doing so well) I seem to be doing better. I have not gotten engorged again. He nursed about every 2 hours and I tried to put him on that breast first, but ended up pumping once when he fell asleep before getting to that side. My fever has not returned (I took acetaminophen once about 14 hours ago). My breast has gotten more red, though, even though I've overall felt better. I didn't end up having to do reverse pressure softening (I had read about it before -- thanks, Meg!). So I guess I just stay on the same course and see how things go? If I remain fine with no fever, does that mean antibiotics may not be necessary? Or do the red streaks have to go away? Both my midwife and an LLL leader here made it sound like antibiotics were necessary, but from the link Meg sent and what my LC said that may not be the case??
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  • @llli*sailorscout27's Avatar
    Today, 04:29 AM
    i went back to work about 10 days ago. my baby just turned 6 weeks. he is now 7 and a half. i work 8.5 hours and i get three pump sessions while away from baby and nurse him as soon as i get home. i noticed that each day my milk expressed each day is declining. i have been taking fenugreek and blessed thistle 3 capsules 3 x a day the whole time. please help. i don't want to supplement at all its been very trying experience for me. im trying to do everything right and it seems like i am failing. :cry
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  • @llli*mom.to.little.pie's Avatar
    Today, 02:52 AM
    He nurses at about 7pm, 10pm, 2am, 6am, 8am...(his natural routine - not my doing! I'm nursing on demand!) he is swaddled and sleeping between feeds between 10 and 6. He does use a paci to go to sleep at these times (we tried without it but that was a disaster!) Maybe he is getting enough... just sometimes literally after 5 minutes he stops swallowing...
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  • @llli*mom.to.little.pie's Avatar
    Today, 02:50 AM
    Thanks so much for your replies - sorry about the grams/ml/oz thing! I nurse about 8 or 9 times a day, usually it's every 3 hours, an occasionally 'snack' type feed in between, and then one four hour stretch at night, and the first 2 morning feeds are usually about 2 hours apart... I pump after usually at least 6 of the feeds (not the first morning one), with a medela lactina hospital grade pump. The first night I swaddled the baby was when I got mastitis. He slept four hours straight (Before that he used to wake up 5 or 6 times a night to feed and/or refuse to settle hours when we tried to put him down for the night.) and I woke up in pain, with chills and a fever, and really engorged. I guess the mastitis must have been brewing beforehand but that was when I noticed it.
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