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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 10:57 AM
    Feeling like I've tried almost everything, when I got a good recommendation about an acupuncturist I called and made an appointment. I just had an acupuncture appointment this morning and I'm cautiously saying I think it may have really helped, I have the 2nd appointment coming Monday morning since she says it takes two treatments. My Left Breast never has had enough milk supply to really flow well though it has always been the most comfortable one for me. The Right seems to have plenty of supply but it has always been more painful and the past week or two has actually felt what I'm going to call congested. Before leaving the office this morning after treatment DS nursed on the left and was swallowing/gulping nursing intently for 4 minutes before letting go with an odd dased expression so I switched to the Right where he nursed 10 minutes without causing me pain and again lots of swallowing/gulping to the point that he broke out in a sweat and when he let go I got him to take the Left again for a few more minutes before he fell to sleep latched on. And then he slept in the car all the way home (long ride and he often doesn't sleep in the car seat.) Right now I'm pumping after feeding him when I got home and it looks like I've gotten almost 2 oz in about 15 minutes (I have never before gotten more than 1 3/4 oz in a single pumping session.)
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 10:52 AM
    Do you do breast compressions when you think it might be slow flow? I know about obsessive!!!! My past 4 1/2 months have been about almost nothing BUT feeding the baby. Feeling like I've tried almost everything, when I got a good recommendation about an acupuncturist I called and made an appointment. I just had an acupuncture appointment this morning and I'm cautiously saying I think it may have really helped, I have the 2nd appointment coming Monday morning since she says it takes two treatments.
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 10:48 AM
    First off I would suggest, do not overcomplicate the issue in your mind. There are really only two primary breastfeeding issues. 1) Nursing hurts and 2) baby is not getting enough to eat at the breast. Your issue is that nursing hurts you. Your baby is gaining normally, so you do not need to worry about how baby is swallowing at the breast. As long as baby is getting enough milk overall, this is probably not anything to worry about. It is entirely normal for one breast to have a slower flow or less milk than the other. It is also normal for milk production and fast flow to begin to correct at this point, and I would think the tt release may well have caused a faster flow for a bit. I think your concern about this may be causing you to take measures that are not helping. Because, if , then I do not understand why you would worry about a slow flow and do breast compressions? If a fast flow is causing baby to break suction, you WANT a slower flow. right? If you are continuing to have nipple injury that will not heal and misshapen nipples after nursing, I think it is safe to assume your pain is due to a not quite there latch. I know this is frustrating to hear after all you have done, but sometimes latch issues take a very long time to work out. Have you seen an ibclc since baby was treated for the tt? Sometimes it takes many tries to find the 'right' breastfeeding helper for your situation.
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 10:32 AM
    I would say it is not common for a baby of 15 months to not be in any way interested in solids. But it happens. iirc we had another mom post on here some time ago whose 18 month old never ate anything. Certainly many children this age eat very little or very sporadically. This is not to say your child's nutritional needs are not being met by breastmilk. They can be. Many children, not only breastfed ones, have low iron, and if it is very low, that is a potentially serious healthy issue, which is why iron levels are routinely tested. So your child being breastfed is not the cause of any issues. I would say that especially given your child's unwillingness to eat, it is very good thing your child is breastfed. But that does not really answer your question, which I guess is, is it ok to just wait and let baby figure this out? I am afraid I cannot answer that. Yes, your child may be having all her nutritional needs met by your breastmilk and will start eating solids when she is ready. maybe baby has some oral aversions due to her illness and it's treatment and she is working those out overtime and will soon eat. But maybe there is a developmental delay or some physical issue affecting her ability to eat and therapy would help. (it is actually a pretty complicated process, to bite, chew, move food around in the mouth with the tongue, and swallow.) you are offering your child solid foods. It is not as if you are withholding nutrition from your child. While it is...
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 10:30 AM
    OMG, WHY is there not more info supporting acupuncture for milk supply issues?
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  • @llli*ae80's Avatar
    Today, 10:11 AM
    Hi! This is my first post here. :) I'm really struggling with balancing nursing my 8.5 month old at home vs. solids and bottles at daycare, and I'm hoping to get some advice (thank you in advance!). We're starting a new daycare in a couple weeks so I have the opportunity to give them a schedule that hopefully works better for all of us, but I'm not totally sure what that is. Here's what currently happens on a weekday (although it varies quite a bit still...I wish I could give you a better daily schedule but it's in flux. They just tried to change it up a bit yesterday so I'm not sure what that will mean!) Nurse before daycare at 7:30 (he is there from 8:30-4:10) 3 5 oz bottles at daycare, every 2-3 hours 2 meals at daycare, usually 1-2 pouches or jars of baby food
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    Today, 10:02 AM
    thanks for this post
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  • @llli*ljl11's Avatar
    Today, 09:26 AM
    Hi everyone, I'm having some issues with my 5 week old. I've been having nipple pain due to a shallow latch from the start. I've done everything I can think of to improve it, but we're still having problems. I've seen 2 lactation consultants who both have said things look good, she's nursing correctly and it will likely get better within a couple weeks. I've tried many different positions, including laid back. I've done nipple sandwiches, etc. Sometimes I can get a deep latch to where I feel no pain, but she doesn't like it. She pulls back and chokes on the milk. I have one breast that has a fast flow and one that is rather slow. She breaks suction and chokes on both breasts. The breaking suction starts during let down and will happen randomly throughout the feeding. Not just a clicking, but actually losing the nipple and pulling it back in very quickly. She will do this several sucks in a row sometimes. I took her to have a posterior tongue tie and lip tie released last week and I haven't seen much improvement. She is gaining weight well and having plenty of wet and dirty diapers so I know up until this point at least that she is getting enough milk. One of my current concerns is over the past couple of days she has not been swallowing as much on my "slow flow" breast. I don't think she's transferring the milk as much as she was before. She will suck away and I will hear a swallow every 8-10 sucks or so, sometimes she gets irritated and pulls off crying. I...
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 08:53 AM
    Hi, and welcome to the forum! my first question is that you say your child is 'exclusively' breastfed. Just to clarify, that would mean baby gets NO other foods or drink. It sounds as if your child does eat some solids? Just want to clarify. Your issues with weaning when home with baby all day are pretty common! First I would like to understand why you want to wean. Sometimes moms are under outside pressure to wean, or for whatever reason think weaning by a certain age is necessary when it is not. A child nursing well into the second year (and beyond) is actually entirely normal and healthy. Waking and Nursing frequently at night, is also normal. Just because a child has slept through the night some of the time does not prove they are able to do so every night. For many kids, regular long sleep stretches come much later. As far as baby nursing because of not eating enough solids, I doubt that is the problem, as you are offering solids and baby is free to take eat what they want. Many toddlers eat very sporadically and just a little at a time, which is another reason nursing during this time can be very healthy as it allows a child to get more of what they need. Nor do I think your child is using you as a pacifier. Mom is every child's preferred comfort for at least part of their lives. Some children prefer the comfort of mom and the breast much longer than others. But this is neither unhealthy or not normal.
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  • @llli*travelingmomma's Avatar
    Today, 08:36 AM
    Sorry, that 3rd sentence should read, "The Medela pump I brought with us overseas isn't working..."
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 08:27 AM
    I am curious where the information that suspected foremilk-hindmilk so-called "imbalance" should be treated with block nursing is coming from. As explained above, this is not the current recommendation unless baby is gaining faster than average (in some recommendations, MUCH faster than average) and it is clear that overproduction (not just fast letdown or something else) is the root of the issues. Block nursing was in vogue for some time, and in some cases is certainly appropriate. but recently several breastfeeding experts have raised the alarm that this intervention is causing serious issues when used when not needed or not done carefully. When considering a breastfeeding intervention, imo, it is important to try benign methods first before trying anything that may cause harm. Block nursing certainly may cause harm. And The longer block nursing is done, the more possible harm it might do. So when tried, it can be tried very briefly-even a day or two may make the needed adjustment in production for nursing to be comfortable for mom and baby. For issues related to overproduction and forceful letdown, some benign interventions that often work but do no harm would be to encourage baby to nurse more often, nurse one side at a time, use a reclined position when nursing, and hand expressing a little milk prior to baby nursing, and to stop any 'extra' pumping (pumping due to separations may of course still be needed.) It is also important to be sure baby is able to...
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  • @llli*travelingmomma's Avatar
    Today, 08:22 AM
    Thanks for the reply. I read the article and tried some of the tips. But she cries even when I try to bottle feed her in a nursing position. The Medela pump I brought with us overseas and I'm not sure it can be fixed. I tried hand expressing for 10 minutes yesterday and got half an ounce. Is that average? Shouldn't I be able to get more for 10 minutes? I just don't think hand expression is worth the time and effort for such a little result. I've tried everything and I have a feeling that breast feeding just won't be an option for my baby anymore. It has been an uphill battle since day one!
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  • @llli*bebop543's Avatar
    Today, 07:54 AM
    Well, the pediatrician definitely thinks she has reflux (even without much spitting up) and gave us a prescription for Zantac. I brought up the thought that it could be a food sensitivity, and she told us that it's entirely possible (although, she does think the rash is baby acne—not an allergic thing). And that her recommendation would be to try the Zantac, and if it didn't work, try an elimination diet. I'm of the thought that I'd rather try it the other way around. I'm going to try eliminating common problem foods first, and see if that helps before giving her meds. I'm fine with giving her medication if it's really necessary, but if there is something I can do to fix it without the drugs, I'd much prefer that method. Thanks, guys!
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    Today, 07:07 AM
    @mommal ok i have ordered for an infant weigh scale since you said he should be measured in a same scale i will try to sneak in..
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Today, 07:06 AM
    bump :gvibes
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  • @llli*anneika's Avatar
    Today, 06:37 AM
    I could totally see my son doing this in a couple months. Sounds painful! Have you eliminated the possibility of an ear infection? Maybe her method of sucking helps reduce pain. Could you try varying your nursing position or location to break her habit? Maybe walk around for a few feedings or nurse her in a sling or carrier. You could also take her outside on a blanket; she might be entertained just enough to still be able to focus on nursing but forget about pulling. If it is due to teething could you nurse her then offer a toy or wet washcloth when she starts pulling? I like to give my son a raw baby carrot to help with teething. It's thick enough that he can't break it and also is long enough to reach the back of his gums.
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Today, 05:08 AM
    Thanks for that! You know, this a.m., after LO didn't nurse on one side very much during the night and it was pretty engorged/full, he didn't seem to have much problem with the flow. He may have backed his head up a tiny bit (which is what I recognize as a minor fast flow). Mine does the bracing against me, as well. He also punches and kicks me in the boobs, which already hurt! I try to let him fuss for a little bit to see if he'll calm down, but once he starts hurting me I have to take him off. Sometimes he pulls off and then screams bloody murder, then won't latch on, then will after a few seconds. Babies are so weird sometimes! You may be right and maybe this is just fussiness -- what you say about the SNS is interesting. Since I had so much trouble in the beginning on one side due to low flow, it's making me obsessive with trying to get the fenugreek and pumping just right. I'm trying to be less obsessive since it's my second, but nursing does make me (and many people I know) obsessive. I guess it's a survival instinct. I feel like before I know it I'll be going back to work having only watched TV, nursed and obsessed!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 04:45 AM
    Okay, so before you start block feeding, you want to know for sure that his weight gain is normal or above average. So how about stopping by the doctor's office for a weigh-in? (Remember, all weights should be done with baby in the nude and using the same scale every time.)
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    Today, 02:56 AM
    thanks mommal.. i have most of the symptoms u have explained.. i don't know about his weight gain.. i don't feel engorged all the time but if he sleeps before 12:30pm i am engorged in the morning because of that i get pretty quickly engorged all day due to more milk in breast because he would not empty it in single feed(i can feed him twice on the same breast).. moreover morning he usually goes for 2-3 hour gaps.. so i feel pretty engorged... i am so confused what to do with that.. his poops are green and seedy.. i would love some advice..yest he slept at 11:45 and woke up at 3:45AM my both breasts were full and my right breasts was engorged..
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:20 PM
    I'm not sure that the clamping down and pulling/stretching the nipple behavior is really related to flow necessarily. Mine does it and often times I think he is doing it because of slow flow since I have low supply issues but sometimes he does it even when I'm using the SNS or when there is a let down and there is flow though I don't think my flow would ever be enough to cause choking. I wish I knew what could be done about it since it is hard on the boobies. Mine even sometimes braces his arms against me and pushes himself back while remaining latched like he is trying to pull the milk out by brute force, I guess I'm lucky I'm stretchy.
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  • @llli*zaynethepain's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:13 PM
    A nurse told me my oldest son's rash was also baby acne but it turned out to be related to his dairy intolerance. I'd brushed off my youngest's fussiness as normal behavior until he starting gagging one day while sleeping. My husband thought I was jumping into eliminating dairy untilhe finally saw the baby do it a week later.
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:03 PM
    Mothers are typically instructed to continue prenatals if they are breastfeeding. But not all mothers do (not all mothers take prenatals during pregnancy either- I never could, as they always made me throw up.) If a mother has a healthy diet and is not deficient in some vitamin or mineral there is no particular reason to take vitamins. Breastfeeding from their mom and moms breastmilk are almost never contraindicated for a baby. Ever. Even if baby is reacting to allergens in mothers diet, breastfeeding can continue. As far as exclusive breastfeeding, if a baby is not gaining normally exclusively breastfed, and this is due to baby not being able to get enough milk from mom, sometimes supplements are needed. These can be formula or the milk of another mother. I suggest reading this info from doctors about allergens in breastmilk: http://www.bfmed.org/Media/Files/Protocols/Protocol24_English_120211.pdf
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  • @llli*joliesmommy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:44 PM
    Im reading the document and it says something about continuing to take vitamins likr all breastfeeding mothers are instructed to do...ive never been told this. Am I supposed to be taking vitamins? ?
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  • @llli*joliesmommy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:38 PM
    Weight gain is slow but steady, doctor is happy with it. Born at 7.8 went down to 6.15 and is now at 9, The poop was black (which im told is due to the iron supplement drops I just start ed giving her) and very mucusy/slimy. Streaks of blood. Im not sure what they tested for they said it tested positive for allergies and was saying it was probably something I ate. Im not really sure if her ped is really knowledgeable about bf but I know the hospital docs arent really. I live in a state that isnt verybig on bf and not many peopledo. But thanks for them link I was check Iit out
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  • @llli*edugatorgirl's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:37 PM
    Seriously, I went to VS and got bras there. I realized I could just pop out of the top to nurse and their underwires were soooooooo much more comfy than every single nursing bra I'd tried on. I've worn them for a year now, nursing, and they maybe are getting stretched out in the cups a little. But the foam in the middle has never creased from being folded down every day. I'm a 36DD now, since my size has lessened from the newborn nursing days and it's still fine. And no clips to reattach!
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