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  • @llli*sarah.louise's Avatar
    Today, 01:46 AM
    My daughter is now 5 months old. Background: Exclusively breastfed, weight 13lb (Always been small), had bad reflux since birth, suspected CMPI (why: bad reaction when I gave 1 bottle formula, eczema all over, bad colic and gas) I cut out all dairy until about 11 weeks, now I eat only small amounts like cheese no milk/yog/ice cream etc. She has mild eczema now, no other symptoms. She is still on omeprazole (in the US called losec I believe) to control the reflux, tried weaning her off it but she started coughing and hacking so she still needs it. Tongue tie discovered at 12 weeks after I saw my local health visitor about her feeding every hour throughout the day and clicking when feeding. This was cut at 14 weeks and she no longer clicks and her feeds are more efficient as my breast feels drained. From about 7/8 weeks to 14 weeks she slept 10-5/6am most nights..falling asleep on her own in the cot. Amazing. At 14 weeks it all just stopped and for the last 6/7 weeks she just does not sleep anymore. She will never settle until 9/10pm even though I have tried earlier, we have a routine, I feed her put her in her gro bag etc. She just lays there screaming (high pitched squeal not crying) until she finally dozes off. She will sleep for about 2 hours then she will wake again and won't go back to sleep until I feed her which is fine, only she will wake up and cry as soon as I put her in her cot again, or toss and turn for hours until I feed her again and the cycle repeats....
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  • @llli*abely's Avatar
    Today, 12:48 AM
    Hola Elisa ! Yo soy nutricionista y tengo que decir que a mí también me paso, en mi caso fueron 7 kilos que cogí de más, pero también me paso que no podía bajarlos... Te puedo recomendar una dieta muy buena y saludable que te ayudará probablemente a perder peso rápido aunque luego hay que seguir alimentándose bien para mantener el peso y no volver a cogerlo de nuevo. Esta dieta la hice yo y me fue muy bien, es la dieta de la manzana, puedes hacer click aquí para verla: Dieta de la Manzana Pues esta dieta se fundamente en la fruta de la manzana como fuente esencial de nutrientes pero no es sólo comer a base de manzanas. La manzana tiene múltiples propiedades, ya lo decía el refrán en inglés: "An apple a day keep the doctor away" (Una manzana al día te mantiene alejado del doctor).
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 12:30 AM
    Don't worry about green poops, which are normal & not a sign of anything amiss unless accompanied by some other, more severe symptoms. If you have concerns about weight gain at all, do not stop offering both sides at a feeding especially if two sides is what baby prefers. If a foremilk issue was the cause, your baby would almost certainly be gaining faster than average, because "too much foremilk" is almost always linked to over production. The other possible cause of a foremilk issue is going a longish time between nursing sessions. (A 3 week old is usually nursing at least about 10 times in 24 hours.)
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  • @llli*dandelions's Avatar
    Today, 12:26 AM
    I don`t have any solutions to offer, but my son did the "bobbing for nipples" thing when he was younger. Usually if I adjusted it and got him in a better spot he`d latch on. It might have just been for fun though - now he does the same thing while hollering, so he makes an Indian war cry =) (don`t know the pc term for that...) As far as how long he`s nursing, do you maybe have a nursing clinic near you? I was similarly concerned cause LO would only nurse for 3 min every couple hours, but in going to the clinic we figured out he was getting 3+ oz in those 3 min. If you`re pumping at work, maybe you`re inadvertently driving up your supply? My LO is now 11 months and we`ve run the gamut from nursing blitzes that never lasted more than a couple mins, to cycles of 45 min sessions every other hour.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 12:20 AM
    Hi and welcome. It is entirely normal for a 4 week old baby to nurse as often as you describe. So if your ONLY concern is the frequency with which baby nurses, please be assured that is normal frequency. If you mean baby nurses more than 12 times in 24 hours, then yes, for a one month old, that may indeed by slightly more frequent than many other one month olds, but still probably nothing outside of normal, assuming weight gain is normal (without needing to supplement.) There are a couple ways to try to keep baby active at the breast for longer. One is breast compressions, and the other is switching sides. Both can be tried whenever baby starts to "slow down." But, there is no reason to think a baby must get 80-90 mils per session every time or even most of the time, unless baby is gaining poorly. A normal, healthy baby who is not experiencing breastfeeding problems is going to nurse as long as they need and get as much as they need, and that will vary nursing session to nursing session. If weight gain is a concern, Can you possibly post a complete weight history from birth, and explain when you started supplementing? There is no one specific weight a one month old should be, so knowing baby's weight now is not enough information. How many times in 24 hours does your baby nurse? Is baby always sleeping if not eating? Did a doctor instruct you to supplement baby with a bottle due to poor gain or some other reason? How many times a day is baby supplemented?...
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  • @llli*jmk2015's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:14 PM
    I will also say congrats on making it this far! If you have to stop, think about all the previous breastmilk that was give and how much of a difference that made to your baby. That being said, supply is such a fragile thing. I went back to work but was only pumping 2 fl oz total max! It was aweful! I was so stressed! Eventually I invited a lactation consultant to my home who saw my baby breastfeed, assured me I didn't have any problems and my fussy baby was normal. I relaxed. All of a sudden baby wasn't fussy anymore! I also now pump 5-6 fl oz per session. Huge increase!!! Moral of the story - relax. I know it's easier said than done. Here's a few things that I like to do while pumping. 1) massage the breast before you start 2) stimulate the nipple before you start 3) lightly squeeze both breasts to get the most milk out (I believe this is called breast compression. Google it and watch videos) 4) I have lansinoh breast therapy heating packs. I love them and I always get 1-2 fl oz more when I use them heated up. 5) look up how to properly hand express. I hand express 1/2 oz after every pumping session when I stop producing for the pump.
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  • @llli*brennan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:00 PM
    My daughter is 3 weeks old and the last week or so has had green poop. I thought it might be a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance so I stopped feeding both sides at a feeding (I would finish on one breast burp and offer the second, now I finish on one breast burp and then offer the same side again). This hasn't seemed to help. Dd is a happy and content baby, she is not terribly fussy. She spits up a little but not a concerning amount. She poops and pees the recommended amount. She has had some issues gaining weight (was down 6oz at 12 days) but she was jaundiced and we had latch issues but those have resolved and she is growing. Her poop is the only symptom, and her first poop of the day is yellow but gets greener as the day goes on. She is my third and my first 2 successfully bf for 2 years each. I need help!
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  • @llli*mommytocc's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:28 PM
    My baby boy is going to be one month in few days, and what conserns me is that he wakes up every 1.5hr-2hrs to feed. His weight is 4.4kg and he only nurses for 10 minutes and then falls asleep, I have to attempt to wake him up and if I'm lucky he would have another 20-40ml milk from the bottle which I have to express after each feed since I have no other choice. What concerns me is that he doesn't eat as much as the chart says he should at this stage and according to his weight. Is there anything I can do? Because I want him to nurse longer and have only breast rather then a bottle. And how can I keep him awake so he can have at least 80-90ml ? Maybe he would sleep longer. Please advice
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  • @llli*m11612's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:56 PM
    It never hurts to troubleshoot your pump. Make sure membranes are in good shape etc. That said, 10 minute pump sessions are short. I think most people pump for 15-20 mins. I was an overproducer in the beginning so I would only pump 10 minutes so I wouldn't overflow the bottles. I hid this from my coworker who was a normal production mom. She always felt like she wasn't pumping enough. Once she researched normal size feeds for a breastfed baby and had her dcp use paced bottle feeding she stopped worrying. My overproduction settled down at some point too and I was glad to have had her as an example so I didn't worry. Check out these links: http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/milkcalc/ http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/feeding-tools/bottle-feeding/ http://www.bflrc.com/ljs/breastfeeding/pumpwork.htm (I'm not sure about the paci advice, but thought some good info on this page)
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  • @llli*gracepoole's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:32 PM
    Sent you a private message, bookworm-mom. :) You can find a link to "private messages" under the LLLI logo at the top of the page.
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  • @llli*marleenyowakim's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:03 PM
    I'm hoping I can receive additional help here. I started off with a great milk supply. Towards the end of the first month, I started to go out more - which meant I didn't feed as much, especially since my LO slept just fine in his car seat/stroller. Ultimately I think that's what initiated the decrease in supply. 5 weeks PP, I was diagnosed with mastitis and was antibiotics for 10 days. My milk supply decreased after. I visited a lactation consultant to gauge my supply - my LO was only getting 2 ounces. She recommended several things, including pumping after every feeding, fenugreek + blessed thistle, massaging breasts while feeding. I noticed my supply began to increase. I wasn't pumping after every nursing, but I was pumping once in the morning with a yield of 1.5 to 2.5 ounces - usually averaging 2 ounces. Within the past 3 weeks, I've gotten mastitis again followed with a bout of plugged ducts - which has caused my supply to decrease again. My body also seems to have become immune to the fenugreek because I don't smell the maple syrup odor I should. I visited the hospital, but saw a different LC. She said my LO was losing interest too quickly at the breast, and she thinks it's caused by my milk flow. After months of trying to avoid formula supplementation, she recommended I begin supplementation because my LO is underweight. He will be 12 weeks Saturday and is only 9.4 lbs. She also recommended pumping after every feeding, every 2-3 hours in the evenings -...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:34 PM
    Welcome and congratulations on your dear baby. Why? I am very curious what possible medical reason there could be for "holding off" an infant from nursing. Were you give any reason at all for doing such a thing? It sounds like baby is gaining well and yes, his nursing pattern/habits sound entirely normal. How long it will last? Who knows. Every baby is different. Babies do nurse to settle, this is actually one of the great things about breastfeeding, as you have a built in, fool proof baby-settler. But there are other ways to settle baby if there is some reason you need to. Babies prefer to be held by mom or another trusted adult most of the time. So a soft baby carrier or sling may help you get more things done if that is the problem. If you explain a little bit about how or when baby is "fussy" throughout each feed that may indicate some things. Possibly a fast letdown? But overall, fussiness is normal and since babies nurse most of the time, lots of their fussy time will be when nursing. If you DO have a fast letdown, the last thing you want to do is to try to elongate the time between nursing sessions as this would make fast letdown immediately worse. Fast letdown is not really a problem in any medical sense, and is easily reduced with frequent nursing sessions and adopting some "laid back" or side lying nursing positions. These articles may be helpful to you: http://kellymom.com/hot-topics/newborn-nursing/ and...
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  • @llli*isabelofmtl's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:25 PM
    Update: i think the iv fluids did indeed reduce his thirst, and maybe the stress of the spinal tap attempts made him tired (he tends to conk out after a stressful event). After a while, i was able to nurse him normally. I changed his diaper to wake him up properly, and afterwards, walked around with him in a sling to encourage more nursing. It worked! Phew. I'm glad I didn't mention anything to the nurse right away!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:18 PM
    no contact info on the Group website? Not even e-mail? Or no Group website? That's too bad. . Well I would not say "normal" so much as "common." It is "normal" for nursing to be comfortable for mom and for baby to be able to latch without much difficulty on both sides. But it is "common" for there to be a learning curve in the early days/weeks. What is good in your case is that at least one breast IS coming easier at this point, as many moms deal with pain and latch issues on both sides. My oldest also could barely latch at all on one side, it hurt like heck when he did, and he ended up refusing that side for a few days, but eventually we got things figured out. For latch and positioning, (getting a good latch depends a good deal on finding the right positioning that works for you and your baby) here are my personal favorite resources: http://feedthebabyllc.com/latch-and-positioning/ http://www.llli.org/faq/positioning.html
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  • @llli*kayleestock's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:35 PM
    Here is a little about my story... My little girl born 2 weeks early at 6lbs 12oz. Took her 4 weeks to get back to birth weight, so at 3 weeks PP my LC had me start supplementing with EBM. We concluded it must be a milk supply issue because breastfeeding management was good. I have been taking domperidone, fenugreek, blessed thistle, brewers yeast, oatmeal, alfalfa, More Milk Special Blend, teas, cookies and still haven't been able to really noticeably increase my supply. She continues to have slow weight gain, but is meeting all milestones. All investigations have come back normal, so we don't believe there is a medical problem to her weight gain. I have been discussing with my LC about possible insufficient glandular tissue, my breasts have always been small, but also didn't increase very much in size during pregnancy or PP. I never really got engorged, only felt "fuller" on day 4 PP. I just got a prescription for Metformin, to see if that might help with glandular development and milk supply. Has anyone tried this? What has your response been? How long should I wait to notice an increase? Thanks!
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  • @llli*isabelofmtl's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:03 PM
    Big develpoment for us: DS, 12 days old, was admitted to hospital last night for a staph infection (go results back from lab today),, so he is being treated with antibiotics via IV. Earlier today, a 6th & 7th attempt at a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) were attempted. He was given fluids via IV to try to get a result, because previous attempts turned up "dry" (even though he'd been nursing regularly, which is often, more than every 2 hours, in his case). Ever since, I sense he is nursing less. He seems sleepier and even after showing signs of wanting to nurse, he doesn't do much, if anything when offered the breast. I wasn't watching the time, so I don' know exacly how long this has been happening, but a few hours. I want to know if the IV fluids (not necessarily the antibiotics) could affect his desire to nurse. No one here seems super knowledgeable about breastmilk and breastfeeding (other than "it's good"). I'm worried if his decrease in appetite or energy is due to something else, like the infection itself. He has no fever or other outwardly symptoms.
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  • @llli*kristiannicole's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:01 PM
    Thanks for the response and encouragement. I definitely worry too much about supply and thrush and a ton of other things (hence my self-diagnoses).:o I ended up calling my OBGYN's office and spoke with the nurse. The nurse originally said it sounded like engorgement (definitely not), but would send a message to the midwife. The midwife ended up calling in a script for Bactrim. I picked it up, and was going to wait to start, but I felt pretty crummy last night. Those fevers, even when they are just low-grade, can really knock you off your feet. I ended up taking the first dose last night. I've also been pumping or nursing every 2-3 hours. Overall I feel better, but the redness seems to be growing on my breast (yesterday about 50% was red, today about 75%), and it is still tender. I also still haven't found a lump. Hopefully, things will start improving once I take a few more doses of the antibiotic. Thanks again for your help! Thanks again for your help!
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  • @llli*gracepoole's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:03 PM
    Yup -- I understand completely. No one actually tells you that you aren't constantly bound to the directions. And seriously: who has time to constantly wash pump parts?! You've received great advice about this from Maddie. Do check out KellyMom -- great web site and useful Facebook groups if you're into that kind of thing. I would also check out YouTube videos, some of which demonstrate proper latching. Line up the baby's nose with your nipple, tickle him with your nipple until he opens his mouth VERY wide, and then bring him onto the breast so he's got your nipple in his mouth and a good section of your areola. His lips should be turned outward and you should see and hear him giving big sucks. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding can be a great asset with latching, too. If you need to feed him expressed milk somehow, check out the KellyMom link I provided earlier -- it gives a variety of non-bottle methods (like cup feeding or SNS), along with methods for eventually moving him back to the breast.
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  • @llli*hlatour's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:02 PM
    Hello! My son is nearly 6 weeks old and nurses every hour and a half for about 20 minutes (sometimes more often) on each side all day every day for 6 weeks! He tends to fall asleep while nursing and is also very fussy through out each feed. He has gained 2 lbs 3 oz since born. Our pediatrician suggested we try to hold him off for 3 hours between feedings and he's only gone that long a few times during the night. Just wondering if these things are normal and how long it will last, thank you!
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  • @llli*bookworm-mom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:11 PM
    I'm so sorry to hear you going through this tough time. One of the things I came across while performing research when I was pregnant I found a visual guide to baby poop. At first I thought it was rather funny, but it did help me to know what to expect when checking out my son's diapers. (Being a first time mom makes you research a few things you'd never really think about until you see it). One of the things they mentioned was mucus in the stool. It isn't supposed to be there, and could be a sign that something is amiss. I really suggest you make an appointment with your pediatrician, explain the situation and describe in detail what you're seeing in the diapers, and have him/her give you a diagnosis if possible. Just in case, here is a link to the guide I mentioned earlier. If nothing else, it might serve as a helpful guide. Thanks to it, I wasn't surprised to see green poop the first time I changed my son's diaper. :) I really do hope you can solve this. I know it feels frustrating, and it might even make you upset because you would like to spend time with your other child. However, try to remember there isn't a "perfect baby". This is just one of the things that happen, and it will soon pass. Seek out the correct assistance (I recommend the pediatrician), and you'll see how this all gets sorted out and everything can return to normal. :) Best of wishes all the way from Puerto Rico!
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  • @llli*bookworm-mom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:42 PM
    Thank you so much for the reference and the support. Today seems to be working out better than yesterday. Today he managed to latch on to the right breast and it didn't hurt! :D However, this morning he nursed once every hour. D: At one point he had been nursing for 45 minutes and still seemed to be hungry. At least, he was making the sucking sounds as if to say, "I'm still hungry." I warmed some of my fridge milk, but when I offered him the bottle he didn't want it! Even looked at me funny (if they can at simply 2 weeks old). I was both thrilled and concerned. Thrilled, because this means he's already beginning to prefer nursing than taking bottles. Concerned because if he completely refuses the bottles, how am I to feed him my stored breast milk when he still seems hungry?
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