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  • @llli*ssmith888's Avatar
    Today, 05:35 PM
    Thank you!!
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  • @llli*stina.hi's Avatar
    Today, 03:09 PM
    Hi, I have a 1 month old girl. Just some background: We have been struggling with breastfeeding from the beginning. She had a tongue tie and my nipples were blistered and bleeding before we left the hospital. We got her tongue tie clipped and I had to rest my nipples. So I pumped for a week and we also supplemented with formula. When we started breastfeeding again, I used a nipple shield. I was able to wean off the shield two weeks ago and we've been exclusively breastfeeding. Right now I have a few concerns: 1) Apparently, I have a forceful letdown. My LC told me to recline back when feeding. This has helped a lot. However, how long will this last? Besides reclining back, what else can I do to help this? Also, if I am in public what other position will help as I don't want to be almost on my back? 2) She seems to be satisfied after being on one breast for about 10 min. I think she's getting hind milk bc her poops have been yellow and seedy. Is feeding on one breast ok? I am also pumping so that she has breastmilk when I go back to work. I try to pump after each feeding. When I put her to the breast for her next feeding, should I alternate breasts? Also, should I pump the other side if she only takes one side? I have been pumping both sides even if she takes one side. 3) I know that pumping increases my supply and probably doesn't help with the forceful letdown. How can I manage both so that I can keep my supply but help with the forceful letdown?
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  • @llli*alicerich86's Avatar
    Today, 01:51 PM
    When is the best time to get pregnant? Your fertile days are the 4-5 days before ovulation and the day of ovulation, while the most fertile days are the 2 days before ovulation and the day of ovulation.
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  • @llli*jen.r24's Avatar
    Today, 01:00 PM
    Hello ladies, I know this gets asked a lot and I know follow my baby is probably the answer but I'm feeling a bit ARGH about my girl's nursing frequency. She is nearly 8 months old, have a history of fussiness about feeding and positions. Making some headway since I got advice here - ie I don't have to side lie and nurse her all the time now but we're still mostly reclined on bed for nursing. My issue is she is dropping/stretching out nursings. I feed on demand but I still offer her frequently (every 1-2 hours) even when she hasn't asked because of distractability. We bedshare. We do baby led solids and food intake is hit or miss depending on the day; she loves playing and exploring foods - some days she appears to swallow a good bit (a good bit being probably only 1-1.5 tablespoonful or so of food overall eg a chunk of pear and a bit of a porridge finger, or like tonight she ate roast courgette/pepper and a bit of cheese/avocado tortilla wrap). She's been in 91st centile since birth weight wise. Typical day: she feeds around 6am; wakes up at 7.30am, I offer her breasts, she has a playful feed (ie she sucks a moment and pops off again a few times but then when let down happens she may have a second or two of sucking but then isn't interested); she joins us for breakfast where she'll have a bit of fruit or porridge fingers; she won't feed again until 9.30-10am when she naps; she may have a playful fed on wake-up, usually an hour later; I offer her some of what I'm...
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  • @llli*shanghai's Avatar
    Today, 10:31 AM
    She had tongue tie that was clipped on day 4.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 09:12 AM
    A flattened nipple indicates a shallow latch. Has baby been checked for tongue or lip ties?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 09:10 AM
    2 hours without nursing is a long time for a 2 week-old baby, particularly in the evening when a lot of babies are cluster feeding. (Cluster feeding: many closely spaced, small feedings, often interspersed with bouts of fussiness.) The next time you want to go out, I suggest taking your baby and sitter with you. You and your husband have a nice dinner, and grandma walks the baby around in a stroller or carries her in a sling, and brings the baby to you to nurse if necessary. (If you need tips on nursing in public, let us know. It can be challenging with very young babies, but it's doable!) For the future, I am a big fan of something we call "adult dinner". After the kids go to bed, my husband and I have a candlelit dinner with lots of yummy, pre-prepared stuff we pick up at the fancy grocery store. And wine, lots of wine! ;) Minimal clean-up, and it's cheaper than a restaurant. With a new baby, you can take the same approach mentioned above- grandma cares for the baby nearby for an hour or two, while you and your husband linger over your fancy-shmancy dinner in the comfort of your own home.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 09:03 AM
    :hug Don't let the frustration get to you. It's totally normal for very young babies to have difficulty finding their way to sleep. The "nurse for a moment-squirm-nurse again-fuss" pattern is really typical at this age. Have you tried nursing her and then settling her to sleep on your chest? Sometimes this will allow you to lean farther and farther back until you are lying flat, and then you roll slightly so baby is lying on her side against you. Hopefully you both can drift off to sleep at that point. Is baby sleeping in bed with you, or in a crib or bassinet?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 08:59 AM
    It's never too late to increase supply! All you need is the proper stimulation, and your brain will get the signal to pump out the hormone that will tell your breasts to make more milk. Do you have a pump, preferably a high-quality double electric pump with correctly sized shields? If not, now is the time to get one. I would look into renting a hospital-grade pump, as they are usually the most effective. In addition to nursing as much as possible, you will be aiming to fit in as many pumps per day as possible. Ideally, you will want to pump around 8 or more times a day, but if that is not possible, whatever pumping you can do will be good. Even if it's just 1-2 times per day, that is still better than nothing.
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  • @llli*layne.cough's Avatar
    Today, 08:44 AM
    Hello, I am a first time mom and have a almost 2 week old baby. My parents offered to come down the other night for a couple hours so that my husband and I could go out to dinner. It was great but after just an hour and a half my mom said the baby was fussing to eat. (I'm breastfeeding). So we came right home so I could nurse. I nursed her right before we left for dinner thinking she could go at least 2 hours without wanting to nurse again, but guess I was wrong. I would like my parents do watch her again sometime so that my husband and I can at least get out of the house for an hour or two but I am nervous that the same thing will happen and she will just get fussy for a nursing after an hour of us being gone. Anyone else been in this situation or have any suggestions?
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  • @llli*jen.r24's Avatar
    Today, 08:40 AM
    I haven't left my lo for longer than 2 hours yet (though plan to leave her 3-4 hours soon) and she is nearly 8 months. She also does not and has never taken a bottle. We have been getting her used to an open cup and she needs help with it but has taken at least 1oz from it when we are offering solids. So I figure I'll feed before leaving her then leave 2-4oz with the cup and hopefully she'll work it out with carers helping her. Good thing is, as maddieb says, the milk can sit out fine during that time and be offered multiple times. I also find my lo takes milk from cup better when its not me giving it -you may find a carer or another person can give bottles or cups more easily. Good luck with the return to work :hug
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  • @llli*layne.cough's Avatar
    Today, 07:53 AM
    Thank you all! Last night she seemed very squirmy all night and I had a hard time getting her to settle down and actually sleep. She acted liked she would want to nurse but then she would only nurse for a second and then get fussy again. I would change her diaper but she still seemed fussy. It also seemed liked she did not like laying on her back and would sometimes make a gurgle sound like she was about to spit up or something. She would make the sucky faces so I would try nursing again but when I put her to my breast she would smack her lips and not really latch on. Almost like she was playing a game with me. I'm so frustrated now!
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  • @llli*zachary.smommy's Avatar
    Today, 06:56 AM
    I just want to encourage you to hang in there if you can and say you are doing an awesome job. I struggled very much in the beginning, as well. My LO was not gaining enough, and he had a weak suck. He wanted to nurse ALL.THE.TIME. I was going out of my mind because it was never ending. And then I was told I needed to supplement to get his weight up, and had a whole bunch of issues following that. You can look at my thread, with the title of "everything is going wrong.." I realize I was depressed, I was crying all the time and I felt like I couldn't take it anymore, but I didn't want to quit BF. And now, my LO is 5 months old and it is completely different. I am so glad I stuck it out. His latch got better over time as he grew, and sessions got shorter. I was never able to pump as often as was suggested when I was giving supplements, but I just did what I could. For my supply, I try to drink lots of water, and I take Fenugreek (but honestly not sure how much it really helps,) and when I am home with baby I just try to nurse as often as possible, including overnight. It is possible to get your supply up! It's not too late. Like PP mentioned, when you pump it is really helpful to do compressions and massage to get more out. Just try to take it one day at a time. Or one session at a time! You can do this!
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  • @llli*crocusb's Avatar
    Today, 06:17 AM
    Thank you so much for your advice which helped me to make up my mind! Yes I am in the UK. Gastroenthologist was the dentist's suggestion. We went to see him, he said my son has got reflux and we need to get him treated before tongue tie removal and this my solve our latching problems! I sought advice from another IBCLC and she was wonderful. Apparently his tongue tie affected his breastfeeding; coordination of his tongue and suction massively. So we decided to go for treatment. Unfortunately, while we wre trying to make sense of what the doctors/HV/ dentist were saying, we lost so much time. I understand removal of tongue tie does not guarantee anything but my supply and my baby suffered meanwhile (poor weight gain, difficulty in feeding etc). It was really inexperienced of me to listen to people who were not specialising in breatfeeding but because they were so confident in what they were saying I got confused! I need to re-establish breatfeeding as we have been giving him bottles because of poor latch and poor milk transfer. I try to put him on my breast but he does not like it :( I am thinking may be it is far too late to breastfeed and increase my supply (he will be 10 weeks). Thank you :)
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:14 AM
    Give it a taste test. If it tastes okay, it's okay. But that 12 month-old milk should be used up ASAP- even in a deep freeze, that stuff is reaching its expiration date.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:03 AM
    I like your flexible approach! I think it might help to keep in mind that you only have 4.5 months to go until your baby is a year old, and you can supplement with cow's milk and solid foods If/when you run short of expressed milk or choose to stop daytime pumping altogether. Those pump sessions are annoying, but you don't have to put up with them much longer!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:00 AM
    :ita with Jessiesmom. I especially love her description of her "gentle routine"- what she describes is what I did with my kids and i think it really helped them start to distinguish day from night.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:58 AM
    There are plenty of iron-fortified cereals out there. You might want to go with oatmeal or wheat cereal rather than rice, as there have been a lot of reports of arsenic contamination of rice and rice products. I'm not saying that rice cereal is guaranteed to have arsenic in it, just that these days a lot of parents are avoiding it due to concerns about arsenic. How rational those concerns are... I don't think anyone knows.
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  • @llli*justice222's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:53 PM
    I've been giving bottles of expressed milk every 2-3 hours during the day because of tongue tie related transfer issues (and he also nurses in between bottles but doesn't get much so I guess it's mostly for comfort) when we first realized he was tongue tied and not gaining weight two weeks ago at 7 weeks, I borrowed a hospital grade pump and could only get 2 oz total from both sides together during one pump session...now I generally get at least 2 oz per side and sometimes more depending on time of day and how long it has been since I pumped last. This morning for example I pumped after not having pumped all night and got 8 oz and could have kept going except LO wasn't gonna tolerate daddy time any longer. I think your body gets used to the pump and you learn to use it more efficiently. I also realized I can get more milk if I squeeze and massage the crap outta my breasts. Try to pump more frequently and see if you see an increase after a few days!
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  • @llli*shanghai's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:29 PM
    Today was not a good day for me. My LO only gained 2 oz in a week. We're going to have to start formula. I have increased my pumping to 15 mins now (for the last 2 days) and am not seeing any change in output, still about 20-55 oz per session depending on time of day and I think she needs at least 3 oz per feed. Our pump/nursing schedule is something like this: 1 am nurse, 4 am nurse, 6 am nurse, 8 am pump, 1030 nurse, noon pump, 3 nurse, 6 nurse, 8-11 pm cluster feed. I am willing to add another pumping session but not sure where especially since LO takes about an hour to nurse. My nipple looks sort of like a lipstick when it comes out with the flattened side on where her jaw is. I tried to fix her latch with the help of the LC at the support group but my LO seems to be fixed in her ways and doesn't want to change, luckily her bad latch doesn't cause me any pain. The LC at the support group seems to be very blah about my whole situation and I feel like they've run out of advice and ways to help me and have moved on to other people in the group. I've considered doing exclusive pumping because I don't think my LO knows how to latch and transfer milk properly (and probably hasn't known how since she was born). At least with exclusive pumping I will know how much my LO is getting but I can't seem to even pump enough for that and I'm afraid that it's too late for me to get my supply up. I'm getting really discouraged with this whole situation and think perhaps this all...
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  • @llli*nekozuki's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:13 PM
    Hahaha, it sounds like the aversion to vegetables is built in! :) I'm soo anxious about my baby not getting enough iron. I've been giving her silverbeet with pumpkin. Maybe I should get that iron fortified baby rice.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:15 PM
    I think it's too late to call infant risk today so I would suggest looking it up on lactmed (toxnet) Like most topicals from what I am reading on lactmed, it is considered safe as long as it was not applied to the breast or nipple. In other words you only need to avoid direct ingestion by baby. Trace amounts that you swallowed I can't imagine would be a problem.
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  • @llli*ssmith888's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:42 PM
    Does anyone know if it's safe to breastfeed after using benzocaine? I had a cavity filled today at the dentist. They used benzocaine topically (some of which I'm sure I swallowed) and then lidocaine and epinephrine in a shot to numb the site. I know the lidocaine and epinephrine are okay but couldn't find info on benzocaine. Anyone had this question answered before? I have some milk stored so could pump and dump for one or two feedings but not much longer.
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  • @llli*jessiesmum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:05 PM
    Providing baby is nursing well (which seems to be the case), gains weight correctly and has plenty of wet and dirty diapers there is no actual need to wake baby to nurse during the day. However, considering the frequency of night feeds it can't hurt to wake baby for more daytime nursing to try and encourage longer night sleeps. When my now 8 month old daughter was brand new I would wake her for feeds during the day. During daytime and evening I made sure my breasts were readily available and we spent lots of time cuddled up skin to skin to encourage frequent nursing. Additionally, such young babies have very short-term memories and aren't really aware of routine, but it can't hurt to establish a gentle routine for the morning and evening so that eventually she'll begin to learn when the day starts and finishes. We started early with a top and tail wash and change into day clothes in the morning, lots of light and general noise such as talking at a normal level through the day, and then in the evening we had a bath, changed into night clothes and kept the lighting and noise low.
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