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    Re: schedule issues!

    My LO is 7 months old and gets solids twice a day. Currently, I nurse separately, but I think we'll soon go to solids 3x/day and so I might start combining solids and nursing so that I'm not...
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    Re: Sleep Transition, Supply

    I would also suggest nursing on one side while you pump on the other at whatever point during the day that you tend to be most engorged. For me, it is always first thing in the morning, and from one...
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    Re: frequency and duration?

    Sounds normal to me! Mine did the same - somewhere around 5 months or so, feedings got shorter and more spread out. I think they just get more efficient and are so curious about the world around them...
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    Re: question about AF while EBF

    I'm still waiting for mine to come back, so don't have any experience to share, but wondered if it could just be a bit of post-birth spotting. If I remember correctly, the bleeding usually stops by 6...
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    Re: Low milk supply?

    Lots of babies around that age are fussy in the afternoons/evenings. Things that helped my LO calm down included: rocking, playing music, and going outside.
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    Re: I think I messed everything up...

    Sorry you're so stressed! First, take a deep breath, you're doing fine! I think "normal" weight gain at that age is 0.5-1 oz per day, so 3 oz in a week seems reasonable. Why do you think he should...
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    Re: Problems Expressing

    Are you at all engorged when your LO wakes up for her 6 am feed? If so, you could try feeding her on one breast while pumping on the other (obviously an electric pump makes this ALOT easier). Since...
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    Re: Failure to Thrive??

    Have you been to a pediatric gastroenterologist? Meat is actually an acceptable first food (high in iron), and most infants should be able to digest it. Since your LO seemed to have a bad reaction to...
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    Re: Spoiled Milk???

    I'm sorry I don't have any definitive information, but if it were me, I'd play it safe and throw it out (as cringe-worthy as thought may be!). Usually, milk should be frozen within 48 hours of being...
  10. Re: ped recommended vitamin supplements?

    In addition to my prenatal, I take Enfamil Lipil DHA and Calcium plus D. In general, I think American's diets are low in omega-3 fatty acids, then when you add it restricting certain fish from you...
  11. Re: Found Fingers... less interested in feedings?

    Once they discover their hands as a toy/self-pacifier, you can't necessarily use the hands in the mouth as a sign of hunger any more. My 5 month old constantly has her hands in her mouth, and she's...
  12. Re: Does tummy time foster excessive spit up??

    My LO (3.5 months) is also a big spitter-upper, and tummy time seems to exacerbate it. Seems to make sense - pressure on a full tummy puts more pressure on the stomach so stuff gets forced up, plus...
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    Re: Fussy period in late evening

    Same... my DD is 3.5 months and is still fussy in the evenings. I turn on music and dance around with her, and it usually calms her down. As soon as the music goes on she usually stops crying....
  14. Re: need to stop nursing b/c of possible osteoporosis? i'm scared!?!?

    One more thing I forgot to add - We can only absorb about 500 mg of calcium at a time, so look for tablets that are a max of 500 mg, and when you take your calcium supplement, spread it out...
  15. Re: need to stop nursing b/c of possible osteoporosis? i'm scared!?!?

    The current "Adequate Intake" (AI) for lactation is 200 IU. AIs are established when there is not enough evidence to establish an RDA (the amount that meeds the needs of 97% of healthy individuals)....
  16. Re: need to stop nursing b/c of possible osteoporosis? i'm scared!?!?

    I don't know anything about breastfeeding contributing to loss of bone mass, however I have read that there is a period after giving birth during which bone mass builds at an increased rate - a great...
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    Re: Pumping and storing

    Just be sure to keep track of when each bottle was pumped - breast milk is good for 48 hours and then should either be tossed or frozen. Also should not be at room temperature for more than 4 hours....
  18. Re: Should milk supply increase as baby gets older?

    You can try plotting your LO on the WHO growth chart which is based on BF babies. The CDC chart that most pedis used is based on a mix of formula and BF babies. Formula fed and BF babies tend to have...
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    Re: How long do you let them sleep?

    I'm not sure where I read this, but at some point I remember seeing that when babies are in car seats or bouncy chairs, and sort of scrunched up, it can make them sleepy because they don't breathe as...
  20. Re: Ways to ween baby off nipple shield!!

    I also used a nipple shield in the beginning (for an inverted nipple) and it took a while to wean my baby from it. Sometimes she would do fine without, sometimes she needed it, sometimes I would...
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    Re: Refusing to Latch....

    Medela makes one that I used in the beginning when we were having latching issues - it was provided by the hospital: ...
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    Re: Refusing to Latch....

    Oh - one more idea - you could try using a supplemental nutrition system (a small tube connected to a bottle of formula or EBM if you have any) on your breast. This will ensure your son is getting...
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    Re: Refusing to Latch....

    Just a few ideas:
    For each feed at which he doesn't latch and you give him a bottle, make sure you pump to stimulate milk production. Similarly, if he does latch and feed at the breast, you can pump...
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    Re: Feeding Duration

    Should have also mentioned that she usually nurses every 2.5-4 hours during the day and has recently started sleeping through the night (most nights!) - about 9 hours between feeds.
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    Feeding Duration

    I have a beautiful 12 week old girl who is nursing wonderfully after some early difficulties mostly related to cesarean birth. She has plenty of wet/dirty diapers and is gaining well. However, she is...
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