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    JaguarEyes
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    I have an almost 20 month old son who shows no signs of wanting to wean. In fact, he would BF more if I let him. As it is, he gets milk in the morning, before nap, at about 6pm, to go to sleep, and however many times he (still) wakes up during the night. I’m fine with going until he’s about 2, but that means gradual weaning starting now. How do I do that, when he wants milk all the time? I’ve been working from home since he was born, so this schedule was fine for us, but may have to take a job outside the home this summer, so worried about how that’s going to work. Any suggestions would be appreciated. He eats solids 2-3 times a day of all sorts, and snacks, and is finally starting to like moo milk a little, but doesn’t drink much of it.

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    Bri
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    LaIslaBonita – To answer your questions. 1. Some women don’t pump a lot. No matter how hard they try they just cannot pump more then an ounce or two. This is no indictation on how much your baby is getting. There really isn’t a way to find that out. The most reliable way to make sure baby is getting enough is the wet diapers and whether she’s happy or not. Are you pumping for work or just to have a just in case stash? If it’s for work then I’d suggest buying mother’s milk tea and fenugreek to see if it helps. If it’s just in case then I wouldn’t worry too much. Freeze what you can and move on. Also, if you are pumping right after a feed then she’s probably draining you. While you are constantly making milk and always have some left if she had just finished a meal then there probably isn’t much to pump out. 2. It is completely normal for a breastfed baby to poo once a week. In the beginning most do poo daily if not at every diaper change but as they grow and mature their systems start using the milk efficiantly. There isn’t much waste in breastmilk so there is less that comes out. Formula has a lot of junk in it so that’s why you hear about constipation from those parents. A breastfed baby is rarely constipated. My first poo’d once a week, if that. It wasn’t until he was getting to about 9days that he started getting fussy. My second poos daily and if it’s been three days he’s just about had it. So, if she starts getting fussy there are things you can do to help move things along. You can bicycle her legs. Lightly press her knees to her chest. Massage her tumy as well. I’ll do a massage, get the legs going and then sit Alex on my lap while I’m at the computer. If my legs are crossed then he sit in a hole where his legs are up a bit. The downward force along with his legs up helps him poo. If all that doesn’t work and she’s still fussy the last resort is manual stimulation. I wouldn’t recommend it until she’s gone over a week. I only did it a handful of times with my first when he was about 10days past. It’s basically taking her temp with a rectal therm. If you don’t have one then a q-tip and vasaline works. But again, not recommended until it’s be way over a week. Alex loves his legs played with so we make a game out of it. When he was really young and full of gas we could almost play a song to his toots when we pressed his legs up to his chest. My oldest got a kick out of it and the relief made Alex happy.

    #6919000

    Bri
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    jeniwalker – There has been a boycott since the late 70’s. It stemmed from marketing to third world countries. Up to 25% of babies were dying because most of the women couldn’t read the English on the cans about being sanitary. A lot of the women couldn’t read their own language. So even if clean water was available moms weren’t using it because they didn’t know better. This then led to deaths. There has also been cases of Nestle handing out free cans throughout their hospital stay. By the time mom left the hospital she couldn’t breastfeed anymore but once home she couldn’t afford the formula and baby died. Plus, the immunities are very important in some of those environments. Pnuemonia and several other diseases were more rampant in non-breastfed babies which also led to deaths. Men loved formula because in many cultures they can’t touch their pregnant or breastfeeding wives. So they pushed moms into the formula. The list goes on and on. They’ll apoligize and then a year later will start up again. There are actually several countries that have non-profit companies in regards to the boycott. One of the major one is in the UK. Something Milk Action. Their number one priority is the boycott. The Internet is full of Nestle’s nasty marketing practices. It’s hard to boycott all of Nestle but if I know it’s them or one of their subs then I don’t buy it.

    #6919256

    kerrysa
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    nena – Why don’t you try some nipple shields first? It should help your baby latch if you are having trouble and will certainly help with the bleeding etc. Don’t be despondent, you will be able to breastfeed, you need to be confident about it!

    #6919512

    phatbaby57
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    Lawson-don’t be too hard on yourself. This was my constant battle too. I hated pumping so I was always slacking off and then doingdouble time to make it up. Now I get to wean myself from it. Funny thing pumping’s not so bad when you don’t have to do it. Keep your chin up!

    #6919768

    puddin1
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    Oh my goodness i am really struggling this week,i don’t know if it is something i am doing wrong but my DD is just so unsettled.During the night things are fine she will wake, feed really well then go back to sleep no problem, but during the day she takes very frequent short feeds and is not content after and hardly sleeps all day eventhough she seems tired.
    Any advice would be really appreciated x

    #6920024

    styx
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    Ok I just looked and I got old fashioned (sp) oats so I do not need to ferment them?

    #6920280

    Bri
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    dixiehun21 – I agree it depends on the women. Most women sleep for 3-6 weeks but depending on your birth it could be shorter or longer. Sections actually bleed longer because they don’t have the benefit of birth to push a lot of the blood out. No, it isn’t a period. It’s PP bleeding. As for periods. Again, some get it back at 6 weeks and others won’t until their babies wean. Most will get it back once they stop feeding through the night and solids are part of the daily routine so this means around 8months or so. Again, depending on the mom. As for exercise, again that will depend on birth. A normal vaginal birth without tearing you should start being able to walk and get back into business once you feel up to it. A little longer with tearing and at least 6 weeks for a section. Definately start slow when you start to exercise. Walking is the best thing in the beginning. I wouldn’t hit the gym. Also, with breastfeeding exercise can effect supply and taste so you will want to take it slowly just for that reason. I exercise daily but it isn’t hard. My son is now 6 months and I’ve lost 70lbs!

    #6920536

    Bri
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    We also have an ‘eat at mom’s’ tee for Alex. HAHA! I like the one for mom though.

    #6920792

    Bri
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    didderty – Could be a million things. Teething, something hurts, frustrated a letdown, not hungry…. Just keep offering it, she’ll go back.

    #6921048

    seuban0
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    lauraoct – thanks and yuck! That sounds like a hassle! I think everything should be locked with fingerprint scanners so we don’t have to worry about keys anymore! Lol.

    #6921304

    Bri
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    Maddox, I used to worry when I worked. Chris never had more then a 5 oz bottle and that was rare rare rare. It was usually 4oz even when he was older. It is true that they never need more. Compared to the formula babies who were drinking 8-9oz bottles I was worried. Never needed to though.

    #6921560

    EllasMommy23
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    I’m in PA and it’s 8:30 now. Ella’s in bed and i’m getting ready to go… maybe lol

    #6921816

    Benbubby- We did th same thing last month. Flew from WA to GA! Bring a bobby on the flight . IT WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE!!!!!! Because the seats are so close that you just put it on your lap and lay him on it without getting tired from holding him. Also, we took a over night flight so he could get his sleep on the plane. I don’t know how many days you are goin to be gone for but it took John 2 days for the time difference to set wit him. I would bring a pump. I brought mine but forgot 1 piece and woke one night with huge rocks on my chest a baby would couldn’t eat n leaking likecrazy. I had to hand pump for 1 hr to get most of the pain to go away.But yes while taking off and landing have him eat or have something to suck on, so his ear don’t bug him!

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