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    kaya
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    hi everyone. I’m a new mom. My baby is 10 days old now and about a week ago, i decided to exclusively pump. My LO had such a hard time latching on. She was so frustrated, she was screaming at the top of her lungs for an hour before she would exhaust her self to sleep. She also lost about 11% of her birth weight due to latching problems. now i exclusively pump. I had no idea we were supposed to pump every 2-3 hours. Does that mean that you all get up in the middle of the night to pump? I’m an insomniac and once I wake up in the middle of the night I can’t fall back a sleep. usually my husband gets up to feed the baby at night so that I don’t have to get up… Would it hurt my milk supply if I pump every 3 hours during the day but skip the night pumping?

    #6925717

    KungfuRonin
    Member

    this is so hard!! my 16 month old wont give up the breast and i am 4 months pregnant! help!

    #6910102

    Soulmama
    Member

    Well, I have been reading the posts. I am currently breastfeeding my daughter and have been very successful at it. I did not breastfeed my first born simply because I chose not to. I do not give excuses for it and I don’t feel bad about it. I think breastfeeding should be a natural and rewarding feeling for both baby and mother. if the mother has a difficult time, is stressed out and cannot produce milk as result, I don’t thinks that’s good for her or the baby. Ditto for mothers who have medical issues. I am very pro-breastfeeding now. i even volunteered to become a donor. I do believe however, that it is a very personal choice. For whatever reason a mother is not breastfeeding, elective or not, I don’t think it is our place to judge anyone to say they are making excuses. The only experience we can comment on for certainty is our own.

    #6910358

    Bri
    Member

    As for sippys: I started offering one to Kekoa at six months. Around 8months he started refusing the bottle so I just started packing him milk with a sippy. They’d warm the milk and pour it into the sippy. Around 10months Kekoa was completely off the bottle and drinking cold breast milk. But…he doesn’t drink as much in the sippy. We knows how to hold it himself but if someone is there to help him then he will drop his hands to his sides. When he used to drink two 6oz bottles he now will only drink 6oz the whole day out of the sippy. Now that he’s 1 I’m not too concerned with his milk intake. He eats plenty of other foods to compensate for the nutrients.

    #6910614

    babybean3
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    thanks for the advice ladies its hugely appreciated! so should i stop giving him formula all together and just nurse?? or keep suplementing

    #6910870

    ozbaby
    Member

    notsmithers: My little girl is almost 6 months and for the past few weeks i have tried to start her on a few mouthfulls of cereal, custard, fruit etc and she wont have a bar of it. She is not interested and holds her mouth open like i put poison on her tongue. I waited as i think its better for them to just have breastmilk and now at almost 6 months she still is not interested. She stares at our food and wants to get it but when you offer her food she hates it. Ignore peoples comments. Everyone will always have a different opinion. My sister fed her 9month old daughter at 4 months as well and thinks im silly for waiting. Who cares? Her experiance with her kids will be different from yours. You would know if she needed food earlier.

    #6911126

    anniemarie
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    kimberly-finally some answers! all along you’ve been feeding your LO exactly what was needed! i’m so happy that you finally figured out what’s going on! and then for them to say, well actually we’re surprised how healthy your LO is for the allergies?!? i’m so glad you got everything fingured out. and thank goodness you didn’t add formula and other things w/o finding this out first it might have been an even worse situation then! i’m sorry to hear about how strict your diet will have to be. but there are many alternatives and once you get the hang of what you can have and what to stay away from it won’t be so hard. best of luck! again i’m so happy that someone finally figured out what was going on!

    #6911382

    ErikaS
    Member

    Just to add to some of the questions posed the past few days, I personally really like my Medela Swing pump a lot, and I ve used the Harmony as well, but the Swing is faster as its electric.
    I am on a BC pill for BFmothers called Micronor. Its been over 2 months now and no side effects.

    #6911638

    cindermoon
    Member

    My baby has never had a bad reaction to any kind of food, that includes milk, nuts, and spicy foods like tacos and chili. But one time I had a large cup of coffee around lunch time, well it turned out it wasn’t decaf and I ended up being awake till 5 in the morning with a very bouncy baby. By the way I could not pump without this site! My breasts wont let down if I think about it, so I pick up my phone and read the comments until the milk flows!

    #6911894

    Lilliesmom
    Member

    Is anyone else extremely thristy all the time? I had my daughter almost 3 weeks ago and am breastfeeding. I can’t get enough water, juice, etc. I’m especially craving skim milk. Is this weird?? I guess my hormones are all over the place right now. I’m glad it’s not cupcakes I’m craving…LOL!!!

    #6912150

    Lilliesmom
    Member

    mgmommy-I don’t think it’s weird to nurse past a year at all!! I’m actually kind of shocked that someone would think that’s ‘weird.’ It’s healthy for your baby and as long as both you and your baby are still enjoying it, then go for it! I wish I could have gone longer with my daughter. We made it to 8 months but with working full time I had just had enough. I’m a teacher and pumping at work was becoming a real hassle. Now, if you’re on here saying you want to nurse your 7 year-old, then I might think that’s weird…LOL!!!!

    #6912406

    ArmyMom
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    I think your doing the right thing. My milk didnt come in until day 5.. I thought it was never going to come. I would bf every 2 hours and then offer and oz or 2 of formula after the feed just because we needed to get his jaundice levels down and that’s what was recommended to me. Sounds like your doing a great job.. its alot of work but keep it up!

    #6912662

    anniemarie
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    tiff-is it that time of the month? usually you’ll get a little bit of a drop in your supply around that time. you can always use natrual herbs such as fenugreek, blessed thistle, and even some prescription drugs to up your supply. generally a rule of thumb is an oz per amount of time between feeds/pumping sessions. do not feel discouraged! you are doing a wonderful job, and pumping is hard work! i try to avoid it when i can, but generally feel frustrated that i’m not getting enough out to replace what i’ve had to take out of my frozen saved supply. are you finding that you don’t have enough for your LO? or you just aren’t pumping quite as much? i used to be able to pump extra but now as my son’s older that doesn’t happen. and i’ve gone back to full time nursing when i don’t work, i’m a substitute teacher so it’s kind of a hit or miss thing during the week, and now i get lazy and don’t pump after my nursing sessions. there’s another remedy of oatmeal, you’ll have to get that from the other wonderful ladies on here as i’ve never done that, although i should try cuz it’s easy enough, lol. another thing that worked really really well for me was to pump at least 10 min after a nursing session to empty myself out…even going 5 min after the last drop will tell your body that it needs to produce more. i would try all of those things first. you’ve come so far and are doing such a terrific job and if you don’t want to give formula then don’t! it’s too bad your partner isn’t more supportive…but sometimes they feel a little bit of resentment at the fact that you’re the main source of food for your LO, it’s a very special bond and there might be a little jealousy, hopefully that’s not the case. but a gentle way to get your point across is to say, yeah formula might be a litte easier but this is sooo much better and think of all the money we’re saving! a can of formula can be anywhere from $10-$20 a piece! hope this was helpful!!!

    #6912918

    Bri
    Member

    Amber, I totally agree with you. I’ve done some research and found what really goes into formula. I know it has it’s place and has saved lives but there are babies that have had such bad reactions to it that they have died. I know crazy. I wouldn’t give formula unless I just couldn’t for some reason. My cousin’s baby had formula but that’s cause Mom was no longer in the picture. It has it’s place. Kekoa falls asleep nursing only a couple times a week. We got to a point where nursing calm him down and ready for bed. Once in bed he will put himself to sleep. Go ahead and nurse her as long as you want. It’s healthy for her! I just got my 18month pamplet in the mail. It talks about nutrion and I was so happy to read, ‘If you are still nursing, good for you! It has plenty of benefits.’

    #6913174

    KEBLER98
    Member

    Ok, now I am wondering if I should go ahead and get a pregnancy test… Yesterday morning I felt pukish in the morning but just over looked it. Well, I just had that feeling AGAIN and this time got sick. I am not feeling like I am sick sick, but I am feeling dizzy and ‘morning sickness’. Dear lord ladies, what should I do???

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