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  • #6913971

    judi
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    Oh, and regarding the bottle/cup discussion, I agree an open topped plastic or melamine cup or straw cup is the best option for a baby who doesn’t like a bottle. If you go with a straw cup and can’t get the straw clean, you can buy lengths of soft plastic straw from hardware and craft shops that should fit. I keep extra lengths in the cupboard and replace the straw from time to time.

    #6914227

    Bri
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    torybailey – It could be reflux but before going that way….Many babies can’t handle dairy at this age. If I were you I would try cutting all dairy products out of your diet. It can take a few days for this to work. My son was spitting up and having awful diarrhea and our doctor suggested it. I ended up diary free until he was 9months but it was well worth it.

    #6914483

    GladeK
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    katjak-I would quit going to that doc! My baby had the same thing at about three months, I quit all dairy and it went away within a day or two…its most likely an easy fix, not sure why your doc told you to stop breastfeeding! Just cut out all dairy, and get a second opinion. MY LO is 8 months and we are going strong with breastfeeding, and I’ve now started to add some dairy back into my diet, and he is doing well.

    #6914739

    Bri
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    It’s funny what people get up and arms about. Co-sleeping is natural. You don’t expect a baby who’s spent his or her whole existance inside you, listening to your heart beat just pop out and be ready to sleep in a lonely crib. They want to feel the warmth of you and hear your heart and breath. I subscribe to attachment parenting and truly feel it’s the best for my family. I know others that don’t and that’s fine too. My son now sleeps in his crib and actually likes it. He doesn’t sleep well when sleeping with us anymore but in the beginning it was great. We’re going to buy another convertable crib for this next baby but I’m in no hurry. We were looking today but we have plenty on time. He’s not going to be sleeping in it until he’s ready which could be next spring for all I know. HAHA! Parenting is such a hot topic. To each their own, unless of course it could be considered abuse.

    #6914995

    Ready4No2
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    I’m having an insecure bfing/mommyhood day today, I think. My DD has stopped nursing between every nap and gets angry with me when I try to offer it and she doesn’t want it. 3 months seems early to be teething, so I don’t know what’s up. I was in tears yesterday ‘cuz she wouldn’t stop crying and I think today might be another of those days. Ugh 🙁 I think I try to use my boob as a pacifier and she just doesn’t want it. Sorry for the rambling, I don’t know what’s going on. Just when you think you have it all figured out, everything changes! I hand expressed 1/2 an ounce yesterday and tried bottle feeding with a different bottle, still no real interest. I think I could do it, but I worry that somebody else trying to feed her wouldn’t be able to.

    #6915251

    suzmBLUE
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    Ladies, I am so upset, and you all are the only ones that will understand. I have been battling supply issues for the past month and have been posting about it. I have tried all of the herbs, eating and drinking more – even Even ovaltine, but no luck in increasing. This all started in mid-August I was on vacation for a week and happy to be able to b/f all day, and pump a lot, and was excited because I saw nothing stopping me from exclusively b/f to a year. The next week I dropped one pumping a day when I returned to work (added 2 more at night to make up for it), but in that same week got my period back, had an ibs attack, the baby started teething and had a small nursing strike. The supply started dropping from there – I used to be able to pump 10-14 oz a day, now I am at 3-5 oz. a day. I have had to start giving her 2 bottles of formula during the day while I am at work. Today, after pumping twice, I only have 1 oz. My LO is about a week and a half shy of 7 months. I tried to nurse more but she is so distracted and seems to be losing interest in everything but the morning and right before bed. It is such an ironic twist – at 4 months, I had an oversupply, had to block-feed and pump before I fed my baby each time. She hated bottles and each day was a struggle for my MIL to get her to eat enough while I was at work. I feel so crushed over this. I hate the thought of giving her formula. I really do not want to take drugs to increase my supply though, but am seriously considering it now. I am so crushed – I hate giving my baby girl formula, and if she is getting away from nursing I still want to be able to pump and give her breastmilk. I cannot stop thinking about all of this today, and it just helps to get it all out. Thanks for listening. ( :

    #6915507

    GladeK
    Member

    My son is 11 months and we are still going strong. I’ve been working full time since he was six weeks, and have always pumped twice as much from my right as my left, but he always seems to get just as much out of each when nursing.

    #6915763

    Jamiee
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    Miami – They say wait until 6 months but I did the little rice cereal to a lot of breastmilk at 4 months. He took to that so well we started Gerber 1st foods slowly at 5 months. By 6 months he had all the single fruits and veggies. At 10 months he looooved real food so much we did away with jars and now at 14 months the child eats anything and everything in sight by the fistful. He eats based on color so he always grabs broccoli and carrots first because they are the brightest lol. He was breastfed a little over a year and the more solids that we introduced the less nursing he needed. Solids didnt replace any nursing sessions until about 5 1/2 months since they were always in addition. After that he started preferring ‘real’ food to milk and nursing sessions were cut out one at a time until about 8 or 9 months where we leveled off at one nursing session and a couple of bottles expressed throughout the day. My advice is not so much on age of introduction but on pace. Dont do too much too fast. Slow and steady is best when you are introducing a whole new way of eating!

    #6916019

    Jamiee
    Member

    Yeah I used the Medella storage bags. Out of hundreds I only had 2 leak and I called the company (I dont take losing pumped milk lightly haha) and they replaced with a whole pack plus more plastic bottles (which I never froze because of space). I dont have any complaints with their customer service department they were awesome.

    #6916275

    EllasMommy23
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    jacquecmsu- Don’t feel jealous. It’s really rare for 1 month old babies to be sleeping through the night– formula fed or not. And it really isn’t good to be giving cereal that early anyway. Your LO will sleep through the night when ready and i know that it’s hard, but just stick with it. There are a lot of FF babies that aren’t sleeping through the night either, that lady is just really lucky! Remember that you are doing the very best thing for your child.

    #6916531

    npreg2
    Member

    Hey!! I am sure someone has asked this but what pump do you guys recommend? Thanks,

    #6916787

    ugh…i have a blocked duct…it’s so painful…this is my 4th one in 3 months :0( i don’t know what i’m doing to cause it…but it isn’t fun…at least they go away fairly quickly!

    #6917043

    Proudmomma3x
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    It is possible she is teething and when they teeth they often refuse solids. Mine did for about a week each time so if she is teething it could be that so try again when she is feeling better. Also do you serve it room temp or a bit warm. My son started to do this til I made it a nice warm temp He didnt like it room temp or cooler side. I also found he likes the taste of earths best better then gerber so try a different brand. Also made sure she is hungry and not full from milk. If she wants to nurse first nurse then try to feed her. My son always ate better if he had a small bit to drink first 🙂

    #6917299

    deeyore486
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    didderty, baby only needs 1-1.5 ounce of milk per hour you are away. That amount never changes, the way you split it up does. I had to go back to work after 6wks and started out leaving three 3oz bottles for the 9ish hours I was going to be gone. Now that he is 8mo old, he takes two 5oz bottles when we are apart, and he doesn’t always finish the last bottle off. One of the most common mistakes that occurs is that the providers will insist that baby needs more when that is not the case. They are comparing what your baby needs as a BF baby to other FF babies. FF babies will always need and take more because the make up of the milk never changes. Breast milk continuously changes to meets the needs of your baby at each developmental moment of their lives. The milk that you will be producing three months from now will be much fattier and filling than the milk that you are making right now. So, just remember, esp when you are pumping for the next day, you only need 1-1.5oz per hour!

    #6917555

    seuban0
    Member

    Talk about supply issue. I just pumped (it’d been 2 hours since she ate) and only got an ounce combined. I’m going to spend the next two days glued to either baby or pump…but I didn’t realize anything could be so stressful as milk supply. She normally doesn’t eat much in the morning, but the most I’ve ever gotten during pumping is 4 oz. And that’s after about 4 hours.

    Which doctor would I ask about a prescription for supply boosting? I don’t really have a general care dr (just moved). Could my OBGYN write one? Or her peditrician? Or do I just need to set up an appt with a general care?

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