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    judi
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    perggocookie, congratulations, hon. How’s the feeding going, generally? You got a routine? Lot of new Moms start off with very sore nipples and have a hard time establishing a routine and getting the supply/demand issues sorted out. If you plan to entirely breast feed, you should stop giving the formula and allow baby to nurse more often; drink plenty of water yourself, and your body will adjust the supply to meet baby’s needs. It’s impossible to say just how much milk baby gets in 10 minutes of breastfeeding, as the speed depends on how well baby is sucking and how fast your let down is, but if Baby seems content and wets at least 6 to 8 diapers every 24 hours, then there is enough. Also check for weight gain, but don’t be too paranoid about weight, because it can happen in leaps and then plateau out for a while. I’m sure you’re doing fine. Relax and enjoy you precious little one.

    #6913483

    Kym22
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    Bri- I have read all that before. I am willing to take the chance to still be able to breastfeed my baby girl. I think the chances of getting that syndrom are very slim. All meds effect people different and I hate that you had a bad experience with Reglan. But so far it working really well for me. I pumped a total of 15 today at work. Just the amount I need to feed my baby tomorrow when I am at work.

    gladek- Grandmother seems to mention that my LO spits up ‘quite a bit’ on the days I give her frozen milk. I am going to see how today went (I used frozen) and try fresh tomorrow and see if there is a difference. She seems to spit up more right before she gets a new tooth too (she only has two). Or maybe that is a coincedence too.

    #6913739

    GladeK
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    jess-do you mean can you get a tattoo while bf-ing? I would assume it would be fine, as long as you go to a reputable, sanitary licensed artist. I have seven myself, but all were prior to pregnancy…and I am still going strong BFing at almost seven months 🙂

    #6913995

    judi
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    Using goats’ milk or cows’ milk would surely be fine for a baby nearly a year old! I just meant that (as a rule of thumb – all babes are different) they need most of their nourishment from breast milk or formula until about 12 months of age. So for those considering weaning – or allowing Baby to wean themselves – before 12 months, you should seriously consider formula. But some cows’ milk or other dairy products can be gradually introduced right from around 6 months… even 4 months? maybe? I use cows’ milk on Penny’s cereal as I have trouble expressing or pumping any BM. She’s 9 months.

    #6914251

    Jamiee
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    sk junior – do you pump at all? Maybe you could mix the whole milk with the breastmilk and then eventually wean out the breastmilk.

    #6914507

    Bri
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    mrsmom – I give vitamin D in the winter time. Seattle doesn’t have much sun in the winter and so we want to make sure our babies get enough. Although in the summer we go outside daily. My oldest son does take a gummy vitamin daily no matter the weather. Recent studies show that even in formula they were only putting in 200IUs of vitamin D. They need 400. Formula companies are now changing this but a high number of US babies are vitamin D deficient. It’s like 8 orut of 10. The drops do have 400IUs in them though. As for cereal, I’m not starting until at least 6 months. Even our ped office doesn’t recommend it until six months. Their tummies just aren’t ready and it has been linked to a bunch of problems. I know there are some reasons why parents give their child food early but honestly I feel for babies that are rushed into it. I’m practicing baby led weaning so I’m not pushing Alex into anything. Actually I’m skipping cereal all together.

    #6914763

    Jamiee
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    SherB – Did you smell it? Usually it just takes a good whiff to figure out if the milk went bad or not. If the fridge door stayed closed its probably fine, it would have acted like a cooler then. Personally I’ve never tasted the breastmilk so wouldnt know how to tell that way, but my nose has always been a good judge.

    #6915019

    horseygal
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    Tiff-Your baby is only 6ounces below birth weight? Good job girl, you are doing great. Don’t supplement, keep breastfeeding!! Sadie likes to ‘hold my hand’ while she’s feeding, that’s how I avoid the pinches. So I had my first week of work. And I know I’m crazy, I love the middle of the night, half asleep nursing sessions. We have two, and the quiet time with just her and I is fine with me. When people ask or make comments about nursing I just tell them that I plan on nursing her until she’s 12, and keeping her in the bed until she’s 20.

    #6915275

    Horseygal, Griffin does that too and just turned 5 months. I’ve decided to just enjoy since I know he is my last baby and I will be so depressed when we are done nursing. He does stay latched long enough to eat but it’s like he stirs around and realizes his boob is not in his mouth and he wakes up. He definatly thinks I am his pacifier!

    #6915531

    GladeK
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    As for the walking and nursing, I didn’t really master that until about two months, but I can still do it now at eleven months if he is tired enough 🙂 It takes both hands these days, though, and is tough!

    #6915787

    MiamiMom2b
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    nikkiandfred – I’ve done a ton of research on this. Its extremely controversial & heavily debated. I started giving my LO single grain rice cereal 3 days ago (he is 3months & 2 weeks). I feed it to him by spoon & mix it with breastmilk. I make it very thin. It is adorable to watch him eat! He opens his mouth when he sees the spoon coming! He probably only actually swallows one whole 1/2 teaspoon in total lol but we are both enjoying something new to do together! His tummy seems fine. My mother was given rice cereal at 2 days old – she has no food alergies. My good friend started her 5 week old on cereal 6 weeks ago & he loves it & is perfectly healthy. So, I guess it is up to you & your opinion on if your LO is ready. Honestly, as long as your not putting it in his bottle (choking hazzard) what harm can it do? If he is not ready for solids he will push it all out with his tounge anyways. OH and btw – get your video camera ready first. It is messy & cute!

    #6916043

    campimama
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    alex- getting a routine going is my best advice too. Just be consistent, so baby learns to anticipate what’s coming. Good luck!

    #6916299

    mommynwifey5
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    ~*I so feel everyone on the sweating thing! The only thing that gets me is at night I sweat soooo bad I even drink water from the huge cup the hosp gave me and for some reason I still wake up in a pool of sweat! I can not stand it! BUT I read somewhere that if our bodies heat up and start to sweat or if our babies are on us and they start to sweat it makes our breastmilk have more water in it!!!! I thought that was sooo cool!! So it makes me feel alittle better lol also while nursing you have to remember our babies bodies are warmer then ours and pressed to ours it heats us up! Just keep the water intake going and you will be fine! Also when I sweat like that it doesn’t have a smell to it so that’s another plus lmao!*~

    #6916555

    Mybabysurprise – My right boob is broken too! lol It produces so much less than my left to the point that my left is two sizes bigger than my right! It’s extremely frustrating, but I’ve learned to deal with it. I usually get 4 oz from my left and between 1-2 from my right. 🙁

    #6916811

    MamaRancourt
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    MOMMYNETTY – You have got to try to get your LO to nurse!! Go see lactation consultant!! If your supply has dropped because you haven’t been nursing OR pumping for a while it’s going to probably be hard to get that supply up again just by pumping. Pumping isn’t like your baby sucking. You get more from nursing then pumping. You can try Fenugreek, Blessed Thistle, or Mother’s Milk. Good Luck but if you really want to nurse I’d go see a lactation consultant they will help you tons!

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