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I'd definitely check out what free advice there is about the place (mind you it may not be any more helpful than your LC, but still worth having a support network like la leche league around you)   Also some other things you can try:   Whenever she starts to chew/gum at you, detach her and wait a few moments before reattaching.   Is your supply decreasing (dt pain probably if it is)? if so try taking some fenugreek etc to increase (and make sure you're...
I totally agree with Asiago - you can't do 3 hourly feeds and expect to increase your supply at this point (though you will feel very confused because people will be telling you to get your baby on a "schedule", don't stress about that though!)   Until your baby is 3 months old your hormones will help you make lots of milk, so just getting more latching on helps increase that supply - every hour is fine, and lots of people do that so don't feel worried about doing...
IT's probably worth going to a doctor who specialises in hormones and getting all your levels checked if you're worried.  When you breastfeed, particularly in the early months before menstruation starts again, your estrogen will be down anyway and that makes it less pleasurable for you because you get less vaginal mucous and senstivity in the vagina, so it's pretty normal at this point anyway. The other thing that you mentioned about the stress can certainly make a...
If it's actually the formula you're worried about rather than the breast milk too, just remember - she's started solids so there's things other than breast milk in the mix anyway!! and besides you'll still be there majority of the time offering breast when it's right I agree with the others that it may not be her preferred way to get to sleep with something other than breast milk.  It may be a little tough for dad initially, but they will find their own groove.  For...
I was really disappointed when my little guy weaned because flying and breastfeeding is so much easier than a fussy toddler refusing the food you have at hand!!  Here are a few of my random flying tips:   If your going to breastfeed a toddler when flying and they are over 2 yo and need their own seat I would make sure to ask a flight attendant for a seatbelt so they can sit on your lap even if you're ascending/descending.   You get really dehydrated by plane...
Oh love, that must be hard.   Your hormones will definitely be shifting if you've stopped breastfeeding.  The fact that you've also had thyroid problems would suggest to me that you're also having low progesterone levels too.  Low progesterone can give you anxiety, and the combination of low progesterone and estrogen can do all sorts of things to your mood, as well as depression.  Perhaps get your doctor to check those levels too.   Just know that if you go in the...
Hormones are such hard work at times!!  Definitely look into yours, you can do a fair bit with just food changes - making sure you aren't getting low blood sugar makes a huge difference Also the thyroid mentioned earlier - making sure that's working well means that your energy levels are more likely to make you more receptive too Good luck (and go you for having an extended feeding relationship!)
just in case you haven't come across it, GV was meaning gentian violet
I agree, pain that lasts when you're not feeding is often more likely to be thrush, particularly the way you're describing it. There's heaps of natural remedies as well as ones from your doctor.  Given you're still trying to establish breastfeeding I'd definitely get onto ASAP.   If it's not that you might be getting some vasospasm (but your symptoms sound far more like thrush).  If it is a problem with your sensitivity and your baby has just damaged your nipples...
Oh, love, that's so tough!   If you look at the statistics it's actually pretty common to have troubles with losing weight, around 20% of breastfeeding mothers do, so you're not alone.   Generally it's a hormonal imbalance (which isn't surprising after all the crazy hormonal changes your body goes through). Most women (breastfeeding or not) who are overweight will have high oestrogen, low progesterone and low thyroid hormones.   The fat cells automatically...
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