I'm using the RAW brand... the one specifically for vaginal/urinary/yeast balance health. It was $40! That's a lot for me to fork over. I'm hoping it at least helps me go tp the bathroom... or something! I've heard good things about ThreeLac for treating IBS.
the bf thread - Page 6
Little Dude just won't stop spitting up.
We now nurse with him in an upright football hold-type position and me leaning back (to combat too-fast let down). We burp and burp and burp him. Still...spits up all over us all the time. *sigh*
He seems to be wetting and gaining just fine. And he doesn't seem to be in any discomfort other than not getting all his burps out despite our best efforts. So I don't think it's food sensitivity or GERD. But it is frustrating to change his clothes over and over each day. lol
That makes me feel better. The other night he had two poops that leaked and a pee that leaked. I felt so bad for him! I have found that he actually has fewer leaks when we use cloth (with a cover) than when we use disposables, which should encourage me to use cloth as often as possible!
I definitely feel like cloth holds things in MUCH better. I have NEVER had a leak with KL0's, for example. We can't use cloth right now while we're dealing with the thrush/yeast (well we CAN but I'm not going to risk having ANYTHING hang around with me being a fungal magnet) and I've been shocked that we've only had one blowout in the 2 weeks since he was born. I remember dealing with it so much more often with my others...at least it seems like I did...
Is anyone struggling with supply issues? I feel like such a failure. I can barely get either baby to latch, so I pump but am only getting 60ml each time. We are having to do a lot of formula by bottle. I have a lactation consultant and a doula helping me, but I just wanted to commiserate with someone else, I guess. It's exhausting to try to get them to latch (they fight and scream at me), then do a bottle, then pump, all of this x 2 except pumping I have a ton of support but it's still so exhausting. Part of me just wants to give up! (Babies are 2 weeks old tomorrow)
Have you tried using a silicone nipple shield to get them to latch on? I have now used one for both of my daughters and it's allowed me to keep nursing them. Please try one if you haven't already! And hang in there lady, it'll get better.
I was pumping after every nursing session but once she passed her birth weight I took a much needed break!
I feel bad because I am not pumping as much but I need to keep up/help increase my supply.
what is a good goal? (I will be going back to work in 8 weeks. And we are supplementing with at least one bottle of breast milk at night.)
I feel like I starve Gray to death because my milk production is the pits. We have been supplementing with two bottles of formula a day. We had his two week check-up today and Gray has gained a whole pound and 4 ounces since we left the hospital. He weighed 9 pounds 2 ounces this morning!! Doctor says that supplementing is just fine because he is getting all of the antibodies and good stuff that breastmilk can give him and gets the added calories with formula. I am still pumping after every nursing session and still getting less than an ounce each time. I started drinking Mother's Milk tea today, so hopefully that will do something. If it doesn't, I will resort to taking Fenugreek capsules. Here's to hoping that it works and we can kick the supplementing to the curb!
I think that Cody has a dairy sensitivity. He was spitting up, projectile vomiting, and acting uncomfortable so I stopped eating dairy and he is already better. I also read that congestion is normal with this and so is runny stools. Well, check off those also. Poor little guy. The worst was when friends brought by pizza and ice cream for us a week and a half ago. The night after that was really bad with throw up, etc, and that is when I started to connect the dots. No dairy is so hard for me. I love my milk and cheese.
I would definitely try to eat oatmeal at least once a day while trying to increase supply and I second the advice to pump between nursing sessions too. I'm not pumping yet, but with previous kiddos I would try to wake up a few minutes before I expected the baby to in the morning and pump then. I always got good results in the morning anyway and I would be "full" since the baby would still be asleep. If she woke up before I pumped I would nurse on one side and pump on the other at the same time and would get stellar results with that too.
Hang in there mamas!! My oldest had to be supplemented from birth all the way through her first year but both of my other girls (and now Griffin too) were successfully EBF. Good luck!!
Btw- Mira has gained 3lbs 2oz in her first month of life. Went from 6.4lbs at birth to 9.6lbs at one month. Which we feel is fantastic! And so does her pediatrician! But I've already got comments from people abt how she must be "over eating"... A baby can't "over eat" when EBF on demand? Right? I'm already so nervous abt everything and want to do right by her, I hate when people say things that make me second guess myself...
I have found that I do much better with a manual pump. I've gone through three to find the one that really works for me. The Lansinoh one that I bought was the pits. I tried a Medela that didn't seem to do much at all, but I got an Avent manual pump that just rocks my socks! I got 3 ounces within 30 minutes this morning! That's HUGE for me!
Bean: They can't overeat. If she isn't projectile vomiting after you feed her, then she isn't getting too much. People LOVE to put their two cents in when it comes to child-rearing. Perhaps they mean well, but it can get annoying!
Bambi: I've tried several as well, and the avent manual is the only one that works for me as well :) The more you use it, the easier it will most likely get!
I swear, this time around bfing is really sucking. I want to give up but the only thing that stops me is that I don't want a repeat of DD1. I formula fed her and she was sick all the time. She had ear infection after ear infection and we finally put in tubes. My other two were EBF and have never had an ear infection. In fact, they have never had more than a cold (that I can remember). All three can get the same cold, and poor dd1 always gets it way worse and usually spikes a fever (when the others don't get one). I really strongly feel that that is because she wasn't breastfed. Granted, I know some breastfed kids that seem to get sick a lot, but I think that has to do with their habits... they are around kids who are always sick and they live in an emotionally difficult household. They just aren't healthy in general.
So yeah... that's my reason for sticking it out. At this point, I could get past all my other beefs with formula, but not that one. I certainly DO NOT judge moms who end up formula feeding. I totally understand! After successfully bfing two kids I had developed a pretty prideful attitude about it... that almost any challenge could and should be overcome to avoid formula. How fast we can be humbled!
I know that all this crap will pass and I will be happy I stuck it out, but MAN... I'm hatin' it right now.