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03-21-2009 11:29 AM
LionTigerBear I'm sorry DiD. I've never dealt with yeast so I don't know. Thinking of you guys . . .
03-20-2009 08:14 PM
DreamsInDigital I knew it was coming. Lucius has yeast on the tip of his foreskin. Considering the 10 day course of 2 antibiotics he took, plus the 5 day course of azithromycin I took for my sinus infection, I'm not surprised. I'm applying monistat at every diaper change but what else can/should I do for him?
03-20-2009 08:07 PM
Thursday Girl
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Thursday, I'm so jealous! We're hoping to get a minivan, but we have to sell one of our cars and get the tax return first.... I can't wait to have everyone a little more spread out!
that's what we did. I filed taxes as soon as they came in. I was so anxious to get that mini van
03-19-2009 11:02 PM
Queen of my Castle Sounds like a lot of fussy babies lately! Add Ramsey into that group, he's on and off.

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I2. When is it okay for her to just feed on one side per feeding? She is 2 1/2 weeks old. .
It's fine! I agree with justKate though, try pumping the other side if you want to build up your stash and keep up your supply.

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Ansel seems to have a good latch, as far as I can tell. He nurses a lot and is gaining weight now. At 4 weeks he was 8 lbs even (7 lbs at birth). But he does this weird little clucking or smacking noise while he nurses, and I can't figure out how to get him to stop. It shouldn't bother me maybe, but this is a pretty conservative community, and all the smacking seems so... immodest.
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I'd check his latch again. There shouldn't really be a smacking or clucking, that means he's losing his seal. If there's a 'clicking' that's ok, some babies make that noise.
03-19-2009 08:23 PM
Vegan Princess Makenna screamed most of the day yesterday and wouldn't let us put her down...but it paid off...she slept through the night!! From 11:30 to 5..then ate and went back down until 8. She's been an absolute angel today and we had a nice time walking on the beach with her in the sling and then going out to lunch. She's even taken a couple hour nap in the swing this afternoon. Hooray! When I was at lunch she was just sitting on my lap looking around...so alert and into her surroundings...such a change from a couple weeks ago. When I put her back in her stroller she totally smiled at me. Love it! The smiles are still rare but so rewarding. :-)

I walked with 3 mommas from my birth class at the birth center...very nice to be around other natural minded mommas in real life!

Cindy
03-19-2009 07:56 PM
Everrgreen nak

Royce is 2 months old now! He was weighed today and is 12lbs. He is smiling a lot more and sometimes it seems like he is about to laugh - I can't wait for that! Nursing is going well. He has been having the odd green poop and I'm not sure why. He also has his fussy moments but nothing too bad. We bought him a swing and I'm hoping it will help him to nap on his own.

I've always just given Royce one breast per feeding. And if he doesn't nurse for too long or wants to nurse again soon after I'll give him the same one again.
03-19-2009 02:50 PM
mama-aya Thursday, I'm so jealous! We're hoping to get a minivan, but we have to sell one of our cars and get the tax return first.... I can't wait to have everyone a little more spread out!
03-19-2009 01:42 PM
Thursday Girl Juno hardly ate yesterday and fussed and fussed. She just screamed at the breats in the evening but I know she wanted to it. Finally she settled down and ate, then fell asleep. I was so grateful for that. Today she is doing better. still not eating as much as I would like.

I liek the one boob a nurse feedings as well. I only offer the other if they still seem hungry after they finish the first side.

So we fnally got our mini van, and it's wonderful. None of the kids can touch each other. Ah the beauty! They are still close enough to talk and play but they can't poke each other or do that "I'm not touching you" thing as they waver their hand an inch from the others face.
03-18-2009 11:22 PM
Vegan Princess DD was soooo fussy today! Definitely the most she's ever been. Cried soo much since 5 am. Still crying now. Only really stops while she's eating or napping...but refuses to let us put her down today. I spent most of the day on the exercise ball. She did have 2 smiley times though. I actually got a shower in with her in the bouncy chair and she smiled at me a lot when I got out.

I just got my IUD put in (I'm 7 weeks pp tomorrow). No babies for us for a couple years. I'm surprised how much I'm bleeding. Hopefully it doesn't last long. I don't think I had one pelvic exam with my midwife except for her checking me while I was in labor...I forgot how much it sucks to have someone messing around up there!

Cindy
03-18-2009 09:15 PM
mama-aya In-laws just left after a week, and the boys and I spent the day airing out the house and washing linens (DH's parents are heavy smokers, and even though they doon't smoke in our house everything smells like an ashtray, including my children). It's sunny and not too cold and I just felt light and happy and breezy all day, like a "Father Knows Best" kind of mom or something. Ha!
Ansel seems to have a good latch, as far as I can tell. He nurses a lot and is gaining weight now. At 4 weeks he was 8 lbs even (7 lbs at birth). But he does this weird little clucking or smacking noise while he nurses, and I can't figure out how to get him to stop. It shouldn't bother me maybe, but this is a pretty conservative community, and all the smacking seems so... immodest.
He's also, at 5 weeks, still jaundiced. Not horribly, but his eyes are still tinted yellow and his skin is. When I take him out people still comment on his "great tan" or else ask why he's yellow. It's much longer than either the other boys were yellow. I still feel on the edge of worry about it, even though he's not really jaundiced, it's so long now....
03-18-2009 07:37 PM
Nillarilla Mal my ds was a one boob feeder his entire nursing life. He could never stomach 2 boobs. I could get 8 oz out of one breast when pumping so I knew he was getting more than that. You probably just have a lot of milk. I usually don't offer the 2nd breast unless dd fusses again after the 1st. Then I know she isn't quite full.
03-18-2009 07:30 PM
Nillarilla AKislandgirl, have you tried quark cheese. You spread it on a wet cloth after a feeding and wrap the cloth around the affected breast for 15 minutes. You find it in the grocery store near the ricotta cheese. You do this after every feed until the duct unplugs. It works like a hot damn. You can freeze the cheese too so you just pull it out when needed. It draws out the infection. This is what my mw told me to do and we got through a raging case of mastitis with an angry red line on a swollen breast with a fever, the aches and chills with just the cheese and nursing and pumping after nursing on the affected side. No antibiotics.
03-18-2009 05:12 PM
justKate
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1. Right now she is feeding on both sides per feeding. So, when I give her a bottle of breastmilk, do I give her the packages from both sides? Or do I give her just one?? Can you mix two?

2. When is it okay for her to just feed on one side per feeding? She is 2 1/2 weeks old. A lot of the time, I think she could definitely be done after one side. She latches onto the other side, but doesn't really feed... just suckles for a few minutes and falls asleep. When she actually feeds on both sides, she ends up spitting up a good portion of what she ate. So, it seems like she is getting too much from feeding on both sides. And if we start feeding on one side per feeding, we would just alternate sides per feeding right?
1. Yeah, you can totally mix sides. I would store in smallish quantities until you know what she will take so that you don't waste any.

2. Aubrey overeats if I let her just keep going, then vomits it all up, so I try to gauge how long to give her to keep her just short of overeating. It doesn't always work. I would alternate sides each feed and then pump the other side to boost your stash.

I know what you mean about dreading getting back to school. I visited my office today and had no desire to be back there working. Good luck with your presentation.
03-18-2009 02:27 PM
Larissa "nak" - nursing at keyboard

Also - for the plugged ducts - I get those at least once per baby.

I eat lots of raw garlic - I swallow the cloves whole. I also put cold cabbage leaves directly on the breast, and keep changing them often throughout the day. It works for me everytime.
03-18-2009 01:38 PM
AKislandgirl Hi all. I've been meaning to ask what does "nak" mean?

Well, I'm dealing with a plugged duct that just doesn't want to unplug! So frustrating. I had mastitis last week and am still dealing with this. I'm so worried I'll just get sick again. I've tried all the usual tricks... heat, massage, nursing with her chin at the spot, even nursing on my hands and knees (DH thought I was crazy). I don't know what to do.

other then that we are doing well. Fiona is cooing and smiling more and more. I love it! She is a good sleeper too. She does wake up to nurse 2-3 times but never cries and just falls back to sleep. We do get the evening fussy period but sometimes that only lasts about 5 minutes or so. DH swaddles her and does his laps around the house to put her to sleep.

My house is a wreck and I only have one baby. Some friends are stopping by this afternoon so I"m gong to attempt to clean up at least a little today. Wish me luck!
03-18-2009 12:56 PM
LionTigerBear DH really straightened the apartment for me this morning, and got the boys dressed before he left for work--while letting me sleep in a little. It made SUCH a huge difference! I was very appreciative! I am also taking my supplements again, which helps. I have prioritized getting everyone breakfast and washing dishes over getting dressed in the morning, so still in my pajamas, (bouncing DD on the medicine ball for the last few hours-- I think she may be another high needs baby like my first one!) but I feel better having the kitchen look fairly neat and clean. Neat and clean is a big deal for me.

My back is starting to hurt-- but oh my goodness is this kid cute or what!
03-18-2009 12:56 PM
JesiLynne For me, letdown hurt a TON!!!!!!!
03-18-2009 12:55 PM
JesiLynne
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Coen is doing well. I weigh him occasionally with our Wii Fit. Last time he was 11 pounds already! I went out with my cousins and aunts last night and had a Malibu and pineapple juice. I'm not a big drinker, but oh how I missed alcohol during pregnancy probably only because I couldn't have it. We put my 11-pound 6-week-old next to my cousin's 6-pound 3-week-old and he looks like a moose! But he's still so tiny to me!
Don't tell DH, he would then try to convince me we need a Wii.
03-18-2009 11:36 AM
Mal85 I think nursing is getting better for her. I still feel like she is struggling when that side lets down, but she isn't getting as pissed off about it. She seems to just be handling it better, if that makes sense. That night was the last time she got so upset trying to nurse. Ever since then she is putting up with it nicely.

I seem to have a baby that's just not bothered by much. It really freaks me out when she really cries, because she just doesn't do it very often. We've had two actual meltdowns. One in the car and one at the boob. Other than that, she will just give one good shout at me to tell me she wants something and lots of grunting to go along with it, but no actual crying. She isn't bothered by gas. Yesterday she was so gassy, she was farting like her daddy all day long, but it didn't bother her. She wasn't fussy. She gets the hiccups constantly... seriously everytime she's awake she gets the hiccups. And she gets them really bad, they're so loud and last forever. But she doesn't get upset about them.

I've started pumping and building up a freezer stash for when I go back to school. I am going to give a presentation in one of my classes on Monday. That'll be the first time I leave her. I'll officially go back to school the next week... I'm really dreading it. Anyway, I've just been pumping once a day, about midday... this is the only time I'll be able to pump at school, my only break between classes. Should I pump more than once a day, maybe add a session in the evening?? I have a couple of questions (they probably belong in the breastfeeding forum, but I'm here so I'll ask)

1. Right now she is feeding on both sides per feeding. So, when I give her a bottle of breastmilk, do I give her the packages from both sides? Or do I give her just one?? Can you mix two?

2. When is it okay for her to just feed on one side per feeding? She is 2 1/2 weeks old. A lot of the time, I think she could definitely be done after one side. She latches onto the other side, but doesn't really feed... just suckles for a few minutes and falls asleep. When she actually feeds on both sides, she ends up spitting up a good portion of what she ate. So, it seems like she is getting too much from feeding on both sides. And if we start feeding on one side per feeding, we would just alternate sides per feeding right?

Sorry for so many questions. Breastfeeding is so confusing to me! I have a new list of questions everyday! I'll probably go post these in the breastfeeding forum as well, now. TIA for the advice.
03-18-2009 08:23 AM
monkaha nak

hugs LTB. i hope you're able to get some help and support.

re:new fussiness, a friend of mine told me that this is about the time the baby's gut gets colonised- the new flora/fauna in there cause gas, making them uncomfy while they get used to the whole thing.
03-17-2009 08:53 PM
BathrobeGoddess I'm sorry to all the mamas who are feeling so tired. Linus is very mellow...compared to the last two...both of whom do not yet sleep through the night at 5 and 2...Linus would sleep through if I didn't wake him to nurse becasue I am so full and hurting.

I had an overactive letdown with dd and it was not fun for her or me! She was the only baby I have had who had any spit up issues at all...also not fun! She is also my largest child...almost as big as her small 5 year old brother a age 2...

I went right back to coffee the day Linus was born...I loves my coffee...it is my real treat!
03-17-2009 06:41 PM
Vegan Princess I just got home from a breastfeeding support group. My midwife loves the LC that leads is and wanted me to go. I didn't get a ton out of it however I did learn that there are local pharmacies that can create domperidone and my midwife can write me a scrip for it...it will just cost more than if we could buy the actual drug...so hopefully I will have it by tomorrow and hopefully I will notice an increase in my supply!!

Starling: I take DD in the bath too. And it's a good excuse for me to get to stay in and relax. :-) So much easier and more fun than hauling out her little bath tub that I have to use on the floor bc our apartment has no good place to put it.

LTB: It took me a week to get around to finding and calling a cleaner...but once they came and overhauled the place I felt so much better. I agree with PP...I only have 1 baby and I can't manage to get anything done. Be kind to yourself! You will get everything figured out in time...no rush.

Cindy
03-17-2009 04:00 PM
heinz28 S&D: I hear you on the low supply issues. I'm also trolling the BF boards. That is, between pumping, feeding, eating oatmeal, taking fenugreek, and wondering why I'm still not producing more milk! Part of me reads about other people's problems with forceful letdowns and feels jealous. And don't get me started about engorgement.

LTB: Big hug to you. I only have one baby and can't get things done around here so take it easy on yourself.

I've just decided to change to decaf because I'm wondering why my babe is awake so often. Coffee? Such a catch-22 because I rely on the coffee in the morning to get up after a poor night of sleep due to her fussing.
03-17-2009 03:09 PM
LionTigerBear I am feeling depressed. I have no motivation to keep trying. I've been trying to lose weight, trying to keep the apartment as neat as possible, trying to eat healthy, trying to take my supplements, trying to remember to brush my teeth all the time so I don't freakin' lose them (I got so much dental damage this pregnancy ), trying to remember to maintain proper posture, trying to look forward and prepare for a day when I have life together enough that I could actually take all of the kids somewhere during the day by myself.

Well right now I'm just not seeing that happening. I can't even get us all dressed and fed before noon. I am dragging all day, so tired. The apartment always looks like crap and I hate that. I didn't lose any weight this week and I am just so fed up with everything. What I would give for some SLEEP. We are planning to call a cleaner to come in but I haven't worked up the motivation to call anyone. I am so tired I sound like such an airhead on the phone right now.

Waaaahhhh. Thank you for listening. Oh, by the way I haven't been taking all my supplements for the last two days, the ones that usually keep me hanging on. It shows. I guess I need to take them again. I just want the apartment to look clean again, and I want to sleep.
03-17-2009 02:53 PM
starling&diesel nak

What I would give for an overactive letdown problem!
We've been dealing with severe low supply issues over here, and I won't bore anyone with the details because I've posted all over the breastfeeding challenges board.

DD is six weeks and a couple of days and is sleeping pretty well at night ... she stirs two or three times and feeds while still half asleep. My supply is way better at night, so she benefits from that.

As far as slings, etc ... DD hates the moby-style one AND the ring sling. I think I might be doing something wrong with the ring sling. She loves, loves, loves the Ergo. We go for a long walk to town to collect the mail everyday and she snoozes or looks blissfully at the sky.

We decided not to move, so we took the house off the market and have left our fate up to the universe. I hope she provides. I'm on Employment Insurance right now for the year maternity leave (I'm Canadian) and when DP's restaurant closes, she'll be on EI as well, until she finds works. We have faith, thank God for that.

I admire all you mamas who can get online here every once and a while. Whenever I'm on I'm researching BF stuff. And in real life our days are filled with nursing, pumping and supplementing ... and making our way down to the city to LC's or midwives. I'm exhausted. Good thing DD is a happy, content baby (which confounds me, because you'd think she'd be crabby if she wasn't getting enough nourishment ... argh!) and she is a joy to have around.

Our favourite time is bathtime. DD and I get in together, and DD loves it. I fill it high enough so she floats and bobs with my support. The dogs come in to keep an eye on DD, and the cat sits on the edge of the tub, and DP hangs out so that she can take DD and I can heat up the tub and have a real bath when DD gets out. It's a party!
03-17-2009 09:53 AM
dooney
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Yes, we've named the boy! Ramsey Chad Wilder Greavette. Chad is my husband's name, since he was the only one there for the birth! We finally named him when he was 2 weeks old.
What a great name!

I had a forceful letdown problem with my first son, and it seems to be back this time although not so bad (nursing a toddler helps). One thing that helped my fire-hose force letdown was laying on my back and bending my son over my tummy. Gravity helped cut down on the screaming and gas afterward. I second the expressing before feeding also.

Coen is doing well. I weigh him occasionally with our Wii Fit. Last time he was 11 pounds already! I went out with my cousins and aunts last night and had a Malibu and pineapple juice. I'm not a big drinker, but oh how I missed alcohol during pregnancy probably only because I couldn't have it. We put my 11-pound 6-week-old next to my cousin's 6-pound 3-week-old and he looks like a moose! But he's still so tiny to me!
03-17-2009 09:32 AM
Thursday Girl wow I can't even explain how much i just learned about breastfeeding reading this thread. Juniper has been having a lot of these problems with nursing. my others didn't and it has thrown me off. The dr. thinks she has reflux, and after reading your replies I have a few new tricks.
03-16-2009 11:12 PM
Queen of my Castle Surely all the bouncing, rocking, swaying and dancing I've been doing counts as exercise? And I go for walks with Ramsey in the wrap, so I'm counting that too.

Yes, we've named the boy! Ramsey Chad Wilder Greavette. Chad is my husband's name, since he was the only one there for the birth! We finally named him when he was 2 weeks old.

Mal- it sounds like you have overactive letdown- and it's the first side that's giving the strongest letdown so that's why she's fussing. Try taking her off when you let down and letting it spray into a blanket, and put her back on after a minute. I have a couple friends who dealt with that for a long time. Nuring lying down helps too, and nursing only on one side at a time. Or switching back and forth. It can be frusterating!

Ramsey has been fussy on and off. A good week he was fussy both day and evening, with a solid period of crying. The last 3 days have been better, but last night was rough, we were up until 4. He's started being very squirmy in bed at night- this makes cosleeping quite difficult, but he doesn't want to go back to his bassinet after I've brought him into bed. Anyone have advice?
03-16-2009 04:47 PM
Unconventional1
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I think that side lets down like aggressively. When she lets go and screams it goes all over the place, and when she's on she's having to gulp like crazy and gets choked up a couple of times.
Have you tried expressing some before getting her latched on to help reduce your flow a bit? It helps with DD sometimes (we have a left breast problem too).
03-16-2009 04:43 PM
Unconventional1 NAK

LTB we have the same thing going on here too

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I have a thread in the breastfeeding section, DD has a weird suction-thing going on when she nurses. She's still pretty gassy, although the probiotics and diet changes helped a lot-- made a big difference-- but she is still gulping so much air that she just always has some gas. Every little nursing session is followed by a 30+ minute fussy-gassy period in which she must be initially bounced and help upright until she finally falls asleep. No nursing this one to sleep! Poor little girl. It's exhausting, too, though, especially at night.
We also have some food sensitivities as well- chocolate (DS didn't mind it), onions, bananas? (I will try them again later to verify), cow and sheep dairy, peppers- both sweet and hot.

It is going better here as she gets bigger and has a bigger stomach. One thing that works for me to some extent is maker her let go after about 10-15 suck/swallows and burping her. She got really mad at first, but now it is routine and she feels better, so she doesn't mind.

If she has a prolonged fussy spell and she is worked up, we take a warm bath together- I hold her on my lap so she is partially submerged, and she relaxes and feels better most of the time as well.

I hope it gets better for you guys soon!
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