A puzzling problem and some need for encouragement

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Registered: 11-06-2006
A puzzling problem and some need for encouragement
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Wed, 12-01-2010 - 10:41pm

Ladies, I hope someone here can help me out.

baby

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Registered: 06-10-2008

Unfortunately, it sounds like the increased waking is likely tied to the developmental stuff like you thought. There may not be an easy answer for that one other than just to wait for that stuff to pass. Sorry!

I have no idea about the thing on your nipple but will flag Kathy to see if she has any ideas.

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Erica I'm in the same boat with the developmental milestones with ds. : )

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Yeah, my big chunk-a-lunk is too big for the cosleeper now, and it's really not safe to have him truly in our bed. DH is much too heavy a sleeper. I've had to transition DS into the crib for the last month. That just makes the wakes up that much more painful! I will say that he's done better last night and so far tonight (hope I didn't just jinx myself) than he has in a week before. He was REALLY gassy and that woke him up about an hour ago, but once I swaddled him he was out in no time again.
baby

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Kathy, have you been around? Although the behavior issues/sleep issues are better, my right side is still the same. Wish I had some idea of how to fix this!

Erica
baby

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Registered: 06-10-2008
I'm so sorry, I'm not sure where Kathy is right now. I'll make sure she gets to this when she's back on the board.
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Registered: 12-21-2009

Ugh, soooo sorry and sorry I've been sort of 'unavailable'. It's just been so incredibly busy here!.........I thought as I got older I'd be less busy...........not so!

Anyway, I think you need to get back to the doctor about that sore spot. It's possible it's bacterial. It's also possible to have both bacteria and yeast. If your OB or primary doctor isn't able to figure it out they may want to refer you to a dermatologist.

Another consideration might be a culture of the area, though they aren't always reliable it can be a starting point.

In the meantime, can you bf from the other one and pump the sore one? How does pumping feel on the sore one, is it ok?

It also can't hurt to treat it as though it's a milk blister or plug. Prior to bf or pumping dunk the breast into a bowl of hot water, as hot as you can take without burning yourself. Use salt water if you can, in the ratio of 1/3 teaspoon salt to one cup of water. That will help with any infection. As you soak work the tip of the nipple with your clean fingers or a wash cloth. (NO more sterile needles....................YIKES) you can push the infection in further with that no matter how clean the needle............sorry...............those who know me longer know that needle to the nipple usually causes me to use my hair standing on end icon

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If it's too inconvient to dunk prior to bf, just do it when you can and then pump.

I might avoid the lansinoh until you know what is going on. Be sure you aren't wearing a bra that's too tight.

Be persistent with the doctors. If they are stumped ask for a referral.

Keep me posted, hope you feel better soon.

Kathy Kuhn IBCLC
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and Grammy to Brennan, Elias, Elianna, Tahlia and Makenna

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Oops almost forgot, just a thought on the sleeping issue. If you don't feel comfortable co-sleeping with hubby, how about putting a twin mattress on the floor next to your bed or in another room for you and the baby. We did that with #2. I would just go to him and bf at night and if I fell asleep with him fine. Sometimes I'd wake back up and goi to my bed or not. Sure allowed me to get more sleep.

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