teething / nursing strike?

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Registered: 12-02-2007
teething / nursing strike?
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Mon, 03-09-2009 - 12:23pm
Our 7 month old LO is teething (first bottom tooth just popped through and second bottom one is trying to pop through) but I'm really concerned that even though he's eating solids, he's not nursing as much at all and he's really starting to look lean. He has always been on the leaner side but I'm really concerned that (a) he's not getting enough milk and (b) don't want to ruin supply (I have always had issues since return of AF in January). Also, I do try to pump 2xs a day but get at most .5 oz (combined) if even that. Thanks for your advice - we really need it :)
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 03-09-2009 - 3:00pm

Are you offering to nurse prior to solids?


Using teething relief remedies prior to nursing? (not numbing gel tho)


Any time you feel baby isn't nursing enough, you can kind of take a "nursing holiday" - try and "camp out" on the sofa or lounge around the house and bf bf bf.


What type/brand of pump are you using? If using a Medela pump, have you changed the white membrane on the yellow valve recently?


Are you using calcium/magnesium supplement to help reduce the impact AF has on your supply?

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Registered: 08-18-2003
Mon, 03-09-2009 - 9:52pm

Just lurking... and I apologize for butting in here... but Paula, I'm wondering about:


If using a Medela pump, have you changed the white membrane on the yellow valve recently?


What does that do to change the membrane?

Heather

 

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Registered: 12-02-2007
Mon, 03-09-2009 - 9:56pm

Thanks for your response - I didn't know at all about calcium/magnesium (I'm still taking my prenatal vitamin and wasn't taking anything else so I will definitely try). How much/often/etc should I take it? Also, I have tried fenugreek but it caused really bad migraines for me (and didn't really help supply all that much) so I had to stop.

Also - yes, I always nurse before solids but lately he's been pulling off the breast so much when nursing that I'm really not sure how much milk he could possibly be getting. I am so frustrated, I long for the days when I was engorged and shooting milk across the room! :( I don't know what to do, honestly - my gut instinct is that he's not getting enough milk (but I really don't know that for a fact) and really don't want to have to stop nursing and/or especially don't want to have to start supplementing with formula. A month ago I used formula (just an ounce or two) to mix with his foods (before starting to use BM which I'm doing now) and that was enough to constipate him really bad.

I'm using the Medela Freestyle pump -- I have been using it 2 times a day since the end of December, so it's really not that old. This model doesn't have the white membrane on the yellow pump but I can call their 800 number to see if there's something else I should try to replace -- it definitely can't hurt.

I'm constantly trying to get him to BF all day long...before naps, after naps, etc. Probably, really, about once every 1-2 hours. Plus, he's not sleeping at night so he's nursing every 1-2 hours at night, but I think this is mostly pacifier/soothe nursing.

Sorry if this is so rambly but I'm really confused and, to be honest, really scared. Scared that he's not getting enough BM and scared that this could be the end or nursing...? Thank you so much for all of your help!!

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 03-09-2009 - 11:13pm

Hi Heather - the white membrane can get very tiny tears in it, or just not fit "snugly" on the valve and that reduces effective suction.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 03-09-2009 - 11:16pm

How about offering every 2 to 3 hrs instead of 1 - 2?

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Registered: 12-02-2007
Mon, 03-09-2009 - 11:28pm

Thank you so much! I am going to try the calc/mag tomorrow and can't wait to try the cookies? (What's the magic part? Is it the oatmeal? I can't wait to eat a lot of these tomorrow...no guilt because they're magic! :) Yippie!!)

I really appreciate the quick response - as you can tell, I'm frustrated and you just gave me some hope. Will let you know how it goes!

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 03-09-2009 - 11:35pm

(((HUGS)) Do keep us posted!

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Registered: 12-02-2007
Tue, 03-10-2009 - 2:21pm
Thanks, Paula. We just got back from the dr office and we saw a different doctor today who said that she thinks my LO is just ready for weaning. (He's 7 1/2 months old?!?!) She told me to just start pumping 32 oz a day and feeding him via bottle -- unfortunately, she looked at me like I'm an alien when I explained that I get less than 1 oz each time I pump! Argh!! I'm going to go bake those cookies now!! :)
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Registered: 07-12-2007
Tue, 03-10-2009 - 10:00pm

One of the lactation consultants, please correct me if I'm wrong, but from everything that I've read, babies are not naturally ready to wean before age one. I mean, if that were true, why would we be feeding them formula until age one? So I'm pretty sure that your doctor is wrong. Actually, I believe that one should only take breastfeeding advice from lactation consultants. My pediatrician has said some incorrect things to me, but then again, he's trained as a pediatrician, not a lactation consultant!

You're not getting much when you pump b/c you're nursing so often. Your LO is getting most of the milk available in your breasts. From what I remember, breasts produce about 1 oz per hour. Pumping 32 oz per day is not realistic.

You don't know for sure whether your LO is not getting enough milk. To know for sure, check his weight. If he hasn't dropped a great deal in his percentile since the last time he was weighed, then he's fine. Babies have off days for nursing, and then other days they're nursing all day.

Please post again and let us know how it's going.