3 part question

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Registered: 03-08-2009
3 part question
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Thu, 08-20-2009 - 11:50am
Whenever I feed Kaylee and I pull my girl out milk shoots out all over her. Literally. Without her doing anything to it. I'm actually having to wear diapers in my bra and change them 4-5 times a day because of leakage, is this normal or am I really a dairy farm and not a mom? And could this be causing problems with her latch? Most of the time its very simple to get her on but then she pulls off or won't latch at all. And I'm pretty sure her cord is about to fall off, her pediatrician told me to put alcohol on it once a day, which I am doing, but behind it is like a slightly bloody mucus. She's has a doctors appointment today but I wanted to ask other people too.
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Registered: 07-17-2008
Thu, 08-20-2009 - 12:22pm

1. The milk shooting: TOTALLY normal! It will go away within a month or two. Once your milk adjusts and she becomes better at draining the breast and handling the flow. Do your breasts feel softer after a feeding? Is she gaining weight okay? then she should be fine! Lansinoh brand makes an amazing pad to help with the leaking.

2. The not wanting to latch thing happend with my kids too. What I'm guessing is happening, (but i can't know for sure unless I saw you nurse, not that i'm saying i want to, but i'm going to school to be a lactation consultant, anyways! :)) Is..
That you have a strong let down. So the baby is probably sucking a little bit then the let down happens, milk comes GUSHING into her mouth,and she lets go to avoid choking. Kind of like when you tip a water bottle up to drink out of it and it comes dumping into your mouth. You take the bottle away from your mouth to avoid choking right? Again, this resolves itself a month or two into nursing, so dont let it discourage you. And she dosnt want to go back because of how strong the letdown is. So..to avoid this, try "priming the pump" so to speak. Before feeding, express the milk a bit until the letdown occurs. Then catch the letdown in a cloth diaper, allow it to slow down a bit, then put baby on. Is her poop often green? You may still have her reluctant to nurse the first few times until she trusts that its not going to come quite so fast. Then, after a month or two, it wont do that anymore OR she'll be big enough to handle it. Now, the letdown is Noah's favorite part because he can nurse quickly and get back to business!

3. The cord stump: Just ask the dr. Noah's did that, and they had to put something called silver nitrate on it (it doesnt hurt baby is just cold so they yell a bit) to help it seal. Alcohol is usually not prescribed for the stump anymore, since it takes longer for it to heal. Many doctors just have you leave it alone and it will fall off by itself.

Hope that helps let me know if you need anything else! :)

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Registered: 03-20-2009
Thu, 08-20-2009 - 12:34pm

Hi :)


Sounds like you have an over active letdown. Nothing to worry about, although it can be a bit embarrassing at times. When toby was tiny, I used to be able to hit the opposite wall ;)

 Izzi


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Registered: 04-21-2008
Thu, 08-20-2009 - 12:47pm

Spraying milk all over is very normal- especially this early. It will subside as your baby gets older and your milk evens out.

Have you visited the Breastfeeding board yet? I know they would give you lots of tips and tricks on how to deal with all the adventures of breastfeeding. :)

http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-psbreastfeed

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Registered: 08-09-2008
Thu, 08-20-2009 - 9:57pm

i had to put alcohol on sage's cord too. sage had a bit of blood on his cord so i called the doc office and they told me that as long as it wasnt actively bleeding it wa sokay but if it looks really raw under there and isnt healing i would call them just to check

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Thu, 08-20-2009 - 10:28pm
I wanted to speak to the LC at her pediatricians office today but she got food poisoning and was walking out as we were walking in. But the doctor talked to her for me as she was walking out. And basically just told me to pump a little before she eats then after pump enough to the point where if I lay on them they aren't like bricks (my wording not her's lol).
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