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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:09 AM
    Try different positions on the blistered side. Sometimes babies have a poor latch on one side out of habit, or differences in flow speed, or just minor anatomical differences in mom's nipple. For example, the nipple on one side may be shorter or flatter than on the other, leading it to fall in a less ideal position in the baby's mouth. Anyway, different positions may improve the baby's latch. I particularly suggest trying reclined nursing positions because they enlist gravity to hold the baby's head on the breast rather than pulling it off, and also to slow milk flow, reducing the baby's need to clamp. Teething can definitely kick in at 4 months, or even before. The teeth may not break the gum surface for months yet, but they are still sawing their way through baby's tender gums.
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 06:09 AM
    http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/nipplebleb/ This might help too!
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 06:07 AM
    I wonder if the milk blister isn't fully clearing and then it's re blocking out due to that... How have you been managing to clear it? I had one that hurt on and off for 3 days before I relented and took a sterile needle to it - it thankfully hasn't been back since! Kellymom recommends your HCP does this and you don't do it yourself... but I trust myself more than my doctor :s Teething can definitely affect latch and as for why only one side... Breasts are unique and not carbon copies of each other... They are usually slightly different sizes, Mums often find one is a better producer, one can have a different flow speed to the other, etc! So why only the one side? Could be many different things - sorry! It could be that side flows faster and he is clamping to slow it down or it could be that that side is slower and so he gets a bit frustrated... I'm not sure there is any real way to tell! I would say you do need to nurse or pump despite the pain to prevent it getting worse and/or to prevent mastitis, but the pain should be temporary while you get it sorted!
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 05:53 AM
    Pacifiers aren't strictly necessary for baby to suck without feeding because an the breast they can choose how much milk to take! That's not to say don't use one, just the theory is a little skewed... Bottle fed babies on the other hand can't control milk flow because of a difference in design and therefore a pacifier is the only way they can comfort suck. The great thing is that the above means a breast fed baby can't overfeed so you never have to worry about putting them to the breast too often. Is baby's weight gain good? Baby healthy and no signs of ear or urine infection? Are bottles being used at all? (because these can lead to breast refusal,) how often is baby feeding? are you getting plenty of wet/dirty nappies?
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  • @llli*erin.in.middletown's Avatar
    Today, 05:40 AM
    I agree with tclynx that more information is needed to best help. You are doing the most important thing, though, by reaching out for help and support! You mention that your little one isn't getting enough to "fill her up". Do you say this because of inadequate weight gain? Or are there other things, like fussiness or not 'sleeping through the night', etc, that make you say this? Many moms worry about their milk supply when in fact their milk supply is just fine, and baby is just being a baby! More information would be great to have.
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  • @llli*keleigh's Avatar
    Today, 12:31 AM
    Oh what fun! I've just acquired my 3rd milk blister in 2 weeks! It's the middle of the night (thank you 4 month sleep regression) and I can't find any posts dealing with this issue, so I started my own. Feel free to direct me to any relevant info I've missed! *new here*:hello My daughter is 4.5 months old and 3 weeks ago, her latch became intermittently painful on my right side only. Her latch has always *looked* shallow (both sides), but I have never experienced nipple pain, and she's been transferring milk well, filling diapers and growing like a weed since we sorted out sleepy, jaundiced, teeny-preemie troubles around 2 weeks. I had a stubborn plugged duct in my right breast when she was a month old. It took 12 days of heavy nursing & pumping to resolve, which resulted in SUPER oversupply and strong letdown in that breast. Oversupply regulated at the beginning of September, but she still prefers the left. Her latch still looks normal, but she is somehow clamping down on my right nipple once its inside her mouth. No amount of re-latching seems to fix the pain, so I usually give up and switch her to the left (and then have to pump - super frustrating since she rarely accepts a bottle and NEVER accepts frozen milk). Nevertheless, I've just developed my 3rd milk blister (same exact spot!) in 2 weeks and WOW does it hurt! :eek: Anyone have experience with one-sided painful latch? Suggestions would be very much appreciated. I'm beginning to dread...
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  • @llli*mamajuju's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:09 PM
    @llli*kmanih Just curious if your lil one ended up getting CP? I'm in the same boat and finding it hard not to be around my DD. She is almost 9 months and the ped told me to give her the Varicela shot early. So far I'm just trying to keep the rash away from her and cover it in bandages so she doesn't scratch it when it becomes open blisters. But after reading some other posts it sounds like it's inevitable for the baby to get CP if mom had shingles. So it would be reassuring to hear stories of babies who were able to dodge it. If not how were you able to cope with CP with her being so young? Any updates would be helpful! TIA!
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:17 PM
    The bottom link in my signature has more links and resources for milk transfer issues. Keep in mind that breastfeeding need not be all or nothing so if you do need to use a little formula that is OK, but if you do, you should get some help to make sure you don't Over supplement and to help make sure you protect your milk supply and your breastfeeding relationship with your baby. Can you see a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC http://www.ilca.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3901 What is it that makes you think baby is not getting enough milk? Can you share a bit more history? How heavy was baby at birth? What was the lowest known weight? What other weights do you know? How much does baby weigh now?
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:11 PM
    Yes, get the SNS and Domperidone. I struggled For months trying to bring up my supply with pumping and oatmeal and fenugreek and I didn't respond well enough to the pump. I'd been using the SNS basically from the beginning to supplement. The bottom link in my signature has more links with help for low milk supply and stuff. My LO had tongue/lip ties which didn't even get corrected till 8 weeks and I didn't get any physical therapy for it till 3 months. We were still struggling with weight gain at 4 months. I finally managed to get the Domperidone around 4 1/2 months but we were not pump/supplement free till almost 6 months. Weaning off supplements has to be a gradual process and if you decide the pumping is just not working for you and if Domperidone doesn't work I would say supplement with whatever you have to but you can still breastfeed and supplement at the same time using the SNS. Breastfeeding need not be all or nothing. Just so you know, it has worked for us to nurse basically every hour during the day and then as much as he wants overnight (co-sleeping) and his weight gain since turning 6 months has him climbing back up the growth charts. I wish I had tried the Domperidone sooner. And I do sometimes feel robbed that the Drs didn't diagnose the Tongue/lip tie right in the beginning when we had to supplement because he wasn't gaining weight but that Dr didn't believe tongue ties have any effect on breastfeeding.
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  • @llli*jordaen's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:00 PM
    My 11 week old is not getting enough breastmilk to fill her up. i have no support family and worst of all my doctor. they just keep pushing formula for supplementation. this is my first child and i don't know what to do. please help.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:36 PM
    I think some people may also get the impression that the fattier milk helps babies sleep because in the evening when babies often cluster feed lots mom's often also feel a bit empty so what milk is coming out then may be on the fattier side, but that is because baby has been constantly eating for hours in prep for sleep. But anyway, nursing every two hours is normal. If you want a longer stretch of sleep at night, try seeing if baby will nurse even more often by day. If you are pumping because you are already back at work, then nursing more at night is natural and you might want to get the sweet sleep book to help you get more sleep while nursing baby safely in bed with you.
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  • @llli*rmaru001's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:09 PM
    Ah! This is exactly my question! My 6 week old daughter is doing the exact same thing! Plus she's awake almost the whole day! She's pretty happy most of the day, with some fussy periods, and she's ok "snacking" when she gets really hungry, but she's eating a lot less and sleeping a lot less during the day. Nighttime is great, thankfully - she sleeps for 3-4 hours and nurses very well! But the breast refusal during the day is totally stressing me out! We started her on a pacifier a couple of weeks ago to help wither her evening fussy period, when she would do the same crying behavior when I tried to feed her - she wouldn't take the breast but she would take the pacifier. I assume she just wanted the comfort of sucking without the milk because she was full. Since then the pacifier has been a lifesaver, but she'll take the pacifier during the day often when she refuses to nurse and does the screaming thing. Occasionally I can get her to nurse by pulling a switcheroo - starting her with the paci and then quickly switching to the breast - but often it doesn't work, either. Would love to know whats going on here!!
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  • @llli*usafreat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:37 PM
    hi mama, There are other posters that will be probably better than I, far more knowledgeable, that will chime in for help regarding how to deal with the supplementing, what I wanted to say that the first three to four months were the biggest personal challenge that I have gone through. 8 week in is still very early in the breastfeeding journey. You are not alone. You are not a failure by any means, your love and devotion for your son is admirable. Formula is not the devil. DO what you can for your supply but cease the obsession. Have you spent any time doing anything for yourself, even for an hour or two since the baby was born? A Pedicure, a book, a coffee out n about, exercise? Emotionally if you can give your mind a break you will feel better, even if you are still fatigued, just concentrating on something else can help. New moms have this pressure to be a perfect mom. Just because you have supplemented doesn't make you a flawed mom, not one bit. Let go of the beginning, it drags you down. Look toward the future and stay positive :love You can do it! And when you are feeding your son, take the moments to enjoy it rather than fret. Fret after the feeding during nap time ;) A couple of questions-- are you feeding baby mainly only from pumped milk? A baby removes milk more efficiently from the breast than a pump so your baby is likely to be getting more from your breast than you realize. If he is being bottle fed, are you doing paced bottle feeding? Babies...
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  • @llli*anaduralia's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:31 PM
    I have four kids: 1: now 6 1/2, stopped nursing at 20 months due to me being pregnant with #2 - the milk went away. We kept dry nursing for a while though... 2: now 4 1/2, stopped nursing at 23 months due to me being pregnant with twins. 3: now 2 1/2, still nursing. 4: now 2 1/2, stopped nursing at 24 months - she self weaned, though not sure why. It was very sudden and I have always though that I made a mistake by still trying to do tandem nursing. At 9-10 months: 1: nursed 4 times during the day, 2-3 times at night (I was working, so 4 times during the day was as much as I could do.) She did not like solids much. I was doing 1-2 spoon feedings per day with jar foods from the store plus rice cereal and breast milk. She is a real picky eater! Was less into nursing than 2 and 3 but liked it too.
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  • @llli*ssw's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:46 PM
    Hi all, My son is now 8 weeks old. We've been having problems breastfeeding from day 1. LO was in the NICU for 10 days immediately after birth and I barely got to touch him let alone feed him. A few compounding problems: milk supply not coming in until 9 days, stress and difficult recovery from birth, and also an innocent bout of mastitis which snowballed into an abscess that needed draining. LO has always been a champ eater - at 2.5 weeks, he was already taking in 3-4 oz per feeding. Today he needs atleast 25oz a day. On a good day, I can produce 10-15. As such, I need to supplement. I feed him as much as possible I can from me, and the rest is formula until he's sated. My question is really this. In almost all the fora and resources I've read online, the recommendation is to give up supplementation when you have low milk supply. Gradually decreasing the amount of supplementation maybe makes sense, but what I'm reading implies cutting it out cold turkey. In my case, given the tremendous deficit I have in production vs his need, I'm not sure how I can remove supplementation overnight without harming my child. The few times I've tried not to supplement at all, LO does not feed (falls asleep, fusses), does not sleep deeply and cries incessantly. I feel like the stress this creates for him and the disrupted sleeping pattern (and longer term, weight loss), are worse for his development than the formula he's supplemented with. I've been working as much as...
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:54 PM
    I personally avoid soy due to the phyto-estrogens and I have thyroid trouble and the 'hippie' advice is the two don't mix. There is a Coconut milk yogurt called Co-Yo that isn't too bad, and you should be able to use some of it as a starter culture with coconut milk to make your own. I'll try to find the links from the internet rabbit hole I went down looking up this stuff a few weeks back. Edit: http://www.pennilessparenting.com/2014/04/homemade-yogurt-recipe-dairy-yogurts.html
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  • @llli*anxiousmom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:28 PM
    Luckily, when all of this was happening I went to see my pediatrician who confirmed my baby was having a growth spurt and that I should breastfeed her every 1 1/2 and I only needed to pump if she slept through a feeding. I have been doing this since then and things have been much better. I think she is having another growth spurt right now.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:19 AM
    :ita Excellent advice from the PPs. One of the most pervasive myths out there is that there are two types of milk: foremilk, which is bad and doesn't have enough fat, and hindmilk, which is creamy and good. The truth is that there is no such thing as either foremilk or hindmilk. Those are convenient terms for describing the end members of the milk composition spectrum, but there's no abrupt switchover from foremilk to hindmilk. When your breasts are full, because you haven't nursed or pumped in a while, the milk that comes out will be relatively watery, lower in fat and higher in carbohydrates, and we call this foremilk. As the feeding progresses and the breast empties, the percentage of fat will gradually increase. But foremilk isn't skim milk- even the most watery foremilk contains all the nutrients a baby needs to grow and develop. In fact, a baby will grow just fine on the so-called foremilk alone, provided she gets enough of it. What matters, when it comes to growth, is milk quantity, not milk quality.
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:52 AM
    She buys WholeSoy. They are non-GMO. You can check it out here: http://www.wholesoyco.com/our-products/soy-yogurt/how-its-made She told our local health food store about this brand and they began to bring them in!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:59 AM
    :ita with pp...Aside from how your pumped milk looks, is there any other reason to be in any way concerned about your milk? Very fast weight gain? Severe colic? Gigantic painful spitups and painful burps? Explosive & frequent green poops? Are you getting engorged between feedings? Does baby cry, pull off, and/or refuse to nurse because the milk flow is so fast or strong? These are indication mom makes too much milk POSSIBLY or has forceful letdown POSSIBLY and there are many things to do for that issue. This is the scenario when 'too much foremilk' is a possibility. And even then there is nothing in any way unhealthy in the milk! All milk is good and contains what a baby needs. What is believed happens during a nursing session is that the early milk is slightly less fatty and has more carbs. GRADUALLY throughout the feeding, the milk SUBTLY and SLOWLY transitions to higher fat milk. Nature designed things to work this way for a reason. In most cases, most of the time, by far the best way to ensure a baby gets what they need is to simply nurse baby as often as baby wishes, and let baby stay on one side until they indicate they are done, and then offer the other side. Or am I misunderstanding and you are concerned that somehow your pumped milk is not ok for baby? Any particular reason you are pumping anyway?
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:57 AM
    Foremilk and Hindmilk are a myth! Milk gets progressively fattier as a baby feeds. There should be a sticky at the top of the forum that explains this well :) Feeding every 2 hours is normal I'm afraid. And your milk is perfectly fine and normal!
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  • @llli*alphawoman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:48 AM
    If you aren't already, I suggest side lying nursing while cosleeping for naps and at night and coaxing a dream feeding if he hasn't had one in 2-3 hours. You mention that the majority of feeds are related to sleeping, so I'd increase the availability of milk during those sleep windows. At that age, my son would get about 3 letdowns per side in a 2 hour nap and wake 3-4 times overnight to nurse on both sides. That's 6-7 feedings right there during sleep. Get in another 1-3 during the waking hours and you're golden supply-wise. For daytime feeds, nurse in a quiet, dark room to avoid distraction. This will pass! :) Many children get excitable, distractible, and switch to reverse cycling around your LO's age. I really do think that, by emphasizing sleep nursing, you'll keep your supply rocking for when the distraction subsides.
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  • @llli*anna.will's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:17 AM
    Yes I think you should send 4 oz bottles. It would increase the total volume of breast milk she would be getting. No harm there.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:35 AM
    Does she make her own Soy yogurt? I've never seen alternative yogurts in the stores around here. Any Ideas how to make it? I would probably choose one of the other alternative milks other than soy since soy here is generally GMO and heavily sprayed with all sorts of chemicals.
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