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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 02:50 PM
    How often does baby poop and what does it look like generally speaking?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 02:48 PM
    Around five months is an age where many babies start waking more often wanting to nurse more often and generally acting fussier at the breast. Usually this is entirely normal does not mean anything is wrong. Milk production does ebb and flow throughout the day this is true of all mothers for the whole time that they nurse. But this does not mean mom does not make enough milk. Either a mother makes enough milk for her baby to gain normally or she doesn't - there's no such thing as only nighttime low milk production. As far as baby taking the bottle I would say it's impossible to know what if anything that means. I would suggest that bottles given instead of nursing usually lead to more problems overall. Unless your baby needs the bottles to gain normally I would try to avoid them. Kelly mom has a good article called help my baby won't nurse which offer some ideas for when the baby seems to need to nurse but won't.
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  • @llli*ksmom3's Avatar
    Today, 12:28 PM
    So for a couple months now while nursing on my right side on the left side of my nipple there is like a vein (like the fleshy part next to my nipple) that sticks out when my milk lets down and sometimes for a few minutes after while my 4 month old is breastfeeding. I don't remember this happening before a couple months ago or with my other two kids but I was wondering if this is normal? It doesn't hurt or anything just seems strange? I've had more problems this time nursing, beginning nipple pains, thrush and I think we are almost to a good point now where everything is going well. So I just want to see if anyone else has had this? Thanks!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 08:57 AM
    Sorry I just re-read this and realized you said smoothies, not cookies. Again it depends on what is in the smoothy and in what dose, but still I wanted to correct my mistake there. If your baby is regularly going about 3-4 hours between nursing sessions, truly the most effective and (usually, although every situation is different) easiest way to increase milk production, milk intake, and weight gain is to encourage baby to nurse more often. Of course some 6 month olds are fine on that frequency but on the other hand, it does not take much breastmilk to increase weight gain to closer to average when it is slightly below that. Just one or two additional nursing sessions a day can make a big difference. If doctor is concerned enough they want another weight check in 6 weeks, that is a good reason to try that. Even if solids are only during your work day, they can impact the whole day of nursing just as overfeeding with bottles can. Given the weight gain concern I am not going to suggest reduce solids, but again I would suggest encouraging baby to nurse more often when you are with baby. Pumping a little more when at work, if and when you can, is also a good idea if you have any concerns about milk production now or for the future. But the need to do this can be offset to some degree if baby nurses more often. The website and book Breastfeeding in Combat Boots is written for nursing moms in the military but has ideas for any pumping mom with a career that makes pumping...
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  • @llli*dani425's Avatar
    Today, 08:49 AM
    I have been breastfeeding for 11 months. I work outside my house as well as pump at work. I work for the state so my employer has been amazing about me having to pump. I definitely can keep up with my work as well. I am also currently making enough at work pumping 4 times a day for my daughter to be fed all day!! Thank GOD! :clap I have a bit of a dilemma. I am coming up on a year and from what I've read, I am not covered after a year to pump at work. I do not want to stop breastfeeding and I don't mind supplementing with cow's milk, if my daughter will take it. So I guess my question is has anyone ever pumped at work past a year? Could I keep it a secret from my boss and just try to work it in a couple times a day vs 4 times a day now?? Is cow's milk really ok for babies?? Is there milk that is better? Organic? Skim? 2%?:confused::confused::confused: I haven't spoke to my daughters doctor, but I have spoke with a lactation consultant and she wants me to pump, basically all day, and save up my milk for after a year. I'm sure if any of you have been there, yall know, it's not easy to pump/breastfeed all day. I appreciate everyone's responses and support.:love p.s. my daughter is eating solids, however, she doesn't really like baby food. :lol :D
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  • @llli*bfulmer's Avatar
    Today, 08:41 AM
    Hi. Just to be clear, your baby is now 6 months old, correct? You say 6 week checkup but I know from your history baby is older than that! If baby is 6 months old, I am not sure what the concern is. "Drops" in percentile as well as "jumps" in percentile for both weight and height growth are common and usually entirely normal. Did your pediatrician express concern about your baby's gain? It would help to know how often overall baby nurses. A 6 month old baby is (hopefully) still getting all of their nutrition from breastmilk, even if the introduction to solids has begun. So most 6 month olds will still nurse (or have a bottle) 8-12 times in 24 hours.
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 08:31 AM
    Having been on a plane with a baby and an older toddler that nursed, it was a god send. Really. Having him right there-even when I had to buy a seat for him- I could just lift the arm rest and nurse him. Try to get a window seat if you are worried about it. Then he will be tucked away and only ONE stranger if any will be able to view anything.
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  • @llli*jufinio17's Avatar
    Today, 02:37 AM
    My LO is 12 weeks old and sleep and wind just seem to be getting worse. Would really appreciate any input, advice or personal experience! My first little boy was windy too and we never solved the problem. For background, he is ebf, is sick quite often but seems to be feeding well and growing well. Nights are currently very broken. He'll sleep an 1hr and a half from 9pm, then maybe a further hour and then cat naps the rest of the night. He cries and draws his legs up, as if constantly straining to pass wind, only being soothed by more feeding. Sometimes it sounds like lots of air is going in when he's feeding but the latch looks good. A few weeks ago he was doing a 4 hour stretch so I have no clue what has happened. Any help appreciated...thanks in advance!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:22 PM
    Hi and welcome! You do not have to explain wanting to wean off the shield to us. Anyone who has used a shield knows how much of a hassle it is. Of course you want to wean off it as soon as possible. There is no "too late" when it comes to weaning off the shield. This is a misconception because people think a shield is like bottle feeding. This is an incorrect assumption because 1) nursing with a shield is nothing like bottle feeding and 2) While it does get more difficult over time, there is no "too late" for bringing baby to the breast after being bottle fed either. But there is no doubt that the process of weaning a baby off a nipple shield can be very frustrating. There are some important things to consider before continuing to try. Is baby currently gaining normally while exclusively breastfed? What latch issues led to the use of a shield? Do these appear solved? Are you working with an IBCLC? Have you and your baby received in-person help with latch and positioning ideas? If not, I suggest doing so. If you have and need more help, can you get more? If you have seen an LC and it was an unsatisfactory experience, please let us know more about it.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:31 PM
    Hi parakeet. I nursed and pumped around the clock with my first baby, born at 37 weeks. We never had to supplement, (in any case we were never told to) but because I used a nipple shield I had to pump to make sure my milk production was ok. So I understand at least some of what you are going though. Those were the hardest, most exhausting weeks of my life and I often felt like I was going mad. But IMO it was worth it X 1000. Yes, there is an end to supplementing and pumping. The end comes when 1) mom makes enough milk for baby to gain normally and 2) baby is capable of extracting enough milk when baby nurses. Once the need for supplementing ends, the need to pump also ends. One thing I have learned is that is often NOT necessary for a baby to be supplemented at every nursing session, and/or, it is not necessary for mom to pump after every nursing session. These are variables, not absolutes. Since a newborn baby can easily want to nurse 10-15 or more times in 24 hours, there is often many opportunities to only nurse, even if baby is supplemented and mom is pumping. Because most pump/supplement recommendations are meant to be done for 8 times a day at most. I would be curious to know what 100% of a feed for a three week old baby is. As far as I know, there is no such quantification. In a situation with a normally gaining breastfed baby, intake varies nursing session to nursing session as well as baby to baby. What is important is that over 24 hours, baby gets the...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:31 PM
    As far as night nursing, it really bothers me when moms are told to not nurse their child when and how much they and their child wish. Here is why. The act of nursing is beneficial. Human milk is beneficial. Both of these things are GOOD for children. Not in any way bad! What if your child woke you up in the middle of the night and asked for a big plate of broccoli? What if they asked for a Kale salad 15 times a day? Begged you to brush their teeth? They would be considered wonderful, remarkably healthy children with a brilliant parent. But a child nurses at night, mom is considered a failure and child is "demanding" or "too clingy." Ugh it drives me crazy. Almost every nursing 18 month old wants to nurse at night. It is normal. And 100% healthy.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:23 PM
    I agree with carm2. I am sorry you have struggled with thrush so long. But your doctor is not giving you proper info. Thrush is a yeast overgrowth. Bottle fed babies also experience this, and of course many non- nursing mothers have yeast overgrowths. You and your baby may continue to have thrush even if you wean. If you have tried the Newman protocol to no avail, here are some suggestions: Have you seen a dermatologist? They may be better able to 1) firmly diagnose that the issue is thrush and 2) Offer treatment that your doctor may not be aware of. Have you seen an IBCLC? (Board certified LC?) Do you think the problem is reoccurrence of thrush, or that it never goes away in the first place? Reoccurrence is common and there are many things you can do to try to prevent reoccurrence.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:06 PM
    No one is comfortable nursing in public...at first. Like anything else, it takes doing it over and over to get more comfortable with it. Also I am not sure what percentage of moms are comfortable with public nursing in all situations. A pretty small amount, I suspect. I always felt differently about it depending on where I was. In other words, no need to feel comfortable nursing in public to nurse in public. In my experience airplanes are actually one of the easier places to nurse in public. Most people on airplanes are trying in one way or another to put a bubble of privacy around themselves and return the favor to others. Also the way you are positioned makes your seatmate the person who is least likely to "see anything" unless they really try. And trust me, everyone around you will appreciate the (usually) more comfortable and thus, more quiet nursing baby over the baby who is screaming due to ear pain.
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  • @llli*parakeet's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:51 PM
    I have a three week old who was born at 36.5 weeks, due date is in a couple of days. We have had to supplement but I got my supply up from herbs and pumping so now he is supplemented using EBM. He has a weak suck and is sleepy at the breast. I put him to my breast for 30-40 minutes and he will take approx 50% of his feed (I have rented a scale so I know), and the remaining 50% of his feed he will take via the bottle while I pump. His weight gain now is looking good. I have help to bottlefeed but I am getting fed up of pumping after every feed. Most of my 30-40 minutes at the breast is spent in breast compressions, tickling him, moving him from side to side to get him to wake up. In that 30-40 minutes, he might suck well for maybe 8-10 minutes, rest he is just sleepy. Is there an end to the supplementation and pumping? How long will it take? I'd rather just breastfeed than breastfeed + pump. Thanks!
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  • @llli*zam.sc2017's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:50 PM
    I've been using the nipple shield since day one, I thought this was very helpful since her latch wasn't so great. Recently, I've been trying to wean her off of the shield because her latch has been improving but I feel like it's to late, I feel discouraged, disappointed and frustrated. I latch her on with the shield, 10 minutes later I pick her up to burp and try feeding her without the shield, at first she would latch on for 5 minutes and then fall asleep or simple latch off, I didn't try this daily, since I thought she was doing good but today she cried so loud, you can see her frustration she wanted to latch on but there was no shield, I tried and tried and tried but we were both frustrated, I gave in and I put on the shield and she latched on with no problem. She just turned 2 months, is it to late for me? Am I doing something wrong? Am I tramatizing her by letting her cry and basically forcing her on my boob when clearly she is not interested? How can I wean her off without feeling guilty? I would love to feed her without having to worry about a shield, it's a hassle (cleaning, sanitizing, remembering to pack, putting it on, taking it off) I don't feel comfortable going places because I know I'm going to have to put it on to feed her, I'm just getting to the point of giving up. Do you ladies have any tips? Should I just keep trying regardless if she cries?
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  • @llli*zam.sc2017's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:44 PM
    I've been using the nipple shield since day one, I thought this was very helpful since her latch wasn't so great. Recently, I've been trying to wean her off of the shield because her latch has been improving but I feel like it's to late, I feel discouraged, disappointed and frustrated. I latch her on with the shield, 10 minutes later I pick her up to burp and try feeding her without the shield, at first she would latch on for 5 minutes and then fall asleep or simple latch off, I didn't try this daily, since I thought she was doing good but today she cried so loud, you can see her frustration she wanted to latch on but there was no shield, I tried and tried and tried but we were both frustrated, I gave in and I put on the shield and she latched on with no problem. She just turned 2 months, is it to late for me? Am I doing something wrong? Am I tramatizing her by letting her cry and basically forcing her on my boob when clearly she is not interested? How can I wean her off without feeling guilty? I would love to feed her without having to worry about a shield, it's a hassle (cleaning, sanitizing, remembering to pack, putting it on, taking it off) I don't feel comfortable going places because I know I'm going to have to put it on to feed her, I'm just getting to the point of giving up. Do you ladies have any tips? Should I just keep trying regardless if she cries?
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  • @llli*carm3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:55 PM
    Your doctor is not giving you very good advice! You should not have to wean because of thrush! There are many other things you can use to treat thrush. I encourage you to check out Dr. Newman's candida protocol http://ibconline.ca/information-sheets/candida-protocol/ and follow the steps. Gentian violet can be very effective for treating both mother and nursling. As for the diflucan, Dr. Newman has an information sheet on that as well, though he recommends trying the other measures in the protocol first. One dose of diflucan is enough for a vaginal yeast infection, but not for nipple thrush. Treatment should last at least a week after symptoms are gone, and for healthy moms it's considered fairly safe. There's also no reason why she shouldn't be feeding at night if that's an arrangement that's working well for you. Probably not even something you'd need to discuss with your baby's doctor! Best of luck!
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  • @llli*sarahfv's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:14 PM
    Thank you guys- I'll pick up that book. I'm just anxious about all these changes, and looking ahead, because at 2 months I was thinking, "she has plenty of time to learn to take a bottle before I go back to work in a month," but nothing changed and she still hasn't improved much. I know waiting for me doesn't always mean she didn't have enough to eat, but she will start getting cranky/crying an hour or two before I get home and won't stop, so it seems like she must be hungry. No she can't sit independently. The sign I read was that she can hold up her head well when held in a sitting position. But I will wait. Yes nursing all summer seems like the easiest thing to do, but will also be a hassle if she still wants to nurse every hour. I'm not comfortable bf in public, so I have to be able to find a private spot wherever I am.. every hour. Traveling will be especially hard- I will be taking at least 2 flights this summer with her (to visit family) that will be 6-8 hours. So I'll have to nurse 5-6 times right next to a stranger or in the plane's bathroom. But you're right, I shouldn't worry about it right now and I don't want her to wean early.
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  • @llli*beautybecomes's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:18 PM
    Hello everyone... I'm currently nursing my 18 month old daughter. We have battled thrush repeatedly in our nursing relationship. The DOC has given her nystatin and Daktrin gel. Numerous times. I've insisted as the nursing mother... I should be treated with diflucan, which he prescribed one dose. After the last treatment her thrush went away for a month and has come back. Now the DOC has said well at this point you should wean her bc nothing else can be done to stop the thrush. I'm very stressed over it as she has a strong emotional attachment to nursing, and she is a terrible eater. I'd say most of her nutrition comes from me. The comment has also been made that she shouldn't be getting any night feeds at her age.(we breastfed on demand and co sleep) Any advice to save our nursing relationship???
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  • @llli*ferrit82's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:40 PM
    Hi everyone, i am exclusively breastfeeding my 5 month old and have recently noticed that she is asking more often in the night. When I give her the last feed before bed I usually nurse on both sides and then put her to bed. Tonight I thought I'd try re-attaching again before putting her down to see if she's feed more. She latched on and became very fussy like she was trying to get the let down started but it just wasn't happening. I had expressed some milk earlier in the day so I thought I'd see if she took the expressed milk. She took an extra 40ml at this point. My question is, could it be possible that my breasts do not produce enough to make her full at night? Thanks
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:05 AM
    Hi. Just to be clear, your baby is now 6 months old, correct? You say 6 week checkup but I know from your history baby is older than that! If baby is 6 months old, I am not sure what the concern is. "Drops" in percentile as well as "jumps" in percentile for both weight and height growth are common and usually entirely normal. Did your pediatrician express concern about your baby's gain? It would help to know how often overall baby nurses. A 6 month old baby is (hopefully) still getting all of their nutrition from breastmilk, even if the introduction to solids has begun. So most 6 month olds will still nurse (or have a bottle) 8-12 times in 24 hours. Since most foods do not contain as much fat and calories as breastmilk, it is probably not a good idea to encourage more of these in order to increase weight gain. Because what actually happens in that case is a baby fills up on the solids and not nurse as much, or not nurse as productively, or not take as much in the bottle, exacerbating slow gain rather than fixing the problem. If the problem really is low milk production, then high fat, high cal foods might make sense. But nothing is as nutritionally complete as breastmilk, and I do not think it is at all clear that there is anything wrong with your milk production. However if baby nurses less due to being fed solids more, that will eventually harm production. This is why the intro to solids is considered a dangerous time for milk production. expressing 3...
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  • @llli*bfulmer's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:40 AM
    My LO is just over 6 months and up until last week I wasn't working not was she taking a bottle, so I was breastfeeding exclusively. I did pump every so often and have had a few clogged ducts and a small case of mastitis, so I do have a descent freezer stash (20+ 3-4 oz bags). Now that I'm back to work Dad has been giving her a sippy cup after 3 hours to which she only drinks about 1.5 oz. He then brings her to me 3.5 hours later to breastfeed before bed. We had her 6 month checkup on Monday and she dropped from the 25th percentile to the 15th. I've only been back to work for a week so obviously this lack of weight increase isn't because of our new schedule. I am, however, concerned now with her being apart from me that her weight may continue to struggle. I continue to feed on demand and keep it to 3 hours and no more if I can help it (if she's napping I won't wake her). She's getting more cereal and solids to help with the weight. I'm mostly concerned with my pumping. I feel like it's very inconsistent and the only time I get a descent amount is if I go 5-6 hours. When I pump at work it's usually around 4-5 hours from the last breastfeeding and I'll get 1.5 ounces on each side. That doesn't seem like a lot to me at all. Does this mean that's all my LO is getting when she eats? Could this be the issue of her weight gain problems? Am I not producing enough for her? I eat lactation smoothies almost every day and whenever LO is done eating if I squeeze my breast milk comes...
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  • @llli*mum.mumbai's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:57 AM
    Hi all, From couple of weeks whenever my son nurses, I expirence a very strong aversion to it. I feel maybe it is my supply dipping or his latch altering, that is making my skin crawl, also want to run away from him. This used to happen sporadically when I was PMSing, now have become a regular thing. This is worst at.bedtime feeds when he switched sides for 100 times before finally conking off. Sometimes he comes away saying milk is over and I have to.rock.him to sleep. My.super busy day and really long winding bedtime does not gel well.leaving me very irritable, which normally am not. Morning feeds r worst as.he refuses to.unlatch. I have tried setting limits, boundaries by counting, singing which absolutely don't work. I wish there were more pleasant and amicable ways to end his nursing sessions,but am at loss to find them. I have always wanted him.to self wean. But this unpleasantness is not healthy for me or him. I wish he learns to sleep and get up without milk.Can you give me strategies to make this work??
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  • @llli*mum.mumbai's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:49 AM
    Hi all, From couple of weeks whenever my son nurses, I expirence a very strong aversion to it. I feel maybe it is my supply dipping or his latch altering, that is making my skin crawl, also want to run away from him. This used to happen sporadically when I was PMSing, now have become a regular thing. This is worst at.bedtime feeds when he switched sides for 100 times before finally conking off. Sometimes he comes away saying milk is over and I have to.rock.him to sleep. My.super busy day and really long winding bedtime does not gel well.leaving me very irritable, which normally am not. Morning feeds r worst as.he refuses to.unlatch. I have tried setting limits, boundaries by counting, singing which absolutely don't work. I wish there were more pleasant and amicable ways to end his nursing sessions,but am at loss to find them. I have always wanted him.to self wean. But this unpleasantness is not healthy for me or him. I wish he learns to sleep and get up without milk.Can you give me strategies to make this work??
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