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  • @llli*meliz's Avatar
    Today, 09:06 AM
    Q: baby is just now 2 months (8 or 9 weeks) old? Or older? At what age did baby regain to birth weight? How has your baby's weight gain been since age 2 weeks? Average gain is about a half pound a week, (6-8 ounces per week) starting at age 2 weeks (before that the average gain would normally be much less) So looking at gain for the last 6 weeks (or whatever it has been since 2 weeks) is baby gaining above, below, or at average? Yes, my baby is 8.5 weeks old. Below is the weight history: 2/26 birth: 7 lbs 14 oz 2/28 2d: 7 lbs 6 oz 3/1: 7 lbs 7 oz 3/3 5d: 7 lbs 1 oz 3/6 8d: 7 lbs 5 oz
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  • @llli*julienne02's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:58 PM
    Today he ate like normal again, so now I am wondering if this all didn't have to do with him getting his top front teeth in--the second one finally broke through the gum yesterday. Perhaps this made it uncomfortable for him to eat from the bottle? Curious.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:47 PM
    Hi binu. Teething may cause fever, however only a very low fever. If your baby actually has a fever of more than F 100.5, your baby is most likely ill. An ill baby is going to be less likely to want to eat. Teething might cause a baby to not want to eat, in which case you probably just want to respect that they are not feeling well and do not want to eat! But at 7 months there are many other reasons a baby would be uninterested, the most common being they are simply not ready for solids yet, or would prefer to feed themselves. The recommendation for solids is that they are introduced at about 6 months. Not that baby actually eat anything. If someone is telling you it is a problem if your 7 month old is refusing to eat solids, they are incorrect. Unless there is some physiological issue, you probably have nothing to worry about, and any physiological issue with taking in food would probably have shown itself before this as a nursing problem. Has your baby been gaining slowly? Is baby currently breast or bottle fed and how is that going? An excellent book I strongly suggest is the book My Child Won't Eat by the pediatrician and breastfeedng expert Carlos Gonzalez. It is not going to give you ideas for making a child eat who does not want to, it explains normal growth patterns and eating habits for babies and young children, and helps parents understand that usually they are worrying over normal behavior as well explaining what actually might indicate a true...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:36 PM
    Short nursing sessions of just a couple minutes for a 7 month old are entirely normal. Long nursing sessions when baby wishes are also entirely normal. How much a baby actually takes in during each individual feeding is normally going to vary tremendously. Like anyone else sometimes babies prefer a smaller meal than other times. A "full" feeding is a feeding of any length that baby chooses to end because baby is done. They may wish to nurse again shortly, but that is again, normal behavior. Any baby past the first few months usually has a great deal of control over how much they take in when they nurse and how fast, so it may even be that the baby is not getting much more milk at the longer sessions than the shorter. Distractibility is also common at this age, but sometimes I wonder how much of that is true problematic distractibility where baby really needs help such as a dark room in order to get enough to eat, and how much is mom expecting baby to nurse some certain amount of time when they nurse, and worrying if they do not do that. In other words what you both are describing is usually normal and nothing to worry about. If a baby is not gaining normally, or nursing so infrequently it is unlikely they could be getting enough (Less than 6-8 times in 24 hours) then that is a problem. If baby is refusing to nurse at all for longish periods, that is a problem or may become one (because it might develop into a nursing strike) But snacking is normal and not a...
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  • @llli*norajsmama's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:32 PM
    We are having the same problem! My daughter will be 7 months old in 2 days. The only thing that helps us is feeding in a quiet room. Like your son, she eats well when asleep. I think she does most of her eating at night. As long as he is gaining enough weight the short feeds are ok. Does he nurse a lot at night? In our case it's OK with me for now because we bedshare and she is very easy to sleep and nurse with. I have heard of some people nursing down for naps and then right upon waking up from naps when he will be drowsy.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:23 PM
    If it were me I would try nursing him down. If he is sleeping from 10-3 without waking, that may be all he can do at this age. 5 hours of unbroken sleep is sleeping "through the night" according to the official definition. What about snack or water? Sometimes kids this age really are just hungry overnight. I kept snacks by the bed when trying to night wean. Could it be, he has to pee or poop and is perhaps not wanting to go in the diaper? I would also suggest just look at what might cause general sleep disturbance. Is he too hot, too cold, not enough light, too much light, too much noise, too little noise, too much overall screen time, or screen time too close to bed time. My kids are all getting their seasonal allergies right now, and that can cause more restless sleep. As could just a cold or congestion. Very rarely, a food intolerance might cause very broken sleep.
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  • @llli*binu's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:00 PM
    So my baby is nearly 7 months and is exclusively breastfed. He refuses the bottle even if it's breast milk. When he is awake, he only drinks for approximately 3-5 minutes at a time before getting restless. He seems to want to snack all the time. However, he feeds really well when he is asleep but I can't keep making him sleep in order to feed him . He also does not want solids... How can I get him to drink a full feed instead of a few sips?
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  • @llli*binu's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:56 AM
    My baby is nearly 7 months now. He is teething really badly and in constant pain, he also gets alot of fever... I started him on cereal at 6 months. He always clinches his jaw shut not wanting to eat, he also spits out whatever is in his mouth OR he just keeps it on without swallowing. I usually give up after a while as he starts to cry. He doesn't even end up having a Tablespoon. Any advise? It's so fraistrating and I'm worried about his growth...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:22 AM
    Hi and welcome. Yes it is possible to increase milk production at any point, generally speaking. But it depends on why mom has low milk production and also on what she is able to do. Before I try to get into your questions, I have a few... baby is just now 2 months (8 or 9 weeks) old? Or older? Are you working with an IBCLC? Or did you in the past? How did that go? Did they have you do any before and after nursing weight checks? If so, when was this and what were the numbers? Have you read the book Making More Milk? If so, are you using any ideas from it, and do you find them helpful? What kind of a pump are you using? Are you sure it fits properly and is in excellent working order? How many ounces of breastmilk and formula total does your baby consume each day, and how much breastmilk do you pump each day? How many times a day do you pump and what is the yield per session about (just give the range.) How many times a day does baby nurse? How many time a day does baby get a bottle and how much at a time (again give the range.)
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  • @llli*angelreeve's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:17 AM
    Update: I started the nightweaning process a week ago. It has helped increase his first stretch to five hours relatively easily. The problem is he wakes up at around 3:00 AM and it takes 2 hours to get him back down!! He tries to go back to sleep, he flops around and switches beds (we have two queen beds on the floor) but he just can't settle. He asks for boov now and then but doesn't cry too much. I don't now what to do. Has anyone experienced this? If this continues I may just give him boov at 3:00 AM but I'm not convinced that will get him back down to sleep either.
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  • @llli*meliz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:09 AM
    here is my story: after a relatively comfortable pregnancy and an amazing natural birth experience, I'm struggling soo much with the breastfeeding. I didn't investigate the reason but I didn't have milk almost for the first 2 weeks..and thanks to busy pumping schedule, fenugreek and domperidone, I started seeing 2-3 ml pumping outputs after 2 weeks. In the meantime, unfortunately, my son' feeding was solely based on formula. It's been a tough and tiring 2 months, but I increased my milk supply a bit and now, I can feed him 50% breastmilk, 50% formula.. I have been mostly pumping as he cries during breastfeeding if my flow is slow..or there is another problem that I cannot point out now. After all these hard work with pumping and everything, it is soo frustrating that my supply is still low and he cries when I try to breastfeed him..I don't know what else I should be doing, I feel like I am walking in the dark with no direction..please help! - I have no idea how much he gets directly from me as he can still drink another (up to) 3oz with the bottle after breastfeeding..How can I know my yield? How do I know how much he gets from me? Do I have different yields for each breastfeeding sessions depending on the time of the day or can we talk about a generic capacity of my breasts? - Especially in the afternoon (after 4pm), he suckles max 1-2mins and finishes with a cry, unless he falls asleep during breastfeeding..I tried warm compressions, hand massage for slow...
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  • @llli*lukatravlelove's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:45 AM
    Hey, I am also coming to live in Finland. Actually, we are moving to Helsinki. The problem is, I have two children who are 6 months old. I am really afraid about the flight and also breastfeeding. What about the policy in Finland? By the way, me and my husband want to explore the city. I just found this tour around Helsinki http://baltictours.com/info/tours-in-helsinki/, however, I have no idea is it good. Please let me know your opinion. We really are moving soon...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    April 25th, 2017, 03:46 PM
    Well since your baby is very young for separations and you are working long shifts, plus you two are just finding your "feet" breastfeeding-wise, I would suggest that you will need to be extra careful about pumping often enough at work to maintain normal milk production, and also that bottles are given to baby in a breastfeeding supportive manner so that baby does not become habituated to bottles and also so that baby is not over fed with bottles, both of these situations can cause breast refusal down the line. Also to avoid that, you will want baby nursing frequently when you are home, whether you are home nights or days. So I am going to give you a few resources for info as it is a big area. Please feel welcome to ask more questions if you have them after checking these out. Also moms with the kind of schedule you are talking about are often in the health care field or have some other job where finding enough time to pump is a particular challenge. If you need suggestions there, please let us know. How much milk will baby need for separations? http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/milkcalc/ Bottle feeding the breastfed baby and safe milk handling (doc is two pages) : http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/23_safehandling_storageofyour_milk.pdf Paced bottle feeding video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH4T70OSzGs&t=151s Another good video, less explanation but with a real baby. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxpIzcitLc8
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  • @llli*mmomm1's Avatar
    April 25th, 2017, 11:07 AM
    The very best way to boost milk supply is letting your baby suckle as often and as long as s/he wants. No pump on earth can best a suckling babe. Oatmeal (not the instant or quick varieties) and a tea boosting supplement healthy nursing tea. I had great support with these two things and continuous nursing.
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    April 25th, 2017, 10:39 AM
    LLL of South Carolina Area Conference June 17, 2017 Saluda Shoals River Center, Columbia, South Carolina USA Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future, Celebrating 60 Years of La Leche League For more information, contact Leslie at lesalia17@zoominternet.net or go to www.lllofsc.com
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  • @llli*bachandl's Avatar
    April 25th, 2017, 10:38 AM
    This information has been very helpful. She is much easier to lay to sleep if she is held for 30 minutes to an hour after nursing. I am returning to work next week, so she is still going to need to use bottles and I will pump while at work. My schedule is 12-hour nights from 6:30 pm to 6:30 am. Hoping to go to days soon. Any advice regarding this? I did get in touch with a lactation consultant over the phone briefly.
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    April 25th, 2017, 10:33 AM
    LLL of Minnesota and the Dakotas Area Conference and Continuing Education Event April 28-29, 2017 Marriott Minneapolis West, 9960 Wayzata Boulevard, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55426 Many topics for health care providers and parents. Featuring Kathleen Kendall-Tacket, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA. For more information, contact Anne at LLLAnneMN@gmail.com or go to http://www.lllofmndas.org/2017-spring-conference.html.
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    April 25th, 2017, 10:30 AM
    La Leche League of Garden State Annual Breastfeeding and Parenting Conference April 28-29, 2017 Embassy Suites by Hilton, 909 Parsippany Boulevard, Parsippany, NJ 07054 Celebrate 60: Building a Legacy, Let the Festivities Continue For more information, contact Linda at lllindaA@hotmail.com or go to http://www.lllgardenstateconference.org.
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    April 25th, 2017, 10:15 AM
    Birth : Things Don’t Always Come Up As You Have Planned Them by Gabriela Gallegos, Cambridge, England, Breastfeeding Today, February 2017 When I learned that I was pregnant, I started to inform myself about absolutely everything so that I could have an « easy » pregnancy, a healthy pregnancy but above all I wished with all my heart and soul to give birth naturally, without any anesthetic. I am a sportive woman, I almost never get sick and so I rarely take any medicine. Following this reasoning, the most natural and ideal thing to do would be to give birth naturally without any medicine involved. For 9 months I ate healthy and did lots of sports, as much as I could, at 8 months I was still going to checkups on my bicycle. It was an amazing pregnancy and I was delighted, people around me notice dit and told me how radiant I looked and how good I looked being pregnant. I felt like I was living a dream, those 9 months were really beautiful. On June 3rd, almost on week 40th, I started bleeding a little bit, I wasn’t worried since I had read that it could be the mucus plug and to be quite honest I got really excited thinking that I was close to meeting my baby. Later on that day the bleeding became more intense so as a precaution, I decided to go to the hospital for a checkup. We arrived there at 7 pm, my mother was with me. After the checkup and the ecograph, we were told that there wasn’t enough amniotic fluid and I was asked if I hadn’t broken waters. I answered...
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  • @llli*saraedward's Avatar
    April 25th, 2017, 06:10 AM
    When you return to work, you are going to want to take your pump, even if you don't plan on using it. That way you have it if you need it- like if you get stuck at work because your car broke down, or because someone doesn't show and you need to work a double shift, or if you just get uncomfortably full. Even though you currently don't feel full unless you've had a full night's sleep, you never know what might happen over the course of the workday. You take your pump with you for the first couple of weeks at least, just in case.
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  • @llli*gilismom's Avatar
    April 25th, 2017, 04:32 AM
    My baby is ten weeks old and will be mostly home with me till she's seven months old. I pump every morning on one side as she feeds on the other, in order to have some fresh pumped milk in the fridge for when i want to go out for a few hours, do some sports without her, etc. This means that because I don't end up using most of what I pump, I am building up a supply of frozen milk, which I will only use when she starts going to daycare since I usually can't keep up with the supply necessary. In August we are moving from our home (Jerusalem, Israel) to the US for a year. In addition to moving my whole family (we have three other small children), I will want to take my frozen stash with me. I'm nervous about this! Pointers on how to do this? Practically speaking: Do I take it as a carry-on? With dry ice? Do security personnel let it through? amount - probably 8-9 liters (= 300 oz or so), frozen as tiny ice cubes. i estimate it would fill a large backpack, not counting whatever cooling supplies i would need many thanks! Miriam
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    April 24th, 2017, 09:01 PM
    Generally it is suggested to avoid pacifiers for the first 6 weeks or if there are breastfeeding problems. But, if you understand the problems with pacifiers and are careful to avoid them, I think a pacifier can be used safely in any situation. The problem with pacifiers is that just like bottles, they are a breast replacement. But unlike bottles (or the breasts) they provide no nourishment. So pacifier overuse is linked to poor weight gain. Baby is given the pacifier too often/too long and this prevents baby nursing enough. Also, baby not nursing enough causes a problem with milk production. Another problem when pacifier interferes with normal nursing frequency is when mom is over producing, she gets more full between sessions and baby has an even stronger flow to deal with than if they nursed more often.
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  • @llli*vedimama's Avatar
    April 24th, 2017, 08:18 PM
    Is it advisable to give the baby pacifier to calm her, it is very difficult to see her cry for so long :( Although, we did try to take her out on stroller which worked once , the next time she started crying later and stroller did not help :(
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