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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:50 AM
    Great! I hope this result puts your mind at ease. I again suggest reading the Jack Newman article mentioned above how to check if symptom alleviation after food eliminations are results or coincidence. Of course if you find you prefer not eating soy or dairy, it does not matter.
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  • @llli*sshields8401's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:47 PM
    Thank you for your responses. Despite my ongoing battle with oversupply, DDs recent stool is back to yellow/yellow-brown, contains less mucus, and does not appear to contain blood. I plan to continue with the restricted diet for a little longer and try reintroducing foods to identity if a reaction occurs. I appreciate your advice!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:33 PM
    By this age many children do better with a sippy cup. Others can be fed with an open cup. If baby is only nursing 4 times a day total, lower than typical, I am not sure how much he is relying on breastmilk, maybe he is getting what he needs elsewhere. Also, depending on your schedule, I wonder if you could continue to nurse baby that many times when you are home and he just have solids when you are apart, with any expressed breastmilk more as his 'drink" that he has with this solids? If you think a bottle is necessary and would like tips specifically for that, it might help to know what exactly is going on when the bottle is offered. Is he visibly upset just seeing a bottle, or just turning his head away but not upset, mouthing or chewing the nipple but not taking any milk, taking a little milk then stopping...etc. Any specifics might help. Also when are bottles offered?
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:19 PM
    One of my LLL co-Leaders put together this list, which covers the most commonly suggested methods of increasing supply, both the ones that are well-established and the ones that are just internet rumors :) : Methods of Increasing Supply—Pros and Cons Though the only really proven method for increasing milk production is increasing the removal of milk from the breast.
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  • @llli*cerragijon24's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:55 AM
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  • @llli*rstriblen's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:49 AM
    I'm a teacher preparing to go back to work in two weeks. My 9 month old son has been EBF and had no problem with pumped milk in a bottle last school year. He's been nursed all summer, with the exception of one weekend that I was out of town. He had no problems with the bottle that weekend, but is now refusing it. He eats solids three times per day and typically nurses four times per day. I need advice on getting him adjusted to the bottle for when I go back to work in a few weeks!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    August 14th, 2017, 09:33 AM
    @llli*maddieb replied to a thread Shelf life in Weaning
    Ok I understand the desire to gradually transition but that does not mean you need to mix the 2 milks in the same bottle. When a baby is nursing rather than having breastmilk in bottles and their mom wants to transition them to cow's milk, she would do that by continuing to nurse while gradually introducing bottles of cow's milk. I am not saying there is anything bad about mixing, as far as I know there isn't, except it complicates storage options and might lead to unnecessary waste of your expressed milk. I assume your child is over a year old? As far as I am aware, the recommendation is breastmilk or formula until a year.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    August 14th, 2017, 09:24 AM
    You can wake baby as often as you need - it just depends on your body how often that needs to be. If baby will not wake or will not nurse and you need milk removal, I suggest hand expressing or pumping just enough to feel comfortable. Generally newborn babies nurse 10-12 times or more a day, so generally we could say that is the overall frequency of milk removal a mother's body might need. Since you have a large breast storage capacity, baby may not cue to nurse that often (because they get a larger meal each time they nurse) but more importantly you might not feel the need for expression that often...and in that case I am not sure what to tell you, because usually I say "go by how you feel" and it might not apply in your case. Maybe at least until you are completely recovered from the mastitis and the plug has cleared you can have more frequent milk removal but then if you like, decrease it later.
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  • @llli*ogomez0728's Avatar
    August 14th, 2017, 07:47 AM
    @llli*ogomez0728 replied to a thread Shelf life in Weaning
    I'm trying to wean and have my Lo adjusted to cows milk before completely giving him cows milk. So far he is doing well. His bowels are the same and doesn't fuss when drinking it. I've been pumping only to help dry my milk up.
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  • @llli*goli79's Avatar
    August 14th, 2017, 06:58 AM
    I breastfed 2x during day and 2x overnight. Since I am going back to a very full time job my ultimate goal is to breastfeed overnight. Lactose overload be damned. I know he isn't taking as much as a bottle, so should I just wake him every three hours? Re:pumping... with the mastitis ( which i get the sense can be stubborn) I fear since he will never empty a breast it will be hard to get rid of. Or is treating it more about getting some milk moving regularly? As I mentioned, my daughter did not empty a breast until 3-4 months old.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    August 13th, 2017, 11:07 PM
    Good to hear your pain is gone. Of course if verbal communication works best for you and your baby, then that is what you should use.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    August 13th, 2017, 11:04 PM
    @llli*maddieb replied to a thread Shelf life in Weaning
    When breastmilk and formula are mixed, the recommendation is to follow the guidelines for formula, since breastmilk is sturdier than formula. I imagine the same rule would apply when mixing human milk and cow milk- use the guidelines for whichever has the least recommended shelf life. I imagine cow milk (at least cow milk as typically purchased in a store) is less sturdy than your expressed milk, but not really sure. Because of this discrepancy, and the waste it can cause with expressed breastmilk needing to be discarded when it otherwise would not have been, what is most typically recommended is to not mix two different milks but rather (when more than the available breastmilk is needed) to give baby separate bottles of each. If your child is ready to eat cows milk, it should not have to be mixed with your milk. But maybe I am not understanding why you are mixing.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    August 13th, 2017, 09:13 PM
    As far as the trip with friends goes, your baby will never again be as portable as they are at two months. You may not have tried a sling or wrap yet for "wearing" baby but if not, it can be amazing how helpful this is. I used to wear my baby on front and bought a lightweight backpack (not a diaper bag, they are all so heavy! Just a cute cotton lightweight backpack) to hold diapers etc. and I could go anywhere so easily. It is so much easier to do this kind of thing with a nursing baby as there is no need to lug heavy cold packs/bottles. I am sure your friends would love to meet your baby! Fussyness in later after noon is so common and normal it is barely worth mentioning. It is likely your mom will know what to do, after all she had babies herself. I will link some docs with helpful hints for dealing with fussy baby. As far as bottle refusal, have you tried an open cup instead? Baby may be more receptive. As far as what bottles and what nipples the fact is no product has been shown to work better when a baby is refusing. What is most important for bottles is that whoever gives bottles learns how to do it- paced bottle feeding is a feeding method and positioning that is most recommended for breastfed babies and you can do it with any kind of bottle or nipple- although you may find it easiest to do if the bottle is small- 2- 3 ounces, and the bottle itself holds no more than 4 ounces (making it lighter.) Paced bottle feeding: info: ...
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  • @llli*ogomez0728's Avatar
    August 13th, 2017, 07:48 PM
    @llli*ogomez0728 started a thread Shelf life in Weaning
    To help wean I've been mixing cow's milk with my milk. What is the shelf life when the two are mixed?
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  • @llli*lpetix's Avatar
    August 13th, 2017, 07:11 PM
    Thanks for your input and clarifying the 24 hour rule- I also have heard that if there is still a slushy like quality to it with some icy parts, it can be refrozen. Thanks for bringing that up. I'll have to check with Southwest about freezer packs. Yes, the separation from baby is definitely an optional, non-commital type thing (it's just a day with friends whom I haven't seen for a couple years- but the timeline of separation is not flexible, I either go for the full time, or not at all, as I will be relying on a train for transportation). I will make the decision on whether or not I go on that day trip away from baby the day before to see how the milk transportation worked, and if baby is cooperative. On a separate but related note- Baby has been consistently fussy in the late afternoon until the evening. She's 6 weeks today, so not sure if she is nearing the end of her fussiness--- but if she continues to be this fussy, I definitely won't go on that long separation trip because the only thing that soothes her is nursing- she has been refusing bottles at this time of the day. It would be so stressful for my mom to deal with her that way. Any tips for that? I try to have husband give her 1 bottle a day to get her used to it, but she often fights through the feedings. We've tried the Dr. Brown narrow bottle, comotomo bottle and avent small bottle. I plan to return to work in October so she has to be able to take a bottle. Until then, I'd also like to enjoy a date night...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    August 13th, 2017, 06:01 PM
    * Ooops! Sorry, I just realized I did make a math mistake. So baby gained 4 and a half pounds in first 16 weeks of life, not 12 as I said before- correct? So if baby did not lose any weight at first that would mean baby gained 4 and a half pounds in 16 weeks, which is average gain of 4.5 ounces per week. So, overall that is a little slow. Without knowing more, it is hard to know if it is a problem however. For example, most babies lose weight at first and so weight gain can usually only be measured from the end of week 1 or 2 depending on when baby started gaining. Many babies are not back to birth weight until around 2 weeks. If that was the case with your baby, that would bring the average up to just over 5 ounces a week, and 5 ounces per week is usually the lower edge that is considered normal gain. Also some babies gain more rapidly in the first 2-3 months and then gain slows. But weirdly that makes the last 3(or 4) weeks of more rapid gain even more odd. Why would baby start gaining so much more rapidly at this point, when the norm is for gain to slow down? I do not have an answer, and I am not saying this is a problem, but I do wonder if scale error needs to be ruled out. But anyway, if it is true that baby is gaining normally NOW without supplements, then it makes sense to ask for more explanation from the doctor who is saying you should supplement.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    August 13th, 2017, 01:41 PM
    Well, transporting breastmilk on a plane can be tricky and always carries risk of loss of the milk. Have you figured out how much milk you would need to bring with you? Many moms overestimate how much baby might need during separations so let us know if you would like some guidance there. from what I can gather, if the milk is only partially thawed, (still contains ice crystals) then it can be refrozen so the "24 hour rule" would not apply if you were able to refreeze it before it completely thawed. I think if you were able to keep your milk in a very well insulated pack with cold packs, it might stay enough frozen to be ok. But I have no idea what kind of cold packs are ok to bring on a plane. This sounds like a great deal of stress to be putting on a mom of a 2 month old. I understand wanting to see family, and travel might be fine as it is not forever on a plane. But can you possibly avoid that long separation from your baby?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    August 13th, 2017, 01:25 PM
    Well at this age, poops are pees are not as accurate a measure for intake as in the very early weeks. Also, What do you mean not overly full? Are you talking about pee or poops? I guess I do not understand what you mean by full...anyway, many babies start peeing less often and definitely pooping much less often (often going several days between poops) at this age. Not all, but most. Anyway, accurately measured weight gain is by far the most accurate way to check if a baby is getting enough to eat, please check my math but here is what I am seeing: Weight gain from birth to 4 months (12 weeks) was 4 and a half pounds.* I made a mistake here that I correct below* That is an average gain rate of 6 ounces a week. That is entirely normal gain for the newborn period which is when weight gain is faster than any other time in your child's life. Then in the last 3-4 weeks(?) baby gained 1 and a half pounds. That is average gain of 6-8 ounces per week, depending on if it was 3 weeks or 4 weeks between those last two checks. So rather than the weight gain rate slowing a bit, as actually would be entirely common and normal after 3-4 months, it looks like your baby is gaining the same or possibly even faster than before!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    August 13th, 2017, 01:03 PM
    Yes again I understand your OP is very severe. That is why I am saying it might help to see an IBCLC. I am not sure what you tried last time, but there are effective methods to reduce severe OP, (hyperlactation) - things that may include but also go beyond block nursing. But it is important to do that under the care of someone who knows what they are doing esp. since you are already having a health issue most likely related to the OP. I get it things were bad with your older baby, and things were also somehow bad with this baby- but that was just the first week (?) and the first few weeks are almost always really hard for many reasons. Every baby is different and every nursing experience is different. Pumping and bottles might indeed be part of your solution...but maybe at this point it might make sense to experiment to see if you can reduce how much they are a part of your solution.
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  • @llli*galbanolli's Avatar
    August 13th, 2017, 11:45 AM
    Also she doesn't take the bottle at all, If she did I would pump and feed her that way but she absolutely hates the bottle. She nurses about 5-10 minutes sometimes even 2 minutes every hour because she doesn't finish feeding
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  • @llli*galbanolli's Avatar
    August 13th, 2017, 11:40 AM
    She was born 6.1 lbs and at her 4 month appt she was 10.9 lbs. now a week before her 5 months she is only 12.1lbs. Her diapers are not overly full when I change her either so I know she isn't eating enough. I definitely have enough milk and have controlled an oversupply and my let down. She barely feeds. She doesn't have reflux either, she's been checked for that.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    August 13th, 2017, 11:00 AM
    Hi. I would not suggest wasting your time trying to insert a picture. Even if your baby has lip tie that is not necessarily the problem. It is normal for weight gain to slow down after 3 months, also that behavior sounds normal and common. It would help to have a weight gain history (weight and day of life) so we can see if there really seems to be a problem with gain, and how severe it is. Also can you give us an idea how many times a 24 hour day baby nurses? Have you for any reason been pumping and/or baby getting any bottles? If so, please explain what has been going on there. If it turns out baby is not gaining well despite nursing with normal frequency, your best bet is to see a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) as they will be able to help you figure out if baby is not able to transfer milk normally, or if your milk production is low, or what the issue may be and what can be done about it.
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  • @llli*medic's Avatar
    August 13th, 2017, 10:53 AM
    There are days when he won't eat anything and exclusively breastfeed.
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  • @llli*goli79's Avatar
    August 13th, 2017, 10:52 AM
    thank you - i'll try my best. your suggestion is what i did with my first (no bottles for 6 weeks), and she never stopped screaming at me for 3 months whenever she fed at the breast. and my foremilk always triggered a scream filled bowel movement. she loved the bottle when we introduced it. my oald becomes much easier to tolerate after 3 months/when i go back to work so that was my reasoning. but i see what you are saying.
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