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  • @llli*phanvanhan's Avatar
    Today, 08:43 PM
    Follow me, I was just reading my way through this website when I stumbled upon this post. Last night at 4 am I cried for an hour because I was absolutely SICK of breastfeeding. I felt as though BFing was all I did. All day long, all night long. I was so over it last night. I just cried. And this morning I told my DH that I just wanted a large cup of coffee (something I've been avoiding because I think it causes my baby to be irritable). This post just rang so true to me today.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 08:41 PM
    I agree with pps. Can you see the IBCLC again or call her? Assuming baby is pooping normally, what I would most be worried about at this point is your pain. Nursing often changes, sometimes dramatically, when moms milk 'comes in" Full breasts can make it hard for baby to get a 'good' latch, leading to more pain and injury. Nursing frequently is normal and actually a way to help with this. However, you do need to sleep. Is there someone who can hold baby and comfort baby so you can take short naps, and also so you can maybe put together about 4 straight hours of sleep, about once a 24 hour day?
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  • @llli*phanvanhan's Avatar
    Today, 08:39 PM
    That is the problem that I'm interested. I pump with my lo feeding in a 'rugby/football hold' (under arm) usually with a pillow under them one side and then can pump the other side. As I only pump at night when I know lo will do a single sided feed this works best for us. It took me AGES to figure this out tho... Tried pumping with baby in cross cradle as I didn't think of this... Doh!
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 08:31 PM
    Well the guideline is that babies are NOT supposed to get non-human animal milk before a year because the proteins are not appropriate for most babies. The guideline being to try to protect babies from being given animal milk as a replacement for breastmilk or formula since there are too many medical issues for most infants getting animal milk too young. Animal milk protein allergies are different from lactose intolerance, most lactose intolerance tends to appear later in life and it is rather rare in small children who are still supposed to drink milk. And in races from cultures that tend to still drink lots of milk into adulthood, lactose intolerance is rare even in adults but in people from cultures where adults don't drink milk, lactose intolerance is very common. I wouldn't worry about lactose unless you see a problem when you introduce whole cow milk. And you probably need not push the cow milk that much if you are able to provide plenty of milk, you can do it as a gradual process, the less she fills up on whole cow milk the more she is likely to keep nursing but once you see how she does with cow milk, that will let you decide how much you will need to keep sending your milk to daycare with her.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 08:28 PM
    In my experience babies typically change their nursing/feeding patterns. Even if it is the same for a long time, eventually it will change at least a few times. Every two hours or even more often is fine of course, but many babies do go longer at 4 months. Also, a baby might feed more frequently for a while, then less, than more again. Etc. I suppose that is possible. What I was actually thinking was that maybe baby is not cueing in any clear way due to a heavy nap or being distracted with play etc. I think either is fine. I guess I mostly think this is not a big deal. Since there are two people there to make sure your baby's needs are met, I doubt it is going to happen, but, What would happen if your baby became frantically hungry? It can happen, even when mom is home all day and cue feeding, that a baby may get super hungry here and there. This is not usually a big deal. I guess I think it is normal that sleep and eating patterns change. Many babies take less milk some days than others. Many take less while mom is gone and nurse more at night. And many other variations. This change could signal a new preference, or just be a little temporary blip. I guess I think it's just not something to worry too much over. What I am afraid of is that you will communicate to the nanny that it is a big deal if your baby does not get this bottle, and your nanny, wishing to please you, her employer, will insist, when baby is really just not interested. Being made to eat...
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  • @llli*hw's Avatar
    Today, 06:46 PM
    Thanks, the glitter bottle has promise! I actually saw (I think your?) response to someone else's thread that you would let your child have the breast when he needed it... I actually have been feeling bad that I don't do that, since basically right up until weaning I never denied access. I think you're right, he wants to use them to calm himself down, and when he gets his head in my shirt he'll take a big sniff and just bury his face in them. Which isn't so terrible but I really dislike the behavior of pulling at my shirt (stretching the neck line out in the process). I keep thinking this too shall pass... eventually, it has to!
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  • @llli*mamaofthree3's Avatar
    Today, 06:36 PM
    I'm in no hurry to wean and luckily I have a great private area to pump while I'm at work. I just wasn't sure if I needed to pump every 4 hours after she's a year old- but I think I'll just continue and see how it all goes. My plan was always to breastfeed for as long as I could- no pediatrician was going to deter me otherwise. I work in a hospital on labor and delivery so there's lots of great support. I'm assuming that all babies are supposed to start with whole milk dairy at a year- that our milk becomes secondary at that point? Do people start off with lactose free whole milk or just regular whole milk? It seems like so many people I know have babies who they say can't tolerate the milk proteins.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 05:47 PM
    You are doing Awesome!!!!! Ignore the Ped on this one, keep doing what you feel is right. As to pumping at work, many moms are eager to pump wean but no reason that you "should" pump wean or reduce your baby's nursing sessions before a year unless you are actively trying to wean.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 05:43 PM
    If baby is not able to extract milk efficiently then you may want to seek help of an IBCLC http://www.ilca.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3901 And if pain and milk transfer issues are still a problem (or if Ped tells you to supplement at your next appointment) here is a thread I started to try to compile resources to help with milk transfer issues http://forums.llli.org/showthread.php?120631-Resources-for-Milk-Transfer-Issues The massage and breast compressions are good things to help keep baby actively nursing. And here are some video clips that might help you tell when baby is actually swallowing since it isn't really how much time baby spends with a nipple in her mouth but how much she is actually drinking. http://www.nbci.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=6&Itemid=13
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:12 PM
    Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby! The first thing to know is that you want to base your baby's milk intake on her diaper output and weight gain, not the length of time she feeds. Feeding length varies widely even at the earliest ages, with some babies taking just 5-10 minutes to nurse and others taking close to an hour. This is a handy reference on what to look for, when it comes to diaper output and weight: http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supply-worries/enough-milk/ If your baby has sufficient wet and poopy diapers and her weight gain is good, you can relax. Just try to roll with the frequent feedings, because they, too, are normal. Breastmilk digests fast, newborn tummies are tiny, and a baby is growing faster during the newborn stage than she ever will again in her entire life. Eventually she'll space her feedings out and become more predictable, but you certainly can't expect it at less than a week old! Now, if your baby doesn't have sufficient wet/poopy diaper output, let us know and we will give you tips on getting her to nurse more actively! Finally, I am SO GLAD you were smart enough to ignore the pediatrician's comment about you not making enough milk. A smart doc who was concerned about your baby's intake would refer you to a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC, instead of just tossing off comments about your milk supply. If this person is your baby's regular doc, you might want to look for a different care provider.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 04:58 PM
    I sounds like you are experiencing engorgement, correct? Or is the hardness ONLY in the area immediately around the nipple?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 04:55 PM
    :ita :ita :ita
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 04:53 PM
    Ugh, if only we could rewind the tape, and have your pediatrician say "Wow, you have almost made it to a year! What an awesome achievement. How do you feel about continuing to pump after a year? Some moms pump-wean at around 12 months, some continue to pump, and I would love to help you achieve whichever goal makes sense to you," instead! She would have gained extra credit- in my book anyway- if she had congratulated you on nursing frequently, and had encouraged you to continue nursing on demand until a minimum of 12 months. What would you like to do, mama? If you want to pump wean, 12 months is a good time to start the process. But you do not have to pump wean at a year, and if your child is still heavily reliant on your milk, I would encourage you not to pump wean until her intake of solids and especially dairy products gives you confidence that her nutritional needs will be met even without breastmilk. There's no magic number of feedings that you can or should have at this age. Moms who are eager to hasten the weaning process might start actively cutting out feedings after 12 months. Moms who are enjoying nursing may continue to offer the breast many times a day.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 04:44 PM
    :ita My kids were both big spitter-uppers. The worst problem I had with them was spit-up getting stuck in their neck creases and festering in there. So if your LO is a big spitter, swab out those neck folds once a day, or risk stinky neck cheese! :puke
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 04:40 PM
    :ita A hospital grade pump will likely produce a much better result than a Swing. The Swing is a lightweight pump made for a mom who is not relying on it to increase supply- it's more a machine for a mom who is pumping occasional bottles for a sitter, or working part-time. A hospital-grade pump will probably get you more milk in less time. You also want to make sure you have correctly sized shields- that can make a huge difference in the level of stimulation, as well.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 04:36 PM
    The procedure itself will not impact your ability to produce milk, but things that happen before, during, and after it can. For example, if you are unable to nurse or pump enough while in the hospital, that could have a negative impact on supply. If your baby has a lot of bottles while you are separated, the baby might be unwilling to go back to the breast (this is more likely to be a problem with young babies than with older ones). If the procedure results in you being in a lot of pain, or on a lot of pain meds, or coming down with a postsurgical infection, those things could impact breastfeeding.
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  • @llli*jessicanewmom's Avatar
    Today, 03:54 PM
    Makes sense. Ok. I won't put Leftie out to pasture.
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  • @llli*mamaofthree3's Avatar
    Today, 03:23 PM
    My 11 month old baby girl is coming up on a year and I wonder how often I should be pumping at work. I work three 12 hour shifts and have recently gone down to pumping 4 times per day. I bring home about 12-14 ounces depending on the day. When I'm home with her she nurses on demand- sometimes every 3 hrs, other times btw 4-5 hrs. She still wakes up once during the night. When I told my pediatrician this she was surprised and told me I could decrease how often I nurse to 3 times total per day. My daughter also loves to eat solids, we give her three meals a day. Do I just continue to pump every 4 hrs while I'm at work or should I decrease as she turns a year? Thank you!
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  • @llli*ficachon's Avatar
    Today, 02:38 PM
    Hola que tal, Escribo para solicitar un poco de su ayuda y leer sus experiencias al respecto, tengo 1mes exactamente de haber parido a mi hija; hasta ahora eh tenido Buena experiencia con la lactancia :D, doy lactancia mixta por decision personal, mi problema aqui es que tengo casi tres dias que mi pecho izquierdo se encuentra produciendo casi nada de leche:huh y el derecho siempre esta lleno, no entiendo si siempre trato de ofrecer los dos pechos, existe alguna posibilidad de que la produccion de mi pecho izquiero sea nula? Me siento un poco triste al respecto porque mi intencion es seguir amamantando de esta forma hasta que simplemente mi hija no lo quiera, sean meses o aƱos pero esto me esta poniendo trabas en el camino, agradeceria cualquier consejo de su parte. Saludos y buen dia!!:p:hug
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  • @llli*amanda.korby's Avatar
    Today, 01:49 PM
    Some background: baby is 3 days old. In the hospital, we practiced an incorrect latch long enough to develop a blood blister on one nipple, and tenderness on the other. A lactation consultant came in and helped me with a new position. She's directed me to use a modified football hold instead of a cradle. I'm also using a shield over the blistered nipple until it heals. I'm having trouble keeping the baby feeding. She usually sucks for 5 minutes on her own and then she falls asleep and won't rematch, even if I wake her, or I have to massage the milk down to her for the majority of the feeding. At max, she'll eat for 15-20 minutes with a lot of coaxing. Sometimes she eats for 5 minutes and us done. Then she wants to eat again in 20-60 minutes. It's exhausting, especially at night. Her pediatrician says it could be because I'm not making enough milk, but my milk is in and I'm pretty engorged. I do manually express some milk to it drops and she's not tiring herself before the milk drops. Is thus just because we are both new to this? Am I missing something? My boo sand nipples are killing me. I feel like I'm doing something wrong.
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Today, 11:17 AM
    In Medications and Mothers' Milk, Dr. Hale says In the LactMed database entry on alcohol, it says that beer may increase serum prolactin levels during nursing because of polysaccharides from barley and hops. And in one study, a woman drinking nonalcoholic beer had the same prolactin response as those who drank regular beer. If the barley and hops are what stimulates higher prolactin levels, but alcohol inhibits the letdown reflex, then nonalcoholic beer should actually work better, right? Hmm...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:01 AM
    I am confused. Is baby 5 weeks old? Or over two months? I agree with both pp. Lochia can certainly last 4 to 6 weeks. It can also stop and start again. but if the bleeding you are experiencing is heavy or bright red or for any other reason feels wrong to you, see your doctor immediately. If you are truly ovulating again, then that may effect your milk production but only very slightly and temporarily. If you indeed are having menstrual cycles this early, I would be more concerned that perhaps your baby is nursing too infrequently-this would lead to low production AND early return of fertility. Is baby nursing at least 8 to 10 times in 24 hours and gaining normally? Many moms incorrectly think they have low production based on perfectly normal differences in how the breasts feel and how baby behaves as time goes on. For example, breasts feeling softer than before and baby wishing to nurse more than before are NOT reliable signs of low milk production. Supplementing when it is not necessary or supplementing more than is necessary is going to harm milk production. Please see this article for more, read the first part carefully. http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supply-worries/low-supply/
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