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  • @llli*lalechelaila's Avatar
    Today, 10:49 PM
    First off, I am concerned about the amount of toxins that can be passed on in breastfeeding milk. We live in Mexico and as I have understood there are many more factors from which to receive lead from here (mostly because of less regulations) And my daughter of 19 mo. has received a slightly elevated lead test and it concerns me to think that she may be receiving it from me and all the lead I may have had contact with, throughout my life. Secondly I feel pressured but at the same time, very tired from feeding several times each night, I'm wondering if it may not be time to start weaning. Or if I should take measures to reduce risk of lead passing, I have read that I should take more calcium and iron and obviously look into situational causes, other than breastfeeding. *I had hoped to do child lead weaning because I feel this will help her feel more secure in her independence and strengthen our relationship.
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Today, 10:37 PM
    My LO is almost three - when I got home from work she'll nurse, pop off to tell me something about her day, nurse some more, pop off again - it's such a great way to reconnect after we've been apart during the day!
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Today, 10:35 PM
    I work full time and pump weaned at around a year or 13 months with my three kids. I'm still nursing the youngest at age 2 years 10 months. We nurse on demand during non work hours. The one thing to watch out for is if you are usually nursing throughout the day, and then you're sporadically not nursing on some days, then you could get quite uncomfortable and, possibly, develop plugged ducts. (Though doesn't sound as if that has been the case?) Some people are more prone to plugged ducts than others. For me, I had especial difficulty with plugged ducts after pump weaning with the third (who in retrospect nursed more during my non-working hours compared to the other two), so I had to go back to pumping for a period of time - actually it was most pronounced after we went on vacation together for a week where she was doing lots of nursing. So, just be prepared to either hand express or possibly pump if you find you are getting too full or if there are any problems with plugged ducts. Some moms do choose to continue pumping into toddlerhood to maintain supply, also.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:08 PM
    what about open cup? Also why not water... water can usually start to be offered at around the same time solids begin being offered. The only danger with water is if baby fills up on large amounts of water and thus refuses to nurse or take milk in a bottle. So in your case, assuming baby will take some water, why not. But it may be he is getting what he needs overnight from you. In general eating and drinking concerns I highly recommend the book My Child Won't Eat by Carlos Gonzalez
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:01 PM
    My first post partum period after my first child (at 18 months post partum) was a bit lighter and far less painful than those I had before becoming pregnant. The first one may have been a bit heavier than subsequent ones, but again, lighter than anything I had before having kids. Ditto after 2nd, and after third periods are a bit heavier but just a bit. PMS, on the other hand, as in irritability before periods, was worse and really bad before that first one. I am not suggesting my experience is universal. But my experience shows that heavy, painful period first cycle post partum is not universal either.
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  • @llli*amypo28's Avatar
    Today, 08:53 PM
    How long has her new sleeping pattern been like this? Could she be teething? My son went through several periods of time like this, and after a few of those nights I'd be crying in my car all the way to work because I was so exhausted and frustrated. I felt like the worst nights were when his molars were coming in. Once they erupted, he went back to only waking a few times at night and being more easily soothed. The other thing that helped us was a little less common, which was to move him into his crib. We co -slept for the first few months, but then he started to kick all the covers off us and seem restless. He would want to latch on if he was beside me, but then not really want to nurse, et c. He sleeps much better in his own bed. He still wakes up and nurses several times but the stretches of time are longer than if he's in my bed. Good luck, mama. I hope this phase passes quickly for you!!!
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  • @llli*saturn.ring's Avatar
    Today, 08:17 PM
    I'm bumpng this with the desperate hope that someone has had any luck in this situation. I tried just lying down with babe after nursing the other night, hoping to start helping her to fall asleep without nursing, and she crawled all over me and the bed for 20 minutes before I gave up. She seems too young and active to just lie down with me since I can't explain what's going on.
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  • @llli*lilysmama27's Avatar
    Today, 08:03 PM
    My daughter night weaned fairly easily at 21 months, she would only cry/fuss a little bit each time and then give in. I feel it worked because she was just ready and also she very quickly found her new favourite soothing technique (to grab my arm and wrap it around her. she does this with my husband now and can't sleep long without him). So hopefully your little guy will find a new form of comfort soon! It sounds like the twiddling is the real problem and not the nursing itself, there are 4 pages in Mothering your Nursing Toddler on this subject. I guess it's pretty common, not something I've had to deal with personally, but I think you will need to focus on finding a way to stop this habit that works for you and your son. Good luck!
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  • @llli*ehoneybee's Avatar
    Today, 07:37 PM
    If I don't get pregnant this cycle (first one since having my second child), I'm preparing myself for a heavy and painful period. That's what I've heard anyway. Is this the norm and why is it so heavy? I can't find any info online. Is it because the lining has had so much time to build up? I've never had a true first period after pregnancy as last time I "caught the first egg" but then had a cp followed by a normal period and pregnancy.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 07:22 PM
    If your child is nursing enough overall, I would suggest try not to stress so about this. Breastfeeding is not hurting your baby. Teething is hurting your baby. All babies (and moms) must go through this, although of course it is more difficult for some than others. It will pass. Additionally, lots of interesting things happen around three to four months that cause a baby to nurse differently than before. And much of the time, this means more wakeful and fussy. So you may be experiencing some of that as well. One important thing to keep in mind is that after around 3 months, growth rate slows- quite a bit. This may cause a baby to nurse less or nurse for shorter amounts of time. Or it may cause a baby to nurse more! Every baby handles it differently. You are already doing most of these ideas, but here is a good teething article with links to others. http://kellymom.com/parenting/parenting-faq/teething/
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 07:03 PM
    kellymom article on juice http://kellymom.com/nutrition/starting-solids/baby-juice/ I think what you may be encountering are some outdated ideas about juice as somehow vitally important in a child's diet. There was a time juice- specifically orange juice- was given even to very young infants daily to try to combat serious nutritional deficiencies in certain populations. But this is probably complete unneeded in this day and age. Fruits are a delicious food to most young toddlers and these days access to a variety of fruit year round is something Westerners can pretty much rely on. Plus its not like they need to eat a ton of it, they are little and thus a little goes a long way. Personally I have done my best to avoid fruit juices and to instead encourage fruit eating in my kids. I am not hardline about it, but for at least the first two to three years even 100% fruit juice was a special treat. My kids all nursed well past age three so I never really worried about it. As far as whether to offer more water, there is no reason why not however also no reason to stress bout it. Thirst is a terrific motivator. If somehow your milk and the water your child is already getting is not enough, I imagine she will let you know.
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  • @llli*cutiemark85's Avatar
    Today, 05:46 PM
    lo will be 4months thus week. i suspected teething at three months, a dr visit confirmed pre teething so her previous behavior makes sense. but the teething is bothering her when nursing too, so she'll pull away upset and crying. sometimes the discomfort will strike while she's eating or sleeping- we nurse to sleep so we've both lost some sleep over this already (including naps). i've called the ped office and they said the only thing i can give is infant tylonal-if shes hysterical. i rub her gums, give her ice to suck on, cold wash cloths, teething ring (even put it in the freezer too 0; ive been told by friends to rub jack daniels on her gums ( i havent. im just a little to scared to do that) motrin, gripe water. i havent seen her actual pediatrician (wont see him until the 5th. so it was just a nurse we spoke too).
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  • @llli*girlfromthenorthcountry's Avatar
    Today, 05:18 PM
    Gosh, thanks everyone for your encouragement. I've been away from the computer for a few days and didn't want to piddle around with replying on my phone. The past couple of days have actually been even better in terms of improved feedings. I would say we're more at 70% good. I do see her pediatrician tomorrow, and two of the things I want to ask about are her lip tie and if we should continue with the cranial therapy. Her ped is very pro-breastfeeding and is an all around awesome doctor; I have a lot of faith in whatever direction she thinks we should go. I'm leaning towards another CST appointment or two because that's been one of the only things that's made a noticeable difference. annie0987 - yes, check out the kellymom links for CST. They were what convinced me to pursue it in the first place. In my experience, it sort of looks like what I would imagine a chiropractic adjustment would look like, but from what I understand it is a certain type of adjustment. The DO that I saw even went so far to say that getting the tongue tie clipped was unnecessary and that the tightness in her neck/jaw was the real problem. I don't know if I totally believe him because I know that TT can be such a terrible issue, but it was an interesting way of looking at it. You don't HAVE to go to a chiro to get it done. Some lactation consultants know how to perform CST, as do some pediatric DOs. Just make sure that they specialize in working with infants and breastfeeding issues. I don't...
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  • @llli*usafreat's Avatar
    Today, 04:22 PM
    If you want your baby to benefit from the nutrition of your breastmilk, and he doesnt want to drink it, your husband could make oatmeal or quinoa with the saved expressed milk. A baby doesn't need cow milk, and some people advise against giving cow milk to drink. However, since breastmilk will be out of his diet unless you do an oatmeal or something with it, a dairy source would be needed I believe. Like cheese or yogurt. You could always choose goat milk or an alternative if preferred.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 04:16 PM
    Mamma snood, if your baby is gaining a pound a week it's a pretty good chance that there is some overproduction going on. Of course this is only a problem if it is causing a problem. But fast let down which often accompanies overproduction is going to cause the kind of behavior you are seeing. When you experienced this before did you try nursing more frequently and nursing in a leaning back position? Those seem to work pretty well for a lot of people. For the op, I am not sure what is going on, however fast letdown is also something you might want to think about. Especially now that baby is able to nurse effectively, it is possible your milk is coming a little fast for baby to handle. Especially if you think that the issue seems to be worse if it is been a little longer between nursing sessions, that would point to fast letdown. Again helpful things for fast letdown is to nurse in a more leaning back position and nurse as frequently as baby is willing. Another thing to consider is if baby is showing signs of painful reflux. However if baby takes a bottle fine it doesn't sound like that is it. I would also suggest that unless you are concerned that your baby is not gaining normally, to try to avoid giving baby a bottle. Babies get fussy and refuse to nurse at times- it's a fairly typical thing that happens. Usually all you need to do is wait a little longer. Sometimes it helps to gently encourage baby to nurse with various techniques. But often all a bottle is...
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  • @llli*usafreat's Avatar
    Today, 03:45 PM
    She is 13mo and eats three 'meals', and a snack or two (usually when i'm with her the snack ends up being nursing). She is a great little eater. I figured she would start nursing less as a result of the scheduling, which she has. So far supply is ok, maybe let down takes longer or she is getting impatient.
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  • @llli*abdiaz's Avatar
    Today, 03:40 PM
    The shooting pain definitely sounds thrush related. I would get shooting pains when I had thrush (I had it frequently with my older son). It's great you are taking probiotics but you may need to completely eliminate sugar until its gone- sugar feeds the yeast overgrowth.
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  • @llli*abdiaz's Avatar
    Today, 03:29 PM
    Following. I'm in a very similar situation. The sleep deprivation has me going mad.
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  • @llli*abdiaz's Avatar
    Today, 03:23 PM
    So...almost 11 mos old son has been on a bottle strike since he was 9 months old (He was never a good eater but abruptly stopped then). Since then my daycare person has been spoon feeding him milk and says he's getting 8oz on a great day but usually more like 5oz while he's with her (which is usually 9.5-10hrs a day). I've tried switching to sippy cups, strawed cups but to no avail. Should I be introducing water to him for hydration sake? He sleeps with me in bed now and eats all night.
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  • @llli*usafreat's Avatar
    Today, 03:21 PM
    The way I dealt with this was that I started leaving her cup out within her reach to see if she wanted it. I only give her water too. I don't see a need for juice since she eats fruit and veggies
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 01:46 PM
    Just stay strong, mama!!! When you're transitioning away from one reliable way of getting your baby to sleep to some new way, there's a very good chance that sleep is going to get worse before it gets better. It's like when I weaned my 2 year-old from her last nighttime nursing session, which was usually around 3-5 o'clock in the morning. The first few times I refused to nurse until the sun was all the way up, it took a lot of fussiness and cuddling and time to get her to go back to sleep.
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