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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 02:13 AM
    Am glad the acupuncture is helping! Nursing lying down may take some time to master... For ages I would sit up in bed and feed until she was nearly asleep and then move us into a lying down position with her latched and I was then able to do this earlier and earlier in the feed. Now she Will self latch lying down but it took us time.
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  • @llli*alphawoman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:19 PM
    My son ate maybe 1Tbsp of food per day other than breastmilk until he was 18 mos, and he only started being willing to eat meals around 2.5. He's now 2.75 and is still probably 40-50% breastfed. I strongly recommend you go back and look at the threads I started, as well as recent replies I provided on similar threads over the last 3 months. I will say that I was the driving force behind intervention with my son, and I had him observed eating by a feeding specialist around 13 months when he would eat a mouthful of banana and call it quits for the day. Oral motor difficulties were ruled out, and my pediatrician had us take a wait-and-see approach because: a) My son was always VERY high on the charts in height and head circumference, and consistently at the same weight %ile for age (usu. 25th) b) He was always far ahead on all social, motor, and cognitive milestones. c) He had multiple allergic-type responses--wheat, sesame, dairy, egg, berries--that he has outgrown!! We had ample evidence that he was thriving on breast milk, I began taking domperidone around 13 months to increase my supply and his intake, and he continued to thrive. What little he ate was red meat--usually cooked ground beef with spices--and he took in enough that, combined with the iron in my milk, we were reasonably assured that his iron needs were being met. Our pediatrician gave me an RX for iron drops as optional insurance, and we never felt the need to use them.
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:32 PM
    if baby is slipping off the breast, that may be due to gravity. In many nursing positions, gravity is actually pulling baby off the breast. Nursing reclined with baby on top might help in that case.
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:58 PM
    Hi and welcome to the forum! I seriously doubt the change in poops is a sign of any problem. Also, a baby "not getting enough hindmilk" is probably never a problem. All breastmilk is good for babies and contains the nutrition and fats a baby needs. I know there are sources that suggest this is problem, and I would really like to dispel this myth! However, it is very important for a baby to be given bottles in a breastfeeding supportive way. This has nothing to do with the milk's fat consistency, but rather, is done to ensure baby is not overfed with bottles, or fed in a way they have little control of how much they take in at one feeding. These are real concerns because they can negatively impact the breastfeeding relationship. more on bottle feeding the breastfed baby http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/22_bfabreastfedbaby.pdf
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:12 PM
    I thought sleeping through the night means going without eating for x amount of hours. So cool about the acupuncture, btw.
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  • @llli*kst.7399's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:11 PM
    I am awfully late to this party but my life is insane. I hope you come back to read this. DJ's mom is right. My daughter was 7 weeks early and it took me over 2 months to get her to even latch once and another 3 months to get it right. It was not easy and it honestly didn't take anything more than persistence, tears and desperation to get her to the breast. I refused to give up and after awhile I refused to give her bottles. I didn't care what they said about her weight, because she was growing and I knew that's what mattered. The best advice I got was from my pediatrician who was also my lactation consultant. Give her until her due date to even give it a true try. Because she wasn't meant to be born yet and her parts don't match mine. According to this, you hadn't met that milestone yet. I hope at this point you've gotten him to latch a bit and haven't given up. Please feel free to reach out.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:42 PM
    Does it still count as sleeping through the night if he doesn't wake up when I dream feed him? About 2/3rd of the time when we get up at night to feed, DS doesn't actually wake up but nurses in his sleep which means he often goes at least 6 hr without really waking up.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:36 PM
    just thought I would also share a few of the links I did find on the subject of success sories. http://acupuncture-pregnancy.com/2013/04/01/another-breastfeeding-success-story/ http://ballardacupuncture.blogspot.com/2012/03/acupuncture-success-lactation.html
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:46 PM
    Adwilson, I would suggest trying to encourage baby to nurse a little more often. It is perfectly normal for a baby to only want one side at the time, and you don't really need to worry about if the baby is "emptying" the breast. But nursing more often may help with the feeling of over fullness you are experiencing between nursing sessions. Is nursing comfortable and this baby's latch appear effective? That would be another thing to consider -whether baby is able to extract milk effectively. Sometimes engorgement is caused because baby cannot. Feeling pain or heavyness even far up in the breast tissue, does not necessarily indicate mastitis. Mastitis is used to refer to an infection, and typically if a mother has mastitis she is actually feeling ill. For example has a fever and feels achy. However if your breasts are commonly feeling overly full and in pain that is a definite sign of engorgement and engorgement could certainly lead to mastitis. If you are unable to encourage baby to nurse frequently enough to prevent engorgement, then that might be a time you actually should pump or hand express just enough to relieve that pressure. I agree with previous post. If you are feeling over full between feedings, the last thing you want to do is have one of those feedings replaced with a bottle. This will only lead to more in engorgement and and possible issues. So even if you pump I would suggest save that milk for another time. Rather then having others feed baby, I...
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  • @llli*una.cao's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:41 PM
    My 10 week-old girl has always had the typical yellow and seedy poop. The frequency has also reduced to 2 or 3 times a day but with larger amount recently, compared to the first few weeks. However I returned to work this week, and she has started to take pumped breast milk stored in the fridge. Her poop has become less seedy although still yellow, and she also poops more often. I'm worried if our way of taking pumped breast milk is not right? Does it imply she is not taking enough hindmilk? She is reluctant to take the bottle, and always fusses for about 5-10 min before taking the bottle. So she did end up nursing less frequently in the day. Does this mean anything? Thanks!
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:31 PM
    Hang in there and see if you can find a speech pathologist/speech therapist who is experienced in feeding difficulties in children and infants. Or some IBCLCs will have experience with oral motor therapy exercises to help an infant learn to feed better. Tongue/lip ties can cause muscles used for normal nursing to be weak and babies having difficulty protecting their airways will have more trouble eating and this can cause them to do things like clamp down with a shallow latch or have difficulty swallowing and sucking with a deep or wide latch. My LO didn't get his tongue/lip ties corrected till 8 weeks and I didn't manage to find help with the suck re-training till 12 weeks so things are still rough for me but his latch is starting to get a little better. I was also having some extreme supply issues because of all this and the herbs and pumping wasn't keeping up with the supplementing I was needing to do. When my supply is low he tends to do that slurping the nipple in/out of his mouth which REALLY hurts. Or he has taken to sucking hard while pulling back and stretching my nipple like toffee. Hang in there and see if you can get with another IBCLC or a speech therapist for some help learning exercises you can do with her to help her learn to use her newly freed tongue muscles better.
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:29 PM
    You don't have to worry that your baby is getting too much. Babies are very good at self-regulating. They won't take more than they need overall. If a mom has lots of milk, baby may gain more in the early weeks but that does not mean baby is getting too much. Even if baby is gaining rapidly, that will all even out over time. This is why it is often said that you cannot overfeed a breast-fed baby it's really true. Also there is no reason to worry about a pattern as to whether baby will take one or both sides. If baby appears finished on one side, you can offer the other and baby can take it or not. Some babies seem to take one side most feedings, some babies take both, and some babies mix it up -all are entirely normal. Also if you have a fast letdown, baby may prefer one side at a time now and go to two sides later. Just keep watching your baby and learn your baby. If in doubt, It never hurts to offer to nurse.
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  • @llli*cheer4182's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:22 PM
    Hi. My DD is 12 months old and has recently started to gradually reduce her nursing sessions. Up until a few days ago she was refusing to nurse at all during the day but still nursing at bedtime, a few times during the night, and in the morning. Now she is refusing the bedtime nursing as well. I don't mind if she wants to wean but I'm concerned because she refuses to drink cow's milk at all. She uses a cup well for water but if the cup has milk in it (even breastmilk) she will just spit it out and push the cup away. She eats solids well and is gaining weight and having good diaper output but I'm very concerned that she is not getting enough milk!! What should I do?
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:12 PM
    If she is slipping or drowsing because flow slows down, then doing breast compressions might help a bit but it can be tricky to do without disrupting her latch at the same time depending on nursing position.
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  • @llli*elliebelle's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:30 PM
    Thanks so much for getting back to me! You've helped answer a lot of my question :) How do I know if she is eating too much? She seems to be handling my fast letdown pretty well (sometimes I use the gravity trick), but I can't yet track a pattern of when she's going to take just one side, or both. What would be some signs that she is getting too much milk?
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:00 PM
    Definitely sounds like your baby is being overfed. 15 oz PLUS all the solids is a bit much, I think. Instead of 2 larger bottles, I think they should feed three times, but smaller amounts. FWIW, my baby is at a babysitter for 10-5 and he eats a 5 oz bottle and 4 oz bottle with no solids. I need him to nurse well at home to keep my supply up. He is always sent with a jar and pouch and finger foods in case he wants to eat solids, plus she has spare bags of my EBM so I know he'll be ok if he wants more.
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  • @llli*delecto's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:38 PM
    Thanks everyone! So, I feel like progress is being made. I was finally able to get some really good sleep the other night (much needed). I've slept with my bra off two nights, and it was a little more comfortable. I do use the disposable pads during the day. I've been applying lots of lanolin, with a little extra on the pad itself so nothing sticks. It mostly helps (a little sticking here and there :gg). The air dry then lanolin does appear to be working. It's less sensitive to nurse now (not perfect, but getting better - no crying)!. Looks like they are healing, but not healed yet. I think partly, DD is pretty small, as are my nipples/breasts. So getting that good solid latch - and keeping it - can be tricky. i've really been paying attention, and while we can start out good, she tends to "slip" off as the feeding progresses. She's a drowsy eater (and thus far only falls asleep while nursing) so towards the end, she has much less in her mouth than she should. I can get her to re-latch early on, but not so much towards the end. I try to (gently) unlatch her once I notice she's just hanging out. I'm hoping that as she gets bigger and we get more practice, she'll grow out of it. If anyone has any magic solutions to keeping that latch throughout the feed, I'm all ears!
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