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  • @llli*mylittleson's Avatar
    Today, 11:05 PM
    Yeah, I totally get that. I think my midwife's rationale was that a pacifier would make it so that he doesn't need a bottle, and that a pacifier is better than a bottle. I don't want it to take away from the breastfeeding progress though and I also don't want him to get dependent on it. I'm rather ignorant when it comes to pacifiers, except that the hospital said to wait 4 - 6 weeks to avoid nipple confusion, and I've read that it's recommended to reduce the risk of SIDs. I think I will hold off for at least another week and see if the feeding without the shield continues and hopefully everything will keep improving. He does really like to suck (fingers, himself, anything), so I think he'd like it but I don't know if it's best, especially not yet.
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  • @llli*dragonfly1720's Avatar
    Today, 10:56 PM
    Hello, I'm new here. First time mom who is worried about everything. Sorry if these are stupid questions/concerns. I also posted this in "Breastfeeding Your Newborn (0-3 months)" because I didn't realize this thread was here until after I did that and I didn't know how to remove that post. Sorry... :-( I had some pumped milk in the refrigerator and the only spot I had available was in the door. I wasn't thinking straight apparently and for the last couple weeks this is where I have been putting my milk. It is just my husband and I. The fridge isn't opened constantly and I would only keep it in there for 3 days then freeze it. This frozen milk should be safe to feed to my baby? I finally found some time to clean my fridge and found a few Pyrex containers with old moldy food in them (gross) and one bowl of furry pasta with a piece of Saran Wrap that was half off. These things were not close to my milk. The milk was in the door and the moldy food items were in the body of the refrigerator. Is there any risk having kept pumped milk in the fridge with these "science experiments"? While cleaning the moldy food containers, I wasn't thinking again and forgot to move my pump parts and a bottle that were sitting on the counter to the side of the sink on a towel. Is there any chance of the parts being splashed and contaminated by the mold? I used the side of the sink to wash the dishes that was the furthest away from where the pump parts were. Should I just be safe and go...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 09:35 PM
    Welcome to the forum! What you describe sounds very much like thrush, which is a common cause of nipple pain that crops up after months of trouble-free nursing.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 09:34 PM
    Thanks for the update! I think it sounds like you're doing really well, and I hope things will continue to improve now that your baby is willing to nurse without the shield. I do, however, want to encourage you to follow your original plan and avoid the pacifier. Right now you want your baby to get as much of his sucking needs met at the breast as possible- it's good for weight gain, good for his latch, and good for supply.
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  • @llli*orie340's Avatar
    Today, 09:32 PM
    I recently noticed that my nipple is red, dry and slightly peeling. It is slightly painful while nursing. It is more bothersome than painful. I have nursed my daughter for twenty months without a problem. What could this be? What could be the cause? And how do I fix it? Please Help!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 09:26 PM
    :lol Science experiments! If it helps, my pantry turned into a moth apocalypse after my second daughter was born. I just didn't have time to investigate the weird smell coming from the bottom shelf, or to figure out where all the little moths were coming from... I wouldn't worry about contamination from the furry pasta. You're moving the milk pretty quickly from fridge to freezer, and the cold temperatures cut down on the transmission and growth rate of bacteria and molds. If you're concerned about your pump parts- and I don't think you need to be- just sterilize them and go on using them as before.
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  • @llli*dragonfly1720's Avatar
    Today, 09:19 PM
    Hello, I'm new here. First time mom who is worried about everything. Sorry if these are stupid questions/concerns. I had some pumped milk in the refrigerator and the only spot I had available was in the door. I wasn't thinking straight apparently and for the last couple weeks this is where I have been putting my milk. It is just my husband and I. The fridge isn't opened constantly and I would only keep it in there for 3 days then freeze it. This frozen milk should be safe to feed to my baby? I finally found some time to clean my fridge and found a few Pyrex containers with old moldy food in them (gross) and one bowl of furry pasta with a piece of Saran Wrap that was half off. These things were not close to my milk. The milk was in the door and the moldy food items were in the body of the refrigerator. Is there any risk having kept pumped milk in the fridge with these "science experiments"? While cleaning the moldy food containers, I wasn't thinking again and forgot to move my pump parts and a bottle that were sitting on the counter to the side of the sink on a towel. Is there any chance of the parts being splashed and contaminated by the mold? I used the side of the sink to wash the dishes that was the furthest away from where the pump parts were. Should I just be safe and go buy new pump parts? This happened yesterday and I have not noticed any mold on the pump parts themselves. I just worry about mold spores floating around... If some frozen milk thawed a...
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  • @llli*mylittleson's Avatar
    Today, 08:46 PM
    I just wanted to update everyone who has helped or in case anyone with similar issues reads this thread. In the past couple days my baby suddenly was able to latch onto my nipple without the shield, which makes me really happy. :) He almost always nurses right from my nipple now, although once in a while he seems to revert and need the shield. I think this is when he's impatient/very fussy and/or when my nipples are more flat than erect. I've found that it helps to pump a little bit first because that puts my nipples into the best shape for him to latch onto and it also helps with the oversupply issue. At night he still has problems latching and staying on but for the past few days he has been able to nurse for awhile and sometimes get full but other times not. Today he has been doing a weird thing where he takes a drink and then moves his head away, over and over and over again. It seems to me that he either doesn't get the milk he was expecting and then gets discouraged, OR he gets too much of it and his response is to back way off. I usually think it's the second option because there will be milk in his mouth and/or all over him/me so I think it's too much milk instead of not enough, but other times it's hard to tell. And then when my nipple isn't as erect as it was in the beginning he gets impatient and frustrated and doesn't want to latch back on. If he does stay on for awhile then he goes back to his "sleep sucking." Today my midwife came to check in on us and...
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  • @llli*mylittleson's Avatar
    Today, 08:34 PM
    Thank you for your help.
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  • @llli*mylittleson's Avatar
    Today, 08:24 PM
    This has been happening to me (my son is 19 days old and just started latching without the nipple shield a few days ago). Sometimes he latches perfectly and other times he won't latch at all or not much/for long and so I have to revert back to the nipple shield. In my situation I think it's because sometimes my nipples are erect and other times they are rather flat (which was the problem in the beginning that lead to having to use the nipple shield-- he has a high arch palate in his mouth and my nipples were too flat at first to reach back far enough, until my milk sufficiently came in and my breasts got used to the milk or something I guess, and also he got better with practice at latching on I guess). So what has been helpful for me is to pump a bit before I nurse him as this makes my nipples more erect. It also helps with my oversupply issue as it's not so overwhelming for him when I've pumped first. Someone on this forum gave me a tip about a latch assist device. I've ordered it but it doesn't come until tomorrow so I'm not sure how good it is. But in case we have similar issues, and it could help, here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00112EIWW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I also think that if my baby is very hungry and fussy, he is less likely to be patient enough to latch on without the shield. It seems to be a hit and miss process but for the most part he is much better at latching onto my bare nipple, so I'm happy about that. I...
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  • @llli*avachristine's Avatar
    Today, 07:15 PM
    Hi there, I've been reading threads about oversupply, but I'm still a little confused on what to do. My LO is 10 days old and I've noticed what I think is an oversupply in my right breast. I think this because she always coughs and unlatches (sometimes on both, but always on the right side) so I've been feeding in a reclined position and it seems to help a bit. My question is about the pain in between feedings and how to handle the oversupply. My right breast gets so painfully engorged that I can't wait until I could nurse from it again. When she does nurse, most of the time it's only for 5 minutes when it's on the right side so it doesn't get too much relief and soon after it fills up again. Is this something that will resolve on its own or should I be doing something to manage the oversupply? Also, is it okay that she nurses for such a short time on that side? With my first daughter, I never had plugged ducts, mastitis or anything so I'm really afraid of that this time around and want to make sure I'm doing things right to prevent any problems. I remember my first nursed for a short time when she was older, but I can't remember if that was the case in the beginning and the nurses this time around kept saying to try and do 15 minutes on both sides. Also, sometimes she takes two breasts and sometimes just one even though I offer both. Is this okay or will it affect my supply? Side note: She seems to be gaining weight well and has plenty of wet/dirty diapers...
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 06:44 PM
    If he is fussing because you are "not keeping Up" then the weight check should let you know if your supply is low. The whole foremilk/hindmilk is generally a non issue. Basically all it means is the % of fat in the milk increases as the breasts get drained down because the fat tends to stick to the ducts so as the breasts get drained the milk gets a bit richer. There is still fat in "foremilk" and there is still lactose in "hindmilk". Don't worry too much about all that. Also, if your supply is low, then the issue probably has nothing to do with "too much foremilk". Get weighed but for it to be a "foremilk" issue you would probably have to be squirting milk all over the place when switching breasts for him to be getting way too little "hindmilk" and he would probably be gaining way more than normal. Again, I think the whole foremilk/hindmilk may be distracting you. If you have a problem with that, you would not be wanting to increase your supply.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 06:21 PM
    If you are not sure whether or not your baby is gaining normally than that is something you want to check out. If a baby is gaining poorly that would possibly indicate that mom does not make enough milk, it would also possibly indicate that baby has difficulty transferring milk. It could also indicate that baby is ill. Or some combination. If you discover your baby is gaining normally, then there really is not a problem most likely. It is possible for a baby to get diarrhea but that would be due to an illness that is something you would have to talk to your doctor about. In most cases the treatment for diarrhea is to make sure baby stays well hydrated and their electrolytes in good shape. Luckily breastmilk is the perfect substance for ensuring both. If there is a "foremilk imbalance" which is something that is not usually much of a problem if it actually does happen, it is most likely due to having over production not under production. If baby is gaining much faster than average then that is something you might consider as part of the picture. If baby is gaining normally then whatever is going on almost surely has nothing to with The very much misunderstood "Issue" of foremilk and hindmilk. A baby who wants to nurse frequently is normal as long as the baby is gaining normally. The nursing frequently is always normal. But what might be abnormal is poor weight gain. It sounds like you are following your baby's lead when it comes to nursing, which is almost always the...
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  • @llli*goddessx3's Avatar
    Today, 05:05 PM
    My daughter is 9 days old and still using the shield. She was tongue-tied at birth and even after the dr made a small slit to relieve her tongue, she would not latch at all. The lactation specialist gave me a shield and immediately she started nursing. I have gotten her to nurse without it several times but like your daughter, there are times she still will not nurse without the shield. This is baby #3 and my other two had no issues so while it's easy to get discouraged, just be patient and keep working at it. The link about does give some really great tips! Pumping or using a soft shell to help expand your nipples before nursing may help -- definitely something I'm going to try. Good luck!
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  • @llli*yith's Avatar
    Today, 04:06 PM
    My concern is that I am not keeping up with him. I think he is eating enough and that I have a decent supply, but because he is such a nursing baby and possible going through a growth spurt (He's a big boy, born 17 days overdue) he keeps draining me, and then fussing. I swap breast and he tends to be better until he drains that too, and because he eats so frequently it does not take long. He has very little interest in the hind milk, I often express to see if I am empty and I can normally express droplets of hind milk but when I latch him back on he fusses, pulls off, cries, and repeat. I worry that the reason he got runny poo is because he is getting way too much formilk, and I do let him stay on the breast for as long as I can, assuming he does not fall asleep. It might be a low supply issue, he is growing and I will take him to get weighed just to make sure. I am wondering if there is something I can do to either increase my supply, or to increase my hind milk, or maybe I should change my feeding strategy so he gets more of the fat milk, or to discourage comfort suckling to increase my supply when he's actually hungry. I don't know if the runny poo is linked, or if I got low flow or just an overly sucky baby, or if I should encourage him to sooth himself by other means than suckling on my breasts.
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  • @llli*ssotka's Avatar
    Today, 01:54 PM
    I just got back from our 2 mo visit to the pediatrician and my LO only gained 8 oz in 4 weeks! Ugh! Background: He was born 6 weeks (born at 33.7 weeks, currently 8 weeks, corrected age 2 weeks) early and in the NICU with complications in regards to blood in his stool. He was without "milk" for 2 weeks as his gut needed to heal and rest. In the time I pumped anywhere from every 2 hours to every 4 depending on my availability. LO had either dad or myself with him 24-7 while in the NICU. Once he was able to eat it took about 2 weeks for him to get the hang of it. In that 2 week feeding time, I did some nursing but mostly he was feed with BM through a bottle. He never had any issues with latching only with the suck, swallow, breath thing. I have a fast let-down (that he is now used to), this kept him from wanting to nursed past that point. Because I wanted us to get out of there asap I stuck to nursing once a day and giving him bottle the rest of the feeds. My supply while in the hospital was minimal 70ml the most from pumping with hospital grade 15 mins. Okay now we are home, for 3+ weeks and exclusively BF, only giving a bottle after nursing every once in a while because he'll take it and usually sleep a little more. When we nurse he feeds on both sides for maybe 10 mins on each side before he falls asleep. He doesn't nurse much past that fast let down I talked about earlier. He's pretty fussy most of the day unless he's held or in the wrap. He does not like to be put...
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  • @llli*mrslg's Avatar
    Today, 01:19 PM
    Thank you! He has been to the doctor and there is no concern about him and no medical problems. I never had this trouble with my older child but he wasn't as interested in nursing as this one always has been. It is reassuring to hear other babies have been the same. I will get that book. Thank you for the recommendation.
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  • @llli*amgshibley's Avatar
    Today, 12:56 PM
    This is where we stand right now. She was born 8lbs 15oz. She only lost 3 oz after birth and had gained to 9lbs 2oz by day 3. At her 6 weeks she was 10lbs 11oz and at 3.5 months she was only 11lbs 2oz. We are being sent to a pediatric GI as she still has bloody stools and explosive green poops. My supply has actually dropped. She nurses quick for short feeds, she makes clicks while nursing but the lactation consultant says she has a high pallet which is why.
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  • @llli*urbankitchen's Avatar
    Today, 12:42 PM
    I've been struggling to pump* enough milk during my work day to hand off to the sitter for the next day ( I average 8 ounces, baby is taking 10-11 ounces). Originally I assumed what I pump while away from him equals exactly what the baby needs, but then I've heard that pumping is not as efficient as my baby nursing so it is possible for him to need more than I am pumping. I feel like the more I nurse him, the less I can pump, and the more I try to fit in extra pump sessions- the less I have to nurse him with. Our schedule looks like this: 6:30-7am- feeding with baby, 9:30-10am- pumping (3-4 ounces), 12-12:30pm- pumping ( 2-2.5 ounces), 2:30-3:00pm- pumping ( 1.5-2 ounces), 4:30- 5pm feeding 1 side only with baby, 5:30 bath followed by side 2 feeding ( he's asleep by 6:15pm), 9:30-10pm- pumping ( 2.5 ounces), 2am- feeding with baby 1 side only, 2:30-2:45am- pumping other side, 4am- feeding with baby 1-2 sides depending, repeat Questions: Is he getting enough milk total when my night time production after work is only 1 ounce per side? He always takes more if offered ( breast or bottle ( when I'm away from him)) especially lately he's been sucking harder and faster and our last feed before bedtime he usually seems to be sucking really hard and getting very little, sometimes I can feel tiny pangs in my boobs from the sucking... he's got wet diapers, poops daily, healthy, happy, gaining weight ( still a peanut though) Baby boy is 18 weeks, about 14.5 lbs ( up from...
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  • @llli*zaynethepain's Avatar
    Today, 11:51 AM
    One thing you'll find out as a parent is as soon as you figure out and get comfortable with baby's routine, they change it! Five weeks is the first of several developmental milestones (causing fussy babies), followed by the six week growth spurt, eight week milestone, nine week growth spurt, and I think twelve week milestone and growth spurt. Google wonder weeks for info on the milestones. So expect patterns to change rapidly over the next two months. My lo has gone back and forth between wanting one side and two and sometimes still finishes both sides in under five minutes. Don't worry about hindmilk. Worry about mastitis and plugged ducts. I'd switch breasts for you own comfort.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 11:13 AM
    Any chance of seeing a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC? In this situation, I am in favor of a mom having professional, hands-on help. Espeically because your milk took a week to come in. That's quite a bit longer than average, and if have to wonder if there was a reason why,mans that's something a professional could help with. This link has some tips of getting a baby back to the breast: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/back-to-breast/. The instant reward and skin- to-skin techniques are said to be especially helpful. Just be very patient and very persistant, and offer as much as possible. It may help to keep the baby's bottles very small- 1-2 oz. That way he will get hungry more often and you will have more chances to nurse him.
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 11:06 AM
    Are you treating the cracks with anything? Lanolin based cream that you leave on are supposed to help and I had a friend swear by 'breast angels' - silver cup things to help hers heal. Try to widen her latch maybe? She may have got lazy with it over time or needs to adjust due to teeth etc.
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 11:01 AM
    Agree with the PP about oral therapy, and flipple. I know you said positioning doesn't help, does that include laid back? ( Just because I don't often see it recommended). You've probably tried breast compressions too, but just in case you haven't they may be an option. Oral therapy wise you can try the tongue walk and suck training... These are much easier if a therapist shows them but you may be alright with internet instructions. Well done for getting to 8 months despite issues!
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 10:45 AM
    Every baby is different, at 8 months we do solids every meal so 3 times a day, if I didn't she'd only steal my food anyways - and has when I haven't given her anything. We do baby led solids and so the amount she actually swallows is quite a lot less than a puree fed baby. I breastfeed before and after each meal... And she feds before and after each nap (2 or 3 a day). That said she sometimes feeds halfway through a nap too. Then again we still feed every 2-3 hours at night. I think my little girl is just breast obsessed... So this may not help you! Do try and relax!
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 10:26 AM
    Hey :) I know these things can be tedious and harder to do with a distracted on-off nurser, but are you doing things to help keep the latch deep? I.e breast compression, breast sandwich, flipple, laid back nursing? (Can add links if any of these you don't know - but am hoping your IBCLC has done them with you). Try if you can to nurse in a calm relaxed atmosphere - I know this isn't possible all the time. Babies generally don't starve themselves and quicker nursing sessions usually mean they are just getting more efficient!
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  • @llli*elliebelle's Avatar
    Today, 09:21 AM
    Yes to all of the above! In the beginning weeks, I worked on slowing things down (feeding on only one side, laid-back nursing, etc). She even started to occaisionally unlatch herself at the first letdown and wait patiently until it was over. We're still working through it together, but glad to hear that I shouldn't worry about it :) Thanks!
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 08:55 AM
    I'd manually stimulate to get a letdown and then the milk will be ready and flowing by the time he latches on. Then I'd give the bottle if he needs. If you first give bottle and then go to breast, he might not be interested.
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 08:53 AM
    My baby has gotten first an ear infection, then a cough, and now finally pneumonia. This happened last week and is still ongoing. He finally was put on meds yesterday when we went back to the pediatrician for the third time (the first two times his lungs and ears were clear so the doctor didn't feel the need to prescribe meds, and the ears did look better at the second visit so we assumed he was getting better). All week he hasn't been nursing that great but he managed to get mostly full feedings most of the time. On Saturday night, however, he had 103 fever and refused to nurse until sometime in the middle of the night, but for only 2 minutes (he usually eats for 5-7 minutes). I felt full of milk. Sunday he barely ate and I still felt full. By Monday morning he wasn't full at all anymore but managed to pump 5oz when I got to work at noon (went late because I took him to the dr late morning). For the rest of the day he just nursed a few times for about 1-2 mins each time (or for no time). Today in the morning he is still not nursing. I know my baby isn't very hungry because I am spoon-feeding him EBM mixed with a dash of oatmeal to give it some texture, he is also eating potatoes and drinking both EBM and water with a straw. He has wet diapers. Not saturated ones like he normally does, but that's understandable.
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