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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 03:44 AM
    I realize that but frustration is when he still seems hungry but unwilling to get the milk out of the booby since it is easier from a bottle or SNS. For the past week or so I haven't been able to get us back down to our original low 4 oz range of supplement and we have actually been back up to 6-8 oz most of the time. Hopefully the acupuncture appointment has a profound effect today and I'm still feeling really good about it come tomorrow or I'm going to get my hands on Domperidone.
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  • @llli*lila.stern's Avatar
    Today, 03:38 AM
    I'm really distraught at the moment and need some advice, encouragement, anything that will help me feel better. I'm a newbie mom and my DD is 11 weeks old. She was born full term and via emergency c-section. On her 1st month checkup, her pedi said she gained 900g in 3 weeks. She said that you can never overfeed a baby, but my DD's weight gain was above the usual. I told her that DD wants to feed every hour. She sort of gasped at what I said. I told her DS is always crying and rooting every hour. She told me not all cries mean hunger. Her advice was to feed DS every 2 hours and give a paci if DS still wants to suck. (DD hates it and would get even more cranky).Another thing I asked her was if I should wake DS to feed at night because she's starting to sleep at long stretches. She said NO NEED. I'm a stay at home mom and I EBF but pump for a stash in case I need to leave DS with the grandparents. I can pump 3oz in 10 mins total. So I'm sure it's not a supply issue(am i correct?). DS always feeds for 20-30mins. Sometimes even 40! (She just loves to suck). After analyzing the situation I realized DS would search for my breast whenever she is tired and wants to doze off. This is only for naps. Since she was 10 days old she slept long stretches at night. And currently sleeps for 9-10 hours a stretch. At her pedi checkup yesterday, she was weighed and she only gained 200g in 3 weeks!!! :( I feel like I'm gonna cry! She wets 5 diapers and poops 2 times a day but she...
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 01:18 AM
    It's ok for him to suck for comfort and choose not to feed much. If you have milk and he doesn't latch/take much maybe he didn't want much? I wouldn't obsess over individual feeds as long as across a 24 period he has enough. Babies nurse for other reasons than food :)
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  • @llli*luhan.samma's Avatar
    Today, 01:09 AM
    My DS had his first birthday a couple of days back and I want to thank all the moms on this forum. Without you I would not have made it so far. In the first 3 months nursing was very hard as I had oversupply and overactive letdown, I did post a couple of times but I mostly lurked...all night..nursing the baby and reading all the entries. I did not think I will make it to 6 months, now I am planning to let my son self-wean!
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 01:00 AM
    My LO had her posterior TT divided on day 7 and by 4 months we still had issues due to a bottle latch. (Including my daughter struggling to transfer milk and me ending up on medication to boost supply as she only could feed during let -downs). Between advice from an IBCLC and our first sacro cranial osteopathy session feeding dramatically improved. We saw the 2 practitioners within 48 hours of each other so I couldn't conclusively say which helped more etc but I would recommend Osteo. We had 5 sessions in total but 3 would probably have been enough.(For us that is). We also did exercises like TClynx said but ours were suggested by the IBCLC and we only did them a couple of days as she was do much better after the Osteo session she didn't seem to need them. Osteo looks mostly like a head massage so don't expect to see anything amazing :p The biggest difference for us apart from feeding is she had tummy time after the session and was smiling! She'd only ever screamed before... When I mentioned this lovely side effect to the Osteo at the following session she said 'oh I'm not surprised I released alot of tension in her neck' Breast compressions, making your breast into a breast sandwich and the 'flipple' were the 3 main things my IBCLC had me do to help the latch. Good luck with it. Finding the right treatment Will make this easier :) I thought my bf journey was over after seeing the IBCLC at 4 months and finding my daughter couldn't feed effectively I had a...
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  • @llli*babygirlsmommy's Avatar
    Today, 12:11 AM
    hello everyone. first of all allow me to apologize for the lack of capital letters. i am writing from my phone and for some reason i cannot create a capital letter! :shrug anyway, i am new here and i suppose i will begin with some background information. my daughter will be 3 months old this week. i breastfed her, with a great deal of difficulty, for a little over 2 weeks. i was overwhelmed and emotional, she would scream most of the time when i tried to get her to latch, and i was sleep deprived. i made the decision to switch to formula because i could not emotionally handle the stress of breastfeeding any longer. fast forward 9 weeks to now and i greatly regret that decision. i miss breastfeeding as i always was determined to breastfeed for at least 6 months. my daughter also seems to be having a lot of trouble with formula...gas, reflux, etc. i desperately want to breastfeed my daughter again. ideally i would like to build up my supply enough that she is only getting breastmilk either through breastfeeding or pumped milk once i return to work. i began this journey 5 days ago and i have 2 months before i have to go back to work. i have started pumping and have managed to do 8 times 2 of the days and between 5 and 6 the other 3 days because we had visitors. i plan to pump every 2 to 3 hours everyday from here on out. i have also started putting my daughter to the breast and she will latch on for about 2 minutes at a time though i am almost positive she is not...
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:41 PM
    Hi, I am sorry. Somehow I missed your above post. I hope you are still here! It's been a week since you posted-are things any better now? No. The intensity of letdown should surely get less intense over time. You CAN still nurse on demand, when you are with baby. And baby can be fed on demand while getting bottles, in fact this is important once you are back at work. (for more info on bottle feeding the breastfed baby see: http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/22_bfabreastfedbaby.pdf ) If you have to pump on a schedule when at work, you can hand express between pump sessions if needed. But in any case, your overproduction may resolve enough that that is not needed before you go back to work.
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  • @llli*fireangel's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:17 PM
    I've had a crazy last two weeks and a Spina Bifida Occulta scare with my daughter so that has been occupying my attention. The latest news on our breastfeeding situation is that I have a digital scale now. DD is getting maybe 3-5oz per day. This is after using the SNS, hand expressing religiously, nursing 10 times a day, and doing 2 soothing nursing sessions for about 1 hour each. The supply doesn't seem to be increasing. She has good transfer now too and only takes her a couple minutes to drain the breast. I have tried tons of herbs. So, my LC is recommending to see an endocrinologist. But, my insurance still isn't straightened out. It's taking forever, very frustrating. I'm not even sure if any treatment would work at this point since my supply has never been more than 8oz per day and I am now past the 6 week mark. Feeling pretty bummed. I wish I had seen one 4 weeks ago. So many mistakes were made; not getting her tongue tie fixed, using a bottle, not seeing an endocrinologist. I don't think I have a tyroid problem though. So no idea on this one.
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  • @llli*smcc626's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:35 PM
    Thank you! I've certainly been considering picking up some Monistat or gentian violet and using it just to see what happens. Would it do any harm to do this if it's not thrush?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:30 PM
    That's what my oldest did when she was outgrowing her nap! I assumed all kids needed to nap until around age 5, because that's how long I napped. Turns out my oldest outgrew the nap at around age 2.5.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:25 PM
    Welcome to the forum! When I hear that a mom has burning/stinging pain in between feedings, I immediately think thrush or vasospasm. It sounds like you've ruled out both, so I am left with either bacterial infection (i.e. subclinical mastitis) or a really cryptic case of thrush. Since you had mastitis once, I'm kind of wondering if perhaps you didn't beat the bacteria all the way back. I'm kind of curious to know what would happen if you treated this as thrush...
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  • @llli*smcc626's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:08 PM
    My newborn is one month old and I'm continuing to have issues with nipple/breast pain. The facts: -baby is gaining weight fine -I had mastitis at 5 days pp that seemed to resolve itself quickly w/antibiotics -baby seems to enjoy breastfeeding (latches right away, stays on unless let down is too strong, seems satisfied afterwards) -other than the pain, no signs of thrush in myself or baby -signs of a good latch: fish lips, as much aereola in his mouth as will fit -sign of a bad latch: nipple is occasionally misshapen (crease or lipstick) after There is an initial sting during latching but otherwise breastfeeding itself isn't terribly uncomfortable - the pain comes after. Immediately after feeding, my nipples just feel very sensitive. Five to thirty minutes after however, they start to burn/sting/throb. This will last pretty much the entire time until the next feed. My nipples have NO cracks or bleeding; they look fine. There is also no color change after feeding (unless there is a crease, in which case the crease is white and changes back to pink within minutes of unlatching). My breasts as a whole are tender as well, much like during PMS.
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  • @llli*nathansmum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:43 PM
    I've gone through this with my 2 year old and have learned that it is a clear sign that he is just not tired yet. So now I don't even bother trying to get him to sleep until he is obviously tired. If he is asking to nurse and doesn't seem tired I will ask him if he is ready to go to sleep. If he says yes I find that he will go to sleep easily, if he says no, then I just suggest a game to play or snack instead. It means later naps and later bedtime. But he now falls asleep in 20 minutes or less and I am no longer frustrated.
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:29 PM
    I have taken my LO for craniosacral therapy at a chiropractor's office, where he also receives chiropractic adjustment. I also took him to a chiropractor who specializes in nursing, and she also incorporates craniosacral therapy. I think it's worth a try, but make sure you ask a lot of questions. Our therapist made it sound like it would take months for the mild adjustments to help. But the second chiropractor I saw made it sound like she "resolved" most of the issues. He did nurse a bit better since seeing her, but not drastically. We did not have tongue tie, but baby does not like to have a lot of breast in his mouth, especially on one side. He also doesn't like to open his mouth wide on the one side, and immediately starts turning his head and chomping before I can even get him latched. Then he pulls off to a shallow latch. Both the therapist and the second chiropractor mentioned the same pallet issues, and both chiropractors mentioned some neck tightness. Is your therapist with a chiropractor? Does your insurance cover either? My chiropractic appointments are covered, and they include craniosacral as part of the whole treatment. I also have to take my pillow everywhere. I did with my daughter, too, until she was older. We are not a great nursing family -- I could never nurse in carriers, never got lying down nursing (hope to when we resolve our current issues). I actually felt embarrassed around people who could nurse easily in all positions and in...
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:52 PM
    Hi, motherhood can be really, really, REALLY hard sometimes, can't it? I could have written very much this same post about my 2 year old today! She finally settled down after nursing for an hour, and when I snuck away, she woke up 10 minutes later. Frustrating! When I am losing my patience, and to be honest I do lose my patience with my kids pretty often, I find these strategies work as long as I have the self control to remember them, which I often do not. (I think this is really important- if I have not been able to avoid a meltdown, after a meltdown, I apologize and take responsibility for my actions.) to try to avoid meltdowns, I might try any of the following- 1) I leave the room, if necessary, closing the door, until I can get a hold of myself. 2) I stop whatever we are doing and do something else. So, if I am trying to nurse a child down, and they are not going to sleep, I say 'ok, lets go outside/play a game/get a snack/read a book whatever. This is what I am doing right now, I am typing while she plays with a phone on my lap. If this leads to my daughter napping at a later time, or not napping at all, it can be a problem, but not a serious one, and far better than the alternative. 3) call a friend or my husband for a quick vent 4) Work on accepting that the things I want to get done either will not get done, not get done today, or figure out a way to do them while my child is awake.
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  • @llli*elledanurse's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:41 PM
    An upper frenulum tie, will also impede a good latch.
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:25 PM
    (?) I am really sorry, I don't understand, I am missing how not being able to empty the breast results in baby needing the breast to be really full in order to nurse. I am sure your lactation consultants have discussed with you that "Emptying" the breast is not necessary for normal breastfeeding. It is necessary for a baby to be able to get enough milk overall, so, for nursing sessions to be effective and frequent. But not for baby to "empty" the breast, which is difficult to do as the breast is always making milk. When you say you have to be "really full" or baby has trouble drinking...what do you mean? By four months, many moms are not feeling very full as a regular thing... Are you waiting some length of time between nursing sessions in order to feel full? What happens if you try to latch baby when you do not feel full? Do you mean that at those times, baby has trouble latching, or sucking if the breast does not feel "full?" Or do you mean, your babies latch is so ineffective your baby cannot transfer milk unless it is almost dripping out? Or that if you are not very full, baby protests and stops nursing? Or something else? About how often does baby nurse? How many times in 24 hours? Is baby exclusively breastfed and gaining normally?
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  • @llli*canchola2183's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:52 PM
    Thank you for your answers I have been pumping at those times and it seems to be helping yesterday i didn't supplement at all. I have changed position to laying side by side and it seems to help he didn't tug at all yesterday. Thank you for help :)
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:41 PM
    I hear you there. As to the amount of water you are drinking, don't force water, drink to thirst, 200 oz seems excessive and it is possible to drink too much. Our speech therapist has me doing some gentle exercises to help desensitize the gag reflex. Basically try to get him to suck on your pinky, nail down to the tongue and try to touch the palate as far back as you can without gagging him. Of course do this very gently!!!! Try not to gag him but try to see if you can touch further back as you practice. Perhaps you can get a referral to a speech therapist (so far the speech therapy has been covered since the ped gave us a referral.) We have been doing a bunch of other exercises also since the TT correction that worked on tongue and jaw and lip strength and mobility and organization to help him be able to swallow better and be less likely to gag or choke. It is still hard to get a good wide latch but for us I think nursing is sometimes starting to hurt less and hopefully when I have more milk he will abuse me less (pulling on the nipple.) Since your LO is still having difficulty with bottles as well as breastfeeding, I expect some form of oral motor therapy is called for to make feeding better. After having months to learn how to use the tongue when tied, it can take a fair bit of work to Re-learn how to use a mobile tongue.
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  • @llli*jessicahrn's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:29 PM
    My issue is that he can never empty my breast so unless I'm really full he has trouble drinking. I'm taking fenugreek, mothers milk tea, 200oz of water a day, coconut water. Improvement with maintaining latch since surgery. I don't really mind taking the pillow everywhere I just feel like a recluse. When I get a correct latch it gags the baby. He only will nipple feed. I even tried expressed milk in a bottle and he just wanted the tip of the bottle. He has a high narrow palate and sensitive gag reflex. So I have to work very hard to maintain the latch. Just wondering if CST will help this because my husband and I went into debt with all this breastfeeding help.. Literally over $1,000 including surgery.
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