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  • @llli*nj908's Avatar
    Today, 03:06 AM
    Thanks for the response! I have a very painful, overactive letdown. When I pump I get an ounce/minute and when I did a weighted feed at my LC she took in almost 4 Oz in under 8 minutes. I had an oversupply with my first but it was corrected by using one side/feeding. Interestingly I never feel engorged and rarely leak.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:48 PM
    Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby! The first thing to know about bloody poops is that in a baby who is generally healthy and growing at a normal pace, they are something to watch but not something to worry too much about. They can also be very persistent, so please release yourself of the feeling of frustration and discouragement if you cannot get this fixed ASAP. Can you tell us a bit more about what you're experiencing, with respect to supply? That is, what symptoms of oversupply are you currently experiencing aside from fast feedings, green and bloody poops, and needing to use just one breast per feeding? And how has your baby's weight gain been?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:35 PM
    Great questions from MaddieB! I, too, am not overly concerned with flow sped. When the baby is gaining weight at a normal pace, it really doesn't matter if the milk is coming slow, fast, or in between. A lot of moms get trapped in the idea that if the baby is fussy, the mom must be doing something wrong and needs to adjust things so that everything is "just right" for her baby. If her flow is too fast, she needs to slow it down, if it's too slow she needs to speed it up... I personally hate when moms try to adjust their flow for their babies, because I think it short-circuits the baby's learning process. A baby is generally capable of learning to nurse in such a way that the baby controls the milk flow. If mom never allows that learning process to take place, mom can get caught in an endless cycle of trying to make her flow "just right" at all times!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:27 PM
    I also leaked a lot, and slept on towels with my first. With my second, I bought a waterproof pad. It's actually designed for adults who wet the bed. But it worked great for leaky breasts- it was less hot than a towel and washed really well. If you leak like crazy, you might want to buy two. But they're worth it, I swear- and you can use them in your kids' beds when they are getting out of diapers.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:23 PM
    Good a ice from the PPs. I also wonder why you feel the need to reduce feedings to 2 per day- are you perhaps worried about being able to pump at work?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:17 PM
    It is possible to get your milk back using the pump alone. It's perhaps not quite as easy as when you have an eagerly nursing baby, but definitely possible! When using a pump ago relactate, here's what you want: 1. A very good pump. A hospital-grade rental would be ideal. 2. Correctly sized shields. 3. Patience, persistence, and determination. Relactation doesn't happen overnight. Think of it as a long term project! 4. Willingness to pump frequently. 8-12 times a day is best, and more is always better. Some of the pump sessions should take place overnight. If you can't always get 8 sessions in per day, don't think that you must give up. Strive for the ideal, accept that some days you probably won't achieve it. Some pumping is always better than no pumping!
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  • @llli*m11612's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:35 PM
    My dd ate her frozen milk as a slushy so all of it just got scraped out of the bag with a spoon. You could try that. I am however starting to wonder if I just have a weird kid. I don't know if all babies would like milk slushies. :)
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  • @llli*m11612's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:06 PM
    Bxlgirl- Pumping while biking! :D I would love to see that! :D If anyone could figure out how, that really would be the ultimate in making the most of a work commute. I'm envisioning a large poncho and some sort of stabilization device. LOL
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  • @llli*jewell0405's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:05 PM
    The first initial latch is the most painful part. But during which he's nursing sometimes there's a little bit of pinching. I look to see that his mouth is still covering most the areola and his bottom lip is still fanned out like a fish. There are no crack, bleeding, or scabs. I use some Medela nipple cream after he nurses. I've tried every position and found that I can get him a better latch in either the football or cross-cradle hold. We've tried the relaxed or reclining position couple times and still trying to perfect that one :) It is definitely getting better- just a week ago the pain was so bad I was on the verge of giving up but having read other mother's post on here and everyone's supporting advice/tips- I managed to use those suggestions to better my son's latch.
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  • @llli*nj908's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:30 PM
    My daughter is 6 weeks old and EBF. Since the day we brought her home she's been gassy and fussy, grunting all night long, having explosive poops, etc. In the past few weeks her poop has changed from yellow to green with mucus and sometimes has flecks of blood in it. When I took her to the pediatrician, they looked at her diaper under the microscope and said it had a ton of microscopic blood. I've been dairy and soy free for almost three weeks and while I feel like she's grunting less and is more comfortable, her diapers are still the same, maybe getting worse. She is my second child and my first definitely did not have diapers like these. I'm suspecting that maybe it's not a food intolerance at all, but it's oversupply. She eats pretty much every three hours and I only feed her on one side during each feeding. She eats quickly, in under 10 minutes. When I took her to an IBCLC she ate almost 4 oz. in under 10 minutes. Since I'm already feeding on just one side, how else can I correct this? Should I stay on one side for every two feedings? I'm getting discouraged and frustrated and just want to fix this. Please help!
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  • @llli*jewell0405's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:29 PM
    They don't appear to be odd...their orange and a bit on the runny side and a little bit seedy...and it's a pretty massive amount. I assume upset tummy cause he's passing ridiculous amount of gas and when I'm holding him he's stretching out and arching his back like he's trying desperately to push something out. But I honestly have no idea Thank you for posting the link.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:28 PM
    Can you describe the pain you are having and also what you are trying for it (Latch ideas, positioning?) Does your nipple have any signs of injury? Nursing commonly does hurt a bit in the early weeks, but it is a sign something may be not quite right and not something you want to ignore...if it is starting to get better steadily, great, but if not, perhaps we can offer some ideas.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:23 PM
    Do the poops look odd? I am wondering why you think it is an upset tummy? So here I am again a contrarian, I do not believe in growth spurts, not because growth does not come in spurts- it does- but because an infant is growing so incredibly fast in the newborn period that the whole period is a growth spurt. In other words, every day could be like today and it would still be normal... Some babies start having colicky behavior around this age too. Meaning, difficult to console by any means. Usually, this is entirely normal and temporary. As long as baby is overall healthy and gaining I would not worry. If nursing calms baby best, nurse as much as you like. Nursing cannot possibly harm baby and will probably help. And figure out a way for you or someone else to comfortably hold baby most of the time. Being held by mom or another trusted adult is what babies this age need most of the time. More fussy baby ideas: http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/09_fussybabyideas.pdf and http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/10_what_about_partners.pdf
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:15 PM
    You can know this is terrible advice because they are told to do it in the hospital. You would need a crystal ball to know a mother is going to have supply issues in the first couple of days after birth. To be fair to hospital staff, sometimes moms are told to pump in the moment (due to poor latch, poor gain, what have you) and then mom is never told to STOP pumping. This is because follow up care for lactation issues is even more abysmal than the care available in the hospital. I also think that hospitals care about statistics, and they want the stat of "This (high) percentage of mothers who came in wanting to nurse left the hospital nursing." So sometimes hospital based lactation support is under pressure to throw every idea imaginable at a mom, including some "just in case" pumping, because they see the mom only briefly and there is no follow up plan. The flip side of this situation is the mom who is getting no help with latch pain or her other concerns because baby is at least latching and the hospital can count her as a breastfeeding success, even if she stops nursing a week later with horrendously injured nipples. Fear of inadequate milk production is epidemic among breastfeeding mothers and has been for a very long time. I blame formula companies for this. And frankly, pump manufacturers could do a way better job of explaining to moms who and who does not need to pump.
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  • @llli*jewell0405's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:04 PM
    Thank you for clarifying the fore milk/hindmilk!! I feel MUCH better and more confident my baby is getting exactly what he needs from me :)
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  • @llli*jewell0405's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:52 PM
    Sorry I keep asking so many questions- this is my first child and none of my family members have ever breast fed their babies so I can't really ask them questions...but today my LO turned one month and all day long he has been cluster feeding and HARDLY napping...when he does nap it's only about 30 minutes then we wakes up screaming bloody murder until I pick him up and I have to either walk/bounce him, or rock him in the glider, or nurse him so to calm him down...then MAYBE he'll fall back to sleep only to repeat the whole process over and over and over. He's had a wet diaper every nursing session and he's had 3 poopy diapers so far today. So is this a growth spurt or is he experiencing a very upset tummy? Thanks in advance!!!
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  • @llli*jewell0405's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:15 PM
    Thank you so much for your reply! Yes the blue is very faint color and seems to only be in the corners of his mouth. Yes, he's definitely gaining weight and have normal outputs. Breastfeeding is getting better I think. Occasionally I will have some pain and I try to relatch- sometimes he won't latch back on- or if I think he's about finished nursing I'll endure the pain a little bit longer so I know he'll finish. He still has moments that he'll be latched and then he'll yank backwards with nipple still in his mouth and stretch out as far as he can without releasing the nipple, then he'll curl back towards my body and continue sucking. I've no idea what that's about. Again I appreciate your help you have provided!
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:13 PM
    So glad to hear! Best wishes for his recovery.
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:56 PM
    Interesting question! I wasn't told I had to pump, but I was told the every 2 hours crap as well. The every 2 hours is more what my daughter does now at 4 1/2 mths . . . .well, more or less. She changes things every time I think I've figured her out . . . .babies!:lol I started pumping maybe 2 or 3 days in bc baby refused the breast . . .my milk came in, she was fussy, who knows. I've since learned this is very common at that age. I continued pumping to build my stash once she was nursing again but mostly one breast while nursing the other, and usually only once a day. Now I pump at work to keep my supply and to ensure she has at least some milk while I'm away. I'm now wondering if I just need help with my pump since I get a lot at certain times but struggle at others. I'd love to see bf support that actually makes sense at the hospital. I have at least one friend who had an awful experience. She had inverted nipples and instead of working with her on it, they made her bottle feed formula and she lost weight until they switched her to special formula. I think it still haunts her today . . .her daughter is a fantastic 7 yr old that nonetheless has tons of health issues. It wasn't until I came on here and met with a good LC that I started figuring out what I really needed to do . . . and almost none of it coincided well with what I was told in the hospital.
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:28 PM
    Maddieb is way more expert in this than I am, and my baby is 4 1/2 months, so I have a ways to go. I am, however, back at work so can speak to pumping at work and feeding while at home. If you aren't concerned about how much milk you get when you pump, you probably don't have to pump as often as I do, but I need to pump at least 3x and I try for 5. i guess it depends on your workday and what you are hoping to accomplish. I nurse before I leave home, as soon as I get home, and nurse her to sleep (plus overnight feedings, but it doesn't sound like you need to). Here are some good articles that may help you. http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/milkcalc/ http://www.workandpump.com/firstday.htm http://www.llli.org/faq/pumpfreq.html
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  • @llli*midnightsangel's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:14 PM
    I also wonder this! I'm a young mom and I have had a lot of people tell me to be prepared to lose my milk around a year and that I won't be able to nurse a toddler. What the heck? I tell them that is entirely possible to nurse for many years and that our Western culture is the reason why a lot of moms aren't successful with their long term breastfeeding goals. I think women have problems because they're told to get on a rigid schedule and all of that stupid baby wise stuff. I know I wasn't prepared for how much time nursing took in the early weeks. No one told me to expect to nurse more than 10 times an hour. Everyone told me they eat every 2 to 3 hours. That's not true at all. All of this misinformation has encouraged me to start on the path to be an IBCLC. I get so angry when people spread bad information and I want to do my part for future mothers to start on the right path with an advocate that will be on their side.
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:42 PM
    I really wish someone had told me about the leaking before my first - I just had no idea! Lots of washing of bedding!
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  • @llli*ngs215's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:42 PM
    Yes, I know it is a large stash. It was rather unintentional. I only had 25oz when I went back to work. I respond well to the pump, and DD doesn't take a whole lot at daycare. Even pumping once a day for 10 minutes, I pump more than she takes. She takes the frozen milk just fine. I am going to stop pumping when we move, so I can't exactly just make more. I know I could donate, but my first got to use up the freezer stash after I stopped pumping and he took expressed milk at daycare until 21 months. I feel like I should give DD the same opportunity. Mommy guilt is powerful. But it looks like styrofoam coolers in the car is going to be my best bet.
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  • @llli*littlecavemomma's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:21 PM
    So I just have a general question. I had a baby in Nov 14 and was never given much advice about breastfeeding or pumping, even though I did see an LC just to make sure I was doing everything right. I never really pumped unless the baby and I overslept and I woke up engorged. I wanted to keep the outside interventions minimal so I could see what my body would do on its own. I didn't start pumping with any kind of regularity until a few weeks prior to returning to work. I've had several friends (or friends wives) give birth over the last few months and one of the first things they all mention is how exhausted they are with the pumping. They're "either nursing or pumping all day long." When I ask them why they're pumping they just say it's what they were told to do to boost supply. Where did this advice come from?!? I have a hard time believing that many people have such supply issues that they have all been told to begin a pumping routine immediately after birth. Am I wrong? It's not even logical if you consider what people would have done before pumps were invented! I know there are circumstances where mothers might have their milk delayed and need some extra stimulation, but is it THAT widespread that it has become blanket advice?
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:51 PM
    My babies had bad latches, and I knew it -- ouch! I am so happy to hear your daughters will be helping out. I just wanted to chime in on that part -- we have hired younger nannies for both of our kids for the first few years. My daughter started daycare at about 20 months and my son will likely start around 2. We like to have the kids at home when they're babies. Can I suggest that you encourage them to learn as much about breastfeeding and child care as possible for their sake? We have hired younger people so that they will not come deciding they know everything, and also because we cannot pay a lot -- we are not wealthy people, just really wanted to keep the kids at home while little (my husband works from home and I do one or two days a week). They could very easily make a good living while going to college as a nanny. We have done everything in our power to accommodate our current nanny's school schedule, so even with the lower wage we can pay it has worked out well for her. I spent my college time partying, but may have been better served doing some child care instead!
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