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  • @llli*goli79's Avatar
    Today, 05:56 PM
    I've finally gotten to a point where breastfeeding doesn't hurt and my daughter latches easily, but my doctor has recommended I stop breastfeeding and switch to formula. My daughter had (not visible) blood in her stool - one week there, then negative two tests in a row, then positive again. Her stool is also very watery, has mucus and alternates between yellow and greenish yellow, but never any seeds. I have been off dairy and soy for 6 weeks. The doctor said there is no substance to her stool and that this means she isn't absorbing nutrients - milk in, milk out. My daughter's weight gain had been acceptable. Most recently she has alternated between screaming at my breast and bottle of breastmilk and taking it fine with no problem (I may be trying to feed when she isn't hungry), and we recently picked up Zantac in case it is reflux. She goes crazy until she poops (explosive) and then calms down...but often won't eat again after she passes stool. Eating triggers what seems to be a painful bowel movement that prevents her from eating comfortably. This is new in that she would eat through the discomfort before. Anyway, I'm a little upset/disturbed that my daughter may not be getting nutrients she needs despite gaining weight and I'm also surprised and upset that the best is thing per the doctor is to stop breastfeeding. I know I have an oversupply that I've been trying to manage, and while it isn't under control, it's better than it was before. Anyway, I'm at my wit's...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 01:08 PM
    Are you in the US? The American Academy of pediatrics has policy statement on infant feeding that counters every ignorant falsehood your child's doctor told you. I would suggest find that policy online, print it out and mail it to your child's doctor with your letter explaining why you no longer trust them with your child's medical care. Do this after you have found another pediatrician. Obesity and cavities are caused by poor eating habits, poor dental care, heredity factors, and not enough physical activity. Not breastfeeding, which is 100% beneficial and healthy. Any pediatrician that does not understand these basic facts is a menace.
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Today, 12:48 PM
    :ita with midnightsangel. Although I have to laugh about the knocking teeth out by a rock thing. Never thought of it in quite that way, really. :lol I personally think teeth issues are more genetic and food related. There's a lot of conversation on this forum about it, actually, if you want to know more. Seriously, I think you just experienced a culture clash. I don't agree with your doc at all, and actually both the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend breastfeeding after one year. So . . .doc is really behind the times, but that's normal in our culture unfortunately. It's safe to ignore the doc about breastfeeding and do what you feel comfortable. Do you feel comfortable with this doctor for your child otherwise? If so, ignore the advice about breastfeeding and move on. If you don't like this doc overall, maybe it's time to obtain a new one for your child. You are not hurting your child. Children breastfeed beyond 1 year and are fine, and actually have better immunity to childhood illnesses, which is partly why breastmilk is so beneficial. Case in point, here's a kellymom article recommending it. :) http://kellymom.com/ages/after12mo/aap-breastfeeding-past-the-first-year/
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  • @llli*andie613's Avatar
    Today, 12:38 PM
    Today I was using my pump and the motor noise sounded like it slowed for a few seconds, then resumed normal "rotation" (the cycling noise the pump makes as it sucks in and out). It did this several times throughout the pumping session. The suction seemed ok, and I pumped the normal amount as I would during this session. It just sounded weird, like the motor was slowing down or going out. I have a Medela double electric pump (like the PIS only the cheaper version they give to health insurance companies and WIC, which is where I got mine). I used this pump part time with my first baby, but now have been using it to pump 4x/day for the past 2 weeks for baby #2. I just wanted to know if anyone has experienced this problem. My thoughts are that it could be a few things: 1. the electric current from the outlet is fluctuating and pump received less power for a few seconds, 2. the AC adapter is going bad; it does make a rattling noise like something is loose, but it's been doing this for awhile, or 3. the pump itself is going out. I suspect it is 2, the AC adapter is going bad, but this is only a guess. Does this part go bad sometimes? If the whole pump was going out what would happen? My insurance company won't cover the cost of a breast pump (is grandfathered in and thus does not have to comply with the new ACA regulation). I also don't want to buy a new pump if it is just the AC adapter. But on the other hand I can't have it just quit on me because I need it...
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Today, 12:37 PM
    Hi mama, has baby come back to the breast yet? Could anything else be going on? Is he feeling ill, et cetera? Have you looked at the suggestions in this kellymom article and tried some of them? http://kellymom.com/ages/newborn/nb-challenges/back-to-breast/ Babies who strike can come back to the breast, and although I know as moms we feel guilty a lot, you're doing the best you can, and really, that's all you can do. Good luck!
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Today, 12:20 PM
    :ita It is totally normal . . . and totally annoying. My daughter did the same thing and it drove me nuts, but I tried nursing in less distracting environments, and if she would pop on and off for more than 5 minutes, I learned to take a break. She and I would go for a walk, play, whatever, then I'd try offering again in another 1/2 hour or hour. Eventually, the phase passed. She still sometimes gets really distracted, and recently her main thing has been rolling over then trying to nurse, but these phases do pass. This kellymom article might help . . .and the links are helpful too. :) You are doing great, I promise! http://kellymom.com/ages/older-infant/distractible-baby/
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  • @llli*alex87's Avatar
    Today, 11:51 AM
    Around 12 months I started offering breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner to my toddler. I don't stress about nursing first anymore. The best thing about hitting 1 year of breastfeeding was losing the stress about it all! My daughter is 18 months old and still nurses frequently. I just follow her lead. The sleeping thing is more difficult. We have been slowly (and I mean slowly!) trying to cut out some night feeds. As soon as progress is made she gets a new molar in or something.
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  • @llli*alex87's Avatar
    Today, 11:43 AM
    Between 3 & 4 months babies become aware and interested in their surroundings. It sounds like your little one is entering the distracted nursing phase :) I found that my daughter would stay latched if I would sit in a darker quiet room and sing to her when she went through this phase. Just keep working at it. This too shall pass!
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  • @llli*cascos45's Avatar
    Today, 11:30 AM
    Hola,mira yo tengo ahora mismo 45 años de edad y mi ultimo hijo,llevo ya 5,lo tuve a los 40,decisión un poco arriesgada. Afortunadamente todo salió bien,pero si que es verdad te me cuidé mucho. Sobre todo las mujeres maduras de una cierta edad deben cuidar mucho la alimentación después del parto. A esas edades se hace mucho más difícil perder peso y no son todas las dietas las que acepta nuestro cuerpo. Lo mejor como dice arriba abely es acudir a un experto,quien te puede proporcionar mucha mas información que cualquiera de nosotros aquí.
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  • @llli*zinzielizabeth's Avatar
    Today, 10:42 AM
    LO just turned 3mo last week, so behavior could be growth spurt related? Anyway, he'll latch, maybe take a gulp, maybe not, come off the breast, look around and then dive back at me. Over. And over. And over again. What do I do? He doesn't take a bottle, so there's no drama there. Could it be supply? He's not crying, so if he's underfed, he's not complaining about it! Help—so annoying!
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  • @llli*azjen's Avatar
    Today, 09:49 AM
    I wanted to update. I saw a IBCLC yesterday and it seems we have a bunch of issues. :( She thinks he may have both torticollis and a cranial asymmetry that is creating issues because of his jaw misalignment. I am going to ask his pediatrician about it in his we'll check today but we may be visiting the chiropractor. She also identified Class 4 tongue and lip ties, but we are going to try to deal with the head/neck issues first to see if things resolve before we talk about doing anything with those. Although I'm sad that we have these challenges I'm glad we have identified them so early so we can hopefully get them resolved before he's at the point of needing a helmet or other more drastic interventions, and I'm very glad he is able to transfer milk so well (3 oz during our visit yesterday!). She gave me some positional tips as well that do seem to be helping.
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  • @llli*mama7008's Avatar
    Today, 08:54 AM
    My LO will be 11 months next week. :o Currently she eats breakfast and dinner with a snack or two in between. I'm not sure how much she eats - we're doing baby-led solids so I let her eat until she indicates she's done (usually by trying to toss everything on the floor lol). I nurse her before offering solids, and other than that, she nurses probably 4 other times during the day and anywhere from 3-6 times at night (mostly for comfort/to get back to sleep...). I actually have a couple questions: 1) How often should I offer her solids? She's pretty enthusiastic and wants to eat every time she sees food anywhere 2) After a year, how does offering solids change - our goal is to make it two years, though right now we're having so many challenges I'm just concentrating on making it to one year. Ideally, I'd like her to transition to just nursing before naps/bedtime and maybe once or twice during the night after she's a year old, though I don't really want to risk her weaning completely. She's very attached to the boob, and we're having difficulty with a very strong nursing sleep association, so I don't think that would happen.
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  • @llli*butterfingers's Avatar
    Today, 05:43 AM
    I can't offer any advice as I am in a similar position but I just wanted to say that I think things are getting easier here, at least on one side! And we are now at 5 weeks and a day... I failed to get even this far with my other two children so I am so determined to succeed this time that I have been gritting my teeth. Only you know your levels of tolerance and with other kids to look after as well it's hard! Hugs xx
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  • @llli*butterfingers's Avatar
    Today, 05:27 AM
    I should also add, output is fine in terms of quantity but stools are very watery, I would say liquid. They always have been. Yellowy-brown in colour sometimes with a tinge of green and sometimes a little mucous. She is a very windy, fidgety baby in general but I put this down to immature gut?? I mention in case it may be relevant.
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  • @llli*butterfingers's Avatar
    Today, 05:23 AM
    I posted previously about shallow latch and pain and this issue is still going on to some degree though getting better. Baby is now 5 weeks, I think I have a reasonably quick letdown, baby can often splutter, choke and click at the breast and when she pulls off milk will drip freely. I am trying reclined nursing. I am feeding on demand and not pumping, I am very reluctant to try methods to reduce supply since I know that "oversupply" is normal at five weeks and I just wish to leave things alone to regulate of their own accord. Problem is baby is now becoming very fussy and feeds are rarely longer than ten minutes, if that. Ten minutes of nursing at the breast will actually routinely take 20-30 minutes as she comes off every minute or so (sometimes seconds) and then refuses to re latch. She also rarely demands to be fed. She seems like 4-5 minutes on one side is enough. She does not comfort nurse :( How can I get her to be a happy, fuss free nurser again, it feels like a battle every time.
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  • @llli*butterfingers's Avatar
    Today, 05:10 AM
    Thank you for the advice re the cream, I will give it a go. Well, things with the pain are easing slightly... The left is definitely better. Weird thing is that the compression is still there with the shape of the nipple and the bruising / purple / white marks but pain is much less. Anyway I think we now have new issues, I will start another post since they are only semi related.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 12:38 AM
    Generally speaking, milk production depends on milk being removed from the breasts frequently and effectively. Frequently would mean a minimum of 8-12 times in 24 hours. Effectively would be, enough so the breasts know to respond by making more milk. People often say "empty" the breasts, but this is not really possible. However, in some cases, if baby is not nursing with normal effectiveness, pumping after nursing for several minutes is suggested. But this has much more to so with the effectiveness of the nursing session - how well baby can transfer milk- than the length of the nursing session. So, how frequently is baby nursing now? -how many times in 24 hours? Did someone tell you he has to nurse "through to a second letdown?" How are you measuring that...do you feel all letdowns? Not all moms do... When you say you are struggling with low milk production, can you tell us how this was diagnosed and by whom? If you do not make enough milk, baby must be getting supplements. How often, how much, and how is baby being fed these supplements? And what is baby's weight gain history? This is an excellent article on low milk production concerns. http://kellymom.com/hot-topics/low-supply/
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  • @llli*qd's Avatar
    Today, 12:38 AM
    Yes we mostly do the laid back position as that created the least amount of pain in the beginning. I literally have held him, while burping and/or bouncing him for a long time after nursing and then go to lay him down to sleep and within minutes he barfs or it could take an hour or more for it to happen. I know its because he has air trapped. I have a hard time sleeping sitting up or with him and i do wear him frequently. I cant get himto take a pacifier yet so i might try hard on that. Seriously sometimes a latch him back on and hope there wont be another letdown. Is this a latch issue on top ofiver supply and is there anything else i can try to help him? I know this is a big part but he will only sleep on his belly but even after trying everything and waiting for long periods of time he'll still barf 90% of the time.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 12:23 AM
    It is certainly in no way too late to get a baby to latch. Some babies latch for the first time months after birth- It's not too late! How is your engorgement now? When the breast is engorged or even very full, it is harder for a baby to latch. One solution is to pump just before offering the breast, but the drawback to that is that the pump may pull fluid into the areola creating or exacerbating the situation of a swollen areola baby cannot latch onto. Hand expression may help, or you can try reverse pressure softening- info below in linked article on engorgement. How many times is baby being fed each day, how much each feeding, and how? "Nipple confusion" usually means baby is getting so much to eat via the bottle that they have no interest in nursing, or the bottle is being given in such a way that the milk flows into them and they make little or no effort to get the milk as they must at the breast. Yes you want your baby to be fed enough, but it is very important to take the steps necessary to prevent overfeeding. This may mean using a cup, syringe or spoon to supplement, or using paced bottle feeding. If you are unable to get baby to latch soon, as in, the next day or two, for most feedings, then you almost certainly need a much, much better pump. A manual pump is entirely inadequate for eping and continued use of only a manual is very likely to result in poor milk production and even possible breast injury. Of course, if it's all you have, keep using it....
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  • @llli*thawingsnow's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:31 PM
    Thank you so much, dormir41! That link has some awesome tips! Thank you so much!
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  • @llli*littlecavemomma's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:38 PM
    If he thrashes his hands, try preoccuping them by slipping a silky/lovey between him and your chest? This is the current trick for my 9mo who distracts herself by slapping anything within reach. If it's his desire to knead then the silky may help him relax.
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  • @llli*lnjscott's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:58 PM
    Hi, I'm a new mom with a one week old newborn. He latched at the hospital but was not having enough wet diapers for the nurses. I was beginning to get engorged upon discharge, so I got a manual pump. I have been pumping since day 3 and bottle feeding the breast milk; however, I would like for my son to re-latch at the breast. Pumping around the clock is extremely time consuming and I was only using pumping for back to work and outings. My supply is awesome (3-5 ounces per breast per pumping session). Can anyone offer any advice or is it too late for him to latch? Has nipple confusion already set in? Also, he gets a pacifier we needed. Help!!
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