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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    July 26th, 2017, 08:24 AM
    Please I need some reassurance. My baby boy was born on July 23rd via c section. He was 8 pounds 13 oz birth weight. Today July 26. He weighs 7 pounds 14 ounces. More than 10% weight loss. Which made pediatric nurse concerned for the baby and asked me to supplement formula twice a day. My milk came in on 25 the evening which the lactation consultant confirmed. She checked and saw me nursing the baby. About the baby. He was the really really sleepy the first day. He had lots of pee diapers and 4 meconium diapers on day1. After that he did not poop the 2nd day but I have been put him on breast every two hours. Today morning he pooped it was green. And he had one more poop after few hours it was green. Baby seems content after every feeding. What mistake is going on why doesn't he gain weight instead of losing so much. I know c section babies sleep a lot. But today he is a lot better and eating well. I said I will not supplement formula because I know my milk is there. I can hear him suckle and swallow. I had too much amniotic fluid. Is that a reason that he had too many meconium stools and fluid in his body which he lost in three days? Please help
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  • @llli*teach48's Avatar
    July 22nd, 2017, 10:39 AM
    I will be going back to work in the next few weeks. As a teacher, I won't be able to pump as often as my 5 (then 6 month) daughter nurses. It looks like I will be skipping one feeding session, going about 5 hours. If I skip a pumping session, supplementing with frozen breastmilk, and then formula, as needed, will my supply hold when I pump or breastfeed other times of the day? I know it's not ideal, but I think it's what I have to work with. Will I be able to nurse on the weekends still? I am also concerned because when I pump I don't generally produce as much as she eats, so I am concerned in general about pumping. I have been pumping at night to build up a stash, but a few ounces a day will go quickly. What's been your experience? I am trying not to freak out about it all.
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  • @llli*erc45's Avatar
    July 24th, 2017, 10:55 AM
    So long story short, baby girl has consistent green mucous poops with breast milk. She also seems like a particularly fussy baby. Only other symptom is flesh colored bumps all around her temples and forehead (could just be sensitive skin or baby acne). 2 week checkup doc said "it doesn't seem to bother her, she's fine". Wasn't convinced so started Alimentum 1 week ago with occasional comfort nursing (maybe 1x every day for a few minutes). Her poops are now brown green but still SO slimy and shiny looking. I'm pumping to keep up my supply, but I'm so emotionally exhausted racking my brain on what to do. I really really want to BF, but feel like I should continue the formula to experiment. Does anyone have experience with dairy intolerance or mucous poops? I wonder at what point I should just stop pumping and accept that she might need formula. Or should I resume BF maybe this week and see if her fussiness and poops change?
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  • @llli*honeybird's Avatar
    July 25th, 2017, 11:38 AM
    Hi all, I was wondering if I could draw from your collective wisdom about this issue. I am nursing a 2.5 y.o. and am in week 28 of my pregnancy (rainbow baby after a miscarriage at 9 weeks). The toddler nurses to sleep for naptime and bedtime. In the past few days, I experienced've BH contractions when I nurse. They feel intense and happen every 10 minutes or so. Last night I experienced 3 strong ones. I have read about this online and found different answers (a. that it doesn't matter, b. stop nursing, c. stop nursing only if I have four contractions in an hour).
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  • @llli*robinc308's Avatar
    July 25th, 2017, 12:50 PM
    My firstborn has a life-threatening allergy to dairy. He wasn't formally diagnosed until he had an anaphylactic reaction to some butter on toast when he was 7 months old, but while breastfeeding him, I had suspected a problem very early on, and had cut milk out of my diet from when he was about 3 or 4 months old, until around 6 months, when he seemed to tolerate milk in my diet again. It kills me to think what I put my son through in those first few months: he was miserable and I *knew* something wasn't right, and yet everyone kept telling me that it was normal and some babies are just fussy. Well, I'm pregnant again, and due soon. I really want to breastfeed this new baby too, but I'm terrified that she will have allergies too. I know statistically her odds are higher, since she has a sibling with allergies, but I am at a loss as to what I can do to prepare. I hate the thought that I might cause her discomfort and pain because of something I eat. My son's allergist told me that early and frequent exposure is the best chance I can give her to avoid developing allergies, and suggested I give her one bottle of cows-milk based formula a day to give her the best chance of not developing an allergy, and either way, making sure that cows milk is part of my own diet, but I consumed a ton of diary with my son, and he's still allergic. Does anyone have any thoughts or experience on how I can approach feeding this new baby to both give us the best chance of successfully...
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  • @llli*mindylane's Avatar
    July 23rd, 2017, 09:46 AM
    Hi. I just had my baby 4 days ago on the 19th. I really wanted to exclusively breastfeed and as a NICU nurse, I felt pretty confident that I'd be able to. However, it has been nothing but frustration. I thought he started out ok; he'd latch and suck but would get frustrated. I saw lactation at the hospital and she made some suggestions so I thought we'd be good. He ended up losing 8% of his weight by day 2, but they were fine with that. He started getting more and more frustrated with every feed, even though I was feeding him pretty much on demand... usually every 2 hours. We assumed he was cluster feeding. By the time he saw the pediatrician, he had lost 13% of his weight and it turns out I was just literally starving him. The pediatrician suggested supplementing with formula until my milk came in. I was really against it but also didn't want him to lose more weight. My husband fed him maybe 3 bottles over the course of 24 hours and I started pumping. I first pumped .7mL, then 4, then 12. But he would still take 35-60mL from the formula each time. I woke up this morning and my breasts are wildly engorged. They are so incredibly painful and I guess that's why he was getting so frustrated. The milk is there but it isn't making its way out. I'm trying hot compresses, massage, pumping every 2 hours... I'm barely getting anything out and they're rock hard and painful. We saw the pediatrician again this morning. Of course he gained a ton of weight. Thanks to...
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  • @llli*bettyb's Avatar
    July 24th, 2017, 08:07 AM
    Hi all. I am wondering if any of you have been in a similar situation as myself. I am expecting our second baby and hoping to breastfeed. I tried so hard to breastfeed our first and it just did not work out as I hoped. He was very slow to put on weight (took to week 4 before he was back to birth weight), he had a tongue tie, he had severe silent reflux and at the time it just felt we were fighting a losing battle. At 2 weeks we supplemented with formula which looking back now was the beginning of the end. We did not have the knowledge to come back from this at the time. In hindsight supplementing with formula didn't even help with his weight because it took another 2 weeks for him to get back to birth weight so then it was assumed he was a baby who was naturally slow to put on weight. Followed by a trip to A&E and overnight stay in the hospital because he was vomiting blood and they couldn't say for sure if it was from my nipple (no obvious cuts) or from his oesophagus from the reflux. At 6 weeks our breastfeeding journey ended and it was one of the saddest times for me. I'm sure that sounds crazy to some people but it really was like I was grieving. To this day I still feel guilty thinking what if or if only I had know. What helps is we have the happiest and thank God healthiest little baby now so at least there is that and although much shorter than I had hope I do think him having had breast milk even for that short time has really helped So I am due my...
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:10 PM
    My baby is 5 days old. He has never nursed more than 10 minutes on average on either breasts. He is so sleepy and I have to wake him up to nurse. My milk came in on day 3 and I heard him swallow the milk. He got so many poop diapers tha day. But today on day 5. I don't feel full. When I offered him one breast he just nursed for 5 minutes and heard him swallow and he is asleep and not interested in nursing. I am so worried that I am not feeling full anymore and he is not interested for much time. I have seen my friends babies who nurses for 45 mins and wakes up to nurse. Why is my baby doesn't wake up to nurse even at 5 days old. I am very curious and worried, and he has not gained any. I feel like I am making a mistake . And I am not sure what it is. I am worried so much that even this time I have failed in breastfeeding . Pls help
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  • @llli*hannah.seed's Avatar
    July 24th, 2017, 08:27 PM
    This is my fifth baby, and all have been on the lower end of the weight spectrum. My pediatricion has told me to supplement with formula for all of them. I listened to him the first time, and that made the situation go from what was probably fine to bad to worse, and he ended up being exclusively formula fed. With my twins and my last baby i didnt listen to him and just kept doing my best exclusively breastfeeding, but they all remained at the lowest number acceptable. (they are all miraculously fine btw) So at birth my newest baby weighed 5 lb 7 oz. He was exactly at his birth weight at 10 days. Three weeks after his 10 day checkup he weighed 6 lb 9 oz. It took him a full week to learn how to latch (two weeks early, knot in cord and wrapped around neck, weak for first week) and he still doesnt SEEM like he nurses that well. He has good output (5-6 wet, 1-2 poo) and is relatively happy besides being impossible to keep sleeping due to horrid reflux/vomiting. My ped isnt happy with his growth (as usual) but i dont know whether his concerns are valid or if my baby is fine though at the lower end of the weight chart. I nurse him whenever he wants... sometimes every hour (mornings and evenings) and sometimes he goes 3-4 (warm sleepy afternoons and nights). Some days i think he is feeding so good and other days im wondering if hes forgotten he needs milk to survive?? Can somebody just let me know if his weight is okay and if im doing okay breastfeeding (to you know, calm...
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  • @llli*jollycat's Avatar
    July 23rd, 2017, 06:29 PM
    Hi, I have an 9 day old who is nursing very well. 8 or more poopy diapers per day and he was back at birth weight at day 7. I saw an IBCLC on day 7 because of engorgement even though he nurses all the time. She suggested I pump 5 minutes when feeling very engorged, with a manual pump, just to relieve discomfort. I've actually only been pumping for 3 minutes, twice per day at the times I feel uncomfortable. I've been getting over 2 ounces with 3 mins so I was nervous to do 5 minutes as she suggested. So in other words, I'm pumping about 4 ounces a day above what baby needs. Is this too much? Will his appetite eventually increase so he wants these four ounces, or am I just creating a situation where I'll always have to pump? I'm not trying to create an oversupply. I will be returning to work in an office one day per week but I'll be pumping there, so I'm not trying to stockpile a freezer stash. I would say it takes me about that much to feel comfortable but maybe it's because he's so young. What do you think? Thank you!
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  • @llli*pinkmomof2's Avatar
    July 24th, 2017, 11:16 PM
    I really want to breastfeed again. I had to give up from the awful pain of mastitis over and over, cracked bleeding nipples that became a scab and chunks falling off. So painful I thought I would pass out. Horrible anxiety attacks and panic when I had to feed. So I ended up exclusively pumping and feeding baby the bottle. I pump about 40-50oz of milk a day. I tried latching baby on tonight (6 weeks tomorrow) and she screamed and pushed me away. I exclusively breastfed her till she was 3 weeks. I saw lac consultants and had her check for ties etc. Went to lll meeting, breastfeeding support to try to get less painful latch. Now I am healed and I would like to try breastfeeding again. Is it possible? She roots for nipple but once she latches she sucks it like a bottle then screams and spits it out while clawing at me. Milk is going everywhere so that's not the problem. Help!?? Or should I give up on the boob.
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  • @llli*haley.c.ayres's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:00 PM
    As a working mom, I only nurse once a day first thing in the morning. The rest of the time I am pumping milk and baby gets formula while at daycare and for his evening feedings (in addition to solids). I have struggled with low supply since the beginning so at this point, Baby nurses in the morning and has one 4-5oz breast milk bottle in the evening. For the past week or so, Baby has been refusing to nurse in the morning. He still takes his formula and breast milk bottles. He is only 9 months old, so I don't think he could be weaning already. Could something be wrong with my breasts? He has had Croup... not sure if that could be part of it. Could it just be that he now prefers the ease of bottles? Everything I read says to keep offering my breast but it's getting disheartening to try again and again every morning to just have him turn away and wiggle out of my arms. How long should I continue to try?
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  • @llli*mr77's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:06 AM
    We went on vacation for 2 weeks and BF the entire time, no bottles. Now my 14 month old daughter has been refusing bottles at daycare ever since we came back. She goes to daycare 3 days a week, is with grandma 1 day a week, and I work from home 1 day a week (and she's with me on weekends.) She still nurses throughout the night. She is a reverse cycle-er I think. Any recommendations on getting her to drink breast milk during the day or is this a lost cause now? Normally she was having 2 bottles, each around 4 ounces. I am still sending those in but they keep getting dumped. Do I still pump at work? I pump at 10a and 2p. She nurses on a 'good sleeping night' only once over night at 2 am... but lately it is every 2 and 3 hours. We also just moved this week.
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  • @llli*cherrr's Avatar
    Today, 02:30 AM
    Hi everyone, Need advice. I have a 4 month old baby and I'm exclusively pumping because my baby refuses to nurse. On a good day, I can get him to nurse once. My breastmilk have significantly dropped in the last two months. I was able to pump at least 3 oz a session and now I can barely pump and ounce and I am renting a hospital grade pump (medela symphony). I was able to feed him mostly breastmilk for at least two months. He's now eating about 4-6 oz of formula each feeding and now it takes me a day two pump 2 oz. ;( I have tried fenugreek, doesn't work for me. Fenugreek made him really gassy as well. I have power pumped every two hours for three straight days. I keep myself hydrated. I eat healthy. I exercise daily. I know that getting your period temporarily drops your supply but when I first had mine post partum last month, it didn't make a difference with my supply. I really don't know why my milk supply has dropped. I don't want to give up breastfeeding him and feeding him my breastmilk. And I feel like I have exhausted all my resources. Please tell me there is hope... Please help! I appreciate all your input. Sorry, my post was long.
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    Today, 03:53 AM
    How does the urine output looks like for 5 days old? Yesterday when my breast felt full he had good urine output and today since it is not feeling full his urine output is not soaking the diapers. I am sorry if I am asking too many questions but I don't want to starve my baby. I want him to thrive instead going back in weight.
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  • @llli*walle's Avatar
    Today, 01:12 AM
    This sounds like it was written about my son. We are also in a similar situation except my boy is now 22 months old. Like @llli*gulen I have noticed that a lot of this has been related to teething. Things have started improving for us in the last couple of months in a sense that the days where he eats no solids are much more rare now, though he is still sticking to a very narrow set of solids he does eat. For the past 3 weeks I have noticed a change in his behavior: he is just now showing signs of hunger. At that time he will start asking to nurse within minutes of finishing the previous round, but he still doesn't always accept solids even at this time. I am anxious for this phase to get over mostly because I am so exhausted from too frequent breastfeeding, and then I am also hopeful that after that he will transition to a more varied diet. Thankfully he is also healthy although he is showing early signs of anemia. @llli*gulen do you have the time to share with us how your baby is doing now? The answers you have gotten to your post have been soothing for me too, but I would also benefit from a story that would assure me that this shall pass in the foreseeable future :) Thank you in advance
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    Today, 01:10 AM
    There is la leche group where I live. I have spoken with someone regarding few issues for my first kid. I can call someone and talk .
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    Today, 01:03 AM
    His poop color has changed to mustard yellow. Definitely good amount of poop.
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    Today, 12:57 AM
    Hi maddieb I had a weight check today. He weighed 7lbs 12oz. This was the weight he weighed on Tuesday in the hospital. On Wednesday after a nursing session he weighed 7 lb 14 oz. So pediatrician said he went back 2oz. I wake my baby to nurse. And encourage him to nurse more and more. I'd say poop diapers like not just streaks I will definitely say I would use arleast a tablespoon to scoop. He had 4 poop diapers for that size on Thursday. And one poop diapers like a streak. So totally 5. I see pee Everytime I nurse him. So I feel he should be gaining if this is all right. I have one more weight check appointment on Monday. And the pediatrician said he should atleast start to gain 1oz per day. Or maintain the weight. I am hand compress after he nurse and feed him when he is awake for next feed. I get few mls. I didn't want to use pump since it produces oversupply. I am nursing him atleast 8 /perday or even more than that. He has quiet periods say for ten minutes before he goes back to sleep.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:08 PM
    Hi haley.c.ayres. if your baby is ill, that would be something that might trigger a strike. Also 9 months is a very typical age for a baby to go on a strike. But I think in this case, there is probably more to it. When a baby who has been nursing very infrequently stops nursing at all, the problem is probably not only that they are spontaneously weaning or going on a strike. Gradually reducing nursing sessions down to very few per day is basically how one weans a baby from the breast. Because you have had to bottle feed so much and so baby has only been nursing one time a day, basically the result, however inadvertent, is that over time, baby has been weaned from the breast. I would not call this bottle preference, perhaps baby would have preferred to nurse, but if baby is primarily bottle fed and only rarely breastfed in comparison, I think what is most likely is baby has just taken the next logical step on his own, not because he prefers bottles to the breast, but basically because he has been trained away from the breast. Of course this does NOT mean baby will not nurse again, he well may, but I think you are going to want to think about offering to nurse much more often in order to encourage baby to nurse not only for food but also for comfort. And if baby does start nursing again, continue encouraging baby to nurse much more often, or the same thing is likely to happen again. If you would like ideas for juggling more frequent nursing with bottles and...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:51 PM
    Hi nivilovely. Many babies are very sleepy the early days and many babies nurse short periods at a time, and even not feeling "full" can be normal. However, these all might indicate a problem, the key is knowing if baby is starting to gaining weight. iirc your baby lost lots at first which again, can be normal. But you want to see baby starting to gain by now. Have you had another weight check and how did that go? Can you describe more about your baby's poops? How many times did baby poop in the last 24 hours? What color are they? If you had to scoop them up in a spoon, would you use a teaspoon, a tablespoon of a serving spoon? Or are you just seeing dots or small streaks of poop? About how many times in 24 hours does baby nurse? You may need to wake your baby to nurse. Are you doing that? You also may need to do things while baby nurses to encourage the sleepy baby to nurse longer. Breast compressions can help baby get a 'shot' of milk and want to nurse longer. You can stroke and talk to baby, or "pump" his hand or foot. I used to gently jiggle my son's chin when he slowed down and we were concerned he was not getting enough. It is way to early to think that breastfeeding is not going to work out for you, even if there is a problem, breastfeeding problems can almost always be solved and baby go on to nurse fine. Do you have lactation consultants where you live? La leche league groups or any other breastfeeding support? You may have to look. Even if all is...
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:06 PM
    Thanks for you response. I will tell them. I have other concern which I have posted as a new thread
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:35 PM
    Well it sounds to me that you did everything you possibly could for your baby and every choice you made entirely rational and caring to your baby. Sometimes life just throws you a curve ball! I think sometimes we moms find it easier to blame ourselves for things that happen to our children, because at least that gives us the illusion of some control over the situation, and this is somehow more comfortable for us than accepting that sometimes stuff happens and we have no control. Having a child with a serious health issues is really, really difficult but it sounds like you have done and are doing everything you can and your child is getting through it all as well as can be expected. Just as an example of how hard these things are to read, my oldest son exhibited exactly the same symptoms as yours as a baby, and has no issues with dairy or any other food. He was diagnosed with reflux, but mostly I think I had OP, as I did with my next two, but just had no idea such a thing existed or what it might do to a baby. As far as the bottle of formula, maybe just get a little clarity on exactly when and how much (what amount of formula they think baby needs daily? "A bottle" could mean any amount, really.
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  • @llli*robinc308's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:54 PM
    It's mostly all in my head. The allergist is actually very supportive of breastfeeding as a way to obtain safe (or as safe as possible) exposure to common allergens via moms diet. It's more a case of knowing that it was something I did (consume dairy) which I could easily not have done, and saved my son some suffering. You are probably correct (and the allergist said the same thing) that what exposure he had via me may have offered some protective benefit. He actually recommended I breastfeed this next baby (with the one bottle of formula a day) to giver her the best chance of avoiding allergens. As I say, it's mostly my own head and mom-guilt that I am struggling with: I'm scared of causing my child to suffer again because of something in my own diet. My son was extremely fussy, and showed all the signs of tummy pain. He struggled so hard with pooping and gas, and was almost always explosive. His pediatrician kept telling me that it was normal for some babies, but I felt like it was more than normal. Eventually, on my own, I did an experiment with cutting out dairy from my own diet (since it's a pretty harmless and easy thing to try), and my son improved some, so I reintroduced some dairy, and the next day, he had blood in his diaper and was miserable again. After talking to his pediatrician, he confirmed a likely allergy (but there are no diagnostic tests at that age), so I completely cut out dairy for several months. I began tentatively reintroducing (to my own diet)...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:06 AM
    Ok, if the plugs were not recent you may be fine, however if re-occuring plugs or some other issues do crop up with the return to work, and cannot be resolved another way, then in fact you may need to reduce your milk production just enough to be able to avoid this. It does happen that way for some moms who do not have optimal pumping at work situations...but usually if mom tends toward over production. Here are some leak tips: I used to put a disposable pad over a reusuable- the reusable was against my skin. Try very brightly or dark patterned blouses. The busy pattern was the key for hiding leak stains at least somewhat. Also unnatural fabrics show stain less and dry faster than cotton or silk. Wool might be ok but it is not sweater season yet! Actually where I live it is never very cold so I almost never wear sweaters, however the weave of a sweater or sweater vest might hide leaks pretty well now that I think about it. Especially if it is also patterned. Keep a spare blouse and bra as well as spare pads in your bag. For plugs, be careful about too tight bra or straps. If you prefer to wear an underwire, try shifting your position frequently if you find plugs are forming and only wear it when needed. Avoid as much as possible carrying heavy purse or other with a strap is across the breasts or pressing into the side of the breast. If you have to drive much, be aware that seatbelt placement can lead to plugs.
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