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  • @llli*jessie90's Avatar
    February 10th, 2016, 05:49 PM
    Hi Guys, I am new here and I posted my story in another thread. You can read it here. http://forums.llli.org/showthread.php?125050-Short-tongue-but-no-tongue-tie In a gist- my son has been checked for tongue tie which he doesnt have but the doctor established that he has very short tongue and overall inability to empty the breast properly (leaves my nipples completely squashed) which resulted in my low milk supply. He is now 8 weeks and we are waiting for the 12 weeks mark for it to get better. So far no change. Now, I pump after every feed to try increase my supply. Usually around 10-15 mins, using double hospital grade pump. The problem is- with age or with the top ups (EBM if I have some or Formula if I dont) he is now going around 3-4 hours without feed plus even longer 5-6 hour stretch overnight. I counted my pumps yesterday and turned out I only pumped 6 times in 24 hour period. I know recommended amount is 8-12 but I just dont know where to fit those extra pumps. If i pump lets say 2 hours after feed, my breasts just dont fill up enough for the next feed and my LO wont work hard to get the extra drops of milk out.
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  • @llli*sfmamamia's Avatar
    February 8th, 2016, 01:06 PM
    I have an almost 4-month old and have had recurring breast pain in my left breast after my night feeding(s) the past couple of weeks. My doctor and LC nurses have ruled out an infection. They determined it is refilling pain. I am back at work this week and pumping at work. The pain seems to come after I am engorged, either at the end of the work day, or in the middle of the night after a long stretch of sleep by my son. My breast became engorged last night. After a 2:30am feeding, the refilling pain became unbearable. I took a 600mg ibuprofen (an Rx from when I have birth) at 1am before the feeding, but it did not help. The recommendations from the lactation consultants (ibuprofen, pressure on the breast, etc.) helped a little, but the pain was excruciating. I can't even pick up my baby after the feeding because the pain is too great. I have to wait an hour for it to pass before it gradually goes away. They ruled out an infection because the pain is only in one breast, and I feel it in numerous spots inside my breast, not just one spot. I had an examination and don't have a fever, etc, and no lumps or hot areas. I do not feel pain during feeding... Just about 15 minutes after I feed, and the pain lasts around 30 mins to an hour. It's always at night. They said its because you produce more milk at night. Can you recommend anything to help me? I want to continue breastfeeding, but the pain is unbearable and gives me anxiety. I am feeling very discouraged. Please...
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  • @llli*lulua89's Avatar
    February 7th, 2016, 07:13 AM
    First of all, thanks to everyone contributing to this website. Where I live, it's almost impossible to find a decent lactation consultant and LLL has been a life saver. Now to my problem. My daughter was born weighing 3.5 kg on the 50th centile. She's exclusively breastfed and was gaining well for 2.5 months, always on the 50th centile. At the age of 2.5 months she suffered from diarrhea and since then has been having problems gaining weight. At 3 months she weighed only 5.4 kg. After 1 month she gained only 100 grams and she's on the 9th centile now. She's latching well and swallowing. She poops 2-3 times a day and wets her diaper 6-7 times. When she's awake, she laughs and plays, but gets frequently fussy and only naps very occasionaly for 30 minutes or so. At night, she wakes up every 2-3 hours to feed (before, she used to sleep for 4-5 hours straight)
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  • @llli*shloimom's Avatar
    February 7th, 2016, 09:59 AM
    I am currently nursing my 5 week old in both football hold and cross cradle hold. I am finding though that on one side I can tell the milk is flowing and he is gulping when nursing in the football hold and on the other side I hear the same, but only in the cross cradle position. If I nurse in the other hold, I do not see him swallowing as much and I just don't feel like the milk is coming through as much as in the other position. Is that normal? I don't remember experiencing this with my others (they were not as good nursers as him though and I nursed them for a very short time). The issue with this, is that nursing in football hold in public is super hard and I would like to eventually switch to just nursing in cross cradle position, but seeing that he isn't getting the milk in that position worries me. Also I do not think that nursing in just one of those positions is fully draining the breast. I feel like I need both positions in order to feel that my breast is drained. I know this because I was nursing my son in football hold more on my left breast and a few days later was in a lot of pain. I then realized I hardly nursed in cross cradle hold on that breast and once I started to, I felt less full and the pain went away. So on my left breast my milk flows better when nursing cross cradle and on my right it's when in the football position. Any advice? Normal? What do I do..?
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  • @llli*jrm1204's Avatar
    February 9th, 2016, 01:38 AM
    My LO is 5 weeks old. I am breastfeeding exclusively. She will feed anywhere from 10-30 minutes. I always let her tell me when she is done. Lately, she will unlatch and 15 minutes later she will cry and act like she is hungry. My husband will give her a bottle of breastmilk and she will down it like I never fed her! My husband keeps telling me I must not be giving her as much as I think when she breastfeed a. It's very frustrating!!
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  • @llli*nmur0's Avatar
    February 7th, 2016, 04:53 PM
    I was told at the hospital that I was latching my baby on well but I knew something was wrong because I was in so much pain when my baby first latches on & I wasn't getting all of my aeriola in her mouth which I remember being told from my first child. Now my nipples are cracked, bleeding, & in constant pain, so I decided to pump instead. Unfortunately the first time I pumped today my nipple bled & I got blood into the milk. Is that safe? Is there anything I can use to heal my nipples faster? I've tried breast milk but it looks like that may take a few times to heal.
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  • @llli*kevins-mom's Avatar
    February 8th, 2016, 01:59 PM
    I am preparing for a work trip without my baby. I have read all of the "tips" and tsa rules and I am feeling very stressed. I have plenty of milk at home for 4 month old baby to drink while I am gone, so that is a non-issue. I will be gone for 2 days. I will need to pump to replace the stash he drinks and bring the milk home with me. I need to figure out the logistics of transporting the milk. I have a hydroflask insulated water bottle that is extremely good at keeping things cold over long periods of time. Would it be feasible to store the refrigerated/chilled milk in a container like this with reusable plastic ice cubes? It seems easy in theory, I need to find out the real life logistics of doing it this way rather than lugging around a cooler and ice packs. I also want to try to be as discrete as possible because (as much as I really don't care) but breastmilk grosses my boss out and she will be traveling with me. I have a spectra 2 double electric breast pump, so I'd need an outlet to use it, which should be fine. Would it be easier/better to buy a handheld pump and use that for the trip instead?
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  • @llli*npahl's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:45 PM
    I have to start back to work in 4 weeks and I would like to start weaning my baby to formula because it's going to be too hard to pump at work. Any suggestions on how I do that? She will take a bottle if I pump. Just not sure if I should use supplement formula or just the regular that I'm going to use.
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  • @llli*cspencer86's Avatar
    February 8th, 2016, 04:56 PM
    LO and I haven't had an easy BF journey so far - he was born at 40+5 weighing a tiny 5lbs 13oz. I'm in the UK and started out with far too shallow a latch which caused painful pits and cracks in my nipples. Numerous midwives helped me and we were making progress - the wounds have all healed and I was gaining confidence. However over the last few days his lower jaw loses suction and bangs into my nipple - ouch! This is accompanied by a 'clucking' noise - he tries to carry on like he's still properly latched. He generally has 5+ dirty nappies a day - none at all today :( however he has started Gaviscon for reflux (last Tues) which I know can cause constipation. His weight gain has been excellent so far - he was 9 lbs as of last Monday so he's gone from 0.4th centile to 19th. However I'm concerned this won't continue as he hardly drank at all today...it's too much effort for him to get the milk out :( Any experience or theories on what's happening? I can't get someone to assess us at home as access to our house is too difficult for most people to brave, and whenever I get help in hospital, etc I can't then replicate it when back on my sofa!
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  • @llli*cas.tex's Avatar
    February 11th, 2016, 05:14 PM
    My daughter is 2 1/2 weeks & latches great. Birth 6.4lbs-1 week 5.11lbs- 2 weeks 5.11lbs. The Dr is concerned because she hasn't gained & is still jaundice but since she has a great latch she was going to give her one more week before we start needing to supplement and worry. It's been 5 days and she still hasn't gained and has started acting hungry after I feed her and is eating way more often 2-2 1/2hrs instead of 3 and she is also very lethargic and wakes up crying frantically for food. Yesterday I started giving her an ounce of formula on top of what she is getting from me during two feedings and it was like she was a different baby. Happy, content and stayed awake happy for once. I've pumped a few times and at most I get 1 1/2 ounces, but usually get only an ounce. I didn't make enough for my first baby by 2 months so Im worried the same thing is happening. I want to do the best for my baby and hate the idea that I'm starving her. Help please
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  • @llli*mom2ber's Avatar
    February 10th, 2016, 10:40 AM
    Sorry this is so long! I'd really appreciate any help / advice. My son went from 75% height & 50% weight at birth to 25% height & 17% weight at his 6.5 month checkup (based on WHO growth charts, I double checked them online myself). I'm breastfeeding (pumped milk on weekdays, 4 oz every 4 hours + I nurse in the morning, evening, and usually 2 times at night) and just started solids at 6 months. Doctor said to start feeding him more solids, which we are slowly introducing, but baby is really not a fan so far and barely eats an ounce of solids per feeding. I measured his length at home now at 7 months and he’s barely grown at all so I'm starting to get very concerned. Any advice or similar experiences? 3 main questions: 1. Milk: I've always given him milk in a bottle with preemie nipple while I'm at work and he's taken only 4 oz every 4 hours, so now I'm feeling guilty that maybe I've been under feeding him?? I will probably move up to stage 1 nipple. I usually pump every 3 hours to stay ahead of demand so I produce about 1-3 oz more than he takes. 2. Solids: doc said to give more solids. I have been giving them 30-60 min after milk so that it doesn't start replacing milk yet, but I'm wondering if it's ok to give solids before milk so he gets a bit more into it? Or is that going to affect my milk supply on days when I am home with him? 3. Someone please reassure me that I have not been starving my child :( :( He is generally happy, active, hitting milestones...
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  • @llli*michl's Avatar
    February 9th, 2016, 08:53 AM
    Hi everyone, just wondering if anyone has experienced this. In the last week or so my 15 month old is feeding I've started feeling quite nauseous and occasionally getting a slight headache...up until now I've never experienced this. I did two pregnancy tests, just in case (!) but both were negative. Any suggestions as to why this might be the case? Many thanks :)
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  • @llli*arlomomma's Avatar
    February 7th, 2016, 06:30 PM
    Hi! My 4 month old within the past few days has started screaming when I put him to the breast. It is extremely distressing! I feel like maybe he is teething? In the middle of the night and in the morning he will eat calmly and like normal, but for the rest of the day and evening he just cries and screams as soon as I put him into the position to breast feed, he does not even latch. I've tried different positions, traditional cradle, football, standing and walking, laying down, bathtub, sitting on my knee... I've gotten him latched in the tub and while standing and walking around but not for long enough to do a full feeding. I've tried expressing some milk so he knows it's there and we've already dealt with oversupply and spraying in the past and that's pretty much resolved. Tonight he had a bottle because I didn't know what else to do. Is this a nursing strike? Any suggestions? I plan to ask his Doctor tomorrow because he has his 4 month appointment but I wanted to see what advice I could find tonight! Thanks!
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  • @llli*luckyduck28's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:24 PM
    I'm looking for some advice regarding oversupply, lactose overload in baby and full drainage and block feeding. My lb is four months old. From very young he started to show the following symptoms: congestion; mucus explosive nappies; sleeplessness; fussing at the breast; arching; terrible wind and tummy cramps etc etc. He had a 90% tongue tie cut at five weeks old. From early on I realised I had oversupply. Milk would leak constantly and would spray out all over the place. I would go through tons of breast pads a day. Through my own research online I decided that his symptoms may be due to food allergies. I subsequently cut out dairy (told my doc about this, she agreed but didn't know much about bf, just let me get on with it) I thought I saw some improvement but not much. Over the coming months is cut out more and more foods in the constant search for what he was allergic too. Symptoms might appear to get better but then would get worse. Culminated in blood in his stool and a trip to accident and emergency. Paediatrician there told me she didn't think it was allergies as I had already cut out all major ones and more. She told me to go back on normal food too see what happened. I did that and there was no change. So through more research I finally came upon the lactose overload oversupply information. This seems to perfectly describe his symptoms and confirmed that I did have oversupply. So long story short I have decided to go down the full drainage block feeding method. I...
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  • @llli*nirebear's Avatar
    February 11th, 2016, 02:33 AM
    I have an overactive letdown, but not oversupply. My daughter is 8 months and not sleeping great. Someone said to me that it might be that she's getting a lot of foremilk during the day so not taking on the calories she needs because of my let down - she doesn't tend to hang around for long feeds so generally has the letdown then gets distracted and pulls off to go and play with something. If I block fed on one side for 2 feeds to increase the amount of hind milk she's getting, will it reduce my supply? and is it silly to do this?
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  • @llli*cherrydarling33's Avatar
    February 9th, 2016, 07:04 PM
    My lo is 3 1/2 weeks old. Has been nursing and latching okay for the most part. When she was born she was 8lbs 2oz and at first doctors visit had dropped down to 7 10. They were worried about her weight so our ped told us to supplement with formula- which I didn't want to do so continued to breast feed her whenever she acted hungry. Came back for weight check 1 1/2 weeks from her birthdate and she was up to 7 12. Just took her back yesterday, 3 weeks out and she was only up to 8 so ped was concerned again that she isn't gaining enough as quickly as she should be and suggested supplementing again and only pumping to feed her so that we can monitor how much she is actually getting. I comfort nurse her constantly- my SO even thinks I do this too much because it seems like she wants to be on my breast 24/7 unless she is sleeping. I worry because I don't think she eats very much throughout the day because she will sit on my breast for hours at a time- sleeping and awake- and I feel like I don't nurse her enough times and it is just a constant. I also worry because today she has been spitting up every time I feed her and then wanting back on the breast I have also noticed that my supply has dropped the last 2-3 days. I was going from comfort nursing her and pumpkin 2-3 times a day and getting around 4 oz a pumping session to now comfort nursing and pumping only 1-2oz. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong and what to do to help her gain weight and be healthy and happy. The...
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  • @llli*insimom's Avatar
    February 11th, 2016, 03:19 PM
    My baby latches on and sucks for couple of mins and falls asleep when I put her down she awakes and again wants to be on my breast, this way I keep on nursing her for hours and she still remain hungry .. If I give her bottle she eats immediately easily 2-4 oz. How do I make her nurse effectively? Should I pump n give her bottle ? My body does not respond to pump well too
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  • @llli*shloimom's Avatar
    February 7th, 2016, 02:45 PM
    I am very well endowed and when I nurse, I need to hold my breast the whole time or the weight of my breast will end up pulling my nipple out of the baby's mouth. AT the same time I also need to hold my breast tightly to keep it compressed as I also have flat nipples and large areola and so to get a proper latch I need to press down with my fingers in a "C" or "U" shape. Right now my baby is only 5 weeks old, but will I always have to do this? My hands are starting to hurt and it makes nursing slightly uncomfortable. Someone told me eventually my nipple will no longer be flat, but so far with breastfeeding exclusively for 5 weeks, the second the baby is off, my nipples go back to being flat. Anyone else like this? I always get so discouraged when I watch videos on how to latch and I see the womans nipple looks like the nipple from a bottle. Not mine! It is not long and protruded. It is short, thicker and rounded (and that is only when I see it when it comes out of the baby's mouth. Otherwise, it is flat.)
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  • @llli*motivatedmommy's Avatar
    February 10th, 2016, 12:37 AM
    Right after birth, my lil man was latching well. Unfortunately it took time for my milk to come in. He was diagnosed with blood incompatible jaundice and lost a significant amount of weight by 3 days old. Docs recommended supplementation with formula and breast pumping. Baby is now 5days old and gaining weight, but even though my milk is in and formula is no longer needed, he is refusing the breast. Of course, he readily accepts the bottle. I am motivated to breast feed, but the docs do not wish to discuss weaning from the bottle until lil man is at birth weight, which should be soon. In the meantime, I continue to try breast feeding for a couple minutes with each bottle feeding. The only success I had was using a nipple shield and manual pumping for let down, but that lasted only a minute or so. Any other ideas to begin slowly weaning from the bottle? Is it worth weaning him from the bottle if I will pump and feed part time when I return to work in about 10weeks?
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  • @llli*tanpixie's Avatar
    February 8th, 2016, 01:22 AM
    Hi wonderful ladies, Just a nipple question. I stopped breastfeeding my baby at 3 - she's now almost 4. I've noticed that my nipples have changed the way they sit. They use to just point out - and now they kinda droop down ;) Is this normal? I'm assuming it's due to her constantly pulling down on my nipple so it's taken this stance now - I'm worried to be honest about breast cancer - changes in nipples etc. It's not inverted - not leaking, no milk left - but they both point down. Once air gets to them and they are normal again - once they are erect then once they calm down they are back to droopy nipples.
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  • @llli*christina1994's Avatar
    February 8th, 2016, 04:51 PM
    Hello! I'm new here :) But, I had a question... I had surgery on Dec,2015 and my doc said it will take longer to heal because I'm breastfeeding. I've never heard of that? And also she said that you kinda go through menopause while breastfeeding.
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  • @llli*mackeroo2013's Avatar
    February 11th, 2016, 01:21 PM
    Hi. Today at my 6-week postpartum check-up, after telling Dr. that my 6 week old baby feeds off one breast every 2 hours(she pulls off or falls asleep), Dr. advised me to pump the other breast that she didn't feed off of. Then two hours after pumping, offer Babe that same pumped breast. I told Dr. I was leery of the pump since I don't want to make more milk than my baby needs. My doctor was concerned that I would start losing my milk. Is this true? Should I be pumping my other breast?
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  • @llli*maizerae's Avatar
    February 9th, 2016, 01:16 PM
    My husband and I want to start trying for our second when our first is 15+ months. I'm experiencing mixed emotions about my excitement of having another baby and me losing my milk. I'm also confused if my son will receive any milk from me and if I will have to replace my breastmilk with cows milk. At 13 months, he isn't a huge eater and nurses like a newborn and I'm scared to take away his main source of nutrition. I'm just really emotional thinking about how our relationship will evolve and mourning the relationship that we will change once I become pregnant. I'd really appreciate any advise and experience!
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  • @llli*ashkar's Avatar
    February 8th, 2016, 06:21 PM
    Hi My son was 8lbs 12oz when he was born. at 6 weeks- 11lbs 11 weeks- 12lbs 9oz at 13 weeks- 12lbs 11-14oz. He is ebf. The 6 weeks n 11 weeks weight are at dr's office and the 13 weeks is at my home. He feeds close to 8 times during the day. He has started to sttn for the past 3 weeks from 8:30pm to 3am. feeds again at 3am and then at 6am. He is hitting all milestones and seems content inbetween feedings. His weight gain seems to have plateaued (??) over the last couple of weeks. is this normal? he has 7-8 wet diapers and he has been pooping 2-3 times a week from birth.
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  • @llli*nichole67's Avatar
    February 11th, 2016, 01:42 AM
    Hello mama's this is my first post and i need help. So here is the low down. For the past three months i have been eping. I breastfed my lo for the first two months with nipple shield. My lo was diagnosed with lip/tounge tie after two months of hell, hungry baby dropping wieght. Laction came to the conclusion that if i wanted to continue with breastmilk it was best to ep. Been eping and really would like to get baby to breast. I have tried to latch her and she screams when i put her in nursing position. I try while she is asleep and she will not go for it. Every now and then she will latch in bath tub . She is lazy and wants the instant reward. The only thing i have not tryed is a sns.I have the supply and really want to get back to breast for my sanity. Giving up is not an option! Please help!!
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  • @llli*puja's Avatar
    February 8th, 2016, 03:46 AM
    My lo is now 9 month 10 days and he weights only 17lbs.he is breastfed almost every 3-4 hours. ..and given solids 3 times a day but less in quantity bcz he doesn't like his food o think and I do work outside so couldn't make lots of variation in his food...give him simple samolina porridge then broken wheat porridge and wheat bread with milk in night....what shall I do that he could gain well...
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  • @llli*jj8614's Avatar
    February 10th, 2016, 01:50 AM
    Hello, I'm new here. I am currently 38 weeks pregnant with my second child. While I have everything ready for her impending arrival (Valentine's Day), I cannot shake my anxiety when it comes to attempting to create a successful breastfeeding relationship this time around. My son was born in 2014, and I was 100% certain that he would be ebf. I took classes and educated myself through some books, but the thought that I would not be able to nurture my baby with an adequate supply never even crossed my mind. It made my failure all the more devastating. I truly tried every last thing that I could to try to up my milk production, and while I do realize I had a plethora of certain factors that made things more difficult; after doing some research, I do believe that I may have hypoplastic breasts. Let me back up a moment and say that over 10 years ago I had breast augmentation surgery. Preoperatively, I did not have tubular shaped breasts, rather I had absolutely no breasts. I am not a small person and I literally had nothing but nipples. I was so happy with the results, but I had no way of knowing that it would cause me problems down the road because my breasts look very normal and full and I think that may have worked against me as even though I did advise my lactation consultants, doctors, peds, etc that I had had breast augmentation, no one even brought up hypoplasia. I have only recently found some information on the subject during this pregnancy. Soooo,...
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  • @llli*edenmariesmommy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:11 AM
    My baby is just about 2 months old. She is ebf and normally nurses every 2 hours during the day. Every 4 hours at night. She averages 20 minutes but can sometimes nurse 30 minutes. After feeding I try to hold her up right for 20 minutes to help her not to spit up too much or have signs of reflux. I was at the pediatrician yesterday and expressed some concerns about her spitting up since sometimes she gets very upset and fussy when she is spitting up other times it seems like she spits up and swallows it. I am concerned that she has reflux. The doctor asked how often I was feeding her and when I told her every two hours she said that I am overfeeding her. The doctor said since she is gaining weight (she gained 2 pounds in two weeks making her a total of 10.4lbs) I should be trying to space out her feedings every 3 to 4 hours during the day and at night I can let her sleep as long as she would like. The pediatrician also said I should not be feeding her longer than 20 minutes. I am concerned because I feel like everything that I've heard and read about says to feed baby on-demand when showing signs of hunger. I don't want to overfeed her causing her discomfort but I also don't want to be denying her when she is hungry. Anyone have any advice on what I should do?
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