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  • @llli*hayashi's Avatar
    Today, 08:04 AM
    Yes, you can. Just make sure the dome cap is placed on correctly over the nipple hole. And for extra layer of protection, I also place the bottles inside a Ziploc bag.
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  • @llli*cdwdnw's Avatar
    Today, 07:44 AM
    As of Sunday I'm home with a 17 day old preemie (born at 34 wks) who is favoring the bottle over breast for obvious reasons. Nurses told me I have flat nipples. I've tried pumping before to get them to stand up and my boy still shows no interest. Nipple shield frustrates us both though it does work from time to time. Hosp sent me home with Neosure 2xs a night for continued weight gain (anyone know of a 22 cal organic brand btw?). I've all but abandoned the breast for now; am I making a mistake waiting until he's older to reintroduce breast? Should I keep trying even though he isn't interested?
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  • @llli*cdwdnw's Avatar
    Today, 07:38 AM
    Sorry if this has been asked before. New member here with a 2 wk old premie at home and I wanted to get a pump on order before my rented Symphony goes back. Any suggestions/reviews would be great. TIA!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:31 AM
    :ita with Bsua65. I just want to point out that when solids are introduced, you shouldn't expect your baby to eat very much. Some babies do, don't get me wrong! But a lot of babies eat very little solid food until they are closer to a year or even over a year old. My kids ate maybe 1-2 small spoonfuls of solid food per day until they were around 14-15 months. The way my pediatrician put it was this: "Until a year, breastmilk meets all your baby's nutritional needs. Solids are just for experience with new tastes, textures, and motor skills. They are not necessary for nutrition until around the first birthday."
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  • @llli*erin.in.middletown's Avatar
    Today, 06:50 AM
    First off-- it is clear from your posts that you care deeply for your baby, and that you are doing everything you can to give your baby a good and safe and loving home and life, and seeking support and input from the people you trust as well as professional sources that should be trustworthy-- all of which is wonderful, and shows how much you care for this little one! Like other posters have said, there is a lot of blustery talk out there about how babies need schedules and how things are chaos without, etc etc etc. But there is a lot of science refuting that, as other posters have also pointed out. I can give more sources or links that I've found helpful, if wanted. I think a piece that might be helpful is trying to parse out the difference between a SCHEDULE and a ROUTINE; when I think about the subtle difference between those two words, I think it comes down to schedules being based on a clock, and routines being based around a usual order of events. I think babies and kiddos and most people on a day to day probably do thrive with a routine. I think there is nothing wrong with thinking about what a typical routine would work for your family, and remaining open to all of those things that can sometimes disrupt routines (teething, going out for dinner, a snowstorm, new developmental milestones, etc). I would also encourage you to think of nursing/breastfeeding less like the baby-equivalent of a meal-time, and more like the baby-equivalent of getting a drink of...
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  • @llli*erin.in.middletown's Avatar
    Today, 06:31 AM
    I think it would be best to get an IBCLC involved. If not because of weight gain (which might be totally fine!), then to help and monitor the nipple shield usage, and hopefully to help you wean off of it. As previous posters have mentioned, it may impact supply (if not now, then potentially in the future). But is also just an extra step that would likely make your day to day a lot easier if it weren't needed, right? I know when I've looked at the Medela nipple shields in target, the container warns not to use without the assistance of an LC! Again, as someone else said, it's really great that this tool has been helping breastfeeding happen, and you shouldn't feel wrong or silly or guilty or anything for using it! But when its being used, its best to have an expert who's checking in and can assist with whatever the root cause of its need is, right? Best of luck!
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 05:46 AM
    Demand feeding is generally best, however some babies are very un-demanding and don't always cue to feed enough so it is OK while they are this young to offer to nurse more often. Remember, if you start feeling full, that is also a cue to offer to nurse. Often at the hospitals they will say feed every 2/3 hours for 15 minutes each breast but those recommendations are not really all that helpful since there are babies out there who actually need to eat more frequently than that and won't spend as long nursing. Also if you were to nurse only every 3 hours round the clock that is only 8 feedings in a day and most newborns actually need to be eating at least 12 times a day. Sometimes they might eat every thirty minutes or even constantly for several hours (called cluster feeding) and then they might have a 4 or 5 hour sleep stretch sometime during the 24 hours and then the rest of the day be eating every 1-3 hours. If you feel you need to "schedule" make the schedule very flexible, like maybe you offer to nurse every 2 hours if baby hasn't cued to feed sooner, and the timing begins from the start of a nursing session to the start of the next. And with a baby that only takes a short time to nurse, you might even want to offer to nurse even more frequently. Don't worry, you can't over feed a baby who is breastfeeding since baby is in control. Nipple shields can interfere with milk transfer and can in time affect your supply so if you are using shields you probably also...
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 05:34 AM
    How many times a day to feed varies dyad to dyad, but anything from 8-12+ is considered normal :) Did anyone assess why baby won't latch without a nipple shield? It's great that nipple shield are enabling you to EBF but longer term you might want to investigate ditching them. We used them for around 4 months and in the end we were relieved to be rid of them. A good IBCLC will investigate why baby won't latch without, or a Paed/dentist can check for TT and/or LT (am not great with the US system for this stuff but others on here can help with this :)) If it is teat confusion you may be able to get baby to latch for parts of feeds or when sleepy/dreamfeeding. For us it was a shallow latch issue that needed to be fixed and some oral therapy due to my DD not using her tongue correctly post TT correction.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 05:32 AM
    I think it is that with the nipples on the bottles are too big for her pump cooler for traveling to/from work. Avent makes sealing disks you can use in the rings to make it easier to pack bottles or even use them for freezing.
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 05:24 AM
    Just noticed your last comment, unless baby isn't gaining well there's really no need to supplement with formula or solids. It is currently advised to wait until around 6 months for solids, which is quite a bit further then a month and a half, and if there is a potential for allergies then waiting longer not shorter is the current guideline I believe. the AAP have recommendations on all of this! It sounds like the poop issue is under control, so just try to relax a little :)
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  • @llli*chey08's Avatar
    Today, 01:19 AM
    Hi there She seems to be satisfied, sometimes restless, i think it may be cramps. When we left the hospital on 10.10.14 she weighed 2.85 and she weighs 3.1kg now, is that normal? I love nursing her, it just worries me that she is not getting enough. She is a healthy baby and I am also healty in general and i do have a lot of milk. I switch breast, walk around with her and then put her back on again, change diapers in between etc, so i do make an effort. I can most certainley wake her up to feed sooner and more frequently. How often do you suggest i feed and do you think demand feed is best ( that way i cannot over fed) or schedule feeding ? I breastfed with nipple shields as she does not want to latch on my nipple. She seems to latch on just fine, if she wasn't then she would be crying right as she will not get any milk in her system?
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  • @llli*chey08's Avatar
    Today, 01:11 AM
    Thank you so much for the advice. I am a new mommy and pretty much stressed.
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  • @llli*chey08's Avatar
    Today, 01:08 AM
    Hi Erin Thanks so much for your reply. Yes I am back at breastfeeding only, she seems more satisfied. I change her nappy before we feed, sometimes middle feeding and always after and there is always a wee. With regards to a poo nappy, she poos every single time I feed and then sometimes while sleeping. My 6 week check up is on the 19th of Nov, do you suggest I go sooner to see if all in order?
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  • @llli*m.wenzel's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:10 PM
    Gracias!
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  • @llli*vf's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:39 PM
    Thank you for the comments and for useful information. My baby's stool cleared up in the past 3 days and it was normal, mustardy and pasty. This morning we have the second batch of vaccines (at 4 months). In the afternoon he cried for 2 hours, he actually yelled. And in the evening he has got fever and passed a green mucousy stool with fresh blood in it (photo attached). I called InfoSante at 811 and they told me to monitor him and give him Tempra so that he can sleep. The fever went a little bit down but looks like is coming back. At InfoSante they also told me that this may be a reaction to the Rotavirus vaccine and told me to go and see my pedi tomorrow. At least now I know one of the causes of blood in his stool. With regard to breastfeeding -- I do plan to continue breastfeeding him. Formula is really the last resort, if nothing helps. But I will anyways have to introduce solid food in a month and a half (supplement).
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:04 PM
    This is one philosophy of child rearing...make baby 'fit' into the adult world by putting them on a schedule instead of letting them sleep and eat when they normally would. There are other theories, and other books, and since you ask I will happily provide a list of my favorites below :gvibes But I suggest that ultimately your parenting approach will come from your heart, your instincts, and your love of your baby, not from a book, and may well change/evolve over time. The facts of milk production and what is biologically normal when it comes to an infant eating are not up for debate. Some of those facts are: 1) Biology/instinct compels a baby to nurse for both food, drink and comfort and to do so when they wish. Some babies are more regular with feedings, but most are not. And even those more 'regular' babes change things up from time to time, so it is usually easiest to simply follow baby's lead. (If a baby is bottle fed, those can also be given on 'cue" as that is more biologically normal) 2) If milk is not being removed from the breasts with enough frequency, milk production is likely to eventually suffer. 3) Babies typically eat relatively small amounts frequently if allowed to do so. When a baby is on a schedule, that messes with that and baby may well overeat- which may be why there seems to be a link between bottle feeding (even if it is breastmilk in the bottle) and childhood obesity. It also would lead to baby spitting up possibly. Schedules may make...
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  • @llli*noodles610's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:50 PM
    So can you store milk in Avent bottles with nipples? Now I'm worried because I've been doing that for a week now.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:50 PM
    My guess is that she is so hungry at the first morning feeding, and you are probably so full, that she ends up with a very full tummy, which in turn makes spit-up more likely. There are 2 major problems with schedules. The first and most serious is that it can lead to low milk supply in mom and inadequate milk intake by the baby. Milk is produced on a supply = demand basis. When demand is restricted, supply goes down, and it can easily sink to a level which is too low to fully feed the baby. Low supply results in a need for formula supplements, which will also negatively impact supply, and hasten weaning from breast to bottle or solids, as lower supply will making nursing increasingly unrewarding for the baby. The second problem with scheduling is that it forces moms to ignore their instincts and to throw away one of their most valuable mothering tools. The breast isn't merely a food delivery system. It's also an all-purpose tool for dealing with a tired, sick, cranky, teething, bored, or anxious baby. If you feed on a schedule, you have to work a lot harder to soothe your baby because you often have to find a way to meet her needs without nursing her. And she is going to be extra hard to soothe because she's not going to understand why you won't just nurse her. I'm really sorry that your pediatrician, friends, and books advised you to schedule. I am most appalled at the pediatrician, as the American Academy of Pediatrics has stated multiple times...
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:27 PM
    Went to ped office yesterday because low grade temp was still hanging on. No other symptoms So Dr didn't recommend anything and didn't want to cath him to try for a urine sample since she thought he would be sicker or have a higher fever if it were a UTI. Basically said watch and call back if fever gets higher or is still around by Wed. Last night as he nursed to sleep, he broke out in a huge sweat (as in dripping all over me) and I think that was the fever breaking since today temp has been back down in his normal range. Nurse from our new Ped office even called me today to check on him, I love this new Doctor and her staff.
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  • @llli*canne's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:35 PM
    Great! Thank you all for replying! You all had great info and points to make. I will try with some different ideas at night to keep baby happy during fussy time. And I'm glad to hear the on, off, on, off (and some tugging) is normal during that fussy night time. (Thank goodness when she finally goes to sleep she rests well and when she wakes every 2-4 hrs she eats well and is very willing to nod off to sleep) I'm also glad to read that this typically will not cause any problems as it is not true "breast refusal". I am really trying to drain a breast before I offer the second.... IF I even need to offer the second. Sometimes she will take the second, sometimes not.... and that has been fine with me and her. I do see that she is having plenty of dirty diapers (which are yellow and look like they have the "curd" in them), gaining very well.... so I have been fine with that. I have also been hand expressing a little to give some relief when needed and to try and help with OALD. maddieb: That is correct, no bottles, pacifiers and not pumping at all. I would not be opposed to some of this later if I need to run out and leave some breast milk to give by bottle, etc... but I want that to be down the road. I do not want to cause any nipple confusion... which is what happened with my second baby. :)
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  • @llli*littlebabyh's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:21 PM
    Hi Ladies! Thanks for the responses. When she is with the nanny during the day. She is given 5 oz of my expressed milk. For the last month she has been drinking all of it without any spit ups. As an update, when I nursed her this morning before I left for work, she did spit up quite a bit. To me that is weird since she hasn't been fed for almost 12 hours, there is no way she's not hungry! During the day today she had 2 bottles so far and she hasn't spit up at either one of those. We feed her on a schedule as thats what our pediatrician suggested and from all the numerous books. Schedules = happy baby = happy parents? Am I wrong here? I'm a first time mom and all the suggestions from my friends say to stay on a schedule so everyone is sane. I would love some input here as well. Thanks mommies!
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