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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:26 PM
    :ita with mommal but I have to add that I also really think it makes much more sense to just keep nursing while you take the medication you need. If you would like more information on balancing the risk of baby nursing while you take these meds vs. baby not nursing for such a substantial length of time, see the book Medications and Mothers Milk or call infantrisk.
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:57 PM
    Ok, so several of you know I've been battling yeast for ages now. Still not 100%. I'm on my 3rd round of Diflucan. Finished with it in a week. Baby hit 4 months today. Goal was to BF until 6 months, then use my stash of milk in the deep freezer until that runs out then switch to formula. However, I just started to think about it. He's been getting my BM that has Diflucan in it for basically 2 months now, and then if I give him all of this milk that has it as well... that means he will getting Diflucant through my milk for... a long time. Right now I have close to 1000oz all from while I've been on the Diflucan. Is that even safe? I feel like having a baby on that for 4 months essentially isn't good... Any ideas? Tips? Should I just switch over to formula at 6 months.. or wait and get rid of my stash I currently have and start to build it up again once I am off the Diflucan? What do you guys think?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:42 PM
    If baby is gaining well with your milk as his primary food source, then this isn't a supply issue. My guess is that your second guess- that baby is hVing difficulty finding his way back to sleep because the formerly reliable nurse-to-sleep trick isn't working right now- is the correct one. It seems that some older babies go through phases of night-waking where that does happen- usually moms describe babies who wake up in the middle of the night ready to play, but that can't be the only type of sleep disturbance out there. Hang in there! I have no idea how to fix this... Except time? Especially if teething is to blame, which seems possible.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:35 PM
    Welcome to the forum! I think the best thing you can do is to stop worrying. It's completely normal for there to be no feeling of fullness at 19 months, and also for milk supply to seem to be dwindling. Older babies who are getting lots of nutrition from solids need less milk, and part of the long journey towards complete weaning is for milk supply to gradually decrease as the baby eats more solids. But the key word here is "gradually". As long as you nurse the baby when he wants to be nursed, you will produce the right amount of milk for his needs. It may be less than before, but it will still have his intake. If you decide that not worrying is not an approach you can live with, then it wouldn't hurt to try some herbal remedies for increasing supply, like fenugreek tea and oatmeal. They can produce a small boost in supply for some moms, and at the very least make you feel like you are doing something to remedy a troubling situation.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:31 PM
    Welcome to the forum! In this situation, I would definitely just breastfeed the baby. A week off from nursing is not something you want to do unless you must- too much misery for both mom and baby, too great a chance that the baby will decide that he's now a bottlefed baby and doesn't feel like nursing any more. This is true even of babies who have always had an easy time going back and forth between bottle and breast, because there is a big difference between getting bottles part-time and getting them exclusively for days on end. The risks of antibiotics to the baby are minimal. At the very worst, you would be looking at some diarrhea due to the baby's gut flora being perturbed. But even that is not a given as the quantity of antibiotic in your milk may be too small to bother the baby's digestive system. Also, as far as I know it is not true that it's better for a baby to build his immunity without antibiotics. Immune system development is a complicated process, and I have never seen any evidence that short term, low level exposure to maternal antibiotics does anything to a baby. If you're still not convinced, then yes, it's okay to use up that stored milk provided proper storage guidlines have been followed. The milk is just as nutritious for a 6 month old as it is for a 6 week old. I know there is a lot of chatter about how milk adjusts to meet a baby's needs, but the changes in composition are dramatically overstated. You can safely feed milk...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:20 PM
    :ita I would be on the phone yelli- er... I mean "speaking emphatically" to customer service. If the first person you get on the phone won't help you, ask to be transferred up the chain to the manager. They may be able to authorize a refund or other remuneration that the underling can't. And because they are in management, they will think their time is valuable and do what it takes to get you off the phone.
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:11 AM
    Join La Leche League International (LLLI) live online on October 1st, 2016 for our first-ever 24-hour breastfeeding support meeting! https://www.facebook.com/groups/LLLIGlobalMeeting/ If you are: expecting a baby, a new mother struggling to breastfeed, facing challenges or concerns at any stage of parenting,
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  • @llli*moredonuts's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:00 AM
    I'm hoping for some ideas as to what is causing a new (and exhausting) nighttime behavior. My 1 year old son has never slept through the night - not even close - but up until now breastfeeding could pretty reliably get him back to sleep. We finally mastered the side lying position and I was content to let the all night feeding continue because I barely woke up. The past two weeks, however, he has not been able to fall back asleep. He latches for a bit, whines, and crawls away. Sometimes he tries to find the other breast, sometimes he seems like he is looking for a more comfortable position as he crawls all over us and the bed. If I just let him do his thing he gets progressively more frustrated and the whines become cries. This happens every few hours and the wake times can last for 1-2 hours. If I offer the breast again he might try it for a few sucks, but goes back to the whining and crawling around. I have two ideas as to why he is doing this and I am looking for other help/suggestions: 1) Frustrated with not enough milk? I am of two minds on this one because one the one hand I am sure I do not have as much milk as a few months ago. On the other hand, he has always gained really well. In fact, he was at the pediatrician's yesterday and they said maybe he was gaining too well. His solid food intake is minimal due to a swallowing issue we just got a PT referral for so most of the weight comes from milk. Even if it was a milk supply issue I am not sure how much I...
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  • @llli*sashaamb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:02 AM
    See Kellymom.com, but yes, it is the suggested range until 1 year old. Until 1, babies need 19-30 oz of BM a day, the average being 24/25 oz per day. Kellymom has an expressed BM calculator so you can figure out the *approximate* number of oz per bottle based on the oz per day and the number of nursing sessions. I still rely on those numbers and my babe eats increasingly more solids, also mostly BLW style. If your babe eats solids pretty well, milk intake is probably at the lower end of the range. http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/milkcalc/ http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/milkcalc/#solids
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  • @llli*maggiechicago's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:08 AM
    lol !!! i know vacuum and sometimes even hair dryer work too :) which is great so I can do my hair once in a blue moon :) he is higher maintenance compared to my other two but he is my last and i still feel bad he missed out on early snuggles due to billi lights. yeah the feeling of being deflated is a confidence bust but i know the emptier the breast the more milk production
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:16 AM
    Huh? Can you send it back for a full refund and find another place to take your business? Isn't there something fishy about any company that sends you the wrong item and then tells you you have to pay more to get what you did order? But that is talking as a consumer, not as breastfeeding advice. As breastfeeding advice, it would help to know- Is this an emergency? Do you need to start pumping immediately? Have you used the pump? Why do you need to pump and how much will you be pumping? Those are the questions I would have. I have never heard of either of these pumps. But both have websites and are real pumps. (Does not mean they are equally good of course.) You can do your research and see what you think. It is possible the ardo is a better pump, even. But you need to know what you are getting. I would suggest look at both companies websites and look at the specifications. Call customer service (of each pump manufacturer) to see what kind of response you get. Find out how hard/expensive it is to get replacement parts etc.
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  • @llli*mommabearto35's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:05 AM
    I ordered my pump from an online company they sent the wrong one. For $45 they will let me ship it back and exchange. I asked for spectra 2 and got something called an ardo. Ive never heard of it and no one i know in real life has either. Should i keep and use it or spend the $45 to return and wait on the spectra ?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    September 28th, 2016, 11:57 PM
    :banghead :tearhairout :D Of the three- pediatrician, LC, and the vacuum, only the vacuum helped! Changing input (changing the sounds, lighting, movement, location etc) are all excellent ways to comfort a fussy baby, and nursing baby is also a great- usually the best, comforting tool. Your baby is a baby and this is how babies this age behave. Also, I am afraid your vacuum is possibly better informed than pediatrician or LC. Unless I am not understanding something, baby is behaving normally and gaining well. These behaviors you are describing is just how newborns are! Unless nursing hurts or something, there is no problem, and consequently, no interventions are needed. At all. No pacifier, no lengthening time between nursing sessions, and certainly not bottles. The paci and bottle might be nice for your convenience (although finger works just as well, really...as long as the finger is clean, fingers and knuckles are great temporary pacifiers when you cannot nurse- like when in the car for example.) But these are not in any sense medically necessary interventions. Pacifiers and bottles are pretty recent inventions, humanity survived and thrived for millennia without them, and both are only breast substitutes and nothing more. Your breasts appear to be doing the job so no substitutes required.
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  • @llli*tsuki.guruguru's Avatar
    September 28th, 2016, 09:29 PM
    Hi ladies, I wonder if you can help me with a problem. For the last couple of months, my son has been nursing only before bed, and when he wakes during the night. For the first month or so after giving up our final daytime feed, my breasts would always be very full in the evening, but now my supply is really dropping off. My worse boob only makes a couple of mouthfuls now, and practically nothing overnight. I know the usual advice is that I'll be producing as much as he needs, and perhaps that's the case. I suspect that he's mainly nursing for comfort at this stage (since he doesn't seem to mind too much if there's nothing in there!), so perhaps he doesn't want more than he's getting. But he always continues sucking long past when the milk has run out, which I would naively expect would tend to *increase* my supply. Similarly, I would have thought him nursing on my almost-empty boobs overnight would tend to stimulate production, but that hasn't been the case. There have been no changes in my lifestyle, diet, stress levels etc. I drink plenty of water. Any ideas why I'd be losing supply in this situation, or how I can increase it? We're not ready to give up breastfeeding yet - we both enjoy it, and he's always so upset if I have to refuse the boob for some reason! But if things continue this way there won't be anything coming out at all soon!
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  • @llli*jacqueline123's Avatar
    September 28th, 2016, 08:23 PM
    My son is 6 months old. I was thinking of feeding him breast milk that I have stored in the freezer that I pumped when he was 6 weeks old. Is the freezer milk as nutritious and meet his needs as the milk that I currently produce? I'm supposed to be taking antibiotics for a week which is totally safe for breastfeeding but since it does pass through the milk and I know it is better for him to build his immunity without antibiotics. I thought this was a good excuse to use the freezer stash that will be expiring soon.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    September 28th, 2016, 06:38 PM
    Feeling deflated is completely normal after you have been nursing for a while. When you feel full or engorged, it means you are making more milk than the baby needs. After a while, your body "reads" the difference between the amount you make and the amount the baby takes, and adjusts supply so that you make just enough to fulfill the baby's needs. If the baby needs more, he will nurse more and boost supply. But once you have passed that initial stage of fullness and engorgement, it's unlikely that you will feel full except in unusual circumstances, like when the baby suddenly misses a bunch of feedings because he is sleeping through the night.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    September 28th, 2016, 05:55 PM
    I really cannot tell you more about what your baby might need other than I have already said- I cannot find reliable information on this. However I can tell you that what a mom can pump at a pumping session never has anything to do with what baby might take in while nursing at a similarly timed nursing session. Baby controls the amount baby gets when baby nurses, and, assuming normal response to an effective pump and good milk production, mom controls what comes out when she pumps (by how long she pumps.)
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    September 28th, 2016, 05:51 PM
    I agree with mommal. My oldest refused one side for a while and even after we fixed that he still preferred the other, but for many reasons it makes sense to keep baby nursing both sides as much as possible. Oddly my second child had the opposite preference and third no discernable preference. Glad you can see an LC. Hang in there, is does get better.
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  • @llli*maggiechicago's Avatar
    September 28th, 2016, 03:30 PM
    I only feel semi full when he occasionally has a longer stretch of sleep at first at night (first 3 hrs) otherwise I feel "deflated" which doesn't help my confidence but I guess actually that is better than going engorged
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  • @llli*maggiechicago's Avatar
    September 28th, 2016, 03:28 PM
    thank you. even if I wanted to pacify him there is no way or extend him l, he just doesn't allow that so I still nurse whenever he feels like it. Yeah I think he is having a growth spurt on top of things. The LC said to extend and NOT to supplement and pedi said to extend and supplement bc I am letting him go hungry but I have not done either, meaning I just let him nurse whenever he wants. Thanks, sometimes I just need reassurance. And I do not recall being engorged ever as he never lets me
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    September 28th, 2016, 03:05 PM
    LOL, you must have a sturdy crib! I think I would have broken mine if I tried climbing into it!
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