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  • @llli*mollyp's Avatar
    May 12th, 2016, 09:46 AM
    Hi all, I really need some help! My daughter will be 9 months next week. I work full time, so I pump for 4 of her 5 feedings every day (she nurses before bed). Our breastfeeding journey started off without a hitch, nursing on demand with no issues. But when she was around 9-10 weeks, I started getting frequent clogged ducts. Sometimes they would last days at a time and none of the usual measures would relieve them. I eventually figured out what was causing the blockages - hard, tiny white "stones". Sometimes the "stone" is visible at the surface of the nipple and easy to remove (I simply open the nipple skin a little with a sterile needle and express, and it shoots out), but much more often, the stone is deep down in the nipple and will not budge without me going in there after it. This involves the needle and me carefully working at it for 1-2 hours until I finally see it. I will then either express it out using manual pressure (it will fly across the room when it comes out) or I use the needle to just kind of knock it out. Pain: there is no pain at the nipple whatsoever EXCEPT the pain I cause with the needle, obviously, but even then it's minimal. The only pain I experience is 1) if the clog isn't relieved quickly and milk starts to back up in my breast or 2) there is very often a dull ache and sometimes a sharp pain that accompanies the blockages - it will start days before the actual blockage occurs. It's almost like a kidney stone, in theory. What I've...
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  • @llli*capetry9109's Avatar
    May 13th, 2016, 02:14 AM
    My LO is 6 weeks old and is a certified piglet. He was 9.9 lbs at birth, gained his birth weight back in less than a week. At his first appointment he was 10.5 lbs. His last appointment hen weighed in a just over 13 pounds. According to the pediatrician, he is "off the charts" in terms of the growth chart. His dirty diaper output is ridiculous. I need to buy stock in Huggies Now, to the hard part. He eats constantly. The past 4 days, he can't go more than 45 minutes without becoming frantic, like he will never eat again. He always calms down once he starts nursing. I'm hearing and seeing him swallow. He typically falls asleep while nursing,so I reposition or rouse him awake. Once he seems like he is truly asleep, will lay him in his bassinets, only to be met with crying within the hour. I had a consultation with an IBCLC who diagnosed a tounge tie, but thought it wasn't a concern, especially since the milk transfer were sufficient. He transferred over 4 ounces during a 1 hour session. She also encouraged me to pump after nursing sessions and give him the residual if he didn't seem satisfied. That helps only sometimes. I had my husband give him a 4 oz bottle of expressed milk at 8:30pm and the poor kid slept for 4 whole hours. He was obvious hungry and exhausted.
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  • @llli*puja's Avatar
    May 10th, 2016, 03:21 AM
    U guys have always helped me out to find solutions. But this time my problem is not getting solved anyways. .. I m failing each time. ...my son is not eating anything he is 13 months now...its not that he has started food very actively and now is refusing .actually he never ate happily or wholeheartedly. ..I strted with samolina puree and I m still there but he even does not open his mouth..he very tightly closes his mouth with placing his teeth very tightly ..I have to forcefully Insert spoon in his mouth.some times I mistakenly hit his jaws...I hate to force but have to...but even forcibly he does not take more than 5 spoons. ..he spits every flavour...yesterday he lovingly ate chocolate. ..even if at food table I give him some bread of chips he nods...he doesn't look interested in food at all...he is on my milk and cow milk only....should I give him formula because no iron he is taking and even my diet is not too good....please tell me what to do.i know its not normal anymore to not eating solid. .he is loosing weight even...
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  • @llli*csmf's Avatar
    May 3rd, 2016, 01:52 PM
    My first born was nursed to sleep for every nap and evening because he had reflux and would only nurse while sleeping. That confined me to my dark bedroom for an entire year. My second LO is 12 weeks old this week and I'm thinking if I should stop nursing him to sleep. I'm concerned that I'm actually teaching him that nursing to sleep is how to fall asleep. Everywhere I turn, everything I read says not to nurse them to sleep. Or if nursing them to sleep, put them in their crib once asleep. Well for the past few days, I have tried and continued to fail at transferring him from my arms to his crib for every single nap. I spend 20-30 mins first to make sure he is in deep sleep, then try to put him down. He wakes up within a minute or two. Then we start all over again. It's just driving me insane. Can someone tell me that it's perfectly okay to nurse their baby to sleep and continue to hold them when they nap, and that this will end?? He will sleep in his crib at night, waking every few hours which is expected.
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  • @llli*crocusb's Avatar
    May 24th, 2016, 04:29 AM
    Hello everyone, I exclusively breastfed my son for 6 weeks. He gained weight within the normal range (150/170 gr a week) upto that point. From about week 6 onwards, his weight gain slowed down to 15 gr/day. I was advised to supplement. I started supplementing with my expressed milk and formula. I felt that I had to introduce bottles (everybody around me - midwives and my mum - advised that I should do so 'to get some milk in baby' as if my bfeeding did not count ). I had my baby's first 6 weeks check up at that point. The Gp asked me if my son was breast or bottle fed, I said both, then he put him as formula fed! which upset me further because majority of his milk is breasmilk. I decided to reach out for a IBCLC who discovered my son had a tongue tie at week 7. Navigating through loads of contradicting advice from health visitors, midwives, doctors etc, I decided to get it treated. I continued expressing and bottlefeeding him and putting him on my breast even though it became clear that he could not transfer milk efficiently. I also have low supply - I can barely produce 600 ml, usually 550 ml a day. Recently the LC discovered that his tongue tie partly reformed which upset me further although she said that there has been some improvement in his tongue movement. My husband has been against the idea of treating his tongue tie on the basis that it will not help bfeeding. He hooked onto this idea because one of the doctors we saw said so. The lactational...
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  • @llli*stina.hi's Avatar
    April 28th, 2016, 03:09 PM
    Hi, I have a 1 month old girl. Just some background: We have been struggling with breastfeeding from the beginning. She had a tongue tie and my nipples were blistered and bleeding before we left the hospital. We got her tongue tie clipped and I had to rest my nipples. So I pumped for a week and we also supplemented with formula. When we started breastfeeding again, I used a nipple shield. I was able to wean off the shield two weeks ago and we've been exclusively breastfeeding. Right now I have a few concerns: 1) Apparently, I have a forceful letdown. My LC told me to recline back when feeding. This has helped a lot. However, how long will this last? Besides reclining back, what else can I do to help this? Also, if I am in public what other position will help as I don't want to be almost on my back? 2) She seems to be satisfied after being on one breast for about 10 min. I think she's getting hind milk bc her poops have been yellow and seedy. Is feeding on one breast ok? I am also pumping so that she has breastmilk when I go back to work. I try to pump after each feeding. When I put her to the breast for her next feeding, should I alternate breasts? Also, should I pump the other side if she only takes one side? I have been pumping both sides even if she takes one side. 3) I know that pumping increases my supply and probably doesn't help with the forceful letdown. How can I manage both so that I can keep my supply but help with the forceful letdown?
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  • @llli*proudmama28's Avatar
    May 5th, 2016, 07:43 PM
    Hi everyone, I started taking Nora B birth control mini pill a few months ago. It was shortly after that when I noticed my babies poop started getting really green and mucusy. I'm wondering if anyone experienced something similar? I know it's not supposed to affect breastfeeding at all, but just wondering your thoughts. Thanks in advance!
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  • @llli*kephillips's Avatar
    May 11th, 2016, 09:41 AM
    Hi, my daughter is 6 months old and has been ebf until we introduced solids a couple weeks ago. We are doing BLW so she isn't actually eating that much. Pretty much since she was born she has always ate every 2 hours during the day. There have been periods where she would sleep 3-4 hours at night without nursing and even went a week when she was 4 months old where she slept 8+ hours at night without nursing. For the past month or so she wakes every 2 hours to nurse. She only nurses for a few minutes and she either falls back asleep while nursing or I rock her to sleep. Her weight gain has always been good and she has been in the 50-75% for weight. I do not want to sleep train but am wondering if she is waking more out of habit or because she is actually hungry. She is nursing every 2 hours around the clock and that's not even including when I nurse her to sleep during the day for naps. Is this normal? Should I try to gently space out her feedings during the night? She sleeps in her crib in her room. She slept in my room for a while but would wake at even the slightest noise my husband or I made and co sleeping isn't a good option for us. It is tiring getting up every 2 hours for the majority of 6 months now. I appreciate any suggestions or encouragement you can give me!
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  • @llli*mackeroo2013's Avatar
    May 19th, 2016, 05:25 AM
    My daughter who is almost 5 months has such stinky gas. Her gas smells the same all the time and she has to pass gas very frequently throughout the day. She doesn't seem to be discomforted in anyway. But I'm wondering does this have something to do with my diet? The only thing I could think of is maybe my instant coffee I drink everyday 3 mugs everyday. I have also drunk this much coffee from the beginning and her gas hadn't started since 1 month ago. but I also know that it's rare for babies to be affected by what the mother ingests. I noticed her increase in gas and the same smell of them about 1 month ago it started after her bowel movements stop becoming frequently. She poops every 3 days or so now.
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  • @llli*layne.cough's Avatar
    May 6th, 2016, 03:21 PM
    Any advice on newborns that have gas or air bubbles? I have a 2 week old and I can never get her to burp and she seems to get gas bubbles after eating. She is exclusively breastfed.
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  • @llli*bkindnhappy's Avatar
    May 23rd, 2016, 12:54 PM
    Hi! I took my 9 month old baby boy to his check up thinking everything would be just fine I had my active baby breastfeeding fine and blw. But when they checked him he gain less than 2lb in 3 months! How is that possible when I carry him an he is heavy to me. Now I'm worried
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  • @llli*breastfeedinglp's Avatar
    May 3rd, 2016, 11:32 AM
    My breasts used to feel engorged almost all the time. Milk would usually leak out at the beginning of feeds because it would be too fast for baby and my breasts would spray pretty hard if baby unlatched. Baby would eat for about 5 minutes (i would hear continuous gulping/swallowing) and be done. Now at 10 weeks, I think my breasts have finally regulated so that they feel pretty soft and milk does not spray out like before. I know this does not mean that my supply is low. However- I think baby is used to the fast flow and is having a hard time adjusting. She will nurse ok for maybe 2 or 3 minutes and as soon as I stop hearing swallowing, she will start pulling at my breasts and turning her head while still latched or spitting my nipple out a bit so that she is gumming it. I pull her off when she does this since it is painful but then I worry that she is not getting enough to eat and/or my supply will suffer since she is not suckling. I tried breast compression and they help a bit but not much and even with switch feeding, she only feeds well the first time at each breast. Then she does the nipple pulling thing again. When I offer the breast after I pull her off, she will take it but immediately refuse pulling on me. I am concerned that she is not eating enough and is hungry because she will cry even after feeds whereas before she would usually fall asleep for a few minutes after nursing. Yesterday, I'm not sure if it was because she was crying so much and...
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  • @llli*milkncookies90's Avatar
    May 24th, 2016, 06:26 AM
    Hi ladies I apologise in advance for the rant but I am so frustrated I could scream! My LO is 5 weeks old and we've been exclusively BF and had no problems with supply or latching on but I'm seriously thinking about throwing in the towel and making the switch to formula but I just can't make the decision - I am so torn!! :tearhairout I hear about all these people who breastfeed their babies for 6 months or a year or even longer and I JUST CAN'T see how anyone can continue doing it for that long without clawing their own eyes out! I hate it! I always hear about how "convenient" BF is but I just can't see it!! I hate having to get my boobs out all the time, I hate fiddly nursing bras (I CANNOT do it with one hand no matter how hard I try), I hate smelling like milk, I hate waking up in the night with the pad, my bra, my nightie and often my sheets too, absolutely soaked in milk (I leak this much daytime too) and to top it all off I just can't bring myself to do it in public (I have no issue with other people doing it in public but I am not one of those people - dunno why, just not). None of these things feel very "convenient" to me :( I desperately want to enjoy BF and want to find it easy and natural but I just don't ... and I absolutely know it is what's best for baby and I feel so selfish to even say this but I long for the ease and routine of bottles, I long to wear a pretty bra with no breast pads, and I long for a full nights sleep because my husband is doing the night...
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  • @llli*zachary.smommy's Avatar
    May 17th, 2016, 07:23 AM
    Ok so I am a little ahead of myself, since 6 months is technically in 3 days, but I am just so happy to have made it to this milestone. For anyone who wants to read my initial post which was filled with so much desperation, sadness, and confusion: http://forums.llli.org/showthread.php?125116-everything-going-wrong-desparate-for-help!! We had a really hard breastfeeding journey but things are so different now. I hope that others reading this can find hope and believe that things can get better. We are doing so well, and LO is gaining right on target for his age now. He is almost 12 lbs. Still a small baby, but he has come a long way from 4lbs 8oz in these 6 months.
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  • @llli*niklas.sarah's Avatar
    May 16th, 2016, 12:19 PM
    Hi, It has been a while since I visited, but I just had my 3rd child. We are in unknown territory for me as both of my other girls were full term 8lb babies. My new little one was diagnosed iugr at 20 weeks, and was born at 37 weeks weighing 4lbs 7oz. She spent 5 days in NICU. She was on a feeding tube with formula for 24 hours, but she kept vomiting up the feeds. I pumped every two three hours after she was born and manged a few MLS of coliseum by the end of the first full day. After 24 hours, they began letting me try nursing using the SNS to supplement. She was nursing ok about 10 to 15 minutes on one side, but she continued to vomit up the formula. By the end of the fourth day, I was finally able to pump between 15 and 30mls a pump and was able to supplement all feedings with breastilk through the SnS. She quit vomiting until she ate too much because my milk really started to come in. We were given the ok to stop SnS and feed strictly from the breast. She left the hospital at 3 lbs 15 oz, and at out first dr. Appointment she weighed 3lbs 13 oz. Dr. Asked me to supplement nursing by feeding from breast and then giving a bottle for the next feed. She is not taking the bottle well but she will take it if she is awake. I want her to gain and I am wondering if there is anything else I can do to help her.
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  • @llli*jen.r24's Avatar
    April 28th, 2016, 01:00 PM
    Hello ladies, I know this gets asked a lot and I know follow my baby is probably the answer but I'm feeling a bit ARGH about my girl's nursing frequency. She is nearly 8 months old, have a history of fussiness about feeding and positions. Making some headway since I got advice here - ie I don't have to side lie and nurse her all the time now but we're still mostly reclined on bed for nursing. My issue is she is dropping/stretching out nursings. I feed on demand but I still offer her frequently (every 1-2 hours) even when she hasn't asked because of distractability. We bedshare. We do baby led solids and food intake is hit or miss depending on the day; she loves playing and exploring foods - some days she appears to swallow a good bit (a good bit being probably only 1-1.5 tablespoonful or so of food overall eg a chunk of pear and a bit of a porridge finger, or like tonight she ate roast courgette/pepper and a bit of cheese/avocado tortilla wrap). She's been in 91st centile since birth weight wise. Typical day: she feeds around 6am; wakes up at 7.30am, I offer her breasts, she has a playful feed (ie she sucks a moment and pops off again a few times but then when let down happens she may have a second or two of sucking but then isn't interested); she joins us for breakfast where she'll have a bit of fruit or porridge fingers; she won't feed again until 9.30-10am when she naps; she may have a playful fed on wake-up, usually an hour later; I offer her some of what I'm...
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  • @llli*opalita's Avatar
    April 29th, 2016, 10:01 AM
    We just moved and have a new, young female pediatrician. My son is 16 months old and still wakes and nurses at night. He has always had nightmares and wakes up crying. Nursing calms him. He also nurses for thirst and hunger. He eats solid food and is in the 45th percentile for weight. He was 5 weeks premature and never took iron. I just had venipuncture to test his iron and he is anemic. 10.1 hemoglobin. I suspected it might be low due to his prematurity. I had tried to give him all the iron rich foods, plus vitamin C foods to help him absorb it. Anyway he is taking ferrous sulfate now, but the pediatrician told me not to nurse at night so he eats more during the day, and can get iron. I'm not going to night wean! But what she said makes me so mad! I am going to let him self-wean. Is she even correct? Incidentally she also said to feed him raisin bran, which has 18 g of sugar per serving! And told me not to bedshare, because it's not safe. At 16 months! I observe very very safe bedsharing rules! Input is appreciated. I want to change pediatricians but she may be the best there is here.
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  • @llli*lostinct82mj's Avatar
    May 9th, 2016, 11:11 AM
    My LO is four weeks today and we are having numerous issues with feeding that are becoming frustrating. First, we are currently nursing AND supplementing with expressed BM and formula. She is having issues with nursing without a nipple shield and she acts as if the letdown is too forceful so the shield slows it down, unfortunately the shield causes the session to last 1.5-2 hours and she is still not seeming satisfied. I'm pumping after every feed and end up supplementing to fill her up. I've had successful feeds without the shield that are much shorter but she becomes extremely gassy and miserable after. I've tried exclusively pumping but I am just not producing enough milk that way. 1-2 ounces at most total and the baby is currently eating 2-3 ounces. I'm drinking lots of water, and Gatorade plus taking fenugreek. Everytime we run into an issue it seems like whatever I do just makes it worse and I'm afraid I can't fix it at this point. :o:cry please advise.
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  • @llli*zachary.smommy's Avatar
    May 3rd, 2016, 08:51 AM
    So my baby is almost 5.5 months now and I would like to start baby led solids after 6 months. This is all completely new to me. I want to start with things like sweet potato and avocado and go from there. I am wondering about what foods are unsafe (I know about hot dogs and grapes, peanuts etc) and what are some other good foods to start with. Is there a certain age I should wait before introducing meat and how do I go about preparing/offering meat? And should I be waiting until a year old to give cheese or yogurt? Eggs? Can cheerios be started right away? My mom mentioned to me that she did purees with me, but when she had my sister 10 years later she would give real food, like she would cook frozen peas and carrots until they were soft. Is that okay? I am afraid of choking. I don't know about the size/shape of foods I should be giving. I have seen pictures of giving big wedges that the babies hold and gnaw on, but also read that everything should be cut like the size of a thin French fry. This is a bit scary for me and kind of sad since I feel like it hasn't been very long that we have had a good nursing experience, and now we are getting to an age where he is starting the weaning process. Not that I want to stop nursing anytime soon. I want to make sure that nursing does not get interrupted.
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  • @llli*sprocket's Avatar
    May 12th, 2016, 06:08 PM
    My baby was a preemie and is 11 weeks old but only 2 weeks adjusted age and has been breastfeeding for about a month. He has been on an oral antibiotic for the past week for an eye infection. Two days ago I thought I was coming down with mastitis or at least a plugged duct because I started having severe pain throughout my right breast and a feeling of it being very congested and inflamed. I had this once before with fever etc and was diagnosed with mastitis and it cleared up on its own. This time I attempted to keep it from getting worse by nursing frequently on that side, doing massage and hot compresses and the breast pain and blocked feeling resolved quickly but I was left with a searing stabbing pain in my nipple upon latching that gets better after feeding gets going. It is painful but very fleeting and not unbearable and nursing is still going great--baby is drinking vigorously, good diaper outputs and has gained 6 oz in the last 6 days. I read about thrush and now wondering if we have that. My question is how urgent is it that we are treated, who do we seek treatment from (pediatrician? Midwife?), and what is the preferred treatment? I just don't want baby to be in discomfort or pain and I don't want it to escalate into a problem that will interfere with breastfeeding or become more difficult to treat later. Is it possible that it will go away on its own? I am reluctant to run to the doctor--we have been there often ever since NICU discharge and we finally have a...
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  • @llli*angelpoo11's Avatar
    May 25th, 2016, 10:57 PM
    My DD is a preemie and I was pumping for her when she was in the NICU for a month and another 3 weeks at home so I can bottle feed her and add her fortifier. I used to bottle feed 50ml every 3 hours and nurse at night and between her bottles when she wants it. Now I want to exclusively breastfeed but all this pumping and nursing has caused a horrible horrible over supply. I had oversupply with my first who was EBF from the get go and block feeding worked well to calm it down. But this time, I am doing 3 hour blocks and my breasts are painfully engorged at 2 hours. DD eats every 3-4 hours. I try to hand express a little out but I start to feel pain again very soon after. I would pump about 50oz a day when she was in the nicu and my freezer is filled with frozen milk. I am donating most of it because there's no way my DD can drink it all. Because she was premature and small for her gestational age, she's 6weeks now but still only drinking 50ml when I bottle feed her. She was never able to drain my breast completely and she only takes one side per feed. I used to pump before her feed but. It's making the OS worst so I stopped. She's now miserable and choking and crying at the breast. And I'm miserable because I'm leaking everywhere and spraying and in pain. Any advice on how to fix a severe OS with a very small baby? (She's only 6 pounds)
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  • @llli*j323cole's Avatar
    May 4th, 2016, 05:23 PM
    As a first time mom I've been having a very very hard time with breastfeeding. We had issues latching at the beginning and I could only get him to nurse while using a nipple shield because I had very little to no help while I was in the hospital. We started having to supplement with a bottle at night and that one bottle turned into more as the weeks passed. My son is now 13 weeks and I'm not making nearly enough milk to keep him fed. I started taking fenugreek, drinking mothers milk tea, drinking as much water and Gatorade as I can stand, eating oatmeal and making lactation cookies and nothing is helping. I've talked with my family doctor and my ob and they are saying to do what I've already been doing for weeks. There has got to be a way for me to get back my supply so I can continue to breastfeed. I have been pumping every 3 hours and each time I seem to get less and less. The most I am pumping is 2 ounces from both breast combined. I don't want to give up but I'm almost to the point of just giving up and going 100% formula. :( any help would be greatly appreciated.
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  • @llli*niklas.sarah's Avatar
    May 25th, 2016, 05:29 PM
    So this is my 3rd child, and I breast fed the other two very successfully for over a year. My newest little one was born at 37 weeks due to iugr. In the hospital she was on a feeding tube for 24 hours and then I was allowed to nurse her using SNS. Once my milk came on I was allowed to nurse with the shield. She had lost 9 ounces by the time we were discharged and a total of 11 lost by our first dr appointment 2 days later. 2 days after that weight was steady and by that friday, she had gained an ounce. I have done 3 feed and weighs, and bott line is she only transfers about 1/2 an ounce per feeding. Therefore the pedi has asked us to give bottles and enhance with neosure to give it more calories. I am pumping 6 times a day and nursing 3 times or more overnight. On average I pump about 10 ounces a day maybe 11.5 if you count the nursing overnight. Bottom line is I do not want to be an exclusive pumper. I hate it to the very core of my being and right now I am making enough for her because she is only taking 1 to 1.5 ounces a feed. Not that I am lazy bUT I am having trouble feeling connected to my new little friend when all I can do is listen to her scream while I pump. I hate it! This is souch harder than nursing.
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  • @llli*sprocket's Avatar
    April 29th, 2016, 11:14 AM
    I had a 30 weeker who was diacharged from the NICU at 39w3d. We have been home two days. We have been working on breastfeeding for the last several weeks while continuing NG tube feedings and he finally "got it" about a week ago. I stayed in the hospital for the final days of his hospitalization to breastfeed on demand. He has never gotten a bottle and has been nursing on demand with no supplements for the last 5 days. Throughout his NICU stay I pumped milk for his NH tube feedings. By the end of his NG tube feedings he was getting 75cc every 3 hours (less when he nursed well). On average I was roughly matching or slightly exceeding this volume with my pumping efforts. My IBCLC has advised me to keep up the pumping at a frequency of 5x per day during the day with just breastfeeding at night. This amounts to pumping after most daytime feedings. I have found this difficult to keep up. On more than one occasion, I have nursed, gotten baby down and begun pumping only for him to let me know he wasn't quite done and wants to nurse a little more. Other times, I have pumped after a feeding only to find that he wakes up after 1 1/2 or 2 hours and has a difficult time satisfying himself. Sometimes he nurses very well and sleeps for 3 hours, so I do have time to make more milk for his next feeding, but in the mean time he has so thoroughly emptied my breasts, I don't get much and it feels kind of unnecessary. The rationale behind the pumping is that he hasn't yet...
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  • @llli*mjanellec's Avatar
    May 23rd, 2016, 03:37 PM
    Hi. My baby will be 3 months old in a few days and over the last 2-3 weeks he has been crying when I try to bf. We have some sessions that are good but most of the time he will just nurse for a couple minutes then pull off and cry. I try to calm him down then try again and he just pushes me away and cries more. I'm not sure what to do or why he is doing this. Any advice would be very appreciated. Thank you.
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  • @llli*crocusb's Avatar
    May 8th, 2016, 12:38 AM
    Hello, I have been trying to increase my supply by pumping 9/10 times a day with additional power pumping in between with no avail. So I decided to use Fenugreek and got some. However I noticed a warning on the bottle saying 'do not take this product if you are pregnant or nursing'. It is Fenugreek seed capsules, Swanson brand, please delete if I am not allowed give brand names here buht I thought that was a reliable brand to go with. Should I be taking the capsules or be cautious? Thank you
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  • @llli*babybraz's Avatar
    May 3rd, 2016, 11:22 AM
    My baby has grown increasingly fidgety in the last few weeks while nursing. She's always been a very efficient feeder (max 10 minutes per side), but lately after 2-3 minutes she's been very grabby, scratchy, pinchy, you name it. My clothes, hair, jewelry, face, glasses, etc. Is that her way of telling me she's out of milk and bored? Or is she just being a pain? :) Suggestions welcome for diagnosing and dealing with the fidgeting. It's very cumbersome especially when we're in public. If I'm in a chair she also pushes off with her feet, which makes her hard to position.
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  • @llli*jessiesmum's Avatar
    May 24th, 2016, 02:31 PM
    Hi all. My 9 month old is suffering with constipation at the moment and I'm at a loss as to what else to try, and unfortunately in my experience here in the UK, health professionals aren't always as knowledgeable when it comes to breastfeeding as I would like. I'm hoping that I might get some ideas here that I haven't considered. She has three small meals each day, well balanced with plenty of fibre. She nurses a minimum of 8 times per day including overnight, and is having plenty of good wet diapers. Weight gain is fine. She is not dehydrated and apart from being grumpy and uncomfortable when she can't/doesn’t go to the loo is generally well within herself. The longest between bowel movements has been 4.5 days, with the movements prior to constipation being a lovely consistency, but movements following these periods are definitely indicative of constipation, with stools being hard to pass and fairly solid in consistency when she does pass them. I'm giving her plenty of P-fruits, no BRAT foods, water with meals. Warm baths, tummy massage, lots of diaper free time, leg exercises, she crawls alot and stands if aided, I babywear. So far neither dietry changes or gravity are doing much good. If she does pass anything I give her lots of praise.
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  • @llli*ccquinn's Avatar
    May 4th, 2016, 09:34 PM
    My daughter is 2 1/2 and we still have a good nursing relationship. She nurses first thing, before nap, before bed and (unfortunately) once at night. I'm ok with it. I was going to wait until she decided it was time to stop. Well, until 4, max... Anyway, I have periocular dermatitis and my dermatologist prescribed 6 weeks of milocyclin antibiotic. Ugh. I've read some horrible info stating that it may cause my milk to turn black! Do I have to wean? I'm so worried. I guess I could deal with the dermatitis until she weans and then start the antibiotic. Anyone have any thoughts?
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