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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:55 PM
    My experience with pumping was very positive. I pumped around 8-10x per day using a hospital-grade pump with correctly sized shields, and had a marked increase in supply within a few days. You estimate you're making 16 oz per day, and the highly reliable kellymom.com says that babies need just 19-30 oz per day. You're close to having all you need! So my personal opinion is that before you throw in the towel with the pump, you give it everything you have. Some things that can make pumping easier: - Keep a large basin of soapy water by the sink, and throw in used bottles/pump parts as necessary. I found it less challenging to do 1-2 big wash-ups per day than a million little ones. - Get a second set of pump parts so that you don't need to wash everything as often. - After pumping, leave the pump screwed onto the bottle and pop the whole thing in the fridge. When you need to pump again, you can reuse the set-up and pump new milk over the old milk. My LC said I could do this once before washing everything again.
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  • @llli*erin.in.middletown's Avatar
    Today, 06:17 PM
    Here are some ideas to consider: 1.) In-person help: If an IBCLC is not an option (or a really pricey option) consider reaching out to a local LLL leader. Though these ladies can't assist with clinical issues, they do have a lot of experience and knowledge with normal breastfeeding issues. If there is not a local meeting in the next few days, many leaders are available over the phone. When a meeting does come around, try to go! If not for any advice or ideas, then it is worth it just for the comraderie! 2.) Supplementation: if supplementation is necessary, have you considered using an at-breast supplementer (like Lact Aid or Medela SNS)? If not, and bottles are being used, are you familiar with paced feeding? 3.) Pumping: Pump output is not always a good indicator of supply. That said, the pump is going to work best when it is in tip too shape, and the flanges are fit correctly. My little one is waking up, so that's all I have for now! Best of luck!
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 06:16 PM
    around the time the first rash started I had used some of my flushable wet wipes as we ran out of the pampers sensitive wipes. The rash went away while I continued using the sensitive wipes after re-stocking. I've never quite figured out how to manage the logistics of wetting multiple cloths to deal with a real messy situation at the changing table since there is no sink in reach and a container of water in reach of the changing station wouldn't remain full past the first change I fear, my LO may be small but he is strong and highly developed in the motor skills department for his age (read almost nothing on changing station is safe from grab, kick or sweep/roll.) I've just given him some yellow squash tonight, great way to add moisture to the meal, he seemed to like it. Was good since the chicken was a bit dry. I'm currently trying to figure out how to cook ahead and freeze single meals for us to eat during the week because I'm finding it tricky to fix dinner, do the chores and nurse all at basically the same time without putting baby down for more than a few minutes that time of day. In the mornings he is usually happy to spend some time in the saucer or one of the activity filled baby cages but after about 2 or 3 he better be sound asleep if put down more than momentarily. I wind up making dinner to him fussing and crying and everything either drys out or gets cold while we nurse right before dinner. When DH is home he cooks which makes things so much...
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  • @llli*zaynethepain's Avatar
    Today, 04:51 PM
    http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/perceived-insufficient-milk/ http://kellymom.com/parenting/parenting-faq/fussybaby/ Try all of the tips in the link to help with a fussy evening. It's definitely NOT always related to supply. I have a huge supply, enough to nurse my toddler and my six month old while the baby gains above average amounts of weight, yet my youngest still cried all the time as a newborn. He magically just calmed down around the three month mark. The second link explains why so many mothers believe they cannot produce enough milk. Read through the resources at the bottom too. There are physical changes, like less full breasts, that freak many moms out at the three month mark as well as the four month fussies right after, that can cause perceived low milk supply.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 04:41 PM
    this is the kind of advice that destroys breastfeeding. it is simply incorrect to suggest there is some ideal time frame for length of nursing session or time between sessions. When trying to increase milk production, more frequent nursing is often more important than length of session. I would suggest, ask your doctor what her immediate concern is. If the concern is that baby is not gaining fast enough, there are ways to try to help baby nurse longer or more actively you can try. Namely, switching sides during the feeding and/or breast compressions. And some babies DO need to be helped to stay awake at the breast especially in the early days. If, after such steps are taken, it appears clear that baby is not getting enough to gain well while nursing frequently, it is possible there is some issue with baby's ability to transfer milk, but that is not solved by scheduling but by addressing whatever is going on with latch that may be causing a milk transfer issue. It is hard to know if there is any reason to be concerned as baby is only one week old and had a pretty dramatic initial drop in weight, so baby has a lot of ground to make up. In other words, I am not suggesting anything is wrong at all! I just wonder what it is your pediatrician is concerned about. There are two major breastfeeding issues-baby not gaining well, and/or nursing is painful to mom. If neither of those are going on, all is probably fine.
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  • @llli*zaynethepain's Avatar
    Today, 04:33 PM
    Congratulations! You're doing wonderful, mama! Sorry your doctor has made you feel unsure when everything is going so well. Your instincts are right. There's absolutely no reason to change anything that you are doing. Your supply is definitely going to be fine nursing that often! He's also obviously getting enough or he wouldn't be gaining weight back from the lowest known weight. Go ahead and relax again. Enjoy that new baby!
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 04:28 PM
    I agree with Mommal. I think you seem to have this idea that you are doomed to have things not work when you go back to work. But I am pretty hopeful that your need to supplement will be minimal if at all. It's called the "Witching hours" whether you breastfeed or not. I think that will an established supply, a nursing baby, and a regular pumping schedule you really could be just fine.
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  • @llli*kmp0511's Avatar
    Today, 03:40 PM
    So this is my first post, I'd appreciate any and all advice. My son was born 8/22 after a traumatic few days (non reactive NST led to induction, two inductions failed over two days, leading to c-section). The following hours didn't go to plan, either (no skin to skin, no help initiating breastfeeding). I nursed him while at the hospital, but the nurses there told me I was nursing him too much, so I let up but he would scream. 5 days old, our pediatrician told us to supplement because he had gone from 7lb 15oz to 7lb 3oz. I didn't want to, but I figured the doctor new best. He gained 10oz in 3 days so they told us to stop supplementing. I did, and he started nursing for hours on end. He lost 5 oz after a few days so they told me to supplement again and not to let him nurse for hours. So i did what they said and now I'm quickly losing my supply. I now take fenugreek 3500mg/day, mother's milk tea x3/day, and oatmeal x2/day. I also try to pump between feedings, but hardly get anything from pumping. He's losing his desire to nurse, we're lucky if he latches for five minutes, all the while screaming for his bottle. The last option is an IBCLC, it's just really expensive here so I haven't met with one yet. Anyone have any advice on how to get him interested in nursing again? I'll try anything, I don't want to quit.
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  • @llli*davidsmomma's Avatar
    Today, 03:34 PM
    I have a newborn 8 days old. I nursed my first for over 2 yrs and although successful, really struggled in the beginning. I was so happy because everything with this LO seemed to be going so well. He latches without problem, nurses often (16x yesterday), has frequent wet diapers and bm (7 bm and 8 wet diapers yesterday) and gained back 6 oz. While he is not back at birth weight, he is now 6 lbs 9 oz from 6 lb 3 (was 6 lb, 14 at birth). Because of my previous struggles, I am not as confident as I should be after nursing my first for over 2 yrs. At our 1 week check his pediatrician wanted to know how long he nurses at each breast each time and I told her it varies from 5-25 min total, sometimes 10 min or so each breast, sometimes he only wants one for 9 min, etc. I also said he nurses often but varying from every 1-3 hrs, most often about every 1 and 1/2 to 2 hrs. She said I need to get him to nurse every 2-3 for 15 min each breast every time or I may not maintain a good supply and he may not get enough. I asked how I was supposed to force him on a schedule and to force him for said amount of time and she said mess with him to keep him awake and nursing. Doesn't seem right to me. I feel we are doing well but now I'm questioning myself. Looking for advice/ support. He seems satisfied and comes off nipple on own. When I offer other breast he sometime stakes it and when he doesn't he sticks out lips and turns away like no mommy I'm done.
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  • @llli*usafreat's Avatar
    Today, 03:19 PM
    I wasn't a fan of using one and when I did try in the early days she spit it out anyway. There were a couple of months that were a couple restless nights of wanting to eat but they stopped relatively quickly. My daughter didn't/doesn't have a particularly strong desire to suck away but she uses her thumb if needed. When she sucks on her thumb it is her way of communicating either hunger or tired or used to be pooping too. We are happy with that! I find that pacifiers are overused. I don't really see why kids need them all of the time.
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  • @llli*davidsmomma's Avatar
    Today, 03:07 PM
    I nursed my first with a shield and really struggled with it because I so badly wanted to without it. Everyone kept encouraging me to try without it and suggested I may have low supply as a result. While I really wanted to wean from the shield my son refused to nurse without it. Once I got over my own negative feelings about the shield (embarrassment, frustration and fear of not enough milk) our nursing relationship improved greatly. I am happy to say I nursed my son untitled he was 2 yrs and 3 mo old and only stopped because I was 8 mo preggo. I used the shield right up til the end. So far I have not needed a shield with my newborn and don't plan to but I am thankful I was able to nurse my first so long because of it. Good luck mama!
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  • @llli*usafreat's Avatar
    Today, 03:06 PM
    " Many times he'll latch and suck a few times, or for a minute or so (not long enough for the milk to let down), but then refuses to keep going. Does that count as a feeding? I don't really count it unless my milk lets down & he gets a good amount." ... I wouldn't count that as a feeding either. Since he is pretty much one year old I would follow this guideline...Starting at a year old a child will require more nutrients and calories than what breastmilk alone provides. In my opinion if he is eating well for solids meals and you are breastfeeding four or five times a day, that is still great! This is what I would do - Perhaps see how it goes another week, and offer to nurse per usual times. If diapers are drier and you feel uncomfortable with that then offer some water too so for peace of mind. If he continues to nurse four or five times, I would up the food quantity. Was your DD similar? You had a very successful bf run there :clap
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  • @llli*usafreat's Avatar
    Today, 02:43 PM
    Do you use baby wipes? They contain toxic chemicals, that could be the cause. (if you aren't familiar about the toxins, I encourage you to read about what is in our self care products) We have only used cotton squares and water since day one and haven't had a rash yet. And air that booty out a few mins a couple times a day. Oh also, poops can irritate the skin that look rashy for a day or two. We use pampers baby dry. For all the toxin free stuff we do I allow a commerical diaper.... I give prune and pears to balance the more constipating food, but I think as baby aged it has gotten easier for her to poop. I suggest when you do give a protein or carb give it with a lot of veg and follow up with some fruit after. I agree melon helps too. basically, the watery fruits and veggies are good to balance with. green and yellow squashes.
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  • @llli*juliasmomma's Avatar
    Today, 02:35 PM
    My son will be 12 mos on October 10. He was nursing 6x a day (first thing in the morning, before both naps, between nap #2 & dinner, bedtime, and once during the night) and eating 3 solid meals a day. Weight gain & diaper output were good. At the end of last week (about 2 weeks before his bday), he started nursing 1-2 feedings less than he had been. It started with sleeping through the night & dropping the middle of the night feeding, then he had a few days where he nursed in the early morning but refused when he woke up for the day. He's also refused his late afternoon feeding (before dinner) a few times since then. He's doing about 4-5 feedings a day now - early morning, midmorning, midafternoon, bedtime & a dream feed before I go to bed (to try & push the early morning feeding closer to his wake up time. Otherwise he'll go 5-6 hours in the morning without nursing). Most of the time he'll do the dream feed, but usually it's just one side. I know my supply is adjusting so I think he's getting a little more at each feeding than he was when he nursed 6x a day. His solid & water intake has not really increased, so I'm not sure why he's needing to nurse less. The four feedings he's still doing he's very attached to and nurses well. The dream feed & late afternoon feedings are hit or miss. His diapers are still wet but not as wet as they were previously. We always nurse in a quiet room, if we're home it's in his room with lights down low & his lullaby music on. Many times he'll...
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  • @llli*usafreat's Avatar
    Today, 02:34 PM
    here here! My niece is three months older than my daughter, and was/is? only puree fed. My MIL, who is her caregiver, told me she doesn't know what to do with non purees and that she fears it is late in the game now and it will be a challenge. I told her thanks to this forum I educated myself on blw and I thought myself isn't the point of introducing solids to teach a child how to eat? They already know how to suck...
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  • @llli*usafreat's Avatar
    Today, 02:26 PM
    I don't use an contraceptive medicine so for me it wasn't that. I do think it was hormonally related.
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  • @llli*usafreat's Avatar
    Today, 02:21 PM
    Thanks for your responses all! My reasons about the water thing-- I just don't see a need for it, however, I do think it'd be good to get her used to drinking out of something, but I think I will hold off for a bit. She just started self feeding :clap so I don't want to add another new thing right now. (My heartstrings pulled today at work--I went to the bathroom, left her playing with her container of cucumber sticks. When I came back my coworker had let her have one and she was just happily munching away on it. That was a proud yet 'aw man she likes food' moment). Selfishly, I am having difficulty adjusting to her beginnings of self weaning and don't want to add solids plus another liquid. I want to maintain current breastfeeding frequency til a year and then will be ok in decreasing amount. Seeing how much she eats now freaks me out. About the dairy-- I am really sensitive to dairy, and tend to avoid it esp bc in the beginning I think it was affecting her too so I prefer to hold off til her system has matured.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 02:01 PM
    Can you use a lactation aid to give the supplement right at the breast? Something like a Lactaid or Medela SNS can let you give the supplement through a tube right at the breast while baby nurses from you at the same time so it can save your the time step of nursing and then giving a bottle though you still have something to wash regularly. By supplementing right at the breast there is less need to pump in addition to feeding though pumping will help increase your supply more than not. I know for myself, I never responded well to the pump so If I were to have added up all I pumped with a hospital grade pump round the clock at 3 weeks I probably would have concluded that I was only producing 8 oz or less a day because I was never able to pump more than an ounce and generally much less. However, by doing weighted feeds around the clock a few times and subtracting the amount I was supplementing I was able to calculate my supply as being between 17 and 24 oz a day. I was able to get down to only supplementing about 4-5 oz a day but any less than that and weight gain was too slow even after getting the TT and LT fixed and doing physical therapy. My supply problems were due to poor milk transfer because of tongue/lip ties that were not diagnosed early. We supplemented using the Medela SNS mostly and I tried to pump after every feeding. Fenugreek didn't do much for me other than give me gas. I finally started taking Domperidone and haven't needed to supplement at all...
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  • @llli*usafreat's Avatar
    Today, 01:51 PM
    Even though my child is younger than yours, recently my doctor basically told me the same thing and was absolutely shocked and made a huge deal that my baby eats twice or whatever times a night. She acted like I was the only woman in the world doing it, made me question myself, and I was so upset I came on here to vent. It was parenting advice, not medically based advice. I say- You do what you want, and no, you aren't doing anything wrong. I really appreciate ruchiccio's post. Although I only work three days a week, I wonder how full time moms working eight hours a day bf at night because for some time it was quite exhausting.
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  • @llli*alphawoman's Avatar
    Today, 01:10 PM
    Your doctor might wish to avail himself of some evidence-based material before setting his mouth on "garbage vomit" mode. http://www.parentingscience.com/baby-sleep-tips.html http://www.parentingscience.com/Ferber-method.html This master article contains some great links, but I offer it with the caveat that I dislike the title. It implies that a range of developmentally normative behaviours, such as night waking at 1, are somehow disordered when they are not. http://www.parentingscience.com/sleep-tips.html
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 12:05 PM
    When my baby was that age I'd get soooo many plugged ducts. At least once a week. But they were mostly minor and cleared up within a few hours, max 24 hours. I learned to just ignore them because they were causing me so much stress, thinking that somethign was wrong. My baby's latch was fine (he had had a tongue tie but it was revised and he nursed well after that), I wasn't wearing anything that caused pressure anywhere near my boobs, I pumped and nursed very often, I took lecithin, I drank tons of water and took Vitamin C... and nothing helped. Just time :) Once my baby was about 8-9 months old, it stopped. But then it was replaced with another worry - occasional bouts of low supply. When I get a plugged duct I think yay it means I must have milk. What I found to help once you already have one is to press on the lump to see which duct on the nipple is blocked. Once you see a white area, prod it with a sterilized needle and once the skin is broken, the plug comes out and you can manually express tons of milk (usually it starts out clear, versus white, culminating with stringy fatty-looking milk). I decided it must have been caused by the actual consistency of my milk. Maybe it was just fattier than normal so it had a tendency to clog up.
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 11:56 AM
    I've heard this before, that minipill and IUDs can impact supply. However, I never really took that as a good answer because I've been taking the minipill since my 6-week visit. OP has also been on the IUD since 6-week visit. So why would it suddenly decided 9 months later to affect supply?
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 11:55 AM
    Sounds like a hormonal shift. Did you just get your period back? Or you could be getting it now. I have these sudden drops like you describe almost every month but no period actually comes. The skin changes you describe are also leading me to think it's hormonal. I also had different discharge when this happened. When this happened to me, nursing more frequently did not do a thing for me. It just naturally came back within a few days no matter what I did or didn't do. Could be something similar is happening to you. When it's hormonal (i.e. not a decrease in demand) all the tricks in the book don't seem to work.
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  • @llli*applesister's Avatar
    Today, 11:52 AM
    I would really love some advice from women who've experienced IGT and what was possible with regard to breastfeeding. We've been supplement feeding our three-week-old son basically since birth, first because of jaundice, and then because my lactation consultant determined I had low milk supply, most likely because of IGT. (And looking at photos, my breasts look very similar to the classic cases.) But I am producing some milk. Following guidelines in the Nursing Mother's Companion, with a hospital-grade pump, I estimate I'm producing about 16 oz. a day. I of course have no idea how much he's getting. When he was weighed 5 days ago before and after a feeding, he'd taken in about 35 grams. He was not gaining enough weight so the lactation consultant recommended 2 to 2.5 oz of supplement per feeding. The consultant is very kind and supportive, but she didn't have any concrete advice about what might work to help increase supply. I've been trying to pump after some feedings (about 4-5x a day), but when I don't have my husband or another second pair of hands to give him his bottle, it's very hard for me to get to the pump right away. And to be honest, I hate pumping, I hate cleaning the parts, I hate all of it. I'm happy to keep breastfeeding plus supplementing but am on the fence about pumping. So I have two questions: 1) If I pump very rigorously, is there any chance I could increase my supply? 2) If I stop pumping, am I risking losing the milk I currently produce?
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 11:47 AM
    oh, and I think we actually have a tooth coming through now. There is a sharp bit on the bottom gum though I haven't gotten him to give me a good look at it.
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 11:46 AM
    This is an interesting thread. I wonder if it has anything to do with being on the minipill? I thought my joint pain was because of that.
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 11:31 AM
    My baby is also 11 months now and doing the same. Nursing less at each feed but I'm still feeding the same amount of times as I did the previous few months. We just cut out one night feed. Whenever my baby drastically reduces eating (nursing or solids) I have his ears checked - it was always an ear infection. By the way, he still nurses 6 times a day with 1 bottle of BM while I'm away (more feeds on weekends). My baby's been distracted for as long as I can remember! For sure since 3 months.
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