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  • @llli*krpatel's Avatar
    Today, 04:04 PM
    I am returning to work and have a question about pumping. My 11 week old daughter currently eats about every 2 hours, taking only one breast at each feeding. I will only be able to pump every 4 hours at work. Will pumping both sides every 4 hours keep up the same supply as only nursing on one side every 2 hours? I only work 3 days a week but they are 14 hour days so I will not be nursing her very much those days as she will be asleep when I get home and only eating once or twice.
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  • @llli*kheldman's Avatar
    Today, 02:07 PM
    Thank you very much for the insight and advice. Unfortunately I work in the medical field so I manipulate my schedule to where I see more patients than normal when I am not pumping, which allows me to pump for at least 20 min each time, but not able to shorten workday due to being horly employee. I feel better knowing my output isn't too bad. I was actually wondering if the standard 24 mm flange was too big or not. I usually get to a point 10 or 15 min in where I don't feel the suction as much bc so much of my nipple has been brought into the flange. I may try a smaller flange and see if that makes a difference. Thanks again!
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  • @llli*sharpie21's Avatar
    Today, 01:55 PM
    I had twins on 8/15 and breastfed them until I returned to work on 11/4. The nanny started out with offering them 9-10 oz per day while I'm gone but their demand seems to have evened out at closer to 12 oz. I am gone for approximately 10 hours. I think this is a reasonable amount for each of them to be eating, but I'm having trouble reaching a full 24-26 oz of expressed milk during my work day. I've tried different sized shields, different pump settings, compressions/massage. The biggest culprit seems to be the pump not working as well on my left side. It's not the pump itself (I've tried swapping the tubing/membranes/valves between sides) but is consistently the left. I would think I just make less on the left since I know that's not uncommon, but I am able to hand express at least an ounce more after a pumping session while the right side seems drained. This is problematic because hand expression doesn't really feel realistic since it's pretty messy and I can't do it hands-free like I can with the pump, plus it takes me 10 minutes to wrangle out that ounce and it still feels like it's not totally drained. It seems like the milk is there (especially since neither baby really seems to prefer one side over the other) the pump is just not getting it out. Any help?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 12:53 PM
    So, you are able to pump 20-30 minutes 5 times during your work day? Wow. Any chance of shortening your workday? Having baby visit you to nurse instead? Sometimes there is an out of the box solution to the issue of not being able to pump enough milk for baby. There is no reason to pump at home every day. You can pump as many times/days as needed to get the additional milk you need to leave for baby. Also, if you find there is a day that another time works, no reason to not pump then. Nursing babies do not, as a rule, nurse on any specific schedule. So there is no need to pump on a schedule. Also if you pump and baby surprises you by immediately wanting to nurse, no worries. Nurse baby and all will work itself out. Your pump output is really not too bad, and may increase with time as your body gets used pumping. but I would suggest getting pump suction tested jic. Also be sure flanges fit. Poor fit can really make a difference.
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  • @llli*jassmasta's Avatar
    Today, 12:48 PM
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  • @llli*clarabelle34's Avatar
    Today, 12:36 PM
    I've had a few cycles but I'm still not ovulating. (And my clock is ticking!). Anyone had any success getting pregnant while bf-ing and have any tips? Does Vitex work? My son (just turned 2) doesn't want to wean anytime soon but we are anxious for another! TIA!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:13 AM
    Great you are already pumping at work. Yes absolutely offer to nurse, encourage baby to nurse. It may take time to get baby to the breast but as mommal says, it may be simply a matter of offering or keep offering. No way to know. Many babies who never nursed before have been brought to the breast at this age or older. IF baby starts nursing very well, you can probably eliminate some pumping. But for now I again suggest try to pump about 8 times a day. Remember it need not be every such and such hours. Many moms find it easier to get more pump sessions in of they set a daily goal and pump when and how long they can. Also, frequency of pump session is more important than length. If you only have 5 minutes, use that 5 minutes to your advantage and pump. A good resource is the book Making More Milk.
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  • @llli*kheldman's Avatar
    Today, 09:48 AM
    Thank you very much for the advice! I just changed the tubing and membranes on the breast pump so I will see if this helps output at all. I get to pump about 20 to 30 min each pumping session at work and yield about 1.5 to 2 oz total between the two breasts each session. I am considering adding in a pumping sessioN at night before bed to help get the right output. (Working 10 hour days and her not waking at a consistent time during the mornings prevents me from doing this at mother time. If I add in a pumping session before bed, do you think I should do this everyday or just the days that I am working? (Since I am EBF on days off) Thanks again!
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  • @llli*littlecavemomma's Avatar
    Today, 07:11 AM
    I agree with mommal. Tom's of Maine doesn't cut thru my stinky mommy hormones, although it does work for my super active husband. I use one from Nature's Gate that is excellent for normal daily funk. Still won't cut it while exercising though.
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  • @llli*mamacitablanquita's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:03 PM
    Thanks for your prompt response. I just think in general, pumping milk from a machine vs. a baby's mouth is unnatural in and of itself, and with constant use over time, is bound to create some breast pain issues. Just my opinion. Yes, pump may not be in perfect allignment and do not use on a super high level, but just overall sore. Also never gave myself a chance to fully recover from the nipple damage from breastfeeding intermittently for the first two months - so that may be a contributor. =( The discomfort from full breasts is very different from sore breasts....for me at least. Any advise on how to get baby back to breast? Do I stop bottles until he is hingry enough that he tries hard to figure it out? Any tips would be super! And maybe yes, I can pump like twice a day and combine with formula. Thanks again!!
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  • @llli*babymm's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:20 PM
    My baby is 11 months old. She has 8 teeth, 4 on top and 4 on bottom and she's using them! I have bruises all over me from her biting me. I can handle her biting my legs, my arms, my shoulders, I can even handle her biting my face when I think she's giving me a kiss. But I can't handle her biting my nipples anymore! She bites so incredibly hard. She makes me bleed and cry and leaves teeth marks in my nipples. She's done this for a while and a lot of times I've been able to tell when she is about to bite and stick my finger in her mouth to get my nipple out before she bites but now it's getting worse and she is biting harder. It's a big problem at night when I'm nursing her to sleep. She'll be almost asleep and then wham! Bites me. I always kind of shriek and say ow or do that high pitched breathing in thing (like the noise your mom makes when you're 16 and driving and scare her) and then she rolls over immediately and laughs. Lately I've been getting so fed up that I've just been putting her in her crib after the 5th or 6th bite and letting her cry for about 5 minutes. My boobs just can't take it. I literally have to decide which nipple hurts less to determine which side I'm going to nurse her on. I feel like I really bad mom and I'm afraid I'm causing psychological damage by putting her in the crib and leaving her when I'm upset but I just don't know what else to do. And she always goes right to sleep after nursing like 5 minutes after I go in and get her from the crib...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:31 PM
    The golden, greasy substance is milk. It's full of immunologically active substances, so I would recommend giving it to your baby ASAP!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:28 PM
    Offering cannot hurt her and you never know what might happen. She may decide to try it out! Don't be disappointed if she doesn't- just keep offering in a low-key way.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:27 PM
    Thanks for answering those questions! I suggest doing the following: 1. Contact a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC, for help with positioning and latching without the shield. If you don't know how to get in touch with one, contact your local LLL leaders- they should know who can help you. 2. Work on nursing without the shield. Shields can make nursing sessions longer and less productive, so the more you can get your baby to take the bare breast, the better. 3. Nurse more often. I would aim for 10-12 nursing sessions per day. 4. Reduce the post-feeding supplements to 0.5-1 oz. 2 oz is a full feeding for a newborn baby, and being stuffed full with the bottle after nursing is going to result in fewer nursing sessions and lower supply. 5. Pump to cover any supplements. If you can keep pump output equal to supplement intake, you will have an easier time transitioning to exclusive breastfeeding. 6.Watch the baby's diaper output very carefully after reducing the supplements. If pee/poop output drops too low, bring the supplements back up.
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  • @llli*mclark's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:21 PM
    Thank you! I have the ability to pump at work and I've been trying to at least once while at work, if not twice. At most, I'm probably doing about 4 pumping sessions a day, but some days less. When I stopped after my daughter was born, I had a pretty good supply. I would leak pretty regularly and was able to feed her solely breast milk. I was able to pump about 3-5 ounces a session at that point. As my baby was a premmie, she never was able to nurse. The nurses and lc told me she was too small to do it. Should I be offering it to her even though she's never done it before?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:17 PM
    Good thinking, let us know how it goes! Instead of going by the sizing instructions, go by feel. Whichever shields result in the most comfortable experience for you- those are the ones to use. :ita This certainly does sound like a fast letdown issue. Keep in mind that fast letdowns are generally only a problem with small, young babies. Older babies get better at controlling milk flow and may even come to appreciate a fast letdown, and act fussy when it diminishes!
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  • @llli*tomom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:00 PM
    Thank you all for your input. We just had her weighed today and she is doing fine in that department so I guess we will just keep at it and hopefully she'll not fuss as much with the bottle in the near future after she realizes that this is what it's going to be.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:58 PM
    The itch may have been unrelated to deodorant. There is actually breast tissue in the armpit area- it's called axillary breast tissue or the Tail of Spence- and moms who experience letdown sensations can sometimes feel the letdown even in the armpit area. You may have lost the itch not because you stopped using deodorant but because letdown sensations typically become less intense with time. So no need to eschew deodorant while nursing. If you want to go natural, I personally find the Tom's of Maine products to be pretty effective.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:54 PM
    :ita Your MIL is probably passing along the recommendations she got when her kids were babies, 25-30 years ago. It wasn't good advice then and it isn't now! The idea that babies should be fed infrequently, and on a schedule, is what doomed breastfeeding for several generations of mothers. Just think of all those moms, who were happily nursing along until someone scolded them and told them "You mustn't let your baby use you as a pacifier! That's so primitive. Modern babies need to follow rigid, scientific schedules." So the moms nursed on a schedule, and as a result their milk supplies disappeared, at which point the pediatrician would hand them a can of formula. At 12 weeks, my kids typically nursed every 1-2 hours during the day and every 1-4 at night. In total, I would guess they nursed between 12 and 16 times a day. Sometimes they nursed more for hunger, other times more for comfort, but never for just one or the other. Trust your baby to know what he needs, trust yourself to know his needs, make sure your daycare is willing to feed on demand, and ignore your MIL when she trots out stale, bad advice from the days of yore!
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  • @llli*rel's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:50 PM
    When my LO was around 4 months old I started to notice my armpits would itch each time the baby would nurse (super weird I know). I eventually concluded it was my deodorant. I stopped using it since I figured if it's causing that reaction then maybe it's bad for baby. It worked, no more itching. I tried not using any deodorant and tried a natural kind, but I stink. What should I do? Is deodorant unsafe for a nursing baby? Does it pass through the breastmilk? What options are out there for nursing mamas who want sweet smellin pits??? Help!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:36 PM
    :ita with Midnghtsangel. "Not enough hindmilk" isn't really a thing, not when we're talking about growth. What is important for growth is quantity of milk, that is, number of oz per day. If you need to boost your baby's calorie intake, you want to do things like nursing more often, and making sure that baby gets a chance to take both breasts at each feeding. A common mistake is to try to adjust the ratios of foremilk vs. hindmilk by doing block feeding, and that would have the opposite effect from the one desired. That being said, it's likely that the slowdown in growth is simply the a normal leveling out that tends to start around 3-6 months!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:12 PM
    In order to tell your body to start making milk, the first thing to do is to express milk and/or stimulate the breasts frequently. Frequently means about what a baby would normally be nursing, and that means a minimum of about 8 times a 24 hour day. Obviously your ability to do this is affected by you being at work. However, you are a new mother and in the normal course of things you would be pumping at work. So I think you could tell your employer you need to start pumping at work and not get into the details of why. How often you would need to pump at work would depend on how often you are able to pump at home, but since the stimulation/milk removal must be not only frequent but fairly regular, (without too many hours in between sessions) I think if you are working full time we are looking at a minimum of twice per workday, although you might be able to get away with once. If you really do not want to have this discussion with your employer, maybe you can pump during lunch off site somehow? It is very good that you nursed and pumped for that first week and saw a good milk production. Generally for success in relactation, it is typically best if a 'full" milk production was established and this usually means nursing or pumping continued for at least the first month after birth. That said, women who have not even given birth have managed to make milk, and some, quite a good amount. How much milk you will be able to make is anyone's guess, but your best bet is to...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:51 PM
    I'm sorry if my previous answer was insensitive. you asked what we would do so that is how I answered the question. I certainly realize that mothers need breaks. The point I'm trying to make is that breast-feeding is normal. You enjoy it and clearly your baby enjoys it. Obviously you care about your baby and you don't want your baby to ever be unhappy which I totally understand. I am sure you also love and appreciate your mom and don't want to stress her out. But I think there is probably a solution that would not require you to take away this enjoyable and natural, normal part of life from yourself and your baby. It's normal for a baby to have some difficulty during separations I guess is my point. There are many tips and ideas that we could offer for you to suggest to your mom so that she could comfort baby other ways and hopefully make feedings less stressful. I don't know if this is what is happening in your case, but it is fairly common for mothers to be told that the reason their baby won't eat much or won't be happy at daycare or fusses during separations etc. etc. etc. is because the mother is breast-feeding the baby and if the mother just stopped breast-feeding that would fix everything. I do not agree with this, I think that not only is this incorrect, that even if it was correct, the loss to mother and baby of no longer nursing is too great a cost. If you want to try having your baby be bottle-fed all the time or just more overall to see if that makes...
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