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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:12 AM
    You won't lose the option to pump in between nursing sessions. Supply is "use it or lose it", but the loss isn't permanent unless you want it to be. Let's say you just nurse and your supply adjusts to be just enough to feed your baby. You would still have milk in between feedings which you could pump out, causing your body to get the message that there is increased demand, and causing supply to increase. In other words, add pumping sessions and you'll have more milk to pump! The only real issue is time; it can take a while to bed supply via extra pumping sessions. So it might make sense to start pumping some time before you need to go back to work, just in case it takes you time to create a frozen stash.
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  • @llli*crystacular's Avatar
    Today, 01:58 AM
    Maddieb, my sister mentioned that as I am establishing my supply in these early weeks I might lose the option to pump after/in between feeds if my supply is just enough to feed the baby. I've heard that supply is a "use it or lose it" kinda deal and I didn't want that to be the case with pumping. BF is getting better day by day. Baby can get very fussy, taking a few sucks then pulling off and arching his back and crying and then bobbing around for the nipple again, but his weight gain is good. I don't have fast flow (no spraying going on here) so I don't know if it's gas that's bothering him, or maybe a slow flow? Thanks for the advice!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 01:48 AM
    Hi and congratulations. Oy my head is reeling. I was just talking to a friend about how almost everything moms are told about nursing is wrong. But it really upsets me when that misinformation is coming from someone who is supposed to be an expert in lactation issues! First off, any lactation consultant that tells a mother of a brand newborn to pump every time baby nurses ONLY because of a return to work, even an early one, rather than due to some specific low supply issue, should be reported to her employer and/or certifying board. I am serious. Oversupply is a potentially serious issue that can make a mother seriously ill with mastitis and totally derail breastfeeding. Mothers do NOT have to induce overproduction in themselves in order to pump enough milk to leave for separations either before or after returning to work. As far as I know, there is no evidence that pumping for this purpose helps in any way with the transition back to work or breastfeeding longevity. To help moms and babies in this situation best, they need 1) As trouble free a start to breastfeeding as possible, so mom and baby love nursing and nursing is as simple and natural as possible. 2) An excellent pump in good working order 3) Time and space to pump as much as she needs to at work, and this will vary mom to mom 4) A caregiver for baby who is committed to learning how to feed baby in a breastfeeding supportive way 5) For separations to be as short and infrequent as possible especially when...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 01:13 AM
    Have you tried a lactation aid? One source of ideas might be websites/articles for those who are nursing or attempting to nurse adopted children and have experience with trying to bring to the breast "older" babies that have never nursed before. Some of these moms can really think out of the box. If you can connect with your local LLL or other breastfeeding support, they might have names of moms who have been through this kind of issue you can personally contact. Of course LLL meetings would be great places to go for ideas and support in any case. I have found that simply being around nursing babies often encourages the reluctant nurser to give it a try. I would suggest that if your baby is licking your nipple, she does have an idea of what is going on. After months of no nursing at the breast, baby has been very well taught that bottles are where she gets milk and that she must find another way aside from the breasts to get comfort as well. So ANY interest in the breasts, however momentary, is a step in the right direction and shows she has some instinct leading her in the right direction. Holding baby skin to skin on moms chest has been shown in studies to help babies nurse more/better even at a few months old. Holding and snuggling your baby as much as you possibly can, clothed or not, may help. Perhaps rather than mom "trying' to nurse, you can help baby find her own way by holding baby against you, you leaning back and supported by the wall or couch back or...
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  • @llli*pixiehawk's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:30 PM
    Due to a medical condition she could not nurse. I was pumping and skimming the milk, then adding a high calorie medium chain fat formula to it. I was able to nurse her one time the day she was born, but then they figured out her chest was filling with fluid due to the high chain fat in breast milk and we couldn't do it again. She was then fed through IV's and a g-tube for the next 3 months or so. then the next 3 months it's been all bottle fed until we could start adding the whole momma milk slowly to her diet. Since the fluid has not come back I can nurse again. However, she has no idea what is going on, has no idea what momma is attempting to do, and just wants her bottle darn it! I've tried when she's hungry, when she's mostly full, wide awake, kinda drowsy, etc. I always express just a little so there is a little on my nipple- she'll lick that off, then get antsy for her bottle. Meawhile my poor nipples feel like the next time they are put in the pump they just might get yanked off and while I know it's not what she's doing I'm feeling pretty rejected as well. My son never had any issues nursing and didn't stop until I was in the hospital before my daughter was born for a week and a half. I am looking for any advice on how to help her figure it out. I would love to be able to get home from work and nurse my little girl instead of having to pump and watch someone else feed her. oh, she's 6 months old
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  • @llli*midnightsangel's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:36 PM
    I don't really have advice specific for your situation but in regards to the pumping you don't need a huge freezer stash. Usually enough to cover 2 or 3 days is plenty because when you go back to work you'll be pumping milk instead of nursing. That pumped milk will then go to baby the next day and so it continues. It's nice to have some extra saved up in case of spills or emergencies etc but you don't need tons. if I were you (I also had super over supply but I didn't pump much) I would gradually stop pumping. You don't want to get engorged so do this slowly by reducing duration of sessions and then dropping them all together. This will.signal your body that you need less milk so you will make less. Your baby is still young so your body naturally produces a lot until about 3 months when it more closely matches demand. Be careful with block feeding. It is nice for over supply but you can eventually get into under supply. Im not very experienced in this area but I think would block feed for a few days whike you're tapering off the pump and then when you're done you can do the "normal" way of offering breast A first then B if baby wants. Next session start on B and offer A etc. Hopefully a more experienced momma can give you more personal advice :hug
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  • @llli*jewell0405's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:24 PM
    Hello!! I'm new to this site and a first time mom...my precious little boy is 3 weeks old. When I gave birth, my LC told me to pump every time after I nursed him because I'm wanting to start building a supply for him when I return to work 6 weeks from now. So I have been doing that until this past week when I've discovered (self-diagnosed) that I had an issue with oversupply: (1) breast constantly full, (2) sometimes milk would spray as I'm trying to get him to latch, (3) trying to get him to latch was a battle- he would make these "mean" looking faces and shake his head off the breast and/or push against me, (4) he would sometimes gulp, choke, sputter, or cough during feedings at breast, (5) mom having extremely sore nipples constantly, (6) feedings may be short, lasting only 5 or 10 minutes total, (7) he would burp or pass (screaming painful) gas frequently between feedings, tending to spit up a lot, and (8) he had watery explosive stools. So based on all those symptoms, and from what I've read about oversupply (or Hyperlactation or any other term it's referred to as)- I kinda self-diagnosed myself with this issue. Please by all means correct me if I'm wrong. But for 3/4 days I've been trying to correct this issue- for two days I did the block feeding and during the entire correction phase I pumped 2 minutes the beast that I knew he was going to feed from just to remove the foremilk. And I still pump once or twice a day so I can continue to build my milk supply...
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  • @llli*pteroglossus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:04 PM
    Hi everyone, thanks for your thoughts. I had not thought about the option of not talking to her about it. She is quite reserved and I try to prepare her for new things like swimming lessons, going to dentist, etc. But I guess weaning is more like talking or walking, and you don't really need to talk about it! Yes, the thing I would like most is for her to fall asleep at naps without a nipple in her mouth. But she will NOT do it. I can lie with her for three hours and she does not fall asleep. She plays in the bed, until I get sick of lying there. Eventually I send her downstairs to my husband so I can get some work done. I feel that naps are still important, but she freaks out when I pull the nipple out unless she is 100% dead to the world (which is often hard to achieve). If I don't put the nipple back in, she cries and wakes up, and then won't go back to sleep again. sigh. I know 20 is just a number to her (but scary to me - ha ha)…what I meant by denial is that she just can't imagine life without nursing. It's so important to her. Songsparrow - I am probably not the best person to advise on how to get a child to sleep without nursing, but what I did at night was eventually, after she was >3, I told her as she came to nurse at night "when my boobs get tired I am going to say 'boobs are tired' and then it will be time to stop nursing and go to sleep". She cried and fussed the first night, but then she got into it. Actually it precipitated a very nice time for us,...
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  • @llli*alphawoman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:29 PM
    Yes, me. I have a thread detailing my process: http://forums.llli.org/showthread.php?122089-Hugs-please-Tapering-off-domperidone-at-3-25 In a nutshell, I tapered off a dose of 120mg/day to nothing in about 4 months, dropping a pill every 1-2 weeks from my daily dose. Between 120mg and about 50mg there was little, if any, drop in supply and we kept up 8ish nurses per day. My son is 3.5 (was 3.25 at the time). We went from nursing 8+ times/day at the outset to 3-5ish times/day now. I found that, as the dose got lower, I would have about a week every month where my body would try to ovulate and my supply would drop considerably, regardless of whether I increased my domperidone dose or not. These hormonal drops are temporary and usually only last a few days. If you LO is well established on solids in a few months, I'd give a taper a try. You might not be able eliminate your dose completely, but you probably will be able to reach your minimum effective dosage. Then, as your daughter gradually chooses to nurse less as she matures, you can drop more pills without any disturbance to either of you.
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  • @llli*alysandrasmom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:50 PM
    Hello! :) So my son is almost 7 months old and he hasn't enjoyed nursing as much as he enjoys the bottle... We had some weight issues around 4 months and I was having to supplement quite a bit with formula so we could measure how much he was getting a day. In doing that, it has hurt my supply and I have not been able to build it back up. My body has never really been great at responding to pumping either. Well, I'm wanting to concentrate on building my supply up. I've made a big mistake of cutting my pumping sessions down to once a day at work :/. I'm going to increase that obviously back to 3 times. Anything else out there that you have found is a great way to build supply back up? I work 8-5 Monday through Friday... As well as pumping more, I'm going to add fenugreek 3 times a day, continue my oatmeal, and try to get my baby to nurse as much as possible. I know this will be a process but I don't want to end up having to stop breastfeeding him! It's very important to me to have him continue! Cancer is a big problem on my husbands side of the family and I have read that breastfeeding lowers chances for the child as well as the mother. So if there is anyone out there that has dealt with this and was able to fix it, tips would be greatly appreciated!!
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  • @llli*reena's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:49 PM
    I'd love to hear from you. How old was you lo and how often did they nurse when you weaned from the medication? How slow did you wean? LO is almost 10 months and I have been on it about 9 months. I really hate the weight gain it caused me, but love that I recovered from our low supply/tongue tie nightmare. It elevates prolactin to levels as high or higher than they would be after giving birth. Due to the prolonged highly elevated prolactin, weight gain and retention is an issue for most. It doesn't help that it's a stomach emptying drug that makes your hungry faster. I just feel so yuck. Trying to remind myself this is a short time in my life. One glimmer of hope I have is weaning from the meds some time after baby turns 1. Dr. Newman recommends weaning after baby is well established on solid food. We still nurse very frequently in addition to 3 'meals' a day.
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:35 PM
    That's good news! Maybe it was a pump thing that time, then.
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:31 PM
    Sounds like a good plan!
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:27 PM
    It's common for moms to have a relative oversupply early on - nature's way of making sure baby has enough. Then, supply regulates over time to more closely match baby's demand. Mom may notice less full, softer breasts, less leaking etc. And, since supply is closely matched to demand, if you pump in between feedings (rather than replacing a feeding), you may not get much pump output. So that all actually sounds quite normal, they key is whether baby is still having plenty of wet diapers and gaining weight on track. Baby being fussy or acting funny at the breast can happen and does not necessarily indicate anything about supply. On the other hand, discomfort in the breasts is NOT normal and it definitely needs to be figured out what is going on. It sounds like it's not DURING feedings, is that right? So unlikely to be a latch problem? This goes through a list of possible causes: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/sore-nipples-breasts/ Clogged ducts can lead to a more generalized pain; thrush is a possibility; there are additional ideas listed in the article. May not be a bad idea to have it checked out if the discomfort persists and it's not obvious what is causing it.
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  • @llli*banu's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:20 PM
    Thank you for Your reply. You're right i cannot force her, she bites as an answer i guess. I will keep offering though. Thanks again.
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  • @llli*tiffmccaskill's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:04 AM
    So 7 weeks ago I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and from the first time he latched, breastfeeding has been a breeze. My son latches well, eats wonderfully and my supply was perfect. Well last week I started noticing my breasts did not feel as full, my son was getting very grumpy while latching, he would have difficulty latching on and then half way through eating get very upset and start fussing and spitting out the nipple. I use to have issues of my breast leaking and getting engorged if he had a bottle while I left him with someone for a bit. Now when I pump in between feedings I don't get anything or at the very most, maybe 1/2 an oz. I have also started having discomfort in both breasts after and in between feedings. the pain is all over, so I don't believe it is a clogged duct. I started drinking mothers milk tea, got some fenugreek supplements and Im going to try to make some lactation cookies this afternoon. Hoping this will help. Has anyone else experienced this problem or know what could cause it? I'm wondering if I shouldn't call my doctor.
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  • @llli*azrael499's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:24 AM
    I've had so many health problems over the past 2 months that getting some sleep has helped both of us. She wakes happy and then nurses really well. I guess I will ask the ped if she wants me to start waking her or let her sleep. If she does wake I am always happy to nurse her. But, when I was waking her she was groggy and would just fall asleep at the breast anyway. That is why I let her sleep.
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  • @llli*isabelofmtl's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:22 AM
    ¿Le ofreces primero el pecho y después el biberón? Digo, para que no esté "lleno" con la fórmula antes de empezar el pecho. ¿Y le ofreces pecho al menos 8 veces/día, idealmente mientras haces piel-contra-piel, en tu cama o en la tina, descansando? Hay varias cosas que nombras que no tienen importancia, por ejemplo: -el color de su cacá. Mientras no sea negra (sangramiento interno), no te preocupes! -cuánto puedes sacar con tiraleche. No tiene ninguna relación con tu capacidad de amamantar ni tu cantidad de producción. Hay muchas razones por las que una madre puede extraer poco aunque tenga una buena cantidad. -si goteas o no. algunas madres chorrean con fuerza y otras no. Ninguna relación con tu producción ni tu capacidad de amamantar. Lo que sí importa es: A) que no sube bien de peso. Dr. Sears dice que debería subir alrededor de 500-1000 gr/mes entre los 2 y 6 meses. B) que quizás duerma mucho,
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:25 AM
    :ita with esthervegan, but I wonder what your concern is...why do you think you might lose the 'option' of pumping? How is breastfeeding going now? Any concerns?
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  • @llli*crystacular's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:13 AM
    Thanks esthervegan! That's music to my ears! BF is hard enough without adding another thing to worry about!
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  • @llli*forecastofrain's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:48 AM
    I asked about Bactrim because I woke up in the morning since taking it and had no noticeable milk in my breasts. I know about my body adjusting, but my body has already adjusted... And I tandem feed my toddler who would nurse like a six month old if she could.
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