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  • @llli*erezina's Avatar
    Today, 02:33 PM
    Hello, I really hope you will help me somehow as I'm beginning to be desperate and I don't what else to try. My baby girl was born premature at 31 weeks. Now she is 5 months old, corrected age 3 months. For about 2 months now she is crying while she is eating but cause there were other things involved I didn't know what can be the case. She was constipated and I thought she is crying because she has belly pain. The doctor told me that she might have a cow protein intolerance and I should keep a diet free of this. I did and things didn't get better, she was still crying and pooing with pain and just once every 3-4 days. I started to eat again normal and after few days she started to poo every day once then we got to 10-12 poos on 24h. Also i notice she gain only 310gr in 3 weeks and we went to the doctor again. They said she is crying and not eating well cause she has acid reflux and they gave her ranitidine 3 times a day. Also in the same time I started again the cow protein free diet. She is under treatment for 18 days now, she seems that she gain weight normally, the poo is more normal color (before was green) and she has about 6-8 BMon24h now BUT the crying....didn't stop. I feel I can't take this anymore. Every feed is a nightmare but only the day. During the night she is sleeping and eating every 3-4 hours. During the day she eats very little (i think) and she starts to cry after few minutes after she started the meal. I have to calm her down and try again and its...
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 11:52 AM
    I get it by ovulation. Even before my period returned.
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 11:50 AM
    Have you checked her ears? Sounds weird maybe but that's a sign when my baby has an ear infection.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:50 AM
    ok well full breasts do send the signal to make less milk. Again, assuming frequent nursing the rest of the time, this may be fine for overall milk production. But if you find yourself feeling full or uncomfortable and cannot pump more at work, or to just to be on the safe side, maybe you can add a couple of quick breaks to hand express as needed. http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/06_hand_expression.pdf There are pumping in the workplace laws out there, including the need to provide adequate break time. Have you researched this? They do not apply in ever situation, but you can also discuss with your employer the need to pump more often anyway. A lactating mother who is not removing milk from her breasts with adequate frequency is at a high risk of several issues, including mastitis which can be a very serious illness. I assume you plan to pump some while at home anyway, as it is unlikely you can pump enough in one session to feed baby for 12 hours. What happened with on older child breastfeeding-wise is not a clear indicator of what may happen this time, unfortunately. Not only is every baby different, our bodies may change with each baby as well.
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 11:45 AM
    My baby never enjoyed a sippy cup. He would take a few sips and that's it. What he did like was those popup sport water bottles? I have found those with small 8oz bottles so that's what we use. That's for when we're out. But at home we use a regular cup with a straw. I hold it for him.
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  • @llli*liz.g.autry's Avatar
    Today, 10:10 AM
    Well we've been almost completely supplement free for two weeks. Unfortunately less then a week in she caught a cold that left her with a stuffy nose. So she only gained half an ounce in four days. The lactation consultant that was present when we weighed her wasn't concerned when she found out Tabby had a cold, since not being able to breath well through her nose has interfered with nursing. I'm taking her in for another weigh today. She's still very congested so I'm preparing myself for another poor gain. But other than weight she is doing fantastic, very alert and happy. She has 8-10 wet diapers a day. I'm still struggling with anxiety over everything but I'm doing a little better, no panic attacks. I have to keep going the dehydration check list and reassuring myself that she doesn't show any signs.
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  • @llli*boogabbalucky's Avatar
    Today, 10:07 AM
    Thanks. She wouldn't even nurse this morning... I tried 3 different times and she just wants nothing to do with me. I'm so sad :(
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 09:44 AM
    I agree with both pp- especially better pump and pump more often. All the galactagogues in the world will not help increase milk production if milk is not being removed from the breasts often enough and well enough. Expressing 7 times a day is simply not enough for most mothers to bring in a normal milk production when a baby is not nursing or is nursing very little. 8-10 times would be the suggested minimum to aim for. You do not need to schedule pump sessions- Babies do not nurse on a schedule, so no reason to pump on one. If the schedule works for you, fine, but many moms find that pumping more when they can and not worrying about a specific schedule helps them get in more pumping sessions. Have you seen a board certified lactation consultant to help you with the issues? (IBCLC) What other issues were you having prior to being in the hospital? Was it you or baby who was hospitalized? Is baby gaining weight normally? How is baby being fed? How often, how much each time, is baby fed with a bottle, and if so, are you using paced bottle feeding technique? How baby is given supplements can make a difference when it comes to encouraging baby back to the breast. Have you considered a lactation aid (at the breast supplementer) for giving supplements? You are surely exhausted and wondering if this is worth it. I can tell you that this is still early days. There is every chance you can increase your production and get baby back to the breast.
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  • @llli*alphawoman's Avatar
    Today, 09:42 AM
    Illness from a cold or flu can cause unusual latch and changes either way in nursing frequency in a child feeling under the weather. The first sign I usually get that my son is coming down with a cold is sloppy latch.
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  • @llli*greatestjoy's Avatar
    Today, 09:25 AM
    That is reassuring that you do not think supply will be a major problem. This was my major fear. I actually regularly went much longer stretches when pumping for my son (up to 7 hours), but he was months older, my milk supply had had a longer time to establish itself. Although it was challenging in the first few weeks, this time (like last) I am working with OALD/OS so this works in my favor for pumping. To answer your questions, Yes, I am pumping only once at work, but I will of course pump/nurse right before and after work. I do feel full after 4-5 hours, but not engorged/lumpy/uncomfortable. And you are right, the 12 days are completely randomly spread out over the month so that there is no long stretch away from baby. My husband does do paced feeding.
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  • @llli*carmofrap's Avatar
    Today, 08:29 AM
    Thank you! I hadn't really noticed whether his chin was tipped or not. I've been paying attention and sometimes he does get a little scrunched up position wise if he is sitting next to me. We will see if it goes away, though he's been nursing in similar positions for months without a problem so I'm not sure that's the cause. It can't hurt though and always good to be aware of! I'm treating for thrush naturally just in-case.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:01 AM
    :( I am so sorry about the nursing strike! How unfair. This link has tips on getting a baby back to the breast: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/back-to-breast/
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:57 AM
    :ita with the PPs. Ortho-Tricyclen and other combination estrogen-progestin contraceptives are not breastfeeding compatible. If you are going to choose a hormonal contraceptive, I think it makes sense to choose the progestin-only minipill, as progestin-only methods are least likely to have negative impact on supply and the minipill is immediately reversible, unlike injectable/implantable methods (e.g. Mirena, Nexplanon, Depo-Provera). The following methods are 100% safe for breastfeeding: - All barrier methods- male condom, female condom, diaphragm, cervical cap, sponge, and contraceptive films, gels, foams, etc. - ParaGard IUD - LAM (lactational amenorrhea method) - FAM (fertility awareness method, generally not a good choice for a nursing mom if she has never used FAM before) - outercourse ( that's everything in the sexual menu except vaginal intercourse) - abstinence - sterilization (for couples who are 100% sure they are done having kids)
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:48 AM
    :ita with Maddieb, particularly with the following: Here are some kellymom links on newborn nursing: http://kellymom.com/bf/normal/newborn-nursing/ http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supply-worries/enough-milk/
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:57 AM
    :ita The Swing is a relatively lightweight machine, best for a mom who is mostly nursing and pumping the occasional bottle for a sitter or perhaps working part time. In your situation, you want a good double electric pump like the Medela Pump in Style or the Hygeia Enjoye at a minimum, and a hospital-grade rental would be ideal. You also want correctly sized shields. A 6 hour break at night is not ideal. It's rare for babies to sleep that long. So you might want to simply experiment with a shorter nighttime interval- maybe 4-5 hours rather than 6? I see this as a good idea, but less important than a better pump. While you are working on supply, I suggest continuing to try to get the baby back to the breast. The tricks in this link may help: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/back-to-breast/. In particular, I urge you to try a nipple shield, to do lots of skin-to-skin and try the instant reward technique. I also suggest staying away from hormonal contraception. It's typical for moms to be offered birth control at their 6 week postpartum visit, and while there are some hormonal methods that are sometimes safe for breastfeeding, all hormonal methods have the potential to have a negative impact on milk supply. So they are best avoided right now, while you work on increasing your supply. Can you tell us what landed you back in the hospital at 1 week postpartum? There are some health conditions that can explain issues with milk supply.
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  • @llli*erin.in.middletown's Avatar
    Today, 05:02 AM
    Is it a possibility that you would be able to rent a hospital grade pump? A hospital grade pump is really the right tool for exclusive pumping, particularly when trying to establish supply. When you are doing such frequent pumping, it really makes the most of your efforts to have the strongest, best quality machine. The cost of these varies by area; in the urban centers of the Midwest that I am familiar with, they seem to rent for about 50-70$ a month; if cost is prohibitive, there may be some WIC programs that have these pumps for rental, or may have funds to allocate. Would you be able to pump more frequently? More frequent milk removal is the best way to increase supply, for most women. These two ideas are what come to me first, but my early riser is waking!
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 04:55 AM
    I tend to get my light sleeper to where she is going to sleep and lie her down while she's still latched if I can. And yes I probably looked stupid doing this in a service station car park last night, and yes it was awkward, but she did then sleep in the car seat. Thankfully it was dark, lol! Not sure if this helps or not. One of the main reasons we took to co-sleeping was my inability to lie my DD down.
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