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  • @llli*peanutbutter7's Avatar
    Today, 01:13 PM
    My baby is 4.5 months and after a 3+ weeks of pooping once a day or every other day, (none at night) he started going a lot more last week. He poops around the clock now, the largest ones being early morning and late afternoon with several small ones in between. It's watery and almost always green. He also pulls on my nipples, repeatedly latches/unlatches and sometimes cries or fusses during this. He seems to get some milk, react badly to it then immediately go back for more, over And over. At first I thought he wanted the other breast but he does thus with both. I ebf, rarely have dairy and haven't changed anything in my diet. He's going through a sleep regression and WW19 so I've been stressed and eating/drinking less but that's it. Any idea what could be going on?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 12:32 PM
    Do you notice baby nursing less often since this started? My guess would be that it is more likely that your pump output, not your production, is decreasing, due to either the pump needing some troubleshooting or just because you are hitting the dreaded 'pump slump." one more 'meal" of solids is not likely to impact milk production but it depends on what we mean by a "meal." Some of those baby food jars are enormous. How much fruit are we talking? Is it in a puree? (so contains lots of water as well) etc. I do not think it is appropriate to send less milk. If baby was older and eating lots and lots of solids that would be one thing, but for a 7-8 year old, 8 ounces seems perfectly reasonable for a 7 hour separation. Of course if you just do not have that much to send, you will need to decide whether to pump more often, consider formula, or yes send less milk which may mean you have to ask them to increase solids. From who and why? If you mean just from the daycare, I would suggest, do not let them pressure you. On the other hand, I do not think that 3 "meals" a day plus 8 ounces for an 8 month old is unreasonable- again, it depends what they mean by "meals"-it may help to know- how much exactly is baby being offered? Is baby given a bowl of food and allowed to eat with hands, or spoon fed? Is eating more self directed (this can be done even if baby is spoon fed, but it takes time and patience and caregiver "communicating" with baby) or is baby "encouraged"...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 12:10 PM
    Impossible to say. A hospital grade pump is designed to be used multiple times a day by a mom who needs to pump that often to increase/promote normal milk production. A P&S and all others in that class are meant to be used 2-3 times a day 5 days a week by moms who have a normal milk production established and are only pumping because they are separated from baby. So in theory, yes a hospital grade pump would make a difference. However in practice it really depends on the situation. Some moms do best with hand expression or a manual pump. There is a wide variety of normal. So from lowest known weight of 7lbs 4 ounces at day (I am guessing) 3 or so, baby gained 20 ounces in 30 days to weigh 8lbs 9 oz on day 33. That is a bit slow, but sounds better and is more accurate than to say "baby only gained 5 ounces from birth weight." I am surprised no 2 week or thereabouts check was done given the concern early on. It would be nice to know if gain has been steady, was slow to get going, or is slower now. 20 ounces in 30 day averages to 2/3 ounce a day or about 4 and a half ounces a week. It is slow, but not that far off the normal range. Now that you are supplementing 2-4 ounces of formula a day, how is gain? Also how much of your own milk in bottles does baby get each day? You do not have to answer, IO am just saying, these are the questions to ask yourself as you figure out exactly what baby is needing to gain normally. When figuring out the puzzle of slow gain,...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:14 AM
    Basically I mean do not push her or insist or get upset if she does not nurse. I am guessing that your OP/FFLD is the root cause of baby resisting nursing. So it might take time to convince baby that the answer is more frequent nursing. You don't want to make things worse by getting stressed out about it. this is a good article about how to gently encourage nursing. http://kellymom.com/ages/newborn/nb-challenges/back-to-breast/ Usually the simplest way to gently offer the breast is to spend lots of time snuggling baby skin to skin or with easy access. If baby does not like being held, try different holds or positions, or relax (sitting) on the couch with baby kind of beside you etc. (I do not mean lay down and sleep with baby on couch- couch is not safe surface for this.
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 10:29 AM
    Oh! OK! So Karo syrup works. And also? All P fruits. So if you are giving her plenty of solids, Pears, Peaches, Plums also loosed things up. And besides Milk, feed her water and keep her away from foods like rice and bananas. Which actually also constipate.
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  • @llli*goli79's Avatar
    Today, 09:36 AM
    thanks for the tips! she is definitely on the mend. what a rough 2-3 weeks that was. we've now generated a new problem: my daughter refuses to sleep unless it's next to me, in my bed, with my nipple in her mouth. and she seems to get up frequently as if to check to make sure i'm still there. it's always something.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 08:01 AM
    Babies nurse for hunger, thirst, comfort, companionship/closeness/connection, and for help getting back to sleep. These are all normal and healthy reasons a baby would nurse. So of course a 7 month old who is still normally cycling in and out of sleep rapidly will wake several times a night and want to nurse. I forget what book it is in, I think it is "Kiss Me!" but the pediatrician Carlos Gonzalez discusses the myth that babies normally progressively sleep more as they get older. It is not true, and of course anyone can reason that it is true- If an older child sleeps more overall than the brand new baby, they would never be awake! But what we expect is that there will be a linear progression to fewer but longer naps and a long sleep at night (sleep consolidation.) But that is not how it actually works. Waking more to nurse at this age is entirely normal. Of course the sleep will normally begin to consolidate to something resembling one long stretch and one longish nap sometime in the next couple years. Older kids normally sleep stretches of 8-10 hours every night. But that is later. And they still wake up at least once or so at the very least to pee for a while. Or not, and then you have to get up to change the bed! If this change was abrupt I think it makes sense to look at what baby has been eating or drinking (anything aside breastmilk) and the environment, to rule out some reaction, and look at sleep place and routines to see if something could be causing...
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  • @llli*podutti's Avatar
    Today, 06:09 AM
    DS is almost 8 months old. I work 7hrs a day and pump milk for him to send to daycare. I nurse him before drop-off, at 8am, and again when I get home at 4:30pm. During the day he has 2x4oz bottles, some veggies+meat for lunch and some fruit in the afternoon. We did try with 2x2oz and 1x4oz bottles but he seemed more content with the 2 larger bottles. During the week he gets no solids at home and I generally don't offer much at weekends, maybe a little at lunchtime only. He is EBF and nurses on demand day and night. So, the problem, this week I have struggled a LOT to pump the 8oz milk at work. I never had this problem before and could easily pump in excess of what I needed. The last 2 days I didn't manage it and had to pump at home in the evening. Yesterday I asked at daycare if anything had changed and they have now started offering him fruit for morning snack also, which I am told he loves. Has this affected my supply?? I am very happy with this daycare. The carers are lovely, it is clean, safe and not overcrowded, and I can clearly see that DS really likes it. They did ask for an extra 4oz bottle a few weeks ago which I said was not needed, given that he is only there for 7 hours and eats solids. So this is the reason they have increased the solid food as they believed he was hungry. What should I do? Reduce the milk I send, pump more, tell them to cut out the morning snack? He is the only child there drinking breast milk and maybe all the others eat/drink a lot...
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  • @llli*podutti's Avatar
    Today, 05:47 AM
    The baby you describe in the first paragraph sounds like the textbook example! The experience I have had with my 3 is more similar to your current situation. I would guess that your LO is getting more interested in what is going on around him and isn't interested in devoting 30ish minutes eating. My 7mo DS might spend 5 minutes eating, then decide he wants to go explore something and then look to eat again 30 minutes later. I think that maybe what you are interpreting as regression is actually a sign that your little one is gaining a new found interest in the world around him.
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  • @llli*emimom's Avatar
    Today, 05:41 AM
    Thank you for your reply! Baby has always been pooping regularly and as expected for her age. She was born via c section with a birth weight of 8 lb 4 oz. her lowest weight was on day 4 at 7 lb 4 oz. since it was more than a 10% drop, the doctor asked that we top it off. We did this just for a day as her weight was back up on day 5 to 7 lb 5 oz. She was 8 lb 9 oz on day 33, so she was pro back to birth weight sometime in the middle. I pump every 2 hours in the day for 20 min on the medals double electric pump in style. I give the baby whatever I pump. I go for longer stretches at night without pumping. For instance, last night baby feel asleep at 7 pm, woke up to feed at 1 am and then again at 4 am. I only pumped after the 4 am session. Do you think adding more sessions at night will help? I only pump after she feeds. So I don't know how long she will be feeding or how long I would go at night before the next nursing / pumping session. I have also been thinking about renting a hospital grade. My existing pump seems to be in good working order. Could a hospital grade make a difference? I do like my lactation consultant. Unfortunately, I can't delay resuming work. But I have a flexible schedule. And may be gone for only 4 hours in the first couple of weeks.
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  • @llli*sak184's Avatar
    Today, 04:31 AM
    His birth weight was 1.025kg. And after 1 1/2 months later when he got discharged from the hospital he was 1.225kg. And after a 1 week at his 1st well baby clinic he was 1.370kg. (On 14/03/2016) Throughout this whole time he was on EBM exclusively. Hospital advised not to bf all the time bcoz baby could lose weight with all the sucking. And on the other hand he also didn't seem interested in bfing very much. so I had to express milk for ever 3 hrs. He was admitted to the hospital again for a blood transfusion and by then he was 1.695kg. (On 30/03/2016) And then we started formula supplement on him and after 2 weeks (15/04/2016) he weighed 2.3kg. Then on 20/05/2016 he was 3.5kg. Lo still was on EBM and 2 feeds of formula supplement. By that time since i was so tired with expressing i had started bfing. But I still i gave the baby EBM and mostly @ night i breastfed him. After couple of days i started to feel the pain on my nipples but i kept bfing. few days later baby got a bad cough and i brought him to the clinic again on 30/05/2016 and he was 3.850kg. that day i was advised to stop expressing and start bfing. I did as i was advised and gave him 2 feeds of formula. By this time i was suffering from unbearable pain in nipples. So i talked to the staff at Lactation Management Centre (LMC) of the hospital. They checked me and my baby and said baby's latching seems fine and even if it wasn't, latching cannot be corrected bcoz baby now is too old for that. They...
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  • @llli*linneapg's Avatar
    Today, 01:38 AM
    I have a beautiful 7mo boy who's been breastfeeding (and growing well) since day 1. He's also been eating small amounts of soft solids 1 or 2x a day since about 5 months and seems to do well with them, besides minor gas from time to time. Up till about 6 months his nap and feeding schedule seemed pretty "normal." 4 short naps a day started consolidating to 3 naps a day, sometimes 2, at least one of which would be 2 hrs long. He nursed 7-8 times a day for 25-35 minutes per feed. He slept through the night (from about 8-9 PM to 5-6 AM) most nights. For the last month or so though, things have gotten weird. Each nursing has shortened drastically, from 25-35 minutes to more like 10, maybe 15. But he wants to eat more frequently throughout the day instead of less - 9+ short feeds. His nap schedule seems to have regressed somewhat, back to 3-4 naps a day, none longer than an hour. His bedtime is about the same (we keep expecting it to move earlier, and have tried to help it along, but any time we put him down before 8 he just naps and wakes up an hour later) but he almost never sleeps through the night anymore. Even one-wake nights are rare. 2-3 night wakings has become the norm. I nurse him until he falls back asleep, which doesn't take very long thankfully (I'm skeptical he's actually hungry). But the 2/3/4 hr stints of sleep are starting to wear on me, especially after 8+ had been standard. We assumed this was a short phase due to teething or starting solid foods, but now...
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  • @llli*abigailmarie's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:36 PM
    That's good to hear! I would cut any foods to continue breastfeeding, but I'd like to not have too! I don't plan on introducing solids until 6 months, but I'm a little nervous about it just incase it is a dairy allergy/sensitivity. :huh
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  • @llli*abigailmarie's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:31 PM
    Wow! Thank you for all this information! I have the links bookmarked and will read them as soon as I can get my daughter to sleep. When you say gently offer the breast, what does that mean exactly? She doesn't nurse well at all during the day so I try to get her to nurse when I notice she's waking up from a nap. Otherwise it's a tearful battle. I don't think I'm eating or drinking anything that can make it worse. I do drink a lot of water though & just normal iced tea. I do though sometimes pump when she doesn't nurse during the day, sometimes her stretches are 4 hours because she just refuses. I pump for maybe 5 minutes and get 5oz on one side, and about 3-4 on the other. I only do this though when she goes long stretches like that though. I haven't tried hand expressing since a mishap. I was hand expressing a bit, and the milk was just spraying everywhere, soaked everything, and I just felt awful about it. If I express one side, the other will start spraying too. So maybe I'd need to do this in the shower! :huh I'll try to work on nursing her as you suggested and I hope that helps! While I obviously don't want any issues with breastfeeding, I'd much rather it be a matter of altering my nursing than my diet. Though I would give up any food group to be able to continue to breastfeed! Oh and I just realized, that my daughter does take to side lying nursing pretty well, she hates nursing with the boppy, being held, or things like that. I didn't figure that it could...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:06 PM
    My older daughter was 4 years old when my younger one was born. Our solution to the issue of the older one feeling a lack of mom's undivided attention was to hire a babysitter. I would have preferred having a grandma or other family member take on some of the childcare, but we live really far away from all our family. The babysitter wasn't a perfect solution, but it was a solution that did relieve me of the feeling that I was supposed to do it all, and allowed me to nap when the baby napped. When I was getting more sleep, I felt more able to handle my 4 year-old.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:00 PM
    What sort of pump are you using?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:54 PM
    Hi, I strongly suggest the book Making More Milk. A baby not seeming satisfied is probably not a great reason to introduce formula. Babies this young usually will nurse quite a lot even if they are gaining very well. However, poor weight gain in baby is different. Being only 5 ounces above birth weight at 4 weeks sounds scary, but it is important to know what actually happened in the intervening weeks. Was baby pooping with normal frequency? Do you know what the lowest weight was and when it was? At what age was baby "back up" to birth weight? Was baby given what you pumped? Did baby keep nursing with normal frequency (10 or more times in 24 hours?) What kind of pump do you have and are you sure it is in perfect working condition? I would strongly suggest not worry too much about stockpiling for work yet. Your more immediate issue is to figure out if you can get baby gaining normally at the breast (without supplements of formula or your milk) and if not, how you can approach that situation in a way that will work for you. If your baby needs more than baby is getting at the breast, I think it might make more sense right now to give all you pump to your baby, and top off with formula only after that if needed. if you find baby needs formula supplements in the long term, those can be given or mostly given while you are at work and consequently your breastfeeding relationship and your attempts to improve your milk production can be less interrupted by bottles....
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:32 PM
    :ita with MaddieB! I'm just chiming in to share my experience. I had pretty crazy overproduction with my second kid. From 3 weeks until around 6 months, her poops ranged from spinach green to fluorescent green, and were frequently mucousy and/or flecked or streaked with blood. I never bothered to eliminate anything from my diet for her, and she grew and developed completely normally. Aside from a bit of eczema and a mild allergy to eggwhites, she has been completely healthy. I think a lot of moms throw themselves down the dietary elimination rabbit hole without much reason- I know we'd do anything for our babies, but that's no reason that we all have to go live on gluten-free bread and water. ;)
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:24 PM
    That's the evil genius of the piece, right? That it mines our deepest insecurities, and provides a neat, simple explanation for complex problems. It's so much easier to blame breastfeeding for a baby's health issues than to say "we don't really know why this happened." :( That just breaks my heart. For what it's worth, I don't think that a child's medical issues should cause a mom to question her parenting. Health issues happen in families with the best parenting and families with the worst parenting and all of us in between. One trick that helps my kids with their infrequent shots is to use some fairy dust. "Fairy dust" is just some imaginary powder I sprinkle on my finger, but some people use glitter from an old spice bottle. Anyway, I pretend to put the fairy dust on my finger and then have my kid blow it off while she gets the shot. When a kid is concentrating hard on the act of blowing all the fairy dust off your finger, the pain of the shot doesn't register the same way.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:46 PM
    Yes, I can completely understand why the ironed nappy would be inconvenient. When you're nursing, it's hard to run off and iron a nappy in time to slap it on a hurting nipple. That's why I suggest trying the teacup idea- when you see that it's getting close to time to nurse, you heat up a mug of steaming hot tea, and by the time the baby is done nursing on the first side, the teacup is probably cool enough that you can press it on the nipple through your shirt while baby nurses on the other side. As far as I know, vasospasms can be triggered by cold or by compression. Since you like in Sri Lanka, cold is probably not something you experience very often! And seeing your nipples look creased or angled suggests that there is compression going on. Instead of the nipple landing on the ideal spot on the back of the baby's tongue, beneath his soft palate, it is landing on the front of his tongue, underneath his hard palate. The baby sucks, and the nipple gets compressed between the moving tongue and hard palate. Compression of the nipple can reduce milk transfer to the baby. Compressing the nipple is rather like crimping a hose; it slows down the flow of liquid. Can you tell us more about your baby's weight history? Birth weight, lowest weight, weight at each checkup? i am asking because I think we need to know how much weight baby has been gaining since transitioning to exclusive breastfeeding. Don't panic. If there is a problem here, there's also going to be...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:18 PM
    I think the only difference when introducing bottles is that with an infant this age it is really important to help baby slow down the feed, take pauses, and not over feed with the bottle. This can be done by using paced bottle feeding positioning and pausing technique (or skipping the bottle and using a cup, which basically forces those actions.)
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:04 PM
    Hi abigailmarie. No reason to not try dairy elimination, but if you know you have OS and symptoms fit that, no reason to not work on that first. First you should know green mucous poo is within range of normal. If you feel your baby is uncomfortable, and you are getting engorged, etc. those are all signs of OP. that is one thing. But no need to do anything about green poop itself. Block feeding is something that should help with OP in a matter of days, and is not meant to be done for weeks on end (usually.) I think it is possible that block feeding at this point may be exacerbating rather than helping. Here is why: What is really causing the problem when a mom has OP? Not the OP itself, that may cause a problem for mom (Engorgement, plugs and mastitis) but not for baby. It is the very fast and forceful letdown (FFLD) that often accompanies OP that is a potential source of trouble for baby. The longer a breast goes without being nursed on, the more the milk builds up in the breast, and the more forceful the letdown will tend to be. So block feeding can actually exacerbate the fast letdown, as the letdown will be all the more forceful every time you switch sides.
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  • @llli*emimom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:04 PM
    Hi! I would like to seek your advice on how to increase my breast milk so as to eliminate the 2-4 oz formula that my baby takes. We added the formula because she didn’t seem to be satisfied even after hours of breastfeeding. She is really good at breastfeeding, but after several minutes would fall asleep at the breast and when we’d put her down to sleep she’d wake up rooting for the breast. She is 6 weeks old. And when we weighed her at the 4 week mark, she had only put on 5 oz from her birth weight. The lactation consultant suggested pumping after each breastfeeding session to increase supply. I already take fenugreek, oatmeal, fennel, etc. We did this for week 5, but still baby had only put on 4 oz in total that week. So this week, we started adding some formula when she seems unsatisfied after breastfeeding during the day, and she takes anywhere between 2 and 4 oz of formula in total. I continue to pump after breastfeeding and usually only get less than 0.5 oz in total. I pump for 20 min after each breastfeeding session, do hand compressions. In a day, I do this about 5 times. I combine all this expressed milk and also offer it to baby.
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