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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    June 23rd, 2017, 10:57 AM
    I am due in 5 weeks. My baby boy has a small issue in one of his kidney. He might need a procedure for that. But it's not emergency. The urologist from the hospital said he could do the procedure even before we leave the hospital or it can even wait for a month or so. What I am worried is if we go for the surgery before we leave the hospital , it would affect my milk supply while he is gone right? Say the surgery is for 2 hours or so. And then even after surgery he could be drowsy. So I am scared that it would affect my milk supply initially. Or if I pump every 2 hours should it be ok?. If suppose we decide to go on a procedure and. Says it's the 3rd day after he is born. How many minutes should I pump every 2 hours? Please help. Any advice is appreciated.
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  • @llli*deja's Avatar
    June 21st, 2017, 03:02 PM
    Hello everyone DD was born 10 days ago and we've been having breastfeeding problems from the start. After a horrible experience we both suffered through during birth, she latched and nursed, not a great latch but not as bad as it was with DS. After that it went downhill. The latch was bad no matter what I tried, she was hungry, nervous, I was in really bad shape and to fast forward a few days, she was being bottle fed formula with nursing in between. My breasts got engorged on the third day but no milk was coming out, no more than drops at a time. I massaged, jot showers, expressing, hand pump...no use. The were painful and firm but no milk was coming out. That day we were being released from hospital and because of other complications I won't get into after the morning I wasn't able to do anything about my breasts until evening, aside from some brief nursing sessions. When we got home I hooked up my electric pump and started pumping and massaging. Next day it was a better, the second day they were soft and pain free again. But through all that, no milk, still drops. So the next few days I concentrated on getting my breasts up and running and slowly, bit by bit was able to eliminate the formula and am now bottle feeding expressed milk. Supply is still not where I want it to be, but I"m getting there.
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  • @llli*julienne02's Avatar
    June 20th, 2017, 12:23 PM
    My 11 month old is not eating any solids yet. He is tasting things but not actually eating anything yet. I have still been pumping three times a day at work but when he turns a year in July I will no longer be granted access to the pumping room as my workplace does not want to "set precedent." There isn't really anywhere private that I can go to pump on the sly during breaks except one room that may or may not work out...He generally nurses at least six times each night and morning before I go to work. I have a LOT of frozen breastmilk. If I end up not being able to pump at work, will my supply still be high enough to meet his demands when I am at home and on my days off? Or will my not pumping decrease my overall supply too much for a little guy who is still pretty much exclusively breastfeeding?
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  • @llli*mohawkbaby's Avatar
    June 20th, 2017, 04:42 PM
    I wrote another long winded post with lots of details about my situation, but the internet ate it when I tried to post it, and I don't have time to re-write it. So a much shorter post... I have been pumping about 3 times a day, trying to increase my milk supply. I have been giving that to my baby on top of nursing ALL day long, on demand. I usually pump 3-4 ounces total in those sessions combined. This is my 5th baby, (first 4 successfully breastfed) she was born on 3/14 (now 3 months old), 41 weeks gestation, weighing 6lbs 6oz, on 6/15 she weighed 9lbs 1oz. My question is...
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  • @llli*jhart's Avatar
    June 24th, 2017, 08:36 PM
    Hi, I am a SAHM and have EBFed three children. I have tuberous breasts and PCOS, although I am of normal weight. One breast produces very little milk but the other one is a decent producer. Two months ago I got mastitis and breast inflammation in the good breast that lasted about two weeks. I EBFed through it and for two weeks after it had cleared up. At that point, my supply still hadn't come back (as indicated by diapers, no let-down, no leaking, unhappy baby). I weighed my son and he was down a pound. A three-month old shouldn't be losing weight, so I started pumping and supplementing with formula. I've been pumping 4-6 times a day with a Medela Symphony (in addition to nursing) and supplementing for about six weeks now and the supply in my good breast is still down. It is producing no more than the bad one and together it's not enough. I'm producing about 0.6 oz per hour. With my first child, when I pumped after three hours, I would get 1 oz out of the bad breast and 3 oz out of the good one. Now I'm getting 1 oz out of each. I'm taking the galactalogues that have worked for me in the past but no galactologue is going to double my production. I'm wondering what happened to my good breast. Was it damaged by the mastitis? Did clogged ducts cause pressure involution in some parts of it? Will my supply ever come back? Will it come back with another child? I remember the inflammation migrated around my breast. As soon as one area of tenderness cleared up, another...
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  • @llli*jabez's Avatar
    June 22nd, 2017, 06:39 AM
    @llli*jabez started a thread SNS in Increasing Your Milk
    Hello, My baby is almost 5 months and still supplementing. I never got my milk to be sufficient. I work during weekdays and spent my weekends breastfeeding my baby. I pump in the office every 3 hours and breastfeed my baby throughout the night. Although my baby doesn't throw tantrums for being hungry, I always feel that the milk she's getting is not enough. The only time I feel she's happy with the milk quantity she's getting is when I have mild cases of clogged ducts or I was not able to pump for like 4 to 5 hours. So, I want to address the weekend breastfeeding effort by buying SNS. Do you think it will still work now that she's 5 months old - she's so active and can now 'manipulate' my (.)(.). Like she can hold it and put in her mouth, etc. Recently, she will latch and use her hands to push herself away - end result is that she's on my nipple rather than my whole (.)(.). I would take her back from time to time and hold her hand instead so that it cannot move.. Thanks in advance for your inputs and insights.
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  • @llli*mackeroo2013's Avatar
    June 22nd, 2017, 11:47 AM
    I'm on antibiotics that have been prescribed to prevent infection. After 8 days of the 14 day rx, my 17 month old vomited once and has had several sick poops. She is acting a little under the weather. Dr. Thinks it may be from the antibiotics and she's exposed from nursing. I nurse my daughter about 6-7 times a day. Dr. Wants me to quit nursing and just pump. Daughter has never taken cow's milk, but also she nurses more for comfort. I am considering going off the antibiotics and sticking to my probiotics because I can't fathom keeping her from nursing for 5 days. I can't handle the thought of being abruptly taken from nursing. Any thoughts on this. People keep telling me "she's old enough to wean", but that's not the point. I want her to decide that. Help I'm so discouraged.
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  • @llli*kelleena's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:33 PM
    Hi, I am the mom of a 3 year old that still nurses. We nurse when she wants to cuddle or have milky or naps and night time. I pump from time to time at work when I start to feel pressure. I have been asked by a mom that is due soon if I might be willing to donate. I have donated in the past when my LO was young and she knew this. I'd like to help her out however I just get very little when I pump. I am looking for recomendations to increase that or increase the lactation since my LO is probably not taking as much as she used to. I drink water only, no caffieen, eat healthy anything is greatly appreciated.
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  • @llli*danielst15's Avatar
    June 23rd, 2017, 07:33 PM
    My 7 mo son has been needing nebuizing treatments of Albuterol and Budesonide multiple times a day for a couple months now. I have noticed a dramatic drop in supply around this same time. Can either of these drugs cause a drop in my supply? My son wont keep his mask on, so we hold it in front of his nose, so I inhale a lot of it.
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  • @llli*sebsmama's Avatar
    June 23rd, 2017, 09:03 AM
    First time mom here, In the past month, I've had to have gallbladder surgery, quickly followed by a return to work. After surgery, I wasn't able to nurse for a few days due to the medications I was on, and instead pumped and dumped. That was quickly followed by a return to work, where I went from nursing several times a day to pumping exclusively during the day (every 2-3 hours) and then nursing at night. I've noticed a dramatic decrease in supply. I am lucky if I get 4-5 oz total from my daytime pumping, and my 4-month old son now needs a formula supplement after nursing at night, as I cannot satisfy him with nursing alone. We are relying increasingly on formula and I really want to avoid that. I've tried power pumping and hand expression. Any other thoughts or tips?
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  • @llli*iveehill's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:52 PM
    I am having some health issues that may require me to start the weaning process. :cry I have systemic candida and heavy metal toxicity, which has resulted in severe thyroid issues and other symptoms. It might not sound bad, but the symptoms are debilitating. My daughter is 17 months old. I cannot treat these issues as long as she is breastfeeding, and I have put off the treatment now for about 10 months. I'm afraid that my health is going to suffer permanently if I put off treatment much longer. I always told myself that I would breastfeed until my daughter self-weaned, but now that does not seem to be an option. I am having a very hard time emotionally. Can anyone give some gentle weaning tips for me? I won't be able to do it if it is traumatic. Her nursing schedule is as follows: 6:00 am wake up and nurse 10:00 am bottle of breast milk (work days) or nurse on off days 2:00 pm bottle of breast milk (work days) or nurse on off days 6:00 pm nurse 9:00 pm nurse and bed Sometimes she also asks to nurse at other random times.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:33 PM
    Hi kellena, I agree with carm3, you would have to up your milk production by, first and foremost, increasing how often you pump - possibly by quite a lot. And that would probably mean pumping more often at work unless you work part time. Of course you want to help this mom, but at this point, assuming you even can, do you want to increase your milk production to the extent needed? You might want to think about how this would impact you- your work, your time, your fertility etc. I also wonder why the mom needs donor milk and how much she needs. If is a lot, she may want to line up several donors.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:13 PM
    Well the good news is that if your baby is already not nursing much overnight, that will help, as the typical gentle weaning tips are much easier to implement when you are awake. Also your child is nursing with a fairly low frequency already- meaning, the weaning process that began when baby started eating solids is already well on its way. So maybe it will help you to think of this as not making your child wean but rather, as speeding up the process that is already happening. LLL has long suggested that, when possible, weaning goes best when it is allowed to occur gradually. This is deliberately vague, because how gradual is gradual? It depends on the situation. It sounds like you would like the weaning process to be over fairly soon, but you are also not contemplating needing to abruptly wean in just a few days...do I have that right? Anyway, there are two excellent books on weaning I would recommend. The Nursing Mother's Guide to Weaning and How Weaning Happens. They will be able to give you may ideas and also specific information about what is happening both for mom and child during the weaning process. You do not need both, one is fine. If you just want some quick suggestions, the typical and most recommended weaning strategies can be summed up like this: Don't offer, don't refuse. Avoid: (situations or position that cause child to want to nurse or expect to nurse.) Distract: say "Let's do..." (anything aside nursing your child might want to do or...
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  • @llli*mamer3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:33 PM
    Just wanted to update and fill you in maddieb after all your help. So 2 days after my last post, DD got a simple cold but it meant she went off her solids and so the doctor decided it was time to go to the children's hospital. His referral letter stated that she was severe failure to thrive with fine and gross motor delay :( She was admitted and we stayed there for 5 nights. She had chest xray, bloods, pre and post feeding weight check (she went up 6oz's) and lots of assessment and discussion with a paediatrician and dietitian. In the end nothing was found! Which was great but still quite confusing how she ended up so small. The dietitian was very pro breastfeeding and very supportive, the paediatrician less so and appeared to be frustrated with not being able to tell what her intake was and had been, but overall there was good support. The paed at one point mentioned giving formula but was leaving that to the dietitian to decide and thankfully she was having none of it. Whilst in there her weight went from 5.38kg (she'd lost weight in the few days before being admitted and a different scales too I suppose) to 5.77kg :) So the paed said we needed to see now if that continues and if not further tests on her kidneys etc will be done. So we were sent home to have weekly weights and follow up appointments. The dietitian wants a 4oz weight gain a week. And gave lots of info on high calorie foods etc plus minimum of 6 feeds/day and not to let her go more than 6 hours...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:40 PM
    Yes there is no way around it, even when working perfectly lactation aids tend to be quite fiddly. But remember using one would only be temporary. Same with a shield, although if baby is latching and nursing ok without a shield, no need for the shield. Some babies have a harder time nursing or latching at certain times, also if baby starts nursing with normal frequency of 10-12 or more times in 24 hours, baby is not likely to need supplementing every time baby nurses. So occasional use of shield and/or lactation aid can also work. I found my old shield and tried it today, and it is pretty much as I remembered getting it on, it took some pushing and pulling as well as breast shaping to get it to "seal" properly. Also the whole thing except the very end of the tip needs to be inside out when you start. Shield fit is tricky as it has to fit both baby and mom! A shield is too small for mom if she cannot get her nipple into the tip, or if, when she does, when baby nurses, her nipple tissue is pulled through the holes (yes I have seen this happen, ow!) Otherwise it might be an ok fit for mom even if only the nipple goes into the tip- you probably would not want too much areola in there. When I just tried it, a small ring of areola around the base of my nipple went in but that is it. For baby it has to "fit" in the mouth obviously, but remember that when a baby nurses properly they take the nipple WAY far back into their mouth, so it can be surprising how much they can...
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  • @llli*carm3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:33 PM
    I think that if you're going to see any significant increase you'll need to really up your pumping frequency. More milk removal = more milk made, basically. A lot of moms have better success pumping with a higher end hospital grade pump, which can be available to rent. How much milk are you looking to donate? Ie, are you going to be her sole source of milk? If so, you'd have to really do the every 2 hours pumping thing I would think, in order to get that much. You can also try some herbal galactagogues, like Fenugreek and Goat's rue, though I don't have any personal experience with them. Oatmeal as well is supposed to be good for boosting supply. But really, I think the frequency of removal is what's going to make a difference. Just curious - does your friend have a history of low supply? I just wonder why she's looking for a donor ahead of time - if she's had issues in the past that she'd like help with, please let her know we're here to help :)
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:22 PM
    Yes of course I am very much aware of the dismal way mothers who want to breastfeed are too often treated in hospitals. Sadly and incredibly, I have even encountered many women who had midwife assisted home or birth center births but were not given adequate breastfeeding assistance in the hours and days after baby was born. It is so sad to me that some mothers feel shame or guilt about not being able to nurse their babies when in fact they should be outraged at the lack of informed and respectful post natal assistance from the medical community. Instead mothers are at best given inadequate help and at worst actively undermined. It sounds like you experienced both. That is why I pointed out that you "should" have gotten more and better help early on. Every mother should, too many do not. So unfortunately it is up to us to advocate for ourselves and our babies and do what we can to get the help we need. I so wish it were easier but you can only do what you can do.
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  • @llli*deja's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:31 AM
    Also, just to add, as far as help in the hospital goes, it borders on ridiculous. All these pamphlets about nursing and all that, they keep asking if you're nursing, but if you ask for help you won't get it. With my first I really needed help from them, the best I got was a nurse squeezing my nipple really hard and when a few drops showed she said - You have milk. It's not a lot but it's enough to feed the baby. And that was it. This time around everyone just ignored me since it's my second child. And even if I did ask for help, specific help regarding nursing, I don't think there's anyone there educated enough to help me. The best they did was lay the baby by me and put my breast in her mouth in the side lying position and bid me good night. That was after I asked they help me put her on the breast in a different position. She said it was night and time to sleep.
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  • @llli*deja's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:21 AM
    Thank you soo much for all your words of support and for taking the time to write all this. Unfortunately support is something I don't have. The most support I get is from my husband, which is basically - he's all for me breastfeeding, he's not opposed to anything I want to try, he'll go buy what I need or drive us, but that's about it. It's kind of my concern, all this. And for others, from the experience with my first, I don't even dare say we're having problems with breastfeeding again. I'll try some more with the shield, I did most of what you described, bit maybe need to stuff the nipple a bit more in. I did try once more later on, but it was the same. She didn't really latch on to it, didn't want to even try more than once, and it kept bending on me. I'll take them with me to the LC consult. I have two sets of Avent shields in two sizes. The small ones look to be better but when I put them on, just the nipple fits in and the feeling is again as if the baby is sucking on just the nipple so I guess it's too small. The standard one is huge in her mouth but it's probably the right size for me. Last night I somehow got her to latch and ventured to try the tube in her mouth. She did flinch a bit but didn't protest. It was all so clumsy, the tube kept falling off, the latch felt shallow and weak, the tube was far too short for that but at least now I know it is possible.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    June 25th, 2017, 11:41 PM
    Wow honey this has not been your year. I am so sorry for your loss. So, you had a baby, you all got sick, you broke your ankle, your dad dies suddenly...and you moved house...all in the space of a few months? Wow. Well, if anyone looks at you cross-eyed about bottles you have my permission to pour it over their head! I think your plan sounds good. I think there are many things that may have caused the decrease, but usually there is really only two main ways to make it increase, and that is frequent and effective milk removal and galactagogues. (And do not forget hydration!) I do not know what a low carb diet does, I suppose that is for the PCOS? I once saw a talk on PCOS at a lactation conference and the person said fish oil (like you take as a supplement) is helpful, but I forget why. The thing about upping production with milk removal is to do it as often as you can, meaning, as often as you can that works for you. From what I have read about it, frequency of milk removal is more key in increasing production than is how "empty" the breast is made, but that is important too. That is why moms are told to pump after nursing. But that is just not a convenient time to pump for many moms, or mom does not have time to pump until no more milk is coming etc. So, that is not the only choice. In other words sometimes it is better to pump when most convenient so that you can pump more often, even if those sessions are short. The book Making More Milk has many tips for...
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