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  • @llli*momma.d's Avatar
    June 27th, 2016, 10:18 AM
    I am due any day now. My employer will allow me to take 12 weeks off, but the entire time I am gone I would have to pay for or pay back my insurance that they usually pay for while I work (they give a health benefit that pays for insurance, but they will not be giving that to me while on leave). That would translate into half of my paycheck until the end of the year and we just can't afford to pay that much. So now I will only be taking 6 weeks. My first child was born with a severe cleft lip and palate and was unable to latch. So I am extremely familiar with pumping and maintaining a supply. I'm not worried about pumping. My worry is that this baby will start to refuse the breast when I have to go back to work. All I ever wanted to do as a mother was breastfeed. I wasn't able to the first time around. Anyone go through this and have success maintaining the breastfeeding relationship with their baby? My goal is to reach at least 1 year breastfeeding or longer if baby wants to.
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  • @llli*rainbowgoblin's Avatar
    June 25th, 2016, 03:24 AM
    I have a 15-month-old who I've been nursing mornings and some evenings. I haven't actively been trying to wean, but I skip evening feeds if he's more interested in playing. This has been our routine for a few weeks without incident, until yesterday, when I developed mastitis (I've had mastitis a few times, so I seem to just be prone to it, and I had an injured nipple from distracted feeding, and my kids are in daycare, so we get a lot of viruses, hence weakened immune system). Anyway, I hadn't planned to wean before 18 to 24 months, but now I'm thinking I should do it now. I don't want to nurse while I'm taking antibiotics (7 days). The alternative is to express enough to keep my supply up for the next week, which seems like more trouble than it's worth (I work full time, and at the moment pumping is very painful). The advice I've read on weaning says that it's OK to express just enough to keep your breasts from feeling uncomfortably full. But the advice on mastitis is to express frequently. I assume this is targeted at mastitis in early breastfeeding. I don't really have much milk anymore, so I'm not sure expressing is very helpful in terms of flushing the infection. I'd prefer to express once a day or so, whenever my uninfected breast feels a bit full. Is this a bad idea?
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  • @llli*abigailmarie's Avatar
    June 23rd, 2016, 03:42 PM
    My daughter is 13 weeks & has been gaining weight. I believe she was in the 50th percentile at her last doctor's visit. She is EBF. When she was first born her diapers have consistently been yellow and seedy. I also noted that during my entire pregnancy I couldn't consume dairy/99% of all foods (hyperemsis). Once we we were home I started to feel better and ate normally, which included dairy. Her diapers changed from yellow/seedy, to green, mucus-y, with red blood streaks in it. So I'm assuming a possible dairy sensitivity/allergy. I asked the lactation consultant that my Hosptial provides and she said if I want to cut dairy, I can. But didn't give me too much information on it. So I'm not sure if this is something I should do. My daughter is extremely fussy, spits up, and projects vomit often, we tried reflux medicine but it didn't help. Also, I have an oversupply. I think I read on KellyMom that this can also cause green diapers? So I've tried block feeding for two months now. I've seen zero results. I stated with switching every 2, 4, and now I'm at 6 hours. I'm still spraying everywhere, still staying super engorged, and my daughter nurses maybe 15 minutes total during the day. She mostly nurses at night, which I think everyone's supply is a bit lower then? So maybe it's easier for her, I'm not sure. The moment my let down happens, she screams and cries and refuses to nurse until she's calmed down. So I will now, once I feel the let down (is it still suppose to be...
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  • @llli*helbk's Avatar
    June 25th, 2016, 04:08 AM
    I have enjoyed breastfeeding my baby boy since he was born, and hope to continue BF once in the morning and evening when I return to work in a month's time. He currently sleeps well (7.30am-5am, after husband consistently saw to him during the night) and once down for naps in his cot he can sleep for over an hour, though not always! My challenge is he will only settle if I nurse him to sleep. This can take quite a long time (sometimes over an hour), particularly during the day, with him wailing every time I stand up to put him in his cot. Though initially upset, my husband is able to get him to sleep in about 10-20mins at night with cuddles and singing, then sitting with him next to the cot. It means that no one else is able to put him down for naps/night which is really constraining, but also concerning for when he starts nursery. My husband is the only one who can go into him to settle him if we wakes at night, as I'd just be trapped in the BF cycle for an hour if I go in. I would like to be able to comfort him too! In the past we did some sleep training using PUPD/Shh/pat due to him waking every hour, and this worked well. Typically this slipped when he became ill and was teething so I've been nursing him to sleep for quite a few months now but it's becoming less and less effective. I've read so many sleep training approaches, the gentle ones such as the Pantley method, to gradual withdrawal, but I just don't know what would be better for an older baby who does...
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  • @llli*emimom's Avatar
    June 23rd, 2016, 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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  • @llli*linneapg's Avatar
    June 24th, 2016, 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*evolvingmama's Avatar
    June 23rd, 2016, 01:45 PM
    Hi all, I had a little girl 4 weeks ago (I had a son 4.5 years ago and BF'ed him until just 6 months ago). Anyway, baby girl is a bit on the fussy side (gas, I think) and cries a lot. She's really only happy on the boob or in my arms. This is a problem, for me, for a variety of reasons not least of which is that I can find absolutely no time to spend 1:! with my son, as I am literally always holding or feeding her. I'd really like to introduce a bottle maybe once per day so DH can feed her while I can play with my son. I'd express the milk, not supplement with formula. But, is 4 weeks too young to do this? If not, what's the best way to go about it? To be perfectly honest, I would really like to just stop BFing to get some freedom/space but I don't WANT to do that. This idea of once per day seems a manageable compromise to me.
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  • @llli*scoob626's Avatar
    June 26th, 2016, 06:35 PM
    Hi ladies, with no debate or equivocation, my new pedi told me to dose my 9 mo with polyvisol. Partially she did so because we have been a bit concerned with lead with renovations on our 1939 house...his lead test came back normal btw. I don't like the chemicals in the polyvisol I saw, so I bought a very popular natural multivitamin on Amazon, forgot the name. I have heard constipation, but are there any other drawbacks? I know natural iron filled solids are ideal, but my son is inconsistent with eating too much. All in all, Kelly mom seems against iron supplements for healthy babies, which is why I don't know why my pedi. Is so unequivocal...but then Kelly mom doesn't exactly spell out the drawbacks, other than the vitamin isn't needed or may block absorption? Ahhh another thing for me to obsess about haha...but really it just interests me...thanks for any comments!
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  • @llli*lisa.meme's Avatar
    June 28th, 2016, 08:34 PM
    My 2 1/2 old daughter has nursing up and downs. This is what I call it when she wants to nurse 4-6 times a day and then only once or twice a day. I had never breastfeed this long before. My older two boys I only nursed 12-14 months, so I don't know what to expect with my youngest now. I have actually planned to nurse her till 3 or 4 if she wants to. So all this unexpected nursing ups and downs is confusing. It seems like if she doesn't nurse much for a couple of days, then she gets annoyed when she wants to nurse more again, but my supply has dropped. What do I do? My supply is steady dropping and I don't know if I should try to pump when she doesn't nusre much to try to keep my milk in for when she does want to nusre more? Any suggestions or information in what I am dealing with?
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  • @llli*peanutbutter7's Avatar
    June 24th, 2016, 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*minka's Avatar
    June 25th, 2016, 06:30 AM
    Hello. I am seeking advice regarding oversupply and storing breast milk options. My little on is 3 weeks old and for latching reasons, we have decided to exclusively bottle feed her breast milk. I am currently pumping 7 times a day, at 3-ish hour intervals which yields about 40 oz a day. She consumes less than half of this, which leaves me with a massive inventory of breastmilk that is taking over the fridge and freezer. Since I am exclusively pumping I want to be able to meet her feeding needs when she gets older, but the output at the end of the day seems quite excessive. Any advice?
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  • @llli*chelseapeters13's Avatar
    June 28th, 2016, 09:50 PM
    Hey all, I am a first time BF new mom. My little girl was born a month early but had no complications whatsoever and latched on immediately the first try within ten minutes of being born. She's always latched well and my milk supply has been great since square one. My nipples have been sore but I figured it was just because I was new. The LC in the hospital told me she had a great latch so I just kept on. I'm now 4 weeks into it and last week I had immense pain in my right nipple so bad I couldn't feed on that side. I believe it was because I was trying to feed her with my breast engorged and she couldn't get enough in her mouth. I just pumped that side with a nipple shield and fed her from the left while it healed. Now both sides are well enough to feed from but my nipples are constantly sensitive to the touch and I'm worried about them getting to the I want to scream when I feed point again. When she pulls off my breast (without unlatching usually) my nipple always has the lipstick shape. It doesn't hurt when she feeds but sometimes is uncomfortable when I first put her on. I've tried every hold, and I've detached and reattached her hundreds of times now trying to achieve the round nipple when she's done but I just can't seem to figure it out. Is it possible her mouth is too small to get the whole nipple? The bottom of my nipple is always the elongated part and I have some minor cracking on the underneath part of my nipples and this is my main concern because I don't want...
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  • @llli*podutti's Avatar
    June 24th, 2016, 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*1sttimerinnyc's Avatar
    June 28th, 2016, 09:43 PM
    My LO is 6 weeks old and I'll be returning to work in another 6 weeks. We've gotten into a good rhythm of exclusively breast feeding, but I need to step up my pumping so I can bank extra milk now vs feeling overwhelmed when it's time to go back. So far I've been feeding on demand and pumping occasionally to relieve engorgement. At my most recent checkup, my doctor recommended that I empty each breast so the baby gets hindmilk and to pump after each session to trigger my body to regenerate more supply. I've been transitioning over the past day to adopt her advice, pumping more after nursing, however i've noticed that the "extra" milk that I pump doesn't really get stored because LO seems hungry after 15-30 mins and I put the extra pumped milk goes towards feeding him. In the past, I would throw him back on and continue nursing but now both my breasts are pretty tapped out and LO will be frustrated trying to suck. There was one time when I put the pumped milk immediately into the freezer and 20 mins later he was hungry, I hadn't replenished and he was very unhappy on the breast, creating stress for both of us. Should I try to always leave one breast semi full and drain the other, this way I can save the pumped milk from one for storage while keeping the other aside in case my little guy needs it? Any advice would be much appreciated as I am still trying to figure out a balanced approach, thank you!
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  • @llli*rosesmum's Avatar
    June 25th, 2016, 07:27 PM
    With my first child I had a lot of latching issues and had to return to work at 3 months so I started pumping a week after she was born. Now I have my second child (2weeks old) and breastfeeding is going great (such a huge relief!) and I have left work to be a stay at home mum. This time around when do you suggest I start pumping to store milk in the freezer for emergency purposes? Thanks!
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  • @llli*ashmash's Avatar
    June 25th, 2016, 11:34 AM
    My baby is almost 5 months and I've done the cross cradle since he was born because it felt more secure. I've tried and tried to do the cradle hold, because then I can lay back and relax, and it's easier to feed in public that way without being overly exposed. We do fine lathing in the cradle hold but for some reason, since he's so squirmy, he will just unlatch and fidget and fuss. It is hard to cross cradle in public comfortably. What can I do? Just keep trying?
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  • @llli*mab's Avatar
    June 27th, 2016, 12:59 AM
    I will be going back to work in about 9 weeks. I have been breastfeeding my 3 week old since he was born. I plan on pumping when I go back to work but I'm not sure when to give him his first bottle. I haven't really been pumping yet either. I read that 3-4 weeks is a good time to start? I know I shouldn't give him his first bottle and that his Dad should right? After he has his first how many bottles should I give him a day? I just want to make sure he gets used to them well before I go back to work! Also when should I pump and for how long? Directly after feeding him or right before feeding him? Should I pump the same side I feed him or the other side or both? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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  • @llli*harini-ram's Avatar
    June 27th, 2016, 02:53 PM
    Hi all, My LO is 4 months old. I've been BFing her and supplementing the feed with alimentum formula (milk allergy and a long story). Now, some days her poop is green in color. My ped told me it could be bcoz of iron in d formula, and she wasn't worried about it. But, I am afraid I am giving her more iron than she required. like I eat lot of iron rich food (BFing) and at the same time give her more formula too. is it fine? or should I reduce the supplements? I dont think there is a alimentum without iron. apart from this she seems to have some tummy pain and spits up a lot lately..Just please help me figure out this. Am I doing it rite?
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    June 27th, 2016, 06:32 PM
    So I know that you're never technically empty.. but I can tell my little guy gets frustrated and starts screaming when I am almost empty and he has to work harder to get milk. I should start off by saying 1. I had mastitis and I am still on antibiotics. I got that last Tuesday in my left breast. 2. I'm using a nipple shield. I've seen the LC numerous times and before mastitis he had NO problem transferring milk and they were impressed and said that if the shield works for me for the time being, to use it so that's what we are planning on doing for now. Since then, I feel like I am not "making" enough for my little guy. He is 4 weeks old. Today for example, this was his schedule. 1:30am - fed him, and then pumped 50 mL. 2:43am fed him 6:45 fed him 9:00am fed him 10:46 fed him and he was literally on and off the breast until 4pm. (I don't work and I don't mind while I get some work done on the computer so I just kept him on my brestfriend and just let him go back and forth from eating and sleeping for those 5 hours). Also I've been told comfort nursing is good... so I just let him do it.
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  • @llli*melissag's Avatar
    June 28th, 2016, 05:57 AM
    I am all for breastfeeding and have been exclusively breastfeeding my LO for 5 weeks. We did have issues with inverted nipples and used the nipple guard. I have been trying to wean her off of that which has not been fun. I am constantly worried about how much she is getting (fore or hind) and stressing about the amount of time if it's enough or should I continue trying to wake her up to try to get her to eat more. I want to enjoy the experience but often times I am too worried about the above things and it makes the process way less than enjoyable or good bonding w my babe. Any one else experience this or have tips to get through continued breastfeeding?
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  • @llli*evolvingmama's Avatar
    June 27th, 2016, 02:17 PM
    My baby is 4 weeks + 3 days. about a week ago, I noticed several white spots on her lower, inner cheek. GP confirmed oral thrush and prescribed Mycostatin oral suspension for her. I was asymptomatic but he suggested I use OTC Clotrimazole on my nipples. We're finishing day 6 of treatment and the spots in her mouth of only very minor improvement (though, she seems in less pain). My nipples are feeling a bit more itchy and painful when touching towels, etc. but not too bad -- I'm not really sure if there's thrush there or not, tbh. Should we stay the course with this treatment or try something else? GP happy to write a script for whatever I want! I had thrush with my first but it was both long enough ago and in a different country that I can't remember what we did -- only that we had several bouts! On an unrelated note....she's been a good eater all along (gassy and spits up loads, but a good eater). I'm not a clock watcher but have notice the last couple of days, the feeds have been MUCH shorter than usual. No more frequent really, just shorter. Is it too early for her to be getting so much more efficient? Output great and she's very alert and well. Just finished a growth spurt a few days ago, I think. Had a long journey with my first to get things well established and "easy" so don't have a good reference point on what's in the range of normal.
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  • @llli*foxystoat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:36 AM
    My baby is 9 weeks old and is has dropped below the 0.4 centile on the charts but has still been gaining at least 4oz a week up until now. She was 5lb 5oz at birth (41 weeks) and currently weighs 7lb 9.5oz. A week ago she got her immunisations, and since then she has had diarrhea and has been sick a couple of times a day (real sick, not spit up, we can tell because it smells). She is also sleeping a few hours more and so feeding a couple of times less than usual - more like 9-10 feeds instead of 11-12. I am not concerned about her in the slightest, when she is awake she is all smiles and laughs and is very active and wriggly and is meeting all the milestones. She feeds brilliantly and I have been offering both breasts and swapping as long as she wants to feed. She is definitely full at the end of a feed which usually takes 40 minutes. She is having plenty of wet and dirty nappies and her poo is normal, apart from the diarrhea this week. My husband and I are both tall and very slim (my usual BMI is 17.5, I eat like a horse!) and his family has a history of small babies. I also have petite adults in my immediate family. This week she has only gained 1oz and we have been referred to a paediatrician by the GP. The Health Visitor was pushing me to supplement with formula a few weeks ago but since the weight gain has been steady until now she had stopped. I really would prefer not to supplement if there's no need, obviously if my baby was showing signs of...
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  • @llli*bluepolka's Avatar
    June 28th, 2016, 09:17 PM
    Hi everyone, Although I've seen a number of posts about nipple shield weaning, I'm just not convinced my baby can actually let go of the shield at some point of time:( He was born 8 weeks early and was bottle fed in the NICU. For a long time in the NICU I Tried breast feeding him but he just couldn't latch because (1) he was preemie (so they said) (2) I have flat nipples Anyways, the LC sent me home with a nipple shield. And he's been feeding fine with it. I absolutely want to wean him off now because my supply is getting lesser. but he wants NOTHING to do with my bare nipple. It isn't even that flat anymore. I guess he hates its texture? Compared to the firm nipple shield. He puts the nipple in his mouth and pulls his head back and out comes the nipple. He may take 2 sucks sometimes, but looks really confused/annoyed. He eventually ( very quickly) gets fussy and I insert the shield :( My question is, did your older babies behave in a similar manner while attempting to wean them? Should I continue to preserve? Do they at some age gain a little maturity where they can finally suckle without it? What age did your little ones change their attitude towards the shield? I'm just looking for support and cheer leaders o gues. 'Cod everyone banck home blames me for this sitisuon :(
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  • @llli*mamatoleo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:31 PM
    Hi, there! This is my first post, & I hope I'm doing this right.. I'm a first time mom to an 11 day old. So far, he has been predominantly breastfed, but I have had his father feed him a bottle of expressed milk a few times when we've had company over. (No formula) My concerns: 1) My son has developed "little boobs" in the last day or so. When I googled it, many people say this is caused by hormones in my milk, it's common, & will subside after some time. Is this true? 2) Nursing is inconsistent. I realize that as a newborn, he is trying to get the hang of breastfeeding just like I am. Sometimes, he will nurse 30 min on each side and be content for a couple hours. Other times, he'll "cluster feed" an hour apart several times in a row, feeding as little as 5 or 10 minutes, and only on one side. It seems like it may be for comfort sometimes.. he will fuss and cry, frantically trying to get to my nipple. Then, as soon as he's there, he sucks for a few minutes, and becomes drowsy. His pediatrician said this is "normal." *Note: My son is meeting or surpassing the diaper guidelines. His urine is pale yellow and stools are typical as well. 3) My son sleeps much of the time whilst nursing. Even if I take him off and have him relatch, he will fall asleep again. He sucks pretty continuously, with only short pauses. Is this acceptable? I'm just amazed at how much he can consume! His stomach is only supposed to be the size of a ping pong ball at this age. There have been times...
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  • @llli*wdestani's Avatar
    June 27th, 2016, 01:07 PM
    Hello all, a little background for everyone. I wasn't able to BF my first due to inverted nipples and bad handling by the lactation consultant where we delivered, I tried but gave up shortly afterwards due to frustration. When I found out I was pregnant again I debated the entire time about even trying to breast feed the second, after all my first is a smart healthy toddler and I don't have anything against formula feeding (to each their own) . I finally decided to give it a shot moments before my second was born, with a few moments of skin to skin using the breast crawl method my baby latched on perfectly and almost entirely on her own. We spent the next 3 days in the hospital with her attached to either one breast or another, it was awesome. After a horrible first experience I was in love with breast feeding. Then we went home... juggling a toddler and newborn and trying to build a strong nursing relationship became an exhausting battle that only got worse once my husband returned to work and I was left with the two alone. So needless to say after 3 weeks I surrendered to the bottle and have been there ever since. Now, after a 6 week hiatus from nursing I desperately want to try again. I started pumping every 1.5 to 2 hours yesterday and taking fenugreek and drinking mothers milk tea. I am looking into a SNS and have been having as much skin to skin contact as possible. Nothing yet except for a few drops here and there although my breasts are feeling more firm and...
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  • @llli*mrsjessnelson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:13 PM
    Hi Everyone! I'm hoping someone can offer me some help and reassurance. My sweet girl is 7 weeks old and we are still struggling to breastfed. She was doing great eating the first 4 weeks (although I did have some cracked nipples). She would eat on each side 5-10 minutes. Then we got mastitis, which led to thrush and everything went down hill from there. When she got thrush, she started fussing at the breast so I offered her a bottle. She started only spending about 5 minutes on each breast. Then at 5.5 weeks she started popping on and off the breast and pushing away, so I had to offer her bottles more frequently. I think she was coming on and off and refusing to nurse because I have an over-active letdown. I see milk squirting out when she pops off. I tried the laid back position but she still comes off and after going on and off a few times she gets frustrated and refuses to continue. Now at 7 weeks, she will only nurse until the letdown or after a pump but she gets mad when the milk is too slow as well. So she is currently only nursing a few times a day for a few minutes. The LC I met with a few times mentioned she has a stretchy posterior tongue tie, but wasn't sure that was the problem. Now I'm stuck pumping and almost battling her to take the breast. How do I get back to BF full time?! Would an over-active letdown start at 4 weeks- because she seemed to be fine with the flow then? Can I get her off bottles and to stay latched? Is the tongue tie part of the problem?...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:49 PM
    Hello and welcome! Yes everything sounds 100% normal. Is nursing comfortable for you? The vast majority of the time, if nursing is comfortable for mom and baby is gaining ok, all is well. It is not only normal but preferable that nursing is "inconsistent." It is no more normal for a baby to eat at precisely spaced intervals in precise amounts in precise amounts of time as it is for you or I to. The difference between a baby and an older child or adult is that baby is trying to gain as fast as baby did while still in the womb, when baby "ate" basically constantly. So there really is no way for a baby to nurse too often. But wanting to nurse shorter or longer, shorter or longer times between sessions, etc. are all entirely normal. Also, babies nurse both for comfort and for food, and the great thing is, both are happening at the same time! As long as you are following baby's lead (and also offering as much above that as you like) and baby is nursing with a good overall frequency, you should be fine. Here is an excellent article about nursing habits in the early weeks that may help: http://kellymom.com/hot-topics/newborn-nursing/ Bottles in the very early days are usually not suggested because both pumping and bottles can interfere with the normal course of breastfeeding in multiple ways. If company is preventing you from nursing your baby, maybe it would be best to limit company. If bottles are needed, I would suggest keep them as small, infrequent, and slowly...
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