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  • @llli*bfulmer's Avatar
    March 23rd, 2017, 09:40 AM
    My LO is just over 6 months and up until last week I wasn't working not was she taking a bottle, so I was breastfeeding exclusively. I did pump every so often and have had a few clogged ducts and a small case of mastitis, so I do have a descent freezer stash (20+ 3-4 oz bags). Now that I'm back to work Dad has been giving her a sippy cup after 3 hours to which she only drinks about 1.5 oz. He then brings her to me 3.5 hours later to breastfeed before bed. We had her 6 month checkup on Monday and she dropped from the 25th percentile to the 15th. I've only been back to work for a week so obviously this lack of weight increase isn't because of our new schedule. I am, however, concerned now with her being apart from me that her weight may continue to struggle. I continue to feed on demand and keep it to 3 hours and no more if I can help it (if she's napping I won't wake her). She's getting more cereal and solids to help with the weight. I'm mostly concerned with my pumping. I feel like it's very inconsistent and the only time I get a descent amount is if I go 5-6 hours. When I pump at work it's usually around 4-5 hours from the last breastfeeding and I'll get 1.5 ounces on each side. That doesn't seem like a lot to me at all. Does this mean that's all my LO is getting when she eats? Could this be the issue of her weight gain problems? Am I not producing enough for her? I eat lactation smoothies almost every day and whenever LO is done eating if I squeeze my breast milk comes...
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  • @llli*sarahfv's Avatar
    March 22nd, 2017, 10:58 AM
    Hi all. My 4 month old is a snacker- she nurses every 1-2 hours during the day. She will empty one side in 5 minutes and be done. She is also a bottle hater and has given my stay at home husband a hard time for the last 6 weeks I've been back at work. We will both be off work for the summer but starting in September baby will go to daycare with a stay-at-home mom. I want that to go as smoothly as possible, so I have some questions about starting solids.. Should we start earlier than the recommended 6 months since we've had these issues and baby isn't getting enough to eat when I'm working? She displays all the readiness signs. Do you have a recommended book for introducing solids? We'd like to use real foods, not the baby food in jars.
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  • @llli*beautybecomes's Avatar
    March 23rd, 2017, 02:18 PM
    Hello everyone... I'm currently nursing my 18 month old daughter. We have battled thrush repeatedly in our nursing relationship. The DOC has given her nystatin and Daktrin gel. Numerous times. I've insisted as the nursing mother... I should be treated with diflucan, which he prescribed one dose. After the last treatment her thrush went away for a month and has come back. Now the DOC has said well at this point you should wean her bc nothing else can be done to stop the thrush. I'm very stressed over it as she has a strong emotional attachment to nursing, and she is a terrible eater. I'd say most of her nutrition comes from me. The comment has also been made that she shouldn't be getting any night feeds at her age.(we breastfed on demand and co sleep) Any advice to save our nursing relationship???
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  • @llli*kaitlynt's Avatar
    March 24th, 2017, 06:25 PM
    hi all, i'm currently nursing my 13 month old twice a day, first thing in the morning and before bed (and before her afternoon nap on the weekends). in the last month, i've weaned off the pump at work, and my gal takes 1/2 whole milk, 1/2 frozen milk during the day to use up my freezer stash (slowly increasing whole milk until the stash is gone). i am very happy and eager for this to continue for as long as she wants, but my supply seems to be dwindling! sometimes she seems upset and comes off crying, other times she tugs and pulls while nursing, as if to say, "c'mon guys!" my question is, is it possible to increase supply after 1 year, or is it pretty well set at this point? any tips, if it is possible? pumping during the day is no longer an option. thank you!
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  • @llli*sophia1718's Avatar
    March 20th, 2017, 07:59 AM
    My baby is 5 months old and I give her somewhere between 4-5 oz every bottle every three hrs when she's in care. The day care providers have said before "she takes it right down and is looking for more". She only gets what I pump and that's all there is. She nota big baby but is riding the 40% curve. She's the happiest thing and is thriving. This morning her bottle was just short of 4 oz and the provider asked for more. I told her it was enough, give it to her at 930 and I'll be there for lunch at 12, she's fine. I know I'm doing the right thing by her it's just irritating. All the babies are formula fed and take down 8 oz of formula every 3 hrs. They say they encourage bf but I'm not getting that vibe. Just venting...
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  • @llli*dani425's Avatar
    March 24th, 2017, 08:49 AM
    I have been breastfeeding for 11 months. I work outside my house as well as pump at work. I work for the state so my employer has been amazing about me having to pump. I definitely can keep up with my work as well. I am also currently making enough at work pumping 4 times a day for my daughter to be fed all day!! Thank GOD! :clap I have a bit of a dilemma. I am coming up on a year and from what I've read, I am not covered after a year to pump at work. I do not want to stop breastfeeding and I don't mind supplementing with cow's milk, if my daughter will take it. So I guess my question is has anyone ever pumped at work past a year? Could I keep it a secret from my boss and just try to work it in a couple times a day vs 4 times a day now?? Is cow's milk really ok for babies?? Is there milk that is better? Organic? Skim? 2%?:confused::confused::confused: I haven't spoke to my daughters doctor, but I have spoke with a lactation consultant and she wants me to pump, basically all day, and save up my milk for after a year. I'm sure if any of you have been there, yall know, it's not easy to pump/breastfeed all day. I appreciate everyone's responses and support.:love p.s. my daughter is eating solids, however, she doesn't really like baby food. :lol :D
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  • @llli*asim1617's Avatar
    March 21st, 2017, 02:12 PM
    Whenever I pump (whether it be after nursing or in place of a nursing session), I feel like there is never a last drop. I do compressions to get more milk out while I am pumping, but I keep getting told that it should be till the last drop. Should I get a last drop when nothing comes out anymore? Or is it normal to always have droplets come out at the end. There's been times where I pumped longer to see if drops would stop coming out? Am I doing something wrong? Please help!
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  • @llli*gilismom's Avatar
    March 21st, 2017, 01:50 AM
    Edited - more a question about size flange, I think! I have a five week old baby and I pump on one side in the morning as she feeds, in order to begin my stash. I have found this very productive in the past. I have a Medela Freestyle and with my previous baby, 2 yrs ago, I went up to a 27mm flange. I found that this time when pumping, my nipple was sore, so I am trying a 30 mm flange. It _may_ be helping me get more milk out too and I think that it makes it possible for me to use a slightly higher vacuum level. But I'm not sure it is more comfortable. _Most_ of my nipple doesn't touch the flange (size 30) BUT it does, where my nipple joins the areola, and goes "inside" the tube part of the flange during the in and out of the vacuum. I don't think too much of the areola is going in, but I'm guessing that even there, the nipple should not be touching the flange. Because of this, after I pump (no more than 15 min, and I find only vacuum level 3 or 4 comfortable), my nipple has a reddish ring around it. Do I need to go up to a 36 (which seems like a big jump)? Is that part of the nipple not meant to touch the flange either? Any rec's of videos that show exactly what the nipple should look like and what should contact the flange, during pumping, would be appreciated as well. Thanks!
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  • @llli*parakeet's Avatar
    March 23rd, 2017, 07:51 PM
    I have a three week old who was born at 36.5 weeks, due date is in a couple of days. We have had to supplement but I got my supply up from herbs and pumping so now he is supplemented using EBM. He has a weak suck and is sleepy at the breast. I put him to my breast for 30-40 minutes and he will take approx 50% of his feed (I have rented a scale so I know), and the remaining 50% of his feed he will take via the bottle while I pump. His weight gain now is looking good. I have help to bottlefeed but I am getting fed up of pumping after every feed. Most of my 30-40 minutes at the breast is spent in breast compressions, tickling him, moving him from side to side to get him to wake up. In that 30-40 minutes, he might suck well for maybe 8-10 minutes, rest he is just sleepy. Is there an end to the supplementation and pumping? How long will it take? I'd rather just breastfeed than breastfeed + pump. Thanks!
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  • @llli*jufinio17's Avatar
    March 24th, 2017, 02:37 AM
    My LO is 12 weeks old and sleep and wind just seem to be getting worse. Would really appreciate any input, advice or personal experience! My first little boy was windy too and we never solved the problem. For background, he is ebf, is sick quite often but seems to be feeding well and growing well. Nights are currently very broken. He'll sleep an 1hr and a half from 9pm, then maybe a further hour and then cat naps the rest of the night. He cries and draws his legs up, as if constantly straining to pass wind, only being soothed by more feeding. Sometimes it sounds like lots of air is going in when he's feeding but the latch looks good. A few weeks ago he was doing a 4 hour stretch so I have no clue what has happened. Any help appreciated...thanks in advance!
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  • @llli*ferrit82's Avatar
    March 23rd, 2017, 01:40 PM
    Hi everyone, i am exclusively breastfeeding my 5 month old and have recently noticed that she is asking more often in the night. When I give her the last feed before bed I usually nurse on both sides and then put her to bed. Tonight I thought I'd try re-attaching again before putting her down to see if she's feed more. She latched on and became very fussy like she was trying to get the let down started but it just wasn't happening. I had expressed some milk earlier in the day so I thought I'd see if she took the expressed milk. She took an extra 40ml at this point. My question is, could it be possible that my breasts do not produce enough to make her full at night? Thanks
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  • @llli*petersmommyjessi's Avatar
    March 20th, 2017, 10:49 AM
    My son turned 4 in December, and still nurses a lot. The days he goes to preschool it is about 3-4 times a day (morning, after school, mid-evening, and before bed). During the weekend it can be 4-6 times (morning, before nap, after nap, bed, and sometimes a few random times in there). I can sometimes put him off for a while, make him wait for nap/bedtime, or sometimes he will skip one of those all together (but not often). His sister (just turned 2) still nurses too, so if he sees her nursing, he wants in on it too. But my daughter has never been as obsessed with nursing as he is. He always nursed more than your average kid. My question, I know it seems silly, but will he actually stop on his own? I know everyone says "he won't go to college nursing" and I know that. But seriously, it is SO important to him, and such a huge part of his routine I can't see him stopping anytime soon. I love the bonding, but as he gets older I am more uncomfortable with the preoccupation with nursing. He has slowly dropped from 6-8 sessions to 4-6, so I guess it is slowly decreasing. I do limit the time if it's bothering me and give him 1-2 minutes, and other times I give him no time limits. Sometimes I delay a few hours. But he never forgets. I just can't see this ending anytime soon. I'm worried about explaining a 5, 6, 7, or 8 year old nursing as he makes friends, to family, or anyone else. Or having the conversation that we "don't talk about nursing with anyone but us" like it's a...
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  • @llli*mum.mumbai's Avatar
    March 23rd, 2017, 06:57 AM
    Hi all, From couple of weeks whenever my son nurses, I expirence a very strong aversion to it. I feel maybe it is my supply dipping or his latch altering, that is making my skin crawl, also want to run away from him. This used to happen sporadically when I was PMSing, now have become a regular thing. This is worst at.bedtime feeds when he switched sides for 100 times before finally conking off. Sometimes he comes away saying milk is over and I have to.rock.him to sleep. My.super busy day and really long winding bedtime does not gel well.leaving me very irritable, which normally am not. Morning feeds r worst as.he refuses to.unlatch. I have tried setting limits, boundaries by counting, singing which absolutely don't work. I wish there were more pleasant and amicable ways to end his nursing sessions,but am at loss to find them. I have always wanted him.to self wean. But this unpleasantness is not healthy for me or him. I wish he learns to sleep and get up without milk.Can you give me strategies to make this work??
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  • @llli*mum.mumbai's Avatar
    March 23rd, 2017, 06:49 AM
    Hi all, From couple of weeks whenever my son nurses, I expirence a very strong aversion to it. I feel maybe it is my supply dipping or his latch altering, that is making my skin crawl, also want to run away from him. This used to happen sporadically when I was PMSing, now have become a regular thing. This is worst at.bedtime feeds when he switched sides for 100 times before finally conking off. Sometimes he comes away saying milk is over and I have to.rock.him to sleep. My.super busy day and really long winding bedtime does not gel well.leaving me very irritable, which normally am not. Morning feeds r worst as.he refuses to.unlatch. I have tried setting limits, boundaries by counting, singing which absolutely don't work. I wish there were more pleasant and amicable ways to end his nursing sessions,but am at loss to find them. I have always wanted him.to self wean. But this unpleasantness is not healthy for me or him. I wish he learns to sleep and get up without milk.Can you give me strategies to make this work??
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  • @llli*ksmom3's Avatar
    March 24th, 2017, 12:28 PM
    So for a couple months now while nursing on my right side on the left side of my nipple there is like a vein (like the fleshy part next to my nipple) that sticks out when my milk lets down and sometimes for a few minutes after while my 4 month old is breastfeeding. I don't remember this happening before a couple months ago or with my other two kids but I was wondering if this is normal? It doesn't hurt or anything just seems strange? I've had more problems this time nursing, beginning nipple pains, thrush and I think we are almost to a good point now where everything is going well. So I just want to see if anyone else has had this? Thanks!
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  • @llli*zam.sc2017's Avatar
    March 23rd, 2017, 05:44 PM
    I've been using the nipple shield since day one, I thought this was very helpful since her latch wasn't so great. Recently, I've been trying to wean her off of the shield because her latch has been improving but I feel like it's to late, I feel discouraged, disappointed and frustrated. I latch her on with the shield, 10 minutes later I pick her up to burp and try feeding her without the shield, at first she would latch on for 5 minutes and then fall asleep or simple latch off, I didn't try this daily, since I thought she was doing good but today she cried so loud, you can see her frustration she wanted to latch on but there was no shield, I tried and tried and tried but we were both frustrated, I gave in and I put on the shield and she latched on with no problem. She just turned 2 months, is it to late for me? Am I doing something wrong? Am I tramatizing her by letting her cry and basically forcing her on my boob when clearly she is not interested? How can I wean her off without feeling guilty? I would love to feed her without having to worry about a shield, it's a hassle (cleaning, sanitizing, remembering to pack, putting it on, taking it off) I don't feel comfortable going places because I know I'm going to have to put it on to feed her, I'm just getting to the point of giving up. Do you ladies have any tips? Should I just keep trying regardless if she cries?
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  • @llli*margutte's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:42 PM
    My baby was born on the 23rd of February, four and a half weeks ago, at 36 weeks of gestational age, so he reached his full term age during last week. He was 2.5 kg at birth, and about 3.3 kg now. 
 He spent two days in NICU and five total days at the hospital. During this time the nurses gave hime formula and later my milk from the bottles, when it came. I got some counselling with breastfeeding at the hospital, after he left the NICU. They basically told me that his mouth was too small and my nipple a bit flat, so I started using Medela nipple shields. By weighing him before and after the nursing, we saw that he was not taking in enough milk, so I had to keep pumping and giving him the bottle afterwards. I had enough milk to feed him by then, about 500 gr a day at least. Once we came home, I rented a pump and a scale and continued the same routine of nursing, double-weighing, supplementing my own milk with a bottle and pumping. About a week and a half after the birth, the midwife came for the routine check-up and, since he had gained weight, she suggested to stop the stressful routine and exclusively breastfeeding for four days, then she would come to weigh him again. After these four days, he had gained 180 gr., so I continued for three more days, after which the midwife weighed him again. It was shocking to find that he had lost 50 grams during this time! The midwife thought that he was understimulating me because of the nipple shields. So I started the old...
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  • @llli*asweetlull's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:38 PM
    I have a 10 day old. I have been breastfeeding, but his weight continues to decrease. First I tried alternating every other feeding with breastfeeding on the breast and bottle feeding 2 oz. of my pumped milk. He didn't gain any weight. Today the doctor told me to stop breastfeeding and pump exclusively. After breastfeeding him and then weighing him he hadn't gained anything. She doesn't think he is sucking hard enough. He often falls asleep on the breast even after I unswaddle him, chicken arm him, blow on him, etc. My question is- When I put my pumped milk only the fridge there is no separation. Does this mean I am only pumping the foremilk? If so, how can I get the hindmilk out? I'm already doing breast compressions as I pump. Thank you.
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  • @llli*zam.sc2017's Avatar
    March 23rd, 2017, 05:50 PM
    I've been using the nipple shield since day one, I thought this was very helpful since her latch wasn't so great. Recently, I've been trying to wean her off of the shield because her latch has been improving but I feel like it's to late, I feel discouraged, disappointed and frustrated. I latch her on with the shield, 10 minutes later I pick her up to burp and try feeding her without the shield, at first she would latch on for 5 minutes and then fall asleep or simple latch off, I didn't try this daily, since I thought she was doing good but today she cried so loud, you can see her frustration she wanted to latch on but there was no shield, I tried and tried and tried but we were both frustrated, I gave in and I put on the shield and she latched on with no problem. She just turned 2 months, is it to late for me? Am I doing something wrong? Am I tramatizing her by letting her cry and basically forcing her on my boob when clearly she is not interested? How can I wean her off without feeling guilty? I would love to feed her without having to worry about a shield, it's a hassle (cleaning, sanitizing, remembering to pack, putting it on, taking it off) I don't feel comfortable going places because I know I'm going to have to put it on to feed her, I'm just getting to the point of giving up. Do you ladies have any tips? Should I just keep trying regardless if she cries?
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  • @llli*karaeubanks's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:18 PM
    I weaned my 21-month-old 5 days ago. After 5 days of cabbage, peppermint tea, sudafed 12-hour in the mornings, ibuprofen, and hand expressing in the shower, I still have VERY lumpy clogged breasts. I'm hand expressing a few times a day, and I know you're supposed express as little as possible, but I think I would really need to empty out to get rid of these lumps. Any advice on what I should do about the plugs? Are breasts supposed to be lumpy while you dry up? It's painful.
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  • @llli*mum.mumbai's Avatar
    Today, 04:25 AM
    Thanks MaddieB, for your kind reply. Yes the problem is if I say I want to go to the toilet and leave, my son throws mini fit and becomes inconsolable (hopping this is terrible twos). Yes he stands outside bathroom door, waling and will not let anyone come near him. So this strategy is of no use. I will now give a shot at trying to give him more incentive to end nursing by offering more fun stuff like snacks, breakfast options. My husband is very less interest in taking over night time routine, so will convince him to partake some of my load. Will keep you posted on the progress
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  • @llli*mum.mumbai's Avatar
    Today, 04:15 AM
    Thanks Mommal, yes my son is 2.5 years 31 months precisely. As your suggestions I will now apply your strategy of milk free bed time, by including my hubby's to do the last leg of bedtime routine like a nice cuddle, back rub, boring long story etc. Actually my partner uses this time for quality me time( catching up on chats, mobile games etc) so yes there will be some resistance but will get over it. I had read your reply long back about weaning morning feed by actually taking kids to your parents place and bringing them straight from bed to breakfast table. Well it worked brilliantly for 15 days I was at my parents place, but he slipped badly when I went to my place. I think I will now bring more enticing stuff interesting snacks and stuff, to make nursing seem boring. Hopefully some of this will work keep you posted on updates
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  • @llli*bfulmer's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:24 PM
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  • @llli*bfulmer's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:22 PM
    Sorry I just re-read this and realized you said smoothies, not cookies. Again it depends on what is in the smoothy and in what dose, but still I wanted to correct my mistake there. If your baby is regularly going about 3-4 hours between nursing sessions, truly the most effective and (usually, although every situation is different) easiest way to increase milk production, milk intake, and weight gain is to encourage baby to nurse more often. Of course some 6 month olds are fine on that frequency but on the other hand, it does not take much breastmilk to increase weight gain to closer to average when it is slightly below that. Just one or two additional nursing sessions a day can make a big difference. If doctor is concerned enough they want another weight check in 6 weeks, that is a good reason to try that. Even if solids are only during your work day, they can impact the whole day of nursing just as overfeeding with bottles can. Given the weight gain concern I am not going to suggest reduce solids, but again I would suggest encouraging baby to nurse more often when you are with baby. Pumping a little more when at work, if and when you can, is also a good idea if you have any concerns about milk production now or for the future. But the need to do this can be offset to some degree if baby nurses more often. The website and book Breastfeeding in Combat Boots is written for nursing moms in the military but has ideas for any pumping mom with a career that makes...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:41 PM
    Hi asweetlull. I am so sorry you are having this concern. My best suggestion to you is to see an IBCLC for an in person appointment as soon as possible. Only IBCLCs are trained specifically to help with breastfeeding issues. Doctors are almost never able to help with these situations. As one example of questionalble advice doctors love to give, it is that they tell mom not to nurse so they can only supplement. Why? If baby is not gaining, the issue is not baby nursing but that baby is not getting enough milk when nursing. This can be solved by supplementing while continuing to nurse. Here is what to expect at an appt with an IBCLC: http://www.cwgenna.com/lconsult.html If you do not know how to find an IBCLC please let us know. What your expressed milk looks like in a bottle before or after being refrigerated is irrelevant, I promise you. Do not even think about that. All you want to worry about at this point is 1) pumping often enough with a good enough pump to make sure your milk production is ok going forward and 2) to get baby nursing again asap.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:03 PM
    Hi, it sounds like you have had a rough time but are now seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Your concerns that baby is not stimulating your milk production are normal after an experience like yours, but it is also a concern many moms share, even when they have had no problems. So it might help to talk about milk production and what helps it and what hurts it. Of course exclusive breastfeeding (no pumping needed) is the norm. Assuming your baby is getting enough milk to gain normally, you can usually assume that your milk production is being stimulated appropriately, because it is not "stimulation" that makes milk production normal, but milk removal. There are two important components to milk production being normal. One is, effectiveness of milk removal. The other is, frequency of milk removal. Assuming a baby is nursing effectively enough and frequently enough to gain normally, usually you can assume that milk removal effectiveness and frequency are where they need to be for milk production to be normal. On the other hand if baby is NOT gaining normally, you can assume that there is a problem with milk removal effectiveness and/or frequency. What is normal nursing frequency? Most sources say 8-12 times a day. But I think 8 is very low. If there is a newborn who is nursing less than 10 times in 24 hours I have not met them. Some sources say 10-15 times a day and this is the one I think is much more realistic. So the question is, how often is your baby...
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