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  • @llli*babyk14's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:28 PM
    My Lo is 9 weeks old. She was born 6 1/2 weeks early and stayed in the NICU for two weeks. In combination of being in the hospital and having a hard time latching I was unable to breastfeed, however since the day she was born I have been pumping. My supply has never been an issue, and I think might actually be an oversupply. I was pumping every 3 hours for about 20 minutes. However I am trying to reduce that. I honestly don't know if 20 minutes is sufficient or overkill. I am constantly in pain with both of my breasts, they never feel empty and constantly feel like I have clogged ducts. Recently I had a case of mastitis in my left breast. Ouch! I am trying to reduce the amount of times I pump in a day and honestly just trying to reduce the constant pain I am in. Any suggestions on how I go about reducing the number of times I pump, and helping to make my breasts feel better without the hard rocks in them?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:59 PM
    Many babies for legitimate reasons really cannot nurse in the first few weeks, and while yes this may mean baby refuses to latch at first, baby can almost always be brought to the breast (or back to the breast) with patience and persistence. Your child has a deep biological and instinctual need to nurse, and keying into that is the key if baby really does refuse to nurse- and baby may not refuse at all. That said, has your doctor explained to you why you may not nurse your child at all, rather than simply supplementing additional formula (or your pumped milk) over and above nursing if that is needed? Have they provided you with the studies or protocols that show that withholding the breast is in any way needed as a treatment for slow gain or jaundice? I am pretty sure this not a typical protocol. I think your doctor's advice is possibly incorrect or at least, needlessly potentially harmful, and you should get a second medical opinion? I am linking the protocol from the academy of breastfeeding medicine which I have not read lately: http://www.bfmed.org/Media/Files/Protocols/Protocol%2022%20Jaundice.pdf This is written by doctors for doctors. It also would make sense to see a board certified LC (IBCLC) if you can, to make sure there is no issues with your baby's ability to transfer milk normally. Of course an LC can also help you if baby is refusing to nurse. Now, as to what to do if you indeed do need to continue to formula feed and not nurse through weekend,...
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  • @llli*southernbelle0412's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:16 PM
    HI! My baby is a week and a half old. At her 1 week checkup, the doctor was concerned about weight gain and jaundice. We had her levels checked, and they were high, so I was instructed to stop breastfeeding and bottle feed her with formula until the levels were stabilized. Today, the jaundice levels had gone down and her weight is up, but the doctor insists on continuing the bottle feeding until Monday for another recheck. I am beside myself. I am doing what he is saying is best for her, but I want to nurse her. I've been pumping 8-9 times a day to keep my supply. However, I am worried to death that if I can proceed with breastfeeding on Monday, that she will no longer want to latch and feed from the breast. I'm sure I'm a hormonal wreck right now, but am I worrying too much? How hard is it to relatch a newborn after interrupting the breastfeeding this early? I've heard that nipple confusion is a huge issue especially when it's this early! It will be almost a week of bottle feeding when I can go back to breastfeeding her. Help!!!! Thank you!!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:57 AM
    Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby! Supplementation is NOT usually needed for breastfed babies. If it were, how would the human species have survived all those millennia until the first safe formulas were developed, which only happened about 120 years ago? :) The doctor's advice was pretty dodgy. When it comes to weight gain, we are looking for a baby to be back to birth weight by 2 weeks of age. Your baby has met that standard. In addition, you aren't sore or bleeding any more, you feel like baby has no difficulty in latching, and baby's poops and pees are normal. That all suggests that breastfeeding is going fine at this point, and all you need to do is to nurse baby when she cues, to nurse her when your body cues you to nurse (like when you feel like it would be convenient to have baby nurse, or when you feel the need for a cuddle or would like to put your feet up), to continue to watch her diaper output, and to make sure she nurses at least 8x per day (10-12 nursing sessions would be more typical for a baby this age). If you are still doubting yourself, see a lactation consultant, preferably one who is an IBCLC, for an in-person evaluation of breastfeeding. If your pediatrician thought something was wrong, a trip to the IBCLC is what should have been suggested instead of formula! Also, the doctor's suggestion- a bottle of formula after every nursing session- is not only bad breastfeeding advice, it's bad supplementing advice. If...
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  • @llli*elphaba's Avatar
    October 20th, 2016, 08:42 PM
    At my baby's first appointment she was 2 wks and 3 days old and weighed in a little over her birth weight (but just 1/2 oz higher) and the doctor said I should start giving her a bottle of formula or expressed breastmilk at each feeding?? I was planning to exclusively breastfeed because it's what I'm comfortable doing to bond with my baby, the first week and a half was tough: my nipples were bleeding and dry, but she had no issues latching on and ducking and then eventually it stopped hurting... the only time my baby seems unhappy and unsatisfied with feeding is between 4 am 9am she gets frustrated and pulls on my nipple unlatching and I usually switch back and forth between my breast... but other than that she poops and pees normal.. I try to change her as soon as her diaper gets dirty so she goes through about 6-8/ day... is supplementation usually needed for breastfed babies? I'm new to this and was hoping I wouldn't have to use any bottles, but now the doctor has me doubting myself.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    October 20th, 2016, 08:21 PM
    No, 12 oz is not overfeeding him. Until a year, breastmilk should be the baby's majority source of nutrition, and after 12 months you still want it to make up a lot of his nutrition. Healthiest thing he can ever eat, right? I think leaving 12 oz when you only pump 9 makes perfect sense when you consider that the pump typically does not empty the feast as well as the baby does. That is, baby may take 12 oz when he nurses but pumoing instead of nursing might yield a lesser amount.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    October 20th, 2016, 08:18 PM
    Sounds completely normal to me! :)
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    October 20th, 2016, 08:17 PM
    Keep watching the diapers very carefully, but don't worry about a single green diaper. Most likely it's a normal variation. But if you see a bunch of green diapers in a row, it may be time to reassess. Hang in there! You are doing an awesome job and we all know how hard you're working!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    October 20th, 2016, 08:15 PM
    Welcome to the forum! So interesting to hear that you have had the same issue with the "stones"- it makes me wonder if they are more common than we think? Anyway, thrush as a root cause for the stones makes perfect hypothetical sense. Yeast would cause inflammation and might even provide some sort of physical structure which would then calcify...
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  • @llli*livingtemple's Avatar
    October 20th, 2016, 01:12 PM
    @llli*mommal, thanks. Is there any way to know if the 12oz is technically overfeeding him? I guess I'm wondering because since my body is so tuned in to him at this point, I'm wondering if the reason I "only" pump 9 is because that's what he typically takes, and therefore that's what I should leave for him. Thoughts?
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  • @llli*cwallace's Avatar
    October 20th, 2016, 12:03 PM
    Hello When my baby girl was 6 days old we had our first LC visit. At the time I felt that I was breastfeeding her ever 20-30mins and only for 5-10min long sessions. The good news is that baby hadnt lost weight but gained an ounce. The recommendation was that baby was a "snacker", and that we should mix up her feeding schedule to give me more of a break, and feed every 2-3 hrs. The recommendation was to use nipple shields (since I have "half" nipples), feed her for 15mins each breast, then pump the remaining for 15mins and feed it to her through bottle at the next feeding (therefore baby would get 15mins each breast and a bottle with ~1oz at every feeding). After a majorly stressful afternoon, we got baby onto the 2-3hr schedule... in fact I would have to wake her up every 3hrs to feed her. This lasted pretty well until day 10 (although I did not enjoy the 1hour long feeding sessions). By day 10, baby would be screaming after each feeding, to the point where I couldnt put her down to pump. After two days of her screaming in pain after each feeding, I looked online and it seems that baby has reflux... is this common for a baby so young? I am assuming that its from putting too much milk into her, along with possible air from the bottle. When baby is calm, she seems to be gasping and guggling and just very uncomfortable. I may seem calm in this post but I am at my wits ends because we have had to change so much over the past week and nothing seems to be making baby...
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  • @llli*lovefitness84's Avatar
    October 20th, 2016, 11:12 AM
    Yeah, he wanted me to do it ASAP, but sure by the procedure date :-/ Ok, thank you for the advise. I may try Dr. Gordon's nightweaning method.
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  • @llli*hawkeye-mom's Avatar
    October 20th, 2016, 11:08 AM
    My little guy had his shots on Tuesday and he was sleepier than normal, which I wasn't concerned with. Yesterday, it took him 5 hours before he finally nursed and that was with many rejected offers (cried on either side). I tried feeding with a syringe and tried giving Tylenol for pain. He finally nursed and of course spit up because he always does. He nursed enough to relieve fullness, but not to empty, like he did last week and before. He nursed on one side for 4 to 5 minutes, every 3 hours during the day. He used to nurse a bit longer (7 to 10 minutes) up until Monday (we were traveling and I don't think he likes nursing in the car). During the night, he did have a couple 5 minute sessions, but then two 1 minute ones, where he popped of at my letdown. I had to pump in the middle of the night cuz of that. This morning, he immediately starts to cry if I try to nurse him on the right side and he's only nursed on the left. I pumped the right a but ago became refuses it. I'm offering a lot and when I'm not, he's kicking and smiling. I just want to know if this is normal behavior or even if it's his normal. He's always been quick and only nursed on one side. I just need some reassurance that it's fine and he'll go back to nursing a bit more or something.
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  • @llli*krystine's Avatar
    October 20th, 2016, 10:52 AM
    So you have 5 weeks to wean? I'd let your toddler know that nursing is going bye bye, whatever terms you use. I'd cut out as gradually as possible , find other comfort tools, snuggle , etc . My 3 yr old found it comforting to pretend nurse by putting her mouth right on top of my nursing tank and one of my 2 yr olds really needed to snuggle a bare breast for about a week .
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  • @llli*nandhini's Avatar
    October 20th, 2016, 10:49 AM
    Sorry for the long post (this is my first post). My baby is 7 weeks old. She was born smaller than average and lost more than 10% of her weight in the first few days so we started off with supplementing her at the breast using a syringe and catheter (with little formula and mostly EBM). I had nipple pain from nursing from the beginning. My nipples began to bleed in the first week so I was given a nipple shield. I used the nipple shield while i worked on pumping to establish my milk supply and slowly reduce the supplemental EBM i had to give my baby after nursing her. Luckily my milk supply was good but she wasn't able to transfer enough.Eventually I had nipple pain even with the nipple shield and so i weaned her off of the nipple shield after 4 weeks. The LCs I saw during this time and her pediatrician told me that she had borderline tongue tie but I was hoping to avoid putting her through the pain of the release procedure. But finally at 5 weeks i caved and got her tongue tie released. Pain seemed to reduce after that but continued to exist. I still had to keep taking pain killers. She has been gaining weight but I still cant get her to open her mouth wide enough. I tried using my index finger to pull her jaw down while latching. I have tried cross cradle position and football hold. On my left side the nipple always comes out a little pinched. I feel like my areola is very big and can't see how it will all fit in her tiny mouth. Even if the latch looks...
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  • @llli*lovefitness84's Avatar
    October 20th, 2016, 10:45 AM
    Hi Ladies! I really need your help! I'm so anxious and nervous about how this is going to go, but I need to wean my 21 month old and don't know where to even start. First of all, the reason for the wean is that I'm Pregnant (7 weeks), I've been spotting and I have an incompetent cervix (cerclage will be placed in 5 weeks, so need to be done by then). I'm just hoping to avoid bedrest with this pregnancy as I'm a stay at home mom of a 4 year old and 21 month old.. wouldn't be fun! I had an emergency cerclage with my daughter at 20 weeks while still nursing my then 2 year 4 month son, but had to stop cold turkey when they found the cervical issues. It was horrible :-( My daughter still nurses (or stays attached, anyway) all night long (bed share). She nurses throughout the day as well, including nursing to sleep before any nap, etc., so I know she's NOT going to be into this weaning process. Any advise or where I should start would be more than appreciated! Thank you so much!
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  • @llli*mommadaw's Avatar
    October 20th, 2016, 09:57 AM
    I finally got him latching with the shield. It's so hard to tell how much he's getting cause I can't feel anything. His jaw moves and there's swallowing but not as vigorously as without the shield. I monitored his diapers last night, he peed but not as much as normal. He pooped twice but it was Green . I know this means not enough hindmilk but that doesn't necessarily make sense cause I'm only nursing one side. I'm letting the other side heal and pumping. I hope he's getting enough :(
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  • @llli*eveeryan's Avatar
    October 20th, 2016, 09:00 AM
    i have this same problem!! i went for a breast ultrasound, and they could see A LOT of little stones all in my ducts! i go to penn medicine, which is one of the top health systems in the US, and even they haven't heard of this. the breast surgeon said it is rare, but may be crystallized milk fat. doing my own research, i started taking sunflower lecithin, vitamin D, vitamin C, and drinking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed in water, and also increased my water intake, and i haven't had any stones stuck for months! the radiologist said there was a lot in my ducts, but after taking all those supplements, i've only had to remove maybe 2-3 small shards out of my nipples since the ultrasound. i think they shrank and passed through! i'm also seeing milk come through nipple pores, that never had milk come through before. i started wondering if thrush could have caused the stones? they always say that thrush pain feels like shards of glass coming down the ducts and in the nipple, and that's exactly how mine felt. for me, now i know why, because there was LITERALLY shards of whatever that is, coming through the ducts!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    October 19th, 2016, 09:09 PM
    Okay, back from the debate. Here's how you may be able to control oversupply and its effects while also providing for your sister's kids: - Instead of pumping a lot of milk at night, try pumping smaller amounts throughout the day. - Instead of pumping, try hand-expressing. It's thought to be less stimulating to supply. - Use reclined nursing positions to slow milk flow to the baby when you nurse. Regarding bottles, what have you tried? Are you trying to give the bottles, or is dad/grandma/someone who isn't a nursing mom giving them? Have you tried a variety of bottles and milk temperatures? A faster flowing nipple might help baby take a bottle, but he's unlikely to ever really want one from you- you have the real thing just millimeters away!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    October 19th, 2016, 08:57 PM
    :hug Cheer up, mama! What you are experiencing is not unusual or a sign of you losing supply. After a mom has been nursing for a while, it is 100% normal for your breasts to no longer feel full. Supply adjusts to meet demand, and sometimes it can happen very quickly. Overnight is not uncommon. And baby can act very unhappy when that adjustment happens- milk used to flow out at the slightest touch, and all of a sudden baby has to work a bit harder for his meals. Many babies just hate that! Best thing you can do, I almost all cases, is to give the baby the opportunity to learn how to deal with the supply you have, even if it's frustrating for him. Watch baby's diaper output and nurse as often as you can. You are doing a WONDERFUL job. Really! Just think how far you have come in 4.5 months. It is really amazing!
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  • @llli*charlie2015's Avatar
    October 19th, 2016, 08:52 PM
    You could also try holding baby skin to skin ad much as possible, or if not in the nude, having him sleep on your chest, so he knows he has easy access to the milk. Perhaos easier said than done with your older child to care for, but if you can set it up it might help. Also, you can try latching baby on when baby is asleep (like if baby rouses, but doesn't really wake up). Even if baby isn't actively gulping down milk, but is still suckling a little in his sleep, he will get some milk as well as stimulate your milk production. Having him on your chest when he sleeps will help create opportunities to just slide him down and latch him on as much as possible.
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  • @llli*krystine's Avatar
    October 19th, 2016, 08:42 PM
    I would avoid anything hormonal . We used fertility awareness method and before cycles return, because I needed to avoid pregnancy for a rare reason so super cautious , we also used condoms.
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