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  • @llli*hlc12's Avatar
    August 8th, 2015, 05:54 AM
    Hello, I am writing this message in hopes that someone out there has experienced what I am experiencing and can help me. I'm at my wit's end. Here's what is happening: I went back to work about a month ago and, at the end of the second week, I woke up one night with terrible plugged ducts. I was engorged. My breast was red and inflamed. I am no stranger to plugged ducts. I had them for 10 weeks straight (every day) with my first daughter. She had a terrible latch. I note this so that others know I know how to deal with a plugged duct. I spent the weekend taking hot showers and dangle feeding, among other things. I noticed a white spot on my nipple, and when I squeezed it, it kind of protruded out like a pencil. But, I couldn't get it to pop... I tried everything to get that pore to open. Finally, after not being able to get the milk out of that pore for nearly 24 hours, I sterilized a needle and just pricked the very end of that white dot. Milk came shooting out immediately, but then I would squeeze again and nothing. So I repeatedly did this with the needle until I got a good bit of the milk out. But, that thing was still clogged. I then took my nipple in my fingers and rolled it around and I could feel a very hard lump in there - in the nipple pore. So I did some googling and tried putting vinegar on cotton balls to dissolve it. I tried a vibrating toothbrush. I tried squeezing the heck out of it. Hot showers with the vibrating shower head. ...
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  • @llli*ap9981's Avatar
    August 17th, 2015, 01:27 PM
    I posted earlier about this issue, but it's not ending and I'm absolutely crumbling under it all. DS is 11 months (he'll be one this Wednesday!) and three days ago he nursed to sleep, but when he woke up at 1am, he wouldn't nurse back down. No biggie - that's happened before. He did, however, just cry cry cry on and off for HOURS. Clearly he wasn't feeling well. But the next day he refused to nurse as well, too. He cried, screamed, arched his back, and did everything he could to crawl away from me every time I offered. What is worse is he wouldn't drink ANYTHING at all. He started running a fever shortly after. A trip to the doctor came back with a big old "we don't know - teething?" and a larger syringe for me to try to feed him from.
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  • @llli*m11612's Avatar
    July 31st, 2015, 08:02 PM
    My son is the most annoying nursling! I love him but not his nursing behavior. His sister (3.5yrs) even comments on her superior nursing manners. He is 5 months and has been a biter since 2 months if not before. He sometimes clamps down, twists his head and looks up at me with a devilish grin. Lately his favorite is to pinch my breast with both hands. When I hold his hands, give him something to hold or whatever, he clamps, turns his head down and drags my nipple out of his mouth then bobs back on again all while squirming his hands back toward pinching again. I have tried all the tricks (thanks kellymom, this forum and my grad degree in applied behavior analysis) and he just still prefers this behavior. No amount of attention, ignoring, distraction, yelling out, blocking etc is enough to compete with his love for causing me pain. Oh, what a little brat! :) I'm posting this here with the hope that this group of people will see the humor, sympathize with the struggle and get that this in no way makes me want to stop breastfeeding (except maybe brief moments at the end of a long day where I fantasize about quiet moments alone on the beach with a beverage).
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  • @llli*tinabear's Avatar
    August 11th, 2015, 03:18 PM
    I'm a Sahm of a toddler and a baby. My 3 month old is ebf and sleeps in his own room, cosleeping is not an option. We've overcome plugged ducts and one bout of mastitis without the need for antibiotics . This is my second child, I breastfed the first for only 4.5 months due to lack of support and knowledge. I've been determined to go a full year this time, but I'm having doubts that's possible. LO is a cranky baby. He hates naps, being set down, car rides, stroller rides, being held by people other than me, etc. He's been fighting me nearly every time he feeds the last few weeks and has consistently stayed awake for an hour or two every night (he usually nurses 3+ times throughout the night, so this is really rough). I've been living on 5 to 6 hours of sleep for the last 3 months and it feel like less each day. I have toddler to care for, so I don't have the luxury to nap during the day unless by some miracle both boys nap at the same time. I'm extremely frustrated with his nursing habits. I'm exhausted from very little sleep. He cries if I set him down, only naps in a swing if I'm sitting in front of it, and absolutely refuses to let my husband hold him for more than 5 minutes. Of course he nurses to sleep so I'm unable to have someone else put him down or give him a bottle at night. He's a tough baby and I feel that breastfeeding may be causing him to be overly attached to me (At least that's what I've been told by nearly everyone I know.) I just need someone to...
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  • @llli*lakemom23's Avatar
    August 11th, 2015, 07:16 PM
    I just had my second child. He is 6 weeks old. breast feeding started out great with a small hiccup at 3 weeks that ended up being nothing. The real issue is my supply. I can generally pump 3-4 ounces for a time period of 3 hours. The lactation consultant i was seeing at the time told me to feed baby from both breast as long as he wanted and also pump right after feeding to encourage more milk production. I did this for as long as i could stand and now am just just pumping 1-2 times a day or when baby sleeps more than 2 hours, so i can keep milk flowing. my little man eats SO much. I am not really keeping up with him. I can tell at each feeding the amount he has eaten doesn't really fill him up. He seems to get only enough to not be frantically upset about being hungry. and generally he wants to eat an hour later and i only have maybe half an ounce or one ounce in each breast to feed him. Due to this pattern i usually heat up 1-2 bottles a day of breast milk i pumped from the day before. I have tried everything to get my supply to increase. every supplement on the market, nursing as much as he wants, pumping after feeding, certain foods. You name it, I have tried it. My question is, is there any other moms out there or Lactation professionals that can offer anything I may not have tried or is there nothing else I can really do about this? Is this the most milk I will ever produce at one sitting (4 ounces)? I keep going back and forth with giving up and maybe alternating...
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  • @llli*nempne's Avatar
    August 17th, 2015, 05:55 PM
    So the dentist pretty much blamed my sons cavities on breastfeeding. Just wondering if anyone else had had to have their child's cavities fixed at a young age, and how they handled it? I am really nervous about the appointment. Breastfeeding is usually the way I am able to comfort him, but I don't think that will be an option since they are numbing his mouth. Anyone know how long the numbing lasts or what will happen if he tries to nurse? Any suggestions or tips? Also how do I keep this from happening again?
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  • @llli*cupcakemama's Avatar
    August 21st, 2015, 07:34 PM
    Hi there; I haven't posted in awhile because things are going so smoothly. In fact, they still are (I think)... My question is, is it ok for my 10 month old DD to primarily drink milk, with little to no solids at this time? I mean, she's interested and I give her cereal puffs, bits of shredded meat or pieces of fruits or veggies, but maybe only once a day (if that). It seems like she's been nursing even more frequently, as she is less distracted and is teething. Should I be pushing solids more since she's interested? It is so much easier to just nurse her at this point for me, but I don't know if I am doing her a disservice. Idk. Advice?
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  • @llli*yorkshiregirl76's Avatar
    August 1st, 2015, 05:24 AM
    Hi, my 6 wk old has suddenly started biting with her gums & bobbing her head around before finally latching on. She also doesn't want to feed after my let down. This has been going on for 2 days now. Any ideas?
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  • @llli*mommymunster's Avatar
    August 3rd, 2015, 04:39 PM
    Hi! I'm a first time mom getting everything ready for my baby's arrival. I will be working one day a week (8 hours) when my baby is 6 weeks old. How many bottles should I have on hand to cover that? I am also looking at the Avent Natural Glass bottles and the Dr. Brown glass bottles. Does anyone have a preference between the two? Should I be getting them in the 4oz or 8oz so it lasts longer? I plan on breast feeding as long as possible! Thanks in advance! I'm totally clueless about everything. :)
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  • @llli*labrys71's Avatar
    August 2nd, 2015, 06:49 PM
    I'm a first time mom of an almost 1 month old premature baby. He is probably around 8lbs now, and was eating with a nipple shield quite well until recently. I don't think he's getting enough anymore with the shield, as he's super fussy at the breast, will often fall asleep after eating for 10 minutes and as soon as I reposition to burp him he's fussy and hungry again...sometimes this behavior can last over an hour. I'm starting to get frustrated because I'm positive the problem is the shield, but I cannot get him to latch at all. He just gets more upset if I try without the shield, and often pushes me away. This, in turn, upsets me because I feel like something I should be able to do I'm not...I feel like it shouldn't be that hard to do something which should be natural. I have flatter than normal nipples and that was the initial problem, I've only managed to get him to latch without a shield twice and I'm honestly not sure how I managed it but I was laying down at the time. Please, if anyone has any advice let me know. Having a fussy, hungry baby that needs an hour or more to eat is about to drive me insane knowing it's such a simple fix, even if it's not easy. It's also interfering with my need to build up a supply of milk for when I go back to work full-time. I currently work 1 day a week, and only have 4 bags of milk because I'm afraid now to pump after he eats because he eats off both breasts now and I feel like if I pump for the extra milk he'll get hungry...
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  • @llli*jeffr's Avatar
    August 7th, 2015, 10:54 PM
    Hello. My wife and I have some questions and concerns. Both of us are getting frustrated with our current situation and have been researching online to try and find help/answers. Unfortunately, we really don't know where to turn or who to believe as we have found several conflicting opinions. Our pediatrician hasn't been very helpful neither has the lactation consultant from the hospital where we delivered. Here we go... Our son is now 16 days old. He was 3 weeks early. My wife has been breastfeeding without too much issue since he was born. No real issues latching, stool/urine production is good ( recent number = 6-10 stools per day with 4-6 wet). He has gained 10 oz in the last 7 days which we were told was very good. Everything was going well until a two days ago (2 weeks old). All of a sudden he constantly wants to be feeding. If he is not feeding he is screaming with clenched fists, rooting, contorting, and turning red. The screaming will get more and more intense until he is back on the breast. He appears to be in pain. Initially, we thought he may not be getting enough hindmilk and having gastrointestinal issues do to over eating foremilk (if that is even possible) but are not sure. A few days ago, our pediatrician suggested that we feed on a 2 hour schedule and express some milk before feeding. He also suggested keeping him on one breast at each feeding and when he gets fussy in between feedings offer the pacifier. He also gave us a...
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  • @llli*nowellina's Avatar
    July 31st, 2015, 05:09 AM
    Hello! Just wondering of there are any mummies who have successfully managed to latch their baby at 2months? I have been struggling with the latching as baby is bottle fed ( not by choice). I have had wonderful support here so far. I have tried and have been extremely patient but still no latching often. I have been pumping with a hospital grade pump as much as possible, with only about 5mls a day. It's been heartbreaking as breastfeeding is something I would love to continue, its becoming very exhausting to keep trying. So if there is anyone who managed to sort there latching late and was successful I would love to hear from you!!!
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  • @llli*robinc308's Avatar
    August 12th, 2015, 12:17 PM
    I have three related (I think) questions/concerns with respect to feeding my son, and I'm looking for encouragement/tips. (Sorry this is so long) Firstly, about us: My son is 14 weeks old, and aside from some formula given in the hospital when he was born, he has been exclusively breastfed. He was born 7lb13oz, and is now 16lb3oz, so weight gain has been very good (at 1 week he was 11th percentile, he is currently 85th). No concerns there. I don't count how many diapers he has, but he has lots of wet ones, and several dirty ones a day (although see below, since one of my concerns is about his pooping). During the day, he typically feeds around 6 times between 7am-7pm. We feed on demand, but it used to be every 3 hours and you could set your watch by it, but lately it's a little more all over the place. (I think the variation is starting to be driven by how long his naps are - some are getting longer and others shorter). At nights, he started sleeping through (7:30pm - 7am) about 2 weeks ago, and does it about half the time. The other half of the time he will wake around 4-5am for a feed. I don't do anything to encourage/discourage that, he just does what he does and I go along with it. When he first started sleeping through, I would wake up super engorged and in pain, but my body is starting to adapt to his new routine, although because he's not consistent, right now I get thrown off easily. I'm not sure this part is relevant, but going back to the very beginning,...
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  • @llli*dp999's Avatar
    August 4th, 2015, 10:15 AM
    Hi All, I am breastfeeding my second baby who will be 4 months old in couples of days. I had been back to work and had no issues for a month. But recently from the past week, I am getting frustrated with my pump. I was using the pump which I had with my first daughter, suddenly the output got too low. I tried to change the valves,membranes it didn't work. Hand Pumping makes me exhausted. When I hand express, easily I get 2oz. May be due to wrong way of doing it, I had severe aches last week, but got better in a day. Bought a new pump, I was using old parts to see if the issue is with pump or parts..still less output. When I shifted to new parts, the issue is still the same. Should I talk to medela. Or is it something related to me. Please help! Also, I have some stock in the fridge, baby doesn't like that taste....Is it all waste??
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  • @llli*nicholeo's Avatar
    August 3rd, 2015, 10:10 AM
    My daughter just turned 10 months old today. She doesn't care for purees and will eat a little bit of finger foods but not much. I've been exclusively pumping most of her life so she drinks breast milk. The thing is some days it's extremely hard to get milk in her. She will fuss likes she's starving so I sit down with a bottle to feed her and she will drink an ounce or two then push it away and I'll have to try again either when she fusses again or 10-15 mins after she's stopped. She slept all night last night so you would think she would be starving and ready to eat but it's been a struggle today as well. Anyone out there experienced this? This didn't just start it's been like this on send off for several months,
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  • @llli*van.walker's Avatar
    August 7th, 2015, 07:53 AM
    Hello, ladies, Two weeks ago, I applied to be a milk donor at the Austin Milk Bank. The initial interview went well. I was asked about various aspects of my life and was completely honest. When they asked if I am unable to donate blood for any reason, I said yes and explained that I lived on a military base in Butzbach, Germany, from 1991-1994. They asked if I lived in Europe between 1980-1996 and I said yes. I had previously read the interview questions to ensure I was wasting my time. The form lists in parentheses, less than five years, next to the question about Europe. I was approved pending blood test and filling out forms. I sent the forms back the same day and made an appointment for the blood test. Three days later, the day before my appointment, I got a call from the milk bank. They sincerely apologized and informed me I would not have to get the blood test. I was being denied as a donor. I was surprised and saddened. I had already set aside and labeled the 300 ounces I was going to donate. I asked why the sudden change and was told my stay in Germany automatically disqualified me. I asked them to elaborate because the form clearly states five years and I only lived there for three. They informed me that because I lived on a military base, the time frame had to be less than six months. According to them, the military didn't screen any of its meat products and they cant risk potentially spreading/infecting someone with mad cow. So, with my over production of...
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  • @llli*beckyd0106's Avatar
    August 9th, 2015, 02:13 PM
    Anyonr here have upper back or shoulder issues requiring altering nursing position? In need of suggestions. Side to side it hard because I end up sleepy w onky with him on my bottom shoulder to support him. Sitting on a couch is harder also as holding his head weight on one arm is not ideal. Any tips appreciated! Not sure if one can share photos on here.
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  • @llli*owleo's Avatar
    August 23rd, 2015, 09:12 AM
    My 7 month old has been ebf but has had diarrhea, mucous and/or blood in stool on and off since about 2 months old. I tried a very strict total elimination diet thinking it was a food sensitivity, but it didn't work. I am on a less severe diet (top 8 allergens free) and things are still the same. I give probiotics which is the only thing that has helped him, but not fully. (He had several rounds of strong antibiotics at 1 month old due to pneumonia and an ear infection, which is when our problems began). I trialed his first solid (carrots) and it was an instant fail. My ped and GI want me to switch him to a hypoallergenic formula. I am devastated at the idea of not breastfeeding but I want him to get better. I think I need to heal his gut somehow but dont know how to do that with a baby. Anybody have any ideas??
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  • @llli*fes's Avatar
    August 5th, 2015, 10:06 AM
    Hi Expert Mamas, I will try to make this as concise as I can. My LO is 6.5 months old, EBF on demand from the start. I went back to work when he was 4 months old, and I work four 8-hr-days, away from LO for about 9 hrs a day. I know the general rule is to pump at least 3 times in 8 hours, but since I work in a healthcare setting, some days are crazy, and I might spend little time in my office. I was determined to get off to a good start with pumping, so I set my alarm to pump right when I get to work at 8 am, then again at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm. I thought that at least with 4 alarms, I might get in only 3 pump sessions if it was a crazy day. Certainly I have had some crazy days where I am only able to pump 3 times, but these are few and I am usually able to foresee these crazy days and plan accordingly. I get an average of 12-15 oz a day. LO only takes about 8 oz while I am away. So I end up with this surplus that is taking up a lot of space in my freezer and no option for a deep freezer. My thought is to scale back on pumping and have just a little surplus to freeze every day, if any, and if I need my supply to rebound (esp when the 8-10 month dip in supply happens), I can make it happen by just nursing more, right? Should I not be so rigid about pumping more and more all the time? I just don't think I need SO MUCH milk in storage since milk supply is ever changing to baby's needs, and we are well established in supply now. I am thinking to cut back on pumping to...
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  • @llli*deborah.barrientes's Avatar
    August 6th, 2015, 05:02 PM
    My little one is nearly 16 weeks old. She recently has gotten very restless nursing. She'll pop off, fuss, & latch back on over and over. When she's latched on for any length of time, she complains all throughout nursing. I try to burp her & see if it helps, but it rarely does. So then I figure she's gotten her fill but she still acts hungry & cries until I pop her back on. She'll act happy for a few seconds & then it's back to pulling off every couple of seconds & fussing (sometimes it escalates to full-on screaming). I thought maybe it's because my letdown wasn't quick enough for her, but often when she pulls off, she has a mouthful of milk & more continues to drop out of my nipple. Then, I figured my letdown was maybe too much, but she still fusses even near the end of the nursing session when my milk flow has definitely slowed. I really can't figure it out & it's driving both of us nuts, plus it's hurting my nipples. Any insight on what could be happening and/or how to remedy it? She'll be 4 months old August 18th and, as far as I know, is gaining well. She certainly has plenty of wet diapers throughout the day.
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  • @llli*locomundo's Avatar
    August 17th, 2015, 03:56 AM
    Hi dear mums, I have a question which is probably a common problem for many mums who breastfeed. In short: my son, 13 months, is used to always falling asleep at the breast, and he should be starting day care at 20 months. Even worse, he is used to sleeping with me in the same bed (co-sleeping) and to only fall asleep with me, both for daily naps and in the evening. Often I even sleep with him in some of the naps as well. At night he still wakes a couple of times to nurse, which according to my husband it's "not normal" because he should be sleeping through the night. Even though I don't see it as abnormal, I do wonder if he gets enough solids, because if he doesn't eat enough for dinner then he wakes up much more in the night. And also in the morning he is often not so hungry to have breakfast.
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  • @llli*jmaza's Avatar
    July 31st, 2015, 07:04 AM
    Hello, I am looking to see if there are any fellow mommies that have gone through this and can maybe give me some suggestions. I am trying to wean my 1 year old from nursing/breast milk and onto cow's milk. He has taken bottles of breast milk since the age of 5 1/2 months just fine from his sitter and now takes the bottles of cow's milk from the sitter as well. He refuses to drink from the bottle from my husband and I. I have tried purchasing different bottles and sippy cups to no avail. Has anyone gone through this and possibly has some suggestions to give on how I should go about it? Thanks in advance!
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  • @llli*tinabear's Avatar
    August 3rd, 2015, 11:28 AM
    Hello! I'm a sahm and ebfing my 12 week old; I would like to start pumping to create a small cache of milk in case I need to leave the baby with a caretaker for a feeding or two. Currently, LO nurses 9-10 times throughout the day and night. He has two 3.5-hour stretches see night, so most of the daytime I nurse him ~ every 2 hours. I also have a toddler to care for so my pumping time is very limited. In one session, I pump 5 to 10 minutes, and I don't get more than 1oz a breast. I've waited for more milk to flow, but I never see more than the 1oz per and that's only in the morning. Afternoons I get half an oz per breast. So my questions are: Is it normal to only see 2oz or less a session?
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  • @llli*homegreen's Avatar
    August 25th, 2015, 09:58 AM
    My LO is 21 months and nursing three times a day in the morning, at nap time and at bedtime. I'm not sensing her desire to change our routine. With that said, I'm concerned it is just a habitual routine now that she wouldn't even know to want it or not. However, I'm ready to begin reducing down. I realize all babies are different, but is there a general consensus which of these three nursing sessions are favorites? The morning session is the one I'd like to start with since her nap is at 11am. Any thoughts/experience would be welcome. Thank you.
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  • @llli*alli5un's Avatar
    August 18th, 2015, 04:15 AM
    I have a 4 month old who used to sleep almost completely through the night and would nurse almost all day. Now all of the sudden he nurses about the same during the day but then at night he will sleep for about 4 hrs initially and then he will b up hourly. I don't know what to do. I'm exhausted and sleep when baby sleeps just sometimes isn't an option. We have 4 other children ranging in age from 8 to 2yrs. My husband is the breadwinner so I don't want to ask him to help even though he would love 2. I also am not able to pump enough milk to really have him b able to help at night. :-( I tried breastfeeding my other kids but with lack of knowledge and support I only made it at max a couple of weeks. Im proud that I've made it this long and would love to make it a full year but I'm not going to lie I'm close to giving up. :-( Am I doing something wrong? Will it get better? On top of all of this we've dealt with low milk supply, plugged ducts, milk blisters and improper latching. :-( I want to make it but it seems just when I overcome 1 hurdle there is another 1 to smack me in the face. :-( Any advice would b greatly appericated or at the very least to know that I'm not alone. Thank you.
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  • @llli*namily's Avatar
    August 19th, 2015, 11:23 AM
    Hello all, I have a 4 week old baby boy who has recently been very fussy at night. He is breastfed -I've supplemented expressed breastmilk in a bottle probably 3 times since he's been brought home from NICU. He's had history of jaundice, was in NICU twice within the first two weeks after birth (total of 3-4 days) and was given bottles of ebm there. Now that he's been home for almost two weeks, I've only supplemented with ebm about 3 times. Yesterday I had to do an errand so Mother in law (lives out of town and came to help) watched him and gave him 2-3oz of ebm while I was gone (I was gone for only an hour, and had breastfed him right before leaving!). I feed on demand if not every 2 hrs. He usually latches and feeds for 5-10min on each breast, on some days 15min on a breast. Produces wet diapers at each feeding, and poo diapers almost at each feeding. Weight gain is good per pedi. Was born 6.14lbs, and as of yesterday at pedi's office was 9.9lbs. The issue: Recently, during the evening he'll feed off both breasts averaging 5-10 min each breast, sometimes 10 minutes on one breast alone, then will fall asleep. I would wake him up to feed on second breast, or switch back and forth between breasts when he gets fussy. I'll burp him, change his diaper, etc when he fusses, then place him back on breast which he cries and pushes away...but he still roots and looks for the breast/nipple! This goes one for awhile. Last night it took 3 - 4 hrs for him to actually calm down...
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