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  • @llli*songstress1212's Avatar
    April 26th, 2015, 11:55 AM
    My little girl was born via emergency c-section. I was able to try breastfeeding about an hour after the surgery and she latched on immediately. I was trying to EBF while in the hospital but the last night before I was supposed to go home, the pediatrician came in and said she lost 10 percent and was dehydrated with hgh sodium levels. They took her to get IV fluids. I continued to go visit her and breastfeed every 2 hours but they convinced me to supplement her to get her weight back up. I gave her a small amount after every breastfeeding. The next day, my milk came in and I pumped some to bring to her. I breastfed her that day and then gave her what I pumped. They cleared her to go home and I continued to breastfeed and supplement a little. The next day we took her to the pediatrician and she gained back her weight so that made us very happy. I went home and started to wean her from the supplement. A few days later we went back to weigh her and she lost 2 ounces. My husband was freaked out and he insisted we supplement again. Since supplementing, I dont feel like my little one's suck is what it used to be when she feeds with me. And every supplementation shes eating more and more which I think is ruining my breastfeeding chances. I havent had much support from my husband because he was panicked about her weight loss and insists on formula regularly. I know he's concerned about her but I think if I was able to stick with breastfeeding like I wanted to it could have worked...
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  • @llli*bbmomma's Avatar
    April 23rd, 2015, 05:27 AM
    Hi again. Thomas is now 9 weeks 5 days and I've just been told to 'top him up with 1oz of formula after every feed.' He is weighing 9lbs 3oz and feeds every 3 to 4 hrs for about 12 minutes a time. I only feed him on one side at a time. Could that be the problem? He already has 4oz ff at bedtime and sleeps through from 7.30pm till 5am-ish. Please, thhoughts and advice are very welcome. Thanks xx
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  • @llli*stinaswimmer's Avatar
    April 26th, 2015, 10:13 PM
    My daughter just turned 3 weeks today, and BF has been a huge, monumental struggle. She was born 39w3d after we went to the hospital for fetal monitoring since the little wiggle worm didn't seem to be moving around much all of a sudden. She was fine, but after a cervix check, I was in pre-labour and the MW couldn't feel the head. Baby was determined breech via ultrasound, and my dreams of a natural water birth suddenly became c-section. They attempted version initially, but this baby did not budge, and no wonder--she was 8lb11oz! We all landed on the other side of the surgery just fine, and she seemed to understand latching pretty early on. Admittedly, I was not breastfeeding as much as maybe I should have, but she didn't really demand it much either. When she did, she stuck on for a while and did very well, although a few times she fell asleep at the breast as well. However, by the third day in the hospital, she had lost 10% of her weight (was at 7lb13oz) and was dehydrated. One of our nurses was an IBCLC and tried very hard to help us, and determined that maybe we needed to supplement a little because of the dramatic weight loss. I was fine with this, as long as baby was getting fed. However, all of a sudden, breastfeeding became an issue. Baby would not latch, and actively fought my breast, complete with velociraptor-like screeches and pushing me away. The LC/LPN said she has never had to fight with a baby as much as she did with our daughter. :( We tried syringes,...
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  • @llli*mama7008's Avatar
    April 25th, 2015, 08:21 AM
    Baby, 6.5 months old, had her first solids (a soft sweet potato "fry" - more like baked stick) and the first time it touched her tongue, she threw up. It didn't seem to bother her, and she kept trying to eat more (managed to eat a teeny bite, which is all I wanted her to get anyway), so I just figured her gag reflex was really sensitive to the new food - she's always had a very sensitive gag reflex. But then 30 mins later, she threw up again. I'm assuming her tummy is not ready for solids, so I'm planning to hold off for a while and try again, but I don't know how long I should wait between attempts? Should I just try each month? I know "food before one is just for fun," so I'm not worried about her getting nutrients - she's EBF and very healthy/gaining well - but she is VERY eager to do what we do at the table, now fussing and crying when she sees food go in my mouth she can't have. She's sometimes happy just playing with a spoon or cup, so I always offer those to her while we eat.
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  • @llli*debbers's Avatar
    May 3rd, 2015, 03:06 PM
    I just need a safe place to vent. My daughter will be 3 in July and is not ready to wean. They say most moms don't plan to be nursing a toddler. All I can say is I wouldn't have predicted it. But I've always done what she needs. Nursing has become physically uncomfortable and sometimes emotionally draining as I'm simultaneously adjusting to the always developing strong willed little human who seemingly must do everything herself and erupts into tears unexpectedly at any moment. She also tends to be delighted at alternate moments. There's a lot of joy, but enough trying and exhausting moments to make me feel exasperated. I've walked away more times in the past month than in the previous 2Y9M combined. I've always been there for her. Every cry no matter what. Bed sharing since birth. Nursing on demand her whole life although she does not ask in publishing c, only at home.. Please tell me this will all pay off.
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  • @llli*fes's Avatar
    May 11th, 2015, 07:28 PM
    Hi all, I hoping to get some reassurance on whether I am doing this correctly. I just returned to work today. DS is 16 weeks old. I am trying to figure out the logistics of pumping at work and nursing before and after. This is what I did today- 545 am- dream fed one side 645 am- dream fed other side, then got ready for work 930 am- set alarm to pump but unable to do so until 1030, got 9 oz 1245pm- husband brought DS to me to nurse, only took one side, so pumped both sides after they left around 130 pm and got about 4 oz 330 pm- pumped and got about 3 oz 530- got home and nursed off and on until DS went to bed at 730
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  • @llli*mommainafrica's Avatar
    April 30th, 2015, 04:44 AM
    Hi LLL mommas! Okay, I'm living in South Sudan and there are no LLL leaders anywhere around, I'm getting mixed information from the doctors we've talked to, and I'm not sure what else to do. My son is 9 months old and was EBF until 6 months, at which time we slowly, slowly introduced solids. He's NOT a fan of solids, so he's still pretty much only on breastmilk (though he's taken to eating egg yolks and mashed potatoes in the last week). I offer the breast every two hours all day long, but he refuses pretty much every time that he's awake, so I've taken to feeding him right as he wakes in the mornings, before naps (he still takes 3), before bed, a dream feed when I go to bed, and then 1-2 times at night. So he gets at least 7 good feedings in, sometimes a couple more if he's in the mood. He was born prematurely at 35 weeks and weighed in at 5lb. 7oz. Following some initial weight loss early on, he quickly started catching up and was gaining an average of 2oz per day for several months. By 3 months he was up to 13 pounds and by 6 months he was up to 17b. 10oz., therefore tripling his birth weight in the first 6 months. At seven months he was up to 18lb. 11oz, but since then his weight gain has not only stopped, but in the last month last month he had lost 8 ounces so now he's down to 18lb. 3oz.
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  • @llli*sweet.mama83's Avatar
    May 19th, 2015, 05:05 PM
    My daughter breastfeeds on demand and is a picky eater. I was on domperidone for 6 months when she was 18months to 24 months old. She gained 2.5 lbs while on it. Prior to that she only gained 1.5 lbs from 12months to 18 months. I don't know if I should go back on domperidone, I still have milk available even after she's done nursing!(afraid of it causing side effects if using for too long) I'm just concerned since she is falling off the growth curve, was 50th percentile at birth now dwindling down to 3rd or so. Does anyone else have a "smaller" 2 year old? Please let me know your child's weight if you can!
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  • @llli*owen.s.mommy's Avatar
    May 8th, 2015, 05:44 PM
    Hi! My second son (6 months and exclusively BF) is having lots of trouble with reflux (medicated but still bad often). We've gotten into a breastfeeding habit of switching back and forth between breasts until he is done his nursing session. It might go like this: breast #1 for 1 minute, breast #2 for 1 minute, breast #1 for another minute and back and forth like that for a total of 5-10 mins. My first baby who also had reflux and GI issues seemed to want this pattern too. Both pull away and get fussy until I switch to the other side and this seems to calm them to complete their feed. At the doctor's today, we were exploring next steps with the reflux and GI issues and she mentioned I may have a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. I know what it is and have read lots of posts about it but my question is, could our little habit be causing issues? He does "finish" both breasts fully by the end of a session, he just doesn't fully do one at a time from start to finish because of the back and forth.... Questions: 1) Is this a bad habit or okay? 2) If bad, why is it bad? 3) If bad, how do I change the habit (he would really resist this change)? Thanks in advance!!
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  • @llli*apifera's Avatar
    May 18th, 2015, 01:47 PM
    My 23 month old breastfeeds like a six month old. It's no lie. He still nurses a lot. I pretty much never refuse and he asks at least once an hour. He has some issues with speech. He can understand pretty much everything but he can say about four words. We had him evaluated and he's now in speech therapy. In addition, he lost nearly an lb, probably due to his "selective eating". His pediatrician gave us six weeks to get him to gain, which we did. I'm not going to lie, he ate a lot of fries. He only likes to eat quinoa, broccoli, yogurt, shredded cheese, fries and toast with butter. He freaks out if you put anything new on his plate and isn't open up to trying anything new. Both his ped and, to a lesser degree the cdsa are putting pressure on me to wean. They think his frequent breastfeeding is the problem. I think that it's his main source of nutrition, I think he's stubborn enough that if I took it away it would be emotionally and nutritionally detrimental. But I want to know what I'm missing. Am I wrong?
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    May 2nd, 2015, 04:31 PM
    Hi everyone! I am hoping for a bit of support and a few ideas. I returned to work on April 6th and have been able to pump anywhere between 3 and 5 times per day at work. I am not getting more than 6-8 oz total per day, though, and baby eats anywhere between 8-14 oz while I'm away (I leave at 6 am, return home at 4:30 pm, sometimes later but this is rare). I have more success time wise at work pumping in the mornings and so I sometimes pump every hour until I get busy and can't--just to keep the frequency. Afternoons are more difficult, but I'm trying to not go longer than 3 hours even though that has not been possible a few times. My freezer cache is gone so hubs is supplementing with formula. Not really desired, but what seems to be what is needed presently. She gets maybe 2-6 oz, sometimes more, formula total while I'm at work. I nurse her as soon as I get home and we co-sleep so I can't be totally sure but think I'm nursing her 4-5 times during the night and nurse her just before I leave in the morning. I'm okay with that schedule and for the most part I seem to be getting enough sleep to function although I of course would love more. Baby stats: 15 weeks old. 8 lbs 11 oz at last appointment (11 weeks), birth weight 5 lbs 15 oz, lowest weight 5 lbs 7 oz, gain is slow but somewhat steady. On our home scale she is over 10 lbs now (I'm not going to give a number since I haven't weighed her naked recently so I don't have anything accurate). I do weighted...
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  • @llli*h26's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:11 AM
    My son is 9.5 months old. At daycare, he has been having three 5 oz. bottles of breastmilk with two meals. The bottles are given close to mealtime. His caregivers at daycare would like to give him two 7-8 oz. bottles instead. Is that reasonable? OK? Can he or should he eat that much in one go? Will he get hungry between bottles? I'm also concerned about waste because they are required to dispose of any milk in his bottle that he doesn't finish.
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  • @llli*renajeanb2b's Avatar
    April 26th, 2015, 10:52 AM
    My sweet little Emma was born 4/10 weighing 8 pounds 7 ounces, she was 7 pounds 9 ounces when she was discharged from the hospital. Emma nurses every 2-3 hours 15-20 min at each breast ( sometimes more), she sleeps about four hours at night. Occasionally she has cluster feedings at night which is the only time she seams not satisfied so I give 1 ounce BM in a syringe at the breast extra. Emma has anywhere between 6-10 wet diapers a day and 1-4 BM a day, she has only had two days since birth with no BM. When she had her 1 week check up she weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces and at her 2 week check up this Friday she had lost weight and now weighs 8 pounds. The doctor wants me to begin formula supplementation so she gains weight. I never had any issues BF my son who is now 4, and I am not sure what I am doing wrong. I am making sure to eat 3 meals a day and snacks and drinking plenty of fluids. When I pump after a feeding I get any where between 1/4 ounce to 1 ounce BM expressed. She does not seam hungry. Does anyone have any ideas? :confused:
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  • @llli*reena's Avatar
    May 7th, 2015, 07:41 AM
    I don't know, I think I'll do a little happy dance knowing that the 'hardest' part of nursing is behind us and we 'made it'! This has been so much more nerve wracking than when I had my first 6 years ago. I nursed my son over 3 years and he was a champion nurser from the start, even I was shocked. Our early trials this time around has, I think, put me in a perpetual state of anxiety. I'm so worried all the time. We are at 9 months now. My retired LC and LLL leader tells me, the hardest part is over, just enjoy your baby, but I don't think my nerves will cool until we hit that year mark. Thank god for baby led weaning. Thanks to that, she is great at self feeding, and I can assume she will be doing superb by the time she is 1. If only she will take a sippy more eagerly, instead of using it as a chew thing. I remember my son was easily nursing 7 times a day at 1 year old. ha. Maybe after 1, I can finally get off this domperidone, too. Sorry ladies, rant over. Did you feel any relief when your nursling turned 1 year old? :o
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  • @llli*bcompton's Avatar
    May 15th, 2015, 01:28 PM
    Hello! I'm a FTM that really wants to keep bf until 1.5 years at least. I have no supply issue and had been eating lactation cookies regularly to help. About 2 weeks ago, we got diagnosed with thrush and the baby with a yeast infection. She was around 6 weeks old. I also had thrush on my nipples. We used nystatin and I got diflucan. The yeast infection is gone and so is the thrush. She was a great feeder and was feeding every 2 hours for 15-16 minutes like clockwork. She was gaining weight quickly and pooping/peeing fine. The only problem we had was that she seemed to always have gas and grunt/strain a lot. (especially at night she was super loud and would pull her legs to her chest and grunt a lot) We got her on gripe water and Gerber soothe drops. At around 6-7 weeks, she decreased her input of expressed milk from bottle from 65 ml-85 ml to 30-40 ml. I figured she just preferred the breast. Then she started shortening her bf times from 15 minutes to 5-7 minutes. She then started feeding from my breast for like a minute, pulling away, and screaming. Then frantically looking for my nipple even though it was right in front of her (I guided it to her) and rooting as if it wasn't there. Then trying to feed again, pulling away, and screaming...over and over. She would do this with the bottle sometimes too. At first this only happened in the evenings, but it started to happen at anytime. I was worried that she wasn't getting enough to eat. She was still gaining weight and...
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  • @llli*american.honey's Avatar
    April 28th, 2015, 03:29 PM
    Hi mamas hope all you pretty supportive ladies are doing well. So, I am so happy to say my baby girl is 17 months old and still nursing. However; let me tell you it can be nerve racking still at this point. A lot of you mamas have given me great advise in the past but her I am again stressing out :bitenails. My baby girl has been EBF since day one :cheer. She's obvisiously eating solids at this point now. However; I feel that because she is so curious about every sound, picture, phone, doggies, big brother & daddy she nurses very little and in 1 minute flash it seems. I worry that this isn't enough to keeping my wonderful milking factory up. I try every chance I get to nurse her. Before she would ask for her milk (she calls it papa) & now during the day she hardly ask. Unless she is really tired :snooze. This is why I try to offer as her normal routined schedule has always been every 2 hours. Now mind you if she doesn't want it I let her be and offer at next scheduled feeding time. I guess, I am concerned since her nursing Patterns have changed, I worry that I will definitely slow or stop production. She has always nursed 3-4 x at night. However, this has decreased as well. She's nursing twice at night now. So what I do if I see she skipped nursing I offer her, she nurses and goes back to sleep. I know I have read and been told this is when you want to make sure babies are nursing to get production flowing well. Especially if you can nurse right at 2am this is when...
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  • @llli*m11612's Avatar
    April 29th, 2015, 01:28 PM
    My ds is 8 weeks old now and I'm more confused than ever. I have already seen an lc, my pediatrician and a lll leader/group. No one seems to be able to help me pinpoint the problem if there is one. I am mostly concerned about the screaming and coughing. I also would love to know if the green and mucosy poops are a concern or just within normal. Baby 1- Sometimes fussy in evening and sometimes SCREAMING as if in pain in the evening (otherwise generally happy) 2- Coughing at breast at different times and away from breast seemingly when spitting up and swallowing back down (spits up without swallowing rarely) 3- Green poops occasionally, mucosy poops occasionally (no visible blood) Very gassy sometimes uncomfortable with it, but i:'m thinking it's within normal infant range. 4- Sometimes fussy at breast, choking, gagging and bobbing. 5- Mild (?) lip tie, I question posterior tongue tie 6- Horrible skin. Dry spots, cradle cap, baby acne on face and trunk, prickly heat rash looking area on chin but no diaper rash.
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  • @llli*amcmanus17's Avatar
    May 14th, 2015, 10:21 PM
    Until the last couple of days my little guy has always finished on one breast. Today however after suckling for much longer than normal he came off the breast very frustrated so I switched sides. He went after it like he was starving.. Even after finishing the 2nd he seemed frustrated, or not as satisfied as normal. I'm guessing it is because he has been inconsistent with his feedings lately but my breasts feel empty even when we start a feeding, so I want to make sure he gets satisfied. Is there a way to know when they've "finished" a side?
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  • @llli*marjon.carlo-arce's Avatar
    May 5th, 2015, 01:57 PM
    I am not sure what to do and I am feeling very discouraged and upset. I recently went back to work and can only pump before work, at my lunch and when I get home. Before I went back to work I was pumping 4oz at a time, which satisfied my baby. However since returning to work, my supply evaporated completely. I seem to barely get out a tablespoon. I started drinking about a gallon of water a day, taking fenugreek, drinking mothers milk tea and made lactation cookies. Nothing seems to help and I think the stress from all of this is making it worse. My baby is now refusing to nurse when I am home, and I think it's due to the low supply. What can I do? Should I start pumping every hour when I am home and on the weekends? I am not sure if this will help, since I won't be able to pump as often at work. Please help.
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  • @llli*reena's Avatar
    May 2nd, 2015, 11:15 AM
    Hi all, about 5 days ago my 9 month old caught a tummy bug from her kindergartener brother. She threw up for about a day and a half. I believe the bug was passed on to me, I am no throwing up however. I feel woozy and have a bit of diarrhea. I feel like my supply is low today. Normal? She is not fussing at the breast, but letdowns seem a little sluggish and my breasts feel very 'squishy'. She is peeing, although I feel like the diapers could be wetter. Any advice for me? I am nursing as much as she will take and taking sips of water all day long.
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  • @llli*rosesmum's Avatar
    May 16th, 2015, 01:15 PM
    My daughter, 9.5 months old, has just had her first tooth start to come in. The peditrician said that before bed after I nurse her to wipe the tooth off with a damp wash cloth. That's fine, but what about after a middle of the night feeding? She tends to wake at 1 or 2am and I nurse her back to sleep. Last night I tried wiping the tooth at 1am, but ended up giving up after she was getting upset. What do you suggest I do?
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  • @llli*findmeintahiti's Avatar
    April 27th, 2015, 02:39 PM
    My boy is 2 weeks old and 7.7 lbs. A lot of the time will not open his mouth wide enough for me to get proper latch esp at night. He gets frustrated and wiggles so it's hard to hold position and I get sweaty and exhausted- it's a mess! I find myself going with a bad latch just out of desperation. I have large breasts and have to use sandwich. I try touching his lip/nose with my nipple and tilting his head back...I end up having to wait for a scream to try to get a good latch. I start to feel hopeless and helpless wanting to pump but ideally I'd like to figure this out.
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  • @llli*sacmd's Avatar
    May 4th, 2015, 01:38 PM
    Hi, I'm wondering if anyone can share any experiences that are similar to mine, and got better. My 4.5 month old has always been a very 'needy' baby in terms of touch. Until 6 weeks she literally would not be put down at all without screaming so we co-slept for sanity. Napping was in my arms, carrier, etc. Then, between 6 weeks and 3.5 months, things improved a little and we were able to lay her down in her crib for naps (short naps, never more than an hour) and at the beginning of the night at 7 pm, when she would sleep from 4-6 hours. She always napped better being carried or cuddled, but at least she would tolerate an hour while I threw together dinner, paid bills, etc. I tried to nap with her when I could. For the past month, she has hit the '4 month fussies', and I'm at work 3 days/week, and it is like having a newborn again! Doesn't want to be put down much at all, and now will nap only 20 minutes alone during the day, and will basically refuse to sleep in her crib at the beginning of the night unless she's totally exhausted--but then will wake up 40 minutes later and cry until we take her to bed. At which point she will sleep, but rouses much more unless our arms are around her or over her. Like, I have to physically touch her for her to settle (this is hard because she is restless, thrashing about and flinging her arms around. Not very conducive for my own rest at night). She is very clingy!! Has anyone gone through this stage and if so, when did your baby...
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  • @llli*jazmanian's Avatar
    May 6th, 2015, 08:37 AM
    Hi! Last night my baby slept 8 hours straight. I woke up 6 hours into her sleep and expressed some milk on the right side because it was soo full and uncomfortable. I woke up 2 hours later to feed her, and my breast is sore. Doesnt affect feeding. I tried getting her to empty the breast as much as possible, i massaged it before & while she fed. Its been 4 hours since then and my breast is still sore. It feels like its bruised, all along the area youd be touching if you cupped it. I called the doctor but im waiting on a call back. Any ideas?
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  • @llli*midnightsangel's Avatar
    May 5th, 2015, 10:11 PM
    My 4 month old has recently "woken up" in terms of reaching for things and generally being more interested in the world. While this is precious when he grabs a toy and squeezes tight, he has been also grabbing my best in his fists and digging in. It hurts so bad even with his nails trimmed short. I don't want to scare him with my reactions but sometimes I can't help myself from snatched his hand off. I don't make a noise or say no or anything but dear god it hurts. Any advice on how to deal or to get him to stop? I know he's young and I know it's not on purpose. It just hurts :(
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