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  • @llli*noodles610's Avatar
    June 30th, 2014, 09:36 PM
    Hello ladies. I'm new to this so please bear with me. I gave birth to a healthy, full-term baby girl 3 weeks ago. Everything went well except for BFing. I have small, almost flat nipples and she has a small mouth making latching difficult. The nurse LC gave me a nipple shield which worked ok despite the constant battle of it coming off and her thrashing around during feedings. Unfortunately, we hit a minor bump. For one, my milk supply has become very low. Hubby says its because I'm not eating enough. I have just been used to small frequent meals since nausea was a problem during the first half of my pregnancy and heartburn for the second half. How can my milk supply be low if I was solely BFing for a week? I haven't changed any routine or intakes and I am well hydrated. As a matter of fact, I have been eating oatmeal since we got home. What can I do to increase production? What did I do that decreased it? Also, she would nurse for a long period of time (45-60 minutes). With the low milk production, being a slow nurser and latching difficulties, it has made my nipples so sore and painful even with the shield. To make matters worse, she hit her growth spurt which made her nurse more often and even longer than usual. Could the shield actually be causing my soreness? Would the pain eventually go away? I don't believe its a latching issue since I got it verified with 2 home visits with LC. What can I do to get rid of the shield? I read on one of...
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  • @llli*shihni's Avatar
    June 30th, 2014, 09:50 AM
    Hi, this is my first time here. I have been breastfeeding my son since his birth. He is now 2 months. I don't seem to have enough breast milk (I only get about 2 oz if I pump 3-4 hours after feeding), so I would give him 1-2 oz of formula after breastfeeding if he still seems hungry. I always put him on my breasts first for every feeding though. For more than a month he has been pulling away from my breasts after less than 10 minutes of feeding. At first I thought he is frustrated with the amount of breast milk. (I try to keep him on my breasts as long as possible to increase my milk supply. Lately it's hard to keep him on my breasts for more than 12-13 minutes.) Today I pumped and he happened to wake up earlier than I expected. So I had to breast feed him shortly after I finished pumping. I thought he would get frustrated earlier since my breasts were pretty empty, but he again pulled away from my breasts and seemed upset after about 10 minutes. So I wonder if his pulling away is not due to the amount of breast milk or the flow. Does anyone have the same experience? How can I solve this problem?
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  • @llli*azrael499's Avatar
    June 26th, 2014, 12:09 PM
    Hello, I feel like it has been quite a while since I posted here. My daughter recently weaned herself after 3 years 8 months and 19 days of nursing. I let her self-wean and with the exception of her asking to "try for milk" once since then, we have been done. I still miss nursing terribly but I can accept that she is growing up and that she is done. However, in the last few months before weaning completely I was getting weird symptoms that all pointed toward hypothyroidism. I had blood work done and I am definitely hypothyroid. I also requested to have my antibody levels checked on my last blood test and I was also diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease which is causing my hypothyroidism. Treatment began with levothyroxine which made me very itchy on the lowest dose (25mcg) and then very ill on the 50mcg when they increased my dose. I had 2 migraines a day (I usually get 1-2 headaches a year) and I was itchy along with a bunch of other side effects. After talking to many different people I asked to be switched to Armour and my headaches pretty much went away except for recently when I got my period. This is the first time getting my period since switching meds. I also have very tender breasts. I feel as if I would have when I was full with milk but my breasts are not full of milk...just very uncomfortable.
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  • @llli*kaimom's Avatar
    June 28th, 2014, 12:53 PM
    I know you guys are probably tired of me but I am ready to give my LO a bottle :( its breaking my heart. Ive posted a couple of times about my experience with BF and I am now working with a fast flow. Since I have previous posts Ill keep this short. My babygirl unlatches and throws a fit when she is getting fed..she's always done it to a certain degree but it is increasingly getting worse. During the day she's fine with maybe one or two fits that take a minute to get under control but nothing like it is at night. Last night she screamed and screamed..there was no consoling her. Then she had an episode where a bit of mucus came out her nose and she stopped breathing. Scariest moment of my life. I'm super scared for tonight and as much as I DO NOT WANT TO give her a bottle, I'm debating on giving her one. I begin putting her to bed at 845 and she doesn't go to sleep until 11 due to eating, crying, consoling and eating again..that cycle. Overnight is usually peaceful and as the day goes on it gets worse. She eats for short amounts of time and when she unlatches she still shows signs of being hungry but will not eat to calm herself. The more I try to help the worse it gets. Her poops are good and weight gain is good. Ive done reclined nursing, I pull her off during let downs.. I feel like I've tried it all. I don't think its her being fussy because it only happens when she eats. She's 7 weeks old and I feel like my baby is not happy at all during the one thing that...
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  • @llli*azrael499's Avatar
    June 27th, 2014, 11:08 PM
    I had a previous post that went off in another direction. Is it normal to have a lot of discomfort during involution if you weaned very gradually. We kept nursing until my daughter said there was no milk... for a few weeks. All of a sudden I feel full and I am very sore. It was recommended that I pump to try to relieve the discomfort. But all I get is a thick yellow/white discharge on my nipple. It still seems like there is more in there too. I pumped a second time and got more. My gynecologists related some of this to my recent treatment for hypothyroidism and told me I could be lactating again. That is why I guess they told me I could try to pump to make sure I was not getting an infection. Someone else told me this could be involution. But, does involution cause such discomfort? Any suggestions???
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    June 27th, 2014, 06:06 PM
    I haven't even had a chance to write my birth announcement, and I'm writing because of the painful nursing going on with my son. I nursed him round the clock from birth, and everything seemed okay. But we reached that point at day 2 where he was nursing furiously to get my milk to come in, and he started hurting me. I never had a great latch with my daughter, but it wasn't awful after the first few weeks so didn't think much of it. I had the nurse LCs come to help and we got better again. But once we got home and my milk still hadn't come in, he started damaging me terribly, popping on and off a ton of times (while tearing me up). He acts like he has nipple confusion with no other nipples having been introduced! And I can never tell when he's hungry, because he's always frantic and screaming as we try to nurse. I had an LC come to the house, and she was great. She said my flat nipples and milk not coming in were part of the problem, but we could overcome them. But Baby Boy still fights for 15 minutes before latching on, popping on and off (used to be one side, now on both). He'll latch on, suck twice, then struggle to get a shallow, very painful latch. Then this will happen 20 times before he finally will suck for a good 10 minutes, rarely more than that (every time he falls asleep because he's exhausted). Not sure anyone has any advice since the LC couldn't really "help," meaning she had to leave me alone at some point! Can I really heal with this constant...
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  • @llli*adwilson's Avatar
    July 23rd, 2014, 03:44 PM
    I have been reading about this imbalance and am almost certain we are having this problem. My baby is super gassy, fussy, has green explosive poops, and when I get a chance to pump the milk separates and has very little thick fatty milk at the top. How do I begin to correct this? Should I feed him from the same breast several times? What if he still acts hungry? Or should I try pumping before I nurse?
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  • @llli*liontamer's Avatar
    July 11th, 2014, 08:53 AM
    Baby was born, after nearly 48 hours of labour and by emergency c-section, she was taken away for over an hour because she had trouble breathing but she recovered quickly and didn’t need to spend the night in NICU as expected. They brought her to me and she latched on right away, quite strongly and with determination. We had no problems while in hospital with latch and getting on boob for the next few days. I fed on cue or at least every 3 hours at night milk came in on day 3 or so. I was in a bit of panic about it, so we supplemented a bit with formula through a tube attached to boob before this, but she seemed to hate it. We supplemented because she would not stop screaming with hunger and I’m not sure I got that much colustrum. Still the nurses and midwives all commented she had a great latch and seemed to be sucking really well. I learned lots of techniques for making sure she was on properly and checking her latch. All seemed good. We went home on day 4 and things seems to go well. I fed on cue during the day and woke her for feeds every three hours at night, but she was a sleepy feeder and needed lots of prodding and encouragement. Some night feeds were very short as I just couldn’t keep her awake and focused. Two days later the midwives did a home visit and she had gone from -8.1% weight loss from birth weight at hospital discharge to only 1% below in two days! Later in the week, at another midwife visit, she was back to birth weight, so we were told it was...
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  • @llli*heatheralzate's Avatar
    July 9th, 2014, 08:15 PM
    I am a new mother of a 1 month old beautiful baby boy. I could not wait to start breast feeding him but had no idea of how difficult and extremely painful the process would be. I had a lactation consultant help me in the hospital and she told me he was latched on properly and that I "just had sensitive nipples". From then on, every time I would feed my munchkin, the anxiety and tears started even before he was "latched on". After about 1 week of excruciating pain, I had another LC come to my home to help. Again I was told he was "doing well" and that this was all a learning process and the pain would get better. At about 2 weeks of age, I went to the baby's pediatrician and to my surprise I was told the baby lost weight and still had not regained his birth weight. I could not understand what was going on. Baby had bowel movements and wet diapers with each feeding (8-10) a day. Didn't that mean he was eating enough? By week three I had yet another LC come in to help me. She took her time and was really informative and told me about "cluster feedings" which I had not been doing. With each feeding, I sat watching the clock praying for 20-30 minutes to come quickly. This was more than enough time at the breast as per my pediatrician and the pain was unbearable if I had to go for a second more. With this LC the pain when feeding was different - it was a deep pulling sensation rather than feeling like glass was coming out of my nipples. I did well with her while she was...
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  • @llli*mama1's Avatar
    July 9th, 2014, 10:20 PM
    Let me start by saying that I have a very tender heart about this topic. I am hesitant to post but this seems like such a good resource, and I don't want to leave any stone unturned. Here's my story: I have had a wonderful nursing relationship with my daughter for 12 months. 11 days ago, just a few days before her first birthday, here's what happened: She began a bad bout of teething, and was biting at the breast. She would bite at the beginning of every feeding for about 1 1/2 days. I raised my voice in surprise, which I now totally regret! I didn't know at the time that I should have stayed calmer. So, after much biting, and mama saying "no biting", my daughter began refusing the breast. She proceeded to have many days of teething pain and the tooth still hasn't popped through. However the teething pain seems to have abated. She has been on a nursing strike, refusing the breast, for 11 days. (Besides the teething, she is also beginning to walk, and we were traveling.) I've been pumping and she is still consuming basically as much breastmilk as the normally does (16 ish oz per 24 hours). While she was so uncomfortable with teething, I wanted to give her comfort any way I could, so when she wouldn't nurse I gave her the pumped milk in a bottle. She definitely developed a preference for bottles over the course of a week or so. When offered the breast, she would turn away and ask for a bottle! Now that the teething situation is stabilized, we are not giving her any more...
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  • @llli*adwilson's Avatar
    June 28th, 2014, 04:06 PM
    Baby boy is 10 days old and increasingly more fussy. Only seems to be content while sleeping or nursing. I'm afraid to introduce a binkie too soon, but need a way to soothe him in between feedings.
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  • @llli*lynnieowl's Avatar
    July 5th, 2014, 08:43 PM
    Hi everyone, I'm a new mom, and new to the forums. I was directed here by several LCs that I know from my work (I'm a pediatrician) and from my recent hospital stay. Please bear with me as I don't totally know how things are done here. I'm excited to be a first time mom. My sweet little guy is just about 2 weeks old. My pregnancy was healthy and he was full term, although the delivery itself was a little complicated and involved a concern for infection, and emergency c section, some delay in breast feeding initiation, and lots of antibiotics. Despite the above, I had always planned to BF. However, I had breast reduction surgery in high school (20 years ago) and always had in the back of my mind that it mig complicate my breast feeding plans. So two weeks ago, as soon as I was able, I started trying to breast feed. The expected problems with latch and positioning definitely did occur (and are still somewhat occurring, as to be expected). But the baby himself seems to be a good nurser, is enthusiastic about going to breast, and seems to enjoy it.
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  • @llli*rachandash's Avatar
    July 3rd, 2014, 11:37 AM
    I'm in the process of weaning my 17.5 month old. I'm stressed out. Shes now down to breastfeeds usually once in the middle of the night but sometimes none at night, once in the morning, and again in the evening before bed. So, 2-3 times per 24 hours. During the day she eats very little amounts of solids, but a decent variety of foods (purees as well as solids). Very little= typical day intake may be nothing at all or 10 cheerios and 2 strawberries. Or a few bites of yogurt and 5 bites of oatmeal. Or 10 noodles. She didn't eat solids at ALL until around 14.5 months, and ever since, she wavers back and forth between not eating anything to eating very little. She was always 50th-60th percentile for weight and 90th for height. Still around 90th for height but dropped to 30th for weight at her 12 month appointment. And she hasnt gained any weight at all since her 15 month appointment, so based on growth charts she has continued dropping percentiles. Her 18 month appointment is coming up in a few weeks, but I'm thinking about seeing some kind of early intervention to addressthe feeding issues that she has as well as some tactile defensiveness that she has in regards to standing or stepping on certain textures like walking through grass, or wearing clothing, or getting liquid spilled on her. Those things usually caused her to get upset, tantrum, or cry. I'm wondering maybe they are somehow related but at the same time I'm also wondering if maybe I am just being over...
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    June 27th, 2014, 01:24 PM
    Milk Transfer issues like Tongue/lip ties Weak or disorganized suck difficulty opening mouth wide enough choking, trouble protecting airway when swallowing etc, Many of these issues can lead to poor weight gain and a decreased milk supply. Here are some resources I've found helpful http://www.lowmilksupply.org/frenotomy.shtml
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    July 17th, 2014, 03:11 PM
    hello everyone.. i know this is very old problem that most of them had gone through.. but i would love to see some solution... my baby is 2 months old and for the past to weeks he is passing green stools.. i have oversupply issue, initially i had very low milk supply so my pediatrician suggested me to pump after the feeding so gradually i ended up with an oversupply.. my son drinks just the foremilk and doesn't try to drink the hind milk at all.. he doesn't want to suck and empty the breast.. i am feeding one breast per feeding but still he doesn't empty my breast.. i am so scared about his green stool.. by the way if i stop pumping my milk supply is getting reduced drastically.. so pl help how can i maintain and make him get healthy milk.. i couldn't find a happy medium and i so stressed about this,.. thanks in advance
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  • @llli*radiolariat's Avatar
    June 26th, 2014, 07:07 PM
    I'm trying to joke about it because this issue has me in tears on the daily. I don't know if this is a breastfeeding issue or a parenting issue, but I'm in desperate need of advice (and reassurance and strong-mama vibes). My first child, a son, is 17 weeks old (but he was born three weeks post-date) and has been EBF since he was six weeks. My milk came in late and slow, I still take domperidone as well as therapeutic doses of fenugreek and blessed thistle. He was 8lbs11oz at birth (I had an IV), went down to 7lbs15oz, and today weighs 14lbs8oz, which the doctor says is an appropriate growth curve. (He was in outpatients today for a mild fever, but no sign of any ear/throat/urinary tract infection.) He has lots of wet diapers and typically has bowel movements every other day, but the past four days have seen lots of small, green, mucous poops. The doctor was unconcerned about this, and believes he has a cold. He did have one good big brown-yellow poop today, so I'm also not too worried. He has been teething for the past month, no teeth yet and the doctor said none were close to erupting. He has been nursing CONSTANTLY for a good week, typically hourly. This month has also seen his longest average sleep drop from 3-4 hours to 1-2 hours. He doesn't fall asleep easily anymore, not even content to be nursed to sleep, lots of back-arching and grunting and wailing, but he wants to nurse all the time. I end up doing a lot of rocking and shushing and nursing while he bobs on...
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  • @llli*roeni's Avatar
    July 7th, 2014, 07:22 AM
    My baby stopped sleeping through the night around 3.5 months (I was pumping at night while he slept). Now he is 4 months and has his last feed around 7-7:30 pm before going to bed. He wakes at 1am to feed and again by 4am. He doesn't feed for that long, just a snack. The problem is I am so rock hard engorged by 1am that I fear clogged ducts. I need sleep more than I need to pump. I finally tried pumping around 12:45 last night and not a lot came out despite being engorged. During the day while he's at daycare I typically get anywhere from 3-6 oz per breast. On the weekend he will eventually nurse it all out by maybe 10 am, but we don't have this time during the week and to make matters worse he's very distracted in the morning and won't focus on eating. I have to use heat compression all day to ease the pain and hardness. Will this extra night milk ever go away? I haven't been pumping in weeks except to try a little relief pump with my manual pump. Usually the breasts just fill right back up after that!
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  • @llli*trentons.mom's Avatar
    July 16th, 2014, 06:55 AM
    I've decided to start a dairy-free diet today. My son has been having green poop for several weeks now, and up to 8 times a day. I know green poop in and of itself isn't a concern without other symptoms, but he's also had mucus off and on, and this morning it was a large amount of green mucus. If I see another diaper like that I'll take him to the doctor, but since he's acting totally fine for now I'll just try no dairy for a while and see if I notice any changes. Any suggestions from moms who've gone no dairy would be much appreciated! How do you get your calcium is my big question. I eat so much dairy each day (Greek yogurt, baked potato loaded with cheese and sour cream, glass of milk), so it'll be an adjustment for me, but I want to try and see if it makes a difference before I subject him to going to the doctor (which I would obviously do if the mucus continues). Thanks in advance for any tips! Also, my son is 3 months old and I breastfeed on demand (anywhere from every 1.5 to 3 hours during the day, and usually 4 to 5 hours at night). I have an overactive letdown and have had oversupply issues, but my supply has been better the last few days and my breasts have actually been soft for once! I know those things can cause green poop, but can they also cause mucus?? Can a lot of drooling also cause mucus since more drool is swallowed? Either way, I'd still like to experiment with no dairy and see if I notice any changes. Update: I don't know if it can happen this...
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  • @llli*liquidgold's Avatar
    July 14th, 2014, 06:21 AM
    This is my third child. DD#1 was nursed and supplemented due to a bad start to nursing, DD#2 was given little to no formula (only when she was watched and I didnt have time to pump). Now with DS, he hasnt had a drop. I am proud of that, being that he will be six months in two weeks : ) Anyway, we will be traveling as a family in November and here is my true fear. I fear that while home or traveling something would happen to me where I couldn't feed my baby. Therefore knowing and having piece of mind they are already had a formula as a backup puts my mind at ease. However, being a crazy mom who is nursing obsessed :lol, I am tending to lean towards not introducing it to him. WHat to do?! I was going to start by just mixing it into his cereal when we start aat six months. Thanks for the help and support in advance.
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  • @llli*roeni's Avatar
    July 10th, 2014, 04:18 PM
    At the 4 month well exam today our new ped recommended I give my baby vitamin D. She says it does not pass through breast milk. I could swear the old ped said as long as I'm taking it we are covered. New dr said just to buy over the counter brand. I'm getting conflicting info so what are your thoughts on this?
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  • @llli*brittngann's Avatar
    June 28th, 2014, 02:59 PM
    My baby girl is 3 weeks old. At the beginning of nursing she would nurse about 15 minutes total. Now, she will nurse 5-7 minutes....a full 5-7 minutes. She looks like she has a great latch and you can hear her swallowing. After 5-7 minutes, she pops off and starts rooting like crazy. She bobs every which way and gets frustrated like she can't find what she's looking for. If she does latch again, she pops off within 10 seconds and we do it all over again. I will burp her and return her to the breast, but nothing changes. If I switch sides, she will nurse 5-7 minutes then do the same thing thing all over again. It's like I have to keep switching sides. She gets very frustrated too. We are both crying by the end of a feeding. Even if I try to force her to latch, she screams. I don't want to force her, because I don't want her to associate bad experiences with nursing. I read somewhere that she is just wanting to suck, but doesn't want anymore milk, so she is frustrated. So, we tried a pacifier. It works half the time. She will take it, then go to sleep. Sometimes though, there's just no helping her. Also, she usually poops 1-2 times a day......every two days. She hasn't pooped in 4 days now. Could she just be lazy and not want to work for the hind milk? Is she full, but just wanting to suck? Could she be constipated? She's very gassy, I have to give her gas drops after every feeding. She had MANY wet diapers a day. 8-10. We just weighed her and she's 7.0, which is up from her...
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  • @llli*ccb52914's Avatar
    July 5th, 2014, 08:21 AM
    Hi Everyone - new here! My daughter is 5 weeks old and we are EBF. We had a bit of a rocky start as she was in the NICU for her first week and due to her treatment was fed via IV for the first 72 hours. Luckily, despite this, she has a great latch and BF has gone fairly smoothly since then. She's been gaining steadily (from 8 lbs to 11 lbs) and has consistent wet/dirty diapers. Apologies in advance for being so long winded. Our biggest challenge has been dealing with OALD and I've been block feeding and using gravity to help based on recommendations from a LC for the past two weeks, which has seemed to help. My question is about overnight feeds - so far, she's been a great sleeper, and has been doing a 5-6 hour stretch to start. We have to wake her 3 hours later to give her meds, but my suspicion is she would do another 5-6 hour stretch if we didn't wake her (she eats and goes right back to sleep for another 3 hours after her meds). She's going off her meds next week and I'm wondering if she does do another longer stretch, how will it impact my supply given that I'm block feeding/assuming that she only continues to take one breast per feeding at night? Basically it would mean that I would go almost 12 hours without feeding from one breast (and 8ish hours without feeding from the other breast). Beyond the discomfort of being full, would it make my supply tank? Any thoughts on how to best manage this? Should I be doing something different at night and just block feeding...
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  • @llli*pteroglossus's Avatar
    July 5th, 2014, 10:30 PM
    Hi ladies, I'm wondering how it goes if you just don't enforce night-weaning with your toddler. Do they eventually stop nursing at night on their own? My daughter will be three in october. We co-sleep and she always nurses to sleep. While I love the co-sleeping, and I am happy to nurse 90% of the time during the day and in the morning, I have to say the night nursing is getting old. I tried Jay Gordon method with her a year ago and she screamed for hours inconsolably, eventually crying herself to sleep with a lot of holding and rocking (I had to be standing up). At that point I managed to get her to sleep 5 hours in a row without nursing, but then we took an overnight plane trip, she got sick, and it all fell apart. As recently as 2 months ago she was sleeping a good 6-7 hour stretch then nursing off and on till wake-up. But then we came to my parents' place and she's back to really irritating nursing every couple of hours, including wanting to be latched on for long periods while lying on top of me, especially from about 4 to 8 am (admittedly it is light out at that time here now). I am having a lot of trouble getting back to sleep when she wakes me to nurse, and then I am grumpy the next day. I don't really want to do Jay Gordon again as I found it quite traumatic (and a huge effort) and the results did not last with our lifestyle of moving around (which we still have).
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  • @llli*debbers's Avatar
    July 14th, 2014, 08:31 PM
    Very proud of this milestone. Never saw this as a possibility back when I was pregnant. Thank you llli leaders and members for all your support.
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  • @llli*adwilson's Avatar
    June 29th, 2014, 06:57 PM
    New mom, new to breastfeeding. I have been breastfeeding for two weeks and baby is now only nursing on one side at a time. When can i start pumping and storing?
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  • @llli*mek's Avatar
    July 15th, 2014, 01:40 PM
    I can't believe it and I need to vent! I think my period just came back. I have super light spotting today. This would definitely explain my uber grumpiness, lack of patience, decrease in pumped milk, and sensitive nipples last week. My DD is only 3.5 months! :cry My period didn't come back until a year with DS! What a bummer. At least I know my supply wasn't really decreasing; it's back up yesterday and today. I'm just disappointed. :huh
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