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  • @llli*ickleamber's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:03 PM
    Hi all. I am hoping someone can help. My 3 month old EBF baby girl has suddenly decided to refuse my breast. I am utterly devastated. She was born routing for me and nursed almost non stop for the first few days. She has always fed well and thankfully not had any issues. She has always had a preference for the left which would occasionally involve some block feeding but this has happened literally overnight. She gets very distressed the moment I put her in the feeding position. For either breast. I have tried different positions in case that has been the issue but as soon as I try to give her my breast she gets distressed. I have successfully managed to get her to latch twice to my left when very very sleepy but the moment she realises what's going on she gets very distressed again.
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  • @llli*finnerty51's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:50 AM
    I am at a loss as what to do with my DD, 2.5 months old. I was unable to BF my first child due to a breast reduction in 2009. With my second, I was bound and determined to do whatever it took. On advice from my LC, I pumped on one breast while feeding DD with the other to increase supply. I would also pump after every feed. Finally! I was making milk and DD was happy! That is until the green, frothy poops came. Along with them was noticeable discomfort, strain and fussiness. She was also choking at the breast and pulling away. Another visit to my LC determined my OALD and reflux. Also, it was determine my now oversupply was giving DD more foremilk causing the green poop. I have one week left of maternity leave. I have to pump to leave milk for our nanny. How do I pump more hindmilk? How can I tame my oversupply? I am pleading for answers as this issue is completely taking over my head space. Please help!
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  • @llli*bfmama's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:43 PM
    Just fyi - I changed my id Nandhini to bfmama
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:04 PM
    So what it was the painful areola was a clog - fixed that. But 3 days after I started to have tender nipples again. It isn't as painful as it was in the beginning. When he was a week old, I would say the pain was a 10 trying to latch him. Now it is probably a 3, maybe a 4? Def do-able. If I didn't fix the latch, I would still continue even with this pain simply because it's not super painful. I'm hoping that it's just my nipples getting use to it again.. but I think it's his latch. I don't think my nipple is going far enough into his mouth. They did verify he has a slight TT, but DH is against getting it clipped. And I honestly don't want to put him through that either (he's already had it done once, but it grew back). So I'm just hoping and praying that it's just normal pain and it'll go away. It's only been 6 days since we've been NS-free. What do you think? As far as the shape of the nipple when he pops off - it's no longer lipstick shaped (like it was in the beginning). It is round. The pain is way worse when he latches, but its throughout. Also I have noticed that sometimes when he pops off it's white/blanching going on.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:35 PM
    Hi, sorry you are having this experience. This is very young for a baby to 'strike'- on the other hand, a baby suddenly refusing to nurse out of the blue does sound like a strike. Whether this is a strike or something else, the approach is pretty much the same. Keep milk production in good shape with frequent milk expression with a good pump that is in perfect working condition and fits properly, and keep offering the breast or just keep baby snuggled to you close to the breasts as much as possible, especially when baby might seek the breast for comfort. Kellymom has an excellent article with many strategies you can try. You may need to try the same things many times : http://kellymom.com/ages/newborn/nb-challenges/back-to-breast/ Milk production does not just go away for no reason. I am not sure why you think you need to pump before baby nurses, or why you think your milk production is low? There are many normal changes that happen around this age that moms mistake for signs of low milk production. This article talks about that and also has many good ideas for increasing milk production should that actually be needed: http://kellymom.com/?s=low+milk Bottles, pacifiers, sleep training, meal scheduling, baby sleeping in separate room from mom, and even swaddling baby for sleep are all things that might negatively impact a baby's desire to nurse and/or harms milk production. Obviously at this point if baby is not nursing you need to feed baby and are probably using...
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  • @llli*babyk14's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:58 PM
    Update- I tried breastfeeding, she took to one breast but only nursed for a short period of time. She then pulled away. I was able to burp her and switched to other breast. She didn't latch and actually just fell asleep. She was sleeping so soundly I was able to move her into her crib. Is that normal? Now I am worried she didn't get enough milk at that feeding.
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  • @llli*ngs215's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:59 PM
    Congratulations on your new baby. I just had a NICU baby myself. Born at 34 weeks and came home at 9 days old. Your pump output sounds pretty good. If you need more, you may have to pump more often. Pumping every 3 hours would get you 16oz per day, but every 2 hours would be 24 oz. By 1 month, babies take approximately 25-30oz per day. And it doesn't increase after that, unlike formula fed babies. Watch your flange size. Mine has always changed soon after birth, so check every day that it still looks right. Skin to skin and even just snuggling the baby helped my pump output. Are you working with an IBCLC or your ped to get the baby back to the breast? That might ease your concerns about pumping enough. My girl was too sleepy to eat, and mostly tube fed in the NICU. At 8 days old, she finally woke up enough to go to all bottles. She was discharged on day 9 having never nursed, but I transitioned her to fully breastfed by 15 days old.
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  • @llli*babyk14's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:00 PM
    Thanks for the support. Currently I pump at 6, 10, 2, 6, 10, and once over night. Typically I pump 4.5 ounces each time. 3 ounces from one breast and then about half from the other. There is nothing preventing the baby from latching. I think a lot of it was mental on my side because I couldn't tell how much she was eating. In the NICU we were drilled that she had to eat a certain amount each time. If I start breastfeeding I wouldn't know where to start. How long should she nurse? Both breasts or just one? I am willing to give it another chance if it helps me feel better and she gets enough food.
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  • @llli*yurty's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:58 PM
    I agree which is why at 58 I am inducing re-lactation for my husband who is very sick with an aggressive cancer. he is just beginning a few months of chemo and I hope to be lactating before his next onslaught.
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  • @llli*yurty's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:49 PM
    I am a granny, 6 years since last menstruation and my husband has a very serious cancer. I am beginning week 3 on the protocol for inducing milk using Domperidone and progesterone to make milk for him to ease chemo effects and to boost immune system and whatever other things Mamma milk can do. He has been using donated milk from a nursing daughter but her own babe and her commitment to a sick baby takes precedence of course, so i am going to re-lactate as I know many grandmothers around the world have done forever. Interesting, along with the heavier breasts I now am having a period. I am hand stimulating and will start with a pump this week. Not something I am sharing with many people as we know it can be viewed in an odd way by our strange society. We are fine with it and are very interested in the little research we can find on the benefits for cancer patients. Very interested in connecting with others who have had success with this strategy, or have any advice to offer us. Stayin' Alive here in the boonies.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:00 AM
    Hi motosmom. There are a few strategies that seem to help with long nursing sessions. One is to switch sides a couple times per feeding, whenever baby 'slows down." Another is to do breast compressions, as are described by Dr. Jack Newman here: http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=doc-BC Sometimes babies nurse a long time if they are going a longish time between nursing sessions. So maybe encouraging baby to nurse more often would help. Overall there is nothing wrong with a baby nursing for a long time. Babies nurse for hunger, thirst and comfort and all are equally important reasons for nursing. If baby is not gaining normally, that of course might indicate there is some problem. Also if nursing is uncomfortable for you, that may be something that needs adjustment. But generally speaking long session are just how some babies roll. Also there is no reason to not let a baby nurse as long as they want, growth spurt or not, and this is a great way for mom to get some relaxing down time as well, because when a mom is nursing her baby she is doing everything baby needs. Of course if there is something else you need to do and baby is just kind of hanging out and comfort nursing, you can try taking baby off and perhaps try wearing baby in a wrap or sling to comfort baby to sleep while you do whatever task needs doing.
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