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  • @llli*mommabearto35's Avatar
    Today, 12:05 AM
    I ordered my pump from an online company they sent the wrong one. For $45 they will let me ship it back and exchange. I asked for spectra 2 and got something called an ardo. Ive never heard of it and no one i know in real life has either. Should i keep and use it or spend the $45 to return and wait on the spectra ?
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  • @llli*jacqueline123's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:23 PM
    My son is 6 months old. I was thinking of feeding him breast milk that I have stored in the freezer that I pumped when he was 6 weeks old. Is the freezer milk as nutritious and meet his needs as the milk that I currently produce? I'm supposed to be taking antibiotics for a week which is totally safe for breastfeeding but since it does pass through the milk and I know it is better for him to build his immunity without antibiotics. I thought this was a good excuse to use the freezer stash that will be expiring soon.
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  • @llli*tsuki.guruguru's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:29 PM
    Hi ladies, I wonder if you can help me with a problem. For the last couple of months, my son has been nursing only before bed, and when he wakes during the night. For the first month or so after giving up our final daytime feed, my breasts would always be very full in the evening, but now my supply is really dropping off. My worse boob only makes a couple of mouthfuls now, and practically nothing overnight. I know the usual advice is that I'll be producing as much as he needs, and perhaps that's the case. I suspect that he's mainly nursing for comfort at this stage (since he doesn't seem to mind too much if there's nothing in there!), so perhaps he doesn't want more than he's getting. But he always continues sucking long past when the milk has run out, which I would naively expect would tend to *increase* my supply. Similarly, I would have thought him nursing on my almost-empty boobs overnight would tend to stimulate production, but that hasn't been the case. There have been no changes in my lifestyle, diet, stress levels etc. I drink plenty of water. Any ideas why I'd be losing supply in this situation, or how I can increase it? We're not ready to give up breastfeeding yet - we both enjoy it, and he's always so upset if I have to refuse the boob for some reason! But if things continue this way there won't be anything coming out at all soon!
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  • @llli*moredonuts's Avatar
    Today, 09:00 AM
    I'm hoping for some ideas as to what is causing a new (and exhausting) nighttime behavior. My 1 year old son has never slept through the night - not even close - but up until now breastfeeding could pretty reliably get him back to sleep. We finally mastered the side lying position and I was content to let the all night feeding continue because I barely woke up. The past two weeks, however, he has not been able to fall back asleep. He latches for a bit, whines, and crawls away. Sometimes he tries to find the other breast, sometimes he seems like he is looking for a more comfortable position as he crawls all over us and the bed. If I just let him do his thing he gets progressively more frustrated and the whines become cries. This happens every few hours and the wake times can last for 1-2 hours. If I offer the breast again he might try it for a few sucks, but goes back to the whining and crawling around. I have two ideas as to why he is doing this and I am looking for other help/suggestions: 1) Frustrated with not enough milk? I am of two minds on this one because one the one hand I am sure I do not have as much milk as a few months ago. On the other hand, he has always gained really well. In fact, he was at the pediatrician's yesterday and they said maybe he was gaining too well. His solid food intake is minimal due to a swallowing issue we just got a PT referral for so most of the weight comes from milk. Even if it was a milk supply issue I am not sure how much I...
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Today, 10:11 AM
    Join La Leche League International (LLLI) live online on October 1st, 2016 for our first-ever 24-hour breastfeeding support meeting! https://www.facebook.com/groups/LLLIGlobalMeeting/ If you are: expecting a baby, a new mother struggling to breastfeed, facing challenges or concerns at any stage of parenting,
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  • @llli*sashaamb's Avatar
    Today, 07:02 AM
    See Kellymom.com, but yes, it is the suggested range until 1 year old. Until 1, babies need 19-30 oz of BM a day, the average being 24/25 oz per day. Kellymom has an expressed BM calculator so you can figure out the *approximate* number of oz per bottle based on the oz per day and the number of nursing sessions. I still rely on those numbers and my babe eats increasingly more solids, also mostly BLW style. If your babe eats solids pretty well, milk intake is probably at the lower end of the range. http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/milkcalc/ http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/milkcalc/#solids
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  • @llli*maggiechicago's Avatar
    Today, 04:08 AM
    lol !!! i know vacuum and sometimes even hair dryer work too :) which is great so I can do my hair once in a blue moon :) he is higher maintenance compared to my other two but he is my last and i still feel bad he missed out on early snuggles due to billi lights. yeah the feeling of being deflated is a confidence bust but i know the emptier the breast the more milk production
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 12:16 AM
    Huh? Can you send it back for a full refund and find another place to take your business? Isn't there something fishy about any company that sends you the wrong item and then tells you you have to pay more to get what you did order? But that is talking as a consumer, not as breastfeeding advice. As breastfeeding advice, it would help to know- Is this an emergency? Do you need to start pumping immediately? Have you used the pump? Why do you need to pump and how much will you be pumping? Those are the questions I would have. I have never heard of either of these pumps. But both have websites and are real pumps. (Does not mean they are equally good of course.) You can do your research and see what you think. It is possible the ardo is a better pump, even. But you need to know what you are getting. I would suggest look at both companies websites and look at the specifications. Call customer service (of each pump manufacturer) to see what kind of response you get. Find out how hard/expensive it is to get replacement parts etc.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:57 PM
    :banghead :tearhairout :D Of the three- pediatrician, LC, and the vacuum, only the vacuum helped! Changing input (changing the sounds, lighting, movement, location etc) are all excellent ways to comfort a fussy baby, and nursing baby is also a great- usually the best, comforting tool. Your baby is a baby and this is how babies this age behave. Also, I am afraid your vacuum is possibly better informed than pediatrician or LC. Unless I am not understanding something, baby is behaving normally and gaining well. These behaviors you are describing is just how newborns are! Unless nursing hurts or something, there is no problem, and consequently, no interventions are needed. At all. No pacifier, no lengthening time between nursing sessions, and certainly not bottles. The paci and bottle might be nice for your convenience (although finger works just as well, really...as long as the finger is clean, fingers and knuckles are great temporary pacifiers when you cannot nurse- like when in the car for example.) But these are not in any sense medically necessary interventions. Pacifiers and bottles are pretty recent inventions, humanity survived and thrived for millennia without them, and both are only breast substitutes and nothing more. Your breasts appear to be doing the job so no substitutes required.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:38 PM
    Feeling deflated is completely normal after you have been nursing for a while. When you feel full or engorged, it means you are making more milk than the baby needs. After a while, your body "reads" the difference between the amount you make and the amount the baby takes, and adjusts supply so that you make just enough to fulfill the baby's needs. If the baby needs more, he will nurse more and boost supply. But once you have passed that initial stage of fullness and engorgement, it's unlikely that you will feel full except in unusual circumstances, like when the baby suddenly misses a bunch of feedings because he is sleeping through the night.
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