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  • @llli*erc45's Avatar
    July 24th, 2017, 10:55 AM
    So long story short, baby girl has consistent green mucous poops with breast milk. She also seems like a particularly fussy baby. Only other symptom is flesh colored bumps all around her temples and forehead (could just be sensitive skin or baby acne). 2 week checkup doc said "it doesn't seem to bother her, she's fine". Wasn't convinced so started Alimentum 1 week ago with occasional comfort nursing (maybe 1x every day for a few minutes). Her poops are now brown green but still SO slimy and shiny looking. I'm pumping to keep up my supply, but I'm so emotionally exhausted racking my brain on what to do. I really really want to BF, but feel like I should continue the formula to experiment. Does anyone have experience with dairy intolerance or mucous poops? I wonder at what point I should just stop pumping and accept that she might need formula. Or should I resume BF maybe this week and see if her fussiness and poops change?
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  • @llli*mindylane's Avatar
    July 23rd, 2017, 09:46 AM
    Hi. I just had my baby 4 days ago on the 19th. I really wanted to exclusively breastfeed and as a NICU nurse, I felt pretty confident that I'd be able to. However, it has been nothing but frustration. I thought he started out ok; he'd latch and suck but would get frustrated. I saw lactation at the hospital and she made some suggestions so I thought we'd be good. He ended up losing 8% of his weight by day 2, but they were fine with that. He started getting more and more frustrated with every feed, even though I was feeding him pretty much on demand... usually every 2 hours. We assumed he was cluster feeding. By the time he saw the pediatrician, he had lost 13% of his weight and it turns out I was just literally starving him. The pediatrician suggested supplementing with formula until my milk came in. I was really against it but also didn't want him to lose more weight. My husband fed him maybe 3 bottles over the course of 24 hours and I started pumping. I first pumped .7mL, then 4, then 12. But he would still take 35-60mL from the formula each time. I woke up this morning and my breasts are wildly engorged. They are so incredibly painful and I guess that's why he was getting so frustrated. The milk is there but it isn't making its way out. I'm trying hot compresses, massage, pumping every 2 hours... I'm barely getting anything out and they're rock hard and painful. We saw the pediatrician again this morning. Of course he gained a ton of weight. Thanks to...
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  • @llli*bettyb's Avatar
    July 24th, 2017, 08:07 AM
    Hi all. I am wondering if any of you have been in a similar situation as myself. I am expecting our second baby and hoping to breastfeed. I tried so hard to breastfeed our first and it just did not work out as I hoped. He was very slow to put on weight (took to week 4 before he was back to birth weight), he had a tongue tie, he had severe silent reflux and at the time it just felt we were fighting a losing battle. At 2 weeks we supplemented with formula which looking back now was the beginning of the end. We did not have the knowledge to come back from this at the time. In hindsight supplementing with formula didn't even help with his weight because it took another 2 weeks for him to get back to birth weight so then it was assumed he was a baby who was naturally slow to put on weight. Followed by a trip to A&E and overnight stay in the hospital because he was vomiting blood and they couldn't say for sure if it was from my nipple (no obvious cuts) or from his oesophagus from the reflux. At 6 weeks our breastfeeding journey ended and it was one of the saddest times for me. I'm sure that sounds crazy to some people but it really was like I was grieving. To this day I still feel guilty thinking what if or if only I had know. What helps is we have the happiest and thank God healthiest little baby now so at least there is that and although much shorter than I had hope I do think him having had breast milk even for that short time has really helped So I am due my...
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  • @llli*hannah.seed's Avatar
    July 24th, 2017, 08:27 PM
    This is my fifth baby, and all have been on the lower end of the weight spectrum. My pediatricion has told me to supplement with formula for all of them. I listened to him the first time, and that made the situation go from what was probably fine to bad to worse, and he ended up being exclusively formula fed. With my twins and my last baby i didnt listen to him and just kept doing my best exclusively breastfeeding, but they all remained at the lowest number acceptable. (they are all miraculously fine btw) So at birth my newest baby weighed 5 lb 7 oz. He was exactly at his birth weight at 10 days. Three weeks after his 10 day checkup he weighed 6 lb 9 oz. It took him a full week to learn how to latch (two weeks early, knot in cord and wrapped around neck, weak for first week) and he still doesnt SEEM like he nurses that well. He has good output (5-6 wet, 1-2 poo) and is relatively happy besides being impossible to keep sleeping due to horrid reflux/vomiting. My ped isnt happy with his growth (as usual) but i dont know whether his concerns are valid or if my baby is fine though at the lower end of the weight chart. I nurse him whenever he wants... sometimes every hour (mornings and evenings) and sometimes he goes 3-4 (warm sleepy afternoons and nights). Some days i think he is feeding so good and other days im wondering if hes forgotten he needs milk to survive?? Can somebody just let me know if his weight is okay and if im doing okay breastfeeding (to you know, calm...
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  • @llli*honeybird's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:38 AM
    Hi all, I was wondering if I could draw from your collective wisdom about this issue. I am nursing a 2.5 y.o. and am in week 28 of my pregnancy (rainbow baby after a miscarriage at 9 weeks). The toddler nurses to sleep for naptime and bedtime. In the past few days, I experienced've BH contractions when I nurse. They feel intense and happen every 10 minutes or so. Last night I experienced 3 strong ones. I have read about this online and found different answers (a. that it doesn't matter, b. stop nursing, c. stop nursing only if I have four contractions in an hour).
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  • @llli*robinc308's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:50 PM
    My firstborn has a life-threatening allergy to dairy. He wasn't formally diagnosed until he had an anaphylactic reaction to some butter on toast when he was 7 months old, but while breastfeeding him, I had suspected a problem very early on, and had cut milk out of my diet from when he was about 3 or 4 months old, until around 6 months, when he seemed to tolerate milk in my diet again. It kills me to think what I put my son through in those first few months: he was miserable and I *knew* something wasn't right, and yet everyone kept telling me that it was normal and some babies are just fussy. Well, I'm pregnant again, and due soon. I really want to breastfeed this new baby too, but I'm terrified that she will have allergies too. I know statistically her odds are higher, since she has a sibling with allergies, but I am at a loss as to what I can do to prepare. I hate the thought that I might cause her discomfort and pain because of something I eat. My son's allergist told me that early and frequent exposure is the best chance I can give her to avoid developing allergies, and suggested I give her one bottle of cows-milk based formula a day to give her the best chance of not developing an allergy, and either way, making sure that cows milk is part of my own diet, but I consumed a ton of diary with my son, and he's still allergic. Does anyone have any thoughts or experience on how I can approach feeding this new baby to both give us the best chance of successfully...
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  • @llli*gilismom's Avatar
    July 20th, 2017, 11:11 PM
    Hi KNowledgeable Mamas! I have a five month old (my 4th child), EBF. I had a plugged duct for five or six days this week and got rid of it with lots of breastfeeding. I tried to go back to work yesterday and hand express there - which usually goes very well for me - and from that side, nearly nothing came out. I had to run home to BF her! Is this a result of the plugged duct? Will this resolve after a few more days of BF'ing my daughter? I need to be able to go back to work and pump/hand express and in gen'l be able to be away from my baby for a few hours..... Thanks so much!
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  • @llli*teach48's Avatar
    July 22nd, 2017, 10:39 AM
    I will be going back to work in the next few weeks. As a teacher, I won't be able to pump as often as my 5 (then 6 month) daughter nurses. It looks like I will be skipping one feeding session, going about 5 hours. If I skip a pumping session, supplementing with frozen breastmilk, and then formula, as needed, will my supply hold when I pump or breastfeed other times of the day? I know it's not ideal, but I think it's what I have to work with. Will I be able to nurse on the weekends still? I am also concerned because when I pump I don't generally produce as much as she eats, so I am concerned in general about pumping. I have been pumping at night to build up a stash, but a few ounces a day will go quickly. What's been your experience? I am trying not to freak out about it all.
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    Today, 08:24 AM
    Please I need some reassurance. My baby boy was born on July 23rd via c section. He was 8 pounds 13 oz birth weight. Today July 26. He weighs 7 pounds 14 ounces. More than 10% weight loss. Which made pediatric nurse concerned for the baby and asked me to supplement formula twice a day. My milk came in on 25 the evening which the lactation consultant confirmed. She checked and saw me nursing the baby. About the baby. He was the really really sleepy the first day. He had lots of pee diapers and 4 meconium diapers on day1. After that he did not poop the 2nd day but I have been put him on breast every two hours. Today morning he pooped it was green. And he had one more poop after few hours it was green. Baby seems content after every feeding. What mistake is going on why doesn't he gain weight instead of losing so much. I know c section babies sleep a lot. But today he is a lot better and eating well. I said I will not supplement formula because I know my milk is there. I can hear him suckle and swallow. I had too much amniotic fluid. Is that a reason that he had too many meconium stools and fluid in his body which he lost in three days? Please help
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  • @llli*jollycat's Avatar
    July 23rd, 2017, 06:29 PM
    Hi, I have an 9 day old who is nursing very well. 8 or more poopy diapers per day and he was back at birth weight at day 7. I saw an IBCLC on day 7 because of engorgement even though he nurses all the time. She suggested I pump 5 minutes when feeling very engorged, with a manual pump, just to relieve discomfort. I've actually only been pumping for 3 minutes, twice per day at the times I feel uncomfortable. I've been getting over 2 ounces with 3 mins so I was nervous to do 5 minutes as she suggested. So in other words, I'm pumping about 4 ounces a day above what baby needs. Is this too much? Will his appetite eventually increase so he wants these four ounces, or am I just creating a situation where I'll always have to pump? I'm not trying to create an oversupply. I will be returning to work in an office one day per week but I'll be pumping there, so I'm not trying to stockpile a freezer stash. I would say it takes me about that much to feel comfortable but maybe it's because he's so young. What do you think? Thank you!
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  • @llli*megkl15's Avatar
    July 19th, 2017, 05:32 PM
    I talked to a lactation specialist that told me to block feed (my baby eats every 2 hrs) to help with my oversupply and forceful letdown. My baby is almost 7 weeks and has gained almost 1lb per week, recently he's been spitting up a lot when he feeds, just opens his mouth and milk pours out. He seems fussier than usual and I have been giving him gas relief. His bms are very explosive, runny and yellow. I'm just wondering if block feeding will help my issues, so far it's been 4 days and I have seen a little improvement but not too much
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  • @llli*dcs123's Avatar
    July 19th, 2017, 05:42 PM
    Hello! I'm EBF my 7 week old. I have an oversupply, so I only pump when the baby gets a bottle (so she can get used to it). I am going on a trip in a couple months over a long weekend. When/how much should I pump so that the baby has enough to eat during my time away from her? TIA!
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  • @llli*pinkmomof2's Avatar
    July 24th, 2017, 11:16 PM
    I really want to breastfeed again. I had to give up from the awful pain of mastitis over and over, cracked bleeding nipples that became a scab and chunks falling off. So painful I thought I would pass out. Horrible anxiety attacks and panic when I had to feed. So I ended up exclusively pumping and feeding baby the bottle. I pump about 40-50oz of milk a day. I tried latching baby on tonight (6 weeks tomorrow) and she screamed and pushed me away. I exclusively breastfed her till she was 3 weeks. I saw lac consultants and had her check for ties etc. Went to lll meeting, breastfeeding support to try to get less painful latch. Now I am healed and I would like to try breastfeeding again. Is it possible? She roots for nipple but once she latches she sucks it like a bottle then screams and spits it out while clawing at me. Milk is going everywhere so that's not the problem. Help!?? Or should I give up on the boob.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:06 AM
    I agree with djsmom. It would help to get the LC in there to reassure you and your nurse! The slightly 'dramatic' loss could be entirely explained by fluids on board due to C-section , baby expelling lots shortly after birth and baby sleepy. Also Birth weights are just very unreliable. From now on, make sure that all checks are done on the same scale and make note when they are not. Remember the 7 pounds 14 ounces weight. That is what all weights should be measured by going forward, not birthweight. As long as baby is nursing with good frequency now and pooping several times a day, you are probably back on track. If you have to wake baby to nurse more, do it. It is common for baby to be overly sleepy first week or two especially after C-section and some need to be encouraged to nurse more often. Skin to skin contact (holding baby on your chest, both of you with as little on as possible) as much as you possibly can will help. More on what to expect these early days: http://kellymom.com/hot-topics/newborn-nursing/
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 09:54 AM
    Of course you want more firm reassurance and I am sorry you are not getting that. So did the allergist tell you that breastfeeding would put your new baby at more risk or that breastfeeding caused your older child to have a life threatening dairy allergy? I mean, that is a real stretch from what I understand about it. Just because breastfeeding did not protect your older child from developing and allergy does not mean breastfeeding causes the allergy. Perhaps being breastfed reduced the seriousness of your child's reaction and it would have been even worse otherwise! Yes this was my understanding as well, although I was not aware that dairy was one of the foods that had been studied. In any case, allowing a child to eat some dairy at 4 months is a very different proposition than feeding a newborn dairy formula every day. In what way did your son suffer? I am not disbelieving that your child has this severe allergic reaction after he ate the butter but it sounds like you did suspect something was up before that (before solids) and eliminated dairy from your diet. Did that help? I guess I am thinking- many moms think their baby is reacting to something in their milk, when in fact all is normal. Of course once the severe allergy was confirmed, you look back and second guess all that happened before. But that is not confirmation that breastfeeding was the wrong choice...I mean, not to my mind. There are so many benefits to breastfeeding that the choice to not...
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 08:41 AM
    I am not sure what the answer is, in terms of WHY, but I know *I* wouldn't be worrried about a baby who even after losing a whole lb still weighed almost 8lbs. I would wait and see where the baby is after a week. My son weighed 8lbs, 2 oz when he was born and my milk didn't come in for 5 day (Also a c-section) and he didn't lose a whole lbs but he got down to 7lbs 9oz in the 1st 4 days while living off colostrum alone (I didn't supplement. I gave birth in Berkeley Ca and my nurses did NOT pressure me to do so) and I remember thinking that I knew that some babies are born at term and only weight 5.5 or 6lbs. So I wasn't going to worry for a WHILE. I have never heard of too much amniotic fluid being a reason for an in flated birthweight. But I HAVE heard that the amount of fluids that get pumped into you during a c-section doing that. So if you are still at the hospital? Ask the LC when she comes back around.
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  • @llli*robinc308's Avatar
    Today, 07:29 AM
    Thank you for your reply. The most recent research confirms that early exposure to allergens in allergy-prone children (such as siblings of a child with a food allergy) seems to have a somewhat prophylactic effect, but best as I can tell, this is introduced directly via solids, and thus no earlier than 4-6 months old. Dairy allergies are actually one of the most common food allergies in young children, however they are also one of the food allergies most likely to be outgrown, so relatively rare in older kids and adults. That's good news for my son (he's already showing strong signs of outgrowing his allergy). However allergies often don't manifest until the child is slightly older - 7 months is pretty early, and allergy testing is unreliable in babies under 12 months. It is only really in hindsight that I can tell that my son was showing signs of his dairy allergy even as a newborn: I don't blame his pediatrician for missing it at all, an allergy was one of the less likely culprits, it just happened to be the one in our case, but I do feel horrible that my son suffered so much because of it, and because it was *me* eating the dairy and passing it on to him in my milk. The issue is, now that I have one child with a food allergy, statistically, I am much, much more likely for any other children to develop them (and not necessarily the same allergy, just a food allergy in general). I already plan to ensure my diet includes all the common allergens so that I pass on what...
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  • @llli*bettyb's Avatar
    Today, 02:23 AM
    It will have to be a c-section this time again. Last time it was at 38 weeks. Hopefully it wont be any earlier this time but we have to see how the pregnancy is progressing. I have a personal medical issue which would require a section anyway but also last time I had cholestatis of pregnancy so that determines how early I have to deliver. I didn't feel that out of it to be honest last time and once I was stitched up I was with my baby in the recovery room and could breastfeed straight away so that I was happy with. I am going to request the same again this time. Also I felt last time the baby should be dressed (in case they got cold - 1st time Mom :-)) but I know now that maybe I should just strip them down to their nappy and spend as much time skin to skin as possible? Would you be able to share a little of your birth plan because other than requesting to get my baby straight after the operation i am not sure what to ask. My consultant is very nice and accommodating so I can definitely run any requests I might have by him and see how I get on. Looking back I think it did take a couple of days for my milk to come in and I don't remember feeling the let down that everyone talks about. I will be more in tune this time for sure. Also last time my nipples were very sore and deeply cut the first 2 weeks, probably from poor latch from the tongue tie. From the start I could see my baby had a very shallow latch. It took a few weeks to heal, probably because I was...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:39 PM
    No, I never had Braxton Hicks at any point in any of my pregnancies. I am probably not much help there, I also never had a normal labor so I am not even sure what real contractions feel like. There is a lot going on hormonally in a pregnant mom, and the stimulation of nursing can cause many intense sensations in my experience, from great irritation to arousal. Tummy tightening and what you describe sounds familiar to me, but we are talking over a decade ago and I am not sure. I do not recall every feeling anything I thought of as a contraction. I would say kellymom is usually a very accurate source of information. When I nursed when pregnant, it was shortly after a miscarriage. As far as I know there is no reason a previous miscarriage would make nursing when pregnant unsafe, and nursing when pregnant does not cause miscarriages. What might be a concern...maybe, is previous preterm labor, or in a situation where preterm labor is suspected or threatened, and so mom is being warned off things that may cause a hormonal rush that could lead to preterm labor- namely, orgasm. Orgasm would cause a far larger hormonal rush than nursing.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:24 PM
    Here is a chart that can help you count poops. http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/02_diaper_log.pdf As long as baby is pooping typical amounts, you do not really have to worry about pees. As far as counting nursing, when I had to do this, I just took a piece of paper and put the date on top, and made three columns- first column for time (such as 3:30 PM) In the second column I wrote what side (Left or Right, of course sometimes baby nursed both sides) and how long baby nursed (such as L:15 minutes) and then the third column was for notes if needed ('Baby fell asleep nursing', or 'baby was fussy after nursing', or "baby did not want other side" or whatever. You can skip that third column if you want I just liked having it for notes. Of course you can also combine a poop and nursing frequency chart. This way you have a record- not just for yourself, but if it becomes necessary, to show the doctor if they are wondering how often baby is eating. There is no reason to keep charts like this if baby is gaining fine, and your baby may be. But it can help you just to have a handle on what is going on (without charting how could you possibly remember, it is all a blur) and also if anyone is questioning whether baby is getting enough to eat. This is a article I think can be helpful during these early weeks: http://kellymom.com/hot-topics/newborn-nursing/
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  • @llli*hannah.seed's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:29 PM
    Hi, thanks so much for your response. I realize how many details my post was lacking, sorry about that. I decided to go get the baby re-weighed in a couple days using the same scale and then ill be able to ask the doctor some of the questions and get you some better details. I also realize from some of your questions that i dont even know how im counting times he eats, and how to count his poos and wees, so let me get a better idea of some of this and ill repost a new thread with a clearer scenario- thanks so much for your help...
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  • @llli*honeybird's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:53 PM
    Hi, thanks so very much for the detailed reply. My pregnancy is normal and and my midwife has told me everything seems to be going fine. But I am wondering if my previous miscarriage might be a risk factor. I haven't talked to her much about nursing during pregnancy because unfortunately she is "old-school" and thinks toddlers should be weaned at a year old. A few minutes after she starts nursing, my bump tenses up and I feel a pulling in my pelvic region. This has only been the case in the last couple of days. I wlil definitely try drinking more water, and will also check out the book Adventures in Tandem Nursing. I read about the 4 contractions per hour on kellymon here (under the subheading "a primer on preterm labor"): http://kellymom.com/pregnancy/bf-preg/bfpregnancy_safety/#contractions I think that's the only place I read that. I've also read other moms say that they've experienced up to 8 contractions per nursing session with no issues and a full-term pregnancy.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:44 PM
    Hi, I am sorry you are having this concern that has clearly rocked your confidence. If it were me, I would suggest research this more. Perhaps your allergist can suggest reading material for you because I wonder what the basis of her suggestion is. Perhaps you can discuss this with an IBCLC and ask them to point you to the current info and what exactly it says. Even if early introduction is recommended for dairy in such a case, and I am not sure it is, isn't a whole meal every day possibly overkill? and starting when, exactly? Introducing potential allergens earlier rather than later is fairly new thinking based on limited studies, and I am pretty sure it is not like you should introduce the allergen in the first few months even so...but I honestly have not read about this for a couple years and may not be up to date. The studies I am aware of about early exposure involve peanut butter and gluten and I am not sure how complete the agreement is yet that even these studies are a solid basis for changing the previous recommendations or how to change them. Biologically normally, a human baby would not have any reason to have dairy for a year or more, yet while dairy intolerances are pretty common at least among some populations, isn't a serious dairy allergy fairly rare? I am pretty sure if there was any evidence breastfed babies were more prone to serious dairy allergies than formula fed babies, we would know about that. Also of course many people- whole...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:30 PM
    Hi. Generally speaking, nursing when pregnant with a normal (not at risk) pregnancy is safe. So I think the first thing to figure out is, are these feelings you are having actually benign or possibly a sign of early labor? In other words, is there any reason to think your pregnancy may be at risk? Have you called your doctor? I mean, how do you know this is Braxton Hicks and not actual contractions, or something else? I really do not know anything about BH. But in my experience with pregnancy, if some activity appeared to be the root of any contraction feeling or discomfort in that area, I would stop that activity. Not permanently, but certainly for the moment. Also I would drink water immediately. I wonder if what you are feeling may be related to becoming dehydrated when nursing?? Just a musing I really do not know, I just know that dehydration can bring on contractions and nursing can be dehydrating. Nothing I have read about or experienced- I nursed my then 2 year old when pregnant and he nursed frequently- would prepare me to give you an accurate answer as far as how many contractions in X amount of time would be "ok" And frankly I doubt anyone one else can either. If BH contractions when nursing has been studied in any way I would be very surprised. On the other hand, if this is info coming from a board certified lactation consultant or midwife or other health practitioner, perhaps there is more info out there I am not aware of. The most accurate...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:15 PM
    I had all 3 of my kids by C-section birth, so I could go on about that forever! But the first thing I have to ask is, is a VBAC even a possibility? While of course a mother can nurse her child after a C-section birth as I am proof of, there is no doubt C-sections tend to bring on a host of issues that are not typically present with a vaginal birth, especially a non-medicated vaginal birth. Also if scheduled C-section is needed, will it be scheduled for due date, before, after? Babies gain about a half pound per week in the last several weeks of gestation, so being born even a week or two before 40 weeks can make a huge difference in infant size and strength and again, while even premature babies can nurse, even nurse right away, even slight prematurity tends to bring on additional issues that it helps to be prepared for. Also can you tell me generally where you are? (what country?) How responsive to any special requests you might make regarding the birth do you think your hcps might be? one of the hardest things for me about C-sections was being out of control of my child's birth and loosing control of my birth plan. With my third child I designed a C-section based birth plan that helped me. In some ways that operation was the most traumatic and it helped tremendously to know that my husband and doctor were well aware of and capable of abiding by my wishes for the post birth experience of my baby, because for a while there I was too out of it to communicate...
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  • @llli*bettyb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:38 AM
    Thank you so much for your reply, what great advice. A lot of what you are saying I have thought myself but it is nice to have someone else repeat it back to you and just to know someone else gets where I am coming from. I actually downloaded a copy of that book so will buy it now on your recommendation. I am not due for another few months so I do have time. As for support, we have very little to be honest. My husband will hopefully be off for the first 3 weeks. He is a massive support and totally on board with breastfeeding. That was another thing that really knocked my confidence last time, my extended family didn't support me when breastfeeding. Mainly I know because they don't understand it. It was like we were just being silly new parents trying to breastfeed so much so when our son wasn't putting on weight I had my MIL tell me to give him a bottle and her sister ringing me telling me how MIL was worried sick that he wasn't putting on weight and would we just give a bottle. We were really made feel like we were starving him! Of course in the height of everything with all these different opinions you don't know what to think, looking back (and my husband totally agrees and is so cross over it) it was unacceptable and we should have said something. But look that is something I have to get over too. I don't know could I ever change their opinions anyway so I think I just have to learn to ignore these comments. I do think I will be much more confident this...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    July 24th, 2017, 11:57 PM
    Hi pinkmomof2. Yes it is certainly usually possible to get a baby back to the breast after bottle feeding. Of course you will need to get baby to latch better so you are not in pain or injured, that can take practice for both you and baby, and there are many positioning and latch techniques that help. It sounds like you have lots of breastfeeding support where you are so take advantage! Keep going to the LLL meetings and talking to Leaders on the phone. If you can see lactation consultants again, do that as well. Sometimes it takes time to get things back on track. Keep getting help and support! Actually, this very well could be at least part of the problem. If you are pumping 40-50 ounces of milk a day, that is almost enough for twins. This is called overproduction or OP for short. OP often leads to a secondary problem called fast or forceful letdown (FFLD for short) Many times OP causes no problems but other times it certainly can. For mom it makes her more likely to get plugs and/or mastitis. For baby, the problem is from the FFLD. All that milk coming all at once can basically panic baby, causing them to refuse to nurse. Also if baby DOES latch, the FFLD potentially causes baby to slip "down" the nipple (causing a shallow latch) and also causes baby to clamp down to try to stem the flow. The result could be latch pain and injured nipples.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    July 24th, 2017, 10:03 PM
    Hi. So sorry you are having this concern. I will try to offer some suggestions, but first I have some questions, hope that is ok. Aside the weight gain, how are other growth parameters? Were all weight checks on the same scale? this almost never happens, but if you could note when it was a different scale that would help. Were the scales always digital infant scales? Any reason to convert the numbers (from grams to ounces, for example.) Was the person doing the weight checks always focused and careful? Baby only in dry diaper or naked? That sounds normal, but do you have a lowest known weight? In other words, do we have any idea how much baby lost after being born? So if these checks were accurate, baby gained 18 ounces in 21 days. Am I right? That seems like normal gain. What is the pediatrician expecting gain to be?
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