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  • @llli*mommatocomma's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:58 PM
    My daughter is about 5 1/2 months old and has been a relatively good sleeper-nothing earth shattering but we usually have managed a dream feed and then 1 wake up at some point in the night, and on some occasions she has slept right through after her dream feed. But For the last 3 nights she has basically woken every 2hrs screaming for food, which she takes and then goes back to sleep until the next screaming. She has been feeding a bit less in the day, but in total is feeding for a good hour and a half longer per 24hr period than she was a few weeks back. I am EBF her (no pumping, all from breast) and I really don't want to give her a bottle of pumped milk or formula but this pattern is starting to kill me, I am just so tired. She also is a really bad napper so I can't catch up with sleep in the day. Not started solids yet (sticking to advice to wait til 6 months) and we don't cosleep (not for me)- she is in a cot next to the bed. I guess it's probably a growth spurt? I have read every forum/bf advice page out there (plenty of time on my hands while she feeds) but wondered if I am missing something....? And kind of seeking moral support that it is worth keeping this up. Can anyone help?
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  • @llli*rosesmum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:42 PM
    When I nurse on my right side I get this sharp pain in the inside of my breast (area between my nipple and sternum). When she is not nursing the area is still sore, but more of an ache. It is functioning well and matches the output on my left breast, which doesn't hurt (3-4oz per breast per 15 min pump session) Do you know what this is and how to fix it? (I am a FTM and baby is 1 month- this has been going on since I started breastfeeding.)
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  • @llli*gold86en's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:02 PM
    Hi ladies. Do those of you who nurse toddlers take prenatal vitamins PLUS give your little one a multivitamin on top of that? My DD's pediatrician asks me every time we are in if she gets a multivitamin, and he is aware that we still nurse. DD will be 2 yr 6 mo in a few days. I finally just started giving her a Flinstones Toddler multi vitamin a couple weeks ago. The dose is 2 gummies per day. When we started, for a couple days after she was really out of sorts- sleeping was off, eating habits went screwy, and her general attitude was weird too. The only thing I could think of was that we had started giving her those vitamins... Could it have something to do with both of us taking a multivitamin, or do you think maybe this was just a coincidence? Is it possible she was getting too much of a certain vitamin, like an over dose kind of? Since I noticed that, I have been rotating what days we get vitamins- on days that I give her one, I don't take one and vice versa. Any logic to this, or is it just my paranoia? :confused:
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  • @llli*sweeetp0812's Avatar
    Today, 04:46 AM
    hi all, i am bf my 2 week old baby, and i don't have enough milk supply to pump, however, i do have a very forceful let down. my little one chokes every time i try to feed him. i've tried different holds, but i just don't know what else i can do. any suggestions are appreciated.
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  • @llli*jtmmh's Avatar
    Today, 10:23 AM
    So I know everyone wants to lose their baby weight- but what happens when it happens super quick??? I am currently breastfeeding an 8 month old and pumping once for donor milk. I weighed myself last night and realized I had lost FIVE POUNDS IN ONE MONTH! Now below prepregnancy weight. It's got me really worried. Can breastfeeding cause your weight to plummet like that? Other factors involved- I just started a new job, due to involvement in getting a classroom ready, so I've skipped meals. I also picked up a pump session at night to donate milk to a local family. I am not exhausted- have a great energy level and eat a reasonable fruit and veggie full diet. I know I'm just being crazy and paranoid- but could all that and breastfeeding cause me to lose five lbs in a month?? I'm afraid it could be something scary causing my weight to plummet!!!! Any advice to keep weight on?
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  • @llli*alicoll's Avatar
    Today, 12:21 PM
    I just returned to work this week. I was EBF and now I'm pumping at work. I have known from the start that I'm not an effective pumper, so I knew I was going to have to supplement whatever milk I was able to pump at work with formula while LO is at daycare. However, now I'm afraid that my milk supply is decreasing because I'm not expressing as much milk as LO does when she nurses. I'm pumping at work 3 times (in about 7 hours) and I only get about 6 ounces. This morning I had my first pumping session and I was only able to pump a little over 2 oz (usually my first pump is my largest). I really don't want to give up BF. Am I worrying over nothing? Or is this something that typically happens to moms who aren't good pumpers? Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm using the Medela Pump in Style.
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  • @llli*hippie1220's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:08 PM
    Hi ladies, Hoping to get some help here. I am 19 weeks pregnant and also have a 2 year old who still loves his "milk time". We nurse in the morning, before and after nap (and somewhat to sleep) and at bedtime (again, somewhat to help sleep). I have always had a low milk supply and I am quite certain there really is no milk at this stage but he still wants to chomp away - I say that because it is getting really painful. I know he really isn't ready but I'm facing a couple problems: 1) Like I said it's getting quite painful and I am also getting frustrated with his need for nursing to sleep - he used to fall asleep quite well on his own but due to an overseas trip for most of the summer and my not wanting him to cry he's sort of reverted back to needing a lot of cuddling/nursing time to fall asleep or fall mostly asleep. When we nurse before nap/bedtime he spends a lot of time squirming around, sometimes hitting a bit too much on my pregnant belly and digging in my belly button which I imagine will also be more painful quite soon. I do'nt mind the morning or bedtime (pre-story) nursing or even another session during the day - I'm mostly getting frustrated with being a punching bag of sorts at naptime. 2) Because of my low milk supply I had to take herbs with my son for the first few months (he gained a LOT of weight that way). I am nervous that with this next child I may have to do the same and I want to make sure the baby gets what he/she needs and not worry...
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  • @llli*kamy04's Avatar
    Today, 12:13 PM
    Backstory is rather long. DS2 was born at 35w3d. He was 4lbs15oz, so pretty small. His sugars were borderline so he got 2 small bottles of formula, but has been EBF since. I did a lot of pumping at first. He had no NICU. Bf has been challenging. He had a mild tongue tie that was snipped at 8 days. He flat out refused my left breast until 6 weeks when I got a nipple shield (my nipple is shaped funky I think. Ds1 didn't like it either.). My left is very much an underproducer despite power pumping/upping feedings. I've just accepted that. My right side seems to have oversupply or a fast letdown. He may have some reflux, too, but pedi isn't sure. He seems satisfied with 3.25oz of ebm.
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  • @llli*hippie1220's Avatar
    Today, 01:31 PM
    Hi ladies, Hoping to get some help here. I am 19 weeks pregnant and also have a 2 year old who still loves his "milk time". We nurse in the morning, before and after nap (and somewhat to sleep) and at bedtime (again, somewhat to help sleep). I have always had a low milk supply and I am quite certain there really is no milk at this stage but he still wants to chomp away - I say that because it is getting really painful. I know he really isn't ready to wean and I'm facing a couple problems: 1) Like I said it's getting quite painful and I am also getting frustrated with his need for nursing to sleep - he used to fall asleep quite well on his own but due to an overseas trip for most of the summer and my not wanting him to cry he's sort of reverted back to needing a lot of cuddling/nursing time to fall asleep or fall mostly asleep. When we nurse before nap/bedtime he spends a lot of time squirming around, sometimes hitting a bit too much on my pregnant belly and digging in my belly button which I imagine will also be more painful quite soon. I do'nt mind the morning or bedtime (pre-story) nursing or even another session during the day - I'm mostly getting frustrated with being a punching bag of sorts at naptime. 2) Because of my low milk supply I had to take herbs with my son for the first few months (he gained a LOT of weight that way). I am nervous that with this next child I may have to do the same and I want to make sure the baby gets what he/she needs and not worry...
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  • @llli*khaledusto's Avatar
    Today, 01:45 PM
    waw, thank you friends.
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  • @llli*alicoll's Avatar
    Today, 01:37 PM
    A while ago I purchased smaller flanges because I have very small breasts. I also just replaced the membranes on my pump. I feel like the pumping is stronger, but it didn't increase my output. I'm going to replace the tubing today as well. I have the pump set all the way to the highest setting. I know when I first had my baby and started pumping (we had trouble with supply right at first, so I had to pump after all feedings), I could only put it up maybe halfway before it really hurt. Then one day all of a sudden it felt like the pumping wasn't as strong anymore and since then I've had it all the way up. My pump has the letdown button, but I feel like I don't pump as much when it's on that setting. My pump automatically switches modes after about 2 minutes, but I always push the button to put it back on the frequent sucking because I feel like I get more on that setting. DD is 5.5 months but only weighs about 13lbs. She drinks about 4oz every 2 hours at daycare (so she presently gets 2 breastmilk bottles and 1 or 2 formula bottles).
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  • @llli*sonogirl's Avatar
    Today, 01:17 PM
    Have you troubleshooted your pumping at all? Tried different size flanges, different pump settings, or even a different pump? I know of many moms here who needed to rent a hospital grade pump in order to meet their pumping needs. Is that something you might consider? I don't think you are worrying over nothing. :hugs At the same time, I also do not believe that all is lost if you need to supplement a little bit, either. How much milk is your baby drinking at daycare?
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  • @llli*sonogirl's Avatar
    Today, 12:48 PM
    I think the solution to this behavior, assuming all else is otherwise normal, is typically time. Most of the breastfeeding moms I know experience pop-on-pop off behavior--myself included! What's NOT normal is that you are experiencing hurt and irritated nipples. This suggests that you might have a latch issue. Even with constant on and off behaviors, I never experienced any soreness or irritation. Have you experience any pain or soreness prior to the third week? Is your pain constant? Any issues with weight gain?
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  • @llli*sonogirl's Avatar
    Today, 12:40 PM
    That is so adorable. Great read!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 12:21 PM
    Ugh, that's a sign to see someone else. What did the blood test cover? I'd want to see a thyroid hormone level in the mix.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 12:18 PM
    Since it happens a few times during a feeding, I'm going to guess that it's a letdown sensation. Seem women describe it as a tingling sensation, some as cramping. Some don't feel it at all. It's not weird for it to happen on one side and not the other, either.
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  • @llli*jtmmh's Avatar
    Today, 11:55 AM
    Thank you so much for a quick response! Oh please don't get the wrong idea- I truly wasn't trying to blame breastfeeding, I was seeing if breastfeeding was a reasonable explanation for that much weight loss in a month given the other factors. I guess I was trying to see if that could be normal:( just wanted to see if anyone else had experienced this, since I hardly lost any weight breastfeeding my daughter two years ago... I am trying to up my daily good intake to see if that stabilizes my weight. Nuts and proteins are a great suggestion!!!
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  • @llli*sonogirl's Avatar
    Today, 11:54 AM
    Definitely true! I've actually had to utilize three different sized shields over the course of pumping at work for my one single child. I started out needing a very small size, then plumped up and needed two sizes bigger than what I returned to work with, and now have settled on the size between those two.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 11:53 AM
    True, I was thinking along the lines of, if baby is only getting supplements a few times per day, AND if Daddy can be doing the finger feeding while mom pumps, that should take some pressure off all around. Also if baby has really managed to empty mom pretty well and baby was still hungry that would mean mom probably wouldn't have to pump for very long, perhaps just ten minutes so she would probably be done before baby was done being finger fed. One trick with the tube can sometimes be to tape it in place before latching baby on, that way you are not trying to thread it in. This sometimes works, other times not so much.
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  • @llli*pteroglossus's Avatar
    Today, 11:52 AM
    you can unlatch the baby when letdown is coming, and let the milk squirt into a towel (or a bowl, cloth diaper, etc.). After a month or two baby will get better at handling the fast let down and won't choke anymore.
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  • @llli*lllmamamia's Avatar
    Today, 11:50 AM
    More on that here: http://www.ameda.com/breast-pumping/getting-started/flange-fit Ideas for paced bottle feeding, so that baby doesn't accidentally get overfed. Bottles only provide food. Breastfeeding provides food and some much more (comfort, regulation of breathing and heart beat, hormones, antibodies, sleep regulation, etc). So this is why you can't overfeed a baby by the breast, but it's very easy to overfeed a baby by the bottle. Here is some info about paced bottle feeding to help regulate that: http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/feeding-tools/bottle-feeding/ and https://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/22_bfabreastfedbaby.pdf Most moms that are separated from their babies find that nursing as often as the baby wants for as long as he wants works best, even when they go back to work! Scheduling breastfeeding is associated with decreased milk supply, and decreased satisfaction in mother and baby.
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  • @llli*lllmamamia's Avatar
    Today, 11:36 AM
    Yay, some ideas and plans in the works! That's great :) It does tend to run in families :)
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:15 AM
    Maybe at this point mom needs rest and that is why pumping is not being suggested right at the moment? Yes ideally pumping is recommended whenever a baby is supplemented. ON the other hand, sometimes the ideal is not realistic and a plan needs to meet what mom can do. This plan has baby nursing a lot, which is good. Assuming normal or near normal latch and milk transfer, Bringing baby to the breast often is going to be good for breastfeeding overall even if baby also needs supplements. Finger feeding when done correctly is probably less likely to result in OVER supplementation than bottles, so that is a plus. Just remember babies tend to be fussy a lot of the time. So baby being fussy after nursing does not always mean baby needs a supplement. Try other comforting measures as well. The most accurate way to make sure a baby is getting enough to eat is by weight gain and the second most accurate is output (poops, specifically.)
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:05 AM
    I don't think you are being crazy and paranoid. Rapid weight loss can indicate health issues, and if you were borderline or underweight to begin with, it might really be a problem. On the other hand, when weight loss is desired, the loss of 5 pounds in a month is probably not "too fast." But why blame breastfeeding? Lactation and nursing a child is a normal biological process and a normal and expected part of the reproductive system of humans. There is no reason breastfeeding would harm a mothers health, although most mothers do tend to want and need to increase calorie intake to some degree while nursing. But not some extraordinary amount, typically. A demanding job, stress, and skipping meals, on the other hand, certainly might cause rapid weight loss even if a mother is not lactating. and pumping "extra" in order to donate ones milk, while very laudable, is outside the 'norm' of breastfeeding, so that might be impactful as well. Producing milk does take energy- ie, calories. If you eat lots of fruits and veges, those do not exactly pack on the calories. Maybe make sure you are also eating some healthy fats-meat, nuts, etc?
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 10:37 AM
    Feeding much more often and offering both breasts is good. Even offering the first breast again and second breast again if baby is still hungry. However, I have to agree with Mommal, if supplement is then given, pumping should happen whenever supplements are given no matter how or what. Even if supplement is previously expressed milk. This pumping isn't necessarily to get any particular quantity out but to stimulate greater milk production. Pumping in this case is just simulating baby sucking demanding more milk even if none is coming out. Stimulating nipples extra is helpful too.
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