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  • @llli*laylas.momma's Avatar
    Today, 11:28 AM
    Glad to hear it's normal...I'm constantly worried she's not getting enough milk. We had seen a lactation consultant early on (week 2) but I think another visit will be helpful. Thanks again for your quick and helpful responses!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:07 AM
    Great news doctor is happy with your baby's gain. This indicates as well that doctor is seeing an overall healthy baby he or she is not too worried about, and that is important too! So 2/16 baby weighed 8 lbs 15 and 5 days later on 2/21 baby had gained 5 ounces? So that would certainly indicate normal gain of an average 1 ounce a day over the last 5 days. I am a little concerned because getting an accurate picture from gain measured over a few days is hard. Overall gain is still slightly on the slow side. But your baby's behavior at the breast sounds entirely normal for this age. I am not sure why your baby is tugging, there are a few things you could try for this, including positioning changes and breast compressions. But fussing, long nursing sessions, frequent nursing sessions, wanting to nurse less than an hour after nursing really are all entirely normal and occur in fast gaining babies as well as slower gaining babies. Babies nurse for many reasons, hunger is only one reason. Nursing for comfort is just as important- in fact they are the same thing to an infant. Additionally of course a baby this age really is frequently very hungry and wants to nurse a great deal because baby is still gaining as rapidly as baby did the last several weeks in the womb when baby was fed constantly. I did not realize you are already under the care of an IBCLC. If you like her and think she is helpful, I do think it makes sense to see your IBCLC again, more for the gain...
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  • @llli*laylas.momma's Avatar
    Today, 07:54 AM
    Thank you for all of this! Not currently on birth control. We had a doc appt yesterday and she's up to 9lbs 4oz and doc feels this is good gain and doesn't think we need to supplement yet. However, I'm still concerned with the frequency of feeding and the tugging indication something is wrong. For example, this morning she was on the breast from 6:30-8:00. She ate well on the both breasts for about 15 mins and three fussed when I took her off, crying and acting as if she was still hungry (sucking in hands) put her back on and she got some milk and then resorted to the tugging and fussing. By 8:00 I was able to take her off and she moderately content until 8:40 and then wanted to eat again. It feels like the only time she's calm is on the breast or if she falls asleep on the breast and I'm able to break her off without waking her. This behavior had been going on for about two weeks. The weight gain is a relief but it seems problematic to me that she has to be in the breast this often to get there. I'm going to make another appt with our lactation consultant but would love any other thoughts you might have.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:24 AM
    Babies under a year typically drink about 1.5 oz per hour of separation from mom. Daily total intake is typically around 20-30 oz. With an older baby who is eating solids, this amount often decreases a bit. But in your shoes, I think I would want to aim to have about 20-25 oz per day of separation. It's a lot of milk to produce and store by mid-May, especially if you're going to be using some of your expressed milk to train baby to take a bottle. Any chance of bringing baby and a caregiver with you on your trip? How about shipping milk back home- is that a possibility for you? Thank you for your service!
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  • @llli*allirawlins's Avatar
    Today, 07:21 AM
    Thanks for the book recommendations! I will definitely be checking both books out! Yesterday went better for both eating and sleeping! She ate 2oz from the bottle in one sitting and had 1oz of milk in her cereal and puree and had another whole oz from the bottle so she definitely got more milk than she has been getting during the day and not completely refusing the bottle like she has done most recently. She slept for 4 hours, woke to eat, and went right back to sleep for another 4 hours! Hopefully this is a start to better eating and sleeping! Thank you for all of your help! :)
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:18 AM
    What sort of scale are you using? And can you describe your baby-weighing procedure? Is baby always weighed in the nude?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:15 AM
    Nothing to add to MaddieB's excellent advice, but I do have a question: what sort of birth control are you using? Sometimes hormonal contraception, even the "safe for breastfeeding" formulations, can interfere with milk supply. If you are trying to eliminate variables that might explain supply issues, it might make sense to temporarily switch to a barrier contraceptive if you are currently using a hormonal one.
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  • @llli*tralala.pom's Avatar
    Today, 04:03 AM
    Hi tasha, You may find this an interesting read: http://www.naturalchild.org/guest/lisa_reagan.html and another story without cesation of breastfeeding: http://www.lalecheleague.org/nb/nbiss1-10p20.html Do you live in a sunny warm place and does your child spend enough time outdoors? Otherwise, do you supplement with vitamin D?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:13 PM
    Of course it is hard to leave baby and it makes sense this situation is worrying you. Try not to worry too much though! This is actually not a super unusual situation and in my experience these babies who do not eat all that much while mom is away seem to do just fine. It is the tired, worried mom who pays the price. Hopefully baby will start sleeping a bit longer soon so you can get more rest. Another book that may by helpful is called My Child Won't Eat by pediatrician Carlos Gonzalez. It is not really about getting a child to eat more, it is about why most situations where a healthy baby or young child seems to eat too little are usually not any big deal.
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  • @llli*bfulmer's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:28 PM
    Thank you SO MUCH for all of this information! This makes me feel a little better about leaving. Although I still really don't want to... I'll definitely be watching those videos and having my husband watch them as well! Since she doesn't take a bottle I don't typically pump unless for some reason I'm super full. Is it true that when you pump more you respond to it better and will produce more? I always hand express while pumping to get the maximum milk I can get. But I typically get less than 2 ounces when I do pump. Because of that, I really have no way of knowing how much she eats in a sitting. Since she doesn't take a bottle. I guess my question in regards to that is how much milk will I need to store if I don't know how much she drinks in a day? Is there a typical amount 8 month olds drink? Thanks again!!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:04 PM
    Hi and welcome! First if you do not know about it already, there is a website and book especially for breastfeeding moms in the military. You can find that here: http://breastfeedingincombatboots.com/ So when there are separations of several days or weeks of mom from a breastfeeding baby, there are two primary concerns from a breastfeeding standpoint. One is that the separation will adversely impact mom's milk production. The other is that the separation will lead to baby going on a nursing "strike" and refusing to nurse when the separation is over. This is sometimes called spontaneous or self weaning, but that is not really what it is. A nursing strike is a more accurate description for such a situation, because babies this age do not wean on their own. Also if you think of it as a nursing strike, you will approach it as a temporary problem that is likely to resolve with some effort, and that will decrease the chances that your baby never nurses again. These are both real concerns and there are ways to reduce the chance they will happen, but it is impossible to eliminate the risk entirely. First I am assuming your will be able to express your milk during the separation with reasonable frequency. If that is NOT the case, the following suggestions may not be appropriate for your situation. For milk production, there are two ways to reduce that problem. One is to make sure milk production is in great shape up to the point the separation happens, and the other...
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  • @llli*allirawlins's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:08 PM
    Thank you so much for the advice and suggestions! Makes me feel a little better. I will try not to get hung up on the numbers and will try having my caregiver offer a little more solids during the day. She is also mixing in milk so baby is getting some that way as well. It is hard to leave my baby during the day (wish I didn't have to!) and now that she is not eating much it has really been upsetting to me. I really appreciate you taking the time answering me! :)
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