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  • @llli*alphawoman's Avatar
    Today, 05:37 PM
    Week 6 update I'm now down to 70mg/day (30mg/20mg/20mg) with supply effectively the same as at 120mg/day!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 04:16 PM
    Look I am not a doctor I cannot tell you to go against your doctors orders. I can sure tell you what I would do and I would absolutely not just be giving my baby formula. Your breastmilk is not causing your baby to have health problems. Formula will not cure a health problem. Force feeding your baby formula may make your baby gain weight more quickly but that won't solve a health problem either. If the goal is to discover if baby can gain weight getting more to eat, that can be achieved by giving the baby supplements of formula while breast-feeding continues and perhaps is improved by nursing more often! There is absolutely no rational reason to stop the intake of breast milk by your baby unless you are taking some sort of dangerous drug that might be harming your child's health. I don't know how to make this more clear. Formula is a replacement for breastmilk that is only helpful when there is not enough breastmilk. The end. that is all formula is-a replacement for breastmilk that is neither as healthy for baby nor as liable to help a baby gain weight than breastmilk.. You say that your problems with milk production began when you started pumping due to being back at work. That tells me that if you pump for a week now, and do not nurse, that is going to only hurt your milk production more. It also tells me that you suspect that the problem is that you have low milk production! Well low milk production would mean not enough milk. Not that there is a problem with...
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  • @llli*mamawin's Avatar
    Today, 04:14 PM
    You should not cease nursing based on "maybes" and "ifs". Getting your milk supply back and getting your baby interested again could be exceedingly difficult, if not impossible. Unless you are CERTAIN that your milk is causing the problem (which would be an extremely rare case) there is no reason not to continue nursing your baby even if you do need to supplement as well. Your baby may very well gain weight if given exclusively formula. That does not mean that ceasing nursing was/is the right thing to do.
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  • @llli*zaynethepain's Avatar
    Today, 04:09 PM
    http://drsircus.com/medicine/magnesium/magnesium-chloride-benefits http://www.mamanatural.com/how-to-make-eggshell-calcium/ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15018022 I have a ton of trouble with my cycles making my supply dip just enough to cause a slightly fussy baby. I have been supplementing with magnesium chloride for about a year now so i didn't notice a problem with my youngest until these last two cycles when i ran out my magnesium oil. I also saw the return of migraines when i was without :( I've also been switching to a whole good lifestyle but as far as I've researched magnesium isn't as plentiful in our soils as it once was so often supplements are needed. I use the oil several times a day either on my hands or my armpits (great natural deodorant but it burns right after shaving!). I know egg shells can be used as a calcium supplement that is easily absorbed.
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  • @llli*mollyg.mom's Avatar
    Today, 03:08 PM
    This sounds not only normal but as if your child eats quite a bit. Not in my opinion. I am sure you do not mean it this way, but in practice wouldn't that be a bit like punishing your child for not eating? That is never a good idea. Breastmilk is the healthiest and most nutritionally complete single food a child can eat. There is nothing wrong with your child choosing it over other foods, even if that is what is happening. If your child prefers your milk while also starting to eat a variety of solids, as it sounds like what is happening, I suggest there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. I definitely don't want her to feel like she's being punished by withholding nursing. I just needed to hear that what she is doing is normal lol. I've ordered the book you reccomended from Amazon and can't wait to get started reading it! Thank you so much for your advice!
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  • @llli*mollyg.mom's Avatar
    Today, 03:05 PM
    Thank you! It's great to hear I'm not alone! I'll just keep doing what I'm doing and as long as she's healthy and growing I'll try not to worry.
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  • @llli*sacmd's Avatar
    Today, 02:12 PM
    I had the same thing at your stage. It was dreadful and I really hated the thought that I would have to deal with this forever! I would like to offer you encouragement, though, because by 5 weeks my baby's latch was painless. I think that they just have a shallow latch initially which is partly a function of their mouth size and latching skills. These both improve quickly as baby gets older. I would be very skeptical of people who claim that your baby has a tongue tie that needs to be clipped. Only about 4% of the population has a tongue tie, half of whom really 'need' them clipped. Where I live, there is a certain doctor who eagerly clips 'posterior' tongue ties, and very few mothers see a big difference afterwards. It is a painful procedure that is becoming somewhat en vogue amongst LC's. Give it a couple more weeks and if no improvement, I agree that something should change.
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  • @llli*alysandrasmom's Avatar
    Today, 01:02 PM
    I just posted this on my other thread Now, with it possibly being a medical condition, should I do as the doctor has asked? Not nurse and give him just the formula? I believe this is a trial to see if my baby is able to gain weight and if not, then they are going to look and see what else it could be. Maybe its not my milk but something else that is wrong with him physically?
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  • @llli*alysandrasmom's Avatar
    Today, 01:01 PM
    Now, with it possibly being a medical condition, should I do as the doctor has asked? Not nurse and give him just the formula? I believe this is a trial to see if my baby is able to gain weight and if not, then they are going to look and see what else it could be. Maybe its not my milk but something else that is wrong with him physically?
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  • @llli*alysandrasmom's Avatar
    Today, 12:54 PM
    My supply dropped when I started back at work. I pump at work 3 times a day for about 15 minutes. That is when the issue started. Baby had his check up at 2 months the end of December and weighed 10 pounds. I had just started back at work then. From his 1 month check up to his 2nd month, he gained a whole pound. Baby is eating 7-8 times a day and he gets no more than 4-5 oz in one feeding and it holds him over 3-4 hours usually. He usually has 3 bottles when Im at work. I usually only get 1.5-2 oz at one pumping session. My family is concerned as I have been nursing him a few times on top of giving him the formula (my mother mainly). This alone is causing stress because they are saying that my milk could pretty much be doing more damage than good? Even brought up the possible issue of Failure to Thrive, which only symptom of that is the lack of weight gain. This is just super frustrating and I keep getting mixed emotions about this whole situation!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 12:38 PM
    This sounds not only normal but as if your child eats quite a bit. Not in my opinion. I am sure you do not mean it this way, but in practice wouldn't that be a bit like punishing your child for not eating? That is never a good idea. Breastmilk is the healthiest and most nutritionally complete single food a child can eat. There is nothing wrong with your child choosing it over other foods, even if that is what is happening. If your child prefers your milk while also starting to eat a variety of solids, as it sounds like what is happening, I suggest there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Again I suggest the book My Child Won't Eat. Trust me you will find it eye opening. As parents we live in a world obsessed with how much, how often, and what children eat and this leads to a desire to both minutely control and increase intake, and this is usually totally unnecessary. This obsession has coincided with a society-wide steady slide into more eating disorders and obesity, not less. Assuming it is offered to them, healthy children know what they need and will eat as much and what they need.
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  • @llli*chivislh's Avatar
    Today, 12:35 PM
    :hello no lo se, nunca logre la LME, lo q a mi me ayudo fue ponerme a mi bebe mas seguido, es decir, cada hora, otra opción sería que si no quiere mamar cada hora, pues te saques la leche cuando no quiera, y inmediatamente después de que tome también sácala. Date masajes antes de que le des leche, hay unos videos en el foro del idioma inglés, no se si también este en el de español que te dicen como masajear. Por cierto, 3 onzas de leche cada tres horas es mucha leche, yo cuando me la sacaba solo salían 2 cada 3 horas pero vi que si me la sacaba cada hora sacaba 1.5 cada hora x 3 horas en total eran 4.5, si tu te la sacas cada hora, entonces seria algo así: 2X3=6 mucha leche o + ..., quizás solo necesitas ponerla mas seguido y te ahorras todo lo que implica el sacarte la leche.
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  • @llli*mamawin's Avatar
    Today, 11:45 AM
    My daughter, 9 months, is very similar. Before we started her on solids at 6 months she would often take only 9 or 10 ozs during the day. She's an enthusiastic solids eater, so she now only takes around 6 oz (on a good day). I know the common advice is to reduce solids in order to "force" more milk intake but in her case, it doesn't work. She just eats less overall. Her weight gain was slow during the first 6 months when she was EBF and it has totally rebounded now that she's on solids. It's frustrating knowing she "should" be taking more milk but I am doing my best just to relax and follow her lead. We've started giving her breast milk in a sippy in hopes that she'll take more if she's in control of it. We also make sure that the solids we give her are "substantial" - avocado, sweet potatoes mashed with breast milk, squash roasted in coconut oil, etc. I have every intention to continue breastfeeding until the one-year mark, but I feel like it's going to be a struggle. I envy you that you've almost made it!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 11:24 AM
    Often moms will experience something we call "the 10 second sizzle" when the baby first latches on. It's something of a misnomer because the pain can last longer than 10 seconds. The important thing is that the pain subsides after the baby has been nursing for a while. What is usually happening in a sizzle situation is that the baby's initial latch is shallow, and the nipple is landing too far forward on the tongue, and is getting compressed between hard palate and tongue, which causes pain. After the baby has been nursing for a while, the nipple is pulled into the ideal position on the back of the tongue under the soft palate, at which point the pain ceases. As long as the shallow latch is not causing nipple damage, this is not an urgent problem, and mom can work on it with the expectation that the baby will grow out of it. As the baby gets bigger, and her mouth gets bigger, she will be able to achieve a deeper latch right from the start. Now, compression from a shallow latch would explain the crease you're seeing when baby comes off the breast. But it sounds like you currently have a lot of milk, so it's possible that in addition to having a shallow initial latch, baby is also purposefully shallowing her latch at different points during the feeding in order to control rapid milk flow. I personally think that you can operate under the assumption that things will improve even if you do nothing. However, I would also like to have you go back and see a...
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  • @llli*midnightsangel's Avatar
    Today, 10:49 AM
    This might not be helpful but when my son was a few weeks old I also had the same problem. My issue was when I was breaking the seal to get him off of my breast. I wasn't doing that right and I had similar pain to what you're describing. He would clamp down as I tired to get my nipple out and it hurt
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  • @llli*jessica.holiga's Avatar
    Today, 09:56 AM
    I currently have about 2 oz, but have also struggled with pumping output. One week I might have 3.5 oz extra, and the next be 2 bottles short. I feel like I'm living dangerously every week not knowing if I'll get enough for her normal bottles. ;) But, i think a 10 oz. freezer stash would be ideal.
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  • @llli*modernmom's Avatar
    Today, 09:36 AM
    I'm hoping someone might be able to give me some advice...my little one is 3 1/2 weeks and I'm still dealing with a pretty painful latch on experience. Normally the pain subsides within the first 20 seconds but it's pretty dreadful knowing I have to go through the initial pain every single time. Here is some other info...when she pulls off, I have a white line through my nipple and I'm pretty sure it's due to her clamping down due to my milk flow (she normally chokes at least once during a feed). Could my pain be due to my nipples being bruised from this? Also, when the air hits my nipples after she pulls off, they sting. She has plenty of wet diapers, seems to be full after nursing, and has been gaining weight with no problems. I did meet with a LC at one week and there were no latch problems. I'll take any suggestions on how to get over this bruised nipple pain/feeling! Thanks so much!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 09:05 AM
    @llli*mommal replied to a thread Breast pain in Too Much Milk!
    Well, the most likely explanation for the pain/redness is that you have some sort of plugged duct/mastitis/inflammation going on. As long as baby is continuing to drain the breast well and you aren't seeing additional symptoms, this is something to watch but not to worry much about, as it should go away in not too long. If the pain gets worse, or you start seeing additional symptoms (burning, increased pain, baby has evidence of yeast, fever, chills, aches and pains, etc.,) then it's probably time to see the doc.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 09:02 AM
    That's just how my kids were at 13 months! They didn't start picking up their solid food intake until around 15 months, and even after they started eating more solids they continued to nurse very frequently. Luckily my pediatrician had told me that kids could subsist on breastmilk (or formula) exclusively until 12 months, so I wasn't worried when they were still 99% breastfed at 13 months. It's not like a baby goes from needing only breastmilk on day 364 of life to needing a ton of solids on day 365! Denying your baby the opportunity to nurse until she has consumed some solids is not necessary unless you are very eager to hasten the weaning process. If you are comfortable continuing to nurse, there's no reason to limit your baby's access to nursing. She will pick up on her solid food intake, I promise! I know it's a bit discomfiting when you see other kids chowing down on solids like there is no tomorrow, but remember that your baby is like a lot of other completely normal, healthy breastfed babies- you just happen not to know too many of them!
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Today, 08:05 AM
    I'm so sorry, alicec1985, we seem to have missed this one! I can imagine how stressful and discouraging it is to have your baby push away when you try to nurse. And I'm sorry the LC wasn't helpful. Did she suggest trying an at-breast supplementer (SNS or Lact-Aid)? I'm wondering if that could be a way to help your baby transition to associating milk with the breast instead of the bottle. Do you know if you have a La Leche League Group near you? There's a map of the Groups in NY here: http://www.lllny.org/local-support.html . I'd definitely recommend getting in touch with the local LLL Leaders for some support. They may also be able to recommend some other LCs who could help you better. Hang in there! You're doing a wonderful thing for your baby by pumping. Exclusive pumping is pretty much the worse of both worlds. :huh I'm in awe of moms who can stick with it as long as you have. Your baby is lucky to have such a dedicated mom!
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 07:19 AM
    I don't have any advice, but my 15 month old nurses day and night and eats 3-5 times a day. Thankfully I have friends whose kids are the same so I haven't worried about it. I just wanted to say you aren't alone :)
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 06:39 AM
    With dom I could still only pump about an ounce per breast but have never managed to be good at pumping. The dom allowed me to ebf and wean off supplements with my daughter regaining her 'lost centiles'. I agree with Alphawoman that it's worth reaching out to Jack Newman. I can only imagine the frustration of 5 specialists and still not knowing what the issue is :(
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:34 PM
    I would just always have the food out. So if she doesn't eat much leave the plate out. And I guess I didn't say it but my plate with 5 different things on it obviously isn't a grown up size plate. We used small dessert plates for snacks and those kids size plates with all the little sections in them for meals. And still nurse her the appropriate number of times a day. I don't know about sleep patterns because at that age I was still dealing with 1st year molars, so I wasn't looking for any sleep regularity, but I do specifically remember a huge growth spurt at around 16 months. And the amount of solids he put away considering we still nursed on demand while together, just made me think "Holy crap! Thank god it's not JUST ME." If you haven't started on snacks as well as meals, I would. I would basically make it so that she always had access to solid food during the day and you. So that she could choose solids more often.
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  • @llli*mollyg.mom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:51 PM
    Thank you very much for your reply! Ive been sitting her in her high chair and giving her table foods 3 times a day since she was 10 months old. She eats yogurt, cheese, chicken, and broccoli pretty well already. Recently she's been really into fruit, loves apples, grapes, and strawberries. I try not to nurse her until she has at least tried to eat some solid foods. I guess my question is should i avoid offering her the breast all together if she doesn't eat the solids I give her?
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