Happy Mothers Breastfed Babies

Activity Stream

Filter
Sort By Time Show
Recent Recent Popular Popular Anytime Anytime Last 7 Days Last 7 Days Last 30 Days Last 30 Days All All Photos Photos Forum Forums
Filter by: Last 30 Days Clear All
  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 12:44 PM
    It doesn't work for everyone. Instead of upping my supply, it upped my appetite big time. It just made me gorge on carbs all day so I quit taking it :) Try drinking a beer. I found that works in hours.
    2 replies | 44 view(s)
  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 12:43 PM
    I doubt it's the milk making her tired. I nurse my baby all day and it never puts him to sleep. The only time that happens (occasionally) is at the bedtime feed. Plus, I think she is too young to recognize such a correlation that milk equals tiredness.
    1 replies | 15 view(s)
  • @llli*runbabyrun's Avatar
    Today, 12:10 PM
    This is the second thread I've started here. The first one was about dealing with cracked nipples (one far worse than the other). I went to see a Lactation Counselor who said there was nothing wrong with my latch and no tongue tie. She suspected that the nipple shield I was using was too small still (in the hospital they had given me the smaller size and I ended up with blisters). I went up another size in the shield along with getting a prescription for Dr. Jack Newman's nipple cream and things seemed to be getting much better. I started noticing that my nipple was white shortly after the baby finished. I also noticed that if I got cold, i.e. my nipples were hard, they would hurt. The pain started shortly after feeding and would last for awhile. at first it was just a minor discomfort, now it is getting to the point where I am in a lot of pain. It does not hurt to nurse, but the pain starts shortly after he is done. It is extremely painful if he comes back to the breast shortly after nursing (like if he falls asleep then wakes up again in 15 or 20 minutes). I started googling and came across nipple vasoplasm. It said it can be caused by trauma to the nipple and may continue after the source of the problem is fixed. I have tried a number of the suggestions I found online, olive oil, keeping them warm, etc. but am still experiencing pain. I am beyond frustrated. LO is 4 weeks old now and I have been in pain pretty much the entire time. I just started...
    0 replies | 10 view(s)
  • @llli*skarrlette's Avatar
    Today, 12:00 PM
    I just watched maximizing your pumping video in the sticky and I will try it next session. I have a lot of questions so please bare with me this is the first time I have been down this road. My daughter is 2.5 years (almost 3) old we have been breastfeeding since she was born. Recently she stopped naps and our sessions were reduced to one in the morning and one at night and I thought that was ok, but its about 12 hours apart. I think my milk reduced a lot and started drying up. So then I panicked and tried giving her more sessions. BUT she was squeezing my breast and pushing on it to get something out when trying to feed so I figured nothing is really there. Then I pumped and just a trickle came out not even a full table spoon. So did she lose interest because I am lacking in milk or because it makes her sleepy and she doesn't want to fall asleep during the day. The big mystery? So maybe I can just do it at night and in the morning before we get up. But if nothing comes out she won't want to feed right? I decided to give it another shot instead of giving up and letting it dry up. I'm hoping if my milk increases she will feed more, so more interest. So I got a hospital grade pump. I stated it last night. I am going to pump every hour and massage. How long will it take for my milk to increase, I want to increase quickly? I'm afraid if I don't do it quickly she will really lose all interest.
    1 replies | 15 view(s)
  • @llli*runbabyrun's Avatar
    Today, 11:47 AM
    Thanks. The cracks are pretty much healed now. It was going good for a few days.
    10 replies | 485 view(s)
  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:33 AM
    Try hand expressing some milk and offering breast to sleepy baby. The milk smell might get him to latch. You can try waking him. But if he is getting plenty of milk he may not nurse well when he would rather sleep. If you are getting full and baby will not nurse, I do suggest, take some milk out of the breasts as best you can. Even if you are massaging it out in the shower etc. I know it is probably against your instincts to 'waste' milk, but truly the most important thing is to keep the milk flowing to avoid engorgement. waking sleepy baby: http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/03_waking_a_sleepy_newborn.pdf
    4 replies | 111 view(s)
  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 10:38 AM
    It works, but not for everyone. 11 months is not too late for it to work, nor is it too late to generate an increase in supply. Just remember than more nursing and more pumping will be better for supply than any herb or supplement! The best and freshest fenugreek, IMO, is the plain seed. You can get it online, or at Indian groceries (look for "methi") or Middle Eastern ones (look for "hilbeh").
    2 replies | 44 view(s)
  • @llli*diymom's Avatar
    Today, 10:32 AM
    Thanks for the link to hand expression, that's how my mom would save milk for me when I was little. I always thought it was beyond my abilities. Last night I got up with my son and we worked really hard to do some milk removal, he nearly drained both very engorged breasts over an hour and a half with some mini naps and lots of encouragement. 3 h o ours later he was still asleep so I have been trying to get him to repeat the process, but he is mostly comatose.
    4 replies | 111 view(s)
  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Today, 10:14 AM
    Thanks, zaynethepain. That was the kind of thing I was looking for, although the other posters' had helpful comments, as well. I bought my first Ameda due to online reviews, and I loved it. But I guess things are different this time around and it just doesn't seem to have the power I need since I've had mastitis 2x so far. I will do more research on both, though. They sell the Hygeia at a nursing store in DC where I need to go this week to buy bras (underwire was fine during baby #1, but having plugged ducts/mastitis this time) so I am trying to decide if I should pick one up.
    7 replies | 131 view(s)
  • @llli*zaynethepain's Avatar
    Today, 10:12 AM
    Those were some of the reasons I chose the hygeia over the medela through insurance with this baby. I like the WHO compliance and the recycling aspects of the company. Parts do need to be ordered on line but the website I ordered the pump from was so quick with shipping I don't foresee a real problem there. I do find the ability to adjust the strength and speed to a much finer degree to be a real plus with the hygeia q. My medela only had five settings. It was always too strong or too weak.
    7 replies | 131 view(s)
  • @llli*fibaby2014's Avatar
    Today, 08:47 AM
    Hi ladies! I've never taken fenugreek to increase supply and was wondering if it actually worked? Is 11 months into nursing too late to see a difference? I had a supply drop after a breast biopsy and pumping exclusively for a few days. Is there a particular brand anyone recommends? Thanks in advance for any advice
    2 replies | 44 view(s)
  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 07:40 AM
    Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to feed very often. Especially now that he seems able to eat more quickly. But something else seems to be going on so he is only willing to take small amounts at a time lately and that upper limit on the amount I can get him to take seems to be diminishing. A week or so ago he would take feedings as big as 2.8 oz several times a day. I think part of why I've been offering even more often is because when I would weigh/feed/weigh and see he hadn't taken much so I wouldn't wait very long before offering the next time. Now when we go visit the inlaws and it is an hour drive, baby gets to go longer between feeds for the drive to/from and I can't say that we manage to eat much better then either.
    180 replies | 8818 view(s)
  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 07:03 AM
    I've always fed fairly often during the day because it always seemed that I didn't have much storage capacity and tend to start feeling full by 2 hours and engorged by 3. Overnight he might go 3-4 hours or so the first stretch but then since we are co-sleeping he is still often eating every 2 hours overnight even if we are not really waking up much for it. The normal minimal amount of feeding has been 11 times a day for us. Since I tried to get off the supplements we have increased to 13-15. And because he has been soo slow to gain weight I've been offering to nurse often. And often times he is distracted so I try to offer often to see if I'll be lucky and catch him at a time he will be willing to eat a little bit. Even when he does eat he often only takes 6-8 minutes to do it but often doesn't even eat an ounce before he is more interested in something over my shoulder. I'd been doing the weighted feeds to try to figure out how much he was getting per 24 hour period. It seems not enough lately but I don't seem able to get him to eat more. Gaining only 2 oz per week doesn't seem to be enough at this point, especially when the Dr is wanting me to basically force feed him formula by bottle after every nursing session to make him gain at least an ounce a day (which I am not following those orders of course.)
    180 replies | 8818 view(s)
  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Today, 06:53 AM
    Breastfeeding Today, Issue 25, September 2014 Features: • The Safe Sleep Seven - co-sleeping safely • Visiting a New Arrival? Help, Don't Hinder! • Cluster Feeding
    0 replies | 63 view(s)
  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 06:38 AM
    When you say your pump at work routine, do you mean pumping only while at work? I ask because the schedule you listed sounds like you were also pumping when home?
    2 replies | 77 view(s)
  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 06:33 AM
    I am glad babies caregivers are good about bottles. If you are not familiar with paced bottle feeding, I do suggest looking closely at the links I posted. This is a very specific bottle feeding technique and does not have anything to do with nipple flow nor type of bottle or nipple used. Yes it is generally suggested to use slow flow nipples but those alone do not do nearly as much to prevent nipple confusion, flow confusion, breast refusal and over feeding as paced feeding does. In fact this is a more gentle and biologically appropriate way to feed all babies even those exclusively bottle fed.
    5 replies | 155 view(s)
  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:10 AM
    When you massage the painful area, do you feel a lump? If so, a plugged duct is a good bet.
    3 replies | 178 view(s)
  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 06:09 AM
    It is very important to keep milk flowing out of the breasts frequently, to avoid engorgement. Less vital is baby "emptying" the breast. I understand you are concerned about milk production but trying to empty the breasts too diligently can lead to over production and believe it or not you do not want that either. If baby will not nurse more often, can you hand express? Search on this site the word toolkit to find the tearsheet toolkit. There you will find a doc on hand expression. How many poops total has baby done since birth? It sounds like they are transitioning in color this is good.
    4 replies | 111 view(s)
  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:09 AM
    :ita Excellent advice from the PP.
    2 replies | 121 view(s)
  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Today, 06:08 AM
    :ita Definitely call InfantRisk. In Medications and Mothers' Milk, it says that Fioricet is a combined medication with acetaminophen or aspirin, caffeine, and butalbital. About butalbital it says: He gives it a safety rating of "L3-No Data-Probably Compatible". The folks at InfantRisk will probably be able give you more information on things like how to time nursing so that your baby's exposure to the medication will be minimized.
    3 replies | 178 view(s)
  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:08 AM
    I think that when a mom knows she has oversupply, oversupply should be considered the cause of green and/or mucousy poops. Oversupply is a much more common issue than allergy! When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras. Right?
    5 replies | 155 view(s)
  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:04 AM
    I would go back to the previous pump routine. When baby is >1 year old, I think it makes sense to build the extra insurance into your supply-maintaining efforts. If you end up with more milk than you can use, that's okay- you can keep sending it to daycare even after she is a year old.
    2 replies | 77 view(s)
  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:01 AM
    @llli*mommal replied to a thread Tonight is the night! in Weaning
    I hope it went okay!
    1 replies | 53 view(s)
More Activity