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  • @llli*kaylaq52's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:57 PM
    I would assume she was satisfied if she was not crying after the breast and rooting and putting hands in mouth, etc. All of these things are indicating to me that she is still hungry. She does not typically behave this way after a couple ounces in the bottle. I I have been trying everything today, first I tried to feed when I knew she was not very hungry and she didn't have much interest in it. Then I tried waiting until she was very hungry but she just got frustrated at that point. Then she started latching and unlatching repeatedly and flailing her arms after I tried to put her back to the breast after the bottle. Nothing has seemed to work. We both end up crying at the end of every attempt. :(
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:45 PM
    If a baby is getting a significant amount of nutrition from solids, the formula would no longer apply. As I posted above, that formula (which is actually 1 to 1.5 ounces per hour) is based on the idea that an exclusively breastfed baby needs about 25-35 ounces of breastmilk per 24 hours. We know that this is the average intake for an exclusively nursing baby who gains normally. If a baby is old enough and is getting enough ounces of solids, then they would not need as much breastmilk. This is never a problem when a baby is nursed, because it is not as if more milk at the breast than baby strictly needs is in any way a problem. It isn't. But when a baby is partly bottle fed, there are many reasons to avoid overfeeding with bottles. Also what caloric intake is actually required for a one year old is unclear, and of course will also vary child to child. But it is certainly not more than a younger baby because a one year old is not gaining nearly as quickly.
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  • @llli*livingtemple's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:17 PM
    Is the 1-1.25oz per hour of separation for EXCLUSIVELY BF'd babies, or does this formula apply for babies who take solids? Mine usually eats 2-3 solid food meals per day, mostly BLW-style (with occasional spoon feedings of things like yogurt, soup, etc.).
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  • @llli*mrsgraham's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:12 PM
    I am currently nursing my 2 year old to sleep. She continues to share a room wit us with her toddler bed on the floor in our room. What worked for us at that age was for me to GET IN the crib and nurse her to sleep. We always started her in her own bed then move her to our bed at first wake. Another idea would be what other posters said: cot on the floor next to your bed or bedsharing. When my daughter was 1 1/2, we invested in a king size mattress and put it on the floor of our bedroom without the box spring, so it's the perfect height. There is PLENTY of room for the 3 of us.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:13 PM
    Newborn babies spend their days either nursing or sleeping. There is no evidence that babies should have some length of awake time when they are not nursing. Some babies have this, some do not, and most come to something like that some of the time when they are 1-2 months old but not before. If a baby is nursing 10-12 times or more per 24 hours and not gaining normally, it is possible there is some issue with baby not being able to get enough at the breast. It is all about weight gain! Because behavior is rarely a good indication of whether a baby is getting enough, partly because there are many different variations of normal infant behavior, and mostly because our expectations of how a newborn "should" behave are based on decades of babies being grossly overfed with large scheduled bottles rather than based on the biologically normal behavior of baby nursing and getting a very high frequency of very small meals.
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  • @llli*christine.coff's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:59 AM
    I wonder the same with ,y four week old. I have another post asking for advice on triple feeding, as I am in that hell right now, and am afraid I've pumped myself into oversupply, as with pumping seven times a day after feeds only for 15 min, I am pumping 30-35 oz a day on top of nursing exclusively and topping off baby with six oz extra expressed BM. I started this regimen after her weight remained steady at seven lbs for seven days, no gain, she started gaining appropriately on eight oz additional, so we have cut down to only six extra. She does the same though at times, will nurse, fall asleep after only a few minutes, then as soon as she wakes again, she's rooting like she's starving? Rooting, fussing, eating her hands. I nurse again, same thing over and over. She always sucks down the supplemental bottle readily. I have noticed her seeming to actively nurse better as she has gotten a little older (she was also a 37 weeker). Today is actually the first day she nursed well this morning, and had a significant (45 m or so) awake time withOUT rooting and fussing!! So that behavior is what I am considering to mean "satisfied," the constant rooting and eating hands is what I also consider or fear to be hunger, hunger that isn't being satisfied at the Breast. We have a weigh in Thursday and I fully plan on decreasing my pumping regimen at that time if her weight is going good. I cannot maintain this pumping schedule, it's killing me.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:46 AM
    Ok, nursing pain is a real problem. It is also a very common and usually solvable problem. That is something that your best bet is to see an IBCLC who is able to take the time to work on latch and positioning with you. They can also possibly examine baby to see if there is some physical barrier to a comfortable latch. I will link some good articles below, but latch issues are basically why the profession of the IBCLC was invented in the first place. A LLL Leader is a volunteer who also may help a great deal with latch and positioning. Just having someone experienced to eyeball the issue usually leads to a solution. It is way premature to suggest exclusive pumping, which in the longer run is far harder and also you lose many of the benefits of nursing baby at the breast. I am sure DH is trying to be supportive. I suggest, ask him to take over taking care of you and the house, washing bottle and pump parts, holding baby skin to skin when you need a break, etc. so you can concentrate on figuring out latch and learning your baby's rhythms. Skin to skin contact can be very helpful at this stage because it is calming to baby and increases gain simply because it reduces stress on baby. And this can be done by mom or dad or grandma etc. Basically all it means is snuggling baby on the adults bare chest with baby in a diaper only. If this is not comfortable, just holding baby this way while clothed is also helpful. Newborn babies need to nurse a minimum of 8 times in 24...
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