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: Clear All
  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 07:43 AM
    Hang in there momma! Sounds like things are already rebounding. Good to hear you have already found another Ped. Since you were feeding on demand the first few weeks it should be easier to bring your supply back up than if you had been sabotaged from the beginning. As to nipple pain, that is a sign that something is wrong since if all is well, nursing shouldn't hurt. Now a moment of pain when a newborn baby first latches on is fairly common but if that pain continues through the feeding it means there is something amiss. The curled in upper lip tends to cause a shallow latch which not only hurts, but also makes it harder for baby to get as much milk out of the breast which means longer or more frequent feedings and more trouble for mom to keep her milk supply up. Problem is some people take frequent or long nursing sessions to be a cause if a problem when in fact they are a symptom.
    18 replies | 264 view(s)
  • @llli*sassypants's Avatar
    Today, 07:43 AM
    My son never took 2 breast per feeding and so far my daughter is doing the same thing. When I tried for force DS to take both sides per feeding session (because that is what I thought I was supposed to do) he, also, would spit up a bunch of milk.
    4 replies | 88 view(s)
  • @llli*carla1331's Avatar
    Today, 07:31 AM
    Hi everyone.. my son is 2 months old, im now back at work for about 3 weeks and pumping. I have been leaving 4 2.5oz bottles with his caregiver (in-laws). and they feel this isnt enough milk. when nursing my son eats just about every 2 hours/about 10 time a day. Im not sure if i should up his bottles to 3oz (would he still eat every 2 hours?) When my sister watches him she seems to do fine with feeding him 3 bottles of 2.5oz. Part of me feels they just want to feed him at every noise he makes... but im not sure when the right time would be to up his bottles, and would this affect him nursing every 2 hours? thanks everyone!! carla
    0 replies | 0 view(s)
  • @llli*lila.stern's Avatar
    Today, 07:26 AM
    I never knew there was such a thing as an upper lip tie. I will check her mouth tomorrow. She's sleeping now. Will also have the lactation specialist take a look. I did have extreme nipple pains during the 1st few weeks but I think they were the normal pains you go through when you 1st start out with breastfeeding. My nipples have toughened so much now to the point that I wouldn't feel any pain when she would pull or clamp them. lol
    18 replies | 264 view(s)
  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 07:24 AM
    My personal problem has been with low supply and underactive letdown. In my search for help I eventually tried acupuncture. It has only been 48 hours since the second treatment so I'm not drawing final conclusions about the effect on my overall supply. However, I do think it helped a lot with let down and flow, before treatments my Right breast tended to feel congested and was usually painful to nurse even though it has the most supply. Now it seems to flow much better and sometimes is even still normal shaped right after nursing (used to always get compressed before.) Anyway, I have the feeling that acupuncture may be of even more use to women with recurring plug problems or mastitis (in conjunction with antibiotics) and possibly OALD though I'm less sure about that last bit.
    0 replies | 0 view(s)
  • @llli*lila.stern's Avatar
    Today, 07:22 AM
    Exactly. I'm not really into bottles. We only had to use them a couple of days when DD was with the grandparents. And also yesterday. Not sure if this caused the nipple confusion. But the lactation specialist said it could have come from the paci.
    18 replies | 264 view(s)
  • @llli*lila.stern's Avatar
    Today, 07:19 AM
    Before when I fed by the clock she would only poop twice a day, diaper wasn't that full. Now that I have fed her based on her early hunger cues, she had 3 poops today (one was explosive!) The thing is, the same pedi advised I pump between nursing and "top-up" my baby with bottle feeding. :( I found a LATCH consultant as well as a pediatrician who's a lactation specialist. I will meet with her tomorrow. But based on my descriptions she suspects it could be nipple confusion and low milk supply due to the paci. Both were furious that my baby's pedi even suggested i timed her feeds and use a paci. They told me to throw me the pacis away and stop with the bottle feeding. I nursed my baby practically the whole day today. I even nursed lying down as she was taking her naps. I was pumping like crazy after her last feed tonight, all the while I was crying because I couldn't get over the fact that I could have missed a lot of her hunger cues because of the paci in the last 3 weeks. Looking back I can connect everything. She would always get sleepy or fall asleep on the breast. When I put her in her crib, she would wake up after a few minutes and start to cry while sucking her fist.
    18 replies | 264 view(s)
  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 06:22 AM
    I would venture to say that if some one is having difficulty with plugs that acupuncture might be a real help and definitely if some one is having problems with recurring mastitis that it may be very helpful to combine the antibiotic treatment with some acupuncture treatments to help reduce the blockages and keep it from coming back.
    4 replies | 198 view(s)
  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 06:20 AM
    Well we are a day after my 2nd acupuncture treatment and I feel I should probably give another day before I make a final conclusion. However, preliminary conclusion is it did help improve my milk flow/let down, DS does seem able to get his fill quite a bit quicker when I'm full early in the day. My overall supply doesn't seem to have increased nearly so dramatically.
    4 replies | 198 view(s)
  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 06:09 AM
    So now figuring my storage capacity is probably around 2 oz on the Left and 3 oz on the Right. This because we went for a longer than normal stretch last night I was engorged by the morning feed and I did a weigh feed weigh feed weigh this morning he got a total of 4.9 oz, Probably 2 or a bit more from the Left and then the rest from the right. He insisted on pausing in the middle he took the Left and then started on the Right but popped off distracted for a while so I weighed him and went and made some breakfast before trying again on the Right and when he was done I weighed him again. I didn't manage to go pump till about 25 minutes later, I only pumped for 15 minutes and got 1 1/2 oz. So currently it seems to take me between 30-40 minutes to recharge enough that he doesn't fuss immediately when I nurse him after pumping. (If I have just finished pumping and he wants to eat I will normally use the SNS so I can get him latched and going.) I know that the breasts are never truly empty and not to worry about pumping taking away from what baby gets but when baby is too impatient it is really hard. Another thing I've noticed, it seems when I sleep through the alarm and let DS wake me to feed him, he really wakes up more and doesn't want to go back to sleep after eating. If I can manage to wake up and get up to feed him at only 3 or 4 hours then it often (not always) works out as dream feed and it is easy to go back to bed with him. Last night he went about 6...
    124 replies | 4426 view(s)
  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 05:39 AM
    How is his weight gain? Is nursing comfortable? If those are both good then, Have you tried wearing him in a carrier, wrap, sling or K'tan, then you can be up and around while he sleeps next to you. Of course remember that nursing is not Just about eating but also for comfort and thurst and bonding and easing pain/anxiety. Could he be teething? Or be sick? those two things will mess with nursing behavior.
    1 replies | 61 view(s)
  • @llli*egibson0308's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:02 PM
    Hi ladies I have a three week old daughter that I feed with breast milk but I have to pump and feed her with a bottle. Her stools have been yellow and she has been very gassy. Seems like every time she stretches or grunts she has spotty stool. Is there something I am eating that I shouldn't? Also could someone explain fore milk and hind milk? Could she be getting more fore milk than hind milk? I pump every three hours and if I'm out I stretch it to four hours. Thanks in advance!
    0 replies | 54 view(s)
  • @llli*danalea's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:30 PM
    My son and I were doing well nursing until a couple days ago. He now puts his hands in his mouth and cries uncontrollably until I give him a breast more times than not. Sometimes he will nurse just like before. Most of the time he nurses for 2-5 minutes then "falls asleep". Any sound or movement will set him off again. I end up sitting for 20-30 minutes but he is only sucking for 6-7 minutes of that time. Gentle encouragement like a part in the but don't seem to provoke any response. His good feeding sessions are 12-15 minutes long. Is he hungry and trying to get more milk? Am I doing something wrong? Or has he just decided he needs to be close to mommy all the time? I'm an active person and sitting for long periods to feed him is one thing. Just sitting there because he won't let me do anything else is driving me crazy. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    1 replies | 61 view(s)
  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:12 PM
    Here you go: block nursing http://www.nancymohrbacher.com/blog/tag/block-feeding and http://cwgenna.com/blockfeeding.html here are tips on dealing with plugs http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/17_dealingwithplugsblebs.pdf and http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/mastitis/ and here is a thread of a mom going thru something similar http://forums.llli.org/showthread.php?120908-Help-couldn-t-get-rid-of-the-plugged-duct-or-lump As mommal points out, Plugs happen, not because of overproduction, but because milk is not being removed from the breasts adequately enough and/or frequently enough (and also, some moms are simply more prone to them than others.) When dealing with both overproduction and plugs, it is a bit of a dance figuring out how best to approach it. The way I usually look at is that the more immediate issue is the plugs, so doing what needs to be done for those , even if it increases production temporarily, is ok. But this may not be the case in every situation.
    5 replies | 124 view(s)
  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:53 PM
    Hi, sorry I have a some questions myself if you do not mind! What kind of pump is it? Does it appear to fit you correctly? Is pumping comfortable? How long are your typical pump sessions? Are you able to pump both sides at once? And how many times each 24 hours do you pump and (about) how many times does baby nurse in 24 hours would you guess? So right now, you are supplementing 1.5 ox 5 times a day-for a total of 7.5 ounces per 24 hours, always with the sns? And how is weight gain now? Do you know why the suggested supplement amount was increased? Did you and your LC discuss IGT? Did she take a development/reproductive history? Is there any reason to suspect any hormonal issues? As I am guessing you know, how the breasts look is often not going to tell much on it's own.
    3 replies | 138 view(s)
  • @llli*krystine's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:41 PM
    Congratulations on your twins and for making it through the first month! My twins just turned 1 yr. When they were that little, I rolled up burp cloths or receiving blankets under their necks when I nursed simultaneously, which frankly wasn't often because I had difficulties with it but I know it can be a big time saver so good for you. I would recommend using blankets rolled under their necks and also one on the insides of both of their heads to help stabilize them and from rolling inward. Also, on your tandem nursing pillow, put regular bed pillows under it, next to your legs to support its sides. Does that make sense? There are some good photos of twins nursing available, check out the link Meg posted. Karen K Gromoda is a great resource! (she's also on a site I'm on, if you're interested, there is a Naturally Parenting Twins Facebook page and group if you'd like to join, lots of bf-ing and other natural parenting support there).
    2 replies | 79 view(s)
  • @llli*ehoneybee's Avatar
    8 replies | 188 view(s)
  • @llli*elisabet's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:36 PM
    I thought that I had to night wean my then 18m old girl before a night-away from her. I was so stressed out and sought advise here on this forum. She was with her grandparents for a day and a half when us parents went to a wedding. Her grandmother is very much co-weaning after 9m..! Anyway I didnt get my self to the point to night wean. She co-sleeps and they had her in bed with them the whole night. She woke up maybe 3-5 times crying but always settled after few minutes. When we got back from the wedding I nursed her and just kept on doing what we have been doing :) She is still nursing during the night (20m old) but she does not fall a sleep with the breast. And she does not get the breast if she wakes up before I get in bed. But that´s another story ;)
    3 replies | 231 view(s)
  • @llli*elisabet's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:59 PM
    The thing I would like to be more brave about is to nurse my child in front of others, like in the livingroom when we watch TV or when we sit and talk in the kitchen. Or in a coffee-house! I hate that Im so coloured by this common society "rule"! It was no big deal when she was younger though.
    7 replies | 289 view(s)
  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:36 PM
    Great things can come in small packages. Great people too. :)
    8 replies | 188 view(s)
  • @llli*lalalola777's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:33 PM
    Sorry for the delay in responding but I had trouble logging in! Thanks for your response. I'm bfing my second who is 2 wks 3 days old. By 1 wk she had lost 10% of birth weight and wasn't gaining at all so the LC told me to supplement with 1oz of formula 5 x / day (then told me several days later to increase to 1.5 oz 5 x / day). This is my 2nd baby and with my first I was determined to ebf but had problems and she lost a lot of weight and looked terrible by the time she was several weeks old so I finally gave in and began supplementing with formula but continued to offer the breast and continued that way till she was 18 months old. So I started giving baby supplements earlier this time because I didn't want a repeat of what happened with my first. Basically they both were pretty sleepy at the breast but I'm not sure if my milk supply had been low because she is sleepy or she's sleepy because my milk supply is low. Also she was slightly jaundiced which makes babies sleepier also. With both babies I always nurse on demand, cosleep, skin to skin etc. Latch is good and baby has a good strong suck (when she isn't sleepy). This time around I started taking fenugreek and goat's rue as well as the other typical things to boost supply ( oatmeal, brewer's yeast, tea etc). Also I am using a SNS for supplemental feedings and hoping there is still a way we can ebf. I've read about IGT and as far as physical appearance goes I feel that I could have it but I haven't been...
    3 replies | 138 view(s)
  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:29 PM
    Hi and welcome! Congratulations on your dear babies. How old are your twins adjusted age? Is their head control and airway issues due to size or gestational age? I saw in your other post you said nursing leaning back won't work, because they cannot hold their heads up yet. But brand newborns can and do nurse with mom in a leaning back position. The vast majority of the research on this positioning (biological nurturing) was done on brand newborns of a few hours or days old, while still in the hospital or shortly after. I nursed two of mine this way starting right after they were born, I could not sit up as I had them via cesarian. Even my daughter who was 37 weeks gestation was able to latch and nurse right after birth as I lay leaning back in the hospital bed. Now, I did not have two newborn babies to hold at once! This certainly presents more challenges. But I have seen pictures of twins simultaneously nursing in what I would consider a 'laid back' position. Is your primary concern being able to nurse both at once, or nurse (pain free) at all? Are you having any more success with latch when nursing one at a time? Have you tried a nursing pillow, one for twins specifically or other? also, do you typically have someone helping you at this point or not usually? How many times a day do your babies typically nurse and are you also needing to pump and/or supplement with either your milk, donor milk, or formula? ? If bottles are used for supplementing, how is that done? ...
    2 replies | 79 view(s)
  • @llli*risajs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:33 PM
    I'm having very similar issues, but can't do the reclining pose because I have infant twins and can't hold both their airways well on my chest at the same time. Do you have other suggestions? They start out with deep latches, but always go shallow on the high flow side causing pain, blisters and vasospasms.
    5 replies | 269 view(s)
  • @llli*ehoneybee's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:20 PM
    The measurements have been wonky from the beginning. He was measured 3x this last time, so I know it's right. Last visit, who knows? He's still small, but I know that's irrelevant unless he's losing weight. Thank you so much, all of you, for the encouraging words. To add to the worry, his feet are so small (size 3! ) so it's more than just height :/. He's happy, healthy, and regular, so I take comfort in that.
    8 replies | 188 view(s)
  • @llli*zaynethepain's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:14 PM
    http://drsircus.com/medicine/magnesium/uses-of-magnesium-oil http://empoweredsustenance.com/himalayan-salt-benefits/ I agree with the advice to call infant risk. I'm not sure what levels of oral magnesium are safe. I use Epsom salts and magnesium chloride applied externally to supplement my family. I use 4-6 sprays of the oil as a deodorant daily and another spray or two if I feel my energy draining late in the day. We also drink sole which is a salt water solution. The recipe and benefits are in the second link. I definitely notice a difference in my energy when I take it first thing in the morning.
    2 replies | 74 view(s)
  • @llli*risajs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:13 PM
    So my twins are one month old, can't hold airways or their heads up yet. Have been using the football/clutch method with the brestfriend pillow and they latch great and have been gaining weight. Except my nipples are Always creased afterwards, sometimes with blood blisters. When I started nursing them, I used nipple shields and have been trying to wean them off because they get a better milk supply without them. But it hurts too much without the shields after 2 days. Then I have to put them back on. I've tried everything. They open their mouths super wide, get all the aeriola in there, I make sure their chest is to my chest and not facing up, I don't have the nose touching the breast but I do have the cheek touching the breast. But I can't seem to get the latch correctly. If I feed them one by one with the cradle hold, I don't have issues. But I would rather feed them simultaneously with the pillow. I've tried other holds with both at the same time and can't get a good latch because they are too small to be on top of each other, or the V position. I don't know what to do and hate breastfeeding. Any other tips from twin moms?
    2 replies | 79 view(s)
  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:05 PM
    teething and drooling could cause it, and also the night and daytime fussies
    3 replies | 89 view(s)
  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:59 PM
    I expect Meg will come along with links about block feeding, it is only appropriate if your problem really is overproduction and not just OALD.
    5 replies | 124 view(s)
More Activity