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  • @llli*hawkeye-mom's Avatar
    Today, 10:51 AM
    Thank you for your help. He's just doing something different and it causes me anxiety. I'm just worried that he's hungry, but maybe he went through a growth spurt and that's why he doesn't want to nurse as long/he's falling asleep more. Sorry for all the questions, I just worry and he's different than my daughter was. I just need/want reassurance! I'm lucky that that's my only issue with breastfeeding right now and it's not a real issue.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:08 AM
    I hate to sound like a broken record, especially since using that phrase really dates me, but... Spitting up is entirely normal for the first several months of life. This is not in any way a pathology on it's own. Aside from the reading I have done on this, I once attended a two hour lecture by a pediatrician entitled "Spit Happens." The gist of the whole thing- spit up is normal. If there are other signs of things being amiss, then the spit up may be related or it may not. If you think your baby is ill, then seeing a pediatrician makes sense. Not sure what you would see an LC for in this case. It sounds like you are concerned baby might be dehydrated, (from spitting up?) so I want to assure you that a baby who is getting enough breastmilk to gain normally and poop as much as your baby is could not possibly be dehydrated. Breastmilk is the most perfectly hydrating substance known to man. I do agree that tons of burping is usually unnecessary and may actually cause more spit up. Air will usually come up easily on its own when baby is held in a head above tummy position, or find its way out later.
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  • @llli*hawkeye-mom's Avatar
    Today, 08:24 AM
    So another update. Little guy is still spitting up most days. Some days he doesn't, but usually we get one really large spit up. Yesterday he had about three in a row, one during a nursing session that seemed to be going just fine. A few times he only nursed for like 2 minutes when he usually nurses at least 7 or 8. We went to a small get together last night and he did do his cluster feeding that he has started the last couple nights and had no problems. However, during the night, he woke up three times, two of the times only nursing for like 2 minutes before falling asleep. This morning, before going out of town, he started nursing and spit up all over. He also wasn't nursing well - kept coming off the breast and then relatching. Think that is partly my fault: after I'd have a let down, he sometimes would come off, I think to catch his breath, so I would try to burp him because he gets a lot of air. We'll then I started doing it every time he came off, probably frustrating him. Sometimes he wouldn't continue nursing when I put him back on. Do I need to get him checked out at the ped. or lactation consultant, or should I just go back to completely unrestricted nursing (no burping) and see how he is on Monday? Our lactation consultants have a free weigh clinic on Mondays that you can go to to have them check things out. He is still gaining weight, probably up to 12 lbs now at 7 weeks today me has at least 4 poops a day and 8 to 10 wet diapers and if he cries, he...
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  • @llli*ourajewel's Avatar
    Today, 06:50 AM
    Hi all- I'm having some issues with breastfeeding my 5 month old baby. Overall, our breastfeeding journey has been pretty smooth and very enjoyable. I sort of took it for granted until I had a few days where my milk supply dropped for seemingly no reason, and it really made me appreciate being able to breastfeed him as easily as I'd been able to. It also really made it clear that I want to be able to continue to do so as long as possible. However, around 4 months or so, my baby started to become extremely distracted while feeding. Now, he refuses to breastfeed in public, even under a blanket or feeding cover. When we are at home, I've tried to eliminate as many distractions as possible. I've tried feeding him a dark room and even turning my chair towards the wall, and nothing seems to help. He will eat for a few minutes, then turn his head to look at something, or start making noises and sounds and playing. Then he'll turn back and take another sip, and pull off and look around the room again. It goes on like that until I finally get so frustrated that I give up after like an hour. I don't even know if he's getting enough milk because I seem to be more engorged and pumping more at the end of the day. Sometimes, I'll feed him a bottle of expressed milk because he'll just be playing the entire time he's trying to breastfeed, and it's easier to keep that in his mouth while he looks around the room at least. He always drinks the whole thing. The issue is compounded by...
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  • @llli*jloj's Avatar
    Today, 06:40 AM
    My 13 month old has been nursing when she wakes up and before bed, and will drink regular milk from a sippy cup during the day. However, she never asks to nurse, it's always me offering. She'll nurse for a few minutes on each side (at most) and then goes back to playing. This morning my husband offered her a sippy cup of milk when she woke up and she seemed to not even care that she hadn't nursed. I've tried researching this but can't figure out if she's weaning herself (since she never asks to nurse) or if she's just too distracted to ask (since she will still eat when I offer). My goal was to nurse for a year and then just see what happens but I think emotionally I'm having a harder time letting go than I thought I would and am clearly confused on if she's weaning herself or what's going on. Any other mamas go through the same thing? Thank you for any help!!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:18 AM
    How do you feel about breastfeeding straight from the breast at this point? I know your initial goal was to nurse to 6 months, but sometimes we hit a point where we have to readjust our initial goals. I know I hit that point at around 10 months with my first kid- I had a solid plan in place to wean her at 12 months, but 10 months rolled around and I realized that I was actually enjoying nursing her, and that breastfeeding had become my all-purpose mothering tool and not just a feeding preference. So I altered my plan and nursed far beyond my initial goal. Having 1000 oz- a huge amount of milk!-in the freezer suggests that pumping may be perpetuating oversupply and pain related to oversupply. If you are still pumping at this point, what would you say to phasing it out and seeing if your supply adjusts to be more in tune with the baby? I agree with Krystine- I'd rather feed my baby human milk that has some Diflucan in it than formula. So if you stick with your initial plan to stop nursing at 6 months, I would feel free to use that vast stash of expressed milk.
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  • @llli*mama.marie's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:09 PM
    I recently experienced something similar with my daughter who just turned one. In our case it turned out to be teething. She had all four molars coming in at once, at least we got that out of the way! I think she was just so uncomfortable that nursing wasn't helping. We are using a Baltic amber necklace, no idea how much it really helps but we're going with it anyway! Unfortunately we had to resort to Tylenol a couple of nights, just to get us through the thick of it. It's been a couple of weeks and we're close to back to normal. Good luck mama, I hope it passes for you soon!
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:05 PM
    The 24-Hour Online Global Meeting starts in an hour! :) LLL Leaders Kristina and Merewyn from New Zealand will lead the first hour of the meeting in English. https://www.facebook.com/groups/LLLIGlobalMeeting/
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  • @llli*krystine's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:50 PM
    He sounds like my 5 week old. She likes to nurse. I'm not worried about frequent nursing or wanting to sleep latched on.
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  • @llli*krystine's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:45 PM
    I wouldn't worry about it being in your milk and would consider it infinity better than formula.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    September 29th, 2016, 09:26 PM
    :ita with mommal but I have to add that I also really think it makes much more sense to just keep nursing while you take the medication you need. If you would like more information on balancing the risk of baby nursing while you take these meds vs. baby not nursing for such a substantial length of time, see the book Medications and Mothers Milk or call infantrisk.
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    September 29th, 2016, 08:57 PM
    Ok, so several of you know I've been battling yeast for ages now. Still not 100%. I'm on my 3rd round of Diflucan. Finished with it in a week. Baby hit 4 months today. Goal was to BF until 6 months, then use my stash of milk in the deep freezer until that runs out then switch to formula. However, I just started to think about it. He's been getting my BM that has Diflucan in it for basically 2 months now, and then if I give him all of this milk that has it as well... that means he will getting Diflucant through my milk for... a long time. Right now I have close to 1000oz all from while I've been on the Diflucan. Is that even safe? I feel like having a baby on that for 4 months essentially isn't good... Any ideas? Tips? Should I just switch over to formula at 6 months.. or wait and get rid of my stash I currently have and start to build it up again once I am off the Diflucan? What do you guys think?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    September 29th, 2016, 06:42 PM
    If baby is gaining well with your milk as his primary food source, then this isn't a supply issue. My guess is that your second guess- that baby is hVing difficulty finding his way back to sleep because the formerly reliable nurse-to-sleep trick isn't working right now- is the correct one. It seems that some older babies go through phases of night-waking where that does happen- usually moms describe babies who wake up in the middle of the night ready to play, but that can't be the only type of sleep disturbance out there. Hang in there! I have no idea how to fix this... Except time? Especially if teething is to blame, which seems possible.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    September 29th, 2016, 06:35 PM
    Welcome to the forum! I think the best thing you can do is to stop worrying. It's completely normal for there to be no feeling of fullness at 19 months, and also for milk supply to seem to be dwindling. Older babies who are getting lots of nutrition from solids need less milk, and part of the long journey towards complete weaning is for milk supply to gradually decrease as the baby eats more solids. But the key word here is "gradually". As long as you nurse the baby when he wants to be nursed, you will produce the right amount of milk for his needs. It may be less than before, but it will still have his intake. If you decide that not worrying is not an approach you can live with, then it wouldn't hurt to try some herbal remedies for increasing supply, like fenugreek tea and oatmeal. They can produce a small boost in supply for some moms, and at the very least make you feel like you are doing something to remedy a troubling situation.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    September 29th, 2016, 06:31 PM
    Welcome to the forum! In this situation, I would definitely just breastfeed the baby. A week off from nursing is not something you want to do unless you must- too much misery for both mom and baby, too great a chance that the baby will decide that he's now a bottlefed baby and doesn't feel like nursing any more. This is true even of babies who have always had an easy time going back and forth between bottle and breast, because there is a big difference between getting bottles part-time and getting them exclusively for days on end. The risks of antibiotics to the baby are minimal. At the very worst, you would be looking at some diarrhea due to the baby's gut flora being perturbed. But even that is not a given as the quantity of antibiotic in your milk may be too small to bother the baby's digestive system. Also, as far as I know it is not true that it's better for a baby to build his immunity without antibiotics. Immune system development is a complicated process, and I have never seen any evidence that short term, low level exposure to maternal antibiotics does anything to a baby. If you're still not convinced, then yes, it's okay to use up that stored milk provided proper storage guidlines have been followed. The milk is just as nutritious for a 6 month old as it is for a 6 week old. I know there is a lot of chatter about how milk adjusts to meet a baby's needs, but the changes in composition are dramatically overstated. You can safely feed milk...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    September 29th, 2016, 06:20 PM
    :ita I would be on the phone yelli- er... I mean "speaking emphatically" to customer service. If the first person you get on the phone won't help you, ask to be transferred up the chain to the manager. They may be able to authorize a refund or other remuneration that the underling can't. And because they are in management, they will think their time is valuable and do what it takes to get you off the phone.
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    September 29th, 2016, 10:11 AM
    Join La Leche League International (LLLI) live online on October 1st, 2016 for our first-ever 24-hour breastfeeding support meeting! https://www.facebook.com/groups/LLLIGlobalMeeting/ If you are: expecting a baby, a new mother struggling to breastfeed, facing challenges or concerns at any stage of parenting,
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  • @llli*moredonuts's Avatar
    September 29th, 2016, 09:00 AM
    I'm hoping for some ideas as to what is causing a new (and exhausting) nighttime behavior. My 1 year old son has never slept through the night - not even close - but up until now breastfeeding could pretty reliably get him back to sleep. We finally mastered the side lying position and I was content to let the all night feeding continue because I barely woke up. The past two weeks, however, he has not been able to fall back asleep. He latches for a bit, whines, and crawls away. Sometimes he tries to find the other breast, sometimes he seems like he is looking for a more comfortable position as he crawls all over us and the bed. If I just let him do his thing he gets progressively more frustrated and the whines become cries. This happens every few hours and the wake times can last for 1-2 hours. If I offer the breast again he might try it for a few sucks, but goes back to the whining and crawling around. I have two ideas as to why he is doing this and I am looking for other help/suggestions: 1) Frustrated with not enough milk? I am of two minds on this one because one the one hand I am sure I do not have as much milk as a few months ago. On the other hand, he has always gained really well. In fact, he was at the pediatrician's yesterday and they said maybe he was gaining too well. His solid food intake is minimal due to a swallowing issue we just got a PT referral for so most of the weight comes from milk. Even if it was a milk supply issue I am not sure how much I...
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  • @llli*sashaamb's Avatar
    September 29th, 2016, 07:02 AM
    See Kellymom.com, but yes, it is the suggested range until 1 year old. Until 1, babies need 19-30 oz of BM a day, the average being 24/25 oz per day. Kellymom has an expressed BM calculator so you can figure out the *approximate* number of oz per bottle based on the oz per day and the number of nursing sessions. I still rely on those numbers and my babe eats increasingly more solids, also mostly BLW style. If your babe eats solids pretty well, milk intake is probably at the lower end of the range. http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/milkcalc/ http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/milkcalc/#solids
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  • @llli*maggiechicago's Avatar
    September 29th, 2016, 04:08 AM
    lol !!! i know vacuum and sometimes even hair dryer work too :) which is great so I can do my hair once in a blue moon :) he is higher maintenance compared to my other two but he is my last and i still feel bad he missed out on early snuggles due to billi lights. yeah the feeling of being deflated is a confidence bust but i know the emptier the breast the more milk production
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