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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 09:31 AM
    Yeah, I've heard that night milk, for example, has melatonin to help baby sleep better. I once read an article talking about pumping during the day so dad can give a bottle at night while mom sleeps. The article said that wasn't even beneficial since "day" milk was being fed in the middle of the night, and the baby would lose out on the melatonin. Rather nurse at night. But of course everyone should do what's best for her and her baby! I always pump by day, only rarely do I pump by night, and my baby is only being given bottles by day. On a side note, what's if I give my baby who is now 6 mos old milk from my freezer from when he was 1 month old (the milk is ok)? Like does it have things my baby doesn't need now or the opposite - not having things my baby needs now?
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  • @llli*undergroundmuse's Avatar
    Today, 09:22 AM
    Hi Momma, So sorry you came down with mastitis, I had it 3 times :(. The first time it got cleared out without antibiotics, the second and the third time I hade to take them. Flukoxacillin didn't help so I got Clindamycin. Even though I eventually recovered I do not recommend it, LO was gassy and now we treat her for C. Difficile. All three times I noticed reduced supply and LO refused to nurse on that side. I tasted my milk and it was salty. I felt worse after 3 days, got fever over 100, they took my CRP blood levels, it was elevated so I got antibiotics. It's best to have your milk tested if you are worried. My milk was positive for S. Aureus twice, but it doesn't mean you have it too. I had lumps for about 10 days even during the AB treatment, it got cleared out by nursing on the affected side first and then switching to the other, if LO wants to. This is what I did and never got mastitis again - I put a wet towel in the micro, use it as a warm compress (re-heat towel if neccessary, but don't use too hot), nurse or pump if LO doesn't want to. Then I hand express until I see the last drop but breast is never fully empty. I guess this helps promote the lactation on the affected side so you get your supply back sooner, I got it back to original levels after about one week. Then I soak the towel in some tap water (room temperature) and wrap the breast for a minute or longer if you are comfortable with it, but it's not neccessary. I used to take a warm shower after...
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 09:21 AM
    Lol, my son had a five month fussies too :) (now he's six months). Another possibility is a growth spurt. My son had one at about 4 months. He had tons of extra nursing, much less sleeping and general bad-moodiness.
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Today, 09:07 AM
    Congratulations, that's wonderful! In my experience breastfeeding gets all the more enjoyable once you're done with the hassle of pumping. Enjoy your toddler nursing! :)
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Today, 09:04 AM
    Wow, I learn new things every day on these forums! I can assure you that I never did that with my three babies (who drank expressed milk while I was at work) and they've all grown and developed appropriately!
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Today, 08:35 AM
    LLLI Updates Breastfeeding Counsellor Eligibility Criteria 21 April 2014 SCHAUMBURG, Illinois, USA The Board of Directors of La Leche League International (LLLI) has updated the organization’s internal policy regarding eligibility to apply for volunteer positions as breastfeeding counsellors. The preamble of La Leche League International bylaws states: “La Leche League International (LLLI) is a worldwide, educational, nonsectarian, nondiscriminatory service organization which has been incorporated in Illinois as a general not-for-profit cooperation.” As a nondiscriminatory organization in Illinois, USA, applicants for volunteer breastfeeding counsellor positions cannot be considered ineligible based on factors such as gender, race, religion, physical disability, marital status, financial or social position, or political or social views. As the cultural understanding of gender has expanded, it is now recognised that some men are able to breastfeed. In the spirit of nondiscrimination and with this awareness, La Leche League International has refined the eligibility qualifications for its volunteer breastfeeding counsellors to include men who otherwise meet the prerequisites for becoming a volunteer applicant. Prerequisites include organizational experience, personal experience breastfeeding a baby for at least nine months, and a demonstrated commitment to La Leche League philosophy.
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  • @llli*ajb's Avatar
    Today, 08:27 AM
    Thanks for the tips! Yesterday after I wrote he outright refused the affected breast, so I had to nurse the other and pump the affected. After he finished the good side, he wasn't actually crying for more, so we were able to save what I pumped. And by his next feed when he was a little calmer/sleepier, he nursed very well on both. And he has since been nursing the affected breast very well, and seems satisfied. His output his been normal. But we probably supplemented about 3-4 oz total yesterday. Not a huge amount, but I will avoid supplementing today and see what happens. I pumped almost 2oz from that breast in the middle of the night, which is a little more than the night before, so I'm feeling positive. Any advice about setting an alarm to pump? My baby is sleeping a 6-7 hrs stretch, so the past two nights I've set an alarm 3.5 hrs after he's gone to bed to pump. This is just so I can avoid the pain I experienced that first night. Am I just making it so that I could possibly have this issue again? Should I try to let my body adjust to his sleeping longer by not pumping? I would eventually like to NOT wake to pump, obviously.
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 07:46 AM
    Thanks. I am a worrier and that was exactly my concern-that sometimes moms take such directions as rules rather than guides. but when I thought about it more I could see that clearly you have a good sense of your body and your baby and are following your own path based on that, always smart.
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  • @llli*sassypants's Avatar
    Today, 07:38 AM
    Does he need to nurse, or just need to touch you. Sometimes with DS if he was waking up frequently I could reach out my hand and rub his stomach for a few seconds and he would fall right back to sleep. Sometimes he would actually wiggle his way over to me and press his body right up against mine and sleep longer that way.
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  • @llli*avesnovuelan's Avatar
    Today, 07:29 AM
    The other thing I do is play white noise all night. It helps both of us fall back asleep quickly after each position change.
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  • @llli*anneika's Avatar
    Today, 07:06 AM
    Yes, we cosleep (we don't own a crib) and I do nurse side-lying. I've been really thankful that this past week my DS has started latching by himself so I just have to point the nipple in his direction (I'm sure this helps with sleeping...maybe I just need to catch up on sleep before I feel less tired).
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:03 AM
    :ita Co-sleeping and side-lying nursing are the only way I got through the frequent wake-ups. Also, try to nap when the baby naps- even if you're just closing your eyes for 5 minutes it should help- and if you have a clock in your bedroom, turn it to the wall. Night wakings are more upsetting when the clock is there to tell you exactly how long it has been since you were last up and how many times you have been up.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:00 AM
    Congratulations on making it to the first year- and beyond! It's always nice to hear from someone who has been quietly present (isn't that a nicer way to say "lurking"?:D) but still getting a lot out of the forum!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:57 AM
    Don't worry too much about supply. Trust your baby to bring it up to where he needs it to be, simply by nursing. There should be no great need for pumping, except as a replacement for the nursing your baby isn't doing and as a treatment for any residual lumps. And you definitely want to avoid supplementing, provided the baby's diaper output stays normal (keep a careful eye on that for now). Supplementing just allows your baby to go longer without nursing, forces you to rely on the pump, and teaches your baby that acting fussy and refusing to nurse is going to be rewarded with a bottle- all of which are bad for supply and for breastfeeding in general. It's totally normal for a baby to be extremely fussy during/after a bout of mastitis. First of all, the flow speed may suddenly be less than he likes, and second, when milk sits in the breast for a long time it tends to get salty and a lot of babies don't like the taste. But don't give him the option to avoid nursing by using the bottle, right? If this were me, I would: - Nurse as much as possible, always offering the affected breast first and also at the conclusion of a feeding - Pump if the baby is refusing the affected breast or if you still have lots of lumps to work out - Get lots of rest - Do breast massage, warm soaks, and cool compresses on the affected side - Keep an eye on diaper output- if that is normal, no need to supplement!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:43 AM
    :ita Go see a nutritionist. Babies have unique needs that aren't easy to meet with a vegan diet. I mean, it's certainly possible to give a baby a healthy vegan diet, but it's not easy, especially when you consider how picky babies and toddlers can be.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:41 AM
    Can you describe the pain some more? Is it more of a bruised feeling, more of a sharp, piercing pain, or more of an itching/burning? In general, the best way to heal from breast damage is to continue to remove milk, to get plenty of rest, and to trust your body to do its job.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:37 AM
    :ita Don't worry about it and don't drive yourself crazy over this extraordinarily minor issue. Pumping is hard enough. No need to make it even more difficult. :)
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 06:20 AM
    your milk changes as the baby grows and yes it changes based on time of day but if you are pumping your own milk to give the baby breast milk when you are not there, there is no way to co-ordinate that milk with the time of day and age of the baby, that milk is for future use since the time which you pumped it will have passed by the time you give it to the baby. Don't go driving yourself crazy. Your Breast Milk is good for your baby no matter what time of day it was pumped.
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  • @llli*avesnovuelan's Avatar
    Today, 06:08 AM
    You could also pump one side while leaving him latched on the other. Sometimes I get a better letdown that way since baby is still stimulating my hormone production.
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  • @llli*avesnovuelan's Avatar
    Today, 06:06 AM
    Do you cosleep? Nurse side-lying? I've learned to fall asleep while DD nurses that way.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 02:30 AM
    don't worry, I'm not going to yank the baby off the breast according to the clock if he is actively feeding. I'm taking the instruction more as a guide to encourage active feeding to take place earlier on and to switch or go pump when he is simply napping on the breast. And he does still get some times to take longer since I will leave him sleep nursing while I finish eating or I'll let him latch on to sleep when I come back to bed after pumping.
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  • @llli*ziwa's Avatar
    Today, 12:11 AM
    Thanks so much for the responses girls!! It's so nice to have a breastfeeding community to learn, get new ideas and hear other points of view. I would never dare discuss any issues outside this forum, knowing how people around us feel about our parenting style, so this is lovely! Because of my husband, who helps me wherever possible, the disturbed nights are still doable. Tiresome, but hopefully we can stick it out. I feel confident and patient with DS during the day, but mainly because DS is relatively easy going! Without patience I'd have a problem, as it seems to be the reason why he does things he doesn't want initially, like saying bye to a toy before bed time, or to the exciting escalator when leaving the mall, or walking over and sitting on the changing mat for a diaper change, just because of giving him some time to accept it - it works like magic for him! This might not last, but we're enjoying it while it works! So if my patience does go out the door (I hope not!!) we really would need a plan B... (the no cry sleep solution book?) Iron deficiency in our pale-skinned toddler is indeed my worry and I might have to pay more attention to iron intake myself. Our GP provided a referral letter, but she wasn't too worried, seeing that DS is also fair haired and blue eyed. But it is great to hear minimum solids intake at this age does not necessarily mean iron deficiency! Someone suggested giving DS probiotics to help with absorption of nutrients and iron - would...
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  • @llli*carm3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:56 PM
    I've never heard of any such rule - I can't imagine how complicated that would make life! The only thing I've heard that is remotely close to that is that they try to match the nursling's age for donor milk to the age of the recipient baby, but even that isn't a hard and fast rule from what I've read.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:39 PM
    I think part of it is that baby tends to sleep on the breast if I let him, if I wait for him to detach I may never get time to pump or do anything else. When he is not actively feeding I'm probably not getting the stimulation needed to increase the milk hence why he gets sleepy because there isn't enough coming out.
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  • @llli*anneika's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:46 PM
    I have an amazing 12 week old son. He has fantastic weight and height growth and I know I have a plentiful milk supply (I can pump 5oz of milk after he feeds). My problem is that for the past 12 weeks I nurse him at least every two hours on a good night. Only twice has he slept for a four hour stretch. Needless to say I'm exhausted! I certainly don't want to change his behavior since I strongly believe he know exactly what he needs so I should always follow his cues. I'm looking for advice or recommendations for how I can better tolerate the interrupted sleep or if anyone has had a similar situation and how they handled it and when this stage ended for them. Thank you!
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  • @llli*xiaoshira's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:29 PM
    I read somewhere that you're supposed to give baby what you pumped at that time of day... How big a deal is this? I am struggling to pump enough as it is by adding night sessions, let alone try to control for this - and my freezer stash... if I even logged it, I still won't be able to really control that so much!
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:10 PM
    Not sure I'd wake the baby... (trying not to be jealous at a baby that sleeps that long!) I could be wrong tho; I haven't gone through this. Did you manage to check out paced feeding (if your husband is willing to potentially change the way he bottle feeds)? http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/feeding-tools/bottle-feeding/ - yes it's kellymom so you've probably already read it! The other thing I thought was I appreciate you work full time but is it possible to 'work' on your breastfeeding on your days off or in the evening before that night time stretch and/or first thing in the morning? Am just kinda thinking out loud at you in case it helps!
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