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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 08:34 AM
    I don't think I have thrush. The pain seems to be worst while actually trying to pump. If I have just pumped not too long ago (or have pumped more than a few times in a day), my nipples will be very sore and the aerola tender. This can make nursing uncomfortable when babe first latches on or if he gets a bit impatient and starts pulling or fussing or playing with the nipple. I have an OLD pump in style pump with the little rubber strength dial. I can hardly feel the difference between medium and low, it is all a bit uncomfortable. My nipples seem to move pretty freely in all the flanges. The medium leaves me feeling a bit bruised. I have the small that fits inside the medium which doesn't seal perfectly so I wind up with a dark red ring on the outside of that flange where it is inside the medium which doesn't seem good and it still leaves my nipples/aerola feeling bruised. The large on the personal fit connector seemed maybe slightly better as far as bruising but it leaves my aerola really swollen/sore along with the nipple and I don't think I get as much milk out using it. I also tried the extra large but that wasn't any better than the large.
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  • @llli*pteroglossus's Avatar
    Today, 08:16 AM
    Mine (2.5) will cry to nurse when she doesn't get something she wants, or if she get's in trouble. It's like a consolation to her. Maybe yours is stepping up the nursing because of more conflicts in other areas? Often I can distract. But if I am not too busy I just nurse her and the problem is solved immediately. Personally I would not give in to things like keeping the boobs out, or nursing right when I am abut to get in the shower. If she asks in a store I will just say ok we can nurse when we get home. I will often say "we can nurse when I finish X." Personally I would not try to potty train and do any major weaning at the same time. Whichever feels more important, do that first maybe? For me, it would be potty training first, but I see from many on the list that is not the case necessarily for all parents/kids.
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  • @llli*avesnovuelan's Avatar
    Today, 04:54 AM
    I have pain with pumping also. How high of suction are you using? I can't turn mine up past 3. Also do you ever get nipple or breast pain when you aren't pumping? Any chance you could have thrush?
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  • @llli*boob.traveler's Avatar
    Today, 02:50 AM
    Argh, this pump and dump myth lives on....I have the InfantRisk app on my phone. It actually says that morphine has poor oral bioavailability, that is, not much is really absorbed through the mouth. Probably safer than Percocet, which tons of c-section moms take while breastfeeding newborns, not toddlers! Both are yellow or "probably safe." What was the med you were sent home on? Really any opiate is going to fall in the same overall risk category.
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:20 PM
    I think worrying is normal, especially if there were issues with an older child (or previously with the same child) and also if one baby has very different behavior than older sibling(s). I think it is pretty typical for baby to be more distracted when there is more interesting stuff going on, and having a four year old sibling probably means more interesting stuff is going on! IN one of my favorite books, My Child Won't Eat, the author talks about the concern that lead a mother to think something is wrong with how her child is eating (including nursing.) This section is called "Breastfeeding Without Conflict' And one part he discusses something he calls the 'crisis at 3 months.' I am thinking of you as I read this over. I truly cannot put down here what he describes so eloquently, so I can only suggest you get a hold of the book. Also If you pm me I will see if there is a way I can get this info to you. You may think it does not apply to you of course, but it contains so much wisdom overall about babies and nursing that I love it. But here is what I wonder about. In the normal course of breastfeeding, a baby in the early weeks is quite likely to have to deal with some fast letdown as a bit of overproduction is typical at this age. As milk production slows or 'levels out' the flow will become less, but not necessarily slow, if that makes sense. This is normal. Most babies will experience this to some degree. So I find it interesting that so many seem to have so much...
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  • @llli*safitu's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:15 PM
    So sorry you are going through this. I went through it and know it is very very stressful. It will get better. The first day or two after revision were the worst and it took about 2 weeks to feel sort of normal again. Any chance you have oversupply or overactive letdown? it sounds like the symptoms you were experiencing prior to revision *could* have been due to that. As the baby refuses to nurse, your breasts may be filling up and when she does latch she may be getting blasted. If you think this is the case maybe you can hand express or manually pump some off before latching her. You might also want to try to dream feed her, feed her in a laid back position when she is sleeping or drowsy. If it upsets her just try again later. I would also suggest skin to skin and wearing her in a sling or wrap (not sure how old she is?). Hope things are better now or will be very very soon.
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  • @llli*safitu's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:51 PM
    My opinion, as someone who got a revision when everything was going fine (there were problems but I see now they were either normal newborn things or due to oversupply) ...If everything is perfect, don't get it clipped. No pain, good weight gain? Leave it alone and enjoy your time with your beautiful baby. My baby was gaining a lb a week before the tongue and lip tie revisions, after it her weight gain slowed. She began clicking, and swallowing tons of air, she refused to nurse temporarily, she stopped sleeping well and she stopped flanging her upper lip out. And mind you, I got the ties diagnosed and revised by Dr Kotlow, who is the fore most expert on tongue tie and revisions in the US (perhaps in the world). Personally, I would not even bother seeing the dentist. So he tells you the baby has a tie... the question is : does it cause any problems for YOU or your BABY. You dont have a magic ball to know whether it will cause problems down the line (dental, speech) but usually only the most severe ties cause those kind of problems, and if it were that severe you would probably have problems with nursing now. Also consider , at your baby's age, that you will need to find a dentist or ENT who does laser revision, as the nerve endings in the babies mouth are now developed so clipping with scissors would be very painful and require general anesthesia.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:24 PM
    Help?!? Pumping seems to hurt no matter what I do. I've tried different sizes of flange (from small, medium, Large and XL Medela.) I've tried lubricating with some edible oil but so far even when I wash it off, the baby objects to three different oils I've tried and the oil. The oil seemed to only help a tiny bit anyway. Most of the pain seems to be from the suction and pulling. I'm having trouble figuring out how anyone manages to pump at all let alone get enough milk out to pump exclusively. Are there ways to make it painless? Or is it just too painful for some people?
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:36 PM
    It is hard to pump on top of taking care of a newborn and a 3-year-old! A lot of moms worry about being "empty" if baby wants to nurse right after pumping. The lactating breast is never empty though - at most baby just has to nurse longer to get all the milk he wants - which of course is great for further stimulating supply.
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  • @llli*modestguineapig's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:49 PM
    Thanks so much for the responses- very encouraging! I am pumping about once a day, usually after the morning feed when he takes a good nap. It is so difficult to coordinate pumping after feedings when I have a 3 year old to take care of on top of his erratic schedule.
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  • @llli*fshah's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:53 PM
    Thank you ladies! After first 2-3 months I enjoyed BFing my daughter very much. I also used to keep a blanket with me & would nurse her in the car if we were out & about. And after weaning her at 18 months, I missed the bond & closeness. With my little guy, I know I have enjoyed the first at least 6-10 weeks for sure. Even now, I enjoy the night feeds & any feeds where he is sleeping while nursing. When he is awake he is also very much distracted. Here is the thread about Fast letdown: http://forums.llli.org/showthread.php?119884-Overactive-letdown-amp-engorgement-in-mornings It came back up when he ate only 5-6 mins on one side only for 2-3 days & that resulted in me being full all the time. Once my body adjusted the supply we started to deal with slow letdown on left side & he used to get upset. He would only latch for 2 seconds & pull off & re-latch & this would continue until I change side.
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:10 PM
    It's hard for toddlers to buffer their emotions. My toddler will go from content to crying in a heartbeat - whether because she's bumped her head, been told she can't have something she wants, or whatever else. (My LO got all upset by a piece of lint on the floor the other day - she thought it was a giant bug.) And nursing just makes it easier to get back to content from crying! The way I think of it, toddlers are realizing that the world can be upsetting, and nursing reassures them that they have someone who can help them cope with the upset. I can't tell you how often I wish my almost-four-year-old was still nursing so I could help her in the same way! Because there is still plenty that upsets her, too. I also think sometimes nursing gets caught up in the frustration that sometimes comes with parenting a toddler. My LO might be driving me crazy because of boundary-testing, stubbornness, etc and then constant demands to nurse can be one more thing that she is doing that is driving me crazy. But sometimes nursing actually completely changes the dynamic - maybe what she's really trying to do is get my attention, and nursing reminds her that she has it, and reminds me that really she is just this little person who can barely understand all the things she is feeling, let alone communicate them. And that she has an instinctual need to know that she IS being protected and cared for by someone who is capable of doing so, because at the age of two she most definitely...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:53 AM
    There is no window of opportunity for creating adequate supply. It is certainly a little easier to build supply in the first few weeks/months after birth, but it's not impossible thereafter. Remember, after the first few days, milk supply is literally in your head! Stimulation of the breast by nursing or pumping sends a message to the pituitary gland in the brain, causing the pituitary to pump out prolactin, which signals the breast to make milk. Want to make more milk? In general the best way to go about it is to give your pituitary more signal by nursing or pumping more. I think it's a great idea to work on weaning off the supplements at this point.
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:42 AM
    You're not using a ton of supplements - baby's probably getting around 80% of his milk from you. My guess is that with a little effort you probably could eliminate the supplements. Definitely worth a try at least! Are you pumping at all when supplementing? Here's an article from kelly mom about weaning from supplements: http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/basics/decrease-formula/ Of course you'll want to keep a close eye on weight gain and diapers as you do this. It looks like in that last week baby gained 5 oz which is on track (http://kellymom.com/bf/normal/weight-gain/, even without a full week post-clipping. So I think that's very encouraging. And it's great that latch is improving.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:31 AM
    IIRC- and it's been 8 years so take this with a grain of salt!- I started with 6 tablets per day (2 at breakfast, 2 at lunch, 2 at dinner). I think they might have been 5 mg tablets, though, so the dose would be the same. When I was ready to come off it, I tapered the dose, dropping 1 tablet a day, waiting a couple of days, and then dropping another. How has baby's weight gain been?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:23 AM
    I know it must be extremely hard to be worrying about what you will feed your baby if your milk runs out. I'm so sorry you had to toss your stash. At this point, I think it might be worthwhile to look into donor milk- available through milk banks or from trusted donors- and talking to your pediatrician about what formulas to use if baby has an allergy to the ordinary stuff. I know that there are formulas made for very allergic babies (e.g. Alimentum, Nutramigen), and if you need to supplement that might be the way to go. Regarding finding a doc who is willing to at least discuss the possibility of a fecal transplant, you might simply want to google "stool transplant Sweden". I did that and found some likely avenues...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:16 AM
    :ita with LLLMeg. In my experience, breastfeesing almost always gets much better for almost all moms. Most of the annoyances of nursing a young baby are just due to the baby being small, young, uncoordinated, fussy- basically, to the general characteristics of a young baby. There are certainly exceptions to this rule- there are moms who just don't enjoy nursing and never will, mostly due to the issues that LLLMeg mentioned above. But if you ever found yourself enjoying nursing your older child, or at least got to a point where it was tolerable, then you're almost sure to get to that point again.
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:35 AM
    Does breastfeeding ever get easier or more enjoyable? What was your experience with your daughter? I will say that yes, assuming there are not major continuing difficulties that can make breastfeeding actually difficult, in most cases it does. But of course every mom is different and every experience is different. Barring cases of severe breastfeeding difficulties, in my personal observations, the moms who never really enjoy what is basically 'normal' breastfeeding fall into two main categories. 1) They are uncomfortable with the entire idea of breastfeeding for any number of reasons (poor body image, lack of familial or peer support, not comfortable nursing in public etc.) The other group are moms who are overly worried or concerned about things that are actually fine and normal. I see a few things in your post that I wonder about, such as the needing to burp baby so much, the idea he does not eat enough despite being hungry, and the too forceful letdown that turns into a too slow letdown and then back again in a matter of days. Could you tell us more about that? What are you doing to 'fix' the forceful letdown? What happens if you don't do so much burping or baby does not burp? What are you trying for the burping? How do you know baby does not eat enough? If you already addressed these issues in other threads you can direct me to those if you like. I think that any issue is serious if you think it is! Nursing takes lots of time and is a huge part of mothering...
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  • @llli*alyfaye's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:05 AM
    I finally found a doctor (actually, a nurse midwife) who was willing to hear my breastfeeding struggles and offer some support. My milk basically dried up when my lo was tongue tied until 6 weeks old. I have been working my tail off to bring it back since then, but during that time my cycle returned. There is about 2 weeks each month now that I have an extremely low supply. I went in with the idea that I would ask about domperidone. I have always had heart palpitations and have had them checked out. EKG's say I'm fine and they're benign. However, domperidone can interfere with heart rhythm and I have been too nervous to try it without being under the care of a doctor. The midwife agreed that we should avoid the domperidone and suggested Reglan. I wasn't even considering that as an option because of all of the nasty side effects that I have read about here. My LC also isn't a fan of Reglan. In the end though, the midwife convinced me that it was my best option and started me on a low dose. That brings me to my questions for you all: For anyone who has taken or who knows about Reglan, how much were you prescribed? I am taking 3 10mg tablets a day and have noticed a small increase in supply now after taking it for two days. When can I expect to see a significant increase if I am going to? The midwife gave me enough for two weeks and said I could just stop when they're gone without tapering down. That doesn't seem right to me. Should I worry that my supply will vanish once I...
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  • @llli*fshah's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:05 AM
    My younger son is almost 3 months old & he is EBF. I BFed my older daughter, who is 4 now, for 18 months. We had a rough start with my daughter as she was very tiny & her Ped advised to supplement with formula on her one week appointment as she didn't gain enough. I had work really hard for a month or two to up my supply but once that was done we never looked back. With my son though things are different. We had a good start as I nursed him within half hour of his birth & almost every hour the first 2 days & 2 hours for the coming weeks. We have had many bumps after that. I have fast letdown & when that is fixed, my LO gets upset for the next letdown to come & pulls off almost every 2 secs. Of course, fast letdown comes back within 2-3 days & he seems hungry but doesn't eat enough. He also requires a lot of burps as he inhales a lot of air with fast letdown & I spend half of my time getting him to burp. Sometimes it is hard to tell if he is not hungry or he is upset because the milk is not coming in fast enough. I know that my issues are pretty non-serious compare to some mamas but I am just tired of constantly dealing with one or the other thing & not enjoying BFing at all. Am I the only one who feels it that way? I know it gets easier, but when does it get easy? Am I constantly going to deal with fast letdowns or that will get fixed once & for all?
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  • @llli*modestguineapig's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:46 AM
    My son had an undiagnosed mild tongue tie, which was caught and clipped at 8 weeks (this past Thurs.). Prior to this, nursing was going okay. I had some soreness. He nursed 10+ times a day, but he tired out easily, usually after the first let-down. I didn't think there was a problem until he stopped gaining weight around 5 weeks. Doc suggested I supplement and referred me to a specialist to clip the tongue tie. I have been giving 4-6oz in 1 oz increments via SNS prr day (here and there I have been giving a bottle). My older daughter also stopped gaining weight around 6 weeks, which makes me wonder if I have insufficient glandular tissue (I have some of the outward signs). Or if she had an undiagnosed tongue tie as well. Anyway, my question is- is there a window of time, up to 8 weeks, where your milk glands are stimulated, and if they aren't, you can't produce past a certain amount? I believe my son wasn't effectively removing all my milk due to the tongue tie, so I wonder if my max capacity, so to speak, has been set at a lower level. When I saw an LC with my daughter, she told me this, and encouraged me to supplement. Now that my son is latching deeper and I feel no soreness post clipping, I wonder if I can try weaning the supplements. But I don't want to try it if it is probably too late to build a bigger supply. Here are the weight checks, if it matters- He wasn't a fast gainer before I supplemented either. birth 7lb 12 oz 3 days 7lb 6oz 10 days...
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  • @llli*undergroundmuse's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:18 AM
    An open-minded one, I feel very discouraged now... I will bring it up but I really doubt anyone here would even cosider it as an option. No, I agree, I buy only organic and free range for LO. I will try with iron fortified oatmeal porrige, beans and egg yolks too. The other day we gave her 1/2 oz formula to see how she reacts. We found blood on her dipers later :/. I now think she might be both allergic and sick. That's what makes me feel stressed, I don't know if I will always have enough EBM and there is no backup option. I barely know anything about formulas and I hate having to give them. What to feed my LO then? I have a very humble freezer stash, had to discard the old one since it was possibly contaminated with antibiotics and milk protein :(. If only we could last until I can rely more on solids, that would be great. But pumping is driving me literally insane, and breast refusal during the day extremely sad.
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