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  • @llli*jj8614's Avatar
    Today, 01:50 AM
    Hello, I'm new here. I am currently 38 weeks pregnant with my second child. While I have everything ready for her impending arrival (Valentine's Day), I cannot shake my anxiety when it comes to attempting to create a successful breastfeeding relationship this time around. My son was born in 2014, and I was 100% certain that he would be ebf. I took classes and educated myself through some books, but the thought that I would not be able to nurture my baby with an adequate supply never even crossed my mind. It made my failure all the more devastating. I truly tried every last thing that I could to try to up my milk production, and while I do realize I had a plethora of certain factors that made things more difficult; after doing some research, I do believe that I may have hypoplastic breasts. Let me back up a moment and say that over 10 years ago I had breast augmentation surgery. Preoperatively, I did not have tubular shaped breasts, rather I had absolutely no breasts. I am not a small person and I literally had nothing but nipples. I was so happy with the results, but I had no way of knowing that it would cause me problems down the road because my breasts look very normal and full and I think that may have worked against me as even though I did advise my lactation consultants, doctors, peds, etc that I had had breast augmentation, no one even brought up hypoplasia. I have only recently found some information on the subject during this pregnancy. Soooo,...
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  • @llli*preston.hubbs's Avatar
    Today, 12:54 AM
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  • @llli*motivatedmommy's Avatar
    Today, 12:37 AM
    Right after birth, my lil man was latching well. Unfortunately it took time for my milk to come in. He was diagnosed with blood incompatible jaundice and lost a significant amount of weight by 3 days old. Docs recommended supplementation with formula and breast pumping. Baby is now 5days old and gaining weight, but even though my milk is in and formula is no longer needed, he is refusing the breast. Of course, he readily accepts the bottle. I am motivated to breast feed, but the docs do not wish to discuss weaning from the bottle until lil man is at birth weight, which should be soon. In the meantime, I continue to try breast feeding for a couple minutes with each bottle feeding. The only success I had was using a nipple shield and manual pumping for let down, but that lasted only a minute or so. Any other ideas to begin slowly weaning from the bottle? Is it worth weaning him from the bottle if I will pump and feed part time when I return to work in about 10weeks?
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  • @llli*mishawhirley's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:23 PM
    Thanks a lot for messaging. You can also check out http://www.joint-pain-relief.net to get information about joint pain.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:11 PM
    Hi and welcome. The first thing I would suggest is to take a deep breath! No matter what is going on, there is a solution. Even if supplementing is needed, that does not mean you will not be able to breastfeed your baby. babies often lose weight the first several days of life. That part is normal. But then they start to gain and usually are back to birthweight at 2 weeks if not before. So the most concerning weight check is the one at 3 weeks compared to the one at 1.5 weeks. Because that shows a gain of 4 ounces over 10 or 11 days, correct? that is indeed quite slow gain. On the other hand, baby is gaining, and that is good. Weight checks can be misleading if they are done incorrectly. All checks should be done on the same scale, with baby naked or in a dry diaper. Were those last two checks on the same scale? Yes, it really matters. The scale should be a digital infant scale, and the person doing the weight check needs to know how to do it and do it carefully. Watch out for human error as well as scale error. Please know that a baby spitting up lots and wanting to nurse most of the time and to be held the rest of the time is all pretty much normal. In other words these things occur in 100% healthy, very well gaining babies. They do not mean your baby is definitely getting enough milk or that nothing else might be wrong, but they do not indicate any problem either. Baby taking a pumped bottle also does not mean a baby is not getting enough. Also, baby taking a...
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  • @llli*cherrydarling33's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:04 PM
    My lo is 3 1/2 weeks old. Has been nursing and latching okay for the most part. When she was born she was 8lbs 2oz and at first doctors visit had dropped down to 7 10. They were worried about her weight so our ped told us to supplement with formula- which I didn't want to do so continued to breast feed her whenever she acted hungry. Came back for weight check 1 1/2 weeks from her birthdate and she was up to 7 12. Just took her back yesterday, 3 weeks out and she was only up to 8 so ped was concerned again that she isn't gaining enough as quickly as she should be and suggested supplementing again and only pumping to feed her so that we can monitor how much she is actually getting. I comfort nurse her constantly- my SO even thinks I do this too much because it seems like she wants to be on my breast 24/7 unless she is sleeping. I worry because I don't think she eats very much throughout the day because she will sit on my breast for hours at a time- sleeping and awake- and I feel like I don't nurse her enough times and it is just a constant. I also worry because today she has been spitting up every time I feed her and then wanting back on the breast I have also noticed that my supply has dropped the last 2-3 days. I was going from comfort nursing her and pumpkin 2-3 times a day and getting around 4 oz a pumping session to now comfort nursing and pumping only 1-2oz. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong and what to do to help her gain weight and be healthy and happy. The...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:52 PM
    I don't think we have current weight numbers(?) But as mommal says, rapid gain alone is not an indication of OP, necessarily. Fast letdown/OP are only issues is they are causing an issue. Fast weight gain is not a problem, and neither is clicking/clucking. Problems would be things like, mom getting engorged or plugs and/or baby being unhappy while nursing or even refusing to nurse. Sometimes a baby might have excessive gassiness or explosive poops due to fast letdown. These might be problems if they are causing unusual unhappiness in baby. In other words, while clicking might indicate fast letdown, that does not mean fast letdown is a problem for your baby.
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:48 PM
    I'd recommend caution... Essential oils are concentrated, potent chemical combinations, they're not very well researched, and some of them can cause breathing problems or even seizures in babies and young children. There's a list of oils to avoid using around children on the Learning About EOs website: Essential Oils and Children One of the ingredients in the Gentle Baby oil is on that list -- Ylang Ylang. It says not to use it on children under 2, but it doesn't say why, exactly.
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:16 PM
    Do you have questions about the zika virus and breastfeeding? The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued this statement: As always, if you have any any concerns, you should consult with your healthcare provider. For more information, visit the CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/transmission/
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:12 PM
    From UNICEF: Press release from The Lancet:
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  • @llli*mackeroo2013's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:12 PM
    Thanks for your reply! Do you think in our case with my baby's weight numbers it would indicate fast let down/oversupply. I'm concerned with the clicking/clucking part.
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  • @llli*m11612's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:01 PM
    I was going to say pregnancy, but you already thought of that. Could it be that you need more water or food? I find that I notice my hunger more when I sit down to nurse so any low blood sugar symptoms become apparent then. Another thought is stress or anxiety. Again, it may be that sitting down to nurse is the only time you pay attention to yourself and how you are feeling.
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  • @llli*mehouseholder2's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:47 PM
    Hello! Last week, I had an amazing week of pumping, was getting 17+ oz a day pumping which is about what my baby boy eats at daycare. He sometimes eats up to 20, but not more than that. Since pumping this week (on day 2 of pumping) I'm barely producing. What was about 4-5oz per pumping is now only 3 ounces. He is 3 months old... The only thing different in my routine that I could figure was starting a birth control (Nuva Ring). Called the OB and he said to go off of it right away-that might be the reason for the drop in supply. Any thoughts for conserving breast milk at daycare? Or being able to pump more? I've been pumping every 2 hours...and I'm taking fenugreek, lactation cookies (with brewers yeast, almond, and fennel). I'm also drinking coconut water and carrot juice to try and jumpstart my supply again. When I'm at home, nursing in the evenings it appears that he is completely satisfied. I just would prefer not to have the stress of pumping enough for him to have a daycare the next day.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:40 PM
    Welcome to the forum! It's impossible to say how much milk your nursing toddler will get from you if/when you become pregnant. Some mom/baby pairs nurse without issue throughout pregnancy, and the older child continues to receive plenty of milk. But most moms lose some supply during pregnancy, and others lose it all. Many babies self-wean during pregnancy due to decreased supply, or taste changes, or simply loss of interest as they enter the toddler years. If you are one of those moms who loses a lot of supply or all supply during pregnancy, the you will have to fill that gap in your toddler's diet somehow. Whole animal milk (cow or goat) is often the easiest way to do this, but you can also give your child whole milk yogurt and cheese, or a careful selection of non-dairy foods that meet his fat and calcium requirements. I wouldn't worry too much! If you are committed to nursing through pregnancy, most likely that will happen and it won't matter how much milk is there. Many toddlers are totally happy to nurse for comfort alone. And if weaning is part of pregnancy for you, then I would just trust nature; she has a funny way of changing our minds during pregnancy, and allowing us to wean without regret.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:30 PM
    In order to compute growth, you need to get the baby weighed. Proper weighing procedure is for the baby to be weighed in the nude, using the same scale every time. A bathroom scale is not the right scale for this purpose, because bathroom scales are not reliable enough and because will likely give you a very different result from the doctor's scale. Just for example, my home scale is 5 lbs off from the one at the doctor's office. Other good indicators of growth are things like baby outgrowing her outfits and diapers. From 0-4 months, babies gain an average of 5-7 oz per week. Some babies will gain significantly more than average. My second child is a good example: she gained close to a pound per week for the first couple of months. You can expect weight gain to vary from week to week, with baby gaining faster or slower than average during some weeks. Having a baby who gains faster than average during early infancy does not mean that you will end up with a fat kid. Weight gain slows down as time goes on, and the baby becomes increasingly mobile. Most chubby babies start to "lean out" around 4-6 months.
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  • @llli*maizerae's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:16 PM
    My husband and I want to start trying for our second when our first is 15+ months. I'm experiencing mixed emotions about my excitement of having another baby and me losing my milk. I'm also confused if my son will receive any milk from me and if I will have to replace my breastmilk with cows milk. At 13 months, he isn't a huge eater and nurses like a newborn and I'm scared to take away his main source of nutrition. I'm just really emotional thinking about how our relationship will evolve and mourning the relationship that we will change once I become pregnant. I'd really appreciate any advise and experience!
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  • @llli*mackeroo2013's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:31 AM
    Poop is better, but was wondering how you compute growth and if Babe is gaining at the right amount. Still wondering if I have oversupply/fast let down issues since she started a habit of "clicking/clucking" throughout the length of the feed at almost every feed. It doesn't hurt. This habit started last week. Doctor said she doesn't see any thrush on baby's mouth. Babe just had a doctors appt. yesterday and they weighed her and she is at 12 lbs 12 oz. Again, at birth she was 7 lb 13 oz. on 12/29/15. She's 6 weeks this Friday.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:04 AM
    :ita Here is something for dad: http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/10_what_about_partners.pdf Un-needed supplements, even of moms own milk, harm breastfeeding in numerous ways. A baby only needs a milk in a bottle (or cup or whatever) if they are separated from mom for several hours or cannot gain normally without them. If your baby really needs supplements to gain normally, that is not normal and it is important to have breastfeeding assessed right away to find out why that is.
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  • @llli*kevins-mom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:01 AM
    OK thanks! I'll probably end up pumping into bags. Yesterday this seemed like so much of a bigger deal than it will actually be! LOL
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:58 AM
    I got it. It is hard to move out of the comfort zone- I nursed my oldest child in the football hold for at least 4-5 months and took a nursing pillow to the mall. etc. because I was convinced I needed to! Maybe I did not, but that is what worked for me at the time! It is very early weeks. Do what works best for you. If the breast sandwich helped, it may be baby really does need this help right now to latch well enough to maintain a deep latch while nursing. The good news about OP/fast letdown is it is something that lessens over time, typically on its own. I had op with all my kids. Nursing very frequently helped the most, followed by laidback, but exactly how you "do" laid back will vary depending on what works best for you and your baby. When you are ready, Play around with it. If it has been a while since you nursed and you are very full, that might be making it harder for baby to latch. Reverse Pressure Softening may help in that case. Clicking is a sign of fast flow but also a sign of tongue tie. If all is going well there may be no need for treatment, but just putting it out there. My middle child clicked like crazy but gained great and nursing felt fine so I chalked it up to fast letdown. So I am not at all saying this is definitely tongue tie.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:07 AM
    :ita with Dormir41. Totally normal for a baby to want to nurse again very soon after she last nursed. It's great that you are watching your baby for signs that she is done eating. Just keep in mind that sometimes what mom read as the baby being "done" is actually the baby taking a little break. Like someone who pushes their dinner plate away, and 5 minutes later realizes that they do, in fact, have room for dessert. :) Instead of allowing your husband to step in with the bottle, how about just putting her back to the breast? And is there any particular need for you to be using bottles at this point? What I mean is, can you spend some time just nursing, no bottles, no pumping? That is often the best way to eliminate bottle issues from your nursing relationship. You can always reintroduce a bottle at a later date!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:00 AM
    I'm sorry your encounter with HR was so negative! If the HR lady is any good at her job, though, she isn't going around telling everyone that you are disgusting. I mean, when you work in HR you are being paid to work with people's very personal issues. Not just the mom who has to pump, but the guy who has to take breaks to check his blood sugar and inject insulin, and the lady who needs to empty her ostomy bag, and the person who needs to take time off to see their psychiatrist, and the person who is being sexually harassed by a co-worker, and the person who is doing the sexual harassing. If you work in HR and you can't handle these sorts of private issues with sensitivity and discretion even when you are disgusted by them, you are no good at your job. Hopefully the lady was simply surprised, and didn't know how to go about answering your questions. And I hope you can take some pride in the fact that you raised the issue- the next mom who comes in with a question about pumping may not get the same look of shock, simply because the HR rep will have heard the question before.
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  • @llli*michl's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:53 AM
    Hi everyone, just wondering if anyone has experienced this. In the last week or so my 15 month old is feeding I've started feeling quite nauseous and occasionally getting a slight headache...up until now I've never experienced this. I did two pregnancy tests, just in case (!) but both were negative. Any suggestions as to why this might be the case? Many thanks :)
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:51 AM
    When my husband said things like that I wanted to throw things at him. Happily, I didn't, and we both survived the newborn stage. Here's what I think (and others will chime in with more info I'm sure): 1. Newborns are almost always hungry. They have tiny stomachs and have to double their weight by 6 months. So, they eat. All. The. Time. It sounds like baby could be cluster feeding. Unless there are weight or other concerns, and others can help you problem solve if there are, you can give her everything she needs at the breast. 2. It is easy to overfeed baby at the bottle vs. the breast, and baby downing a bottle of breastmilk after a nursing session could mean baby is hungry, but it also could mean something else, including that baby is being fed the bottle in a non breastfeeding way. Paced feeding can help with this. If you are a reader, kellymom has great articles on frequent nursing and the newborn stage: http://kellymom.com/hot-topics/frequent-nursing/ and http://kellymom.com/hot-topics/newborn-nursing/ Hang in there. The newborn stage is tough!
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  • @llli*podutti's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:20 AM
    So the meeting with HR was a disaster. The initial response from the lady I met with was a look of both shock and disgust! Afterwards she kept glancing at my breasts, maybe afraid milk would start squirting at her, I don't know what she was thinking. I felt very uncomfortable. She said that she has no idea as she has never heard of such a thing. She said all the women she knows who took maternity leave never asked this question and never, to her knowledge I presume, pumped milk. She agreed, only at my insistence, to try and find out some information. This is a very large organisation so I am sure this issue has come up before. I don't actually expect to hear from her again. She is probably at this moment telling my future work colleagues how disgusting I am!
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