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  • @llli*n.lea's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:16 PM
    Starting at 8 weeks my lo also began to sometimes object to the cross hold position, preferring the football hold sometimes. I was assured that, since he otherwise appeared in good health, that nothing was wrong and he just wanted to change things up. So it's totally normal for babies to object sometimes to a hold or even a breast every now and then. As for your baby arching away sometimes, it's also normal and if she's not crying as she does it or showing signs of pain then she's fine and you aren't doing anything wrong. I do agree with the pp that she should be held for longer than 5 minutes and in different positions. While babies are delicate, they tend to be a bit sturdier than I think a lot of first time parents think they are. As with the nursing hold, perhaps she just wants some variety in how she's held. Do you give her much tummy time? Maybe she's trying to exercise her neck muscles by arching. Something my lo loves is to lay on me, chest to chest, as I recline. He'll push himself up and look around. It's tummy time while holding him, best of both worlds.
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  • @llli*canadianemily's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:41 PM
    Hi all, I would really like to have another baby soon, and my cycle returned when my son was 18 months. It seems regular now, and I'm pretty sure I'm ovulating. My problem is I'm almost too afraid to try for fear that I can't work out the logistics of sleep with a new baby and toddler. I have bedshared with my son since he was born. He has only ever fallen asleep nursing at night. He still wakes frequently in the night. On a good night, he'll sleep until somewhere between 3am and 5am, and then wake every hour or so until 7 or 8 when he's up for the day. On a bad day, he can be up every hour or two all night. When he was born, and for the first six months, he woke up every hour all night. It then gradually got better over time until where we are now. Though I hope it will be different, I don't expect that sleep pattern to be different with a new baby. I just can't imagine having two children who are waking constantly and on different schedules. This is the nightmare playing in my head: I move my older one into his own room while I'm pregnant, but continue to night nurse and end up in his room most nights. New baby arrives, and I start bedsharing with that one, but still need to go to my toddler when he wakes up, but I have to take the baby with me because he's crying because I moved and tried to leave. I have no idea what I could do at this point that would result in anyone going back to sleep. I have to assume I'm alone and my husband isn't available. He is...
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  • @llli*novila's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:21 PM
    hi mommal, about 3 months ago, the babe was at a routine checkup and doc said she was underweight and in the 25th percentile. After initial shock wore off I discovered she'd been truly asleep at the breast while "sleep-suckling" where she moved her mouth but wasn't really drinking. This may or may not have been the cause of my low milk supply, but once I realized this I started supplementing with formula on doc's recommendation and pumping like crazy to up my supply. With the help of LC's in my area, I started pumping after babe's meals, power pumping, back to night pumping, and of course stressing out. At the end of this stressful time with no increase (approx 1 month), I then started fenugreek and blessed thistle (LC advice) and continued doing sporadic pumping, mostly after meals. After being on these several weeks, LCs confirmed herbs were not helping and since pumping did not seem to help either, I could also try Golacta. But once I checked the price on that I privately declined the offer, stopped stressing out and instead bought the book "Mother Food" which outlines all manner of galactagogues and diet advice for low supply. Since this I've tried brewer's yeast, oatmeal, flax, lactation cookies including those ingredients, malted beverage, green drinks with wheatgrass and recently am trying sesame seeds, more malted stuff and barley (soon will try). I know others have had lots of success with these but so far I am not having any luck after changing my diet...
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:49 AM
    My primary source for complementary feeding info is the World Health Organization's Infant and young child feeding: Model Chapter for textbooks for medical students and allied health professionals, pages 19–28. It recommends starting to offer animal-source foods like meat, fish, and poultry at 6 months, along with other iron-fortified foods ("Average iron intakes in infants in industrialized countries would fall well short of recommended intake if iron-fortified products were not widely available"). My suggestion would be to talk to your baby's doctor about whether iron or other vitamin/mineral supplements would be warranted at this point. I agree with mommal and maddieb -- unless your baby is not gaining enough weight, there's really no reason to start giving her formula. A vitamin/mineral supplement would do just as well at filling any nutritional gaps but without replacing breast milk, which has a lot of important components that aren't found in formula.
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  • @llli*kmrs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:10 AM
    I wanted to update for rogi2430. Supply is fine! It definitely picked up as time went on. I know they say its not related, but I wonder if it was stress and lack of sleep, plus I was sick the week before. I work 7.5 hrs a day 5 days a week and have almost an hour drive so I pump 3 times while at work. I try to do 20 mins 3 hours after he last ate, 20 mins over lunch (usually about 3 hrs from prior), and then a quick 10 min pump 2 hrs later. Then I feed him when I get home about 2 hrs after. I nurse him as much as possible in the evenings and I think that has not only made a sufficient supply, but more than enough. Ive thought aboit cutting the last pump session but it makes it so I have enough for an extra bottle the next day in case I get help up at work or stuck in traffic. Then I always have an extra to freeze when its not needed the day before. Have you started back at work? I hope everything goes well for you. Its so tough and I feel for you, but it only took about 2 weeks for us to get adjusted. I know everything here is different for every person but I hope some of this helps you.
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  • @llli*mobaby's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:56 AM
    Thank you for your detailed response!! Very helpful. I'm replying but probably not in order because I'm on my phone so typing from memory :) - pumping to establish supply is NO JOKE!! Getting my supply has been a "goal" since with my first son it tanked due to latch and palate issues and no matter what we tried (and worked closely with ibclc) it just keep tanking so I've been determined. He was undiagnosed until 10-12 weeks despite several lactation appts. Hoping this work continues. I'd like to make it to a min of 6 months but a year would be optimal. -I just mentioned to hubs this morning we should do the expressed milk BEFORE nursing because I feel like he cries sometimes after because baby is used to finishing with a bottle. If we can reverse the cycle he may not cry after. And maybe reducing to 15 mL before nursing and see if he's satisfied. -I would like to nurse more frequently as he is still feeding 9-10 times and getting the expressed milk but if we can nurse for more sessions I can ditch this pump (for the most part- I go back to work In 8.5 weeks :() and have some time to do other things and be able to nurse on the go. I would be fine nursing him all day long and pumping a few times per day, for work stash (although I have 5-7 days stored already) and to ensure I'm drained. -I was able to successfully nurse 2 sessions yesterday without any expressed milk following. Yay! -it's good to know my supply shouldn't tank if I keep nursing him on demand and not...
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  • @llli*lraquel's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:50 AM
    Hi all, I need some advice about my breastfeeding. My baby girl is 9 months old today. She was EBF until 6 months (I pumped when I was at work, and BF directly when I was at home). and then she started solids with a passion! She loves everything. Her favorites are yogurt, avocado and bread. From 6 to 9 mo. I was BF 4x per day (7am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm). The first 6 months she gain weight steadily and was >80% at every visit. Here's my concern/dilemma. For the last few days she's on an nursing strike. She's been teething (top 4 teeth all at once!) and last week she bit me a couple of times and after that I stopped the BF session. But the next feeding she wouldn't want any. And now she cries when I offer my breast! :cry I decided to pump until she wants to get back to BF, but it's been so sad to see my milk output! I pump between 10-15 oz TOTAL everyday! I know her BF sessions have been decreasing on time steadily since around 6 months. She used to nurse for 30 minutes, 15 minutes each side and lately sometimes she takes each side for 5 minutes and she's done. So I'm not surprised my output has decreased. But now I'm worried I have been undernourishing her. I haven't supplemented at all with formula. So, here's my question: If I keep on pumping I think I can increase my supply to what it used to be (I used to pump 4-5 oz per session 3x day some months ago) or
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:49 AM
    :ita I think it's really instructive to try to get into the head of a newborn baby. A newborn is born with the instinct to latch onto things that look and smell a certain way. That is pretty much all he knows. He needs time to figure out that the hungry feeling in his tummy can be soothed by the act of latching on and feeding, and that it works the same way every time. Some babies do get a bit distracted by their hands, or will use their hands to lever themselves off the breast- they have no idea that pushing away from the breast or trying to suck on a knuckle is counterproductive to the goal of fixing that hungry feeling inside, or that it's driving mom a bit bonkers! MaddieB suggested the "hug the breast" position for his hands. If that seems helpful but doesn't always work because little hands can go flying everywhere, it might help to try swaddling baby before you feed him- who knows, maybe that will help him focus a bit better.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:34 AM
    :ita with MaddieB. I would encourage you to do just one additional thing: try to get a video of the wheezing/coughing/choking to show to the LC and the pediatrician, if neither of those people has seen one of these episodes themselves. As MaddieB said, most of the time wheezing and coughing and appearing to choke is a result of fast milk flow. That was certainly the case with my second baby, who often made noises like a creaky screen door or gagged and coughed all the time when the flow was too fast for her. But occasionally there is something else going on, and it's a good idea to share that with your healthcare professionals.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:30 AM
    Do you want to give us the rundown on your situation, and on what you have tried to increase supply? Maybe we can help. :)
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  • @llli*n.lea's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:43 AM
    I had a similar problem, but only on one side. My nipple didn't become erect easily and when it did it was overall larger than the other one but oddly shaped and I think it was too large for my baby to get a good latch on it, which led to pain and both of us favoring the "good" side, which lead to uneven supply. It was a very trying first month is what I'm getting at. I nearly gave up several times, there were many tears. Honestly, what got us through it was sheer stubbornness on my part and my son's mouth growing to better fit the nipple on his part. Plus both of us working on getting a good latch. It was a learning experience for us both. I want to say that it WILL get better. I know I didn't believe the people that said things like that in the forums I lurked in trying to find answers, but it's honestly true. I did also pump to help bring out the nipple, which did helped a little, but I found too much to bother with. I did find that pinching the nipple helped bring it up a little, but that might not work for you. What honestly worked the most for the both of us was changing the position we nursed in. I had started with the standard cross hold, which worked wonderfully for the "normal" side but was hell on both of us on the flat side. We found that the football hold worked miracles for us. He got a better latch coming at the nipple from that angle and it therefore hurt less while he nursed. After a good few weeks of him getting a solid latch I found that the...
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  • @llli*n.lea's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:01 AM
    We went through this with our son not that long ago ourselves. He's 9 weeks now, but he started having major problems passing gas, usually in the mornings, around the 1 month mark as well. We found that using a gentle "bicycling" motion on his legs helped him pass wind, better than massages did. It also helped to bring both his knees into his chest (like he's squatting, but still lying on his back). Every baby is different of course, what works for one won't necessarily work for another, but hopefully you find something that helps. I also found that he seemed to pass gas more calmly when he was nursing. He'd still make sounds, but they were less strained sounding. Frequent burping while nursing also seemed to lessen the instances of bad gas. I would burp not only at the end of the feed, but half way through as well. I hope some of these tips help bring comfort to your LO. And as the previous posters said, it's completely normal at this stage and it's nothing to do with your diet. It's just hard to be a baby sometimes.
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