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  • @llli*sassypants's Avatar
    Today, 01:23 PM
    I have both and I like both for different reasons. I have had my PISA since my first born and got my Hygeia through insurance for my second child. For me, I find the medela empties faster and I really like the letdown button to help get the pumping started. I don't know if the extra help from the letdown button is the reason I pump faster with the medela, because everything else, fit and function, feel about the same. As PP said, the hygeia has both speed and suction dials, while the medela only has variable suction. I am not sure what model zaynethepain has with 5 settings, because my PISA is a continuous dial. Maybe they changed it? I have heard the one offered by insurance is not as nice as the one sold in stores. Since I have one breast larger than the other, I require two different size shields and I was happy to find that the medela and hygeia shields are interchangeable, so I could use my previously purchased medela shields with my new hygeia pump. That also means you can find new shields pretty easily, FWIW. I decided to get a hygeia rather than another medela PISA through insurance because LLL endorses them and the pumps are recyclable, but after having used both, I would say I like the medela better, purely from a functional standpoint.
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  • @llli*sonogirl's Avatar
    Today, 01:21 PM
    "Snacking" is a normal way for an infant to feed, though. Generally speaking, there is no need to wait a specific amount of time in order to ensure that baby is getting a proper meal. Whatever the baby is demanding is generally the "proper" meal. I do think that your situation--that is, feeding the baby less frequently to increase supply--is outside the norm for most nursing dyads. This is, or course, not to question your particular experience, as you know that following what your baby wanted worked out well for you two! This is mostly something worth pointing out to anyone else who may be following this thread. I think the OP is correct in following her instincts to nurse frequently in this case, because she has good reason to suspect that she has a low storage capacity. Those of us who have those low storage capacities generally manage to keep our babies fed by what some would deem "snacks." I don't think my daughter ever routinely had much more than a 2 oz meal at the breast or from the bottle!
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Today, 01:10 PM
    Well, ruchiccio, I guess those diagrams were wrong, then! Mine isn't quite like that. I don't have a lot of pain. If I had the white dot I'd know it was a plugged duct for sure (the one plugged duct I definitely had with my daughter was like that). I'm going to leave it alone for a day and see if it gets better. I'm thinking it might be something like a bruise, but it's so scary to think of leaving a plugged duct to get worse.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 01:03 PM
    I do realize that growth rate changes as babies get older. (which is what I don't think the current ped was taking into consideration and why I'm trying to switch to a Dr that is actually pro breastfeeding.) If we continue only gaining 2 oz per week we will be dropping on the chart though. I'd been managing to keep him between the 5th and 10th centile on the WHO weight chart by supplementing expressed breast milk for the past couple months. However, it seems over time his apatite has dwindled a bit or something is keeping him from consuming much at any one meal so his overall intake the past three weeks has dropped. This seems to have started a week or so before I tried cutting out the supplements completely. I hadn't really noticed that he hadn't taken as much and I hadn't been looking at the weights that closely that week but I did notice that I was having a lot of trouble getting him to take the supplement that week which kinda prompted me to go ahead and just drop them (of course that is when I started doing all the weighted feedings and discovered he wasn't eating all that much.) Since I've been on the Domperidone my supply is definitely improved to the point that there is still milk there for him when he decides he is done. I've tried even giving a bottle after nursing a few times just to see if he is just objecting to flow rate and that doesn't seem to be it. Back around 4 1/2 months old We got done with the speech therapy and he was definitely able...
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  • @llli*sassypants's Avatar
    Today, 12:53 PM
    Did the plugged ducts pop up this week, from pumping? Check to see that your shields fit properly. From my experience, a shield that is too small may not empty well and lead to plugged ducts. Massage while pumping along with correctly sized shields can help alleviate the plugs.
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  • @llli*saradha81's Avatar
    Today, 12:35 PM
    Hi, With my first baby I had a c-section and had issues with establishing my supply. I had my second baby last week (10 days back) and it was a successful VBAC. I thought the nursing was going on well as she nursed every two hours and seemed satisfied for the first three days and I was able to express colustrum and thin milk. We visited the pediatrician on the third day and she mentioned that the baby has lost weight and was not gaining enough and asked us to supplement formula. We are giving her 1oz every other feeding after she finishes nursing on me. I have been pumping 15 minutes three times daily in between feedings and all I am able to get is 1oz in a day, she takes 4 oz of supplement. What is the best way to increase my supply and get her out of the formula? Any advice is appreciated. I go back to work in another 8 weeks.
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 11:43 AM
    Am so glad it improved for you :)
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 11:30 AM
    Is he dropping on the chart tho? Babies gain less as they grow so while a newborn might put on an ounce a day that wouldn't be the case for the same baby at 6 months. I don't know enough about expected weigh gain at 6 months to know what is normal. My LG was 12lb 12 at 6 months and healthy :) You are really close to the 6 month mark where some high calorie solids may be an easier supplement than pumping and sns-ing, which would mean pumping is just short term.
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 11:23 AM
    I had a soreness on the base of my breast, also on the bone. Like if I pressed my bone it hurt. It was a pretty severe pain, though. It woke me up at night when I leaned on that side. I tried heat and massage but there wasn't really a way to massage it in that funny area. Then in the morning I saw a small white dot on my nipple so I figured it's a duct leading to that painful spot and sure enough, after releasing the plug with a sterilized needle, milk came out and the area became unpainful.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 11:04 AM
    Well, the new Ped I want to switch to can't yet accept my insurance and I don't think I can switch plans at this point. I've scheduled a meet and great with her anyway and will see if we can go to her and pay out of pocket until such time as our insurance is set up with them since I really don't want to go back to the other Dr again.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:18 AM
    Call a neighboring group? Sometimes Leaders retire and Groups disband, but like everything else the info stays on the internet forever. What public Health services do you have access to? Any breastfeeding coalitions local or not so local? There might be one for the whole province or country. Did you ask your baby's pediatrician, your OB, or your hospital if they can refer you to an IBCLC or to someone who diagnoses oral issues that affect breastfeeding? Mommal is correct. Yes the silicone shields are better than what was used previously, but the use of even these shields has been shown to be connected to low milk production over time. The problem is, it is hard to identify who will have an issue, There are other factors at play. Yes, four ounces a pump session is a good amount, and your baby is gaining normally. So you do not have a milk production issue YET. It takes time for milk production issues to happen. You are pumping some, right? So that is good. Another possibly helpful idea would be to encourage baby to nurse frequently. This also helps with latch issues because the softer the breast, usually the easier to latch, and because nursing often helps baby not be frantic at meal times and a calm baby is more willing to try different approaches to latch.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:06 AM
    mommal is right of course. Also, washing with a 'mild' soap will probably cleanse the straps just fine as well. I just find using wipes easier and have done that for years as needed.
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  • @llli*still-learning's Avatar
    Today, 09:53 AM
    Nursing while pregnant is a very personal decision, and you need to do what is best for you and your baby. Nursing to sleep was particularly painful while pregnant. I think it was the combination of the hormones of pregnancy mixed with my toddlers desire to want that milk to help him fall asleep. He would do the same things with the added benefit of tugging with his mouth on my breast while trying to get milk out. For mine it seemed like way to much stress to encourage weaning at that point and at least I got to lay down and "rest" while nursing so we continued. During a different pregnancy nap time/bed time were also painful. Don't tell anyone, but I actually used tv at nap time, nursing was so painful. I remember telling her she could snuggle up with me in my bed and watch a tv show to rest. It gave us both a break. If you can find some quiet activity now that he starts to associate with resting/nap time that could help for later. Or even putting him in his room to play quietly with a timer and hope he falls asleep, or at least you've gotten 15 mins :) I've never experienced low milk supply so I can't be of much help on that, sorry. I didn't always follow the nurse the baby first. In fact the nurse I had told me that was only important the first few days before your milk comes in. And she also said a toddler nursing can help establish supply, because they already know how to nurse.
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  • @llli*cej2014's Avatar
    Today, 09:07 AM
    Thanks for giving me an avenue to get that rant out! Just wanted to update that things have gotten a lot better. LO's latch feels so much better than a week ago, I think she needed time to adjust to her new teeth coming in and I just needed time to heal a little from some rough nursing during teething and her cold. Hopefully that can give hope to someone who might find themselves in a similar situation. Also, I never did start a dream feed. I gave it a try but could never get her to respond (I guess she is a deeper sleeper than I thought!) One night she even started to fuss around 10:30, great time to do a DF for me...I went in to sooth her and tried to nurse and she just stared at me, not interested, and went back to sleep. mommal honestly the comfort factor isn't what keeps me going - my girl is really not much of a comfort nurser so it's just not my first instinct with her when she's upset. But, it is always helpful to remember why I chose to breastfeed to begin with! -great health/nutritional benefits for baby (by far #1 for me) -Saves us SO much money vs. buying formula, even with the nursing bras, and nipple creams, and LC visits, and pump parts -SO convenient - I groan about cleaning my pump parts so I can't imagine cleaning and sterilizing bottles all of the time. (I do think the convenience argument can fall on both sides though...as sometimes i think about how convenient it would be to just pull out a bottle or let someone else wake up with the baby once in a...
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  • @llli*gold86en's Avatar
    Today, 08:54 AM
    Maybe it is bruised? I get a dull pain once in awhile with no other symptoms as well, and it goes away after a day or two. Not sure if it is my nursing toddler causing the bruises or what --- you'd think I would remember getting hit or tugged hard enough to create the bruise, but I never do...:shrug
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  • @llli*cej2014's Avatar
    Today, 08:40 AM
    Personally, I would just watch it for a bit. Enjoy the sleep! I would imagine if he isn't getting enough during the day/one night feeding, he'll start to wake up again. When my LO started sleeping longer she started to nurse more vigorously and for longer first thing in the morning to make up for it.
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  • @llli*aurealuna's Avatar
    Today, 08:21 AM
    This was my gut feeling, too. When I am well-awake, this gut feeling kicks in. It just seems... mean. Actually, I had read about the Dr. Jay Gordon method during a previous thread that I posted. We had already more or less been in the 2nd stage of his method anyway when we started, so for a while we had completed it and she was sleeping a good 7-8 hours uninterrupted. However, about 2 weeks ago the problems started up again with a fury. She is now throwing mega-tantrums if she wakes up in the night and I don't nurse her, and she pushes my hand away if I try to pat or comfort her. I have to wait until she has thrashed around a good 5 minutes before she exhausts herself. Then I cuddle her and she falls asleep. However, last night was the worst. She woke up repeatedly even just 2 hours after going to bed. I think she woke up about 4 times in just one hour between 10-11 pm, then periodically throughout the night. Probably she is teething? What can I do to retain the night weaning progress in such situations? As usual, even last night I refused to nurse her until it was light outside (around 7 am). It was not at all easy for anyone. I guess part of the reason I was considering pushing the weaning is that sometimes I just feel really tired of nursing. I love the moments when we are talking while she nurses and such, but in general I would prefer to be cuddling with her in the same way without nursing (like that ever happens! :lol )...
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  • @llli*dhess1972's Avatar
    Today, 07:42 AM
    I've read about false alarms etc but I know for a fact I don't have enough cuz I started out this breast feeding journey so wrong. My baby is now 8 days old,,, when I had him i breastfed the first 2 days but he fussed n screamed so I figured he wasn't getting enough so the nurse gave me formula to satisfy him,,, of course that worked but I really really want to breastfeed him,,, I've been mostly formula feeding him but occasionally try to express mine but it only drips and he's not ok with that,,, am I too late to get a good supply to satisfy him?
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Today, 07:42 AM
    I have a very mild soreness in one breast that I've had for a few days. Like some post-mastitis lumps I had a few months ago, I've been massaging it thinking it was a plugged duct, but I'm thinking the massaging is just making it more sore (the lumps got worse until I left them alone, then they went away). I have no bump or lump, no milk build-up or engorgement. Baby appears to be emptying the breast regularly, and I've pumped a few times when he wasn't interested in nursing. It felt empty, but I have heavy breasts so it's hard to tell. But I've read here and online that you can have a plugged duct without those things occurring, though, so I'm confused how you'd know. I'm starting to lean against it being a plugged duct. It's at the very base of the breast, almost at the bone. According to diagrams I saw online it seems unlikely there is a milk duct there, but they are not great diagrams and I can't quite pinpoint the soreness.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 07:36 AM
    Because rate of gain dropped even more. I'm feeling paranoid that I can't just stick it out for an extended time because his next appointment is in only two weeks and I don't want us to drop down considerably lower on the charts as I'm already disobeying Drs orders by NOT feeding him formula (As much as I can make him take) via bottle after every nursing session. Until I find a Dr who is actually supportive of breastfeeding I'm feeling freaked out because I don't want the Dr to go reporting me for "starving" my child or something. Unfortunately I don't think I can get the less supportive offices to check for any other causes for slow weight gain unless I first follow orders and totally destroy breastfeeding first which I've been unwilling to do. (Basically they won't be willing to look for other causes unless I can show that force feeding him formula actually makes things worse but I'm not willing to do that.)
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:35 AM
    La Leche League advises that weaning occur gently and with love. My personal feeling is that the plan outlined by your friends and family is a bad idea for a lot of reasons! Having mom disappear for a weekend might work as advertised, but it could also be pretty traumatic for your child, and you may still be producing quite a lot of milk, something which could set you up for discomfort, engorgement, plugged ducts, or mastitis. And your child might see you come back and decide that she wants to nurse again, or may continue to wake at night even though she's not nursing- and then what tool will you have to put her back to sleep? It sounds like night nursing is your biggest problem right now. Instead of weaning her completely, I would work on cutting out those nighttime sessions. A lot of mamas here have used the Dr. Jay Gordon method to nightwean their toddlers: http://drjaygordon.com/attachment/sleeppattern.html. I would definitely try that before I vanished for the weekend!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:23 AM
    Welcome to the forum, Foremilk/hindmilk imbalances are the biggest non-issue in breastfeeding. Babies will grow well- often exceedingly well-on the so-called foremilk alone, provided they get enough of it. Foremilk contains everything a baby needs- all the carbs, fat, protein, and micronutrients. The only issue with a diet that is heavy in foremilk is the potential for extra gas and fussiness. I know the internet is exploding with suggestions that foremilk is somehow bad for a baby, but it's really not! Furthermore, foremilk/hindmilk imbalance is (to my knowledge) exclusively a product of oversupply. It's possible you have some going on. Your baby is very young and oversupply is more often a problem for new moms. Your baby doesn't seem to need to empty the breast during the night- this may be because you just have more milk than he needs at that point of the day. So, how do you rule this out? Well, IMO you don't. You just watch your baby. If he is happy and healthy and growing normally, this is NOT A PROBLEM. If he's really gassy and fussy, then let us know and we'll talk about how you can determine whether or not you have oversupply.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 07:21 AM
    Keep trying.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:12 AM
    You have to remove milk from the bitten side somehow, using either pump, baby, or hand expression. If you let the milk build up, you're going to lose supply and risk discomfort/engorgement/plugged ducts/mastitis. Healing broken skin in the nipple area: - Use a combination of 1% hydrocortisone cream and Bacitracin antibiotic ointment on the area to combat inflammation and infection. Use a pea-sized amount, mixed and applied using a clean finger. - Hydrate the area using showers, soaking washcloths, or a shot glass full of warm water. - Practice good hygiene in general- wash hands carefully and in hot water, change your tops, bras, and towels daily.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:08 AM
    :refusal I don't buy it. Yes, the older shields were worse in this regard, but the new shields aren't perfect. Milk transfer issues are always something to look out for when a shield is in play. Besides, a mom is only going to use a shield when the baby is having some sort of problem latching- and that can lead to transfer issues even before a shield is introduced.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:03 AM
    You know what is great for killing bacteria? Sunlight and being dry. Bacteria that live in wet stuff usually can't survive lots of UV light, heat, and drought. So put the car seat in the sun as much as possible- that will take care of anything that was living on it. And I highly, highly doubt that there was anything to worry over in the first place. :)
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  • @llli*brobi011's Avatar
    Today, 06:11 AM
    Hello Moms, I am at a challenging point in breastfeeding! I just returned to work one week ago and am pumping at work during the day. I've got a 3 month old at home who has had exclusively breastmilk since he was born. I have a few questions... 1.) My son has had green poops for over 2 weeks now. My pediatrician is not concerned, however, I want to rule out foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. If I am pumping 3 times a day and making sure that I pump until empty, is it still possible that he is receiving an imbalanced mixture of fore and hindmilk or can I rule that out? He doesn't empty the breast during his middle of the night feed. 2.) To be honest, I don't know if I am pumping until empty! Currently, I pump until no more milk is coming out. Sometimes it's only 10 minutes or so. Should I wait a certain length of time to ensure there isn’t another letdown in there? 3.) To throw in a 3rd wrench, I've got some very persistent blocked ducts. I have on and off tried treatment without it working. They do not hurt very often and only throb a bit when they do hurt. Is it something to worry about if they aren't painful? How can I possibly treat when I'm at work all day and only get to pump every 3 hours? Thanks for your help!!!
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  • @llli*jam-on-toast's Avatar
    Today, 04:34 AM
    Thank you, it went better than expected, she did cry but it wasn't too extreme, daddy was giving her lots of cuddles. It felt a bit sad but I'm really proud of her for how she handled it!
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