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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    August 1st, 2016, 12:29 AM
    This is a stupid question.. I'm sure. But from everything I keep being told, usually BF babies won't take more than 4oz.. maybe 4.5oz. We have a scale to monitor how much he's eating. Last night I thought he took in 5.5oz, but thought I was just sleepy and was out of it. However, I'm up now at his nightly feed and he just took in another 5.5oz. He fed at 10, and now again at 2. 5.5oz roughly each time. LC said he should be eating around 4oz each time.. so that's I guess what I am typing this. Is it normal for some babies just to eat a crap ton? And is it true they can't over eat at the breast? Also, I continually get pain in one of my breasts. It feels as though theres something stuck in it, and originally I thought it was a clogged duct, but after seeing an LC she said it didn't feel like it... and by that point it was passed. However, I get sharp shooting pains occasionally in my breasts, and then every couple days one of my breasts (they rotate) will be painful and one of the holes where the BM is coming from is expressing a different color milk than the other holes are. I have had nipple piercings (had them done twice so theres a lot of holes) before and in one of the holes on each breast usually theres more of a yellowish color than the other holes have (the normal white). And it's very tender to press on a certain area, which is expressing the different color milk. What does this sound like? No signs of anything abnormal in baby. He's extremely gassy, but has been...
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  • @llli*niccolle8's Avatar
    August 1st, 2016, 06:43 AM
    I have recently returned to work three days per week and have been pumping every 2.5 hours while I am away from my baby. Ever since he has started taking the pumped bottles, his stool has been green and he has been fussy at the breast. When I am with him, he usually eats ever 2 hours during the day, but only from one side each feeding. When I pump, I pump both sides. Am I creating an oversupply by pumping more than he normally eats? I think he is getting too much foremilk causing the green stools. Should I alternate sides each pump session to mimic what we do at home? During my work days I usually get about 18 oz (4-5 oz combined per session) He consumes about 12 oz during the 9 hours I am away from him. I've also been pumping once in the morning on the days I am with him. I am trying to think of a safe way to reduce my supply so he is more comfortable and getting the nutrition he needs.
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  • @llli*mackeroo2013's Avatar
    August 24th, 2016, 02:08 PM
    Hi my daughter is 8 months old this week and still has not eaten solid food or pureed food. When she turned six months old I started to try pureed food with no luck since then I've been trying almost every day and all she does is spit it back out. I'm not too concerned about that since I know that it can be normal for babies to take longer to get used to new foods. I breastfeed her exclusively and I'm wondering am I enough since she seems to be fussier than normal. I'm nursing her every 2 hours and I pump one time overnight since she sleeps through the night . She doesn't have any teeth yet and I don't see any teeth coming in but my concern is her iron levels I heard that babies need iron after 6 months in age and they need it from food instead of mom. Am I understanding this correctly?
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    August 7th, 2016, 02:13 AM
    Back again, sadly. So going back off of my thread recently posted titled "baby eating too much?"... I now have other symptoms (regarding the thrush convo) and wanted to get yall's opinion before I can call my doctor on Monday. So I know I said before I had the sharp pains. Now, they are way more often, and more painful. I get the deep tissue pain, and now I have also noticed my nipples are RED. These in combo make me think thrush, WBU? I've also never had a vaginal yeast infection so I don't know for sure but (TMI I'm sorry) I am more "itchy" down there, but not significantly. Other that that no issues "down there", its more or less in the breasts. Thursday, over night into Friday my son actually slept for the first time ever for 6.5 hours straight. I woke up with EXTREMELY engorged breasts. I started to pump and knew I felt some knots. I had a feeling I'd start to get screwed with mastitis again. I woke up early Friday morning around 5am with a 100.8 temp, chills, etc. I wanted to see if I could get rid of it alone again, and wanted to wait until 24 hours before calling docs for medicine as I hate taking crap unless I absolutely have too. I ended up feeling better (after HOURS and HOURS of pumping, nursing, resting in bed with baby, and fluids), but wanted to see the doctor just incase so I went into see him at 5pm. I went in and he said "it didn't look that bad" and by that point, I started to feel a little better. He gave me a prescription for it just incase it...
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  • @llli*sacmd's Avatar
    July 30th, 2016, 02:32 PM
    Ok, I need reassurance and advice. Tired and frustrated with our situation. Here is our saga, continued from a previous thread: Baby was born almost 5 weeks ago at term, 7 lbs 15 oz. Latched shallowly the first day and then sporadically from then on. On day 5 of life, wouldn't latch at all for 5-6 hours and seemed sleepier and sleepier, waking up rarely to feed, so I put on a nipple shield and he took to it immediately. The next day, he weighed in at 7 lbs 10 oz. The IBCLC at our clinic was worried about low supply and advised me to pump after every feed and supplement with EBM. That week, I pumped about 5 x/day, not during the night, and got lots of milk. We supplemented about 4 times/day via bottle with EBM after breastfeeding (all with a shield). Our weigh-in at 2 weeks was 7 lbs 15 oz, a gain of an ounce/day. Great! I gradually stopped pumping and then stopped altogether, just fed him on cue. He was almost continuously latched to my breasts. Fast forward to now, 2 weeks later. Still will almost never latch without the shield and when he does, it is shallow and only lasts for a few seconds before he lets go. His weigh-in a few days ago was 8 lbs 13 oz, a gain from the previous week of just under 5 ounces. Then today, 2 days later, again weighing in at 8 lbs 13 oz. No gain in 2 days (this was a different scale, but still...). His improved weight gain is leveling off again. During the past week, lots of breast changes have occurred. Softer breasts, less...
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  • @llli*end.dd's Avatar
    August 15th, 2016, 02:41 PM
    Hi my 2 month old dd wants to feed only 5 mins and then wants to play for 5-10 mins and then feeds for 5 mins and Goes on playing and then feed.. This givens on for an hr with 3 5 min feeding with last one to sleep. Then sleeps for an hr and then the party continues for the next hr. And also she s refusing to feed in the normal cross-hold position and she s moving away from breast and cries for milk each time.this has just started from past 1 week. Need suggestions as what does this mean... Ear infection..? Or she doesn't like my hold while by? Is it painful to feed? Is she more interested in playing?...what's wrong with her......pls advise
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  • @llli*kmrs's Avatar
    August 10th, 2016, 02:12 PM
    First day of daycare today. Did not go well for either of us :( Anyway, when I got there to pick him up, they had just finished heating up a bottle for him. They never took the cap off, he didnt touch it. I really just wanted to get home and nurse him so we just brought the bottle home and put it in the fridge. I cant find anything on how long the bottle is good for. The milk was fresh from the last 24 hrs, straight to the fridge from the breast it was lukewarm from the warmer. Is it ok for him to drink tomorrow or do I need to toss it? I hate to waste it...
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    August 23rd, 2016, 12:38 PM
    It's me again. Alright so as y'all know I almost got mastitis AGAIN roughly 2.5 weeks ago. I had already been dealing with sharp pains throughout the breast, red nips, and tinder nips. Roughly a day or so after the mastitis issue, baby started to get the mucus poops.. and by mucus I mean REALLY mucusy. Also, they stink (compared to what they use to be) and are explosive (which they have always been I feel like). Several days later, my OB put me on Diflucan and we've been doing a treatment for thrush even though baby shows no signs we were both being treated. I was treated for about a week and a half before baby started, but now we have him on Nystatin (per his PED). I stopped Diflucan yesterday as my 14 day supply was up. About 2 days ago, the sharp pains came back. They aren't as bad but around day 4-5 of taking the Diflucan.. they had almost completely went away, but I still had the red and tender nips. But the pain has came back in the last 2 days. Fast forward. PEDS wanted to do a stool sample, and has done 2 so far. Both have blood in them, so she wants me off dairy and soy to test that. She also has referred me to a GI specialist. I saw my OB today and she did a culture of my milk for both bacteria and yeast/fungus. She also put in a referral to have an ultrasound done and said if that doesn't look ok, then she wants me to get a mammogram. She then prescribed me another 14 day round of Diflucan. My question is, I have read so many bad things about it.....
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  • @llli*jackaroos.mom's Avatar
    August 6th, 2016, 12:21 PM
    Hi. I haven't posted in several years since my last baby. I'm in a very unusual position and would really like some support. One year ago (after breastfeeding my first 2 children for about 2 years each), I thought we were done with kids and decided to get breast implants for my AA size chest. We changed our minds about wanting kids and I got pregnant a few months later. Pregnancy was fine. Breastfeeding was fine. When my son was 2 months old I found out that the kind of textured implants I had are linked to a rare cancer called breast implant associated ALCL--it's a lymphoma. It usually develops years after having implants, but I knew I wanted mine out immediately so that I could try to prevent it. I found a wonderful surgeon who agreed to do it while breastfeeding. I had my implants removed 3 days ago. Part of the followup care is compression and drains. I'm still breastfeeding, but my supply has decreased and I'm worried about compressing my breasts. I found a few other stories of women who had their implants removed while nursing and everything went fine. I'm just so stressed out because I'm afraid I screwed up our nursing relationship for fear of cancer. Also, I'm on Keflex for this week until my drains come out. My son had a green diaper this morning that I'm assuming is from the abx. I'm drinking kefir and taking culturelle, but I'm worried about thrush/yeast. Has anyone gone through this? Anyone nursed through surgery? I feel so stupid for ever...
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  • @llli*alh0904's Avatar
    August 4th, 2016, 02:37 PM
    Hi, I am currently pregnant with my second child and I am anxious about breastfeeding because I was unsuccessful with baby #1. My son was born 8lb. 5.5oz., full-term and he latched on like a champ the very first time! I should have had a wonderful breastfeeding experience; however, at shift change the hospital would take him into the nursery and when he would cry they would give him a bottle of formula. After that, my son wasn't interested in my breast anymore since he couldn't get full from it (my milk didn't come in until 3 days post birth). I am anxious because I will be delivering baby #2 at the same hospital. How can I avoid this issue again?
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  • @llli*nermal85's Avatar
    August 15th, 2016, 03:30 PM
    Hi guys I am needing some support and advice please as I am struggling. I have a 6 week old baby boy and a 3.5 year old girl. I have had depression since I was a teenager and have always been on meds but was advised to stop the meds when I first got pregnant. I had an emergency ceserian with my first baby and had pnd so back on meds and was advised not to breastfeed whilst taking the tablets. I have stayed on antidepressants since and was advised to change my meds to a safer one for my second pregnancy in the hope that pnd wouldn't hit me as hard if at all. I was determined to breastfeed this baby as I felt it would help me emotionally bond better with him than with my first baby. I had another blooming unplanned emergency ceserian with my second baby and got home on day 2. But by day 3 he had lost 15% of his birth weight (10% being their max amount allowed) so we were sent back to hospital so they could monitor his feeding and blood sugar levels by heel pricking him before and after every feed every 2 hours and weigh him the next morning. I was made to express milk and feed him in between nursing sessions. I cried all night cos of hormones and listening to him screaming from all the heel pricking. The doctor told me i could give him formula but i refused. That was a hard night I can tell you! He is putting weight on now but he's staying in the 2nd percentile. Been to see a lactation consultant who helped me with positioning and attachment and told me not to listen to...
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  • @llli*danah's Avatar
    August 7th, 2016, 12:39 PM
    Hello! I am trying to deal with oversupply and an overactive letdown, and getting very frustrated. It seems like my effort to fix the oversupply is making the overactive letdown worse. My son is 10 weeks old. His weight gain was slow to start, so I have been pumping to supplement with EBM in bottles. His weight caught up, and he has started taking more from the breast and less from bottles. The problem is I have been overproducing milk from pumping. My son has been spitting up a huge amount and his weight gain slowed considerably. I have been working to cut back on the amount I pump, but that has led to my breasts being very full and the letdown being very difficult for my son to handle. He chokes while nursing and gets very upset. I am already trying leaned back positions and hand expressing a small amount before nursing. I am hoping this will get better once my body adjusts to pumping less and I am producing less milk, but I am getting very frustrated and wondering how long it will take. It seems like in trying to correct the oversupply, the nursing has gotten worse. I would like to pump to relieve the fullness, but that would seem to make things worse and prolong the problem.
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  • @llli*csmf's Avatar
    August 7th, 2016, 03:59 PM
    Last week one nipple started to feel uncomfortable when nursing and I thought it was because of a bad latch. Then it started to hurt. Just the tip of the nipple. I started to notice some whitish spots on the tip of my nipple yesterday. It's kinda like "k" shaped now and turned yellowish today. It's only that part that hurts when I touch it or when I nurse. Otherwise I don't feel anything. I can't find any hard spots on my breast so I don't think it's a blocked duct. I don't see anything in babys mouth so I hope it's not thrush. I tried to poke it with a sterilized needle today and then let baby nurse but it's still there. I've been putting the APNO on the last two days and taking ibuprofen to help with the pain and it's not as painful anymore. Any idea what it is and whether or not I should continue to get rid of it since the pain is lessening now?
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  • @llli*podutti's Avatar
    August 24th, 2016, 07:27 AM
    So today I think I have finally reached my limit with pumping :cry At this point I am not sure that the benefits of sending breast milk to daycare outweigh the negative impact this is having on me and my family. I am exhausted, exhausted from pumping, washing/cleaning pump parts, worrying about pumping enough milk, missing out on every coffee break and lunch break with my workmates. I have no patience anymore with my kids or DH. I should arrive home from work and spend time with my children, instead I am pumping to cover next days needs, panicking about scaling milk before it is too late, while my kids are begging me to interact with them. I wanted to make it to 12 months and then switch to cows milk but it is just not working. I wouldn't have made it this far without the invaluable advice I got on this forum so a big thank you for that.
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  • @llli*jovadee's Avatar
    August 9th, 2016, 02:32 PM
    Do you pump less after you nurse rather than just exclusively pumping?
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  • @llli*marklaus's Avatar
    August 10th, 2016, 10:46 AM
    I have posted numerous threads about struggling to pump enough for my 5 month old baby during the day. I am almost certain it is stress related as I was able to pump 2x as much during each session while on a relaxed vacation. My baby is happy and full when I'm at home so I don't feel like it is a supply issue, just more of not being able to remove the milk from the breast effectively while under stress at work. I am having to pump 7-8x (a combination of pumping at work, on commute and waking in the middle of the night while the baby is sleeping) per day to make the 4 bottles my baby eats while I'm at work. Even at that, sometimes my sitter is having to supplement those 4 bottles with an ounce or two of formula. I am at the point of frustration and of just completely stressing myself out over it because I am so determined to continue to breastfeed. I am looking for another less stressful job with more reasonable hours (I'm currently away from my baby 11-12 hours a day five days a week) but it'll be at least 2 months before I can leave my job as I'm under contract. My baby is eating small amounts of solids (mostly veggies and a little cereal) but I know her primary source of nutrition is breastmilk. My question is...if I stop pumping at work and provide formula during the day, will my body still produce enough milk to continue to nurse during night wakings and in the evenings before bed? I can't imagine giving it up completely...it's hard enough to admit that I may need to...
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  • @llli*roschambon's Avatar
    August 20th, 2016, 02:21 PM
    Hello, I'm a FTM and I have a 3 week old baby. I've tried BF since day 1 but due to over supply, engorgement, and flat nipples, I have decided to do nursing and pumping alternately. While nursing the other day, I noticed something that looks like a pimple on my areola on the right breast. It is located above the nipple. It is red, swollen, looks like a pimple, feels like a pimple that is painful to touch. It hurts when I nurse or pump but the pain is tolerable. I took a warm shower yesterday and I noticed something was dripping from my right breast. At first I thought it was mill since it happened before, but I realized it looks like a pus - same like when a pimple pops. I cleaned the area with water and just let the pus or whatever that is come out. I believe that all the pus came out because the "pimple" now looks like an open wound. I continued pumping that breast, covering the wound and when my baby latches I put her on a position that she would least likely hit the part. Still, either way, it has been very painful and I've noticed that it bleeds at times. No pus whatsoever is coming out and it is not as inflamed as to how it looked like the first time I saw it. To put it simply, it looks like a popped pimple. I dont know what it is. It seems like it's one of the Montgomery glands that got inflamed or infected. My BF/BP on my right breast is affected because I had to stop feeding or pumping due to the pain. I wanted the wound to heal or close but every time I...
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  • @llli*alaya's Avatar
    August 8th, 2016, 07:32 AM
    Hi all, I wrote a long post in the nursing your toddler forum, but this may be better suited here at this point in time (didn't get any responses in that thread). To make a long, really heartbreaking story short, my 14 month old son is now 20 days in to a nursing strike. I know the trigger -- double ear infection and viral sores on his throat. He has been SUPER ear infection prone despite being exclusively on BM (I know it's supposed to help with ear infections, so I can only imagine how bad it would have been had he NOT been BF). I got chronic ear infections too, and was also breastfed. Doc thinks it must be genetic factors/structure. With ear infections, a 2 - 3 day strike is not uncommon. So when this started, I didn't think much of it (this was before we knew he had sores). When we found out about that, and his strike continued, I told myself it was ok and that it was just going to take awhile. However, 20 days in, he has NO interest in nursing. He had slowly but surely weaning out session by session the last few months already, but his "sleepy sessions" he was still interested in (bedtime, naps, etc.). But ZERO interest in any other nursing sessions for several months now (I still offer, but he just wants to play). I've tried every trick in the book I've read to end nursing strikes.
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  • @llli*alicatgatorgirl's Avatar
    August 2nd, 2016, 08:41 PM
    Hello, My daughter is 7 weeks, 5 days old. She averages between 3 and 5 poopie diapers a day and between 5-6 wet diapers per day. She was born at 5 lbs. 14 oz. and lost 7% of her weight before leaving the hospital at 5 lbs. 7 oz. It took her 3.5 weeks to get back to her birth weight, 4.5 weeks to get to 6 pounds, and at her 6 week appointment, she weighted 7.05 oz. I am not sure of her current weight, but I can tell that she continues to gain. In the hospital, my daughter was very jaundiced and the hospital made me supplement with formula for 2.5 days and I have EBF since then. I am hoping to get some advice on spacing out her feedings a little more to get closer to the 8-12 average (I'd be happy to get to 12). My daughter has always fed extremely frequently day and night regardless of if she is in a growth spurt or not. She feeds as frequently as every 30 minutes to hour. This week, she has averaged 19 times per day. In previous weeks, it was as much as 22-24 times a day. I feel like I don't have time to produce milk, let alone eat right or take care of myself, with this schedule. Her feedings last anywhere from 6-10 minutes on one breast (in the middle of the night) to 25 minutes-2 hours at a time during the daytime/early evening. Sometimes she goes back and forth and acts frustrated. I have been doing breast compressions, offering both breasts, and waiting for her to end the feeds either by pulling off or falling asleep. It seems as if my daughter sucks vigorously...
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  • @llli*ccmama's Avatar
    August 12th, 2016, 10:38 AM
    I'm 8 weeks postpardom. Having difficulty with plugged ducts on both sides. Being treated a 2nd time for mastitis. Doing everything I can to keep them at bay, but just keep coming back. Feeling like I'm not going to level out. Getting mixed advice on lecithin- Doctor says no, lactation consultant says yes. I do not want to give up, but I am worried I will have to keep taking antibiotics, they seem to be upsetting LOs tummy. I've tried heat, warms showers, massage constantly, ibuprofen, different positions, cabbage leaves, pumping.... I'm praying there is light at the end of the tunnel, that it will get easier. I have a history of fibrocystic breasts and have had 2 biopsies on the right side. Thankful for any advice and positive vibes, I'm very overwhelmed thinking I have to endure this when I go back to work in 3 weeks.
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  • @llli*marun4's Avatar
    August 19th, 2016, 09:51 PM
    Hello! I'm totally new and totally desperate. I'm just about to give up. I have a 3-month-old son and I've made it to this point exclusively breastfeeding him. (He won't take any bottles or even pacifiers at all, so at least I know nipple confusion or preference isn't affecting things.) We've had a few rough times, but nothing like this. Lately he is just refusing to eat. His wet and dirty diaper count is down and he is losing weight. When I try to feed him, he will act hungry and eager to latch. He will latch, suck for anywhere from 3 to maybe 30 seconds, then unlatch. He will act frustrated or sream. Then he will either do that again a couple times or give up completely right then, start screaming and absolutely refuse to re-latch. It doesn't matter how hungry he gets. The only time I can get him to eat anything is when he is sleeping. Then he doesn't eat as much as usual, but at least he will eat. I have been to a pediatrician to rule out an ear infection, as last time he behaved similarly that was the culprit. That's not the case this time. The pediatrician's best guess is that it's reflux. I don't think that's it because this problem came on more or less suddenly -- it's been going on for less than a week like this. I've started him on his acid blocker prescription nonetheless, and it doesn't seem to be making any difference yet (he's been on it for just a couple doses. I will of course keep up with this to see if it makes a difference within...
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  • @llli*aliii524's Avatar
    July 30th, 2016, 06:17 PM
    My baby is 9 weeks old. I've been exclusively nursing and also pumping and giving him the milk in bottles on occasion. Nursing has been going really well up until now. Today, he has been very fussy - it is as if he tries my milk and does not like the taste. He has eaten very little and is fussy, which is quite unlike him. This evening, I discovered that I got my period! Could this be connected to his poor nursing? He did accept some pre-frozen milk, but I don't have enough to last the length of the period. Any suggestions?
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  • @llli*joeysmom47's Avatar
    August 4th, 2016, 08:34 PM
    My 4 month old has slept through the night for the most part since he was 2 months old. For the past week, he has been really fighting sleep. I nurse him before bed and he usually falls asleep in my arms and I put him in the crib (or sometimes my bed) and he sleeps until the morning. Now, he is waking up ever 30-45 minutes screaming and the only thing to console him is to nurse him again. I called the doctor because this is unusual behavior for him and the doctor said he is doing this because I've conditioned him to need to nurse to sleep. He said that I need to stop nursing him to sleep and to let him cry it out for 15-20 minutes, check on him, and then let him cry more! Well, I just can't do it!!! I let him cry for 5 minutes tonight and then tried to console him in other ways, but he is inconsolable unless I nurse him. I want him to be a good Sleeper... But I can't let him cry like that!!! Advice?!
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  • @llli*jensmith's Avatar
    August 4th, 2016, 12:01 PM
    I am currently 6 months pregnant with my 2nd child. I had such a horrible experience breastfeeding my son that I want to do everything possible to set the stage for success. I ended up bf ds for a year but it was just problem and problem. He was in the Nicu for 3 weeks and I stayed with him during the day and bf and pumped overnight so the nurses could use that milk for overnight feeds. I probably overdid it with the pumping because I was so afraid they would run out. I'm hoping that all that pumping was the root of our problems and if I don't have to pump this time around, my OALD and oversupply won't be so extreme. He would spit up 50+ times a day (large amounts) for at least 6 or 7 months. We went through so many nursing strikes and he just screamed every time I tried to feed him. It honestly broke my heart. I remember being on this board last time and asking a lot of questions and following advice like pulling him off and spraying into a towel, block feeding, reclined feeding, etc. Those might have helped a little but I guess it's possible he just had so many painful/bad experiences at the breast he never really enjoyed it. He was on many different reflux meds and none of them seemed to help with the fussing at breast or spitting up. (He never cried when he spit up so I don't think it was reflux anyhow). I want to badly to have a joyful breastfeeding experience this time around. God willing this baby makes it full term and doesn't have to stay in...
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  • @llli*mum.mumbai's Avatar
    August 18th, 2016, 02:32 AM
    Hi Ladies, This is actual a partly a thank you and reflection post, so bear with me, if this gets a bit long and winding. Well to start with I had one of the most rockiest start while breast feeding my son. It started with Premature birth-> EPing -> Fast letdown-> Nursing aversion, this coupled with lack of BF professional around lead to perfect recipe of disaster. But I trusted my gut instinct and used Internet to find the resources and get help as soon as possible. And my fruits of hard work were when my son was nursing exclusively by the age of 8 weeks old. While on this arduous path, this forum lent an immense emotional support and became my go-to place in case of any doubts related to BFing and parenting in general. But I have to confess, I was more of a reader than a poster mainly because majority of time my issues were posted by someone earlier, eliminating the need of re-posting.
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  • @llli*kmrs's Avatar
    August 17th, 2016, 07:08 PM
    Everytime I think I have a handle on breastfeeding, something new throws me off. My son is 12 weeks old. We have had some big changes in the last week. He started daycare, I started work and we weaned off the nipple shield this past weekend. At first breastfeeding without the shield was comfortable, with the exception of the first few seconds of latching when he was sucking his hardest. Feeding is taking half the time it was and he would fall off when satisfied and refuse anymore when done. Life was good. I have been back to work for 2 days and pumping 3-4 times a day. We have been 'shieldless' since Saturday. Over the last few days, i have been having increasing pain in my nipples. Today its so severe, I am crying through feedings. On top of that (I posted yesterday about this) Im concerned my supply is decreasing for some reason. I am pumping less, but I understand that that is not an accurate way to tell if supply is low. My main concern is that he eats as soon as he gets home and stays on for an hour. Which is fine.. I wonder if hes just content nursing. But the second time he eats (about 2 hrs later) he eats good for a few mins, then I stop hearing him swallow and he gets fussy and starts pulling on my nipples, waving his arms, and shaking his head side to side. You can imagine how this feels on my already VERY sore nipples. I dont know how helpful counting output would help bc it seems to only be a problem in the evenings and he is getting bottles all...
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  • @llli*ygg9292's Avatar
    August 3rd, 2016, 09:13 AM
    Well my baby boy is 8 months old. He's a very high needs baby. He's never had a bottle or pacifier. He doesn't go to sleep unless I nurse him which doesn't bother me except I have an almost 3 year old too and it's difficult to lay down in the bed long enough to put him down for a nap. I have to nurse laying down because moving him always wakes him up. At night he sleeps with us, always has, he wakes up 3-4 times and nurses himself back to sleep. He sleeps great and this hasn't been a problem for me. He's very dependent on me though. 98% of the time if I don't have him he's upset. My husband doesn't know what to do with him and he usually fusses if other family members hold him for more than 10 minutes. This makes it impossible for me to get a break, clean or cook, or spend time with my other son. Don't get me wrong.. This has not been an issue for me and I adore the bond we have. If I had to do it over again id do it the same. I love him being so loving with me but my husband says we have to stop nursing at 12 months. It literally keeps me up at night and I've cried thinking about weaning. I don't know how he's going to react to everything he knows being taken away and it depresses me knowing I'm going to have to be the one to do it. I feel like I need to convert him to his bed asap so he doesn't have two overwhelming changes at once. I just have to idea how I'm going to do it or how I'm going to wean him. It feels like a obstacle impossible to overcome and it scares me to...
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  • @llli*kmrs's Avatar
    August 16th, 2016, 05:33 PM
    I just started back at work today and had my first day of pumping all day without baby eating first. Im going to try to pump at 9, 12, & 2 and feed baby when I get home at 4. So my pump outputs today were 6.5 oz, 5 oz, and 3 oz. My son ate at 4 and stayed on longer than normal but seemed satisfied at the end. He just ate again and is very fussy at the breast like he's still hungry and not getting anything. I tried pumping after he ate last night and this morning but I barely got anything. I finally was successful in weaning off the nipple shield this weekend but before that, I had a higher pump output than these numbers today and that was after he ate. Im worried my supply is dwindling already and its only my first day pumping. Does this sound like a possibility? I would think weaning from the shield would cause more supply. Im not sure how to remove milk more often as I really cant pump more at work and hes already eaten every 2 hrs tonight so far. Any suggestions? Thanks!!
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  • @llli*novila's Avatar
    August 27th, 2016, 01:29 AM
    I just started domperidone on the recommended dosage of 3 tabs 3x daily, and woke up in the middle of the night all of a sudden with a huge plug in one breast! Of course it is the breast that produces the most normally, and the milk there just gathered in this plugged area that I am desperately and v painfully trying to pump out now. It's like when I lay down, gravity has forced all the milk in the left breast to stop up at the very top of the breast near the collar bone. So is this because of the domP? I haven't actually noticed any increase in my supply yet, being on it for only a few days. I really don't want to stop taking it yet but wonder if something is wrong, since this specific problem has never happened where the milk gets plugged at the very TOP OF THE BREAST! Are domP users more prone to clogging, even when supply has not changed??
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