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  • @llli*proudmama28's Avatar
    Today, 07:43 PM
    Hi everyone, I started taking Nora B birth control mini pill a few months ago. It was shortly after that when I noticed my babies poop started getting really green and mucusy. I'm wondering if anyone experienced something similar? I know it's not supposed to affect breastfeeding at all, but just wondering your thoughts. Thanks in advance!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:13 PM
    :rolleyes: Breastfeeding needs a new slogan. "Breast is best" is supposed to be a way to encourage moms to nurse, but when a mom is struggling, that slogan can come off as scolding and judgy. BElieve me, any mom who has tried triple feeding knows how hard you're working, and we've got your back. :hug
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:05 PM
    Thanks for providing that additional information! Based on your answers, it seems like you are already doing a lot of stuff right- which is awesome!- and that you also have some areas which could be improved. The first thing to know about milk supply is that supply = demand. The more frequently and more thoroughly you remove milk from the breast, the more you will make. This is why more frequent nursing and pumping will do more for your supply than any herb, tea, cookie, or bottle of Gatorade. (Most of those things have a very modest effect in supply, if they do anything at all. Gatorade is particularly useless, IMHO, so don't drink it if you don't like it!) Since the best way to increase supply is by removing more milk more often, the first area in which improvement is possible is pumping. It's great that you have a good double electric pump. The Medela PISA is a good machine. But you might be able to increase your output by going up to the next level of pump and using a hospital-grade rental- no guarantees, but it's definitely worth a try. Another good way to increase supply and pump output is to pump more often. Pumping every 3 hours is great, and maybe that's all you can manage. But if you can squeeze in some more pump sessions, you will be rewarded. This includes pumping overnight, which I know is very difficult. But squeezing in pump sessions during the wee hours is especially important if the baby is refusing to nurse. Another area in which...
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  • @llli*j323cole's Avatar
    Today, 03:55 PM
    Thank you for your response, I have a medela double electric pump I think it's the in style model. I also have a Ameda manual pump, I mostly use the electric as the manual is too time consuming and I don't get half as much from it. I pump every 3 hours starting at 9am throughout the day my last pump is at midnight and I don't typically pump throughout the night I would usually nurse him if he would wake up but the past few nights he has refused my breast and I end up making 4ounces for him usually around 5am. My son eats every 3-4 hours taking anywhere between 4-6 ounces. I'm lucky if I pump 4-6 ounces in 24 hours. I've been taking fenugreek 3 capsules 4x a day I drink a ton of water and Gatorade, i just stopped taking my birth control almost 24 hours ago now hoping that will make a difference. I always offer my son breast before I will mix a bottle but lately that just makes him angry and I end up giving him formula or any pumped milk I have. We no longer use the nipple shield and he has a good latch. I have no pain when I do nurse him, but he hasn't been getting what he needs from me so he usually will fight me when I try nursing. It's been very frustrating. We were doing so well and now I've hit a huge road block I don't want to stop nursing. I'd love to get back to being able to supplement occasionally if needed and mostly breastfeed. I've talked to my family doctor and on about getting a rx to help my supply but neither were willing any suggestions or help is greatly...
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  • @llli*jessiesmum's Avatar
    Today, 02:05 PM
    Just to add to Maddie's post, I used to be paranoid if my other half fell asleep holding our daughter, and I would watch them like a hawk. Perhaps if having baby sleep on you on the couch or in a chair while you nap is something you want to try but are very nervous about, you could have a responsible person such as your husband present for the first few times or until you felt more comfortable with the idea? If he were watching then should there be any danger he would be able to help baby and wake you. Hope that you get some sleep soon!
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  • @llli*jessiesmum's Avatar
    Today, 02:00 PM
    It's great news that you've managed some cradle hold feeds, maybe baby is becoming more receptive to the idea now after some practice! And lovely that you can finally have some of those lovely cuddle-naps. I've found with feeding whilst wearing that it is (for us anyway) easier in an ergonomical carrier than a sling, and that if I slip my hand inside the carrier I can lift my breast to baby's lips until she's settled in for the feed (right hand for right breast and left hand for left breast). With (lots of) practice, now once she's settled on she'll hold the breast and I can be hands free. Initially we began by my standing in a quiet room and just rocking side to side gently whilst attempting to carry-nurse. I would try this before walking as the up and down movement can be tricky to keep baby latched in the very beginning. These days I'm lucky enough to be able to powerwalk a couple of miles during a feed. My other half usually asks if she's having a milkshake when she feeds now!
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  • @llli*jessiesmum's Avatar
    Today, 01:39 PM
    I don't have much time but I wanted to jump in with a quick suggestion , hope that's OK! Considering you're concerned about baby taking enough milk and the future of your supply, it may well be worth revising your use of the paci. Babies suckle for comfort yes, but even during comfort nursing they receive valuable nutrition and stimulate mom's milk supply. To this end, could you perhaps try offering the breast first instead of the paci? - You mention that you offer paci first, which may be rather counter productive. Pacifiers do of course have their uses, they can gain you enough time to use the bathroom or to find somewhere convenient to nurse for instance, and there is some research that use of a pacifier during sleep can help reduce the risk of SIDS or aid with reflux symptoms.
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  • @llli*sef's Avatar
    Today, 01:06 PM
    Thanks to both of you for your responses. I've gotten a lot of "breast is best" comments. Clearly I know that or I wouldn't be trying so hard! I don't think people who haven't been through this understand what it is like to triple feed for going on 8 weeks! In the end, you are right, it doesn't matter. I just want a FED and HEALTHY baby. We went in for a weight check today. He weighs 9lbs 10oz (was born at 7.11 and got down to 6.8). He is falling off the curve but not too concerning. He will go back in a week for another weight check which will be helpful. They suggested supplementing every other feeding. However, when I did this today, he spit up! He never does that. I cut back on one pump a day and try to nap instead. But that means now, we won't have enough breast milk to supplement with the additional supplements. Oh well. I'm at the point where I don't want to risk my baby's health and I need some sleep for my own health. He makes this tricky because he is such a happy smiley baby! He comes off after a feeding happy for the most part. BUT if we gave him a bottle he would eat it all no matter what and then make himself sick. He also cries after a bottle no matter what the amount. I'm trying to adopt a go with the flow attitude. Feed my baby when he is hungry, supplement as needed. Pump when I can, nap when that's more important. I know it will probably affect my supply and I'm sad about that. I'm sad that I can't EBF. But I have a gorgeous healthy baby who gives...
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  • @llli*breastfeedinglp's Avatar
    Today, 12:52 PM
    Thanks for the info. The baby doesn't give a lot of hunger signs (she needs to suck when she gets sleepy so hard to distinguish between hunger or just tiredness) so I usually end up feeding her every 3 if she is wake. If she cries before the 3 hours, I'll feed her. I do give her a pacifier first when she cries to see if she will fall asleep but I only started offering pacifiers after 5 weeks. If she is napping, I don't wake her up but it usually won't go past 4 hours without a feed. At night she usually does a 5 or 6 hour stretch then back to 3 hours. She had a tongue tie released and still has a lip tie but she has been gaining weight normally and I don't have pain with feedings anymore. She does unlatch a lot and doesn't form a tight seal sometimes. I'm hoping to pump about 4 ozs a day so I have some milk stored up. I was trying to pump in between feeding sessions which made her pulling and fussiness worse so now I am pumping after she feeds. I did it yesterday and it seemed like she ate much better. I can get about an oz when I pump after she eats.
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  • @llli*jen.r24's Avatar
    Today, 10:04 AM
    Jessiesmum - that is a goal of mine, to feed in a sling or carrier but havent manged to make it work. I may take a couple of days wearing her topless in the house and see if she will attempt taking the breast while being carried. Another update is she has fed in my arms in cradle type position 5 times in the last 24 hours (falling asleep at the end sometimes!). This was such a big thing for me, she hasn't done that since around Christmas and I never get to cuddle her while asleep in my arms as a result. I held her for a two hour nap yesterday cuddled in that position and loved every second of it. I was so happy to have that cuddle. Just at a time I'm starting to get her used to napping in crib, what poor timing - ha!
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  • @llli*jen.r24's Avatar
    Today, 08:03 AM
    Agree with previous poster! The baby led weaning site and book are great resources to know what foods you definitely don't give (like honey) and how to prepare foods safely so they don't pose a choking risk. Yes learn the difference between choking and gagging, gagging can be quite a show to watch and looks scary but I just remain calm so my lo doesn't become afraid. So far we haven't really had any scary episodes but it's good to watch some videos and learn what to do if a baby is truly choking (they will go silent and blue). We really just went for it with foods to be honest! Fruits, veggies, even bits of steak. I make foods for her to snack on to like porridge fingers, Apple crisps, veggie or fruit muffins (no sugar, there are baby friendly recipes). We would offer eggs once a week when we have them - her own little omelette. Cheese is recent for us, again just a little grated into veggie muffins or in omlette fingers. She loves slow cooked beef, which falls apart in mouth. We give her whole milk plain organic yogurt a couple of times a week, with fruit to dip in (we help!). We started off with foods being plain tasting and separate but quickly combined flavours and added flavours (no salt however). Last night I made chicken curry kebabs (mild, just curry powder and yoghurt as a marinade) and a homemade mint and cucumber raita. She loved it. It is messy messy messy but such great fun. We can now put a selection of three things in front of her on a plate and she'll...
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  • @llli*etoile's Avatar
    Today, 07:54 AM
    I mash the sweet potato and squash. You could cut into cubes or wedges raw and roast or steam that way and it might be a little easier for baby to pick up. My son will pick up a piece of anything soft and squish it in his hand first so he does the work for me sometimes, haha :) I gave him a spear of raw celery last night and he loved gnawing on that! He doesn't have any teeth yet so I bet it felt good to his teething gums :)
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  • @llli*zachary.smommy's Avatar
    Today, 06:38 AM
    Thanks for the reply! I am definitely going to look at the forum on the babyledweaning.com site. Are you mashing the sweet potato and squash? Anyone else have any input? :)
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:29 AM
    Great! Just keep in mind that bottles given for training purposes can be very small. 1-2 oz is totally sufficient. If you keep the practice bottles small, it means your baby will continue to nurse at a normal frequency, which means you won't need to pump to replace feedings that the baby misses. I'm glad you're not contemplating an 11 hour break! :) Actually, nursing on the plane can be quite comfortable, and is generally much easier than not nursing. A nursing baby generally just nurses quietly and falls asleep. A bottle-fed baby may resist the bottle- noisily!- and then not sleep because he misses the comfort of nursing. And then there's the possibility that the bottle will fall on the floor- and airplanes/airports are filthy. I suggest doing the following: - Treat yourself to a nice piece of nursing clothing, or wear your favorite nursing shirt, so that you can nurse really easily. - Bring a large, lightweight shawl that you can throw over yourself and the baby. She will likely nurse and nap very quietly underneath it. - Request to be seated by a window (that way you have privacy on one side), and ask for a bulkhead seat if that is available- it will give you more legroom.
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  • @llli*florida2001's Avatar
    Today, 05:17 AM
    Hi, I appreciate your long response. Advice very helpful. I tried yesterday putting breastmilk into bottle. She tried and refused in the first time, but then she was able to suck it. Even if she took little bit, it is good sign. I need to train her to do that. For issue #3 i agree, I didn't mean to not breastfeed her on the flight at all, I was just thinking to reduce the numbers of breastfeed sessions, because sometimes she likes to eat every 2-3 hours, and I know it won't be comfortable to do it on the plane or while waiting for the plane. Issue #4- yes the sleeping is becoming an issue for me, especially because I becoming tired and exhausted. I breastfeed her during the day every 2-3 hours, but she latch sometimes for 5min only. I found she is distracted by surroundings or she is not that hungry. I always try to find quiet place to not distract her, but seems like after 5-10 min she has enough. The longest breastfeed she gets is around 7PM before I put her sleep. She latch for 30 min and then fall asleep around 8PM. Between 11-12PM she is up crying, so I offer her breast and she latch for about 5-10 min falling asleep after. Then she is up between 2-3(sometimes 4AM) rolling over her belly and talking and playing with her hands or feet. I try not to breastfeed her as I want to teach her is bedtime;but she cries, because she is stuck on her belly(can't roll over back on her back) . I could go sleep to other room and close the door, but It makes me nervous,...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:53 PM
    Call Infant Risk! They are equipped to tell you the real risks of any course of treatment.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:51 PM
    :ita As moms, we tend to be very sensitive to perceived judgment. It's hard not to be, as you feel your way through the early stages of motherhood, when you are so unsure that you're doing it right... I personally think that the best way to deal with "judgment" is to not let it into your head. Whatever you end up doing with regard to breastfeeding, solid foods, choice of preschool, teen navel piercing, etc., just own the choice. "It works for me, it works for my family"- that has been my most successful strategy for dealing with criticism, whether it was meant to be critical or eas simply encouragement in disguise.
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  • @llli*ccquinn's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:34 PM
    My daughter is 2 1/2 and we still have a good nursing relationship. She nurses first thing, before nap, before bed and (unfortunately) once at night. I'm ok with it. I was going to wait until she decided it was time to stop. Well, until 4, max... Anyway, I have periocular dermatitis and my dermatologist prescribed 6 weeks of milocyclin antibiotic. Ugh. I've read some horrible info stating that it may cause my milk to turn black! Do I have to wean? I'm so worried. I guess I could deal with the dermatitis until she weans and then start the antibiotic. Anyone have any thoughts?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:32 PM
    Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby! There is definitely plenty of reason to think that you can get your supply back up, but before we get into all that, can you tell us some basic stuff about breastfeeding and pumping that will help us tailor our suggestions to your situation? It would be helpful to know the following: - What sort of pump you are using. Is it a manual, a double electric, or a hospital-grade rental pump? - How many times do you pump per 24 hour period? I know you said you pump every 3 hours- does that include during the night? - What is your typical daily pump output- what are you generally getting per pump session, and what are you generally getting as your total for a 24 hour period? - How many oz of formula are you using in a 24 hour period? - How often does the baby get a bottle, and how much is in each bottle? - How many times are you nursing in a 24 hour period? - How does nursing feel?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:52 PM
    You could lie on you back or recline with pillows propping you up with baby on top of you. For younger baby mom reclining rather than flat is probably safest but it depends on if baby is rolling over/pushing self up yet. Also many babies resist one position only to embrace it later, so I do suggest keep experimenting with side lying. Also I often sat on the couch, leaned back against the cushions, and leaned my head back and caught some z's nursing baby that way. It is not safe to lie down with baby on the couch because of the risk of entrapping baby between couch back or cushions and your body. But if baby is securely on top of you while you recline on the couch that is perfectly safe. A reclining chair is probably the least safe furniture to fall asleep with baby on, because while baby would again be perfectly safe as long as baby is securely on top of you, IF baby slips to either side and you do not wake, baby might get trapped between you and the side of the chair. However, there are probably ways to make even this safer. It is a matter of using common sense and knowing what the risks are.
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  • @llli*csmf's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:41 PM
    When he is tired and wants to nurse to sleep, I want to lie down to nurse him so that I can take a nap too. But he doesn't like that feeding position cos he's been held in a cradle position to nurse all his life. So he refuses to nurse lying down. You mean there's more than one position when lying down to nurse?
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  • @llli*j323cole's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:23 PM
    As a first time mom I've been having a very very hard time with breastfeeding. We had issues latching at the beginning and I could only get him to nurse while using a nipple shield because I had very little to no help while I was in the hospital. We started having to supplement with a bottle at night and that one bottle turned into more as the weeks passed. My son is now 13 weeks and I'm not making nearly enough milk to keep him fed. I started taking fenugreek, drinking mothers milk tea, drinking as much water and Gatorade as I can stand, eating oatmeal and making lactation cookies and nothing is helping. I've talked with my family doctor and my ob and they are saying to do what I've already been doing for weeks. There has got to be a way for me to get back my supply so I can continue to breastfeed. I have been pumping every 3 hours and each time I seem to get less and less. The most I am pumping is 2 ounces from both breast combined. I don't want to give up but I'm almost to the point of just giving up and going 100% formula. :( any help would be greatly appreciated.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:03 PM
    I know this seems counter-intuitive. But it only seems that way because people tend to immediately 'blame' poor gain on low milk production, or only low milk production, rather than looking at baby's ability to transfer milk- poor milk transfer will cause poor gain just as much as low production would! So, what you describe with weight loss would happen if for some reason, baby is unable to transfer milk efficiently. Of course baby not gaining normally might also happen if mom is removing so much milk when pumping, there is not really enough milk "left" for baby when baby nurses. So when a mom is pumping as well as baby nursing lots, it might make sense to try to have pump output and supplements "match" more precisely. And this is probably most helpfully done if pump output is reduced to what baby actually needs in supplements, rather then increasing supplements to match pump output, because the goal (presumably, not every mom has the same goal) but the typical goal is more nursing and less pumping and supplementing. Here are my thoughts on weight checks. One, is that since gain fluctuations, rather than steady gain, is the norm, daily weight checks are far too frequent and may be unduly concerning. It is hard because then what do you use for your guide? You have to use pees, poops (assuming baby IS still pooping daily, if not, then poops becomes not very reliable) behavior, and more or less, your intuition on a day to day basis, with accurate weight checks every...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:37 AM
    So you mean if you lay down with baby in your bed when you want a nap, he will not fall asleep? What positions have you tried using when in the bed? (I mean during the day- if you prefer baby is in crib at night and that is working for you, that is fine.)
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