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  • @llli*cspencer86's Avatar
    Today, 04:56 PM
    LO and I haven't had an easy BF journey so far - he was born at 40+5 weighing a tiny 5lbs 13oz. I'm in the UK and started out with far too shallow a latch which caused painful pits and cracks in my nipples. Numerous midwives helped me and we were making progress - the wounds have all healed and I was gaining confidence. However over the last few days his lower jaw loses suction and bangs into my nipple - ouch! This is accompanied by a 'clucking' noise - he tries to carry on like he's still properly latched. He generally has 5+ dirty nappies a day - none at all today :( however he has started Gaviscon for reflux (last Tues) which I know can cause constipation. His weight gain has been excellent so far - he was 9 lbs as of last Monday so he's gone from 0.4th centile to 19th. However I'm concerned this won't continue as he hardly drank at all today...it's too much effort for him to get the milk out :( Any experience or theories on what's happening? I can't get someone to assess us at home as access to our house is too difficult for most people to brave, and whenever I get help in hospital, etc I can't then replicate it when back on my sofa!
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  • @llli*christina1994's Avatar
    Today, 04:51 PM
    Hello! I'm new here :) But, I had a question... I had surgery on Dec,2015 and my doc said it will take longer to heal because I'm breastfeeding. I've never heard of that? And also she said that you kinda go through menopause while breastfeeding.
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  • @llli*bloomingblair's Avatar
    Today, 03:09 PM
    Update! I am producing better now. I got a hospital grade pump and it has truly helped.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 02:56 PM
    Hmmm. Refilling pain. I have heard of (and experienced) letdown pain, (this can occur between feedings) and it can really hurt. Is this what they are talking about? It hurts worse (in my personal experience) if the milk has no where to go. In other words, letdown pain that occurred while my baby was nursing was less intense and shorter lived than if it happened when I was apart from baby and could not nurse. But overall, letdown pain is typically basically just a few minutes, not 30-60 minutes... AND it happened in both breasts. What you describe sounds more like engorgement and plugs, or at least as if those might be in the mix... Are the painful spots like a lump ever? Does the pain get any better if baby nurses or your baby nurses, or you pump or hand express? Are you making much more milk than baby needs to you think? Is there a way to avoid getting engorged in the first place? Why is that happening so much? More frequent milk removal might help with letdown pain and any other possible issues. Yes we make a bit more milk overnight...and the milk has to go somewhere. If it stays in the breasts, it causes problems. Is baby nursing overnight? Plugged ducts can certainly happen in one breast and occur in multiple places. So can a typical breast infection (mastitis) or a breast abscess (these are rare.) So I am not sure how it being in one breast rules anything out.
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  • @llli*kevins-mom's Avatar
    Today, 01:59 PM
    I am preparing for a work trip without my baby. I have read all of the "tips" and tsa rules and I am feeling very stressed. I have plenty of milk at home for 4 month old baby to drink while I am gone, so that is a non-issue. I will be gone for 2 days. I will need to pump to replace the stash he drinks and bring the milk home with me. I need to figure out the logistics of transporting the milk. I have a hydroflask insulated water bottle that is extremely good at keeping things cold over long periods of time. Would it be feasible to store the refrigerated/chilled milk in a container like this with reusable plastic ice cubes? It seems easy in theory, I need to find out the real life logistics of doing it this way rather than lugging around a cooler and ice packs. I also want to try to be as discrete as possible because (as much as I really don't care) but breastmilk grosses my boss out and she will be traveling with me. I have a spectra 2 double electric breast pump, so I'd need an outlet to use it, which should be fine. Would it be easier/better to buy a handheld pump and use that for the trip instead?
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  • @llli*sfmamamia's Avatar
    Today, 01:06 PM
    I have an almost 4-month old and have had recurring breast pain in my left breast after my night feeding(s) the past couple of weeks. My doctor and LC nurses have ruled out an infection. They determined it is refilling pain. I am back at work this week and pumping at work. The pain seems to come after I am engorged, either at the end of the work day, or in the middle of the night after a long stretch of sleep by my son. My breast became engorged last night. After a 2:30am feeding, the refilling pain became unbearable. I took a 600mg ibuprofen (an Rx from when I have birth) at 1am before the feeding, but it did not help. The recommendations from the lactation consultants (ibuprofen, pressure on the breast, etc.) helped a little, but the pain was excruciating. I can't even pick up my baby after the feeding because the pain is too great. I have to wait an hour for it to pass before it gradually goes away. They ruled out an infection because the pain is only in one breast, and I feel it in numerous spots inside my breast, not just one spot. I had an examination and don't have a fever, etc, and no lumps or hot areas. I do not feel pain during feeding... Just about 15 minutes after I feed, and the pain lasts around 30 mins to an hour. It's always at night. They said its because you produce more milk at night. Can you recommend anything to help me? I want to continue breastfeeding, but the pain is unbearable and gives me anxiety. I am feeling very discouraged. Please...
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  • @llli*lovelena's Avatar
    Today, 10:48 AM
    I'm going through this currently. She can spend all day even night away from me and be fine, but when I'm around its feels constant. Especially when I'm trying to work with my 5 year old, can be very challenging. The crying and clinging when I try to distract and stick with not now is nuts. The limit setting time is here for me, I have to be firm and go through the tough stage. How are you doing mama? Have you begun the limits?
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Today, 08:30 AM
    Morning! I just wanted to pop in quickly and say that even if you have difficulty with pumping breaks, you may be able to work pumping into your work schedule. I have no idea what type of job you are walking into, and this may or may not be possible, but I'll detail below what I did to work pumping into my workday. It wasn't that my workplace wasn't supportive; it was, and I had access to a mother's room, but I'm always busy, it didn't have a computer, and it is a 5 minute walk away. I'm always either out and about in the community and driving, or on the phone/on the computer. Even without pumping, breaks are hard to work in. It truly was difficult if not impossible some days to set aside time during the workday to just pump. I could have, I suppose, but then I never would have been able to finish my work without staying late, which isn't really an option I was happy with at the time. It's possible that not having my attention totally on pumping made it difficult for me to pump enough, but I think it was also I hated the pump with a passion and never found it comfortable to pump. We supplemented with formula and once little one started solids (she loves them, not sure how yours will respond) I felt a bit less pressure with pumping, although we never completely weaned her from formula before a year. She's still nursing at 12 1/2 months, though, and she's now off formula, and that is good enough for me. :) I work in an office building with cubicles. I put up a...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:47 AM
    I believe this is normal. Time and gravity, and weight gain and weight loss, make everything head south eventually... ;) I know women with nips who are always pointing south, and I think it's just normal for them. I wouldn't worry!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:45 AM
    Yes, it is certainly possible! Many moms discover that they have a shortfall in pump output during the workday, and make up for it by pumping at night. I personally wonder how likely it is that you would be able to get sufficient milk, especially if you are going to be using a manual pump. So while I encourage you to try this plan, especially if pumping during the workday doesn't work out, I also think you don't want to feel too disappointed if it doesn't work out. Of course! Making up for a shortfall in the amount of breastmilk that a mom is able to provide is exactly what formula is for. Hopefully you won't have to use it- I am really hoping that the HR department is supportive and you have plenty of opportunities to pump during the workday. I believe the same amounts would apply.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:39 AM
    Here are some things you can do that may help your child gain more weight: 1. Offer to nurse more often when you are home with your baby. More nursing = more calories. 2. Have his daycare provider feed him some more calorie-rich foods. Cereals are generally quite low in calories and provide mostly carbohydrates. You want your baby to get lots of fat and protein, not just carbohydrates. Protein and fat-rich foods for a baby this age would be things like beans and lentils, meats, tofu, and yogurt and cheese made with whole cow or goat milk. 3. Add some calories to the low-calorie solids by putting some oil in them. A drizzle of coconut oil, olive oil, or even ghee can be added to the cereals. I looked at the chart, and I see that your baby is on the lighter end of the spectrum. But being lighter doesn't mean that he's not gaining weight well! Healthy babies come in all percentiles. Statistically speaking, there are just as many healthy babies in the 1st percentile as the 99th, just as many in the 25th as the 75th, etc.
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  • @llli*puja's Avatar
    Today, 03:46 AM
    My lo is now 9 month 10 days and he weights only 17lbs.he is breastfed almost every 3-4 hours. ..and given solids 3 times a day but less in quantity bcz he doesn't like his food o think and I do work outside so couldn't make lots of variation in his food...give him simple samolina porridge then broken wheat porridge and wheat bread with milk in night....what shall I do that he could gain well...
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  • @llli*podutti's Avatar
    Today, 02:53 AM
    It's a new job that I will be starting, initially on a temporary contract, so I'm very nervous to push my luck regarding pumping breaks. They are already been supportive by waiting for me to start until DS is 6 months old, I'm not sure I should push my luck if I want to get a more long term position with them. I have arranged a meeting with HR tomorrow to get some information and see what my rights are. If pumping breaks are not an option, would it be possible to pump a sufficient amount of milk while at home (in addition to lunch breaks), for example after DS goes to bed at night? Failing that could I supplement with maybe 2 small bottles of formula during the work days along with whatever milk I manage to pump? Does the same 1.5oz per hour apply for formula? So, for example if I managed to pump say 7oz at lunch, could I send send 7oz breast milk and 7oz formula to the daycare each day? I'm not opposed to giving formula I just want to continue to breastfeed in any capacity for as long as possible.
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  • @llli*tanpixie's Avatar
    Today, 01:22 AM
    Hi wonderful ladies, Just a nipple question. I stopped breastfeeding my baby at 3 - she's now almost 4. I've noticed that my nipples have changed the way they sit. They use to just point out - and now they kinda droop down ;) Is this normal? I'm assuming it's due to her constantly pulling down on my nipple so it's taken this stance now - I'm worried to be honest about breast cancer - changes in nipples etc. It's not inverted - not leaking, no milk left - but they both point down. Once air gets to them and they are normal again - once they are erect then once they calm down they are back to droopy nipples.
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  • @llli*raydians's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:48 PM
    A few ideas for you... One thought is that as baby grows, his stomach is growing too. As he gets older, he may begin to go longer between feedings. As with everything, use your judgement. Always, as comes naturally, watch his pees and poos. Have you noticed changes in your supply? Over the course of the day? Let me just quote this section of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding eighth edition (2010). (LLL's main book) pg. 152 - 153: "The four-month fussies Your baby's growing awareness has its temporary downside. At an LLL meeting a while back, a mother arrived with a four-month-old, saying he had begun "nursing funny." Another mother in the room said, "My baby's four months old, too, and she's started nursing funny.: And another mother spoke up with the same age baby and same concern. We dubbed it the "Four-Month Fussies" but didn't have a perfect solution for them beyond nursing in a quiet room, minimising distractions, time and nursing in whatever position the baby seemed to need. The group concluded that by around four months, babies had gained enough intellectual ability to tune in to the room around them, but didn't yet have enough grey matter to tune in and nurse well. Two of the mothers came back a few months later. "Are your babies still nursing funny?" we asked. They didn't know what we were talking about! It had passed so quickly that they had forgotten about it. With some sensitive babies, this stage can be a bit more frustrating and...
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  • @llli*arlomomma's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:30 PM
    Hi! My 4 month old within the past few days has started screaming when I put him to the breast. It is extremely distressing! I feel like maybe he is teething? In the middle of the night and in the morning he will eat calmly and like normal, but for the rest of the day and evening he just cries and screams as soon as I put him into the position to breast feed, he does not even latch. I've tried different positions, traditional cradle, football, standing and walking, laying down, bathtub, sitting on my knee... I've gotten him latched in the tub and while standing and walking around but not for long enough to do a full feeding. I've tried expressing some milk so he knows it's there and we've already dealt with oversupply and spraying in the past and that's pretty much resolved. Tonight he had a bottle because I didn't know what else to do. Is this a nursing strike? Any suggestions? I plan to ask his Doctor tomorrow because he has his 4 month appointment but I wanted to see what advice I could find tonight! Thanks!
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  • @llli*esthervegan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:00 PM
    I also had bloody scabbed nipples with each baby. It took my infants 3 weeks to master the skill of latch suck breath and swallow. My nipples did not hurt while the baby was actively nursing, but they hurt during the initial latch on and afterwards they were so sore I could not put clothes on. In desperation i put a sliver/eyelash amount of A&D ointment on my scabby bleeding nipples and lo and behold it helped!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:06 PM
    Yes it is safe to give your baby that milk. But you want to be very sure your pump is not causing further injury, or that defeats the entire reason for pumping. Look at flange size, suction setting, pump condition etc. I offer several suggestions for a similar situation with nipple pain and injury in this thread: http://forums.llli.org/showthread.php?125167-7-Days-and-having-so-much-pain-please-help! Additionally, if you are going to bottle feed for a few more days, you want to be careful to do it in a breastfeeding supportive way. Are you using bottles to feed baby or an alternative? Paced bottle feeding technique? Here is info on healing sore nipples: causes and fixes: http://kellymom.com/hot-topics/sore-nipples-breasts/ healing tips: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/nipplehealing/
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  • @llli*nmur0's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:53 PM
    I was told at the hospital that I was latching my baby on well but I knew something was wrong because I was in so much pain when my baby first latches on & I wasn't getting all of my aeriola in her mouth which I remember being told from my first child. Now my nipples are cracked, bleeding, & in constant pain, so I decided to pump instead. Unfortunately the first time I pumped today my nipple bled & I got blood into the milk. Is that safe? Is there anything I can use to heal my nipples faster? I've tried breast milk but it looks like that may take a few times to heal.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:47 PM
    :ita Moms can get driven crazy with the idea that the breast must be "emptied." And it is nonsense. I had some overproduction- I probably never had an "empty" breast for the first several months with my babies, even after marathon nursing sessions. The only time getting the breast more "empty" is important is if you have low milk production. Usually, as long as baby is gaining well and you are comfortable, nursing is going fine. Again, nursing more often is my best suggestion for avoiding engorgement, plugs and mastitis. As mommal explained, 3 hours is actually a rather long time for a baby to "go" between feedings as a regular thing. Once or twice a day you can often get a longer stretch, and if you are lucky it will be at night. But much of the time baby may wish to nurse with much more frequency and encouraging frequent nursing is the best way to avoid those issues. I am not sure you really have to switch around positions now. I am thinking that increasing nursing frequency is going to help. But if you do need to do this for now, as far as will you 'always' have to do this... breastfeeding circumstances are almost never "always." Things change, in other words. Babies grow rapidly and typically become more efficient at the breast, and at the same time milk production reduces (when needed) in order to meet baby's actual need. So while it is possible to get engorged and plugs etc. later on, this is more commonly an early weeks issue. On the other hand, as baby gets...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:27 PM
    :ita Can you post a weight history for the baby? It might help us see whether what is happening was a period of slow gain followed by normal gain, as one would expect when a baby is sick and then gets well, or has this baby really been gaining slowly on a consistent basis. KWIM? Can you see a different pediatrician? If you feel like your child's doctor has already decided that her weight gain is abnormal and supplements are required, it can really help to have someone with fresh eyes take a look at the baby. Did you ever figure out what was making the baby sick?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:22 PM
    If you're like most moms, you have probably seen a lot of advice saying that babies "should" feed every 3 hours. That's actually the absolute minimum for a real baby. Real babies usually feed at least 10-12 times per day, and often feed significantly more often than that. Some of the feedings will likely occur in clusters, during which the baby may ask to feed every 30 minutes. And the baby may sometimes go longer than 3 hours- perhaps taking a very long nap at some point during the day. Watch his diapers. As long as his diaper output is normal, he is getting enough. Other good signs of baby getting enough weight are things like him outgrowing his outfits and needing a larger size of diapers. And of course weight gain- if you really feel nervous about that, stop in at the pediatrician's and have him weighed. The co-pay is almost always worth the reassurance. Just remember that proper weighing procedure should always be followed, so you want to see baby weighed in the nude, always on the same scale, and never on a bathroom scale. It may help to write to down the baby's weight at appointments, because it's common for data to get entered wrong. Don't worry about it! You have a 5 week old baby. That's still very early days and you can really expect a lot of challenges at this point. It's 100% common to have to vary your nursing position and to have to work very hard on positioning when you have such a young, small baby.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:05 PM
    Very doubtful that you will always have to support the breast. 5 week-old babies can barely lift or control their own heads. Older babies, though- they have more head control, more strength, they are bigger... I am also a chesty mom and supporting the breast is something I had to do early on, but by a certain point I didn't have to bother. Not quite sure when that point was, but I am thinking it was around 3-4 months? Certainly less than 6 months! A few things to try: - Supportive nursing bra. It is generally advised that moms avoid underwire bras while nursing, because they can contribute to plugged ducts. But with my second kid, I found just the perfect underwire bra for me, and it propped my breast up just right so that I didn't have to use my hand. You might want to look around and see if you can find the perfect bra for you. - Use a rolled-up washcloth (or two, if you are extra gifted in the breast department) tucked under the breast to prop it up into the right position. - Try the biological nurturing/reclined position, or the side-lying position. Please don't worry that your nipples don't look like the nipples in the videos. News flash: no one has nipples like the ones in the videos. We're all shaped a little differently, and even the moms who you or I might look at and say "Whoa, she has perfect breastfeeding breasts/nipples!" can find themselves struggling, especially in the beginning when they are nursing a newborn. The shape of your...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:51 PM
    There is an app called "Breathing Zone" that I really like for when I have trouble falling asleep. It walks you through a short session of deep breathing, which can really help shut down the anxious, monkey-mind part of your brain and help you relax. It's just a few bucks, so worth a try IMO!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:49 PM
    It shouldn't be the norm, though! I usually don't advocate switching pediatricians- I feel that if you have a doc who is a good diagnostician, he/she is worth keeping- but if you feel like your doc won't give you good explanations when you ask, it might be time to look for someone else.
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