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  • @llli*blueberrysmom's Avatar
    Today, 09:02 PM
    I just wanted to post quickly to say that I know what you are going through. DS is eating the same way. Sometimes he is on the breast for 2+ hours just nursing, falling asleep, waking up in 10 mins and nursing again. Normally he eats every 30-45 minutes (from start of the first to start of the next feeding) during his waking hours. It's EXHAUSTING!!! But his diaper output is stellar, but much like your DD. My baby is also TT and we're waiting for our appt to get it taken care of. There are some times when he's on but won't latch for more than 10 seconds, gets frustrated and pops off - I will switch him some 10 or 12 times and he just gets upset. So I take him off and we walk around, or I give him to my husband to walk around with him. Even if he cries, it's OK - babies cry. I'll take him back in 10 mins or so and he does better. Swaddling or covering in a blanket also seems to calm him down so that he can be more patient for a letdown. You've got to just take a deep breath and know that her body is going to provide for you LO - but even she needs a break, even if that means listening to crying a little bit. Give hugs to your wife. BFing can be a tough tough game for mom and baby in the beginning. Know that you all will get through it! I would get her weight checked for peace of mind, and if all is well just go with the flow. This WILL not last forever - she won't be going to high school still eating every 15 minutes :)
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  • @llli*gingermarie's Avatar
    Today, 08:43 PM
    Hi! My son is breastfed and is now 2 years and 1 month old. (he was solely bf for the first 8 months.) my issue is this. For the last few months, he has been drinking less and less water and only nursing, to the point that now he only will nurse. no cups, straws, sippy cups, i've tried. he nurses at least 6 times a day and still night feeds during the night once or twice. i'm concerned as he has always had constipation issues and they've gotten worse since he's refusing everything but the breast. should i be worried about his health? is this common in bf kids? he also is eating poorly, but that's a whole nother topic. :( he's 26.5 lbs and healthy, iron is good, etc.. any advise would be great. thank you.
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  • @llli*vothisau's Avatar
    Today, 08:38 PM
    Hi all! I know this is a silly question because you're not supposed to be able to over feed but I've been exclusively nursing after some issues with nipple pain and today I'm back at work after my maternity leave and I pumped 7 oz total and I typically nurse on both sides at that time of day. My LO will be 2 months on the 7th and is already in 3 mo clothes. Since I stopped pumping, I thought I'd just sent just over 3.5 oz to the sitter in each of the bags. (I pulled frozen milk from last month to send today) Should I go to nursing on one side per feeding?
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  • @llli*vothisau's Avatar
    Today, 08:37 PM
    Hello everybody. Recently my lo hasn't been latching correctly. I've had issues getting her to open very wide from the beginning. she has a extremely strong suck, isnt tongue tied. Now she wont open hardly at all and when she does and i get a decent latch she pushes my nipple out to where she just has the nipple between her gums and its extremely painful. I've tried relatching her over and over and over again, changing positions and im so lost. I'm trying so hard to keep nursing her but im starting to get discouraged and it hurts so bad. its getting to the point i dread nursing. i live in a small town and resources are minimal. I've been thinking about trying nipple shields but not to sure on them. any advice?
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  • @llli*vothisau's Avatar
    Today, 08:33 PM
    Hi there, My DD is now 8 months old and I've been mix feeding since back at work four months ago. She used to have 1 bottle formula and 2 bottles EBM (I never could get more that 2 bottles expressed during the day). A week ago I decided to stop expressing at work as she was happy with the formula and it all became too much of a mission to do. Anyway - so she now has 3 bottles formula during the day and I breastfeed in the evenings, and morning (and whenever she wakes up at night). On the weekend though - the last one was the first - I breastfed as normal. I didn't even consider my supply until my Mom asked me on Sunday eve if I have enough milk... Babba was fussing quite a bit and bit me out of the blue. (I switched breasts and continued fine, although she woke up more during the night to feed.) My question is this..... Have i messed things up by stopping to express, should I start again? Should I give her, her bottles during the week-end as well so that she has a routine??? Am I confusing my breasts terribly and will it ultimately effect my supply?? Thanks,
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  • @llli*vothisau's Avatar
    Today, 08:31 PM
    Hello everyone! I started back to work yesterday. I also got my first period on Tuesday. I have had no problems nursing my 13 week old until now. Yesterday I pumped 5 times for a total of ... 1 oz! I spoke to a lactation consultant who recommended I get a new pump (this one was also used for my 3 year old with no problems). So I got a new medela instyle. Today I pumped and pumped and power pumped ( I have an office thank God) and still only 2 oz. I have been taking fenugreek. I don't see any letdown when I pump. I listened to a guided meditation, looked at video of the baby and still nothing! I am home now and she is nursing with no complaints. I don't know what to do. I feel like I am simply unable to pump.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 08:20 PM
    I think in general it is a good idea to check with doctor about severe edema. Of course temporary edema is to be expected when you have been pumped full of fluids, but it is important to be sure something more serious is not going on. Edema can make it very hard for baby to latch and transfer milk effectively, and also may contribute to engorgement. How is baby's latch and are you finding you are getting engorged? I put chilled green cabbage leaves on my feet and ankles when I had crazy edema in them after my first C-section. It seemed to help. Of course cabbage leaves on the breasts are also often suggested when mom is engorged.
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  • @llli*erin.in.middletown's Avatar
    Today, 07:15 PM
    All of the above is excellent. If at all possible (and you know the degree of possibility best, as does mom), I would think that if interventions that *might* interfere with breastfeeding are going to be considered, like pacifiers or formula use or bottle use, would be best held off until getting in touch with the LC, just so that that person can have the situation as it currently stands to help you make a plan from, and not any other potential issues as well thrown in. But that is just my own opinion! If you're going to be making an appointment tomorrow, could those things wait until talking with your future IBCLC so that that person and you can craft the best plan, without any added impediments or issues? Again, also, I understand that sometimes we need solutions now. Have nursing positions been discussed at all? My reading comprehension is failing me, and it's hard to search through on my phone. If mom is not using a laid back or side lying nursing position, I think both would be great to try, to help mom atleast relax her body during these rough days. Side lying was a godsend to me in the early weeks (okay, honest--early months), when I had a frequently nursing newborn (though admittedly not AS frequently nursing). Best of luck, again. It is hugely important how supportive you are being, too.
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  • @llli*moonrex's Avatar
    Today, 06:53 PM
    I just had my second baby a few days ago. It was an emergency induction and I was given tons of meds and lots of fluids. I woke up this morning to basketball boobs, and if I press my finger in one, it makes a dent that takes minutes to fade! Should I be worried? I have VERY large breasts so I have to hold it in place while feeding my newborn. When I'm done and I let go there will be DEEP crevasses where my fingers were holding it. They're extremely uncomfortable! Any ideas? I also BF my 2 year old and this never happened with her!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 05:48 PM
    oops forgot hand expression - http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/06_hand_expression.pdf
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 05:41 PM
    Whoops. Totally missed baby has had a frenotomy. When was this? TT of course is a cause of poor milk transfer and it can take some time for mobility to return/baby to be able to nurse effectively post frenotomy. It was done early, which is good. But nevertheless. suck training/ exercises may be needed. Also, sometimes the snip is not complete and needs to be redone. So anyway, I agree with pp. Who you probably want to see at this point if it is at all possible is an IBCLC, hopefully one who is familiar with tongue tie and/or milk transfer issues. And some things to think about. I know at this point it probably feels like three years, but actually baby is only three weeks old. This is very early days. Milk production is still being established (this does not mean there is not enough) and even a baby with no physical issues might still be learning how to nurse at this age. Fussiness and short sleep stretches ARE typical at this age and DO usually get better. However, there is no doubt what you describe is on the extreme end. Baby's gain and output appears normal. This is good and indicates there is enough milk and baby is able to get enough when nursing. Poops rather than wets are the way you tell if baby is getting enough to gain when in between weight checks, and baby pooping several times a day or more is what you want to see at this age. Even Poops every diaper change is normal, basically, there cannot be too much poop. But if you are ever in doubt about...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:35 PM
    Don't worry about the baby. Even the happiest newborn is pretty miserable- or at least appears so. The only way a newborn knows how to communicate is to cry, so they cry all time. Hungry? Cry. Tired? Cry. Uncomfortable? Cry. Missing the womb? Cry. Light too bright/ world too loud/air too airy? Cry. Etc.! I know it seems that it can't be normal for a baby to act distressed so constantly, but it really is and even the most miserable infant can grow into a happy, smiley baby in just a few short months. My firstborn cried and screamed nonstop, unless she was nursing. She became a lovely baby and is today the world's best 8 year-old! Even though the constant crying is okay for the baby, it can be absolutely debilitating for parents. If it gets too much, don't be afraid to put the baby down in a safe place and walk outside for a breath of fresh air.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:25 PM
    Thanks for answering those questions! Based on what you're saying, I think you probably have a high supply, and that is causing fast letdowns and high lactose intake, both of which are contributing to the baby being gassy. Probably. Now, if a mom has bad oversupply and it's causing problems for the baby, the remedy is often block feeding (feeding on just one breast at a time for 1 or more feedings in a row). But block feeding is something you do only if you are 100% certain you have an oversupply, and you're not 100% certain. And you're already nursing on just one breast per feeding, which is the most minor version of block feeding. So I don't think you need to do anything more to manage your milk supply other than continuing to avoid the pump (if possible) and letting nature take her course; oversupply diminishes with time as long as you feed on demand, and babies usually grow into fast letdowns. It would probably also help to feed in reclined (a.k.a. biological nurturing) positions, because they enlist gravity to slow milk flow and make nursing more comfortable for the baby. Don't be afraid to let your baby nurse for comfort- that is actually a very good thing for a baby who is having trouble with fast letdowns, gas, colic, etc. The breast is designed to provide food and comfort, not just food. So, aside from fast letdowns and possible oversupply, what is going on with your baby? My guess is that she is just being a baby! Babies are gassy, fussy...
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 05:04 PM
    If Daddy is just "trying to be helpful" in getting you more sleep when/if you mention you are tired and this of course starts an argument because you are both exhausted because you have a newborn which is entirely normal........ Anyway, perhaps if you are not already co-sleeping, you might want to look up the sweet sleep book or tear sheets. NOT bottle feeding and instead breastfeeding in bed can often gain everyone more sleep since it doesn't require actually getting up. If bottles are given overnight (formula or Expressed Breastmilk) it doesn't really give mom more sleep since she really needs to get up and pump then in order to keep from hurting her milk supply so it is really just easier to nurse if that is going well. And if baby hasn't needed formula or had formula so far and breastfeeding is going well, introducing formula could easily add in more problems like you already listed so not worth risking possibly making sleep and everything worse.
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  • @llli*alphawoman's Avatar
    Today, 04:41 PM
    My 3yo son also nurses for naps, cosleeps and nurses at night, and pretty much nurses whenever he pleases during the day. He's the happiest, healthiest child I know. I make a point of confidently telling our doctor and dentist, if not just openly nursing in front of them, because I can stand up to guff and want to change minds.
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  • @llli*erin.in.middletown's Avatar
    Today, 04:14 PM
    The certification you would ideally be looking for is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Their professional organization is ILCA; you can see what IBCLCs are near you at ilca.org. Best of luck!
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  • @llli*probs's Avatar
    Today, 04:05 PM
    Hi there, Thanks for your reply. The only checks that were done in regards to weight are when baby was born, A day or so after (When around 4.4% brith weight was identified as being lost) and 10 days later when birth weight plus a bit was identified as being put on. Both our midwife and health visitor appears to use the same scales so I'm reasonably comfortable that any discrepencies between equipment are minimal. In regards to nappies we rarely have just a wet nappy it is normally a wet/stool nappy. Colour varies, Last few have been very light green yellow, Last one was quite dark yellow/orange almost. Nappies are almost always very heavy and we have anywhere between 8-12 a day (More during the day now however previously more at night. After nursing either my wife or myself holds baby and she falls asleep. We thought we were moving her to her basket too soon and she was becoming unsettled so held her for increasingly longer periods of time (10-30 minutes) however by about the 20 minute mark she is wide awake again and then starts to root for her hand/cry which gets louder until she is put back on the breast. The Dr that performed the frenulotomy said that she was a) Suprised we had breast fed at all due to the severity of the tongue tie and b) That she thought the area around the bottom of the nipple was where most of the milk was coming from. We also think that the combination of large nipple small areola may be causing baby to perhaps not nurse as...
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  • @llli*summergreen's Avatar
    Today, 03:32 PM
    Thank you for the suggestions everyone! I just wanted to report I am feeling much much better. No pain while nursing and much less painful vasospasams. I've been taking the fluconazole, washing my nipples after nursing with either the GSE or apple cider vinegar then letting them air dry and applying coconut oil. I've also been giving my little one infant probiotics right before feeding. Also making sure she opens as wide as possible. Hopefully this does the trick.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 03:22 PM
    I understand this logic, however it does not always hold true that babies behavior indicates how much or little milk baby is getting. I wonder: What is weight check history birth until now? Note when different scales used. and What is output (Poop) each day like? Number, size, look? And, what happens after the nursing session. Many babies object to being laid down as they feel safer and more content when held. Many parents find baby settles better if held close on the chest or shoulder of mom or dad most of the time especially in the early weeks. Now, IF the problem is that baby truly is unable to transfer milk well, OR mom does not make enough milk (these are not the same problem although of course they both result in baby not getting enough milk.) OR some combination, then these are usually solvable problems. Formula, even if needed if/when baby cannot get enough milk, does not solve the actual issue, which is, why baby cannot get enough milk from mom. Also, babies nurse for comfort as well as for satiety. An uncomfortable baby thus will nurse more often generally speaking. Does baby appear to be in unusual pain or discomfort from gas or when baby burps or spits up? Are there any other signs of possible allergy or painful reflux?
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  • @llli*probs's Avatar
    Today, 03:02 PM
    Hi there, I am posting on behalf of both my wife and myself (She literally doesn't have more than 10 minutes between feeds at the moment so posting this message herself would be pretty much impossible) We have a three week old baby who never appears to be satisifed after nursing at the breast. She feeds well from what we can tell (Latch for the most part appears ok, Swallowing noises etc) however she never rests between feeds and is literally (And I use the term correctly) feeding every 15-20 minutes. She does not sleep at all (And again, I am not exagerating) during the day. This is both physically and emotionally demanding and if I am honest we are at the point where kind words and empty promises of 'It will get better, Honest!' are no longer going to cut it ... So what have we done? Well, we have had advice from various midwifes/breast feeding support groups as initially she was tongue tied which has been rectified. Initially this made feeding worse as expected but we are confident feeding is back to where it was if not a little bit better. Everyone we have spoken to says that the freqeuency of feeding is normal and that we should just suck it up and get used to the fact newborns require a lot of nursing. This we understand however the fact she is never satisifed is concerning us and got use wondering if this is indeed in her best interests. Whilst her weight appears good and has made back her birth weight she screams and screams when not on the breast....
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  • @llli*ktblovejx2's Avatar
    Today, 03:01 PM
    I am not sure I have an oversupply, but maybe a fast letdown. She does tend to splutter and choke during letdown. My symptoms are more an almost painful letdown, like pins and needles. She will not pull off the breast even when she is choking sometimes and I do tend to stream if she does pull off, but she feeds on one side per feeding and never lets go until she falls asleep. Even then, I have to unlatch her when she stops sucking. Lately, I have been feeling very full while making sure she empties the other side, usually in the mornings though. She doesn't feed as much overnight. I have not pumped at all yet. Hope I answered everything.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 02:39 PM
    Congratulations on the new baby! Aside from gas, fussiness, and green poop, what symptoms of oversupply are you seeing right now? These would be things like: - Frequent feelings of fullness or engorgement - Frequent leaking - Strong letdown sensations (if you are one of the moms who experiences this sensation) - Ability to pump many oz of milk with little effort (if you are pumping) - Baby feeds very quickly, perhaps in just 5-10 minutes - Baby requires just one breast per feeding - Baby gags, coughs, splutters, or makes a click or cluck noise while nursing
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 02:34 PM
    :ita What the PP said!
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  • @llli*pteroglossus's Avatar
    Today, 02:18 PM
    my DD is 3 yo and still nurses at night (gasp! your Dr and dentist would be horrified). Last dentist appointment, dentist's only comment was "what great teeth! you can tell she doesn't suck her thumb". I just smiled and nodded. No need to discuss bfing with dentist.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 02:07 PM
    No it is not normal for a baby to need to nurse for 90 minutes in order to get enough milk. However it is normal for a baby to cry and fuss if they are laid down to sleep. Most newborn babies wish to be held most of the time. As far as whether or not your baby has a tongue-tied that requires treatment, I would say you have still not gotten a definitive answer. Unfortunately it is very common that doctors have no idea about how to tongue tie affects breast-feeding and so when there is an issue it goes untreated. Anyone who thinks the tongue is not used when baby breast-feeds knows nothing about breast-feeding. However it is true that not all babies that have a diagnosed tongue tie require treatment. It depends. I would definitely say you still have a problem though. If it is tongue tie or not I cannot say of course . But if your baby needs to nurse for much longer than typical in order to gain normally, that certainly indicates a problem. Some more info might that might be helpful is how often does baby nurse? You say baby sleeps well what do you mean? What is the exact weight history from birth? One thing that your doctors may not realize, is that tongue tie may not affect weight gain early on. Mothers tend to make a lot of milk in the early weeks. The milk production then tends to calm down.
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  • @llli*ktblovejx2's Avatar
    Today, 02:06 PM
    I appreciate anyone's help! My por baby has been through enough and mommy feels helpless! Katie
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  • @llli*ktblovejx2's Avatar
    Today, 02:04 PM
    This is going to be very long as it has a lot of elements to it, so please bear with me! My EBF 1 month old girl has had a very rough welcome to the world. Since she was pretty much born, she has screamed for most of the day and had gas bubbles we could feel and hear. Parts of the day it would seem like colic where we could calm her with the vacuum or certain holds. The other parts of the day her tummy would make noises and she would tighten up and scream. Added up, they were very loud and miserable days. I tried all the things they ask you to for colic and gas bubbles, but nothing seemed to work. Not only that, my nipples were very sore as she would not open her mouth wide enough for a good latch but would instead just suck my nipple in or if I did get a good latch, she would push it back out and relatch it her way. My LC seemed to think her issues were all related to me having lots of milk and suggested the football hold after expressing a little out of the nipple before latching. Well, that did seem to help our latching, but not the gas bubbles and/or colic. Next, I tried cutting dairy out of my diet. We had already tried colic calm, gripe water, mylicon, etc. it didn't seem to help either. A friend finally told me about chiropractic help for newborns. I had never heard of such a thing but we were desperate. Well, my baby has been hetting little tiny adjustments for a little over a week and it was amazing. It seems to have gotten rid of the colic! The crying all day...
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