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  • @llli*c.charles15's Avatar
    July 23rd, 2015, 06:37 PM
    Hi I'm new here. My baby is 11 days old and I'm worried about her weight gain. She was born small...5lbs 12.5 oz. she was down to 5lbs 9 oz when we left the hospital. The next day at the pediatricians she was 5lbs 4.5 oz. I was still trying to get the hang of breastfeeding. The pediatrician was very concerned with the weight loss. She started talking about formula right was. I started seeing a lactation consultant and it has been helping a lot. My DD gained 3 oz by the next day. Two days later on Friday she had gained another oz. then 3 days later on Monday she was up 3 more ounces. But then when the LC used her scale again that wed she weighed the same as Monday. Why did she stop gaining? The scales matched weights the week before. She is hungry all the time too. I'm starting to worry she isn't getting enough food. I was finally confidant in my ability to feed my child and she stopped gaining. She fits in newborn clothes now and her body clearly looks bigger. She is also peeing and pooping the recommended amount or more. I know this is probably just anxiety but I'm really concerned about her not gaining anything in 2 days.
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  • @llli*sunsetbean's Avatar
    July 3rd, 2015, 05:04 PM
    I came down with mastitis due to fissures (I can't see them but can feel them). I've decided to EP until the fissures are healed. Baby has had frenotomy and is in myofacial therapy, but we have a ways to go before latch and clicking are resolved. My plan for healing the fissures includes: 1. EPing 2. After pumping, doing a saline soak, then putting bmilk on the nipples, then Lansinoh. I am currently on an oral antibiotic. Is there anything else I should be doing, or doing differently? I have mupirocin but wasn't sure if I should be using that while on oral antibiotic.
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  • @llli*perannie's Avatar
    July 5th, 2015, 12:35 PM
    Here goes, my DD2 is 9 weeks tomorrow and EBF! It seems as if she wants to be attached all the time! It seems like if she is awake she wants to nurse! I have read on here that you can't over feed, but I feel like she is over eating cuz she spits up pretty often!! This is my 3rd child and longest breastfeeding experience!! I am trying to make 3 months then gonna push to 6 months hopefully!! I just don't know what to do!! I was thinking low supply, I've been eating lactation cookies. I do know I have OALD cuz she chokes while nursing!! Any advice is greatly appreciated!! I forgot to mention the nursing frequency is generally every 2 hours, sometimes 1 1/2 hours and very seldom can I make it 3 hours! I do get a 6 hour span pretty much every night but she don't always sleep that span!!
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  • @llli*perannie's Avatar
    July 6th, 2015, 11:38 AM
    I have read instances where babies are breastfed and also supplemented with breastmilk to promote weight gain, how does that work!! If mom nurses then gives breastmilk that she has pumped previously, what is the difference???
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  • @llli*clattak's Avatar
    July 10th, 2015, 03:42 PM
    My son is two weeks old. If he is awake he is nursing. He freaking asleep at the breast I burp him and change him I tried him in a diaper and massage him and rub him to try to get him to eat and stay awake. I do press compressions well. If I do not give him of the breast he all loud screams until I do. At night he will only sleep next to me with the breast in his mouth for lg parts of night. in a diaper and massage him and rub him to try to get him to eat and stay awake. I do press compressions well. If I do not give him of the breast he all loud screams until I do. At night he will only sleep next to me with the breast in his mouthhe will not take a pacifier at this point. I have no problem with on-demand sleeping but the only break is when he is sleepingand he's completely out suggestions?.
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  • @llli*linyee's Avatar
    July 7th, 2015, 04:23 PM
    Hi all, first time mom. My baby girl is 10 weeks old. We decided to go for exclusive breast feed and it was going well. Recently we moved and was thinking of changing from on-demand to a reasonable schedule feeding. The scheduled feed was going well (2.5 hours ish) but suddenly she stopped feeding properly. She used to be able to eat both full breast each feed, but now she will feed one breast at most each time, and the breast might not be full. When I try to put her onto the other breast when she unlatched, she will start scream and cry. Sometimes she would even scream and cry at the first breast after a few suck. We would calm her and play with her for a bit and try again. She would always chew on her hand or on our shoulder when we pat her, but as soon as we put her on my lap she would scream and cry again. This used to happen only at night and only on my right side, but has now escalated to every single feed with both breasts. We have switched back to on demand. Today's feed went something like this: 7:40, 10:00, 12:30, 1:30, 3:00 (and she played a bit and went to sleep). Each time would last no more than 20 minutes. She used to take 45 minutes-ish for both breast... Usually we feed her immediately when she wakes up from nap. At time of writing, she is still sleeping. She'd probably eat around 7-8 again. Her night feed used to be around 12, 2, 4 and then wake up around 5:30-7:00. Each time she wakes up she'd eat less than 10 minutes before falling into sleep....
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  • @llli*mamabec's Avatar
    July 11th, 2015, 04:27 AM
    SHi everyone! My 13 week old daughter is a bit of a slow gainer and I would love any advice or opinions you have to give. Background: She was born 6 days late and weighed 8 lbs 11 oz. I bled too much after the birth and as a result my milk was delayed in coming in. It came in at day 7 but we did fine after that. She was VERY fussy during those early evening witching hours from about 3 weeks until maybe 10 weeks and would often refuse to eat during her fussy time. When's milk came in, I had plenty, but she seemed to be fussy and not want to nurse for long but she was gaining ok at that point. I would try to nurse her every 2 hours but she would refuse until the 3 hour mark. At 3 hours, it seemed to be a better feeding and everything was still ok. She also used to spit up and get the hiccups after almost every feed but that stopped around the time the fussiness stopped.I believe her refusal and not nursing long led to a down regulation in my milk, which was good bc that allowed her to feed more often and longer periods, but I think my supply has now taken too much of a dip and she isn't gaining enough. Now, at 13 weeks, she nurses happily and every 2.5-3 hours (if she will latch on at the two hour mark, I do, and I have her camp out as long as she will with our evening feeds). At her two month appointment she was 11 lbs. One month later she is 11 lbs 13 oz. Not scary slow, but also not enough. I do feel a difference in my breasts as well. Yesterday I started drinking the tea...
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  • @llli*umg's Avatar
    July 24th, 2015, 08:32 AM
    Hello everyone. I am going to Disney World with my family, my baby will be 9 months when we go. She now breastfeeds in the morning and at night, and takes a bottle of expressed milk twice a day. I pump 3 times a day to have enough expressed milk for her and also to keep a supply for her to be able to nurse mornings and nights and get enough milk. Here's the thing. I don't know if I'll be able to pump three times a day in the parks, I really don't think so. If I pump once or twice, will my supply drop too much for her not to be able to get enough when she nurses? Will I get plugged ducts? What do you suggest? Would it be best if I reduce pumping ahead of time, for example a few days before the trip start pumping only twice a day so on the trip if I can only pump once there won't be too much of a difference? Also, and this doesn't have to do with the upcoming trip, if/when I eventually stop pumping completely will I still be able to breastfeed my baby mornings and nights or will I dry up? Thanks!
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  • @llli*fes's Avatar
    July 9th, 2015, 02:07 PM
    Hi all, I just wanted to check in with you ladies to see if my thinking is correct. Sorry this is so lengthy!. My LO is 6 months next week, and I have been back to work since he was 4 months. We were lucky enough that my husband has been able to stay at home with him for the past couple of months, but that might be changing in the next month or 2 (which honestly, gives me a bit of anxiety because what we are doing right now is so easy!). My husband is great about paced bottle feeding and feeding on cue, but more than a few times he has mentioned that he feels like the baby could eat more, like "he still seemed hungry after the bottle was empty." When I started back to work, I made up 2 oz bottles with 1 oz toppers, then we decided that 3 oz was better, and now we have 1-4 oz bottle and 2-3 oz bottles and my husband brings LO to nurse once a day. They often only use two bottles a day for a total of 7 oz plus one nursing session. I am away for 9 hours with commute time. Yesterday, my husband brings it up again and wonders if we should try 2-5 oz bottles instead of what we are doing. He cited something about thinking that maybe LO would sleep better at naps if he was fuller. I told him no, b/c 1- that is a lot at one time, which will fill him up too much and could hurt our long-term breastfeeding relationship if LO is not able to get that much at once from the breast
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  • @llli*158breastfeed's Avatar
    July 27th, 2015, 10:23 AM
    Hi, I have been using a medela pump to pump in between nursing sessions if my LO (11wks) does not take both breasts and during the night when I usually wake up feeling very full and this is before she wakes up hungry or she only feeds on one breast and then I need to pump the other one. I will soon be returning to work and pumping more regularly. My question is why is that my breasts do not feel as soft after pumping and they fill back up much sooner than when I breastfeed? Am I pumping for too long (usually only 10-15 min.) or is my pump not efficient? Thanks
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  • @llli*nettie's Avatar
    July 16th, 2015, 03:05 PM
    I have a four month old girl and bedtimes are becoming a massive battle. She pretty much will only ever fall asleep while nursing which is fine by me but for the past few weeks it is taking forever for her to drop off-sometimes over 3 hours of nursing where she pulls off and fusses till I switch sides etc. I'm switching sides and nursing over 6+ times sometimes. Sometimes she seems asleep but stirs and wakes at slightest movement. We are treating her for silent reflux but I'm not convinced it is really too much if an issue anymore and GP recommended we start to scale back the Gaviscon. I tried adding the missing dose back for a few days but no improvement at all so I think that's ruled out. It feels like it's been going on too long for a growth spurt. I'm at my wits ends feeling like my boobs are failing her (!) as she can't be satisfied enough to fall asleep and she's making me a bit sore every night as she's nursing so long and getting agitated and bites. We've had no issues with weight gain and she wets plenty of nappies. She nurses about every 2-3,hours in day. I've tried giving extra breastfeeds too see if it helps but it hasn't. Everyone is telling me I should give a bottle. I really don't want to. I'm not a good expresser so it would have to be formula milk. Ive worked so hard to EBF but feel like my supply must not be enough despite taking fenugreek and doing lots of pumping to up supply. Is there anything I can do to reduce the length of this ritual...
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  • @llli*rw0804's Avatar
    July 17th, 2015, 04:25 PM
    I've read and followed all the LLL and KellyMom materials regarding introducing a bottle and bottle refusal but it seems like now my 14 week old daughter isn't necessarily refusing the bottle per se but, rather, just doesn't get it -- she'll happily play with the bottle, bring the nipple to her mouth, chew on it, but getting her to actually suck on it is really hit or miss (mainly miss). So when she's hungry (and not wanting to play) she has a complete meltdown given she usually won't take the bottle for it's intended purpose. We've tried various nipple types, all slowest flow, but it doesn't seem to matter so have been sticking with the Kiinde nipples since I use their storage system and the few times she drank a bit it was with the Kiinde nipple (both medium and fast flow -- both of which don't drip when held up-side-down so slower flow than other brands newborn nipples). Anything faster just chokes her and I don't want to damage our breastfeeding success. I've started back at work and this is a major source of stress. My husband his trying his best (he has paternity leave for the next two weeks), then she starts daycare and needs to be able to take a bottle. Luckily it's a very small, experienced home daycare and she's the only infant and while the woman who will be taking care of her isn't terribly worried, I'm so sad about how my girl melts down when hungry and I'm not around. Any ideas as to how to get her to actually drink from the bottle? I'm open to any...
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  • @llli*nsmum's Avatar
    July 17th, 2015, 12:44 PM
    My baby is 3 months and 3 weeks old. She weighs 5.8 kg as of her last weighing 2 weeks ago. This week she has not pooped (we will see doctor tomorrow about that). She has around 6 wet diapers per day. My concern is that about two weeks ago my husband and I decided to give my baby 1 bottle of expressed milk at night, because she wasn't sleeping very long stretches (2-3 hours, still at 3 months), and I was very tired. This would mean my husband would relay me for 1 night time feeding. Since being introduced to the bottle, my baby has become more and more fussy at the breast, at times refusing to nurse and crying a lot. She is still nursing, but every now and again she refuses, and cries. It is heartbreaking to me to think that this is the beginning of weaning. I have cried many hours for many days thinking about what a mistake I made, and how I am not ready to end this relationship just yet. My doctor says that I should try to accept that babies sooner or later must be weaned, I just didn't imagine it would be this soon. Another thing that troubles me us that I am currently using a nipple shield. Baby is even more reluctant to nurse without it. I dislike the shield, but if the choice is nursing with the shield or not at all then I will continue on with the shield. My questions are: 1. How can I get my baby to enjoy nursing again? 2. Any tips for weaning her from the nipple shield? 3. Any tips for coping psychologically if baby does choose the bottle over me? Thank you ...
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  • @llli*perannie's Avatar
    July 25th, 2015, 10:22 AM
    Ok so I have posted in the past, my DD2 is having weight gain issues!! Quick recap: May 4 born at 7 lbs 5 oz via c-section (hospital scale of course) Day 3- 6 lbs 11 oz hospital discharge (hospital scale) Day 5- 6 lbs 10 oz needed to do weight check and bili check (peds digital scale) Day 7- 6 lbs 11 oz another weight and bili check (peds digital scale) Day 17- 7 lbs 2 oz weight check (peds digital scale) Day 24- 7 lbs 6 oz weight check (peds digital scale) Day 31- 7 lbs 12 oz weight check (different digital scale at peds office) Day 63- 8 lbs 10 oz 2 month checkup (peds weighted scale)
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  • @llli*rw0804's Avatar
    July 6th, 2015, 02:20 PM
    My daughter was 9.1 at birth, and at 12 weeks she is just shy of 14 lbs. We have always exclusively breastfed and I was bordering on an oversupply for the first 8 weeks or so. She has always been a big night sleeper (we had to wake her to feed the first month, and since 8 weeks she only wakes once after 6-8 hours for a quick nurse and then back to sleep for 2-3 hours) and that whole time my supply was good, bordering on an oversupply. This has since lessened (pretty suddenly) -- I posted about it in a different thread. We have co-slept from the beginning but a few days before this drop she's begun to move around so much that I simply cannot get any sleep (while also stressing about returning to work). She happily sleeps in her crib in another room (on those nights I just couldn't take it and needed some sleep) but I've heard that will not help my supply. But at the same time, neither does not getting any sleep...I'm at my wits end. One LC told me it could be my prolactin has dropped too much due to her sleeping so well. Another told me it may not be that and is just stress. We've also read and done all the LLL advice regarding introducing the bottle (necessary as she'll be in daycare full time soon) with very limited (at most) success. In preparation of if the bottle refusal continues, anyone have cups they'd recommend? Also any particular pumping tricks or encouragement? Many thanks!
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  • @llli*jmr0808's Avatar
    June 30th, 2015, 01:18 PM
    Hi all - Posting here as kind of a last ditch effort. Going back to work in a few weeks and need help with pumping. Also posting in regular forum because my son isn't gaining weight that well, but that's a separate issue! Anyway - quick summary: my son is 8w5d, and I'll be going back at end of 12 weeks. I have a Hygeia Enjoye pump. I have large breasts & small nipples, plus a lot of breast tissue on bottom which is causing enormous problems with pumping, I also think (my diagnosis) that my nipples are "short", they don't come out that far into the shields when pumping. My breasts are 36 F or FF when full, but I fit a 21mm shield on left and even smaller on right - maybe 19mm (haven't tried that size). Things I have tried: -Medela 24mm and 21mm -Ameda areola stimulators -pumpin pals several sizes -24 mm hygeia flanges
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  • @llli*nybkmom's Avatar
    July 8th, 2015, 06:29 PM
    Hello, I have a 10 day old baby that I am nursing and a 20 month old toddler= 2 under 2. This is proving to be challenging. I would love to hear from other moms who have been in or are currently in the same situation regarding how they manage to get through the day nursing (or pumping for) their baby while also taking care of a toddler. I am severely sleep deprived as I average 1-2 hrs of sleep per night (up all night nursing) then when morning comes I have to take care of my toddler as well. The almost constant demands of the newborn leaves very little time to care for the toddler. I currently have a little bit of help, but very soon I will be all by myself with both of them, all day. Does anyone have any tips or tricks for getting through this challenging time? How to handle the sleep deprivation and manage their needs at the same? I welcome any and all tips and advice no matter how small.
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  • @llli*mrsantilles's Avatar
    July 21st, 2015, 04:23 AM
    My son is 10 1/2 weeks. At his 2 month appt, he had only gained 5 ounces since his 1 month exam. At a weight check a week later he had only gained another half ounce. The pedi gave me preemie formula to get his weight up quickly, so I began supplementing with a bottle after nursing. Speech therapist said no tongue tie or physical reason he should have any trouble. Pedi's nurse and speech therapist both observed me nursing and said they couldn't see any issues. When he did latch and nurse he was very noisy and made loud clicking sounds with each suck. Just overall a very weak latch. He would get about 1.5 ounces in a half hour of nursing. Now he absolutely refuses to latch at all. He screams at the breast for 20 minutes, and then I give him the bottle of formula or expressed milk. I'm finally a stay at home mom, and was looking forward to not using a pump daily. Now it seems like I'm doomed to be an exclusive pumper. Speech therapy and the pedi both consider the problem solved since he's gaining weight :(
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  • @llli*gracepoole's Avatar
    July 10th, 2015, 02:14 AM
    I'm currently 32 weeks with #3 and am hoping to avoid the previous BFing problems I experienced with #1 and #2. With both babies, LC's at the hospital determined that I have flat nipples that created latching problems and recommended short-term use of nipple shields. With my last, about 2 weeks into BFing, my nipples cracked and bled even while using the shields. The first 2-3 minutes after LO latched on were so painful that I gripped the chair to get through them. I was also pumping after feedings. I developed a nasty case of mastitis, as well. I really don't want to go through any of that again and am trying to be proactive. I will again work with LC's after #3 is born and seek out help from my local LLLI group. But I guess my question is what could have caused nipple bleeding and mastitis? Both the nipple shields and the flanges for my electric pump felt very tight around my nipples -- is it possible/likely that I was using shields and flanges that were too small? If my flanges were too small, is it possible/likely that this was the problem and nursing just made my already inflamed nipples worse? Should I not have pumped so early after birth? I usually used the football hold or cradle hold, both of which didn't create pain on my c-section incision. Is it possible/likely that one or both positions created a latch problem? The LC's complimented my LO's latch before we left the hospital -- but maybe once I was sitting in a chair instead of lying in a bed, the...
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  • @llli*rw0804's Avatar
    July 4th, 2015, 12:54 PM
    My almost 12 week old (12 weeks in three days so I figured this was the most appropriate forum, apologies if not!) has been averaging 3-5 mins total per feeding (sometimes one side/refuses the second side, sometimes gets annoyed at first side and does 2 minutes each side). She's certainly gaining developmentally (getting distracted while nursing by exciting things like a beige wall, ha) which I read causes distracted nursing. Her wet diapers seem okay (5-7/day) and she is pooping every three days or so (poo tends to be thick), she's about 13lbs 5 oz (born at 9lbs 1oz), sleeping from 6-8 hours at night in one stretch, wakes to nurse for about 6 mins, then sleeps another 2.5 hours or so. For the most part she's a good latcher (I've never had a sore nipple and after her tongue tie was fixed at 4 weeks our lactation consultant said all looks great). The problem: I've developed terrible "mommy thumb" which makes holding her to help her latch difficult but not impossible. Coinciding with her short feeds I've noticed what seems to be a drop in supply (which was much more abundant a week ago) even though I'm feeding on demand (she often nurses every 1.5-2 hours during the day) and there are times she clearly seems frustrated on the boob. I understand by this point my supply may have regulated (not feeling engorged in the mornings, etc.) but I'm really worried about these short feedings (and how that will impact her being bottle fed at daycare) and producing enough as I stare...
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  • @llli*nowellina's Avatar
    July 4th, 2015, 04:04 AM
    Hello all. I am a first time mum, finding it very difficult for baby to latch, sometimes manage for about 5 mind on one breast then he kicks and screams then unable to put him back on. I've tired pumping but only 5mls to 10mls comes out. I had a traumatic birth with complications so was away from him a while at the beginning. He's formula feed. I am pro breastfeeding but I'm still recovering from the birth and finding it very difficult to keep trying. Just wondering if there is anything else I could do. I've exhausted all information about breastfeeding. :(
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  • @llli*mommy2oneboy's Avatar
    July 21st, 2015, 11:28 PM
    I know this board isn't for medical advice but won't see lo pediatrician for a few months and he isn't the most knowledgeable person about breastfeeding. My aunt has gotten me nervous. Ds is almost 17 months old. I BF for 6 months exclusively then introduced solids and supplemented with formula because i couldn't pump enough at work. At 9 months old I stopped pumping at work and he got formula during the day and breastfed at home. Now he gets whole milk during the day. So here's the issue. I have not taken prenatal vitamins since he was 1 month old. I just kept forgetting to take them and he had issues with reflux and I was more concerned with caring for him. I just never really bought any after that. Ds has met all milestones appropriately and is 25 lbs and appears healthy and happy. When he was 9 months he was hospitalized for dehydration when he got sick for over a week with a virus. We were talking about it the other day and my aunt said me not taking prenatals is why he got that sick and he would probably have issues because he didn't get the nutrients he needed because I didn't take vitamins. I don't have the best diet in the world but make sure o get my calories in. Is she right? Did I put my son at risk? Should I stop breastfeeding now or start a vitamin? Has the damage already been done? I am really upset over this and would like some input. She never breastfed by the way.
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  • @llli*rschluke's Avatar
    July 12th, 2015, 12:10 PM
    I had a 28 weeker back in April. We are still in the NICU due to his inability to transfer milk. He's up to 68ml required every 3 hrs. His best at breast was 48ml. He's around 28% orally at this time. Dr's say he is just too weak and doesn't have the endurance to eat more. His form and technique doesn't appear to be an issue. We tried a bottle but he only took 12 ml where at breast he can take 20-40ml. Should I keep trying to breastfeed or should I work on bottling? Or both? We are going on 87 days in the NICU. He will be 41weeks tomorrow. I'd like this journey to come to an end so we can go home. Has anyone ever gotten out if the NICU with a 28 weeker on the breast only?
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