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  • @llli*leemami's Avatar
    Today, 09:27 AM
    Hello mamas, I have an upcoming one day trip - staying overnight and coming back the next morning, and I have been searching the forum for tips to pump while traveling with out baby. I've found some, but I would like to hear experiences of other pumping moms that have had to travel with out baby. I will be leaving around 4:30 am and I will be back around 10:30 am the next morning, so about 30 hours away. I will nurse before I leave (which is usually the time baby wakes up at night anyway). I have been pumping for this trip and I think I have enough in the freezer, I need to recount, but yesterday I counted about 55+ oz, and I will be saving the extra this week as well, which is usually about 2 oz a day. Should I keep extra formula in the house just in case? I worry that baby would eat more than what I have, since I'll have little room in the stored BM for that. Any tips for pumping in airports and planes? Besides bringing enough storage bags, pump parts, batteries, cooler (how big??) and ice packs (how many??), anything I should consider or think about before I leave? I will have access to a fridge, but I am not sure about freezer for the ice packs...:shrug
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  • @llli*fes's Avatar
    Today, 09:18 AM
    Nitrates (and nitrites) are found naturally occurring in some vegetables and fruits, dairy and meats, as well as added in processed meats. There is no evidence to show that nitrates are carcinogens, but we do know that processed meats are: we just don't know if they are because of the nitrates or because of all the other compounds (or a combo of them) they include. There is no limit to the amount of naturally occurring nitrates found in foods, because often these foods, like spinach, offer other benefits that outweigh the risk. I'll bet no one ever became unhealthy due to all the nitrates they got from eating too much spinach. I'll bet your LO won't eat so much spinach that it will be a problem, especially since you are varying her diet and mostly nursing. Also, I totally agree with you about solids not being all that exciting. My LO is 6 months old and I have been resistant and quick to say "I don't think he's ready yet." But I know I can't deter the start forever, so I think this weekend we will give solids a go. I am especially not excited about the poop changes, especially since we cloth diaper! Just another challenge to overcome!
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  • @llli*nathansmum's Avatar
    Today, 09:04 AM
    I have a 5 week old and a son who just turned three. I chose to nightwean during my pregnancy, because it was just too uncomfortable to continue, I was just too tired, and I knew I did not want to deal with 2 night nursing children once baby was born. He was about 33 months, already sleeping in his own double bed and it turned out to be surprisingly easy. I never told him he couldn't nurse, just that we neede to wait till the sun was up, and that now was time for sleeping. He fussed and cried the first few times but nly for a few minutes, then he just accepted it and now usually sttn. If he wakes and its dark he asks me to snuggle him instead. He doesn't ask to nurse in the morning anymore either, only once a day, at bedtime. I am so happy DS1 is nightweaned, my huband can now comfort him if he wakes up in the night and can even get him to sleep at bedtime if I am busy taking care of baby. I tried tandem nursing both of them to sleep one night and it was a disaster with the 2 of them waking each other over and over again. Tandem nursing a newborn and a 3 year old is much better as a novelty, rather than a necessity.
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  • @llli*leemami's Avatar
    Today, 09:03 AM
    Thanks y'all Things are pretty much the same. I try to call every day just to check on her, and let family members help her with the phone so she can at least listen to me, even though she can't talk much - last sunday she actually talked more than what I expected, which I guess was good. However, her health is deteriorating, from what her sisters tell me on the phone, which obviously doesn't help my feelings. I am trying to stay positive, and not to think too much about it, and concentrate in the good things I have, especially my lo for which I pump BM. In general, I do ok in the morning session, but as the day goes on, it is hard for me to have letdowns. Besides the feelings getting in the way, is there any other reason for this? Sometimes I need to pump for over 40 minutes to "completely" drain the breasts and switch a lot to the stimulating phase of the pump. The right side takes forever to drain... How can I make my pumping sessions shorter? I was pumping 4 times a day and cut to 3 times because I am so busy at work I really can't stay away from my desk that long (even more with these 30+ minute sessions). Thanks again
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  • @llli*fes's Avatar
    Today, 08:58 AM
    Also, today is day 3 of this so-called period and it is barely anything to write home about. Can this be considered a period or just spotting? Does it make a difference as far as fertility goes?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 08:57 AM
    Hi fiskmama, sorry you are having these issues. It sounds to me that you were told to start supplementing, but did not have breastfeeding assessed by an IBCLC? Or did you? And what did they say? When a baby is not gaining appropriately by only nursing at the breast, it is important to discover why. Supplementing may be needed, but does not solve the underlying issue of how to help baby get enough food while fed normally at the breast. Is your sense that baby does not want to latch, or literally cannot latch (without lots of help) Baby latches about 8 times a day. How often do you try to latch baby? I would suggest do not wait until baby is 40 weeks thinking that alone will improve things. Many babies much younger than 36 weeks nurse pretty well from the start, and many full term babies have these types of issues. Yes, the gestational age may have something to do with why baby was not able to transfer milk efficiently at first, but it is by no means the whole story. it is important to get hands on help now from someone who will help you find solutions so you can get baby nursing at the breast sooner rather than later. Example of a consult with an IBCLC: http://cwgenna.com/lconsult.html
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  • @llli*tasha's Avatar
    Today, 08:32 AM
    Hopefully reduction of/cutting out dairy will help then. Fingers crossed. I'm in Italy and I'm getting nowhere with paediatric doctors (I've been seeing two, one is private) I missed this out but it might be irrelevant anyway. My little girl has a white tongue. Thanks again.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 08:17 AM
    If dairy is causing a reaction in your baby, eliminating or greatly reducing dairy would certainly show at least some improvement in "symptoms" in just a couple of days. The "Two weeks" is the point at which (supposedly) any trace of dairy would be gone from your system if you stopped eating it. But that does not rule out coincidence. The best way to test if the issue is dairy would be to keep dairy out of your diet for a couple weeks, to observe first if symptoms continue to be reduced or eliminated. If they are, then re-introduce dairy, and observe if symptoms return. jack Newman discusses this at the end of his article on colic- http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=doc-CBB any LLL near where you currently are?
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  • @llli*tasha's Avatar
    Today, 06:54 AM
    I have ask for a vitamin D only supplement and will see if that makes any difference. I've also been looking at tongue and lip ties. I think it's unlikely that she has a tongue tie but possibly a small lip one (she has a small lip blister to, however she enjoys nursing, puts on weight and has lots of wet nappies). At this point I think I'll wait until we go to the UK in September and if there is no improvement get a private consultation there. It's incredibly hard here, the answer to everything is "colic" On a positive note she seems to be sleeping better especially at night ( with less need to feed to) she is having less difficulty pooing as well, her stools have become slightly more liquid and she seems to be less stressed by it. I have vastly reduced dairy in my diet over the last few days but that's probably a coincidence since I read that it takes a couple of weeks to make a difference? Thanks again for all your help and suggestions
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  • @llli*fiskmama's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:38 PM
    I had my son, Oliver, on July 17th at 36w6d. He's now 11 days old, and we have been supplementing his feedings with expressed breast milk and the finger feeding method with a syringe. He falls asleep at the breast and wasn't gaining weight. So we rented a hospital grade scale to weigh his feeds, and we now supplement expressed breast milk from pumping to meet each feeding requirement of 45mL. He lost 12% of his body weight in the first 2 days of life, and now we are trying to get him to gain weight back. He is now 5lb9oz, but he was born at 6lb2oz. He has slowly but surely began gaining weight since we rented the scale. However, now that he is used to finger feeding, he refuses to latch most of the time. It can take up to an hour of him protesting and screaming until he finally latches on. Even so, he tends to fall asleep within 10-15 minutes and rarely nurses more than about 25mL which is not enough for him to gain weight. He usually latches around 8 times a day, but it's hard to get him to nurse long enough at all. I feel like I am at a crossroads. I don't want to have to supplement his feedings, BUT I am afraid that if I don't supplement, he will fall asleep too quickly and not get enough to eat and start losing weight again. Another thing to consider is that he has kidney issues so he really can't get dehydrated. I'm ready to transition to just breast feeding, but maybe he is just not ready yet and we need to keep supplementing until he is a little...
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  • @llli*vanne's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:26 PM
    Everything Maddieb said! Do whatever is comfortable for you and baby. My oldest nursed 40 minutes out of every hour at that age. My second nursed 5 minutes every 2 hours at that age. Go figure. Relax and enjoy this time in your life. "No rules, just right" :gvibes
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  • @llli*vanne's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:21 PM
    (((hugs))) I've been through some painful emotional stuff with breastfeeding, but it was always worth it. :hug I'm glad you have supportive family! That's huge! And FWIW, I'm right there with you on the plugged duct tonight. :/
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  • @llli*vanne's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:15 PM
    Benefit of feeding from breast only: MORE SLEEP! Mothers who bed-share and breastfeed get the most sleep and the highest quality sleep (in spite of more night wakings). Do you research on bed sharing as there are many risks to baby which must be addressed for bed-sharing to be a safe option. I pump/bottle quite a bit during days to combat my baby's bottle refusals. Otherwise my one day per week at work is really hard on everyone. I nurse him at night and when we're away from home. Whatever works. I find myself more emotionally drained by breastfeeding with this second baby. First baby is 8 years old... with ADHD, so very high needs for supervision. I can't do it all at the same time. So pump/bottle + nursing works for everyone over here.
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  • @llli*van.walker's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:57 PM
    I EP due to DD's frenulum. I tried to get her to latch but it was extremely painful and she'd get frustrated and refuse to eat. Pumping six times a day for 30 min to an hour is difficult and time consuming. I really wish I could get DD to latch. The only positive aspect of bottle feeding breast milk is, IMO, that DH can feed our LO. During this time I can nap, take a shower, do chores, and so on. I still make time for skin to skin contact during feelings and story time. If I had the choice, I would choose breast.
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  • @llli*kristalee's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:46 PM
    @llli*kristalee replied to a thread Colostrum... in Weaning
    Thank you! Now I can make a more educated decision for if/when I decide to wean. :)
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:31 PM
    Newborn babies need to eat frequently, and need to be held most of the time. Breastfeeding makes life easier for new mom, not harder, because it eliminates the need for time and energy spent on pumping and bottles and cleaning of both. In the early weeks and months, if you have support, have those people do whatever they can for you (Food prep, cleaning, errands etc) so that you can relax and take care of your baby. If you have someone else give your baby a bottle, the risk is that it will cause latch/sucking issues and eventually, breast refusal. To try to avoid this, the two most important cautions are to make sure baby is not overfed and also to make sure the bottle is given in a breastfeeding supportive way, which means paced bottle feeding to slow the feeding down and give baby control over the milk flow. A slow flow nipple is probably a good idea, but specialized nipples are not necessary if baby is fed with the correct positioning and with caregiver being very careful to follow babies cues and build pauses into the bottle feeding. The "traditional" way of feeding a baby, using gravity to stuff baby full of more milk than baby wants or needs, is very destructive to breastfeeding. For pumping, yes, pumping more than your baby needs is going to increase your milk production, and yes, this can cause problems in some cases. So the caution to take there is to pump as little as possible. This means, infrequently and not for a long time each time-just enough to...
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  • @llli*motherofone's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:07 PM
    I have heard many different things about breast vs bottle. My lactation specialist that I see is forever trying to get my son to latch. Unfortunately he just doesn't want to. I had a LC in the hospital spend TWO HOURS with us trying to get him to latch and he just wouldn't. After many tears on both of our behalves, I decided to pump and bottle feed. I wanted to make sure that he was getting my breast milk even though he could not take the nipple. I have found that he is much happier and eats like a horse (just like his daddy). Since breastfeeding promotes bonding, I have found other ways that I can bond with him. I will put him in his sling, without my shirt on, and dance around the house as I clean. Not only is he getting the skin contact that he needs, he is also being bounced and I noticed that it helps him sleep. We also co sleep. As much as my mother HATES this idea, it works best for him and I. Together we can get almost a full night sleep. NOW, I know I may be chastised for this, but I pump at night only when he eats; during the day I pump more. My milk supply hasn't been effected by doing this. The issue that I may see with your situation is nipple confusion. It is very common when you introduce a bottle too early, but you may be lucky and have a baby that doesn't care where their food comes from as long as it keeps coming. As far as nipple size, I went and bought Gerber bottles that were approved for 0-3 months. He has such a tiny mouth I was worried, but he has no...
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  • @llli*musicalmelaniee's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:57 PM
    Thank you, Maddieb! I appreciate your thoughts. :)
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  • @llli*midnightsangel's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:49 PM
    Have you thought about or considered Co sleeping? There are a few simple steps that let you do this safely and will get you more sleep! You can pump after you feed baby from the breast. You won't get a lot until your supply increases to meet the demand. You will make more milk but will it be too much (mastitis, plugs etc)? Can't really tell. It's thought that you should wait to introduce bottles until breast feeding is going well, but since you're looking at maybe switching this might not matter? The nipple doesn't have to be a specific flow if you're looking to switch to totally pumping. If you want to mix nursing and pumpinh, you should look into paced bottle feeding. There are many benefits that breast feeding give that bottle feeding do not. The milk might be the same, but young babies have a strong need to suck that will be met by plastic rather than warm flesh. I don't want to go into this one too much because I have a hard time detaching myself and giving objective facts rather than my personal feelings so I'll let another lady help you here. Regardless of what you pick, just know that exclusively pumping is very hard work, and after issues with breast feeding are fixed it's much easier to nurse in most cases. Since you mention you don't sleep well now, just imagine having to wake up 2 or 3 times a night, pump, for 20-30 minutes, feed baby, and then try to fall back asleep. If you're open to sleep ideas that can help you keep your breast feeding...
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  • @llli*nbow's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:32 PM
    My baby is a couple weeks old and I'm feeding her every 2-3 hours. I'm sleep deprived and I'd like to start pumping but I'm having reservations about feeding her with a bottle. Here are my questions: When do I pump if I'm already breastfeeding? Will I produce too much milk if I do both? Is it too soon to introduce a bottle? Should I get a preemie nipple? What are the benefits of feeding from my breast only? Do I get the same benefits of breastfeeding if I bottle feed breast milk?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:06 PM
    Did you look here: http://www.ilca.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1 Any LLL in your area? WIC? (or other public health service for mothers and babies) Breastfeeding coalitions? Hospital based LCs work for the hospital. They may or may not be available for outpatient consults. Some insurers will pay some of the cost to see an IBCLC.
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  • @llli*midnightsangel's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:23 PM
    From what you described it doesn't sound like cow milk sensitivity. It sounds normal although I'm not sure what a stringy poop looks like? Is it yellow and seedy like normal? Frothy green? These are both within the realm of normal. If you want to try and see if it gets better maybe you could try eliminating it for a week or two. If it doesn't get better then definitely add it back in. If I were in your shoes I'd wait and see of there were other signs to an allergy, like a rashy bum or severe gas and distress that I couldn't attribute to baby just being a newborn. Do you think you have oversupply or OALD?
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  • @llli*luckypixie's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:17 PM
    My 4-week old baby is having stringy poops (no blood, at least not that I've seen). He gets gassy, but nothing that would be outside the normal newborn gassiness. He used to spit up quite a bit, but that stopped and he rarely if ever does, as long as I burp him well. So do I eliminate all diary from my diet? That would be hard for me to do with the insanity of a newborn and an older kid in the house, since lost of diary foods are easy to eat without any prep, plus I'm allergic to coconut. Do I wait and see if things just improve on their own? I have a bit of OALD (possibly a bit of oversupply too) as well, but since it's early weeks I'm guessing it will settle down on its own.
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