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  • @llli*liamsmommy11's Avatar
    Today, 07:17 AM
    I'm not sure you would call this a nursing strike, since she nurses just fine in the middle of the night or when she's very sleepy. During the day she will no longer wait for letdown. I do feel my supply has dropped, but even so, she will only latch for a few seconds and if nothing comes out then she refuses to stay latched on. I need her to stay on there for 30-60 seconds to get a letdown. Sometimes if she latches on/off several times the letdown will happen. But THEN, she only nurses for less than a minute and wants to go play. What is going on? She has been doing really well with solids and we joke that she LOVES to eat. I did partly baby led solids type stuff with her, but also some purees. Now she's eating finger foods and sometimes I give her yogurt on a spoon. Perhaps if I went off solids for a day or two she'd be more motivated to nurse? I tried waiting yesterday until it had been a few hours and then seeing if she would do it at naptime (sleepy) but she just refused and then woke early from her nap. :-/ I'm worried that if I pump, then she will get used to bottles and stop nursing all together. She gets one bottle a day in the evening because I worry about a lower supply at that time of day. (We had alot of issues getting started when she was a newborn, she did not transfer milk well and I had to do a TON of pumping- it's been great for the last 4-6 months but she still gets a bottle in the evening) So I'm open to suggestions. I'm thinking either easing off...
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  • @llli*mysticpizza's Avatar
    Today, 03:41 PM
    LO was born was low blood sugar, and they immediately took him to the NICU. They allowed me to BF, but also made us supplement with formula to make sure his blood sugar would go up. They also gave him a pacifier. He was there for 3 days. This might not be important to my issue, but I thought it was worth including just in case. He had a painful shallow latch ("lipstick nipples") the entire time I was in the hospital, but being a first time mom, I didn't really know what I was feeling wasn't normal. LO continues to have a shallow latch and creates sore nipples as he flicks his tongue against them. Since bringing him home, I've gone to two BF support groups sponsored by the hospital. The first time I went to the BF support group, the two LC's basically just told me that I needed to "ride it out," that the latch looked great and it would feel better eventually (ugh!). I couldn't accept this answer and did my own research, landing on tongue tie. I asked the pediatrician at the next appointment, who confirmed my suspicions, and referred me to an ENT doctor to preform the frenulotomy for tongue tie. So, with that back story, my question is... how long after a frenulotomy can I expect LO's latch to improve? It's been a week, and it's still as painful as it was before the procedure. I did some more research today and discovered more mouth/tongue exercises to do with him, which we've done twice today. I feel like I'm at my breaking point though - I don't know how...
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  • @llli*sacmd's Avatar
    Today, 05:27 AM
    I think this is probably not an easy thing to change, but my 6 month old has always been a 'spaghetti splurp' breastfeeder. She latches and then pulls herself back, stretching my breast out while kneading my breast at the same time. I've suspected that she is impatient for let down, and then flow, which is why she does it. She is growing well etc. It's a little annoying but I've tolerated it as it hasn't bothered me that much. However, she is getting bigger and stronger. Lately she stretches my breast out and then frequently unlatches--with my nipple in her mouth! Ouch. She pops on and off like it's a piece of taffy, and it hurts! I'm getting afraid for her teeth to come in! Any ideas how to discourage this, what to do, etc?
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  • @llli*lumommy's Avatar
    Today, 09:35 AM
    Hello moms. I will be meeting with my dear adoptive son for the first time in November and I'm trying to induce lactation by using only the Marmet Technique (alone or combined with a small manual breast pump) for 5-10 minutes per breast, 6-8 times a day, and teas (once a day). So far I only had two occurrences of clear fluid (pre-milk, I guess?), but they were smaller than a drop, just a little bigger than a needle tip. I have excluded drugs because I have hormone issues already and I'm on a lightweight birth pill to fix such issues (I also have hypothyroidism, but I take meds for it). I have no support from my family, so I hope I'm doing things the right way.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 07:33 PM
    Latch issues of any type can take quite a while to resolve, and even if tongue tie was part of the problem and has now been effectively treated, then latch issues may continue. In other words, I would certainly say, don't give up. My first suggestion (if possible) is to seek more in person help but with someone who is going to roll up their sleeves and work with you and baby on latch, rather than dismiss your problems as a temporary situation to ride out. Latch pain is never acceptable and always points to a problem. Just because the problem does sometimes get solved by mom on her own does not mean there wasn't a problem! Of course this will usually be an IBCLC, but some LLL Leaders or other such volunteer support can also be helpful. You could also talk to the ENT, because sometimes a second procedure is indicated. Here is a description of a "complete" consultation with an IBCLC. It is an intensive process and not something that can typically be done during a breastfeeding support meeting with others around. http://cwgenna.com/lconsult.html
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  • @llli*stubborn.mama's Avatar
    Today, 07:33 PM
    Oh my god I could have written this word for word. Except my son is now 6 months. And he's been refusing and sleep feeding only since he was 4 months. 8 weeks of this hell. Did it continue going well for you OP? We are also treating for reflux... And OALD.... Praying this ends soon
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  • @llli*fes's Avatar
    Today, 04:58 PM
    Mine is biting, too! He is 5 months old and has one tooth coming in. Before the tooth, he would mindlessly clamp down on occasion, but now with that tooth, it really throws me for a loop! My reaction is a loud and high-pitched "ouchy!" And I take him off but it doesn't seem like he has connected the bite with the protest from me. It seems like it usually happens when he is done nursing. I hope it ends!!
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  • @llli*mama7008's Avatar
    Today, 03:42 PM
    I don't think you are throwing a pity party. I have to commend you on your dedication to keep trying. We've had major challenges I've not yet been able to overcome as well, but not the same as yours, and I don't know, if I was in your situation, if I would be able to keep trying as you have! Only you can decide if/when it is time to stop trying, and I agree you need to get to a place where you are at peace with whatever decision you come to - and that decision will be the right one, because he is your baby, this is your breastfeeding relationship, so what you choose is what's right for you both! You are one awesome mama.
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  • @llli*fes's Avatar
    Today, 03:34 PM
    HI, I am a registered dietitian, and as far as your diet goes, it sounds like you are getting ample protein. It is really difficult to not get enough protein in the American diet. If you are still concerned, one thing you could do is to eat Greek yogurt instead of regular yogurt. You don't get anymore calories in most cases, but you get a load more protein. Protein powders are safe to use for BF-ing mothers, and EAS is a pretty good one, but if you are worried about weight gain, this will only add calories to your intake. Also, if you are gaining a lot of extra weight for no apparent reason, I would definitely have your thyroid levels checked. Pregnancy can do wacky things to your thyroid (it did to mine- when I got pregnant and then again post-partum). You'd have to be eating 35,000 calories in excess of what you need to survive/make milk for your babe (which of course, already increases your needs by 400-600 kcal per day) for you to gain 10 lbs. Based on what you say you are eating, it is unlikely, but on the other hand, I have no idea how much ice cream and dried fruit you are eating! I have a 5 mo old and am hovering at the same weight since my initial postpartum weight loss, but I also know that I am doing very little to lose the weight, mainly because I do not want to jeopardize my supply (although secretly I hope it is just because my thyroid stuff hasn't rebounded yet and once it does, the extra weight and then some is just going to "melt away" like I hear about...
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  • @llli*fes's Avatar
    Today, 02:18 PM
    I use those trays, too! I love them except for the fact that if I want to leave anything over 2 oz, I have to wait for the milk to thaw before I can fit any extra milk sticks through the opening of the bottle. We use Dr. Brown's, so the opening is narrow. I guess it's not really a problem, but it takes a little extra planning on Sundays so I give it enough time to thaw in the fridge, or if I don't get the bottles set up early Sunday, I let them thaw overnight and add to it on Monday morning. Also, I only have to do this for Monday bottles, since I use fresh on other days of the week. Any ideas around it? It's not a big deal, but any extra minutes in the morning are helpful when you're trying to get out the door!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 01:49 PM
    Does it after pumping? Here is a true story that may or may not help. A mom was EPing and having very bad pain when pumping. She had a Medela P&S. Nothing helped. I suggested the issue might be the pump, but she was sure that was not it. She went on vacation and forgot her cord and had to run the pump on batteries. The pumping pain went away...entirely. We could only conclude the pump somehow cycled differently on battery power and that made pumping comfortable. How much have you played around with the pump setting? Is what good output? 4-5 ounces? Yes, this is high-normal output for when a feeding is 'missed." 2 ounces directly after nursing is high output. Since you mention poor gain, it wonder if it is possible baby is not transferring milk all that well. Not that pump output is conclusive of anything. Other ideas- can baby be brought to you or you go to baby during your workday?
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  • @llli*andreica's Avatar
    Today, 11:54 AM
    Thank you for your time, advice and consoling words. I don't feel, in my heart, I am ready to give up just yet. I also don't really have any set goals. I know getting my baby nursing all the time is possible but not highly probable/easy/often achieved. I am well aware of the situation so was not going for all or nothing from the start. I just want to try and get as far as I can with my baby, get as much as I can. Even if it does end up being just dreamfeeding, I'll know I've done all I could and settle with that. And all the trying, offering and everything else I'm doing is not really any trouble at all. None of the things I do don't take up much of my time or anything. And spending his naps lying next to him to nurse does mean I can't get much work done around the house, but I don't care. He is my first and I have the luxury of being able to dedicate myself to him now. And I get a break that way, to rest, watch tv, read, research online...Hubby helps out with dishes and cooking and other things when he's not at work. And either way, lo has always been a light napper and needed help in transitioning through sleep cycles. It used to be the pacifier, now it's me. I don't mind. All my efforts are no trouble at all, quite the opposite. I handle the rejection well mostly, have lots of patience and try try try. And when we make progress, when something new happens, I'm thrilled, elated for some time afterwards and my will is stronger. But when something happens that...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 09:26 AM
    I agree this is not a strike yet but it is a situation that might develop into a strike. I see no issue with pumping to maintain your production, this is pretty standard procedure for strikes. If you are concerned baby will simply wean to bottles, maybe don't give bottles? You can save milk for several months in any separate door freezer. There are many things you can do with your expressed milk in the future. I would not suggest withholding solids but assuming gain is fine, maybe try doing only solids that baby can handle entirely on her own. (Under your supervision of course.) In other words, switch to entirely baby led. Have you tried instant reward techniques for getting baby to nurse? This article explains these and other ideas: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/back-to-breast/ I would not worry overmuch about the sip and go behavior. That is entirely normal at this age. I would suggest focusing on (gently) upping the frequency with which baby nurses and worry less about length of time baby nurses.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 09:17 AM
    Ok good to hear.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 09:17 AM
    Thank you so much for the update measure.thesun, I am so happy things are going so well!
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Today, 05:48 AM
    My little boy has never taken very much milk while I'm gone. And he didn't seem to make up for it when I was home, either. He has been a pretty slow gainer, but I figured -- what more can I do? I offer for him to nurse a lot when I'm home, even now that he's over a year. But he only nurses when he wants, sometimes for very short durations. Our sitter offers his bottles, but he normally drinks a little and wastes the rest (grrrr!). He doesn't eat many solid foods either! He's been anywhere from 3rd to 15th percentile for weight, and he looks chubby. I think you're okay. It just seems weird to see your baby not wanting to drink bottles while you're gone all day.
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  • @llli*deenamathew's Avatar
    Today, 03:38 AM
    Even my Ds was similar. My son is like that I have let him start feeding himself and then he will let me take over. He also wants table food not baby food anymore. This is the age they start their independence.
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  • @llli*deenamathew's Avatar
    Today, 03:32 AM
    Its is not the right time to start the solids at 4th month. I have started when my DS was around 6 months. Every doctor will suggest to start at 6th month.
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  • @llli*deenamathew's Avatar
    Today, 03:29 AM
    Even this happen with me LO. He started eating when he was around 11-12 months. As it is the starting time so for few babies take time to start eating the sold food.
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