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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*kristalee's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:03 PM
    @llli*kristalee started a thread Colostrum... in Weaning
    If I continue to breastfeed my now 17 mo old throughout a subsequent pregnancy would I still make colostrum for the new baby, or would I need to wean in order to restart my milk system?
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  • @llli*flanneryflynn's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:55 AM
    Hi! I'm new here. :) I did a lot of research and studying while I was pregnant, including taking the Bradley method course, trying to learn everything I could about taking care of myself during the pregnancy and the birth. The labor and birth was phenomenal. Completely natural, as my husband and I wanted, right in our home. Nursing troubles started immediately when baby girl wasn't interested in nursing until the next day. I wasn't able to get anything more in her mouth than the nipple, which led to severe pain and cracking and bleeding. After about a week of that (and my mother telling me that it was normal) we had a lactation consultant visit and I was able to get a slightly better latch. Still painful, but slightly better. She told us baby girl had a tongue tie so we made arrangements and had it lasered five days after that. In the interim, I pumped and we fed her via syringe to give my nipples a break. The release went well and she healed nicely, but I couldn't get the latch any better. Plus I started getting plugged ducts, which I still have. I haven't been successful in getting ANY of them out. . . And there's a lot of them. I'm doing hot showers while massaging and hand expressing, the bag of marbles trick, electric toothbrush and hot compresses. Pretty much spend my days top less (which I hate because I feel so. . . Not put together. Not to mention the scramble for clothes when the ups guy comes) to avoid the constriction of a bra. And i sleep on my back....
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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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  • @llli*dmk's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:39 PM
    My baby is 5.25 months old and I have been back at work for about three and a half weeks. I pump 3 or 4 times while I'm at work, and I send 13-14 oz. to daycare (we're apart from 7-6). We nurse at 7 am before going to daycare and as soon as I am home at 6, as well as at bedtime, and for at least one, but usually two, additional MOTN feedings. Baby is gaining well, though his gain has slowed down in the last month as he's gotten more active (and now he's trying to crawl! at 5 months!). His poops and pees are fine. This last week, my supply was GREAT -- I was pumping plenty at work, and some extra over the weekend when the baby unexpectedly slept through the night on Friday. But then Sunday, I came down with some kind of tummy bug -- I wasn't hungry, wasn't keeping liquid down, etc. It only lasted about 12 hours, and I did my best to stay hydrated, to avoid a hit to my supply. I pumped once on Sunday after taking some Pepto (just in case) and got almost 4 oz. (and the baby only ate 2 oz., from my stash). It's now Tuesday, and my supply has TANKED since then. Baby is much more fussy at the breast, pulling at the nipple and beating on the breast with his hands; I'm having to switch sides every couple of minutes to keep him latching on. My letdown seems slower. And my pumping output at work is dropping -- yesterday (Monday) I got 12.8 oz. over four pumps -- which is totally respectable, and seemed like a good sign to me! -- but then today, I'm getting less than 3...
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  • @llli*sacmd's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:53 AM
    My baby is 7 months and EBF. I'm going away for 2 days and 1 night for a friend's wedding. It will be my first time away from her. I have a small stash of EBM in my freezer for this and will be pumping while away. But it probably will not be enough. So, if I start pumping now 1-2 x/day for the next couple of weeks, can I still meet baby's daily needs? Will I be able to make more at this point? In the early days, before my supply was regulated, I pumped a little extra and had no problem making more. However, I wonder if my supply is so regulated now that I won't be able to produce more (say, 2-4 ounces more/day than I have been making). I wonder this because recently I feel like my supply has been dwindling anyway...baby seems frustrated at the ends of feeds, I'm not pumping much at work (3 oz max per pumping session). Alas, I miss the early days when my supply seemed endless!
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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*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*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:59 PM
    Wow you have really been having a time of it! So sorry, and glad you are hanging in there. I think seeing another IBCLC is a great idea. The more eyes on a problem, the more likely someone will have the idea that makes the difference. Helping a baby latch comfortably is more art than science, and how it looks means little. It's really about how it feels. Breastfeeding issues are so hard to deal with when you already have so much to get used to just adjusting to motherhood in general. I suspect the poor latch and the plugs are related, as you have probably figured out already. What helped me the most when I had really hard to extract plugs was using a personal massager for vibration, and nursing baby upside down, and of course, encouraging baby to nurse very frequently.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:39 PM
    @llli*mommal replied to a thread How to Wean?? in Weaning
    And your baby is growing well despite nursing just 5x per day? If so, that points to you having a very high storage capacity. Most moms would need to nurse a minimum of 8x per day in order to meet their babies' needs, and most would nurse more often than that. The fact that pumping hasn't yielded much doesn't necessarily mean anything, because some moms just don't respond well to the pump even if they have great supply. It sounds like you have a particularly demanding job. Do you ever have a chance to close your door? And how is your commute? A lot of moms pump while they are driving to and from work, and that compensates for some of the pumping they can't do at the office.
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  • @llli*m11612's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:10 PM
    @llli*m11612 replied to a thread Colostrum... in Weaning
    It may be a mixture of mature milk and colostrum. This is healthy too. Not a problem for newborn. I recommend the book Adventures in adventures in Tandem Nursing. It was invaluable to me. My 3 yr old "dry" nursed until my colostrum came in, but I'm not sure my milk ever completely went away. In any event, my colostrum was definitely a mixture started at about 33 weeks and continued for a couple days postpartum when the constant nursing of my new baby plus the 3 yr old brought in my milk. Then came the floods :D My baby is almost 5 months and growing great! My now 3 1/2 yr old now nurses about 2-6 times a day.
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