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  • @llli*elizabethy0's Avatar
    Today, 06:31 AM
    Hi all, looking for some encouragement and wisdom.. I've been exclusively breast feeding my dd. She's now 6.5 months & been on solids for 3 weeks now, though I'm not sure how much is going in. It's going slowly. Anyway. I'm tired of breasts that still leak loads, of being ravenous all the time (she's a big baby!), & of having no sex drive. And I'm tired of the battle to get her to feed - she latches on, then often comes off just after let down, so everything gets soaked. Then she'll either wriggle hugely / painfully grab me, or fall asleep. Seeing as she needs so little sleep (11 - 12 hours a day including naps) I really don't want her to fall asleep on me - I'm lucky if I get 2 hours (total) naps during the day to get things done effectively.
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  • @llli*shannonb123's Avatar
    Today, 09:59 AM
    Hi guys!! So a little back story, my daughter is one month old and it has been the longest month ever. She was born with a Tongue and lip tie and couldn't eat for 5 days- which we syringe fed her. We got her ties revised at 5 days and we had to use a nipple shield because someone recommended it and I listened (worst thing ever). Then we finally broke the shield But I still have pinched nipples after feeds, luckily they don't hurt so whatever. She has a diagnosed "bubble palate" and she clicks sometimes while eating, has gas that wakes her up in pain, pops off breast, lipstick nipples, and more. Some of these are due to her palate, but I also have an overactive letdown and I don't know what I can do. She will NOT do laid back nursing. Well she does but my nipples start bleeding right after, it's so painful! She screams if I try to latch her side laying. When I have a letdown I literally choke her and she gags and clicks and pulls off, but wants to eat so she holds on as best as she can and swallow soooo much air. I try to unlatch her and catch the letdown in a bottle- it literally sprays for 3 oz in the bottle. How do I know when the let down has passed? I saw something about using your fingers like scissors to slow the flow.... how does that work? I can't feed her and squeeze my nipple? She's so uncomfortable, she only eats for about 5 min but she eats every hour on the dot ): I know she's just getting my letdown and then getting full- but mostly with air. I...
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  • @llli*livingtemple's Avatar
    Today, 11:09 AM
    This is driving me bananas. My LO is 1-year-old and I am away from home a couple days a week, so I pump those days. Recently (the past month or so?) it seems I am not responding to the pump as I have for the past year. At first I thought maybe my flanges were too small (24s), so switched back to 27s. I know your nipple/breast shape can change and trying different sizes can help - That seemed to help for a couple days. Now the 27s aren't working well, so I've switched back to 24s. The other day I literally sat for 30min and pumped (2 let down phases) and got 2oz. I then hand expressed 1 oz from one side in like 3 minutes! I've never really had trouble with low supply except when he was VERY tiny (which, in retrospect, I don't think was actually low supply, but rather just the initial process of getting supply established). Not long ago I could pump 7 oz in 20 minutes! It drives me crazy that I KNOW milk is in there and it's just not being expressed. I have been sick with a pretty bad cold the past couple weeks, so I realize that could be it too. I keep on top of being hydrated. But, regardless, what can I do? I realize LO is a year old and so his need for BM is not as critical as when he was littler - but I still want to BF him as long as possible and it's killing my stash to leave 10-12 for him in bottles and come home with 8-9oz pumped. I pump 2x at work on Mondays and Fridays and can pump 3x on Tuesdays and Wednesdays if I need to. I'm home and nurse on demand...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:41 AM
    Can you see an IBCLC in person? Or an LLL Leader? You need help getting a better latch and in person help from someone who is trained in this area specifically is usually very helpful. If you already saw someone, maybe you need to see someone else or see them again. Scissoring to cut off flow: You use two fingers to compress (gently!) the breast behind the areola or at the areola (depends how large your areola is) and this compresses the milk ducts and slows flow. You could also try pressing the breast with a thumb or heel of your hand or whatever, the idea is to press into the breast tissue enough to compress the milk ducts. You want to be careful you do not press in the same spot all the time to the point that milk plugs form. Maybe keep adjusting placement of fingers as ducts are all around the breast. Also, make sure your hand/fingers are not blocking baby's chin or in any way her ability to get a good, deep latch. Nursing leaning back: You can try latching baby in whatever position works best and THEN lean your body back, while snuggling baby close to you. It is not necessary to latch in a leaning back position to use that position to reduce flow. However, a leaning back position is usually helpful when a baby has a shallow latch. That is why I think you need in person help. Maybe you just need to adjust how much you lean back or what direction baby approaches the breast. These things can be adjusted to whatever works. You do not need to know when the...
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  • @llli*jlm01's Avatar
    Today, 11:27 AM
    Thank you for the suggestions. I am having issues actually latching in this position. Any tips? Also is it okay for the baby's head to be turned to the side while eating?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:18 AM
    The reality is that mothers of 6 month olds are usually pretty tired- whether they are nursing or not. Of course every experience is unique but in general it is a myth that mothers who do not nurse have tons more freedom or sleep than those who do. It is also not typically true that bigger babies need more milk than smaller babies or that solid introduction reduces the need to nurse (for at least the first several months.) Solids also do not increase sleep duration according to studies. Babies need lots of milk because they are growing so fast, not due to their size. Growth rate tends to reduce considerably after 6 months, and that is when in the normal course of things a mom might see her milk production decrease if it was high before (and it did not decrease before.) Your production decreasing to enough for baby rather than more than enough will help with both the hunger and the leaking, over time. Baby may still nurse just as much though. Feeling very hungry most of the time is usually normal for nursing mothers, and this will decrease over time. In my experience, 6 months was the time I had to start being way more careful about what (not how much) I ate as the pounds no longer came off easily after about then and I needed to eat right or it messed up my energy levels. Personally I had to be really careful about sugar and carbs, mostly. If your hunger seems extreme to you, you might talk to your doctor. Sometimes intense hunger might indicate some medical issue....
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    Today, 06:53 AM
    Congrats to making it to 6.5 months. We are almost at 5, and my original goal was 6 months (although now I may push to a year-year and a half). 6.5 months is a huge milestone so that's awesome you've made it that far! I know your struggles with a lot of the above. My breasts leaked tons (until last week), and he does the laffy taffy nipple pull NONSTOP. I have three pugs that are needy and will jump on the couch to hangout with us while I am nursing and when he sees one of them it's game on. Anything distracts him and will cause him to pop off and on and off and on. He also DOES NOT nap unless I am holding him. I will try to put him down, but the second I do - he wakes right up. IDK what to say about the sleeping with you thing, or the breasts leaking. Only thing I can say about that is that I feel your pain, and I hope it gets better for you. <3 But what I can say about the laffy taffy pull/pop on and off thing is go to a quiet room and nurse in the dark. It stops a lot of the distractions and you won't have to deal with all of that grabbing/wiggling, etc.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:07 PM
    Sorry I was not around for a while and missed your reply. How are things going now?
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  • @llli*sbfamily's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:03 PM
    Has your LO ever taken a pacifier? I definitely agree with the other mamas that milestones, teething, illness, growth spurts can all lead to more night waking around this age, but if you've ruled all those out baby might just have developed a sleep association with nursing and is needing it to transition in and out of sleep cycles. With my last baby I was able to slowly introduce a pacifier instead of nursing and it seemed she started waking less often (like getting just the paci wasn't worth her fully waking anymore). She didn't like it at first and I had to get out of bed to settle her with it in the beginning (exhausting, I know!) but after a few nights she accepted it. Hugs, mama. You're not alone!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:03 PM
    Hi and welcome to the forum! As a mom who had overproduction through three babies I want to assure you that usually these issues are not as serious as we think. Yes having a big oversupply can make poops be explosive green watery frothy etc and copious. It can cause some additional gas discomfort for baby and it can cause lots of spit up- but none of these things are medical issues or are causing any permanent harm. And all of these things may happen even when there is no oversupply. Babies are fussy. green poops can be entirely normal. reflux as in spit up is normal. And can happen regardless of whether a mom has overproduction or not. If you mean painful reflux - Gerd -again this is a separate issue from overproduction. However often overproduction symptoms are blamed on gerd. Anyway the easiest and simplest way to handle overproduction symptoms is to nurse the baby frequently. Presumably your baby is gaining extremely quickly as that would be consistent with severe overproduction. In that case it is fine to have baby nurse one side at a time and encourage baby to nurse frequently - this is a quick and easy and entirely unharmful way to help baby get a little less for milk which means baby will get more hindmilk. If you have true severe overproduction then block feeding may be helpful and appropriate. The lactation consultant expert Nancy Mohrbacher has a good article on her blog about block feeding which I would suggest read before attempting this. For...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:42 PM
    I agree with mommal. Practice bottles can be very small - much smaller than a bottle would be at day care, as you can nurse both before and after the bottle id needed when at home- and need not be every day either. 7 ounces is about 1/4 of what a baby typically takes in for an entire 24 hour period, so is an enormous meal that could have a serious impact on breastfeeding long term. Also that is a lot to have to pump every day before going back to work. We know that when a baby takes a bottle they have a tendency to eat much more than they normally do at the breast. The reason a baby keeps eating from a bottle past the point of normal satiety is that baby is compelled to suckle for longish periods of time. Also, breastmilk just plain tastes really good to babies and they love to have it in their mouths! At the breast, the flow ebs and flows, so baby might suckle a long time without getting so much as they do with a bottle that has a more steady flow. There is a bottle feeding method called paced bottle feeding that helps with this- a slow flow nipple alone is not enough. But to answer your original question, yes 30 minutes to take in so much at a bottle sounds entirely normal to me. Feedings at daycare would best be more like 3-4 ounces at most, and that should take about 20 minutes for baby to eat.
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  • @llli*s.laura's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:36 PM
    Hello Nicky, Our son, who is almost 1 year old is perfectly fine now! The liver specialist wanted to do a liver biopsy on our son but on a 2nd round of blood work, his levels were in normal range and we didn't have to do it. We also saw a nutritionist and they suggested everything under the sun to put weight on him. From putting oil in supplimented milk to giving him more formula. But no one could answer why exactly he wasn't gaining weight and what was the point to fatten him up just to make a chubby kid? And that was when we stopped doing anything extra and just let him be. I can't speak for your situation and I can't give medical advice :) but for us all the weekly weight checks, pumping and supliments was too much and when we just let him be, he still gained weight at the rate he was with all the extra calories. Not tons but an ounce or 2 every week and he was always developing on time. He is still pretty small, he still wears 6/9 month clothes, but as I said, he is developing just fine. I hope you find some answers soon and can enjoy these early months with minimal stress. Hang in there mama!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:06 PM
    In that case, you probably want to knock those bottles down a few oz. 1-2 oz is sufficient for a practice bottle. the average feeding is just 2-4 oz. 7 oz is so far above the average feeding that it might have negative impacts on nursing, like making baby expect huge feedings and that "stuffed-to-the-gills" feeling, or causing him to nurse less than he naturally would. Did someone tell you to feed baby 7 oz at a go? If so, was it the daycare that baby will eventually attend? If so, they will need a lesson in how to bottle feed a breastfed baby. (Happy to provide links if needed!)
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