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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 02:59 PM
    Your child does not ask to nurse- not in any way (verbally or non-verbally?) Is comfort nursing/nursing to sleep something your child ever did, or might do now? What about the cups of milk? are those offered or is she verbally asking for those? As far as emotionally letting go- why should you? You can certainly keep offering to nurse as much as you like. Weaning is a process with ups and downs and, when approached "naturally" is usually a process that involves both mom and child. There is certainly no way you can cause any harm by encouraging a 13 month old to nurse. Maybe your child is getting so much cow milk she is not asking to nurse due to that? Children nurse for three reasons- hunger, thirst and comfort. If her thirst and hunger are being met with cow milk, then she might not ask to nurse. This does not make cow milk preferable.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 02:51 PM
    Hi, sorry you are having this problem. Of course there are many good articles about how to handle the distracted nurser so I will not go over the same ground but instead add a couple things I do not see mentioned much that might help. I am wondering if different nursing positioning might help? As baby gets older and bigger, sometimes previously preferred positions become uncomfortable. I would also suggest avoid unnecessary bottles (those given other than when you are separated from baby) and if you use pacifiers, reduce or eliminate use of those for a while. If baby requires bottles due to separations from you, be sure baby is being fed in a breastfeeding supportive fashion and also not being overfed. Here is why I think bottles when you are there to nurse are not a good idea. Any healthy 5 month old can read their internal signals to know how much milk they need and they know where to get it. Distracted nursing is so common we can assume it is a biologically normal developmental stage and has existed as long as babies have existed. Yet human babies got their nutrition just fine entirely at the breast for hundreds of thousands of years before there were bottles. The babies of all other mammals do not just stop nursing enough and waste away either. So I do not think bottles are typically needed in such cases and evidence shows that bottle feeding in general is something that can interfere with normal nursing habits. If you need to pump, (or hand express)...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 02:10 PM
    It is possible for yeast and/or bacterial infection to occur within the breast. But I am pretty sure any bacterial infection in the breast would result in mastitis symptoms, as that is what mastitis is- a bacterial infection in the breast. Yeast is trickier. The good news about yeast is that it IS treatable, there are several treatments that studies have proven mothers usually respond to. The unfortunate thing about yeast is that it is both over/mis-diagnosed and at the same time not always treated appropriately by HCPs, and this is what leads (in most cases) to yeast horror stories. With the information you have posted so far, my guess is this is a plug. Plugs do not always respond right away to baby nursing for some of the same reasons plugs form in the first place- something is up with baby's latch, there is very high milk production or infrequent nursing- any of which might cause sub-optimal milk removal. My best suggestion is to treat this as a plug for now, there are many ways to try to break up a plug - I will link an article. Then, if you can, maybe try to call get help from a board certified LC. She can help you figure out if something else is going on, as well as work on latch if needed. To ward off mastitis, as well as having lots of milk removal, try to rest as much as possible. I will also include a yeast protocol. But I think it is premature to assume yeast.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 01:59 PM
    It is fine to ask questions and normal to worry. I get it! It is hard when babies act differently than their siblings. All three of mine were so different! Babies do often change up nursing patterns frequently, that is normal. But popping on and off can be annoying and bit frustrating. In my experience, popping on and off is a typical reaction to fast flow and so can be helped by encouraging baby to nurse frequently and/or changing nursing position so mom is more leaning back and baby is kind of on top, or sidelying position might help too. But this is also an age when some babies can start getting quite a bit of milk quickly, and that will sometimes result in baby nursing much shorter sessions.
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  • @llli*zzella's Avatar
    Today, 12:10 PM
    Hi, Last night i felt pain and tenderness in my breast tissue, at the bottom of my breast near my chest. It hurts when I touch it or even if I pick up something heavy. I figured it was a plug (maybe from my bra pressing on it) but I fed my baby till it was empty and it only helped a little. I've had mastitis before and I'm not sure it's that. I don't have a fever or anything. I recently had a large blister on the same side and it took a while to heal after it popped. I'm afraid bacteria or yeast has gotten inside the ducts or something. Is that likely and what would be the symptoms of that? My nipple is still a little sensitive too - it stings a little when first starting a feed but then eases off. I'm so terrified of yeast because I feel like I've had every single breastfeeding problem except that and I figure it's coming :lol :cry
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    Today, 11:56 AM
    Honestly, I am still having yeast problems and shooting sharp pains/red and pink nipples/and SUPER sensitive nipples. So I don't know if I will even be able to make it 2 more months. I'm trying to last as long as possible because if I COULD go until 1 year, I totally would. But at this point, I've tried everything possible to get rid of yeast and it's not working so I am just going to try to last until 6 months. I WANT to go further, just like I WANT to get rid of the shield.. but neither are in my favor I don't believe. :( And yes - I know I have a huge over supply. That was started out I believe from the LC that told me to pump after every feed in the beginning because of my shield. I was pumping RIDICULOUS amounts. However, I slowly got down to only pumping 2 times a day recently. However, now I am dealing with having not enough during the day and too much at night? He literally gets SO FRUSTRATED during the day and when I try to pump or hand express theres nothing there. I make "too much" at night (which is when I pump) and not enough during the day. I pump those 2 times at night because EVERY TIME I try to stop or slowly push it longer or not pump as much, I end up with mastitis. I feel like I am a lost cause, and it's so frustrating because I want nothing more than for nursing to work. :( Everything is just working against us.
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  • @llli*hawkeye-mom's Avatar
    Today, 10:51 AM
    Thank you for your help. He's just doing something different and it causes me anxiety. I'm just worried that he's hungry, but maybe he went through a growth spurt and that's why he doesn't want to nurse as long/he's falling asleep more. Sorry for all the questions, I just worry and he's different than my daughter was. I just need/want reassurance! I'm lucky that that's my only issue with breastfeeding right now and it's not a real issue.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:08 AM
    I hate to sound like a broken record, especially since using that phrase really dates me, but... Spitting up is entirely normal for the first several months of life. This is not in any way a pathology on it's own. Aside from the reading I have done on this, I once attended a two hour lecture by a pediatrician entitled "Spit Happens." The gist of the whole thing- spit up is normal. If there are other signs of things being amiss, then the spit up may be related or it may not. If you think your baby is ill, then seeing a pediatrician makes sense. Not sure what you would see an LC for in this case. It sounds like you are concerned baby might be dehydrated, (from spitting up?) so I want to assure you that a baby who is getting enough breastmilk to gain normally and poop as much as your baby is could not possibly be dehydrated. Breastmilk is the most perfectly hydrating substance known to man. I do agree that tons of burping is usually unnecessary and may actually cause more spit up. Air will usually come up easily on its own when baby is held in a head above tummy position, or find its way out later.
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  • @llli*hawkeye-mom's Avatar
    Today, 08:24 AM
    So another update. Little guy is still spitting up most days. Some days he doesn't, but usually we get one really large spit up. Yesterday he had about three in a row, one during a nursing session that seemed to be going just fine. A few times he only nursed for like 2 minutes when he usually nurses at least 7 or 8. We went to a small get together last night and he did do his cluster feeding that he has started the last couple nights and had no problems. However, during the night, he woke up three times, two of the times only nursing for like 2 minutes before falling asleep. This morning, before going out of town, he started nursing and spit up all over. He also wasn't nursing well - kept coming off the breast and then relatching. Think that is partly my fault: after I'd have a let down, he sometimes would come off, I think to catch his breath, so I would try to burp him because he gets a lot of air. We'll then I started doing it every time he came off, probably frustrating him. Sometimes he wouldn't continue nursing when I put him back on. Do I need to get him checked out at the ped. or lactation consultant, or should I just go back to completely unrestricted nursing (no burping) and see how he is on Monday? Our lactation consultants have a free weigh clinic on Mondays that you can go to to have them check things out. He is still gaining weight, probably up to 12 lbs now at 7 weeks today me has at least 4 poops a day and 8 to 10 wet diapers and if he cries, he...
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  • @llli*ourajewel's Avatar
    Today, 06:50 AM
    Hi all- I'm having some issues with breastfeeding my 5 month old baby. Overall, our breastfeeding journey has been pretty smooth and very enjoyable. I sort of took it for granted until I had a few days where my milk supply dropped for seemingly no reason, and it really made me appreciate being able to breastfeed him as easily as I'd been able to. It also really made it clear that I want to be able to continue to do so as long as possible. However, around 4 months or so, my baby started to become extremely distracted while feeding. Now, he refuses to breastfeed in public, even under a blanket or feeding cover. When we are at home, I've tried to eliminate as many distractions as possible. I've tried feeding him a dark room and even turning my chair towards the wall, and nothing seems to help. He will eat for a few minutes, then turn his head to look at something, or start making noises and sounds and playing. Then he'll turn back and take another sip, and pull off and look around the room again. It goes on like that until I finally get so frustrated that I give up after like an hour. I don't even know if he's getting enough milk because I seem to be more engorged and pumping more at the end of the day. Sometimes, I'll feed him a bottle of expressed milk because he'll just be playing the entire time he's trying to breastfeed, and it's easier to keep that in his mouth while he looks around the room at least. He always drinks the whole thing. The issue is compounded by...
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  • @llli*jloj's Avatar
    Today, 06:40 AM
    My 13 month old has been nursing when she wakes up and before bed, and will drink regular milk from a sippy cup during the day. However, she never asks to nurse, it's always me offering. She'll nurse for a few minutes on each side (at most) and then goes back to playing. This morning my husband offered her a sippy cup of milk when she woke up and she seemed to not even care that she hadn't nursed. I've tried researching this but can't figure out if she's weaning herself (since she never asks to nurse) or if she's just too distracted to ask (since she will still eat when I offer). My goal was to nurse for a year and then just see what happens but I think emotionally I'm having a harder time letting go than I thought I would and am clearly confused on if she's weaning herself or what's going on. Any other mamas go through the same thing? Thank you for any help!!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:18 AM
    How do you feel about breastfeeding straight from the breast at this point? I know your initial goal was to nurse to 6 months, but sometimes we hit a point where we have to readjust our initial goals. I know I hit that point at around 10 months with my first kid- I had a solid plan in place to wean her at 12 months, but 10 months rolled around and I realized that I was actually enjoying nursing her, and that breastfeeding had become my all-purpose mothering tool and not just a feeding preference. So I altered my plan and nursed far beyond my initial goal. Having 1000 oz- a huge amount of milk!-in the freezer suggests that pumping may be perpetuating oversupply and pain related to oversupply. If you are still pumping at this point, what would you say to phasing it out and seeing if your supply adjusts to be more in tune with the baby? I agree with Krystine- I'd rather feed my baby human milk that has some Diflucan in it than formula. So if you stick with your initial plan to stop nursing at 6 months, I would feel free to use that vast stash of expressed milk.
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  • @llli*mama.marie's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:09 PM
    I recently experienced something similar with my daughter who just turned one. In our case it turned out to be teething. She had all four molars coming in at once, at least we got that out of the way! I think she was just so uncomfortable that nursing wasn't helping. We are using a Baltic amber necklace, no idea how much it really helps but we're going with it anyway! Unfortunately we had to resort to Tylenol a couple of nights, just to get us through the thick of it. It's been a couple of weeks and we're close to back to normal. Good luck mama, I hope it passes for you soon!
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:05 PM
    The 24-Hour Online Global Meeting starts in an hour! :) LLL Leaders Kristina and Merewyn from New Zealand will lead the first hour of the meeting in English. https://www.facebook.com/groups/LLLIGlobalMeeting/
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  • @llli*krystine's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:50 PM
    He sounds like my 5 week old. She likes to nurse. I'm not worried about frequent nursing or wanting to sleep latched on.
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  • @llli*krystine's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:45 PM
    I wouldn't worry about it being in your milk and would consider it infinity better than formula.
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