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  • @llli*zambomommy's Avatar
    Today, 04:00 PM
    Hi, My baby will be starting daycare next week (when she turns 8 months) and is currently being looked after by my parents. She does not drink a lot of milk during the day, and typically my mom and dad are pretty hands on and force feed her at least a couple of ounces (around 6oz) while I am at work. I pump around 6-8 oz at work (2-3 pumping sessions, and I nurse my baby during lunch. This is our schedule: nurse at 6:00am, nurse at 8:00am, solids at 9:30am, bottle (1.5-2oz) at 11am, nurse at 12:30pm, solids at 1:30pm, bottle (1.5-2 oz) at 2:30pm, bottle (2oz) at 4:30pm,
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 02:08 PM
    Ok yes that sounds similar to what I experienced. I also had OP/OALD with first child, but I still think there must be a connection between that and let down pain at least some of the time because the things that helped with the fast letdown and OP (time and encouraging frequent nursing) helped with the let down pain as well. I kept feeling it for quite awhile, but as time went in it became more and more clearly linked to a longer time lapse between nursing sessions.
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  • @llli*arin-dn's Avatar
    Today, 11:42 AM
    It is like the letdown I felt with my other kids just quite a bit more painful. I lasts just a few minutes, if that. I do definitely have an overactive let down. I don't feel like I have as much OP as I did with my daughter, but I do have plenty of milk. He's already learned to handle the letdown pretty well, has a great latch, ext. This is the only issue we've had so far and it just kinda caught me off guard as I haven't dealt with it before.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:21 AM
    I had very painful letdown with my 2nd after not feeling anything at all at letdown with my first. In all other ways nursing was entirely painless and going great. I also had pain with letdown with my third, but we were having so many other issues (Super engorged, massive plug and mastitis) that let down pain was the least of my worries. Anyway, I always suspected overproduction contributed to the let down pain. I also found it hurt way worse if baby was not nursing and I let down. So when I felt a letdown I would grab baby and try to get him to nurse. I also encouraged baby to nurse often in general to tame the fast flow and I think this helped with letdown pain as well. I would also hand express a little if he would not nurse when I started letting down. I found the pain definitely lessened over time, after the OP began calming down. But I felt let downs for a long time...they just no longer were painful. Can you describe the pain and how long it lasts?
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  • @llli*arin-dn's Avatar
    Today, 10:32 AM
    Hi everyone! I am nursing my 3rd baby who is 4 weeks old. This time around letdown has been way more painful than I remember it being with either of my other 2 kids. It is especially painful when it happens when he isn't eating. Does anyone know why this would happen or ways to help it be less painful? Thanks!
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  • @llli*lina.in.la's Avatar
    Today, 10:04 AM
    Hi there. My daughter was also a 30-weeker and I exclusively breastfed her once she came home at 35 weeks. I had to pump a little to relieve pressure for about 2 weeks before my supply decreased to match her intake. She is 5.5 months old now and has gained EXTREMELY well on just my milk. So it can be done!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:29 PM
    Hi aranel. When a situation is this complicated (baby completely bottle fed and apparently having difficulty nursing) I truly think the best course is to see a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) for a complete, private consult. Have you done this already or is this possible for you? I am not saying there is nothing you can do on your own. Of course there is- but an in person consult with someone experienced with getting a baby back to the breast is likely to save you a ton of time and trouble and very much increase your chances for success. The short answer is gradually. Once you can encourage baby to nurse with more vigor or interest, you can start slowly reducing supplements while watching weight gain and output- poops and pees. (Some breastfed babies stop pooping with much frequency at this age and in that case you would watch pees.) Once you can reduce supplements or as you do so, you can reduce the pumping. Nipple shields can actually be helpful tools if used properly. The same thing happened to me with my oldest- sent home with a nipple shield no one had even shown me how to put on! Ugh it drives me crazy. But if baby is apparently capable of latching without it, no need for a shield and best to avoid them. It is pretty unusual for a 7 week old who is gaining normally to be so sleepy at the breast. I wonder if baby is not nursing with much interest because baby is simply not hungry? To advise further, it would help to know how baby is gaining...
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  • @llli*kirab's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:29 PM
    I'm in the same boat as you with my 6 month old. Since she was 4 months she has been waking every hour to two all night long, and will only settle back to sleep if I nurse her. It's been rough and I find myself constantly searching for a way to curb the wakings without a harsh method but have come to just accept that it's just a faze and someday I will forget how exhausted I was and miss the cuddles and how much she needed me. The last two nights she has given me a couple three hour stretches of sleep so fingers crossed this is the beginning of better sleep!
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  • @llli*aranel's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:37 PM
    When my baby was born she had some breathing trouble and was on a Cpap for the first week of her life. Because of this I was unable to breast feed her and she got nipple confused. The hospital was -not- very helpful once I was discharged and didn't really help figure out how best help her nurse. They sent me home with a nipple shield and very little instruction. :cry At her first weigh in she hadn't gained enough weight I had total melt down at the doctors office. I had been trying to nurse her for hours at time with the nipple shield on and I had no idea she wasn't getting enough and passing out from exhaustion from trying. Her doctor told me to throw away the nipple shields and start pumping but keep offering her the breast... Shes 7 weeks old now and she will latch but she breaks suction and/or falls asleep very quickly at the breast. I hate pumping I am doing it every 2-3 hours round the clock and its killing me. I am scared to death to stop pumping because I worry she won't be getting enough milk. How do I safely transition her to the breast?
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  • @llli*hhof0407's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:12 PM
    Also, I'm praying this is the culprit because this seems way more treatable than yeast. I have also been pumping and saving milk. I have not had the heart to throw it out even though I was told that due to my thrush diagnosis the milk should not be saved. Let's hope I can save my freezer stash for when I return to work!
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  • @llli*hhof0407's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:06 PM
    The nipples do change color a little bit. Is it possible that one breast is worse than the other? Could it be possible that the trauma from the first few weeks of breastfeeding disaster is still causing the pain? He was really bad about creasing my nipples the first month or so. I had a line of scabs down the middle of the crease. The past few weeks they come out very minimally creased. I'm looking into this vasospasm a little more and using a heating pad right now to see if that helps.
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