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  • @llli*raleigh.garth's Avatar
    Today, 05:50 PM
    Hi there, Just wanted to start by saying I have learned so much from reading all the wisdom from you mamas for the past few months, and I am so grateful for this resource! I really hope it can help me solve this problem. Also, apologies in advance for my long-windedness! :o A little background: My babe is just 4 months today. He was born 6 weeks early, so his adjusted age would be 2.5 months I suppose. He started his life in the NICU and was nursed, bottle fed, and fed through a feeding tube during his 20 days there. Since coming home we worked really, really hard to become EBF; have been bottle free for about two months now. He has been gaining weight like a champ since leaving the hospital too, which is the most important thing. There were some supply issues in the beginning, but I have been on domperidone for a while which (along with nursing almost constantly and drinking tons of water) seems to have me producing enough for babe.
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Today, 04:17 PM
    Honestly, I'm not sure there's a reliable way to diagnose thrush unless baby has the white patches in his mouth. But from the existing research, the most likely symptoms appear to be burning nipple pain or shiny or flaky nipples, in combination with breast pain. I think the only way it can really be diagnosed is to try an antifungal treatment and see if it helps. If it does, it could be thrush, if it doesn't, it probably isn't. :huh LCs can't diagnose thrush, so if you want to get that checked, your OB would probably be the better choice. But if there's a chance it's a latch issue, an IBCLC can help you with positioning and getting a comfortable latch. Is the pain an occasional sharp stab, or is it more persistent and debilitating?
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Today, 03:50 PM
    I've collected some comments from moms on the Forums about different pumps and put them together here: http://ref.lllvawv.org/Breast_Pump_Reviews There are moms' opinions on that page about the Medela PISA, Ameda Purely Yours, and Spectra 2, but I don't have anything about the Ardo Calypso. I hadn't actually heard of that one before; I'll have to keep my eye out for reviews....
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  • @llli*ldivanna83's Avatar
    Today, 03:44 PM
    My baby has mostly stopped nursing overnight... She will sleep a solid 7-10 hours overnight. The day care provider is insistent on the feedings because my baby is exceptionally fussy (also according to her). She isn't able to soothe her or calm her so her default is hunger. I am confident that Gabriella (baby) is just adjusting to a new environment and now I'm wondering if she's sensing stress from the day care provider because I have seen other people calm her down whom she doesn't know very well. The routine I'm trying to get down for work days is, wake her up, nurse her right before going to day care. That way when she gets to day care she should have at least 2 hours before needing a feeding. I told day care not to let her go longer than 3 hours without a feeding (per pediatrician) but to feed on cue if she's hungry earlier. So she gets 4-5 bottles depending on how late I'm stuck at work. And yes, I would say she is eager to nurse when she sees me at night. The nursing actually seems more problematic on the days when I'm off and in the afternoon. I just had 2 days off with her and fed every 2/2.5 hours and she seemed to do ok all day... I've been scrambling through a nanny search today, but yes currently this day care is my only option :( Gabriella goes back to day care tomorrow. I think I'm going to pack 4.5 ounce bottles and see what happens. She was fed 4 ounce bottles on one of her 2 days last week and then 5 ounce bottles the second day. She...
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  • @llli*bhacket4's Avatar
    Today, 03:30 PM
    I'm being told by a friend of mine that is also an LLL leader (or was in the past) that I could possibly have thrush? Symptoms that I have include the baby being gassy, his having a diaper rash (not a yeast diaper rash just a red bottom).. and I have sharp shooting pain in my breasts quite often. Not my nipple, but the breast tissue or breast itself. I didn't think about it because I always thought I'd know if we had thrush by the white spots, but she said that sometimes the only symptom could be the shooting pains? Would I call my OB about this? LC? Or who? Also, in yall's opinion could this be thrush?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 02:47 PM
    I do not see why your milk would suddenly not taste good, and since he nurses to sleep with no objection, it seems even more unlikely. If it were me I would try not offering as much water for a few days, and maybe even cut back on the food offered, and see what happens. But that is me. There is no reason you have to do this, you could just keep offering when it feels natural and see what happens. Some moms choose to hand express or pump to be sure milk production stays in good shape when baby is not as interested in nursing.
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  • @llli*karaeubanks's Avatar
    Today, 02:17 PM
    This just started two days ago. He nurses to sleep, but when it's not sleep time, I offer, he gets all excited, latches, and then unlatches, looks at me weird, and says "no." Sometimes he'll hang out without sucking, if he's sleepy. He eats three full meals a day, self-feeding yogurt, rice and beans, steamed vegetables, fruits, nut butters, everything. Sometimes he eats as much as an adult at a meal, it's amazing to me. He also drinks lots of water, but no other liquids. I'll keep offering him to nurse, but I wonder, could he be not liking the taste of the milk or something? Since he unlatches after a seemingly positive response to the offer to nurse? Or maybe it's just fullness?
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  • @llli*det2922's Avatar
    Today, 01:47 PM
    This is my second week back to work. My son is 14 weeks old. We've had a hellish time with nursing so far. He's been getting bottles of pumped milk occasionally for several weeks when it is too painful for me to nurse. Usually his bottles are 4.5 to 5 ounces. He sleeps through the night, usually about an 8 hour stretch and has since he was about 8 weeks old. Other than that he eats about every 2-3 hours. Right now I'm away from him for about 9 hours a day and in that time he's eating about 15 ounces. Is this a good amount? Should I cut his bottles down to 4 ounces each? He's home with my husband now, but in September he will start daycare, so I'd like to have him used to things before then.
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  • @llli*mominoes's Avatar
    Today, 12:23 PM
    Further update, we're on a one week break between daycares and I've been staying home to care for baby. First, he is still nursing just 3x during his normal daycare hours. There have even been a couple of times when I have offered him the breast thinking some fussiness might be due to hunger (since he was somehow finding the time and appetite to eat 6x at daycare) and he's taken a couple of sucks and then refused it! Second, my breasts have actually been getting engorged the past few days! Before I went back to work, baby's usual routine was to drain both breasts. Now he's often happy with just one breast per feeding (and again, feeding just 3x during what would be my workday/his daycare time). The result for the past few days has been that by early evening, at least one of my breasts is uncomfortably full of milk. I'm having to pull out all the techniques I used in the first couple of weeks (tickling, taking off clothes, etc) to keep him going at his evening feeds so that I can get comfortable enough to go to bed. Oh, and I've got milk dribbling and leaking everywhere, again harkening back to the first couple of weeks. Grrrr! I feel like this just confirms my suspicion that even the 19oz of milk that I managed to pull back to was TOO MUCH. I'm curious to see what his growth is like at his next checkup...and I'm seriously considering giving our pediatrician an earful about being told that 20-24oz of milk sounds "normal".
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  • @llli*zambomommy's Avatar
    Today, 12:17 PM
    Great that your pump output has increased. Regarding leaking during night time nursing, the same thing happened to me. I stopped leaking during night time nursing at around 6 months and restarted it at around 8.5 months, I am not sure what happened, but I now have to put lansinoh breast pads while I go to sleep. Regarding the increase in breastmilk, it could be because of the "milk memory". Your body could be producing what it needs based on the demand from the last few days. It is extremely hard to infer how our bodies work. I have had to delay pumping sessions when in meetings and I always saw an increase, but I resume my usual pump schedule the next day as I don't want my body to think the demand is low.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:21 AM
    How long has this been going on? The norm is not for children to spontaneously wean, especially this young. Not saying it is impossible, just saying, not at all typical. But temporary lack of interest in nursing is not the same thing. If could be a nursing strike, or it could just be a temporary blip. Offering to nurse is always fine. There is no reason to assume baby is weaning and many reasons to assume that is not the case. No child can be forced to nurse. It is pretty much impossible. So continuing to offer/encourage your child to nurse is not somehow "not following his lead." By tons of solids, what do you mean? IS baby eating more or less by himself at this point -picking up food, bringing it to his mouth, biting off or otherwise selecting what he wants, overall, deciding how much to eat entirely on his own? or is baby primarily spoon fed or somehow encouraged to eat more than he might need? Is baby also getting liquids other than at the breast? Breastmilk is very thirst quenching, so nursing baby for thirst can help baby be more interested in the breast. And of course you can always offer the breast for comfort. Here is a bit more info: http://kellymom.com/ages/newborn/nb-challenges/back-to-breast/
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  • @llli*karaeubanks's Avatar
    Today, 07:34 AM
    Suddenly, my 13-month-old has gone from nursing 6 times a day to latching and not drinking. He latches, sucks a tiny bit, maybe, and then just hangs out on my breast without eating, then leaves. Does this mean he wants to stop nursing? Does it mean my supply is too low? Does it mean he doesn't like my milk? He eats TONS of solids, so maybe he just has no room for milk? But he does this even first thing in the morning, when normally he's pretty hungry. I'm willing to follow his lead if he doesn't want to nurse any more, or nurse more if it's a supply issue. I'm just confused about the behavior and would like to know how to proceed. Thanks for any insight!
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  • @llli*podutti's Avatar
    Today, 07:28 AM
    just to follow up on this. I tested out a few approaches and I have found that my left breast really only responds well to hand expression, I have no idea why. So, now, I use the pump to stimulate a let down and then I pump from the right while hand expressing from the left and I am now producing 2oz per breast at each pumping session :) Strangely, I am now leaking all over the place again during night time nursing, is this related? I'm pretty certain I wasn't leaking at 9 months with previous DS. So, another question. Today I got stuck in a meeting and had to delay my first pumping session of the day for 1.5 hours, so that it was over 4 hours since DS had nursed before work. I got almost 5oz from that session. I suspected my afternoon output would suffer. I delayed my afternoon session for about 1hr and I got just short of 4oz. Obviously I don't want to draw conclusions on one days evidence, but it seemed today that I got MORE milk in LESS time. Is it a one-off, would delaying pumping like that impact supply long term, is it worth doing that 1-2 days per week to get some extra milk? Any thoughts....?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:46 AM
    Child-free weddings can sometimes be compatible with nursing babies who won't take bottles if you do things like: - Hire a babysitter to care for the baby during the wedding, close enough that you can go and nurse when necessary, far enough away that baby is not "attending" the wedding - Swap childcare with another relative who is also a parent- maybe you watch the kids for half the time, the relative takes the other half of the time - Beg politely? This worked for me once. My cousin was getting married, in a big child-free wedding. I politely told him that I wanted to come but could not unless my kids could, too, and that whatever he decided was fine either way- if the answer was yes, I would be really happy but if it was no, there would be no hard feelings. In the end, the wedding was so loud, large, and obnoxious that no-one even noticed the presence of my kids, whereas I wished I hadn't brought the kids or even myself! By the time your cousin's wedding rolls around, your baby will be 6 months old, right? Maybe she can have solids instead of a bottle while you're at the festivities?
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  • @llli*jen.r24's Avatar
    Today, 05:25 AM
    My little girl never took a bottle. We started her on a slanted open cup ('doidy cup') when she was 4 months and then a cup with a spout and handles she can hold on to around 6 months. She needed, and still does, help drinking from open cup but handled the sippy cup solo fine from about 7-8 months if slightly reclined. Rather than trying the bottle why not try those types of cup?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:09 PM
    Not really. I am suggesting you educate the day care in how to properly feed a breastfed baby, according to the experts, perhaps using the information I linked. Yes, that does usually mean smaller feedings and feeding on cue. But it is more than that. It may mean changing someone's entire mindset about infant feeding- and overall care. I think 5 ounces fed every 3 hours as a rule is probably too much, yes, unless there is some reason your baby needs more- poor gain rate, for example, or again, if baby does not nurse overnight. Otherwise, if they are insisting on overfeeding your child, that is a problem on many levels, isn't it? I guess I wonder WHY they are so insistent on this point? Do you have any idea? I always have to wonder what else is going on when a daycare is not able or not willing to meet a pretty simple feeding/care request. What is your routine on the days you work? Is baby typically eager to nurse as soon as you pick her up? Is nursing better or worse those days? When does nursing seem the most problematic? Any particular session? If the daycare is that difficult and you have not already taken your business elsewhere, I assume this care situation is your only option. In that case, again, I would suggest doing what you can to educate them and keep doing all you can to encourage baby to nurse frequently when you are able to be with baby- nights, days off, etc. By keeping your baby viewing the breast as the place to meet their needs- hunger, thirst,...
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  • @llli*ldivanna83's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:34 PM
    So if she has received 5 oz bottles at day care, you suggest I go back down to 4 and tell day care that she only gets fed when hungry? I'm in such a tough spot bc day care was adamant about feeding her more to the point of her saying I'd have to find someone else if I don't agree with increasing feedings... The whole day care thing has been a struggle and a bit of a nightmare. What do you suggest I pack for bottles for day care? I did not have OP prior to returning to work. There were very random times when she would refuse to nurse prior to returning to work and I could typically associate it with her being too tired to nurse. I did see the paced bottle feeding video and I have shared it with any one who has given her a bottle. I nursed her every 2 hours today on my day off and she did well.
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  • @llli*cmazza22's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:31 PM
    I am currently nursing my third baby, and just like her brothers, she refuses the bottle. It's happened the same way with each: We started out great, then around 5 weeks, they started refusing, choosing to chew on the nipple instead of suck on it. I then just gave up on the bottle (I'm a stay-at-home mom, so it doesn't really matter). Can anyone give me any suggestions how to help DD take the bottle? She is four months old and hasn't been offered one since she was 5 weeks. When given one, she just chews on the nipple. The reason I'd like her to take a bottle is my cousin is getting married at the end of September, and he has said I cannot bring her (which is frustrating in itself but it's his wedding, so I have to go with his wishes). Normally I just wouldn't go, but if there is a way I can get DD to take the bottle so I can attend, I'm willing to try.
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