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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 02:12 PM
    Is baby also getting food?
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  • @llli*nsmum's Avatar
    Today, 02:10 PM
    Dear maddieb and mommal, I just wanted to thank you again for your comments, and wanted to let you know what has happened in the end. I finally spoke to two midwives who have given me advice that is coherent with what you have said here on the forum and with what I have read in books. The midwife I saw last agrees that I was given some bad advice. As I may have mentioned I don't live in the U.S. anymore, and here where I live people tend to breastfeed only a few months before switching to formula. Unfortunately the bad advice has come in part from my family doctor who is following my daughter and it has been difficult for my husband to accept that the doctor may not have all the best advice when it comes to breastfeeding. Let me just tell you how the situation has turned out. I have decided that when I go back to work, my baby will have formula during the day, and breastfeed while she is with me (morning, evenings nights and weekends). The midwife told me to do at least 4 nursing sessions per day to maintain milk supply. I will also try to pump once a day at work. She told me that if I nurse on weekends this can help increase the supply a bit. I know this is the beginning of weaning, and have been very sad about it for days, but hoping that with the midwives advice I can continue a little while longer. I just made too many mistakes, and things were just too difficult for me. I was having too hard a time dealing with rejection at the breast, fussy baby, and pressure from...
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  • @llli*7preemiemum's Avatar
    Today, 01:48 PM
    Hi jolena Been thinking about ur post...how are things now? i know what it is to be at a crossroads when nursing so I know the feeling of HELP!!!! Since ur son seems happy to nurse (right?) it would be a huge shame to stop with that especially since he never seems distressed after feeds let me tell u as an eping mum, I know exactly what my lo is inhaling lol and many days its well below the standard 25ish oz a baby should be getting, theres only one thing I can do whenever she acts fussy and that is offer milk However,when she refuses its not my issue anymore and thus I consider her a baby who is getting what she needs and regulating her own intake Is she putting on heaps of weight at the moment still? No, def not, she also gained well the first 5 months and then considerably slowed down with getting EBM so I knew what she was getting and yet her weight gain remained slow after 6 months Im trying to tell u that my baby is def not lacking food and yet isnt gaining much at the mom either ( herpedi thinks shes abs fine since she is gaining weight just not much anymore)so weight gain isnt necessarily everything but yes, i do understand u and ur anxiety about ur situation i would suggest if u want to really build up ur supply again, nurse often and pump with a DOUBLE pump to stimulate ur supply even more, u can use the milk u get if u get any ( after nursing) to supplement if required or use formula top ups if u havent got enough ebm
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 01:19 PM
    I thought the issue was age. Like babies don't have what they need to actually process nitrates even if they are naturally occurring until somewhere between 6&9months? As I recall carrots stayed off the menu in our house until the year point because of this. Better safe than sorry.
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  • @llli*leemami's Avatar
    Today, 01:14 PM
    Is there a way you can squeeze an extra pumping session during the day for a couple of weeks? (after you recover of course) I used to pump every 2 hours when I returned to work, for a total of 4 sessions. Even if I got an extra ounce, I was happy. I put that in the freezer. I slowly built up my freezer stash that way. That may ease your mind, and then you will be less worry during the day. Stressing out can also be affecting your output, try to relax as much as you can and visualize baby :) Also, you could try donated BM if you do not want to use formula at all. That is always an option. Do you have a bank somewhere near you? I also made lactation smoothies for a couple of weeks, and I drank that every morning. That seemed to help a little. I hope everything gets better :hug
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  • @llli*midnightsangel's Avatar
    Today, 12:29 PM
    How long until you leave? How long will you be gone? How much milk do you have now? You'll need roughly 24 to 36 oz per day that you're gone.
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  • @llli*aprilfrogs's Avatar
    Today, 12:08 PM
    Whoops my post above was all sorts of messed up. Sorry. My reply is within the reply.
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  • @llli*aprilfrogs's Avatar
    Today, 12:07 PM
    Our daycare workers are great with my LO and do paced feeding. She's there for around 8 hours and takes 3-4 3 ounce bottles depending on her nap schedule. She's been taking bottles there since she was 6 weeks and does well going back and forth between the two. We've been lucky.
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  • @llli*wildgreenskittle's Avatar
    Today, 11:03 AM
    Hey all. My husband and I are going on our first vacation since the baby was born and she will be 11 months when we leave her. Her Aunt is taking care of her while we're gone and I've been trying to pump and freeze enough milk. But I've been able to get barely anything. I pump every day, at the same time, but I only get about 2 oz. I think it's because I haven't pumped in quite a few months now, but idk. But I guess my question is, as anyone had to supplement formula and breastmilk for the same type of situation? Any tips? I think I can get enough saved for morning and bed time, but she'll have to use formula during the day. I hate to have to use formula, but we've made it this far without it so I call it a win. ;) And any recs on formula brand?
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  • @llli*midnightsangel's Avatar
    Today, 10:52 AM
    Are you 100% sure you have to pump and dump? What medication are you taking and who told you that it wasn't breast feeding compatible? Many doctors err on the side of caution (because they honestly don't know and apparently can't be arsed to look it up for you) and tell you that you can't take the medication and still breast feed. They don't realize it's not so simple and there are massive implications that you're now having to go through. You can contact infantrisk.com and they might be able to tell you more about your medication. Theres also a book by Dr. Hale I think that is for medical providers but I can't recall the name right now. In regards to your question about mixing formula and breast milk, usually it's recommended not to. Formula and breast milk have different "shelf lives". Formula must be tossed after the feeding it was made for, or after 2 hours. Breast milk can be at room temp for many more hours and can be used for multiple feedings if she doesn't finish the bottle at one feeding. If baby doesn't finish the formula/milk combo, you'll have to toss the precious milk down the drain and if it turns out you will have to pump and dump for another day or two, that will be very sad. If you have to dump, I'd personally give her all but 1 bottle of breast milk then give the rest of her feedings as formula. That one bottle of your milk can be an emergency bottle if she absolutely will not take the formula and she has to eat something. I assume you and your...
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  • @llli*aprilfrogs's Avatar
    Today, 10:40 AM
    So I've had coccydynia from labor and muscle spasms. I couldn't stand upright this morning. I had to take medication and therefore I'm going to have to pump and dump. This will kill my whole frozen supply. It's sad and frustrating, but I need to get better so I can continue to work and care for my little girl. I'm going to have to supplement with formula for the first time and am worried about how she will do. I'll be able to pump and nurse late tonight once the meds have passed if I get better today. If not, I will have to continue to pump and dump when taking medication. It's frustrating. I was hoping to hold out longer before starting to wean her to formula, but maybe I should start gradually by supplementing thru this period. She is 3.5 months old and I really wanted to make it to at least 6 months. It's been such a challenge because no matter what I tried I can not pump enough milk to cover her whole day and have been barely making it with what I pump extra on the weekends. I have 4 bottles worth of freezer milk left, which is what she will take at daycare tomorrow, but I will also need another bottle for when she comes home today before I can nurse again and the meds are out of my system. I have similac breastfeeding supplementing formula and regular formula on hand. I think I will stick to using the supplementing formula as I try to get thru this period and hope my back heals. I'm worried that it will be a shock to her system. Do you think I should mix...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:35 AM
    Hi, so it sounds like you have experienced the perfect storm for a hit to your milk production: 1) return to work in the last month 2) Illness in mom (and possibly baby as well?) 3) Baby taking a long sleep Given that, I would suspect the possible return of your fertility is a result of the above, not the cause, if that makes sense. The good news is that nature has this pretty well figured out. If milk production reduces for any reason, the way to increase it is to encourage very frequent nursing, day and night. YOU could also increase pumping at work to a consistent 4 times a day maybe??? Drops in milk production are normal and not a danger to a healthy, gaining 5 month old. Resist the urge to supplement when you are with baby, this only makes things worse.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:25 AM
    Pumping on top of normal nursing frequency would tend to increase milk production. You could of course pump anytime, IMO, but if you are concerned there would not be "enough" the next time baby nurses (after pumping,) would you be able to pump directly after nursing sessions? Assuming a normal capacity to produce sufficient milk in the first place, production never "regulates" to the point it can never be increased. I have experienced supply drop offs and increases when nursing 2 and 3 year olds. The more frequently they nurse, the more milk production increases. Nature has this pretty well figured out. Don't forget to troubleshoot your pump. But pumping 2-3 ounces at a time when at work is entirely normal.
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  • @llli*aprilfrogs's Avatar
    Today, 10:20 AM
    I also have a second set of pump parts. It does help a lot. I've run into another issue this week. I've had coccydynia from labor and muscle spasms. I couldn't stand upright this morning. I had to take medication and therefore I'm going to have to pump and dump. This will kill my whole frozen supply. It's sad and frustrating, but I need to get better so I can continue to work and care for my little girl. I'm going to have to supplement with formula for the first time and am worried about how she will do. I'll be able to pump and nurse late tonight once the meds have passed if I get better today. It's frustrating. I was hoping to hold out longer before starting to wean her to formula, but maybe I should start gradually by supplementing.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:19 AM
    White tongue is usually normal. I assume you are suspecting thrush, and that can in fact be asymptomatic in baby, but when it is visible, it displays as white patches on the inner cheeks and gums. What thrush causes most obviously is nipple pain and burning. How can I put this diplomatically? No matter where in the world you live, pediatricians tend to NOT be the most helpful folks when it comes to breastfeeding issues. Of course we do not even know for sure that what you are experiencing is a breastfeeding issue. But for suspected breastfeeding issues, the professional you want to see is an IBCLC. It looks like there may be just a few in Italy. http://www.ilca.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3432 LLL is a good source for volunteer support. I do not know if you speak Italian, but maybe you can find an English speaker or an interpreter. http://www.lllitalia.org/ Or you might want to try to contact an IBCLC or LLL from your home country? I have heard that some IBCLCs will do consults via Skype.
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  • @llli*leemami's Avatar
    Today, 09:27 AM
    Hello mamas, I have an upcoming one day trip - staying overnight and coming back the next morning, and I have been searching the forum for tips to pump while traveling with out baby. I've found some, but I would like to hear experiences of other pumping moms that have had to travel with out baby. I will be leaving around 4:30 am and I will be back around 10:30 am the next morning, so about 30 hours away. I will nurse before I leave (which is usually the time baby wakes up at night anyway). I have been pumping for this trip and I think I have enough in the freezer, I need to recount, but yesterday I counted about 55+ oz, and I will be saving the extra this week as well, which is usually about 2 oz a day. Should I keep extra formula in the house just in case? I worry that baby would eat more than what I have, since I'll have little room in the stored BM for that. Any tips for pumping in airports and planes? Besides bringing enough storage bags, pump parts, batteries, cooler (how big??) and ice packs (how many??), anything I should consider or think about before I leave? I will have access to a fridge, but I am not sure about freezer for the ice packs...:shrug
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  • @llli*fes's Avatar
    Today, 09:18 AM
    Nitrates (and nitrites) are found naturally occurring in some vegetables and fruits, dairy and meats, as well as added in processed meats. There is no evidence to show that nitrates are carcinogens, but we do know that processed meats are: we just don't know if they are because of the nitrates or because of all the other compounds (or a combo of them) they include. There is no limit to the amount of naturally occurring nitrates found in foods, because often these foods, like spinach, offer other benefits that outweigh the risk. I'll bet no one ever became unhealthy due to all the nitrates they got from eating too much spinach. I'll bet your LO won't eat so much spinach that it will be a problem, especially since you are varying her diet and mostly nursing. Also, I totally agree with you about solids not being all that exciting. My LO is 6 months old and I have been resistant and quick to say "I don't think he's ready yet." But I know I can't deter the start forever, so I think this weekend we will give solids a go. I am especially not excited about the poop changes, especially since we cloth diaper! Just another challenge to overcome!
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  • @llli*nathansmum's Avatar
    Today, 09:04 AM
    I have a 5 week old and a son who just turned three. I chose to nightwean during my pregnancy, because it was just too uncomfortable to continue, I was just too tired, and I knew I did not want to deal with 2 night nursing children once baby was born. He was about 33 months, already sleeping in his own double bed and it turned out to be surprisingly easy. I never told him he couldn't nurse, just that we neede to wait till the sun was up, and that now was time for sleeping. He fussed and cried the first few times but nly for a few minutes, then he just accepted it and now usually sttn. If he wakes and its dark he asks me to snuggle him instead. He doesn't ask to nurse in the morning anymore either, only once a day, at bedtime. I am so happy DS1 is nightweaned, my huband can now comfort him if he wakes up in the night and can even get him to sleep at bedtime if I am busy taking care of baby. I tried tandem nursing both of them to sleep one night and it was a disaster with the 2 of them waking each other over and over again. Tandem nursing a newborn and a 3 year old is much better as a novelty, rather than a necessity.
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  • @llli*leemami's Avatar
    Today, 09:03 AM
    Thanks y'all Things are pretty much the same. I try to call every day just to check on her, and let family members help her with the phone so she can at least listen to me, even though she can't talk much - last sunday she actually talked more than what I expected, which I guess was good. However, her health is deteriorating, from what her sisters tell me on the phone, which obviously doesn't help my feelings. I am trying to stay positive, and not to think too much about it, and concentrate in the good things I have, especially my lo for which I pump BM. In general, I do ok in the morning session, but as the day goes on, it is hard for me to have letdowns. Besides the feelings getting in the way, is there any other reason for this? Sometimes I need to pump for over 40 minutes to "completely" drain the breasts and switch a lot to the stimulating phase of the pump. The right side takes forever to drain... How can I make my pumping sessions shorter? I was pumping 4 times a day and cut to 3 times because I am so busy at work I really can't stay away from my desk that long (even more with these 30+ minute sessions). Thanks again
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  • @llli*fes's Avatar
    Today, 08:58 AM
    Also, today is day 3 of this so-called period and it is barely anything to write home about. Can this be considered a period or just spotting? Does it make a difference as far as fertility goes?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 08:57 AM
    Hi fiskmama, sorry you are having these issues. It sounds to me that you were told to start supplementing, but did not have breastfeeding assessed by an IBCLC? Or did you? And what did they say? When a baby is not gaining appropriately by only nursing at the breast, it is important to discover why. Supplementing may be needed, but does not solve the underlying issue of how to help baby get enough food while fed normally at the breast. Is your sense that baby does not want to latch, or literally cannot latch (without lots of help) Baby latches about 8 times a day. How often do you try to latch baby? I would suggest do not wait until baby is 40 weeks thinking that alone will improve things. Many babies much younger than 36 weeks nurse pretty well from the start, and many full term babies have these types of issues. Yes, the gestational age may have something to do with why baby was not able to transfer milk efficiently at first, but it is by no means the whole story. it is important to get hands on help now from someone who will help you find solutions so you can get baby nursing at the breast sooner rather than later. Example of a consult with an IBCLC: http://cwgenna.com/lconsult.html
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  • @llli*tasha's Avatar
    Today, 08:32 AM
    Hopefully reduction of/cutting out dairy will help then. Fingers crossed. I'm in Italy and I'm getting nowhere with paediatric doctors (I've been seeing two, one is private) I missed this out but it might be irrelevant anyway. My little girl has a white tongue. Thanks again.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 08:17 AM
    If dairy is causing a reaction in your baby, eliminating or greatly reducing dairy would certainly show at least some improvement in "symptoms" in just a couple of days. The "Two weeks" is the point at which (supposedly) any trace of dairy would be gone from your system if you stopped eating it. But that does not rule out coincidence. The best way to test if the issue is dairy would be to keep dairy out of your diet for a couple weeks, to observe first if symptoms continue to be reduced or eliminated. If they are, then re-introduce dairy, and observe if symptoms return. jack Newman discusses this at the end of his article on colic- http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=doc-CBB any LLL near where you currently are?
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  • @llli*tasha's Avatar
    Today, 06:54 AM
    I have ask for a vitamin D only supplement and will see if that makes any difference. I've also been looking at tongue and lip ties. I think it's unlikely that she has a tongue tie but possibly a small lip one (she has a small lip blister to, however she enjoys nursing, puts on weight and has lots of wet nappies). At this point I think I'll wait until we go to the UK in September and if there is no improvement get a private consultation there. It's incredibly hard here, the answer to everything is "colic" On a positive note she seems to be sleeping better especially at night ( with less need to feed to) she is having less difficulty pooing as well, her stools have become slightly more liquid and she seems to be less stressed by it. I have vastly reduced dairy in my diet over the last few days but that's probably a coincidence since I read that it takes a couple of weeks to make a difference? Thanks again for all your help and suggestions
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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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