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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 09:27 PM
    When was that lowest weight check? At what point was baby back to birth weight? This appears to be pretty slow gain. No one was worried about this until baby got sick? Not all moms have issues with milk production due to shields but many do. When nipple shields are used, it can make it more difficult for a baby to get enough milk, either due to the shields, or due to whatever the underlying latch issue is that is causing the need for shields. So, when using shields, it is important to pump as well as nurse to ensure normal milk production, and baby's weight must be monitored closely to ensure baby is getting enough. This was clearly not done. This is not YOUR fault. It is your hcps fault. Who gave you nipple shields in the first place? Your child's slow gain and now weight loss is potentially serious. You need to see someone competent who can help you untangle what is going on. This would be an IBCLC or a doctor with knowledge about breastfeeding. If the person you saw at the hospital was no help, try to find someone else. Independent IBCLCs are perhaps less likely to be constrained by time as ones who work at hospitals. Also, are you sure the person you saw was an IBCLC? Many 'lc's' at hospitals are not. We can offer you breastfeeding information and support, and are happy to do so. but at this point I think the situation may need hands on care.
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  • @llli*karen.diane23's Avatar
    Today, 09:04 PM
    Ask your LC about renting a hospital grade pump. I also have the Medella PIS and my output was terrible. Now I am renting an Ameda Platinum from the hospital and pump sessions are better.
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  • @llli*karen.diane23's Avatar
    Today, 08:59 PM
    My <6wo had her lip and tongue ties revised Monday. Since then has been BF almost exclusively. However, I think her transfer is still really low since all she does now is BF. She will not take a bottle. Things are getting hard since feedings are marathon and almost nonstop. Any idea why she won't take the bottle or how to work on upping her transfer?
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  • @llli*ruthinstl's Avatar
    Today, 08:26 PM
    Thank you for sharing your experience. My local library has one of those books, so I put a hold on it. Makes me feel better to hear that 3 sessions a day isn't very much for a 15 month old. She nursed every hours for months (day time) ... probably until about 9-10 months! She likes being busy so I think that's what cut down on the nursing; she started walking! Today, while we nursed in the morning, I started asking her: "Do you want to go get Daddy? Read a book?" As soon as I said, "Do you want some eggs?" She stopped nursing and hopped down and we headed down to eat breakfast! I nursed her like normal before nap, and after nap, I went in and asked, "Do you want some blueberries (which she loves)?" And she headed out of the room to go down stairs. Not sure if it's because she got more milk before nap, or if offering food is going to be a good substitution for her. However, tonight, as dinner was finishing up, she started crying for me and got so freaked out when my husband was trying to calm her. She was very unset until we nursed, and she went to bed. I do have help of my husband for breakfast and bedtime. I'm just worried about how freaked out she's going to be when we transition to dad putting her to bed. He's up for it, but worried she's going to be traumatized.
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  • @llli*kaimom's Avatar
    Today, 07:37 PM
    Yeah I know they will not solve anything and the thought of them causing bf troubles does worry me but i hope we can do both. I wouldnt mind feeding in public with a cover but with her being fussy sometimes and feeding rather often I know it will stress me out. Im jealous of you ladies who do it no problem!
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 07:09 PM
    You can only do what you can do. If you can pump once during an 8 hour day, that is certainly better than none, and it might well be ok, especially if you take steps to ensure baby usually nurses as close as possible in time before and after work and baby nurses lots when you are home, and is fed in a breastfeeding supportive way when you are at work. http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/22_bfabreastfedbaby.pdf If you have a long commute as well, you might want to look into pumping while driving. At this point you clearly make more than enough milk, so you are starting out ahead in that sense. do watch out for any signs you are engorged or getting plugs or mastitis. Normal frequency with pumping is not just about milk production, it is actually important for the moms health. When milk is not removed frequently or well enough, mom can actually get sick. have you looked into the laws in your state as pertain to this issue of pumping in the workplace?
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 06:56 PM
    No. Not only is this not possible, even if your baby was only getting foremilk, there is nothing 'bad' about it. All breastmilk contains everything a baby needs. It sounds like the fussiness is resolving and your baby is ok otherwise-normal gain I assume? In that case, I doubt there is any need to worry about poop color or look. There are many varieties of normal for infant poop. IF this is an issue of "too much" foremilk, reducing production is one way to go, but as pp suggests it has it's dangers. And in any case, while this does tend to happen when a mom has abundant production, the issue is not really "too much" milk. It is a "too fast" flow. Does baby show any symptoms that you have a fast flow while he is nursing? (coughing, gagging, choking, upset and pulling off the breast, major spitups right after nursing? If so, A too fast flow is helped by allowing/encouraging baby to nurse very frequently. Assuming normal weight gain, no need for baby to switch sides during a feeding, unless baby wants to. Nursing one side at a time is often helpful in these situations. But having baby stay on the same side for 2 or more sessions is risky as this practice will continue to decrease your milk production. Nursing in a leaning back position, with baby more or less "on top" of you, may also help. If you wish to revisit the idea that allergies might or might not be a concern, let us know how you did the elimination diet.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 06:43 PM
    Now I'm not a Dr but I would say start pumping after feeding so that you can use expressed breast milk to supplement with. Possibly even mixing formula and breastmilk if you really do need to supplement 2 oz but the danger there is that you then have to toss out breastmilk if she doesn't finish the bottles so probably better to give the breastmilk first and formula after if you can even get her to take it. Leftover Breastmilk can usually be saved and given again at the next feeding instead of tossing it out if it isn't finished immediately. See if you can find an IBCLC or LLL group leader to help you since the hospital LC was so unhelpful.
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 06:28 PM
    Other suggestions for plugs are COLD compresses, (to reduce swelling and inflamation-heat may increase swelling) vibration (I had to really go to town with a personal massager on one of my plugs) bag of marble massage (Lifting and gently manipulating the whole breast around, like a kid playing with a bag of marbles, rather than rubbing over and over on the spot...you do not do this while nursing, obviously.) I am not saying the other ideas are wrong, they are not, these are just other ideas. What about the nursing upside down thing-baby on back on floor, mom kneeling over baby?? This worked fast for me once. More http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/17_dealingwithplugsblebs.pdf
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  • @llli*smileybaby's Avatar
    Today, 06:19 PM
    My first child was completely weaned over 4 months ago. I always battled producing too much milk with him. Now, I'm 8 weeks pregnant with my second and I'm already leaking milk!! Yesterday, my toddler started crying and the milk just started flowing. My doctor says it's nothing to worry about, but I'm wondering if anyone else had experience with this/has any advice?
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Today, 06:12 PM
    So I went to my midwives to get a just-in-case prescription, and they think I do have a plugged duct. I do have a bit of a lump under the red spot on my breast (above the areola). They told me the usual plugged-duct info -- heat, massage, lots of nursing. I have been doing that since I got home. But I really feel like this one is not going to budge easily. My last plugged duct with my daughter was blocking everything up, so lots of pressure from pumping and showering got it flowing (I pumped on high power a lot). But I have so much milk on that side already, my LO isn't sucking very hard with nursing. He's emptying the breast most times -- or at least they feel pretty empty when he's done. If not I try to pump for a few minutes until I don't see milk flowing. And again, I don't want to over-pump and increase my supply too much. I'm wearing a hot compress now and the massaging just hurts like heck -- but I'm not feeling like it's helping much. Plus, I am only good with cradle hold and football hold, and massaging while nursing seems to bug my LO. He's in the fussy 5 1/2-week-old age, which doesn't help with nursing since he's fussy at the breast. AND also, when pumping, the flange kind of covers up the part where the red spot is, so tough to massage. My LC didn't think it sounded like a plugged duct, but she didn't look at it. I have no idea -- but I'm treating it like a plugged duct just in case. Any other ideas? Is it possible to clear a duct via nursing...
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  • @llli*joliesmommy's Avatar
    Today, 06:08 PM
    And honestly I hope its something ive done wrong and can rectify. Last Monday she had diarrhea with blood in it as well so we brought her to the hospital and the took blood and found that the enzymes on her liver were elevated and her pkk (I believe is what its called but its to do with blood clots) was in the normal range but on three high borderline of normal. We had to bring her again to get her blood tested this week to see the progression but haven't gotten the results yet Research I have done shows that in certain problems with liver, weight lose occurs in infants. So im very worried this may be the problem.
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  • @llli*joliesmommy's Avatar
    Today, 05:46 PM
    Answer to your questions: 11 weeks She has gained slowly but steady. In the 25th percentile. She was birn at 7.8 but went down to 6.15. 2 weeks ago she was 8.12 then last Thursday she was down to 8.9 then friday down 8.7 then today was at 8.9. the doctor said last week she wasn't worried about the weight bc she had gotten sick but I was worried so I made the appt for today to check. I went to see a lc at the hospital I delivered at about 3 weeks ago and she was very unhelpful. I needed help with nipple shield Weaning and it was useless to go, honestly. I think this may be a problem as well. I feel like im always nursing but she tends to fall asleep and comfort nurse. Ive been really making it a point to keep her awake and do breast compressions. I actually have noticed this today that while she is on me all day, she isn't always actively nursing so its my fault I never pump but I did today and got 1 oz out of the breast that she normally doesn't want to nurse on and feels much less full than the other. She just told me 2 oz after every feeding. That's it. I actually was able to feed her 1 oz of the formula and she kept making this horrible face like a bad taste was in her mouth or something was caught in her throat. She eventually spit it allup and felt better but has refused I since. I used a bottle. I tried contacting her doctor 2 times about the formula but haven't gotten in touch with her
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  • @llli*karrieperry's Avatar
    Today, 05:38 PM
    I take blackstrap molasses as a magnesium/calcium/iron supplement, and it has always worked well for me. I think the calcium/magnesium ratio is ideal for best absorption, too. Once you get used to the taste it's not so bad. :) I'd say I do about 2 tbsp per day when I take it. The Brer Rabbit brand has 25% RDI for magnesium in 1 TBSP. http://www.toxinless.com/blackstrap-molasses
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 05:12 PM
    Ok today again very distractable popping off the breast a lot and I'm having trouble getting as much as I feel I should into him. Started using the new scale to do weigh/feed/weigh today though and been able to get over 2 oz into him a few times since getting up today. I've managed to get some Domperidone but am only taking about 40 mg total per day right now since I'm not sure how long it will take to get a larger supply just yet and I don't want to run out without keeping a "taper down" quantity on hand since my understanding is the worst side effects seem to happen if people suddenly stop taking it without weaning down slowly. I actually kinda feel like my supply is a bit up from where it had been but it is really hard to tell. I feel a bit like I fill up faster but it isn't a drastic difference and I'm still supplementing with expressed breast milk daily.
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  • @llli*krystine's Avatar
    Today, 03:41 PM
    I had preemie twins (35 weeks) and they did wake up around their due date but didn't nurse efficiently until they were 11 weeks. Until then I pumped around the clock, 10-16x/day with a hospital grade pump in addition to nursing. It was very exhausting but very worth it. I don't think anyone would ask you to pump 16x/day with a singleton. I supplemented my babies at breast using a lactation aid (long thin tube connected to a bottle of my pumped milk). I highly highly recommend supplementing at breast so baby learns milk comes from mommy. Even full term babies can have their problems, especially the first 6 weeks, so I'd definitely recommend hanging in there day by day and get whatever help you need, both with breastfeeding and the rest of your household so you have the energy to focus on your new baby.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 03:10 PM
    Gotta be careful with the block nursing to make sure you don't over do it and wind up with low supply. A 4 month old only taking 5-10 minutes to nurse is not uncommon. Green frothy poop all on it's own is actually nothing to worry about. Digestive pains are the only thing in your post that seem of any concern really. Each baby/breastfeeding experience is likely to be different.
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 03:05 PM
    Isn't parenthood an uphill battle? Or am I being too cynical today?:rolleyes: So yes, I am nursing and bedsharing with my just turned two year old daughter. In my experience (she is my third child that I nursed for this long and longer) I could not cope without doing this. Nursing and bedsharing works great for me. How do you know your husband could not get your child to sleep? You ran back to rescue them after only two hours! A two years old does not have to go to sleep by any particular time. When I leave my husband to get my daughter to sleep, some nights are harder than others for him to comfort her to sleep. Some nights she is still awake when I get home. Same with baby sitters. None of this keeps me from going out alone or with my husband on occasion at night. What my husband and sitters know is I will not freak out on them if she does not go to sleep, so there is no need for them to keep trying if it is not happening. They can stay up and read books, watch mellow tv, whatever keeps her (and them) relatively calm until I get home. The more you do it, the more likely the evening without mom will go smoothly. Based on cross cultural and cross species study, The estimated normal length of human nursing is between 2 and 7 years. There is no reason at all to encourage weaning in any way ever, unless mom is interested in hurrying weaning along for any reason. Children can and do wean "all on their own." If mom is interested in moving weaning along, especially in...
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  • @llli*sonogirl's Avatar
    Today, 01:54 PM
    Okay. 3 oz combined in a pumping session is normal output. It's the most I ever got when pumping at work, and many times I only got two oz at a time. So, what I would suggest is to add in a fourth session if needed. I needed to pump every two hours at work, which was four sessions, in order to keep up. I also had suboptimal pumping output with the Medela Freestyle. Switching to the Pump In Style yielded me an extra 2-3 oz a day, which is exactly what I needed to avoid supplementation. The Freestyle just seems underpowered to me, though its portability is nice. You are right to avoid a schedule with your baby. That is actually most likely to decrease your supply--you really, really want to demand feed. :) So it is great that you are back to that! It is normal to experience some degree of sleep deprivation with a newborn, and this generally does not impact your supply. Rather, frequent milk removal improves your supply! So I would keep baby close at night, and let baby feed as much as baby wants. That will help your supply, and take the burden off needing to pump massive amounts of milk at work.
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  • @llli*laurenmw3237's Avatar
    Today, 01:31 PM
    I also wanted to add he really only nurses for 5-10 minutes at a time, occasionally 15 every 2.5-3 hours.
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