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  • @llli*ezokvic's Avatar
    September 14th, 2014, 03:14 PM
    I am so afraid my milk supply isn't enough for my LO. Most of the time she seems satisfied after a nursing session. She pops off the breast in a "milk coma" or falls asleep nursing most times. But she doesn't seem to be gaining weight (will know for sure on Tuesday when she goes to the Dr) and she doesn't poop everyday. Yesterday her poop was brown and had a mucus consistency. I read that mucus could mean she's not getting enough fat in my milk. And I think what worries me most is that lately I have to wake her up every 2 hours to eat and when I do she falls asleep after 10 min. I haven't seen a lactation specialist and I'm using a nipple shield. I find that no matter what I try I just can't get a good latch with her tiny little mouth. Help!
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  • @llli*ramom's Avatar
    September 16th, 2014, 02:34 PM
    My daughter is 7 weeks old. She had latch issues in the beginning, which resulted in us pumping and bottle feeding, in addition to bf'ing. So I've been pumping every three hours around the clock, and I just can't do it anymore. We've tried to wean her from bottle+breast to all breast, but it hasn't worked and just resulted in a lot of stress and screaming. Between the pumping and bf'ing, I get at most 1 hour of sleep at a time (usually less), and I'm to the point where I think the lack of sleep has taken a major toll on my parenting and mental health. Everyone keeps saying bf'ing gets easier and you'll regret it if you quit, but right now the only thing I regret is that I haven't been able to be a mom and haven't been able to enjoy the first 7 weeks of my daughter's life. I've started to feel incredibly anxious/depressed and something needs to change.I'm also going back to work in 5 weeks, and this is obviously not going to work any more at that point. My question: is it possible to start sustainable combo feeding (some breast milk and some formula) by dropping some pump sessions, or will my milk just dry up completely if I do that? I'd like to continue to provide *some* breastmilk if possible. For example, what if I pumped 5-6 times a day instead of 8?
    9 replies | 317 view(s)
  • @llli*kappamom's Avatar
    September 14th, 2014, 10:49 AM
    Is it safe to apply olive or baby safe nipple cream BEFORE breastfeeding? It was suggested as an alternative to lanolin (i'm allergic) but I feel like she is ingesting a lot of it... She is 3 weeks old. Applying after does not seem to work as well and she eats so much by the time I get it on, she is ready to eat again! TIA!
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  • @llli*sailorscout27's Avatar
    September 14th, 2014, 07:31 PM
    :tearhairout I HAVE A 14 WEEK OLD LO AND HAVE BEEN BATTLING THRUSH EVER SINCE HE WAS BORN. THE FIRST TWO TIMES I WAS PLACED ON DIFLUCAN 100MG DAILY X 10 DAYS AND BABY ON DIFLUCAN FOR A WEEK BOTH TIMES. I USED A VINEGAR WASH AND APNO. IT NEVER WENT AWAY. THE THIRD ROUND THE DOC PUT ME ON DIFLUCAN 400MG LOAD IN DOSE AND 200 MG DAILY X 3 WEEKS. BABY WAS PLACED ON NYSTATIN FOR ABOUT 2 WEEKS. THOUGHT IT GOT. BETTER. WE USED HOME HYGENE. PLACED STUFF OUT IN SUN. BOILED BOTTLES AND NIPPLES AND THREW STUFF AWAY EVERY WEEK. USE PAPER TOWELS TO DRY HANDS. USE TOWELS ONLY ONCE. MADE A BLEACH MIX TO CLEAN WITH, ETC. I HAVE DONE EVERYTHING POSSIBLE. IT IS COSTING US AN ARM AND A LEG TO GET IT RID OF. I HAVE EVEN GONE ON A HIGH PROTEIN LOW CARB NO SUGAR DIET. I EAT TWO ACTIVA A DAY AND WE BOTH TAKE PROBITICS. I TAKE 50 BILLION A DAY AND HE USES ONE SAFE FOR INFANTS. PLEASE HELP CAUSE I STILL HAVE IT. IT LOOKS LIKE IT IS ALSO COMING BACK IN HIS MOUTH. I CRY DAILY AND WANT TO GIVE UP BECAUSE I FIGURE I AM HARMING HIM. HIS POOPS WERE GETTING BETTER WITH THE MUSTARDY LOOK BUT NOW HAS TURNED BACK LOOSE BROWN. ALMOST LIKE CHOCOLATE PUDDING. PLEASE HELP US WITH ANY ADVICE OR STORIES OF HOPE.
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  • @llli*ccb52914's Avatar
    September 16th, 2014, 04:41 PM
    This is my fourth week back at work, and my 16 week daughter is at home with a nanny. I'm away from her from 7am - 4pm and on a "normal" day, she's drinking three bottles of EBM - two 3oz and one 4oz. Recently, we're having some issues with her taking the bottle, but it only seems to be happening during her middle of the day feeding (she takes the bottle with no issue in the morning and afternoon). Our nanny waits for hunger cues, but then when she offers the bottle, my daughter refuses and often becomes quite upset. Our nanny has been able to persuade her to eat eventually (by taking a break, calming her down, etc.), but I want to get to the bottom of the issue before it becomes more of a pattern. We can't figure out what would cause this refusal behavior only during this feeding - it's the same bottle/nipple, same temperature, same milk, same feeding location. She also definitely seems hungry. Does anyone have any ideas as to why she would consistently be upset during this feeding, but take the other two feedings well? Thanks!!
    8 replies | 331 view(s)
  • @llli*mamaofthree3's Avatar
    September 17th, 2014, 03:23 PM
    My 11 month old baby girl is coming up on a year and I wonder how often I should be pumping at work. I work three 12 hour shifts and have recently gone down to pumping 4 times per day. I bring home about 12-14 ounces depending on the day. When I'm home with her she nurses on demand- sometimes every 3 hrs, other times btw 4-5 hrs. She still wakes up once during the night. When I told my pediatrician this she was surprised and told me I could decrease how often I nurse to 3 times total per day. My daughter also loves to eat solids, we give her three meals a day. Do I just continue to pump every 4 hrs while I'm at work or should I decrease as she turns a year? Thank you!
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  • @llli*catgirl14's Avatar
    September 18th, 2014, 01:04 PM
    Just a little background...my DD was born 3 days past her due date...latched on right after birth and nursed for an hour & left the hospital latching on and nursing like a champ. Fast forward to about a week and half ago and started having lots of issues....With all my children I have had an oversupply problem and over active let down but they both handled it well and/or we lived through it....now with my newest DD I'm having lots of problems. She will scream the exact same times every day for anywhere between 2 & 3 hours combined ( not all at once but the exact same times every day ) I can get her to stop crying unless I bounce on a excersise ball and sometimes that doesn't even help....she also will spit up 1-2 hours AFTER nursing and it curled milk with clear fluid and she acts like it hurts and will cough and cry. She also have HORRIBLE gas! I have really noticed her starting to "click" while nursing like she breaking suction and sucking air maybe? She has more than enough wet diapers and gaining just fine. My hope/question would be someone who has experienced this and what you did to help it? Is the crying just from a growth spurt or true colic? Im thinking maybe we need to work on her latch ( she is not tongue tied at all ) and then as far as the other issues could they all just be from my OALD & OS? Im at my wits end and exhausted. Looking for some support and not to be lectured ( I have posted this question on different websites messages boards and gotten...
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  • @llli*julienne02's Avatar
    September 14th, 2014, 05:49 PM
    Hello, just hoping maybe for some encouragement or advice from anyone who has had to deal with anything similar. I am in my third week back at work, my DH stays at home with my toddler and DS who is almost 5 months old. My first week back, DS refused to eat anything while I was at work until the end of the third day took a little bit from a sippy cup. Ate a little more the next two days, the second week seemed to settle into the new routine, eating more regularly. This week has been pretty awful. He has gone back to not wanting to eat hardly anything, which in turn makes him horribly cranky. He has cried most of the time the last few days and DH is at his wit's end. We have no family nearby to help. Even when my DH is holding him and walking around with him, he is crying. Yes, he is also teething but he has been for some time and I don't see how he would suddenly not want to eat again. When I am home, he is ok. DH can't hold him all day long, especially since my toddler needs him to do things for him, etc. DH has had to put him in his crib and step away at times to keep his sanity. Thoughts? Suggestions? I don't know what to think because he always seems ok when I am home. Could it just be that he is upset I am not there?
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  • @llli*brusselssprout14's Avatar
    September 18th, 2014, 02:51 AM
    Hi, this is my first post but I've gotten a lot out of reading the others! My 6.5 month old is in daycare from 8:30 - 5:30, and I was pumping 3x/day and giving 300 mL (~10 oz) for the first couple months she was there. Now she has started eating 2 solid food meals at daycare and is really getting the hang of it. The caretaker told me I could reduce the amount of milk I bring, and suggested I drop down to 100 mL (3 oz). That seems like not quite enough to me, even if she is eating solids well. She said it's fine, as long as I'm nursing in the mornings and evenings, but I wanted to get a second opinion from all you awesome breastfeeding mamas. I nurse in the morning at 7:30 or 8, and then again as soon as I get home around 5:45. Not sure it's relevant, but she is small for her age, and has been since birth (15percentile), but growing well on her growth line, so she likely takes in less milk in total than a bigger baby would. I'm usually able to get 150 mL (5oz) in one pumping session at work, and I would be glad to just give that amount to the daycare, but do you think it's not enough?
    6 replies | 159 view(s)
  • @llli*bananarama85's Avatar
    September 15th, 2014, 03:18 PM
    Hi, I am new here and kind of at the end of my tether. My daughter is eleven weeks old and we have struggled with extremely painful nursing from the get-go. My symptoms are: - Compressed nipples - Burning pain - Vasospasm/white nipples My daughter's latch is 'pinchy', she has a lip tie that was revised this morning, and it seems to have made little difference. she also falls asleep pretty quickly while nursing. I try suck training but can't seem to get her to put her tongue over her lower gum but she's been thoroughly checked for TT and PTT and definitely does not have one and can happily extend her tongue at all other times except when nursing.
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  • @llli*jabeena's Avatar
    September 17th, 2014, 05:35 AM
    I am breastfeeding my son who is 1month5weeks old. I am experiencing a sudden decrease in supply. My breast are not full anymore. After delivery i had bleeding for 21days and in the next 12days my mensus returned. I started bleeding again after 10days,bleeding is very minimal though. The second time when my mensus started, from the same day iam experiencing drastically reduced milk supply. Earlier i was so full that i used small towels to sock the milk that would leak during feeds. Now i have to give my son formula as he is feeling hungry even after feeding. Is it normal to bleed like this? Y is milk reduced? What are the reasons for this?
    4 replies | 201 view(s)
  • @llli*laurennn's Avatar
    September 15th, 2014, 08:51 PM
    I have the Ameda Purely Yours and gave read the directions and watched the DVD... I go back to work on Sunday, so I'm trying to build up enough milk for at least a 10-hour period. But... I'm having troubles. I get less than an ounce total each time (pumping after I breastfeed), so it takes me 2 days to get one feeding saved up. I've done some things to try to help- changing flanges, taking fenugreek and mothers milk tea, massaging the breasts before and during pumping, watching videos and looking at pictures of the baby, relaxing with my eyes closed and imagining him nursing... Nothing has helped. I'm very afraid that 1) I won't have enough saved up by Sunday and 2) when I pump at work I'll have the same issues. So my questions... Any tips with this pump? Anything else that might help my milk flow? The only things I haven't tried- am I not pumping long enough? I usually pump 10-15 minutes on each side. My breasts are larger, so it's very difficult to do both at once. Sometimes milk will be slowly dropping out for 30 seconds or so, then nothing for 10 minutes so I give up. Also, am I pumping at the wrong times? I've tried both right after he feeds and 30 minutes after, with no real change. Is there a secret?? The women I've watched do this online have milk pouring out of them, getting 4-5 ounces... Please help!
    4 replies | 189 view(s)
  • @llli*valentina0813's Avatar
    September 16th, 2014, 07:16 PM
    My 1 month lately has been spitting up. She is EBF, Their has been no change in my diet. Is it thats she's over eating?! :confused::confused:
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  • @llli*amanda.korby's Avatar
    September 17th, 2014, 01:49 PM
    Some background: baby is 3 days old. In the hospital, we practiced an incorrect latch long enough to develop a blood blister on one nipple, and tenderness on the other. A lactation consultant came in and helped me with a new position. She's directed me to use a modified football hold instead of a cradle. I'm also using a shield over the blistered nipple until it heals. I'm having trouble keeping the baby feeding. She usually sucks for 5 minutes on her own and then she falls asleep and won't rematch, even if I wake her, or I have to massage the milk down to her for the majority of the feeding. At max, she'll eat for 15-20 minutes with a lot of coaxing. Sometimes she eats for 5 minutes and us done. Then she wants to eat again in 20-60 minutes. It's exhausting, especially at night. Her pediatrician says it could be because I'm not making enough milk, but my milk is in and I'm pretty engorged. I do manually express some milk to it drops and she's not tiring herself before the milk drops. Is thus just because we are both new to this? Am I missing something? My boo sand nipples are killing me. I feel like I'm doing something wrong.
    4 replies | 248 view(s)
  • @llli*laurennn's Avatar
    September 16th, 2014, 08:33 PM
    I've heard that drinking a beer will increase milk... I feel uncomfortable doing that, but would a nonalcoholic beer do the same thing?
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  • @llli*seoid's Avatar
    September 15th, 2014, 01:19 PM
    Hello there, So I have a nearly 3 weeks old (tomorrow) and he's gaining fine, plenty of wet and dirty diapers, no issues with production as he is EBF on demand and he's pretty much attached to me every 2-3 hours. But he tends to block feed in that he will latch onto one breast and not want to let go for 45 minutes- 1 hour, or until he gets a little more than he can swallow (usually when falling asleep). I will try to offer him the other breast but he's either asleep or not hungry any longer. I've been trying unlatching him (pinkie finger in the corner of the mouth), burping, and switching to the other breast after 20-30 minutes and it works okay but he fights it and gets really, really angry. I'm not sure if that's doing the right thing or not? Will this style of feeding in this block lessen my production? If it's not affecting it yet, will it? Should I be switching breasts? (I am a bit sore on the side he neglects and by the next feeding, will be engorged but he will nurse from that side). I have pumped the neglected breast at times but it's never as good as one of his feeds.
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  • @llli*buttonsmom's Avatar
    September 15th, 2014, 06:21 PM
    Hi. I'm new here and in need of some encouragement/ support/ advice. I'll take what I can get. I am the mommy of 13 month old who loves to nurse. She has always had a sloppy latch due to a posterior tongue tie and a lip tie. Doctors and dentists in my area insisted it was not a problem and refused to correct it w/o anesthesia. So we gave up and just continued on nursing. Due to this and other factors I have had mastitis several times (10+). I stopped taking antibiotics after the second time and my body seems to have learned to defeat it fairly quickly. My average bout lasts about 3 days and is not close to being as severe as it was the first few times. I would like to cut back on her feedings (currently 5) as I feel that if I am producing less milk I will have fewer opportunities for milk stasis. I don't know how or what to do? I currently have mastitis and it always leaves me feeling so discouraged.
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  • @llli*jewelsf's Avatar
    September 18th, 2014, 08:29 PM
    I could just kill my husband. He warmed a 5 ounce bottle of milk and didn't use it, so I got home from work to find it still sitting in the cup of warm water on the counter (and him fast asleep). Is this milk trash? We won't need any bottles until Tuesday, is there any chance that this could be refrigerated and kept for Tuesday? J
    4 replies | 121 view(s)
  • @llli*emt9514's Avatar
    September 14th, 2014, 05:22 AM
    Hello, My son has bad no problem breastfeeding to this point. We are 10 days PP. Now my breasts are rock solid and seem to be producing too much milk, to the point where he cannot latch on. I am afraid to pump because I don't want the supply to increase. Any suggestions?
    4 replies | 213 view(s)
  • @llli*jaykrysten's Avatar
    September 16th, 2014, 03:21 PM
    My son is six weeks and all he wants is to be on my breast or chest. He'll nurse for about 30min and fall asleep when I try to put him down or move he'll start to cry so I put him back on and he sucks for about a minute falls asleep for like five and sucks for a minute, we'll do this multiple times and it usually starts around late afternoon/evening (3-5) and last all night, he's fine in the mornings and early afternoon though. I've tried offering him a pacifier and putting him in his swing but he rejects that now and that would usually sooth him. Is he sucking for comfort or is he just not getting full as the day goes on I've heard that some women have supply issues later in the day. Thanks for any advice
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  • @llli*babylop's Avatar
    September 17th, 2014, 10:44 PM
    My baby is 3 weeks old in the last few days after he's latched he'll pull away and his latch will become shallow. My nipple looks like a tube of lipstick and is very sore and cracked in the center. If I release his latch and try again he's usually sleepy and won't relatch. Any advice would be great! Thanks!
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  • @llli*american.honey's Avatar
    September 14th, 2014, 03:05 AM
    Hello mamas, I'm very concerned about my milk supply. Baby girl is 9 months 2wks. She has always been EBF. She's always gained weight with no problem. However; I've noticed within the last week n half my breast don't get hard or fill full ever anymore. I'm behind worried and freaking out WHAT DOES THIS MEAN! I'm I losing supply? No matter what even when my baby girl would eat every 2-3 hours my breast felt full as they were filling up. Yes, I've had many times when they were very soft as we'll. However, now for almost 2 weeks they are super soft. My left breast she seems to tug more, and pushes her faces completely into that boob as if there hardly milk. It seems too me as if she's trying to get milk. After a bit she will just let go. This was not the case ever before. I've always been very good putting her on the breast every 2 hrs or when ever she wanted. Which was all the time it seemed. I'm very stressed out about this. Im not at all ready to stop Breastfeeding. Why is this happening? I've always been concerned with the whole solid food intake and concerned how it would affect my milk supply. When she was 6 months doc wanted my to give her solids 3x daily. I never agreed with this. So I didn't follow through. She was getting a bit constipated and doc had me add more fibers and juices to soften stools and make her go more often. Around 8 months I started giving her more solids 3 x daily but mamas milk first before her meals. I've still always been very worried about...
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  • @llli*hw's Avatar
    September 16th, 2014, 02:13 PM
    I weaned my 2.5 year old a few months ago (32 months old now). He would probably have liked to keep nursing, but I am pregnant again and nursing was starting to be excruciating for me, so it had to stop. "Weaning" itself was successful. He hasn't nursed since June. The problem is that he still keeps asking for it! When I was actively weaning I told him Mommy had ouchies on her nipples so he couldn't nurse and that seemed ok. When he kept asking, we started telling him that big boys don't nurse, he's all done with nurse now. He seems to accept this... but it doesn't stop the asking. When he's in a good mood, sometimes he will ask in a not-serious, sing-song way and it doesn't bother him if I just ignore it, which I usually do, or sometimes I remind him that no, he's all done nurse and he's a big boy. It's much more problematic when he's upset, he wails for more nurse and he doesn't want to hear me offer other ways for him to calm down. When I say he can have hugs and cuddles instead it makes him more upset. (Well, that's typical of his tantrums, offering alternatives to what he really wants always upsets him more.) He doesn't ever seem to actually want to latch on (thank god), but he does really want to tug down my shirt and get his head near my boobs, which I don't like at all. I don't want him pulling my shirt, and I don't want him touching my boobs anymore. I'm just not sure how to get him to stop this behavior, and the asking. They both drive me nuts. I put...
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  • @llli*nweaver82's Avatar
    September 17th, 2014, 10:15 AM
    Will this affect me breastfeeding my baby?
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  • @llli*mommele's Avatar
    September 16th, 2014, 02:19 PM
    My girl is 2 month 4 weeks. She all the sudden doesn't feel like eating as much. She used to do every 3 during the day with a long stretch at night ( approx 5-7 hrs). Now it's more like 4ish during the day. I feel like close to 5 sometimes. When I try to feed her around 3 hours if she's fussy, she will nurse for a quick amount of time...maybe 3 min, then get fussy and jerky....give her a pacifier and she's happy. Yesterday I did this and she got pissed again...I decided to pump after the attempt because I could feel a plugged milk duct and I'm also scared of a decrease in milk. A attempted to give it to her an hour later and she took it VERY well. You might think she's preferring the bottle because of overuse....but the last time she had a bottle was a couple days ago (for a football game I pumped)..and before that, it had been a month. At night feedings are good though. Can she possibly be getting enough if I just go on demand?? I piss her off when I offer too early :/. Also: I'm not one of those people who has an oversupply...basically just enough to feed. The most I've ever pumped from both boobs for a feeding (NOT after feeding) was 4 oz total. Not sure if it's because I had breast augmentation through the nipple 12 years ago. My first daughter had to eventually be supplemented but this time around no supplementing yet, but did do one series of apply basil essential oil which worked great for me. I'm just concerned about my baby getting enough nutrients...
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  • @llli*victoria.lozano's Avatar
    September 18th, 2014, 11:28 PM
    My one and a half month old exclusively breastfed baby has been very gassy and they are extremely stinky. Is this normal?
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  • @llli*jessicanewmom's Avatar
    September 16th, 2014, 07:55 AM
    Hi! My baby is now 10 m.o. and doing great. She's loving experimenting with solids but not getting much in terms of calories from anything but b.m. She's also starting to sleep better (hallelujah!) and only wake a few times a night to nurse. My question is about my poor, underperforming left breast. Ol' Leftie has always been a slower producer. On the few occasions I've pumped I get ~2 oz from the right side and .5 oz from the left. When nursing, I get a couple let downs on the right and one, if I'm lucky, on the left. I try to always start on the left, but when she's fussy or we're out (distracted nurser) I start on the right in the hopes that she'll get something before she loses focus. So, of course, Leftie continues to lag. And now I feel like she might not be getting much of anything on the left side. Are there reasons to keep coaxing my left breast along? Or should I just give up and become a one breast nurser?
    3 replies | 202 view(s)
  • @llli*maroonish's Avatar
    September 18th, 2014, 02:22 PM
    DD2 is 6 weeks, nursing just fine :) However, today I found out that I have a small oral infection - the dentist gave me the option of a round of amoxicillin to lessen the duration/severity. Two or three days sounds better than a week of swelling and pain, but I can't find much info on this particular antibiotic and nursing. I have calls in to my pediatrician and my LLL leader, but I thought I'd ask here as well. Other than concerns about developing thrush, is there any reason not to take it?
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  • @llli*jzackey's Avatar
    September 14th, 2014, 07:43 AM
    My daughter is 16 days old and only gained 2oz in 6 days according to her doctors scales. She was weighed once on a digital and then 6 days later on the regular scale. We go for another weight check this coming Wednesday. I am so fearful that she won't gain enough weight and they will want me to supplement formula or pumped milk. My first daughter had latch issues and didn't gain weight either- so I pumped and bottle fed for 6 months. It was a miserable experience and I vowed never to have to do that again. I didn't want to give a bottle for a good month+ this time. I was so looking forward to breast feeding the "right way" this time around. This baby loves to nurse. She gives signs every 1-3 hours (hands in mouth, trying to latch on to anything near her face, sticking tongue out, etc). She doesn't really open wide enough and can be painful. I have a hard time getting her to open wide enough. She either nurses for 30 mins straight-- or most of the time- she eats for 5 and falls asleep. But when I unlatch her, she acts like she's starving and wants to go back on. Even if she is just holding my nipple in her mouth (not sucking). I'm afraid she's only getting the fore milk and not the good, fatty hind milk because of her frequent, short sessions. She also spits up a lot. I don't remember what's "normal" for new babies to spit up and what's not normal.
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