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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    June 23rd, 2017, 10:57 AM
    I am due in 5 weeks. My baby boy has a small issue in one of his kidney. He might need a procedure for that. But it's not emergency. The urologist from the hospital said he could do the procedure even before we leave the hospital or it can even wait for a month or so. What I am worried is if we go for the surgery before we leave the hospital , it would affect my milk supply while he is gone right? Say the surgery is for 2 hours or so. And then even after surgery he could be drowsy. So I am scared that it would affect my milk supply initially. Or if I pump every 2 hours should it be ok?. If suppose we decide to go on a procedure and. Says it's the 3rd day after he is born. How many minutes should I pump every 2 hours? Please help. Any advice is appreciated.
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  • @llli*jhart's Avatar
    June 24th, 2017, 08:36 PM
    Hi, I am a SAHM and have EBFed three children. I have tuberous breasts and PCOS, although I am of normal weight. One breast produces very little milk but the other one is a decent producer. Two months ago I got mastitis and breast inflammation in the good breast that lasted about two weeks. I EBFed through it and for two weeks after it had cleared up. At that point, my supply still hadn't come back (as indicated by diapers, no let-down, no leaking, unhappy baby). I weighed my son and he was down a pound. A three-month old shouldn't be losing weight, so I started pumping and supplementing with formula. I've been pumping 4-6 times a day with a Medela Symphony (in addition to nursing) and supplementing for about six weeks now and the supply in my good breast is still down. It is producing no more than the bad one and together it's not enough. I'm producing about 0.6 oz per hour. With my first child, when I pumped after three hours, I would get 1 oz out of the bad breast and 3 oz out of the good one. Now I'm getting 1 oz out of each. I'm taking the galactalogues that have worked for me in the past but no galactologue is going to double my production. I'm wondering what happened to my good breast. Was it damaged by the mastitis? Did clogged ducts cause pressure involution in some parts of it? Will my supply ever come back? Will it come back with another child? I remember the inflammation migrated around my breast. As soon as one area of tenderness cleared up, another...
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  • @llli*mackeroo2013's Avatar
    June 22nd, 2017, 11:47 AM
    I'm on antibiotics that have been prescribed to prevent infection. After 8 days of the 14 day rx, my 17 month old vomited once and has had several sick poops. She is acting a little under the weather. Dr. Thinks it may be from the antibiotics and she's exposed from nursing. I nurse my daughter about 6-7 times a day. Dr. Wants me to quit nursing and just pump. Daughter has never taken cow's milk, but also she nurses more for comfort. I am considering going off the antibiotics and sticking to my probiotics because I can't fathom keeping her from nursing for 5 days. I can't handle the thought of being abruptly taken from nursing. Any thoughts on this. People keep telling me "she's old enough to wean", but that's not the point. I want her to decide that. Help I'm so discouraged.
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  • @llli*jabez's Avatar
    June 22nd, 2017, 06:39 AM
    @llli*jabez started a thread SNS in Increasing Your Milk
    Hello, My baby is almost 5 months and still supplementing. I never got my milk to be sufficient. I work during weekdays and spent my weekends breastfeeding my baby. I pump in the office every 3 hours and breastfeed my baby throughout the night. Although my baby doesn't throw tantrums for being hungry, I always feel that the milk she's getting is not enough. The only time I feel she's happy with the milk quantity she's getting is when I have mild cases of clogged ducts or I was not able to pump for like 4 to 5 hours. So, I want to address the weekend breastfeeding effort by buying SNS. Do you think it will still work now that she's 5 months old - she's so active and can now 'manipulate' my (.)(.). Like she can hold it and put in her mouth, etc. Recently, she will latch and use her hands to push herself away - end result is that she's on my nipple rather than my whole (.)(.). I would take her back from time to time and hold her hand instead so that it cannot move.. Thanks in advance for your inputs and insights.
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  • @llli*kelleena's Avatar
    June 26th, 2017, 12:33 PM
    Hi, I am the mom of a 3 year old that still nurses. We nurse when she wants to cuddle or have milky or naps and night time. I pump from time to time at work when I start to feel pressure. I have been asked by a mom that is due soon if I might be willing to donate. I have donated in the past when my LO was young and she knew this. I'd like to help her out however I just get very little when I pump. I am looking for recomendations to increase that or increase the lactation since my LO is probably not taking as much as she used to. I drink water only, no caffieen, eat healthy anything is greatly appreciated.
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  • @llli*danielst15's Avatar
    June 23rd, 2017, 07:33 PM
    My 7 mo son has been needing nebuizing treatments of Albuterol and Budesonide multiple times a day for a couple months now. I have noticed a dramatic drop in supply around this same time. Can either of these drugs cause a drop in my supply? My son wont keep his mask on, so we hold it in front of his nose, so I inhale a lot of it.
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  • @llli*sebsmama's Avatar
    June 23rd, 2017, 09:03 AM
    First time mom here, In the past month, I've had to have gallbladder surgery, quickly followed by a return to work. After surgery, I wasn't able to nurse for a few days due to the medications I was on, and instead pumped and dumped. That was quickly followed by a return to work, where I went from nursing several times a day to pumping exclusively during the day (every 2-3 hours) and then nursing at night. I've noticed a dramatic decrease in supply. I am lucky if I get 4-5 oz total from my daytime pumping, and my 4-month old son now needs a formula supplement after nursing at night, as I cannot satisfy him with nursing alone. We are relying increasingly on formula and I really want to avoid that. I've tried power pumping and hand expression. Any other thoughts or tips?
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  • @llli*iveehill's Avatar
    June 26th, 2017, 02:52 PM
    I am having some health issues that may require me to start the weaning process. :cry I have systemic candida and heavy metal toxicity, which has resulted in severe thyroid issues and other symptoms. It might not sound bad, but the symptoms are debilitating. My daughter is 17 months old. I cannot treat these issues as long as she is breastfeeding, and I have put off the treatment now for about 10 months. I'm afraid that my health is going to suffer permanently if I put off treatment much longer. I always told myself that I would breastfeed until my daughter self-weaned, but now that does not seem to be an option. I am having a very hard time emotionally. Can anyone give some gentle weaning tips for me? I won't be able to do it if it is traumatic. Her nursing schedule is as follows: 6:00 am wake up and nurse 10:00 am bottle of breast milk (work days) or nurse on off days 2:00 pm bottle of breast milk (work days) or nurse on off days 6:00 pm nurse 9:00 pm nurse and bed Sometimes she also asks to nurse at other random times.
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  • @llli*parakeet's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:33 PM
    My son is turning four months this week. For the past week or so he has taken to screaming at the breast. It looks like he simply does not want to nurse. Same with the bottle. Just doesn't want it in his mouth. The only time he will actually eat is when he's sleepy or he is swaddled and there's white noise. Otherwise he just fights and fights feedings. Nursing was never easy with this one. He was born a month early, had jaundice, had a tongue tie, had excessive sleepiness. Just when I thought things are getting better the screaming has started. A typical feed looks like this - offer breast, eats 3-4 minutes, starts screaming. Let him play, then offer breast again and more screaming. Then swaddle, and put white noise, eats for 5 minutes. Then unswaddle and play more. Then feed more as he gets close to his nap time. Another 5 minutes of food. An IBCLC did a home visit yesterday and he took 2.2 ounces over the course of one feed. He gets one bottle of expressed milk a day while I sleep and that too he drinks 2-2.5 oz. He eats 7-8x a day. His weight gain has always been minimal. First three months he was averaging 5oz/ week and during this fourth month he has gained 12oz. From what I understand this is the lowest range of acceptable. The LC mentioned something about oral aversion and was going to get back to me with occupational therapist names.
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  • @llli*sheasmom4's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:55 PM
    My 9 week old EBF girl has had streaks of blood in her poop since about 5 weeks. I have eliminated dairy and soy and it has made minimal difference. She poops about 6-8x per day still, this hasn't decreased since birth. Her pediatrician suggested cutting dairy when she was 5 weeks old and said if it didn't improve in 2 weeks we should put her on special formula. I will be seeing the pediatrician tomorrow and I know she is going to bring up formula again. I was mostly only feeding off one breast but after reading dr jack Newman's advice I am now offering both. This has changed her poops from ranging in green/orange/brown in colour to mostly yellow but there is still blood. I don't think it's an under supply issue. She was 6lbs14oz at birth, 7 lbs 3oz at 2 weeks, 8 lbs 3 oz at 4 weeks and 12 lbs at 2 months. She is very content and sleeps well, does not spit up a ton with the exception of the occasional large puke-like spit up. Has anyone experienced something similar and found a way to control it? Thank you.
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  • @llli*cw42917's Avatar
    Today, 02:10 AM
    So I had to switch to exclusively pumping since my 2mo old will not latch and chokes and spits up like crazy while using a shield. He wasn't always doing that but it had become increasingly more frequent and seemed to really stress him out so I tried a bottle and he did great with it. He'll still have his upsiodes of spit up but yesterday he threw up, like multiple heaves, almost at every feeding but was able to hold down some frozen milk I had from a month ago. I thought it was from something I ate but now I'm wondering if it's cause I'm pumping too much and he's getting too much foremilk. I'm able to pump 5, sometimes 6 oz per breast and have only been pumping 3x a day and once in the middle of the night. Should I pump more frequently to lessen the amount of milk I get per session and lessen the amount of foremilk? Or do you think he's throwing up for an unrelated reason? Possibly something I ate? (I give him 4 oz bottles)
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  • @llli*seranada's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:55 PM
    Hello, this is my first post here. My baby is 9 days old, I've been pumping and getting small amounts of colostrum, but no milk. Is there a point where I should just give up? It's really starting to feel hopeless.
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  • @llli*cw42917's Avatar
    Today, 01:55 AM
    My 2 mo old threw up what looked like the entire contents of what he ate starting at 7am and continuing to 8 pm. (He held some of my milk down around noon time but only a couple oz.) It wasn't just spit up, it was multiple heaves resulting in both me and him getting covered and enough to make a little puddle on the floor. I pump and use a bottle due to latch issues. The bottles i gave him had 4oz in them and when he finished, I went to burp him and it all came up. He tends to get air trapped sometimes and spit up but this was a whole new level and I would categorize it as throw up. I have some older frozen milk I gave him and he held that down just fine. The only thing I can think of that I changed in my diet was that I ate these mini gluten and dairy free cupcakes that actually gave me diarrhea (sorry, tmi) so idk if it did something to my milk? What else would cause him to throw up like this all day but be fine with frozen milk?
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  • @llli*gotta.latch.em.all's Avatar
    Today, 01:20 PM
    Hi all, I would appreciate any advice on this as I feel like I've exhausted all options. My daughter turned 5 weeks old yesterday and I'm still struggling with her inability to open wide enough for a deep latch. In fact, the only time I've seen her open wide is when either crying or yawning. She's never opened wide in response to any specific positioning or placing/dragging of nipple anywhere on her mouth or nose. This is frustrating because all the literature and advice says "wait for baby to open wide" to flip the nipple in. Except she never does the gape. Holding the nipple to her lip either results in a tiny pursed mouth or ignoring the breast or wailing. :cry The only time I get anywhere close to a deep latch is if she wails and I manage to shove in the nipple sandwich/flipple, aiming for the roof of her mouth for the asymmetric latch. Even then, she clamps down so quickly and eventually slides back to just having the nipple tip in her mouth. She will suck and swallow but the result is lipstick nip, pain, line across nipple, cracks. It seems the best I can do is the sandwich to get the nipple in, hold her super close and tight to try to prevent her sliding back and then doing compressions directly into her mouth the whole feed. I've done weighted feeds and she does get 4-5 oz this way if I manage to get her to take both breasts. 2-3 oz if I can only get her to take one side. I've seen 3 pediatricians who've confirmed no tongue or lip ties and 3 IBCLCs who...
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  • @llli*danielst15's Avatar
    Today, 09:18 AM
    My son was hospitalized for a month when he was 4.5 months old. He had acute respitory failure and pneumonia from two viruses and a bacterial infection. He was a pretty sick little boy. He is now almost 8 months and happy as a clam, though we still have to nebulize him with Albuterol and Budesonide three times a day. We just can't shake this cough. He has not gained much since he left the hospital. He went in at about 14 lbs and is currently 16.1 lbs. His Ped has been worried and we go in once a month for a well check. She has him on 36 oz per day, though I can only manage to get him to eat about 32 oz a day. I have him on an iron-rich multivitamin and we are working hard on purses, but he doesn't have much interest. I read that babies that have been sick for an extended period of time tend to have a higher metabolism to fight the illness. Our Ped mentioned that we might have to start putting formula in his BM to calorie load him. I want to avoid this and go a more natural route to get more calories in him. Has anyone had experience with this? Is he just not absorbing the calories well enough? Any other ideas on how to put some weight on him?
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  • @llli*ezrasmum2's Avatar
    Today, 03:43 PM
    Hello, my son is about 4 weeks old, and I am just now feeling like I am having some issues with breastfeeding. Initially breastfeeding my son did very good with latching and feeding, he would feed untill he was too sleepy and then be full and happy. I was only breastfeeding, no formula or pumping. Now I am feeling like my son is cranky and not getting full. He will nurse and never seem to reach the point of being full/ sleep-in for instance in the night I will nurse him and after burping he will not settle back into sleep but cry instead. Alot of the time he will still root/ search for the nipple soon after nursing. I am pumping now but only giving about a 2.5 oz bottle a day if I need a break. The last pediatrician visit he was gaining well. Looking for some help/ advice. I also started taking a supplement to boost my supply.
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  • @llli*snackycake's Avatar
    Today, 03:16 PM
    Thanks so much, carm. I haven't emailed Dr. Newman yet, that will likely be next on my list depending on how things go with the lactation consultant. The pain isn't completely gone with Diflucan, it's just manageable. The pain is only upon latching - like little needles or a bunch of papercuts being ripped open. There's no pain during feeding, more an itchiness/sensitivity that's only painful if the baby yanks or slides down the nipple to a shallower latch or something like that. There's no deep breast pain/shooting pain (which I had for a day or so before starting Diflucan), and no pain at all when feeding is over. Just very sensitive nipples (i.e. very unpleasant when things brush lightly against them) with an uncharacteristic red/pink color in the creases. You know, as I write that all out, it doesn't sound so much like thrush to me anymore. If it weren't for the baby's white tongue that initially cleared up with Gentian Violet I'd suspect it wasn't thrush after all, but with that additional data point I just can't make heads or tails of things. Given that, I'm wary of trying the vasospasm protocol since adding heat would make a more inviting environment for the thrush if that's indeed what's going on. Getting a knowledgeable set of eyes on things will really be welcome.
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  • @llli*iveehill's Avatar
    Today, 03:11 PM
    ***UPDATE*** It has been a while since I posted this thread, and wanted to update it in cause anyone found it by searching later. As I stated above, when I first went back to work, I was pumping only 9 ounces. This steadily increased until I was able to get about 20 ounces per day around the 6 month mark. I was able to easily meet her milk needs. It just took me a little while to respond well to the pump. My output started to decrease again once my daughter started eating. We are now at 17 months and still breastfeeding well :) I have decreased to 1 pump per day and still give her 5 ounces of milk while I'm at work. (I may have to wean soon, but that's another issue). So for all of you moms who don't respond well to the pump at first, keep trying :) You can do it!
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  • @llli*carm3's Avatar
    Today, 12:11 PM
    :hug mama, I wish I could make it all better for you. You've worked so hard! Did you ever try emailing Dr. Newman? Is your pain completely gone when you're on the diflucan? IIRC, you said you didn't have vasospasms, but I'm wondering if maybe you're having them without the blanching. I know you're probably so sick of trying new things, but it might be worth it to try the protocol for vasospasms (Magnesium and vitamin B6 and lots of dry heat to your nipples) to see if that's part of the problem. That's what really made the big difference for me, in addition to the diflucan. Like you said, it's possible that this isn't even thrush, and I'm really glad that you're going to see an IBCLC. I'll definitely keep my fingers crossed for you, and please keep us posted!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:50 AM
    How many times in 24 hours does baby get a bottle? 4 ounces every meal is a lot. Have you tried smaller bottles given more frequently? Also you can try paced bottle feeding as this normalizes the bottles a bit...makes them more like breastfeeding in how long they take to eat, as rapid eating also causes spit up. 10 ounces per side is certainly quite a lot to be pumping. And yes, for multiple reasons an eping mom with an established milk production wants to be pumping 6-8 times in 24 hours not less. The longer milk sits in the breast, the more foremilk builds up. This is not going to hurt your baby, but it might explain the copious spit up and a few other things like green poop that are caused by baby getting a little too much foremilk all at once. It has nothing to do with baby not getting enough hindmilk, and again, there is nothing wring with your milk and it is not hurting your baby. I would suggest you may want to cut down on how long you pump- in other words, do not pump so much out each time, and to also immediately increase how often you pump up to 6 times per day. So, OP and fast letdown would cause the issues your baby was experiencing while nursing including latch difficulty. There are many ways to reduce and eliminate that problem while continuing to nurse your baby. Also a shield may no longer be needed, but if it is, I wonder if the fast letdown was causing the problems not the shield, or if baby needed a smaller shield? Nursing at the breast has...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:31 AM
    It sounds like things are going so much better! Progress is like this...some things get a little better, then other questions/concerns arise. Overall this sounds very good to me. If you had never had to supplement your baby or had any concerns, then this: would be considered entirely normal. This is how newborns nurse, including those that are getting enough and even more than enough milk. In my experience one of the hardest things for a mom who has needed to supplement her baby for any amount of time to do, is to let go of the idea that her baby may not be getting enough milk at the breast- to relax and allow herself to stop supplementing and pumping. And this is good- to an extent. Of course it is important to make sure baby is getting enough and that milk production is protected. Absolutely. But, it is also true that continued supplementing and pumping is going to interfere with the situation normalizing. Pumping and supplementing takes moms time and at energy at a point she has none to spare. And a baby who is getting supplements is not going to be nursing as much as is normal...either they will nurse less often or less efficiently or less amount of time each time, or a combo of these, because they are getting food elsewhere. So weaning off the supplementing and the pumping sometimes takes quite a leap of faith by mom. And this is really hard to do. But it has to happen, in order for you and baby to settle into the "normal" breastfeeding rhythm of very frequent...
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  • @llli*deja's Avatar
    Today, 07:04 AM
    Just to give an update... The last few days things have been getting better in regards of her accepting the breast. I've been offering constantly and she's been refusing less so things were looking up. Yesterday we went to see the LC. She helped with latch and positioning, managing to get a pretty good latch. Not perfect but a great improvement. She observed DD's behavior on the breast, there was a lot of grunting, agitation, crying and such. Usually after the initial let down she'd slow down the sucking and practically just waited for the next one, which wasn't really coming, or not fast enough. She checked her mouth, her suck, we talked a lot, about her birth and the days after that, her nursing, my breasts.... and after everything she said there was no need for a shield at all. So we didn't try that. We we're limited with time also. She was very optimistic about things, said it should work out fine with time and persistence, that DD is still recovering from the trauma of birth, hence her behavior.
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