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  • @llli*stinaswimmer's Avatar
    Today, 09:27 PM
    Thanks for reading my epic long post, and thanks so much for your encouragement, ladies! It really means a lot. It's been a tough few weeks, and each day is different. Thankfully I was able to catch a little sleep today, so things seem slightly sunnier. To answer some of your questions: We've been monitoring her intake and output since the hospital and diligently logging it in a binder. I'd say that her average bottle now is about 80-100ml (around 3 oz) at a feeding. We haven't had to use much formula, but doc said actually it's helpful for some vitamins, so we might give her one or two feedings a day with some formula, but sometimes it's only a partial (30-40ml) as opposed to the full feeding. -We feed on demand at this point. At her last weight check last Monday, she weighed in at 8lb4oz, so improvement, but still not birth weight. Doc said her birth weight may have been bloated a bit because of the fluids for the c-section, but we'd still like to get her up a little more. She goes in tomorrow for another weight check. -I have not tried an SNS. I've heard about them a little through very rudimentary research online, but really don't have a good concept of what they are. Could you explain more? -I've tried football and cross cradle holds for nursing, neither has really appeared to be favourable for her. I try to recreate everything they did for me in the hospital; I have lots of pillows and stuff too, but I feel like she's not really well supported--so awkward! I...
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  • @llli*nanamew's Avatar
    Today, 08:30 PM
    He comfort nurses a lot, so that isn't a good indicator. He only bites during the day, but that's really the only thing I've noticed as a pattern.
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  • @llli*esther2013's Avatar
    Today, 08:30 PM
    I had that too! Mine was after a bout of mastitis as well, when little one was about the same age, it only lasted a week or so, then it went away, so hopefully it does the same for you. I never did figure out what it was though
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  • @llli*virginiamom14's Avatar
    Today, 07:43 PM
    Hello Dandelions, I am really no expert but I just wanted to jump in and say hang in there! You are doing a great job so far and those first few weeks can be extremely difficult. It was for me and I almost quit every single day. But I stuck with it and I am now happily nursing my five month old. I couldn't imagine not doing it now so I am extremely glad I stuck with it. It does get easier! You mentioned that you are tried a lot of different things already. My only advice would be if something didn't work the first time, maybe try it again a week or two later. These babies grow so fast in the beginning and change so much that maybe that strategy wasn't right the first time but as the baby gets bigger and changes or your supply changes, it may work the second time. For example, I started with a nipple shield. It didn't really work, but after a week or so, we were still having issues so we tried it again. The shield helped for awhile with a fast letdown on one side. But eventually my son outgrew it and my supply became better regulated and we no longer needed it. Anyway, hang in there! You are doing great!
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  • @llli*findmeintahiti's Avatar
    Today, 07:32 PM
    It's reassuring to hear that this is norm in first few weeks. Being a new mom it feels overwhelming to be his only food source, I just want to be a good provider. By proper latch I mean not painful or shallow... and I guess like the pictures where babys chin goes to lower part of nipple and then scoops on?? Thank you so much for the suggestions, I'm going to take a look and great reminder that it's finding what fits for me and him. I think also it's hard because he falls asleep while eating or stops and I try to get him alert again but if I cant - when I take him off a few minutes later he freaks out and screams like he was never at the breast :(
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  • @llli*findmeintahiti's Avatar
    Today, 07:20 PM
    Thank you. I did have a consultant come see me a week ago because I was in a lot of pain and getting some scabbing on nipple (since the consultant in hospital wasnt too helpful). It was great because I realized it shouldn't be painful like what I was experiencing and it was good- too bad she cant be with me all day! Crossover is what she had me doing (ok for the most part but I feel we get little tense trying to get him right and me rightly positioned) and then once he's latched we lay back. I think I'll give football another try...thank you.
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  • @llli*twinmama23's Avatar
    Today, 06:55 PM
    I've been trying with both twins and they just laugh at my boobs lol although the one twin spit out her binky and came toward my breast like she was gonna latch and then backed away and laughed and my other twin sat on my lap and rubbed her face on my boob and laughed and she almost acted like she wanted to latch but she didn't
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 06:27 PM
    I agree with previous post. When my oldest was born and we had serious latch issues I also found that the football hold was the key to the most comfortable latch. I also want to assure you that the early weeks are often difficult especially at night when everyone is tired and the positioning is different. By proper latch what do you mean? A proper latch means milk is going into baby and it doesn't hurt mom -that's it. In many cases waiting for baby to open wide is not going to be the easiest path way to a good latch. For some other ideas I suggest going to the website for Nancy Morhbacher - her blog. On her first page there an article about 'natural breast-feeding' with links to several videos many of them featuring mothers who are large breasted. You can try these ideas with or without the breast shaping you are already doing. Sometimes it's really important to be doing breast shaping especially in the early weeks and that's totally fine. It's also key to find a position (or several different positions) that you feel comfortable in as well. Not just the latch comfortable but your whole body. Remember any pictures or videos are just to give you ideas. There is a way that you and your baby fit together best and you will find that by continuing to try different things with baby. Since by the time baby is hungry and frantic they are going to have less patience to try different things, it can really help to offer to nurse as frequently as possible at the earliest cues or...
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Today, 05:51 PM
    Hi, and congrats on your little one. It sounds like you are really trying. Have you been able to consult with a good IBCLC? That may help. Even if you had a consult at birth, it can help to have another one done. What bf positions have you tried? I have large breasts and football was the first position we mastered. It gives mom more control and seems easier for baby, at least at first in my experience. You aren't limited to that, certainly, but it helped me to get that down first, then we moved on to others. Now we just do what seems most comfortable at that time. I know a lot of the ladies on here like laid back nursing positions, and that might be worth exploring as well. I don't like laid back, but that's me. I think you should do what works for you.
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Today, 04:45 PM
    Yes, it's normal. Constant nursing is what brings in your supply. Baby's stomach is the size of a grape early on so she needs to nurse very frequently to get what she needs. All the more so since she was born early and on the smaller side. But even term babies who are not small nurse all the time! The way I got through it was to set up a comfortable spot on the couch with a few key things nearby: water to drink, snacks to munch on, books and magazines to read, my computer to surf/watch netflix/check email, phone. Once I was onto the second and third baby, some books and toys for my older kids to play with or to read to them so that I could spend some time with them too while nursing baby. And then just plan to spend most of the day there. Also, I tried hard to take a nap with baby at least once during the day. Sidelying nursing really helped get through the nights once I got the hang of that. As for when it subsides, many people refer to the first three months as the "fourth trimester," because during that time baby is mainly nursing, peeing/pooping and growing! Definitely the first 6-8 weeks are very much like that, at that point baby starts to smile and coo and for me that made it feel like it was less about constant nursing all the time. Here's a nice article about nursing during the newborn period: http://kellymom.com/bf/normal/newborn-nursing/ Hang in there, things are constantly changing with babies, what is true today will not be true in a week, but at...
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  • @llli*findmeintahiti's Avatar
    Today, 02:39 PM
    My boy is 2 weeks old and 7.7 lbs. A lot of the time will not open his mouth wide enough for me to get proper latch esp at night. He gets frustrated and wiggles so it's hard to hold position and I get sweaty and exhausted- it's a mess! I find myself going with a bad latch just out of desperation. I have large breasts and have to use sandwich. I try touching his lip/nose with my nipple and tilting his head back...I end up having to wait for a scream to try to get a good latch. I start to feel hopeless and helpless wanting to pump but ideally I'd like to figure this out.
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  • @llli*amnetto60's Avatar
    Today, 02:04 PM
    My daughter just turned 4 weeks yesterday and most days all she wants to do is nurse...honestly she'll spend most of the day going from boob to boob. She'll take. An jour + nap in the morning and minimal naps throughout the day, meaning 15-20 minutes here and there. I know she's gaining weight, making regular diapers and when she's awake she's alert and engaging. I don't mind. The constant nursing, but I just want to know if this is normal? And if so, when it should subside? She was born 2 weeks early at 6 pounds 1ounce. She was 6 pounds 4 ounces a week and a half ago, and last week I weighed her on a different scale, and she was 6 pounds 14 ounces. Thanks in advance for the help!!
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  • @llli*dandelions's Avatar
    Today, 02:00 PM
    Thank you all for the feedback :) He does fine with raspberries, but the ones we get aren't ever terribly large & I guess the size difference with the blackberries didn't occur to me, but mommal is right - they're huge! I'm sure there's no end to the adventures (a.k.a. hard-learned lessons) of a first time parent lol.
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  • @llli*dandelions's Avatar
    Today, 01:56 PM
    Put any thoughts of "not trying hard enough" from your mind - it sounds like you've been through a marathon & are still weathering it! How does the baby do with a bottle - fuss? no fuss? I ask because I wonder if you LO possibly has thrush. Mine did (and did not have the characteristic signs in his mouth). He had the tiniest bit of white on one cheek, but his tongue was so sore he got angry when he ate, wouldn't latch well, etc. This can make your nipple sore as well. Have you tried laying down beside her in the bed to nurse? This was a fantastic turn-around for me. If you can find an LC at the hospital you like working with, that can be really helpful. I know you mentioned you'd seen one (or two?), but in my case it took a few before I found one that believed me when I said something was wrong with the latch. Hang in there; it's a challenge being tied to a demanding nursing / pumping schedule and trying to nail down issues, but eventually it will pass :)
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 12:14 PM
    First love Mommal' post ostrich ha ha ha it's so true. Here are a couple other ideas for rash that won't go away. When using water gently soak the bottom clean rather than wiping. Get a good gentle barrier cream and apply every diaper change. Change your diaper? Try a different brand of disposable? try disposable if you've been using cloth or try cloth if using disposable, or if you were using cloth and want to stick with it change your washing/rinse routine. But overall I agree with Mommal it sounds like this is just normal it's not bothering baby, the rash had started to get a little worse with possible sores, you took care of that and now it's just a red ring? Not really something to worry about. In fact I'll bet if you got 10 people to look at a rash less baby's bottom some of them would see a red ring rash. It's just not a clear enough description bottoms have their own particular pigmentation and look of it differs baby to baby.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 11:12 AM
    Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby! I'm sorry her birth went in such a scary and unanticipated direction. It sounds like you're actually doing really, really well considering the hurdles you have faced. Your production is good- babies generally need around 2-4 oz per feeding, so the fact that you can get 5-6 oz from both breasts suggests that you have more than enough milk. Considering how much you pump, you may not need to be supplementing with formula. How big are the bottles you offer your baby? And are you using paced feeding techniques? Have you tried using a supplemental nursing system (SNS)? What sort of positions are you using when you nurse? Tips for pumoing: - Buy a second set of flanges for the pump. That will halve your washing. - Wash your pump parts only every other time you use them. In between, bag the used parts and stick them in the fridge. - Keep a large basin of soapy water by the sink and throw used bottles and pump parts in as necessary. That way you need to do just one or two big wash-ups per day instead of a zillion little ones.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 11:02 AM
    First, can you tell us why you needed to start supplementing? Was supplementing suggested by your pediatrician due to a problem with your baby's growth, or have you started because the baby seems more hungry or is fussy after feedings? Something else? understanding why you needed to start with formula will help us understand the best way to help you stop.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 10:56 AM
    Welcome to the forum! The first thing I have to say is that it sounds like your pediatrician is a keeper! A doctor who knows that allergies generally come with more than one symptom and doesn't jump right on the dietary elimination train- that's a rare commodity! A red ring is not always an allergy. If your baby is unbothered by it and is growing and developing normally, it's nothing to worry about. Most Likely it's caused by life in diapers, and frequent pooping. And if it is caused by an allergy, then so what? The presence of an allergy does not mean that you must eliminate the suspect food from your diet- not when the baby is growing and developing normally, anyway. The internet is an allergy/dietary intolerance echo chamber. If you suspect an allergy, you will always find someone who will say "I've experienced the exact same thing!" and tons of support for cutting all sorts of things from your diet. Caffeine! Wheat! Soy! Dairy! Vegetables! For every person who says that their babies needed them to eat nothing but wheat grass and protein shakes, you'll find another dozen who claim that they need to eat nothing but free range organic ostrich and the occasional sweet potato. It's a rabbit hole and you don't need to let yourself get sucked down into it. Just observe your baby! If she seems generally happy and healthy, and is growing and developing normally, then you don't need to look much farther to know that you're doing things right. :)
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 10:34 AM
    Choking is definitely not part of the process. I think the issue here was the food you served him. Blackberries are in the size class of foods that you are not supposed to give to a child under 2 if the odds in question are whole- that includes grapes, hot dog pieces, and nuts? They're just the right size to block the windpipe. I think that no-one ever mentions that blackberries need to be cut up because until recently blackberries weren't commonly available at the supermarket, and because they used to be smaller. The new cultivars are mammoth!
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  • @llli*jessica.holiga's Avatar
    Today, 09:03 AM
    That must have been scary! My DD is 9 months, and we do a mixture of some purees and mostly BLW. She normally does really well with feeding herself, especially with bananas as that was her first food. However , there was one time when she had a cold and congestion, that she gagged repeatedly on her bananas to the point where I had to remove her from her Highchair at least twice so that she could clear her airway - and of course vomit. But ever since the cold and congestion went away, we have not had any more episodes of that.
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Today, 07:15 AM
    There's an article on how to pump while driving on exclusivepumping.com: How to Pump Breast Milk and Drive at the Same Time I'm not sure I agree that it can be done safely though. :huh Even if you don't get at all distracted while you're pumping, you could still be in an accident that's someone else's fault, and I suspect that the airbag hitting the pump shields could cause serious injuries.
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  • @llli*anamari's Avatar
    Today, 04:21 AM
    Bueno, a mí me dijeron que mi peke debería dormir en otra habitación desde los 6 meses y es ahí cuando debía empezar el destete... Lo que sí que te aconsejo es que una vez que empieces a darle alimentos sólidos pruebes a que tu hij@ coma de manera saludable y sobre todo alimentos que l nutran. Te explico, si comes alimentos ricos en proteínas y grasas, pero evitas alimentos ricos en carbohidratos verás como tu hija tiene mejor aspecto porque estará nutrida. Muchas personas no nos damos cuenta de lo que comemos, y si nos fijaramos en la etiqueta del producto donde pone valor nutricional nos daríamos cuenta de que la mayoría de las veces estamos comiendo más patata que carne...
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  • @llli*pbnurse's Avatar
    Today, 04:12 AM
    Hey all, My 6wk old has redness around her anus and I'm having a hard time determining if it's something I'm eating or just diaper rash! When she was a week old she had these really big afternoon cries and after googling it to death I convinced myself she had a milk allergy and cut it out. I've really only cut out obvious dairy and have still had some cheese and chocolate. The fussiNess I think was just age related and it has improved. I first noticed the redness a couple weeks ago but pediatrician was dismissive when I brought it up. Said it's from acidic poop and to use penaten. You can only see the rash if you look for it (move her cheeks) so I wasnt keeping super close tabs. Then last week I noticed it seemed worse, some small open spots appeared. I switched to plain water for wiping and the spots went away, but still have the red ring! She has no excema and her poops are yellow and normal. She does seem congested to me sometimes but she's a nose breather (obviously) and it's quite dry here. I feel distressed that I can't get the rash to go away, but she doesn't seem bothered by it at all. Any experience? Is this red ring ALWAYS an allergy? I ate a yogurt the other night and thought she maybe spitting up more than usual but I'm also kind of paranoid! Haha. My Dr said if she had an allergy we would see more symptoms. .help?
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  • @llli*stellazovak's Avatar
    Today, 03:56 AM
    I had to start supplementing with formula for my 3-week old. He's now nearly 4 weeks old. I want to do everything I can not to undermine breastfeeding and to transition back to exclusively breastfeeding as quickly as possible. Any advice? Thank you!
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:43 PM
    He was turning blue? That must have bee so scary! Thank goodness he is OK! I think it is very much recommended that anyone who participates in BLS is up to date on infant CPR. I know I took that class before my son was born and most people that I conversed with here had also done that or did it before introducing solids. And overall I would say that no, choking isn't really part of the process. I think that a lot people mistake gagging for choking. I am not saying YOU did that, but I have seen that happen a bunch. But also I think I would caution you about berries or anything round in general at that young of an age. I don't think we introduced anything like berries or grapes until the year mark. The only thing like that I gave him before the year point was pinto beans and I waited until about 10 months for that and made sure they were soft enough that they would smush up when picked up. At that age I was very specific about having the French Fry shaped pieces of food. And in terms of width I tried to do the with of a third of a banana Or THINNER. So perhaps think in terms of the width of Mcdonalds Fry's?
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  • @llli*stinaswimmer's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:35 PM
    I'm taking it, and as noted by the other poster, stimulation (nursing or pumping) has produced more results, but I'd say it's not hurting anything. All the LCs and MWs I've talked to swore by it, so maybe that's worth something.
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  • @llli*stinaswimmer's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:13 PM
    My daughter just turned 3 weeks today, and BF has been a huge, monumental struggle. She was born 39w3d after we went to the hospital for fetal monitoring since the little wiggle worm didn't seem to be moving around much all of a sudden. She was fine, but after a cervix check, I was in pre-labour and the MW couldn't feel the head. Baby was determined breech via ultrasound, and my dreams of a natural water birth suddenly became c-section. They attempted version initially, but this baby did not budge, and no wonder--she was 8lb11oz! We all landed on the other side of the surgery just fine, and she seemed to understand latching pretty early on. Admittedly, I was not breastfeeding as much as maybe I should have, but she didn't really demand it much either. When she did, she stuck on for a while and did very well, although a few times she fell asleep at the breast as well. However, by the third day in the hospital, she had lost 10% of her weight (was at 7lb13oz) and was dehydrated. One of our nurses was an IBCLC and tried very hard to help us, and determined that maybe we needed to supplement a little because of the dramatic weight loss. I was fine with this, as long as baby was getting fed. However, all of a sudden, breastfeeding became an issue. Baby would not latch, and actively fought my breast, complete with velociraptor-like screeches and pushing me away. The LC/LPN said she has never had to fight with a baby as much as she did with our daughter. :( We tried syringes,...
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  • @llli*dandelions's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:44 PM
    Hi all - we had our first real scare tonight with BLW. :( My son was eating blackberries, and he got one down his wind-pipe (he's normally really good about chewing everything - which is adorable when it's something like soup & him with no teeth !). At any rate, I saw he was choking and tried to sweep his mouth, and could just feel the tip of the blackberry with my finger as it passed. So I grabbed him out of the high chair & did the Heimlich, at which point he coughed up & swallowed the blackberry. Thankfully, of course, everything is fine -- he ate some of Dad's fish shortly thereafter, is breathing fine, happy, etc. So... is choking part of the process (I know gagging and let him work the food around his mouth when that happens, but this was truly choking), or am I neglecting something about introducing solids? The stats: he just turned 7 months. He's been eating solids for ~1.5 months (meaning he wants to participate when there's food; very little of it is consumed). No allergies or aversions. He's 18 lb (was 7.75 lb at birth), plenty of diapers & nothing funky (aside from having a cold at the moment). He nurses plenty during the night & when I'm home, and dad gives him expressed breast milk when I'm at work. Thanks in advance for any insights! I know this process is not going to be without some worry, but I don't know if maybe I was letting him be too adventurous with food.
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