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  • @llli*susanita15's Avatar
    Today, 03:49 PM
    Muy buenas! He estado buscando por el foro y al final he encontrado algo de información valiosa que se asimila bastante a mi caso. Es desesperante, pero creo que voy a tener que empezar a tomármelo bien si no quiero acabar majareta. Lo del psicólogo, hoy por hoy, lo descarto, aunque nunca digas: de este agua no beberé. Muchas gracias mamidelirio, porque tu post me ha servido mucho, aunque haga ya 2 años del mismo!
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  • @llli*henrysmom292015's Avatar
    Today, 03:38 PM
    That was my thought that I cleared part of it. But I can't figure out how to clear the rest.
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  • @llli*henrysmom292015's Avatar
    Today, 03:37 PM
    Maddieb- Yes, nipple pain with an area of fullness behind the nipple/areola and continuing an inch above. My nipple hurts when I pumped today- but not major pain. I just nursed my son and it was extremely painful. I kept him on though so he could help drain that breast. The spot was still there though. And it doesn't hurt when I'm not nursing/pumping. Unfortunately, I'm home sick with a cold/sinus infection so it's hard to tell what is the cold and what's related to the breast. My husband and I both caught our son's cold. No white spot/bleb on the nipple. None during this whole week this has been happening. Nothing visibly wrong with the nipple, and I haven't been using anything on it. The problem seems to be behind the nipple and not the actual nipple.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 02:34 PM
    So the issue right now is nipple pain and an area of hardness or rather "fullness" even directly after nursing, in an otherwise soft breast. Do I have that correct? I missed the part about nipple pain. Can you describe that more? Is it hurting all the time, just when baby nurses? Is there anything visibly going on with that nipple? A bleb? Blister? Cracks? flaking? redness/bright pink? Are you using any kind of nipple ointment or other nipple healing procedures-if that would even be appropriate? A breast infection would make you feel ill- fever, aches, no energy- like the flu. I don't think that having an infection would make the plug "harder' to release. Plugs just can be quite hard to release. I also wonder if you had several plugs (or one large one) and that you have cleared some of them/it, and it is just going to take more time with lots or frequent milk expression to clear it completely. My more pressing concern in the nipple pain.
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  • @llli*pandamama's Avatar
    Today, 01:49 PM
    Thanks for replying! To answer your questions, I drop baby off at 8 and pick her up at 5:45. I try to nurse right before we get in the car each way. She usually gets a bottle mid-morning, midday, and late afternoon, but sometimes if she was too sleepy in the morning to nurse well, she needs one right after I drop her off too. Accordingly, I pump three times at work and so far my production is just fine. We co-sleep--I'm usually holding her on my chest or she's right next to me; no swaddle or pacifier. You're probably right that it's normal, but I might take her to the doctor just to get weighed as you suggest to give me some peace of mind.
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  • @llli*henrysmom292015's Avatar
    Today, 12:43 PM
    My temp is normal right now. I think I had a plug because when it started last week, my breast was engorged in that area. My 4month old seems to get frustrated at times when nursing on the affected side- though he still nurses for about the same amount of time on each. What else could it be if it's not a plug?
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Today, 12:29 PM
    I may be missing something, but what specifically makes you think you have a plug? The supply decrease? The lump you're feeling? I'm wondering if you don't have one at all -- I was misled to believe I had one (by my LC and midwives) when I didn't. But with the fever, you may have trouble. But, also, my fever came on pretty quickly and knocked me out when I had mastitis.
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  • @llli*henrysmom292015's Avatar
    Today, 12:04 PM
    I haven't tried vibration. I'll try that today. I didn't think I had anything to use, but I'm going to try my husband's electric hair clippers. I have tried cold compress and also dangle nursing, but those didn't help. I've tried to feel and find a specific lump, but I can't find anything. I'm worried there's already an infection and maybe that's causing swelling and preventing the block from releasing.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:40 AM
    Babies often dramatically change their feeding patterns starting at about 3 months, and this change is often temporary but sometimes continues as the "new normal." This is detailed and explained very well in the book My Child Won't Eat in the section "Crisis at 3 months." (the "crisis" is imagined, not real, as this behavior change is usually entirely normal and not a problem as long as baby continues to gain normally- and weight gain rate ALSO tends to normally slow measurable starting at about 3 months. Whether this pattern that is usually normal would be a problem with a late pre-term baby I do not know. But one thing concerns me. If she is only eating every 3-4 hours while you are at work, how is that adding up to 3-4 bottles per day? How many hours are you separated from baby each day? Are you able to pump often enough? My concern would be if baby is getting overfed while you are at work- the individual amounts (2-3 ounces per bottle) sound fine, but I am still unclear how much baby is getting overall while you are at work and how long that daily separation is. Overfeeding when mom is at work can have a very detrimental effect on the child's nursing behavior and moms milk production. Otherwise, as long as baby is being offered to nurse/has the opportunity to nurse day and night, and is gaining normally, then these changes may well be fine and normal. If you are concerned, can't you visit the doctor just for a weight check? You want to have baby weighed on...
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  • @llli*pandamama's Avatar
    Today, 10:58 AM
    Hi! I'm a FTM to a 3-month-old girl who was born at 34 weeks. Her adjusted age is 9 weeks. I went back to work 2 weeks ago and starting this week she is in full-time child care, staying with a babysitter in her home. She is ebf and has 4 poopy diapers and 8-10 wet diapers a day. She has been gaining weight well since birth but our doctor appointments are far apart now and she hasn't been weighed since mid-August. My concern is that she is really starting to space out her feedings ever since I went back to work. She eats only every 3-4 hours during the day, when she will take 2-3 ounces of breast milk via a bottle. Sometimes she will be fussy and cluster for a couple of hours in the evening when we first get home, but then she'll only wake up once during the night (usually will sleep from 10 p.m.-2 a.m., nurse one side, then continue sleeping until I have to get up at 5:45). This ends up being 3-4 bottles and 5 nursing sessions (if you count the occasional cluster as one long feed). Does that sound right? She ate every 90 minutes for the first 3 months, and she is still so small--9 pounds; still wearing Newborn clothes. I know some people will tell me I should be happy she's sleeping so much at night but since she was born at >3 pounds I am conditioned to be anxious about her growth! Our next doctor appointment isn't for 2+ weeks and I am looking for ways to feel okay about this new "schedule." It seems too soon! Anyone else have a preemie that spaced out this...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:15 AM
    First, I suggest the book "My Child Won't Eat." Dropping percentiles is not necessarily anything to worry about. Your intense anxiety about how much baby eats is not going to help and may actually contribute to breast/bottle refusal. Healthy babies who are capable of eating will eat as much as they need as long as it is offered. If baby has a true lack of normal appetite or cannot eat normally for some reason, those are medical issues and solving them is what will help. Pressuring yourself about your baby's gain and pressuring baby to eat will not. There are a few threads on here about the mysterious issue of the baby who will only eat in their sleep. Sometimes the answer is very illusive. There are a few things that might cause this you will want to rule out or discontinue right away. Is baby being overfed or fed incorrectly with bottles or solids? (Not using paced bottle feeding, being overfed with too much spooned in purees rather than baby having control of the intake) Getting too much water or other liquids? Has baby been on a feeding schedule or sleep trained or in any other way discouraged from nursing whenever and how long they wish? Reflux is a possible causative, but you are already taking care of that. Any possible oral aversion, hyper-sensitivity issues?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:02 AM
    have you tried vibration and/or nursing while kneeling on all fours over baby? These both worked well for me. keep an eye on that fever and other signs of breast infection. Also, cold compresses rather than hot to reduce inflammation. http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/17_dealingwithplugsblebs.pdf
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  • @llli*henrysmom292015's Avatar
    Today, 09:44 AM
    My lactation consultant has no more advice for me, and I'm at a loss! I think I have a blocked duct in my right breast. It was very full and hard starting last Tuesday. I did everything my LV suggested- hand expression, hot compresses, lots of nursing, pointing baby's chin towards the block (and in every possible direction), hot bath and hand express, manual pump, hospital grade pump, my own ameda and spectra pumps, ibprofen then nurse/pump/hand express (with heat in some form), intense massage, not wearing a bra, etc. I just ordered lecithin and will start taking when it comes tomorrow, but I though I know this will just prevent future blockages. All of my efforts significantly reduced the amount of milk in my breast. I think there is still a block. My breast is very soft except for a section of breast under my nipple on going up at 12 o'clock- which is firmer but not hatd by any means. I have always produced a lot in my right breast- 2 to 3x that of my left. I went from 4-6 ounces per pump in my right breast to 1.5-2 ounces. My nipple hurts a LOT when nursing. I have large size G breasts. I don't know what to do! I had a low fever (100.8) yesterday, but my LC attributed that to my cold (caught from my 4 month old). I'm currently working and pumping 3x per day at work. My LO nurses in the morning and at least 2x after work. Since the block, he's been waking up at night to nurse (he previously slept through the night). Not sure if this is bc of the block (he's...
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  • @llli*mwilson's Avatar
    Today, 09:30 AM
    Hello, My seven month old baby boy will only nurse (or take a bottle) while asleep. If he is fully awake he will completely refuse to nurse. He will take a bottle but will only drink a few ounces and it will take about an hour of offering and playing with him and changing positions. I have to make sure that I nurse him before he wakes up from naps and I have to rock him to sleep first at bedtime and then nurse him. It has been like this since he was about three months old. It seems like it's getting worse because he is refusing at bedtime while drowsy. He has to be completely asleep until he accepts. He also will not nurse while away from the house. It has to be in a quiet room. He even stops if I speak. It's so bizarre. I don't know how to change this behavior. At his 6 month appointment, the Dr. prescribed Zantac for reflux because he continued to spit up after pretty much every meal. He's also steadily dropped from the 50th percentile to the 25th percentile. I still feed him 7-8 times a day and do solids twice a day. I feel like my full time job is to get him to drink more milk to get his weight up. I also stopped eating dairy but it didn't help. The Zantac is working. He isn't spitting up at all anymore, but the only drinking milk while asleep deal has persisted. I've asked around for help about this, but no one can help me. I'm at my wits end because I have to walk over egg shells to feed him and he's starting daycare next week. I am scared that he won't drink any milk...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:13 AM
    At 8 months, you can fill your LO up on solids while you work to get your supply back, or you can use formula. It's your choice, and one isn't really better than the other. I think you want to asses the proportions of milk/solids/formula you have available. You're leaving 8 oz a day, and if you're only a little short, I think it's sense to push the solids instead of using formula. But if you're really short- say, leaving less than half your usual total, maybe it makes more sense to offer a bottle of formula. Formula is closer in composition to breastmilk than any solid, and provides complete and balanced nutrition. Solids are more hit-or-miss, especially considering how erratic many babies are in their intake and their likes/dislikes. Getting your supply to bounce back is probably going to take some work. You were pumping a much larger than average amount of milk before you got sick, and it's unlikely that you'd get that back without putting in a lot of extra time with the pump and with nursing. When you want to pump more milk, here's how you go about it: 1. Pump more frequently. This includes pumping after nursing when you are home with your baby. 2. Pump for longer time periods. If you usually pump for 10 minutes, aim for 15. 3. Nurse as often as possible. This includes overnight! If your baby has been sleeping through, wake her to nurse or wake yourself to pump at least once overnight. 4. Make sure your pump is in tip-top working order. 5. Make...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:59 AM
    Are you feeding in a different position during the night vs. during the day? Sometimes moms with oversupply notice less struggle at the breast overnight because they are feeding in reclined or side-lying positions, which enlist gravity to slow milk flow to the baby. Using those during the day sometimes result in less struggle at the daytime feedings. What do you think about keeping your 4 month appointment while simultaneously looking for a different pediatrician? Your local LLL might be a good source of recommendations for BF-friendly docs. You can also try posting your location on the forum. If you're lucky, someone will be in your region and will be able to recommend a good pediatrician. One reason I'm pushing for a different doc is that babies tend to slip percentiles around the middle of their first year- for example, my kids went from 95-99th %ile at 2 months to 75-85th %ile at 4 months. If you're lucky, as I was, the pediatrician knows that breastfed babies tend to gain fastest in early infancy and then "lean out" starting around 4-6 months. If you're not lucky, your doc expects that babies should "maintain their curve" or gain weight like a formula-fed baby (slow at first, escalating as the year goes on). Your doc has already demonstrated that he/she doesn't have a real depth of knowledge about breastfed babies and thinks that your baby is suffering from some sort of malabsorption... I'd hate for you to walk away from the 4 month appointment in tears!
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  • @llli*iadoreyou's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:56 PM
    Hey Mamas, I have been battling an epic round of food poisoning for 10 days now. I use to be able to pump 5-6oz during one session easily, now I am only getting .5 or less combined per pump. I also haven't really felt the let-down sensation since being sick. My 8 month old is getting frustrated, as am I. I don't have any reserve to give her care taker while I am at work. I typically giver her 8oz at least. Should I just try filling her up with solids until it comes back? I am drinking my Mother's Milk tea and trying to pump and nurse her as much as possible but nothing seems to be helping. Any suggestions? I hope that now that I am feeling better, it will come back? Please help!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:44 PM
    I would take this very seriously, since you are relying on your pump so much. Pumps can and do malfunction, any part of the machine can malfunction including the motor, and the potential for harm to moms milk production if the situation is not fixed quickly is very great. I suggest: Test it. Can you get a new adapter and see if that is the problem? Call the power company (or hire an electrician) to see if there is an issue with the power fluctuating to the outlet? I agree, Call Medela and get tech support, although it sounds likely pump is out of warrantee (?) Maybe they will not ask or will help anyway as occurred with pp. Some lactation places will test pump suction. IN the meantime, be aware of what is going on. Is the pump output less? Do your breasts feel softened after you pump? Does the pump seem to rigger a letdown effectively? Is pumping starting to hurt? If there seems to be any issue, add hand expression to your pump sessions. Why are you pumping? IS it due to being separated from baby? Other? If you are with baby and baby can nurse, or could be encouraged to nurse more often, then that would help offset issues with you milk production that arise due to poor pump performance. This looks like a helpful article: http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyPeopleFamilies/wic/Documents/bf/PressureGaugeHowTo.pdf
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  • @llli*andie613's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:16 PM
    My 3 month old is doing the same thing right now. Particularly the first of the morning feed--she's been asleep all night and now wants to socialize with me--and also the first nursing session when we return home from daycare--again she has missed me and would rather smile and "talk" (coo) than eat. I've actually gotten good at contorting my boob so she can nurse while looking up at me and around the room. Totally annoying but normal. Just hang in there! It'll get better. You might try a nursing necklace that will give Baby something to look and hold while nursing. That worked for my son at this age.
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  • @llli*littlecavemomma's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:58 PM
    I called Medela to help troubleshoot my pump, and after no immediate change in pump function they sent me a new one no questions asked. It was weird because the customer service rep said she would send me a new one BEFORE verifying my name or anything first. I could have been lying about even having a pump! She never took insurance info or anything either, just my name and address. My point is first thing I would do is call Medela and they'll help troubleshoot. See where it goes from there and they may replace your whole pump!
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  • @llli*goli79's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:44 PM
    Thank you - I didn't expect to have such an emotional reaction at the idea of not breastfeeding. I was really worried she wasn't getting the necessary vitamins and other nutrients after our doctors visit. I am hoping, strangely enough, that working will finally lower my supply to match my baby's needs. I'm pretty convinced that MPSI is over diagnosed, as every other person I know has an allergic or intolerant child. I will keep trying until her 4 month appointment on 9/24 and see where we are then. My hours at work are pretty terrible, and breastfeeding is something I want to continue so I can keep at least that bond between me and my child. Granted, she is often not a happy camper at my breast these days, but the overnight feeding usually goes without incident and I hope I can hang on to it.
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  • @llli*mama7008's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:43 PM
    Flexibility sounds great right now. We've been through a lot of challenges (and still going through them...have an appointment with a new breastfeeding specialist Friday, actually), so having the pressure to primarily feed her breastmilk gone will be a huge relief. Thankfully she's taking to solids really well so far. =) Thank you both for your input!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:27 PM
    Hand express until comfort is restored, and trust that your LO will maintain your supply where she needs it to be. You want to pump only if your baby is truly not nursing enough to keep the milk moving.
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