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  • @llli*mamabusch's Avatar
    Today, 01:07 PM
    I have a Medela Pump In Style. Not a bad idea. I'll look into it when we get back! THANK YOU!!!!!
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  • @llli*elliemommy's Avatar
    Today, 01:02 PM
    Could be worse-my daughter is an acrobatic nurser and regularly shoves her toes in my mouth and nose while attempting to nurse standing on her head. And those are stinky and sharp! Ah, the things we are willing to endure for our little nurslings....
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  • @llli*mek's Avatar
    Today, 12:54 PM
    My DD is almost 4 weeks old and BFing has been going great! I need help figuring out a problem tho: - For about 1.5 weeks, her poop is green and seedy. There were about 3 diapers with a trace of blood in them. - She typically nurses on only one side per session. - Her latch might be a little shallow? It feels fine, but it looks like her mouth is big enough only for my nipple. I try to shove it further in and she gags. - I think I have figured out that after a day of more chocolate (and dairy), she is fussy that night and the next day. She pulls off screaming and has trouble burping.
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  • @llli*elliemommy's Avatar
    Today, 12:51 PM
    Could there be another reason for the dip? Return of menstruation, stress at work in general, pregnancy, etc. I found that when things at work were particularly stressful and around that time of the month I had a dip. Might be coincidence of timing.
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  • @llli*lilbunny01's Avatar
    Today, 12:34 PM
    Thanks for the responses moms! It sounds like increased night nursing is the way to go if i want to maintain supply. Do I try to feed her while she's sleeping? Or wait to see if she asks for it on her own? I really appreciate all the advice and shared experience. (This mom stuff is so much harder than I ever imagined) Off topic: The book my husband read was The Sleepeasy Solution. He wants to sleep train because he doesn't want to co-sleep and end of having the kids stuck in bed for years (he's heard a lot of stories from coworkers). We also don't cosleep bc I'm a very light sleeper and she's a noisy/grunty sleeper. Currently, we're swaddling and using the pacifier to help her sleep. The pacifier is becoming the enemy bc she wakes up every time it falls out. We're glued to the baby monitor to watch the pacifier and we rush in every time it falls out. As a first time mom, I have no idea what the right thing to do is in terms of sleep. I do want her to develop good sleeping habits and be able to fall asleep on her own. Not sure which way to go on achieving that.
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  • @llli*elliemommy's Avatar
    Today, 12:32 PM
    I am sorry I never saw this reply. I started officially thinking of it as pump weaning on March 25 when we got the go-ahead from the allergist for Ellie to have dairy. I still have not given her a bottle of cows milk but she has had cheese, yogurt and things with dairy ingredients. I am so excited to be rid of this thing!! I keep telling myself one more month and keep hoping my body will be ready then :)
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 12:17 PM
    Like mommal I also wonder how often you are pumping and what kind of pump. Have you tried adding breast compressions or hand expression to your pumping routine? How long do you pump for each time, do you pump both sides at once? Also, How often is baby fed, (how many times each day) and how much each time? Is baby given bottles, and if so, are they being given with a slow flow nipples and using paced bottle feeding techniques? Is baby fed on cue or on a schedule? Does baby seek the breast after being fed or at any other time more for comfort? Comfort nursing is often a path to getting baby nursing. It takes some babies many weeks or even months to breastfeed. It is certainly not too late. But it will take effort to get baby nursing at the breast. The issue to understand at this point is if there is some physical issue preventing baby from nursing effectively, or is the issue now more one of baby being used to being fed another way. It is not that he does not want your breast. Your baby, like all babies, is biologically compelled to nurse. Some babies are unable to nurse effectively and get frustrated, and some have learned to expect to be fed another way. Both of these are usually solvable issues. How is your surgical recovery going? Do you have any symptoms of retained placenta?
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  • @llli*connectikate's Avatar
    Today, 12:15 PM
    I am in a very similar boat! I am still nursing my 17 month old and the past two weeks have been nothing but sore nipples whether I am nursing or pumping. I haven't gotten my period back since the baby was born, but for the past two weeks it's been nothing but nipple pain, tenderness along my c - section scar and intermittent cramping and low milk production. Is this my cycle trying to restart itself?
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 12:06 PM
    YOu can find some good tip sheets here: https://www.llli.org/toolkit Especially I recommend: Laid Back Breastfeeding Diaper log hand expression waking sleepy newborn feeding cues fussy baby ideas what about partners
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 12:03 PM
    Well now with the hospital pump I'm able to turn the suction way down and pump. I do seem very sensitive to strong suction. With the other pump I was trying different size shields. I started out with with the medium valve/flange in one, then had to get the personal fit connector/valve so I could try a larger breastshield and then I even tried the XLarge but that didn't really make it any better and actually seemed to decrease the amount I was able to pump. When we bought the kit for the Hospital pump rental it came with medium flanges and I also had some small inserts that fit inside the medium flanges. What I have been doing lately is using a medium on the Right and the medium with a small insert on the left. It seems to me that having much of the aerola pulled into the tube is more uncomfortable than using a smaller flange. But do the Soft Fit shields work with the personal fit connectors?
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 11:59 AM
    Ok well the major concern at this point, if baby is not getting enough milk, is dehydration and/or low blood sugar. Your baby will be weighed at the doctor. Remember that some loss of weight from birth weight is normal. Make sure this doctor knows your baby's lowest weight and when that was taken, so he or she will measure gain (or loss) from THAT, not birth weight. If baby has begun gaining something since that lowest weight check, that is normal and a good sign. If baby has not, there may be an issue but it could also be a problem with the scales being different or one of the weight checks not being done correctly. This is when output, especially poops, might tell you more. Besides number of poops, look at size and consistency. Less frequent than typical poops might be ok if they are big, for example. Also the poops would typically have begun to transition to breastmilk looking poops. (More yellow (green is also a normal variation) and more watery/liquidy) IF your doctor recommends supplements, ask them exactly how much they think you should supplement each day and for how long. Ask how much baby should get each time and how if should be given. (Supplements should be given in small amounts at a time and with a syringe, according to a recetn study on babies who needed some supplementation) Ask the doctor how you can hopefully quickly wean off the supplements and resume exclusive breastfeeding. If the doctor cannot answer these questions that may indicate that the...
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 11:44 AM
    When you talk about "fighting" at the breast, can you describe what he is doing? I know my little guy has a tendency to get his hands in the way and early on when I first had to supplement (was using the feeding tube at breast) it was nearly impossible to get him latched and the tube in place if I didn't have his arms swaddled down. I'm lucky enough to not necessarily have to hold my breast (small) so I can use both hands/arms for holding, positioning and getting him latched and even then it is sometimes tricky. Now I use the Medela SNS so I can tape the tubes in place but it is still tricky to get him latched without him getting a hand full of the tubes and it is hard to get them back out of his grip. I found the football hold seems to work well when trying to keep tubing out of his hands most of the time. Try different positions to see if there are others that might work better for you or that he may settle into more easily.
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  • @llli*5ofus's Avatar
    Today, 11:41 AM
    If ti makes any of you ladies feel better.. it does stop :) My first twiddled as well and it drove me nuts from about 14 months on. He did stop after about a month or more of my constantly covering my other boob and telling him no. Sometimes he will try to mess with my nipple absent-mindedly and I have been able to explain that I don't like how that feels and please do not do that. This too shall pass. DS1 is 3 BTW.
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  • @llli*beth.baughman's Avatar
    Today, 11:35 AM
    My little guy turns one on Monday (yay--made it to 1 year of breastfeeding!), and I've started to pump wean at work. I dropped my evening pumping about a month ago and am down to two pumping sessions at work. My question is about nursing. LO has a good appetite for solids, but used to nurse enthusiastically right when he woke up each morning and right when we got home from work/daycare. Now, he's getting fussy and seems to want to eat solids instead of nursing in the evening. I had to pump before bed last night because he did not nurse enough. Then, this morning, he only nursed for a little bit on one side. In the past, he would happily nurse for 30 minutes or more in the morning. Not sure what to do. I don't want to pump to replace these sessions because that feels like moving in the wrong direction. Also, I was hoping to maintain a nursing relationship even after pump weaning at work. I know that I have sufficient supply because my breasts feel very full and are leaking in the morning when I wake up. Any thoughts or tips?
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  • @llli*5ofus's Avatar
    Today, 11:29 AM
    Just to add on to PP... my second son drank as little milk as possible from a bottle while away from me and nursed evenings and nights to make up the difference. This was perfectly normal (sometimes called reverse cycling) and had I night weaned this would have been an issue for him in getting enough breastmilk.
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  • @llli*avesnovuelan's Avatar
    Today, 11:18 AM
    Night nursing is the only thing keeping me going now that I am back at work. I cosleep and nurse baby pretty much all night. I love if. It gives me a chance to reconnect with my daughter after being away all day, and makes it so she doesn't need quite as much milk when I am gone, which takes the pressure off of me to pump so much. She used to sleep a 6 hour stretch and I would have to get up anyway to pump since I didn't make enough for her during the day. I realized how ridiculous that was and quit swaddling her so now she nurses more at night.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 11:02 AM
    When you say your breasts are sensitive, what do you mean? Sometimes increased sensitivity correlates with pregnancy, or with thrush (a common cause of pain when mom has had many months of trouble-free nursing). It sounds like your primary problem is night-nursing. How is day-nursing going? Is that more tolerable? I'm kind of wondering what might happen if you allowed more nursing during the day and really focused your energies on night-weaning.
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  • @llli*singermommy's Avatar
    Today, 11:01 AM
    The doorstop idea is great! I never thought of it. Thank you!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 10:56 AM
    It's very common for moms to experience a drop in supply when pumping. The best things to do are to make sure your pump is in tip-top working order, to pump more if you are falling short on milk, to nurse at night, and to make sure your baby isn't being overfed at daycare (daytime overfeeding can lead to less nursing when baby is home with mom). If you can't pump more when at the office, add in some extra sessions when you're home with baby. If your baby sleeps through the night, try to wake him at some point to feed- more calories taken in at night means less need for them during the day. And if your baby is overeating at daycare, talk to the daycare workers about paced feeding and bottle amounts for breastfed babies. Getting walked in on while pumping is an occupational hazard, and while it's embarrassing it doesn't usually hurt supply- unless the mom is getting so stressed and anxious about it that she can't let down for the pump. Maybe it's time to talk to someone in the office about a key for the door? Or stop by the hardware store and pick up a doorstop that you can wedge underneath the door, preventing people from barging in.
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  • @llli*alisdb's Avatar
    Today, 10:53 AM
    My son is 18 months. At 16 months, he stopped bedsharing and slept better by himself in a crib. He hasn't nursed in 1 month. Is that a nursing strike or is he done? He gets very upset when I offer the breast. I did not breastfeed my 1st son beyond a week so I don't know if this is typical or not. He is my last baby, would a baby be done so soon? :confused:
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 10:53 AM
    :) There are actually lots of studies out there testing melatonin levels in breastmilk, but I just picked two that have larger excerpts available for free. I find it fascinating, personally. I have never given daytime EBM at night nor nighttime EBM by day so I don't know how it would affect my baby, but it still sounds so interesting. I know that I as an adult sleep much better than a baby sleeps and melatonin does play a strong role in sleep and the circadian rhythm so if I can give my baby some of that, all the better.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 10:51 AM
    Huh, from your description of the pain it really does sound like a pump issue- either you're extra sensitive to the action of the pump or something isn't the right size... Maybe the shields. I know spending more $ on pumping is the last thing you want to do, but how about trying the Medela Softfit shields? IDK, maybe they would help if your anatomy doesn't work with the standard sizes of shields. If the new PIS doesn't work for you that's not your fault, and all you can say is that you gave it a try and you're back where you started.
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  • @llli*singermommy's Avatar
    Today, 10:49 AM
    I just started back to work last week. I pump about every three hours during my shift, and have noticed a drop of about 2-3 ounces in the amount I'm able to get. I did start freezing before I started back, and I nurse on demand while at home, but I'm worried I won't be able to finish out the year bf-ing if this continues. I've been walked in on twice while pumping, and interrupted many times at home...could this also affect the amount I'm able to pump?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 10:45 AM
    :ita But only after setting it on fire.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 10:44 AM
    Touché! Still, very small sample sizes and no prospective study... I'll raise my bet to "testable hypothesis".
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Today, 10:44 AM
    Babies being fussy in the evening is really common, I don't think it says anything about your supply whatsoever. I've always had OVERsupply and plenty of evening fussiness! Also, if they've been on track with their growth for 8 months (which indicates adequate supply), it doesn't make sense that your supply would suddenly drop, unless there is something hormonal going on (pregnancy, birth control) or that you've drastically decreased the amount you're nursing (babies sleeping a very long stretch at night, for example). Sounds like you have done a wonderful job nursing your twins for the last 8 months!
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