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  • @llli*bluepolka's Avatar
    Today, 01:14 PM
    Yes I completely understand that you cannot say with a guarantee what amount and when I can pump to maintain a supply. But any tried and tested suggestions are helpful. I'm also doing fenugreek and oatmeal. The power pumping was over a period of an hour, it worked for me because apparently you Have to do it just couple of times a week. And I can do it when I kid is off on a big nap. Doing it after every feed is hard because I have a lot of house responsibilities as well. I also pump in secret because family members feel that I pump and cause my breasts to empty and my child to be hungry (yepppp!) So, anyways I'm praying that he weans off quick. In the mean time I'm also trying bottles to have a back up. He has refused every so far. He's just too smart! Ugh About the pediatrician, last visit he was very happy with the gain? I'm due to see him in 10 days. Let's see the status then! Thanks again :)
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  • @llli*rainbowgoblin's Avatar
    Today, 12:34 PM
    "Safe" is a complicated notion with antibiotics. My doctor actually suggested avoiding breastfeeding if at all possible, but I would have concerns regardless. There are various long-term health consequences to early exposure to antibiotics, and antibiotics are generally present in breastmilk (I'm taking cephalexin, which is definitely in breastmilk). A lot of the long term benefits of breastfeeding have to do with gut microbes... It would be a shame to knock out my toddler's healthy guts at this point.
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  • @llli*bluepolka's Avatar
    Today, 12:32 PM
    Yes I completely understand that you cannot say with a guarantee what amount and when I can pump to maintain a supply. But any tried and tested suggestions are helpful. I'm also doing fenugreek and oatmeal. The power pumping was over a period of an hour, it worked for me because apparently you Have to do it just couple of times a week. And I can do it when I kid is off on a big nap. Doing it after every feed is hard because I have a lot of house responsibilities as well. I also pump in secret because family members feel that I pump and cause my breasts to empty and my child to be hungry (yepppp!) So, anyways I'm praying that he weans off quick. In the mean time I'm also trying bottles to have a back up. He has refused every so far. He's just too smart! Ugh About the pediatrician, last visit he was very happy with the gain? I'm due to see him in 10 days. Let's see the status then! Thanks again :)
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  • @llli*ashmash's Avatar
    Today, 11:34 AM
    My baby is almost 5 months and I've done the cross cradle since he was born because it felt more secure. I've tried and tried to do the cradle hold, because then I can lay back and relax, and it's easier to feed in public that way without being overly exposed. We do fine lathing in the cradle hold but for some reason, since he's so squirmy, he will just unlatch and fidget and fuss. It is hard to cross cradle in public comfortably. What can I do? Just keep trying?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:07 AM
    I thought I had already heard every ridiculous way someone can undermine a nursing mother. Apparently not. I have heard of power pumping, if you mean pumping several times over a short period of time (aka cluster pumping.) If this is something you have the time to do, ok...but if you did it for say, an hour per day, that would be as much time pumping overall as if you pumped for 15 minutes after 4 nursing sessions, or twice for 30 minutes between sessions etc. I think any pumping plan needs to work (be reasonably convenient) for mom in order to work. If cluster pumping works better for you, then do that. I also do not think you need to do the same thing everyday, in other words, you can change it up as life dictates. But I do not think anyone can tell you whether or not one of those would be "enough" to maintain production or better than pumping for a shorter period more often. I cannot tell you if 2 times a day as I suggested is enough, too much, or just right. It was a suggestion I made in keeping with the fact your baby appears to be gaining normally so there does not appear to be any issue with production yet. I really do not remember, except I tried everything usually suggested over and over. I also had learned how to help baby latch better in general from an IBCLC. One side was 'shield free" well before the other. I tried to get him to nurse without the shield several times a day, but I do not think at every nursing session. As far as gain, what is your...
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  • @llli*bluepolka's Avatar
    Today, 10:03 AM
    Thanks Maddie! That sounds reasonable. I'm sorry you had to read so much only to conclude that I'm worried for no reason! Lol but that's reassuring. And you hit my problem stop on. I want to maintain a supply while I wean him off the nipple shield without having to pump after every feeding because that is just impossible. My mother in law would feel his stomach and say it's empty. So I would get really anxious. And the nipple shield wasn't always full with milk when I pulled it out. Is it supposed to be? Sometimes it is when he falls asleep. He has about 6-7 wet diapers and 4-5 poopy ones. With a preemie's weight I'm always concerned of if and when he'll catch up. So the drop in weight gain from 2 lbs a month to 1.5 lbs freaked me out a bit. I thought he was supposed to catch up and not slow down! He's pretty much meeting milestones. Except rolling over because he detests tummy time. I have two last (hopefully) questions for you: (1) have you heard of power pumping? Would doing one power pump a day be enough to maintain a good supply? (2) how did you wean your child off the shield? I try to offer him the breast before every feeding. He sometimes screams and sometimes talks to the boob! He likes to take the nipple shield out and throw it! Then cry when I go to feed without it. I'm hoping that with continual effort and maturity he will one day give it up! Thanks for the advice.:)
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 09:58 AM
    This sounds pretty remarkably consistent and a long stretch at night for an 11 month old. It sounds to me that the issue you are having is that nursing your child to sleep is taking a long time. Could the problem be the timing of bedtime or naps? The other issue might be that you are trying to move your child into a cot, consequently waking them! I would agree with mommal that it might make more sense to nurse your child while lying beside them and learning the art of the sneak away. For me, when nursing my child to sleep, if it was taking a long time, it helped me to read while doing so. I have burned through many a booklight! As far as nursery, won't that at least solve your nap problem for the days you work, as you will not be there to nurse child to sleep at nap times? Are you concerned your son won't nap there, or something else? I honestly do not know where people got the idea there is anything wrong with comforting a child to sleep with nursing, since obviously this is a biologically dictated and universal sleep inducing behavior, or that doing so precludes a baby or older child from going to sleep in any other circumstance. Every child who is in daycare or has different caregivers ever at bedtime or naptime has different methods by which they go to sleep, because most of the time, each caregiver has their own way of doing things. Your child has already shown that he can be comforted to sleep other ways by dad... If you are worried about the caregivers...
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  • @llli*minka's Avatar
    Today, 07:32 AM
    Thank you so much for all this information. If I begin pumping more frequently but for less time, in the future when my little one's need for milk increases, will my supply be responsive to this? That's been one of my concerns. I'd really like to steer clear of the need to supplement with formula if it's at all possible. Our little one has had issues latching from day one. She has a slight tongue tie but the ent we went to said that it most likely would not make a difference to have it released and our pediatrician agreed. They assured us that her range of motion of her tongue will not limit her speech wise or in any other way and the only reason to have it released would be the possible improvement in breast-feeding which could not be guaranteed, so my husband and I decided not to put her through the procedure at this time. (Although we understand that it is a simple, straightforward one.)
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:56 AM
    Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby and on making it through the first 3 weeks of breastfeeding! It sounds like you are making quite a lot of milk, which is absolutely typical for a mom who is just 3 weeks in; milk production often peaks in the 3-6 week window. If I were in your shoes, here is what I would do: 1. Pump or hand express a little more often. Babies generally nurse a minimum of 8x per day, and most 3 week olds are nursing more like 10-12 or more times per day. Removing milk a little more often would be a little more like the natural pattern of breastfeeding and would decrease your risk for things like plugged ducts, mastitis, feelings of engoregement/overfull breasts. 2. Pump or hand express less milk at each session. Instead of pumping until you feel completely empty, take 2-4 oz and then stop. If you end the day a few oz in advance of your child's average daily needs, fine. It's not that much milk to store, right? And if you are a few oz behind, still okay- you have plenty in storage to make up for the shortfall and you can pump a little more the next day. 3. Invest in a standalone chest freezer. If you plan to exclusively pump, it might be a good idea to create a larger frozen stash than you would have if you were nursing and just providing milk for daycare or sitters. This way you will have a cushion for pump slumps and busy days. Milk also lasts longer in a standalone freezer than in the freezer compartment of your...
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  • @llli*minka's Avatar
    Today, 06:30 AM
    Hello. I am seeking advice regarding oversupply and storing breast milk options. My little on is 3 weeks old and for latching reasons, we have decided to exclusively bottle feed her breast milk. I am currently pumping 7 times a day, at 3-ish hour intervals which yields about 40 oz a day. She consumes less than half of this, which leaves me with a massive inventory of breastmilk that is taking over the fridge and freezer. Since I am exclusively pumping I want to be able to meet her feeding needs when she gets older, but the output at the end of the day seems quite excessive. Any advice?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:36 AM
    I think the best thing you can do is to take a deep breath and have faith that the nursery workers will find a way to get your child to take a nap. This is almost always what happens! Babies don't get why mom won't just nurse them to sleep, so when mom is there, they will kick up a huge fuss in order to get mom to deliver their favorite form of comfort. But when mom's not there, most babies don't expect anything other than cuddles. I think that if you don't want to be trapped in an hour-long PUPD battle with your LO, your choices are either to let dad take over all the nighttime comforting, or to completely reverse course and nurse him when he wants, maybe try co-sleeping (which doesn't necessarily mean bed sharing, it can also mean sleeping next to your baby in a separate bed), and have confidence that "if you meet the need, the need will go away". Maybe not as soon as you wish, but eventually!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:26 AM
    Does it help to hear that I would have committed crimes- misdemeanors for sure, felonies maybe!- for a kid who woke up just 3 times a night at 7 months? My kids were up 5-8 times at that age. :eye
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:23 AM
    She might change her mind. But go easy on her- the last thing any mom needs is pressure on the subject of breastfeeding. If she does change her mind, I suggest celebrating her in every way possible. If she doesn't... Just keep your silence, right? You're absolutely right that there is no way to know if herbs and pumping will be enough to make you lactate, or how long you should wait before you declare the experiment a success or failure. Unfortunately, this is one area where responses to pumping and herbs and drugs are so incredibly variable that there's just no way to give people a good answer! What sort of pump do you have?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:19 AM
    :its with the PP.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:16 AM
    It's absolutely not true that a baby's latch can't be corrected "because the baby is too old". Most babies eventually outgrow their latch problems, because they get bigger and a bigger mouth is better at getting a deep latch, and because they become stronger, more coordinated, and more skillful at nursing. Babies have a deep motivation to get nursing right, so most of them do if you give them enough time. If this is my baby, I think I would go back to doing some expressing. Due to the compression you experience when the baby nurses, my guess is that he's having trouble achieving a deep latch, and that can result in lower milk transfer and lower supply. When this is the case, pumping can make up for some of what the baby is not yet able to do, in terms of maintaining supply. Pumping can also give your sore nipples a much-needed break! The problem with pumping, of course, is that it can be labor-intensive and time-consuming. But it sounds to me like your baby still needs some help in maintaining your supply, and the pump is one way to do that. Please don't let this get you down! I completely understand why you are feeling depressed. But you are doing an amazing job. There are moms who have very easy breastfeeding journeys and yet they complain about them all the time and switch to formula just because they feel like it. You are having a difficult journey and you are working so much harder than the average mom. It's something to be very proud of!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 04:59 AM
    When you have mastitis, my understanding is that you want to remove as much milk as possible as often as possible from the infected breast regardless of how old the baby is or what keeping your milk supply high does to your weaning goals. Think of it as an infection-control measure, no more. If you want, you can stick to your plan of removing milk just once a day on the uninflected breast. For the record, most of the antibiotics prescribed for mastitis are completely safe for nursing. So if you want to continue to nurse through the course of antibiotics, you almost surely can. If you have questions about medication safety, I suggest calling Infant Risk, http://www.infantrisk.com
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  • @llli*helbk's Avatar
    Today, 04:08 AM
    I have enjoyed breastfeeding my baby boy since he was born, and hope to continue BF once in the morning and evening when I return to work in a month's time. He currently sleeps well (7.30am-5am, after husband consistently saw to him during the night) and once down for naps in his cot he can sleep for over an hour, though not always! My challenge is he will only settle if I nurse him to sleep. This can take quite a long time (sometimes over an hour), particularly during the day, with him wailing every time I stand up to put him in his cot. Though initially upset, my husband is able to get him to sleep in about 10-20mins at night with cuddles and singing, then sitting with him next to the cot. It means that no one else is able to put him down for naps/night which is really constraining, but also concerning for when he starts nursery. My husband is the only one who can go into him to settle him if we wakes at night, as I'd just be trapped in the BF cycle for an hour if I go in. I would like to be able to comfort him too! In the past we did some sleep training using PUPD/Shh/pat due to him waking every hour, and this worked well. Typically this slipped when he became ill and was teething so I've been nursing him to sleep for quite a few months now but it's becoming less and less effective. I've read so many sleep training approaches, the gentle ones such as the Pantley method, to gradual withdrawal, but I just don't know what would be better for an older baby who does...
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  • @llli*rainbowgoblin's Avatar
    Today, 03:24 AM
    I have a 15-month-old who I've been nursing mornings and some evenings. I haven't actively been trying to wean, but I skip evening feeds if he's more interested in playing. This has been our routine for a few weeks without incident, until yesterday, when I developed mastitis (I've had mastitis a few times, so I seem to just be prone to it, and I had an injured nipple from distracted feeding, and my kids are in daycare, so we get a lot of viruses, hence weakened immune system). Anyway, I hadn't planned to wean before 18 to 24 months, but now I'm thinking I should do it now. I don't want to nurse while I'm taking antibiotics (7 days). The alternative is to express enough to keep my supply up for the next week, which seems like more trouble than it's worth (I work full time, and at the moment pumping is very painful). The advice I've read on weaning says that it's OK to express just enough to keep your breasts from feeling uncomfortably full. But the advice on mastitis is to express frequently. I assume this is targeted at mastitis in early breastfeeding. I don't really have much milk anymore, so I'm not sure expressing is very helpful in terms of flushing the infection. I'd prefer to express once a day or so, whenever my uninfected breast feels a bit full. Is this a bad idea?
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  • @llli*kmrs's Avatar
    Today, 03:06 AM
    Last week (he was 3 weeks old) was the worst as far as cluster feeding goes. It was all day every day. I was trying to read about it online bc it felt crazy to be sitting there for 8 hrs or more. I kept seeing people writing about the 3 week mark.. how its notorious for clustering. This week, he has (on his own) been eating more 'normally'. Every 2-3 hrs or so for about an hr. I think this kind of confirms to me that I need to follow his lead. He knows what he needs? I really never thought breast feeding would be so complicated, but when I get frustrated bc I feel like I'm doing something wrong, I just dumb it down to 'on demand' and err on the side of him being fed and not hungry. I just hope things naturally even out before he goes to daycare. Thanks again for you replies!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:35 PM
    Wow that is great baby is gaining so well! Ignore parenting advice from doctors? I really do not know what else to say about what your ped said. You are not a human pacifier, a pacifier is a plastic replacement breast. Since baby is gaining so well, if and when you need a break, feel free to have someone else take baby and get a break. (No need for baby to be fed by anyone else necessarily, there are many ways to comfort a baby- I will attach some articles about that) If you think a pacifier is a good idea, ok, but just as with bottles they can cause issues, so use it sparingly and never let it take the place of a feeding. But taking a break or using a pacifier are parenting choices you may or may not choose to make. You are doing fine as you are. Babies love to nurse and will do so a lot. It is their job. fussy baby tips: http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/09_fussybabyideas.pdf and http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/10_what_about_partners.pdf
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  • @llli*kmrs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:18 PM
    Thanks! We tried a bottle today. Just did an oz when he cued and finished on the breast. He did ok enough that I won't worry about him taking one. We'll probably just throw one in here and there like that or in the rare circumstances that I'm not there to feed him. He had his one month Dr appt today and he gained 1 lb 3 oz in just about 2 weeks! So that encourages me! Pediatrician says that the 8 hr feeds are too long and that I am a human pacifier. That I should cut feed times down, space time between feedings and consider using a pacifier. Anyone have any thoughts on this?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:16 PM
    I would just say it is a matter of the four month fussies and leave it at that, except the poop changes actually sound like baby perhaps has a little virus moving through his system causing mild diarrhea. This would of course also explain frequent waking and discomfort. I am not sure what you mean by baby "gets milk and reacts badly to it" but if you think eating is painful, supposedly that can indicate reflux. However reflux is a very tricky diagnoses and way over-diagnosed. I suppose a virus might make baby actually feel slightly nauseous, now that I think about it.
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  • @llli*momof3tobe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:15 PM
    Thank you! My partner is not planning to breastfeed, but she would pump while she is home after the birth. I keep telling her she might change her mind once instinct kicks in. So we can supplement with her milk in the Lact Aid device. She doesn't want to pump when she goes back to work though. How would I know, I guess there is no way to, if the herbs and pumping would work without having to use the drugs. We wouldn't know until the babies were here and started feeding I guess? How long of pumping and herbs would it take to actually produce milk so I could know if I need the drugs?
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  • @llli*peanutbutter7's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:13 PM
    My baby is 4.5 months and after a 3+ weeks of pooping once a day or every other day, (none at night) he started going a lot more last week. He poops around the clock now, the largest ones being early morning and late afternoon with several small ones in between. It's watery and almost always green. He also pulls on my nipples, repeatedly latches/unlatches and sometimes cries or fusses during this. He seems to get some milk, react badly to it then immediately go back for more, over And over. At first I thought he wanted the other breast but he does thus with both. I ebf, rarely have dairy and haven't changed anything in my diet. He's going through a sleep regression and WW19 so I've been stressed and eating/drinking less but that's it. Any idea what could be going on?
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