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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 07:54 PM
    For an excellent examination of this entire subject of eating habits, nursing, weight gain, weight charts, etc, I suggest the book My Child Won't Eat by Carlos Gonzalez. Have you asked your doctor on what evidence or studies s/he is basing this suggestion to stop or greatly reduce nursing? I think it rarely makes sense to immediately follow medical advice if it feels wrong to you. Your daughter is healthy so this is not an emergency situation. You have time to research the issue before making drastic decisions that may negatively impact your health and your child's. doc My understanding is that low iron can cause a lack of appetite. So IF your child is actually iron deficient, you may find that iron supplements improve your child's appetite. To me this is a more accurate and helpful perspective of the Iron issue than what moms are usually worried about- that low iron is somehow our fault because we have failed to make our children eat iron rich foods.
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  • @llli*erin.in.middletown's Avatar
    Today, 07:35 PM
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/breastfeeding-medicine-podcast/id417009927?mt=2&i=270641716 This is from the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.
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  • @llli*erin.in.middletown's Avatar
    Today, 07:29 PM
    I don't have time to pull a good source, but sometimes concerns are raised about Domperidone because a warning that the FDA released in the mid 2000s. From what I've read, the concerns arise from studies on male/elderly/already sick folk, so not particularly applicable to women of child bearing age. Please don't take this unsubstantiated ramble from me here on this board-- but this is just to encourage you to look into it a little, and possibly have some papers pre-printed for your doc if this is a concern they raise.
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  • @llli*erin.in.middletown's Avatar
    Today, 07:21 PM
    Jordaen, I also want you to know that we know you have been doing your best up until this point, and doing an amazing job with the circumstances you have and the knowledge you have. Breastfeeding is a really natural, biologically normal thing-- but our culture and the majority of Americans grew up with formula as the norm. The majority of mamas having babies today were fed if not all formula, then quite a bit of formula. So please don't feel like, if you happened not to know some of the info that other mamas have provided above, that you 'should have known' or anything like that. We do the best we can with the knowledge we have at the time. If your supply has been impacted by supplementation, then like the previous poster said-- in almost all circumstances, that can be improved. If baby has developed a flow preference, in almost all situations, that can be improved. You deserve quality support in doing that. I'm glad you're reaching out. Keep reaching out! Call the WIC breastfeeding counselor. If that person isn't helpful, but even if they are, call your local La Leche leader, and think about going to a meeting. You deserve support in all of this!
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  • @llli*alphawoman's Avatar
    Today, 07:12 PM
    I'll let Dr. Jack Newman do the talking: https://www.facebook.com/DrJackNewman/posts/185785861572468 In my son's case, I opted for making more milk with the assistance of domperidone and am now still nursing my 3 year old.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:10 PM
    Hmm, I'm not sure I see a problem. Your daughter is currently not at the same percentile she was born at, but she's still on the charts. See http://i1.wp.com/kellymom.com/wp-content/uploads/WHOgrowthcht_wfa_girls_p_0_2.jpg; she's 9.7 kg, which puts her somewhere between the 3rd and 15th %ile. It's normal for babies to bounce around on the charts- for example, my firstborn went from the 20th %ile at birth to the 95-99th by 4 months, down to the 75-85th by a year, and a lot of babies travel around the charts a lot more than that! What really matters is development and continued overall growth. Your LO is happy and active and meeting her milestones. As long as her height and head circumference are also continuing to grow, I don't see a reason to worry- though of course I am not a doctor, and if you aren't sure that your doc is right to be concerned, it may do to seek a second opinion. When it comes to breastfeeding, if don't see any reason to reduce your child's nursing. Partial or complete weaning does not guarantee that a child will suddenly start eating more solids, or a more balanced diet. It just removes one sure source of calories from her diet. If she were mine, I would continue to nurse on demand while adding in some baby vitamins and feeding her lots of varied solids. She doesn't need meat in order to get solids. Beans, fish, leafy greens, dried apricots, and blackstrap molasses are all good sources of iron, and if you have a cast iron pan, you can cook...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:00 PM
    Great news about the insurance co! If your doc isn't receptive to the idea of using medications to jump start lactation, I would see someone else. I understand the all-natural approach, but it's worthwhile to remember that lactation is a normal state for a woman's body to be in. Before the invention of reliable birth control, most sexually active women were either pregnant or nursing for the entirety of their adult lives. Lactating is what our bodies are designed to do, and if you need a little artificial assistance to get into that normal state, I think it's worth considering.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:52 PM
    :ita There's no way I'd pump and dump the milk. Going dairy-free is a process that should take a couple of weeks. You set yourself back exactly one iced coffee's worth. Not very much, in the grand scheme of things. Ngs215 asked an excellent question about how your doc diagnosed a dairy intolerance.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 06:33 PM
    Also, how many times per 24 hours had you been nursing before this started happening? Had you been nursing on demand or on a schedule? (schedules that try to stretch the time between nursing can hurt supply.) At night you say baby has been sleeping through, how long does that actually mean? Is baby being swaddled or given a paci? Sleeping through the night too much can hurt mom's supply too.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 06:29 PM
    When and why were bottles introduced? how long has this been going on? Have you been pumping to offset the impact to your milk production caused by the supplemental feedings? and how much formula total is baby getting each day? When a baby is oversupplemented, it means baby is eating too much from the bottle. This is almost impossible to prevent unless supplementing is done without bottles or bottles are given a very specific way called paced bottle feeding. And even then, it is easy to oversupplement. When a baby nurses, baby controls the pace of the feeding , so a baby cannot nurse to often or overfeed at the breast. But it is very different with bottles. For example: If a baby is gaining normally exclusively breastfed, they do not need any supplements. So any supplements, including bottles of moms own milk given for any reason aside from a separation, is oversupplementing. Of a baby needs SOME supplements because mothers milk supply is low, or baby is not able to nurse effectively, or there are unavoidable separations when baby cannot nurse, then it is important that the supplements are given in a way that prevents overeating. Even if the supplements are moms own pumped milk. This is important, because when a baby is OVER supplemented, it often will make a baby not hungry enough to nurse a normal amount, and/or frustrated with the way milk comes from the breast, (which is very differently than a bottle) and/or unable to nurse effectively due to being...
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 06:25 PM
    However, you may not actually need to be supplementing. Babies being fussy in the evening may have little to nothing to do with breastfeeding, hunger or supply. My LO gets fussy whenever he is fighting sleep. And giving bottles in a non breastfeeding supportive manner can actually cause future fussy behavior and breast refusal so getting away from bottles if at all possible will likely make it far easier to extend your breastfeeding relationship longer. Look up paced bottle feeding. I'm sure other mom's will pop in with the links to info and videos. Also hopefully links to the Kelly mom site for getting baby back to the breast. Now have you done anything that might be lowering your supply, like taking hormonal birth control?
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 06:18 PM
    Yes definitely if you are on WIC or Medicaid you should call your WIC office and ask if any of the offices have a Breastfeeding counselor in your county. ASAP Do you have a pump? When you give up and give her a bottle are you pumping to make sure your body knows there is still need for milk? You can even check to see if your county has any IBCLCs at the WIC offices http://www.ilca.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3901 There is soo much more to breastfeeding than just food for baby. It is good for both mom's and baby's health long term. It is good for baby's mouth development to nurse at the breast instead of an artificial nipple. And nursing for comfort is a big part of nursing and being able to nurse is a huge parenting tool. Unfortunately, if you have been giving in and giving a bottle too much and not pumping to make up for it, there is a good chance that your milk supply has dropped and you may have to do some work to bring that supply back up. Your WIC breastfeeding counselor may be able to help you with a loaner breastpump possibly if you don't have one. If you do have one, you should be pumping every couple of hours during the day and at least once or twice at night to bring your supply back up. Pump after nursing if you can get her to latch on.
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  • @llli*ngs215's Avatar
    Today, 05:36 PM
    I would not pump and dump. And no doctor suggested it for me when i went milk free and eventually soy free for DS. It will take about a week for all traces of milk to leave your system. And then another week or so for all traces to leave baby's system. As a side note, how did your dr confirm the milk protein intolerance? DS's milk and soy intolerances were diagnosed by having me try eliminating something and seeing if it helped.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 05:07 PM
    Hum, I love really thick yogurt (like the greek yogurt) the fact that the non-milk yogurts require thickening before hand and actually come out thinner makes me less interested in them. Might still have to try them for DS maybe since I want to give him probiotic foods.
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  • @llli*sweet.mama83's Avatar
    Today, 05:06 PM
    My daughter is 20 months old and I'm still breast feeding on demand. She was 50th percentile when born (7lbs 3 oz) and now is not on her curve. Only 21.5 lbs at 20 months. Has only gained 2 lbs since her first birthday. Doctor is very worried and said I have to stop breastdeeding so much so that she will eat more solids. She does eat some solids however she is very picky! Won't eat much meat, maybe twice a week. I've tried every kind of food that has high protein/iron but she is just super picky. Anyway, I just need some advice..should I listen to the doc and breastfeed only before bed and in the morning? Or should I continue to breastfeed on demand? I would like to continue for another 8 months ( We plan to get pregnant with second child by then and don't want to continue breastfeeding for a number of reasons which I won't go into right now) my daughter recently got a blood test to check her iron levels (we will get the results in a few weeks) doc is concerned her iron may be low due to the lack of iron rich foods. Daughter is meeting if not exceeding all her milestones and is very happy and active. I know the doc will not be happy if I tell her we haven't changed our ways at our next appointment in 2 weeks. I'm just hoping her iron turns out to be adequate, then I won't have to worry so much. It would be great to hear from other moms and what you think! Thanks:)
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  • @llli*rbfmomma14's Avatar
    Today, 04:43 PM
    Okay..I exclusively pump... My dilemma is ------- I had an Iced Coffee about 30 minutes ago from McDonalds..and not even 15 minutes ago my Pediatrician called and confirmed my 4 month old baby girl has an intolerance to dairy!!!!! WHAT DO I DO!? Should I pump and dump? Will she be okay if I let her go ahead & eat this milk that I pump? IM STRESSING! because this is why she has had a little rash on her face and some tummy troubles...I just found out about the intolerance..so please don't judge me. I didn't know. I just don't want her to have more problems because I just HAD TO HAVE an iced coffee.. I feel horrible.. ANY SUGGESTIONS??? She is about to wake up to eat!!! SO HURRY Please.. :shrug
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  • @llli*jordaen's Avatar
    Today, 04:06 PM
    Nursing feels normal, not anything unusual. her weight and birth weight were both normal, she was 7.4 when she was born and at the last doctors appointment she was 11.25 and nothing was said about it being under. What do you mean by over supplementing? i didnt know there was such a thing. Im just looking for an answer other than formula. i believe that ther is a lactation consulate with my local WIC program i can try getting ahold of them.. thank you for your suppport and help.
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  • @llli*jordaen's Avatar
    Today, 03:56 PM
    She is gaining weight and sleeping through the night but when i offer my breast she latches for a couple minutes and the gets angry and pulls off. Then she just cries while i try to put it back into her mouth. We can do this over and over again until i can't take it anymore amd offer a bottle. it started off only happening at night before bed but during last week it was happening earlier and earlier. This morning when she woke up she took it just fine but the second feeding i tried she wouldn't even attach like she could smell that i didn't have anything.One of my friends breastfeeds and i talked to her about it and she suggested trying to feed every couple hours to help regulate my milk but i can't do that if she won't even latch on. its very frustrating and the father doesn't understand why i want to keep trying. I'm a stay at home mom so that is why i don't just want to give up. if i was going back to work and having this much trouble i think i would be more open to that. i just don't know what else to do. and the only advice i get from my doctor is supplement formula because we don't want her lacking in nutrition.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 03:31 PM
    Keep trying different things since as baby grows, what works will change. Maybe you just need to put a small pillow or folded towel over your leg to get the right support.
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  • @llli*mistyt's Avatar
    Today, 02:54 PM
    Yes! I took him to a G.I. Doctor. He said that his colon is slightly inflamed most likely from a small lactose intolerance. He took me off dairy and put my son on probiotics. I give him a spoon of applesauce to get the contents of the capsule in him since we are EBF. He said its common and he will probably grow out of it. He also told me to continue with the Vaseline and cutip nightly before bed to relieve him and make him more comfortable. He also told me not to worry about my son becoming dependent on the cutip because it will not change the function of his body and organs. He said to use cutip or suppository. After the first dose of probiotics,the next day he had the biggest bowel movement he's ever had ON HIS OWN!!!! It is definitely helping.
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  • @llli*keleigh's Avatar
    Today, 02:53 PM
    I'm long and SHE's quite short, but we'll try that straddling my leg position again. Boy, I wish she'd latch herself like your little guy! She can be pretty self sufficient, but ONLY if I position her the way she likes. Picky, picky, picky eater...just like Daddy. :rolleyes: And outspoken like Momma, I guess.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 02:29 PM
    I just got a teething necklace (one I wear that baby can chew on) and I thought that would give him something to play with to keep him focused on nursing. Didn't work that well, he still turns around at noises or movement in the room and would rather tweek my other nipple instead of twiddling with a necklace. The necklace helped a little tiny bit for a short time but an I phone installed in my armpit would probably work better but no guarantee he would nurse instead of trying to grab hold of it.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 01:00 PM
    Reclining or layed back positions don't need to be that far back, it can be a simple as leaning back just a little in your chair or on the couch. My LO could do the sitting straddling my one leg and angled across me to nurse on the other breast since he was about 6 weeks but I'm short and he is kinda long. I've also done a sort of football hold using a pile of pillows beside me on the couch so baby can come at the breast from that direction. But I do have the benefit of my LO tending to latch on basically on his own if the breast is anywhere close to in reach and he is in the mood. That doesn't always mean it was a good latch but I used to joke that he could latch on to a boob driving by at speed. So anyway, if you LO is willing to latch on in odd or different positions, let her try to see if it might help things move around and unplug.
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  • @llli*erin.in.middletown's Avatar
    Today, 12:32 PM
    Etsy has many, many shops will ship to Canada, and you get the added bonus of supporting work at home moms (many times). https://www.etsy.com/search?q=nursing%20necklace&order=most_relevant&ship_to=CA (That is a search for "nursing necklace" and ships to Canada. You could sort it by price range, keywords, etc.)
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  • @llli*sarahdeco's Avatar
    Today, 11:27 AM
    Where to buy online? I'm in Canada . My lo is super distracted nursing now so I think one may help!
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  • @llli*keleigh's Avatar
    Today, 10:52 AM
    Thanks for the suggestions ladies! bsua65, Each time I've gotten this blister, it has popped while pumping within 48 hours. Then, while showering, I've been able to gently remove the flap of skin (yuck - sorry) and I've continued to pump for another 12-24 hours before being brave enough to let baby nurse on that side. Things seem to go fine for a day or two, then the pinching starts up again and I get a new blister! I found that kellymom site too - that's how I figured out what the owchy white spot was! The needle idea skeeves me out, so thank goodness I haven't needed to go that route yet! mommal, I've been wishing for another position to try, but baby has been really fussy about anything other than a cradle hold in *our* chair. When we've tried reclined positions (to help her with the strong let down), baby refuses to latch and cries...she HATES being on her tummy, so I suspect that's the problem. We've also tried side-lying, but she fusses like crazy and ends up with a shallow (painful!) latch. We're moving her from a little cosleeper to a sidecar crib this weekend, which will give us more space to maneuver, and I'm hoping to get her to accept that side-lying position so I don't have to physically get *up* with her 8 gazillion times per night. So far though, my attempts have just thoroughly annoyed her and woken EVERYONE up. She actually stays calmer and goes back to sleep more easily when I just get up and nurse her in our chair. Grumble, grumble. ...
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