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10/20/08 10:04 pm - melstra - Max: almost three years...

Great idea, Velvetpage!  It's fun to see photos of everyone's "babies."  I was very proud of my experience breastfeeding Max-- we had a terribly rough start thanks to some physical obstacles with both Me and Max (he had an unusually small mouth and I had very large but inverted nipples) and the fact I'd had a c-section.  I supplemented with formula for a long time but eventually after long hard work with pumps, nipple shields and fenugreek pills, I was able to get Max to exclusively breastfeed and we continued for almost 14 months (tapering towards the end to just morning and night since I was working again).  As you can tell from the photo on the right, I'm going to be going through this again, since Max will be a big brother in mid-March, so I am sure I will be coming back to this community for more support and advice.  Unlike several of the other babies here, Max never has made huge physical gains and even at almost 3 he's still at less than the 10th percentile, but he's generally healthy and we don't let the doctors worry us too much.

10/20/08 06:45 pm - stress_kitten - Update:

Well, he had some problems eating to begin with, but it certainly didn't last long! I may have only managed partial bfing for 3 months, but he's certainly turned out nice and healthy and OMG active!

And cute too... don't forget cute. Hehe.



3/16/07 12:41 pm - stress_kitten - Bleeding nipples.

Any of you ladies ever end up with cracked and bleeding nipples?

If so, did you continue breast-feeding and have them clear up on their own?

In my case, we were having a really hard time with breast feeding and latch and I was pumping hard to try and raise my supply. The excessive pumping did a number on my nipples to begin with, then with the experimentations with latch, it aggravated the situation and just as we were getting the hang of latching, my nipples started to crack and bleed. Alot. While I was in massive amounts of pain. It sucked.

After talking with my midwife, I stopped with the breast feeding and the pumping for a few days to let my nipples heal. I hand-expressed during that time (got 5 oz. overnight at one point, which I was very proud of) and exposed my nipples to air as much as possible. After a very cold, achy and sticky 24 hours, I started pumping again, but gently and with a manual pump not the electric one I had been using. During this time, I was using a special medicated cream (still am). On the second day, the scabs from the cracks came off and my pain levels had backed off considerably. On the third day, I started breast-feeding again... without an increase in pain levels, which was nice. We still have a few latch-related issues right at first, but he figures it out really quickly now... however:

The crack-site from the original issues I had on my left breast has opened up again due to the suction of Rhys nursing. It's not huge, and it doesn't hurt, but a considerable amount of blood is being ingested each sitting. While I know the blood won't hurt him, I'm really creeped out by it, especially the part where I'm seeing blood in the spit-up, and want to know if it will eventually go away on its own? Or should I stop nursing him on that side again for a couple of days and go back to pumping (gently) or hand expressing to allow the nipple to finish the healing?

3/2/07 06:39 pm - stress_kitten - Question for you gals...

Does anyone know if there is a chart with averages of how much your baby should be eating/you should be producing at various stages post-partum?

My reason is that I'm desperately trying to increase my supply to match my sproglet's appetite right now, and I'm wondering how much people are usually producing at this point. Is Rhys' appetite larger than average for 3 weeks post partum? How is my supply compared to the average? Am I just behind because of a slow, rough start to breast-feeding?

I took stats yesterday on our production/consumption... I will be comparing them to stats to be taken next week just before our 4-week check up to decide whether I need to be looking at domperidon in addition to the fenugreek, bakers' yeast and hourly pumping I'm currently using to try and up my supply.

At 3-weeks post partum, Rhys is currently eating 900ml a day (30 oz.), at between 100-170ml a feeding. I am producing about 300ml a day (10.5 oz.). So a third of what he's eating is expressed breast milk, which I'm proud of. I just hope that at this point his appetite levels off so that I can catch up!

I'd look for the stats myself online, but after a melt-down the other day after reading all the either a) Oh, breast-feeding is such a wonderful, bonding experience or b)Oh, I pumped/nursed every hour for five straight days and it all worked out just fine experiences, I had a minor melt-down the other day and have sworn off of searching the internet for breast-feeding information.

1/23/07 08:20 pm - juliel

Does anyone know..
or does anyone have posting access to boob_nazis to ask..

is white tea safe to drink while nursing?
(my son is 6mos old)..

thanks :)

1/22/07 01:58 pm - juliel

How often does your baby nurse?

Nathan is 6mos old, and *usually* his day goes like this..

9am wake and nurse
Noon(ish) wake and nurse with cereal/fruit&veg
4-5pm wake and nurse with solids again
8-9pm bottle

Doesn't seem like enough, but I can't get him to nurse more...even that last feed at night(bottle) is a struggle..

I'm just curious how often other babies nurse?

1/20/07 02:49 am - stress_kitten - Cow Cookies - Yanked from breastfeeding

I made these with Skor chipets instead of chocolate chips. They taste yummy... though a little odd because of the yeast. It can be a little tough to find brewer's yeast... most grocery stores don't sell it so you may have to make a special trip to a DIY beer and wine store... although large grocery stores that sell DIY beer and wine kits should have the yeast available. Frazer liked them as well... enough so that he made me put them away before he ate more than was good for his waist-line. I've frozen a bunch of them for the immediate post-partum period.

Housepoet's Famous Lactation Boosting Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip & Flaxseed cookies ™
Ingredients :

* 1 cup butter or marg
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 cup brown sugar
* 4 tablespoons water
* 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal*
* 2 large eggs
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 2 cups flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 3 cups oats, thick cut if you can get them
* 1 cup or more chocolate chips
* 2 tablespoons of brewers yeast* (be generous)


Preheat oven at 375 degrees F. Mix together 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal and water, set aside for 3-5 minutes. Cream (beat well) margarine and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, mix well. Stir flaxseed mixture and add with vanilla to the margarine mix. Beat until blended. Sift together dry ingredients, except oats and chips. Add to margarine mixture. Stir in oats then chips. Scoop or drop onto baking sheet, preferably lined with parchment or silpat. The dough is a little crumbly, so it helps to use a scoop.

Bake 8-12 minutes, depending on size of cookies.

Serves: 6 dozen cookies

Preparation time: 15 minutes

*can be found at any local health food store.

1/3/07 12:13 pm - melstra - Weaning?

Hi ladies...(and gents?)
Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday (of whichever flavor) and new year. We had a great time up in Maine this year visiting with my parents and some other relatives and friends. There hasn't been too much action on this community of late, so I thought I'd ask about all our thoughts and experiences on weaning.  I'll start with my story:

As I have shared here, I had enormous difficulties with breastfeeding at first-- we needed to supplement for a variety of reasons and it was really horrible trying to get Max to breastfeed exclusively. We used the SNS, we used a nipple shield, etc. At the time, I figured if it didn't work out, at least I'd given him some breastmilk.  I never set myself any real goals for breastfeeding except to do it "as long as I could" and then figure things out later.  Well, we managed just great for most of the time.  I never had much luck pumping though, so once I was no longer with Max for several hours a day, we ended up using formula for the bottles instead of breastmilk. Naturally that cut down my supply, so eventually (after about 8 months) even on weekends he got some bottles.  Finally, in the last couple months, it was down to breastfeeding only at his midnight feeds, and first thing in the morning (esp if he was up really early like 4-5 am). Often he was cosleeping in the early am, so that was by far the most convenient.  In the past 3 weeks, however, we've been on vacation, and for some strange reason, Max has actually been sleeping ALL THE WAY through the night -- like from 8.30 p.m. to 7.30 am! Wow!  We're thrilled, but it means he hasn't had his 11-12pm nurse and also hasn't had breastmilk on waking nearly as often (because we have gotten up with the family and had cereal right away). The last few times I've tried to breastfeed, he hasn't really shown much interest.  So, I guess we are weaned. I have never had any feelings of engorgement (never had a huge oversupply anyway I suppose) and never had a real "ok, this is it, we're done" moment. It's a little sad in a way, as I sort of feel I need closure...but probably in the end this was the best way to wean as I think about it. It was gradual and it was really mutual-- Max didn't miss it and except for some twinges of closeness and missing the convenience of nursing, I guess I'm not missing it too much. 

What about any of you? Did you set yourself breastfeeding goals at the beginning? If this is your first and you're still breastfeeding, how do you picture weaning going for you? Will you just set a time and do it (such as when you return to work)? Do you intend to let your child breastfeed as long as he/she wants to?

Just curious. :)

11/21/06 11:17 am - dreamy_falls - weaning?

My baby is two months and a week old.  For those of you who have had to wean from breast to bottle: what technique did you use?

I don't think it will work for me *dropping* a feed at a time because - do to various problems, my baby won't take a full feed from the breast anyway and now my supply is down.

At the moment I'm feeding for seven minutes, (if possible) on each breast and supplementing with about 60ml of formula.  or expressed milk  if I can get some out!  I've tried to just give a full bottle of formula but he generally stops at 60mls-ish and won't take anymore --->has anyone else had this problem?

So, the plan is to gradually reduce the time on the breast, (by a minute every few days) and increase the amount in the bottle.  But I'm worried he just won't take anymore than the amount he usually does because so far he just won't take more than that.  

Any suggestions?

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