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Tuesday, September 3rd 2013, 8:45pm

Author: Bells

constantly sick breastfed baby at every feed!!

Quoted from "WESTMIDSGIRL" the midwives said to me in the beginning u cabt overfeed a breastfed baby??? Technically they're right. You can give a bottlefed baby a milk with a different ratio of protein and casein which would build more bulk than the equivalent amount of breastmilk. You cannot 'overfeed' a breastfed baby but that baby can take too much milk each feed. It would be better to say that a if you overfeed a breastfed baby then it's unlikely to become obese.

Monday, September 2nd 2013, 6:11pm

Author: Bells

constantly sick breastfed baby at every feed!!

It sounds like you've got a great let down reflex, your milk quantity and quality sound wonderful and your baby is feeding very well and enjoying sucking. I wonder if he's simply getting rather too much of the good stuff and gulping down some air along with it. If he's gulping air at the beginning of a feed he's bound to bring up milk at the end and if he's taking on too much for his belly then it's got to come out the top end eventually. Even if he's managing to keep it down he's going to produ...

Sunday, June 23rd 2013, 6:41pm

Author: Bells


I would've had one. I felt unsupported after my first birth with many different midwives and HVs involved in my care, to the point that I hadn't met any one of them twice throughout the whole thing. The same thing happened with my second pregnancy, however, I had my sister (who was training to be a midwife at the time) with me throughout labour and birth. I felt that she could speak for me, having been through it and having a good understanding of what was involved and what I wanted. My husband ...

Friday, May 24th 2013, 7:58pm

Author: Bells

feeling so down about the thought of not breastfeeding my daughter

I think it's pretty normal to mourn the end of breastfeeding 'but', I think the thought of it is far worse than the actual process of stopping. I was really into breastfeeding and I always thought that both of mine would be going to school with a flask of breastmilk but both of them self weaned and it felt okay. I think it's a really good observation to say that you're worried about losing your identity and purpose. It's like when you're pregnant and you're part of a special club then you have y...

Friday, May 17th 2013, 5:46pm

Author: Bells

Slow weight gain

Crikey!! We're continually being told that we have too many obese children and that breast is best yet a perfectly healthy baby who is being fed the most nutritious food available at exactly the amount that 'she', as an individual needs is treated like a sick infant and whizzed off to see dieticians and consultants. Net, you sound like you're doing beautifully and your daughter sounds a normal, squirmy, easily distracted baby. She's is obviously eating what her body requires, you're not over fil...

Thursday, May 9th 2013, 9:36am

Author: Bells


If it's Lemsip with added phenylephrine hydrochloride then you may be better avoiding it as this is a decongestant that may affect your milk supply. You're absolutely fine to take the normal recommended dose of paracetamol. Two plain, bog standard paracetamols (2x500mg) contain more active ingredient than a sachet of Lemsip anyway. Have a hot Ribena or mix half a juice of a lemon with some honey and hot water for the same steamy decongestant effect. For more information you can look at the PDF c...

Monday, February 18th 2013, 10:15am

Author: Bells

newborn who won't sleep in moses basket

Quoted from "Net" Ok so between about 6am and 10pm Lia will now sleep in hwr basket for up to two hours. From 10pm - 6am she won't. I think it's my milk supply fading as the day goes on. Any tips to boost it? All she wants to do at night is feed constantly. ? Xxx Hi Net, Please don't worry about your milk supply fading. It's not begun to get established yet so at this stage it's all a bit up in the air, and that's normal. It's really important that you recognise how much the supply will vary th...

Wednesday, January 30th 2013, 10:40pm

Author: Bells


Lisa, please don't worry!!! If you were taking aspirin every four hours, day after day for weeks or months AND IF you were newly pregnant or IF you were already suffering from some kind of complications then and IF your baby was due to be born then yes, ok, that wouldn't be a great idea. It affects your blood clotting so you can see how that would be a problem in early pregnancy and there are studies that show that continued use can cause complications. Taking it at the end of pregnancy 'regular...

Monday, January 28th 2013, 3:09pm

Author: Bells

Is it safe to fly?

Quoted from "jenny73" I don't think flying is advisable. Both my private IVF clinics were very strict about no flying in the first trimester. It is also completely standard advice in other countries, e.g. Germany. There, they say no flying in the first or third trimester, IVF or not. Many clinics and consultants will advise against a great many things to err on the side of caution. Sometimes it's cultural, sometimes based on old wives tales of beliefs. Many women will not dye their hair or eat ...

Tuesday, December 18th 2012, 9:36pm

Author: Bells

18 days late but neg tests!

Ahhh righto. Ok, that will be looked at tomorrow and your membership status will be updated asap x

Tuesday, December 18th 2012, 9:25pm

Author: Bells

18 days late but neg tests!

When you say you previously joined as a member, did you register and then forget your login so re-registered? If so what username did you use?

Wednesday, December 5th 2012, 10:08am

Author: Bells

pelvic floor exerciser....advice??

I saw an Embarrassing Bodies once where they tested three. From what I can gather, THESE came out best. In the meantime, you can do pelvic floor exercises all the time, not just in sets (although do specific ones too!). The key, like all muscle groups, is to get the correct muscles firing. The weights help you to identify the vaginal muscle groups but it's important for you to recognise the overall picture. The muscles look like a figure of eight and you can identify them by pretending to stop t...

Monday, November 12th 2012, 9:36am

Author: Bells

Hall light, night light, no light for a 2 year old?

Quoted from "biggreeneyes" Hi Im just wanting to hear from you all with a 2 year old (my ds is 2yrs 4 months) and see what 'you' do in terms of having a night light in your toddler's bedroom, a hall light on, no lights etc...and why? My DS wakes a lot in the night and seems to get upset and i cant work out if its too dark for him. he has amber night light plugged in which is a gentle glow, but apart from that everything is dark and i wonder if he wants more light? Just interested to know what o...

Monday, November 5th 2012, 10:14am

Author: Bells

Thrush :(

Have you got some tablets for the thrush now? It's essential that you have those as creams/gels won't work on your breasts. You HAVE to initially Drink 2 lites of water every day Take paracetamol every 4 hours Take acidophilous tablets daily Cut bread and yeast products out of your diet Cut right back on sugar Wash all your bras on a hot cycle or with vinegar Change breastpads as soon as they are damp or ideally go without. Get some nipple guards to ease this period of feeding. Has anyone checke...

Thursday, October 25th 2012, 10:52am

Author: Bells

painful movements

I have to agree. I bet we've had a hundred women on here who have been told that they're having tiny or enormous babies, who have been terrified, scanned, induced and ended up with babies between 'normal' range of between 6-10 pounds. It's important to remember that the 'average' size for a baby is 7lbs 6oz and that applies whether you are a 4ft 11 ballerina who weights 7 stone or whether you are 5ft 11 shot putter who weighs 14 stone. Often, 'average' is mixed up with 'normal' and this leads to...

Friday, October 12th 2012, 6:35pm

Author: Bells

life is so difficult at the moment :( jealous 3 year old

I just wanted to say 'what a very lovely video'. I don't have any good advice I'm afraid. My second child was 'difficult to love' In hindsight she just needed time to get her head together. It helped when she started to go to playgroup and then preschool. Does Lydia go to anything like that?

Wednesday, September 19th 2012, 11:29pm

Author: Bells

Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction

Hi, This thread may helpSPD

Tuesday, September 18th 2012, 4:02pm

Author: Bells

Does this sound like a normal pregnancy

Hi, In the very early stages of pregnancy the hormones affect you digestion and one of the first things a lot of people notice is that they become constipated, bloated and suffer from pains in their stomach. I remember having a similar kind of pain over my hipbone which I was convinced was an ectopic. My GP told me to avoid fatty foods (she actually said "lay off the junk!") and to drink plenty of fluid as it was just my digestion playing up. Bad heartburn sounds like a good sign to me, get some...

Friday, September 14th 2012, 2:43pm

Author: Bells

Early delivery at 32 weeks

Quoted from "Newly Wed" It is unlikely that they will be able to feed before 34 weeks so they will be tube fed. However, if you want to breast feed, you will be encouraged to start expressing 24 hours after you give birth. You really have to persevere to begin with because you only get a couple of drops of colostrum the first few times - I remember looking at one drop of colostum in a syringe and desparing about how I was supposed to feed 2 babies with that - but it does build up. They call col...