Breastfeeding

Advice and resources for lactating mothers who are nursing or pumping breastmilk to feed their children.

Won't take the bottle

Just recently my LO suddenly stopped taking the bottle and only drinks milk directly from the source. She had bottles 3-4x a week since week 2 so I'm not sure what changed but she outright refuses all bottles now. I've tried giving her different bottles and even different flow nipples but she immediately rejects them before even trying them out. Even tried leaving the apt and having dif... More

  • Tara
    6h ago

    How old is LO? Maybe nursing for comfort, not just to eat/ drink milk. Has there been a change in situation, teething, can they be battling a cold or infection etc..?

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Wednesday

Cracked nipples at 9 months postpartum?!

My baby is 9 months old (so we are well-adjusted to breastfeeding) and lately, nursing her has been painful due to something causing the top part of my nipples to crack. My baby only has teeth on the bottom right now so I have no idea what could be doing this. Any ideas?! It hurts so bad!

  • Lisa
    Yesterday

    Lanolin is what the hospital gave me for dry cracked nipples... works like a charm and is safe to leave on and baby to get a bit of when they nurse

  • Ana
    Yesterday

    Mine have been ok lately but when I did experience that I really liked the "nipple balm" by Dr Lipp. I use to buy it at Sephora for my dry lips it was the only thing that worked but it is actually for nipples. You can order it off Amazon. Im really picky and I lean more toward natural products. Also, Bite beauty makes an agave lip mask that is amazing, I used that on my nipples too.

Feeding both Formula & Breastmilk to a 6 Month old

My 6 month old seems to be more hungry lately (per his daycare). I currently feed him in the morning, then he gets three 5oz bottles during the day (one 5 oz formula and two 5 oz pumped breastmilk). And home he is getting some purée (still not very interested in it) and then I feed him a 3 oz breastmilk bottle + breast on demand before going to bed. He usually eats twice at night as well. Wha... More

  • Kendall
    Tuesday

    My 7 mo old eats 24 oz of formula and some table food at meals if he’s interested. If this is a new hunger you’re noticing it could be a growth spurt that shouldn’t last more than a few days. But if you think he’s just MORE hungry you can try adding more in his bottles and see if he can finish them. Try 6 oz bottles instead. I think around this time is when they can start drinking more at a tim... More

  • Elizabeth Garcia
    Tuesday

    I recommend the book La Leche League “Womanly art of Breastfeeding”honestly it could be that the bottle it being given too quickly they have to try the method that they recommend in the book. It may be hard for them to do that. Contact a La Leche league in your area they help so much!

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Monday

How to wean?

My little guy is 10 months and is exclusively breastfed aside from solids. For solids, he has 3 meals a day (we do babyled weaning) and loves it. I’m still nursing him 5-6 times a day. When can I start cutting out nursing/bottle? I prefer not to replace with cows milk.

  • Melisa
    Monday

    Up to one year the main source of nutrients and calories are coming from breast milk. Usually at that age by themselves they nurse less since they have other interests. However you do not need to replace the breastmilk with anything else, nor drink nor milk. All they need is a balanced and healthy diet. Keep in mind that the world health Organization recommends breastfeeding up to age 2 and ... More

  • Anonymous
    Monday

    Thanks! That’s really helpful. My goal is to breastfeed for a year but I’m realizing unless I proactively wean him it definitely seems like he’ll keep going. Good to know about the World Health Org’s recommendation..

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Sunday

Breastfeeding the second time around

I'm due in August with my second and I will be BF this babe for as long as possible. I BF my 14 month old for 6 months but stopped due to uncontrolled reflux causing problems and to save my sanity from not being able to figure out how to help her! STMS who breastfed both, what did you do differently the second time if your first time was slightly unsuccessful? Even if you had an easy time ... More

  • Chaya
    Sunday

    Hi! Congrats! I BF my first for 18 months and it hurt like all the time! I went through the worst pain with it but just too stubborn to let it go. I expected the second to be the same, but it wasn’t, doesn’t hurt and is a joy! Completely different experience and needed none of my BF supplies! My advice: relax, fall in love, and enjoy your baby. Do what you can but make BF your job. And explai... More

  • Kymberly
    Tuesday

    When I can home with Baby girl my 19 month old son who had been weened for around three months was very interested in me feed the new baby. He would get in my lap and pull down my top on the other side and a few times he wanted to nurse too. I just didn’t make a big deal about it told him that the baby was eating her milk. I never told him he couldn’t or not to. He totally lost interest after a... More

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Friday

Baby fussing when nursing

I EBF my almost 6 month old lately he has been refusing to eat more then a few minutes at each breast. He does better when he dream eats but as soon as something distracts him hes back to crying. Lately his poop has been a pea green also. Anyone else have this happen or any advice?

  • Julie
    Saturday

    I agree on teething. Or maybe an ear infection, my when my daughter had an ear infection it hurt her to swallow so drinking was a battle

  • Elisa
    Sunday

    If you are soley nursing and his poop is green then he may only be getting foremilk and not the good fatty hindmilk. It can be bc he is only nursing a few minutes and not long enough to get the hindmilk. We had this issue when I suddenly was overproducing and having a forceful let down. Is he choking and coughing while feeding? Or spitting up more? It can also cause them to be much more gassy. ... More

Breastfeeding Failure

My son is 2 months old and while we did have some latching problems at the beginning we’ve been good, until now. I’ve had to supplement with formula (I try to keep it to a minimum) however, because of the trouble latching he’s been mostly having formula. Truthfully, I feel like a failure and a bad mom because I’m not able to breastfeed. I want to know if anyone else has had this problem? Were ... More

  • Glenda
    Saturday

    Try to get the baby to latch using a nipple shield. I had the same problem, my baby couldn’t latch for the first 6 wks of life. From past experience I knew a nipple shield would be of help and it was. At 6 wks of age he was able to latch without the shield and now he’s fed 100% breast milk and he’s growing like a weed and even his reflux got better. Try not to give up on that breast milk, ... More

  • Jenn
    Saturday

    Tried w/both kiddos and both times ended up going w/straight formula after 2.5 month-ish. It was doing us both more harm than good. But it’s your own road to travel, trial and error is the best way to figure out what works best for everyone.

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Friday

Ouch!

How long after you’ve weaned does it take for the boob pain to end! 😭

  • Anonymous
    Saturday

    I just went/am going through the same thing! My doctor told me to wear a tight sports bra 24-7 and not to even let the water hit your breast in the shower... any stimulation can produce more milk... she said don’t touch anything or pump. If you see streaks or get a high fever call your Obgyn.

  • Drusilla
    Tuesday

    Mine was so gradual I never went through any complications 3:

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Jun 13

Breastfeeding issues

Hi parents! I’m at my 7th week of breastfeeding and for some unknown reason my breastmilk supply is decreasing. Normally both breasts will feel full after 2 hours but now I don’t even feel them engorged after 6 hours. I've taken fenugreek and postnatal vitamins since the beginning but it’s not helping now. Been drinking lots of water, eating healthy food and drinks as I can 🥛. I don’t want... More

  • Sara
    Jun 13

    Yea I’d echo the others and say not to worry about supply unless your baby isn’t gaining weight or isn’t having enough wet diapers. If you do happen to be pumping and finding you’re not producing as much, you can try a better pump if you haven’t already (highly recommend the medela symphony which you can rent from most hospitals and baby stores).

  • Tara
    Jun 13

    Totally hear your concern, but as others have indicated, softer boobs that may not ‘feel’ full doesn’t mea reduced supply. I struggled with this too around that time, and in a way my supply did drop somewhat from week 3 to week 8 and again week 10 but that’s because my boy is a snacker, taking in little and a lot rather than fewer big meals. So my supply regulated to accommodate this. Keep offe... More

How do you know when your newborn is hungry or is gassy?

  • Ro
    Jun 12

    And to answer to the OP like Kendall said... At 12 months now and I just offer either snacks, food, milk or water just in case. If he pushed it away or turns his head it means he doesn't want it. Your baby could be gassy, sleepy or complaining about the diaper. Plus, they are also learning how to poop and how all the muscles work... They might complain about that too.

  • Shruti
    Jun 12

    Look for hunger signs. I have a 5 week old who smacks his lips or sucks on his hand while crying from hunger. If he's gassy or sleepy he just cries. Another test would be to place your finger on the lower lip while he's crying. If he gives a small pause and opens his mouth then he's hungry.

J posted in Bottle Feeding Jun 12

Working Moms: breastmilk vs formula

I’ve been wondering, does anyone know of references or statistics about working moms using formula vs breastmilk? The lack of lactation accommodations at conferences is irritating and I’m thinking perhaps it is because most working moms use formula? Just wondering really...

  • Jennifer
    Jun 13

    I pumped at work. I work full time and would pump wherever I could find an empty space.

  • JJ
    Jun 13

    Legally you should be provided with a private space to pump and place to store your milk. That being said I work 80 hours a week on my feet in a male dominated field, always on the go. I never have the time. But then again, I never had any desire to breastfeed so it wasn’t a problem for me.

Nursing at Daycare

I am new to daycare. Today my schedule was funky and timing was such that baby needed to nurse at drop-off. His care provider said I couldn't nurse in the room and took me to a separate office space. Anyone know of state policy that would enable or prohibit breastfeeding in a daycare room. This felt bizzare as it seemed natural to breastfeed a baby at daycare.

  • Teresa
    Jun 13

    There should be something regarding this issue in your child care policy and procedure manual or check with the state licensing agency. If your unable to find anything with those resources, I would suggest bring it up to the classroom teacher or director about your concerns. I assume that you provide expressed milk in bottles during the day and this is first time you needed to feed the baby b... More

  • Julie
    Saturday

    Hi Amy, I think you should discuss with the director. Having bad feelings about your daycare and the place you leave your child every day is a terrible thing. Ask them why they let parents bottle feed in the room and not nurse. Maybe they have what they think is legitimate reason for it, who knows.

Sleeping while breastfeeding

Hi My 6 week old keeps falling asleep on my wife while breastfeeding, just a couple minutes in. We’ve tried tickling and other things to try to wake her up without success Can anyone help with this ??

  • E'Shun
    Jun 10

    Mike you can also place your finger under her chin. Apply just a little pressure and they will start sucking again. Lactation nurse at the hospital told me this. It works most of the time.

  • Kendall
    Jun 11

    Is she losing weight or is she just sleepy? Bigg growth spurt at 6 weeks so she might just need the extra sleep. It always helped my baby to get him naked and nurse in a loud bright room. Don’t make it comfy for them! :)

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Jun 10

Help! I'm desperately trying to retrain my 5 week old to take the breast. We had to start giving him the bottle when he was 5 days old since he was not drinking at the breast, losing too much weight and getting jaundiced. While I've been trying to get him to latch everyday since, he absolutely hates it and cries and turns his neck away screaming bloody murder. The few times that I was ... More

  • Celeste
    Jun 10

    I had a similar problem. At 10 days old we got her tongue tie clipped & I kept bottle feeding her for a week, making it 10 days total on the bottle. I too got tired of pumping & wanted to go back to straight breastfeeding. She cried & fussed & refused me at first. My husband would urge me to just give her the bottle because she was so distraught. Finally I ran out of pumped milk... More

  • Anonymous
    Jun 11

    Take a deep breath and let it all out. Don’t punish yourself. There’s way too much pressure going on around breastfeeding vs formula. Try it for a day or two with above suggestions and see if baby changes her mind. Mine didn’t and loved her bottle. After a few weeks, she came back to my breast. I pumped as much as I could but only till I wanted to without stressing out. She was exclusively form... More

Maca root while breast feeding?

My energy levels have been crazy low recently. I used to take maca a couple years ago and I LOVED it. I want to get back on it to help me wake up a little bit, but I am currently breast feeding my 4 month old. Does anyone know if this is safe, or have any personal anecdotes to share? Thank you!

  • Isabelle Ames
    Jun 09

    Hi Megan! I was researching why my energy was so low while breastfeeding- essentially I found out because of the hormones it makes not only them tired but also the mommas! Also- until about month 6, breastfeeding takes a toll on our calcium & literally takes it from our bones. However, at month 6 it is supposed to regulate as far as the hormones and calcium levels and you should see increas... More

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Jun 09

The last feed

We’ve been slowly slowly weaning and the last few weeks we’ve only been nursing to sleep. Two nights in a row he has completely not been interested in nursing to sleep and when I try and make him he bites me... so I suppose we’re done. Is there something I’m supposed to do now? I don’t have a pump so do I just let what ever milk I do have be?

  • Celeste
    Jun 10

    Can’t you use cabbage leaves to dry up? If you know you’re done for sure.

  • Natascha
    Jun 11

    You could always take Sudafed if you're 100% done and then hand express. That's what I did when I gave up pumping

Working breastfeeding pumping mom

How often should I be pumping? My coworker said she pumped every 2 hours before she went back to work to boost her supply, so she can pump every 3 hours at work. Then she would pump every 3 hours at home too. Even when her baby slept through the night, she would still pump. I noticed my supply began going down through the week during my first week of work. I only pumped at work. Should I be pum... More

  • Tiffany
    Jun 10

    It depends on if you are nursing as well. Pumping is supposed to mimic how often your baby eats so you are signaling to your body to produce more milk. Before my daughter had any solids I pumped every 3 hours, and then only nursed her once I got back. One she started eating more solids, I started stretching out the time between pumping. Good luck! There's a lot of math involved in determin... More

  • Stephanie
    Jun 12

    I would try to do that evening pump after baby was in bed on weekends too just to have extra milk to send in/store.

Breastfeeding Question :)

Anyone have experience with not breastfeeding their first child but breastfeeding their second when they are close together in age? Due to PPD/PPA I had to stop BF early on with my son. We are expecting again and I’m wanting to breastfeed but I’m sort of freaking myself out on how it’s even going to be possible. My son will be a year old when his sister arrives if I’m lucky. Is it possible for ... More

  • Jessica
    Jun 08

    Some people nurse more than one child at a time, and they’re not always twins+. I highly recommend getting an wrap if you don’t have one, anything to make it easier to fre hands free if needed. Also set up either special quiet activities/books you can do with your older one or that he can do on his own while you feed. And definitely take advantage of nap time. He may be interested in trying... More

  • Jill
    Jun 11

    My oldest wanted nothing to do with the breast. My second took to it like a champ. He did wean himself at about 5 months, but I was happy to say that we tried.

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Jun 07

I have seen posts about night weaning but I want to ask specifically: Any women breastfeed to put their baby to sleep? I have had some lucky nights and naps where my 10 month old is so tired she gives into sleep. However, it has just been easier to get her to nurse and relax. Soon she nods off. She is graduating from purrees to finger foods (still has a bottle here there) and I hope to be ... More

  • Tara
    Jun 08

    And adorable photo btw 😍

  • Jenny Rose
    Jun 14

    1st - adorable photo! 😍 2nd - I nursed my little to sleep until 11months, then I switched up the bedtime routine because I wanted to start weening her off the nursing to sleep routine we were in. We would nurse, and then take a bath and then read a book. The first week was difficult, by the end of week of week two she was really happy with the new routine. Then when I started weening her off ... More

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Jun 07

Breastfeeding 9 month old with teeth?

He now has 4 teeth and BOY DOES IT HURT! Not all the time, but about 60% of the time and only my left boob (which produces more milk than the right). I'm not sure if he’s latching wrong or what, but I need suggestions because my nipple feels like it’s going to fall off! lol

  • Celeste
    Jun 10

    Maybe he’s using his teeth to slow down or stop the flow since that boob makes more. My baby does this but doesn’t have teeth yet. I wish I had suggestions!!

  • Amy
    Jun 11

    I yelped and jumped when my boy was cutting teeth. He unlatched, gave me a surprised look while I firmly, yet gently told him not to bite. He went back to nursing without biting. He bit me again several times afterwards upon initial feeds, but my pained responses and verbal instructions seemed to reduce that.

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