Breastfeeding

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

Looking for ways to use breast milk

Hi everyone, I have a 21-months-old toddler, still breastfeeding but does not take breast milk in a bottle or cup (I hear this is common for toddlers) nor as a popsicle. I have some frozen breast milk from pumping on a trip, and would like to use it for her. Before I go through the trouble of baking with breast milk or making other things, I'd love to hear if there's a reasonable chanc... More

  • Sara
    2h ago

    What does he/she take? If they like regular milk you could try mixing some breastmilk in. Or in a smoothie or milkshake if they’ll take that.

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Monday

Hydration and milk production at night

I always try to stay super hydrated, but recently I thought, I need to gulp extra water before bed because I don’t wake up and drink water for 7+ hours while I sleep? Therefore, wouldn’t I have low supply in the mornings? But then I remember that night is when we produce the most milk due to some chemical stuff I don’t remember... so then does that chemical stuff basically create more milk pro... More

  • Ivy
    Tuesday

    I have no idea how it works, but I’m suffocating at night from the bricks on my chest! I try to avoid water at night, but I do get very thirsty! Probably because my body is taking all the water from me to make milk. I do notice that I don’t have the urge to pee when I wake up, like I usually do. When I do drink a lot of water, I end up having to pump or else I’m soaked through my breast pads

Samantha posted in Babies Monday

Nipple pain

Having issues with bleeding? Advice!

  • Sabrina
    Wednesday

    Try lanolin cream. It’s a life saver

  • DD
    Thursday

    Use earth mama nipple cream BEFORE pumping or breast feeding and immediately after

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Apr 12

I am trying to wean my 3.5 year old son. Need help! No judgement, please.

My son became really attached to nursing. I have been trying to wean (intentionally) for about a year. I did not actually plan to do it for this long, but tried to go with the flow. Anyway, after a lot of talks, stories, meltdowns, cuddles, and bribes with toys (I know!), he is down to two sessions, one before bedtime and one in the morning. I have been talking to him about having a weaning par... More

  • Anonymous
    Apr 14

    Hi! My child self weaned at 2.5 ..I thought there would be no end in sight..haha.. anyway what helped me was I gradually took one side away at a time. I just told her I had a ouchie on one side and so no eating there and so she would only nurse on the other. Also she went to school which helped her figure out for herself alternative modes of comfort besides mommy..which in her case was her bun... More

  • Val
    Apr 14

    I breastfed my son till a bit over 2 years. I was ready to wean, and I started to say that once he was a big boy he would not like the taste of my milk. I just kept repeating this over a few months, maybe it was weeks...anyway, one day I was determined that it was the day to be done, so I put some vinegar soaked cotton balls on my nipples, and when he asked for the boobs, I gave them and natura... More

Can I get some recommendations for foods or supplements I can take to increase my milk supply?

  • Vee
    Apr 13

    Drink lots and lots of water. That’s the main ingredient that will help your supply. Also pumping in between feeds.

  • DD
    Thursday

    Legendairy Milk Supplements are amazing

Supply down in one night ☹️💔

I normally pump about 3 oz from each breast every two hours at work and on my days off I just feed my son on demand and pump before bed. Yesterday I woke up with a clogged milk duct and I could only pump 1 oz (or less) from my right breast every two hours 🙃😭 Today my breast is feeling a lot better but I’m still not getting any milk when I pump or feed my son. It’s breaking my heart. My son is... More

  • Ashley
    Apr 11

    Oatmeal cream pies!! I promise you, heaven sent! 🙌🏽

  • Abigail
    Apr 11

    You’re not a machine. No need to boost your supply. Drink water, eat, keep your stress low and apply warm compresses on your breast and latch that baby as often as possible. It’ll clear the duct and increase your production. You have to move milk to make milk it’s hormonal. Your body knows that pumping isn’t a baby nursing. The hormones only get released when the baby is actually latched on.

Has anyone used these before? Do they work?

  • Ashley
    Apr 11

    OATMEAL CREME PIES! 🙌🏽

  • Cara
    Apr 11

    My LC told me that you'd have to drink a ton of tea to really get any benefit from it. And then you'd have to drink a ton more water to accommodate the diuretic effects! ☹️ I haven't tried this brand of pill specifically but I know that pills are more likely to work because they're a much higher concentration. I had a problem with low milk supply and my DD pediatrician said to i... More

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Apr 08

Formula during the day/ breastmilk at morning and night

I am a full time working mom who is tired of pumping at work. I am considering breastfeeding when I am with my baby ( morning and bedtime feed) and giving formula during the day. Will this affect my supply?

  • A
    Apr 08

    Sara did your LO not wake during the night?? Just curious that’s been our struggle as of lately

  • Sara
    Apr 09

    She's been sleeping through the night (7:30pm to around 7am) since she was around 3 months old. She's now almost 11 months old and the only times she wakes up in the middle of the night is if she's sick. In addition to breastfeeding her at night I usually also "top off" with some formula to make sure she's had enough to eat.

Baby is 7days old as of today, & during last night feeding she started making this weird noise.

It’s a whiny/squeaky noise almost like the beginning of a cry, but not really... Is this normal? First time Mom here! Thank you!

  • Ivy
    Apr 08

    All my babies made that noise. I always thought it was funny/cute. Like a piglet nursing

  • Christa
    Apr 08

    My little man does and did the same thing. It is totally normal!!!

Do pacifiers interfere with breastfeeding? How do I get my new born to change her sleeping pattern?

  • Michaelene
    Apr 06

    She’s up all night and sleeps all day. She will feed at night and fall asleep while feeding then when I go to put her down she’s awake and starting to cry

  • B
    Apr 06

    Sounds like days and nights are switched. Take Kate’s advice on noise and lights. And know that newborns usually wake up every 2-3 hours to feed at night

Breast feeding

Tips or tricks to increase supply that actually work?

  • Andrea
    Apr 06

    This supplement (my lactation consultant said this particular one is recommended to woman with twins to increase supply... she said its the goat’s rue herb that made it work better than others). Also, nurse as much as possible... i agree even if its just for comfort. Any suckling will encourage more frequent let downs. If baby is getting frustrated (especially if they start pulling) use SNS ... More

  • A
    Apr 08

    Oatmeal with I believe it’s flax meal worked well for me I would add blue berries after heating to make it enjoyable My therapist said fenugreek would help I was to stressed to see an increase tho

My baby is 4 days old and I’m breastfeeding. How do I know when and if she is getting enough ?

  • Michaelene
    Apr 05

    Will they let me at her first pediatrician appointment with her ?

  • Christa
    Apr 05

    Yes they will. They are very concerned on how she is going to be doing. I agree with Jackie, it’s surprising they discharged you both when she wasn’t peeing enough- we were under strict watch until our son had done the output they were happy with, and even then they still were super on top of us. Take advantage of asking as many questions as you need too, and talk to them about a pre weight, an... More

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Apr 04

BM versus whole milk past 1 year

Baby is nearing 1 year old that’s when I plan to wean, and I still have a huge stash of frozen BM. Originally I thought to donate it once she turns 1 year but then I realized, some moms nurse until 2 years or so. So they didn’t switch to whole milk at 1 year, so why would I donate my milk? Right? i can save money by using up my frozen stash after I wean then eventually moving to whole milk.... More

Any tips? Help? Anything?

R is 2y & 2m And I’d like to wean her off breastfeeding does anyone have Any tips?

  • K
    Apr 03

    I weaned my son at that age bc I was pregnant with my girls. I did not know I was growing twins at the time😳. He only nursed for less than a minute at bedtime out of habit. So, first look at when and how long she nurses. I just cuddled him instead and slowly relied on my husband to do that part of bedtime routine for awhile. You have to distract and “undo” the habit.

Breastfeeding Vent session

I am struggling to breastfeed my 3 week old baby! We started using a nipple shield in the hospital right after she was born. We began using it because baby girl had a severe tongue tie and my nipples are flat. We ended up getting her tongue tie snipped but still couldn't get her to latch without the shield. Now we are 3 weeks in and she has barely gained any weight (she is 1 oz over her b... More

  • Anonymous
    Apr 03

    I had a very similar situation. My daughter was tongue tied and we found out a bit late. I ended up getting thrush after having her back on the boob. So took time off to clear that. Needless to say I have been exclusively pumping since and my daughter is now 11 months. I would get a different lactation consultant and go to a free breastfeeding support class. If you are trying to increase your s... More

  • Gloria
    Apr 03

    First of all, you're doing great mama! You're doing the best you can and you're trying. Don't beat yourself up over it. I was in a similar situation with my son. If you're on Facebook, PLEASE join this group ASAP! The Cleavage Club: Breastfeeding Support. It's led by an amazing IBCLC named Cass who has extensive training and experience in ties. She's actually based i... More

Weaning off of breastfeeding

Any suggestions or tricks to weaning baby off of breastfeeding? My little one is almost 12 months and already has 6 teeth, the biting has gotten worse as he’s still teething and I think it’s time. He’s only really ever nursed since birth but takes the bottle easily if that’s all he has although he yanks at my shirt now. I’m just worried about how to avoid pumping so I don’t any type of pain if ... More

  • Samantha
    Mar 31

    Your milk supply naturally drops after one year. What I usually do is just replace one feeding with a cup of breast milk assuming you have a supply or regular whole milk if the baby is over 1 year old. It takes longer than cutting the baby off completely but it will at least help stave off the engorgement.

Alcohol Test Strips

Breastfeeding momma’s: What test strips would you recommend one use to detect alcohol in their breast milk?!

  • Erika
    Mar 26

    I used the ones from Walmart. 🤷🏻‍♀️ They worked great.

Bra size after weaning?

Experienced mommies, please excuse me if this is a weird question: did your bra size change again after weaning your baby, and if so how long after? We weaned about a month ago in anticipation of the surgery I am now recovering from, and I’m wondering if it’s “safe” to go buy new bras. I have not fed, pumped, or leaked in 30+ days, and I would very much like to start wearing normal bras rath... More

  • Kieli
    Mar 25

    Mine definitely changed. But after being pregnant I didn’t lose the baby weight. I gained 30 pounds and it stuck to me. So I went from 32D, to 34C. I was back in a normal bra a month after weaning

  • Jenn
    Apr 04

    Yes 😔 it definitely changed. I don't remember when exactly I noticed. Probably bought new bras like 1.5-2 months after we were done. I'd suggest trying on a bunch of different types and be open minded. What fit/felt best before may not anymore.

8.5 month old feeds A LOT overnight

My daughter has always been breast fed. She would sleep long periods through the night up until 2 or 3 months ago. Now she wakes up to feed every 2 hours most nights. Sometimes it’s only an hour between feedings...sometimes she’ll make it 4 or 5 hours before needing to feed again. She eats some solids...she’s not a huge fan of much other than her cereal. We try to make sure she eats that before... More

  • Andrea
    Mar 24

    If its every two hours... it could very well be a sleep association too. My LO does that too... for a couple weeks wakes a lot... then only a couple times at night... then will do it more again. Its totally a mixture of things for him. Sometimes teething, illness, growth spurt... all these increase eatings which then get him used to nursing more and then he gets used to it (aka sleep associa... More

  • Sara
    Wednesday

    This is very normal in babies even toddlers my son is 11 months and still wakes to feed this is a developmental stage all babies reach when they are ready....

4 month old feedings

How many ounces is a 4 month old supposed to be drinking? & how many times? my daughter isnt on a feeding schedule i feed her on demand but im trying to start her on a schedule ... help a mom out?

  • Anonymous
    Tuesday

    Depends on the baby! My daughter is 4 months old as well and she usually drinks about 5oz every 3-3.5 hours. She typically sleeps through the night, maybe waking once to feed again. We try to put her to bed between 9-10pm and she usually wakes up at about 6-7am. A strict schedule may be hard to keep up with, especially since she’s so young.

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