Breastfeeding

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

Weaning LO off the boob. Help :(

Has anyone had a tough time with this?? I feel like I am ready to stop, but every time my son “asks” for it, I can’t bare to see him sad and I cave. I know it’s his biggest comfort and I feel really depressed every time I think about stopping.

  • Naomi
    Yesterday

    I had this same challenge but we did it gradually. We decreased feedings slowly then moved to just before naps and bed time then just bed time then none at all. It was tough to say no but I think the gradual transition helped. Another thing that really helped it I started mixing in whole milk in with breast milk in his sippy cup then slowly altered the percentage until it was just whole milk. H... More

Breastfeeding problems

BIG BIG question my husband wants to try for another but my son is only 6 months and I breast feed and I might be pregnant again am I gonna lose my supply before he turns one ?

  • Rae
    Yesterday

    You shouldn’t as long as you keep from worrying and stay Uber hydrated. And try to pump in between feedings so you can prepare your body to make twice the supply. Your body will do what it needs to if you train it for two babies

  • Lindsay
    Yesterday

    I think this just is a case by case situation. A lot of women have done this with no problem. I didn’t even get my cycle back till 12mo PP and we were near weaning so, really just depends

When do you get your period back if you're still breastfeeding at 7 months?

  • Anonymous
    Yesterday

    I got mine at 8 months with both babies. It then took about 6 cycles for it to get back to typical.

  • Naomi
    Yesterday

    Mine came back while I was still breastfeeding and was on birth control. But it hasn’t been a full cycle yet, it’s been much shorter. I stopped nursing about 4 months ago... I would talk to your doctor if your unsure or concerned , it’s different for everyone.

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Sunday

Time to throw in the towel on breastfeeding?

So my LO is almost 15 months and still breastfeeding. I was in the ER this weekend and diagnosed with Shingles. Since then she won’t nurse from me. She will take a cup or bottle but when I offer her to breastfed morning or night she just sits there and refuses. I don’t want to force it because honestly I’m hurting and exhausted but still heartbroken this might be the end of our journey. I was h... More

  • Sara
    Yesterday

    If you're not ready to stop then it doesn't have to be the end. If you're sick it can reduce supply and also certain antibiotics and medications can change the taste of breastmilk. When you recover so will your supply and your daughter may go back to nursing just fine. Of course if you're ready to stop then you should but don't feel like you have.

  • Anonymous
    Yesterday

    My rash is on my neck and head so it can be covered

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Sunday

Breastfeeding while pregnant and Milk drying up

I just wanted to know if there’s anything I can do to help boost my supply back up? I tried mother’s milk tea and loads of water already. Is there anything else I can do? I thought women (moms) can tandem feed? I also EBF so baby refuses a bottle of almost every kind and sippy cups too. Is there a formula that is going to taste like breast milk? I just don’t know what else to do. Thanks in ad... More

  • Sariah
    Yesterday

    Look into milky mama llc they are very helpful! Be careful with fenugreek it can cause some women to dry up.

  • Anonymous
    7h ago

    Milk banks? If there are any where you live, maybe you can sign up to receive donor milk. Or if you have close mom friends who produce a surplus, maybe ask for some from them if you're comfortable.

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Sunday

Bittersweet moments

Any other mamas feel kind of sad when their EBF baby starts eating more solids? ☹️ I miss being his only food source.

  • Aubrey
    Sunday

    I felt that way for a little but then realized it was kind of nice getting that break. Now my son is almost 2 and I’m still breastfeeding! I was really hoping he would’ve self weaned already but he still wants to nurse before nap time & bed time and when he wakes in the night!

  • Kieli
    Sunday

    I love food, so I was so excited to start introducing food to my daughter so she could experience a whole new world 😂 I feel weird because I didn’t feel sad at all

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Sunday

Can I go back to breastfeeding after 3 months of weaning?

I thought I was sure that I wanted to wean my son at 12 months, and from 8 months, I weaned him off night feeds- giving him water instead- and reduced nursing to twice in 24 hours. I barely feel any let down, if at all in one breast, and my breasts have considerably reduced in size etc. Now I’m on the way out, I really wish I was could continue. Could I try again? I still nurse him twice a ... More

  • Anonymous
    Monday

    Yes! Aje said it perfectly. If you are still producing at all then I think you will be able to pick back up. It’s all about demand. If your baby is at the boob more and demanding more than I think that will really helps production

  • Anonymous
    Monday

    Thank you very much for your responses. My baby is just over 12 months, so I ‘met my goal’ and as he never took the bottle, he just has (goat) milk with in his cereal, with his dinner or cheese, yoghurt etc. So I’m not thinking so much of the nutritional need as emotional. I underestimated how much it meant to us both, and feel terrible when he wants to nurse and I’ve so little- not enough to s... More

I'm thinking of getting my 15 month old son off of the boob

He mostly likes to have a good 10 minutes on it once or twice during the day, but at night he has to have it to go to bed. Also during the night he has some 3 to 4 times. I’m afraid of him crying all night since I’m staying with my grandma at the moment. Any advice would be great thank you.

  • T
    Friday

    I believe in self weaning. EVERYBODY needs comfort items. Know it won’t last forever & just take it in stride.

  • Flor
    Friday

    It was hard for me too, I even got help from a nutritionist. Her advice was more solid for turining the day and it's a lot easier to weaning off before 2yrs Slowly introduce milk. I personally would steam some milk with Cinnamon to give it some flavor. During the day I would tell him no and tell him to take the bottle or sippy cup. He eventually got it. The night time was really hard. It t... More

Weaning breastfed babies

My daughter is one and although we are not weaning yet I have no clue how to start when the time comes! She is sooo dependent on the boob, she would nurse all day if I let her 😩 & she still nurses 6 times a day. I’ll try to redirect her with food or a cup but she knows what she wants. I know it’s a bad habit but it’s the only way I can get her to sleep as well. I tried to night wean but she... More

  • Cassandra
    Friday

    @Anonymous actually no I’m not.... my sister just put cabbage on her breasts at night when she didn’t want to nurse anymore. The cabbage absorbed the breastmilk through the night and was soggy in the morning and she did it through the day too and guess what, no more milk. So I’m going to go off of what she said 😁🙃

  • Anonymous
    Saturday

    @Cassandra - it sounds like what she is describing to you is that she just isnt leaking anymore. It takes more than overnight for mammary glands to complete stop their process. Neither of us can speak to exactly what is going on w your sister, but there must be something else going on then if she is physically unable to produce anymore milk seemingly *overnight*. E.g. there is a supply issue ... More

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Wednesday

Dumb question breastfeeding STTN

If my baby sleeps thru the night, does she consume more per feeding or does she start to eat more often? I can’t figure our what to do if she night weans or I decide to night wean. I pump a little more than she eats per day, and I nurse her evenings and weekends. I’m so afraid of losing supply, even though I have a huge frozen stash (almost 11 gallon ziploc bags). Thank you!!!

  • Alejandra
    Thursday

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  • Jennifer
    Thursday

    Consumes more per feeding has been my experience with my 3 daughters. I used to pump at night when they dropped a night feed.

My baby is 5 months old. I recently started working part time, but I’m going back to full time.

I want to stop breastfeeding and I want to teach him to sleep in his own bed. Any tips?

  • Jessica
    Wednesday

    I did the same as Christa as far as reading Babywise and used a Sleep coach. Everything they said I tried (including 5/10/15 Cry it out method) At that age as long as they are fed, dry, and not sick it is important to teach them independence, self soothing, and how to go to sleep from being awake. It really helped our son get a great nights sleep after only a few days, and now he’s over 2 an... More

  • Elle
    Thursday

    CIO is the best and fastest way to minimize sleep deprivation. Babies need 16+hrs sleep/day at this age. Nothing is worse for a baby's development than lack of sleep. The sooner you do it (after 2-3 mo), the better. For bottles, see if you can borrow 1 bottle of a few different types from friends. Try seeing which baby takes to over the couse of a week. Then buy some of those. Comotomo is ... More

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Wednesday

Tips on weaning at night and sleeping through the night please.

My almost two year old (in 8 weeks) still does not sleep through the night. Wakes up 5-10 Times a night. Wants to nurse and if I’m out of milk then he’s up for a few hours. He has never slept through the night! It’s tiring. Any tips are welcomed

  • Sara
    Wednesday

    I second having a good bedtime routine and CIO (its a miracle).

  • Becca
    Wednesday

    I also nurse my 2 year old. We were in the same boat. I told my son when they sun is down no milky and when the sun comes up then he can have it. When he woke up the first night I'd just say "sun down" and give him his water cup. It actually worked with no crying just a little fuss. He sleeps through the night and nurses for naps. That's my next challenge. We didn't want ... More

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Dec 04

Breastfeeding question

Apologies in advance if this is inappropriate. I’m due to have my first baby soon and would like to breastfeed, however I have very small breasts (barely an A Cup pre-pregnancy and now actually fit it) I’m worried my baby won’t be able to latch or we may have other difficulties. I was just wondering if anyone had the same experience or any advice on how to make breastfeeding achievable?

  • Amanda
    Dec 05

    Your breast are going to get larger. Mine did.

  • Elena
    Dec 05

    Breast size has nothing to do with latching I was an Acup with wiggle room I'm now a C cup. As long as your baby has no longe tie or any other issues it will latch the nurse with help you with that. My son had a sevier tong tie and lip so we had surgery 2 weeks after birth he was perfect but my milk stopped because I wasn't breast feeding straight away

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Dec 03

Want to breastfeed

My baby is about 4 and a half months and initially, I tried to breastfeed, but I just couldn't lactate. I even tried pumping and it seemed like I pumped for nothing. I feel I lost a bond with my baby because I didn't breastfeed and I was even shamed for it! I really want to know if anyone has tried to relactate and what worked. My baby has a cows milk allergy that is found in normal fo... More

  • Anonymous
    Dec 05

    Valerie- Thank you! I have seen 3 different lactation specialist so all the pump supplies are correctly sized. I will continue the skin to skin. I stopped pumping because I just wasnt getting anything more than a drop. But I want to start trying again maybe I could relactate

  • Brea
    Dec 05

    First of all. Don’t feel bad if you can’t breastfeed. My doctor said to me that his son is adopted and had been formula fed. He doesn’t have any bonding issue or development issue at all. I didn’t start lactating until 3 months. I just couldn’t bare the pain. And I didn’t know how to properly pump. Eventually after many trials, the milk started to come out. Little by little.

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Dec 03

My son just turned a year old and I want to ween him off of breast feeding. How do I do so?

  • Aje
    Dec 04

    My son also never took a bottle and he just breastfeeds because he likes it. I gradually reduced dropping a feeding at a time. Once I got him used to regular milk I was able to ditch the last day feeding I had. The nap time nursing session was eliminated by making sure he had a good snack about half an hour before nap. That way I knew he didn’t feel hungry. I had to find another way to help him... More

  • Lindsay
    Yesterday

    At 12 mo we made the rule only at first wake up, naps and bedtime (then overnight cause my babe is a dreadful sleeper), then in a couple weeks we dropped first this am feed, then naps, then bed time and just recently dropped the over nights (little is currently 15mo and we started this process at 12). As long as baby is getting plenty of food during the day and some source of fluids (mine is a ... More

Still wanting to hear more experiences with tandem breastfeeding ♥️

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  • Katie
    Dec 01

    I breastfed my son until he was three. The hardest parts were during my pregnancy. I had to drink smoothies for breakfast for almost three months. My midwife's great advice was feed yourself first, youngest second and then the older child last. We did a lot of laying down breastfeeding when I was pregnant.

  • Zarryah
    Dec 02

    This is not what you asking but I just wanted to share. I stopped feeding my first child when she was six months because I went to work and I had my second child when she turn two and a half. When my son came my daughter wanted to start back breastfeeding! I didn't know what to do and neither did she! So I decided to pump for the Both of them and give them bottles

Weaning my two year old

My daughter will be two in a few days. She is my fourth baby. My older three were weaned successfully at 16 months each(they're all boys if that matters) . I am still nursing her around the clock, in addition to regular three meals a day, snacks, dairy milk. She will throw the BIGGEST tantrums until I nurse her. I admit , I am very weak with this one. It really has become the only time my l... More

  • Anonymous
    Nov 30

    I feel the same way... idk how to get mine off. He is 16 months old and breastfeeding has just became very unhappy for me so I want to stop for my emotional stage but my son won’t either. Wakeing up 3 or 2 times to nurse don’t want daddy if I’m there. Have a practicals shove apple juice to him Bc I feel so empty so I can refill but that makes him angry. So i feel for you. It’s very angry and th... More

  • Sb
    Dec 01

    Firstly ask yourself why your weaning her, if shes not ready is your efforts worthe the while? And also if you really want her to stop rub soemthing she doesnt like on your nipple before nursing like onion garlic or somehting potent in taste but not at all harmful to the child. I'm also breast feeding my 2 and a half year old and she needs it only at nap time and bed time. I wanted to nurse... More

What's the best way to get a 14 month old baby off the breast?

  • AlfreyLinet
    Dec 02

    Have you started

  • Samantha Wood
    Dec 03

    Not really, my 14 month old is nursing mornings, before naps and at bedtime. I am happy to keep going but honestly don’t think he gets much milk and it’s just habit/routine and comfort. Not in a rush to stop but would like to at some point!

I have stopped the breastfeeding my breast are in pain any advice other than pumping that will help

  • M
    Dec 02

    I would not wear tight-fitting clothing as that could lead to clogged ducts and mastitis. Definitely avoid hot water hitting your breasts directly. I’m not here yet so I’m not speaking from experience for how to dry up but this general advice for how to avoid pain and illness that I think is pretty valuable for you.

  • AlfreyLinet
    Dec 02

    Thank you all for the advices Right now I am at 5 days 4 nights without any breastfeeding so I feel save to say its over It helped a lot the cold gel to relieve the pain also I have only got out the milk once a day the first 3 day it felt a little painful but now I am almost dry and its been less than a week Haven’t drink any pain reliever and everything is good Good luck to you all trying t... More

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Nov 29

Is it possible to get pregnant if you are breastfeeding?

I’ve been trying to have baby number 2, but I can’t get pregnant. My son is 14 months and I just now stopped breastfeeding him.

  • Jessica
    Nov 30

    Most definitely 👌 We have a 9 month old breastfeeding on demand and just found out I’m pregnant.

  • Emily
    Nov 30

    I wouldn’t get discouraged. Sometimes it does effect hormones and other things and can make it harder for some women. It’s not impossible. But again it depends on who. Just track your cycle as best as you can. And don’t stress.

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