Breastfeeding

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

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Thursday

Not a clogged duct

I have a “white head” on my nipple and it hurts but my ObGyn is pretty sure it’s not a clogged duct (based on the location, the fact that the pain isn’t as severe as with clogged ducts and the absence of a hard lump in my breast). I’ve used hot showers, massage, frequent nursing, even had hubby try to suck it out, and used a sterile needle, treating it as if it was a clog. Nothing worked and i... More

  • Julie
    Thursday

    I followed these directions to a tee and it worked to clear mine within a day. https://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/nipplebleb/

  • Gloria
    Friday

    No, a bleb is not a clogged duct but if not cleared can lead to one because no milk is coming out of that blocked nipple pore. The skin is covering it. Don't pick at it it stick any more needles. You're risking infection which could be worse. Yes, baby can feed if you're using Olive oil or even coconut oil on the nipple. Just gently wipe it off a bit before baby nurses if he seems t... More

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Wednesday

Period Post Pregnancy - how long until your's started?

Almost at 9 months and still haven't had my first period yet. I am on a birth control pill while breastfeeding- just started this month. I've taken a pregnancy test - negative. This was my first pregnancy. We had wanted to start trying for Baby#2 at a year. Should I be concerned? How long did you wait till you had a period after delivering?

  • Amber
    Yesterday

    My period came back at 6 months postpartum, and I’ve continued to breastfeed (my kiddo just turned 2).

  • Katrina
    Yesterday

    If breastfeeding, it can be anywhere from 6w to over 2 years. It's highly variable from one woman to the next. Mine came back at 6w1d, when I was still too dazed with a newborn to regret that it was already back. A friend didn't have any periods before getting pregnant while previous child was over 2yrs.

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Wednesday

Frozen stash

I have a ton of frozen breastmilk my little guy won’t drink I believe It has high lipase. He stopped wanting my frozen stash about 2 months ago so I’ve been nursing on demand. I tried non alcoholic vanilla extract, adding regular milk, and adding it to oatmeal. He will not drink or eat with it 😭 he is 11 months now and I have probably 5 months worth and donated so much already but I don’t feel ... More

  • Stormy
    Thursday

    Omg the same this just happened to me and I just dumped out all of mine

Donated breast milk for a one year old? Could it help him stay healthy?

Is it weird to consider seeking out donated breast milk for a one year old? For some unknown reason my body produced less than two oz of milk a day so I combo fed my LO for a few months before he gave up on nursing altogether, after which I couldn’t maintain any supply. I considered donated milk for a while but the forums always seemed to be full of mothers who’s babies needed it more (formula... More

  • Anonymous
    Thursday

    Diana, none of what you wrote is true in every case. Donated milk isn’t pasteurized usually, unless you get it from a company. Breast milk isn’t much healthier than formula at this age. Studies haven’t shown immune differences after the first six months, and formulas should have the same nutrients. And depending on if the kid is in daycare or has other exposure, lots of kids get sick.

  • Amber
    Yesterday

    I wonder if a probiotic might help. Also, elderberry syrup or gummies. It’s a great immune booster.

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Wednesday

Help plz!

I am planning to wean 1 year old after 12 m breastfeeding. The only thing I am so worry is that shes only drink a little whole milk from sippy cup then will prefer nursing. I afraid that she will dehydrate after weaning. Or may be she will drink more whole milk to fill up her stomach. Anybody have any experience about that, plz help me. @1yr check up, shes a little bit behind normal, shes aro... More

  • Hannah
    Wednesday

    She only needs to drink water to be healthy. Congratulations on reaching your goal! You’ve done so much for her health, I really wouldn’t worry. Dairy isn’t necessary for a health toddler, most kids get too much instead of not enough. She will likely start drinking more when breastmilk isn’t an option, but if not, that’s ok. Water should be her main source of hydration always.

  • Anonymous
    Wednesday

    Thank you so much! I shouldn't be worried too much!!!

Breast milk supply starting to decrease.

I have a 2 month old newborn and she has never taken to breast feeding. So I exclusively pump and feed her breast milk from bottle. My milk supply is barely keeping up with her which is upsetting. Looking for advice on how people increased supply and also how to transition to formula.

  • Anonymous
    Wednesday

    Water and calories- I don’t have luxury of pumping as I’m a FTM to three, so I just make sure I’m drinking water like all he time, AND eating all I feel like eating. No dieting whatsoever. I’m not obese. Calories just help me a lot. Any kind of attempt to eat healthy and count calories have impeded milk production. EBF my first two for 18 months.

  • Anonymous
    Wednesday

    Good luck Mama!

Number of Baby Bottles

I’ve been trying my absolute hardest to minimize the number of items that I buy for our first baby, for reasons of efficiency, space and cost saving. Along those lines, if I plan to breast feed, how many baby bottles (5 oz) do I really, truly need?

  • Anne
    Wednesday

    After we determined which bottle worked best with our baby I got 4 x 5oz and 12 x 9oz so 16 total. Early on we only had 4-6 bottles and I about lost my mind washing bottles all day.

  • coco
    4h ago

    One of each brand. And FYI, it’s the nipple that’s more important than the actual bottle. Some are interchangeable which saves some money! Start with their slowest flow (research this ie. comotomo 8oz comes with their medium flow, the 5oz comes with their slow flow). I’ve heard to avoid dr Browns preemie nipple as reports of it affecting latch. Anyways I found this website incredibly helpful ... More

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Monday

Delivery at 29 weeks

My cousin had an emergency c-section at 29 weeks, any advice/tips on having such a little baby and an extended NICU stay?

  • Beth
    Tuesday

    Tell her to definitely take care of herself . My daughter was in NICU a week and even that short time I felt helpless and lost. I finally had to tell myself that to take care of her I needed to take cafe of myself. I was pumping and sending my milk to her but I made sure I got rest, food, water, and love and support from friends and family was pivotal. The NICU is full of amazing people and c... More

  • Katelyn
    Wednesday

    My baby was in the NICU for a month. Others have said this, but making sure your cousin has food at home for easy quick meals is a huge help for a NICU mom. You are constantly on the go between home and the hospital and also having to make time to pump. If she is pumping, I would suggest getting her some premier protein shakes. They were so easy for the mornings and you need a lot of protein wh... More

Feeding/Nursing Schedule @ 9 mo

Hi, I'm concerned I'm doing something wrong in transitioning to solids with breastfeeding... My LO will nurse (usual/typical schedule) at 630a, eat solids by 730, then nurse again 1030, eat by 1130, nurse 230, solids at 430, then nurse at 6 or 630... does this seem right? Or any suggestions on how to make this transition? First time mom just following babys hunger cues...

  • Jasmine
    Tuesday

    My son refused to eat solids for a year.He had a lil bit here n there but I wasnt worried because he was a happy, healthy growing baby. Continue to follow baby cues your LO knows what his body needs.

  • Marcelle
    Thursday

    Our 10 month old is pretty similar. We still do a dream feed around 10ish at night tho if h. Before a year, solids are just practice. Breastmilk or formula should still be the primary component of their diet.

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Monday

My 6 week old seems to be eating less

I’m getting nervous because my 6 week old seems to be eating much less. She used to spend 15-20 minutes per boob and is now spending 7-12 minutes max. She also does not seem to be as aggressive about latching on / sucking. Should I talk to her doctor or is this normal?

  • Diana
    Monday

    If you’re still concerned, a lactation consultant can be a huge help

  • Hillary
    Wednesday

    And insurance covers lactation consultants!!

What’s the longest you’ve gone without breastfeeding or pumping at a time?

  • Anonymous
    Sunday

    I went 8 hours one day that I had oral surgery (aside from over night- I don’t pump or feed overnight so about 7:30-7)

  • Jenn
    Sunday

    Probably around 15 hours overnight towards the end. Was only pumping twice per day and still producing plenty at the time.

Snur posted in Babies Aug 10

Any body know where can i buy adiri natural nurser bottle?

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Aug 10

Relactation after period?

Is relactation possible after getting my periods ?

Hello moms So I have an 8 month old LOwho has refused to take a bottle but prefers to be breastfeD

I have pumped and stored breastmilk for her but unfortunately have not and will not be able to ween her off the boob. Does anyone know where I can sell my 200+ ounces of breastmilk that I froze for her ? Would anyone be interested in buying it ?

Breastfeeding & school / separation anxiety

Any breastfeeding moms in school or have a demanding job? Would like to know how they transitioned from being away from their baby. I stayed home for 6 months and now starting medical school, my separation anxiety is getting real.... Any tips on how to deal with separation anxiety, time management tip? I just feel so guilty leaving her, in my mind all I could think about is that she is my child... More

  • Julie
    Aug 09

    So I don’t want to come across as being nit picky or a total ass but not only breastfeeding mamas have separation anxiety...just throwing that out there because there are so many ways to feed your baby now and everyone has their own normal that works for them. The first great thing about your situation is that you were able to stay home with her for 6 months. That means she will likely not ge... More

  • Kerry
    Aug 09

    I cant offer advice for separation anxiety but I totally have it. I don’t like leaving my 6 month old son even with close friends I feel the same as you when I leave him. I don’t do it often. No your not crazy! I don’t breastfeed but feel the same, Im sure its prob a little harder as you know you have his food with you. I hope you find your groove with studying, breastfeeding and spending time... More

what nursing bra are moms loving? anyone try lively brand?

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Aug 06

Mixing breastmilk with regular milk

Hey ladies might be a dumb question but my son will be a year old soon and he doesn’t like my frozen milk stash so I was hoping to mix it with regular milk. Now my question is I know it’s bad to mix two different breastmilk temperature so I was wondering if it’s okay to add cold milk to warmed up breastmilk?

  • Kendall
    Aug 07

    Yes agreed with Mia! Just let bm thaw in the fridge so they’re both cold

  • Ro
    Aug 07

    I went through this too but first it was with formula to give my lo the last bottle he needed for the day. Then I had to do it with regular milk. I'd thaw the frozen breast milk in the fridge overnight then it's mix the two in one of those large Pyrex measuring cups. After they were mixed I'd prep the bottles for the day and leave in the fridge. I never had any issues with them.

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Aug 06

Am I the worst mom ever?

My 11.5 month old breastfeeds regularly, like every hour and 1/2 awake, and nurses to sleep and throughout the night. Sometimes when I feel particularly lazy ( or exhausted is probably a better word.. lets be honest I am numero uno on call all the time 24/7 no breaks when it comes to this parenting thing), I don't offer food that day really, just puffs and melts because I don't feel lik... More

  • Kendall
    Aug 07

    I think you’re doing awesome! I can’t imagine breastfeeding that often!! You rock. On the weekend my husband likes to meal prep all his lunches for work that week so I have him prep some easy stuff for baby too. That helps me SO much during the week. Easy stuff too, steam a pot of veggies and boil some noodles, or boil some chicken to shred, or if he’s lazy too he’ll open a can of beans and put... More

  • Christine
    Aug 07

    Yes, your doing a awesome job. I wished I breastfed that long with my kids but after 3 months for both I was done. Your doing a fantastic job don’t beat yourself up about it. Do what you feel is best

Hi there! 11 m.o. is still falling asleep only while i breastfeed him during naps and at night, HELP

  • Jenn
    Aug 08

    @Daniela was he crying or just playing? If he is playing, definitely leave him and get yourself some rest. I hope this passes soon!

  • Daniela
    Aug 08

    @jenn yes he was just walking around, that’s what I eventually did. I hope it does pass thankfully I’m off of work this month if it is a sleep regression thing 😣

Fed is Best. Dangers of not supplementing when supply is low/not yet come in.

This is a PSA to inform of some of the dangers people seldom talk about. This is not a criticism of anyone or their choices. This article is solely meant to inform and educate. If it prevents one baby from serious harm, it has done its job. Please no negative comments. - "just keep at it, your milk will come in, he'll be fine" can have deadly consequences. - # of wet diapers appa... More

  • Anonymous
    Aug 07

    Thanks for posting this! 'just keep at it, he'll be fine" is the worst advice. So many reasons breastfeeding may not be working and the baby may not be transferring milk. I'm grateful that a nurse realized something seemed up with our little one and measured his blood sugar. I'll forever be grateful to her. Formula got him healthy until I had enough pumped milk, and it t... More

  • Anonymous
    Aug 11

    I believe in "fed is best" because I had an emergency c section and my LO had come out before me. So the nurse told my SO he could feed him and gave him a bottle. After that we spent time having latch issues and the lactation specialist at the hospital was unhelpful and contradictory. One nurse was rude because of the log and unsympathetic. She was upset that I supplemented since he w... More

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