Breastfeeding

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

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Feb 09

Starting solid

My son is EBF,I feel like my milk might not be enough for him anymore,he is waking up more to feed during the night.He is 4 months,I have been thinking to start him on some solid food. I know some pediatricians recommended to wait until 6 months. When did you start solids? Did you notice a difference in sleep after ?

  • Bethany
    Feb 10

    I started my daughter or oatmeal at four months

  • Jennie
    Sunday

    4 months is a typical sleep regression. it's a phase and should pass soon. And no, solids has never helped any of my babies sleep more

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Feb 01

Posportum weight loss

I'm still 20 pounds over my pregnancy weight. I'm 4 months postpartum. With my first I lost most of the pregnancy weight within the first 6 months. This time around I feel like my body is holding on to the extra weight. My struggle is that I'm still breastfeeding and I don't want to compromise it by dieting. Is it possible to diet without affecting my milk supply? When did you ... More

  • Anonymous
    Feb 06

    My daughter is now 2 and I still have my pregnancy weight and the belly. 😅

  • Kaleigh
    Feb 07

    It generally takes your body 18 months to get back to normal (hormone wise). Maybe just try cutting one thing out of your diet that won’t hurt supply, like carbs or sugar drinks. Pounds tend to melt off when one of those is taken away.

How do you know if your baby had a colic?

My s Daughter cries sometimes after she feeds and doesn’t always burp. How do I know if she has a colic?

  • Diamond
    Jan 30

    My daughter is 9 weeks and she has colic. Your daughter would cry a special type of pain cry for long periods of time. Normally more than an hour 2-3 times a day. It’s very heartbreaking

  • key
    Jan 30

    My daughter is 3 months and had a colic issue. The rule with colic is so large a lot of babies fall into it. However I found a heated belly band on amazon and was giving her daily probiotic drops and it helped. She is slowly getting much better. Hang in there, it will get better!

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Jan 29

Breastmilk

How long does left over breastmilk last after a feed at room temperature?

  • Rosa
    Jan 29

    My nurse said one hour.

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Jan 26

Insomnia

Hello Any mamas took Melatonin while breastfeeding is it safe?

New baby tech products announced at CES

A few cool new baby tech / parent tech products were just announced at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas -Mamaroo bassinet that looks to be a cheaper version of the famous Snoo bassinet https://www.engadget.com/2020/01/06/mamaroo-sleep-bassinet-debut-ces-2020/ -Willow generation 3 breast pump that claims 20% more milk than the 2.0 pump https://www.engadget.com/2020/01/05/will... More

ZL posted in Breastfeeding Jan 06

Getting my little one off the breast.

Wondering if anyone has some tips or tricks to try to stop breastfeeding my 21 month old. She’s still stuck to my boob, mainly for nap/bed time. I’ve tried all cows milks she doesn’t budge, I’ve said no and she just gets really upset. Probably my fault I may give in too quickly, so she’s not screaming the house down and going to bed upset. But willing to try anything that has worked for anoth... More

Refusing to nurse before bed

My 10 week old son is refusing the breast for his last feed at night and I'm not sure what to do!!can't get him to latch on he will fight and screams and will attach for a few sucks and then pull off and screams! He also does this sometimes during the day when he is not hungry enough to feed. Any advice?

  • Anonymous
    Jan 04

    He sounds not hungry. Either skip the feed (dream feed?) or try to adjust the timing of the feed before.

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Jan 04

    He’s either not hungry or could be his nose is stuffed up. Try a saline spray.

Breast engorgement at night

So my 10 week old recently started sleeping longer stretches at night and feeding less,I usually wake up with my breast so full,he will have the morning feed from one breast and I pump the other breast and what ever is left. I usually offer that to him in a bottle couple times during the day,would my supply get affected since I'm basicly skipping a feed?

  • Anonymous
    Dec 30

    I second Kieli - You can pump at the time of the night feeding your baby is now sleeping through, and that way you'll keep your supply up and have extra milk in the freezer (a perk!) and keep your breasts pain-and-engorgement-free!

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Jan 04

    If you want to save milk, pump. Otherwise, just let it ride. Your body at the stage knows that the baby’s needs are gonna change and it’ll be ready. I’m on baby 4. For me, my first baby I pumped and worried that if I didn’t he would need milk and I wouldn’t have it. With my last two, I tried to just trust the process and enjoy nights where the baby let me sleep and nurse when I had to. I alway... More

Weaning 19 mo old

Any tips on weaning an extreme boob loving 19 mo old? He crys and hits me if I tell him no more milkies. Help!

  • Mimi
    Dec 28

    I would start to set boundaries. For instance, I would say “Yep! We can boobie. Let’s count to 10!” Count slowly and with silly voices. Make it fun. Then when it’s time say “Other side! Let’s count backwards!” And do the same thing. Then? It’s time to play! Get up. Run around. Stop offering. Change things up, don’t sit in your normal bf area. And also? Distract! You want boobies? Cool! Let’s tr... More

  • Liz
    Dec 28

    Thank you so much for all the advice! He’s officially weaned!!! And he’s sooo much happier!

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Dec 01

Mastitis

Can Mastitis go away without antibiotics? I woke up with a painful warm spot in my breast today. Should I see an OB for antibiotics right away or wait ? (Ps I had a Mastitis at the same spot with my daughter 4 years ago)

  • An
    Dec 05

    Hi I would suggest to just check with your OB again. If mastitis is full blown sometime antibiotics will not work. OB will try different methods to remove mastitis. I was on antibiotics for 5 days it didn’t help at all. They had to do surgery to remove abscess

  • Vonda
    Dec 05

    I had the boobie tubes by earth mama. Also took super hot showers to try and get clogged ducts taken care of before they turned into mastitis. Had my husband help if I just couldn’t get it out myself. Which helped a lot. I’m a big baby for pain so he’d massage them to get it out. And other ways. ;) But the best helper is your baby! They are born pros. Positioning baby to help get the clogged du... More

Breast Engorgement! Help!!!

Day 3 after birth. We were discharged last night from the hospital. My breasts are so engorged as I have chosen to not breastfeed I am reaching out for HELPFUL suggestions to relieve pain other than ice/heat compresses and pain medicine as I have already been doing those.

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Nov 21, 2019

What are the best breast pumps out there now?

About to have a baby and I’m not sure which pump to get. I had a medela in the past. It was ok but super slow. Any other brands out there?

  • Karla
    Nov 30

    Everyone seems to love the Spectra and I had seen Motif Luna. I was torn between the two. I have never used Spectra so I can't compare. I got Motif and really felt a huge difference compared to my mendela. I think Motif hasn't gotten enough reviews but I'm very happy with it. I was able to empty my breast in less than 10 minutes.

Tips and tricks on breastfeeding and pumping??

I’m being induced this Saturday ( 23rd ) and plan on breast feeding. Was never able to breast feed or get enough through a pump for it to be useful. Any tips or tricks you fellow mommas have to share?

  • Christina
    Nov 19, 2019

    A pump will never be as good as your baby. Get baby to breast right away and as often as they want at at least every 3 hours. I’ve breastfed all of my kids including twins exclusively. See a lactation consultant. It might help to pump after each nursing session. Also, fenugreek worked well in boosting my supply along with plenty of good carbs like oatmeal. Keep hydrated! Congrats and good luck!

What kind/brand of breast pump do you recommend for newborn?

  • Kieli
    Nov 19, 2019

    I used Ameda Purely Yours with my first daughter while I was working. I liked it because rather than having a button to get the mode, it’s a nob so I can get it just as I like it. Plus the bag it came in was perfect fit for everything plus my snacks

  • Sarah
    Nov 21, 2019

    I had Spectra S1 and S2 and loved them both (same pump, one is battery charged and one plugs in). Everyone I know who has them loves them too.

Is my breastmilk hurting baby?

We welcomed baby no.2 about a week and a half ago, I was looking forward to ebf since it’s what we did with our first, but things have been a little different this time around. First of all we had problem getting baby to latch at all. She would just scream (not cry, scream!) whenever I brought nipple close to her, it was really bad at first but it’s gotten better. Except that then she started... More

  • Liza M.
    Nov 16, 2019

    Don't ignore your mama instinct. This happened to me and my LO. It was so stressful for both of us and everyone kept offering heaps of advice and telling me it was normal. In the end it took about 3 months before she was diagnosed with a dairy allergy and we switched to formula exclusively. **Not suggesting this is your issue, just want to offer support in saying that it is OKAY to get a se... More

  • Jamie
    Dec 20

    What color is the poop? I’ve heard if it’s green it is an imbalance of hind milk and foremilk, this can cause an upset tummy because the milk isn’t being digested fully. I had a similar issue where my 3 week old would scream after every feeding, my pediatrician took a stool sample from her diaper and looked to see if there was blood in it. She found traces of blood and said this is a food aller... More

Help

My newborn keeps choking and milk comes out her nose, is it something I'm doing?

  • Chelsa
    Oct 31, 2019

    I’m sure it’s not something you’re doing, but there can be something to help you both. Are you expressing your foremilk before feeding baby? I know sometimes it can be a lot coming fast, and can be too much. I used this natural pump with my 2nd son that helped take “a little off the top” so he wouldn’t choke from the fast flow or get sprayed in the face haha. It helped in the days where your br... More

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Oct 28, 2019

2 year old doesnt eat anything

My son turned 2 this August and i am worried as he doesnt eat anything sometimes whole day. Also he keeps coming to me to breastfeed and if denied screams at the top of his voice. We are having difficulty explaining to him that this is lunch/ dinner time and that he has to eat. Any suggestions on how to discipline toddlers.

What do you do with your old breast pump?

Now that insurances cover breast pumps all of my friends get one for free so I have no one to give my old pump to. Have any of you found a place that accepts old breast pumps?

  • Jenny
    Oct 31, 2019

    Post on FB or Craigslist. There’s an entire population that does not have the fortune of having insurance. I have given away my previous 2 pumps to moms who needed them.

  • annag
    Oct 31, 2019

    this is a reason to get medical-grade equipment. I wish more insurance companies would support that option!

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Oct 23, 2019

How to stop breastfeeding

My son will be one in a couple of weeks and I am looking forward to start the transition to no longer breastfeed him. Right now he nurses about four or five times a day for about five minutes. He is great at eating solid foods and does not nurse to sleep. I am not sure how to transition him to cows milk (has never really taken a bottle) and stop breastfeeding him. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

  • Kieli
    Oct 24, 2019

    Oh I see. You could try that, I tried my daughter with just cows milk and she didn’t like it too much. But every kid is different

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