I'm still struggling with the supply increase. My lo is almost 5 months and I've started him on rice cereal miked with bm. I still try to pump every time I nurse on the opposite side. My period came back last month and I am wondering if that is hindering my milk production. I was due to have my period this week and so far it's been a few days and it's not here, so not sure if it's back for good yet. I'm sure all of these changes going on in my body are affecting my milk. It's still taking me a while to pump enough, but I'm still stressing about it, which I'm sure is not helping! It's really frustrating because before this happened I had an overabundance of milk and would leak all the time!View Thread
I had my son 4 months ago and just started getting my period again. I noticed the same thing, some light bleeding just while wiping at first then noticed some spotting on a pad. I had PMS symptoms before my period started up again, but didn't realize it was PMS, just thought I was irritable from lack of sleep. I was surprised because I read over and over that most women don't get their periods while breast feeding. But, i guess I'm one of the "few women" that it happens to. Maybe it's the same for you? Unless you are noticing after you and your husband have sex.View Thread
my son is 14 weeks and only on breast milk. I do pump as well. I had to go back to work part-time for 2 weeks, but am now home. I have noticed since I'm back home that my milk supply has seemed to drop. My son's need is still high and I find myself feeding him more often. I am trying to continue to pump to try to build up my supply again...It seems to take forever to pump 5 oz. I am only getting about 1/2 to 1oz during each session. Any suggestions? TIAView Thread
I just went to the doctor a few days ago because DS and I were congested and I had a sore throat (worried about strep, which I don't have thankfully!). The doc said that over the counter meds can decrease milk supply, so to take them only when absolutely necessary. He said if I needed to that I could take tylenol or liquid robitussin and take a lower dosage just to take the edge off. With the liquid version you can control the dosage. Hope that helps and hope your sis feels better soon!View Thread
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I'm Gina. I have one child, Gabriel. My boy was born on January 5, 2011, so he's 7 weeks old! He is growing so much every day. His milestones are now reaching the toys dangling down while laying on his play mat and laughing!
I have been BFing since the day he was born (7 weeks). I do not supplement with formula, but did the first couple of days he was born (while in the hospital recovering from a c-section) because my milk wasn't in fast enough. My little boy has a big appetite!
I love how supportive and hands on my DH is as a father. He has been such an amazing husband and it's wonderful to watch him grow as a dad. I love my little boy's laugh. He is such a happy baby and smiles all the time! I love how much I love my family. I am proud of being the wife and mother I promised DH I would be when we got married.View Thread
For me, my milk didn't come in fast enough at the hospital and my son was starving, so we gave him a bottle at night and I continued that for about a week when we got home. I didn't want my son to be starving, but I didn't want to give up on BFing. We didn't have any problem with nipple confusion (we use a pacifier too). My son still goes back and forth between breast and bottle because I do pump as well. I wouldn't wait. If your little one is screaming she's probably hungry. You may need to supplement. We're at 5 weeks old now and my son has been on just breastmilk for the past 3-4 weeks and he's doing great. Good luck!View Thread
I just wanted to let you know that I had a somewhat similar situation in the hospital. I had a c-section so I was there for 4 days. On the 3rd night my little boy was completely out of control. He was red, shaking and refused to latch on. I called the nurse in and she said that he was hungry. I cried because I was starving my son. He was so hungry and my milk hadn't fully come in yet. I supplemented with formula at night when the milk was weaker for about a week. I still continued to breast feed to make sure that I kept my supply coming. In the end, I'm just breastfeeding now. I also pump because my doc wants me to give one bottle a day to get him used to taking a bottle. I have a Laniolish electric pump and for me I found that if I pump while my son is latched on to the other breast I get more milk faster. I wouldn't give up on breastfeeding, keep trying. The nurse in the hospital put some formula on my nipple to get him to latch on. Hang in there and Good luck!View Thread