Not sure what kind of pump you have, but look into finding some soft cups (flanges). If you have the medela, the regular cups that come are very painful (at least they were for me!) But you can find soft ones online. Lifesaver for me, pumping 3-4 times every day while I'm at work. For the nipple issue, just keep doing lanolin as much as possible. The Medela lanolin is softer than other brands (I tried them all!) and spreads much easier. You could also try the Medela nipple shield (they have a close contact one) that helps your nipple heal while still breastfeeding. I don't have any experience with thrush, so I'm not sure why you couldn't use the shield. But when I started bleeding and scabbing, my dr said the best hing was to just keep feeding. I also found that after feeding, wasing my nipples with a warm cloth, allowing them to airdry and then putting lots of lanolin on and then staying topless for a few minutes really did help with the pain. I too had a lot of leakage when DD was younger, so I could usually only be topless for 10 minutes before I started to drip Hang in there!View Thread
That sounds very familiar to me!! First, I think 3 months is WAY too early to start any solds, even cereal. You should wait. Getting 4-5 oz per pumping session sounds about normal. (FWIW, that's generally about how much I get) There is a lot of good pumping info on www.kellymom.com Here's my experience: I've been pumping since DD was 8 weeks old when I went back to work. She is now 7 mos. When I first went back to work, I pumped every 2 hours. I'm not sure what your schedule is like, but if it is possible for you, I'd highly recommend that! Also, if you're the one dropping her off at daycare, leave a little early and feed her right before you leave, so she's "topped off". Tou could also ask her sitters to try not to feed her after a certain time. (I have always requested that my DD isn't fed within 1 hour of my return. So most days she's starting when I get off work, but its better for me to BF). If you can't pump every 2 hours, the absolute longest you should go without pumping is 3 hours. Also try to add some pumping sessions in when you're home with baby....for example, I always pump just after I put her to bed at night. Also, throw in as much pumping as you can on the weekends - if you're home and its feesible, try to pump after each feeding. This will help you start to build up a supply, and you may be able to freeze some of the extra. Or at the very least, it will give you a few extra bags to use during the week. Also, if she is going to a daycare, I'd recommend packaging her milk in 2-3 oz bags/bottles. The daycares in my state are required by law to throw away any breastmilk or formula not finished in a single feeding. So if your LO isn't taking all 6 oz...but say 5 oz, you're losing an ounce a feed...which if she eats 5 times while you're at work is a full bottle. I just hate the thought of anyone's breastmilk getting thrown away! Hang in there! When you go to your Pedi for LO's 4 month checkup, be sure to tell her your concerns - be sure to let them know if it is your intention to continue breastfeeding. Some Drs will just say supplement right away. There are lots of other things you can try to stimulate your supply. Ask about solids then (My Dr advised us to start small amounts of cereal just after 4 mos)
Finally (wow this is getting long) I take Fenugreek to help stimulate my supply. It is an herb that you can take while BF and it doesn't affect the milk. The only side effect is that you can smell a little like Maple Syrup. My hubby tells me it makes him hungry for pancakes I've heard there are teas out there too, but from what I've read different things work for different people. If you've actually read this long - Thanks! If you have any more questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
That is totally normal! It freaked me out at first when my boobs stopped feeling hard and full all the time. But They still have plenty of milk, even when they are soft. You just don't get the engorged/so full they're hard and feel like they're about to burst feeling anymore. And that just means that you body is making just enough for your little gal. As long as she is wetting diapers regularly, she's getting plenty. Remember, her tummy is still really tiny and breastmilk is digested fast, so it is not unusual for her to still be waking up for night feeds at this stage. Glad you're hanging with it!! I remember feeling exactly the same way that you did. You're doing great!View Thread
It actually sounds like he may just be a fast eater! 5-7 minutes may seem a little short, but he is the most efficient pump you can imagine! If he started out as a good eater, he probably has just learned how to do it quickly. Especially if he is doing 5-7 on both sides sometimes, I'm sure he is getting plenty foremilk and hindmilk. Regardless of how much/long he eats, at this stage, his tummy is really tiny. Breastmilk is digested MUCH faster than formula, so feeding him every 1.5-2 hours sounds about right. My DD is 7 months now, and those first 8-12 weeks she ate about every 1.5-2 hours. Sometimes she'd give me a break and go 3 hours, but that was rare. As long as he is gaining weight, he is getting plenty.
Yes, at this stage it does feel like all you do is BF. Stick with it. It will get much easier, I promise. There were a lot of days when I felt like I lived on the couch with the boppy around my waist. If you can make it thru this tough time, I promise it WILL get easier. Soon, he will begin to go longer in between meals, and you'll feel like you have a little more freedom. Again, I really do think it sounds like your little guy is getting plenty, and feeding him longer probably won't make him stay any fuller.
Pumping: The best option at this stage is to pump right after a feeding. Especially, if he only nurses one side, pump the other side. At 6 weeks, your body is still learning how much milk to make, and is slowly increasing the supply as your guy grows. Pumping will accelerate your supply increase. At the stage you're at, I'd be surprised if were able to pump 1 oz total after nursing (as in, that would be a lot to get) I remember getting less than 1/2 oz per side when I pumped. As young as your son is, you're still measuring food in MLs, not OZ. Make sure you aren't giving up on the pumping too soon. You should pump at least 10 minutes (but no more than 20). Even if you don't see milk coming out, keep pumping. This will stimulate more production.
I could go on and on about pumping. Let me know if you have more specific questions. (I returned to work full time when my DD was 9 weeks old, and have been pumping since day 1 in the hospital. I BF her anytime I'm with her and she has breastmilk in a bottle while I'm away. I haven't had to supplement with any formula yet, so we're happy about that!)View Thread
I've just started taking Fenugreek this week actually. My DD is 6 months and has started drinking more during the day than I can pump while I'm at work. Hoping the fenugreek helps. I read online that you know you're taking enough if your sweat and /or pee smells like Maple Syrup.View Thread
Hi! My Daughter is just over 6 months old now. We are still going strong with breastfeeding! My goal is also to make it to her first birthday.The best advice someone gave me at the beginning was to go into BF with the attitude not that I'm going to "try" but that I'm going to "DO." Thinking that you can do it is half of the battle!! I will warn you, there are probably some tough weeks heading your way with BF (They came for me around 2-4 weeks old). Hang in there, it really does get easier! When I think back about the hard times now, it almost makes me laugh because it really is so easy, painLESS, and enjoyable now. Hang in there, you can do it!! And of course, we're here if you ahve questions View Thread
I think it is different for everyone. My first is 6mos old and I had a vag birth, and am exclusively breastfeeding and still haven't had a period yet. They usually say that breastfeeding (tends) to delay the return of your period in (most) mothers. But that isn't a 100% guarantee. Some women are just different. I'm guessing your tubal also might have something to do with the delay. I'd tend to think 4mos post partum is totally normal for your period to still be missing. I wouldnt' worry unless you're having other symptoms that are causing your concern.View Thread
Its somewhat normal for one side to be a better producer than the other. Just keep alternating breasts when you feed your son, and your body will naturally regulate your supply in both sides. His suckling will stimulate your supply much better than a pump too!View Thread
My DD went thru a lot of phases like this where it seemed like she wasn't satisfied at nights. But she's likely just going thru a growth spurt (7 weeks sounds about right for that). Just keep feeding her on demand, as much as she wants it. Your breasts aren't taking as long to re-charge as you think, they're making milk all the time. It is likely that your body is just regulating, so you aren't over-producing anymore so you no longer have that 'full' feeling. Even without the fullness, you still have plenty of milk. At 7 weeks, she should still be waking up for 1-3 feeds during the night, especially on breastmilk since it is digested faster. Keep doing what you're doing! You're doing it all right View Thread
Nurse him - a lot - anytime it is possible! His suckling will stimulate your supply more than pumping ever will. The more you supplement, the less milk your body will make, because he is getting his needs met with formula. So keep nursing him as much as possible to help your supply pick up.View Thread