breastfed dd #1 for 16 months. dd #2 is eight months and still nursing strong. we are hoping to nurse at least 2 years. 2 years or more is actually the world health organization recommendation. so there is absolutly no reason to feel bad. breastfeedinf is great for baby and for toddlers. as for people who are critical, try to just ignore them. it's your baby not theirs. just tell them that.View Thread
my first daughter nursed for 16 months. dd #2 is 8 months old and still nursing a lot. i plan on nursing for at least a year. if we could make it to 2 years that would be great. but i don't really want to go much longer than 2 and a half.View Thread
agree with pp. if there aren't any other issues then it's probably just her being a newborn. don't worry about it too much. and just try to remember that it will get better as she gets older.View Thread
you want to lean back enough that baby is almost laying on your chest. the slight pressure from baby on your breast will help with the fast, strong let down. it's the same principle as pressing on your breast to prevent an unwanted let down/leaking.View Thread
First, i have been asked to leave a resturant for breastfeeding. you can google "olive garden breastfeeding" for the story. second, i recently attened (on Dec. 28th 2011) the Target nurse-in and nursed my second child there without a cover. my tip for nursing mother would be just to not worry about what other people think. nurse your baby wherever you are without aplogy. your baby is more important than other people's "morals". also know that you don't have to use a cover if you don't want to. the point of a nursing cover is to make the mother feel more comfortable; so nurse however you feel most comfortable. breasts are not just for men to gawk at. breasts are designed to feed babies (i like to say show me where it says "and Mary said, 'Joe did we pack the Similac?'"). too bad for other people if they don't know that. until i can have all people who offend me reomoved from any establishment, i shouldn't be removed for nursing offends someone. i would advise mothers to know the law about nursing in public in your state. in most states nursing in public is legally allowed and so legally you can not be asked to leave no matter if people are offened. also, NEVER nurse in the bathroom! just don't. it's not clean. read up on what happen when a toliet is flushed if you still think it's a good idea. do you really want your baby breathing that for 20 minutes? remember that nursing is the best thing for you and your baby. it is just as healthy in a room full of people as it is at home. listen to your body and your baby. and enjoy the look in your baby's eyes when he or she is nursing.View Thread
I noticed that most of the posts on this board are about supply issues and weaning. And I just really want to let all the stuggling mother out there know that it can be done. You can breastfeed if it's what you really want. Just hang in there and don't give up. Trust your body and your baby. If human infants' survial was totally dependent on formula our species wouldn't be 2 million years old. Don't worry about measuring how much your baby eats. If baby is gaining weight and well hydrated it doesn't matter what volume of milk baby consumed. Second, only wean when you and baby are ready. And understand that weaning can occur at different times for different mother-baby pairs. My first daughter nursed for sixteen months. Your baby might nurse for a shorter or longer time but don't give into social pressures about weaning. Nurse your baby proudly for as long as the two of you want, in private and out in public. Don't ever be ashamed to nurse your baby. Nursing is a wonderful, beautiful, natural thing. I would much rather my three-year-old see you nursing a baby than hear you use foul language any day. Even if the nipple shows breifly. If she sees nursing maybe she'll grow up to nurse her children too.View Thread
with both my daughters mine was back with six weeks of birth, and I exclusively breastfeed both for the first four months of their lives. i have friends who didn't get theirs back for over a year. I wish I had been that lucky, but every woman's body is just different. if you want to increase your supply nurse the baby every chance you get and pump every two hours when you can't actually nurse. also, i've heard that eating lots of oatmeal will help bring up supply.View Thread
From what I've read colic usually sets in between two and three weeks old. It could be that or it could be reflux. But if it's only happened one night it might just be that he's sensitive to something you ate. My daughter is six weeks old and she always gets an upset stomach if I eat alot of spicy food. And I wouldn't worry about being able to pump less. What you can get out with a pump is not always represenative of how much milk you make. Baby is way better at getting the milk out than a pump. My experience has been, with both my daughters, that after the engorement clears up I can't get hardly anything with a pump. But my babies still seem to eat plenty. Don't worry too much about quanifing how much he gets. If he's growing and generally healthy, then he's getting enough. Even if he cluster feeds during growth sputs. Hang in there. I hope everything goes good at the doctor and that it is just something simple.View Thread
Have you had some milk the whole time since breastfeeding? When I stopped breastfeeding my first daughter (she nursed for 16 months.) I was told it could take up to two years for my milk to completly dry up. So have a little after a year and a half isn't immpossible, but I would think that once it's gone it wouldn't come back spontaneously.View Thread
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