file Breastfeeding Questions

5 years 10 months ago #273001 by Berry
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Thanks for the reply.

Think I will up my water intake and start taking some brewers yeast tablets as well.


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5 years 10 months ago #272995 by blessedmom
Hi there Berry

Some women find a slight dip in their supply or notice that baby is a bit fussy around that time as the taste changes a bit BUT perfectly normal :-)

Your milk supply is well established now & your milk won't decrease drastically!

Some women take a magnesium/calcium a few days before their period starts & a few days within BUT you can take it right through.

Your milk will def not dry up. Always make sure baby first bf before a meal ;-) up until age 1 x
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5 years 10 months ago #272994 by Berry
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Hi Ladies,

I got my period for the first time today since getting pregnant. My baby is 9 and a half months old and I still breastfeed her - no bottles or formula or water either. She does eat solids 3 times a day.

My question is; how will my period affect my breast milk supply? I am worried that my hormones are hanging now and my milk will dry up?

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5 years 10 months ago #272986 by blessedmom
Hi Maj

Sorry for only replying now but just saw the message.

Let's first talk about expressing :-)

There is definitely no harm in introducing an occasional bottle now & then. What you express is absolutely no indication of your supply. Remember, your baby is the best in getting a lot of milk out of you. No pump can get close to that :-) Every woman is different on how their breast reacts to a pump. A bf baby will drink anything between 60 - 180mls. Also google paced bottle feeding to ensure that she doesn't overfeed. My son only drank between 60-90mls per feed when I went back to work. Also, the teat of the bottle will never increase cause your nipples stay the same size throughout hahaha

You can maybe directly after a feed & also express on one side while she feeds on the other (that's only if she only feeds off one breast per feed).

Now for the tugging at the breast:

Does she do it at a certain time of day?
Does she cry or moan when doing it?
Tugging at the nipple at that age is quite common though, but can also be an indication of a slow flow. Does she only suck or can you hear her swallow? If she is swallowing constantly then your supply is fine.
How many wet & dirty nappies is she having a day? That is also an indication of a good or bad supply.

Most babies go through growth spurts during the first few days at home and around 7-10 days, 2-3 weeks, 4-6 weeks, 3 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, etc. Many babies are fussy during growth spurts but growth spurts can also happen any time.

Babies who are starting to notice the world around them can be notoriously distractible. Any kind of new developmental step that baby is working on can affect nursing temporarily, whether it be fussy nursing behavior or simply more frequent nursing.

Your baby is feeding every 2hrs, which is good for a bf baby as they feed more often than a formula fed baby. As long as she has free access to the breast, you don't really have to worry. Just make sure she latches properly & has a deep latch.

If baby is fussy right when your milk is letting down (or immediately after), there’s a good chance that the fussy nursing is related to a fast let-down. If baby is fussy before let-down, or a few minutes into nursing (and a while after let-down), then baby may be impatient for the fast flow of milk that comes with let-down. Fussing at the end of a nursing session (or what seems to be the end) may mean that baby needs to burp, or is ready to finish nursing, or just wants to suck (and doesn’t want to deal with a new let-down at this point), or wants to continue nursing on the other side or with a faster flow of milk.

Also check if baby might have thrush inside the mouth. Inside of the cheeks & lips.

Here are some links to read up on & see if anything stands out.

Also, try to burp her once or twice during her feed & immediately afterwards to decrease the throwing up a bit.
The best way to increase your supply is to demand feed as often as possible. Making sure she has a deep latch, drink enough fluids, cut down on stress and a lot of skin to skin. If she is picking up & growing in length & head circumference than all is well with your supply. If you see she is dropping weight etc then you can get Prolak at dischem. It's also homeopathic.

Please shout if there is anything else!!!!

kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supply-worries/letdown/

kellymom.com/hot-topics/reflux/

kellymom.com/hot-topics/low-supply/

www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=doc-BC

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5 years 10 months ago #272967 by Maj
Replied by Maj on topic Re:Breastfeeding Questions
Hi Blessedmom

I hope you can give me some advice.
My daughter is 8 almost 9 weeks old. She is a big baby (born 3.9kgs) and at 6 weeks weighed 5.6kgs). She has been feeding well every 2 hrs. Its more nipple than breast though. She brings up a lot, some watery, some curdled, but that too ain't worrying me.

In the last week though, she has been tugging on my nipple and pulling her head back. Googling suggests that the milk flow is slow. I am worrying that I'm not producing enough milk! Any suggestions on how I can increase milk supply?

I also want to introduce the bottle for an occasional feed. I have expressed some milk, but only got about 60ml. I have no idea if that is going to be enough.




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6 years 3 months ago #270421 by blessedmom
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You get ovulation prediction tests at pharmacies. How many days were you cycle before falling pregnant?
If you had a 28 day cycle, you can start using the test from around day 11 up until day 14. Start tracking your discharge as it changes throughout your cycle. Your discharge will be much more around ovulation and will have that egg white stretchy like texture.

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6 years 3 months ago #270356 by sugar-and-spice
Thank you for the feedback Blessedmom! That makes me very happy!
Is there a way of knowing if I am ovulating or not, since i dont have my periods to tell me?

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