Re: 5 1/2month old pumping and nursing problems
Not quite. When you have an oversupply of milk, the way to reduce it is to allow as much milk as possible sit in the breast for as long as possible. The body interprets this as reduced demand and decreases supply. So what you do is feed on one breast and leave the other alone. No pumping, unless you become too uncomfortable, in which case you pump the minimum necessary to restore comfort. You may use the other breast at the next feeding or, if you have a more severe oversupply problem, you may need to feed from the same breast for more than 1 feeding in a row.
The milk block is that only feeding on one side all the time and just letting the other side be pumped?
It is frustrating! You might try catching the spray in a basin, and saving it to mix with cereal or something.
I just feel so frustrated letting it all spray away, I feel very soft after that happens. Do I still have enough milk in there to keep feeding him after such a big milk let down?
Despite the empty feeling you have after the breast lets down, there is still milk in there and the baby can get it if he is willing to do the work. The breast is never really empty, since milk is constantly being made.
This is very normal. Some babies have a strong preference for a given flow speed, and make their displeasure known then the flow is too fast or too slow!
He seems agitated once he re-latches and angry that it is not flowing fast enough then...sometimes it seems like I can't win lol.
No, not really. There are A-cup moms with abundant supplies and moms with large breasts who have low supply.
Does breast size count when it comes to making milk?
There are no hard and fast rules about how the shields should look. They should feel good, though! So use whatever shield is most comfortable.
Also I am a little confused on breast shield sizes. I have 24mm 27mm and 30mm for a hospital grade medela pump. The big ones feel good on my nipple diameter but they pull on my breast tissue too hard and make it painful and sore to the touch but the small ones squish my nipples all around in there and then they get sore too from moving around too much. The 27mm only seem to work when I am at a medium fullness and then I have no problem. How far back should the shield go on my areoa?
Have you tried the side-lying position?
I have large breasts they are Fcups. Tristan looks like he is getting swallowed when I try to nurse him I have tried multiple feeding positions and the only one where he can nurse and breathe properly is the cradle
Yes. At that age, a baby should be trying tastes of solids, but still getting the bulk of his nutritional needs met by breastmilk or formula.
He eats almost 12 oz of food before bedtime. Do you think that is too much for an almost 6 month old to be eating?
Keep on doing what you're doing. Baby bites = baby gets put down.
Also he has been biting me now for over 2 months and everytime he does it I take him off my breast and sternly say no but he always smiles and laughs at me...yet I have never laughed at him back. : / Any suggestions?
It's a myth that a breastfeeding mom needs to have a great diet in order to produce good milk. Moms who eat a substandard diet will still produce high-quality milk, and yes, that's the best thing for the baby.
I know women are supposed to eat really healthy when breastfeeding and I try to do my best. My question is... even if your diet isn't perfectly rounded out with fruits and veggies is breast milk still considered the best food?
Now go eat your veggies.
Can you post your baby's history? Birth weight, lowest weight, weight at each checkup? Also, length and head circumference would be nice data to have.
I have never been much for bringing kids to the doctor for every little issue. The reason I have been worrying so much about his weight is because his pediatrician said he was kinda "skinny" for his age at his 4month check up for shots.
Look, we all do what we have to do as moms. Sometimes, for some of us, that means using tv as a babysitter in order to get things done. But if you can avoid it, do so. It really isn't good for the developing brain. Not trying to guilt you, but hey, you asked!
One last question should I be concerned about Tristan wanting to watch TV all the time?
You're not doing anything wrong. What you describe sounds like separation anxiety. There's no cure for it but time. It may seem counterintuitive, but holding your baby MORE may help. If you can wear him in a sling, he won't need to miss you, and you'll have your hands free to do what needs doing.
Or even if I leave the room to make breakfast or lunch he screams because I am not looking at him...we even got him a bouncer toy and he loved it at first and now he won't play in it if I am not sitting next to him! The weirdest thing is that I DONT hold him all day so you would think he wouldn't be screaming all the time when I leave the room but even if I try to go to the bathroom he throws a fit. What am I doing wrong?
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