Breastfeeding advise or help for anyone interested

Merry - posted on 09/16/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi ladies! I'm so excited that more moms are joining! It's so cool to see the other women due the same time as me! I feel like this makes us friends :)

I wanted to say that if anyone is thinking about breastfeeding, or not sure what she wants to feed, I am here to help anyway I can

I breastfeed Eric, who is now 1 1/2 and vie been through a lot, like nipple pain, using shields, flat nipple, overabundant milk, heavy let down, worrying about supply, plugged ducts, mastitis (2 times), and I have since been devoting a bunch of time looking into every research, facts, recommendations, tips, special conditions, etc.

I don't want to come off as a know it all, I just found I am passionate about breastfeeding and since learning all about it, I feel confident helping anyone!

I have many many websites of health facts to back up my advise because it's no good unless it's true right!

So, please feel free to ask me anything about breastfeeding! It would make my day to be able to help, encourage, or inform someone!



*warning* I have to note, I get a bit upset when moms discourage each other from breastfeeding with horror stories, or misinformed facts, or myths/wives tales. so please, even if you couldn't breastfeed, or didn't choose to, please don't discourage other moms from doing so!



So please, I'm an open book, ask away!

I promise, I'm a nice person :) just passionate!

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Haven - posted on 09/18/2010

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With biting I say no bite and then stop nursing for a couple of minutes. Usually if he bites it means he is getting bored, or not really hungry. Oliver is almost 16 months, planning on breastfeeding as long ad possible!

Merry - posted on 09/17/2010

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Well, for the biting, does she know the word no? Or even gentle, or bite would work. So when she bites say a firm no. Not meanly or too loud but firm. Then take her off your breast. At this age if she knows a word like I mentioned you can say no bite, gentle with mommy. She is smart I bet:) it's helpful to know that in cultures that are not sexual about breasts the children breastfeed until the ages of 4,5,6 years! You bet no one is biting their moms that long! So it's very good for her to learn to respect your body, you are giving her a gift with your milk, she can't abuse it. So if you get the biting under control, do you still want to wean her? I want to share that except for the aap, every other health organization around the world recommends 2 years as the goal minimum for breastfeeding. And the aafp says that if weaned before 2 the child is at increased risk of illness. They say this because right now she has a practically mature immune system completely through your milk. When she stops nursing her immune system goes down a lot and isn't mature until around 8 years. So many toddlers will get more severe colds, flu, sinus infections, ear infections etc just after weaning. And with flu season here I might encourage you to not wean right now:) there is no risk to breastfeed while pregnant as long as you are not at preexisting risk of early labor. So many women nurse their toddler through the pregnancy and then tandem nurse both after the baby is born. This is very common in other cultures, but is becoming more accepted in advanced societies too. As we learn the benefits of toddler nursing it's more common that moms will nurse two at the same time. I even know a mom who is pregnant with twins and will nurse her toddler along with the new babies :) most women are capable of producing enough milk for triplets! So it's most likely you would have a good enough production.

So if you do want to wean, I can give you some links with advise on the easiest ways, I am nursing my son who is almost 1 1/2 and I will nurse him along with the new baby because I would feel guilty if he got sick, and I thought I could have prevented it. But there's NO judgement if you want a beak in between, the best thing for you is to do what you feel most comfortable with. Not just what I am doing :)



A lot of what I said here comes from what I learned at kellymom.com

You can check her site out, it's very reputable and incredibly helpful!



How often does she nurse in a day/night, and how often is she biting? Is it sharp bites, or more gnawing?

Josette - posted on 09/16/2010

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I have question...I'm breastfeeding my 13 month old and she has a lot of teeth and all I have to say is ouch! Is there any way to get her to stop biting or start weaning her so that I can feel good about my boobs again before the next one comes?

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