Questions tagged [breastfeeding]

Breastfeeding, breast milk, lactation, the infant's needs, the mother's needs, pumping, storing/freezing, effects on immune system, and more. See also the tags [feeding] and [eating].

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Can comfort nursing become a problem?

I practice comfort nursing with my baby and at this point I wonder if it’s becoming his sleep association and possibly contributing to his unwillingness to fall asleep without the breast. My baby is ...
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Breastfeeding but periods have started after 2 months. What's going on inside the body?

I'm curious to know I have periods just after a month of C-section. I'm fully breastfeeding my baby. Now he's 2.5 months old. Does periods happening decrease the production of breast-milk?
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Breastfeeding for 3-5 minutes and feeds every hour

So my son is 3 months old and the most he breast feeds at a time is 5-6 minutes, then he falls asleep or unlatches. And he’ll feed every hour or hour and a half. He’s been gaining weight, has plenty ...
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Weaning off Tube Feeding

Sorry if this has already been asked. I'd like to research more but this is somewhat time sensitive. We're trying to get our precious newborn weaned off of syringe tube feeding. It's been the "...
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How to wean a 2 year old off breastfeeding?

What steps can I take to wean my 2 year old daughter off breastfeeding? She is just now starting to sleep through the night, but we still nurse multiple times throughout the day and up until only a ...
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How to prevent baby falling asleep at breast and keep asleep at bassinet [duplicate]

We have a newborn baby girl, and she keeps falling asleep at the breast during feeding. This makes the feeding session super long, because we constantly have to try to find ways to wake her so she ...
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Best practices for supplementing with formula for a tired mom

Before I get into the question I'll mention that I fully understand the benefits of breastfeeding, and my wife and I do intend to attempt to breastfeed, hopefully as much as we can. However, with the ...
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How old is too old for a mother to allow her son to hold her nipples, "check for milk," or otherwise soothe on her breast?

My 7 year old son recently told me that he and his mother (we've been separated for a few months) check to see if she is still producing milk every now and then. In an effort not to sound alarmed I ...
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Should I wake my infant to feed?

My two month old son is overweight according to our pediatrician (6.1kg/13.5 lb), and the pediatrician advised us to give him 4 ounces of milk every 2 hours in order to manage his weight. Sometimes,...
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Is it normal for a 3-month-old to eat every 1.5 to 2 hours per night?

I had issues with breastfeeding my now 3-month-old since day one. I had almost no milk and had to start topping up with formula. I tried to increase my production with fenugreek and pumping. Now I am ...
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Is it okay to pause breastfeeding a 6-week-old for 24 hours?

My wife is breastfeeding our 6-week-old baby. She has to make a trip overseas for 24 hours and cannot bring the baby due to passport issues. The baby is used to drinking expressed milk from a bottle ...
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How to wean a 1-year-old of breastfeeding, especially night feeds?

I have a nearly 1-year-old boy who is currently enjoying solids a lot. He'll normally eat all of his dinner, which is whatever we are having, and a lot of the time he'll also finish his big brother's ...
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Is it better to introduce formula while my daughter is still drinking breast milk? If so, how gradually should it be introduced?

My wife was fortunate enough to produce a lot of breast milk (enough to feed our 7-month-old daughter and also pump a significant amount, which we froze). In the first few months of our daughter's ...
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Our infant drinks almost no breastmilk anymore and gains no weight. What can we do? [closed]

My 4-month-old kid is not drinking breastmilk nowadays. My wife always goes with breastfeeding only. Until now we didn't give bottle. Even with lots of difficulty some time baby used to drink for 5 ...
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How to breastfeed exclusively in a joint custody situation

I have a friend who is single and finds herself pregnant unexpectedly. She and the father have no relationship at this point and don’t plan to, other than co-parenting, from separate households. It ...
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Bottles at night are bad for teeth but what about breastfeeding?

I’d say that most people know that putting kids to bed with a bottle of milk will cause tooth decay but what about older babies and toddlers who fall asleep at the breast? My daughter is the most ...
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Giving expressed breast milk at the same time of day that it was expressed

My partner believes that it is beneficial for our baby to be given expressed breast milk at the same time of day that the milk was expressed, e.g. breastmilk expressed in the evening would ideally be ...
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2 month old doesn't cry in the middle of the night for food, only smacks her lips or sucks on her hand

My 2 month old doesn't often cry when she is hungry, especially in the middle of the night. In the night, more often I awake, and hear her smacking her lips or trying to feed on her hand. Sometimes ...
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Is it normal that my 2.5-year-old son still likes breastfeeding?

I have been breastfeeding my son since he was born up to now at 2 years old. I noticed that he really enjoys being fed and playing with my nipple. When he gets upset and I hold him, he will put his ...
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Helping a Tension Increaser Sleep at Night without Feeding

My husband and I will be traveling overseas for a wedding separate from our 10-month-old when he is around 11.5 months; baby will be with my parents. At the time we made the decision, he was sleeping ...
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Do babies get the benefits of breastmilk, even if they're not exclusively breastfed?

We're feeding our 3-month-old a combination of breastmilk and formula. The ratio is about half and half. Are we still getting the benefits of breastmilk? I ask because when I read about the ...
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5-month-old breast-fed baby is regressing on her sleeping pattern after given formula milk

I have been sharing about my baby's sleep problem 2 months ago, but now things have taken a worse turn from what I can tell. My baby is now 5 months old. We feel that it's time to reduce the ...
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Is it ok to stop breast milk at 7.5 month?

I know people say breast milk is most nutritious. But my 7.5-month-old has been refusing to drink from expressed milk in bottles during the day. Our best efforts (breaking into several sessions at ...
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1yr baby feeling hungry at night but not feeding instead crying

My 1yr old baby had fever two days ago.That time he avoided solids and Had only breastfeed milk. But now he refuses to breast feed during night .But crying for long time due to hunger... I just gave ...
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Is it possible to train a 3-month-old breastfed baby to sleep through the night? And if yes, how?

My wife is breastfeeding our 3-month-old baby. The baby will wake up every 2-3 hours to be fed. So she won't be sleeping through the night. I wonder whether it is possible to train a 3-month-old ...
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How can I get my 13-month-old to sleep in his own bed

My 13-month-old is still sleeping in my bed and still breastfeeding. I have tried everything to wean him off but I am out of options. He finds it more as a comfort thing and refuses to go to sleep ...
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Is it ok if my 15-month-old son stops breastfeeding by himself?

My 1 year and 3 months old baby suddenly has stopped breastfeeding at night. I have tried to feed him several times but he is not interested. He is eating solid food but not interested in the breast ...
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How long is breast milk good out of the freezer?

I was breast feeding but I moved a few hours from were we lived and I had to stop because I had to drive 7 hours back and forth for a few days and didn't have the time to breastfeed or pump, so I ...
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Is breastfeeding success possible when baby has "bubble palate"?

I am having trouble breastfeeding my fourth baby. I have successfully breastfed two of my other three kids, so I am confident that my technique is not to blame. To confirm this I saw a lactation ...
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How to store breastmilk?

I am a working mom and I intend to express milk at my office say by around 11.30 and by 2. I am staying in India, Bangalore. Now, can I mix the milk expressed these two times if they both are at room ...
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Breastfeeding and a Job Interview

My 4-month-old is 100% breastfed. I am currently looking for a new job and have a job interview in two days. The problem is that it is a full-day interview. I cannot go 8+ hours without pumping, but ...
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Is getting an oval nipple from breastfeeding indicative of a problem?

Our baby was born last week and my partner is struggling with soreness from breastfeeding. One thing we have noticed is that the nipple (not the areola) is left out of shape post-feeding; it's oval ...
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How long does breastmilk last if it was in the refrigerator then left out for close to 2 hours and put back in the refrigerator?

I keep my milk in storage bags. I also put the storage bags in a tubberware in the refrigerator. I was tired and forgot the tubberware full of my breastmilk supply on the counter for an hour and a ...
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20m Old Baby Is Insanely Cranky + Clingy + Not Leaving Her Mom, We Are At Our Wits End!

My first question here, and here's the situation: 20 month old baby girl. Had a bout of the rainy stomach bug 5 days ago, she was down with a bad fever for 2 days, recovered from the fever on the 3rd ...
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Do Soothies cause nipple confusion?

My wife and I had our first 6 days ago and have been having a lot of trouble to get him to sleep at night. We were exclusively breastfeeding until we found we needed to supplement a bit to get him ...
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What to do about my 11-month-old refusing all types of fluid including breast milk?

My child is one in July. He was brilliantly breastfeeding since birth, exclusively, up until 3 weeks ago, when he started biting. I said no and pulled away. He would cry and I would eventually give in....
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When should breastmilk be pasteurized?

Are there circumstances under which it is advised to pasteurize breast milk (excluding donations)?
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When can I breastpump?

I am a new mother, and approaching 4 weeks of breastfeeding my newborn. I am going back to work in 2 weeks and I plan to pump my milk while I am away. My problem is when I pump milk, the let down is ...
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Should I wake my 8.5 month old for feeding at night?

Our little one is 8 and a half months old, has started on solids at least twice a day, and is mostly breastfed. We are also slowing converting her to formula feeds to help my wife transition back to ...
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When I start baby cereal, should I pump extra milk?

I'm sending bottles of pumped milk to daycare for my 5-month old. When we start her on solids, do I send extra milk to mix into her cereal, or do I keep sending the same amount of milk, some of which ...
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How to continue with removing breastfeeding at night

Our daughter is just two and a bit. My wife still breastfeeds a lot. Our nights aren't particularly great. Our arrangement was that usually I sleep in one room and my wife and daughter in the other ...
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Should a toddler who weaned only a few months ago be allowed to see mom nursing younger sibling?

My wife became pregnant with our third child when our second was only ten months old. She was nursing our second at the time, but she always had a problem of not having enough milk even though both ...
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Why does my infant occasionally regurgitate breast milk?

I have a 5-month-old infant. It's always many hours after feeding - he is burped. He has always done it, but not every day and mostly just a little. Sometimes, it's a lot of volume. Is he losing ...
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Exclusive breastfeeding - how to deal with complaints from baby?

Is exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of the child's life possible, in general? I have heard a lot about that and heard about people doing that. But I did not get a chance to interact ...
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What to do if a breastfeeding toddler vomits?

My daughter has thrown up a lot 2 days ago from 6pm-3am, 6am she was fed 9oz at once (not my choice), she threw all of it up. fed her less pedialite at a time, around 10am she threw up again, a lot,...
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Not drinking milk for longer time

My baby is 3 months old. She is breastfeeding for five minutes at a time. If we try to feed her a while later then she is in a mood to play, does not want to feed, and she cries. Not drinking for ...
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If an establishment allows breastfeeding, but not outside drinks (juice, etc.), is bottled breastmilk an exception? [closed]

I'm visiting an indoor kids park (trampolines, slides, etc.) with a "no outside drink" policy. I understand the reason for the policy is to up sell, and while my toddler son can drink their (cow) ...
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How long does chilled breast milk last after taking from the refrigerator? [duplicate]

I took a bottle of breast milk out of the refrigerator and forgot about it. At room temperature, how long is it good for? Can I put it back in the fridge?
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When should I start using my frozen stash of breastmilk?

I am not sure when I should start using my freezer stash... I am an over producer and am pumping more milk than my baby is consuming, so while I am at work I leave bottles of fresh milk for him and ...
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What are ways that I can donate my extra breastmilk?

I am an overproducer which is a blessing and a curse. Has anyone had any experience donating breastmilk? What are the different types of milk donation programs and organizations?
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