This is a discussion on milk supply within the General Pregnancy Discussion forum, part of the Pregnancy Forum category; Yesterday told my Lao gong I want to get a breastfeeding pillow he went Har?..then he said got milk got milk ...
Yesterday told my Lao gong I want to get a breastfeeding pillow he went Har?..then he said got milk got milk no milk no milk, why must buy? I was worried of getting those sore shoulders and neck which I had with baby 1. Looks like I may struggle even with getting his 100% support. I dont't tell him much about bfg except it will be challenging in the beginning. I am the one who read up so he hardly has any clue how hard it can be for some new moms. And baby 1 had almost 100% FM and is big and strong and hardly falls sick till now 7yo, so Lao gong thinks Whatever milk doesn't matter.
I read some women sharing that totally replying on pump can lower supply, best is baby nursing. Hope my baby 2 is a good nurser.
I have gest. Diabetes this pregnancy so high chance baby will need food once born in case he gets low sugar...so I should refrain from using teats and bottle yeah? Use syringe and cup to feed formula recommended yeah? Need to sterilise the cup? Syringe would be sterile.
Oh anyone has any idea if the medela pump clear tubings which connect from pump to breastshield can be sterilised? Say using the avent steam sterilizer?
Are you mummies going to room in with baby or put them in nursery? Room in is xiong but can nurse constantly yeah? Would appreciate advice/sharing on this aspect.
I am36 weeks and have been having funny tummy aches and achy right leg one day and the other another day. Think this baby may want to come out anytime lol.
Try to get lactation consultant ASAP, dont't wait till go home. I went to one only after 10 days, that's too late for me. Get a good pump too in case you need it. I didn't. My first bfg experience turned out disaster and I ended up in tears and depressed. Feed on demand, dont't even try to make it 3-hrly...ie put baby to breast as much as you can. Get lansinoh too! I am talking like expert hahaha...hope this round will work out for me too!
oh I have very small breasts too! am 75B now only, used to be 70A (or smaller) i didn't bother to check if there was milk before I gave birth. no point worrying about things that have not't happen yet. Just trust your body! If you eat nutritious, drink lots of liquids, all you need is to massage your breasts properly and latch on as often as possible after delivery, the milk will start generating for sure! I read that small boobs and big boobs no difference, on the contrary, people with big boobs have the danger of suffocating the baby during breastfeeding and have more problems! the ability to supply milk is really not dependent on size of boobs, but our boob size is only the capacity of the amount milk we can store if not expressed or drank.
Agree about the lansinoh. I actually started putting them on when i was in my 3rd trimester to moisturise the nipples.
By the way, big breast, small breast dont't matter. Ive got big boobs but my friend who's smaller pumps more milk than i do
ya i have small breast and my sister In law has big wans. my mother in law appreciate me for my tbf when she is doing confinement for her daughter, who only bf her son less than a week. She never tell me directly but said to my sister In law, she say i was always busy pumping whole day while her daughter is not thus no milk. hee...
i can feel my milk comes in today which is my 3rd day after delivery. baby suckle for 1hour both side but still not enough, is it normal? should let baby suckle for how long?
did your baby fall asleep while suckling? sometimes you need to keep on encouraging the baby to suckle especially is baby is the sleepy type, like mine.
For me, I just let baby suckle as much as she wants. can be tiring but you can do it
at least 30mins for both sides altogether. nothing less than that till about 1.5mths. then i let the baby feed on demand.
Congrats yeoymp! Hope it works out for you. yeah sleepy baby won't help...if sleepy I read must skin to skin contact...hope mine won't be too sleepy!
my boy sometimes can fall asleep after 15mins or 30mins, but sometimes can suckle for 1hour then he sleep. but he will ask milk again after 1hour or 1/2hour later.....is it normal? my Cl said im not producing enough for baby, so top up formula.
i try to pump out, only got 40ml both side, does it mean if baby suckle and drink full, he only got e 40ml from me?
I read baby if nursing correctly will get more milk out of you than using pump, so baby is best. And Aso read feed on demand best to establish supply. Aso read first week baby will usually lose weight but will start gaining weight if he is getting enough. Cf lady around another set of stress I feel. I think mine probably will say same to me next month.
Baby is better than a pump. N yes, baby will definitely b getting more frm you than you can pump out. So just continue to latch
otherwise, you may choose exculsive pumping strictly at least 3 hr pump thrgout the day to increase milk flow.
of course latching is the best only if mum physically able to, or else do consider opting a method most comfortable to you. even offering partial FM is not something bad , once milk is establish, convert to full FM
do not give yrself too much stress, now is still early to be able to pump like alot of milk.
Hi new mummy yeoymp, I found a wonderful website with lots info. Have a look. I read that latching baby on frequently and nursing for short times are better at building supply than latching baby on for longer time but fewer intervals.
Hand Expression - Newborn Nursery at LPCH - Stanford University School of Medicine
Hi mummytoosoon, I suggest you get the breastfeeding pillow. You could use a normal pillow but it does not provide as good support as a breastfeeding pillow because of the shape. I was also advised by the hospital nurses that baby gets more milk out of mummy than pump. But to begin with, to latch exclusively to build up supply.
Initially, it was difficult as I'm trying to get used to bf and my baby is learning to latch. He tends to only suck on the nipple initially & after a couple if weeks, he can bite once he works himself into a feeding frenzy ;p hence the nipple shields really do help to relieve sore nipples!
I latch my baby as often as he wants & took fenugreek supplement to boost my supply. I was researching on fenugreek to increase milk supply & read that mummies should take min 3500mg for it to be effective. It did work for me once I upped my intake to 3500mg.
Daddies dont't really understand so it's better to rely on your sisters or girlfriends for support in terms of bf matters - so I found out
If I use the cup and syringe to feed baby (in case!), do I need to sterilise the cup, whether to give FM or hand-expressed colostrum?
Also, do you know if I can sterilise the Medela tubings using the Avent steriliser?
I think I will go get the pillow and nipple shields just in case. Anyway pillow can re-sell.
right now i try to latch almost all the time. sometimes can be like every hour! but baby tends to be sleepy....only suckle for 15mins then fall asleep.
and night feeding can be very tired.
may i know it takes how long to establish milk supply?
Read it can take 2 weeks. Did you have skin to skin with baby. My first baby Aso kept falling asleep at boobs. you gave formula?
skin to skin only at delivery suite. these 2days he keep falling sleep, sometimes suckle less than 30mins, end up like every hour feeding. then my cl keep saying he is not having enough milk from me. so i did top up with formul@ 2,3 times aday.
very scared he will reject my nipples.
Yeoymp. My girls were like tht too. Very sleepy baby. Kept on falling asleep. I change her diaper to wake her up. Put to the boobs, fell asleep again. So i kept on tickling the chin, nuzzling just to get her to keep drinking. Very tiring at first but after 1.5mths she is able to feed till full before sleeping.
I think most newborns r sleepy plus drinking frm breast does take effort. If you supplement with fm, make sure you pump when your bby is drinking fm. This helps to build milk supply
yes, if on FM, pls pump or hand express to trick yr body that you need this much of milk. hand express is tiring but te force is there to suck out more milk. there is video on how to express using hands, try if as pump might not clear as efficiently.
i took one whole month plus after confinement to establish from 90ml to 200ml.
the tiredness and stress makes my milk supply up and down. thats why i choose a more comfortable method for myself.
everyone's body is different, there are a low percentage of woman who really cannot produce as much for their babies, even latching on thrgout fails. so access the situation and adjust accordingly:-)
conculsion: our goal is to produce as much breast milk as we can for our beloved little ones.
i try to unswaddle him, move his chin etc sometimes he just wanna sleep.
i just realised he may be sucking but not suckle. omg.
the lactation consultation who went to visit me in ward the first day told me to put the baby upright to burp him in order to wake him up. So you might want to try burping.
Try to listen to the swallowing sound fr baby . If he did not cry and really went sleeping, once he is hungry for the next feed , he will cry for it, then latch him again. Maybe you might see that yr baby is doing well with 15min on each breast , put him to sleep , and he will cry for next feed. It does not mean long latch is good, unless your baby is sucking for comfort.
normally i unswaddle baby when it is time for feed, this is what the lactation consultation thought me as well.