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Will my milk supply dry out if I don't breastfeed routinely?

Will my milk supply dry out if I don't breastfeed routinely?

Yes: It will definitely dry out if you stop breastfeeding. How little breastfeeding you can do and still have milk is highly individual. ...Read more

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Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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Will milk come in even if Im not breastfeeding right away? will the milk supply still increase? I don't wanna pump or breastfeed until my milk is in

Will milk come in even if Im not breastfeeding right away? will the milk supply still increase? I don't wanna pump or breastfeed until my milk is in

Be like in nature!: In nature, does the baby breastfeed first, or does the milk come in first? The answer is: the baby feeds at birth, right away on the Mom's breasts, but the milk comes in later, after 2 days. The baby does NOT wait 2 days with nothing to suck on, until Mom's milk comes. Also, Mom's milk comes BECAUSE her baby is sucking on her breasts every 2-3 hours. it helps to pump now and breastfeed now. ...Read more

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Will my milk supply last if i only pump?

Will my milk supply last if i only pump?

It's possible: Pumping only is not as emotionally bonding as when actually allowing your baby to nurse at the breast. Something about the skin to skin contact that is good for both mother and baby--thereby enhancing the milk supply. Having said that, in my 30 years of pediatric practice there have been mothers to successfully support their baby by only pumping;--so it is possible--just not as likely. ...Read more

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I haven't pump breastmilk for 3 days and I'm not nursing. Should I keep continue pumping and will I lost the milk supply?

I haven't pump breastmilk for 3 days and I'm not nursing. Should I keep continue pumping and will I lost the milk supply?

You can still nurse!: If you want to maintain your milk supply you need to either nurse your baby or keep pumping. If you stop doing these, your milk supply will begin to dry up. However, even after 3 days, you should still be able to start back up again if you desire and are persistent. Best wishes! ...Read more

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How to dry breast milk I have mastitis and i decided to stop breastfeeding i need something to dry breast milk

How to dry breast milk I have mastitis and i decided to stop breastfeeding i need something to dry breast milk

Will stop: Once you stop breastfeeding, milk production will stop on its own. If you have mastitis, i recommend you pump to keep the ducts open and help clear the infection. Speak with your gynecologist or find a breast surgeon to help you. ...Read more

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If i stop breastfeeding just until my nipples heal will it stop my milk from coming and will the baby not want my breast no more cuz i'm using formula?

If i stop breastfeeding just until my nipples heal will it stop my milk from coming and will the baby not want my breast no more cuz i'm using formula?

Feeding may continue: Stopping breast feeding for few days should not stop the milk secretion. Sore breast is a very common complaint post delivery and lasts from day 2 to day 5.See a doctor, if pain lasts more than a week. Massage and warm compressing of breast usually start the milk flow. The baby should be able to start breast feeding, after a brief interruption and being on formula milk. Don't stop trying to feed. ...Read more

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I am pumping to feed my baby breast milk but also using formula. (i'm not producing enough). Should I do breast milk only and formula only bottles?

I am pumping to feed my baby breast milk but also using formula. (i'm not producing enough). Should I do breast milk only and formula only bottles?

I would: I don't have science behind this, but i don't know if mixing breast milk and formula will break down the good proteins in either liquid. I'm probably being overly cautious with this recommendation. So, if it was my baby, i wouldn't mix. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Will I have enough milk to feed my triplets?

Yes, but...: Don't feel guilty if you feel like you can't keep up with breastfeeding triplets. Usually, the more breastfeeding you do, the more milk the breasts will produce. However, given how often newborns need to breastfeed, I am not sure you will find time to sleep...Or do anything else for that matter! breastfeed as often as you are comfortable for your 3 babies, but don't feel bad to supplement! :-). ...Read more

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Will I have enough breast milk to feed my twins?

Will I have enough breast milk to feed my twins?

Yes: Absolutely, start as soon as possible, do not get discourage, try to get into a schedule and if you need please contact la leche league for help. Some people will breast feed from both breast at the same time. ...Read more

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After several bottle feedings(pumped breastmilk) my 3 months old does not stay attached to breast.if i switch to pumping does it reduce milk supply?

After several bottle feedings(pumped breastmilk) my 3 months old does not stay attached to breast.if i switch to pumping does it reduce milk supply?

Not really : Your breasts have a biochemical servomechanism so that if your kid (or the pump) sucks out say 2.5 ounces then the breast fills itself up with an additional 2.5 ounces. He may have a weak suck, he may have a tongue-tie. Best thing to do is just check weight gain. Can do that at doc's office. If growing well then child is getting enough food. ...Read more

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My newborn baby doesn't want my milk. I'm so depressed. I want to breast feed him. Also, I have an inverted nipple and my milk doesn't flow quickly.

My newborn baby doesn't want my milk. I'm so depressed. I want to breast feed him. Also, I have an inverted nipple and my milk doesn't flow quickly.

A/W Dr Zacharias: & Dr Wright. A breast feeding consultant (This used to be one of my husband's jobs) can be super helpful. Breast feeding can be very challenging for women with inverted nipples it nipples don't become fully erect with nipple stimulation. Please don't beat yourself up or get depressed. This doesn't mean you are any less of a good mother. ...Read more

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How can I increase my breast milk supply , having 2 months baby , my milk not sufficient already taking leptaden, no use .Please help. Prefer to bf?

How can I increase my breast milk supply , having 2 months baby , my milk not sufficient already taking leptaden, no use .Please help. Prefer to bf?

Fenugreek: There are several herbal supplements that supposedly help with milk supply, including fenugreek, brewers yeast, and milk thistle to name a few. Double pumping (both breasts at once) after nursing can be very effective. In the us, there is a prescription medication called "reglan" that has also been used off-label for this purpose. In other countries, "domperidone" is used. ...Read more

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3 months baby is refusing to breastfeed, will i still have a good milk supply to continue to feed her till she is 6 months if i only pump all the time?

3 months baby is refusing to breastfeed, will i still have a good milk supply to continue to feed her till she is 6 months if i only pump all the time?

Yes, consider LLL: Continuous pumping will stimulate your breastmilk supply, however the baby is the best stimulator. You may need to increase your pumping frequency to meet her growth spurts at times. You may also want to consider consulting la leche league (lll) for help with why your baby refuses to breast feed and how to keep your supply up. Congratulations on breastfeeding for the 3 mos already! keep it up! ...Read more

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I breastfeed and bottle feed but yesterday I smoked, how will it effect my baby if I were to breast feed her?

I breastfeed and bottle feed but yesterday I smoked, how will it effect my baby if I were to breast feed her?

SLight symptoms: She may be a bit jittery and may spit up a bit more, making her a bit more fussy from the nicotine exposure. That being said, breast is still the best food source for your child. Please try to decrease or stop smoking while nursing. Thanks for trying to feed your baby the best way. ...Read more

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I have not produced milk in 3 months and my baby will not latch on, is there anyway i can get my milk supply to come back and get her to latch on?

Lactation lapse: 3 months is a long time to interrupt breast feeding and expect to get it back. Nevertheless, try to get that oxytocin (hormone that stimulate breast milk production) going again by frequent feeds, pumping or expressing. If the babe cannot latch on try expressing using a coffee cup, a shield, or repositioning but don't allow the babe to become dehydrated - look for wet diapers every four hours. ...Read more

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If I don't eat enough will my breast milk be unhealthy?

If I don't eat enough will my breast milk be unhealthy?

Not unhealthy: A poor diet would not make breast milk unhealthy but it might decrease production. ...Read more

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My baby doesn't drink my milk unless he is sleeping. He prefers the bottle when awake. What can I do to maintain or reestablish my milk supply.

My baby doesn't drink my milk unless he is sleeping. He prefers the bottle when awake. What can I do to maintain or reestablish my milk supply.

Breast pump: To increase your milk supply, you should use a breast pump throughout he day, as often as your baby eats. Then you can give breast milk via bottle, or hopefully, resume nursing. Also, herbal supplements such as fenugreek help to increase milk supply. Make sure you are well hydrated and drink plenty of water. Be well! ...Read more

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