We’d like to introduce the fabulous lactation consultant at MILKALICIOUS Breastfeeding Boutique, JENNIFER RITCHIE. Jennifer and her co-founder JENNIFER KUSIMER are committed to increasing long-term breastfeeding rates by offering breastfeeding support to new mothers. Both founders of Milkalicious are certified through UCSD as Lactation Professionals, and Jennifer Ritchie is currently the Vice President of the Orange County Breastfeeding Coalition.
First I would like to explain that I have a rare kidney problem called Nephrogenic Diabetes Insipidus. I have had it since birth. The disease has to deal with that fact that my kidneys do not function correctly where the water does not return to the body. I dont not really retain much water at all. I drink 4 to 6 gallons of water a day just to keep hydrated.
I am 35 years old and have a 2 year old daughter. I was able to lacatate with her some when she was born. For the first two weeks then had to go to formula with it until she was two months old. When my daughter was born had her see a ped. that understood my problem to make sure she didnt have it. He mentioned to be that since I dont retain water that it would be very hard for me to breastfeed fully. (which I am hoping I find a new way with my daughter). I am pretty well endowed and she had a hard time latching on. I tried manual pumps and one electrical pump but was not able to get suction. My nipples didnt seem to fit into the cup. I dont know if there is a way to get more if my son (est. date of delivery 10/17/09) to be able to have my breast milk since it has also been a deep to have that kind of bond between mother and child.
I am hoping that you might have some suggests for me for the possible be able to produce enough milk for my child and to also know if there is a pump or a way to help him to latch on to have the experience I so dream to have with my child.
Thank you for Your time.
Hello, I am a new graduate RN but I am also really interested in becoming a lactation consultant. I'm not sure what the process is to becoming a certified lactation consultant and I'm having trouble locating information on this topic. I live in NJ. Just wondering if you have any advice/information.
Sometimes if the flow is too fast for a baby they will bob off the breast to catch their breath. You can lean back in the chair while feeding to stop it from flowing so fast by using gravity against it. Your breasts don't have to change size to produce enough milk. With your second baby your body is more efficient at knowing exactly how much milk to produce so you might not have the same surplus you did with your first baby but if you breastfeed often and on demand you should not have a prob producing enough milk. Make sure you pump each time you give the baby a bottle to keep up the supply.
Kelly Martell Scovel said:When I had my son 3 years ago, I was overflowing with milk. My breasts went from a B to about a D and I had no problem breastfeeding and did so for about a year. Now, with my 3 month old daughter, I have barely ANY milk, and I don't feel I have done anything different. I am trying to only give her 3oz. of formula a day, but most days it ends up being 6oz. (two bottles) She is very frantic when she breastfeeds, and pulls herself off every couple seconds. I know the milk is coming out because when she pulls away it shoots out! I just want to know what I can do to make more milk for her, and how to encourage her to relax.
Ronda, I have a 14month old that I nursed till the day he turned 13mo. At one year he nursed once at 6a, 6p and at night. I began to wean out morning and evening and that is when my period returned. At exactly 13mo I stopped the night nursing (we both were ready since he made a smooth transition) and sure enough I'm now pregnant! My grandmother sweared by the "nursing = birth control", and now I truly believe that too.
Hope that helps and good luck to you!
Rhonda D Dnyder said:Hi! I have a 13-month-old daughter who is breastfed. She is down to once-a-day before bed and she's eating tons of solids and drinking vit. D milk. Anyway, my husband and I want to get pregnant again soon (I'm 34), and it just doesn't seem to be happening yet. My periods have been regular since March. Do you think I'm not ovulating? This was mentioned to me recently, that I may need to stop BF before I'll start ovulating again. What do you think?
I have 2 children ages 3 weeks and 2 years old...I'm tandem nursing. My youngest nurses every 3 hours and my 2 year old 1 to 2 times a day. I'd like to build up extra milk for my youngest when my hubby & I have date nights so that our dates don't have to be so short. However when I'm pumping I'm not getting too much -- 1 to 2 ounces at best. Any suggestions/tips?
I am really curious about donating breast milk. I have been looking on the internet for information about this subject, but everything that I have found is for the woman/baby receiving the donated milk. Who can donate milk? When? Can you point me toward more information about when it would be appropriate for a mother to donate milk?
My 3 1/2 week old daughter falls asleep while breastfeeding. I do switch breasts and burp and/or change her diaper to help wake her. But soon after she begins to nurse, she falls into sleep again. She feeds about every 60-90 minutes through out the day. She sleeps a bit longer during the early morning hours. My question is... Is this a normal or good pattern to be in? It seems she is using the breast as a pacifier. Is this a good habit? Any suggestions/advice would be appreciated.
Two years ago, I experienced what doctors would call a subareolar abcess that I believe came from an ingrown hair around my nipple. It became inflamed and needed to be lanced and drained. It had since went away, only to resurface when I got pregnant. I've had it lanced and drained a couple more times during my pregnancy and again it has gone down and is no longer swollen or draining profusely. However, it does still leak a small amount of pus everynow and then, the nipple sometimes leaks and itches and the fluids still smell like infection. I'm 28 yrs old and 37 weeks with my first child. My midwives have informed me that I should be okay and that my son will be able to nurse normally but since this forum is open, I was wondering for myself and any other mothers out there, is it really okay for my son to nurse from a nipple that might still be infected. Will mastitis be more eminent being my history with this breast? And, how can I clear up the infection that is apparently deep within the breast without antibiotics? I get yeast infections seems like upon sheer mention of them!!! I eat alot of garlic, drink apple cider vinegar and lead a great diet consuming only fish and hormone/antibiotic free turkey and a little chicken. This has been my only issue throughout my pregnancy. No sickness or ill feelings at all!!! But, I do want to nurse my son and just want to make double sure that it will be safe...!!! Thanks, Milkalicious!!!!
I have serious depression issues which are greatly aggravated by postpartum and breastfeeding hormones. I have 4 kids and not made it past 6 weeks of BF with any of them bc of the depression (I also had issues with having too little milk production which I attributed to PPD). It gets so bad that I can't stand anything touching my skin (and a host of other conditions: hot flashes, fatigue, restlessness, insomnia, etc). I am interested in knowing (if we are blessed with another child) what, if anything, I can do to make it possible to BF for a long period of time. My OB put me on Zoloft (only) and this did not solve the issues and because it is the only proven safe AD, I didn't try anything else. This same issue has caused my sister-in-law to stop breastfeeding. She has actually been to a gynecological endocrinologist who ran the gamut of testing and everything came out "normal"...but still she suffers (even though she stopped BF about 2 months ago).
I am also interested in knowing if lactation can be re-started (my baby is now seven months old)? I know I would have to go off of my depression medicine (Zoloft, Seroquel, and Xanax) but if you are able to give me advice on the above issue, that may not be a problem.
Thank you so much!!