Breastfeeding Chat

Mother to Mother support for breastfeeding. Connect with others to celebrate the joys and overcome the challenges.

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Welcome to Breastfeeding Chat! Feel free to post questions of the members or group coordinator. Please share your favorite breastfeeding stories and breastfeeding news items. Please feel free to add discussions.

The mission of La Leche League International is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information and education and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

La Leche League groups meet monthly in over 60 countries around the world. Leaders are mother-volunteers who have been trained and accredited by La Leche League International. Leaders are available for phone and email help, and some Leaders do home visits for moms who are having trouble in the early weeks.

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La Leche League philosophy is summarized by these 10 concepts:

-Mothering through breastfeeding is the most natural and effective way of understanding and satisfying the needs of the baby.
-Mother and baby need to be together early and often to establish a satisfying relationship and an adequate milk supply.
-In the early years the baby has an intense need to be with his mother which is as basic as his need for food.
-Breast milk is the superior infant food.
-For the healthy, full-term baby, breast milk is the only food necessary until the baby shows signs of needing solids, about the middle of the first year after birth.
-Ideally the breastfeeding relationship will continue until the baby outgrows the need.
-Alert and active participation by the mother in childbirth is a help in getting breastfeeding off to a good start.
-Breastfeeding is enhanced and the nursing couple sustained by the loving support, help, and companionship of the baby's father. A father's unique relationship with his baby is an important element in the child's development from early infancy.
-Good nutrition means eating a well-balanced and varied diet of foods in as close to their natural state as possible.
-From infancy on, children need loving guidance which reflects acceptance of their capabilities and sensitivity to their feelings.

The ideals and principles of mothering which are the foundation of LLLI beliefs are further developed in THE WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING, the most comprehensive handbook on breastfeeding and parenting ever published. It has provided needed answers to three generations of nursing mothers on every aspect of breastfeeding. The new Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is now available!  See this link to download chapter 20, the Tear-Sheet Toolkit:


My highest credential is MOM to three clever, spunky, loving, sweet, funny kids, ages 9, 7, and 4. I am also a volunteer LLLL (La Leche League Leader) and an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) in Seattle, Washington.


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Comment by Bonnie P on June 10, 2010 at 9:27pm
My first would go 10 days between bowel movements!!! He was never constipated, never uncomfortable, and I loved the fact that I only had to deal with 3 poopy cloth diapers a month! It's very normal for exclusively breastfed babies to go a few days between bms, so try not to worry unless your baby is actually constipated (hard bowel movements). Sure did freak me out when it first started happening though!
Comment by Laura Morales on June 10, 2010 at 7:39pm
Thanks ladies, good info to know. And I would usually eat alot of dairy so its good to know some replacements(I was wondering how I could survive totally eliminating everything, I love cheese and milk) I'll let you know in a couple days if we see some improvement. Oh and he did end up pooping today-huge diaper explosion.
Comment by Karen M on June 10, 2010 at 5:34pm
my second dd was whatever you wanna call it - dairy intolerant, lactose overload, etc. green foamy poops, serious spit up (all the time, and SOUR nasty stinky spit), painful gas, the whole 9 yards.

at her 2 week appt and after 2 weeks of me trying different things (is it coffee? oh please no!! orange juice? maybe? nope. eggs? uh-uh) , our ped said removing obvious dairy should show improvement in 3ish days. it totally did, and if i cheated she was spitty and gassy. it lasted about 10+ mos. it lessened as time went on, I could cheat and just keep a towel handy the next day.

dairy hides in a lot of things, and goes by lots of names. Replacing those items to make life easier is just as hard! THINGS I LEARNED; I highly recommend Almond milk for a milk replacement over soy milk or rice milk. Not only does chocolate almond milk taste fantastic, the original goes well in cereal, vanilla is great in smoothies, they are a cup for cup replacement for milk in baking. Rice milk blows bigtime in this regard.

There is a cheese free cheese (Daiya cheese) sold online that is great and is made from cassava root. my vegan friend showed it to me, it melts in grilled cheese or on pizza so you don't totally go without those essentials!

check out vegan baking recipes (like vegan cookies take over your cookie jar) for recipes that use oil instead of butter or margarine. they also don't use eggs (they sub in ground flax seed usually). very handy sometimes!
Comment by Tarrah Carmon on June 10, 2010 at 5:33pm
im so glad your asking Laura! i was told i had to stop BF when we found out he had an issue with dairy....just cut out cows milk and he start to show signs of improvment...and we were told not to worry about a BM till 5 days in a row...BUT we added some kayro syrup to a bottle of breast milk and it helped him go
Comment by Laura Morales on June 10, 2010 at 12:10pm
well I havent had any dairy for over 24 hours. How long should it take to get out of my system and see reslts in him if thats the problem. Also he hasent had a bowel movment for almost 2 days. When should I start worrying and what can I do to help him?
Comment by Bonnie P on June 10, 2010 at 11:28am
Anyone know the mechanism of how broccoli can make a baby gassy? I'm always interested in the science of things! I also have a hard time staying away from the stuff; it's my favorite vegetable and so good for you! But you should hear my little girl toot! Oh my! Lol, she sounds just like her dad!
Comment by Laura Morales on June 10, 2010 at 7:18am
he is 6 weeks old and yes I was positive for GBS and had a uti they gave antibotics for those.
Comment by Emily Healy on June 10, 2010 at 12:42am
Babies are VERY RARELY lactose intolerant. Breastmilk has lactose and they need it to survive! Breastmilk also has LACTASE, the enzyme that breaks down lactose.

Babies can, however, have LACTOSE OVERLOAD. This just means they don't have enough lactase to process all the lactose. Symptoms can include fussy baby, green frothy stools, gassy. Those symptoms could indicate a food sensitivity also.

Babies who have 'gut damage' due to antibiotics are more prone to lactose overload.

Foremilk (the milk the baby drinks first during a feeding) has more lactose. If mom has oversupply, baby might get lots of lactose and not have enough lactase to keep up. It's important to determine that you really have oversupply before you start trying to reduce supply. Block feeding can reduce supply. Also, expressing a little bit before breastfeeding can remove some of the foremilk and make way for the 'hindmilk', (the creamier, later milk...more fat)

We can also help the baby get more 'hindmilk' by using breast compression while nursing.

Okay, so coming back to the question...

eliminating dairy from your diet won't change the ammount of lactose in your milk.

but...if your baby is sensitive to dairy, (remember the symptoms can be the same), then removing dairy for two weeks should completely relieve her/his symptoms.

Dairy is the most common food babies are sensitive to in mom's diet. Wheat and soy follow.

How old is your baby? C-sec or antibiotics during labor or anytime after?

Comment by Emily Healy on June 10, 2010 at 12:28am
hiccups are totally normal in babies, breastfed or bottlefed... :)

one less thing to worry about as moms!
Comment by Amy Zimmerman on June 9, 2010 at 10:23pm
I think eliminating dairy from your diet for a few days would be a great way of finding out for sure - if it works, you know the problem and the solution, and if it doesn't work it must be something else :) I'll check two of my La Leche League books and get back to you on the various symptoms of lactose intolerance, I'm curious what they say!

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