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.


Discussion Forum

breastfeeding through pregnancy/tandem nursing

Started by Emily Healy. Last reply by Nani deBuys Apr 8, 2013. 4 Replies

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Comment by Tarrah Carmon on September 22, 2009 at 12:49pm
he didnt run any tests but that was at 5 months and he is now 11 months so i stopped already and i STILL regret it! i feel like im missing out on "our" time that i LOVED! i was just asking to prepare for the next. his stools were like WATER just straight water and would be every hour or so and LOTS...we were in hospital for 3 days pumping him with the IV bc he was so sick....and the pedi had seen him 3 times from when it started till i finally said your crazy and took him to the ER....thats when he said dry up and feed him this special formula that wont make him sick....and he has been on that since....just talking about it makes me tear up! weve had blood tests to make sure and he does have a milk protein allergy so all his "real" food is bought from health food stores...i just hope the next i dont let stupid male doctors miss guide me!
Comment by Cindy Lerner on September 22, 2009 at 10:33am
Great info Jennifer, when I tell other moms that I am still exclusively breastfeeding my 6 1/2 month old, most of the time they have some excuse why they haven't done it. I have heard the one about being allergic to milk and I knew that couldn't be right.
Comment by Jennifer C on September 22, 2009 at 7:36am
Your child can't be allergic to your milk. He can have an allergy to cow milk protein, however. Cow milk protein is excreted in breastmilk. If you stop drinking dairy then it will be out of your system in a couple weeks. I am curious how your old pedi came to the conclusion that he had this cow milk protein allergy? Did he run any tests? While cow milk protein is a common allergen, it is not the only one. For this reason you should eliminate cow dairy first. If after a few weeks you don't see improvement then you try another common allergen. Keep in mind that if your son's stools are frothy and green it might net be an allergen at all. It might just be a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. Babies that get too much foremilk and not enough hindmilk will be gassy and have these stools. Whatever the case, breasmilk is still the number one food for your baby. Formulas contain corn syrup, dairy, soy, and other ingredients that are hard for babies to digest and the don't contain the immunities that breastmilk has. Breastmilk is better for your child in short and long term, so don't stop! You can fix whatever the problem by either elimination or block nursing. No need to compromise your child's health. :)
Comment by Tarrah Carmon on September 21, 2009 at 1:53pm
i BF my son untill his old pedi told me i couldnt (he has a milk allergy) but when i switched dr she told me that i could have just cut the milk out of my diet? anyone with ideas?
Comment by Emily Healy on September 13, 2009 at 11:21pm
Hi Jennifer and All,
I started a discussion for breastfeeding through pregnancy and tandem nursing. I added some thoughts there. Please chime in with your experience, ladies!

Comment by Jennifer Bergerman on September 13, 2009 at 10:20pm
Im 8 weeks pregnant and still nursing my 20 month old daughter. Any one want to share their experiences with that. I'm kinda playing it by ear with weaning. She still nurses quite a bit and the thought of weaning in a few months makes me wanna cry!! (could be pregnancy hormones, too. lol) I'm open to Tandem Nursing but I'm not sure how I'll feel about it when the times comes.
Comment by Cindy Lerner on September 9, 2009 at 1:33pm
I do remember my nipples being very sensitive to touch while pregnant. It is just your body preparing for baby.
Comment by Bonnie P on September 6, 2009 at 8:02pm
Are your nipples supposed to get very sensitive while breastfeeding if you get pregnant? We found out we're expecting about 2 weeks ago and I've noticed some major sensitivity! If not, I'll need to do some further investigating as to what it's from.
Comment by Cindy Lerner on August 18, 2009 at 10:39am
An update with Emerson, she is back to her normal 3 hour routine. Her and I were going through a little illness and she is now back to normal. I think that could have been why she was nursing so frequently. She had a cough and runny nose, but the only treatment we gave was breastmilk, chiropractic adjustments and a little extra TLC. She is now back to her normal happy self and her regular nursing schedule. Our only issue that has just come up is marathon nursing right when going to bed. She hasn't done this since her first few weeks, but now she wants to nurse to sleep sometimes up to 45 minutes or an hour and if I break the suction she wakes up. I know it's probably a normal part of attachment and I highly believe in attachment parenting, but if anyone has any nice ways of breaking the baby of this habit, please let me know. Thanks for your support.
Comment by Cindy Lerner on August 18, 2009 at 10:33am
How old is Alewynn now? I think I will wait until 7 months to give Emerson solids and then it will just be her preference after that. I know it can't hurt her to eat mostly breastmilk for a long time.

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