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 Samantha on July 16, 2010 at 10:36am
Thanks for the help Karen, I though that it might but am scared too i am shipping the milk back to them once they go home and they live in Louisiana, the coast to ship is not cheep and i would hate not to be making what the baby needs.
Thanks for the support lades=-))
Comment by naomi on July 14, 2010 at 7:15pm
thanks katie. and samantha it's awsome what your doing good for you!
Comment by Karen M on July 14, 2010 at 3:29pm
Samantha, so you are the surrogate mo and you are going to be pumping and providing milk to the baby? how generous of you!! WOW!

Its the hormone shift after birth that makes the milk come in - it comes in even in babyloss situations - so yes, your milk will come in. the same? maybe, maybe not. For me personally I would probably not have the supply the same becasue my babes nurse a LOT and I would never pump the same as they nurse.
Comment by Samantha on July 14, 2010 at 3:03pm
I going to be pumping for my surro baby after i have him but the IPs are not sure if they wont to let me nurse the baby in the hospital which i am fine with. My question is will my milk come in the same if i never breast feed the baby?? I only breast feed my son never pumped so i just dont know how it will all work out. I would love any help that can be given. Thanks
Comment by Katie on July 14, 2010 at 1:46pm
I love your persistence, are a wonderful mommy!!
Comment by naomi on July 14, 2010 at 9:47am
hmmm let me think I believe I was engourged after a day in the hospital but pumping still got nothing and she wasen't latching on I didn't start leaking until a week later when I was readmitted and my daughter could be with me and was out of the nicu. I did talk to lacation cuslutant over there and they have gotten a lot more lactation cuslutants since then and the nicu according to them is a lot more flexible now with breastfeeding since four years ago there more educated. They did say I can have the finger feed her until she's eating 30ml I believe she said. I did ask about the suction thing you metioned with the tube that the baby sucks on and it's attaced to the breast they can do that as well if necessary.I aslo can make appointments once baby is released to come in and they can help me breastfeed as many times as needed. Also can arrange a scedule on when to come in to feed my baby if shes in the nicu and have a cunsultant there with me. I am a lot more educated this time and will be even more after talking to you all on this sight. Hopefully she's born on time and breastfeeding isen't so hard I do know I have to be a lot more persistant this time around.
Comment by Karen M on July 14, 2010 at 8:46am
having never been there, I can only suggest that you tell them no! NO! NOOOOOOOOOO! be a real cow about it.

pumping is a learned artform i think. It worke best (for me) when I do both sides at the same time, and when I am looking at my baby (usually I nurse him on one side and pump the other). Your body wants to letdown for baby, not as much for a pump. And you need to keep at it because your colostrum is thick and you won't get very much but give it a few days and your milk should start coming in. Do you remember last time how long it took before you felt engorged and was leaking?
Comment by naomi on July 13, 2010 at 5:23pm
thanks for that. The problem is is what can I tell the nicu on feeding her if she is born early and has to stay in the hospital and I get released. I just want to be prepared for everything this time. I wasen't aware of the tube thing and I did use a hosptal pump every 2-3 hours but not for thirty min thanks for the tip.
Comment by Karen M on July 13, 2010 at 7:35am
First off, being your baby you should get to call the shots for bf vs bottle, but you may need to be a real momma-bear to do it. If they insist she needs to eat and you have no milk and they are pushing formula, then you can use a tube to feed her, and then use one attached to your nipple to feed her more volume while she nurses. THERE ARE OPTIONS you just need to make then go the non-easy route. And you need to park yourself in her area and not leave. All you have for the first few days is colostrum - you should be pumping with a hospital grade pump for something like every 2-3 hours for like 30 mins to get things going.

Sounds like your lactation consultant fought for your right to bf, but then did nothing to help YOU get there. Maybe find a LaLeche League person in your area and call them before baby is born, and then as soon as baby is born. At the point you started leaking, that is when you needed a lactation consultant to be with you and you need to fight through the nipple confusion and nurse her.

Hopefully you won't have a preterm baby again! Each pregnancy and each baby is different, so you may have no problems on any front this time!!
Comment by naomi on July 13, 2010 at 6:05am
so I have a four year old daughter and I'm currently 28 weeks pregnant with another girl. I had my daughter at 35 weeks the dr's say I'm signicicant high risk for another preterm baby. When my daughter was born she was in the nicu for a week the lactation cusultant had to go in there and argue my way int here to breastfeed as they were afraid of all the tube she was hooked up to I only got to try a couple times the rest of the week she had a bottle and I tryed to pump but nothing came out I'm sure stress and not eating properly had something to do with it. When I was readmitted to the hospital and she was able to stay with me in my room I started leaking finally I never did try to breastfeed again I got inot that habbit of th ebottle I tryed a couple times didn't work I gave up after a while. I tryed pumping for three weeks pumpping never did work for me. I remember becoming very engourged not being able to get milk out. I want tob reast feed so badly with this next one and although the hospital didn't seem to help my first daughter being a premie and given the bottle right away I think hurt things I wasen'et persistant enough. If my next daughter is born early again and the nicue doens't allow me in there enough to try to feed her what else can I do? When given the chance to try to breastfeed her if she was already given a bottel for a little while is it to late to get her off th ebottle? What tricks can I use to get her to latch on? I have seen this organic tea that helps with lactation should I drink that before she's born or after to help anyone hear of that? I could use all the tips I can get as I dont feel I got the help I needed with my first daughter. I also dont know why I coujldn't pump anything out not. Latching on was the biggest my cousin has breastfed all three of her kids they latcho n right away. I did hear being a premie they aren't as quick to latch on anyone know how true this is and if so what can I do to help her and how long might it take me or how long should I try before I stop trying? As you can see my experience with this was so bad I really do feel like I'm new to this and I'm going into it blide so again any help is greatly appreciated.

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