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

Baby fussing/screaming when I try to nurse her

Started by Chelsea. Last reply by Brandi Frey Jun 27, 2012. 3 Replies

Angelina Jolie statue

Started by Emily Healy. Last reply by angela Sep 19, 2010. 1 Reply

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Comment by Bonnie P on July 12, 2010 at 9:25pm
Thanks, Emily! Yeah, as soon as I knew it was called a milk bleb I googled it and found very similar information to what you posted. I've had them maybe half a dozen times over the 2 years that I've been BFing. They always come with a plugged duct but the plugged duct resolves very quickly, usually a few feedings and it's gone. The bleb hangs on usually for 2 or 3 days and is quite sensitive, so I'll probably try opening it if I get another one.
Comment by Laura Morales on July 12, 2010 at 8:25pm
Yes he seems to be getting better! at least it seems when he crys it for a reason and I can almost always do something to make him happy. He does have some crying spells but def not as many and not everyday as it was before. I did talk with my midwife about the crying and she really thought it was a colic issue and I think she right, he has all the symptoms of colic. Thanks for checking up on us Emily- I think we are gonna make it through this phase of babyhood!
Comment by Emily Healy on July 9, 2010 at 9:17pm
Laura, how is the fussiness going? any change?

regarding hormones and breastfeeding, women are effected by hormonal changes differently. Breastfeeding doesn't kill sex drive for everyone, although there are some hormonal reasons that our drive would be lower (low estrogen, for example). For anyone experiencing extreme mood swings or irritability, like Jenn said, talk to your doctor/midwife for help. It may be beyond normal and there might be help available!

Comment by Emily Healy on July 9, 2010 at 9:13pm
The bleb can be softened with a warm washcloth or coconut oil before opening it. You can also put coconut oil on after to prevent infection. (It's anti-microbial).

There are different theories about what causes them, and what exactly they are. There is a Breastfeeding Medicine Doctor here in Seattle who has an interesting theory about the inner lining of the duct getting damaged, then milk leaks in, but can't get out the nipple because the lining is blocking the duct opening. She has treated persistent recurring blebs with a tiny punch biopsy with good success.

It is common for them to keep coming back. How often are you getting them, Bonnie?

A castor oil compress can help with plugged ducts. Soak a cloth in castor oil, heat in microwave or on cookie sheet in oven. Place on the breast over the plug with a towel over it. Must be wiped away from nipple before nursing. Homeopathic phytolacca is also used for plugged ducts.

Lots of places say to massage plugged ducts, but I'm worried that could cause damage inside the ducts. You may want to only use very gentle massage.

Taking lecithin supplements can prevent recurring plugged ducts. Eliminating trans fats can also make a difference.

Hope you are feeling better!

Comment by Bonnie P on July 9, 2010 at 7:44pm
I wondered if removing it might clear the blockage sooner, thanks for the info! And I did know about the chin thing, lucky this time the blockage was on the underside of my breast so nursing lying down cleared it up pretty fast, no acrobatics this time! Man I love this group!
Comment by Karen M on July 9, 2010 at 7:15am
its called a milk bleb. you can pick it with a sterile needle and that can help clear the duct. Also what can help is nursing baby with his/her chin towards the blockage, so sometimes that might mean laying baby on the bed and leaning over baby so you are looking at their feet. has more info as well!
Comment by Bonnie P on July 8, 2010 at 9:40pm
I've got a plugged duct right now (ouch!) and every time I get one I always notice a white dot on the end of my nipple that doesn't rub off. Anyone had the same thing? Anyone know what it is?
Comment by Karen M on June 25, 2010 at 8:55am
oOOh yes laura. My archer was born 2-10 and its pitiful really... poor DH. couple the hormones with the "I'm done with physical closeness today" after a full sahm day with 3 kids... blah.

Have you tried simethicone drops for baby? You could also try cutting out caffeine, sometimes that affects baby. also things like cabbage, brocolli, onions, garlic. those were all bad at the beginning for us.
Comment by Laura Morales on June 24, 2010 at 8:09pm
update- stopping dairy has not made any noticable difference. still crying a lot and seems really gassy, but he goes for a 2 month check up next week so I talk to the dr then. I do have another question, kinda personal but I'm ok with it if ya'll are. Does breastfeeding affect sex drive? ever since having Levi(born 4-25) I have had little to no sex drive, is there anything that you can do about it or is it just a thing you have to deal with? Thanks!
Comment by Tarrah Carmon on June 17, 2010 at 8:28pm
my son drinks rice milk, almond milk and soy.....i also like the almond!

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