M.G. asks from Austin, TX on July 21, 2008
First Time Mom Seeking Breastfeeding Info
I was wondering if anyone could tell me if lets say I pump at 3 o'clock because I am engorged, didn't get a chance to pump as soon as my baby ate, and my husband just gave my baby a bottle of breastmilk at 1 o'clock, how soon would my milk start reproducing if my baby was hungry again at lets say4 o'clock? Would I have enough for a full feeding?
Thanks for the advice!! :)
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Thank you all for the advice and information!! I am first time breastfeeder, my mother bottle feed me, so she can't give too much advice and I have seen topics about thrush, so I wasn't sure what to look for. Also diaper rash again wasn't sure exactly what I was looking for either. I just wanted to be sure I wasn't overlooking anything. You all have been so helpful I really appreciate it!!
A.P. answers from Houston on July 22, 2008
Are you pumping at 3 specifically to relieve engorgement? If so, I would stop because you are just telling your body to continue to produce the milk and possibly an oversupply which could lead to clogged ducts and even mastitis. Within a few days your supply will even out and the engorgement will get better. If you are pumping to get milk for future feedings, and your baby wants to eat at 4, it should be fine. Like others have said, your breasts are always making milk, you never just "go dry" even when they feel empty.
Thrush is just a yeast infection on your nipples and/or in your baby's mouth. I was lucky and never had to deal with it, but have you looked at the kellymom website? It's a great website with a wealth of breastfeeding information.
Diaper rash is pretty easy to spot....your baby's bottom will be red and chapped and painful to the touch. And if you see red dots, that could be a yeast infection (which would make sense if you think you or him have thrush). we used to use clotrimazole for yeast infections, but I think there are plenty of other OTC options.
B.B. answers from Houston on July 22, 2008
Thrush is a yeast infection usually seen on the tongue. It looks like a fur like pattern on the tongue. Red dots are present in diaper rash. If you change diapers often and bath the baby everyday you probably will never see it. When I breast fed the baby, He/she fed every three hours. (Ten min. each side.) As the baby gets older twenty min. each side and four hours apart. If the baby nurses less you will produce less. Also, if the baby nurses more you will produce more. I breast fed three children.
A.D. answers from Houston on July 25, 2008
I haven't breast feed in more than 9 years so I have forgotten more than I remember. A good place to look is webmd.com.
Diaper Rashes I do remember and I do babysit a ton. The best I have found on the market when you've tried everything is A&D Orinment. I keep it around for my Friends kids and they now all buy it plus it works great on burns as well.
A.V. answers from Victoria on July 22, 2008
Im a first time mommy as well and went throught the same thing when my son was first born. I was given good advice though... supply and demand. The more you pump the more milk you make. The more your baby nurses the more you make. Milk production is contenuous your breasts are constantly making more milk. When my son was first born I found out that i could pump until I felt completely empty and my body wouldnt release anymore milk during pumping that when my son wanted to nurse 5 minutes after I finished pumping there was still milk. If you want a good supply to stock up milk for when you cant be around keep pumping and dont worry about there not being enough for your son. a pump is no way near as effective as a infant at drawing milk out of the breast so even when you cant pump anymore baby will have no problem getting the rich hind-milk that has the most nutrients out. as for thrush babys tongue will be white. diaper rash.... bright red behind the original desitin the thick and smelly one worked the best for me. it has the highest concentration of zinc oxide 40% the skin protectant that makes diaper rash ointments effective. Good luck and congradulations on your little angel
K.T. answers from Houston on July 22, 2008
If I had to pump right before my baby is going to nurse, I would usually just pump one breast or only pump half of each breast. Then, if you still feel like you have some milk left after your baby nurses, pump the rest out.
V.B. answers from Houston on July 21, 2008
If you are pumping to relieve engorgement, make sure you are only pumping a small amount (only enough to be comfortable), maybe just an ounce or two. You don't want to pump completely dry at that point because it will signal your body to keep making milk and could cause the engorgement to get worse. If you are careful about how much you pump, you shouldn't have any trouble feeding again in an hour.
I'm not sure if you're asking about thrush in the mouth, but if so, you will see white spots on the tongue and insides of the baby's cheek. If you think your son might have it, be sure to have him checked out because you will both need to be treated so that you don't pass it back and forth. My daughter had it when she was little and it took forever to get rid of, but she was old enough for toys by then and it was tough to keep the toys clean so that she wasn't re-exposing herself to it.
I'm not sure exactly what you're asking about a diaper rash. If you think your son has one, you can use Boudreaux's Butt Paste (works great), Desitin, or Balmex. The cream I found that is the most effective though is from Arbonne. It's their herbal diaper rash cream. It is awesome. Everytime I have used it, the rash is gone by the next diaper change, but my daughter never got them that bad, so I guess it depends on how bad it is.
Congratulations on your new baby boy. I just had my second baby 2 months ago and his name is Aiden too (just spelled different)!
A.W. answers from Beaumont on July 22, 2008
I have a four month old girl who is breastfeeding as well. And I had a hard time with pumping and feeding. The best advice that I can give, is that the more you pump/feed your baby, the more milk you will produce. And that is the honest truth.
And the thrush is a buildup of bacteria in your baby's mouth. So try your best to keep everything sanitized that goes in your baby's mouth. And I would consult your doctor as well.
Good luck, and God bless
A.P. answers from Austin on July 22, 2008