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breastfeeding question. need help soon

okay so i took my son to the dr on monday and they told me i would probably want to switch to formula because he lost to much weight. so i did and i like it a lot better because now i know he is eating right and enough so im happy. i wish i made enough milk but i cant. well now im trying to get my breast to stop leaking is there anyway i can do that or does it just take time.. i have gone 3 days without breastfeeding him and i havent got engored or anything they just keep leaking.

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Asked by ALLIE637 at 11:01 AM on Aug. 7, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Yeah, pretty much time. Cold cabbage leaves in your bra can help. I feel like you got crappy advice from the doc, but if you're happy, I guess it's ok.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 11:04 AM on Aug. 7, 2009

  • It can take FOREVER to stop having milk...crushed cabbage leaves int he bra and sage helps.

    On the weight loss point, there was NO reason to fully switch. The way to know if a BF baby is getting enough milk is to count diapers daily, very simple and easy...

    If you want to continue to FF thats up to you, but your doctor didn't give you accurate advice and was very non BFing supportive. Its not all or nothing and every ounce of breastmilk counts for yur babies health. COnsider asking a BFing group if weaning was even needed.

    Answer by tabi_cat1023 at 11:19 AM on Aug. 7, 2009

  • Cabbage leaves in your bra will dry up the milk ducts. Takes time.

    Answer by lilbit022009 at 11:20 AM on Aug. 7, 2009

  • I breast feed before offering a bottle, and work to rebuild your milk production

    Answer by rkoloms at 11:20 AM on Aug. 7, 2009

  • Cabbage leaves will dry up the milk. Yeah, I do feel like the doctor could have done more, but if you are happy, that's good. The fact that your breasts are still leaking indicate that you were making milk.

    Answer by apexmommy at 11:20 AM on Aug. 7, 2009

  • can u not do both?

    Answer by MummyOf2ooo at 11:31 AM on Aug. 7, 2009

  • happy...
    1) Babies, particularly c-section babies, loose a certain amount of water weight after birth; this is normal.
    2) If you are leaking, you are making milk.
    3) Most pediatricians are NOT LACTATION SPECIALISTS. Go to a lactation counselor or find a LLL group. The most effective way to gauge how much milk a baby is getting (is to weigh the babe before AND after eating.
    4) Even IF, in the unlikely event you are not producing enough milk you DO NOT have to stop breastfeeding, merely supplement with formula.
    5) Often moms are given BAD breastfeeding advice, such as to only feeding every 2-3 hours or for only 20 minutes per breast (the latter keeps babes from getting the fatty hind milk). This will negatively affect your supply.

    It is not too late to save your breastfeeding relationship; for the next 24hrs keep your baby with you (in bed, on the couch), breasts exposed, and allow the babe to nurse on demand.

    Answer by happytexasCM at 11:39 AM on Aug. 7, 2009

  • Why can't you guys just answer the question she has asked. She did not ask if she was making milk, obviously she knows she is if she is leaking! DUH!

    She did not ask about rebuilding her supply. She stated she is glad she switched.

    She did ask about getting her breasts to stop leaking. Some of you obviously don't have any reading comprehension.

    OP....cabbage leaves do help, time is the other thing that helps.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:49 AM on Aug. 7, 2009

  • Reading comprehension 101, anon:

    " i wish i made enough milk but i cant" If she wants to breastfeed, there may be some more avenues for her to try. If she doesn't, then that's fine, too. I'm sure the op is smart enough to not say that she wishes she could breastfeed if she really doesn't.

    Answer by apexmommy at 11:54 AM on Aug. 7, 2009

  • you can still breastfeed if you want. how much weight did your baby lose? did your baby just recently start crawling, walking, or become more active? if so, that can cause a temporary weight loss. docs go by formula fed baby charts NOT breastfed. if you are leaking you can still breastfeed. obviously your choice, but the need to supplement is usually less common than implied. many docs and nurses are NOT lactation specialists. if you wish you could still breastfeed, get a second opinion. in the meantime, there is no reason why you can't do both until you get a second opinion. good luck, but it may take up to a year to stop producing milk.


    Answer by kyriesmommy13 at 12:11 PM on Aug. 7, 2009

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