Breastfeeding

A Dozen Judge-Free GTKY Questions

Not sure if this has been done recently, but I thought it could be fun, and will kill some time (for me) on a slow day at the office.

1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals?

2. FTM, STM, Other?

3. Honest opinions on supplementing?

4. Nursing in public - do you cover or no?

5. Favorite nursing position?

6. Do you pump? What's your pump-of-choice?

7. Best part of breastfeeding for you?

8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you?

9. Working mom or stay at home?

10. Galactagogues that worked for you?

11. Something that kills your supply?

12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother?

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  • 1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals?: DS didn't start latching until 4 weeks, but I was EPing before that. He's just over 3 months now and we're going strong.

    2. FTM, STM, Other?: FTM

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing?: With formula? I would never judge - you need to do what you need to do to make sure your baby gets the nutrition he or she needs.

    4. Nursing in public - do you cover or no?: In a nursing room, no. In a crowded restaurant, yes.

    5. Favorite nursing position?: Cradle.

    6. Do you pump? What's your pump-of-choice?: EPed at the beginning, now pump once a day so DH can give a bottle, also to keep DS used to the bottle. Have the Ameda Purely Yours Ultra - works awesome for me!

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you?: That DS is getting the best possible nutrition along with antibodies. Oh, and those little smiles he gives when he looks up at me while nursing!

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you?: Can't think of anything I don't like right now, that may change when he starts cutting teeth, though...we'll see.

    9. Working mom or stay at home?: SAHM

    10. Galactagogues that worked for you?: I had to look this up, actually. Haven't taking anything, only lecithin to prevent clogged ducts, which has worked wonders.

    11. Something that kills your supply?: If I'm either dehydrated, or haven't eaten enough.

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother?: Heard it right here, and I'm sure it has saved me more than once: Never quit on a bad day!

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  • 1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals?  We finished around 14.5 months.  My goal was 1 year.

    2. FTM, STM, Other? FTM

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing? If it is needed, it is needed.  I would have supplemented if I needed too. 

    4. Nursing in public - do you cover or no? Not with a nursing cover but with my clothing yes.

    6. Do you pump? What's your pump-of-choice? PISA

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you? Providing for my son and the snuggle moments

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you? The stress of producing enough, etc

    9. Working mom or stay at home? Working Mom

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother? Stick with it.  Make time to eat and drink.  Ask for help!

  • 1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals?

    Breastfeeding since day one, so almost five months. Initially, goal was six months, but since we're really having success, new goal is a year.

    2. FTM, STM, Other?

    FTM, with two full time step-kiddos.

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing?

    I hope to not have to supplement at all, but I don't judge those that do. It makes me sad, though, when women supplement due to lack of knowledge instead of lack of milk.

    4. Nursing in public - do you cover or no?

    Usually, I'll just try to cover up with my shirt or a receiving blanket, but never over her head.

    5. Favorite nursing position?

    Side lying. Nursing laying down is the bees knees.

    6. Do you pump? What's your pump-of-choice?

    Yes, pump at work to send milk to baby-school. I use a Lansinoh Affinity. I like the ability to adjust cycle length.

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you?

    The quiet, alone time that it gives me and my baby apart from a really loud family. :)

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you?

    The first six weeks were really tough. Now, I have no complaints.

    9. Working mom or stay at home?

    Working.

    10. Galactagogues that worked for you?

    Crazy enough,  I added a 12oz bottle of Gatorade per day this week and have noticed a pretty substantial increase in pumping output. Odd. Also, oatmeal.

    11. Something that kills your supply?

    Not eating enough, or exercise. Diminished calories, in general.

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother?

    Give yourself eight weeks. I think it's normal to have moments before then that you'll want to quit - I did. Stick it out this long, and I believe you'll have more long-term success because you've fallen into a rhythm with your child.

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  • 1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals?

    8.5 months...we are shooting for a year

    2. FTM, STM, Other?

    FTM

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing?

    obviously I would if I had to -- I am not going to starve my child.  We did at the beginning for 2 weeks.  I will try everything I can before I would supplement though.

    4. Nursing in public - do you cover or no?

    no cover, DS pulls it off

    5. Favorite nursing position?

    cross cradle is all we do...DS preferred it and now he won't nurse any other way. (which is killing me as he gets bigger)

    6. Do you pump? What's your pump-of-choice?

    I pump at work, PISA

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you?

    The snuggles in the morning while his nursing.  The fact that when I ask him if he wants "babas" he gets all excited and crawls into my lap. 

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you?

    Pumping at work is a PITA.  I also am constantly worried that I am not providing him with the nutrition he needs. 

    9. Working mom or stay at home?

    Working mama

    10. Galactagogues that worked for you?

    I used fenugreek early on and that helped boost my supply when DS wouldn't latch.  Once we got established I stopped taking it.  I now eat oatmeal every morning for breakfast and eat 3 lactation cookies per day. 

    11. Something that kills your supply?

    Stress

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother?

    It will get better! I used to cry night after night for 2 weeks because feedings were he!! Then one day he just decided he was ready to BF and he has been going strong for almost 9 months!

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    Not sure if this has been done recently, but I thought it could be fun, and will kill some time (for me) on a slow day at the office.

    1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals? BFing for almost 8 months. Goal is 1 year.

    2. FTM, STM, Other? STM

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing? I weaned DS at 4 months so he got formula and turned out fine. I have no reason to supplement with DD because she's eating fine and my supply is good.

    4. Nursing in public - do you cover or no? I use an A&A blanket

    5. Favorite nursing position? just the traditional cradle

    6. Do you pump? What's your pump-of-choice? 3 xs a day, medela PISA

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you? the bonding with DD. I love our 1-on-1 time, how she snuggles into me and how she'll smile up at me with a giant, gummy, milky smile.

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you? pumping

    9. Working mom or stay at home? working

    10. Galactagogues that worked for you? Lactasties cookies

    11. Something that kills your supply? hardcore exercise/not drinking enough water; stress

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother? Just do your best. Seek out a support group or at least another mom who is either nursing or has been there. Don't beat yourself up at every turn. Tune out most of the world because everyone has way too many opinions, and at the end of the day, the most important thing is that you're nourishing your child, not how you choose to do it. Also, it seems so hard in the beginning, but nursing gets way easier and takes up way less time as your baby gets older.

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    1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals?10 weeks, my goals is to breastfeed and pump at work till one year, at tht point I want to continue to breastfeed until my supply dries up or LO self weans but I will not pump at work after one year

    2. FTM, STM, Other? FTM

    3.Honest opinions on supplementing? If it necessary for LO I would, but I think alot of new/FTM give in to quickly which can be more harm than good to your breastfeeding efforts

    4. Nursing in public do you cover or no? Not for me, I don't judge others for it, but I won't breatfeed in public.

    5.Favorite nursing position? Laying on my side, once LO latches her body and little hand curl up and she cuddles while she eats.

    6. Do you pump? What's your pumpofchoice? Yes I pump at work, I use the Pisa because this what's insurance offered

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you? Once supply is established I feel like it is way easier than formula. Less bottles, don't have to pack extra bottles or formula to go out and of course the special time just between the two of is

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you? Pumping, I absolutely hate it

    9. Working mom or stay at home? Working

    10. Galactagogues that worked for you? I eat oatmeal every day and I have a good supply, not sure if it really helps or not though
    11. Something that kills your supply?
    I'm a PE teacher and when I'm outside all day playing with my students I must dehydrate more because I usually get a dip in supply that day

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother? Pumping is not a good measurement i how much LO is eating!

     

     

     

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    Not sure if this has been done recently, but I thought it could be fun, and will kill some time (for me) on a slow day at the office.

    1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals? 21m, goal is letting LO wean, but after 3yrs I'll likely begin pushing things along if we're still nursing.

    2. FTM, STM, Other? FTM

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing? Depends on the situation, but I think it's hard to do "right" and keep BFing. It makes me sad when women are pushed into it by uneducated people. It makes me happy there are options for women who truly need it.

    4. Nursing in public - do you cover or no? Nope, never have. Tried when LO was itty and it was a bigger production than not covering.

    5. Favorite nursing position? Now LO nurses like a maniac so I prefer side-lying in bed when he's quiet/cuddly.  When he was little, cradle hold.

    6. Do you pump? What's your pump-of-choice? Used to, Ameda Purely Yours

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you? Knowing LO is getting the best (free!) nutrition.

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you? When I first went back to work me/caregiver struggled finding the right size/way to feed LO with a bottle. He really detested bottles, and we wasted a lot of milk early on. It was stressful. Thankfully once we got a system down, things were smooth sailing.

    9. Working mom or stay at home? Working mom

    10. Galactagogues that worked for you? Never used any, unless you count eating oatmeal but I ate that because it was yummy.

    11. Something that kills your supply? Period

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother? You are doing a great job!!!! It gets better and things will change. While it's hard in those early, sleep-deprived days to foresee a time when you won't feel like your baby is attached 24/7 it really does get better, and quicker than you expect. Don't be afraid to ask for specific help (with BFing or around the house or whatever you need), and don't be afraid to tell well-meaning people no.



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  • 1. 2.5 years.  Wean him before college.

    2.  FTM

    3.  I encourage women who want to successfully breastfeed not to supplement unless it is medically needed (i.e., they can't produce enough).  However, if it works for them, than more power to them.  I don't judge.

    4.  Nope.  But I don't nurse in public very often now that DS is old enough to wait.

    5. Any position where DS sits still.

    6. Not unless I am away on business. I use a Limerick PJs pump, given to me through DH's work lactation program.

    7. Quiet time.

    8. When DS whines to nurse when I am in the middle of doing something.

    9. Working.

    10. Never took any.

    11. Never saw anything "kill" it.

    12. Don't quit on a bad day.  Seek help and support.  Be easy on yourself. 

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  • 1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals?

    Only 5 months so far- I plan to go until at least a year

    2. FTM, STM, Other?

    FTM

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing?

    I haven't needed to, but your baby has to eat one way or another.

    4. Nursing in public - do you cover or no?

    I cover

    5. Favorite nursing position?

    Across my body

    6. Do you pump? What's your pump-of-choice?

    I pump twice a day for 15 minutes (although I've been adding an extra session in lately). Medela free style.

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you?

    It's convenient. I don't have to make a bottle, warm it up, or anything like that. It's so rewarding knowing I am providing food to my baby. In the morning, once he's done feeding he looks up at me and smiles :)

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you?

    It's inconvenient, haha. I have to sit down to feed LO, and usually can't do multiple things at a time while I am feeding him. Others can't feed him unless I give then some of my freezer stash that I use for when I am at work/ have to go out without baby.

    9. Working mom or stay at home?

    Full time working mom

    10. Galactagogues that worked for you?

    I used Fenugreek for one week and it worked well but then I decided I didn't really need it any longer.

    11. Something that kills your supply?

    AF

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother?

    We've all had ups and downs with breastfeeding, so don't give up until you've talked to a LC. However, a great mom is not determined by whether or not she BF or FF.

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  • 1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals?
    DD1 was weaned at 3y2m. DD2 was weaned at 2y3m. DD3 is 6 weeks, and my goal is at least 2 years.

    2. FTM, STM, Other?
    3rdTM

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing?
    I never have and hope never to need to. I don't care what anyone else decides to do.

    4. Nursing in public do you cover or no?
    I've never used a cover to nurse.

    5. Favorite nursing position?
    I do cradle during the day and side lying at night.

    6. Do you pump? What's your pumpofchoice?
    I have in the past but haven't really done it much this time. I chose the Ameda Purely Yours when I had DD1. Still works great 7 years later.

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you?
    It's so convenient. It solves almost any problem with baby. It's free.

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you?
    Nursing at night past 1 year... Having to night wean at 2 years.

    9. Working mom or stay at home?
    SAHM now, but I worked full time when DD1 and DD2 were young.


    10. Galactagogues that worked for you?
    I don't know what this is.

    11. Something that kills your supply?
    When my period returned, the week before my supply would always dip.

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother?
    Hang in there. It gets easier the older baby gets. Get help from a LC if you're really struggling.
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  • 1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals?

    21 months. I subscribe to baby-led weaning, so when DS is ready, to wean, he will wean. I hope to meet the 2 year goal.

    2. FTM, STM, Other?

    FTM

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing?

    I have never had to do it. Obviously, any BM the baby gets is beneficial, and if some formula is needed for any reason, it is still better than 100% formula fed.

    4. Nursing in public - do you cover or no?

    I rarely NIP anymore, but will on a plane or if it is necessary. To me, covers look like huge tents or bibs and draw more attention, screaming LOOK AT ME I'M BFING! 

    5. Favorite nursing position?

    Side lying

    6. Do you pump? What's your pump-of-choice?

    Put the pump away at 18 months. I had a Medela PISA

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you?

    Knowing I am setting my child up for the best health I can give him over his entire life, and the bond only I have with DS.

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you?

    Feeling guilty if I want to have some wine, or go out and have DH give a bottle.

    9. Working mom or stay at home?

    Part time.

    10. Galactagogues that worked for you?

    Never tried any.

    11. Something that kills your supply?

    Stress

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother?

    Join a support group, meet up with other BFing mothers, have your husband or mother take a class on BFing so they can support you! 

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  • 1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals? Since DD's birth, til one year+

    2. FTM, STM, Other? First-timer

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing? *flame alert* Formula is for emergencies only, its over-used. Most formulas (all 4 brands that WIC offer for instance) are made with GMO soy or milk from rbgh treated cows, so formula can be poison. Unfortunately for most parent's lifestyles (in our society/modern age-I don't mean their "selfish" choices, I mean the way life is set up for all of us now and what most of us have to do to survive/thrive) breastfeeding is too hard to do successfully and supplementing or switching to formula becomes tempting. Two of my dear friends FF (both kids weaned before I had DD) and I am sympathetic to their situations, but now that I've been through it - and it hasn't been easy - I believe they could have breastfed with the right support from society and individuals. Ultimately our culture is not BF friendly!

    4. Nursing in public - do you cover or no? Sometimes I cover to latch if there are any creepers around where I'm at. Its unfortunate but some people see breasts and especially nipples as a sexual object instead of what they are- so much MORE than that

    5. Favorite nursing position? Side-lying

    6. Do you pump? What's your pump-of-choice? I have pumped, but I'm not a regular. I have a Medela PISA

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you? How much DD LOVES it! It is incredible how much it means to her to be near me and to receive nourishment just from me. She's very sensitive and the bond between us is so important to her. I can feel overwhelmed by the responsibility sometimes.

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you? Pain at the beginning, adjusting my life to BF; not being able to work or having a hard time getting housework done or fulfilling responsibilities besides her, feeling vulnerable and dependent with my husband and family

    9. Working mom or stay at home? SAH for now, we haven't decided if I will go back to my reg. job but it is PT/on call so I have that luxury. I also write and self-publish but that is more of a hobby b/c it doesn't pay the bills and I am still writing.

    10. Galactagogues that worked for you? Barley/Oatmeal, Dark Beer, Mother's Milk Tea, Fenugreek Tea

    11. Something that kills your supply? Stress!

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother?You have to want it, you have to keep your blinders on on see only your desire to breastfeed and there are no other options. Do whatever it takes; LC, LLL, support groups, etc. It is so hard at first but it gets better and you will see how much it means to your baby to smell your skin, feel your warmth and touch, look into your eyes, feel your soft, warm breast in their mouth and feel close to you like you two are one again.

    Also, hot showers, lanolin, heating pads, a glass of wine - about 3am on day six or seven after LO finally passes out and you have insomnia - and patience

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    1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals? 

    I've been  bfing for a little over 3 months now.  My goals are just to make it to 6 months (I have a low supply) and hopefully up to a year 

    2. FTM, STM, Other?

    FTM 

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing?

    When DS was first born, I was totally against supplementing.  However, due to things beyond my control, we have to supplement along with bfing as I have a low supply.  It's great that it's there for those of us who need it. 

    4. Nursing in public - do you cover or no?

    Yes 

    5. Favorite nursing position?

    cross cradle during the day and side lying at night 

    6. Do you pump? What's your pump-of-choice?

    Yes, I use the Ameda Purely Yours 

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you?

    bonding with DS and getting little smiles from him as well as being able to calm him with just my boob 

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you?

    having to supplement and pumping

    9. Working mom or stay at home? 

    working mom 

    10. Galactagogues that worked for you?

    fenugreek...although I've seen a couple mention gatorade here recently so maybe i'll try that too  

    11. Something that kills your supply?

    everything?  My supply seems to be so little 

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother?

    Every little bit of breast milk is worth it even if you have to supplement.  There will be hard days...but then there are little moments with LO that makes it all worth it...oh and drink lots of water


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  • 1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals?

    DD#1 was BF till just under a year because I was pregnant w/DD#2 and was out of milk!
    DD#2 is 15 months old and we're still going strong.  Haven't even thought of weaning her.  Maybe 8th grade? :) 

    2. FTM, STM, Other?

    STM 

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing?

    I don't care.  Do what you want but if you ask me for specific advice I'll always promote breastfeeding first then supplementation if you must.  Again, what people do is their issue but IMO I would not supplement unless absolutely necessary. 

    4. Nursing in public - do you cover or no?

    Despite how passionate I am about a woman's right to BF in public UNCOVERED, I sometimes cover with a wrap, mostly to keep my LO from getting distracted.  

    I also strongly believe in normalizing breastfeeding and this cannot happen in our society unless more woman NIP.  

    5. Favorite nursing position?

    just regular old cradle position.  But in bed we do side-lying all the time. 

    6. Do you pump? What's your pump-of-choice?

    Not anymore! I stopped pumping when DD#2 was 13 months old.  I had an older version medela PISA for work an ameda for home.  

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you?

    The ease and convenience.  Oh and duh, providing my baby w/best food possible. 

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you?

    Honestly, let me tell you that the 2nd time around I had virtually no issues.  I "think" I can say with honesty that there are NO bad parts of breastfeeding!  W/DD#1 it was difficult to learn and painful but we did fine eventually.  

    9. Working mom or stay at home?

    Working mom. 

    10. Galactagogues that worked for you?

    I took fenugreek w/DD#1 and I really can't say if it worked or not.  It did make me smell like maple syrup.   Never took anything w/DD#2.

    11. Something that kills your supply?

    Nothing that I can see and I drink alcohol here and there, eat spicy foods and have never limited my diet. 

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother? 

    Stick with it! 

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  • 1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals?

     10 months. My goals are in small increments (3mo., 6mo., 9mo., now one year). I would like to allow my son to wean himself but at the same time I need to be realistic about my needs and desires as well, so short goals. 

    2. FTM, STM, Other?

    first time. 

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing?

     I feel that a lot of women second-guess their ability to exclusively provide breast milk, and that other people who are not well informed but have good intentions push them to supplement because they see the stress on the mother and want to help somehow. Because of the prevalence of this I would never judge anyone for supplementing but I do feel that women need to stand up for themselves and trust their bodies.

    4. Nursing in public - do you cover or no?

    I prefer the cover for my own modesty because my son is not what you would call a tranquil nurser and does flail/squirm/roll/try to undress me/get distracted on a regular basis.

    5. Favorite nursing position?

    Lying down!

    6. Do you pump? What's your pump-of-choice?

    I pump 3x a day at work and use a PISA. 

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you?

    Not having to wash bottles all the time. 

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you?

    Where to start...I actually kind of hate it. Being tied down, the sole provider, alcohol guilt, the rashes from him scratching me, the plugged ducts, pumping at work, stress over his nutrition, I could go on. 

    9. Working mom or stay at home?

    full time work. 

    10. Galactagogues that worked for you?

    Fenugreek. 

    11. Something that kills your supply?

    Being sick, or getting a clogged duct for the eleventy billionth time. 

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother?

    Breastfeeding is a choice you make every day; even one day of breastfeeding is better than none. Also when the lactation consultants say "it shouldn't hurt" they are blowing smoke up your a$$.
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    Not sure if this has been done recently, but I thought it could be fun, and will kill some time (for me) on a slow day at the office.

    1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals? since he was born - goal - a year and a half

    2. FTM, STM, Other? FTM

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing? I'm fortunate I don't have to, but no judgement if others do

    4. Nursing in public - do you cover or no? yes, if I have my cover, but I could care less if others do. If I don't have it, I've no qualms about nursing without

    5. Favorite nursing position? Cradle

    6. Do you pump? What's your pump-of-choice? Yes, Medela pump in style

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you? the bonding time

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you? it takes a lot of time sometimes

    9. Working mom or stay at home? WAHM 

    10. Galactagogues that worked for you? never tried any

    11. Something that kills your supply? I haven't had much issue

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother? Hang in there - the first few days are really rough and painful but it gets a lot better :)

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    March 11, 2014 ovulated despite every doctors prognosis!!!
    May 31, 2014 BFP but ended in CP within hours - I've come a long way from non functioning ovaries. Stick next time baby!!
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  • 1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals? 9 months. My goal is to let DS self wean, I hope we are done around 24 months.

    2. FTM, STM, Other? FTM

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing? Supplementing is sometimes necessary. I do think that some women are too quick to supplement. Confirmed low supply with weighed feedings, truly slow weight gain, and failure to thrive are obvious situations where it is needed.

    4. Nursing in public - do you cover or no? Kind of. I have large breasts so I usually use a burp cloth or something to cover the top if I'm wearing a shirt that won't. But no nursing cover.

    5. Favorite nursing position? cradle hold.

    6. Do you pump? What's your pump-of-choice? I use a Medela PISA

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you? The cuddles. Seeing his face, he always makes the best facial expressions while nursing and right after.

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you? Thrush and pumping

    9. Working mom or stay at home? I work part time

    10. Galactagogues that worked for you? fenugreek, oatmeal, lc cookies

    11. Something that kills your supply? Not drinking enough water, I need 100 oz a day to maintain

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother? It gets better. We've all been there, I had many nights of tears and horrible moments of frustration. Baby will get better at it, you will get better at it, eventually those moments will seem far away and you both will be pros.


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  • 1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals?
    Almost 8 months! I didn't think I was going to make it past 6 weeks, so I was thrilled to get to 6 months. I want to continue at least morning & night for as long as LO wants. I'm over pumping, though!

    2. FTM, STM, Other?
    FTM

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing?
    I don't care at all. I totally understand why BF'ing doesn't work for some people, and I don't think it's up to me to decide when a mom has tried hard enough or long enough.

    4. Nursing in public - do you cover or no?
    I rarely nurse in public, because LO acts like I'm smothering him if I cover him, and he's way too distracted to nurse without a cover.

    5. Favorite nursing position?
    Cradle.

    6. Do you pump? What's your pump-of-choice?
    Yes. It's the Medela double electric. Works great for me.

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you?
    Snuggling with LO. I was actually sad when he dropped his MOTN feeding, because it was the best snuggle time.

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you?
    The first 6 weeks. It slowly got better after that, but a cracked & infected nipple can really put a damper on the experience.

    9. Working mom or stay at home?
    Working.

    10. Galactagogues that worked for you?
    I've been drinking Mother's Milk tea recently and I think it helped.

    11. Something that kills your supply?
    LO being hospitalized with pnemonia. Followed by the stomach flu. Followed by me having the stomach flu. It was a rough 4 weeks. Hence the Mother's Milk tea.

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother?
    I would never have made it past 6 weeks without my mom and husband supporting me every step of the way, but if you don't have that support, find it - a good lactation consultant or local support group can be a lifesaver. Nipple shields were a god send for me. Some people are not proponents, but I say do whatever you need to do to make BF'ing work for you, as long as you want to keep trying. And at the end of the day, being a good mom has nothing to do with how you feed your baby!
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  • 1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals?  Almost 7 months of breastfeeding and we're aiming to make it to 1 year

    2. FTM, STM, Other?  FTM

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing?  I had to supplement for two weeks when DS was a month old.  I was so thankful that I could feed my son, and that was all I cared about.

    4. Nursing in public - do you cover or no?  Always covered.

    5. Favorite nursing position?  side-lying is my favorite, but we most often do the cradle hold.

    6. Do you pump? What's your pump-of-choice?  3x per day at work and 1x every day at night.  I have the PISA and love it.

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you?  The bonding time with DS.

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you?  Undiagnosed tongue tie.

    9. Working mom or stay at home? working

    10. Galactagogues that worked for you?  nothing.  Only drinking tons of water.  I drink around 140 oz a day.  It's obscene.

    11. Something that kills your supply?  getting sick.  My supply dropped drastically the two times I have had colds

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother?  If you really want to breastfeed, you can find the support you need to get through it if you search people out.  Hang in there and look forward to the day it gets easier and your LO pops off your nipple mid-feed, grins at you, and goes back to eating.  It kills me every time!

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  • 1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals? 14 weeks, since DD was born. My goal is 6 months, but I'd really like to make it to at least a year.

    2. FTM, STM, Other? FTM.

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing? I have no problem with it. Babies need to eat, and if there's not enough BM, you do what you gotta do.

    4. Nursing in public - do you cover or no? I actually haven't done this yet, and I'm not sure what I would do. It would probably depend on the circumstances/who was around.

    5. Favorite nursing position? Cross cradle is the only one we use.

    6. Do you pump? What's your pump-of-choice? Yes. I rent the Medela Symphony.

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you? Easy, fast, cheap!

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you? Having to pump to replace bottle feeds when I'm not around.

    9. Working mom or stay at home? I only work 1-2 days a week, so mostly SAHM.

    10. Galactagogues that worked for you? The only one I've tried is oatmeal, and it did not seem to work.

    11. Something that kills your supply? Not eating enough. I feel like I have to eat all day to maintain supply.

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother? I had such a hard time with BF'ing in the beginning. It took me a good 6-8 weeks to not want to quit everyday. Now, it's so much easier. I have never FF'd, but I can only imagine that BF'ing is much more convenient than making up and washing tons of bottles everyday. I really like the advice "don't quit on a bad day." If you want to switch to formula, make the decision when you're thinking clearly and not emotionally charged.

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  • 1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals? Almost 5 months.  My goal is until he's 15 months to get him through next cold and flu season, then we'll see.

    2. FTM, STM, Other?  STM.  Nursed DD for ~9 months until resuming college crashed my supply.

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing?  I have no issues with it.  I think ANY breastfeeding is great.  If supplementing helps a mom continue to BF, I support it.

    4. Nursing in public - do you cover or no?  I don't really NIP much yet.  Oddly, the need hasn't been there.  I hide during cold weather.  I find secluded spots, so I think my tank and shirt will be enough for my comfort level this summer. 

    5. Favorite nursing position? Cradle during the day, side-lying at night.

    6. Do you pump? What's your pump-of-choice?  3x per day during the work week.  Ameda PY.

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you?  The bonding.  I absolutely love seeing DS's big eyes stare up at me and his chubby little hand petting my collarbone or grabbing my ear.  So sweet.

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you?  Lugging my pump around and trying to fit sessions into crazy work days.

    9. Working mom or stay at home? WM

    10. Galactagogues that worked for you?  I found nothing works better for me than drinking lots of water and nursing frequently when with DS.

    11. Something that kills your supply?  It tapers off during the end of the work week, but nothing has killed it so far (knock on wood).

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother?  Hang in there - it gets so much better!  The first couple of months were a sleepless blur of soreness, leaks, tears, frustration, and constant nursing.  It's so rewarding if you can push through it.  A curtain lifts around 3 months, for me at least, and it's such an amazing, beautiful experience. 

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  • 1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals?

    Breastfeeding for 7 months and 1 day :) Goal is to keep going until she self-weans or I decide it's not mutually enjoyable anymore.  My mom breastfed me until I was 27 months old.  I'm thinking we'll probably keep going until she's about 2 or so, and then play it by ear. 

    2. FTM, STM, Other?

    FTM

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing?

    I don't do it.  Never have needed to.  I think people are too quick to jump to supplementation if they think the baby's "still hungry."  If your baby's still hungry, keep nursing.  Don't give a bottle of formula.  I think if you have a legitimate medical reason why you have low milk supply (which I think is a lot more rare than people seem to think), then sure you need to supplement and I have no problem with that.  I don't judge people who do supplement but I do question why they're doing that rather than just nursing more.  If the baby's still hungry when you unlatch them, keep on nursing and more milk will come down eventually.

    4. Nursing in public - do you cover or no?

    Usually I do not cover but in some places I do (Synagogue for example). 

    5. Favorite nursing position?

    Cradle Hold

    6. Do you pump? What's your pump-of-choice?

    Yes.  Medela Pump in Style Advanced. 

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you?

    The amazing bond and closeness that it provides for a mom and baby.  I also love the convenience factor--it's always available, at the right temperature, no need to bring any bottles or water or anything.  It also works for so many things... tired? Nurse!  Sick?  Nurse!  Hungry/thirsty?  Nurse!  Sad?  Nurse!  Scared?  Nurse!  

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you?

    The fact that it's almost become an obsession.  I have to constantly be thinking about it--when/where am I going to pump next or feed the baby?  I can't ever stop thinking about it because it's become such a huge part of my life.

    9. Working mom or stay at home?

    Working Mom for now but I'll be staying at home for a few months starting next month! 

    10. Galactagogues that worked for you?

    Oatmeal.  LOTS of water.  Fenugreek.  

    11. Something that kills your supply?

    Not drinking enough water.  

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother?

    Stick with it and keep nursing.  If you do, you'll eventually get to that point where it is a beautiful and wonderful nursing relationship.  The first few weeks are hard for most people.  The baby wants to nurse constantly, never seems satisfied, falls asleep at the breast, and wants to use you as a pacifier.  Let them keep nursing, fall asleep and use you all they want since that will help your supply and will keep them calm and quiet.  The more you nurse at the beginning, the better!  

     

  • 1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals?  We ebf for the first 10 days but have been mostly EPing since then.  Still nurse a couple of times a day, but mostly bottlefeeding.

    2. FTM, STM, Other?  FTM

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing?  Supplementing waas the only thing that got my girl gaining weight.  I would much rather she only get BM, but she lost 15% of her weight and was only transferring 15-20ml in a feeding.

    4. Nursing in public - do you cover or no?  I do because I'm uncomfortable with out.  Doesn't bother me if others don't cover though.

    5. Favorite nursing position?  I get the best latch with cross cradle.  

    6. Do you pump? What's your pump-of-choice?  Love my Medela Symphony rental.  I will miss it.  BUT now that I got the right tubing for the PISA, I'm happy with it.

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you? Being able to soothe my girl in a way that no one else can.

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you?  DD never transferring milk well and having to EP.

    9. Working mom or stay at home?  Working

    10. Galactagogues that worked for you? None

    11. Something that kills your supply?  Haven't found anything yet.

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother? I heard a quote from Tina Fey that I love - "Whatever you do breastfeeding-wise -- great. Great. Whatever."  
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  • 1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals? - we have been bfing for over 7 months

    2. FTM, STM, Other? FTM

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing? I think it is best avoided unless absolutely necessary.

    4. Nursing in public - do you cover or no? No. It draws more attention to me, is really awkward and uncomfortable for both of us, is another thing I need to carry around, plus I have nothing to be ashamed of. Usually I try to not flash my nipple everywhere but I am not worried if someone sees - breastfeeding is normal.

    5. Favorite nursing position? cradle

    6. Do you pump? What's your pump-of-choice? No

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you? i like the sweet time with her, it is free, convenient, and usually easy

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you? thrust, plugged ducts, mastitis (all in the first 8 weeks), and now chomping (no teeth yet), oh, and nightfeeds.

    9. Working mom or stay at home? SAH

    10. Galactagogues that worked for you? I dont pump so I dont really have a way to gauge this, but I eat steel cut oats everyday. YUM

    11. Something that kills your supply? I believe dehydration, not enough food, and stress are bad for it

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother? Hang in there - it will likely get much easier! Babies will learn to latch by themselves (I didnt know this, haha!)! They will east more quickly and not quite so often, and  they will be able to wait a few minutes! Dont worry about your baby falling asleep at the breast - it is designed to do that :) Breastfeed anywhere and everywhere - it is good for your supply! If you see a LC and they arent helpful, see one until you find someone you mesh with. This was what helped me the most. :)
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  • 1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals? 21 months just about so far. We will reevaluate when she turns two what our goals are.

    2. FTM, STM, Other? Last time mom. She is our 3rd. We have a now 15yr old and 9yr old. Both were extended BF.

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing? Don't do it. It will be the beginning of the end of your nursing relationship with your child. If you are working with a dr and LC that swear you must do it for baby health, then you have to do what you have to do. But don't do it for convince.

    4. Nursing in public do you cover or no? No. I just turn away a bit. If someone comes close I find it best to keep direct eye contact then we both know they aren't staring.

    5. Favorite nursing position? Laying down. Really any way is fine. She is now tall enough to nurse if I am sitting in a chair leaned forward a bit.

    6. Do you pump? What's your pumpofchoice? No but I did own a Medala PiSA.

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you? The bond I have with all my children.

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you? Right now, the fact that she always wants to play with the other nipple when nursing no matter where we are.

    9. Working mom or stay at home? SAHM

    10. Galactagogues that worked for you? Huh? I had to google this. Lol. Nothing. Just make sure I stay hydrated.

    11. Something that kills your supply? For me, nothing really

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother? Just stay strong. It will be hard most likely at first but you CAN do this.


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  • 1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals? DS is almost 11 months. I plan to wean sometime in the next six months. We'll see how it goes.

    2. FTM, STM, Other? FTM.

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing? What else are you going to do - starve the kid?

    4. Nursing in public - do you cover or no? Cover, but I rarely NIP.

    5. Favorite nursing position? Cradle.

    6. Do you pump? What's your pump-of-choice? Yes, I pump at work. I use a Medela Lactina.

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you? The one-on-one snuggle time with my son. I love it when he falls asleep and looks so content; I love it when he's awake and we can play silly little games while he eats.

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you? Pumping. And wearing plus size nursing bras.

    9. Working mom or stay at home? Working since eight weeks postpartum.

    10. Galactagogues that worked for you? I drink Mother's Milk Tea two to three times a day at work.

    11. Something that kills your supply? Not pumping regularly, my period, too much alcohol.

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother? A good lactation consultant is worth her weight in gold. Get to one pronto if you're having any problems. In the meantime, feed the baby, be sure to pump anytime baby takes a bottle feeding, and realize that your baby will thrive whether you EBF, EP, FF, or combo feed. Your baby will thrive because of your love and attention.
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    1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals?
    I breastfed my first for 14 months, now into month 4 with #2 for a total of 18 so far. Goal is to pump until a year, but go until DD self-weans.

    2. FTM, STM, Other?
    STM

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing?
    Personal decision. For me, I won't do it.

    4. Nursing in public - do you cover or no?
    Yes, always cover unless I'm only around female relatives and/or DH.

    5. Favorite nursing position?
    Cradle

    6. Do you pump? What's your pump-of-choice?
    Yes, I work full time and pump 3x per day on weekdays. I prefer the Medela PISA.

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you?
    Knowing I'm giving my baby the best possible food.

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you?
    Having to pump and wash bottles since I work.

    9. Working mom or stay at home?
    Working

    10. Galactagogues that worked for you?
    Fenugreek, used briefly after a stomach bug when nursing #1. Haven't needed anything this time.

    11. Something that kills your supply?
    Dehydration.

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother?
    Don't quit on a bad day. When things get easier, you will look at how much your baby has grown and developed and know that your hard work paid off.

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  • 1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals? We're at 13 months. I thought I'd be weaned at 12, but shes just not ready. Im pregnant again, so Im hoping to weaned VERY soon.

    2. FTM, STM, Other? FTM

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing? I think some women don't know (because we dont take time to educate women) that your breastmilk is a supply and demand system.. that you CAN increase your supply- MOST of the time. I personally really try to push friends to stick with it. 

    4. Nursing in public - do you cover or no?Nope

    5. Favorite nursing position?laying across my lap as I sit up. "normal" position i suppose it would be?

    6. Do you pump? What's your pump-of-choice? Medela PISA

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you? staring into her eyes, the close skin to skin contact, the knowledge that she is getting the perfect nutrition

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you?engorgement pain, pumping.

    9. Working mom or stay at home?working

    10. Galactagogues that worked for you? oatmeal helped me.

    11. Something that kills your supply? mint, dropping calories

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother? stick with it! its hard in the beginning but it gets so much easier! dont be afraid to ask for help from other breastfeeding moms.


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  • 1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals? 19 months, my goal is to eventually drop our last session once he's comfortable without the morning session we dropped last month.

    2. FTM, STM, Other? FTM

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing? I'm not against formula feeding, but I really don't like the idea of supplementing.  I think that if you want to make breastfeeding work, then you breastfeed, you don't supplement.  If you can't make breastfeeding work, then you move over to formula.

    4. Nursing in public - do you cover or no? Mostly cover, but it depends on the situation.  At the drive-in last weekend I went coverless, in the backseat, in the dark.

    5. Favorite nursing position? I still do cross cradle.

    6. Do you pump? What's your pump-of-choice? Not anymore!!!! I used a PISA when I did.

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you? I love our evening cuddles.

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you? Pumping

    9. Working mom or stay at home? Working

    10. Galactagogues that worked for you? Oatmeal?  Water?

    11. Something that kills your supply? Not drinking enough water

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother? It gets easier
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  • 1. How long have you been breastfeeding? What are your goals? 3.5 Months with current baby. 14 months with DS (stopped when I got pregnant/too sick/supply issues)

    2. FTM, STM, Other? STM

    3. Honest opinions on supplementing? I think we all know "breast is best," that's why we are here. That said, you do what you have to do for your baby and your sanity. I'm fighting with thrush and it HURTS. Tried to give DD a bottle of formula while I heal up but she won't take it. Only top shelf for this baby.

    4. Nursing in public - do you cover or no? Sometimes. I always did with DS, and I do with DD in front of my in-laws, but not my family and only sometimes when out in public. Depends on where I am. I don't eat with a blanket over my head....

    5. Favorite nursing position? Regular? I guess across my chest. I don't know any fancy names aside from the football hold. Sidelaying at night though

    6. Do you pump? What's your pump-of-choice? Unfortunately, yes. I work part time so I don't have to pump a lot, but I use a Medela PISA

    7. Best part of breastfeeding for you? Totally the bonding. And the fact that DD now smiles when I pull my boob out. Silly girl.

    8. Worst part of breastfeeding for you? Depends on the kid. My son had a tongue tie and thus was pretty terrible at nursing. We had to use a shield which led to supply issues. DD is a great nurser, but this thrush is nasty! Also I hate that I always have to be the one to get up at night... boo!

    9. Working mom or stay at home? I work part time. Like 20 hours a week

    10. Galactagogues that worked for you? I take fenugreek and eat oatmeal with flax to keep up my supply for pumping.

    11. Something that kills your supply? Haven't had issues yet, aside from using the shield with DS

    12. Words of advice for any new or struggling breastfeeding mother? Keep trying, but if it doesn't work it doesn't work. Don't risk your sanity. I was getting so distressed with supply issues with my son. I would never pump enough and my husband and in-laws were constantly on my case about not having enough milk. I decided to feed him when I was at home and give him formula when I was gone. Best decision ever. I was resenting feeding him because it meant that I couldn't pump and there wouldn't be enough milk. Breastfeeding should be healthy, and it isn't healthy if it's making you crazy!



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