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Breastfeeding Basics

Beth S.
BETH S.
Lactation Consultant
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We know—there's nothing basic about breastfeeding. That's why we're here to support you each step of the way! Led by Tinyhood Lactation Consultant, Beth Sanders.

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Breast milk supply
JOANNA, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

Can i still regain supply at 6 months post partum?

Beth
BETH

Hi Joanna, yes you definitely can regain supply at 6 months. How much you regain will depend on how long you breastfed and how much milk you make now. If you want to increase your supply now, the best thing to do is start by asking your body to make more milk by getting your baby to latch often and/ or pump often. If you can get milk out by nursing or pumping 8 to 10 times per day, you will see an increase in supply. Taking herbal supplements (Fenugreek, Mother's Milk Tea) may help. You can do this!

JOANNA

I had stopped pumping and breastfeeding for about 2 months, now I only get
a couple drops when I pump? would I still be able to regain supply in this
situation? How long could it take to regain supply? Thank you

Beth
BETH

Hi! You will see an increase in milk, though I don't know if you'll reach full supply or not. If you continue to pump at least 8 times a day, the milk will increase. It may take a few weeks to see big changes, but you can do this!

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Breastfeeding
ELVIRA , PARENT OF 5 YEAR OLD, 2 YEAR OLD

Can I still give my baby my breastmilk even if I'm feeling sick? Another question can I take medicine? And if I do take it could it harm my baby in any way?

Beth
BETH

Hi! So sorry you're feeling sick! Yes, it is safe to continue breastfeeding, and in fact, it will provide your baby with some protection - as your body is fighting off the illness, your breast milk will help keep your baby well.
Many medications are safe to use while breastfeeding. You will want to check for the specific medication that you want to take. You can call the Infant Risk Center at Texas Tech University for updated safety information for medications and breastfeeding. The number is 806-352-2519.
I hope you feel better soon!

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Is it safe to breastfeed while taking azithromycin? My 13 month old will not take a bottle and will not sleep without nursing.
HEATHER

Beth
BETH

Hi Heather, good news! It is considered safe to breastfeed while taking azithromycin.
My source is the Infant Risk Center at Texas Tech University. They can be reached at 806-352-2519 if you have any other questions or concerns. I hope you feel better soon, and nurse on!

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Breastfed baby stopped latching
BRYNN , PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

My 3 mo old recently started refusing the breast. I’ve got her to latch a few times but most of the time it’s a struggle.

Beth
BETH

Hi Brynn, congratulations on breastfeeding for 3 months! Could it be that your baby is growing curious and more aware of her surroundings, and is distracted? If so, try to feed her when she's sleepy, right before or after a nap, in a dark, quiet environment with few distractions. Continue to offer unlimited breastfeeding to her when possible so that she gets fed when she's interested and not based on a schedule. Continue the night time feedings, these feedings provide a lot of calories and may make up for some missed day time feeds.
Also check for signs of teething or illness (tenderness in the ears, fever, diaper rash), and seek help from her pediatrician if you have any concerns that she may be sick.
Keep up the great work! This is temporary, and it definitely is not a sign that she wants to wean!