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Breast feeding app!

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MrsHende Fri 10-May-13 18:55:24

I used a great app to help me keep track of when, how long and which boob I'd fed from and now can't remember what it was called!

Does anyone use a good one they'd recommend?


SuperFurrySlippers Tue 14-May-13 12:03:25

I went as far as creating my own spreadsheet to record feeding, sleeping etc, just to see if there was any pattern. After about a week or so I realised there wasn't so I abandoned it. I think it is about some element of taking back control, or finding some sort of predictability, as you tend to have these in other aspects of life and having a baby that doesn't conform to this us such a shock.

If it's helpful, use an app, whatever gets you through those early weeks!

CandyPop Mon 13-May-13 21:07:06

And yes I agree with claggis. I used it for that precise reason !

CandyPop Mon 13-May-13 21:04:52

I started to use an app at the beginning to log which side to feed on due to sleep deprivation . Tried the hairband on wrist method but then I sometimes forgot to switch that over!
Have to admit, I'm still using it now six months down the line :-/ ... Don't know why!! Out of habit !!!

Claggis Mon 13-May-13 16:03:24

I use the android feedbaby app - the free version to begin with, then the paid one when the trial was up. 1.69 well spent - basically its an electronic notebook - for all the people who think it's ridiculous to use technology like this. I feed on demand, don't rely on an app to tell me what to do when, but have found it great for recording when I've fed, how long for, what side, also nappy changes and when dd naps / goes down to sleep. It really helped me spot patterns emerging so I could have a rough daily routine so I could plan trips out of the house and actually get things done / manage expectations as to when i'd need to find somewhere to feed dd. Obv it is flexible but it helps me feel a bit more in control without having to remember everything. So each to their own - if you don't want an app, well good for you, but they can be useful.

Bunbaker Sun 12-May-13 13:26:52

I never said it was stupid BTW.

MrsHende Sun 12-May-13 11:19:53


thick not think

MrsHende Sun 12-May-13 11:18:53

Wow, who knew that I'd cause such a debate!

As ever, on MN we are all allowed our opinions and I have a thick enough skin to take what I find helpful from this thread and let the other stuff pass over me.

However, I wonder how I would have reacted to some of your responses if it had been 17 months ago and I was in the think of first baby newborn craziness and just needing a kind word and an answer to my question.

All the useful suggestions, about both apps and other methods of keeping track of where you are, are kind and helpful. But the mean ones are really a bit unnecessary. Feel free to roll your eyes and say to yourself what kind of numpty needs an app to feed her baby, but please keep these unhelpful and frankly unkind thoughts to yourself.

ElodiesDotingDad Sun 12-May-13 11:11:29

We've been using Baby Connect too, 2.99 but money well spent. I love the graph plotting function (I'm such a Greek)

GiraffesAndButterflies Sun 12-May-13 10:48:49

I was going more for a sarcastic reminder that lots of things used to be considered 'modern technology' that we could now say we are 'over-reliant' on. I thought the accusation of 'stupid' also totally uncalled for.

So... Yes, I probably did blush

SoupDragon Sun 12-May-13 10:23:01


Did you mean to be so rude? Yes, you probably did.

GiraffesAndButterflies Sun 12-May-13 10:05:07

In my case it was easy. DD fed every three hours, had plenty of wet nappies and pooed every time I fed her.

Lucky you to have had such a straight forward schedule. Must have left plenty of time for fetching water from the standpipe and washing clothes with your mangle.

ChoudeBruxelles Sun 12-May-13 09:38:19

I wasn't criticising. Just trying to point out that even before apps people noted stuff down.

PassTheCremeEggs Sun 12-May-13 06:35:49

I used baby nursing (was free) and I found it really useful. When you're sleep deprived it's hard to remember when you last fed and if you have a baby that doesn't demand it regularly it reminds you to feed. Why be negative about something that makes your life easier?!

fatsamsgrandslam Sun 12-May-13 06:28:32

I bf my dc1 for 7 months without an app, and then dc2 for 8 months with an app. I found the app really helpful to keep track of the feeds in the early days. I used baby connect, but there are others which I'm sure do the same thing. It helped try to identify when the baby was getting in to a routine. Anything that makes your life a bit easier whilst in the fuggy newborn stage - the better!

SuiGeneris Sun 12-May-13 03:05:58

Another vote for TotalBaby, but with a health warning: waking yourself enough to open up the phone, the app etc may make the quality of your sleep much worse. In my case, it woke me up almost completely, so gave up after a month or so and started relying entirely on poking the boobs to establish which was emptier. Still doing that 12 months later...

DoodleAlley Sun 12-May-13 02:25:18

Honestly if someone comes on asking for an app why do all these posters feel its their place to criticise her choice?

At one point a safety pin on a bra or a notepad would have been "new technology". Just because something is the old way of doing it doesn't make it better. Are we all Luddites here, on our computers and tablets and phones?

This wasn't posted in AIBU...

Bunbaker Sun 12-May-13 01:02:02

" How do you answer MW questions about "how is he feeding?" Or "plenty of wet nappies?" Or "when did he last poo?"

In my case it was easy. DD fed every three hours, had plenty of wet nappies and pooed every time I fed her.

Fuckwittery Sat 11-May-13 22:21:54

i wasnt dissing the app, but op cant remember what it was called, so pointing out there are other ways which her friend may or may not find easier. i personally was forever losing my phone wandering round the house in a daze so an app wouldnt have been much use to me.

CityDweller Sat 11-May-13 22:00:52

Ffs people - it's really not helpful to respond to a post asking for app recommendations with 'I used a notebook/ hairband' or other veiled criticism of others' parenting abilities. As if it isn't hard enough getting to grips with breastfeeding and being a new parent. If someone wants to use an app, for any reason, what does it matter to you?

Oh - and the app I use is free.

ChoudeBruxelles Sat 11-May-13 20:45:26

I used a notepad

GiraffesAndButterflies Sat 11-May-13 20:44:40

Bloody hell some people are negative. If it's helpful what's the problem? Why make up worries about an 'over-reliance' on something that's just a simple tool?

I tried loads- ended up with TotalBaby, which has both a free and paid for version. I started using it to try and find a pattern in DD's sleeping. It's useful and interesting to be able to see that she's gradually going to sleep earlier and earlier each evening, and to have that presented to me in graph form. Yes that's unnecessary, but I'm a geek, a lazy geek, and a geek who gets bored while breastfeeding. Apparently some people feel the need to criticise technology just for the sake of it.

noblegiraffe Sat 11-May-13 20:37:18

My boobs don't feel full and haven't done since about 3 weeks. Baby also only ever feeds on one side even if offered both. With my first I put a hair band on the wrist of the side I just fed on and wrote all the feeds down, but if there had been an app I'd have totally used it.

Second baby, I'm much more blasé and don't worry if I can't remember which side and stick a boob in it whenever she cries. Neither way is better I don't think, especially if you're a frazzled first time mum trying desperately to do things right.

I squeeze both boobs and whichever one feels fuller is the one I feed from first blush

Fuckwittery Sat 11-May-13 20:31:43

i used to put my hairband on the side id last fed from.

namechangea Sat 11-May-13 20:29:07

I am now feeding DD2 who's 6 months old. I fed DD1 for 22 months and never ever did the 2 sides and am still a fan of poke 'em and see which is full

Despite being an 'experienced' breastfeeder I have used those apps for a short time generally to help me wallow in my misery of having frequent feeders that sleep very little.

Use as many apps as you like, once upon a time people mocked the internet and e mails.

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