Krystal, I quit galactagogues, too! I think I'm kinda a weird case because EBF isn't within reach for us anyway, we have to supplement no matter what. But I just quit. I quit doing crappy, hour-long "power pumps." I quit fenugreek, I quit domperidone. My supply barely dipped at all!
He might be going through a growth spurt, Gianni eats all the time. For one, he's a big boy and two when he is growing he eats even more. When I pump I barely get 2oz now. I used to get close to 5 but now it's back to 2.
Sorry he's been so rough on your Krystal! I hope you figure it out! Rory likes to eat every 2 hours and I know I make a ton but he does seem satisfied after he eats he just wants to do it again quickly. I actually have a clogged duct right now on the left side ugh it hurts like heck!
T seems to be getting a little better, he's still eating every two hours, so I don't know if it's a growth spurt or what? Thankfully I seem to be making enough milk to satisfy him!
I tend to get clogs when he doesn't empty a side a few let downs in a row and my left side for some reason gets them easily. No idea why that is. But I pump more than I need M, T and W (18-20oz vs the 12-16 he eats) and then Thurs and Fri I try not to pump and he doesn't empty me and sometimes I wind up with clogs. This was a nasty one but it feels better today. There's a red spot but I think I got it out b/c it isn't a sharp pain anymore just like a dull bruise.
Funny bit of TMI. Before Rory's bedtime last night I fed him first on the clogged side (b/c he sucks the hardest then and I was trying to clear it) and then as he was topping off on the other side I was massaging and expressing the clogged side just trying to be sure it was worked out. DH came in to talk to me about something and so I'm there Rory eating on one side me massaging the other side and finally DH goes "OK WHAT are you doing b/c I have to tell you there's nothing hot about you doing that" It was really funny (perhaps more so if you were there but just one of those classic BF'ing/motherhood is not hot moments)....I told him I had a clog and he just kind of shook his head and left.
LMAO Katie that's too funny, but I know just what you mean! I hate it on Thursday and Friday mornings because DH and I both work day shifts, so we're both up early. Well every morning at Trystan's first feeding (he's thankfully now sleeping 6-8 hours straight) I pump on one side while he eats on the other, because he gets full from just the one side since my breasts are so full and I get an entire bottle for him out of the other side. So you can picture me sitting there, nursing bra hanging half way off, dog tired, baby on one boob and some crazy nipple-sucking contraption on the other and DH walks in and just stares at me! I hate it so much! I yell at him to not look at me because I feel so totally unsexy!
That is a really funny story, Katie! SO is sort of indifferent to me breastfeeding. I think he'd actually secretly prefer me to wean Laszlo because breastfeeding makes me hold on to excess weight.
Are any of you having a hard time losing baby weight or weight in general? It is SO weird how some women lose weight like mad while breastfeeding, and some women just can't lose weight while breastfeeding. I'm definitely in the latter camp...my Mom and sister are, too.
A part of me really feels like I could keep breastfeeding until infinity at this point (or maybe age 2), but I'm really weighing my own health and my relationship's health as part of this equation. Maybe age 1?
I'm one of the lucky folks who drop weight fast BF'ing. I'm down to 4 lbs over PP and like 8 from ideal. I have dropped 30 pounds since he was born 12/2. Granted I watch what I eat and try to exercise but really nursing seems to be a help for me. I have to be sure to eat enough though, if I start eating too little I'll see my weight loss plateau. I average around 2lbs a week :) I'm hoping to be back to PP by May.....
I'll go a year....the idea of 2 is too much for me. By a year I felt ready to wean Evan, I wanted my body back to being all mine. I'm not like reach 12 months and stop dead LOL With Evan by 12 months we were down to like 3-4 feedings a day and I just slowly cut them out by 13-14 months he nursed before bed and one day I just stopped and we were done, it was very easy. I hope I can mimic that this time!