Phew my milk came in. Really I'm thinking I was a wet nurse in a past life. Oh there is so much temptation to pump and start my stash but I made that mistake with Evan and the oversupply it created was horrible. So I'm holding off and not pumping for a couple weeks in hopes I can regulate a little then try to get just 4-5oz a day extra with out creating a HUGE oversupply. I need a stash to head back to work but I went a little overboard last time.
Overall nursing is going well. Rory went to the pedi today and since discharge Sunday he's put on 4 oz - she joked that I make High Test milk. He eats every 1-2 hours day and night and it's tiring - she said to expect that for a while b/c he's so big. I'm not a fan of cosleeping (I don't have any issue with it if it works for you I just sleep like crap) but I've had to b/c if I don't I'm like a jack in the box having to jump up every hour alllllllll night long.
Katie, every 1-2 hours? Ouch. Hope you are getting some help with Evan so you can also sleep in little chunks around the clock!!!
AFM, I notice a pretty significant drop in my pumping yields throughout the day. In terms of my pumping (after our regular nursing) I go from getting almost 2 oz in the morning to 1/2 ounce in the evening. I learned at a breastfeeding support group on Monday that can be normal - does anyone else have experience with this phenomenon or any tips for getting supply up at the end of the day?
Last edited by sweetsriracha; 12-07-2011 at 11:10 PM.
Laszlo Jacob, 11/9/11
yes, most people pump the most in the morning and then less and less as the day goes on.
my milk is in big time. ugh. i can't WAIT til the boobs figure out how much they need to make. i already have the biggest boobs EVER and now they are just so big and uncomfortable. last night i had DH take over after the 1am feeding. i figured he could give a bottle of formula around 3 or 3:30 and then i'd bf Matthew at the next feeding around 6 and then i'd actually get a decent amount of sleep for once. well, damned if you do, damned if you don't because although i wasn't sleeping right next to baby and had some nice quiet time, my boobs were so uncomfortable and fairly engorged by the time i fed the baby in the morning. and he only wanted one side! gah! ouchie.
i could pump but i don't really want to deal with all that. i'd rather just wait til they figure out how much they need to make.
i bf'ed DS1 for 20 months. i really don't plan on doing it that long. we'll see. so far it's been SO MUCH better and easier than it was with my first but i would like to have the freedom to be able to let DH take over for a night here or there. chasing a toddler during the day and being up at night with the baby is getting to be pretty tough. then again, once the baby is on solids, it's even easier to BF b/c they don't do it as often....
I'm fighting the urge to pump b/c I'm trying like heck to get my engorgement under control. Last night he finally went down about 12:45 and didn't get up until 4:30 which was glorious except that I was exploding. I'm having to hand express some to work on the clogs, I can feel the knots after a few hours. Sigh. I suppose it's a good thing that my chunky baby can pretty much keep up. I'm hoping if I go another week w/o pumping my supply will level out and I can try pumping just once a day for the rest of my leave for a stash.
Jasmine - I think the fact you can pump anything after he eats is a good thing for your supply! I know with Evan (after my initial engorgement) I could really only pump significant amounts if we skipped a feeding -- like at work etc. If he ate then I pumped I didn't get much b/c he ate it all I'm lucky in that I've never had a low supply. I'm one of those could feed a village sorts -- I joke that I was a wet nurse in a past life. If I had triplets I'm pretty sure my body could meet their needs. But I just like oatmeal and do find it seems to work to give my supply a boost but nothing dramatic.
My lil guy has been nursing about every 3 hours since he was about a week old, and mostly since just 1 week old he nurses at 11pm, about 4am then up at 7am for the day (lucky lucky me I know). About 10 days ago at around 1 month old he started demanding every 1.5-2 hours, he's grown a tonne so obviously a growth spurt. It took me a day or two of fussiness to recognize the change though. Also noticed he's gotten much more efficient and suckles now only about 10 minutes instead of 45m to an hour. The other major adjustment was that he's now happy with 1 boob per feed. DD always nursed on both, and DS started out that way so this is all new to me. My engorgement issues seem to have mellowed out which surprises me on 1/time. He's now had a bottle of ebm 3-4 times which helps DH to feel less stressed (I think we left it too late with DD & she completely refused the bottle which turned out just fine). At first I was frustrated at the thought of nursing ever hour & half or 2 hours, but have realized it doesn't take so long, my BBs are happy, baby is happy, and so long as I keep getting a good night sleep I'm happy too! Mostly I've learned so far that it's me that needs to be flexible and pay attention to his signals.
Currently am watching his tongue-click he also developed about 10 days ago... seems to not hurt me so far though he might be creating more gas for himself, I think it is only happening when I'm more engorged or during let-down.
Always Remembering Fraser & Payton
Sending healing thoughts to Wyatt, get well soon brave little man!!
Quick question: How often are your LO's nursing during the day? Also, how long do you nurse them for? Do you do both sides? Even though this is my 3rd, I feel so clueless this time around! With the other two, I had to take blessed thistle and fenugreek to produce enough milk, but with Logan, I seem to have enough! He eats every 2.5hrs-3hrs during the day, and goes 4hrs at night. Last night he fed at 9pm, and then at 12:30am, and then 4:30am, and 7am. So not bad. Most of the time he just wakes up at night, eats, and goes back to sleep, but occasionally he can't get a burp out and its up and down (pick up, try to burp, stick soother in, etc). until he drifts off to sleep. Do you remember when babies generally go through growth spurts where they want to nurse all day long? TIA!
I'm behind everyone b/c Rory was born late and being so big I think it throws things off. He tends to eat every 2 hours and clusters in the evening. At night I have been getting one 3-4 hour stretch from roughly 10:30-2/3 and then usually he goes every 2 hours after that. THe only hard part is when he refuses to go back down. Last night we were up from 2-3 fighting with him to go back down then 5-6 then he was up at 8. But I tend to offer the boob at any sign of fussing, and typically he takes it!
We are nursing every 2-3 hours during the day and night. You can seriously set a timer to him. He usually nurses on both sides but if he is really tired he will just nurse on one. I have to take fenugreek this time, I noticed last week that he was t satisfied after nursing on both sides, I would have to give him a bottle of breastmilk. Now he satisfied that my supply is up but it seems like he nurses forever sometimes! I think he likes to use me as a pacifier, which he will only use he smoothie pacifiers. He's so picky.
I'm such a space cadet, I totally forgot about this thread and posted about my BF issues on the main board... but I'll post again here just incase one of you doesn't get to that one...
So yesterday I pumped three times at work and only got 3oz out... total (I use the Medela Harmony manual pump)! I was so upset about it, and freaked out that I wasn't going to be able to pump enough out for him when I'm here at work that I went straight over to the hospital to rent an electric pump. I spent an hour talking with the LC about which model would be best and she showed me how to do everything. I spent $60 on what she told me was the "Cadillac" of breast pumps (this was to rent it for just one week just to try it out... $17 for the week and $45 for the breast kit with the bottles and pumping needs), used it twice last night, and only got DROPS out!!! I'm so unbelievably frustrated I don't know what to do. I had it up on the highest possible setting and NOTHING! I get more out of my manual pump! How is that possible? Am I drying up already? Thank God I'm getting off early today and am off tomorrow so that I can pump like a maniac (probably with my manual!) for when I have to work on Monday, and then Tuesday on my day off I can take that dumb machine down there and let them show me what I'm doing wrong. I went and bought some fenugreek thinking that maybe my supply is dwindling... Any thoughts?
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I use the pump from hospital too and when I pump I can only get 1.5 to 2 oz but I know when I nurse he gets more than that because when he drinks a bottle he can easily drink 4oz. Like other ladies have said in your other posts, some people respond to the pump differently than to baby. I also was using fenugreek for about 2 weeks but stopped because I got tired of the syrup smell, so far I haven't noticed a difference in my supply since I stopped but it definitely helped when I needed the increase. I hope the LC gives you some good advice. Have you tried pumping after a warm shower?