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    I emailed my local LLL Group and thought I'd post the response - I was asking about taking herbs and drinking the MM Tea.

    That is awesome that you are pumping and working!! Your baby will thank you

    Regarding the Mothers Milk Tea, I actually don't have any information specifically about taking that with other herbs. The Breastfeeding Answer book says that Fenugreek (3 capsules/daily) and Blessed Thistle (3 capsules daily) have been found by many mom's to help their milk supply without adverse affects. The book also says that the doses in herbal teas are harder to control so the results are not as consistent. By this, I understand it to mean that sometimes it helps and sometimes it doesn't because you may not always be getting the full dose. So, it seems that taking the herbs on their own is likely a stronger and more effective combination.

    I looked at the ingredients online of the tea and it does contain those herbs among others. I'm really not sure at what point you'd have to worry about getting too much Fenugreek or Blessed Thistle. There just haven't been as many studies on herbs and regular medications.

    Also, as Kaylin gets bigger her milk needs actually won't increase as much as one might think. As she gets bigger she'll be growing more slowly (which takes less energy), so her itake doesn't keep increasing at the same rate. So, what I mean to say is there is less difference in the intake of a 4 month old and an 8 month old than you would expect!

    Also, breastfed babies take in fewer ounces than formula fed babies (since their bodies use the milk more efficiently) so you can't really compare her to how much formula a baby is getting and expect to get that much breastmilk. (Just in case this is an issue if she's at a daycare or something and the providers think she isn't getting enough!) Typcially breastfed babies will only take 2-4 ounces per nursing session, she that can also be a general guide regarding how much she needs while you are gone.
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    Thanks for the post Rebecca! I was worried when I went back to work about my stash running low, but I find that I'm pumping more during the day than she eats from the bottle, so (at least for now) I'm more than keeping up with her, and my stash is still building!
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    well girls, I'm getting nervous about my supply. Definitely not getting as much when I pump the past couple of days...and am just a step ahead of my girl--no stash left. I'm starting oatmeal in the morning and will increase my water intake, too just to see if that helps. Thank goodness I'm home w/ her on the weekends---she's fine on the boob, its just the pumping that seems to have tapered off....

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    Anyone else secretly wish they could stop nursing/pumping? G will hardly ever take the boob anymore...she gets mad when there isnt instant milk like the bottle...but it doesnt bother me really. My nips are just so sore and red that I want to stop, but btwn the goodness for her, benefits for me, and cost of formula, Im trudging on. Im beginning to hate it though. I hate the hurt, I hate the pumping at work (takes so much time bc I have to go downstairs to the other side of the building to the nurses office and the door I use is unlocked and has a window on the door. The door is also right next to where the students lay down when they are sick so if they just happened to peak in there before laying down Id be out in my glory). Ugh, Im trying to take it day by day but sheesh this is getting old. I want my nips back with no pain. They are so red its terrible. Bras and shirts are killer rubbing up against them. I feel like they just never got used to it.
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    I get that way too...Just about pumping though. I hate that I have to pump 3x a day! It takes up a lot of my time and I am always worried that she won't have enough. If I were able to nurse her at each sitting, then it wouldn't be a problem.

    And to think I made a goal of 1 year...Lol...that a whole lotta pumping!
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    yep, I sometimes want to stop. like you, the health benefits for both of us along with the savings of $$$ keep me going for now. My nips aren't red or sore, etc....but I'd like to have the boobs back as an erogenous zone at some point in life! I feel like a milk cow...but now that its really tapering off, it freaks me out to think it might be coming to an end so soon. Plus, Olivia detests formula.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK2663 View Post
    Anyone else secretly wish they could stop nursing/pumping?
    Pumping...yes. Nursing...no.
    Unfortunately going back to work means more pumping. I'm not exactly a fan of the engorged large nip you get from fast and furious pumping. I'm going to be attempting to pump in my classroom during recess breaks. Yes, I say attempting. Pull the shade, lock the door and see who comes knocking. B/c in a school the minute you shut your door it is guaranteed someone will come to find you. That, and the fact I have 15 min from kids out to kids in to get set-up, pumped, and cleaned up. Hmmm....how high can I turn the PIS?

    I was nursing Erin last week while setting up my room, closed & locked and who should unlock and walk right in but the two tech geeks for the district! They never even looked at me at my desk with my shirt up but fiddled with the computer, left, and came back 5 minutes later to fiddle again. I'm getting over my issue with people seeing me BF because I was just like I guess you get what you ask for by entering a locked room without knocking!

    I LOVE nursing and wish that was what I could do at each feeding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alikat30 View Post
    Pumping...yes. Nursing...no.
    Unfortunately going back to work means more pumping. I'm not exactly a fan of the engorged large nip you get from fast and furious pumping. I'm going to be attempting to pump in my classroom during recess breaks. Yes, I say attempting. Pull the shade, lock the door and see who comes knocking. B/c in a school the minute you shut your door it is guaranteed someone will come to find you. That, and the fact I have 15 min from kids out to kids in to get set-up, pumped, and cleaned up. Hmmm....how high can I turn the PIS?

    I was nursing Erin last week while setting up my room, closed & locked and who should unlock and walk right in but the two tech geeks for the district! They never even looked at me at my desk with my shirt up but fiddled with the computer, left, and came back 5 minutes later to fiddle again. I'm getting over my issue with people seeing me BF because I was just like I guess you get what you ask for by entering a locked room without knocking!

    I LOVE nursing and wish that was what I could do at each feeding.
    Im a teacher too and tried to pump in my room the other day with the window on the door covered and door locked. Mid-pump I hear keys jingling outside and I started to panic. Then I heard one of the other teachers on my team come running done the hallway to stop the janitor from walking in on me lol
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    You ladies need to put a sign on the door that sys, "Nursing! Come back later!" LOL
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    This pregnancy no I do not want or wish toi stop, but with the boys I hated it! Em also mostly wants the bottle and will only take the boob at night!

    Rebecca thanks for that post, I learned alot from it.. I really need to go to one of my LLL meetings, I just always forget...lol

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