I spoke too soon milk output has been crappy today. Earlier I was barely making enough per feed and having to pump before every feed...now I'm just short of the amount needed for feed and I have to take back that jar that I put in the freezer The only thing I can think of is that I haven't had my "Boost" drinks in a few days (was drinking them for extra protein, etc.) hopefully will get better again soon!
Thank you so much! I'm really trying to hang in there... I normally surf or keep myself busy, but it's hard not to look when it's creeping up on feeding time and I need to make sure he has enough. I pumped about 70cc last go-round...add about 2cc for the calorie supplement and a few cc for the gripewater I gave him afterward, and I guess it's close to the 80 that he's been eating. I did try to nurse about 10 mins. per side for stimulation and to get him a little extra in case what I provided wasn't enough--I didn't see much dripping out of the shield (I forgot I just pumped/drained for like 25 mins....and I don't think I saw him swallowing much)...but he did try to fall asleep before he finished the bottle, so I felt better. I drank my Boost and some juice and some milk. I made my own warm compresses...check this stuff out!!
Okay, so I took the Medela softshells and put the J&J nursing pad in the shell for extra cushioning, then the warmed gel pad (which is the same size as a nursing pad), then the silicone backing that snaps into place....
I got the gel pads at Kohls or LinensNThings, I got the SoftShells at BabiesRUs and I get my nursing pads at Target or WalMart.
Okay, warm compresses in place after a warm shower, and I'm going to pump here in a bit...wish me luck!
Well, I only pumped like 70cc again last night, which was for the 4:30am feeding...I used the pre-stored jar for the 8-ish feed, so that I could get a longer chunk of rest and hopefully catch up a bit...I slept from about 2am-11am, less the hour or so total it took to feed and change him twice. I know you're not "supposed" to sleep with the softshells on, but it really made for more restful sleep because I wasn't as concerned about nursing pads shifting around and leaking or my shirt rubbing me the wrong way. I pumped about 5 1/2 oz. this morning and another 4 or so this afternoon, so I guess all is okay for now. I just wish there was a constant instead of such a rollercoaster!!
P.S. I wore the softshells out (to run some errands) for the first time...much easier to move around and much less painful if you're as klutzy as I am and run into everything (or have to carry strollers up escalators).
5 1/2 and 4 ounces is great! You're doing a great job! Sadly, it is an ebb and flow type of thing. One day you're on top of things and the next you're worried if you'll make it or not. I was on the low end most days. But, you'll make it through!
Thank you so much for all of your support and understanding! I just get paranoid to an extent, thinking that my baby won't be able to eat if something happens to me...and then I remember a nifty little invention called formula...
Okay, so my bigger shields came in the mail today. So far they're more comfortable, and I'm already pumping more than I usually do at this time of day (and I've eaten horribly today). Normally I'm doing good to push out about 70cc in 20-25 mins, but after 8 mins, I already have about 110cc's!! I hope this is a new trend!! I almost want to be mad that I didn't think of this sooner, but I'm just happy it's working now!