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Breastfeeding/Pumping support

Someone asked if we could start a thread(and have it stickied) for BF support, but I also want to include those of us who are pumping as well if that is ok.

I have been pumping since the twins were born. I can get Shayna to latch and it's getting better, but it is very spotty and she gets frustrated easily. I JUST tried to get Joseph to latch last night with little to no success. He latches but doesn't quite know how to stay on.

I'm pumping anywhere from 5-10 oz depending on how long between sessions I go (if we are out and about and I don;t pump regularly I get more). I'm honestly at this point am pumping enough to keep them fed day to day. I WISH I could pump enough to have a nice freezer stash though. It's hard keeping up with 2 hungry babies Smile

I am looking forward to the day when i can get both of them to bf though.

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Will this be a thread for tips and questions? Great idea!

My tip -- for those who plan to pump, don't get discouraged if you only get a couple of ounces the first few times you pump. It can take a while for your body to learn to "let down" your milk using the pump. When I first started with DS, I could only get 2-3 ounces, but within a week or two was getting 8-12 ounces a session.

Also, even though I breastfed DS for a year, it still took 2 weeks to establish a good, regular latch with this LO! I guess LO needed to learn, and I needed a refresher course -- LOL!

Final tip -- "All Purpose Nipple Cream" is the best stuff on earth if you get really sore nipples (cracked, blistered, etc). Lasinoh is great for everyday use, but this cream really knocks the pain out and heals you fast.

Kris

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Oh wow! I feel impressed with myself if I get an ounce a breast during a session! How long do you sit and pump?

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I'm so glad we've started this thread. Thank you! I totally think pumping needs to be included in the thread....Great idea!

Breastfeeding is going really well for us so far. I'm excited because Khloe never did latch properly and I ended up pumping for the entire six months she got breast milk. Karah has been feeding like crazy all evening tonight. She must be trying to up my supply for a growth spurt or something. Does anyone remember when the growth spurts are? I know there's one at two weeks. Is there one before that?

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YES!!!!questions and tips are a must!!!!!1

I try to pump for 15 mins. Then again I am so bad about pumping every 3 hours which was what was recommended.

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there must definitely be a growth spurt at 2 weeks. my lil' man wants to eat non-stop. i'm mostly pumping as well. landon can latch well, but he will not stay there and he is less than thrilled to make a second attempt. i'm only getting about 2-3 oz per pumping session, which is more than i ever got when pumping for brayden. i'm taking a supplement called more milk plus and trying to eat oatmeal every other day to up my supply.

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I'm loving this thread and yes, I'm glad we're including pumping in here! As a retired EPer from DS, I can tell you that the more support pumpers have, the better (check out the exclusive pumping board too...it's in the breastfeeding section). And, since I wasn't able to BF last time, I'm new to this game myself, so yep, I'll have questions. I've been asking DS's BB and on the Everything BFing board so far!

I totally 2nd the nipple cream comment. I think mine is called triple nipple cream. That stuff is the shiznit. Smile BFing hurts way more then pumping did.

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That is so funny you say that Hooch because to me it is the other way around! Pumping is so uncomfortable, but BFing is "old hat" now.

After starting out pumping (because of his stint in the nicu), we are finally exclusively breastfeeding now!! In fact, I have only pumped once in the last week or so. (I really want to get back into the habit of pumping though to build my stash)

What I can't remember from DD is how long it took to regulate my milk supply. When does the engorgement pain stop? I mean, I am not super hard anymore, but come two hours after I last fed Nico, my boobies start to get that twinge. When did that stop??

Katie -- When I was instructed to pump they told me every 2 hours. So I was able to get a really nice stash going, since Nico was only eating every 3 hours. I was about one feeding ahead of him. Maybe you can pump every two hours for a little while (I know...PITA) just to start a little reserve?

There is definitely a 2/3 week growth spurt. Nico just finished a super supply building nursing marathon.

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"KapDel" wrote:

What I can't remember from DD is how long it took to regulate my milk supply. When does the engorgement pain stop? I mean, I am not super hard anymore, but come two hours after I last fed Nico, my boobies start to get that twinge. When did that stop??

I think around 6 weeks things sort of regulate themselves. I've been pumping once or twice a day when I get that really rock hard feeling. I'm starting to get a nice freezer stash doing this and it's way less time consuming than when I was pumping all the time! Smile

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Steph,

Your supply should be well established by week 6 and you should stop having the engorgement issues.

I have them too.

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I hope so! It is just these little twinges that really sting. I think the pumping jumpstarted it too...I have a really good supply (can pump up to 6 oz per sitting...never could do that with DD) so I am making a lot of milk. I just need him to regulate it for me I guess. 6 weeks sounds about right. Thanks ladies!

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I hear you on the good milk supply. I can pump 4-5 oz out of the one side while she nurses the other. I'v ehad to do that a few times due to engorgement, I don't want mastitis or plugged ducts this time.

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Oh no! You had mastitis last time? That sucks. I hope you don't get it this time Kris. What can you do to avoid it?

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"KapDel" wrote:

Oh no! You had mastitis last time? That sucks. I hope you don't get it this time Kris. What can you do to avoid it?

I had it 3 times in the 2 years I nursed Izzie.

Some things to help prevent/avoid mastitis --

* avoid wearing bras or tight fitting tops that constrict your breasts. This is key.
* Sleep on your side or back. Sleeping on your belly can constrict your breasts.
* Feed baby as much on schedule as you can, engorgement can cause clogged ducts, which can lead to mastitis.
* Breast massage before latching baby on can help avoid clogs too.

And of course proper positioning.

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"mommy2bugs" wrote:

I hear you on the good milk supply. I can pump 4-5 oz out of the one side while she nurses the other. I'v ehad to do that a few times due to engorgement, I don't want mastitis or plugged ducts this time.

I can get anywhere from 3-4 on one side depending on how long it's been between pumping. Again I am sooo bad a pumping on a regular schedule. I really should be better about it. It's hard to pump every 3 hours.

Steph you said every 2 hours??? Hmm, I wonder what I'd get from that. I should try it one day. I should also try eating oatmeal for breakfast.

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Someone asked about how long to pump for -- I found it easiest and most effective to pump one breast at a time (even though my pump will do both together). With DS, I pumped each side for 15-20 minutes, and could get 8-12 oz per session (3-4 hours apart).

Kris

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This thread is a great idea - I'm so glad I found it! Biggrin

I'm totally new to nursing and pumping, so I've got lots of questions...

First, while I think BFing is going well (she seems satisfied and is growing like a weed), I was told I have flat nipples... does anyone have experience nursing with them? I'm using the shield they gave me at the hospital (which helps immensely), but does anyone have any tips or advice?

Second, for those of you getting 8+ ounces pumping - is that total or per side? And what kind of pump do you use? I seem to get about 2.5-3 ounces per side with a manual pump, and that's in a good session.

Thanks!

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"jaders" wrote:

I was told I have flat nipples... does anyone have experience nursing with them? I'm using the shield they gave me at the hospital (which helps immensely), but does anyone have any tips or advice?

Second, for those of you getting 8+ ounces pumping - is that total or per side? And what kind of pump do you use? I seem to get about 2.5-3 ounces per side with a manual pump, and that's in a good session.

Thanks!

i have flat nipples as well and really only ever had success bf'ing with the shield.
i'm only getting about 2-3 oz pumping as well, so i want to know the secret of the super pumpers too. i have an electric pump too.

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I have flat nipples also and am using the shield. It's fine until she pops off...then it slides around since it's spilling milk everywhere. *sigh*

With DS I initially started pumping every 2-3 hrs while he was in the NICU...tried for 2, but didn't always succeed. We tried BFing once we got home. At about 4 weeks, we moved to strictly pumping and it was every 3 hrs. That wasn't so hard to do since he was on a schedule from being in the NICU (12, 3, 6, 9 o'clock). I started with 20 minutes per session. I don't remember what my output was...I'd have to go look at those early pumping logs I made back then. Now I am only pumping aroung 4x per day many days and BFing the rest. I generally get anywhere from 3-5 oz per side, depending on time of day and how long since I BFed or pumped last. I get the most in the morning. I make sure I BF in the morning, then pump shortly after. I have a Medela PIS (not a PISA Sad ) I want a Freestyle though. I start the pump session like my LO starts a nursing session....fast and furious sucking, although not super deep (hard). So I start with a gentle suck, but quick sucks (I put my pump setting on 5, but with low suction). I pump that way for 3-5 minutes...until I see a good amount in the bottle...like an ounce or so. Then I slow it down to a 4, but increase the suction way up (but not all the way). Sometimes I'll even slow to a 3, but still keep that increased suction. Aly does the frantic sucking first, then switches over to a slower, deeper suction suck once she gets past the let down....so I try to mimic that with my pump. Doing this, I'm often totally done in 15 minutes. I do both sides simultaneously. I hope that helps!

I feel like an oddball. I don't particularly enjoy BFing....I actually think I like pumping and bottle feeding better. But Aly really enjoys BFing, so I'll stick with it for a while...PITA nipple shield and all....

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I wish i could offer some advice. Like I said I don;t always pump every 3 hours ike I should which is probably the worst thing I could do and part of the reason why I do not have a stash.

Also, I last pumped at 11pm last night. I drank a good amount of water because I knew I had too much caffeine yesterday (bad bad Katie). i noticed today though, I pumped WAY more than I have the last couple morning (when I have had a long stretch between pumping. on one side this morning I got 5oz. I can't believe it!!!!!! The other side (right side) I got 4oz. WHAT?!?!?!?!?!

Someone mentioned oatmeal increases your supply so my new best friends are water and oatmeal. Fluids are key though, but not alot of caffeine of course. I however, have been HORRIBLE about the caffeine Sad

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I'm horrible about caffeine too, but I feel like a walking zombie without it some days. I pumped last time because of flat nipples. I tried using a nipple shield for several weeks and eventually it was so frustrating that I turned to just pumping. I've found that after pumping for several months my flat nipples seem to have sorted themselves out and I can BF no problem with Karah. My one nipple still acts up a little but I find if I pump for a minute or less then try to latch her it sorts itself out.

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Yeah, I'm also bad about the caffeine. It's hard to function without it.

I'm totally jealous of the super pumpers too. I normally get between 2 to 4 ounces, combined. That's actually much better than I normally got with DS. I think I averaged about 1 or 1 1/2 total with him.

I have a pumping question. I find that I get the vast majority of the output in the first 3 to 5 minutes. Normally, I try to make myself go to ten minutes, even though the second half I normally don't get even a drop. I know that it's normally recommended to go longer to stimulate more production. I'm just wondering, if I stretch out my pumping sessions to 15 or 20 minutes, might I get a second letdown? Just curious.

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Caffeine really affects my production. The more I drink, the less milk I have. I really noticed this with DD as she got older.

With pumping, I am a much better pumper (as far as oz go) this time around. I think it is because I started with pumping. Last time, I made just enough. This time, I already have a nice freezer stash going. I have stopped pumping for the time being, but I will have to start it up again.

And oatmeal is great for production. So are these cookies:

Lactation Boost Cookies

Ingredients :

* 1 cup butter or marg
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 cup brown sugar
* 4 tablespoons water
* 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal*
* 2 large eggs
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 2 cups flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 3 cups oats, thick cut if you can get them
* 1 cup or more chocolate chips
* 2 tablespoons of brewers yeast* (be generous)

Directions:

Preheat oven at 375 degrees F. Mix together 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal and water, set aside for 3-5 minutes. Cream (beat well) margarine and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, mix well. Stir flaxseed mixture and add with vanilla to the margarine mix. Beat until blended. Sift together dry ingredients, except oats and chips. Add to margarine mixture. Stir in oats then chips. Scoop or drop onto baking sheet, preferably lined with parchment or silpat. The dough is a little crumbly, so it helps to use a scoop.

Bake 8-12 minutes, depending on size of cookies.

Serves: 6 dozen cookies

Preparation time: 15 minutes

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"Hooch" wrote:

I have flat nipples also and am using the shield. It's fine until she pops off...then it slides around since it's spilling milk everywhere. *sigh*

I feel like an oddball. I don't particularly enjoy BFing....I actually think I like pumping and bottle feeding better. But Aly really enjoys BFing, so I'll stick with it for a while...PITA nipple shield and all....

I agree about the shield being a PITA... she likes to pull mine off when she's finished and dump the last bit of milk all over her head. :rolleyes:

"Disneykat" wrote:

Someone mentioned oatmeal increases your supply so my new best friends are water and oatmeal. Fluids are key though, but not alot of caffeine of course. I however, have been HORRIBLE about the caffeine Sad

I'll have to try that - lots of water and oatmeal it is! Smile

"Rudy'smom" wrote:

I have a pumping question. I find that I get the vast majority of the output in the first 3 to 5 minutes. Normally, I try to make myself go to ten minutes, even though the second half I normally don't get even a drop. I know that it's normally recommended to go longer to stimulate more production. I'm just wondering, if I stretch out my pumping sessions to 15 or 20 minutes, might I get a second letdown? Just curious.

I think I do get a second letdown if I pump long enough... actually, it seems like I express in 1 ounce increments - pump, letdown, get an ounce...massage, pump some more, get another one...etc. It takes a good 20 minutes fir each side to feel drained.

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Well I guess I can jump in here now! Hunter is very groggy on the boob, but does a ton better with the shield than without, so we'll keep using it at least til my milk comes in. I am pumping after he nurses, and I'm pretty sure I'm getting an amazing amount of colostrum. 1.5 ounces in one session is great, right? He seems to be doing ok so far switching between the Medela nipple shield and the bottle, keeping fingers crossed for no confusion, but right now he just needs the food and I can worry about sorting that out once my milk is in, right?

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I think that if your baby is not staying on your breast, it could be that your milk is expressing more than what the baby can swallow at a time. That is how my baby is like if she cannot swallow in time but give it a few seconds and try again.

I have a question though, my breast (not the nipple) really itch and I was wondering if I can put loition on it(not on the nipple though). Does any one know if you can or cannot?

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"new_mama01" wrote:

I have a question though, my breast (not the nipple) really itch and I was wondering if I can put loition on it(not on the nipple though). Does any one know if you can or cannot?

Lansinoh Lanolin Breast Cream helped me with that issue. It's made mostly for nipples, but can help the breast too. Worth a shot Smile

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2668339

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"goldilockz" wrote:

Lansinoh Lanolin Breast Cream helped me with that issue. It's made mostly for nipples, but can help the breast too. Worth a shot Smile

Thanks! I'll try it if it works! Will let you know!

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I really like the Medela Tender care lanolin better than Lansinoh, it's not as thick so it's easier to rub on.

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"OperaDiva" wrote:

I really like the Medela Tender care lanolin better than Lansinoh, it's not as thick so it's easier to rub on.

That would probably be better, the Lansinoh stuff is thicker than Vaseline.

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I'm happy that I can jump in this conversation this time around. With Owen we had a horrible time bfing. Evan seems to be a natural. His latch is good except when I'm engorged. Then he has a really hard time getting a grip. I've pumped a couple of times when the engorgement gets to that point. Both of those times, I was able to pump about 3 ounces per side. So far, I feel really good about bfing.

I do want to caution those using the nipple shield. My pedi gave it to me to use with Owen. It worked well for the latching, but I used it for about a month and then my pedi told me that if you use it for more than 3 weeks, it can deminish your supply - which it did for me. I was never able to regain my supply and after 2 months of struggling, I quit bfing completely. It may not happen to everyone, but just be cautious about how long you use the nipple shield.

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Sarah, thanks for cautioning everyone about this side effect of using the nipple shield. You have pretty much described my breastfeeding experience with my first DD. Nipple shield depleted my supply, pumping depleted my supply even more. I became so frustrated by it all that I quit BF all together after a few months. I really recommend that everyone who's using a nipple shield visit a lactation specialist to try and sort things out so that you're not dependant on the shield in the long run.

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i didn't realize that about the shield. i used it last time and my supply went down until i finally quit after a couple of months as well. it's a tough situation because that was really the only way it worked for us last time, but it may have been the reason for my crappy supply too.

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"lilla_beth" wrote:

So far, I feel really good about bfing.

Yahoo

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Thanks for the warning about the shields! I plan on trying to wean once we have a better pattern going and once my milk is in. Hopefully by then he'll latch right every time, he tends to try to suck his bottom lip under which hurts even WITH the shield, so trying without while he latches like that scares me a bit.

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I have been pumping in which case she will drink 3oz a feeding, now she is starting to show interest in BFing, and I have to learn something new now. If when you pump, you are told to do so until the breast is empty, how do I know its empty when BFing? I was reading that you have to make sure you get the milk fat at the end or something, thats why you should empty, but if I BF do I do a time limit, and then take her off that breast and switch, or wait until she passes out and try to wake her up to go to the other breast? She will be 2 weeks tomorrow, so what would my time limit be?

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I think 15 to 20 minutes a breast is ideal. I`m in the same boat as you. I`m pretty new to the actual BF thing. I am interested to hear what others say. I also want to see how she`s gaining weight at her 2 wk. appt. Maybe I`m not emptying my breasts enough...who knows....so much pressure comes with breastfeeding....but it is rewarding!

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We must be gearing up for a growth spurt here....feedings every half hour for three hours last night, three hour break and then again for two hours. I am SOOOO tired! My nipples feel like they're going to fall off. Oh the joys of breastfeeding...lol

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"Eils0312" wrote:

We must be gearing up for a growth spurt here....feedings every half hour for three hours last night, three hour break and then again for two hours. I am SOOOO tired! My nipples feel like they're going to fall off. Oh the joys of breastfeeding...lol

I think we're having a growth spurt too. 3 hour stretches are down to an hour and a half tops. I'm sooooo tired!

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Woohoo! I just got 5 ounces!

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This is soo us right now. Very hard to do with a toddler and a newborn stuck to my bb's for three straight hours. Her fussing/cluster feeding time seems to be between 7-10 pm which of course is right in the time frame when I am trying to get Noah to sleep. Jared works even shifts M-T so it's just me here.

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Oh my goodness, you poor thing!! I don't know that I could handle that!

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"Traceymom" wrote:

how do I know its empty when BFing? I was reading that you have to make sure you get the milk fat at the end or something, thats why you should empty, but if I BF do I do a time limit, and then take her off that breast and switch, or wait until she passes out and try to wake her up to go to the other breast? She will be 2 weeks tomorrow, so what would my time limit be?

I would agree that 15 to 20 mins is pretty good right now. For me, I just let DS suck until he falls off (unless he is just comfort sucking, then I take him off) That is about 15 mins per side. Sometimes less if he is really hungry and sucking fast!

I hear all you ladies who are talking about growth spurts. We were there too (and quickly gearing up for another one I am afraid) He used to eat every 3 hours. Now it is every 1 to 1.5 hours. I remember this feeling of "trappedness" (I know...not a word) from DD. It is coming back now. All I do is feed the little guy. But I know that will end. In a few months, it will be back to the every 3 hours or so (even longer) and that feeling will end. But for now...AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

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Growth spurts last that long!??!

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There is one around 3 weeks, then one again at 6 weeks. Nico is 4 weeks now...so we are getting read for another one soon!

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I have a pumping question. I find that I get the vast majority of the output in the first 3 to 5 minutes. Normally, I try to make myself go to ten minutes, even though the second half I normally don't get even a drop. I know that it's normally recommended to go longer to stimulate more production. I'm just wondering, if I stretch out my pumping sessions to 15 or 20 minutes, might I get a second letdown? Just curious.

I do, yes. I seem to get one about every 5 minutes after that initial 10 minutes of massive production. Smile

I think the nipple shield possibly impacting supply is one of the reasons my LC has me pumping. I'm on week 4 with one right now. I have to have almost a full pumping session before my nipple stays out enough for Aly to do anything with....so then when she does latch that way, she gets squat for milk. Sad I'm not sure what to do with that at the moment. I'm good at pumping though...not always schedule-wise right now since I'm BFing too, but I know if that's the way I decide to go, I can do it. I've got 125.75 oz in my deep freeze already and more in my small freezer, waiting to go into the deep freeze. I freeze initially in small bags in the small freezer (freezer side of the fridge), then put them into a big gallon ziploc before putting in the deep freeze. Double bagging helps prevent damage to the small storage bags. Smile

I need to work more to get her off of the nipple shield.

Oh, and good reminder about the water. I've been bad about that lately....

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"KapDel" wrote:

Now it is every 1 to 1.5 hours. I remember this feeling of "trappedness" (I know...not a word) from DD. It is coming back now. All I do is feed the little guy. But I know that will end. In a few months, it will be back to the every 3 hours or so (even longer) and that feeling will end. But for now...AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

Oh man, yeah, I hear ya! Some days all I do is nurse! I swear I can't even go pee because I'm nursing, nursing, nursing!!

Kris

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i don't know if i can do this. Sad my supply is going down. the same thing happened with brayden only further out than this. i just don't know how i can practically make this all work with a high energy, high maintenance toddler and a newborn who has taken to some pretty intense crying lately. i so wanted to do better this time around and at this rate, i'm going to do even worse. ugh. i'm having a total pity party today.

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"mommy2muncher" wrote:

i don't know if i can do this. Sad my supply is going down. the same thing happened with brayden only further out than this. i just don't know how i can practically make this all work with a high energy, high maintenance toddler and a newborn who has taken to some pretty intense crying lately. i so wanted to do better this time around and at this rate, i'm going to do even worse. ugh. i'm having a total pity party today.

:bigarmhug:

Don't give up yet! Have you tried oatmeal and fenugreek to boost supply? I think with fenugreek you have to take quite a bit, but it supposedly gives a really good boost. Is there any way you could get someone to help with Brayden a few days in a row, so you could really focus on feeding, then pump after every feed to try to boost supply?

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thanks jessica. yep, i'm eating oatmeal and taking a supplement that has fenugreek in it. it's a pill that is 4x's per day. i'm drinking all i can and avoiding caffeine. i feed and pump because he often doesn't want to latch more than just the first time. i've been taking the supplement and doing the feed then pump for 3 weeks while dh was home with us. this was my first day home alone and it was a disaster. i'll see how tomorrow goes and hope that somehow i can get through feeding/pumping without one or both kids crying hysterically.

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I took a prescription pill called Domperidone last time to boost my milk....and HOLY COW did it boost my milk! Maybe you could try that. Another thought I had is that the yeast in beer is supposed to help with milk production. This idea is great for two reasons....you get to have a beer....and it boosts your milk! If you have some pumped milk stored and can give a bottle of BM it's worth a try. I had a sweet sweet Corona the other night and my milk increased the extra day....I didn't need an increase but it helped build my freezer stash Smile GL and try to stay strong and stick with it a little longer. It's hard, and believe me I hear you about having a toddler. A girl on my previous BB gave me the idea of a BF toy box for my toddler. It's toys that she only gets to play with while I'm BF, so they seem new and exciting and keep her entertained really well so I can dedicate the concentration I need to for a proper feed with Karah. Maybe you could give that a try? Mine isn't full of expensive toys....just toys that are new to her....some from dollar store, clearance at Walmart etc.

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