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.
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.
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
* 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)
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
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:
Originally Posted by Hooch
I'll have to try that - lots of water and oatmeal it is! :)
Originally Posted by Disneykat
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.
Originally Posted by Rudy'smom
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?
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?
Lansinoh Lanolin Breast Cream helped me with that issue. It's made mostly for nipples, but can help the breast too. Worth a shot :)
Originally Posted by new_mama01
Thanks! I'll try it if it works! Will let you know!
Originally Posted by goldilockz
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.
Originally Posted by OperaDiva