The milk bank nurse told me 5 days for antibiotic to be gone.....
Bonita, you might check with your docs office though...the bank may be being extra cautious.
On my end, I'm going to ship my first big cooler of milk off tomorrow. I've been feeding Aly 3-4 bottles of fresh per day (my morning session that I was keeping generally makes 3) and the rest out of my stash. So I've made a bit of room in the freezer for freezing milk bank bottles. But, now that's full too. LOL. I'm also almost all out of their little bottles, so I'm going to have to start using my bags until they send more... I've got 4 left (4 oz each). That won't make it until tomorrow afternoon.
You can use either their little bottles or your own breastmilk storage bags. They provide the bottles so you don't have the expense of buying the bags. We shipped out 1/2 of a cooler full last night. It should be there this morning. I'm so happy to be able to do this. There's something wonderful feeling about giving.
Bonita, I hope your surgery goes well today, and can't wait to hear that Caitly is back on breastmilk! I was sad to read in your post on the 7500 thread that she is struggling with constipation because of formula, I would send you my milk if I hadn't already donated it!
Hi! I am Tammy from the Oct. BB and was hoping that I could find some opinions or ideas.
DS had his 2 month pedi appt. yesterday. He was 9 lbs. 9 oz. (5th percentile) and 23.5 in. long (50th percentile). The pedi was concerned that his growth rate has slowed so much because he had only gained 7 oz. in 5 weeks. I have to add 3/4 tsp. of formula to 4 oz. of EBM as much as possible each day and then take him back for a recheck in 3 weeks. This will give him 22 more calories per feeding.
I return to work in 3 weeks and will be pumping while I am at work. Starting now how do you think I should go about pumping now that I need to feed EBM with formula in it "as often as possible"? I asked if I could just nurse him and then top off with formula and the pedi said no. I am worried that if I only pump that my supply will decrease. Right now when he wakes up in the morning I nurse on one side and pump on the other and that's the only time I pump during the day. I was thinking of maybe continuing this. Then maybe I could pump once around noon and once in the late afternoon (since that will be my pumping schedule when I return to work) and feeding the EBM with the formula during the day. Then maybe I could nurse him at night. I don't know if this would be enough formula though.
I contacted an LC today and she told me to make sure I get 8-10 breast stimulations a day. I don't know if I will be able to acheive this once I return to work. I get a 45 min. break, which I can split up, but I need to leave my office to pump since I share so I can't pump while I work. She suggested that I pump out my foremilk, have DS breastfeed to eat the hindmilk and then follow with a bottle of EBM mixed with formula and do this 2-3 times per day. I will do this if it will help but it does seem like alot of work and I don't think it will be possible when I return to work. Then I would nurse or feed the bottle of EBM mixed with formula for the rest of the feedings. Today I have been mostly pumping and I get about 3-4 oz. from both breasts combined. Part of me wonders if I should quit BFing altogether but I hate the thought of that! Does anyone have experience with this or any suggestions?
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