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  • @llli*mrsamandaramey's Avatar
    Today, 07:57 PM
    Thanks for the responses. I have a stash started... About 150 ounces all in 2-3 ounce bags. Unfortunately I cant change my breaks. I thought about pumping the first 20 and the last 20 if possible. I am just having so much anxiety about going back and being able to keep up.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 07:51 PM
    :ita You can also encourage baby to nurse more frequently overall if the reason for pumping is feeling full in between nursing sessions. If you think your pump is not working correctly, talk to the manufacturer. Pumps are machines and can and do have mechanical issues that are not always obvious. You want to be very sure pump is in excellent working condition before you return to work. It is also possible that some of what you are feeling after pumping is edema. Pumps extract milk completely differently than a baby does, and they can pull fluid into the tissues of the areola or front of the breast making mom feel more "full." Make sure your pump flange fits correctly and pump at the lowest setting that is effective (and, of course, comfortable) to decrease this possible issue.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 07:37 PM
    @llli*maddieb replied to a thread How to Wean?? in Weaning
    Hi, just wanted to say I agree with mommal about how to lower your milk production with an eye towards weaning. Try to be as gradual as possible to be safe. When you say you nurse baby 5 times, I assume baby is also getting bottles of formula? Are you also pumping right now? Or are you saying that your baby only eats 5 times in 24 hours and milk is removed from the breasts only 5 times? With that kind of very low nursing frequency, if that is all baby eats and baby is gaining well and you are not uncomfortable, then you probably have a very, very large milk storage capacity. I am not sure what that would mean as far as milk production goes. But, if you have normal or near normal milk production at this point, and you will have a long work day of 10+ hours starting in two weeks, I think it is entirely possible you simply will not be able to drop your milk production quickly enough to be entirely safe. When a lactating woman goes many hours without milk removal, not only does it impact her milk production, it puts her at risk for engorgement, plugs, and mastitis- yes, she can actually become ill. Quite ill. This is why there are laws in many places including federal law in the US protecting a woman's right to pump at work, and, as mommal suggests, moms whose jobs do not fall under the laws or the 'norm" do find creative workarounds all the time. But, if you absolutely cannot pump at work, then I would suggest learn hand expression to help you get relief at work if...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:54 PM
    @llli*mommal replied to a thread How to Wean?? in Weaning
    Thanks for answering those questions! Here's how to wean: 1. Choose one a single feeding and replace it with a bottle of formula. 2. Wait several days for supply to adjust downwards. 3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until all the unwanted nursing sessions have been eliminated. 4. Ideally, following this course of weaning will result in a gradually diminishing supply. But if you run into trouble while you are weaning- for example, plugged ducts or mastitis- do not be afraid to reverse course and add nursing or pumping sessions back in. Fixing the problem is more important than sticking to your weaning plans. Your baby is still very young. Do you have any interest in brainstorming about how to pump at work? We have so many working moms here, and they don't all have 9-5 jobs with great pumping facilities. There arealot of out-of-the-box pumping ideas to be had, if you're interested!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:03 PM
    Can you have him come in to the lactation consultant or pediatrician with you? Sometimes reassurance from a professional is what it takes to get a dad on board with normal nursing. I totally understand. My first baby was small and nursing didn't go well at the beginning, and that was a very stressful and anxiety-producing experience. If you are a generally anxious person, this is a good time to check in with your feelings. You want to make sure you're not tipping from "normal" anxiety into postpartum anxiety or postpartum depression. There are plenty of checklists available online, so maybe take a moment to familiarize yourself with the symptoms?
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  • @llli*ksl522's Avatar
    Today, 05:59 PM
    @llli*ksl522 replied to a thread How to Wean?? in Weaning
    Sorry, I didn't know where to begin! 2 months, 5 times, 10.5 hours
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:40 PM
    @llli*mommal replied to a thread How to Wean?? in Weaning
    Can you give us a little more information? It would help to know: - how old your baby is - how many times per day you are currently nursing - how long your workday is
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  • @llli*ksl522's Avatar
    Today, 05:17 PM
    @llli*ksl522 started a thread How to Wean?? in Weaning
    I am starting back to work in 2 weeks and will not be pumping during the day. Any advice on "how to wean"? Should I nurse in the morning and at night for a while then go to just night nursing? What should I do?
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  • @llli*thawingsnow's Avatar
    Today, 05:13 PM
    I think my right side is the "under producer" anyway, but lately I cannot feel the letdown as much on that side. (The left side seems to have milk come out faster, and it gets engorged much more easily.) In addition, my 15 month old isn't wanting to nurse as much on that side despite my encouragement (maybe because of a new molar that hurts more on that side.). I usually have more indications that milk is coming out of that side too like hearing or seeing my little one's gulps. However, I'm not seeing as much of that either. Will this pass and even out? Should I not worry about it? *My fear is that I will lose milk production in that side.* Thank you so much.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 04:36 PM
    Hi, good to hear from you. Great that baby is nursing at least some! There is nothing inherently wrong with a baby nursing 'only' 10 minutes. this could be enough, for some babies. How many times a day does baby nurse and how many ounces in supplement does baby get each day? Of course you can cup feed, there is no age limit either way for infant cup feeding, and you would feed the baby the same amount as you are doing with the bottle...But there may not be any benefit to cup vs. bottle if you are being careful to really do paced bottle feeding. What might make more sense in your situation since baby can latch is to explore using a lactation aid- an at the breast supplementer. I am not sure what you mean by baby dislikes being on his tummy and that prevents skin to skin contact. Skin to skin means baby is snuggled against mom, with baby more bare and mom more bare, so that there is skin contact. Mom need not be lying down on her back- in fact, it is probably better if you are not flat on back but rather leaning back or sitting up so baby is not flat on tummy as few babies likes that. But If you sit up more, and snuggle baby against your chest, or on your shoulder, etc...baby does not like this? I find this so unusual I wonder if there is something more going on with baby. Some sensory issues, or just unusual discomfort, etc. How do you usually hold baby in general? Cradled on his back? Even if that is what he prefers, you can still be skin to skin, right? What if...
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  • @llli*m11612's Avatar
    Today, 04:29 PM
    Why are you pumping? There are different reasons to pump and different ways to pump for the desired effect. For instance, if you are pumping to increase supply it is good to pump after feeds as frequently as possible. If you are pumping to relieve pressure (for comfort) it is best to pump just a tiny bit or better yet hand express just to comfort otherwise you are signaling your body to make more which can exacerbate the issue. If you are pumping to create a freezer stash you might consider pumping just once a day usually the morning to impact supply as little as possible while still storing enough for the first day back to work with maybe just a bit extra just in case. Remember you will pump at work your first day back for the next day.http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/milkcalc/ Kellymom.com is a great resource for many bfing topics too.
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  • @llli*7preemiemum's Avatar
    Today, 04:18 PM
    Yup def oversupply issue Well, I agree that baby is way better at extracting milk than the pump is, ive seen that time n time again w my kids Do u wait for a second letdown or even a third one? I can get 3 letdowns in one session Sounds like u doing great otherwise so keep it up:)
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  • @llli*158breastfeed's Avatar
    Today, 03:55 PM
    Thanks for all of the advice. I actually have a bit of an oversupply issue. I typically pump out anywhere from 2-4 oz per breast depending on the time of day.
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  • @llli*nowellina's Avatar
    Today, 03:54 PM
    Hello there This is my update so far, I managed to rent a hospital grade pump and pumping as much as i can, milk barely leaves, if I'm lucky 5mls for the whole day but I still continue to pump regardless of what comes out. I have yet to see someone for one to one support. I have managed to get him back on the nipple but the latch doesn't last longer then 10mins. I've been also using the Paced bottle method. With regards to the skin to skin it's very difficult as he seems to dislike being on his tummy, plus he doesn't stay settle so I was wondering of there was another method I could try? Also I wouldn’t mind cup feeding but not sure if it's still possible at 8weeks? If so how much should I be giving him at each feeding?
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  • @llli*van.walker's Avatar
    Today, 02:33 PM
    I have the same problem but i'm an EP mom. If, and when I feel full after pumping, I wait 30 min to an hour after and pump for 10 minutes to relieve pressure. This seems to hold me over until the next pump. I change my membranes every month. Breast compressions and a warm/hot washcloth on the breasts help. :)
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  • @llli*7preemiemum's Avatar
    Today, 02:02 PM
    How is ur pump output? Breast compressions REALLY help while pumping
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 01:41 PM
    Hmm, well that is interesting. Healthy breastfed babies do not need vitamin A or E supplements, and vitamin K is not recommended orally in the US because it is not absorbed well orally, so babies get a shot on the first day of life. So, this is interesting. In the US moms are often told to use some other multiple, but those are not typically necessary for breastfed babies. My concern is if the vitamin is given in a huge dropper full, like baby multiples often come in the US, it might be irritating. I want to be clear, I am saying MIGHT, not that this is for sure any problem. Vitamin D, which really may be needed, can be given to infants with the full recommended daily dose in a single, easy to digest drop if you get the right product. Here is more on vitamins and the breastfed baby: http://kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/vitamins/ Probiotics: In the US you can find probiotics at any health food store. Here is some info, just skip the stuff about thrush: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/preventing-thrush/#01
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  • @llli*aprilfrogs's Avatar
    Today, 12:45 PM
    I was taking fenugreek and milk thistle for a few weeks. I didn't see an increase in my production when pumping. All it did for me was help me put on weight, so I stopped them 2 weeks ago. Pumping feels fine. I got the pumping pals flanges and use a hands free device at work. I also massage to help ensure I empty my breast. I pump every 3 hours at least when at work. My LO take 3.5 oz bottles at daycare. Sometimes she has 3 bottles and other times 4 bottles. It depends on how much she naps. If she has them all she is having 1.8 ounces an hour. She usually takes a bottle every 3 hours. Our day usually begins around 5 am with nursing then off to school. She nurses again at 7:30 when I drop her off. She has 3-4 bottles while there then I either nurse when I get home at 6 or she has another bottle from my husband. She nurses again between 7-8 pm before bed. She wakes once at night around 2-3 am to nurse. I usually pump after this nursing session since I'm usually engorged. When I pump I get about 3 ounces total. I'm always one bottle or more behind a day, so I'm up in the middle of the night pumping. It's hard. The lack of sleep is hard. It takes me an hour to nurse then pump then clean supplies for the day.
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  • @llli*158breastfeed's Avatar
    Today, 12:21 PM
    No, i haven't done breast compressions while pumping but will start and see if that helps. How often should I change out the membranes? Thanks
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 11:45 AM
    As above, I would recommend supplementing with a lactation aid or SNS. Bottles can cause so many problems. And I would recommend doing more research and possibly getting second opinions about the ties. Many health care providers don't believe in ties and some that do will only address an anterior tie that is painfully obvious. Problem is, a posterior tongue tie can often go unseen but it can still cause terrible difficulty far beyond just breastfeeding. My son didn't nurse, he chomped with a little suction which was really only effective at getting milk out during a letdown or when I was squeezing it into him. It wasn't really obvious that it was a tie problem till about 7 weeks old. We had been supplementing with an sns since 5 days. Here is a group that has some additional resources for ties https://www.facebook.com/groups/tonguetiebabies/
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