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  • @llli*van.walker's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:13 PM
    I agree with mommal. Just keep pumping to increase output. When I first started pumping, I could barely get an ounce, combined, in twenty minutes. I kept at it and within two weeks my supply increased significantly to three ounces, per breast, each pump. I currently pump at 3am, 7am, 11am, 3pm, 7pm, and 11pm, producing 10-12 ounces combined, each time. You can do it! :)
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  • @llli*van.walker's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:54 PM
    I traveled by plane when DD was six weeks old. When I travel, I carry my manual Medela pump on me and check my electric pump with my luggage. The manual pump is discrete and easy to transport. I pumped in the seating area between the food courts because it was practically empty. I pumped under a cover and no one said a word to me. When returning home, all you have to do is declare your breast milk to TSA and you can take it on the plane with you. I had a small cooler with 20 ounces in it.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:36 PM
    55 ounces is enough for twins over 30 hours. It's PLENTY. Seriously. Make sure caregivers know how to feed baby properly so they do not overfeed baby. Sorry I cannot help with the other questions.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:29 PM
    Yes I do not think your period returned due to one long sleep stretch, I meant the return to work. But of course, it is unknowable if your period would have returned at this point anyway. It's entirely possible. All drops in milk production are temporary and frequent milk removal will help it increase again when that is needed. Whether a drop is due to illness, less effective milk removal, medications, or period returning, or anything else. Milk production does not just go away for no reason. There is always a reason and they can all be counteracted by doing what increases milk production. (and where possible, taking away the factor that might be causing the problem- So, when ill, trying to stay hydrated, or stopping a medication that might cause low milk production etc. The exception is a mother who simply does not have the capacity to make enough milk for her baby in the first place. But that is not your situation. It is pretty much never a good idea to measure milk production by your pump output. It can be hard to maintain milk production when pumping instead of nursing, so you always want to be sure that your pump is in excellent working order. But pump output is not an accurate reflection of milk production. I did not know that about pepto bismol!
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  • @llli*mhbb2's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:51 PM
    Since returning to work I'm not getting nearly enough pumping. Im usually home three days a week and I only nurse and baby is satisfied. But my freezer stash is almost down to nothing and there have been three days when I didn't pump right when I should have or didn't pump both times. My supply has dropped some and now when I pump I hardly get anything but if i squeeze my breast there is milk. I'm worried we're going to have to start supplementing. Help
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  • @llli*dmk's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:22 PM
    Well, along with all of the other things going on, my period has definitely started, so I'm hoping this supply dip is mostly the result of THAT and not of anything longer term. About the sleep: baby has had occasional long sleeps before, though Friday night's was the longest, and he hasn't repeated it. :shrug He's back to his normal 2 wakeups since then (and a few more on Sunday night, after I was sick -- he did NOT appear to be sick at all, thank goodness). So I don't necessarily think my period returning is because of his sleeping -- but I do think it WAS because of my return to work, alas. (Doesn't explain why I didn't get my period back until a month after I weaned my older child, who was heavily supplemented from about 4 months on, but I guess every mother-baby duo is different.) For this week at least, I am definitely going to 4 pumps a day, every day. That means I'm pumping or nursing at least every 2.5 hours during the day, with a few feedings/pumpings at even smaller intervals (my first pump is usually an hour after we last nurse, and we nurse twice in about 1.5 hours in the evening, and twice in about 1.5 hours in the morning between 5 and 7 am). I also feed at every MOTN wakeup. I am not sure I can do much more! I will say that usually I see a pretty quick response to adding an additional pump (like, usually the next day I see a very noticeable increase of at least 2 oz.), and I haven't seen that yet, which is discouraging but also suggests that this...
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  • @llli*andreica's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:24 PM
    Hugs to you for hanging in there and not giving up! Definitely look for another LC, this one obviously can't help you,so you just need to find one that can. Also, google some videos on latch tricks, particularly the breast sandwich, and the flipple technique. My baby never opened his mouth wide enough so I could never get enough of the areola in his mouth. I googled and watched videos and tried everything,nothing was working. Even the sandwich and the flipple. But the IBCLC I went to showed me an asymmetric latch technique that worked and basically, it was a combinationof the two (so to get a better idea of what I'm saying, you should look up some videos). I'll try and describe it, maybe it'll help. First, the football hold is best for this as it gives you the best view of the situation, of baby's mouth and most comfortable in terms of motion. Second, the basics - the head should be just beneath the breast, the palm of your hand supporting your baby in the neck area, fingers around the neck and head.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:05 PM
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  • @llli*van.walker's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:20 PM
    During the first two weeks of birth, I had to supplement with formula because I couldn't pump enough milk to keep up with DD's appetite. I called An LC and tried feeding her one ounce at a time and burping between each ounce. She would cry and try to eat her hand. Our pediatrician recommended Similac Supplement. We only used it when necessary. After two weeks, I was producing enough milk that we no longer needed to have the supplement on hand. I've attached a photo of the product.
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:12 PM
    Is baby also getting food?
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  • @llli*nsmum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:10 PM
    Dear maddieb and mommal, I just wanted to thank you again for your comments, and wanted to let you know what has happened in the end. I finally spoke to two midwives who have given me advice that is coherent with what you have said here on the forum and with what I have read in books. The midwife I saw last agrees that I was given some bad advice. As I may have mentioned I don't live in the U.S. anymore, and here where I live people tend to breastfeed only a few months before switching to formula. Unfortunately the bad advice has come in part from my family doctor who is following my daughter and it has been difficult for my husband to accept that the doctor may not have all the best advice when it comes to breastfeeding. Let me just tell you how the situation has turned out. I have decided that when I go back to work, my baby will have formula during the day, and breastfeed while she is with me (morning, evenings nights and weekends). The midwife told me to do at least 4 nursing sessions per day to maintain milk supply. I will also try to pump once a day at work. She told me that if I nurse on weekends this can help increase the supply a bit. I know this is the beginning of weaning, and have been very sad about it for days, but hoping that with the midwives advice I can continue a little while longer. I just made too many mistakes, and things were just too difficult for me. I was having too hard a time dealing with rejection at the breast, fussy baby, and pressure from...
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  • @llli*7preemiemum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:48 PM
    Hi jolena Been thinking about ur post...how are things now? i know what it is to be at a crossroads when nursing so I know the feeling of HELP!!!! Since ur son seems happy to nurse (right?) it would be a huge shame to stop with that especially since he never seems distressed after feeds let me tell u as an eping mum, I know exactly what my lo is inhaling lol and many days its well below the standard 25ish oz a baby should be getting, theres only one thing I can do whenever she acts fussy and that is offer milk However,when she refuses its not my issue anymore and thus I consider her a baby who is getting what she needs and regulating her own intake Is she putting on heaps of weight at the moment still? No, def not, she also gained well the first 5 months and then considerably slowed down with getting EBM so I knew what she was getting and yet her weight gain remained slow after 6 months Im trying to tell u that my baby is def not lacking food and yet isnt gaining much at the mom either ( herpedi thinks shes abs fine since she is gaining weight just not much anymore)so weight gain isnt necessarily everything but yes, i do understand u and ur anxiety about ur situation i would suggest if u want to really build up ur supply again, nurse often and pump with a DOUBLE pump to stimulate ur supply even more, u can use the milk u get if u get any ( after nursing) to supplement if required or use formula top ups if u havent got enough ebm
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:19 PM
    I thought the issue was age. Like babies don't have what they need to actually process nitrates even if they are naturally occurring until somewhere between 6&9months? As I recall carrots stayed off the menu in our house until the year point because of this. Better safe than sorry.
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  • @llli*leemami's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:14 PM
    Is there a way you can squeeze an extra pumping session during the day for a couple of weeks? (after you recover of course) I used to pump every 2 hours when I returned to work, for a total of 4 sessions. Even if I got an extra ounce, I was happy. I put that in the freezer. I slowly built up my freezer stash that way. That may ease your mind, and then you will be less worry during the day. Stressing out can also be affecting your output, try to relax as much as you can and visualize baby :) Also, you could try donated BM if you do not want to use formula at all. That is always an option. Do you have a bank somewhere near you? I also made lactation smoothies for a couple of weeks, and I drank that every morning. That seemed to help a little. I hope everything gets better :hug
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  • @llli*midnightsangel's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:29 PM
    How long until you leave? How long will you be gone? How much milk do you have now? You'll need roughly 24 to 36 oz per day that you're gone.
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  • @llli*aprilfrogs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:08 PM
    Whoops my post above was all sorts of messed up. Sorry. My reply is within the reply.
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  • @llli*aprilfrogs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:07 PM
    Our daycare workers are great with my LO and do paced feeding. She's there for around 8 hours and takes 3-4 3 ounce bottles depending on her nap schedule. She's been taking bottles there since she was 6 weeks and does well going back and forth between the two. We've been lucky.
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