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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:38 PM
    If the occasional comments about frequent nursing are getting to you, I suggest taking the positive approach. You put on a big, confident smile and say something like "I know, isn't it wonderful? I couldn't be happier with her feeding frequency, and neither could her pediatrician. Breastfeeding is going so well this time around!" That approach can shut down criticism before it has a chance to get started. If, on the other hand, you complain about feeding frequency and being tired from nursing so often, you're likely to get a lot of unsolicited and unhelpful advice (use formula, use a schedule, make the baby wait, crying is good for them, etc.). There are a lot of moms who get freaked out by the amount that they can't pump, since everyone knows someone or reads about someone on the internet who can pump 5-10 oz at a time. But what most people don't know is that having that much milk is actually oversupply, and it's not desirable because it increases your risk of plugged ducts and mastitis, and tends to make nursing more difficult due to fast letdowns. Better to have just about the right amount of milk!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:30 PM
    :ita I might err on the side of making more, smaller bottles, and buying 6 bottles for a day at work. That way you can send a mix of 2-3 oz "feeding" bottles and 1-2 oz "top-off" bottles. Sending more bottles is preferable because it forces the baby's caregiver to pause the feeding in order to reach for another bottle. Pausing the feeding gives the baby a chance to decide whether or not she's actually full, instead of absentmindedly continuing to suck, and thereby reduces the likelihood of baby being overfed. Rule of thumb for the amount you'll need to leave is 1.5 oz per hour of separation, and that is true throughout the first year. Some days the baby will eat less than this, some days more like 2 oz per hour. If the baby consistently eats 2 or more oz per hour, she's probably being overfed and you'll want to go over paced feeding techniques with her caregivers.
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  • @llli*midnightsangel's Avatar
    Today, 05:16 PM
    Baby will probably eat every 1-3 hours at that ate so for 8 hours I'd probably get 4 bottles. 4 oz size is perfect because breast fed babies eat smaller meals than formula babies. 2-3 oz is a full meal so the 8 oz bottles woukd waste space. They don't eat more milk as they get older so you don't have to worry about them getting too small. I use the advent bottles but have no experience with the dr. Brown ones. Which eve is cheaper imo.
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  • @llli*mommymunster's Avatar
    Today, 04:39 PM
    Hi! I'm a first time mom getting everything ready for my baby's arrival. I will be working one day a week (8 hours) when my baby is 6 weeks old. How many bottles should I have on hand to cover that? I am also looking at the Avent Natural Glass bottles and the Dr. Brown glass bottles. Does anyone have a preference between the two? Should I be getting them in the 4oz or 8oz so it lasts longer? I plan on breast feeding as long as possible! Thanks in advance! I'm totally clueless about everything. :)
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  • @llli*tinabear's Avatar
    Today, 02:58 PM
    I had this same issue and still sort of do. I have a recurring bleb/blister on one of my nipples. I do a warm, wet compress before every feeding when I have a blockage and actual blister. In the shower, I'll use a clean cloth to help the blister "pop," but I also use the cloth to (very carefully) scrape the excess skin off. I try to get as much of it off with the cloth, because once I used my nail and accidentally caused a small tear which became an infection. Using lanolin helps it heal and keep it from drying up and clogging again. Definitely make sure to nurse often. I finally am bleb free for the last 2 weeks, but there's still a small scab that's slowly heeling. At least it doesn't hurt anymore. Good luck with your issue. I hope it clears up for you soon. I know what you're going through and I promise it gets better.
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  • @llli*tinabear's Avatar
    Today, 02:37 PM
    Thank you guys for responding so quickly . I feel much better about the whole thing. I thought I was doing something wrong, because it seems like other mothers are able to pump so much more. I get weird looks and occasional comments from my family regarding the frequency of nursing sessions. My mom even once told me that I dont let the baby get hungry enough (my sister and I were formula feed, so she has no experience bfing.) This website is my main source of information. Thank you so much for the support.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 01:22 PM
    :ita You could also try freezing her breastmilk and making slush that you spoon into her mouth, or put a breastmilk ice cube in one of those mesh feeders, or mixing breastmilk in with another food.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 01:20 PM
    Yes. Once supply and demand have adjusted to match each other very precisely, it's quite normal to have no extra milk to pump out at all. Also, different moms respond differently to pumping and to their particular pump. Probably not. Pumping tells you the minimum amount of milk available in the breast. Nursing generally yields more milk per session. That being said, 2 oz is a normal feeding for a young baby. This is why many breastfed babies feed so frequently- they take small, frequent meals which adds up to just as much as large, infrequent ones. 1. Use a better pump. 2. Make sure you have correctly sized shields.
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  • @llli*littlecavemomma's Avatar
    Today, 01:19 PM
    At 10 months baby should be able to take milk other ways than bottle if she wants. Have you tried a sippy cup? Maybe letting her drink it herself "on the go" if she wants will help.
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Today, 01:12 PM
    Hi! I only have a few minutes, so I'll be brief but hopefully this will help. Yes, it is normal to see 1-2 oz per pumping session, and if you are nursing on cue, you are actually getting a lot of milk from your pumping. You get more if you are exclusively pumping or away from baby during the day. Pumping is also the minimum you can get out of the breast, so it is unlikely that baby is getting only 1 or 1/2 oz out of each breast. Is baby gaining weight well? Then you are producing enough, no matter what your husband says or what you get from the pump. To increase the amount you get per session, try massaging your breasts while you pump. You can get more if you do so, but be aware that in general, you get more in the mornings/night, so if you can focus on pumping then, that might help you get more. This kellymom article helps explain things. http://kellymom.com/hot-topics/pumping_decrease/ ETA: Oh, I see that you said baby is gaining weight well. Never mind that question . . .but, to add to this: baby is young. Baby needs to nurse 8-12 times per day. Baby is nursing at normal frequency at this age and it sounds like you are doing fine.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 01:10 PM
    :ita after 6 weeks, infrequent pooping is normal in an EBF baby. Just nurse on demand and you should be just fine!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 01:07 PM
    One option would be to wake her right before you go to bed, which I assume is between 9 and 11 pm-ish? That way you nurse her once when you get home, another time right before bed, once more at your bedtime, one more time in the middle of the night, and then once first thing in the morning- voila! You're up to 5 feedings a day.
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  • @llli*sara.walthamstow's Avatar
    Today, 12:20 PM
    i'll try to find the article where I read this. - your supply and your baby's feeding appetite balance each other. - number of milk ducts and storage volume in breast vary greatly from woman to woman (breast scans revealed). - amount pumped is much less than the amount baby sucks - to do with the unique physical and chemical/hormonal stimulus the baby produces in you.
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  • @llli*sara.walthamstow's Avatar
    Today, 12:07 PM
    Hi amygmar My now 5 month boy did sleep through the night for long stretches when he was 2 and 3 months old. His weight was fine and I was (and still am) feeding on demand and I did not wake him up for feeding. He continued to gain weight alright. I must confirm that the 'sleep regression' has hit us and he no longer sleeps like that... he now wakes up every 2-3 hours to feed at night but we transfered him to our bed :) Enjoy the sleep! S
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  • @llli*midnightsangel's Avatar
    Today, 11:32 AM
    Breast fed babies start to poop less frequently starting around 6 weeks. Some babies go for a week in between poops! Wet diapers also start to slow down, though I'm not sure by how much exactly. How often does baby nurse? Do you pump at all? Can you post the entire weight history? Birth, lowest known, and any that you have after?
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  • @llli*tinabear's Avatar
    Today, 11:28 AM
    Hello! I'm a sahm and ebfing my 12 week old; I would like to start pumping to create a small cache of milk in case I need to leave the baby with a caretaker for a feeding or two. Currently, LO nurses 9-10 times throughout the day and night. He has two 3.5-hour stretches see night, so most of the daytime I nurse him ~ every 2 hours. I also have a toddler to care for so my pumping time is very limited. In one session, I pump 5 to 10 minutes, and I don't get more than 1oz a breast. I've waited for more milk to flow, but I never see more than the 1oz per and that's only in the morning. Afternoons I get half an oz per breast. So my questions are: Is it normal to only see 2oz or less a session?
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  • @llli*nicholeo's Avatar
    Today, 10:10 AM
    My daughter just turned 10 months old today. She doesn't care for purees and will eat a little bit of finger foods but not much. I've been exclusively pumping most of her life so she drinks breast milk. The thing is some days it's extremely hard to get milk in her. She will fuss likes she's starving so I sit down with a bottle to feed her and she will drink an ounce or two then push it away and I'll have to try again either when she fusses again or 10-15 mins after she's stopped. She slept all night last night so you would think she would be starving and ready to eat but it's been a struggle today as well. Anyone out there experienced this? This didn't just start it's been like this on send off for several months,
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  • @llli*daliajesse's Avatar
    Today, 07:52 AM
    Don't wake him up!! Feed him on demand. If you are feeling painful and uncomfortable then express the milk by hand or using breast pump. It won't affect your milk supply. During the day time nurse him as often as he likes to keep up the good milk supply.
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  • @llli*mrsvillage's Avatar
    Today, 07:34 AM
    Thank you for the encouragement. Lately she has been waking up around 4 a.m. to nurse, and I don't have any problem with that! It would be challenging to wake her up to feed at night, but I'm glad to know that I do have an option to maintain the supply! Thanks again for the help.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:05 AM
    :) Yup! And just FTR, my kids nursed to sleep every night and nap for 3 years, and neither one had a cavity during those first few years. My older one had a bad cavity at age 7, but by that point I think we can eliminate breastfeeding as the primary cause!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:00 AM
    I think that a lot of the moms who have switched to just morning/nighttime nursing have older babies, like a year or more. Those babies are eating a lot of solids and have had a year to learn just how much they love nursing. So they're unlikely to give up that source of comfort due to heavy reliance on bottles, as younger babies sometimes do. This is not meant to be discouraging!!! You gotta do what you gotta do, and if that means you are going to need to pump wean and start combo feeding, that's okay. You definitely can continue to nurse more on the weekends. If your supply really drops, the weekend nursing will need to be supplemented with bottles- you'll be nursing more for comfort, somewhat less for nutrition. Are you open to nursing at night? One of our working moms here once said something brilliant, which was "Night nursing is a working mom's best friend" when it comes to maintaining milk supply. Adding in a dream feed or two could really help you maintain your supply. I know that's not easy, because obviously sleep is a precious commodity when you are a worki mom! But unfortunately, supply-maintaining tips come in 2 flavors: easy ones that don't really work, and hard ones that do. ETA: just noticed that you are in Philly. I strongly suggest contacting the Bryn Mawr birth center http://www.lifecyclewomancare.org, and asking them for a recommendation for a LC in your area. BMBC is really trustworthy and they are going to know the right resources...
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:47 AM
    Thanks for posting! It looks like the plateau you are concerned about is of very short duration. 8 days, if you go from the first 10 lbs 1 oz measurement. That's not a time period to be super concerned about, because babies tend to grow in fits and starts. Often they will pause in weight while shooting up in height, or vice versa. That being said, it looks like you have a very slow-growing baby. There may be good reasons for this- maybe you and your baby's dad are at the smaller end of the human size spectrum? Or maybe you're more average but your baby's genes indicate a suprirse ballerina physique? what do you think about that possibility?
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  • @llli*mrsvillage's Avatar
    Today, 06:42 AM
    Thank you for taking the time to respond. Maybe some additional information would be helpful. LO has been drinking from bottles 3-4x a day since she was 2.5 months old. She has not (yet) refused the breast from too many bottles. I have a high stress job as a therapist at a special needs school and will have a very unpredictable schedule in crisis management. While I would love to continue to pump several times a day, this is not realistic and I will end up engorged and infected. I have had mastitis once already. I'd like to keep a lunchtime pump session as long as possible. Let me ask you, how is it that so many moms who post on these threads are able to maintain morning and nighttime nursing sessions? It seems that the information you provided would indicate that it is more than likely that my milk supply will be too depleted to maintain 3 nursing sessions on weekdays. If there is something I can do to maintain my supply without weaning her altogether, I'd appreciate the feedback. Breastfeeding my child is very important to me. Keeping my job and financial stability decides this however.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:37 AM
    Let us know how things turn out! I'm really hopeful that you'll see the end of the pain after the abx. And it would be a useful experience to share here- for every mom who registers and joins the forum, there are probably 10 more who stumble onto threads and just read through looking for information. You could help a lot of moms!
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