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  • @llli*littlecavemomma's Avatar
    Today, 12:54 PM
    Have you tried calling Medela's customer service? They're great - they'll walk you thru troubleshooting your pump and if it doesn't seem to help they'll go ahead and send you a new one within a matter of days FOC. My output started decreasing a couple of months after returning to work, but I tried a friend's pump and it went back to normal. After getting my new pump all was well again. It may or may not be related to your pump, but it wouldn't hurt to see if they'll send you a new one so you can rule out that one variable. ***Edit: Sorry, I just reread your original post and saw where you did get another pump.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 12:36 PM
    OK I have a couple suggestions. First off call your OB or your baby's pediatrician today and ask for a referral don't wait for two weeks. If your baby is not able to latch without nipple shield you need to find out why and that is why you see a lactation specialist for those kind of questions. This is also who you should be seen to discuss tongue-tied and how that may or may not be impacting your babies ability to latch. You need to get this taken care of sooner rather than later because if there really is a problem then the longer it drags on the more difficult it will be to solve. I'm not sure what you mean by baby not being able to get enough at a single feeding if your app is suggesting that there is any such thing as a single feeding that lasts X amount of time every X amount of hours then please delete the app it is misleading you. You can expect a newborn baby to nurse a minimum of 10 to 12 times in 24 hours that's the minimum that's how much babies actually do need to eat. It is also normal for the time lapses between nursing sessions to vary considerably anything from a couple minutes to a couple hours, with some babies giving moms a single stretch per 24 hours of about four hours at most. Nursing sessions normally vary considerably in duration anything from a total of about 10 minutes to 45 minutes is normal at this age. Sometimes babies want one breast sometimes they want both typically it's fine to let baby decide which although if you wish to make sure...
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  • @llli*dp999's Avatar
    Today, 11:53 AM
    Hi Mommal Nearly it has been a month. I usually pump 2 times and feed my daughter during lunch time. 11.30 am and 3.30pm , Feed her sometime at 12.30 to 1. Morning pump I use to get 4 to 5oz and afternoon one 3 to 4oz. But these days hardly get 2 oz for whole day that I am gone. I am using Medela PISA.
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  • @llli*sacmd's Avatar
    Today, 11:46 AM
    Nope. Girls can be tough too. My daughter and I have always had a tough nursing relationship. She doesn't have a deep latch anymore at 7 months, likes to just slurp on the end of my nipple and pull back while kneading my breasts. If letdown doesn't happen quickly she unlatches a gazillion times, relatches, unlatches, and so forth until she gets a decent flow. Actually most times that we breastfeed she 'pops' on and off a ton which HURTS. Which lasts a few minutes, at which point she gets upset again. Sometimes I question my supply because of it. Also almost never nurses to sleep. In fact will get agitated when she is nursing and tired and start crying. Ugh. Some days it takes a lot of patience to not give up. I just tell myself that it's worth it for her health and our bonding.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 11:08 AM
    Can you let us know how long you are at work, and how many times per day you pump? It would also help to know what make/model of pump you are using.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 11:06 AM
    :sigh You can still feel free to credit the doc with being smarter than he/she is, especially when talking to the older generations who tend to have more respect for medical authority. ;) Good luck with the pumping! I think that if you're consistent about it, you'll get better at it and see more milk in those bottles. :cheer
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  • @llli*labrys71's Avatar
    Today, 10:42 AM
    Not that I've noticed, but the problem is more he's not getting all he needs in one sitting. Though I do have a pump, I hadn't thought to express after he eats for any reason other than to stock up for when I'm gone. The hospital gave me the nipple shield after a couple hours of having problems getting him to latch...I'm beginning to resent them for not having warned me about using them or encouraging me later to stop using it. I have a medela pump in style backpack and as far as I can tell it works well for me. Because I was worried about his eating habits I downloaded a BF app, and yesterday for the whole day from midnight to midnight he ate 9 times with an average of 15 minutes. Though yesterday was a good day, he didn't have too many problems...but this morning he has. He's eaten off the same side the last 3 times because he will only eat for 5 minutes, and I know he hasn't emptied the breast and I keep getting plugged ducts because of it. Between 7 and 9:30 he ate 3 times, once for 5 minutes, 10 minute and 7 minutes. No I haven't seen a specialist, but to have it covered by insurance I need to be referred. I have an appointment with my OB on the 14th, and I was going to talk to him about seeing one to try and prevent the plugged ducts, and another bout of mastitis.
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  • @llli*dp999's Avatar
    Today, 10:15 AM
    Hi All, I am breastfeeding my second baby who will be 4 months old in couples of days. I had been back to work and had no issues for a month. But recently from the past week, I am getting frustrated with my pump. I was using the pump which I had with my first daughter, suddenly the output got too low. I tried to change the valves,membranes it didn't work. Hand Pumping makes me exhausted. When I hand express, easily I get 2oz. May be due to wrong way of doing it, I had severe aches last week, but got better in a day. Bought a new pump, I was using old parts to see if the issue is with pump or parts..still less output. When I shifted to new parts, the issue is still the same. Should I talk to medela. Or is it something related to me. Please help! Also, I have some stock in the fridge, baby doesn't like that taste....Is it all waste??
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  • @llli*tinabear's Avatar
    Today, 08:33 AM
    You're right, I'll find a more positive response to their advice. They are just trying to be helpful in their own way. Having an average supply is better than too little or too much, I should be less concerned about it if the baby is happy and healthy. Sadly, my pediatricians are not my greatest source of information, nor support. I spoke with them regarding frequency and durationc of nursing when LO was born and they handed me information regarding formula feeding and told me I should be bfing 7-9 times a day. Thank you for the support. I'll just have to sneak in more than one pumping sessions a day to be able to stock up any significant amount.
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Today, 07:49 AM
    I found this post and thread. This might be of assistance to you: http://hippieinside.blogspot.com/2012/02/breast-milk-yogurt.html
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  • @llli*daliajesse's Avatar
    Today, 06:35 AM
    No, This is the first time I'm listening about this. Can you please share me one link about making yogurt out of breastmilk?? TIA!!
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  • @llli*van.walker's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:47 PM
    Hello, My LO just started daycare yesterday. (I was a mess.) Anyway, I work an 8 hour shift and take seven, 2.5 ounce bottles to daycare. My daycare requires plastic bottles and will toss any breast milk not eaten within the hour. Sending large bottles wouldn't work in this situation because of the daycare policy. (I know my freshly pumped milk is good for longer than an hour but it's a non negotiable policy.) If you are using a daycare service, read through the manual carefully and be aware of their policies before making a selection. Good luck. :)
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:37 PM
    It sounds as if you're basing your concern about whether or not baby is getting enough at the breast primarily off of baby's behavior. But this can often be misleading. Has there been any reduction in output- poops -or any problems with weight gain? When mom is using nipple shields it actually is very important that she pumps after at least some feedings. Nipple shields are linked to poor milk production and it is thought might interfere with milk transfer this is why pumping is important not just to have expressed milk for your baby should baby need it but mostly to make sure your milk production is not impacted while you are using shields. In other words pumping is actually going to only help your milk production and consequently help your baby get more milk at the breast. It would help us to know how often baby nurses - how many times in 24 hours -as well and also what kind of pump you have etc. Also have you seen a lactation consultant, are you still seeing one or are you able to do so?
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  • @llli*labrys71's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:26 PM
    Yes, and he doesn't have either one of those. That was initially what I thought the problem may have been as well.
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  • @llli*littlecavemomma's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:51 PM
    If you're leaving baby with an actual daycare, make sure they allow glass. Just something to think about.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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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