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  1. Re: How can I bump up my supply during a period?

    Hi mama, the best way to increase supply is to nurse and/or pump more. Sounds like pumping more is not an option, but could you try to work in some more nursing sessions? Most babies who are...
  2. Re: Dropping pump sessions,but not supply?

    If you drop pump sessions, your supply will decrease, so if you start dropping sessions you may need to supplement with donor milk or formula. If you want to go that route, it's best to pump wean...
  3. Re: Hugs please-Tapering off domperidone at 3.25

    alphawoman, you always write so eloquently and articulately about your nursing relationship. I understand why the supply drop is making you melancholy, but it's clear that you have a wonderful...
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    Re: going back to work and logistics

    Hmm, as I was reading your post this is exactly what I was thinking, why not rent a hospital-grade pump? I don't see how that would be hard on you - it may actually be easier if it helps your pump...
  5. Re: Continuing to Nurse but Not Pump?

    Oh yes, excellent point - I also gradually pump weaned. I first cut back on the last session of the day, then dropped it, and so forth.
  6. Re: 5 day separation- breast refusal

    Oh, sorry to hear you're still struggling with this. I have found that there are times when it is definitely harder to get LO to dreamfeed than others, I assume it depends on what sleep stage they...
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    Re: dreaded pump slump

    Well, maybe it's not the period in your case, especially if you're seeing output go back up. I got my period back early especially with the younger two, which I always resented! Glad to hear you got...
  8. Re: Continuing to Nurse but Not Pump?

    Congratulations on a year of nursing, that's great!

    Yes, you can absolutely wean from the pump during your working hours and continue to nurse. I pump weaned at a year for my three babies, still...
  9. Re: 6 month old, slowed weight gain, pump output, sleep issu

    :ita Not only that, but one of the best remedies for low pump output at work is nighttime nursing.
  10. Re: Pumping, breastfeeding, supply and work

    Okay, so first of all, it's very normal for a breastfed baby to want to nurse/eat frequently. Most breastfed babies nurse 10-12 times per 24 hours or more, which means that they DO nurse on an hourly...
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    Re: dreaded pump slump

    Whenever I had an abrupt drop in pump output, it was always my period.
  12. Re: 3 Day Trip- how often to pump/ nursing strike

    It's possible he could go on a strike, in which case, treat it as a strike and use back-to-breast techniques to prevent a strike from turning into weaning. I've been on many work trips of similar...
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    Re: keep or toss?

    Agree with bsua65, baby won't drink bad milk. According to the storage guidelines from LLL and Kelly Mom, milk in a cooler with ice packs is good for 24 hours, so you should be fine.
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  14. Re: Pumping, breastfeeding, supply and work

    Agree with PPs. Your pump output is normal. At the breast baby will get one or two or three, or perhaps at the most four ounces, in a nursing session. So that is how much you are pumping, right on...
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    Re: dreaded pump slump

    That sounds like a good plan. Even if your pump output doesn't go back up, if you are able to get the milk intake down you're fine! I actually think ruchiccio's philosophy of never taking more than 1...
  16. Re: Have been nursing for almost 5 hours...

    Absolutely agree with previous posters - normal newborn behavior! Here's a link that provides more information:
    http://kellymom.com/bf/normal/newborn-nursing/

    When my babies were that age, I...
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    Re: oversupply issue

    Some moms do need to do a little of pumping to get supply going early on if baby is having any issues, it's so variable how people respond to the pump. In your case, though, it does sound like it got...
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    Re: dreaded pump slump

    What doesn't add up is that this hit you right after a weekend of exclusive nursing. I know you tried two pumps, but it's possible they're both slightly underfuntioning - have you changed out the...
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    Re: 12 hour shift and pumping

    Perfect! Sounds like you figured out a good system for yourself. Cold shields do actually make me cringe so I'm not a big fan of putting them in the fridge either. Glad to hear everything went...
  20. Re: 5 day separation- breast refusal

    Those are great suggestions. Along the lines of while baby is asleep, add when baby is going down for nap/bedtime and when baby is waking up - ie in that half-sleepy phase.
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    Re: weaning after 3 years

    I certainly don't consider you a liar! Nursing is a two-way street, especially as your child gets older and does not need to be nursing very frequently from a nutritional standpoint, in the way that...
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    Re: oversupply issue

    Hi mama, welcome to the forum.

    Getting an oversupply to calm down can take patience and time. Try to pump just enough to relieve engorgement but not so much that you are stimulating more...
  23. Re: 5 day separation- breast refusal

    It IS really emotionally draining - I remember freaking out even with a very brief nursing strike when my baby had a stuffed up nose. I had to actively tell myself to relax and that really helped....
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    Re: 12 hour shift and pumping

    You've gotten lots of great advice, I thought I'd just link to milk storage guidelines - either the cooler or the fridge is fine. Hope your first day is going okay - agree with others that it is hard...
  25. Re: Pumping Fresh Milk into Container with Refrigerated Milk

    Here are the LLL guidelines, which do say refrigerate before combining:
    http://www.llli.org/faq/milkstorage.html

    Same with Kelly mom:
    http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/milkstorage/milkstorage/...
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