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    Default Re: Relactation after 4 months - Am I nuts?

    tarantamom thanks so much for sharing your story! you are truly an inspiration... so much of what happened to you, also happened to me at the hospital. it was indeed horrible and NOT what i envisioned when i was getting ready to have my daughter. i do have a question for you, how long before you had your milk supply? if you could also disclose the gal. you took to help boost your supply that would be so helpful. i am willing to try anything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*emi1129 View Post
    tarantamom thanks so much for sharing your story! you are truly an inspiration... so much of what happened to you, also happened to me at the hospital. it was indeed horrible and NOT what i envisioned when i was getting ready to have my daughter. i do have a question for you, how long before you had your milk supply? if you could also disclose the gal. you took to help boost your supply that would be so helpful. i am willing to try anything!
    Aww...you're welcome!! and you're making me blush!
    I am so sorry to hear you also had a rotten experience at the hospital. It isn't easy having a bad birthing experience. I still haven't "gotten over" it-day by day as they say, but having a wonderful, thriving, sweet little one heals my heart.
    I feel your pain and lack of support...the lactation consultants you've seen sound wretched! sounds like they aren't cut out for doing their own jobs if you ask me...but THEY are the crazy ones, not you, despite all the ridiculous pressure society may place

    It actually only took a couple of days for me to start dripping, and if you're already there you're off too a great start. From there it took a bit...I'm looking back on my logs now-I kept a chart of all the milk I made each session so that I could mark progress, keep note of things that worked and didn't work, and so forth...and so maybe someday my son will open it someday and think "what the heck?! Was my mother insane?!"
    In early December, I was making something like 4 ounces a day approximately, and in January, when I ate the galactagogue mentioned in my story, I made an overnight jump from my record 5 ounces to a whopping 14, and that little kickstart was all my body seemed to really need. I only ate the stuff a couple of times and by the end of January I was at 22 oz! It took me a bit more of a gradual increase from there, but by the end of March we got rid of the (then expired) can of formula. !!!!! and haven't needed it ever since. I now bottle an average of 28-32 ounces a day (which make up about 4 of my sons feeds) on top of giving my son 4-5 full feeds from the breast. which I've deduced means he eats about twice what a kid his age eats, but he is somehow on the lower end of the weight charts for his height (VERY tall) so I figure he must really need what he's getting-at least he's REALLY, really growing! This breastmilk stuff really does work.
    Proud wife to Paul , dedicated SAHM to our O.O. born 00:00:00 on 08 Nov 2010,

    Look for us in the upcoming September 2011 issue of LLLGB's magazine, "BREASTFEEDING MATTERS" as well as LLL's upcoming booklet on relactation!
    & A proud daughter to a LLLL may she RIP.
    Relactated from scratch after a complicated birth(BAD hospital)...
    Now relatched and & ing after 5 months of 100% EBM feeding
    Planning permanent lactation.
    A millionaires baby fed with commercial baby milk has a poorer diet than the poorest family's baby who is breastfed.-WHO, 1997
    My story-for those looking to relactate, relatch, or boost their milk supply

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    Default Re: Relactation after 4 months - Am I nuts?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*tarantamom View Post
    and in January, when I ate the galactagogue mentioned in my story, I made an overnight jump from my record 5 ounces to a whopping 14, and that little kickstart was all my body seemed to really need.
    Holy crap! I need to make that green gloop asap.

    And not to go against tarantamom, but you could probably get by with 28-32 oz pumped total a day. My son takes 32-36 a day and that is just about what most babies need.

    You should also check out this link to make bottlefeeding more like nursing. . .http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/bottle-feeding.html. This way they aren't used to a faster flow and recognize when they are full sooner, so they won't be taking in more than they need. They will also be more "in control" of the feeding. I'd highly recommend doing at least some of your feeds with your shirt off and your nipple close to her mouth, so she can associate being at the breast with being fed. You can even try "baiting and switching" though that has yet to work for me! Some moms put the bottle under their armpit so the baby is in the same position as if they were breastfeeding too.

    Again, good luck! frequent updates please!

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    I pumped for two weeks after I delivered her, she refused to latch and because of my postpartum depression I didn't push it. I am trying to get into to see a lactation consaltant tomorrow and possibly get a hospital grade pump as well. I will update on how it goes.

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    Holy crap! I need to make that green gloop asap.

    And not to go against tarantamom, but you could probably get by with 28-32 oz pumped total a day. My son takes 32-36 a day and that is just about what most babies need.

    You should also check out this link to make bottlefeeding more like nursing. . .http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/bottle-feeding.html. This way they aren't used to a faster flow and recognize when they are full sooner, so they won't be taking in more than they need. They will also be more "in control" of the feeding. I'd highly recommend doing at least some of your feeds with your shirt off and your nipple close to her mouth, so she can associate being at the breast with being fed. You can even try "baiting and switching" though that has yet to work for me! Some moms put the bottle under their armpit so the baby is in the same position as if they were breastfeeding too.

    Again, good luck! frequent updates please!
    the green gloop is good stuff!
    & yes-I agree-as I mentioned somewhere my son is an exceptional case. According to kellymom & LLL, babas only need like 25-30 oz of breastmilk a day. I do worry about my son for it but we've given him a health screening and he has come back perfectly healthy-he's a very happy content little guy for the most part, too (did I just curse myself saying that? hope not)but he does have an exceptionally high "upward" growth rate (he has to wear clothes for a 1 year old baby most of the time, at 6 mo of age!-and it all looks so funny and baggy since he's so skinny, bless). Probably why he eats so much I guess...and I mean he will nurse for like 20+ min at a time. So MOST babies, MOST, will probably suffice on the 25-30 range I would imagine!?

    I actually came online right now, ironically, to add in something about making bottlefeeding more like nursing-that's what I had Osrid's dad do when he was feeding him and I still have him do so because it helps him stay concentrated @ the breast so he doesn't get the impression that he can just turn over and tug my nipple along with him wherever he goes if he gets distracted so, good thinking!
    Proud wife to Paul , dedicated SAHM to our O.O. born 00:00:00 on 08 Nov 2010,

    Look for us in the upcoming September 2011 issue of LLLGB's magazine, "BREASTFEEDING MATTERS" as well as LLL's upcoming booklet on relactation!
    & A proud daughter to a LLLL may she RIP.
    Relactated from scratch after a complicated birth(BAD hospital)...
    Now relatched and & ing after 5 months of 100% EBM feeding
    Planning permanent lactation.
    A millionaires baby fed with commercial baby milk has a poorer diet than the poorest family's baby who is breastfed.-WHO, 1997
    My story-for those looking to relactate, relatch, or boost their milk supply

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    you're not nuts, Mama!! I don't have much more to add because these ladies have been helpful already. One thing though that I did notice affected how well fenugreek (or whatever else you may take) worked to increase my supply was that it was absolutely necessary for me to empty my breasts around the clock when i first started trying to increase. So I would either pump or nurse, even through the night, every2.5-3 hours.

    I'm sorry you had such a negative birth/nursing experience to start out. I think you owe it to yourself to at least give it a shot. To turn that experience into something positive. I don't think you'll regret at least giving it a go!

    Lots and lots of good luck.
    Julia and Maxwell (and Dan and Haddie)
    Maxwell, born January 3, 2010
    A year on Mama's milk and still loving it

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    I was able to rent a hospital pump and I scheduled an appointment with a lactation specialist on monday.

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    Great! I saw two lactation consultants previously and didn't feel like they helped me much at all - with the exception of the second one who told me my DD had thrush - hence the white tongue which was there for 4 weeks!!! By then you can't even imagine how my nipples were! ((( Anyways I am trying to see if my daughter will latch on with a nipple shield at least for now. Let me know how it goes with the LC

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    Thank you ladies! I hope to keep you all posted!!! Whats the green gloop? I need that asap as well lol

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    She refused to latch when I first started even with the help with lactation consultants as well. I guess I am willing to try anything at this point! Esme is on so many different meds if I could just degree one by breastfeeding I would be happy.

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