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    Default Re: help! shingles, pumping, travel etc.

    i'm also afraid my baby won't get enough if i nurse on one side and pump on the other. now that my supply finally adjusted i make just enough for her. each boob makes 50% of her milk. yesterday i tried just the left and it wasn't enough and i ended up letting her have the right one to get enough (even though i'm afraid there's a lesion forming on the areola).
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    Default Re: help! shingles, pumping, travel etc.

    If you nurse on the one side and pump the other, just until you get better, your supply will adjust. You might have to simply nurse nd nurse and nurse. But it will adjust.

    If you look at the Medela website, they have a how-to on how to find the right size.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
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    Default Re: help! shingles, pumping, travel etc.

    Susan, do you think I can adjust the supply so that the left side will make more than the right (pumped side)? that would be ideal in my situation. Would that work itself out if I nurse her often on the left and pump not so often on the right?

    I'll check out the Medela website!

    Thank you!!!!
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    Default Re: help! shingles, pumping, travel etc.

    Yes, if you do that, you can adjust your supply, barring physical issues with your breasts (reduction, surgery, etc).
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
    Sealed for time and eternity, 7-7-93
    Always babywearing, cosleeping and cloth diapering. Living with oppositional defiant disorder and ADHD. Ask me about cloth diapering and sewing your own diapers!

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    Default Re: help! shingles, pumping, travel etc.

    good, i'll try. no physical issues. both breasts have always been pretty even at making milk.

    is it possible to keep my right breast in good shape by pumping even if i can't drain it? by good shape i mean avoiding clogs, if that makes sense.
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    Default Re: help! shingles, pumping, travel etc.

    Yep. And actually, that is a smart idea, as when this passes you will then have two breasts to use and can avoid some of the lopsideness that one-sided nursing can result in.

    Massage, compressions, pumping frequently, all help drain your breast. It will also get easier with time and practice. It seriously took me like a week when I had to start EPing for Gavin to really get it.

    I did pretty well with a hand pump for some years, but the electric will let you nurse at the same time with a hands free bra.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
    Sealed for time and eternity, 7-7-93
    Always babywearing, cosleeping and cloth diapering. Living with oppositional defiant disorder and ADHD. Ask me about cloth diapering and sewing your own diapers!

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    Default Re: help! shingles, pumping, travel etc.

    thanks. I must say that I have thought about temporarily weaning the right breast, just because it is so sore with the lesions. I think they'll get worse before they get better, from what I hear.

    I woke up today with a little plug and gave in and let baby nurse again. I practically wrapped this breast in bandages. This was an issue b/c she started to clamp down with her teeth as the bandages threw her off. But today for some reason she was able to latch on painlessly and nurse even with all the dressings. I keep postponing pumping but I think I will have to try it again, esp. if the lesions get worse.

    The problem with massaging and compressions is that the breast is so sore b/c of the lesions that I can't really manipulate it that much. Too bad, b/c it makes a lot of sense and I am sure it would help. I am also afraid of hurting the breast if I pump for too long or too strongly. Not sure what a normal pumping session should be!

    The pain and exhaustion are also keeping me from thinking straight these days... thank you again for being here.
    march 2011... the light of my life

    i love my little one

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    Default Re: help! shingles, pumping, travel etc.

    15-20 minutes of pumping is enough. But without massage, you can't drain it very well

    Hope you feel better soon.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
    Sealed for time and eternity, 7-7-93
    Always babywearing, cosleeping and cloth diapering. Living with oppositional defiant disorder and ADHD. Ask me about cloth diapering and sewing your own diapers!

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    Default Re: help! shingles, pumping, travel etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*aprilsmagic View Post
    15-20 minutes of pumping is enough. But without massage, you can't drain it very well

    Hope you feel better soon.
    I see. Since I can't massage it, I wonder if I'd be better off weaning that side for a couple of weeks (they say it may take 2-4 weeks to heal)? And how does one go about doing this? (Should I post this thread somewhere else?)

    Sorry for so many questions. I am so overwhelmed. Usually I'd research all this online and in my books but because we're on this trip visiting my in-laws I don't have a lot of time online. Plus I trust you more than a random website!

    And thanks for the well wishes... I appreciate them!
    march 2011... the light of my life

    i love my little one

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    Default Re: help! shingles, pumping, travel etc.

    Umm, your child has already been exposed to the virus AND had the CP vaccine...so why don't you just cover the lesions and nurse her??? Wouldn't that solve all these issues?
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