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  1. #21
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    First day! Skin to skin contact in the bath. Tried to put my nipple up to his mouth. He looked at me like I was crazy. So I just continued skin to skin. Then I pumped (a pump I got at WIC today) for 5 minutes on each boob...I got leakage!! It was awesome! Then I got the breastfeeding cramps...I know I can do this!! I will be pumping every 2-4 hours and skin to skin contact

  2. #22
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    you can do this!
    DS1 6/7/11
    DS2 10/29/13

    Nursing, pumping, cloth-diapering, babywearing, working professor mama with the awesomest SAHD ever.

  3. #23
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    Pump more often than every 4 hours.
    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!

  4. #24
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    Second day! (Yesterday) It didn't go as planned at all. I worked almost 12 hours straight, because of the end of the month duties, so by the time I got home Preston was already sleeping. No skin to skin contact

    Then during work I wasn't able to get many breaks because of client calls/meetings so my pumping sessions were not the normal or all 8 I got on the first day. Ugh! I feel like my second day was not good!!

    So now I have questions:

    *Are there days where it doesn't seem like anything is happening with relactating?
    *How do I know what size Flanges (sp) I need? I am using 24mm right now.
    *Anyone use manual pump at work and then the electric at home?!

    I just keep feeling like I am doing something wrong. I know its only the third day today, but I am going crazy thinking I am messing up!

  5. #25
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    Oh and I also have Mirena, which has caused me to bleed since it was put in February. Now after two days of pumping I have stopped bleeding and now I have mucous...is that normal?! Sorry if that's TMI!!

  6. #26
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    Like cervical mucus? If so, it probably has nothing to do with the pumping.
    Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
    Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"

  7. #27
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    Oh ok! Good to know. I thought maybe it could have something to do with the hormones

  8. #28
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    The weekend was rough! We are in the process of moving so everything is crazy. All I have right now is a manual pump because I haven't been able to afford an electric. Therefore, I know I am not getting enough pumping going on! Plus, the lack of time for the manual has been hard as well. Ugh! I need to get this together. My son needs my breast milk and I need to start producing it. Anyways, my focus this week is to start the Fenugreek pills I just bought. Take 2 a day. Use my manual pump and pump 8-10 times a day no matter how crazy things are right now! When I move this weekend I plan on renting a pump as soon as possible! Here is to a successful relactation week!!

    My questions I posted a few posts above haven't been answered yet! Anyone?! TIA

  9. #29
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    Some people get good results with a manual pump, but you really do want to get that electric pump since you are relactating. There's a link somewhere that shows you what it is supposed to look like when the horns are correctly sized - maybe try the medela website? Or it might be on the ameda website.
    Tracie

    Mommy to
    Lilah 10/08 nursed 25 months
    Beatrix 01/11 nursed 30 months

  10. #30
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