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  1. #11

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    Thanks for your encouragement I stopped the Reglan, and feel pretty good about that decision.

    7/3 8 pumping sessions 11 ounces
    7/4 8 pumping sessions 14.2 ounces
    7/5 7 pumping sessions 14.3 ounces
    7/6 6 pumping sessions 14.2 ounces
    7/7 9 pumping sessions 16.2 ounces
    7/8 7 pumping sessions 15.7 ounces
    7/9 6 pumping sessions 14.9 ounces
    7/10 9 pumping sessions 17.8 ounces

    I think I will try power pumping for a bit tomorrow morning. I've read that pumping 10 minutes on / 10 minutes off for an hour can help boost production. I'm just too tired to try it now!

    I've been doing breast compression successfully - when I do, I get about 1/4 ounce more than I'd think I would.

    Pumping 10 times a day is every other hour for 20 hours. OMG. So tired.

  2. #12
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    You are an inspiration for future mothers who will learn from your experience.
    I am cheering with you.
    Please tell us if the power pumping works.
    way to go mamma!
    DD#1 July 1986 VB
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    DS#3 April 1990 VBAC
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    and suprise!
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  3. #13

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    7/3 8 pumping sessions 11 ounces
    7/4 8 pumping sessions 14.2 ounces
    7/5 7 pumping sessions 14.3 ounces
    7/6 6 pumping sessions 14.2 ounces
    7/7 9 pumping sessions 16.2 ounces
    7/8 7 pumping sessions 15.7 ounces
    7/9 6 pumping sessions 14.9 ounces
    7/10 9 pumping sessions 17.8 ounces
    7/11 6 pumping sessions 15.1 ounces (also power pumped 10 min on, 10 min off, for 2 hours)
    7/12 9 pumping sessions 19.3 ounces

    Nursey Day is 4 days away and I'm nervous about getting started. I haven't had much sleep, so I'm feeling discouraged.

  4. #14
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    Default Re: Nursing after chemotherapy

    try not to feel nervous or discouraged. its a bf journey you and your lo are on.

    lets see what happens. we are here and we are really excited about what you are doing.

  5. #15
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    Just here to say you are doing great! You have recieved great advice so keep it up! Sorry you are so wiped out but it will be all worth it. This is an amazing accomplishment in itself! cant wait for you to begin nursing again. GOOD VIBES.

  6. #16

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    Thank you all for the encouragement! It means so much. It's getting hard to stay motivated. I actually went 7.5 hours without pumping one day. It was SUCH good sleep. But I really should have been pumping.

    7/3 8 pumping sessions 11 ounces
    7/4 8 pumping sessions 14.2 ounces
    7/5 7 pumping sessions 14.3 ounces
    7/6 6 pumping sessions 14.2 ounces
    7/7 9 pumping sessions 16.2 ounces
    7/8 7 pumping sessions 15.7 ounces
    7/9 6 pumping sessions 14.9 ounces
    7/10 9 pumping sessions 17.8 ounces
    7/11 6 pumping sessions 15.1 ounces (also power pumped 10 min on, 10 min off, for 2 hours)
    7/12 9 pumping sessions 19.3 ounces (one session for 1 hour and one session for 1 hour, 20 min)
    7/13 7 pumping sessions 16.3 ounces (one session for 1 hour and one session for 2 hours)
    7/14 8 pumping sessions 18.1 ounces

    Every pumping session is 30 minutes.

    I'm thinking that supplementing 10 ounces a day of bottled donated breast milk will be enough for him if he starts out nursing right away. I'd like to work that down to 5 ounces in the next month or so.

    I looked up the half lives of all my chemos and they should all be long gone by now. Nursey Day, here we come!

  7. #17
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    oh my gosh. reading this thread I am speechless. you are an inspiration mamma! good luck and many happy thoughts for nursey day!!!
    I'm a dreadlock wearing lucky SAHM to Sabeen Hunter (1/08/11) and wife to my sweet husband Amin.
    Love

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