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    Default Re: not sure what else to do

    It sounds like you've tried a lot of things!
    A couple of things that no has mentioned yet - pumping while your LO is nursing on the other breast. It sounds like your not letting down for the pump, and this can help by having your LO do the work for you. This however won't help when you are away, but it might help in the meantime to get some more milk.

    The morning is a good time to pump, many mothers find that their supply is higher in the morning. Of course if you aren't letting down for the pump, it's not going to help, but it can't hurt to try!

    Pumping at the same time everyday was mentioned before, that's a good idea as you cannot expect to get much with your LO nursing on demand. Getting even a half an oz is good!

    I understand that this is a get away trip for you, and depending on your activities you might find that Vegas is a little more family friendly than expected. Of course not at 3 am in a casino, but they do have great shows and restaurants.

    A hospital grade pump and hand expressing are both good ways to help that let down occur. Hand expressing is an art for sure, you said you got a little bit of milk (but again no let down?) so this may or may not work for you while you are away - but with a little more practice it might work for you.

    I cannot stress (no pun intended) how much being not stressed will make a difference. I know that you said you had tried to relax, pumped in a dark room, that sort of thing. But to try to be relaxed is not usually relaxed KWIM? Being worried that you won't have enough milk for her while your away, or looking down and seeing nothing in the bottle can halt any chance of milk coming for the pump. You could try some deep breathing and relaxation exercises - doing something mindless that you enjoy can also help. I know a mom who had a sudden drop in her pumping output, only to discover that the new tetras game she started playing while pumping was the culprit!

    Pumping is an art for sure! I hope you can come to a solution that works for you and your family, good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by allisyn View Post
    Dj's mom: Thanks for being so alarmed To answer your questions, I came here for HELPFUL advice, not your harsh criticism. I'm glad that you are so perfect and only give negative advice to someone who is really struggling.
    My advice was to take your baby with you. Your post said "in 2 days" not in a a week. OoooH! But your planning a trip to Vegas. It all makes perfect sense now. You have a great time!

    Way too lazy for formula

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    Default Re: not sure what else to do

    Ok, so some may want to smack me for doing this, but DH and I took our LO to Vegas when he was 3 1/2 mo old! DH had a conference and we went as a family. We had a GREAT time! We walked around a lot (even through the casinos!), ate great food (ok more like ate like a pig but hey I needed the calories for breastfeeding! ), and the change of scenery actually did us all some good! I did all this EPing and this was before my PISA, I had to lug around my monster sized Symphony!

    No one here is trying to make you feel bad, we are genuinely trying to help! Seeing as breastfeeding is important to you, otherwise you wouldn't be on this forum, the best solution seems to be take LO with you or don't go! Think of it this way, your LO is only going to be this age once, and your breastfeeding relationship will only last so long. Vegas will still be there, you can always go another time!

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    Default Re: not sure what else to do

    A couple of things that no has mentioned yet - pumping while your LO is nursing on the other breast. It sounds like your not letting down for the pump, and this can help by having your LO do the work for you. This however won't help when you are away, but it might help in the meantime to get some more milk.
    She posted in her op that she's tried that.

    ETA: I know not the most AP, but I'm sure those casinos and such have childcare places (I know ours does here). You could use those when visiting places that aren't child friendly and take him around w/ you the rest of the time. Unless you're planning on gambling the whole trip, there are plenty of things you can do w/ a child in tow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thepeach80 View Post
    She posted in her op that she's tried that.

    ETA: I know not the most AP, but I'm sure those casinos and such have childcare places (I know ours does here). You could use those when visiting places that aren't child friendly and take him around w/ you the rest of the time. Unless you're planning on gambling the whole trip, there are plenty of things you can do w/ a child in tow.
    Well, it's nice to know that the non-AP and AP mothers all seem to agree that the best solution to a situation with an 8month old EBF child who is allergic to formula and whose mother has no supply built up and can't seem to pump, is to either take your child with you or not go. I wasn't suggesting anything to radical.

    Way too lazy for formula

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    Default Re: not sure what else to do

    Seems like you'd have alot of help on hand if you take baby with you so why not?
    Mommy to E 12 , K 10 , A almost 6 , and Little J 20 weeks

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    Gentle Reminder: While every poster is welcome to share her own opinions and experiences, please keep in mind that only LLL Leaders (posters with LLL in front of their username) speak for LLL. On this forum, you may read some ideas that seem new or surprising to you. If there's something you disagree with, please do come back and continue to participate. Every mother speaks from her own perspective. We all have different ideas and opinions, and we welcome yours (with the expectation that we will all share respectfully). And, as always, please take what works for your family and leave the rest!

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    Default Re: not sure what else to do

    I didnt read Replies so this may have been said.

    Have you tried WIC? They will help you see if you are doing something wrong.

    What about Hand Expression? I can go in the shower and let the hot water hit my breasts and when I get out hand express and get quite a bit.

    What about those herbs the girls here talk about? I haven't tried them but from what I have read they swear by them.

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    Default Re: not sure what else to do

    Ok I read some of the replies. But I have another question...

    If you are having a hard time pumping and lets just say you do manage to get enough milk pumped for the trip. I am wondering if with your pumping problems being away from baby with out successful milk elimination with cause you to dry up or supply to go down resulting in MORE then 2 days of no BM for little man.

    In vegas they have baby sitters. or You are having so many friends join you that you could surely get one to stay in the hotel room for a few hours. Take advantage of the all you can eat buffet and buy that person dinner for watching the baby.

    I hope you figure something out! *Hug*

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    Default Re: not sure what else to do

    Quote Originally Posted by allisyn View Post
    I wanted to come on here for some advice. My lil boy is almost 8 months old and is breast fed. I can't pump, can't ever be apart from him more than 3-4 hours because of my pumping issues.


    Quote Originally Posted by allisyn View Post
    I am ok with supplementing formula but he's tried over 7 and he busts out in a rash/hives all around his mouth, chin and cheeks when he has it
    Reactions can become more serious the more the allergic person is exposed to the allergen, so it's certainly understandable that you would want to avoid formula supplementation.

    Here is some general information about allergies:
    Allergies and the Breastfeeding Family
    Frequently Asked Questions--The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network
    Tracking down food allergies

    Quote Originally Posted by allisyn View Post
    I have 2 pumps, the lansinoh double pump that I stopped using over a month ago b/c a friend let me borrow her medela. I have tried looking at pics of him, being in a dark room, just watching tv to not think about it, pump in the am, pm, in the afternoon. Pump while he's nursing, pump after he nurses, pump before he nurses... I don't seem to produce for the pump at all. I did get one ounce yesterday with a warm compress and then it just stopped.
    Here is some additional information:
    Maximizing milk production video
    I'm pumping my milk to feed my baby, but my supply is going down. What can I do?
    I'm not pumping enough milk. What can I do?

    Pumping is a whole different experience than nursing your baby. There are a lot of factors that can make it difficult for a mother to let-down for the pump. This is why we often tell mothers that what they can pump is NOT indicative of overall milk production. It's a fact that some mothers cannot pump a drop, but have plenty of milk for their babies to thrive on.

    Quote Originally Posted by allisyn View Post
    We just gave him a similac organic formula and he broke out in a rash. He drank it though and I was just about to try and pump when he threw it up all over the place
    You sound concerned. Rash and vomiting are common signs of allergy. How would you feel about leaving supplements off for now?

    Please do read the linked articles about food allergy and discuss your baby's reaction to formula with your baby's health care provider.

    Quote Originally Posted by allisyn View Post
    I have thought about renting one but thought if the 2 I have don't work, should I really spend the money on another one?! I'm all for it if it will work.
    Does your IBCLC rent pumps? If so, perhaps she would be willing to let you try it out before you actually rent it.

    Quote Originally Posted by allisyn View Post
    Actually I tried that yesterday, it worked good for the first 2 times(sprays) and then nothing else came out.
    When the sprays stop, you can move your fingers to a different area of the breast and possibly get more sprays. Also, you could try the tips for assisting MER in the link below:
    http://www.lactationinstitute.org/MANUALEX.html
    Here's a video you also might find helpful:
    http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastf...xpression.html

    Quote Originally Posted by allisyn View Post
    My back up plan is not to go. Dh is going for work so I got a plane ticket to visit, I have 2 friends flying to be with us and 2 other friends plus my older brother driving in to meet up with us.
    Is there another choice? Perhaps your baby could come with you, and one friend could watch him while he naps? You probably couldn't take him into the casino (sometimes laws prevent minors), but you certainly could take him to many of the other destinations in Las Vegas. The milk you're pumping now could be taken with you, so your friend (or a sitter?) could feed when you're visiting the attractions or having some one on one time with your dh.

    If it came down to it, how would you feel about not going?

    In a perfect world, what would you like to see happen?

    Quote Originally Posted by allisyn View Post
    I cry every time i pump b/c it doesn't produce


    Quote Originally Posted by allisyn View Post
    Thank you, I will try to power pump! I have been taking fenugreek but just found out I wasn't taking enough. So now I am upping my intake on that also.
    Power pumping can indeed help to yield more output with the pump. It can also help to improve overall milk production (power pumping is basicly mimicking a growth spurt). Fenugreek works for some mothers as far as increasing overall milk production, but it may or may not work for increasing your pump output (pumping output not only relies on production, but also the ability to let-down for the pump).


    HTH!

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