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    AnnnSean
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    Every since I started on birth control, my supply has dropped dramatically!! Before I started the birth control, my LO could nurse 20-30 minutes each side nd be good for 2-3 hours, and when I would pump, I would get anywhere from 4-6oz at every pump!! I was so proud of myself because I bowed out early from BF with my daughter!! But with my son I established an amazing supply early on, and had a great freezer supply going!!! Well, at 6 weeks I started the birth control and within 2 days my supply dropped…i went form pumping 4-6oz to pumping 2-3oz!!! I’ve tried everything to get my supply back up…fenugreek, oatmeal, pumping marthons, BF and pumping afterwards….I’ve tried EVERYTHING, and my supply ust is not going back up…it makes me reallly upset…and now my freezer supply is all gone, and my LO is only BF once a day, and its usully the middle of the ngith feeding…..this sucks….I would stop using the BC, but with my daughter I didn’t take it because I was both BF and formula feeding, and I got pregnant again when she was only 3 months old…my kids are exacty 1 year apart and I can NOT get pregnant again any time soon!!! I love BF…it makes me feel so good that I can give my child one of the best things he’ll ever eat in his entire life…and it makes me so depressed that I can only do it for the first 2 months of his life…….

    #6915619

    GladeK
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    PGFirsttimer-Sometimes your supply does dip during your cycle, but if you aren’t a ‘pumper’ you may not even realize. Your baby may just drink a bit more often, its totally natural. A low supply would be if your LO is constantly crying, not getting enough, losing weight, not peeing enought, etc.
    Just nursing a little more frequently is probably just a little dip, a growth spurt, or an extra cuddly baby 🙂

    #6915875

    GladeK
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    Why does everyone think green poop is a problem? I know some people say it means the baby is not getting enough hindmilk, but my doctor has told me that just isn’t true, that every woman’s milk is different, and not to worry about the color of your babys poop so much. My son pooped green lots, and he has never had a health problem, has gained weight just fine, and is a year old.

    #6916131

    Bri
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    briannette – Try fermented oatmeal! Seriously it works for most people. I worked too and it was hard for me to keep supply up. It sucked because my son didn’t latch on for two months so I didn’t have the natural suction. Anyways, I was able to double my supply, my sister almost trippled hers. It was crazy. I hate oatmeal but sucked it down twice a day just to keep supply up. I stopped pumping at 15months when I stopped working. My son ended up self weaning at almost 22months. It was awesome! Ok, fermented oatmeal….mix half cup of old fashion oats with a half cup of water. Let it sit on the counter for at least 7hours and then eat it. Microwave it and add some sort of taste to it. Maple syrup, brown sugar whatever. Do this twice a day. Actually when I was eating one batch I’d be making the next one for the evening. Within two days (a weekend) my supply was up. It’s kind of gross. Tastes like normal oatmeal just chewy. Again I’m not an oatmeal fan but it worked. Something about letting the oatmeal soak/ferment releases enzymes that helps boost supply. Good Luck! Oh and along with the oatmeal just keep pumping and breastfeeding. During the weekend do a marathon. Hang out in pj’s and just nurse constantly. If you need to use formula then pump while it’s being given. Even if nothing is coming out, it’s the stimulation that you’re looking for. Good Luck!!!

    #6916387

    I’m full of questions today, girls! Sorry! Am I supposed to sterilize all my pump parts and bottles before I pump every time? They didn’t tell me to in the hospital, so I haven’t been, but I just read two articles yesterday that said they need to be… LO is nine weeks old, and I haven’t sterilized the parts once – just hand washed them, but always by themselves, enver with other dishes. Is that OK? I’d hate for my 50 bags in the freezer to be no good! So far he’s super healthy – 13 lbs. 11 ounces, and he hasn’t been sick at all…

    #6916643

    Bri
    Member

    MyBabySuprise – As for the amounts, it depends on your baby. You might want to do a trial run to see how much your baby eats in one sitting and then you’ll have to rely on your sitter to tell you when your baby is eating more. My son never at more then 6oz throughout his entire first year while I know other babies that are eating 6oz at three months. Just depends on your baby. As for thrush, it’s hard to get rid of which is why your doctor said not to pump. I had to when I had it because I was working at the time. I did have to sterilize everything. All parts of the pump plus any bras that I wore. Even toys that my son was sucking on. Once we both we on meds then we were fine. I wouldn’t worry about it. Do you still have it or just on meds? When baby goes to the sitter you’ll have to pump. Just make sure you clean everything really well.

    #6916899

    Hey baby sauunders, my twins were in the nicu for two weeks and three weeks. It took my little girl 3 mths to finally latach on, so dont give up yours will.

    #6917155

    T3POandR2D2
    Member

    Staceyspain – it’s possible. It isn’t easy but if you are determined to breastfeed, you can relactate. I do not have a lot of info on it but I’m sure you can look some up and some ladies here will probably know more.

    #6917411

    EllasMommy23
    Member

    Question: Which way are you supposed to rub your babies belly? I’ve read counterclockwise and clockwise. Which one is it?

    #6917667

    Bri
    Member

    seuban0 and Lawsons Mom – I was told at least 7 hours. I don’t know if it really needs that long. That’s why I would just mix one batch while eating the other. Then there would be a 12 hour difference. good Luck to both of you! I hope it works for you. And really it only tastes like oatmeal. I’m not an oatmeal eater so I think it’s nasty but I know others that actually like it.

    #6917923

    Bri
    Member

    katjak7 – We’ve been looking into those. I’m thinking a wrap might just work better because I do wear him a lot. Nursing and such is easier in a wrap. My husband likes the Ergo idea as well. Maybe we’ll get one so when he’s taking on the ‘wearing duty’ when we’re out. HAHA!

    #6918179

    styx
    Member

    Lawsons- we co slept our 21 month old and she went into her own room and crib around 8 months when I was no longer able to bf she has severe refulx problems and needed to be propped we dont do CIO either. They get to a point where they want there own space I think personally. But now that her little brother is here and sleeping in our room she is waking and coming into bed with us. I am having issues with night time feedings too he is waking every hour nursing for like 5 min than falling back asleep. How can I wake him to make sure he gets a full feeding so I can at least have 2 or more hours lol.

    #6918435

    JustTheBaker
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    god-iva, I don’t think it’s the BF that is making you tired – it’s having a new baby! If anything, it’s more exhausting to have to make up formula bottles every time baby is hungry. It WILL get easier, I promise! Some babies do prefer one side over another, but just persever, and hopefully she will sort it out in time. And in a few weeks baby won’t want to eat as often, and you will get some more rest. You are giving your baby nature’s most precious gift by breastfeeding her, and you are doing a great job! Keep it up momma! 🙂

    #6918691

    deeyore486
    Participant

    Abbot, for the flat nipples you can try nipple shells, if you get the kind meant for pulling the nipples out. There are two kinds, one just helps the nipples heal the other helps heal and helps to pull out flat or inverted nipples. Another product you could try is something called ‘LatchAssist’ this is a little product you use right before latching baby on. It is a little bulb syringe that has a tip that fits over the nipple. Pulls the nipple right out! These products are usually a bit easier to use since you use them before baby latches on. This has them latching straight onto the breast whereas the nipple shield, which would also work, has to be used while baby is nursing and many have found that they have to teach baby how to latch onto the actual breast after using the shield because baby gets used to the plastic-y feel of the shield.

    #6918947

    just want to vent..my LO is 5 weeks..and im fighting post pardum depression pretty badly. it just got the worste its been about 2 weeks ago..my doctor wanted to start me on medication 2 nigts ago…waiting for the true releif as i know itcan take up to 6 weeks..so i just wanted to vent and talk it out cause i have not admit this to alot of my friends and family. i EBF and its torture sometimes..i got an achyness all over my body and a sence of annoying feelings..gritting teeth i hate bfing feeling..accompanied with a depressed icky feeling in the pit of my tummy….I AM NOT GIVING UP..iam giving the medication up to the 6 weeks to help fix the bfing issue…luckily it desnt happen everytime i BF..just a few times a day..as far as the post pardum keeping busy..seeing frinds and family is def helping :)…and i have started to bond with my son more..i love him so much..this post pardum things is so new to me..and i couldnt understand why i just never felt right after delivery..now i understand its just an imbalance and was NOT my fault or my true feelings…im happy to be seeing some kind of light..and looking forward to when i can love everymin of this.including Bfing..cause its very important to me that i BF this time..thanks for letting me vent ladies!

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