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    angelag3girls
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    aidensmommy1 – here is a site that might help http://www.breastfeed-essentials.com/menstruation.html

    #6913130

    judi
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    Okay, first of all, I have been there. I’m not being rude or unfair. My second child was 8 weeks premmie and could not suck. Pumping unsuccessfully and struggling was a daily nightmare for his first weeks of life. But a friend told me to relax. I’d been supplementing with formula and didn’t have the confidence to wean him onto breast only until she explained to me how natural it is, how your body adjusts the supply when you demand feed. So I just meant that by drinking lots of water, and demand feeding whenever possible, meds should rarely be necessary. I also had the experience with my third child of just not producing enough milk, and couldn’t get her to take formula, so I weaned her onto solids when she was only 2-and-a-bit months old. I have been there, and I do applaud you. I just wonder if the right lifestyle advice might help some of you more than medicines.

    #6913386

    judi
    Member

    Well all you who pump successfully are doing well, I reckon! I never have got more than a few drops from pumping. Lucky for me, I’ve never had to. When I was working and breastfeeding (with my first 4) I was able to duck home and feed during the day. Now I’m a SAHM. I hated the pump – made me very sore and I found it too frustrating.

    #6913642

    Kym22
    Member

    I am an advocate for breastfeeding, but I am sorry that video of an 8 year old breastfeeding is just not right to me.

    #6913898

    MommyXs3
    Member

    Hi Ladies! Well, Gabriella is just over 10 months old and this week has sadly weaned herself. :o( Though I know it’s good for me to not have to struggle through that process I miss it. I still pump for her and she gets her milk in her cereal. She just doesn’t think it should come from a cup so I don’t force it. LOL. When I weaned night feeds she still wasn’t sleeping great. Waking every night and sometimes up for an hour. Then, last Friday our day was so busy and I realized she was content all day with her cup and solids. I decided to see how long it would last and not force her to the breast. I just started pumping. She didn’t really ‘ask’ to feed until Sunday morning and it was at 5am. I didn’t nurse only because I knew it was a comfort thing to fall back asleep. We rocked and sang and she was out. She hasn’t asked since. I’m really proud of her. I’m going away for 5 days next week and I didn’t want the seperation anxiety to be greater because she not only couldn’t see her mommy but couldn’t nurse. I guess it was a good thing. She eats wonderfully and has 4 teeth. She started saying mama yesterday and has taken 8 steps. These last few months have been full of new things and surprises. I’m so blessed to have been home with her to watch it all. I hope everyone is doing great!

    #6914154

    Jamiee
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    bsbabyblues – I took the breastfeeding class and Im glad I did. All of the information is available on the web easily enough to find, but it was nice to be able to ask questions. I felt that I was very prepared and determined after taking the class, however I did a lot of research on my own and that helped as well. Just do whatever you need to do to feel prepared. Also… flag all the sites you read because you are going to need plenty of reassurance after the baby gets here!

    #6914410

    horseygal
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    It killed me to throw out the last 20 ounces. I think if I have to throw out my whole supply I may fall into a major depression:)

    #6914666

    Jamiee
    Member

    I wish I could have co-slept with my son, it would probably have been sooooo much easier breastfeeding in the middle of the night, but I have such a fear of it I could never do it!!! We had a cradle by our bed for the first 5 weeks and I STILL woke up in the middle of the night convinced I was smothering him. Hes over a year now and has been in his own room since 5 weeks old and sometimes I still wake up in a panic. How do you co-sleepers get a solid night’s sleep???

    #6914922

    phatbaby57
    Member

    briannette-you’re so lucky that you got to do it for 6 months. Some mothers never get to experience this wonderful feeling at all either through their own choice or some other unfortunate reason. You’ll still be bonding with your babe through all the cuddles and playtime. If you want to keep trying than keep trying. If you don’t just enjoy your baby and don’t worry about it. Plenty of babies are fed formula and turn out fine.

    #6915178

    ThatOne
    Member

    deeyo- I know it’s hard to do but, relax! My DD (now 8 months) and I had a really hard time getting starting. Even though you may only get 4 oz- it may be enough for him. Does he seem hungry afterward? You can do it! I didn’t think I would make it, but we’re still going strong @ 8 months!!

    #6915434

    Bri
    Member

    babybean3 – There isn’t a set amount but they do say that you need about 1800 calories when trying to lose weight and breastfeed. Light cardio and workouts are ok. Just watch your supply and your baby. If you workout too much it can change the taste of the milk and s/he might start refusing it. If so, then just back off a tad. It’ll go back to normal. If supply starts to dip, again back off. I’ve been doing three different workouts and it’s kicking my butt! HAHA! I do a 20 minute pilates in the morning while Chris is eating breakfast. Then after nap we go for a walk (wagon ride while I wear Alex) and then after the boys are in bed I do another 20minute pilates. The DVD is killer, it’s the Winsor pilates advanced one. ‘Body Sculpting’ While I do break a sweat it has made my abs and butt really darn sore. I’ve also lost 2lbs in two days. I’m hoping that tomorrow I’ll have lost another pound. I’m motivated to lose this weight and it seems to be melting off. I’m excited for that to happen! I’ve also cut out all soda, chips, fried foods, cookies, etc. Only healthy meals for me now. Blah! I miss some of the good burge joints. HAHA! I’m almost to a 60lbs weight loss since Alex was born. I hope to reach 60lbs by 4 months!

    #6915690

    Tunny904
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    My5Babies: I’ve had mastitis 3 times, but never had an issue with supply. I did drink more water b/c of the prescription meds. Did you keep nursing or pumping throughout the mastitis? If you didn’t, then that may be why it seems less, but just keep on nursing as much as you can, eat and drink a little extra and I’m sure your supply will jump back up.

    #6915946

    shiz
    Member

    Mummy-did you talk to your doc about starting that before lo comes? I have never heard of it so i’m just asking. Also when lo comes…the more you nurse the faster it comes in…so keep that in mind!

    #6916202

    Jamiee
    Member

    ‘Phantom Periods’ are almost like your body going through your cycle without actually menstruating. It could cause a dip in supply for a couple of days. I got my period back at 6 weeks so never had the ‘phantom’ but I did notice a significant drop int he couple of days leading up to it (a drop of about 3-4oz per session!) it was that dramatic! Always came back though.

    #6916458

    Jamiee
    Member

    angel-baby – I dont know if breastfeeding in general causes hair to fall out but I noticed a couple of weeks after giving birth my hair would fall out and was not nearly as healthy as when I was pregnant. MISS those pregnancy hormones for my hair and nails!

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