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    bj4
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    lovebelly – Have you tried hand expression? I get way more out when I hand express than when I pump. When I do use the pump I get the first 2 or 3 ounces out and then hand express and get 2 or 3 more ounces. Just a thought. That’s what works for me.

    #6912897

    ozbaby
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    joesgirl321 : Hi. You soak traditional oats ( not the instant kind) 1 cup of oats to 1 cup water and cover and leave on the bench to soak for about 6-7 hours. You can then heat in the microwave for a minute or two ( i find 2 min is nicer) then add milk and brown sugar or honey to help it taste better. Then eat. They dont taste very nice but are effective so worth it. If you add too much water they go really slimy and are very hard to stomach so match the oats and water 50/50. Good luck.

    #6913153

    ozbaby
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    Giving birth is meant to be natural as well but look how many people hace a C section?
    I had retained placenta which took 6 weeks to clear itself out and that affected my milk coming in and my supply. If i dont take the meds i have no supply. Simple as that. Ive tried drinking more water, malted milk, breastfeeding teas, soaked oats and all the other tips. Nothing keeps my supply if i dont take the tablets as well. I hate that i need artificial help to feed my baby but it is important to me to give her the best i can and if that means i have to take medication then im ok with that. People get defensive Judi as your comment kind of made it sound like people cop out by using medication. We all do our best for our babies. Plus there hasnt been a juicy topic to all throw our 2 cents in on so thanks 😉

    #6913409

    bj4
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    belly – I tried the More Milk Plus and it didn’t help me much. But the Goat’s Rue from Motherlove has helped me tremendously.

    #6913665

    Ennazus
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    Hello ladies, new to this part of the forums. I am 37 weeks, so not nursing yet, but have developed a large milk blister on one of my nipples. It got so bad that I finally popped it this morning after not being able to sleep for 2 nights due to the pain. This happen to anyone else?

    #6913921

    campimama
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    mandarae- I agree with trying a straw. Also, are you giving them watered down juice in the cup? If not, give that a try. They might take the cup if it’s juice. Once they get the hang of using it you can put other stuff like milk in it….just a thought.
    Kym22- I’m sooo sorry you are having a tough time right now. You are doing so wonderful though. You made it much longer than most people even attempt. Think of this as a learning experience. Next time around you will know what you are doing and bf will be much easier for you (if you are planning on having another). If you aren’t, you have learned so much and you can help others by what you’ve learned. I would say to pick a formula and stick to it. It’ll be ok. Try not to stress and rest so you can heal. Hope you feel better soon!

    #6914177

    lourds
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    brandyq, breastfeed your child per demand, it is what I did with my son. In his first four months he fed every 2 hours or less…GbU.

    #6914433

    JJmommy
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    ladies beware of mastitis!! I was hospitalized a few weeks ago with a huge red streak on my right breast. I aso had a temp of 104.2 and was home alone with the baby. I got dizzy, delirious and could not stand. I had to call my hubby from work to take me to the ER. They gave me IV antibiotics and strong antibiotics to take home. It was really scary. It was all because I got a clogged duct and could not massage it out. The pain from that started to go away and BAM, I got a fever… Make sure your baby or you express your milk til empty from both breasts to prevent this. It was really bad. Dont recommend it for anyone…

    #6914689

    Jamiee
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    lisseth – That young I always heard to warm it up because you dont want to bring their body temperature down. I was advised to warm it up until around 4-5 months at least. I dont know how cold your cooler pack will keep it but mine that comes with the pump gets really cold.
    mountainmama – we had such sippy cup drama! He FINALLY gave in and started taking a sippy cup at 10 months and even now will only take the Nuby ones. He throws the Gerber ones he gets so angry. I guess the Nuby ones were a better transition because of the softer nipple. Its still a battle getting him to take milk from it because he prefers the bottle for milk. He only likes water in the sippy. Still working on it because I’d like to wean from the bottle around 13 months. Hes not really interested in nursing anymore (11.5 months) but I am still pumping to get him the breastmilk however he will take it.

    #6914945

    Jamiee
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    My son will be one in a couple of days and today is the first day I didnt lug my pump to work!!! I’ve found I’m able to finally maintain my supply with just one pump before bed and then a nursing session in the morning!! The morning breastfeeding is really the only one I want to maintain since we get up so early and its easiest and ocmforting to just put him on the boob. Hallelujiah the day has come when I dont have to escape to the file room to pump!!!!!

    #6915201

    campimama
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    mom2be01- That’s totally normal. In the beginning they are growing very fast and they don’t have big stomachs…so they eat often. I would recommend trying to get her to nurse since pumping full time is tough to maintain…not impossible, just difficult. You are doing a great job though. I would say the first 3 months are the hardest, after that you’ve learned what works etc and you both are in the groove 🙂 I kinda miss those days believe it or not. Almost done weaning. The past 3 days he’s only eaten a couple times…just to help relieve me 🙂 Couple more days and I think we’ll be done altogether. How fast the time goes.

    #6915457

    campimama
    Member

    Good for you hchina! Keep trying, keep trying, keep trying. Bf is all about perseverance.

    #6915713

    phatbaby57
    Member

    kez-i agree with you. i pump just twice a day to make enough for when i’m at work. if i had to do it all the time i’m not sure i would. great job ladies!

    #6915969

    hchina
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    blessedx4- have you tried to change your diet? I know that some vegetables like broccoli and cabbage can cause gassiness. Also maybe an intolerance to milk products??? have you tried a bottle like avent that helps release air ??

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    expecting – don’t worry about the teeth! My first got her first teeth at 5 months and we didn’t have any issues. She only ‘nibbled’ and never bit and that was only when she was falling asleep on the boob. As for the neediness, mine never got to that point. She weaned herself at 7 months which was a bit too soon for me, but apparently just right for her. But I have heard that boys are more needy than girls, so who knows.

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