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    Bri
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    Mamabear, it depends on what you are talking about. If you are talking about per session then I’d say as long as baby wants and is hungry. As they get older they are able to pull faster and more efficiently then before therefore not as long. If you are talking about months that is up to you. The WHO (World Health Org.) recommends 2 years but not everyone can or willing to go that long. I would recommend at least 1 year because then baby doesn’t have to use formula but if you go three months six months or however long you can then Good Job!! It really depends on you and your families needs.

    #6911627

    Karrieanne
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    angie.. I just saw an add on Craigslist that a person was in need of breastmilk for a premie. You might be able to get people who want it locally if you post an add on craigslist saying that you want to donate it. I went to the Milkshare website and it costs a one time fee of $15 to join but apparently there are a lot of people on that website that are in need and not enough donors. I think it is worth the fee if you plane to donate.

    #6911883

    Bri
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    kebler98 – Make sure you buy the old fashion oats. I actually was eating a half cup twice daily. Mix a half cup of oats with half cup of water. Let it sit for at least seven hours. I would make a batch as I ate the last one. I would alway have oatmeal on my counter. After it soaked/fermented then just pop it in the microwave until warm. Mix syrup, borwn sugar or whatever you like in it and eat. I suppose if you like oatmeal the plain is fine. Twice daily and within a couple days you should have some improvement. Of course it’s different with some but I went from pumping 8oz twice daily to 16oz. My sister went from 18oz to 26 oz (3times daily). Unfortunately, some people just can’t pump. Don’t know why but some don’t but it’s worth a shot.

    #6912139

    3rdtimer
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    Ozbaby – it sounds like neither you or your bub are ready to finish bf. I’d say that’s two against one in your family 🙂 I have just finished at 16 months and we were both pretty much ready. Clem was already having formula at childcare so it was no big deal to gradually swap to just bottles. (He’s not a great eater so I still give him about 3 bottles a day, he needs them.) I know i would have been really sad to give up earlier and I am glad I let it come to a good end for both of us. It can be such an emotional thing! Let us know what you decide… it’s difficult because no-one can really tell you what’s the absolute right thing to do!

    #6912395

    Liseth82- it sounds like you are doing everything you can. I know it stings and hurts but try to massage the breast and feed on that side until your milk will let down(if it will). Are you just talking about a duct or the whole breast? If its just a duct then press the lump into to the nipple it hurts but it’s really effective. If your anxious while pumping then your milk wont let down. If you get any of these symptoms then call your doc right away Fever, nausea, pus or blood, or red streaks on your breast. Those are all signs of infection. Good luck!!

    #6912651

    angelag3girls
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    There is a few sites Kim. You can just google alfalfa and it comes up with tons of places to buy. It is in all of our local vitamin and herb shops. Hopefully some one will pop up if they know of a good one. Oh I used those slashes to separate the sites, they aren’t part of any site address.

    #6912907

    Bri
    Member

    Amber, Kekoa is 17months, well almost 18months. Ahh! Anyways, he still breastfeeds regularly. He drinks out of a cup just fine. He gets cows milk, water, oj, apple juice and whatever else that I think is appropriate for him. One sister asked when I was going to wean and I told her that I was doing ‘baby led weaning’ and that was the end of it. The WHO recommends breastfeeding until 2 or later. I wonder why your mom would even suggest a bottle at 16months. Many bottle fed babies are weaned off bottles by 16months? That shows you when the last time she raised a baby is. HAHA! My old daycare wouldn’t give a bottle past a year. Kekoa hasn’t taken breastmilk bottles since he was 10months or earlier. He didn’t like them but thought the sippy was a toy. Good for you for continueing to feed him. I think it’s wonderful. We need to see more moms that are willing to feed past a year. I love feeding him now. It is a nice quiet cuddle time, especially since I have such an active boy who never sits down. No matter how active he is a good nurse settles him down and then he knows it’s time for bed, either nap or at the end of the day. I love it. I’m TTC right now. I want to make it to two years but if he decides otherwise then good for him or then again I may be tandem feeding. yiks!

    #6913163

    judi
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    LOL!

    #6913419

    thanks for everyones help with upping my supply. I’ve stopped the oatmeal and fenugreek. I started leaking tonight before I fed him. glad to know it can come back that easily!

    #6913675

    sunshine, its called micronor or minipill. it is not very effective on its own, but combined with bf’ing, its jsut as good as the rest. however, my dr told me you have to be fully bfing, not just once or twice a day, or else it wont be as effective. id ask to be on the safe side

    #6913931

    judi
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    Dulcianasmom, I reckon you’re lucky! My babes have all been on the other side of the spectrum – nursing for half an hour a side. But from what I’ve heard, 5 – 10 minutes is plenty of time for a super-efficient baby!

    #6914187

    Izziebo
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    my baby girl has weined herself off me:( she just wont take to the boob anymore.

    10 months i fed her for n she now wont do it:( is this normal?

    #6914443

    teilvnav
    Member

    I am trying fenugreek right now, but I don’t smell like maple syrup so I don’t think it is working yet. I haven’t tried the tea, but will if this doesn’t increase my supply. I have looked EVERYWHERE for malted milk, and all I can buy are those Whopper candies. Where do I buy this? I have been looking where the chocolate milk is in several stores… no joy. I don’t want to drink beer because I might be preggo again… oops. Until I can take a test and find out, I won’t drink. My supply is still lower than it was before I had mastitis, but it is slowly returning. What a pain in the arse…

    #6914699

    1Byfaith
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    lisseth82- So far I have not supp. at all. I just bf ALL DAY LONG whenever he wants to. I do not follow a schedule. I just go by my babys signs. So far that is working. Brandon is 4 weeks old now.

    #6914955

    Lisseth82
    Member

    My LO is 3wks and I have been exclusively pumping, ever since she lost more than her 10% weight is scared me so I just gave it to her in a bottle. Now she is nice and plump. After reading everyones comments on how patient and persistant everyone is I am going to try and latch her on at night time feedings, thanks for the inspiration ladies. Also for my pregnancy I gained 50lbs so far I’m 3wks post and lost 22lbs. Can anyone share there weight lose stories and how long it took them to lose the weight, did breast feeding really speed up the process. I would like tips on how to lose the weight and not affect my milk supply. Thanks a bunch.

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