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    TaraR
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    Hi ladies!! I’m hoping someone can help me or point me in the right direction! I’m 11 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child. I did not breastfeed my daughter but I DO want to breastfeed this one. My question is I had a breast reduction when I was 18 (so 6 years ago,) would I still be able to breastfeed? I’m sorry to be TMI but they did have to remove my nipples to resize them, but I do have feeling in them. I’ve tried searching on the internet but am not having much luck. Thanks in advance ladies!!

    #6924943

    Luv2BaMama
    Member

    Nursing Bra Subject; Thanks to the moo makers, I am now a 34 I or J, depending on the fit. Because I’m fairly large to begin with (34G), I have to get all my bras at Nordstrom (4+ hours away) since Target/Wallmart/Macy’s etc. don’t’ have my size, but even now, Nordstrom doesn’t carry nursing bras in my size, they have to special order them. Fortunatally we have a boutique shop in my little town that specializes in large and small sizes. I was actually HAPPY to find a nursing bra on sale for $30.
    Nipple confusion…I wouldn’t say my daughter had nipple confusion, rather she had a strong preference, and that preference wasn’t me. She was always a sleepy eater, and it would take an hour of poking and prodding to get her to suck 15 minutes. I think because of that she didn’t help me establish a strong supply. After being at daycare for two months and drinking bottles during the day, she refused to nurse. I quit nursing and switched to exclusivally pumping when she was 5 months old. She is now 11 months (next week) and I am still pumping for her. If she actually nursed, I would continue breastfeeding for 2 or 3 years, but because I’m attached to the artificial moo machine (pump), I’m looking forward to her 1st birthday when I can switch to cows milk…although I think I’ll still try to pump in the morning and before I go to bed so she at least has one bottle/sippy cup of the good stuff. I will say, once we omitted nursing and she had only bottles of BM, she finally went from the 3rd percetile for weight to the 25th percentile at her 9 month appt.

    #6925199

    Tunny904
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    kidatrbaby: I know a lot of people who still nurse at night, I think it’s a personal choice that you have to decide when you and baby are ready for it. I personally was ready at 6 months for baby to wean at night. I didn’t do it cold turkey, cut it down to 1 feeding a night, then I shortened the feeding a few minutes at a time, then went to just cuddling baby, then soothing in the crib, then when she cried, I left her go a few minutes, turned on her lullabies and she was out. You just have to find out what works for you both. And although I weaned my baby from night feedings, there were times I did nurse her for comfort at night, like when she was teething or not feeling well. You’ll figure it out! Good luck!

    #6925455

    Starby
    Member

    Any adivce on weaning when exclusively pumping? My goal is to make it to a year which I’m about 8 weeks from, yay!!! However, I’m not sure how slowly to stop pumping so that I dont end up a mess 🙂 I know I can just slowly cut out pumping sessions but I’m just not sure how long it takes to stop producing milk, I’m just so nervous about getting engorged again. Also, do I just start introducing cows milk right at 12 months? Do I just start with a little and then gradually replace all breastmilk bottles with cows milk? Wow, this is going to be a BIG change…I cant wait to not have to worry about carrying my pump everywhere I go and having to spend so much time out of every day and night pumping and washing pump parts…oooh, I cant wait!!

    #6925711

    themurphys
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    My son is 5 months old. Since he was 2 months ld I was unable to pump, meaning I tried but I did not produce enough. Anytime we are in the car or out and about, he gets a bottle. He generally will go through only 1 8oz bottle if we are out and about and only 1 6oz bottle if we are home. I’m in Sales and on the road so supplementing was the only way. Bradan is really good about switching from breast to bottle. Breast is best, but bottle must be at times. We tried several formulas and Good Start, the most expensive, is what he liked.

    #6910096

    VickiesSecret
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    I just thought I’d share this with everyone. I was exclusively breastfeeding my daughter for 2 weeks until I got thrush and then I was pumping, it went away, I put her back to my breast and came back 3 times since then. While I was pumping, I would barely get anything out, I tried everything, the fenugreek, blessed thistle, and even Reglan to help with my supply—- Nothing worked and I would struggle to get 4 ounces out in a whole day, I was lucky if I got that, so I decided to switch to formula, even though I didn’t want to, even the lactation consultant said I went through alot and really tried, it’s just that I wasn’t making enough milk—- so now I know what women mean when they say the don’t produce enough. Anyway, I know once you stop nursing or pumping your suposed to become engorged—–I haven’t pumped in over to weeks or nursed and I never got engorged—-that’s what makes me believe that I didn’t make/have enough milk….what does everyone else think???? I was expecting to be sore and engorged, the only time I got engorged was when my milk first came in and that was it……REally weird that after 6 weeks of breastfeeding and pumping and then completely stopping, I didn’t get engorged at all….If anyone has any comments, you can message me on my page…..Thanks

    #6910352

    ozbaby
    Member

    raiche6258: Unfortunately if your baby wont finish a bottle of pumped milk then you have to throw it out. Maybe you could split the amount into 2 or 3 bottles and offer one first, if that is finished offer the 2nd bottle and if not you dont have to throw as much out. It would mean more washing up of bottles etc but less work pumping. You could then also freeze your milk bub doesnt drink so you have a frozen supply as well. That would be so much better than wasting all your milk.

    #6910608

    cluckandjen
    Participant

    Hi all!! Hope you are all well!! My baby is 11 days old today and breast feeding very well, she was 6lb 10oz at birth dropped to 6lb 7oz and is now 6lb 14oz so gaining well. I have bought a electric medela Pump (cost 50 ish) and was wondering when everyone else started to use their pumps as I was told from three weeks???? My baby had her first visit to the doctor today with a bad cold and slight infection and once better would really like to catch up on some sleep…but don’t want to pump too early. Please leave your comments on my profile Thanks

    #6910864

    lizzie287
    Member

    Hmm I’ve always heard the opposite – formula fed babies are bigger than breastfed babies. Exclusively breastfed babies supposedly can’t overfeed. And 15 pounds is not too big for a 4 month old. A friend of mine just had a baby, almost 9 pounds at birth, who now at one month is heavier than my 5 month old who is 16 pounds lol.

    #6911120

    Bri
    Member

    I wonder? Do you ladies pump? Is that why you are concerned about supply. I worried about supply in the beginning because my milk didn’t come in and I needed reglan to kick it in but stopped right after it started working. Then, I didn’t worry until I went back to work and needed to pump X amount. I’m staying home now and with baby number 2 I won’t be working. I wonder if I’m going to worry about supply then too since I won’t be pumping. At least I won’t be pumping on a regular basis. Just curious. I know that most women don’t have a supply problem but it seems like a lot of us do. I think it may be just pumping problems. Hmmm?…..

    #6911376

    kbrooke1231
    Member

    thorpe- I have a Swing and I love it. I have never had any issues and it is small enough that I can pack it in my diaper bag/ purse in case I need to pump while I’m out. Lately I have been able to pump about 4-7 oz at a time, if I’m at work and not feeding my LO. It takes me about 10-15min. I think it also depends on your supply level though. My LO is 3 1/2 months old and when he takes a bottle he will eat 5-7 oz.

    #6911632

    As far as how long it takes foods to get into your milk for me it was always 12 hours. My son reacted to dairy, nuts, tomato products and cabbage and it was always right around 12 hours from when I ate it that he would get really gassy and fussy. I’ve read that it can take anywhere from 4-24 hours though so everyone is a little different. I wouldn’t worry about offending foods unless you notice that your baby is fussier than normal.

    #6911888

    MommyXs3
    Member

    We hit our next goal. 6 mo. I’m so excited. So, she’s had 6oz of formula. I’m not worried. LOL. What I want to ask you ladies is this…. how long is it recommended we bf? I know till 1 year and thats my ultimate goal at this point. I couldn’t imagine making it past 3 weeks in the beginning and here we are at 6 months so I really feel anything is possible. :o) I’ve got over 40 oz in the freezer and that simply amazes me. haha. I’m trying to save up for a trip that I’ll be on this summer. I’ll be gone for 5 days. 🙁 I have no idea how my LO will take it. I’ve not been away from her for a whole night yet. and this will be 4! I’m hoping she’ll do well. Also, anyone else noticed a dramatic increase in poo? LOL! My LO wasn’t going but once every couple days and I swear it’s 3-4 now. We have a running joke at our house…the exersaucer is the ‘poop’ chair because everytime we put her in it she comes out with a full diaper! :p

    #6912144

    MommyXs3
    Member

    Thanks! It was one beer and I feel tired lol. I think I’ll wait a couple hours. One drink always makes me tired. I should know better. Haha

    #6912400

    mamadear04
    Member

    Hello , I am still breastfeeding my 14 month old, I am 5 weeks pregnant..I was told she wont like the milk when i get pregnant, but that is not the case here..It seems as if she is even more attached then ever..I don’t know what to do..I dont want to breastfeed her for ever..I dont know how I will ever get her to stop..HELP!

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