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    JustTheBaker
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    LOL @ Seuban, that is funny! Yesterday we went to a family dinner, and my sister asked how much cake I wanted (it was her birthday). I replied, well I’m eating for two! And DH just about died. He’s like What!? Shouldn’t you have told ME first! Haha! No, I just meant I’m EBF, I’m not pregnant! LOL

    #6921922

    jmuncy
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    Lawsons-I can’t believe someone could write something so hateful!!!! Like you said it just proves that they are insecure.

    I myself believe that as long as you take care of your children and they are healthy then feed them however YOU feel right. That being said I believe if more people were educated as to the benefits to breastfeeding and had adequate support, I think more people would BF. I know that when I had my first no one told me that it’s gonna hurt… BAD, your gonna have cracked nipples, your gonna be engorged ect. I even took a breastfeeding class, I distinctly remember being told that if you have a good latch it wont hurt. So when I had those problems I thought I had something wrong. All the nurses kept telling me I had a good latch. So by the end of the first week as I was feeding my baby girl with tears streaming down my face due to the excruciating pain…… I QUIT! I had mastitis, cracked bleeding nipples and I couldn’t imagine going through all of that pain a moment longer. Now i know what caused it and what could’ve fixed it. When I had my second I didn’t truely learn about the benefits of breastfeeding until much later. Anyway I was just trying say I wish there was more education for mothers about breastfeeding out there so that they can make an educated decision. Or if they have chosen to BF that they have the appropriate resources to be successful at it.

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    lauraoct – Yes. I pump at 10pm and again around 1am. But lately, she’s been getting up around that time to eat so I haven’t been able to pump. The other night I pumped and just after I was done she woke up and wanted to eat… luckily I hadn’t pumped for very long and still had some milk left in my left breast and she took that and fell asleep. So I’m going to continue to pump and if she wakes up hungry and can’t nurse then I’ll have to bottle feed her, but then this means that I may possibly not be able to get the full 6oz that day that she had for a previous meal while I was at work. I have a bit of a supply right now but once that’s gone then what? Formula? I don’t want to go that route. Part of me feels like I should make peace with that idea. I’ve tried fenugreek, MMT and now oatmeal (which I think is working). I feel like I’m all out of options if my supply does not meet her demand. *sigh* Sorry for the long rant. I’ve been very stressed lately which I know isn’t helping matters. I just wish I could stay home all day with her. The weekends never seem to be a problem. I nurse her all day long, no bottles and it doesn’t seem like she ever not satisified after a meal. Having to pump instead of nurse is what I think is affecting my supply.

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    Scarlet I have a massage voucher I’ve also been meaning to use. Think I’ll get one soon. I love back massages used to go all the time before babies came along.

    #6922690

    Bri
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    I was in shock the second time as well. I had only been trying a month so I figured it’d take longer then that. HAHA! I just sat there going, ‘I’m pregnant?’ HAHA! This time, I’m a bit scared. It wasn’t a decision at all. Ok, see now I’m talking like I am. Ugh! I bet it’s just my body regrouping. HAHA! But, I didn’t have this when it came back last time. AND, I was at 9 months when it did? People thought I was knocking them out when I had the boys 26months apart. Try 13 months! I don’t think that would be easy at all! Chris is a blessing and he is really easy. But….? I need to stop thinking about it and just let it go for a week. Then see what happens.

    #6922946

    Bri
    Member

    JessieDee – I can relate with my first I had no idea what I was doing. I just thought this is natural or it’s supposed to be. Never got any training in it what so ever. Never read a book on it either. I didn’t fail because I was determined to breastfeed. Everyone in my family does. My mom did for two years and my MIL breastfed my husband for three. It just wasn’t an option. Then I started learning about formula and what goes into it. I believe education is the best way to get people to learn. I know there has been quite a few women that would not have breastfed on this site alone if it wasn’t for the information that I gave them. I believe that formula should be the last resort and only after everything else has been tried. It has it’s place. I just wish others would learn more about it and how it’s made before choosing to give it to their children. I compare it to medication so many times. You wouldn’t just give a medication to your child just because, why would you do the same with formula. That being said, I know why women resort to it and fail in the beginning. It’s not their fault. Many cases it’s the doctors/nurses. We all call them the booby-traps. Things that come up and make breastfeeding near impossible.

    #6923202

    styx
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    J- did she start bc since she is 6 weeks? I ask because for some women it can be detrimental to supply. I don’t see drying up other wise though

    #6923458

    marli
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    jenniewren- We recently did a 16 hour trip with 2 toddlers and a 2 week old. My advice to you is do the trip in 2 days. That’s what we did and it was a lifesaver! We did 8 hours the first day and 8 the second day. We stopped every 3 hours so I could nurse Quinn and we were stopped for about 30 minutes each time. I don’t know what I would’ve done if we wouldn’t have stopped. I really hate road trips so it broke the monotony of driving up and made it tolerable. Quinn and I hadn’t established a good enough BFing relationship yet so I didn’t want to risk giving her a bottle.

    #6923714

    Lan07
    Member

    How long can BM be left at room temperature after pumping?

    #6923970

    phatbaby57
    Member

    okay. i have a quick question. i hope someone comes on today to help. anyhow, how long does it normally take for milk to come in. mine came slamming in in about 24 hours, but a friend of mine gave birth on Tuesday and as of last night her milk still hadn’t came in. I didn’t tell her anything negative to just keep nursing and it would come in, but I know that would be the biggest reason I would have offered the other stuff in the beginning. No way would I have even wanted to think I was letting my baby go hungry. I’m afraid if she hasn’t already (I didn’t ask) will start supplementing and we all know what that means.

    #6924226

    Lan07
    Member

    noah colts mommy: my baby’s poo is the same thing, still yellow & seedy (sometimes seedy) but just like water. I don’t know if she is peeing at the same time or if it is diarrhea? It has been a little over a week. The same thing also she went from several times a day to only 1 or maybe 2. If you find out let me know.

    #6924482

    babydoll76
    Member

    i nursed my lo till she was 18 months old, when she was 4month old the doctor gave me birth control, i didnt take it very long only a few weeks but it was enough to get AF to return by that july i was preggers with number 2 ( ended in a miscarrage), but i never changed the way i nursed my lo she co-sleeps with me and up until she stopped she would take a few sips here and there. she just turned 2 and every once in a while asks for i ‘mommy milk’

    #6924738

    1Byfaith
    Participant

    While I was bf’ing my now 16 mth old I was also tracking my caloric intake because I was working out and loosing weight so I always bought the low fat low calorie egg nog. I journaled everything that went into my mouth and with the egg nog included I made sure that I never went over my calories for the day. So that’s the only reason why I think it could have been something in the egg nog that increased my supply. But who knows??? I quess it like you said and all of us have our triggers, lol.

    #6924994

    BabyCarter
    Member

    I’ve heard that at the end of the feeding is where your hind milk is and that’s the fatty milk that fills the baby up. is there a possibility that with pumping I’m pumping that out and my baby isn’t getting it and that’s why he’s nursing more? OR is there a 5 week growth spirt? Can someone explain the ‘stages’ of your milk to me I’m confused I just thought that pertained to colostrum right after the baby was born.

    #6925250

    JustTheBaker
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    beegee, you don’t need to pump during the night. Your supply will adjust to what they baby needs. You will produce more milk during the day, and less at night. I breastfed my last son for 17 months (only stopped because he weaned himself due to my current pregnancy) and I never pumped, except when I went back to work. Babycarter, it is normal at that age for your son not to want to nurse as much. Rather than giving him juice though, you may want to start him on whole milk or goats milk in conjunction with the breastfeeding. At this age he will likely continue to only nurse a couple of times a day, and as he gets older he will nurse less and less frequently. When they wean themselves they sometimes go a couple of days between feedings before they quit completely. And I totally know what you mean about him getting frustrated with the time it takes to get a letdown. My son was the same way. He kept nursing till 17 months, and I’m sure it would have been longer if my milk hadn’t dried up from pregnancy.

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