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  • #6917578

    4thandLast
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    I am so excited.. I just gave birth to my 4th – he is 4 days today and am breastfeeding! I tried with my first two children but failed then didnt atempt with my third, but thought I’d try with my last and with nipple shields I am having heaps of success. He feeds around every 3 – 4 hours and when he finishes his feed has milk dribbling from his mouth and is falling asleep!! My boobs are the size of cannon balls though and feel just as heavy – I hope when his routine is established I don’t have so much millk to carry around!!

    #6917834

    Bri
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    PGFirstTimer – At 10.5 months has your doctor given you the all clear to try cow’s milk? Normally you would wait until a year but that is only 6 weeks away. I would rather try milk then formula. You’ve made it this far! Good luck! The oatmeal really works but you have to be consistant and feed/pump often along with it. It’s not going to magically make more milk if more milk isn’t needed. Good Luck~

    #6918090

    Bri
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    Yesterday was so awesome. We were in the most liberal part of Seattle at a park. There were toddlers breastfeeding in public. I mean like 3-4 year olds. Gotta love it! Granted they were also running around naked. As much as I’m all for extended breastfeeding there are too many creepy people out there to let my child run around without clothes, especially at 4ish. Oh well, reminded me of the hippie era!

    #6918346

    skittles0607
    Member

    hello ladies!! I am noticing since i started back to work a low supply. I used to be able to pump 4 ounces from each breast at each session now im lucky to get that combined.. Any ideas on how to increase my supply??

    #6918602

    atimper
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    nena. before you go spend some money on a pump. try some nipple shields, you can get them just about anywhere, walmart, target, babys r us. They helped me too, Also make sure you are using some type of nipple cream to keep your nipples from cracking and bleeding. Don’t give up quite yet. Talk to your local hospital and see if they have a program that can help you get a pump or if you are able to rent one. I had some bleeding when I first started and it did get better. I still have my up and down days and most days I just want to quit! But I am still here trying to get through every feeding!

    #6918858

    styx
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    Mere-thanks I will try we are about the same size and the kids are 3 weeks apart so I will give it another shot. So I am noticing that at night Danny eats one side for like 5 min I think is this ok should he be awake eating more?

    #6919114

    Bri
    Member

    Hey ladies, you all should read this. Especially those with older children that may be drinking some of these drinks and eating these snacks. The Environmental Law Foundation has found that 85% of kids drinks have lead in them. Yikes!! Another reason I’m thankful I really don’t do juices and absolutely no kids’ drinks. http://www.inhabitots.com/2010/06/11/85-of-kids-drinks-snacks-could-contain-high-levels-of-lead/

    #6919370

    Bri
    Member

    2ndtimemommmy – That has to be really hard! I can’t imagine having to do that. I sit down with my legs crossed. Super Chunk is so big that he can lay across my lap and I use my hands to postion his head and my breast. As for working, she probably didn’t pump. She has probably heard how hard it is to pump and breastfeed. It can be done. I did it for over a year. Prove them wrong and definately feed for 2 or longer.

    #6919626

    I just have to say that I am sooo thankful to be able to breastfeed my daughter! I couldnt with my first due to her stay in the NICU and then she never adjusted to the breast, but now I really enjoy the bonding experience with my second lil one! Its so much easier then I thought it would be and I enjoy not having to get out of bed every two hours at night to heat up a bottle! I was pumping to help relieve some ‘pressure’ but I just quit yesterday and decided to leave it all to my lil one. As ridiculous as it is Im just so nervous that I wont have enough milk for her now that im not pumping. :/

    #6919882

    JustTheBaker
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    casen, I am at the tail end of a nasty cold right now, and desperately wanted neocitran. I asked the pharmacist about it. Bottom line, it won’t hurt your baby, but it will probably hurt your milk supply. In fact she said if I was going to try it, to just do it once, then wait a full day to see if my supply went down before trying again, that if I took it more often I would risk drying up completely. I decided it wasn’t worth the risk, and toughed out the cold – which was seriously nasty!

    #6920138

    mereandgirl
    Member

    Feeding off of Bri’s idea: those of you with younger babies (Levi is 3 months) you can make bm ice cubes, then put them in the little teething pockets meant for fruit. I did it today and Levi LOVED it! Kind of fun, and safe for the really little ones.

    #6920394

    katjak7
    Member

    EllasMommy – She is seriously so cute!! At home I would just let her roam around barefoot because that is what is natural for her and her newly exploring feet. But if you think she will be walking around when you go to the store or something, I would get shoes for her to protect them from germs and dirt.

    #6920650

    Bri
    Member

    My nipples hurt so darn badly! So after 2 3/4 years nursing even I’m having issues at the moment!! Alex ate all night long and wouldn’t latch right. So now I’m nursing my own boo-boos! HAHA! My throat is a bit sore too. Probably for all the fans going and it cooling down at night. Just too dry right now. Not that I’m complaining cause it’s perfect weather but I need to get well. Off to go put some ointment on my boobs!

    #6920906

    deeyore486
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    Lawson, we did have to supplement. Made the hubby do it every time because I just couldn’t bring myself to mix it up for him. We ended up just using what the hospital gave us, so it would have been whatever was donated to them in the diaper bags they gave out. Some type of Similac. At a year, we used what I could get and mixed it with cow’s milk. Did more formula on some days so that I could build up some of my milk. Used that to transition him onto cows milk. We had desperately wanted him to get momma’s milk until 18mo because he was a winter baby and born early. Instead I had to settle for letting him nurse whenever he wanted and giving him cow’s milk the rest of the time. He stopped nursing regularly at 13mo and then nursed only the mornings of my drs appointments until he was 15mo. Don’t know how he knew when my appointments would be, but without a doubt, those mornings were the mornings that he would want to cuddle and nurse. My doc was really cool about him nursing and was going to let him nurse while she did the preliminary pap smear our first visit, but he finished nursing right before she started. We did learn though that everything happens for a reason…God and my body knew that I would be unable to carry Zach long enough if I continued to nurse Ayden. As it was, we went into labor with him at 28ish weeks. We were able to keep him where he needed to be until 34wks. Nursing through pregnancy will never be something that I get to experience. 🙁

    #6921162

    Bri
    Member

    Leslie, I was thinking about you this morning and wondering how it was going. I know you had started it a few days ago and wondered if it was working. Isn’t it awesome!! I ate it daily for months without a problem. Then I stopped and my supply stayed up. I would then just eat it before a period was due to keep my supply up. I don’t know about ep’ing though. You may need to just continue to eat it. Oh well, right? It’s cheap and easy and healthy. HAHA! Fenugreek gets really expensive when you are taking 15caplets a day. This is a like $5 for a month or something like that. So happy it’s working for you! At least I could help take a little of the stress off of you. I wish I was there and could help more. I know you saw LCs and all but if we lived closer we may have fixed the problem earlier. Oh well, hindsight, right? I’ve also been learning more about reversecycling and such. It’s pretty cool, Baby doesn’t eat during the day but at night when she is with mom. It does work best when Mom is only working part time to almost full time though. Anyways, that’s neither here nor there anymore. I’m glad Lawson is getting your milk and your supply is up. Did you double? How many more ounces are you getting? Just want to keep referrence for others.

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