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  • #6910447

    Bri
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    felicia-lundstrom – I’m so sorry you are going through this. Your supply has dropped by not feeding. The good news is that you can bring it back. It may never be as strong as your other side but it can recover. Keep feeding often with that side. That is the best way to bring it back. Stay hydrated and eat right. It should make a come back. You could also try pumping that side when you aren’t feeding. The more stimulation you get the better.

    #6910703

    Bri
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    iloveyouconrad – I researched it months and months ago and couldn’t give you the technical terms but basically my milk contains an enyzme that spoils milk fast. It only lasts four days in the fridge and never in the freezer. It’s actually quite common. Some women have been able to scold their milk first before freezing and it works but I tried it and it still spoiled.

    #6910959

    blackpearl
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    bigmuma – here is a little article I found. http://parenting.ivillage.com/baby/bbreastfeed/0,,3x8z,00.html

    #6911215

    Nikki37
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    Does anyone else feel like a humna pacifer..or is it just me?? I feel like my Ayden would go at it all day if I’d let him..and when he doesn’t get to nurse cause I’m at work he freaks out and goes spastic.

    #6911471

    MMMasi
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    Emmie – Congrats on the twins. I have 2 boys 5 1/2 months and they’ve been breastfed the whole time. They just started on solids but I always give them a little milk afterwards. Make sure you invest in a nursing pillow for twins, it’s a must. The boppy ones are too little and too soft. Any questions just ask on my page. Good luck.

    #6911727

    babybehappy
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    Well, I’ve officially stopped e-pumping my milk for my son 🙁 I did it because I’m pregnant again 🙂 So I’m happy and sad. My goal was to make it to 6 months and we passed that so I’m pleased with that. I would have continued but I read that breastfeeding while pregnant can lead to miscarriages due to low progesterone (I believe.) They also said it’s easier for younger mom to continue to breastfeed while pregnant than older moms. I just don’t want to take any chances. But I will breastfeed this next baby for as long as I can. I only want 2 kids so this will be my last. Happy Breastfeeding to the rest of you ladies. This forum has been wonderful and I’ll be on here again in about 35 weeks!

    #6911983

    anniemarie
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    oh armymom-thank you so much for the compliments about teaching (and my hotness? lol) breastfeeding is such a wonderful gift for our babies, and it’s supposed to be selfless but i feel so selfish because i absolutely love it and would not stop at all (right now, not when my baby’s 8, lol) i can’t even describe the feeling i get when i’m nursing! after having said that it is a very big committment and once you’ve established breastfeeding, worked hard to get/keep your supply up, and finally gotten past all the nipple soreness i don’t think you should second guess it. as mom’s i think we do constantly guess, wonder, and worry. i was so paranoid about my supply and enough food (usually still am) but i really try to relax about it. if your LO isn’t screaming for food then most likely he’s satisfied. Kimberly-you should message courtaney because her baby girl never fussed or anything and she thought she was eating just fine, come to find out her supply was low and they gave her a perscription and boom gained a lot really quick! she might be able to give you some tips to see if that’s happening with your LO….but i still don’t think that’s what’s going on, and seeing a LC would give you the most SUPPORT with continuing breastfeeding and avoiding supplementation if that’s something you feel stronly about…and you should NOT feel guilty about that if that’s what you want. anyway, thanks again armymom, i appreciate your confidence in me! oh and courtenay here’s what worked for me, it was unclogged the same night that it started: i took a hot hot bath (as hot as i could stand) and massaged with a hot cloth under the water, yes it hurt like a b—-! then when i started to have let down i massaged a little more and then i suctioned my self to the pump and continued with the hot compress and massaging while i pumped…again it hurt sooooo bad! but, after it was realsed it was so much better. no longer a hard lump, just felt like a bruise. some say you’ll feel/see a gush when it’s released, i think i had that but can’t really remember. if you don’t have a pump then massage massage massage and make sure you stick journey’s cute little mouth on that boob and let her suck it out while you massage. if you keep on it, it should be gone w/in a very short time! hope that helps!

    #6912239

    styx
    Member

    Wyatts-I have a sleepywrap and can’t figure out how to nurse in it my Lo is only 5 weeks and I have large bbs so if anyone has tips lol. Oh and I had my 6 week pp and am down 30 which is amazing plus I only gained 6 but I still have 30 to go that I never lost from my dd

    #6912495

    KEBLER98
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    I know what you mean about the teeth. RJ went through a biting stage before the top ones came in. Well last night he bite me HARD! I was so shocked. He learned not to do it and had stopped quite a time back. I yelled at him and didn’t let him continue to nurse. He didn’t cry when I yelled just kept biting me all the while pulling back. Dear Lord, 6 teeth all bearing down no my poor little nipple! OUCH!!! LOL, hope he doesn’t do that again, but he is in the testing how much he can get away with phase so time will only tell!

    #6912751

    angelag3girls
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    tiffsept15 please don’t let the no spitting up with formula fool you. It is very common for people to do that and think it is the fix when all it does is come back a few days later. I have known many of moms that thought formula was the fix all, me included and it came back in less then a week even worse then before. As for the fuller wets it would make since because there is way more waste in formula then breastmilk. I would suggest trying what bri mentioned about ditching the dairy and see if that helps but you will have to do it for atleast 3 weeks if not a little more to know for sure if it helps because it takes 3 weeks for dairy protein to leave the body. Have you tried any acid reflux meds.? My LO has done great with zantac. I forget who all I tell but have you tried the 3 tablespoons of water in one of his diapers? If you haven’t thats what they mean by a full diaper. I was surprised and a heavy weight lifted after trying that test so I have been mentioning it constantly. I am soo sorry you are feeling depressed. Hopefully you will figure out why he is spitting up soon and get it under control. Take care!

    #6913007

    bj4
    Member

    vitahudson – I’m so sorry for what you have and are going through. I just had a couple of thoughts to share with you in regards to your situation. First, there are a lot of other supplements that you can try to help with milk supply besides Reglan and Fenugreek. Here is a website to look at that might give you some other ideas about what to try. http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/milksupply/index.html Also, a lot of people swear by oatmeal. I haven’t tried it, but it works for a lot of people. There has been a lot of talk on this site lately about malted milk also. Personally I take Goat’s Rue and Fennel to keep up with my LO. Goat’s Rue for supply and Fennel for letdown. Fenugreek didn’t do anything for me when I tried it. Everyone’s body is different and responds to supplements in different ways. My second thought is about Reglan. I don’t know if you are aware that Reglan can cause depression and anxiety in some people. Not to say that it is in you. But it could be compounding what you are already feeling about the BF struggles. Again, I am so sorry for what you are going through and I wish you the best of luck. If you really want to keep trying to make this work and your current Lactation Consultant isn’t being supportive of continuing, you might consider looking for a new person. Or check in to the Le Leche League in your area.

    #6913263

    Kym22
    Member

    I have a medela PIS pump that seems to be on the fritz. My DH just bought me a Evenflo comfort select. Has anyone tried this pump? I hestitate opening it and trying it because it can not be taken back if it doesn’t work well. I may just have to invest in another PIS.

    #6913519

    Bri
    Member

    duskpoo – You have to remember that it took your NINE months to put it on. The old saying is nine months on, nine months off! Watch your intake, move more and it should come off slowly. I know it’s hard. I gaied 80lbs during my last pregnancy and it took a year to take it off. It sucks and I feel for you. Stay positive. As for breastfeeding interferring. Well it can, in some ways. Your body wants to hold the extra stores of fat just in case you don’t eat. But this really isn’t a lot. You should be able to lose all of it but it takes time and patients. I always say, eat less move more! It works. Now that it’s summer…is it summer there? HAHA! Get out walking everyday. The fresh air will be good for both you and baby. No fast food, no junk food. Healthy fruits and veggie in reasonable portions.

    #6913775

    Bri
    Member

    That’s good Kym, hopefully the reglan gave your supply a boost that it needs and now you can sustain without it. I’ll cross my fingers for you!

    #6914031

    mandamay
    Member

    Oh ozbaby!!! I have just stopped breast feeding too… and am mourning the loss of my bigger boobs! lol! It is really strange to have small boobs again, and they feel different…. My partner is just pleased that he might be allowed near them again! ha ha ha. At least the good thing is no more blocked milk ducts and leaking…. but they were lovely while they lasted! sigh.

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