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post #161 of 584
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Originally Posted by jbk21 View Post

I'm pretty jealous, Sara.  That will be AWESOME.  That will be so nice while cooking or for in the mornings, like you mentioned.  



Well, J, it's never too late to pick up a partner. winky.gif Totally joking of course. I think it'd be pretty cool to experience that and I commend Sara for being willing to switch off.

post #162 of 584
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Sara: is the rule of thumb 6 hours between feeds before AF comes back?  Obviously it would vary from person to person, but if you're still feeding frequently it may not be an issue?

Ha!  I sure could use a "sister wife" around here, LOL.  I don't want to share DH but it would be nice to have another woman to help with the kids and housework.  Sheepish.gif   ROTFLMAO.gif
 

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Well, J, it's never too late to pick up a partner. winky.gif Totally joking of course. I think it'd be pretty cool to experience that and I commend Sara for being willing to switch off.



 

post #163 of 584

I don't know, I always heard it came back when they start sttn, tho now I don't remember when DD started sttn. I tandem nursed 19 months but got AF at 14 months pp with her. 8 months with DS, when I started school and went 5 hours a day without nursing. I would love to keep it away for a while this time. 

post #164 of 584

I think that it's mostly genetics mixed with breastfeeding hormones and lifestyle.  I got AF back at 8 months pp with dd even through she was nursing every 30-90 minutes night and day until she was 2.  But I was running regularly and eating pretty well.  With ds1 I got AF back around 12 months pp and he also was nursing pretty frequently.  I wasn't exercising as much and certainly not paying as much attention to my own nutrition.  I know plenty of women that get AF back within in months and others that have to totally wean 3 years pp in order to get their fertility back.  So, overall, I think some of it has to do with how run down your body is, your nutrition, your exercise routine, etc. and a lot has to do with genetics.

post #165 of 584

So I pumped exclusively for 10.5 weeks and I can say that I maxed out at 1.5 ounces per hour. That was on a good day when I'd had lots and lots to eat and lots and lots of water... was usually .75-1 ounce per hour. Luckily for me, Rhyko never ate more than I pumped! He was 3 weeks gestational age when he started BF full time and at that time was eating 20-25 ounces per day and gaining .5-2 ounces per day (we have a baby scale and weighed him daily). And when I started getting worried about how much milk he'd drink once he was bigger I did find that Kelly Mom article about BF babies maxing out around 1 month of age as far as how much they eat per feeding. I'm just really happy to have Rhyko breastfeeding and I don't have to worry about it! thumb.gif

 

And as far as periods... mine came back at 6 weeks PP. I've had two so far. I am due for my next period this coming week. I'm  sure that pumping and Rhyko being in the NICU for four weeks didn't help that. Can it go away again? We're nursing lots - just about every hour during the day and every 3 hours at night.

post #166 of 584
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Originally Posted by LunaLady View Post

And as far as periods... mine came back at 6 weeks PP. I've had two so far. I am due for my next period this coming week. I'm  sure that pumping and Rhyko being in the NICU for four weeks didn't help that. Can it go away again? We're nursing lots - just about every hour during the day and every 3 hours at night.

Statistically speaking any bleeding prior to 56 days postpartum is NOT a true period.  Most likely what you had was the fairly common 6 week bleeding, which is strictly hormonal and not indicative of returning fertility.  However, any bleeding after 56 days postpartum should be taken as a sign of returning fertility and if pregnancy is not desired at this time (and I assume it's not!) you would need to take precautions.  2/3 of women will ovulate prior to their first postparum bleed, but only half of those women will have a luteal phase of sufficient length to sustain a pregnancy.  Have you had fertile cervical fluid... creamy or eggwhite in consistency?  This would be helpful in determining if your bleeding is menstruation or not.  You could also start temping to see if you are ovulating.  Period length can be quite irregular for many months while regulating postpartum and while breastfeeding so you could have bleeding once a month and then suddenly nothing for several months.  Again, temping and charting CF would help take the mystery out of what's going on.  If the bleeding is not menstruation (ie not preceded by ovulation) then it can absolutely go away and not return for months or even years.
 

 

post #167 of 584

Yeah, when I was pumping exclusively for my first daughter I got about 26 ounces in 24 hours.

 

I didn't have any freezer stash with my second but after today I'm going to hand express some for emergencies.  I went to the ER with horrible abdominal pain (home now, doing well, it was gallbladder related).  I took baby with me, but it made me realize I don't want DH to have to give her formula if anything happened where I was unable to care for her. (like unexpected gallbladder surgery).

 

I told my little sister I'd nurse her babies if she ever wanted me to (she has no plans for kids anytime soon) and she thought I was nuts.

post #168 of 584

So sorry you had a gall bladder attack and had to go to the ER!!  No fun and just before the holiday too!  Glad to hear you're okay though!  Stones?  My mom just had hers out and I've had issues as well.  Yuck.

post #169 of 584

Glad to hear that you're okay.  My sister has nursed my DD1 when she was babysitting her, my DD nursed off of her with no issues and she was a toddler by then.
 

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Originally Posted by Paigekitten View Post

Yeah, when I was pumping exclusively for my first daughter I got about 26 ounces in 24 hours.

 

I didn't have any freezer stash with my second but after today I'm going to hand express some for emergencies.  I went to the ER with horrible abdominal pain (home now, doing well, it was gallbladder related).  I took baby with me, but it made me realize I don't want DH to have to give her formula if anything happened where I was unable to care for her. (like unexpected gallbladder surgery).

 

I told my little sister I'd nurse her babies if she ever wanted me to (she has no plans for kids anytime soon) and she thought I was nuts.



 

post #170 of 584

I started taking Fenugreek today.

 

I went back to work. I had 9oz pumped (It took me 3 days to get that... Seriously). I worked a 5-hour shift... He drank 7oz. =( And while I was working, I only got 2oz.

 

That's not going to fly.

 

And not only can I not afford (Well, I don't WANT to afford) formula, I reallyyy don't want to supplement. I've been doing so good only BFing.

 

I hope this works.

 

BTW, reading kellymom.com makes me feel a lot better about my body. She said something like babies that are strictly breastfed, the moms will only be able to pump 1/2-2oz per pumping, for both breasts combined. Now I don't feel so broken because I usually get 2-3oz from both. The website said it could take 2-3 pumpings to get enough built up for one feeding.

 

I still need to up my supply though, at least until I get a strong backstock built up.

 

I've only got 3 bottles made up for tomorrow and I work for 8 hours so I know supplementing will happen at some point this week. Poo. We have one can of Newborn that Enfamil sent us that I saved just in case, so hopefully we only need to tap into that once or twice.


Edited by CDsMom1031 - 12/26/11 at 6:42pm
post #171 of 584

I started taking fenugreek today too. A friend of mine just had a baby and she's struggling with breastfeeding.  I've been pumping and giving her a few oz each day to help her out.  Mostly I just think it's a confidence issue (she struggled to breastfeed her first as well), but it makes her feel better.  She's feeding the milk with an SNS, so it's still stimulating her as well.  Anyway, the first few days I was able to pump an extra 3-4oz and today I got 6oz.  It does make my DD2 have to work a little harder for her milk, but she actually seems happier because now she can comfort nurse without getting a tummy ache.  I figure when I'm done donating I will build up a supply in my freezer in case there is an emergency.  Cheers to smelling like maple syrup!

post #172 of 584
Nicole, can you look on your local Human Milk for Human Babies Facebook page and see if someone near you has milk to donate? It is free and you wouldn't have to give your little one formula.
post #173 of 584
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Originally Posted by LunaLady View Post

Nicole, can you look on your local Human Milk for Human Babies Facebook page and see if someone near you has milk to donate? It is free and you wouldn't have to give your little one formula.


THANKS!!! I didn't even know such a thing existed.

post #174 of 584
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Originally Posted by Abraisme View Post

Anyway, the first few days I was able to pump an extra 3-4oz and today I got 6oz.  It does make my DD2 have to work a little harder for her milk, but she actually seems happier because now she can comfort nurse without getting a tummy ache.


This makes me feel good that the Fenugreek will work!

 

My LO also likes to comfort nurse, so I'm sure he'll appreciate this as well. =D

 

post #175 of 584

Is anyone going to their local Target nurse-in on Wednesday? Have you heard of one being organized in your area? Bozeman just set up our own and we've got alot of women signed up to arrive. Should be good. thumb.gif

post #176 of 584
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Originally Posted by TTCChloeOrConner View Post



THANKS!!! I didn't even know such a thing existed.



You're welcome! I looked up you state's page:

https://www.facebook.com/HM4HB.Indiana

 

I hope you can find some milk! Even just to help you until you can get a pumped stash established.

post #177 of 584

Nicole, also, don't forget that a beer is known to help with supply too for the days you are pumping. thumb.gif

post #178 of 584
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Is anyone going to their local Target nurse-in on Wednesday? Have you heard of one being organized in your area? Bozeman just set up our own and we've got alot of women signed up to arrive. Should be good. thumb.gif



I think we're going. I'm in Houston, but about an hour's drive from the Target where the incident happened. We have a big nursing mom's group here, and several of us are tandem nursing - that should make a point!

post #179 of 584
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I think we're going. I'm in Houston, but about an hour's drive from the Target where the incident happened. We have a big nursing mom's group here, and several of us are tandem nursing - that should make a point!


How cool! I think it'd be awesome to do it at the one that it happened at. I hope that this wakes Target up. That was the 3rd REPORTED incident of something happening to a woman nursing out in the open at Target.
 

 

post #180 of 584
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Originally Posted by meesh933 View Post



I think we're going. I'm in Houston, but about an hour's drive from the Target where the incident happened. We have a big nursing mom's group here, and several of us are tandem nursing - that should make a point!


How cool! I think it'd be awesome to do it at the one that it happened at. I hope that this wakes Target up. That was the 3rd REPORTED incident of something happening to a woman nursing out in the open at Target.
 

 

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