Sarah - I can't believe what you're (still) going through... how awful and scary!! No patient should be treated that way, and that would make me lose even more confidence in "the system", ugh!!! Sending you big hugs and healing vibes - you are one brave mama!!
CCoello - how are you feeling, no mastitis I hope? Good luck w/your big move! Hope the traveling goes smoothly, and be sure to give yourself enough rest!
Sol - BF'ing has definitely affected my appetite and I'm thirsty/starving while feeding as well (although I don't have any of the preggo "cravings" I had before)! I put a pitcher of water and snacks on my nightstand to get me through the night. Unfortunately, during the day (alone w/babe) it's SO hard to fix myself decent meals and feed myself adequately. I find that I'm resorting to "junk food" more than ever now, just for the sake of convenience... are you still eating super healthy like you were during pregnancy?
Boots - 45 oz - Woohooo!! And Penny - I'm totally impressed w/8 oz in one pumping, that's awesome!!
Lily - awesome to hear hat you're leveraging your pumping to get out and do some things for yourself, and finally feeling some peace w/BF'ing! :)))
JustChanti - Wow that's a lot to go through, I don't envy you.... hopefully your "flow" will settle after a few months though - fingers crossed! It looks like you've learned a lot through this experience and have made a ton of progress already... And it WILL keep getting better, keep up the great work!!
AFM - this week (wk 6) I'm finally really feeling that "letdown" like many of you are talking about, and yes it's quite painful for me too (so now I grit my teeth through both the latch AND letdown, not fun)!! I can feel my ducts tighten/harden way up high on my breasts for a few seconds and then BAM - there's a burning sensation that shoots down to my nipple and I'm spraying all over the place (or soaking through my shirt). It happens right when LO is due for his feeding (whether he's crying or not). I'm hoping that this is just part of the overall process of my supply coming in and regulating....and that this too is just a phase which will pass!
All the extra herbs and stuff I've been taking seems to be helping somewhat (over 30 pills a day!!!) and we're making some small progress too in the pumping/supply dept. As long as DH is home, he can give William a bottle while I pump during that time. I've been able to get a little more each night (now up to 3 oz), but I'm spending almost an hour pumping which is ridiculous.... but at least (for now) I have a few bottles in the fridge which will help me get out of the house w/William over the weekend. DH is away again for the next 5 days, so the pumping will have to be put on hold again for that time....