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post #81 of 109

totally agree, Mary.

post #82 of 109
Absolutely, Crafty. Now that I'm not stuck on the couch nursing 24/7 but bundle the girls up and take off most days, it's certainly a lot harder to find the time. I admit part of my problem is stalking the babywearing swap on FB (insert smiley with bag over head)
post #83 of 109

Just saw this - requested to join the FB group. :)

post #84 of 109

I'm sad to see the posts slowing down too. I've learned so much here, and have really enjoying following along with everyone.

Edelweiss, your pumping journey has taught me so much! I didn't think it was relevant to me, just interesting, but I am now trying to pump like crazy to lay in a stash of milk. I feel much more confident with all of the stories and information you've shared.

post #85 of 109

Thanks mama. I just stopped in to share with you all the wonderful news that my boys are now as efficient (or more) than my hospital grade pump! I am ditching the pump (I hope!) and just nursing them and still supplementing with donor milk 9 oz day both together. I also got a bunch of donor milk today from human milk for human babies.Mamapigeon - please feel free to PM me or ask on here anything I might be able to help with re: the pumping. I think I owe a lot of our success to Dr Jack Newman's advice and also using at -breast lactation aid (like SNS).  And some just took time and maturation. A month ago my little guys got 6 and 2 ccs in a session. Now they get what I have, which isn't enough, but they're getting it out and I pray that helps increase my supply and one day we can not have to supplement.

post #86 of 109
Yay, Edelweiss!! Great work!
post #87 of 109
That is such great news, Edelweiss!
post #88 of 109
Edelweiss: excellent! I'm so happy for you!

We've had a stressful few days. My baby's poop has been a frothy bright green (think puréed spinach soup) since Thursday. I've consulted by phone my LC (she thinks a virus), family care nurse (she thinks foremilk/hindmilk imbalance), and hospital LC (growth spurt). I've tried block feedings which are not helping. He doesn't seem sick. And I'm loath to cut out foods.

Also we suddenly have a mouse infestation. Our cat has caught 2 in 2 days. I've notified the landlord, and now I'm terrified he will use poison instead of traps. And bc he is cheap, he certainly won't get a professional exterminator, but some daylaborer, which means I won't be able to discuss the pet and baby safety of this. We need to move!
post #89 of 109

Hooray Edelweiss!  What great news!

 

cardigan, Blegh!  Good luck with the mice.  And the landlord.  And the poop.  Man, when it rains...

 

 

I have a couple of general pumping questions for all of those who have done it before.  How long would a session last on average?  I have been pumping a little for HMFHB and I don't quite feel like I know what I am doing.  Sometimes after I bag it I can tell I just got the foremilk, but while I was pumping nothing else was coming out.  Other times I seem to get to the hindmilk really quickly and the whole session is pretty brief (but I feel like the milk is more balanced).  Is this normal (or maybe it varies person to person)?  Should I continue to pump when it seems like I am empty on that side?  I don't know, any advice would be great.  Thanks ladies!

post #90 of 109

Awesome, edelweiss....you have done such an amazing job....go, mama!

post #91 of 109
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Hooray Edelweiss!  What great news!

 

cardigan, Blegh!  Good luck with the mice.  And the landlord.  And the poop.  Man, when it rains...

 

 

I have a couple of general pumping questions for all of those who have done it before.  How long would a session last on average?  I have been pumping a little for HMFHB and I don't quite feel like I know what I am doing.  Sometimes after I bag it I can tell I just got the foremilk, but while I was pumping nothing else was coming out.  Other times I seem to get to the hindmilk really quickly and the whole session is pretty brief (but I feel like the milk is more balanced).  Is this normal (or maybe it varies person to person)?  Should I continue to pump when it seems like I am empty on that side?  I don't know, any advice would be great.  Thanks ladies!

 

 

Pump 15-20 minutes, I'd say. Don't worry about fore vs hind. You don't want to throw yourself into over supply.  If nothimg else was coming out then you are getting hind milk. Milk looks different bagged and whatever you can give is awesome.

 

Thank you all for sharing in my happy news!

post #92 of 109
Edelweiss, great news and what a relief! You have done an amazing job so far!

Cardigan, this reminds of "Mumps!" Said the doctor. "Measles!" Said the nurse. "Nothing!" Said the lady with the alligator purse. I typically err on the side of the lady with the alligator purse. For me, stress and worry over a mostly unlikely presence of pathology are the enemy of good health and easy nursing. I'd give it a couple days and just watch your baby, not the poop. Don't stress. If he seems fine, he probably is. But disclaimer- I'm just the alligator purse lady and totally uncredentialed.

Mama505, I am the worst pumper in history, but I always just pumped until I felt empty. I think just like breastfeeding from the source, the content will vary with the person, time of day, etc. Again: uncredentialed totally. smile.gif You are so generous and wonderful to pump for other ladies/babies. love.gif
post #93 of 109

Edelweiss, it's so wonderful that your guys can nurse and get everything out! The boys have really gotten good at nursing quickly! Yay for being done with pumping! I hope it'll help all of you get more sleep.

I'm exclusively breastfeeding right now and I wonder, how many times a day should I be pumping? Is there a number of ounces a day that is good to get when building a stash?

I'm kind of stressed out and wondering how I am going to do the whole parenting thing. I found out a few days ago that I have lymphoma. I think my oncologist is going to recommend a full body scan to see how many tumors I have before doing a biopsy and deciding on treatment. I'm just so depressed about it all, especially the high probability of chemo which would make breastfeeding impossible. Clementine will only be 7 weeks old tomorrow. I can't stand the thought of stopping nursing and giving formula.

post #94 of 109

:Hug so so sorry to hear of your lymphoma diagnosis, mama p. You know there is more to bonding than milk but I hear you on grieving not being able to nurse as long if indeed treatment forces you to stop.

 for building a stash most people pump 1x, after a morning feed. You pump at work so really you need 1-1.5 oz per hr of separation then come home from work with the next day's milk. A little extra for insurance wouldn't hurt, eitther

post #95 of 109
Mamapigeon hug.gif

I don't know what else to say except sending lots of love your way. I'm so sorry about the lymphoma and everything such a diagnosis implies for you and your family. Thinking of you.
post #96 of 109
Big hugs, mamapigeon. My thoughts are with you. I hope for the best for you and your family. Lots of love and healing your way <3
post #97 of 109

Our little frog woven arrived today! Lots of snuggles and sleepy dust already. It was brought up from the US by my lovely friend who also gave me this welcome baby present. I LOVE her!!!
post #98 of 109

Oh mamapigeon!  Sending you love and support from afar.  Keep us posted so we can send along prayers and well wishes.  

post #99 of 109
Sending you strength, MamaPigeon, I wish you the best. Remember, I totally know it's hard to give up breast feeding (I cried for days with my son and our issues), having a mama for your baby is more important then how your baby is fed. (((Hugs)))

A little update on us. After we found out Clara hadn't gained any weight in a month, we started supplementing and I started pumping as much as I could to get anything back into her. After spit-up bottle after bottle of supplementation, I ordered the Lact-aid nursing system. Since she gets the milk much more slowly, she doesn't spit up nearly as much and we are now 3 oz above birth weight and on our way up. She is starting to get chubby in her neck finally! I also started taking Domperidone about a week ago as well, so that seems to have been helping a bit. It is fairly obvious I am making a lot more milk than I did with my son, so at least it is an improvement, and I am not exclusively pumping like I ended up doing before. Right now I am only giving her an extra ounce at each feeding, more than that and it comes back up.

I had to mourn the loss of a normal, easy breast feeding relationship, but the Lact-aid is allowing us to nurse almost normally. She is only getting two or three ounces of formula a day, other feedings are extra pumped milk, and overnight I actually have enough to satisfy her myself, plus I am able to pump extra for the next day. I know that will probably not be the case as she gets bigger, and I don't know how long I can continue to pump twice overnight, especially when I go back to work in January. But for now, this is working well enough.
post #100 of 109

mamapigeon, sending hugs and love your way. :hug

 

Edelweiss, congrats on your great news, your hard work has paid off!  That must be such a relief! :thumb

 

GISDiva, I'm so glad that you have worked out something that works for you and Clara.  :Hug

 

Skycheat, looking great in the new wrap. :)

 

We are doing pretty well, Penny was 10.5 pounds, 22.5" at her 2 month check-up so she has been gaining nicely.   Sadly I lost my freezer stash when the outlet our chest freezer was plugged into died after some electrical work.  Trying to work on rebuilding it, also we need to get a freezer alarm.  Back to work in November, it's coming up too soon for me.  Luckily I can work from home the majority of the time.

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