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#1 of 8 Old 03-23-2003, 09:39 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi--

DD is 8.5 mo. old. I have been exclusively pumping (with a little breastfeeding here and there) for the past 5.5 months. (very long story, some of which I have posted previously) Anyway...I usually pump 5-6 times per day and yield an average of 10-16 oz. My question is...is this small amount of bm (about 1/3 - 1/2 of dd's daily intake) even making a difference? Do you think there is even any benefit with such a small amount? Are there any studies done regarding this?

I just was laid off from my job on Friday, so I will attempt to get dd back onto breast full-time, however, I don't foresee this happening. (I've tried in the past)

I'm feeling a bit discouraged. Don't want to give it up, but if it isn't really making a difference, I'm thinking maybe I will.

Thank you for your response.

--Jennifer
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I admire your determination to stick it our this long. I think there is always a benefit to continue, but I don't have any numbers for you. BTW, when I was working full time I pumped 3xs at work plus 2 at home every day, plus nursed at night and weekends when I was home to have enough supply for ds. I also quit pumping as soon as he was a year old. It's no fun to pump!!

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I don't have numbers for you either - but I believe that *any* breast milk is better than none.

I give milk to a friend of mine who has adopted. I only give 4-6 oz a day - a very small part of her dd's intake. But every bit is a bonus for her.

I admire your pumping...you are giving your dd the best!!

I'm sorry for your job loss - cuddle extra with dd!

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I am sure that any amount is worth it too!

I do know that as your supply goes down the % of antibodies increases. So that a weaning child, who isn't so dependant on milk for calories and nurishment, gets an extra dose of immunities before not nursing anymore.
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I agree with Mallory's comment - I'm sure your baby is getting some immunity benefit from your breast milk. But I know how it feels when you can't pump enough. I'm still supplementing some formula and if dd latch doesn't improve soon, it'll be more and more formula. Everyday I wonder why I'm doing this, is it worth it?, how long can it last like this? then the next hour I'm determined again. And I'm not even working yet! I really admire how you're keeping your head above water doing ALL the things you gotta do.
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Thank you all for your response. I am going to keep at it for now. I am still especially interested in finding a study that explains the benefits, if any, of any BM vs. no BM. I will be looking.

Thanks again.

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Hi Jennifer. Kudos to you for pumping for so long. Your baby is lucky that you care so much about her getting breastmilk. I'm sorry I can't be more specific, but when I was pregnant with my first child, I remember reading about a study that was on the benefits of breastmilk. I don't remember all the specifics, but the study broke children down into three groups: breastmilk only, breastmilk and formula, and formula only. The babies who received no formula had the least health problems, BUT the children who received any breastmilk were significantly healthier than children who received no breastmilk. So, apparently any breastmilk is important to children. I wish I could tell you where to find that study, but I read that almost four years ago! Sorry. I hope you don't get discouraged. Good luck.
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Here is a fact link that talks about the benefits of nursing toddlers, which might pertain to your situation.

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/ebf-benefits.html

Even one feed of breastmilk (a few oz) a day is quite beneficial to a baby. I once knew a baby who was gradually weaned between birth and 6 mos. When his last feed/day was cut out, he got sick with a heart aliment that was kept at bay as long as he got the one feed of his mom's milk/day. (he had to have open heart surgery and had donated breastmilk during recovery, and the dr's were amazed at how quickly he healed!)
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