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#31 of 59 Old 08-17-2006, 07:49 PM
 
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Did you take out the 'petal' silicon insert? It really constricts the hole in the flange. I stopped using it almost immediately after I bought my ISIS and what a difference!
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Have you tried using an SNS or lact-aid when you nurse her?
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I've got no advice, but I sure do support moms who wish to relactate. I hope it all goes well!
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well, in the past day, I've gotten drops (some large!) of white fluid! this is quite a change from the past. in fact, when I pull the pump away, my breast is completely wet! there's no stream down to the bottle part (I'm using a manual right now), but I'm going to start on the Blessed Thistle and Fenugreek today and start pumping more.

Tiffany is bringing me a good pump on Sunday, so that will be nice. My hands are killing me with the manual!

Yay for droplets of milk!
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Did you take out the 'petal' silicon insert? It really constricts the hole in the flange. I stopped using it almost immediately after I bought my ISIS and what a difference!
yes! this made a big difference! thank you!
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Have you tried using an SNS or lact-aid when you nurse her?
no - only because I'm not the main nurser. I have an SNS but it's so drippy and I'm considering buying a Lact-Aid, but I don't have the money for it right now.

I may do it very soon, though, esp if my partner goes back to work.

oh, and she is taking my breast more often now. I doubt she realizes there's any milk at all coming out, but she seems willing. I keep trying, esp when she's asleep or going to sleep.
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do you have the pump kit to go with the PIS?
i have one extra nipple cup thingy and bottle, they arent streile right now. if you NEED them i can boil them for you, but i think in the long run it would be easier and best for you to get a kit from the hospital.
i most certainly will bring the pump on sunday! my myspace is being wonky so i am replying here.

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Tiffany, if you can bring the one you have, that would be great. Don't worry about sterilizing it. I can do that - or run it through the dishwasher.

and, thanks so much for bringing it! I'm so excited!
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i dont mind one bit! i will run it through the dishwasher on saturday and put it in the carrying case before leaving.
so excited to meet you! and i have to say uber congrats on the drops!

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this is so great to hear you're doing this for your girl!

it's funny to think that she may not be yours biologically - but you're starting to feed her milk *you* made with your body, so now some of her really has come from you

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it's funny to think that she may not be yours biologically - but you're starting to feed her milk *you* made with your body, so now some of her really has come from you
That is cool!

Enjoy the PIS. It will save your hands but is limiting because with the manual you can walk around but with the electric you'll be "attached" to the wall while you pump. It will stimulate your breasts better and both at the same time .
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just wanted to say

way to go, mama! what an awesome thing you're doing!

successful #2 Jan. 25th - welcome Maisie Elise!
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yeah Pamela, hows it goin?

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I'm getting milk that is actually falling into the bottle of the pump! It's just a small amount - under a tsp for both breasts combined - but it's something!

I am feeling discouraged, though, because for the first time since birth, Clementine has started refusing me. I don't know what to do about it. Part of me feels like I should just give up since she's not wanting to nurse except for when she's sleeping. She's not a big comfort nurser anyway. I felt like this might happen, but now I'm not sure what to do.

Any ideas??
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I guess I should add that today when I pumped, I got way more than I ever have. It was encouraging. Talking to my partner, she felt like it's worth it, it just may take the baby awhile to realize that I have milk. We think with a Lact-Aid and my partner not being around that perhaps it will work.

I think we should have started this about three months sooner!

For now, I'll keep offering, keep pumping, keep doing the herbs/meds. It's so exciting! There's milk coming out of me! Yay!
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I think its pretty amazing what the human body can do.

Mom of a 7 yr old, 4 yr old, and 1 yr old. Wow. How did that happen?
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Cool! Sounds like a great plan! I'm also thinking that Clem will be happier to nurse from you when you have a stronger flow whether it be from your own supply or an SNS.

I'm guessing the dom just kicked in .
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the milk supply just gets better every day, it's slow but steady.

and ms clem totally nursed on me LOTS today with no complaints!

yay!
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woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo hoooooooooooooooooooooooo!

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What a beautiful photo. It made me smile.
It made me smile too--and wonder if bangs would look good on me!
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It made me smile too--and wonder if bangs would look good on me!

thank you!
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It made me smile too--and wonder if bangs would look good on me!
thank you!
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I just found this thread, but congratulations on your success! I am in awe of your dedication. The picture is sooooo sweet, thank you for sharing it. You rock.
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you know, I think I'm throwing in the towel.

I'm having some issues with my partner and it seems the stress of it all has affected my ability to increase my supply. It's so hard, having to pump so often. I don't have the income to be able to afford more Dom that I'd need to increase my supply.

Blech.

I feel poopy.
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*hug*
oh mama. dom is expensive, i dont blame you for not wanting to buy more.
think you could herb it up and keep pumping?
if you need a hug, come on up. i have great huggin arms.

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well, I'm gonna keep trying. I'm hoping the two large insurance payments I have owed to me come in soon. I have enough Dom to get me through another three weeks.

I really want to do this. It's just so frustrating. I have such high expectations. One day at a time. It hasn't even been a month yet!
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well, mamas, I've stopped attempting to relactate. It has been so good to get this far and I appreciate all the beautiful support! In the end, Clementine only wants me when she's sleeping or sleepy and there's been alot of struggling with the LactAid. I'm barely getting any milk (about a TBS from each breast, if that, each pumping) and I'm finding it really hard to keep up the pumping schedule.

In the end, if I was her only source of breastmilk, I'd continue working so hard, but I'm not. I'm working towards finding ways to soothe her that aren't so focused on the breast.

This experience has been so healing for me after my experience with my daughter. I thought I would be more sad about relinquishing this experience, but I'm so happy I tried it. It makes me marvel at the human body!



I love you all!!! Thanks!!
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we love you too!
i think you did a wonderful thing attempting to relactate, not very many women would do it, you are strong and loving and a great mama.

and yes the human body freakin rocks!

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