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Just thought I'd give a shot out..<br><br>
Since I've had breast cancer treatment, and two breast surgeries, and radiation treatment.. It seems my (infected) breast will not produce a hint of milk, I can't draw out the nipple and my newborn has not interest..<br><br>
I've tried pumping while he's latched on to the healthy side, but nothing seems to be producing..<br><br>
I'm confident I will be able to solely provide milk for him on the healthy side, but was just looking for some feedback and maybe some advice to keep up a large supply.. I believe my milk has come in, but it's hard to tell since my little one is always latched on to that side, but I hear a lot of swallowing, and his meconium movements are turning into breastfeed poop.. So I assume it has.<br><br>
Please give me some tips..
 

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Congratulations on the birth of your little one, and a big CONGRATULATIONS on being a breast cancer survivor!!! I'm so glad you're trying breastfeeding. Don't worry about the previously infected side not producing, you certainly can produce enough milk on the other side alone. I've known many moms who let one side dry up for one reason or another. If you want to keep trying to stimulate production on the other side, you can, it's still too early to know if it'll produce anything. Your baby's only 2 days old, right? Mature milk will take a few more days still...it's just now turning from colostrum into transitional milk. So give it time, keep doing what you're doing.<br><br>
Wow, what a woman you are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If only I was half as strong <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Congrats again on your new baby!<br><br>
Just nurse, nurse, nurse! And don't worry about switching sides. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I don't have any advice. I just wanted to say congrats on your new baby! I'm so happy for you. I remember when you found out about your cancer and how hard you fought to keep bf your first. You're really an inspiration.<br><br>
I'm sure your healthy breast will "step up to the plate" and be enough for your little one.<br><br>
My dd was born on 8/29. It was a great time of year to have a baby. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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You might want to talk to MaryJaneLouise... I think she's in a similar situation, but don't quote me on it. Let me try to find her info for you...<br><br>
Also, CONGRATULATIONS on your baby and on being a cancer survivor!! It is incredible that, against all these odds, you're working so hard for your little one. Good for you!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave">: Mighty, I missed your birth announcement! Congrats!<br><br>
Have you seen the Diaper Diary? It's good for checking in those first few days:<br><br><a href="http://www.lactnews.com/englishdd.html" target="_blank">http://www.lactnews.com/englishdd.html</a><br><br><br>
How many wet diapes are you getting? And check the low milk supply stickie at the top of this forum for more info that you ever knew existed! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">.
 

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Congratulations on the new baby. I am also a breast cancer survivor and both my sons were born after I completed treatment. Like you, I had cancer on one side only and I don't produce any milk out of that breast. I did have to supplement with DS1, probably due to undiagnosed tongue tie, and with DS2 supplemented for 5 weeks until his tongue tie was corrected. You should be able to produce enough milk out of one breast since it should be a supply/demand situation. Like the PP said, keep track of wet/ poopy dipes to help guage if your babe is getting enough. For my own peace of mind I also did some pre/post feeding weights with an LC so I would know exactly how much milk my baby was taking with each feeding.<br><br>
Excuse my lack of modesty, but I think we're both amazing to survive breast cancer and to go on breast feeding with a high level of committment!
 

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Congrats to both of you. Thanks for being an inspiration. Does this mean I have to stop whining about the trials and tribulations of the Working & Pumping mom?<br><br>
To answer the question at hand. Yes you can nurse exclusively on one side. I have heard of a native mountain tribe where that is the culture (can't remember which side they use). The best way to bring in a strong supply is to nurse, nurse, nurse, early and often.<br><br>
Take care. ~Cath
 

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thanks ladies...<br><br>
great advice. so far I think we're doing okay.. I've looked into the "diaper diary?" and my man is further along on his "poops" than his day of life.. Right now we are green & seedy...mmmm....<br><br>
I will stay away from the herbs and look into other milk boosters... **great low supply sticky**.. I've been drinking my mother's milk tea.. I've also really studied my "infected/damaged" breast and I don't think I'll ever get milk.. I've noticed for the first time that my nipple will not draw out at all.. Throughout the pumping, it stays flat. Also the areola is very hard and not smooth.. I had full radiation treatment on that side, and since it seems that the milk ducts grew back during this pregnancy, it seems that the new growth pushed my scar tissue underneath the nipple, instead of the original position at around 5 o'clock..<br><br>
But it could be so much worse.. Now I don't have to worry about what side I feed him on last, and since my right side is great, and I'm a left handed person, at least I can still do things and nurse at the same time...lol...<br><br>
thanks again..
 
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