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I had a 29 weeker last week... she is currently getting 9cc's every 3 hours, so that's 72 cc's a day... like less than 3 oz. She will be going up on her feeds as she progresses. I am currently making 4-6 ounces every 3 hours. So they have a ton stored for me at the NICU, plus I have lots here at home.<br>
I weaned my toddler a few months ago because of preterm labor... but he is so constipated and we were experimenting with various formulas .... when it occured to me... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh">... I could probably give him this breastmilk!<br><br>
So the question... if he takes 3 or 4 8 oz bottles a day, can I safely give him what I am freezing and be ok when she needs to eat more? I should be able to start non-nutritive nursing with her in 2 weeks, then expect her to start actually nursing a month or so from now.<br><br>
I would love to feed both of them.. I was so sad to wean. Advice, info?
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> no advice but couldn't read and not post. GL with your little ones.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Don't have a good answer for you, but I wanted to say congrats on the new baby and good luck with your toddler. I hope everything works out for you.
 

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I don't see why you couldn't start nursing your toddler...<br><br>
My little guy weaned at 20 months and he has not forgotten how to latch...he "tries" every few days or so...As long as you older child still has the latch mechanism I don't see why you can't tandem your babies...I am sending love and light to you and your little one<br><br>
much love
 

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I contacted a LLL online friend and she replied with this...<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">It sounds like you are worried about having enough supply for 2 babies. Of course, many women here tandem nurse. Our bodies are quite capable of providing enough milk for 2.<br><br>
You can at least start giving him one or two bottles (or cups) of your milk a day. You don't have to completely use up your stash. Even a few oz of your milk a day could help with his constipation.<br><br>
Are you willing to let him try to bf? He may have forgotten how, but it's worth a try.<br><br>
There are 2 good books available though La Leche League or amazon. One is called Breastfeeding Your Premature Baby.<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FBook-Revie...F8%26s%3Dbooks" target="_blank">www.amazon.com/Book-Revie...F8&s=books</a><br><br>
the other is Adventures in Tandem Nursing<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FAdventures...F8%26s%3Dbooks" target="_blank">www.amazon.com/Adventures...F8&s=books</a><br><br>
I wish the best of health to both your children!</td>
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I hope that helps!
 

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I would say go for it.<br><br>
If you want to try to nurse your toddler directly, just let him try. He would also be alot of help in maintaining you milk supply while you wait for your dd to be able to nurse.<br><br>
If you want to pump and give it to him, go ahead. Your body will make enough for both of them. Don't worry about it.<br><br>
Lots of hugs for you mama, and hang in there, she'll be home in no time!
 

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Thanks, ladies... it was so cute, yesterday I gave him his first ebm bottle... he took one drink and looks at me and smiles!<br><br>
I tried to nurse him last night and he made the most hilarious faces... like I was crazy. I may try again when he's tired or upset. But I am loving that at least he's getting mama milk again!
 

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I am nursing my two year old and have been pumping for my baby since he was in the NICU. It has worked for the last seven and a half months.<br><br>
My freezers are both full and I am still pumping more than the baby can eat.<br><br>
How is your baby doing?
 

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She is doing so great... she is breathing on her own, and gaining weight. In another week or so, I should be able to start trying to nurse her.
 

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One other thought -- you might try giving the foremilk to your toddler & the hindmilk to your preemie, if you need her to gain weight.
 
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