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I just found out a few days ago that I am pg. This was not planned, and I am due over Christmas break. I start nursing school this fall and am completely out of options to put it off or go anywhere else. If I don't go now I will have to go back on the wait list of 3+ years. I deferred once already when DD was born and that's all the deferrments I am allowed.<br><br>
Anyway, I am due around Jan 10th or so and I expect school will start back on around Jan 14th. Yikes! This isn't like typical college, I take 5 classes and am at school from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm Mon-Fri. I don't know how agreeable they will be to me bringing DD but I don't expect they'll be very accomodating. It's mostly practical stuff, not sitting in lectures and such. So I will be pumping right away and DH will bring DD to school during lunch since he works 2nd shift. Any tips on how I can make this work? I've bf my other 2 children and they had no formula at all, I really don't want to fail with this baby.<br><br>
Secondly, dd is still nursing since she's only 11 months. Any tips to help us continue nursing during this pregnancy and beyond? I'm worried my milk will change and she'll self wean early or something. Is funugreek safe to take while pg? What will happen to my supply during pregnancy?
 

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holy cow, no advice, just <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">s .<br><br>
Could you enroll for the fall semester, then take a leave of absence for a year, or half a year (whatever works with the curriculum schedule)?
 

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It sounds like you are a little freaked out, but it will all work out okay. I've heard that fengreek is not okay to take during pregnancy. If you note the poll in bf challenges, it seems like the majority of moms can nurse thru pregnancy - i know it isn't the biggest # of poll takers ever but it gives you hope! There is no way to know what will happen to your supply, everyone is different.<br><br>
My first thought is to make sure you get a good start - better to miss a day or two in the beginning and make sure you are recovering and bf supply is getting established. I'm sure the schedule for next spring is set, I would call and see when classes start. Hopefully it will be after MLK day. If you don't have a high quality pump you will need one. Do you have breaks in your day? Hopefully there is a place to pump? You can get a handsfree pumping bra and pump on the way to/from school, and during breaks.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">holy cow, no advice, just <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">s .<br><br>
Could you enroll for the fall semester, then take a leave of absence for a year, or half a year (whatever works with the curriculum schedule)?</div>
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Nope. With a three year long wait list, they give you only ONE chance and I used it. I can only go back on the list and start over in three years, by then some of the classes I took the first semester would have expired.<br><br>
Yeah, I am FREAKED OUT. There's no wiggle room in this program at all, I'm just hoping they will accomodate me a little bit. The absence policy is pretty unforgiving too. I'm definately going to buy the best pump I can get and spend a lot of breaks in the bathroom. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:
 

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So I will be pumping right away and DH will bring DD to school during lunch since he works 2nd shift. Any tips on how I can make this work? I've bf my other 2 children and they had no formula at all, I really don't want to fail with this baby.<br><br>
Secondly, dd is still nursing since she's only 11 months.</div>
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Huge Hugs!! The things you have in your favor is time to make a good bfing plan, the fact that you have BF before and are currently. I have been EPing basically since my DD was born (14months). Not at all the best option or one that i chose but here i am. If I was you I would plan for the worst and hope for the best. The worst would be that your school will not be accommodating, baby is prone to nipple preference and you are finding it hard to pump enough for your baby while you are away. If you do that then you will know how to deal in the worst case situation.<br><br>
I would if i was you ...<br>
1) Scope out the school for places to pump, a place that is secure for 20-45mins and ideally is close to a washroom(for cleaning up before and after) and close to your classes. The school hopefully will be able to provide you with an office space/spare classroom that you can lock. If not a car works well but is very cold in the winter and the bathroom is always a last resort. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: Sometimes just finding a good place where you can relax and pump is hard!! Those BFing covers that have a plastic hoop built in so you can look down and see your babe work great for pumping in not so secure of a place.<br><br>
2) buy/rent a good double electric pump. Hospital grade is a MUST in the first 3months IMO. Your supply is very sensitive during those months so do your self a favor and spend the $$ in the beginning to get yourself established properly.<br><br>
3)From first hand experience I know what it is like to deal with nipple preference! It is the worst feeling in the world to have a New born baby flat out reject you (ie, scream bloody murder with your nipple in its mouth and refuse to latch) to a plastic bottle. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> My babe had it very bad from the first time we introduced a bottle (even with a very slow flow nipple)! Her latch went south immediately and she basically refused me, I could not get her back on even with lots and lots of certified help (IBCLC). Some babes do fine with an artificial nipple, they can switch back and forth no problem others do not. You never know what kind of babe you have until it is too late. I would be sure to plan other ways to supplement EBM while you are away at least for the first 4-8 weeks (cup, seringe, ect). Once you are confident that your BFing relationship is excellent and her latch is perfect then add the bottle.<br><br>
4)If you do find that you are having trouble meeting your babe's needs just pumping during the day I can think of a few things you can do to help (but I know their are a ton more). You could try reverse cycling purposely<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/sleeping.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sleeping">, meaning that you would try to BF her a ton during the night so that hopefully she does not take as much during the day. Also you could pump after/during feedings while you are home, also you could pump right after you feed her in the morning before work just to fully drain whatever she does not take then. Also taking supplements such as fenugreek and eating oatmeal, drinking lactation teas.<br><br>
Again huge hugs<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">! Things will work out fine! You have so much time to come up with plan A,B and C. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol"> Oops i almost for to say...congrads on your pregnancy <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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<a href="http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/milksupply/fenugreek.html#pregnancy" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/milks...html#pregnancy</a>
 

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I would plan on renting a hospital grade double electric pump. Hospital grade pumps are the only pumps that work to build supply. You can find out where to get one here: <a href="http://medela.findlocation.com/" target="_blank">http://medela.findlocation.com/</a>
 

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congrats! let things sink in. It's all very overwhelming but it will all work out in the end. if you're interested, I have a new/never used double electric pump.<br><br><a href="http://www.healthchecksystems.com/the_first_years_1190_breastpump.htm" target="_blank">http://www.healthchecksystems.com/th...breastpump.htm</a><br><br>
good luck w/everything.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">congrats! let things sink in. It's all very overwhelming but it will all work out in the end. if you're interested, I have a new/never used double electric pump.<br><br><a href="http://www.healthchecksystems.com/the_first_years_1190_breastpump.htm" target="_blank">http://www.healthchecksystems.com/th...breastpump.htm</a></div>
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This one wouldn't be a great pump for building supply. I'd look at the Medela Symphony or Lactina.
 

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Congrats! I was so worried that I would not be able to successfully breastfeed because I went back to work when she was 6 weeks and work about 60 hours/week. The most helpful thing for me, by far, was reading Hirkani's Daughters, which is a book published by LLL that contains numerous stories from nursing and working moms around the world. I took a lot of suggestions from that book. And a lot of consolation, as well.<br><br>
I have also heard that Nursing Mother, Working Mother is very good, but I haven't read it.<br><br>
You definitely CAN do this, especially if you are educated and know what to expect and how to avoid problems (ie, like PPs suggested reverse cycling and avoiding artificial nipples until baby's latch is well-established).<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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not to start a debate but why do you say that? My LLL leader said any amount of nursing or pumping is going to help w/your milk supply.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">not to start a debate but why do you say that? My LLL leader said any amount of nursing or pumping is going to help w/your milk supply.</div>
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For maintaining milk supply (after it has been well established), most pumps are fine, but for building supply--nursing the baby is best and a hospital grade pump is second. When a mom is going to be away from her baby regularly before baby is six weeks of age, a hospital grade pump is recommended.
 

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Congratulations! I can totally understand how freaked out you must be. I was really surprised when my SIL decided to do the same (started nursing school and was pregnant soon after). But you know what? She surprised the heck out of all of us and is doing really well. She was in her second year and had my nephew at the beginning of the semester. She mentioned to all of her instructors her intent to breastfeed her ds and they mostly accommodated her (some were better than others, it was harder with clinicals). She pumped a lot and her dh (BIL) was with the baby when she was not. She co-slept and breastfed him on demand whenever he was with her. He ended up being a skinny baby (like his dad) and she lost confidence that he was getting enough bm from her, so started supplementing. But, I am so extremely proud of the hurdles she leaped through in order to breastfeed her son.<br><br>
You can do it, too! Best wishes,<br><br>
Laurel
 

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First of all, try not to think of it in terms of not wanting to fail! Every drop of milk you give your baby is precious, so think about it that way and set up the best plan possible. The pps have given you good advice. A hospital grade pump is the best for building supply without access to nursing all day.<br><br>
I also think the pp who mentioned reverse cycling made a good suggestion. It might not be possible at first (since newborns eat all the time!), but eventually you can get your schedule in sync with your little one's eating schedule.
 
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