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Hi I'm Judi and DS is 5 mo old Connor. Connor had a great latch from the start. In the hospital the nurses and LC said he was doing great and left me alone. I left the hospital and he was down 10% from his birth weight but everyone said not to worry my milks not in and he has a great latch. Well, no one bothered to check his suck. They could have placed him on a scale and check; but no he had a great latch.<br><br>
I took him to his ped who said he lost too much weight in one week (12% down) and hooked me up with a decent LC. She diagnosed Connor as having an uncoordinated suck. We tired every different feeding method (SNS, finger feeding, syringes, etc) and settled on the Haberman Feeder. I always put Connor to my breast but he just latched and kinda licked.<br><br>
For the first 14 weeks I pumped 8-10 times a day for a daily total of 5 hours of pumping ~ it was brutal. I've had cracked bleeding nipples, thrush/yeast, plugged ducts and Mastitis. After my bout with Mastitis my supply took a nose dive and never fully returned. I was a medium volume produces prior to Mastitis making enough to feed DS and to freeze some. Now I'm a low volume producer and some days he gets a bottle or 2 of formula.<br><br>
I started with the goal to pump til Connor was a month old and then revised it to 3 months and then revised it to 6 months. I once agin have revised it and once Connor turns 26 weeks (5 weeks from this Sunday) I will only pump 2-3 times a day. I currently am pumping 5 time and this Sunday will drop to 4.<br><br>
When my precious boy was about 3 months old the most magical thing happened one night. I put him to my breast as I always did in the middle of the night and instead of just playing with my nipple, he suck, HE SUCKED!!! I cried tears of joy and admiration for my son. He got it, he learned to breast feed. (God bless the Haberman Feeder) Breastfeeding Connor is so wonderful and rewarding. Now DS BF middle of the night and 1-2 feedings a day. I will let him BF as long as he wants but assume I'll wean him before he goes off to college .<br><br>
If you made it this far, thanks for reading my and Connor's story, we're looking for pumping friends, ladies who understand.<br>
Hugs Judi
 

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Great story! Congrats on hanging in through the rough stuff, and welcome! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave">
 

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Welcome Judi! It's so nice to meet another great mama! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
Hugs to you and Conner, and for making our world better through your determination and love. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grouphug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="grouphug">
 

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Good Job Judi!<br><br>
I just finished a year of pumping for my little inefficient sucker! It's hard work, and you are to be commended for your effort. I don't know what all you've tried to boost your supply, but I had great success with domperidone. It can be ordered from <a href="http://www.globaldrug.tv" target="_blank">www.globaldrug.tv</a><br><br>
Best,<br>
Sarah
 

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You are welcome here, I know what you have gone through. I too pumped for my son for a year. He never did get the hang of sucking, they said the same thing to me - oh, his latch looks great, you look like you know what you're doing, etc. Well, yeah, because I took a really awesome BF class, but that didn't prevent me from having a baby with all kinds of issues that prevented him from being able to nurse effectively. He would just sit there. Anyway, I am so happy to hear that your son is BFing, however little you may be producing. ITA, if you can get your supply back up somehow he may be more willing to continue BF longer, but you may have tried everything you are willing/able to try. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Just enjoy every single moment of this while you can. Really, really enjoy it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Thanks everyone for responding with suck kind words... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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meant to type such ... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 
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