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I tried the SNS again today and at first he took right to it, but then he freaked out again. He did this twice. I'm not sure if I'm going to continue trying with the SNS. It's really a pain in the but to get ready and on, and by the time I get it set up ds is already screaming which does not help the latching on issue. I am trying just about everything under the sun to get a supply. I have bm and after 20 min of pumping every 2-3 hours I get about 2ml. I hand express after I pump and literally squeeze out whatever I can. If anyone can suggest a good pumping technique I would be greatly appreciative. I'm not sure if I'm suppose to hold it tight and pushed up against my breast or just loose and relaxed. I'm afraid if I hold it tight then I will clog a duct. I find if I squeeze the top of my breast then I can collect more bm.<br><br>
I also read some people say that nipple stimulation is the most important, but then I read that emptying the breasts are more important. My head is spinning. I know that he can get more out of my breast than the pump so I'm not emptying them when I am just pumping so how am I going to produce more milk? I don't want to force him, but I know he needs to nurse more to help my production.<br><br>
I am feeding him skin to skin. Sometimes I can't get naked (I am babsitting my daugher's friend for a couple of weeks and she's alittle uncomfortable with my bf'ing in front of her) but I will rest his cheek against my bare breasts while he eats his bottle. He seems so grateful when I give him his bottle after I try him on the breast. Will this change? I know he loves the closeness, but he does like his bottle too.<br><br>
As far as herbs I am going to finish my last bottles of Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle. I think they have done all they can do for me at this point. I have read that they work best in the beginning. I am choking down brewer's yeast and drinking a beer at night. I am taking extra calcium and drinking tons of water. I was going to try fennel, hops, red rasberry leaf next and something with inositol in it. I eat a great big bowl of oatmeal every morning and I have been snacking on oatmeal cooking throughout the day (not good for the waist line) I have been on the motilium for just over a week and my doc up'd my dose. I have read that motilium works best after a few weeks. I am making myself stay up until 1:30am to pump and making myself get up at 5:30am to pump (it's hard though). What else can I do? How long can I expect to wait for even an oz in the pump collection cup? I try to "wear" him, but he still sleeps so much and get tired and cranky and wants to go in his crib. He's having 4-5 naps a day. We feed, I pump and then he goes for a nap.<br><br>
I have to keep telling myself "you can do it" and "it's the best thing to do for ds". The pumping and getting up and being tied down at home is easy to deal with. I just do it. It's what I have to do so I do it, however it's not seeing a big return on my efforts. It's hard to just see 2ml of bm in the cup. I have collected bm all day and I have enough to fill the nipple area of his bottle. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
Well, if you've gotten throught his whole blurb...I thank you.
 

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Small steps... stick with it! I think you are making terrific progress. You seem to be getting a bit more BM each day.<br><br>
I have never used the SNS, so I don't have much advice on that. I'm sure there are mamas here with experience who can help! But it sounds like he might be prefering the fast flow of the bottle over working a little harder at the breast. Have you considered a slower-flow nipple when you give him the bottle, so that he has to work to get it? We used a Haberman feeder with my DD, it's by Medela and has adjustable flow.<br><br>
I think that both stimulation and emptying the breast is important. It is actually impossible to "empty" the breast completely b/c you are always making milk. The stimulation is what tells your body to produce and removing the milk is the supply and demand process. Both are equally important to the process. So if you pump before you latch him to get the milk flowing and again after he's nursed to get any remaining milk, that might help.<br><br>
Keep at it! You are doing AMAZINGLY! Please keep us posted on your progress, I check every day to read your posts.
 

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Thanks so much. I am giving him an Avent bottle with a nb nipple, but it still comes out pretty fast. I am thinking of using an Avent sip cup to give him his formula.
 

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Oh mama keep up the good work! YOu are doing such a wonderful job and in the end you will have the best reward of being able to nurse your baby! Please keep us updated. I really enjoy reading your post on your progress ...
 

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You are so impressive Mama! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbsup"> He's relieved to get the bottle because it's so much easier - instant gratification. Just keep at it. You're doing so well. I feel like the mamas who have btdt have much more to offer than me wrt advice but I'm still here supporting you and rooting you on!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'm so proud of you!!<br><br>
You're making awesome progress!<br><br>
Just stick with it! You can't build a mountain overnight.... but you can do it one stone at a time, right??
 
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