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Wanted to share some success. I think Ellie's latch and suck are improving (keeping fingers crossed). I still have my rented scale and caught her taking 3.2 oz one morning and then 4.1 oz the next! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> By comparison she was typically taking 1- 1.5 oz but once in awhile would get 2.5 at a really good feeding. So for the last 2 days I've been letting her nurse for as long as I'm hearing swallows and then a bit longer and then I wait to see if she seems still hungry. If so I'll try the breast again but often then I don't here swallows so I cut her off and give her a bottle. Yesterday she had only 3 bottles!!! The trick will be seeing if she still gains weight this way. In the past she would fall asleep after feedings so we thought she was full but instead we figured out later she was exhausted from trying so hard to nurse. The other trick is figuring out what to do about pumping. She feeds every 2 hrs during the day so I figured out she does much better if I don't pump off the excess - there isn't time for my body to make enough for the next feeding. But my supply is still down so I need to pump. The past few days I've been pumping in the mornings when I have the most milk and production is quick and then I pump if I give a bottle and then overnight. I don't know if that's enough to keep my milk supply going (I've given up on increasing it this way after 5 weeks of 8-10 pumps/ day without success).<br><br>
On our other 2 issues (supply and keeping it down once it reaches her belly), I'm planning to order some dom. soon and Ellie had an upper GI yesterday to check for twisting of the intestines or pyloric stenosis, etc. The diagnosis was a really bad case of reflux. She may still have a food sensitivity since she cries in pain sometimes (generally before she throws up) but other times the reflux doesn't seem to bother her at all. Can't do much about the refluxing itself but we're going to do a trial of Prevacid to see if she is less miserable. If not, I'm back to the elimination diet.<br><br>
Feeling re-energized! Maybe 10 weeks is going to be our turning point!!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wanted to share some success. I think Ellie's latch and suck are improving (keeping fingers crossed). I still have my rented scale and caught her taking 3.2 oz one morning and then 4.1 oz the next! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> By comparison she was typically taking 1- 1.5 oz but once in awhile would get 2.5 at a really good feeding. So for the last 2 days I've been letting her nurse for as long as I'm hearing swallows and then a bit longer and then I wait to see if she seems still hungry. If so I'll try the breast again but often then I don't here swallows so I cut her off and give her a bottle. Yesterday she had only 3 bottles!!! The trick will be seeing if she still gains weight this way. In the past she would fall asleep after feedings so we thought she was full but instead we figured out later she was exhausted from trying so hard to nurse. The other trick is figuring out what to do about pumping. She feeds every 2 hrs during the day so I figured out she does much better if I don't pump off the excess - there isn't time for my body to make enough for the next feeding. But my supply is still down so I need to pump. The past few days I've been pumping in the mornings when I have the most milk and production is quick and then I pump if I give a bottle and then overnight. I don't know if that's enough to keep my milk supply going (I've given up on increasing it this way after 5 weeks of 8-10 pumps/ day without success).<br><br>
On our other 2 issues (supply and keeping it down once it reaches her belly), I'm planning to order some dom. soon and Ellie had an upper GI yesterday to check for twisting of the intestines or pyloric stenosis, etc. The diagnosis was a really bad case of reflux. She may still have a food sensitivity since she cries in pain sometimes (generally before she throws up) but other times the reflux doesn't seem to bother her at all. Can't do much about the refluxing itself but we're going to do a trial of Prevacid to see if she is less miserable. If not, I'm back to the elimination diet.<br><br>
Feeling re-energized! Maybe 10 weeks is going to be our turning point!!!</div>
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pumping was not increasing my supply, either. :/<br><br>
Good to hear things are going well, though! 4.1 ounces from a feeding sounds GREAT! That is quite the accomplishment and you should be proud!<br><br>
I would encourage you to order the dom. I responded to you in my old post, but it has helped me a lot in under 48 hours. I was pumping less than .25oz. per session and now it's 1.25oz! So, I'm definitely seeing progress. I'd advise ordering soon, though...it takes a while to get to you. :/<br><br>
Keep up the awesome work!!!
 

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Thanks Mamas! All of you on MDC have been the support I need to keep trying. Not much support for trying this hard IRL.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">pumping was not increasing my supply, either. :/<br><br>
Good to hear things are going well, though! 4.1 ounces from a feeding sounds GREAT! That is quite the accomplishment and you should be proud!<br><br>
I would encourage you to order the dom. I responded to you in my old post, but it has helped me a lot in under 48 hours. I was pumping less than .25oz. per session and now it's 1.25oz! So, I'm definitely seeing progress. I'd advise ordering soon, though...it takes a while to get to you. :/<br><br>
Keep up the awesome work!!!</div>
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I have been holding off on ordering it hoping that a better latch/ suck would do the trick and I could avoid the meds altogether. I'm also a little nervous about over-compensating. With Ellie so sensitive to variations in nursing I'm afraid if I have too much milk for a time she'll go backward. We still can't nurse out of the house very well. Things have to be just so in order to work. But now I'm back to work 3 days / wk and her suck isn't perfect so I think I should just go ahead and order it before I have a really serious supply issue.<br><br>
So good to hear your progress!! What's the latest?
 
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