Nursing

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Re : Nursing

Postby paljane8 » Wed Oct 13, 2004 10:09 am

That's great, Catherine! Too true!

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Re : Nursing

Postby paljane8 » Wed Oct 13, 2004 10:07 am

Iansmom is right. Your milk supply will adjust. I am sorry it is so hard on you, Loriann. There are many of us who have been where you are now with the pumping and feedings all day and all night. How are you holding up? Clancy is a cute name.

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Re : Nursing

Postby catherine » Wed Oct 13, 2004 10:04 am

Loriann, that stuff is liquid gold!!! I know it's a pain to be constantly pumping and nursing too, but you need to keep up this rate of production until the two of you get into a good routine. Everytime you put 6 oz into the freezer... think of it as an investment in a "night out with DH", a "chance to sleep in", an "opportuntity for your family to feed the baby" etc. The fabulous freezer stash is literally money in the bank. You will find that as she grows and you can nurse more and pump less that your supply will come into balance with her needs.

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Re : Nursing

Postby iansmom » Wed Oct 13, 2004 07:23 am

Don't worry, once you get her on full time, your supply should adjust to her. You can NEVER have too much in the freezer!! You'll need some to make her cereal in a few months - sooner than you think.

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Drew 6/22/04 - 36w 6d Chronic hypertension & IUGR

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Re : Nursing

Postby loriann_1971 » Wed Oct 13, 2004 06:34 am

I have the opposite problem..I am producing way more milk than my daughter Clancy can drink. She was born at 35 weeks but hadn't been growing due to my severe preeclampsia so was more like a 33 weeker in size. I am feeeding her breastmilk that I pump, because she is just too little and my breasts are too big for her. We practice for about ten minutes a day so not to tire her out. She is 13 days old and can latch and suck but doesn't get much milk. Right now she is taking 2 oz of breastmilk in a bottle every 2 1/2 to 3 hours and I am pumping anywhere from 6-8 ounces. Last night I missed a pumping and the next time I pumped I pumped 16 ounces. I am quickly filling my freezer. I am worried that once I get her on the breast, I will have to pump after just because my breasts will hurt if I don't!

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Re : Nursing

Postby pugmommy7 » Fri Oct 08, 2004 12:29 am

would it be possible to add nursing as a forum of it's own?
this thread is general and getting kinda loooong. we have special needs as pre-e/preemie mamas and a lot to offer one another. maybe we could get one up?

Jennifer, 30
DH, Chris, 33
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Isabella Sofia,1/02/03 born @ 33.5 weeks at 3 lbs,6oz., 16". GD,
Pre-E,& borderline HELLP.

Catalina Amelia,5/29/04 born @ 36.2 weeks,4 lbs.,12oz.,16"
GD,PIH,& Pre-e
We're still nursing at 4 mos whoo hoo!

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Re : Nursing

Postby paljane8 » Sat Sep 25, 2004 11:28 am

Suzanne,

So good to hear from you again. 6wks! Oh my word! I agree with Allison, if you want to nurse a lactation specialist is the way to go. It is a commitment on your part. The best of luck to you and Janey. Any recent pics? How is her growth?

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Re : Nursing

Postby arj » Fri Sep 24, 2004 08:01 pm

Suzanne,
That's so great that you are able to maintain your supply without nursing. Wow! Sorry to hear that Janey is still refusing. Have you met with a lactation consultant about it?
My son was/is VERY active, and right around the time that he was able to crawl, he simply didn't have time to nurse. So I hear you about having a very active little one!

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Re : Nursing

Postby suzanne » Fri Sep 24, 2004 06:16 pm

Hi, Stephanie and Nancy and all!
It's been so long since I had a chance to even sit down to look here. Thanks for your support and ideas! Stephanie, I did try a nipple shield on my pediatrician's advice. Janey didn't like it! It was a Medela one and I think it wasn't hard enough for her. I couldn't keep it in place and she got extremely mad! Could I ask what kind you used? I looked and looked for another kind because I would love to have one she would like! I even tried holding a bottle nipple onto my breast and seeing if that would work. It didn't!

Janey is almost 6 weeks old now! And still not nursing! I am pumping and I seem to have no problem with supply---I'm way ahead of her most of the time and am actually freezing a lot of extra milk. But I am still a little sad about the nursing. The weird thing is that ONCE A WEEK or so she WILL nurse! I always think she's turned the corner, but then she won't repeat it! So she knows how---I guess it's just not her preference. She is a VERY active baby and I think she likes the freedom to move around that a bottle gives her.

I do wonder if there is some connection between preeclampsia and refusal to nurse? I can't find anyone in the "regular" world with a problem like mine, but here there seem to be a lot of us?

Thanks again!

Suzanne (38) and DH Tony (42) + William (9, severe PE, born at 32 weeks on 9/20/94) and Freddy (7, fairly typical pregnancy, birthday twin to the baby, born 8/16/97!) and Jane Alice, born 8/16/04!

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Re : Nursing

Postby tahoe4 » Mon Aug 30, 2004 01:04 pm

Suzanne,
Let me tell you about my recent experience with breastfeeding. My daughter was born full term. She struggled from the beginning as one of my nipples was inverted. She sucked ok on the other side. So I used a breast shield as recommended by a lactation consultant. I was only supposed to use it for one week, because it supposedly wouldn't keep up your supply since the baby isn't physically touching your breast. She latched right on to the shield and had no problems. It was like a bottle nipple (the shield was made out of silicone). After using the shield for a few days, my baby then wouldn't suck on the other side without the shield (although I didn't need the shield on the other side, I used it just to get her to feed). I used the shield for 6 weeks on both sides without it ever decreasing my milk supply at all. Then one day I decided to try to latch her on without the shield and she just latched right on without the shield.

My point is that if your baby feeds fine from a bottle, maybe you could try using the shield on your own breast so that your baby thinks it's a bottle nipple. Then eventually you could wean her off of the shield once she gets established on the breast.

I do want to caution you that I was warned by the lactation consultant that the shield would not keep up your milk supply so it should only be used for a week. But I had no problems at all using it for six weeks. Normally a shield is used for sore or cracked nipples, and if your nipple is inverted.

Not sure how desparate you are at this point, but I wanted to give you a suggestion as I know exactly how frustrating it can be when you have a baby that just won't latch on.

Good luck to you...

Stephanie

Casey - DD born 12/25/02 at 6 weeks premature
Prego again! - EDD 6/18/04, but c-section date will be 6/4/04 at 38 weeks


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