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Offline iluvphil

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Re: How are the postpartum mamas?
« Reply #300 on: June 06, 2008, 04:19:01 AM »
Well, we all finally recovered from our food poisoning and I think I have reclaimed my house, but still dealing with the after affects of being sick. My milk is still so low that I am basically pumping just enough to keep him fed and that is all. I have even had to supplement with formula a couple of times.  :-[ He seems to be doing ok, but I feel bad having to do that to him. I have been taking a milk increasing supplement and eating good and drinking lots of water, napping in the afternoon, etc. Still having trouble getting enough much less being able to get any ahead. It seems like I just get it pumped and he scarfs it right down. He is still gaining weight and growing, but I hate struggling to get him fed this way. Wears me out physically as well as mentally, trying to figure out what he his going to eat next and is there enough milk pumped to feed him or do I need to supplement. Ahhh.

Just finished pumping. Heading back to bed to get some rest. Thinking of you all.

I can't imagine the back strain it must be to nurse with the baby in the car seat. I have back troubles as it is. I bet it works though.  ;) :P

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  BR, I know exactly what you're going through with a low milk supply and pumping. I've been pumping for several weeks now and just barely have enough; i certainly never have extra! I've also had to supplement with formula but my little girl (she's 4 mo.) didn't do so well with that so I found canned goats milk at Walmart that I use to mix with my milk when I don't have enough. I'm sure it's not nearly as good as the fresh raw milk but she does better on that than formula! It's not as convenient though.....
  I've tried lots of things to increase my supply including Maximilk, which usually works wonderfully for me. But I guess pumping is just not the same as nursing and our bodies must know it. :( I could probably increase it if I would take the time to pump very often for several days but I already feel like all I do all day is pump and feed my baby! :D Plus I have a 2 yr old to run after...
  So hang in there... at least we have the satisfaction of knowing that we're doing all we can to give our babies the best! If you find something or someway to increase your supply, I'd love to hear about it! Have a wonderful day...

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Re: How are the postpartum mamas?
« Reply #301 on: June 06, 2008, 06:35:41 AM »
Well, we all finally recovered from our food poisoning and I think I have reclaimed my house, but still dealing with the after affects of being sick. My milk is still so low that I am basically pumping just enough to keep him fed and that is all. I have even had to supplement with formula a couple of times.  :-[ He seems to be doing ok, but I feel bad having to do that to him. I have been taking a milk increasing supplement and eating good and drinking lots of water, napping in the afternoon, etc. Still having trouble getting enough much less being able to get any ahead. It seems like I just get it pumped and he scarfs it right down. He is still gaining weight and growing, but I hate struggling to get him fed this way. Wears me out physically as well as mentally, trying to figure out what he his going to eat next and is there enough milk pumped to feed him or do I need to supplement. Ahhh.

Just finished pumping. Heading back to bed to get some rest. Thinking of you all.

I can't imagine the back strain it must be to nurse with the baby in the car seat. I have back troubles as it is. I bet it works though.  ;) :P

Big storm headed our way.

~Blue Rose
  BR, I know exactly what you're going through with a low milk supply and pumping. I've been pumping for several weeks now and just barely have enough; i certainly never have extra! I've also had to supplement with formula but my little girl (she's 4 mo.) didn't do so well with that so I found canned goats milk at Walmart that I use to mix with my milk when I don't have enough. I'm sure it's not nearly as good as the fresh raw milk but she does better on that than formula! It's not as convenient though.....
  I've tried lots of things to increase my supply including Maximilk, which usually works wonderfully for me. But I guess pumping is just not the same as nursing and our bodies must know it. :( I could probably increase it if I would take the time to pump very often for several days but I already feel like all I do all day is pump and feed my baby! :D Plus I have a 2 yr old to run after...
  So hang in there... at least we have the satisfaction of knowing that we're doing all we can to give our babies the best! If you find something or someway to increase your supply, I'd love to hear about it! Have a wonderful day...

Iluvphil, yes, we are doing what we can, but I still feel guilty about having to supplement with other things. A lady in my church is always so supportive of doing what we can. She is always so positive and encouraging. She has said she didn't know if she would have been able to stick with the pumping as long as I did last time (6 mo for my dd) or this time (3 mo already).

I did try the canned goats milk with my dd last year, but it didn't sit well in her tummy, so I haven't even tried it with him (no access to raw goat's milk). I made the Nourishing Traditions (I think) homemade formula recipe last year for dd and she did well on it, but it was hard to take it anywhere as it didn't keep as well at room temps as bm does.

I am taking MoreMilkPlus capsules and that has helped a lot, but it is still not back up to where it was before I got sick. Oh, and the oatmeal thing someone suggested is probably a good idea. I have read good things about oatmeal, but Oatmeal and I don't get along. I always have a sour tummy afterwards, so that is not a good option for me. I am pumping pretty frequently, but like you, I haven't had a day where I could just pump every two hours to get it back up. I have to keep up with my almost 17mo old dd. I pump as often as I can for at least 20 mins. at a time, but is still isn't up where it was before. At least I am not stressing about it. Last year with my dd, I stressed about not giving her anything but bm and that stress made my milk even less. This year, I am not opposed to doing other things, I just hate doing it. And as far as my body knowing the difference between the pump and actually nursing, I wouldn't know. My dd never latched and my ds was just latching when we discovered he did better with his acid reflux when he ate from a bottle. He sleeps better, longer when fed from a bottle too. I don't get it, and I would love to nurse, but at this point, the struggle of reteaching him to latch again is more than I want to muddle through. I need my energy to last for other things.

Ahh, the joys of being a mom and trying to do what is best.
Thinking of you as you work with your milk supply too.
~Blue Rose

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Re: How are the postpartum mamas?
« Reply #302 on: June 06, 2008, 05:16:56 PM »
hey everyone, just checkin' in.  we are on a mini-vacation in Wisconsin Dells.  It's fun but draining for mama trying to keep tabs on everyone and keep everyone happy (kwim?).  Its worth it though. 
I hope you are all having a nice weekend and resting peacefully with your new babies... :D

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Re: How are the postpartum mamas?
« Reply #303 on: June 09, 2008, 10:21:52 AM »
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« Reply #304 on: June 09, 2008, 10:22:12 AM »
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