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Apr. 8th, 2005 @ 07:42 am *sigh*
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aidans_dream:
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I've been trying and trying ever since we got back from Easter vacation to rebuild my breast milk. I can only get Aidan to want to feed off them twice a day, other times when I try ther is little to no milk comming out. When he dose choose to stay on more than a few mins, after I'm done with both sides he wants more. I can't even give him a full meal when breast feeding, he still gets apx 4 oz more of milk when I breast feed him.

I think I may just give it up. He's gotten about 2 months worth of breast milk. I sometimes think it might be a good idea but others times I think about how much I enjoy the bonding time we have during breastfeeding. After all it's the only feeding time he actually makes eye contact. I enjoy everything about it. I sit and think about it and I almost get like depressed thinking about stopping it and ask myself, "Should I keep it up even if it's just the two feedings a day?", "If I do stop dose he really know the difference and miss breast feeding with me?", "Will I be depriving him?", amoung other thoughts and questions I roll around inside my head.

I've tried More Milk the herbal drops as well as Mothers Milk Tea. Thats what has helped me at least git this much of a supply back. I keep taking it every day and it hasn't progressed yet. I do try at every feeding to put him on the breasts until he pulls himself off and refuses both sides than I turn to the bottle for the rest of his feeding.
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From:uwannaxeroxme
Date:April 8th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
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I only breast fed my son for about 6 weeks, and now I'm going on 3 months with my daughter- it's so wonderful. Try fenugreek- it has helped my supply quite a bit (I take it 3-4x a day). I have to have enough to pump so Jaden has plenty during the day while I'm at work. Don't get discouraged, you can do it. And if you can't- at least you gave Aidan a healhty start and you can find different ways to bond with him. You will always be special because you are Mommy. Also, have you been to the breastfeeding community? They are pretty good over there!
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From:aidans_dream
Date:April 8th, 2005 06:46 pm (UTC)
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The More Milk drops have fenugreek in them, but who knows how much.
Yeah I was over at boobie_bootcamp, I left cuz I didn't feel right cuz I have been having so much trouble with the breastfeeding.
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From:uwannaxeroxme
Date:April 8th, 2005 11:48 pm (UTC)
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There is a community called breastfeeding - try them, and I'm sure someone there could help you if you decide you want to keep breastfeeding. I'm sorry the boobie_bootcamp wasn't very friendly :( I hope things work out!!! *hugs*
From:starzabuv4me
Date:April 8th, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC)
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no doubt you will miss the bonding time. And im sure he will know the difference and miss it. Breastmilk has so many positives about it. Remember, around 3 months is when they hit growth spurts. He could be hitting a growth spurt that makes you think he is never getting full. Im not a breastfeeding expert in any way but I think if you let him nurse a TON, it builds your supply up. More nursing=more milk.

you could go to boobie_bootcamp, they are very helpful and more knowledgable than myself.

I hope you continue to breastfeed. It might just be a slump and if you can get over this, it will be better! :)

best of luck
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From:alphapythia
Date:April 8th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
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Careful for boob nazis, I swaer their attitude of all or nothing makes more mommies quit altogether. Keep up those 2 feedings! You like them, he likes them, he gets good antibodies and brain juices and it's good stuff. I think the guilt people pore on people who have to combo feed for whatever reason is rediculous and often makes people quit altogther.
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From:aidans_dream
Date:April 8th, 2005 06:48 pm (UTC)
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Thats why I quit boobie_bootcamp
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From:mama_monkey
Date:April 8th, 2005 05:09 pm (UTC)
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When I need to get my milk up I start pumping every two to three hours. In about two days, my milk supply seems endless. :P I'm doing that right now because we're taking a trip in about a month and I want pumped milk for the plane ride.
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From:amtrldcmd
Date:April 8th, 2005 06:32 pm (UTC)
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I had a lactation consultant come over when Caden was first born. She suggested taking fenugreek, but the first day you have to take 15 capsules(yeah, i was like "Holy crap that's a lot"). Then after that I believe she said to take 3 capsules 3 times a day, or 3 capsules a day, but I can't remember. I didn't try it(mostly b/c Caden didn't like the boobie), but it might work for ya since you're trying to rebuild. :)
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From:aidans_dream
Date:April 8th, 2005 06:52 pm (UTC)
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Thanks
my More Milk drops have fenugeek in them but perhaps it is not enought. I'll probably go out and just buy the fenugeek.
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From:silverfairy2
Date:April 8th, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC)
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Also you might try using the Mother's Milk tea more, too. I use that and Brewer's Yeast tablets which are recommended. I think you should pump like crazy for a week if you can. Like every hour or two. At first you will only get a little bit, but then you will start to produce more. Then if he is having trouble being patient for let down you can always pump for a minute or two to get the milk flowing then put him to your breast. Next after every feeding (which you should increase as much as you can) pump again to empty your breasts. Pump both of them. This is seriously a full-time job! And the most important thing(s) relax and drink TONS of water. The more water you drink the greater your milk production, too. I was having the same problem with my milk and I started doing all of the above and it has increased considerably. I am even leaking on the side he isn't using when he feeds.
Either way you are doing fine and Aiden will be fine, too.
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From:erin_tobin
Date:April 8th, 2005 07:26 pm (UTC)
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If you want to keep breast feeding, do it. It is an amazing bonding experience that no one else can have with your child. :)
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From:canadianmoocow
Date:April 8th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC)
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Even if he's not getting much milk from you, the emotional connection you guys have when you breastfeed is a wonderful thing, and i really hope you don't give it up.
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From:sometimesunique
Date:April 8th, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC)
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I had a problem with that. I didn't get to breastfeed my daughter for the first 8 hours because they took her to the NICU to be examined. She got hooked on the bottle and then we were in a car accident which gave me a seatbelt injury and my right breast was gone. I've had to formula feed her since almost day one and I miss the fact that I don't have that bonding time.
From:mekkah
Date:April 10th, 2005 09:39 am (UTC)
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Make sure you are not loosing weight too fast and are hydrated ( drink tons of water!)- if you are loosing weight too fast your supply will start to dwindle. I am not a fan of galactagogues, but if you think fenugreek will help - by all means use it! I also know of some people swearing by oatmeal, hey it can't hurt anything - right? Also pump like crazy ( at least 6 times a day for 10-15 min, do not use a pump as a measurement of how much milk you have though because sometimes women do not let down for the pump so a few ounces is doing good!), at first it doesn't seem to work that great, but just when you think you cannot handle it anymore you will notice progress. You want to pump frequently instead of just a few times for a long periodof time. If you are on WIC they have pumps and if you are having a hard time - let them know, sometimes they can refer you to an IBCLC, or give you a multi-user pump - the kind you have to rent for free. Just remember that it is possible, although it takes quite a bit of work! The benefits are really worth it, but in the end you have to do what is best for your lil one and yourself - try but don't beat yourself up about it. Feel free to ask if you have any ?'s.... :-)
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From:cassandrakfreaq
Date:April 13th, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC)
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sometimes morgan is not satified with both breasts so I just have turn around and give him the first one again.....nursing is the best way to up your supply so as long as he is will ing to latch on and you are available shove that boob in his mouth ;)

also fenugreek tablets have MUCH more fenugreek in them then what you were taking. Some people fenugreek wont work for but if you take the large doses you will notice at least some difference then when you were jsut using those drops