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December 11th, 2011, 01:16 AM
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I'm not new to JM .. been here a fair few years, I mainly am in the siggy lounge, April PR 2009 and WTTC Grads.

I recently had my third baby on 1st November, Olivia Leanne weighing in at 7lb.

I was breastfeeding her direct from the boob from birth, until when she was 7/8 days old, because she came MAJOR fussy at the boob and for the life of her wouldn't stay latched on I spent 2 days in tears and very frustrated to keep her at the boob to no avail So had to make the heartbreaking decision to stop ( I still regret that decidion to this day as shes my last baby and wanted to do everything I won't be able to do again). She had a week or 2 of formula and both me and her were happy, she was settled, I got sleep and wasn't sat about all day feeding as she was feeding every hour to 2 hours ( I later discover this is very normal). Anyway about 3/4 weeks I am still producing (Not much) so decide to pump and see what I get .. I did 20 mins each side and got an ounce .. didn't think that was too bad since I hadn't breastfed for 2 weeks or there abouts. I continued pumping twice a day and its slowly gaining, so she has pumped milk and formula. I still get about an ounce each time .. but am working hard to bump it up. She tends to get 1 a day of breast milk (she takes 5oz so she has one that has 3oz BM and 2oz formula). I am investing in an electric pump as the manual one is killing my hands lol, so when that arrives I am aiming to 15 minutes each side every 2 or3 hours .. do you think that will be a good start ?? I am drinking LOADS more water in the hope that helps .. so any other advice to bump my supply would be fab!!

Oh and I'm Helen by the way lol!
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December 12th, 2011, 03:07 PM
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welcome! sounsd like a good start to me. the mroe you demand the more you will supply!
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December 13th, 2011, 03:05 AM
~* Helen *~'s Avatar A Prince And 2 Princess's
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Ok thank you!!!
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December 15th, 2011, 05:39 PM
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Sounds like a good start!! Good luck to you!
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December 15th, 2011, 05:57 PM
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Good luck! Keep at it. I don't think it's too late. Keep us posted.
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December 16th, 2011, 07:26 PM
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Yep, sounds like you are on the right track. If you are getting an electric pump, I definitely recommend a hands free pumping bra too. It will let you pump both sides at once easier and still do something else (play on the computer, or feed her a bottle, while you pump). You can buy one or just make one. I took an old sports bra, marked where my nipples were and DH cut holes in it for the flanges to go through. It works great. He made a second one, so I can switch them out in the wash.
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December 31st, 2011, 03:03 AM
~* Helen *~'s Avatar A Prince And 2 Princess's
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Its going well!!! Thats a good idea with the bras!!! I never thought of doing that!
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January 3rd, 2012, 06:59 PM
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good luck! i had the same issue...she didnt' latch and it was hard to start pumping but, here are a few tips i hope help:
- oatmeal for breakfast
- fenugreek (taking double what the bottle recommends)
- malt (ovaltine)
- sleep (it's hard but getting enough makes a difference)
- hospital grade pump (medela symphany - you can rent them)
- water/drinking enough
- massaging your breasts and compressing them to make sure you get every ounce of milk out.
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