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March 22nd, 2010, 09:26 PM
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The one boob at a time thing works.....its actually the best for the baby too. The fatty good milk comes in later so if you a switching boobs he wont be getting the good fatty milk! hand expressing before is a good idea as well. I would just pull her off when i let down because the flow was so intense...then when it calmed down a bit i would latch her back on. As far as over supply.....no such thing! your body will make what your baby needs! your body is supply and demand. The more he is latching on, the more milk you will make! I would buy a pump though...dont want to wast a drop, and if you get engorged you need to express you milk so your supply doesnt drop! Like the other girls said, Kelllymom is a wonderful resource as is the Breastfeeding board here!
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March 22nd, 2010, 10:01 PM
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I think I'm going to try the one boob thing...one quick question, do you manually pump (I dont have a pump yet, I think I should probably start looking sooner rather than late since I'll need it when I go back to work anyway) with your hand when doing just one, and for how long...also, how long does he stay on the one boob? I let him go till he loses interest, sometimes its about 15 minutes total, this last time, he fed for 40 minutes (20 per side)...
The lactation consultant I saw said not to pump those first few weeks unless you absolutely have to. Your body is trying to figure out how much milk to produce. If you keep pumping, your body is going to continue to produce a ton of milk instead of regulating itself out, KWIM? After you feel like you are more evened out, then you should start pumping if you want a supply for bottles, working, etc.

Also, as far as how much you feed, Connor was overeating and then spitting up a ton. The pediatrician told me that I needed to start watching for when he slowed down on the feeding and then stop him to burp. Then, if he was still really hungry I could continue, but if not, then I should stop. Overeating in babies can cause alot of spitting up. So, you want him to get enough milk to supply his nutritional needs but not too much that it's all coming back up.

Sounds like you're doing a great job. It will get easier over the next month as you start to figure out your baby and what type of eater he is.
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March 23rd, 2010, 06:25 AM
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Your body will adjust, but I still can shoot BM across the room. If one of mine gets a let down, lets go and I have my laptop on my lap, then the laptop gets soaked.

I agree with others that pumping a little off can really help. That will also ensure he gets the hindmilk he needs at the end of the feeding.
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March 23rd, 2010, 07:19 AM
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maybe instead of using a pump, just hand express a little just to slow the flow down a bit. Your supply takes around 6 weeks to regulate, you get so used to your boobs feeling full then all of a sudden they stop feeling full.......dont worry theres still plenty there. Also as long as you are seeing plenty of wet nappies a day, i cant remember the exact number 6-8 maybe then you know hes getting enough. Also dont worry so much about trying to time feeds. Just leave him on there until hes had enough, he is still building your supply. I think the whole timing thing on each side is so old school. lol if you dont feel hes getting enough, offer again, if he doesnt want it, he wont take it. Hope the reflux settles down soon
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March 23rd, 2010, 08:36 AM
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Oh that's too funny! I can totally picture you squirting milk at Matt from across the room and him trying to dodge it!!

I don't have any additional advice, but i'm really nervous Camden will have acid reflex because i have it and it runs in my family.
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March 23rd, 2010, 01:54 PM
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I can still squirt across the room and Ana is almost 1! If shes really sucking, then gets distracted and turns her head away...

I would also try exressing just a bit of milk off, that way you make the latch easier, theres no gagging/choking and the milk you take off is the watery milk thats not very filling.
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March 23rd, 2010, 07:09 PM
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thanks girls...still trying...he's still puking up a lot of it...but am definitely trying the advice (Jody, that is the exact pump I was planning on getting!)...and thanks for the lactation consultant info Karen!!
Am trying the one boob thing now...and expressing a bit before, I'm also burping every 5 minutes or so and letting him eat as long as he is hungry (he'll just hang out on the boob and fall asleep, but then chomp down if I try to pull him off)...also trying to eat pretty bland...
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March 24th, 2010, 05:41 AM
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thanks girls...still trying...he's still puking up a lot of it...but am definitely trying the advice (Jody, that is the exact pump I was planning on getting!)...and thanks for the lactation consultant info Karen!!
Am trying the one boob thing now...and expressing a bit before, I'm also burping every 5 minutes or so and letting him eat as long as he is hungry (he'll just hang out on the boob and fall asleep, but then chomp down if I try to pull him off)...also trying to eat pretty bland...
I cut out dairy when the reflux was flairing up really bad when he was 4 weeks old and it helped A TON. I am now finally introducing one yogurt a day into my diet. In a few weeks I'll try adding something else. I also stay away from anything spicy, beans, broccoli, garlic: you get the picture. It did help some. But he did go on zantac and that stopped the projectile vomitting. He still spits up some, but its normal baby spit up now!!
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