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August 16th, 2008, 02:33 PM
Evvy's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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So I made it to 11.5 months, no formula, no bottles. I got a WICKED skin infection (no idea...) and am on 2 (well 3 actually, one is a combo) antibiotics, talked with my pedi, did some research, and have decided to pump and dump for 2 weeks (started Monday). She is drinking organic cow milk, eating yogurt and cheese. BUT, I do want to go back to BF her, at least at bedtime/morning (that's why I am pump/dumping). Bedtime's been heartwrenching, but that's another post for another day...

Okay, I do have a question in here. I only have a Avent Isis, I NEVER pump. SO now I've been only pumping in teh morning and in the evening. I get about 3-4 ounces each time. Is this enough to keep my supply? I figure once I finish my abx I can just nurse nurse nurse for a couple days to get it really back, but I don;t want to lose it kwim? I REALLY don't want to have to do it more times that that- I am just pouring it out and it takes so long one boob at a time with a manual pump!

BTW, I am not asking about BF with abx. I have decided at this point with her eating, etc. I'd rather not risk the side effect potential of the meds that make it into my milk. THis is just a supply question (But for the record it's Bactrim and Ciprofloxin)

Kristin, mommy to Matthew (10.5), Thomas (6) and Leah Kate (8/27/07)

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August 17th, 2008, 03:11 PM
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As long as you aren't getting engorged with the amount that you are pumping I'd say you are in the clear. After you are done with the antibiotics I'd try Fenugreek. I swear by that stuff.

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August 18th, 2008, 09:25 AM
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Oh man, that stinks. I'm so sorry! I can't imagine stopping nursing my son to sleep cold turkey. That would be heart breaking for me. Congrats for trying to keep up your supply. Depending on how badly you want to keep your supply up, I might pump an additional time in the afternoon. I hope those 2 weeks fly by for you.
mama to 5 yr old DS1 , 3 year old DS2 , and nursling DD .
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