A relactating success!

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Registered: 06-18-2003
A relactating success!
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Thu, 04-07-2005 - 9:44am

I am happy to say that I am about 7-8 weeks into the relactating process and have gone from about 1oz a day to around 25 oz a day! I am still getting small increases every few days so I wonder what I will finally settle at. I am SO very happy about this! I have 6 month old boy/girl twins who are now eating lots of solids so I am providing half of their daily fluid needs. What a relief on our pocketbook too!

I have Chelle and Jenn to thank for providing me with so much information which without I don't know if I would have continued. And of course Thanks to everyone else on this board. :-) Now my goal is 1 year! I have learned to pump in the car too which has been a tremendous help. I don't really mind getting up around 3-4am, Nick at night isn't so bad. I just keep reminding myself of the early days when I didn't get any sleep at all. Now my 2 sleep 12 hours a night straight. A 20 minute interruption doesn't seem to affect how rested I feel.

For those wondering if you could ever rebuild a supply, all you can do is give it a try. It may turn out better than you expected like it did for me.

Terry

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Registered: 06-18-2003
Fri, 04-08-2005 - 9:34am

Thanks everyone for your kind words. :-)

Hi Nita,
I went from 1 or 2 pumps a day to about 10-12 a day to stimulate my supply and I also started taking domperidone. I got it from here-http://www.globaldrug.tv/category.asp?CtgID=1003

I started pumping every 2 hours during the day and at first I would go 3 hours at night. I gradually increased the amount that I would sleep, now I sleep 6 hours at night and pump every 3 hours during the day. My schedule would be something like this- pump at 3am,6,8,10,12noon,2,4,6,8,10. I would then fall asleep on the couch until around midnight, I set the stove timer for 2 hours. After the midnight pump I would go to bed until 3am. It was really tough at first but now my schedule is like this -3:30am, 7:30, 10:30, 1:30pm, 4:30, 7:30, 9:30- bed. Even though I have dropped pumps I'm still getting an increase. I am using a PIS double pump and still take domperidone. I'm pretty sure the domperidone helped a LOT. At first I didn't really get much of anything so it was really hard to convince myself that I would eventually produce milk. It took about 1-1.5 weeks to see an increase. Even if you don't see much of an increase, every little bit of milk is so awesome for your baby! Best of luck. :-)

Terry

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Registered: 05-13-2004
Thu, 04-07-2005 - 10:30pm

Hi Terry,
Can you share your pumping schedule that you used to help increase your supply? I still have to give my 9-week DD 2 (sometimes 3) bottles of formula a day, because I am not producing enough. My pumping schedule looks something like this: 2am, 6:30am, 8:30am, 11am, 1:30pm, 4pm, 7pm, 10:30pm. I double pump with a hospital grade pump, take More Milk Plus (fenugreek and other herbs), and eat oatmeal every day. Any recommendations you can give? Should I add another pumping session? Did you pump more often at night?

Thanks,
Nita - mom of Isabella, born 2/2/05

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Registered: 01-30-2005
Thu, 04-07-2005 - 9:48pm

Congrats Terry, that's wonderful!!

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Registered: 04-10-2004
Thu, 04-07-2005 - 9:40pm

That is awesome! What a great success story!!!

Carrie
EP'ing for Jillian (12-26-04)

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Registered: 07-17-2004
Thu, 04-07-2005 - 11:03am

Good for you! That is a wonderful success if I do say so myself! =-)

I remember pumping to Nick at Nite in my early days too. I was upset when they changed the time for Wings!!! LOL.

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Registered: 02-29-2004
Thu, 04-07-2005 - 10:41am

WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOO ..... YIPPEEE ... HOOORAY!

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