Am I being over sensitive??

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Registered: 07-12-2007
Am I being over sensitive??
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Tue, 04-21-2009 - 11:42am

My daughter is almost 6 months old. She hasn't had one oz of formula. Until Yesterday. I work part time and I get an hour a day to pump. I break it up by pumping three times a day. But I wish that whole 20 mins were devoted all to pumping but I work in a HUGE building three floors and I'm on the 3rd floor. I'm thankful for the lacation room but its on the first floor. So I get about 11 mins to pump. Well I've been recently sick and My supply went down, plus on my period at the same time. It always does this so I expect it. But I had to use alot of my frozen milk during that period and it only left me what she drinks on a daily basis while away. I guess yesterday she ate ALOT and required on bottle of formula. I know this isn't the end of the world but I'm really sad she got that bottle of formula and my husband thinks I'm overreacting, and I guess I might be. But I'm just sad that my hopes of strictly breastmilk isn't that anymore. I'm already taking fenugreek capsules 3-3x a day along with blessed thistle same amount. I pump in the morning before work so I'm pumping about 4 times a day and last night I pumped after she went to bed. Should I just let my pride down and accept more formula or is there a way I can do this? By the way I have NO problem feeding her when I'm around her. Please be kind...I'm really not sure why this is bothering me as much as it is. I know Formula is safe, but I just had a goal and feel a bit let down.


Lisa

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Registered: 06-18-2004
Tue, 04-21-2009 - 12:31pm

Lisa -


I don't think you are being overly sensitive. You've worked very hard to get to this point and you have a certain goal in mind. I also think the wonderful ladies here will be able to give you some good advice and ideas.


I have a few questions that I think would be helpful for us to know.


1) How much do you breastmilk do you get each time you pump?


2) What breastpump are you using?


3) How long are you gone from your baby each day?


4) How much is your baby getting in bottles each day? Be specific about how many bottles and how many oz are in each bottle.


5) Have you introduced solids? If so, what have you been giving her so far? How much and how often.

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Registered: 07-12-2007
Tue, 04-21-2009 - 1:23pm

1) How much do you breastmilk do you get each time you pump?


In the morning I get 3ozs. All through out the day i get 1-1.5 out of each breast. Making a total around 9-11ozs


2) What breastpump are you using?


Medela Advanced pump in style


3) How long are you gone from your baby each day?


My last feeding with her is around 6:30am, then feed her again around 7:30pm and she eats like crazy in the evenings. Sometimes only twice in the middle of the night and sometimes every two hours or less.


4) How much is your baby getting in bottles each day? Be specific about how many bottles and how many oz are in each bottle.


She gets three bottles a day, first one with 4oz's, and the second two 3.5oz's each. And sometimes if I do not make it in time to pick her up, she'll eat another bottle of 3.5ozs


5) Have you introduced solids? If so, what have you been giving her so far? How much and how often.


She eats two-three jars while I am away. I have given my MIL and she chooses between these: Plums, bananas, sweet potatoes, Carrots, apple sauce, green beans, I made homemade broccoli, and peas(gerber brand). These are the variety she does not get all of these everyday. And sometimes she is interested in solids at night but most of the time not.


Is she getting enough food??? She nurses ALOT from me in the evening, which I think is pretty normal, don't they call it cluster feeding or something?


Thank you so much for replying!!


Lisa

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Registered: 06-18-2004
Tue, 04-21-2009 - 2:29pm

Lisa -


The other ladies will probably going to be able to give you some more information, but I'll do the best I can!


Have you changed the membranes on the breast pump recently? My understanding is that even a microscopic tear will impact how well the breast pump is working.


One of my suggestions would be to also pump on the weekend if you are not already doing so. You don't have to pump all of the time, but adding one or two pumping sessions in on the weekend might help you increase your supply and help you build up a little more cushion.


It sounds like the evening cluster feeding is just normal. A lot of babies of working moms will reverse cycle so they can get more calories from mom in the evening and at night and not eat as much during the day.


I actually think she might be getting too much breastmilk when you are away and that's why you are having issues keeping up with pumping. Babies should take about 1oz per hour. If you are gone for about 9 hours, then 9 oz would be about the right amount.


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Registered: 07-12-2007
Tue, 04-21-2009 - 3:36pm

WOW! You know I thought it was too much food, but the doctor had us start feeding her solids at 4 mos old. I did do just a teaspoon then and then worked up because SHE wanted more. She will cry for more.


She isn't that big of a baby, she'll be 6 months in a little over a week. When she was born she weighed 6lbs 5oz, the last time she was on the scale she was 13lbs 7 or 10ozs. I can't remember exactly.


So you think she's getting too much to eat? What do I do? After reading the article you put in your message they may be giving her food when she gets cranky (which she is teething right now!) instead of just trying to comfort her?


You certainly made me feel better about the whole situation which I am so grateful! Thank you. I am off tomorrow and Thursday and I will pump a couple of times in addition to feeding her. My question when should I do this pumping? First thing in the morning and give her that expressed milk or after she's eaten later in the day when I'm empty anyways? Does that makes sense? LOL I'm working on hardly no sleep : )
As far as the membranes I just changed them this week so I think the pump is working fine. I had the pump when my son was a baby and is about 5 years old. I had only used 3 months as my old pump had died and he had weaned himself so its been sitting in my closet until 5 months ago. Anyways..THANK YOU!

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Tue, 04-21-2009 - 4:52pm

A good idea to try when you have your days off is to pump from one side while your baby nurses from the other side. Then your pumping can benefit from the natural let-down.

Do not feed her that EBM on the days you are off, that would defeat the purpose of pumping some extra.

Save it for the days you work - it will last a number of days in the fridge.

When I worked and pumped, I was not able to pump often enough in my job, and I would find my supply dropping each week. Demand is the key to bringing it back up. I would just spend lots of time nursing on the weekend, and I would be right again.

I am sure if you create demand with even offering extra nursing sessions, plus the pumping on the days off, it will help your supply. The herbs and so on do not just work by themselves, they actually only work if you also increase that demand. Does that make sense?

Teresa