help! i may have to wean!!!

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Registered: 03-20-2009
help! i may have to wean!!!
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Sat, 06-06-2009 - 12:35pm

Hi everyone! I'm sorry I haven't been posting more often since joining but work has been impossible! Which is also why my bfeeding may possibly be coming to an end!

I have a 9-month old LO whom I've been nursing since birth but going back to work since a week ago has forced me to reconsider continuing to breastfeed. I'm worried she's not getting enough!

I don't think I'm pumping enough for her and that I may have to supplement with formula, which may lead to weaning her altogether. I was so intent on doing this for at least a year!

Anyway, here's our schedule.

I leave the house at 930. But I pump around 2.5-3 oz of BM at around 830.

I pump again at 1230 NN in the office and only get 2.5-3 oz.

I pump once more at 430 PM and only get roughly the same amount.

So she only gets approximately 8-9 oz of BM during the day.

Then I get home at around 930, nurse her to sleep. Then she feeds at around 230AM, then again at 6 AM.

She also gets two meals a day plus snacks.

Is she getting enough milk?! Should I supplement with at least one bottle of formula a day? Caregiver is worried she's not satisfied by the amount I'm able to leave for the day.

She seems alert and active enough though I haven't monitored wet diapers again though. Should I?

Please help me!!! I don't want to start giving formula unless I absolutely have to!

Thanks!

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Sat, 06-06-2009 - 12:52pm

Is your little one already at daycare when you pump at 8:30 a.m.?

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Sat, 06-06-2009 - 2:46pm

Take a deep breath, sweetheart. There's NO reason you even need to think about weaning. Have you considered taking fenugreek for a little boost? Have you considered throwing in one more pumping session just before you go to bed at night?


Can you tell us more detail about all the bottles she's getting and how much milk in each one? How many times a day are you nursing directly? Hang in there and we'll figure something out.


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Sat, 06-06-2009 - 7:37pm

Take a deep breath!!!

 


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Sat, 06-06-2009 - 8:29pm

thanks for all your messages guys! i'm slowly starting to see how this can be done.

to answer some of your questions:

1. I work 9-hour shifts but there's a long commute from where I work to where I live that it actually adds around 2 hours in a day, to my total time apart from baby.

2. I use an Avent Isis IQ Duo breastpump, and pump both breasts per session.

3. The only reason I pump this far apart is because baby used to feed every four hours when I stayed home and also, because my work is very demanding (I work for TV news) that's about the only time I can sneak in to the schedule to pump for her. But I guess pumping after she goes to bed and after feeding her before we separate is doable. I can also extra pump on weekends because they're technically days off (except when there's big breaking news). I don't think pumping at work every 3 hours is not all that possible.

4. I leave her with a nanny and my MIL and they give her around two bottles of around 4-4.5 oz (coz that's all I make) from 10Am-930PM though they have dipped into my not-so-large freezer stash on occasion.

5. we do co-sleep so there's no prob with her reverse cycling if she wants. i'll still have to check diapers though...

more thoughts? thanks so much!!!

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Sat, 06-06-2009 - 8:44pm

Ah, the long commute.

 


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Tue, 06-09-2009 - 10:48am

Hi guys! Just an update and some more questions:

I took your advice and pumped every 2.5 - 3 hours and it seems that I'm still getting roughly the same amount of milk, around 8.5-9 oz the whole day. Is this normal? Coz if I work for 9 hours, one oz per hour I'm away is fine right?

I also counted my LO's wet diapers and they're more than minimum (7-10 a day) so I'm guessing she's getting enough? Is this correct? Could she be reverse cycling then? Even if she's only getting 8 oz of BM during the day? She still feeds 2-3 times throughout the night.

Plus, I also tried to give her two oz of formula with 2 oz of BM and she hated it!!! She wouldn't go near a bottle after that too because she was scared it was gonna be more of the bad-tasting mixed milk!

I haven't checked her weight though she seems alert and happy enough...

What do you guys think?

Thanks again for all the help!

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Tue, 06-09-2009 - 11:25am

Since babies eat about an ounce an hour, pumping about that much seems pretty normal.


As long as she's making enough wet and dirty diapers, it doesn't matter when during the day she's drinking that milk :)

 


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Tue, 06-09-2009 - 12:50pm

You may see your milk supply increase over the course of a couple of weeks, especially if you are using any galactogogues.

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Thu, 06-11-2009 - 9:25pm
Thanks for all your help guys! :)
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