New here - still have hope

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Registered: 12-23-2011
New here - still have hope
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Fri, 12-23-2011 - 7:41pm

Hello,

I had my sweet baby girl 3 weeks ago today. I have inverted nipples, used the shells during the last few weeks of the pregnancy but they didn't seem to do much as they drew the nipples right back in. On day 1 & day 2 pp, I used the nipple sheild at the hospital and the baby seemed to have latched on perfectly. End of day 2 we were told that she has jaundice and we were asked to supplement at breast using a syringe since we didn't want to use bottles. That seemed to work ok and we came back home on day 3. On day 5 we had an appt at the drs office and they realized she dropped too much weight and wanted us to fingerfeed so we get more food in her. One thing lead to another and she never got latched on perfectly after that. We are working with an LC and we have visited her a few times so far but the focus has always been to get her to

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Registered: 10-14-2010
Fri, 12-23-2011 - 7:58pm
It sounds like you're doing great! I took me a week to get ANYTHING from pumping and your supply does keep building for the first 12 weeks. Remember that a baby is much more efficient at removing milk than a pump, and that most women can make enough milk to breastfeed their babies, with exceptions of course. Breastfeeding also stimulates milk production better than pumping. It sounds like you have a very good supply and that you are doing the right things. I hope breastfeeding works out for you--and I bet you have plenty of milk, as your body is designed to make enough for baby, it's a matter of getting it out and stimulating production correctly. Good luck with the LC! Also, lots of ladies on here are pumping with no period (mine stayed away till the exact day I quit pumping), and lots of ladies who are pumping and doing just fine even though their period is back. You can experience a reduction in milk around the time it arrives, but for a lot of people it builds back up once it passes. People say a lot of things about EPing, like that it's not possible long term, but with a good pump and a dedicated mama, it works just fine! Keep up the great work!

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Registered: 09-21-2011
Fri, 12-23-2011 - 8:00pm

Sounds like you are doing a ton of stuff already and that is awesome.

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Registered: 12-23-2011
Fri, 12-23-2011 - 11:21pm
Thanks so much for your replies. That definitely gives me some hope. Right now my LO is consuming anywhere from 20-24 oz but she is only 3 weeks old and I assumed she would start increasing her intake more as she grows bigger. How much more will she be drinking when she is at her maximum milk intake? I assume she would slow down when we start solids around 6 months. I forgot to mention that I am also power pumping every other day.
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Registered: 12-22-2011
Sat, 12-24-2011 - 12:37am

She won't necessarily consume more as she grows bigger... it's just a change in the amount. For example, I was pumping around 32 oz when my son was first born (I was able to store a lot!), as I was pumping every 2 hours. However, after returning to work my supply dropped because I wasn't able to pump as much. However, now that he is on solids, he only has 4 bottles a day. With anywhere from 6-8 ounces. Because I was able to build up so much while he was younger I have a supply where I don't pump as much as he eats in one day, but he has more than enough milk. It just evens itself out depending on when the "increase" takes place. I hope this makes sense! Best of luck!