New here w EP questions :)

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Registered: 01-04-2012
New here w EP questions :)
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Wed, 01-04-2012 - 2:57pm
Hi moms, I have EP for five months now, 42% of the way to my goal of one year.yay! My hat s off to you who've also ep, it is hard work!

I'm blessed w oversupply so I have approx 1900 oz frozen since August. I have it in a deep freezer but I'm wondering when I should start using it. I have some really colostrumy milk so should I mix that w newer milk?

I pump about every 5.5 hours, ten oz at a time so my supply is good... My ds isn't on solids yet, maybe in about two weeks...

So I'm wondering how much he ll eat (milk) when he does start solids, and how often I might need to pump to keep this up for a year w such a large frozen supply? I'm running out if freezer space! And im trying to go down to pumping four times/day every six hours. When can I drop my motn pump? Thanks for any insight!

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Registered: 05-25-2011
Thu, 01-05-2012 - 11:19am

Wow, congrats for such great work and such a great supply!

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Registered: 01-04-2012
Thu, 01-05-2012 - 11:40am
Thank you, it does help! Good to know he won't decrease his bmilk intake. Everyone around me, who formula fed and gave their babies cereal at two weeks(!) doesn't understand the benefits of ebf! I look forward to him having solids but I'm in no hurry. And I'm up to about 7.5 hours between motn pumps and it's already a dream come true! :)
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Registered: 10-14-2010
Fri, 01-06-2012 - 7:47pm
Great job so far! As for the middle of the night pump, your supply is awesome and your freezer is stocked, so as long as your body can handle going that long, ditch it! Most women need to keep it for the first 12 weeks, but sometime after that it can usually be dropped. I agree with the idea of mixing the colustrumy milk with other milk when you use it.

As the previous poster said as well, my daughter didn't decrease her milk intake when she went onto solids. I think she was about 9 months old when there was finally a significant decrease in milk consumption (28 ounces down to 21 ounces a day), when she got up to 3 decent meals a day. It takes a couple of months for them to get good at eating--in the beginning, the "solid" food is more like soup, and most of it dribbles out anyway, so it doesn't really affect milk consumption early on.

Congrats on your great supply, and hopefully you'll be getting a full night's rest soon!

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