Would like your advise

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Registered: 12-20-2010
Would like your advise
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Fri, 05-27-2011 - 8:53am

I am almost 7 month PP (DS turns 7 month June 3). I am a low volume producer and have been supplementing DS with 1 feed formula from beginning. He eats 26-30 oz in a day and I produce anywhere between 20-24 oz in day. At night I BF him (which is very convenient although not sure if it just soothing him to sleep or he gets any actual milk). I have tried everything from fenugreek to dom (currently on 6 pills of dom each day). My pump schedule is kind of crazy as I have a 4 year old to take care of, I work 9 hrs a day and plus have a daily cooking/cleaning schedule. Currently I have my in-laws over to help with all the work (I am thankful to them but it does get stressful sometime). Still I try and pump 6 times in a day. I am thinking of quitting as kind of feel too bogged down with the pump schedule not to mention needing to pump three times in office everyday. I was able to successfully breast feed my now 4 years old for 18 months (I was a stay at home mom then). That is my

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Registered: 01-26-2011
Sat, 05-28-2011 - 2:21pm

Wow...great job making it this far! Our LO's are about the same age and I totally get how you feel as I think about quitting every day. Here is what advise I can suggest to you to try and make things easier.

First, since you are already supplementing a little bit with formula why don't you try dropping a pump or two so that you can free up some time. You might be pleasantly surprised to find that your suppy stays stable or may even increase a little once you take some stress off and get more rest. If you do experience a supply drop then any little bit of "liquid love" is better than none at all. Even if you only made enough for 2 feedings a day that is still awesome and beneficial for your LO :)

Secondly, you mention your in-laws help you out but what about DH? Is he able to do more of the household chores to take some stress off you. Can he help out more with feedings or with your older child? We have no family near by and so I would never have made it this far without the 110% support of my DH. Most men just need you to spell out exactly what your needs are and then they are willing to help. Be specific in the tasks you need assistance with. His baby's health and well-being are important to him too, and trust me...a happier wife is even more important ;) Ha!

Lastly, if enough is enough then go ahead and wean. Feel good about what you have accomplished (way easier said than done) and and move on and enjoy your family. Maybe you could even continue to BF a few times at night and just pump once or twice during the day. Unfortunately my dd starts to scream if I even motion to lift up my shirt so even comfort nursing is a no go for me :(

Hope this helps a little bit and remember there is always great support here on this board if you need it. Good luck!

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Registered: 12-20-2010
Sun, 05-29-2011 - 4:24pm

Thanks for your advise. I will try and delegate some work to DH but am sure with his parents around he won't do much (my inlaws dot on him). He does take care of my 4 year anyways but you know she needs mommy time too...I have tried dropping the pump and in fact my supply falls every pump i lose by average 4 oz. Will guess will see how long can make it.Thanks for the kind words and encouragement

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Registered: 10-14-2010
Sun, 05-29-2011 - 8:18pm
It sounds like you're working hard at this...and that you have a ton on your plate. If your baby eats around 30oz on the high end, if you drop a pump or 2, you could still provide half of his daily needs and do formula for the other half. Would you feel like half is worth it? If not, you have done far more than most women would even consider and you should feel proud, and if it is time to wean, it is time to wean. Good job!

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