Bfing advice please

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Registered: 12-07-2008
Bfing advice please
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Wed, 01-11-2012 - 4:20pm
I need advice on how to breastfeed full time (supply & demand), but also to pump (gotta start stashing for work and for practicing some bottles for that). Also, my babe has acid reflux, which has made himmoreof a constant slacker (vicious cycle of feeding to soothe acidly throat and then the over feeding causes him to produce more acid). Any help from you sages would be more Han appreciated.
About me: Sheri 35, DH 42, happily married 16 years, 3 furbabies TTC#1 since forever, MFI (complications from Type 1 Diabetes) December, February IUIs cancelled. One thing after another. March IVF stopped for uterine polyps (my turn to have something
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Registered: 10-06-2008
Wed, 01-11-2012 - 8:26pm

That's a tuff one considering your little man is probably eating nursing every 2 hrs. My only suggestion would be to start pumping for at least 1 or 2 feedings per day. from 1 breast pump into a storage bag and freeze and from the other into a bottle to feed for right after. Increase the pumping sessions over time,especially if you will be going back to work full time. try to have someone besides you do that feeding with the bottle. Your baby will probably be more incline to take it that way because he expects the breast from you. as far as the reflux goes I have no experience. Just hope that gets better soon for the both of you. Poor little thing.......

Hope this could be of some help. good luck!

 

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Registered: 10-06-2008
Wed, 01-11-2012 - 8:29pm

another suggestion..........while you nurse pump the other side. Its kind of a pain and takes some getting used to but it will help with supply,

 

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Registered: 08-27-2008
Wed, 01-11-2012 - 11:49pm
Hi Sheri,

Not sure I have the answers but I can tell you what I did. In the morning when I had lots of milk I would pump after I fed my DD and freeze it in 2 and 4 oz bags. This gave me a little stash. When she was 4 weeks old I started pumping in the evening and my DH would feed her 4oz from a bottle, if I had pumped more I would freeze the rest. There were times that I pumped less too and I just fed her what I pumped because I figured if she was nursing that would be what she got. The LC we visited with said we needed to introduce a bottle between 4 and 5 weeks to avoid a problem. She said that was long enough to build a good b/f relationship but not long enough to get such a strong preference she would refuse the bottle. It worked for us and we started when she was 4 weeks.

Now on the reflux...we had that too and I feel your pain. It's SO hard. Have you tried meds (Zantac and/or Prevacid)? We tried both and the Prevacid worked a little better but was 10x more expensive. Prevacid worked some but mostly it turned out that our DD was dairy and soy sensitive. After I removed it from my diet all the reflux and vomiting stopped. It takes 2 weeks for the diary and soy proteins to get out of your system so if you decide to try to eliminate you have to give it least 2 weeks.

Please feel free to ask anything that's on your mind. For such a natural process it's hard work in the beginning to get a schedule down! If it helps, things do get easier. The first month is by far the hardest.

Hugs,
Caryn
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Registered: 12-07-2008
Sat, 01-14-2012 - 9:53pm
Thanks ladies! I appreciate the advice and will try it all! Thanks for the tip on prevacid vs Zantac. He just got on Zantac but it doesn't seem to work that well (just a little). He eats every fourth minutes to an hour sometimes with an occasional two to three hours (those are the miracle times). Since he has to be held upright after a feeding for about a half hour, by the time I finish feeding him and then holding/burping him, he is hungry again! I will definitely try to sneak in the pump (maybe hands free while he is eating). Is it me or do these pumps hurt! I feel sorry for cows! I have that über expensive hands free medulla, yet still chews up my poor nipples! Lol/Tmi
About me: Sheri 35, DH 42, happily married 16 years, 3 furbabies TTC#1 since forever, MFI (complications from Type 1 Diabetes) December, February IUIs cancelled. One thing after another. March IVF stopped for uterine polyps (my turn to have something
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Registered: 08-27-2008
Sat, 01-14-2012 - 10:42pm
The pump definitely feels different and was harder on me than nursing right up to the end of my time pumping (at 15 months). You might make sure you have the right size nipple shield. I had no idea they come in different sizes. I needed the small ones and they helped a lot. Hang in there, it does get better. I know how frustrating the reflux is...it seems like it'll never get better and then one day it just does =)

Caryn