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Name: missmara
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For anyone interested, I found this site today about breastfeeding after reduction.


So far it looks like a really good site.
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Name: jillw | Date: Dec 26th, 2006 10:30 PM
I am going to check it out when I get home. Thanks for posting the link. 

Name: atomic snowflake | Date: Dec 26th, 2006 11:21 PM
I breastfed successfully following my reduction. It can be done. Don't let anyone put you off. Give it a try.

The herb Fenugreek increases the milk supply. It's safe to use as well. 

Name: missmara | Date: Dec 26th, 2006 11:27 PM
AS - I was able to breastfeed with my first, but I had to supplement. I don't think I was properly educated about it though, so I'm trying to be proactive this time around. I plan to use herbs this time for sure!! Is there anything else you did? Were you able to BF exclusively? 

Name: atomic snowflake | Date: Dec 27th, 2006 12:11 AM
Yeah, I produced plenty of milk. I took the Fenugreek capsules - they make your sweat and milk smell though *LOL*

I didn't do anything else - I just plugged him in and off we went! *LOL* 

Name: missmara | Date: Dec 27th, 2006 4:05 AM
How long ago did you have your surgery? Mine was 12 years ago. I think they have better procedures now for women who want to be able to breastfeed. I really hope I produce more this time. When did you start taking the Fenugreek? I know it smells like maple syrup!! 

Name: jillw | Date: Dec 27th, 2006 1:34 PM
I was reasing the stories on that website and from what I can see most of the ladies were not able to just breast feed with out supplmenting. I really really hope that I am able to breastfeed, but the odds do not look all that great. I am not aposed to formula or even supplementing, but I really would like to just use breast milk for at least the first 6 months. 

Name: jillw | Date: Dec 27th, 2006 1:35 PM
also I will only get 12 weeks off of work and I was hoping to pump and store, but it looks like these women had no luck pumping either. 

Name: missmara | Date: Dec 27th, 2006 2:57 PM
The lactation consultant that I worked with told me that every case is different, but that it is very rare to be able to BF exclusively. I started out with a 75% supply, which I was pretty pleases with. I started supplementing at 5 days, about a half ounce of formula at each feeding. But I also think I wasn't well prepared or educated, and like I said I'm hoping that with more preperation and some herbs and a more reaistic sense of what it takes, I can produce more and supplement less, and also BF longer (I only nursed Sophie for 4 months). I'll keep posting if I find more sites or info! 

Name: jillw | Date: Dec 27th, 2006 7:53 PM
I think that 75% is great. I don't mind supplementing with a bottle I just want most of her feedings to come from me. I guess I will jsut have to wait and see, but I am going to use soem herbal supplements to help my supply too. I think that I am just extra nervous because I didn't breast feed my first so this is all new to me and I am going in with the odds aganist me. 

Name: missmara | Date: Dec 28th, 2006 12:14 AM
Are you planning on going to a breastfeeding class? I really wish I had gone the first time, and this time I'm definitely going. I'll probably go crazy and join La Leche and buy every book and find every website. I'm really determined to make more milk!! Sounds like you are too - and it's nice to have someone else on the forums in the same boat as me. Most people get bigger boobs, not smaller! 

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