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Name: Coartney
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okay so im pumping, breast feeding, and formula. he eats every 2-3 hours. about 2 ounces each meal. when i breastfeed i notice he is still hungry, so i have to give him some formula too, when i pump i usually pump when he just ate so that i remember. and i pump everytime after breastfeeding. ive noticed now that im pumping 2-3 hours apart im only getting about an ounce maybe a little over .. is this normal? is it because i am pumping alot, i dont get it. lol im trying to build my supply up and im noticing he is wayyy more formula than to breast milk. which i dont care, he can have as much of both as i can give, but i really wanted to exclusively breastfeed and now b.c of the whole hospital situation it seems like i cant do that or even come close to it. any ideas?
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Name: jillw | Date: Apr 25th, 2007 5:49 PM
wow that was long LOL 

Name: Daisy-UK | Date: Apr 25th, 2007 5:54 PM
Try not to formula feed if you can. Pumping is never as effective as a baby and he will build your supply up for you. He has to get used to latching, but some babies get sleepy and you have to kind of wiggle them. I once went through a period where my baby was nursing every 30 min because he just wasn't nursing long enough. I hated to do it, but agreed with my doc to give him a bink to slowly build him up to at least 2 hours. It worked and we got rid of the bink at 5 months. Your body knows the difference between your baby and a pump. Also, what kind of pump do you have? That plays a big role as well. If you'll be at home with him I suggest the Medela Harmony, it has a letdown mode even though it is manual. I had it and loved it. I could express just as quickly as I would with my hospital grade medela. I also used the Aven Isis, loved it as well but when the parts get worn they sqeaked like a duck. Not easy when you're trying to pump in the dressing room at work, but the Harmony , you could do it on a plane and no one would even know. Make sure you drink plenty of water too. 

Name: jillw | Date: Apr 25th, 2007 5:57 PM
yes lots and lots of water. Try to dirnk a glass of water every time you feed him. 

Name: Coartney | Date: Apr 25th, 2007 5:57 PM
i have the medela harmony manual and the medela single electric. 

Name: mother2five | Date: Apr 25th, 2007 6:02 PM
Your baby is able to get more milk when he is latched on than a pump is able to get. 

Name: mybabyboy | Date: Apr 25th, 2007 6:03 PM
I was like that too. I would pump only a ounce would fill up. After a while you get more and more milk and pumping goes alot faster 

Name: bebe9281 | Date: Apr 25th, 2007 6:19 PM
Why are you pumping too??? Are you mixing it with the formula?? Nurse him more. Let him nurse as long as he wants.... As often as he wants!! That will get your supply up. Never ever used formula... Only breastfed... You're very early on in the nursing game... Relax and give it a chance to come in . The more Braden nurses the more milk you will make, the more milk you make the more he will nurse.. Make sense?? You doing too much.. Just nurse him!!! 

Name: jillw | Date: Apr 25th, 2007 6:23 PM
Coart if you can avoid using formula you are sooo much better off. Kendra just took a crap after 24+ hrs of not poopong. She screamed and cried the whole time and it was so thick and nasty. I swear formula is the devil!!! It seems like jsut when I get her regulated she either ends up with the runs or is constipated. 

Name: bebe9281 | Date: Apr 25th, 2007 6:39 PM
I agree Jill... Formula is not good.. Just nurse nurse nurse... Coartney, for the first six weeks all you should be doing is nursing and resting.... It'll all come together... Don't be impatient. 

Name: Coartney | Date: Apr 25th, 2007 7:53 PM
bebe that was my plan. BUT he spent the first week in the NICU and was given formula b.c of the problems. they had to monitor his feedings. i was told i could pump and bring it in, but well i didnt get to til day 4 b.c i didnt know how to. he latches fine hasnt had a problem with it. and i pump too b.c my breasts become majorly engorged when he isnt hungry and i need to get it out. 

Name: bebe9281 | Date: Apr 25th, 2007 7:56 PM
Oh I under stand... I used to wake up my kids to feed them. Mommy's boobs are going to explode... Time to eat... I would stop the formula.. Absolutely no need for it.. You won't get so engorged if he is drinking more breast milk and less formula 

Name: bebe9281 | Date: Apr 25th, 2007 7:58 PM
When my son was teeny tiny he nursed about every 45 minutes in the beginning... No biggie.. it even out after about two weeks.. 

Name: Coartney | Date: Apr 25th, 2007 8:07 PM
wellt he only time he eats formula is when daddy is feeding. and when he does that ill pump for a good hour or so, that way im geting some out and scott is able to spend some time with him before he goes back to turkey. i was just wondering if whe i pumped if it was normal only to be able to get about an ounce a breast, sometimes 2 

Name: bebe9281 | Date: Apr 25th, 2007 8:08 PM
I think so. I could never pump... Nothing... I would nurse and nurse.. It would take me 1/2 hour just to get one ounce. If you are using powdered formula, you can use the breast milk to mix it. 

Name: Kristy84 | Date: Apr 25th, 2007 9:02 PM
Whatever works for you Coart...as I've been told by expererienced moms...these are the best moments that you are going to share w/ your family and you can't enjoy it if you're constantly worrying about producing enough milk. Like I wrote you, Harper's only getting 8oz. of breast milk, but at least that's something...do whatever is best for your family 

Name: bebe9281 | Date: Apr 25th, 2007 9:06 PM
Yeah sorry Coart, I tend to get a little Nazi-ish about breastfeeding... I just think you are making too much work for yourself by pumping, nursing and making formula... That's all 

Name: Coartney | Date: Apr 25th, 2007 10:58 PM
oh im not making formula LOL .. screw that. we bought the ready to eat bottles since they had him on those in the hospital. they gave me about 12 8oz bottles and we bought 16. i am only allowed to give him the lactofree erfamil b.c they think b.c im lactose intolerant he will be too. and yeh i might be doing too much work for myself, but my little man is worth it, and im nto gonna sleep anyways.. and he doesnt always take to the boob. like every other feeding he will take some but ends up hungry.. when i pump though i get 1.5 oz from each breast in like 10 mins each breast so its not really all that time consuming and he's still getting the breast milk. more than likely i will just keep my supply up by pumping and continue to do both. breastfeeding in itself is a pain in the ass, i dont mind the pumping but when the kid is screaming and pulling on my tit LOL doesnt feel too good 

Name: Coartney | Date: Apr 25th, 2007 11:52 PM
well right now i really would rather pump and give him the bottle.. i have the single hole nipples, the airvent playtex breeastfeeding bottles..i was getting so pissed at the effin hospital they were giving him the multiholes and he would puke im like id puke too hes gagging himself with too much milk you idiots. so i gave him the slow flow one and he doesnt puke/spit up really at all now. i dono id rather pump and store so he always has some, and its easier than whipping my boob out in this house. to everyone its so gross, scott thinks its awesome to watch the pump squeeze my nipple and it come out like a cows milk ahah squirt .. i cant squeeze myself though and it come out like that, that woul dbe awesome though haha. but yeh we figure right now he is eating about 16 oz a day and every other feeding is breast and then formula so he's getting the same amount of both but i am still pumping with every feeding so i am making at least 16 oz of breast milk a day. the paperwork i have says at first to establish milk pump 8-12 times a day and then once good amount is established pump 6-8 times, and its not really time consuming since i am locked down in my room lol 

Name: Coartney | Date: Apr 26th, 2007 12:00 AM
hahahah when im pumping or feeding one breast, and if the other is out, i have to have a container for storing under it b.c it will just leak all down my stomach.. nothing like ounces or anything but a decent amount lol 

Name: jillw | Date: Apr 26th, 2007 12:13 AM
I only leaked on time. That was about a day or 2 after the dr told me to stop breast feeding until all of the lactose is out of my system. I had a dream that I was nursing jeremiah and I leaked. Aside form that I have never leaked once. Never felt engorged either. I guess I jsut don't make enough milk fo that to happen 

Name: Coartney | Date: Apr 26th, 2007 12:20 AM
oh man my tits get rock hard if i dont pump within like 3-4 hours haha i woke up this morning and my wife beater was soaked all around my boobs i was like hmm okay lovely. walked out into the kitchen for a banana and just hoped no one was home haha. 

Name: jillw | Date: Apr 26th, 2007 12:23 AM
haha...people say to wear textrued shirts with prints LOL 

Name: Coartney | Date: Apr 26th, 2007 2:07 AM

Name: Coartney | Date: Apr 26th, 2007 2:08 AM
will the prints grow lke those little foam pills that turn into dinosaurs 

Name: Angelcecilia2 | Date: Apr 26th, 2007 3:06 PM
I never thought about sitting with a bottle under my other breast -- I've been leaking a little -- not quite as much as your sister in law, jill...but that's a good thought to get some to save! I've tried pumping a little, but didn't succeed in getting much. I'm going to try more today though, so I can get some stocked up for when I need to be gone. 

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