Written by Logan Sapphire » January 9th, 2011, 12:31 pm:Kunzite, 45oz a day at 9 weeks PP is amazing!! I hit 40oz several times but my average was 36 oz on 4 pumps. I get clogged ducts a lot. Like sometimes 3 a week, which is frustrating. I usually resort to pulling the blister off with tweezers, which I don't think you're really supposed to do, and then it sometimes makes my nipple bleed and gives me really bloody milk. I did take lecithin for awhile but it actually seemed like the clogs increased, not decreased, though now I'm on it again for the lipase problem.I don't know if you're like this, but I simply can't put any pressure on my boobs, so even if I lie on my side or stomach for as little as 30 sec, that's a guaranteed clogged duct. Cpster- wow, you're my hero! 17 months and still going! That's pretty amazing. I've almost met my goal of 9 months but am now thinking that the longer I can go would be gravy. I was hoping to get down to 1 pump a day and see how far I can get. How much do you get on once a day?I'm struggling with a lot of guilt over weaning. Now that DS is mobile and into DD's toys and stuff, it's really hard to sit and pump, even with the Freestyle. Plus I'm tired of scheduling my days around pumping, hauling the equipment to work via car, train, and bus, and tired of washing pump parts. But I have that magical one year mark in my head for some reason and I can't get over it.Oh yeah, one more tip for pumpers, especially EPers, just starting out- see if your milk has excess lipase in it. It's not harmful to give to baby but some don't like the taste and will reject the milk. I think it's pretty obvious in frozen but I can tell even my refrigerated fresh milk will start to taste and smell soapy. DS has rejected frozen before but the problem is, I've only given him one bag of frozen here and there so not enough to tell if he rejects it due to the lipase or for other reasons. I worried because I have over 1600 oz frozen that I'm relying on to get us to the one year mark. If your milk does have excess lipase and baby won't drink it, you can scald it right after pumping (not at all practical for those who work) or supposedly take lecithin which somehow helps. An acquaintance has excessive excess lipase and her milk goes bad after 1/2 hour! So, she can't pump and has only been away from her DD for no more than one hour in a year. Crazy!Anyway, I'm so happy to chat with other pumpers, especially EPers! Since EPing is such a commitment and pain, I decided to treat myself to something special. I ended up buying a really lovely three stone antique ring from an antique jewelry store in Seattle. Yay!
Written by drk » January 10th, 2011, 2:20 pm:LS - still no AF for me at nearly 10 months. Guess I'm still just pumping too much! I'm trying a couple days of 6 pumps a day to see if I can keep my supply around the 700cc mark (about 24oz), as it seems to have finally started to decrease 1-2oz a day from what it was before I dropped to 5/day, and I'm finding the decrease hard to deal with. I hope I can keep my motivation up for the final month here. 4-5 more weeks, and I'll start to wean.
Written by AllieLuv83 » January 9th, 2011, 3:33 pm:I am a 50% pumper. I pump for my son during work. I am a teacher so I pump on my planning period and during lunch. I usually get about 10-12oz during those two pump sessions and pump once more at around 10pm in order to get a few more oz for daycare. I send him in with 4 bottles (16oz total) of milk. He has his last feeding with me at around 6:30am, dropped off at DC at 8:30am and then I pick him up at 4:15pm. I nurse him when I get home, before bed, and once during the night. Over the weekends we exclusively nurse. I hate cleaning pump parts as well. I have a second set of flanges but need to get a second set of valves as well so I would not have to wash them at work. I have the antimacrobial wipes that I use to wipe the pump parts down. So far so good. I hope to continue to pump/bf until LO is 12 months. I take it one day at a time. I can't believe that I have already made it to 3 months.
Written by puppmom » January 11th, 2011, 8:56 am:LS, I once pumped in the am and accidentally left the fresh BM in N's nursery all day so I had to dump it when I got home. I cried!
Written by Kunzite » January 11th, 2011, 3:06 pm:Okay.... I need everyone's tips and tricks for getting rid of a clogged duct. The one I have from yesterday is still not clear and all of my normal stuff isn't working. I have the count down to mastitis going in my head so I need this thing gone ASAP before I freak out!
Written by Kunzite » January 11th, 2011, 3:06 pm:I used to cry over spilled milk. Now that LO is barely eating I've become much too lax about it and probably waste too much milk. Like I said, we need a better system. If you put a few half finished bottles in the fridge do you then combine them for a later feeding? That might work for us.Hi cpster! My LO is 9 weeks old, 1 day adjusted (yesterday was his due date!!). I see your LO was in the NICU as well... a preemie?Okay.... I need everyone's tips and tricks for getting rid of a clogged duct. The one I have from yesterday is still not clear and all of my normal stuff isn't working. I have the count down to mastitis going in my head so I need this thing gone ASAP before I freak out!
Written by Lanie » January 14th, 2011, 7:57 pm:Hey pumpers! I asked this question on the newborn thread, but will ask it again here since it prob won't be answered there...what do daycares usually do with unfinished bottles? Do you think they stick them back in the fridge? I hope they would, and I know it prob varies from daycare to daycare, but if I was taking care of a bunch of babies, each with a bunch of bottles, I could understand that they might not be able to save it.And regarding that link drk sent me....it was me thinking. It had a milk amount calculator, and am I reading correctly that a baby that is one month old will eat the same amount per day as a 6 month old?!? Just that a one month old will eat spread out over 8 feedings, whereas a 6 month old will consume the same daily amount over less feedings? I don't see how that is possible? I have 2 books in front of me that "beg to differ". My Baby 411 book says a 6 month old will consume 40 ounces a day, whereas a one month old should only need 22 ounces. That's a HUGE difference, and according to Kellymom, that is incorrect. Am I interpreting this correctly? I'm not saying Kellymom is wrong, or that you are wrong drk, but I want to know what the right info is?My baby is 3w4d and was taking 3 ounces every 3 hours like clockwork (his own doing). He still seemed hungry after every feeding, so I increased it to 3.5 ounces. So far, he's okay most of the time, but there are times when you can tell he's still hungry. My pedi said it would be okay to do 4 ounces every 3 hours if he needs it, or to do 3 ounces every 2 to 2.5 hours. This was just today, so I haven't tested it out yet, but after reading Kellymom, it was starting to concern me that I'm raising a little piglet!
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