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Holly - posted on 01/17/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi I have an 8 month old son-Cooper who would never eat very well from me. I have been exclusivly pumping for him since he was 6 wks old.

I would really like to get him to a yr on breast milk alone but I am geting a little burned out with pumping and am hoping to find others who are in the same situation.

My biggest issue is the time factor (15 min every 3-4 hr and once at night). I also work full time and am VERY luck to have a job that is so flexible and allows me to pump as needed.

I am also still having to pump once in the middle of the night to keep my milk supply up. I will say that 8 months without a full nights sleep is starting to wear on me a little.

Any suggestions or support are greatly appreciated.

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Angela - posted on 01/25/2009

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Here's an obvoius thought to help you through... as he eats more soilds, he will have less milk, which means less pumping. I also send everyone I know to the ivillage exculsively pumping board. http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-ppe... there are hundreds of women that use the board that will also have heeps of suggestions, story's and words of encouagement....

Holly - posted on 01/19/2009

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Hey Angela

I have a little surplus in the freezer-probably enough to get through a week if needed. I was hoping for more, but I seam to only make what he needs no matter how much I pump-I almost think it has to be psychological haha.

He is eating about 20-22 oz of milk a day-all breast milk. He is really only doing a bottle at bed time and then if he gets up during the night, otherwise he will drink more from a cup.

He does cereal in the am, then fruits/veggies for lunch and supper.

Thanks for the encouragment-it is always nice to hear from someone who has been through it

Angela - posted on 01/18/2009

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Have you considerade dropping a pump? Perhaps pushing from 3-4 to 4-5 may allow you to keep your supply while pumping for 20 min. That part is so individual. I just HUTH last week... my son turned one on Dec 25.. and I to started when he was about 6 weeks old. He almost always had one 6 oz bottle of formula everyday. That didn't change no matter what I did. I think that my night pump was the first one I dropped. I don't recall a huge change in supply... I just pumped longer in the morning... for 20-30 minutes. The length of time will trigger more let downs.



Do you have a surplus now or are you pumping what you need?



Has your son decreased the number of bottles he is having a day?



Is he eating solids? How many times a day?



 



You are doing an amazing thing for your child. It takes hard work and devotion to have had made it to 8 months... its all down hill from here!!! Eating a bowl of oatmeal everyday also helped to maintain my supply.

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