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SHELLEYHARPUR
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11/30/05 11:42 P

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I'm so lucky this hasn't happened to me, I used the nutrition counter thingy today just to check up on my calorie intake (thanks for making me think of it!) and I'm eating a grand total of... 700 per day! I just ate half a pack of ArrowRoot cookies to bring up my fat and calories. I REALLY need to keep an eye on myself!


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9 days late but got here eventually!
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11/30/05 6:19 P

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Tina,
Sorry to hear about your situation but I don't think you have to give up breastfeeding if you don't want to. If you were back at your pre-pregnancy weight at two weeks, you simply have not been eating enough calories to meet the needs of breastfeeding. Start using the nutrition counter to monitor your intake, eat small frequent calorie dense meals, drink lots of fluid and keep offering the breast before giving a bottle. In a few days you should start to see milk production begin again. Relactation is not uncommon and LLL can help you with the process.

Good luck,
Tanya

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11/30/05 5:30 P

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well, after 3 days of baby screaming not getting enough to eat i had to start formula and my body is no longer producing milk at all after one day. This was a new thing for my breastmilk to look this way i have tons stored had had never had problems pumping befor. I will contact LLL in hopes that this doenst happen again when i have more children.

I thank you all for your responses i was thinking of it being that i am not gettign enough callories. ive never been one to pay much attention. yes i still take my prenatals as well. Im not sure of my weighti know i dropped a lot right away i was back to my pre pregnancy weight after 2 weeks.

Thanks again for all the information hopefully next baby i can breast feed longer.

Tina



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11/30/05 4:30 P

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Also, make sure your getting enough calories and fluids. I mean tons of fluids. In order to make milk you need to take in alot of fluids.

Are you taking prenatals still?.

I remember pumping in those early days and alot of my milk was watered down as well.

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11/30/05 11:07 A

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It could also be that your duaghter is more efficient at getting the hindmilk than the pump. I found that it took a lot longer for my pump (medela PIS) to get hindmilk. Pumps just aren't as efficient as our little ones.
Don't give up, and rather than pumping more often try breasfeeding more often to get your supply up. Drink more, if you are dehydrated you will produce less.

-Marie


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11/30/05 9:01 A

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TALENESMOM

It sounds like perhaps you are not getting enough calories yourself. When you do not eat adequate calories and protein and do not get enough fluids your body will stop producing milk to preserve the calories you are taking for you. Are you below your pre-pregnancy weight?

It is good that you are going to LLL, I'm sure that will provide great support.

Keep us posted.
Tanya

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11/30/05 3:19 A

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I've had that too, my b'milk looking like white water. I think it's just that that's the foremilk, and none of the hindmilk, b/c from what I remember (s/o please correct me if I'm wrong) the hindmilk has more fat in it. Your foremilk may just have less fat at some times.

Also, can it be affected by what you eat? Maybe you've been eating a lot less fat than you should be or that you need in order to produce fattier breastmilk.

That's my opinion!


Richard Elliot Cutler arrived at 3.30pm on Saturday October 22nd, 2005. He weighed 8lbs 13oz and measured 44.5cm.
9 days late but got here eventually!
Mummy and Daddy are over the moon!

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11/30/05 1:10 A

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My baby is now 2 monthes old and in the past few weeks my milk supply has been getting lower and lower with her still hungy after draining both sides. The other day after feeding for only 5 min and using both sides my baby would no longer stay latched on i tried to pump and got nothing it was a very sad moment when i had to make her a bottle of formula. After that happened i begain pumping once every 30 min to try to get more milk but all i was getting out was really just like white water no fat content what so ever.

I guess my question is if anyone has heard of this happening. Or could help me research this i have not been able to find anything about this. I plan on contacting LLL in my area tomorrow.



M/C December, 24 2004 8 weeks
Baby girl #1 Born Sept. 28 2005
Baby boy #1 Born Aug. 30 2007
Baby boy #2 Born Feb. 04 2011


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