Bless your heart! What a situation. But conrats on the baby, sounds like everything will be just fine.
1st, make sure you have a relly good pump. I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about the Medela Pump in Style.
2nd- as hard as it is, especially around theholidays and with a baby in thehospital and a toddler at home and . . . get as much rest as possable. I promise a lazy, lay around and do nothing, veg outi n front of the TV day will increase you milk supply.
Drink plenty of fluids
Eat oatmeal daily
Fenugreek supplement 3 capsules 3 times per day
go here for help http://forums.llli.org/index.php
pump both breast at the same time or use “super switch feeding” switching sides two or three times during each feeding/pumping session
use relaxation techniques, breast massage, and warm compresses for a few minutes before pumping.
Look at a picture of your baby. Inhale your baby’s scent from a recently worn article of clothing. Listen to a tape recording of your baby’s voice.
More short pumping sessions are more efficient than fewer longer ones
Ten to twelve breastfeeding or pumping sessions per day is a good goal to aim for.
Focus on keeping life as simple as possible (belive me I know, easier said than done!)
Here is apage full of inks that will be helpful during this time
You also might like to read http://www.llli.org/NB/NBSepOct06p213.html
HTH–Merry Christmas and Go dbless you and yours!!
And to the person who said formula is just as good as breastmilk–I don’t think so–did you know Breast milk contains at least 100 (some sources say up to 400) ingredients not found in formula including at least 4 unique proteins. There are unique and powerful immune building properties in breast milk, and it can enhance brain development ?
Breast milk is more easily digested than ANY formula, resulting in less colic, gas, and spitting up.
It reduces or even eliminates food allergies & eczema
Breastfed babies have a much lower incidence of wheezing, prolonged colds, diarrhea, and vomiting
Formula fed children have a drastic increase in childhood cancers
Breastfed babies get protection from bronchitis, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, diabetes and asthma.
Formula fed babies suffer higher instances of cardiopulmonary disturbances. (Particularly preterm infants)
Breastfed babies have fewer diaper rashes .
Breastfed babies have 5-10 times fewer stomach infections than formula fed babies
Babies who are breastfed are 10 times less likely to be admitted to the hospital during the first year.
Breast milk contains endorphins, chemicals that suppress pain.
breastfeeding can raise your child’s I.Q. and there are numerous studies pointing to higher developmental test scores in breastfed children.
Breast fed babies have up to 50% fewer ear infections than bottle fed babies
A recent study by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development indicated that breastfeeding was protective against SIDS. (Hoffman, H.J., “Risk Factors for SIDS: Results of the SIDS Cooperative Epidemiologic Study”. Ann NY ACAD Sci, 1988.)
Another source states that “Breastfed babies are one-third less likely to die of SIDS.”
Breastfeeding enhances the baby’s development of oral muscles and facial bones.
BReastfeeding also benefits the mother:
Breastfeeding mothers have lower rates of certain cancers (breast, ovarian, uterine, and endometrial) as well as a reduced risk of osteoporosis. Also, “Women who were breastfed as infants, even if only for a short time, showed an approximate 25% lower risk of developing premenopausal or postmenopausal breast cancer, compared to women who were bottle-fed as an infant.”
Breastfeeding encourages uterine contractions after childbirth, returning the uterus to it’s pre-pregnancy size much faster. It has been shown that the uteruses of formula feeding mothers sometimes never return to the pre-pregnancy state.
Breastfeeding also: Boosts prolactin (a hormone that enhances feelings of nurturing and contentment) levels, speeds up post-partum weight loss and helps child spacing.
Breastfeeding boosts women’s self-reliance and self esteem: by meeting the needs of their infants, they increase their confidence in their ability parent and nurture.
Breastfeeding reduces women’s dependence on medical professionals and validates the tried and trusted knowledge that mothers and midwives have about infant care and feeding.
Breastfeeding is easier and less time consuming. There is no preparation involved, and you don’t have to prepare, warm, or transport bottles.
Breastfeeding stimulates a mothers body to produce prolactin and oxytocin, the “mothering hormones” (Prolactin helps you feel relaxed, loving, and calm. Prolactin levels can increase 10-20 fold within 30 minutes of beginning a nursing session)
Breastfeeding provides extra closeness that helps your baby bond and develop trust.
The skin-to-skin contact offered by breastfeeding reduces the stress babies experience when they enter the world from the warmth and safety of the womb.
Breastfeeding provides comfort during illness or pain.
Breastmilk is actually the most ecological food available to humans.
There is less consumption of natural resources and landfill space. The production and packaging of formula uses paper, glass, plastic, and metals, all of which need to be produced and disposed of.
Breast milk composition changes over time, as well as from feeding to feeding. From premature infants to young children, breast milk always has the right proportions of fat, carbohydrates, enzymes and protein as well as numerous other components.
Colostrum is the perfect first food for babies. It is produced during pregnancy and changes into mature milk a few days after baby’s birth. Colostrum provides baby with an unequaled immunity against viruses and bacteria.
Breastmilk is a living substance. Each woman’s milk is individually tailored for her own baby. What’s more, her milk changes constantly – both during a feed and day by day – to meet her baby’s evolving needs. When a mother is exposed to pathogens in the environment, she produces antibodies to combat them. The mother’s antibodies are then passed on to her baby via her breastmilk.
Breast milk is created by the human body to feed human babies. It is perfectly formulated for the nutritional needs of human babies.
Cow’s milk is created by cows to feed calves. It is perfectly formulated for the nutritional needs of calves.
Formula is an industrially manufactured food. It contains chemicals, flavoring, vitamins, and proteins that attempt to replicate breast milk. The multiple processings, ingredients and alterations required to convert cows milk or soy beans to the finished product opens up numerous opportunities for contamination by harmful bacteria, chemicals, insects, and foreign bodies.
There were twenty-two different recalls of infant formula in the United States because of health and safety problems between 1982 and 1994, . Seven of these recalls were classified as “Class I” (potentially life threatening) by the FDA. In random testing,a number of lab-tested infant formulas have been found to contain bacterial and elemental contaminants
Just as good huh???