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AveenoBabies 03-08-2013 09:59 AM

Is this normal
 
I am 3 weeks postpartum and I have been pumping and breastfeeding. So this morning we decided to see how many bags I have frozen. I have 88 bags frozen (all between 4-5 ounces each) and we do use some bags so my hubby can feed him. Is this normal for 3 weeks postpartum?

This is the photo I took this morning.
http://i1213.photobucket.com/albums/...psf17aab8d.jpg

AntonyaMarie 03-08-2013 10:40 AM

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Hey I too am 3wks postpardum! And I have over 200 oz pumped as well as feeding and dad feeding what I have pumped! Glad to know I'm not alone!! But tip to save space, lay your bags flat... I find I'm not running out of space as fast laying them flat.

evasimone 03-08-2013 12:46 PM

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I think you probably have an oversupply which when your Eping isn't a bad thing. :) congrats on the stash!

AveenoBabies 03-08-2013 01:55 PM

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I was told an over supply is a bad thing and to avoid it. Is that true then?

1healthylady 03-08-2013 02:00 PM

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I'm a bit jealous. From someone who didn't take advantage of the oversupply in the beginning. I'm down to 7oz frozen at 6 months. Keep it up!! But like PP said, lay your bags flat to save space. I saw someone else on here recommend using a gift bag in the freezer and it has worked for me. just cut a slit out of the bottom so that as you stack your new bags in the top to freeze you can easily pull the oldest bags from the bottom.

evasimone 03-08-2013 03:53 PM

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Originally Posted by AveenoBabies (Post 16374127)
I was told an over supply is a bad thing and to avoid it. Is that true then?

As long as you are comfortable and not drowning baby when they're nursing I wouldn't worry about it. :thumbsup:

1healthylady 03-08-2013 04:00 PM

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Originally Posted by AveenoBabies (Post 16374127)
I was told an over supply is a bad thing and to avoid it. Is that true then?

My mom had told me to try to avoid it because she had so much milk. As soon as I started working I wished I hadn't listened to her though.

AveenoBabies 03-08-2013 08:20 PM

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I just hope that we can get a bigger freezer soon. I am running out of space because of how many bags I have in there and our freezer is tiny.

FrozenBooty 03-09-2013 12:57 AM

Holy moly I'm 3?weeks and 2 days and I have nowhere near that much I'm totally jealous

AveenoBabies 03-09-2013 01:34 AM

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Well in the beginning I was pumping whenever my boobs were hard or when I felt my let down so I was pumping every hour or two plus feeding my son that is how it got so high I think. But now I pump as I feel like I need to but yesterday morning I pumped 8 ounces and an hour later when I was hurting I pumped again and got another 11 ounces. This morning I pumped 12 ounces at one sitting but my milk seems to get lower during the day.

cuddlebunny_24 03-09-2013 08:47 AM

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Wow, you definitely will not have to worry about a supply issue at this point. If you are planning to go back to work (or start working, not sure if you are a stay at home mom or not) you will definitely have a stock pile to use. I pumped like once or twice at 3-4 week pp but with my job I had when my son was born I was the teacher in his day care classroom so I did not have to worry about bringing pumped milk for him, I could just feed him when he was hungry. And thankfully I will be able to this time around as well! So there was really not much of a need for me to pump. That is great that you are able to pump and still nurse your baby as well without having to worry about having over pumped and him still being a bit hungry when the nursing session is over. And it sounds like you just might need a bigger freezer. lol

AveenoBabies 03-09-2013 09:47 AM

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I am a stay at home mom. I plan on stocking up for about 6 months and then just nurse my son (if I can stock up that much before he is 6 months old). But that way he is still getting breast-milk but I do not have to carry these heavy boobs around. Right now my boobs are heavy enough I have really bad back pain all the time and nothing seems to help. I am normally a 38 G and now i need to remeasured to find more nursing bras.

evasimone 03-09-2013 09:51 AM

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Honestly I would cut back on pumping until you are doing it max once per day. It's awesome to have a freezer stash but it sounds like you have tricked your body into producing for quads or triplets. :giggle: I can't imagine that you will be comfortable long term not to mention when your baby starts sleeping longer stretches you won't be able to enjoy it because you'll feel like you are exploding at two hours plus your child won't be able to adequately empty you (a typical breastfed baby usually won't drink more than 4 oz. at a time) so your dependant on the pump as well. Not to mention being set up for mastitis.

I had to EP for my DD and had an oversupply which was fine when I was pumping exclusively but when I switched back to BFing her I was uncomfortable and had a hard time getting away from the pump. I also ended up with mastitis. :( also I was tired because my baby was sleeping 6 hour stretches but I got so uncomfortable at 4 hours I'd have to pump. So a LC encouraged me to stop pumping she said my body would adjust to my baby's demand. She said I'd be uncomfortable but to just tough it out and my breasts would adjust. It took a week but I can sleep the same stretch as my DD and my breasts are not rock hard boulders when I wake up. In your case since your supply is so huge it might take you a month to get it down by gradually decreasing.

I hope I haven't offended you but that's what I would do in your situation.

AveenoBabies 03-09-2013 12:03 PM

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I have cut back I do not pump at all at night and I do not nurse at night. We use a bag of milk each time. The last pump of the day is at 153am and then my next pump is at about 830am I also only pump about 6 times a day and breastfeed my son whenever he is hungry.

evasimone 03-09-2013 12:44 PM

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It was just a suggestion, you mentioned your breasts are uncomfortable and pumping 6 times a day on top of breastfeeding on demand is a whole heck of a lot of pumping. Most people who EBF don't pump at all or very rarely unless they work. For example I pumped 10-11 times a day for my DD without any breastfeeding and I ended up with an oversupply. You are pumping almost that much plus feeding on demand. So it was just my opinion that you might cut back but if you are happy with your routine then stick with it. :goodvibes:

Eta: perhaps I am also projecting my experiences on you because I hated to pump and had issues with transitioning away from it. If you like your routine and dont mind the pump then that is all that matters. A lot of women have supply issues so you are blessed to be able to provide so much milk.

kittenbaby77 03-09-2013 12:50 PM

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Originally Posted by 1healthylady
I'm a bit jealous. From someone who didn't take advantage of the oversupply in the beginning. I'm down to 7oz frozen at 6 months. Keep it up!! But like PP said, lay your bags flat to save space. I saw someone else on here recommend using a gift bag in the freezer and it has worked for me. just cut a slit out of the bottom so that as you stack your new bags in the top to freeze you can easily pull the oldest bags from the bottom.

Agree with this! I think I saw this gift bag idea on you tube! It worked great! I was a bit oversupply in the beginning and I pumped one side and fed baby on the other but it all even out by 3 rd month now I pump only in the morning and have 6-8 oz to freeze. As long as baby is happy and gaining weight. U should be ok.

I took over my whole freezer with stored breastmilk lol. Over 200 bags for me maybe... Lost count

AveenoBabies 03-09-2013 12:53 PM

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The way the pumping started was the first day he latched on and all then the 2nd day he refused to eat at all so we were pumping to keep my milk.

abbazabba 03-26-2013 09:04 AM

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Your body will produce as much as you tell it to. My best friend BF her triplets for the first year with no problems. As long as you want to continue pumping that much that's great. Also milk doesn't last forever so make sure the stash is getting rotated regularly so it's not getting too old. Good work!

AveenoBabies 03-30-2013 11:01 PM

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This is an update. This is part of what I have at 6 weeks postpartum I have another freezer the same size as this one with a shelf and a half taken up with more milk. How much do you think I need to feed a baby for 5 or 6 months? In the photo I have 145 bags and all are 3-5 ounces.

jaelynsmommy61607 03-31-2013 12:45 AM

Once your milk supply levels out to just what your son eats your boobs will feel so much better! I know from personal experience. The only time my boobs get hard and heavy is if I miss a feeding.

Sarah-B 03-31-2013 01:05 AM

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Originally Posted by AveenoBabies
This is an update. This is part of what I have at 6 weeks postpartum I have another freezer the same size as this one with a shelf and a half taken up with more milk. How much do you think I need to feed a baby for 5 or 6 months? In the photo I have 145 bags and all are 3-5 ounces.

So are you going to quit nursing at 6 months?
I would be scared for a power outage or something.

My milk tastes sour ish after being frozen for more than 3 ish months -something to do with lipase enzyme breaking down. Dd won't take my frozen milk if it has been frozen for more than 3 ish ,months :(

AveenoBabies 03-31-2013 01:46 PM

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Mine never get hard and heavy. I mean they did for a while but for the last 3 weeks they haven't.


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