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Old 05-01-2012, 10:41 AM   #1
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help healing bruised nipples, supplimenting, and pumping question

My nips look like they've lost a match w/ Muhammad Ali-all bruised up and black/blue. Is there anything that will help them heal? We've worked out Bean's latch issues, so they should be getting better-in theory. I'm so sore all the time, even when not nursing/pumping. There's no infection or clogged ducts, they are just battered and bruised but won't get better.

So, after many, many visits to the LC and taking lots of herbs, pumping, extra nursing sessions, wearing her, lots of skin to skin, etc; I just don't make enough milk. No matter what, I make 3oz tops and that's it. Bean eats about 6-8oz a feeding, so she nurses when I'm home and then gets a bottle or just gets a bottle while I'm at work. I can't pump enough to get her through a whole work shift, so we're going to have to supplement. We've been giving her the Enfamil Newborn, but I'm wondering if there is a healthier commercial option. The hubs is the one who'll be making it, so homemade is out-plus raw milk is illegal here.

Lastly, if I work a 12h shift, how often should I pump? At home we just feed on demand (whether its me putting her to breast or the hubs giving her a bottle). I haven't been the best at keeping track of how often she eats because she's been gaining weight, meeting milestones just fine, so I've no clue how often I'm supposed to pump. I just started back to work last Monday, so my schedules been all over the place and I've just pumped when I had the time. Starting Thurs. I'll have a more regular schedule and will probably be able to pump on a schedule. Hints, tips and suggestions welcome.


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Old 05-01-2012, 11:29 AM   #2
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Re: help healing bruised nipples, supplimenting, and pumping question

The average baby eats 2-3 oz of milk at a feed, every 2-3 hours. If you are making 3 oz at a time, then you're exactly where you need to be. Have you seen this?

When pumping, you should be pumping every 2-3 hours.
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