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Old 01-02-2007, 05:55 AM   #11
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That would be a really awesome thing for you to do for your friend! I wish that someone would have told me that women did this when my son was havewing weight problems. It just seemed so taboo at the time and it doesn't now. My DS is still nursing at 2 but it has not been easy!

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Old 01-02-2007, 08:54 AM   #12
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I did this for a friend so, I have a lot to say...I highly recomend doing it, but not at the risk of harming yourself or your own baby. Like doberbrat siad, pick a schedule and stick to it in order to increase your supply. I found that when i did not stick to my pumping schedule it would overlap with dd feedings and then I would get stressed about getting enough milk for other baby. Always, always, always put your baby first. I know this sounds obvious to say..it is a given, right?

I think that if you train your body to produce enough for both babies from the start you will have no problems. I did not start until dd was the sole nurser for 5 months..my body tried to do it for a while (3 motnhs) and then it slowly started decreasing..I quit pumping and now I just ebf dd. Remember, your body will be doing twice as much work so keep it fueled with good food and lots of water.

You will be doing a great deed. Every bit of bm that the other baby gets is worth it!! You are helping ensure a bright future for bith babies.
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Old 01-02-2007, 12:20 PM   #13
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I donate my extra milk to a milk bank. I started pumping when DD was 3 days old, as she was refusing the breast and losing too much weight (although she is a breastfeeding champ now and gaining like crazy). Because I was constantly pumping for the first few weeks of DD's life, I now produce more than she needs. I nurse her when we are out, but when we are at home, I pump one breast while she nurses on the other. I am able to collect quite a bit of extra milk. It's very rewarding to donate something so special to sick and premature babies who might not otherwise be able to receive breastmilk. I believe that every baby deserves breastmilk and encourage you to at least try to pump for your sister's baby. If it doesn't work out, at least you tried!
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Old 01-02-2007, 12:21 PM   #14
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I think if you can do it physically it would be an amazing gift.
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