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Postby amyk » Fri Jan 09, 2004 08:01 am

Wow, thanks for the responses!
We went to Tristan's checkup on Wednesday, and he's off the fortifier, but now I'm having to add the Neosure to every bottle like a couple of you mentioned above. And this is for at least another 2 months. They did give me three free cans of it at the Drs office, so that at least is one good thing. I'm still going to have to pump all the time though. I really just want to make it to 8 months, but we'll see. I'm supposed to go on a small vacation in June, and I'm NOT lugging that pump with me!


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Postby tahoe4 » Wed Jan 07, 2004 07:13 am

I can't believe you're pumping for so long! Good for you! I gave up after 2 months as it was so exhausting, pumping, then trying to breastfeed, then feeding a bottle - at every single feeding.

EBay is definitely the place to get Neosure. Very expensive in the stores and you can get it much cheaper on ebay!

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Postby cathyw » Tue Jan 06, 2004 08:12 pm

Hi. Pumping sure does get old! I still hate the sight of my pump and thought I'd lose my mind at times!!! I pumped all of my 32 weeker's milk for the first five months. We needed to add Neosure to the milk for extra calories and he was not a very good breast feeder initially. He loved the bottles and would have been happy enough to stay on bottles but I was determined to get him to breastfeed. For the first five months or so, I would put him on the breast 1-2 times per day. Gradually I increased the number of times he was at the breast. He became much more efficient at bfing over time and I was able to graduate from pumping in approx. one month. He grew to LOVE breastfeeding and it was a lot easier than cleaning bottles, sterilizing pumping equipment etc. He breast fed until 13 1/2 months. I then weaned him because I am currently pregnant with #2..Try not to give up pumping altogether...maybe just supplement. I am convinced that my son had only one tiny runny nose during his whole first year because of the breast milk. Take care and hang in there!!!

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Postby aimeejane » Tue Jan 06, 2004 07:30 pm

Another tip: I got most of my Neosure for Nicky off of EBAY of all places! Brand-new, never-been-opened cans, some of them for half price.

He just didn't drink enough EBM to gain any weigh on it...Even on the Neosure, he was over 18 months old before he got into the 5% for either height or weight.

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Re : Vent

Postby mada » Tue Jan 06, 2004 05:25 pm

Just a little tip....Yes formula is insanely expensive. I went to similacs website and signed in and they sent me tons of coupons!! Pampers does the same thing[;)]

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Postby paljane8 » Tue Jan 06, 2004 03:14 pm


You should buy stock in infamil, similac? Since you are boosting that market anyway!

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Re : Vent

Postby paljane8 » Tue Jan 06, 2004 03:12 pm

Hey Amy,

That Medela hospital pump is the best. I am sorry this is dragging on so long for you! That pumping round the clock is exhausting! We pumped exclusively for 9 wks and then Janie suplimented until about 5 months or so. You are almost double that now. Even now Janie(8 mo) still takes a suppliment bottle about every other day or so. I really thought I would go insane that first 9wks of exclusive pumping! Janie was born with some low muscel tone including oral low tone. She wasn't strong enough to extract milk. In the very beginning she used more calories trying to get bm from a bottle than she got from the bm itself. We started with that spaghetti-like tube that Deborah talked about attached to a syringe. We put that tube on our fingers and let her suck as we "injected" bm. She only took 5 cc's in the beginning-it is amazing when oz don't matter anymore. The finger feedings were such a process that I was SO glad when she could finally use a bottle! I really wanted to nurse-so that was the aim-to have her bf (I started the preg intending to bottle feed from the beginning but as the preg progressed I changed my mind) I did at least 1 practice nursing a day right up until 5 months when she could nurse on her own. The only reason I stuck with it was I wanted Janie to have the antibodies that come from bm. There were many times I nearly gave it up. Infact, the only reason I am still breast feeding is that it was such a battle to get to this point! I remember Janie preferring the bottle over the breast because she didn't have to work as hard. So, I would bf and then give the bottle. My question is, do you want to nurse?

I think you are a strong cookie to stick it out this long. Hang in there!

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Postby laura » Tue Jan 06, 2004 02:01 pm

Catherine's right- formula is too frickin expensive- we're going through $30 week in plain old formula. And I'm sick of finding and washing bottles. And she still (8.5 mos) wakes every four hours to eat: 9pm, midnight, 4 am, 8am. (whine, whine, whine)

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Postby catherine » Tue Jan 06, 2004 01:46 pm

Hi Amy, I'm so with you. Chloe turned 6 months last week and I'm still carrying my pump to work with me every day. It seems like sheer drugery but the advantage kicks in on the weekends and in the evening. More than pumping I hate making up formula!!! I was hoping that she'd get more interested in food and we'd be on our way but NOPE, not the b[:)][:)]ie princess... still with the midnight feed..

The thing to remember is that they start getting interested in the world at around 4-5 months and can be distracted by pretty much everything, even when nursing. I've gone through phases when I have to take her off to somewhere quiet so that she'll focus on getting the job done. It passes and she gets back into the groove.

In the end it is really worth doing, especially if you are working and they are at "germy daycare". Chloe hasn't been sick since she started and that is major peace of mind to me. I nursed Lucy up to 14 months, though during the day she'd drink regular milk from a cup. She just nursed morning, evening when she got home from daycare and before going to bed. Kind of fun. Don't think that I'm capable of going much longer than that.

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Re : Vent

Postby natan » Tue Jan 06, 2004 01:36 pm

I know that breast milk is really the best for their nutrition, but if he won't eat then there are alternatives.

My son Natan was too small to latch on. The hospital only wanted to feed him Neosure, expensive stuff. About $13.99 a can. Not all stores carried it. We had to buy at least five cans to get us through the week.

Anyway, we tried to help him latch on with strange gadgets like spagetti like tube the ran down my chest and into a bottle. I didn't like that feeling. I couldn't imagine going out in public like that. I didn't seem to work anyways. Also durning 9/11 and I was not able to relax. Too stressout and worried.

He had two surgeries, and everytime we would have to start over and help him adjust to me and he would not eat well. Doctors really wanted him to gain weight so we totally switched to formula after he came home for good.

Someone told me "as long as he looks healthy that's all that matters".

Goodluck with it,

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