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Old May 21st, 2017, 11:52 AM   51
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Oh wow, I bet that's a drive! Or are you flying?

They live in Bellaire, which is about 45 minutes from Traverse City. It's become more of a tourist town since I lived there thanks to Shorts Brewery so some people have actually heard of it now.



 
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Old May 21st, 2017, 14:56 PM   52
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I had a good friend in college that was from there!

Yes. We are flying. We drive there last April, glad we did. But never again. Lol



 
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Old May 22nd, 2017, 05:53 AM   53
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How funny! It's really a small world.

And I can imagine never again! An 8-hour drive is long enough for me. We drove to Florida last March... A 16-hour drive from here, not including stops. No thanks!



 
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Old May 24th, 2017, 00:15 AM   54
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When I woke up this morning, I couldn't remember pumping in he middle of the night! Of course I did because there was milk in the fridge. I do vaguely remember now. But I guess I'm becoming a zombie during my night pump! Which I suppose is okay, as long as it gets done!!



 
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Old May 24th, 2017, 02:13 AM   55
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Well zombie pumping is almost as good as pumping while you sleep! My DD woke up after I pumped last night. I wasn't sure she would be happy nursing with me being mostly empty but thank goodness she was! I don't like having to do a bottle in the middle of the night.



 
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Old May 24th, 2017, 05:08 AM   56
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They always know the best timing, don't they? Glad she was still satisfied!!



 
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Old May 24th, 2017, 09:02 AM   57
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Mine actually didn't wake up after I pumped last night! I was so sure she was going to wake any minute both times I went to bed last night after pumping. To my surprise she slept great! I got two pumping sessions in and 3 oz to show for it. I haven't been very consistent with night pumping lately with both of us being sick and her being fussier than normal, so I'm not expecting to see much difference in output at this point.

I'm starting to think maybe she has a rather mild milk allergy. We fixed the reflux issues and then about a week later we switched the formula she's on (we're fortifying her breastmilk and formula feeds to get her weight up) because the dietitian I had spoken to said the version of Gerber formula for supplementing is the same thing as the regular Gerber Good Start Gentle, so if it's cheaper just buy the regular stuff. I've since noticed that she cries and pulls away during feeds (breast or bottle) and has a rash on her bum that won't seem to go away. I'm not sure if the little bit of mucus she has going on is just lingering from being sick or related to a milk allergy. I guess only time will tell... So starting yesterday I now have her on Similac Pro Sensitive since we had a small sample can at home. We'll see if she improves much on that over the next couple of days. Since formula isn't cheap and if she's having an allergy problem it doesn't seem to be severe I don't want to run out and buy something we won't use if it turns out it isn't an allergy problem and maybe it's something else. I'm still doing research to see if I can confirm it's a milk allergy while we wait to see how she does on the other formula. She seemed to do fine on the Gerber Soothe formula, which has probiotics in it, so I should probably go get some probiotics to start her on as well. I know I have a coupon at home somewhere...

All of that doesn't really have much to do with night pumping... But it seems like there's always something! I started taking moringa on Sunday to boost my milk supply. I've noticed a small boost already, but we'll see if by the end of the week I see a significant boost (like double!) like others have. It's a plant that grows in India and the Philippines that's really commonly used in those areas for milk supply and other things. They say it works well for those that haven't had success with fenugreek, so we shall see!



 
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Good luck Lenora! Poor baby! Rash does not sound fun! I hope you can get it figured out!



 
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Old May 25th, 2017, 07:09 AM   59
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My DD woke up after I pumped last night. I wasn't sure she would be happy nursing with me being mostly empty but thank goodness she was!
She might get fussy that there isn't a huge amount of milk straight away, but your body is ready to produce milk at all times (after all there isn't anywhere in the breast to store milk so most of it gets produced at the time of pumping/feeding - especially when supply has regulated). After a pump might be the best time to feed too if you are working on upping your supply at all as she might get milk that the pump cant and it'll tell your body to make more.



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Old May 25th, 2017, 08:43 AM   60
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Another great night! DD slept her usual 4 hours, I got to pump after I put her to bed, but when she woke around 1 I apparently passed out in the chair while she ate for a couple of hours. I woke up and look at my phone for the time around 3:30 and she wasn't sleeping deeply, so I rocked her to sleep on my shoulder while patting her back (this seems to be one of her favorite places to go to sleep lately) and put her down around 4. I was able to get ready, pump, see off my friends that were visiting around 5, and get dressed before DD woke up and had plenty of time to feed her before leaving for work this morning! Granted, I've been up since 3:30, but I think it would have worked out the same if I hadn't passed out and managed to get her back in bed earlier.

I did notice that my supply was a little bit lower yesterday when I didn't have oats for breakfast! I guess we'll see if the oats make a bit of a difference if my supply is better today.



 
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