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« on: May 24, 2011, 03:48:30 AM »

This is something that si important if you are planning to give breast milk to your baby for a long time.

It will be nice to see the comments or recomendation of those momes that succesfully breastfed their babies for more than 6 month.
Please tell us how long did you breastfed and if you are presently doing it (more than 6 month) and share with us what do you think have to do with the fact that you had a long milk production.

Thanks for sharing.

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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2011, 04:34:49 AM »

I breastfed my son until he was 2. I donated my extra milk to a milk bank until he was about 5 months old.

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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2011, 06:54:50 AM »

I am still breasfeeding my son at 9 months old and I plan to continue as long as I can. 
I drink Alot of water and eat steel oats http://www.quakeroats.com/products/oatmeal/steel-cut-oats.aspx or if I am out of that regular oatmeal.
In the earlier months it seemed that my son was eating all day and most of the night.
I was so scared I was not producing enough milk so I did a google search and consulted my doctor and his pediatrician with what I found and then I started taking fenugreek pills three times a day and drinking mother's milk tea twice a day http://www.traditionalmedicinals.com/mothersmilk/
Now I drink the tea and take the fenugreek vitamins every couple of days.

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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2011, 07:38:18 AM »

I breastfed for 26 months but found the milk just kept adjusting to what she needed. She fed very frequently though.
I am still waiting to see what will happen this time around as my daughter is only 3 months old, but I suspect we will just keep going for a while.

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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2011, 08:42:43 AM »

Nursing on demand

Red Raspberry Leaf tea together with nettle, alfalfa

Oats are great and so is fenugreek

Get rest

Brewers yeast

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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2011, 08:46:26 AM »

Breastfed my daughter for 11 months ( she self-weaned, and I was pregnant at that time already)

Breastfeeding my son presently at 10 months with no intention to stop any time soon

It is important to have good protein diet in addition to herbal supplements, teas mentioned earlier. Also make sure to get plenty of liquid. Co-sleeping helps tremendously as well.

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« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2011, 10:18:28 AM »

I am still breastfeeding my baby who is 8 mths now. I think what helped me the most:

1- Breastfeeding on demand from the beginning. Now he crawls towards me and tugs my T-shirt when he needs milk, that' so cute  happy
2- Oats in my breakfast every morning + eating healthy (I eat organic too)
3- Co-sleeping: that's so efficient
4- Water, water, water, all day long.


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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2011, 02:25:11 PM »

My first nursed until the week he turned 3 years old. I had to suddenly wean due to preterm labor concerns. 

My second is 16 months and still nursing. Neither has had any formula ever.

I think the most important things aren't supplements.

-believe in yourself
-don't supplement or have formula in the house. If baby is over hungry, you will have time to get to the store. (though if you are worried, I'd recommend renting a baby scale to check for proper weight gain.)
-nurse on demand
-have support. I cannot recall it now, but remember reading an article that showed the most important factor in breastfeeding success is the father's attitude. But, if you don't have that, find support somewhere.
-drink lots of water and sufficient calories


The other supplements are great too, if needed. But I believe in trying these first, starting with believing in yourself.

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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2011, 06:40:09 PM »

Nurse on demand, learn to make oatmeal overnight in the crockpot, and take sugested herbal supplements if necessary. Fenugreek is a good one, when you detect a hint of maple syrup in your perspiration you know you've take enough. Really.  LOL

Check out www.kellymom.com for the best lactation information! And of course la leche league is full of information too. I nursed my DD until 22 months or so, I weaned her at my request and my only regret is stopping so soon. My son preferred the bottle because I exposed him to too many bottles (tandem nursing was one of the hardest things I have ever done) and grew accustomed to it, I finished weaning him at 9 months in part due to a medication I was taking.

I regret stopping with both children when I did and if I could go back in time, I would have nursed them both longer.

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« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2011, 02:23:58 AM »

I breastfed my son until he was 2. I donated my extra milk to a milk bank until he was about 5 months old.
nhockaday, until 2 month or 2 years?.
Lucky of you to have much more milk than wsas requiered and congratulations for donating and helping those that need it.

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« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2011, 02:28:34 AM »

i was surprise to see how long do  you breatfeed. Unfortunately i only breastfeed 1 month because when i start to work and extract so little that there was no milk anymore. Remenber i am a grandma and in that time (1975 to 1984) there was only the manual pump to help exttract but we have no idea that the milk could be refrigerated for later.

Thanks for all the recomendations. I will also look into that pages you mention.

Only one question. Do any of you work outside ofr the house?
i know that being at home and taking charge of all the chores is also a lot of work but having to go to an office and specially it is far from home, then it gets harder.

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« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2011, 02:57:58 AM »

I don't work outside of the home (I breastfed until almost 3 years for one and going on 17 months for the other).  Being in proximity to the baby absolutely makes it easier. Not that it's impossible otherwise, though I cannot give advice from experience on that.

My mother had similar information to you and I was born in the time period you had your children. I actually went home from the hospital after birth before her and no one told her anything about keeping her milk supply up. They supplied her with a pump after the nurses got mad at her for constantly leaking milk everywhere, but she had no clue about saving that milk. She poured it out, and I was fed formula at home by my grandmother.

I think the Internet and this generation of parents (and well, everything) changes the ballgame so much as to what information people have access to.

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« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2011, 03:00:33 AM »

I forgot to add my mom had intended - and did - breastfeed me, but only for 3 months, I believe because of misinformation. She still regrets it. (she did the best she could, so I don't)

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« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2011, 04:02:55 AM »

I breastfed my son until he was 2. I donated my extra milk to a milk bank until he was about 5 months old.
nhockaday, until 2 month or 2 years?.
Lucky of you to have much more milk than wsas requiered and congratulations for donating and helping those that need it.

2 years. I didn't intend to breastfeed that long; I was aiming for a year, but it ended up working well for us  smile 
I will donate milk again if I ever have another baby. I think it's a great thing to do if you have enough to share. The only reason I didn't do it longer was b/c I went on vacation and stopped pumping for the milk bank. Then my supply went down.

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« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2011, 01:49:01 PM »

I am still breastfeeding Ella, who is 2 years 10 months old now, and will probably continue until she self-weans or we get serious about trying for a second baby.  laugh

I had a very difficult time when I first started breastfeeding. My milk did not come in on time, Ella would not latch on properly, we were battling thrush, and I was not producing enough milk. On top of that, I had to go back to work 7 weeks after delivery. Somehow, we made it through and things got easier around the 6th month or so. What helped me the most with increasing milk production was:

1. drinking lots of fluids (water, gatorade, soup, milk)
2. nursing on demand (when I was at home during the weekends)
3. pumping every 2-3 hours
4. fenugreek capsules
5. co-sleeping

I second the recommendation for the kellymom website: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/index.html. It was my one-stop shop for breastfeeding info.

We started solid food at 6 months and I pumped at work until Ella turned 1 year old. My Medela breastpump and I were inseparable!  LOL

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