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  • Priscillia
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    icic... thanks for sharing..!

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  • wanderlust
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    yup. my LC explained that the babies stomach will grow as the milk supply increases, in the early days, the stomach is so tiny that a few mLs of colostrum is enough to fill them up. also because they have enough stores to go without food for 3 days. there will be a slight weight loss due to that but it's normal and no need to be overly concerned.

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  • Priscillia
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    while waiting for the milk supply to come, i just have to feed my baby on colostrum?

    went for the hospital tour at TMC yesterday. i saw the babies in the nurseries.. aiyo!! so cute..

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  • wanderlust
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    oops i guess i was lucky then

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  • ginger
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    crystal, thanks for the information!!

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  • wanderlust
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    ginger, i got mine from GNC. However, the last time i went and asked for my friend, the SA said they were going to stop bringing it in. During my search i did find alot of stores on the internet that sold it, maybe you can do a search on google. alternatively, you can make fenugreek tea using the herb itself. that's what my lactation consultant taught us actually. you can buy it from indian spice shops. it's apparently quite a commonly used indian herb.

    bashful, i've been wanting to comment on your cute avatar... so cute! is that a towel over valerie's head? looks like she's wearing a big sun-hat

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  • Bashful
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    I also don't think sesame oil laden food helps supply.

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  • ginger
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    crystal where can you get the fenugreek supplments?

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  • Bashful
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    oh... stupid me!!

    I know lot of women have good result by taking fernugreek. But I am the really unlucky one. It did nothing to my milk supply and give me bad diarrhoea & tummy upset.

    When taking fernugreek, you must also look out for diarrhoea in baby, as some babies will react to it by having running stools or very gasy.

    My baby no problem, but I have problem with this herb.

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  • wanderlust
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    sesame oil laden food is confinement food. i don't think it has any effect in improving milk supply.

    foods like green papaya (must be green!) + fish soup is very good for improving suppply. i also took fenugreek supplments which helped too.

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  • ginger
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    Correct me if I am wrong. There are certain food to help you produce more milk right? Like some papaya and fish soup? One of my gf's husband cook for her during confinement. She mention she ate alot of sesame food. She had so much milk!

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  • wanderlust
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    by milk coming in on 3rd/4th day, i meant the liquid starts looking like milk. colostrum is available immediately...

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  • Bashful
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    Hmm... although in theory milk only come in about 3/4 days. But I am the lucky one that colostrum came in immediately. A few of my gfs too.
    At least the nurse who help me examined my breasts and told me "you have colostrum ready for baby."

    Not so lucky as I was in pain (due to the C-section), hence unable to feed baby, hence led to no simulation until 5 days later I have to simulate my breasts with a manual pump and occassionally baby sucking. From then onwards, I suffered from undersupply badly.

    I do agree that there is no need to pump if your baby can feed directly and very often.
    But in any case, (touch wood!), the breastfeeding didn't go very well, or baby cannot feed etc, it is good to simulate the nipples by pumping right away.
    It is very very unlikely that by pumping alone in the early stage will lead to oversupply of milk as a pump is much less effective than baby sucking. It will only help you tell the brain that there is a baby to feed.

    However it is very important to establish a demand for milk (either by feeding or pumping) as early as possible so as not to run into undersupply problem.
    I learn the hard hard way and have not enough milk to feed baby via pumping for the first 3 months. (I exclusive pump). Even now, I have to fight to keep up with my baby demand by pumping.
    Last edited by Bashful; 19-05-2005, 12:44 PM.

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  • Priscillia
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    do the nurses realy do accordingly to what we ask them to do?

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  • Miyamoto
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    Originally posted by crystal
    yes you are right, size has nothing to do with it
    heehee...
    thanks...
    lucky...

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