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Old 07-15-05, 12:38 PM
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Well after Alyssa doing cluster feeding for a 2nd day I thought maybe I should start pumping. I'm worried that she's not getting enough. I read that cluster feeding happens when your supply gets low and they nurse more to boost it back up and/or she's going through a growth spurt. Well when I pump I'm only getting 1 oz at a time. I'd rather just nurse and forget pumping but this is making me wonder. I put a call into the lacation nurse and I'm waiting for her to give me a call back. I've been up since 4am w/ Alyssa and she's nursed every hour till 8am. Just need some peace of mind that everything's okay. I finally got her to sleep but she wakes up whimpering every so often. I know you can tell by their diapers but still I can't help but wonder. I'm such a worry wart!
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Old 07-15-05, 12:50 PM
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I have never been able to get too terribly much with my pump at a time. Your baby is a much better pump and gets more than any machine could. She is heading into a great time for a growth spurt too. I know it can be very frustrating when they eat so often and act like they are STARVING!!! Kaden seemed like his first 3 months were just one big growth spurt.....I was at my wits end most of the time.

I hope the LC can calm some of your worries. You are doing an AWESOME job!!!
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Old 07-15-05, 01:04 PM
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TY for the support. I contacted my lactation nurse and I'm waiting for her to call me back. I also emailed a couple ladies at La Leche. I don't wanna quit nursing. So I'm up for anything. I'm also gonna ask about something to help boost my milk supply and see if that helps.
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Old 07-15-05, 01:06 PM
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You will never get the same amount with pumping as your baby can get with her hungry jaws.
 
I would boost my water and oatmeal intake and then you may find that this growth spurt cluster feeding evens right out.
 
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Rhiannon cluster fed at about 8 days and I thought I was going to lose my mind. She did it again the beginning of the week (she's 5 weeks now, another growth spurt possibly). I read and was told when they cluster feed they're boosting your milk supply by telling your body to make more milk. I worry too that I'm not enough sometimes but I count diapers and she looks hydrated and bigger than she was (we have a weight check on Tues). I hope someone gets back to you and helps put your mind at ease. I think as new moms we just naturally worry. You're probably doing fine. Keep it up!!!
 
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