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    Two years of peaceful, boobie filled bedtimes.
    After 2 weeks in hospital as a newborn for not gaining weight, 3 months of pumping all day and night, and 10 months on Motilium. (And after all that, we're now in the middle of the opposite but still arduous task of getting him to stop )
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    Quote Originally Posted by deku View Post
    Two years of peaceful, boobie filled bedtimes.
    After 2 weeks in hospital as a newborn for not gaining weight, 3 months of pumping all day and night, and 10 months on Motilium. (And after all that, we're now in the middle of the opposite but still arduous task of getting him to stop )
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    That is all. Yay!
    Wow that's really interesting! Can you tell me more about what you went through? So it took 3 months to get your supply up (pumping) and motilium then it clicked? You just had enough? What was your feeding/pumping schedule? What do you think the issue was?

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    Well done mumma!

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    Yay! Well done 👍

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    Well done @deku what a super awesome achievement. Go you and go DS!!

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    Love the way he is holding the other boob in his hand!!

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    Thanks for the love! Hehe I like how he keeps one hand on the other boob, just to make sure it doesn't go anywhere

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    Wow that's really interesting! Can you tell me more about what you went through? So it took 3 months to get your supply up (pumping) and motilium then it clicked? You just had enough? What was your feeding/pumping schedule? What do you think the issue was?
    Ok very long reply incoming...

    So when he was about a week old we were readmitted because he was losing weight and was just really lethargic and had no interest in feeding. After a couple of days in the nursery we started on the 3 hourly routine of breastfeed both sides as much as he could, then give him a top up of at least 30 mL - so as much EBM as I had, or if I didn't have enough then topped up with formula too. Then pump both sides ready for the next feed. (Then wash and reassemble the kit, which left me with about an hour before starting it all over again! Those were not fun times.)
    After a few more days and many LC visits I started on Motilium too, just a 4-6 week course (I can't remember exactly).
    By about 4 weeks he was gaining at a good rate so we pulled the pumping and top-ups back to 4-6 times/day instead of 8 (still breastfeeding 3 hourly). Finished the course of Motilium, but was still having to pump/top-up 4 times/day (including one at around 5am as that was when I'd get the most output). This went on until he was around 12 weeks, when I saw my doctor and was like "I'm going insane I hate pumping so much!".
    So started back on Motilium which allowed me to stop pumping, and very slowly weaned off it when he was around 10-11 months and eating plenty of solids. I can't remember when we stopped having to wake him for feeds but it was probably around 3.5-4 months. He never went back to being a sleepy, lazy baby after the 4 month sleep regression

    I don't really know the cause of the low supply, there was no obvious physical problems like retained placenta or lip/tongue ties. I think there were a couple of factors though:
    1. Kind of crappy birth experience with induction. You know how after the birth you're supposed to get a rush of oxytocin which helps with bonding and establishing breastfeeding? I'm pretty sure I didn't get that, I felt nothing after he was born except really tired and kind of mad that I obviously wasn't going to sleep any time soon. He was breastfed fairly soon, but not until about ~2 hours later as I spent that time being stitched up while DH held him.
    2. He was hypoglycaemic at birth which made him pretty sleepy and uninterested in feeding. So he probably didn't feed as much as he should have in the first few days so as well as not getting the hit of oxytocin on my end to kick things into gear, my boobs also didn't get the message from him to start producing more. His BSL was fine within 2-3 days but he remained sleepy and uninterested for a bit longer. He was tested for a bunch of other stuff at the hospital but everything came back normal, he just liked sleeping and had his own priorities

    Bonus pic : Us in the SCN when he was I think 9 days old, the first time he really 'got' it. Eyes open, focused, actually sucking properly and enthusiastically. So that was a nice moment
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    Such a lovely, inspiring story!!
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