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Holy Cow
I seem to have some oversupply going on here. I've been pumping daily lately our of necessity, because things get uncomfortable if I do not. Last night I got five ounces out of one breast without even trying very hard. I think part of it is that I delivered a rather large placenta and my breasts panicked at the size of the baby they had to feed. (When I saw the size of the placenta I asked the nurse about it and she said, "Let's just say he was well fed.") Part of it is also that my body has done this once before, which no doubt makes it easier. Part of it is also Duncan's feeding pattern, which alternates between sleeping 3-5 hours at a go and then cluster feeding.

All in all this state of affairs is just fine by me. In fact, it is more than fine. I don't mind soaking the fronts of my dresses, and I actually prefer too much supply to any other state. I remember the misery of doing pumps in the wee hours of the mornings after I went back to work the last time around, desperately trying to get enough milk to feed Margaret the next day. It was a misery that I'd prefer not to repeat. A back supply is also a good thing.
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chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: February 8th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wowser. go go milk factory.
enugent From: enugent Date: February 8th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was so happy with the decision (forced on me by Howard's breathing problems at birth) to start pumping immediately when he was born. Having a big stash when I went back to work was awesome, compared to the first time when I had just barely enough to keep ahead. I'm glad you're happy with how it's going.

I don't remember - did you have any issues with clogged ducts or mastitis last time around? I was lucky enough to escape those, but they sound miserable. I hope your breastfeeding relationship is smooth sailing!
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