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I'm currently due in November, though due to preeclampsia, my son may be delivered any time now. I'm planning on exclusively breastfeeding him, and I have a few questions for those moms out there that have had experience with this.<br><br><br><br>
I've read up on kellymom.com, and the like, about vegan/vegetarian diets and breastfeeding, but there's nothing like some good old fashioned personal perspective, y'know? How did it work for you all? Did you have supply issues, or vitamin deficiencies? Things like that.<br><br><br><br>
Thank you much!
 

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I have bf two children now and I have been veg for life. I found a great site for ttc , being pg and bf at ovusoft.com in the community forums. If you search around you will find ladies on every sectrum of crunchy. GL with your pg & labor and delivery.
 

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I am lacto/ovo since birth and I successfully breastfed my daughter for 26 months (4 months exclusively, after that alternated with solid foods, which is recommended practice in this part of the world... I know 6 months of exclusive BF is totally possible but with my daughter 4 months obviously worked fine).<br><br><br><br>
I took a complete multivitamin for pregnant/lactating women for all that time but other than this I just watched alcohol & caffeine intake and tried to get a varied diet (which we always do anyway).<br><br><br><br>
I totally think the key elements for successful breastfeeding are fluid intake (water and herbal tea but avoid sage !) and absence of stress. Don't worry too much about the breastfeeding because that will compromise your production. You should be fine. If you have any problems, consult with La Leche League, they are awesome !
 

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I am lacto-ovo too and am exclusively breastfeeding my 4 month old son. My pre-pregnancy blood work revealed that I get enough protein and iron in my diet and my obgyn was not concerned during my pregnancy. milk supply is abundant, baby is in the 85th percentiles for height and weight and I am proud to say I have a veggie baby! Good luck with everything...rest up now.
 

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Hi! How exciting for you ! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I breastfed my ds for almost 3 years. He is a preemie and and we were in-patients in the NICU for a month to boot. WE made signs for his incubator stating NO AIM of ANY KIND, NO ARTIFICIAL NIPPLES. I cannot tell you how many times (prior to the signs) nurses tried to give him a binky or kindly offer up "human milk fortifier" to my skinny mini! So, there's a tip for you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
He was flight for lifed to a bigger hospital directly after csection so we wereseperated for almost 3 days. He was given donor breastmilk during the end of the second day (nothing needed in that first + day... ), via gavage tube (feed tube) and my dh was with him during that time.<br><br><br><br>
I hated pumping. But my breasts were WAAAAAAAAAY bigger than ds's head (4lbs) so I often pumped to relieve some of the "hardness" of my breast before offering it up to him. It made it easer for him to latch on.<br><br><br><br>
I was ADDICTED to nipple lube. For 3 months I greased up the nipples to avoid cracking/burning general ouchy-ness. I had to give it up cold-turkey and, after a few weeks of AWFUL PAIN my nipples stepped-up to the occasion and I never had a crack after that. I suggest foregoing the nipple lube all together and just plan on "taking the pain" until your breasts toughen up.<br><br><br><br>
Don't give in. I cannot tell you how often I hear "oh, it was too uncomfortable" or "My baby wasn't gaining enough weight" or " I was too tied to my baby" blablabla... It's your baby. It's your decision to HAVE the baby and therefore your decision to FEED said baby. Know it may be uncomfortable for a time. Know that your child will control how much he/she gets, how it "comes in", and the composition of your breastmilk. Really! Your child will gain weight. Unfortunatly many peds use the formula-fed growth charts and will constantly harrass you at how small your dc is or how slowly they are growing... don't pay attention if your dc is meeting all mental/motor milestones you're doig fine. If he/she is wetting the diaper often and making "loose bf stools" at least twice a day... he/she is FINE! Breast is best and rarely is the opposite true.<br><br><br><br>
Get comfortable NIP (nursing in public)! I swear, I've nursed this kid while pushing a grocery cart AND talking on the phone! LOL! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thinking.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":think:"><br><br><br><br>
Learn how to nurse while lying down... it will make sleeping while your angel eats easier!<br><br><br><br>
feel free to pm me or email me whenEVER! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
also... almost forgot... eat! You need MORE nutrition while bf'ing then you did while pregnant. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times and eat GOOD STUFF. avacado, brown rice, tofu, good fats... and keep taking your prenatals until you're done bf'ing.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck and all the best.
 

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I am technically a lacto-ovo veggie. I am allergic to milk but LOVE my cheese. Hey, I'm Dutch...I SHOULD love my cheese! I have never liked eggs by themselves or in anything where it tastes too eggy.<br><br>
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I BF my first daughter for 6 months until she decided that she preferred the bottles that she got when I was back at work. I didn't have much luck pumping, I would only get 4 ounces when I double pumped with my Medela Pump in Style. With my second daughter that is now 5 months old it is going better. She was exclusively bf for the first 4 months until I started giving her one bottle of formula a day so that I could pump and freeze for when I returned to work. Now she gets about 10 ounces of formula day or less. I pump while at work but can only do it once.<br><br>
What I found was that I really needed to make sure I get TONS of protein. I have 20 ounces of soy milk with breakfast with some protein powder in it. I also drink about 160 ounces a day, most of which is water. I sometimes feel like I could float away!<br><br>
I agree with the last poster that you don't want to stress about it. It is an uneasy feeling to not see how much your baby is eating, but if they have enough wet diapers then your good.<br><br>
My nipples were actually bleeding during some of the feedings during the first couple of weeks because she sucked so hard! I was also engourged for 5 days. Yes moms, you read that right...FIVE days! Cabbage leaves inside my bra helped more than anything else. It sounds crazy, but there is some acid in them that helps. I have also heard that this works for stopping your milk supply, so I wouldn't suggest it unless you are engourged for a long time. 2-3 days is common.<br><br>
Good luck!!!
 

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I've rarely heard anything good about pumping. is it really that bad (as far as the amount you get)? I planned on pumping so I can give to my 1yo and my newborn. I didn't get to bf my 1yo for very long bc of all her allergy issues (hence our becoming veg*n..amongst other things given up) but since we all now eat as she does, I want to give her what I can..and then it should hopefully not hurt the system of #2. I don't mind supplementing with formula, but want to give them both as much of the best as possible. well, i guess i will find out soon enough..due halloween, but hoping to meet our new girl before then. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I've rarely heard anything good about pumping. is it really that bad (as far as the amount you get)? I planned on pumping so I can give to my 1yo and my newborn. I didn't get to bf my 1yo for very long bc of all her allergy issues (hence our becoming veg*n..amongst other things given up) but since we all now eat as she does, I want to give her what I can..and then it should hopefully not hurt the system of #2. I don't mind supplementing with formula, but want to give them both as much of the best as possible. well, i guess i will find out soon enough..due halloween, but hoping to meet our new girl before then. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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I didn't like pumping. Hated it. But, I didn't have to as I was a sahm for 3 years. I did it when he was a newborn as he was still quite week from being a preemie and would tire out quickly w/ bfing exclusivly so I pumped and then would allow him to "sip" off a shot glass to get a few extra ounces in him quickly each day. BUT... I would have worked at it for sure if I had to go back to work or if someone else HAD to feed my baby. Dealing with pumping is better then giving in to formula. Get a good machine. Go to laleche meetings. get comfortable and talk to some moms that have had success w/ pumping--- if you do need to pump. check out mothering.com--- you will find ENDLESS suppport for bf'ing there and they have a new vegetarian/vegan forum under nutrition & good eating too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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That's funny~ I am sitting and pumping and eating and checking my email (now the boards) right now!<br><br><br><br>
Pumping is a part time job for sure, and it really helps to have an understanding employer (if you work). I am a teacher and only get 1 30 minute lunch break all day, though it is often less. I have learned to balance my bottles in my top drawer so I can use my double pump and eat at the same time. But it is so worth it to me. It makes me feel like even though I can't afford to stay home with my beautiful baby at least he is getting part of me while at the sitters.<br><br><br><br>
A good pump is key, and if you can get through that engorgement (mine is always over one week, I habe bf three kids now) you can do anything!<br><br><br><br>
And never let anyone make you feel uncomfortable about bf in public.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck with everything, you sound like a great mommy
 

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I've rarely heard anything good about pumping...</div>
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When my mother had preemie twins, her breastmilk had not yet come in. Pumping got it started, and the twins' mouths were too small to latch on at that time. They used very small bottles and a mix of breastmilk and formula until they were large enough to clamp on to drink the milk my mother was then producing.<br><br><br><br>
She was (and is) a SAHM. It wasn't a matter of schedules. There were two medical reasons for it.
 

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thanks guys! you just always hear the horror stories and then people quit trying to bf without even trying to pump before heading straight to the bottle. I have felt terrible knowing that I didn't bf my first like I wanted too, and when my mom pointed out that they were going to be close enough in age (13mths apart) that I could just pump and give to them both (and supplement if anything else was needed) it just seemed to make so much sense. I am a sahm, so I have a good pump from when we were trying everything with my daughter, and I didn't mind it. we just couldn't figure out what was wrong with her at the time, and when you are all alone (hubby deployed) i did what i had to (which was formula <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> ) I will definitely check out the website..and I guess it is about time to take "old bessie" out of the closet and give her a good scrubbin. as much as i didn't mind pumping, I think it did give me a better idea of what the poor cow feels like. I'm trying to be a good mommy and just give my babes all the best that i can. thanks again! it's nice to know that it does work out for people.
 

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my dd is 11 months old and we're still going!!<br><br>
seriously...don't give up...<br><br>
it's hard at first...it was difficult for me for the first few months b/c my dd had a bad latch on my left side...but we worked through it!!<br><br>
i plan on bf her until she is at least 18 months old...<br><br>
bf has been a wonderful experience...one that i would never pass up...or give up!!<br><br><br><br>
and i agree with others, water, healthy foods & a good multivitamin are key!!
 

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About the cracked nipples. It WILL hurt for the first few weeks. It's better you know this and also know it will get better ! After 3 weeks, it's easy flying, believe me. You just have to stick with it. If you need lubrication, LANSINOH worked great for me but is not vegan. I think it is easily obtainable in the US (I had to pay a fortune for import, LOL).
 

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About the cracked nipples. It WILL hurt for the first few weeks. It's better you know this and also know it will get better ! After 3 weeks, it's easy flying, believe me. You just have to stick with it. If you need lubrication, LANSINOH worked great for me but is not vegan. I think it is easily obtainable in the US (I had to pay a fortune for import, LOL).</div>
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but again, don't get addicted to the nipple lube. LOL
 

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First off Congrats!!<br><br>
Secondly, to Edamommy, wow! That is so refreshing to hear!!! I hear from so many mothers of premies how they could not bf b/c their babies were in NICU. I know it can be done with putting your whole heart into it, and I applaud you! Skylarks mother FOUND a way and suceeded also. that is great!<br><br>
I bf my son for 2 years (9 months exclusively) and am lacto-veg, technically, but I dont' consume much dairy at all (for my whole life)! I had no problems. I produced tons of milk, and my son is healthy and happy! I really think that nature takes over and as long as you are eating healthy and drinking plenty of H2O bf is pretty easy!<br><br>
Good luck you and the baby!!! Give us updates, and don't hesitate to post for help or just support!<br><br><br><br>
We should start a post about how the public reacted to us bf'ing so long!!! I had some unbelievably rude remarks!
 

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First off Congrats!!<br><br>
Secondly, to Edamommy, wow! That is so refreshing to hear!!! I hear from so many mothers of premies how they could not bf b/c their babies were in NICU. I know it can be done with putting your whole heart into it, and I applaud you! Skylarks mother FOUND a way and suceeded also. that is great!<br><br>
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You know, I hear SO OFTEN the "well, they wouldn't let me do..." about trying to succeed to bf w/ a preemie. But, the first thing his pediatrician said to me was "it's your baby... and you need to rephrase that very comment to be I WILL NOT LET THEM", and we did. My dh was hypervigilent when it was just him and ds in the big hospital right after ds's birth. No nipples. no formula... over and over. thank goodness for the milk banks. Then when we were reunited at the mtn hospital the nurses CONSTANTLY were trying to add "milk fortifier" to the bm for gavaging (which is condensed formula, btw). It was like a mantra for me to say over and over... He's just a breastfed baby- nothing else in his mouth.
 

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You know, I hear SO OFTEN the "well, they wouldn't let me do..." about trying to succeed to bf w/ a preemie. But, the first thing his pediatrician said to me was "it's your baby... and you need to rephrase that very comment to be I WILL NOT LET THEM", and we did. My dh was hypervigilent when it was just him and ds in the big hospital right after ds's birth. No nipples. no formula... over and over. thank goodness for the milk banks. Then when we were reunited at the mtn hospital the nurses CONSTANTLY were trying to add "milk fortifier" to the bm for gavaging (which is condensed formula, btw). It was like a mantra for me to say over and over... He's just a breastfed baby- nothing else in his mouth.</div>
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we bf'd for almost 3 years. My family NEVER breastfed anyone so I was odd to them. But, my ds is the PRINCE of this family so no one questioned him wanting to nurse EVER!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/beatnik2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":beatnik:"> He still gets what he wants... hahaha. At the time I started work he was almost 3 and was just happy nursing to sleep at night. And then BAM- one night he was just done. He asked for water at bed and his daddy to go down with him and that was that.
 

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You know, I hear SO OFTEN the "well, they wouldn't let me do..." about trying to succeed to bf w/ a preemie. But, the first thing his pediatrician said to me was "it's your baby... and you need to rephrase that very comment to be I WILL NOT LET THEM", and we did. My dh was hypervigilent when it was just him and ds in the big hospital right after ds's birth. No nipples. no formula... over and over. thank goodness for the milk banks. Then when we were reunited at the mtn hospital the nurses CONSTANTLY were trying to add "milk fortifier" to the bm for gavaging (which is condensed formula, btw). It was like a mantra for me to say over and over... He's just a breastfed baby- nothing else in his mouth.</div>
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we bf'd for almost 3 years. My family NEVER breastfed anyone so I was odd to them. But, my ds is the PRINCE of this family so no one questioned him wanting to nurse EVER!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/beatnik2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":beatnik:"> He still gets what he wants... hahaha. At the time I started work he was almost 3 and was just happy nursing to sleep at night. And then BAM- one night he was just done. He asked for water at bed and his daddy to go down with him and that was that.</div>
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Talking to yourself here, dear? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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Talking to yourself here, dear? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"></div>
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i meant to edit... then was to lazy to go out and do that so I just ... well YAH I'M FREAKIN' TALKING TO MYSELF!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/doh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":doh:"><br><br><br><br>
but arent' I nice to do it so you all can hear me too? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:">
 
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