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    I had 24 ounces sitting in the fridge that needed to be used. The trick will be getting her to drink it. I offered it to her in a glass, but she doesn't want it. Maybe she'll want a smoothie or something tomorrow. I have briefly thought about slipping it into her gf cereal

    I typically am able to pump 4-6 ounces out at night after a feeding. Supply is not a problem. Perks of being a human binky, I guess. There's constant demand on my body to produce!
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    I would definitely give her some breastmilk. I don't know if it will help, but it can't hurt.

    Also, I wouldn't be too worried about shooing her away from baby -- this is not a 'catching' reaction, just her immune system at work. No worries for your babe. after all, the baby is getting breastmilk and is pretty much immune to your whole family anyway.

    Sorry your mom mucked things up.

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    I would put it in a smoothie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoebird View Post
    I would definitely give her some breastmilk. I don't know if it will help, but it can't hurt.

    Also, I wouldn't be too worried about shooing her away from baby -- this is not a 'catching' reaction, just her immune system at work. No worries for your babe. after all, the baby is getting breastmilk and is pretty much immune to your whole family anyway.

    Sorry your mom mucked things up.
    Hey Zoebird! The way things went here, is that my Second would fill up with snot, phlegm, goo... and that in and of itself is not catching, as you said - but then my poor DD would catch every pathogen that happened to fly through the air at that point, and THAT was catching. She seemed to either produce the world's yummiest goo (in the eyes of germs) or have her immune system depressed, or both. We went through this a lot until we got her sensitivities sorted.

    Not trying to wig out BB, but I understood her post in this way.
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    ah, I see.

    I never really worried much about goo from other kiddos/people/etc -- even pathogenic kind -- so perhaps it just never entered my mind to be concerned about it.

    Of course, I didn't go anywhere for the first 3 weeks or so (or, not as much as, say, the 20 yr olds with newbies here. It's amazing. they are out at the coffee klatch 15 minutes after birth it seems. Ahh, the beauty of youth! LOL) other than the doctor, lactation consultant, and perhaps an errand now and again, so. . . yeah. LOL I didn't *have to* worry about goo in the early days.

    Also, my guy doesn't get too gooey, so I wouldn't think about it now if I had another (and I've considered it! lol).

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    Crab sees my concern. I know it's an allergic reaction, but her immune system is obviously on the fritz/weakened, so my concern is that she will catch something and then pass it on to sister.

    Glad to know Annee is invincible now. Learned something about my new super power
    Moo.

    I just worry cuz when Grace was 4 weeks old, she got a cold (and was breast fed, so I'm not sure about immunity). I felt like I had failed her as a parent. Like "Ahhh! I just got you and already broke you!" lol

    Also I'm one of those crazy moms who whisks her kids off into the big wide world right away. Annee has already been to restaurants and grocery stores, yet not to church (cuz people at church won't leave her alone, I'm sure )
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    She's protected from anything to which you're immune, so Grace catching a cold was only because you weren't/aren't immune from catching a cold.

    JMO, but I don't think you're crazy for getting her out into the big wide world so fast. She'll be strong just like her mom.
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    I don't think you're crazy for getting out there either.

    More like, I couldn't go out. I was exhausted, it hurt to walk (my hips shifted pretty majorly -- particularly the left), and it was just too taxing to go anywhere. It just felt like a ton of work to go out and meet some ladies for coffee. But the younger mums here are out and about right away. I think they bounce back quicker than my (32 yo) self did and they probably have a much higher social need than I do.

    I started taking him to yoga classes (ones I taught) when he was 4 weeks old, so I was back in the thick of things.

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    I feel so sneaky *rubs hands together evilly*
    Grace has had no interest in trying my stuff, and I haven't wanted to force the issue... so I poured some of my milk into a glass and filled the rest with raw milk. Grace is clueless.
    mwahaha
    Maybe I can gradually decrease the raw milk amount and completely replace it with mine. That would save us at least $30 each month!
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    I wouldn't want to start feeding my 41/2 yr old after not feeding him for two years, but I feel I must put it out there as an idea. :-D
    I wish I hadn't stopped feeding him though,it was only because pregnancy hormones made it feel horrid that I stopped it,I'd have fed a lot longer if it hadn't I think. A month before I did stop feeding him he had a terrible bout of croup and I was so glad of being able to feed him to sleep and nourish him through it.

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