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Anyone exclusively breastfed after a breast reduction op?

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u32ng Tue 08-Dec-15 17:56:37

Just hoping for some success stories as DS is needing top up feeds and I wonder whether I will ever be able to just exclusively breast feed?

artisanroast Wed 09-Dec-15 04:29:58

I am successfully breastfeeding with implants smile

toopeoply Wed 09-Dec-15 04:50:04

I managed for about 4 months, but then found I wasn't producing enough. She wasn't gaining enough weight. I'm really hoping that this time will be different

Legofriend Wed 09-Dec-15 04:52:07

I wasn't able to due to the very slow stream of milk coming out. I therefore used an electric pump for almost every other feed; took hours of pumping though which I found very demoralising. I was told I wouldn't be able to breastfeed full stop so anything was a bonus, including the minuscule bit of colostrum. I only did this for 3 months then went solely to formula. I will add that I have an incredibly healthy child who has so far managed to avoid colds etc that his friends seem to continuously have.

u32ng Wed 09-Dec-15 19:00:02

That's interesting Lego, as I didn't manage to feed DC1 (latch issues & maybe supply too?) so he was formula fed and appears to have a cast iron immune system too.

I have the milk but starting to wonder if I will only ever be able to make a certain amount & won't ever be enough to keep up with demandsad

Getting my op was the best decision ever as I was so miserable but it also makes me so sad that I'll maybe never be able to feedsad.

StubbleTurnips Wed 09-Dec-15 19:06:10

Hello OP.

I didn't manage exclusive but I changed my aim to BF for as long as possible rather than exclusivelu. I did 2 top ups in the early days, and went from there.

She's 2.5 and still loves boob grin

Legofriend Sun 13-Dec-15 22:21:26

Don't give yourself a hard time about it and don't let others guilt trip you into endlessly trying. Having the op was definitely the best thing for me too as it improved my confidence ten fold. Look at how healthy your other child is!

u32ng Mon 14-Dec-15 10:27:35

Had a not very good night last night so feeling a bit crappy and emotional about it today. Forgot how shit it is faffing with bottles on cold winter nightssad

I have rented a hospital grade double pump so will see where I'm at by the end of the month...

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