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chite From: chite Date: February 8th, 2008 04:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay yay yay!!!

What kind of formula are you using? If I see any coupons or offers on freecycle I'll make sure to get them for you.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 8th, 2008 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm using Enfamil Lipil right now (as of today... I used Similac Alimentum last week, but it's NASTY NASTY STUFF). But the pediatrician's office gave me three 8 oz cans free today and I only use one teaspoon per 3 oz bottle, so it will take me a while to go through that. (I definitely appreciate it, though, because this crap is expensive, it turns out!!)
hannahsarah From: hannahsarah Date: February 8th, 2008 11:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Go Ellie go!

Rivka was on BM mixed with Enfamil LactoFree because of her colic. That stuff is not only expensive, but it's darn near impossible to find. I remember being in the north end of town, where I rarely ever go, and having to try 6 different stores before I found it. They keep it locked up in the pharmacy so that it doesn't get stolen, it's that expensive!
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: February 8th, 2008 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Totally nosy question, I know, but ... if Rivka was adopted, how'd she get breast milk? Did you induce lactation?
hannahsarah From: hannahsarah Date: February 8th, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I started inducing lactation about 4 months before she was born. Her biological mom rented a hospital breast pump and froze milk for us. Another friend of mine had just given birth and was producing enough milk to feed a small country, so between the three of us we managed to keep Rivka on BM for over a full year. She nursed from me for about 3 and 1/2 months, but she got her teeth in early and went on a nursing strike because her little gums were so sore. She didn't want to have anything to do with nursing from then on, which made me very sad because I was determined to be able to nurse as long as my body would let me. I am SO grateful to my friends who donated their milk and helped out with us. We really DID have a village raise a child! I'm really happy about all of the extra antibodies she got, because ka'h she's hardly ever sick, and when she is it's a very light case and she bounces back quickly.
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: February 8th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is so awesome! You are truly Supermom -- I have been told that inducing lactation involves a tremendous amount of work, and I know I did not enjoy the pump while I was using it. (My son had some difficulties nursing in the first few weeks -- he was too sleepy to eat.)
hannahsarah From: hannahsarah Date: February 10th, 2008 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Really, induced lactation is NOTHING compared to infertility treatments. It is a lot of work and dedication, though.

After 20 years of infertility, I was just happy that my body was doing *something* right! I had felt like such a failure all those years, so being able to provide nourishment for my daughter was an amazing feeling. I only wish I could have done it longer, but I thank G-d that I had the opportunity when I did.
chite From: chite Date: February 8th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is incredibly expensive. When I hurt my neck and was on bad drugs and was pumping & dumping for a week, we ran out of frozen breastmilk and had to use formula for a few days. After that, we continued to use it for the one feeding that Adam would do (we also discovered that he slept through the night when he had formula, so it was worth the price for one bottle a day). By this time he was almost 9 months old.

I did learn later on that the Target brand is really the same stuff and costs significantly less. If we had been exclusively formula feeding, I might have considered it. But I was usually able to keep the cost of it down with strategic coupon-getting and freecycle :)

Also, if you sign up at the enfamil web site they will send you coupons and free cans.
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