i have been pumping since 3 days old as we where having issues. i combo feed at the moment as my supply builds up. i pump 5-6 times a day midwife wants me to do 8 but then i'd have no time for LO. i do 10-15 mins a side
My first son absolutely would not latch. I went through 3 lactation consultants and weeks of tears and frustration--his and mine. We tried nipple shields as well.
I pumped like crazy; the skin peeled on my aereolas. I took the herbs, drank the tea, ate the oatmeal, drank tons of water and meditated. Unfortunatley for me, my breasts just didn't respond to a pump and the well ran dry quickly.
Latch and supply issues from diabetes and thyroid conditions are not a good thing.
Had I been getting anything out when I pumped, it is hard to say how long I would have continued. But I certainly could not handle pumping round the clock for what eventually became an ounce or less in a 24 hour period.
Firstly, well done for doing it as long as you have.
I did it for the 1st 3 wks as LO wouldn't latch, was low birthweight and starving! But it was so, so hard. After an emcs I was a wreck but desperately wanted LO to get breastmilk. I was exhausted and very, very emotional the whole time. When I stopped I felt so much better and wish I'd stopped sooner TBH. The stupid mummy guilt made me carry on though! I wouldn't exclusively express again. Formula has done my baby no harm I do admire those who manage it for a long time though. I could never find enough time in the day.
I won't go into my long story but screaming baby at every feed, wasn't putting on weight and formula/expressed top ups via bottle led to completely refusing to BF. 5 midwives/lactation consultants, 2 pediactricians and 2 health visitors could not figure out why he was screaming.
Finally at 9w diagnosed with reflux put on gaviscon, 12w put on ranitidine and going back tomorrow because I'm now pretty certain it's actually a milk allergy
I pump twice or three times a day, in the morning and in the evening after dinner, sometimes in the afternoon but not so much anymore as it's so nice out and I don't want to be inside!!
I stopped for a week as I didn't have a pump (mine broke, took back and was waiting on a double coming), but got supply back but doing lots of pumping, even if nothing coming out and taking my dad's domperidone!
I stopped there for nearly a week as I was on holiday, hope I get it back again with the same method but wanted to relax!
I'll now pump for I don't know how long but probably not too much longer as I want to enjoy the summer and not worry about having to come home to pump etc.
Double pumps are great, I have an ameda lactaline and it really is fantastic compared to my single, I close my nursing bra around it and it keeps it in place so I can use my hands and move a little bit.
I'm on my 7th month pumping now. My double electric broke and now I'm stuck with a manual pump. Pumping is very tedious work. It's also painful and really annoying so I'm proud of myself for sticking it out so long. I pump 3 times a day and summpliment with formula. For a while I was taking a pill to help increase my supply but I stopped and don't seem to need it anymore. I'm ok with supplimenting.
After a while I tried to see if my baby would latch but he wouldn't. He couldn't do it well when he was born but after a while he just wouldn't.
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