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Old May 9th, 2017, 12:55 PM   11
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Man, that would be so nice! I really hope I can get there, too. I've had a family friend stay with me a couple of times since LO was born and she's been such a HUGE help, especially with breastfeeding! But she had oversupply issues. Whenever she's telling me about her experiences with breastfeeding her sons (who are the same ages as my sister and I) I can't help but think man, that must be nice... It would be a pain because then you have to deal with having to pump or feed or express somehow more frequently so you don't end up engorged or with mastitis, but man, I'd love to have a freezer overflowing with breastmilk!



 
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Old May 9th, 2017, 15:43 PM   12
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Just remember that when you are sat at 3am craving your pillow while expressing lol. Just pump pump pump during the night! I really hope it helps like it did for me. got everuthing crossed for you! x



 
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Old May 10th, 2017, 07:32 AM   13
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Thank you! I tried last night, but it was a rough night. Every time I set baby girl down she would cry. I'll try again tonight. I'm dying to run to Target to get a manual pump! It just seems like it would be so much easier to start pumping quickly compared to the electric, and much less noisy. They have 10% off pickup orders at Target right now, which makes it $7.50 cheaper than Amazon. I might drive out of my way to pick it up after work today...



 
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Old May 10th, 2017, 09:26 AM   14
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I really would get one. They are fab and easy to take out and about too! May sound mean but crying will help you, her crying will help you make milk. Used to be quite uncomfortable actually at times but as soon as my son squeaked i could feel both boobs swell a little and got a really uncomfortable sensation. It will get easier when she settles more and more away from you x



 
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Old May 10th, 2017, 10:22 AM   15
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Manual pump purchased and waiting at Target for me to pick up on my way home! Can't wait to try it out tonight! The motor on my electric sometimes sounds like it's dying already. I wonder how long it will be before I'll have to call Lansinoh to get a replacement. At least now I'll have a backup in case it does die on me. Just curious - I'm assuming you have just the one manual pump and use the other hand to massage/compress? I'm wondering if it would even be feasible to double pump with two manual pumps, but I guess I'll find out either way very soon.

I'm going to try my hardest to get her in the bassinet as soon as she's finished eating tonight and get her to fall asleep in there. I don't know what the chances are of that actually working, but I'm going to try. If it doesn't work, my only other option may be to get her to sleep lying down with me in bed and sneak off while she's sleeping. I did that this morning to get ready for work and she didn't wake until after I was ready for the day.

She did feed a bit more than normal last night, so I'm hoping that helped to make up for the lack of pumping. I could hear her swallowing big gulps the whole time she was eating until she fell asleep, so I was really hoping I'd get a chance to pump once she was done!



 
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Old May 10th, 2017, 12:57 PM   16
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Yeah I had no option but to hold and compress with the other hand, had to do that while my son was latched on too. Just being so busty I couldn't do it any other way. Just try whatever works for you.

Don't be discouraged but her last feed before bedtime say 11pm, feed her and pump. You might get nothing you mighto get some. same during the night and the same in the morning. Don't stress her out by taking her feed and putting it in a bottle. All you are trying to do it tell your body that you need more milk. After a week or so your body will make what she eats plus more as it thinks it needs to. Just like when she was tiny. There will have been a point she was nursing and getting nothing but she will have kept sucking to tell your body I need more. That's what you need to do with the pump. It's annoying but it doesn't take long. Each night you will get more till you are getting a good supply and eventually after she feeds she will stop and you will have extra to store.



 
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Old May 10th, 2017, 13:06 PM   17
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Thanks for all of your help and encouragement with this! I knew I wasn't alone, but I finally feel like there might be some hope! I'll keep coming back to update and hopefully have a good report.



 
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Old May 11th, 2017, 07:00 AM   18
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OMG. My daughter slept in her bassinet the whole night! She passed the floppy arm test, so I put her in her bassinet and she slept 5 hours! Woke up to eat, had her fill, put her back in her bassinet once she was floppy again, and then woke up when my alarm went off. I pumped for probably about an hour after she first went to bed and again after she ate the second time and got four ounces to add to what I pumped yesterday!! I was so ecstatic! I LOVE the manual pump! If I could somehow manage to pump both sides at the same time I would get so much more milk than I do with the electric! I finally felt empty for the first time in a long time and I think I actually felt a few let downs for the first time! And my boobs started hurting when my daughter cried all the way to her sitter's house this morning. That was rough.

THANK YOU THANK YOU for suggesting the manual pump! I definitely prefer how quiet it is, too. I'll keep doing the same thing each night and hopefully I'll be able to pump for a shorter time and get more milk eventually.



 
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Old May 11th, 2017, 07:17 AM   19
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aww I am so pleased to read your update. I'm glad you had a good night and are getting results already. Keep going. you are doing great! xxx



 
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Old May 11th, 2017, 09:16 AM   20
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The manual pump feels so much more like my baby nursing. It only takes about 5-10 seconds to get a letdown vs the full 2 minutes of the letdown phase with the electric pump, plus usually a little bit into the extraction phase. Then I have a continual spray for 10-15 minutes. I finally saw that for the first time yesterday afternoon with the electric, but only on the right side.



 
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