Experienced pumpers/working moms HELP??

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I hate pumping too. I have the Medela Freestyle. I’m only able to pump one breast at a time so that I can massage the milk out as I pump. That’s the only way I can get anything out! I also find it helps to either FaceTime with my baby or loo. At pictures/videos of her while I’m pumping. We have to supplement with formula at this point, but I’m happy if I can pump 3-4 oz total/pumping session.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I hated pumping, and especially with my son, I never got enough, despite taking fenugreek and pumping extra on the weekends.  I did end up supplmenting some with formula.  I did my best, but I just could never get that much milk out with the pump no matter what I tried.  I got as much as I could but he got a bottle (sometimes 2…I worked 10 hour shifts) a day of formula.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

kes18:  Often the issue isn’t the pump so much as getting letdown. It’s hard to relax at work. Do you have privacy? a quiet room?

Can you watch a video of your baby or listen to a recording of her crying just before you feed her at home? Even having a picture of her, then closing your eyes and picturing her nursing can help.Some women use a piece of baby’s clothing that has her smell.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

kes18:  Do you have a tablet or laptop you can take to work so you can have our hands free and still play a video?

I found that really helped when I was still nursing and pumping at work.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I was an exclusive pumper with my last daughter.  I would watch TV to get my mind totally off pumping ( a watched pot doesn’t boil etc).  So if you have a tablet or your phone- try getting into a juicy show!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 

kes18:  I found I could get my supply back up by never offering a bottle when I was with him.  I never had a problem with anything but pumping enough.

Post # 12
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Worker bee

Ill try watching something that relaxes you, or distracts you, what I would do when I pump was txt my hubby ( because hes the one that will watch him while I was at work) to check how my baby was doing,  and fortunately I only had to pump twice a week I only work 2 1/2 days after having my baby! Ill definitely keep pumping and not give up, breastmilk is the best for babies good luck!

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

kes18:  it’s totally normal for you to not pump as much when you return to work, so give it time. i am having a bit of trouble keeping up with my daughter some days, too. Today, I added a pumping session this motning before work on the side she didn’t eat on and got 3 extra oz for the day, allowing me to freeze 2! Supply is highest in the morning typically, so maybe try to add a session earlier? I didn’t find oatmeal to help at all, but compressions while pumping does. I also fool around with the suction to get the best output. I have a PIsA though so can’t help you with your exact pump. 

FWIW, BF babies typically eat the same amount from 1-6 months since your milk changes in content to meet their needs, so don’t worry about what will happen down the line.

also, if you need to supplement then so be it. Any amount of BM is better than none. Hang in there, you’re doing great!

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Also is she only eating 3x while you’re gone? If she’s eating more you should pump as often as she is eating if possible.

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