(Closed) a slave to feeding

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My SIL did… (im not TTC or even married yet) but I just want you to know that you are doing a great thing for your little one!!! 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It’s a pain, but it’s worth it. I exclusively pumped (pumped for 4 months and had freezer stash to last two more).  I used the bottles and then poured them into bags after I was done pumping.  That seemed to be much more convenient, b/c the bottles are easier for pumping and the bags are easier for storage/thawing.  When you get back to work, it will be even more of a pain; I spent many hours sitting in the bathroom with a nursing cover, my pump, and a little folding chair with a book.  Best of luck to you going forward, and remember that happy momma is happy baby.  Try keeping up the pumping until it’s no longer practical; you could even start supplementing with formula for one or two feedings per day (maybe the night time ones?) and that will help you build your freezer stash faster.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I pump one breast while my son feeds on the other. Perhaps you can try that to save some time?

I also bought a milk saver so that when I’m not pumping the other breast, at least I’m catching the milk that leakes. Every little bit helps!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@nona49:  Try the medela bustier.  It looks silly but it keeps your hands free. 

I wanted to add that you are doing a great job, it is normal to feel like you are a slave to feeding.  My little one is 4 months old and I exclusively pump. It still feels like I live life in pumping and then feeding increments. 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@nona49:  I have the Medela Pump in Style as well. My son is 6 weeks old. Before I start feeding I make sure everything is set up and the pump is next to the breast that I’ll be pumping. Then I position Casey to feed (cradle position) and wait till he’s latched on. With my free hand I turn on the pump, put it on my free breast, wait for the let down, very quickly let go to press the button to change the speed, and then put the pump back to my breast. Every feeding there’s a few drops of milk that splash out but it works for me mostly.

My son doesn’t have difficulty latching on however. Even if he breaks free from my nipple durng feeding, which he often does cause he needs time to swallow, I just push his head closer back to my nipple and he latches on himself. Doing the above will be more difficult for you since it sounds like you need the other hand to help her latch throughout the feeding session. Definitely get the Medela Bustier then. It’ll allow you to breastfeed while filling up a bottle in one go!

Good luck!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@nona49:  You are doing a wonderful thing for you LO!  I know how stressful it is trying to pump while you are also with your LO.  Maybe don’t worry so much about your stash right now?  Maybe you can pump 1-2 times a day right now to build up a little, and just make sure you take those important pump breaks when you go back to work (most states have laws protecting this right) to keep up with babies demand.  Savor these last few days home with your LO!

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