Post # 1
Hi ladies. I struggled breastfeeding my daughter since I could not produce fast enough for how much she wanted (she was a 9 pound baby). She became frustrated and would get aggressive with my nipples. We switched to formula and never looked back. I’m pregnant with twins and do not want to go the breastfeeding route but would love to pump and see if I could produce enough for them. If you pump only, what did you do in the beginning when the baby was born?
Post # 2
breastfed until the milk came in, 5 days later. The babies will get all the nutrition they need from the colostrum.
Post # 3
I exclusively pumped for a couple months before I was able to transition my daughter back to nursing. I hated it and would have quit around 4 months if she hadn’t transitioned to nursing so that I only had to pump at work. You will likely need to pump 10-12x a day to build enough supply for twins unless you are one of the lucky women who has a huge supply naturally. Ideally you’ll hand express as soon as you can after birth and add pumping as soon as you can. I would suggest sitting down with a lactation consultant (IBCLC, not just CLC) for advice. There are also some helpful exclusive pumping Facebook groups.
Post # 4
mama2bee71 : I had a lot of trouble with nursing at first due to painful nipples and concerns about supply. I started pumping as soon as I got home from the hospital which was two days postpartum. I got more milk in the morning than any other time of day and I didn’t want to waste it. I had also learned some important tricks with my first from s doctor who was at the time the leading national expert specializing in breastfeeding. Her office was an hour and a half away from me and I made the drive and learned a lot! So… I never wasted milk. If I had extra, I pumped it ALL out and saved. In the beginning, when building my supply, I never went longer than 2 hours without feeding or pumping. It’s popular to hear “pump every three hours” but that is barely enough to maintain a supply IF it has already been well established and does not need to increase. Every two hours for a new baby or any time there is a need for increase. If I had a feeding or pumping that indicated I really needed to be making more, I would do a follow-up pumping 20-30 minutes later and store it, even though, of course it wouldn’t be much. But it’s actually the breasts’ reserves which is higher in fat and densely nutritious. Very worth saving even if only half an ounce. This is a really important task when building a supply as it tells the body that the baby isn’t satisfied and needs more. I would do that hopefully two to three times a day until my supply increased to where I needed it to be. With my son, I fed half by breast and half by bottle (,pumped). I usually took a nap in the early evening while my husband took a turn with him. My husband would give him a bottle while I slept. My supply would be at its lowest by that point and getting rest helped boost it back up.
For me, pumping was always part of the plan if for no other reason than to keep track of how much I was producing to be sure my baby was getting enough. With Imy son, I ultimately ended up producing almost as much as I would make for twins as he had difficult food allergies and would spit up or really just puke up his feedings half the time and I’d need to feed him again. We didn’t identify his allergies thoroughly until he was 18 months old to three years. It was tough because his allergies were extensive. For this reason I’m very very glad I stuck it out with breastfeeding. I did a rotation diet to increase the chances of something agreeing with him. And his allergies included corn, which is ubiquitous in baby formulas. I tried formula with him briefly but he couldn’t hold any of it down. He grew by leaps and bounds on the breast milk, however. Despite his spitting up issues, he did always hold down quite a lot of breast milk each day andh hel oved it, lol! He would make um yum yum yum sounds while he nursed. Hilarious!
I applied the same principles to breastfeeding my third baby but I didn’t have to work as hard to push my supply past the first six weeks. She wasn’t as big an eater as my son and she rarely spit up. Shortly after she was born we figured out the worst of my sons’ food allergies, which she also had, and I was able to get those foods out of my diet. We were all happier even though I had to give up milk, berries and tree fruits. Corn and eggs were already off the table since we figured out that I’m allergic to them also.
Post # 5
mama2bee71 : I enjoyed pumping, by the way. I know for some it’s a huge hassle but I found it to be quick and easy. The clean up was easy too. I bought a few sets of everything and tossed it in the dishwasher once a day. A quick rinse with soap and warm water in-between was fine. I warned up milk by putting the bag in a mug of warm water for a few minutes. Meh. No big deal. I started working (part time,) three weeks postpartum, so pumping was a lifesaver.
Post # 6
My kids were shit breast feeders so I pumped from the jump. I had a c section with each of them, so started pumping right after birth. Basically every 2-3 hours just like you would if you were feeding on demand. Good luck!
Post # 7
We triple fed for about 8 weeks and then I EP’d for 16 months. I used the Medela Symphony and had no issues with it!
Post # 8
mama2bee71 : I exclusively pumped for 10 months and built a supply that lasted about 2 months. It is a committment. Not for the faint of heart. My daughter didn’t latch onto me but i was making milk so that was why I went to exclusive pumping.
I recommend getting both a manual and electric. In the beginning I would do just electric, but once I got the hang of it and had a routine I introduced the manual when I would be out of the house, or sometimes at work and it makes a difference in building your supply because it expresses the milk the way you want it to (depending on how you use the handles).
- STAY HYDRATED
- Eat! I made lactation muffins and would freeze them and those were my go-to in the morning, but i also ate really healthy snacks. Idk if it acutally helps build your supply but it does help a mama when she is pumping 5x a day for 15-45 minutes. In your case you may need to double up on the amount of times you are pumping since you have twins. OR just do part formula part breastmilk.
- Rotate your pumping times (I did 45, 15, 30, 15, 30 minutes). As baby gets older they don’t need as much milk so when I was doing it the last half, I only pumped 3x a day – 30, 15, 30 minutes.
- Squeeze your boobs to help express more milk. IT WORKS! I would do this every 5 or 10 minutes and do it for about 2-3 minutes. It also helps prevent mastitis.
- Also, get a bra, or make one…it will be a lifesaver.
Hope this helps!