(Closed) Breastfeeding

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 18
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128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@roxy821:  I was pumping about every 3-4 hours. Now I am pumping about every 4-6 hours. I generally pump between 6-10 ounces everytime I pump. (I have a double electric pump). He gets just breastmilk. It is challenging to start with but Darling Husband is wonderful. Darling Husband will feed DS while I pump, so it makes Darling Husband feel included and gives him time to bond with the baby. I would be lying if I said I love pumping all the time. I would like to EBF sometimes because I do have to plan my days out better. All that really matters is DS is growing properly and he is happy baby. We still get our skin to skin snuggle time when we are home.

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@roxy821:  PLEASE don’t beat yourself up and have guilt. You are doing a great job. You have to take care of yourself too. My best friend had to give up breast feeding twins because her supply was way too low. You’re doing a great job and you want to enjoy this precious fleeting time with your baby. 

Youre a GREAT momma and don’t let anything else stand in the way of that. 

Post # 21
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@roxy821:  I try to pump for about 20 minutes. I just recently moved to 4-6 hours, DS eats every 4 hours like clock work now. I pump at night most nights. Sometimes I am just so tired I don’t stay up long enough to pump after DS is fed. I usually regret that in the morning however. I try to just stay on schedule with DS feedings and my pumping.

Post # 23
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@roxy821:  So sorry you’re having struggles 🙁 I learned in my breastfeeding class last night that a few things can help with pumping if you end up having any problems getting lots of milk/getting it going:

  • Having your baby with you is ideal, but when you can’t,

 

  • A piece of their clothing to smell

 

  • Looking at a picture of your baby

 

  • Recording the sound of your baby when she’s feeding and playing it back while pumping

 

  • Warm washcloth placed above your nipple if you’re feeling really sore/engorged

Making milk is a hugely mental/physical combination, so every little bit of extra stimulation you can give your body to make milk is awesome and will make things easier. Go mama go, you’re a trooper!

Post # 25
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714 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@roxy821:  Hugs to you Mama!  I’m so sorry you are continuing to have a difficult time.  I really want to encourage you to continue to look into what the issue is with your LO’s latch.  If it is a tongue tie often times a clip can work wonders.  Have you been referred to a specialist?  I know we often look to our OBs and Peds when we are having difficulty with BFing or have questions about LO’s weight gain and what not, but these docs are not usually BFing experts.  Also, have you contacted your local La Leche League or other BFing support group?  I can not express how important it is to find some real life support for breast feeding. 

Post # 26
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I agree that you do not need to feel bad about yourself! This is an uncontrollable obstacle.

When my Dear Daughter was born, she was TINY as I mentioned above. Her size definitely caused her to have a shallow latch, hence why I got blisters. I saw a lactation consultant and improved the situation greatly.

I can totally understand why you wouldn’t want to be pumping, it is time consuming and tiring.

Do you have a good lactation consultant? I would also suggest a tounge-tie clip. It’s a pretty easy procedure and will help get your latch issues resolved.

Best of luck mama! And HUGS!!

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@roxy821:  I think you’ve answered your own question. You need to focus on your daughter. I know bfeeding is important to you but you’ll miss out on more if you keep beating yourself up and feeling guilty.

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