(Closed) Milk Pumping Support Group

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Me!!  I’m pumping as we speak!  I will tell you more about us in just a minute…

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Roll Call:  

How old is your baby/due date?  She is 15 days old!  But her due date is coming up on Saturday.  She was born at 37w4d.

How much milk is your baby taking?  We have had a few appointments with lactation at the hospital for pre and post breastfeeding weights.  It seems she is getting about an ounce and a half from me.  She will take more when pumped, maybe a bit over 2 ounces max.  But sometimes she spits that right up. 

Are you breastfeeding? If not why? (Share as little or as much as you want)  I am.  But she is tiny tiny (5 lbs), so she doesn’t have the strength, energy, or cheek fat to get enough from me.  She just falls asleep!  So I pump and we supplement with the pumped milk.  We are at a point where we breastfeed all day but supplement at night.

Are you currently pumping only? No

How many times are you pumping per day?  2-3

How long are you pumping for? (Ex. 15 minutes)  15 min

How much are you pumping?  About 3 oz

Are you pumping at night between 11 pm and 6 am?  Yup!  usually once at 10-11 pm and another around 2 AM.

What is your goal as far as pumping? (Ex. Increase pumping sessions from 4 to 6 per day; Pump 20 oz of milk a day in 3 weeks; etc.) Set as many goals as you want. 

1.  Pump enough to have a frozen supply.

2.  Pump to keep my supply up since tiny kid isn’t very efficient.

 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Candy11:  It sounds like you are putting a lot of stress on yourself. Not all babies can nurse.I don’t care what all the “breast is best” advocates have to say, sometimes it isn’t possible, and thank God that formula or a pump is available to us and our babies.

How old: C is 9 weeks old.

How much milk per feed: 4 to 6oz, every 2hours

Are you breastfeeding: yes. 2 to 3 time per day.

How much are you pumping: 1 to 10 oz depending on the time of day and the last time I nursed.

How long do you pump: 15 min on each side. I have to pump each side separately even though I have a double pump. My breasts are DDD and have to be supported while pumping.

Are you pumping at night: no. I pump before bed (anywhere from 9 to 12) and then not until 630.

What is your goal: Ideally, I would love to just pump before bed and in the morning and then nurse in between. I don’t know if this is possible, or if I can get enough milk for her doing this. I don’t mind supplementing, but was hoping to not go over 4 to 6 oz of formula each day. As she grows and wants more, I don’t know if I can keep up. Even when I was recently EPing, I was only getting 24 oz each day.

I know I have mentioned this before on the December babies board, but When my first child was born he had a tumor on the floor of his mouth that made nursing impossible. He was unable to latch. I exclusively pumped for ten months until I literally ran dry. It was really hard to juggle him, work and pumping,  but I did for ten months. I swore that if my second didn’t latch, I was going to formula, because I didn’t want to pump again. Then she got thrush… Then I got thrush… And it won’t go away, so now I’m pumping as well to lessen our exposure . I do like being able to give her a bottle during the day because it is quicker and easier with a toddler running around.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Why can’t you pump at work?  Legally you need to be able to!!

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I will be joining this thread tomorrow! I am EBF and occasionally pumping but after going through my milk stash today I really need to step it up. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I will join too! My little guy is currently 20 days old. He’s EBF but I pumped in the beginning to help him gain weight and I will be adding more to build a freezer supply. This is my third child so hopefully I can be a good support and resource for all 🙂

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I will hang around for support but not roll call- I previously pumped but stopped about 10 months ago when my DD turned 1!  I will also pump (at work) for the next one but that won’t be until next year hopefully

I had a lot of trouble pumping at the beginning.  First of all, I had a crappy pump.  The only way I could get a letdown at all pumping as by feeding my DD on one side and pumping on the other.  I did this at 2 overnight feeds from 6-14weeks and I saved almost all of that in the freezer.  Otherwise, I EBF and tried to pump one extra session around 10am (I would get like 0.5-1oz). 

Went back to work at 9 weeks and pumped 3x a day.  My supply dropped a little bit because my pump wouldn’t clear my breasts and I had difficulty letting down on my own.  I really thought a big issue was my pump since I could tell it was not emptying me even when I managed a letdown.  After a few weeks I was sick of it and I went and bought a new pump out of pocket.  I figured it was worth a shot.  Worked LOTS better.  After that I was able to pump pretty much without my issue until she was 1 year.  She went through some nursing strikes from 9-12mo so I often pumped all weekend after offering the breast first.  Quit pumping at 12 mo.

Pumping is a lot of work and takes dedication!  I had mastitis once (right before I bought the new pump) and 5 or 6 plugged ducts that caused low-grade fevers (mostly during that 9-12mo period).   DD still breastfeeds at 22mo, which I don’t mind as long as she isn’t too demanding HAH.  I did not get her fully night weaned until 15 mo- I do think that her nursing 1x a night until 12mo+ helped keep up my supply and allowed me to get larger pumps for my first pump at work.  Outside of maternity leave, I never had a big oversupply.  We had an easy time breastfeeding (she was great from day 1) so my only difficulty was pumping the first 4 months or so.

Most important thing is pumping/feeding enough times a day and adequate water and calorie intake.  Supply = demand so if you want the supply to be there you need to pump enough.  I usually had to pump for 30 min at a time and do some breast compressions.  I could pump through one letdown in 15 min but I had to keep going and eventually around 20-21 min I could usually get another letdown and pump a little more.  And I usually pumped past empty to encourage more.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My child is now 11 years old so obviously I am no longer breast feeding, but I did untill she was 1.5 years old. I loved it

Just a little helpful information for those who are having trouble pumping this may help with milk flow.

I was told if I had trouble with milk to try the hospital pumping machines. When I had my baby I rented the hospital’s pumping machine to take home for the first week. You can rent weekly but you need to supply your own compatable breast shields and connector. The hospital machine is so strong it will get your milk flowing!

I called the hospital in my area to ask what type of machine they had for the patients to use/rent also asked what the rental cost was.  At the time they use medela,  so I purchased a medela electric pump and packed it in my hospital bag. After delivery I asked a nurse if I can use their breast pumping machine to pump some milk. They brought me the machine (free while in hospital) I pumped some milk. I’ll tell you after using that machine for just 1 week I had an abondance of milk. 

Not saying it will work for everyone but if your having trouble maybe it is worth a try. Do not cheap out on a pump, a good pump is worth every penny.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception / Courtyard Marriott Legacy Ballroom

I’m definitely following this thread for advice and support! I don’t have much to say in the roll call yet – I’m currently 36 weeks pregnant with my first (due date is March 18th) and I’m definitely planning on exclusively breastfeeding if I can! And I’ll have to pump since I’m planning on going back to work full time in June. I’ve already got a good pump – a Medela model through my health insurance – and took a breastfeeding class, so now all I’m waiting for is my son to be born !

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Since people are mentioning the importance of good pumps, I do want to mention for those who are unaware (i was with my first) that the membranes need to be changed at least every 3 months.. I actually change them every 3 to 4 weeks. They are not much money and it’s an easy thing to do that helps. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

How old is your baby/due date? She’s almost 7 months.

How much milk is your baby taking? She takes 3.5-5 oz. bottles at daycare.

Are you breastfeeding? If not why? (Share as little or as much as you want) Yep, I was pretty determined to breastfeed from the start. My milk did not come in until day 5 so she was pretty much on my boob forever in the beginning. She did lose some weight then but she’s 97% for weight now lol.

Are you currently pumping only? Just at work.

How many times are you pumping per day? Twice, and I nurse her on my lunch break.

How long are you pumping for? (Ex. 15 minutes) Around 25 minutes in the morning and 20 in the afternoon. My morning pump is always much more productive.

How much are you pumping? In the morning usually around 10-12 oz., but only about 5 in the afternoon.

Are you pumping at night between 11 pm and 6 am? Hell no. haha

What is your goal as far as pumping? (Ex. Increase pumping sessions from 4 to 6 per day; Pump 20 oz of milk a day in 3 weeks; etc.) Set as many goals as you want. Planning on trying to BF/pump until she weans herself, or until she’s 18-24 months.

 

Due to ObamaCare most insurance companies are required to provide you with a pump, so definitely check that out before buying one.

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