- Wedding: September 2011 - Boy #1 12/2015, boy #2 02/2018
How old is your baby/due date? 11 weeks tomorrow!
How much milk is your baby taking? 4 to 5 oz per feeding
Are you breastfeeding? If not why? (Share as little or as much as you want) I have sort of given up on just breastfeeding. My LO gets super frustrated/fussy at the breast and starts to cry when my milk stops flowing or flows too slow for him. He wants milk now and a lot, so he much prefers the bottle. Many things went wrong with breastfeeding for us, everything that could have gone wrong pretty much did. It’s not like I did not have the information because I even took a class on breastfeeding, but sometimes things go wrong. For starters, my milk came on day 5 after delivery perhaps due to the fact that my baby was born two weeks early. Not only was he born early, he weighed so little, his sugar levels were low too on top of that. Even though I wanted to avoid formula at all costs, the first thing he had at the hospital was formula because well his sugar levels were low. It’s no one’s fault really and I (mostly my husband) approved of giving LO formula to bring up his sugar levels. I decided no more formula, I would breastfeed which was my original idea anyways. I even packed my pump and all. I was so ignorant and only pumped very few times while at the hospital. I was given a lot of medication to control my high blood pressure. I ended up staying at the hospital for 3 days after delivery because of my high Bridal Party, so my mom and sister stayed with me the whole time, by that time I had forgotten what decency was, and there I was pumping at the hospital. I think it helped a bit, but poor baby was getting close to nothing those first couple of days. In order to stabilize his sugar levels, I had to give him formula. Yes I thought this baby is already small and me not producing enough milk, it’s not a good combination better formula than nothing. We started giving him formula usung a syringe and poor baby would be so upset and would cry and cry because he was not getting as much milk as he wanted fast enough. Those first days were so hard. I didn’t like the syringe neither did he, so by the time I was discharged, nothing could soothe baby not even the milk I was giving him through the syringe. So we decided bottle had to be. I continued pumping and feeding him formula. By the time my milk came, baby was very fond of the bottle and even when I tried breastfeeding, he would still cry for a bottle. I must admit, I didn’t pump as much as I should at the beginning to establish my milk supply, and I regret that. Now, I am struggling to even provide with a few bottles of breastmilk. Having my family stay with us for 5 weeks was a total distraction plus baby was getting super frustrated at the breast. By the time they finally left, I was already scheduled to go back to work, week 5. Even though I continued pumping a few times a day, it was never that much. I’ve been giving baby the gold drink as I call it at least once every day. Up until a couple weeks ago, I would put him to the breast at least once or twice a day but nothing had changed. He has a small mouth and all my efforts are there. He lost some weight at the beginning, and I had to do something about it, so formula it was. Also, part of me was afraid to give baby my milk while I was in medication to control my Bridal Party even though the doctor said it was safe. And the worst of all things, I have an almost flat nipple. My LO just cannot get ahold of it, and even after I tried nipple shield, he still wants his bottle. So pumping it is! Wow this was long!
Are you currently pumping only? I am pumping, but we are feeding baby both breastmilk and formula.
How many times are you pumping per day? Right now 3-4 times at most
How long are you pumping for? (Ex. 15 minutes) About 15 minutes per session
How much are you pumping? About 1.5-2 oz per session
Are you pumping at night between 11 pm and 6 am? Not yet, but I want to
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.
My goal is to be able to pump 8 times around the clock including nights. I would have to work on the spacing because I cannot pump at work, so I will have to cluster pump in the morning and continue once I get home.