Does anyone else strictly pump and feed?

Ashley - posted on 10/01/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter would not, and still does not, latch onto the breast. I have been to multiple lactation consultants and tried just about everything. So, instead of giving up the idea of breastfeeding, I started to just pump and feed. At the beginning I was not producing enough milk, and she was not latching on, which was really discouraging and frustrating because she had jaundice. I did supplement at the very beginning, per doctor's orders, and I hated it. I would much rather pump and feed her breast milk from the bottle, than give up and formula feed. Ever since I got my electric pump, I'm pumping almost 5 ounces at a time from both breasts and we've pretty much cut out the formula all together, thank goodness. I was wondering how many other mothers out there also strictly pump and feed?!

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Patricia - posted on 10/01/2010

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I had the same problem with my son, I was upset and very determined to feed him breastmilk so I had started pumping, it worked but I still had wanted that closer bond.

Jessica - posted on 10/01/2010

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i do my daughter is 5 months she did good breast feeding but she always made me bleed so i decided id pump only untill i could heal and after so many times of trying to heal she only wanted it from the bottle she got lazy but we use the nuk bottles which r better for there mouths and shapped like a nipple.it is fine too pump.its still just as good for them and you will still bond with your baby.i think its great that u still make sure your baby has what it needs.your doing a great job just keep going

Jennifer - posted on 10/01/2010

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i do, unfortunately. my son will be 11 months old in 2 weeks and i gave up trying to get him to latch when he was a little over a month old, and have been pumping since then. we had to supplement for about the first 2 months because my supply was just not where it needed to be. the first 6 months were the hardest...i had random supply issues on 4 separate occasions within that time frame. from around the 6 month mark, i have had no supply issues...i make enough for him, plus more.



my suggestion would be to freeze every bit you are able to, waste nothing. with exclusive pumping, its a full time job all in itself trying to keep your supply up and having milk in the freezer is a lifesaver. another bit of advice is to keep a very close eye on your milk supply from day to day...if you think its starting to drop, nip it in the butt ASAP.



when we first started, 6 months was my goal. once we got there, i changed my goal to one year. my son's first birthday is fast approaching, and while i hate pumping, i LOVE making milk for him. if i stop on his birthday, i've got enough milk in the freezer to last him til he's 15(ish) months but i have a feeling i'll keep pumping for a little while longer. you'll get to a point where it just becomes a part of your life, if you let it.



good luck! its not easy but it is so worth it when you compare it to formula! if you ever have any questions, i am a pro so just send me a message :)

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