Help and suggestions please. All new to this!

Aarin - posted on 05/12/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi there,

First off I'm so glad I found you ladies! What an amazing support system.
I will start with a little about myself & daughter and what we have struggled with for the past 18 days.
My daughter was born on April 24th and from the get go we have had latch issues. Basically for the whole first day I couldn't get her to latch and when she did it was very poor and weak. It "sorta" got better for the next few days in the hospital. They are very supportive and I was seeing a LC a couple times a day to help with the lazy suck/latch.
Well I was home for a day and her jaundice was getting really bad so we went back into the hospital for a billy level check. That morning I had started to pump and bottle feed for her as she just wasn't latching well/effectively. We went into the hospital for 3 days for billy tests then admitted for light therapy for 3 days. All the while I have been pumping & bottle feeding. I have before, during and after trying to get her to latch to the breast. Sometimes I get maybe a minute but usually no luck. Sometimes she will latch with a shield but she gets tired and PO'd. I find she doesn't get nearly as much from me as she does from the bottle, if I can get her to latch.
So at this point I think I will be pumping & bottle feeding as I just don't see BF working. It kills me and I'm having a very hard time dealing with it but I need to do what is the very best for her.

Now here comes my questions;

How do I keep my supply up? I'm so worried I'm going to dry up just EP. I have been taking the Feungreek pills (2) with every meal and a mothers milk tea as well. I try to have a cup after every meal.

I have been pumping around every 2 to 3 hours. Sometimes it can get a little longer (I try not, but it's so hard with a 2 1/2 year old and a NB)

I pump until there is no more milk coming out. My pump is a Medela Swing, which I really like and seems to work well for me. I have a Medela mini electric for the car and that sucker is brutal on the girls.
On average pumping both sides takes about a hour and I'm getting about 4oz - 5oz between the two sides.

I know a duel breast pump would be best but right now the finances just isn't going to allow that. I could possibly bring in the mini from the car and use it.

So is there anything I'm missing, not doing?
How does everyone manage a toddler and pumping? I seem to be attached to the wall all the time and or feeding his sister.

Any suggestions are greatly welcomed!

Thank you so much!!

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Angela - posted on 06/26/2012

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Make sure to pump for 15 mins every 2 to 3 hours. Don't go any longer than that. Overnight pump every 4 hours. It's real important that you do this. If you don't have a dual pump, you'll have to pump each breast for 15 minutes.

Look into herbs too. They really make a difference.
Try Breastea from http://www.breastea.com and drink it daily.

Lorinda - posted on 05/14/2012

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Hi

It sounds as if you are doing great so far...Just for some encouragement I have been exclusive pumping for 18 months now! When my son was about 3 months old, he would latch at night, but only if he was sleepy, and after he sprouted teeth, well...lets just say, biting was not pleasant...

You could also try to have some jungle juice (will help with energy and with supply)
Mix 1 liter of Apple/Berry juice
2 liters of water
40-50ml Schlehen Blackthorn Berry Elixir

Drink as much as you can during the day.

I have also used the medela swing, but found it really slow, It took me about 1.5hours to pump both sides. I switched to the mini electric plus pump, basically, it is the same as the mini electric just double, and yes it is rough on the girls, but here is a trick, apply some olive oil to your nipples before you start pumping, it acts as a lubricant, makes a big difference. I would suggest to double pump with the pumps you have, it saves a lot of time, and also stimulates milk production.

Also try and make or buy a hands-free pumping bra...medela has one:
http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/pro...

, and simple wishes
http://www.simplewishes.com/
or
http://www.snugabell.com/products/pumpea...

You can try to follow the instructions of this link:
http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/ha...
but it didn't work all that great for me.

Here are also instruction on how to make one out of a sports bra
http://themommydialogues.com/2012/diy-ha...

It helps to have you hands free...

As a last note, never give up...it takes time, and effort but it is worth it!

Louise - posted on 05/12/2012

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If you are hell set on breast feeding then you will have to keep pumping until the baby is stronger and willing to latch on. Some babies just dont get it and prefer the bottle. My second son had a very poor technique and I was concious that he was not getting enough so reluctantly I switched to bottle feeding. In the end it worked out well for everyone. It ment that I could spend some time with my first son and Dad could do the feeds as well as me. Try not to stress out about it. You have done your best.

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