need help using breast milk but not breast feed

Sarah - posted on 04/02/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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i need help this is my 3rd baby she due june the 20th and i want to use my milk but not breast feed just express but people telling me no u can because ur milk will dry up and some are telling me u can im so confuse could some one ease my mind and tell me if i can just express milk thank u

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Jillian - posted on 04/03/2009

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1. talk with a lactation consultant and / or doula in your area as a great resource and get support from family for this, you'll need it.



2. purchase an electric pump - a must



3. you'll have to pump as often as a baby would eat so follow some general guidelines on that to know how often and even get up at night to pump about every 2 hours even before you milk comes in...drink a LOT of fluids, conti your vitamins and eat healthy. This is all extreamly important during he first 4 months or so,so that your milk doesn't dry up. The first couple of months, especially right after you have the baby, determine your success for the most part, on how much milk you'll make and for how long.



4. it's totally possible but is supply and demand



5. you can do it!

Sarah - posted on 04/05/2009

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thanks everyone u been a big help got my eletric pump ready and all i can do is try it if it dont work then there all ways foumlar

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Jessica - posted on 11/19/2013

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I want to feed my son breast milk but Im not comfy wit him on my breast. He is due in January should I pre pump b4 I get to the hospital if so how soon should I start trying I already have the light yellow leaking from them so I feel they will b putting out milk b4 he is born.. also how long can u store the milk once he is born and u get on a patern wit pumping..

Valerie - posted on 04/06/2009

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Ok 2nd attempt it locked up and I lost my reply... lol.  A lot of the "answers" on here are confusing and almost don't make sense, No offense to anyone. The person who told you "can't pump it, it'll dry up" or w.e  it was they said. They are a ding dong. There is no Real difference between your baby Latching on or drinking it from a bottle, either way you are espressing it there fore it will "Replace" itself!  I think it would be Best if you actually breastfed for at least a week, I mean that is a special bond its good not only for baby but your body as well for your Revovery, it helps everything tighten back up.It would get your milk flowing good as well so its not so hard or draining you to pump it. Did you breastfeeed the other 2? just curious. I did all 3 of mine, my son is 2 and im having a hard time breaking him Idk if its security but he likes it at bed time. so for a measly 10 mins a day at bed time he eats and its STILL producing it so it will not dry up.  Hope this helps :) here is a Great site.  http://www.babycenter.com/0_pumping-your...

Jenny - posted on 04/05/2009

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you can just express and bottle feed mothers do it all the time, i had to do it for a few periods and it worked perfectly

Danielle - posted on 04/05/2009

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just pump... i had a duel pump so could do both quicker... you just have to do it regularly like you are actually feeding baby on you ... once you start supplimenting formula you will dry up... i started supplimenting around 2 months just when i went out and i started drying up ... i only made it to the end of the third month... but my oppinion any breast milk it better then none so do what you can .... good luck...

Katie - posted on 04/05/2009

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I pumped for 2 1/2 months, because my son did not latch well. I really wanted to breastfeed, so I just pumped and he drank from the bottle.  He ended up nursing from the breast at 2 1/2 months, and is still nursing at 11 months.  You definitely need an electric pump, because you will need to pump every 2-3 hours at first.  I got tons of milk when I was pumping.  All you can do is try, and at least your baby will get your milk for as long as you can do it.  But just because you had problems with nursing before does not mean you can't try again! It was very frustraing for me and my son at first, but we eventually worked it out, and I'm so glad we stuck with it.  The benefits to us both have been so worth it. 

Sarah - posted on 04/05/2009

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i dont understan how it can be more expesive i had an eletric pump brand new for £16,99 thats less than 2 boxes of baby fomula i expressing milk to because fomula milk is expesive and that if i wan express whats the point of buying when u got free milk lol now its sad but i just cant get the idea of breast feeding i did on my first and because i had a bad experince bringing him in to the world and trying to feed him by breast it put me off espstally when they saying he dont get plenty of milk so if i express my milk into a bottle ill now how much she having. but realy its put me in to minds wearther to do it or not now im still so confussed i chat to my midwife 2moro and c what she has to say

Tamara - posted on 04/04/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

ye i try on my first son but he only take from one breast so they told me to stop because it be bad for my health im not comfidance in people looking at me breast feeding i just dont have the intrest in breast feeding but i dont mind expressing i bought eletric breast pump because they say its better but im not sure


With all due respect, whoever told you to stop breastfeeding your first because it was "bad for your health" is a  moron.  Breastfeeding has multiple benefits for both mother and child.



 



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I can understand your reticence to nurse in public.  It takes practice and can be a bit odd at first but you can nurse in public and nurse discreetly either with or without a cover.  (Personally I choose to nurse without a cover as my daughter won't abide one)  What I did was practice in front of a mirror in my room so I could see what the public would see and adjust positioning, etc from there.



 



Here are some resources on discreet nursing:



http://www.llli.org/FAQ/discreet.html



http://www.llli.org/NB/NBpublic.html



http://www.llli.org/NB/NBbabywearing.htm...



http://www.kellymom.com/bf/normal/bfip.h...



 



While EPing is an option, please be aware that it does not have the same benefits as nursing directly from the breast.



http://www.babble.com/content/articles/f...





Still, she said, drinking pumped breast milk from a bottle differs considerably from nursing. "Babies who suckle at the breast — that's the physiological way to feed. The baby doesn't get the same kind of activity — tongue, mouth, swallow — when it is feeding from the bottle." And, she added, "it's been shown that the die is cast for obesity in the first year of life, and we tend to overfeed babies when we bottle feed them."







The balance of foremilk and hindmilk that helps nursing babies first satisfy their hunger, then feel full is missing when pumped milk mixes in a bottle. And psychologically there can be more pressure to finish a bottle when expressed breast milk represents so much work for the mother.





It is also harder to maintain a supply with a pump instead of having your child nurse at your breast since your child is much more effecient at extracting the milk from your breast than a pump is.



EPing is extremely time consuming and much more labor intensive than putting your child to breast.  You'll need to get up in the middle of the night to pump, there's the constant washing of bottles, nipples, pump parts, etc.  It's also much more expensive than direct breastfeeding as you have to buy the pump, the bottles, nipples, pump parts, etc.



Get support from your local LLL group.  Start attending meeting before you give birth so you have the knowledge before baby's born.  In the hospital, ask for an LC but make sure they're an IBCLC since there are no current laws on who can call themselves an LC.



You can nurse!  It takes perseverence and support but remember, mothers have been doing this for millenia on end. (Remember, Mary breastfed Jesus...)

Sarah - posted on 04/04/2009

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ye i try on my first son but he only take from one breast so they told me to stop because it be bad for my health im not comfidance in people looking at me breast feeding i just dont have the intrest in breast feeding but i dont mind expressing i bought eletric breast pump because they say its better but im not sure

Tamara - posted on 04/03/2009

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You can EP but be aware it is VERY hard work. Can I ask why you don't want to nurse directly? Are you going to be going to back to work soon after birth? Is there something about nursing that makes you nervous? Are you afraid to nurse in public?

Emily - posted on 04/03/2009

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Quoting Sally:

It's a supply/demand thing-if you take the milk away from the breast, your body will replace it. It is especially important to express regularly(3-4 hourly) and particulary at night. I dont understand why you would do all of that as well as the whole bottle sterilisation thing as well-Good luck


I agree but will also say I know about 6 womem whose babies wouldn't latch and they were all able to exclusively pump. Two of them for six months, two for an entire year, one for 18 mos, and one for 24 months. Entirely possible.

Sally - posted on 04/03/2009

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It's a supply/demand thing-if you take the milk away from the breast, your body will replace it. It is especially important to express regularly(3-4 hourly) and particulary at night. I dont understand why you would do all of that as well as the whole bottle sterilisation thing as well-Good luck

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