Exclusively Breast Pumping??

Cathy - posted on 01/12/2009 ( 46 moms have responded )

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Is there anyone who is exclusively pumping breast milk for their baby? I've been pumping and bottle feeding for about a month and a half, it took us 10 wks to find out that William has a bubble palate and can't breast feed properly. So to ensure my baby gets the best I can give him, I'm exclusively breast pumping... all the time! I'd like to hear about people's tips and ideas on how to make exclusively breast pumping easier. Has anyone experienced dips in their milk supply? If so, how did you deal? Thanks!!

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Lauren - posted on 08/16/2011

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There is a group on Circle of moms dedicated to "exclusively pumping". I had to starting EPing when my dd was 5 weeks and I didn't stop until she was 12 months. I had a neck condition that didn't allow me to hold her so I chose to pump. My doctors told me it wasn't possible to pump without any actual "nursing" time and that I would dry up. BUT they were wrong. I was determined that neither hell nor high water would stop me from pumping. I pumped around the clock, every 4 hours, even through the night. So when she turned 1 year I decided to quit pumping and use the supply that I had frozen, which was over 400 ounces. My advice would be to drink lots and lots and lots of water, eat healthy, take your vitamins, also eating oatmeal helped increase my supply and NEVER, NEVER skip a pumping time. There were several times when I wanted to throw in the towel but I had a very supportive husband that would remind me that I wasn't doing it for me I was doing it for my dd and she deserves the best. I can proudly say that my dd NEVER had one bit of formula, I exclusively pumped and it is possible :)

Laura - posted on 10/11/2011

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I have to exclusively pump as well. I have been for almost 7 months. No dip in supply. I pump 15-18 oz everytime! I produce so much that I had to buy a deep freezer. I also donate my milk since I make so much. To date I have donated approx. 1500 oz of milk. In my experience pumping has not made my milk supply go down

Alena - posted on 01/15/2009

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It takes a lot of commitment to EP. I EPed after my milk didn't come in for 5 days. My little boy also had severe janduice and ended up back in the hospital on day 5 under the billi-lights. Although we had some success with latch before, after the night at the hospital he didn't want to latch on again. So, Brest being Best and  I pumped and pumped and pumped..... for 11 months. At first I was pumping every two hours, then three, then four. Then I would pump every four hours during the day and not at all at night. I also had an abundant supply and it was a relief to pump to relieve the pressure. I put as much in the freezer as he was eating for about 4 months. At about 6 Months I started spacing my out my pumpings to every 6 hours and continued until I was ready to wean myself off. I had 6 weeks of milk in reserve in the freezer and my son had BM until his 1st. birthday. Then I started mixing it with whole milk to make the transition. 



I would do it again in a heartbeat. For me it was less stressful than Breastfeeding because I could control when and how long. Not to mention that you pay for your pump in a matter of weeks and the milk is FREE!!! Formula costs a fortune.



I have several friends with kiddos the same age and they were so sick with colds and ear infections the first year. My son only ran a fever from teething and only had one bad cold in a year, and he is in day care. You just cannot beat the benifits of breast milk.

Paris - posted on 01/16/2009

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Hi! I am a former exclusive breast pumping mom. My son is now 16months. I stopped exclusively nursing around 3months. My son just wouldnt latch on long enough and most time he would fight to latch on. So I decided to pump. Everywhere i went i took my pump. To work, over to a friends house. I experienced many dips in my milk production. But i stay calm and made sure i drank plenty of liquids. I also would make sure to have a bottle of water while pumping. It helped me to remember to drink water. I pumped until my son turned 1yr old. It was a very difficult task, but i made it happen. I didnt have a full staff of supporters at first, but then afterwhile everyone came on board to help me. Good luck! And you are doing an excellent job.

Angela - posted on 07/20/2011

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My older son had a similar issue. I ended up exclusively breast pumping too. To keep my supply up and running (literally, haha!) I pumped every 3 hrs, even until he was 7 months old. It's tough to feed the bottle, then pump, but I found a rhythm that worked for me. After he was fed/burped, I was able to sit him in the bouncer or put him down for a nap (if he was tired) to buy me about 15 minutes to pump. Buy a second pump parts set if you can, to save on washing/sterilizing during the day. A friend of mine had twins and actually bought 4 breastshield sets just so that her hubby can wash/sterilize them all before and after work. Good luck and just know that you're doing the best for your baby!

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Vicki - posted on 03/17/2012

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If you have problems with supply, you can try using a hospital grade rental pump for a month or two. That's what I did, and I continued to produce milk for a whole year. You can also do this when you first deliver, while in the hospital. I delivered by emergency c section, and I was worried my milk would be delayed. So I asked the nurse about it and she brought in a hospital grade pump and showed me how to use it. Between pumping and attempting to nurse while in the hospital for 4 days, my milk came in like gangbusters!

Cathleen - posted on 07/20/2011

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I had NEVER thought of getting extra parts! I'm pumping every 4 horus since Ih ave two OTHER children in diapers right now and obviouslyt hey keep me QUITE busy [sweeping up a whole can of powdered juice right now...ugh] and really don't have much extra time. What a good idea!

Jennifer - posted on 07/20/2011

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I applaud all of you who were able to stick with excluseively pumping. I did that with my third child, and it is so much work. I had a lovely nurse who decided that I was too wore out from giving birth to him, that I needed my rest instead of wakeing me up after I passed out because of being up for over 48 hours straight (really bad labor, over 10lb baby) and gave him sugar water of all things. Thanks, especially since I made my wishes well known from the start that my child was to have nothing, but me! Well, anyway, one time with a bottle that gave him food faster, and he lost all patience trying to breast feed. I EP for 6 weeks, and it was incredibly time consuming, especially since I had a 4 year old and 2 1/2 year old to also take care of. The only thing that seemed to make things a little easier, was I would prop him on my lap, hook up the pumps (had a double) and managed to feed him the same time I pumped. At 4 weeks, I had a really bad infection in one breast, and couldn't get anything to come out after that, so at 6 weeks, I gave up. Good Luck, and Congrats!

Cathleen - posted on 07/20/2011

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let me nkow how you did! I'm exclusively pumping for twins right now and would love to know how it all went!

Nichole - posted on 01/17/2009

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I am not pumping now...but I did last year.  I was exclusively breast pumping for four months and was able to supply my son with breast milk by bottle for 7 months.  He just would not nurse.  I'm not gonna lie...it was hard work.  But it was worth it.  I stopped exclusively breast pumping because I was working 3 days a week and it was difficult to maintain the milk supply and also getting up in the middle of the night to pump AND feed and go to work the next morning.  I knew we had enough to get us thru  6 months and that was what my doctor recommended to us.  She actually said that giving them breast milk the first month was really the most important time for breast milk.  They love to see you do it the whole first year...but that really anything after the first month is awesome and just a bonus for the baby.  I did have dips in my supply.  When that happened, I would drink as much more water as I could stand. TRY to rest a little more and  I also pumped a little more often and for a little longer to "tell" my body  to make more milk. Usually my supply would come right back within a day or so.  You also have to not freak out about it.  Stress doesn't help your supply.    As far as making the time go by faster....IDK...I can remember literally falling asleep in the middle of the night with the pumps still attatched to my boobs.  I would also watch episodes of That 70's show on DVD.  They were 20 minutes...When one episode was over...I knew my time was over.  It helps to NOT sit and watch the clock!!

Cathy - posted on 01/16/2009

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Quoting Beth:

I've been reading people's responses....and also breastfeed and am pumping in preparation for returning to work. One of the responses said something about a "hands-free nursing bra" and everyone seems to talk about doing things while they are pumping. I've been unable to do anything b/c I have hands on each of the pumps. I have the Ameda Purely Yours pump. When I return to work and am pumping there, it'll be much easier if I have a free hand b/c i need to use pumping time to also do documentation. How do you all do it?


Hi Beth,



I have the same pump as you and someone suggested just taking an old bra and cutting out holes in it to support the flanges on the pump, so you can wear it hands free. I havent tried it yet, but it would probably work with the right bra especially if you're only sitting down while pumping.




Let me know if that works for you =) Right now I just lean the bottles on my thighs and lean forward. Then I can use my laptop or I watch tv.



Cathy

Lize - posted on 01/16/2009

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Hi there,  I was exclusively breast pumping milk for my boy for 4 months.  He was born on 35 weeks and was ventilated for 2 weeks, so after that he didn't want to latch.  I had a lot of problems with my milk.  I tried all the supplements and every tip I got from everybody.  The only thing that really worked for me, was to drink an enormous amount of water.  I also tried to be relaxed at all times.  The minute I got stressed about anything, my milk was gone.  It took me about 10 minutes per breast to get about 75 ml for him, but I didn't stop because I knew it is the best for him.  So put on some nice calm music and relax totally. Hope it works for you.

Kelly - posted on 01/15/2009

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I was exclusively breast pumping for 4 1/2 months. The BEST thing I found was the hands-free pumping bra. Do you have on yet? It made life so much easier and I got tons and tons of reading done! If you're working, it'll also make things easier!

Beth - posted on 01/15/2009

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I've been reading people's responses....and also breastfeed and am pumping in preparation for returning to work. One of the responses said something about a "hands-free nursing bra" and everyone seems to talk about doing things while they are pumping. I've been unable to do anything b/c I have hands on each of the pumps. I have the Ameda Purely Yours pump. When I return to work and am pumping there, it'll be much easier if I have a free hand b/c i need to use pumping time to also do documentation. How do you all do it?

Lisa - posted on 01/15/2009

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i am breastfeeding my 2nd child mostly through expressed breast milk. I am always pumping!! At four months i pump 4-5 times in a 24 hour period and usually get 1 ounce for each hour from each breast. Seriously. i pump about 40 ounces a day total!! I do it by drinking WATER WITH CRANBERRY JUICE (3/4 WATER AND 1/4 CRANBERRY JUICE) AT LEAST 8 - 16 OUNCE GLASSES A DAY. YOU HAVE TO DRINK AND THE CRANBERRY JUICE HELPS RETAIN WATER IN YOUR BODY INSTEAD OF URINATING IT OUT. IT WORKS AND NO SUPPLEMENTS ARE NEEDED.

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I was exclusively breast pumping with my first (over 4 years ago). Most of the time I had him lay on the bed beside me while I pumped. I was fortunate enough to get up to 10 ounces per session, which lasted about 6 minutes. This ended up being a lot faster than my second child who did latch on, but would eat for 25 minutes. We found it easier to feed our son, then pump while his belly was full or he was asleep. We would store what was just pumped.. wish you the best of luck.

Kathy - posted on 01/15/2009

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Hi! I pump throughout the day (since I'm now back at work) and breastfeed at night. I've found that my milk supply is more first thing in the morning, and the quantity diminishes throughout the day. That seems to be common from books I've read. Drinking lots of water and fluids will help with supply, as will looking at photos of your little angel if you can be together while pumping. Pump both sides at the same time. My pump has a "let-down" button to re-stimulate for more milk. I also found that I need a lot more than the 15-20 minutes they say is the average - it takes me about 30 minutes per pumping session. Good luck!!

Pam - posted on 01/15/2009

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Looks like you have a lot of great advise below. The only thing I want to add is that you need to get plenty of rest and water. When I was nursing & pumping I found that even when I drank all the water in the world, but didn't get enough rest - my supply was considerably lower. I really believe that it's a combination of things and a true balance. Good luck & keep it up!

Katey - posted on 01/15/2009

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I was pumping with my son as he is a biter and comfort sucker (would suck up to 3 hrs at a time!!) I found if I pumped as soon as he had a feed my supply was good and when I was having a lull in supply I would pump between feeds as well. So if he fed every 4 hrs, I would pump every 2 till the supply picked up again. I found too that I got a lot of flack from the health nurses wanting me to breast feed, they said my son needed the bonding time!! Please do not listen to any one who bags you for pumping, as long as you play and hold and love your baby and are giving them the wonderful benifits of breast milk, who cares how they get it!! Good on every one who does it, I know it worked for me and my son, he is beautiful and happy and most importantly healthy!



All the best - Katey

Kelly - posted on 01/15/2009

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Hi i breast feed but im currentley on strong painkillers so im having to express to keep the milk supply going, im using a avent hand expresser and its great quite stressfull at times every time i express one day i can fill 5oz bottle from 1 breast then the next it seems to be empty i find that when i pump every few hours i produce more then the next day they seem to be fuller but i also (even tho it is tiring) express twice during the night and that helps build it up for the day but the more you pump the more it will mimic your baby so will produce more milk and it helps to do it at the same time day and night..

Janice - posted on 01/14/2009

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I was exclusively breast pumping for almost 3 months, and just yesterday threw in the towel. I found that pumping every 4-5 hours was just as effective as every 2-3. Of course, not everyone will be like that. It gave me more freedom, though. I took fenugreek 3x a day. My baby also has a bubble palate! If you find your nipples getting sore, Medela's hydrogel pads worked wonders for me. If you use these, you can cut them in half or quarters (they're expensive and only last for 24 hours). Good luck. Consider yourself a hero for hanging in there, not many people are willing to do it! My lactation consultant did say my daughter probably could breastfeed if I held her directly in front of me as oppose to laying on her side doing the 'football hold'. I wasn't brave enough to try it with all the breast issues I've had. Maybe you could get him back on with that! The LC doesn't know why that works with her kind of palate, but she said it's worked in the past with other babies.

Jessica - posted on 01/14/2009

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Your body learns how much milk to make by how much it is stimulated.  When I was nursing, I read that to increase your supply at the times that you pump so that you are able to pump less often, to pump for an extra 5 minutes after the milk stops coming.  That tells your body it needs more.  It takes a couple days, but pumping also does not empty the breast as much as the baby would, when I went back to work and had to pump, my supply went down a lot.  I just had to pump more often and a little longer to get it back up, and then keep pumping longer to keep it up.  Hopefully that helps you!  Good luck!  You are doing the best thing you can for your baby!  :o)

Julia - posted on 01/14/2009

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First of all, good for you for making the effort. I pumped for the first months, simply because I am anal and wanted to know exactly how much my son was getting. Make sure you drink A LOT of water, eat oatmeal and take a supplement for breastfeeding which you can get from a healthfood store. Eventually, I went to full on breastfeeding, so much easier, if you ever get the chance to do it, make the switch.

Heather - posted on 01/14/2009

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Good question, I wish I had known about this site when I had my first son three years ago. My son did not want to latch on, so after struggling for a couple weeks I finally decided to pump. It was so hard at first and I didn't think I would ever get enough milk - my doctor never recommended anything. He was just amazed that I would pump for so long. I lasted for 9 months. By about 6 months I was able to pump enough, before that I would have to supplement a bottle with formula. It really bothered me at first that I couldn't breastfeed, but I got through it. It helped to start with small goals and the re-evaluate. At first I decided I would pump for 6 weeks, then three months, then 4 months, then 6 months, then 9 months.

Pati - posted on 01/14/2009

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HI



I was able to breast feed, but I had a lump in one breast that the dr felt needed to come out right after she was born in August, I pushed it till the end of the year just under the insurance, I got a breast pump and it was very painful. I called the hospital and they referred me to a lactation nurse who came to my house and showed me different models, let me try them and gave me some tips. The most important thing I was told was to make sure you are relaxed and that you are pumping at the same times every day. Your milk flow is based on consumption and you will produce more as your baby requires more, or should, some women have problems producing. Once I got on schedule I just pumped a little longer each few days to keep increasing it. Like I said I was on a time clock to stop producing milk all together so I pushed my body to produce as much as it could. The only problem I had was leaking every time I heard a baby cry LOL.



 



 I was pumping out 17+ ounces at a time, 4 times a day in addition to breast feeding I kid you not, by the time I took the pills to dry up right before Christmas I had enough frozen to keep her on breast milk through May and I used it to mix her foods with as well.  I used her sleep time to pump,  I had it all set up next to the rocking chair and I would use a warm compress for a few minutes first then sit back with my baby sleeping next to me in the crib some relaxation tape playing, that was the most productive place for me. Before bed and first thing in the am were not always as productive with her dad and brother running around but once I moved it all next to the crib it was fine.



 

Jessica - posted on 01/14/2009

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Wow!  There were so many replies I couldn't read them all so if I repeat anything I apologize.  I breat fed all three of my girls and worked full time so did a huge amount of pumping at work.  I ate oatmeal A LOT.  I heard from one of the nurses in the hospital that oatmeal will stimulate the amount of milk your bosy produces.  Also a warm rag on the breast will make the milk flow out of your nipples so fast it's as if the flood gates have opened!  Good luck to you and what a wonderful thing you are doing for your baby!

Ashley - posted on 01/14/2009

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I have some good ideas for you if you are open to all kinds of different ideas. I have had a public health nurse and lactation councelor after the birth of all three of my children. Hopefully I can help.



 



 

Cathy - posted on 01/14/2009

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THANKS FOR EVERYONE'S REPLIES... I REALLY APPRECIATE THE ADVICE AND HELP!! ANYTHING WE CAN DO TO GIVE OUR BABIES THE BEST OF US FOR A GOOD START IN LIFE IS ONE OF THE BEST GIFTS WE CAN GIVE THEM =)

Jennifer - posted on 01/14/2009

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I pumped exlusively while I never had a problem with supply (i was pumping 10 ounces out of each breast at a time). I have heard from others that to increase your supply try pumping more often, if you pump every three hours increase that to every two hours and slowly your supply will increase. I hope that helps.

Joanna - posted on 01/14/2009

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My son was born with a cleft palate and was unable to latch on. I never produced enough to give him exclusively breast milk, but there were things that I could do to help produce more. One thing is to put him to your breast for a few minutes to get a good let-down. Also gently massaging your breasts before starting and then again halfway through. I also took Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle, drank Mothers Milk Tea, and ate oatmeal. Also try to be as relaxed as possible. and pump no more often than every 2 hours and no less than every 3 hours, and at least 8 times each 24 hours. Hopefully you can find something that helps. I know how frustrating it can be.

Amanda-Rose - posted on 01/13/2009

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i recently just stopped pumping. i exclusively pumped for 6 months.. that was my goal.  my daughter would not latch on since the beginning. i know how u feel i felt like pumpin was my life and holding me back because really... i just did not feel comfortable pumping everywhere i went. i would pump every 3-4 hrs going no longer than 5. i was able to go all night with out pumping (8-10) hrs and pump in the morning getting anywhere from 8- 10 oz. i found every few months i would get a dip in my milk supply. when i did i would just make sure i drank a full glass of water every hr and also pump every hr to 2 hrs for a day and that would boost my supply back up. also make sure that you are eating enough and proper foods. i found if i was to busy and skipped lunch my milk would decrease. Good luck and i hope you are able to pump as longs as u can.. just keep telling yourself it is the best for your baby and it will make you forget what a pain it really is!!

Julie - posted on 01/13/2009

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Fenugreek tablets work wonders...you can get them at any pharmacy.  Go to Kellymom.com to find out how much you should take, its been a while so I cant remember what it was.  I pumped exclusively for my twin boys who were preemies...needless to say, i had a hard time getting enough milk to come in (never enough rest with twins!)



As others have mentioned, drink lots of water!

Evamarie - posted on 01/13/2009

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hello! i exclusively pumped for 5 months...7 times a day. my goal was to get to 3 months, then 4, then to Christmas, and now my last few days are upon me! i really wanted to breast feed but my baby was very impatient and so was i. so i decided to pump and was successful. she got enough to eat and is doing great. i had to start supplementing because i was cutting back my time. i would pump between 10-15 minutes each day. i am a teacher so i scheduled my pumpings around my work schedule. to get more milk, pump every 2 hours in the morning, and then 3 hours in the afternoon and night. during that time i read, played with my baby while she was in her chair, and watching tv seriously made the time go so much faster. i just used a timer/stopwatch either on my cell or the kitchen timer and half the time i was shocked at how fast it went. plus, it was awesome to know exactly how much food she was getting. i was able to always have a bottle ready because i would for some reason had a bottle, fed her, then pumped and it was already at room temp. so i didn't have to warm up the bottle because it could last at room temp. for 3 hours. it was easy to run errands around my pumping schedule and not have to worry about when is she going to need to eat....i loved it and would most likely do it again with my second baby, God willing! good luck!

Angela - posted on 01/13/2009

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My son is now 10 months and I've been pumping almost exclusively. He had a lot of trouble latching on from the beginning (we now know he is a somewhat tongue tied). I would pump every 3 hours, or whenever I gave him a bottle. At the beginning, I drank a lot of the Mother's Milk tea (you can get it at an herbal store or at Whole Foods... I think even Target might have it) which seemed to help. It was also a great way to make sure you're drinking lots of liquids! It took a few weeks but I was then up to the point where I pumping twice as much as my son drank (and froze it). I also noticed I would pump more milk after I napped with my son (if you can find time to do it!). The key is to be as consistent as possible. It was hard to have bring my pump everywhere I went, even in the car, but in the end I'm so glad to have been able to provide for my son the best milk and nutrients out there! Good luck!

Nina - posted on 01/13/2009

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I exclusively pumped for 5 months. I was unable to breastfeed because my son was slightly preemie and wasn't good at it. I had low supply to begin with, but i took fennugreek supplements 3 times a day (9 capsules), and also rented a hospital grade pump. I pumped every 3 hours for about 25 minutes. By the time i stopped pumping i was making enough milk to freeze some every day.

Unfortunately though, pumping was making me miserable and i had a lot of pain so I decided to wean. I am still in the weaning process as it is taking longer than i thought!

Good luck!

Leslie - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hi Cathy. I have been EPing for nearly 9 months. I use Lansinoh before each pumping session to make things a little more comfortable. I actually am dealing with the issue of oversupply. I have so much milk in my deep freeze that I am actually in the process of weaning myself, because I think I have enough for my son to make it to his first birthday.



Another thing that helped me was a warm compress for about 5 minutes before pumping and some gentle massage. That helps with the let down. What typy of pump are you using?

Heather - posted on 01/13/2009

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I pumped on one side the whole time with my son.  He would not latch on.  It took me a few weeks to realize it was me.  I fed him both bottle and breast until he was 7 1/2 months.  Try increasing your fluids as well as the other ideas listed.  I notice now with my daughter if I don't keep my fluids up I don't make as much milk.  I used a manual pump that I could control the suction and I have found that to be a good thing.  Be patient and hang in there.  It is the best thing for both of you.  Good luck.

Jackie - posted on 01/13/2009

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I had a similar issue with my son and breast feeding.  I pump about 8 times per day on a dual breast pump and it usually takes me about 15 minutes for both breasts.  I'm now pumping 5oz at a time.  Some how my body knows to keep up with his demand.  I experienced a couple of dips with the milk if I do not pump around the same time each pump.  Fenugreek seemed to help produce more milk and drink plenty of fluids as well.  I've set up my pump infront of the computer so that I can check emails etc, which helps the time go by a little faster.  Good luck, I hope it works out for you!

 






Kimberly - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hi Cathy. I exclusively pump for my twin boys. I'm lucky in that I only have to pump every 5 hours (5 times a day) and I'm able to get enough for them (~65 oz a day). It's not easy. There have been many times when I wanted to quit. But its been seven months now and I'm still pumping! I usually take the time to send e-mail or read a book. Definitely get a hands-free pumping bra -- best purchase I ever made. It allows you to make use of the time. I have an Ameda Purely Yours and it is great because it is small and can run on batteries, so I can pump anywhere. As for supply dips, watch out for when you get your period -- many women get a dip in supply just before AF. It typically only lasts a few days, so don't panic. Some have said taking Calcium/magnesium supplements helps with this. Also, if you pump away from home, remember to bring a picture of the baby with you -- this helps with yield. Good luck!! It's frustrating, so just take it day by day -- that's what I do.

Jessica - posted on 01/12/2009

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I am pumping exclusively.  My son was born 3 weeks early and wouldn't latch on. But I have found that trying to put him near my breast makes my milk really come in. And try your local health food store there is some tea and vitamins that can help milk comei n more.  It is a challenge to pump all the time. It's hard to go anywhere. But I have a breast pump that has a battery pack so I can pump in The car. Well I hope that helps some. I hope to pump for as long as possible..

Courtney - posted on 01/12/2009

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My son is now almost three but I breastfed and pumped for 18months. I had to pump for most of the daytime feedings because I worked. My suggestions include pumping often and at the same times each day. Make sure you are emptying your breasts each time; try to continue pumping even after the milk stops for about a minute. This will eventually tell your body to make more milk. Also, think about your baby while you pump. Might sound silly but it has to do with the hormones involved with milk let down. I kept a recent favorite picture of my baby in my pump bag. There is also a great tea for nursing mothers, look for it in the natural foods section. Hope it helps. Happy Pumping!

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hi! Good for you for pumping for your baby!! i am also an exclusive pumper! i have been for four months now, my baby girl just never wanted to latch, after three months of weekly visits with the lactation consultants we decided i would just be an exclusive pumper.  i have had milk supply issues from day one so i took domperidone and it helped a great deal! it really upped my supply, that and pumping every 2 hours during the day and every three during the night.



as for how to make it easier? i just make it my me time. i go on the computer, check e-mail, facebook, eat something or i read. i put my daughter in her swing next to me while i pump and most times she just falls asleep!  it did take me a while to get into the groove of things, but after that it was pretty much smooth sailing!



i hoped this has helped!! you can message me anytime you want if you have questions, concerns, or just need to vent! good luck!!



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I don't express exclusively, only about once a day. Even though I don't do it, I've been reading about it, but it's best to express at the same time everyday which can help you stop having dips in your milk supply. Somedays it does feel like there is less milk in the breast, but I think it's more my supply working itself out. During these times when I'm expressing I lean forward and it seems to stimulate another 'let down' and my milk comes out faster.



Good luck.

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There are natural supplements that you can take. My lactation specialist had me take 3 blessed thistle and 3 fenugreek (sp?) twice daily. It works really well.

Nichole - posted on 01/17/2009

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I am not pumping now...but I did last year.  I was exclusively breast pumping for four months and was able to supply my son with breast milk by bottle for 7 months.  He just would not nurse.  I'm not gonna lie...it was hard work.  But it was worth it.  I stopped exclusively breast pumping because I was working 3 days a week and it was difficult to maintain the milk supply and also getting up in the middle of the night to pump AND feed and go to work the next morning.  I knew we had enough to get us thru  6 months and that was what my doctor recommended to us.  She actually said that giving them breast milk the first month was really the most important time for breast milk.  They love to see you do it the whole first year...but that really anything after the first month is awesome and just a bonus for the baby.  I did have dips in my supply.  When that happened, I would drink as much more water as I could stand. TRY to rest a little more and  I also pumped a little more often and for a little longer to "tell" my body  to make more milk. Usually my supply would come right back within a day or so.  You also have to not freak out about it.  Stress doesn't help your supply.    As far as making the time go by faster....IDK...I can remember literally falling asleep in the middle of the night with the pumps still attatched to my boobs.  I would also watch episodes of That 70's show on DVD.  They were 20 minutes...When one episode was over...I knew my time was over.  It helps to NOT sit and watch the clock!!

Lize - posted on 01/16/2009

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Hi there,  I was exclusively breast pumping milk for my boy for 4 months.  He was born on 35 weeks and was ventilated for 2 weeks, so after that he didn't want to latch.  I had a lot of problems with my milk.  I tried all the supplements and every tip I got from everybody.  The only thing that really worked for me, was to drink an enormous amount of water.  I also tried to be relaxed at all times.  The minute I got stressed about anything, my milk was gone.  It took me about 10 minutes per breast to get about 75 ml for him, but I didn't stop because I knew it is the best for him.  So put on some nice calm music and relax totally. Hope it works for you.

Kelly - posted on 01/15/2009

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I was exclusively breast pumping for 4 1/2 months. The BEST thing I found was the hands-free pumping bra. Do you have on yet? It made life so much easier and I got tons and tons of reading done! If you're working, it'll also make things easier!

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I was exclusively breast pumping with my first (over 4 years ago). Most of the time I had him lay on the bed beside me while I pumped. I was fortunate enough to get up to 10 ounces per session, which lasted about 6 minutes. This ended up being a lot faster than my second child who did latch on, but would eat for 25 minutes. We found it easier to feed our son, then pump while his belly was full or he was asleep. We would store what was just pumped.. wish you the best of luck.

Janice - posted on 01/14/2009

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I was exclusively breast pumping for almost 3 months, and just yesterday threw in the towel. I found that pumping every 4-5 hours was just as effective as every 2-3. Of course, not everyone will be like that. It gave me more freedom, though. I took fenugreek 3x a day. My baby also has a bubble palate! If you find your nipples getting sore, Medela's hydrogel pads worked wonders for me. If you use these, you can cut them in half or quarters (they're expensive and only last for 24 hours). Good luck. Consider yourself a hero for hanging in there, not many people are willing to do it! My lactation consultant did say my daughter probably could breastfeed if I held her directly in front of me as oppose to laying on her side doing the 'football hold'. I wasn't brave enough to try it with all the breast issues I've had. Maybe you could get him back on with that! The LC doesn't know why that works with her kind of palate, but she said it's worked in the past with other babies.

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