Re: Exclusively pumping moms
posted at 1/22/2013 2:50 PM EST
hi there. I can vividly remember how hard it was to start, and keep, pumping. we have now two yr old twins, born a little early so in the hospital we did the syringe "they can't latch yet" contraption I still laugh that they sent me home with that and thought it would work to keep me breastfeeding. then one had terrible reflux so had to eat sitting and one just got lazy, he liked the bottle - it was clearly easier for him. oh well, having a relationship with an electric pump and snuggling the plastic was not what I had planned but we managed for a bit over a year.
some learnings, if you haven't tried these and think you can stand trying anything else. fenugreek tabs, 3 pills 3 times a day recommended by lactation consultant after we came home. I got it at Whole Foods, not sure where else would carry. Reglan prescribed by your MD, bumps up your milk supply - I think it was about 2 or 3 week course? make sure you are eating and drinking enough yourself - I would notice that if I got busy and missed a meal, my supply would plummet at the next pump. Pump as often as the baby is eating - at the beginning for me, that was every 3 hours even at night - as their feedings slowly got larger and less often, I started cutting out pump sessions, first the night ones! I almost always pumped longer than the recommended twenty minutes - I did about 45 mins as often as I could also to help me get rid of those night pumps. And absolutely an electric hospital grade pump, makes a huge difference.
good luck, I remember thinking daily that if I could just "get through today" I will have done it long enough and can stop, they will be fine. and then I'd get a few hours of sleep, and somehow start again the next day.
Not sure how old you are, but as we were starting our journey I heard from my mother that "in her day" "nobody" breast fed so why was I. well, she had a bit of a point, we all did fine, didn't we? your baby will do ok either way. there are great reasons to breast feed, but not at the expense of you! take care of yourself ~