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melissaleigh March 16th, 2014 02:08 PM

Help!
 
Hi Everyone - I am 13 days pp and am exclusively pumping. We had issues with latching so I just decided to pump and put it in a bottle for her. I pump every two hours and am drinking mothers milk tea. I can barely keep up with her much less pump enough to start freezing. How do I get to the point where I can pump enough to fullfill her daily needs and start filling the freezer for when I go back to work. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

JillyP March 17th, 2014 06:24 AM

Re: Help!
 
Hi. Although i don't have experience with exclusively pumping, i completely understood and remember your worry about having time to freeze enough before returning to work.
When do you go back? Keep track of about how many oz. she drinks during the hours of your expected shift and then divide by days til you go back and try to save just that little bit every day. For example, i was gone 12 hours a day, and my daughter averaged 14-16oz during that time, so in the two weeks leading up, i could save just 1oz extra to have about enough. Hopefully, this makes it seem a little less intimidating.
And then while you're at work, you'll be pumping everything for the following work day while shes just drinking the saved supply, so it will be soooo much easier to keep up after that.
I wont lie, i did feel like i was always barely catching up, so perhaps others must have better advice, lol. But then again, maybe the best comfort is that if you feel like its hard to catch up, that is normal, so you're probably already doing everything just right! :)

mgm78 March 17th, 2014 02:17 PM

Re: Help!
 
I would see if you can go to the hospital and see their LC or hire one to check your pump, make sure it is fitted properly, as well as working properly. If you are going to be exclusively pumping, maybe try contacting your insurance company about getting a hospital grade pump? Drink a lot of water, like more than you think you could humanly drink! LOL.

Rachel March 17th, 2014 05:13 PM

Re: Help!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mgm78 (Post 28004355)
I would see if you can go to the hospital and see their LC or hire one to check your pump, make sure it is fitted properly, as well as working properly. If you are going to be exclusively pumping, maybe try contacting your insurance company about getting a hospital grade pump? Drink a lot of water, like more than you think you could humanly drink! LOL.

I agree! I would also recommend that you keep trying to latch. My oldest nursling had latch issues and it took weeks, but eventually we got it.


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