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October 1st, 2010, 09:57 PM
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Do you pump at all or exclusively nurse and bottlefeed?

I feel like I pump more often than I nurse these days, I'm afraid to go more than 2-3 hours without it just to try and increase (or at least maintain) my supply. I'm so glad I have a good pump!
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October 14th, 2010, 09:28 PM
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With the formula Aiden can go longer in between feedings so I've been pumping every 2 hours if he's not ready to eat so I can hopefully increase my supply. What pump do you use? I have the Medela PISA
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October 15th, 2010, 01:02 PM
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I have the same pump! It's been more than worth it so far. I pretty much follow the same schedule, I pump after 2-3 hours if he's not ready to eat again. I get so jealous of girls who talk about building up BM stashes because it seems like the most I can get ahead of him is 3-5 ounces at any given time, he usually wants to eat right after I've pumped.
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October 15th, 2010, 02:57 PM
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My little guy is the same way! If he's sleeping and I pump he seems to wake up as soon as I'm done. So I have to give him what I just pumped because there is nothing left in there I wish I could get a little stash because I will be going back to work in a few weeks.
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October 15th, 2010, 06:33 PM
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Oh wow, good luck with that. Once your guy starts sleeping better at night (unless he does now ) it might be worth it to get up and pump to build up more of a stash. My kiddo is 12 weeks tomorrow and he usually gives me a 5-6 hour rest at night before waking up to nurse, if I were ambitious enough I could wake up and pump but I'd rather have the sleep. Do you have problems letting down for the pump or does it work out okay?
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October 15th, 2010, 08:45 PM
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The pump works good, no problems so far I have a good let down on one side and the other takes a little while. He normally goes for about 4 hours in his first sleeping stretch but I don't get up during that, I take all the sleep he will allow me!
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October 17th, 2010, 08:47 PM
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I don't blame you, my guy has been a good sleeper from the start but on the nights when he wasn't I wanted to cry.

I'm sitting here pumping right now actually.
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October 18th, 2010, 11:07 PM
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Aiden is good most nights! Which I am very thankful for We used the johnson and johnson bedtime bath stuff a few night ago and he slept for 5 and a half hours straight! That is the longest stretch I've gotten since he was born!
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October 22nd, 2010, 06:46 PM
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I am pumping a decent amount, but not as much as I was. I find whenever I wind up having to supplement I go crazy with the pumping. It is really wearing me out.
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October 23rd, 2010, 07:18 PM
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I agree Theresa! I feel like life revolves around nursing, feeding, or pumping some days. Everyone says it gets better after the first 6 weeks but I think when you're dealing with long term supply issues those feelings can last a while longer. Of course when I think about the alternative (all formula) it helps me stay motivated to give him as much as I can. But man I do wish it were easier!
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