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May 24th, 2013, 11:25 PM
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Is anyone planning on only pumping? I really want to nurse Jocelyn but so far, she hasn't taken 1 full feeding when nursing. They are also fortifying her feeds and it's looking like they'll want me to do the same when she comes home. I also worry about additional hospital stays and not being able to nurse.
I just don't know if I'll be able to stick with pumping. Anyone else think they may just exclusively pump?
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May 25th, 2013, 05:12 AM
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I will nurse when Ellianna is with me. I do need to return to work after just a couple of weeks. That means I will do lots of pumping. I hope to be able to supply enough expressed milk. I know the reality with my schedule is that is not likely. I will use a little formula to make due. I tell myself any expressed milk is better than none. I hope you can do give her some expressed and/or nurse. DO not make yourself feel guilty. You gave this little girl life when many practitioners advised otherwise. Without you she would not have life. That is a huge gift. Any milk you can give her is just great.
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May 25th, 2013, 05:23 AM
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I am hoping to be able to nurse this time around, but I struggled with my last and ended up exclusively pumping with him for about 9 months, so I know that it is a possibility this time around as well. It was a struggle at first, but once I got into a good routine and had my schedule for pumping down, it actually worked out pretty well, and I loved that I was able to give him breastmilk that way.
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May 25th, 2013, 05:53 AM
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Actually I plan on exclusively pumping Rebecca. I had so many problems with DD where she would not latch because I have flat nipples. I do recommend to not use a cheap pump cause I did notice over time the pumping did not keep my supply up and it eventually dwindled. I managed 2 months with DD. This time I will see if little man latches but am not at all hopeful so I got the best pump you can get...meant pretty much for us exclusive pumpers...the medela freestyle. (Yeah I got sticker shock but if I can feed lil man my milk and not formula then its worth it to me) I am hopeful that I can get this to work.
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May 25th, 2013, 06:40 AM
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I pumped exclusively with my first for 13 months.. It can be done! You just gotta be strict about your pumping schedule. For the first couple weeks I pumped for 20 minutes every 3 hours. - I'd allow myself up to 4 hours at night in between. As time went on the longest I'd allow myself is about 5 hours in between and an overnight. I was able to pump enough for him to have breastmilk in a bottle everyday (at least two bottles worth) until 16 months. It is totally doable.

Did I feel like a dairy cow? Hell yes. Was it worth it? YES YES.

I used two medela pump in styles. I wanted to have a back up incase one ever went and was I glad the night it did. Medela was amazing and sent me a new one cause the motor went just by listening to it over the phone and before my broken one even made it back to the factory.
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May 25th, 2013, 07:10 AM
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I don't plan on EXCLUSIVELY pumping, but I'll be returning to work after 6 weeks, so I'll certainly be pumping quite a bit. I am definitely nervous about keeping my supply up.
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May 25th, 2013, 08:29 AM
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I don't have any advice but huge hugs Hun!
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May 25th, 2013, 10:58 AM
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I second the investing in a more upscale pump! You want something super convenient, super comfortable, and super durable. You'll be pumping more than even a full-time working mom.

Remember that your baby is still a preemie and that even though she is x-amount of weeks past birth she is still no more developed than if she was in your womb. Have lots of patience with yourself and with her. Keep bringing her to the breast as much as possible, even if she isn't suckling for long. Are they giving you the tube that you tape to your breast?

Ask your doctor for prescriptions to help up your supply or start taking fenugreek (3 tablets 3 times a day) and eating lots of oatmeal. You'll smell like maple syrup but it can help.
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May 25th, 2013, 12:41 PM
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Thanks all. It's nice to know I'm not alone.
I have a good supply and am up to around 26oz day. They are saying I should be at 32 by 12 weeks but I don't think I need to worry there.
I have a freestyle I'm using at home and I use the hospital pump when I go see Jocelyn. I'm debating whether I should borrow a pump from WIC or not. I'm still trying to nurse but I'm not going to stress about it until after she's home and I can just cuddle for as long as I want.
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May 25th, 2013, 12:53 PM
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I have heard from a few different people who has early babies that the hospital grade pump if you can get one for home is best. You are a rock star Rebecca it sounds like you are doing a fab job
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May 25th, 2013, 02:15 PM
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I exclusively pumped with DD on the Freestyle. I second the previous suggestion about keeping a frequent schedule. Once you establish it as a habit for yourself, it actually isn't hard to stick with. Good luck! And you are amazing!
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May 25th, 2013, 03:39 PM
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Thanks all. It's nice to know I'm not alone.
I have a good supply and am up to around 26oz day. They are saying I should be at 32 by 12 weeks but I don't think I need to worry there.
I have a freestyle I'm using at home and I use the hospital pump when I go see Jocelyn. I'm debating whether I should borrow a pump from WIC or not. I'm still trying to nurse but I'm not going to stress about it until after she's home and I can just cuddle for as long as I want.
Well, it sounds like you're doing a fantastic job! Congratulations! And, yes, don't stress. Relaxing and cuddling is the best thing ever
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