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June 6th, 2014, 06:25 PM
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Poppet and I had started a successful breast feeding relationship. However, I've developed some complications 5 days post partum that led to another two day hospitalization. I was diagnosed with endometritis (an infection of the uterine lining) and a staph infection. As a result, I've been put on some very aggressive antibiotics, that are unsafe for my baby girl. It is my intent to resume breast feeding as soon as it is safe to do so. For now I am pumping and dumping, and Poppet is being formula fed for the next ten-12 days. She's only nine days today so I didn't have much of a supply stored up yet.


My question is, what is the best way that you ladies have found to not only maintain supply but also increase it to meet growing baby's demands? Thanks in advance ladies!


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June 6th, 2014, 08:00 PM
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In our NICU we tell moms to pump 20 minutes both sides every three hours to keep up your supply. Sometimes, moms have better luck increasing supply with 15 minutes, wait 5, then an additional 5 every 3 hours. Do you have access to a good double electric pump?

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June 6th, 2014, 09:37 PM
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I had to pump exclusively for a few days because we just weren't getting a good latch going... I have flat nipples and since I got some nipple shields he has since been able to latch with those but while I was pumping my ped said to do it every two hours to build my supply up. I think it worked because I definitely saw an increase in supply from the day I started pumping to the day I finished. I did it every two hours or as close to that as possible until my breasts felt empty for maybe 3 or 4 days. Also I used a manual pump, it might be more effective with an electric but I have no experience with those
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June 7th, 2014, 08:13 PM
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In our NICU we tell moms to pump 20 minutes both sides every three hours to keep up your supply. Sometimes, moms have better luck increasing supply with 15 minutes, wait 5, then an additional 5 every 3 hours. Do you have access to a good double electric pump?

-Gypsy (due 6/21)






Yes. I have a Medela Advance Pump in Style Double Electric pump. It's been amazing. It seems that the supply isn't going to be an issue... although re-learning to latch and what not after so long may be a problem. She's gotten used to the instant gratification bottle feeding has presented this past week. I really would love to avoid the confusion and frustration that's going to come reintroducing the breast.. especially since I seem to have established a pretty good supply at this point. I've already had a bit of a break down because of the time we've lost at the breast because of the medication.
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June 8th, 2014, 07:20 AM
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If it takes a few minutes to get letdown, maybe try either pumping a little or doing manual expression before you try to latch her. That way she still gets her instant gratification from the breast while you're switching her back. You could also drip some formula or breast milk on your nipple when she first starts sucking so that she's still getting something. Also, don't worry too much until you actually get there. Sometimes they don't even notice the change, it all depends on the baby. How much longer do you have before you can try to latch her again?

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June 10th, 2014, 09:19 PM
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I finish my antibiotics tomorrow. The doctor says to wait until Saturday to be sure that the medication has cleared my blood stream and milk supply. So, not much longer now. I'm hopeful that all will go well, but accept that there may be some anxiety and probably frustration to work through.


I'll definitely try those tips to hopefully make the transition easier on both of us.
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