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July 28th, 2011, 12:57 PM
Spacey Stacy's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I'm just not able to pump enough to keep up, even while taking the meds my supply just keeps decreasing. I only pumped 2oz after almost 4 hours and even increasing my pumping is only getting me an ounce or so. I gave him a 50/50 mixture today of BM and formula and he drank it with no issues so far. I'm sure that in a few weeks he'll be totally on formula and it really pained me and after tears shed and talking to my mom who has supported every decision I have made I've come to peace with it. The stress of not pumping enough was making my anxiety terrible that is was giving me headaches and making me nauseated so I'm okay with this decision now. A happy momma is a happy baby!!

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July 28th, 2011, 05:57 PM
FusionGirl's Avatar Formerly TTC#1inNC
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I was just about to do this same thing as I returned to work last week and was getting very frustrated with my pump sessions. I would be lucky if I got 2 oz. I finally figured out a trick that worked for me is to do a longer breast compression while pumping. I squeeze and hold and it takes a few seconds but the milk will really start coming out and I have doubled my output. It is almost like my boobs need pressure coming from behind to help push the milk out. Does that make sense?
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July 29th, 2011, 05:49 AM
ashley5's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I've had to substitute with formula also for the past month now b/c I'm not pumping out as much. I'm only able to pump enough for one bottle while she's at daycare, so I understand your feelings a little bit. I was disappointed b/c I had a goal in mind, and when things happened differently it disappointed me. But like you I realized that my baby is still happy and healthy, so I had to do what's best for her.

Your doing a great job momma! Your LO got great benefits from the bm while he got it:]
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July 29th, 2011, 06:40 AM
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6 months of almost all breastmilk is pretty impressive!! I think all the EPers from my PR quit by around 6 months. If I had to EP I dont know if I would have even made it that far, good job mama

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July 29th, 2011, 08:10 AM
Spacey Stacy's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I wanted to go a year but it's just not happening and the stress of not pumping enough is getting to me. I have a small freezer stash to get me to next week and I'm doing one or two 50/50 bottles a day for now. I'm still pumping about 2x day just to give him some BM...I'm guessing in a few weeks to a month we're just be doing formula and I'm okay with it.

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July 31st, 2011, 02:09 AM
shortlette's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I'm sorry, but you're right. A happy mum makes a happy baby. I had the same problem when I was part time pumping for Alex .... I just made it to a year of BM at daycare thanks to my freezer stash. He still BF at home for another couple of months.

You've done great! Try to keep positive and remember the good.

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