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post #1541 of 1785
I am pumping since 10-05, and have only used a Lactina. I should have bought it instead of renting it. I paid for it several times over. I have a fantastic supply with it so I am not willing to down grade to a PIS. I still very much grieve the loss of a normal bfing relationship.
post #1542 of 1785
I am not sure if I am an EP'er yet...we are still working on her latch...but have to do some bottle feeding at night...what bottles/nipples do you use or seem closest to the breast and encourage a wide latch?
post #1543 of 1785
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Originally Posted by radiowave View Post
I am not sure if I am an EP'er yet...we are still working on her latch...but have to do some bottle feeding at night...what bottles/nipples do you use or seem closest to the breast and encourage a wide latch?
If you have latch issues, I would avoid bottles all together. You can finger feed until you figure out a latch. That is less likely to mess with the proper tongue motion and create confusion/preference. Your dh can finger feed if you need the rest and that is why you want to use a bottle. If you are very against that, I would suggest a breast flow bottle or adiri bottle.

How old is your baby? By your siggy they are only a few days old. I wouldnt do bottles just yet or you may end up with bottle preference. I don't want to see you stuck being an EPer like me, that is why I am suggesting waiting some.
post #1544 of 1785
rlynn08 - I used the Medela swing twice and killed them both, LOL. I never had issues with my milk supply while using it, but it's not really meant for EPing so the motor may give out on you. Can you save up some $$ for a PISA? Or an Ameda? I've heard the Ameda is a less expensive version of the Medela. It's really important to have a good pump that will last, especially if you end up pumping longer than you intended.

Also isn't there a way that you can get help renting or buying a pump through the hosptal or something? I'm not sure how that works, maybe some of the other mamas will know.
post #1545 of 1785
Hey mamas! Just subbing here. I gave birth to my surrogate twins two weeks ago, and I'm now pumping and shipping milk across the country for them. It's been hard recovering from a c/s and EP'ing (I did exclusively nurse them for 4 days in the hospital) but it's very rewarding work at least! The parents tell me the babies love the breastmilk and don't like the formula they occasionally have to supplement with...and that keeps me motivated!!!

I just had a question for you guys...how many oz. were you guys getting in the first few weeks postpartum? Right now I'm getting 4oz per pump with about 8 pumps a day. It's more than enough to feed one baby, but not enough to feed both twins exclusively BM. I would really like to increase the amount but I'm not sure if I just need to be patient while my supply keeps building. Is this a "good" output for 2 weeks after birth? Or should I think about herbs for increasing supply? I am eating, drinking water and resting a lot, fwiw.
post #1546 of 1785
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Originally Posted by Lucysmama View Post
Hey mamas! Just subbing here. I gave birth to my surrogate twins two weeks ago, and I'm now pumping and shipping milk across the country for them. It's been hard recovering from a c/s and EP'ing (I did exclusively nurse them for 4 days in the hospital) but it's very rewarding work at least! The parents tell me the babies love the breastmilk and don't like the formula they occasionally have to supplement with...and that keeps me motivated!!!

I just had a question for you guys...how many oz. were you guys getting in the first few weeks postpartum? Right now I'm getting 4oz per pump with about 8 pumps a day. It's more than enough to feed one baby, but not enough to feed both twins exclusively BM. I would really like to increase the amount but I'm not sure if I just need to be patient while my supply keeps building. Is this a "good" output for 2 weeks after birth? Or should I think about herbs for increasing supply? I am eating, drinking water and resting a lot, fwiw.
My supply kept increasing until I hit around 3 months, then it stabilized. If you want more milk, I would try pumping more frequently. You are awesome for pumping for your suro twins!
post #1547 of 1785
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Originally Posted by GooeyRN View Post
My supply kept increasing until I hit around 3 months, then it stabilized. If you want more milk, I would try pumping more frequently. You are awesome for pumping for your suro twins!
More than I am??? Right now I'm going about 2-3 hours during the day (sometimes I throw in an extra here or there if I can) and every 3-4 hrs at night. I don't know if I can feasibly do much more than that!
post #1548 of 1785
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Originally Posted by Lucysmama View Post
More than I am??? Right now I'm going about 2-3 hours during the day (sometimes I throw in an extra here or there if I can) and every 3-4 hrs at night. I don't know if I can feasibly do much more than that!
Going every 2 hours and 3 hours at night should be just fine. If that doesn't get you enough milk, I don't think pumping more often will help. It would just make you sore.
post #1549 of 1785
any of you ever had a problem with a crack in you nipple that won't go away? I've had one for several weeks now and every time I pump, no matter how low a suction, it just reopens. I've tried a few different creams and salt soaks. At one point I stopped pumping that side for a day and my supply is STILL recovering, but one day wasn't enough. I thought it was healed enough, but it reopened then too. It's not TERRIBLY bad... it's not bleeding or anything like some stories I've heard on here, but it hurts. Today a lot more than others. It actually started as one, then moved around little and now it's several fairly large cracks. I've actually been thinking about HUTH because of it. Either that or stopping until heals and then trying to relactate... but that seems hard. And my dh doesn't think I'll ever go back to EP'ing if I stop.
What can I do to get it to heal?
post #1550 of 1785
I have chronically cracked nips, too.
post #1551 of 1785
shoes, are your shields wide enough so when you pump it's not rubbing up on the sides? For MONTHS I had too small shields and didn't even know it! (all the lactation consultants were working with me with the latch of my twins and never noticed until the last LC saw it and was bewildered). When I got the Medela extra large (I think it's 30mm diameter) the soreness improved for me. I never even knew it was an option for me to increase the size!

Ringing in here to say I'm still hanging in with EPing my twin girls past their 8-month birthday last week. I'm so proud of myself but exhausted as I still have to get up in the middle of the night to keep up with the supply (they easily eat more than 30 ounces each!). So far no formula. It makes me cry how lucky I am and to think in the beginning couple of months when I didn't know EPing was an OPTION and so scared I wasn't going to be able to provide them with my milk. So far no sicknesses or ear infections. I know it's all worth it!

I DO have a vain "issue". I was a hardcore marathon runner prior to the girls being born and miss running. I've done it a couple of times since birth but even with a MEGA supportive bra my boobies be HURTIN'. Plus I feel weak already keeping up with their demand, so I figure I need to stay with the walking until I'm "done" pumping. It's been a major adjustment for me cause I'm 32 and been running almost everyday of my life since I was 14 until I gave birth to the girls last December (and running was my all-time stress reliever). Just wanted to vent that here. I've enjoyed wearing the girls in baby carriers and walking don't get me wrong, it's just I miss having my body and muscles and STRENGTH again. I think I am channeling my powers in other new ways with this pumping business
post #1552 of 1785
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Originally Posted by PurpleMonkey View Post
shoes, are your shields wide enough so when you pump it's not rubbing up on the sides?
Um.. I think you just solved my problem! They do rub when I pump. I'm off to order some bigger horns I guess! I hope that's what's causing it at least. I can fix THAT. It's just that I pumped for over a year without it being an issue.
Do you think the running hurting your breasts is because they are bigger and need more support? I just started running like a week ago and I have a really awesome bra that has great support! It's the enell. I bought mine used off of ebay for $15 and it's been great! It hasn't messed with my supply too much either... just the pumping following a long run seems a bit low. But then again you are making like 3 times the amout I am!!!! so it might affect you more...
post #1553 of 1785
I'm crossing my fingers for you with the new horns. I'm gonna have to check out that new bra. My boobs have it seems quadrupled in size since birth and pumping. I can barely keep up with their demand for milk so I'm too scared to mess with it by running. My goal is by the time they hit 1 year I'll experiement with it
post #1554 of 1785
Just checking in again! About a week and a half ago I had a nasty dip in supply - from 4-5oz per session down to only 2-3oz! I was frantically trying everything trying to get it back up to no avail. A local mama gave me some Domperidone to try, and after 2 days on it, it seems to be working! I pumped 38 oz today compared to the 24 I was getting last week. (And I was only getting 24 by staying on the pump like ALL day.) It's still not enough, though - the twins are eating almost 50 oz a day between the two of them. I'm hoping I will see a bigger increase over the next few weeks.

I need to go order some more, though!
post #1555 of 1785
my supply has dipped a little the last couple of days. I hope it goes back up. Do any of you get depressed when this happens? It's almost like I'm obsessed and afraid it won't go back up even though it has in the past

ETA: This is actually PurpleMonkey (YourFace is my husband's username on here he had it automatically logged in!)
post #1556 of 1785
okay the previous post was ME
post #1557 of 1785
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Originally Posted by YourFace View Post
my supply has dipped a little the last couple of days. I hope it goes back up. Do any of you get depressed when this happens? It's almost like I'm obsessed and afraid it won't go back up even though it has in the past
Yes, I get worried, especially since I've tried Domperidone (didn't work for me) and I'm on mega doses of More Milk and also I take the Mother's Milk Tea. If my supply goes away, there's nothing more for me to try. There's nothing else I can do, but watch it go. And I only get 20 oz. a day total as it is (on my best day).
post #1558 of 1785
I get very worried and upset when my supply is not good. I try not to watch the bottles at all when I pump, because if I stress too much I don't get a good letdown. I have to totally zone out to get my max output.

I am kinda freaking out! I didn't know it was going to take SO long for the Dom I ordered to get here! I am definitely going to run out. Should I try to space out the dosage??? Or just hope my supply doesn't plummet too bad when I run out? Does anyone have any extra? I will be happy to Paypal you for it!
post #1559 of 1785
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Originally Posted by YourFace View Post
my supply has dipped a little the last couple of days. I hope it goes back up. Do any of you get depressed when this happens?
Totally. I have one bad pumping session and I'm practically inconsolable. You'd think I'd be used to it being a low supplier in the first place, but no. And then there the days where the little devil sits on my shoulder and makes me wish I would just dry up altogether so I wouldn't have a choice and wouldn't have to pump anymore. Then I feel guilty about thinking that. *sigh*
post #1560 of 1785
I am an EPer as well, have been for 6 months now (my DS never latched on) and I too freak when I have a low session... It's so nerve wracking to see that the bottles aren't as full as I think they should be.

Fortunately Fenugreek works wonders for me. I am currently taking 1830 3 times a day and it works fabulous. I've never taken domperidone. Where do you buy it from?

I try desperately to stay at least one bottle ahead of DS. This week it's working, but last week I had to unfreeze about 4 bags of milk to satisfy him.

We have also started solids (oatmeal with ebm). He is six months. I am secretly hoping that this will make him want less breastmilk so I don't have to worry so much about supplying him... I will still continue to pump just as much, but just hope I won't have to stress so much about it if he eats more solids... so far no dice...

Good luck mama's!
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