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post #281 of 1785
I actually bought some new horns on Tuesday and now have three sets which does help. Mind you, they all need washing as I write. Swirly, as I read your post last night knowing that my next move would be the washing/sterising routine I could have cried! I am wondering how this will be when she is mobile?

Anyway, things seem better today, I got six hours of sleep in a row last night for the third night in a row and I have decided not to get up to pump during that time. I set my alarm for midnight and pumped and then didn't pump again until 6am, I always pump every three hours during the day, that will have to do. I have enough milk per day at the minute (just).

Mamanurse, I don't think you unsupportive, just able to inject the bit of common sense that I sometimes lose sight of.

I even did a bit of Yoga this morning, first time since March, rudely interrupted of course but then I would cry if I had peed in my pants too.

post #282 of 1785
Last night I was at a friend's house for dinner. She lives in a small apartment and I always pump at her kitchen table when I'm over there. So, after dinner, she tells me the kids are going to take a bath now if I want to pump. I'm waiting and waiting for the kids to go and stressing I'm an hour late for my pump time and finally they go. So I grab a magazine and get to pumping. Five minutes later five-year-old Justin comes out again trying to stall bathtime and sees me and gets right next to me and says "Katherine, what are you doing? What are you doing to your boobies?" and then his 3 year old sister comes out and says "What are you doing to your boobies, what are you doing to your boobies?"
And I say, with a red face because I don't really know what to say and I'm worried about what my friend will think, "I'm using this pump to get milk for my baby" and they are completely fascinated and crowd around the pump staring. And I am sooo happy when my friend, who is really mainstream, starts telling them that that's how babies get food and that's how they got food when they were little and mom was at work, and then I told them mostly babies eat straight from the breast, but sometimes mommies get the milk this way. They were completely amazed. My friend did not bat an eye and it was a great experience.

So...I guess you had to be there to really get it, but for an EP'er it was like..my first time NIP, which is something I always wanted to do.
post #283 of 1785
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Originally Posted by kathteach View Post
Last night I was at a friend's house for dinner. She lives in a small apartment and I always pump at her kitchen table when I'm over there. So, after dinner, she tells me the kids are going to take a bath now if I want to pump. I'm waiting and waiting for the kids to go and stressing I'm an hour late for my pump time and finally they go. So I grab a magazine and get to pumping. Five minutes later five-year-old Justin comes out again trying to stall bathtime and sees me and gets right next to me and says "Katherine, what are you doing? What are you doing to your boobies?" and then his 3 year old sister comes out and says "What are you doing to your boobies, what are you doing to your boobies?"
And I say, with a red face because I don't really know what to say and I'm worried about what my friend will think, "I'm using this pump to get milk for my baby" and they are completely fascinated and crowd around the pump staring. And I am sooo happy when my friend, who is really mainstream, starts telling them that that's how babies get food and that's how they got food when they were little and mom was at work, and then I told them mostly babies eat straight from the breast, but sometimes mommies get the milk this way. They were completely amazed. My friend did not bat an eye and it was a great experience.

So...I guess you had to be there to really get it, but for an EP'er it was like..my first time NIP, which is something I always wanted to do.

Im glad that worked out well for you! Children can be so inquisitive. Its neat they were so fascinated. Maybe next time someone see's you pump you wont get all red faced. The first time is the worst!!!
post #284 of 1785
I'm not an EPer (and my hat's off to you all), but I pump in front of my 3yo ds all the time and he thinks it's hilarious - he gets up close to watch the milk come out and asks me all kinds of questions about how the milk gets into the boob! I was a little worried at first that it would be wierd but didn't know how I'd be able to pump for my newborn and still keep an eye on him, but now seeing how he's reacted to it I feel fine. I'd probably feel very shy about pumping in front of another adult though, so to you!
post #285 of 1785
I'm glad you had such a good experience with pumping in front of your friend's children. I much prefer to see parents act naturally about the human body, rather than embarrassed or reluctant to explain anything.
post #286 of 1785
kathteach- that made me cry! I am so glad you had a wonderful experience !

I am not EP'er but when i do pump my almost 3 yo screams turn it off. I think it is because of the noise, but we then talk about makng mommy milk and he seems to forget. ah well...
post #287 of 1785
Im so happy I found this thread! I am an EP'er, and a lot of people arent understanding why, my family and friends are all like- Just breastfeed! I cant! My problem is that I have HUMONGOUS breasts and after attempting to BF my other children and failing I had given up. But being this was my last child I was determined to give him breast milk, one way or another. I got a new breast pump off of freecycle, and have been pumping from day 1. I attempted a few times to actually give him my breast, but its too big and smothers him, and even with me trying to pull it back so it doesnt cover his nose he wont stay on it.

The only thing is that maybe im pumping too hard or something but my nipples have swollen to the form of the pump, and it hurts REALLY bad. But otherwise I enjoy holding him to my breast while bottle feeding him my milk. It feels good knowing he will benefit from it, and my husband said he thinks its bringing me closer to him because he catches me holding him or just staring at him for hours smiling at him ect. I thought it just had to do with him being the new baby but he says that to him it looks like im bonding more with the new baby than I initially did with the other children. I dunno. But the noise is driving everyone is my house nuts so ive been banned to the back room during pumping time! I wish they made quiet ones (and if they already do then i should say quiet ones i can afford!)

Sorry, long post! Anyways, HI!!!
post #288 of 1785

Exclusively pumping and supply

Exclusively pumping and supply

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Hello-

I am an exclusive pumper because after 6 weeks, my nipples were still KILLING me when my son latched. When I told my lactation consultant I was going to pump only, she told me my supply would diminish in 3-5 months. Has anyone else heard that? Its a little discouraging. I am taking an herbal supplement called More Milk by Motherlove to hopefully keep my milk supply going strong. Any feedback is appreciated.

Thanks!

Renee'
post #289 of 1785
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Originally Posted by rhenna913 View Post
Exclusively pumping and supply

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Hello-

I am an exclusive pumper because after 6 weeks, my nipples were still KILLING me when my son latched. When I told my lactation consultant I was going to pump only, she told me my supply would diminish in 3-5 months. Has anyone else heard that? Its a little discouraging. I am taking an herbal supplement called More Milk by Motherlove to hopefully keep my milk supply going strong. Any feedback is appreciated.

Thanks!

Renee'


You may be able to keep your supply through pumping alone. I am exclusively pumping now for 12+months, and thankfully never had low supply. My dd could not bf. From what I hear, the pain associated with bfing decreases over time. Can you hold out a bit longer? EPing is so much work.
post #290 of 1785
Hey, welcome, Forty'swifey. Good job of making sure your new babe gets breast milk. Your little one is still so young, I would keep trying to put him to the breast were I you. He might just get it, because plenty of large-breasted ladies do nurse their babes. Maybe he will grow into it. A La Leche Leader or lactation consultant may be able to help you find a hold that works for you both as well. I say this just because pumping is a long, hard road to take, and you guys will both be happier in the long run if he will nurse.

That said, have you tried getting larger horns for your pumping? Your nipples may be in pain if your breasts are larger and the horns that came with the pump are too small. Larger horns can also help keep your supply up while protecting your nipples from damage.

Let us know if we can help with any questions you may have.
post #291 of 1785
Renee, it is possible to maintain supply through pumping for some women, but not all. It is a struggle though and creates much stress and worry. I would keep trying to nurse that baby, maybe try a nipple shield if that would help with the pain. I know many women who found it a struggle for up to 3 months, but who are very pleased they stuck with it, because their nursing relationship became a wonderful thing that lasted a couple of years at least.
post #292 of 1785
I just got a Lactina rental pump yesterday, and it seemed to help a bit already. How dramatic should I expect the change to be if it really was pump resistance I was experiencing, and should I take supplements as well, or will the new pump make the difference itself?
post #293 of 1785
Forty's_wifey - I don't know if you have already tried this, but I have heard that side-lying is often a good position for large chested moms...obviously not practical all the time but maybe you can nurse parttime in that position until your babe is bigger like the pp said.
post #294 of 1785
Hi Gals,

I have just joined the Pumpers Tribe : I am trying to get my babies off of the SNS to get more bm and the LC wants me to pump 12x's daily to get my supply up which includes one pump at night. So far I have only been able to pump 8 x's a day and no at night yet. I keep going to bed late and just can't get up at night because I am so tired. I am working on it. I have been doing the 8x's so far for about 1 1/2 wks. I only get about 2 oz. in a 24 hr. period. That is not much. I have a hospital grade pump. I am thinking maybe I should try another or possibly different flanges. I have small nipples. Any ideas? I am I getting little just because I am not mean to pump much? What hospital grade pumps have worked good for you? Maybe I am not drinking enough water? Thanks for any ideas. :
post #295 of 1785
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Originally Posted by twinsarefun View Post
Hi Gals,

I have just joined the Pumpers Tribe : I am trying to get my babies off of the SNS to get more bm and the LC wants me to pump 12x's daily to get my supply up which includes one pump at night. So far I have only been able to pump 8 x's a day and no at night yet. I keep going to bed late and just can't get up at night because I am so tired. I am working on it. I have been doing the 8x's so far for about 1 1/2 wks. I only get about 2 oz. in a 24 hr. period. That is not much. I have a hospital grade pump. I am thinking maybe I should try another or possibly different flanges. I have small nipples. Any ideas? I am I getting little just because I am not mean to pump much? What hospital grade pumps have worked good for you? Maybe I am not drinking enough water? Thanks for any ideas. :
Hi! Your little ones nurse? Do they nurse well? Them nursing should help to increase your supply more than a pump if they are nursing well. It is so hard to pump 12 X a day. How do your girls sleep at night? I imagine it would be difficult to get up to pump if they are on different night schedules. Can you try pumping while you are already up with one of them? Proper flange sizes really do make a difference for some women. You can special order smaller flanges if you think you need them. Pumping 8 times a day is the minimum you should be pumping in the beginning, so I do not think that is why you are having low supply. Were your girls born premature? Try to eat a lot of oatmeal. Visit the low supply tribe for tips on increasing your supply. There are various herbs/medications you can try. I use a Lactina select and have had great results with it, and I am pumping for 12.5 months now. Im throwing some positive pumping vibes your way!
post #296 of 1785
I am curious if anyone else here has chronically sore and crusty nipples? (sorry if TMI) I already use olive oil, wear soothies, tried adjusting the suction, have all the different size flanges, etc. I am just curious if I am normal or not. I am crusty and sore now for over a year! Although my nipples did toughen up some and I am not a blistered mess anymore.
post #297 of 1785
Welcome to the new comers. I want to encourage those of you with very young babes to do EVERYTHING you can to get your babes on the breast. EP'ing is terrible and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

Gooey- Major to you. My nipples are not painful or crusty. I don't think it's normal, but then again I don't think pumping is normal. How come you use olive oil? I've heard of it, but I use lanolin. If you use an oil, though, you shouldn't use the soothies. At least, that's what the LC told me. She said they don't "mix" well. I've got a lanolin "connection" since the stuff is so expensive and could send you some samples in the mail. PM me if you're interested.

BTW- I was happy to see that Santorum was ousted out of power last night!!!
post #298 of 1785
Gooey, my nipples are pretty much always sore and have a little crust on them that I can't get off gently. Funny thing - my baby will occasionally latch and nurse a tiny bit (like for ten seconds), and she can get the crust off immediately (and will eat it if I don't manage toi fish it out of her mouth! : ). Just shows how much more efficient babies are than pumps.
post #299 of 1785
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Originally Posted by mamanurse View Post
Welcome to the new comers. I want to encourage those of you with very young babes to do EVERYTHING you can to get your babes on the breast. EP'ing is terrible and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

Gooey- Major to you. My nipples are not painful or crusty. I don't think it's normal, but then again I don't think pumping is normal. How come you use olive oil? I've heard of it, but I use lanolin. If you use an oil, though, you shouldn't use the soothies. At least, that's what the LC told me. She said they don't "mix" well. I've got a lanolin "connection" since the stuff is so expensive and could send you some samples in the mail. PM me if you're interested.

BTW- I was happy to see that Santorum was ousted out of power last night!!!
I really have to second about doing EVERYTHING possible to get your babies to the breast. EPing sounds like a good alternative in the beginning, but after several months of it... Well... I would not wish it on my worst enemy! It makes life very inconvienent.

I did not know that olive oil and soothies did not "mix". Maybe thats why they always fall apart so soon! Im glad to know that now. Thank you! I mostly use the soothies to keep my nipples from sticking to my bra and then getting stuck there. Its painful to pull them off! I will try switching to breast pads and lanolin. I find lanolin too gooey to pump with, but I can put it on after pumping. It makes washing the horns a pain if I put it on before pumping.
post #300 of 1785
Hi Gals,

Thanks so much for your advice. My twins nurse at the breast using the SNS. It killed my supply though. They take tons of formula per feeding which kills me. I had a wonderful supply in the beginning but they nursed poorly due to a high pallet and improper suckling. I didn't know it at the time and didn't get the right help. Now the twins are stuck on the SNS and just won't get off because my supply is so low. So the LC wants me to pump as much as possible to get my supply up and hopefully they can get back to strictly bf. It's sad because the twins were born ft and great weight! I have nursed 2 others for three years, so this has been heartbreaking. I feel for you gals pumping so much and I think you are great! Where is the low supply tribe? I need to see that. I wish you all well. It amazes me what us gals go through to give our little ones that liquid gold. Just 1 tsp is 3 million germ fighting cells (kellymom.com). That's what keeps my going along over here.
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