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post #81 of 1785
One year! Congrats! How long do you plan on pumping for? I have 3 months and one week to hit a year. Then I plan on reducing my pumps. I am still at 10 a day, getting 55 oz a day. I was getting more(75 oz/day), but mastitis killed that! I will probably stay at 4 pumps a day or so for as long as I can handle it. How long does everyone here plan on pumping for?
post #82 of 1785
I plan on pumping til my daughter gets out of the NICU, then we will try to nurse... if she won't I guess I'll keep on pumping LOL

I have a question- can you get thrush if you are EPing?
post #83 of 1785
Yep, you can get thrush. I was just treated for it last month.
post #84 of 1785
well she has either one or two more cleft palate surgeries. so I'm going to see how my supply is after the next one, if it's still good enough, I'll keep going until she's two or if she needs another surgery I'll keep going until it's over. I'd like to make it to 24 months. But I doubt I will have the supply or the determination to make it past 18.
post #85 of 1785
I plan on pumping for one year. It is hard to stay motivated, sometimes. I don't have a great supply (26 oz) and have to pump 30 minutes at a time for 5x/day. Increasing pump sessions, herbs, dom, none of that makes a difference. And I get plugged ducts all the time. Have had mastitis 3 times. Had a couple of bad plugged nipple pores, one of which made an entire side of my breast a lumpy mess because it couldn't empty. Every time something like that happens, I want to stop. I know oversupply can be a curse, but I would love to be able to just pump 4x/day for 15 minutes at a time and get a huge freezer stash so I can stop pumping before a year. I may go beyond a year, but only if I can cut back to pumping 2x/day and just supplement as needed. I don't think I could continue spending so much time doing it. I admore people that do.
post #86 of 1785
My dd is now 9 months. She was taking about 34 oz a day, but now only takes about 28 oz a day. She takes a tiny amount of solid food a day (about an ounce total) I am wondering why she is taking less lately. She does not seem sick or anything. Is this normal? I know if I were BFing I would have no idea how much she was taking in... Is it normal for a baby to take less as they get older? I assumed she would take more...
post #87 of 1785
Thread Starter 
Well, I was planning to stop at a year. But now I'm having a dilemma. Since ds is tube fed, his whole diet is liquid. I could puree up solids but there's not much nutritional point when he could just have mother's milk (although I wonder if his drs will start telling me he won't get enough nutrition that way). I'm still pumping 8x day, and struggling a bit with supply. Even if I kept up this schedule, I probably will have to start supplementing more and more. And I really don't want to keep it up--if I could cut back to 3-4 sessions and have enough, I could do that. But I need my life back. I need to enjoy my kids and not always be telling them I have to pump.

I can get some donor milk, but not enough for all his needs. I could try to get insurance to cover banked milk, b/c of his medical issues, but I really doubt it--for a brand new preemie maybe, but not a 1 year old whose heart surgery was long ago. I'm just so afraid he'll start not doing as well on formula, or even doing very badly. Actually, they'll probably want him on Pediasure. I can't afford that AND the pump rental. And the idea of not lactating makes me sad/feel weird. I've been lactating for nearly 2 years (minus a few month during pregnancy) so it's hard to imagine not.

Thanks for letting me ramble.
post #88 of 1785
Hello ladies! I'm so glad I found you. My heart is going out to all of you EPers! I sucessfully breastfed my 1st daughter, in fact she will be 3 in a week and she still occassionally asks to nurse. I had Zoe February 3rd of this year and she started out nursing like a champ. Right around the 3 month mark she started to get a bit, oh how do I put it, impatient at the breast because she couldn't possibly wait the couple of seconds for letdown. Her nickname is chub-chub if this tells you anything. Right about this time we also introduced a bottle because I knew I would be returning to work, since I'm the main breadwinner in the family. Well, she loved the bottle. Ever so gradually she decided to only take the bottel and for a while she would nurse at night but now even that is done. So she will be 6 months old in a bit and I've been ep for 2 months now. I am just able to keep up with her daily needs but haven't been able to put any up in the freezer. That had been stressing me out but I am thankful that I can at least keep up with her. I've been back at work now for a month and I am able to pump in an unused office (with my first I had to pump in the bathroom which I did for a year) but for some stupid reason I feel quilty when I leave my desk to pump. I've been real sad lately because I miss nursing and I did know we were going to be done. I was hoping at first she was maybe going thru a growth spurt or something and would settle back down but no such luck. I still offer the breast sometimes when I'm feeding her but she acts all offended and cries horribly. When it first started happening I looked for suggestions but because we needed her to still take a bottle I was told not to even try to get her back to the breast. Besides what was described to me was basically forcing her to take the breast meaning don't offer a bottle when she gets hungry. I hope to write more later. I am using a Medela Pump in Style.

Nikki
post #89 of 1785
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Originally Posted by nostrow
Hello ladies! I'm so glad I found you. My heart is going out to all of you EPers! I sucessfully breastfed my 1st daughter, in fact she will be 3 in a week and she still occassionally asks to nurse. I had Zoe February 3rd of this year and she started out nursing like a champ. Right around the 3 month mark she started to get a bit, oh how do I put it, impatient at the breast because she couldn't possibly wait the couple of seconds for letdown. Her nickname is chub-chub if this tells you anything. Right about this time we also introduced a bottle because I knew I would be returning to work, since I'm the main breadwinner in the family. Well, she loved the bottle. Ever so gradually she decided to only take the bottel and for a while she would nurse at night but now even that is done. So she will be 6 months old in a bit and I've been ep for 2 months now. I am just able to keep up with her daily needs but haven't been able to put any up in the freezer. That had been stressing me out but I am thankful that I can at least keep up with her. I've been back at work now for a month and I am able to pump in an unused office (with my first I had to pump in the bathroom which I did for a year) but for some stupid reason I feel quilty when I leave my desk to pump. I've been real sad lately because I miss nursing and I did know we were going to be done. I was hoping at first she was maybe going thru a growth spurt or something and would settle back down but no such luck. I still offer the breast sometimes when I'm feeding her but she acts all offended and cries horribly. When it first started happening I looked for suggestions but because we needed her to still take a bottle I was told not to even try to get her back to the breast. Besides what was described to me was basically forcing her to take the breast meaning don't offer a bottle when she gets hungry. I hope to write more later. I am using a Medela Pump in Style.

Nikki
Nikki,
This is almost the exact same thing that happened with me and my DD. She didn't latch at birth and never really nursed like a champ, but also was impatient and got spoiled with a bottle (in combination with me having a supply issue at the same time). She just screams at me, too. Good luck to you and I am sorry BFing didn't work out.
Melanie
post #90 of 1785
it's good to see an EPing thread! I'll give a quick synopsis of my story, and how I wound up EPing for 13 months:

I had my son on 11/30/04. He had absolutely no interest in breastfeeding at all, and didn't even have any rooting or sucking instinct. We had no idea why, and I was very insistent on breastfeeding. Unfotunately, like so many other mom's experiences, the nurses were absolutely indifferent to my problems and simply offered formula when the typical 2 minute attempt at breastfeeding failed. But for some reason, my son would violently vomit up formula. So I pumped, and for the next 3 months, I tried every 3 hours to nurse my son. It was the most traumatic 3 months of my life. The LCs were baffled, but were certain it was my son's problem, and I was doing everything right. We even went to a feeding specialist, who was also stumped.
And then, a few days after 4 months old, he began screaming constantly and refusing all food. After 12 hours of screaming, we took him to the hospital, thinking he had bad reflux or something. The or something would up being the reason he couldn't nurse - he had a diaphragmatic hernia and required immediate emergency surgery. He was truly a "miracle baby", since a diaphragmatic hernia usually means only a 50/50 chance of survival at birth. But according to the surgeon, my son was "pinching" his hernia shut so he could breathe. Unfortunately, this meant he didn't have enough strength to nurse. I'm glad he chose breathing! I'm also very glad I pumped, since the formula couldn't be digested because his small intestine was being "pinched" in the hernia. So because breastmilk is so quickly and easily digested, it's the only thing he was able to eat.
So I EP'd for 13 months for him. It took until he was a year old before he would take any solid food, so I kept pumping. Luckily I had a very serious oversupply (max. output was about 100 oz a day), so feeding him wasn't a problem. He's now 20 months old, and I'm finally down to the last box of frozen milk for him.
EPing presented many challenges. I stopped counting at over 100 clogged ducts, and I had 4 bouts of mastitis. I learned to pump anywhere and everywhere - airports, sitting on airplanes, in baseball parks, as both a passenger and driver in a car, you name it. But the obvious need that my son could die if I didn't pump kept me going. I tried nursing my son after he healed from his surgery, but he learned to "chew" on a bottle to get milk, and attempted to do the same on my nipple. After a few weeks of unsuccessfully trying to teach him how to suck, I gave up because my poor bloody nipples simply couldn't take the abuse anymore. It took weeks for those badly bitten gals to heal.
The worst part of it was, and still is, the mourning process. I'm still mourning the loss of a breastfeeding relationship with my son, and I hope and pray that #2, due in the end of January, will be able to take my milk "from the tap".
So good luck to all you fellow EPers out there - and "positive pump vibes"!

Rach
post #91 of 1785
Thanks for this thread! Here's our story....
My 3 1/2 month old dd was born with a cleft palate, so I've been EPing since the start. I pump four times a day and get just enough to feed her (about 26 oz a day). I'd like to be able to do more (I did at the start), but with a 4 year old and a 22 month old, it's all I can seem to do at the moment, while still spending time with the others. I'm hoping to be able to pump until a year old, definitely until she gets her surgery at 9 months.
post #92 of 1785
Welcome to all the new EPers! Hopefully this thread will be more active now that New Posts and search is back up and running.

On goals....My original pumping goal, once I realized (and accepted) that I was going to be an EPer, was 1 year so dd would not "need" to have formula. Now, that a year will be coming up in 4 months, I feel I could pump twice a day for her so she could continue to have my milk for longer. We're definitely doing away with the bottle, though. I think she'll have it out of a cup or with her cereal...
post #93 of 1785
Hey EPers..
For those of you who have made it to 12 months or longer....did you start to have a drop in supply around the one year mark??? I've been pumping 4x/day for at least the last three months, and get enough for DS daily. I make just enough for DS, no oversupply whatsoever. In the last few weeks I have gone from getting 5.5 ounces per session, except in the am, where I usually get 10-11, to getting less than 5 ounces per session, and sometimes 8-9 in the am. I dont know what's going on, I havent been doing anything different, and my real concern is that I start my new job in about two weeks, and I'm worried my supply will drop even further. I've tried all the herbs, and they dont seem to be working. I hate to have to try dom or reglan, but I am determined to make it to 18 months pumping, so I guess I'll have to do something. Any suggestions?
post #94 of 1785
Quote:
Originally Posted by HippieMamaBE
Hey EPers..
For those of you who have made it to 12 months or longer....did you start to have a drop in supply around the one year mark??? I've been pumping 4x/day for at least the last three months, and get enough for DS daily. I make just enough for DS, no oversupply whatsoever. In the last few weeks I have gone from getting 5.5 ounces per session, except in the am, where I usually get 10-11, to getting less than 5 ounces per session, and sometimes 8-9 in the am. I dont know what's going on, I havent been doing anything different, and my real concern is that I start my new job in about two weeks, and I'm worried my supply will drop even further. I've tried all the herbs, and they dont seem to be working. I hate to have to try dom or reglan, but I am determined to make it to 18 months pumping, so I guess I'll have to do something. Any suggestions?
I am at 9 months now and starting to drop a bit. Can you try to add in a few extra pumps for a few days? I hear that adding a pump overnight can make a huge difference. That is when prolactin is highest. You can also try power pumping. Pump 10 mins, stop for 10, and repeat for an hour. Do that 2-3 times a day for 2-3 days may help. Good luck.
post #95 of 1785
You could also try adding fenugreek and oatmeal to your diet. I have a bottle of fenugreek waiting in my medicine cabinet when my body starts decreasing the milk production.
post #96 of 1785
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by HippieMamaBE
Hey EPers..
For those of you who have made it to 12 months or longer....did you start to have a drop in supply around the one year mark??? I've been pumping 4x/day for at least the last three months, and get enough for DS daily. I make just enough for DS, no oversupply whatsoever. In the last few weeks I have gone from getting 5.5 ounces per session, except in the am, where I usually get 10-11, to getting less than 5 ounces per session, and sometimes 8-9 in the am. I dont know what's going on, I havent been doing anything different, and my real concern is that I start my new job in about two weeks, and I'm worried my supply will drop even further. I've tried all the herbs, and they dont seem to be working. I hate to have to try dom or reglan, but I am determined to make it to 18 months pumping, so I guess I'll have to do something. Any suggestions?
I haven't made it to 12 months yet but. . . Do you have your period back yet? I had a drop just before getting mine back, and then again this month before getting it again.
post #97 of 1785
well, DD just turned one on the 13th, and I've gone down to 4x per day most days. If I feel like it, I'll do 5, but that's rare. I haven't been keeping track of my exact supply amount but I'm guessing I'm down a few ounces overall.

personally, I've sort of chosen to just go with the flow, literally! I've been giving her more solids and have even given her a few ounces of whole milk at times that I didn't have enough breastmilk left over (has only happened twice so far.) She's been really getting into fruit and yogurt lately so I feel comfortable that she's getting enough, and I'm just not willing to pump more than 4x per day anymore.

However, if I do notice a big drop, I plan to take the "more milk plus" tincture. We'll see!
post #98 of 1785
Can I join the group?
post #99 of 1785
no. of course you can't.



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post #100 of 1785
If Iam pumping 5 times a day and getting 20 ounces total for the day and my baby is 2 months old is that enough milk for her?
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