Originally Posted by mishka77
Also, I have a very negative "friend" from work who isn't so successful with breastfeeding. She has told me that since I don't have a big freezer stash (I just started freezing milk last week) that I will HAVE to supplement with formula, and that by pumping my milk will dry up soon anyway. Is that true? My babe is a really good eater, and seems to like to cluster feed a night anyway.
Tell her Thanks for the vote of confidence, but that you have spoken to lots of women (us on MDC) that had no problems making it work at all. They were commited to making it work. You will figure out how to make it work if you are commited.
I have been pumping for 4 mos now, yeah, my supply isn't what is was when I started, but my DD is eating more foods. I was fortunate to be able to stay home for 6 mos. DD wouldn't not take any bottles (and still doesn't really take much out of one). We tried Gerber NUK, Advent, orthodontic, born free. I pumped a lot during the first few months, since my DD wouldn't take the left side much (still doesn't, and I barely make any milk on that side), and I had an oversupply on the R. So I would try to pump at home at least 2x a Day. I ended up dumping so much of my freezer stash down the drain, b/c 1. it was older than 3 mos, and 2, I had a high level of lipase in my milk which made it taste funky. So before you get a huge stash going, I would taste a sample (I know it sounds gross), but if it tastes kinda funky, you can scald it prior to freezing. So I have no stash now. I pump 2x a day and get about 5-6 oz, (used to be more like 8-10oz) but I only double pump for 5 min at a time. My DD is 10 mos, and it is used mostly in cereal, and she gets some water (the measly 2-4 oz she will drink from a bottle or sippy). I have never supplemented with formula and refuse to. I do worry she isn't getting enough fluids.
I was so petrified at first to leave her alone knowing that she wouldn't take a bottle. She never really reversed cycled, sometimes she gets up once a night to nurse, but sometimes she sleeps 12 hrs straight. That might have something to do with the fact that I had 6 mos home. I do make sure I nurse her well just before I walk out the door and then as soon as I see her when I pick her up. (It is at my mom's house, so it is easier).
I see so many women stop BF because they feel it is too difficult or a PITA. I feel sad. It IS difficult, but so is Mothering. It is just what we have to do for our babies. Don't give up!!! Pumping isn't easy either. It is a pain to have to clean parts. I like the idea of having 2 sets of parts, that is a great suggestion. I tend to just put them in a plastic bag and reuse them in the afternoon without rinsing them, I just wipe them w/ a paper towel (I know, not very hygienic). Then having to clean them at night and pack it up. Schedule it into your routine.
A pp posted about adj the pump to different levels? I didn't know about that. I just use the fastest pulse and almost the highest level of vacuum. I didn't realize it was more efficient to go slower. I have the PIS, so there is no adj for warmup (letdown).
I got to go eat lunch and then pump!