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Sep. 30th, 2012



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Sep. 1st, 2011



New member :)

Hi everyone. I'm Leslie. I am 31 years old & a mama of 4. I have a 12 year old son (Ian: breastfed for 2 months, failure to thrive, supplemented formula & pumped for 6 months), 4 year old daughter (Avery: born with CHD, advised against breastfeeding due to her blue spells, supplemented formula & pumped for 4 months & then dried up), a baby who died 11 hours after birth (Dexter: preemie at 29 weeks, didn't survive long enough to even receive milk from me, had to dry myself up) & my youngest who is 8 weeks (Milo, 37 weeks & 1 day corrected, born at 29 weeks & was in NICU for 46 days). I am exclusively pumping for Milo. I do attempt to put him to breast occasionally, but he does not have a strong enough suckle for it & I do it mostly for the stimulation to help keep up my milk supply.

Since he was a level 3 NICU (transferred there at 5 days, 90 minutes away from us, came back to local hospital about 2 weeks before he came home) baby due to a borderline CHD, possible genetic syndrome (nothing has been really diagnosed, but he does have a geneticist appointment in December... but he looks normal to me darnit.) & obviously being a preemie.. I was not allowed to try & establish a breastfeeding relationship. So I was pumping for him from day two. I have a lot of problems with supply, & according to my LC & my doctor I have "chronic low milk supply". I take Fenugreek 3 times a day (3 pills each time), Mother's Milk Tea (4 times a day) & I use massage, heating pads & let him suckle a little bit to help stimulate my supply. I am only getting about 1-2 oz each time now, but I went through a period where I was only getting 7-8ml, so I am happy with what I am getting. He needs special formula to help him gain weight so he has Enfacare & I add my breast milk to it. He also gets vitamin supplements. I use a Medela Pump n Style that I got for free from his medical insurance. :) I also hand express & use a manual pump if I am out & about. I sometimes feel my life revolves around my boobs.. :P

Glad to see a pumping commmunity here.. I am on the breastfeeding one but sometimes it's hard to relate. & I like that some people do consider me a breastfeeding mom even if he doesn't get it directly from me. :)

Hope to make some friends here!

Jan. 25th, 2011

baby stuff, I can't believe this!


Introductory post.

My name's JD, I'm twenty-two, and I'm currently pregnant with my first child, a little girl due at the end of May. My nipples are inverted, but I still want her to get breastmilk, which is my main reason (among a few others) that I want to exclusively pump, and I found this community through pregnant . I don't know anyone who's exclusively pumped. Everyone I know has either directly breastfed or decided to formula-feed. When I saw this community, I realized it was an opportunity to see other women's experiences with only pumping, as long as a good place to seek advice. I look forward to reading your entries. :)

Jan. 9th, 2011

RDJ tophat


Reducing Pumps to Reduce Ounces?

Hey all.

I was wondering if any of you have ever reduced your pumps in an effort to reduce your output? I was making about 45oz a day with 5 pumps, and I already have well over 200oz in my freezer. Im running out of room! So I reduced to 4x a day and at first was making about 33oz which was perfect. But after 2 weeks or so of doing this, my supply has crept back up to the 40s again.

I dont want to seem ungrateful that my body is still making so much milk, but I don't know what to do with it all! I really don't want to pump and dump either :(

I only reduced to 4x a day in mid-December. Is it too early to try for 3x a day? Should I reduce the length of my pumps? (I pump for 35min each pump). Any advice???

Nov. 25th, 2010

RDJ tophat


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My daughter is 11 weeks and is bottlefed EBM. On the rare occasions we've had to supplement, she's never agreed with formula. Enfamil made projectile vomit. So we tried Similac for gas & fussiness. The powder stuff just made her fussy, and the liquid stuff made her spit up a LOT.

Anyway, rather than waste money right off the bat, I thought I'd ask what you guys might recommend to try? I have a pretty good freezer stash, but if anything were to happen where we'd need to supplement, it would make me feel a lot better to know what would work without causing her so much gastrointestinal distress!

My husband suggested starting slow by mixing the powder with EBM, then half EMB/half water then just water. Would this work, to get her tummy used to it?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Nov. 5th, 2010

RDJ tophat


(no subject)

Hi all :)

Ive been EPing since LO was about a week old, she's 8 weeks today. I make an average of 38-40oz a day, and she eats about 27-30oz. I pump 6-7x a day. (10am, 12pm, 2pm, 6:30pm, 9:00pm, 11:00pm, 3:30am). I pump for 20-25min each pump.

I know I should wait until 12 weeks to drop a pump, but Im really interested in getting rid of the 3am pump! I dont think I want to go cold turkey, so essentially I'd just reduce the time of that pump slowly, right? How has this worked for you guys?

Once I do drop it, tho, I'll probably start pumping at maybe 8am or something, so I'm not going so long between them.

(Im not saying Im gonna drop it right away, I can handle another 4 weeks, but I want to be informed for when the time comes!)

Aug. 28th, 2010



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Jun. 28th, 2010


Introduction post

Hello! My daughter is 12 weeks old and I have been pumping with a Medela Lactina since she was an hour old. She was born at 32 weeks (4lbs 1 oz)  so I was never able to breastfeed her right away. She had a relatively short NICU stay, 15 days. The hospital she was at was not breasfeeding friendly, neither was her pediatrician. I was not allowed to try bfing. It was a very frustrating experience that I am still mad/bitter about.
Since coming home, we have seen LLL leaders, been to meetings, tried SNS, nipple shields, etc. etc etc. She doesn't seem to suck effectively. We will nurse for 10-20 minutes and she will be starving afterwards which obviously tells me she is not getting what she needs through the breast.
I pump every 2-5 hours. Sometimes at night I will go 6 hours between pumps but during the day I usually pump every 3 hours.
I average 35-45 ounces every 24 hours but I am not sure how to count that correctly since the time I start always changes and it can vary greatly (normal?)
I hope to pump for her at least a year.

That's my pumping story! 

May. 8th, 2010

Jewell the day before Easter 2009



So, I have plugged duct and I cant get it out! I have been pumping for 5mins staight with one min rest for the last 50mins. I have used the hot comprass and massage. What else can I do?? 

Mar. 24th, 2010



Whoot! Weaned!

So I pumped from Day 1, started seriously weaning at 7.5 months and today, my little bug is 8 months old and I have a freezer stash to last until she's a year... or more. :D Yay!

Someone on iVillage (I forget who :( ) did a breakdown at 6 months, and it prompted me to set my spreadsheet to calculate. In 8 months I pumped:

1,129 times
12,305.25 ounces = 192.27 gallons
47,386 minutes = 789.77 hours = 32.91 days = 1.09 months

I currently have 4,071 ounces or 31.8 gallons frozen, which at Daina's current rate of consumption equals 4.28 months worth.

Whoo Hoo!

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