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!