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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Today, 07:17 PM
    I agree with everyone, and store my pump parts in the fridge in between pumps. I would suggest you get a pack of the quick clean wipes just in case. Every once in a while, I have a random pump part that while I thought it was clean when I popped it in my work bag, something happened, and it doesn't look clean to me the time. I just use the wipes for times like those or for when I'm out and about, so I'm on my first pack and I've been pumping at work since April. Also, they are expensive, but I've noticed most baby stores have medela sales a lot so you can get some decent pumping supplies for cheaper if you watch the sales.
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  • @llli*measure.thesun's Avatar
    Today, 06:52 PM
    Absolutely amazed by my first three weeks at work and thought I'd update. We just had the two month checkup. My baby went from 9 lbs 7 oz at one month to 12 pounds 1 oz at two. During his first month, he had maybe an ounce or two of formula about every other day. During the second, it's been 100% breast milk!! The weird thing is... he is only eating about 6-9 ounces a day while I'm at work, unless I'm breastfeeding him on my lunch break. (So thankful I've had the opportunity to do so occasionally.) I pump 2 times a day when I come home for lunch and three times on days I don't. I pump 12-15 ounces a day. At first, I was so worried that both of these numbers were too low, but it turns out it's working for us. I even have a stash in the freezer. I just want to share my joy because I was so worried and was already beating myself up before I even went back to work, thinking I wouldn't be able to do it. But both times I've posted here for help, your replies have really truly boosted my confidence. (The first one was about my confusion on his latch.) And now I feel like I'm being realistic in my goal of one year, instead of idealistic. Thank you so much for that.
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  • @llli*158breastfeed's Avatar
    Today, 06:36 PM
    Thanks for all of the tips. I am a first time mom and have been thinking ahead and trying to figure out all of the ins and outs when it comes to pumping at work so that it will be a smoother transition back.
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Today, 05:32 PM
    Pumping isn't a good indicator of output at all, so rest assured you are probably fine with production and output. It also tends to go down as your supply regulates, so don't panic. No matter what I do, my overall pumping output per day doesn't change much now that my baby is 5 1/2 months and I've been back at work for almost 3 months. That being said, it sounds like you've had a rough time with pumping, and if pumping hurts that can compromise let down and pumping output. One thing that has helped me is to put coconut oil on my flanges and/or my nipples before pumping to help cut down on rubbing. You could use olive oil or any safe nipple cream instead of coconut oil as well. BTW, that's a large bottle. My daughter tends to drink the same, and I've given up talking to her dad and daycare about it because she had weight issues as well, and we are slowly starting solids. But, we can give you info on paced bottle feeding if you like.
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  • @llli*mhbb2's Avatar
    Today, 04:53 PM
    Thankyou. Today's lc appt went well so Im hopeful
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  • @llli*jmr0808's Avatar
    Today, 01:18 PM
    Hi all - Posting here as kind of a last ditch effort. Going back to work in a few weeks and need help with pumping. Also posting in regular forum because my son isn't gaining weight that well, but that's a separate issue! Anyway - quick summary: my son is 8w5d, and I'll be going back at end of 12 weeks. I have a Hygeia Enjoye pump. I have large breasts & small nipples, plus a lot of breast tissue on bottom which is causing enormous problems with pumping, I also think (my diagnosis) that my nipples are "short", they don't come out that far into the shields when pumping. My breasts are 36 F or FF when full, but I fit a 21mm shield on left and even smaller on right - maybe 19mm (haven't tried that size). Things I have tried: -Medela 24mm and 21mm -Ameda areola stimulators -pumpin pals several sizes -24 mm hygeia flanges
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  • @llli*littlecavemomma's Avatar
    Today, 12:35 PM
    Agreed with all above. I store my parts in fridge inside a long Tupperware container with lid. Then I wash at home once I have all the baby's bottles from daycare. I think MaddieB or Mommal had the most logical reasoning to support it - if you pour a glass of milk and only drink half then put the glass back in the fridge, you'd still drink it right?
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  • @llli*sassypants's Avatar
    Today, 12:31 PM
    I never washed my pump parts in between pumping at work. I would either rinse with warm water and leave out to air dry either on a towel on my desk or in a plastic bowl sitting in an open pump bag, or I would put the parts in the fridge without rinsing.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 12:21 PM
    There is one book I wish I had read before I had a baby and that is the womanly Art of breast-feeding if you have not gotten that book yet I suggest getting it and reading the first several chapters. The very best way to avoid any breast-feeding issues even when you're back to work and have business trips etc., is to get breast-feeding off to a good start to begin with. The eighth edition is the most recent edition of the womanly art that is the one to get.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 12:19 PM
    Will the business trip be your first separation? Or will you be going back to work before that? You should know that of course this is doable if you have to do it you have to. But frankly there are lots of reasons why a long separation like this so early is possibly not going to be very good for breast-feeding so if there's anyway you can bring baby with you or avoid or postpone the trip I would suggest considering that.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 12:04 PM
    Hi! you can tell a breastfed baby is getting enough by weight gain. How is weight gain? Do you think you have a fast let down or overproduction? Here is some info- http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/19_gaininggulpinggrimacing.pdf About how many times in 24 hours does baby nurse? Does baby typically take one side or both? What nursing positions have you tried?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:53 AM
    I am going to attach some good videos about syringe and paced bottle feeding as well as other alternatives. Paced feeding is no harder than any other way of safely giving a bottle, just different. I think syringe feeding makes sense for when small amounts of supplements are given. They may take too long and be too frustrating for entire meals when you are back to work. paced bottle feeding: doll demo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH4T70OSzGs and real baby: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykdFuEOIdeE IGNORE the comments saying this is wrong, they do not know what they are talking about. The top comment is the mom and what she says says it all. Turn on the sound of both so you can hear what the LCs are saying. This is a good video with some other alternatives including syringe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrrrC5NyNnQ Again she explains lots, so have the sound on. Cup feeding is also an alternative to bottles that can work even for "whole meals"- this can be done with newborn or older baby. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R95FUa7_s84 and http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=vid-cupfeed
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:30 AM
    Your breasts are injured, that is why you are bleeding. It is possible that there is a broken capillary far in the breast as well, which can look like a lot of blood. It is possible that a milk pore has been covered by scabs and so milk is not coming out there. This should not be a problem, in general- mothers have various number or pores, some more than others, and fewer "working" pores is not typically a barrier to nursing, and this is possibly entirely temporary anyway. As long as milk is coming out somewhere, expressing the milk will help. The milk is still safe for your baby to consume, but some babies might object to the taste or be slightly irritated by lots of blood. But this does not mean, stop expressing- you are expressing milk for two reasons- to give to baby AND to increase/keep normal your milk production if baby will not nurse. Hand expression should not hurt- If pumping is more comfortable, then pump.
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  • @llli*midnightsangel's Avatar
    Today, 11:13 AM
    I don't :( but some other mamas here do so hopefully they can chime in for you :)
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  • @llli*mama7008's Avatar
    Today, 10:56 AM
    In case anyone reads this later on - I discovered on reintroducing sweet potatoes that it wasn't solids; it was the sweet potatoes! For whatever reason, she hates them. She threw up immediately on the first bite and wouldn't touch them again. @deenamathew, have you tried the Baby-Led Weaning (also known as Baby-Led Solids) approach? If I have to spoon feed baby, it does take forever, as I try to let her go at her own pace and stop eating when she wants to, and it's SO much easier just to put some food on her plate and let her go at it while I eat my food. There are other advantages to that approach as well. There's a book called Baby-Led Weaning I checked out at my local library that helped me get started.
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  • @llli*shannonlaning's Avatar
    Today, 10:39 AM
    Hi I am new to LLL but I am getting a little desperate for help. My sweet daughter is 10 weeks old today and was diagnosed with reflux at 5 weeks. She has been on prevacid which has definitely helped her not cry when she spits up. But she cries often when nursing. The only time she does not cry is at her 10 PM dreamfeed and then the one time she wakes up in the middle of the night. She will nurse for around 10 minutes and then pull off and start crying. I will soothe her, burp her and she spends a ton of time smiling and giggling at me. But when I try to start nursing her again, she starts screaming. She will even be lying down and totally fine and then when I put my breast to her mouth, she starts crying instantly. She sounds sometimes like she is choking (reflux) and that causes her to cry but I can't get her to go back to nurse unless I walk around the house with her. She used to fall asleep when nursing so peacefully. Those days are long gone. It's so strange to me because this started around 5 weeks but was never too terrible. And she nursed anywhere from 25-30 every three hours. About a week ago she began this vicious cycle of crying a ton. She is definitely more alert and loves to smile and giggle at me when nursing but she won't nurse long at all. It's so hard with a breastfed baby to know if she is getting enough food. She is generally happy (minus all the typical reflux issues) but I just am super discouraged. I have even tried feeding her every 3 1/2 hours...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:31 AM
    Ok. As long as milk production is clearly high, there is probably no need to pump. It may be something to think about in the future IF you keep having to use nipple shields. Galactagogues are any food, herb or medication that increases milk production. These are not necessary unless a mom has low production. Some moms take "nursing teas" or "lactation support" supplements not realizing that these contain galactagogues. I am so glad you asked this question! So the official answer is that times between nursing sessions are counted from start to start. In other words if baby nurses at 10 am, whether baby nurses for 5 minutes or 90, if baby nurses again at 12 noon, that is a 2 hour interval. So, if you are trying to nurse every 1.5 hours, go by start times. But why I am glad you asked is because there is absolutely no reason to look at nursing frequency based on the intervals between feedings! It is entirely normal for a newborn to nurse, seem done, and then cue again 5 minutes later. It is entirely normal for a baby to nurse, go to sleep, and an hour later mom starts feeling full and want to nurse. It is normal for baby to nurse every 30 minutes part of the day, and then take a 4 hour stretch of sleep. (And many other variations, these are just examples.) Especially if baby is nursing one side at a time, which is totally ok and common assuming good gain, mom may feel full on the other side pretty quickly. This means, try to nurse, even if it has only been a...
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  • @llli*midnightsangel's Avatar
    Today, 10:15 AM
    Any way you could store the pump in the fridge? Put the pieces in a ziploc or something like that? It's safe to do and saves a lot of time. You can clean the parts at home. Don't know if the fridge is communal, but if people don't mess with your milk, I doubt they would mess with the actual pump. In regards to baby wipes I don't have a factual answer but I don't think I'd use them. I think it'd be better to just use a damp paper towel to clean the milk spots and then store. You can sanitize when you get home. The baby wipes have a funny taste and I would be afraid the taste woukd get into the milk and affect the taste. Again this is just my opinion :)
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  • @llli*mhbb2's Avatar
    Today, 10:09 AM
    I have heard of it. My so is going to be the one doing the bottle feeding and I've been thinking about having him use syringes instead of bottles. I don't think he would grasp the concept if paced bottle feeding. Do you know anything about using the syringes?
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  • @llli*158breastfeed's Avatar
    Today, 10:06 AM
    Is it ok to use baby wipes instead of the medela quick clean wipes to clean my breast pump parts between pumping sessions at work? The Medela wipes just seem so much more expensive. Also, could I use the same wipes to clean the inside of the bottles I will use to pump into? I work 12 hour shifts and will have to pump several times a day and plan to pump into bottles but then pour my milk into bags for easier storage. I would prefer to use wipes to clean my parts because washing with soap and water at work is time consuming and plus I wouldn't want to store my parts in my bag while they are still wet with water from washing. Any recommendations? Thanks
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  • @llli*midnightsangel's Avatar
    Today, 10:06 AM
    Is there any way you could have your partner or a close family member come with you and bring baby? They can watch baby while you're working and then baby would be waiting for you at the hotel? If not, then you definitely really want to get a hospital grade pump. You'll have to pump probably every 2 - 3 hours of separation, even over night. Baby will need 1 - 1.5 ounces per hour of separation, so to high ball let's say you'll need 35 ounces a day. 35 x 3 is 105 ounces. As for introducing the bottle, I wouldn't worry about that until a week or two before you go. You'll want to spend as much time breast feeding as possible to get your supply solid before leaving. Try to spend time with who ever baby will be left with so that person learns the baby's cues for hunger, tired etc and so the baby is used to that person.
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  • @llli*shamrock34's Avatar
    Today, 09:57 AM
    I agree with mommal about finding a safe place to sleep lying next to baby. It is best if it is just you and baby, in my opinion -- Daddy elsewhere, if possible. That's one less person to disturb you and baby's sleep, and one less person to be disturbed by frequent waking. Thank you for these ideas. I will get a futon for the floor in her room and try that. We have tried a paci but she often spits it out. Or if she keeps it in to fall asleep then she wakes the moment it falls out and screams. But we can keep trying!
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