Haha, I know I already said some of this on FB, but having had low supply later on in nursing with both babies (due to decreased prolactin levels from PCOS) - I KNOW that it is much easier to correct an oversupply than it is to bring a low supply up. I was "THAT" mom with Shiloh. He was jaundiced and sleepy, and I didn't even get to nurse him until he was 36hrs old. The nurses at the hospital gave me a pump and I started pumping. When I got home and my sweet angel wouldn't nurse, I pumped. And yeah, I was scared that I wouldn't have enough. And I did pump too much and obsessively to the point of having oversupply - which is what brought me here. Not for one second would I have changed anything I did. Block feeding for 12 and 12 hrs on each side corrected the problem and no problems. But when my supply tanked because of my PCOS, Shiloh would've gone on formula had I not had such a nice freezer stash.
Joey comes along. Same thing. Around 1wk I started pumping 1x/day. It wasn't this awful hardship or a take forever thing. Shiloh was in bed every night by 7pm. At 10pm I sat down with Joey and nursed her on 1 side and pumped the other. Took maybe 10-12minutes, and I was ALREADY NURSING:shrug So its not like I lost out on precious time with my baby because I was hooked up to a pump for all of 12 minutes:rolleyes: My DH was able to take her to bed with him and had a 3-4oz bottle to give her(she never took that much). I slept for 4-6hrs and let him take her for her first waking. When she woke the second time, or if he just couldn't settle her, he'd bring her to me. But it was after I was able to sleep some. And considering the alternative - PPD aggravated by insane lack of sleep(yes, even some of us that co-sleep still feel sleep deprived, imagine that)...no thanks:refusal
Pumping was such a lifesaver. I had over 140ozs stored up with Joey so that I was able to help hold her over while waiting for my domperidone to arrive, and I wasn't any worse for the wear. Pumping helped me be successful at BFing - BOTH times and early on, so that I didn't have to supplement my children with formula.
I think people are taking this article the wrong way.
She is NOT saying don't pump. She herself has pumped. She is a working mom. So that is why I'm a little :scratch over some of the comments I have seen.
She flat out says pumps are useful. I think the word she used was actually valuable.
But she is saying EVALUATE your reasons behind pumping. If you are doing it just because you are "supposed" to....well...why? That is the root cause behind many problems.
I had so many problems with my first kid. And looking back, most of those were a direct result of the advice I was given to pump. I already have an OS naturally, along with an OALD. I didn't need to pump. But there I was, pumping. And things got worse and worse. It is a miracle I managed to breastfeed at all or didnt EP. Things got better about 2 weeks after I stopped pumping.
That is what she is talking about. Most moms don't need to pump like I was told to. There are some -- I have a mom IRL about to have her third, and we have been talking for months about what to do, as she has never produced enough milk (IGT) -- who maybe should pump early. But most of us...just put it down. Enjoy your time with a brand new baby.
Yeah, it's obviously different for every family...but I agree that it's NOT the norm for women to pump early on and NOT have problems related to it. I have a friend who knew she was going back to work at 8 weeks, and started pumping right away...and then promptly ended up with mastitis 3 times and a VERY gassy and angry green-pooping baby. But of course, she is very proud of and happy about her milk stash. The OS issues I dealt with from pumping I never knew about...I never even thought about how it could affect me. So I think this is a great article, but you have to know what works for you and your family. I have my own home-based business, so I don't HAVE to rush back to work, but I will admit, there was a part of me that really wanted to stock up on frozen milk just so I knew I would have something in case I needed to leave her, but my experience was SO bad with the OS issues with my last baby, I just refuse to use it unless necessary until she is a little older.
And thanks for the props, Susan! It's sad it's taken me until baby #3 to figure this out...I wish Iwould have read this article with #1 and saved myself a lot of grief!
With DD2, I didn't pump. I wasn't worried about it. I think I have 1 bag of milk in the freezer "just in case" that we never used. I didn't have OALD this time. We sync'd up in no time. Maybe if I hadn't been pumping so much in the beginning with DD1, beyond what was needed in the hospital, I wouldn't have developed OALD then either. :shrug
ETA: And I didn't NEED that time away as much with an easy-going second baby. But with the first, that cried all the time, even when he was in my arms - then yeah. It made me a better mom and more prepared to handle the other 21hrs a day of his fussing if I could get a few hours break. Pumping made that possible. And if I had waited 1-2mos to begin pumping, I'm not sure just how I would have responded to the pump. But I do know after taking a 4 month sabbatical from pumping with Joey, I couldn't pump 2 dribbles out - even with a hospital grade pump.
IDK - I liked the article, overall, I just felt it didn't apply to my situation. And like Leslie I honestly feel that the pumping I did those early weeks were crucial to me being able to breastfeed to a year with no supplementation. Crucial. Not that supplementing is evil but I didn't want to do it if I could help it. The 12 oz stash that was sufficient for Sarale wouldn't have even got me to 6 months with only BM - I would have had to turn to formula supplements at DC on at least some days. Because while my baby was great at regulating my supply, me being a poor responder to the pump but having to rely on that about 9 hours a day during weekdays meant that I could not, no matter how I tried, get ahead again. I could, at best, keep up with daily DC demand - and even fell short of that sometimes. And if there was any incident with the milk, I had to pull from the stash - which I was always SO grateful to have. I guess I feel like with my almost-undersupply, (if I hadn't worked FT, I guess you'd call it perfect supply :)), the worse danger for me would have been to start supplementing, then watch my supply go down even more the more we had to use that.
If I had had OS then it would have been different. And maybe that's the thing - OS does not have the same issues as US. And I do acknowledge there is point to be made that at 3 weeks and a FTM, I didn't have any idea what my real supply tendencies were going to be like. But I pumped once a day, during her long morning nap. It didn't stop me from enjoying her. I read stuff that let me know it was OK to only get 1/4-1/2 oz when I first started. It did the opposite of mess up our BF relationship. Using a pump early like this is also different than women who, worried about supply (often with no good reason to worry) pump multiple times a day on top of feeding baby, after every feeding or whatever.
did not read all the posts, just wanted to say thank you for posting the article.
i agree with the unnecessary "rush to the pump" i hear it too often, imho. pumps are great when you need to work or if something else keeps you from your baby. otherwaise, hold the baby close and let your body learn what the baby needs through his/her suckling.
Just as you said its possible (like with an easy going baby) to not have to pump and still do those things, and I did.. I mean that it shouldn't be expected that the only way I can get any time to myself is to pump, b/c that's not true (for me). it shouldn't be expected that all nursing moms pump, and IME that is what I see and hear around me.
I know not pumping is not for everyone there are very valid reasons to do so and those vary depending on the person. but it shouldn't be the expectation B/c that's what most FTM operate from, how things should be. And yea, a lot of those expectations are wrong, and we should be reading the right way to do it. But alot of the time there is not enough support, especially about pumping. I never once heard about problems that could occur with pumping, only that I should be doing it "just in case". the default information out there is: buy a pump, use it. I only got more information by searching diligently.