Re: Relacting after 10 1/2 months
IMO, the APY is a really underpowered pump. I'd suspect that it just didn't produce the suction you needed to generate a letdown.
I was wondering the same about that pump as even when I had milk I could never get mine to let down and flow into the bottles. The milk would just stay at my nipples and puddle around the rim of the cups.
Are they typically flat to the skin? Moms with flat nipples can nurse and can pump, but flat nips can present a challenge.
I sometimes wonder if I'm even doing it right because my nipples don't get erect when I'm pumping..they stay flat if that's the right word. Matter of fact that was one of my problems when I was nursing Camden.
Any rental hospital pump is a good choice. I personally used a Medela Lactina. It's important to make sure you have properly sized breast shields, too.
I was always told to never buy one of those cheap ones(the one I am using now a friend let me borrow). Which ones do you recommend?
If you're going to buy, I think you'd want to get a Medela Pump in Style... Which is, unfortunately, an expensive pump. $250 or more.
I really don't want to spend lots of money on something right now if I am not sure how this is gonna work because as of right now I feel like I'm wasting my time.
Mama, the above is so touching. Breastfeeding is a really powerful emotional experience, no matter how long you do it for or how successful it is. I've had grandmas come up to me and tell me about nursing their kids back in the day. One of them told me "Oh, long after I'd weaned my baby I'd hear a baby cry in the store and I'd feel like my milk was about to run."
I will say that something is telling me to go through with it and give it X amount of weeks/months but I don't know if I have that time to commit at his stage of independence. He is EVERYWHERE and is very much a momma's boy so he loves being near me, touching me or me holding him. I have had several dreams over the past few nights about me breastfeeding. I guess in my mind I am kinda thinking that I will be pumping and then to my surprise I will look down and see milk going into the bottles. I know it's only a dream but when I wake up I feel so good and like my body or mind rather is trying to tell me something...or it could be my way of dealing with it. If I can't do it in real life I guess I can in my dreams.
I miss the bond I had with him when he was nursing even if he didn't have one. I guess I'm trying to hold onto his baby-ness since he's getting older.
I was told that, too. I think the double time thing is a rule of thumb- but we all know how accurate those are! If you have a good pump and are willing to do the hard work with it, there's every chance that you'll be one of those exceptions that proves the rule. Just take your relactation journey one day at a time, and celebrate your successes, no matter how small they may be.
I read somewhere that it takes the same amount of time you've stopped to get your supply or some of it back. If that's the case then I know I won't be able to do it..but then I look/read some adoptive mothers stories(most who didn't use meds but herbs) and it didn't take them 10 months. I don't know.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"