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    Default Burning myself out w/ pumping

    I have been exclusively pumping for a few weeks now (my son is 6 weeks old). I pump as much as he allows me to, which usually ends up being every 2-3 hours... even at night. For the past few days, my output has been significantly less than it has been. I think part of it is because I am feeling frustrated and fed up with it. It's getting to be really difficult to bottle feed and then pump, and still find time to bond with my son and get stuff done around the house. I am going back to work in 2 weeks, and I'm afraid that I'll have even less time to pump. Any advice on how to get my mind back into this?

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    Default Re: Burning myself out w/ pumping

    Is there a reason that you chose to EP?? EPing is sooo much more work then nursing. Your son is still young enough that transitioning back to the breast is possible. if you only have to pump a few times a day while at work that will be much easier then EPing.

    I did EP for my son who was born with a complete cleft lip and palate for 11 months. it is a huge commitment, but I had no choice as he was physically unable to nurse. now that I BF his little sis, I realize how much EASIER BF is!!

    Did you have BF issues that maybe we can help you with here? Have you gone to any LLL meetings?
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    Default Re: Burning myself out w/ pumping

    When my son was born, I tried to breastfeed... but he was losing a lot of weight (more than the 10% that is "okay"). His latch was fine, but he kept falling asleep at the breast. I was stripping him down, blowing on him, etc. He was still losing weight and my milk was not coming in fast enough. After working closely with his pediatrician (who thankfully is very supportive of breastfeeding) and a lactation specialist (who determined that he didn't have the stamina to suck long enough to get more than half an ounce), we decided that bottle feeding breast milk and some formula (to make up the difference of what I can't produce) was the best option.

    I would consider trying to breastfeed again (and pump less), but I am scared for two reasons. I have red patches on my breasts that itch and I'm worried it's contagious (like thrush or something) - I'm seeing my doctor on Thursday. The second reason that I'm scared is because I'm worried he won't be able to get enough food again. I think at this point, he would let me know if he was still hungry (he has gained a LOT of weight and knows what food is now)... but I'm nervous about my supply. I have really gotten used to counting all of the ounces and *knowing* what he's eating. I don't have faith in myself.

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    Default Re: Burning myself out w/ pumping

    hang in there... pumping and breastfeeding do take up alot of time.

    counting diapars can help you know if baby is getting the milk they need to grow.
    If he's willling to latch and suck its great for spending time together when you get back from work. tro re connect.

    how many times in 24 hours would you say your pumping?
    how much formula are you using in 24 hours?
    what sort of pump do you have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*andrea.wolford View Post
    how many times in 24 hours would you say your pumping?
    how much formula are you using in 24 hours?
    what sort of pump do you have?
    I am pumping about 10 times in 24 hours. I usually get around 19 ounces each day (once I got 24 ounces - that was super exciting!).

    That leaves me giving him about 14 ounces of formula, depending on his demand.

    I have a Medela Pump In Style Advanced.

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    Default Re: Burning myself out w/ pumping

    ok thats a good pump..
    Hes not nurseing any at the breast on his own?

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    Default Re: Burning myself out w/ pumping

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*andrea.wolford View Post
    Hes not nurseing any at the breast on his own?
    He would if I let him. The lactation specialist that I saw a few weeks ago said that I should let him start on the breast and then I should pump.

    I really haven't done that much though. My nipples were awfully sore at that point, which was about 3 weeks ago. And now, I have red, itchy patches on my breasts. I'm afraid to let him nurse without first seeing a doctor (which is happening on Thursday).

    Do you think letting him nurse and then pump would help?

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    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/milkcalc.html

    from that link

    The research tells us that exclusively breastfed babies take in an average of 25 oz (750 mL) per day between the ages of 1 month and 6 months. Different babies take in different amounts of milk; a typical range of milk intakes is 19-30 oz per day (570-900 mL per day).

    this might be helpful too:
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/p..._decrease.html


    how to coach baby back to breast:
    http://www.llli.org/faq/back.html

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    Default Re: Burning myself out w/ pumping

    oh yeah because babies are normaly are beter at removing milk then the pump...

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    Thanks!

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