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Thread: How soon did you become an exc. Pumper?

  1. #11
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    Default Re: How soon did you become an exc. Pump

    !!!! Everyone kept telling me to sleep when DD slept and I didn't listen and got way worse for the wear. Once I started napping it got to be a lot more bearable. Also, we had tons of issues in the beginning, and it does get better. Hang in there!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*djs.mom View Post
    I encourage you to keep at it. It's a lot of work to use the SNS system but you are teaching your baby how to eat with the goal to get back to the breast. Which is definitely where you want to go. It's at least TWICE THE WORK to be an exclusive pumper. AT least. So put the work in now to get your baby back to your breast. Because pumping and bottle feeding is twice the work just with the nursing the pump and feeding the baby. BEFORE you get to bottle washing, thawing, pump cleaning, ect. At 2 weeks in everyone is exhausted. Believe that. But that is no reason to quit. It takes most nursing Dyads at least 6-12 weeks to find their groove. You have plenty of time to catch up. But if you start bottle feeding and your baby gets nipple confusion, things get worse not better. But what I am telling you is that even if you were already at the breast exclusively, at this point you'd STILL be feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. Accept that. And work to move through it. It's a rite of passage. It's not to be avoided. It's to be worked through. Rest when you baby sleeps during the day. Let go of the idea of doing anything BUT feeding the baby. That is your number one priority and it should get the majority of your waking attention. There rest should be used to pee, eat and change diapers. NOT dishes or laundry or housecleaning. Have your partner bring home take out. Do the laundry on the weekends when there are extra hands. Feed the baby and REST or sleep when the baby sleeps. Because the baby is NOT going to sleep all night and needs to be cared for/fed around the clock. So you will not catch up if you don't take the rest in the day time when you can get it.
    Stay Focused. Your baby deserves your milk. And you deserve the ease of getting it to your child via your breasts. Trust me. Stick with it Mama. You'll never be sorry you did and I promise there IS a light at the end of the tunnel.
    Full time working mama to a precious
    Due date was 05/02/2011 - born 04/04/2011 at 36 weeks exactly.
    and 14 months and still going strong

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    Default Re: How soon did you become an exc. Pump

    I asked a few moms who have dealt with tongue tie to stop by, but so they find you, it might be helpful to start a thread in the newborn section with tongue tie in the title They are a lot more likely to find it that way!
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
    Sealed for time and eternity, 7-7-93
    Always babywearing, cosleeping and cloth diapering. Living with oppositional defiant disorder and ADHD. Ask me about cloth diapering and sewing your own diapers!

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    Default Re: How soon did you become an exc. Pump

    That's an important question... have you seen an ENT about the frenulum? I EPed with DS1, but I wouldn't have had to if his frenulum would have been cut. If I had to go back I would get a 2nd opinion from another ENT because the one we saw at first made an improper diagnosis. DS2 DID have his cut, and his nursing improved a lot and he is still nursing.
    Beth

    Exclusively pumped for Lance Oct 07
    Nursed until just before he turned 3 Levi Oct 09

    Do you have extra milk? Consider donating!
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    "So I was welcomed by the consolations of human milk; but it was not my mother or my nurses who made any decision to fill their breasts, but you who through them gave me infant food, in accordance with your ordinance and the riches which are distributed deep in the natural order." -St Augustine

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    Default Re: How soon did you become an exc. Pump

    my daughter has been nursing and has not needed tube today! i'm just not sure how often i should pump now. i was doing after most feedings so now make more milk than she can drink. please advise...thanks!

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    Default Re: How soon did you become an exc. Pump

    Well, watch the baby. If baby is making plenty of wet diapers and having adequate bowel movements, you can cut back on the number of pumpings. I'd probably stop pumping after nursing sessions where she seems like she's sated and where my breasts feel empty (or less firm than before nursing). If I didn't think she moved milk, I'd pump, but maybe stop halfway, knowing baby will be asking to nurse again in a little while. Does that make sense?

    That's terrific that she nursed!
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
    Sealed for time and eternity, 7-7-93
    Always babywearing, cosleeping and cloth diapering. Living with oppositional defiant disorder and ADHD. Ask me about cloth diapering and sewing your own diapers!

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