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    Default Do I HAVE to pump?

    I hate pumping. It is not that it is painful, it just makes me uncomfortable and I rarely get anything, back when I was still feeling engorged in the mornings I could get 3 ounces. Now I can't even get one... Even if I nurse on one side and pump on the other. (I have a medela single electric)

    I do work but I bring the baby to work with me so I don't need to pump for anything than an occasional night out.. about once a month we'd go out w.out Leo.

    Would it be the worst thing to have my mom (babysitter) give him formula? So far I have been rescheduling my life so I never have to leave Leo I dread pumping so much. I know feeding formula can wreak havok on your supply, but will it if it's once a month and only one feeding?

    Thanks so much
    Michele

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    Default Re: Do I HAVE to pump?

    This is a very personal choice, to be honest.
    If I were trying to make that choice, I'd opt for pumping. Yes, it's a bit of a hassle (believe me I understand; I've been pumping for over 16 months), but keeping your supply somewhat constant, keeping your baby fed with exclusively your milk - those are huge benfits.

    Regarding your issues with pumping....sometimes pumping is a 'learned' thing for your body. If you do it very infrequently, your body isn't used to it and won't produce as much as it might if you were more used to it. It sounds counter-intuitive, but if you can make yourself pump every day or so - when you feel the most full or are the most relaxed - it's worth doing. It will keep your body 'in tune' for it and then you may actually build a small freezer-supply so that you ultimately can stop pumping and not need to worry when you want that occasional time away from your LO!
    good luck,
    -linda

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    Default Re: Do I HAVE to pump?

    I guess I second jsmom. It is a very personal choice. My dd had one bottle of formula when she was a day old and I wish I had avoided that. My nephew drinks formula and it grosses me out that it never completely dissolves in the bottle and there are chunks in it. I also think it is important for your supply to pump when you are away from the lo.

    I hate the pump too, but when I am pumping I just try to remind myself this is the closest I can be to dd and still work. And I think it helps to keep me "attached".

    Once you get a freezer stash built up you won't have to worry. By then your supply will for sure be assurred.

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    Default Re: Do I HAVE to pump?

    You might want to check out these resources before introducing formula to your little one:

    See:

    The Case for the Virgin Gut ...
    Even the Occasional Bottle of Formula Has Its Risks


    and

    Solid food: Wait a Bit ...

    "Even one exposure to a formula or cereal causes changes in a young baby's body, and can trigger allergies that might have been avoided. Young babies have very low levels of an enzyme important to starch digestion, so early cereal may be filling, but it isn't effective food. Early fruits or vegetables can interfere with iron absorption. And studies indicate that babies sleep through the night when they're ready, not when they start solids. Is your baby gaining poorly? Supplementing a low milk supply can make your supply even lower. If weight gain is a concern, call a breastfeeding specialist for help in keeping your baby well-fed and nursing.

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    Default Re: Do I HAVE to pump?

    I agree that is a personal choice, and you will choose what is best for you and your baby. For me, if I hated to pump I would just supplement with formula if it was a rare occasion.

    I had to give my dd formula the first few weeks by orders of the pedi, so I can't be against the use of it. Formula helped feed my baby and keep her healthy in the beginning.

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    Default Re: Do I HAVE to pump?

    My personal experience...I've had the caregiver use formula while I was away and I pumped when I should have been nursing. Like you, it is a pretty rare occassion when I did it, and it has been fine for us. As all the pp's have said, it is totally up to you...I don't think that a formula bottle here and there is going to affect my child (I've had one that were totally formula fed after 2 months of bf so once in a while is far better than that right?) Do what works best for you...how old is your baby? If you don't pump, it could affect your supply, especially in the early weeks, but as long as you pump while you are away, your supply should be fine...
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    Smile Re: Do I HAVE to pump?

    I also don't like to pump. I occasionally pump. But when I do it's first thing in the morning before kids are up. I am the most comfortable when the noise level is down and that I don't have to tend to the needs of my bf baby and toddler. I will say I pump every other day if I can. It may be a mere 2 oz but those oz. add up to a night out when you need it.
    Stacey
    Last edited by stacnova; August 9th, 2006 at 05:40 PM.

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    Default Re: Do I HAVE to pump?

    Thanks so much for the advice everyone. I am still a smidge confused though.. would missing one feeding cause a supply issue?

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    Default Re: Do I HAVE to pump?

    would missing one feeding cause a supply issue?
    Well, I suppose that would depend on the age of your baby. If you are just starting out, a skipped feeding may cause a slight drop in supply if your supply hasn't been well established yet. If your breastfeeding has been well established, a skipped feeding here and there wouldn't cause issues I don't think. I'm not sure though, if you struggle with a low supply to begin with, you probably wouldn't want to skip, but if you are like me and have an overabundant supply a skipped feeding probably wouldn't affect anything. I've skipped feedings before and we are still doing fine...it all depends on the individual I suppose.
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