I have been exclusively pumping for 3 months now because I put a bottle in my daughters mouth at 6 weeks and she loved it so much that she refused to bf. I tried everything to get her back on the breast. Skin-to-skin contact, nipple shields, everything! I felt like a failure and felt so depressed . I then made the decision to exclusively pump even though the people around me thought it was gross. I still feel alone. My family doesnt support me because they dont understand why I am not wanting to give her formula.
I live in a very small town where you dont here of many women bfing much less exclusively pumping. I had to learn on my own and I have never felt so proud of myself. Pumping exclusively is hard work! You have the challanges of a bfing and bottlefeeding mother put together!!! The hardest thing about it is worring about the oz! I keep a diary of every pumping session since october 1st. When I am down an ounce I freek out! Ha Ha. Once I hit 32 oz I began to drop sessions which caused my milk to decrease. It went from 32 to 26oz. Fenugreek brought it back up to 30oz a day.
I have no one to talk to about my experiences with pumping so to all you exclusively pumping mothers out there, what are your challanges and how many oz do you pump in a day? Also, how many times in a 24hr period do you pump?