Re: need help please
Hi Mama! I want to encourage you not to give up with the nursing. This breast-fighting is probably temporary, and if you stick with it, it should pass. Baby-wearing, lots of bare skin-to-skin time, feeding in a dark, quiet room, and co-sleeping may help your baby feel relaxed and feed without a fight. Expressing some milk onto the nipple before latching your baby on may remind her that there is milk in the breast, and it's worth sucking in order to get at it.
It is possible to pump exclusively, and lots of moms do it, but it is much, MUCH harder than exclusive breastfeeding. Here's why:
Is it possible to exclusively pump?
- It is often harder to maintain/increase supply with a pump because pumps are not as effective as babies at emptying the breast.
- If it takes you 20 minutes to pump today, it's going to take you 20 minutes a year from now, and you're going to have to fit that 20 minutes- as well as all the bottle and pump part washing- into your busy schedule of taking care of an active baby.
- If you breastfeed, you will not need to lug your pump around with you everywhere you go, and search for a clean place to pump.
- Breastmilk from the breast is always clean and at the right temperature. Breastfeed and you will never need to listen to your baby cry while you warm up a bottle.
- If you pump, you will need to store and worry about a lot of expressed milk. If the power goes out or the fridge breaks down, you could lose your whole stash.
The answer to this question is different for every woman. Some moms need to pump extremely frequently, others can go longer periods between pumping sessions. If you choose the exclusive pumping path, start with frequent pumping- say, every 2 hours- and see what happens. If you are getting more than enough milk, you could elongate the intervals, but you could also keep them short and store the extra milk. It's up to you.
How many times a day should I pump to maintain a supply?
Whatever bottle you choose, make sure it has a slow-flow nipple, which will give your baby milk at a rate that is most like the breast, and may make her more willing to go back to nursing.
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