Re: HELP! EP pumps and questions
I have also heard that the Lactina is the same as the PIS, just for multiple users, and the Symphony is the same as the Freestyle. I have a Freestyle and I'm actually waiting for my Symphony rental to get here so I can tell you my experience in a few days.
Originally Posted by @llli*mochinto
I understand what you mean with the nipple soreness. I also have an Avent IQ Duo and for some reason it's really hurting my nips-like they're being pulled on and pinched despite having the correct size shields and very low suction. My Freestyle on the other hand is very gentle and I hardly feel it (more like a nursing baby.) The only problem is the Freestyle takes 2-3 times as long to empty my breasts but the Avent only takes like 10 minutes. I really hope the Symphony will be gentle like the Freestyle but do the job faster!
There is a message board for EPers at ivillage where you might find some more EP related help: http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv...e=ivl,searchmb There's a really great "guide to EPing" posted on there that has a ton of great information.
As for pumps, some people will tell you that you have to have a hospital grade to EP, but a lot of moms EP with a professional grade pump (i.e. PIS, Ameda Purely Yours...) There is a new pump on the market that I'm interested in (but I do NOT need to buy another pump!) It's a closed system (FDA approved for multiple users) and they allow you to return it within the first 3 weeks if it's not working for you which no other pro-grade pump allows you to do. http://www.lactationconnection.com/h...eastpumps.aspx I haven't found any reviews on it yet, I just think it's cool that you can use it and return it if you don't like it. I wish all pumps were like that since what works fabulously for one mom doesn't work at all for another.
Your supply should continue to increase as you keep pumping. It takes the first 6-8 weeks to establish your supply. You should be pumping for at least 120 minutes per day. Keep pumping for 5 minutes after your milk stops flowing to tell your body that it needs to make more milk. Also, if you can add a "power pumping" session in once a day. Power pumping is pumping for 10 minutes on with 10 minutes off for one hour (so you are pumping for 30 minutes total.) During the 10 minutes off, massage and shake/jiggle your breasts to encourage more milk to come out. Do this once a day for at least 3 days and you should see an increase.
Nutrition is a huge part in your supply. Try to make sure you are eating enough (I'm sure with a toddler and a baby in the NICU and trying to EP this might not be a priority right now.) Every ounce of breast milk takes 20 calories to produce, so make sure you are eating plently of good calories. I like to keep whole, natural almonds with me to snack on throughout the day as they're a "good" fat and I've read that they help increase supply. Eating oatmeal (steel cut, not instant) 3 days a week is suppose to help boost supply. Drinking enough water cannot be emphasized enough! At the very least you need 64 oz a day. This article: http://www.mobimotherhood.org/MM/article-diet.aspx has more info about foods and herbs that are suppose to increase your supply.
Try not to be over stressed about your supply. Every drop of breast milk you can provide your LO is wonderful. Have you looked into finding a milk donor? I totally understand you not wanting to give your LO formula, I would probably cry too if it were me. Maybe if you can find a milk donor to help supplement what you're pumping it will take some of the stress and pressure off of you and you can actually enjoy pumping more. Milk Share can help you connect with a donor.
Trish~homebirthing mom and surro mom to DD Kaelie (5/03) surro son Aidan (2/08) & surro daughter Ellyss Anne 6/09; Proud to EP!!