Re: needing to start pumping, have questions
Hi Mama! Sorry that you've had such a rough ride so far. IMHO, you absolutely did the right thing to start formula after your baby lost so much weight- feeding the baby and keeping him healthy is the first step. Getting your milk supply back can come second!
If your child will still take the breast, you can still breastfeed- and combine it with bottles as necessary. I would ask your LC for advice on the right pump for you. You might want to start out with a hospital-grade rental pump while you rebuild your supply, and then switch to something else. If your PIS isn't doing a good job, you might want to try a newer model or at least get yours checked out. If yours is second-hand or even just older it could have lost suction and power.
If I can't breastfeed, I would like to try and exclusively pump.My questions are about what type of pump is good to use if I end up pumping? I have an older model Medela pump in style that does not seem to do a good job.
The answer to that question is different for every mom. Some moms get their supplies back with minimal effort, for others it takes a lot more work. When I had supply issues, my LC had me pump for 10 minutes per side every 2 hours during the day and every 3 at night, and I saw good results in just a couple weeks.
Also, since my supply is low right now, how often would I need to pump to get my supply up to try and feed him exclusively with breastmilk?
I hear you! Breastfeeding is natural but that doesn't mean it's easy, so please don't feel guilty. You're really not alone in struggling! So many of us have been where you are.
I am trying to not feel horribly guilty about this. I felt so good about having a natural, drug free labor and breastfeeding my son... I guess you never know what sort of curveball life will throw you.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
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