Re: Ready to Exclusively pump and kick the supplemental formula
I am sure your baby's difficulties with latching are hugely frustrating, but I really urge you not to give up on breastfeeding just yet. Difficult as getting your newborn to nurse is, you never know when things might turn the corner. 2 weeks is still so early! And flat nipples often correct themselves after you've been nursing a while- mine were flat but now they're everted. Have you been to see a lactation consultant? Nothing beats hands-on help!!!
The reason I urge you to continue is that exclusive pumping (EP) has it's own special challenges:
- It's usually harder to increase/maintain supply via pumping than nursing because even the best pump is not as good as the baby at emptying the breast.
- Breastfeeding gets more efficient with time. By the time most babies are a few months old, they can get a complete meal in 5-10 minutes at the breast. Pumping never gets easier: if it takes you 20 minutes to fill a bottle today, it's going to take you 20 minutes a year from now and you'll need to find that 20 minutes while taking care of a mobile, active baby.
- If you pump, you need to haul your pump everywhere you go. You need to constantly wash bottles and pump parts. You need to store milk and warm milk- and sometimes that means listening to your baby cry while you frantically try to get his bottle ready.
- Breastfeeding in public is embarrassing for some moms, but it's a lot easier to be discreet while nursing in public than pumping in public!
- Breastmilk from the breast is always clean, available, and at the right temperature. Breastmilk in a bottle can fall on the floor, go sour, or get forgotten. Breastmilk in the freezer can get ruined when the power goes out and the freezer defrosts.
- Breastfeeding is more than nutrition- it's comfort. It soothes teething and sickness and bumps to the head.
I really don't mean to get you down with this! Many moms EP and make it work, and just because it can be harder to EP doesn't mean it will be for you. You have all our support either way!!!
You should be pumping as often as it takes to meet your DD's demand. If you're not there yet, and needing to supplement with formula, then you need to increase your pumping frequency. There's not really a good "schedule" to recommend, because every woman responds so differently to pumping. Some moms can get by pumping every 4 hours, other will need to pump every 1.5 hours or even more frequently...
I have been pumping everytime DD eats. (anywhere from 2 - 4 hours). Should I be pumping more than this?
What sort of pump do you have? If you're going to EP you need a REALLY good pump- like a Medela Pump in Style Advanced or something like that. Make sure you have extra pump parts just in case one gets lost or broken or eaten by the dog.
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