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    Default anybody else expressing milk full time?

    its only week 5 now and my beautiful baby boy is still not attaching well, hes a pincher and doing major damage to the nipples. i have not given up trying to breast feed but even with the best lactation consultant he just is unable to do it any other way. this has brought me to to world of fulltime expressing. Trying to keep the supply up by expressing every 3/4 hours but im failing at night and let it lapse to 5 hours.

    anyone else in a similar situation? i feel ive gone quite mad but im too stubborn to quit.

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    I lasted 6 weeks trying to BF and express and I just found it too exhausting and stressful so I switched to FF. It's possible to express full time but if it gets too hard there's no shame in stopping. Keep an open mind and see how you go.

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    I've been expressing to feed for just over a year! I am now in the process of drying up my supply as DS will now take formula & is going well with solids.

    There were times I wanted to stop but I kept going because DS didn't want to touch formula, and I've always had a great supply so I have never struggled to provide him with all the milk he needed. Yep, I'm a human milk machine!

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    Wow, your so lucky moosie.
    I used a nipple shield to bf for the first few months, that really helped as my bubba wasn't attaching well enough.
    But, because of her sleeping through the night and the use of the nipple shield I was also expressing all the time, I was so tired of it.
    I tried for six months but eventually my milk dried up, well almost my
    Baby still has a feed in the morning but for the rest of the day is solids and f.
    I would have like to bf for the first year or more, but it just wasn't meant to be.

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    Hi MsD

    My bub is currently 3 months and I'm expressing full time as well. I had some latching issues since day one even after seeing an LC. I still try to breastfeed during the day as I'm a SAHM and would like to get her to BF fulltime although she has been given breastmilk via bottle since day 1 so i think she has her preference and is happy drinking her bottle of breastmilk although i had several instances in which my supply was low and bub was 'living' from feed to feed. This was an incredible stressfull period for me as i had to express every hr to get my supply back up hoping she'll have a feed. I sometimes only got approximately 10ml's out when expressing for 15 to 30 mins. (me & my husband) used to hope that after each session of expressing there'll be enough milk for a feed. I could'nt continue to go on like that and went to see my GP. She gave me meds that boosts my supply and have been on it since. Now, I only express every 3rd hr only for 10 mins which makes it more managable and my supply has increased.

    Would be great to hear how you are doing with the expressing and how anyone else is doing with the expressing and to share similiar stories. Thanks


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    Update: my little boy is 8 months old now.
    I persisted with expressing for 3 and a bit months full time. I was also using the back of an electric toothbrush to massage the area while expressing. I found this helped to break it up and help flow out easier as I was prone to getting blockages and hard sore lumps. The pressing down hard with the vibrating toothbrush made a huge difference to the story, highly recommend this. I also persisted expressing after it appeared nothing was coming out. Just squeezed harder and pressed different areas of the breast with the toothbrush until the flow began again. Sometimes would get 200 Mls out or more would this method. If I'd stopped when the flow slowed down I'd have had about 60mls.
    I also persisted with attempting to get him to latch on which at 3 and a half months he suddenly did. He is full-time on the breast since and I havent looked back. In a. strange turn of events he now totally rejects the bottle and will only drink water from a cup, but not milk. Have tried expressing and seeing what he does but he only wants it directly from the source now.Expressing is hard work but for me was worth it. Many times I wanted to quit, I dont know why I didnt, stubborn I guess. At times where I hadnt enough milk to feed him or just couldnt stand expressing in middle of the night again, I gave the odd formula bottle. Contrary to what a lot of people told me this did not effect my milk supply at all, infact by 8-9 weeks I had dropped the middle of the night expressing alltogether as it was too exhausting.
    As someone else said there is no right or wrong with this. Its whatever works between you and your baby. But persisting may end up with a breast fed baby and all I can say is how easy it is to breastfeed, you will wonder how you ever managed all those months of expressing. Wish you all the best.
    Last edited by MsD; 27-09-2012 at 10:22.


 

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