has anyone solely express breastfed? by solely i mean not attachment but may have had top ups of formula
i ask as i just found out im expecting number 2 and after a traumatic time breastfeeding number 1 i dont want to try it again and it actually gives me nightmares however id like to try expressing so this bubba can get the best nutrition
how often did u express, how soon before bub came did u start etc
any help appreciated
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01-10-2013 21:31 #1
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02-10-2013 21:55 #3
So I had to terrible experience with dd and when ds was born I expressed a bottle a head. Bacially after he had a bottle I would express a new one. Unless we were going out and I expressed more. I didnt like the idea of freezing bm.
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02-10-2013 22:00 #4
I express fed my DS until he was 13 months old. I'll come back and write more in the morning for you
02-10-2013 22:12 #5Member
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I ebf from 2 weeks as ds3 would not take the boob. I managed to get to 4 months before I literally ran dry. The Avent Isis UNO is what I used but its not designed for long term use, it stopped working and we bought another one lol. Best pump I have used and stimulates sucking the best out of any other brand. There is a duo that might be more suited.
I expressed while bubs fed, helped to do it at the same time with let down. Would have bub in lap feeding with 1 hand and pump in the other. As long as you are pumping as often as he is feeding then you should have no issues.
I also froze excess bm in the Avent storage containers and bags designed for it. Never had an issue with them. Milk was never in the freezer for more than a few days as I swapped it out.
I didn't try express before bub came as I didn't know he was suddenly going to be difficult lol. But as the milk doesn't come in until a few days after bub is born I assume you'd be expressing colostrum. Hand expressing to start with might be more gentle on sensitive breasts.
Here's a link to a page with a bit more info.
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02-10-2013 22:15 #6
I exclusively expressed for dd for 6 months (from when she was about 8 days old). I didn't express anything before as I wasn't planning on doing it that way and is certainly more work! You need to pump as often as you would feed so try to get in 10 -12 pumps in a 24 hour period for the first few weeks then aim for 8-10 so basically every 3 hours is what I stuck to. I only pumped once or twice during the night and that was when she woke for a feed. Good luck mate and I hope you have a good double pump. Double is a lifesaver!
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02-10-2013 22:17 #7
I ebf my dd due to medical issues. You need a great pump (spectra or unimom are good hospital grade that are closed systems)
I did bf for the first month so I'm not sure how it works straight after birth but I imagine you just need to start pumping??? Hopefully someone can help you with that.
As for having enough milk. ..I pumped every 2-3 hours around the clock for months. ...I froze ebm in small measures of about 50mls depending on her age. . so none was wasted. Sometimes feeding bub and pumping is good too for milk supply. I wasn't coordinated enough for that.
I actually did hand express colostrum into syringe for the first few days... the midwives helped me with that so hopefully you'll get some help with that.
I did take motilium and ate lots of lactation cookies!!!
Sorry. .. I'm not sure how else to help you.
Pumping a lot is pretty essential to keeping up the supply.
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03-10-2013 08:39 #8
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I intended to breastfeed, but I had my son at 31 weeks, so he was too small to feed. I began expressing in hospital and by day 3 I had a massive milk supply (I expressed every 3 hours around the clock).
Once my DS was able to breastfeed, I still found myself regularly expressing as I had so much milk. So I built up quite the supply at both the hospital and home!
My DS was never a champion feeder directly on the breast, but was more than happy with a bottle of EBM. So I found myself more than often feeding him EBM rather than putting him on the breast. By the time he was 6 months old I'd stopped putting him on the breast and was just feeding him EBM.
As he got older and more into his solids, I was able to express less frequently. In the end I was down to two expressions a day. When I decided to stop at 13 months, I got down to one expression a day, then just dropped it off and let my supply dry up.
It was hard work, but at the time I just wanted to do it for my DS. I returned to work when he was 4.5 months old, so it was my way of feeling like I was doing something special and important for him.
03-10-2013 08:44 #9Senior Member
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My sister had her twins in hospital for the first 3 months and was told to BF. She had a medical grade breast pump that she was attached to day and night.
We had an entire deep freeze freezer full of ebm at one stage.
It can be done, I am one who finds it hard to express a single drop so I only lasted BF ds2 for 3 months as I just wasn't able to express enough
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