Any other mums exclusively pumping due to inability to breastfeed?
I never expected to have an issue breastfeeding but we had massive trouble due to my flat sensitive nipples, but more annoyingly I was on a lot of intravenous antibiotics due to a perineum infection after birth and he has subsequently developed resistant oral thrush that we CANNOT get rid of!! And I had it in my nipples once, never again!!
So I have been pumping every 3 hours for the past 2 and a half months to give him my breastmilk. Thankfully he has cut down a bit on the milk intake so I have been able to manage with 5 pumps a day now.
Any other mums in the same boat??
Thought the breastfeeding section was the right place for this as even though he drinks it from a bottle, it's 100% breastmilk
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05-03-2014 16:02 #1
07-03-2014 12:40 #2
07-03-2014 13:34 #3
I exclusively pumped with DD (numerous issues which resulted in her rejecting the boob and insisting on the bottle) and lasted until 7 months when I switched to formula. I found pumping a really hard slog to be honest, and really struggled to keep my supply up which meant I ended up formula feeding her 50% of the time at 4 months. How are you finding your supply is going? Good on you for giving your bubba breast milk despite your challenges, I know how hard pumping 24/7 can be!
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07-03-2014 13:59 #4
I tried with dd2. I never had trouble feeding my older 2 children but for some reason I just couldn't feed her. I lasted 6 weeks. It was tough, especially with 2 other kids to look after. If I wasn't feeding I was pumping or cleaning/sterilising bottles and the pump.
Good on you for doing it for so long
07-03-2014 14:45 #5
Yeah sterilising gets a bit annoying! I bought an extra pump set at least so it's not quite so bad.
Yeah my supply is ok. They expected me to have a supply problem and I did at the start! Took 8 days just for my milk to come in, and a few weeks more to actually have enough to feed him without formula top ups. With the help of cookies, tea and fenugreek I now make about 800-1000ml a day depending on how many times I pump, and I have about 2L in the freezer. He drinks anywhere from 600-1000 a day so I have enough.. Haven't needed to top him up with formula for a long time.
Oh I don't know how anyone could do it with other children!! Sooo hoping I will be able to successfully breast feed number 2!!!
07-03-2014 16:49 #6
I said to my DH if I had the same problems feeding with the second as I did with DD then I couldn't possibly express feed because it would be just too hard with a toddler to entertain. Luckily everything went fine with breast feeding DS so I didn't have to worry. I have to admit I never sterilised any bottles. Just used the bottle brush and boiling water from the kettle. Neither of my two got sick from doing this. I also ate the biscuits and fenugreek tablets but DD was a very hungry baby - by 3 months she wanted 1200ml a day and I couldn't keep up, I even tired motilium (on prescription) which helped for awhile. So glad I didn't have to worry about all that with DS!
08-03-2014 22:19 #7
Wow I thought mine was hungry at 1000!! good on u though! Thanks for the hope! Really hope I can bf the next!
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21-03-2014 21:49 #8Senior Member
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I full time pumped for my first DD, as we had major attachments issues.
I had major over-supply issues. I could pump 300ml per breast every 3 hours, so needless to say i never had to give formula as i had plenty of milk.
I stopped pumping at 5 months- although at four months i started, as it was a slow process to wean myself. I had enough frozen breast milk for another 2/3 months then i changed to formula- I was proud of my efforts.
It is ALOT of hard work and some days i hated it and other times i enjoyed the ease of having a bottle fed baby but knowing she was still getting the best milk.
I also got mastitis ALOT- 6 times in the 5 months, just due to oversupply and the pump not being able to completely empty the breasts.
I have now got a second child who i am successfully breastfeeding and although i am so glad to not be attached to the pump. I miss the ease of being able to make my husband get up to feed the baby in the night but i don't miss the hours of washing bottles and pumps.
You are doing a great job!
if you have any questions- please ask
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22-03-2014 05:05 #9
I successfully breastfeed my fist, but my six week Prem second son had no idea how to feed. Took us a week to get him to suck on a teat. So I expressed full time for eight weeks. I felt like a jersey cow. Having a one year old made it almost impossible, and then a serious bout of mastitis finished it off for us. I'm impressed at those who lasted so long. It's an exhausting routine!
22-03-2014 23:46 #10
Good going mandmbaby!!! Wow yes 300 per breast is HUGGGGE!!!! Man you must have needed a dedicated milk freezer!!! Haha!!
For some reason in the last week my milk supply has totally dropped off. My right breast which usually drains at least 60-100mL per feed barely gets to 40 now. Lefty isn't going too bad, but my supply has dropped off so much I don't have enough to feed him. I've tried everything, pumping more, fenugreek, beer, cookies.... I think I'm starting to dry up. I'm going to have to slowly introduce a formula feed a day or two. I don't want to use up all my frozen stores already. I have developed a nasty case of nipple thrush AGAIN ( strange cause he hasn't bf for months so I have no idea how I got it) and its sooooo painful!! Hoping that once the medication settles that down more, then I will increase my supply again. I hope!! I'm so sick of struggle street!!!
I am proud of what I have done so far too, I just really wanted to make it to 6 months. Doubting that will happen now. Hopefully I can at least give him some breast milk till then...
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