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Switching from pump to breast

Posted by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 10:13 AM
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I still don't feel 100% confident in switching my 12 week old twins from pumping and bottle feeding to fully breastfeeding... I tried to experiment yesterday, I didn't pump from about 10am for the rest of the day and just tandem nursed them, which worked well and I enjoyed, and did not pump the rest of the day. However, when they woke up for their 2am feeding, I fed them pumped milk and then pumped myself afterwards. I don't know why I chickened out, but I did. And pumped again this morning after their feeding.

They latch and eat just fine... what scares me is we just got over thrush, and I am afraid of it coming back... and I'm afraid of somehow screwing up my supply (which there is no problem with it now, I pump plenty and they have been gaining and growing and chunking up just fine, and putting out plenty of dirty diapers!) I dunno... I just don't have the confidence to break away from the pump. Any encouragement or success from others who went from pumping to breast, please share!

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maggiebella25
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 10:23 AM
I didn't go from pump to breast but wanted to wish you luck! Sounds like u and your lil guys are doing great! I did pump everyday 5 times a day so my ds could take bottled bm at daycare and bf all evening and night and weekends. It wad hard! I say if it's your comfort zone work in a couple of feedings a day gradually and continue to pump and freeze that liquid gold! It will come in handy ESP with twins! As you feel more confident u can increase your feedings and decrease your pumping ( but still leave a pump session here and there if u want to freeze) also invest in some items to make tandem feeding easier like a twin Brest friend nursing pillow which I have heard twin moms rave about! Drink loads of water take fenugreek and eat oatmeal daily, but mostly step back and admire how wonderfully and effient your body is whether u pump or nurse or a combination lady you are nourishing to beautiful healthy and growing twin boys! Truly amazing!
Btw I'm terrified if getting thrush again too! It hurt so bad!
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graycalico
by Bronze Member on Jan. 15, 2012 at 10:38 AM
My ds was born with medical issues si I didn't get to nurse him at all really until we got home two weeks later. It took a week to get him to nurse and I was terrified he never would. At first it was hard not being able to see how much he was eating, especially after being in the hospital mentality of getting a certain amount of ounces in every x amount of hours. But I was so glad to not have to do double work with pumping and feeding.
four months later we are going strong. My dd never had a bottle. I love the bond bfing gives. Can't imagine twins though. Lol. Now my SO wants me to have ds take a bm bottle here and there so he can feed him too and so i have more freedom. But i'm selfish and haven't done it yet. Lol
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gdiamante
by Gina on Jan. 15, 2012 at 3:59 PM

You've come a long long way. It's natural to be scared of taking that last step. But like driving a car on your pown or riding a bike on your own.. it's something you just have to manage. Screw your courage to the sticking place. And the good news... takes a lot more than a day to mess things up. **grin**

larissalarie
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 4:05 PM
If your supply is good pumping, it should be even better directly nursing! As far as thrush make sure you have clean, dry breast pads all the time and start taking a probiotic. Either way, your doing great!
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tabi_cat1023
by Group Admin -Tabitha on Jan. 15, 2012 at 5:30 PM

THIS!

AND you can do it momma...a step at a time is what it takes..even if you just add a feed a day gradually going to all at the breast then do it! YOU can do it!

Quoting gdiamante:

You've come a long long way. It's natural to be scared of taking that last step. But like driving a car on your pown or riding a bike on your own.. it's something you just have to manage. Screw your courage to the sticking place. And the good news... takes a lot more than a day to mess things up. **grin**


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