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just Pumping

Posted by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 11:10 PM
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So I have weird nipples, they are super inverted & I use a shield but it doesn't help. I expressed my concerns to her Pediatrician & she said it was ok that I just pump as long as I do it often to keep up with supply. But I'm still worried about drying up. I tried just pumping with my son and I dried up. I try to keep giving her the breast but my attempts fail. Is it really ok to just pump? And how do I keep from dring up??
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 11:10 PM
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piwife
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 11:57 PM
what u need is a nipple SHELL not a shield. I pumped and it was a pain. You have to aim for 10 pumping sessions a day at first and then go to 8. To mantain your supply pump pump pump but try the nipple shell first. You were it between nursing sesions and draws out your nipple
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larissalarie
by on Apr. 26, 2012 at 12:03 AM
You can bf with odd nipples, it's breastfeeding not nipple feeding :-)

That said, if you want to exclusively pump your best shot of maintaining supply very long is to pump every 2 hours around the clock (no more than 3 hours overnight, every 2 is still better) You need a top quality double electric pump as well.

Good luck!
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sreichelt26
by on Apr. 26, 2012 at 2:42 AM
^^what they said.
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mnmo3bb
by on Apr. 26, 2012 at 2:47 AM
The problem with pumping is that you not be emptied as well as when the baby nurses. So make sure you pump really well, like massage, rotate the pump, etc. Also the hind milk is thickest (i think this has been debated but in my experience it seems to be true...) and so your baby might not be on as much baby fat as if they were nursing directly. Again this is my experience. I tried pumping only and i thought it was twice the work and dried up quick... i hope it works out for you... oh and i got mastitis cuz i didnt drain enough :( i would also encourage trying to physically nurse. What you are doing is great but the more times in a day your baby physically nurses from you the better for you and her supply. Plus has anyone heard about the babys saliva telling your body what they need and what stage they are in? Idk if i believe it but i suppose anything is possible!
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zannahdeux
by on Apr. 26, 2012 at 6:58 AM
Hospital grade pump...rent one :-)
Nicolle_09
by Silver Member on Apr. 26, 2012 at 7:46 AM
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Pumping sucks! Lol im going on 3 months of exclusively pumping and i hate it. You must pump every two to three hours around the clock (are allowed a four hour stretch at night), no sleeping through a feeding, no extra sleep. You end up constantly worryinh about supply and if this or that will effect your output.

Its not impossible for you to nurse but will be hard at first, but its hard for everyone at first anyway.
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mamabens
by Miranda on Apr. 26, 2012 at 8:03 AM

What you need is a nipple SHELL to wear in your bra  between feedings to draw your nipples out. Also try pumping for a minute or two before latching baby on to draw out the nipple. Exclusive pumping is possible but it is a LOT of work. Like pp's said  it means pumping every 2 hrs around the clock, no missed pumpings, no sleeping in, etc. I hated pumping & didn't respond to the pump anyway so it was useless.

misslady80013
by on Apr. 26, 2012 at 8:10 AM
PPs are all right. I talked to a peer specialist who used to be a nurse and she told me to eat oatmeal if I feel my milk supply was low or drink a beer. She also told me to try a Vitamin B Complex with Brewer's Yeast in it. Now that I think about it, I was leaking all over the place when I was eating oatmeal every morning. I love oatmeal! :-) I haven't tried the other two yet, just gonna stick with oatmeal for now. I hope one of these tips works for you.
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shelley11709
by on Apr. 26, 2012 at 9:53 AM
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All good advice above. There is a exclusively pumping group on CM as well and they have a lot of great advice. I EP'ed for just over 2 months and it was a pain but I'm happy I did it and didn't give up. DS is fully back to the boob and pumping kept my supply until we could fix our issues.
If you have a hard time with supply investing in a really really great pump is ideal, renting a hospital grade pump is probably best.
Check out the EP group they'll help a lot.
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aehanrahan
by Group Admin - Amy on Apr. 26, 2012 at 10:06 AM
This! Get nipple SHELLS to wear in your bra between feedings. You will have to pump every 2 hours around the clock (even when baby sleeps longer) to keep your supply going. You might not be able to keep pumping enough even with that frequency after a while.

Quoting mamabens:

What you need is a nipple SHELL to wear in your bra  between feedings to draw your nipples out. Also try pumping for a minute or two before latching baby on to draw out the nipple. Exclusive pumping is possible but it is a LOT of work. Like pp's said  it means pumping every 2 hrs around the clock, no missed pumpings, no sleeping in, etc. I hated pumping & didn't respond to the pump anyway so it was useless.

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