Back to breast

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Registered: 08-20-2011
Back to breast
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Sat, 08-20-2011 - 4:41am

So I am new to this forum and currently building up my milk supply. I wish my doctor and the nurses at the hospital would have given me better advice or I had known about this site earlier. No one ever told me to wait until after 12 weeks to drop pumps... or any advice really because I do not think medical professionals have a lot of expierience with Ep'ers... I don't think people in general have a lot of expierience with Ep'ers... I have been exclusively pumping since day one... I hand expressed my colostrum and fed it to my peanut on a spoon... and breastfeeding whenever my little girl sees fit... which isn't so much anymore. She used to take the breast atleast 2-3 times a day... this started about 2 weeks after our hospital stay... in the begining she wouldnt take the breast at all. Anyway last Friday was the last time we breastfed together and that was after about 4 days without... I was so excited because it was our best breastfeeding expierience yet.... I did the laying down position and she drained both breasts( which I could NEVER get her to do)... and it lasted over an hour (again a rare expierience for us). I thought things might be turning around and I could say goodbye to pretty much exclusively pumping... but she hasnt taken the breast since. She is 3 1/2 months old and I am wondering if she is trying to tell me something or if I should keep trying. Either way I will continue to pump and feed her my expressed milk. (I am finally down to one bottle of formula a day supplementing and hoping to drop that soon) but I really love breastfeeding... what little of it I have gotten to do with her makes me feel so blessed just to have some breastfeeding expierience but she is teething... bad... she already has her two fangs on the top at 14 weeks! Is there a possibility that she is just done breastfeeding? I may have given her some pretty bad nipple confusion with different nipples on bottles and pacifiers... but she has also done great tranistioning back and forth. I always thought once a baby had a bottle you could say goodbye to breastfeeding but she has always gone back and forth. I have just never been able to have a consistent breastfeeding routine and now I am building my supply so I am pumping constantly so when I do try and breastfeed my breasts are almost always empty. I know this is a pretty big rant and I hope it doesnt sound confusing to others... I am just so glad to finally know there are others out there like me. You all probably know exactly how alone I felt in this exclusive pumping journey before I found this site. Let's face it... being hooked up to a pump 7-12 times a day isn't quite the picture most moms imagine and a lot of other will think you are crazy for doing it... but seeing me little girl guzzle a bottle of breastmilk compared to formula is a beautiful sight and I wouldnt give it up for anything and it is nice to know there are other women in my boat.

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Registered: 08-19-2011
Sat, 08-20-2011 - 7:07pm
Congrats on making it this far! Pumping is hard, lonely work, and requires a very dedicated mommy! I can switch between breast and bottle with my LO and not have any more problems with latch/suck/milk transfer than I was already having before I started pumping. My LC told me babies don't experience nipple confusion, that it's nipple preference. I have found that to be true in my case. As long as I protect my milk supply and keep the breast a happy place for LO, then we have the flexibility to switch back and forth. I don't have a consistent routine, the only thing that's consistent is that my LO gets fed and I protect my milk supply. I'm just grateful I can pump enough to satisfy her daily needs.
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Registered: 08-20-2011
Sun, 08-21-2011 - 6:02am
Thats great to hear... I'll keep trying.