Advice on pretty much everything EP

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Registered: 05-09-2008
Advice on pretty much everything EP
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Sun, 12-11-2011 - 4:25pm
I am currently 33 weeks pregnant with my third son. I did formula with my first son, with my second I pumped for the first 3 weeks and supplemented with formula due to a low supply. I want to pump this time around, but last time was such a struggle, I got clogged milk ducts and a horrible case of mastitis, plus I hardly ever got more than 2 ounces at a time. I don't know anyone who pumps or has even breast fed so I have no one to get advice from. I have c-sections, I usually spend 2 full days in the hospital, last time I didn't start pumping until I got home, I just wasn't comfortable pumping with people constantly coming in and out of my room. Once I got home, I was pumping every 3 hours or so, and sometimes I would pump for 45 mins or so and only get between 1 and 2 oz total. It was very frustrating. So here's my questions: was my pump the problem? Should I have been pumping sooner? How often and for how long should I pump each session? What food should I avoid? Basically, everything there is to know about pumping. I literally am clueless but I know BM is whats best for the baby so I REALLY want to give pumping another shot. Also, last time I felt like all I did was pump, this time I plan on getting a hands free pumping bra to help me out some. At least then I can feed him and pump at the same time.
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-25-2011
Mon, 12-12-2011 - 11:13am

Welcome!

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-09-2008
Mon, 12-12-2011 - 11:53am
Yes I found the beginners guide it was a huge help! Thanks so much for your advice also!
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-14-2011
Mon, 12-12-2011 - 1:12pm

I second about start pumping in the Hospital.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-14-2010
Tue, 12-13-2011 - 6:39pm
The previous poster definitely had some good ideas. I agree that you should pump as soon as possible and as often as possible. It definitely sucks to do it in the hospital--I know, I did it--but it did end up working out for me, so maybe it will help you.

And I also second the advice of using a hospital grade pump--you should be able to rent one or be referred by the hospital to a place where you can rent one, at least for the first month or so. Nursing and working with an LC at the hospital is a great idea too-=-as the previous poster said, it can really help to get your supply going, even if you're not planning to do it long term.

I hope that your C section goes smoothly and that you are able to make pumping work! The ladies on the board are always here to help, listen, or commiserate!

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