December/January Roll Call!

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Registered: 10-14-2010
December/January Roll Call!
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Thu, 12-22-2011 - 9:28pm

By the number of 'I'm new here" posts, it looks like we are long overdue for a roll call.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 12-22-2011
Thu, 12-22-2011 - 10:57pm

Name: Amber

Baby's Name & Age: AJ 8 months

How long have you been pumping?: 8 months!

How long do you plan to continue to pump?: Not sure, at least 12 months, maybe 15 months

What helps you pass the time while pumping?: At work- sudoku, words with friends, hanging with friends; at home: tv!

What hidden perk have you found in pumping?: At work, I get to take 2-3 20 min. breaks a day! :0)

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-22-2011
Thu, 12-22-2011 - 10:59pm

Hello! I just want to say that I am so glad I found this site. I really was starting to think I was the only one that did this--I mean exclusively. I know many many working moms pump, but at the end of the day, they get to go home and bf. But really, I had only ever heard of formula as the only option when nursing doesn't work. I kept thinking my milk would just go away...no decisions to be made. Anyway, the info on this site has totally kept me going this long, and to know that there are others out there going through the same issues right now, is so reassuring. I am most grateful for the refrigerator trick--Tremendous. I seriously was about to lose my mind in the dishwater!

You Name: Autumn

Baby's Name and Age: Gabriel, 8 weeks

How long have you been pumping? Since 1st week. Gabriel was 3 weeks early & had low blood sugar. He was taken to the nursery and formula fed with a syringe until his blood sugar stabilized. He lost a lot of weight at the beginning when we went home & I had to supplement with ebm almost from the start. But even then, it took us 4 1/2 weeks to realize that he wasn't transferring milk because I had such an overactive letdown. He has a short tongue (but, alas, not tongue-tied), high palate & wants it as fast as possible, so he just will not take it from me.

How long do you plan to continue pumping? I've heard some infants will pick up bfing around 3 or 4 months (is this true? Even if they never did it before? What are the odds? ) I will try to hold out for 4 months/through flu season, then reassess--really really wish I could make it to a year, but I just don't think I have it in me! This has been a very difficult challenge already.

What helps you pass the time while pumping? Internet, talking on the phone, playing play-doh with my 4-yr old. I just started feeding baby in high chair while I pump, so that definitely passes the time and actually buys a little more.

What hidden perk have you found to pumping? Me time!

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-13-2011
Fri, 12-23-2011 - 9:35am
You Name: Amie

Baby's Name and Age: Wesley - 11 months

How long have you been pumping? EPing since Wesley was 3 months old

How long do you plan to continue pumping? Looks like I'm going to make it to 12 months :)

What helps you pass the time while pumping? The internet!! And playing with my kids on the floor.

What hidden perk have you found to pumping? Weight loss! In the past 3 months, I have been more careful with what I've been eating, and I've lost over 25 lbs!

The thing I most hope to find under the tree this year is fun gifts for my kids ... last year hubby surprised me with a 2 carat diamond anniversary band ... so we're taking it easy with the gifts this year ;)
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Registered: 12-16-2011
Fri, 12-23-2011 - 11:51am

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Registered: 11-19-2011
Fri, 12-23-2011 - 3:42pm


You Name: Rose

Baby's Name and Age: twin girls 3.5 months

How long have you been pumping? since they were born in the nicu

How long do you plan to continue pumping? at least till the spring

What helps you pass the time while pumping? I feed one of the twins and hang out online. I have also been pumping while driving, makes me feel like im not wasting time.

What hidden perk have you found to pumping? I get out of some house hold chores,


iVillage Member
Registered: 10-20-2006
Fri, 12-23-2011 - 8:48pm

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Ginger married to my dh for 16 years mom to dd - 11 ds - 9 dd - 6 dd - 3 dd - 5 months
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Registered: 07-15-2010
Wed, 12-28-2011 - 5:09am

Hi!

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Registered: 12-06-2011
Wed, 12-28-2011 - 6:15am
iVillage Member
Registered: 12-21-2011
Wed, 12-28-2011 - 5:09pm
Your name: Lynsey
Baby's name & Age: Declan, 14 weeks
How long have you been pumping: since he was 5 days old
How long do you plan to continue pumping: At least until 6 months, ideally 12
What helps you pass the time while pumping: catching up with the TV, talking to my LO & surfing the net
What hidden perks have you found to pumping: the weight loss & being able to duck out of boring gatherings to do some pumping!

I started pumping when Declan was a few days old as he just couldn't latch on properly. The midwifes I saw in hospital & when I got back home were no help what so ever. By about day 4 he had lost 14% of his birth weight (9lb 3oz) and had become jaundiced through lack of milk plus his blood sugar was through the floor! I took to upon myself then to pump & feed him that way (I was adamant I wanted him to have my
milk & not formula) my midwife insisted I would be lucky to make it to 6 weeks! Here I am on my way to 4 months! I don't know of anyone else that pumps & I'm not sure if it's a common thing to do in England so I
am so glad I found this board, the advice & encouragement has been invaluable!!!
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-28-2011
Wed, 12-28-2011 - 9:50pm
I wanted to make a quick reply to Autumn about babies picking up BFing later. I started out EPing since baby never latched. At 11 weeks we started working on getting back to the breast and after a few weeks she was officially exclusively breastfed. She is now two days shy of 9 months and still going strong with one meal of solids daily. If you're interested I can tell you more details but I just wanted to chime in to say that babies absolutely can learn to BF later since mine has. Hang o. To the hope and seek out a qualified lactation consultant because after getting all their nourishment from a bottle, babies need help transitioning to a very different feeding method.

Also kudos to all you moms out there EPing! It's hard work and I can't imagine how those of you with older babies cope (if those babies are anything like my little monkey ;-) ).

Cheers and happy new year!
Monika

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