Exclusively pumping with a preschool older sibling

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Registered: 12-31-1969
Exclusively pumping with a preschool older sibling
Fri, 08-24-2012 - 10:48am
I have a 2 week old and a 3 year old, both girls. With my first born, we had latching issues, but I was able to EBF with a shield for 41/2 mos before I got a clog and went to EPing/weaning once the clog passed. With my new LO, even the shield is not working. I took her to an ENT to see if she is tongue-tied and she isn't, but has a shallow mouth and can't get her tongue out far enough to create enough suction, especially since I have flat nipples. Long story-short, I am EPing and it's driving me insane!

I don't see how I'll be able to pump once I'm fully recovered from my c-section and back to our usually busy schedule with my 3 year old. Should I be scientific and precise about dropping pumpings or just pump when I can? I've already had to skip pumpings due to schedule conflicts like dr appts or just plain wanting to sleep and I haven't had any discomfort or clogs.

Another ? How do I feed and pump at the same time? What about burping? I'm going to try today since multitasking would be great, but I'm trying to envision logistics.

I'm definitely going to use some of the tips I've learned here, like using multiple pumping parts and bottles to reduce washing (I've got dishpan hands as is), and making a hands free bra. I have one, but it needs an occasional washing and it'd be good to have a back up. I'm thankful to have found this group!
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Registered: 12-31-1969
Fri, 08-24-2012 - 12:17pm

I sit at the kitchen table to pump and sit my baby next to me in his stroller, which puts him at hand height and makes it comfortable for both of us to feed. Having a hands free bra helps a lot with this. In keeping pumps when having dr. appointments and heading out of the house I always pump right before I leave and right when I get back. I think the most important thing is to not drop the amount of pumps a day, even if some are closer and some more spaced out. Specially since your baby is so little, and at this time is when your supply is starting to kick in.