Expecting a Cleft Baby

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Expecting a Cleft Baby
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Sat, 01-01-2011 - 5:46pm

Hello everyone,

I'm pregnant with my first and due in March.

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Registered: 10-14-2010
Sat, 01-01-2011 - 9:03pm

Hello, and welcome!

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Registered: 01-01-2011
Sat, 01-01-2011 - 10:28pm

Hi and congrats on your pregnancy! I'm pretty new to this myself but I can share what I've learned about some of your questions from my limited experience so far. I've only been doing it for two weeks but with all the sleep deprivation that comes with a new baby, it seems like a lot longer.

-How long does it take to pump with a double pump?

I'm renting a hospital grade pump (Medela Symphony) and I normally pump from 10-20 minutes. I could probably keep going but my supply far outstrips demand and we've run out of freezer space until we buy a deep freeze so I normally do at least one 20 minute session a day and the other ones are shorter.

-How do you time your pumpings with feedings?

I really don't-I just leave part of every pumping out (it's good for quite some time-I use the 6 hour estimate). I'm normally two feedings ahead by doing that. I am very lucky and for the time being, both my husband and I are on full time baby duty so we feed her as needed from what is out. This could change once I go to work (or if my husband stops working from home) and it would obviously be trickier if you don't have someone to help. I don't pump on a strict schedule because I'm not good with keeping to one-I just get my 7-8 pumps in whenever is convenient.

-All day outings:

Today I tried this out for the first time with a family get-together at my aunt's. I just used my hand pumps and packed a cooler bag with ice packs and my supplies. I went off to the bedroom as needed and it wasn't too big of a hassle but obviously this is a far cry from a public place like a zoo. I'd probably do something similar with the small cooler bag in the stroller for a public place and use a nursing space if available. You could also carry your supplies and pump relatively inconspicuously with a nursing cover on an out of the way bench or secluded table. Because I just focus on getting the pumps in and not sticking to a strict schedule, I have a little more flexibility ie. I could hold off until we found a suitable place. You really shouldn't go more than 5 or 6 hours without pumping so obviously the flexibility only goes so far. Really, I can't imagine myself up for an all day museum trip with a tiny infant so for the first 12 weeks when you have to maintain a good supply and keep up the pumps pretty religiously, this may never be an issue.

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Registered: 03-14-2010
Sun, 01-02-2011 - 5:55pm
Congratulations on your pregnancy! Two previous posts probably gave you a pretty good idea on how EPing works. If you do it full time it is difinitely hard work and tighs you down a lot, especially in the beginning. But if you are commited to it, you just have your priorities, even if it means cutting back on your social life for awhile. I just wanted to add that for you it will depend a lot, since you are ok with supplementing right from the beginning and obviously will not need your whole supply, so you might not need to pump 8-9 times even in the beginning and be able to get away with let's say 4-5 pumps. But it is just a guess and you will not really know how much milk you are going to be making until you are at it. But even at 4-5 pumps you might still feel pretty tight down, because you might need to plan your day around your pumping schedule. I've been through it all, all the way down to almost 2 pumps now, and I have to say that I really only started feeling free when I cut back to 3 pumps (but it does take me at least 40 min to empty being at 3x). It is still definitely possible to go out and about and be active and social, but it also definitely takes planning and organizing. We've spent almost entire summer on a beach, when I was still at 4-5 pumps a day. I also pumped on the plane, in hotels, in the car and pretty much in any house we went to for a visit. But it wasn't till a few months pp. So I have to agree with pp that being a new mom with a new born it is not likely that you will be thinking much of going out for the whole day for the first couple of months anyway, no matter if you are EPing or not. And I also have to say that you could just give it shot and if you see it not working, just stop. Good luck!
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Registered: 12-14-2010
Tue, 01-04-2011 - 3:18pm
i just want to add...medela has car plugs for most of their pumps, i pump on the way to and from almost everywhere so i dont have to worry about it while im out and about. for example, i wouls pump for 20-30 min on the way to the zoo, then 3-4 hours later, id pump on the way home, works best if you are the passenger, but i pump while driving all the time. i just bring a cooller with a few ice packs and store my horns, bottles, and milk containers. then i wash and sanitize my horns at night.