Frustrated

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Registered: 05-30-2011
Frustrated
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Sat, 03-15-2014 - 7:57pm

Hi ladies,

I guess I'm looking for some support. This EPing thing is SOO hard!!!!!! My youngest is 11 days old today and I have been good up until now, out producing him, but my mom has also been here the whole time doing all of the running of my other 2 kids and going to the store and such for me as I can't yet drive due to c-section. So I've had plenty of time to pump and even now I find it hard to pump every 2 hours. There's usually a 4-6 hour period during the day that I just can't pump during due to taking care of baby (feeding/diapering/rocking) or my 2 older children. My husband works 3-11. My mom is leaving tomorrow. How do you ladies find the time???? I REALLY want this to work and will do as much as I humanly can to make it work, but I do have other responsibilities as well. I was unable to BF my other 2 children and didn't know EPing was an option. I was devastated. The hospital actually started me pumping the night I had my LO this time due to latch issues and it has created a good milk supply, which I didn't have with the other 2. I m very excited by this. I can tell my supply is dropping a bit from what it was in the hospital, but like I said, I am still outproducing him for now. A growth spurt definately scares me though. Any advice for how to do this and be sucessful?

Andrea

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Registered: 10-18-2013
Sun, 03-16-2014 - 3:15am

I know, it is so hard! Hopefully, other ladies have advice on how to EP with multiple children as I only have one. Kidnap your Mom! ;) It is promising that your milk supply is good! 

I can relate to the challenges of a C-section. I also was very sick with HELLP syndrome. I remember not being able to move! It was so frustrating!

Do you have a hands free pumping bra? I love my Simple Wishes Signature bra. What about a portable pump? While I use a hospital grade pump, I often think that a very lightweight portable pump...Medela Freesyle...would be nice if I had more children so that I could multitask.

Take comfort in the fact that I hardly ever pump on time! My advice is to just pump! There is hardly ever a "perfect time" and some time is better than none. For me, EPing has gotten so much easier with time! Your milk supply steadies and you develop a routine of sorts. Keep up the good work! 

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Registered: 03-16-2014
Sun, 03-16-2014 - 10:17pm

Hi, I just want to say, hang in there!! It gets easier, but in the world of pumping a month can feel like a year. I only have a2 year old and now a 4 week old. I had no idea other moms exclusively pumped, this is the second time I am doing this for our second child. I didn't know that the first two months of BM ( breastmilk) supply is strictly hormonal and after baby is 2 Months old then it's supply n demand. If you can hang in only two months it will get easier!  For now if you can try and pump every 2 1/2 - 3 hours with one 4 hour break just to get supply established, and try to get one pump in between 1am and 5 am, that is when hormones are the highest. When baby is 4 weeksold (only 2 more weeks for you) your pumping doesn't have to be on such a rigid schedule, just try to pump when you can every 2-3 hours. Use all the help you can with friends and family,do you have a church you belong to maybe someone there can help with running the kids?? It's only til baby is 6-8 weeks old then it gets easier!! Tips use the same breast shields for 12 ho u r period, just put in Ziploc bag and keep in fridge. Have your other kids help with the process. I pump into the same two medela bottles all day long and just keep them in the fridge, I put one pumping into a playtex bottle with disposable liners and the other pump I immediately freeze in a lansinoh bag so then I have the same two empty bottles to pump into, and not so many bottles to wash. . . Try the hands free bra so you can still feed baby and pump. . . .hang in there, keep trying hard it's not this bad forever, kudos to you for trying so hard!!!!!!

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Registered: 03-16-2014
Sun, 03-16-2014 - 10:25pm

Can older kids help with taking care of baby while you pump?? Or if hubby can maybe watch baby from 11-2am before he goes to bed so you can get an early morning pump in?? My supply was dropping too, really try to get 1 or 2 pumps in between 1 am and 5 am If you have any grocery stores open 24 hours can hubby stop after work to get milk and bread??  Just trying to give ideas, do you have a neighbor to run to store??