New and need some help

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Registered: 11-08-2010
New and need some help
Fri, 11-12-2010 - 8:15am

Hello Ladies,

I am 30yrs old and a 1st time mom of a 12 week old baby body. I have been pumping since he was 2days old. We tried get him to latch on in the 1st 3 weeks but no luck with lots of LC help. He wouldn’t latch on properly and would cry his head off and I would also cry from all the pain. I think getting him out was much easier than breastfeeding him. I am glad I found this forum since I can use all the support I can get at this point...

I have been pumping 8x to 7x every 3 hrs with one 4hr gap if I am lucky for 20mins I started with 10mins then 15mins to 20mins due to clogs. I get around 5.5 to 6.5oz at each pump.

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Registered: 09-20-2010
Fri, 11-12-2010 - 1:25pm

Welcome and congratulations to making it to 12 weeks!

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Registered: 05-04-2009
Sat, 11-13-2010 - 11:07am

Welcome to the board!

1. Great job making it all the way to 12 weeks! Now, your supply should be established, and you should be able to drop pumps. You're a high volume producer, so I would definitely drop them slowly and gradually to prevent clogs and mastitis. You mentioned that you already have had problems with clogs, so you might want to try taking lecithin (an herbal supplement) - 4 pills per day, each pill = 1200 mg. Also, it is a good idea to keep the same overall # of minutes per day (as you alluded to in your post). I pump closer to 200 minutes every day, because I had to add time to my pumps early on to boost my supply.

2. I'm sorry to hear about your pain. I have had some shooting pains here and there for various reasons. In the early days, my let downs caused shooting pain, and thrush has also caused it for me. I can't say that I've ever experienced what you're talking about, though.

3. I have read that it is better to cool the milk in the fridge before freezing, and usually do. I have also read that it's best to freeze within 24 hours of pumping. I have waited up to 48 hours before freezing a few timse, and haven't had any milk go bad so far.

My understanding is that storing/freezing the milk inherently compromises the nutrients and immunological properties to some extent. Everything I have read has said that frozen milk is still more nutritious than formula, though

4. My LO spit up a lot. too. It seemed like she spit up a lot more than other babies I had been around, and it wasn't related to overeating. Eliminating things from her diet didn't affect it, and it seemed unrelated to bottle size. I remember having the same worries you did, because my DD had days when she consume 20 ounces or less, and spit up what seemed like a significant amount. Her ped said she didn't need meds because she was still gaining weight, and he did say that all babies spit up. She reached a point where she was only barely gaining weight though, so I'll admit I talked to another doctor about getting her on prevacid. She seemed much happier after starting the prevacid. Different peds take drastically different approaches to reflux, and if your instinct tells you that your baby needs treatment, I would go get a 2nd and 3rd opinion (if necessary).

Generally, BM is much easier for babies to digest than formula. I have read about rare cases where babies have sensitivities to so many foods that pretty much anything mom eats causes problems for the baby, and the babies do better on extremely expensive specialty formula. My understanding is that situation is very uncommon. All the doctors I have talked to, and most of what I have read online, suggest that BM is easier on babies' digestive systems and that reflux babies tend to handle BM better than formula, in general.

Good luck with everything.


Mom to Ashley Elizabeth, born 11/3/09

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Registered: 11-08-2010
Mon, 11-15-2010 - 3:26am

Thank you ladies for your advice. I told my mom and DH to lay off my back i will do what is good for me and the baby. i will try to give him BM as long as I can baring this pain. So my baby only gained 2 oz we weigh him every Sunday. For the past 3 weeks its been 2, 6 and than 2 oz again this week. I am going to make an appt with a different doc and see how things go.

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Registered: 11-09-2010
Mon, 11-15-2010 - 6:48am

I had similar issues with weight gain and spitting up.

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Registered: 11-08-2010
Fri, 11-19-2010 - 7:27pm

I just wanted to say omg what a difference pumping very four hours makes. My life has become so much easier i dont have the pressure of very 3hrs. Its only been a week since i dropped to 6 pumps and producing more than enough milk for my little one. Looking forward to going down to 5pumps in the near future :).

As for my baby the doc again just smiled at me probably thinking 1st time crazy mom ...its normal for your baby to spit up. He wrote an rx for zantax see told me to try it for a month to see what happens. I want to try it but my hubby is like no he doesn't want any meds in him yet. So I am also coming to an conclusion also that my baby is not going a little chubby monster. As long as he is growing tall , alert and happy i am happy.