New to the EP forum

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Registered: 02-10-2014
New to the EP forum
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Mon, 02-10-2014 - 10:43pm

Hello ladies!

I am new to this site. I stumbled across it while looking for information on exclusively pumping. Thank you Mother-2-mother for sending me here!!  Here's my story!!  My name is Mallory and I have a three week old little girl who was born 5 weeks early.   At less than 24 hours old the hospital informed me that we needed to start supplementing as my daughter had already lost 2 1/2 oz. I was ok with that as I wanted to do what was best for my baby. I tried the SNS device and FAILED miserably.  My poor baby was crying because she was so hungry and began fighting me when I would try to get her to latch.  At that point I made the decsion to just bottle feed her the formula until my supply came in.  I immediately requested the hospital get me a breast pump so I could encourage my breast to produce. I began to get tiny amount of colostrum and would Bottle feed it to my daughter before giving her formula. When we left the hospital I still didn't have my milk supply so I was still formula feeding and pumping and adding any expressed milk to the formula. Well my milk came in and my baby has been exclusively breast fed since 1/28/14!  Everything I read, until I found this website, said that I should do everything possible to get baby back to the breast so I tried breast feeding again and my daughter wanted nothing to do with my nipples. She loves to snuggle with my breasts, but wouldn't latch for more than 2-3 seconds. She continuosly got very upset when I'd try to get her to latch. Well I tried nipple shields and she latched and nursed very well, but after about three feeding she managed to rub a blister on one of my nipples and then it became so painful to feed on that side I was almost in tears. I knew that it wasn't good for me or her if I was in pain.  I attempted again to feed without the shields and again she pulled away and became upset. It was at this time I turned to my mommy group's breastfeeding section and was basically told it may hurt, but to keep up with the shields because breast is best...I couldn't take the pain.  My husband told me, after seeing me feed and seeing how much pain I was in, that it needed to quit and just pump. I was pumping and bottle feeding and she was doing great, but I felt a little inadequate because everything I read said breast this breast that blah blah blah. I didn't let that get me down. I knew she was getting the best just not OFF the breast.  The plus side is daddy gets to feed and have special Daddy daughter time!!  We are doing GREAT and I am SO glad that I have found a "breast"feeding home!!

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Registered: 10-18-2013
Tue, 02-11-2014 - 2:24pm

I am so glad you found us too! :) Thanks for sharing your story.  It is really, really encouraging to know that we are not alone. I too tried the SNS system and failed. You know? I would love to hear a success story with the SNS system! It seems like it just is a frustrating and clumsy system! It seems good, in theory. I used a nipple shield too, because my daughter had created a little wound in one of my nipples. And while the nipple shield made my nipple feel better, it made my milk supply nearly disappear because I did not know that I was supposed to be pumping too (nipple shields are also used for women with too fast of let-downs, oversupply, etc). 

But anyways, way to be persistent! I had to supplement with formula for a time too, until my milk supply came back and I had enough to feed my daughter solely breastmilk. And now I have a stockpile in my freezer! 

Yes, it is tough what you can hear from family, friends, and the "mother media." There was a time when I could hardly look at a magazine that had pictures of nursing mothers, nursing gear, etc. It was just too hurtful because that is what I had wanted for myself! But the important thing is that we are giving our babies breastmilk! And for however long we can do it, wonderful! Yes, I love that my husband does the early morning feed and I can sleep! :) 

Nice to have you join us!

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Registered: 02-10-2014
Tue, 02-11-2014 - 9:23pm

I would like to hear a success story too!!  my theory is the tubes need to be stiffer...the one I had was so floppy that it would move when my LO tried to latch and I'd have to break her latch and try to relatch all while she's getting upset and I'm getting covered in stinky formula because the system was leaking all over me!

I'm still trying to increase my supply...I'm keeping up with my LO but not having any extra to stockpile. If she decides to eat an. Ore than she is now I'm going to have to pump every hour just to keep up...but I'll do what it takes!!

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Registered: 02-16-2014
Mon, 02-17-2014 - 9:50am
I agree, that whole "breast is best" makes me sad. I am really glad to see that I'm not the only one who has had issues. I was on the WTE boards before, but they only have a breastfeeding forum and some of the actual breastfeeders aren't as understanding. Make sure to keep pumping regularly to keep building your supply. That was one of my mistakes early on :(