New EP Mom Needs Help!

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Registered: 01-16-2012
New EP Mom Needs Help!
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Mon, 01-16-2012 - 9:00pm

Hi, So glad that I found this board. I had a C-section 2 weeks ago, and have been pumping since 3rd day. However, my supply is very bad. Now I pump 6 - 7 times a day (20 min each), producing only 8 - 9oz breastmilk. And my girl is a big eater, she's already drinking 28oz a day.

I've read here some supply boosting recommendations to do 8-10 pumps a day and some power pump. However, my nipples hurts so bad that I don't think I can handle any more. I'm now using Madela Pump-in-style pump, with size 27mm or 30mm shield. 27 seems to fits me the best. I'm also using Olive Oil as lubricante, and Lanolin on nipples after each pump, but they still hurt badly that I have to use a breastshield to wear a bra, or leave them exposed in air. After each pump, they're so sore, and I could see some area very pink, and even a few bleeding spots. My question is if I continue to pump 6-7 times a day, will the breast be toughen up soon so that I can start more pumping sessions to boost supply? This pain is killing me....With the poor supply I got, I have to admit that I'm thinking of quitting every single day.

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Registered: 04-14-2011
Tue, 01-17-2012 - 10:55am

Oh the beginning is so rough!!!!

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Registered: 01-17-2012
Tue, 01-17-2012 - 12:06pm

definitely try turning down the pump. also tryputtin a little lanolin on the inside of the horns. the madella brand workes best for me because its smooth and creamy. you have to heat up the laminsol brandin your fingers first an it is too sticky for me. keep trying new things. this board seems like a great place to get ideas.

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Registered: 05-25-2011
Tue, 01-17-2012 - 1:34pm

EPing is so hard in the beginning, so I really do feel for you!

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Registered: 01-16-2012
Sat, 01-21-2012 - 3:29pm

Thanks so much for the message! I've tried to reduce the pumping level at the beginning now, and increase it to a higher level after 3 minutes, or when I get more comfortable with the current level. And yes, it does help....

But the supply still seems very low (Around 10-12oz a day)....I'll try my best to hang on there.

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Registered: 10-14-2010
Sat, 01-21-2012 - 4:22pm
The previous posters have had great ideas. As others have said, it also took me several weeks to build up a good supply. For the first 7 days, I got nothing, not even a drop.

To help you heal faster, your OB can prescribe a cream called APNO (all purpose nipple ointment...seriously). Then you can get it at a compounding pharmacy and it is very cheap. It has pain reliever and helps you to heal too, and it is safe for baby and does not need to be wiped or rubbed off. This was a lifesaver for me! I just spoke to a nurse at the doctor's office and they sent a prescription over to a pharmacy near me.

Hang in there--you're doing great! It is tough in the beginning, but it does get better.

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Registered: 01-21-2012
Sat, 01-21-2012 - 9:03pm

I gave birth to premature

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Registered: 10-09-2011
Sat, 01-21-2012 - 9:49pm
Hang in there and remember that every drop you can give counts! When I first started pumping I was using the same pump as you and had a lot of pain then I rented a hospital grade Medea symphony from angle breast pumps online. The rental fee is a little expensive 60 dollars a month but that pump never gives me and pain and I think it works so much better. I use this cream called nipple butter by earth mama angle it's very fast healing for me. Remember it will get easier and time will fly by before you know it.
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Registered: 01-16-2012
Tue, 01-24-2012 - 1:52am

Thanks so much. I just ordered that