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Mon, 01-23-2012 - 2:13pm

My name is Kim and I am new to exclusively pumping.

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Registered: 09-21-2011
In reply to: kimandjer
Mon, 01-23-2012 - 4:56pm

Hi Kim!

Welcome.

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Registered: 01-23-2012
In reply to: kimandjer
Mon, 01-23-2012 - 10:51pm
I am in sudbury ontario and we dont actually have any lactation consultants here. We have nurses who specialize but honestly it stresses me out more having someone manhandle my breasts and tell me what to do. Most times I try to get Callie to take the breast but she's at a point now where my letdown is so slow that she gets frustrated and refuses the breast. I'm trying my best and aiming for 6 months of breastmilk. I'll re-evaluate if I do well, so far its been 2 weeks and already this feels like a lifetime! I'm hoping that with reading and "talking" to women who do and have done the EPing, then I will be able to keep it up.

Thanks though for the encouragement. I would love for Callie to BF again, but I am willing to still get her the breastmilk even though its hard work. :)
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Registered: 04-14-2011
In reply to: kimandjer
Tue, 01-24-2012 - 2:45pm

Oh I hear you.

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Registered: 10-14-2010
In reply to: kimandjer
Wed, 01-25-2012 - 7:50am
Welcome to the board! As the previous poster said, your output is normal for someone who has been nursing, as your body responds differently to the pump than to a baby. Hopefully your baby will quit the strike soon!

Exclusively pumping is definitely doable in the long term (I did it for 12 months, like the previous poster) but it is a lot of work, so you may wish to keep trying to get her back to the breast. One thought is using playtex breastflow bottles or really slow flow nipples so that she doesn't get too used to the ease of feeding from a bottle. I'm not sure how long you have been taking the fenugreek etc, but it can take a couple of weeks or more for some people to see a response from that too. Some people also like more milk plus. Also, have you tried powerpumping?

It sounds like you are doing a lot of things right, and the longer you pump, the more you will get the hang of it!

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Registered: 04-28-2011
In reply to: kimandjer
Wed, 01-25-2012 - 12:47pm
Just a quick tip. You can try pumping to letdown then offering to baby. That way the flow is faster and it may help her trust that breastfeeding is worth it. If she doesn't take it, you can always continue pumping.

When I transitioned DD back to breast, the LC offered domperidone to boost my supply a bit (and speed up the flow) for the transition.( I live in Hamilton ON so LCs are easier to find.) I had a positive experience and only needed it for a few weeks. Your family dr should be able to prescribe it if you explain what's going on. If you don't have drug coverage it's still not very expensive (20 - 30 $ for a month's supply).
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Registered: 01-23-2012
In reply to: kimandjer
Tue, 01-31-2012 - 10:58pm

thank you for the help.