saracene

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Registered: 09-14-2009
saracene
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Fri, 04-16-2010 - 3:10pm

can i just sa that you are an inspiration? i'm @ 8.5 months in and i am so tired of pumping. my goal is to pump through cold/flu/rsv season of 10/11 and then quit, btu it seems so far away and i am exhausted. my lo was a preemie and if he were nursing i'd happily nurse for a few yrs like i did with his siblings. have any "pep talk" for me? i currnelty pump for 6 hrs a day (an

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In reply to: milkymamabearx3
Sat, 04-17-2010 - 6:41pm

Aw, thanks!

I don't think I am doing anything all that special anymore. I was when my baby was younger (like all the other mothers here), but not now. Now I only pump when I feel like it, and have scaled back to the point where the milk is probably only benefiting my daughter in terms of immunities and hardly at all for nutrition. I usually do a one-hour power pump while watching TV in the evening. I'm not doing anything else then, so why not pump? It's not so much that I'm dedicated as that I haven't had a reason to stop.

Six hours a day sounds like a brutal schedule. No wonder you are exhausted! Forgive me for being naive because I don't have the lipase problem - but is scalding really such a hassle? Couldn't you keep the milk in the fridge for a week and then once a week, scald and freeze a load of it in one session? I was just wondering whether you might be able to cut back on the pumping without living in such fear of losing supply, if you had a huge freezer stash. At 100 ounces a day, I suppose you could get a big freezer stash quite quickly. Your dog would miss out, of course...

You've reminded me that I want to invent a fully automated milking machine that will do it all for us while we are asleep. Wouldn't that be great? Then I could do six hours with no problem!

I'm sorry I don't really have a good pep talk for you because it sounds like you are working much harder than I ever did - I think the most pumping I ever did was 20 mins x 8 times a day in the first few months. I also had the advantage of having a really placid baby.

Good luck with it all! I'm sure you will figure out what's right for you, which probably will look quite different to what was right for me.

 

 

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Registered: 09-14-2009
In reply to: milkymamabearx3
Fri, 04-30-2010 - 2:45pm

i'm pretty sure i'd have to do it daily, as the milk starts to get a funky smell after about a day. plus we're living w/ our inlaws right now, so taking up all their freezer space/ having tons of milk in the fridge for days/ etc is not something i feel i can impose on them. plus i'd need more bottles as well. i have just enough to get me through, washing twice a day (i give the dog anything that is older than 26 hours)...


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