Intro and questions!

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Intro and questions!
Thu, 08-16-2012 - 8:42am
Hello ladies! I've been lurking on this board for a bit, but decided that it's time to start posting since I'll be back to work in less than 3 weeks. I have a 2 yr old DS who I ended up EPing for. My DD is almost 4 mo old. My DD is currently refusing bottles. We are working hard to get her to take one. I'm still praying she'll take it at the 11th hour. But I also figure maybe the sitter can syringe feed a few ounces while I'm at work. Here's my plan, let me know if it's a good one. I work 9am to 3pm, 4 days a week. My location varies, so sometimes I'm close, but other times I'm an hour away. I plan to feed around 7am before I leave the house to drop them off. I will pump around 10ish and then again at 1ish. I will feed her as soon as I get home around 4. If I had to, I could squeeze in a 3rd pump, something like this: 9:30, 12:30, 2:30. But, with only working 6 hours, pumping three times really would take away from my job. Also, how long do i pump fir? 10 min? Obviously if milk is still coming out, id wait until it was done, but a general idea would be good. Thoughts? Also, if I'm not pumping enough to cover her for the next day, how do I deal with that? I'd like to keep this up until she's at least a year and I'd rather not give formula if I can help it. I'm thinking that she won't drink a ton while I'm gone (especially since she's not taking a bottle) and she'll reverse cycle and I'll be ok with output, but I don't know. I really don't want my return to work to jeopardize our bf relationship.
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Registered: 09-21-2011
Thu, 08-16-2012 - 12:19pm


There's a lot in your post, so I'll try to hit on things.  I'm sure other knowledgeable folks will chime in later.

First, feeding DD--I think the syringe is a good option, but I don't know that it will be sustainable for 6 hours a day, 4 days a week.  I would encourage you to try more bottles and get her comfortable with those.  I know there are several other posts about bottles and nipples here since this is a common issue for W&P moms/kids.  Sometimes familiies have to try several different bottles or nipples.  Sometimes you have to try different feeders or feeding positions.  My DS refused to ever take a bottle lying down.  Even at  8 or 9 weeks, he only wanted to take a bottle sitting up.  Lesson learned.  They all have their own funny little feeding quirks to work out. 


Second, your pumping schedule sounds fine to me.  How long you pump will depend on your flow.  For me, I was usually good with about 10-12 minutes.  Occassionally, I would do longer, like if I missed a morning feed or something.  But I know there are some people who empty more slowly so they pump longer.  More like 15-20 I think.  You'll be able to start sorting out how long it takes  you pretty quickly.  I personally think 2 pumps for a 6 hour day is fine.  I only ever did 2 for an 8 hour day, so it seems reasonable to me.

Third--amount.  Do you have anything frozen and stored at this point?  If not, I would probably start pumping maybe 2x per day so that you build yourself a little buffer and get better with your pump/gear.  Then, If you aren't pumping enough for her daily needs at the beginning, I would suggest supplementing from the freezer stash so that you have a little time to get more efficient at pumping.  I think a lot of us started off a little slow and then get the hang of it and start to relax a bit once we are in a routine and used to pumping at work.  If she isn't an enthusiastic bottle taker, this really may not be a problem so I wouldn't spend too much time stressing about it at this moment.


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Registered: 11-29-2005
Thu, 08-16-2012 - 8:00pm

Welcome! Glad you posted! I agree with trying to pump once a day to build a small stash. You don't need a lot, but it's nice to have a few days' worth as backup. One question - have you smelled or tasted the milk? If the milk you're giving her isn't freshly pumped, it could be a lipase problem. The milk starts to smell soapy and while it isn't dangerous, some babies won't drink it.

I think your planned schedule should work fine. If you used to EP, you must respond well to the pump. In the unlikely case that you have trouble pumping each day for the next, you can add in a pump in the am (perhaps one sided while feeding on the other side). The first afternoon feeding can also be a feed/pump session. You can pump just before you go to bed. Pumping on weekend mornings can also provide extra oz.

I've got some links that should help:
Australian BFing Association - Caregiver's Guide to the Breastfed Baby
Kellymom - Bottlefeeding the BF baby
Kellymom - How much EBM does my BF baby need? - Helping a Breastfed Baby Accept a Bottle - Refusing the Bottle / Alternative Feeding Methods
Kellymom - Reverse Cycling

Hope that helps! Glad to have you aboard, and I look forward to getting to know you!

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Fri, 08-17-2012 - 9:02am

Glad you made it over here Jennifer!! =) Lots of great information!! 


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