New to this board and w&p (m)

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New to this board and w&p (m)
Thu, 04-03-2003 - 7:47pm
Hi there. My name is Robyn and I have 2 kiddos...Ethan, who is 17 months and Gillian, who is 12 days old.

BF didn't quite work out with Ethan and I never really got into pumping then.

But, Gillian is totally addicted to mom's buffet. I'm going back to work in 6.5 weeks and have no idea when I should start pumping, how much milk I should try to stockpile before going back, how to get over the idea of preparing my child's food in the bathroom (my office is a very unfriendly place to moms in general - there's no place else to pump but the bathroom or in my car), how to get her to take a bottle (she is very anti-artificial nipple), how to keep my milk supply up when I'm gone for 10 hours or so 5 days a week (although Gillian does sleep with me and I plan to continue to do that so she can nurse whenever she wants at night and I do plan to nurse her on demand on the weekends and any other day I may be home), etc.

I really hope I can make this work.


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Thu, 04-03-2003 - 9:55pm
Hi Robyn, Welcome to the fold. Here are some answers to your questions.

I would start pumping and freezing a stash right away. If you are feeding one side during each feedings, that's a great opportunity to pump the other side (either while you're nursing or right afterwards.) Your supply is most likely to be at it's greatest early on, so take advantage of all that extra liquid gold you have now while you are actively nursing and before your body figures out how much you need and starts to regulate. In fact, I found that early on I could nurse Katie then pump both sides and get quite a bit. With your body making so much at this point, you should have no problems having enough for the next feeding. Freeze your stash in a chest or separate freezer and it will keep up to 6 months. I used doubled playtex milk bags, but others may have other suggestions for storage methods.

As for pumping in the bathroom, I can't help you much. But, I ended up doing a lot pumping in the car over the summer, and it's not so bad. It gets you outside and it's your own space. I used PIS with a car adapter and it worked beautifully. Even storing the milk in the storage compartment with ice packs worked well in the car on the hottest days. My milk was still nice and cold by the time I got home (sometimes MANY hours later.)

As far as getting her to take bottle, you'll just have to keep trying. I had a neighbor who would hold Katie in a nursing position and stick the bottle in her mouth. She didn't like it at first, but finally got the idea that it was mommie's milk, just in a different container. You might also try different nipples. They say Avent is the most natural, and a lot of women here (including myself) use them,but some people have better luck with some others.

Finally, whether you have any problems keeping up your supply only time will tell. My best advice is to pump 2 to 3 times while away and try to keep to a constant schedule. I started having supply problems once I had to cut down to one or two pumpings while at work and sometimes missing them due to work. I had some success in adding a couple of pumpings at home, like before bed, to replace the missed sessions, but really I would have been better had my schedule not been disrupted in the first place.

I hope this helps. Good luck to you. I had to return to work at 8 weeks with DD#1, and it's never easy. Let us know if you have any other questions.

Calli, alum for Katie (one year) and mommy to Claire 4yrs.

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Fri, 04-04-2003 - 8:43am
Wow! I think Calli said it all!

Welcome to the board. Hope to see you often when you return to work.

Armella and alum Camryn(1), Taylor(11) and Erik(10)


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Registered: 03-29-2003
Fri, 04-04-2003 - 1:14pm
I have to say I think this will work out fine for you and here's why --

the people that are committed to BF and W&P ask these kind of questions and have a plan before problems start - your little one is just days old and you are already getting this figured out!

Don't freak out about the nipple thing too much yet, have you had your DH or mom or someone give the bottle when you are not around? Or try when the little one is really tired. We use NUK, they worked out fine for us, don't know which ones you have tried.

I didn't start pumping until 4 weeks probably, and don't worry if you don't get a lot in the beginning - it takes practice and patience. Make sure you have a good pump, if you are going back to work 5 days a week, I would get the Medela Pump in Style.

Anyways, congratulations on your baby, and have a fantastic time staying at home while you can.

Becky and Lucy Moo (10/06/02)

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Registered: 04-02-2003
Fri, 04-04-2003 - 1:49pm
HI Robyn,

welcome to the board, I am relatively new here myself, and I am finding this board a great source of support and info as I W&P with my 2nd child (also W&P'd with ds Kyle for 1 year). Calli and Becky did a great job of throroughly answering all your questions; I would only add, with regard to your pumping schedule, that you should plan to pump at least as often as she feeds while she's away from you, and more if you need to. I would definitely recommend the Medela Pump in Style for your long-term, high usage needs. Different people respond differently to the pump as far as production--you may need to "psych" yourself into responding to the pump, as far as stimulating your milk let-down--this can be particularly challenging if you are in a less than ideal environment (like a toilet stall or your car! )I find that looking at pictures of my dd Erica, and closing my eyes and picturing myself cuddling her and putting her to breast as she roots around eagerly help me get things going. Some people also have success with olfactory triggers--smelling a baby blanket or some article of clothing. Hopefully you will take to the pump readily, but these are just some suggestions for use if you don't warm to it right away--hope they don't sound too whacko! I applaud your commitment to W&P, and it sounds like you are preparing yourself for it very well. Best of luck, and do let us know if you have more questions. Hugs, Jen
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Fri, 04-04-2003 - 3:01pm
Welcome! You've already gotten some great ideas. I agree, pumping in your car isn't all that bad. I have to do it a lot and I find it relaxing to pump and read a book while sitting in my car. Although my office is all women they are all anit-BF women so I can sympathize with your plight. You might find your car, nicer than the bathroom.

I second the Avent nipples, seemed to work well for my moo. I didn't introduce the bottle until DD was 5 weeks old, (I guess I kept hoping I would win the lottery!) I also didn't start my stash until DD was 4 weeks old and I went back at 6 weeks. I pumped one side after DD nursed the other. I had a pretty good stash going in just 2 weeks. I was able to attend a Working and Pumping class at the BF Clinic at our local hosptial, it was a free class and the went over all the particulars. You might check your hospital to see if they offer something similar. If not, we are always here to help. This board has just been fabulous for me. Welcome!

Heidi, W&P for Emma (6 months) and mumma to Taylor (9 years)

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 04-04-2003 - 3:01pm
Hi, Robyn!

Don't I "know" you from the homebirth board? Congratulations on Gillian's birth! I'm so excited for you!! She was a bit over due, right? I think I remember you posting about being ready...

Welcome to the W&P board...I've loved it here, and hope you do, too. As for your questions...

I started pumping to get a stash as soon as I felt like I could pull it off emotionally/mentally/physically with everything else going on as a new mom. I can't exactly remember when it was, but one thing I've learned is you can never have too much in your stash!!! I think I remember in the early weeks I couldn't pump because Claire was forever latched to me. Once that constant eating sort of subsides, though, I started trying to pull off one pumping session a day. One piece of advice given to me was to store it in small amounts rather than large ones so it doesn't get wasted as much. I store about 3 oz. per bag. I probably had about 60-70 oz. stored up when I went back to work. I've managed to keep a storage, but you'll be surprised how quickly you go through it, so save away!

About the bathroom, I'm sorry that's what you have to do. Maybe you can take a little radio and some scented candles in there, just to make it more pleasing.

I'm not sure about the rest, but I'm sure you'll get some great suggestions from the board. Congratulations again on your DD!!


Carolyn, mom to Claire, born at home 11/5