Friday, May 15, 2009

A couple of questions for all the Breast-Feeding-Mama's--who have been there/done that or are currently BF'ing...

1. How do you feel about utilizing a used breast pump? My friend has generously offered to let me use hers. She has used it for her three children (but really only religiously for one child. She is a SAHM so she didn't have a huge need to pump), and her sister (also a good friend of mine) has used it very briefly for her baby. She currently has it lent out to a friend of hers, who I don't know. I don't' really have an issue with using it--she will be sterilizing it before it comes to me--however, Big D is weirded out by the thought of it. And now a second question, is there a way to buy new "pieces" for the pump and yet still utilize the "motor" of it? (hopefully that makes sense).

2. While breast-feeding, when did you first introduce a bottle to your baby? I've heard mixed things about this. I know a couple of friends who swear that the reason their child never wanted to use a bottle was becuz they waited too long to have him/her feed from a bottle. What is your experience/take on this?

3. I'm currently updating my registry and I'm unsure if there is anything else I should be putting on the registry in regards to breast feeding. I have only put on there Disposable Nursing Pads, so far. Any hints, ideas would be appreciated!

4. How did you store your breast milk after pumping? I'm pretty sure I want to use the milk storage bags, as it seems like it would work easier for compact storage in my freezer, but what did you use and how did it work for you? What brand?

5. Also, after talking repeatedly with some BF'ing friends, I've removed the bottles from my registry. After first doing some research, Big D and I had put on the Doctor Brown's bottles, but since a few of my friends children are not happy with the bottles/nipples they have, I wonder if I should just wait till I'm at that point and try a couple different brands to see which Hunter may like? I do have a friend giving me a bunch of her Dr. Brown's that her second daughter will NOT use (yet her first daughter loved them) so I will at the very least have something to start out with.

6. When you breastfed, and if you had "troubles/issues" at first, how long did it take you to really get into the swing of things? I'm just curious. I will be returning to work after my 12 week maternity leave (hopefully to part time, but that's still up in the air) so I'm pretty eager and hoping if we are successful, that it won't take forever to get into the "groove" so to speak. I want both myself and Hunter to be comfortable by the time I do have to go back to work. Oh, and I guess this is a kind of double-sided question as well. When did you start pumping? I would love to start as soon as I can, so that Big D will have the experience of getting to feed the baby as well. I don't want him to feel left out, ya know?

Okay, I feel like I had a couple of more questions but my brain is fried--I'm drawing a blank on what they were. I'll update this post if they come to me.

Any information you give me is appreciated! Please don't' feel like you will sound like a "know-it-all" or something...I want to absorb as much info as I can since I know it is different for everyone. Oh, and if you have any additional thoughts you want to add, even if it doesn't have to do with any of my questions, feel free!

I am going into this wanting to breast-feed Hunter but I do realize that it's not entirely up to me. I've had enough internal dialogue with myself to remember that if it doesn't work out, it doesn't make me less of a Mom. ;-) But I'm certainly going to try my hardest to be successful with breast-feeding!

Thanks so much for your help, ladies!


Sarah R said...

I wanted a new breast pump, but that's just me. Unless it is one that is a closed system, milk vapor can pass through the tubing and possibly get inside the pump. Look at it this way, you might spend $200-$250 on a pump, but it's so much cheaper than formula (not that you look like you're going that route). I bought the Medela Pump-in-style, which is the most popular pump, I'd say. I only paid $200 because Target had a $40 gift card (for Target) when you bought it.

I had no issues with pumping. My baby had problems taking bottles (insane how many bags of milk went down the drain). We gave the first one at 6 weeks, which may have been too late (or our baby). Every baby is different--I have heard of people giving bottles later or earlier than that and having no issues. I think part of our issue was that Andrew was so bonded to me, and DH didn't hold him enough--then, it was time for me to go back to work and he just wasn't used to Daddy.

I had no issues whatsoever with breastfeeding--it is a learning curve for both of you in the beginning. The first thing is making sure the latch is down good, and it's hard (at first) to tell if the baby is swallowing. Once I got the hang of it and figured out the hold I wanted to use, it was very easy. I'm not going to lie--at first, it is a little painful because it's like breaking in a new pair of shoes. Your nips just have to get conditioned to a baby suckling on them every 2-3 hours. Lanolin can help. Also, you will be surprised to experience contractions (only in the beginning) whenever your baby latches on because the action of nursing helps your uterus shrink down faster. That (to me) hurt more than nursing, but it was basically done after about 10 days.

I didn't give myself any other options; nursing was just something I wanted to do.

I probably didn't cover all of your questions, but good luck with everything!

Sarah R said...

Oh, in regards to Andrew taking bottles, my mom could always get him to take them, but DH couldn't. Very annoying. I had my mom watch him (when she could) and the other days, my work let me run home for the feedings. I would do the 10:00 am as an extra lunch (I live 6 minutes away) and then I'd take my "real" lunch at 1:00 and that was my time anyway.

In an 8 hour day, if you take your full 12 weeks of FMLA, you will only have to pump twice (most likely). I was so worried because at home Andrew was feeding about every 2-3 hours, but he adjusted well and took in MORE milk in LESS daytime feedings.

Emily Jean said...

As a BF-ing mama, I'm all too happy to share my experiences with you!! First, bf-ing is wonderful and I'm a huge advocate!! Go Girl!!!

1. I currently am using a used BP and have no issues with it. My friend also has a used pump and it is working out fine as well. The lactation center at our hospital sells the different parts and pieces for used pumps. I think only for the Medela brand which is what I have.

2. I introduced a bottle at about 8 weeks because I knew hubby and I would be going out for our anniversary a week later. Overall, he didn't have an issue once he realized what was in the bottle. He is a 'sucker' baby though, loves to suck anything. Wanted a pacifier right away.

3. Breast pads are a must. The brand isn't a big deal, just as long as you get self-adhesive ones! Also stock up on a few good nursing bras and night gowns. Target has good ones at a reasonable prioe.

4.I used the Medela and Johnson & Johnson brand storage freezer bags. They both work fine.

5.I kept bottles on, but found out I registered for way too many and ended up returning a lot. I really liked the gift combo sets, they come with a few different types of nipples, bags, and bottles.

6. I was blessed to have a baby who came out wanting to BF and did it like a pro. We did get thrush when he was about 3 weeks old, but with a little medicine from his ped, it cleared right up!

I totally am cheering you on and sending good BF-ing vibes your way girl! It is such an amazing experience!!

3 Peas in a Pod said...

My sis gave me her breast pump. You can get new parts for it. It would save you a ton of cash. I unexpectedly had to use a pump 5 days after my first son was born and I rented one at our local pharmacy. He had very high jaundice so the pediatrician asked if I would mind stopping BF'ing and give formula since it would get rid of the problem quicker. I also let the nurses give him a bottle once during the night every night when he was born. I had a c-section so I was in the hospital for 5 days.

It took me 2 months for all of my BF'ing issues to resolve. I got the hang of it earlier than that but the issues stuck around for awhile.

For your registry I would add Lansinoh cream and Soothies. 2 things which helped make things go smoother. I never had cracked or bleeding nipples & I believe it was because I used the cream faithfully after each time I nursed. The Soothies are about $12 a pair and only last for a couple of days but they helped me tremendously and were worth every single penny.

I used the BornFree bottles with my last baby because they don't have BPA in them. It's some dangerous chemical in the plastic that I never heard of before!! With my first two I used Avent bottles.

I used the storage bags too. Gerber Seal N Go. Not sure if it matters as I just grabbed whatever I could find at the moment. It sure saved lots of room in my freezer.

My last 2 kids were in the NICU so I had to start pumping immediately after giving birth. That's not the ideal situation but it's just what happened in my particular situation.

Hope this helps you somewhat. Sure wish I had a blog when I was first pregnant. Could've used the advice and help!! My sis lives in Arizona and wasn't available for consult since she works full time & that darn time difference always got in the way!! Most of my other friends hadn't had babies yet either. I was on my own and had to wing everything.

Much love from NJ,

tricki_nicki said...

I had a really hard time with nursing. Everyone's totally different though. Here are my answers to your questions:
- If you're fine with a used pump, then there's no problem.
- I started with bottles right from the beginning. My babies were great nursers, so bottles were never an issue. And boy was I glad I did!!
- Order yourself a couple of boxes of LilyPadz. Just trust me on this.
- I didn't store milk
- I loved Avent with the sterilizer.
- My first issue was that I had flat nipples (oh, the pain! I started calling myself hamburger nipples because that's what they looked like. Don't mean to scare you, but it happens to some people. One word: VICODEN! Do not leave the hospital without it. Between that and the nursing contractions you will need it. My doc only gave it to me when I ripped, so I had to ask for it the last time, when I didn't.) My second was that I didn't have enough milk. If that happens to you, just e-mail me. It is a whole different monster to deal with. But it doesn't have to be as traumatic as it normally is for first time moms. Most likely you won't have that issue.
- One last youself some Depends. I know it sounds crazy, but those little mesh panties and huge pads that they give you are horrible. Big D should LOVE that one! ;) And put an ice pack down there. You cannot imagine the relief of an ice pack after labor. There's so much more, but I need to leave room for everyone else!

Julie said...

:) sending you an email on this one...too long of a post...

Sarah said...

1.) I used a used breast pump. As long as you sterilize it, it really makes no difference. Yes, you can buy new pieces. Also, dont bother with the hand held pieces of crap, they did nothing but bring me to tears.

2.) I had Noah use a bottle every once in a while so that his daddy would be able to feed him as well. He wanted to experience it, I saw no harm. I didnt experience any "nipple confusion" but I've heard others say they did. I guess it comes down to personal choice.

3.)I cannot even begin to tell you how helpful a bobby is when breast feeding, and afterward as well. I loved that thing! And I used it until Noah was sitting up on his own. Boppy, boppy, boppy!

4.)I used the freezer milk bags, but I've heard of people freezing it in ice trays, and then storing it that way. Look on line, they have a lot of things to help you out.

5.)Its trial and error for the most part.

6.)Sweetie, almost everyone I know has had an issue in some way shape or form with breast feeding. I did. At first, its frustrating and I felt like a failure. But once my milk came in good and strong, and after a little practice...its a wonderful experience. I started trying to pump really early, and it ended up frustrating the crap outta me. My milk wasnt flowing really heavy at that point. After that though, it wasnt so bad.

Krystyn said...

1. Bought a used breast problems. Get the best (Medela)...they last. You can sterilize anything that touches your breast and the milk. Or you could get all new parts.

2. We did a bottle at about 3 weeks. If you are eventually going to have to use a bottle for daycare/sitter, I recommend introducing it. Otherwise, you will get to the point where you have to leave him, and he won't take a bottle.

3. Maybe a tube of be honest, nobody ever bought that stuff for me. Also, some milk storage bags for the freezer. I was pumping the day I got home.

4. No matter what, all of the bags sort of suck. The Lansinoh ones are the best, but once they milk is frozen, if you ding the bag, it's likely going to have a hole in it. But, bags are the best because you can get all of the air out of them...which you want to do. And store them flat!

5. Both of my girls took two different bottles. I really think it's about finding the bottle that's most similar to you. The Dr B's bottles have a million parts to clean (including this little straw thing). No thanks. My girls like the wider one. The playtex drop ins and newer ones by Mam. The Mams seem the most real looking/feeling to me.

6. Give it 2-3 weeks. Izzy cracked one of my nipples and it bled. It was horrible. Put lanolin on right away (the baby can nurse with it on your boobs). Like I said before, I started pumping almost immediately; especially if she nursed and I still felt full.

Oh, and you must get and hands free pumping thing...I'm pumping right now and it's the only way I can get other stuff done while pumping!

msprimadonna67 said...

I bought a used BP from a good friend of mine, and had no issues with it. However, if it bothers you, you can order new parts and just use the motor.

All three of mine took to breastfeeding differently, but the only real obstacle we had was with my third. We got thrush, but the pediatrician we called wasn't convinced. He told me it was normal to be sore and experience some discomfort (even though with my previous two I had never felt like that). After doing some reading on my own and waiting it out another couple of days (crying in agony and bleeding every time I fed her), I finally insisted on coming in and being checked out. The nurse practitioner said we had a severe case of thrush (which I had never heard of before I did my own research). She prescribed us both an antibiotic, and it cleared up in a couple of days. I was so angry at the ped. for ignoring my concerns. If this happens, insist on care! Besides that one week or so, breastfeeding with all three of my kids was a beautiful bonding time.

Oh, and as for pumping, I started at about 3-4 weeks. With the first one, it never really worked, primarily I think, because I was trying to use a manual pump and it just didn't work at all. When I got the electric one for the next couple of kids, the difference was amazing.

Lisa said...

Hi, my name is Lisa and I am a mom to two beautiful boys. I BF both boys for a year each, and pumped when I had to work. My boys are 5 and 7 now, and I work part-time for Handi-Craft Company, makers of Dr. Brown's bottles. I read your blog and wanted to respond not only because of the Dr. Brown's bottles, but because I had a very positive BF experience and I thought I would answer some of your questions. I hope it helps!

1. I bought a breast pump (Medela Pump in Style) from a friend of a friend, but got new parts (the tubes, the shields, etc.) It worked great and getting just the parts was a lot cheaper than buying a new pump. I actually let a friend borrow it when I was between babies (she got her own parts too) and then sold it on Craigslist when I was finished with it. They are so expensive and if the motor still works, I think you're fine.

2. I never gave a bottle to my boys. Since I was going back to work, I started pumping about 10 weeks or so, and then my husband would give them a bottle. I wanted to practice pumping and we wanted to see how they took the bottle. It was fine - no issues. They took bottles from him, my mom and the sitter and were fine.

3. Make sure you register for a boppy. They are so helpful when you are breast feeding. The babies can play in them when they get a little older too. And make sure you get nursing bras, breast pads, nipple wound cream and breast milk storage bags (I used Gerber).

4. After I would pump, I had a cooler-section in my pump bag and I put ice packs in it. Then I put the pumped milk in there and then put the bags in the freezer when I got home. I always wrote the date on the outside of the bag and then would send 4 or so frozen bags to the sitter. She would thaw them out in warm water (until they were room temp) and put them in the bottle and give it to the boys. The only complaint she had was that the bottles I used at the time leaked. (They weren't Dr. Brown's.)

5. Even though I didn't use Dr. Brown's (basically because I didn't know about them), ever since I have been working with the company I have asked my friends about them and have read hundreds of blogs and can safely say that they are great bottles. If I had another baby, I would use them (although that is not in the plan!). The patented vent system keeps air out of the milk, which really helps the baby's tummy. They are BPA-free and have several nipples to chose from. The only complaint I hear is that they are a pain to clean because of all the parts. But, the parts are what make them work so well. And you can put the parts in the dishwasher to help.

6. I didn't have any issues BF either of my boys. My second was easier because I was more relaxed but every mom does the best that she can and I am sure you will too!

The only other thing I wanted to add is to make sure you cherish every moment because it goes by SO FAST! My baby is 5 and will be going into kindergarten in the fall! I can't believe it. So enjoy and congratulations!!

Kat said...

All three of my boys latched right on and had no problems breastfeeding so I was super lucky there.
As far as the used breast pump goes I wouldn't have a problem using it. It will be properly cleaned, so no big deal.
I introduced the bottle to my boys all at different ages and none of them had problems with it. I would wait a couple of weeks until the breastfeeding is going well and then maybe introduce the bottle.
I had a manual pump from Avent (i think that is the brand) and it worked fine for me. I didn't have to go back to work so I didn't have to pump all that much, and I just stored the milk in bottles in the freezer. It worked pretty well.
So glad you are so excited about breast feeding and finding out everything you can about it. Good for you! :)

~**Dawn**~ said...

Dude, I am *no* authority on this topic but I am pretty sure you can rent pumps from some hospitals so it must be ok to make use of a used-but-sterilized pump. Anyway, I can't offer any thoughts or suggestions but I can offer you my friend Heather! LOL! She was a breastfeeding champ. I bet she would be able to answer a ton of questions for you.

By the way, my word verification?

Birdee said...

1. I posted about this before, and I still wished I had the replies on it. But I was told that the motor part is okay, but don’t re-use the attachments, you usually can order new ones. I believe I was told that Breast Milk is like blood, where diseases can be transmitted (I dunno but I think Google does) and there is no way to really sterilize the tubes ::shrug:: (again, ask google). However a really good point was made. Look at the price of formula (16-25+ dollars per can) and look at the price of a really expensive breast pump ($325). 13 cans of formula pay’s for the breast pump. You’ll get your money’s worth even if you buy the expensive one.
When I nursed DS, I bought a 15 dollar electric pump and it was amazing. I loved it – this time I plan to buy a really nice one, and I know I won’t regret spending a lot more money and buying new. Hospitals rent pumps too – and they know how to sterilize the equipment. (so I’ve been told).
Word of advice on Breast Pumps, Buy after you’ve established breast feeding. If something goes wrong and you can’t, the Breast Pump is a waste. I’ve seen women go all out and buy one, only to stop bf’ing after the first week.

2. I was a SAHM with #1 – and I only used a bottle to give him water when he was an infant. As soon as I started introducing juice, I used a sippy cup. Oop! I lied; I did use a bottle for my pumped milk (dua!).
Gosh – I’d say he was probably a couple months old. I’m not a good one to ask, I don’t remember. But the bottle was only used when my boobs weren’t around, If they were around him, they got used (In public – everywhere – I personally hardly ever gave him a bottle). ::sigh:: things will definitely be different with this one. I wished I could stay home at LEAST 6 months with this one. But a year would be ideal.

3. I’m looking into some sort of boob cream for when they crack and bleed (ACK – Did I really Say Bleed? Yes I did! Sometimes they do – and I hope to heck I learn something different this time around so they don’t). Let’s see, Nursing pads, cream, OH – I loved those plastic milk catchers, you put one in on one side as your nursing the other, it catches the milk that squirts out (No boobs can’t always wait for baby to suck, they just start spraying) and I’d put that milk into a bag for freezing. A few (quite a few, at least 4 or 5) Nursing bras, spoiled milk in a bra STINKS!! Umm, I’m thinking there is something to clean off the nipple with so the baby isn’t sucking on any germs (Just me- maybe there more sterile than I give them credit for, but I remember often wiping my nipples down with a clean wet (with water) wash rag before nursing. I used a (shiz – pregnancy brain,) one of those blanket thingies that are small, like a swaddle blanket, anyway – I’d use one of those to just throw over my shoulder and cover my nursing in public so I didn’t make anyone around me uncomfortable. Especially if I didn’t have the proper attire. Then use it as a burp cloth (I don’t get real burp clothes, there so tiny and when you see how much a baby can burp up, those little clothes are a joke (IMO). Gosh – what are those blankets called…. RECEIVING BLANKETS!! Believe ppl when they say “You can’t have too many of them”.

4. I initially used the disposable bags that go in the bottles, back then they didn’t have the sealing ones. I just twist tied them (I think) and stuck them in the freezer. This time – on my registry – I want to get the sealing bags, and the freezer container that you put the bags in.

Oh! Look what I found while looking for the bags and storage container =D
Way Cool!! (tho a wet rag may work just fine)

5. Agreed- what you like and what your son likes can be two totally different things. My son didn’t even like a pacifier; he liked the nipples from the bottles with the disposable bags (if he liked anything at all) but that would put air in his tummy, I can’t remember what I did to remedy that situation, other than he hardly ever wanted something to suck on (except my boobies)

6. Just a few weeks. The first couple weeks were the hardest, I can see why so many women resort to formula (in cases where pain is the factor – but get a lactation consultation to help eliminate that, I am this time around), but by 2 months for sure I was a nursing pro. Boobs were calloused and I could drag that kid around just by his latch, no need for coddling - just “Hang On Kid” (j/k) and by time he was getting teeth? He was using my nipples as gum (more bleeding), the little turd.

Breast feeding is natural, but again, so is giving birth. I’m going for a natural birth but I agree, if you have to change your plans, it’s not because you’re any less of a mom. We’re just lucky where we have options.

My Two Army Brats said...

Whatever you do don't get a cheap pump! I burned up the motor one cheapy one fast and I didn't pump much. I used a loaner pump from our hospital it was medela with a foot pump and it worked awesome! All the hoses and cups and collection containers are new too.

My first son and I struggled with breast feeding the whole 10 months I nursed him. I never gave him a bottle. I had flat nipples so the first month I had to use a nipple shield so he could latch on better, it also helped save me from all the horrors of chapping and such.

I could never get him to take a pacifier or bottle or anything. I was the pacifier! Thank God I didn't have to work. We always sat in a comfy chair with an armrest and he laid on a pillow positioned at the right angle. which freed up both my arms or at least one.

My second son nursed like a champ right from the start but at 5 weeks old he was admitted to the hospital and I ended up with a horrible breast infection and had to pump and dump and we put him on formula to finally clear up his jaundice. We stuck with formula from then on with him and he was just fine.

If you get bottles don't open them all so you can return the ones that Hunter doesn't love.

Good luck! It sounds like you're gonna do fine! Research will help but go with your gut.

remember moments said...

Wow - you already have a lot of answers so Im' not going to take up a lot of time/space here.

I used a friends pump and was able to purchase new parts, so no issues there.

I'm not going to touch the bottle issue because we had a heck of a time. He was fine with them for the few wks that I was working, but as soon as I lost my job and was home, he only wanted 'the real thing'

Not sure what stroller system you registered for, but I'm totally bummed that I got a Graco. Totally wish I would have known more about Chicco and gotten one of them. A lot of neat features.

I used milk storage bags too. The brand was "two-something" - can't remember the full name. They were great -double zip closure etc.

I lost count of how many different bottles we bought and then since he hardly used them...well, what a big waste of money!!!

OK - so this is longer than I anticipated....I had slight pain @ the beginning of E's arrival during nursing - maybe for 1 month or so and no problems after that. I was/am fortunate.

My problem now: weaning him. He loves booby!!

Robyn said...

As many have said a used pump is fine. I agree with the boppy, lifesaver and I didn't end up breast feeding, but I had a c-sect.

Stephanie said...

I'm not much help on the BFing stuff..Landon wouldnt take to it :( He weighed 10 lbs 3 oz so they wanted me to BF on both sides and then give him 1 oz of formula. it didnt take him long to realize that was way better! lol
I can tell you to WAIT on purchasing bottles though! Try the borrowed Browns first, then buy something else if they dont work! We tried Avent first and I got 3 packs at my baby shower...they made Landon have gas, so they were all a waste. I had opened them all to sterelize them first, so I couldnt take them back!
Hope you get lots of answers! (sounds like someone might be nesting! lol)

Fidgeting Gidget said...

all of you moms are freaking me husband and I are TTC and I never thought of any of this! April, whatever you decide will be great, I'm sure!! :) Good luck!!

RCRambling said...

I breastfed, so here is my take on your questions.

#1 - I received, for free, a used Medela Pump-In-Style, from a coworker. We've passed that pump around our office, with each of us just buying the new attachments. If you know who it is coming from, clean it up, and then buy the new parts, you should be fine. As others have said - a lot of the other pumps are a waste of time. Medela's pump is awesome - especially since you plan to return to work.

#2 - I waited three weeks before introducing a bottle. Prior to that, if the Hubby wanted to help feed him, we would use a dropper technique one of the nurses taught us. Basically, the parent puts the pinky in the baby's mouth, so they can suck on it like they would a nipple, then you dropper a little expressed breast milk into the mouth at the same time. My son took to a bottle fairly easily - as long as I didn't try to feed him that way. We kept the bottle feeders to set people (the Hubby and my Mom), as I read that it would help keep any confusion down. (Later, we introduced our caregiver to this mix, and has he got older, other folks, but early on, the less who feed him, the better, from what I was told.)

#3 - Like you, I didn't know what to ask for. As I breastfed, I learned what I needed (later I added some Lansinoh cream, since I was getting so chapped, but that varies from person to person). You won't need everything at first, so just asking for the breast pads is perfect.

#4 - I used the milk storage bags, but here is where I got lucky. We have a sort-of local supply company that makes these bags for the purposes of testing milk taken from animals. The local lactation consultants actually recommend them, since they are USDA approved for food contact and super cheap compared to the name brands. They have them online, but I don't know if you can order straight from them -

I used those bags to store his homemade pureed baby foods, too, when I wanted to freeze some. Beyond that, I think it was the Gerber Seal 'N Go bags I liked.

#5 - Bottles... That is complicated, since it truly depends on the child. After he started bottles, I swear Little Dude would have tried any brand. However, we stuck with the following - Avent (his main bottle choice), Gerber (the ones he had were similar to the Avent ones, and we had gotten two of them for free from a baby show - the First Essentials GentleFlow line appears to be the most similar), & Playtex Drop-Ins (these last ones worked great for when I went back to work, as they were super-easy for his caregiver to do).

My thoughts - maybe get one or two of a brand a friend recommends and if he likes them, stick with that brand. I wouldn't start with a huge pack of one kind, though.

6. I was one of the lucky ones. We had some minor issues the first week, but after that we did okay. I started pumping immediately, since it set the tone for extra milk to be produced and I could build a stash for when I went back to work. Warning - if you let your Hubby feed him, you need to be pumping at that same time or your supply will drop. I know, it doesn't help if you were hoping to split night feedings, but per the lactation folks, your nighttime supply is what drives your production. If you decrease the need at night, your daytime amounts will decrease as well.

I had issues maintaining my supply around four-five months, and had to increase the pumping I did at work, and at night. I also began some of the supplements they recommended.

Stay super-hydrated as well, since that affects supply.

And, lastly, if it doesn't work, and you need to supplement/switch to formula, don't let others make you feel guilty. Do the best you can to be and enjoy being a mom.

Erin Roseberry said...

April - I think you have gotten a ton of good advice here, so I will only add a couple of things.

Playtex makes BPA free liners/storage bags that you can pump into directly. My DD was in the NICU right after she was born, so I was pumping milk and pouring it into the bags from the bottles, and then washing and sterilizing everything constantly. It was a PAIN. Then you can use the Playtex liners/storage bags (I think they are called drop ins) with their drop in bottles.

Breastfeeding is different for every women. Once we started, it took about 2 weeks to really get the hang of it. I HIGHLY recommend going to some La Leche League meetings before Hunter is born. They are full of information, can answer all your questions, and will be good support for you once Hunter is born.

I also recommend the book A Nursing Mother's Guide to Breastfeeding.

Best of luck!!

Anonymous said...

Can't tell you how thrilled I am that you wrote this post. Your readers are awesome and I learned a lot.

As a side note, I agree with who ever said that they wished they went with Chicco vs. Graco. I've done a bunch of research on the stroller situation and have registered for a Chicco travel system.

danielle said...

1) I bought a new pump but have loaned it to friends over the past year, and now I need it back b/c I'm due again next month. They all bought all the parts, so the only thing "used" is the motor. You can even buy the tubing. TIP: in the hospital tell them you want to pump, and they will bring you one for free while you are there...and you get to keep the "parts kit". So no need to buy :)
2)I introduced bottles the 2nd day. I was told by my lactation nurse it had to be done within 2 wks.I would pump during the day, which was always more than he needed so I had some to freeze for later, and breast fed at night.
3)register for the storage bags, they are pricey!
4)I tried every brand and the only ones that didn't leak after freezing were the Madela. Most $$, but you get what you pay for and you don't want to waste that "liquid gold"! It will really tick you off to see it leaking, trust me.
5)My guy loved the Born Free bottles.
6)it took a good 4-6 wks for the nipples to "harden" up so that it didn't hurt anymore. Set small goals of how long you will nurse, and then you don't feel like you quit. But if you do, oh well. Motherhood = guilt. Get used to it!haha

Jaina said...

I've never done it, but my mom has. My older little brother was in the NICU for 10 days when he was born, so she HAD to pump. He had some trouble with his lungs, so it took a bit to teach him to nurse. My mom used the bottle inserts (the little plastic bags) and we would twist tie them closed and freeze them. DON'T microwave them though! You thaw them out and warm them up with hot water. (so it can take just a little bit) I know the bottle was introduced at the hospital while he was there, though it was breast milk my mom had pumped. The breast milk is especially critical in the very beginning because it has all kinds of special nutrients, etc that the baby needs. It looks a little different the first week or so than it does later on. So don't be freaked out by's not as, well, milky as it turns out to be.

One of the biggest benefits is that you can go out for short periods of time and Hunter can still be fed. I know that you're probably thinking you don't want to be away from him at all, and I don't blame you. I think I'd feel the same way. But I know my mom had the option to at least maybe go out to dinner or run an errand. She didn't have to worry about leaking out of her shirt and my brother was able to eat the few times she wasn't around. Granted, she usually planned any "away" time around his feeding schedule.