NEW TO PARENTING BOARD pumping HELP!!

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  1. OK so i wasnt gonna pump but i just gave birth to a micopreemie at 27w6d gestation. she was born at 2lbs 6oz. she is doing great but the NICU dr say breast milk is best for them,,, so i am pumping. but i barley get any milk i am using a good pump a medela but i feel like i barely fill the preemie bottle..

    how can i up my milk supply?????????? plus 1 breast gives very little milk. urrrrrrr so frustrating.. if i use the NICU milk it is 5 dollars a ounce so it will be expensive..

    should i be eating more?? i am really stressed and since i left the hospital i feel like i get less and less. any info to help me??

  2. bolajing - When did you deliver? Could your milk still be coming in? A great website about breastfeeding is kellymom.com You need to eat to keep up your supply. And drink lots. I tried to drink at least 8 oz each time I bf or pumped. One thing you can take that can help with supply is fenugreek. You can find it at health food stores. I took 3 tablets 3 times a day. I tried to eat oatmeal too, or oatmeal cookies. Pumping is hard but providing that milk is so worth it. Try to pump as often as you can (8 times a day if possible and once at night if you can). Good luck and I hope your DD grows quickly.
    Jennifer

  3. bolajing, you had a c-section, so it takes longer for the milk to come in.... Until mine did, I didn't get much either. REST, eat well, and drink lots, and try to be patient, if she needs supplementation with formula/donated milk its NOT the end of the world! Are you pumping with a hospital grade pump, every 2-3 hours? If not, get started with that. Good luck and keep usposted!

  4. Vitka,

    You already got some great advice. I just wanted to second Jen's kellymom.com rec. and LF's advice of pumping every 2-3 hrs. I pumped every 3 hrs for 6 weeks. It was hard but it was all I could do to help her in the begining when she was in NICU. Congrats on your dd.

    Kris

  5. Hospital grade pump is a must for sure and I also drank at least 8oz every time I pumped. And as hard as it is to have a baby in the NICU, rest is really important. I also pumped every 2-3 hours during the day and overnight at the beginning as well.

    But in addition, remember, you can only do what you can do. Don't be hard on yourself - you've been through a stressful time and its stressful having a baby in the NICU.

    Best of luck and congratulations!
    Nancy

  6. Hi bolajing,

    Congrats!

    I was also having a very hard time with supply issues and actually posted a thread asking for "pumping tips" a few weeks ago. Have a look at the responses ladies wrote in to me- I found them very helpful. I also had a section for my twins and found my milk was a bit slow coming in so hang in there. In addition to the "kellymom" site there is an Ivillage group that has some great info- the link is in the "pumping tips" thread I mentioned (farther down on the "breastfeeding" section where you posted.

    Definitely get a hospital grade pump- my Pump in Style consumer grade pump didn't cut it. And just do what you can- I actually found my daily output of milk increased when I only pumped 7 times a day instead of stressing and trying to get 8-10+ sessions in- it was just too much with trying to also care for the boys.

    Best of luck! PM me if you want any other info I've gathered- I've been researching alot!

    Rachela

  7. Congrats!
    I found that I had to focus on just baby and pumping in the begining.
    1. after every pumping session drink 32 oz water (the nurse at the hospital gave be a large cup and said finish that while you are pumping- it helped)
    2. pump every 2/3 hours - the more the better
    3. Make sure your cones fit well. too large and it won't work and too small and they will restrict the flow
    4. sleep, sleep, sleep - sleep now because later on you won't be able to. Lack of sleep will reduce your milk supply.
    5. Are you using a Symphony by Medala? You can call the company and ask if they have the premie-plus program out. I was in the first wave of trials and this made me a cow - on occasions if I'm slowing down I'll pop over to the hospital and rent one with that program and be up to par in no time.
    5. Eat

    Talk about the NICU mom's group. Nothing like talking to someone who has been there to help you. Do they allow skin to skin contact? That is awesome for increasing supply - as soon as you leave the NICU you can start pumping.

  8. But in addition, remember, you can only do what you can do. Don't be hard on yourself - you've been through a stressful time and its stressful having a baby in the NICU.Best of luck and congratulations!Nancy

    ITA!!!! You have just been through helll, be kind to yourself too!

  9. it's all been suggested, but i will list what i did:

    pump every 3 hours even through the night
    slept on my back or side, not on tummy/squishing breasts
    wore a comfortable nursing bra
    massage breasts prior to pumping
    stand under a shower flow of water on your breasts(warm)-also helps if engorged.
    use a double pump "hospital" grade pump(you can rent one im sure)
    massage breasts while pumping
    sit in a comfortable position...or even lean forward a bit(into the breast pump thingies..what are they called??)
    think of your baby while pumping
    picture waterfalls, water flowing, breastmilk flowing
    (sounds silly but helped me! and i read it in a book that suggested that)
    and use lanolin gel if your nipples are dry/sore. nothing hurts more than a hospital grade pump yanking on a dry sore nipple
    dont feel guilty if your supply is low. just remember every drop is good for your baby

    hugs to you!!
    NICU and pumping....all hard work!!

  10. Eat well. Stay hydrated. Rest. Pump every 2-3 hours around the clock.

    If that doesn't help, maybe try fenugreek or domperidone.

    And most importantly, don't feel guilty! You are doing the best you can.

    ETA: Do you have someone close to you that can help you pump through the night? It may sound weird but DH woke up and hooked my breasts up to the pump at night while I slept. Sometimes I was just too exhausted to get up and pump multiple times a night.

  11. thanks ladies i havent been eating very well maybe 1 meal a day so overwhelmed and drivin back and forth to see the baby is putting a toll on me but i love to see her. i talked to the lactacion specialist and she said to massage the breast, drink water eat more and not to watch the pump. she also told me to pump after seeing the baby.. when i go in i touch her and change her diaper and then go pump i dont see much of a difference but i will keep it up.. i am gonna check out the kellymom site..

    what makes it harder is i am pumping and dumping i got MRSA after my csection and was on some strong antiobiodics and still on them till tuesday after i come off i can use my milk.. ughhhhh so frustrating i thinki i should pump in the nite i was avoiding it i am soo tired but i think it needs to be done..

  12. bolajing, hang in there, sounds like given the circumstances, you are doing your very best. Once you feel a bit better, yes, do pump (with a hospital grade pump) at least once at night too... And eat better/rest more too. How is Ema doing?

  13. bolajing - Try to have easy little snacks on hand to eat more (granola bars, protein drinks). Pump right before bed. Wake up just once and pump and then pump again first thing in the morning. Check with a lactation consultant about the antibiotic. I had an appendicitis when my DD was 3 months. The doctor told me I had to pump and dump, but when I checked with my LC she said the antibiotic was fine to nurse with (and later my primary care doctor confirmed this). Sometimes doctors in the hospital who don't work with babies regularly just don't know.
    Jennifer

  14. bolajing- I know how hard pumping is- good for you for doing your best. I pumped for a preemie as well, and to be honest I didn't follow lots of the suggestions listed here. I didn't drink much, if any, extra (I thought I had read that that really didn't make a difference). I did not pump overnight while DS was in the NICU (when he came home I would pump after each feeding, whenever that ended up to be). I only used the Medela Pump in Style and not a hospital grade pump.

    I was initially very stressed and emotional about the pumping. It took me a while for my milk to come in and DS had to get formula before he even got breast milk. It seemed EVERY person I talked to told me to do something different (for example pumping overnight vs. not). At one point I was crying to one of DS' nurse practitioners (who had pumped for her own preemie) about pumping in general and she was so nice and told me pumping every two hours was not necessary and to just do my best. I felt like she gave me permission to not do everything perfectly. I eventually think I ended up pumping 6-7 times a day or every 2-4 hours.

    Once my milk came in I DID have enough milk to give DS only breastmilk in the NICU. Eventually after he came home I used up my freezer stash and had to supplement with formula. DS never caught on to breastfeeding, so I stuck w/ pumping. I pumped for 13 1/2 months and for the majority of that time DS got about 1 bottle of formula per day and the rest were breastmilk.

    None of this is to tell you to do what I did- just to say that it's also okay to not do EVERYTHING right and follow every single rule. Take care of yourself and do what you can. Your DD can still get the benefits of breast milk even if things don't go smoothly and perfectly, and even if she gets some formula. Good luck!

    Marie

  15. just to say that it's also okay to not do EVERYTHING right and follow every single rule. Take care of yourself and do what you can. Your DD can still get the benefits of breast milk even if things don't go smoothly and perfectly, and even if she gets some formula. Good luck!Marie

    I totally agree with that!

  16. None of this is to tell you to do what I did- just to say that it's also okay to not do EVERYTHING right and follow every single rule. Take care of yourself and do what you can. Your DD can still get the benefits of breast milk even if things don't go smoothly and perfectly, and even if she gets some formula. Good luck!Marie

    I also agree w/this. Sadly I decided to stop pumping b/c I decided it was all (every 2-3 hours around the clock) or nothing. This is really not true - honestly you have been through a very rough time and if sleep is what you need, then if it was me, I wouldn't worry about the middle of the night pumping session right now. Sleep is also important and its hard to trip back and forth to the NICU regularly and that alone can take a real toll.

    I agree with Marie - and I said it earlier - do what you can do and don't beat yourself up about the rest. Some breast milk to better than none and every bit that you can provide will be beneficial.

    G/L! Thinking of you and glad to read that Emma is doing ok!
    Nancy

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