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Old 06-23-2013, 10:39 AM   #1
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alright so after consulting with a lll lc, I've determined I have the wrong size horns and an inadequate pump (I use the swing). I pump daily as much as possible, although my 4.5 mo empties me regularly. I'm going to start taking supplements next week. how do I choose the best pump for my needs? I need an effective pump that works quickly, it can be a single because I only produce from one side.
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Just clarifying...You are only lactating from one breast and you are having trouble producing enough milk for your LO? It sounds like the LC wants you to pump in addition to BFing to increase your supply. I think your best bet would be to rent a hospital grade pump, which should be the "best" most efficient pump out there. If you get a perscription from your OB you may be able to get your insurance to help pay for it, FX. Good luck!
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Just clarifying...You are only lactating from one breast and you are having trouble producing enough milk for your LO? It sounds like the LC wants you to pump in addition to BFing to increase your supply. I think your best bet would be to rent a hospital grade pump, which should be the "best" most efficient pump out there. If you get a perscription from your OB you may be able to get your insurance to help pay for it, FX. Good luck!
Yes this is what I would say to do. Also be sure to hold your little one in the football nursing position and the regular nursing position. It activates different sections of their brain, helps develop better eye & neck muscles when they switch from right breast to left breast so if you are not switching breasts at least switch the positions.
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I've been recommending "pumpin pal" to all of my clients that pump. They send you 3 sizes of breast shields that slip into the flange of your pump. It means you can try the 3 different sizes for comfort. Also, they're angled, so unlike regular pump flanges, you can lean back and still collect milk without having it pool under your breast.
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I'm looking at the hygeia, any experiences with it? and yes I only produce from one side, and her pedi is saying she isn't getting enough (gained 1.5lbs in 2 months; she was 8 lbs at birth, and at her 4 mo appointment weighed 13 lbs :/

lc (over the phone) said my pump isn't meant for daily use which makes sense.
the reason only one side produces: I developed a breast abscess on the other side that went misdiagnosed for close to 6 weeks, and ever since my i&d it's been inverted, tough and super sensitive.
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ill look into the pumpin pal!

I'm looking at the hygeia, any experiences with it? and yes I only produce from one side, and her pedi is saying she isn't getting enough (gained 1.5lbs in 2 months; she was 8 lbs at birth, and at her 4 mo appointment weighed 13 lbs :/

lc (over the phone) said my pump isn't meant for daily use which makes sense.
the reason only one side produces: I developed a breast abscess on the other side that went misdiagnosed for close to 6 weeks, and ever since my i&d it's been inverted, tough and super sensitive.
13lbs at age 4 months is good I am pretty sure. What percentage in weight is your baby?
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13lbs at age 4 months is good I am pretty sure. What percentage in weight is your baby?
in the 25th percentile for weight, 75th for height. pedi said she needs to be in the 50th for weight since she's so tall :/

also, the reason for pumping is I need to be able to leave her 1-2 days every other week while I work. in a weeks time of constant pumping, I barely have enough for a day. I pump when I don't have her with me but for a day of constant pumping (12 hrs) I get 10 oz.
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in the 25th percentile for weight, 75th for height. pedi said she needs to be in the 50th for weight since she's so tall :/

also, the reason for pumping is I need to be able to leave her 1-2 days every other week while I work. in a weeks time of constant pumping, I barely have enough for a day. I pump when I don't have her with me but for a day of constant pumping (12 hrs) I get 10 oz.
Sounds like she is tall and skinny. It is not like she is under 10%. Honestly as long as she stays on that 25% curve for weight I wouldn't worry too much. I did notice that my supply increased when I made sure I got all of my water intake that day- 1 gallon per day. And eat olive oil and avocados in your diet. Natural fats
10 ounces isn't to bad especially from one breast! I don't know anything about this but if your non producing breast is all healed up I would try pumping from that breast as well. You may be about I get it to produce again.
Hugs mama you are doing a great job to provide your little one with LIQUID GOLD
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Sounds like she is tall and skinny. It is not like she is under 10%. Honestly as long as she stays on that 25% curve for weight I wouldn't worry too much. I did notice that my supply increased when I made sure I got all of my water intake that day- 1 gallon per day. And eat olive oil and avocados in your diet. Natural fats
10 ounces isn't to bad especially from one breast! I don't know anything about this but if your non producing breast is all healed up I would try pumping from that breast as well. You may be about I get it to produce again.
Hugs mama you are doing a great job to provide your little one with LIQUID GOLD
thank you!

I'm afraid to try the other breast after everything that went wrong. it's now inverted and the areola (tmi) is hard and tough. the specialist said it'd likely stay that way :'( I tried a few times to get her to nurse on that side but it didn't take. I didn't try very hard though. I wonder how I would get it to start producing again? google didn't help me at all lol
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