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Old 06-09-2008, 01:36 PM   #51
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sorry you had such a hard time momma...how long did you try? Mine was painful and 2 hour sessions for about 6 weeks then it got easier...and now it's piece of cake! I am a big advocate of bfing but you made it 6 months and that's amazing!! Your children will be wonderful and healthy because of tehse 6 months but remember so many other things affect how our children turn out...so don't beat yourself up. You did great!
I really actually BF for 2-3 months with my first child before realizing I should just EP. This time, I actually BF for about a week. The pain was so intense (when first latching), and I was bleeding again, so I decided to EP. It didn't hurt so bad once she had latched, but the initial latch was awful.
I have a really slow electric pump. It takes about an hour & 15 minutes to pump about 8 - 9 oz. total. It's a single pump, though. I have a manual that takes half the time, but I was close to developing carpel tunnel from using it so much. I only use it at work now since it's so much quieter than my electric. I have a Medela mini electric, and it's just awful. I was thinking of getting a double electric, but they're very expensive, and I was scared I wouldn't like it; plus, I didn't plan to pump past the 5 mos.
I've been pumping one or two bottles a day now since I started this conversation. I only let myself pump so many oz. and then quit so my supply isn't so large. It's way less stressful for me. I've started using my frozen stash that I have stored that will last for about a month, but I'm going to supplement so it will stretch longer. I think I'll keep doing this instead of quitting. Not sure how long. Right now everything is going great.

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Old 06-09-2008, 02:06 PM   #52
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I have a really slow electric pump. It takes about an hour & 15 minutes to pump about 8 - 9 oz. total. It's a single pump, though. I have a manual that takes half the time, but I was close to developing carpel tunnel from using it so much. I only use it at work now since it's so much quieter than my electric. I have a Medela mini electric, and it's just awful. I was thinking of getting a double electric, but they're very expensive, and I was scared I wouldn't like it; plus, I didn't plan to pump past the 5 mos.
I've been pumping one or two bottles a day now since I started this conversation. I only let myself pump so many oz. and then quit so my supply isn't so large. It's way less stressful for me. I've started using my frozen stash that I have stored that will last for about a month, but I'm going to supplement so it will stretch longer. I think I'll keep doing this instead of quitting. Not sure how long. Right now everything is going great.
I just wanted to give you a big for trying to keep going on the pumping. Hang in there -- every additional bottle would greatly benefit your baby. Even if you do end up weaning soon I agree with some of the others here who have said a happy less stressful mama is more important for your kids! That said, I will add that I, too, had a lot of trouble breastfeeding, though more with DS1 than DS2. For each in the early months I had severe bleeding, cracked nipples, agonizing blebs and clogged ducts, etc.; with DS1 the clogged ducts was a regular occurrence that lasted throughout the year I stuck to bfing. With DS2 I finally discovered I was wrong about how well he was latched on when I looked at an online video showing proper latching! Once I corrected that the cracked nipples and bleeding went away. And I apparently had a yeast infection as well so some pain went away with prescription Nystatin (or something like that). All I can say is that I am a very stubborn woman, and once I got it into my head that 1 year of bfing is recommended by the AAP, I set that as my goal. Whenever I encountered problems I discovered my real life lactation specialist and OB/GYN were all not as helpful as online boards and online websites; so I sought most advice and help online. I started weaning DS1 during the 13th month of bf'ing, dropping one meal at a time and waiting about a week before dropping another meal. I remember some discomfort the first time I dropped a meal but overall it was rather painless doing it that way. So definitely go slow!

Now, if you were to continue pumping, it sounds like you NEED a better electric pump! I cannot believe how long it is taking you to pump 8-9 ozs! I had double pumps but when I did pump one at a time it still took me half that time. I prefer my Medela Pump in Style Advanced (which I have been using with DS2) over my older Ameda Purely Yours (which I used with DS1) double pump because I think my Medela is more powerful, so my older Ameda has been sitting in storage. I was just thinking about listing the Ameda on eBay this week. I only have one good Ameda bottle set left (though I have several bottles with caps but missing that middle locking cap for storage; the missing middle locking caps wouldn't matter for those who store milk in the freezer using a freezer bag or other container). If you seriously want to continue pumping, and having a better pump would help you with the process, then I'm willing to help you by letting you have my Ameda Purely Yours pump as long as you pay for the actual shipping fees and agree to pass it on to anther needy mama after you are done. (Now of course I'm assuming the Ameda Purely Yours is better than what you have; I could be wrong.) If you don't think you'll be pumping much longer, though, then I'd rather you not take me up on this offer. PM me if you are interested in discussing this further.
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:03 PM   #53
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I just wanted to give you a big for trying to keep going on the pumping. Hang in there -- every additional bottle would greatly benefit your baby. Even if you do end up weaning soon I agree with some of the others here who have said a happy less stressful mama is more important for your kids! That said, I will add that I, too, had a lot of trouble breastfeeding, though more with DS1 than DS2. For each in the early months I had severe bleeding, cracked nipples, agonizing blebs and clogged ducts, etc.; with DS1 the clogged ducts was a regular occurrence that lasted throughout the year I stuck to bfing. With DS2 I finally discovered I was wrong about how well he was latched on when I looked at an online video showing proper latching! Once I corrected that the cracked nipples and bleeding went away. And I apparently had a yeast infection as well so some pain went away with prescription Nystatin (or something like that). All I can say is that I am a very stubborn woman, and once I got it into my head that 1 year of bfing is recommended by the AAP, I set that as my goal. Whenever I encountered problems I discovered my real life lactation specialist and OB/GYN were all not as helpful as online boards and online websites; so I sought most advice and help online. I started weaning DS1 during the 13th month of bf'ing, dropping one meal at a time and waiting about a week before dropping another meal. I remember some discomfort the first time I dropped a meal but overall it was rather painless doing it that way. So definitely go slow!

Now, if you were to continue pumping, it sounds like you NEED a better electric pump! I cannot believe how long it is taking you to pump 8-9 ozs! I had double pumps but when I did pump one at a time it still took me half that time. I prefer my Medela Pump in Style Advanced (which I have been using with DS2) over my older Ameda Purely Yours (which I used with DS1) double pump because I think my Medela is more powerful, so my older Ameda has been sitting in storage. I was just thinking about listing the Ameda on eBay this week. I only have one good Ameda bottle set left (though I have several bottles with caps but missing that middle locking cap for storage; the missing middle locking caps wouldn't matter for those who store milk in the freezer using a freezer bag or other container). If you seriously want to continue pumping, and having a better pump would help you with the process, then I'm willing to help you by letting you have my Ameda Purely Yours pump as long as you pay for the actual shipping fees and agree to pass it on to anther needy mama after you are done. (Now of course I'm assuming the Ameda Purely Yours is better than what you have; I could be wrong.) If you don't think you'll be pumping much longer, though, then I'd rather you not take me up on this offer. PM me if you are interested in discussing this further.
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:24 PM   #54
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I was a slave to the pump too! I finally invested in a really nice one. It makes life a lot easier! Take Scotch up on her offer, you won't regret it.

Breastfeeding can be very difficult for some mamas. Sometimes I think other mamas don't understand that. Remember to take care of you so that you can take care of your babies. Good luck to you mama!
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Old 06-10-2008, 08:57 AM   #55
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I EPed for 1 year for DS. But the last 5 months of it I only pumped 2 times a day. I used a Medela PISA and I would get 20 oz with each pumping session. This arrangement worked great for me when I felt like quitting at 6 months.

If you are ready to dry up then just start pumping less and less each time and while cabbage leaves didn't help me sudafed did.
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Old 06-10-2008, 09:11 AM   #56
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I'm so happy that you have found something that works for you and it allows you to still give your baby BM I also can't imagine pumping that long! I also use a Medela PISA and find it to be quite efficient. Sounds like the offer of a better pump might make your life a little easier! Good luck and blessings.
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Hi, Peppermint tea helps, drink couple glasses everyday and it will help you to try up
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