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lolajessup Due July 25 (girl); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
1st Dec '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Emmy's Mom:</b>" It took almost a full week for my milk to come in, but I pumped every three hours regardless. The colostrum ... [snip!] ... but it was the only way my LO could get anything for the first few months and then I was able to get rid of it. Best of luck!"</blockquote>




You are amazing mama. Thank you for sharing. How early was your baby?

Mary Stickles Due May 22; 4 kids; Virginia Beach, Virginia 978 posts
1st Dec '12

how many weeks gestation is she? I had a 33 weaker.. babies born before 39 weeks sometimes take a long time to learn to latch. that doesn't mean you need to give her formula pump pump pump. my little 1 didn't get any formula while he was in the nicu. I pump every 2 hours on the dot. did this for 7 weeks.. unfortunately he never latched properly, and we had to supplement with formula at 7 weeks old, he finally learn to latch and bf and ff until 6 months old. he wouldn't latch 1 day and never did again. having a preemie is like being in a different world. just expect the bumps in the road and go with the flow. good luck to you and baby

lolajessup Due July 25 (girl); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
1st Dec '12

How much milk do u need for a preemie?

Mary Stickles Due May 22; 4 kids; Virginia Beach, Virginia 978 posts
1st Dec '12

that depends on the baby. my son started his seats at 2 days old. he got 30 ml that first, and the gradually work it up day by day. by the time he left the hospital he was drinking 3 ounces

lolajessup Due July 25 (girl); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
1st Dec '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mary Stickles:</b>" that depends on the baby. my son started his seats at 2 days old. he got 30 ml that first, and the gradually work it up day by day. by the time he left the hospital he was drinking 3 ounces"</blockquote>



I'm gonna invest in some Milkies so I can't catch every drop for my LO.

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6549 posts
1st Dec '12

My milk came in anywhere from hours after delivery to a couple of days. Even if your milk isn't in, you need to be pumping as often as you can. I'm actually surprised they didn't try to get you to start pumping yesterday. I had to pump for my oldest for several months. I just pumped every 2 hours around the clock until i stopped. It wasn't much fun, but I had a huge stash of frozen milk. Actually i had to use my mom's freezer. lol The best storage bags are the lanisoh freezer bags. They stand up and have a double zipper. The medala breastmilk bags suck. I can't tell you how many exploded on me in the freezer from being moved,dropped, or filled too much.



In the beginning, how much you're making will just depend on your body. Around 3 months pp, your body should start regulating itself more and that's when you need to worry about fenugreek and all of that stuff. You also have to take a ton of it. I know there's dosing instructions somewhere, but it's 3 pills every couple of hours if i remember correctly.



Oatmeal is your friend. It will help increase supply naturally. http://kellymom.com/ <---- that is an awesome site. It has everything you want to know about breastfeeding.



Around 32ish weeks gestation is normally when the babies develope the suck reflex that she'll need to bottle feed/nurse. She'll get tired fast though. Breastfeeding in the NICU is kind of a pain, but it's doable. My issue with nursing in the NICU is that I *had* to feed him every 2 hours even if he was sleeping soundly. If I couldn't get him to nurse, they would do everything they could to get him to drink some formula or breast milk from a bottle. Then I'd have to go back to my room and pump. The end result is that I ended up breastfeeding him for over a year, so I guess it all worked out. :)

lolajessup Due July 25 (girl); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
1st Dec '12

When did they let you all start pumping after a csection(obviously if u had one)?

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6549 posts
1st Dec '12
Quoting lolajessup:" When did they let you all start pumping after a csection(obviously if u had one)?"


As soon as i was out of the recovery and in the room. The last time i had a c-section, the pump was pushed into the room with the first nurse. The hospital was very very pro-breastfeeding. I had LC all up my arse for days even though it was my 3rd baby who i had breastfed or pumped for.

lolajessup Due July 25 (girl); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
1st Dec '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Summerfrost:</b>" As soon as i was out of the recovery and in the room. The last time i had a c-section, the pump was ... [snip!] ... very very pro-breastfeeding. I had LC all up my arse for days even though it was my 3rd baby who i had breastfed or pumped for."</blockquote>



Idk anything about the hospital I'm gonna be in. I hope they're pro Bfing. My hospital is for sure but they don't have a nicu so I can't go there :( that's something I'll talk to them about once I'm admitted.



I have a Medela double electric but should I get something else for before my milk comes in since I won't be getting much at first? I've never had to exclusively pump before. Dd was full term and bf like a pro :(

drunk faith1 1 child; Alabama 10081 posts
1st Dec '12
Quoting lolajessup:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Summerfrost:</b>" As soon as i was out of the recovery and ... [snip!] ... in since I won't be getting much at first? I've never had to exclusively pump before. Dd was full term and bf like a pro :("

You could hand express to feed him/her(?) and then pump afterwards to help with your milk.

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6549 posts
1st Dec '12
Quoting lolajessup:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Summerfrost:</b>" As soon as i was out of the recovery and ... [snip!] ... in since I won't be getting much at first? I've never had to exclusively pump before. Dd was full term and bf like a pro :("


They'll give you a hospital grade pump while you're there, especially if you have a preemie. Depending on the hospital and your insurance, your insurance might cover the cost of renting the hospital pump until your baby is out of the NICU. I do have a pump at home. It's a medela in-style. I highly recommend getting a double electric pump if you plan on pumping long term. Hospital pumps are the best if you can work that out. In your situation, I'd talk to L&D when you get there and tell them that you want to pump asap.



Sometimes they sell pumps as second hand stores. That's not as gross as it sounds. You can buy replacements for the tubing,etc. Actually medela use to (i don't know if they still do) provide one set of free replacement tubing. They also sell it for $10. Sortof off topic, but don't boil the tube or put them in dishwasher. (Guess how i found that out and how to replace the tubes? :D )



I also got a free manual medela pump from the hospital (along with storage containers,etc). The accessories for the manual could be used on the electric. I would bring some dish soap with you to the hospital to wash pump pieces/storage containers. The NICU might have a specific type of storage container that you need to use.

Little_Discourage 2 kids; 4 angel babies; Kansas 31498 posts
1st Dec '12
Quoting Hoot.:" Im going to attempt before and after to see if there is a difference! As to the other post, Im thinking about asking lactation about what we can do about supply :D"


Definitely do! Their lactation consultants were FANTASTIC. I loved going to the breastfeeding clinic there too. You can do it!

lolajessup Due July 25 (girl); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
1st Dec '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting FaithLovesBaby:</b>" You could hand express to feed him/her(?) and then pump afterwards to help with your milk."</blockquote>



Would a 5 yr old Medela even be efficient anymore :( its been through various temperature changes too :( and hasnt been used for 4 yrs. maybe I should see if I can get a new one before baby gets here.



I know some people like the Medela hand pumps too. Hmmm.

lolajessup Due July 25 (girl); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
1st Dec '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Summerfrost:</b>" They'll give you a hospital grade pump while you're there, especially if you have a preemie. Depending ... [snip!] ... to wash pump pieces/storage containers. The NICU might have a specific type of storage container that you need to use. "</blockquote>



I have a Medela double electric but it's old (read my previous post). But I would use a hospital grade but not a regular used one if it's an open system. I'll hav to just ask them what they do I guess.

Emmy's Mom 1 child; Indiana 1831 posts
1st Dec '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting lolajessup:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Emmy's Mom:</b>" It took almost a full week for my milk to come ... [snip!] ... to get rid of it. Best of luck!"</blockquote> You are amazing mama. Thank you for sharing. How early was your baby?"</blockquote>




She was 35 weeks but had a very rough start.