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This sucks luvmytween 2 kids; Oshkosh, Wisconsin 281 posts
9th Jun '13

I am sooooooooo sick of pumping. I am starting to despise it! I'm three months deep into pumping exclusivly, and am getting so tired of doing it. I HATE how it feels and how time consuming it is. My supply is dipping too it seems. I was pumping 45ish ounces at onepoint. Now I am just clearing 30 :(

Allissa Specht 35 kids; Essexville, Michigan 5426 posts
9th Jun '13

Why are you pumping? Just curious

Rebekah Garden x3 Due October 5; 33 kids; Fall River, Massachusetts 5223 posts
9th Jun '13

Can you latch baby at all? I found that helped with supply! It's very normal for your supply to decrease with pumping! I would latch baby and look into fenugreek!

user banned 2 kids; New York 34017 posts
9th Jun '13

& that's why I quit. BM went right through LO. I'd pump every 3 hours, and he'd eat all 5-6 ounces I'd get...and then he'd want more in about 2 hours. I couldn't keep up. I had some frozen that I was going to save in case he got sick, but he hasn't, so I gave him some the other day so it wouldn't go bad, and he didn't even want it. :(



I hope you can get a latch or figure something out. I lasted a month BF and then another month pumping, I could not do it, it was wearing me out emotionally..

Samantha Lembo TTC since Jul 2012; 1 child; Bradenton, Florida 751 posts
9th Jun '13
Quoting Rebekah Garden x3:" Can you latch baby at all? I found that helped with supply! It's very normal for your supply to decrease with pumping! I would latch baby and look into fenugreek!"


^^^

luvmytween 2 kids; Oshkosh, Wisconsin 281 posts
9th Jun '13

I nursed for two weeks when he was born, but it was incredibly painful because he couldn't latch properly. He has a slightly recessed jaw and I have "flat" nips apparently (never realized that before, lol). I tried really hard to powerthrough, but bawled every single time I nursed. It was hellish. Pumping didn't bug me for the longest time, but now all of a sudden it does. I just really needed to vent. My husband is an incredily sweet man, but if I hear him say "just think of how you are nourishing Harrison" one more time... I may beat him over the head with the darn pump. I obviously want what is best for our little guy....otherwise I would just throw in the towel already!! Ugh....rant over!!

user banned 2 kids; New York 34017 posts
9th Jun '13
Quoting luvmytween:" I nursed for two weeks when he was born, but it was incredibly painful because he couldn't latch properly. ... [snip!] ... I obviously want what is best for our little guy....otherwise I would just throw in the towel already!! Ugh....rant over!!"


Have you tried a nipple shield?
We had to use one, but IMO that was just as aggravating as pumping. I'd get it on there good, but he'd pull it off, and milk would dump everywhere.

luvmytween 2 kids; Oshkosh, Wisconsin 281 posts
9th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting JiLLiAN.:</b>" Have you tried a nipple shield? We had to use one, but IMO that was just as aggravating as pumping. I'd get it on there good, but he'd pull it off, and milk would dump everywhere."</blockquote>



I used one and had the same issue. Agh, how frustrating. I so badly wanted nursing to work too :(

Rebekah Garden x3 Due October 5; 33 kids; Fall River, Massachusetts 5223 posts
9th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting luvmytween:</b>" I nursed for two weeks when he was born, but it was incredibly painful because he couldn't latch properly. ... [snip!] ... I obviously want what is best for our little guy....otherwise I would just throw in the towel already!! Ugh....rant over!!"</blockquote>




Well if you decide to try and latch him again be prepared for it to be very painful! When I pumped one side for a few days the difference in force and just between baby and pump was soooo painful! And yeah sometimes too much support is too much!

Samantha Lembo TTC since Jul 2012; 1 child; Bradenton, Florida 751 posts
9th Jun '13
Quoting luvmytween:" I nursed for two weeks when he was born, but it was incredibly painful because he couldn't latch properly. ... [snip!] ... I obviously want what is best for our little guy....otherwise I would just throw in the towel already!! Ugh....rant over!!"


I had inverted nipples. I'm not going to lie, one nipple tore, but the other did not. For a couple months it hurt, but I got used to it on the one nipple and then I managed to relactate with the other after it healed. That was very demanding, as was gaining the supply in the one breast initially, but now we're at 17 months and still going strong! I have so much pride in my body that I never had before!

user banned 2 kids; New York 34017 posts
9th Jun '13
Quoting luvmytween:" <blockquote><b>Quoting JiLLiAN.:</b>" Have you tried a nipple shield? We had to use ... [snip!] ... I used one and had the same issue. Agh, how frustrating. I so badly wanted nursing to work too :("


Have you tried to latch him lately? Get him sucking w/the shield, and then take it off? Sometimes I got him to latch that way.



It was very frustrating for the both of us. I wish I took a BF class or something, I didn't BF my first, I had no idea what work it would be!

user banned 2 kids; New York 34017 posts
9th Jun '13
Quoting Samantha Lembo:" I had inverted nipples. I'm not going to lie, one nipple tore, but the other did not. For a couple months ... [snip!] ... breast initially, but now we're at 17 months and still going strong! I have so much pride in my body that I never had before!"


You rock!

Allissa Specht 35 kids; Essexville, Michigan 5426 posts
9th Jun '13

Call a lactation consultant!!!! Try to latch him. Now that he is bigger, he may be able to do it. Also, inverted nipples often change, so it may not be the same now. You can try pumping for a couple minutes then once your nips are hard, latch baby. Pumping is extremely hard to keep a supply up. I would really suggest a LC. Honestly, you should've asked for one in the hospital if you were having issues! They are Godsends sometimes! I know breastfeeding isn't always fun, but it is worth it. If you want to continue, I'd call a LC and start trying to get him to latch.

Allissa Specht 35 kids; Essexville, Michigan 5426 posts
9th Jun '13

I hope that didn't come across as being snobby! I really wasn't trying to be! LOL! I just have a hard time making myself well understood sometimes!

luvmytween 2 kids; Oshkosh, Wisconsin 281 posts
9th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Allissa Specht:</b>" I hope that didn't come across as being snobby! I really wasn't trying to be! LOL! I just have a hard time making myself well understood sometimes!"</blockquote>




Not at all! I did have a LC that helped in the hospital and who I was in contact with when I made the choice to pump. She was amazing and tried really hard to help me, but it just wasn't working. I'm not planning on heading back down the nursing route at this point. He is on a very good schedule with eating (usually 5-6 oz a time)and he sleeps at least 9 hours at night. If I went back to nursing, that would all change. I will keep pumping as long as I am getting at least 30 oz a time, before having to dip into my storage (I have a little over a month frozen).