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Breastfeeding questions Platypus Due March 17; 1 child; Massachusetts 2627 posts
1st Sep '13

DD was formula fed and had a lot of problems tolerating the formula for months at a time, and I do not want to go through that a second time. I've heard breast feeding is hard and is a hassle.. which may or may not be true, I dont know many people who have done it. I want SO to be able to feed her too and bond with her.. How early can you start pumping? How am i supposed to know if the baby is getting enough?

*KatteyBug* Due November 18 (boy); 1 child; Madison, AL, United States 2166 posts
1st Sep '13

It is tough at first, but it's able to be done. My pedi told me as long as he/she is gaining weight then then they should be getting enough. You can start pumping while your still in the hospital. My cousin pumped 2 hours after she had her baby, and still does both.

[[Breezy]] 1 child; Savannah, Georgia 14262 posts
status 1st Sep '13

Here's a great article if you need some extra encouragement. :)



http://www.notmilk.com/101.html



Pumping will damage your supply though. There are many other ways your SO can bond with your baby. Feedings are 100% naturally the mother's job. So, if you really want to be successful with breastfeeding, I would say stay away from pumping unless you're going to be working.



You will know the baby is getting a substantial amount of milk by the number of wet diapers, plus you can see/hear them swallowing.

Rebekah Garden x3 Due October 5 (boy); 33 kids; Fall River, Massachusetts 5223 posts
1st Sep '13

Breastfeeding is very trying at the beginning but as long as you can make it the first 6 weeks you should be good. Pumping can be damaging to your supply if you are skipping feedings. It's advised to wait until 6+ weeks to pump. I started pumping at 2-3 weeks because I was hopeful to go back to work. Between 2-3 weeks and 13-14 weeks I pumped 5,000 oz for storage. Thankfully I had a deep freezer and Brady used that when I got pregnant again as my milk dropped. He's still nursing now (17 months) if you want any advice or have an question I'm always here :)

JΔS Georgia 73262 posts
status 1st Sep '13

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countrytink 4 kids; Ohio 650 posts
status 1st Sep '13

I breastfed for a year. As far as pumping I started right away. I would nurse on my "less producing" all night then pump the reserved side first thing in the morning. I pumped every three hrs when I went back to work. The only difficult part was making time at work to pump...I'm an ICU nurse and it was tough to leave the unit for 20 but it had to be done.



I am so thankful I did it. I didn't nurse my first, and I think it made a difference in binding, his health. Not to mention I lost weight more easily, and its free!

Carter&Violet♥ She Gone! 2 kids; Virginia 14177 posts
1st Sep '13

I love breastfeeding, to me not having to clean bottles, get up and make a bottle & warm up a bottle is god sent. I started pumping at 5 weeks just in the morning when I woke up to build a supply for returning to work at 12 weeks and I have tons of milk stored & my production is more than enough. I wouldn't introduce a bottle until 6 weeks though.

Platypus Due March 17; 1 child; Massachusetts 2627 posts
1st Sep '13

Im also skeptical because i battle with anxiety and depression and had PPD with DD. I will probably need anti depressants/anti anxiety meds... Maybe not though, who knows.. I refuse to take them during pregnancy..

countrytink 4 kids; Ohio 650 posts
status 1st Sep '13

I had post partum depression with my first, who I didn't breastfeed.



I did my much better with my breastfed baby, read several places that breast feeding helps with post partum depression.

Rebekah Garden x3 Due October 5 (boy); 33 kids; Fall River, Massachusetts 5223 posts
1st Sep '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Platypus:</b>" Im also skeptical because i battle with anxiety and depression and had PPD with DD. I will probably need ... [snip!] ... probably need anti depressants/anti anxiety meds... Maybe not though, who knows.. I refuse to take them during pregnancy.. "</blockquote>




They will give you breastfeeding safe meds!

[[Breezy]] 1 child; Savannah, Georgia 14262 posts
status 1st Sep '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Platypus:</b>" Im also skeptical because i battle with anxiety and depression and had PPD with DD. I will probably need ... [snip!] ... probably need anti depressants/anti anxiety meds... Maybe not though, who knows.. I refuse to take them during pregnancy.. "</blockquote>



I would not take the meds during pregnancy, but I've taken Zoloft, since my son was 3 months -- it is considered the safest and less transferable of all the antidepressants for nursing mothers.



Aside from that, every time your baby nurses, your body releases endorphins. This is still true for me at 22 months. So it's actually a natural antidepressant. This happens to naturally combat PPD.