how long could you pump exclusively?

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pugmommy7
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Re : how long could you pump exclusively?

Postby pugmommy7 » Tue Jun 15, 2004 06:09 pm

bella was on neosure for 8 months.
we also used cereal b/c of reflux-after a month i think?

catalina has a weigh in on friday...so we shall see.
if we do switch it shouldn't be too different, mixed w. breast milk etc.

i'll keep you posted.
thanks so much for the info/ideas

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Re : how long could you pump exclusively?

Postby sarab » Tue Jun 15, 2004 10:54 am

Just wanted to add that we had Maggie on fortified formula mixed with breast milk for the first 2 months after she came home from the NICU. She was on it in the hospital, but her ped REALLY wanted to keep her on it for a couple of months after she was home. It worked wonders with her -- she plumped up in no time! It wasn't a prescription or anything, we just bought it at the grocery store (but it was a bit more expensive than regular calorie formula). You should see what your doc says about it.

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Re : how long could you pump exclusively?

Postby angelkat » Tue Jun 15, 2004 08:43 am

J....

They had put Katlyne on fortifier that was mixed with BMilk. It was a little thicker and she gained the weight quickly....

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Re : how long could you pump exclusively?

Postby pugmommy7 » Tue Jun 15, 2004 08:10 am

I feel ya' kim!
I am still hanging in, but i am using reg formula when i use it at all(like during the night after nursing,b/c I am too tired to pump then.

I am so glad not to be alone in this.





Jennifer, 30
DH, Chris, 33
Mama & Daddy to:
Isabella Sofia,1/02/03 born @ 33.5 weeks at 3 lbs,6oz., 16". GD,
Pre-E,& borderline HELLP.

Catalina Amelia,5/29/04 born @ 36.2 weeks,4 lbs.,12oz.,16"
GD,PIH,& Pre-e

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Re : how long could you pump exclusively?

Postby paljane8 » Mon Jun 14, 2004 01:10 pm

Hey Jennifer,

What does your doc think about fortifier? Janie was a slow grower too. And just to let you know she did not gain properly until she was on formula. It was a long and tedious road with poor results.

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Re : how long could you pump exclusively?

Postby pugmommy7 » Mon Jun 14, 2004 08:22 am

My little 4.12 pounder is gaining very slowly.
I was breastfeeding exclusively, but she was not emptying my breast completely on her own.(b/c she was so small)
Then my Ped. recc'd that I feed then pump and bottle feed breast milk. that went really well, fuller diapers, but still only maintaining her 4.6 pound weight(she lost 6 ounces at the beginning and is lingering).

Then, I went to breastfeeding 10 minutes at each side, then bottle feeding expressed milk, to help her become more efficient.
this is going great. it reduces feeding time, and gets things moving right along.
(sometimes if I am not one feed ahead of myself, she gets formula)
On Friday she gained 1/2 an ounce, and today, Mon., she gained only 1/4 ounce.

I feel like any progress is good, but I am getting a bit frustrated. She is 16 days old now.

My first preemie was much faster a gainer, but was on iv's and gavage fed, so it was different.

any input??

love, J

Jennifer, 30
DH, Chris, 33
Mama & Daddy to:
Isabella Sofia,1/02/03 born @ 33.5 weeks at 3 lbs,6oz., 16". GD,
Pre-E,& borderline HELLP.

Catalina Amelia,5/29/04 born @ 36.2 weeks,4 lbs.,12oz.,16"
GD,PIH,& Pre-e

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Re : how long could you pump exclusively?

Postby rach » Sat Jun 12, 2004 00:08 am

I know of one woman that pumped 10 months for twins! And had gallons saved up in the freezer!
I tried pumping but never got a drop, but I was fortunate enough to be able to begin breastfeeding before leaving the hospital.
It is easy, but I think if you have a sick baby it's harder. My sister pumped for my nephew but stopped at 6 weeks.
It can be done, but the circumstances just have to be right for it.

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Re : how long could you pump exclusively?

Postby sherry fisher » Fri Jun 11, 2004 02:37 pm

Nancy, I cant believe that Janie is only 16lbs. SHEESH, Anna will be caught up to her in no time. That lil' piglett is about 12lbs now. lol

I was only able to EP for 3 weeks. I could not keep up my supply without supplementing too much formula. Which would have been fine to supplement, dont get me wrong. But, I was pullind double duty! I recommend focusing on latch on, etc,....before EP'ing. I was pumping every 2-3 hours for 20 min...then feeding her that, which took about 45 min. All this round the clock plus trying to chase after a 2 yr old got to be too much for us all! Breastfeeding is a challenge! All of you women who were able to do it are an inspiration to me!! Really!! I know I felt high as a kite when Anna was drinking only BM...That stuff was liquid gold! However, when we switched her to formula I felt awful! I still do occationally kick myself for not sticking with the vigerous schedule......

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Re : how long could you pump exclusively?

Postby paljane8 » Fri Jun 11, 2004 10:09 am

I pumped for 5 months as well as nursing. But, Janie was dropping percentile points. I had to move her into formula and a high caloric diet. She was weaned by 8m. Even with that she is 13m and only 16lbs.

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Re : how long could you pump exclusively?

Postby hutced » Fri Jun 11, 2004 09:18 am

I was only able to EP for 8 weeks also. I wish I could have gone longer or got Evan to BF I even tried 2 weeks after giving up and he wanted no part of it. Good luck!!

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