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Heidi [userpic]

Hi ladies!

I'm hoping someone can help me out. I'm sure you've all heard this story, but here we go! My daughter weighed in at 6lbs 11oz when she was born. I planned on exclusively breastfeeding as it was VERY important to me - STILL IS! :) However, like most new moms my milk took its time coming in and my daughter dropped down to 6lbs 2oz when she was 4 days old. I had a home visit from a nurse from my hospital and she was concerned about her weight so she talked to my pediatrician who wanted me to supplement with formula to get her weight back up since my milk wasn't it yet. SIGH. Well, you can just imagine how that went. I was made to feel like the WORST MOTHER EVER! It was like I was starving my child or something. I felt terrible! Just terrible. Well, my daughter got SO used to the bottle that refused my breasts. She would scream and claw at them and not surprisingly, I was THISCLOSE to giving up. I decided on Jan 3rd that I was going to go strictly to formula...and you know what? I couldn't do it. I felt SO guilty and cried and cried. I REFUSE to give up!!

My daughter latches on to my left side very nicely, but only for a little bit. There's no way we get in a good feeding. Plus she tends to fall asleep after 5-10 minutes. I'm using a nipple shield on my right breast to help her latch on. I have terribly flat nipples. :( I tried to pump tonight to see if I even had any milk left - and I do! It was only a few drops, but I was BEYOND excited and am determined to do everything in my power to breastfeed my daughter. I don't think I'll be able to do it exclusively, but I'm determined to try my hardest!

To be honest, breastfeeding didn't come very naturally or easy to me. I was SO SO SO determined to do it and once I started and my nipples got rubbed raw and I got mastitis I was SO ready to quit. But the decision hurt so much. I honestly don't think I have ever been in such emotional pain. I'm hoping somebody can give me some pointers!

I'll be going back to work on Monday full time. I will be working from 7:30-4pm. I get an hour lunch, but my company is WAY cool on pumping moms. What type of schedule should I make for myself? How often should I pump? I plan on nursing my daughter when I'm home, providing there's milk for her get!

Thank you SO much for any help you can give me! This is very important to me! Thank you!

P.S. I have a Medela PIS pump, for those who are wondering. :)

Current Mood: stressedstressed

Hi, I say good job for sticking with it! I have had two children in two years and although I had some set backs I can tell you that sticking with it even after going back to work is possible if you make breastfeeding a priority. I went back to work after 1 month of maternity. I had planned to pump enough milk for those first few days with the excess milk I always have the first few weeks following delivery but then my baby got thrush so I had to throw away all those precious frozen packages of milk. So I started work with only one days surplus of milk for my baby. I also had to continually boil all my pump equipment and use a topical medication on my nipples that first month to prevent re-infection. So my first day I carefully instructed the caregiver to only feed my child on the schedule that I planned to pump on, and off to work I went.. Here is my advice set a schedule and stick to it!!! weekends evenings and daytime at work. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!! (yes exceptions will happen but if your policy is no exceptions it makes it harder to skip a pumping, or postpone it! I know this can be hard and awkward at times with coworkers and work schedules but it is worth time. I also told my boss the schedule so she new if I had to step out of a meeting and why... It took thought and planning but by staying on a schedule I was able to keep my milk supply up and I was able to successfully pumped for a year!
My work schedule:
Nursed at 6AM at home:
Pumped at:
9AM at work 15-20min simultaneously both breast Medula pump, high setting( The high setting just resembled how my babies ate )
12pm at work
3pm at Work
6pm at home
9pm at home
and during the night the first six months on demand.

It was inconvenient I had to be aware of the time...setting an alarm helped and planning my day around pumping but it was worth it and I would do it again in a heartbeat! I hope that helps! Marjorie, Kansas