Re: July Infants and Toddlers
posted at 7/31/2013 1:59 PM EDT
Chiclet, I just finished Epumping (1 week shy of 13 months). I Enursed the first 2 weeks, then did a combo of nursing/ bottles of pumped milk. When DD was 6 weeks old I had back problems that required hospitaliztions and some serious medication, so I pumped and dumped through that (she got milk I had frozen and then formula when that was gone), went back to nursing/bottle combo at 8 or 9 weeks without a hitch, then by my own choice to all bottles of pumped milk at 11 weeks. It was always my plan though to have her on all bottles when I went back to work at 12 weeks. If your questions is can you go back to nursing? Yes. If your question is about keeping your supply, or just making it easier on you, here is my advice:
- Drink tons and tons and tons of water! And eat oatmeal.
- Get a hands-free pumping bra. It will make it easier to pump for longer periods, and is just plain more comfortable.
- When your milk slows/stops, keep pumping for five more minutes. You will get another letdown. After awhile your body will realize you want/need the extra and you will produce more. Hopefully this will bring you to a point that you are pumping all of the bottles and maybe even building a stash.
- If you can, pump and feed at the same time. Before DD was rolling, I would prop her on the boppy on the dining room table and feed her while I pumped (again - hands free bra!). Or, I would put her activity mat on the table and we would play or do tummy time while I pumped.
- Try to relax. Stress is no good for supply. If you are pumping while DS sleeps, read a magazine, candy crush, or do a crossword puzzle. You're tied to a machine, might as well try to make it "you time," right?
- After each pump wash every pump part that the milk touches with cold water, then do a full clean and sterilze once after the last one of the night. Even better, enlist DH to do the full clean and sterilize. DH can wash and fill bottles, too.
Pumping is a TON of work. If you feel the benefits of BM, or the goal of getting back to nursing are worth it, you will get through it. If you have any questions, or need support anytime, I am here. Good luck!!