Confessions of the Exclusive Pumper, Episode 3, Sick!

Here is the deal. We may be mos, but we get SICK. YES. SICK. So, on Thursday I found out that not only do I have an amazing ear infection, which I could only imagine, but I also have influenza, so the doc put me on some meds, right? Yea, right. And guess what, those meds, along with my lack of motivation, decreased my milk supply big time. This momma was getting about 14oz at a time, and I was getting only about 4 oz at a time while sick So, something has got to change! Something has got to give, because my boob milk feeds my babe, and that is IMPORTANT.

WHAT I DID TO INCREASE MY SUPPLY, AGAIN.

Keep Pumping!

When you are sick, it is super important to not give up, like I did. My husband became way to awesome, and he woke up with the baby at night to feed, and he fed babe all day while I was sleeping, resting, or of course taking a bath, BUT, you can’t skip pumping. Pump pump pump even if you don’t feel up to it. Even when I was laying down, I pumped, I tried to lay on my side, or found an awkward arrangement between my counch and recliner where my bottles would hang off the side. Do whatever you can, to keep PUMPING!

Drink lots of Water!

Drink lots of water, even more water than you did before. If water was important before you pumped, its even more important now. Your body needs about double the water it needed before when you pump, and imagine when you are sick!!!

Eat!

Don’t forget to continue eating! Oatmeal is a lifesaver!

Take your Prenatal!

Obviously, even though I say you are going to eat more, you probably won’t which means you need to keep taking your prenatal to make sure you get all those vitamins and minerals!

Most importantly, REST!

EVEN THOUGH you have done all the above, you need to rest. The laundry can wait until you feel better, or encourage your family to help out!

Confessions of an Exclusive Pumper, Episode 2

209xNxr0240108-1mo_1.jpg.pagespeed.ic.5Z52NTBgZ8Here is the deal, Pumping is a real pain in the ASS! It is, not only do you have to feed your baby, but you have to find time to pump 15 min every two hours to produce enough to not only feed your baby, but luckily put the same amount in the freezier! So here are some AMAZING tips to make it OH, SO MUCH EASIER!

  • Make the Pumping Bra! Yes, there is a bra, for $30 you can buy that has slits that you can fit your pump into. But, if you are a mom on a budget, take a pair of scissors and cut two small slits in an old bra to hold your pump. Pump while your blogging, watching TV, or even DRIVING! 🙂
  • If you nurse as well, place your pump on the breast your baby is not nursing on! When you switch, switch your pump too!
  • Power pump on the weekends, 10 min on the pump, 10 min off the pump for an hour, every other hour! This will increase your milk supply big time!
  • Invest in a WONDERFUL pump, such as the Medela Symphony! (Thats what I use, and I rent it for only $65 a month!)
  • Follow all of the recommendations! Eat Oatmeal, take Fenugreek, and drink PLENTY OF WATER!

Confessions of an Exclusive Pumper!

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I had a baby, Mr. Hayes, just two months ago and have had SO MANY inquiries on how I keep him fed, while EXCLUSIVELY pumping. So I decided to start a series on my blog, called, Confessions of an Exclusive Pumper! 1 or 2 times a week, I will write about my experiences as a mom who wants the benefits of breastfeeding, but can only do so while pumping! So, lets start with my story…

I breastfed all four of my babies, each I breastfed just a little longer than the last. With Ryker (my 4yr old) I breastfed for 6mo, and had pumped enough for the rest of the year. I was so super pumped to be able to do  this for my son, but when Hayes (my 2mo) came along, it was a bit of a challenge…

Hayes was born on July 15th, 2014. With less than a push, Hayes made his debut into this world. Unfortunatly, the doc said because of this, Hayes had fluid in his tummy from birth that would normally compress out. Because of this, he was “full” everytime i tried to nurse. So, the nurses pumped his tummy, not once, not twice, but three times. During this transition, they fed him formula. We had to stay an extra day in the hospital to try to get Mr. Hayes to eat like a newborn would Unfortunatly, after countless tries with a lactaction consultant, Hayes would NOT take the breast. But, he would take a bottle.

So, what did we do? WE pumped. And pumped and pumped. Of course we couldnt buildup a supply well enough to feed Hayes, I still pumped as much as I could.

Sanford supplies the Medela Symphony while you are in the hospital (a $2-3000 pump) and this pump worked amazing! But the lousy lower grade medela pumps unfortunatly did not. So, I rented out the Symphony! At Sanford it is only $65 a month, and if you do the math this is still WAY cheaper than formula, and much more beneficial! They say, that for an EXCLUSIVE pumper, you should invest in a higher grade, or hospital grade pump, and I highly reccomend the Medela Symphony!

So, what did I do?

The first weekend home, I pumped 10 min on, 10 min off every other hour. This means, I pumped for 10 minutes, rested for 10 minutes, and then after an hour rested for an hour. By the weekday, I was full, and ready to rock!

I also made sure to include A LOT of water and oatmeal into my diet. This did wonders!

I made sure to continue pumping at least every two hours after this! I know it is hard at night to wake up every two hours, but for those first few weeks, DO IT! your body, baby and health depend on it! It is a HUGE benefit to your weight as well!!

Stay tuned, for the next CONFESSIONS OF AN EXCLUSIVE PUMPER!

 

Thanks Staci Kinghorn of Something Clicked Photography for the AMAZING picture of my son, Hayes!