We’re already halfway through Breastfeeding awareness week, today you’ll find lots of posts around about pumping breastmilk, from how to do it, to why we do it.
If you missed any of my previous posts you can find them here
There are no 2 ways about it pumping is not a quick and easy thing to do, particularly if you have your baby around you all the time needing attention while you are pumping.
I have known people to pump for various reasons ranging from having babies in special care, to returning to work.
Whatever your reason for pumping it is worth making sure you know what you are doing.
Why do I say this?
I began pumping with my first child using a manual pump that had been lent to me, it seemed slow and hard work, but I have a weak wrist, so decided that it was never going to be easy for me to use so invested in an electric pump, this worked ok, I even tried hand expressing, as I had it explained to me,
basically you just sort of squeeze
please if you have just read this and don’t know how to hand express ignore what I just said and ask for a proper explanation.
My second boy was 9months old when my peer supporter course covered hand expressing, I went home and decided to give it a try, it was never going to work well, I’d tried before, was I ever wrong, with a bit of gentle massage to begin and the correct positioning and motion it was easy, so I would really recommend anyone who wants to give it a try to ask for some support to get it established.
SO WHY THE TITLE?
I have never got on brilliantly with pumping myself, sitting for what feels like hours to come away with an ounce at a time. At times it is is really disheartening.
But then I thought there was something wrong with my baby, he was suddenly being sick at a couple of months old, having never been a ‘sicky’ baby before, the trouble is when you tell people (friends, family, health visitors etc) you have a baby who is being sick they can look like they are about to laugh at you.
you’ve got a baby, babies are sick, that’s what they do
but even at a couple of months old, you know your baby and what is normal. And when each time they try and feed they are sick all over you while your breast is in their mouth you know there must be something wrong.
Then things got worse and I was finding that he wasn’t keen on feeding.
When I was able to express and fill a bottle several times a day I knew for sure that things weren’t right.
So if he didn’t need or want it why was I expressing?
I knew that he would need it at some point and i needed to keep my supply up, if I stopped feeding (or expressing in it’s place) my supply would quickly diminish.
In the end this was one of the signs that ended up with a 2night stay in hospital.
So yes changes in the amount that we were pumping really did indicate that there was something wrong, remember it won’t mean something in all cases!
So for anyone that has managed to successfully pump on a regular basis maybe to feed a baby that can’t latch on themselves or if you need to be away from them for any length of time perhaps to return to work I congratulate you it is very hard work.
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