I have a week old ds who I have been formula feeding. I've attempted breast feeding 3 of my previous children but found it very painful and never managed more then a couple of weeks.
I seem to have a lot more milk this time and had a go at hand expressing tonight - 1oz in under 10 minutes. I'd like ds to have some breast milk and was wondering if it would be worth getting a pump so I could mix feed him or if my milk will dry up as he's not feeding from me.
If it was nipple pain then perhaps nipple shields might help - I find pumping quite robust on the boobs (though not painful) - just wondering if it might be less painful to use shields or hand express?
I tried them the last time, the midwife seemed to think I was just very sensitive as my latch was spot on. Hand expressing is perfectly comfortable so I could just keep doing that as often as possible.
I managed to express breast milk for 4 months to fully feed my son because I found breast feeding to awkward until he was that bit bigger, get a pump and just pump every time he eats and congratulations
If you pump regularly you should continue to produce milk. My baby was prem and too teeny/weak to breastfeed. So I expressed. She never got the hang of latching on so I am still expressing now she is 4 months. Bar one day of mix feeding while my milk was coming, she has only had expressed milk. You need to do it 8-10 times a day to begin with to get supply established though. Now I am down to 5 times a day which is more manageable. Your milk shouldn't dry up just because you are expressing rather than feeding directly.
I hired a hospital grade pump from ARDO as I was intending to express regularly. I have a medala hand pump to use when I am out, which is pretty effective and fine for occasional use.
My DS had problems feeding from the Breast so I pumped for two months, with an electric pump I could get 5oz in 20 mins! I think pumping at night as you will be awake anyway would be good and apparently it helps production as well. I recommend trying a hand pump in the bath as well, I found milk spilled out in the bath so hand pumping was really effective in there. I loved knowing that he was getting my milk even if he flatly refused to get it out the convenient way himself