Help with pumping(2 Posts)
Hello this is my first thread on mumsnet. Just wanted any advice and or support. I have 2 dcs ds 6 and dd 4 months. Ds was ebf till three I tried a manual breast pump but it was rubbish so carried on feeding and didn't think to buy another one we had a good bf relationship and he weaned really well. Anyway fast forward to today I bought myself lansinoh single electric breast pump actually very impressed with the pump itself nothing like manual nightmare got 120mls out in about. 45 mins while dd fed from other breast pump was a bit noisy and fidderly dd kept popping her head up to be nosey at the sound but it was OK for a novice pumper anyway next feeding I thought let's try her with the bottle dd just spat it out chewed it and looked at it as if its poison so I fed her from breast as normal. I then unsrewed it all washed it sterilised it ect. In the back of my mind I'm thinking wow this is harrrrddddd work all the taking apart washing ect makes me glad i can just lift my top and dd didn't take it anyway fair enough it was 1st try. But I feel somewhat demoralised I'm only wanting to pump very occasionally just to have little break or go out without rushing back to feed! But seriously pumping is so much work I would be worn out before I leave. I'm just looking for any tips advice to help with pumping or advice to help dd take bottle I've never doe this bottle thing before D's just went from breast to cup so I feel out of my depth but am long for an option for some free time I'm only in my twenties and feel like all I've done is say I can't stay long gotta go home and feed ect. Thanks for reading Ps I don't want to introduce formula as I feel this is the reason I have such a good supply and good breastfeeding relationships and dont want to jepodise my supply and end up formula feeding but need rest sometimes lol any help please my lovely mummies xxx
I had success feeding expressed milk from the medela symphony bottles - you could give them a try. Expressing is a major hassle, not sure I would have bothered unless I had to (we did have to). What made it easier was: I rinsed pump in cooled boiled water, put it in a clean Tupperware tub and kept it in the fridge between pumpings, fully cleaning and sterilising about 2 or 3 times a day only (I was exclusively pumping at this point).the theory is that expressed milk lasts 48 hours in the fridge, so no need to worry about a bit of residue on the pump so long as you're cleaning and sterilising every few hours. I found cold water sterilising easiest. Hope that helps!
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