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Power Pumping. Or 'How I Lost My Sanity in 48 Hours'.

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TheDuchessOfNorksBride Thu 10-Jul-08 00:22:47

It is increasing my supply.

Though I may be hallucinating.

Has anyone else done this and did you go mad?

<babbles to self>

BoysAreLikeDogs Thu 10-Jul-08 00:41:34

<<strokes the Duchesses hair>>

kiskidee Thu 10-Jul-08 04:03:27

Big up Duchess.

do you have Exclusively Pumping by Stephanie Casemore? Available from

Shivs1974 and I think Jabberwocky exclusively pumped. there are others who have too.

kiskidee Thu 10-Jul-08 04:04:12

oops, I am assuming you are expressing all feeds.

arfishy Thu 10-Jul-08 04:28:32

You need chocolate cake <looks around nervously for WWW and cuts a HUGE slice and pours cream over it>.

There you go. Hope that helps at least for the next session.

Aside from that I have no useful advice whatsoever because it used to take me about 3 hours to get 4oz, and I only persevered at that so I could have wine on the oooh about 1 night out I went on.

Hope it all gets better soon smile

welliemum Thu 10-Jul-08 09:50:50

I did it!

And DH was away so dd1 and I were all on our own in a continous fog of feeding and expressing. It was a bit of a weird parallel universe feeling, definitely!

But it really worked - my supply had been very dodgy and it started to come right straight away. Definitely worth it.

And of course arfishy is right, chocolate cake is essential for milk supply...wink

throckenholt Thu 10-Jul-08 09:55:32

how often are you doing it and for how long ?

You should restrict it to 20 mins stints - and do more often rather than longer sessions.

Expressing is a weird world - and it really helps to know you are not the only lunatic doing it.

I used to do it while MN grin

TheProvincialLady Thu 10-Jul-08 09:59:20

I exclusively expressed for 18m. It is crap but worth it if you can't/don't want to BF direct. What are your reasons, if you don't mind my asking?

throckenholt Thu 10-Jul-08 10:04:35

PL - wow - 18 months ! I lost the will to live somewhere around 9 months - but I was expressing for twins. I never did quite manage to get enough without topping up with formula maybe one bottle per day.

TheProvincialLady Thu 10-Jul-08 10:06:38

Well I'm not surprised if you were doing it for twinsshock We probably expressed exactly the same amount of milk!

throckenholt Thu 10-Jul-08 10:40:14

luckily mine were never 9oz per feed kids - they usually were happy with 5-6oz.

It all seems so long ago now - they are 5.5 now grin. But the memory is still ingrained.

Notanexcitingname Thu 10-Jul-08 11:17:11

No, but will throw in some sympathy. I expressed all daytime feeds from when i went backto work (ds was 6.5 months) until I couldn't bear it anymore (11.5 months)

Chocolate cake is indeed essential. As are flapjacks

TheDuchessOfNorksBride Thu 10-Jul-08 14:24:26

I am expressing for about 15-20 minutes at a time about 12 times a day, though I am having a 3 or 4 hour sleep at night.

DC4 has mouth thrush and I have nipple thrush but I didn't spot this until he was 6 weeks (neither did anyone else including a b/f counsellor). Not surprising, b/f has been difficult and now the thrush is very well developed so I may be pumping for months to come. I did 6 months with DC2 - probably the same undiagnosed problem. I am just keeping up with him at the moment but if he starts taking an extra oz at each feed I'll have to top-up with formula.

He is gaining a 1lb a week though so he's clearly not going without. shockgrin

Thank you for your kind words and cake!

<gets back on pumping/sterilising/feeding merry-go-round>

Prufrock Thu 10-Jul-08 14:27:26

OOh duch didn't realise it had got this bad.
I take it you are being treated, and the archduke as well?

Have you got a machine or are you hand expressing? You can hire machines and they do supposedly make it significantly easier.

JustCallMeDaisy Thu 10-Jul-08 14:31:34

Yes isn't pumping fun. I do it 8 times a day of about 20 min stints. My counsellor wanted me to double pump as this increase supply..........but NO THANK YOU!!!!! also pumping at night increases supply as hormones at highest. I like my bed too much though and soon dropped that.

Good Luck

JustCallMeDaisy x

TheProvincialLady Thu 10-Jul-08 18:37:18

Ooh you poor thing. Don't give up hope of BF direct though - I had thrush really badly and it cleared up within a week of proper treatment. Maybe you will be the same. I hope so because expressing is rough on the old nips, especially doing it round the clock. Bloody good worksmile

GordontheGopher Thu 10-Jul-08 18:39:27

I'm assuming you've got a double pump?

Turniphead1 Thu 10-Jul-08 18:52:11

Duchess - oh I feel for you. Sorry if you know this, but have you tried taking acidophilus capsules from the health food shop and rubbing some acidophilus powder in DS's mouth before each feed/intermittantly.

My Lact. consultant suggested that for me when I got into the thrush cycle with DS. Helped massively get rid. Also homeopathic remedies for the shooting pain, if you are interested. You may not be. You may be too bloody busy!

tillystar Thu 10-Jul-08 21:14:14

Wow, I exclusively expressed for 3.5 months and was going slowly crazy... I wished I had known other people were doing it and it wasn't just me being mental and obsessive might have managed longer! I am amazed that people did it for 9 and 18 months shock.

No advice but wanted to wish you all the best with it.

RegenerAitch Thu 10-Jul-08 21:18:10

i did it for 72 hours, and it did help. but i lost my mind in the process. you have my sympathy and my support, duch. smile

RegenerAitch Fri 11-Jul-08 14:25:26

how are you feeling, duch?

TheDuchessOfNorksBride Fri 11-Jul-08 19:32:23

Loving 'RegenerAitch' grin

I'm tired but less mad I think. I'll only be expressing 8 times today because I've had the pre-school end of term party (I'm the Chair and made my speech whilst feeding the baby) followed by a primary school assembly this afternoon. Bloody hectic time all round. Roll on the holidays.

And my tits still hurt so I don't think the thrush is clearing up. Back to GPs Monday I think and I'll try one of the suggestions over the weekend.

llareggub Fri 11-Jul-08 19:38:05

Just wanted to doff my cap in admiration.

RegenerAitch Fri 11-Jul-08 19:39:26

<laughs in hollow fashion>
only 8 times...

lord almighty, you are doing a good thing but fuck me, expressing is boring isn't it? do your best, duch, it's all you can do.

TheProvincialLady Fri 11-Jul-08 20:45:11

How can anything that allows you to sit and MN with your norks out be boring?grin

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