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    Someone asked if we could start a thread(and have it stickied) for BF support, but I also want to include those of us who are pumping as well if that is ok.

    I have been pumping since the twins were born. I can get Shayna to latch and it's getting better, but it is very spotty and she gets frustrated easily. I JUST tried to get Joseph to latch last night with little to no success. He latches but doesn't quite know how to stay on.

    I'm pumping anywhere from 5-10 oz depending on how long between sessions I go (if we are out and about and I don;t pump regularly I get more). I'm honestly at this point am pumping enough to keep them fed day to day. I WISH I could pump enough to have a nice freezer stash though. It's hard keeping up with 2 hungry babies

    I am looking forward to the day when i can get both of them to bf though.
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    Will this be a thread for tips and questions? Great idea!

    My tip -- for those who plan to pump, don't get discouraged if you only get a couple of ounces the first few times you pump. It can take a while for your body to learn to "let down" your milk using the pump. When I first started with DS, I could only get 2-3 ounces, but within a week or two was getting 8-12 ounces a session.

    Also, even though I breastfed DS for a year, it still took 2 weeks to establish a good, regular latch with this LO! I guess LO needed to learn, and I needed a refresher course -- LOL!

    Final tip -- "All Purpose Nipple Cream" is the best stuff on earth if you get really sore nipples (cracked, blistered, etc). Lasinoh is great for everyday use, but this cream really knocks the pain out and heals you fast.

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    Oh wow! I feel impressed with myself if I get an ounce a breast during a session! How long do you sit and pump?

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    I'm so glad we've started this thread. Thank you! I totally think pumping needs to be included in the thread....Great idea!

    Breastfeeding is going really well for us so far. I'm excited because Khloe never did latch properly and I ended up pumping for the entire six months she got breast milk. Karah has been feeding like crazy all evening tonight. She must be trying to up my supply for a growth spurt or something. Does anyone remember when the growth spurts are? I know there's one at two weeks. Is there one before that?

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    YES!!!!questions and tips are a must!!!!!1

    I try to pump for 15 mins. Then again I am so bad about pumping every 3 hours which was what was recommended.
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    there must definitely be a growth spurt at 2 weeks. my lil' man wants to eat non-stop. i'm mostly pumping as well. landon can latch well, but he will not stay there and he is less than thrilled to make a second attempt. i'm only getting about 2-3 oz per pumping session, which is more than i ever got when pumping for brayden. i'm taking a supplement called more milk plus and trying to eat oatmeal every other day to up my supply.
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    I'm loving this thread and yes, I'm glad we're including pumping in here! As a retired EPer from DS, I can tell you that the more support pumpers have, the better (check out the exclusive pumping board too...it's in the breastfeeding section). And, since I wasn't able to BF last time, I'm new to this game myself, so yep, I'll have questions. I've been asking DS's BB and on the Everything BFing board so far!

    I totally 2nd the nipple cream comment. I think mine is called triple nipple cream. That stuff is the shiznit. BFing hurts way more then pumping did.

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    That is so funny you say that Hooch because to me it is the other way around! Pumping is so uncomfortable, but BFing is "old hat" now.

    After starting out pumping (because of his stint in the nicu), we are finally exclusively breastfeeding now!! In fact, I have only pumped once in the last week or so. (I really want to get back into the habit of pumping though to build my stash)

    What I can't remember from DD is how long it took to regulate my milk supply. When does the engorgement pain stop? I mean, I am not super hard anymore, but come two hours after I last fed Nico, my boobies start to get that twinge. When did that stop??

    Katie -- When I was instructed to pump they told me every 2 hours. So I was able to get a really nice stash going, since Nico was only eating every 3 hours. I was about one feeding ahead of him. Maybe you can pump every two hours for a little while (I know...PITA) just to start a little reserve?

    There is definitely a 2/3 week growth spurt. Nico just finished a super supply building nursing marathon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KapDel View Post
    What I can't remember from DD is how long it took to regulate my milk supply. When does the engorgement pain stop? I mean, I am not super hard anymore, but come two hours after I last fed Nico, my boobies start to get that twinge. When did that stop??
    I think around 6 weeks things sort of regulate themselves. I've been pumping once or twice a day when I get that really rock hard feeling. I'm starting to get a nice freezer stash doing this and it's way less time consuming than when I was pumping all the time!

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    Steph,

    Your supply should be well established by week 6 and you should stop having the engorgement issues.

    I have them too.
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