weaning off bottle/exclusive pumping? -update 8/12

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Re : weaning off bottle/exclusive pumping? -update 8/12

Postby m » Wed Aug 04, 2010 00:14 am

Have you tried using a nipple shield? Some pharmacies carry them and you can also get them at Target. We gradually switched from pumping & bottle feeding to exclusive breastfeeding, but it only happened because we used a nipple shield. It was such a relief to be done with pumping and cleaning all the parts and bottles.

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Re : weaning off bottle/exclusive pumping? -update 8/12

Postby amandaoasis » Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:30 pm

I pumped for Bennett for 8 months. To keep my supply up I would have had to pump 30 minutes every three house. I did this until he got older (read: more mobile) and I started to wean. He got only breast milk for 5 months and then I started to cut the pumpings for the next three months. It worked out well for us.

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Re : weaning off bottle/exclusive pumping? -update 8/12

Postby bernadic » Tue Aug 03, 2010 09:42 pm

I pumped for 18 months. By month 15, my body was shutting down. I used the Medela Classic Breast pump which I purchased off of ebay to pump with every 2-3 hours. Then when I went back to work, I used the Medela Advanced during work hours and my classic when I was home. It was sort of nice to sit and pump and read a book while Luke was in the swing or activity seat. Good luck and don't give up pumping.

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Re : weaning off bottle/exclusive pumping? -update 8/12

Postby panguitch02 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 08:47 pm

Hi Rosalinda,

I almost exclusively pumped for 18months, and I could have gone longer, but wanted my TaTas back to myself. Jameson was in the NICU for 5 weeks, then was released on a diuretic, so they limited his feeds to 40cc and only allowed me to breastfeed once a day until he was off the diuretic. I kept my milk supply up by pumping every 3 hours. Pumping and bottle feeding is just so quick that it became my preference, so Jameson was only offered the breast 1-2 times per day. He did ok with the breast, but really didn't embrace breastfeeding until 4months or so. For night feedings, DH fed and burped Jameson in 20 min, while I pumped for 20min...20 min back to sleep is really nice....this was a lifesaver during the beginning.

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weaning off bottle/exclusive pumping? -update 8/12

Postby rosalinda » Tue Aug 03, 2010 08:13 pm


Thanks for all the advice ladies...I've rented a hospital pump while I buy one. I've been exclusively pumping for one week now and have begun to take fenugreek, nursing tea & blessed thistle. REALLY trying to up my supply. I have a nipple shield that I'll begin to try, and I've also been thinking about getting evaluated by a lactation consultant to help with latch. I hope SOMETHING works.


I'm trying to wean my baby off the bottle (he is 8wks old), I usually breastfeed now 10min each side and then give him 2oz of formula in a bottle, but breastfeeding has become quite a challenge.

He doesn't seem to want the breast anymore...I'm considering exclusively pumping, has anyone else done this and if so how did it go and how long were you able to keep your supply?

I'd love to increase my supply and I'm considering fenugreek, but if he won't nurse then I'd have to pump in order to get him the breastmilk.

I've tried to just give him the breast and no bottle, but he cries & cries until I just give in...what do I do?? I'd love for him to have the breastmilk until at least 6 months but other than pumping I'm running out of ideas.

ps. I have considered using the medela supplementing system so he learns that eating happens out of the breast, has anyone used one?

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