Wednesday, April 27, 2005

The Boob Tube

Want to talk a little bit about breastfeeding since I've done so with birth and an adoptive child.

There are times that doctors will have you supplement. I don't always agree with that, because many pediatricians (and hospital staff) jump the gun ... while they could allow mom and baby to just nurse like crazy over several days and build up their supply.

If you've been told to supplement, and you are angry with me because you've been told your child is not thriving (and therefore you have to bottle-feed) ... well, I have GREAT news for you. This is something that the majority of medical personnel will not explain to you, and yet you'll be supplementing WHILE nursing.

Welcome, my friends, to the world of lactation aids!

Basically, you nurse your baby first (being sure to get LOTS of support on making sure they're latching on well). Then, when it's time to supplement after a feeding, hook on one of these magical contraptions (you can choose between a Lact-Aid or an SNS). Your child will get the supplemental milk that it needs, and yet they'll be latched onto you the WHOLE TIME (which, in turn, will tell your body to make more milk! YIPPEEE!).

Breast pumps can be a great tool in between nursing (to keep stimulating your body). However, you will NEVER get the same amount of stimulation or production as you'll get with a real, live baby! If you're worried about how much your baby is getting, instead of renting a hospital breast pump, just rent a hospital scale. Weigh that little snuggle bug before and after each feeding. It will keep your doctor happy, while keeping baby on the breast.

Yes, there are people who have been able to pump and feed and eventually get baby back to breast, however, the majority of my friends who over-use a pump or bottles end up weaning.

Now, go have a sit-down your dr. for not suggesting this already!! Then bombard their medical school with letters, for not training their students to support breastfeeding whole-heartedly.

Then go to a La Leche League meeting and learn even more from the pro's ... not the people who learned from a textbook, but the women who have "been there - done that."


Sherry said...

I love your "I make milk" superpower picture. I don't make milk anymore--boo hoo! At 48, with eight breast-fed children behind me, I probably won't make any more, but it was really super.

Anonymous said...

I think it is important for the mother not to feed the baby, especially in the first few months, with the bottle if she pumps. It could lead to nipple confusion. When I was working in a corporate setting I pumped 16-24 ounces daily. I never fed her from the bottle. Her grandparents watched her when I was working. I just gave them the bottles she needed. I even had them put a two month stash in their freezer. She always nursed from me. I am a single mom and I worked outside of the home before I finally went full-time with my business. There was another lady, where I worked, who was pumping as well. Her husband fed her son with the bottle. She said it really helped out since it gave her a chance to get dinner out of the way. It was wonderful to have someone there for support. I contacted Human Resources department when I was out on maternity leave to ensure that there was a room that I could use to express my milk. I did not enjoy pumping I never was fond of it but like nursing it became easier. I went from expressing a few droplets each time to filling a bottle towards. I used the Medela Pump in Style and I upgraded to the Medela (hospital grade) Symphony I really loved that Pump! There were many days when I did not want to pump but I knew from my extensive reading on the subject that this was the best choice for my daughter and myself.

I found Pumping Moms to be extremely helpful. They even have a group on yahoo. You can receive their daily digest. It definitely helped me out.

Janice @ Mom On The Run said...

We spent Sierra's 1st week with a lact-aid, using milk that I had pumped to supplement her. After that 1st week I was exhausted and put her on the bottle while I kept EP'ing - and wow! That was tough, so I kept trying and I eventually was able to get my sweet preemie to latch on. Switching from bottle to breast CAN be done, however it takes alot of patience and determination!