As soon as we got home from that doctor’s appointment I got online to figure out where to start. I quickly found that there are VERY little resources for Moms that choose this route. I was so frustrated until I came across www.kellymom.com. This website is an AMAZING and very DETAILED resource for not only nursing Mothers but also pumpers.
I found out in the first few weeks of pumping that although I was pumping 10 times a day for 20 minutes, I still wasn’t producing enough to feed baby (see our post on why your supply may be lacking here) for a full day without supplementing with formula. Our pediatrician suggested Fenugreek, an herbal pill that would help with milk production. I thought it was total voodoo but I went from producing 20 oz a day to 60 in just a week!!! Yes folks, I was a dairy cow. I was actually able to store so much milk that I stopped pumping when my daughter hit 9 months and STILL had enough milk to last her until her first birthday. And I also lost all my baby weight and then some because all of the calories I was burning from producing that much milk. Fenugreek was the best decision EVER! Random warning- you will smell like maple syrup for a week or so…I promise that goes away. Fenugreek actually has a lot of health benefits- just take a look at this article by Maternity Glow. Of course, always check with your doctor before taking supplements.
|This was my 1st round of my extra donated milk from my son.|
– Fresh milk or milk that has been in the fridge for 3 days can then be frozen for up to 4 months. Using freezer bags is the best way to label and store your milk in the freezer. Also, remember that milk should always be allowed to thaw in the fridge before using.
|This was my 3rd (and last) round of donated milk from my son.|
So you still want to give it a try? Good for you! Although pumping is tough to figure out at first, I promise it gets easier. After about 4 weeks of exclusively pumping, I felt like a pro and started building a great supply for my little one.If you have any questions about exclusively pumping that you can’t find the answers to on KellyMom, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I know exactly how little information there is out there for us “pumpers” and would be happy to help encourage and support any Momma who chooses this route!
UPDATE: We have received SO many emails, comments and questions over the last few months from this post. We decided to do a couple of follow up posts: