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u/klarky7 · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

Sorry for any formatting issues, on my phone.
I was the same way. In fact, when I first found out I was pregnant I was certain I was going to just formula feed from the start. But the more reading I did about breastfeeding, breastmilk and the benefits for both my baby and myself I decided I was going to give it a go. I still stocked some bottles and formula in case things didn't work out for whatever reason. I think having that stuff actually helped me push through the hardest parts of early breastfeeding, because I knew I had backup and was determined to not have to use it unless it was due to a supply issue. I was determined to push through the discomfort! A lot of the stuff you'll read will say if it hurts, you're doing it wrong. That's not always the case! First of all, your nipples aren't used to this kind of work load! Babies nurse A LOT in the early days. It can feel like you don't do much except nurse! So it can take a little bit for them to get used to this. Also, your lo can be born with a pretty small mouth, making it hard to get a deep latch. Mine had a tiny mouth! Our latch and technique were perfect, but she had a shallow latch. By week 3 we were totally on track, it became second nature to nurse her. She had grown, my boobs were used to things and it became a really enjoyable experience. I was obsessed with whether her latch was right those first 3 wks and watched about a million videos on latching, had an appt with the LC I saw during recovery and the hospital and read more stuff. I was assured our latch was great and to try to stop being so worried about everything. It's really hard not to worry! Is this right? Is she getting enough milk? Is this cluster feeding? Whyyyy do my boobs hurt?! But seriously, at 3wks something magical just clicked into place. Cluster feeding is going to suck! But it is necessary to build up your supply! Comfort nursing is real too, and your baby will need lots of comfort in the early days. Things that got me through those first few weeks:
-my husband set up a snack station on my nightstand. He had fiber one bars (trust me, you'll need them lol), fiber one+protein bars, granola bars, nutrigrain bars, pb crackers etc and every time we woke to nurse he got me fresh water. You need to stay hydrated!! And it's easy to get weak, nursing can be really draining! Having a snack nearby that you can eat with one hand is super helpful
-Water. Lots and lots of water.
-When we'd wake up in the night for feedings I'd nurse on one side, then my husband would change her diaper and hand her back to me to finish the other side. The break up would help wake her up and helped make sure I was never TOO engorged. I never had to get out of bed unless absolutely necessary, which was also a huge help.
-Philips Avent thermal gel pads I kept these in the freezer, they are big and bulky but omg they felt wonderful!! You can also warm them.
-Lansinoh Gel Soothies i kept these in the fridge for adding cooling. They were great.
-Lansinoh! Lots of it! I used it at the start and end of every session in the beginning. Let your boobs air dry a little too from time to time. My boobs were constantly out those first few weeks. My husband called this phase "sun's out, guns out!"
It's really hard not to worry or be worried about it. It's hard work! It's a lot more than I ever thought it would be. But here we are at 1yr and almost 2wks still going strong! I wouldn't change a thing. I feel blessed to have had a pretty easy time with this, and to have had a great supply all this time. I am absolutely in awe at how all of this works, and so happy that I stuck with it. You'll need support, but with a good system this can be an amazing experience. I keep saying weaning is going to be harder on me than it will be on my daughter! And always remember, if breastfeeding doesn't work out - you aren't a failure. Formula is there for a reason, it feeds babies and helps them thrive! At the end of the day, a fed baby is the way to go. If breastfeeding is not working, then switch and don't let anyone try to make you feel guilty about it. It's none of their business anyways how you feed your baby. All that matters is your health and happiness and your baby's health and happiness. Best of luck!!!

u/eggsbenedictXVI · 3 pointsr/breastfeeding

First off, you are not a failure as a mom. Even if breastfeeding doesn't work out, that would not make you a failure. You are working so hard for your baby! Breastfeeding is incredibly difficult, and here you are at 7 weeks already! That is an achievement!!

It sounds like you would benefit from having someone evaluate exactly what's happening when baby tries to feed (and to get some feedback on what you're doing right in order to get your confidence back up). So the best advice I can offer is to contact a lactation consultant. Does the hospital where you delivered have a breastfeeding medicine or lactation department? It would be worth asking. They may be able to offer you an appointment or recommend an out-of-hospital lactation consultant (the out-of-hospital groups sometimes even do home visits, which is super helpful).

Are you spending time skin-to-skin with baby? Skin-to-skin isn't just helpful in the first day or for NICU babies, but can help you two bond as well as keep your milk prpduction up.

I'm glad to hear you are paced feeding-- that will definitely help avoid bottle preference. You probably already know this, but make sure to use preemie nipples only when paced feeding.

It can be hard to learn how to hand express, but you can do it! There are some Stanford videos that may be helpful for you. Please note that they're sometimes a little specific to pumping for a baby in the NICU, but I think they're good to see all the same. Here's one on hand expressing (start at 1:34) and another on hands-on pumping. I'm one of the moms who has to do hands-on pumping to get any milk production, and you might be the same way. I'm a big fan of this particular pumping bra, which allows full access to the breast so you can compress while pumping.

With regard to your Medela, are you using the correct size breast shield? If you hold the pump parts sideways, do the white membranes lie flush against the yellow valves, or do they droop? (If that doesn't make sense, check out this video to see what I mean.) If the white membranes droop or are torn, they need to be replaced. If you are able to meet with a lactation consultant, have your pump with you and ask them to evaluate your pumping set up.

Best of luck to you, momma! Please remember, you are not a failure. Even if breastfeeding ends before you want it to, you are a rock star for everything you've done and continue to do for your little one!

u/keyfile · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding
  • The NICU should provide a pump and bottles if you're not able to breastfeed in the NICU. It depends on your circumstances whether you'll be able to breastfeed immediately. Hopefully someone who's been through a NICU experience can tell you more about that.

  • They sell breastmilk storage bags specifically designed to store milk. I use the Lansinoh ones because I have never had one leak on me. To thaw it, run it under warm water. NEVER MICROWAVE. Some babies are picky about the temperature of the milk, some aren't. You'll have to learn what your baby will drink. Always be sure to test the milk on your inner arm or upper lip to be sure it won't burn baby. There are also bottle warmers out there, but I've never used one.

  • Assuming you're able to stay with baby after the birth, you should be able to start breastfeeding pretty much immediately. In the early months, you'll want to pump every time she takes a bottle to help keep your supply up. has a good page on how much milk baby will need.

  • The best bottles for breastfeeding varies from baby to baby. If you can, try to avoid bottles until baby has the hang of breastfeeding. If you can't, look for bottles that have nipples with wide bases and slow flow. I ended up using Playtex Drop-Ins because Dad and I both work full time, my daughter hated EVERY kind of bottle anyway, and they were easy to clean. If you can't get baby to take a bottle, consider training him/her to drink from a cup or straw. My daughter started drinking from a straw when she was about 7 months old. As soon as she figured out straws she refused bottles.

    Poke around on the site It's one of the best breastfeeding sites out there, very down to earth, with lots of good advice. Also see if you can watch some videos of how to latch and what a good feeding looks like. I love the videos at this site.

    Breastfeeding is hard at first, and it often hurts, but the rewards are wonderful. And always remember that the most important rule of breastfeeding is feed your baby however you need to. If it means formula, so be it.

    edit: clarity, also I can't get that one link working.
u/DeyCallMeTater · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

8 months pp here! FTM.

Our journey was not easy. Wasn't as hard as some others but not as easy either.

We had blisters, cracked nipples and serious pain in the beginning. LO took about 2 weeks to figure out how to latch properly and in the meantime, we had to supplement with formula because my milk took over 5 days to come in. I ran out of colostrum very quickly because I had a big ass baby who apparently decided he was quite hungry.

We didn't use a bottle to supplement, we used the supplemental nursing system. I am convinced it's why we're EBF (no bottles) now. But it's a pain in the ass to use and clean but worth it.

He never took to a pacifier. He will drink from a bottle if he had to (comotomo) or even a sippy cup. We got lucky though. He doesn't reject anything that breastmilk comes out of lol. Loves him a breastmilk popsicle.

I would say, if you can get an electric pump for free, get it. Don't bank on things working out from the get go. I had to pump after every feed for weeks because baby wasn't an efficient nurser. If I didn't have my pump, I probably wouldn't have a supply now. Having to pump after every feed really sucks. It's demoralizing as fuck watching nothing but air come out but that's okay. You need that to tell your body to ramp shit up.

If you do pump, make sure you get the right size flanges.

Your nipples will toughen up, but don't listen to anyone telling you to "pre" toughen them. I got that advice from family...I'm really glad I didn't listen. Instead, have plenty of nipple butter ready and slather that shit on like your nips are thanksgiving turkey. gel pads are a must buy as well.

Try several nipple butters out. Not all work the same for everyone. Earth Mama nipple butter is my jam. But a lot of moms like Lanolin. Lanolin was meh for us.

Also keep high quality raw, unrefined extra virgin coconut oil handy. It's a natural antifungal/antibacterial and in the beginning weeks, thrush is a real concern. Make sure you have probiotics in your system as well.

You could definitely try! Breastmilk is good topically too for eczema. And no, I don't think it's too late necessarily though the causes for eczema are still not 100% clear

My guy has it too and he's breastfed....though it's far less now that I have cut eggs/dairy from my diet. We see a pediatric allergist for it and he's one of the best in his fields and he says that eczema is one of those funny things that we're not 100% clear on what truly causes it. And that one thing can be the cause today....and not be the cause tomorrow.

Don't be nervous!!! See if you have any nursing mama cafe groups, or a La Leche League meeting and go to those. Also see if your hospital has lactation workshops! I went to one every week for the first 3 months. They're a sanity saver bc there's a board certified lactation consultant on hand AND they do weighted feeds.

Clusterfeeding is normal. You can never bring your baby to breast too often. You can bring too little.

Don't ever ever listen to anyone telling you to space baby's feedings out. That comes from formula feeding and NOT breastfeeding. If baby just ate and seems hungry again 30 minutes later? Let em eat.

Don't let baby go more than 2 hrs during the day between feeds. 3 hrs MAX until he's back up to birth weight. Once he's back up to birth weight, you can let baby do the 1 long stretch but you'll want to stack day feeds in your favor then (aim for every 2-3 hrs) Again. You can never offer too much. A baby will stop drinking if they're not thirsty/hungry. The more you bring baby to breast, the better your supply will be. Breastmilk digests in under an hour so keep that in mind when people are trying to tell you baby isn't hungry. Chances are, he probably very much is!

Don't go crazy with nursing bras/tanks just yet. Wait until you've given birth as our bodies will fluctuate like crazy. Then buy ONE you might like and trial it first.

If you have the choice between boppy or my brest friend...the my brest friend is the better pillow for JUST breastfeeding. It's not as versatile as the boppy which I still use now for other things but oh boy is it great for helping you latch a baby.

Use a nipple shield with caution. Weaning off it can be a bitch. If you can power through without it, try. Because then what happens is, you don't get your nipples acclimated and you have to start all over again. Obviously, if the pain is so bad you're going to stop breastfeeding altogether, then yes, of course, do what's necessary but just some things to keep in mind.

If you have the money....I'd think about getting a LaVie massager...that thing has saved me from 3 clogged ducts. Clogs are no joke. The moment you feel one, you work that bad boy out asap. Listen to your body.

Have plenty of drinks/snacks lying around. Look into no bake lactation bites

Be prepared to spend a lot of time with a baby stuck to you. Baby jail is real.

u/erisathene · 7 pointsr/breastfeeding

You can supplement at the breast with a SNS or a syringe People usually tape it to their chest, and it helps stimulate your breasts while making sure your baby is getting enough. Some women do it the entire time even when they can never have enough of a supply. I'm not sure how it works with a nipple shield though, but the tube is small so i imagine it'd still fit in their mouth ok.

When you pump use a hands free nursing bra if possible (srsly makes it better) massage your breasts while pumping and before. Heat compression helps, and after you pump you should hand express from each breasts. I'm not sure pumping more than 20 mins per session is going to do that much more. Make sure the flange fits your nipple/aerola correctly, you can get fitted at an LC.

I had similar issues to you and my supply ended up dropping because we found the issues too late (at 2 week baby dropped weight) I nursed and supplemented at breast with formula or pumped milk, then I pumped for 20mins.

The issue was my baby was SUPER sleepy (somewhat jaundiced, but some can be very sleepy otherwise) in my sleep deprived state I was unaware the baby wasn't really swallowing.
There is a thing called "non nutritive sucking" where they can be asleep and still sucking but aren't actively eating. This is why a nursing session can be much longer than expected. I would make sure they are awake. Try nursing a few times and watch to see how the baby acts, there are videos you can watch.
Watch their jaw and ear motions (have partner watch too) this is what an active baby looks like.

If you find your baby is falling asleep at breast and not doing active sucking you can tickle their feet, take socks off, take clothes off, diaper change. Most of these didn't work well with my slumber bun, we had to use a very cold wash cloth to wake her up, sucks but only thing that got the job done.

All I can think of right now, hopefully that helps. Try to see a certified LC asap or find a LLL leader these are free

u/buffaloec · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

Yes - supplementer :)

This is a link for the "starter" one that costs about $18 on Amazon
It was okay. I used it for about 2 days, but it spilled milk on me two times and just didn't work 2x (because I'd put it together wrong).

This is the expensive-ass one I have (at least it comes with 2 so I can use one and have the next one ready & it's never leaked on me and seems to be pretty idiot-proof to put together after figuring it out by doing it the first couple of times).
I chose it because a few blogs with women whose stories seemed somewhat similar to our issues said it was better, and it is also according to the reviews easier to tuck into a bra to nurse discretely in public and nurse lying down (both of these are very important to me as this is my 3rd kid).

Here's a link for the other one that seems to be popular.

I was seeing an IBCLC weekly and all I wanted to do was exclusively breastfeed and triple-feeding (attempt to nurse, bottle, pump) was so exhausting, I really wish I had started the whole SNS journey sooner ... maybe we'd be able to wean from it sooner and be only breastfeeding. It was so, so amazing when we were able to cut the amount of "top off" by like 2/3 in just 2 weeks. I cannot sing the praises of at-breast supplementation enough -
if what you really want to be doing is breastfeeding, it's BREASTFEEDING, you know?

We've kind of plateaued at the 10oz level, but that may be because of the shield, or other issues we have that I'm hoping will resolve if we stick with it as she gets bigger/stronger. (I actually joined to post/ask about our particular struggle.)

If you're looking for supplements, I found that milkmaid tea and old fashioned oatmeal really helped me a lot.

Edit: formatting

u/mj00614 · 5 pointsr/breastfeeding

I made it to 6 months but I worked full time. I think it would have been easier to make it a year if I worked part time... You are incredibly lucky! Definitely get a good pump. I used a hospital grade and worth every penny. Pump both breasts and then when baby is nursing on one side you can manually pump the other if you want! Go buy THIS

Good Luck! You'll do great!

u/undeadamerican · 10 pointsr/breastfeeding

My first was a very difficult experience, similar to what you're describing. It turned out at about 1 month she was diagnosed with a birth defect that was at least part of the problem, maybe even the entire problem. She just could not latch and even if she did it was very difficult for her to coordinate sucking and swallowing.

My story ended in success. Nursing her is one of my greatest accomplishments, because it was so incredibly difficult in the beginning. You guys will get there, too. Kudos to you for being a great husband and dad in supporting your wife through this.

The number one tip that helped me was getting the baby nice and sleepy and relaxed, just snuggling skin to skin and rocking the baby, and once baby was really relaxed but not fully asleep, gently stroking her lip with my nipple. Sometimes she would open up and latch on - it's instinct and when drowsy she could do it. It didn't always work, but taking a relaxed, non-pushy approach with lots of opportunities to nurse but not a whole lot of stressed-out pressure riding on each attempt.

Also lots and lots of pumping to keep up supply until the baby does latch consistently is key.

Also in my daughter's case I did use a nipple shield. That was the only way I ever got her to latch on. We bought ours at the shop in the hospital where she was born. This is the one I had: It is not ideal to use but better than not nursing at all. (Annoying to clean, not as much stimulation goes to the breasts from contact with the baby's mouth which can potentially impact supply., but in my case did not) Lots of moms are able to wean the baby off of it and just breastfeed directly, I was not but like I said it was still better than not nursing.

Could be tongue tie, maybe reflux, maybe some really rare thing like daughter had. If your baby's doc is not investigating thoroughly enough you can always get a second opinion. Find your local LLL and ask them for free help and also for recs to find a healthcare provider. You're right that it's not this hard for everyone. You guys can do it, though. Hang in there!

u/allbustnoballs · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I use the spectra s2 and like it so far. Granted, I am also a new first time mom and my baby is only 9.5 weeks old and I haven't gone back to work yet, so I am by no means an expert. What I have been doing so far is working for me at home though so I'll tell you my routine. I pump into the spectra bottles that came with the pump and then immediately transfer that milk into either bottles that go in the refrigerator for my husband or mom or feed her, or into freezer bags for my freezer stash. I have been pumping about once a day since my baby was 2 weeks old. At first I would only get an ounce or two at a time so that was only enough for one bottle or just a supplemental bottle or I could combine the milk from 2 pumping sessions into one bottle. (My baby now typically eats 3-4 ounces at a time from a bottle). Eventually (and pretty quickly) I was able to pump more volume. I typically pump in the morning after her first feed because my supply is highest then. I now get anywhere from 4-8 ounces at this pump session. I typically put 3-4 ounces into a bottle in the fridge and the freeze the rest. I think it's good to have someone give your baby a bottle of expressed milk one every day or two so that they won't have a problem refusing a bottle when you go beck to work. To answer your specific questions above:

  1. I don't pump directly into the bottles I feed her with so I can't answer about adaptors. I think either way is fine, but I find it just as easy to pump into the spectra bottles then transfer the milk because you may not pump the exact quantities you would want in the bottles for feeding anyway.

  2. I use the Lansinoh freezer bags. They come in boxes of 100 and are pretty cheap. I haven't thawed any yet, but so far they are working well and many people recommended that brand to me. I never pumped directly into the bag, just poured in what I wanted to freeze from the spectra bottle.

  3. I use Tomme Tippee bottles and nipples and they seem to work well. They are simple and don't have many parts to wash. I think the most important thing for breastfed babies is that you get the slowest flow nipple size possible to avoid babies developing a preference for a fast flow bottle over the breast. I know Dr. Browns is a popular bottle, but it has a million pieces to wash and put together, so I'd recommend trying something more simple first to see if you baby likes it before going to something complicated with too many pieces. Apparently all those pieces in the Dr. Brown bottles prevent air from getting in and cause less gas, but Ifindnif we burp her well after a bottle she's fine.
u/mcsands · 3 pointsr/breastfeeding

Totally normal. Some things that could help are nipple gel pads like these:

Just slather on a healthy layer of lanolin and pop them inside your bra. It feels great and some people like to refrigerate these for extra soothing right after a feed. I didn't love that, but they're amazing regardless.

And I haven't tried nipple shells yet, but you could pick up something like these:

Again, just slip inside your bra and they keep your nipples from touching anything. As a bonus, they'll catch your let-down (which your can save) and also allow for breastmilk to dry on your nipples, which is naturally soothing and hydrating.

With both of these options, your nipples should be able to heal quicker and feel better overall!

u/esachicacorta · 3 pointsr/breastfeeding

I’m no lactation consultant but it looks like he just has a little mouth. My son had a great latch, no tongue or lip ties and my nipples cracked just because he was little. Keep doing what you’re doing; although coconut oil may not be enough of a barrier to help your nipple heal. Lanolin is really great or if you’re opposed get some lansinoh soothies or Medela soothing gel pads. The soothing pads after the saline soaks were really effective for me. I also used a nipple shield to give the nipple a break- just make sure to use the right size.

u/redcabcutie · 3 pointsr/breastfeeding

We supplemented with a supplemental nursing system (sns) Starter Supplemental Nursing System with 80ml Bottle

It's a little tube that goes in baby's mouth while she is latched so you still get the stimulation and she is still getting milk at the breast, it's just supplemented a bit with the sns. The lactation consultant I saw helped me set it up the first time but it was very easy to use!

We also used the dr. Browns preemie level bottles. They have a really slow flow nipple so they are great for newborns.

My oldest had bottles and pacifiers from day one and she breastfed like a champ until she was 12 months old.

Making sure baby is healthy and fed is the most important thing!

u/zombiiee · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I had wicked sore, cracked bleeding nipples for the first 2 weeks or so due to a poor latch. What worked best for me was wearing the medela hydro gel pads between each feeding (you can store them in the fridge for some cooling relief). You can buy them on amazon or walmart online:

I also used Earth Mama nipple butter which worked wonders and was much more natural. I have heard some pretty good things about the Lanishoh pearl gel pads too since you can heat them or cool them.

I know everyone says this but it really does get better and it's so worth it! My LO is 2 months and I still have some problems breastfeeding but it has gotten much easier the bigger he gets. You're doing great! Hope things get better :-)

u/chocolatechipbrownie · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

After I did a bunch of research and talked to other full time working Mamas, I ended up with the Medela Freestyle- I love it. It's a double pump electric and a rechargeable battery. So, just my $.02.

But, other advice, seriously La Leche saved me as well, I went to a few meetings before hand and when I had some problems, I had numbers to call and helping voices to guide me through.

The other thing I HIGHLY recommend is getting a hands-free bustier. I got this one ( and love it. I can work on the computer, walk around my office, whatever while pumping. And, you can just use it over your nursing bra, so you don't even have to get naked in the office. Worth it. Good luck!

u/CorgiSnugs · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

Not exactly a traditional manual pump, but I love the Haakaa pump. Might be what you’re already referring to though.

It’s a small suction hand pump. Great for catching letdown on your opposite side, or in the shower/bath when you randomly let down. If I use it twice a day, I extract enough for a bottle feeding. Super easy and has no parts, so cleaning is a breeze!

u/afternoon_delightful · 3 pointsr/breastfeeding

Congrats on the baby! I’m 3 months out. Here’s what worked for me. Please know that every woman and baby is different though!

For the first 3-4 weeks my baby ate only from the breast. This was to ensure that my body knew to make enough milk. Yes, it meant me waking up sometimes every 30 min - 1 hour for cluster feeds. Yes, it was so fucking tough on my nipples. (If her nipples hurt, I highly recommend these gel pads.). I almost quit multiple times. But as some others have posted, it’s really important in those early weeks to have baby on breast each time baby wants to eat so that your wife’s body knows to make enough milk. My husband helped by bringing the baby to me, handling diaper changes, and making sure that I was eating and drinking enough (this is important!! Her body needs the proper fuel to make milk.). We also had support from his mom who would hold the baby while we got in a nap for an hour or two. Once baby got back up to his birth weight and I felt like we were doing well with breastfeeding (around 3-4 weeks), I pumped about an hour after a feed in the early morning, which is when milk production is at the highest. Just make sure to leave around an hour between pump session and next feed. Then, the next night my husband fed the baby with this milk and I got up and pumped. It sucks, but it’s important for supply issues. Not pumping when baby is fed can lead to decreased supply and also potentially clogged ducts and mastitis from being too full of milk.

With regards to introducing a bottle, we started at 3-4 weeks. Not too early so as to avoid nipple confusion and bottle preference and not too late to avoid bottle refusal. We started with Dr. Brown’s level 1 nipple, but he was leaking milk out of his mouth and got a bit fussy at the breast, so we switched to preemie nipples to reduce the milk flow rate. Here’s a helpful chart on nipple flow rate.. It all depends on the flow rate from your wife too - if she has a strong letdown, slow letdown, etc. Hope the best for you guys!

u/Astla04 · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

Your experience is very similar to mine. My 5 week old also had a tongue tie/lip tie release done weeks ago, however we haven’t seen much improvement. I also have low supply so sns was recommended. I started off with a diy sns and it was so cumbersome, so I eventually purchased the Medela starter sns. This was much more user friendly but it is designed as a temporary measure. One time use but we used it multiple times.

My son also caught on to the tube with both systems. He knew when the tube was going in and stopped feeding when he felt that it was no longer there. It also started to affect his latch so I am no longer using the sns, and back to bottle feeding to supplement. Sorry I wish I had a more positive experience but eliminating the sns process saved me from an extra headache.

Good luck and hope it works out for you!

u/mrscartoon · 3 pointsr/breastfeeding

Hubs and I finally had a night out sin baby #2 arrived. After her 4 week growth spurt and a wonder week she has been cluster feeding nonstop.

This is what I pumped in about 10 min after being gone for 5 hours! I was still going strong but didn't feel like changing out bottles for more. (Side note: I am MUCH more comfortable now!)

Shoutout to the [Haakaa manual pump](Haakaa Silicone Breastfeeding Manual Breast Pump Milk Pump 100% Food Grade Silicone BPA PVC and Phthalate Free (or the boob grenade as I lovingly call it) for making my supply amazing!

u/dandanmichaelis · 4 pointsr/breastfeeding

So I feed my 3 month old daughter at about 5:30-6:00AM. I usually leave my house around 7:00. I've been power pumping the last few days to increase my pumping output (20 min on, 10 min rest, 10 min on, 10 rest, 10 on, and quit) but normally I would only pump 20-25 minutes. After that first pump of the day I pump at 11:00 for 25 min and then again at 3:00 for 25 min. Those sessions usually get me enough milk for the next day at daycare (four 4 oz bottles so total of 16 ounces). I'm going to start pumping right before bed to maybe work up a little stash! The car pump gets me the most output since it's earlier in the morning.

I have the Spectra S2. I really like it. I think it retails around $300 in the US if insurance wouldn't buy it. If you are committed to pumping while at work I would definitely invest in a dual, hospital grade pump. My pumping bra is this one. When I'm ready to pump I just pull my shirt and bra up and strap on the pumping bra. So far I have no complaints! I have yet to find a pumping bra I would wear in replacement of a real bra.

When pumping make sure to have the correct fitting breast flanges! That's really important. Mine were too small and my supply started dropping just after a week. The correct fitting ones make a big difference in comfort and output.

Umm... DRINK all the water and EAT all the food!

That's kind of a review of my setup :)

u/Lutya · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I EP'd for two months after trying to EBF for 10 days too! First, EPing isn't the absolute end to your dreams of breastfeeding. You can always go back if you want to try again. I did, it was hard at first. We had to overcome nipple confusion. But to my delight, using Dr Browns wide nipples actually taught my son how to latch properly.

Second, if you don't want to try again, many people have done really well with EPing. My friend successfully EPed twins 100% for a full year. That's truly amazing because I had to supplement with formula one bottle a day and that was with just one kid :)

A couple of resources I found really helpful:

  1. Invest in a simple wishes pumping bra
  2. Get some Pumpin' Pal Super Shields. Amazing.
  3. I normally loathe this website, but this link was helpful for me
u/throwmeawayjno · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

If you plan on putting your baby in daycare, you definitely need a double electric. As another mentioned, check your insurance!! But if not, I'd still urge you to buy one like the Spectra s2 which is $159 on Amazon right now. Even though it's a large upfront cost....don't forget that formula will cost you so much more in the long run. So you'd be making an initial large investment to then save way more later. Keep in mind that formula can cost anywhere from $70-$150 a month....depending on what you buy.

Don't listen to your bf. You have plenty of milk! Supplementing with formula is only necessary if you weren't making enough or you don't want to breastfeed.

I agree with getting a haakaa to catch the drips. Make sure to buy from haakaa USA. There are fakes that aren't guaranteed that pass themselves off as haakaa.

Haakaa Silicone Breastfeeding Manual Breast Pump Milk Pump 100% Food Grade Silicone BPA PVC and Phthalate Free

One of the knockoffs which was actually a good and trustworthy one was the naturebond but I believe it's been moved likely for copyright.

For a haakaa, you use it either to catch drips after a feed and you're still feeling engorged or during a feed on the non nursing side.

But want to add that it is not a replacement for a double electric. Use a double electric for when your kid is in daycare and gets a bottle. The safe rule of thumb to maintain milk supply is nurse/pump as often as baby eats. For most babies....that's probably 8-12 times in a 24 hr period. you've got a big one so I'd expect your number closer to 10.

To build a stash, you can pump directly after you feed or do 1 additional pump in the morning about an hour after his morning nurse.

Does your bf explain at all why he suddenly wants to formula feed? I bet it's bc it bothers him to see something he sexualizes leaking...but boobs were made to feed babies first before they were ever meant to amuse men....just saying.

u/bitterespresso · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

Not stupid! Why would you know if you hadn't bf'd before? This is it on amazon. They're sold at drugstores too. You just put it over your nipple and baby will start sucking on it like a binky and your nipple protrudes into it and milk comes out the holes. I liked to soak mine in warm water first so it stuck on a little better. If you flick your nipple a little first to make it a bit harder that helps too. GOod luck!

u/apotato15 · 1 pointr/breastfeeding


I had the Medela PISA and while it was okay, I bought the Spectra because it comes so highly recommended. I could NOT be happier with my choice. I have better output, it's quieter and I think it hurts less as the Medela sort of has a "tugging" sensation, the Spectra feels more like vibrating. It also has a timer and a nightlight on it. I've been telling anyone who will listen because I love it so much!

Also, if you have a Medela and the accessories already, you can easily use all the Medela parts with the Spectra. Here's the link (

The Spectra is also a closed system like the Ameda, so you don't have to worry about any backflow problems! I purchased the Spectra with my own money and it only runs about $130 on amazon. Totally worth the money, in my opinion!! :)

Edit: I should also mention that I tried the Ameda, it's the one I chose from my insurance and I was not a big fan. the suction was too low and I thought the speed was slow as well.

u/senora_sassafrass · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

Pumping is the pits. On particularly annoying days, I like looking a pictures or videos of my little man. It helps with let down and reminds me of why I put myself through milking torture on the daily.

Sounds like you've tried a bunch, but in case you haven't seen or tried it, I recommend this hands free "bra" -if you can really call it that.

LactaMed Simplicity Hands Free Bra Kit - Black

It's the only one that I've found worthwhile, you don't have to get undressed all the way to put it on, and it let's me use my hands to do anything other than hold the flanges.

I hope you find a groove that works for you, but if not, it's ok to stop or move into combo feeding or whatever works best for you and babe.

u/jabespetes · 3 pointsr/breastfeeding

It might be a good idea to make sure your shields are sized correctly. My LC recommended Pumpin Pals ([Amazon link](Pumpin' Pal Breast Pump Flanges for Medela, Hygeia, Lansinoh. Sizes M, L, XL, 25mm to 40mm ), which come in a set of different sizes with the idea that you use the biggest when you're most engorged and the smaller sizes when you're less so. Good luck! And congrats on the great long sleep stretches!

u/Alllegra · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

My LC diagnosed a tongue and lip tie which we got taken care of on day 3 of her little life - there was an immediate difference. Up to about 10 seconds of pain while initially latching is considered normal (I would usually cry), but it should not persist beyond the initial latch on. (That eventually stopped though!)

If you don't have them, these were everything in the first two weeks - get two sets and keep them in the fridge!

Gel Pads

I had the LC teach my husband how to help me get baby latched properly because I didn't seem to have enough hands until baby got a hang of nursing and that was super useful. I would usually hold baby in one hand and my boob in the other while husband maneuvered baby's head jnto position and jammed it into my boob as soon as she opened her mouth wide enough. If you can, have LC come to you!

u/PennyHammer · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I bought my lecithin on Amazon (here). But before that I found it in the supplement section of my local Whole Foods-type store.

Just some info: I feel like I've had better success in preventing clogs with sunflower lecithin (as opposed to soy), but I'm sure both work fine. I take 1 pill 4x/day.

And one more person chiming in: do not stop nursing on the side with your mastitis. I've had multiple rounds of mastitis, and I find that nursing on that side helps it heal much better than pumping.

u/elerra · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

We use Carlson Vitamin D drops as well. The dropper method is a pain in the ass but it is literally one drop per day and babe seems to like it. It has zero additives. My led does not recommend iron unless there is a known issue (anemia, etc.). I think it would be worth a call to your ped to determine if this is a blanket recommendation for all BF babies or if there is something specific to your LO. If it is blanket, use your best judgement as to what you are comfortably with.

These vitamins are carried at Whole Foods and Harris Teeter locally in NC, but are also on Amazon. Carlson is $7 for a whole years worth of vitamin D.

u/AstarteHilzarie · 3 pointsr/breastfeeding

[Sunflower Leicethin] ( is awesome. I had thrush and a clogged duct once, lactation consultant recommended this and I went three months without a problem, forgot to take it for a week and started to feel a clogged duct coming on. Took it, massaged/heated it and it went away. It lubricates your ducts so the fatty deposits don't get stuck as easily. It's also amazing for your skin, so that's a bonus! Downside, the pills are huge, but they're not too bad to take. You can also break them down to eat on applesauce or something, but I'm not sure how tasty it would be. Good luck!

u/heartwell · 3 pointsr/breastfeeding

I love my Spectra -- well as much as one can love a machine that sucks your nipples. I started pumping in the hospital with a Medela Symphony, and I get so much more milk with the Spectra.

I exclusively pumped for several weeks while LO was getting the hang of latching, so here are some tips:

I'd recommend getting a power invertor so you can pump in the car if you ever need to. I have this one from Amazon and it works great.

Prepare a "pump bag" to hold all your supplies -- hands-free bra (I have the Simple Wishes bra), pump, storage bags and bottles, permanent marker to label storage bags, a little container of olive oil to lube up my flanges (helps to prevent rubbing), small kitchen rags to wipe up milk, extra pump parts, etc. I use an LL Bean tote bag to transport everything.

In between pumps, I store all my pump parts in a gallon ziploc bag and stick it in the fridge so I don't have to wash them after every pump.

u/Giveemelle · 6 pointsr/breastfeeding

I had the same exact thing happen. I used a manual breast pump for a few mins before the feeding. The suction made the nipple something my LO could latch. Honestly, I use this thing every single day, it’s a lifesaver for a million reasons! I now buy one for all of my expecting friends.

NatureBond Silicone Breastfeeding Manual Breast Pump Milk Saver Suction | All-in-1 Pump Stopper, Cover Lid, Carry Pouch, Air-Tight Vacuum Sealed in Hardcover Gift Box. BPA Free

u/preggers-and-crazy · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

It’s just a plastic cover that is shaped similar to nipples on bottles. You wet it and it suctions around boob with holes in the nipple. I got mine from NICU but you can pick one up at either amazon or target . I have this one and it works great for me. If your LO prefers the bottle nipple this might help with the transition to the boob. Also, I usually hand express a little milk into the shield to jumpstart his sucking. Hope this helps!

u/cjbullen · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I personally went with the knock off brand as it had really good reviews on amazon and I love it. Highly recommend and then you may be able to do both. I also bought a good electric pump used as you can buy all the attachments new and therefore just the electronics are used.

NatureBond Silicone Breast pump.

u/NoMoMommaDramaPlz · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I didn’t have hallucinations but I definitely no longer had a sense of time. I agree with others about using an app. I use Baby Tracker and it’s great for keeping track of feedings.

If you feel like you’re nodding off/ too tired during nursing sessions (like I did) try a breastfeeding timer. It’s small and vibrates after 5/10/20 minutes. It helped me a lot and the vibration was strong enough to wake me up if I started to sleep while nursing. It’s also a night light and you can clip it onto your shirt!

Nighty Night Nursing Light

u/CY550 · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I also exclusively pump. I do both sides at the same time, because when I was breastfeeding he would eat off both sides each time. I make sure to pump every time my LO gets a bottle. I find that a pumping bra (such as this one) is useful for letting me multitask when pumping. I use a boppy pillow to prop my LO up after feeding (once he was a few weeks old) so he can be next to me while I pump. I can interact with him and make sure he’s happy. He’s not a fan of lying flat on his back.

Feel free to message me if you have any questions!

u/itsallcopacetic · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

This one looks super weird, but works for me. I use a spectra pum, but it's universal. It's only $14 and is super small. It can kind of squeeze milk out before you get the flanges in but otherwise is fine. LactaMed Simplicity Hands Free Bra Kit - Black

u/juicyfizz · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

Nursing pillow (I use the boppy), milk storage solutions... Look into Kiinde Twist. You can pump from the Medela pump directly into the twist bags. My coworker gifted me the nice gift set and I'm pretty stoked to use it. Also these flanges, everyone tells me I have to get them, so I resisted for them. I also registered for the $30 medela hand pump because it saved my sanity with engorgement with my first one (hand pump + hot shower = relief).

u/freyascats · 6 pointsr/breastfeeding

The pains definitely ease up. Use all the lanolin you can get for those cracked nipples! (Or, I really like earth mama natural nipple butter) And it will take a few weeks for your supply to figure itself out, but eventually you will start to worry why your boobs aren't hard any more and if it means your supply is dipping (it's normal and no, your boobs are just figuring out how much to produce and at what time). Warm compresses on your boobs help.

I recommend getting a haakaa milk catcher or similar type of non-pump device to catch those flood gates of milk and save it! You don't really want to pump a lot right now because that will just increase your supply more and more.

u/bebebey · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

Second lansinoh soothies that your store in the fridge, and taking any postpartum medicine you might have been prescribed!

You can also pump just a TINY bit to relieve some pressure (if you pump too much, your boobs will be like “OH HEY YOU WANT ME TO KEEP PRODUCING THIS MUCH, YEAH?”

AND ALSO: demand of your support network time and space to take relieving showers. You are 100% not required to fully care for a toddler and a newborn at 3 days postpartum!!!!!!

u/Durka_Dur · 6 pointsr/breastfeeding <--- you may find those are more comfortable. They are tilted flanges that allow you to sit in a more comfortable position and still get great milk flow.

u/einzeln · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

I got this a week or so ago. I think it was recommended either here or r/parenting. I think it works pretty well. I usually wear tanks to sleep in, though, and it doesn't clip onto the strap very well. It works better on more fabric.

I really liked this because it doesn't require any outlets and doesn't stick on a wall. It doesn't affect my partner at all. Be warned, however; batteries not included!

u/Lunulae · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

Ahh! You poor thing! The letdown pain can be so awful but we managed to get through and it went away.I'm sorry I don't have any help for supplementing but my biggest pain relief help was these reusable gel nipple pad things that the hospital gave me. Even 20 minutes with one on a nipple and the soothing relief was so much better than I expected! I didn't even know they existed before I had my son so when ever someone tells me they're having pain I feel like I just have to share it with them haha

u/danipitas · 3 pointsr/breastfeeding

Have to use a pumping bra or hold it. This one is great and you can Velcro adjust the size to whatever size you need for it. Stick the breast shields in and then you are hands free.
Simple Wishes Signature Hands Free Pumping Bra, Patented, Pink, XS-Large

u/nuggetlover99 · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I agree with all of the comments: Get that tongue/lip tie checked out corrected ASAP. Worth the trip. Start pumping - I ended up exclusively pumping until we had the latch issue resolved. One piece of advice I got was - her latch is already bad, so don't worry about "nipple confusion" - get her fed first and deal w/ the nipple confusion later. Best advice ever.

One more thing to consider in the meantime, get a nipple shield. I used [this one from Medela] ( Again, you'll have to deal with weaning off the shield but "split wide open" is not a state your nipples should be in.

Finally - formula is not the enemy. If you have to use it until the other issues are resolved, it's fine. So long as your baby is getting breastmilk, you're a breastfeeding mom. A little formula doesn't negate that.

Best of luck & please update!

u/soawhileago · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

Buy a haaka silicone pump. It quickly solved my engorgement/oversupply issue. My friend basically demanded that I buy one when I told her of my engorgement and I'm so glad.

The electric pump (while offering sweet relief) simulates a baby suckling, which causes your body to produce milk for that "baby." The haaka takes extra milk without stimulating extra supply. It's more like one giant prolonged slurp with a straw.

Check it out! Please don't keep suffering

u/sillyribbit · 3 pointsr/breastfeeding

I got a couple of those silicone suction cup "pumps" and I'd slap one on whichever side baby wasn't currently nursing. It was just enough to take the pressure off, but not actually pumping and increasing supply. I slowly built up a teeny freezer stash that way, too. Now, 6 months out, I throw one in my purse if we go out on a date night or something just in case I start feeling too full. Somewhere around $12 on Amazon.

NatureBond Silicone Breastfeeding Manual Breast Pump Milk Saver Suction | All-In-1 Lid, Carry Pouch, Air-Tight Vacuum Sealed in Hardcover Gift Box. BPA Free & 100% Food Grade Silicone

u/Poppy_426 · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

Echoing others who said that you're never really empty!

This time around I got a silicone suction pump (haaka is one brand, I got this one: I attach it to the side she's not nursing on, and there is still plenty left for her to eat even after collecting 1-2 oz. It's been awesome, and so much less hassle than breaking out a regular pump!

I figure if I get maybe 2 oz a day for a few weeks, that will give me a nice little stash for when I go back to work. For my first I never had a huge stash, and it wasn't really necessary. Having a few oz in the freezer will be a nice cushion just in case!

u/mgnlr · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

Ok so there’s this nursing bra hack that works in a pinch, I’ve also heard about cutting holes in a sports bra. I’ve bought this bra from amazon and it’s pretty good. I want to buy the kindred bravely nursing/pump bra when I go back to work though.

u/NotNotACylon · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I have a Spectra S1 and love it. It's very quiet, fast, and the parts are very easy to clean.

FWIW, I ordered the Spectra S2 from this amazon listing and they accidentally(?) sent me a S1. Just saying...

u/oneshorts · 8 pointsr/breastfeeding

I use the Lansinoh, or Target version of the Lansinoh, because they freeze flat for storage. I dont have a chest freezer, but what I use in my regular freezer is throwaway aluminum food trays, They work well to keep the bags organized. I recommend using the shelf in the freezer to lay the bags to freeze, if the shelf is wire like, you may want to put something smooth and flat down to lay the bags on. When I froze the bags right on the wire shelf, it was hard to stack the bags side by side because the bags became wavy from the shelf.

u/Meowmyy · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

I got the Medela pump through my insurance and it works (it is pretty loud) but it is nice being able to get parts if needed at almost any store! I wanted the Spectra but my insurance didn't provide that option.

Many people use a haakaa on the side they are not feeding on to catch the letdown! I prefer the milkies milk saver since it goes right in your bra/tank top and you don't have to worry about baby kicking it off!

u/BC_2016-17 · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

Breast milk and letting them get lots of air! When you can't just hang out topless, just a tiny bit of coconut oil feels really great. Also these things. You can put them in the fridge and they feel SO good. But don't use them with milk or oil, just a little bit of water if you don't want to use them dry since they can be kind of sticky.

u/librarianzrock · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

My first thought about your post was, "My word! this sub has a lot of acronyms and I know them ALL!"

But to your question, "No" you're not ridiculous. Changing nursing positions helped me in the earlier days. We tried the football hold and the laid back position and those helped a lot. Also making sure LO's head is angled up so drinking is easier. If you're uncomfortable and in pain, that can affect milk flow so try to pamper your nips. I used these gel soothies and they were a life saver. I cut them into quarters and wore a quarter on each nip for most of the day (when not nursing). It does get easier but do what's best for you!

u/kezrin · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

Seconded and commenting to add:

Get a Hakka (I use this one) and use it on the breast the baby isn’t nursing on. It not only collects the run off milk from your letdown (hello early start on a milk stash!), but also the suction helps to pull extra milk off and relieves the pressure from the enforcement. (Especially helpful if baby only nurses one side at a time.)

u/pippx · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

I got one of these and am super excited to use it. Like OP, I'm also 5 days PP and am starting to have some serious spray issues. Going to try this guy out tonight and see how it goes!

u/eulerianconstruct · 3 pointsr/breastfeeding

I am so so sorry this happened. Yeah it's spilled milk, but it was a lot of work just to get that milk to spill!

I had flat nipples and the LC at the hospital gave me a nipple everter. I would use it right before latching and LO could get on no problem. After a couple weeks, she fixed my nipples herself and I haven't used it since.

You're doing a great job, and it is so so hard, ESPECIALLY in the beginning. Lots of love to you. You can do it!

u/Ninwren · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I used the bornfree clip on nursing night light. Not turning on a brighter light has made It much easier to get back to sleep after a night time wake up. It's my go-to shower gift for moms regardless of whether or not they plan to breastfed. I also pack it whenever we spend the night away from home.

Born Free Nighty Night Nursing Light, Neutral

u/erinrae0814 · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I bought this one it is basically one size fits all. It was super easy to put on. Size adjusts by a really sturdy velcro then I could just leave it velcro to my size and take it on and off by a zipper on the front. It has 4.5 stars on Amazon.

u/Redditor111310 · 4 pointsr/breastfeeding

Simple Wishes Hands-Free Breastpump Bra, Pink, X-Small-Large

La-Reve Hands-Free Nursing Pumping Bra - Maternity Breastfeeding Nursing Bra- Breastpump Bra - Pumping Bra Cotton - The Perfect Gift for Every Mother,Light Pink,Large Plus

These are the two I have.

u/doublechecking · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I know you asked for a free standing light so please disregard if I am being completely unhelpful but I used this and found it to be perfect

it is a clip light you put on yourself or the chair or whatever, it even has a timer

u/Gluestick05 · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I like the duckbill ones a lot better because they are easier to get off. These are the ones I have.

u/get_in_mai_belly · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

As for pumping bra I got this for 13 dollars

LactaMed Simplicity Hands Free Bra Kit - Black

Is it a bra, no. Do I feel ridiculous strapped in by shoelaces, totally. Could I make it myself, probably but with a newborn I ain't got time for that. Does it work? Totally! I usually pump one side while my little one nurses on the other so he helps trigger letdown, but I've done both sides a well! Hope this helps!

u/csectioned · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

[this one](Simple Wishes Hands-Free Breastpump Bra, Pink, X-Small-Large
I heart Amazon
Simple Wishes Hands-Free Breastpump Bra, Pink, X-Small-Large

u/JeMLea · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

Get on amazon and buy these. Pay for the fast shipping.

These saved me with both of my babies!

Also, start nursing twice in a row per side for a few feedings - so left left right right - get it?
This will give each nipple more time to heal after a feeding. Apply something cold- like an ice pack or ice wrapped in a soft baby washcloth before AND after nursing. The cold can give you a little numbness before nursing and be really soothing after.

u/CC121622 · 3 pointsr/breastfeeding

If anyone else is looking for something I have used this for a year and I swear by it! Super cheap and easy to use.

u/Hnnh_07 · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I had my first ever one the day before yesterday. I had to do warm compresses and intense massage for mine, along with letting my baby nurse. I got recommended Sunflower Lecithin too, this is the one I ordered: NOW Sunflower Lecithin 1200 mg, 200 Softgels

Now what I didn't know about is that you can feel bruised/sore for a bit after it goes away, so that wasn't fun. Hopefully Lecithin works! Even Amazon had amazing reviews for it! Took my first dose of it yesterday evening.

u/Kenzziemac · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

Have you tried a nipple shield? I was in the same boat as you just last year. When you wear the shield it no longer is painful. At least in my experience :) Stay strong momma!! And congrats!!!

u/nurselife007 · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

My LO has done this since birth (9 weeks old now) and I just push through. I’m okay with it because once she’s done, she’ll sleep for 9 hours. Plus, I’ve had zero supply issues and I think it’s due to my allowing her as much boob time as she wants.
She usually starts around 6-7pm and goes until 10-11pm. I get everything I can done before 6pm then plant myself on the couch. I sleep with nipple cream on and at the beginning I was using these:
I would slap one of those on whichever boob she wasn’t using and omg it feel amazing!

u/obvious_reason · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

Yeah, I get that, and I definitely get not wanting to make major waves! I work for a really small company and I'm just going to be taking over our conference room (which does at least have a lock). But it's good to at least be aware. If I were in your shoes I think I'd be more about holding them to the break time requirements than the space ones, but that's me.

Also, you might want to check out Fremies, which allow you to pump with your shirt on. I'm still pregnant so I'm not to this point yet, but when I get there these are what I think I will use.

u/06TH · 3 pointsr/breastfeeding

The spectra suckles somehow, and is much more gentle. I had the medela first, and when I ordered the spectra I was disappointed at first because the letdown mode is much slower, and I was worried it would not work for me. However, the suckling feels more similar to breastfeeding and once I got used to the pump I had no issues with letdowns. The medela generally gets the job done, but I feel a bit more like a cow in a factory getting my udders yanked :)

Regarding the parts - I bought this: . This allows the spectra to be used with the medela flanges and bottles. So I can use the same parts and bottles for both of my pumps. If you just have the spectra though, you can use the parts it comes with.

u/djlindalovely · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

Have you tried an SNS? The one I linked to only holds 2.5oz but if it works out you can get ones that hold more, although they are a bit pricey. I used one when I had trouble with my LO and I think it helped and a nurse I know used the fancier one and loved it and eventually had her baby nursing like a pro.

u/geekmom32 · 3 pointsr/breastfeeding

Try soothies! if you haven't already. They saved my breastfeeding relationship. I had them on 24/7 the first few weeks. Also lots of lanolin. My favorite was the Medela brand, it was the most comfortable. Try expressing some milk and rubbing it on your nipples and then let them air dry.

u/surrogateuterus · 7 pointsr/breastfeeding

There's a couple options.

Pump one boob while baby is nursing the other.

Slap a haakaa on the non-nursing boob while nursing the baby

Have the pump ready to go before feeding, pump right after the morning feed. The milk can sit out for a couple of hours just fine.

Pump while someone else holds the baby.

Pump after a night feeding. I always used a manual pump for night after-feedings. I just didn't like to deal with all the set up and noise. I only did 10 minutes a boob.

Don't worry yourself too much about a stash. Generally you just need enough to get through the first day because you'll usually pump enough at work for the next day. Its nice to have extra. But really, it's not worth stressing about..with my youngest here I was stressing and when I finally stopped, it seemed like the milk just came a flowing.

u/atomiccat8 · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I bought my extra Spectra parts through their website. They aren't sold in stores like Medela parts are.

I think you'd want the small set of Pumpin Pals. It comes with a pair each of xs, s, and m, so one of those sizes should work. They only work with the standard 24mm Spectra flanges (regardless of what size Pumpin Pals you're using).

The Avent bottles screw onto the Spectra bottles, so that's what I used. I got a few 4 oz bottles and a few 9 oz bottles.

It's really hard to hold the bottles in place while you pump, especially if you're large chested. I'd definitely recommend a pumping bra. I used this over my regular nursing bras:
It was cheaper than a full pumping bra and was more convenient than having to change every time I wanted to pump.

u/Pumpkinmama02 · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

My girl wouldn't latch without milk coming out at all, so you're doing pretty well! I used this supplemental nursing system so she'd get fed and that helped her to know why she should latch on.

u/emeraldeyes · 4 pointsr/breastfeeding

I'm with everyone else in that offering formula at this point is going to impede your milk from coming in. It can take 2-5 days to start switching to milk and 2 weeks for it to fully be in. My milk took about 4 days with my daughter. More nursing = more production.

There's usually a growth spurt at 2-3 days old, so if she's suddenly demanding more, that's probably what it is. Again, nurse and do not offer formula, your supply will adjust to accommodate her.

As for sore nipples, either nipple butter or Lansinoh can help before and after for dryness. You can get nipple gel cooling pads to help with the pain. Something like these were tremendously helpful for me when starting out.

u/pretsyl · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

Looks like these flanges here. I was about to buy them. OP are they better than the plain plastic ones?

u/ria1024 · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

This worked really well for me (I’m size 38 C-E depending on my weight and time since feeding):

LactaMed Simplicity Hands Free Bra Kit - Black

u/coppernecas · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

Ok, I will try to format this nicely, but for some reason it always comes out TERRIBLY, so if you see it's been edited, it's just for formatting. Also, I didn't do any sort of price search, so these links aren't the best price guaranteed.

Dream Team Pumping Purchases

  • Spectra Pump S1/S2 - one has a battery, that's the only difference. You can vary both the suction strength and the suction frequency on both the milking and letdown settings. There is a timer (yay!), and it remembers your settings. The only drawbacks is the tubing has a strange surface finish that picks up everything, so that kind of sucks, and the default is it's not on the letdown setting when you power on.

  • Pumpin Pal Flanges - Unfortunately these aren't compatible with the Spectra style pump parts, so you need some other pieces to use them. They draw the whole breast in, not just the part around the areola.

  • Maymom Adapters - These allow you to use the Medela style connectors and flanges with the Spectra.

  • Medela Connectors - These don't have to be Medela, they can be Maymom or Nenesupply, but I couldn't find ONLY the connectors from either companies in my quick search.

  • Duckbill Valves - These are way better than the little yellow piece valve with a rubber flap (if the flap moves, it doesn't always work). These are one piece, way awesome.

    As for bottles to can use Ameda or Medela bottles, or any bottle that fits the Medela connectors (I use the Medela bottles and sometimes Dr. Brown's bottles since they fit (depends on what's clean).
u/artemisrex · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I just bought this:

Works great, very easy.

I pump 3 extra ounces a day, so basically I use the pump until I get 3 ounces. If babe gets a bottle I pump to replace what he eats. Don't worry about not having enough because you can always give LO what you pumped if you're desperate, although you might want to wait until 5-6 weeks to start pumping if you don't want to introduce a bottle this early and are worried about that issue.

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u/amibritain · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

Yeah, I already have Lanolin. And I'm writing a note on it to tell her to use it every time, not to wait til there is already damage! (also to sit on it while nursing so it softens in time to use it)

Print outs of info, plus my direct line and links to here, I have her hubby getting her a pump and bottles.

I used Lansinoh and Avent pads. Warm/cold pads are a must. Thinking about a Born Free nursing light I saw, it has a little timer and vibrates for nighttime nursing. Kinda wish I had one for those long nights.

u/Kaasteen · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

Boppy Nursing Pillow

Some kind of nipple butter. Lansinoh was what I used (and also found it works well for chapped nose during a cold!)

Nipple Gel Pads


Nipple Shield. These can be tricky but they worked wonders for me in the first few weeks while trying to get my nipples used to feeding. It took a little bit of time to get my LO to eat without it but they also saved my nipples.

u/MrsBeara · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

I think it's probably because they are already sore. They can take a few days to heal. Keep lanolin on them and these are amazing. Stick them in the refrigerator for extra soothing!

u/pugovkastasya · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

Maybe nipple everter could help as well? Lansinoh LatchAssist Nipple Everter with 2 Flange Sizes, Nipple Extractor for Breastfeeding, Suction Latching Aid for Nursing Moms, Nursing Essentials.

u/ultrav5 · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

They're a type of pump. It uses suction to stick to the boob and collect all the let down. I've collected almost 30oz just from popping the haakaa on while I fed my baby from the other side.

As it's just silicon there's no pumping manually or noise like with an electric pump.

Edit to add: Haakaa Silicone Breastfeeding Manual Breast Pump Milk Pump 100% Food Grade Silicone BPA PVC and Phthalate Free by Haakaa

u/Intelegantblonde · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

We used this one. If you go that route then definitely consider buying a backup one - I had a few near emergencies when I was out somewhere and realized I had left the shield at home!!!

Medela Contact Nipple Shield, Medium

u/Now_I_Hate_Doritos · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

Okay... question for you. Would I need to buy this and this? Also, how does the cup sizing work? Is it like Medela?

u/orelsie · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

I have a Medela hand pump with those membranes. I'm not a fan because it's easy to lose the little white parts.

I prefer these off brand replacements (cheaper, too): Nenesupply 5 Count Compatible Duckbill Valves for Medela and Spectra for Spectra S1 Spectra S2
It's kind of funny that they come in a 5 pack.

u/AHusbandAnd2Cats · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

The problem is even when you get a good latch, you have had a bad latch before so the damage is done. It takes about 2-3 weeks in my experience for the nerves to deaden in your nipples and for it to get pain free.

You're doing all the right things though! Maybe take some motrin (you prob already are if you're 6 days pp). I got these madela nipple shells, they protect your nipple from your clothes and allow air in so you don't get thrush.

Also get these soothies, and keep them in the fridge between feedings and slap them on after. These don't allow air flow so don't use them ALL the time.

Also, expressing some milk by hand after a feeding (like a drop or two) and spreading it around your sore nipple and allowing it to dry helps, breastmilk has healing properites.

u/butterfliesintheskyy · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

You could try something like this:

While your LO one is nursing on the right you would suction this to the left and your sympathetic let down will supposedly get you a little bit with each feeding. I haven't actually tried it, but I learned about it today.

u/lithiumjuliet · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

I have a Dr Brown's pump, all of the accessories, and 2 four oz bottles instead of the 2 two oz bottles it came with as I can frequently get 3 oz a side per pump. In the insulated bag, I keep a large hard plastic freezer pack, the 2 small freezer packs the pump came with, and filled milk storage bags. I also carry a smaller package of extra milk bags as well as my wallet, phone, and keys. Because of the fridge situation at my work (read: thieves!), I won't leave anything in the fridge. The freezer pack I use does a good job keeping the milk cold during my workday and I wash my parts and bottles after every pump, since there's no room in the insulated bag with the freezer pack and filled milk bags. This is all in a diaper bag, FYI. The Dr Brown's pump bag is ridiculously large to carry around.

u/ayriana · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

The best thing I did was get a hands free pumPing bra. I use this one and I'm pumping right now. It's still awkward to hold him but not impossible like it would be otherwise.

u/lhinFTW · 4 pointsr/breastfeeding

Definitely both. I also work 3 days a week. My baby only nurses from one side at a time (usually), but I always pump both using a handsfree bra (Simple wishes, These days at 10 months, I can often get away with only pumping once during my 8 hours work day. Especially since she always wants to nurse a bunch right when I get home.

u/emrose28 · 3 pointsr/breastfeeding

I would probably buy one. Spectra is hands down my recommendation and I love mine. I get quite a bit more then my medela, even with the exact same flanges, valves, and tubes. I have this one: Spectra Baby USA S2 Double/Single Breast Pump, 3.3 Pound
There is also the s1, which is the same but has a battery. Also the spectras are not that expensive compared to some other pumps.

u/melsysometimes · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

Now Foods Sunflower Lecithin Non GMO, 1200mg, Soft-gels, 200-Count

Most nutrition shops will have them. Places like whole foods sells them too.

u/puppersandmeow · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I actually use the medela flanges and bottles with my spectra pump. We just got the adapter from Amazon. It plugs in in between the flanges and the backflow protector. It is a little odd but works well.

u/MZ943 · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

hi! so originally we were using one i got at cvs with a 1 mL dropper, but it smelled and probably tasted horrible, and made baby spit up a few times after giving it. so i got one on amazon that is just one little drop, so i hover it over baby's mouth on the changing table and when it is about to drop i just tickle his cheek and he opens his mouth. it is such a small amount it must be a concentrated dose, but it works great and is so easy. here's the link.

u/chaethomia · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

I have not tried them yet (pregnant with my first), but have heard that the Ameda hydrogels last a lot longer than the other brands. Still disposable, but much less so than medela. You can get them on Amazon here.

u/hollyrocks · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

Have you tried taking sunflower lecithin? My milk is very thick and fatty, so nursing was painful until I started taking it 3x a day at first, then I dropped down to 2x a day. It basically helps your milk flow a little more smoothly. Other than that, time will cure a lot of the pain as your nips toughen up. But definitely try lecithin for immediate relief. This is the brand I use.

u/kendallcorner · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I always need something to hold them on. Especially if the bottles get kind of full and heavy. Sometimes shoving them in my bra works, sometimes not. This is my favorite style: Simple Wishes Signature Hands Free Pumping Bra, Patented, Pink, XS-Large

This one is a good style too: LactaMed Simplicity Hands Free Bra Kit - Black

This one didn't work as well for me when the bottles got heavy: BRAVADO! DESIGNS Women's Maternity Clip and Pump Hands-Free Nursing Bra Accessory, Dove Heather

Also cutting holes in a sports bra works, especially if you need one now but it was a pain to get on/off, and I pump multiple times a day, every day, so I got a dedicated pump bra.

u/MsWhatsit83 · 3 pointsr/breastfeeding

Use a haakka to collect the milk! I'd freeze some (after the thrush has cleared up), just in case you ever do need to use a bottle. It is also nice to have on hand when your LO starts solids because you can use it instead of water with cereal/oatmeal and purees. It will last for up to 6 months in a normal freezer and 12 months in a deep freeze. You could also add to bath water if your LO ever has eczema or a bad diaper rash.

u/salydra · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

Pumping will help. You may need to keep at it for a few months, but you call pump less as your supply regulates. Check out Breast Milk Storage Bags

u/charmanderr · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I ended up buying it from Amazon. I had a hard time finding it in a store. Good luck! Clogged ducts suck :(

NOW Supplements, Sunflower Lecithin 1200 mg with Phosphatidyl Choline, 200 Softgels

u/eatanavocado · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I also have sensitive nipples. It did hurt in the beginning but we worked through it and I'm so glad we did. It was absolutely worth it. Also: nipple shield, and nipple gel pads

u/RussetBurrbank · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

Lanisoh makes a little device called the Latch assist, which I found works amazingly on my invented nipple. You suction it on a few seconds before you want to feed, and it pulls out your nipple enough for baby to latch and start a good suck. Also, half the price of those medela ones.

u/lalalalameow9 · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

Lansinoh LatchAssist Nipple Everter with 2 Flange Sizes

Try this! It helped a lot with me!

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I started relactating right around 4 months. I used a Supplemental Nursing System to nurse instead of supplementing with a bottle. I either pumped or nursed every 2 hours except overnight, which was just nursing when she woke up. I had my full (over)supply back by the end of 2 months.

u/Fightsactualfoo · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

Seconding this. Also invest in a hands-free pumping bra (I have this one: You'll express more when pumping both breasts at the same time than you would if you pumped each breast individually. Plus, what's the point of shelling out for a double pump if you can't us it to double pump?

u/LittleHelperRobot · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

Non-mobile: lansinoh gel soothies

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u/CrowningHardtop · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

lacti cups

After the 292843929th time of being covered in milk because LO kicked off the haakaa I found these. I wear them all day when I’m at home because even at 4months I still have random letdowns when it’s not even close to feeding time.

u/pdt2016 · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

I ordered these. Maymom Flange adapter

These plug into the breastshield from Maymom or Medela then into the back flow protector from Spectra.

u/soamazew0w · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

I have tried various size flanges for my medela pump. I even tried these on the left

Nothing seems to get more more than .75 to 1 ounce. Now righty is also only giving me 3 ounces per pumping session :-(

u/askwhy423 · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

Not sure if this will help, but if you look in the comment section someone posts how to use Medela parts on a spectra. Maybe if the parts are similar.

u/bellalinda · 3 pointsr/breastfeeding

medela lanolin before every latch (safe for baby) and lansinoh gel soothies right after every feeding got me through the first few weeks. My consultant said latch was shallow, and it took about 3 weeks to fix. In the meantime, it hurt. Badly. But here we are, still going at almost 11 months. Hang in there! It really, truly gets better!

u/greenbeantime · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

I took 3600mg/day (I got the NOW Sunflower Lecithin and it's 1200mg/cap so I took three of them a day) until the clogs stopped showing up... maybe 4-6 weeks. After that, I took a maintenance dose of 1 a day and would up it to 3/day if I felt the lump come back.

u/iaco1117 · 5 pointsr/breastfeeding

Rationale is that 1) less access for massaging, and 2) compression can block ducts.

Here’s one that works that allows massaging. You just can’t walk around or anything, but does hold up flanges while you’re seated.

u/Hawkeyknit · 5 pointsr/breastfeeding

If you decide to go the route of discreet pumping in public area, I would suggest using cups and quiet battery operated electric pump. The freemies can be worn under a loose fitting shirt with just a couple of thin tubes going to the pump.

Keep the breastmilk. You don't need a fridge, an ice pack will keep it cool.

u/morematcha · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

I just went back to work but I'll try to help.

I started pumping for a freezer stash at about 8 weeks and I still do my extra session most mornings because I'm worried my supply will dip if I stop. My husband uses the milk for baby's first feed after I leave.

I use this bra and it works well but I have to disrobe and put it on while I'm pumping and take it off when I'm done.

My baby takes every drop I make and my husband has to dip into the freezer stash sometimes so I'm not sure how to help you there. 😕

u/funchy · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

I'm struggling too. One thing that's helping us is supplemental nursing system. It's helping her get over her frustration associated with my nipples. .

u/indogirl · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

I'm on my third week back so heyyyy on the same boat. Missing my baby all day probably contributed to some stress, and work in general is stressful, so I really hope I can relax more so I can pump more milk.

I use this hands-free tie thing and find that it's so much easier to set up while at work versus a hands-free bra.

LactaMed Simplicity Hands Free Bra Kit - Black

(On mobile so sorry about the formatting, or lack there of).

u/the-sassyfras · 2 pointsr/breastfeeding

One thing that helped me build a stash in the early days before I returned to work is a silicone breast pump that catches your letdown on the side the baby is not nursing from. I would catch a couple of ounces per feed that would have just been wasted in my nursing pad. They are really reasonably priced to on [Amazon] (

u/guinnessmom · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

shes in pain because her skin isnt use to something sucking on it for hours a day. No amount of forplay in the world could prepare you for that. For the first week, everytime I nursed my toes would curl from the intial burst of pain. Turns out she had a really shallow last and was just sucking directly on my nips. To help with the direct contact with my skin I bought these nipple shields at target and saved both of our sanities.

u/rainbowmaker17 · 1 pointr/breastfeeding

Freemies have sped up my pump time substantially. No need for a pumping bra since they tuck right in to your regular bra. And I don't think pumping only 5 ounces each time should lower your supply since your body makes what it is used to using up. (So, if you are usually pumping 15 ounces it will keep making 15 ounces.) I actually cut out a pumping session at work and just pump a little longer instead. Would that be an option for you? I go 4+ hours between sessions with no issues with my afternoon supply. (I had issues when my pump broke, but that's another story.)

u/LBluth21 · 3 pointsr/breastfeeding

A pumping bra was the only thing that worked to maintain a seal for me. Holding it I always managed to mess it up and it was such a pain.

I got this and it was life-changing.

u/royalic · 3 pointsr/breastfeeding

The default size for the flanges for Medela brand is 24 mm. If you find the angle uncomfortable, consider getting the Pumpin Pal flanges. They come in packs of 3 with 3 different sizes. Kind of annoying, oh well. You can reuse the flanges, just put it in boiling water for 10 min to sanitize it. I wouldn't buy a pumping bra this early, your size will probably change.

Yes to tubing, it's good to have extras lying around. Be advised, they are generally sold in singles and you'll need 2 if you're dual pumping.

DO NOT PURCHASE MEMBRANES. Those stupid white flaps are crap. Get the duckbills instead.