May 2013 Moms

Dropping a Pump and Formula Supplement- Advice

Hi gang! I feel like a stranger lately- after TB did their redesign that apparently didn't stick, I wasn't able to access the page for a while (total user error, ha!).

So, I've finally decided that I'm tired of being chained to my pump (we are EPing), and I'm going to drop my middle-of-the-day pumps. I still want to pump 2-3 times in the morning (MOTN, first thing in the AM and around noon), but then take out the 2 daytime pumps and not pump again until DH is home and can take care of Little Snuffles around 6. Then I'll do another pump before bed. That would take me from 7 sessions a day to 5. Any advice or tips on what to expect? Any chance I'll be able to keep my supply up?

I imagine I'll also have to start supplementing with formula. I was going to try the half BM/half formula bottles and see how that goes. Question is: Snuffles only takes about 3.5 oz each feed, but the minimum mixing equation on the formula is for 2 oz. I know I can't just mix up 4 oz and save it, right? You have to use it within an hour? Though some people say they mix up a pitcher for the day. How does that work out?

Also, what kind of water do you all use for bottles? Do you boil it first? Use bottled? We live in Germany and in this area they pride themselves on their really top quality tap water, so I feel like it's as safe as anything in the States. Also, what temperature of water do you use?

 

 

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Re: Dropping a Pump and Formula Supplement- Advice

  • KLJ3KLJ3
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    We are sort of in the same boat, except I dropped my nighttime pumpings instead of the daytime ones. I now only pump four times per day: 6:00am, 12:00pm, 6:00pm, and 10:00pm. My supply has certainly decreased, but I've hit a plateau where I can provide at least a third [but usually half] of LO's daily ounces. Be prepared for engorgement when you first skip pumping sessions.

    LO has been supplemented with formula since the beginning, and we don't mix it with BM. I just feed him formula bottles when I don't have enough for a BM bottle yet. I make a full 4 or 6 oz bottle depending on LO's appetitite, and just accept the fact that some is wasted. We don't make up any ahead of time.

    We have pretty amazing tap water here, but because our pipes suck, we mix all our formula with room temperature water from a Brita pitcher. When we're visiting family, though, I just use tap water.

    Good luck!
  • We do mixed bottles... 2 oz of breast milk mixed with 3 oz of formula. You can make formula in advance and keep it in the fridge for 24 hours. It is good at room temp for one hour.

    We typically use refrigerated breast milk, then add 3 oz of warm/hot tap water and mix in a scoop and a half of formula. I really wish they would just provide a scoop big enough to make one oz instead of two, but we eyeball the half scoop and it seems to be fine. I'm pretty sure daycare does the same thing so I figure its pretty typical.

    Since the breast milk is cold, the tap water makes the whole thing a temp that LO will take.

    Hope this helps! Sorry... no advice re supply; we've had to supplement since the beginning. We do mixed bottles except for one all formula bottle before bed.

    Eta... I also dropped my MOTN feed, since LO started STTN. I typically pump 4x a day... early am, late am/early afternoon, late afternoon and before bed. I'm not consistent with time.
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  • I slowly dropped pumps. I was down to 3 a day and producing about 30oz but she's been taking that much in so I added an extra pump back in yesterday. I haven't had to supplement with formula yet. I dropped from 8 pumps a day down to 3 over probably 3 weeks. I never pump in the MOTN. I pump at 6, 12, 6, 930. I get the exact same amount pumping 4 times a day as I do pumping 8.
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  • I try to keep my pumps spaced fairly evenly throughout the day... right now that's about every 4 hours, longer at night if LO will sleep! I was pumping 8 or 9 times a day and over time have slowly dropped back one at a time. I am now doing 5 or 6 pumps. Right now I can go 4 or 5 hours between comfortably - once we hit the 6 hour mark I start to get engorged and it gets painful. I'm planning on expanding the time between pumps slowly to drop down some more. It's great to be able to get out during the day and do things without having to worry about pumping! 

    I have seen some decrease in output (from a high of 42 ounces, now usually between 25-30 oz), but I am still pumping more than she takes in and I have a freezer full of milk, so I am ok with that! Actually, part of my reason for dropping pumps is that I hope to produce a bit less - my freezer doesn't have any more room in it, and I don't think it's worth the money for us to buy a deep freezer (and we live in an apartment, I'm not even sure where we'd put it!).  

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  • With regards to formula and water definitely boil water before using it for mixing. We actually use a gallon of Gerber water that's made especially for mixing with formula or cereal so no boiling necessary. We get it at Walmart or target. And babies r us and buy buy baby carry it as well I believe. And I pre make his bottles since you can refrigerate for no more than 24 hours, so I usually make bottles for the day and just grab as I need them. Nice and easy! And then I warm them in bottle warmer.
  • LN1024LN1024
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    Ahhh, this is no help but this is the fourth post I am asking on... where did Snuffles come from?!?!
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    Ahhh, this is no help but this is the fourth post I am asking on... where did Snuffles come from?!?!

    Oh gosh, I'm such a spaz! Sorry if I've ignored your question- it was not intentional. I started calling her Snuffles because she makes little "snuffling" noises all the time. More so in her first month, but she still does it from time to time. You know the sound, not quite a wimper, not quite a grunt. Just a little snuffle. So now Husband and I call her Snuff or Snuffles or Little Snuffler or anything along those lines.

    It is my ultimate goal to rewrite the lyrics of Rick Ross's "Hustlin" to "Everyday she's snufflin'" and post a video on YouTube. We'll see if it ever happens. So far I've got "Everyday she's snufflin...except for when she's sucklin'...can't wait until she's chucklin'. It's a work in progress. :)  

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  • Thanks everyone! These comments really help a lot. I did 5 pumps today (debating a 6th before I go to bed- it's almost 10:30 pm here) and got more than I usually get in 7, but I feel like that's just a fluke. Today was great and I felt really liberated from my milking machine!
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  • LN1024LN1024
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    image LN1024:
    Ahhh, this is no help but this is the fourth post I am asking on... where did Snuffles come from?!?!

    Oh gosh, I'm such a spaz! Sorry if I've ignored your question- it was not intentional. I started calling her Snuffles because she makes little "snuffling" noises all the time. More so in her first month, but she still does it from time to time. You know the sound, not quite a wimper, not quite a grunt. Just a little snuffle. So now Husband and I call her Snuff or Snuffles or Little Snuffler or anything along those lines.

    It is my ultimate goal to rewrite the lyrics of Rick Ross's "Hustlin" to "Everyday she's snufflin'" and post a video on YouTube. We'll see if it ever happens. So far I've got "Everyday she's snufflin...except for when she's sucklin'...can't wait until she's chucklin'. It's a work in progress. :)  

    Ha, ohhhhhh, that makes sense! I was so curious!  

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