Thursday, December 6, 2007

Now I know what dairy cows feel like

I want to take my crappy manual breast pump that got rave customer reviews, place it behind my rear passenger side tire and back over it.

Repeatedly.

I just can't get the damn thing to work. My nipples hurt, what little comes out leaks all over me and I end up frustrated and ready to cry or angry and ready to hurl the thing across the room.

Stupid piece of shit.

21 comments:

kimiedawn said...

Did you get an electric one? I know the manual ones are pretty much pieces of crap. The electric ones though you pretty much just hold and it does all the work. You might want to check in to that. They are expensive to buy, but I know you can also rent them. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Kelly, I couldn't use the pump by its self either. What I found worked for me (and our 4 kidlets) was to nurse on one side, while holding the pump on the other, then switching. Otherwise, I ended up as you are feeling.

Hope it's useful!!

Jill

Anonymous said...

Good luck Kelly. I was able to get breast milk into a bottle and then my daughter wouldn't accept that nipple!

Bitchy Mom said...

What kind of pump do you have?

I highly recommend Medela. I started off with a manual though. An electric pump will probably hurt too much in the begining.

Go run to Target and get the Medela manual pump... it's like $30. You can do it at your own pace so it won't hurt.

And don't be frustrated about how much comes out. Your boobs have to get used to this new process. I couldn't even get out 1/2 an ounce the first month. Now I can get out about 3 ounces, which also isn't a lot, but I have very tiny boobs!!

Hope this helps!!

*HUGE HUGS*

www.xanga.com/Kriston_Faye said...

None of the cheap ones work. The expensive ones actually do. Here's what you do though. Ask the lactation consultant to give you places you can rent the hospital grade ones. They are the ones that REALLY work and you don't have to pay as much. So rent one and of course buy your own tubing and sucker things and be done with any of the rest of those things. They just don't work. I could have milked myself better than those things.
Sometimes it's just hospitals that rent them but other times you can rent them from drug stores. You will be so happy if you can get one! Just the lovely feeling of being totally empty for once! AND someone else will be able to feed her so you can sleep for more than two hours. Good luck!
p.s. About milking myself. Daniel used to take a boob and squirt Sophia in the face. She was always insulted. He loved to see how far across the room he could get the stream. When you get more rest...you can attack Toby. I promise it will be fun.
Also. They make these nice circles to put on your boobs called soothies. They are like lovely little ice packs for the nipples. Find them. Don't buy the cheap ones there either. Babies R Us online has them I know. There are some cheap Gerber ones that work but not as well.

Marcy said...

Unfortunately as I read the million reviews on amazon.com for all the popular pumps (electric and manual) the one consistency seemed to be that there were always lots of people who LOVED the pumps, and just as many who HATED them. =(

Marsha said...

I was never dexterous enough to nurse one side while pumping the otehr. Something about non dense breasts and nipples that hang weird. I have to hold my breast up and in the mouth, even when I nurse a toddler, so anyway unless I was Miss Spider and had 8 hands couldn't do it. I hated pumping, never got more than 3 oz at a time, thought it took up too much time and effort and all of that.
I just carried my baby around and nursed.

Rachel said...

boo! I used Medela Pump in Style. double, electric, just like being hooked up to a cow-milking machine. But expensive...

Anonymous said...

i hear lanoish is best for sore boobies.
as well as cabbage leaves.

Anna said...

Oh god, I had a manual one too for my daughter and it took forever to get the milk out and I literally felt like a cow, except that I had to milk muself. I hated it and I think it got used three times.

This time around, after everything I've read and heard, I'm going to spend a little extra money and get an electric pump.

Anonymous said...

Use an electric pump. I used the Medela one that lets you adjust the "suck strength". I had to pump while kids nursed. I got much better results that way.

Anonymous said...

It's hard. I gave up, but wish i hadn't. Hang in there, and take the advice of the people that have actually made it work. In the long run it's worth it. But if you do not continue try not to beat yourself up either. It's much harder than people ever in a million years told me.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry. Everything I have ever heard was to use the electric ones. Having no experience myself I can only wish you good luck with it.

Chris said...

I tried them all and every single one of them hurt me. Sorry, I'm no help :)

Traci said...

Yeah, babies are MUCH more effective at getting milk out. I got an electric Medela Pump in Style as my gift in the hospital and it worked very well. They have different settings so you can start out at a low suction so that it won't hurt. They are expensive if you have to buy them though (somewhere in the neighborhood of $300). A friend told me that you can rent the electric ones though. Trust me, they are much better!

And cool cabbage leafs placed inside your bra cup makes sore, burning nipples feel better. Plus you don't even have to get off the couch if you need a snack. Hee, hee.

Heidi said...

I find that I can only get milk when I pump in the morning! And I have a Medela Pump in Style ... worth every penny!

Anonymous said...

You should really check out Medela's pump. They have a single and double electric pump and it worked wonders for me. It's a little bit more expensive than the other ones, but definitely worth the money.

Ray/http://www.xanga.com/marilynmonroe4u2nv said...

Maybe you could call your lactation consultant, and ask for some help. Just a thought.

Take, care.

jsi said...

Merry Christmas
Medela Electric Pump In Style...worth every penny, especially if there are hopes for more children in your family. It is a double pumper (7 minutes from full to empty)and has a variable pressure you can adjust for comfort.
It was an investment for me and it helped promote my milk supply especially when my infants began sleeping for longer stretches at a time. I consider I was able to nurse as long as I did because of what The Medela Pump in Style was able to help me begin to "plan on my milk" and have 60 ounces of nourishment in the freezer or refrigerator.
The manual pumps are very frustrating -

Kaz said...

Hi Kelly, the best time to express is when you are most full which is usually in the morning after the first feed or the early hours of the morning. Try putting a warm flannel on the breast you are expressing from. I know it's hard but you need to try and relax so watch tv, read a mag, browse the net etc and you might suprise yourself.

We have Medela here in the UK but the manual one that is most popular is Avent Isis I don't know whether you can get them.

Some people swear by the electric one and others by the manual. If possible try and loan one first to see if it is suitable.

Like everything expressing gets easier the more you do it and your body adjusts. At first you might only get very small amounts but it does build up.

Can you get a lactation consultant to come and see you they will have great advice.

You are doing great though so don't put too much pressure on yourself.

Kaz x

Anonymous said...

Don't use cabbage leave. It is an old remedy that will actually draw the milk out to the point of drying you up. Thats what my lactation consultant told me.