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Old 03-18-2012, 01:28 PM   #1
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Sick baby, no pump

My nightmare situation. We are traveling and without a pump. DS is sick. Very sick. Temp of 104.5 last night. He is barely nursing. He usually nurses all night long and he didn't have the energy. It's now 3:25 pm and he's had one good nursing session today. Both breasts were engorged, so I just got him to take some out of both, but he emptied neither. I don't have a pump here. In addition to being worried about my little guy getting dehydrated, I'm terrified about my supply and about getting a clogged duct.

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Old 03-18-2012, 02:04 PM   #2
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hand express into something to help release pressure.
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:07 PM   #3
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if you could get your hands on a hand pump...even a walmart one...and take a hot shower then try to express some...it would probably help a ton. i feel for you. that sounds like a really upsetting situation.
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:09 PM   #4
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Re: Sick baby, no pump

Search the local craigslist - you'll probably find a ton of cheap pumps, both hand and electric... I hope your LO does better soon! It's awful when babies are so sick..
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i would head to the nearest walmart/target and pick up a cheap hand pump. It will at least give you some relief. I couldn't ever get much trying to express with just my hands.
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:51 PM   #6
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Definitely express by hand as much as you can, and if you have an eye dropper, try giving him breast milk that way so he gets some liquid even if he isn't suckling.
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Well, we ended up in the ER, but he checks out fine. He has also started to sleep again.
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Haha! Sleep on the mind, I meant he has started to nurse again.
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:09 AM   #9
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Blep bleepeedee bleep. I was back at work this morning. I normally get between 6-7 oz first thing. This morning I got slightly less than one. Tell me it is stress from worrying over my little guy and it will be back in a couple days.... Please....
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It is definitely stress! My supply takes a dip when stressed and takes a couple days to recover. Of course...there is always the stress of pumping less compounding the issue . Just do what you can to relax, drink more water and nurse more if possible.

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