A Story of Long-Term Pumping by guest blogger Hayley

by Abby Theuring

PicStory-2013-09-06-10-04I have been Exclusively Pumping (EP) for 32 months at the end of September.

My story in a nutshell is my daughter was born 6 weeks premature, she was in NICU for 2 weeks but she developed oral aversions due to being intubated.

I tried to breastfeed but she would scream if anything touched her mouth so I started pumping for her.

She wouldn’t latch on me or a bottle at all and was fed with a 3ml syringe for 5 months, she was a very poor feeder and was in and out of hospital 18 times for dehydration and poor feeding before she was even 6 months.

IMG-20121002-00194When she was 14 months she was diagnosed with sensory processing disorder, she continued to be a poor feeder but even though she was underweight she was never malnourished, her pediatrician was amazed that even though she would go weeks without solid food her bloods still showed she wasn’t lacking anything.

At 31,5 months she still weighs 10,5kg and still goes days without eating, but I’m confident in the fact that she gets everything she needs from me pumping for her.

She has never latched, despite me trying every day for the first 18 months, I worked with occupational therapists, dieticians / IBCLC’s, speech therapists and lactation consultants but no one was ever able to help me get her to latch.

my baby and pumpMy pumping journey is not quite over yet, I am not emotionally ready to stop and she still needs my milk both for nutrition but she also asks when she is scared, tired, upset or hurt, so I still believe that even though she doesn’t nurse at the breast, we still have an amazing breastfeeding bond, one I am exceptionally proud of!

Thanks for reading my little story, I mainly wanted to share it with you to show you that long term or full term EPing is totally possible and just as beautiful as full term nursing :)

Hayley

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About Abby Theuring

Abby Theuring
The Badass Breastfeeder is a mother, writer, social worker, attachment parent, proud breastfeeder and advocate. Her career as a social worker has shown her that gentle and connected parenting is vital for life-long emotional health. You can find her blog at www.thebadassbreastfeeder.com and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheBadassBreastfeeder.

7 comments

  1. That is amazing! my daughter will be 9months and only pump she stopped nursing at 2months. I did five with supply until last couple months I have donors still pump and still end up having to use formula also invested in meds to help production which helped I went from barely getting two once in a day to producing her two to three bottle of four ounces a day just hasn’t got up to enough where I don’t have to use formula anymore. If I didn’t have production problems I would pump past a year.congrats that you can!

  2. You are doing such a great job for your little girl! Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your story.

  3. What a beautiful story. :,)

  4. This is great! I EP’d for 12 months with my first son 4 years ago. I could find very little on the subject. Many people (including one La Leache League leader) told me I could not do it but that was all I needed to motivate me. I was able to nurse my second one and my bond with both boys is equally strong! You will be an inspiration to many Moms!

  5. So uplifting. My son had trouble latching, so i am going on 6 months eping. Feels great knowing i am sustaing his precious little life:) how often do you pump and what have you found that keeps and abundant supply i would like to continue this as long as i can!!

  6. Wow. What an amazing story. Thank you for being strong and persevering with and for her. Proud of you!

  7. What an amazing story! What a lucky little girl!

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