how much milk do you get when you pump?

Julie - posted on 01/15/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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How much milk do you get when you pump and how long have you been breastfeeding for? Also, when do you pump?

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Lise - posted on 01/17/2010

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Full time breastfeeding output is often .5-1 oz. Pumping INSTEAD of feeding is about 3-4 oz.

Best time to pump is after the first feeding - milk is at its highest between 2-5 AM I believe. If I pump on one side while she feeds on the other, I get a TON more. Going on a little more than 3 mo of bfing.

Anneke - posted on 01/16/2010

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Tried pumping a few times and cant get feck all out. William seems to be good at getting it out but my manuel pump crap at it. I am debating ording an electric one as my nipples get really sensitive around my period but the once ir twice I gave william a bottle he just chewed the top of it. he actually prefers things in a cup! and not a sippy cup.

Naomi - posted on 01/15/2010

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I tried pumping in the beginning and got barely 20 ml out of each side in 15 mins each (that's WAY less than an ounce) we had milk supply issues! I thought i just couldn't pump cus I knew my guy was getting milk out during that time. I stopped cus it wasn't effective, and just started again at 5 months trying to pump cus I wanted to store milk and also have some to mix with cereal. after having breastfeeding established and stable, on the second try it worked! at first I got an ounce out from both sides (I have one VERY bad side that my son basically doesn't even drink from any more) over time i got on average 2 ounce per session, that's pumping at night when he's been in bed for about 3 hours, so basically a 'missed' feed. I still don't get a lot if I try pumping right after a feed, he takes what's there. I sometimes can get 3 ounces and once or twice got 4. I know my son gets more milk out than that, cus we've done test feeds at the clinic. I'll probably never be able to make enough to store huge amounts, but I'm ok with that, hopefully when he starts dropping feeds in the day I can pump at those times and build up a bit bigger supply for the occasional night out after he's turned a year. we'll see. but yah, I totally beleived I couldn't pump, just keep at it, I pump 10 mins one side, 5 the other cus that's my bad side. I find pumping puts a lot of stress on my nipples so I watch the level of suction carefully and stop if it's getting painful or the nipples are turning purple. good luck!

Cara - posted on 01/15/2010

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About 6oz at 11am and about 3oz at 3pm. I pump at work. Zoey is 12 weeks old. I start pumping when she was 5 weeks old.

Lyndsay - posted on 01/15/2010

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I only pump so that I can make my daughter's cereal with breastmilk, but average about 5 oz. per pumping session.

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Katie - posted on 01/18/2010

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When my son was in the hospital, they said they don't expect any mom to get more than 4 ounces when they pump. Some women just get more and others don't. When I pumped because he slept most of time, I got 4 ounces out of each side, sometimes more and sometimes less. For me it was harder to pump than it was for me to just bf. My mother in law used to get 8 ounces out of each side.

Kat - posted on 01/18/2010

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Some woman just don't get a lot of milk pumping. I didn't. I bf for 12.5 months & didn't have too many problems. But whenever I needed to pump just could hardly get anything out. Fortunately I didn't need to rely on it too often.

Kimberly - posted on 01/17/2010

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when were you pumping? could you feel a let down? if you pump right after a feeding an ounce is great. if you pump at the time the baby needs to nurse it is a better estimate of how much you are making. some people weight their baby before and after nursing to see how the baby is getting

Kimberly - posted on 01/17/2010

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my daughter is 7 months no formula. she gets a bottle twice a day on tues thurs. I usually pump three ounces. I think she eats more from the bottle than she nurses. i think she nurses 3 oz at breast and is content but when she gets it in a bottle she drinks no more than 4 oz. she still nurses every three hours with me

Shannon - posted on 01/17/2010

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Oatmeal if you like it will naturally increase your supply. Of a non-alcoholic beer. Something about the yeast. Mostly just relax and pump often. It isn't the amount you get each session that increases your supply. Pump more often and your supply will increase.

Julie - posted on 01/17/2010

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Thank you. These posts are so helpful. I use the $300 Medela double side pump. I think with time I will get more milk. I am going to try the breast massage and maybe a picture of my daughter. I also am going to try having a bottle to catch the milk after my shower, and at night when both breasts are full.

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Hi Julie

I'm a mum of 2 breastfed kids and also a breastfeeding counsellor in New Zealand. I expressed with both of my children. With expressing, by hand, or by pump, it is a good idea to keep up with it. Your breasts get the hang of it with time. If milk supply is good (so baby is feeding well and putting on weight etc) then you know the milk is there, it's getting it out with the pump. The important thing is being able to get the milk to 'let down'. Skin to skin (either with baby) or through doing about 5 minutes of breast massage is really important to get your breastfeeding hormones working to help the milk let down. Do about 5 minutes of little circles working all the way around the whole breast before you start pumping. It may take a minute or so before the milk lets down. Try also having your baby near, or a photo or worn piece of clothing to help with the hormones as well! All the best!

Jennie - posted on 01/15/2010

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when i breastfed i was able to get 5oz from each breast, but thats only because my son was a hungry baby and took that much... i found the best place to pump was in the bath and to catch the milk in a breast milk catcher thing that goes into ur bra whilst feeding, because what ever breast you are feeding from the other one will leak and i found that, i was catching atleast an ounce. the trick is...the more ur body thinks the baby needs the more it will produce, also eat and drink whilst ur pumping just like when ur feeding

Tara - posted on 01/15/2010

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Its still early yet. Just give it time and you will be able to get more and more. I always pump when i know im going to go a while with out feeding my daughter. like during her nap, after she goes to bed, or in the morning when i know she is still going to sleep a while.The trick is to pump even if you dont fell full. the sucking will tick your body into thinking your baby is eating more and it will start to make more and more. It will take a few days before you notice a change. and if you daughter only eats off of one breast at a time then either pump the other breast while she is eating or right after she is done. I had to work at it a long time before I felt like I was getting a stock of breast milk in my freezer. Do you have a good pump? that makes a big difference! I had a crappy one then i went and got a medla one and I was able to pump more and faster. Hope it works out!

Celena - posted on 01/15/2010

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Yup, that sounds like exactly what would happen to me- just keep at it. In the mornings was when I would get the most and I always pumped right before his biggest chunk of sleep at night. Your baby's still young- I'm sure you'll be pumping alot in no time- it's pretty cool to watch when it starts to come out really visibly in streams instead of just teeny little drips. Good luck!

Julie - posted on 01/15/2010

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Thanks. I have pumped twice, but only get about an ounce out of each breast. My daughter is 7 weeks.

Celena - posted on 01/15/2010

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I hardly ever pump anymore because I'm lucky enough to be a SAHM and my little guy never really cared for bottles. When I did pump I was lucky to get MAYBE 3 oz. on my good side. It started out as much much less but got better with time. I used a dual action electric pump and I think that helped alot. I think once or twice I was able to fill a whole little bag from one 10 minute session. My son is 10.5 months old and we are still breastfeeding.

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