Pumping Question

Melanie - posted on 04/22/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I have been successfully breastfeeding my bs for 8 weeks. I rarely/but sometimes supplement him with formula in the evening - one feeding. He has been sleeping through the night (5-6hrs) since we brought him home. I want to get a supply of breast milk started and have started to pump after his second feeding in the morning. Two days I have been able to get 4 ounces in 30 minutes of single pumping. It seems the two feedings after I pump he is not getting enough - he is fussing on the breast (completely out of character for him). And this attitude continues through the day. A health nurse said morning would be best to pump because he is not eating through the night - his last feeding is at 10/11 and his morning feeding is at 530. Is it possible I just won't have enough to sustain him and get at least 4 ounces in the freezer each day? Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated. This is my first - so far so good. I plan to breastfeed until at least 6 months. Thanks!!

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Kathleen - posted on 04/23/2009

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Be sure to drink lots of water (or your liquid of choice) during the day. I think that helps my supply more than anything, but is easy to forget when taking care of a baby!

Joanna - posted on 04/23/2009

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I am exclusive pumper and have been for almost nine months. First I woul say get a good double electric pump. I have a medela and love it. If you want to store milk and feed you are going to have pump more than you would like. Currently I make it on 3-4 pumpings a day but when I need to store it up I need to pump an extra 3 times a day. You body will adjust. It won't happen in the next few hours but it will. Please stick with it. It is very possible to do and you will succeed if you set your mind to and work with your body.

Amber - posted on 04/23/2009

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I exclusively pump so I have read everything I can find on pumping. They say that after the morning feed to pump and after your son eats pump out whatever is left. Also they say that you can pump on one side while nursing on the other. You can take fenugreek or I drink mother's milk tea which supports healthy lactation and milk flow. I get a couple extra ounces days when I drink the tea. If you add the pumping in addition to your breastfeeding your body will eventually make enough milk for both. You are doing great

Nicole - posted on 04/23/2009

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My breast feeding specialist told me not to go more than 4 hours at night with out pumping or feeding. If he sleeps through the night don't wake him but get up to pump. She preached Supply and Demand. If you don't pump that extra milk out your body seems to think its supplying enough. She also said to pump out any extra milk when your baby is done eating. You may only get an ounce or two but you will build up a supply better this way. Im trying this too so Ill keep you posted on how it goes for me.

Emily - posted on 04/23/2009

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Really is best if you are pumping with an electric breast pump on both sides at the same time. You can rent breast pumps at your local pharmacy. You could also pump between the bedtime feeding and the 5:30 feeding. I find I have a ton of milk then.



How about pumping a few times for a shorter duration and collecting milk vs. getting what you want from one pumping session?



Good luck to you and GREAT JOB! Stick with it!

Jennifer - posted on 04/22/2009

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Melanie,



Congrats on making it for eight weeks. You are doing a fantastic job.



I successfully breastfed my little girl for 14 months. What type of pump are you using?



The best way to build up your supply is to pump at the same time each day. Shorter pumping times about 15 minutes a side. Four ounces on one side is great. Make sure that you pump on both sides and double pump if you can. Both sides let down, so you can collect more milk.



The other thing to do is to make sure that you are getting enough to eat and drink. I found that when I was really run down and tired, my supply would temporarily go down. Babies know how much they need, and they'll let you know. It is possible that your little guy is getting ready to go through a growth spurt. They tend to feed a lot more during those times. Hope this helps!

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