supplementing

Nora - posted on 10/23/2008 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hello my name is Nora and I have a 5 week old daughter who I am breastfeeding. Right now I am exclusively breastfeeding and am having poor luck with pumping. I would like to continue to breastfeed for the majority of feedings but would also like to have the option of giving her a bottle maybe once a day and for special occasions when I can't be with her. I was just wondering if anyone else is in the same boat.

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Brandy - posted on 10/25/2008

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I always found pumping first thing in the morning to be most successful. Also, what kind of pump do you have? A manual pump never worked for me and a lot of pumps out there seem to be inferior to the Medela. You can try renting a Medela from the hospital to see if it works better for you before investing in one. I agree-it is nice to have some milk stored so others can help out with feedings. Good luck!

Elizabeth - posted on 10/23/2008

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Nora- I've been an "EPer" (Exclusive pumper) for 4 months now.... heres some thoughts...
could it be that your "horns" aren't fitting correctly? When I had initially talked to the LC at the hospital, she stated that 95% of women are using the incorrect sized horns. Which can make it uncomfy or painful to pump. Standard size that comes with the pump I believe is a 24mm, one of mine is a 27, the other is a 30. So it even varies from your right breast to your left. :)
Also, someone also mentioned that a lower setting might be better? Higher setting doesn't always mean more milk production.
Hope that helps!

User - posted on 10/23/2008

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Is that an electric pump? Maybe you need to lower the setting?

Pumping is a skill - you will get better with practice. Does your milk actually let down while you are pumping? Or are you collecting it drip by drip?

You will find that it is easier to pump when you are relaxed - not watching the bottle & stressing about how much you are getting. Being stressed will stop your milk from "letting down". I try to pump while I'm watching a movie or something, so I'm distracted. You can also try doing it just after a shower - the heat makes the milk flow better. Your milk will let down in both breasts at the same time - so you could pump one side while baby is feeding the other, as Jessica suggested.

I wouldn't be too worried about giving her bottles at this stage. Ideally, you should wait until they are 8 weeks old to start introducing bottles, because you don't want to risk nipple confusion (baby may develop a preference for bottle rather than breast).

Nora - posted on 10/23/2008

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i have gotten about 1 -2 oz both times I have tried pumping that is just part of the problem. The other problem is it is not an enjoyable experience and it is rather uncomfortable. I have the medela single deluxe pump

Shawna - posted on 10/23/2008

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I was a little confused about how to get started pumping and breastfeeding. I found that pumping right after the morning feeding was a good time. I also pump at night after baby is sleeping. I have a 3 month old and am still exclusively breastfeeding. Just started back to work a few weeks ago and pumping at work is going great!

Jessica - posted on 10/23/2008

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I'm pretty much in the same boat with an almost 4 week old. Have you tried pumping before you nurse your baby after her longest period of time not nursing? This should ensure that you breasts are nice and full. Baby is always able to get more milk out. You can also try pumping one breast while baby is nursing from another. These seem to work for me, I generally get 2-3 ozs a pumping. This should also help increase your milk supply.

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