pumping

Angie - posted on 11/26/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I am a SAHM nursing a one month old. I don't leave my son often, but I would like a decent milk supply for the times that I do in the future. Right now I pump after the first feeding in the morning and after the last feeding at night. I am averaging about 3 ounces TOTAL a day between the two pumping sessions. I am wondering if I can get some advice on how to pump more milk in a day. Should I pump more often throughout the day? I have to pump after I nurse my son because I can't skip feedings.

Also, am I pumping correctly? I have a Medela pump. After the first letdown suction and I am no longer producing milk, then I stop. This takes about 5 minutes. Should I start over and see if I can get more milk?

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Stephenie - posted on 12/01/2011

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if you are breastfeeding i suggest to pump more especially an hr after you eat because there's more milk to pump. Medela is the best i use it too. hope it helps.

Olleka - posted on 11/30/2011

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Try pumpiing while feeding, i have the medela swing and seem to get twice as much this way

Rebekah - posted on 11/29/2011

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Will he even take milk that's been frozen? My kids never did. Apparently breast-milk (in some mothers) can release an enzyme when it's frozen that gives the milk a metallic taste. So just make sure you aren't wasting your whole day pumping milk that he'll never drink (like I did with my first child).

Caitlin - posted on 11/26/2011

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My body doesn't take well to pumping.. I've always had a heck of a time doing it, I almost never get a letdown while pumping, it's a slow and monotonous process (i've done it with 3 kids - this is my third). I've found a breast masage sometimes helps, and placing a warm washcloth on the breast before pumping.

I have a medela hand pump, not the electric one because i used to pump at work for my second and had no access to an outlet for power. I found it worked okay, but apparently the other ones are better.

I think around 6 weeks the milk production tends to stabilize and it makes it easier to pump a little bit extra. Don't give up though, it takes patience but eventually your body SHOULD clue in to the demand for more milk..

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Lauren - posted on 11/29/2011

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I am an exclisively pumping mother. I pumped for 16 months with my 1st child and am pumping again. I would suggest pumping more throughout the day and for 10-15 mins. or 5 mins after you stop getting any milk to increase supply. Also make sure the breastshield size is correct.
http://www.medela.com/IW/en/breastfeedin...
You should also see a spike in your supply around 2 months when baby usually has a growth spurt.
Hope this helps

Rebekah - posted on 11/29/2011

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I've always pumped about 5 minutes past my milk production to increase supply.

Do you always nurse on both sides? With my Oct. baby I only nurse on one side at night and in the morning and then pump the other side. I typically get about 2-3oz every time I pump.

Madelyn - posted on 11/26/2011

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Pumping more often throughout the day will cue your body to make more milk, and try extending the time you pump to 10 - 15 minutes and see if that will get you more milk. You may have more letdowns after that first one. HTH!

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