I can't pump as much as my twins are eating...

Alli - posted on 11/14/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have 2 month old twins. My husband and I have started a new bedtime routine with them that is working really well. Part of our routine is to bottle feed them 4 oz of expressed breast milk. (Hopefully they don't move up to 5 oz in the near future.) Once we feed them their bottles of my milk, we put them to bed and I go pump so I will continue producing milk. The problem that I am having is that I am not pumping 8 oz (which makes up two 4 oz bottles...) I am lucky to pump 5-7 oz. So after my babies wake up and breastfeed the next morning, I pump again and get a few more ounces. So I end up having enough to feed my twins for that night. I am just confused because I feel like I should be pumping what my twins are eating (especially because they don't eat from the breast...just from the bottle for their bedtime feeding). Any insight or advice?

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Alli - posted on 11/15/2013

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Thank you! I guess I'll just keep plugging away at it! This morning my breasts feel more full so maybe pumping after they eat in the morning has helped me produce more milk so I can build up my supply! Thanks for your responses, I really appreciate it!

Katherine - posted on 11/15/2013

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I had the same experience as Nikki. I never seemed to have a supply issue when my son nursed - he always seemed full and satisfied but I had a lot of trouble pumping enough. I was almost always 1-2oz short of what I needed for a full feeding and it got worse for me as time went on. I can't imagine nursing twins - that must be incredibly tiring and difficult. It sounds like you are doing a great job. I was able to continue nursing/pumping but after about the 6 month mark, I needed to pump at least one extra time a day to make up the difference. I found that getting up early (while exhausting) was better for my supply - I got more milk and still had enough left for my son to nurse. Hope this helps some. Good luck!!

Nikki - posted on 11/15/2013

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A pump may not get as much milk out as a baby will, it doesn't matter how good your pump is. I had the same issue. My daughter got thrush and stopped latching so I decided to pump, bought the best double electric pump but after a couple of weeks my milk started to dry up. I know some people can do it successfully but I was not one of them, even with herbal and prescription medications my body did not agree with pumping. It might be an idea to speak to a lactation consultant, they might have some better individualized advice for you.

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