Sherry - posted on 03/21/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )




My son is 3 weeks old and I have only been breastfeeding. I just got a Medela pump so that I can start pumping and saving for when I return to work. My husband will be home with our son and we want him to practice taking a bottle from Dad.

I pumped for about 20 minutes and only got 2 oz of milk. This is our first baby and I am just wondering about pumping. How much milk should I be getting each time I pump? I assume it will vary, but did not expect to get only 2 oz.


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Amanda - posted on 03/21/2012




It depends how established your milk supply is and how much milk you are producing.

Your baby is only 3 weeks old so you probably won't be producing that much milk at the moment.

I started pumping before I went back to work when my son was 6 months old and froze it, I had a ridiculously high supply and was pumping well over a litre of milk plus feeding twice a day.

I pumped for a while with my daughter as well but I had nowhere near as much milk with her, I think it was around 150-200mls and that was when she was around 7 months old

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I've 'heard' that 1/2-2oz is normal output for a pump. My only personal pumping experience was 10 years ago, so I really don't remember.

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