pumping before babys born?

Katy - posted on 09/27/2016 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Has anyone pumped before giving birth? i wanna try to breastfeed but i have to go back to work 2 weeks after giving birth. can i pump and start baby on bottle right away after birth or do i need to try boob for a little bit?

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Sarah - posted on 09/27/2016

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Some babies have a hard time switching from bottle to breastmilk if you start too early with bottle, so have a plan if that ends up happening.....will you just pump and bottle feed? If you just pump and bottle feed it can be hard to get your supply up or keep your supply going as you get better production with baby nurses on you instead of pumping. Also pumping before baby comes will only do so much. Your milk does not come in for a couple days AFTER baby is born, so you will only be getting colostrum. Colostrum is good, but not as filling as milk. It works good those first few days after baby is born because babies tend to be more tired than hungry and they still have the amniotic fluid in them. So after those first couple of days baby will be wanting more of the milk than the colostrum. Also as Jodi said pumping can stimulate labor, so you want to talk to your doc first.

Michelle - posted on 09/27/2016

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You can but don't start pumping too early as it can bring on labor. Talk to your doctor first.

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Dove - posted on 09/27/2016

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I don't know why you have to go back after only 2 weeks. It's really better for both you and baby if you can wait at least 6 weeks. Exclusively pumping is VERY difficult, but I do know a handful of people that managed to make it a year doing it.

I don't have any advice as I never pumped, but good luck!!

Sarah - posted on 09/27/2016

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6 to 12 week is really best. It will be hard with the 2 weeks, but sometimes life is life and you have to do the best you can. It might be hard to get a good supply, so you might have to supplement with formula, BUT try with just breastmilk first. Also connect with a lactation consultant....the hospital should have one. They are a great help! The feeding and pumping will be hard. Baby will probably be eating about every 2 to 3 hours and you will need to pump after each feed, so you will feel like all you do is feed. You will also need to keep that 2 to 3 hr schedule of pumping while at work to keep your supply going. Big thing is get support...it helps!

Katy - posted on 09/27/2016

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thank you so much. ive researched a lot and nothing really helps and my doctor keeps telling me to take 6-12 weeks and just breastfeed.

Sarah - posted on 09/27/2016

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What I would do if you have to return to wotk after 2 weeks is only breastfeed the first week with pumping after each feed to get supply up. Then second week add in one bottle feed with still pumping after each feed and the one you bottle fed.

Katy - posted on 09/27/2016

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i want to just try to pump and bottle feed. i also would like to try to breast feed but afraid baby will just want the boob and then ill have a really hard time getting it on the bottle to switch once im at work

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