Pumping for breastmilk storage

Hope - posted on 02/17/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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What is the best method for pumping to build up a supply?

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Sarah - posted on 02/18/2015

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At just a week your milk has just come in and the baby will be eating so frequently that you may not have time to pump. The best way to keep your supply up is lots of skin to skin contact with baby, stay hydrated, try to get rest, and nurse on demand. Signs that you are making enough milk are baby will have a minimum of two poops and six wet diapers per day. Nurse both sides for ten minutes each, rub baby's back or tap baby's feet to keep awake and change diaper in between sides to help stimulate. Good Luck and congrats! Don't worry about pumping at this point, just nursing should do the trick.

Sarah - posted on 02/17/2015

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Get a pump that works for you. Many mom's like the Medela pumps and you can rent or buy them. I personally had great luck with the Avent hand held manual pump. The trick to pumping is you want to do it at a time that your baby won't want o eat right away after you do pump. If your baby is very young, it ay be tricky to find time. choose a feeding that baby is not starving, and then wait half an hour and pump both breasts for ten minutes. You will find that a pattern may develop for when you can pump milk without affecting baby's supply. For me, the first feeding of the day was the most satisfying and would hold my baby for a long time. So I could pump several ounces after that feeding but before the next time baby would eat.
When you mean supply, do you mean build up a supply of extra milk in the freezer or build up your milk supply?

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Hope - posted on 02/18/2015

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Thank you! I am meaning my milk supply. My baby is only a week old, so it is tricky trying to figure out a schedule. It seems to change every day!

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