Breadtfeeding troubles

Kristin - posted on 11/29/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I am having a hardtime with my milk and pumping on one side....any tips

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Christina - posted on 12/04/2010

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Put baby to breast on demand. Feed baby on both breast and for as long as he wants. don't watch the clock watch him for feeding cues and when he wants to stop. Feed him at least 10 to 12 times in a 24 hour period. Don't worry breast feeding takes some effort but you can do it.

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I have a 2 and a 1/2 month He is constantly "starving" At least you would think the way he carries on! Just remember the more you pump/feed the more you will produce. I find it most efficient to feed off one while pumping the other it stimulates the milk flow! Goodluck! :D

Katherine - posted on 12/03/2010

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I agree with Stephanie. There are a lot of things your husband can do to bond with your son. Diaper changes, baths, holding him while you take a bath/shower, reading to him (it's never too early to start!), and any other time he can get in a few moments.

Stephanie - posted on 12/03/2010

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I know it seems like Dad has to feed just to have quality time, but that really isn't the case. In fact just the opposite. They grow to depend on them for a LOT of other thing and time. Just him talking to baby, walking around with him, really ANYTHING is good. I would really just focus on you feeding baby and letting daddy hold after. It will give you a break, but also help you both in the process. He can learn to calm without being fed if daddy does this.
I would also suggest finding a local La Leche League group. www.llli.org they would be a great resource and encouragement for all your hard times and good. You can do it!

Kristin - posted on 12/02/2010

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Thank you everyone. I'm just wanting to be able to pump a little so that my husband can have some quality time with our son

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At 11 days old, newborn want to eat all the time, and that's the way it should be - their stomachs are tiny and can't hold much.
Is he having plenty of wet and pooey nappies? Rule of thumb - if he's having 6-8 wet nappies a day he's getting plenty to eat.
As others have said, forget the pump at this stage. use your own equipment!

Lizelle - posted on 12/02/2010

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I agree with the rest. It's best to leave the pumping for later and just breastfeed and breastfeed and breastfeed. Once you do need to start pumping to be able to store some milk pump while your feeding. Feed from the 1st breast and then when you switch to the 2nd pump on the 1st. Next feed change sides. You'll get much more milk in less time and increase your supply in the process.

Lauren - posted on 11/30/2010

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The pump doesn't remove as much milk as a nursing baby so pumping can contribute to a decreased supply. When a baby is trying to build your supply, the baby will nurse frequently. It takes at least two days for the increased nursing to boost your supply. Don't worry, your baby won't starve!! They're designed that way on purpose! :)

Dora - posted on 11/30/2010

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Definitely hold off on the pumping if you can as yuo produce less milk. Keep nursing and do it on demand and that will bring your supply up. Also make sure you are resting whenever you can and drink plenty of water. If he is producing enough wet diapers then he is getting all the food he needs.

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dont pump until you build a pattern with the baby, one of my breasts just doesnt work. i only get milk out of one side, at first i had trouble with it. now it doesnt work. its normal for that to happen sometimes.

Celeste - posted on 11/29/2010

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Like Ania said, pumping is not an indicator of supply at all! Totally normal for newborns to want to nurse all the time!

Ania - posted on 11/29/2010

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low pumping output does not mean that your milk supply is low. www.kellymom.com

Ania - posted on 11/29/2010

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Don't worry. It is good that he is hungry all the time. Just feed him whenever he wants. I had the same story with my son. I spent few days with him attached to me constantly. Don't pump now, he needs the milk inside. My LC told me not to pump for the first 6 weeks and wait for milk supply to be established by the baby and her schedule. Stop pumping and just feed him. you know that there is a 10 day growth spurt that babies go through? that's what probably is happening with your son. Don't worry you are doing just great. Eat and drink a lot of water and feed him all the time if he wants. Can you feed him laying down? That will make it easier on you. Do you think that your let down is maybe to forceful and that is why he is getting angry?

Kristin - posted on 11/29/2010

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I have a Medela electric pump....my son is 11 days old. I'm afraid he isnt getting enough,because it seems like all he wants to do is eat. I used to be able to pump what I would consider a significant amount and now both sides are significantly decreasing in what I'm able to pump

Ania - posted on 11/29/2010

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what is the problem exactly? what kind of pump do you have? how long have you been nursing?

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