Breast feeding & pumping.

Tricia Marie Espinoza - posted on 12/19/2013 ( 6 moms have responded )

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ok so I was exclusively pumping for my daughter from te day we came home from the hospital in October. I would pump an average of 3-6 ounces. well recently I've been pumping 6 ounces. there are bottles in the fridge ready for her when it's her feeding time. well a couple days ago my pump started To have a very low suction and not pumping all the milk out. so I switched to breast feeding her and its no problem, except she's only eating on one side and not draining it fully. so I've been hand expressing which is very slow and its not taking up hours just to barely get the hardness outta my breast and I'm very impatient. my breasts are hard now but she's slowly emptyin one breast. barely. will my milk form to fit her feedings? or will I just dry up. that's my biggest concern.

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Tricia Marie Espinoza - posted on 12/23/2013

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thank you that's very very helpful. (: I am definitely trying my best. but I think so far we are doing great she's nice and plump so she's not starving (:

Lori - posted on 12/22/2013

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Tricia - it sounds like you are doing great. It's really too bad kids don't come with handbooks!!!! I was 30 when my first was born, and I didn't know what I was doing either. Parenting is one of those things that you just have to learn as you go. As long as you are loving your child and trying your best… the rest will come. Trust your instincts, and when you have questions - ask them… or research them. The internet has a wealth of information… but of course you have to be careful because it also has a wealth of misinformation. If someone tells you to do something, or you read that the "right" way to do something is a certain way, and what you've been told or read goes against what you feel is right for your baby… TRUST your instincts!!!!! You may be young, but this is YOUR child.

Some really good breastfeeding sites are

http://kellymom.com
http://theleakyboob.com
http://www.llli.org

Personally I like KellyMom the best. Whenever a question comes up I typically do a google search with the question and kellymom. For example, my daughters both have food allergies/sensativities. When looking up some basic info on breastfeeding and food allergies I'd google search "kellymom food allergy" I love their research based information. And I like the way their articles are written.

Tricia Marie Espinoza - posted on 12/21/2013

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I will try a different position then. (: thank you! you've really helped me. I have no help at all. no family or friends around me and this is my first child. I'm 19 and my husband is 21. and half the time We don't know what we're doing.

Lori - posted on 12/21/2013

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You might be getting a bad latch on the one side that is hurting. Try a different position on that side. Or try adding an extra pillow under your arm. Or something to make it so she's positioned a bit different. I know for me, I would hold my baby a bit lower in my left arm than in my right… I needed an extra pillow under that side when I nursed my baby to make it comfy. Don't know if it's cause I'm right handed and that arm is stronger???? Or what???? But it helped for me.

Tricia Marie Espinoza - posted on 12/21/2013

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thank you Lori! she is still nursing. and my breasts have definitely gotten better although on one side it hurts very much when she feeds. the nipple is swollen. when she feeds on the other side it doesn't hurt at all.

Lori - posted on 12/21/2013

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As long as she's nursing on demand and is getting enough, your milk supply will adjust to her needs. If you were overproducing (which it sounds like you are/were) your body will start producing less… but as long as she's still nursing you won't just dry up…you'll just be making the amount she needs.

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