exclusively pumping my 2 week old.

Jacqueline - posted on 11/14/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )




So I have a question ladies, I tried nursing my son and it was so painful that I just couldn't continue, i even sought out help from a consultant but by then my nipples had so much damage that I couldnt bear through it. I've been exclusively pumping for a week now, and I was pumping every 2 hours and only getting about 2 1/2 oz of milk and he still seemed pretty hungry. So I found that if i waited to pump every 3 hours, I could manage about 4 oz of milk. I'm not lucky enough to have an oversupply so at this point I pump just enough to feed him. My question now is, he's only 2 weeks old and I've only been giving him 3 oz at a feeding every 2 and a half hours. So, could i save the extra ounce that i pump each time so that by the third time i pump I have another bottle? Or should i just be feeding him everything I pump? Help please! I'm a FTM and I really feel like I have no clue what I'm doing sometimes :(


Celeste - posted on 11/15/2013




Actually, it sounds like you do have oversupply. Average output is 1/2 to 2 oz. 3 oz at 2 weeks is a bit too much for a feeding. Your baby's tummy is as big as his fist. There's a great graphic that shows how big your baby's tummy is, but I am about to leave for work.. I will have to find it when I get home this afternoon

To be honest, I'd continue to try to nurse again. The pain doesn't last forever. I would seek out an IBCLC which has more education than an LC. She can evaluate the latch. The pain could be incorrect latch, or tongue tie.

The reason why I'd really encourage you to nurse instead of EP is because EP'ing can be challenging for many women for a variety of reasons. Pumps aren't as efficient as babies. Pump output decreases over time, which totally normal.

It CAN be done, but I'd highly encourage trying to nurse at the breast first.


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Katherine - posted on 11/15/2013




I never had any luck with the mother's tea - it didn't help my supply at all. I have heard others swear by it as well as fenugreek supplements (which I have personally not tried). But it doesn't really sound like you have a supply issue. He's only two weeks old and he's eating every 2 1/2 to 3 hours which is pretty normal.
How much to feed him is really a judgment call. I would keep giving the 3oz and see if he's satisfied. You might find that some feedings he wants more and will finish 4oz but that others, he is fine with 3oz. I really admire you for continuing to pump. It seems really difficult to exclusively pump so hats off to you - it sounds like you are doing a great job!!! Your son will definitely let you know when he's hungry - it's what babies are best at. And all of us are figuring it out as we go along and we all feel clueless a lot of the time. You're doing great - just hang in there!!

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