i can't seem to pump more than like an ounce at a time. is this normal or do i not have enough milk?

Kitty - posted on 02/26/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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my son is 4 weeks old and he is eating fine but i want to get a supply started for when i go back to work. i'm not sure what to do. i don't want to start him on formula but if i can't get enough to keep him satisfied then what else can i do? as of right now i just keep feeding him and trying to pump. i could really use some tips!!

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Ania - posted on 02/29/2012

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You are doing great. What you are pumping is actually really good amount and it is not an indicator of hom much you make. I always had plenty of milk for my son, but when I was pumping I was getting only o.5 oz -1 oz from both. (I breastfed for 2 years and my son was in 90 percentile for the first year for height and weight, exclusively BF) When do you have to go back to work? Just try to pump multiple times a day if you want to store and freeze, drink a lot of water before pumping...and pump in the morning because production is the highest in the morning. That will not take milk away from the baby, your breasts are like factories that are always producing, so if you pump and your baby wants to eat 15 minuets later that is fine, you are producing, your boobs are never empty

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Monique - posted on 03/06/2012

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My son is 3 months and i exclusively double pump now. I breastfeed for 3 weeks when he was born. I used mothers milk tea, it helped me. At first I pumped every two hours and would pump about an ounce from each breast. Try not to stress about it, that will affect your supply as well. Good luck!

Kitty - posted on 02/29/2012

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thanks all of you.... you made feel a lot better... i was starting to get a little stressed over not being able to continue breastfeeding once i went back to work.... with my first son i had so many problems with it that i quit..... i am determined this time around to stick with it.... its so much easier than making bottles all the time.... it just makes more sense to use what we already have....

Marabeth - posted on 02/28/2012

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1/2oz on my right. that's 1.5oz per pumping session lasting about 10 minutes. then i'd go do something else for a little bit and pump again. a three oz bottle is mostly all a baby of that age will take.



another tip: store the milk in 3oz and 1oz increments. sometimes babies want only 2oz and others it's 4oz. if you store only 4oz packages then you may find yourself often wasting 1oz at a time!

Marabeth - posted on 02/28/2012

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I kinda started pumping off and on with my first baby right away (like you're doing) and had inconsistent results: sometimes i'd get nothing, others i'd get about 3/4oz.. once my baby was 10-12 weeks (somewhere around there) my body started responding to the pump better. I think it has something to do with hormone levels not to mention your breasts just take time to learn what the hell is going on! even after that time period i'd produce about 1oz on my left and 1/

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