Pumping tips? Anyone have any?

Michelle - posted on 08/05/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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]When you breastfed any of your babies and pumped how did you do it.. I tried with my son Jacob (now 21 months) and didnt do to well now I have breast fed my newborn Callie for 11 weeks and I am wanting to pump here and there but am nervous... any tips?

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Liann - posted on 08/21/2011

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A tip I have to add is if you can have your baby around you while you are pumping it can help wit your let down a lot. Your body actually reacts to your baby's presence. I know this really well because when my son was one month old he had to stop breastfeeding because he was aspirating milk. I had to pump exclusively and it was really difficult to keep my supply up. One night I set him beside me in his boppy pillow and focused on him while I pumped. When I couldn't get anymore I picked him up and let him latch on only long enough for another let down and took him back off. It was surprising how much I got after that! It was a little more work but since I could only provide for him by pumping I wanted to get as much as I possibly could. Also the lactation consultant told me double pumping was best because for some reason I'd get more milk that way. She also told me 15 minutes on each side to make sure they get enough stimulation. If you double pump it cuts your pumping time in half anyways! Good luck!

Winter - posted on 08/19/2011

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I gotta repeat the stay hydrated message others have mentioned. Put a big glass of water someplace you walk past many times a day. Keeping water at my nursing/pumping station never worked. My hands are full there, and I just knock it over and make a mess. I've also noticed that those boobs get wise to the fact that the pump is not your baby after a while. I close my eyes and visualize the top of my baby's head (which is what we are looking at when actually breastfeeding). I see the funny wispy hair, the slightly goofy ears, and the pink scalp shining through. I imagine the smell of my baby's head and the milk just POURS out. Above all, make sure your pump flanges are the right size. Go roomy if in any doubt.

Ky - posted on 08/08/2011

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I EBF my son for the first 12weeks...but he was a distracted eater so he never drained me properly and i was always engorged...he is still on BM only and all i do is pump. I pump when i wake up n the morning and i try and mimic his feeding schedule which is every 4-5hrs now that he is 7.5mos. i drink plenty water and milk, and eat oatmeal everyday. I really wanted my son to have breastmilk so thats y i chose pumping instead of supplementing. EBF is possible by pumping. Just relax and everything will be fine.

Regina - posted on 08/07/2011

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the best time to pump is first thing in the morning, assuming you have had some sleep. Pump one side while nursing on the other and then swap sides. You wont get much from the side that the baby already ate on but it will encourage more milk to be produced. Drink LOTS of water too. We tend to become dehydrated at night so we need to refuel. Good luck, i hope this helps

Jordan - posted on 08/05/2011

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Stay Hydrated and eat well, staying hydrated is VERY important, you need to relax or your milk won't drop like it would, pump after each feeding or between feedings for practice and to keep your milk supply up or to increase it. The more you pump the more milk you have, but make sure you are not making so much so that when you stop you are not engorged. I would just pump in between feedings every now and then if you are making enough milk just feeding her to get your supply up, but if she needs more milk and you are wanting to put some aside for extra's I would do it regularly. If you have any problems I would contact a lactation consultant.

Michelle - posted on 08/05/2011

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I am just pumping to have sme milk on hand in case we need to go out etc. I do have a pump that works quite well but I am unsure when is best to pump, how to get the most of pumping and most of all how to make sure my supply doesnt end up going down and making my daughter suffer or worse yet to need to supplement.

Amanda - posted on 08/05/2011

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I EBF and pumped a little bit just when I was engorged or my baby slept for a long time so I'm not an expert but I tried to be really relaxed and make sure u drink lots of water. Get a good pump and try to keep ur supply up,I eat lots of oatmeal to help me with that. Idk if this helped but that's what I did. Do u have to pump? R u going to work or are u just pumping to have some milk?i

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