pumping trouble

Mandy - posted on 12/18/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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my 3 week old nurses all day and night ive tried to pump so we could leave the house but i can only get an ounce if that every 2 to 3 hours. Ive talked to moms who pump 3 ounces after they BF. is there anything i can do to increase my supply

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Carolyn - posted on 12/18/2010

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like lise said , the average output is 1/2 - 2 oz combined for most women. this does not indicate your supply. your baby will nurse more efficiently than any pump. also , you're only 3 weeks into, what usually is 6-12 weeks for most women, establishing your supply. your baby's stomach is tiny, and is most likely not nusring nearly as much as you might think, all though she is getting enough !

letting down well to a pump is not easy and can be an acquired skill. you might have to pump through out the day to get enough for a bottle while you are out.

Lise - posted on 12/18/2010

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Try pumping one side while she nurses off the other for the first feed of the day. Woman who pump 3 oz after they breast feed are NOT the norm - 0.5-2 oz is the norm.

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Pump halfway between feedings and pump until there is nothing left to pump, in order to keep your suppy up you would need to pump right after nursing as well (that's after you get a good supply). It's a very demanding process. Also, keep in mind that your baby nursing does better emptying your ducts than any machine (or hand pump), massage your breasts as you pump to break loose any stubborn ducts. I have been pumping for 4 months, needless to say my pump and I have an unexplainable relationship (haha).

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