Breast Pump Question

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
15 posts
  • Wedding: September 2014

Congrats on your new baby. You really don’t need to work on your supply. Your pumping yield is perfect for the age of your baby, who’s stomach is tiny now. Experts recommend holding off on pumping until 6 weeks because your supply is only establishing itself now and the more you pump, the more your breasts will produce, sometimes leading to an oversupply and discomfort. However plenty women pump this early, so just don’t go crazy doing it all the time. Maybe once a day at the same time.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 2 months ago by  apples22.
Post # 4
1168 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

You might have more luck pumping in the morning (when supply is higher) but it will take a while for your body to adjust to the additional demand of a pumping session. Definitely check out the KellyMom resources!

Post # 6
1028 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

kellymom is a fantastic resource, glad it was mentioned.  My first pump at around 3 weeks was also about 1/2 an ounce and super disappointing.  My baby is now almost 6 weeks and I pump once a day (at the same time my DH feeds the baby) and I am pumping about 4.5 ounces combined from both breasts.  I think your first pump was completely normal.  GL! 

Post # 7
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Katie-Didnt:  1-2 times a day is a lot of pumping before your supply has regulated! I would be careful with how much you pump until at least 6 if not 12 weeks. if you want tI get baby used to the bottle I would just pump instead of nursing and give that pumped milk. Otherwise, generally one hour after a morning feed is a good time to start. 1/2-2oz on both sides combined is good output for ebf (2-4oz combined when pumping in place of a regular feeding).

Post # 8
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Also I wouldn’t pump more than 15-20 minutes. 5 minutes after the milk stops flowing will stimulate enough to signal your body to produce more. I wouldn’t recommend pumping after the milk stops though until your supply has regulated. speakingfr experience, even if you feel like youre regulated, there are a lot of changes that take place between 3-12 weeks (especially some big growth spurts where baby will probably be cluster feeding like crazy to increase supply.)

Post # 9
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

While EBF for the first 8 weeks, I was pumping every other feeding. I built a nice freezer stash and produce slightly more milk than my baby eats daily. I only had engorgement issues in the first few weeks while supply was being established, but the key is to make sure you are feeding/pumping more when you get engorged to prevent any bigger issues. By week 12 or so my body regulated the milk suplpy and even when I sleep 7-8 hours at night, I don’t have any issues.

And my stash allowed the husband and I to take a nice 5 day trip without the baby.

Post # 10
1081 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

When I started pumping I followed the advice of KellyMom and pumped 30-60 minutes after baby’s first feed in the morning for a max of 12-15 minutes or for 3-5 minutes after milk flow stopped and ONLY once a day.  I still keep this extra session on my weekend days to keep up my stash now that I’m back to work.  Any more than that causes my body to produce way more milk than I or baby needs and causes engorgement.  My milk didn’t fully regulate until around 12 weeks or so.  

Post # 11
8483 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I used to pump about 45 min-1 hour after a feeding in the morning.  I would only get an ounce or two at the most.  I started pumping a little bit at 2 weeks because I needed a few bottles at 4 weeks (for a wedding) and it didn’t noticeably increase my supply.  Just don’t go crazy with it.  I never got much an hour after a feeding though…

My baby started sleeping 6 hours at 6 weeks so when she would wake up I would be so full that she only needed (and would) eat on one side so I had to pump the other side.  So I pumped on that side while she ate on the other and that’s pretty much how I built up a large stash.  I think prolactin levels are highest in the early AM (think 2am-10am or something like that).

Pumping is easier if you do it with baby on one side because it can be hard to learn how to let down to the pump without your baby.  It took me many weeks (and a new pump) to become a better pumper after I went back to work and was without my baby.

I’d pump for 20-25 min max (I only go to 25 if something is actually coming out at the 20 min mark though), otherwise 20 is my max.

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