Post # 1
My baby is nearly 3 weeks old and I have been exclusively breastfeeding this whole time. I finally got a prescription for a breastpump and I wanted to use it to have some bottles on hand for my husband to feed her to gain some autonomy and be able to travel a bit easier and have food for her on hand. I tried it today and if I got half an ounce after a half an hour of pumping I would be being generous. I know I produce enough since my baby is gaining weight nicely so I don’t think its a production issue. I had read that it can sometimes take some time to get used to the breastpump but will I do anything to my production by breastfeeding and pumping? Should I be taking in extra calories to compensate? Any tips to help with pumping would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
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Post # 3
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.
Post # 4
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 # 5
julies1949: this is a fantastic resource. Thank you so much! My lactation consultant recommended this site too (just found it in her packet of info) but I guess I forgot about it. Thank you!
apples22: Maybe I’ll just pump 1-2 times a day for now until it evens out. I will be going back to work this winter so I really should start at least trying to use it here and there. Thanks for the info and the tip!
Kemma: I’ll try it in the mornings from now on to see if I get better results. I had only tried it in the evening yesterday so we’ll see if that makes some difference. Thanks!
Post # 6
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 Darling Husband 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
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
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
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
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
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.