Pumping advice from other breast feeding Moms…

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

As he gets a little older he will not need quite so many feedings, so that will help you a lot!  Try to pump in the morning after your longest stretch of sleep (I know it’s probably not that long!) after you nurse him.  Basically you should have your biggest supply of the day at that time and he won’t eat it all, and you could always pump a little extra in order to increase your supply. I also found if I took a warm bath and massaged my breasts before pumping that I would get more.  Looking a photo or at your little one will also help 🙂 Good luck and good for you for being so committed!!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@mtnhoney:  How often are you pumping? If you can commit to a pumping session every day at the same time, you’ll be telling your body that’s another meal time so eventually you should made more. It also took me a while to get used to the pump, over time I responded better to it. I know it feels really disappointing when you have an unproductive session 🙁

Yes to doing the stimulation phase again. And if you can keep your baby nearby, focus on him, sniff his head to get yourself going. Or videotape yourself while nursing then watch that while pumping.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I’m in a little different boat, but I thought I’d add my 2 cents.

I started right away nursing, giving pumped bottles, and occasionally giving a formula bottle to suppliment. I always pump whenever I have given my DS a bottle. So if DH and I go out to dinner and my parents watch DS and give him a bottle, I pump. I’m able to get enough to replace the bottle they’re feeding him and pump another full bottle to freeze (about 4 oz from each side).

Everyone says the more you pump, the more you make, because milk production is supply and demand. So if you want to build your supply, keep pumping! People have also suggested steel cut oats, and some mothers milk tea. Not sure if it works. I’m just trying to maintain my supply, I don’t want a lot of extra, so my system works for me.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Mine started out at 6 weeks at an ounce combined! I am pretty lazy about it and never got into a routine or did it regularly but now at 3 months I get 4 ounces a breast pretty much whenever I pump, which isn’t every day. It’s super annoying at first to get such a small amount though! As far as further let downs go, I found the only thing that worked (and doesn’t work that well) was to manually stimulate a let down through massage of the breast. I found that it only really got a tiny bit more for me though! So I don’t do it anymore. Since I am lazy. 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@mtnhoney:  You’re still building your supply, so you may be able to produce more over time.

When I started out I would pump after each feeding.  You could also try to pump from the side LO is not nursing to make sure you don’t ‘waste’ any since both breasts let down at the same time (typically).

I pump exclusively now, and I have found a LOT of wonderful information on Kellymom and this blog:

http://exclusivepumpers.com/

 

Good luck!!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I exclusively pump so I can’t comment a whole bunch on the nursing aspect but I’ve been pumping for about 4 months now ( it seems like muuuuuch longer haha) If you are really serious about pumping to have a stash you should be pumping after most if not all BFing sessions. He wil eventually not want to nurse 12 times a day and your supply is still building at this point. What I was producing at 5 weeks is a pittance to what I am producing at almost 16 weeks now. Steel cut oatmeal, lacatation cookies, Gatorade, Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle are all things you can do to help increrease your supply if it becomes an issue. BUT at 5 weeks this sounds pretty normal to me, just hang in there, try to pump more often and for longer if you can. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I only skimmed the responses so sorry if this is repeated more than once.. 

When I first started nursing, I had to supplement as she wasn’t eating enough so I was pumping to supplement her. I literally would get like 10mL’s, it was soo frustrating. I would pump after every feeding for maybe 10 mins a side to help build the supply. My friend told me to pump from the opposite side when DD was nursing the other. When I did that I suddenly started getting about 2oz per side. Now, I just pump in the mornings and I can pump 5oz and that’s when she’s not eating. I can only do that in the morning though and only when she sleeps for a long time so I’m already spraying everywhere even before she touches me 😉

It takes a little coordination to hold baby, pump, adjust, etc but once you get it, it’s pretty easy to do.

My only other suggestion.. keep giving the bottle when you can occassionally. I was having DH give a bottle every few days and she took it fine from a few weeks old. Then we didn’t give her a bottle for maybe a week? Now there is absolutely no way that she will take one.  ( On the bonus, I have a ton of frozen milk now that she won’t take the bottle so when she does take it again at least I’ll have lots 🙂

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

what is EBM!?

Sorry! I dont have any advice but I wanted to read up on some pumping tips :]

 

BM I assume is the breast milk part but whats E!?

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@gpsp2B:  EBM – Expressed Breastmilk, I think. A bottle of pumped milk (vs. supplementing with a bottle of formula.

@mixtapehearts:  I think exclusive pumpers are the rockstars of the BFing world. That takes some serious time and commitment!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

@KitKatNYC:  ooooooh. I would just call it a bottle of BM lol interesting! thanks!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@mtnhoney:  DH and I really value being able to go out and have people over to visit. I pump so that we can leave DS with our parents and still have date nights (they love babysitting, so it’s a win-win). I’ve only given formula if we have people over and I don’t have anything pumped and waiting in the refrigerator and DS is having a breakdown or if someone is babysitting and he goes through all the pumped milk I have in the fridge and we need a quick fix. In his 4 weeks, it’s probably only happened 3 times or so.

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