Post # 1
When my daughter was first born, I almost exclusively pumped because we had latching issues. After consulting with a LC, by around 5 weeks we were able to successfully transition to EBF. I would like to start pumping again to build my freezer stash up. I’m not sure my best avenue, should I pump before I feed her for a couple of minutes, after I feed her for a couple of minutes, in between feedings? I just tried in between feedings, but only got a few drops. I was using my manual pump (I do have a double electric as well). I’m wary of using anything to increase my supply because I am afraid of engorgement when I’m not pumping.
Any who, any insight or tips, greatly appreciated.
Post # 2
Mine only eats from one side at her first wakeup during the night. And because I’d gone 6-7 hours without feeding I’d be really full so she’d have her fill from only one side. So I pumped the other side (I had to!) and I always froze that during maternity leave. That’s pretty much how I built up my entire frozen supply.
Well I haven’t been overnight pumping for 3 weeks due to the 4 month sleep regression (so way more feedings/nibblings at night)…but I don’t think you’re having that problem, right? 🙂 Does she eat from both sides at that first wakeup?
Otherwise, I’ve read that you should pump an hour after you feed her if you want to get some stored up. I always found that hard to do when baby ate every 2-3 hours so I guess it depends how often she eats during the day. I did do one pumping session an hour after she ate around 10am or so but I really only got an ounce or so at that time. Overnight worked best for me.
Another great idea would be to pump at or 10 or 11 pm.
Post # 3
awakemysoul: I could have written this… We EP’d for the first few weeks because of BF and now we EBF. I pump during DD’s first morning nap. If I do it at a different time (like before she wakes in the morning) i get nothing. My body is super used to the first morning pump that it’s only responds well to the pump during that time. Pick a time and stick with it. Eventually your boobs will get the hang of it and realize you want milk, ha! When I skip this pump i don’t notice a problem with engorgement.
Post # 4
I tried after my son was 7 months and he wouldnt take it, he just wanted the boob so i donated most of my milk until i realized that he would take it from a sippy cup. weird. anyway good luck!!
Post # 5
** i donated the expressed milk while still EB
Post # 6
I think you have a few options here. If your baby is at least 12 weeks and your supply is regulated, you don’t have to worry as much about creating an oversupply from pumping.
Your best bet is to pump 1 hour after a feeding, preferably in the morning when supply is highest. You might not get a lot right away, but if you keep up with it at the same time every day (and pump for 5 minutse after the milk stops flowing) you will gradually increase your supply a bit and get more.
You could also pump in the middle of the night depending on your baby’s sleep schedule. After my DD goes to bed around 7, she typically doesn’t eat again until 2, so pumping around 9-10 before I go to bed is an ideal time for me.
What is your primary reason for building a freezer stash? I think that matters a lot as far as planning how to go about pumping. I also think people unnecessarily put a lot of importance on having a freezer stash.
Post # 7
MrsWBS: I’d like a freezer stash for the times I’d like to go out without the baby, for example, my birthday in a couple of weeks. So not a lot, just enough for a couple of bottles to have on hand.
I pumped 4 times and got just shy of 4oz the other day, if I can do that 3-4 times a week, that’d work for me 🙂