Post # 17
Kellymom! I had almost no issues breastfeeding until my daughter was 9 months old, and when I had some supply problems at that point, kellymom totally saved our breastfeeding relationship.
For me, personally, I could skip a feeding time without pumping, but for some women it’s really difficult to maintain supply. I mostly had almost too much milk, so I began pumping immediately after we came home from the hospital. The more you pump or breastfeed, the more your body knows to produce – it’s truly supply and demand. The earlier you start pumping, the more your body is going to know to produce enough milk. I would feed on one side, pump on the other after the feeding, and then start baby on the pumped breast at the next feeding. I didn’t pump at every feeding. I was back in school 6 weeks after birth and my daughter needed usually one to two feedings while I was at school for the mornings, and I never ended up needing to supplement.
One recommendation I’d make is that if you’re planning to breastfeed continuously, it’s best if you’re not the one offering your baby the bottle, at least until your breastfeeding is stable. If you’re feeling modest about b-feeding in public, you might want to look into shirts that provide modest cover, or practice b-feeding after baby comes at home with a light blanket covering. Small babies don’t usually move enough to disturb a blanket (but they do sometimes when they get bigger).
Post # 18
@Callmec- Did you start pumping after feeding as soon as you came home from the hospital?
@aandmklover- Yes, please let me know if that book you are reading covers these issues on pumping.
@CassandraC- Thank you. So you might recommend pumping 2xs daily after feedings once you come home from the hopsital? Also, do babies only nurse from one side during feedings? From the books it seems as though you are supposed to let them nurse on both sides every feeding, but of course I am brand new at this and don’t really have a clue lol. I bought a couple of those covers, but it’s still not a secret what women are doing under those tops 🙂
Post # 19
For my baby, she almost never did two breasts in a feeding – my lactactation consultant said that it’s best to let the baby lead, so if they finish one side and are super relaxed and content and not asking for more, you can just offer the other breast at the next feeding. I think mine was satisfied after one side because I was producing a ton of milk – for other mothers who might produce less, it might be better to offer both to make sure the baby’s full.
I pumped about as many times as I felt like it – I had just a handheld pump though, so not nearly as efficient as a good electric pump (which I’d totally invest in the next time around). I was doing it more often because of that, so you might want to check with a lactation consultant what they’d recommend depending on what kind of pump you’ll be using. If you google ‘pumping while breastfeeding’, there’s a lot of things that come up with different women’s experiences.