(Closed) Pumping Ladies!

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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3295 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

omg 10 oz!! im jealous!!! i can only get about 3 ounces a day extra and it stressing me out. 🙁

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I breastfeed at home and send formula bottles to daycare.  He’s 3 months old now.  I pump at work once and get 4 ounces.  I’m freezing what I pump during the day so that when I stop breastfeeding I can still give him breastmilk for a little while longer.  My girlfriend says she only gets 4 ounces too when she pumps and her baby is 5 months old.  She breastfeeds the rest of the time and he doesn’t do any formula bottles.

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@BabyLove:  Hey girl! I went back to work and starting pumping again so LO can have milk for daycare. I have been pumping anywhere from 15-20 oz a day with about 4-5 15-20 min pump sessions. Good luck!

ETA: I breastfeed in the morning, after work, and all through the night.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I get anywhere from 0-4 oz per pumping session…yes, 0!!!  I can usually get about 8oz extra per day!  I’m pumping as much as I can to try to build a daycare supply.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I pump 6 ounces by hand once in the morning. But I’m stay-at-home until he’s 6 months, and little guy refuses the bottle, despite my best efforts, so I will probably donate almost all of it. We have over 300 ounces in the fridge (well, my first 100 has been sent off to the milk bank.)

It’s so great that you’re putting in the effort to give your kiddo breastmilk even when they aren’t with you. Go you! It would be so hard to deal with the emotions and logisitcs of going back to work and pumping.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2002

posting to follow along! pumping intimidates me and i have a million questions about how it all works, when to start, how much to get out, how often during the day etc. thanks ladies!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@wifegoodman:  I was told by a lactation consultant to start pumping once your milk is in (unless you also need to pump to bring your milk in) by adding one pumping session a day. Start after your morning feed (you have the most milk in the morning) and pump for 10-15 minutes. Then after that is well established, you can add another pumping session after a later feed, etc., until you are pumping as much as you want to. Remember that once you go back to work, you can follow baby’s patterns about pumping. If baby usually feeds every three hours, then you pump in place of a feeding whenever baby would normally eat. Unless you have a low milk supply, you don’t really have to build a stock pile, because essentially you are pumping Wednesday’s food on Tuesday, etc. However, if building a stock pile while you are home makes you feel more confident, go for it!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@BabyLove:  We are great! What about you and your baby girl? We need a December babies thread so we can all keep up with each other. Maybe it could be “December 2012; Life after Baby!’ LOL!

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Another still preggo bee over here, how long does breast milk last in the freezer (assuming it’s properly stored in a supply storage bag made for freezing)?

I won’t have the issue of going back to work thankfully (Canadian bee) but after consistant breast feeding has been established I would love to work in bottles of breast milk so that Darling Husband can do feedings and we are able to leave the baby with grandparents for a while too.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@MrsSawyer:  In a deep freezer? They say up to a year. In a door freezer? I think 3-5 months. It depends who you believe, though, all the recommendations differ. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/breast-milk-storage/MY00926/NSECTIONGROUP=2 My pediatrician is pretty relaxed about it and doesn’t think these guidelines are totally necessary. Ask yours for advice. Breastmilk is really stable.

And, as someone whose baby refuses the bottle, my recommendation is to be very consistent, giving one bottle at least every day, starting at 4 weeks (if breastfeeding is going well). It’s been a total battle for us. He took it from weeks 4-5, then we didn’t keep at it and he totally rejected it until week 12. I finally got him to take little bits, and then he got sick, so we stopped doing it because the last thing I wanted to do to my poor sick baby was make him mad. Lots of babies switch easily back and forth, but mine does not. 

@BabyLove:  Yep, you can donate! There is a screening process and they have your doc and baby’s doc sign off. Then they do a blood test. Then they get your milk, pasteurize it, and send it off to hospitals (first priority) and then women who adopt or can’t produce breastmilk but want to feed breastmilk. It’s really important to preemies and can really save lives. I’m very excited about it.  In case you (or someone else) is interested: https://www.llli.org/llleaderweb/lv/lvaprmay00p19.html

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@MARIE901:  I agree! Our old thread kind of died out. You should start one! It would be fun to see updates.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Jess1483:  I will! I’m about to now! 🙂

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