(Closed) pumping tips

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2652 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

@marjojo:  I haven’t had my baby yet, but nobody is answering you yet, so I thought I’d at least give you the info I’ve read on the topic since I plan to pump at the same time as being home and exclusively breastfeeding my baby.

While you’re at home, try pumping immediately after every feeding session (or just the day ones) in order to increase your supply and your frozen stash. You can have a second letdown even right after feeding the baby. You could also pump from the side you’re not feeding from at the same time as feeding baby. They say that you get the most milk first thing in the morning, so I’d at least try to do this immediately after or with your first morning feed.

For helping get a letdown at work, do you have a picture of your baby with you for looking at and imagining him? That’s supposed to be able to help and a couple of sites also recommended recording your baby’s cry to help induce a letdown.

How long are you pumping for each time while at work? Perhaps if the above tips help with a first letdown, you can try them again and induce a second letdown and be able to get more milk.

Good luck! I hope that you’re able to keep up the exclusive breastfeeding since that’s your goal!

Post # 4
3697 posts
Sugar bee

You might also try adding oatmeal, fenugreek, lactation cookies, lactation teas, etc., to your diet to help boost your supply. Google “galactogogue” for information about boosting your milk supply by making sure your diet is rich in certain foods.

Post # 5
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@marjojo:  Your baby’s almost 6 months, right? You could supplement with solids!


Post # 6
561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My first thought is that your LO is eating way too much while at daycare.

I wouldn’t count on the baby getting significant calories from solids just yet. My son is 6.5 mo and is still just exploring solids. All kids are different, of course, but breastmilk needs to be their MAIN source of nutrition for the first year.

The rule of thumb is for babies to eat 1 – 1.25 oz of bm per hour of separation from you. The higher end of the range is for when they sleep through the night so aren’t getting as many nursing sessions with you. I’d ask your DCP to not feed so much. Your LO is likely eating for comfort, not out of hunger, and the DCP should find other ways of providing that comfort.

Yes, nurse as frequently as you can when you’re together.

I made a pumping bra by cutting a slit in each cup of an old sports bra. It holds the horn to my breast well enough so I can do some hands-on pumping techniques like massage (which it sounds like you’re familiar with). I don’t really have a need for the massage much, though – I use photos of my son to trigger letdown. Have you tried a piece of his clothing with his smell? A recording of his cry?

2-4 oz combined is an average output for a pumping session that replaces a nursing session. You’re right on target! You could add another pumping session at night. Be careful with the galactalogues – some of the herbs are really powerful, and an oversupply is a problem, too.

Pumping is HARD. You are rocking it. Explore kellymom.com – it’s an excellent resource.

Post # 7
981 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I can tell you about my experience with the bra. I use a simple wishes bustier thing. It’s velcro in the back to adjust the tightness, then a zipper in the front. I have it set to be fairly snug. I take my shirt off, snap down my nursing bra, then wrap the simple wishes thing around me and zip half way. Then I put on the coney things by shoving them under the bustier, pulling the ends through the holes, zipping the bustier, and adjusting the cones so they fit correctly. Then I attach the rest of the parts (have the bottles and connector things all put togther as one piece). Also, I use the pumping pals cone things and find them to be more comfy than the standard medela.

(Aargh – trying to give you a link but can’t paste it – go to amazon and look up simple wishes. I have the pink one with the velcro back)

Things that have helped me – watching videos of the baby, trying to really relax, hitting the letdown button again. How long do your pumping sessions last? How many letdowns do you get? What brand/model pump are you using?  


Post # 8
981 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Oh and have you tried to youtube vidoes on using the hands free bra? It helped me when I was getting started.

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