Thursday, August 26, 2010

PUMPING

I have questions about pumping breast milk. I can't seem to get more than an ounce or two every few hours. Does anyone have any suggestions for me so I can get more milk to come out? I want to start taking Wyatt to a sitter a few times a week so I can try to do some things for myself and I'm not willing to bother with formula because he's going to be going to whole milk in a few months anyway. Please help! I have a medela electric pump and everything works fine with it, so no worries there. I have no idea how much Wyatt drinks anyway... how can I figure this out?

23 comments:

  1. My friend has written a TON about pumping

    www.grumblesandgrunts.com she's a wealth of knowledge and is juggling working full time and pumping. You shuold go check out her page, or hit her on twitter. @thegrumbles

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  2. maybe try taking some of the herb, fenugreek? you can get it at GNC i think. it helps bring up your milk supply.

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  3. Sounds silly, but I've heard that drinking a beer a day will boost milk production. It's worth a shot.

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  4. he probably doesn't eat anymore that 8oz.
    maybe your supply is just low? pump for 10-15 after the milk stops coming out. drink a lot of water. there are some supplements (fenugreek) that help and mother's milk tea. i've heard from a lot of sources that oatmeal helps produce along with some other ingredients. making sure you are eating well i super important. good luck!

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  5. Depending what time your little guy goes to bed you could pump around 10pm. I put our little guy down at 7:30pm ish and then pump at 10pm and get about 6-7oz. It may take time to build this up but overtime it will come. As for how much he needs I always give our little one 6oz in a bottle and he seems to be happy with that.

    I recently started pumping in the morning after I feed him and I would not reccomend that, I have been woken up by my boobs two days in a row! ouch!

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  6. I had this same issue when I got pregnant with #2 I started pumping just to see how much I was making, and it turns out I was making enough I just didn't know it because I was pumping such a small amount, and it really isn't an issue like I thought it was. Your baby is waaayyy more effective at getting milk out than any pump, so he is getting more than you are pumping for sure. That said the normal amount for this age my ped said is anywhere between 16 and 24 oz, but those who are not eating a lot of solids may be drinking up to 32 oz (Collin is in the 50th percentile for weight and he drinks 4 6oz bottles a day), and if you are pumping that much than you are pumping just fine, but if you just want to take him to the sitter a few times a week then you don't really need to be pumping enough for entire days really, just what he will be drinking when you are gone, and you can start a few days ahead of time so you don't need to pump that all in one day either :) I would just pump my 2 0z or whatever, and put it in the fridge and keep adding to it when you can that day until you get 4 or so OZ, and then freeze it. I think it is a great idea to get him to a sitter for a few hours a week to do you things, I have been thinking about doing the same thing.

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  7. A few ounces every few hours is just fine. You'll want to start stocking up. Pump out what you can and put the milk in milk storage bags and freeze them.

    If you want more make sure you are drinking lots of water. I've also heard a beer helps. But don't go crazy. :)
    Also, you need to train your body to start making more. The more you pump, the more you'll produce. Pretty cool system!

    I pumped for a whole year. Me and my Medala became best buddies.

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  8. I used to pump because Kingston wouldn't breast feed really....
    But my Lactaction specialist said to breastfeed then right after pump so you start to produce more. I think it tricks your body into thinking he needs more milk. Make sure to drink a lot too.

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  9. I had the hardest time with electric pumps...and really had to sit down and just chill to get a good letdown. I found a hand pump to be far more effective for pumping. It was so crazy, I had to sit in the dark and actually think about a letdown, and get into a zone almost. I hated pumping, needless to say! I don't know how the Mom's who pump exclusively for work do it, I guess you just get used to it over time...I knew a lady who would pump on her lunch breaks and she said the only way she could get much milk was if she started reading a book while pumping. It's such a mental thing for some of us, especially when you're used to baby nursing.

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  10. My little is on formula and breast milk (and baby food now), but I have been pumping since she was 1 month old. This goes against what all the books say, but I was told by an experienced mother to pump one breast while breast feeding from the other. Since Lucy was getting formula as well, we didn't have to worry about her not getting enough food. I produced the most from pumping when I did this. Lucy is now eating food (and I work full-time) so I only pump once while I am at work to keep up my supply so I can still feed her before and after work. Some days there will be more than others. Make sure you are drinking fluids and eating enough, that also plays a huge factor in milk production.
    Sorry for such a long comment I hope this helps!

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  11. I had the same dilemma when it came to pumping. I found certain times during the day I could pump more then others, also I found as the days of me pumping turned in to weeks I was able to obtain more milk in one pumping session. I heard that making sure you stay hydrated helps. My Aunt used to grab a glass or two of water every nursing session and drink while the baby ate. This idea helped me a lot to make sure I got all my fluids.

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  12. I agree with some of the posters ahead of me. Maybe try fenugreek?? I never had a huge supply. I could only pump 1-2 oz out of each side per day. Not much!! I started taking Fenugreek and it definitely helped.

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  13. Good for you and good luck with pumping! I pumped for both my kids once I went back to work and had good luck with it for a while but in the end, ended up quitting BFing because I couldn't supply enough. I hope you get some good hints/tips and I'm sorry I don't have any for you.

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  14. From the little I know (from breastfeeding the boys for 2 weeks)if you pump after you feed each time you'll slowly start to build up more. Your body will think it needs to make more at each feeding which will increase your milk production. I was just starting feeding the boys and pumping every 3 hrs after they ate and each time was getting like 4oz (and that was just at the beginning).

    I don't know if that helps!

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  15. Sooo.....I consider myself somewhat of a breastfeeding/pumping guru..bc I'm working on becoming a lactation nurse. But anyway. Your pump output is totally normal. Anything else over that 1 or 2 ounces is just bonus. Pumps are designed to mimic breastfeeding, but nothing can get the milk out quite as well as Wyatt can. Currently, I average 2-3 ounces at a time. And like I said..that's normal. But you can take some fenugreek, drink mother's milk tea, eat some oatmeal every morning, up your water intake, down your caffeine intake and that can help your supply. Also, the best times to pump are at night and first thing in the morning when your supply is usually at it's highest.

    But what you should remember is that your supply is totally normal. Just because you're not getting more doesn't mean that you have a low supply. Moms who get a ton of breastmilk are few and far in between.
    :D Good luck! Message me if you have any more questions!

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  16. If Camdyn ate, then I tried to pump..I wouldnt get very much. Whenever the longest span is of Wyatt not having to nurse, pump then. I could tell when I drank more, I produced more too...of water that is. Good luck!

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  17. You probably only pump a few ounces every couple of hours because you feed on demand mostly right? Keep pumping and drink lots of water, it only takes about 48 hours of pumping to increase your supply. Good luck! Also relax, I pumped so much more when I was in a relaxed environment.

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  18. That's a normal amount. I never understood how babies eat less off the boob than in a bottle. It sure does make it hard to feed the baby when you can only get a little bit out. Ugh. I am glad that's over for me!

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  19. Wow, there are so many comments... I can't go through and read all of them and see what everyone has already said... so: this may be repeated.

    Ruari has never breastfed... well, she did it twice... but, mostly it pisses her off and she screams. I've been pumping for her since day one. Seriously: I'm just out of surgery and out of it with pumps attached to me... hubby has to keep waking me up.

    Anyway: I rent the Medela. Like you said you have. It's great. First you need to make sure the pump parts are the right size for your nipples They have a few different sizes. Second: you have to get your body used to the act of pumping and not just feeding.

    I've gotten down to pumping 3 times a day. It takes anywhere from 15-30 minutes. I know how much I produce, so I know when I'm done. I pump at the same time each day. If I'm late: It HURTS. If I'm early: there's barely any milk. It's so strange.

    So, long story short: my suggestion is to pump maybe 3-4 times a day (at the same times everyday. example: I pump 6 am, 1 pm, and 9 pm). Your body should start to realize that this is the time it needs to produce. I also squeeze my boobs while pumping. This seems to be a necessary step too.

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  20. OH, and one more thing. I ALWAYS sing, "Pump pump a JAM!" before every pump. I think this helps keep my supply up. You should probably do this too. I think it will help. :D

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  21. I only pumped a little but I did find a lot of the same things to be true...
    For instance, it's just NOT a perfect replica of feeding. Your body probably isn't letting down as well as when you feed your kiddo.
    Also, do you have a physical sensation when your milk lets down? I have always had a pretty strong burning feeling when my milk lets down- aka starts SPRAYING out. I've always had crazy amounts of milk/sprayage and my kids sometimes pull of and the milk goes everywhere. In a pumping situation this worked great because I'd see the milk spraying out and get a good amount.
    So anyway, if you can do things to stimulate the let down you'll get more milk and faster. For instance, looking at a picture of your child or just looking at your child. :) Applying warm wet washclothes to your nipples first. RELAXING. That's a must...
    And of course lots of water. I like to drink while I'm nursing/pumping. I think that stimulates my let down too.
    And regular times of day (for pumping) is also good for building up your supply.
    Good luck! And gooooood call on the babysitter! When I go away from my kids for a bit it always makes me miss them and remember how much I love/love/love being with them allllll of the other times when I don't have help/sitter. :)

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  22. ok i wasnt about to read ALL the comments sorry- but this website was super helpful-
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/pumping_decrease.html

    it talks about how much milk is NORMAL. hopefully this helps!

    Ok i have read a few posts and love your blog, i am excited to follow you! (ooh crap I hope I dont sound like a crazy stalker, im not i promise)

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