Breastfeeding

Not getting enough.

My DD is two weeks old and I've been trying to exclusively breastfeed. She spent her first week and a half in NICU so I was pumping a lot, every couple of hours. I was getting 3to 4 oz. now that she's home, if she sleeps through a feed I'll pump but only get like 1oz if that. And I know it's not hydration because I've been drinking 164oz a day. How do I know she's getting enough when she feeds?! If I can only pump an oz is she only getting an oz?!

Re: Not getting enough.

  • At two weeks her stomach can hold two ounces at most it sounds more like your supply is regulating
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  • If she is having 6-8 wet diapers or more per day, then she's getting enough.

    A normal amount to pump is 0.5-2 ounces per DAY when pumping in addition to nursing full time.  When your LO was in the NICU, you were getting more because you were pumping to replace feedings rather than in addition to feedings, and your supply has probably regulated a bit now as well.

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  • I am having the same problem ONLY I am exclusively pumping.  I pump for 10 minutes (double pump) every 3-4 hours... at night I go a little longer.

    I was getting 200 ML every time but now I am only getting maybe 100-150 ml.

    Is there anything I can do to ramp up production?  I have a lot down in the deep freeze but now am only getting enough for a couple feedings.

    Our son is 2 weeks old (was 3 weeks early and spent the first week in NICU) He is up to 80 ML every 3 hours.    He weighs 6lb 2 oz and is 19" long.. if that makes a hill of beans difference.

    I don't mean to high jack the thread, I am just at a loss as well.  I do want to continue feeding him breast milk ONLY.   We did not breast feed as he had latching issues being early.
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    I am having the same problem ONLY I am exclusively pumping.  I pump for 10 minutes (double pump) every 3-4 hours... at night I go a little longer.

    I was getting 200 ML every time but now I am only getting maybe 100-150 ml.

    Is there anything I can do to ramp up production?  I have a lot down in the deep freeze but now am only getting enough for a couple feedings.

    Our son is 2 weeks old (was 3 weeks early and spent the first week in NICU) He is up to 80 ML every 3 hours.    He weighs 6lb 2 oz and is 19" long.. if that makes a hill of beans difference.

    I don't mean to high jack the thread, I am just at a loss as well.  I do want to continue feeding him breast milk ONLY.   We did not breast feed as he had latching issues being early.

    I'm confused... 100-150mL is ~3-5 ounces.  Your LO should never need more than 5 ounces per feeding - at 11.5 months my LO takes 5 ounce bottles and has been content w/ 5 ounces since 5.5 months, and it was less before that.  So your supply is simply regulating.  You should only be getting enough for one feed per one pumping session - at this age, you should be pumping to replace every feeding that LO is getting.  

    Try pumping more often and for longer. For most women, 10 minutes is not long enough to empty your breasts, so your body is not getting a signal to make more milk.  I'd pump for at least 20 minutes. But at 2 weeks, you need to pump every time LO eats, not only every 3-4 hours. (aim for every 2 hours during the day, maybe one 4 hour stretch at night). Although your supply does not seem bad given what you are doing w/ the pumping - 25 ounce per day is about the average for a BF baby and doesn't increase once they get older.

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  • okay.. thank you...  This is the first time I am EPing.   I breast fed ONLY with our daughter and she fed every hour.

    Our LO is eating roughly 2-1/2 oz. every 3-4 hours.

    Thank you again for the input.

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  • Make sure to eat often as well. Sometimes it's hard to forget when your super busy with a newborn!

     

    Overnight you will want to breastfeed or pump every 3 hours too. This makes a difference in your supply.

     

    If all else fails, keep breastfeeding and pumping often and throw on some lactation herbs. Despite my pumping every 2 hours, my milk supply eventually went down to 1/2 ounce. I started using lactation herbs, a tea called Breastea, and I've seen a steady increase in production ever since. I drink it daily, and make sure to not skip pumpings. You can get it online from breastea.com

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