July 2013 Moms

Is this normal? Pumping Q

Hi ladies, since DD was born I haven't been bumping as much. Congrats to all the new Mommas, and hang in there to all of the overdue Mommas!

I posted this on the BF board, but figured I'd post it here too...

Hi ladies, my DD is 12 days old and latches and eats like a champ. I have been trying to start pumping periodically to start a freezer supply, but I can pump with my Avent Double electric BP for an hour to an hour and a half and barely get an ounce and a half to two ounces... Is this normal? It seems like it takes forever to get so little.

DD was 9lbs 4oz at birth and has steadily been gaining weight, so I know she is eating plenty. She typically nurses for 15 to 20 min on each side and seems to fully drain me.

Just wondering if I start pumping more often if I will get more? Any tips or tricks for pumping to get maximum results? TIA!

Re: Is this normal? Pumping Q

  • Are you sure that the flanges are the right size or that there is enough suction?

    The first time I used mine I hardly got anything, but then I realized that it wasn't getting full suction the way I was holding it. Now I get 23 oz in a 20 min pumping session.
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  • Between one and three ounces per session is totally normal, especially when baby's belly is so little and your body hasn't adjusted to the pump. If you haven't, check out the Kellymom page on pumping:

    http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/whattoexpectwhenpumping/
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  • image Guillerma:
    Between one and three ounces per session is totally normal, especially when baby's belly is so little and your body hasn't adjusted to the pump. If you haven't, check out the Kellymom page on pumping:

    http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/whattoexpectwhenpumping/


    Ugh. Mobile ate my link. There should be dashes in between all the words, or just google Kellymom pumping.
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  • Totally normal amount for that age and even better if you are getting that much after LO feeds.
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  • With DS, I never felt like the pump was as efficient as him nursing. I would pump for a longer time period than he would normally nurse, and when milk stopped expressing, my breast didn't feel as depleted as it did after he nursed. I never really trouble shooted it though except to read that what was happening wasn't totally abnormal as I really only needed a small supply in the freezer though.
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  • Sounds like the right amount for a 12 day old baby, remember thier tummies are still very tiny at this age. Also a baby removes milk from the breast much more effeciently than a pump. She will go through several growth spurts (2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks is average) where you will experience more frequent nursing, and that is her building up your supply to her demand. When you are away from her at work and pumping to replace feeds you will get more then. I am trying to build a little stash too, and I always find I pump more in the mornings. Also try doing breast compressions when you pump to get more. Kellymom.com has great info on all of this.
  • Totally normal. It worried me, too, last time around because everyone here was talking about stockpiling breastmilk for back to work. I just had a frequent eater, and so didn't have much extra to pump. Once  I was pumping at work, and more accustomed to the pump, I had plenty to feed him (though not much extra).
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  • I don't think that is enough milk for pumping for an hour that is way too long of a time. You night not be letting down. I would definitely do some research.
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    image Jenniferinspain:
    I don't think that is enough milk for pumping for an hour that is way too long of a time. You night not be letting down. I would definitely do some research.

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    do NOT pump for an hour.

    15-20 minutes is a good time period for pumping most of the time.

    with experience your body will lear to leat down for the pump and with consistent pumping schedule you'll start to get a bit more in a shorter time period.

    but with a 12 day old, I'd not really worry about it or about building a supply unless you go back to work at 3 weeks you have a bit of time.

    get thru the 7-10 day old growth spurt and the 3 week growth spurt at least before trying to commit to pumping in addition to everything else.  the right before or after the 6 weeks growth spurt start to pump one side and nurse primarily on one side first thing in the am.  the nursing on one side while pumping will help to signal a let down, although it will take a bit of practice to get the hang of doing both at the same time, so pump right after nursing if you can't do it at the same time. 

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