Breastfeeding...when to pump.

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Breastfeeding...when to pump.

How early can I pump?
Last time my nipples were SO SO SO sore...(I wanted to SCREAM they hurt so bad!) I don't think my lac. told me to do it right...
I wanted to pump...but she said no way until 9 weeks...I would like to sooner.
Any tips, tricks to BFing would be awesome...as I feel like I didn't do an awesome job before.

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you can pump right away! 9 weeks is an awful long time to wait, especially considering some women go back to work at 6 weeks!! What are you supposed to do those 3 weeks in between?

I rarely pumped (maybe 5 or 6 times). But I was told if you're going to pump - feed first, pump after. It will help to boost your supply and then it'll make it easier. But you can start as soon as baby is born. I've heard of women getting the hospital grade pump and pumping the day of.

Hopefully someone else has better tips.

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"azin_may" wrote:

you can pump right away! 9 weeks is an awful long time to wait, especially considering some women go back to work at 6 weeks!! What are you supposed to do those 3 weeks in between?

I rarely pumped (maybe 5 or 6 times). But I was told if you're going to pump - feed first, pump after. It will help to boost your supply and then it'll make it easier. But you can start as soon as baby is born. I've heard of women getting the hospital grade pump and pumping the day of.

Hopefully someone else has better tips.

I agree with Alison 100%!! There are women who pump in the hospital! I've always pumped pretty much right away...

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THANK YOU!! That lactation lady really screwed stuff up... I think I would of had a better supply...
I appreciate it!

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There's a great internet source for breastfeeding at

http://www.nbci.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=3&Itemid=11

I advise that anyone having the slightest bit of trouble go through the videos and informatino sheets. I've had so much advice from my MW, and the lactation consultant (with Leo), but really, these videos and info sheets helped more than anything else.

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Pumping ASAP is the best way to try and get your supply up while they are still young and not drink as much. With DS1 they said if I do start pumping to try and avoid giving him the bottles of milk as long as possible to make sure he had a good latch. Maybe that's what they person was trying to come across as?

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I would agree with the above about not giving them the bottles for as long as you can get away with it. Babies are much more efficient at nursing than the pump is at pumping. Newborns get accustomed to the milk flow from the bottle very easily and quickly and you do not want that, makes for lazy latches and impatient LO's when on the breast. I always like to give my LO's a chance to realize that being nursed provides much more than just milk and let them form an attachment to my boobs so they aren't so easily swayed by the flow of the bottle Smile

If I had supply issues and/or had to pump to go back to work I'd probably start doing my pumping fairly quickly and pump directly after LO nurses. Seems to me that would be a good way to get supply built up.

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Thank you ladies!
She specifically said not to pump for 9 weeks... ?!
I appreciate all the info!!! I can do it!!!:0) WooHoo!

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You know, I always had more success the other way around. I pump first, then nurse (if baby has the patience), because baby is much more efficient han the pump. If I do it the other way around, I get no milk from pumping.

The other tactic is to pump breast A, while nursing on breast B, then switching the next time around. It's awkward at first but once you get it down at least while you are sitting there you are doing 2 things at once (3 if you can nap too!).

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"sarahsunshine" wrote:

The other tactic is to pump breast A, while nursing on breast B, then switching the next time around. It's awkward at first but once you get it down at least while you are sitting there you are doing 2 things at once (3 if you can nap too!).

I've heard this too.

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Oh yeah, I've heard to pump the other breast while nursing and that it is a good way to do it. I've heard having the baby nursing on one side helps stimulate let down on the other side. Actually, I've not just heard that I've fallen victim to it LOL, baby nursing on one side and shirt ends up soaked on the other side Smile

I haven't ever gotten a whole lot of milk while pumping after nursing but I could tell when I'd do it regularly that it increased my supply but it didn't get me loads of milk (of course, pumping in any way never got me lots of milk).

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I plan to pump as soon as possible but I have to return to work in the 6-8 week time frame. I want to establish a good amount of milk for DH to feed the baby, he's going to do the stay at home thing.

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I recently heard that you should wait at least 4 weeks to pump? I dont know why but thats what I heard. I didnt pump until maybe a couple weeks before going back to work - which was roughly a month