How much do u get? I can only pump since little man is on a feeding tube. i have been at this for 3 weeks now and I get about 2oz maybe 3 each side. One side more than the other, now the one side seems to keep decreasing.. Might be able to try to latch in another month or so
Okay, I never did a lot of pumping but I know for myself and others it is typical to only get 2-3 ounces a session (and after a few months if I had to leave DS it took me 2-3 pumping sessions to get the full 3 ounces needed while I was separated for one feeding). Breast milk fed babies don't increase the amount they eat nearly as much as formula fed babies do. Breast milk changes over time to provide the calories and nutrition needed. I know you're probably dealing with doctors wanting to know exact amounts and increase that, so a bit of a hard place for you to be in! Also keep in mind that a pump is just not as efficient as a full term feeding at the breast baby. I'm sure other pumping moms will chime in about what worked for them and their experiences.
I did find this on Kelly Mom. There are other pumping info pages on that site too.
Pumping is hard work! Sounds like you're doing fantastic! ((hugs))
He eats just under 1oz every 3 hours. So that translates to a huge supply in my freezer... I was just wondering the norm for pumping.. My 11 mo eats about 4-6oz every 4 hours, so I was wondering if my supply will get any higher.
I never pumped exclusively, but I did pump with DS#2 in preparation/prevention of the supply drop/depletion I had with DS#1 at 2 months old. I pumped with DS#2 once or twice a day and stashed it for later, while bfing him when he needed it. I remember about 3 weeks or so to 4 months old (when I stopped pumping) I'd only ever get a max of 2.5-3.5 oz per side and one side was always less than the other. I used a double pump and tested for uneven suck (one side "sucking" harder than the other) but could never prove it. I assume that you have a double pump since you are EBfing (express breast feeding, AKA Pumping exclusively). I would recommend investing in a hospital grade one, if you don't already have one. Since your LO is on a feeding tube, I'm sure your insurance would pitch in.
You say you are providing more than he is taking at the moment. Wonderful. That might change. Try not to get discouraged, your numbers seem normal to me. If you are wanting to prevent further decrease off of the side that seems to be diminishing, I'd pump a little longer on that side after it stops producing to encourage the demand. I'm sure you already know, but I will remind you that bfing is supply & demand. If the demand is more than the supply, than the supply will increase.
Last edited by Nell4Him; 10-13-2012 at 11:08 PM.
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I do have a nice hospital grade. The darn thing is not portable!! I'll have to see if I have my hand one somewhere as when if i return to work.. Thanks for the input!
yep, sounds normal to me. I pumped exclusively for DS for 4 months, never would latch....
Pumping more often can help increase supply and keep stocking it all away in the freezer, you'll want it later if your LO has trouble transitioning to BFing. Keep going - you're doing great!
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