So I'm BF and I want to express milk so I can leave my daughter more then 2 hours at a time. I always had a hard time with pumping with my first pregnancy and I stopped bf at 4.5 months. I was using a manuel Avent breast pump and could only express 1 to 2 oz at a time. Frustrating!!
So this time, I bought a electric pump (Medela) and same thing... how frustrating!! I just took a hot shower to help with milk flow and started pumping... well I could only extract 1 oz! I was also massaging my breast as I was pumping.
I hate pumping but wish I had a stash of bmilk for my daughter...
Any suggestions??? I know I have plenty of milk when my daughter (and son was) bfeeding... so what's the problem? Any one else dealing with that?
I was hoping to have a full night sleep (and DH could bottle feed her with my milk) but it seems I will have to give my daughter formula earlier then I wanted... :(
And a question? I have in my freezer a bag of 1 oz, a bag of 2 oz and a bag of 1 oz. So 4 oz all together. Can I thaw them and put them all together in a bottle for one feeding?
And.... If i pump 1 oz at a time, can I put it in the fridge, pump again later, add th together and them freeze them? Thanks!!!
For me when I pump, I usually only get about 1-2oz as well... unless it is first thing in the a.m., then I might get more. It's super frustrating, because it takes like 3 pumping sessions just to get one bottle-full. We also do formula though too, so it's not too big of a deal if I don't have enough pumped.
As for freezing, yes you can thaw them all and put it all in one bottle. And for refrigerating, you can't put fresh milk in with already chilled milk, you have to have them in separate bottles/bags, but once they are both chilled, you can put them together. (this is info I have from a pamphlet I got at the hospital from my LC)
To answer your questions - yes you can thaw and combine the breast milk for one bottle - they do that all the time in the NICU. Amanda is correct on the fresh/chilled milk.
As for pumping. The only time I got more then 1-2 oz at a time was when Robbie was in the NICU and I was pumping every 4 hours for 10-15 minutes with the hospital grade pumps, then I would get a total of 5oz. I did find that I would get more milk when I would feed him on one side and pump the other at the same time (this takes practice).
And here is some tips from a friend who pumped for her NICU babies The Preemie Mile: Wow! You have a lot of milk
Keep it up. Some breast milk is better than none. I am getting more than an ounce, but only because I am not pumping or BFing overnight... my first two pumps in the morning are very productive (not enough for twins, though). Giving some formula is not going to ruin them and if there is ever a time to do it, it is at night since they stay fuller with that longer. Just a thought.... that is why mine don't get breastmilk at night - they barely make it 2.5 hrs anyhow. P.S. My boys are no where near satisfied with anything less than 4 oz of breastmilk so keeping up with two boys who like to eat that every 3 hours or less is crazy. Did you at least get a pumping bra so you can do it hands free? How long are you pumping?
Go to kellymom.com for lots and lots of advice on this topic.
Only getting an ounce or two is perfectly normal especially if you are nursing. When I went to work and pumped during what would have been a nursing session, I got a lot more.
If you pump after nursing, the added stimulation may help your body decide to produce more milk. I got the most milk in the mornings. I would pump one side WHILE he nursed the other. Sometimes I would need to bottle feed him what I pumped, but not always.
I just put all my tiny bottles in the fridge then at the end of the day I would pour it all into a bag and freeze.
Keep at it!
I agree with everything that's been said about pumping 1 to 2 oz being normal and the thawing and fridge storage. Pumping can be really taxing emotionally when you're going over the numbers all the time. Besides nursing and feeding, being as relaxed as possible could help your milk flow while pumping too. I always pump more when I'm not watching the pump and am reading or watching tv and have my mind off of it. You'll get there!
Thanks everyone!!! I thought getting 1 to 2 oz wasn't the norm!!! Glad to hear everyone is in the same boat!!
At Tiff, I am thinking of FF at night, to give me a break and let her sleep longer too....
I don't have a pumping bra and to be honest, I don't really enjoy pumping at all...
I will continue bf but I'm thinking more and more of giving formula from time to time, so I can go out a bit more... But again, to be honest, I feel selfish doing so, am I normal?? :(
Your totally normal! It's ok to want some time to yourself, or to want help with feedings. With DD, I actually used to get very jealous of DH when he would get to go out and do stuff with his friends, or when he would get to sleep all night and I wouldn't because I had to feed the baby. This time around, I swore up and down I was not going to let those emotions take over, and if I started to feel like that then I would quit nursing. While I didn't intentionally quit nursing (my supply decreased when I was so sick a few weeks ago, so I stopped nursing and have been pumping/formula feeding) I feel good about being able to hand DS over to DH so I can either sleep, or spend some time with DD. Feeding time always comes at DD's bedtime, and I'm the one who she always wants to put her to bed (story, snuggles etc) so it's worked out well that DH can feed DS while I spend that quality time with DD. It's important to have YOU time.
Originally Posted by VixB