Question about pumping..

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ammoss890's picture
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Question about pumping..

When do you pump? In my little manual it says to pump one side while you're feeding on the other. But what if he's still hungry and wants to go on the other side? Will he get enough to eat? Idk how to go about this at all.

ammoss890's picture
Joined: 10/08/11
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I didn't want to make another post just for my curiosity.. is anyone thinking about having more children or is everyone calling it quits after this little one?

I miss being pregnant, but I love this little boy so much I don't want to have to share my affection.

RebeccaA'07's picture
Joined: 11/19/07
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I haven't started yet but you should offer both sides to the baby first; then pump.

As far as more babies, you might change your mind. It took me 2 years after DD to decide on a second. I've been blessed with easy, healthy pregnancies and I really enjoy being pregnant. We're not closed to the idea of a 3rd but it will not be a discussion for a couple years!

lexirunner's picture
Joined: 05/10/06
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Henry likes to eat from both sides for every feeding, so I just pump when he naps. I usually get about 4 ounces total if I wait about an hour after he's nursed. I've been lazy lately though and haven't pumped any for a few days. I have enough in the freezer for about 5, 4-5 ounce bottles, and we've used some just to get him used to bottles. So far there haven't been any issues.

No more kids for us! I know part of me will maybe want another one some day, but I feel like our family is complete and am ready to grow together as a family of 5. Plus, DH is getting a vasectomy in the very near future. So unless something happens that isn't supposed to, we're done.

wlillie's picture
Joined: 09/17/07
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I've been pumping when I wake up; he eats on one side while I pump on the other. I have been getting four ounces. He hasn't wanted the other side yet and eats every two hours during the day. I've been freezing the extra to make sure I have enough for when I go back to work in case my supply dips. It did last time, especially once I started working out hardcore again (part of my job). So I want to have as much saved up as possible without being tied to the pump while we're on vacations.

I got my tubes tied, but knew I wanted a second when I had my first. Even though I was worried about the affection issue. But it just grows to fit the newbie in. I'd wait a few years to see how you feel then. Once they get to be about 3 they don't want or need as much one on one time and it just felt right for our family to have the next one now.

nea458's picture
Joined: 07/26/11
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I let him nurse as much as he wants on demand. It doesn't take much for me to fill up so I have to nurse during the day as soon as he is hungry. I have about 3.5 more weeks until I go back to work so going to pump on one side occassionally to build up that supply of bottles for him. While at work, I will pump during the day so that will be helpful with bottles as well. My plan is to bf until he cuts a tooth!

As for having more, my tubes were tied after this last one. It took me a year to decide if I wanted anymore...so I gave it three months and it worked. Three is enough for me. I am retiring in less than 7 years and working on a Doctorate with a full-time job. I don't have much time as it is! However, I am blessed to have three but I am DONE! Smile On a side note, I knew immediately after I had my second that I was not complete with my family. Hence, the third.

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Joined: 09/29/11
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I have not started to pump yet but I will feed on one side and pump the other. He only takes from both sides at night when he is cranky! With my son I seemed to have lots of milk and could get 8oz from one side. As for another baby we are talking about it already! We want a girl...we have 2 boys but if we have another boy then we are done not sure when we will actually start trying I don't want to work 50hrs a week with 3 kids so my hubby got to step it up first!

boilermaker's picture
Joined: 08/21/02
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I only ever feed from one side during a feeding. In the evenings, sometimes he'll take both sides.

I find I get lots more when I pump the opposite side while I'm feeding (better let down for me....) I use an Avent hand pump when I'm only pumping one side (and a Medela PIS when I'm pumping both sides.)

As for more kids, we are finished. Smile Five is good for us! Trey will be getting the big V in a few weeks.....Of course you don't feel like wanting another baby right now, I think there's a reason it takes us 9 months to gestate and months to become fertile again....most of us don't want a new baby at the same time we have a baby. I will say that the love our kids have for one another is amazing and worth it IMO to have another baby. Our biggest problem at our house is fighting over who gets to hold Seth, who held him longer, who "gets" to change his diaper, who has kissed him more.....etc. They ADORE him, and each other, and that is awesome to watch and enjoy. Good luck with your decision, but give it time. You never know how you'll feel in a few years.

ammoss890's picture
Joined: 10/08/11
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I tried pumping today and it's not as easy as I'd hoped. My job called me this morning and asked me to fill in this weekend. I've gotten about 1 oz so far, I'm going to try waiting an hour after feeding him to see if that makes a difference.

wlillie's picture
Joined: 09/17/07
Posts: 1796

Drinking lots of water, eating oatmeal, and drinking beer with hops can also help with your pumping supply. You may only get one ounce for a little while, but if you continue to pump from one side while he eats from the other, you'll start making enough in one to feed him. Don't forget to switch them up every time though!