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    I hope so! It is just these little twinges that really sting. I think the pumping jumpstarted it too...I have a really good supply (can pump up to 6 oz per sitting...never could do that with DD) so I am making a lot of milk. I just need him to regulate it for me I guess. 6 weeks sounds about right. Thanks ladies!

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    I hear you on the good milk supply. I can pump 4-5 oz out of the one side while she nurses the other. I'v ehad to do that a few times due to engorgement, I don't want mastitis or plugged ducts this time.
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    Oh no! You had mastitis last time? That sucks. I hope you don't get it this time Kris. What can you do to avoid it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KapDel View Post
    Oh no! You had mastitis last time? That sucks. I hope you don't get it this time Kris. What can you do to avoid it?
    I had it 3 times in the 2 years I nursed Izzie.

    Some things to help prevent/avoid mastitis --

    * avoid wearing bras or tight fitting tops that constrict your breasts. This is key.
    * Sleep on your side or back. Sleeping on your belly can constrict your breasts.
    * Feed baby as much on schedule as you can, engorgement can cause clogged ducts, which can lead to mastitis.
    * Breast massage before latching baby on can help avoid clogs too.


    And of course proper positioning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mommy2bugs View Post
    I hear you on the good milk supply. I can pump 4-5 oz out of the one side while she nurses the other. I'v ehad to do that a few times due to engorgement, I don't want mastitis or plugged ducts this time.

    I can get anywhere from 3-4 on one side depending on how long it's been between pumping. Again I am sooo bad a pumping on a regular schedule. I really should be better about it. It's hard to pump every 3 hours.

    Steph you said every 2 hours??? Hmm, I wonder what I'd get from that. I should try it one day. I should also try eating oatmeal for breakfast.
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    Someone asked about how long to pump for -- I found it easiest and most effective to pump one breast at a time (even though my pump will do both together). With DS, I pumped each side for 15-20 minutes, and could get 8-12 oz per session (3-4 hours apart).

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    This thread is a great idea - I'm so glad I found it!

    I'm totally new to nursing and pumping, so I've got lots of questions...

    First, while I think BFing is going well (she seems satisfied and is growing like a weed), I was told I have flat nipples... does anyone have experience nursing with them? I'm using the shield they gave me at the hospital (which helps immensely), but does anyone have any tips or advice?

    Second, for those of you getting 8+ ounces pumping - is that total or per side? And what kind of pump do you use? I seem to get about 2.5-3 ounces per side with a manual pump, and that's in a good session.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaders View Post
    I was told I have flat nipples... does anyone have experience nursing with them? I'm using the shield they gave me at the hospital (which helps immensely), but does anyone have any tips or advice?

    Second, for those of you getting 8+ ounces pumping - is that total or per side? And what kind of pump do you use? I seem to get about 2.5-3 ounces per side with a manual pump, and that's in a good session.

    Thanks!
    i have flat nipples as well and really only ever had success bf'ing with the shield.
    i'm only getting about 2-3 oz pumping as well, so i want to know the secret of the super pumpers too. i have an electric pump too.
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    I have flat nipples also and am using the shield. It's fine until she pops off...then it slides around since it's spilling milk everywhere. *sigh*

    With DS I initially started pumping every 2-3 hrs while he was in the NICU...tried for 2, but didn't always succeed. We tried BFing once we got home. At about 4 weeks, we moved to strictly pumping and it was every 3 hrs. That wasn't so hard to do since he was on a schedule from being in the NICU (12, 3, 6, 9 o'clock). I started with 20 minutes per session. I don't remember what my output was...I'd have to go look at those early pumping logs I made back then. Now I am only pumping aroung 4x per day many days and BFing the rest. I generally get anywhere from 3-5 oz per side, depending on time of day and how long since I BFed or pumped last. I get the most in the morning. I make sure I BF in the morning, then pump shortly after. I have a Medela PIS (not a PISA ) I want a Freestyle though. I start the pump session like my LO starts a nursing session....fast and furious sucking, although not super deep (hard). So I start with a gentle suck, but quick sucks (I put my pump setting on 5, but with low suction). I pump that way for 3-5 minutes...until I see a good amount in the bottle...like an ounce or so. Then I slow it down to a 4, but increase the suction way up (but not all the way). Sometimes I'll even slow to a 3, but still keep that increased suction. Aly does the frantic sucking first, then switches over to a slower, deeper suction suck once she gets past the let down....so I try to mimic that with my pump. Doing this, I'm often totally done in 15 minutes. I do both sides simultaneously. I hope that helps!

    I feel like an oddball. I don't particularly enjoy BFing....I actually think I like pumping and bottle feeding better. But Aly really enjoys BFing, so I'll stick with it for a while...PITA nipple shield and all....

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    I wish i could offer some advice. Like I said I don;t always pump every 3 hours ike I should which is probably the worst thing I could do and part of the reason why I do not have a stash.

    Also, I last pumped at 11pm last night. I drank a good amount of water because I knew I had too much caffeine yesterday (bad bad Katie). i noticed today though, I pumped WAY more than I have the last couple morning (when I have had a long stretch between pumping. on one side this morning I got 5oz. I can't believe it!!!!!! The other side (right side) I got 4oz. WHAT?!?!?!?!?!

    Someone mentioned oatmeal increases your supply so my new best friends are water and oatmeal. Fluids are key though, but not alot of caffeine of course. I however, have been HORRIBLE about the caffeine
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