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Breastfeeding information help?tmi sorry

I've started leak and im 38 weeks i was wondering if around the last few days of next week if i could start using my breast pump and getting prepared so i have a little bit of a break when she actually arrives? But im not sure if thats allright since this is my first!
Sorrry if this question sounds a little stupid but i'd rather sound stupid then feed her something bad.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 1:14 PM on Oct. 18, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • What? You want to have a break when she arrives? Don't pump!

    Right after the baby is born you need to breastfeeding in the first hour. The suckling and the placenta being born will signal to the body to start making colostrom, the first milk. That's why you shouldn't be messing around with pumping now.

    Make sure the baby gets NO bottles or pacifiers. Room-in with the baby and breastfeed at least every 2-3 hours around the clock. No breaks. Mature milk should come in by day 3. Sometimes it's later with first time moms and it's still ok. Babies are born with extra fluids to hold them until the milk comes in.

    NO bottles or pacifiers until at least 6-8 weeks. During this time your breasts are actually growing more milk ducts and glands to be better at feeding the baby. Your breasts may seem softer and you may think you don't have enough milk. It's normal.

    Bottles & pacifiers may ruin bf at any age.

    Gailll

    Answer by Gailll at 1:23 PM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • That's not stupid, it is asked a lot, actually. ;-)

    It's not recommended for a couple of reasons.
    Firstly, you have colostrum now, not milk. No need to pump that. Although very important for the newborn, the baby will get it in those first days after birth.
    Second, it can cause very intense contractions. This might even start labor before your baby & body are really ready. These contractions can be very intense. Not necessarily safe.

    It's great to start preparing for breastfeeding, but pumping is not a great way to do it. Let me know if you need any other help! Good luck! :-D
    doulala

    Answer by doulala at 1:25 PM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • Milk should start to "come in" (increase in quantity and change from colostrum to mature milk) between days 2 and 6.


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    doulala

    Answer by doulala at 1:35 PM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • What your breasts are leaking now is colostrum, not milk. It won't do you any good to pump now because, for one thing, the nipple stimulation can cause contractions; for another thing, you won't get much of anything out, maybe a few drops, probably less than an ounce, and not nearly enough to satisfy a baby.

    You won't get a break at first. If you're determined to breastfeed, the best thing to do is to nurse the baby as often as possible after s/he's born, and don't give them a bottle for at least the first few weeks (absolutely not in the hospital) -- the longer you can go without a bottle, the better off you'll be on the breastfeeding front. If you need a short break, the best thing to do is go out right after you feed the baby and try to be back by the next feeding. It won't be much at first, because they're hungry little buggers, but it'll get better with time.

    And not a stupid question, but a very valid one. :)
    DragonRiderMD

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 2:44 PM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • A BREAK!!1 WHAT THAT LOL. I HAVENT HAD A BREAK IN ALMOST 3 YRS!1 DONT BE DELUSIONAL ONCE THAT BABY COMES YOU WONT BE GETTING A BREAK FOR A LONG TIME!!. LOL anyways right now your making colustrum not milk, dont pumpi it can causes you to go into labor, next if you are going to bf. no bottles or even binkies for the first 6 wks only breast. trust me i made taht mistake and i ended up ff my first and pumping for my second. if you do plan on bf erased the word break out of your vocab. most bf babies feed every 2 hrs for about 20-40 mts. so preatty much all day, also keep the baby with you at all times. nurse as soon as you can, tell the doctor to put the baby to your chest and start nursing.
    piwife

    Answer by piwife at 3:02 PM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • Don't pump, the first milk colostrum , best for baby. Invest in some breast pads...you'll be leaking alot.
    Congrats to you for deciding to BF. You'll do great and no worries about asking Qs. :o) God bless
    realtorshelly

    Answer by realtorshelly at 5:29 PM on Oct. 18, 2009

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