I have been breastfeeding my son for about 5 weeks now. I had a rough start at breastfeeding him, but we are doing great now. I notice that when I breastfeed I experience letdown and he gets enough food. When I use a breastpump it doesn't happen and I will pump for 15 minutes on each breast and I get maybe an ounce, which is not anywhere near enough for a feeding and I can't sit around all day and pump and breastfeed. It wouldn't be an issue if I didn't have to go back to work this week.
Does anyone else have the same problem or any suggestions on what to do. I have been supplementing with formula when I cannot be around and it would make like easier if I didn't need to.
Answer by Anonymous at 9:48 PM on Jan. 3, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 9:49 PM on Jan. 3, 2010
Answer by Katt709 at 10:21 PM on Jan. 3, 2010
Here is what works for me: Pump in the morning between 4am and 8am as that is when milk production has peaked. Pump on one side as baby nurses the other to take advanage of baby letdown (I always get more this way) Massage the breast while pumping (I have a one handed electric medlea that allows me to feed baby and massage with my thumb while pumping) to encourage supply you should pump between feeds. Check out this site also for tips to maximize pumping time: http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/MaxProduction.html
Answer by amileegirl at 10:54 PM on Jan. 3, 2010
Oh, if you are working more than part time, you may need a very good double pump to keep up check out : http://www.kellymom.com/ too
Answer by amileegirl at 10:57 PM on Jan. 3, 2010
Answer by ANGIE409 at 11:03 PM on Jan. 3, 2010
Answer by kristinmj at 2:42 PM on Jan. 4, 2010