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Nursing concern for my second baby who should be here SOON

with my first he was premmee at 34 weeks. he had to go into the NICU for a little over a week so I had to pump and even then they didnt give it to him till the last couple days and in a bottle. we had nursing issues for an entire month cause of his size and my breasts produced too much for him half the time i drowned the poor guy. What do i do this time? If she is early (which im going on 33 weeks and she's trying) do I just pump less so over production doesnt happen. and if she isnt early and I can put her straight to my breast, do i have to pump prior or after or anything???

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Asked by Bugsmommy1908 at 6:25 AM on Jan. 12, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Honestly, the should have given her the breastmilk from the get go, it is proven to be the best thing for premies especially because you had so much. The could have also given the baby the milk by other methods other than a bottle. I would visit     and    and   also take a look at this site and

    Learn all you can about premies and breastmilk and how breastfeeding can be encouraged by the NICU.


    Answer by amileegirl at 8:30 AM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • Thre is no need to pump unless you are going to work right away or have a premie or sick infant that doesn't have a vigorous suck. Babies are much better at stripping milk from the breast so have baby at breast, skin to skin, constantly. No pacifiers. No bottles. Babies do not need a lot in the first couple of days...they generally will get a tablespoon every couple of hours the first couple of days. The more skin to skin the more suckling the better for milk produciton. Also baby should be at breast right after birth there is no need for them to take the baby from you to do vitals, it can be done right on your belly.

    I had a homebirth so once the baby was out and I had a minute to orientate myself she was at the breast. She wasn't weighed or measured until a couple of hours later. The first hour is prime bonding time and you don't want to miss it if it can be helped.

    Answer by amileegirl at 8:41 AM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • I agree that even a preemie should be getting your milk from the get-go, without bottles (assuming baby is being fed by mouth, that is). Finger feeding is a good method to use if baby can't be at the breast. As for oversupply later on... it's sometimes unavoidable. There are things to lesson the impact on baby. For example, you can let her nurse until letdown, let the letdown spray into a towel and then latch her back on when the flow has slowed.
    You never *need* to pump if baby is able to nurse.
    Join the breastfeeding moms group! Tons of great advice! :)

    Answer by LeanneC at 10:54 AM on Jan. 12, 2010

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