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if im only pumping how often should i pump?

when i pump now im not getting much out at all and my baby will not take to the breast .. What to do?


Asked by Anonymous at 2:17 PM on Feb. 20, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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Answers (7)
  • Every two hours. Normal output is one half to two ounces total.

    Answer by gdiamante at 2:18 PM on Feb. 20, 2010

  • everytime you feed the baby. thats how i used to do it to keep my supply going.

    Answer by mrsjosey1018200 at 2:19 PM on Feb. 20, 2010

  • for me it was every 2-4 hrs at first. then i switched to every 4 hrs at around 3 mts. i did have an oversupply .so i was pumping 2 full bottles at a time. so thats why i could pump every 4 hrs and didnt have to pump every 2.
    like gdiamante said 2 oz is normal output from both. my output was 8-10 ounces every 4 hrs till he was 8 mts and then it went down,. i stopped at 10 mts cuz my milk dried up

    Answer by piwife at 2:38 PM on Feb. 20, 2010

  • Every 2 hours. And try before and after every pumping session to put your baby to the breast.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:40 PM on Feb. 20, 2010

  • Every 2-3 hours. If you are not pumping out enough to meet baby's needs then pump more frequently until you do. Is this a newborn who is refusing to latch? If so go to The Baby Who Does Not Yet Latch


    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 4:06 PM on Feb. 20, 2010

  • 2-3 hrs around the clock. Also, try getting in touch with your local La Leche League, for hands on help with getting your LO onto the breast. They're free and a great resource, and also a great place to make friends.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 4:58 PM on Feb. 20, 2010

  • Using a special massage technique before pumping can increase the amount you are able to pump. For instructions go to google and type in Marmet technique.

    If you are going to pump and feed by bottle you may need to rent a pump. Other pumps may not be good enough to get the job done. Not even a Pump in Style or similar pump.

    Usually babies that have been given bottles are the ones that won't 'take to the breast'. Just one bottle will do it. It's not the baby's fault. It can be over come and you could go on to breastfeed (not human milk feed) for a year or longer. is a great breastfeeding website. There are good breastfeeding discussion boards with LLL Leaders and lcs at Mother Magazine's website.

    Answer by Gailll at 5:32 PM on Feb. 20, 2010