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BREAST PUMPING>MAY BE TMI

HOW COME I CAN ONLY PUMP LIKE ONE 5 OZ. BOTTLE AT A TIME NOW? WHEN THE OTHER DAY WHEN I FIRST STARTED PUMPING I COULD DO LIKE 2 1/2 BOTTLES. & IT ONLY DOES ONE BOTTLE EVERY COUPLE OF HOURS. AROUND BABIES FEEDING TIME.. I AM NEW TO BREASTFEEDING AND I HAVE BEEN SO CONFUSED.. IS THERE SOMETHING I AM DOING WRONG>? PLEASE HELP. & EXPLAIN.

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aangelmommie03

Asked by aangelmommie03 at 11:59 AM on Nov. 9, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • The average woman can only pump 2 oz at a time. If you are pumping 5 oz, you are doing VERY WELL.
    KairisMama

    Answer by KairisMama at 12:01 PM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • You actually are able to pump WAY more than the average woman. Most can get 1/2 ounce to 1 ounce when they pump. And that is it. Baby sucking directly from the breast gets out more than any pump will. And pumps are not nearly as effective and can cause you to produce less, since you aren't getting the full effect like nursing can give you.


     


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    BradenIsMySon

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 12:02 PM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • Most women cannot effectively pump and only get 1 oz per pump. It is normal. the reason you got more in the beginning was that you were engorged.

    As your supply levels out, you will only make what baby eats. Unless you pump an hour after you nurse to prompt your body to make more, you will only get a small amount each time. This amount does NOT reflect what you actually produce!!!
    Jademom07

    Answer by Jademom07 at 12:03 PM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • Normal pump output is 1/2-2 ounces between both breasts. Any extra is great, but not expected to last due to supply regulation. Your body gets used to just what your baby needs so you are not bursting with engorgement and pain all the time.
    aehanrahan

    Answer by aehanrahan at 12:04 PM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • Your milk supply always fluctuates to suit the needs of the baby. Is the baby still breastfeeding? If so, maybe the baby is emptying more than you think. If not, then you should count how many ounces you are getting, and run that by the pediatrician to make sure it is enoiugh for baby. Some people are excellent pumpers . . . .some can't seem to get the amount of let-down needed through a machine. If your insurance company will pay for it, you could always consult with a lactation specialist (ask the ped) or you can contact your local La Leche League for support.
    Your main job is to get food in your baby's mouth . . . whether it be through breastfeeding, pumping, or formula . . . they are all good options.
    Going back, on your next pumping session, make sure that you are in a comfortable, relaxing area where you can let down. Some mommies actually have pictures of the baby with them to help them release the milk.
    ImaginationMama

    Answer by ImaginationMama at 12:05 PM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • OKAY LADIES. THANK YOU , YOU WERE ALL VERY HELPFUL. :)
    aangelmommie03

    Comment by aangelmommie03 (original poster) at 12:07 PM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • 5 oz is a TON! Rest assured that baby gets more from the breast then a pump does. How old is your little one? I'd venture to guess that your supply is just stablizing, meaning it's no longer in OVER production mode.
    Krysta622

    Answer by Krysta622 at 3:07 PM on Nov. 9, 2010

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