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Leaking, engorged and wondering if I should pump or not...

Posted by on May. 21, 2011 at 7:52 PM
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DS is 9 days old and already sleeping for 4 to 6 hours at a time. He eats well, but while he is sleeping my breasts become painfully full until they start leakinf, and my right breast actually sprays milk at that point. Should I be pumping and freezing in between? Or would that make the problem worse because of supply and demand?
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lifetimelove
by on May. 21, 2011 at 7:56 PM
It could make problems worse, you might end up with oversupply. However, you can pump just enough to relieve the pain/pressure, and then freeze that. =)
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littlest.angel
by on May. 21, 2011 at 8:05 PM
How would I do that? I know it would only be a little bit at a time, and your not supposed to add fresh milk to frozen milk unless its been cooled.
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TiffanyMarie80
by Tiffany on May. 21, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Store milk in 2-3 ounce servings - if you're only pumping to relieve the pressure, that might mean you pump that much, or it may take 2 pumping sessions to get it, with the bottle staying in the fridge until you have a "full" serving, then put that in the freezer all together.  2-3 ounces is the perfect size to use while you're away from baby, so having it in that smaller size already will make for less waste and less chance of a caregiver overfeeding  :)

littlest.angel
by on May. 21, 2011 at 8:14 PM
Thank you! I am so glad I found this group. My first two attempts at bfing ended around 6 weeks because of frustration. I really want to continue up to at least 12 months with this one.
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LaurenGreen
by on May. 21, 2011 at 8:29 PM

 I have the same issue as you. I have some Lansinoh freezer bags that I really love. I pump 2 ounces from the breast that is completely engorged and painful. Then, I freeze it. Make sure to always write the time and date!

JenTheDragon
by on May. 21, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Your supply hasn't regulated yet, also. I think it takes a few weeks. I'm not sure I would worry about oversupply right now, but then again, I have an oversupply and my LO is 10 months old. =)

mommyakabooby
by on May. 21, 2011 at 8:37 PM
yes pump! It helps so much! Also, hot showers work well; let the hot water fall on your breast then express some milk by hand. I usually take mine and splash it on my face. Gives you a great complexion!
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Needlesmama
by on May. 21, 2011 at 8:42 PM

This is what i did because i knew i had to go back to work for at least part-time and didn't want her to have ANY  formula (yuck!) and i had a good month supply in the deep freeze by the time i went to work again...now i pump at work too between hair appointments

Quoting TiffanyMarie80:

Store milk in 2-3 ounce servings - if you're only pumping to relieve the pressure, that might mean you pump that much, or it may take 2 pumping sessions to get it, with the bottle staying in the fridge until you have a "full" serving, then put that in the freezer all together.  2-3 ounces is the perfect size to use while you're away from baby, so having it in that smaller size already will make for less waste and less chance of a caregiver overfeeding  :)


littlest.angel
by on May. 21, 2011 at 8:50 PM
I am glad I pumped. I got just over 2 ounces in less than 2 mins! That was enough to make the pressure go away. Then he decided to wake up. I probably shouldn`t have fed him from the breast that I had to pump though, any thoughts on that? Also, can you place milk directly into the freezer? Or should it be cooled first?
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mama02040608
by on May. 21, 2011 at 8:54 PM
I don't know about "supposed to" but when I was working I always froze right away. It doesn't matter which breast you use, really, but your other side probably will be screaming shortly :)
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