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    Question Is this correct advice?

    I apologize in advance if there is already a thread like this. My sister had her baby on the 15th and is going to be on maternity leave for 8 weeks. Yesterday I asked her when she plans on starting to pump. She said her lactation specialist said it's good to wait about 6 weeks before pumping. I have never heard of waiting that long before! I asked her why and she said she was told because pumping usually coincides with introducing a bottle. I don't get the correlation. Isn't pumping about building up a stash for the caregiver. I mean if she starts in 6 weeks she'll only be pumping for 2 weeks
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    Default Re: Is this correct advice?

    personally I think it is not bad advice. but not really for the reason the LC gave. supply is so touchy in the early days and pumping when you don't need to can cause a nasty case of oversupply. also the first few weeks are so tough that adding in pumping can push people over the top. And you only need one day's supply (or 1.5 maybe) before you go back (it is nice to have more, but not necessary).

    But I have high needs babies and hate pumping so maybe I am not the best person to give advice.
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    Default Re: Is this correct advice?

    I can see where the lc is coming from. But I would rather have the temptation to give a bottle be answered with giving. Breastmilk and not formula.
    I personally did not start pumping until around five weeks. I was too tired to stay awake. To pump.
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    Ok, thanks for responding. I'm glad I didn't automatically tell my sister that her LC didn't know what she was talking about, haha. I just don't want my sister to have to literally pump tomorrow's milk today like I did. That was stressful, at least for me.
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    Default Re: Is this correct advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*durhamgrrl View Post
    personally I think it is not bad advice. but not really for the reason the LC gave. supply is so touchy in the early days and pumping when you don't need to can cause a nasty case of oversupply. also the first few weeks are so tough that adding in pumping can push people over the top.
    On the flip side though, I was dealing with undersupply issues in the beginning, and I wish that someone had told me to pump more in the beginning to boost my supply. I ended up having to supplement with formula, and it took me 2 months to finally get enough milk. So I think it sorta depends on the mom and her supply too.
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    Default Re: Is this correct advice?

    I think waiting untill 6 weeks to introduce the bottle is the main thing. I am pretty neurotic and wanted to be sure I'd have a good stash, so I started pumping at about 3 weeks. Really, it's just what works for her. If she'll fell more confident having more of a stash, she can start pumping earlier than 6 weeks. If she's having oversupply issues, she may want to wait. If it's undersupply, she may want to start earlier.

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    We usually say four weeks, which I would probably say here, just because her maternity leave is so short and I figure she'll be stressed about creating a stash. If she had a longer maternity leave, I'd say, wait until three weeks before you go back. I think the six weeks advice is "conservative." Meaning, it would be great to follow it, but if that's not possible, try to hold off on pumping until at least 4-5 weeks.


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    Default Re: Is this correct advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mek View Post
    On the flip side though, I was dealing with undersupply issues in the beginning, and I wish that someone had told me to pump more in the beginning to boost my supply. I ended up having to supplement with formula, and it took me 2 months to finally get enough milk. So I think it sorta depends on the mom and her supply too.
    Oh absolutely. If you are having low supply issues you have to get baby to the breast all.the.time and pump. But in the absence of that I think staying away from the pump is a great idea

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*momtodom09 View Post
    I just don't want my sister to have to literally pump tomorrow's milk today like I did. That was stressful, at least for me.
    A security blanket in the freezer is a very good thing, but the freshest milk is the healthiest milk (I wish this was more publicized so many mom's feed from the freezer when they don't have to - though we most of us have to at some point). It starts breaking down the minute it leaves your body and freezing reduces it's immune properties. Also you are producing immunity to that day's diseases so those are the best for baby. Milk a few days old or frozen is massively better than formula of course, but fresh milk is the gold standard.
    Last edited by @llli*durhamgrrl; June 20th, 2011 at 03:37 PM.
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    • the shock H-Girl born about a week late (10/7/09) at 8lbs 15oz and 20.75 inches.


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    Default Re: Is this correct advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*momtodom09 View Post
    Ok, thanks for responding. I'm glad I didn't automatically tell my sister that her LC didn't know what she was talking about, haha. I just don't want my sister to have to literally pump tomorrow's milk today like I did. That was stressful, at least for me.
    I get this, but on the other hand, I think many women worry TOO much about creating a giant stash. If/when I do it again, I will plan to mostly just pump for tomorrow. A day or two "back-up" is all you need.


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    Default Re: Is this correct advice?

    I kind of wonder if the LC was saying that she sees a lot of moms start pumping and because the milk is there, the baby starts getting bottles and before you know it, baby is getting a lot of bottles and mom is pumping all the time and/or has a supply problem. Not that bottles mean the end of BFing in all cases.
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