Re: Swollen Lymph Nodes/Pumpin Zero
Ouch mama, that must be very uncomfortable! What you describe probably isn't swollen lymph nodes, but rather some extremely bad plugged ducts. I know you're probably saying "wrong, they are in my armpits!" but there is actually breast tissue all the way back in there. It's called the Tail of Spence: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tail_of_Spence. This link gives tips on treating plugs: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mom/mastitis.html. The most important thing you can do is to empty the breast as often and as thoroughly as possible. The baby is often the best way to get this job done, but if he isn't a great nurser yet you have to use the pump. It's also really important to stay alert for signs of mastitis- so if you feel feverish, get flu-like symptoms (aches, pain, chills, malaise), or see red streaks or patches on the surface of the breast, it's time to get to the doctor.
On to pumping: getting 4-5 oz every 4 hours is very good yield. However for most moms, pumping every 4 hours will not be enough to maintain that sort of supply, since most women's bodies will read a 4 hour milk removal frequency as low demand and therefore decrease supply. I suggest moving your pumping schedule to every 2-3 hours, at least, and also nursing more. Babies typically do a better job of emptying the breast and maintaining supply than even the best pump, and I would actually suggest nursing exclusively as the best possible way to ensure breastfeeding success.
Last edited by @llli*mommal; October 1st, 2011 at 05:53 AM.
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