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Thread: Is pumping an accurate estimate?

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    Default Is pumping an accurate estimate?

    I have a 9 month old who is on solids. He is nursed about every two hours during the day and every 4 hours at night. He seems to eat a lot when he is given solids and acts really hungry at these times. I was wondering if he was getting enough milk. This past weekend I had to travel and could not bring him with me so I used my medela pump. I tried to pump as frequently as he is fed, but I was only getting 1-2 ounces per side after 15 min of pumping. Could my supply have suddenly diminished? I also recently started menstruating again.

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    Mar 2006

    Default Re: Is pumping an accurate estimate?


    Because your pump is NEVER as good as a baby, even a hospital grade pump. The PISA, the most commonly used Medela pump, is a step down from a hospital grade pump.

    Secondly, if you are not used to pumping, your yield is going to be low.

    If your horns are not the right size, they can result in a lower yield.

    Finally, yes, if you are cycling, that can impact production. If you were pumping, I'd suggest taking a calcium/magnesium supplement. But if you are not pumping regularly, just nurse more.
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    Oct 2009

    Default Re: Is pumping an accurate estimate?

    Your period can really affect your supply and then it should go back after a few days into your cycle, it really varies per woman, I believe. You can't really say that you have supply diminished just based on using a pump, though. Your body probably reacts better to your baby than to a pump and it's easier for your baby to get out milk than a pump (if your baby is efficient at nursing,which he probably is if it's 9 mos and he's breastfeeding without your needing to pump to supplement). He might just be really interested in solids because they're a new thing to experiment with. If he has good energy, and enough wet and poopy diapers I would not worry about supply.
    Nursed my sweet daughter 3 years, 3 mos.

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