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Thread: Only pumping 1oz per breast every 2 hrs, is this normal?

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    Default Only pumping 1oz per breast every 2 hrs, is this normal?

    I am exclusively pumping as I cannot get my daughter to latch on. I am pumping every 2 hours during the day (about 8 times per day) and getting 2 oz (1 oz/breast). This is just enough to keep up with my 15 day old. I will be returning to work soon and would like to build up a supply. Is this a normal amount to pump, I feel like I should have a higher quantity output? What can I do to increase my supply?

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    Default Re: Only pumping 1oz per breast every 2 hrs, is this normal?

    Congratulations on your new baby!

    Breastfed babies usually take in 1-1.5 ounces per hour; less than that when they are very new and tiny. So your production sounds pretty normal for the mom of a 15 day old, actually. You probably will want to increase it some, but it's very do-able.

    A few thoughts:

    Your baby is still VERY young, and it's by no means too late to get her latch on! What have you tried? Have you gotten some one-on-one help with a lactation consultant/IBCLC? What exactly are the problems you're having with latching? Maybe we can help! I would not give up so soon. Exclusively pumping (as you're discovering) is a VERY hard road. Breastfeeding (even if you have to pump at work) is SO MUCH EASIER. It's worth working for. Many of us had difficulties with latching on for months after our babies were born but went on to have long breastfeeding careers with our babies. Sometimes it does take quite a bit of work, but it's worth it, and easier in the long run.

    What kind of pump are you using? If you're exclusively pumping, you really need a hospital grade pump. If you don't have one already, look into renting one. It will work much better than a regular pump to help you establish your supply.

    Are you pumping at night? Pumping every 2 hours is great, but you really need to be pumping at night too. Breastfeeding hormones are highest at night and your breasts respond better to stimulation at that time than during the day. For a new mom trying to exclusively pump (while working to hopefully get baby latched on) we recommend pumping 10-12 times a day, every 2 hours during the day and every 3 hours at night, with at most one longer 4 hour break for sleep. Those night time pumping sessions REALLY make a difference for establishing supply. Obviously, this is tiring, but then, having a newborn is really tiring! It's not forever - the work you do to establish your supply now will really pay off in the end.

    When do you go back to work?


    You can call me JoMo!

    Mom to baby boy Joe, born 5/4/09 and breastfed for more than two and a half years, and baby girl Maggie, born 7/9/12.

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    Default Re: Only pumping 1oz per breast every 2 hrs, is this normal?

    work on getting baby back to the breast. It CAN be done. Dr. Newman says that virtually every baby will if given the opportunity and has no physical problems by 8 weeks.

    http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/back-to-breast/

    http://www.breastfeedingmums.com/dr_...o_latch_on.htm

    You might think it is easier to EP since you will be going to work, but it totally sucks to have to come home from work hand hand baby off so you can go pump again, when all your baby wants is to be with you. BTDT.

    What kind of pump do you have? Is it NEW? Are your horns the right size? Are you pumping around the clock? Are you using breast compressions? Are you pumping long enough, as you need to pump for a total of 120 minutes in 24 hours?

    Pump MORE. An empty breast makes more milk.

    But best for your supply...breastfeeding I am not trying to be mean. But I hate to see moms take a harder road than what breastfeeding becomes. At 15 days, you can breastfeed.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
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