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    Default Newbie! Have a couple questions



    Hi everyone. My name is Kris and I am a mommy of 2. My daughter is 2 1/2 and my son is 1 week. I BFed my daughter until she self weaned at 12 months and I am BFing my new son. He has been to the Dr. and he is gaining weight perfectly. He nurses about every 1 1/2 hours. I pumped today just to see how much I was producing and I got an ounce on each side. Does that sound like enough? I remember when I BFed DD, my breasts would leak and felt heavy a lot. This time around I have not leaked at all and I never feel engorged. Is it because I nursed before and my body knows what to do or am I not making enough milk TIA for any help
    Last edited by Kriss; August 9th, 2007 at 01:58 PM.

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    Default Re: Newbie! Have a couple questions


    I just have to say, oh my gosh your DD's hair is so cute!
    But to respond to your questions...
    To me, it sounds like you are doing great and have nothing to be worried about at all. I remember that my breasts did not get as engorged with my DD (second child) either. Also, he is nursing frequently so that probably helps relieve or head off any engorgement.
    As for the pumping output, 2 ounces sounds pretty good at one week, although I can't really say without knowing how long you pumped or what kind of pump you were using. In any event, pumping output is not a reliable indicator of milk production because a pump is not as good at removing milk from your breast as your DS.
    Again, it sounds like you are doing a great job! Congrats on the new LO!

    Molly

    Loving mama to JP (DS, 1/03 ~ nursed 6 mos), EL (DD1, 9/05 ~ nursed 4 yrs), EJ (DD2, 3/08 ~ nursed 3 yrs 9 mos), and
    JM (DD3, 6/12 ~ currently nursing), all born naturally
    Devoted wife to SAHD P, my hero
    A few of my favorite things that I've discovered on the forum: co-sleeping, baby-wearing, tandem nursing, baby-led solids, cloth diapering, APing, selective vaccination...the list goes on

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    Default Re: Newbie! Have a couple questions

    Thanks for the response and complment on DD She has a lot of curly red hair

    I have a Medela pump in style and I pumped for about 10 minutes
    Last edited by Kriss; August 9th, 2007 at 01:58 PM.

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    Default Re: Newbie! Have a couple questions

    That sounds wonderful then. Unless your DS stops gaining weight or having a fair amount of wet/poopy diapers, I don't think you have a thing to worry about.

    Molly

    Loving mama to JP (DS, 1/03 ~ nursed 6 mos), EL (DD1, 9/05 ~ nursed 4 yrs), EJ (DD2, 3/08 ~ nursed 3 yrs 9 mos), and
    JM (DD3, 6/12 ~ currently nursing), all born naturally
    Devoted wife to SAHD P, my hero
    A few of my favorite things that I've discovered on the forum: co-sleeping, baby-wearing, tandem nursing, baby-led solids, cloth diapering, APing, selective vaccination...the list goes on

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    Default Re: Newbie! Have a couple questions

    ITA

    The pump cannot do near what baby can. I have been pumping at work for 5 months and right now I am impressed if I get 3 oz totally in two pump sessions.

    You're doing grrrrreat!

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    Danielle

    Mom to Gage 12/28/06

    Wife to Trinity 6/21/03 my best friend

    ed for year, finally done!!!!
    for more than a year now!

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    Default Re: Newbie! Have a couple questions

    I totally agree. Sometimes I pump after feeding and I KNOW there is more milk in there than is coming out. It's fine since I don't need it to store, just pumping for comfort, but the pump (Pump & Style also ) really doesn't empty like a nursing baby for me.

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    Default Re: Newbie! Have a couple questions

    Kriss,
    I recently had my second child (4/6/07) and remember feeling the same way. I nursed my first until 15 months and I remember having so much milk. I remembered being able to pump so much milk, too (with my first).
    So, I asked the same exact question to the lc (my new lo was having trouble gaining weight, so I went back to the hospital and met with the specialist) I, too, was only getting an ounce or so on each side and she said for 1 week after birth, that was an "amazing" amount of milk to pump. So, she was not concerned at all about my milk supply. She also said 40 - 60 mls was a very satisfying meal for a baby that size. And, BTW, my supply did pick up soon afterwards (in week 4 I could pump more). I think I just forgot how little they need at that age!
    Congratulations on your new DS. Sounds like you are doing an awesome job

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