Hello! First post here!
I had my first daughter 5 yrs ago. Breastfeeding was an awesome experience and I absolutely, fully intend to BF again. I am having a repeat c-section on Aug. 21st (less than 2 wks!). When I had my dd, the nurses had me on a pumping schedule at the hospital. Every 3 hrs for 15 minutes. My dd had pretty severe jaundice and I suppose this was an attempt to get my milk in faster. I also BF'd her in the hospital, in addition to that pumping schedule. i wound up with a HUGE over-supply of milk and it was very difficult to get under control. Major engorgement, leaking...I wanted to relieve the pressure by pumping but then I'd just produce more milk. The over-supply was so out of control that I had to rent the hospital pump for the first few weeks. It was hard to get my supply regulated but eventually it all worked out.
I exclusively BF'd. I am a SAHM and I had an Avent Isis pump that worked great for the very occasional time that I needed to pump a bottle.
Now, as I get ready for my 2nd baby, I am wondering if I should just stay away from the hospital breast pump? Should I just put the baby to my breast very often instead? I have read that frequency is more important than duration for breastfeeding in the early days. I just want to make sure that my supply is good. Would you use the hospital pump a few times a day or for 5 minutes after each feeding....or not at all? I *could* just bring my trusty Avent pump with me, but not sure if that is adequate in the early days or if I should just not use a pump at all during that time? It's $50 for the tubing kit at my hospital as well.
Can't wait to get some advice on this. Thank-you, ladies!