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    Default Successful breastfeeding but poor pumping

    My baby is 2 weeks old, the breastfeeding is succussful but when it comes to pumping, very little or nothing is coming out. I pump using Medela in style and also tried Lactina medela. Please help.

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    Default Re: Successful breastfeeding but poor pumping

    I personally was never able to get more than an ounce or two before my kids were four months old. Hopefully someone here can help you. I just wanted to tell you good luck and keep trying.

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    Smile Re: Successful breastfeeding but poor pumping

    Do you have to pump so soon? You should try exclusively BF for at least the first six weeks to get a well established milk supply, pumping at this point could harm that. A pump is only a fair imitation of the sucking action that your child produces to maintain continual milk supply. I have a Medula product also. If you are feeding the baby, then pumping after, you will be lucky to get an ounce. Personally, what I did was after the six weeks of exclusively bf, I would stop feeding my son on one breast at around 3:00 am, so that when I got up I would have about 4oz to pump from that breast and freeze. So again, I would hold off on the pump until six weeks and pump in the morning.

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    Default Re: Successful breastfeeding but poor pumping

    If I pump when I first get up in the morning I can get the most (between 3-4 oz. from both breasts). But the rest of the day I only get 1-2 oz. from both.

    I think that's perfectly normal especially when you are feeding your baby. I wouldn't worry.

    I also have the Medela in style. When I do give my son a bottle of expressed bm I can pump about 3-4 oz depending on how long I wait since the last time I fed him. I believe they say to wait 1 hr. after you have feed the baby to pump. Since my son is not much of a napper, I try to get that morning pumping session in. Hope that helps!

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    Default Re: Successful breastfeeding but poor pumping

    Pumping is not an accurate gage of what you are producing for your baby. Some women are good at pumping and some are not. I think that it is a learned skill to be able to pump. As long as your baby is having the right amount of wet/poopy diapers then I would not worry about it. If you have to pump in order to go back to work then I would keep trying, but please do not be discouraged when you do not get a lot.

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    Default Re: Successful breastfeeding but poor pumping

    Thank you for all of your replies. I am glad I am not alone!

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