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    Default Help - I don't want to mess up!

    I have a brand new baby girl who is just over 2 weeks old. I am exclusively breastfeeding and it really is going pretty well. My concern is that my left breast produces way more than my right breast and I'm having leaking, engorgement and pumping issues. My daughter won't eat off of both breasts during a feeding and I've been told to pump the "off" breast after she is done with the other. My issue is that when she is feeding off the right breast the left breast is leaking so much that I have to have an extra bottle to catch it all. I usually get over an ounce just from the leaking - sometimes up to 2 ounces. I then pump for about 10 minutes. Yesterday, I was out and about where I couldn't pump after every feeding, and both breasts felt so much better. Today I've been home and have pumped and my breasts are back to hurtng and getting engorged. I would like to not have to pump and have sore breasts but don't want to hurt my supply. What do I do???

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    Welcome and congratulations on the new baby!

    My daughter won't eat off of both breasts during a feeding and I've been told to pump the "off" breast after she is done with the other.
    The advice you were given would be good advice if you were having problems maintaining supply- but you're not. It sounds like you're actually having the opposite problem (i.e. too much milk), in which case the last thing you should be doing is pumping. Supply = demand, so every time you empty the breast, you're telling your body to make the same excess amount.

    As long as your baby is gaining weight and has adequate diaper output, I think you should put away the pump and allow your baby to nurse from 1 breast, offering the second breast when she is done with the first but not stressing if she doesn't take it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post
    As long as your baby is gaining weight and has adequate diaper output, I think you should put away the pump and allow your baby to nurse from 1 breast, offering the second breast when she is done with the first but not stressing if she doesn't take it.
    - The most important thing is to let her finish on one breast, so that she gets the fatty hindmilk. I like to think of the second breast as dessert - fine if they want it, but not necessary for a feeding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post
    Welcome and congratulations on the new baby!

    The advice you were given would be good advice if you were having problems maintaining supply- but you're not. It sounds like you're actually having the opposite problem (i.e. too much milk), in which case the last thing you should be doing is pumping. Supply = demand, so every time you empty the breast, you're telling your body to make the same excess amount.

    As long as your baby is gaining weight and has adequate diaper output, I think you should put away the pump and allow your baby to nurse from 1 breast, offering the second breast when she is done with the first but not stressing if she doesn't take it.
    and this is exactly what I was going to say!

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    Thanks everyone! I finally got a hold of a lactation specialist today and that was exactly her advice. Only pump if necessary and when away from baby. That really cuts down on my feeding time!!! And I'm not having engorgement issues anymore!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommyv1 View Post
    Thanks everyone! I finally got a hold of a lactation specialist today and that was exactly her advice. Only pump if necessary and when away from baby. That really cuts down on my feeding time!!! And I'm not having engorgement issues anymore!!!
    Yay!
    Imma to AA, born at home 11/12/07 , juggling , working, APing , cloth diapering , - and . I'm done - yay!

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