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    Default When to start pumping?

    I'm expecting baby #2 very soon. I'm wondering if I should start pumping while still in the hospital or just wait until I get home.

    When I had DS my milk never really "came in". I had to pump after he nursed (plus some) and relied on Reglan and Domperidone to keep any milk supply at all. He also had tongue tie, which obviously didn't help my supply. We worked with a IBCLC but not until DS was 7 days old, so I don't know what they would have told me to do right from the start. Any advice?

    Obviously, if this baby doesn't have tongue tie and nurses without any problem, I won't worry about pumping so much. I'm just trying to be proactive since I felt like I was playing catch up last time.
    Melissa, mom to my very busy 4-year-old little man and super busy 2-year-old princess.

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    I would not pump until about two weeks before returning to work. A baby's suction is much stronger than even the most expensive pump. You may diminish your supply by pumping rather than letting the baby do the work.

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    Default Re: When to start pumping?

    I agree. I would wait until baby comes to see what happens. Every experience/baby is so different - you may find you don't need to pump at all
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    Default Re: When to start pumping?

    Can you line up a lactation consultant to see you asap after the birth to make sure everything is going ok?
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    Default Re: When to start pumping?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*oldmom View Post
    I would not pump until about two weeks before returning to work. A baby's suction is much stronger than even the most expensive pump. You may diminish your supply by pumping rather than letting the baby do the work.
    This would be pumping in addition to nursing. In a baby with tongue tie, the suck is not effective, so not pumping at all isn't an option. Believe me, I would not have pumped if I didn't have to last time. I do not enjoy pumping. I would much rather nurse.

    I'm assuming that this baby will also have tongue tie, since DS, myself and my mother were all tongue tied.


    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*number4 View Post
    I agree. I would wait until baby comes to see what happens. Every experience/baby is so different - you may find you don't need to pump at all
    That would be wonderful! I hope this experience is a lot different.

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommy2lilah View Post
    Can you line up a lactation consultant to see you asap after the birth to make sure everything is going ok?
    Yes, I can. I still occasionally talk to the LC that I used with DS and the hospital I'm delivering in also has a few IBCLC.

    I guess my real question is if pumping early will help milk supply come in faster or more robustly?
    Melissa, mom to my very busy 4-year-old little man and super busy 2-year-old princess.

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