My baby just turned 4 weeks yesterday. I'm a first time mommy.
I've been exclusively BF for over 2 weeks (the first 2 weeks, we did some formula supplementing b/c baby had jaundice).
He is getting enough poopy and wet diapers. I nurse him 10-12 times per day. His weight gain is "okay" (went to our first month check up today) but not on the high end or anything... I think just under a lb in these 4 weeks.
My question: Am I using my pump incorrectly?
I have the Medela Freestyle. I got the pumping pal flanges.
After I nurse, I pump and I only get about 0.5 ounces. I don't know that I feel a let down when I nurse and I definitely don't see a let down when I pump. The freestyle has a pre-set 2 min "let down" and then goes into the expression phase. I tried increasing the let down phase all the way to 6 mins and I still don't see anything happening. I think the 0.5 ounce I get is from my baby's let down from when he nursed???
So, I pump for about 15-20 mins... This is what I see.
During the let down phase, I see some drops of BM. Then when the expression phase starts, I see a duct or two spraying a super thin line of milk for about 10-25 seconds, then it stops. I see this happen maybe 3-4 times during the entire session. I also see drops of BM (very little since both breast is adding up to only be 0.5 ounce). I see the level 6-8.
Am I supposed to use the let down phase until I see a let down (i.e. major spraying or dropping)??? I feel like I am doing this completely wrong. I know that after one nurses, pumping results won't be huge, but only 0.5 ounces?
Help/advice please. Thanks in advance.