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    Default Pumping no milk....

    I have been trying for almost a week to pump and have a couple bottles on hand to take to daycare while I am in school. So far I have a whopping 2.5 oz. I go to school today.
    This is driving me nuts. I bought new valves and membranes yesterday and it didnt help at all. My son is almost 7 months old nurses on the breast only. I have a pump in style pump. I used it when he was a couple months old and got tons of milk and then quit becuase there was no reason to.

    Baby only going to day care for less than 4 hours so that should be enough but still WTH?
    DS1 Chase John Born 6/30/04
    DS2 Van Gunner 6/22/10
    DD1 Adelynn Grace 1/20/14

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    Default Re: Pumping no milk....

    awe it is an art....

    Hows he doing with solids?

    you can always try and add another feed when you are together before bed...

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    Default Re: Pumping no milk....

    He takes solids just fine. When I told the day care I was just going to bring him some juice, they looked at me like I was crazy. Juice just in case... YKWIM

    I nurse him whenever he wants it, if he cries I nurse, co sleep to nurse.

    I want a feeding to be possible at day care....
    DS1 Chase John Born 6/30/04
    DS2 Van Gunner 6/22/10
    DD1 Adelynn Grace 1/20/14

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    Default Re: Pumping no milk....

    What you describe sounds very normal. Most moms can pump out a ton of milk in the early days. But eventually their milk supply adjusts to meet baby's needs very precisely. At that point, it typically becomes harder to pump because there's not a lot of extra milk sitting around in the breast.

    I'd try pumping every day at the same time. The additional demand should eventually train your body to make more. Persistence is key!
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    Default Re: Pumping no milk....

    OK. I will keep trying.... I can do this!!!
    DS1 Chase John Born 6/30/04
    DS2 Van Gunner 6/22/10
    DD1 Adelynn Grace 1/20/14

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    Default Re: Pumping no milk....

    and he might be smart and just wait for you to get back...
    Lots of kids that age will do that..
    not take much foods or milk at day care.

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    Default Re: Pumping no milk....

    FWIW, I pump at work and am fairly well trained to let down for the pump - but sometimes I just can't let down even though I know there's milk there.



    You could also try power pumping. It may boost your supply just enough to get a good bottle for feeding.

    Further, I make my DD's bottles at 2.5-3 oz anyway.

    Christine
    Baby Girl Born 2/17/10 to her two mommies
    BF from day one. I looked up one day and realized I'm nursing a toddler!

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    Default Re: Pumping no milk....

    He had 1 bottle with 2.5 oz and would not take it. I started the Blessed thistle tonight. I will just keep pumping! Whenever he is asleep or playing I will just pump, pump and pump!!

    When I got there he was screaming in a bouncy seat, left to scream. I am very unhappy! I might as well of left him in the car alone of they were going to do that to him. Supposedly he needs to get used to it.
    DS1 Chase John Born 6/30/04
    DS2 Van Gunner 6/22/10
    DD1 Adelynn Grace 1/20/14

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    Default Re: Pumping no milk....

    poor honey.

    Does he take a bottle at home ever from your dh or?

    Christine
    Baby Girl Born 2/17/10 to her two mommies
    BF from day one. I looked up one day and realized I'm nursing a toddler!

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    Default Re: Pumping no milk....

    It is possible that he might not take a bottle at all during that time period. Some babies "reverse cycle" and nurse frequently when they are with their mothers rather than taking a lot of milk at daycare.

    It's also very normal not to be able to pump much. The pump is not as efficient as your baby, so you get less milk from pumping than you do from nursing.
    ~ Theresa
    wife to Mike and mommy to Clara (9-5-08) 2 years and going strong!!

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