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    Default How much milk should I be getting?

    My almost 7 month nurses from the breast. If I pump after she nurses, how much milk is considered normal?

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    Default Re: How much milk should I be getting?

    This will depend on several factors:
    - What pump do you have?
    - How often does your baby nurse currently?
    - What time of day do you plan on pumping?
    - Is your baby exclusively breast fed, or does she take solid food or other supplementary feedings?
    - Have you ever pumped before?
    Little SW, Aug '09
    Miss MW, Jan '11
    Sir RW, Oct '12
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    Default Re: How much milk should I be getting?

    I have two pumps, the Medela Pump in Style and the Ameda Purely Yours. I never had very good luck with the Ameda so I usually use the Medela. I pumped for the first 2 months or so to help my milk come in and to have extra milk on hand. But then I stopped pumping for awhile, but have been started back up 2 months ago. I can never seem to pump much so that brought me here to see if that is normal or not.

    My baby nurses every 2-3 hours and eats solids 3 times per day. I have been pumping after she first nurses in the morning, when she goes down for her morning nap, and at night before I go to bed. Between all those 3 pumping sessions, the expressed milk is between .5 and 1 ounce, total. It seems like I should be able to pump more than that?

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    Default Re: How much milk should I be getting?

    It sounds as though your baby is getting plenty at the breast, so I don't think it's a supply issue.

    The first thing I would do is trouble shoot your pump. Check the little white membranes (or just replace them), tubing, flanges, etc. Call medela if you need assistance; they have good customer service.

    Are any of those sessions "replacements", or are you always pumping after nursing? Your baby is old enough that your supply is very regulated, and so you are making exactly what she needs. If you pump after a feeding then, you aren't going go get a lot.

    And don't forget to relax; as you remember from your earlier pumping sessions I'm sure, if you are tense and worked up, it is hard to get a good let-down.
    Little SW, Aug '09
    Miss MW, Jan '11
    Sir RW, Oct '12
    3 kids in 38 mos

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    I actually ordered replacement parts and they came in the mail today so I replaced everything this morning, so I will see if that helps any.

    I usually pump rght after she nurses. If I pump in-between she is unsatisfied at the breast the next time she nurses. It seems like my body can't catch up somehow.

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    Default Re: How much milk should I be getting?

    Why are you pumping?

    The truth is that if your baby drains the breast well (ie the transfer system is working well) you shouldn't be able to pump much *after* feeding the baby. But you would usually do fine if you were pumping *instead* of feeding the baby. Of course there are some people who respond terribly to a pump (including those with over supply). So the question why you are pumping is important, because if you don't need to, don't worry about it.
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    Default Re: How much milk should I be getting?

    I am pumping for a few reasons. I have had struggles with poor supply so pumping seems to help keep my supply up. I'm also pumping to have extra milk on hand. My baby girl and I struggle nursing in public. We had latch issues in the beginning that made it difficult. But now she absolutely refuses to be covered by anything when she nurses and I'm not comfortable being exposed in public. It would just be nice to have a bottle on hand if needed when we go out and about. That was probably more of an explanation than you were wanting :-)

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    Default Re: How much milk should I be getting?

    Pumping to keep supply up is a good reason (been there done that). But if you aren't getting much from the pump it sounds like your body has regulated to your baby keep pumping for that reason if you want to but it sounds to me like you might not need to anymore.
    In terms of nursing in public, I am fine being exposed in public (never would have thought it, but I really am), however you are not so i will share the top tip on this board for nursing in public- 2 shirts. The undershirt keeps your tummy etc exposed (not something I am ok exposing incidentally) and a top shirt you just lift up which covers the vast majority of your boob. The baby covers the rest. Try practicing in front of a mirror. Also nursing your baby in a sling or wrap can be really discrete.
    It is good to have a bottle or two in the freezer, but remember if you miss a nursing session you need to pump to make it up or risk going backward with supply.

    Congratulations on dealing with some tough stuff and making it this far nursing. It will be getting better all the time now. You and baby are doing great.
    proud but exhausted working mammy to two high needs babies

    • my surprise baby: the one and only D-Man born 3 weeks late (5/5/08) at 9 lbs 14 oz and 21.5 inches, and
    • the shock H-Girl born about a week late (10/7/09) at 8lbs 15oz and 20.75 inches.


    If I am here I am covered in baby (probably two) and fighting for control of the keyboard.

    Family beds are awesome

    Wondering if you have PPD? Take the screening and see your doctor. You deserve to feel better.

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    Default Re: How much milk should I be getting?

    Thank you very much for all your help, I really appreciate it!

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    Default Re: How much milk should I be getting?

    Totally agree with the PPs. It makes sense that you aren't getting much after feeding your baby - that means your suppy is PERFECT. As far as nursing in public, you're at the toughest age, overall. At seven months, most babies are super distractible, and latch off at every interesting sound, etc. That leads to a LOT of public exposure. So I sympathize! But remember, it's a temporary situation. In a few months, the distractibility will get better AND your baby will be more easy to tide over with solids and water. So it's really not a long term problem. If you have trouble with the pump, just know that doesn't mean you arent' having a GREAT breastfeeding relationship.


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    Mom to baby boy Joe, born 5/4/09 and breastfed for more than two and a half years, and baby girl Maggie, born 7/9/12.

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