When to Pump!
Ah.. Mamas.. my babe is approaching 2 weeks old.. woo!
So far I have been trying my hand at mastering bf'ing him.. every day it gets better, less painful, more natural.. we are getting there!
Best of all.. he already surpassed his birthweight and he is actually tongue tied as well.. making latching harder, so that was HUGE!
Anyways.. my question is about pumping.. because I want to start doing it.. but I am in very foreign territory.. where do I begin? I feed the lil babe every 3 hours or so.. I doing ONE side at a time, it just works best for us and a few issues I dealt with in the very beginning.. but I need guidance on when to pump, what side, how long, etc..
ANY advice would be much appreciated!
Breast feeding gets better, you both have to learn. At this point I love having that one on one bonding time.
I breast feed till she's satisfied and then pump the opposite side. Then next feeding I'll bf on the side I pumped and feed her with the other side & so on.
Here's how I did/do pumping. I stay home and nurse most of the time but I wanted my husband to be able to give a bottle every once and a while and I needed to have at least one bottle in the fridge for when I'd be out of the house.
Most newborns only need like 2-2.5oz in a bottle, so to get started I needed to come up with that much breast milk. I would pump about and hour after I started nursing - so if I nursed at 7:00 I'd pump at 8:00. Sometimes there was only 20-30min between Avery finishing nursing and me starting to pump. It was just enough time for my body to produce a bit more milk so it was worth pumping but didn't "steal" any milk from the next nursing session. I did this after each nursing session until I had my 2.5oz (or whatever i needed). If i pumped after the morning session I usually could get that in one sitting, but some aren't as lucky.
Once you've stockpiled as much as you think you need then you just nurse like normal and pump when the baby is getting his bottle. To get started my husband would give Avery her bottle once a night and I would pump once a night. It helped her to learn the bottle and I got a really good sense for where my milk supply was at. Now she only gets a bottle when I'm at class and I pump when I get home. I figure as long as I pump within an hour of when she actually eats my supply won't be effected.
Okay, that was probably too much info, but I'm done now :)