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How long did it take for your milk to come in, like really good once you gave birth and started feeding.
It took about 3 days for my milk to come in both times. I have heard it generally is somewhere between 2 and 7 days.
When did you start pumping? When did you introduce a bottle to baby?
I started pumping with both of my previous pregnancies at 2 weeks. I would pump one side while feeding from the other. This allowed me to go back to work with a huge stash already built up at 8 weeks. I didn't give either of my girls a bottle until 6 weeks. I wanted to make sure that bf'ing was well established before introducing it. This was a big mistake both times for me as it was too long. It caused my girls to not want a bottle at all. This time I will introduce it around 2 weeks and she will get 1 a day for the other 6 weeks of my maternity leave. If I had to I would offer one earlier.
When were you able to have enough milk supply to be away from baby for about 5 hours and someone else was able to feed the baby with stored milk? I could have pumped enough the very first day my milk came in to be away for 5 hours. In the beginning you will more than likely have an oversupply of milk that generally starts leveling off between 4 and 6 months. This has just been my experience, but you have the most milk in the beginning and then as the baby matures nature's supply and demand levels it out. To be away 5 hours I would feed the baby right before I left and then have a 3 oz bottle for when gone, then bf'd again right when you get home. You should only need 2 to 3 oz during that short of a break in the beginning. Newborns eat around every 2 to 3 hours and not much at the beginning.
How often do you need to pump...such as being out for 5 hours one evening a week? You need to pump at the same time you would feed the baby if you weren't separated. So in the beginning I would pump once after 2 1/2 hours or so of being away from baby. I have a double electric Medela pump and it took me less than 10 minutes to pump until both breasts were empty. I have heard some women say it takes them up to 30 minutes. I will all depend on how well your body responds to the pump.You will be able to get by with pumping less often as the baby gets older.
It took 5 and 8 days for my milk to come in, but the 8 days was because I had no oral stimulation from DS2. He was all pumped milk, and I didn't produce well without the stimulation. I BFed DS1 exclusively, and never gave him a bottle. For 6 months, he had nothing but me. I wish that I had a pump because it would have been nice to get a LITTLE break now and then! I expect this time around to be much like it was with DS1. I'll be "on call" for 6 months. I gave my super-nice pump to my cousin, who never even used it, then sold it, I think. Hmph.
I think most of the time it comes in around day 3 or 4. The colostrum you produce is very high calorie, very high in protein and very high in antibiodies. It is the perfect food for your baby until your milk comes in.
You will know when your milk comes in. You will get engorged and your breasts will become hard as rocks. I had to pump 3 or 4 times a day just for a minute or two to take the pressure off because they will be really sore in the beginning.
Make sure you get some lanolin cream for your nipples.