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I haven't started pumping yet (my baby is only 2 wks old and I have another 2 mths before I have to go back to work) however I do want to start a supply of milk so that my DH can help with the feedings in a week or two.
Just from reading all your posts here, I know that pumping during the morning BFing session is best however if I BF my baby on one breast and pump the other one, when it's time for his next feeding, which breast do I BF him on? The one that I pumped from OR the one he last ate from?
also, sometimes my son nurses 30 minutes on one breast and 10 or so on the other. so if my son is still hungry after 30 minutes on one breast and I pumped 15 minutes on the other breast, is it OK to give him the breast I pumped from to make him full?
also, in this case, is it OK to let him nurse from both breasts FIRST if he needs to and THEN pump on the breast he left off on?
I'm obviously a newbie to this whole pumping (and BFing) thing, so TIA for your help!!
if I BF my baby on one breast and pump the other one, when it's time for his next feeding, which breast do I BF him on? The one that I pumped from OR the one he last ate from?[/b]
Either Your body will adjust, plus baby is more efficient than the pump. If youre concerned, at first you can just pump for a few minutes, not as long as he would typically nurse. So that way you dont totally empty the breast (well, the breast never TRULY fully empties, but you know...).
also, sometimes my son nurses 30 minutes on one breast and 10 or so on the other. so if my son is still hungry after 30 minutes on one breast and I pumped 15 minutes on the other breast, is it OK to give him the breast I pumped from to make him full?[/b]
Yep! It just means hell get more hindmilk & less foremilk, which is ok. Hindmilk is the fattier milk which is more filling anyways
also, in this case, is it OK to let him nurse from both breasts FIRST if he needs to and THEN pump on the breast he left off on?[/b]
You can do that too. Theres really no hard set rules, just go with the flow. In the mornings you could pretty safely pump while he nurses then if he wants the second breast let him go for it. In the evenings, when supply is at its lowest & baby is more likley to cluster feed, I would usually pump AFTER I knew she was satisfied - but its up to you Your body will adjust either way
One word of advice, start pumping slowly. One session a day for starters. Otherwise you could end up with so much stimulation that your supply jumps up too much too fast & it could lead to its own world of problems
I know that an over stimulated supply can be painful..but plan ahead for sure. If you are going back to work, work on that stash and your supply. When I went back, I didnt have alot of reserve, and just returning to work made my supply drop. I wish I would have started pumping sooner and gotten more prepared.
I also recommend nursing both breasts at each session. Time 10 minutes on the first side.. then allow him to nurse until he is done on teh next. Then start on the last breast first the next time.. then switch.
I wake up engorged now that shes sleeping through the night. I feed her on the left and pump on the right since the right side seems to produce more (at least I pump out more on the right). What side I use for her next feeding depends on which one feels more "full" to me.