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So I am 12 days postpartum and I am breastfeeding and pumping. I pump when I feel like I need to and my son is not ready to eat. Right now I have about 30 bags of milk in the freezer and my son eats from me too. But I am only able to pump a few ounces out of each side. I feel like I am not making enough milk. Am I low on milk? Also is it normal for the girls to get itchy when you need to pump?
So you all know here is a list of times I pumped and how much I got out of each side so you can better understand why I am worried.
I also pumped as well as breast-fed, and I'd pump anywhere from 1-4 oz total at a time, depending on the time of day and when by daugher had last fed. So your numbers look pretty good to me! Plus, everyone is different in the amount they can pump in one session.
In general, early morning pumping sessions are the most productive, so if you can take advantate of opportunities to pump in the morning (either directly after a feeding, or in between feedings), you might pump more--and the earlier the better. The later in the day it was, the less I pumped, always. Usually 1oz total was the most I'd get at night (a couple of hours after a feeding).
Also, I don't know how long your pumping sessions are, but making sure to pump for at least 20 minutes, or through 2 to 3 let downs, really helped me produce more, as did hand-expressing for a couple of minutes after pumping.
Hope that helps! Ask away if you have any other questions!
I don't remember the itching, specifically...but it's been a while. I just tried to pump on a schedule as much as possible (when I was at work), and feed on demand at home, sometimes pumping after she was done eating.
I will say that I started pumping 1.5 - 2 ounces more per session when I increased my minimum pumping time to 20 minutes instead of 10. I can definitely relate to the sore nipples, though. But hopefully over time they'll get much less sore!
You may need bigger horns for your pump, they come in multiple sizes. That is a lot of milk, especially while nursing and just less than two weeks post partum. I would try not to get too hung up on your pumping output, it is not a good indicator of your milk supply. Also, the more you put the baby on the breast, the more milk you are going to make. I would try to nurse more, unless you are going back to work soon. The pump is not going to trigger the body as much as the baby, to produce more milk.
^ I was going to say the same thing about possibly needing a different size breastshields/horns. I don't know what kind of pump you have, but here is some information from Medela's website: Medela - Choosing a Correctly Fitted Breastshield. I had to go up to a large shield. And in addition to being more comfortable, I was able to pump more. Another thing that really helped my nipples was the Lansinoh Soothies gel pads. I loved those! And in time, your nipples should get more accustomed to the whole thing and be less sore/swollen. I think the first few weeks are the hardest, and then it gets much easier.
Last edited by ThaiSpice; February 25th, 2013 at 05:02 PM.