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I pumped full time with my son for 5 months. He never latched to the breast so pumping full time was the road we took. Now that his little sister Emma is here (born 4/8) I am back to pumping full time again for her. I am kicking myself pretty hard for giving up too easily with her because she was latching fairly well with a nipple shield, but it was just harder than I thought. I worried that she wasn't getting much out. I ought to know better considering she is only 3 days old and doesn't need a lot of milk in the first place. Like I said, kicking myself. It was the middle of the night and she was having trouble and I just gave up the actual breast feeding right then and there and got the pump out of the closet.
Anyways. I was a successful pumper with my son, getting up at 9 oz out of each breast at each session. Needless to say I was a milky mama! Looks like I'm on my way to being a milky mama again because I am already getting 1.5 oz out of each side. My milk has really come in quickly.
So considering how much milk I am getting out of each breast, I am kind of confused as to why my breasts still feel tender and very full after pumping. They don't really hurt, but are just nice and tender. I don't really think I'm engorged... But I'm not sure. Will this tenderness go away soon? I remember the "full" feeling last time when it was time to pump, but after emptying the breasts they would be very soft and felt great. It's just not so yet! Please tell me I will soon feel relief!
Just thought of another question. The silly girl has gone from eating .5 oz at a time to today she ate about 1.5-2 oz at once. Normal growth spurt?
I am slacking and haven't been back here to check posts. Congrats on a beautiful baby girl. I will say if you are interesting in trying to bf and not pump full time it is not too late to get her back on the breast (I know not the question you asked, but mine never really latched well until I went to see an LC at about 2 weeks old and we went from there). I have been bfing and pumping both for 11 months now.
To your questions ... If I remember right in the beginning my breasts ALWAYS felt tender, but you are right that they didn't generally feel full after pumping. They were soft, but still tender.
Anyway, I hope things are going well since you posted (almost 2 weeks ago!) ... let us know
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