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August 24th, 2008, 05:10 PM
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Hi there,

I have a baby in the NICU, which I am able to visit 2 times for 2 feedings. This week we were finally able to attempt to BF. He takes a very small amout, but mostly he takes around 1.5 oz of my pumped milk via bottle. Since I was sick and could not start even pumping for about 5 days, I feel like I am behind the game.

When I do pump, I have a good pump (usually in the morning of about 2 oz from both together), and then the rest (the other 6 since I am trying to pump 7 times a day) I am only getting about .75 oz and less out per boob per pumping.. Is this normal? This barely gives me what I need for one of his feedings at the hospital.. Is there anything I can do to get more??

I really want to be able to BF him fulltime once he is released from the NICU. Funny thing is that the only thing holding him there, is that he needs to eat 1.5oz and he barley takes in the 1oz. So they have to give him what he does not eat in a tube.

Any ideas?

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August 24th, 2008, 08:41 PM
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I exclusively pumped for my ds#1 for 8 months and never had to supplement. What worked for me, is that I pumped every time he ate for at least 20 minutes, which in the early weeks meant I was pumping about 12 times a day, including several times throughout the night. I think it's quite likely that you're not pumping often enough. Unfortunately a pump is not as efficient at removing milk as your baby, so since you can't really bfeed him directly, you most likely will have to pump more often to make sure that your breasts are getting enough stimulation to keep up with him.

And definitely try to get him to the breast as much as possible.

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August 25th, 2008, 12:03 PM
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Don't worry. The more you do it, and the longer you pump...the more you will produce. It will slowly increase.
~Angela, wife to Joe, mommy to Brandon and Logan~
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August 25th, 2008, 09:41 PM
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Just wanted to say good luck!
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