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September 11th, 2008, 08:31 AM
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Hi, I'm Ann and I'm new here. This last Saturday I unexpectedly gave birth to my son Toby, at 34 week, 4 days gestation. He weighed 5 lbs, 10 ounces at birth. He's been in the NICU for 5 day now, and I'm really happy to say that he's doing amazingly well. He started out on the CPAP and now he's been off all breathing equipment since yesterday morning. Now our main focus is on getting him to eat and digest food. I've been pumping since the night he was born, and my milk seems to be slowly coming in, but I have some questions.

First, is it normal to have one breast produce larger quantities of milk? My right seems to make twice what my left does.
Second, how much is normal to make at 5 days postpartum? I'm pumping about 10 times a day and averaging 35 ml. Is that good?

I guess those are the two most pressing questions I have right now. Thanks in advance for the help!

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September 11th, 2008, 08:50 AM
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Hi and welcome! Congrats on your son. So glad to hear he is doing well in the NICU. First off, yes it is very normal especially in the beginning for your breasts to produce unevenly. THey will eventually even out. And as far as how much you are pumping, sounds like you are doing great! Here is a link to an excellent website that has info about how much baby will need based on age and weight. Hope this helps.
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September 11th, 2008, 12:42 PM
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Congrats on your baby boy! Many T&P that he gets stronger and is able to come home soon!

Most breastfeeding moms notice a difference in how much they produce on each side. We usually have a "good" boob that produces a lot, or too much, and one that produces less, or too little. It's very common.

Every woman is different, so what is normal for you, will be different for another woman. A few things to remember: a pump isn't as effficient as your baby, so what you pump isn't an indicator of what you can produce. Once your baby can nurse, I would encourage it, because he will be the best thing for your supply. Pumping can be tough too, because of that. Since your pump doesn't demand what your baby would, your supply may decrease in response. If you're not already, work with the lactation consultant at the hospital to help you keep your supply up while you are pumping and hopefully she can give you other advice on pumping for a premature baby. Also, a few links that might help:
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