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Breastfeeding ♥Heather♥ Due July 29; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Great Lakes, IL, United States 26767 posts
18th Oct '12

I had my daughter a few days ago at 34 weeks & 3 days & so badly want to breastfeed but having a hard time pumping atleast 1 ml. Did anybody else who had a preemie struggle at first with producing breastmilk & if so how long did it take to finally produce? Or what did you find besides pumping help bring in milk faster?

snglemama 4 kids; Georgia 11958 posts
18th Oct '12

you won't get much at first..

You have to pump every 2 hours during the day, and at least every 3-4 hours at night. Massage your breasts before and during pumping.. think about your baby, look at pictures of your baby.. try to relax.

How many days ago? It takes 3-5 days for milk to come in sometimes.

♥Heather♥ Due July 29; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Great Lakes, IL, United States 26767 posts
18th Oct '12
Quoting I can see you:" you won't get much at first.. You have to pump every 2 hours during the day, and at least every 3-4 ... [snip!] ... your baby, look at pictures of your baby.. try to relax. How many days ago? It takes 3-5 days for milk to come in sometimes."


I had her Tuesday. I been pumping ever 3 hours for 15 minutes on each side. I will try doing it every 2 hours.

snglemama 4 kids; Georgia 11958 posts
18th Oct '12
Quoting Heather[Faith's Mommy]:" I had her Tuesday. I been pumping ever 3 hours for 15 minutes on each side. I will try doing it every 2 hours. "



are you still in the hospital? are you using a hospital grade pump? the massaging really helps...

also.. you can often hand express more after pumping... if you do it right. Google handexpression videos..

nursemaya mom to 3! 3 kids; 5 angel babies; Minnesota 16002 posts
18th Oct '12

like "Ican see you" said, it takes 3-5 + days for milk to come in and it is normal to only get a drop or two in that time. Everything she said was spot on. Try to relax and not think about the amount - that doesn't matter at this point - these first few days are about stimulation and the more you provide, the more milk you will have when the milk comes in

dream 2 kids; Linz, Ob, Austria 59797 posts
18th Oct '12
wilde_mommy 4 kids; Columbus, Ohio 3459 posts
18th Oct '12

Make sure you're eating and drinking enough too. My 2nd child was born at 34 weeks and 5 days, and it took my milk 4 days for my milk to come in. But since I wasn't able to actually attempt to nurse her for a week I had to pump. My NICU nurse told me to take fenugreek, 3 capsules 3 times a day, and to pump every 2 hours but also to sometimes pump even between that. As soon as you're able to start doing skin to skin with baby, that will also help with production. I wish you the best of luck. And if I can answer any questions or be of any support please feel free to PM me.

rmary00 2 kids; Toronto, Ontario 5 posts
18th Oct '12

hand expression was what the post partum nurse told me to do a couple hours after my son was born (@26weeks)
you don't get a lot..pretty much next to nothing..for the first day i hand expressed every 3 hours and got about 1ml each time
then the second day i used a hospital grade pump and still got ~ a ml each pump
it increases with time and pumping, but you have to stay on top of the pumping
drink lots
my son was in hospital for a long time, i eventually had to go on medication (domperidone) to keep up my supply
good luck and don't be discouraged, milk takes a while to come in, but those couple mls are precious and excellent nutrition for your baby

ChubbyCheekers 2 kids; New York 3117 posts
18th Oct '12

Make sure you're drinking tons of water, and try putting warm packs on your breasts prior to pumping. Also make sure you're getting enough to eat, and try not to stress out too much about it! It does take time.

pamcakes15 Due March 1; 1 child; Garden Hill, Manitoba 4 posts
20th Oct '12

keep trying to latching your baby on. instead of pumping, and eat lots. it took me 3 weeks to get my baby breastfeeding without a pump.

♥Heather♥ Due July 29; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Great Lakes, IL, United States 26767 posts
21st Oct '12
Quoting pamcakes15:" keep trying to latching your baby on. instead of pumping, and eat lots. it took me 3 weeks to get my baby breastfeeding without a pump. "

I can't latch her on yet because she has an iv & until that iv out they won't let me do skin to skin. I finally started producing like crazy the other night so I'm very happy.

ChubbyCheekers 2 kids; New York 3117 posts
21st Oct '12
Quoting Heather[Faith's Mommy]:" I can't latch her on yet because she has an iv & until that iv out they won't let me do skin to skin. I finally started producing like crazy the other night so I'm very happy. "


Yay! That's awesome :)