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Are there things to go by when pumping? Little Richard's mommie! Due July 12; 1 child; Seneca, South Carolina 4293 posts
24th Mar '13

My breast have been staying engorged lately and well I've been considering pumping and freezing since my DS won't be on a bottle, but so I can save it for later on like some of the moms on here suggested. Are there rules to follow as far as it goes? Should I pump both breast for a certain amount of time each time I pump or just one breast each time? Do I do it for a certain time limit, or a certain amount of milk? My supply is thankfully over enough so I figured it'd be nice to have some relief since even though he's eating plenty it's not keeping them from being engorged lol. TIA

Fatty McRunnerPants 2 kids; 4 angel babies; Clearlake, California 59160 posts
24th Mar '13

DO NOT PUMP RIGHT NOW. You will create havok with your milk supply. The reason it seems that you have an oversupply is, by the sound of your last post, your son is cluster feeding quite a bit still. Your supply will regulate itself in a few weeks. Until then DON'T PUMP!

Little Richard's mommie! Due July 12; 1 child; Seneca, South Carolina 4293 posts
24th Mar '13
Quoting Fatty McRunnerPants:" DO NOT PUMP RIGHT NOW. You will create havok with your milk supply. The reason it seems that you have ... [snip!] ... post, your son is cluster feeding quite a bit still. Your supply will regulate itself in a few weeks. Until then DON'T PUMP!"


Oh gosh that wouldn't be good at all! I definitely DON'T want that to happen. How long should I wait before I start pumping and saving, even after my supply regulates?

White Chocolate Milk 1 child; Chelsea, Alabama 12303 posts
24th Mar '13

If you want to pump just to relieve your self a little I would do it after a feeding for at most 5 minutes. You don't want to increase your supply at all, just help relieve the engorgement. If you aren't feeling any pain from it then I would just leave them for now

Little Richard's mommie! Due July 12; 1 child; Seneca, South Carolina 4293 posts
24th Mar '13
Quoting White Chocolate Milk:" If you want to pump just to relieve your self a little I would do it after a feeding for at most 5 minutes. ... [snip!] ... supply at all, just help relieve the engorgement. If you aren't feeling any pain from it then I would just leave them for now"


Oh I wouldn't mind them being full if they weren't so tingly and sore because of it. But I plan to wait since the other lady says it can create a havoc for my supply. I just want a little relief are there any other types of ways to relieve it without pumping, and since my DS eats a lot already?

Fatty McRunnerPants 2 kids; 4 angel babies; Clearlake, California 59160 posts
24th Mar '13
Quoting Little Richard's mommie!:" Oh gosh that wouldn't be good at all! I definitely DON'T want that to happen. How long should I wait before I start pumping and saving, even after my supply regulates?"



Probably around 6-8 weeks. I would always pump one side while feeding on the other or both breasts together right after a feed. 10-15 mins.

Boobo&bugs Due September 24; 1 child; Simpsonville, South Carolina 5491 posts
24th Mar '13

Do not pump unless baby ha already nursed. If you are doing it just for relief try starting with 5 minutes right after a feeding. I did have to pump a few times between feedings when dd was in nicu, but it is not recommended. Can you speak to a lactation consultant and see what they recommend?

Serial Mom ✄ 18 kids; Michigan 2690 posts
24th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Fatty McRunnerPants:</b>" DO NOT PUMP RIGHT NOW. You will create havok with your milk supply. The reason it seems that you have ... [snip!] ... post, your son is cluster feeding quite a bit still. Your supply will regulate itself in a few weeks. Until then DON'T PUMP!"</blockquote>




This! If you pump, your body is going to keep producing more and more milk. Right now your supply is adjusting to what your baby needs. I, too, had a very large supply in the beginning. My DD was in the hospital for a couple weeks so I had to pump and I would pump anywhere from 12-20 ounces every 3-5 hours. She came home at 2 weeks old and was able to latch so I stopped pumping. I remember when she was around 6 weeks old I freaked out because I wasn't ever feeling engorged anymore so I thought my supply was waning. Come to find out, it's completely normal and it was just my body regulating to what my baby needed. She's 9 months old now and still gets 80% of her nourishment from breastmilk.



Good luck!

Fatty McRunnerPants 2 kids; 4 angel babies; Clearlake, California 59160 posts
24th Mar '13
Quoting Little Richard's mommie!:" Oh I wouldn't mind them being full if they weren't so tingly and sore because of it. But I plan to wait ... [snip!] ... just want a little relief are there any other types of ways to relieve it without pumping, and since my DS eats a lot already?"


You can try some ice packs. I know that Medela has these wonderful "cooling" pads.

White Chocolate Milk 1 child; Chelsea, Alabama 12303 posts
24th Mar '13
Quoting Little Richard's mommie!:" Oh I wouldn't mind them being full if they weren't so tingly and sore because of it. But I plan to wait ... [snip!] ... just want a little relief are there any other types of ways to relieve it without pumping, and since my DS eats a lot already?"


Ice packs or a warm shower. If it is really bad you can try hand expressing just enough to get some relief.

Rebekah Garden x3 Due October 5; 33 kids; Fall River, Massachusetts 5223 posts
24th Mar '13

used this time to make sure I had an overabundance of milk for later. If you have a deep freezer it is good for 12 months when frozen. I used my mil regulating time and I was feeding him plus pumping 30+ oz a day. I went on a trip to PA and I was not able to keep up with my pumping and I haven't been able to pump more than 2 oz a day since. My son didn't even get a bottle until he was like 9 months old!

Little Richard's mommie! Due July 12; 1 child; Seneca, South Carolina 4293 posts
24th Mar '13

Thanks for all the advice and answers ladies. I don't want my supply to go up more and then them be engorged because I did! I will try the shower and ice packs, and if it doesn't help I will just pump about 5-10 minutes each breast after he feeds, and once I hit 6 weeks I'll begin doing the pumping and saving thing. I hope it does ease the pain down some!