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Breastfeeding Question Nanna Boo Boo's Mommy 2 kids; De Pere, Wisconsin 2605 posts
1st May '13

I've been reading up on breastfeeding and pumping, but one of the things i haven't been able to find is how do you know when to switch breasts when feeding or pumping.



I also read that you should nurse every 2-3 hrs, But what if the baby is sleeping should you still get up and pump?

Cecily's Mama 1 child; 3778 posts
1st May '13

When DD was a newborn I would do 15 minutes on both sides (usually they'll tell you this in the hospital.)



When DD was asleep I never woke her up to feed. She'll let me know when she's hungry. I also only pumped when I became engorged. But if you need a stock pile I would say yes get up and pump.



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user banned 1 child; :), :), United States 5380 posts
1st May '13

Switch when they are finished on the one side. Usually they won't empty both breasts. So I just do one side per feeding. If baby is sleeping, let them sleep. Pump however much you want, whenever.

Kim ♥ 2247517922 2 kids; Colorado Springs, Colorado 26777 posts
1st May '13

For me, I kept a log... I would feed on one side for a feeding and then the other side for the next. Some people feed for 15-20 minutes on one side, then switch to the next. My babies were usually sleeping before the switch (like I put sleeping pills in my BM lol!) so I just stuck to switching at every feeding.



Do not pump if baby isn't awake unless you are wanting to make a stockpile. If you pump, you are telling yourself to make more milk... you will have too much for baby and end up being engorged.



Also, feed ON DEMAND. Don't look at the clock. Every baby is different with his/her needs. One baby might want to eat every hour while another is content to go up to 4 hours... As long as they have plenty of wet diapers and are developing and growing properly, you're doing it right.

Nomo 4 kids; Mueang Phuket, Thailand 30487 posts
1st May '13

Honestly. Forget whatthey say about how mucha a NB should feed. I aways alternated breasts, and i never BF every 2-3 hours.. It was more like i had a baby stuck to my tit for 2 hours straight and then 20 mins off. I would alternate, so if i started with my left sde and nursed for 15 mins and then switeched to the right side and nursed again for 15mins.. If he wanted to nurse shortly after i would start with the right side and then switch to the eleft side.

FarminMomma Due January 31; 1 child; Huntington, West Virginia 672 posts
1st May '13

You'll know. If you're pumping it will be when it's empty and nothing else is coming out. When you're nursing your lo they will let go when its empty. When DD was tiny I only ended up nursing one side at a tome then a few min later do the other side. It's whatever works best for you and enables you can bF for as long as you can.

Nanna Boo Boo's Mommy 2 kids; De Pere, Wisconsin 2605 posts
1st May '13
Quoting kelsey054:" When DD was a newborn I would do 15 minutes on both sides (usually they'll tell you this in the hospital.) ... [snip!] ... she's hungry. I also only pumped when I became engorged. But if you need a stock pile I would say yes get up and pump. :)"

Ok i thought when i was pregnant with DD that i heard 20minutes. But i never breastfed her. And couldn't find any thing in the readings. I'd also like to have a small stock pile maybe 3-4 bottles a day

Nanna Boo Boo's Mommy 2 kids; De Pere, Wisconsin 2605 posts
1st May '13
Quoting Kim ♥ 2247517922:" For me, I kept a log... I would feed on one side for a feeding and then the other side for the next. ... [snip!] ... go up to 4 hours... As long as they have plenty of wet diapers and are developing and growing properly, you're doing it right."

Ok, thats a good idea. I remember keeping a log for DD when she was born, but it was only for the first week.

The Time Police 2 kids; Cold Lake, AB, Canada 33400 posts
1st May '13

Just forget about the advice. A lot of it isn't very good advice. Don't switch every 15 minutes, they don't need to eat every 2 hours, don't put them on schedules... etc. Just don't let them go more than 4-5 hours, and all that good stuff. It'll make you pull your hair out and worry if your baby isn't doing what the doctors tell you.

FarminMomma Due January 31; 1 child; Huntington, West Virginia 672 posts
1st May '13

Also, try to get the hang of bf before you offer pumped milk from a bottle.eating from a bottle can seem easier and they will refuse the breast. Then you're stuck pumping in the middle of the night and probably just end up back on formula:/

Nanna Boo Boo's Mommy 2 kids; De Pere, Wisconsin 2605 posts
1st May '13
Quoting Kayla [:)]♥:" Just forget about the advice. A lot of it isn't very good advice. Don't switch every 15 minutes, they ... [snip!] ... hours, and all that good stuff. It'll make you pull your hair out and worry if your baby isn't doing what the doctors tell you."

Ok, I was starting to get concerned that breastfeeding was going to be alot more work than simply making a bottle of formula.

Nanna Boo Boo's Mommy 2 kids; De Pere, Wisconsin 2605 posts
1st May '13
Quoting FarminMomma:" Also, try to get the hang of bf before you offer pumped milk from a bottle.eating from a bottle can seem ... [snip!] ... they will refuse the breast. Then you're stuck pumping in the middle of the night and probably just end up back on formula:/"

Ok. I figured i was going to end up having to nurse at least the first few weeks with out pumping

The Time Police 2 kids; Cold Lake, AB, Canada 33400 posts
1st May '13
Quoting Nanna Boo Boo's Mommy:" Ok, I was starting to get concerned that breastfeeding was going to be alot more work than simply making a bottle of formula. "

If the baby is a constant nurser, it might be during the day. But you can wear your LO and nurse at the same time, so you don't need to be confined to the couch or bed and makes life hella easier.

user banned 1 child; :), :), United States 5380 posts
1st May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Nanna Boo Boo's Mommy:</b>" Ok, I was starting to get concerned that breastfeeding was going to be alot more work than simply making a bottle of formula. "</blockquote>



Nope. Just nurse on demand and you're good to go. Pumping would complicate things, I'm sure.

Nanna Boo Boo's Mommy 2 kids; De Pere, Wisconsin 2605 posts
1st May '13
Quoting Kayla [:)]♥:" If the baby is a constant nurser, it might be during the day. But you can wear your LO and nurse at the same time, so you don't need to be confined to the couch or bed and makes life hella easier."

That is true. Should i get a wrap or something to make it easier to "wear" LO and nurse?