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breastfeeding/pumping dilemma Milly + Luis = Leilaney 2 kids; Woodbridge, Virginia 901 posts
2nd May '13

Okay ladies, I'm pretty sure some of you have gone through this so I was wanting to see what worked for you all..any recommendation helps!
My son is going to be 1 month tomorrow, I've been breastfeeding him since he has been out of the NICU for the past 2 weeks ( I also breastfed him while in the NICU twice a day and pumped when i was home).
So I breastfeed him the most I can, but during that 24 hr period there seems that some feedings he is not getting as much milk. For example I BFed him at 4pm and right afterwards I pumped and only got out 1oz. For his 7pm feeding I Bfed him, but I could tell my breast were soft and I knew he hadn't gotten enough milk, 2 hrs later (9pm) he was almost screaming and sucking on everything in his reach so I knew he was hungry and in fact didn't get enough milk during the previous feeding, so I just made him a bottle of breast milk (3oz) and fed him that. Afterwards I just pumped and it was almost 2 oz.
So my question/concern is...how can I produce enough milk for every single feeding? What has worked for you?

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44070 posts
2nd May '13

Just feeding on demand and pumpin afterwards for a few mins ven if nothing comes out. And pumping is NO I fixation of your milk supply. Even soft breasts is not. I can have the most deflated b**b and still squirt milk across the room. And he could be Ina. Growth spurt so maybe he's trying to cluster feed. Even if he's on the b**b all day just let him. Idk how preemie he was (or if that was why he was in the nicu at all) but when dd was in the nicu they wanted her to not eat over 1/2 hr cause she could lose weight. But as soon as we got home and she was stronger I let her nurse on demand.

Milly + Luis = Leilaney 2 kids; Woodbridge, Virginia 901 posts
2nd May '13

Yes, he was a 33 weeker that's why he was in the NICU.
And yes he could be going through a growth spurt, but this is not the first time that this has happened to me. I'm still trying to get nips of steel :(...I've tried repositioning him and I'm pretty sure he is latching right..but my nipples still hurt...like if my breasts are somewhat hard from being full they don't hurt..until he starts deflating them then it starts hurting A LOT. I'm also bfding on demand...

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44070 posts
2nd May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Milly + Luis = Leilaney:</b>" Yes, he was a 33 weeker that's why he was in the NICU. And yes he could be going through a growth spurt, ... [snip!] ... hard from being full they don't hurt..until he starts deflating them then it starts hurting A LOT. I'm also bfding on demand..."</blockquote>



It's so hard with their tiny preemie mouths!!! I had a nicu LC helping me like crazy. I needed 4 hands, one to hold the b**b up, one to push it off her nose, one to hold her, one to get the nip in her mouth, and 5 would have been even better to hold her head up to the breast haha

Melissa 1 child; Michigan 1411 posts
2nd May '13
Quoting Milly + Luis = Leilaney:" Okay ladies, I'm pretty sure some of you have gone through this so I was wanting to see what worked for ... [snip!] ... was almost 2 oz. So my question/concern is...how can I produce enough milk for every single feeding? What has worked for you?"


Your breasts feeling soft just mean your milk is regulating. My breasts are always soft, they never feel hard or full. That's normal. It's ok to only pump one ounce after feeding, in fact that's way more than I could ever do. I can barely pump half an ounce and that's anytime I try to pump. How much milk you pump is no indication of your milk supply. Your body responds better to the baby than the pump. Don't stress about pumping, don't worry if your baby wants to eat every hour or all day long. It's normal. My daughter ate every forty five minutes her first three months of life and she gained weight wonderfully. The best thing you can do is just to relax and trust your body. Your baby being fussy doesn't mean he isn't getting milk, it could mean your let down is fast, he has an upset stomach... it could be a number of things besides milk supply. Breastfeed as much as possible on demand and only give as many bottles as you need to (Idk your work situation, etc.) Definitely get in touch with a lactation consultant, mine has helped me tremendously. As long as your baby is having normal wet/dirty diapers and gaining weight, you have no milk supply issue. Hope any of this helps!

Nikki Roy Due November 30 (boy); Japan 21 posts
2nd May '13

make sure you drink lots of water..... like 2 times more than normal..... that helps me...... good luck

Milly + Luis = Leilaney 2 kids; Woodbridge, Virginia 901 posts
3rd May '13
Quoting Mel♥Claire:" Your breasts feeling soft just mean your milk is regulating. My breasts are always soft, they never ... [snip!] ... long as your baby is having normal wet/dirty diapers and gaining weight, you have no milk supply issue. Hope any of this helps!"


Yea I see what you mean, but because my nipples are hurtin, I take him off the breast as soon as I feel like he is using me as a paci. And I KNOW he is not getting enough milk because when i nurse him and he didn't get full, I'll feed him an extra 2 oz with a bottle and he drinks it like its water. He does have wet diapers and a lot of diaper explosions. I've been pondering about contacting a lactation consultant but I just don't have the money to pay for them. :(

Milly + Luis = Leilaney 2 kids; Woodbridge, Virginia 901 posts
3rd May '13
Quoting lolajessup:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Milly + Luis = Leilaney:</b>" Yes, he was a 33 weeker that's ... [snip!] ... one to hold her, one to get the nip in her mouth, and 5 would have been even better to hold her head up to the breast haha"


O my gooness!! seriously?!?
Well I don't feel like his mouth is small. While breastfeeding him in the NICU I didn't have a problem..I guess that's because it was only twice a day.

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44070 posts
3rd May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Milly + Luis = Leilaney:</b>" Yea I see what you mean, but because my nipples are hurtin, I take him off the breast as soon as I feel ... [snip!] ... explosions. I've been pondering about contacting a lactation consultant but I just don't have the money to pay for them. :("</blockquote>



They don't have any free programs? We have one through the health dept. and there's a lactation room at the hospital that has LC. And I have the card for the nicu LC and I could call her anytime.

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44070 posts
3rd May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Milly + Luis = Leilaney:</b>" O my gooness!! seriously?!? Well I don't feel like his mouth is small. While breastfeeding him in the NICU I didn't have a problem..I guess that's because it was only twice a day."</blockquote>



Yeah it was crazy haha. I was in there very 2-3 hrs.

Melissa 1 child; Michigan 1411 posts
3rd May '13
Quoting Milly + Luis = Leilaney:" Yea I see what you mean, but because my nipples are hurtin, I take him off the breast as soon as I feel ... [snip!] ... explosions. I've been pondering about contacting a lactation consultant but I just don't have the money to pay for them. :("

I promise you, drinking milk from a bottle after nursing is still not a sign. You offer the baby a bottle with fast flowing milk, they are going to accept it. The more you give bottles and don't nurse, the less you will produce. I talk to my lactation consultant through email and she is a ton of a help. I could give you her email address if you would like and you can explain your issues to her. She is great!

Melissa 1 child; Michigan 1411 posts
3rd May '13
Quoting Milly + Luis = Leilaney:" Yea I see what you mean, but because my nipples are hurtin, I take him off the breast as soon as I feel ... [snip!] ... explosions. I've been pondering about contacting a lactation consultant but I just don't have the money to pay for them. :("

And him using you as a pacifier is the best way to boost supply. If you are having pain, you may have a latch problem or thrush (if you have any other symptoms like burning or itching).



Breast is Best is a great page on facebook where you can ask questions as well and they have lots of posters with good info.