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Southern Momma 04-30-2013 01:36 PM

Question about pumping frequency :)
I wasn't sure where to post or Pumping Support...

My 2 week old DD was having issues latching and nursing (possible posterior tongue tie and reflux). I've been working with her and she is starting to nurse every 3 - 4 hours for about 30 - 45 minutes. I had been pumping every 2 hours and giving her that.

Here's my question: now that she's nursing more frequently should I still be pumping every 2 hours or just after she nurses? I don't want my supply to go down....I actually need to increase it some. But, when I pump every 2 hours she doesn't seem like she's getting enough at the breast and gets very fussy and I end up giving her expressed milk. She's much happier when I wait for her to nurse then pump.

What would you do/recommend? Continue to pump every 2 hours, wait for my supply to increase and just know she's going to be fussy and probably need some expressed milk after she nurses. Or wait and pump every 3-4 hours after she nurses?

I'm giving my lactation consultant a call but any help from you experienced mommas would be greatly appreciated! - TIA!

mama2tommy 04-30-2013 01:54 PM

Re: Question about pumping frequency :)
I would pump after she nurses. Your primary goal is to get her to nurse & feed from the breast exclusively, not to fill a bottle - that's more appropriate when you're separated.

bcb1961 04-30-2013 02:06 PM

Re: Question about pumping frequency :)
I would pump right after she nurses. I would also stop giving her expressed milk (if possible) and work on getting her to nurse more often if needed to increase your supply.

Southern Momma 05-04-2013 11:35 AM

Re: Question about pumping frequency :)
Thanks mommas! It eases my mind to know I have a great resource here :goodvives:

I started pumping after baby nurses and she's happy and it doesn't seem to be effecting my supply adversely :)

I talked with my LC and she suggested pumping after every other feeding and also supplementing after every other feeding...Baby has had some weight gain issues so I still need to supplement a little bit. Working our way away from that though :thumbsup:

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