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Old 08-11-2006, 07:21 AM   #1
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Am I doing something wrong?

When I pump, I'm getting between .25 and 1 oz per breast. I have a Medela Harmony and the Ameda Purely Yours. In the past, I've been able to get between 3-4 oz per breast. Am I pumping wrong? DD nurses on one side, then I pump the other. I am worried that suddenly I'm not making enough milk. I really don't want to give her formula.

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Old 08-11-2006, 07:59 AM   #2
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Re: Am I doing something wrong?

You know I use to worry about the samething. I would pump both sides and get from 1-1.5 ounces per side. That was even when my daughter was 6 months old! But when I gave it to her, she always seemed competely full. It bothered me b/c my friends baby the same age was eating 6-8 oz at a time! I later realized that was all she needed. A lot of doctors say they have to have x amount of ounces. Well some babies eat more and some eat less just like adults. Still at 11 months old she eats every 3-4 hours but not many a lot of ounces.
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Babies are the best breastpump they can express milk much better than a pump can...as long as she is satisfied when is done she is getting enough just follow her cues! best of luck!
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If you are really wanting to express more milk then you could try pumping an extra time or two each day, but unless you actually NEED the extra milk, don't worry about it. I mean, if the baby isn't going hungry then you are pumping enough.
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Re: Am I doing something wrong?

Pumping isn't the best gauge of how milk you are producing. As someone else mentioned, babies are much more efficient at removing milk from the breast than any pump. I've read that you can weigh the baby on a baby scale before and after a feeding to determine how much milk the baby is ingesting at a feeding (though that's inconvenient if you don't have a baby scale). If your baby is happy, gaining weight and is satisfied after a feeding, I wouldn't worry about it. DEFINITELY don't give her formula just based on the pumping results. If you do, she'll nurse less, and if she nurses less, you'll produce less milk and it creates a vicious cycle that can seriously hamper your breastfeeding relationship.

Many women produce more milk than their baby needs for the first couple of months because of hormone production (the same hormones that cause engorgement when your milk first comes in). Once the hormones begin to subside, milk production becomes supply-driven instead--you produce just the right amount for your baby's needs.

http://www.lalecheleague.org has a lengthy FAQ on breastfeeding. You might want to check it out...I've found it very helpful. Good luck, and enjoy your baby
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Old 08-11-2006, 10:33 AM   #6
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Thanks! I've just been worried about it recently b/c she has been taking bottles of milk since I'm at work. I gave her a 4 oz bottle yesterday and afterwards she was eating her hands like she was still hungry. If I wasn't working again, I wouldn't worry about the amount I'm pumping.
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