Pumping Advice

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maryg - October 11

I have a 4 1/2 week old and am trying now to build up a supply of frozen milk. When I pump (Ameda PY) I seem to get no more then about 2 ounces. Is this normal? The baby is gaining weight just fine, so I guess I'm making enough for her, just can't seem to pump much. I usually set the pump so that the cycles are about 2/3 of the way to the highest setting and the suction is about 1/3 up. Should I change that adjustment? Or if I'm only able to pump an ounce or two because that's all the baby's eating right now, does that mean I"ll be ab;e to pump more as she gets older? Thanks--I'm new to all this!

 

Val - October 11

Hi Mary... the amount you pump should increase over time as your baby eats more. I wouldn't increase the pump settings - it might make things sore! Most pumping instructions say to set the speed and suction at a comfortable level. I could only pump 1-2 oz at the beginning, and now at 4.5 months I can pump about 5 oz every 2-3 hours (depending on time of day), which is what ds takes in his bottle at a feeding. Good luck to you!

 

maryg - October 11

that makes me feel better. Thanks a lot Val!

 

slackette - October 11

I agree with Val....I have the same pump and in the beginning I would get about 3 ounces. Now two months later I can get about 8-9 ounces and I expect that to go up a bit as my LO grows. I also have the levels up as high as they can go, but I had to gradually get to that just b/c in the beginning it was too uncomfortable. Now my nipples are pros at this whole feeding/pumping thing, lol!

 

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