How Many Ounces Do You Pump

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ca_pink - June 4

I started pumping a couple weeks ago. Each time I pump, I average approximately 3-3.5 ounces total regardless of whether I pump after a feeding or if I just pump in place of a feeding (ie- she takes a bottle with previously pumped milk). What's the average?


JH - June 5

I would love to know this too. I am 9 weeks pp and I am pumping 6-8 oz after a feeding. I am still leaking like crazy and become engorged really easily. If my son sleeps longer then 4 hrs. I am in pain! Can you overproduce milk? If so what can you do about it?


SusanS - June 5

You can pump t and freeze it for up to a couple of weeks, dont know exactly, but I know my friend had produced so much milk that she stopped b___stfeeding at 4 months, but had enough milk for her baby for weeks to follow.


JJ5235 - June 6

Actually you can freeze it for 6 months. They usually go by the 6 rule. It can stay at room temp for 6 hours, in the fridge for 6 days and in the freezer for 6 months. That is just an average but a great one to go by. The average for pumping is betwenn 1-3 ounces per session. To JH your body still may just be regulating your milk supply and how much the baby needs. It should balance out soon. Why are you pumping after a feeding? This is telling your body to produce more milk. Also if you are pumping until no milk is coming out you are telling your body to pump even more milk. I would stop pumping after feedings. Yes you can overproduce but it sounds like you are causing this problem. The engorgemwnt will even out soon enough.


Susan W - June 7

Yep, you can have an oversupply problem. Pumping makes it worse. I had a severe oversupply problem, which combined with a strong overactive letdown, and it's amazing I continued to nurse and am still nursing my toddler. A few things to do: nurse that baby and nurse on demand only. Do NOT pump or you risk increasing your supply more. Breastmilk is produced by demand, and pumping, while not as effective as nursing, increases demand. It will regulate out if you let your body do what it should do. I pumped (huge mistake) based on some poor advice and suffered for literally months -- almost a YEAR -- from severe oversupply; I could pump at least 8 oz from one b___st after nursing (!) and I was not pumping regularly as I nurse at the b___st exclusively (I threw the excess away). There is a whole forum at's message board just for those of us with oversupply problems. I would highly recommend checking it out!! And while you might be painful for a while, don't pump. It will even out. Block feeding might help too. Hang in there and don't give up.


me - June 7

Susan is right, it is a supply and demand thing with b___stfeeding. It is good that you are producing milk and can pump it for when other people want to feed the baby, but you can over do it if you are already engorged. Like she siad, try not pumping so much and the problem should even out. Good luck!


JH - June 7

Thanks for the advice. I had just been pumping once a day at most but appearantly I was doing it for too long at the wrong time of day. I haven't pumped at all since monday and I already feel alittle better. What is the right time to do it so I don't make more?


emmasmom - June 18

I f you want to just have milk to store, It is best to pump in the morning, when your body makes the most milk anyway. Try to feed off one and then pump the other. This is what the lactation ladies told me. The more you pump, the more your body will make! Amazing things these b___bs! Don't fret, you will figure it all out. I am still feeding my 9 month old and pumping and all will work itself out. When in need, try to find a lactation consultant at your hospital..they are a great help. My hospital even had a weekly group to go to.


Keli - August 5

omg, my baby is 3 weeks old. And I pump about 1 to 1.5 ounce per side with the electric medela symphony pump. I'm taking fenugreek to try and up my milk.


kellens mom - August 6

Keli, Don't worry about only pumping 1 to 1.5 oz. Right now, if you are able to get any extra, then your baby is getting plenty. As the baby requires more, you will produce it. For the first two months, all I could ever pump was 1 oz. extra from each b___st a day. Around 2 months, I started to get 1.5 and occa__sionally 2 oz. Now I am at 3.5 months and I can get 3.5-4 oz out of each b___st. My goal is to store extra milk so that I don't have to keep bfing. Even if I do bf for 12 months, I should be able to provide my baby with frozen b___st milk until she is 16 months old. I mentioned in a different thread that a nursing friend underwent emergency surgery. Luckily, she had enough milk stored up to get her though until a lot of the medicine (anesthia, etc) had pa__sed through her.


Kelly - June 21

My son is 8 weeks old and I can currently pump 1-2 ounces total every 3-4 hours. We are supplementing with formula while I work on building up my milk supply through pumping, Fenugreek, and Mother's Milk tea. At around 2 weeks, we had the same problem, and it took 4 weeks but I was able to wean off formula and get back to 100% b___stfeeding. I made the mistake of not pumping as well and my supply has decreased again. We are now re-starting the process of building up my milk supply again. The lactation consultant was amazed I could nurse at all since I had a breat reduction last year, but it is possible and I'm noy giving up! Thankfully, my son goes easily between b___st and bottle (b___stflow by the first years) but prefers the b___st. It takes a lot of the stress off of me!


hubley22 - August 23

My son is 9 weeks old and I am able to pump about 3 oz in place of a feeding. Is this low??? If I pump after a feeding-then it is usually less than an ounce.


wailing - August 24

I'm almost 9wks and can pump anywhere from 2-3 oz's usually. But, if a long time has gone by (like he slept for 6 hours) then when I pump in the morning I get 4-5 oz's. Don't worry if u only get 1-2oz's in the beginning. I only got that for a while but it got better. Now, I pump the other b___st while ds is feeding. It helps w/ my letdown and makes pumping more efficient. But, like the others said. It's supply and demand. If u don't need to make more milk, don't pump. But, if ur supply is low then pump while feeding, and pump after feeding. This tells ur body that u need more milk. Good Luck:-)



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