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    Default Question about expressing!!

    I'm due to have my first baby in 3 weeks. I'll be breastfeeding but also want to express some after we have the hang of it so DP can feed bub too. What I want to know is, do I have to feed him off both breasts or can I feed him on one side and express from the other side I have an electric pump. I know it'll probably be fiddly at first and all that but yeah do I express from one side while bub is feeding on the other?

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    Default Question about expressing!!

    It depends on your supply and how hungry bub is. I found I the early days that one side was enough for him, but it didn't take too long for him to want two sides in one feed. You may end up needing to wait an hour or so after a feed to express.

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    Default Question about expressing!!

    I wasn't successful at feeding and gave up after 5 weeks but the hospital had me feed from both sides, then express anything that was left after he had finished (both sides). It was exhausting and took forever. By the time I got back in bed and had fallen asleep again it was time to start all over again.

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    as others have said it all depends on your supply and bubs wants.
    My nipples couldn't handle the expressing machine until at least 2 months. I'd express off the excess post a feed and store in the fridge (I'd normally only get about 50ml). I'd do the same the next feed and store in a sep container in the fridge, then at the end of the day I'd put all the cold milk together and have a bottle, which DH would give in the evening once I'd gone to bed.
    After a few weeks my supply increased and I was getting a full bottle during each express and stocked the freezer full.
    Like anything new it is fiddly to start with but you get better over time.

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