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    Default How much is normal to express?

    My bub is nearly four weeks old. She hasn't gained as much weight as doctors would like. She has a complex heart condition that causes her to tire easily while breastfeeding so she's not getting enough before she is all tuckered out! Anyway, I'm still feeding her then I give her a top up from a bottle. This is the advice from her paediatrician and cardiologist.
    Anyway, if I pump after I breastfeed her I get anywhere between 45mls - 90mls combined from both breasts. I understand its normal for it to fluctuate. I'm using a hospital grade pump.
    I just want to know if that's normal? Do I have enough milk?
    I'm topping her up each feed about 45mls. I've only been pumping for three days. I'm worried because I don't want to switch to formula just yet, I really want to continue the breast milk at least until her first surgery in January.
    I'm wondering what was normal for others early into pumping and while still doing some breastfeeding.

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    Sorry Im ducking out right now but you might find some helpful info here http://kellymom.com/category/bf/pumpingmoms/ or you could call the ABA on 1800 mum 2 mum.

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    I have breastfed two bubs, and pumped a lot at various times. To me that seems to be a fantastic amount for pumping directly after a breastfeed.
    Good on you, it must be very hard work, and a very difficult time for you.

    If you need more milk for some reason you might consider waiting an hour after a breastfeed and THEN pumping, your boobs will have had time to generate more.

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    Default How much is normal to express?

    Thanks. I had wondered about waiting an hour or so. I've looked up that website too. Thanks ladies.

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    Default How much is normal to express?

    As mentioned in a previous post the Australian breast feeding association is a wealth of information about all things breast feeding, including expressing. https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bf-...ing-breastmilk

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    Default How much is normal to express?

    Quote Originally Posted by EmyB View Post
    I have breastfed two bubs, and pumped a lot at various times. To me that seems to be a fantastic amount for pumping directly after a breastfeed.
    Good on you, it must be very hard work, and a very difficult time for you.

    If you need more milk for some reason you might consider waiting an hour after a breastfeed and THEN pumping, your boobs will have had time to generate more.
    Thanks for your tip. I'm actually now waiting during the day an hour or like you said and I seem to be getting more!
    Thanks!

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    Default Re: How much is normal to express?

    I found if i expressed one side while feeding on the other, it would just flow out.
    I just had a manual avent one but could easily fill a whole bottle or more during a feed.
    Maybe this would be worth giving a shot?

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    Default How much is normal to express?

    Quote Originally Posted by HarvestMoon View Post
    I found if i expressed one side while feeding on the other, it would just flow out.
    I just had a manual avent one but could easily fill a whole bottle or more during a feed.
    Maybe this would be worth giving a shot?

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    Good idea but not sure I'm coordinated enough!!!

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    Default How much is normal to express?

    Agreed. Expressing while feeding can be great. Also, expressing after a nap.

    As for how much. I know some ladies hat can't express a drop, but bf successfully. Then at one stage I was getting half a litre or more in a pump session (had a huge oversupply issue but milked it, lol, when back at work and donated my spare)

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    TamTam, so sorry to hear about bubs condition. Hope the operation she is having will be good on her.

    I think 45 to 90ml after bfg her is fantastic. The more you pump the more you will get so keep it up and stock it away in the freezer. And resting will give you more milk. Lots of water too now in summer.

    Unfortunately for me the max I can ever get if I pump diligently 3 hourly round the clock is 30-40ml...very demoralising and doesnt justify the effort I put in...and that is the amount without having baby latch on. So I now only pump twice a day and latch on baby as often as I can esp when I feel a let down. But my bub is already 10 weeks. Even at 4 weeks, I never got what you are having so I would say you are doing well. Just dont stop what you are doing and you should be fine.


 

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