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    Hello ,

    Can anyone give me some tips on expressing please? I've always struggled with expressing once bubs have arrived and have fed for a while. Current bub is 5.5mths and starting to look for solids. I tried expressing by hand and with a hand pump I have to mix with a little cereal but I barely was able to get enough to cover the bottom of the collection bottle after half an hour.

    I was warm from a shower and bub had fed not even five minutes before. She was gulping fast and still had her usual last milky mouthful dribbling out as she fell asleep so I definitely have the supply.

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    If you are trying after bub has fed then you may be empty! You only make what they take so there probably isnt much left after a feed. If you are having trouble at first, try expressing a little just before a feed. Pop bub on the boob, get them to trigger let down and then pop them off (they wont be very happy) and try to pump a little. This should get you enough for cereal.
    If you want a full feed so someone can look after bub, im sorry but it will take a bit at first. You need to up your supply. So if bub is feeding 4 hourly, you probably need to pump between feeds. This may take a number of pump session to get a full feed. The more often you do it however, the easier it will be.
    Just a tip, when ds went through growth spurts, those horrible weeks where he fed almost hourly, would up my supply then stop and i'd be so full til it all balanced out again, i used these opportunities to build up a milk bank in my freezer. After i had a good supply i would let my b00bies have a rest and then i didnt have to worry if dh had to give him a feed.

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    Can you try pumping 20mins after feed finished? You may only get a little but if you did this about 3x a day after 2-3 days you'd notice an increase in supply, even small.
    OR pump one breast and feed the other first feed of the day; if bubs used to having both though she may be a little peeved
    I use water or fruit purees to mix with cereal, but in the beginning i did use EBM.
    I don't get much at all when i express so it'd take me a few days to get enough for a feed.

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    Thank you ladies, lots of great help there. I'm home for the most of tomorrow so will give it a good a few times and see if I can manage some. I have success with the nursing tea boosting my supply so will have a couple of cups and try after bub feeds in the morning.

    I've had exactly as you've described JD Mumma with my others but not with this bub, she seems to just feed for longer than more often, if that makes sense? I assume it has the same effect though. I remember the feeling of shooting needles when DS was boosting my supply when I was well and truly DONE and empty for the day at night but haven't had that this time (so far!).

    As you said Jaspat24, I don't want a lot, just a little to start her. She seems so keen for it but still has the tongue extrusion reflex happening with the rice cereal or straight mashed banana or apple puree. I've tried giving her the pieces of food but she doesn't seem to hold them to her mouth for long and gets frustrated. I hope the taste of the BM will help.

    My others took to food like ducks to water whether it was purees or feeding themselves! Trust the last to send me a few curves balls LOL.

    Thank you again for your advice,
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    I was hoping you'd reply MM . Thank you for your advice.

    It's kinda scary when you say about the 3am thing, for the most part of her feeding life (when she wasn't waking four times a night for last month) around 3am is her once a night wake time! I will see if I'm awake enough tonight/tomorrrow to give that a go. Though I love my sleep too and find myself nodding off while she feeds then .

    I was wondering about the pumping thing and have joked with friends that maybe my body just 'knows' the difference between the machine/hand expressing versus bubs sucking movement and shut up shop when it wasn't bub.

    I tried mid-morning after we came home from town and I managed a teaspoon in the ten minutes straight after her feed. Here's hoping she doesn't spit it out as soon as it hits her lips LOL.

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    I breasted DD till almost 3 years old and could never get much from the pump even though I had a good supply! When she was about 2 months old I had supply issues and had to express to build supply and top her up. I would have her on 1 boob with the automatic pump attached to the other, that was the best way for me to make sure I would get a good let down! It's awkward but worked.

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    Thank you Just*Ace, that's makes me feel much better to know I'm not imagining it. I know I have plenty of supply just getting frustrated in not getting any of it out.

    And of course the little monkey took every drop of the teaspoon I did express with the cereal this afternoon! Looks like I'm trying at 3am, cross your fingers for me girls .

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    Quote Originally Posted by SammiAnn View Post
    Thank you Just*Ace, that's makes me feel much better to know I'm not imagining it. I know I have plenty of supply just getting frustrated in not getting any of it out.

    And of course the little monkey took every drop of the teaspoon I did express with the cereal this afternoon! Looks like I'm trying at 3am, cross your fingers for me girls .

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    Our bubs are definitely the most super efficient pumps aren't they! The person who can replicate that in pump form will be a millionaire lol.

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    So very true! Mine sure isn't missing out on anything, the three rolls up her chubby little arms are proof of that LOL!

    Well, I tried expressing at the 2:40am feed and managed TWO teaspoons . Hopefully she enjoys the cereal again today HEHE.

    Thanks for the support girls, may seem like a lot of mucking around for a little bit of cereal but I really appreciate it.

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