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    Default New to expressing breastmilk - help needed!

    Bub is 11 weeks old and last night at 8:30pm, I decided go express breastmilk an hour before her next feed. Our feeding interval is 3 hours. Only managed to geg 30 ml from both boobs using my Medela swing pump for 30 mins! It was my first time trying to express to get a full feed so my hubby could do the late night feed.
    She is gaining weight and doing lots of pooey and wet nappies so I know I make enough milk for her. But last night I worried because I expressed very little.
    How does one express sufficient milk for the husband to help out at night or even to have a little stockpile in the freeze for emergencies?
    I am new at this. Also wondering if I feed at 6 am, give EBM a 9am, hence bub is not on mh boobs then but only at the 12 pm feed, will my milk supply be affected? I'd like to attend church from 9-11am without breastfeeding but using a bottle.
    Thanks in advance.

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    The more you express, the more milk you'll make. Ideally, you would express at the time you would usually feed, if you're giving a bottle of expressed milk. I would recommend expressing once a day at a regular time, if you can. That way you can build up a stash in the freezer. It might take some time for you to be able to express large amounts of milk. For me, one missed feed per week wouldn't really matter because I generally make heaps of milk. Others may not have the same experience. If you're worried, offer extra feeds to boost supply. Also, try expressing in the morning for optimum amounts of milk.

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    Default New to expressing breastmilk - help needed!

    Express first thing in the morning. At night our hormones are the lowest and extra milk isn't quite there. But anytime after 4/5am it's milking season.

    With church - just feed Bub at 8.30am or just before church. As Bub gets older skipping a feed here and there won't matter. If you still want to express and feed Bub a bottle, my suggestion is to express a boob whilst Bub feeds of the other side at the 6am feed. Do that every day and you will get a lovely stockpile. Over a few days of doing this you will be able to feed bubs completely and still express enough for a bottle.
    Last edited by Rose&Aurelia&Hannah; 05-08-2015 at 21:02.

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    ^^ this.
    I always found expressing on the morning was the best time.
    Even like 1am or 4am! !

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    Try hand expressing too. Sometimes a pump is not the best way of expressing ☺

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    Just so you know too, Medela make differnt size breast flanges too, so if you feel like the funnel part is not a good fit for your nipple, it may be worthwhile getting another size. Good luck. Ps the ABA website has good info about storing expressed kilk too if you need it.

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    *milk... not kilk... obviously ☺

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    I found it very hard to express. I'd do it night after night and I'd end up with between 30-70ml. It would take me 2-3 sessions to get enough for one feed.

    It is true that the more that you express, the better the result.

    I also found being relaxed, calm and thinking nice happy thoughts about bub always gave me me a stronger letdown. Stressing out over 'omg I can't do this' just made it more difficult to get a good amount.

    HTH!

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    Try massaging your breast before you express, a lactation consultant told me it helps stimulate the follicles into releasing more milk. She also said to pump for about 10mins on each breast because the pump can damage your nipple if you're pumping regularly for long periods of time.
    I also have a medela swing, but I found I always got more milk by hand expressing.
    Good luck

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    Lots of great advise.

    I'll add one : take a long hot shower before expressing.

    If I need to express a full feed I do the following :
    Long hot shower then put baby on one breast while I express the other. I'm guaranteed 100ml in 10 min.

    If I do that at night I'd be lucky to get 10ml in 30min.

    Timing is the essence!!


 

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