+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    1,414
    Thanks
    1,663
    Thanked
    1,160
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Awards:
    Bubhub Blogger

    Default Establishing breastfeeding and expressing

    My milk is coming in and to help get things moving along in hospital I was expressing and feeding DD tops ups with a syringe (suggested by midwives). Now that we're home I'm feeding on demand and I've stopped expressing. Should I still be expressing to help more milk come in? DD seems to be getting enough. She's putting on weight and having wet nappies. She feeds around every 3 hours apart from roughly 10pm to 4am where she feeds hourly or less (I assume this is her cluster feeding period).

    This is all new to me so just wondering if expressing is necessary or if it's a good idea to do it and create a stockpile just in case, or if I don't need to bother.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    13,067
    Thanks
    9,846
    Thanked
    12,964
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 posts
    Awards:
    Busiest Member of the Week - week ended 9/1/15Busiest Member of the Week - week ended 7/11/14Busiest Member of the Week - week ended 3/10/14100 Posts in a week
    If bub is having enough wet nappies I don't think expressing is essential. Midwives tried to get me to express in hospital with bub nr 2. It was a pain in the **** and cut into my sleep time. Midwives wanted me to express to make sure bub had enough. Ummm how about we just accept that milk doesn't come in for at least 3 days and just put bub on the boob when bub is hungry!

    As you can probably tell I'm not a fan of expressing unless there is something medically wrong with bub. A big pain in the **** that creates more work for mummy .

  3. The Following User Says Thank You to VicPark For This Useful Post:

    Rose&Aurelia&Hannah  (09-04-2016)

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Posts
    7,625
    Thanks
    5,104
    Thanked
    4,648
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    Awards:
    100 Posts in a week
    your milk supply should adjust based on bub's needs so they always get enough. the weight gains and wet nappies indicate she's getting enough so your supply matches the baby's demand.

    if you express you'll over stimulate your boobs into producing too much milk.

    if it ain't broke, no need to fix it!

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    4,284
    Thanks
    1,637
    Thanked
    2,304
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    Totally not necessary. It doesn't sound like you have supply problems and you don't want to start making too much milk as that causes problems when you cannot pump one day.

    If you *want* to pump early in the day so DH can do one of the feeds at cluster time, then that could give you a break. Only if you find pumping less stressful than cluster feeding though.

  6. #5
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    7,880
    Thanks
    3,400
    Thanked
    5,160
    Reviews
    8
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts

    Default Establishing breastfeeding and expressing

    I agree with the above. I was always expressing to increase supply. If Bub is good then give yourself a break 😊

  7. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    1,149
    Thanks
    523
    Thanked
    595
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Agree with pp's, no need to pump if your supply is ok. I found it easier to just feed DD in the early days rather than muck around with pumping, storing etc.
    A better way to get a break was to line up DH to take her away for a walk or something immediately after a feed do I could get some down time.
    I only started pumping when DD was 6 months & I went back to work.
    Sounds like your doing a great job!

  8. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Posts
    5,323
    Thanks
    1,016
    Thanked
    3,449
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    I am almost into day 2 with bubs. I never expressed to increase supply. Yes, DD wants to feed ALL THE TIME but that is normal.

    Once milk comes in I know it *should* be better.

    As others have said as long as you have wet nappies then supply is ok and you do not need to express. Otherwise you will produce too much milk and that is a whole host of other issues...

  9. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    1,414
    Thanks
    1,663
    Thanked
    1,160
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Awards:
    Bubhub Blogger
    Thanks for the replies. We were expressing in hospital as bub had low blood sugar levels and I didn't want her to have formula so was doing all I could to get enough colostrum/ breast milk for her. Now that it's come in and we're home I'm happy to feed on demand so I'll stop expressing.

  10. The Following User Says Thank You to Mama Mirabelle For This Useful Post:

    Rose&Aurelia&Hannah  (09-04-2016)


 

Similar Threads

  1. Establishing breastfeeding, second baby
    By Mama Mirabelle in forum Breastfeeding Support
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 25-10-2015, 08:12
  2. New to expressing breastmilk - help needed!
    By MumToMiki in forum Breastfeeding Support
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 09-08-2015, 08:11
  3. Expressing from 37 weeks
    By nh2489 in forum Breastfeeding Support
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 03-05-2015, 12:56

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
FEATURED SUPPORTER
Sudocrem / InfacolSudocrem® Healing Cream is a soothing emollient cream which aids and assists in the management of nappy rash, eczema, ...
FORUMS - chatting now ...
Husband upset by symptomsFirst Trimester Chat
Spectacular September TTCConception & Fertility General Chat
IVF Babies due Sep/Oct/Nov 2017 #3pregnancy and babies through IVF
Vitamin A concernsPregnancy & Birth General Chat
Recurrent. Brown spotting no periodConception & Fertility General Chat
TTC Baby #2 at 31Conception & Fertility General Chat
How did you know you were ready?General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
REVIEWS
"Made bed time less anxious"
by Meld85
My Little Heart Whisbear - the Humming Bear reviews ›
"Wonderful natural Aussie made product!"
by Mrstwr
Baby U Goat Milk Moisturiser reviews ›
"Replaced good quality with cheap tight nappies"
by Kris
Coles Comfy Bots Nappies reviews ›