FAQ-01: What pump can I use?
FAQ-02: What schedule should I start out with in the beginning?
FAQ-03: Is my production normal?
This list was started some time ago by Shannon and the main goal was to have the ladies here answer a question each week or so.
Thanks - although there were several i was browsing my main concern at this point is scheduling of pumping and output. I live in Europe and I don't have a lot of support/information for pumping. Our baby was born premie but is now home and has not yet reached his gestation date.
From his birth i've been pumping as much as he needs to eat which is about 10 oz a day- certainly not making 24 oz !!! I presumed that as his appetite increased, so my pumping output would - as i also presume happens at the breast.
I've begun to panic as I've read i should have started pumping much greater quantities from the start (and truth is I don't pump every 2 hours - sorry, gals, but you must be insane to keep up that kind of schedule). He was born at 7 months and I've been pumping for about 8 weeks now.
From Kelly Mom
>How much milk should mom be pumping if baby is not nursing?
>Aim for pumping 750-800 mL (25-27 oz) per day by 7-10 days postpartum. If you have twins or higher order >multiples, aim for pumping 800-950 mL (27-32 oz) by 14 days postpartum.>It's useful to evaluate mom's 24 hour pumping output at 10 days. If supply is borderline (350-500 ml / 11-17 oz) >or low (less than 350 ml / 11 oz), then galactagogues (prescription meds or herbs to increase supply) or other >interventions should be considered.>The research tells us that milk production at 2 weeks is an indicator of breastfeeding outcome, so it is important to >get a good start. Even if milk production doesn't start out well, however, don't get discouraged--many moms will >see an increase (even as late as 9-15 weeks after birth) if they continue with regular pumping.
so - question - more info on pumping schedules and routines people follow and a general guideline on output (i.e. should i start thinking of taking medication to increase my output or am I 'normal'.
The good news is you likely
That's all you can do!