Pumping in first Trimester?

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Registered: 12-31-1969
Pumping in first Trimester?
Thu, 08-09-2012 - 2:29pm

I'm early in my first Trimester with our 3rd baby, and I breastfed my first two but needed to supplement just a handful of bottles in the first few days as my milk was coming in.  I have already started noticing some milk leakage, and was wondering if I could pump just for a little while to try to store up several ounces in our deep freeze since it will keep 6-12 months, so that we wouldn't have to use formula this time around.  I know that pumping can induce contractions, but so early in the pregnancy, I was wondering if it would be safe.  Thanks!

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Registered: 06-10-2008
Thu, 08-09-2012 - 4:26pm
I personally wouldn't recommend pumping so early on in your pregnancy. There are new recommendations for some moms to pump colostrum to store during the last month of their pregnancy when the potentially effects of pumping (like contractions) won't make as much difference. You're also more like to be able to pump colostrum as you're closer to your due date.

Here's an interesting article on this topic: http://www.thenewbornbaby.com/colostrum-when-should-i-start-expressing-colostrum-prenatally---/index.html
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Registered: 12-21-2009
Sat, 08-11-2012 - 7:35pm

I agree, later in the pregnancy makes more sense and of course only if you are not having complications.

Here's bit more to help you get off to a better start. I can't emphasize the importance of lots of skin to skin cuddling, long stretches of it in the first days.

Getting off to a good start with breastfeeding in the hospital



Kathy Kuhn IBCLC

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and Grammy to Brennan, Elias, Elianna, Tahlia, Makenna, Maura, Silas, and Charlotte

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