Exclusively breastfeeding to exclusively pumping

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-28-2014
Exclusively breastfeeding to exclusively pumping
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Wed, 05-28-2014 - 10:11pm

My LO recently started rejecting the breast, not exactly sure what is causing her to do this. We went to her pediatrician to make sure there was no ear infection or anything else going on. She started off rejecting the right then a couple days after she just didn't want the breast. She did start taking the breast but not eating as well as she once did. We started giving her a bottle so that she would get enough to eat.  She is gaining weight but still under the 50 %tile. After a lot of contemplating I decided that maybe I should go from exclusively breastfeeding to exclusively pumping. My LO is 15 weeks old now and  I am looking for suggestions on how often I should be pumping and how to determine how much to feed my LO so that she gets enough throughout the day. 

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Registered: 10-18-2013
Wed, 07-30-2014 - 10:00pm

Sorry for the late reply! I have not been visiting this forum as often this summer! To establish your milk supply with exclusive pumping, you really need to pump as often as your baby would normally eat, typically that is 8-12 times daily in a 24 hour period. My situation is different from yours in that I exclusively pumped right away because my baby was "distressed at the breast." She never seemed to have an effective latch. At about three months, your milk supply is generally established and then you can experiment with dropping one pump at a time and see how this affects your supply. You should be pumping at least 15-20 minutes each session. I am over 10 months of EPing! And now I only pump twice a day! But initially, I pumped 8 or more times a day. I hope by now you have had some improvement with your baby's feeding concerns, regardless of what you decided! If you do find yourself exclusively pumping and intend to long-term, my best advice is to rent a hospital grade pump! It is designed for exclusive pumping, helps maintain your milk supply, is smooth, has a strong motor, etc.