When to start?

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Registered: 05-29-2013
When to start?
Wed, 05-29-2013 - 5:09pm

I plan on exclusively pumping, so my question is when do I start pumping? At the hospital? Will I produce enough right away to prevent supplementing? I'm really wanting to make this work this time & feeling a little overwhelmed. Please help! TIA

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Registered: 06-22-2007
In reply to: Simpre
Sun, 06-02-2013 - 3:53pm

My daughter is 12 weeks old today and I pump exclusively.  She was born at 6:30 p.m. by C-section.  I did nurse her in the recovery room(during the "golden hour" after birth), but started pumping as soon as I was settled in my room.  By starting as soon as you can, your baby will get all that good colostrum that is produced before your milk comes in.  and don't worry about the amount.  Your baby's stomach capacity is very small at birth.  It won't seem like he/she is eating much, but you have to keep in mind that their stomachs are tiny.  Also...getting started ASAP will encourage your milk to come in sooner.  Mine came in on the second day this time.  With my first(also a C-section) I wasn't able to pump in the hospital, so my milk was later coming in and I didn't get a good supply established.  I didn't have much excess and was not able to freeze much.   This time though, as I said, my daughter is now 12 weeks old and has had only pumped breast milk.  By getting started almost immediately after birth I have established a good supply and can now get by with pumping every 6 hours or so(did every 2-3 hours for the first 4-6 weeks at least)...and even go 7-9 hours overnight sometimes(now that she is sleeping for 6 hours most nights).  I have also been able to freeze a lot.  Good luck and try not to get too stressed.  A wonderful web site with great info. for exclusive pumping is kellymom.com.  There is info. on there about stomach capacity too.  Congratulations and good luck!  You'll do great!!



mom of son, Trystan  4 y. 11 m. & daughter Taryn, 12 weeks