Pumping

Resources, questions and advice on pumping, storing and feeding expressed breastmilk to your child.

Transitioning to formula

I’m thinking of switching my LO to formula because I think I’m not producing as much breast milk as before. I think it might be stress (is that possible?) I tried giving him formula today while we were out and he was not happy. Ended up walking to the car to breastfeed him. It’s very hard for me to pump through out the day and at night he wakes up about every 2 hours 😖 I don’t know what to do😞

  • Amanda
    Yesterday

    I am using Efimil gentlese

  • Grace
    Yesterday

    Mothers Milk comes in capsules, drops etc. it really helps. Lots of hydration is key. It’s quite difficult at times. Having been a working mom and stay at home mom, I understand the hardships of both. Stress definitely plays a factor and being unable to pump as scheduled can affect milk supply. I used to pump (manual) while driving. It was the only time I was. Sitting still and wasn’t nursing.

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Nov 06

BF weaning tips?

Hi Moms! New mom here. Day 3 of weaning/ no milk from mom. Im kind of in this alone and need any tips/help/advice anyone has. No bedtime feed for over 2 weeks. The last 3 days have had 5-10 minutes crying in the morning but I have stayed strong and my son will eventually take his cereal and milk. So I guess my question is how do we make mornings have less tears and do I need to pump and dump or... More

  • 2Boys&aDog
    Nov 06

    You made it a long time! Great job mama. Snuggles and maybe a soft lovey will help with comfort, distraction helps too. It won’t be long until he totally forgets that part of his life.

  • Megan
    Nov 06

    Hey also, there may be tears, but everyday since I’ve weaned, I’ve been amazed at all the different doors that have opened to bond more deeply with my toddler. Even the tears and the holding DURING weaning was deeply bonding. Reading Janet Landsbury’s books on Respectful Parenting really helped me see crying in a different light. Might help you too 😊

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Nov 06

Baby & I are both frustrated. Is this the end?

My LO is 14 months. She is still nursing 3-4 times a day. The past week or so her morning feed lasts maybe 3-4 mins of struggling and fussing. She refuses then I feed her some breakfast and water in a cup eventually. Pretty much all her nursing sessions she’s becoming fussy and on and off the breast with a paci break in between all the fussing. She nurses no more than 5-10 mins and it’s typical... More

  • Lily
    Nov 06

    Sounds like you are drying up. If you want to keep breastfeeding, I would start drinking a ton of water and pumping a couple times a day for 30 minutes. Mine is 14 months, I breastfeed her, only for her nap and at night. Sometimes once during the day. I don’t pump at all, so I have no idea how much I have. But I would get your milk back up and then limit her to naps and bed time.

  • Caitie
    Nov 06

    My supply fell quite a lot when I got pregnant. I think I was not even really producing milk any more, but my (now 14 month old) kept nursing I guess for comfort around nap and bed time. It was frustrating for us for a little bit, especially because I was so tender. Like you, I tried to pump but got only tiny drops (1/2 oz total, when I used to get 8oz per side). I seem to have begun producing ... More

Willow pump

Have you tried it? Thoughts?

  • Natalie
    Nov 06

    I shelled out the $$ and bought a Willow when I returned to work from maternity leave. It is pretty great. Not dealing with the wires/tubes is a huge plus. You feel like a truly untethered person. It took me a few minutes longer to get all the milk out vs. the standard pumps (I used Medela and Ameda at home), but since you are not "wired" it doesn't make much of a difference. At t... More

  • Natalie
    Nov 06

    P.S. I also have the freemie flanges - personally, I'm not a fan. I could never get a lot of milk out with it and it is still wired, which is not a huge improvement from standard pumps.

Pumping in the field...

So im in the national guard and this coming Friday i will leave for drill until sunday. We will be in the field pretty much all weekend. Ive been told i can put my pumped milk in a cooler and then at some point itll be brought to a fridge? My question is, what should i do about cleaning pump parts? I wont have electricity or running water and will have to pump several times a day. Not sure if i... More

  • Jordyn
    Nov 03

    Everyone has a personal tent. As for the water, we have potable water it's just not hot water so I was doubting it's effectiveness in being able to kill any germs or anything. And my pump takes batteries. I got it for exactly that reason

  • B
    Nov 03

    Get the waterless wipes. And get the coldest ice packs you can!

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Oct 31

Trying to wean off breast milk

I am trying to wean my 14 month old from breast feeding. I over produce and I would have to pump 4 times a day but I now I slowed it down by once a day but my son still feeds. I want to stop because he is easily distracted and bites on my nipples hard to a point where I cry. I have already been back at work.

  • AlfreyLinet
    Oct 31

    I have the same situation but I am still home and my baby wont drink any milk from anywhere she eats fine but drinks its just a bit of water

  • Kt
    Oct 31

    Mine first bit me at 8 months... flicker her cheek once and said no. and she’s never done it since. 😳

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Oct 30

How to deal with engorgement pain when trying to dry up.

I recently decided that for my own health I would stop pumping. I was exclusively pumping for my baby. She is three months tomorrow and I have felt so much guilt about stopping. But I am under so much stress at work and just about having to pump all day. I felt like that was the only thing I was allowed to do was pump. I barely slept through the night because I would always wake to pump. I only... More

  • Anonymous
    Oct 31

    When I try to hand express it hurts because I am so engorged. I have been using ice packs on it so far.

  • Julie
    Oct 31

    I would call your obgyn or a lactation consultant and ask for advice. But you can also try taking antihistamines. I know they will decrease supply for some women so it may help now too.

Breastfeeding/back to work

Soon to go back to work, any advice on pumping while at work?? Also I’m having a hard time with pump after you feed, how do you do that? Like what does the baby do while you’re pumping? Thanks!

  • Rai
    Oct 29

    They make these water bead heating pad things! I got mine at target. I love them. You put them in the microwave for like 15 seconds. I wear them while I put my do not disturb sign up, set up my pump etc. It cuts down the amount of time until my let down and I pump just a little bit more. Madela also make these quick clean wipes. The heating pads plus the cleaning wipes gets me pumped and cleane... More

  • Lily
    Nov 13

    Pumping never worked for me. I exclusive bf both kids and had enough milk but pump was showing a little. It made me depressed. Try to keep your baby on breast as much as you can. It will increase your supply. Do not keep a schedule,

Pumping at work

I am starting work next Monday & I’m worried about how pumping will go. Will I pump enough for the next day?

  • Sara
    Oct 29

    The quick summary if you should replace when you normally feed your baby with a pumping session. So if you'd normally feed your baby about every 3 hours, then you should pump every 3 hours when you're at work. The length of time you pump for should be about as long as you would feed on one side (assuming you're using a double electric pump). It might be 10 minutes or up to 30 minute... More

  • Myrtle
    Oct 30

    I’ll pumped every 2 to 3 hours at work depending on how often my little one was eating. Around seven months my supply fell off and had to work hard to get it back up. I generally still did not pump as much is my baby is eating while I was gone. Luckily I had save that extra milk in the freezer so we always had enough.I think everyone is different and it’s hard to predict how your body will reac... More

Pump and Dump

Going to a Halloween party tonight with the baby for a few hours (and with DH). I plan on drinking (not heavily, but enough to get a buzz) for the first time since I became pregnant! Should I pump and dump? How long do I have to wait to be safe to nurse again? He does already get a 4oz bottle of expressed milk every night at 8pm... just not sure if his next feeding should also be a bottle? I pl... More

  • Kristin
    Oct 27

    Thanks guys. I ended up not wanting to drink too much when I got there because I really just wanted to be good for the baby. Oh how priorities change! I had 3 beers and 1 Jell-O shot over the course of 5 hours, so I felt safe to feed him at 1:15am (it was a dream feed after we got home).

  • Margie
    Nov 06

    Awe what a cutie!

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Oct 24

Giving up.

I feel like I’m giving up on breastfeeding, I’m an exclusive pumper and it feels like a ball and chain having to do it all the time! Now that my milk supply has dropped significantly (used to make 7oz now I’m lucky if I make 2oz) after my allergic reaction part of me just wants to give up. My baby is 3 months and we just stared giving her half formula and it SO MUCH EASIER. I don’t want to give... More

  • Katherine
    Oct 25

    You do you!!! Fed is best whether it is from the breast or formula. I struggled BF’ing with both my girls. Made it 6mo with first and 4mo with 2nd. My sanity and a healthy, fed baby was more important!

  • Jenny
    Oct 26

    This was me to exactly! I made the switch to formula and I can’t even express the relief and freedom I felt. It was great. A happy Mom means a happy baby. ☺️

Anonymous posted in Babies Oct 23

What is the best way to breastfeed as well as pump to create a supply of breastmilk for a nanny?

  • Chelsea
    Oct 23

    Do you worry with the haaka that you aren’t getting the fattier hind milk?

  • Jen
    Oct 23

    I preferred collecting milk in a haaka vs soaking in my bra ;)

Distracted 4month old in the daytime!’

I pump so much extra during the week I can donate. Which is great. But on weekends when I’m nursing, I’m engorged so much bc she goes 4-5 hours without nursing, I bring my Haaka and could probably donate from wherever I am! I actually filled up the bottles I had with me I had to leave some milk in the Haaka with the lid, can’t wait to store it when I get home. How are others dealing with this??

  • Katrina
    Oct 22

    For some moms I've known, they've powered through and kept pumping to donate, and just accepted some level of discomfort and inconvenience. I've known other moms who work to slow milk production so mom is only producing what baby eats, or baby plus just a tiny extra and find it more convenient. There are options both ways. Are there things you would like to hear more about?

  • cocomac
    Oct 22

    @katrina I really enjoy being able to donate, since I know some moms have low supply and I feel lucky. My supply has actually regulated from before, I use to be a huge over producer. Would love to hear about this situation! Thank you!!

Tricks to increase my breast milk

I just had surgery last week and I feel like my breast milk supply has decreased. I use to make about 4 oz each time I pump whenever my LO is not hungry. Now I am only making 2 ounces if I am lucky. I am drinking plenty of fluids. What else can I do to help me increase my supply?

  • Jessica
    Oct 16

    Thanks you guys!

  • Anonymous
    Oct 16

    Offer the breast as much as possible. Baby will latch if he/she is ready to eat. And power pumping.

Willow pump or freemie liberty?

I used a medela with my first and wasn’t impressed (I hate being tied to a pump). Now that I have a toddler and another on the way I would really like honest opinions about both of these hand free pumps! Let me know what your experience was! Thank you! Side note: I am large chested when it comes to breastfeeding (i got up to a 34F with my son) I know that can have implications with some pumps!

  • Alejandra
    Oct 21

    Hi Danielle, I tried the Freemie Liberty Pump and I did not like it... It was very convenient but it did not empty my breast even after pumping for an hour... I stopped using it because it gave me Mastitis.. I went back to using my Spectra S2.

  • Lenzi
    Oct 31

    I have a friend that has the freemie but she said the cords are still annoying and it doesn’t sound alike she’s getting very good results. I’m holding out for the elvie pump!

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Oct 15

I went from producing 12-16 FULL 4oz bottles to not even making 1oz per breast..

I eat a very healthy diet. Haven’t changed anything. I’m buying fenugreek tonight when my husband gets out of work.. I really hope this gets me back to where I was.I don’t know what am I doing wrong..

  • Julie
    Oct 15

    How far post partum are you?? This could be your period. If it is just keep pumping and the supply should come back after a few days.

  • KT
    Oct 17

    Some medications and birth control dry up your milk supply

Breast feeding

Is there any alternatives for collecting milk other than a breast pump

  • Poop
    Oct 15

    Haaka is a silicone pump that just uses suction to get milk. You can put it on the side baby isn’t on and collect milk from both. It’s pretty cool. Look it up!

  • Brynn
    Oct 16

    I would recommend the naturebond silicone hand pump. It just uses suction to draw your milk out. My 2 month old only drinks one breast at a time right now, so I put it on my other side and it catches the let down and empties me pretty good to keep my supply up. Look it up on Amazon!

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Oct 10

How many oz of bm/whole milk for an 11 month old?

My son will be starting daycare soon it will be 8 hours a day how many oz if breastmilk should I bring in?

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Oct 09

When you pump for next day, do you store milk in pump bottles or breastmilk bags?

While at work, is what I mean. I use pump bottles and then pour into baby bottles when I get home. Then any extra milk during the week I put into bags and freeze. Just wondering if it’s worth the extra time/money? I’ve only returned to work for 3 weeks now. The washing and drying and packing of pump parts and pouring and measuring of milk each day is getting annoying lol

  • Clarissa
    Oct 10

    Breastmilk bags is easier to store and there are ways to have it straight from pump to bags. E.g. medela pump bags with adapter.

  • Yasmeen
    Oct 10

    I use The Kiinde Twist Set. The bags have screw on caps and they just snap onto the nipple, no milk transfer. I love them!

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