I started pumping after our morning nursing sessions to build up my stores. I pump for five minutes each morning and am normally able to get about 3-5 ounces each time. This worked really well when Adelai was going 3-5 hours between nighttime feedings, but recently she has started going 6-7 hours consistently. I wake up with a drenched shirt and extremely engorged breasts. Addy is an active nurser so I get kneed a lot and boy does it hurt! Now I am getting 6-9 ounces in less than five minutes. Once I pump I am fine for the rest of the day, but the morning is just a little rough.
I know the pumping is what is leading to the engorgement, but if I don’t pump I think my breasts might actually explode!
Should I stop pumping in the morning? Is there something else I can do? Will my body naturally produce less or will the pumping inhibit this?
- the-nip-project answered: don’t stop cold turkey. Every two/three days pump an oz less than normal til you eventually have a normal supply for you and baby
- igowalkinginmydreams answered: You’ll pump more as her need grows. It’s best to pump as often as you can. More is better than not enough, even when she has growth spurts
- mommalikey answered: get in the shower and hand express to relieve the pressure- pumping makes more milk! but having extra is good too..
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