09/09/2009 at 09:54
I am breastfeeding my 5 weeks old baby girl and I would like to espress some milk. Unfortuntely yesterday I tried and only could take 30ml which I don't think it is a great deal. I did it after I fed her which I thought the milk would be easier to espress. Has any of you espress some milk and has some tips on how to do it? I have a Tommy Tippee manual pump which I thought it was one of the best after I did my research on the subject.
Thank you in advance and have a lovely day
09/09/2009 at 10:50
I only tried expressing a couple of times I used the Medela pump but couldnt get on with expresssing. But a few of my NCT group used manual ones and got along fine.
I am sorry I can't help you as didnt mange to get much but I have read that it can help to have your baby near you or at least a picture of her when expressing.
Have you had a look at the NCT website, they may have some tips on expressing for you?
Sorry I cant help I am sure there will be someone else on here that can.
09/09/2009 at 11:45
Hi, don't worry about only getting 30ml off if you had just fed ur baby. I expressed with my eldest and found it easier to express before her feed was due (from the side I fed from last), babies are more efficient than breast pumps in my experience and if necessary you can use what u express to top her up. I had a manual Avent one but had been using the hospital grade medela one before then.
Try little but often throughout the day, I found I got more if I expressed at the 3am feed and before 7am but hardly anything after 8pm. Having said that I did manage to fill 2 drawers in the SCBU freezer. I think there is some advise on increasing your supply in the Contented Baby book but can't remember for definate, if there is I'm sure it gives a routine with the optimum times mums to express for most mums.
Good luck xx
09/09/2009 at 15:25
Thank you for your advice. My partner would love to feed the baby and I thought it would be a good idea to express some milk so he can get involved. Also we have a wedding at the end of October and I would like to hae some bottles ready so I can have a drink and don't feel very guilty.
I will try to express early in the morning and see what happens. This morning I managed to get another 60ml. which I thought it was fantastic compared with yesterday so I will see what happens next. Also do you know how long it takes them to get used to the bottles if you are breastfeeding? I have Tommy Tippe Close to Nature bottles which I think are the most similar to the breast. I do not want to go to the wedding and find out that she does not like the bottles and I have to breastfeed her. Which of course I would do but then I wouldn't have a glass of wine.
Thank you again for all your help. he advice has ben very useful. xx
09/09/2009 at 16:38
I gave up trying to express very quickly I didnt like it very much but my sister in law managed it well and my cousin had to express every single feed as her baby was born premature and didnt have a very good sucking reflex to start with so it is possible.
The other reason I gave up expressing is I tried to give harry bottles too late on I think and he flatly refused them, he would not take them at all. I was worried about introducing a bottle to early as they say it can affect your babies ability to breast feed and then I left it too late and he wouldnt feed from the bottle. I think those bottles are great, my sister used them for max despite not BF at all, a couple of our NCT group used them when they expressed and got on well with them.
Good luck with it.
09/09/2009 at 16:46
How old was your son when you intriduced the bottles? My girl is 5 weeks now and she will be 2 months and a half when we go to the wedding. I don't know when to introduce the bottle because I don't want her to get used to it and not wanting the breast.
My mum cannot help me because when she breastfeed me she didn't use these things so I am a bit unsecure about when and how to do it.
Thank you and will carry on trying.
09/09/2009 at 19:56
My youngest refused the bottle completely. I hadn't tried her with a bottle until after she was 6 wks old on the advice of the health visitor. My eldest had the odd bottle from being in SCBU right from the start and it didn't affect her breastfeeding at all. I'm planning on expressing from getting home from hospital this time and making sure no3 isn't like no2!
I'd get daddy involved everyday with a bottle and see how she goes, I had to leave the room completely and let them get on with it because she never took the bottle if she knew I was there - I had to go have a bath or early night! Even if he just gives her what u just expressed its worth them both being confident with the bottle well before the wedding.
We had a wedding when my eldest was 8 wks old and I'd expressed enough for the day so I could have a couple of drinks but my darling husband got there first and I had to rely on my cousin (the bride) to give the bottles as the only other sober person there and did end up breastfeeding in a bridesmaid dress by the end of the day do and not drinking anyway.
I had the Avent bottles but my cousin did combined feeding and used the Closer to Nature ones and got on well with them, my sister preferred them to mine and is bottle feeding her newborn using them. I did find I had to constantly remind people to make sure the teat is full of milk and not to let her suck air from the bottle or she brought the whole lot back up (but she had gastric reflux). I also found leaving the instructions for my mum to read helped her with bottle feeding and she found it useful to help assemble and wash the breast pump and give me a hand with that.
I think that as long as you feel supported by your family and don't stress yourself about it you'll be fine, my mum always says to me "remember your a mum too now and we know everything best for our children even when we don't think it at the time"
09/09/2009 at 20:43
Hi,I only breastfed for a few weeks(long very boring story won't bore you with it!) but I id express,used same pump as you,and same bottles. Eldest son took to them at 6weeks,but word of warning they're not too keen to take bottle off mum as you've got the real deal hidden under under t-shirt!!!
Best dad tries it first!!!! I used to do it,before a feed from last breast used too,and a few times took pump in a nice warm bath with me-record was 120ml!!!!! Shocked me!!!!
Good luck hun,and most of all enjoy the wedding and your glasses of wine!!! x
09/09/2009 at 21:44
i didnt express but gave dd formular in the bottle, breastfeeding was exhausting enough with my 16mnth old to chase after aswell, so cant offer advice there but best of luck!
Lola was given the same bottle youve chosen from 4 weeks once a day so i could rest and put jack to bed, it didnt affect her breastfeeding at all, and she self weaned a month ago! Ill second what rachel said though, they often refuse bottles from mum!
09/09/2009 at 21:47
I will definatly try giving a bottle form a younger age if I have any more. Maybe they advise against it to try and prevent more mums giving up...?
They definately are more likely to refuse the bottle from mum, but harry wouldnt have a bottle from anyone else either, I even left him with my sister for a couple of hours and he still wouldnt have it!! One of the books I read said something about what would you prefer ... something warm and soft to feed from or something cold that smells and tastes like the bottom of a swimming pool (sterlising stuff!!)
Good luck I hope you do better than I did.
09/09/2009 at 21:57
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