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26/04/2013 at 19:24
I am considering doing this as it seems easy and would really benefit some poorly babies. They bring the bottles to you and collect them so wouldn't be inconvenient but I haven't tried to express with a pump yet and can't get any out when trying to hand express, so don't know if I could.
How would it work whilst feeding my baby though? Obviously I don't want her to lose out or not have enough etc but in the morning when she has not fed as much overnight I am sure there is plenty left after she has had her fill - my melons prove that!
Anyone any experience?
26/04/2013 at 22:46
I was going to do it but my supply started to settle down & I didn't fancy pumping a lot more than I needed to as I did a lot of my pumping whilst feeding at night time & my daughter stopped wanting a night feed. I did, however, donate milk to a friend for a few weeks
27/04/2013 at 10:40
Yes I think I wlould have to pump the other boob whilst E was on one as she only has one at each feed.
27/04/2013 at 10:42
I may be wrong but I think Saisi has?
27/04/2013 at 11:40
Yeah I donate to our local milk bank. I haven't pumped in a week though as I've been in and out of the house and h has been working late so not able to help me with fussy baby. A is so fat I highly doubt he isn't getting enough! The more you pump the more you will make anyway. You do have to keep an eye on the freezer temperature but its easy enough. Let me know if you have any more questions
27/04/2013 at 11:43
Oh and I would try to express a bit first just to make sure you can... Some people just don't get on with expressing but most do. You have to have your blood tested (and answer a lifestyle questionnaire) so no point putting yourself thru it if you can't express! I try to do it in the morning while A feeds on the other side, and pump about every other day if possible. I usually get around 100ml at a time but the milk bank lady said they'd be grateful for whatever, some mums split their expressed milk between their own stores for. Their baby and the milk bank.
27/04/2013 at 22:27
I donated too. I had to pump whilst m was feeding from the other breast as otherwise I'd hardly get anything. On the odd times I felt really full then I could express from that one easier. I had to record the freezer temp every day and follow hygiene rules. I would get about 80 ml each time and would sometimes pump twice a day if I didn't get much the first time. My bank loaned me a hand pump too which was great as I didn't want to buy one. I'd let the collection build up and the bank would phone once a month asking if I needed them to be collected. I am glad I did it as I feel it is great to have been able to help some babies but I wouldn't do it if there was a next time as I found it a hassle. If you pump anyway then it would be easier I am guessing. My bank also let me see how I got on for a few weeks before having to have the blood test too which I found good as at least I knew I could pump an amount, see how I could fit it in etc before committing myself.
28/04/2013 at 14:34
Thank you all. I think I will have a go at expressing as you suggest and see how I get on first and go from there. I do like the idea though and I think whilst i'm on maternity leave it won't be too much hassle.
wil let you know if i think of anymore questions xx
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