For those who exclusively express

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  1. Mrsmac1507

    Mrsmac1507 Well-Known Member

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    My little boy was born 6 days ago, and due to medical problems he has he is physically unable to bf or suck from bottle. I have been try to express since first by stimulating by hand ( no joy) and now using a pump. Milk only came in today and I'm expressing very little ( about 10 ml after 25 mins of pumping. Just wondering how much others managed to express without the actual experience of baby suckling?
     
  2. kellynrb02kab

    kellynrb02kab Active Member

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    The more you express the more your body will make
    You need to be expressing about 8 times adag including once in the night
    Hope this helps the more your doing it the bigger the quantity!!
    Try having your baby with you or a picture of your baby if this is not possible x
     
  3. l_maclean

    l_maclean Well-Known Member

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    She's not been on much recently - but if you pm tweety, she is the authority on exclusive pumping, she did it for months with her LO. X
     
  4. MrsT2011

    MrsT2011 Well-Known Member

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    Good tip is to keep pumping 5 minutes after your milk has stopped flowing - it tricks your body into thinking more milk is needed so will produce more.
    I had problems getting my supply up at first so I expressed every 2 hours till I had enough supply (8 weeks for me) then I could drop some of the night ones.
    I rented a double pump which was brilliant.
    Try and relax when doing it - easier said than done! Look through pictures on your phone of lo or play candy crush! The distraction really helps and stops you watching how much milk is coming out.
     
  5. Alleig

    Alleig Well-Known Member

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    It's slow to begin with. 10ml is quite good given your difficulties. Just keep going. Having the baby near you will help as well and sometimes feeding at the same time as expressing can be helpful as it teaches your body to respond to the baby's cues. Pavlovian style!
     
  6. BunnyN

    BunnyN Well-Known Member

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    10 ml really doesnt sound bad if your milk only just came in. The important thing is that you are getting milk. Now you just have to work on building up your supply.
     

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