View Full Version : pumping- how much?
10-20-2008, 02:31 PM
My baby is barely 1 month old and I have started pumping. I'm just curious about how much a 1 month old would take in at each feeding. I know that every baby is different, but just a general guideline would be nice.
Also, My right side is great, but my left side's nipple is really sore and cracked. She's latched on just fine so I know it's not that, but does anyone have any suggestions on how to prevent or relieve this pain?
10-20-2008, 02:51 PM
I think babies can take anywhere from 2 to 4 ounces at a feeding. Some babies have the "snack bar" mentality and may drink less more often. My nurse recommended using the Lansinoh cream for sore, cracked nipples. I also wore the hard shells. Nothing I ever did "fixed" the problem, but I did get some temporary relief. The soreness is a beast in the beginning, but I've heard that it usually gets better after the first 6 weeks. Even if her latch is good, try switching positions--that can help with owies since she'll be chewing/rubbing/sucking on a different area. Good luck to you!
10-29-2008, 10:31 AM
This is late - but I heard to rub some of your milk on the cracked nip and let it dry. Might be worth a try.
11-06-2008, 11:06 PM
I had the same problem. Whenever you can, let your breasts hang free. Seriously. Let them air dry when possible post feeding. The snug-ness of nursing bras accompanied with a breast pad and don't forget the hot and cold flashes you're probably experiencing... all that equals a very humid environment. Change your breast pads after every feeding too. This I would regularly forget, easy to do when you have a newborn to tend to. The pain for me was so bad I almost quit. Also whenever you can work it into your schedule pump. If you alternate between some pumping and nursing that will give your nipples a break. Good luck! and hang in there. I am so glad I did!
Also 2-4 oz every 2-3 hours is about the average that my son took. It's also what I remember reading. I'm pretty sure parenting.com has an article that covers an age by age guideline. I think that's where I got my numbers! Hope that helps!
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