Re starting breastfeeding

(7 Posts)
Evilwater Sat 01-Dec-12 19:51:58

I have a medula swing. I have pumped for 45 mins on each breast.

Ill try the pumping every two hours

As the others have said, it's the frequency and effectiveness of milk removal that stimulates milksupply.

Babies are much better at getting milk out than any pump, but a decent pump can help too. Many women get a better result with hand-expressing (I did not - I was a bit hopeless at it...).

Look up 'relactation' on Dr Jack Newman's website.

Good luck.

tiktok Sat 01-Dec-12 19:12:55

Evil - the only way to get milk back is to 'ask' your body to make it smile\
You can do this by putting your baby to your breast as often as you can, and as often as your baby is happy for this to happen. The other way (which can be as well as, not instead of, direct bf) is to express - but as Elphaba says not for an hour. Just for short bursts , switching from breast to breast, and frequently.

Hope this helps. Any of the bf helplines would help with this, and you can research relactation on the web or on mumsnet.

Don't pump for an hour for starters - no point.

What kind of a pump do you have? If it's double electric, then 10 minutes both sides at once, followed by 5 minutes with massage each side (i.e. 20 minutes in total).

If it's a single electric, 10 minutes with massage each side (again, 20 mins total).

If it's a manual pump or you're hand-expressing...you must have forearms like Popeye if you managed it for an hour! grin

Express as above every two hours and that may help.

LaCiccolina Sat 01-Dec-12 18:31:21

Keep feeding./pumping. No demand no milk.

Svrider Sat 01-Dec-12 18:30:30

Err put your babies mouth to your breast?

Evilwater Sat 01-Dec-12 18:29:13

Long story short, I gave up breastfeeding and expressed my milk. Then LO had very bad wind and colic, I didn't bother to to pump and my milk supply has dwindled. I used to get 4oz and now I can only get 1oz after an hour pumping.

How do I get my milk back?

Evil

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