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How to Express without messing up milk supply?

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lysie Wed 21-Oct-09 13:06:07


My son is 5 weeks old this week, our bf journey is going well so far, he has good weight gain and seems like a contented little fellow.

I however am completely knackered by him feeding every 2 - 2.5 hours round the clock. I know that this time will pass and that I will get more sleep eventually, but I am wondering how to fit expressing in to our routine over the next few weeks without messing up the milk supply.

I would like to express one or two feeds worth a week so that dh could do the first night feed on a couple of nights each week.

Any one with experience of something similar able to tell me, a) when should i express,
b) how do protect milk supply?


NotQuiteCockney Wed 21-Oct-09 13:40:11

Well, first of all, congratulations on the birth of your son. I'm glad to hear breastfeeding is going well.

This is still very much early days. Things often settle down around 6 weeks, or soon after. Your milk supply is more stable as time goes on, too, less likely to result in oversupply from pumping, or undersupply (or engorgement etc) from giving a bottle.

So you might want to wait a bit longer before expressing.

That being said - I used to find that expressing on one side, while a DS fed on the other, worked pretty well, particularly first thing in the morning.

forevermore Wed 21-Oct-09 14:25:03

i am at 8 week mark and still cannot figure out how/when to do this. i am knackered knackered knackered and want to also have an evening out without my little (just be out of the home for 4 hours max); any tips appreciated

Ready Wed 21-Oct-09 15:04:59

I don't know what the correct advice is, just what I did... for what it is worth...

I used to express off the other side as soon as dd was finished feeding, in the mornings - back in the days when she was happy with just one side.
Dh did the first night feed for a few weeks. I don't think it affected my supply at all, and I started doing this at 3 weeks.

Now dd is 12weeks I have been expressing once she has gone to bed to build up a supply, but dh no longer does night feeds as they are much less frequent.

Longtalljosie Wed 21-Oct-09 17:28:14

I'd crack on if I were you. The sooner you teach your DS to use a bottle, the easier it will be... there's a window around where you are now where it's quite easy, after which it gets more challenging.

That said, I started teaching DD to drink from a bottle at 3 weeks and it took a lot of perseverance. We got there in the end though, and now she'll dreamfeed from a bottle (she's nearly 9 weeks, and "got it" from about 6 weeks).

I started expressing at 3 weeks (see above). I was advised on here to wait but am glad I didn't. DH gives DD her midnight feed every night and my supply is fine. Mind you, I watch it like a hawk because I know I'm taking a bit of a risk... but so far, so good.

lysie Sat 24-Oct-09 10:13:24

Thanks for the advice. Expressing from one side just after dd has fed from the other first thing in the morning - i was able to hand express 4oz in about 15 mins. Have done this for two days without noticeably effecting supply. Dh will try a bottle this eve, fingers crossed...

Ready Sat 24-Oct-09 13:50:08

That's excellent! Well done, and good luck with the bottle.

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