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catsarenice Wed 16-Nov-16 10:58:41

DS is 6mo next week and ebf. I want to express some milk ready for weaning purposes e.g. to go in porridge etc but how do I do it? Do I pump the breast I've just fed with, or use the other one? Does a pumped breast count as a feed, therefore when I feed ds again I use the one I fed him on before iyswim? Bf counsellor said I can just hand express onto a tea spoon as won't need much but I'd like a bit in the freezer so dp can make some food too without me squeezing my boobs over his shoulder!!

ElphabaTheGreen Wed 16-Nov-16 11:19:06

Firstly - what kind of pump do you have? Or are you hand expressing?

I always pumped first, fed baby after. You'll be able to get far more out this way and your baby will take care of himself - your breasts will produce more as he feeds to meet his demand, which won't happen nearly as effectively with a pump.

catsarenice Wed 16-Nov-16 11:48:23

Thank you for your reply. It's a manual pump. So I pump then feed so I don't have to think about the swapping sides thing? I don't want to pump loads - just a bit for mixing with veg etc.

ElphabaTheGreen Wed 16-Nov-16 12:01:37

OK - well you can do it a couple of ways.

If you're coordinated enough, you could feed your DS on one side while pumping off the other at the same time. You'll be able to express a lot this way because you'll be able to capitalise on the let down you get while feeding him.

Alternatively, pump off one side. If you get as much as you want from there, feed your DS off the other side. If he still wants the second side, just put him on the original side you pumped from. Or, pump off both sides, then start him off on the first side you pumped from. He'll still get what he needs - breasts are warehouses, not factories. While they do have the capability of storing, you will make milk directly from your bloodstream during a feed if there isn't enough in reserve. Cool, huh? smile

Other good pumping tips - you'll get the most by expressing first thing in the morning; try and rhythmically compress your breast while pumping, squeezing gently from armpit to nipple to make sure you're evacuating the milk ducts effectively but also allowing them to refill between compressions; express after a warm bath or shower - again you'll get more.

Also - remember you can use cow milk (if your DS doesn't have any CMPI or anything) in food like porridge, as it's used in such small quantities. It doesn't have to be EBM, although both of mine did seem to prefer the taste of EBM in food over cow, not surprisingly. Prepare yourself for the smell, though. My EBM rice pudding used to smell like puke! grin (Both my boys inhaled it though... hmm)

GiraffeAHolic Wed 16-Nov-16 12:02:13

You could pump from one side while feeding from the other, would stop the need to swap and encourage your supply. I will say, though, most baby porridges you make up with cooled boiled water. Also it is absolutely fine to use some blue top milk in their meals from 6 months. Completely up to you obviously. smile

ElphabaTheGreen Wed 16-Nov-16 12:08:31

You don't need to use cooled boiled water to make porridge - normal water is fine as you bring porridge to a boil anyway which does the same job. Besides, at 6mo there's probably so much unhygienic crap being shoved in his gob, sterile anything is a bit pointless! grin

ElphabaTheGreen Wed 16-Nov-16 12:11:49

Oh...unless you're talking the formula company baby porridges? Do they say to make with CBW? Do they put formula powder in them or something? I never used them, on account of them being an overpriced, unnecessary advertising rort (like everything formula companies make apart from stage 1 milks). Normal value oats or Ready Brek are absolutely fine from 6mo.

catsarenice Wed 16-Nov-16 12:11:57

Def true on the sterile front - doubt the cats' tails are the cleanest things!!! Thanks for your help - will give it a go in the morning but if it doesn't work it's good to know there are other options! smile

GiraffeAHolic Wed 16-Nov-16 12:48:00

I'm aware that normal oats are fine. I use baby porridge as it's slightly smoother and it's very quick to make up when I'm trying to get 4 children out of the house in the morning. I use the Aldi Mamia Organic one so I'm not sure how that is 'unnecessary advertising'.

Good lunch with the expressing OP.

Mrscog Wed 16-Nov-16 13:07:51

Why not just use normal milk? It's so much easier, and I say that as a long term breastfeeder of both my DC.

Caterina99 Wed 16-Nov-16 20:16:29

I pumped for a while. It was a total pain and stressful, although it was for bottles so the amount was important. If you're weaning onto solids at 6 months and it's just for use in food I'd just use normal cows milk if there's no allergies. Presumably you'll be weaning onto that for food in the next few months so just cuts out that step. Totally personal choice though

catsarenice Wed 16-Nov-16 20:40:37

It's just that I drink oat milk, dd has semi skimmed and dp has skimmed so didn't really want to get full fat too! I figured I'm producing this stuff so may as well use it! I'll give it a go but no worries if it doesn't work smile

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