I am totally confused about expressing! I could never get anything out with DD (not a substantial amount anyway)
Just looking for advice really, my DP wants to help out with the night feeds (who am I to say no! lol ) I also have two hen do's and a wedding to go to when baby will be around 8 weeks old so will need to express if I am going to attend these.
I'm not sure when to start expressing so it doesn't interfere with b/feeding. And i am also not sure when i express, before a feed/after a feed/in between feeds?
Agree with Madame. I struggled to express inbetween feeds, probably because my body wasn't expecting it (and I had no problem at all with supply: if anything I had too much milk!). But if I pumped whilst also nursing on the other boob I got a lot more.
I have a Medela Swing breast pump and used it about twice a week with DC3 until he was about 6 months old. It worked well but was a bit of a faff getting it out, sterilizing etc. - worthwhile for the odd night out though, and DS1's weekly swimming lesson. I intend to use it again the same way this time. Like Madame said, it is def easier to express when bf. DS3 didn't like sharing with his electric twin when he was older though... so then DH just gave him the odd bottle of formula when I went out.
I found the medulla swing fab, I used a TT manual one which was bloomin hard work, felt like on a milking machine but far far better with the electric one.
Defo whilst having a feed and first thing I had loads of milk. I expressed at work so was just when dd would have had a feed.
Ds was having none of it though, he took every last drop and I never managed to express anything. I did get a chart think in my Gina Fird book about increasing supply which worked for dd but not ds. He was z bit set when I went back to work dd was 5 months he was 8 so I but the bullet and sent a bottle if formula with him and he wolfed it down.
I think with both it was the bottle they didn't like, not a nice soft warm boob rather than what was inside
Hi I am maybe hijacking the thread here but I have been looking at breast pumps and just looked up the medula range. What is the difference between the mini and the swing? I will spend £100 on a pump if I need to but the mini is £30 cheaper??