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Old Jul 15th, 2009, 08:57 AM   1
Samemka
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Can you express at 2 weeks?


I have such sore nipples that I want to give up b'feeding. However...I don't want too because of the benefits of breastmilk! So I've been reading about expressing - is it possible to express when my baby is only 2 weeks old? I don't mind expressing for every feed as I only intended to bf for 6 weeks anyway - I don't mean to offend anyone but I was never too keen on bf'eeding but I chose to do it because it's best for Emma.....but I only ever intended to do it for 6 weeks then I was going to express some milk so if we wanted to go out, we could, OH could feed her etc.

Any help would be much appreciated as I'm in agony with my sore cracked nipples!!



 
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Old Jul 15th, 2009, 09:26 AM   2
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Yes, it is possible to express at 2 weeks, and totally do able if you want your LO to have breast milk until 6 weeks old.

What pump do you have? A hospital grade double pump is best for exclusive expressing. You should aim to pump 8-12 times a day.

A baby should take about 1oz of breastmilk per hour. Don't feed more than 4oz at once. It is possible to over feed a baby on bottled breastmilk, so it is a good idea to wind after each oz given, and pace the bottle with cuddles and chats. A bottlefeed should take the same time as a breastfeed.

You should try not to skip or delay a pumping session as this can affect supply.



 
Old Jul 15th, 2009, 09:26 AM   3
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Yes you can.

I started expressing in the first week, I found it a relief as like you I was in agony but so wanted what was best for Lucas.

I didn't find expressing painful in anyway, infact I almost enjoyed it !

What I did was give him one feed of expressed milk per day (Well my oh did) it was a BIG risk as there is always a possibility it will cause nipple confusion but it was a risk I was willing to take as I was in that much pain I think id of ended up jacking bf in altogether if I hadn't tried.

Luckily Lucas took the bottle no problems and about 10 days later the pain stopped from bf.

I also found nipple shields worked really well with the cracked nipples.

I would also reccommend getting an electric breast pump, I have the medela swing and although its about 90 its not much more than what you'd spend on formula for 6 weeks.



 
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Old Jul 15th, 2009, 09:41 AM   4
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Brilliant - thank you both.

I feel a lot better now - this seems a much better option than giving up bfeeding completely, which is what I've been feeling like doing because of the pain - even though I want Emma to keep having breastmilk.

I haven't got a pump yet - wanted to see if it was possible first. Would I be able to bottle feed her say, every other feed? And if so - how do I go about doing this (not sure when I would need to pump?). Emma feeds every 3 hours, so would I feed her on the breast, and them pump 2 1/2 hours later and then bottle feed her the expressed milk? Sorry for all the questions, I'm just clueless about timings!!!



 
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Old Jul 15th, 2009, 09:50 AM   5
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Mama2b - is this the pump you have??

http://www.mothercare.com/Medela-Swi...64041&mcb=core



 
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Old Jul 15th, 2009, 10:00 AM   6
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I found a single pump wasn't really effective for pumping several times a day. How long do you think you'll want to pump for? How many times a day? You can hire hospital grade double pumps online, from a local rep (found through the NCT) and sometimes local hospitals.

I only ever did one or the other. While I was exclusively pumping, I got most in the night, and first thing in the morning.

What I'd try, is to pump after the night feed, and the morning feed. This should hopefully give you enough, then you can pump while she is fed that milk. Does that make sense?



 
Old Jul 15th, 2009, 10:07 AM   7
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I think I understand (sorry!). So while I am giving her a night feed (she generally has a feed around 10pm, would this be ok?) I could express from the other breast? Or would it be best to express after she has finished feeding? And the same after the morning feed? At the moment I like the idea of still breastfeeding her when I can - but being able to take a bottle of expressed milk if we go out anywhere - I don't feel comfortable feeding in public. The major advantage is that I'm hoping this will give my nipples time to heal and give me a 'break' from feeling so upset - I know it sounds silly but being in so much pain whenever she feeds is starting to really get me down because she's feeding every 3 hours (max) and so it feels like I'm spending my whole day 'dreading' her next feed because of the pain (which I feel so guilty about!)



 
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Old Jul 15th, 2009, 10:35 AM   8
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I have never done anything but express since day 1 as I really don't like the idea of direct breastfeeding but with Findlay being a preemie I felt EBM was better for him than formula.
I won't lie, it is hard work exclusively expressing as you need to pump 8-12 times a day to keep your supply up so you either can't go out for long or you'll need a car adapter for the pump so you can pump in the car (obviously when you are a passenger!) if you are going out for more than a short period.



 
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Old Jul 15th, 2009, 12:32 PM   9
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What I tended to do was pump immediately after feeding LO so I was keeping up with the feeds and also in the early days so she's hopefully be in a milk coma while I pumped!



 
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Old Jul 15th, 2009, 14:02 PM   10
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Another question (sorry!!!!)...

Normally Emma has 10 mins on one breast then we switch to the other. Can I still do this and then pump - or do I need to get her to do 20 mins on one breast (Not sure she'll do this...she 'falls asleep' on one then when I put her on the other, she'll start sucking again) so I can express from the other one after I have fed her?

Also - should I just pump in the morning and evening, or is it possible to pump after every feed? I feel really clueless about all this, I'm sorry



 
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