What if my baby wants to nurse right after I pump?

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asked Jul 23 in Baby/Newborn by Tijuanabound (1,200 points)
What if my baby wants to nurse right after I pump?

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answered Jul 24 by Minty (111,160 points)
If your baby wants to nurse or breast feed right after you pump you should let them.

The baby will nurse long enough to get some milk supply going and get the milk they need.

If you're pumping breast milk and nothing comes out you should continue pumping for a few more minutes as sometimes breast milk may eventually come out.

And pumping your breasts can help increase the breast milk supply as well.

For some women pumping the breast milk for 10 minutes can be enough although sometimes you may need to pump 20 to 30 minutes.

The recommended amount of breast milk you should pump per session is 0.5 ounces to 2 ounces.

You can and should pump every hour as pumping every hour can actually help increase your breast milk supply.

At work, you should try pumping every three to four hours for around 15 minutes a session.

This may sound like a lot, but it goes back to that concept of supply and demand.

Your baby takes in milk every few hours.

Pumping that often will ensure that you're able to keep up with their needs.

Pumping too much does not decrease the milk supply in your breast.

Your breast and body are always producing milk and even when you pump your breast dry of milk it will replenish itself with more milk.

The normal amount of breast milk to pump is anywhere between . 5 to 2 ounces (for both breasts) per pumping session.

2 oz of breast milk can be enough for most newborns per feeding.

Most newborns eat breast milk every 2 to 3 hours, or 8 to 12 times every 24 hours.

Babies might only take in half ounce per feeding for the first day or two of life, but after that will usually drink 1 to 2 ounces at each feeding.

This amount increases to 2 to 3 ounces by 2 weeks of age.

Although it's not recommended to mix morning and evening breast milk you can do so if you need too.

I have personally mixed morning and evening breast milk to feed my baby and they have been just fine.

Mixing freshly expressed breast milk with already cooled or frozen milk is not advised because it can rewarm the older stored milk.

It is best to cool freshly expressed milk before combining it with older, previously cooled or frozen milk.

Foods that increase breast milk supply are chicken, eggs, tofu, and seafood as well as vegetables, fruits, grains, protein, and a little bit of fat.

Your breast milk supply is the highest in the morning.

The highest milk volume is usually in the morning and the lowest is in the late afternoon or early evening.

Melatonin, which promotes sleep and digestion, can barely be detected in daytime milk, but rises in the evening and peaks around midnight.

Night milk also contains higher levels of certain DNA building blocks which help promote healthy sleep.

Breast Milk is the fattiest during the evening.

During the evening, babies often cluster feed, taking in frequent feeds of this fattier milk, which tends to satisfy them enough to have their longest stretch of sleep.

Breast milk is the most nutritious in the morning.

Although the Iron in your breast milk peaks at around noon; vitamin E peaks in the evening.

Minerals like magnesium, zinc, potassium and sodium are all highest in the morning.

Daytime breast milk can pack a special immune punch.

Overnight, your prolactin levels the hormone designed to support milk production are at their highest.

So, when your baby feeds frequently at night, the message to your body to boost milk supply is even stronger.

The volume of breast milk gradually decreases during the day, with volumes of breast milk produced being highest early in the am.

This is because prolactin (the milk production hormone) is highest at night while you sleep.

Breast milk or mother's milk is milk produced by mammary glands, located in the breast of a human female.

Breast milk is the primary source of nutrition for newborns, containing fat, protein, carbohydrates and variable minerals and vitamins.

Human Milk Composition. Breast milk is the best food for the newborn.

Human milk consists of 87% water, 1% protein, 4% lipid, and 7% carbohydrate (including 1 to 2.4% oligosaccharides).

It also contains many minerals (Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, etc…) and many vitamins.

Freshly expressed or pumped milk can be stored: At room temperature (77°F or colder) for up to 4 hours.

In the refrigerator for up to 4 days. In the freezer for about 6 months is best; up to 12 months is acceptable.

Breastfeeding can help protect babies against some short and long-term illnesses and diseases.

Breastfed babies have a lower risk of asthma, obesity, type 1 diabetes, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Breastfed babies are also less likely to have ear infections and stomach bugs.

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