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#1 Shelly0

Posted 16 October 2018 - 08:40 PM

I need some guidance. I've been exclusively breastfeeding my 6mo son on demand. We've just started solids a week ago. I'd like to express mainly to maintain supply.
But also to build a stash for when I return to work in 3 months. I'm not too fussed about building a stash as much as im about supply maintenance.

When should I pump? How often? Should I do it when he has solids or at night?

He's just started sleeping for five hours. For the last two months it was every 2 hour feeds, day and night. Precisely the reason I bought a pump. Thought I'd had enough of bf at night as I thought he was waking up just for comfort at Boob. Nothing wrong with that but was very exhausting.

#2 Future-self

Posted 16 October 2018 - 08:51 PM

Is there a reason that you feel your supply needs to be maintained? Starting solids isn’t a reason that demand drops, breastmilk is still his primary food source until 1 so expect continued  feedings!

As for starting a stash, I’d simply express every night after O got him down for what would be usually a block of sleep. And then if I could and it worked out easily enough also, in the morning about 30 mins after a good feed. Not long, 5-10 mins each side .

Small bits can be put on the fridge over a couple of days and then frozen in a milk storage bag in a bigger amount. I did 50 ml bags. It sometimes took all 3 days to get to 50ml in my fridge stash, sometimes only 1 day depending.

Kelly mom has great advice on building a stash of expressed milk safely (she’s a lactation consultant) https://kellymom.com...ge/milkstorage/

#3 Shelly0

Posted 16 October 2018 - 09:00 PM

View PostFuture-self, on 16 October 2018 - 08:51 PM, said:

Is there a reason that you feel your supply needs to be maintained? Starting solids isn’t a reason that demand drops, breastmilk is still his primary food source until 1 so expect continued  feedings!

As for starting a stash, I’d simply express every night after O got him down for what would be usually a block of sleep. And then if I could and it worked out easily enough also, in the morning about 30 mins after a good feed. Not long, 5-10 mins each side .

Small bits can be put on the fridge over a couple of days and then frozen in a milk storage bag in a bigger amount. I did 50 ml bags. It sometimes took all 3 days to get to 50ml in my fridge stash, sometimes only 1 day depending.

Kelly mom has great advice on building a stash of expressed milk safely (she’s a lactation consultant) https://kellymom.com...ge/milkstorage/


Hey, thanks for that! Did you start pumping late as well?

As for supply, since last week, I feel like he's demanding fewer feeds. And I'm not ready to give up bf yet!! Lol holding on to it dearly

#4 Bereckii

Posted 16 October 2018 - 09:02 PM

IME you shouldn't need to pump to maintain supply. Continue breastfeeding on demand and your supply should maintain adequate levels for needs. Baby will feed less as solid eating increases, your body will adjust (and produce less), but should still be able to produce milk to meet needs as long as you continue to feed on demand (even when this drops down to only 1 or 2 feeds a day)

Two of mine were still feeding at 3yo. I didn't pump, just fed on demand. When their need was greater and they fed more (eg due to illness when appetite for solids dropped and need for comfort rose) my supply picked up. When they returned to feeding only once or twice a day my supply dropped back to fit in with that.

Re: building up a stash for when you return to work. I did this to provide breastmilk bottles for childcare. This did not work for us. DD would get upset as the milk was too strong a reminder that I was not there. So I stopped. She would not have any breastmilk while in childcare, but would resume breastfeeding on demand the minute I picked her up. It seems my supply was not upset by this program.

Congratulations on getting this far and good luck with your ongoing breastfeeding journey.

#5 PhillipaCrawford

Posted 16 October 2018 - 09:03 PM

Solids at this age is for taste not nutrition.
Offer breast first for proper food and then some fun tastes later.
I fed mine until 18 months, 21 months and 2 - and they were certainly eating solids from 6 months so no reason to think about giving up.

#6 Future-self

Posted 16 October 2018 - 09:12 PM

View PostShelly0, on 16 October 2018 - 09:00 PM, said:




Hey, thanks for that! Did you start pumping late as well?

As for supply, since last week, I feel like he's demanding fewer feeds. And I'm not ready to give up bf yet!! Lol holding on to it dearly
I returned to expressing after doing it early to ‘top up’ after feeds as Ds wasn’t gaining weight well as a newborn. Then I stopped for a while after that was mostly sorted and then returned to expressing- when he was 8 months I think?- to have extra in the freezer to make porridge etc and give me some freedom :)

There is absolutely no reason that he wound suddenly stop breastfeeding if there’s nothing else going on . It’s one of the hard parts of feeding on demand I think, to trust that demand. Sometimes it will be nuts as they have a growth spurt, aren’t feeling well or just want more comfort. Other times, they get busy , don’t  want touch as much , have got a plateau in growth for a few weeks etc.  It is hard to just go with it I know! After having such a poor feeder to start with I swear I couldn’t relax about whether we had the right demand supply going either.  But by about 7/8 months he’d taken to solids well, was still feeding on demand and I could relax a bit. I breastfed him until he was 2 in the end as an FYI

But starting solids should not interfere with bf as long as you’re not trying to substitute solids in place of milk. At 6 months It’s still have milk first and then offer other foods.

Edited by Future-self, 16 October 2018 - 09:13 PM.





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