having surgery....need to pump

by amberdove
(wyoming )

Hi my son will be about 12 weeks when I need to have a simple surgery, but I do have to be knocked out, so my Dr says to pump enough for 24 hours. Then I will need to pump and dump milk during that 24 hours...how do I know how much to pump? He is gaining 2 - 2 1/2 oz per day and going thru a spurt right now so I will need to wait a week ...then I only have 3 weeks...if I pump only once per day is that enuf?

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Sep 01, 2013
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No need to pump!
by: Lyssa

For the most part, doctors do not know the effect of medications on lactation.

There just haven't been enough studies, or doctors do not find the need to stay up to date on the information.

The Infant Risk Center is a fantastic resource of the most up to date information on what medicines are safe to use and what medicines you need to wait to clear your system and how long that takes.

Most doctors play it safe and just say 24-48 hours without even knowing. I strongly suggest you obtain the list of medication you will be given and call the center(you can do a simple google search for their number).

Usually, it is recommended that the mom is okay to breastfeed upon waking up from general anesthesia. By the time you wake up, the medicine has left the system enough to make it safe to breastfeed. If this is your only concern, then no need to worry about pumping and dumping.

But to answer your question, a baby usually eats 1-1.5oz for every hour between feeds. So that could mean leaving your baby 24-30oz of pumped milk. If you are unable to pump, you could consider obtaining donated milk from another mom.

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pumping with Reynauds

I pump exclusivley because my daughter can't latch, even with lots of lactation support.

I have Reynauds and have frequently seen the effects in my feet and hands, and I have horrible pain from it in my nipples, even with pumping exclusively.

I tried all of the other "remedies" and nothing worked so I am starting Nifedipine and am hoping that will work, the only down fall is that my blood pressure is already low so my doc is a bit nervous about how this will be effected by the meds.

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Nov 15, 2013
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Tough decisions
by: Lyssa

Breastfeeding is not always the best or simplest answer for every baby and mother. Sometimes there are problems that make it difficult or impossible. Reynauds is a very difficult condition. It is ver important to stay on top of the condition, symptoms, and monitor treatment.
It seems like you are working on a solution with your doctor and have tried several options already.

If you are unable to nurse, there are other options besides commercial formula such as donor milk from another mother, or making your own formula.

Whatever you decide to do, you are doing the best for you and your baby, and have done an amazing job!

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Alternatives
by: Anonymous

Another thing you may possibly do is hand express. I have similar issues and when I hand express, I don't have the same sensation as when I pump or attempt to breast feed. Good luck!

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Is pumping always nescessary

by Tina
(Bangalore)

Is it always necessary to pump milk by hand, manual or electric pump, or should we pump if we have a problem like mastitis or thrush? when do we start pumping if it is essential?

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Aug 13, 2012
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Breastfeeding and pumping
by: Zelda Behr

This is really a personal preference.

Some moms breastfeed and never pump others exclusivity pump.

I pump for 2 reasons, 1. if I have to leave baby with family and 2. when I'm away from my baby to prevent engorgement a drop in milk supply.

If you are going to pump do it in-between feeds.

Here are some more reasons to pump.

-Increasing milk supply.
-Going back to work.
-Giving daddy a chance to feed and bond with baby.
-To relieve engorgement.
-To help with fore milk hind milk imbalance.
-To reduce forceful letdown.

But I cant see why its a must so if you have no need don't bother with it.

Here is more on pumping and breastfeeding...

http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/breastfeeding-and-pumping.html

Hope this helps.

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Look for a pump that's easy to clean and assemble, what a great suggestion!

by Kendal

I loved your tip to find a breast pump that is easy to assemble and clean. It's important that you don't take too much time breast pumping so making the process faster by having easy assembly and cleaning is a good idea. If possible, practicing assembly before you purchase would be beneficial.

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cheap way to hands free double pump

Thanks so much for the hair tie idea! I was trying to come up with a (cheap!) way to hands free double pump at work and wasn't excited about changing bras every time I pumped! This is genius and extremely cheap to boot! Cheers for the idea!! :)
Problem solved!

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shouldnt breast feeding mom pump, to allow baby/dad to bond?

by Lu
(ohio)

Breadstfeeding parent has a pump but will not use to allow dad to feed. I find this very selfish.

Is it wrong for me to feel she selfish? The baby is 7 wks old n he has only fed her twice and he wants to feed baby. Again, I find this very selfish.

Plus, I feel this is very important time for dad and baby to bond to.








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