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I have an established bfing relationship now, I think. It's finally settled and DS doesn't choke as often etc etc.<br><br>
I'd really like to build up a milk bank just for personal use. I have milk tray for freezing and bags and everything and a great electric pump. I don't need to express, but I'd love to one night sleep longer than two hours, or go to a movie, or whatever and have DH give a bottle.<br><br>
I am risking DS going on a nursing strike if I do though, cos feeding is still tough for him and a bottle will be all too enticing for him.<br><br>
But that aside, it has been a real battle and I don't want to mess it up by pumping and then my body replacing that and it all being too much for DS again. Is there a way to do this effectively?
 

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No doing it once should be okay, but you are still regulating, so try to avoid skipping. You will probably be very engorged, so you will need to wear breastpads.<br><br>
There is no need as when you do start breast feeding you will have plenty so don't fret all will be fine.
 

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the actual pumping, if it's in addition to what you're feeding your baby, shouldn't mess with your supply. but if you start giving bottles here and there, then you may end up nursing less, which could impact supply. if you subsitute nursing sessions for bottles, that's when supply could be affected, but it's not guaranteed to be a problem at all. you might have plenty of milk. if you feel your supply is dropping, offer the breast more or add more pumping sessions if you want.<br><br>
when i was pumping for an extra stash to return to work it actually increased my overall supply. good luck!
 

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an increase in supply is what i fear. i have had oversupply, esp foremilk and ds couldn't comfort nurse. i'm worried it will increase or generally mess with my supply, engorging me again or creating a confusion in my body.<br><br>
how does one do it effectively? i was thinking you'd pump for the freezer once a day for a while, which would increase my milk supply temporarily. then on the day we use the frozen milk, i be sure to pump also.<br><br>
would that be about right?<br><br>
has anyone had oversupply initially and managed to eventually express effectively?
 

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i had oversupply, and it really took my ds getting older for it to all work out. since i had to pump to prepare for work anyway, pumping helped us. pumping a big bottle in the early hours of the day made eating easier for him when he was hungry. he still didn't comfort nurse, and he went some days at daycare w/out taking a bottle at all, preferring my boobies (whew!) because he was refusing some bottles, i chilled out on work pumping here and there, still pumping some, but not enough to replace every feeding, leaving me w/ a decent enough freezer stash for peace of mind, but never feeling under the gun to pump. (i was totally under the gun to pump with my first and definitely no over supply then - each situation had its own challenges.)<br><br>
i'm off work for the summers and a woman in my area recently put up a request for milk on mdc. i was able to give her 20-30 oz w/out any concern at all, and that was a great feeling. w/ over-supply it only takes a few minutes of pumping each day to give you relief, tone things down for your babe, give you a comforting stash, and maybe even help someone else out. once your bf-ing feels more established w/ your babe, skipping pumping sessions shouldn't bother him/her, i don't think, b/c an older babe can handle more milk. my baby is a finger sucker of his own accord, since comfort nursing didn't work for him. he loves it when i carry him and he sucks his fingers, and we still get great snuggles!
 

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thanks, zenma <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. Maybe I'll start and just make sure i pump at the same time each day to keep it all even. i'd love to donate, too (i seem to be a cow!).
 
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