Pumping Question

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Pumping Question
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Sun, 04-11-2010 - 9:16pm

My daughter is 12 weeks old now and I'm able to stay home with her until she's 7 months, when I have to go back to work as a teacher. She'll be in daycare from 7-3 or 3:30. Since I will feed her I am guessing at 6 and then again by 3:30, how many ounces of milk do I need to leave her? She'll be starting solids by then, so I am unsure of how much she might need?

Also, when should I pump at work? I have to be there by 7:30. Here is my schedule:
8:00-9:30 class
9:30-10:45 Break
9:45-10:05 class
10:15-11:45 class
11:45- 12:30 Lunch
12:30-2:00 class
2:00-2:45 Prep

I will only have literally 8-10 min to pump at my morning break. Should I pump then if only for 10 min or just wait until lunch to pump? Is it better to get a 10 min session instead of nothing at all? Also, if I pump at 12:30 should I pump again right after school at 2:00 or should I wait since I will be nursing again at 3:30? Just trying to imagine what my pumping routine might look like when I return in August since my breaks are pretty much set and not flexible. Thanks!

Britt

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Registered: 09-10-2009
In reply to: bb80
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 9:45pm

I'd personally suggest pumping at both your break and your lunch. A short pump is WAY better than no pump at all. Do you know the trick that you don't have to wash your pump horns out between pumps? Just toss them in a ziploc and throw them in the fridge and reuse. Just wash well in the evening.


How much she'll need per bottle depends partially on how many feedings she'll be taking at that point. Remember that breastmilk is more concentrated than formula so you won't need the huge bottles that your friends with formula babies may be giving. Here's a nifty calculator that helps you figure out out: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/milkcalc.html.


Also remember to stick with the slowest flow bottle nipples for the entire time you nurse. Those faster nipples are only for formula babies, which a few exceptions.


Hope that helps!

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In reply to: bb80
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 9:52pm
Thanks, I was thinking that a short pumping session would be better than nothing. Also, if I'm pumping at 11:45 (not at 12:30 as mentioned in previous post) should I pump again at 2 if I'm planning to feed at 3:30 or just pump at 11:45 and wait until 3:30? Thanks.
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Registered: 09-10-2009
In reply to: bb80
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 9:54pm

It could go either way. If you find you get enough milk with just the two pumps, stick with that but if you find you need the third pump for output purposes, then that would work too.


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In reply to: bb80
Mon, 04-12-2010 - 10:51am

I W&P as a teacher, so I can relate. :o)

I would definitely plan to pump at your morning break, even if it is a short pump. Quite often, pumps earlier in the day yield more than the ones later in the day, so you may get a decent amount in a short time and it will help stimulate supply, even if it is only 8-10 minutes. If you don't pump then, you would have a very long span of time between the 6-ish feed and your first pump at lunch, so I do think it is important to pump even if it is just a short session. I'd also pump at lunch time.

As far as the 2:00 prep goes, I would plan to pump at that time for the first week or two at least and see how it goes from there. You'll have a better feel for how much milk you are getting and when DD takes bottles at daycare. If you end up with extra milk, then you can freeze it, which is always nice. :o) Even if you pump at 2:00, DD will be able to get plenty of milk at 3:30.

My DD was about 7 months old at the start of the school year and I found that she was following the rule of thumb "an ounce per hour."

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Registered: 07-30-2008
In reply to: bb80
Mon, 04-12-2010 - 1:27pm

Thank you for that advice everyone. Good to get another teacher's input as well. So after I pump I can just put the horns in the fridge and express more milk into the milk that was already refrigerated? Or do I have to put the pumped milk into containers before pumpin again?

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Registered: 09-10-2009
In reply to: bb80
Mon, 04-12-2010 - 1:31pm

When I W&Ped twice a day, I always brought four milk containers so pumped into fresh ones. I don't think it's necessarily wrong to pump into the milk that's already there. I just found it easier to go in with an empty set of bottles.


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