How many pumps

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Sun, 08-26-2012 - 9:04am
Hi, I am the mom of 8 week old twins..I have just began to ep b/c one twin has reflux, which makes her impossible to nurse...so now both are getting the bottle..my questions are these: after 12 weeks, how many pumps per day should I have on a month to month basis, how often do I drop a pump, and what is the max number of pumps per day I should aim for for the rest of my ep'ing time? I know every woman is different but I would love some guidelines...I see that some women only pump four to five times a day, so I was wondering how they got there and is that enough pumps, especially with twins? Thank you so much!! Sorry to ask so many questions!
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Registered: 05-09-2012
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Sun, 08-26-2012 - 10:19am
Hi! I have 5 month old twin girls (3.5 months adjusted) and I pumped every 3 hours for the first 12 weeks, about 7 pumps a day. Except at night, I would go from 10:30 to 4:30. I am still pumping every three hours for the most part, but I go up to four hours if I need to be flexible. I pump at 5:15am, 8:30, 11:30, 2:20-3, nurse at 6, last pump is 9:15 at night. 5 pumps, technically 6 with the BF, and i never experienced any loss with the pump decrease I usually go 20-30 min each pump. I also take Fenugreek (6 pills/day) and drink Mother's Milk tea. What really helped me with pumping is having the girls on a good schedule, we followed a modified version of 12 hours by 12 weeks old. I know this doesn't really answer your questions, but I thought hearing what another twin mom does would help. It does get easier once you get into your set routine. Good luck!
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Registered: 05-09-2012
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Sun, 08-26-2012 - 7:51pm
I tried bottle feeding them while I pumped by propping them up on air plane pillows, one on each side. Sometimes they would kick the pump bottles though, but over all it worked well. Otherwise I tried to pump stung their naps. They sleep 9pm to 6am, eat at 6, back to sleep 7-9:30am. Eat at 10am, nap 11:30 to 1:30. Eat at 2 pm, nap 3:30-5:30pm. Eat/nurse at 6pm, eat again 8:30, then bed time 9pm. They basically go 4 hour hours between feedings and I pump as soon as the go down for their nap.
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Registered: 04-13-2012
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Tue, 08-28-2012 - 12:40am

My LO turns 5 months tomorrow and for the last month and a half I've been pumping 3x a day at 6 am, 2 or 3 pm, and 10pm.  The first few weeks I pumped every 3 hours, then every 4 and by about 1 month PP I was pumping 5x a day, then by 2 months I was doing 4x a day and held that till 3 1/2 months. I used to get 40-45oz a day at 4x a day, but since going to 3 I usually only get 33-36oz a day, which is much better for me.

I didn't follow any of the silly guidelines about not dropping pumps before 6 or 12 weeks or whatever. I was going crazy pumping that much, so I decided to drop a pump. Everytime I have dropped a pump it has made EPing that much easier. I can't tell you how easy it is to only do 3, 10 to 15 minute pumping sessions a day and have more than enough milk for my LO.

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Registered: 10-14-2010
Wed, 08-29-2012 - 1:45pm
If you decide to drop pumps, which is totally understandable as EPing is tough, not to mention with twins, I would recommend being cautious about it and doing one at a time and waiting a few weeks in between (probably what you were planning on anyway). I had not yet found this board and dropped to 6 pumps a little too early (around 11 weeks I think) and then took a big supply hit and had a tough time building my supply back up, which I found to be very stressful. Some ladies like the previous poster are really lucky and can drop pumps sooner, and you may certainly be one of them. However, I found that I had to stay at at least 5 pumps a day until around 8 months pp. I took a small supply hit each time I dropped, but by 8 months I had enough stored that I was ok even if I didn't produce as much as she drank, and her milk consumption decreased around 9 or so months when she got up to 3 meals. When I was down to 3 pumps, I only got about 18 oz on a good day, which was much less than the 30+oz I got at the beginning of pumping. I wish I could have been doing 3x much sooner (it is soooooo much easier!) but I never would have made it to the year mark without needing to supplement. I hope you are one of the lucky ones who can drop a little early, and kudos to you for pumping for twins! I can imagine it is crazy! Good luck!

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Registered: 10-14-2010
Thu, 08-30-2012 - 10:44pm
I always tried to stay around 120 minutes a day, so the pumps got longer as the number of pumps got fewer. It was hard enough pumping for one, so you get extra credit for pumping for 2!

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