Need Expert Advice

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-28-2012
Need Expert Advice
Sun, 12-02-2012 - 11:12pm

Hey Ladies! I need a little expert advice. I have been e-pumping for about 7 weeks and currently out produce my son. I was up to eight days in the fridge and had to start freezing. I currently pump 3-4 hours depending on the day and my boy’s mood. J I get at least one between 12 and 6. I am going back to work soon and am hoping to completely drop the night pump and extend my daytime to 4 to 6 hours. I would hate to see my production drop dramatically decrease or experience serious engorgement. Any suggestions on how to make the change?

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-27-2012
Mon, 12-03-2012 - 5:08pm

Everyone person is different but here is my experience:

I was in the same situation as you, going 3-4 hours and once I went back to work, needed to space it out more 4-6 hours. I was lucky, and did not see a decrease in my output - in fact it went up a few ouces. I made sure I pumped a little longer at each session and drink a lot of water and eat oatmeal cookies. For the first couple of days, i had a little engorgement, but it went away.

Good luck

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Registered: 01-27-2003
Tue, 12-04-2012 - 2:46pm

I would start spacing out the pumos before going back to work. See how that goes, but I wouldn't drop a pump at the same time. If you start to see a decrease you may have to return to your schedule before you spaced them out. You may have no issues at all, but start slow and don't do both changes at the same time.


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Registered: 11-03-2010
Fri, 12-14-2012 - 11:15pm
Your supply doesn't really start regulating until about 12 weeks. I think mine did at about 10. I would keep the night pump at least that long. Make sure your total pumping time is over 120 minutes for the day. Also, as you space out pumps, you need to watch for the foremilk/hindmilk balance. You will still get a lot of milk in the first part of pumping, especially going longer between pumps. But it will be the thin foremilk. For me, if I went 3 hours between, I pumped 20 minutes, then for each 30 minutes, I added another 5 minutes of pumping. So at 4 hours between, I pumped for 30 minutes, and 5 hours was 40 minutes. I have drawn the line at 40 though, and don't pump longer than that, even though my schedule is now about 4 hours between.