pumping 4 times a day since day 1?

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Registered: 09-14-2010
pumping 4 times a day since day 1?
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Thu, 12-09-2010 - 5:08pm
Has anyone else did this an howd your supply turn out?

This is how I did it before I found this bored an that there was a correct way to it. I pumpd 4 times a day an usually get 45+ oz a day. I'm 8 weeks PP. If I don't add more pumps will I eventually lose all my supply?
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-06-2010
Fri, 12-10-2010 - 11:48pm

I just slowly decreased to 4 pumps a day and only get 3-4 ounces each time (meaning 12 ounces a day).

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Registered: 10-26-2010
Fri, 12-10-2010 - 11:55pm

Yes, me. My supply is still great (infact, its better than before). My son is 5 months old right now.

I started EP'ing for my son 5 days after he was born. My son had latching issues and I was not able to pump at the hospital (no pump available) so I knew very little regarding pumping when I started. I had been told by the LC at the hospital that I would need to pump every 3 hours to build a supply and that I would also have to supplement since I'd be lucky to get a full ounce.

I got home and pumped 4 ounces. That first day I pumped 5 times and had a milk stash in the firdge already. The next day the same. I must have pumped 5 times a day the first week. Then, without even noticing I started pumping 4 times a day. I never did a middle of the night pump. I was getting 35-45 ounces a day.

When I went back to work full-time at 8 weeks I continued pumping only 4 times a day. Sometimes only 3 times a day (usually weekends its only 3 times a day). My supply has actually gone up since then.

In the morning (7am) I pump 25-30 ounces.
I pump at 11:30 am at work: 12-14 ounces
Pump again at 4:15 at work: 14-16 ounces
Pump at home around 9pm: 14-16 ounces

So, now I get anywhere from 65-75 ounces a day (when pumping 4 times a day). Usually I get 10 ounces less when pumping 3 times a day.

I think that normally yes, you supply would be damaged by not upping your pumps. I think you may have an oversupply issue like me though so you may be fine.

At this point I am not planning on dropping any pumps since I am not sure what will happen to my supply once AF shows up (I have a lipase issue so I cant freeze my milk so I dont have a stash. I could scald it but I am scalding-incompetent and always burn it so I have given up trying.)

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-06-2010
Sun, 12-12-2010 - 10:27pm

how long do you pump for? how the heck am I only getting 12-16 oz a day at 4 pumps a day? I am on week 13 and didn't drop pumps until week 9 or 10?

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-26-2010
Mon, 12-13-2010 - 12:38pm

I think every woman is different. I think I am lucky in that I am a high volume pumper and also seem to have high capacity breasts if there is such a thing. Even after 10 hours without pumping I only get slightly engorged but no leaking.

I pump for about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes every time I pump. And, every single time I pump I always wait 5 minutes after the last drop flows to stop (I've always done that from the begining). I am not sure if that has helped or not. I think that at this point it probably doesnt matter but I'd rather have an over supply (since I dont get too engorged) than having a supply issue later on.

I believe I remember reading though that if you're a normal volume pumper you shouldnt drop pumps until 14 weeks pp (I could be wrong - hopefully someone else can comment on that).

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-26-2010
Mon, 12-13-2010 - 12:41pm

I forgot to add that I also massage my breasts when I am pumping. If I dont the milk stops flowing quicker. When I starts massaging the breasts I usually get a couple more ounces out. I think it helps empty out the breast which is what you want.

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Registered: 10-10-2004
Wed, 12-15-2010 - 7:41am

I just had my jaw drop and have to say I am so jealous of you! I pump from 7am to 8am and get 4oz total, then again at 11am and get

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