Help with Pumping Schedule?

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Registered: 07-30-2008
Help with Pumping Schedule?
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Sun, 05-02-2010 - 8:11pm

Hi, I have a 3 and a half month old and will be returning to work as a teacher when my daughter is 7 months. I am wondering about how it will work pumping at school. I have never had a great supply. I do not supplement but take fenugreek and think I just make enough to feed my daughter. I have managed to store some breast milk by saving aprox an ounce a day since she was about 4 weeks old.

Being a teacher I have a fairly limited schedule and was hoping I could get advice about when to pump. I will feed my daughter around 6am, and drop her off at daycare at 7am. My schedule is like this:

7:00 Drop off at daycare
7:30 Arrive at work
8:00:9:30 Class
9:30-9:45 break
9:45-11:45 Class
11:45-12:30 Lunch
12:30-2:00 Class
3:00-3:30 Pick up at daycare

I was thinking of pumping at my morning break, even though I really have 10 min, not the full 15. Is it better to pump for a short time than not at all? Also, I will pump at lunch. Should I pump after school at 2, even though I will pick her up an hour to hour and a half later or should I just pump at noon and feed her at 3:30?

I was told to leave approx an ounce an hour, or 3 3oz bottles while at work. Does that seem right? I have a question about that though. If my daughter gets a bottle at 9, noon and 2, will she be hungry and ready to breastfeed at 3? Should I tell my dcp a schedule of when to feed my daughter or should she be watching the baby for hunger signs? Does 9 oz seem to be the right amount knowing my work schedule? Right now she does not seem to take big bottles and gets full after a 3oz bottle.

Also, I don't pump that much. I've pumped in the middle of the night after not feeding her for 4-5 hours or so and I get 3-4 oz. I have a feeling I will only pump 4-5 ounces at work which will obviously not be enough for her at daycare. I have heard some women pump after feeding their baby in the morning for extra milk, but I have tried doing that and I get less than an ounce so that may not really help.

What would be the best pumping schedule for me in your opinion? Any advice would be great! I'm sorry if I rambled a lot in my post, just so many questions!

Britt

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Registered: 08-02-2006
Sun, 05-02-2010 - 10:01pm

Welcome!!


First, as far as what she needs, I think starting w/ ~9 oz is good.

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