how long to pump?

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Registered: 01-04-2009
how long to pump?
Fri, 10-30-2009 - 12:16pm

How long should I be pumping? I pump about 3 to 4 times while I am at work but only for about 10 minutes each pumping session. I get from 3 to 4 oz each time. Should I be pumping longer? Is that a low amount to be pumping each time? I pump until no more milk is coming out.


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Registered: 03-25-2003
Fri, 10-30-2009 - 1:45pm

I only pump until i get no more milk as well - after doing breast compressions...

My situation is different since i only pump once a day - so it's for 20-25 minutes during my 6 hr work day and i get my full 12 oz all in one sitting... (which is a lot for




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Registered: 06-25-2008
Fri, 10-30-2009 - 2:44pm

I usually go closer to 15-20 minutes. I almost always have another letdown around 12-17 minutes in and I get a lot from that extra one.

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