Pumping Questions

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Registered: 08-04-2010
Pumping Questions
Wed, 01-04-2012 - 9:33pm

I am headed back to work on Monday, DS is 9 weeks old.

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Registered: 09-21-2011
Thu, 01-05-2012 - 1:31pm


Welcome! There is lots of good info here. Most women pump every 2-3 hours when they are at work. How long you pump sort of depends on how fast you empty out. It can even vary from day to day. For me, about 10-15 minutes is plenty to empty out the way I need to but I have a friend who needs much more time. More like 20-25 minutes.

You should absolutely continue to nurse on demand weekends and overnight to preserve your supply. The pump will never do as good a job emptying out the milk as your LO does, so this is very helpful for keeping supply up and preventing clogs.

As far as supply and demand, there is info about paced feedings online. I'll try to find and bump up. This is pretty important for your child care person to know so that they do not over feed your LO. If your child is going through a growth s;purt or something like that and you need to increase your supply, I found adding an extra pump session to be helpful. I would always send a little more milk than my DS needed before he was eating food too. I sent some frozen bottles to keep at the daycare or some extra fresh milk that I would freeze at the end of the day if it was not used.

HTH!! I'm sure others will have some suggestions.

Edited to add the links I finally found in one of Spencer's other posts!

Helpful links:
Australian BFing Association - Caregiver's Guide to the Breastfed Baby
Kellymom - Bottlefeeding the BF baby
Kellymom - How much EBM does my BF baby need?
LERon-line.com - Helping a Breastfed Baby Accept a Bottle
mother-2-mother.com - Refusing the Bottle / Alternative Feeding Methods

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Thu, 01-05-2012 - 2:13pm
I agree with everything the PP said, but just thought I'd reply and say welcome & good luck. I found that I too only have to pump for 10-15 minutes to empty out (basically the milk stop flowing into the bottle), but everyone is different. I think the frequency of your pumps is more important than the length of your pumps....so if you can only get in 10 minutes between meetings or something like that it's better than completely skipping the pump! I also found my pumping times each day changes based on when I last fed my DD before leaving for work, so you might have to be a little flexible with that too.....but it's really whatever works for you and your schedule. As for the weekend feeding schedule - I'd definitely feed on demand. I feed my DD on demand on the weekends and any days/times she's not at daycare (she's 7 months old today). Your DS might demand more feedings from you when not at daycare simply because he's craving your attention/closeness after being away all day and all that does is help maintain/build your supply. Hope your return to work goes smoothly! You've found a great group of women here!
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Registered: 11-29-2005
Thu, 01-05-2012 - 9:01pm

[waving] Hi B!!


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