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Postby wannabmommee » Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:06 am

...should we be pumping to keep up supply? My little girl is only a month old, she does well on the breast, but since I'm going back to work full time, I wasn't sure how often we should still be pumping to keep up our supply.

Should I only be pumping while at work when she should be on but isn't? Or should I ALSO be pumping at home after each feeding still??

It's so time consuming to pump in addition to breast feeding if she's doing well...but then again I don't want to dry up.
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Postby Rubyru » Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:20 am

You may need to pump in addition to the feeds she misses when you are at work as pumping is not as efficient as baby, but you can always pump one side while you feed off the other to save time, it can be a little difficult but you get used to it and you do not have to do it all the time. You may just have to see how it goes, start with the extra pumping and drop some as you work out what works for you.
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Postby jessm » Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:35 am

I pump 3x at work. While I don't always pump enough at work, I always have enough for him when I am away from him. I would say get as much in your freezer stash as you can before you go back to work. You should pump at the same times every day, so your body knows its time to pump.
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Postby Andrea22 » Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:12 pm

Sounds like pp gave good advice about how much & when. As for freezer stash i had a 1000oz or more of frozen milk stored up, I was so proud of my liquid gold stash!!

Unfortunately, I had the problem where when I froze my milk & defrosted it it had a soapy taste. My son refused to drink any of it. I was so upset I had a freezer full of wasted milk & ALOT of wasted time!! I don't think many people have this problem, however I just thought I'd mention it si u could do a trial along the way b4 u have 1000oz stashed!!
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Postby fodla » Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:24 pm

I would try to pump every 2 hours for 20 minutes.
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Postby jessm » Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:57 am

You will get to know your body as you pump. For example, I get 3-4 letdowns per pumping session. After that, I can pump until the cows come home and I won't get any more. So I can pump in about 15 minutes. You should change the suction while you are pumping, start our with a higher suction, go down and back up a couple of times. That will mimic how baby nurses.

Like PP said, definitely test your milk for the soapy milk issue. I know if you have that you can scald your milk before freezing and it should be good.
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Postby rkegreen » Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:56 am

When I was off on Maternity leave I would pump a few times. Be careful when you pump as you could end up with over supply.

But now back at work I pump on my breaks. It depends on when I take them as I can feel my girls fill with milk and then leak. (yes 3 months later and still leaking alot) So sometime I pump at 945, others at 1030. And I get all of my milk it about ten mins.

Like Jess, I could pump and pump after but will not get anymore milk.

I then go home at lunch and nurse her.

Then I pump again about 315-330ish, and nurse her again at 5. Your body will tell you when it is time to pump. I normally feel them swell up and it is like...oh boy go pump!

Sometimes on the weekend I will still pump in the am after I nurse her to get out all of my milk or for a bottle later in the day.

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Postby fodla » Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:11 pm

Andrea22 wrote:Sounds like pp gave good advice about how much & when. As for freezer stash i had a 1000oz or more of frozen milk stored up, I was so proud of my liquid gold stash!!

Unfortunately, I had the problem where when I froze my milk & defrosted it it had a soapy taste. My son refused to drink any of it. I was so upset I had a freezer full of wasted milk & ALOT of wasted time!! I don't think many people have this problem, however I just thought I'd mention it si u could do a trial along the way b4 u have 1000oz stashed!!


That sounds like excess lipase. http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/milk ... essedmilk/
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Postby thirdtimesacharm » Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:24 pm

I've nursed three babies; #1 for 13 months, #2 for 12 months, and #3 for 24 months now. Pumped for over a year with the last two, rough! I only pumped at work. During times when i felt like i needed extra (freezer stash was low, baby was demanding more in her bottles, etc) i would add a 3am pump session. I always got the most milk at 3-4am!

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