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Old 03-15-2013, 08:34 AM   #11
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Re: when to start pumping??

Thanks for all the feedback!!

Does this sound like a good plan??

1. Start pumping at 2 weeks old...ideally start with pumping one side while baby eats on the other side.
2. Introduce a bottle at 3-4 weeks old starting with one bottle a day to give him time to adjust.
3. By six weeks old, hope that he is willing to take a bottle through the night while I am at work.

Will working at night affect when I pump?? I work 3 12 hour night shifts a week. My employer has an excellent pumping policy, so I will be able to pump at work if I need to.

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Old 03-15-2013, 08:54 AM   #12
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Looks good to me, mama! Working at night shouldn't affect your supply as long as you are diligent about not skipping a pumping session. That's so great that your employer is supportive of you pumping.

Let us know how it goes!
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Re: when to start pumping??

You ladies have been SO helpful!! I really appreciate it. I will surely have more questions after the baby gets here. Unfortunately, I have no family support on pumping and going back to work, so I love that ya'll are willing to help!!!
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I think pumping overnight will yield you great results once you return to work! As another mama said... supply is highest in the overnight/early morning hours, so if you can take advantage of that 3a-5a time to pump, you should produce a lot then.
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I started pumping at 2 weeks, although not very consistently. Have yet to introduce a bottle at 5w. I'm thinking of having DH give a bottle a day starting around 7w or so. I'm slated to head back to work after 9 or 10 weeks.
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