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Old 08-29-2007, 11:24 AM   #1
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away from lo for a day? pumping ??

I will be away from my 7 week old for about 24 hours...how often and how long should I pump (he has no schedule for feeding yet either!).

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Old 08-29-2007, 11:29 AM   #2
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Re: away from lo for a day? pumping ??

when I first returned to work after my boys were born (w/ both I went back at 6 w) they weren't on a schedule much, either, as I nurse on demand. I would just pump when I would feel the need. Your body knows your baby even better than you think you do, and will let down when it feels it's time, or so it went for me. Also, make sure you can pump before going out. I have a PIS that I love, but when DH and I went on a week vaca from our kids this summer (DS was 16 months), I took a small Gerber pump I'd never used before to help limit our luggage. It didn't work AT ALL for me. I was beyond miserable for the first two days of our trip. I was finally able to hand express enough out in a hot shower to get some relief, and then my body started to adjust, too. But anyway, try your pump out first (if you haven't already) to make sure you're good to go. As for how long, I always pump until nothing is coming out to make sure I got all the hind milk and stuff. With my PIS it took about 10-15 minutes.
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Re: away from lo for a day? pumping ??

Your baby is way tinier than mine (11 months) but I started pumping almost 3 weeks ago because I am going away for the weekend (this weekend!)

I am by no means a pumping expert, but from what I know you should pump for at least 20 minutes. I nurse my baby on demand (he is not on solids yet) so I really don't have time between nursings to pump. What's worked best for me is to nurse him from one side and pump from the other. Good luck!
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Old 08-30-2007, 07:23 PM   #4
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Re: away from lo for a day? pumping ??

Are you going to pump so he has some EMM to eat while you are away? If so,start now by pumping for a few minutes (5-10) after a few feedings a day. Since you don't know exactly how much he'll eat, it would probably be good to freeze in smaller (3 ounces ??) size portions so none gets wasted. Personally, I would want, oh.... 12-15 feedings worth before I left. So, 36 to 45 ounces of EMM stashed.

When you are gone, You want to pump enough during the day for what your baby will be eating. So, probably, if you can, plan to pump every 3 hours. (maybe not so much at night, but, at your baby's young age, i wouldn't go more than 4 w/out pumping).

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Old 08-30-2007, 07:40 PM   #5
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Re: away from lo for a day? pumping ??

Thanks for the response-I've already started freezing milk and have enough! It can never hurt to have extra frozen milk though!

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