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Old 03-31-2008, 10:42 PM   #1
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WHEN to pump?

Okay, im just a little confused by something the nurse at the hospital told me... she said I always need to pump AFTER the baby eats, so i make sure he gets enough milk... so now, i've only pumped when im so full it feels like im going to explode (twice now)...

when do you pump? how do i know that im not pumping it all out?


(if these are stupid questions, forgive me, im so new to this and have no one IRL to go to!)

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Old 04-01-2008, 12:29 AM   #2
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pump after you nurse and i would say about 10 mins on each side .. if you just keep pumping it will let down more .. i can get some better info on time for ya .. pm me if you need more info
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Old 04-01-2008, 12:39 AM   #3
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pumping after bub eats not only makes sure you're not taking away from what he'd eat but also helps your body produce more and build up your supply. If you want to pump a lot in short periods, once your supply is up you can pump on one side while nursing on the other.

Right now I only pump whenever bub isn't eating, like if I'm at work, that way it keeps my supply up and gives him EBM for the next day.
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Old 04-01-2008, 08:19 AM   #4
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If there are times when you know baby will only drink from one side, like a night feeding in my case, that's when I pump the other side to store. My DS also likes to sleep in his car seat after we get home from somewhere, so I pump when we get in the door and can expect him to sleep another couple hours while my supply replenishes itself. If he wakes up earlier than I thought, he'll just have to drink the milk I pumped.

I know most people have the most milk in the mornings, since baby hasn't eaten for so long, so pumping after you nurse in the mornings might get you the most you can get after a feeding.
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Unless you are having supply issues or want extra storage for when you are out or go back to work, you don't need to pump at all.

I pumped in the middle of the night only. DS would wake up between 1-3 am. I felt like I had 2 baseballs. Seriously, I'd be that engorged. I'd nurse on one side while holding a prefold on the other side. After he was done nursing, I'd go and pump the side he didn't drink from and get 4 oz. I put it in the freezer and had a nice supply.

When he was about 3 months old, I brought him into bed with me and nursed throughout the night, 2-3 times. I never had supply issues with him (as I did with ds#1).

Anyway, if you are going to pump, only pump AFTER your baby eats and right away. It will give your body time to fill back up before the next feeding. Whenever you empty your breast completely, your body compensates by creating that much and a little more next time. Whenever you don't empty it, your body compensates by making a little less next time. KWIM?

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Old 04-01-2008, 08:47 AM   #6
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Nurses often, OFTEN give really bad advice.

Why are you pumping? You don't need to pump, and in fact, it's best if you don't.
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Re: WHEN to pump?

when I was trying to buidl supply, I pumped first. baby is almost always more efficient than the pump so dd just had to work a bit harder. if she was still hungry, I could give her the pumped milk, but I rarely had to and it built supply quickly

i guess it depends on why you're pumping
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Re: WHEN to pump?

I would pump one side while your baby eats on the other, if you pump after your baby eats, it will build your supply, but you might not get much at all. if you pump before your baby eats, you will also build supply, but the baby wont get all the first nutrients. your baby will get as much milk as it needs, your body can produce more as your baby eats. so if you pump one side while your baby eats off the other, you can save some. and switch sides the next time. this worked awesome for me. I built an awesome stash in the freezer !
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I always found I got the most milk in the morning. I'd try to pump an hour or so after the baby had eaten or if they slept through the night before they woke up. PS the nurse was wrong the baby will get enough milk no matter what your body works on a supply/demand clock the more you demand the better it supplies!!
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I always found I got the most milk in the morning. I'd try to pump an hour or so after the baby had eaten or if they slept through the night before they woke up.
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