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Old 12-19-2007, 05:58 PM   #1
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How essential is pumping if you miss some or all of a feeding?

I work occasionally for short periods at a time out of the home (2-4 hours at a time) and sometimes I might miss half a feeding or once in a while a whoe feeding. How critical is it that I pump, and when would be a good time to pump? I find it hard to know when to pump other than right after a morning feeding because when I get home sometimes I feed him right away and feel pretty empty or I've missed a feeding and it's almost time for the next one. Anyone know? I don't want to affect my supply but I also feel like missing one feeding every once in a while doesn't really matter and I could just skip it.

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Old 12-19-2007, 06:04 PM   #2
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Re: How essential is pumping if you miss some or all of a feeding?

I work 5 hours occasionally and don't pumpor sometimes pump after I put ds to bed-it doesn't seem to affect my supply. This happpens once a week or less. Don't know if that helps at all.
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Old 12-19-2007, 08:56 PM   #3
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Re: How essential is pumping if you miss some or all of a feeding?

If you are only going a few hours between, I wouldnt worry about it. Especially if you have already established a good supply.
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Old 12-19-2007, 11:33 PM   #4
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Re: How essential is pumping if you miss some or all of a feeding?

I've been working all night friday nights and pump while I'm at work, but then I sleep through a feeding Saturday because I'm so exhausted. So far no supply issues... although it always makes me nervous to skip feedings.
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Old 12-20-2007, 06:03 AM   #5
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Re: How essential is pumping if you miss some or all of a feeding?

Since you said it is only occasionally, you really don't need to stress yourself out over it. If you want to pump to build up the freezer stash go for it. But missing a feed and not pumping on occasion is not going to effect your supply.
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Re: How essential is pumping if you miss some or all of a feeding?

How old is your babe? How do you know that you are missing a feeding? I work outside the home as well for short periods of time and since it was so short, I never pumped...I just nursed before I left and when I got back but dd was 6 months when I started this. She liked it though cause I always came home with giant breasts, lol.
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Old 12-20-2007, 09:45 AM   #7
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Re: How essential is pumping if you miss some or all of a feeding?

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How old is your babe? How do you know that you are missing a feeding? I work outside the home as well for short periods of time and since it was so short, I never pumped...I just nursed before I left and when I got back but dd was 6 months when I started this. She liked it though cause I always came home with giant breasts, lol.
He's 8 weeks. I miss a feeding when he cries or shows hunger cues before I get home and my DH or in-laws give him a pumped bottle.
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