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Old 11-06-2009, 08:04 PM   #1
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Help from those who pump regularly...

Those who pump often and regularly, what's your schedule? What kind of pump do you have? I'd like to be prepared to pump after this little one comes just in case Lily (who is currently 10 months old) decides to wean before I give birth (some time in April). I still want to give her breastmilk from pumping either way until she's 2 years old. I hate pumping though so I really hope she doesn't wean but I want to be prepared.

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Re: Help from those who pump regularly...

It's been a while, but I used to pump once a day per feeding (ie. 6 feedings equals 6 pumpings about the same time apart). I have a double medela pump in style and I cut little holes in sports bras so that I could do other things while pumping (hands free).
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:21 PM   #3
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It's been a while, but I used to pump once a day per feeding (ie. 6 feedings equals 6 pumpings about the same time apart). I have a double medela pump in style and I cut little holes in sports bras so that I could do other things while pumping (hands free).
what a good idea!! That was one thing I didn't like having to do was hold the pump in place iykwim! thanks for the tip!
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Old 11-07-2009, 05:57 PM   #4
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Re: Help from those who pump regularly...

I pump everyday as I am at work...Right now, He wakes at 6 and eats one side while I pump the other. At 9am, 12pm and 3pm I pump both sides (about 15 minutes). I get home about 5 and he eats again at 6pm While he is eating one side I pump the other. It is kind of a PITA but I pump while he is eating becuase I don't always make enough while I am at work. I use a PISA.
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Old 11-07-2009, 06:49 PM   #5
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I have an Ameda Purely Yours. I like it as much as someone can like a pump. I pump at work 9am 1130am 2pm, then I pump the other side while DS nurses at about 330pm 5 or 6pm then once again at 11pm before I go to bed. You would think I have gallons of milk by now, but ever since about 4m I haven't been letting down for the pump like I should so I have to pump constantly to get the 8 or 9 oz for my work day.

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Old 11-07-2009, 07:43 PM   #6
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I was a exclusive pumper and pumped every 2-3 hours and used a medela lactina select.
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Old 11-08-2009, 02:11 AM   #7
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I WOH full time so I nurse baby at 5 am and then again at 7 am when I drop him off at daycare. I start my pumping day at 8 when I get to work and I pump at 8 and 10. Then I go nurse the baby at 12 and then pump again at 1 and 3. I also pump 1-2 times in the middle of the night. So, all total, I pump 5-6 times per day, and I pump enough to feed baby and to give some to the toddler at times.
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Re: Help from those who pump regularly...

I work full-time. I nurse the baby at 6:15 and pump the other side while he nurses, then we do a quick nurse at 7:15 on the side I pumped right before we leave for the day. I pump at 9:30, 12, and 2:35. I pump the other side while he nurses at approx. 4:15, 6, and 7:30. On the weekends and days off, I pump the other side every time he nurses when we're at home. I use a Medela PISA and I use the Easy Expressions hands free bustier while pumping at work.
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Old 11-10-2009, 06:58 AM   #9
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I have a Medela Pump in style and pump for stash and oversupply reasons only. I pump after the first morning feeding for the first 12 weeks. This is all I did consistently and banked 5-8 oz per day this way. We schedule our family so our nursings are very predictable. At any point that I feel like a breast is really full meaning that the new nursling would get a ton of foremilk I will pump 2 oz from each side first. I pump if the tiny doesn't nurse well at a feeding and I pump if I miss a feeding. I don't have to do much of this. With DS1 and DS2 I had 400 ounces in the freezer at 12 weeks. At 6weeks with DS3 I am sitting at about 210 ounces. Hope this helps and congrats on the bean.
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:13 AM   #10
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Re: Help from those who pump regularly...

OK, now what I need to know is how you manage cleaning/sterilizing your pump. How often do you clean? How do often do you sterilize? That has always been my frustration, how to manage that when pumping several times a day....
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