how do new moms balance breast feeding & pumping??

Miranda - posted on 04/08/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I am trying to do it all - feed & pump for my almost 4 week old daugher. i am struggling to find a balance for having milk ready to feed her when she needs it while finding time & milk to pump for freezing...

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Belinda - posted on 04/10/2010

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Hi. I did both when I returned to work with my son. I pumped at work when he would of been due for a feed, and these were his feeds for the next day.

A few weeks before I returned to work I pumped a few feeds and gave him formula, just so I could build up a supply in the freezer for him. I also wanted to make sure he would take the bottle before I left him with mum.

Pumping after each time they feed is a great idea as it will increase your supply. I founf that I only lasted about 3 months at work and things started to dry up so to speak.

Maria - posted on 04/09/2010

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My daughters ped suggested I pump right after nursing her and that worked out great for me, I was able to store milk for when I returned to work and it helped me produce more milk for her. Since you are probably not producing as much right now you should start by pumping only once in the morning after you nurse her, then as your produce more you pump more. Hope it works out for you and good luck.

Mary - posted on 04/08/2010

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Kudos to you for breastfeeding while working. I can't imagine going back to work so early. I was lucky and had 12 weeks leave before going back. I pump after her morning feeding, and 3 times at work. Sometimes I would pump a 4th time before going home if I was running late...I tried to pump to make up for any missed feeding. I think being home a bit longer helped because by then I was overproducing and could put the excess in the freezer. You may also try asking the breastfeeding forum. It's not easy, but you can do it.

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Kara - posted on 08/22/2013

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Pump on one breast and nurse on the other it works great! I was having trouble stocking up on milk in anticipation of going back to work and I started doing that and am now getting about 4 oz every time. Good luck :-)

Jennifer - posted on 04/20/2010

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What I did was pump each time after my baby fed. If my baby fed for only 5 minutes I would pump 10. If my baby fed for 10 minutes I would pump 5. This was a great way to build my milk supply so I could start freezing my milk for when I returned to work.

Lisa - posted on 04/10/2010

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When I am trying to build up some extra for freezing I pump about an hour before I feed the baby. I always get the most in the mornings after I have had all night to build some up. Pumping right after I fed the baby never worked for me, if I was lucky I would mabye get an ounce.

Teresa - posted on 04/08/2010

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i found it easier to pump on one breast as my babe was nursing on the other breast. When they were that young they were satisfied with one breast at a time during feeding and the pumping was easier as i had my let down then. Night time is usually when your milk supply is at its peak. It will get tiring but it is a good time to try. Good luck and congrats on your baby girl!! :)

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