Pumping sessions

Ashley - posted on 05/23/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hello! My son is 10 weeks old. I am going back to work in two days. My son currently is nursing during the day for two hours. I pump one time a day. I pump three hours after he has fell asleep at night. I normally get 8-12 ounces between both breast when doing so. My question is, when I am pumping at work, should I pump every 2 or 3 hours and for how long? When I pump at night and wait the 3 hours my breast seem fuller is why I do so. I will be working two 12 hour days and two 6 hour days / week.i do have a double electric pump by avent.

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Cheri - posted on 05/23/2012

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The best advice I got from others and it worked fine for me was to pump at your babys regular feeding time intervals and for about the same amount of time it takes him to nurse. Example if your baby nurses every 3 hours you last nurse at 7AM then leave you should pump at 10A, 1P, 4P etc and if he normally nurses for 10 minutes you should pump for that long each session.

The amount you pump is not of much importance as your milk is fit to his needs so don't sorry if sometimes you only get a few ounces and others you get lots more. He doesn't consume the same volume at each feeding but he does consume the right volume for the content of the milk. (Sometimes it can be intimidating if a child the same age on formula is eating a lot more formula but the amount he does get when he nurses is what's right for him and your milk) I hope that made sense.

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