when is the best time to pump?

Valerie - posted on 08/06/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I am a new mommy and am exclusively breastfeeding my 9 week old son. I'm pumping with pretty good results. 8 oz a day (I pump and breastfeed throughout the day). I've tried pumping at different times, ie: before feeding, and after. I've noticed that if I pump directly before feeding my son, naturally, I yeild more results in the bottle as compared to if I pump after feeding. But is my son still getting what he needs since he is eating after I pump? How soon after my son eats from my breast should I try pumping?

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Naomi - posted on 08/13/2012

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If you're having a problem with production, which it seems to sound as though you aren't, then pumping before shouldn't be done. However, pumping is recommended to be done after baby has been fed, because as your son grows his needs will increase and you'll not want to pump before to ensure not having put your pumped milk away and then pulling it back out. Once your milk is pumped and put into the freezer and not fully frozen before taking it out it can make baby not want it for the taste can be less then desired. So, it is really best to pump after you feed him.

Jo-Anne - posted on 08/08/2012

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Valerie, eight ounces a day is good work! I'm just wondering: lots of (most, in fact) mothers can breastfeed exclusively without ever pumping. Do you need to pump to increase your supply, your baby's weight gain, because you're separated from your baby from long periods of time or for another reason? The answer might make a difference. In general, though, pumping about 20 minutes after a feeding ensures that your baby gets lots of milk and your supply continues to meet all his needs.

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