When to pump??

Bernadette - posted on 06/11/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My daughter is 2 months old and I am planning on going back to work this week, It is just going to be for a little while as I need to make up more hours to get e.i. (why I don't want to give up breastfeeding, as I anticipate being back home full time again in about 2 months)
I will only be working one, maximum 2 days a week and only 3-4 hour shifts, while my husband is home. I want to try to schedule her so that she eats right before I leave and again when I get home, however want to leave a bottle with my husband just incase. I am not sure when to pump. Should I be doing this before or after I nurse her?
My breasts fill up aprox. every 3 hours and she quickly empties them within about 10 mins. I pumped a bottle once before while she slept through a feeding, and it took no time at all, however if I try to do it after feeding her it seems almost impossible.
I have no idea how to pump and store!!!

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Jenni - posted on 06/11/2012

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I would try pumping one side while she nurses on the other side during the morning nursing. Or pump right after your morning nursing. Try to fit one pumping in each day to increase your supply and work on that. Also, if you need to increase your supply for this, take blessed thistle, marshmallow (herb) and fennel to enrich and make your milk more plentiful. Found at health food stores. They come in tinctures or capsules. Fennel can be the seeds or bulb...added to foods. Or make fennel tea.

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