Yesterday, 11:07 AM
I thought I had already heard every ridiculous way someone can undermine a nursing mother. Apparently not.
I have heard of power pumping, if you mean pumping several times over a short period of time (aka cluster pumping.) If this is something you have the time to do, ok...but if you did it for say, an hour per day, that would be as much time pumping overall as if you pumped for 15 minutes after 4 nursing sessions, or twice for 30 minutes between sessions etc. I think any pumping plan needs to work (be reasonably convenient) for mom in order to work. If cluster pumping works better for you, then do that. I also do not think you need to do the same thing everyday, in other words, you can change it up as life dictates. But I do not think anyone can tell you whether or not one of those would be "enough" to maintain production or better than pumping for a shorter period more often. I cannot tell you if 2 times a day as I suggested is enough, too much, or just right. It was a suggestion I made in keeping with the fact your baby appears to be gaining normally so there does not appear to be any issue with production yet.
I really do not remember, except I tried everything usually suggested over and over. I also had learned how to help baby latch better in general from an IBCLC. One side was 'shield free" well before the other. I tried to get him to nurse without the shield several times a day, but I do not think at every nursing session.
As far as gain, what is your...