Yesterday, 11:23 AM
If you have an abundant supply, it's best to avoid pumping for now, because that will only increase supply further. If you find yourself very full and need relief, try hand expression which does not stimulate as much. If you can hand express into a clean bowl, then you can save that milk for later. In any case, unless there is some urgent need to pump (like an imminent separation or some medical reason to pump), it's best to really focus on nursing in the early weeks and establish the nursing relationship, let your supply regulate (usually the oversupply calms down after the early weeks), avoid issues with bottle preference, etc. Once that happens if you want to save milk for an occasional bottle, a lot of moms do find they have the most supply early in the morning as littlecavemomma says, so that's a good time to pump a bit for freezing. Keep in mind that if you are only going to be apart from baby for a few hours, baby will only need a few ounces, so really not much need to pump a lot for an occasional bottle. Also, you can pump any time it's convenient, the breast is never empty so even if baby wants to nurse right after you pump, there will be milk in there - at most baby may want to nurse a little longer or a little sooner the next time.