Yesterday, 02:44 PM
Did you nurse your first two children or were you also EPing?
For most mothers who are working on "bringing in" a normal milk production when only pumping, this is wrong. Pumping has to replicate what a newborn typically does. Newborns typically nurse 10-12 times OR MORE in 24 hours. Of course, many of these sessions are not all that productive, but they are still vital. So, the bare minimum typically suggested for exclusive pumping in the first two months (approximately) is 8 times in 24 hours. After that, 6 times MAY be ok. It depends on the mom. Diferent moms, different breasts, make a difference. Some mothers need to pump more often than others, just as some need to nurse more often than others.
If you possibly can, Yes and Yes.
But you are not trying to get more milk per session, or rather that is a secondary concern. What you are trying to do (always, but especially at this critical period) is tell your body that there is a hungry baby and so it needs to step up milk production so you can make enough milk over all. Right now, your body is being told there is about half a baby, not a whole one, if you see what I mean. Your body is not going to want to make more milk than that half of a baby needs. So, your body should respond to more frequent milk removal by making more milk overall. If baby cannot nurse, you do that by using a pump or hand expression (or both) to mimic how a normal healthy newborn eats at the breast, which is very frequently both night...