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    Default New to pumping and have questions...

    Hi! I plan on buying the Medela Harmony hand pump because I read it is a good one for occasional pumping. I am just getting over an oversupply issue and I don't know how to pump to build a supply without bringing my oversupply situation back. Also, I don't even know where begin. Do I pump immediately after she nurses? When and how often should I pump to build up a little supply? She is currently nursing only on one breast per feeding every 2-3 hrs. Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: New to pumping and have questions...

    I'm not as well versed on OS so I don't exactly know but is there a time that she sleeps fairly consistently? Is so maybe an hour or 2 into that time you could do a full pumping. I don't know if pumping after feeding is a good idea if you block feed.
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    Thanks for the quick reply. During the day she takes short power naps and occasionally will sleep for about 2 hrs but I never know when that will happen. The only time she sleeps for a long stretch is at night for 5-7 hrs. So, should I pump maybe once during the night? Seems like a pain to wake up and pump, but if it's the only/best way then I'm up for it. )
    Last edited by @llli*mwb82411; November 5th, 2011 at 02:30 PM.

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    Default Re: New to pumping and have questions...

    Thanks for the quick reply. During the day she takes short power naps and occasionally will sleep for about 2 hrs but I never know when that will happen. The only time she sleeps for a long stretch is at night for 5-7 hrs. So, should I pump maybe once during the night? Seems like a pain to wake up and pump, but if it's the only/best way then I'm up for it. )

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    Default Re: New to pumping and have questions...

    How old is baby?

    If you don't need a stash, don't pump. Moms with OS really run a risk of creating a monster if they pump a lot.

    That said, I found that random pumpings were OK. I always had enough for baby, and I was able to collect 2-4 oz here and there so I had some but never re-created the insane supply problems i had had. But with baby #1, I never used any milk. It was a total waste of effort on my part.
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