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    I work 8 days on, then 6 days off. would there be any need to pump on my days off? what about at night? when pumping during 10 -12 hour shift i pump 4-5 x & get total of about 20 - 25 oz daily. should i be throwing in that night pump i've been reading others do, too? son is 7.5 wks, takes ~2 oz every 2 hours. i'm away from him 11 - 13 hrs at a time when working. i also work swing shifts. one set will be evening, the other will be overnights. would the night pump be included with the overnights or just when i'm sleeping?

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    Default Re: pumping on days off?

    Normally the goal would be to pump as much as your LO is drinking when you are gone. It sounds like you are doing fine at that, so I personally (and I don't) wouldn't add in extra pumping times at night or when you are off.

    Is your son sleeping through the night? I am hoping that someone who does night shifts can chime in on this, but I would guess that you should pump on the swing shifts like your LO would be eating normally at that time.
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    Happynifer works nights and only pumps while at work. I think I would only pump while away from baby and I'd try to pump as close to whenever baby normally nurses. If baby doesn't nurse overnight, then you get a pass unless you notice you are full and it's bothersome.
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    Default Re: pumping on days off?

    He does not sleep through the night. We were getting 2x3 hour stretches in between but now that I've been back to work thats not the least bit reliable! Getting a pass would be nice, though!

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