Re: New to pumping need advice please
it will get easier and easier to get away for an hour or so without baby, as baby gets better at being able to wait to eat and a little more routine. there's no need to pump and store 'just because', but it's definitely reasonable to want to take a couple hour break by yourself or with DH so you'll want some milk on hand. try to pick a time you know you can have 20-30 mins of no fussing. many moms have the highest production in the morning, so maybe right after a morning feed? it's normal to get 1-2 oz in a pumping session when it's adding on to full-time nursing, so don't get discouraged. you can pump just a couple days in advance of when you'll be going out, combine the milk (date it as oldest milk). you don't have to pump every single day, but if you do put in a regular daily pump you might eventually get more output at that session.
what kind of a pump do you have?
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