I am completely new to pumping and am wondering and have so many questions!
Thanks in advance for taking the time to read this...
I just started to pumping for 2 reasons. One - to prepare to go back to work (probably in another 8 weeks) and Two - so that my husband can feed our daughter once a day (baby is 4 weeks old). She took to the bottle easily (phew).
I was initially pumping (using Medela In Style double pump) for 20 minutes after the first feed in the morning. I was able to get about 3-4 oz total each time and have a little stock pile in the freezer. When my husband feeds the baby once a day with the bottle, I pump. Last night I got 4 oz out of each breast. Is it ok to stop pumping after feeding in the morning? And just continue pumping when baby is being bottle fed? How long should I pump for?
I am also wondering if I need to sterilize the pump parts and bottles after every use? I have the microwave steam bags and have been using immediately after pumping to clean. Is this necessary? Or will washing with soap and water suffice for daily use?
Also is it imperative that I clean immediately after pumping?
When I go back to work, I will be pumping more than once a day - will I need to fully clean between each pump?
Thanks in advance for any advice!