I had a few questions about pumping. How long do you take total for your pump breaks? How much do you normally pump?
A little background... I am asked a lot, by friends and coworkers or classmates, you only need 10 minutes to pump, right? no... Well, I use as much time as I can. I find when I have ten minutes, I get almost nothing for the first 5 minutes!! Is this normal? Then maybe 2 oz total if I have 10 min. If I go for 20 of 25 minutes or more, I have more let-downs and can sometimes double (or triple) output. For the long work day: 15 min before the start, then later: a 20 minute break (5 minutes to get where I need to go & back, 5 minutes get parts out/put away), 10 min (give or take, or as much as possible) actual pump time; I use my whole lunch break, as much time as we get (30 or 40 min) to get food, take back, eat while pumping. My schedule is different daily. Sometimes it seems like I can't get a good output, especially on days when I only have 5 or 10 minutes to pump (on the 3-5 hrs days, baby always wants a bottle). Any tips would be great.
Also, Any tips on setting up faster or getting more output fast at the pump? Thank you in advance for any feedback to all pumping mamas