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Thread: Timing of pumping

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Los Angeles

    Default Timing of pumping

    I am currently pumping once a day, so that my husband can give one bottle a day to our daughter (6 weeks old) - usually the 11pm "dream feed". As of now, I pump while he is giving the bottle. I am wondering if it would be ok to pump after I feed DD at bedtime (9PM), so that I don't have to wake up to pump while my husband gives the bottle.
    Or is it imperative that I pump more or less precisely when DD eats?

    Thanks in advance for your advice!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2006

    Default Re: Timing of pumping

    At 6 weeks, if nursing is otherwise going really well, and you're not having any trouble filling that one evening bottle, I see no reason why you shouldn't pump right after you nurse at 9:00. Just be a little cautious. If skipping at 11 pm nursing or pumping session results in you going >6 hours without removing any milk from the breast, there's a good chance your fertility will return. And if you suddenly feel like you're struggling, then IMO it makes sense to go back to what you were doing before.
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