I am a first time mom with an 11 week old son. I started pumping using an electric pump when he was around 4-5 weeks old. The original information I read said not to double pump more than 15 minutes a day, so this has been my goal. I don't have a lot of output yet, but I see the link for maximizing production so I will look at that today.
I am wondering a couple of things. One is how do other moms find time to pump? I am alone with baby most of the time and never feel like there's an ideal time to pump. I am always afraid he will get fussy or wake up or want to eat, etc. as soon as I start. I have pulled it off a couple of times, but most days I try to wait for my husband to get home and then there is so much to accomplish in the evenings that I often forget. I just moved the pump station to a tv table next to my bed so I can try to have more frequent access to it. Any tips? Is it OK to pump right after nursing? Or will my supply be lower then? I usually try to wait a while after nursing, but my baby is a frequent eater so that often doesn't work out well.
Another thing I am wondering, assuming I find the time, is whether it is OK to pump more than once a day at this point. Is the initial 15 minutes/day rule for my nipples to adjust? Or my milk supply? I never feel overfull/engorged except first thing in the morning after baby, sleeps multiple hours. In fact, I often wonder if I am producing enough milk. I have large breasts so it's hard to tell how much is in there, but my baby has several wet diapers per day, so that is the standard measurement for getting enough milk.
I feel like there are a million resources out there, but it's hard for me to find computer time with an 11 week old. I have also completely run out of extra funds for things like books, or I would buy one. I do own several books already and many of them have info on breastfeeding, but not many have info on pumping. I'd love to hear your opinions.