Re: PLEASE HELP!! SO confused about pumping!!
Most people just pump both sides, even if baby usually only eats off one. It's a lot more efficient. And yes, I think most people will do a morning pump, both breasts, after a feed, to start the stockpile.
You really don't actually need a stockpile before returning to work - enough for the first day or two is enough. Anything beyond that is for your own psychological well-being. I'm not trying to downplay that - I wanted a stash too! - but you will need to pump enough at work every day to replace what he drank everyday, to keep up your longterm supply. The stash is for when you have a surprisingly low day, an emergency that prevents you from pumping as much, etc.
Pumping is stressful! Acknowledge that and give yourself a break
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