Re: Need Start-up Advice
I would wait a couple more weeks before starting to pump. Maybe it is due to my experience with oversupply, but I would hate to see you over-stimulate with the pump and end up making too much milk, getting engorged and that whole mess. You have plenty of time, so I would wait just a little bit longer.
You didn't ask about storage, but in case you don't already know, here are some tips on EBM storage when trying to build up a freezer stash. You should freeze your milk within a couple of days and once thawed it should be eaten within 24 hours. This doesn't mean that you will have to store dozens of 1oz bags/bottles of milk, because if you cool the milk thoroughly in the refrigerator you can add it into an already frozen bag/bottle. Just be sure to write the date of the oldest milk on the bag/bottle and keep track of how much milk you put in there. Don't rely on the measurements on the sides of the bag/bottle because the milk will expand and the measurements on the sides of the storage bags are useless, fresh or frozen. Freeze containers with a variety of ounces so you can pull out exactly how much milk you need.
Good for you, thinking about this ahead of time. I waited until the last minute, very focused on fixing my oversupply for 2 months, and then I had less than 2 weeks to get my first work day's milk.
My little man was born 12/17/2010.
Baby girl was born 4/30/2014.