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Thread: length of pump time

  1. #1
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    Default length of pump time

    Like a few previous posters, I wonder for how long I should pump. With my one-month-old daughter, I pump after almost every feeding. That pumping usually lasts only a few minutes before no more is being extracted. Then i wait a few more minutes just to make sure. When I pump in the morning before she has fed, I can get about 1 - 1 1/2 oz out of each breast in about 5 min then nothing more (my midwife has me on some medicine to increase my supply). Should I keep on pumping for another 10 min if nothing more is coming out?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: length of pump time

    you may find it helpful to take a break and then pump again. I've heard more frequent pumpings is better than long pumping sessions.
    Lynda
    Tree-hugging, queer-loving, liberal, feminist Mommy to L August 2006


  3. #3
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    Default Re: length of pump time

    I would go ahead and pump the 'empty' breast because its the request for more on an drained breast that will drum in the messege. Its not bad to take a break and then resume again either, but do pump on the breast for at least ten minutes after your baby is done.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: length of pump time

    Thanks.

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