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  1. #1
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    Question Starting to pump - confused

    nak
    I had been manually pumping with an Avent ISIS but only getting 1-2 oz. My LC suggested to try a double electric so I got a PIS. I have not used it yet but am trying to figure out when to pump. I need to get some ready because LO goes to a sitter starting Monday. I just don't know when to try an squeeze a session in, without increasing my supply too much. I just about have an OS issue figured out, and don't want to go back to where we started with that. I know I've heard to try to pump in the morning but do I feed DD first, and then pump, or what do I do?

    Also, the last few night she has slept 6-7 hours but during the day, she wants to eat about every 3 hours, give or take a half hour or so. Should I be getting up then every 3 hours to pump if she's not waking up to eat? If so, and I get up to pump say at 4, and then she wakes up at 5, will there be enough for her to eat and feel full?

    Any help is great. TIA!

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    Default Re: Starting to pump - confused

    I would pump first thing in the morning after you BF your LO and then maybe try to pump each time after BF'ing. I also get up to pump once in the middle of the night now that my DS sleeps through the night.

    I wouldn't worry about not having enough to feed your LO if you pumped an hour before. The pump is not as efficient as a baby and your breasts are never truly empty. I have fed my DS right after pumping and he may have to work harder at first to get a let down but he's never gone hungry.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Starting to pump - confused

    nak
    So if shes eating every 3 hours when awake but sleeping 6-7 at night, should I get up to pump?

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