I read the posts in this forum all the time, and yet I still feel like I don't know anything. I can't seem to get on a regular pumping schedule with DD. I try to pump twice when I am at work, but it's hardly ever at the same times. I don't even have a regular work schedule, really. On Wednesdays and Friday, DD and I go to a mom's group until 11:30, then I bring her to daycare. Every other day, she is there by 9. On days when I drop her off at 9, I nurse her before I leave. Sometimes I pick her up at 230 or 330, other times at 4. I usually try to feed her when I pick her up as well. And on days when I work 9-4, I try to go to the daycare at least one other time to feed her. (I figure this way it's less that I have to pump.)
I'm having trouble finding time to pump at home. I have four other kids at home, plus my hubby. He says I should look at my pump time as 10-15 minutes to myself away from the hustle and bustle. I guess my question is when should I pump? Should I do it right after DD nurses, or should I wait 15-30 miutes before I do it? I know everyone says there will always be milk there if DD wants to nurse after I pump, but I'm like any other mom who worries that there won't be. And if I do pump after she nurses, is this going to increase my supply, and will that be good or bad?
My goal is to be able to have four 3-oz bottles to send to daycare each day. I don't have a freezer stash at all. I just pump what DD needs for the next day, which is somewhat stressful b/c I never feel like I have enough pumped.
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