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Thread: BF & Pumping--how long after I BF do I pump?

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    Post BF & Pumping--how long after I BF do I pump?

    My LO is 4 wo on Friday. I want to start pumping, so when I do leave the house my husband can feed the baby. When I was in the hospital-after I gave birth, the nurses told me to pump within a 1/2 hour of BF--my friend also gave me the same advise.

    Well today was my first day pumping--I fed the baby and then pumped on each side for 15 minutes--with small results--barely a 1/2 ounce on each side. Can anyone confirm (or deny) that this is the correct way to pump? I do not go back to work until late December--but I would like to have a supply of milk that I can store in the event that I am out and hubby or granny needs to take over.

    Thank you for your help!

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    miles from nowhere

    Default Re: BF & Pumping--how long after I BF do I pump?

    It sounds like you are doing fine! It's normal to get only a small amount when you first start pumping, especially if you are pumping after nursing. It will increase with time.

    Your milk production is usually highest in the morning, so that is a good time to pump. Also, if your baby misses a feeding (because she sleeps through a usual feeding time or whatever) you can pump then, too, and probably get a larger amount.
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    Join Date
    Jan 2006

    Default Re: BF & Pumping--how long after I BF do I pump?

    Some info from kellymom...
    "When pumping to increase milk supply, to ensure that the pump removes an optimum amount of milk from the breast, keep pumping for 2-5 minutes after the last drops of milk. However, adding even a short pumping session (increasing frequency but perhaps not removing milk thoroughly) is helpful."

    Kimberly Mommy to Landin and Avery


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    Join Date
    Feb 2008

    Default Re: BF & Pumping--how long after I BF do I pump?

    I found it helpful to pump in the a.m. (after babe's first feed of the day) and at night after babe went to bed.
    I'm Wendi.
    Mom to:
    DD1 7/28/07 for 21 mos and weaned with
    DD2 12/16/09

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    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    SW Ohio

    Default Re: BF & Pumping--how long after I BF do I pump?

    I don't pump very much anymore, but when I do, I always try to pump as soon as possible right after nursing. That way there is still plenty of time (at least a couple of hours) for my milk to build back up before my LO wants to nurse again.

    IRL all my friends call me Buff, Wife to CB since 10/11/2003

    Mom to DD - "MJ" born 9/2007 @ 8lbs 10oz, 21.5" She's 6 years old!
    My journey nursing MJ started HERE, but we got through it and she breastfed 19.5 months, self-weaned on 5/17/09

    Mom to my current nursling, DS - "ME" born 10/2009 @ 10lbs 1oz, 22.25" He's 4 years old! And yup, he's still nursing.

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