Re: EP - Growth Spurt Question?
You definitely hit on one of the big problems with exclusive pumping!
When you nurse, you can count on the baby to increase your supply by feeding more frequently, so the key to making EP work during a growth spurt is to pump more frequently. 10 pump sessions per day is a good start, but if you can slip a few more in whenever you have a free moment you will be rewarded with more milk.
A major challenge when EPing is washing up all the bottles and pump parts. My LC recommended leaving the pump set-up attached to the bottle, and popping the entire assembly in the fridge. She said it was safe to pump new milk on top of old 1 time before the pump parts needed to be washed again. I found it really helpful to have a large basin and throw all the dirty bottles into it, and do a major washing two or three times a day instead of being constantly at the sink.
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