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    Default FTM with pumping questions

    My LO is almost 4 weeks old. He usually feeds every 2.5 - 3 hrs by day and anywhere to 3 - 4 at night. I want to start pumping just to build up a little supply in the fridge so that DH can help with feedings or so I can run out to do a few errands and have DH feed him. I have a Medela pump in Style electric pump and a bunch of questions:
    1) If he only takes 1 breast, do I have to pump the other one immediately after? I'm just wondering b/c this is not something I want to do at 2am
    If I don't and LO goes 4 hours, the other breast gets quite engorged so I'm thinking I should??
    2) If he takes both breasts, do I pump both after the feeding or just wait it out until he only takes one breast?
    3) How long do I pump for? I have pumped only twice so far and usually let it go for around 10-15 minutes and get approx 2 oz. I have only pumped a single breast b/c he had just fed from the other. Is this the correct approach?
    4) I have no idea what setting to have the pump on? I read until it hurts a little and then dial it back slightly.

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    Default Re: FTM with pumping questions

    1) If he only takes 1 breast, do I have to pump the other one immediately after? I'm just wondering b/c this is not something I want to do at 2am
    If I don't and LO goes 4 hours, the other breast gets quite engorged so I'm thinking I should??

    I would pump the other breast most of the time since when baby only takes one side, I had a great opportunity to get some BM for the freezer from the "full side". Overtime, you will learn when you can not pump but still be comfortable.

    When I was trying to build up a supply since I was going back to work, I would pump whenever I had the time in between nursing sessions or when baby didn't "empty" me out. If I woke up early (rarely) or stayed up late (more likely), I would get a pumping session in.

    It doesn't sound like you are having to leave baby for long, if you pump once a day for a week, you will likely have enough for husband to manage. Then when you are gone - bring your pump.

    Setting - sounds like you got it. You have a good pump too.

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