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Thread: Best time to pump/how long to increase supply

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    Default Best time to pump/how long to increase supply

    When should I pump if I want to increase supply? Is there a best time of day? For how many minutes?

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    Default Re: Best time to pump/how long to increase supply

    Your supply is the most plentiful in the morning, so ~45 minutes after the first morning feeding is a great time to pump. If you pump at (approximately) the same time every day, your body will eventually start making more milk for that "feeding". You can speed the process by pumping for 5 minutes after your milk stops flowing; that tells your body that the "baby" is still "hungry", and it will make more the next time around.

    It will do this at any time of day, however, mornings are the easiest time to add a session if you're trying to build up a stash (because your body responds to it the quickest at that time).

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    Default Re: Best time to pump/how long to increase supply

    I also added a session about 45 minutes after DD went to sleep at night for a longer stretch of sleep. I laid her down and took a warm bath to help with letdown and then pumped. In the afternoon I often nursed and then power pumped (10 minutes pumping, followed by 10 minutes break, then 10 minutes pump, for 1 hour. That helps to do a lot for a few days in a row as it mimics cluster feeding.

    I also pumped after ever nursing session for about 5-10 minutes, longer if DD didn't nurse well.

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    Default Re: Best time to pump/how long to increase supply

    Did you have any problems with there not being enough milk for your baby's next feeding if you pumped after a feeding? I bf about every 2 hours or more often during the day, and worry the time in between is not long enough to fill my breasts if I've pumped.

    What do you do with lo while you're pumping?

    For pumpings after a feeding, can I take 5-10 minutes to get lo situated and pump set up, or am I supposed to start pumping as soon as lo detaches?

    (Pumping on one side only is not an option, as one of my breasts is a major underperformer, and yields about one third of the other, not enough by itself to feed baby.)

    (I'm not really concerned with building a stash, just with increasing supply.)

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    Default Re: Best time to pump/how long to increase supply

    Having one underperforming breast is totally normal. I always pumped on both sides after feeding - with a double electric pump.

    Your breast never run out of milk. The more the breasts are stimulated, the more milk you make. Babies cluster feed to increase the amount of milk you have. So there is always milk available - it may take a little more time to get a letdown, but that is temporary. Your milk supply will increase quickly.

    I always had my pump set up when I was pumping often. 5-10 minutes to get situated is fine. I would nurse, then lay DD down for a minute, pump, often while holding her and supplementing if I needed to. You can pump hands free if you buy a special bustier or if you cut vertical slits in an old sports bra to slide the horns through.

    Are you sure you even need to increase supply though? What makes you think you don't have enough milk?

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    Default Re: Best time to pump/how long to increase supply

    How do you pump while holding an infant? When I put mine down to pump, he screams. if I hold him, he tries to detach all the pumping gadgets.
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    Johann, Born June 21, 2009 8lb, 7oz & 22in nursed until 2 years old
    Lydia, Born March 30, 2013 9lb, 5.6oz & 21.75 inches

    Nursed through hypothryroidism, IGT, and a SNS both times around

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