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    Default When to start pumping?

    We've been dealing with OS/OALD and I think we've got it under control but I want to start pumping soon. Is it going to make matters worse? Should I hold off longer? if so how long about?


    ~Meg~
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    Xander (01/19/07) nursed for 30 months
    Liam (12/12/09) still nursing through the night and in the mornings!
    Sebastian (7/29/12) my newest little nursling who graciously shares his milk with big brother!


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    Default Re: When to start pumping?

    What's your goal for pumping?

    I waited until baby was 4 weeks to start pumping & to introduce a bottle. My main goal was to get baby used to taking a bottle for when I was going back to work.
    Lynn
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    Default Re: When to start pumping?

    I want to pump for DS1 to have some now and then and to build up a bit of a stash for my best friend (practically my sister) who's due in May. She had serious problems due to the hospital she delivered at being retarded last time around so I want to have some milk ready if she needs it until we can get her going.


    ~Meg~
    Wife to Ray (09/07/07)and Mama to:
    Xander (01/19/07) nursed for 30 months
    Liam (12/12/09) still nursing through the night and in the mornings!
    Sebastian (7/29/12) my newest little nursling who graciously shares his milk with big brother!


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    Default Re: When to start pumping?

    I waited until Mason was 6 weeks to start pumping and introduce a bottle. I would pump once a day, usually after a morning feed when my supply was highest, and then freeze the milk. I now have about 100 oz. of EBM in the freezer! And this week while I was at work, I pumped way more milk than Mason drank at daycare and I have been able to freeze 16 more ounces so far!

    As for introducing the bottle... I know you didn't ask, but what I did was if I pumped 4oz. that day, I would freeze 3oz, and then offer 1oz in a bottle, just one time per day. That way if he didn't drink it, I wasn't wasting that much milk. He caught on fast, and we never experienced any nipple confusion or bottle preference (yet!)
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    Default Re: When to start pumping?

    If you think you have you OS issues under control, I would try pumping once in the morning after L's first session and see how that goes.


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    Default Re: When to start pumping?

    Thanks ladies I think I'll bust the pump out tomorrow and see how it goes


    ~Meg~
    Wife to Ray (09/07/07)and Mama to:
    Xander (01/19/07) nursed for 30 months
    Liam (12/12/09) still nursing through the night and in the mornings!
    Sebastian (7/29/12) my newest little nursling who graciously shares his milk with big brother!


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