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    Default How to pump

    I have been breastfeeding my twin girls for 6 weeks and would like to start pumping to store milk for the future. Like when I go back to work in June and when I need/want to go out and leave the girls with grammy. I was wondering exactly how to start storing/building up enough for when I leave. I just have no idea how much they are going to be eating. I pumped earlier on and was syringe feeding when they were first born. I just don't seem to get a ton out. Maybe like 3 ounces or sometimes 4 if I'm really lucky. This is usually first thing in the morning. Throughout the day it's less. Is this a good amount? I just feel like it would take all day to pump enough to leave for one feeding. Any info would help. Thanks
    Olivia and Lilliana
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    Well, this is what I did recently before I went back to work... I would feed my son in the morning, then pump both breasts right after his feeding. I would freeze whatever I pumped in the Lansinoh bags, even if it was only 2oz or so. (Lay them flat in the freezer so they don't take up as much room!) I only pumped once per day (1) because it's a pain in the butt for me to pump and (2) I didn't want to cause oversupply issues. My son did start daycare and is currently only drinking 2oz. in his bottle at a time, he is fed about every 1.5 hours. Anywho, when I came back to work I had about 100oz of milk stored up in the freezer by pumping just once per day for about 4 weeks. Whenever you leave your girls with their grammy, just defrost some of what you have stored for their bottles. HTH!
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    Thanks for your response. That helps out lots.
    Olivia and Lilliana
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    I totally agree with Buff. Pump what you can, freeze it and before you know it, you'll have a stash. By June, you should have a really nice amount.

    This milk calculator on www.kellymom.com was really helpful to me.

    Jessica
    Fancy Momma to the Divine Miss M, 2/15/07 BF'ed for 17 months!
    Currently TTC Baby #2


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    I also have a hard time getting much out when I pump! Watching this video helped a ton:

    http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastf...roduction.html

    BTW, I have twins, too -- age 3 -- and their 5-yr-old big sister. Good work! Six weeks is a really hard age

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