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    Default How much to pump?

    I was just wondering what the best way is pump to get a feed off for my little one. I have been advised to pump an ounce off each time I feed, but this then takes the day to get a whole feed off. Is there a more efficient way, or less time consuming?
    Also how much should I leave for my little monkey for a feed when I leave him? At present I am leaving about 6 ounces, is this enough for a 15 week old?

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    Join Date
    Oct 2006

    Default Re: How much to pump?

    Most moms find that their supply is "best" first thing in the morning and pump after baby's first morning feed.

    Some pump on one side while baby nurses on the other side.

    How long are you and baby going to be apart?

    The general rule of thumb is baby needs 1 to 1.5 oz for every hour away from mom.
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    Join Date
    Feb 2006

    Default Re: How much to pump?

    I used to leave three 4 oz bottles of bm when I went back to work and had to take DD to daycare from about 7:30am to 4:30-5 pm. Sometimes I would leave 5 oz., but she never increased more than that in a single feed, even at a year old.
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    Default Re: How much to pump?

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