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    Default How long should I pump for low milk supply?

    I have been instructed to pump 8-10 times a day (which is a different issue entirely!), for twenty minutes maximum, five-seven minutes minimum, by a lactation counselor. I just read a few places that said don't pump for more than X minutes without any milk. Some places said 3 minutes after the last drop, others said 5. So I am not sure what to do about that conflicting information? I cannot reach my LC until Wednesday, so I wanted to get an answer or opinion before then. If I only pump for a few minutes with milk, should I pump the full 20 without any milk, or should I do 3-5 minutes after the last drop? Please help, I really need to get my supply up! Thanks,
    Barbara

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    Default Re: How long should I pump for low milk supply?

    I've been pumping at work for 8 months. I always pump through 2 letdowns. It takes 15-30 minutes, depending on the day. Some days I'm more relaxed than others and it can take a little longer. Sometimes I even get 3 letdowns. Some people find they can letdown better through multiple letdowns if they power pump. 10 min. on/10min. off, repeat. Oh yeah, the key to increasing supply is removing more milk. The more milk you remove, the more milk you will make. That means more than time at the pump.

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    Default Re: How long should I pump for low milk supply?

    I pump 15 min a time but then also one 12 on, 12 off, 12 on session in the a.m. for low supply / poor milk removal on my baby's part.
    Nursed my sweet daughter 3 years, 3 mos.

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