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    Default When To Start Pumping?

    At what point did you start pumping in order to build up a stash?

    Last time, I was in the NICU with DD1 and my milk didn't come in for 4 days. So I was pumping to stimulate and to supplement the formula they were feeding her. We went on to EBF for 17 months.

    This time, my colostrum came in within 48 hours and my supply has now settled (was quite engorged / leaky for the first week). We're doing well.

    If I start pumping now, will it influence my supply (i.e. I'm not looking to increase, just maintain)? We're only 11 days in - should I wait longer?
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    Default Re: When To Start Pumping?

    If I were you I would wait a little longer.

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    Are you planning on going back to work? I'm a little confused. I thought I had to have a stash of milk to return to work and I ended up throwing out 200 ounces of milk and donating many more ounces. If you are returning to work all you really need is enough to get through the first day and then you pump that day for the next day and so on. I got extra milk everyday and froze it to get all the extra milk.
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    No, I have a year off. However, I like having a stash for the days that DH / family needs to take care of DD2. I don't like not having a back up, just in case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*amysmom View Post
    No, I have a year off. However, I like having a stash for the days that DH / family needs to take care of DD2. I don't like not having a back up, just in case.
    In that case, if you are ever engorged, you can hand express a little or pump a little for comfort and save what you get. Or pump a **little** in the morning. Like part of an ounce and save all that you get. That way you are not going to wind up with over supply. I would only do that until you get a few ounces. In case you have to be away unexpectedly. If you will have to be away and you know in advance, you can plan for that ahead of time and pump leading up to the day and also pump while you are away to replace what you have used up. I still don't think it will be completely necessary. Just do it a little at at time so you don't over produce.

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    Default Re: When To Start Pumping?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*amysmom View Post
    No, I have a year off. However, I like having a stash for the days that DH / family needs to take care of DD2. I don't like not having a back up, just in case.
    How awesome to have a whole year off!!!

    Anyway, if I were you, I'd wait... after I had Mason, I waited until he was 6 weeks old before I started pumping and teaching him how to take a bottle. At that point my supply was nicely evened out, so I just pumped once per day, after his morning feeding, usually around 8am-ish when my supply seemed to be the highest. And then I would keep 1 ounce of it in the frig (to practice giving him a bottle later in the day) and freeze the rest for my stash. I went back to work when he was 10 weeks old, and by doing what I described to you I had somewhere around 100 ounces in the freezer. HTH
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    I just have to say that I feel for you American Momma's out there who don't get maternity leave. Here in Canada, we get to take a year off via our Employment Insurance program. It's not like it's free, we pay into it while we're working. But I cannot imagine the hardship of going back to work early or trying to financially work it out in order to stay off for a year. I wish you all had the same support.
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    AMYSMOM-- we "financially work it out to stay home for 6-8 wks average. It's really unheard of to stay home a year on "maternity" leave if any of us Am Moms do it's more thN likely that we quit and will return to the workforce later. Family Medical Leave Act states we gave mandatory 6-8 wks off without pay and a guarantee of our exact position when we return. If there's a medical condition that prevents this return then paperwork signed by Dr is required and "a position" with same pay but no guarantee of our same one back. If were paid while on leave it's usually a situation of unused accumulated sick days once they're gone there's usually no pay.

    I had 35 days accumulated sick days so I'm returning @7wks post partum. (paycheck uninterrupted) I also had long term disability INS which pays me 65% of my monthly income while on leave....so that's extra $$ in my pocket. I use that to pay hospital bill and dr bills. Not everyone has this insurance or accumulated sick days. They're the really unlucky ones. ;(
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    Default Re: When To Start Pumping?

    I'd wait too, pumping is alot of work. there is cleaning the pump and then cleaning the bottles ect..baby is much beter at removing milk then the pump.
    maybe start with hand expressing a few times a week just for a bottle or two.

    I found that the more kids you have the more trouble it is to get out the door its easier to just stay home.

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    Default Re: When To Start Pumping?

    I agree with waiting a bit. Unless you start to notice your supply decreasing, you should totally go exclusive breastfeeding as long as you can. It's better for bonding with your little one, and like someone mentioned before, there's little to no clean up involved in breastfeeding.

    It is nice however to have those backups in the freezer ready and waiting.

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