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  1. #1
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    Question Do I have to start now?

    Hi! Im going back to work the third week of January (which is in roughly two weeks). I started pumping at the beginning of this week: once in the am, once during DD1's naptime, and once before bed. Im making at or more than 12 ounces (which is how much my then 7 week old will need in an 8 hour period?) in three pumping sessions. I started pumping just to see how much I could make; knowing that I can do that, (make the 12 extra ounces in a day) do I have to continue pumping or can I just wait until I go back to work? It should be said that I will not be working consecutive days--I do 8 hour shift work in the evenings and midnights and my days are spaced out.

    I've dropped the third pump session (cause its exhausting and such a hassle!) and Im just doing one in the morning and before bed for now and freezing it or letting DH have a bottle feeding once in a while. So maybe just keep the two and pick up the third (or more) as needed when I return to work?


    Thanks

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    Default Re: Do I have to start now?

    I didn't with both of my kids. I just waited until I started working to start pumping. A couple days before I'd start so I'd have enough for that first day and then I just pumped enough for the next day. Of course that meant I didn't have a stash to fall back on in emergencies, but depending on how much your output is you might be able to do both. It's really up to you. I wouldn't pump too many times a day in addition to nursing or you could create an oversupply problem. It's different when you are pumping instead of nursing.
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    Default Re: Do I have to start now?

    with PP. I would try to drop that second pump session, keeping your morning one. If you pump three times in your 8 hr work day, you should make plenty of milk for the next day. What I noticed with that routine for me was I kept making that "extra" feeding once I went back to work - the extra am pumping session, plus the three times he would have nursed during the work day. I ended up w/ a lot of extra milk in the freezer such that we almost had to buy an extra freezer
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    Default Re: Do I have to start now?

    Ok great, thanks! I will probably just hold off until a day or two before work then I do have OALD/OS(?) on my left side and it had gotten better, no more leaking, choking, etc, and since I started pumping it came back a bit I was hoping I would be able to start closer to work and my body could regulate then instead of starting now; God is cool like that! Thanks for the feedback

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