Sample breastfeeding and pumping schedule

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that mothers breast-feed their infants for at least 6 months, preferably 1 year or longer. If you must breast-feed for a shorter time, do so while slowly weaning your child to formula. If you must return to work but also want to continue to breast-feed, use a breast pump, pumping milk supply and save your milk for your infant.

Sample breastfeeding and pumping schedule
Sample breastfeeding and pumping schedule

When should i pump when breastfeeding

The two most common strategies for pumping are to add extra pumping sessions between feedings or to pump right after you have fed your baby. Both ways are beneficial, although the theory and reasoning behind them are different.

Adding extra pumping sessions gives you the benefit of extra breast stimulation to increase your milk supply. You also can choose times when your baby is not nursing, such as an extra pumping session after your baby goes to sleep at night, in an attempt to collect extra breast milk. Later, you can feed this breast milk to your baby.

The problem associated with this method is that it can be hard to find the time to add a pumping session. With all of the care a new baby needs, you might feel overwhelmed already. Having someone support you by helping to care for your baby’s other needs may give you that extra time you need.

Pumping right after you feed is the other option. This typically will produce less extra breast
milk, simply because your baby should have gotten her fill. However, if you are having a problem with a baby who is not transferring breast milk well, this might be the perfect option. This method might also require that you have help, so you can pass the baby
to someone else while you pump.

Some mothers actually manage to breastfeed on one side while pumping on the other. The plus here is that the baby helps to build your hormones and it can help you to pump more milk than you might have previously. The issue then becomes deciding whether you want to nurse on only one side per feeding, or whether you want to switch the baby and then pump during the feeding. Play with your strategy and see how your baby does or how much
breast milk you get when you pump, how to breastfeed and pump. You might also choose this method if you have one really sore nipple—use the pump on the sore breast and let your baby feed on the other.

When to pump while breastfeeding: How Long Should I Pump?

You might see a lot of arbitrary numbers when it comes to how long you should pump. Instead of paying attention to random numbers look at your needs and abilities. When are you pumping,breastfeeding and breastfeed? If you are pumping after breastfeeding, you might not need to pump as long as you would if you were pumping to get as much milk as possible. The general rule of thumb is to pump until you have not seen any droplets of milk for two to five minutes.

Some mothers think that being able to pump for five minutes is not worth the effort. This may be what time you have to pump. It is okay to pump for just five minutes. Even if you do not get a lot of milk, you will still be stimulating your breasts.

A typical pumping session lasts about 15 minutes a breast. If you’ll be pumping at work or in other time-crunched situations, you may want to invest in an electric breast pump that allows you to pump both breasts at once. Double breast pumps can cut pumping time in half.

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How to start pumping while breastfeeding

If you plan to breastfeeding and pumping routine and store milk for your baby (as opposed to offering your baby formula), the best time to pump is in the morning when your milk supply is most abundant. (You can pump throughout the day if you need to collect a lot of milk, but if you only need to stockpile the occasional extra serving of milk, then morning is the time to do it.) Example exclusive pumping schedule, Try to time your pumping session for 30–60 minutes after your baby finishes nursing. With any luck, this will be about an hour before she wants to nurse again.

You can store your expressed breast milk (EBM) in the refrigerator for up to eight days, in the freezer compartment of your refrigerator for three to four months, or in the deep freeze for six to 12 months.

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