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when is the best time to pump??

i bf my son who is three weeks old. i got a breast pump and used it for the first time today, my plan is to nurse him for the first year if i can but will have to go back to work in october so i was going to pump and store it in the freezer so that i would have plenty of backup for when i am not home, however today i pumped @ around noon, got out about 3 and 1/2 ozs form both sides combined i felt completly drained. when my son woke up for his after noon feeding at about 2 he was so frustrated because he was not getting much milk and then he wouldnt take the bottle!! what should i do? is there a best time to pump, also wondering what i can do to make more milk faster, so that if he wakes up hungry right after i pump i can feed him!! need some help thanks!


Asked by mrsmurders at 11:13 PM on Jul. 30, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I was always told first thing in the morning produces the most. You can also pump on one side, while you nurse off the other. It can be tricky, but you eventually find a way that works the best. And if you pump AFTER nursing sessions, you'll increase your milk supply which will give you a better output if you respond well to the pump.

    Answer by milfalicious08 at 12:46 AM on Jul. 31, 2009

  • It's probably best to wait until your supply is well established to try to pump. Pumps can also give you plugged ducts or infections and you don't want that right now. Getting 3.5 oz is a lot of milk for a first try. I don't think you will have to worry about having problems with being able to pump. You don't want to have problems like you had today and you don't want to introduce bottles or pacifiers until 6-8 weeks or older.

    Fresh milk is best for baby so you don't have to worry too much about saving up milk now. Now is the time to get your supply established. With a first baby your breasts actually grow more milk producing glands and ducts and become more efficient at breastfeeding.

    If you feel you must pump, do so after nursing.

    Answer by GailllAZ at 11:26 PM on Jul. 30, 2009

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