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can i start pumping at only 6 and a half months and be able to store it

with my first son i didnt leak or anything til i was in labor and with the second pregnancy it seems like i leak all the time can i begin pumping and store it til i have him.

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:25 AM on Mar. 8, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • Pumping is NOT a good idea until you are at least 37 weeks pregnant and even then it should only be done under the supervision of a HCP.

    Pumping, like breastfeeding, releases the same hormone that triggers labor. If you had been breastfeeding all through your pregnancy it might not be an issue but since your body isn't used to a certain amount of the hormone being in your body already pumping could put you into preterm labor and produce VERY strong and DANGEROUS contractions.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:45 AM on Mar. 8, 2010

  • "You can store it in the freezer (be sure to leave about an inch of space at the top of the container or bottle to allow for expansion of the milk when it freezes):

    * for up to 2 weeks in a freezer compartment located inside the refrigerator
    * for 3 to 4 months in a freezer that's self-contained and connected on top of or on the side of the refrigerator and is kept at 0° Fahrenheit (–18° Celsius). But be sure to store the milk in the back of the freezer, not in the door)
    * for 6 to 12 months in a deep freezer that's always 4° Fahrenheit (–20° Celsius)"
    but if you start pumping now your breasts will get used to it and you'll NEED to pump, and this is likely just a phase.

    Answer by SavanaF. at 3:13 AM on Mar. 8, 2010

  • you shouldn't pump before baby is born because the first milk that comes out isn't even milk it is colostrum and it's very important for baby to get that in the couple of days after birth. milk doesn't come in until a couple days after birth. pumping before birth could mess this up and you wouldn't have any colostrum for baby. i'm not sure about that but you could probably find some good info on

    good luck :)

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:30 AM on Mar. 8, 2010


    "As a lactation nurse I have to disagree with the earlier poster that a woman's body "only makes so much colostrum". Colostrum continues to be produced until at least 72hrs after birth, regardless of breast pumping before delivery. It can be very harmful to begin pumping too soon before labor actually begins because you can stimulate the hormones putting you into early labor. The only time we recommend to pump before delivering your baby is if you have gone post-dates and your practitioner has recommended this as one of the ways to help bring on labor. It is always best to ask your practitioner and/or a lactation nurse before begining anything new in your pregnancy for the safety of yourself and your precious little one! Hope this helps!!!"

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:37 AM on Mar. 8, 2010

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