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how often should i be pumping my breast for milk? was told every 2-3 hrs. but i dont get much milk. any suggestions?

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:23 AM on Mar. 10, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • It depends on why you are pumping. Are you breastfeeding the baby or just pumping? Pumping for full time work, part time work, just for a rainy day?

    If you want more milk than your baby needs, then you have to pump efficiently. Feed on one side while you pump the other to take advantage of the baby initiated let down; make sure you have a right pump for the amount of milk you need; especially pump early morning between 4-8am when you produce the most, pump between feeds if you want to encourage more production (but not needed if you don't need a lot of milk); MASSAGE the breast to help the pump drain as much milk as possible; also learned to hand express so that you can compensate for what the pump can't get. The more efficiently you drain your breasts the better your excess production will be.

    Answer by amileegirl at 11:32 AM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • Remember nothing will EVER be as efficient as a baby at getting milk from the breasts. Some women can't pump at all and 1 ounce is normal output. Other women have much better luck with hand expression than a pump. Watch this video for technique  (it's for premies but the techniques are the same!).


    Answer by amileegirl at 11:33 AM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • r u only pumping? and 1-2 oz is normal output

    Answer by piwife at 11:47 AM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • If you are nursing, just nurse. Only pump if you are engorged or need to produce an extra bottle.

    Answer by mompam at 4:04 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

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