I am going to have my baby in 3 weeks and I plan on pumping after my milk comes in on the oposite side that I am feeding in order to increase my milk supply. Is it good for my 3 year old? Does it have the same protective bennifits for him?
That would be fine for your 3 year old! You want to watch out for bringing in too much milk. It can cause a lot of problems for mom and baby. Take a look at the info here: Oversupply
The best way to increase your supply is to nurse more frequently. Take a look at some of the pros and cons of pumping to increase supply at Why (and Why Not) to Pump
My advice would be to exclusively breastfeed for the first 3-6 weeks, and then just pump once or twice a day. If you pump one side and nurse on the other first thing in the morning that may get you most of what you need!
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