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How long can you go with out a pump?

So our insurance will cover a pump after my deductible is met but it wont be met until after labor and delivery... So how long can I go with out a pump? Would it be a good idea if I got a manual pump in the mean time... Also I will be returning to work as soon as the dr ok's it... Any advice would be greatly appreciated... Im a first timer here I couldnt feed my DD breast milk cuz she got sick and i listened to others stupidity cuz I thought that was the cause... But I really  want to try my hardest and succeed this time around...

by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:04 PM
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isaacsmommy68
by Bronze Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 8:57 AM

I didnt pump for the first 2 weeks. Back to work at 11 weeks.

gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Mar. 5, 2013 at 11:12 PM

If L&D meets your deductible, get the pump after delivery. You don't need it till two weeks before you go back to woek. Pump once a day and store. You need 1 - 1.25 ounces per hour you're away, and really you only need enough for your first day back. Each day's pumping is the next day's feeding. A big stash is not needed and can indeed encourage overfeeding.

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