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questions about pumping for a stock pile

Posted by on Apr. 19, 2013 at 3:27 PM
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I am wanting to get a small stock pile of breast milk in case of an emergency. My ds is 7 weeks old. I have a double pump. When should I pump? He is ebf. When I pump, can I mix all the milk I pump in one day into one container? I am only wanting to do this until I get enough milk to feed ds for 3 or 4 days. We believe in being prepared for anything, so this is a must for us. Thanks!
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LilMansMom105
by on Apr. 19, 2013 at 3:43 PM

I wanted to get a small supply of milk in case of emergency for when I go back to work. My son is 11wks old, and I started pumping when he was 3 days old due to other issues. I usually pump once a day, in the morning when my supply is at it highest. I either freeze that milk or use it for when I am out & about when it won't be convenient to breastfeed (eg. he gets hungry in the middle of a grocery shopping trip), or for when I need to be away for a few hours my husband can give him a bottle. It is so nice to know I have a little reserve :) All milk from one day can be mixed, yes. Refridgerated milk is good in a sealed container for 3-5 days. Frozen milk in a sealed container is good for 6mo-1yr. Good luck!

Ms.Pteranodon
by Silver Member on Apr. 19, 2013 at 3:56 PM
I would pump first thing in the morning. You can combine milk, but I would only freeze 3oz at a time becuase that is the biggest bottle he will ever need.

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SewingMamaLele
by Leanne on Apr. 19, 2013 at 4:08 PM
I would just do once a morning, freeze in 2-3 oz portions. Pumping all day long will increase your supply too much and cause other problems. You want about 120oz for 4 days.
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tarakay0417
by on Apr. 19, 2013 at 4:08 PM
Thank you!

Quoting LilMansMom105:

I wanted to get a small supply of milk in case of emergency for when I go back to work. My son is 11wks old, and I started pumping when he was 3 days old due to other issues. I usually pump once a day, in the morning when my supply is at it highest. I either freeze that milk or use it for when I am out & about when it won't be convenient to breastfeed (eg. he gets hungry in the middle of a grocery shopping trip), or for when I need to be away for a few hours my husband can give him a bottle. It is so nice to know I have a little reserve :) All milk from one day can be mixed, yes. Refridgerated milk is good in a sealed container for 3-5 days. Frozen milk in a sealed container is good for 6mo-1yr. Good luck!

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tarakay0417
by on Apr. 19, 2013 at 4:09 PM
Thank you! I was about to try and figure out how many ounces I would need.

Quoting SewingMamaLele:

I would just do once a morning, freeze in 2-3 oz portions. Pumping all day long will increase your supply too much and cause other problems. You want about 120oz for 4 days.
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bebe_ju-rah
by on Apr. 19, 2013 at 4:09 PM
When beginning to build a stock pile I pumped once a day during his morning nap. Only freeze 3ozs in each bag.
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tarakay0417
by on Apr. 19, 2013 at 4:10 PM
Should I nurse him and then pump, or pump then nurse?

Quoting Ms.Pteranodon:

I would pump first thing in the morning. You can combine milk, but I would only freeze 3oz at a time becuase that is the biggest bottle he will ever need.



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kris0921
by on Apr. 19, 2013 at 4:14 PM
I would say when you become engoraged, but that has probably already happened. Just add in pumping at night or nap time. Also when you finish a feeding you can pump, not much will come out the first few days this way, but it should start flowing after about 2 3 days. Good luck.
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tarakay0417
by on Apr. 19, 2013 at 4:23 PM
Some mornings I am engorged when I wake up. He nurses at night but some nights he doesn't "empty" my breasts. I could pump that off.

Quoting kris0921:

I would say when you become engoraged, but that has probably already happened. Just add in pumping at night or nap time. Also when you finish a feeding you can pump, not much will come out the first few days this way, but it should start flowing after about 2 3 days. Good luck.
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mamabens
by Miranda on Apr. 19, 2013 at 4:52 PM
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Best time to pump is first thing in the morning  when your supply is highest. You can pump on one side while baby is nursing on the other.

Quoting tarakay0417:

Should I nurse him and then pump, or pump then nurse?

Quoting Ms.Pteranodon:

I would pump first thing in the morning. You can combine milk, but I would only freeze 3oz at a time becuase that is the biggest bottle he will ever need.




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