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pumping

Posted by on Apr. 25, 2014 at 9:30 AM
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Do you have to pump? The only time I'll actually need to pump is when I have a sitter but other than that will I have to to keep supply or can I just breastfeed?
by on Apr. 25, 2014 at 9:30 AM
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mamashealovekin
by Member on Apr. 25, 2014 at 9:36 AM
Bump
K8wizzo
by Kate on Apr. 25, 2014 at 9:36 AM
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You can just breastfeed. No need to pump unless you're leaving baby for more than 2 hrs.
gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Apr. 25, 2014 at 9:42 AM
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Pumps are only mandatory when you're going to regularly be away from baby for long stretches of time (say, a work day or school day).

mamashealovekin
by Member on Apr. 25, 2014 at 9:44 AM
So if baby is going for an overnight with grandma I would still pump at home?

Quoting K8wizzo: You can just breastfeed. No need to pump unless you're leaving baby for more than 2 hrs.
K8wizzo
by Kate on Apr. 25, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Yes you would, every 3 hours, even setting your alarm to wake up at night.

Quoting mamashealovekin: So if baby is going for an overnight with grandma I would still pump at home?

Quoting K8wizzo: You can just breastfeed. No need to pump unless you're leaving baby for more than 2 hrs.
Mom2Just1
by Silver Member on Apr. 25, 2014 at 10:30 AM
I stay home so I rarely pumped. My babies don't stay the night with anyone until they self wean.
mamashealovekin
by Member on Apr. 25, 2014 at 10:34 AM
So if I decided to breastfeed up to a year. When would I start to wean?

Quoting Mom2Just1: I stay home so I rarely pumped. My babies don't stay the night with anyone until they self wean.
mostlymaydays
by Group Mod-Stacy on Apr. 25, 2014 at 10:36 AM
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I had 4 ebf babies who never had a bottle, ever. And i left them plenty. I just nursed immediately before I walked out the door and had 2-4 hours to get back, depending on the age of the baby. I only pumped the first week or so to take the edge off engorgement. My babies didn't overnight anywhere until after they weaned. And yes, if a baby is away and getting bottles you're supposed to pump to cover those skipped feeds.
Mom2Just1
by Silver Member on Apr. 25, 2014 at 10:38 AM
After a year. You drop one feeding per week. Although it is very beneficial to nurse much longer. I'm still nursing my 16 month old. I'm glad we are because he got sick a couple of weeks ago and only would nurse. Nursing prevented dehydration and a hospital stay.

Quoting mamashealovekin: So if I decided to breastfeed up to a year. When would I start to wean?

Quoting Mom2Just1: I stay home so I rarely pumped. My babies don't stay the night with anyone until they self wean.
mostlymaydays
by Group Mod-Stacy on Apr. 25, 2014 at 10:38 AM
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If you are planning to avoid formula or donor milk, you would start to wean after the first year. If you start to cut back on nursing sessions before a year you MUST replace those sessions with donor milk or formula. After a year you could cut back, dropping one session a week until they're all gone. To do so any quicker will set you up for engorgement, mastitis and possible absesses.

Quoting mamashealovekin: So if I decided to breastfeed up to a year. When would I start to wean?

Quoting Mom2Just1: I stay home so I rarely pumped. My babies don't stay the night with anyone until they self wean.
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