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sdadkin posted:
I'm sure you have been asked this before... but how often should I be pumping? My son is almost 2 weeks old and I am taking a taking a 12 week leave (so 10 weeks left). So far I have been pumping in the morning after he eats and then sometimes after his last feeding before I go to bed. But sometimes I am too tired to pump at night. I fear that I'm not doing enough. I will be working 7-4 so he will be in daycare from 6:30-4:30. I don't know how often I will be able to pump at work. I get an hour lunch and two 15 min breaks.

With my first son I was only able to breastfeed for around 3 months because my milk dried up. I think part of that was because I didn't pump enough and also because he was in the NICU for 6 days and my milk never caught up to him. I don't want to go through that again. I'm not sure how long I want to breastfeed for, but at least 6 months.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! TIA!
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amblah04 responded:
I am a working breastfeeding mother, my baby is 5months 3 weeks old and I unfortunately had to come back to work when she was just 6 weeks old because I had to be out on bedrest before my delivery.

Any how I also get two 15 mintue breaks and a 1 hour lunch. I however have my own office so I am able to work while I pump. I pump 3 times a day while I am at work, and 5 total. I wake up in the morning and pump-if she is hungry before we leave the house she gets a bottle, I pump about 4 hours later around 10am, around 1pm, and again around 4pm, then I pump for the last time before I got to bed or after I get her and my older son down for bed. This has worked well for me so far. I suggest, to keep your supply up so yo are able to produce milk for at least the first 6 months, pumping every 3-4 hours when possible. Hope this helps!
 
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kay_kay75 responded:
you also want to check the laws in your state, in MO they are required to accomidate you on more time to pump and a place to pump based on the size of your company.
HTH
 
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Sigma3rc74 responded:
I have a 7 week old and just finished my 2 week at work. I pump twice a day at work and that's enough for me to have enough for daycare the next day. I still pump on the weekends since my mom keeps DD Mon-Tues overnight so I need to send more with her.
I had an all day training class this past week and that was a bit of a challenge. I was in an unfamiliar building and only got 2 15 minute breaks and 1/2 hour for lunch - I got by, just had to be more efficient.
While I was off I pumped about 3 times a day - and rarely in the evening/night - I was just too tired. I was able to start a stockpile to get started and for "just in case."
You'll be able to pump more as the weeks go on.
Good luck and congrats on your new LO!
 
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cutenshort13 replied to Sigma3rc74's response:
Since going back to work I pump 3 times at work, 9:30, 12:30 and 3:30. I also sometimes pump in the morning before work if DD is sleeping when I am getting ready and I will pump once more around 9 or 10 before I go to bed. On occasion I wake up feeling very full so I will pump in the middle of the night. I usually don't because DD gets up between 2 and 3 to eat but if she doesn't I need to pump or I hate my life. She only has a bottle when I am not there to nurse. On weekends I try to pump a few times a day to help my stash.


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