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i breastfeed my first son til 6 months and my second son til 14 months.... and my daughter was so small and had weight gaining issues it just made sence to go ahead and formula feed ... i was bumbed..
I was a stay at home mom with my first 3 but with this baby i am going to have to return to work after 6 weeks.... the goood thing is i only work 3 days a week and only half days .....i'll be gone 6 hours at the most ...
Iam totally freaked out at having to pump...I am heavy set so i have very VERY large boobs ..... Never had luck at pumping but i didnt really try that hard because i was always with the babies....
When do i pump? How long hoew much? is it best to hit it hard when my milk is coming in??
If you are going to pump often, you are going to want to invest in a good electrical pump. If you are going to want to build a freezer stash, a lot of women have luck pumping right after nursing their child. This will tell your body to produce more, and allow you to get more out. While away from your child, you should aim to pump ever 2-4 hours. Most women that I have heard of pump between 3-4 hours while at work, if they are able to. If not, then as often as you can, even if it's past that time. If you are going to be away for only 6 hours, you could probably breastfeed or pump right before you leave, pump once while at work if you are able to, and then breastfeed or pump right when you get home.
I breastfed my daughter for the first 4-5 months, and since then, I have been only pumping and supplementing. There are some women who aren't able to produce as much breastmilk while away that their child needs, so they supplement with formula.
Be sure to drink lots and lots of water! This really does help!