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I just had my baby 2 weeks ago and I'm trying to get the hang of this BFing and pumping thing. What kind of schedule do you think I should follow? I wanna pump so I have BM at night for DH to be able to feed him and I need to build up a supply for when I return to work next month. Gabe is eating every 2-3 hours right now.
First of all congrats on the birth of Gabe and welcome to the pumping board!
to be honest, I suggest you hold off pumping for a couple more weeks and let your BF'ing become more established. When you do want to get DH involved, try pumping in the morning when your supply is likely to be highest. Then ... your DH should give the pumped milk from the morning in the evening, and at the same time as he's feeding the bottle, you should pump again and then that can be the milk for the next night. Make sense?? It's important that you pump every time your LO gets a bottle so that you can keep your supply going.
When it comes to returning to work, you'll probably find that if you pump once a day in the morning for a week before, you'll probably get enough to get you through the first day. Going on the theory that you'll pump everytime you would normally BF, you should get enough for the next day etc etc.
The reason that I'm suggesting you hold off on the pumping is that if you do too much in the early weeks, you can build an oversupply. Many would say that's not a bad thing, but an oversupply can lead to leaner milk and more upset tummys for you LO so from that sense it's not the best. Also ... assuming you want to keep BF'ing when you're not a work, if you can hold off on introducing a bottle till 6-8 weeks it will probably be better for that BF'ing relationship.
Hope that helps! Let us know if you have any more questions.
I went back to work at 13 weeks, around 6 weeks I was able to get Juliet to take a nap on her own in the morning so I started pumping during her nap most days. This is what started building my stash. I wouldnt suggest doing it too soon though, for all the reasons mentioned above.
Just lurking here, but I'm with the other ladies as well. I started pumping around 4-5 weeks to start building up a stash. I just started pumping after I had nursed her. Didn't get too much at first, but this way I didn't feel like I was "cheating" her. I would nurse her and then pump for 10 minutes and then be done until she nursed again and generally tried to pump in the morning.
When I went back to work, I would nurse her when she woke up/pump (5:30-6ish), nurse her again when I dropped her off at daycare, (7:30), pump at work at 9:30, 12:30, 3, nurse her when I got to daycare (4:30) feed her before bed (7:00) and pump right before I went to bed (9:00).
Now, at a year later, it's morphed into me waking up at 5:15 to pump, feed her at daycare at 7:30, pump 1-2x at work, nurse her before she goes to bed at 7:00, pump before I go to bed at 9:00.
She takes 2 bottles at daycare when I'm not there and has since the beginning.