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I'm going to head back to work in a few weeks and am starting to figure out how to set a pumping routine. I talked to a lactation consultant, but wanted some more feedback. Currently, I only feed from one side, and she takes about 10 minutes.
I've pumped while my husband bottle feeds her about once every other day and I get about 3 ounces in 10 minutes from one breast (seems to be similar for both sides). I plan to start pumping a little after some daytime feedings to build up enough bottles for the first day. I plan to pump 3 to 4 times per day while at work, and then breastfeed at home. Once I start work, do you think I need to pump both sides? Or would one side for 15 minutes continue to produce enough (as long as I keep getting 3 ounces)?
I seem to get engorged very quickly, so I don't want to start overdoing it and overproducing. The consultant said I should start pumping the other side while she's feeding, so that I can double pump while at work. To me, that just seems like I'll end up with a freezer full of milk and really sore/leaky boobs. Any experience with this?
I would definitely pump both sides while you are at work. The pump will never stimulate you like the baby does so I would be worried that your supply would go down. If it starts to produce an over supply, you can always cut back down again.