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July 22nd, 2013, 08:07 AM
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Find a good lactation consultant to help you come up with a good plan. Do you have insurance? If you do and plan to get a pump through insurance, make sure it's a good pump. Some insurance companies are out low quality pumps which may hurt your milk supply. Also, insurance companies may cover the lactation consulting services. Make sure to get fit for the proper flange size because if you use the wrong size, it can hinder your milk supply or cause nipple trauma. Did you talk to you employer about pumping and break times? Ideally you want to pump at least 2 times while away for that long, preferably 3. Get a good hands free pumping bra as that will allow you to eat lunch or check emails etc... while you pump.

During that 8 weeks, you would bf on demand while pumping afterwards to build up a supply or you can pretend you have twins, pump on one side while nursing on the other and switch sides at each feeding.

I would also suggest to not pump for the first week so the baby can maximize your milk supply.
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