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May 9th, 2012, 01:46 PM
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Tennessee
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I am curious as to whether there is an average amount of ounces that I should be getting at each pumping session? Obviously all women are different. Most of the time I get 2 oz (from both breasts combined) in one session. I pump about 3 times a day. I'm planning on going back to work soon and I'm trying to build a stash of frozen milk. I only have about 20 oz so far in the freezer. Is 1-2 oz normal for one session?
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May 10th, 2012, 05:26 AM
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You are right that it varies by person, and it definitely varies as to whether you are pumping in addition to bfing or not. I am guessing you are since you say you are pumping 3 times a day. If you are, then 2 oz is not bad at all, because that is over and above what your LO is eating. You should find you pump more at work when it is totally replacing your baby feeding.

The thing to remember with a freezer stash (that I wasn't thinking about when I was getting ready to go back), is that you really only need enough for the first day. After that, whatever you pump the first day, they will eat the second day and so on. It is still not a bad idea to have a little extra in the freezer just in case they are really hungry one day or you pump less one day, etc. I guess I just wanted to say don't stress because you are not one of those women with 100's of oz in the freezer.
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