Tips for Creating A Breastfeeding and Pumping Schedule
Building a stash
The most basic thing to remember for a breastfeeding and pumping schedule is pretty easy to remember. Just always pump 10 to 15 minutes after your little one breastfeeds. Do this around 2 to 3 times every day. This will create a steady milk supply for the first few months.
The recommended duration of each pump varies from mother to mother. It is solely based on how long it takes to fully empty your breasts. Some moms take an hour to empty out while others can do so in 20 minutes.
Please note that it is always best to empty sufficiently each pumping session. This is the best way to avoid clogs and a decreased milk supply.
Also, don’t forget that it is always best to prioritize actual breastfeeding. You should only be pumping surplus milk. If you have just enough for your little one’s feedings, refer to a lactation consultant on how to boost your milk supply. There are also plenty of lactation drinks and food that increase milk production.
That being said, here’s a sample for breastfeeding and pumping schedule to build your freezer stash:
A silicone breast pump is most often used by mommies to catch leaking breast milk while breastfeeding. You simply attach it to the breast not being nursed on and you can acquire lots of liquid gold while you nurse. You can easily add a few ounces a day to your stash using this method.
Pumping at work can be tricky for most mommies. However, you can still create a healthy setup and a good routine even as you go back to the office.
Many moms may also choose to pump milk exclusively instead of directly breastfeeding. In exclusive pumping, consider your pumping sessions as you would your baby’s nursing habits. Her habits, as she grows older, will dictate the changes necessary to your pumping schedule.
Having a scheduled pumping routine will help you build a good stash of breast milk. You can even use an app to keep track of your breastfeeding and pumping schedule. Just remember to establish a healthy milk supply, pump a few minutes after baby nurses, and empty out your breasts to avoid clogs and low milk supply.
Breastfeeding comes with a learning curve. It’s not always easy for every mom, and the same goes for having a pumping schedule. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself and your body. Tune into your needs and realize what is best for you and your little one. Only you can decide and build your life around that.