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Tips for Creating A Breastfeeding and Pumping Schedule

Tips for Creating A Breastfeeding and Pumping Schedule

Many breastfeeding mommies pump milk for their little ones for various reasons. It is truly more convenient to have a steady stash of milk for any emergencies or for when momma needs a break. There are many tips and tricks for creating a pumping schedule. We’re here to share a few with you.

Pumping after birth

Most people recommend waiting at least 2 to 3 weeks before pumping. This is recommended for those who wish to allow baby to naturally regulate the milk supply. However, there is an increasing amount of women who pump right after giving birth.
Check out the sample newborn breastfeeding and pumping chart below if you are considering this routine:
 


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.

 

Working moms

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.

 

Exclusive pumpers

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.


3 Comment

  • How soon can i start drinking this? 8th month of pregnancy in preoaration for giving birth. Im planning to order n kc as early as now in on my 7th month.

    Anya
  • hello po pwede p po ba yan 3 months na po ung baby ko kaya kunti lang ung gatas ko po. thank you

    Michelle Hortelano
  • If you’re looking for hands free and are ready to really invest in your pumping/breastfeeding journey, I’d go with the Elvie, no question. It’s discreet and is really an amazing pump that lets you keep living life while pumping. More info here: https://www.elvie.com/en-us/shop/elvie-pump-usa. If you’re looking for a pump that’s covered through your insurance, I’d go for the Evenflo Advanced Double Electric! It’s a closed system so no need to worry about milk in the tubes, and it has angled flanges (seriously amazing, your back will thank you). Here’s a link if you want more info on that one: https://www.evenflofeeding.com/insurance/find-through-insurance

    Stephanie

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