How Often Should I Pump Breast Milk?


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Hello Moms!

Some moms have written me asking how often they should be pumping breast milk. The answer really depends on how often you are nursing your baby.

How Often Should I Pump Breast Milk?

In this video, I share my own experiences and talk about how you can actually delay pumping if you need to. Relaxing the timing helped me, and I hope it will help you too! Keep watching for more breast pumping help!

Breast Pumping Tips

First, it’s very important to remember to stay hydrated when breastfeeding and breast pumping! Drinking lots of water and milk will help replenish the liquid and nutrients in your body after each feeding. Another way to keep up your milk supply is to pump regularly when you are not nursing from your breast or are away from your baby for more than a few hours. If you are away for the day at work, my breast pumping schedule would be to pump every 2-3 hours for about 15 minutes or so. Check with your doctor first, but in my view you can pump when you miss a feed or pump for a few minutes after each feed, allowing you to build up a nice supply of milk and provide extra stimulation for your breasts.

How did you handle breast pumping at work or when you were away from the baby? Please comment below and share your experiences with the CloudMom community!

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to check back for more! xo


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  • Filiz

    Hi Melissa,
    I have a 2 month old daughter and I am breastfeeding . I have never given her the bottle but want to start introducing it only if I have to go out. Sine I have never pump before I really don’t know the quantity that she drinks. I planned on leaving for the day to run errands and have my husband feeding her. What do you recommend ? When should I pump? The day before after a feeding or the same day before I leave the house . Please help. I was under the impression that if I pump before a feeding then when comes the time to feed I won’t have enough milk.
    Thank you in advance

    • Go to my site under videos and watch the videos called When Should I Pump – I would recommend pumping for just 5 minutes after each feed starting at least a day or two before. xo