Pumping After Breastfeeding

Pumping Breast Milk

I’ve learned a lot about boosting breast milk supply through the highs and lows of nursing five babies. In this video I explain how pumping after breastfeeding just for five minutes or so can make things less stressful for you in the long run. By following this “pump after nursing” system, you stimulate your body to produce milk and store up a nice little stash of frozen milk, which can make providing your baby with breast milk a lot less stressful.

Have you tried to pump after nursing?  Please share your experiences below –  I would love to hear from you!

 

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6 Responses to Pumping After Breastfeeding

  1. Nicole August 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    Interesting. I am not going back to work and plan to nurse my baby for 1 year + with little need for bottles. Would there be any reason for me to follow this method? I feel that in my case I would end up with a lot of frozen milk that would never get used except for occasional date night or something. Oddly enough I do feel compelled to pump and freeze milk but I don’t know what for.

  2. tdharrison86 August 28, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

    Does it matter how long after nursing baby to begin pumping? Sometimes my baby falls asleep while nursing. Should I just unlatch him when he stop drinking and begin pumping or should I wait on him to unlatch? My baby is a week old and when I pump after feeding, I only get a few drops :( It is very discouraging…Pls help! (I have a medela double electric pump).

    • Melissa Lawrence August 29, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

      Hi there. I tried to make sure my baby was awake to make sure he was full after a feeding. If he fell asleep, I changed his diaper (sometimes multiple times) to keep him awake… when he is awake, and burped, and rejecting more milk, you know he is done and then you can pump. Newborns always daze off, mine did after eating for only a few minutes, so this is what worked for me… I got NO milk often when I pumped those first few weeks after nursing, DO NOT WORRY and do not give up. The more you nurse and pump, the more you will produce… Do you get a bit more milk in the morning? I did… the Medela double electric pump is terrific!! Get the easy expressions bra that way you can hold or nurse the baby at the same time!

  3. chris October 17, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    love this! except for having to wash my pumping stuff each time. =) But what about the fat in the milk that first comes out for the baby? all those bags wont have that. will that be a prob?
    also any reason a dr wouldnt approve of this?

  4. lovabledad2014 February 23, 2014 at 5:21 am #

    it is OK to put the milk in one storage plastic in a day example
    i pump 2oz at 7am and put to the freezer
    and i pump again at 9am it is OK to put it to the plastic of the first milk that i pump?
    thanks in advance

    • Melissa Lawrence February 23, 2014 at 8:43 pm #

      Yes – you can gather the milk from different pumping sessions and freeze together in one bag. But once you get to the amount of one bag, freeze as soon as possible – fresh is best. But you can accumulate the milk during the course of one day and freeze at the end of the day. What you can do is wait until the next day and then freeze it, at that point you have to give it directly from the fridge b/c it is to late. Good luck!