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.
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!