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    Hi, my little one is 3 days old and nursing like a champ so far! My milk has come in and we are doing great! I really love your idea of pumping after feeding and can’t wait to get started! Is 3 days too soon to start? Also, he is finishing one breast before I offer him the other and he normally doesn’t take more than a couple sucks from the second side. Should I be pumping just from the side he emptied or both? Thank you so much!


    Hi Melissa,
    I am a first-time mom of a 4-month old. Now that he is eating more per feeding, I find I am going through my stash much faster so I would like to start doing this. Can I keep my pump bottles/breastshields together and in the fridge throughout the day and just pull them out and attach them to my tubing/pump each time? Will the back and forth with temperature do anything weird to the milk or will it be okay since it’s really only 5 minutes out of the fridge at a time? I find myself dreading pumping because cleaning all the little parts each time takes so much time. BUT if it is safe to just keep it together and in the fridge throughout the day and clean everything once at night, I would be a lot more inclined to want to do it. Thanks so much!


    Hi Melissa,
    Just wanted to thank you so much for this priceless tip on boosting supply. Breastfeeding was going well for me as I nursed my baby directly for the first three months of maternity leave. I would fit in occasional 15-20 minute pumping sessions during this time so I could get the baby used to a bottle; these sessions always yielded a very good amount with minimal effort. At the three-month mark, I started thinking about pumping to prepare for returning to my job at 4.5 months postpartum. Coincidentally, my supply suddenly regulated and pumping sessions were coming up short (perhaps timed with baby starting to sleep longer stretches at night). This was causing a lot of anxiety around whether I could keep up with baby’s demands.

    By pumping a few minutes after each nursing session, I was able to boost my supply back up in a matter of a couple of weeks. I also built up a nice freezer supply by combining short pumping sessions with a couple of longer morning/evening sessions. I feel confident that I’ll be able to leave baby with expressed breastmilk in my absence with the nursing/pumping routine that I’ve developed.

    Nobody really teaches you how to transition into pumping, and leaving your baby to return to work is such a stressful process. Your tip really helped me with this transition, and your website has become a go-to resource for me as a first-time mom! I am going to be pointing all my mama friends to your site in the future!